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Slit Skirt

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DSC_0516Crop top by Nasty Gal, skirt by asos, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Belanger’ loafers (available here in beige), Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ cross body bag, and Reks Optics round Lumolux sunglasses in white with smoke lenses.

Midi skirts have forced their way to the forefront of fashion within the past couple of years to accompany culottes in a world that used to be dominated by “mini” or “maxi.” (Here’s to options!) The somewhat conservative length is refreshing and sophisticated, and you can easily add a little sex appeal with a dramatic slit or two and a crop top. Pointed loafers make for a polished daytime look, while my reflective shades and brown-nude lip color (Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy’) remove all unwanted traces of preppiness. To embrace your preppy side, add tortoise-shell or cat eye sunnies, and opt for a light pink lip.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Stairway to Street Style

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DSC_0322Furst of a Kind vintage Led Zeppelin tee, scuba skirt by Nasty Gal, vintage belt, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters, Vanessa Mooney choker, Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ necklace in iridescent drusy, Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy,’ and Reks Optics round ‘Lumolux’ sunglasses in metallic silver with silver lenses.

Sorry not sorry for the lame title! (I’m usually one of those obnoxious Zeppelin fans who automatically assumes people who reference “Stairway to Heaven” are phony fans, or in middle school.) Consider the ensemble above more user-friendly version of this recent, similar but slightly more dramatic look. Styling things like vintage band tees and menswear-inspired shoes with a feminine, fitted skirt strikes the perfect balance of edgy and polished. I love staples with unique details, so this black, neoprene bodycon skirt with an adorable scalloped hemline is a friend of mine. This outfit combination works well for going straight from your daytime errands to dinner, a date, or a concert. Also, I am newly obsessed with these round sunnies by Reks Optics. They’re made of a special material that bends, but doesn’t break, making them the perfect shades for athletes and/or idiots who carelessly toss sunglasses around and then tragically sit on them. Chic *and* disaster-proof? I’ll take three! (I already did…) Plus, on the Reks website, you can mix and match different frames with various hues of reflective lenses for a look customized to your liking. Again: yes, please! (And thank you to my friends at Reks Optics!)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Kick Flare

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Launch-1 (2)BDG ‘Courtney’ kick flare jeans, Nasty Gal crop top, shag coat from LF Stores, Alexander Wang ‘Diego’ bucket bag, Tod’s boots.

The early 2000s were a rough time in the world of fashion—velour tracksuits, pastel UGGs, and unflattering, low-rise flared jeans scarred us all, and we cleansed ourselves of these cringe-worthy fashion failures with skinny jeans. For many years, we seemed to live by an unspoken law that skinnies were the only acceptable jeans for the stylish woman, and this wasn’t such a bad thing. In the era of solely-skinny denim, I’d like think society zeroed in on more sophisticated street style, and we’ve earned back the privilege of variety. It started with the comeback of ’90s classics like mom jeans and boyfriend jeans, and now there’s a new silhouette in town. Cropped jeans with a flared hem, also known as kick flares, are trending everywhere lately, and I’m totally smitten. Kind of a denim response to culottes, kick flares are a cool, offbeat way to mix up your look. Since I’m 5’2″ with very short legs, these BDG jeans are definitely a little longer than intended, but with a moderately high heel, I’m still able to achieve the desired effect. When browsing kick flares, look for finishing touches like a high waist and raw edges for a fresh, more modern look.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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All Black Everything

I have two pieces of exciting news. 1) I decided to chop my hair into a lob (slightly longer than a bob), and 2) I got a new job! I’m now working as a a sales professional for French sister brands Sandro & Maje at their concession stores in the Women’s Contemporary department of Bloomingdale’s in Newton, Mass. If you know me or follow the Sauce remotely closely, you know that I’ve been a huge Sandro & Maje fan for a few years now (I actually discovered their stuff while working for a different company at the same Bloomingdale’s location), and it really is so much fun to be able to work with clothing I connect with so deeply in terms of my personal style, and help others style it to their own taste. The thing is, I need my readers to understand that, although I do do some representative work for various brands and companies here on the blog, that is NOT my relationship with Sandro & Maje. While I may wear and write about their merchandise, the views expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the company’s management, and so from now on, whenever one of my outfit posts features Sandro and/or Maje merchandise, you’ll see that disclaimer at the bottom of the post, right before the photo credits.

