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I CANT’ QUIT YOU: TURTLENECK + SLIP DRESS

Moto and slip dress.

I’m back to my old styling tricks! While for waiting for summer to hit San Francisco, (it will be a long wait, lol!), I’ll be rocking my fave pairing of slip dress and tissue thin turtleneck. The winds have been brutal the last couple of weeks and while in my head I’m wearing gauzy Indian summer maxis dresses in reality this true and tried outfit formula will have to do.

And what’s better then getting the most of your wardrobe (my number one goal!) then coming up with looks that are versatile and marry seemingly out of context pieces.

Of course a trusty oversized moto jacket is always handy for that devil-may-care edge. And how about those ice cube beaded fringe earrings? I think they are just right for the super chunky platform Mary Janes with a decorative Lucite buckle. I think is easier to pull off bolder accessories when the palette is understated.

XO Sasha

Moto and slip dress. Moto and slip dress.Moto and slip dress.Moto and slip dress.Moto and slip dress. Moto and slip dress.

 Jacket: Acne Studios, here, similar here / Sweater: Cos, similar here and here / Dress: vintage, similar here and here, and here /

Bag: here, similar here  / Shoes: Simone Rocha, here, similar here and here and similar here / Sunglasses: Prada, similar here and here

Earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Carved jade ring,contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / other rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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IN THE MOOD FOR LILAC

Lilac sweater and light wash jeans.

I cannot wait to break out the gauzy cotton boho tops I got on my last trip to Oaxaca  and vintage maxi dresses I’ve been picking up while looking for covetable vintage jewels once it warms up! But for now I’ll have to rely on a punch of color to hint at sunnier days to come (lilac is at the top of my list!). This cropped sweater is ideal for high-waisted rise jeans. And the light wash denim is going to pair perfectly with tissue thin vintage tees.

Speaking of Oaxaca, this gorg oversized tote is from there. Found it a fab boutique that specializes in hand-dyed fabrics. And I love how the casual tie dye contrasts with the heavy wool coat.

I just needed some classic jewelry pieces here. The knot Givenchy earrings are timeless and sophisticated, the 80s vermeil chain from Italy is beautifully detailed with granulation.
XO Sasha

Lilac sweater and light wash jeans. Lilac sweater and light wash jeans. Lilac sweater and light wash jeans. Lilac sweater and light wash jeans.

Lilac sweater and light wash jeans.

 Coat: vintage, similar here / Sweater: ASTR the Label, here / Jeans: Frame Denim, similar here / Bag: from Oaxaca, similar here  / Boots: Alexander Wang, here and similar here / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci, similar here

Vermeil sterling necklace contact sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Earrings: Givenchy, here / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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THROW ON A PONCHO

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I went to Oaxaca, Mexico last October and the best thing I got was this cozy poncho! Well, of course there where a few more amazing pieces I picked that I cannot wait to break out once the weather is less frigid. This poncho is sold by the the famous Casa Oaxcaca restaurant in Oaxaca, Mexico (with may dining choices in town, this one merits numerous visits!). Their custom is to lend diners a poncho while sitting on the terrace in the evenings. They proved so popular they began to offer them for sale. You can find similar ones in the shops but theirs is lined and has a cute logo.

I also like how streamlined this piece is! I like volume, but sometimes less is more when dealing with knits. Wearing an extra chunky V-neck sweater underneath, I didn’t want to add more bulk. I kept the look tonal, again to maintain a more elongating silhouette.

Nothing else will do for this look but an extra chunky elaborate hoop in an antiqued silver metal finish. The lunch bag clutch is casual and luxe in buttery leather.
XO Sasha

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Poncho:  Casa Oaxaca / Sweater: Cos / Jeans: Zara / Bag: Marie Turnor / Boots: Martha Davis

Hoops: sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo


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{VINTAGE) COAT WEATHER

Winter coat and otk boots.

One  thing my wardrobe is not really missing is the array of outwear (although I’m still looking for the ideal camel coat!). And I prefer to find this category by buying vintage. For two very good reasons. The price points are much better as well as the quality of what you can find. It doesn’t have to be a collectible designer name either! This classic coat is a newer find. And it’s  a current fave! I love the long line, the classic silhouette, and the color that sits somewhere between dark grey and blue.

It’s a warm, heavy piece and thus affords the ability to forgo too many layers (but I do rely on some Heatech camisoles.). Another good vintage piece is this navy dress (that I’ve had forever) with a Gumps label. It’s an elegant, simple cut in a subtly pleated fabric, and easy to style dressed up or more casual.

