Hello Dolls,

I cannot believe its already fall! Where has the summer gone? I’m not a big fan of the fall because all I can think about is that winter is coming and winters in the mid-atlantic are brutal. The only bright side of fall is fashion week — and of course boots, jackets, scarves, comfy sweaters, cuddling by the fireplace and hot cocoa ;). So ladies, without further adieu, it’s time to put away all your sun dresses, bathing suits, and flip flops and get out your jeans, boots, and scarves! To kick-start the fall spirit, I am going to share my favorite denim looks because recently I am seeing denim everywhere!  This season, there really is something for everyone. My favorite look is the high wasted flair with a crop top or tucked in blouse. I recently tried on this fabulous pair of Blank NYC jeans at SouthMoonUnder that I think I am going to have to go back and get. They are currently 20% off so don’t miss out!

Thank you for reading!

Masha

Top: Forvever 21 similar here and here love this one and this one
Jeans: True Religion no longer available except for on eBay 
Shoes: Tory Burch similar here

Top: Forever 21
Blazer: H&M similar here, here, and  love this one
Jeans: Rag & Bone Thrasher
Belt: Hermes
Shoes: Guess similar here

Top: Nordstrom Rack
Jeans: Rock & Republic – these are at least 6 years old, but I love them and can’t get rid of them!
Shoes: Tory Burch similar here

SKINNY

#1 MissGuided $50
#2 True Religion Moto Legging $198 – True Religion is one of my favorite jean brands and their new collection is everything!

FLARED

#1 Paige Denim $239 – this color is to die!       #2 True Religion $199       #3 Blank NYC $98

DISTRESSED

#1 Rag & Bone Thrasher $295 – these are probably one of my favorite jeans that I have ever bought I just love them! If you are going to go for ripped might as well go all out!
#2 Whitefox Boutique $64.96 AUD

Hello Dolls,

Wow it’s been a while! July was a crazy month! My hubby and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary and went on a fabulous trip to Greece. Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin because it was truly the most amazing trip we have ever taken. We went to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. Our trip was definitely the trip of a lifetime. We were very lucky that our friends were in Greece at the same time and gave us a VIP experience. I think I am going to have to split this up into a few posts because we did so much and I want to tell you all about it!

Our fist stop was Athens for a day and a half before we left for Mykonos. I have always heard wonderful things about Mykonos and was so excited to experience it especially because we were there with friends. Now I have been to a lot of crazy places in my life in Europe and in the US., but let me tell you, Mykonos is a different world! The beach parties are out of control, the food is beyond words, the music, the restaurants, the shopping, the nightlife is all best of the best, and the atmosphere is perfection! The Greeks have their party schedule down. In Vegas, the problem is that the day parties are amazing, but the last time we went, we all fell asleep after Drai’s and woke up at 11 p.m. and at that point it was too late to get ready to go back out. In Mykonos, everyone goes to dinner around 1 a.m, and then the night begins. You sleep on the beach the next day until you do it all over again because the beach parties don’t start until around 7 p.m..

Make sure to bring a lot of flats with you because the roads are really bad so at night, unless you want to break your legs, most girls wear sandals. I hated the idea at first because I practically live in my heels, but I have to say I have never been more comfortable in my life. It is such a good feeling when at the end of the night you are still dancing and your feet don’t feel like you are walking on nails. Also, there are no taxis (they have about 25 on the entire island) so be prepared to walk home unless you have super amazing friends that will drive you home. If all else fails you can rent a car, a 4-wheeler, or a scooter if you want to brave the mountainous roads. They are especially fun if you are going home at 5 a.m. along with everyone else who has been out all night. We were lucky that our friends recommended we find a hotel in Mykonos Town or close to it, which we did.

We stayed at the luxurious, Ostraco Suites, too bad we didn’t spend very much time at the hotel because we were out most of the time. We never even made it to the breakfast they have by the pool every morning. The island is absolutely beautiful and the views are spectacular. It feels very surreal when you are at a beach party overlooking the Aegean sea and mountains with the sunset in the background.

Thank you for reading!

Masha

Now for the outfits…

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Top: BSB, from a boutique in Athens
Shorts: 7 For All Mankind
Sandals: Balmain similar here
Sunglasses: Gucci similar here

Dinner at Interni

IMG_6931Top: Abbeline, no longer available in this color, in black here, similar here
Shorts: Tracy Evans similar here, here, and here
Sandals: Steve Madden

Nammos – the place that invented Champagne Showers and dancing on tables

If you visit Mykonos and don’t go to Nammos you didn’t really go to Mykonos!

