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{POPPY} SLIP DRESS AND DENIM

Slip dress and denim jacket.

Here are few things that I love about this dress–the moody color with a poppy flower print, the deep V-back, the relaxed silhouette that gives this slip dress a flapper vibe, and for just a bit of icing on the cake it’s (almost vintage) Prada. And I can think of endless ways for styling it! I picked it up from a recent shopping trip in the Haight, where I scored another cool dress– a smocked 70s sunflower maxi, if you missed last week’s post, check it out here.

Of course there’s nothing cooler then denim. And this oversized vintage jacket only underscores the delicacy of the dress. I always like to balance feminine with masculine aspects in an outfit. And since I chose to wear derbies and a straw tote, I needed to glam things up with a pair of layered, regal rhinestone earrings.

And you come shop these beauties and so much more including  a selection of summer sale pieces, Thursday, July 26th at A Summer’s Night Shopping Event with Salt and Soul at Superga SF 5:30pm-7:30pm. RSVP now and we hope to see you there!
XO Sasha
Slip dress and denim jacket.Slip dress and denim jacket.Slip dress and denim jacket. Slip dress and denim jacket.Slip dress and denim jacket.

Denim jacket: vintage / Dress: almost vintage Prada / Bag: from Mexico City / Shoes: Uterque / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci

 Earrings and ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com 

Photography: Guseva Photo


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THE {STATEMENT} SUMMER MAXI

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To say that have been jonesing for gauzy, flowy summer dresses would be an understatement! And luckily I was able to pick up several at a couple of my fave vintage stores in the Haight like Relic and Static.  The only downside is  San Francisco’s faux summer. It’s not only in the low 60s, but the winds are unforgiving. But I’m undeterred! The solution when living in SF and the Bay Area is to layer.
The forest green longline cardigan is from Wear Mahsa, it’s chic and weighty and the perfect topper for my 70s smocked maxi dress. The first thing that drew me to the dress was the fantastic sunflower print! And of course the smocked bodice is another stand out feature. It really accentuates the torso and creates a cool optical effect with the oversized print.

Gorgeous earrings are guaranteed to elevate a casual summer maxi dress. I love the swirl pattern design it meshes perfectly with the floral print! You can shop these beauties online, and one of the best things about them they are practically weightless.
I’m also wearing a couple of new rings, a large stone ring  from Israel and a scarab (a beetle that’s a good luck symbol) faience ring most likely from Egypt. These are definitely staying in my personal collection!

This cool “lunch bag” is by French designer Marie Turnor, from Big Lives, that I won in an IG contest!!  The leather is so supple and I can see myself wearing it with everything.  And these rose gold flatforms from Zara, are still one of my best shoe buys. Who can resist the and sporty mash up?
XO Sasha

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Cardigan: contact Wear Mahsa / Dress: vintage / Bag: Marie Turnor, here /Shoes: Zara / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci, similar here

 Earrings: here /Rings: personal collection

Photography: Guseva Photo


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JUST ADD METALLICS

Moto jacket and chinos.
How  to elevate everyday wardrobe essentials like a moto jacket and and army green chinos? Just add metallic accents! I got these very pointy (leg elongating) mules on a whim, love metallics in general and since these where so comfortable, I could not pass them up!
These wide leg cropped chinos are ideal for summer and showing off a statement pair of mules. Instead of a cotton tee, I chose a velvet knit one, picked up from my last trip to Mexico City. White is hard to photograph and I know the details of the texture are a bit lost here. But the fabric definitely elevates the cotton chinos and contrasts well with the (vegan) leather moto.

Accessories are the most creative aspect of dressing and add most of the flavor. My last post featured a structured bamboo bag and here I’m sporting a min straw bag from the same store, Salt and Soul. I love the tiny size, sometimes you just don’t need to carry your whole life around with you. And the material just shouts summer.  San Francisco summers are notoriously cold and this bit of detail is one way to introduce a fun summer trend without freezing.
The silver oak sunglasses, also from Salt and Soul and so elegantly understated, and I love the ruffled design of the 90s earrings, they are imbued with an edgy femininity.
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Zara, similar here / Top: Maison Manila / Chinos: H&M /Bag: Salt & Soul, here /
Mules:  Marc Fisher, here / Sunglasses: Salt & Soul, here

 Earrings: here /Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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SUMMER COLOR

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I don’t wear color often, or at least bright saturated hues. But when I saw these suede slides, with an over-the-top bow design, I had to have them! They can in a pale pink as well, but this  vibrant, warm green grabbed my attention. If you’re like me and are not naturally drawn to wearing color, one easy way to introduce it to your wardrobe is just by rocking a bright accessory.

The vintage YSL jacket has probably faded over time, hence the burnt sienna shade doesn’t not compete with statement
green. I like to find subtle affinities between pieces, and the mesh shirt with vinyl stripes from local brand, Wear Mahsa, echoes the ribs of the bamboo bag from new San Francisco based e-boutique, Salt and Soul, stocked with perfect accessories that will keep you in chic casual style.

