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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

HAPPY HOLIDAYSWishing all my friends, readers, and clients Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

I’m grateful to be able to do what I love and this is only possible with your support. My journey in vintage continuous, and I hope it will last for many years more. I love finding exceptional vintage creations and sharing them with you!

The upcoming year will bring some wonderful changes, I will be re-branding and bringing together Sasha Maks Vintage and Styled by Sasha Maks under one name – Sasha Maks.
Stay tuned for a newsletter as well that will keep you up to date on new arrivals, blog posts, events, personal styling services, and of course sales and promotions.

Cheers to a fabulous 2016!
xo Sasha

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‘TIS THE SEASON TO GET STYLED

Fall Shopping

Love shopping for my clients at Bloomingdale’s for their amazing selection of brands and exclusive collections! I found these gorg pieces and more for one of my clients yesterday.

To schedule your shopping or styling session contact Styled by Sasha Maks, info@styledbysashamaks.com, and enjoy a special holiday promotion.

*Book a 12hr in-person styling or in-person shopping package for $960 or a 9hr in-person styling or in-person shopping package for $720 (that’s $80/hr).

*Book a 6 hr in-person styling or in-person shopping package for $540 ($90/hr).

*Terms: The package has to be payed in full and can be used in 3hr sessions at any time. The promotional price expires December 31, 2015.

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THE ESSENSE OF STYLE | GLAMOURIST INTERVIEW

Recently, I was interviewed by a dear friend and longtime client, Maria Favata, of the Glamourist. We chatted about style, fashion, and jewelry. Maria and I are both obsessed with  fashion, and she is the owner of an enviable collection of vintage gowns and cocktail dresses. It was a blast to talk with her and I’m looking for future collabs to come!
XO Sasha

Originally published in the Glamourist.

I recently interviewed our new Contributing Editor, Sasha Maksutenko.  Sasha has incredible, chic taste and is a very talented stylist.  She is the owner of Sasha Maks Vintage and Styled by Sasha Maks, both based in San Francisco, CA.
Sasha Maksutenko of Sasha Maks Vintage and Styled by Sasha Maks

Sasha and I covered a wide range of topics from fall / winter trends to how to develop your own personal style.

Glamourist:  Sasha, what was on your shopping list for winter?

Sasha:  I got a pair of Lugmainline OTK boots I’ve been eyeing for awhile from Stuart Weitzman. They keep me warm, and lend an edge to more feminine pieces and make everything look sleek and chic. I loved the poncho trend from 2014 Fall runways–Burberry’s where my favorites.  Last time I wore one, I was around 9 years old. It was a hand knit  by my mom, I loved it! I found a vintage wool/angora blend from Turkey from the 80s., that I’m wearing over a short camel coat and over tunic dresses. Now, I’m on the hunt for vintage oversized sweaters, a shearling jacket and a robe coat.

Glamourist:  I love vintage, too. But why do you gravitate towards vintage?

Sasha:  Most of everything you see on the runway or in stores—it’s all been done before. I find that vintage from the 60s and 70s, these are my go-to fashion eras, fits me really well and I love the colors and fabrics. I also like the fact that no one else will have it. I’ve been buying vintage for so many years—it’s part of who I am. I was buying vintage clothes before I started buying vintage jewelry and launched my e-boutique. Also, it’s just really fun to find things at vintage stores and fleas markets, it’s like a treasure hunt. You never know what you will find and have to keep an open mind.

Glamourist:  In terms of accessories, what are you liking right now?

Sasha:  Belts for sure. They are really prominent right now. Belts are a really nice piece to incorporate into your wardrobe: skinny, medium, wide. All different types of styles. Vintage chain belts, anything with embellishment – you can make those new again.  I recently found a rare, drop-dead Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt from the 60s, it’s very ornate but the colors are understated.

Sasha Maks Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane rhinstone belt

Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt from the 60s

 

And a statement bag. I just snagged one on sale, a gigantic patent leather tote from Maje in a gorgeous oxblood.

Glamourist:  What’s a new trend that you are dying to try?

Sasha:  I was intrigued by the single earring trend that was all over the Fall 2014 runways:  Celine, Isabel Marant, and Louis Vuitton. Now, I’m inspired by the mismatched earring trend on the Spring 2015 catwalks. I think this one will be easier to pull off, and fun to play with!

Glamourist:  Sasha—what’s the trick to wearing vintage in a modern way?

Sasha:  I really think it comes down to how you put it together, which is the essence of style—that magic.

I would also stick to classic silhouettes like an a-line, a sheath, a maxi dress. Focus on good quality fabrics and flattering colors. And make sure whatever you are wearing fits properly—which is the key to looking good in general.

Glamourist:  Sasha—I love the way you layer your vintage jewelry. You never look overdone—what’s your secret?

Sasha:  You should balance your jewelry with your outfit and, I might add, hair and make-up. If you wear a really ornate piece of jewelry, don’t do a lot of layering. If you wear a statement shoe, maybe wear more subtle jewelry. That said, it’s always fun to experiment, sometimes an over-the-top look can really work. It pays to play–inevitably you will discover a combination that shouldn’t make sense, but does when all the disparate elements come together. I think that’s how true individual style can be achieved. You have to be willing to take a risk and feel confident pulling it off.

