Fashion

Crops on Crops

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IMG_0332IMG_0340American Apparel spandex crop top, cropped sweater & high-waisted boyfriend jeans from LF Stores, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoe, vintage collar necklace.

Try a top and sweater with drastically different necklines—and cropped hemlines—to create a fresh layered look. Jeffrey Campbell is definitely the king of sky-high, fabulously bizarre shoes, but he also makes the perfect simple, sleek footwear to give boyfriend jeans and crop tops a polished finish. Black oxfords are a must going into fall; they can dress up your jeans, and toughen up a bodycon dresses.

Photos by Matt McKenna

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Fashion

Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

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360My dad—the birthday boy, a sharp dresser, and the best dancer I know!

My lifestyle almost exclusively caters to casual street style. I don’t work in an office, and my friends and I typically opt for dive bars. Or couch. That being said, any girl who keeps up with celebrity red carpet looks imagines what she herself would wear to events like the MET Gala, the Golden Globes, or the Grammy’s. When my mother decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my dad, I decided to explore my personal red carpet fantasies. Sister brands Sandro and Maje have been my go-to party attire labels for the past year, so I made the Maje shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida the first stop on my dress hunt—and the last. As soon as I laid eyes on the “Edivas” dress, I fell in love with the vibrant color and unconventional structured mesh.

When I contemplated possible shoes to pair with the dress, I initially thought of white or silver. But when I saw these iridescent Jimmy Choo pumps in almost the exact same shade of orange as my dress, I knew I couldn’t deny fashion fate. Then I proceeded to spend months daydreaming about the outfit, and struggling with the stress of keeping the party itself a secret. I topped off the look with a few elegant yet edgy accessories, and went with plain white nails and understated makeup. And that incredible ensemble on my sister? She bought it the day of the party. The fact that our manicures matched each other’s outfits was purely accidental. (Again: much fashion fate).

Not only has photographer Mark Karlsberg of Studio Eleven Photography won multiple awards, including Best Candid Album in Massachusetts and New England from the Professional Photographers of New England Association, but he also photographed my parents’ wedding, as well as mine and my siblings’ respective Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. However, this was the first family event at which he stepped in for the lead singer of the band. Mind blown! If you’re looking for an event photographer who can also sing a killer rendition of “Brown-Eyed Girl,” then Mark Karlsberg’s your guy.

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Beauty, Fashion, Pop Culture, Promotional

Rust Belt Americana

Vintage Junkyard Jewelry by Samuel Sloma

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IMG_0134Rust Belt Americana necklace, BDG Rib-Knit Sweater Cropped Tank (brown), Carmar high-waist jeggings, Sandro booties, ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat & ‘Nita’ shades from Nasty Gal, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Never Say Never.’

To be honest, I’m not much a of a jewelry person. I’m always searching for niche pieces that are somehow both simple and strange, which can be hard to come by. But when Rust Belt Americana jewelry designer, Samuel Sloma, and I stumbled upon each other on Instagram, I knew I’d found something truly special. Sloma, a Midwestern picker, hand makes unique, rustic jewelry and watches with vintage materials he collects from old warehouses, five-and-dime stores, and various other unconventional locations. Sloma’s creative mission is “to celebrate American authenticity on a modern stage where the implied and tangible harmoniously collide,” and “to help men and women self-identify with bygone moments in time.” These sentiments, along with Sloma’s promise to send me “something bizarre,” solidified my immediate fanhood.

Sloma’s design aesthetic has this badass, yet elegant quality, making all of his beautiful work extremely versatile. I was so excited to receive my first original Rust Belt Americana necklace, which features a copper piece stamped in 1950 for musician Pat Boone, who charted second only to Elvis Presley during the late 50s. The piece on my necklace reads, “Always your boy, Pat Boone.” My father is a musician, and having been raised on older music, it felt like a cosmic coincidence that Sloma selected this piece especially for me. After years of struggling to find jewelry that suits my style, I’m thrilled to have Rust Belt Americana as my go-to source for cool, one-of-a-kind accessories.

Photos by Rebecca Browne and yours truly

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Beauty, Fashion

Cheetah Girl Cheetah Sista

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_DSC9564American Apparel spandex crop top, printed silk joggers from LF Stores, Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal pony hair pumps, Boyy ‘Slash’ cross body bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, MAC lipstick in ‘Heroine.’

High-waisted pants with a crop top is my go-to nighttime look, because I personally like to show a little skin without risking a wardrobe malfunction. (Getting in and out of cars gracefully is not my specialty.) I also like to create the optical illusion that I have long legs. When you find an outfit combination/particular silhouette that flatters your figure and makes you feel good, stick with it when in doubt. Having a few “fashion formulas”, as I call them, can seriously cut down the stress of getting dressed, and you won’t seem like a repeat offender if you collect a variety of prints/colors and switch up your accessories. Trying different hair and makeup styles can also completely change the vibe of one look. (Warning: do not wear cheetah-print pants in public unless you’re comfortable talking to strangers.)

Photos by Lev Avery-Peck

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Favorites of 2013

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Just like every other holiday, New Year’s is a time to reflect on all for which we are grateful. Rather than tell you about the amazing people and experiences that made 2013 a great year, I’ll share the beauty products that helped me savor every saucy moment.

