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Must-Have: Shearling For Spring

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High on my list of essentials is a shearling jacket. I’m always on the lookout for a vintage one, but so far the ones I have come across have been too bulky. So unless I’m willing to spend an arm and a leg, or go the faux shearling path, (this one from Topshop is a dream!), the way to go is consignment. And I spotted this luxe version by Mugler at my regular haunt, Closet 1951. And while it’s still the chilly part of spring, I think this is the perfect cozy and chic cove-up. I tempered the 70s vibe with a classic tapered trouser and this wool turtleneck in neutral tones.  I really like how the slouchy jacket (it’s a size too big, but I like it a bit oversized) contrasts with the proper trouser and and prim turtleneck.

For a pop of color that still coordinates with the rest of the look, I chose a color block Celine luggage tote, (talk about an investment piece!) The color blocking echoes the slingback bootie with its contrasting trim and red insole nicely.

For jewelry, I chose  a pendant daisy necklace by Trifari in Bakelite, usually the Bakelite jewelry you find is from the 30s and 40s, but this flower power necklace is from the 60s or 70s (it’s very reminiscent of the Lucite Lanvin geometric pendants from the same era). I added a pair of milky white earrings by YSL from the 80s. The opaque glass and the high cabochon design really make them stand out.

What’s your favorite outerwear for early spring?
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Mugler /Pants: Theory / Shoes: Dries Van Noten / Bag: Celine
All care of Closet 1951

Sweater: COS
Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Earrings:  YSL, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /  Rings: personal collection

Photography by  Jennymay Villarete

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SUMMER DRESS STYLE RECAP

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This summer in March weather has got me thinking about and planning my summer looks. There’s nothing easier then throwing on a dress, whether you’re going for a vintage statement maxi or a minimalist shirtdress. I’ve been reaching for my beanies, cozy sweaters, and a variety of coats for so long
that I wanted to take a look back to look at my faves past looks. My shopping go-tos are vintage, designer consignment, and fast fashion stores. I can’t wait to shed the layers and score some new killer dresses that make summer dressing so effortless!

What are you fave frocks to rock for summer?
XO Sasha

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Statement Maxi Dress: Coming Up Poppies

Black and white print statement dress
Bold in Black and White

Yelllow vintage maxi dress and cheetah print shoes

Mellow Yellow ’80s

White shirtdress and platform sneakers

LWD: Shirtdress + Platform Sneakers

Sheer dress and ballerina slippers
Into the {Sheer) Blue

Caftan 2
Caftan Chic with Les Mèchantes

chambray dress
Chambray’ n Gold
Valentino dress one-shoulder dress

Valentino Boho Luxe Spring

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90s Floral Meets 40s Denim

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Denim never goes out of style. As proven by this pre WWII French men’s factory uniform jacket. I’ve styled it before with a maxi taffeta skirt here and a slip dress by local designer Evgenia Lingerie here.  Here, I’ve put it together with a new vintage find I’m obsessed with, a 90s grunge floral print dress (picked up at my the very cool Wallflower). I love how long it is, (it has an up to there slit in the back, that I’ll to have to adjust if I want to wear in in the summer).

It’s still very chilly out, so I layered a cropped jacquard sweater that I picked up at COS, last time they had one of their big sales. Thank god for this affordable brand that stocks some the most minimalist, sculptural pieces that make my life so much easier! The cable knit hat is from there too, I get all my beanies there right now, and you’ve heard me rave about their sock selection (alas not available online). Do yourself a favor and sign up for their email list to get notified of sales in advance. The belt is from Cos as well, I tied and looped it in to define the waist.

Now for the accessories, I think the silver is ideal for this palette and vibe. I went with a sculptural 60s necklace attributed to Pauline Trigere, and  a statement bypass Mexican sterling cuff. Love how the pop against the blue-grey denim! The combat style boot are de rigueur here.
XO Sasha

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Jacket: vintage  / Sweater: COS / Dress: vintage / Boots: Rag & Bone / Hat: COS / Belt: COS
Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet:  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /  Rings: personal collection

Photography by Garry Alexander

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TEDDY COAT AND STATEMENT JEWELS

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The teddy coat trend is going strong! I first started paying attention when the bright colored, playful, faux fur coats from British brand Shrimps were showing up on street style stars all over. I was able to snag this cuddly full length topper in one in the most gorg midnight blue from the designer consignment boutique, you have heard me mention here regularly, Closet 1951. The icing on the cake was that the MSGM coat was new with tags prices at a third of the original. Even though coats is one thing I have in abundance, I was tempted not to let this one go, since the weather was ridiculous and this thicker coat would allow me not to rely on layers as much.

