Cross hiking off your Fall bucket list

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Photography: Oksana Berman

What I’m wearing: Tank- Fabletics (couldn’t find the one I’m wearing, but I love this one with mesh detailing), Leggings- Kenneth Cole, Sports bra- Pink (similar)

 I’ve had such a fabulous time with my mom, and one of my favorite things that we did this past weekend, was go hiking. It wasn’t aggressive or anything like that, I would definitely need more prep time to do like an actual hike, but it was really nice to walk the trail, enjoy nature (especially in the fall- how freaking gorgeous are the trees?!), and take some pictures. Of course, we also wore cute activewear. 

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Printed sheath dress for the office

Printed sheath dress for the office

Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Calvin Klein dress (couldn’t find the exact one since it’s a couple seasons old, but Calvin Klein has some gorgeous options at Macy’s) , Schutz Shoes sandals, Michael Kors Sunglasses

This will be a quick post, but I just wanted to share a really great work dress I recently rediscovered in my closet. I am a big fan of this curve-hugging shape, and absolutely love the print details.

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Cool Fall Layers

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- Material Girl, Cardigan- Cabi, Skirt- Rebecca Taylor, Shoes- Topshop, Jacket- All Saints

 On warm fall days, I love light fall layers. I want to dress warm enough to be comfortable, but not hot. Because the weather is volatile, and can often change hourly in Washington D.C, layers are the way to go. In this look, I went for a bolder mix of prints and cuts, and paired them with classic details to create a truly unique outfit.

Leopard print is a fun way to add some pattern to a mostly black and white outfit, and it’s really the standout piece of this look. But that doesn’t mean the rest has to be so muted that all personality is stripped. It just means that the details are bit subtler. This Material Girl tank has a great racerback and is actually long enough to be a dress in the summer, with lace detailing at the bottom. Since I was going to work though, I tucked it into a great flippy Rebecca Taylor skirt, and added a white cardigan with side detailing.

To add a bit of structure to the look, and bring it a more office feel, I added a pair of men-inspired loafers. I’ve been really into loafers recently, and I finally found an affordable pair that I can take from the office to the weekend. I love that they look just as stylish with a pencil skirt as with jeans. Of course, I had to make sure they fit my personality, and I just love the gold buckle detail.

I think this outfit is so versatile for fall. I slipped on a pair of patterned leggings to add a feminine touch, but it could easily be worn without. I also had my leather jacket in case the temperature dropped. This look is great, because to transition it to a different occasion, all you really have to do is change one piece. Swap the loafers for a pair of heeled boots, and you have a date night look. Don’t be afraid to be bold with prints and details. It’ll make you shine so much brighter!

-Masha

Cropped Sweater and Jeans

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Zara, Jeans- Current Elliott, Shoes- Gifted, Bag- Coach, Bracelet- Gifted

Having an array of casual early fall looks is essential for your September wardrobe, and I’ve styled an outfit with my favorite Current Elliott jeans to get the ideas flowing. As I mentioned in a previous post, these jeans have been a staple in my closet for quite some time now. I originally bought these at Century 21 about two years ago, and I thought they would be a fun seasonal piece, but here I am two years later, and I can’t wait to wear them with everything in my closet. The rips add tons of edge, without going too far over the line. Plus, they are such a great cut and quality, and the wash is a bit lighter, making them truly original.

This time around I paired them with a dark blue, cropped turtleneck sleeveless sweater. There are a lot of aspects to this top, so let me dissect. First, I absolutely love the color. Such a rich, dark blue with a bit of sparkle. Perfect for fall. Let’s move on to the cut. It’s sleeveless, and a little short, so there’s just a sliver of stomach. Even though it’s a turtleneck and cleavage is totally covered, that ab and shoulder exposure makes it such an effortlessly sexy look. Sometimes less is more, and the allure is definitely in the details here.

For shoes, I decided that my gold mules would work best. The gold compliments the dark blue of the sweater, and the weather totally calls for something with foot exposure. I’m really allowed to breathe and not get too hot, while still looking like I’m ready for fall. I think this is a great transitional outfit, for when it’s just too hot to layer sweaters and jackets, but season enough to wear a pair of jeans rather than shorts.

Greg and I had so much fun at the Georgetown Waterfront taking these shots. It was a beautiful clear day, and the views looking out to the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center were spectacular. I can’t wait to wear this look out to dinner with friends or a date on a cool night!

-Masha