IMG_6982Top: Garage similar here and here
Shorts: Blank NYC
Sandals: Balmain similar here
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples

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Bikini: Beach Bunny Swimwear

Sunset at Scorpios

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Bonbonniere

Croptop: Groceries
Pants: Abbeline
Necklace: SouthMoonUnder

IMG_0314Shawl – actually I think its a sarong: Mara Hoffman this one came in my Summer Box of Style from The Zoe Report

Hello Dolls,

I cannot believe it’s already July and I have not talked about sunglasses! I love love love sunglasses! I never leave the house without a pair, and I even throw on a pair in the winter when it’s not that sunny. I think sunglasses are like shoes, you can’t leave home without them. I also think it’s important to match your sunnies with what you are wearing which is why I have a nice collection that I have compiled over the years. I am very picky with my sunglasses and I’m sure you all know that not all sunglasses look good on everyone so when I get a new pair I get really excited. This past January, I got a pair of these Dita ones that I wore on 4th of July in the picture below. Actually, my husband bought them for himself and I stole them because I loved them so much. Before these, I think I hadn’t found sunglasses that I really liked in over 2 years. I am very happy with the Dita brand because unlike most sunglass brands, Dita actually designs and makes their own sunglasses and these particular ones have 18 karat gold hardware ;). When you pick up a pair of Dita’s and see the quality and craftsmanship that they put into each pair, you will quickly realize not all sunglasses are equal.

As always, I am going to include a few pairs of my favorite sunglasses that I have seen out there for all you shopaholics out there.

Thank you for reading!

Masha

IMG_6550 Top: Alternative Earth
Shorts: Charlotte Russe, old similar here, here, here, and here
Belt: Hermes in fire orange
Wedges: Tory Burch, similar here
Sunglasses: Dita Victoire, only available on eBay 
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Le Specs $79
Le Specs $79
Tom Ford $380
Tom Ford $380
Tom Ford $320
Tom Ford $320
Valentino $326
Valentino $326
Oliver Peoples $325
Oliver Peoples $325
Oliver People $365
Oliver Peoples $365
Dita $700
Dita $700
Ray Ban $170
Ray Ban $170
Chloe $346
Chloe $346

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Hello Dolls,

This past weekend was my niece’s Christening! Most of you know how obsessed I am with her. I fell in love with Noela the moment she was born and words cannot describe how much happiness this little princess has brought into my life – she is truly a blessing. My husband and I are very honored to be Noela’s Godparents. For the christening, my sister in law asked us, the family, to all wear white. It was such a great idea! We have only gotten a sneak peak at the pictures, but what we have seen so far looks gorgeous! My niece wore a custom made white lace dress with crystals, seriously you would melt looking at her because she looked so freaking cute!!! She looked like a little Angel and Princess all in one.

As for me: there are a lot of beautiful white dresses out there, but not all are Church appropriate. I wanted to find something that was a little above my knees so not too short. I didn’t want sleeves because the church gets hot, but I didn’t want it too open on the top either again because I wanted to be Church appropriate. I was so excited when I came across a white Milly sheath dress at a boutique in Georgetown. I had to get it altered a little bit because it was a little loose in my waist, but it turned perfect! The dress that I got is a vintage, but I posted some of the other dresses I considered for the occasion at the bottom of this post. Feel free to e-mail me at Masha@MashaGabriella.com if you are looking for something specific and I’ll help you find it!

Thank you for reading!

Masha 
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Dress: Milly, vintage for similars scroll down to the bottom of the post
Shoes: Valentino, exact pair available here, similar here, here, and here

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Here are some of the other dresses I considered:

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Lulu's $42
Lulu’s $42
Lulu's $44
Lulu’s $44
Lulu's $44
Lulu’s $44
Cameo $176
Cameo $176
BB Dakota $91
BB Dakota $91
Aidan Mattox $245
Aidan Mattox $245
Tadashi Shoji $328
Tadashi Shoji $328
Tularosa $95
Tularosa $95
Diane von Furstenberg $348
Diane von Furstenberg $348

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,

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

IMG_3854 Croptop: Free People
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,

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.