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FALL FOR A BOHO MAXI

Boho dress and camel jacket.

I love a good maxi boho dress! All that beautifully printed fabric and a voluminous silhouette convey a laid back, global vibe. So just because we’re in the midst of October, I’m not ready to give up on my boho dresses yet, especially when it involves an  extra billowy sleeve, empire waist Indian dress from the 80s!

And since SF’s  fall weather, right now, is veering from high 60s to high 70s there will be plenty of opportunities to rock this number. To make a summer dress  transition into fall top it off with a classic wool blazer or coat and tough chunky booties (love that this trend is not only going strong but the boots are getting chunkier and chunkier!).

I didn’t want to the obvious thing and style this look with an equally bohemian style earring. The Dior safety pin drop shoulder-dusters are edgy in a very subtle and the amber drops are the just right touch of earthy.
XO Sasha

Boho dress and camel jacket. Boho dress and camel jacket. Boho dress and camel jacket. Boho dress and camel jacket.

Boho dress and camel jacket.

 Jacket: Rag & Bone, similar here, and here /Dress: vintage similar here and here / Bag: vintage Prada, similar here and here / Shoes: Rag & Bone, similar here, and here / Sunglasses: vintage Betsey Jonson, similar here and here

Earrings, vintage Christian Dior, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings: Chanel ring and Cacharel charm bracelet.  personal collection / Other rings, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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SLIPPING INTO SUMMER IN THE FALL

Slip dress and militaru boots.

SF summer is here and it’s a hot one!! And while I’m not a big fan of temps that go up to into the 90s, I’m a big fan slip dresses. Thankfully we have had some days that went back to the mid 60s and it gave me an opportunity to introduce a pair of “newish”  boots that I cannot wait to rock for the rest of the fall and winter!

But a pair of military, lace-up boots like these are ideal to pair with a more dainty dress.  I got a little too much sun on my arms lately, so the long sleeve mesh tee serves as sun protection and also makes this dress a little bit easier to wear if going to work and not the beach.
Now my fave part of this look (although I always get a kick out of the poppy print of this dress, that’s a bit less expected then the ubiquitous leopard print), are the gorgeous, whimsical, “Hand Eye Heart” earrings! How surreal chic are these! Not to mention they add just a touch of color the to the monochromatic look.
I will be listing these 90s beauties soon, but you can email me, info@sashamaksvintage.com, with inquiries.
XO Sasha

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Dress: vintage Prada, similar here and here, here | Top: old Zara, similar here and here / Bag: vintage Miu Miu, similar here and here / Shoes: Rag & Bone, similar here, and here / Sunglasses: vintage, similar here and here

Earrings, Christian Lacroox, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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DUSTER AND RUFFLES

Trench coat and slip skirt

One of my fave summer uniforms is an easy fitted top and midi skirt combo. A mash-up different styles and decades add dimension to an easy summer outfit.

My fave vintage duster, while utilitarian in color and style, proves to be just the right cover up for a lingerie inspired silk skirt with an ethereal layered ruffle. The duster plainness is elevated by an A-line silhouette and voluminous sleeves (extra fabric in my book equals a more luxe garment).

The fitted ribbed knit top with cut-outs imparts a sportier vibe to the deshabille slip skirt. And everything gets grounded by chunky Western inspired snakeskin mules outlined in studs.The oversized tote is beautifully crafted from an hand tie-dyed fabric that echoes the skirt’s subtle blue tint on the tiered ruffle.

I wanted the earrings to skew more masculine for this look, since the rest of the accessories are not dainty. These geometric wedge shaped clips sprinkled with rhinestones have  an almost Modernist/Brutalist vibe.
XO Sasha

Trench coat and slip skirt
Trench coat and slip skirt
Trench coat and slip skirt
Trench coat and slip skirt

Trench coat and slip skirt

Duster: vintage Courrèges, similar here and here | Top: old Zara, similar here and here / Skirt, Dosa, here and similar here and here / Bag: from Oaxaca, similar here and here / Shoes: Sigerson Morrison, similar here, and here / Sunglasses: vintage, similar here and here

Earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings, snake ring sold; rhinestone pavé band, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com; other rings personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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LUXE CARGO

 

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Feeling in a style rut with your denim game? I love all the iterations of my jeans currently in my closet that wear on rotation, but sometimes no mater how loved a versatile wardrobe staple is you just need take a sartorial break from your object of desire. And that’s where the cargo pants come in!

The utility trend had a prominent presence on the Spring/Summer 19 runways (Fendi, Isabel Marant, Dries Van Noten), and is going strong with some street style influencers as well, here, here and here. And I’m fully on board with the 90s grunge staple!

I like to mix high and low, and the utility trend was made for this style mash-up. I have been practically living in this, also utilitarian, but luxe (recently thrifted) leather shirt. It looks equally good with a feminine ruffle, and obvi is the logical accompaniment to the cargo pant.

The neckline was made for a more delicate multi-chain waterfall necklace. And I had to add these Givenchy pearl drops (another big trend!). They look even more posh against the leather and military green on the pant.  And I love how the cheetah print oxfords break up the neutral palette.
XO Sasha

P.S.
Fancy the jewelry featured here? Email  info@sashamaksvintage.com for pricing and more images. The rings are part of my personal collection.

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 Jacket: vintage Issey Miayke, similar here and here | Leather top: vintage, no label, here, similar here  / Pants: H&M, similar here and here  and here /

Bag: here, vintage Prada, similar here and here / Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff, similar here, and here / Sunglasses: Prada, similar here and here

Earrings, Givenchy, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings, personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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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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