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Styling 101: Weekend Style

When you think “statement piece” do you imagine a nighttime or more formal look? Today Sasha Maks Vintage and Moi Contre La Vie are here to show you how easy it is to wear beautiful, dramatic jewelry on a daily basis.

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{Jewelry can be shopped online at Sasha Maks Vintage, pieces will be available at The Factory through Summer, or you can contact info@sashamaksvintage.com for additional details & private appointments}

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Cropped Pants – Forever 21, Printed Blouse – Zara, Heels – Madden Girl & Crossbody Bag – Hobo International}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

By adding a statement necklace, a pair of eye-catching earrings, or stacking some fun bracelets you can add a touch of personalization to your daytime look. I for one don’t step outside without a cuff or a necklace, no matter how casual my look – It’s the perfect finishing touch.

Here are my go-to tips for weekend dressing that keep me out of a fashion rut:

  1. Mixing & Matching – By pairing separates in new & fun ways you’re bound to put together a new-to-you look you’ll love!
  2. Get Girlie – Whenever I’m starting to feel like I’m in a rut I get back to basics and throw on a flirty dress that makes me feel feminine. It’s a great way to break out of a jeans and t-shirt habit.
  3. Make A Statement – As I said above, adding a statement piece is my favorite way to take a look to the next level. So next time you look in the mirror and think “bleh” I challenge you to add a fun statement piece like a dramatic necklace, a pair of great shoes, or an eye-catching bag, belt, or pair of sunglasses.

*Photography, Jewelry & Jewelry Styling by Sasha Maks Vintage

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And if you’d like a chance to see the beautiful clothes from the stunning Voyage To Marrakech collection from The Factory you can join me on Tuesday, June 4th for a private showing!

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Camille K: Vintage Jewelry For Spring

I saw a picture of the Camille K Palladio necklace a few weeks ago and it was love at first sight. It’s dramatic and bold – The perfect statement piece for Spring – And it comes in a gorgeous warm gold that’s really flattering and versatile.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Dress – Zara, Bag – MICHAEL Michael Kors & Shoes – Zara}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

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I love mixing styles of jewelry and I love mixing metals so I was thrilled with the pieces I wore in this look – The silver bracelet & ring paired with the dramatic antique gold necklace was a stunning combination.

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You can shop these one-of-a-kind pieces and more on the Camille K website right here. Can you imagine a more gorgeous gift to get your mom for Mother’s Day?

Do you prefer gold or silver? Or do you like to mix metals like I do?

Want more clutch goodness? Check out the amazing clutch-centric posts over on IFB.


Styling 101: St. Patrick’s Day Style

To help get you in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day this year Sasha Maks Vintage and Moi Contre La Vie teamed up to bring you a fun take on a traditional green look for this holiday. Whether you’re planning to celebrate with a pub crawl, a dinner date, or making green four-leaf clovers with your kids a sweet dress and fun statement jewelry with pops of green is the way to go!

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{Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry: Large Green Bead Necklace & Faux Pearl Strand Necklace}

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Dress – Prabal Gurung for Target, Ankle Strap Heels – Zara & Bag – Vintage}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

As much as I adore separates sometimes a girl just wants to throw on a dress to enjoy a beautiful sunny day. And what could be a better choice than this beautiful Prabal Gurung for Target floral & black paneled dress?

This has been my favorite designer collaboration so far and I woke up early to make sure there wasn’t a repeat of the Jason Wu for Target debacle {Seriously? All my sizes gone by 9am?}. This dress is my favorite piece that I ordered and I love how it’s a grown-up, modern take on sweet Spring florals. Stay tuned for a peek at the gorgeous heels I also ordered!

