Beauty, Fashion

Mix It Up: How to Make a Statement Piece Make a Different Statement

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DSC_0243AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ leather bomber, Lazy Oaf ‘Dog Walk’ shirt, J Brand ‘Super Skinny Scuba’ pants, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘Metropolis‘ cross body bag in silver & ‘Bubble Key Ring‘ in ‘Pelato,’ Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses, MAC Cosmetics lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

This is not a fashion magazine. This is a personal style blog. I am a real person, with a real budget, and a wardrobe that contains the same items today as it did the day before. As a fashion-enthusiast who lives in a multi-seasonal location, I thrive on opportunities to maximize my wardrobe and wear everything I own in as many different styles as possible—and it’s my mission as a fashion blogger to encourage and help my readers to do the same. Unless I’m shopping for a specific, special occasion (and even then), I try my best not to buy anything that can only be worn one way or in one climate. I love to challenge myself to transform statement pieces. A lot of people steer clear of “loud” items, assuming their boldness renders them limited in terms of how you can wear them, and how often; and (as I’ve mentioned before) the life-documenting aspect of social media pressures many of us to avoid wearing the same items in close proximity. The changing of the seasons, however, presents an excellent chance to take a statement piece you’ve already worn, and make a totally different statement.

It was only a few, warm months ago that I fell for this playful, oversized peach button-down adorned with multi-colored puppies. For a sweet summertime look, I first wore it as a shirtdress with black heeled-sandals (see here). With my then-brown hair and some light pink lipstick, I was able to give the shirt a feminine sense of softness. Fast forward: the need for layering makes fall/winter my favorite time to go for punk and grunge-inspired looks, and my pastel hair obviously often pushes me in that direction, as well. The shirt is reborn as an entirely different animal by adding my leather bomber, ultra-punk UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, mirrored accessories, and a deep red lip. So, before you put away your so-called summer clothes for the upcoming colder months, and before you let your beloved statement pieces gather dust after wearing them only once, ask yourself if any of those items can be retooled. Trust me, you won’t be recognized as a “repeat offender,” but rather as a skilled stylist who knows how to make the most of your purchases.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Boston, Fashion, Promotional

Walking the Dogs at the Elephant Walk

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Happy Friday! The weekend officially begins in a few hours, so let’s discuss the most important parts of everyone’s weekend: where to eat and what to wear. A few weeks ago I attended a blogger brunch at The Elephant Walk’s new location in the South End, where I enjoyed fresh and decadent Cambodian-fusion flavors. If your brunch experiences have begun to verge on basic, or you’re just tired of your current go-to spot, head to The Elephant Walk to find omlettes with unexpected combinations, a multitude of mimosas ranging from peach to raspberry, and a delightfully expansive daytime dessert menu. The crazy part? The ingredients are as good for you as they are delicious. I won’t lie—I know next to nothing about cooking and nutrition, so when the restaurant’s chef came over to tell us a bit about the menu, a lot of what she explained went over my head. That being said, one ingredient The Elephant Walk doesn’t use really caught my attention: butter. Yes, you read that correctly. They don’t. Use. Butter. This surprised me when she said it, but I was infinitely more shocked as I moved through three courses, each richer than the last, no thanks to butter. I have to say, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I wouldn’t need a photo to remember the desserts I had that day; and considering the many wonderful French elements I tasted, the absence of butter kind of dethroned Julia Childe in my book. Kind of.

In other news, I also recently took a job moonlighting as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah party motivator/dancer (again, you read that correctly), which means I wake up pretty tired (and sore) on Sundays. On the morning of the blogger brunch, I was definitely excited to try some new dishes, but not in the mood to fuss over an outfit that would hold up amongst other fashion lovers. One of my recent posts discussed one possible comfortable outfit combination for the sleepy but stylish bruncher, but as temperatures finally rise, skinnies and a sweater might not cut it. Enter oversized, lightweight shirtdress. I’ll soon be able to combine my comments on the beloved shirtdress into a full-fledged love poem, but in short, the shirtdress is a classic and easy solution to looking chic. If you’ll visit this older Sauce post, or check out how Lazy Oaf styled this shirt themselves, you’ll see that an oxford or loafer and high socks are another sweet and simple way to make a statement with your shirtdress. Shirtdresses can also double as great beach coverups. Collect a few in fun(/funny) colors and prints, and you just might find choosing a mimosa flavor more challenging than getting dressed this summer.

Fashion photography by Miranda Mu

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