Beauty, Boston, Fashion, Promotional

OMG! Nice to Meet You!

DSC_0315-15Crop top by The Hanger, skirt from LF Stores, Phillip Lim clutch, Aldo ‘Istrago’ sandals.

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BostonBloggers2015-TheDangerBooth-44(From left): Sydney, myself, Gabby, Koko, & Miranda.

DSC_0331-18Jenny Bird Palm Cili Collar in Silver.

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BostonBloggers2015-TheDangerBooth-96(From left), Stephanie, Neha, myself, Sydney & Lianna.

DSC_0399-30Eddie Borgo bracelet, Michael Kors watch. Rings (from left): Cartier band, Gamine Zofia Ring Set in Silver, Margaret Elizabeth Faceted Cocktail Ring in Navy, Gorjana Gisele Ring. 356 Lacquer Creme Polish in ‘Alimersai.’

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This past Monday I attended the annual Boston Bloggers Meet & Greet at Audubon with my kickass new crew of blogger friends. Between the drinks, the delicious snacks, and the infamous Danger Booth, everyone had a blast—and since the large majority of the group are female fashion bloggers, the event served as glorious evidence that the catty stigmas of fashion culture are so out. With that said, one still feels some pressure when dressing to impress a group of fellow fashionistas…

Unsurprisingly enough, I went to the event in my favorite silhouette: high-waisted bottoms and a cutaway crop top—and in my favorite color combination: plain old black and white. The skirt’s dramatic asymmetrical hem and the sweatery fabric of my summertime top bring new life to my go-to look, and I went with my bright blue Phillip Lim clutch and Jenny Bird collar necklace, courtesy of Rocksbox, to kick things up another notch. I chose a mint-turquoise shade of nail polish to offset the bag, and added a navy cocktail ring for good measure, also from Rocksbox. If you haven’t heard of Rocksbox, it’s basically like the Netflix of jewelry: with Rockbox, you can rent and try fabulous new jewelry by top trendsetting brands like Gorjana and House of Harlow, and you can purchase the pieces you love for discounted prices. All you have to do is fill out a quick but effective style survey, start keeping a wishlist, and expert stylists will send you three pieces per box in a prepaid envelope, so returns are no fuss. You can return and receive as many boxes as you want for just $19 a month, but you can also get your first month free by using the promo code FASHIONSAUCEXOXO.

As for the gorgeous polish, it’s by Somerville-based 365 Lacquer, a vegan and non-toxic polish company dedicated to making fun colors without harmful ingredients, and without testing on animals. I have to admit, I can be a bit calamitous (by which I mean careless), and have therefore stuck almost exclusively to gel manicures for the last two years, so I felt a bit wary of going back to regular polish. But 365 Lacquer promised a quick-drying, long-lasting product—and they weren’t lying. I’ll admit to a couple of chips within the first 48 hours, but they weren’t caused by faulty polish; so many consecutive gel manicures have left my nails in a slightly weakened state, but on my nails that have managed to stay strong, 365 Lacquer has stayed strong, as well. Plus, they just released a neon collection that’s sure to get you even more excited about summer.

Fashion photography by Miranda Mu | Group photos courtesy of The Danger Booth.

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Beauty, Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Halloween 2014

Cruella de Vil

DSC_0009 - Version 2Maxi dress and shag coat from LF Stores (previous seasons), Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, wig from eBay, gloves and play cigarette holder from Party City.DSC_0012 - Version 2Eddie Borgo ‘Safety Chain’ choker.IMG_0169MAC x Rocky Horror Show lipstick in ‘Strange Journey.’DSC_0025

I decided to spare just one…

DSC_0011OK, I know, I know. I did it again: I disappeared for almost a month. I’m a bad, bad blogger! Or just consistently fashionably late, depending on how you look at things. But I hope this year’s Halloween costume will make up for my online absences. (I’m also sorry I didn’t post pictures of my costume sooner, but I can’t have been the only person who spent yesterday nursing a hangover…) I seriously do have lots of cool projects and collaborations in the works, so I appreciate your patience.

Anyone who’s known me for at least twenty minutes knows that Halloween is my favorite holiday. It gives fashion lovers a special chance to get really creative, and while so many girls like to play princess, this year I decided I should honor a villain on the one night we openly celebrate sin. I chose Cruella de Vil because she’s not just an iconic female villain, she’s also a fashion icon, determined to commit a heinous crime in order to achieve a fabulous style statement. Whenever I put together a costume, I try to use as much as possible from my own wardrobe. This year, it started with a dress that had been sitting in my closet gathering dust and making me feel guilty for over a year. I bought the black and white maxi dress, complete with shoulder pads and a dramatic slit, on a whim at one of LF’s infamous sales. Obviously it didn’t cost much, but I got home and thought to myself, Where did I think I would wear this? My prom years are far behind me, and my calendar isn’t exactly marked up with galas. But when I saw it hanging next to my shag coat, an LF purchase that I’ve worn constantly for three winters, my Cruella vision suddenly became clear, and the rest just fell together.

