Ruffle dress as skirt

Ruffle dress as skirt

Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Alexander Wang tank, Lou Lou Boutiques skirt (repurposed dress), Whistle & Wild duster, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Michael Kors Sunglasses, (similar) mules

Happy Monday!

I wore this outfit a couple weeks ago and I was really feeling like doing something creative. So I repurposed a dress as a skirt. This ruffle dress (I call it my cupcake dress) has served me well, and I’ve been able to wear it to tons of places this summer. I did a feature on it in a previous blog post about Miami, which you can read here.

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Levi’s and florals

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- LC Lauren Conrad, Jeans- Levi’s, Shoes- Coach, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Bag- Zac Posen

 These jeans give my little blogger self life. In a previous decade they may have bordered mom jean territory, but here today, they are effortless perfection. I love the high waist, the buttons, the distressed elements, the cuffed hem. They can be casual or not depending on the pairing, and as I like to say, you just can’t beat that kind of versatility.

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Ruffles at Wynwood Walls

 

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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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Go-to maxi dress

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Express, Boots- Via Spiga, Jacket- INC, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff

Maxi dresses are perfect for Spring. They’re a fun way to wear a dress and experiment with shape and print, while still being covered enough in case it gets chilly. I have had this green and purple print one for a couple years now, and I always break it out come March as my go-to transitional piece.

In the summer I pair it with sandals, but since it’s still February, I went with heeled booties. I’ve also been wearing this scalloped jacket everywhere (as you may have noticed from blog posts and Instagram), and it is just such a great layer to complete this look. I actually felt a very boho chic vibe wearing this outfit, perfect for an outdoor concert of festival. I think partly it had to do with the hair; I switched up my regular look slightly, by twisting a few pieces and pinning them in the back.

Speaking of hair, I’ve really only recently begun to sport the waves, and am still perfecting the technique. But I think it’s a look that not only works great for my face, but is also super stylish and effortless. I want to do a hair post soon, so be on the lookout.

This weekend I was able to go shopping and I picked up the most amazing Zac Posen bag, with the most gorgeous details! I can’t wait to style it, and the color and shape is perfect for Spring and Summer. I hope everyone has a fabulous start to the week, and I’ll definitely be sharing more transitional outfit ideas!

-Masha

 

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

Shades of Blue

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing- Top- Elle, Cardigan- Cynthia Rowley, Skirt- Zara, Boots- Jessica Simpson Collection

 Sometimes I realize that I might be wearing too much black, and perhaps I should be infusing more color. The color I most gravitate to (besides black of course) is blue. It’s interesting really, because I don’t have any particular affinity to blue, I actually like red more when I’m trying to be bright, but I guess there’s something about blue that almost makes it a neutral. And that’s worth blogging about.

Blue is a great neutral color because it goes with everything. I mean pair it with black, brown, beige, a print, it’ll work. And it won’t look as predictable. For this outfit, I went with different shades of blue and a contrasting polka dot print blouse. I love the powder blue of this skirt, and it’s such an on trend piece. I got it at Zara, and I highly recommend them for affordable trendy pieces. It comes in a couple different colors as well. The cardigan and the boots are a darker shade of blue, and pull the whole look together. Velvet boots are having such a moment right now, and I am so glad that I have these in my shoe wardrobe. They elevate any look to a much more stylish level. I am crushing on this Rebecca Minkoff pair.

I’ve got a lot more outfit ideas in the works; stay tuned!

-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