With strong accessories like these, I just needed one stand-out piece of jewelry. And nothing is easier and still super trendy then shoulder grazing earrings! Theses shell motif beauties (linked below), are ideal for summer. Can’t wait to wear them with a gauzy maxi dress!
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Vintage YSL / Shirt: Wear Mahsa, here / Jeans: Zara / Bag: Salt & Soul, here / Slides: Zara, here / Sunglasses: Prada

 Earrings: here /Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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SUMMER {BOHO} BLUES

Vintage boho dress and peep-toe boots.

Is there anything better then a soft, lightweight cotton boho dress in a subtle floral print?! I always feel lucky when I find these types of 60s Indian dresses and skirts.  These prints are classics! And what’s even better, they are not just reserved for vacays and brunches.

A more subdued print in a darker print can be styled easily for work. Just add a streamlined blazer in a similar color and a sandal boot. I have the same boot in an ankle version, but I think the knee length lends a more sophisticated vibe.

As much as I have always been a fan of oversized totes, I find myself reaching for more minimal versions. This Scabby Robot wallet on strap  (you can custom order it) has such a clean design and will fit the essentials, like a phone and money clip.

I didn’t want an over-the-top earring here, although a bohemian chandelier version would look amazing! Instead, I chose Lucite, black and white Op Art style drop earrings. They remind of Marni jewelry. These are from the 60s, and offer the perfect contrast to the vibrant print. The Lucite bracelets embellished with rhinestones  add a bit more drama, But their thin profile allows them to blend in effortlessly.
XO Sasha

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Blazer: Negarin London, similar here / Dress: vintage / Bag: Scabby Robot, here / Boots: Martha Davis / Sunglasses: Prada

 Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelets: here /Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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THE COOL {SHOULDER} SUMMER

One-shouder shirt and polka dot skirt.

I’ve been waiting to wear this shirt ever since I got it in Mexico City last October. Finally, the weather is just about right! There where so many great independent designers to discover in Mexico, this one-shoulder piece is from Angel Grave, check out his collection of modern and bold pieces.

I wanted to pair it with something just as fashion-forward if not in silhouette then in color and pattern. The skirt is from the Marni for H&M collab from 2012. I love its Mod vibe! I must be on a polka-dot streak, if you missed last week post, see how I style a very chic Dior blazer with a statement polka-dot collar. And I think the rose gold flatforms (as far as shoes, at least for me, Zara never disappoints!) add just the right touch of fun to the overall look.

My trusty vintage Courrèges duster (it’s a perfect blend of chic and sporty) is an ideal topper for just about everything during milder, but still  windy days during San Francisco summers. The A-line silhouette compliments just about any look.

With so many strong pieces, I just needed a little jewelry to finish off this look–Lucite ball drop earrings (I could wear these everyday!) from the 70s and a star, sun, and moon link bracelet.
XO Sasha
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Duster: vintage Courrèges / Shirt: Angel Grave / Skirt: Marni x H&M / Bag: vintage / Shoes: Zara / Sunglasses: Prada

 Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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{POLKA DOT} DIOR AND TEE

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It’s easy to elevate a jeans and a tee look! Just add a smart blazer, (polka dots lapels are a plus!) and finish off with a classic loafer and whimsical statement earrings.

I’m a big fan of the hero blazer, and this one is by Christian Dior with it’s elegant shawl lapels, is ideal for dressing down. The abstract portrait tee is of Luis Barragan picked up at his home and studio that is now a museum, Casa Luis Barragan ,in Mexico City last year. I loved my trip so much I’m thinking of going back again this summer. It will be worth it just to see the rest of the architect’s expressive Modernist projects. And of course all the mezcal tastings are a big draw!!!

As far as jeans for a look like this, choose a pair that reads more like trousers, so there are more in line with the formality of the blazer.

Oversized sun and moon earrings strike a a glam 80s vibe. An eclectic trio of bracelets adds complexity to a minimalist look.
The enamel high dome bracelet and the Anne Klein bead bracelet are sold, but the Keneth Lane goden bamboo hinged bangle is available here. It’s ideal for layering and will stand on its own.

XO Sasha

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Blazer: vintage Dior / T-Shirt: Casa Luis Barragan / Jeans: Vetements / Bag: Simona, similar clutch here / Shoes: Gucci, here / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci

 Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Enamel bracelet: sold / Bamboo bangle: Kenneth Lane, here / Bead bracelet, sold / Rings: personal collection


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DRESSED UP DENIM

Vintage denim jacket and satin pant.

Every woman needs one and there are so many iterations that you can pick on that’s just right for you! Yes, I’m talking about a denim jacket. It never really looks dated, after all, I’m wearing one here from pre-WWII that was a factory worker’s uniform. They are simple, versatile, classic and easy to dress up. The denim jacket has been a major runway trend for several seasons now. How next-level was off-the shoulder version at Demna Gvasalia’s first Balenciaga collection for Fall 2016?!

To infuse this ubiquitous piece with polish and elegance, I paired it with satin wide leg pants. The liquidy fabric contrasts beautifully with the rugged denim. To balance out the wide leg and chose a chunky bootie.

