WIW: high-waisted jeans, lace-trim sweater, and a hat

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing- Sweater- INC International , Jeans- Free People, Coat- INC International, Boots- The Frye Company, Bag- Zac Posen, Hat- Vintage

A hat is always a good idea! And I feel like we never give hats the attention they deserve. I always want to wear one, but somehow never do it enough. I’ve had this one for a long time, but am really looking to expand my collection. Anyone have any good hats they recommend? I’m really liking this one with a wider brim, and this one is just adorable.

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WIW: Last Weekend (and what to wear this weekend)

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Lou Lou Boutiques, Jacket- INC, Boots- Frye, Bag- Kate Spade, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

Last weekend was absolutely gorgeous, and this weekend (minus some rain on Saturday) is sure to be another opportunity to wear a pretty sundress, soak up the warmth on the patio, and sip some much deserved rosé. I truly can’t believe how warm it is in February. But hey, no complaints!

Greg and I spent last weekend walking around the 14th St./U St./Shaw neighborhoods. We did a little shopping, did a little drinking, and in general had a good time. And I was able to wear spring clothes! It’s always exciting when we can start incorporating less bundled up pieces into our wardrobe.

This pink ruffled dress is the epitome of spring for me. It’s light and bright and airy. The material is very breathable, which is perfect for spending a lot of time outside. I picked up this number a couple weeks ago, at this cute little boutique by my office. When I first tried it on, I thought I resembled a cupcake (a cute cupcake). But it kept growing on me, and I had to have it. It will actually be perfect for my Miami trip coming up in May, paired with some studded sandals and a fedora. The ruffle is so fun, and such a trend this season! I also really love this one and this one.

But since it’s not technically spring I roughed it up a bit with my go-to black leather Frye boots. These boots match pretty much everything in my closet, look super edgy chic, and are wonderful for walking. The leather is of course beautiful quality, but I will say that it is a bit stiff at the beginning, so be prepared for a breaking-in period. But after that, they’re forever boots. I’m loving not only the classic ones I have on, but also these and these.

And then I topped it off with a little suede jacket featuring razor cutouts and scalloped edges. Surprisingly, I’ve actually had this hanging in my closet for several years, and haven’t gotten too much use out of it. Sometimes we just forget really terrific pieces we already own. I’m happy to say that I’ve rediscovered it, and am wearing it non-stop. Isn’t the spot where the scallops and the ruffle meet so cute?

I hope I’ve given you a couple ideas and some style inspiration for this weekend. The formula is simple: cute dress, boots (or sandals if it really does get that warm), and a cute jacket with detailing. This look also transitions great from day to night; switch out the boots for a pair of heeled peep toe booties like these ones (or wedges), add a clutch and you’re set.

This weekend Greg is out of town visiting his parents, so Jorge (my Jack Russell mix cutie) will be spending the weekend snuggling, and I might even sneak in a shopping trip. Follow my Instagram and Insta Stories for the latest!

-Masha

A little mid-week workwear inspiration

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Coat: LavRore, Top: INC International, Skirt: White House Black Market, Boots: Via Spiga, Sunglasses: Michael Kors, Necklace: Loft

I love a pencil skirt that’s more than just boring black, and this one does not disappoint. It’s actually layered, giving your booty some extra volume. I paired it with a green button down. It gives a bit of oomph to your everyday buttondowns. Actually this whole look does. And I think that’s the point. Workwear can be fun, while still being, well, workwear.

I mixed and matched a striped skirt with a green button down and a red bib necklace. I also topped off the look with this incredible shearling coat. It is so warm and I usually don’t go for browns, but such a rich color. The material is buttery soft. The entire feel is very luxurious. I feel as if I just threw on a bunch of my current favorites together, and made it work. The key is classic cut and fit. Without all the color and pattern, this would be a much more traditional outfit. But I’m obviously not one for traditional.

This look was perfect for the middle of the week to wake up the styling senses a bit and add a pinch of variety to the everyday office attire. It can also transition easily to an after hours networking event or just a drink with close friends.

