Fashion

Peek-a-Boo

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117a8387Blank NYC ‘As You Wish’ moto jacket, vintage sweater, Levi’s ‘505 C’ jeans, fishnet stockings from Urban Outfitters, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag.

I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers and designers rocking fishnets on Instagram lately, and I’ve just been hardcore copycatting on the regular. These exaggerated-diamond fishnets are actually super hard to put on, but I love the look. (Beauty is spending ten minutes cursing your toes and toppling off your vanity stool, right?) Letting your fishnets peek out from jeans is a badass way to spice up your denim game, and pairing them with soft pastel colors creates eye-catching contrast, which I’m very into right now. Punk + pink is a wise way to toughen up your favorite color this winter.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Fashion

Denim Dance

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img_7483Maje denim jacket, American Apparel turtleneck top, vintage Versace tee, BDG jeans, vintage belt, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cienega’ ankle boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ cross-body bag, Furla __, Ray-Ban frames.

I recently showed you an oversized Canadian Tuxedo, so here’s a fitted one. This particular shade of denim blue is what comes to mind if you close your eyes and imagine jeans. In top-to-toe quantities, it gives me major retro vibes, so I chased that feeling with ’70’s-inspired layers and some of my favorite vintage pieces. You’ve seen this vintage Versace Jeans Couture tee star in a more feminine ensemble, and while this Western belt is super on-trend right now, it makes a solid throwback statement when sandwiched between two pieces of snug blue denim.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

 

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Beauty, Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Halloween Inspo: Just Add Ears

It’s that time of year! Halloween is just a couple weeks away…I look forward to Halloween starting November 1st, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early to start brainstorming fun costume ideas. In case you haven’t already pinned down your Halloween attire, the Sauce has got some simple solutions to classic costumes…

“Mean Girls” (2005) iconically depicts what girls’ high school Halloween costumes look like: sexy lingerie, with ears or a headpiece that render the look a costume. No one could forget the eternal words of the scantily clad Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried)—“I’m a mouse…duh!” Between high school and my time in college, I wore a lot of sexually charged Halloween costumes. In my day, I’ve dressed up as the “sexy Mad Hatter,” “sexy skeleton,” “sexy police officer,” and the costume that needs no alterations for sex appeal, the Hooters Girl. (It was actually a Winghouse uniform, but I’m not sure how up to speed my readers are when it comes to Florida’s knockoffs of national sensations.) In later years, I’ve taken to creating fashion-forward, if not campy costumes to honor my favorite pop stars and cartoon characters, from Katy Perry, to David Bowie, to my proudest costume accomplishment, Cruella Deville.

If lingerie is what empowers you, then you should certainly wear it proudly. If you’re committed enough to create an elaborate costume, whether you’re buying a packaged party store look, or pulling out all the stops from your own closet, you know that I salute you. However, if overt sexuality isn’t your thing this year, and if you don’t feel like spending a ton of time or money on your look, you can still partake in the festivities by applying the “Mean Girls” philosophy to a more sophisticated standard: put together a stylish outfit that you might wear any other night, and just add ears to make what will officially pass as an adorale costume.

Last year, my blogger buddies Sam (Fenway Fashionista), Kayte (Mass Musings), and I used our own clothes to make chic witch costumes. This year, I’m showing off three different outfits I’ve previously worn on regular occasions, which instantly become cute costumes with the finishing touch of inexpensive headbands from Party City. All three looks cater to slightly different vibes or settings, depending on your general aesthetic and the kind of Halloween celebration you might be attending:

Devil: casual, glam-grunge. Ideal for a house party or casual bar bar.

AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, UNIF ‘Fire’ crop tee, Calvin Klein for UO boyfriend jeans, Urban Outfitters ‘Luke’ lace-up boots, MAC x The Rocky Horror Picture Show lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

Black cat: sleek, low-key sexy, versatile. Ideal for almost any Halloween setting—house party, bars/clubs, general mischief…

AllSaints ‘Drew’ jacket, Sandro peplum knit top, BDG jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cienega’ ankle boots, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Eddie Borgo choker, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Lime Crime Metallic Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Mercury.’

Minnie Mouse: feminine, polished, dressy. Ideal for a more formal or professional party.

Opening Ceremony textured A-line dress, Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, vintage Chanel bag, Nasty Gal sunglasses, MAC x The Rocky Horror Picture Show lipstick in ‘Strange Journey.’

Photos by Courtney McCullough of TOBY K img_0006

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Fashion

Kick Flare

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Launch-1 (2)BDG ‘Courtney’ kick flare jeans, Nasty Gal crop top, shag coat from LF Stores, Alexander Wang ‘Diego’ bucket bag, Tod’s boots.

