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!

I bought these Levi’s on a total whim, I just loved the way they looked on the model. They were on major sale at Spring, and I was really into the more relaxed fit and casual vibe. They’re not as loose as expected (but it is time to shed some of those winter pounds), but still very cool. I can pair them for a more day time feel, as I did with this creamy cashmere sweater and leather Frye boots, but I also plan on styling them for night- maybe even with the new heels (stay tuned for night time styling ideas)! Levi’s jeans are great quality, and I’m linking some more relaxed fit pairs here and here.

Cashmere sweaters are just a dream, and this one is a good fit, and one of the most versatile pieces I own. The quality is impeccable, and it literally matches with everything. I’m looking to add some more colors and am totally loving this option and this one with gorgeous sleeve detail.

I topped off the outfit with a classic black coat with military button detailing. I love a basic with unique details, especially on outerwear. You have to wear it almost everyday for almost 3 seasons in Washington D.C., so you have to make sure it looks good, but that it’s also not boring. And the military style is a great way to strike a balance between the two. I totally have a crush on this one and this is such a great affordable option.

The formula is simple. A good pair of jeans (trendy like the ones I have on add a pinch of personality), a quality sweater (there’s something about white/cream that just screams All-American- I’ll substitute for a white tee in the summer), and a pair of sturdy leather boots. And of course my adorable puppy!

Mom and I are having the best time hanging out, and I today we’re headed to the cherry blossoms. Can’t wait for those pictures!

Happy Friday!

-Masha

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.

It’s funny because you will almost always see me wearing some sort of black. Black is a great way to structure and balance an outfit. So it’s interesting when I style pieces that are pretty much the opposite of black, and totally love it. I’m not very girly in my fashion, not big into pastels or too much pink, but this look is just romantic and sweet, and I can see myself wearing it to any day time event, or just around town on the weekends.

The dress needs to be paired with a slip, and I am actually really into it slipping out a little. It makes the lace so much more casual. The color is of course a favorite, and I think the three-quarter sleeves are very cool. I’m linking some favorite lace dresses for spring here and here.

Lace-up flats are a major trend right now, and literally everyone I know has a pair. So I didn’t want to get the exact same thing. Cue this adorable blush color. I’m really trying to include items that aren’t black in my rotation, and these are perfect, because they’re basically a neutral and I already see them pairing with so much in my wardrobe. I found similar options here (went on my wish list immediately) and here.

And I of course want to mention this stunning Zac Posen bag. You saw it in my last post, and you’ll see it in many more to come. The flower details are so beautiful and feature really pretty pearls. And the color is again me stepping out of my comfort of black. It’s such a great neutral though, and the size is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat or going out to dinner. Small bags are ket for those spring and summer nights. I’m gushing over this one and love how fun the color on this one is!

My mom is officially here and I’m so excited to spend the rest of the week with her! I’m taking Thursday and Friday off from the office, and we’re planning on doing some shopping, getting some pictures in front of the (hopefully not dead) cherry blossoms, dinners at my favorite restaurants, and checking out Eastern Market on Saturday. Follow me on Instagram for the latest updates!

-Masha

First day of spring kind of look

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top (under)- Guess, Lace top (over)- INC, Skirt- Loft, Shoes- Schutz Shoes, Bag- Zac Posen, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Trench- INC

Happy first day of spring!

Hopefully, it will actually start feeling like spring now. Yesterday it did for a hot second, so Greg and I took advantage and shot some season ready looks. He’s off to Germany for business this next week (soooo jealous), so we really wanted to get as much done as we could.

In other exciting news however, my mom will be visiting for the week so we’ll get to spend some much needed girl time, and of course, shoot some fun looks.

This outfit is an edgier take on spring, but I don’t think that just because birds are chirping and flowers are blooming, you need to go all out feminine with your fashion. I love the lace on this top and the sleeve details. Both sleeves and lace are having a major moment right now, and I love how this piece is so unique, but stays on trend. I’m linking something similar here and here.

