Grecian dress at Fountainebleau Hotel

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Lou Lou Boutiques, Shoes- BCBGMaxazaria, Bag- Zac Posen (linking to some other styles I really love, because I’ve linked my specific bag several times in previous blog posts, including here), Jewelry- Midori Linea

We really did have the best time in Miami the other week! The weather was perfect, the beach was just a dream, and I feel like I came back feeling really refreshed.

Of course I’m especially excited about my outfits, and I still can’t stop obsessing over this grecian-style dress I wore to an event at the Fountainebleau Hotel. I got this piece from Lou Lou Boutiques, the same place and trip I got this adorable blush ruffle dress I blogged about here.

I decided to pair it with these strappy red heels I got at a store closing blowout (I’m a big fan of sales if you haven’t gotten that yet). I think the white and red was such a Miami combination and paired really well together. Also, I feel like I need more strappy heels in my life, which I could wear for both work and play. I thinking about adding these (obsessed!) and these to my wardrobe.

I can’t wait to attend summer events on rooftops, patios, and pools. I’m definitely going to be re-wearing this dress, it’s just so easy and light, and can become a completely different look depending on shoes and accessories.

I’m working on editing my wardrobe and making sure I’m wearing every piece in my closet to give it a proper evaluation. Going in order down the racks can be a style challenge sometimes, but I’m having fun. And I have some really creative looks to blog about. Once I’m through, I’m hoping I’ll have a more streamlined closet, filled with pieces I’m obsessed with.

Have a great week!

Masha

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Ruffles at Wynwood Walls

 

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Wearing: Dress- Lou Lou Boutiques, Shoes- Dolce Vita, Bag- Zac Posen, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

The Wynwood Art District was probably my favorite spot (besides the beach of course) that we got the opportunity to go to in Miami. It’s maybe only a couple streets, but essentially it’s a giant outdoor art gallery comprised entirely of large murals that fill up entire walls. It was so cool, a little difficult to put into words. The art is absolutely beautiful, and I really want my home to have an accent mural wall. I don’t know if Greg would agree to that, but I will certainly try to convince him!

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Casual Miami daytime look

 

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Iris and Ink, Shorts- Current/Elliott, Sandals- Sam Edelman, Bag- Zac Posen, Sunglasses: Michael Kors

How cute are these Current Elliot shorts? I am so excited to wear them literally everywhere this summer! They are really great length, because they’re not booty shorts, but also not one of those long awkward lengths that’s between shorts and capris. I am not a fan of that look. The fit is perfect, they’re a little on the looser side, but I actually love that because it makes them more casual. I can see myself wearing them day or night. My favorite part is of course the bow detail and the fringed hem. Just adorable!

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Las Vegas Round-Up

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: 1st look: Top- Urban Outfitters, Skirt- Loft, Sandals- Sam Edelman, Bag- Kate Spade

2nd look: Top: Material Girl, Skirt- Forever 21, Shoes- Circa, Bag- Victoria’s Secret

At the end of September, Greg and I spent the weekend in Las Vegas. It was a lot of fun and we got to see several shows (one of them Cirque de Soleil), gamble, eat at some fabulous restaurants, and drink frozen margaritas out of giant tube containers. I definitely needed to detox the week after.

Because it was just the weekend trip, and I wanted to travel as light as possible, I really stuck to basics with my style. The uniform was a jean skirt and a black top, paired with sandals. I wanted to be comfortable since we walked a lot. And I do mean a lot. From one end of the strip and back. Several times. The key though, is that if you have a few classic pieces you know go with everything, then you can relax and not worry about your clothes. That’s what I think I accomplished that weekend. The dressing was easy and I could focus on all the fun activities we were doing.

For night time, I chose again, some easy pieces that would speak for themselves. I went with a purple, leopard print patterned dress from Material Girl. I’ve had this for years and love that I’ve been able to style it up and down and for multiple occasions. This time around, I actually paired a black skirt, with some detailing on the bottom, over the dress to break up the boldness a bit and keep the whole look more basic and classic. I think a piece like this has a lot of loud details, from the print, to the low cut, to the sleeves. Therefore, toning it down a bit, made the whole ensemble more accessible to walking around and sitting in shows. It created a more casual vibe, which is what I was going for.

Moving to the shows, we saw Cirque de Soleil’s Zumanity, which I highly recommend. It’s an adult show (topless and lots of sexual references), so be cautious who you go with, but for couples it’s absolutely fantastic. The cast was talented, doing acrobatics, dance moves, and tricks that were incredibly impressive and difficult. But it was also a very humorous show, from cast members interaction with the audience, to the jokes on stage, to the general relatable demeanor of the main characters. My two favorite scenes (and I don’t want to reveal too much) include a bowl of water and two beautiful women, and a bathtub in which a threesome may or may not occur. I hope that at least has gotten you intrigued. I won’t say too much more.

The hotels of course speak for themselves, as each one has a different theme and are loaded with shopping and restaurants. We spent a lot of time in New York, New York, and even ended up at a club/bar called Coyote Ugly, of course mostly because of the name. The girls danced on the bar and sang along as expected. We also danced to Latin music at another bar in the hotel. Great song selection and the margaritas were just the right amount of strong. Speaking of margaritas, we found that one of the more fun ways to drink on the strip was to buy a large tube-like container of frozen margarita (w/ discounted refills!) and stroll around, taking in the lights and sounds. Some other hotel recommendations is of course The Bellagio for the beautiful architecture, high end shopping, and the fountain show; and The Cosmopolitian, which is one of the newer hotels and features very large replicas of shoes. This is a grab drinks with your girlfriends and fulfill your Sex and the City fantasy kind of place. The décor is very classy with beautiful purple accented lighting and tons of Instagram worthy spots for pictures.

Greg and I really needed a weekend away, and this was such a fun getaway. I kept the fashion to a minimum, while still wearing classic, go-with-everything chic pieces, and really focused on getting that Vegas experience. Here’s to the next trip!

-Masha

A Day (and Night) in Richmond, Virginia

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Over the Memorial Day weekend, Greg and I decided to go on a mini road trip down to Richmond and Virginia Beach. You know, get away from the city for some much needed R&R. I had never been father south than Suburban DC in Virginia, and wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but Richmond was just a lovely a way to spend a Saturday.

I’m a total history buff, and Richmond is absolutely loaded in that regard. It was the capital of the Confederacy, which is incredible considering its proximity to Washington D.C. You need to check out The American Civil War Museum, especially the White House of the Confederacy. The history comes alive in the tour of the Davis’ home during the city’s short-lived time as the capital, and it turns out, Varina Davis, the first lady of the Confederate White House, was a total badass. After, we walked along the James River, which was absolutely beautiful, we made sure to snap some photos in front of the scenic views. I wore a light blue, striped Ann Taylor romper (similar options here) and my new favorite Sam Edelman sandals. It was the perfect outfit to spend time outside on a very hot day.

Richmond feels like a small town and the downtown area is pretty quiet, but Greg and I stumbled into Shockoe Bottom, a neighborhood downtown that had a laid back (yet still ready to party) vibe. We went to Margarita’s Cantina for happy hour, and let me tell you, their $6 margaritas are delicious and strong. The mojitos are also seriously worth a try. Actually anything at that price, in that neighborhood, will do the trick and make sure to check out one of the nearby clubs after. On the recommendation of our fellow bar patrons, we went to Cha Chas, which turned out to be a great option for dancing on a warm night. We woke up with headaches the next morning, but most importantly, fun memories of a city we hope to be able to visit again soon.

-Masha

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