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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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Pop Art

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For spring 2015 soft silhouettes in dewy blues, frosted pinks, and pristine whites fill the streets and our closets. With spring style in full bloom, it seems as though the whimsical fashions have us all living in a pastel haze and white washed day dream. While I love this ethereal esthetic, particularly the blithe attitude it emanates, it also beckons me to go against the grain. It’ s as if we’re all in an airy bubble of pale and muted hues—I’m tempted to pop it.

I satisfy this desire to stir the pot with the anti-pastel look pictured above. My inspiration for the styling and original dress design was Andy Warhol’s pop art, specifically his use of vibrant colors. The literal display of Warhol’s influence is the baguette, which is covered in prints of his iconic Marilyn Monroe silkscreen painting. Though more subtly, is the way he influenced my dress design. The black lace detail reminds me of Warhol’s blotted line technique, where the irregular lines of a print would be filled in with dynamic colors. For my dress design I chose complimentary hues to generate a true pop art feel. The calm and deep quality of the purple is amplified in contrast to the bright and active tone of the yellow backing fabric (and vice versa).

The point is not to reject the pastel color trend. I truly enjoy the refined and soft nature these hues poses, however as a designer, I’m always trying to find new ways to be inspired by color. In this instance, it took pastel colors to allow me to truly appreciate and explore the power of bold colors. My hope is that this dress snaps everyone out of their pastel trance, just for a moment, so it’s like seeing the true beauty of vibrant color with revirginized eyes.

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The Retro Shock Wave

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This week’s look features vintage styles from an array of decades and celebrates the collective greatness of post-modern fashion. When the elements of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s combine together, it creates something strangely familiar and all-together fabulous. The eclectic styling is pure fun and the various pieces pay tribute to some of the most eccentric fashion trends in American style history.

The cat-eye sunglasses (Artifaktori) embody the playful, mod style of the 1960s. In their time, cat-eye frames broke the mold, and this coral colored adaptation continues to do so today. Adding some groove and flare is the loose-knit lilac cardigan (H&M). Here the fringe frenzy is in full swing; a salute to the 70s diva and disco crazed. The chartreuse stilettos with a metallic heel (Guess) electrify the outfit with a dash of the 80s, while the vintage woven satchel (Gucci) elevates the look like a true Material Girl. Meanwhile, I’m living the 90s teenage dream in my high-waisted body-con skirt (BCBG Max Azria) and black crop top (American Apparel)-my touch of irresistible pop sugar.

Usually we recognize our style choices as a form of self expression; however, fashion is not a singular experience. While how we dress tells our individual stories, it also signifies the development of trends over time. We are only able to push the fashion envelope in 2015 because of the style making and risk taking fashionistas that came before us.

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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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