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Sloppy-Sleek

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IMG_1013Piece Apparel beanie, Sandro coat, Rag & Bone sweater,                     T by Alexander Wang track pants, Sandro ‘Aida’ shearling crossbody bag, Tod’s boots.

In the wise words of the Biebs, never say never: When I was younger, I thought I would never wear sweat pants in public, but track pants and joggers have recently become fashion staples. And let’s be honest, I got really lucky. I’m in my twenties, and that promise to non-leisure pants was going to fall apart whether or not Alexander Wang decided to be an American hero and add leather trim to the waistband of cozy gray joggers.

You still might not be convinced that sweat pants could ever garner adjectives such as “chic” or “sophisticated,” or that you could ever pull them off for an occasion when you want to, as they say, “dress to impress.” Allow me to convince you as to why this outfit works (despite the fact that it serves as strong evidence that I’ve spent the last couple of months collecting as much lint as possible): 1) Leather details like the panels on my coat elevate staples and can make a seriously comfortable ensemble seem a little more serious. 2) They could use some polish, but my Tod’s booties elongate the slouchy pants and heavy coat, and solidify the fact that I am not, in fact, wearing pajamas, but a cool and stylish outfit meant to be worn publicly and proudly. 3) Graphic beanies are the perfect remedy to the gloomy winter grays, when you suddenly become Keanu Reeves in The Matrix and just can’t bring yourself to wear actual colors. My Piece Apparel logo beanie brings home the outfit’s tomboy aesthetic, and brings some extra life to the look by giving it a focal point. In the event that you don’t want to attract attention to your face, invest in a less cool hat.

Photos by Frank Chen, founder of Tisket, a simple tool for the savvy online shopper.

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Posh & Punk: A Lesson in Layering

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IMG_0892Furst of a Kind Vintage Van Halen tee, Equipment printed blouse, Milau shag coat from LF Stores, J Brand coated skinny jeans, Sandro ‘Aida’ faux shearling crossbody bag, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Nasty Gal wool hat. NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Fanny.’

Winter is all about texture and layering, which makes for an awesome opportunity to combine contrasting styles, and given that my last outfit post featured this coat as part of my Halloween costume (I promise the Sauce is back for real this time), I thought I’d share how I wear it when I’m just being Annie. I love pairing prim pieces, like this silk blouse, wool hat, and these revamped oxford-style shoes with rock n’ roll elements, like this concert tee and my beloved shag. A crisp collar with a graphic tee creates an unexpected bohemian vibe that’s neither too contrived nor too sloppy. You can take this look from lunch on Newbury Street to a show at the Sinclair or drinks at a swanky bar without having to make any day-to-night changes. Just make sure you have a bold lip color you love in your purse! Mixing prints and playing with matching-clashing colors can help brighten up your winter wardrobe, and I try to embrace the cold weather with lots of fuzz, whether it be on my coat, my purse, or both.

Photos by Frank Chen, founder of Tisket, a simple tool for the savvy online shopper.

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Orange is the New Black

1Q1A8279Working in fashion retail, I noticed that many shoppers fear the color orange. I don’t know why, and I can’t be sure whether or not the majority’s aversion to all things orange contributes to my growing love for what I consider to be a very flattering, happy color.

As a huge portion of my earlier posts will show, I also love black and white. Who doesn’t? It’s a simple, yet bold, and reliably chic combination—but it can also become repetitive. Small pops of color, like these blood-orange Chanel sunglasses, will liven up and diversify your black and white winter wardrobe. Once the temperature creeps up to a tropical fifty degrees, I’ll start pairing these orange shades with outfits that rival real-life double-complete rainbows (—Can you say “Bonnaroo 2014”?)1Q1A8283Theory houndstooth jacquard sweater, harem trousers from Urban Outfitters, Maje black & plastic heels.1Q1A8286

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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To My Dearest Fashion Saucers,

I sincerely apologize for taking a brief sabbatical from blogging more regularly. Between a stack of 19th-century American novels, the obligation to acknowledge the Super Bowl, birthdays, Bat Mitzvahs, a loss in the family, my photographer’s ever-exciting and constant travels, nasty snow storms (–and perhaps a certain something that is now legal in Colorado), I’ve been pretty busy…or asleep. But rest assured I’ve still been playing my daily game of dress-up, and I’ll be serving up more sauce by next week.IMG_1477Sandro turtleneck sweater, faux fur gilet a la several LF seasons ago, J Brand coated jeans, Sandro booties, Alexander Wang bag, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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Beauty, Fashion

Pure Heroine

1Q1A7311Grey leopard cashmere sweater from LF Stores, J Brand Maria high-rise skinnies in lacquered quartz, AllSaints leather jacket, Tod’s boots.1Q1A7302Gold glitter ombre manicure by Cammie at Keiki Salon in Fenway.1Q1A7279

1Q1A7308MAC lipstick in “Heroine,” my latest obsession (as mentioned in my previous post). This look is a testament to how a fun manicure or bold lip color can bring a little glamor and edge to an easy outfit combination.

Photos by Amanda Rosen.

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Boston, Fashion

Nautical…or Not

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photo 2This lightweight, navy & white striped maxi skirt from a few LF Spring/Summer lines ago presented itself to me as a beachy piece, meant to be worn on a boat with a crochet bathing suit and something white and billowy and/or covered in little anchors. I’d never even worn the thing without sandals in our three-year relationship, so it got crammed into the back of my drawers once fall started feeling like fall. But since navy and black has been such a prominent color combination this fall/winter, it caught my eye yesterday while I was getting ready to do some holiday shopping on Newbury Street. With a pair of thick Wolford tights underneath, a Theory T-shirt in an ambiguous color they call “midnight,” my AllSaints leather jacket, Tod’s boots, and my ever-so-relevant Reiss London burgundy hat, you’d think this summery skirt was made to see some snowbanks.

Meanwhile, I saw a lot of other cool wintry looks between Heinz and Copley. Boston’s fashionistas are staying warm and current in neutrals & navy, fur (often in lieu of scarves), plaid, floppy/wide-brimmed hats and the side braid. IMG_1132

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Seeing Spots

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I’m seriously considering selling some of my organs and investing in this amazing Maje rabbit-fur, leopard-printed coat. My body literally convulsed with pure ecstasy when I slipped into this bad boy, and in my oversized Le Specs “New Wave” shades and YSL lipstick in “Le Orange,” I practically hallucinated and heard Iris Apfel whisper in my ear, “Just do it…”

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Until I inevitably cave and find a way to make that coat mine, I’ll have to enjoy smaller doses of leopard and cheetah prints, like this faux fur beret I got a few years ago via Nasty Gal, or these flats from Madewell.

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