And I love a good thigh high boot! In this particularly bone chilling weather they really come through as much needed layer that also packs plenty of attitude.

I’ve styled this monochromatic look with two longer necklaces. You may have noticed that I prefer my chains chunky! But I love how slender chain (sterling, from Italy) compliments the heftier piece.
XO SASHA

Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots.

Coat: vintage/ Dress: vintage I.Magnin  / Bag: vintage Celine  / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff/

Chunky chain necklace contact sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Chain necklace: personal collection / Earrings: K.J.L / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo


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BOMBER MEETS RUFFLES

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

This look captures one of my most practiced outfit formulas–take a masculine piece, in this case a new bomber (how good are the wool  sleeves?!) and add a lingerie inspired skirt (one of my fave finds from a recent trip to Oaxaca) and you get a balanced look with pieces from the opposite sides of the spectrum.

The delicate ruffles will be ideal with a wispy cami on a hot summer day, but why wait for another six months to rock a sweet piece like that, when it can be paired unexpectedly with a utilitarian nylon bomber? And the otk boots are ideal here, as they serve a most necessary layer under a featherweight skirt in the biting SF winter.

I’m also not reserving this vintage, rhinestone adorned clasp evening bag for night time soirees only (I made sure my iPhone fits before snapping it up!). The more you can make all your pieces work for you all year round and all hours of they day the better!

And don’t save those OTT earrings either. NYE parties may have come and gone but that glitzy vibe can be yours all year round day and night. Just remember to temper something overtly feminine with something masculine.
XO Sasha

Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt.

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

 

Jacket: Rag & Bone / Sweater: Cos / Skirt: Dosa, here / Bag: vintage  / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff

Earrings: St. John, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Sapphire rhinestone ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ch. Dior ring: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography Editing: Guseva Photo


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JUST A BLAZER AND JEANS

Camel blazer and jeans.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone celebrated in their ideal fashion. I unfortunately was under the weather, but not as a bad as last year when I struggled to get over  a cold for a month. But Russian New Year is still ahead (January 14th) and I will make up for it then!

I have many exciting things in store for the new year. Hence you may not here from as often for a little while. One of them involves a home improvement project that will be challenging  for someone who spends a lot of time working from home. The other big project (that has hit a few snags) will be setting up a new website and blog. It will be hard, but so worth it and I’m dreading it and feeling excited about all the changes to come!

I wanted to start the first post of 2019 with a very classic, very simple and oh so necessary outfit to have at your fingertips when life is too demanding to think up elaborate outfits. The formula is simple: blazer + t-neck sweater + loafers. Invest in the best pieces you can afford, they will last longer and you really need the classics to mix in with more quirky pieces you may want to experiment with.
My big splurge from last year was a pair of  Gucci Brixton loafers, they are classic through an through and will be impervious to passing trends. Ideally, I’d have topped of this look with a perfectly luxe but comfortable-as-a-bathrobe camel coat, and while that search continues, I did find this classic Rag & Bone double breasted blazer (that I sized up in to be able to wear with chunkier pieces underneath).
No surprise, think the secret in giving this type of look (and for that matter any other look) your own spin is the accessories. In my case that role will be probably always be fulfilled with over-the-top jewelry. These giant sterling and vermeil 80s hoops are from Israel, I’m pretty smitten with them and will be not letting them go! As well as the the chunky domed cuff with just a sprinkling if diamante is Kenneth Lane.

As you know dressing well is about more then clothes, it affords the pleasure of feeling confident and comfortable while exploring your sartorial fantasies.

Ready to fulfill your wardrobe dreams in 2019? Email info@styledbyasashamaks.com and we can take it from there. Check out all the services here and Yelp reviews here.
XO Sasha

Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans.

Blazer: Rag & Bone / Sweater: Cos / Jeans: Vintage Levi’s / Bag: Ojha  / Shoes: Gucci

Earrings: personal collection / Rings: personal collection / Bracelet: Kenneth Lane, sold

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography Editing: Guseva Photo


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SLIP ON A SKIRT + GIFTS AND GLAM HOLIDAY EVENT

Slip skirt and western booties.

I have a weakness for slip dresses, and when the slip skirt became a big trend recently (here and here,) I was on the lookout for a vintage version. And I was lucky to find this devoré  bias-cut skirt in a vintage shop. The cut is super elegant and the skirt can be dressed up or down easily. I love wearing a piece like that on a casual day. The dressy fabric contrasts nicely with a chunky, practical knit.

