Boston, Fashion, Promotional

Aritzia Boston

In Partnership with Her Campus & Aritzia

I’m so excited to announce that Canadian clothing store Aritzia is opening a shop in Boston’s own Prudential Center…tomorrow! And I’m equally excited that I was invited by Boston’s Her Campus community to help share this news with you. Aritzia offers modern and elegant clothing for affordable prices, and I think their presence in Boston exemplifies the city’s growing fashion community and appreciation for personal style.

DSC_0982-Edit

DSC_0970-Edit

DSC_0947-Edit

DSC_0953

DSC_0984-Edit

For the Sauce’s first taste of Aritzia fashions, I paired the Babaton ‘Nathaniel’ Sweater and the Wilfred ‘Cremazie’ Skirt in camel. When browsing Aritzia, I’m mesmerized by their selection of sophisticated, minimalist pieces. In an overwhelming sea of clean lines and chic colors, I ultimately fell for this luxe vegan suede skirt. You’ll be seeing many variations of camel, taupe and tan as we move into spring, and Aritzia, unsurprisingly, is fully in tune with this trend. With its neutral tone and calf-grazing silhouette, contrasted by daring side-slits, this skirt is what I like to call conservative-sexy, a style that’s perfect for many occasions—I’d happily rock the skirt to brunch with friends, a casual party, and even more professional settings. For a daytime look that works for cold weather, I wanted to wear it with a comfortable sweater, and I think this cream-colored top keeps things looking soft and effortless; but I could easily amp up the volume of this outfit with a black crop top and black pumps or high-heeled sandals. The styling options are pretty much endless, and you’ll find that most of Aritzia’s pieces are equally versatile. To keep the look chic and sleek, I’ve accessorized with my Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, a minimal silver collar necklace, stacked Eddie Borgo bracelets in silver and rose gold, my everyday Michael Kors watch, and my favorite retro shades.

Want to join in celebrating Aritzia’s arrival in Boston? Join the Her Campus community and the Aritzia team at the Aritzia Grand Opening at The Shops at Prudential Center, with an exclusive performance by City of the Sun and a DJ set by Becka Diamond.

When: Thursday, February 18th, 2016 from 6-8pm.
Where: Ariztia Store at Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02119 (located in Boston’s Back Bay)

Photos by Miranda Mu

Standard
Fashion, Feminism, Pop Culture

The Statement Coat

DSC_1080

DSC_1112

DSC_1116

DSC_1095

DSC_1121Maje ‘Ghost’ parka, American Apparel cropped sweater & mom jeans, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Nasty Gal beanie & choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace in silver, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

First I’d like to make a disclaimer: any and all American Apparel merchandise I wear on this blog (and in life) was purchased before I knew the extent of former CEO’s Dov Charney sexual harassment and exploitation of many of the company’s employees, and before I heard about the new management’s willingness to continue sexualizing American Apparel employees. Though I have made a firm decision not to shop at American Apparel in the future, I’ve also decided not to stop wearing American Apparel merchandise that I already own. I will no longer be including hyperlinks to the American Apparel merchandise that I wear and post on the blog; if you’d like to financially support their business, you will have to browse the site on your own. Another positive alternative to shopping at American Apparel would be to, if you see a product of theirs you like, visit ShopStyle.com and do a search for similar items by brands that set a better example.

Now that that’s out of the way, can we talk about my new Maje coat? Even after last year’s nightmarish winter, the vinyl parka with faux sheepskin lining has me excited about the increasingly cold weather. In addition to being strange and beautiful, the ‘Ghost’ coat is actually extremely warm, which is a good thing, because its ’90s vibes have me inclined to put crop tops underneath on the reg. If I had to describe this outfit, I’d say it’s a 2015-chic take on the wardrobe aesthetic of Kevin Smith classics, like Clerks. It’s the coat that completes the look and brings the outfit to life, and that’s the value of investing in a statement coat. There are times when you simply have to wear a coat, so why not wear one that makes your outfit cooler, as well as more weather-appropriate? Low temperatures and gray skies can make it hard to get out of bed and put genuine effort into crafting a creative look. Enter statement coat, which can magically (and literally) cloak a basic getup with a punch of serious style.

