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

Sweater Dresses and Raincoat Details

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Dress- Nasty Gal, Shoes- Guess, Raincoat- INC International

Good morning all! It is inauguration day. I thought about not watching, but then I realized I couldn’t just stick my head in the sand. I have to be an active participant. I have to at least watch and take notes and make sure that I am aware, so I can stand up when needed and fight for what I believe. I’m planning on going to the Women’s March tomorrow, and I will have an update on the blog next week.

I wore this super easy look during a rainy day last week. This sweater dress literally takes zero effort, but still looks so good. I always pull it out when I’m stumped on an outfit, or when I need something quick that I know will still look good. This time I’ve decided to let the dress speak for itself and not add too many accessories, but I actually also really love it belted. I’ve tried thin belts and thick ones, and both look good. As you may have noticed, with more classics and basics, I tend to gravitate towards black, but I absolutely love this maroon colors. I’m trying to branch out a little and get more into beiges and reds, which really do pair with pretty much anything.

Though the dress checks off both the cute and comfortable requirements, the raincoat is the true star of this look. I love, love, the ruffled details in the back! It’s so feminine, and so pretty, but still not over the top. I think that because it’s this beautiful blue color, it can get away with more girly accents; if it were pink, it would be too much. With so much rain that we’ve been having here in D.C. (unfortunately not cold enough to snow), a stylish raincoat is a must!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! More looks coming your way next week! And don’t forget that you can get frequent outfit inspiration from my Instagram, whitesilkblackleather.

-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

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

The business of dressing for business

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- bought years ago from a little boutique in NYC, Heels- Coach, Watch- Michael Kors

Most of us are hopefully back in the groove of things, getting back to the work flow and our normal schedules.

I wanted to post about a look that would work for a big office meeting or even if you just felt more formal that day. This black sheath dress is my absolute go to for that I-mean-business feeling. It’s form fitting, cut in all the right places and very much office appropriate. Believe it or not, I actually picked this up at TjMaxx. The one in Georgetown has a really great selection of designer pieces at a truly affordable price. I’ve linked to a couple similar ones, here and here.

The rest of the outfit is very simple, with clean lines. I stuck to mostly black, with sheer tights (which are my absolutely musts for winter), and a classic pair of Coach pumps (link). But of course, D.C tends to be too monochromatic a times, so I had to break it up with just a pop of pink on the lapel of my blazer. I also love the shininess of it, and the three-quarter sleeves. The blazer adds that touch of personality, which keeps the look from being too boring. I’ve linked to a similar here that I’m absolutely obsessed with. I highly encourage an investment in a couple interesting blazers, especially if you work at an office or attend business meetings often. They’re so easy to throw on, and help create that instant effortlessly put together vibe.

I appreciate any and all comments! Please let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and if there’s anything you want me to talk about regarding outfits or style advice. Also, don’t forget to check out Instagram for more!

Masha

NYE Recap

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It’s been almost a week since NYE and what a week it’s been! I’m taking each day as it comes and making it an adventure.

But to go back, Greg and I had the best time at the party hosted at the Marriott Marquis in downtown D.C. Five different ballrooms, each with it’s own themed dance floor. Fun party favors, from headbands to hats, in an assortment of colors. They had a buffet full of these decadent desserts, and we definitely indulged in the raspberry chocolate mousse and pistachio macaroons. The best part (or for some the worst) was that it was an open bar, and we took full advantage!

We spent most of our time in the pop music dance floor, but also wandered to the salsa room, and the 1920’s jazz rooms. At 11:45 pm we were handed a celebratory glass of champagne and at midnight balloons dropped from the ceiling.

It really was a lovely party, and the Marriott Marquis is a beautiful hotel. Very conveniently located right off the Convention Center, and they decked out for the holidays, even featuring a homemade life-size gingerbread house! I would highly recommend a visit, and hope to see what the rooms look like next time.

