Instagram Outfit Roundup

Photography: Greg Beuning

I’ve decided to do an Instagram outfit roundup, and gather a bunch of the outfit of the day shots I’ve been sharing and compile a sort of lookbook for you guys. I’m not going to link all the pieces (since that would take a long while), but I’ll point out some favorites and discuss them a bit.

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A Day in Old Town Alexandria

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- INC International, Shorts- Urban Outfitters, Shoes- Sam Edelman, Bag- Unknown (was a gift)

This Labor Day, Greg and I ventured to charming Old Town Alexandria, just across the Potomac River in Virginia. We had a wonderful day: took a boat ride from the Georgetown harbor into Old Town, ate huge oysters and a deliciously prepared crab cake, and did some much needed shopping.

Let’s start from the beginning. Though Potomac Boat Tours/Ferry’s are mostly for tourists (I would say we were the only locals on board), they can be totally worth it if you want to do a short cruise along the river, the wind blowing gently in your hair, and get a pretty awesome view of some of DC’s many monuments. It was a really mellow ride, and Greg and I got some excellent pictures of the view. There was a recorded guide, which was interesting, though very generic. The entire trip lasted about 45 minutes, so I would recommend to do it once and say you’ve been. 

Once we got to shore, we were absolutely craving some seafood, since we were right by the water. After walking down the tree-lined, and vintage shop filled King Street, the main street of Old Town, we settled on a place called The Wharf. There are seafood restaurants on the water, but they are chains and we felt we wanted a more local experience (though The Wharf does have a couple locations in DC). The Wharf has a small patio out front, but since it was upwards of 85 degrees outside and quite humid, we decided to sit inside. The walls of the restaurant were lined with large stones and they had an array of tables and comfortable booths in the main room. Off to the side was the bar, and we were seated at a table by the large window overlooking the patio. Almost outside, but without the sweatiness! I loved the inside décor; the stone walls were really an interesting concept that gave the place loads of character.        

A little about the food; We had come seeking seafood, and we were definitely able to satisfy the craving here. We ordered a half dozen oysters to start, and when they came out we were surprised at how large they were. Oysters are some of my favorite delicacies, and I was very pleased at what we received for the price. They were of course amazing; I always add a lot of lemon and the horseradish and red sauce mix for spice. For the entrée, I ordered the lump crab cake, which was labeled as the specialty. I have to tell you, I was incredibly impressed. The portion wasn’t huge, but come on it’s crab, and it was definitely enough to fill me up. And it was delicious. I raved about this crab cake for several hours after. So soft and tender, and very flavorful. In the drinks department, I had two glasses of wine, one rose and one white. The rose was recommended to me by the server, and I enjoyed it. The other wine I ordered was an albarino, a dryer Spanish white. This one was more to my taste and was the perfect after lunch drink before heading out to do some shopping. Overall, I would recommend The Wharf as a cute lunch or dinner spot, with interesting décor and a great seafood selection.

Greg and I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around, browsing the wide selection of vintage shops and small fashion boutiques. I think my outfit was perfect for a day outside strolling. I kept it casual, but added interest through pattern and color. I’ve been meaning to find an occasion to wear this white top with gold embellishments and what better day than a day off of work! It worked really nicely with my new pink printed shorts from Urban Outfitters. I’ve always loved a pink and gold color combination. These shorts are great for casual summer (and beginning of fall!) weekend, and incredibly comfortable to run around in. The Sam Edelman sandals with gold studs and buckle detailing, pulled the whole look together.

It was such a carefree day, in such a charming little spot. Old Town is one of my favorite places to head to when I want to get out of DC, but not too far, and still be able to get home in no time. How very convenient that it’s right outside the city! I think it’s worth spending the day in. There’s so many shops to explore and happy hours to try. My favorite happy hour that Greg and I went to was at a bar called Hen Quarter. It was a recently remodeled restaurant with white subway tiled walls and a chandelier made of empty Bullet bottles. It had a intentionally southern feel to it, featuring chicken specials on the menu and cocktails named Front Porch. I had the Front Porch cocktail, which came in a mason jar (already a fan!), and was essentially iced tea with a peach flavored vodka. Delicious!

Though I am very excited for fall weather to kick in, it was nice to soak in the last few days of summer this weekend and find time to enjoy great food, drinks, surroundings, and company in Old Town, Alexandria!

-Masha

That Friday Feel

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- White House Black Market, Skirt- Loft, Blazer- Zara, Shoes- Coach, Necklace and Earrings- LouLou

I have a love hate relationship with Casual Friday. It can be such an excuse to look blah, but on the other hand it can be a total opportunity to shine. I suppose the same thing can be said about regular work clothes. But I’ve found that Monday through Thursday looks stay more polished and put together and Friday can get a bit lazy. This does not have to be the case! Here I’ve shown another take on what would be a great casual look for a Friday at the office, but also still professional and chic.

