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Michael Hill Jewelry: A Warm & Sparkly Welcome to Fall

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DSC_0114-EditAllSaints ‘Belvedere’ leather bomber, Theory turtlneck, Helmut Lang sweater, J Brand ‘Super Skinny Scuba’ pants, Sandro ‘Aida’ cross body bag, Furla ‘Bubble’ key ring in ‘Pelato,’ Tod’s boots, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, and the Michael Hill Jewelry ‘Geometric Bar Necklace‘ and ‘Geometric Ring’, both made with beautiful of 1/5 carat diamonds set in classic sterling silver. (The ring I’m wearing is so fly that it’s currently out of stock, but click here to find a similar and equally amazing Michael Hill ring to consider!)

Layering jewelry was one of this summer’s hottest trends, and finding fresh ways to layer clothes is an essential aspect of fall-dressing. In collaborating with Australian jewelry line, Michael Hill, I decided to combine those trends for a fun fall look. This lovely, delicate necklace stands out against the dark canvas of a black turtleneck, and my ivory sweater’s asymmetrical hem adds an element of edge to this simple cool-weather ensemble. Unconventional rings are all the rage, and I’m seriously obsessed with my elegant but modern Michael Hill ring. Since fall/winter outfits can tend to be bulky, I strongly recommend investing in a pair of neoprene pants (they’re sleek, slimming, and super comfy), and a pair of heeled booties with a pointed toe to achieve the illusion of length. In addition to unique bling, textured accessories and rich, deep shades of lipstick will take any fall outfit to the next level.

I chose this geometric necklace and ring for their smart, versatile design aesthetic. Both can be easily dressed up or down, and worn independently or paired with other pieces. I rock this ring every day, and I’m really excited to incorporate both pieces into my wardrobe over the holiday season for a touch of offbeat but understated charm. If you visit the Michael Hill Jewelry website, you’ll find an endless, varied selection of jewelry with something for everyone, every occasion, and any budget.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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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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Bonnaroo: A Really Good Time

Unlike some of the other high-profile music festivals, such as Coachella and Governor’s Ball, almost all of the eighty-thousand people who attend the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee camp out in tents for the four-day extravaganza. This in no way eliminates fashion from the Bonnaroo scene, but it presents a challenge to festival fashion-enthusiasts who want to endure Roo in style. Comfort can’t be neglected when dressing for Bonnaroo and other festivals of its kind. Please enjoy these photos from my Bonnaroo 2014 experience (taken by Matt McKenna, kind strangers, and yours truly) and my list of key items and products and styles for the festival fashionista.

IMG_3187On the road I wore the lightweight Groceries Apparel ‘Wolff’ top, coated high-rise J Brand skinnies, a vintage necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots, and my Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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IMG_3211American Apparel California Select vintage halter top, Carmar denim shorts, Birkenstock “Gizeh” sandals, and an authentic Wayuu bag: Structured, comfortable sandals like Birkenstocks are necessary for the more rigorous festival, where you’ll spend most of your time on-foot. Don’t make the mistake of relying on flimsy flip-flops.

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IMG_3235Vintage Oscar de la Renta silk kimono dress from Nasty Gal, printed turband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

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026_26Helmut Lang tank, Millau perforated faux leather running shorts, BAGGU printed tote, MARC by Marc Jacobs sweatshirt and combat boots. To maintain your hair at a festival, be sure to bring dry shampoo. Oscar Blandi makes some great products, but Oribe has a dry shampoo alternative that doesn’t leave visible residue in your hair. Since roots tend to get oily while ends dry out in the sun, give dry conditioner a try, focusing on the ends of your hair.

024_24Brixton ‘Joanna’ hat from Nasty Gal, crop top from Urban Outfitters, Millau shorts, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots: running shorts in fun prints or textiles and combat boots were the definite MVPs of Bonnaroo this year.

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IMG_3244Be prepared for and positive about the possibility of rain. Poncho from Urban Outfitters, sunglasses from Walmart.

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007_7Since most festivals are blazing hot during the day, the nighttime chill can come as a shock. Bring soft tops that you can tie up in the heat and let down for more coverage once the sun goes down.

002_2My soft, high-waisted boyfriend jeans were the unsung heroes of my festival wardrobe.

004_4Floral crown from GoJane.com, Quay Australia sunglasses.

IMG_3277 (1)Silk aztec-printed dress from LF Stores, Le Specs sunglasses: so you can sit and dance comfortably in lightweight frocks, try wearing white Nike Pro Combat compression shorts underneath.

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014_14“Chi Chi” top from Nasty Gal, wooden necklace and high-waist shorts from American Apparel, lilac headband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

011_11Wide-brimmed hats, fanny packs, and anything tie-dye are festival essentials.

