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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Beauty, Fashion

Mix It Up: How to Make a Statement Piece Make a Different Statement

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DSC_0243AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ leather bomber, Lazy Oaf ‘Dog Walk’ shirt, J Brand ‘Super Skinny Scuba’ pants, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘Metropolis‘ cross body bag in silver & ‘Bubble Key Ring‘ in ‘Pelato,’ Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses, MAC Cosmetics lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

This is not a fashion magazine. This is a personal style blog. I am a real person, with a real budget, and a wardrobe that contains the same items today as it did the day before. As a fashion-enthusiast who lives in a multi-seasonal location, I thrive on opportunities to maximize my wardrobe and wear everything I own in as many different styles as possible—and it’s my mission as a fashion blogger to encourage and help my readers to do the same. Unless I’m shopping for a specific, special occasion (and even then), I try my best not to buy anything that can only be worn one way or in one climate. I love to challenge myself to transform statement pieces. A lot of people steer clear of “loud” items, assuming their boldness renders them limited in terms of how you can wear them, and how often; and (as I’ve mentioned before) the life-documenting aspect of social media pressures many of us to avoid wearing the same items in close proximity. The changing of the seasons, however, presents an excellent chance to take a statement piece you’ve already worn, and make a totally different statement.

It was only a few, warm months ago that I fell for this playful, oversized peach button-down adorned with multi-colored puppies. For a sweet summertime look, I first wore it as a shirtdress with black heeled-sandals (see here). With my then-brown hair and some light pink lipstick, I was able to give the shirt a feminine sense of softness. Fast forward: the need for layering makes fall/winter my favorite time to go for punk and grunge-inspired looks, and my pastel hair obviously often pushes me in that direction, as well. The shirt is reborn as an entirely different animal by adding my leather bomber, ultra-punk UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, mirrored accessories, and a deep red lip. So, before you put away your so-called summer clothes for the upcoming colder months, and before you let your beloved statement pieces gather dust after wearing them only once, ask yourself if any of those items can be retooled. Trust me, you won’t be recognized as a “repeat offender,” but rather as a skilled stylist who knows how to make the most of your purchases.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion, Promotional

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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Fashion, Promotional

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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Fashion

Crops on Crops

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IMG_0332IMG_0340American Apparel spandex crop top, cropped sweater & high-waisted boyfriend jeans from LF Stores, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoe, vintage collar necklace.

Try a top and sweater with drastically different necklines—and cropped hemlines—to create a fresh layered look. Jeffrey Campbell is definitely the king of sky-high, fabulously bizarre shoes, but he also makes the perfect simple, sleek footwear to give boyfriend jeans and crop tops a polished finish. Black oxfords are a must going into fall; they can dress up your jeans, and toughen up a bodycon dresses.

Photos by Matt McKenna

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Fashion, Humor, Pop Culture

Derelicte

Homeless bag lady-chic is one of those mysterious “Haha I’m kidding…but seriously, this looks good” compartments of fashion. Rooted in ’90s grunge and made famous by the Olsen twins, it’s a hard look to master, and even if you get it right, the majority of people will hate your outfit. Whatever. Sexy was never my strong suit. Since layering is the key ingredient to this style, fall/winter is the perfect time to do your best Blue Steel and go totally “derelicte…”1Q1A5801I take my T by Alexander Wang column dress right into winter with my American Apparel Mohair Loose Cardigan, a scarf & beanie from LF Stores, and, introducing my latest obsession: the Jeffrey Campbell Nirvana Boots a la Nasty Gal.1Q1A5804 - Version 2

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Photos by Amanda Rosen

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