On Friday I’ll be sharing an outfit I wore last weekend (when it was basically summer!) and talking about how to elevate your (almost) spring weekend look to the next, chicer, level.

-Masha

How easy separates can create a complete chic look

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Loft, Pants- Free People, Blazer- Zara, Shoes- Topshop, Bag- vintage

I love a casual put together look. Going to run errands or out for a quick lunch or whatever it is that all of us busy people do should never be sloppy. But it shouldn’t be difficult either. This is why I am all about mix and matching some easy separates to create a totally polished breezy feel. And best of all, if you switch out the top or the shoes or even the jeans, viola!, you’ve got a brand new outfit!

I started with a base of my current favorite Free People jeans. They’re not exactly traditional, but I love having a pair of black jeans that isn’t like everyone else’s. These particular ones are high-rise and ripped at the knees. I’ve linked to a pair with fun mesh detailing here. With a high-rise pair I wouldn’t recommend going with a top that’s long or loose as this does nothing for your shape, but rather choose tops with a bit of peplum or a higher hem. This one is absolutely gorgeous, and this is a great basic.  I went with this super cute sheer white tank from Loft, with a soft flare (similar here). I topped it off with a checkered blazer from Zara. The most important part of this blazer is the fit. It hits in all the right spots. This is a great option and has really fun fray detailing. For shoes, I decided on loafers as this adds the polish and is nice contradiction to the jeans. These loafers invoke the classic Gucci, but are at a much better pricepoint.

It’s really great how all these pieces are affordable, and you really don’t need to break the bank to look good. For those casual days, most of your look is probably already in your closet! And there’s nothing better than taking a look around, shopping your wardrobe, and seeing something in a whole new light.

Happy MLK day! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I plan on getting a lot of work done, and maybe even fitting in a workout during the day.

-Masha

Weekend Formula: Sweater and Leggings

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Sweater-, Leggings-, Boots- Guess, Bag- Kate Spade

There is nothing more comfortable than a sweater and leggings for a fall day, and a couple weekends ago I got to style a really fun take on this look. Greg and I took Jorge on a long, very beautiful walk to Eastern Market, which is this big outdoor fair that happens every weekend. I love the vibe of Eastern Market and the Capital South neighborhood. There are so many charming row houses and interesting restaurants. We walked around the market, gazed at art, and had lunch at a cute little pizza place, where we sat on the patio and people watched.

Because we were walking for a such a long time, I wanted to dress for comfort. I picked a rich purple tunic sweater, with leather pocket detailing. I love this color for fall because it’s rich and luxurious, yet also functional for matching with pretty much anything. I paired the sweater with one of my favorite leggings, with sheer sides and a polka dot pattern. I think that these are just so much fun to wear! Any basic outfit can be instantly chic and interesting with these leggings, because the details speak for themselves. To complete the look, I slipped into my go-to boots, which are a bit taller than booties, but shorter than knee-highs. It’s a cool height, because it’s not only different, but works really well with a sweater and leggings or a dress and leggings. I also brought my Kate Spade bag, which is just small enough not to be clunky, but still able to fit my essentials. And it has a great shoulder strap.

I love this kind of outfit for casual weekend outings. There are so many combinations of this look, but the formula is simple. Keep the pieces basic and the interest in the details. Start with a sweater, add fun leggings under, and top with comfy boots and an easy-going bag. Happy styling!

-Masha

 

White Tee & Jeans

 

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Photography: Greg Beurning

Wearing: Top- Loft, Jeans- Rag & Bone, Shoes- Soludos, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Necklace- LouLou, Watch- Michael Kors

There’s nothing more basic, yet effortlessly chic than a white tee and jeans combo. It’s also a great transitional look for fall. I wore this on a casual Friday to my office, but can see it being so multifunctional for the weekend as well.