I paired the top with my go-to jean skirt with front buttons. I’m bringing it back from last summer and fall! I have actually been able to wear it year round, but am so excited for all the warm weather combinations. It’s always so awesome when you can find such a versatile piece. I wasn’t a fan of jean skirts before, but I have to say since I got my hands on this one, I’ve been obsessed. This is a great affordable option, and this one is a must for your wish list (such fun detail!).

It of course wouldn’t be spring without a pretty trench and some peep-toe shoes. I’ve already gushed about these in this post, so I won’t go to extensive detail, but I think they tie the entire look together. And the back of this trench is so swoon-worthy. I’m of course obsessed with this one (who isn’t?), but I also think this one is really cute. It’s such a perfect, easy topper.

I would wear this outfit to so many places, from running errands to brunch to a day date with Greg. You’ll definitely be seeing more of these pieces, and I’ll work on mix and matching to give you guys some different styling options.

I’m updating Instagram regularly, and make sure to watch my Insta Stories for all my adventures with my mom this week!

-Masha

Red dress, scalloped jacket

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Dress- Zara, Jacket- INC, Boots- Via Spiga

Happy Monday!

I love red, and this Zara dress does not disappoint! Red is a universally flattering color and adds fun to a look without going overboard. I also think it’s a great color for those who are not big on patterns and prints, as this is definitely not boring, but again, also not too much.

I really like the thin line detail on this dress and it’s looser shape. In the summer I would wear it as a stand-alone with some studded sandals. But since it can still get pretty cold, I decided to pair it with some sheer tights and my Via Spiga booties with gold buckle detailing. I love red and gold together, it’s such a luxe combination! I topped off the look with this gorgeous suede scalloped jacket. I recently rediscovered this piece at the back of my coat closet, and have been wearing it non-stop. Do you ever just find that one item that you haven’t worn in forever, and once you try it on, you wonder why you ever took if off in the first place?

The booties and jacket are great winter to spring transitional pieces. I’m really loving this and this jacket, and these booties. And this one is definitely on my wish list!

This week the weather is supposed to keep rollercoasting, but hopefully we’ll be able to shoot some more looks. I’ve recently re-organized my shoes, and am excited to wear all my spring sandals!

More looks to come!

-Masha

Spring vibes with a printed maxi and peep-toes

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jacket- All Saints, Shoes- Schutz Shoes, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff

I just got these adorable leather peep-toes earlier this week and immediately had to wear them! My favorite part has to be the embroidery. It just makes them so unique!

I was feeling some serious spring vibes with this look. I was lucky the weather was cooperating with me that day. We’ve just been on the craziest weather rollercoaster here in Washington D.C. Yesterday it was 70 degrees, and as I’m sitting here writing this right now, it’s in the 30s and slushing! I just have my entire wardrobe strewn out, ready to switch from summer to winter on a minute’s notice.

But back to talking about my outfit, I went with my stand-on-its-own Marc by Marc Jacobs silk dress. This print is bold, like really bold, so the key is to tone the rest of the look way down. And the best way to do this is with neutral, well-fitted pieces. I like this dress a lot for the spring season for a couple reasons. First, it’s a maxi, so it’s great for those transitional days where it’s not quite warm enough. Second, I don’t think you should be afraid of a loud pattern. I instead think that you should make it the absolute main focus of your outfit. Which is exactly what I did here. I’ve linked a couple of my favorite printed maxis here (love the sleeves on this one!) and here (my favorite is the coral/gold combo).

I paired the dress with my all time favorite leather jacket from All Saints. I highly recommend investing in a quality made leather jacket. It’s a piece you’ll have for years and it looks good with pretty much everything. I get so much use out of this one. I say keep in mind fit, and stick to something a little more classic in terms of shape and color, especially if this is your first one. All Saints is actually an awesome brand for mid-priced leather. I’m  wearing this exact one, but also love this and this one with sleeve details.

And then of course there are the shoes! God, I love these shoes! The peep-toe is such a fun in between sandals and booties. I can already see myself wearing them with a pair of ankle jeans and a flowy blouse, or with a cute sundress. They add a bit of edge to a more feminine look, and have such an effortlessly chic feel. I absolutely love when pieces are effortless, but pack so much punch. I’m linking a couple of my favorite peep-toes here and here.

