spring style


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 / Earrings: Givenchy, here / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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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: / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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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 / Enamel bracelet: sold / Bamboo bangle: Kenneth Lane, here / Bead bracelet, sold / Rings: personal collection

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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 / Necklace: contact / Bracelet: personal colletion  / Rings: personal collection

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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 Amethyst ring: personal collection /
Pair of chain bracelets: contact

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Vintage denim dress

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 to inquire), I like how they look like chubby layered hoops!
XO Sasha

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, similar here / Bracelets: personal collection / Rings: personal collection

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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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
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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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
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

 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.


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)


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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While I can’t wait to rock spring florals, the weather is just too unpredictable to do so without a cozy topper. And what’s more cozier then a teddy coat? To get even cozier I’ve layered a tissue-thin t-neck underneath this 90s midi dress. A couple of other good options would be a oversized moto jacket (to counter the sweet mini floral print) and a denim jacket.

To balance the heavy coat I chose a chunky platform mary jane style shoe and added  some whimsy with sheer dot hose. Speaking of whimsy, these shoulder dusters by Monet have a very exotic vibe, not doubt the frogging motif contributes to that! And I have not yet found an outfit that this vintage drum bag won’t work with! That’s what so great about a distinctive piece. It stands out and elevates everything else in an outfit.

But the accessorizing does not add there, especially if it contributes to staying warm. The Swiss dot sheer tights are chic and sweet and I like how they contrast with the tighter pattern of the dress and the bold shoes.

And don’t forget there’s still time to book the Spring Makeover promotion with Atelier Emmanuel! Check out the special deal here and transition into spring and beyond in style!

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 Coat: MSGM / Turtleneck: Cos /  Dress: vintage / Shoes: Simon Rocha /  Bag: vintage / Sunglasses: Prada

Earrings: Monet, here / Bracelet: personal collection  / Rings: contact

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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Gingham and kitten heels.

What’s more spring then gingham? I’ve always loved this bold print and the fact that I had this scarf custom-made in Morelia, MX makes it more special.

I’m still layering but can’t wait to wear a gingham print off-the shoulder top or capri pants as soon as weather allows. I kept this look minimalist not the compete the oversized print. And if you have visited this blog before you know I don’t go long without a dress-over pants ensemble. And skinny jeans (a style I have put aside lately, since it has grown pretty tired) are ideal for layering under a slim dress.

Many of these pieces are old favorites. The vintage Krizia coat with its long elegant lines works equally well with a cocktail look or denim. The tissue thin t-neck (from Cos naturally) is a godsend when you need warmth without the bulk.  Asos always has a great selection as well. The kitten heel booties, are probably at least 15 years old, most likely older. They go to the shoe repair on the regular, but they are so good it just doesn’t make sense to get rid of them.

Since this is such a clean look, I added the drama with a sterling scroll motif Mexican cuff, with a piece like that you really don’t need much else. The spiral design button earrings are a new find, I’ve been lucky with earrings lately and have picked up a nice selection that I’ll be offering at the Chic Spring Shop and Sip Thursday, April 5th 4pm-8pm at Atelier Emmanuel (9 Claude Lane). I’ll be bringing all my latest finds and Atelier Prelude will be selling their sustainable silk scarves and summer totes, and more. Mark yourself  “Going” on Facebook so we have enough bubbly and Orleans Caviar for everyone!

And speaking of Atelier Emmanuel, don’t forget our Spring Makeover collab! Book now through April 30th and refresh you wardrobe and style this spring.
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Coat: Vintage Krizia / Turtleneck: Cos /  Shirt dress: Cos / Jeans: Rebecca Minkoff / Scarf: Bag: Scabby Robot/ Booties: no lable /  Sunglasses: Prada

Button earrings: contact / Sterling cuff: contact  / Rings: personal collection

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography



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