Fashion

The New Vintage

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img_7448Ragged Priest denim jacket, Rag & Bone sweater, Urban Renewal paint splattered jeans, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag, Michael Kors ‘Faye’ fur sandals.

To say that I love denim is an understatement, so I’m always on the hunt for unique takes on the human race’s favorite textile. This embellished denim jacket and my paint-splattered jeans are both repurposed vintage Levi’s pieces, given new life with fun details subtle enough to work together in this look. I reworked these jeans even further by cutting them myself—perhaps a bit uneven and a touch too short, but hey, culottes and raw hems are on fire right now. I added these fur sandals and my blush bag to soften the look of oversized denim on oversized denim, and to pick up on the paint colors. Obviously you could pull off a similar ensemble with a more “practical” shoe, but I think the fuzzy-sandal trend makes for such a sweet statement to amp up your fall/winter style. (Also, these bad boys are adorned with real rabbit fur, and apparently you can just take a blow dryer to ’em if they get a little wet in winter weather. For some reason I found it hilarious when the sales associate told me this.) My new eyeglasses, which are actually just Ray-Ban sunglasses with the original lenses popped out and my prescription popped in, so far seem to go with just about anything, dressy or casual. Quirky and retro but delicate, they bring a little extra something special without dominating the look.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Fashion

White on White (on White…)

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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.

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Fashion

Cotton Candy

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DSC_0671Pants from Nasty Gal, Kimchi Blue crop top from Urban Outfitters, Joie sandals, Jimmy Choo clutch, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, silver collar necklace from the SoWa Vintage Market.

While I’m pretty sure most of my experience with blue hair will be a practice in modern minimalism and grunge, I of course have to take advantage of the opportunity for zany summer color play. These pink trousers always take me in a fun direction, and my new bold ‘do prompted me to slightly soften my go-to night-out look by ditching my usual fitted crop tops for a breezier, more delicate cut. I love how the top’s flowy hem falls effortlessly in line with the loose-fitting pants for a look that’s comfortable and simply chic. Note to all fashion saucers: the metallic clutch is your friend.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion

Weird Weather

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DSC_0242 (1)Sweater & tank from LF stores, Vince pants, DKNY x Cara Delevingne hat, custom NikeiD Air Max sneakers.

After Bostonians endured the worst of winters, summer’s already halfway over and the weather has the nerve to be…weird. With scattered showers almost every week, I’ve found myself reaching for beanies more often than one expects in July. Lightweight joggers and oversized sweaters that tie easily around the waist are key pieces right now. Animal prints don’t have to be too dressy or ultra-feminine in a sporty context, so try pairing them with your favorite sneakers for a fun, casual look.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion

#BlueHairDontCare

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DSC_0053-Edit (1)ALC pants, Theory top, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Sandro bag, Eddie Borgo jewelry.

I’ve desperately wanted what social media has deemed “mermaid hair” for about five years now. Though I might tear my hair out entirely if one more person asks me “why” I’ve decided to dye it blue (just think really carefully for a second…that’s it! You got it—because I like it…), I am willing to answer a much more important question: why did I wait so long? As someone who adamantly believes that we should all style ourselves for ourselves—and kindly assume that that’s “why” anyone makes the sartorial choices they make—I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I let other people’s opinions postpone this change, even though I knew my desire was real. I dare not compare myself to Caitlyn Jenner, but the message her transformation sends applies to all of us: if you don’t live as your true self, you’ll live with regrets. I’m not saying I’m actually a mermaid on the inside, or that I want blue hair for the rest of my life, but I do believe if I hadn’t seized this opportunity just because a few people I love and respect didn’t love the idea, I’d have lost respect for myself.

In the week leading up to my hair appointment, the most popular question I received besides “why?” was, “Are you worried it will be harder to get dressed?” Well, not really, no. Even blondes and brunettes have to take their coloring into account when choosing clothes. I think because society still associates brightly colored hair with rebellious counter-cultures, people assume that I’ll have to push my always-eclectic style into one specific, radical corner in order to cater to this extreme hairstyle. Challenge accepted! Although I definitely do intend to dip into those more radical styles colorful hair commonly brings to mind, For however long I have blue hair, I’ll also aim to prove to my readers and followers that they can still relate to my style and draw inspiration from my looks, even if a head of blue hair is something they’d never consider. Let’s start with the outfit above. I won’t let anyone tell me it couldn’t be worn by someone with “normal” hair, because I’ve rocked this look as both a blonde and brunette, as well. For a chic daytime look, I’ve styled these sleek but funky pants with menswear-inspired shoes and an oversized tee. To transition to nighttime, I’d swap in a white tank and minimal black sandals, like the fabulous pair I just got at Joie.

Hair color by Ashley Seal of Stilisti Salon.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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Fashion, Promotional

Joie Boston

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DSC_0023-5If you’re looking to refresh your summer wardrobe in one stop, hustle over to Joie’s new shop on Newbury Street, which feels more like a walk-in Pinterest board. Joie sells versatile classics—the kind of clothes you might find yourself wearing almost too often. Light, luxe fabrics, and subtle but unique details, combined with a healthy dose of practicality, left little in the store I wouldn’t wear, and their shoe selection is honestly better than that of any shoe store I’ve visited recently. I have a feeling Joie Boston’s employees are going to get sick of me very soon…

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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