Hello Dolls,

This past weekend one of my very close friend from college got married. It was a beautiful wedding in Connecticut and I am so happy my husband and I got to share the special day with the beautiful couple. Now that the wedding season is in full bloom I want to talk about how Rent the Runway is an amazing service for anyone who has weddings to attend this spring and summer. I love to dress up and I love fun and unique dresses, but I don’t usually like to re-wear them and I don’t like to clog up my already overflowing closet with things that I may never wear again. I also have to be in the mood for my outfit as I usually get tired of things, so Rent the Runway makes it so you don’t have to think twice about edgy and over the top styles. You can rent fabulous designer dresses for a fraction of what they would cost to purchase. I discovered rent the runway about 3 years ago and have used it for many events. I have been very happy with them and their service. The dresses have always come in good condition, and their customer service is great! Once they even shipped a dress to my hotel in New York City when I needed something last minute.

Renting is very easy, and it is like shopping on line. You enter in the date of your event and the size you are looking for and rent the runway narrows your search to the available dresses for the date needed. I recommend renting in advance because then you will have more dresses to choose from, but they have a huge inventory so even if you need something last minute its probably not going to be a problem. I have ordered a dress on a Monday for an event that was on a Thursday. They offer 2 rental options, a 4 day rental, and an 8 day rental. I have only used a 4 day rental because even if I was going out of town I’ve been able to ship my dresses back within 4 days. When you rent a dress you can order up to 2 sizes at no additional charge so you don’t have to stress about the dress not fitting. Also for an additional $32.50 you can rent a second dress in case you don’t like the first one. I recommend doing this because the dress usually comes in the night before your event, so just in case you first choice doesn’t work out you at least have a backup. You can also rent accessories like jewelry and handbags to complete your look. For all the brides out there they now have a bridal accessories rental section.

I recently joined their pro membership. For $29.95 I get free shipping and insurance for 1 year. Normally with an order there is a $9.95 shipping charge and a $10 insurance fee which covers you for any damage to the dress. If you are going to rent more than once in one year this is a great option to look into.

If you are ever in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, or Last Vegas they have Rent the Runway stores where you can rent from their inventory or order your rental to be shipped to the store and and try it on for free before committing to the rental. If your entire order arrives but does not fit, or if you don’t like it you can submit a return for fit claim and get your money refunded to you. I’ve done that once and got my money back right away with no questions asked.

If you are like me and you love fabulous dresses but know that you are probably not going to wear it again, then I highly recommend you try them out.

Below are 2 dresses I’ve rented recently.

Thank you for reading!

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Masha

Ellie and Kevin’s Wedding

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Dress: Marchesa Notte from Rent the Runway
Shoes: Jimmy Choo, this color no longer available but similar here and here
Clutch: Louis Vuitton, color was a limited edition similar here
Earrings: Rocksbox, use code mashagabriellaxoxo to get your first month free
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Share a Cause Casino Royal Event

My husband’s business, Classic Bakery, was one of the sponsors of this amazing event

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Dress: Halston Heritage from Rent the Runway
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Clutch: Louis Vuitton, color was a limited edition similar here
Cuff: SouthMoonUnder

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Hello Dolls,

This week, I want to share with you a dark side of me very few know about – I am talking about my clumsiness. I am seriously one of the clumsiest people around, and my latest story lives up to the hype. I typically run into various objects, trip over chairs and shoes, and usually, the only damage is a bruise here and there, but in this story, my shoe was the casualty. At my very good friend’s bridal shower, I managed to step into a floor vent and I completely destroyed the heel of my brand new Christian Louboutin shoe. You would think that nothing would happen to your shoes inside a house. It’s practically like wearing them around your own home, but since I am so famous for being clumsy, it wouldn’t have been right if I didn’t leave my mark. I had gotten this pair for Christmas and it was only my 3rd time wearing them. Surprisingly I thought, well it’s shoes, what am I going to do? But when I got home and assessed the damage, I was a little annoyed with myself. Thank God I remembered that I had seen a repair shop on the Christian Louboutin website called The Leather Spa in New York City. Conveniently, I had a trip planned to NYC the following weekend so I was able to drop off my shoe while there. Before I left, I e-mailed them a picture to make sure it was something they could fix, and they said no problem. They even said they would try to contact Christian Louboutin to see if they can get the same original leopard print material from the shoe to bring it back to life.

