Fashion

Weird Weather

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DSC_0242 (1)Sweater & tank from LF stores, Vince pants, DKNY x Cara Delevingne hat, custom NikeiD Air Max sneakers.

After Bostonians endured the worst of winters, summer’s already halfway over and the weather has the nerve to be…weird. With scattered showers almost every week, I’ve found myself reaching for beanies more often than one expects in July. Lightweight joggers and oversized sweaters that tie easily around the waist are key pieces right now. Animal prints don’t have to be too dressy or ultra-feminine in a sporty context, so try pairing them with your favorite sneakers for a fun, casual look.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Prints & Flower Power

DSC_0947-11 Theory blouse Twenty8Twelve shorts, Brixton hat, Madison Harding sandals fringe purse from LF Stores.DSC_0957-17 (1)

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I visited the SoWa Vintage Market on Sunday, and the warm weather and colorful vintage racks inspired me to break out some funky springtime flare. Much to my delight, today has been even sunnier. After months of pretty much exclusively wearing layers of black, white, and gray, it felt really good to mix these bold prints and resurrect my straw hat and wooden flatforms. Since mixing prints is tricky business, I almost always pair a colorful one with a black and white pattern. To make the whole look more cohesive, I threw on this fabulous magenta cross body bag, which picks up the pinkish accents in my printed shorts. Silky fabrics and fringe accents really capture the spirit of spring/summer. If you want to freshen up your springtime beauty routine, try a swipe of pale pink lipstick, like “Obsessed” by Urban Decay.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Cheetah Girl Cheetah Sista

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_DSC9564American Apparel spandex crop top, printed silk joggers from LF Stores, Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal pony hair pumps, Boyy ‘Slash’ cross body bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, MAC lipstick in ‘Heroine.’

High-waisted pants with a crop top is my go-to nighttime look, because I personally like to show a little skin without risking a wardrobe malfunction. (Getting in and out of cars gracefully is not my specialty.) I also like to create the optical illusion that I have long legs. When you find an outfit combination/particular silhouette that flatters your figure and makes you feel good, stick with it when in doubt. Having a few “fashion formulas”, as I call them, can seriously cut down the stress of getting dressed, and you won’t seem like a repeat offender if you collect a variety of prints/colors and switch up your accessories. Trying different hair and makeup styles can also completely change the vibe of one look. (Warning: do not wear cheetah-print pants in public unless you’re comfortable talking to strangers.)

Photos by Lev Avery-Peck

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Warby Parker Exclusive

1Q1A8532I was so excited when eyewear company Warby Parker asked me to review their new summer sunglasses collection, which debuts today! Sunglasses have always been my favorite accessory, and Warby Parker makes beautiful, fun, affordable frames for men and women—and for a great cause. For every pair of sunglasses sold, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone in need, and their sunglasses start at just $95. In short, Warby Parker offers you the chance to buy stylish sunglasses and help those less fortunate without going broke yourself. That’s what I call a fashion win-win-win.

1Q1A8543My current Warby Parkers are the ‘Madison’ in Rum Cherry, which are part of their permanent core collection.1Q1A8527Theory printed blouse, vintage Ralph Lauren Collection shell sweater, Maje shorts, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Purvis’ platform loafers, ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat from Nasty Gal.1Q1A8537

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I chose the ‘Madison’ frames because they feature a classic, flattering shape, and because this particular shade of burgundy-red is so versatile. Vibrant enough to bring a little life to my first, black and white outfit, yet understated enough to wear with more colorful looks without going over the top, Warby Parker sunglasses are perfect for people with eclectic style and taste.

Warby Parker’s new Spectrum Sun Collection, available starting today, achieves the same kind of cool with a classic, retro vibe and a fresh selection of colors. Every pair lends itself to endless looks for every occasion. Plus, their sturdy plastic frames will survive whatever craziness summer brings your way—a day at the beach, music festivals, the inside of your purse…

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The “Hall” in Cherry Blossum

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The “Minnie” in Eucalyptus

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The “Piper” in Revolver Black

After gushing over the whole new summer collection, I was able to narrow myself down three favorites, shown above, but I can’t seem to settle on one pair just yet. Each truly evokes the simultaneously adventurous and laid-back summer experience, and many looks from the summer line will carry over seamlessly into your fall/winter wardrobe. Stay tuned to see which pair I choose to take with me to Bonnaroo Music Festival in June, and be sure to visit the Warby Parker website to see the rest of the Spectrum Sun Collection, and to learn more about their charitable work. Warby Parker also has a store located at 83 Newbury Street here in Boston.

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Pure Heroine

1Q1A7311Grey leopard cashmere sweater from LF Stores, J Brand Maria high-rise skinnies in lacquered quartz, AllSaints leather jacket, Tod’s boots.1Q1A7302Gold glitter ombre manicure by Cammie at Keiki Salon in Fenway.1Q1A7279

1Q1A7308MAC lipstick in “Heroine,” my latest obsession (as mentioned in my previous post). This look is a testament to how a fun manicure or bold lip color can bring a little glamor and edge to an easy outfit combination.

Photos by Amanda Rosen.

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Seeing Spots

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I’m seriously considering selling some of my organs and investing in this amazing Maje rabbit-fur, leopard-printed coat. My body literally convulsed with pure ecstasy when I slipped into this bad boy, and in my oversized Le Specs “New Wave” shades and YSL lipstick in “Le Orange,” I practically hallucinated and heard Iris Apfel whisper in my ear, “Just do it…”

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Until I inevitably cave and find a way to make that coat mine, I’ll have to enjoy smaller doses of leopard and cheetah prints, like this faux fur beret I got a few years ago via Nasty Gal, or these flats from Madewell.

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Mixing Prints

Mixing prints has become a major trend over the last couple of years, and I’ve personally found it very intimidating, especially because the failed attempts are really tragic.1Q1A6764Since leopard/cheetah print is arguably the most classic print (apart from florals), and black and white is the most basic color combination, these Madewell “Teddy” calf hair loafers and my American Apparel illustrated chiffon blouse in “Cat Fancy” are an easy pair for print-mixing beginners like myself. These waxed J-Brand jeans in a deep turquoise and my REISS London felt “Ava” hat in burgundy add the intrigue of complimentary colors.1Q1A6768Unless you’re totally opposed to animal prints for whatever reason (weirdos…), you need shoes like these. Why? Because the shape is classic and comfortable, and the print/textile can brighten up any outfit. On those days when you just don’t have the energy to compose anything more exciting than a T-shirt and jeans or an all black ensemble, these shoes will be the remedy for feeling drab.1Q1A6770

1Q1A6773Yes, this shirt has cat faces all over it, and I know you’re probably starting to think I’m obsessed with cats and have twenty of them in my apartment. The truth is, I don’t like them at all. Well, they don’t like me. A Thai manicurist once told me this is because I was born in the year of the horse. Whatever. Cat fights aside, I do have a strange affinity for cat-faced clothing, and although I have far too many of these oversized blouses from American Apparel (as you’ve also probably noticed), this one is my lucky shirt. I’ve scored some boys, some free beers, and even a job in this shirt.1Q1A6774

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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