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Open Runway 2017

Summer weather may be dragging its feet, but the Boston fashion scene was heating up at Open Runway 2017!  Smack in the center of Boston’s Downtown Crossing, the fashion show took place on the newly iconic stone steps. Tourists, passersby, and business men and women alike were able to experience a taste of what new and emerging Boston designers have to say. With rows of designer/model duos ascending the stairs, it was a perfect picture of the best of what Boston has to offer. It was a colorful fusion of silhouette and style, with the designers and models to match. The mix of talent was diverse and dynamic, as were the clothes exhibited.  It’s the mixed bag of the Boston fashion scene; one I am proud to be a part of!

Something that is unique to Boston is the inclusive, supportive, and collaborative nature of the local industry. As a blogger, and now a designer, I am always moved by the local industry mentality; a success for one is a success for all of us. Congrats to all the amazing designers that showed their work at Open Runway. Let’s keep designing and continue to develop Boston as the amazing fashion hub it is!

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Olga Photo and Iggy Barskov

Shout out to Jay Calderin for an amazing event!

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The Lashes, The Skin, & The Wardrobe

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What do our wardrobes and skin have in common? Both require a major refresh after the long New England winter! After months of harsh weather (with the clothes to match) both our complexions and closets are in need of some brightening. I teamed up with Beaucage Salon & Spa to refresh and rejuvenate my skin, while I designed the dress to match.

To set the scene, Beaucage is tucked away on the upper floors of a historic brownstone. The salon on their first floor is sleek and elegant—modernity perfectly mixed with classic Back Bay. With panoramic floor to ceiling windows over looking Newbury Street, the city is a beautiful backdrop for your wash, cut, and blow-dry. Move up to the spa on their second floor, and you’ll find more quite, calm, and intimate surroundings. The dimmer lit rooms, plush leather couches, and soothing instrumentals have you relaxed in no time.

The Dress

For this look I wanted to create something that captured the romantic, fun, and flowering feel of spring. The off the shoulder, sweethearted, surplus neckline is very flirtatious. The high-low, full skirted silhouette makes you want to get out there and move. Due to weather, we had to stay inside, but this dress would be beautiful in the pubic gardens or marbled courtyard of the BPL. The fabrication is silk dupioni in a floral print. I chose the color green as a symbol for regrowth, rejuvenation, and the hopefulness of the promise of spring.

The Lashes

Do not underestimate the power of long, luxurious, lashes! I absolutely LOVE my extensions. Misty did a great job picking lashes of the perfect length, thickness, and curl for my face. By combining different lash sizes, she achieved a full and fluffy look; somehow natural and dramatic at the same time.  Not only do they brighten and open up my eyes, but they are also a major time saver! Having lashes has cut my morning makeup routine in half (there is no longer a need for mascara or eye liner). Not to mention, I no longer have to use harsh makeup removers on stubborn eye makeup. Talk about #iwokeuplikethis on a whole new level!

The Facial

Misty was amazing and left my skin hydrated and glowing from within! Not only did I receive the best facial of my life, but she really explained the reasoning behind the techniques and products she used. She began by conducting an analysis of my skin to ensure I received a treatment catered to my specific needs. After gently cleansing my skin to remove any makeup residue, I was fresh, clean, and ready to rejuvenate!  She first applied a chemical peel under hydrating steam (these peels are of differing levels depending on what your skin needs). After this, she performed a complete extraction of clogged pours. Then was my favorite part, a massage of the face, neck and shoulders. Misty explained how the massage increases the blood flow and oxygen to the skin cells, which increases the lifespan of collagen and elastin cells. After that, she applied a cooling and calming algenate mask, and left me to relax and meditate for about ten minutes. The facial ended with an eye cream, hydrating serum, and my favorite—moisturizer and sun screen. The Environ hydrating facial was exactly what I needed to remedy the effects of winter on my skin. The results were incredible, just look at the pictures!

The Hair & Makeup

Following themes of refresh and rejuvenate, we wanted the hair and makeup to have that same purified vibe. Stylist, Amber, blew out my hair to be sleek, voluminous, and totally fresh for spring! Dericle, one of the Beaucage makeup artists, brought out the natural glow of my skin by creating a clean and dewy look. Amber and Dericle focused on natural beauty and bringing out your best self. It was a very refreshing change from the typical salon experience, where you come out looking completely overdone. Both are extremely talented and passionate about what they do. I would strongly recommend them to anyone!

The Promotion

For all you En Voguers out there, Beaucage has a special promotion for lashes, facials, hair, and makeup services! Drop my name when you schedule an appointment with Misty, Amber, or Dercile and receive the following:

$20 off a single process or foil (full or partial) with Maura

$50 off the Environ facial with Misty

$50 off the full set of lashes with Misty.

Cannot be combined with other offers.  Offers expire 5-31-17

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Danielle Goodman

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A Farewell to Bare Arms

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Whether you’re in the throws of back to school or back to the real world, we’ve all flipped our post Labor Day switch. However, before diving headfirst onto the Halloween anticipating, hot toddy train… I have one more look before quitting this summer cold turkey.

My last ensemble of the season boasts a modern take on a vintage silhouette. I gave the 1950s New Look a makeover by incorporating two of this summer’s hottest trends; the two piece dress and cropped top. Although I adapted this classic look to include on trend elements, the period styling is the soul of this dress. When designing my look, I wanted to convey the sentimental charm of the 1950s. Designed for the true romantic, the pink full-bodied skirt is both flirtatious and demure.

Saying goodbye to the simple elegance of summer clothes is always bittersweet. However, after bidding farewell to the light, bright, backless, and strapless, the memory of frolicking around Boston in this outfit will stay with me through the coldest days of winter.

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Moved By the Mode

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March is here and around the country fashion enthusiasts are ushering in Spring with sneak peaks of their whimsical Spring wardrobes. However, here in Boston, with our 6ft snow banks and “balmy” 40 degree weather (yes, everything is relative), we are just not there yet. In the final stretch of Winter, the muted grey surroundings and tepid atmosphere are unmoving. The staying power of the ice and snow magnifies our edginess and feelings of anticipation. In this wasteland environment it is hard to find inspiration. I feel much more like a survivalist than a fashion blogger! Surprisingly enough, it was these feelings that inspired my look for Moved by the Mode. The pairing of the over-sized shearling jacket (H&M), suede fringe sheath dress (BCBG Max Azria), and animal print booties (Tsubo) is my survivalist-chic take on New England pre-Spring style. The fabrics and patterns are reminiscent of primitive garb, and emulate the natural materials one could have cultivated off the land. The contrast of the cross-body canary bag (Henri Bendel) gives the look extra punch and has a dramatic effect by polarizing the neutral and natural textures of the outfit. I put on these hides, my fashion armor, apply my accessories, my war paint, and I’m ready to wait out the last days of Winter.

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