These jeans are so comfortable and they fit like a glove. My favorite kind of jeans tend to be low-rise, skinny, and ankle-cut. I used to wear skinnies that had a longer cut, but they would always bunch up at the ankle and make the shoe to pant flow a little awkward. The ankle-cut, however, I’ve found so clean and leaves just the right amount of space between the bottom of my pants and the top of my shoe. These particular jeans are Rag & Bone, a brand that I love for jeans because they make a really high quality product. I’ve had them for over a year now and they still look and feel great. I got these in a lighter wash, which is perfect for a more casual vibe.

That lighter wash pairs perfectly with a classic white tee. I bought this t-shirt at Loft during that major sale I’ve mentioned in previous posts. I’ve been on the hunt for a while, and finally stumbled upon this one. It’s so comfortable, 100% cotton, and appropriate for a more formal setting when styled right, while still remaining fairly casually. To tie the look together I added my black leather Soludos and a long gold necklace.

While I love intricate and complicated, sometimes it’s important to get the basics right. You could wear this anywhere and be very cool and stylish. The keys points to remember when building your basic look is a great cut and quality material. Add in a few interesting accessories and done. Happy Styling!

-Masha

A Case for Prints: Pants Edition

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: top- Tjmaxx, blazer- INC International, Pants- Unknown (present from mom), Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Shoes- Coach

I have a thing for prints. I didn’t even realize that I had such a fascination until I was cleaning out my closet and saw that most of the pieces I hang up are printed. This was an interesting discovery because I have always been a you-can-wear-black-all-day-every-day kind of girl. But I guess maybe there was always that bit of flair and I just hadn’t acknowledged it yet. I think I buy prints because I think there’s not enough in my wardrobe and I’m trying something different, and then end up with a collection!

But prints are great! They are the standout piece of any look. I will have a post soon about mixing prints (there is a subtle art to it), but for this outfit I chose to go with one standout print piece and keep the rest black. My mom got me these pants and I’m absolutely obsessed with them. They have a looser fit, and feel so comfortable; I could wear them for days. The pattern is very summery, with cool pink and blue pastels. The cut is one of my favorite parts. They cut off right at the ankle, which looks great on me and is the style of pant I prefer. This allows me to wear such a large assortment of shoes with them.

I tucked a black tank top into the pants and threw on a slightly over-sized black blazer on top. This blazer is so beautiful in it’s detailing, from the buttons to the ruffles. I think details are what makes clothing special and so much fun to style. To finish it off, I slipped into a pair of classic black, no fuss, Coach pumps. They’re the perfect work shoe, elegant, with an appropriate heel height, and they go with everything.
So next time you’re questioning that printed piece that’s been hanging in your closet for a while, I say go for it! Pair it with neutrals and you can’t go wrong.

-Masha

Blues and Grays

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top, Cami & Cardigan- White House Black Market, Skirt- Zara, Shoes- Alex & Alex, Watch- Michael Kors, Necklace- Tiffany’s, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Earrings- LouLou

I feel as though this look is so simple and soft, just a great mix of feminine details and minimalism. The powder blue skirt is a true staple in my closet. I did not expect to get as much wear out of it as I do, but I find that I can make it work with almost anything. It’s becoming a great non-neutral, neutral. I paired the skirt with a gray cashmere cami, cardigan set. Styling these together is a sure win, but I’ve worn each piece separately as well. I love when you can have a pre-set look, but also creative license for many variations. The beautiful lace details on the top of the both the cami and the cardigan are very feminine and provide the interest for this look.

These shoes are Alex & Alex, which is a brand exclusively sold on Gilt. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post (link to post), I cannot rave enough about this app. Such awesome designers at even more awesome prices. I love finding my next statement piece or a new classic at Gilt. These sandals have been really great to me this summer. They’re black, as most of my everyday shoes tend to be, with studs on the straps. I love the studs! They add such a luxe edge to a pair of shoes that are so easy to just slip on and wear all day. I also want to mention that they are extremely comfortable.

Sometimes an outfit doesn’t have to go all out to be amazing. You just need some quality, classic pieces and a little detail to create a look that’s totally chic. I wore this to my office job, but could see myself wearing this out to lunch or just running errands.

Until next time!


-Masha