Photos by Miranda Mu

Standard
Fashion

City Fringe Fiesta

DSC_1035 - Version 2

DSC_1048 - Version 2

DSC_1055 - Version 2Primark jacket, American Apparel blouse, Rag & Bone pants, Brixton hat, Jeffrey Campbell boots.

I know that a suede, fringe jacket may seem like a loud, intimidating item that should be limited to its stereotypical styling: faded blue jeans, a breezy white tank, and perhaps a crown of flowers. I’m here to give you permission to get weird with it, by way of getting perhaps a little less weird in terms of the scene your outfit sets. [Ignore the fact that I’m blatantly posing in a suburban area and] try throwing on your fringe jacket with sleek, city staples, like a striped blouse, cigarette pants, and dressier boots, as opposed to Woodstock-inspired boho pieces. Tying the blouse up and adding a sharp wool fedora will create a bridge between the fringe jacket’s flower child-roots and its new uptown-girl flair. May the fringe be with you!

Photos by Miranda Mu

Standard
Boston, Fashion

Patriotic-Chic

DSC_0899

DSC_0897

DSC_0894

DSC_0877 (1)

DSC_0857 (1)

DSC_0886

DSC_0870

DSC_0896 - Version 2Sandro coat, Equipment blouse over Theory turtleneck top, Maje ‘Pastar’ jeans, Furla ‘Yo-Yo Cosmetic Case’ with the Furla ‘Lady Tassel Charm,’ Jeffrey Campbell booties, Eddie Borgo ‘Pave Small Pyramid Bracelet’ in rose gold.

What’s in a handbag? I’m not talking about the contents—lipsticks, loose breath mints—and yet I am: what is it that definitively makes a bag a “handbag”? Furla has become my official go-to designer for great bags, so I knew they’d have the perfect little red cross body for me to add a fun, rich pop of color to my wardrobe. Funnily enough, it turned out that the perfect purse technically isn’t a purse at all. Though it comes with a detachable strap, the gorgeous cross body bag you see above, playfully named the ‘Yo-Yo,’ was designed to be used as a cosmetic case, and even comes with a smaller travel case/mirror, so you can really get on the go in style. But I just think the round shape is so cool and fresh, and once I attached the strap and the matching leather tassel key fob, I absolutely fell in love. You know what they say: the customer is always right, and the moral of this story is that the creative customer ends up with extra accessories.

Although the Furla website only shows the “cosmetic case” (i.e. amazing handbag) in a gorgeous shade of turquoise-blue, a soft gold, and a classic black, it comes in other colors, as well, including a bubblegum pink, and the shade of ruby I chose for myself. Visit the Furla store in the Copley Place Mall, next to Barney’s, to see the whole color wheel, plus tons of other awesome bags and accessories. The styles and prices all make for really rad gifts, so if you’re running late on holiday shopping for your fashionista friend(s), I suggest you scurry over to Furla. And don’t forget to really look at their selection of decorative key fobs; from furry pom-poms to the leather tassel I’ve attached to my Yo-Yo bag, these small accessories are a great way to bring a little variation to your handbag collection.

It would be easy to make star-embroidered denim look somewhat childish. I decided to take these Maje jeans in a more sophisticated direction by layering a silk button-down over a thin turtleneck. My bold bag (the jeans were just begging for that American-flag feel) and ombre lucite heels are in keeping with the jeans’ fun energy, and help them stand out just enough.

