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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Romantic quickie

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- T by Alexander Wang, Skirt- Loft (fun option for a similar romantic feel, and on sale!), Shoes- Schutz Shoes (similar), Sunglasses- Michael Kors

This look is simple, and was easy to style, but I am obsessed with how soft this tank is, and how it can literally work with any outfit this summer. I have been wearing it non-stop since I bought it a couple weeks ago. I wanted this look to be a little more romantic, while still being casual, and I think this dreamy loft skirt achieved just that.

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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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Fur vest + color

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Vest- Tart Collections, Sweater- Loft, Jeans- DL1961 Denim, Shoes- Schutz Shoes, Bag- Zac Posen

Let’s talk about this white fur vest. Usually reserved for the winter seasons, you wouldn’t think to break it out for Spring. But why not? They’re absolutely perfect for this transitional weather!

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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

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

Flower Child

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 Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Lauren Conrad, Skirt- Loft, Jacket- All Saints, Shoes- Topshop

This skirt has a 90’s, almost Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the high school years (at least Willow’s high school years), kind of feel to it and I absolutely had to have it. It’s a standout piece, with a lot going on in terms of print, color, cut, and flow, so it can be a little difficult to style. But I never shy away from a challenge.

Last time I featured this skirt on a blog post, I let the skirt stand alone and muted the rest of the look with gray and black basics. But I also wanted to show something a bit bolder.

Here I’ve paired a print on top of another print, but I stuck to a similar flowy fabric and flower pattern. The key to having these two pieces complement each other rather than clash, is to keep everything in the same family. I kept with a black and pink color scheme, and added structure with a leather jacket and loafers. I think that really balances the outfit and keeps it current.

Playing with prints can be a total hassle free activity. Just remember to pair like with like, keep colors to a minimum, and maintain balance. I love how this look invokes such 90’s flower child vibes!

-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