Boston, Fashion, Promotional

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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Beauty, Fashion

Pastel Purple Haze

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DSC_0056Madewell chambray button-down, Carmar denim shorts, vintage belt, Silence + Noise ‘Vamp Paneled’ oxfords, Spitfire sunglasses.

The journey from brunette, to bright blue, to this pastel combination of purple, grayish-mint and hints of baby blue has been the most exciting beauty transformation of my entire life. Of all the unconventional hair colors I’ve tried, this look has absolutely stolen my heart. Hair stylist Ashley Seal of Stilisti Salon on Newbury Street has truly outdone herself over the last few months, and I’ve officially accepted her as my hair lord and savior.

It’s no secret that denim on denim is an easy, chic style that anyone can achieve, but now that it’s become somewhat commonplace, the question is how to make your Canadian Tuxedo stand out from the rest. My pastel locks inspired me to pair two shades of faded denim, creating a light and dreamy summer look. This fabulous Western-style belt, which I stole from my mother (she’s apparently not thrilled that I’ve been referring to her hand-me-downs as “vintage”—Sorry, Mom!), has quickly become my favorite accessory, adding a little something extra to even the simplest of outfits, and these oxfords with faux pony hair panels are a fresh take on the menswear-inspired staple.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion

#BlueHairDontCare

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DSC_0053-Edit (1)ALC pants, Theory top, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Sandro bag, Eddie Borgo jewelry.

I’ve desperately wanted what social media has deemed “mermaid hair” for about five years now. Though I might tear my hair out entirely if one more person asks me “why” I’ve decided to dye it blue (just think really carefully for a second…that’s it! You got it—because I like it…), I am willing to answer a much more important question: why did I wait so long? As someone who adamantly believes that we should all style ourselves for ourselves—and kindly assume that that’s “why” anyone makes the sartorial choices they make—I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I let other people’s opinions postpone this change, even though I knew my desire was real. I dare not compare myself to Caitlyn Jenner, but the message her transformation sends applies to all of us: if you don’t live as your true self, you’ll live with regrets. I’m not saying I’m actually a mermaid on the inside, or that I want blue hair for the rest of my life, but I do believe if I hadn’t seized this opportunity just because a few people I love and respect didn’t love the idea, I’d have lost respect for myself.

In the week leading up to my hair appointment, the most popular question I received besides “why?” was, “Are you worried it will be harder to get dressed?” Well, not really, no. Even blondes and brunettes have to take their coloring into account when choosing clothes. I think because society still associates brightly colored hair with rebellious counter-cultures, people assume that I’ll have to push my always-eclectic style into one specific, radical corner in order to cater to this extreme hairstyle. Challenge accepted! Although I definitely do intend to dip into those more radical styles colorful hair commonly brings to mind, For however long I have blue hair, I’ll also aim to prove to my readers and followers that they can still relate to my style and draw inspiration from my looks, even if a head of blue hair is something they’d never consider. Let’s start with the outfit above. I won’t let anyone tell me it couldn’t be worn by someone with “normal” hair, because I’ve rocked this look as both a blonde and brunette, as well. For a chic daytime look, I’ve styled these sleek but funky pants with menswear-inspired shoes and an oversized tee. To transition to nighttime, I’d swap in a white tank and minimal black sandals, like the fabulous pair I just got at Joie.

Hair color by Ashley Seal of Stilisti Salon.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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Fashion

Maximizing Your Favorites

There are some outfits you love so much that you can’t help but wear them over and over again. Plus, blame it on global warming, but September has been a really weird time in Massachusetts thus far: One day it’s 97 degrees, the next day there’s a high of 59. This is why it’s great that stores like American Apparel make all their best merchandise in every color and print imaginable: it makes it easy to wear your favorite looks from one season in slightly different ways, and to wear some of those same pieces throughout the rest of the year, without seeming like a “repeat offender.” Here are a few different ensembles that combine several of the same items, worn in various ways to keep things interesting and weather-appropriate.1Q1A2718 - Version 3Here I am, standing awkwardly in my American Apparel Stretch Twill High-Waist Side Zipper Shorts in “dark mint,” with an American Apparel Tie-Up Blouse, pastel pink Jeffrey Campbell oxfords and See Eyewear sunglasses.1Q1A2711

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1Q1A2723Alexander Wang glow in the dark Pelican crossbody bag (Yes…this bag glows in the dark. It locks, too.)005_5 - Version 4Poolside chillin’ in Sunapee, New Hampshire, wearing the same shorts with the same blouse in a different print, brown oxfords this time, and mint shades from LF stores. (Throwback to my ombre hair…)1Q1A2995Any girl who braves cold weather knows that a few good pairs of tights will allow you to wear all your favorite shorts throughout fall and winter. These are the same American Apparel shorts, but in black, worn with Urban Outfitters tights, a cropped LNA sweater with brown leather trim, the REISS London felt “Ava” hat in burgundy, my vintage Chanel bag, Marc Jacobs combat boots, and Lennon-esque sunglasses, also from Urban Outfitters.1Q1A3011NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Never Say Never.”1Q1A3005

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1Q1A3023Essie “Where’s my Chauffeur” nail polish and a Cartier gold ring.020_20 - Version 2Once again in Sunapee, New Hampshire, wearing the same black shorts with American Apparel’s Spandex Crop Top in their new Lips Print.

Digital photography by Amanda Rosen; disposable photography by Matt McKenna.

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