Photos by Miranda Mu

Standard
Fashion

Smiley Sauce

IMG_1767

IMG_1754

IMG_1745

IMG_1727

IMG_1763

IMG_1715T by Alexander Wang ‘Henley’ dress, ‘All Smiles’ beanie & ‘Alexis’ choker from Nasty Gal, Marc Jacobs boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ bag.

There’s not much I can say about the magic of this black maxi dress other than that it is my favorite, most versatile new item of the fall/winter season. The soft, medium-weight jersey makes the dress ideal for colder weather, the snug, sexy fit allows it to easily be dressed up or down, and the slightly cropped hem is a godsend for shorties like myself. For an edgy daytime look, I’ve styled it with a playful beanie, leather choker and beat-up boots; but I could easily take this bad boy out for a stylish dinner by swapping in heeled booties and delicate jewelry.

Photos by Annie Quinn

Standard
Fashion

Nike iD


IMG_1958IMG_1859

IMG_1953

IMG_1897

IMG_1954

IMG_1890Shag coat from LF stores, sweater courtesy of Uniqlo, BDG ‘Twig Grazer’ skinny jeans, Sorell Accessories rabbit fur snood, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Nike Air Max Lunar90 sneakers customized with Nike iD.

I think we and our feet can agree that the sneaker’s ongoing presence as a stylish fashion statement is a wonderful thing. But cool sneakers that will provide both comfort and flair are expensive, and personally, I always feel like I’m settling if I choose from an in-store collection. That’s why I think Nike’s customization program, Nike iD, is well worth the few extra bucks and the five-week wait. I customized these Air Max Lunar90 kicks with the ’90s era in mind, drawing inspiration from the colors and patterns of Will Smith’s funky and famous wardrobe as the Fresh Prince. Pairing sneakers like this with bohemian pieces, like this shag “coatigan” and wool hat, along with luxe accessories (real or faux, fur is your friend!) makes for a casual-chic look that oozes style without taking itself too seriously, just like the Prince himself.

Photos by Annie Quinn

Standard
Beauty, Fashion

Fall into the ’70s

DSC_0129

DSC_0142

DSC_0135 (1)Sandro sweatshirt over Theory turtleneck, pants from Intermix, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Tod’s boots, sunglasses by See Eyewear.

This fall an excellent time to take sartorial cues from the ’70s. Flared pants are back with a vengeance, and turtlenecks are one of the chicest ways to stay warm. Add some vibrant color, some metallics, and massive sunglasses for the full retro effect. A more muted lip color will keep your ’70s-inspired outfit looking current rather than costume-y. I’m partial to Lime Crime liquid-to-matte Velvetine lip color in ‘Bleached.’

Photos by Miranda Mu

Standard
Fashion, Travel

Labor Day Weekend

IMG_0237_2

IMG_0236_2

DSC_0516-Edit

DSC_0526

DSC_0566-Edit

DSC_0597-Edit

DSC_0603-Edit

DSC_0607

Photos by the amazing Miranda Mu of MuMuses.com

It’s incredible what social media can do. In April, I posted on Instagram in search of a local photographer, and shortly thereafter received an email from a girl named Miranda, a fellow Boston-based blogger and fashion-lover looking to expand her photography experience, and who seemed to have eerily similar personal style to my own. Since our first shoot in the spring, Miranda and I have become a strong professional team, as well as close friends, and we often stop and reflect upon how lucky we are that so many good things happen by chance. Miranda’s easy temperament combined with her perfectionist tendencies have really raised the bar for my work here on the Sauce, and her open-minded perspective on the world has expanded my own. So, we decided to spend Labor Day Weekend visiting my parents in New Hampshire to relax, enjoy the scenery, indulge in my mother’s cooking, and just celebrate our success as bloggers, as well as our friendship in general. We also wanted to capture some photos of our shared passion for a minimalist weekend wardrobe. (Nothing gets between us and our friendship…or our Calvins.)

