Beauty, Fashion

Culottes

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DSC_0778LNA cropped sweater, Zara culotte pants, Sandro coat & handbag, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes.

Culottes are definitely a sightly odd silhouette, and while embracing something strange is often the key to great style, don’t hop into this trend blindly. Doing your culottes justice is all about staying sleek: for fall/winter, go for a neutral color palette and some menswear-inspired pieces with sharp, clean lines for a crisp, confident look.

You may have noticed that I’ve gone gray! As much as I adored my purple hair, the pigment wasn’t holding well, so to avoid the damage of constant touch-ups, I decided to switch things up and see how I’d look as a premature silver fox. So far, I’m absolutely loving it. The shade lends itself extremely well to a minimalist aesthetic, and perhaps even more than the color, I’m totally obsessed with my new, more tousled cut, which was executed with a razor rather than scissors. My new ‘do was inspired by some of the models who strut their stuff alongside my idol, Lady Gaga, in this amazing Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 promotional music video.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Grafitee Reloaded: Duper Sope

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DSC_0217 (1)MNKR ‘Duper Sope’ tee courtesy of Grafitee, Theory ‘Testra’ trousers, Rag & Bone sweater, Jeffrey Campbell ‘ZOMG’ platform sneakers, American Apparel beanie.

Grafitee is an online marketplace dedicated exclusively to cool graphic T-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts, and accessories. Since I deeply value creativity and self-expression, I’m especially excited to team up with Grafitee, a company that works hard to curate fresh graphics from over 100 independent brands from all over the world. Just like the Grafitee team, I believe that graphic T-shirts are a fun and effective way to demonstrate personality through style. I’m a goofball, a stoner, a stylist, and a lover of slang, so I instantly fell in love with the “Duper Sope” tee by MNKR, one of Grafitee’s signature pieces. Originally a magazine that celebrates the art of graphic apparel, Grafitee has been working towards establishing their amazing new online shop since 2008, and their endless selection of clever, edgy, artistic, not to mention affordable and high-quality graphics will seriously spruce up your street style swag.

Since we tend to think of the T-shirt as denim’s official significant other, I decided to break the mold (and break the totally stupid No-White-After-Labor-Day rule) by pairing my rad new tee with these luxe ivory trousers. To get more wear out of your dressy tailored pants, try putting them together with a graphic tee and your favorite funky sneakers. I chose these platform sneakers because they help elongate the relaxed trousers. Sandwiching the sophisticated pants in between punk-grunge pieces also creates balance and prevents them from looking misplaced. Add a sweater around the waist, tattoo choker, and beanie for good measure. The results? Duper sope.

Stay tuned for more cool stuff by Grafitee, and in the meantime, don’t blame me when you realize you’ve just spent two hours pouring over their site. Do feel free to thank me when you find perfect new additions to your wardrobe.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Blueless

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DSC_0959Silence + Noise crop top from Urban Outfitters, Millau skort from LF Stores, D&G denim jacket, Kate Spade backpack, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, socks from CVS, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

Although the vast majority of my outfits are ’90s-inspired all-year-round (if you’re sick of ’90s style, the Sauce is not for you), summer is a particularly wise time to take tips from your favorite ’90s teen flicks. Those beloved movies that gave you ridiculously high expectations for high school of course almost exclusively took place in sunny settings, and those of us on the East Coast need to take advantage of the few months we have to dress as if we’re extras—nay, stars—in Clueless. It never hurts to ask yourself, What would Cher Horowitz wear? So in these past few weeks of experimentation with my new hair color, I’ve found it useful to imagine what Cher’s computerized closet system would cook up if Cher decided to ditch her famous blonde locks and strut her Beverly Hills high school halls with full-on mermaid hair.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: to truly have personal style is to have a unique, but consistent look, and therefore an inevitable penchant for certain colors, cuts, and general styles. But there’s this vague notion floating around that outfit repetition negates originality. Social media adds to the pressure by serving as a scrap book of everything you’ve ever worn to every event in your life. If you worry that your style suggests you’ve been using Doug Funnie’s closet system instead of Cher’s, next time you go shopping, try to find multifunctional tops and bottoms that are easy to mix and match. Skorts, for example, are amazing. Flirty, versatile, and unexpected, I’m not sure what the age limit is on these bad boys, but I’m assuming I’m in the clear, and as you can see, I’ve decided to solidify that assumption with my ride-or-die item, a black crop top. Since I’ve essentially accepted the crop top as my lord and savior (for the time being, at least), I now make a point to search for fresh new cuts, like the cross-front hem on the crop top above. You can also add intrigue to your signature style by looking for staples with fun but subtle details that speak to your personality, like my futuristic, mirrored shades, and the sweet embroidery on my denim jacket.

