Fashion

Off The Shoulder, On the Bandwagon

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006-14Nasty Gal ‘Stripe a Pose’ top, Citizens of Humanity ‘Melanie’ jeans, Joie sandals, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Joie sandals.

I often prefer to observe a hot trend’s versatility and potential staying power before I take part. With about a month left of summer, I’ve finally decided to jump on the off-the-shoulder bandwagon. Hard. (This top is one of a few fun off-the-shoulder pieces you’ll see me wear over the next few weeks. See two others on Instagram here and here.) These dramatic, wide-leg denim trousers with a raw-cut hem give my striped blouse a strong, modern feel, and I maintain the edgy vibe with metallic accessories and a black choker.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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Boston, Fashion, Promotional

A Night in the North End

Visiting Shake the Tree Boston

Maje ‘Marco’ ribbed knit fitted vest, BDG jeans, Joie sandals, Yazbukey ‘Banana’ clutch.

I often feel like simplicity and eccentricity are wrongfully kept apart, but combining them doesn’t have to be contradictory—in fact, the effect can be pretty complimentary. For a lovely little gathering at Shake the Tree in Boston’s North End, I went with a minimal outfit, punctuated by a very loud accessory. To clarify, a pop of color can be, but is not always a statement piece, and I personally think adding a mere pop of color to this outfit, like a plain red purse, would have come across as a failure to commit to minimalism, as well as a lackluster attempt to give the look more panache. This blue Yazbukey clutch (which is currently on sale and low in stock), complete with bright yellow banana detailing, is unusual and playful enough to make this simple outfit pop without looking like an afterthought.

I have to admit, because I don’t visit the North End as often as I should, I hadn’t heard of Shake the Tree until I got an invitation to a blogger party they were hosting in collaboration with Georgina of A Noted Life and Boston Foodies. Regan Cleminson, the insanely talented photographer and marketing/communications consultant, was on site to snap fun street style shots of attendees. (One of these photos recently became my most liked photo ever on Instagram. Regan’s kind of a big deal!) Not even impromptu photo shoots and mini meatballs could distract me from Shake the Tree’s amazing collection, though. It’s truly one of the most charming and well-curated fashion and lifestyle boutiques I’ve ever seen, filled with flowing printed frocks, uniquely specialized cook books, ornate champagne glasses, jars of raw honey, and candles far too pretty to burn. The small space is jam-packed with gorgeous little somethings. You could easily get sucked into Shake the Tree for two hours, and leave with no money to your name. I think I’ll definitely start making my way to the North End more often.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Fashion

Blushing While Pale

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DSC_0780Maje ‘Eclair’ jacquard knit poncho-style scarf in nude, Sandro ‘Elixia’ silk top in ecru, BDG ‘Twig’ skinny jeans in white slash, customized Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in moonstone and pelato, Joie sandals, Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

I used to always avoid two things: 1) going matchy-matchy, and 2) pastels that might closely resemble my complexion. In the past couple of years, however, I’ve learned that matchy outfits can be sublime when executed with finesse, and that even my pale ass can’t resist the dreamy shades of nude and blush that have become ubiquitous in fashion this season. So how does a pale girl who prefers a little edge work a matchy-matchy ensemble comprised of white and pastel pink? By adding small and subtle elements of darkness that can cut the cloud of soft cashmere and silk with sex appeal. It’s a super easy solution. By exposing my lacy black bra (the current lingerie as outerwear trend is seriously fabulous) and accessorizing with a black choker and sleek black sandals, I’ve successfully eliminated any traces of unwanted preppy-ness from this look. (No hate towards my preppy peeps, it’s just not my style!)

I’m one of those girls who’s always cold, but sometimes a jacket is too heavy, and cardigans make me look like a 12-year-old attempting to look like a 70-year-old, so I’ve spent a lot of evenings making everyone uncomfortable as I insist that I’m fine, while I shiver uncontrollably like a complete asshole. Enter wraps and poncho scarves: they’re such a sophisticated, yet hip way to stay warm on cooler summer days and nights. I feel like an absolute movie star in this thing, and I love how you can leave it open or wrap it all the way around for equally elegant and dramatic effects. As for this lovely silk top by Sandro, I always prefer a peplum when it’s not so structured. The movement and ease bring a little something special to an otherwise simple piece—which is currently on sale! Another shopping tip: dropping a ton of cash on basic denim is insane and totally unnecessary. BDG is a brand that covers all the basics you need in your wardrobe without making a huge dent in your wallet, and they run super true to size. You’re welcome!

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fall Color Splash: Be Bright & Bold All-Year-Round

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DSC_0458Pants courtesy of NYDJ, Equipment blouse, American Apparel cropped sweater, shag coat from LF Stores, Furla ‘Graffiti Candy Bon Bon’ in ‘Gloss’ and ‘Bubble Key Ring‘ in ‘Pelato’, Joie sandals, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, NARS ‘Audacious Lipstick‘ in ‘Fanny.’

Yes, I own more than one pair of pink pants, and no, just because temperatures are dropping does not mean you necessarily need to turn down the volume on your color palette. Playing with textures, patterns, and layering makes it easy to continue wearing vibrant colors. This printed Equipment blouse is perhaps my favorite layering piece (if my apartment were on fire and I could only grab a few things, it would be on that list). The star-pattern print is fun and youthful, but the black and white scheme lays a clean foundation for layering elements of color. Enter cropped blue sweater and cropped pink pants. These bold hues actually help emphasize the stark black and white, and going for a cropped sweater also lets the blouse stand out and better boast its awesomeness. I recently learned that the outerwear in this ensemble is what we call a “coatigan”—it’s not quite a coat, not quite a cardigan, but something in between. Whatever you want to call it, the black fuzzy shag solidifies this is as a fall outfit. And if you’re going to wear brights when the weather is gray, you may as well go big or go home: accessorizing this loud look with my Furla candy bag and rabbit-fur pom pom, my strappy sandals and a magenta lip makes for a real Carrie Bradshaw moment.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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UNOde50 Jewelry

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IMG_0850House of Three top, J Brands jeans, Joie sandals, vintage belt, Spitfire sunglasses.

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IMG_0935The UNOde50 Star-Tremendous Ring and Left Hanging Earrings.

I was recently introduced to UNOde50, a unique, Spanish line of jewelry and accessories. While I’m quickly building quite the collection, this statement cocktail ring and delicate but edgy skull drop-earrings are my absolute favorite pieces so far. Both pieces make it easy to keep an outfit simple without looking bland, and the earrings give me a reason to pull my hair back, which I typically never do. Everything by UNOde50 has a signature, raw quality that I’ve never seen elsewhere. If you’re looking for jewelry that will set you apart from the crowd, visit the UNOde50 website, or stop by their beautiful shop at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Photos by Annie Quinn

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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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Cotton Candy

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DSC_0671Pants from Nasty Gal, Kimchi Blue crop top from Urban Outfitters, Joie sandals, Jimmy Choo clutch, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, silver collar necklace from the SoWa Vintage Market.

While I’m pretty sure most of my experience with blue hair will be a practice in modern minimalism and grunge, I of course have to take advantage of the opportunity for zany summer color play. These pink trousers always take me in a fun direction, and my new bold ‘do prompted me to slightly soften my go-to night-out look by ditching my usual fitted crop tops for a breezier, more delicate cut. I love how the top’s flowy hem falls effortlessly in line with the loose-fitting pants for a look that’s comfortable and simply chic. Note to all fashion saucers: the metallic clutch is your friend.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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