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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Grecian dress at Fountainebleau Hotel

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Lou Lou Boutiques, Shoes- BCBGMaxazaria, Bag- Zac Posen (linking to some other styles I really love, because I’ve linked my specific bag several times in previous blog posts, including here), Jewelry- Midori Linea

We really did have the best time in Miami the other week! The weather was perfect, the beach was just a dream, and I feel like I came back feeling really refreshed.

Of course I’m especially excited about my outfits, and I still can’t stop obsessing over this grecian-style dress I wore to an event at the Fountainebleau Hotel. I got this piece from Lou Lou Boutiques, the same place and trip I got this adorable blush ruffle dress I blogged about here.

I decided to pair it with these strappy red heels I got at a store closing blowout (I’m a big fan of sales if you haven’t gotten that yet). I think the white and red was such a Miami combination and paired really well together. Also, I feel like I need more strappy heels in my life, which I could wear for both work and play. I thinking about adding these (obsessed!) and these to my wardrobe.

I can’t wait to attend summer events on rooftops, patios, and pools. I’m definitely going to be re-wearing this dress, it’s just so easy and light, and can become a completely different look depending on shoes and accessories.

I’m working on editing my wardrobe and making sure I’m wearing every piece in my closet to give it a proper evaluation. Going in order down the racks can be a style challenge sometimes, but I’m having fun. And I have some really creative looks to blog about. Once I’m through, I’m hoping I’ll have a more streamlined closet, filled with pieces I’m obsessed with.

Have a great week!

Masha

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Ruffles at Wynwood Walls

 

IMG_3480Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Lou Lou Boutiques, Shoes- Dolce Vita, Bag- Zac Posen, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

The Wynwood Art District was probably my favorite spot (besides the beach of course) that we got the opportunity to go to in Miami. It’s maybe only a couple streets, but essentially it’s a giant outdoor art gallery comprised entirely of large murals that fill up entire walls. It was so cool, a little difficult to put into words. The art is absolutely beautiful, and I really want my home to have an accent mural wall. I don’t know if Greg would agree to that, but I will certainly try to convince him!

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Casual Miami daytime look

 

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Iris and Ink, Shorts- Current/Elliott, Sandals- Sam Edelman, Bag- Zac Posen, Sunglasses: Michael Kors

How cute are these Current Elliot shorts? I am so excited to wear them literally everywhere this summer! They are really great length, because they’re not booty shorts, but also not one of those long awkward lengths that’s between shorts and capris. I am not a fan of that look. The fit is perfect, they’re a little on the looser side, but I actually love that because it makes them more casual. I can see myself wearing them day or night. My favorite part is of course the bow detail and the fringed hem. Just adorable!

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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

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

Summer in November!

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Sweater- Loft, Skirt- Loft, Sandals- Sam Edelman

Last week we had a day when it was 80 degrees here! It’s, as you can imagine, really difficult to plan outfits when the weather is so unpredictable. Your mood is fall, but your body wants to stay cool. During the afternoon, it got so hot; I wished I were wearing shorts and a tank!

I think though, that I’ve styled a look that keeps things current, while still accounting for the fact that the weather still thinks we’re in August. The key here was light, throw-on pieces with fall colors and cuts. I recently bought this bright orange sweater on major sale at Loft (which I happen to go to a lot because there’s one literally a block away from my office), and am totally in love with it. I chose a small rather than extra small for a looser fit, and though it can definitely be utilized as a cardigan to layer, this time, it functioned as a stand-alone top. There’s something so chic about just throwing a sweater on. I made sure to keep the last two buttons unbuttoned to keep with that effortless, cool girl vibe.

The skirt is also from Loft (same shopping trip), and I love the material, which is a wool blend. It’s a very fall skirt, but paired without leggings and with sandals, it works for warmer days as well. It’s a very classic sort of skirt, swingy, but with no frills. It’s a great blank canvas piece in your wardrobe, from which you can start to build an outfit. The sandals are of course, what gives this look that unexpected twist. I didn’t want to wear boots or even my loafers because it would be too stuffy and hot for my feet. This was the perfect breathable option. The gold studs pair nicely with the orange of the sweater.

You can easily transition this into a cold temperature appropriate look. Add some leggings, a pair of loafers or booties, and slip on a coat. Both the sweater and skirt work so well on their own, and this could have been a much more classic outfit with different shoes and accessories. I’m looking forward to it being fall in November so I can start styling these pieces for their true purpose!

-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