Beauty, Fashion, Promotional

Piece, Love, & Flannel

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IMG_0389Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ bag; nail design with matte finish by Cammie at Keiki Salon in Fenway.IMG_0385Sometimes, basics are what take your look to the next, not-so-basic level. That’s essentially how I feel about Piece Apparel’s entire inventory. Every brand and store sells their own versions of the “basics,” and you can wind up swimming in a sea of staples that are almost, but not quite right. Piece Apparel makes quality basics in just the right cuts and colors to round out your wardrobe and step up your style—like their flannels, for instance. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ve spent the last few years totally immersed in the 90s fashion revival, and thus searching for the perfect flannels to complete my updated grunge vibe. A great flannel should be easy to find, but I instead found myself repeatedly disappointed by flannels that were too big, used heinous color combinations, or were smothered in studs and other unnecessary embellishments. The Piece Apparel flannels have a classic feel, and are loose enough that you easily can rock one around your waist or open over a T shirt, but tailored enough to wear it comfortably under a sweater, or tucked into your pants without the hem surpassing your underwear. A pair of tights and a leather bomber will take this look right into Fall.

Need to update your Fall wardrobe? You can use the discount code ANNIE20 for 20% off your next Piece Apparel online purchase! 

Photos by Rebecca Browne

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Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

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My lifestyle almost exclusively caters to casual street style. I don’t work in an office, and my friends and I typically opt for dive bars. Or couch. That being said, any girl who keeps up with celebrity red carpet looks imagines what she herself would wear to events like the MET Gala, the Golden Globes, or the Grammy’s. When my mother decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my dad, I decided to explore my personal red carpet fantasies. Sister brands Sandro and Maje have been my go-to party attire labels for the past year, so I made the Maje shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida the first stop on my dress hunt—and the last. As soon as I laid eyes on the “Edivas” dress, I fell in love with the vibrant color and unconventional structured mesh.

When I contemplated possible shoes to pair with the dress, I initially thought of white or silver. But when I saw these iridescent Jimmy Choo pumps in almost the exact same shade of orange as my dress, I knew I couldn’t deny fashion fate. Then I proceeded to spend months daydreaming about the outfit, and struggling with the stress of keeping the party itself a secret. I topped off the look with a few elegant yet edgy accessories, and went with plain white nails and understated makeup. And that incredible ensemble on my sister? She bought it the day of the party. The fact that our manicures matched each other’s outfits was purely accidental. (Again: much fashion fate).

Not only has photographer Mark Karlsberg of Studio Eleven Photography won multiple awards, including Best Candid Album in Massachusetts and New England from the Professional Photographers of New England Association, but he also photographed my parents’ wedding, as well as mine and my siblings’ respective Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. However, this was the first family event at which he stepped in for the lead singer of the band. Mind blown! If you’re looking for an event photographer who can also sing a killer rendition of “Brown-Eyed Girl,” then Mark Karlsberg’s your guy.

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Beauty, Fashion, Pop Culture, Promotional

Rust Belt Americana

Vintage Junkyard Jewelry by Samuel Sloma

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IMG_0134Rust Belt Americana necklace, BDG Rib-Knit Sweater Cropped Tank (brown), Carmar high-waist jeggings, Sandro booties, ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat & ‘Nita’ shades from Nasty Gal, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Never Say Never.’

To be honest, I’m not much a of a jewelry person. I’m always searching for niche pieces that are somehow both simple and strange, which can be hard to come by. But when Rust Belt Americana jewelry designer, Samuel Sloma, and I stumbled upon each other on Instagram, I knew I’d found something truly special. Sloma, a Midwestern picker, hand makes unique, rustic jewelry and watches with vintage materials he collects from old warehouses, five-and-dime stores, and various other unconventional locations. Sloma’s creative mission is “to celebrate American authenticity on a modern stage where the implied and tangible harmoniously collide,” and “to help men and women self-identify with bygone moments in time.” These sentiments, along with Sloma’s promise to send me “something bizarre,” solidified my immediate fanhood.

Sloma’s design aesthetic has this badass, yet elegant quality, making all of his beautiful work extremely versatile. I was so excited to receive my first original Rust Belt Americana necklace, which features a copper piece stamped in 1950 for musician Pat Boone, who charted second only to Elvis Presley during the late 50s. The piece on my necklace reads, “Always your boy, Pat Boone.” My father is a musician, and having been raised on older music, it felt like a cosmic coincidence that Sloma selected this piece especially for me. After years of struggling to find jewelry that suits my style, I’m thrilled to have Rust Belt Americana as my go-to source for cool, one-of-a-kind accessories.

