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MCLV Style: Colorblocking

Shift dresses and drop waists have long been a staple in my closet so I was thrilled when The Great Gatsby sparked a flood of retro-inspired collections for Spring and Fall 2013. This simple yellow & white colorblock shift caught my eye immediately – It’s simple in design & a classic silhouette but still manages to be bold.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Colorblock Dress – Zara, Heels – Giuseppe Zanotti, Clutch – BCBG, and Bracelets – BCBG & Anne Taylor}

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

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{Photographs by Lydia Hudgens}

Another bonus of this dress is it’s versatility – Since it’s such a clean piece you can take the look any direction you’d like. For nighttime I’d add a blazer and killer strappy heels, while you could put together a sweet Summer look with ballet flats and a floral headscarf.

What’s my favorite part of these pictures? The photographer who shot them! ❤ I’ve been a longtime fan of Lydia Hudgens and was thrilled to not only get a chance to meet her but to shoot with her. Stay tuned for three more great looks!

Are you a fan of retro silhouettes and styles like shifts and colorblocking like me?

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San Francisco Fashion: Sonas Denim, Sasha Maks Vintage + The Factory

This past week was a whirlwind and between the Sonas Denim launch party and doing some really fun work with Ajent, I was honored to attend two events that featured clothes from The Factory and jewelry from Sasha Maks Vintage.

I’ll let the pretty pictures do the talking!

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Stunning, no? Even if you’re not in the Bay Area you can still indulge in these lovely pieces, the clothes AND the baubles can be shopped online. And be sure to keep an eye out for the Sonas Denim kickstarter video out next week!


Styling 101: Retro Style

Did you enjoy the first two lookbooks featuring the beautiful retro Marrakech-inspired collection from The Factory? If you missed them you can catch up here – Voyage To Marrakech & Voyage To Marrakech: Lookbook II.

After receiving such great feedback on the fist two posts and hearing so many questions about the pieces I wanted to do another full post showing more of the details on the clothes and jewelry that I got a chance to wear – Enjoy!

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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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{Photography – Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography, Jewelry & Jewelry Styling – Sasha Maks Vintage, Make-Up by Michael Bondi & Clothing – The Factory}

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Which of these looks was your favorite? Out of all of the pieces pictured in the photographs above what would YOU pick out for yourself?

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These past two days I’ve been thoroughly enjoying myself at the parties, trunk shows & festivities celebrating the official launch of the Voyage To Marrakech collection from The Factory and their collaboration with Sasha Maks Vintage. Be sure to keep an eye out for future events – These are NOT to be missed. 🙂

Stay tuned for more beautiful pictures from the trunk show as well as from the custom evening wear runway show!


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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{Collaboration} Voyage To Marrakech

One of my favorite trends in stores this Spring are all the fabulous retro-inspired pieces {Looks of the Week – Retro Editionso I was thrilled to get a chance to wear the newly launched Marrakech-inspired collection from The Factory. Combine these vibrant colors & bold prints with gorgeous vintage costume jewelry from Sasha Maks Vintage and you’ve got a winning look!

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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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{Photography – Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography, Jewelry & Jewelry Styling – Sasha Maks Vintage & Clothing – The Factory}

If you enjoyed these pieces as much as I did you’ll have to join Sasha Maks & I to celebrate the launch of this beautiful collection tomorrow at The Factory – You can RSVP here.

I hope to see you there!


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}

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

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


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!

{Smitten with the vintage jewelry in the Styling 101 posts? Sign up for news on latest arrivals & upcoming events from Sasha Maks Vintage here or visit her on Facebook}

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.