Summer tank and skirt idea

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Loft (similar option), Skirt- White House Black Market (similar, but equally as cute and on sale!), Shoes- Schutz Shoes (I’ve shared the exact pair I’m wearing several times, so here’s a different option that’s a bit more embellished), Jewelry- Midori Linea, Sunglasses- Michael Kors (some cool color options available)

Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone is having a relaxing and fun day off, and have thoroughly enjoyed the long weekend! I’ve been in Minneapolis with my family, and attended a wedding yesterday. I’m headed off to brunch (with a build your own bloody bar- so excited!) before my flight this evening. I’ll have all the outfit details and recap up soon, but for now you can get all the latest updates on Instagram.

I thought I would just do a quick outfit post to get you inspired for some easy, work appropriate pieces as we head back into the week, and the temps start rising.

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Orange cardigan, blush flats

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Cardigan- Loft (similar options with several colors), Skirt- Zara, Shoes- 3.1. Phillip Lim, Sunglasses- Michael Kors (lots of options), Jewelry- Midori Linea

It hasn’t really felt much like May the last couple days, or even weeks, and I wanted to style an option that was still bright, fun, but more weather appropriate. I love a big pop of color, and though there might be such a thing as too much color, I really like the way the deep orange of the cardigan goes with the blush of the flats.

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Red dress, white sandals

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Zara, Sandals- Coach (on sale!), Cardigan- Old (similar here), 

Red is one of my favorite colors to wear basically all year round. It’s flattering and in many cases can pass as a neutral. This particular Zara dress has been a longtime go-to, and I’ve been able to style it many ways, but always love this minimalist, classically chic look.

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Dinner at Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar

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The other week Greg and I went to a romantic dinner at Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar. I’m a sucker for a good wine bar, and this one did not disappoint. The décor is very cozy with an exposed brick wall, with a few large tables, and many small tables close to each other, with a bench lining the other wall.

I like intimate restaurants like this, with nice mood lighting. The bar was very spacious, which is always a plus. We ended up sitting in this tucked away little table, where I got to sit on the bench. It was just private enough, without us feeling isolated.

On the recommendation of the server, we ordered a bottle of red wine, a French cabernet sauvignon, which was full-bodied with a smooth finish. I don’t like wines that are too sweet or too tangy, and this one was great. It also paired really well with the food.

We started off with a meat and cheese plate, prosciutto with three different kinds of cheeses. I especially loved the truffle cheddar and bleu cheese. Then, on to the main course. I ordered the carbonara, with bacon and an egg yolk. You receive the plate with the egg on top and mix it in yourself, something I loved and thought was a nice touch to the meal. The carbonara was spicy, a definite plus in my book. Greg ordered the carne pizza. It was topped with meats, had a nice red sauce, and a thicker crust. Both portions were generous and we ended up taking some home.

I would recommend this for any date night. It’s romantic, but not too quiet. The wine selection is good, with a chic ambience that isn’t too stuffy. It’s located in Capitol Hill, one of my favorite D.C. neighborhoods. I’m always on the lookout for cute new spots, and I’m really glad we tried this place.

I’m looking forward to this really warm week we have coming up. It’s so exciting to start thinking about all those Spring outfits and enjoying patios!

-Masha

Sweater Dresses and Raincoat Details

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Dress- Nasty Gal, Shoes- Guess, Raincoat- INC International

Good morning all! It is inauguration day. I thought about not watching, but then I realized I couldn’t just stick my head in the sand. I have to be an active participant. I have to at least watch and take notes and make sure that I am aware, so I can stand up when needed and fight for what I believe. I’m planning on going to the Women’s March tomorrow, and I will have an update on the blog next week.

I wore this super easy look during a rainy day last week. This sweater dress literally takes zero effort, but still looks so good. I always pull it out when I’m stumped on an outfit, or when I need something quick that I know will still look good. This time I’ve decided to let the dress speak for itself and not add too many accessories, but I actually also really love it belted. I’ve tried thin belts and thick ones, and both look good. As you may have noticed, with more classics and basics, I tend to gravitate towards black, but I absolutely love this maroon colors. I’m trying to branch out a little and get more into beiges and reds, which really do pair with pretty much anything.

Though the dress checks off both the cute and comfortable requirements, the raincoat is the true star of this look. I love, love, the ruffled details in the back! It’s so feminine, and so pretty, but still not over the top. I think that because it’s this beautiful blue color, it can get away with more girly accents; if it were pink, it would be too much. With so much rain that we’ve been having here in D.C. (unfortunately not cold enough to snow), a stylish raincoat is a must!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! More looks coming your way next week! And don’t forget that you can get frequent outfit inspiration from my Instagram, whitesilkblackleather.

-Masha

 

 

Styling a winter white fur vest

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Ralph Lauren, Vest- Tart Collections, Boots- Via Spiga

It’s been unseasonably warm for this time of year in D.C, so I’ve gotten full use out of my fur vest. When I first bought it, I wasn’t sure how I could pair the winter white, but I’m realizing that there are so many stylish options.

