Beauty, Boston, Costume, Fashion

Witchy Women: The Blogger Coven of Boston

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DSC01392Faux suede fringe jacket courtesy of Primark, Brixton hat, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

DSC01231See Sam stun in a Rag & Bone skull sweater and Stuart Weitzman boots.

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DSC01515Kayte’s rocking an amazing combination of pieces from Free People and Forever 21.

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October is definitely my favorite month of the year. Between the beautiful foliage, temperatures that allow layering but don’t leave you shivering, and the celebration of all things scary that DO make you shiver, I really couldn’t ask for more. If you follow the Sauce, you’re well aware that I actively look forward to (and plan for) Halloween starting on November 1st, and that my personal style is inspired by famous spell-casting squads, such as the ladies in American Horror Story: Coven, and The Craft, all-year-round. So of course I lunged at the opportunity to do a witchy-themed shoot with two of my favorite fellow Boston bloggers, Kayte of Mass Musings, and Sam of Fenway Fashionista. As three New England-bred, Boston-based babes, we can attest to the fact that there is no greater place on Earth to experience the spirit of Halloween than the state in which the most famous alleged witches lived, were taken to trial, and casually burned or hanged to death. This delightfully creepy chapter of the Bay State’s history gave us the beloved Halloween flick Hocus Pocus, and let’s get real about squad goals—what girl didn’t want to be a Sanderson Sister at some point (specifically Sarah Jessica Parker)? Who reading this post wouldn’t have loved to do the honors of lighting the Black Flame Candle, even though it is quite literally virgin territory?

Kayte, Sam and I had a lot of fun brewing up our modern-day witch ensembles, and I think we may have officially coined the term “boho-goth,” which is how we’re describing our combined look. These outfits only verge on literal interpretations of witch portrayals throughout history, and could easily translate as fun everyday looks; or, if you’re down to the wire for this weekend’s festivities, an outfit like this would make for the perfectly chic DIY costume alternative to something spandex from Party City. Fringe and a bit of mid-section skin bring my look up to date, while pattern-play and a smart sense of layering make Kayte and Sam’s outfits cool for just about any casual occasion. Whether you’re cultivating your street style or fashioning a last-minute costume, a bold lip color is the essential finishing touch for your witch-inspired look. While Sam and I reached for Lime Crime Velvetine liquid-to-matte lipstick in “Riot” and “Faded,” Kayte went with the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the appropriately named shade of “Damned.”

Photos by @jacquelinemdn

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Halloween 2014

Cruella de Vil

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I decided to spare just one…

DSC_0011OK, I know, I know. I did it again: I disappeared for almost a month. I’m a bad, bad blogger! Or just consistently fashionably late, depending on how you look at things. But I hope this year’s Halloween costume will make up for my online absences. (I’m also sorry I didn’t post pictures of my costume sooner, but I can’t have been the only person who spent yesterday nursing a hangover…) I seriously do have lots of cool projects and collaborations in the works, so I appreciate your patience.

Anyone who’s known me for at least twenty minutes knows that Halloween is my favorite holiday. It gives fashion lovers a special chance to get really creative, and while so many girls like to play princess, this year I decided I should honor a villain on the one night we openly celebrate sin. I chose Cruella de Vil because she’s not just an iconic female villain, she’s also a fashion icon, determined to commit a heinous crime in order to achieve a fabulous style statement. Whenever I put together a costume, I try to use as much as possible from my own wardrobe. This year, it started with a dress that had been sitting in my closet gathering dust and making me feel guilty for over a year. I bought the black and white maxi dress, complete with shoulder pads and a dramatic slit, on a whim at one of LF’s infamous sales. Obviously it didn’t cost much, but I got home and thought to myself, Where did I think I would wear this? My prom years are far behind me, and my calendar isn’t exactly marked up with galas. But when I saw it hanging next to my shag coat, an LF purchase that I’ve worn constantly for three winters, my Cruella vision suddenly became clear, and the rest just fell together.

I’m obsessed with Eddie Borgo’s odd yet simultaneously minimalist jewelry, and this choker was on my wish list for months before I made it mine. The fact that the sleek, glamorous necklace happens to somewhat resemble a dog collar was an ever-s0-appropriate coincidence.

For Cruella’s signature red lip, MAC Cosmetics made my Halloween dreams come true with their Rocky Horror Picture Show collection. Rocky Horror is a Halloween cult classic film, and one of my personal favorites. Like so many MAC lipsticks, the Rocky Horror reds are smooth, rich, and flawless—and totally sold out. Special shout out to a special friend who helped me get my hands on these coveted colors!

The finishing touches for almost any Halloween costume are easy to get online. eBay and the Party City website have all the Halloween essentials, and even the more unusual accessories, as long as you don’t wait until the last minute. A significant other who loves you enough to wear a full dalmatian suit? That’s a little harder to find.

Photos by Brooke Appe & Annie Goldman

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Halloween #tbt Week 3:

Katy Perry

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jeffrey-campbell-shoes-multi-the-fruit-bowl-shoe-in-multi-product-1-1433072-966955517_large_flexI had a Teenage Dream Halloween in 2011: I channelled Katy’s signature wacky style with my Lazy Oaf watermelon skirt, lacy bralette from LF Stores, and Jeffrey Campbell’s awesome Fruit Bowl shoes. You can get the purple wig at any traditional party/costume store, and the floral hair piece is from a stand in the Copley Place Mall. I used Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in “Satin Fuchsia,” and Essie’s “Turquoise & Caicos” and “Pink Parka” nail polish. And yes, I have worn all of these items (apart from the wig) on occasions other than Halloween, thank you very much.PicFrame-1

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Halloween #tbt Week 2:

Pikachu

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550381_3873940247285_769268585_nI loved Pokemon as a kid—although now that I’m older, I realize the entire concept bears a striking resemblance to dog fighting…In any case, Pikachu is a cute and easy costume to put together. I got my yellow T-shirt and tights from American Apparel, and I already had these American Apparel high-waist corduroy shorts, which you’ll definitely see me in again pretty soon (—and not in costume). My leather bomber jacket and Miz Mooz oxfords are both from LF Stores, and you can just use Google or Amazon to find Pikachu’s ears and tail. YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in “Le Orange” is the finishing touch. P.S. That’s the lipstick they use on the Nasty Gal models…for real!

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Halloween #tbt Week 1:

Gettin’ Ziggy Wit It

In counting down to my favorite holiday, every Thursday until Halloween I’ll post pictures of costumes I wore in the past. Today’s is kind of special because this morning I received an e-mail blast from my heroes at Nasty Gal about costume ideas, featuring a Ziggy Stardust costume front and center. This surprised me because I dressed as David Bowie’s alter-ego just last year! Here’s their version sandwiched between two pictures of my take on the iconic Ziggy. Nasty Gal’s getup is probably a little more chic…but I think mine is more authentic (or creepy, whatever). In the end, it just proves that Nasty Gals really do do it better…and think alike! Check out Nasty Gal’s Halloween essentials here.PicFrame

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