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*Photography & Jewelry Styling by Sasha Maksutenko

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Styling 101: Winter Florals

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for Spring. I love Winter – Don’t get me wrong. From the cozy layers to the chic outerwear to the never-ending choices for eye-catching accessories, Winter is just such a fun season from a sartorial standpoint. That being said, for some reason this year I cannot WAIT for Spring. I’m not sure if it’s the extra cold Winter weather in San Francisco or the fact that my closet is stuffed to the brim with fun new Spring duds that are just waiting to be taken out for a spin…

Ok, it’s probably the latter! 🙂

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{Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry: Faux Pearl Flapper Necklace, Flapper Black Glass Tassel Sautoir & Faux Jade Cocktail Ring}

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Floral Bodycon Dress – Aqua via Bloomingdale’s, Cut-Out Booties – BCBG, Faux Leather-Sleeved Coat – Aqua via Bloomingdale’s & Cross-body Bag – DKNY}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

I finally decided that the next best thing to Spring actually starting would be getting all decked out in Winter florals! You can easily take a fun warm weather frock and make it Winter-appropriate by adding some cute layers or warm outerwear. This faux leather-sleeved coat was a great addition – It kept me perfectly toasty and looked like it was made to be worn with my new cut-out BCBG booties.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

Well I have a little treat for you – Come visit Moi Contre La Vie & Sasha Maks next week at the Valentine’s Day trunk show featuring all of the amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry from Sasha Maks Vintage {more details here & you can RSVP on Eventbrite}. Not only can you get 20% off at the trunks how, you can also visit the Sasha Maks Vintage website and get 20% off through February 14th with the code LOVE2013.

Stay tuned for more exciting looks from the Styling 101 series & be sure to check out our past collaborations:

*Jewelry styling by Sasha Maks

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Styling 101: Texture Queen

Today’s Styling 101 post is about mixing things up – From textures & fabrics to mixing metals. I love how this look pairs vintage gold and silver brooches & cocktail rings – The different styles & metals make the look more striking and visually interesting.

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{Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry: Sunflower Brooch, Gold-Tone Arabesque Brooch & Faux Pearl Rhinestone Cocktail Ring}

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Tweed + Faux Fur Coat – BCBGMaxAzria, Pleated Mini Skirt – Zara, Jersey & Leather Oxblood TopThe Limited, Striped Tights – Forever 21, HeelsMICHAEL Michael Kors & Gold Pouch – Marc Jacobs via Neiman Marcus for Target collaboration}

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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The other thing that’s so fun about this look is the variety of textures & fabrics in the clothing – The coat alone has faux fur sleeves, a tweed torso, and cashmere trim. And pairing it with a pleated mini skirt, jersey & leather top, and striped tights created a cozy Winter look that, despite being mostly black, was still very fun & one-of-a-kind.

Do you like to mix gold & silver jewelry?

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Stay tuned for more exciting looks from the Styling 101 series & be sure to check out our past collaborations:

*Jewelry styling by Sasha Maks


Closet Organization

Is there a more intimidating or thankless project than cleaning out your closet? I have to confess that I usually have it on my To Do list for weeks before I get up the courage and fortitude to tackle the project. Don’t get me wrong, I adore a well-organized closet and am somewhat OCD about keeping it clean day-to-day {bf chuckles}, but a full-on cleaning can be intimidating.

I’ve found that approaching the project with a three-fold plan of attack is what works for me. That and spending days hours on Pinterest drooling over beautifully organized closets to get me in the mood… ❤

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  1. Love It or Leave It – First you need to go through every single piece in your closet and decide whether you want to keep it. Tears optional.
  2. Share The Love – Once I’ve created a pile of pieces that need a new home I set up a Closet Party with some friends and after that any remaining items will be donated to the Goodwill.
  3. Live The Dream – Finally, when your closet is filled only with the pieces you’ll be holding onto, it’s time to sort, organize, rearrange, and plan for the future.

Need more details? Read on…

Love It or Leave It:

I become somewhat attached to inanimate objects so after years of carrying clothes that still have the tags on them from one apartment to another, I have had to set rules for myself. If I haven’t worn it in the last year – It has to go. End of discussion.