Of course, since Fridays are all about jeans, I brought out the jean skirt. A little more interesting than just jeans, and this particular one buttons down the front, which I think makes it such a cool piece. Also, a very on trend piece for this summer and transitioning into fall. I paired the skirt with a cashmere gray camisole that has beautiful lace detailing. Then, to make sure you feel like you’re at the office and not running errands on a Saturday afternoon, I added a patterned blazer. Finish with a pair of tie up heeled sandals, and some delicate black and gold jewelry, and you’re ready to go. The base of this look, the skirt and the top, are neutrals, which is why I’ve allowed the blazer to be the loud statement piece. It pulls the outfit together.

It’s important to be reminded that Fridays should be a reason to channel your style creativity and mix casual with more professional pieces, such as a jean skirt with a blazer. The outcome is a unique version of professional cool, and an awesome Casual Friday look will lead you straight to happy hour and weekend freedom.

-Masha

A Case for Prints: Pants Edition

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: top- Tjmaxx, blazer- INC International, Pants- Unknown (present from mom), Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Shoes- Coach

I have a thing for prints. I didn’t even realize that I had such a fascination until I was cleaning out my closet and saw that most of the pieces I hang up are printed. This was an interesting discovery because I have always been a you-can-wear-black-all-day-every-day kind of girl. But I guess maybe there was always that bit of flair and I just hadn’t acknowledged it yet. I think I buy prints because I think there’s not enough in my wardrobe and I’m trying something different, and then end up with a collection!

But prints are great! They are the standout piece of any look. I will have a post soon about mixing prints (there is a subtle art to it), but for this outfit I chose to go with one standout print piece and keep the rest black. My mom got me these pants and I’m absolutely obsessed with them. They have a looser fit, and feel so comfortable; I could wear them for days. The pattern is very summery, with cool pink and blue pastels. The cut is one of my favorite parts. They cut off right at the ankle, which looks great on me and is the style of pant I prefer. This allows me to wear such a large assortment of shoes with them.

I tucked a black tank top into the pants and threw on a slightly over-sized black blazer on top. This blazer is so beautiful in it’s detailing, from the buttons to the ruffles. I think details are what makes clothing special and so much fun to style. To finish it off, I slipped into a pair of classic black, no fuss, Coach pumps. They’re the perfect work shoe, elegant, with an appropriate heel height, and they go with everything.
So next time you’re questioning that printed piece that’s been hanging in your closet for a while, I say go for it! Pair it with neutrals and you can’t go wrong.

-Masha

Blues and Grays

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top, Cami & Cardigan- White House Black Market, Skirt- Zara, Shoes- Alex & Alex, Watch- Michael Kors, Necklace- Tiffany’s, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Earrings- LouLou

I feel as though this look is so simple and soft, just a great mix of feminine details and minimalism. The powder blue skirt is a true staple in my closet. I did not expect to get as much wear out of it as I do, but I find that I can make it work with almost anything. It’s becoming a great non-neutral, neutral. I paired the skirt with a gray cashmere cami, cardigan set. Styling these together is a sure win, but I’ve worn each piece separately as well. I love when you can have a pre-set look, but also creative license for many variations. The beautiful lace details on the top of the both the cami and the cardigan are very feminine and provide the interest for this look.

These shoes are Alex & Alex, which is a brand exclusively sold on Gilt. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post (link to post), I cannot rave enough about this app. Such awesome designers at even more awesome prices. I love finding my next statement piece or a new classic at Gilt. These sandals have been really great to me this summer. They’re black, as most of my everyday shoes tend to be, with studs on the straps. I love the studs! They add such a luxe edge to a pair of shoes that are so easy to just slip on and wear all day. I also want to mention that they are extremely comfortable.

Sometimes an outfit doesn’t have to go all out to be amazing. You just need some quality, classic pieces and a little detail to create a look that’s totally chic. I wore this to my office job, but could see myself wearing this out to lunch or just running errands.

Until next time!


-Masha

Office Chic

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Lauren Conrad, Skirt- White House Black Market, Shoes- Coach

Let’s talk about how to make work appropriate still look really chic. Some people fall in the trap thinking 9-5 windowless cube means drab clothing, and they are completely wrong! I say, push the standard and do away with shapeless shirts and boring khakis. Of course, don’t make it completely inappropriate for an office setting (I think we can all figure out where our line is), but don’t be afraid to have fun with office outfits and let your creativity shine through. It may be the only way you get to express it during the day.

For this office ready look, I started with a classic black pencil skirt, which forms the base of the outfit. This is the neutral from which we can build, and it keeps everything grounded. I paired the skirt with a semi-sheer blouse with a soft white pattern. This blouse has so many great details, the sheerness, the pattern, the full sleeves, the ruffle in the front. It’s definitely a statement piece.

The shoes might be the perfect summer heeled sandals. Everything from the laces to the cutouts makes me want to wear them all over town to every rooftop party around. But they’re also a great selection for the office because they add just that something extra to make your look go from the usual uniform to very cool. The white color also ties in nicely with the white in the blouse.

There’s not a lot of frill to this look, and it takes very minimal effort to put together, but it’s so stylish and professionally chic. I love that you can slip on all these separates (whether together or with other pieces, just follow the formula: skirt, blouse, fun heels) and you’re out the door!

Keep an eye out for more work ideas coming your way. Since I’m living the office life 40 hours a week right now, I am always thinking of outfits!

-Masha