Another big trend I’m having fun with is the western boot one! These mules, with a gorg two-toned snake embossed pattern and studs are surprisingly versatile. They have all the attitude you want in a bootie/mule hybrid.

Speaking of attitude,  the easiest way to bring some drama to a look is with statement baubles. These latest finds are a true shoulder duster length! And you can shop them and the other finds I’ve acquired recently at the Gifts
and Glam Holiday Event next Wednesday. I’ll be popping up at Superga with a very talented San Francisco designer Mahsa of Wear Mahsa. A portion of sales will be donated to the Oroville Hope Center, which is collecting new shoes for Butte County Fire victims.

Grab a friend and  join us next week to shop an give! RSVP here.
XO Sasha

Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties.

Coat: Isabel Marant Etoile  / Sweaters: Cos / Skirt: Vintage / Bag: Simona  / Shoes: Sigerson Morisson, here

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

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography
Editing: Guseva Photo

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THE LAYERING GAME

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A slip dress is a girl’s best friend, at least this girl’s. I will never stop singing the praises of a slip dress! And to wear them at every opportunity available, even when the weather is cooling off. And the easiest way to do that is to layer a silky slip dress over a tissue thin turtleneck. But if you have a slip dress that’s a looser fit (like this almost vintage Prada one here), you can choose a more medium weight.

When layering, I prefer the keep the color story tonal. Since the look is already busy, it gains from a more limited palette. For jewelry I chose a new pair of hoops (that have already sold), and one of my fave motifs in jewelry, a panther bracelet (sold as well). But, I’m I’m always on the lookout for this classic style so follow me on IG or sign-up for the newsletter, to snag one for yourself.
XO Sasha

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Trench coat: Chaiken sample /Dress: vintage Gucci /  Mock T-neck: Cos  / Bag: vintage Celine / Shoes: Martha Davis

Earrings: sold / Panther bracelet: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bangle bracelets: personal collection /  Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography
Editing: Guseva Photo


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FALL UNIFORM

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Aaah, the power of uniform dressing! While I find myself often obsessing over every aspect of a look, a uniform makes dressing every day so stress free. I’m sure I have mentioned before the importance of a good blazer or 10, not sure how many is too many?!) I wear one at every given opportunity–it just finishes off a look in a very polished way no matter what else you’re wearing. And for the rest of this outfit formula I chose a pair of cropped wide leg  chinos, they still have the casual vibe of a pair of jeans, but are just something a little different from the ubiquitous denim.
The vintage Issey Miayke blazer is one of those forever pieces, it’s perfectly oversized and its lack of any trendy details just lends itself to infinite combinations.
A billowing sleeve (one-shoulder will do nicely) shirt adds a sprinkling of drama. Speaking of which, how good are these leather trimmed hoops?! Love their Chanel vibe!. Snap them up here.
XO Sasha

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Jacket: vintage Issey Miayke / Shirt: Angel Grave / Pants: H&M / Booties: old, no label

Earrings: here / Bracelet: Whiting & Davis, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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HOUNDSTOOTH AND SLINKY MAXI

Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress.

I think the most interesting looks possess a tension within them. So, I like to pair pieces that are the opposite of each other. Like this oversized blazer and maxi slip dress. This fall, traditional men’s fabrics like glen plaids and herringbone have come to the forefront. My most admired  from this genre of timeless fabrics is– houndstooth–the abstract broken checks of Scottish origin that where originally worn by shepherds, and later popularized by the British, specifically Edward the VII, Duke of Windsor, in the 30s and 40s, and later by Christian Dior, who often dabbled in it the 50s.

The sexy slip dress is toned down by the boxy cut of the blazer. And at the same time the exaggerated masculine shoulders only emphasize the slinky femininity of the dress. I would have ideally worn a slip skirt (still looking for the perfect one, and love that it’s a big trend!) that I’d have paired with a chunky loose knit sweater.

And what about the jewelry? I think the lock pendant necklace on a flat snake  chain (is there a better one?), is perfectly polished and nonchalant with this look.

And I’m happy the craze for animal print has reminded me to break out my cheetah print oxfords after a long hiatus. They are pretty practical and serve plenty of catty style (could not resist!).
XO Sasha

Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress.

Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress.

Jacket: thrifted /Dress: thrifted  / Bag: vintage/ Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff

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

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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