Boston, Fashion

Nasty Gals do it Better at SoWa

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DSC_0073Just Female ‘Lumo’ Jumpsuit, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Bastia’ sandals, and Le Specs sunglasses all courtesy of Nasty Gal; Alexander Wang ‘Diego’ bucket bag, vintage silver necklace courtesy of Stephanie Pernice, creator of the SoWa Vintage Market, herself.

Today was the first truly hot day in Boston this year, so I had to check out the SoWa Vintage Market…and of course came out with my first sunburn of the season.

Lightweight jumpsuits (and rompers) are not only a comfortable and chic summer staple, but they also essentially eliminate the need to over think your outfit. Just choose occasion-appropriate shoes/accessories, and you’re good to go. For day, I love a ’90s-inspired sandal, like these Jeffrey Campbell slides, or a classic Birkenstock. Sleek silver accents are best with blue and black, and I found this awesome choker while browsing the market. That’s the beauty (and the horror) of SoWa: I always leave wearing something new. Learn more about the SoWa Vintage Market here.

Photos by Brooke Appe

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Green Monster

 

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1Q1A8392 - Version 2Vintage sweater, AllSaint’s leather mini skirt, Tod’s boots, sunglasses from Urban Outfitters.

When it comes to matching-clashing, mod-inspired looks make a great foundation for wearing different hues of the same color. I love how these two shades of green taunt the eye and play with each other. The coverage of the vintage turtleneck balances out the micro mini, and my circle sunglasses, also olive green, give the whole outfit an extra retro kick.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Beauty, Fashion

Sequin Surprises…They’re Grrrreat!

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Annie 18 - Version 2Sequins for daytime? Yes, please! I love the juxtaposition of the classic, prep school cardigan look in the front and the fierce, would-be kitschy sequin tiger in the back, which I snagged for 60% off at LF’s only sale of the season. Their whole fall/winter collection had an awesome, updated grunge-inspired vibe. To keep sequins casual, reach for simple staples like this grey Helmut Lang tank and these black J Brand coated, high-rise skinnies, and black Tod’s boots. I topped it all off with MAC lipstick in “Violetta,”  just to keep things weird.

Photos by Mike Lanzillo

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Orange is the New Black

1Q1A8279Working in fashion retail, I noticed that many shoppers fear the color orange. I don’t know why, and I can’t be sure whether or not the majority’s aversion to all things orange contributes to my growing love for what I consider to be a very flattering, happy color.

As a huge portion of my earlier posts will show, I also love black and white. Who doesn’t? It’s a simple, yet bold, and reliably chic combination—but it can also become repetitive. Small pops of color, like these blood-orange Chanel sunglasses, will liven up and diversify your black and white winter wardrobe. Once the temperature creeps up to a tropical fifty degrees, I’ll start pairing these orange shades with outfits that rival real-life double-complete rainbows (—Can you say “Bonnaroo 2014”?)1Q1A8283Theory houndstooth jacquard sweater, harem trousers from Urban Outfitters, Maje black & plastic heels.1Q1A8286

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Bigger is Better

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To My Dearest Fashion Saucers,

I sincerely apologize for taking a brief sabbatical from blogging more regularly. Between a stack of 19th-century American novels, the obligation to acknowledge the Super Bowl, birthdays, Bat Mitzvahs, a loss in the family, my photographer’s ever-exciting and constant travels, nasty snow storms (–and perhaps a certain something that is now legal in Colorado), I’ve been pretty busy…or asleep. But rest assured I’ve still been playing my daily game of dress-up, and I’ll be serving up more sauce by next week.IMG_1477Sandro turtleneck sweater, faux fur gilet a la several LF seasons ago, J Brand coated jeans, Sandro booties, Alexander Wang bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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Beauty, Fashion, Travel

Ladies is Pimps, too…

Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later? You might think a shag coat is an unrealistic item that will just sit in your closet collecting even more fuzz, but you’d be wrong. Once you have one, the answer is always now. I bought my faux fur shag coat from LF Stores in 2011, and it’s been an essential part of my fall/winter experience ever since, to the point where I stare at it longingly during spring and summer. Why? Because the right shag coat can evoke the spirit of Cruella DeVille, a gangster rap star AND Kurt Cobain in the most deliciously weird way. The shag coat is a conversation starter: you will find yourself talking to more strangers whilst rocking your shag—and (WARNING) being touched by them, too.1Q1A5581Here I am in another American Apparel oversized chiffon button-up, tied up to show just a sliver of skin over my Urban Outfitters harem trousers.1Q1A5585

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(Photos by Amanda Rosen)tumblr_mjh21o3dfI1r85hyzo1_1280A beanie and a relaxed knit tee give the coat a chill, grunge vibe.398590_2531165438754_676215346_nThe shag coat and these limited edition Jeffrey Campbell “Warrant” platforms from LF Stores took my vintage Ralph Lauren cashmere slip dress to that perfect level of eccentric glitz that we all crave on New Year’s Eve.tumblr_mfyigsPuZX1r85hyzo1_500And here I am on the following New Year’s, wearing the coat over a crushed velvet burgundy body-con dress. This photo, taken by my best friend Brooke, has over 12,000 notes on my Tumblr account. Check it out!

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