The vibe of this party was a bit more elegant than something you would wear to a club, so I kept it classy with this gorgeous red off-the-shoulders dress. Red signifies good fortune in 2017. I wasn’t sure about the long sleeves at first, but the minute I tried it on, I knew they were perfect. The lace and body-hugging fit created sex appeal, while the length and the sleeves kept it more formal. I paired it with my classic louboutins and a vintage clutch, and viola! Greg, of course, looked dapper in his blue suit (I made him wear red socks).

I can’t wait to attend more parties this year and wear fabulous dresses and spend fancy occasions with the love of my live. Here’s to the year to come!

Masha

Styling a winter white fur vest

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Ralph Lauren, Vest- Tart Collections, Boots- Via Spiga

It’s been unseasonably warm for this time of year in D.C, so I’ve gotten full use out of my fur vest. When I first bought it, I wasn’t sure how I could pair the winter white, but I’m realizing that there are so many stylish options.

This checkered dress I’ve had for a while, and I love wearing it to the office because it’s so easy, but also incredibly comfortable. And I’m all about the three-quarter sleeves for warmth. The slight white lines on the dress matches the white of the vest perfectly, and it’s just awesome when outfit comes together so seamlessly. To add just a bit of edge and sparkle, I went with my go-to gold studded booties and kept the rest of the accessories to a minimum.

I hope the first couple days of the year are shaping up to be productive and full of happiness! I am getting a start on my goals and learning not to let the little things get to me. It’s all about attitude and being able to adjust.

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

Sweater Dress Love

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- BCBGMaxazaria, Tights- H&M, Shoes- Guess, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

I’m sorry I haven’t written in a bit, Thanksgiving weekend was long and super busy! I went to see my family back in Minnesota. I’m home now and ready to style, post, and talk about more outfits than ever!

Happy December 1st, which is by far my most favorite month of the year! I am sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way, but there’s something just so special about the holiday season. Especially the clothes! There’s so many fun clothes to wear, from sparkly dresses, to velvet anything, to cozy luxe sweater dress.

Today’s post is featuring the most incredible sweater dress I picked up at a Black Friday sale last week. I saw it on the rack and I just couldn’t resist! 50% off! What I really love about this piece is how luxe and classic it looks, but also there’s so many fun details. The length is unexpected, and really lets the dress take center stage. The slit is sexy, but not too much. And my favorite detail, the sleeves. Oh, how I adore these sleeves! Bell sleeves have been so in recently, and this a more classic take on the trend.

The rest of the look is fairly basic. Classic black bag with plenty of room for essentials, sheer black tights and chunky boots to keep warm, and of course my sunnies. I just feel so luxurious wearing this sweater dress, and am so excited to keep it on rotation all winter long! I would style a versatile piece like this anywhere from the office to a lunch to a cozy red wine filled dinner.

Stay tuned for more looks next week and don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram, WhiteSilkBlackLeather, in the meantime!

-Masha

Lesson in Layering

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Jeans: DL1961 Premium Denim, Top- White House Black Market, Cardigan- Theory, Boots- Via Spiga, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Gloves- Unknown

I think this is such a great chilly November day look. I love that everything is minimalist, but the pieces are luxe and quality. I paired my new favorite dark wash denim with a black top that speaks volumes in detail. The front features ruffles and a pink stone necklace that can be detached. I left the necklace on, because in an all-black look, it provided a much needed pop of color.

Of course I am looking for any excuse to slip on my new cashmere cardigan from Theory. I think it’s so important to have a layering piece in your wardrobe that you can pretty much pair with anything. This was such a no brainer topper to the outfit. It pulls everything together with a most sophisticated air.

For shoes I went with my trusty black suede booties, but while I usually tuck my jeans into the boots, this time I styled them over. I don’t know what about it reminds me of a 90’s look, but for some reason I’m picking up that vibe. It makes the outfit just a little bit less traditional. I also am wearing a pair of black leather gloves for warmth. My hands are always the first parts of my body to freeze, and these gloves are so classic, but also stylish with button detailing.

I love that in DC you don’t need to completely bundle up in large puffers for the fall season. Keep the important parts covered, but definitely allow some layering pieces to do the talking!

-Masha