LBD and denim jacket

Originally published on Urban Darling.

An LBD is an obvious wardrobe essential, easy to dress up or down, and one of my fave is this vintage silk jersey dress with a turquoise floral trim, lending it a Pucciesque vibe. A denim jacket is another piece no modern closet can go without. To glam it up, just add statement jewelry, in this case arabesque shoulder dusters and chunky oval link bracelet.

How do you like to style your fave LBD? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete
Jacket, Levi’s (similar here)
Dress, Vintage, (similar here)
Shoes, Stuart Weitzman, (similar here)
Bag, See by Chloe (similar here)
Earrings, Karl Lagerfeld,  Sasha Maks Vintage, contact
Bracelet, Sasha Maks Vintage, contact

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Flare jeans for spring

Originally published on Urban Darling.

I’m thrilled to see the flare come back in such a big way! I must confess, though the skinny jeans silhouette will remain my go-to, I have been looking to more fuller styles to round out my jeans and pants rotation. I was lucky to find this medium light wash pair at first try at H&M, and even the length was perfect! And now I can put all my cropped and shorter length top to work with this high-waisted pair. To give the 70s style jeans a sophisticated twist, I topped off the ensemble with a fitted double-breasted blazer and added a hefty braided necklace for instant accessory drama.

Will you be rocking these trend for spring and summer? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

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Blazer, H&M for Maison Martin Margiela
Jeans, H&M
Bag, Pollini
Shoes, Costume National
Necklace, Sasha Maks Vintage, contact

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Fashion Event and Trunk Show May 27th, 2015
Join Atelier Prélude, Livelovemoda, and Sasha maks vintage in partnership with Atelier Emmanuel
for a Spring Fashion Event + Trunk Show custom tailored for all fashion lovers.Wednesday, May 27th
Drake SF
508 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 9417
MINGLE and take pics with models showcasing the latest fashion and jewelry from our collections in swanky Drake SF lounge and bar
SHOP three highly curated collections to suit your spring and summer style whether sexy, chic, or playful
ENJOY goody bags from Beauty Company + Salon and Ziesche Modern Apothecary – all natural bath and body products made with love in San Francisco.
> Indulge your love for statement boho necklaces, graphic chokers, and chandelier earrings! Sasha Maks Vintage costume jewelry will mix and match with everything in your closet
> Atelier Prélude offers 100% natural bath, beauty & fashion essentials made in France
> Get your wardrobe vacation ready with trendy, affordable dresses in bold colors and prints from LiveLoveModaWe cannot wait to see you for a sartorially spectacular event!

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stripes on stripes dress and cardi

Originally published on  Urban Darling.

I was immediately drawn to this dress by it’s pattern and color, found in oft frequented vintage boutique in Oakland. The heavy silk feel luxe and indulgent. As you have probably often heard to pull off pattern on pattern the styling trick is to vary the scale of the print. And this formula works perfectly here, the long knit cardi coat, with shades of Missoni, is actually from another venerable, Italian brand, Krizia. I kept the palette in the red, orange, and brown family ( I know this look so autumnal, but very apropo for the chilling SF spring), accenting the dress with a large agate pendant necklace wrapped in gold tone wire.

For this look I collaborated with a new San Francisco designer consignment boutique, Closet 1951, owned by two passionate partners in fashion Ilona Rinenberg and Tania Rmijos, the retail veterans curate a selection of luxury and designer brands that’s on every fashionista’s wish list in their cozy shop in Cow Hollow. The patent leather Mary Janes and the Gucci bag come from their extensive collection.

How do you like to mix your prints? Please share in the comments below.
XO Sasha


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Dress, Vintage
Jacket, Vintage Krizia
Bag, Gucci c/o Closet 1951
Shoes, Prada c/o Closet 1951
Necklace, Sasha Maks Vintage, contact



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Sherri Ziesche: San Francisco’s Beauty Company #Girlboss

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Originally published on Urban Darling on May 23, 2014

“There’s 4000 sq ft of beauty going here”, Sherri Ziesche, states happily sitting in the vault of her light filled, airy beauty salon and store located on Polk St in a Russian Hill, a charming Russian Hill neighborhood, among trendy restaurants, French cafes,  and high-end boutiques.

