Gray Skater Dress

Skater Dress

Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Urban Outfitters dress (similar), Sam Edelman sandals, Zac by Zac Posen bag, Michael Kors sunglasses, Midori Linea necklaces

I’ve had this gray dress for years and I never run out of ways to wear it. It reminds me of a skater dress that I could wear with black converse high-tops, and though those days are mostly behind us, there’s something to be said about a youthful piece that can repurposed.

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Weekend-Ready Wrap Dress

Weekend Wrap Dress

 Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Violet Boutique dress (similar), Coach shoes, Michael Kors sunglasses

Today I’m showing you how to wear an effortless wrap maxi dress, and how to fit it in all your weekend plans. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve worn this dress a multitude of ways, but in this post I want to feature something that’s a bit dressier, though still appropriate for daytime.

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WIW: high-waisted jeans, lace-trim sweater, and a hat

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing- Sweater- INC International , Jeans- Free People, Coat- INC International, Boots- The Frye Company, Bag- Zac Posen, Hat- Vintage

A hat is always a good idea! And I feel like we never give hats the attention they deserve. I always want to wear one, but somehow never do it enough. I’ve had this one for a long time, but am really looking to expand my collection. Anyone have any good hats they recommend? I’m really liking this one with a wider brim, and this one is just adorable.

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Lace, lace-ups, and new neutrals

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- BCBGMaxazaria, Shoes- 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bag- Zac Posen, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

You might gather that I have a thing for lace. I’ve worn this dress several times for evening occasions, but I really wanted to try a day time look. I think these gorgeous blush lace-up flats really did the trick.

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WIW: Last Weekend (and what to wear this weekend)

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Lou Lou Boutiques, Jacket- INC, Boots- Frye, Bag- Kate Spade, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

Last weekend was absolutely gorgeous, and this weekend (minus some rain on Saturday) is sure to be another opportunity to wear a pretty sundress, soak up the warmth on the patio, and sip some much deserved rosé. I truly can’t believe how warm it is in February. But hey, no complaints!

Greg and I spent last weekend walking around the 14th St./U St./Shaw neighborhoods. We did a little shopping, did a little drinking, and in general had a good time. And I was able to wear spring clothes! It’s always exciting when we can start incorporating less bundled up pieces into our wardrobe.

This pink ruffled dress is the epitome of spring for me. It’s light and bright and airy. The material is very breathable, which is perfect for spending a lot of time outside. I picked up this number a couple weeks ago, at this cute little boutique by my office. When I first tried it on, I thought I resembled a cupcake (a cute cupcake). But it kept growing on me, and I had to have it. It will actually be perfect for my Miami trip coming up in May, paired with some studded sandals and a fedora. The ruffle is so fun, and such a trend this season! I also really love this one and this one.

But since it’s not technically spring I roughed it up a bit with my go-to black leather Frye boots. These boots match pretty much everything in my closet, look super edgy chic, and are wonderful for walking. The leather is of course beautiful quality, but I will say that it is a bit stiff at the beginning, so be prepared for a breaking-in period. But after that, they’re forever boots. I’m loving not only the classic ones I have on, but also these and these.

And then I topped it off with a little suede jacket featuring razor cutouts and scalloped edges. Surprisingly, I’ve actually had this hanging in my closet for several years, and haven’t gotten too much use out of it. Sometimes we just forget really terrific pieces we already own. I’m happy to say that I’ve rediscovered it, and am wearing it non-stop. Isn’t the spot where the scallops and the ruffle meet so cute?

I hope I’ve given you a couple ideas and some style inspiration for this weekend. The formula is simple: cute dress, boots (or sandals if it really does get that warm), and a cute jacket with detailing. This look also transitions great from day to night; switch out the boots for a pair of heeled peep toe booties like these ones (or wedges), add a clutch and you’re set.

This weekend Greg is out of town visiting his parents, so Jorge (my Jack Russell mix cutie) will be spending the weekend snuggling, and I might even sneak in a shopping trip. Follow my Instagram and Insta Stories for the latest!

-Masha

Printed Sweater, Velvet Boots

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Photography: Oksana Berman

Wearing: Top- Michael Kors, Jeans-DL1961, Boots- Jessica Simpson,

Last weekend I visited my parents back in Minnesota, and while it’s still warm here in Washington D.C, in MN it’s definitely sweater weather. I brought my dog Jorge with me, which was of course loads of fun on the airplane (his little crate was so cramped, poor guy). But he was a trooper and he had the best weekend running around and playing ball in huge dog parks. My parents enjoyed having him there too :).

I wanted to stay warm and comfortable for all the outdoor activities, but still look stylish. I also didn’t want too many layers because even though the air was brisk, we stayed really active. And there’s nothing worse than having to carry your coat around everywhere. So I settled on this fuzzy Michael Kors sweater that my mom got me for my birthday last year. It’s so funky and definitely speaks for itself. The back is simple, just black, but the front is a white and blue leopard print panel that makes a statement. And I like making a statement with my clothes. Without going over the top, of course. This is why I love this sweater. The cut is very basic and extremely flattering, and the print is concentrated in just one area. I paired the sweater with my new dark wash skinny jeans. I’ve been on the hunt for a classic pair of jeans for some time now and am so glad I found these. They hug my body in all the right places and go with everything. Already, I’ve worn them for both work and play, and I plan on keeping these in rotation for quite a while.

Now while most people would aim to keep the shoes simple for this outfit because of the loudness of the sweater, I went with a different approach. I don’t think there is anything wrong with finishing off with some fun shoes, even if the rest of the look already has a lot of personality. The key here was to keep the style of the boot classic. These boots are a standard length with a chunky heel, pretty typical of fall boots, but the purple velvet just adds so much edge. I’m absolutely in love. And because the shoes and the sweater are in the same dark color family, they didn’t clash with one another. Instead they provided uniqueness from top to bottom, with some jeans in the middle to keep the whole outfit grounded.

I was so comfortable running around in this look. The heel on the boot totally didn’t bother me, and I encourage those who are scared of living life in heels to try a chunky one, as it adds more support and is great practice for the more advanced stages of heel wearing. Easy separates can always create a chic, effortless look, but when you add your own twist to show off some personality, that’s when the fashion really becomes yours to own.

-Masha