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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On the go sweater dress + OTK boots

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Nasty Gal, Boots- Stuart Weitzman

There is nothing more stylish than a sweater dress and over-the-knee boots. Not to mention universally stylish to pull off. I want to make sure to squeeze a couple more of these looks before the weather changes, and my attention is focused completely on spring.

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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

How to make OTK boots work for daytime

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- BCBGMaxazaria, Skirt- Loft, Boots- Stuart Weitzman, Jacket- All Saints

I promise you that you will be seeing lots of posts with me styling these boots. A birthday present from Greg, I am absolutely ecstatic that they’ve arrived, and that they’re everything and more!

Stuart Weitzman has been on my radar for a while now (who’s radar has he not been on?), and I have been lusting for these leggy OTK boots for months now. They’re incredibly comfortable to wear, even with the heel (flat option is available), and very soft both inside and out. Mine are velvet (I’m so excited to own velvet of any kind), but you can also get them in suede. If you want to invest in a pair of stand out boots, that will also work as a staple in your shoe wardrobe and last you for years to come, I highly recommend these. And they’re currently on sale here and on their website. But if you’re not willing to spend, I’ve linked a more budget-friendly option here.

I want to show a look that is appropriate for the daytime, since at first glance they do not seem like day boots. But I always like to be a little bold and push the envelope, and I think with the right supporting pieces, an office or weekday look is easy to create. The key is, because they’re so tall, to make sure no leg is showing (or just a sliver if you have to show something). I paired a flowy, flowery pink skirt to invoke a softer feel, and kept the top black, simple and classic with a high neckline and long sleeves. If it’s chilly out, throw on a jacket and you’re set to go. Here I went with my leather jacket, and I actually love how the velvet and leather juxtapose each other. If you’re thinking something a little more toned down, go with a longer option, kind of like this one.

Be on the lookout for more outfit ideas featuring these boots! Next up, how to make them sexy date night ready!

Masha

Velvet, versatile t-shirt dress for the New Year

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New year, new outfits. I hope everyone had an amazing NYE and is ready to start the year fresh and motivated!

Greg and I went to a fabulous party and I will have a post up soon with what I wore and what we did.

But for now let’s focus on this fun take on the t-shirt dress. I picked this cute little number up while shopping with my mom the other week, and have been so excited to style it! It’s a really versatile piece that can be either dressy or casual, which is really key for me, as I like to have my outfits work for a variety of occasions.

The material is velvet (which I’m currently obsessed with!), giving it a bit of visual interest, but after that it’s a blank canvas ready for accessorizing. I love dresses like this actually because it’s an opportunity to make a unique statement. I paired the dress with a red bib necklace and layered bracelets. The pop of red (especially since wearing red signified good fortune in 2017) is so fun, and the sparkly bracelet gives it a glam feel.

I kept the bottom of the look simple and clean with a pair of sheer leggings and wedge booties. Now these are the most comfortable shoes I have worn in a long time. You can’t feel the heel at all! I’ve walked all over the city with these, worked, and I’ve never had to take them off.

This outfit is something that I can wear pretty much anywhere, and I like that it’s not over the top, but still shiny.

I’ll be posting a lot more outfit posts in the coming weeks and also working on creating some content of where to eat, play, and hang out in Washington D.C. Please check out my Instagram for more!

Happy New Year!

Masha