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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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Snow White

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Tomorrow may be the first day of spring, but here in New England, winter remains. Of course I’m excited for budding trees, longer days, and lighter jackets, but to me there is nothing more beautiful than a wintry scene. For this ensemble I wanted to capture the stark polarity of winter; the frozen, sharp, and sleek lay of the land, in contrast with the plush, frothy, and glittering, sweeps of snow.

The inspiration behind my coat is sheets of ice and hanging icicles. The boxy fit is a representation of wide expanses of ice and snow. The hem of the coat cascades down to a sharp point like icicles on a frozen waterfall. When designing this garment, a lot of thought went into the front closure. I did not want to include visible buttons or a zipper because it would disrupt the look I was going for—untouched snow. The coat fastens with hidden magnetic snaps, making it sleek in design, but also really easy to get in and out of. The fabrication for this coat is snake-skin vinyl (very hard to sew, but super fun to wear)!

The cocktail dress is the coat’s whimsical counterpart. The flounces around the arms and hemline have a life of their own! Full of body and movement, I wanted to capture the essence of snowdrifts and falling flurries. The body of the dress is made out of a white and silver brocade, which looks like freshly fallen snow, sparkling in the moonlight. The silhouette of the dress is part ice skater, part ballerina…think Waltz of the Flowers from Disney’s Fantasia (You can start the clip at 3:00 ☺).

The unsung hero of this ensemble are my earmuffs, they are so fun to make! The muff is made out of a beautiful sheepskin that keeps your head insanely warm on those particularly frosty days. I hand beaded the band with glass beads that capture the light like shards of icicles.

Hopefully the spring weather will come soon, but in the meantime, appreciate the beauty around you. It won’t happen again until next year!

Love in Fashion,

Sydney

Photos by Danielle Goodman

 

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American Dream

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I don’t know what I’ve been anticipating more… the long weekend, or the perfect occasion to wear this vintage style dress! I found it at Tatyana, a vintage pin-up store in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Walking down the main drag, the city booms with the sounds of live music, it buzzes with excited tourists, and sizzles in the heat of the southern sunshine. With some good whiskey and a bit of county on my mind, this vintage red, white, and blue dress was the cherry on top of a true American adventure!

This feature however, was not shot in Nashville, but it was shot on location in Boca Raton, Florida, at the Polo Club. With the surroundings of the perfectly manicured lawns, pristine golf courses, and families toting to and from the pool, it was the perfect backdrop for this all-american shoot.  The dress is undeniably USA themed, though the vintage cut gives it a more subtle, familiar, and classic feel. I decided to pair the dress with a black leather jacket, a staple I associate with America, freedom, and the open road.

Stars or stripes? Red, white, or blue? Whatever you decide to wear this July 4th, have some fun and show some styling spirit! Cheers, and happy birthday to the USA!

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Feast on Fashion

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Welcome to my fantastical dinner party, a true feast for the eyes. What’s on the menu? Strewn about the table are heaping piles of necklaces on gilded plates. Their layers of bold gold flavors, mixed in with richly colored gemstones, make for a tantalizing Hors d’Oeuvre. Crystal vases overflow with silken scarves and the buffet table is overrun with bags of all shapes and sizes. To top it off, the aperitif this evening is a decadent pearl martini infused with crystals for a sweet and sumptuous ending. This is a celebratory dinner in the honor of accessories, a banquet of fashion nourishment.

Now what does one wear to this imagined revelry? Pictured above, the dusted gold sheath dress (Theia Couture) paired with champagne opera gloves, and ornate peep toe shoes (Audrey Brooke), capture the exorbitant mood. The fine beadwork detailing adorns this dress so it illuminates like perfectly polished gold, though it also makes the dress undeniably heavy. They say a queen’s crown, in all its magnificence, should have substantial weight. This is not only because it’s made up of precious metals and stones, but it’s to remind the queen of the grave responsibility and power she bears. Wearing this dress, a woman holds the power of untouchable opulence and the responsibility of great fashion upon her shoulders.

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