Another trend I have been eager to try is the fishnets under jeans. I like how they just peek out (depending on the amount of distressing) the vibe is a bit edgy, sexy, and insouciant. And on the practical note, the extra layer does help with staying warmer.

Since, I didn’t have to bundle up in all the layers, I chose a half Victorian half boho blouse that in my opinion goes with everything.  I paired an oversized oval necklace (actually a Victorian agate brooch that was converted to a pendant, originally it had a frilly gold border around, but it came off and the pendant became very sleek and modern),  with a faux ivory tusk or horn pendant from the 70s (a fave motif of mine). I love how the flatter oval contrasts with the three dimensional creme pendant (the trick is to make sure the lengths are staggered).
And if you’re on the hunt to update your ankle boots, why go with something basic? Rose gold heels look fresh and pair perfectly with neutral pieces
XO Sasha

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Teddy coat and statement jewels

Coat: MSGM / Top: H&M / Jeans: Zara / Boots: Alexander Wang / Hat: COS

Earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Agate necklace:  personal collection /Tusk necklace: here / Rings: personal collection

Photography by Garry Alexander

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HERO PIECES

Hero pieces: trench coat and denim dress

Talk about the hero pieces in your wardrobe, they are all here in one look.  All of these pieces will last for years to come and I will reach for them over and over. The wool trench coat, I picked up at sample sale at Chaiken, a local brand that designs classic clothes that caters to a professional woman’s wardrobe. The military green, the broad collar, the cinched waist all add up to A chic timeless look that I can throw over anything and look put together.

The denim dress is one of my best vintage finds lately, scored it at Wallflower in the Mission. It’s the perfect fit, the streamlined design is punctuated by an emphatic pointed 70s collar and the thicker denim is ideal for low temps. Layering a mock turtleneck under it for extra warmth ( I’ve been wearing a version of this tissue thin sweater practically under everything lately.)

The otk boots from Stuart Weitzman, I will never regret splurging on.  Actually these don’t go over my knee, but end at just about the middle of it. I thought they looked more elegant. I would still rock a boot that went higher, but these are more classic and won’t date as fast. One piece of advice I will give about this very trendy style is to make sure they are right for your proportions.  The boots should not be wearing you, I’ve seen so many examples where the boots are perfectly fine, but the wearer is drowning in them, because they are too big for their frame and height.

And now for the bag, the iconic Pashli I bought it at least a year ago, and it turns out I don’t wear it as much as I expected. I always liked big bags and needed them, but have grown weary of the weight, and now would rather leave a lot of stuff at home rather then lug it all around. But, one does need a good, roomy satchel or tote, and this one is so sturdy I don’t have to be too precious with it.

All the jewelry here is essential as well and can be worn just as easily in the spring and summer. Here they add a much needed dose of  bling to a dark palette. The crescent hoops, in sterling with gold overlay are chunky but not too large. The half-moon necklace and thick hammered cuff don’t get lost in all the layers of the look, dainty pieces are just not my jam. And I love how each piece has a texture to it that add to the visual dimension of the outfit.

What are you hero pieces? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

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Coat: Chaiken / Dress: vintage / Top: Cos / Boots: Stuart Weitzman / Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci

Sterling earring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Cuff: Barrera, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Necklace: Trifari, here / Rings: personal collection

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{HOW TO WEAR} A FRESH SPIN ON THE LBD

How to updated an LBD
I don’t need to sing the praises of the LBD to you. You know all the sartorial benefits of this wardrobe staple. I can however show you how to update a classic A-line dress you may have in the back of your closet, especially if it’s sleeveless and best suited for spring or summer.

