When you can fit in a spring dress into your winter wardrobe

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Wearing: Dress- BCBGMaxazaria, Boots- Guess, Jacket- All Saints

We’ve had a couple of really warm days here in Washington D.C I just had to wear something with a spring vibe. I actually get a lot of use from this dress year round, but it really is beautiful in the springtime. Of course it’s still January, but a girl can dream right?

I love the material of this dress, which is a super light silk cotton mix. It feels incredibly soft against my skin, and so comfortable, I don’t feel constricted in any movement. The sleeves are of course very fun, and sleeves are so in right now. It’s not exactly bell sleeves, but I love how willowy there are. And then there’s the print. I am a sucker for a good print, and I think this one is just bold enough to stand on it’s own but doesn’t overpower.

And that’s really key when pairing this dress with other pieces. It should stand as a stand alone piece, but shoes, outerwear, and accessories can still be interesting without being out of place I decided to go with black lace-up boots and my trusty leather jacket.

Happy Friday to everyone! Hope you all have fun plans for the upcoming weekend!

-Masha

Polished with a twist

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- Express, Cardigan- Theory, Pants- Catherine Malandrino, Boots- Via Spiga

This is a take on a really polished look, but with a fun printed twist. I always like to take sophistication up a notch. Professional does not mean frumpy! That has always been my mantra, and I’ve tried to demonstrate this by pairing classic pieces in flattering modern cuts, and adding just a pop of fun.

I have absolutely in love with this cashmere cardigan this season. Cashmere is the ultimate luxe fabric, and it’s well worth the investment. It feels so soft, and I love the length of this one, as well as the belt. I’ve linked to a similar one here (on sale!) and here (with lace hem detailing!). It pairs perfectly with this bright top. I’m all about the slight peplum hem. Since the top frays out, I decided on slim fitting pants. These are current, but don’t feel overly trendy. I like this black pair, but also this pair in a different neutral. A look like this is all about balance. Since the top and cardigan are flowy and pull away from the body, it’s important to have structure down below.

No matter where you work, there is a lot of value in looking good. Even if you’re just sitting in a cube, making an effort to look put together will always make you feel more productive and on top of things. When you look good, you feel good!

-Masha

How to make OTK boots work for daytime

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- BCBGMaxazaria, Skirt- Loft, Boots- Stuart Weitzman, Jacket- All Saints

I promise you that you will be seeing lots of posts with me styling these boots. A birthday present from Greg, I am absolutely ecstatic that they’ve arrived, and that they’re everything and more!

Stuart Weitzman has been on my radar for a while now (who’s radar has he not been on?), and I have been lusting for these leggy OTK boots for months now. They’re incredibly comfortable to wear, even with the heel (flat option is available), and very soft both inside and out. Mine are velvet (I’m so excited to own velvet of any kind), but you can also get them in suede. If you want to invest in a pair of stand out boots, that will also work as a staple in your shoe wardrobe and last you for years to come, I highly recommend these. And they’re currently on sale here and on their website. But if you’re not willing to spend, I’ve linked a more budget-friendly option here.

I want to show a look that is appropriate for the daytime, since at first glance they do not seem like day boots. But I always like to be a little bold and push the envelope, and I think with the right supporting pieces, an office or weekday look is easy to create. The key is, because they’re so tall, to make sure no leg is showing (or just a sliver if you have to show something). I paired a flowy, flowery pink skirt to invoke a softer feel, and kept the top black, simple and classic with a high neckline and long sleeves. If it’s chilly out, throw on a jacket and you’re set to go. Here I went with my leather jacket, and I actually love how the velvet and leather juxtapose each other. If you’re thinking something a little more toned down, go with a longer option, kind of like this one.

Be on the lookout for more outfit ideas featuring these boots! Next up, how to make them sexy date night ready!

Masha

The business of dressing for business

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- bought years ago from a little boutique in NYC, Heels- Coach, Watch- Michael Kors

Most of us are hopefully back in the groove of things, getting back to the work flow and our normal schedules.