This checkered dress I’ve had for a while, and I love wearing it to the office because it’s so easy, but also incredibly comfortable. And I’m all about the three-quarter sleeves for warmth. The slight white lines on the dress matches the white of the vest perfectly, and it’s just awesome when outfit comes together so seamlessly. To add just a bit of edge and sparkle, I went with my go-to gold studded booties and kept the rest of the accessories to a minimum.

I hope the first couple days of the year are shaping up to be productive and full of happiness! I am getting a start on my goals and learning not to let the little things get to me. It’s all about attitude and being able to adjust.

Masha

Lesson in Layering

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Jeans: DL1961 Premium Denim, Top- White House Black Market, Cardigan- Theory, Boots- Via Spiga, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Gloves- Unknown

I think this is such a great chilly November day look. I love that everything is minimalist, but the pieces are luxe and quality. I paired my new favorite dark wash denim with a black top that speaks volumes in detail. The front features ruffles and a pink stone necklace that can be detached. I left the necklace on, because in an all-black look, it provided a much needed pop of color.

Of course I am looking for any excuse to slip on my new cashmere cardigan from Theory. I think it’s so important to have a layering piece in your wardrobe that you can pretty much pair with anything. This was such a no brainer topper to the outfit. It pulls everything together with a most sophisticated air.

For shoes I went with my trusty black suede booties, but while I usually tuck my jeans into the boots, this time I styled them over. I don’t know what about it reminds me of a 90’s look, but for some reason I’m picking up that vibe. It makes the outfit just a little bit less traditional. I also am wearing a pair of black leather gloves for warmth. My hands are always the first parts of my body to freeze, and these gloves are so classic, but also stylish with button detailing.

I love that in DC you don’t need to completely bundle up in large puffers for the fall season. Keep the important parts covered, but definitely allow some layering pieces to do the talking!

-Masha

 

Sexy Boho Vibes

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Sparkle and Fade (Urban Outfitters), Cardigan- Free People, Knee-Highs- Steve Madden, Boots- Via Spiga, Bag- Steve Madden, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

Washington D.C is full of cool little hidden gems. Last Sunday Greg and I went exploring in Shaw, and we decided to take some pictures in Blagden Alley, an in-transition sort of spot with charming homes, brick walls, a hipster coffee house, and boutique fitness studios. It’s really an old meets new kind of place. My favorite aspect about the alley way though are the murals, particularly of this woman featured in the pictures.

I was feeling a boho, alternative vibe for this shoot, and I wanted to style really effortless pieces that looked almost thrown together to create a totally cool look. I’ve had this gray dress from Urban Outfitters for a couple years now and I still love the fit, the way it flairs out. It’s a great blank canvas dress and fun to pair under sweaters or adorn with layers of necklaces.

Free People basically screams boho, so I thought it the perfect addition to this outfit. This chunky cream cardigan is the definition of cool and effortless for me. It is also so great to keep warm in during the fall months.

To create just the subtlest allure of sexiness (and also not to have bare legs in 50 degree weather), I styled a black knee-high stockings with a lace ruffle and short heeled booties. Sexy doesn’t always have to be in your face, and I think the added height of the heel and the sliver of exposed skin between the stocking and the dress does the trick. A slouchy maroon bag with a shoulder strap finished it off.

This is the perfect fall look. It’s casual, yet sexy, and just oozes confidence. I would wear this for a stroll in a new neighborhood, to brunch, to a girl’s lunch, or on a fun daytime date. The possibilities are endless! It’s especially a fitting look for a place with a lot of character, like Shaw.

-Masha

The Will to Fight

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Vest- Tart Collections, Sweater- Express, Jeans- DL1961, Boots- Guess, Bag- Kate Spade, Sunglasses- Michael Kors          

It has truly been a tumultuous week. But in all our anger and despair, we must find love. Now more than ever, is the time to be strong and to fight.

I thought I was going to be doing a much different post. I thought I was going to be bubbly with joy and go on and on about how proud I was and how the white in this shoot against the backdrop of the U.S Capitol represents one of the biggest triumphs in the suffragist and women’s rights movement. But I’m not.

And I’ve taken a couple days to think about it, and though I am far from being ok, I am more determined than I have ever been to be a person who sparks change. A person that is kind, and loving, and open. A person who speaks up when something is wrong, and a person who accepts other people. I now have a stronger will and a longer endurance. We now all must. In the words of Hillary Clinton, “it is always worth it to fight for what is right.”

-Masha

Boho meets Structure

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Cardigan- Theory, Top- White House Black Market, Skirt- Loft, Boots- Guess

I am very excited about this black cashmere cardigan! From the length, to the belt, to the cashmere, I’m absolutely in love with it. It might be one of the most versatile new pieces in my wardrobe and I can’t wait to style it in so many different ways.

I went for a more boho-meets-structure vibe for this look. I started with a cashmere blend gray cami, with lace detailing, under a flowy, silky light pink skirt with a flower pattern. Very bohemian on it’s own. Once I added the cardigan, though it’s very soft and not overpowering, it pulled everything together.

I had debated what shoes to go with to complete the outfit, and I decided on these chunky boots with buckles because not only do they add tons of edge, but they also toughen up a mostly very feminine look. I love contrasts like that, and am always trying to incorporate opposing pieces in the same look. I don’t think style should ever fit into one label, and I highly encourage experimenting. Happy styling!

-Masha