The early 2000s were a rough time in the world of fashion—velour tracksuits, pastel UGGs, and unflattering, low-rise flared jeans scarred us all, and we cleansed ourselves of these cringe-worthy fashion failures with skinny jeans. For many years, we seemed to live by an unspoken law that skinnies were the only acceptable jeans for the stylish woman, and this wasn’t such a bad thing. In the era of solely-skinny denim, I’d like think society zeroed in on more sophisticated street style, and we’ve earned back the privilege of variety. It started with the comeback of ’90s classics like mom jeans and boyfriend jeans, and now there’s a new silhouette in town. Cropped jeans with a flared hem, also known as kick flares, are trending everywhere lately, and I’m totally smitten. Kind of a denim response to culottes, kick flares are a cool, offbeat way to mix up your look. Since I’m 5’2″ with very short legs, these BDG jeans are definitely a little longer than intended, but with a moderately high heel, I’m still able to achieve the desired effect. When browsing kick flares, look for finishing touches like a high waist and raw edges for a fresh, more modern look.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion, Feminism, Pop Culture

The Statement Coat

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DSC_1121Maje ‘Ghost’ parka, American Apparel cropped sweater & mom jeans, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Nasty Gal beanie & choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace in silver, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

First I’d like to make a disclaimer: any and all American Apparel merchandise I wear on this blog (and in life) was purchased before I knew the extent of former CEO’s Dov Charney sexual harassment and exploitation of many of the company’s employees, and before I heard about the new management’s willingness to continue sexualizing American Apparel employees. Though I have made a firm decision not to shop at American Apparel in the future, I’ve also decided not to stop wearing American Apparel merchandise that I already own. I will no longer be including hyperlinks to the American Apparel merchandise that I wear and post on the blog; if you’d like to financially support their business, you will have to browse the site on your own. Another positive alternative to shopping at American Apparel would be to, if you see a product of theirs you like, visit ShopStyle.com and do a search for similar items by brands that set a better example.

Now that that’s out of the way, can we talk about my new Maje coat? Even after last year’s nightmarish winter, the vinyl parka with faux sheepskin lining has me excited about the increasingly cold weather. In addition to being strange and beautiful, the ‘Ghost’ coat is actually extremely warm, which is a good thing, because its ’90s vibes have me inclined to put crop tops underneath on the reg. If I had to describe this outfit, I’d say it’s a 2015-chic take on the wardrobe aesthetic of Kevin Smith classics, like Clerks. It’s the coat that completes the look and brings the outfit to life, and that’s the value of investing in a statement coat. There are times when you simply have to wear a coat, so why not wear one that makes your outfit cooler, as well as more weather-appropriate? Low temperatures and gray skies can make it hard to get out of bed and put genuine effort into crafting a creative look. Enter statement coat, which can magically (and literally) cloak a basic getup with a punch of serious style.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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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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Boston, Fashion, Promotional

Primark Boston

DSC_0477Visiting the spectacular new Primark store at Downtown Crossing.

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DSC_0781Hat, sweater, jeans, & oxford shoes courtesy of Primark.

Primark has been an utter sensation in the UK for years now, and we here in the States finally don’t need a passport to indulge in its awesomeness. The fashion powerhouse, which is basically like H&M meets Zara on steroids, is in the process of launching eight stores across America, and made its American debut right here in Boston earlier this month. So, for those of you who still think Boston and fashion are mutually exclusive, think again. The enormous store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing is an overwhelming four floors with a ridiculously vast selection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and home goods, all for shockingly reasonable prices. For the cost of what I would typically assume could buy me one pair of shoes, I was able to purchase seven stylish, versatile pieces from Primark (—stay tuned to see more tomorrow, and beyond!). From endless basics, to tons of radical statement pieces, the only problem one could possibly have at Primark is figuring out where to start. The shoe selection gave me a rush of endorphins comparable to a really great first date—and by the way, if you’re looking for an outfit for a date, or virtually any occasion that doesn’t call for black tie attire, go to Primark. Immediately. I think what impressed me most was the incredible selection of affordable outerwear. Styles and colors of jackets, coats, winter vests, and faux fur accents have really expanded over the past couple of years, but outwear has been notoriously expensive for much longer. I feel like a lot of young women tend to avoid outerwear when going out at night until the weather absolutely demands it, 1: because a lot of effective outerwear is just downright bulky and unattractive, and 2: because of reason 1, we want to ditch our coats as soon as we arrive at our destination, and that leads to reason 3: the frequent loss and theft of said ditched outerwear. The gorgeous and funky jackets, vests, and coats at Primark will get you seriously excited for colder weather (even after last year’s nearly apocalyptic winter), and it’s all so fun and stylish, you won’t want to take it off, or will at least feel encouraged to carry it on your arm all night for everyone to see.

As for the outfit I’m wearing above, let me just say that these jeans are hands down my new favorite pair (and I own quite a few pairs of jeans). Being a short person with legs the length of an elementary schooler’s and the hips of, you know, a full-grown woman, it’s hard for me to find jeans that fit just right. Every pair of jeans I own is too long, and since alterations are expensive, I tend to just live with the weird, scrunchy leg-warmer effect skinny jeans have on my short self. Primark, however, has an endless selection of jeans in every cut, wash and style imaginable, and these ankle-grazers have answered my long-awaited denim prayers. They also happen to be extremely comfortable with excellent flexibility without looking cheap. And could these patent oxfords be any cuter?! I’ll inevitably be rocking them almost every day, as they’re easy to wear with both classic and edgier outfits. I could honestly ramble on forever about my new obsession with Primark (especially since the store itself seems to go on forever), but I have lots more to show you very soon, so I’ll stop here for now. In the meantime, why are you still reading this? PRIMARK IS OPEN IN BOSTON.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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