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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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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Hello Dolls,

I hope you enjoyed my post last week about my adventures in Miami. This week, I am going to tell you all about our adventures  in the Caribbean. After Miami, my husband and I went on a cruise with our family for my father in law’s 60th birthday. It was an Armenian Heritage Cruise on MSC Divina exploring the Western Caribbean. The best part of the cruise was that our baby niece got to join us for the trip! The ship itself was not nearly as impressive as I’ve experienced in the past, and I wouldn’t recommend it as a top choice. We have cruised with Royal Caribbean multiple times, and the food and service is much better. On MSC, the food totally sucked. I mean this with a heavy emphasis on “sucked.” Choices were not plentiful, and what was available was extremely sub par. The ship itself was not designed very well and was really confusing to get around, and there was not very much to do on board. Once i got beyond the poor quality food and terrible boat layout, I was able to enjoy the 80+ degree weather and Caribbean atmosphere. The ports of call were Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

For our second wedding anniversary, my husband and I went on a Mediterranean Cruise which was absolutely amazing. One thing we learned on there was that getting excursions through the ship is not always the best idea. It’s usually better to explore on your own and book excursions while off the ship with the locals. This strategy actually backfired while we were in Jamaica. We got off the ship with my sister and brother in law, so excited to go to the beach because we had all heard about these beautiful Jamaican beaches. First of all: the port itself was a mess!!! They had buses instead of cabs that would take groups to different locations. There was an extremely disorganized system of random people directing people to buses without even asking where it was they wanted to go. It was almost like we were being shipped off to camps. We began by asking the locals to go to the best beach! They took us to Doctor’s Cay in Montego Bay which looked more like Ocean City, MD rather than the beautiful Caribbean you’re used to seeing. If Doctor’s Cay is their best beach, I am definitely never going to Jamaica ever again!

For our second port of call, we were scheduled to stop in Grand Cayman. After the horrific experience in Jamaica, we quickly lowered our standards quite a bit. Grand Cayman was everything Jamaica wasn’t – beautiful scenery and a widely developed city blanketed with amazing shopping, beautiful beach houses, and amazing restaurants – this was more like it! My husband and I rented a scooter and drove all around the island exploring amazing beaches and local neighborhoods. Grand Cayman is a very beautiful and clean island with a lot to see and do. We spent some time on seven mile beach with our sister, brother, and our niece and this beach is definitely what you would expect from a beach in the caribbean. I can’t wait to come back to the Caymans and spend more time there. I kinda wish we had stayed there the whole time!

On the third day we stopped in Cozumel, Mexico. I always love visiting Mexico, and you can never go wrong with Mexico as long as you avoid the cartel controlled areas! We rented a scooter again, but it started to rain so we turned around, went back to the city, and ate. We did some research and located this hole in the wall place that was famous for their burritos. I can tell you that the burritos we had at this spot were by far the best in the world, and I still dream about it! Seriously, if you are ever in Cozumel go to Burritos Gorditos, I promise you will not be disappointed. Before it started raining we saw a little bit of the beaches and they were gorgeous as well, so this is another island I wouldn’t mind coming back to.

Our last stop was Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. It was totally a filler stop because it is a private island owned by Norwegian Cruise Line and it is basically a corporate run man-made tourist stop. That’s how much MSC sucks, they don’t even own their own island and have to stop at someone else’s! I don’t want to complain about a beach because it was beautiful, but there was nothing else to do. Unfortunately the food on the island is brought on and prepared by the cruise ship that your are on, which really wasn’t great for us since MSC food sucked! I liked this island because it was pretty and it was relaxing, but I would have preferred Nassau and the Atlantis.

Thank you for reading!

Masha

Here are my favorite outfits from the cruise:

Formal Night

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Dress: Jaide Clothing, no longer available 😦 sexy alternatives in a similar color:  here, here, and here

Purse: Louis Vuitton

Shoes: Scene Miami

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Top: Necessary Clothing, NYC similar here

Shorts: True Religion Disco Jess old similar here, here, and here

Sandals: Melissa

Bikini: Beach Bunny

Sunglasses: Gucci

Flash Tattoos, my new obsession

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Grand Cayman

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Bikini: Beach Bunny

Shorts: Charlotte Russe similar here, here, and here

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Sunglasses on me: Oliver Peoples on him: Dita

