Last minute 4th of July outfit idea

 

Last minute 4th of July outfit idea

Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: T-shirt- Urban Outfitters (sold out but similar here),  Shorts- Current/Elliot, Shoes- Sam Edelman, BagSteve Madden

So it’s July 3rd and you’re sitting there the night before the barbeque or the rooftop party or whatever other gathering you may have to celebrate our nation’s birth, and you’re like shit, what should I wear to said gathering? Well, fear not, because I have an easy, stylish, no fuss idea for you.

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Sexy Boho Vibes

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Sparkle and Fade (Urban Outfitters), Cardigan- Free People, Knee-Highs- Steve Madden, Boots- Via Spiga, Bag- Steve Madden, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

Washington D.C is full of cool little hidden gems. Last Sunday Greg and I went exploring in Shaw, and we decided to take some pictures in Blagden Alley, an in-transition sort of spot with charming homes, brick walls, a hipster coffee house, and boutique fitness studios. It’s really an old meets new kind of place. My favorite aspect about the alley way though are the murals, particularly of this woman featured in the pictures.

I was feeling a boho, alternative vibe for this shoot, and I wanted to style really effortless pieces that looked almost thrown together to create a totally cool look. I’ve had this gray dress from Urban Outfitters for a couple years now and I still love the fit, the way it flairs out. It’s a great blank canvas dress and fun to pair under sweaters or adorn with layers of necklaces.

Free People basically screams boho, so I thought it the perfect addition to this outfit. This chunky cream cardigan is the definition of cool and effortless for me. It is also so great to keep warm in during the fall months.

To create just the subtlest allure of sexiness (and also not to have bare legs in 50 degree weather), I styled a black knee-high stockings with a lace ruffle and short heeled booties. Sexy doesn’t always have to be in your face, and I think the added height of the heel and the sliver of exposed skin between the stocking and the dress does the trick. A slouchy maroon bag with a shoulder strap finished it off.

This is the perfect fall look. It’s casual, yet sexy, and just oozes confidence. I would wear this for a stroll in a new neighborhood, to brunch, to a girl’s lunch, or on a fun daytime date. The possibilities are endless! It’s especially a fitting look for a place with a lot of character, like Shaw.

-Masha

Casual Evening

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Urban Outfitters, Skirt- Loft, Shoes- Coach, Bag- Kate Spade, Bracelet- Gifted, Earrings- LouLou

Because Brazil holds a very special place in my heart (it’s where I did my study abroad and met my boyfriend, and where I hope I have the pleasure of living for a while), Greg and I decided we should probably watch the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, and we should probably do it somewhere Brazilian. So we ended up going to The Grill from Ipanema, which is an excellent restaurant in Adams Morgan. I highly recommend their food for its authenticity, and even more highly recommend their caipirinhas, the national cocktail of Brazil. I like mine with extra limes.

We made the evening into a date night, but a casual one (just sitting at the bar enjoying drinks and the ceremony among other Portuguese speakers), which of course calls for an evening date night look that’s not too dressy, but still looks very pretty. As you may have noticed, I am obsessed with the jean skirts I purchased last month. I wear them almost everywhere I can. This seemed yet another perfect occasion, as wearing something jean to dinner and drinks almost always relaxes the vibe. I paired the skirt with a black and white crop top, which I’ve had for a couple years now, and am still very much in love with. I am especially enamored with the knotted cutout. To finish off the look, I added a summery pair of Coach heels.

I am a big advocate for easy and effortless styling. This look definitely embodies that, and I can see this outfit being very multifunctional. Sometimes, putting together something chic for dinner with your love can be a no brainer!

-Masha