Fashion

Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

061-2Maje “Edivas” mesh dress, matching Jimmy Choo Abel Patent-Leather pumps.067

021McKenna in a Reiss London suit and Theory tie.055Silver Jimmy Choo clutch purse with gold clasp, Eddie Borgo bracelet.031

053My beautiful sister in the A.L.C. Lucas Lace Pencil Skirt and a Torn by Ronny Kobo crop top.075

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360My dad—the birthday boy, a sharp dresser, and the best dancer I know!

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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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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Girls Will Be Boys

Menswear-inspired coats and shoes + feminine frocks + black & blue, the ultimate color combination of the season = an easy, yet unexpected and stylish look. And Sandro, my current go-to designer, has the equation all figured out.1Q1A5839(Please excuse my mean muggin’…) Here I am in a masculine Sandro coat with leather panels, a striped Sandro shift dress, and my Boutique 9 patent-leather tasseled loafers. The contrast between the boyish coat & shoes and the girly dress creates a look that works for day or night.1Q1A5866 - Version 3

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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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Creepers in Copley

IMG_1679I coveted these Sandro creepers for months, so I couldn’t wait to take them for a spin in Copley. I decided to embrace their menswear undertones with other pieces stolen from the boys, pairing my American Apparel printed chiffon blouse with my boyfriend blazer from LF Stores. My Carmar high-waisted ankle jeans, also from LF, let the creepers take the spotlight. Miley Cyrus wore these same shoes when she performed “Wrecking Ball” on SNL last week, no big deal:

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IMG_1701These white See Eyewear shades pick up the white in my shoes and blouse, and the enormous cateye frames are fitting with such dramatic kicks. Plus they make the whole look a little more feminine.IMG_1699I have this blouse in nine or ten different colors and prints because you can wear them so many different ways: buttoned all the way up with a blazer likes this, it evokes an androgynous vibe, but they’re long enough to tie up into a crop top and light enough to wear open over a bathing suit. Don’t worry. I’ll prove it.IMG_1709

IMG_1707 - Version 2Photos by Julia Moody

IMG_0690This is Julia Moody, the photographer for this shoot, and a soon-to-be featured Boston Fashion Saucer! Here’s a sneak peek of her upcoming appearance in a Maison Martin Margiela shawl and Elizabeth & James ring. Stay tuned for a better look into Julia’s saucy style!

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Minimalist Neon

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1Q1A2750So if you haven’t figured this out yet, I’m pretty obsessed with Alexander Wang. I couldn’t live without my Marion bag. (Crossbody bags are a must for me. Otherwise I’d have to superglue my possessions to my person) I bought it slightly damaged and thus very cheap at the actual Shopbop store. It was pretty much like walking right into my favorite website. They’re based in Madison, Wisconsin. Go figure!1Q1A2746Photos by Amanda Rosen

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