White Party

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Top: Forever 21

Belt: Hermes

Jeans: True Religion

Necklace: SouthMoonUnder

Hoops: H&M

Cozumel

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The Burrito

Armenian Party

It was a nightly occurrence so this is one of them

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Top: Forever 21 Skirt: Jaide Clothing not available and similar ones are hard to find, but a few maxis that i love here, here, and here

Belt: SouthMoonUnder

Shoes: Scene Miami

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Hello Dolls,

I recently came back from an absolutely fabulous vacation to Miami and the Caribbean. It was so nice just to get out of the frozen tundra that I have been stuck in for the past 2 months. Miami is probably my husbands and I’s favorite city. Every time we go, we have an amazing time. We love the beach, the shopping, the restaurants, and the nightlife. This was our first trip with just the two of us. In the past we have gone with friends, so it was nice to just spend some quality time together. In the past when my husband used to go he would stay at Fountainbleu, so this time we decided to try one of the newer resorts, so we opted for the SLS. The hotel was built just a few years ago and is the old Ritz Plaza hotel which was gutted and redone. It actually still has the original Ritz Plaza sign and has kept the Miami Art Deco feel as you will typically find in South Beach. I definitely recommend the hotel if you’re looking for a posh and trendy atmosphere, and the service was impeccable. I typically love staying on Collins in south beach since it is walking distance to the restaurants and shopping, but far enough from the craziness on Ocean Drive. We did the usual: went to the beach, the pool, shopping, and went out to dinners.

My favorite place to shop is Lincoln Road even though some of my favorite one-of-a-kind stores, like Follies and Astoria, are no longer there. I usually don’t leave disappointed. Also, Bal Harbour is normally the mall that I would go to, but this time we decided to check out the Miami Design District because the Hermes store moved there and I absolutely had to go there. The Design District is not as gorgeous as Bal Harbour and I didn’t see quiet as many Bentleys and Birkins, but all the top brands are there like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Christian Louboutin, etc. Uber in Miami is super cheap and it was a short Uber ride from SLS.

We had breakfast every morning at the outdoor restaurant at SLS. For lunch on Thursday we went to La Sandwicherie because my husband is obsessed. On Friday we went to Sushi Samba, it was good, but the one in Las Vegas is better. For dinner we went to our favorite restaurant in the world…..Prime One Twelve. The food there is heavenly and it’s fun to stargaze, but be prepared to wait to be seated even if you have a reservation. Friday night we went to Villa Azur and were a little disappointed! The food was nothing compared to Prime One Twelve, but then again can you really compare anything to Prime One Twelve? Also they seated us at one of those tables where the neighboring table is about 5 inches away and we hated it. The service felt like they were trying to get us in and out, all of our food came out a little too quickly for it to be made to order. I do have to say the place is gorgeous, so if you are ever in Miami stop by Villa Azur, have some drinks, take some pictures, and then go eat somewhere else.

This is a long post with lots of pictures thank you for reading!

E-mail me if you have any questions Masha@MashaGabriella.com and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @MashaGabriella

Masha

And now for my outfits…….

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My travel outfit I like to be cute and comfy, and yes I changed into sandals and lighter jacket at the airport
Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmeid – seriously more comfortable than some of my leggings. This color is no longer available but here is a similar pair
Tank: Victoria’s Secret
Jacket: Oldie but goodie, my mother in law gave this to me a few years ago
Bag: Louis Vuitton, this crossbody is perfect for trips and for going shopping. I was going to Miami and the Caribbean and was not planning on carrying a lot of stuff around with me on the islands.

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First stop: The Beach

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Swimsuit: Beach Bunny Girl on Fire, not available at the moment, similar here

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Prime One Twelve

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Top: Necessary Clothing, no longer available 😦 similar: here, here, and here. Mine is part of a skirt and top piece similar: here and here
Skirt: WantMyLook, the black one is sold out but the grey one just went on sale. Also similar here, leather version here
Belt: Bebe similar here, here, and splurge here
Necklace: SouthMoonUnder
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Appetizers: Escargot and Kobe Sliders
Dinner: Filet Mignon for me Chicken and Waffles for him, Lobster mac & cheese to share
Desert: Fried Oreos

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Pants: Abbeline other colors still available at SouthMoonUnder similar: here
Crop top: Groceries other colors still available at SouthMoonUnder similar: here and here
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples
Sandals: Vince Camuto similar: here and splurge here

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Villa Azur

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Bodysuit: WantMyLook
Skirt: Vintage Dolce & Gabbana – I don’t know if there is anything out there quiet like this skirt. Somewhat similar here and here
Belt: SouthMoonUnder
Shoes: Christian Louboutin – these are still available at Neiman Marcus
Clutch: Saint Laurent