I got this jacket during a trip to London with my parents almost ten years ago. I vividly remember walking up the staircase in a two-story Dolce & Gabana shop, seeing this jacket in a glass case, and knowing I’d found something really special. I’ve had my nylon Kate Spade backpack forever, as well. It’s great for travel, durable (it still looks brand-new), and it goes with just about anything. It’s also perfect for sneaking giant burritos into the movie theater.

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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Retro Casual

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DSC_0196-35Blouse & sunglasses from LF Stores, Rag & Bone pants, 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘OMG’ pouch, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Purvis’ platforms.

One of my favorite things about dressing for this season is the way cheerful springy-summery prints and colors prompt me to create modern takes on retro styles. My paisley button-down, cuffed pants, platform loafers and matchy-matchy accessories all have a ’60s/’70s vibe, but details like the cropped cut of my blouse, stacked rings, and my oh-so-millennial “OMG”-embossed clutch bring the look up to date.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Spooky Sauce

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P1070077 (1)Millau dress from LF Stores, wool hat & sunglasses from Nasty Gal, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ oxfords, Brandy Melville tattoo choker, and necklace by House of Conigilio.

Coachella just wrapped up its second weekend, and I find myself still enchanted by its street style scene. As evidenced by my last post, I just can’t seem to get enough of the hippie-witch combination, so where better to shoot the result of my inspiration than a cemetery? What I love about this Millau dress is the fact that, with my darker, spooky accessories, I look ready to cast an evil (but stylish) spell; but with a nude pump or white sandal, a delicate gold necklace and soft curls, I might just be able to pass for an angel. As many of you saucy readers may be looking for a white graduation dress in the upcoming weeks, it’s important to consider which ones can serve as a blank canvas for a variety of looks going forward, and which ones might just sit in your closet after celebrating. After all, this is the time to start asking yourself serious questions about your future!

Photos by Deanna Soukiasian

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Posh & Punk: A Lesson in Layering

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IMG_0892Furst of a Kind Vintage Van Halen tee, Equipment printed blouse, Milau shag coat from LF Stores, J Brand coated skinny jeans, Sandro ‘Aida’ faux shearling crossbody bag, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Nasty Gal wool hat. NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Fanny.’

Winter is all about texture and layering, which makes for an awesome opportunity to combine contrasting styles, and given that my last outfit post featured this coat as part of my Halloween costume (I promise the Sauce is back for real this time), I thought I’d share how I wear it when I’m just being Annie. I love pairing prim pieces, like this silk blouse, wool hat, and these revamped oxford-style shoes with rock n’ roll elements, like this concert tee and my beloved shag. A crisp collar with a graphic tee creates an unexpected bohemian vibe that’s neither too contrived nor too sloppy. You can take this look from lunch on Newbury Street to a show at the Sinclair or drinks at a swanky bar without having to make any day-to-night changes. Just make sure you have a bold lip color you love in your purse! Mixing prints and playing with matching-clashing colors can help brighten up your winter wardrobe, and I try to embrace the cold weather with lots of fuzz, whether it be on my coat, my purse, or both.

Photos by Frank Chen, founder of Tisket, a simple tool for the savvy online shopper.

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