I wanted to share this with you all because I was so happy with the staff and service The Leather Spa provided me. They repaired it and shipped it back to me in less than 2 weeks, plus my shoe looks almost brand new! They also kept me updated through e-mail on the progress of my shoe. If you ever mess up one of your nice shoes, I highly recommend this place.

And of course, if you love the shoes they are still available at Neiman’s!

Thank you for reading!

Masha

The Damage

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All Better

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Can you even tell which shoe was the one that was repaired?

Hello Dolls,

It is finally FINALLY spring! We have waited a long time for this. This lovely warm weather also brings with it wedding and shower season. I love celebrating these amazing milestones with my beautiful girlfriends. I wanted to share some of my outfits from a few recent showers I attended. I was happy to pair a few new pieces with some of my timeless pieces. Also you can see how I pair up the same accessories with different looks.

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

Masha

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I have had this skirt and blazer for a few years now and I can’t tell you how many different events I’ve worn them too. The skirt is great because you can actually pull it up higher on your waist and make it into a shorter skirt……just saying 😉 BCBG hands down has the best blazers. I feel that some of their stuff is overpriced, but their blazers are worth it.

Blazer: BCBG similar here, here, here, here, here, and here
Shirt: Express similar here, here, and here
Skirt: BCBG similar here, here, here
Shoes: Aldo similar here, here, and here
Necklace: SouthMoonUnder

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I could live in pink and leopard. I love mixing prints especially if it involves leopard. As you can tell you really can’t have too much leopard, in my world it’s a neutral.

Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Windsor Store similar here
Scarf: SouthMoonUnder similar here, here, and here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin similar here
Clutch: Louis Vuitton, the color that I have was a limited edition
Bangles: Alex & Ani

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I love the copped top and long pencil skirt look, it is classy yet edgy and sexy which is how I would describe my style on most days.

Cropped top: SouthMoonUnder
Skirt: Zara – this skirt was one of my fall must haves and as you can tell I am still wearing it so it was definitely a good buy! Unfortunately it is no longer available, but similar here and here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Necklace: SouthMoonUnder
Bangles: Alex & Ani

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Hello Dolls,

My birthday is March 30th and for those who know me – I am the ultimate birthday girl. I treat my birthday as a national holiday. Last year, I turned 30 so I went to Dominican Republic and had a huge party at a winery in Virginia wine country. This year, I wanted something more intimate, so my husband planned a New York City adventure. Everything we did on the trip was a surprise which made it even more exciting because I love surprsies. We started of by driving up to New Jersey to see our sister, brother, and our little niece. On Saturday morning, we all headed into the city to begin the festivities. It was truly a blessing to celebrate my birthday with my niece, Noela, who I’m absolutely obsessed with. Seriously, she is the cutest baby in the world!

I chose a casual outfit for the day because we were walking around a lot and exploring. It was freezing so I had to bundle up a little. My UGG boots are the best at that!

For our nigh-time activities I wore a tulle skirt, because its my birthday and when else can you wear a tutu and get away with it??? I love this skirt because it’s long and doesn’t look like something you bought at the ballet store.

Overall my birthday was amazing. I loved spending the day with my husband and my family exploring NYC.

Thanks for reading!

Masha

Day Outfit

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Jacket: Mackage, check out my previous post for lost of spring leather jackets
Scarf: Burberry
Sweater: SouthMoonUnder currently on sale
Belt: Hermes
Jeans: Joe’s Jeans also available here
Purse: Louis Vuitton
Boots: UGG Australia

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Night Outfit

Obvi I wore a tutu on my birthday

IMG_4816Bodysuit: Nasty Gal
Tulle Skirt: Windsor Store
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff
Necklace (close up below): Rocksbox, use code mashagabriellaxoxo to get your 1st month free

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Dinner at Jean-George’s ABC Cocina

Hello Dolls,

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because I have a few amazing things in the works, so stay tuned ;).

