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03-23Zara trousers, crop top from LF Stores, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Belanger-2’ flats, Furla customized ‘Metroplois’ cross body bag in ‘Moonstone’ & ‘Petalo’, 66 The Label paisley scarf.

I don’t have central air conditioning in my apartment, and have spent the past two weeks holed up in my bedroom, standing in front of a window AC unit in just my underwear, groaning to the higher powers that when I begged for winter to end, I did not intend to request a formal receipt for climate change. (If there’s anyone out there who still doesn’t believe that this planet is getting hotter, I invite you to spend just ten minutes in my living room.) It’s tough to get dressed at all when it’s 93 degrees outside, and even tougher to put on something that might appear remotely polished—but we can’t wear jorts everywhere. Yesterday was a scorcher, and I found myself as comfortable as perhaps humanly possible in these super lightweight, billowy culottes, elevated by a pair of pointed loafers.

Who doesn’t love vertical stripes? Flattering and eye-catching, I think this combination of pastels and navy is so dreamy for summertime, and my paisley silk scarf achieves some fun pattern play without stealing the trousers’ spotlight. Silk scarves can instantly add Parisian-style sophistication to just about any look, so if you’re like me and want to mix up your choker obsession, you should consider this alternative neck accessory. You can even tie them to handbags, wear them as cute retro hair accessories, or fashion yourself a unique cuff. I fully support trends that offer options.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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A Night in the North End

Visiting Shake the Tree Boston

Maje ‘Marco’ ribbed knit fitted vest, BDG jeans, Joie sandals, Yazbukey ‘Banana’ clutch.

I often feel like simplicity and eccentricity are wrongfully kept apart, but combining them doesn’t have to be contradictory—in fact, the effect can be pretty complimentary. For a lovely little gathering at Shake the Tree in Boston’s North End, I went with a minimal outfit, punctuated by a very loud accessory. To clarify, a pop of color can be, but is not always a statement piece, and I personally think adding a mere pop of color to this outfit, like a plain red purse, would have come across as a failure to commit to minimalism, as well as a lackluster attempt to give the look more panache. This blue Yazbukey clutch (which is currently on sale and low in stock), complete with bright yellow banana detailing, is unusual and playful enough to make this simple outfit pop without looking like an afterthought.

I have to admit, because I don’t visit the North End as often as I should, I hadn’t heard of Shake the Tree until I got an invitation to a blogger party they were hosting in collaboration with Georgina of A Noted Life and Boston Foodies. Regan Cleminson, the insanely talented photographer and marketing/communications consultant, was on site to snap fun street style shots of attendees. (One of these photos recently became my most liked photo ever on Instagram. Regan’s kind of a big deal!) Not even impromptu photo shoots and mini meatballs could distract me from Shake the Tree’s amazing collection, though. It’s truly one of the most charming and well-curated fashion and lifestyle boutiques I’ve ever seen, filled with flowing printed frocks, uniquely specialized cook books, ornate champagne glasses, jars of raw honey, and candles far too pretty to burn. The small space is jam-packed with gorgeous little somethings. You could easily get sucked into Shake the Tree for two hours, and leave with no money to your name. I think I’ll definitely start making my way to the North End more often.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Concert Daze

Concerts are just about my favorite summer activity, and concert/festival attire has become a highly sensationalized, perhaps pressurized movement in fashion. I, myself, wait with baited breath to see what stars like Kendall Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens will wear to Coachella, and spent a long time curating looks for all four days of Bonnaroo Music Festival, three times over. When it comes to enduring heat, dancing and sitting on grassy lawns or stiff bleachers, all while feeling confident, cute, and occasion-appropriate, denim shorts have proven themselves as the MVP of my concert and festival experiences. Kimono dresses, maxi skirts, and all that jazz just don’t quite measure up for me. Consequently, my collection of denim shorts has grown too large to fit in one drawer, and I find myself hunting for more unique pairs with fun embellishments for more variety. Over the weekend, I rocked two different pairs of embellished denim shorts to two concerts over two consecutive days.

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Mishka ‘Demo Derby Keep Watch’ tee, Maje ‘Ilion’ denim shorts, vintage belt. Photo by Matt McKenna.

For a daytime, Third Eye Blind show out at Indian Ranch, I paired this neon Mishka tee with tastefully bedazzled denim shorts for a look that embraced ’90s nostalgia. I added a Western belt to incorporate a more current and sophisticated trend.

