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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

Cropped Sweater

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,

On the weekend before Thanksgiving, we were invited to my BFF’s housewarming party. Yeorgia and her husband, Adrian, purchased their beautiful new home, and had a small group of friends over to celebrate. I didn’t get a chance to post it earlier because Thanksgiving week was so crazy! We had so much fun at their house that I had to write about it even though I’m a little late. Their house is adorable, the food was delicious, and the company was perfection as always. Yeorgia and I went to college together, so we have been friends for over 10 years. I must say its quite satisfying witnessing each other build families with loved ones.

I chose to wear my favorite black skinny pants with leopard & leather because clearly I can’t get enough of it. Swear to God I did not plan these posts back to back like this. I didn’t even realize it until I started writing about my outfit. Oh, and I also wore my lovely rock & republic booties from Kohl’s!

Thanks for reading!

Masha

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Jacket: Mackage similar: here and here and love this one
Top: Olivaceous get it at Southmoonunder also love this one
Pants: J Brand similar here and here also love these
Booties: Rock&Republic on sale at Kohl’s also love these, these and obsessed with these
Jewlery: Custom made “Masha” necklace and Origami Owl locket

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This was the best idea: Yeorgia and Adrian had a painting that they asked all of their guests to add to. This is my husband painting a wedding cake.

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The Girls:

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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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Hello Dolls,

It is definitely jacket weather here in Washington, DC, and the best part of this weather is layering pieces. One of the best layering pieces is a leather jacket! You can dress it down with jeans and pumps or dress it up with a miniskirt and boots. A black leather jacket is a wardrobe staple, but if you already have a black one, maybe this is the time to venture out to a different color. So here are my top 7 faux leather jacket for this season.


Masha

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Cusp by Neiman Marcus Peplum Asymmetric-Zip Faux-Leather Jacket, Wine

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BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket

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Hello Dolls,

As the days get shorter and the sunshine limited,  I decided to throwback to my favorite weekend this summer. I love to travel and experience new things, but somehow every year my husband and I end up in LA, Miami, Las Vegas, or all of the above. We recently discovered south of France, but given the distance, a weekend trip to Monaco wouldn’t suffice. When we got the idea to surprise our cousin, Ninelia, for her birthday in Las Vegas, there really wasn’t much thought. I don’t think I can ever describe the craziness that happens when Nini and I get together, our times together are always unforgettable. Put us together, and no matter where we are there is sure to be some crazyness. So me + Nini + Vegas seemed like perfection. We stayed at the Aria, which is one of my favorites. It was my second time there, and I love the location, its in the middle of everything and its connected to the Shops at Crystals and the Cosmopolitan,

We got there on Friday morning so we could be there before Nini and Vic got in from LA. I was so excited for them to get there, I couldn’t sit still because Nin really had no idea we were coming. When they finally checked in and got to their room, Areen and I, with our bouquet of pink balloons, knocked on their door and the crazies began when Nin opened the door with a reaction I will never forget.

We spent our first night having dinner at Nobu and resting up for the next day. I’ve been to the one at the Atlantis in the Bahamas and the one in Miami, but this was my first time at the one in Vegas, and as always, I was not disappointed.

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Croptop: Edgelook, Boca Raton (similar 1, 2, 3)
Skirt: Under Skies Vegan Leather (similar: 1, 2)
Belt: Belgolux (similar: 1, 2, 3)
Shoes: Aldo
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Saturday was when it all really began. We want to Drai’s Beach Club and pretty much turned the place upside down. I don’t think there was any other table there that was having nearly as much fun as we were. When I said we turned the place upside down, I meant we literally turned everything upside down, everything at our table. The ice, the soda water, the lemons, the limes, the orange juice….all got dumped on someones head. Everyone around us was just staring at us wishing they were having that much fun. Unfortunately, Drai’s did not feel the same way so they asked us to leave because we were making a “mess”. We decided to continue our party in the limo on the way back to the hotel.

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Swimsuit: Beach Bunny Swimwear as seen in Sports Illustrated
Bodychain: Etsy
Shorts: Charlotte Russe (similar: 1, 2)
Sunglasses: Gucci

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Areen and I decided to stay in Vegas for one more night because that weekend was also our 4th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by going to the High Roller Ferris Wheel and then having dinner at the Eifel Tower restaurant at Paris. I was surprised at how beautiful the view was, it overlooked the fountains at the Bellagio, so it was a perfect romantic dinner to celebrate our anniversary and a perfect end to a perfect weekend.


Masha

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Outfit: Necessary Clothing (similar: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar 1, 2)
Clutch: Louis Vuitton
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Hello Dolls,

This weekend, I went to visit my sister and baby niece, Noela, in New Jersey. She is so adorable, and I can’t get enough of her. She’s only two weeks old, so I was excited to be there to witness her very first ride in the new stroller. We took her to Edgewater where you can see spectacular views of the NY skyline. We got very lucky with amazing clear skies, and the visibility was perfect. It was a little windy, but perfect for an October stroll. To me, Fall is all about layering. I love jackets, chunky sweaters, and of course ponchos, like the one I am wearing here. It is so comfortable and not as bulky as say a leather jacket.

And guess what! I just purchased all of this stuff, so if you love it, you can get it too from the links below!

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Poncho: Kersima from Southmoonunder (comes in solid or striped)
Leggings: Lyssee from Southmoonunder
Top: Tee from Nordstrom Rack
Purse: Louis Vuitton
Flats: DSW
Sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli

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photocredit: my beautiful sister, Leana

Hello Dolls,

This weekend, we celebrated my husband’s best friend’s birthday. Friday night, we had a casual evening at Top Golf in Alexandria, VA.  It was quite a fun experience, especially since they had pink golf balls – it made it even more exciting for me ;).

I went with a casual look: sweater, skinny pants, and my favorite flat boots. When I first saw the fringe on this sweater, I knew it belonged in my closet. I just recently picked it up, so if you happen to love too, follow the link below the picture. After all, I had to be comfortable if I was going to beat everyone at miniature golf. I think we stopped keeping score after the third hole because we were too busy laughing at our outstanding golfing skills.

Check back tomorrow for my Saturday look details 😉

Masha

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Sweater: Blank NYC from Southmoon Under
Pants: J Brand (similar: 1, 2, 3)
Boots: Steve Madden

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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

IMG_0534Blazer: H&M (similar)
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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