Fashion, Travel

Labor Day Weekend

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Photos by the amazing Miranda Mu of MuMuses.com

It’s incredible what social media can do. In April, I posted on Instagram in search of a local photographer, and shortly thereafter received an email from a girl named Miranda, a fellow Boston-based blogger and fashion-lover looking to expand her photography experience, and who seemed to have eerily similar personal style to my own. Since our first shoot in the spring, Miranda and I have become a strong professional team, as well as close friends, and we often stop and reflect upon how lucky we are that so many good things happen by chance. Miranda’s easy temperament combined with her perfectionist tendencies have really raised the bar for my work here on the Sauce, and her open-minded perspective on the world has expanded my own. So, we decided to spend Labor Day Weekend visiting my parents in New Hampshire to relax, enjoy the scenery, indulge in my mother’s cooking, and just celebrate our success as bloggers, as well as our friendship in general. We also wanted to capture some photos of our shared passion for a minimalist weekend wardrobe. (Nothing gets between us and our friendship…or our Calvins.)

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Beauty, Fashion, Travel

Ladies is Pimps, too…

Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later? You might think a shag coat is an unrealistic item that will just sit in your closet collecting even more fuzz, but you’d be wrong. Once you have one, the answer is always now. I bought my faux fur shag coat from LF Stores in 2011, and it’s been an essential part of my fall/winter experience ever since, to the point where I stare at it longingly during spring and summer. Why? Because the right shag coat can evoke the spirit of Cruella DeVille, a gangster rap star AND Kurt Cobain in the most deliciously weird way. The shag coat is a conversation starter: you will find yourself talking to more strangers whilst rocking your shag—and (WARNING) being touched by them, too.1Q1A5581Here I am in another American Apparel oversized chiffon button-up, tied up to show just a sliver of skin over my Urban Outfitters harem trousers.1Q1A5585

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1Q1A5733I’m wearing my Jeffrey Campbell booties to give the look a little height, but an oversized blazer and loafers or oxfords like these (or these) would give the pants and blouse that menswear-inspired look that everyone’s going for these days.

(Photos by Amanda Rosen)tumblr_mjh21o3dfI1r85hyzo1_1280A beanie and a relaxed knit tee give the coat a chill, grunge vibe.398590_2531165438754_676215346_nThe shag coat and these limited edition Jeffrey Campbell “Warrant” platforms from LF Stores took my vintage Ralph Lauren cashmere slip dress to that perfect level of eccentric glitz that we all crave on New Year’s Eve.tumblr_mfyigsPuZX1r85hyzo1_500And here I am on the following New Year’s, wearing the coat over a crushed velvet burgundy body-con dress. This photo, taken by my best friend Brooke, has over 12,000 notes on my Tumblr account. Check it out!

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Beauty, Fashion, Pop Culture, Travel

Sweater Weather

Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn was and will always be a film and fashion legend. While plenty of people are familiar with her iconic outfits in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina, I’m shocked by how few people have seen Funny Face (1957), a quirky musical all about embracing one’s unique beauty, and how fashion can be just as much about self-expression and self-discovery as it is about appearances. Audrey Hepburn plays a stubborn bookworm swept into the world of fashion modeling (and a romance with Fred Astaire), so she wears countless incredible outfits throughout the movie. But my favorite of all the ensembles in Funny Face is perhaps also the simplest—a black turtleneck, black pants, and black flats with white socks:funny face 1If you follow fashion at all, you’ve noticed that rich shades of burgundy and bordeaux are featured in almost every current fall collection. For my take on Audrey’s Funny Face look, I’ve swapped her black turtleneck for a vintage burgundy piece:1Q1A5435This oversized cashmere turtleneck is actually reversible: if I turn it inside-out, I’ve got a coffee-colored sweater!1Q1A5438My J-Brand skinny neoprene pants are great for jumping and dancing just like Audrey. Did you know she wanted to be a ballerina before she ever even considered acting?

1Q1A5407I maintain Audrey’s classic flair with these white Kate Spade socks, and my cat-faced slippers from LF Stores give the outfit a modern twist.Audrey Hepburn.Audrey’s bold brows and lips are my ideal makeup statements. I use the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil & Brow Zings Shaping Kit and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” to get the look:1Q1A5400 - Version 2Oversized sweaters/sweater-dresses make it easy to stay warm, comfortable, and cute throughout fall and winter. Here’s a similar look to my Audrey-inspired outfit, featuring a fair isle-printed sweater-dress from LF Stores, Wolford tights, and brown Miz Mooz oxfords:1Q1A5460

1Q1A5452The brown oxfords bring a little warmth to the black and white.1Q1A5461 I got this antique locket at a vintage store in Hanover, New Hampshire that sadly no longer exists.1Q1A5463Wish I knew the story behind the portraits in the locket! But have you heard that Essie makes gel polish now? Very exciting stuff. Given my current obsession with burgundy, I decided to go with this color, “Moody Mood.” I’m loving it.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion, Travel

Leather Skirts

As my coworker (whom we call Mother Sauce) recently said, “It’s like leather threw up all over everything this fall.” This is entirely accurate, and I have no objections. However, I think when a leather skirt comes to mind, over-sexed images sometimes to come to mind, as well. Here are two ways you can rock a leather skirt without going too S&M.1Q1A5492I’m not usually one for micro-minis, but I fell in love with this AllSaints Mini Split Lucille Skirt in “Bottle Green,” which I’m wearing here with my REISS London Bebbington Knit, Wolford tights, and my Jeffrey Campbell In the Mood Boots with an ombre lucite heel. Yes, this skirt is leather, short, and has an asymmetrical zipper with a bit of a slit, but I think the warm forest green (a fall/winter classic) brings it down to earth. 1Q1A5494 - Version 2Although the sweater’s sheer panels are in tune with the skirt’s edgy vibe, the long sleeves and low heels minimize the sex factor. These tights are pretty sheer, but opaque black would also make the outfit more casual.1Q1A5521Another one of my coworkers described this skirt as “Madonna goes Christmas.” I’m not sure whether she meant this as a negative or a positive, but I’m definitely leaning towards the positive. That’s one claymation Christmas special I would love to see.1Q1A5497

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1Q1A5506This whole look could work for day or night, depending on where you’re going.1Q1A5359 - Version 2Metallics and fair isle prints are fall/winter staples, and this comfy vintage Ralph Lauren Collection turtleneck sweater is the perfect way to tame this vintage silver leather skirt for a sleek daytime look. The fact that the sweater is slightly cropped keeps the outfit from being too boxy.1Q1A5381Don’t you just love Mom’s hand-me-downs?1Q1A5369Photos by Amanda Rosen

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