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Sandro shorts, Out From Under x UO high-neck tank, UO ‘Luke’ lace-up boots, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag. Photos by Miranda Mu.

I love this rich, gold-studded burgundy with a minimal black tank for a nighttime show. I wore this to see Modest Mouse at Xfinity, and, as opposed to how I dressed for Third Eye Blind, went for a more sleek and modern look. These lace-up boots are great for any show, comfortable enough to walk and dance for hours on end. Cross body bags are my favorite in everyday life, but they’re especially great at shows, you know, so I can throw my hands in the air and such. Also convenient for holding a beer in one hand and a hotdog in the other.

I’m headed to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal for a day at the end of the month, and something tells my I won’t stray too far from my festival fashion formula. Stay tuned to see if I manage to keep it fresh, regardless.

 

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Hardware

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DSC_0913A.L.C. ‘Beals Buckle Detail’ gaucho pants, Emma & Sam cropped tee, Superga classic sneakers in white, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in Moonstone and Petalo.

We’ve gone over this: culottes/gaucho pants are all the rage. But, now that they’ve become a certified staple, one has to consider curating a diverse collection. This gorgeous pair, on sale at Intermix, caught my eye because of their gorgeous clay color and metal belt detailing. A little bit of hardware can really take a simple staple to the next level. It’s especially awesome in this case because the belt is actually adjustable, allowing for a little extra room when I get intimate and make a baby with my lunch. I really love culottes because they meet my foremost fashion priority: versatility. These gauchos look lovely and relaxed with my cropped tee and white tennis sneakers, but would also slay with a pair of strappy heels and a blouse (or just a different crop top, whatever).

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Independence Day: Go Big or Go Home

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DSC_0700Sandro ‘Eva’ top, Carmar denim shorts, Furla ‘YoYo’ cross body cosmetic case with ‘Lady’ fringe tassel, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Spitfire Sunglasses.

Some people are wary of theme dressing, but I think it can present a fun, creative opportunity. Who doesn’t want an extension on Halloween? Plus, we’re in an election year (it’s a complete shitshow), and America seems to be in this weird, constant flow of milestones and tragedies. If there were ever a year to wear your patriotism, it’s this one. That’s one way I’m coping, anyway. So, for your pleasure, here I am in a red, white and blue ensemble, complete with classic Daisy Dukes and powder blue cowboy booties, the perfect look for a 4th of July BBQ or party of any kind.

My mom recently texted me to ask if I’d left blue suede cowboy boots in her closet a while back, but the description didn’t ring a bell. Then I saw them, and my heart leapt when I saw these bad boys. I remembered buying them just before college…and then promptly never wearing them. How could I neglect such fabulous shoes? While there are plenty of more subtle ways to style these retro booties, it seemed like fate that they’d waltz back into my life just before July. I mean, do you see that star detailing?

Since denim shorts and cowboy boots are a very literal combination for the 4th, if you want to stay on-theme without going too kitschy, try a blouse that includes some red, white, or blue without actual stars or stripes. The red and white crochet collar on my Sandro top (now on sale), plus my luxe red leather bag add a level of maturity to my outfit (but not too much of course).

As you style yourself and celebrate throughout the weekend and this Monday, remember that denim is your friend and that red, white and blue looks great on everyone. Have fun with your look, and stay tuned to see how I wear my patriotism this 4th of July by following me on Instagram.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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Slit Skirt

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DSC_0516Crop top by Nasty Gal, skirt by asos, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Belanger’ loafers (available here in beige), Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ cross body bag, and Reks Optics round Lumolux sunglasses in white with smoke lenses.

Midi skirts have forced their way to the forefront of fashion within the past couple of years to accompany culottes in a world that used to be dominated by “mini” or “maxi.” (Here’s to options!) The somewhat conservative length is refreshing and sophisticated, and you can easily add a little sex appeal with a dramatic slit or two and a crop top. Pointed loafers make for a polished daytime look, while my reflective shades and brown-nude lip color (Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy’) remove all unwanted traces of preppiness. To embrace your preppy side, add tortoise-shell or cat eye sunnies, and opt for a light pink lip.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Stairway to Street Style

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DSC_0322Furst of a Kind vintage Led Zeppelin tee, scuba skirt by Nasty Gal, vintage belt, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters, Vanessa Mooney choker, Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ necklace in iridescent drusy, Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy,’ and Reks Optics round ‘Lumolux’ sunglasses in metallic silver with silver lenses.

