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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Velvet t-shirt dress

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Cotton Emporium (unfortunately sold out but I’ve linked others in the post), Sandals- Sam Edelman (on sale!), Sunglasses- Michael Kors (should I get new sunglasses- is it time? What do you guys think of these), Bag- Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

Happy Friday!

I’m a big fan of velvet. And even though it’s not traditionally appropriate for D.C summers, I feel as though this easy t-shirt dress just might make the cut.

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Rooftop Views

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Free People, Shoes- BCBG Generation, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Earrings- LouLou

I love a mostly classic, muted-colored look with a bold pop of color. On Sunday, the weather was absolutely gorgeous and Greg and I decided to shoot this outfit on the rooftop of our building., which boasts incredible views of the city.

This dress is Free People, but I actually got it from a shopping app called Gilt. Gilt is a favorite of mine for shopping because it consistently has large sales on brands I love, and great designer collections. I will definitely be talking more about Gilt and the pieces I have bought there in the near future. But back to the dress. The back is of course, what makes it stand out. I love that even though it’s backless, it still passes as casual because of the ties. The material is very soft to the touch. It definitely has that carefree, boho-chic Free People vibe.

I paired it with the pop of color, my red BCBG Generation peep-toe heels. The bows make these so feminine, but the red adds sex appeal. A good high heel is always a must and I feel as though these particular ones can be styled both formally, as well as for more casual occasions. Other pops of color include my bright red lip, which is actually a Rogue Edition Velvet gloss from a brand called Bourjois. I highly recommend this for a deep red lip that stays on for a quite a while. Also, I’ve incorporated some burgundy into the tassels of my drop earrings. The different shades of red really bring the whole outfit together, without being too matchy-matchy or over the top.

We had a lot of fun shooting this look. Sometimes you just need one or two pieces to create a really great outfit. I could wear this out to dinner or a fun summer cocktail party (preferably on a rooftop). The dress, I want to mention, is also in constant rotation in my wardrobe, and I’ve paired it with countless different shoes, from flats, to sandals, to of course, colorful heels.

-Masha

Drink the District Beer Festival in NoMa

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Loft, Skirt- Loft, Shoes- Sam Edelman, Bag- Vintage, Earrings- LouLou, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

This Saturday Greg and I went to a Drink the District beerfest with some friends. We paid in advance ($35 per ticket) to drink unlimited from 4-8 pm. It was a great, affordable way to spend the afternoon, and we loved tasting beer from local breweries. Here are my thoughts from the event.  

It took place in Storey Park in NoMa, which I thought was a great locale, though it is completely uncovered and it did start raining near the end (we were lucky and grabbed an Uber right before it started pouring). The pavement was covered with all these really cool mural paintings, showing D.C’s often overlooked creative scene. I loved these murals, because they added such a cool edge to the event and are so inspiring artistically.

So you walk into the event and are handed a little Drink the District tasting cup (which you cannot lose because there are no FREE replacements). I clutch my drink cup and take in the scene. High-top tables and benches are set up around the space, but it’s completely open with food trucks and local vendor tents set up around the periphery. The centerpieces are the 4-6 main tents, all with local breweries waiting for you to approach them for a taste. I have to say that the beer options were great. I love tart beer, and there were two in particular I found that completely satisfied my sour cravings. Overall, there was a wide selection of craft brews, and as you can imagine, IPAs, pale ales, and ciders dominated the offering. Really, I think the organizers took into account their audience, from people who prefer beer that tastes like juice, to those who like the taste of a dark bitter beer on their tongues.

I love to people watch, especially people’s outfits, and the beerfest provided plenty of opportunity to do just that. There’s something about street style that is so interesting and completely one’s own. Since this was an outdoor, drinking event, there was a lot of festival style going on, long maxi dresses with loose hair and gladiator sandals, cut-offs with lacy tanks, and fun, sexy backless dresses.

A little about what I wore:

Last week I did an amazing shop at Loft and stocked up on tons of basics, all at an extra 60% off. I’m wearing this Loft denim skirt, and I am absolutely in love with it. I cannot stop wearing it. The buttons that go up the front might be my favorite part. My top is really delicate with thin straps and detailing in the pattern. It’s a bit sheer, so I slipped on a black bandeau underneath. My shoes are Sam Edelman, and the gold on the straps was the perfect accent color to make the look pop. I kept with the festival style in my accessories by wearing these pink drop earrings (which look great with white and gold), my usual oversized sunglasses, and my burgundy vintage bag with zipper detailing.

We had a great time at the beerfest; it was such a simple concept, but it was so much fun to walk around, taste local beers, and do some day drinking. I have definitely become a fan of summer festivals and will keep an eye out for more before fall comes around!

-Masha

Easy Breezy

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Loft, Skirt- INC International, Shoes- Unknown (gift from mom), Necklace- Forever 21, watch-Michael Kors

Last week was one of those incredibly hot days in Washington D.C, over 90 degrees and humid. Which basically means any thoughts you had of wearing a beautiful outfit to work and keeping it sweat free should leave your head immediately. The best thing to do on a day like that is to keep it simple, with easy, breathable pieces that are easy to style.

I started with a basic white tee, and I have to say that it’s quickly becoming a staple in my wardrobe. The key is to find one that is 100% cotton because it’s easy to wear and won’t retain heat. This one is from a sale from Loft, which is a really great place to stock up on quality basics. Next I slipped on a jean skirt, also from Loft, which to be honest, I have been skeptical about jean skirts in the past (they seem kind of middle school at first), but now I absolutely love them. They look great with anything, and this particular one has an overlapping layer, which brings out a bit of my personal style and keeps the outfit from being too generic. My shoes are those gold mule sandals I can’t stop talking about. So comfortable, stylish, and I love the color. I was going to do a black shoe, but it’s summer and the goal was to make this look as hassle free as possible and to let air in any way I could. There’s just something about a mule that is so breathable.

I’m definitely going to be wearing variations of this outfit all over town for the rest of the summer!

-Masha

An Afternoon in Georgetown

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Featured: Guess top, skirt from Urban Outfitters, Coach heels, Kate Spade bag, Michael Kors sunglasses

The perfect Sunday outfit is nothing without the perfect Sunday backdrop. A couple weeks ago, on an absolutely gorgeous afternoon, Greg and I headed to Georgetown to shoot this look.

Georgetown is such a charming neighborhood, with full leafy trees lining the cobblestone streets, and the who’s who of small boutiques and restaurants. There is so much life on the sidewalks. And though it isn’t what it used to be, if you step out on the side streets you find those familiar colorful townhouses, the history seeping through every brick.

For this shoot I wore a fun mini skirt in a deep blue hue. I love the skirt because of the layered detail and the subtle polka dot pattern. It adds just enough jazz, while still maintaining itself as a summer neutral. I paired it with a black crop top, which is sexy and kind of sweet at the same time. Classic black heels topped off the look. This outfit is perfect for grabbing before-dinner drinks on the patio and enjoying some wine while watching the summer sun set.

-Masha