Photos by Rebecca Browne and yours truly

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Whole Lotta Love

IMG_0045Reworked vintage Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same tee, Maje shorts, Sandro booties, Boyy ‘Slash’ bag, ‘Lunar’ sunglasses from Nasty Gal, tattoo choker from Brandy Melville.IMG_0043

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IMG_0091 - Version 2Becky is a recent Northeastern graduate and crop top enthusiast currently pursuing a career in child psychology here in Boston, and bringing some serious street style game to our city, as well. It’s great to have a friend who shares my affinity for 90s fashion/general old school pop culture—she even bought me my new tattoo choker, just like the ones my big sister and her cool friends wore while I was busy being too young to actually experience the fashions of that epic era…Anyway, I love how Becky took a simple, go-to grunge look, and made it completely new with her Steve Madden gladiators, which received about a hundred compliments per block on Newbury Street. A sophisticated bag or a statement shoe can make band tees and baggy shorts anything but basic. I’ll never give up this old Zeppelin tee. The open back is clutch on hot summer days, and The Song Remains the Same is definitely one of the best concert films of all time.

Photos by Becky Browne and yours truly.

 

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E.T.

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1Q1A9259Declared clothing alien crop top, Carmar high-waist denim shorts, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Nirvana’ boots, Christian Dior sunglasses, NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in ‘Schiap.’

As usual, my mind is on Bonnaroo Music Festival and my heart is in 1996. Luckily, the festival is less than a month away. As I gear up for Tennessee, I’ve been accompanying some of my favorite grunge pieces with girly hints of pink and stacked scrunchies on my wrist.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Cat & Mouse

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_DSC9707 - Version 2Vintage Euro Disney tank, vintage Levis denim & leather studded jacket, Carmar jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘ZOMG’ platform sneakers, H&M purse, lime sunglasses from Planet Blue.

As I stated in my Globe interview, I’ve been drawing a lot of summer inspiration from the wardrobe in the 1992 movie White Men Can’t Jump. I love the sort of West coast-cool, sporty-grunge vibe. This vintage Mickey Mouse top, cut much like a basketball jersey, oversized denim and platform sneakers make just one of my many outfits ideas that have stemmed from this classic flick. (I may or may not have recently purchased tie-dye mom jeans…) The red lips and pussy purse add a fun, feminine touch.

Photos by Lev Avery-Peck

 

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Favorites of 2013

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Just like every other holiday, New Year’s is a time to reflect on all for which we are grateful. Rather than tell you about the amazing people and experiences that made 2013 a great year, I’ll share the beauty products that helped me savor every saucy moment.

1. MAC Lipstick in “Heroine” -The ongoing ’90s revival and Lorde’s sudden rise to queen bee status have brought deep, vibrant shades of purple lipstick to the forefront of fashion, and MAC’s “Heroine” is the obvious best. Though it was originally launched as a limited edition color, MAC announced last week that they are adding “Heroine” to their permanent collection. I only recently discovered this lipstick fit for royals, but it’s going to play the starring role in my New Year’s Eve look tonight, and it will definitely be making appearances on the blog soon.

2. Decleor Aroma Night Neroli Essential Balm -This nighttime balm is like chapstick for your face—great for relieving winter dryness. Recommended by my esthetician at Bliss Spa.

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner -Precision for the perfect cat eye.

4. Benefit Instant Brow Pencil -Bushy brows have made a major comeback, and I happen to think that’s the fucking sauce. Benefit has everything you need to gets your brows into shape.

5. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Perfume -I wear this perfume every day and people frequently tell me I smell good. That is all.

6. Too Faced Natural Eye Eyeshadow Collection -Choosing individual eyeshadow colors that compliment each other can be difficult, so I love the fact that brands like Too Faced have done the work for me. This kit will give you the tools to make your eyes stand out without going over the top.

7. Clinique CC Cream -Full title: “Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30.” So basically, this lightweight CC cream does it all. It gives the coverage of foundation, hydrates like a moisturizer, and protects your skin from the sun.

8. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil -Why all lipsticks aren’t this shape, I do not know. The NARS lip pencil is really more like a big crayon that makes it easy to stay inside the lines of your lips, and just like crayons, it comes in a variety of awesome colors with fun names. My personal favorites are “Never Say Never,” “Damned,” and “Dragon Girl.”

9. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Potion is the appropriate word, because this stuff is like magic. With this primer, you could paint the Sistine Chapel on your lids and it will last all day. I guarantee it/double dare you. 

10. My favorite mascara was tragically discontinued earlier this year (Clinique High Definition), and I’d hoped to discover a fabulous replacement to fill this slot (and the void in my heart) before the new year. Sadly, I’ve yet to find one that truly compares. If you use a mascara that you love, leave a comment and share your knowledge—A new year means trying new things!

Have a saucy New Year’s Eve, everyone!

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