.vintage baubles.

moi contre la vie & sasha maks vintage, upper right corner

It’s no secret that I love me some Sasha Maks Vintage. Her hand-picked collection of vintage baubles is absolutely massive – seriously, she has something for every style. Sasha has an impeccable eye for vintage jewelry. While she has pieces from all throughout the 20th century, her eclectic selection is heavily focused on 60’s-70’s Pop and Mod styles (think YSL, Chanel and Dior).

Last week SMV hosted a trunk show at Mike Page Style Lab, which is a beautiful salon downtown on Post and Jones. I’ve collaborated with owner Michael on a couple different fashion events and I simply love working with him – and his amazing space! BTW, if you’re craving some beautiful hair, he is definitely the man to see.

stunning jewels & lovely shoppers

The event also had makeup styling and rockstar giftbags  from another fabulous local business, Beauty Company. It was a night filled with all my favorite things! When you check out Sasha’s website remember she also does views by appointment: meaning you get one-on-one time with the expert herself. I promise you, there is NO better selection of vintage jewels in the Bay Area!



As I reflect on the impending Thanksgiving holiday, my thankful list is growing at a rapid pace. Though this year was full of many memories – great joy, sorrowful loss, personal rediscovery – I am most grateful to be living where I love, with the person I love, doing what I love.

Being a writer was always my dream job (for when I “grew up” – har har). This year I have followed my passions and expanded my writing from the unfortunate direction it was heading (neglected hobby) to where I want it to be (flourishing full-time!). Despite having been in the SF beauty/fashion scene for the last few years, albeit in different contexts, I was still amazed at the community support I discovered as I dove into my professional career.

There are a few particular organizations that have facilitated my writing career in 2012, and I hope to write about them each as we travel into 2013. First on my list is certainly San Francisco Fashion And Merchants Alliance, Inc.

Known as the largest and most innovative fashion organization in Northern California, SFFAMA sponsors numerous fabulous events which highlight local designers, start-ups, writers and more. I’ve attended a few great SFFAMA events, including at The Factory and JYJZ.  I love their dedication to connecting local talent. I have met countless inspiring San Franciscans that encourage me to keep pursuing my dreams.

As the holiday season continues full swing, I hope to keep reflecting on the multitude of treasures I have to be thankful for (including SFFAMA mentioned above). I hope you each have a thankful, delicious, happy holiday!

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” Margaret Cousins

.guest post on sasha maks vintage.

There’s a new guest post on Sasha Maks Vintage, and it’s all about these beautiful Robert Goossens earrings from the 1980’s! Click here to read my guest post and learn more about these amazing jewels.

Remember you can buy them THIS Wednesday at Sasha Maks Vintage trunk show at Mike Page Style Lab. Click here to view the invitation and RSVP. I can’t wait to see the newest pieces in SMV’s collection. Make sure you come up and say hello, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my blog!

.fashion bloggers connect @ jyjz.

Carmen, Kyle (owner), Arleen

Carmen, Kyle (co-owner), Arleen

Tonight I attended the Fashion Bloggers Connect event at retail space JYJZ (located inside Westfield Mall on the 4th floor near Bloomindales under the dome). It was my first time in this shop and I loved it! The event was well attended by local San Francisco fashion bloggers and the buzz in the store sparked my interest in their concept.

"Puurfect" cardigan

“Puurfect” cardigan

JYJZ (which are the intials of the twin brother owners) is an Asian/European fusion boutique with a dash of California style. Their designs are sourced largely from their own line Franco. Franco is a collaboration of independent Korean designers and the talented team of JYJZ, who all work together to tweak the Korean designs for an American market.

Funky print + bead sweater paired with jacket

Funky print + bead sweater paired with jacket

Merchandising Manager Arleen mentioned that oftentimes customers may ask for particular styles: sheer tops, printed maxis, cropped jackets, etc. JYJZ make these recommendations to the Asian designers for inspiration. Sometimes they take new Korean designs and change them slightly (increase the length, etc.) until they achieve perfection.

JYJZ staffer Joy in their label Franco

JYJZ staffer Joy in their label Franco

JYJZ also sources clothes from the major Asian label Lily. With 400 stores in Asia (holy Toledo!) and 10 in Europe, think of it as the Forever21 of on these continents. JYJZ is the first USA store to carry Lily, which is a major milestone.

Fall in love...

Fall in love…

Lucky for the customer, Lily does not have the huge following in America as it does across the globe – meaning JYJZ sells their Lily frocks at major discount. I spotted darling cocktail dresses for $36, trendy beret-style winter hats for $28 and patterned leggings for $16. Score!

Sequins + fringe purse, swoon!

Sequins + fringe purse, swoon!

Another Asian brand carried at JYJZ is Saba, whose designs were some of my particular favorites. American & European designers also exist in the shop including in LA-based company Teenplo and Europe’s Only Clothing, Vera Moda and Max C, all three of Asos fame. The combo of primarily Asian/European influence with an American twist provides a great selection of clothing and accessories for all types of fashionistas.

Sewing machine jewelry display

Sewing machine jewelry display

JYJZ also contains accessories (note the delightful hats and hairbows below) including slightly-naughty gifts: suggestive wine stoppers, bottle openers and piggy banks line the back counter. The eclectic mix of these reasonably-priced items are make adorable, unique gift ideas.

Love the burnt-orange hat!

Love the burnt-orange hat!

The more I browsed around JYJZ the more gems I discovered. I highly suggest making a trip to Westfield to stroll around and see what goodies you come across. Leave your comments below and tell me what you found!

.sparkling ‘tree of life’ inspiration.

Bright colors, unusually-shaped stones and crisp lines are prevalent themes of high-end costume jewelry. Often evoking a Far East sentiment, this jewelry was largely inspired by the Indian Moghul “Tree of Life” designs from the 1920’s & 1930’s. Cartier was especially well-known for recreating these colorful designs. Oftentimes called the “Tutti Frutti” or “Fruit Salad” style, Cartier’s style contained bright gemstones and flower/leaves engravings. Click here to see more images.

The beautiful demi-parure pictured above (meaning two coordinating pieces intended to wear together) is inspired by the Tree of Life design. These vintage pieces were sourced in Madrid, and the bracelet is exceptionally flexible (each two-leaf segment accented with a pavé marquise design is a separate link).

Both the earrings and bracelet contain an intricate leaf pattern, similar to Cartier’s Tutti Frutti style. Each red and green leaf is colored glass and each gold leaf is carved. These pieces are believed to be from the 1960’s and are undoubtedly one of a kind. Find these pieces at Sasha Maks Vintage’s trunk show this Wednesday, November 14th at Mike Page Style Lab 664 Post Street (at Jones), San Francisco from 6-9pm. Click here to view the invitation.

This sparkling set is absolutely perfect for the holidays. Amp up your Yuletide cheer with these (and many other) unique, beautiful vintage pieces at the trunk show. I look forward to seeing you there – I will certainly be stocking up on baubles (and bubbles!) myself. Come say hi and tell me what you think of this blog…and the beautiful jewels!