Happy weekend to all!

-Masha

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.

I always find myself reaching for this burgundy sweater dress when I feel I have nothing to wear. It’s one of my go-to pieces because it’s just so easy to slip on and go. Sometimes, like this time, I pair it with a belt to give a little more structure, but it looks good loose as well. I love how this dress has a very basic fit, but the rich color adds more interest. I’ve found some similar options here and here.

The Stuart Weitzman OTK boots are just my loves. I cannot say enough good things about them. I was obsessed before I purchased, and the obsession did not subdue once they were mine. I like that mine are velvet, instead of the more traditional suede. The quality is fantastic, and they’re actually quite comfortable (barring walking ridiculous distances).

This look truly requires minimal effort; the key is to have pieces that are quality in flattering cuts. There’s just less clothes that goes into this outfit, and you don’t need to think about matching every detail. If you’re on the go, this is definitely for you!

-Masha

How to style a printed sweater

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Sweater- Michael Kors, Skirt- Loft, Boots- Jessica Simpson Collection, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff

I’m definitely in a spring vibe right now, because I just bought a ton of pieces for spring, specifically new peep-toes and a beautiful pair of flats. I also got this gorgeous white button down dress that I can’t wait to wear with either shoe. Outfit posts to come!

As you know by now, I love easy basics, but I don’t like to be boring. I got this sweater for my birthday two years ago, and it’s still in great shape. The fit and cut is really high quality, which makes it a classic, However, it’s not every day piece, because as much as I love print, incorporating fuzzy blue leopard can prove challenging. But I love how this is the only focal point this outfit needs. I paired it with my a-line ribbed black skirt, which is just an amazing base for any look. You can style this skirt any which way, and it will work. I got it at Loft but I’m linking a couple cute black skirts here and here.

Though this is a bit of a bold move, I paired the sweater and skirt with my velvet dark blue boots. I am in love with these boots and they have gotten so much wear this winter season (so much in fact that I’m not sure they’ll make it to next year :/). At first I thought they might clash with the print, and was about to pull them off, but as I kept looking at myself in the mirror I was digging the two shades of blue and more. It just adds a little of my personality that makes the outfit totally unique. I am in full support of experimenting with fun shoes, and in boot format, they can serve a really utilitarian purpose and won’t overpower the outfit. I’m linking these fun textured booties, and these swoon-worthy beauties.

I wore this to work the other week when the weather was really nice, but actually this is a great for everyday. And the combination can be altered in so many different ways. Pick a different sweater and shoes and you’ve got a completely new look while keeping the effortlessly chic formula.

Stay tuned for more spring style inspiration and keep up to date on my Instagram, whitesilkblackleather.

-Masha

Go-to maxi dress

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Express, Boots- Via Spiga, Jacket- INC, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff

Maxi dresses are perfect for Spring. They’re a fun way to wear a dress and experiment with shape and print, while still being covered enough in case it gets chilly. I have had this green and purple print one for a couple years now, and I always break it out come March as my go-to transitional piece.

In the summer I pair it with sandals, but since it’s still February, I went with heeled booties. I’ve also been wearing this scalloped jacket everywhere (as you may have noticed from blog posts and Instagram), and it is just such a great layer to complete this look. I actually felt a very boho chic vibe wearing this outfit, perfect for an outdoor concert of festival. I think partly it had to do with the hair; I switched up my regular look slightly, by twisting a few pieces and pinning them in the back.

Speaking of hair, I’ve really only recently begun to sport the waves, and am still perfecting the technique. But I think it’s a look that not only works great for my face, but is also super stylish and effortless. I want to do a hair post soon, so be on the lookout.

This weekend I was able to go shopping and I picked up the most amazing Zac Posen bag, with the most gorgeous details! I can’t wait to style it, and the color and shape is perfect for Spring and Summer. I hope everyone has a fabulous start to the week, and I’ll definitely be sharing more transitional outfit ideas!

-Masha

 

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