1. MAC Lipstick in “Heroine” -The ongoing ’90s revival and Lorde’s sudden rise to queen bee status have brought deep, vibrant shades of purple lipstick to the forefront of fashion, and MAC’s “Heroine” is the obvious best. Though it was originally launched as a limited edition color, MAC announced last week that they are adding “Heroine” to their permanent collection. I only recently discovered this lipstick fit for royals, but it’s going to play the starring role in my New Year’s Eve look tonight, and it will definitely be making appearances on the blog soon.

2. Decleor Aroma Night Neroli Essential Balm -This nighttime balm is like chapstick for your face—great for relieving winter dryness. Recommended by my esthetician at Bliss Spa.

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner -Precision for the perfect cat eye.

4. Benefit Instant Brow Pencil -Bushy brows have made a major comeback, and I happen to think that’s the fucking sauce. Benefit has everything you need to gets your brows into shape.

5. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Perfume -I wear this perfume every day and people frequently tell me I smell good. That is all.

6. Too Faced Natural Eye Eyeshadow Collection -Choosing individual eyeshadow colors that compliment each other can be difficult, so I love the fact that brands like Too Faced have done the work for me. This kit will give you the tools to make your eyes stand out without going over the top.

7. Clinique CC Cream -Full title: “Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30.” So basically, this lightweight CC cream does it all. It gives the coverage of foundation, hydrates like a moisturizer, and protects your skin from the sun.

8. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil -Why all lipsticks aren’t this shape, I do not know. The NARS lip pencil is really more like a big crayon that makes it easy to stay inside the lines of your lips, and just like crayons, it comes in a variety of awesome colors with fun names. My personal favorites are “Never Say Never,” “Damned,” and “Dragon Girl.”

9. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Potion is the appropriate word, because this stuff is like magic. With this primer, you could paint the Sistine Chapel on your lids and it will last all day. I guarantee it/double dare you. 

10. My favorite mascara was tragically discontinued earlier this year (Clinique High Definition), and I’d hoped to discover a fabulous replacement to fill this slot (and the void in my heart) before the new year. Sadly, I’ve yet to find one that truly compares. If you use a mascara that you love, leave a comment and share your knowledge—A new year means trying new things!

Have a saucy New Year’s Eve, everyone!

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Sweater Weather

Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn was and will always be a film and fashion legend. While plenty of people are familiar with her iconic outfits in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina, I’m shocked by how few people have seen Funny Face (1957), a quirky musical all about embracing one’s unique beauty, and how fashion can be just as much about self-expression and self-discovery as it is about appearances. Audrey Hepburn plays a stubborn bookworm swept into the world of fashion modeling (and a romance with Fred Astaire), so she wears countless incredible outfits throughout the movie. But my favorite of all the ensembles in Funny Face is perhaps also the simplest—a black turtleneck, black pants, and black flats with white socks:funny face 1If you follow fashion at all, you’ve noticed that rich shades of burgundy and bordeaux are featured in almost every current fall collection. For my take on Audrey’s Funny Face look, I’ve swapped her black turtleneck for a vintage burgundy piece:1Q1A5435This oversized cashmere turtleneck is actually reversible: if I turn it inside-out, I’ve got a coffee-colored sweater!1Q1A5438My J-Brand skinny neoprene pants are great for jumping and dancing just like Audrey. Did you know she wanted to be a ballerina before she ever even considered acting?

1Q1A5407I maintain Audrey’s classic flair with these white Kate Spade socks, and my cat-faced slippers from LF Stores give the outfit a modern twist.Audrey Hepburn.Audrey’s bold brows and lips are my ideal makeup statements. I use the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil & Brow Zings Shaping Kit and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” to get the look:1Q1A5400 - Version 2Oversized sweaters/sweater-dresses make it easy to stay warm, comfortable, and cute throughout fall and winter. Here’s a similar look to my Audrey-inspired outfit, featuring a fair isle-printed sweater-dress from LF Stores, Wolford tights, and brown Miz Mooz oxfords:1Q1A5460

1Q1A5452The brown oxfords bring a little warmth to the black and white.1Q1A5461 I got this antique locket at a vintage store in Hanover, New Hampshire that sadly no longer exists.1Q1A5463Wish I knew the story behind the portraits in the locket! But have you heard that Essie makes gel polish now? Very exciting stuff. Given my current obsession with burgundy, I decided to go with this color, “Moody Mood.” I’m loving it.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Stirring up a Fashion Feast…

Oh, hello! Though I’m still pulling together all the ingredients, I shall soon be posting outfits regularly. I hope you’ve read my “About the Sauce” page, but I want to say a little more about the recipe for this blog. I’m a normal person (mostly), so I never buy something, wear it once, and then retire it to the rafters of my wardrobe in fear of being a “repeat offender.” You’re going to see me wearing a lot of the same pieces—some of which I’ve owned for a long time—but worn in various contexts. Fashion Sauce is all about maximizing your wardrobe so that everything you own can be a part of your unique self and dynamic lifestyle.

I don’t think my personal style fits into one specific category, although I suppose it is a bit more “street” than it is polished. The best part of being alive and loving fashion right now is being able to draw inspiration from all your surroundings and finding ways to add your own flavor. My taste has endless influences from the past and present—movies, TV shows, musicians, countless designers, various cultures, and men and women of all ages. (I have quite literally taken fashion cues from six-year-old girls and elderly men.) I also hope to feature some of my fashionable friends to add a bit more perspective. We’ll share our unique views on hair, makeup, what to wear on a first date, to a job interview, to a bar, and so much more.

Fashion Sauce is a celebration of self-expression and having a good time getting dressed. Join me by enjoying being you!

P.S. Don’t forget to dip into the sauce on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Tumblr.

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