I’m obsessed with Eddie Borgo’s odd yet simultaneously minimalist jewelry, and this choker was on my wish list for months before I made it mine. The fact that the sleek, glamorous necklace happens to somewhat resemble a dog collar was an ever-s0-appropriate coincidence.

For Cruella’s signature red lip, MAC Cosmetics made my Halloween dreams come true with their Rocky Horror Picture Show collection. Rocky Horror is a Halloween cult classic film, and one of my personal favorites. Like so many MAC lipsticks, the Rocky Horror reds are smooth, rich, and flawless—and totally sold out. Special shout out to a special friend who helped me get my hands on these coveted colors!

The finishing touches for almost any Halloween costume are easy to get online. eBay and the Party City website have all the Halloween essentials, and even the more unusual accessories, as long as you don’t wait until the last minute. A significant other who loves you enough to wear a full dalmatian suit? That’s a little harder to find.

Photos by Brooke Appe & Annie Goldman

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Fashion

Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

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360My dad—the birthday boy, a sharp dresser, and the best dancer I know!

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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Fashion, Travel

Bonnaroo: A Really Good Time

Unlike some of the other high-profile music festivals, such as Coachella and Governor’s Ball, almost all of the eighty-thousand people who attend the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee camp out in tents for the four-day extravaganza. This in no way eliminates fashion from the Bonnaroo scene, but it presents a challenge to festival fashion-enthusiasts who want to endure Roo in style. Comfort can’t be neglected when dressing for Bonnaroo and other festivals of its kind. Please enjoy these photos from my Bonnaroo 2014 experience (taken by Matt McKenna, kind strangers, and yours truly) and my list of key items and products and styles for the festival fashionista.

IMG_3187On the road I wore the lightweight Groceries Apparel ‘Wolff’ top, coated high-rise J Brand skinnies, a vintage necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots, and my Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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IMG_3211American Apparel California Select vintage halter top, Carmar denim shorts, Birkenstock “Gizeh” sandals, and an authentic Wayuu bag: Structured, comfortable sandals like Birkenstocks are necessary for the more rigorous festival, where you’ll spend most of your time on-foot. Don’t make the mistake of relying on flimsy flip-flops.

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IMG_3235Vintage Oscar de la Renta silk kimono dress from Nasty Gal, printed turband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

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026_26Helmut Lang tank, Millau perforated faux leather running shorts, BAGGU printed tote, MARC by Marc Jacobs sweatshirt and combat boots. To maintain your hair at a festival, be sure to bring dry shampoo. Oscar Blandi makes some great products, but Oribe has a dry shampoo alternative that doesn’t leave visible residue in your hair. Since roots tend to get oily while ends dry out in the sun, give dry conditioner a try, focusing on the ends of your hair.

024_24Brixton ‘Joanna’ hat from Nasty Gal, crop top from Urban Outfitters, Millau shorts, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots: running shorts in fun prints or textiles and combat boots were the definite MVPs of Bonnaroo this year.

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IMG_3244Be prepared for and positive about the possibility of rain. Poncho from Urban Outfitters, sunglasses from Walmart.

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007_7Since most festivals are blazing hot during the day, the nighttime chill can come as a shock. Bring soft tops that you can tie up in the heat and let down for more coverage once the sun goes down.

002_2My soft, high-waisted boyfriend jeans were the unsung heroes of my festival wardrobe.

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IMG_3277 (1)Silk aztec-printed dress from LF Stores, Le Specs sunglasses: so you can sit and dance comfortably in lightweight frocks, try wearing white Nike Pro Combat compression shorts underneath.

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014_14“Chi Chi” top from Nasty Gal, wooden necklace and high-waist shorts from American Apparel, lilac headband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

011_11Wide-brimmed hats, fanny packs, and anything tie-dye are festival essentials.

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hello.jpgPlease excuse my awkward tan/burn lines and shoebee status, and just focus on this awesome Wildfox Couture halter bikini with rainbow briefs. A cute bathing suit top can easily serve as your outfit of the day. I really don’t think I need to explain the greatness of Adidas original Pool Side sandals, do I?

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IMG_3338A gel manicure is a must for the rougher festival scene, unless you want to spend your days staring at the dirt underneath your nails. Take it as an opportunity to try some fun new nail art. And if you hate to go without lip color, but also hate the feel of makeup caking and baking in the sun, try a Revlon Color Burst balm stain. It moisturizes and feels like a regular lip balm, and actually lasts longer than most lipsticks. Miley Cyrus and the ongoing 90s fashion revival caused the double-bun look be a popular choice at Bonnaroo this year. It’s playful, and keeps your hair out of the way.

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