Maria Favata styled by Styled by Sasha Maks

Yours truly in a modern tuxedo look by Styled by Sasha Maks

 

Glamourist: What are the three key pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe?

Sasha:  Definitely a good blazer. I always tell my clients to buy a blazer that you can wear for a lot of different occasions. Over a cocktail dress or with boyfriend jeans. Maybe a little over-sized, masculine. Look for simple lines, good quality fabric.

Another piece: a good bag. Good quality leather, minimal hardware, strong lines. For me, I tend to gravitate toward a larger bag for day, a tote or a satchel, since I tend to carry a scarf or a pair of heels if I’m going out later.

Then I would say a statement piece of jewelry, like an over-size pendant or a wide cuff or a knuckle duster. I would get a statement piece for that particular woman’s personality: cool rock chick, classic,  etc. That could become your signature piece.

Sasha Maks Vintage Lanvin Pendant Necklace

Lanvin Modernist Necklace 1970s

 

Glamourist:  What are one or two things that people could do that would make an quick improvement to their look?

Sasha: Find a good tailor and to make sure your clothes fit properly. This will make you look 100% better. And this relates to the previous answer. Find a signature piece whether accessory or clothing and make it yours.

Glamourist: What would you say to people who say that they don’t know their style?

Sasha:  It’s really about educating yourself. There are so many resources out there. Get some fashion magazine subscriptions, follow street style blogs. I would start a Pinterest board and pin images that you like. Also, find a muse—someone whose style you admire and can emulate. It will soon become obvious that you have opinions and preferences and once you have the basics down, you can start on creating your own unique look.

Glamourist:  Who is your muse?

Sasha:  Caroline De Maigret.  She’s a model in Paris and a music producer. She adds masculine touches to her style, which I love. Sexy as hell in a men’s shirt and masculine blazer. She never looks over-done. She’s beautiful and just looks liker herself: sexy, fun, and laid-back.

Glamourist: What’s your favorite part of the styling process?

Sasha:  I really enjoy the purge. Getting rid of what doesn’t work, what isn’t flattering, etc. I love the editing process and getting down to the bare minimum, having an essential, but smaller selection.  Followed by a marathon shopping session to add what’s missing!

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A Look Back: Voyage to Marrakech Spring 2013 | The Factory | Styled by Sasha Maks

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THREE WAYS TO WEAR: BRETON STRIPES

Breton stripe shirt

Breton stripes, for me, conjure up images of 60s European film stars, such as the ultimate sex symbol Brigitte Bardot and her brunette antithesis, the gamine Anna Karina. Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, and Coco Chanel where also partial to the iconic stripe design.
The original navy and white knitted, boat neckline stripe shirt, aka as marinière, was introduced in 1858 as a uniform for seamen in Britanny.

The Breton tee is at the top of my wardrobe essentials list, this infinitely versatile design lends itself to a myriad of interpretations and moods. While the navy/cream is the original classic design, these versions by Marc Jacobs in burgundy sequin patch front and Être Cécile in white/red horizontal stripe and cheetah print put amp up the glam and fun of the wardrobe staple. But you don’t have to limit yourself to a sailor-stripe shirt alone. The très chic design lends itself to all garments and accessories.

 Breton stripe shirt for evening

While decidedly casual the Breton tee can be found in variety of fabrics that can go from day to night seamlessly. Wear the on trend cropped tee with a pleated chiffon skirt and the “It” shoe of the moment, a white or black mule. Layered beaded strands necklaces and a mesh statement clutch with a flick of midnight-blue liquid eyeliner for a dramatic cat eye will have you set for the night.

Breton stripe skirt for the office

Look smart in the office and clash prints for a fresh  look with a modern floral print top  and a sleek striped pencil skirt. A polished pump with a gold accent heel and a sleek architectural hardware bag will help you make climb up the corporate ladder in shipshape style. Coco would approve.

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Breton stripes for the weekend
Click on the image to see the rest of the look.

A cotton moto jacket and lace-up peep-toe wedges lend a touch of edge to a preppy Breton stripe boat neck tee and powder blue trousers. Wear to a bottomless mimosas brunch with the girls for laid-back chic appeal.

Jacket: HELMUT Helmut Lang(similar here)
Top: Alice and Olivia (here)
Pants: Phillilp Lim x Target (similar here and  here)
Belt: Barneys New York  (similar here)
Bag: Vintage clutch (similar here and here )
Shoes: Martha Davis (similar here and here)
Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage, shop online or contact info@sashmaksvintage.com

How do you rock Breton stripes? Share your favorite look in the comments below.

The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to connect you with your style. Let us build a wardrobe you can count on™.

xx
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Wardrobe Staples & Style Tips: Denim { An American Classic }

denim wardrobe staples

Denim is a ubiquitous wardrobe staple to be found in every woman’s closet. Whether it’s jeans, overalls, a skirt, a denim jacket, or a vest, denim embodies classic American culture and style.

