Hello Dolls,

as most of you are well aware, I am really into dressing up and being fashionable everywhere I go. Being fashionable doesn’t always have to mean being uncomfortable. I love being comfortable, and if I am able to pair the two – well it doesn’t get much better than that. Enter the maxi skirt. In my opinion, the maxi skirt is a must have for spring and summer. I love that I can wear wedges or heels if I want to, but I can also hide my flats if I am going to be doing a lot of walking. Skirts are so feminine and I am a super girly girl so I love to wear skirts. The outfit that I am wearing below I wore to a brunch. Unfortunately, the skirt that I am wearing is no longer available, so make sure to check out a selection of my favorite skirts below. I am loving all the variety of maxi skirts available this season from a variety of different designers. There is something for any look you are going for whether you are feeling casual, romantic, or sexy, there is a maxi skirt out there for you. Not all of them are going to hide your flats, but it’ll be totally worth it otherwise.

Let me know which one is your favorite.

Thank you for reading!

Masha


IMG_5686 Crop top: Groceries
Skirt: Michael Stars
Belt: ADA Collection
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff

Pleated

    Lookbook Store $33                                           Bebe $89                                            Urban Outfitters $69

Side Slit

MissGuided $50                      MissGuided $50                     Naked Wardrobe $36               Hot Miami Styles $29.99

Front Slit

MissGuided $50                                   Hot Miami Styles $39.99                                      Lulu’s $49

Printed

ASOS $68                                           Forever 21 $12.90

Fringe

Windsor Store $24.90                                        H&M $69.95

Summer Colors

Rachel Pally $198          Blaque Label $127            House of CB $106        Lookbook Store $33          Windsor Store $32.90

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!

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

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,

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,

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

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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,

How many of you are all done with your Christmas shopping? If you’re like me and wait till last min because you are either too busy or simply like to procrastinate, then here is my gift to you – A gift guide to kick you right back on track. I read a lot of gift guides, and its crazy how most of them don’t have any gifts I would ever actually buy no matter how desperate I am. I have no idea who picks those and “recommends” them, but I am here to give you something that will ease your mind. Everything that I am going to post is something I would give to someone or something I would love to get myself. I would never buy something for someone else that I wouldn’t also buy for myself.  Also, if you don’t have time to run to the mall, go online. The selection is even better online, and you don’t have to wait in line to pay. A lot of places have free shipping around the holidays as well. And if its December 24th and you still haven’t finished your shopping, then there is always gift cards!

Happy Shopping and thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to  follow me on Instagram for all my holiday looks.


Masha

CANDLES are a great gift, and who doesn’t love candles? My go to places for nice candles are: Z Gallerie, Henri Bendel, and Southmoonunder. Below are some of my favorites. The Vanilla bean candle from Henri Bendel is amazing! I have to give the credit to my sister for this one. She loves it so much that I bought it for her last year as a gift and figured I would get one for myself to see what its all about. I am now obsessed!

Henri Bendel Vanilla Bean Signature Candle $30 or 2 for $50
Henri Bendel Vanilla Bean Signature Candle $30 or 2 for $50
Z Gallerie Beaded Candles $12.49-$15.99
Z Gallerie Beaded Candles $12.49-$15.99
Missoni $88 + Free Shipping
Missoni $88 + Free Shipping

JEWELRY: Everyone loves jewelry. You can get really amazing  pieces at stores like H&M, Princee P. Jewelry, Francesca’s, and Southmoonunder. If you are looking for something faaaaancy try Nordstrom or Swarovski. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Princess P. Jewelry Chunky Necklace $28.99
Princess P. Jewelry Kim Bracelets $29.99 with Clavo Crystal Bangles $145
Princess P. Jewelry Kim Bracelets $29.99 with Clavo Crystal Bangles $145
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Oscar de la Renta Swarosvki Crystal Ring $250
H&M Bangle $7.95
H&M Bangle $7.95

MAKEUP: you can never go wrong with jewelry or makeup and a gift receipt just in case you got the wrong color. I usually shop at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Ulta, and Lorac. And this is the season of “gift with purchase” meaning not only do you feel good because you just found the perfect gift for your BFF, but you also got something for finding the perfect gift for your BFF!

If you know someone who does not own an Urban Decay Naked Palate, its your duty as their friend to get them one. I don’t know how anyone can survive without it.

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Urban Decay Naked Palate $54
M·A·C 'Keepsakes - Smoky Eyes' Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) $39.50
M·A·C ‘Keepsakes – Smoky Eyes’ Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) $39.50
Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Set $75
Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Set $75

I also love lip gloss gift sets because I like to put together gifts for my friends. I take apart these gift sets and then add individual glosses to gifts.

Smashbox 'On the Rocks' Be Legendary Lip Gloss Set  on sale for $14.00
Smashbox ‘On the Rocks’ Be Legendary Lip Gloss Set
on sale $14.00
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio On Sale: $43.20
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio On Sale: $43.20
Lorac Lip Lustre Duo On Sale $18
Lorac Lip Lustre Duo On Sale $18

ORNAMENTS: Are always really great additions to any gift. I love personalized ornaments. Nordstrom always has a great selection and usually every mall has a “Holiday” store where they can personalize ornaments. Sur La Table has very cute food related ornaments.

Sur La Table Latte Ornament $9.06
Sur La Table Latte Ornament $9.06
Pandora Dangle CHarm Ornament $60
Pandora Dangle Charm Ornament $60
Crystal Embellished Eiffel Tower Ornament $22.78
Crystal Embellished Eiffel Tower Ornament $22.78
Michael Aram Leafy Cross Ornament $49
Michael Aram Leafy Cross Ornament $49

FOR THE HOME: Z Gallerie is the best, they have a great selection of accessories like candles, candle holders, coasters, place mats, etc. I love this stardust tealight holder and these mirrored coasters.

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Stardust Tealight $39.95
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Gisele Coaster Set $19.95
Corksicle Air $24.95
Corksicle Air $24.95
C. Wonder Monogram Cheese board $28
C. Wonder Monogram Cheese board $28

PAJAMAS: After all we are going into the frozen tundra season unless you are one of the lucky ones that live in a warmer climate. My favorite PJs are Victorias Secret. I have a pair of flannel and satin ones. I love the flannel ones when its really cold and satin all the other times. Right now VS has free 2 day shipping on orders over $100 so you don’t even have to leave your house.

VS Satin Pajamas $59.50
VS Satin Pajamas $59.50
VS Flannel Pajamas $39.5
VS Flannel Pajamas $39.

HAT, SCARF, AND GLOVES: I mean it is winter after all.

Southmoonunder Evelyn K Faux Fur Solid Infinity Scarf $48.00
Southmoonunder Evelyn K Faux Fur Solid Infinity Scarf $48.00
Want My Look Glam Beanie  $22.99
Want My Look Glam Beanie $22.99
Fraas Metallic Loop Scarf On Sale $47.60
Fraas Metallic Loop Scarf
On Sale $47.60
AQUA Animal Print Scarf On Sale $54.60
AQUA Animal Print Scarf On Sale $54.60
Justin Gregory Metallic Foil Fingerless Gloves On Sale $21.99
Justin Gregory Metallic Foil Fingerless Gloves On Sale $21.99

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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,

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!

Masha

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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