As a small business owner myself, I wanted to find out more about Sherri’s path to making it as as a successful San Francisco Beauty Boss. For the past several years, as I have grown to know, Sherri, I was impressed by the growth of her business and inspired by her story. As typical in these success stories there in no magic involved, just a strong work ethic, a focused vision and the drive to create something of your own, and of course a strong network of of family and friends to lend support and belief in your vision.

The current incarnation of Beauty Company, launched in 2010,  is located in a former Bank of America, and the all white room with an impressive vault door, is often rented for pop-ups and trunk shows. The original Beauty Company opened in 2002, just a few blocks away, to offer beauty products both local and international, and several years later expanded with a space next door with four hair styling stations.Beauty Company, San Francisco

Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, Sherri recalls always being obsessed with nails, skin care, and make-up, and dreamed of having her own salon and product line. Starting in the late 80′s, she gained extensive experience in the beauty industry while working for Adrian Arpel at Macy’s and traveling with Cosmair throughout California as a make-up artist and esthetician. In the mid 90s, a stint as a dealer in high-limit and no-limit poker in the Bay Area  allowed her take extensive trips throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. During those travels, she frequented beauty salons and old-world apothecaries and was left to wonder why what was offered Stateside did not quite measure up.

In 2005 Sherri created the gender neutral Fabulous Five basic skin care collection. In 2012 she followed up with a soft launch of a bath & body line, Ziesche Modern Apothecary, sold exclusively at the Beauty Company. The collection of plant based natural products has already gained a strong following with Beauty Company’s clientele.Sherri Ziesche of Beauty Company and Ziesche Modern Apothecary

Currently working on a floral summer collection of the Ziesche line, Sherri, is proud of her business. She adores the neighborhood and thinks the city is unique in the ways communities are nourished. Her investment in her neighborhood runs deep, from being  an involved member of  the merchant’s association to Beauty Company’s commitment to local charities, among the closest to her heart are Oasis for Girls and St. Anthony’s.

What impressed me from Sherri’s journey the most is her entrepreneurial spirit (perhaps there’s a magic ingredient, after all, on the road to success), that led her to create the largest, locally owned and operated, ground floor brick and mortar beauty business. From a 500 sq ft beauty boutique, Sherri grew her business to a 4000 sq ft,  20 station, full service beauty destination, offering 100 + product lines, that was voted the best beauty supply store by SF Weekly in 2014.

Share you stories about the intelligent and vibrant women that you admire, and how they inspire you in your careers in the comments below.

Photography by J.Villarate Photography
Photo of Sherri Ziesche provided by Sherri Ziesche

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Plunge neck jumpsuit

 Have you ever wanted to try a new  daring trend and where not sure how to execute it? I think the trick to pulling of a revealing  garment is balancing it with sophistication. The deep V neckline of the jumpsuit is tempered by it’s sleek and masculine tailoring.  To top it off, I chose a chose an iconic piece that embodies style and elegance, a tweed collarless jacket ( and I love the leather trim detail!) from the one and only–Chanel.  In a nod to Chanel styling, I added a faux pearl necklace, and for drama around the face, large Robert Goossens (Chanel’s head jewelry designer in the 60s) leaf earrings. A handsome two-toned satchel and sexy wood platform peep-toes finish off the ensemble.
To shop the pieces in this post join us Wednesday, April 22nd, 5pm – 9pm at Closet 1951 for  a Spring Pop Up. RSVP here.

Is there a daring look you’ve wanted to pull off? Please comment below.
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Chanel
Jumpsuit: Halston Heritage
Bag: Reed Krakoff
Booties: Michel Perry
c/o Closet 1951

Earrings: Robert Goossens, Sasha Maks Vintage
Necklace: Givenchy, Sasha Maks Vintage

Photographed by Jennymay Vilarette





Sasha Maks Vintage trunk show at Closet 1951





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Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Pop Up

Join us for chic Spring Style Event
Hosted by Closet 1951!

Step into the new season with bold must-have vintage costume jewels by Dior, Kenneth Lane, and Givenchy.

Turn heads in luxe boho earrings, make an impression in a on-trend graphic choker.
Sasha Maks Vintage offers the perfect baubles for every occasion.

