Fashion

Kurt & Britney?

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Annie 21American Apparel mohair cardigan, vintage Versace Jeans Couture tee, plaid skirt from LF Stores, Wolford tights, Tod’s boots, Chanel shades.

Though Kurt Cobain’s grunge following and Britney Spears’ “Hit Me, Baby, One More Time” video were totally separate phenomena in the ’90s (Kurt died five years before Britney debuted the video that inspired slutty school-girl costumes for years to come…not to mention he kind of died to avoid everything Britney Spears represents culturally), the current ’90s revival has caused many trends from that epic era to mesh with each other. Kurt probably wouldn’t have been fond of Britney (or the word trend), but his penchant for oversized sweaters and thrifty tees and Britney’s iconic plaid mini skirt happen to work very well together.annie outfit 3 #4Who says I can’t get a little Marilyn in there, too?

Photos by Mike Lanzillo

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Fashion

Hard & Soft

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Annie 4 - Version 3Outfits that use feminine pieces with rougher, edgy details make for a little mystery. This blouse from LF Stores is the epitome of the hard and soft look: the cream chiffon and floral embroidery combined with the cropped cut and faux leather collar results in a kind of sexy that’s both dainty and badass. Pairing the feminine top with distressed jeans (also from LF)—and the details of the jeans themselves—create the same effect: the subtle high waist and ankle length balance out the holes and loose fit. My black lace bra from American Apparel follows the same contradiction…and it helps a pale person like myself avoid looking like a topless woman with elaborate breast tattoos and a leather choker.

Photos by Mike Lanzillo

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Beauty, Fashion

Sequin Surprises…They’re Grrrreat!

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Annie 18 - Version 2Sequins for daytime? Yes, please! I love the juxtaposition of the classic, prep school cardigan look in the front and the fierce, would-be kitschy sequin tiger in the back, which I snagged for 60% off at LF’s only sale of the season. Their whole fall/winter collection had an awesome, updated grunge-inspired vibe. To keep sequins casual, reach for simple staples like this grey Helmut Lang tank and these black J Brand coated, high-rise skinnies, and black Tod’s boots. I topped it all off with MAC lipstick in “Violetta,”  just to keep things weird.

Photos by Mike Lanzillo

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