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DSC_0095“Vintage” Piazza Sempione blazer, Maje ‘Pigou’ velvet pants, Theory turtleneck, Sandro creepers, Stella & Dot necklace, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

One of my favorite things about working at Bloomingdale’s is that employees have to wear all black, and while a lot of people think this must get boring, on days that I’m in a hurry, it’s actually an easy way to get dressed and ensure that I look chic without too much thought; and on days when I feel like making a little more effort, the all-black wardrobe requirement presents an opportunity for me to stretch my creativity as a stylist. Going for a menswear-as-womenswear look is a cool and edgy approach to wearing all black. Here, I put my own spin on this style with a blazer that’s cut a little longer than most (thanks, Mom!), velvet trousers, and my beloved creepers. Velvet is so luxe and beautiful, and I think creepers are one of the most delightfully androgynous trends. To make my gender-bending outfit as sleek as possible, I stick with simple silver jewelry and pull my hair into a side-parted pony. Someone on Instagram pointed out that this whole look is reminiscent of Karl Lagerfeld’s signature style, but I swear I’ve been dressing this way since long before I dyed my hair gray. That being said, I certainly don’t mind the comparison one bit.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Witchy Women: The Blogger Coven of Boston

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DSC01392Faux suede fringe jacket courtesy of Primark, Brixton hat, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

DSC01231See Sam stun in a Rag & Bone skull sweater and Stuart Weitzman boots.

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DSC01515Kayte’s rocking an amazing combination of pieces from Free People and Forever 21.

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October is definitely my favorite month of the year. Between the beautiful foliage, temperatures that allow layering but don’t leave you shivering, and the celebration of all things scary that DO make you shiver, I really couldn’t ask for more. If you follow the Sauce, you’re well aware that I actively look forward to (and plan for) Halloween starting on November 1st, and that my personal style is inspired by famous spell-casting squads, such as the ladies in American Horror Story: Coven, and The Craft, all-year-round. So of course I lunged at the opportunity to do a witchy-themed shoot with two of my favorite fellow Boston bloggers, Kayte of Mass Musings, and Sam of Fenway Fashionista. As three New England-bred, Boston-based babes, we can attest to the fact that there is no greater place on Earth to experience the spirit of Halloween than the state in which the most famous alleged witches lived, were taken to trial, and casually burned or hanged to death. This delightfully creepy chapter of the Bay State’s history gave us the beloved Halloween flick Hocus Pocus, and let’s get real about squad goals—what girl didn’t want to be a Sanderson Sister at some point (specifically Sarah Jessica Parker)? Who reading this post wouldn’t have loved to do the honors of lighting the Black Flame Candle, even though it is quite literally virgin territory?

Kayte, Sam and I had a lot of fun brewing up our modern-day witch ensembles, and I think we may have officially coined the term “boho-goth,” which is how we’re describing our combined look. These outfits only verge on literal interpretations of witch portrayals throughout history, and could easily translate as fun everyday looks; or, if you’re down to the wire for this weekend’s festivities, an outfit like this would make for the perfectly chic DIY costume alternative to something spandex from Party City. Fringe and a bit of mid-section skin bring my look up to date, while pattern-play and a smart sense of layering make Kayte and Sam’s outfits cool for just about any casual occasion. Whether you’re cultivating your street style or fashioning a last-minute costume, a bold lip color is the essential finishing touch for your witch-inspired look. While Sam and I reached for Lime Crime Velvetine liquid-to-matte lipstick in “Riot” and “Faded,” Kayte went with the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the appropriately named shade of “Damned.”

Photos by @jacquelinemdn

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Retro Fringe

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DSC_0266 (1)‘Laura’ fringe skirt, turtleneck & ‘Eleanor’ boots courtesy of BooHoo.com, Coach ‘Nolita’ satchel, Primark hat.

What’s not to love about fringe? Having some fringe in your wardrobe it easy to add flirtatious flair and movement to otherwise simple outfit combinations. Turtlenecks and leather booties are absolute must-have items for fall/winter, and a floppy wool hat can give your look an extra retro-chic vibe.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Primark Part II

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DSC_0570Dress & booties courtesy of Primark. Sandro ‘Aida’ cross body bag, vintage necklace, and Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses, NARS ‘Matte Velvet Lip Pencil’ in ‘Damned.’

Just because I refuse to retire my whites and brights after Labor Day doesn’t mean I don’t also love the traditional colors of fall fashion. Burgundy is my absolute fall favorite, and I’m currently crazy about midi-length dresses and skirts, so this cozy ribbed dress with subtle slits was an obvious choice in my Primark spree. For a rougher, more casual look, I’ve paired it with these ultra-cool, Primark embellished rubber booties, but this feminine dress could easily be worn to a family gathering or in a professional setting with a dressier heeled bootie or a classic pump. With more Primark fashions to show you in the near future, it’s safe to say I’m officially suffering from Primania. Thank the fashion overlords that I don’t live so close to Downtown Crossing, otherwise I might develop an actual addiction.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Primark Boston

DSC_0477Visiting the spectacular new Primark store at Downtown Crossing.