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hello.jpgPlease excuse my awkward tan/burn lines and shoebee status, and just focus on this awesome Wildfox Couture halter bikini with rainbow briefs. A cute bathing suit top can easily serve as your outfit of the day. I really don’t think I need to explain the greatness of Adidas original Pool Side sandals, do I?

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IMG_3338A gel manicure is a must for the rougher festival scene, unless you want to spend your days staring at the dirt underneath your nails. Take it as an opportunity to try some fun new nail art. And if you hate to go without lip color, but also hate the feel of makeup caking and baking in the sun, try a Revlon Color Burst balm stain. It moisturizes and feels like a regular lip balm, and actually lasts longer than most lipsticks. Miley Cyrus and the ongoing 90s fashion revival caused the double-bun look be a popular choice at Bonnaroo this year. It’s playful, and keeps your hair out of the way.

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Off-Duty

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IMG_2775Vintage 90s floral maxi dress from Gypsy Vintage (you can shop Gypsy Vintage at the SoWa Vintage Market), Jeffrey Campbell ‘Bastia’ slide sandals, vintage choker.IMG_2723

IMG_2714Piece Apparel ‘Wild at Heart’ tank, Carmar denim cutoffs, Sandro booties. Piece Apparel makes amazingly cute and comfortable basics, and all you Fashion Saucers can use the promo code ANNIE20 for 20% off your next order at www.pieceapparel.com. Rad clothes and free, international shipping: that’s the sauce. (Photos by Matt McKenna)1Q1A9103

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1Q1A9109REISS London sweater, Helmut Lang tank, Maje shorts, Nasty Gal ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat, Jeffrey Campbell sandals (Photos by Amanda Rosen)

The long weekend has come to and end, but MDW is the official kickoff for summer, and so it’s time to start thinking about your off-duty summer style. When it comes to dressing for summer weekends, it’s all about creating outfits that look both relaxed and refined. I give my flowing, vintage floral maxi dress a stylish kick with my sleek, silver choker and structured Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ bag. You can spice up casual summer staples, like graphic tanks and cutoffs, with a bold lip color and dressier boots. Look for comfortable classics with a sophisticated twist, like the mesh overlay on my oversized, pastel sweater, or minimalist sandals in luxe patent-leather. And try fun, wide-brimmed hats for extra flair (and sun protection).

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Palazzo Pants Party

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1Q1A9180Palazzo pants from LF Stores, Helmut Lang tank, Nasty Gal ‘Paulina’ hat, Le Specs shades, Madison Harding wooden flatforms.

Dresses and skirts aren’t the only clothes made for twirling. Palazzo pants, a boho staple, are basically maxi skirts in which you can perform high kicks, and that’s pretty cool. Dress them up a bit with a pair of wedges or flatforms, or rock them at a music festival with cushy sandals.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Warby Parker Exclusive

1Q1A8532I was so excited when eyewear company Warby Parker asked me to review their new summer sunglasses collection, which debuts today! Sunglasses have always been my favorite accessory, and Warby Parker makes beautiful, fun, affordable frames for men and women—and for a great cause. For every pair of sunglasses sold, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone in need, and their sunglasses start at just $95. In short, Warby Parker offers you the chance to buy stylish sunglasses and help those less fortunate without going broke yourself. That’s what I call a fashion win-win-win.

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I chose the ‘Madison’ frames because they feature a classic, flattering shape, and because this particular shade of burgundy-red is so versatile. Vibrant enough to bring a little life to my first, black and white outfit, yet understated enough to wear with more colorful looks without going over the top, Warby Parker sunglasses are perfect for people with eclectic style and taste.

Warby Parker’s new Spectrum Sun Collection, available starting today, achieves the same kind of cool with a classic, retro vibe and a fresh selection of colors. Every pair lends itself to endless looks for every occasion. Plus, their sturdy plastic frames will survive whatever craziness summer brings your way—a day at the beach, music festivals, the inside of your purse…

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The “Hall” in Cherry Blossum

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The “Minnie” in Eucalyptus

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The “Piper” in Revolver Black

After gushing over the whole new summer collection, I was able to narrow myself down three favorites, shown above, but I can’t seem to settle on one pair just yet. Each truly evokes the simultaneously adventurous and laid-back summer experience, and many looks from the summer line will carry over seamlessly into your fall/winter wardrobe. Stay tuned to see which pair I choose to take with me to Bonnaroo Music Festival in June, and be sure to visit the Warby Parker website to see the rest of the Spectrum Sun Collection, and to learn more about their charitable work. Warby Parker also has a store located at 83 Newbury Street here in Boston.

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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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