While my devotion to the skinny jeans has been formidable, lately I’ve been jonesing to expand my denim style palette. And I’ve added the boyfriend, and the high rise flares to my rotation. Recently,  I was fortunate to find two pairs of 9os Levi’s. They cinch me at near my true waist and have a slouchy fit from the hip down. Similar in fit to the mom style jeans all over street style blogs, these jeans have a wider leg.

Whatever the nomenclature–brother jean or high-rise boyfriend–it’s a much called for break from the tyranny of the sleek, hug-every-curve skinnies. Instead of  overemphasizing your bum, these styles will let you rediscover your waist, and lend an insouciant charm in their slouchy appeal. Check out my picks below and get ready for refresh your jeans wardrobe.

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Summer Dresses: 6 Essential Styles

What I love about summer is the ease of dressing, and one of the most chic ways to achieve it is by throwing on a dress. I’ve chosen six styles that will have all your sartorial trends covered during the warmer temps–the minimalist shirt dress, the gypset maxi, the 90s inspired slip dress, the retro shift, the sophisticated denim dress, and the effortless LWD (the little white dress). And by changing out a few accessories these versatile frocks will take you from day-to-night.

With so many different styles on offer you’re bound to find the perfect one, or two this summer!
Shop my picks below and share your favorite summer dress styles in the comments.
XO Sasha

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While I love a large satchel, hobo or tote bag,  that offers the opportunity to haul your entire life around and be prepared for anything, the weight does get cumbersome, and I have the shoulder pain to prove it.

That’s why I’ve been delighted to see the mini bag trend going strong. The scaled down versions of our favorite bags offer the opportunity to assess what’s really essential to take with you. Do I need 3 lipsticks and 2 glosses? Probably not.  That’s why I’m embracing the mini bag trend and editing the contents of my bag without mercy. From buckets to satchels to flap bags, there’s a style for every taste. See my fave chic picks for spring below.

XO Sasha

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Gingham pantsOriginally published on Urban Darling.

I’ve been on the look out for a gingham print piece, see my post on Spring Trend: How to Wear Gigham here,  expecting to find a vintage dress or top, but as luck would have it, spotted the perfect slim cropped pants at Zara.

A vintage embroidered Moroccan top and a enamel bead necklace with an intricate gold pattern add visual depth to the simple black and white palette. An off-white, straight cut blazer with leather lapels adds adds polish to the casual print.
Tasseled loafers and a drum shaped bag complete the retro chic vibe.

Are you ready to sport the retro-chic gingham trend for spring and summer?
XO Sasha

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete

Blazer, Vince (similar here) / Top, Vintage (similar here) / Pants, Zara here (similar here) / Shoes, Zara (similar here) / Bag, Vintage (similar here ) / Necklace, Vintage, Sasha Maks Vintage, contact

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LBD and denim jacket

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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

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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

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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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