My husband hosted a car meet at his bakery, Classic Bakery, and I wanted to dress the part. I knew I had to involve leather of some sort. What’s better than my new river island faux leather jacket from ASOS? I was so excited that I finally got to wear it because I am absolutely in love with this jacket, and it is perfect for early spring! It’s fitted, which for me is a must. It has gold zippers, tufting, and an amazing faux fur collar – what else can you ask for in a leather jacket? The one that I got available here is almost sold out in all the normal sizes, but it’s available in other colors here and here. It runs a tiny bit small, so be careful, mine is a US size 4. Check out the end of this post, I added a few alternative leather jackets for spring. Click on the images to go directly to where to buy them.

Thanks for reading!

Masha

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Jacket: ASOS
Top: Express similar here, here, and here
Jeans: True Religion similar here and love these
Belt: Hermes
Boots: Tory Burch similar here

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ASOS $117
ASOS $117
Want My Look $44.99
Want My Look $44.99
Bebe $149
Bebe $149
Topshop $95
Topshop $95
House of CB $138
House of CB $138

Hello Dolls,

I was pleasantly surprised to be recently invited to try out Rocksbox. Rocksbox is a premium jewelry subscription box where you create an account to become a Shine Insider. Shine Insider gives you unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry. You may return your Rocksbox pieces anytime and as often as you like. Every set has 3 pieces of designer jewelry, worth an average of $200 per set. You also have the option to keep ones you like. When you log into you account, you can create a wishlist if there are specific items that you would like to get. They have an Instagram page where you can comment #wishlist on items that you would like to add to your wishlist. Honestly, I haven’t been this excited about anything since my best friend told me about Birchbox. For all of us busy ladies who don’t have endless hours to shop, this is literally perfection. What can beat new fun jewelry arriving at your door every month? I hate wearing the same jewelery over and over again, so this fits perfectly into my lifestyle. I can get new pieces every month, and if I really love them, I can keep them. Haven’t you ever bought a ring or a necklace wore it a few times and then just kinda got tired of it? Or those statement pieces that once you’ve worn it a few times you can’t keep wearing or it looks like that’s the only jewelry you have – well Rocksbox solves all those problems. I actually like the element of surprise when I don’t know what gems I am going to discover when I open the box. Its like opening a present on Christmas or your birthday.

I loved my first Rocksbox and wore all the jewlery already, even ended up buying the earrings that they sent because I needed gold dangley earrings. And guess what, I have an exclusive discount code for my readers to use if you want to try it out for FREE for a month. Use code mashagabriellaxoxo to get your first month free and 50% off your second month. Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing my next Rocksbox with you dolls as soon as it arrives.

Thank you for reading!

Masha

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Shirt: H&M
Jeans: 7 for all Mankind similar here
Belt: Hermes
Shoes: BCBG
Necklace: Vanessa Mooney from Rocksbox
Ring: Perry Street from Rocksbox
Purse: Louis Vuitton

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Hello Dolls,

Hope you all survived this crazy snow – unless of course you are some place sunny and warm at which point i’m super jealous! Today, I want to tell you about an amazing blazer I recently purchased. I love, love, LOVE sequins, so when I was shopping for an outfit to wear to my beast friends 30th birthday, I spotted a sequined blazer I had to get. I actually had no intention of wearing it to the party until it arrived at my house! This was my first purchase from House of CB and I am very impressed! The quality of the blazer is exceptional which is important especially when it comes to sequins. You never want a cheap sequin piece mainly because there comes a point when there are no more sequins left. The color is a midnight blue/black hybrid, but it still adds a pop to an all black outfit and you can clearly see the contrast. The satin on the lapels give it the tuxedo look making it a definite statement piece and must have! And guess what, the blazer is on sale, so grab one before they’re all gone!

Thank you for reading!

