Fashion

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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Beauty, Fashion

Fall into the ’70s

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DSC_0135 (1)Sandro sweatshirt over Theory turtleneck, pants from Intermix, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Tod’s boots, sunglasses by See Eyewear.

This fall an excellent time to take sartorial cues from the ’70s. Flared pants are back with a vengeance, and turtlenecks are one of the chicest ways to stay warm. Add some vibrant color, some metallics, and massive sunglasses for the full retro effect. A more muted lip color will keep your ’70s-inspired outfit looking current rather than costume-y. I’m partial to Lime Crime liquid-to-matte Velvetine lip color in ‘Bleached.’

Photos by Miranda Mu

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[COACH] x The Sauce

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DSC_0561Nicholas top and NSF pants from Intermix, Joie sandals, and the Coach ‘Nolita’ Satchel.

I could put on a cool front and act like I’m not super excited about this—and I’ll surely have a more relaxed perspective on promotional posts going forward—but right now, I need to geek out for a moment. The fact that my blog is on anyone’s radar continues to blow my mind, so when I received an email inviting me to participate in Coach’s latest Instagram-driven campaign, I spent a good twenty minutes utterly convinced I was being catfished, or punk’d. Established in 1941, Coach, Inc. is one of the foremost American fashion brands, and it’s among the major labels I’ve been aware of the longest in my fashion-loving lifetime (—anyone who was anyone had a Coach wristlet in the ’00s). The brand always brings the word classic to mind, and while it certainly also stands for American style, what it means to be or look “American” continues to expand constantly. I’m so thrilled to represent Coach, but especially to do so with a not-so-classic hair color.

The ‘Nolita’ Satchel, which I opted for in black, is from Coach’s “Wear Now, Wear Later” collection, and I think that title says it all. Though the bag is part of the brand’s Spring 2015 series, it can easily be styled for any season (and I’ve already carried it every single day since its arrival). In addition, the clean, minimalist design lends itself to outfits both dressy and casual, edgy and classic, and I always value versatility first when it comes to accessories. I absolutely love that it comes with an adjustable, detachable crossbody strap (which you can see on the Coach website), essentially giving me two bags in one. The crossgrain leather adds a subtle texture that gives the bag that extra hint of luxury and uniqueness.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion

#BlueHairDontCare

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DSC_0053-Edit (1)ALC pants, Theory top, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Sandro bag, Eddie Borgo jewelry.

I’ve desperately wanted what social media has deemed “mermaid hair” for about five years now. Though I might tear my hair out entirely if one more person asks me “why” I’ve decided to dye it blue (just think really carefully for a second…that’s it! You got it—because I like it…), I am willing to answer a much more important question: why did I wait so long? As someone who adamantly believes that we should all style ourselves for ourselves—and kindly assume that that’s “why” anyone makes the sartorial choices they make—I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I let other people’s opinions postpone this change, even though I knew my desire was real. I dare not compare myself to Caitlyn Jenner, but the message her transformation sends applies to all of us: if you don’t live as your true self, you’ll live with regrets. I’m not saying I’m actually a mermaid on the inside, or that I want blue hair for the rest of my life, but I do believe if I hadn’t seized this opportunity just because a few people I love and respect didn’t love the idea, I’d have lost respect for myself.

In the week leading up to my hair appointment, the most popular question I received besides “why?” was, “Are you worried it will be harder to get dressed?” Well, not really, no. Even blondes and brunettes have to take their coloring into account when choosing clothes. I think because society still associates brightly colored hair with rebellious counter-cultures, people assume that I’ll have to push my always-eclectic style into one specific, radical corner in order to cater to this extreme hairstyle. Challenge accepted! Although I definitely do intend to dip into those more radical styles colorful hair commonly brings to mind, For however long I have blue hair, I’ll also aim to prove to my readers and followers that they can still relate to my style and draw inspiration from my looks, even if a head of blue hair is something they’d never consider. Let’s start with the outfit above. I won’t let anyone tell me it couldn’t be worn by someone with “normal” hair, because I’ve rocked this look as both a blonde and brunette, as well. For a chic daytime look, I’ve styled these sleek but funky pants with menswear-inspired shoes and an oversized tee. To transition to nighttime, I’d swap in a white tank and minimal black sandals, like the fabulous pair I just got at Joie.