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DSC_0781Hat, sweater, jeans, & oxford shoes courtesy of Primark.

Primark has been an utter sensation in the UK for years now, and we here in the States finally don’t need a passport to indulge in its awesomeness. The fashion powerhouse, which is basically like H&M meets Zara on steroids, is in the process of launching eight stores across America, and made its American debut right here in Boston earlier this month. So, for those of you who still think Boston and fashion are mutually exclusive, think again. The enormous store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing is an overwhelming four floors with a ridiculously vast selection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and home goods, all for shockingly reasonable prices. For the cost of what I would typically assume could buy me one pair of shoes, I was able to purchase seven stylish, versatile pieces from Primark (—stay tuned to see more tomorrow, and beyond!). From endless basics, to tons of radical statement pieces, the only problem one could possibly have at Primark is figuring out where to start. The shoe selection gave me a rush of endorphins comparable to a really great first date—and by the way, if you’re looking for an outfit for a date, or virtually any occasion that doesn’t call for black tie attire, go to Primark. Immediately. I think what impressed me most was the incredible selection of affordable outerwear. Styles and colors of jackets, coats, winter vests, and faux fur accents have really expanded over the past couple of years, but outwear has been notoriously expensive for much longer. I feel like a lot of young women tend to avoid outerwear when going out at night until the weather absolutely demands it, 1: because a lot of effective outerwear is just downright bulky and unattractive, and 2: because of reason 1, we want to ditch our coats as soon as we arrive at our destination, and that leads to reason 3: the frequent loss and theft of said ditched outerwear. The gorgeous and funky jackets, vests, and coats at Primark will get you seriously excited for colder weather (even after last year’s nearly apocalyptic winter), and it’s all so fun and stylish, you won’t want to take it off, or will at least feel encouraged to carry it on your arm all night for everyone to see.

As for the outfit I’m wearing above, let me just say that these jeans are hands down my new favorite pair (and I own quite a few pairs of jeans). Being a short person with legs the length of an elementary schooler’s and the hips of, you know, a full-grown woman, it’s hard for me to find jeans that fit just right. Every pair of jeans I own is too long, and since alterations are expensive, I tend to just live with the weird, scrunchy leg-warmer effect skinny jeans have on my short self. Primark, however, has an endless selection of jeans in every cut, wash and style imaginable, and these ankle-grazers have answered my long-awaited denim prayers. They also happen to be extremely comfortable with excellent flexibility without looking cheap. And could these patent oxfords be any cuter?! I’ll inevitably be rocking them almost every day, as they’re easy to wear with both classic and edgier outfits. I could honestly ramble on forever about my new obsession with Primark (especially since the store itself seems to go on forever), but I have lots more to show you very soon, so I’ll stop here for now. In the meantime, why are you still reading this? PRIMARK IS OPEN IN BOSTON.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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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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Color Explosion on Clover Canyon

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IMG_1265Clover Canyon dress, Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Sandals, & the Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver.

I totally fell in love with Clover Canyon when their fun prints hit the scene a few years ago—but so did everybody else. I’m not someone to avoid something I like just to avoid its popularity; my taste ranges from mainstream to niche, and I only steer clear of a trend if I think it’s a) simply not my style, or b) too expensive for how quickly it will likely disappear from fashion. Clover Canyon came in strong as a trend, but has stuck around, becoming somewhat of a staple. My personal rule of thumb when it comes to popular styles and prints that run the risk of making me look basic, is to find a way to make it absolutely my own. I bought this Clover Canyon dress a couple years ago, but every time I put it on with my brown hair, accompanied by a black clutch and neutral lip color, I didn’t get that special feeling a woman should feel when she slips on a fabulous dress. I looked like I was going to a sorority formal. In other words, when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t really feel like myself. It’s funny how drastic changes can remedy that. Now that I’ve dyed my hair a range of pastel colors, the multi-colored dress finally seems to suit me the way I hadn’t fully realized I’d wanted it to. I finally feel like I can wear it in a way that stands out and represents my style alone. A swipe of YSL’s Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in ‘Fischia in Rage’ and my beloved, eye-catching reflective Furla bag adhere to Iris Apfel’s famous fashion motto that “more is more and less is a bore,” while my sleek Steve Madden sandals and minimal amount of jewelry keep the outfit classy enough to wear out to dinner.

P.S. My hair is even purpler now! Photos soon to come…

Photos by Annie Quinn

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