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Fall Color Splash: Be Bright & Bold All-Year-Round

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DSC_0458Pants courtesy of NYDJ, Equipment blouse, American Apparel cropped sweater, shag coat from LF Stores, Furla ‘Graffiti Candy Bon Bon’ in ‘Gloss’ and ‘Bubble Key Ring‘ in ‘Pelato’, Joie sandals, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, NARS ‘Audacious Lipstick‘ in ‘Fanny.’

Yes, I own more than one pair of pink pants, and no, just because temperatures are dropping does not mean you necessarily need to turn down the volume on your color palette. Playing with textures, patterns, and layering makes it easy to continue wearing vibrant colors. This printed Equipment blouse is perhaps my favorite layering piece (if my apartment were on fire and I could only grab a few things, it would be on that list). The star-pattern print is fun and youthful, but the black and white scheme lays a clean foundation for layering elements of color. Enter cropped blue sweater and cropped pink pants. These bold hues actually help emphasize the stark black and white, and going for a cropped sweater also lets the blouse stand out and better boast its awesomeness. I recently learned that the outerwear in this ensemble is what we call a “coatigan”—it’s not quite a coat, not quite a cardigan, but something in between. Whatever you want to call it, the black fuzzy shag solidifies this is as a fall outfit. And if you’re going to wear brights when the weather is gray, you may as well go big or go home: accessorizing this loud look with my Furla candy bag and rabbit-fur pom pom, my strappy sandals and a magenta lip makes for a real Carrie Bradshaw moment.

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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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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Retro Casual

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DSC_0196-35Blouse & sunglasses from LF Stores, Rag & Bone pants, 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘OMG’ pouch, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Purvis’ platforms.

One of my favorite things about dressing for this season is the way cheerful springy-summery prints and colors prompt me to create modern takes on retro styles. My paisley button-down, cuffed pants, platform loafers and matchy-matchy accessories all have a ’60s/’70s vibe, but details like the cropped cut of my blouse, stacked rings, and my oh-so-millennial “OMG”-embossed clutch bring the look up to date.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion Week Street Style: What I Would Have Worn to New York Fashion Week

Teen Vogue (which has been and probably always will be my favorite fashion magazine) has proposed an awesome challenge to fashion bloggers: What would you wear during Fashion Week? But I’ve decided to put my own spin on the challenge. This post will be my first entry to the contest, and the first of four very special street-style posts here on the Sauce: over the next week, I’ll be sharing an outfit that I would have worn to Fashion Week in each respective fashion capital—New York, London, Milan, and Paris. What fashion-lover doesn’t fantasize about traveling and dressing for major fashion shows? Today’s outfit is for the Big Apple:

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IMG_0771Sandro sweatshirt, MARC by Marc Jacobs skirt (circa 2005/2006), Tod’s boots, Alexander Wang bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, vintage necklace.

First of all, let me just say, I’m so glad I took the plunge and exchanged my long brown locks for this new ombré “lob” (long bob), courtesy of Ashley at Stilisti Salon (138 Newbury Street). I haven’t had such short hair in ten years, and I haven’t had such light hair in twenty years—I just felt like I needed to make a major change, and so far it’s been totally liberating and a lot of fun. Plus, my drying my hair has become a far easier task.

Even though it’s fall, bright colors and bold, comic book-inspired graphics were major Fashion Week street style trends. I’m really into separates right now, and I love combining casual, youthful pieces, like this Sandro sweatshirt, with unexpectedly elegant ones, like this silk pleated skirt, which has served me well since my freshman year of high school. When it comes to a colorful look like this, I tend to opt for minimalist accessories, like my silver collar necklace and plain black booties. This seemingly simple Alexander Wang bag, however, has a pretty cool secret: it glows in the dark! It’s the handbag equivalent to a “lady in the streets but a freak in the sheets.”

Photos by Rebecca Browne

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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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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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