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Necklace: ArdenB, actually got this one last time I was in Miami – similar: here
On the lips: MAC mineralize rich lipstick in Good Taste and lip pencil in Magenta – this is the first MAC lipstick that does not dry out my lips

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Love him ❤

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Hello Dolls,

I started this post to share my Christmas eve outfit because I wore my favorite copped sweater. I then thought to myself, why don’t I dedicate this post to exactly that: my cropped sweater obsession? The cropped sweater is a must have for every wardrobe this season. You can style it with a high waisted skirt, high waisted pant, or over a loose blouse with leggings or a skirt. It’s a great piece to dress up or down and keep you cozy all winter long. I love bulky sweaters as well, but feel that the cropped sweater is more flattering and gives you a more polished look. Here are a few of my favorite cropped sweater looks followed by some sweater picks. The first looks is one that I wore on Christmas eve which I also wore at work. As you can see, you can wear it with boots or pumps. Yes ladies, occasionally I do wear outfits more than once, how un-fashionista of me, but if I love something, I definitely wear it again.

Thanks for reading!

Masha

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Sweater: H&M not available online, but see similar ones at the end of the post
Skirt: Ann Taylor sold out, similar here
Boots: old similar here and here

Cropped Sweater and Skirt

Sweater: H&M not available online, but see similar ones at the end of the post
Skirt: Ann Taylor sold out, similar here
Shoes: Steve Madden similar here and here
Necklace: Origami Owl

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Sweater: H&M not available online, but see similar ones at the end of the post
Blouse: Nordstrom Rack
Leggings: Lysse get them here
Boots: Tory Burch no longer available, similar herehere and love these

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Sweater & Blouse: Forever 21
Jeans: Joe’s Jeans get them here
Boots: UGG Australia
Necklace: Origami Owl

Here are my cropped sweater picks. Click on the picture to buy it:

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Hello Dolls,

Last week I shared my top 7 leather jackets for this season, so let me share with you one of my favorite leather jackets from my closet. My husband and I went on a Mediterranean cruise 2 years ago to celebrate our anniversary, and it was one of our most amazing vacations. One of the stops we made was Rome. We had both been to Rome with our families when we were younger, so we decided why try to rush around to see sites when we can just go shopping. For someone like me, surrounding myself with Italian fashion is probably more exciting anyway. We walked down Via Del Corso because along the way we were still able to stop at the major monuments like Venetian Gate, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. When I spotted this pink leather jacket I was beyond excited because it really was perfection. I am pretty picky with clothes in general, and nice leather jackets are hard to find so if you spot a gem like this, don’t leave the store without it. This jacket was probably one of the best purchases I made on that trip.

This look was for a casual day of shopping, so I styled my jacket with jeans, a scarf, and flats. You can never go wrong with leopard and leather!

Thanks for reading!


Masha

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Jacket: from Rome, Italy but love this one, this one, and this one
Scarf: Southmoonunder similar here, here and also love this one
Jeans: True Religion similar here and here
Flats: Bakers

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IMG_0860.JPGHello Dolls,

I have been a little behind on my posts, but I have some amazing news. God has truly blessed our family with the most precious gift, and I am now a proud auntie to the most beautiful baby girl. Over the last few days I have been a little busy soaking in the excitement, and have been spending every minute of my time watching her first few days of life.

Last week, I spent an afternoon in Annapolis, MD with my husband. He and my father in law own one of the premier bakeries in the Washington DC area called Classic Bakery. We made the trip to deliver a wedding cake, so we figured we would take advantage of our time there to walk around and enjoy some delicious Maryland blue crab. We went to Phillips for dinner, and since this was kind of an impromptu trip, I stuck to some comfy fall basics.

Denim is so in this season! I was in love with this shirt when my sister gave it to me, and immediately I knew It was the perfect fall top for a casual day out. Paired with what I believe are the makers of the best leggings in the business, Lululemon. Originally they came out with their first variant and had issues with the transparency, but since they have reworked the material so they are now nice and thick which cover your under garment extremely well!

My Steve Madden boots that I’m wearing are one of my favorites. I actually bought them for a Halloween costume when I was Lara Croft, and never did I think that I was going to get this much wear out of them. I’m not big into flats, and actually didn’t own flats until I met my husband, but these boots are amazing and are my go to when I am feeling casual ;). Plus, boots are one of my favorite accessories for fall!

