Boston, Fashion

Patriotic-Chic

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DSC_0896 - Version 2Sandro coat, Equipment blouse over Theory turtleneck top, Maje ‘Pastar’ jeans, Furla ‘Yo-Yo Cosmetic Case’ with the Furla ‘Lady Tassel Charm,’ Jeffrey Campbell booties, Eddie Borgo ‘Pave Small Pyramid Bracelet’ in rose gold.

What’s in a handbag? I’m not talking about the contents—lipsticks, loose breath mints—and yet I am: what is it that definitively makes a bag a “handbag”? Furla has become my official go-to designer for great bags, so I knew they’d have the perfect little red cross body for me to add a fun, rich pop of color to my wardrobe. Funnily enough, it turned out that the perfect purse technically isn’t a purse at all. Though it comes with a detachable strap, the gorgeous cross body bag you see above, playfully named the ‘Yo-Yo,’ was designed to be used as a cosmetic case, and even comes with a smaller travel case/mirror, so you can really get on the go in style. But I just think the round shape is so cool and fresh, and once I attached the strap and the matching leather tassel key fob, I absolutely fell in love. You know what they say: the customer is always right, and the moral of this story is that the creative customer ends up with extra accessories.

Although the Furla website only shows the “cosmetic case” (i.e. amazing handbag) in a gorgeous shade of turquoise-blue, a soft gold, and a classic black, it comes in other colors, as well, including a bubblegum pink, and the shade of ruby I chose for myself. Visit the Furla store in the Copley Place Mall, next to Barney’s, to see the whole color wheel, plus tons of other awesome bags and accessories. The styles and prices all make for really rad gifts, so if you’re running late on holiday shopping for your fashionista friend(s), I suggest you scurry over to Furla. And don’t forget to really look at their selection of decorative key fobs; from furry pom-poms to the leather tassel I’ve attached to my Yo-Yo bag, these small accessories are a great way to bring a little variation to your handbag collection.

It would be easy to make star-embroidered denim look somewhat childish. I decided to take these Maje jeans in a more sophisticated direction by layering a silk button-down over a thin turtleneck. My bold bag (the jeans were just begging for that American-flag feel) and ombre lucite heels are in keeping with the jeans’ fun energy, and help them stand out just enough.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

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My lifestyle almost exclusively caters to casual street style. I don’t work in an office, and my friends and I typically opt for dive bars. Or couch. That being said, any girl who keeps up with celebrity red carpet looks imagines what she herself would wear to events like the MET Gala, the Golden Globes, or the Grammy’s. When my mother decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my dad, I decided to explore my personal red carpet fantasies. Sister brands Sandro and Maje have been my go-to party attire labels for the past year, so I made the Maje shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida the first stop on my dress hunt—and the last. As soon as I laid eyes on the “Edivas” dress, I fell in love with the vibrant color and unconventional structured mesh.

When I contemplated possible shoes to pair with the dress, I initially thought of white or silver. But when I saw these iridescent Jimmy Choo pumps in almost the exact same shade of orange as my dress, I knew I couldn’t deny fashion fate. Then I proceeded to spend months daydreaming about the outfit, and struggling with the stress of keeping the party itself a secret. I topped off the look with a few elegant yet edgy accessories, and went with plain white nails and understated makeup. And that incredible ensemble on my sister? She bought it the day of the party. The fact that our manicures matched each other’s outfits was purely accidental. (Again: much fashion fate).

Not only has photographer Mark Karlsberg of Studio Eleven Photography won multiple awards, including Best Candid Album in Massachusetts and New England from the Professional Photographers of New England Association, but he also photographed my parents’ wedding, as well as mine and my siblings’ respective Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. However, this was the first family event at which he stepped in for the lead singer of the band. Mind blown! If you’re looking for an event photographer who can also sing a killer rendition of “Brown-Eyed Girl,” then Mark Karlsberg’s your guy.

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Do or Dye

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1Q1A9406Maje tie-dye silk blazer, American Apparel chiffon camisole, Carmar denim shorts, Sandro booties, Le Specs sunglasses.

Tie dye and color-dyed denim are both summer classics. Bring them together with a monochromatic color scheme, and add sleek accessories for the perfect summer ensemble.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Beauty, Fashion

Springtime Inspiration

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1Q1A8921Vintage tent dress from American Apparel online, Sandro boots, wool hat from Nasty Gal, Le Specs sunglasses.

I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems like Spring may actually be gracing us with its presence here in Boston. This of course calls for bright colors, giant sunglasses, and frequent frolicking among the flowers.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Seeing Spots

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I’m seriously considering selling some of my organs and investing in this amazing Maje rabbit-fur, leopard-printed coat. My body literally convulsed with pure ecstasy when I slipped into this bad boy, and in my oversized Le Specs “New Wave” shades and YSL lipstick in “Le Orange,” I practically hallucinated and heard Iris Apfel whisper in my ear, “Just do it…”

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Until I inevitably cave and find a way to make that coat mine, I’ll have to enjoy smaller doses of leopard and cheetah prints, like this faux fur beret I got a few years ago via Nasty Gal, or these flats from Madewell.

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Girls Will Be Boys

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This particular post/outfit actually speaks to the essay I posted previously. Although people are prone to suggest that fashion objectifies women and promotes gender stereotypes, real fashion (“couture,” if you will…even though you can’t without sounding pompous) constantly embraces androgyny.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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