I thought some heftier jewelry was apropos here. The thick chain, (love the slightly bronzy gold cast to the plating!), is already sold, but I have a similar one I’ll be listing soon, or shoot me an email and I’ll send you pics. The star earrings are not my usual oversized affair. But who can resist the whimsy of the motif and with the chunky chain and wide ribbed cuff they offer just the right touch of more understated embellishment.
XO Sasha

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Denim jacket: vintage / Sweater: Cos / Pants: Cos / Bag: vintage Celine / Boots: Rag & Bone, here / Sunglasses: Prada

 Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet: personal colletion  / Rings: personal collection


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GOLD FOR DAY

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This look was styled around the gold metallic coated cotton skirt. If you have visited this blog in the past you know I’m partial to utilizing cocktail pieces during the day to stretch my wardrobe, see here and here. But this piece from my all time reliable shopping destination COS, is so utilitarian it was definitely designed for day wear. But these boundaries are merging, and while I can certainly dress this piece up even more, what draws me is that I can wear it completely casually, in fact once the weather allows I cannot wait to wear it with a white tee or event better a velvet white tee (the juxtaposition of textures will make things more interesting!) and chunky tread sole sandals.

I must say my next fave thing about this light gold piece is the wide elasticized waist band. It functions as a kind of self belt.  I tucked in an oversized Jil Sander dark grey button down into it, I think the color of this shirt is so moody and is a great contrast with the foil-like fabric of the skirt. The trench is a piece I reach for over and over and I inevitably recommend it to all my clients. It’s wardrobe hero piece that you can throw over a raw hem denim skirt or a cocktail dress.

The peep-toe knee boots are from local designer Martha Davis, I have an ankle version as well. It’s good to have a boot versatile enough for spring and summer! I was always attracted to their retro vibe.

The wallet-on-strap is by local brand Scabby Robot, I’d carry it alone or with a bigger bag. It’s so convenient to have easy access to you phone and credit card! The strap version is not listed yet, just shoot them an email to specify the style your prefer.

I wanted just a few key pieces of jewelry to complete this look. And of course gold was the way to go. The satin finish gold-tone drop 80s earrings have a sculptural quality, they make a statement, but don’t scream about it. And I’m obsessed with this pair of chunky chain bracelets! I think they are by Laura Biagiotti (a Rome based fashion label) and are from the 80s as well. I have a necklace with her tag on it and the chain style and plating are identical. They are best for a medium to large wrist (there’s no clasp). It’s definitely an 80s jewelry party here! The amethyst ring in a vermeil setting is from the same decade as well. I’m keeping it for now, but I have linked similar styles for you to shop.
xx Sasha
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Trench coat: Chaiken / Shirt: vintage Jil Sander / Skirt: Cos / Bag: Scabby Robot / Boots: Martha Davis/ vintage  Gucci

 Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com/ Amethyst ring: personal collection /
Pair of chain bracelets: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com


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ALL THAT VINTAGE | ROSS GARDEN TOUR THIS SATURDAY

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Wearing some of my fave pieces here that I have had for years and reach for on repeat. The 70s denim dress was a great find from Wallflower in the Mission (the 70s are their jam and they carry an in-store collection as well), it just fit  to a T and you can’t go wrong with a denim dress! I layered a mesh top underneath and I think the texture gives the dress a fresh and sexy vibe.

The weight and the long sleeve is actually ideal for San Francisco where we are live in perpetual fall/spring. I love the seaming in the front, the snap buttons and the curved breast pockets. Buying vintage clothes is a matter of luck, you have to be open to the possibilities of what you find, even if you don’t need a particular piece at that time.

Another excellent vintage find is this Krizia coat. I was instantly taken with is slim lines and subtly peaked shoulder. It works equally well with casual or dressy looks. It’s a very elegant vibe and a timeless silhouette.

The booties have been around the longest, I bought them at least 15 years ago at Gimme Shoes, cannot remember the brand and the name has long faded. I think the only reason they have survived this long is because I didn’t wear them for several years, they just became uncomfortable at one point. Then I rediscovered them and with frequent maintenance (the kitten heels invariably get caught in every crack on the sidewalk) they should last another 15 years.  Their perforated texture (perhaps mimicking ostrich?), the asymmetrical shaft and the kitten heel (that has come back in favor finally!) and the vaguely western vibe just make everything else look that much cooler.

The jewels here are a a trio of my most oft worn bracelets, the enamel and panther is 60s, the 70s torque sterling bracelet with a carnelian cabochon is from Italy, and the other torque bracelet is costume from the 80s. I think they mesh perfectly together, The gold-tone hollow tube earrings are a new find and I will be listing them soon (email info@sashamaksvintage.com to inquire), I like how they look like chubby layered hoops!
XO Sasha

P.S.
I’ll be one of the local vendors at the 20the Biennual Ross Garden Tour this Saturday (a fundraiser for the Fine Arts program at Ross schools). The gardens are breathtaking! I hope to see you there. Purchase tickets in advance here, and find our more about the event here.

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Coat: vintage Krizia / Dress: vintage/ Bag: Scabby Robot custom order / Boots: no label / Sunglasses: Prada

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, similar here / Bracelets: personal collection / Rings: personal collection

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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