You may have a home with more storage space or larger closets and be able to keep more clothing and accessories, it’ll be dependent on what you have available to you and how much of a “clothes horse” you are. In general, if you can’t remember the last time you wore something, you probably don’t need to hold onto it. If your shoes are falling apart, you can probably let them go. If a piece has needed hemming or tailoring for as long as you can remember and you still haven’t taken it in, you guessed it, you should probably put it in the “out” pile.

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Share The Love:

My favorite thing to do once I’ve created a pile of things that I’m not going to keep is to plan a closet party – I invite some friends over for cocktails or champagne and free reign of my closets. It’s been a tradition for a few years now and I love to include new friends, it’s a fun bonding event. And what’s left over after the closet party gets dropped off at the donations center of Goodwill.

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Living The Dream:

Now that you know what you’re working with you can figure out how best to approach the cleaning of your closet. I like to tackle the reorganizing process in three steps:

  • First I rearrange by type & color {i.e. pants with pants, solids from black to white, then prints}
  • The second step is to consider the season and organize your closet so that the clothes & accessories that you’re wearing now are most readily available. This can mean deploying under-bed organizing trays or boxes to be stacked on shelves out of reach in your closet if need be.
  • Finally, after all of that work, I like to take stock of what I have and how it’s arranged and implement some changes to make getting dressed run more smoothly – Like adding accessories holders, changing hangers, or separating work clothes from play.

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{All photos from MCLV’s Closet Porn… Board on Pinterest}

You can find some other tips and suggestions in Sincerely Jules’s Details or Cupcakes & Cashmere’s Closet Clean-Up or her Operation Organization: Closet Edition.

So tell me, how often do you overhaul your closet(s)? Do you have a specific process whenever you get started on this project?


Styling 101: Cold Blooded

Learning how to style a classic trench coat and put together a chic, wholly original look with basic pieces is what today’s Styling 101 post is about. Here we took a traditional khaki trench from H&M and made it more interesting by adding a faux fur snood and fun, eye-catching vintage bracelets. Not to mention a cute Eiffel Tower button-up sweater and patent Oxford booties. 🙂

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{Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry: Chunky Textured Toggle Clasp Bracelet, Tirfari Plaited Link Cuff Bracelet & Carved Glass Leaf Motif Bracelet and Earrings Set}

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Trench coat – H&M, Faux Fur Snood – Asos, Velvet Corduroy Skinnies – Paige Denim via Piperlime, Eiffel Tower Sweater – Forever 21, Leopard Print Satchel – Zara & Patent Oxford Booties – Steve Madden}

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{You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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Check out more outtakes from this shoot here – just log onto Facebook to view

I fell head-over-heels with this look over on The Chriselle Factor and just knew that I had to buy a similar faux fur snood from Asos. As soon as it arrived in the mail I tried layering it over a few looks but really liked the way it looked with a classic trench. Et voila!

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Stay tuned for more exciting looks from the Styling 101 series & be sure to check out our past collaborations:

*Jewelry styling by Sasha Maks


Styling 101: New Years Eve

After our sharing our tips for spicing up a chic Little Black Dress for a holiday party with fun statement jewelry {Styling 101: Holiday Dressing} we wanted to tackle the oh-so-glamorous topic of what to wear for a fabulous New Years Eve party. From formal wear for a black tie event to a killer cocktail party dress – We have ideas to inspire everyone no matter what your plans are!