Sorry not sorry for the lame title! (I’m usually one of those obnoxious Zeppelin fans who automatically assumes people who reference “Stairway to Heaven” are phony fans, or in middle school.) Consider the ensemble above more user-friendly version of this recent, similar but slightly more dramatic look. Styling things like vintage band tees and menswear-inspired shoes with a feminine, fitted skirt strikes the perfect balance of edgy and polished. I love staples with unique details, so this black, neoprene bodycon skirt with an adorable scalloped hemline is a friend of mine. This outfit combination works well for going straight from your daytime errands to dinner, a date, or a concert. Also, I am newly obsessed with these round sunnies by Reks Optics. They’re made of a special material that bends, but doesn’t break, making them the perfect shades for athletes and/or idiots who carelessly toss sunglasses around and then tragically sit on them. Chic *and* disaster-proof? I’ll take three! (I already did…) Plus, on the Reks website, you can mix and match different frames with various hues of reflective lenses for a look customized to your liking. Again: yes, please! (And thank you to my friends at Reks Optics!)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Not a Fan

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DSC_0942Maje ‘Trap’ embroidered knit T-shirt, shorts from Urban Outfitters, Kate Spade backpack, Sandro creepers, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses, Vanessa Mooney choker.

Like many pieces by Maje, I can’t quite explain what I love about this top. I’m not into sports. I’ve never even been to Arizona. I am, however, a fan of the juxtaposition between this athletic-style tee and my creepers. They come together to create a cool tomboy-chic look that’s feminine in its flirtiness: the cropped tee, the flouncy shorts, the dramatic shoes. Easy yet bold is always a good thing.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Bomber Jackets, Cont’d: Staple or Trend?

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DSC_1052Bomber jacket from LF Stores, Emma & Sam crop top, Sandro jeans, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in Moonstone and Petalo, Superga ‘Cotu’ snake sneakers in brown, Vanessa Mooney ‘Sun Star’ choker.

Owning two satiny green bomber jackets may seem excessive, so, for my own sake, allow me to justify. It’s not a secret that bomber jackets have become a ubiquitous piece in street style culture. Chic meets chill, they up the ante for so many looks. There are, however, two different categories of bomber jackets, which serve different style services: one is the statement bomber (as seen here on the Sauce), usually involving vibrant colors and embellishments, and the second is the minimal bomber. The minimal bomber, like my olive green one above, is understated, goes with almost everything, and I dare say is becoming the new denim jacket. That’s why I feel confident claiming that while the bomber jackets is “trendy” at this moment, it’s proven versatile enough to solidify itself as a necessary staple—a certified classic—very much here to say.  Also, I die over this olive green and blush combo. As “fall colors” like olive green, clay-camel, and navy pervade our spring/summer wardrobes, expect pastels to continue complimenting those deeper hues going into fall/winter.

Sneakers are the champions of the shoe scene right now, and I just love seeing how the fashion world keeps finding creative new ways to elevate more comfortable styles, because changes like this help to make fashion feel more inviting and fun, allowing for a more diverse street style community. These coated canvas Superga sneakers in a snake skin print are a great option for people who like subtle statement pieces. (No, that’s not an oxymoron. It’s a thing.)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Runnin’ With the Devil

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DSC_0203Furst of a Kind vintage Van Halen tee (LF Stores), American Apparel skirt, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘YoYo’ cross body cosmetic case and ‘Lady’ tassel charm, Vanessa Mooney ‘Rose Ribbon’ choker, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses, Eddie Borgo bracelets, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Dragon Girl.’

Concert tees are an essential part of any cool girl’s wardrobe, because they always look cute and classic with paired casually with jeans, but can also be transformed into a more elevated fashion statement. Since this feminine midi skirt gives off witchcraft vibes, it creates a juxtaposition that isn’t jarring with the rocker tee. My UNIF boots solidify the punk-grunge look I’m going for, while this chic Furla cross body bag and tassel charm add a more polished element, in addition to bringing out the rich colors in my favorite vintage tee.

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, I’m fully obsessed with chokers, and have been for some time. Like, it’s a good thing I don’t tan, because the choker lines would be real. These days, I almost never put on an outfit that I don’t feel requires a choker, and I’ve recently gone completely gaga for LA-based jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney’s beautiful collection of chokers. This rose-embroidered ribbon choker is feminine, but also conjures up images of classic tattoos, tying this whole look together. A look like this is always best topped off with retro shades and a bold lip.

The best part about this ensemble is that it’s dark in style, but lightweight and incredibly comfortable for summer. Check out how I previously layered this tee for a fun fall look here.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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