Fashion, Promotional

Warby Parker Exclusive

1Q1A8532I was so excited when eyewear company Warby Parker asked me to review their new summer sunglasses collection, which debuts today! Sunglasses have always been my favorite accessory, and Warby Parker makes beautiful, fun, affordable frames for men and women—and for a great cause. For every pair of sunglasses sold, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone in need, and their sunglasses start at just $95. In short, Warby Parker offers you the chance to buy stylish sunglasses and help those less fortunate without going broke yourself. That’s what I call a fashion win-win-win.

1Q1A8543My current Warby Parkers are the ‘Madison’ in Rum Cherry, which are part of their permanent core collection.1Q1A8527Theory printed blouse, vintage Ralph Lauren Collection shell sweater, Maje shorts, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Purvis’ platform loafers, ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat from Nasty Gal.1Q1A8537

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1Q1A8508by Amanda Rosen

I chose the ‘Madison’ frames because they feature a classic, flattering shape, and because this particular shade of burgundy-red is so versatile. Vibrant enough to bring a little life to my first, black and white outfit, yet understated enough to wear with more colorful looks without going over the top, Warby Parker sunglasses are perfect for people with eclectic style and taste.

Warby Parker’s new Spectrum Sun Collection, available starting today, achieves the same kind of cool with a classic, retro vibe and a fresh selection of colors. Every pair lends itself to endless looks for every occasion. Plus, their sturdy plastic frames will survive whatever craziness summer brings your way—a day at the beach, music festivals, the inside of your purse…

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The “Hall” in Cherry Blossum

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The “Minnie” in Eucalyptus

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The “Piper” in Revolver Black

After gushing over the whole new summer collection, I was able to narrow myself down three favorites, shown above, but I can’t seem to settle on one pair just yet. Each truly evokes the simultaneously adventurous and laid-back summer experience, and many looks from the summer line will carry over seamlessly into your fall/winter wardrobe. Stay tuned to see which pair I choose to take with me to Bonnaroo Music Festival in June, and be sure to visit the Warby Parker website to see the rest of the Spectrum Sun Collection, and to learn more about their charitable work. Warby Parker also has a store located at 83 Newbury Street here in Boston.

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Beauty, Fashion

Disco Pants: Day or Night

American Apparel’s Disco Pants (which now come in a variety of dazzling colors) are reminiscent of Sandy’s iconic pants in the final scene of Grease—in fact, they’re probably the go-to pants for a solid Sandy Halloween costume. They’re tight, they’re shiny, and they’re the kind of item that often prompts the question, “But when will you really where those?” Counter-question: what’s impractical about black, high-waisted pants? Though friends guessed these pants might sit in my drawers, they’re surprisingly versatile, and not-so-surprisingly fun.1Q1A6894For a daytime look, I pair my disco pants with this Dolce Vita cropped knit sweater with quilted leather elbow patches (I meant it when I said I love my crop tops), add a few sleek accessories, and top it off with Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Dragon Girl.”1Q1A6901

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1Q1A6904Surell rabbit fur infinity tube scarf with subtle shades of blue and black.1Q1A6902Jeffrey Campbell “Zhora” boots with patent toe and silver-plated heel.1Q1A6875

1Q1A6883Leather. Lipstick. I guess I’d call this my 2013 take on Sandy’s bad-girl transformation. Cropped tank with faux leather & mesh embellishment from LF Stores, Le Specs sunglasses, YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick in “Fuchsia in Rage” with YSL Shimmering Lip Gloss in “White Gold Topaz.”1Q1A6888A higher shoe would dress this outfit up even more, but I’m not the best at walking in pumps, and the ombre lucite heel emphasizes the futuristic feel of the outfit. To avoid any awkward thong/underwear lines with pants like these, try American Apparel’s Invisi-Thong. The name says it all.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion

BANG BANG!

Why some staples need a makeover, and why others should remain untouched…1Q1A6792Revamped staples can be a wonderful thing. Dressed up versions of athletic classics like sweatshirts and joggers, for example, are huge right now, which makes chic comfort easy to achieve. Suddenly I can’t imagine life without my Sandro graphic sweatshirt and Vince jogger pants. Other times, however, designers get so caught up trying to reinvent classics that they’re just not classic anymore…

Believe it or not, I didn’t have a black leather jacket until today. I bought a simple, surprisingly real-looking faux leather bomber at Urban Outfitters in the tenth grade, and wore it constantly until it finally bit the dust last year. So, I’ve been looking for a more grown-up replacement ever since, only to find myself bombarded by embellishments on embellishments—designers have been overloading leathers with quilted shoulders, overly-dramatic collars, colors that go with just about nothing, and enough buckles and zippers to render them straight-up straight jackets. Leather is an investment, and a leather jacket should be versatile above all. Committing to a leather jacket has to be in the name of good old fashioned true love, because if you fall under the spell of fleeting trends, you’re going to want a divorce within the next two years, and that’ll cost ya.

Even the most basic black leather jacket looks badass, no theatrics necessary. Enter AllSaints Belvedere Jacket. We’re going to be together for a long time.1Q1A6813

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Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Girls Will Be Boys

Menswear-inspired coats and shoes + feminine frocks + black & blue, the ultimate color combination of the season = an easy, yet unexpected and stylish look. And Sandro, my current go-to designer, has the equation all figured out.1Q1A5839(Please excuse my mean muggin’…) Here I am in a masculine Sandro coat with leather panels, a striped Sandro shift dress, and my Boutique 9 patent-leather tasseled loafers. The contrast between the boyish coat & shoes and the girly dress creates a look that works for day or night.1Q1A5866 - Version 3

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1Q1A5856That’s not leather—I’m not sure what effect they’re using on the sleeve here, but it’s pretty awesome. That and the zipper detailing brings an updated edge to the classic shift dress, and essentially eliminates the need for accessories.1Q1A5847

This particular post/outfit actually speaks to the essay I posted previously. Although people are prone to suggest that fashion objectifies women and promotes gender stereotypes, real fashion (“couture,” if you will…even though you can’t without sounding pompous) constantly embraces androgyny.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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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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Fashion, Pop Culture

Dressing Up Boyfriend Jeans

Everyone knows that Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen have fashion figured out. They look effortlessly cool everywhere they go, plus they’re the masterminds behind The Row and Elizabeth & James, two of my favorite labels. As you saw in my earlier post, “Like It’s ’92,” going grunge was my first instinct when it came to wearing my beloved boyfriend jeans. Then I saw this picture of fashion’s favorite twins and went gaga for the way Mary-Kate took her distressed boyfriend jeans to a whole new level of off-beat chic by pairing them with black pointed-toe heels:1381227_648681955166468_1986580530_nThough MK (right) appears to be wearing some kind of shag or shearling coat, I emulated her look with my new Sandro turtleneck sweater. (Also, please note Ashley’s amazing green leather jacket.)1Q1A5762

1Q1A5769My very beat-up Ramirez suede kitten pumps are extremely comfortable because they have elastic trim, much like a lot of the ballet flats you see these days. I love them so much I got them in purple, too!

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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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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