Summer tank and skirt idea

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Loft (similar option), Skirt- White House Black Market (similar, but equally as cute and on sale!), Shoes- Schutz Shoes (I’ve shared the exact pair I’m wearing several times, so here’s a different option that’s a bit more embellished), Jewelry- Midori Linea, Sunglasses- Michael Kors (some cool color options available)

Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone is having a relaxing and fun day off, and have thoroughly enjoyed the long weekend! I’ve been in Minneapolis with my family, and attended a wedding yesterday. I’m headed off to brunch (with a build your own bloody bar- so excited!) before my flight this evening. I’ll have all the outfit details and recap up soon, but for now you can get all the latest updates on Instagram.

I thought I would just do a quick outfit post to get you inspired for some easy, work appropriate pieces as we head back into the week, and the temps start rising.

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Shirt dresses and leather jackets

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Alexander Wang, Jacket- All Saints, Shoes- Schutz Shoes, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff

I’m really into shirt dresses now. They’r crisp, easy, and so very versatile. I’ll definitely be wearing this white one a lot these warmer months. It’s a bit of a looser fit, and pairs well with light jackets, but also is great by itself. Everyone should have such a classic in their wardrobe. I’m linking a couple favorites here and here.

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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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All-American Classics

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Photography: Oksana Berman

Wearing: Sweater- Vince, Jeans- Levi’s, Boots- Frye, Coat- White House, Black Market, Bag- Zac Posen

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic, All-American look. And with quality, timeless pieces, the whole outfit is just easy, elegant, for lack of a better word, a classic.

Mom and I had a really great day shopping in Friendship Heights yesterday, a place with many high end shops like Saks, Neimans, and Bloomingdales. I love walking through dreamy designer handbags, swoon worthy shoes, and trying new fragrances (like the Chanel collection- 1932 is so good, so unique!). We stumbled upon a BCBGMaxaria store that was closing and selling everything for up to 80%. I picked up these gorgeous red sandals (got so lucky with this sale!) that I’m so excited to style!

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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

A little mid-week workwear inspiration

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Coat: LavRore, Top: INC International, Skirt: White House Black Market, Boots: Via Spiga, Sunglasses: Michael Kors, Necklace: Loft

I love a pencil skirt that’s more than just boring black, and this one does not disappoint. It’s actually layered, giving your booty some extra volume. I paired it with a green button down. It gives a bit of oomph to your everyday buttondowns. Actually this whole look does. And I think that’s the point. Workwear can be fun, while still being, well, workwear.

I mixed and matched a striped skirt with a green button down and a red bib necklace. I also topped off the look with this incredible shearling coat. It is so warm and I usually don’t go for browns, but such a rich color. The material is buttery soft. The entire feel is very luxurious. I feel as if I just threw on a bunch of my current favorites together, and made it work. The key is classic cut and fit. Without all the color and pattern, this would be a much more traditional outfit. But I’m obviously not one for traditional.

This look was perfect for the middle of the week to wake up the styling senses a bit and add a pinch of variety to the everyday office attire. It can also transition easily to an after hours networking event or just a drink with close friends.

On Friday I’ll be sharing an outfit I wore last weekend (when it was basically summer!) and talking about how to elevate your (almost) spring weekend look to the next, chicer, level.

-Masha

How easy separates can create a complete chic look

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Loft, Pants- Free People, Blazer- Zara, Shoes- Topshop, Bag- vintage

I love a casual put together look. Going to run errands or out for a quick lunch or whatever it is that all of us busy people do should never be sloppy. But it shouldn’t be difficult either. This is why I am all about mix and matching some easy separates to create a totally polished breezy feel. And best of all, if you switch out the top or the shoes or even the jeans, viola!, you’ve got a brand new outfit!