Masha

IMG_4049_2 Blazer: House of CB
Corset Crop Top: Bebe this exact one is no longer available but similar here, and here, here
High waisted Legging: Guess
Shoes: BCBG
Necklace and Ring: SouthMoonUnderIMG_4054 IMG_4060

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Hair and makeup by Me If you want details leave a comment at the bottom of this post

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Hello Dolls,

I don’t know how I ever survived without a pair of over the knee boots. I feel that they are a wardrobe staple, and if you don’t have a pair – well you better go out and get one. I love them in all shapes and sizes: flat for casual looks, heeled for a night out, wedges that are comfortable, and even peep toe to wear all year round!

 I have an amazing pair of boots that I got from Shoe Dazzle. They are wedges so they are super comfortable and they keep me really warm in this weather. I’ve worn them a few times this season and I can’t seem to get enough!

It is actually really hard to find the right pair of boots, so as promised, here are my favorites along with an outfit I recently wore with mine.

Thank you for reading!

Masha

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Belt: SouthMoonUnder
Skirt: Willow & Clay, sold out a few days ago 😦 similar here, here, and here
Boots: Shoedazzle

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free people
Jeffrey Campbell + Free People $288
Schutz Pennia Boot $280
Schutz Pennia $280
Charles David Persona Boot $180
Charles David Persona $180
Nina Originals 'Allure' Over The Knee Boot $199
Nina Originals Allure $199
Jessica Simpson 'Valentia' Over the Knee Platform Boot $279
Jessica Simpson Valentia $279
Marciano Patricia Boot $231
Marciano Patricia $231
Stuart Weitzman Highland Boot $798
Stuart Weitzman Highland $798
Rachel Zoe Luna Boot $448
Rachel Zoe Luna $448
Grafton Over the Knee Boot $248
Seychelles Grafton $248

Hello Dolls,

When it’s cold outside and you can’t seem to stay inside on a Friday night, what do you do? You pull out your favorite over the knee boots, pair them with a vegan leather skirt, and top it all off with a faux fur coat to keep you warm and fabulous! At least that is what I did this past weekend. We went out for a friends birthday in 10 degree weather, and guess what, I was nice and toasty! I actually started out the night wearing tights under the skirt and then had to take them off because I was getting a little too warm.

Because I am so obsessed with over the knee boots, and because I love all of my readers so much, in my next post, I’ll be listing a range of the latest over the knee boots with links to purchase online!  I personally think I’m in need of another pair, so I may join in on the spree 😉

Thank you for reading!

Masha

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Bodysuit: Bebe, still available
Skirt: French Connection old similar herehere, and here
Boots: Shoedazzle, similar here check back in a few days for more
Necklace: ArdenB similar here
Cuff: a gift 😉
Coat (below): Bebe old, see my favorites at the end of the post

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check my Instagram @MashaGabriella for my makeup details

Mango $64.99
Mango $64.99
Topshop $84.98
Topshop $84.98
Milly $525
Milly $525
Nasty Gal $138
Nasty Gal $138
Forever 21 $44.90
Forever 21 $44.90
Asos $156
Asos $156
Unreal Fur $391
Unreal Fur $391
Forever 21 $59.8
Forever 21 $59.80
Forever 21 $56.52
Forever 21 $56.52
Nasty Gal $89.60
Nasty Gal $89.60

Hello Dolls,

According to Pantone, the color of 2015 is: Marsala. Lucky for me, I am already obsessed with this color and have been wearing it for a few years! It’s a wonderful, rich color, and you can work it into your wardrobe pretty easily as a statement piece or as an accessory. It is also the color of wine….just saying 😉

I’ll write a post later on dedicated to the color, but today, I want to talk about my favorite marsala pants! I got these pants at SouthMoonUnder on black Friday – yep, 20% off! So imagine my excitement when pantone announced that marsala would be the color of 2015! Not only are these pants the most amazing color, but they are super comfortable! They look like jeans, but feel like leggings, so you can dress them up or down. Definitely one of my best buys of the season so hurry up before they are all gone.

Thank you for reading!

Masha

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Shirt: Olivaceous from SouthMoonUnder old, similar here, herehere, and here
Vest: Zara old, similar here and here
Pants: Joe’s Jeans mid rise legging in black cherry on sale here and  here, similar here and here
Shoes: Donald J Pliner similar here, and here
Purse: Louis Vuitton

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