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{Sasha – right- is wearing: Scalloped Link Brass Collar Necklace, Toggle Clasp Panther Necklace, Faux Gem Stone Studded Bangle, Tirfari Plaited Link Cuff Bracelet, Faux Jade Cocktail Ring & Florenza Rhinestone Cocktail Ring}

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{Caity – left – is wearing: Accessocraft Cabochon Pendant Necklace, Tasseled Mesh Chain Necklace, KJL Faux Jade Cuff Bracelet, Ribbon Cuff &  Ciner Domed Ring}

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{Vintage dresses on loan from Mystery Mister – A fabulous vintage boutique in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco}

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{You can also see this outfit on Lookbook.nu & Pose}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

If you’re attending a party or spending the countdown at a fun bar or restaurant than a cocktail dress, skirt + top combo, or a chic ladypants look are in order. Whether you’re going for dramatic colors & fun prints or basic black you can spice up your look with a bold shoe & tons of eye-catching jewelry.

And if you’re attending a gala, benefit, or other black-tie event you will be ringing in the New Year in a stylish floor or tea-length frock. Be sure to stand out from the other ladies by pairing your gown with layered gold or silver jewelry and statement pieces that’ll make your look 100% you.

Stay tuned for more exciting looks from the Styling 101 series & be sure to check out our past collaborations:

*Jewelery styled by Sasha Maksutenko, Dresses from Mystery Mister & Makeup by Christina Aguayo of Looks By Aguayo.


Styling 101: Retro Accessories

This week’s Styling 101 post is all about accessories – Fall & Winter are all about layering and finding chic ways to stay warm that are stylish rather than frumpy.

{Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry: Weiss Sapphire Swirl Brooch and Earrings Demi-Parure, Gold Tone Ball and Rhinestone Charm Bracelet & Hollycraft Flower Motif Ring}

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Black Shift – Burberry Brit via Bloomingdale’s, Faux Fur Scarf – BCBGeneration via Nordstrom & Smoking SlippersSteve Madden via Kohl’s}

{You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

Check out more outtakes from this shoot here – just log onto Facebook to view

When it comes to cold weather my favorite part about getting dressed in the morning is piling on the accessories – From scarves and caps to gloves and boots. This faux fur scarf caught my attention when I saw it not only for the bold color but the fun, retro feel that the style has. Pairing a piece like this with vintage jewelry like this broach & bracelet is perfect because it adds a classic feel and elegance to an otherwise modern look.

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Stay tuned for more exciting looks from the Styling 101 series & be sure to check out our past collaborations:

*Jewelry styling by Sasha Maks


Styling 101: Holiday Dressing

Whether you’re looking for something to wear for a tree lighting ceremony, a holiday cocktail party, or Christmas Eve dinner – We’ve got some holiday fashion inspiration for every occasion!

{Sasha’s wearingSchiaparelli Rare Watermelon Rhinestone Demi Parure, Convertible Rope Link Necklace and Bracelet Demi-Parure, Monet Rope Bracelet, Vendome Demi-Parure, Rhinestone Flower Motif Ring & Rhinestone Cocktail-Party Ring}

{Caity’s wearing: Faux Pearl Shield Necklace, Faux Pearl Strand Necklace, Flapper Black Glass Tassel Sautoir, Bozart Rhinestone Earrings, Pavé Rhinestone Cocktail Ring & Faux Pearl Rhinestone Cocktail Ring}

{Vintage 80’s dresses on loan from Mystery Mister – A fabulous vintage boutique in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco}

{You can also see this outfit on Lookbook.nu & Pose}

This Styling 101 post is about how to dress up basic – and not so basic – black this season. The shops are filled with fabulous frocks right now but if you don’t have the time, the interest, or the disposable income to buy a new dress – Why not spice up your favorite little black dress?

Layering beautiful necklaces, piling on eye-catching cocktail rings, adding a cuff or bangles, and finding oversized earrings that suit you are great ways to add a memorable and personal twist to an LBD.

Stay tuned for more exciting looks from the Styling 101 series & be sure to check out our past collaborations:

In addition to being able to shop the Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry on her website, you can always make an appointment for a private viewing session – You’ll learn the history and background of the pieces you look at and be able to try things on to find what you love most.

Jewelery styled by Sasha Maksutenko