While undoubtedly a classic, and infinitely versatile the little black dress can read a bit conservative. A few ways to add fresh spin to the sophisticated staple is to add striking accessories. A bold pair of earrings can do wonders for a look, and these runway sized dangly Lucite earrings add a dose of fun and cool. To keep the fantastic plastic theme going I added a pair of Lucite bangles sprinkled with rhinestones and a large flower ring. A top with sheer sleeves layered under the dress creates a two-tone effect and keeps me from freezing my booty off.

An exaggerated shoulder coat brings a masculine dimension. The extreme proportions call for an equally strong shoe.
The platform mary-janes just happen to have the coolest Lucite buckle that compliment the shoulder dusters perfectly. But the shoes needed one more touch, something insouciant and chic. Why not pair them with sheer black socks? I’ve been loving this trend for some time, and have been collecting cute socks from Cos. Sadly they are not available online, but I make sure to stock up each time I go to L.A.

What are you styling tricks for updating a classic? Please share in the comments.
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XO Sasha

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Coat: Vetements / Dress: c/0 Wear Mahsa / Top: Go Silk /
Shoes: Simone Rocha/ Boots: Alexander Wang

Lucite earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Pair of Lucite bracelets, here/ Lucite flower ring, personal collection

 

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️  You can never have too much love or too much jewelry. ❤️
xoxo Sasha
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{ELEVATED STAPLES} MILITARY CHIC + PATCH DENIM

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Which pieces do you reach for everyday to make dressing in the morning seamless? For me they include staples like a military inspired jacket, a pencil denim skirt, and a metallic cardigan. All three can be paired with just about any other piece in my wardrobe and are easily dressed up or down.

But the jacket and the skirt are hardly run-of-the-mill. A simple denim pencil skirt (love its playful 70s vibe) gets transformed in an abstract collage design. A generously cut wool jacket sports strappy details across the back (the metallic cardi plays off the masculine shape nicely). These unbasic wardrobe essentials deserve an equally elevated shoe. Rose gold cut out heels earn extra style points.

The military green and denim look calls for some bold bling. Throw in chunky round link bracelets in the mix and mismatched ear candy, (a gold-tone modernist chandelier contrasts with a sculptural wood earring). The more mismatched the rings the better, one way to make it work is to create a common thread with similar shapes and metals.

Which elevated staples do you rely on everyday?
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Tibi, c/o Le Point / Mock turtleneck: Cos / Cardigan: Opening Ceremony, c/o Le Point /
Skirt: Opening Ceremony, c/o Le Point / Boots: Alexander Wang

Wood earrings, personal collection / Gold-tone chandelier earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Silver-tone chunky bracelet, here / Silver-tone bangle, ontact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Gold-tone link bracelet, here / All rings, personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete


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VALENTINE’S TRUNK SHOW

Sasha Maks Vintage Valentine's Trunk Show
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DOUBLE UP: MOTO AND BLAZER

How to layer two jackets
If you’re tired of reaching for your basic neutral coat or puffer when it’s bitingly cold outside, try layering two lighter weight jackets to combat the chill.
One of easiest formulas is a fitted jacket topped off with an oversized one. And juxtaposing an edgier style with a more traditional one takes your layering game to the next level. A chenille turtleneck lends cozy texture and contrasts beautifully with the leather jacket. I have been a long time fan of culottes, and the wide leg style is super versatile, it really reads more like a skirt.

I’ve doubled up on necklaces here too. Mixing two similar chunky chains, one with tortoiseshell beads creates a single impactful statement piece.
To break up the neutral palette a pale pink structured bag delivers a happy shot of color. Chunky booties anchor the wide leg culottes and the heavy zipper echoes the hardware on the moto jacket.

What are you best layering tricks? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

P.S. For those of you live or work in the East Bay, please join me Tuesday, February 7, 6pm – 9pm for a Valentine Trunk Show at Apre Soleiin Walnut Creek pick out a unique jewelry gift for you loves and don’t forget to treat yourself.
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Blazer: Creatures of Comfort, c/o Le Point / Moto: Ganni / Sweater: Creatures of Comfort, c/o Le Point /
Culottes: Tibi / Boots: Alexander Wang / Bag: Creatures of Comfort, c/o Le Point

Wood earrings, personal collection / Gold-tone chunky chain necklace, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Gold-tone chunky chain necklace with amber drops, here / Gold-tone link bracelet, here / All rings, personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

 


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