Skinny jeans
These Guess jeans with faux leather patches lend an edge to an oversized blazer.
denim jacket
Maria is a study in jewel tones. The classic Levi’s denim jacket brings street style cred.
Maria Photographed by J.Villarete Photography

A myriad of styles and washes assures that every figure can find it’s perfect denim match in jeans.
The mid-rise cropped skinny is flattering style that shows off the skinniest part of the leg and can be worn casually with flats or elevated with a sleek pump. A ripped skinny version paired with a statement bag keeps the vibe from being too studied.

The slouchy fit of the boyfriend jeans is comfort personified. Elevate the androgynous look with strappy heels and a leather top, or wear a distressed version with a tank top  for festival season.
A faded denim jacket is cool way to top off anything. A slim version will flatter a ladylike floral skirt and can be worn as a shirt. An oversized style is ideal for layering with chunky knits.
denim jacket

Whether you prefer your jeans in a stovepipe silhouette and a classic blue wash, or express your sartorial sensibility by donning a distressed denim pencil skirt, grab your favorite piece of denim and rock your best look.

What denim trends are you wearing? Share in the comments below.

xx
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“Freshen Up” this Spring with Sasha Maks Vintage and Beauty Company

Trunk Show InvitationSasha Maks Vintage cordially invites you to cure your spring fever and brighten your brights this season…

RSVP: here

Spring clean and update your wardrobe with fresh, one of a kind vintage jewelry pieces to compliment this season’s trending florals, pastels and patterns.

Special sneak peek of Ziesche Modern Apothecary new floral skincare line blooming into Beauty Company this summer!

Join us for signature bubbly cocktails from Food & Wine sommelier of the year Ceri Smith and receive exclusive, new product samples from Ziesche Modern Apothecary to keep you fresh this spring.

Wednesday, April 2nd
6:00 pm  – 9:00 pm
2325 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

>Take part in a stellar raffle: with prizes of 1 month of free manis from The Beauty Company AND a personal, virtual styling session by Styled by Sasha Maks

> Fancy and Fresh Braid Bar: Fancy looking fancy? Enjoy our complimentary braid style services by Beauty Company’s top talent
>Get glam snaps in a photo booth by J.Villarete Photography
>the first 50 guests who RSVP will receive exclusive, new product samples from Ziesche Modern Apothecary

We look forward to seeing you there, Gorgeous!
xo

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Styled by Sasha Maks: Leopard Print Blouse + Pencil Skirt

Maria has a been a long time jewelry client of mine and has since become a dear friend. We met at a vintage boutique in San Francisco where I consigned jewelry. We bonded over our love for vintage clothes and all things fashion. Maria has an amazing collection of evening gowns and cocktail dresses from the 50s and 60s that are ideal for her petite frame and are perfect for the opening night at the ballet she attends every year. When I started styling, Maria was one of my first clients, and her enthusiasm for fashion and sophisticated taste has made our sessions extremely fun and creative.Leopard print blouse pencil skirt

For this look, Maria asked me to style her for a cocktail party from items in her closet. She wanted something sexy but not too dressy. The look was built around a leopard print pussy bow blouse she had recently purchased and was not sure how to wear.  The rust brown color of the blouse flattered Maria’s fair complexion and strawberry blond tresses. The classic animal print and pussy bow inspired me to give her look a retro twist. A touch of Lauren Bacall and drop of Veronica Lake–sultry, glam, and polished. She had also recently acquired a black pencil skirt with a revealing mid-thigh slit.Leopard print blouse pencil skirtPairing a bow tie blouse with a pencil skirt may seem obvious, but both of these pieces had so much personality! Maria does not shy away from transparency and since this was an evening look we decided not to cover up the sheerness of the fabric, and she has the legs to carry off the sexy side slit. To temper the skirt’s sex appeal, I chose tall rust colored suede boots and light gray hose with ribbing to add subtle coverage.Leopard print blouse pencil- sasha maks vintage vintage braceletsFor jewelry, I selected a slinky snake motif bangle with rich enamel detailing layered with a gold tone, mixed texture, plaited link bracelet. A high dome green cocktail ring in faux jade picked up the colors in the snake bracelet and the horseshoe drop earrings. I had just seen the Golden Globes, and loved Cate Blanchett’s faux bob! We decided to give it a try. I think the sleek, controlled style suited this look to a T, and a pink red pout added a glam finishing touch.
Maria looks provocatively chic in this classic but naughty ensemble. She was thrilled with the results!Leopard print blouse pencil skirt Styled by Sasha MaksTo book a  personal styling session, contact info@styledbysashamaks.com.
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xx

Top: Dolce & Gabbana (similar here) / Skirt: L’Agence (similar here) / Boots: Christian Louboutin (similar here) / Snake Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage (here) / Gold Tone Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage (here) / Ring: Sasha Maks Vintage (here) / Earrings: Sasha Maks Vintage (similar here)

Photographed by J.Villarete Photography

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