Hair color by Ashley Seal of Stilisti Salon.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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Beauty, Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Halloween 2014

Cruella de Vil

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I decided to spare just one…

DSC_0011OK, I know, I know. I did it again: I disappeared for almost a month. I’m a bad, bad blogger! Or just consistently fashionably late, depending on how you look at things. But I hope this year’s Halloween costume will make up for my online absences. (I’m also sorry I didn’t post pictures of my costume sooner, but I can’t have been the only person who spent yesterday nursing a hangover…) I seriously do have lots of cool projects and collaborations in the works, so I appreciate your patience.

Anyone who’s known me for at least twenty minutes knows that Halloween is my favorite holiday. It gives fashion lovers a special chance to get really creative, and while so many girls like to play princess, this year I decided I should honor a villain on the one night we openly celebrate sin. I chose Cruella de Vil because she’s not just an iconic female villain, she’s also a fashion icon, determined to commit a heinous crime in order to achieve a fabulous style statement. Whenever I put together a costume, I try to use as much as possible from my own wardrobe. This year, it started with a dress that had been sitting in my closet gathering dust and making me feel guilty for over a year. I bought the black and white maxi dress, complete with shoulder pads and a dramatic slit, on a whim at one of LF’s infamous sales. Obviously it didn’t cost much, but I got home and thought to myself, Where did I think I would wear this? My prom years are far behind me, and my calendar isn’t exactly marked up with galas. But when I saw it hanging next to my shag coat, an LF purchase that I’ve worn constantly for three winters, my Cruella vision suddenly became clear, and the rest just fell together.

I’m obsessed with Eddie Borgo’s odd yet simultaneously minimalist jewelry, and this choker was on my wish list for months before I made it mine. The fact that the sleek, glamorous necklace happens to somewhat resemble a dog collar was an ever-s0-appropriate coincidence.

For Cruella’s signature red lip, MAC Cosmetics made my Halloween dreams come true with their Rocky Horror Picture Show collection. Rocky Horror is a Halloween cult classic film, and one of my personal favorites. Like so many MAC lipsticks, the Rocky Horror reds are smooth, rich, and flawless—and totally sold out. Special shout out to a special friend who helped me get my hands on these coveted colors!

The finishing touches for almost any Halloween costume are easy to get online. eBay and the Party City website have all the Halloween essentials, and even the more unusual accessories, as long as you don’t wait until the last minute. A significant other who loves you enough to wear a full dalmatian suit? That’s a little harder to find.

Photos by Brooke Appe & Annie Goldman

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Fashion Week Street Style: What I Would Have Worn to Milan Fashion Week

This is my third Fashion Week-inspired outfit post. I’ve always wanted to visit Milan, but playing pretend in the alleyway behind my apartment is always a glorious adventure…

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IMG_0810Vintage Versace tee, American Apparel pleated skirt, Jean-Michel Cazabat “Elle” red leather pumps, Alice + Olivia piano bag, Nasty Gal “Nita” shades, necklace a la some random vendor at Bonnaroo Music Festival (—which tent? That tent!), and Zero Gravity “Bestie” iPhone 5/5S case.

As you probably know, it’s custom for Fashion Week attendees to dress based on the city they’re in and the designers they’re seeing—and designers typically debut their new work in their city/country of origin. For my NYC look, I wore a Marc Jacobs skirt; for London, I wore a Reiss hat. So for my Milan-inspired ensemble, I reached for my favorite Italian piece, my beloved vintage Versace tee—‘gotta love Mom’s hand-me-downs! It was an obvious choice, not only because Versace has been one of the most prominent Italian names in fashion for decades, but also because (as I mentioned previously) snapshots of Fashion Week street style revealed that dressing up graphic prints/tees is one of the freshest trends right now. A cool graphic tee can be surprisingly versatile, and I love the challenge of wearing one thing a million ways. I recently styled this outfit with some different accessories (and a lot more hair) at the press preview for the MFA Boston’s amazing Hollywood Glamour exhibit. (If you’re a fashion-enthusiast in Boston, this exhibition is a must-see.) To reboot the look for an imaginary day at Milan Fashion Week, I took cues from Italian fashion blogger/bona fide icon Chiara Ferragni’s girlish flair and penchant for quirky accessories. Who wouldn’t want to walk the streets of Milan in a twirly skirt and bright red heels? My new Alice + Olivia piano purse honestly doesn’t hold much more than a tube of lipstick, but I’m totally obsessed. It’s unconventional, but also has a simple color palette, making it the perfect statement piece for the plainest or funkiest of outfits. Plus, I have a thing for things that look like other things. And don’t forget about tech accessories—fun iPhone cases are the newest way to spice up your accessories, and I think Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour  would approve of my sleek new case featuring their unmistakable, angrily fashionable faces. Stay tuned for my upcoming Paris post…

Photos by Rebecca Browne & Annie Goldman

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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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