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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Boho meets Structure

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Cardigan- Theory, Top- White House Black Market, Skirt- Loft, Boots- Guess

I am very excited about this black cashmere cardigan! From the length, to the belt, to the cashmere, I’m absolutely in love with it. It might be one of the most versatile new pieces in my wardrobe and I can’t wait to style it in so many different ways.

I went for a more boho-meets-structure vibe for this look. I started with a cashmere blend gray cami, with lace detailing, under a flowy, silky light pink skirt with a flower pattern. Very bohemian on it’s own. Once I added the cardigan, though it’s very soft and not overpowering, it pulled everything together.

I had debated what shoes to go with to complete the outfit, and I decided on these chunky boots with buckles because not only do they add tons of edge, but they also toughen up a mostly very feminine look. I love contrasts like that, and am always trying to incorporate opposing pieces in the same look. I don’t think style should ever fit into one label, and I highly encourage experimenting. Happy styling!

-Masha

Office Chic

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Lauren Conrad, Skirt- White House Black Market, Shoes- Coach

Let’s talk about how to make work appropriate still look really chic. Some people fall in the trap thinking 9-5 windowless cube means drab clothing, and they are completely wrong! I say, push the standard and do away with shapeless shirts and boring khakis. Of course, don’t make it completely inappropriate for an office setting (I think we can all figure out where our line is), but don’t be afraid to have fun with office outfits and let your creativity shine through. It may be the only way you get to express it during the day.

For this office ready look, I started with a classic black pencil skirt, which forms the base of the outfit. This is the neutral from which we can build, and it keeps everything grounded. I paired the skirt with a semi-sheer blouse with a soft white pattern. This blouse has so many great details, the sheerness, the pattern, the full sleeves, the ruffle in the front. It’s definitely a statement piece.

The shoes might be the perfect summer heeled sandals. Everything from the laces to the cutouts makes me want to wear them all over town to every rooftop party around. But they’re also a great selection for the office because they add just that something extra to make your look go from the usual uniform to very cool. The white color also ties in nicely with the white in the blouse.

There’s not a lot of frill to this look, and it takes very minimal effort to put together, but it’s so stylish and professionally chic. I love that you can slip on all these separates (whether together or with other pieces, just follow the formula: skirt, blouse, fun heels) and you’re out the door!

Keep an eye out for more work ideas coming your way. Since I’m living the office life 40 hours a week right now, I am always thinking of outfits!

-Masha