RSVP: here

Closet 1951
1951 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Discover one the best designer consignment boutiques in SF. Shop luxury and designer consignment by such brands as Chanel, Valentino, Gucci, Theory, DVF, and
Alice + Olivia.

Bubbly + bites

Join an Instagram contest at the event and win!

1.Follow Sasha Maks Vintage, Closet1951, Beauty Company and Ziesche Modern Apothecary on Instagram.
2.Take a picture at the event
3.Upload the picture using the hashtags #sashmaksvintage #closet1951 #beautycompanysf  #ziesche
4. We will review the entries and choose 3 winners based on originality and photo quality

Four winners will receive a 1hr Styled by Sasha Maks personal styling session (valued at $135), or $100 gift certificate from Closet 1951, or a month  of unlimited Airbrush Tanning from Beauty Company (valued at $170),  or a gift basket from Ziesche Modern Apothecary (Bath & Body wash, Lotion and Scrub valued at $70).


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Lace Maxi Dress and Moto

Originally published on Urban Darling

A maxi dress is a must-have for spring and summer! When I recently attended a blogger event at Moda Vive, I had the pleasure of discovering Les Lunes (whose French design team creates luxe basics in bamboo jersey in saturated colors), and the luck to win this dress in the Insta contest!  The collection is chic, comfortable, and expertly crafted. The jersey stretch fabric drapes beautifully, this is an elevated basic you need in your closet.

While the weather is still nippy, I’m going to wear my maxi with a moto, and echo the jacket’s tough-chic vibe with chunky buckled sandals. Find your own Les Lunes creation and enjoy 15% off  the Lingerie collection by using code, Exclusivite_Sasha_15, through next Thursday. I love contrast, and when I considered the soft drape of the dress with lace embellishment, I knew I wanted to contrast it with an edgier piece. How to do you like to style to style a maxi dress for spring? Please comment below.

XO Sasha


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Dress, c/o Les Lunes, here
Jacket, Zara
Bag, Scabby Robot, here
Shoes, Zara here
Kenneth Lane bracelet, contact

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Valentino boho dress
I’ve recently discovered a gem of a designer consignment boutique in Cow Hollow, Closet 1951. A good friend of mine has been telling me about it for awhile, and once I finally made my way to it, I was blown away by the stellar curated selection of high-end fashion! Owners Ilona and Tania will make your experience of finding a treasure from McQueen, Chanel, Jimmy Choo and I can go and on, or consigning a breeze. It’s like spending an afternoon with your best girlfriends who are funny, warm and most importantly fashion experts!

I was never indifferent to the boho trend, and seeing this one-shoulder Valentino creation in a riot of pleats in an all-over print abstracted flower print chiffon, I could not resist! For embellishment, I layered two 60s necklaces with glass white and pink beads.  And finished off with patent leather t-straps  and a little black bag by Chanel–naturellement!

Swing by the boutique and mention this post to receive 25% off everything through next Tuesday!
Stay tuned for more looks with my collab with Closet 1951 and join us April 22nd 5-9pm for a Sasha Maks Vintage trunk show.
XO Sasha

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Jewelry- Sasha Maks Vintage, contact

c/0 Closet 1951

Photographed by Jennymay Vilarette.

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Spring Trend: Military Inspired

In my final installment on my fave five trends for spring, I’m going to cover the military-inspired trend. Check out previous weeks posts on how to wear gingham, fringe, a polo shirt and culottes.

Seen on the Spring 2015 runways of at Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Yigal Azrouel, I have always admired this trend,( see how I styled my Uniqlo safari dress here and my military green trench here).
Who can resist the androgynous sex appeal of YSL muse Betty Catroux in a lace front khaki tunic (it was based on a uniform worn by the French army in the Algerian war) with thigh high boots and a wide, low-slung belt. And speaking of sex appeal, Verushka posing for Vogue Paris in 1968 wearing the  same tunic is iconic. But I digress, the best part of this trend, besides its’ impressive precedents, is it’s utilitarian chic appeal and versatility.

The look is streamlined and neutral and lends itself to luxe accessories. Glam up a safari dress with gold- tone extras. Wear cargo pants with a boho top  and pair an army jacket with a sweet chiffon dress.
What is your modern uniform for spring? Please comment below.

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