Standard
Fashion

Blueless

DSC_0822

DSC_0867

DSC_0912

DSC_0985

DSC_0875

DSC_0908

DSC_0916

DSC_0960

DSC_0959Silence + Noise crop top from Urban Outfitters, Millau skort from LF Stores, D&G denim jacket, Kate Spade backpack, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, socks from CVS, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

Although the vast majority of my outfits are ’90s-inspired all-year-round (if you’re sick of ’90s style, the Sauce is not for you), summer is a particularly wise time to take tips from your favorite ’90s teen flicks. Those beloved movies that gave you ridiculously high expectations for high school of course almost exclusively took place in sunny settings, and those of us on the East Coast need to take advantage of the few months we have to dress as if we’re extras—nay, stars—in Clueless. It never hurts to ask yourself, What would Cher Horowitz wear? So in these past few weeks of experimentation with my new hair color, I’ve found it useful to imagine what Cher’s computerized closet system would cook up if Cher decided to ditch her famous blonde locks and strut her Beverly Hills high school halls with full-on mermaid hair.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: to truly have personal style is to have a unique, but consistent look, and therefore an inevitable penchant for certain colors, cuts, and general styles. But there’s this vague notion floating around that outfit repetition negates originality. Social media adds to the pressure by serving as a scrap book of everything you’ve ever worn to every event in your life. If you worry that your style suggests you’ve been using Doug Funnie’s closet system instead of Cher’s, next time you go shopping, try to find multifunctional tops and bottoms that are easy to mix and match. Skorts, for example, are amazing. Flirty, versatile, and unexpected, I’m not sure what the age limit is on these bad boys, but I’m assuming I’m in the clear, and as you can see, I’ve decided to solidify that assumption with my ride-or-die item, a black crop top. Since I’ve essentially accepted the crop top as my lord and savior (for the time being, at least), I now make a point to search for fresh new cuts, like the cross-front hem on the crop top above. You can also add intrigue to your signature style by looking for staples with fun but subtle details that speak to your personality, like my futuristic, mirrored shades, and the sweet embroidery on my denim jacket.

I got this jacket during a trip to London with my parents almost ten years ago. I vividly remember walking up the staircase in a two-story Dolce & Gabana shop, seeing this jacket in a glass case, and knowing I’d found something really special. I’ve had my nylon Kate Spade backpack forever, as well. It’s great for travel, durable (it still looks brand-new), and it goes with just about anything. It’s also perfect for sneaking giant burritos into the movie theater.

Photos by Miranda Mu

Standard
Fashion

White on White (on White…)

DSC_0496

DSC_0422-Edit

DSC_0510Helmut Lang tank, Madewell jeans, LF belt, TOD’s boots, Sandro bag, vintage necklace.

A look of lightness and luxury, white-on-white outfits have been severely on-trend for about two years now. When this trend first surfaced, I ignored it despite my adoration, because I figured it was fleeting, and because I assumed someone as pale as myself just couldn’t carry it off.

When I was invited to help organize an event to which all guests are asked to wear white, I was forced to reconsider my relationship with the color. I eased my way into the world of white attire with a standard bodycon dress, and guess what? I looked good. Did I look pale by comparison in photos? Yes. What else is new?—and so what? There’s a difference between colors that accentuate fair skin, and colors that wash it out. If you know how to do your makeup and walk with confidence, you can definitely wear white. Ditch the negative stigmas associated with fair skin, and celebrate the fact that your vampiric tendencies will hopefully help you avoid visible sun damage, or worse, skin cancer.

After that first event, I was really excited to experiment more with white attire, and by the party’s second year, I felt ready for head-to-toe separates (see my white Theory suit here). I enjoyed the all-white, menswear-inspired evening look so much that I decided to put together a daytime version with a jersey tank, loose white denim, and simple black and silver accessories. A pop of color can give you a little more confidence trying an all-white ensemble, whether it’s a brightly colored clutch or bold lip color. Luckily for me, I’ve got a pop of color permanently attached to my scalp.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

Standard