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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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SPRING LAYERING TRICKS

Silk dress + hoodie + trench coat

The weather is all over the place, and as much as I want to rock my silk and cotton dresses I still can’t forgo the layers (which offer a way to wear your fave pieces more often!)  But no need to cover up with heavy winter coats. I’m reaching for lighter layers like this trench coat (a worthy investment piece that every wardrobe needs)  and a cotton pull-over hoodie. The charmeuse silk shirt dress perks up the neutral color palette. And I love the subtle play of textures of all the different fabrics. And I could have worn this dress over a pair of black skinnies (dress-over-pants is one of my beloved styling tricks), but why bother when I have these slouchy otk boots that function like a great pair of leather (in these case vegan trousers).

If you have been reading this blog for some time, you know my formula for accessories when the weather is still on the chill side. I go for pieces that are bold and won’t get lost in the layers (obvi statement jewelry is my rule in general, but in this case even more so). For this look I went with chunky door-knockers with gem colored cabochons and a wide link bracelet.

The bag (I always wanted a white bag and this one is washable!!!) adds another spring touch. I had this one custom-made, you may remember a very similar style from awhile back. It’s really something in between and objet d’art and a utilitarian piece. Nothing is better then a touch of whimsy to personalize a look.
XO Sasha
P.S.
My next trunks show is Saturday May 5th at the beautiful Kashmir Art Gallery in Santana Row in San Jose. I hope you can join us! See the invitation below and RSVP here.

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Coat: Chaiken / Hoodie: H&M / Dress: Amour Vert / Bag: Scabby Robot custom order / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff / Sunglasses: Prada

Hoop earrings: here / Bracelet: here / Rings: personal collection

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry trunk show at Kashmir Art Gallery

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IT’S SPRING: BRING ON THE LAYERS

How to layer for spring.It’s spring and I’m dreaming of gauzy vintage dresses paired with espadrilles, but instead I’m sporting layers (albeit lighter ones) and carrying a scarf and beanie in my tote just in case. That said I do enjoy the creative aspect of layering that warm weather doesn’t afford. It offers opportunities for unexpected pairings and takes full advantage of your wardrobe regardless of season.

Both the jacket and coat are of lightweight materials (alas the gangster sized shoulders on the polyester coat do not keep me warm) hence perfect for layering together. And the thin wool mock-t neck creates the ideal foundation.
Nothing spices up an outfit better then a shot of color, especially if that color is what I have termed “burnt sienna” and happens to belong to a vintage YSL jacket.

Since extra long sleeves of the coat will hide any arm candy, I kept the focus up top with multi -ring hoops that are currently my earrings of choice, the style lends a carefree vibe and goes with everything.I love how to the rose gold heeled booties echo the jacket and the woven diamond pattern of the  bucket bag adds texture.
XO Sasha
P.S.
And there’s still time to book a Spring Makeover collab with Atelier Emmanuel (the promo ends April 30th), get all the deets here (and see them below the slide show) and feel free to email me at info@styledbysashamaks with any questions.

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Coat: Vetements / Turtleneck: Cos / Jacket: vintage YSL / Jeans: Zara / Bag: Simona (not available, but see clutch in same fabric / Booties: Alexander Wang, here / Socks: COS / Sunglasses: Prada

Hoop earrings: here / Polka dot ring: personal collection / Ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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Do you find yourself standing pointlessly in front of your closet trying to figure out what to wear? To help you make the most of your wardrobe and to step up your beauty game, I’ve partnered with Atelier Emmanuel, to offer you Two Spring Style Makeover Packages.

INSTANT MAKEOVER

Blowdry Style + Makeup
Change your look for a night on the town or special event ­— or just for the heck of it! Includes full blowdry, with shampoo & head massage as well as a standard makeup application.

Closet Consultation, 3hrs
A revamp of your current wardrobe! Sasha will help you decide what stays, what goes, and what to tailor. Afterwards you will receive recommendations to fill any gaps on essentials.
$440 (regular value $560)

FULL TRANSFORMATION

Partial Highlight + Haircut
Treat yourself to a major spring makeover! We’re here to make your hair dreams a reality. Includes: consultation with our senior stylists to understand your hair goals; shampoo with head massage; partial highlights or balayage, a haircut, and a blowdry to cap it all off.

Personal Shopping (in-store), 3hrs
Based on your budget, needs, and personal style we go shopping to update your closet, fill in on essential pieces or to find that special piece for an important event. Items will be pre-selected for you at the store. Sasha will help you find pieces that flatter you most and enhance your overall wardrobe.
$580 (regular value $780)

How it works
Contact Atelier Emmanuel to purchase either the Instant Makeover or the Full Transformation.
We will issue you two gift cards: one for the beauty services, and another for the personal styling.
Call (415) 362-8063 to book your beauty services with Atelier Emmanuel.
Email Styled by Sasha Maks to book your personal styling.

Terms & Conditions
Gift card must be present at time of service.
Beauty services must be booked on the same day (personal styling can be booked on a separate day).
Partial and Haircut must be with an “S2″ stylist.
Atelier Emmanuel bears responsibility for beauty services. Styled by Sasha Maks bears responsibility for personal styling.
Promotion expires 4/30/18
Can be redeemed until 5/31/18


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