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

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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,

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

Jamaica

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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.

IMG_2851I finally had a Cortadito! Can’t believe I’ve been going to Miami for over 10 years and I just tried one of these.

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

Shopping

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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,

Yesterday my husband and I were invited to model in the Brimble & Clark fashion show at the Green Cup Polo Match at the Capitol Polo Club. It was an amazing event and we were very honored to be a part of it. I will have to dedicate a separate post to the fashion show itself because it was amazing, but I am waiting for the professional pictures of the event. For now, I will just share the outfit that I wore outside of my modeling. How can anyone ever pass up a chance to wear a fabulous hat? I procrastinated a little on looking for one, so when I couldn’t find anything I went to etsy.com and had a hat rush delivered. I chose to accessorized with pearls and simple diamond studs to make my outfit even more polo chic. Washington, DC is conservative to begin with, so the look I was going for was sophisticated, classy, and chic.


Masha

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Dress: Zara
Hat: Etsy
Purse: Louis Vuiton
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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HUBBY STYLE:
Suit: Custom made by Brimble&Clark
Shirt: Hugo Boss
Tie: Armani Collezioni
Belt: Hermes

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