I wanted to post about a look that would work for a big office meeting or even if you just felt more formal that day. This black sheath dress is my absolute go to for that I-mean-business feeling. It’s form fitting, cut in all the right places and very much office appropriate. Believe it or not, I actually picked this up at TjMaxx. The one in Georgetown has a really great selection of designer pieces at a truly affordable price. I’ve linked to a couple similar ones, here and here.

The rest of the outfit is very simple, with clean lines. I stuck to mostly black, with sheer tights (which are my absolutely musts for winter), and a classic pair of Coach pumps (link). But of course, D.C tends to be too monochromatic a times, so I had to break it up with just a pop of pink on the lapel of my blazer. I also love the shininess of it, and the three-quarter sleeves. The blazer adds that touch of personality, which keeps the look from being too boring. I’ve linked to a similar here that I’m absolutely obsessed with. I highly encourage an investment in a couple interesting blazers, especially if you work at an office or attend business meetings often. They’re so easy to throw on, and help create that instant effortlessly put together vibe.

I appreciate any and all comments! Please let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and if there’s anything you want me to talk about regarding outfits or style advice. Also, don’t forget to check out Instagram for more!

Masha

NYE Recap

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It’s been almost a week since NYE and what a week it’s been! I’m taking each day as it comes and making it an adventure.

But to go back, Greg and I had the best time at the party hosted at the Marriott Marquis in downtown D.C. Five different ballrooms, each with it’s own themed dance floor. Fun party favors, from headbands to hats, in an assortment of colors. They had a buffet full of these decadent desserts, and we definitely indulged in the raspberry chocolate mousse and pistachio macaroons. The best part (or for some the worst) was that it was an open bar, and we took full advantage!

We spent most of our time in the pop music dance floor, but also wandered to the salsa room, and the 1920’s jazz rooms. At 11:45 pm we were handed a celebratory glass of champagne and at midnight balloons dropped from the ceiling.

It really was a lovely party, and the Marriott Marquis is a beautiful hotel. Very conveniently located right off the Convention Center, and they decked out for the holidays, even featuring a homemade life-size gingerbread house! I would highly recommend a visit, and hope to see what the rooms look like next time.

The vibe of this party was a bit more elegant than something you would wear to a club, so I kept it classy with this gorgeous red off-the-shoulders dress. Red signifies good fortune in 2017. I wasn’t sure about the long sleeves at first, but the minute I tried it on, I knew they were perfect. The lace and body-hugging fit created sex appeal, while the length and the sleeves kept it more formal. I paired it with my classic louboutins and a vintage clutch, and viola! Greg, of course, looked dapper in his blue suit (I made him wear red socks).

I can’t wait to attend more parties this year and wear fabulous dresses and spend fancy occasions with the love of my live. Here’s to the year to come!

Masha

Velvet, versatile t-shirt dress for the New Year

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New year, new outfits. I hope everyone had an amazing NYE and is ready to start the year fresh and motivated!

Greg and I went to a fabulous party and I will have a post up soon with what I wore and what we did.

But for now let’s focus on this fun take on the t-shirt dress. I picked this cute little number up while shopping with my mom the other week, and have been so excited to style it! It’s a really versatile piece that can be either dressy or casual, which is really key for me, as I like to have my outfits work for a variety of occasions.

The material is velvet (which I’m currently obsessed with!), giving it a bit of visual interest, but after that it’s a blank canvas ready for accessorizing. I love dresses like this actually because it’s an opportunity to make a unique statement. I paired the dress with a red bib necklace and layered bracelets. The pop of red (especially since wearing red signified good fortune in 2017) is so fun, and the sparkly bracelet gives it a glam feel.

I kept the bottom of the look simple and clean with a pair of sheer leggings and wedge booties. Now these are the most comfortable shoes I have worn in a long time. You can’t feel the heel at all! I’ve walked all over the city with these, worked, and I’ve never had to take them off.