I started with a base of my current favorite Free People jeans. They’re not exactly traditional, but I love having a pair of black jeans that isn’t like everyone else’s. These particular ones are high-rise and ripped at the knees. I’ve linked to a pair with fun mesh detailing here. With a high-rise pair I wouldn’t recommend going with a top that’s long or loose as this does nothing for your shape, but rather choose tops with a bit of peplum or a higher hem. This one is absolutely gorgeous, and this is a great basic.  I went with this super cute sheer white tank from Loft, with a soft flare (similar here). I topped it off with a checkered blazer from Zara. The most important part of this blazer is the fit. It hits in all the right spots. This is a great option and has really fun fray detailing. For shoes, I decided on loafers as this adds the polish and is nice contradiction to the jeans. These loafers invoke the classic Gucci, but are at a much better pricepoint.

It’s really great how all these pieces are affordable, and you really don’t need to break the bank to look good. For those casual days, most of your look is probably already in your closet! And there’s nothing better than taking a look around, shopping your wardrobe, and seeing something in a whole new light.

Happy MLK day! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I plan on getting a lot of work done, and maybe even fitting in a workout during the day.

-Masha

Silk, Leather, Suede

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Jacket- All Saints, Dress- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boots- Via Spiga, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Earrings- Lou Lou  

I have been waiting to break out my All Saints leather jacket for weeks now, and finally the time has come. This is my favorite piece of outerwear that I own right now, and it’s going into its third season. It’s just such a staple piece in my wardrobe, and worth the investment.

A great piece like a leather jacket will never go out of style, is incredibly versatile, and functional too. This one is a bit more fitted, and a faded black. I love the quilt details on the shoulders and the zippers and buckles on the sleeves. It’s a great item for a more casual look, a work look, or a night out. And it brings so much edge, that effortless, cool girl vibe to pretty much any outfit.

Here I’ve paired it with a bit of a bold piece, a Marc by Marc Jacobs maxi dress with a side slit and a loud colorful splatter print. In the summer I’m able to wear this dress on its own with just a pair of black sandals, but I wanted to up the ante when transitioning into fall. I think that a summer piece like this dress, should be worn in the fall as well, because when paired with the correct complements, we can get the most out of our clothes. Though the leather and the maxi both have equal amounts of characters, I feel like they work really nicely together. The flowy silk softens the toughness of the leather.

To finish off, I went with my current favorite pair of boots, heeled suede booties with gold buckle side detailing. It’s a bit of an unexpected touch to add boots to a maxi, but I actually love this look. It makes a traditionally summer dress appropriate for fall. I enjoy the mix of materials in this outfit, silk, leather, and suede. Because the boots and jacket are black, it’s ok for the dress to be loud. But also, both the jacket and boots have great details that add individualized character. This might be one of the best fall looks I’ve styled yet!

-Masha

Fall Casual

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Express, Jeans-DL1961 , Boots- Guess, Bag- Kate Spade

Sometimes we just want to throw something on quick, be comfortable, and go on ahead with our weekend plans. But often, this kind of dressing is sloppy, and sacrifices style. But it never has to! Your go to weekend look could be easy and chic. Today I’m showing how you can throw together some basics and look effortless, yet amazing!

There’s nothing more casual and basic than jeans. If you invest in the right pair of jeans, you will have one of the most versatile, wearable pieces in your wardrobe for years to come. I like to play around with jeans shades, rips, and even designs, but nothing beats a classic dark blue pair, with a skinny fit. I’ve talked about jeans a little before, but I cannot reiterate enough, how key it is that jeans fit right. I prefer skinny, ankle length, and something that hugs my curves (rather than slouchy), since I am a little bigger in the butt area.

Once you figure out your jeans, the rest of the look is easy. I’ve styled a long sleeve, knit black top, perfect for chilly fall Saturdays, with a plunging neckline, since it is the weekend after all. Then I finished off with my chunky heel Guess boots, adding a bit of edge.

I wore this outfit to a backyard party about a month ago, and it worked really well for both the weather and the vibe of the party. While remaining totally chill, my look was well-fitted, and paired really nicely together. And if you’re going for that easy breezy style, that’s really all you need. The best part is that you can keep the jeans and substitute a different top and boots, and you’ve got tons of new outfit combinations with minimum effort!

-Masha