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

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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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Bahamas

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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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