What is your favorite fall accessory?


Masha

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Shirt: Forever 21 a gift from my sister (similar: 1, 2, 3)
Leggings: Lululemon wunder under pant
Boots: Steve Madden (similar: 1, 2, 3)
Bag: Marc Jacobs (similar: 1)
Sunglasses: Gucci

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Hello Dolls,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so whether you are a survivor, you know a survivor, or you’ve lost someone to the disease, it’s very likely that you have some sort of connection to this horrible disease. Breast cancer awareness month is close to my heart because my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor. As part of the BCA campaign, many companies have released products where they are donating a potion or all of the proceeds to a breast cancer foundation. So why not shop for an amazing and powerful cause and help fight this disease!

Here are some of my favorite products that all have charitable ties. For more products check out the Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. And of course if you are not in a shopping mood, you can always donate to one of the many wonderful Breast Cancer foundations.


Masha

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Aerie Bright Pink Charley Bra  $29.95 – 100% of the proceeds go to the Bright Pink Foundation.

Joe’s Jeans Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf $78 – 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this super soft scarf go to FORCE.

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise $20 – $5 from your purchase of this lip gloss will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® This lip gloss is the best!

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection $60 – When you purchase this gorgeous limited edition set, Bobbi Brown will donate $12 of every sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection $29.50 – For each purchase of the Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection, Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. August 2014 – June 2015.

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Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Breast Cancer Awareness Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+  $38 – $10.00 from this purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Clinique Pink with a Purpose Long Last Lipstick $16 – $3.00 from this purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

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LA MER The Hand Treatment $45 – For every purchase of this limited-edition Hand Treatment, La Mer will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Aveda limited-edition hand relief™ moisturizing creme with calming shampure™ aroma $26 – $4 from this purchase goes to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Suki ultra-protect™ body balm $27.95 – all proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Action® for the month of October.

Jane Iredale Smell the Rose Hydration Spray $29 – 100% of profits from the sales of Smell the Roses Hydration Spray are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

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Tweezerman Precision Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Slant Tweezer $22 – $2 goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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ONEHOPE California Chardonay  $19 – Half of the proceeds will benefit The Gateway for Cancer Research

Seattle Chocolate Extreme Dark Truffle Bar $3.50 – Delicious! All-natural ingredients with a smooth melt away center. 100% of net profits go to fight women’s breast cancers.

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Ebb & Flow Candle in Plumeria $32 or Diffuser $46 – 20% of the proceeds go to the Bright Pink Foundation

Antica Farmacista Home Ambiance Diffuser $66 – Antica Farmacista will donate all proceeds from the sale of this item to Gilda’s Club.

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Stella & Dot Bracelet  $39 – 100% of net proceeds through October benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation.

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Hello Dolls,

I cannot believe fall is here so soon! To celebrate the turning of the season, I present to you my first fall outfit! Given my Russian roots, it’s quite ironic how much I absolutely can’t stand cold weather, but I do love being able to pull out my jackets, boots, ponchos, and all the fun fall layering pieces!

When I put this outfit together, I was feeling casual and edgy.  I wanted my outfit to match my new car – so I went with this blazer that I snagged from H&M in LA the last time I was there. I particularly love this piece because it can be dressed up or down. The faux leather on the sleeves is everything. I am not usually crazy about graphic tees, but I couldn’t pass this one up for obvious reasons. If you are looking for a casual yet trendy outfit, you can never go wrong with dark jeans and a blazer. The jeans: True Religion, is probably my top 2 favorite brand of jeans, they fit amazing and these are incredibly comfortable.  I had a very busy day with a checklist of errands, so I decided to go with a pair of my super comfy Vince Camuto sandals, otherwise, I would have loved to wear boots or pumps.


Masha

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Shirt: Necessary Clothing, NYC
Jeans: True Religion (similar 1, 2)
Sandals: Vince Camuto (similar 1, 2)
Sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli
Bangles: Vince Camuto
Photo credit @Yui Gosak

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Oh, and yes, I got a new car because my old one was totaled when a lady plowed through it while it was parked in my office lot, then proceeded to drive 25 feet into the office building. Yep, that was quite the day, nothing like looking out your office window and seeing your car smashed into a tree. Thank God no one was hurt!

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Bye bye Benzie. Even though it was just a car, this was my wedding present from my husband, and I’ve had a lot of wonderful memories with this car!

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And this is the car that hit me…

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