This outfit is something that I can wear pretty much anywhere, and I like that it’s not over the top, but still shiny.

I’ll be posting a lot more outfit posts in the coming weeks and also working on creating some content of where to eat, play, and hang out in Washington D.C. Please check out my Instagram for more!

Happy New Year!

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

Little Black Work Dress, Two Ways

 

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing:

Look one: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- Cabi, Shoes- Coach, Bag- Nine West, Pearls- Vintage

Look two: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- Zara, Boots- Ivanka Trump, Necklace- Tiffany’s, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

Today I want to show how to style a little black work dress two ways. Both are fall weather appropriate and very office chic. The weather has been sort of all over the place in Washington D.C recently, one day its hot, as though we’re back in late August/early September, and the next it’s blistering and windy. So it’s important to have versatile pieces in your closet that could work with a multitude of looks. I think the key to the little black working dress is that it acts as a blank canvas, while the shoes, outerwear, and accessories do the work.

Let’s start with look one. This is for those warmer fall days, when you can basically get away with a summer outfit, but still want to stay current. I’ve started with the dress, which has a very classic shape. It’s formfitting, with a pencil skirt cut and a high boat collar, essentially a perfect dress for the office. I’ve styled it with a slightly oversized black blazer, the sleeves cuffed. So far this is very prim and proper, and I needed to infuse a bit of personality. I added white lace-up sandals that I wore quite frequently in the summer months, a couple strings of pearls, and a purple python-printed bag, large enough to hold everything I needed. I like the lady like vibe of this look, with a bits of edge in the details.

Option number two is styled to keep you warm for fall temperatures, while still maintaining professionalism. This time I styled the dress with a patterned Zara blazer that’s a total staple in my wardrobe. It’s a great piece, because it functions as a classic and a neutral, even though the print is interesting. I throw it on over blouses, dresses, button-downs etc. and it never fails me. The cut is also very flattering with the sleeves hitting right at the wrist and the length, right at the waist. Next I added the suede knee-high boots. They’re flat, and so comfortable to spend long days in. They also add an unexpected twist to a dress that would more traditionally pair with heels. I kept the accessories really basic, just a silver key pendant and my usual sunnies.

Both outfits invoke a very professional air, and are perfect for a day at the office. I highly recommend buying a little black work dress and knowing that you have a piece you can wear so many different ways, that will work for every season. And of course, once you’re out of the office for the day, it’s very easy to transition into the evening. Take the jacket off, swap the boots for a pair of heels, and you’re off!

-Masha

Fall Casual

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Express, Jeans-DL1961 , Boots- Guess, Bag- Kate Spade

Sometimes we just want to throw something on quick, be comfortable, and go on ahead with our weekend plans. But often, this kind of dressing is sloppy, and sacrifices style. But it never has to! Your go to weekend look could be easy and chic. Today I’m showing how you can throw together some basics and look effortless, yet amazing!

There’s nothing more casual and basic than jeans. If you invest in the right pair of jeans, you will have one of the most versatile, wearable pieces in your wardrobe for years to come. I like to play around with jeans shades, rips, and even designs, but nothing beats a classic dark blue pair, with a skinny fit. I’ve talked about jeans a little before, but I cannot reiterate enough, how key it is that jeans fit right. I prefer skinny, ankle length, and something that hugs my curves (rather than slouchy), since I am a little bigger in the butt area.

Once you figure out your jeans, the rest of the look is easy. I’ve styled a long sleeve, knit black top, perfect for chilly fall Saturdays, with a plunging neckline, since it is the weekend after all. Then I finished off with my chunky heel Guess boots, adding a bit of edge.

I wore this outfit to a backyard party about a month ago, and it worked really well for both the weather and the vibe of the party. While remaining totally chill, my look was well-fitted, and paired really nicely together. And if you’re going for that easy breezy style, that’s really all you need. The best part is that you can keep the jeans and substitute a different top and boots, and you’ve got tons of new outfit combinations with minimum effort!

-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