Slip Dresses

I have been obsessed with slip and lingerie dresses ever since Spring RTW 2016.  In particular, I was swooning over the slip dresses at the Saint Laurent and Givenchy shows.  To me, they epitomize laid-book, cool glamour.  This one from Saint Laurent was my favorite.

Here are some of my picks that are currently on sale:

This lame gown was the opening dress at the Saint Laurent show.

Saint Laurent Lame Slip Dress

Saint Laurent Lame Slip Dress, NET-A-PORTER

Saint Laurent Slip Dress Lame Back

Saint Laurent Lame Slip Dress, NET-A-PORTER

I loved Riccardo Tisci’s darkly beautiful Givenchy Spring RTW 2016 show (with New York City as the backdrop).   Here’s a beautiful midi slip from that collection:

Givenchy Slip Dress Front

Givenchy Open-back midi dress in black silk-satin, NET-A-PORTER



Givenchy Slip Dress Back

Givenchy Open-back midi dress in black silk-satin, NET-A-PORTER

Here’s a lovely dress that is a more wallet-friendly, but still elegant and pretty:

Maiyet Sleeveless Slip Dress W:Side Slits, Chalk

Maiyet, Sleeveless Slip Dress W/Side Slits, Chalk, Neiman Marcus



Maiyet Sleeveless Slip Dress W:Side Slits, Chalk Back

Maiyet Sleeveless Slip Dress W/Side Slits, Chalk, Neiman Marcus







Must Haves for Different Personal Styles (Part Cinq)

This is the last part of our five part series on Must Haves for Different Personal Styles with Amy Roseveare.  To date, Amy has shared her capsule collections for women with Classic, Bohemian, Glamorous, and Fashion Forward styles.  This week, Amy presents her Must Haves for a woman with an Edgy and Cool style.

Amy:  There’s a fine line between being so edgy that you look like you’re in a costume, to pushing it to the limit of edgy elegance.  You need some elements of rock’n roll in your closet, and the hearty zippers on this Tom Ford clutch/shoulder bag are reminiscent of the zippers on a biker jacket, yet so much more polished.

Tom Ford bag

Tom Ford Bag #2

With the whole black and white trend going strong this season, I think these sling-black open-toe booties by Balenciaga definitely up the sex appeal of an outfit, yet in a sophisticated way.


This woman definitely wants to wear a piece of distinctive jewelry every day, and she can’t go wrong with this Jacqueline Cullen necklace with carved jet and black diamonds.  It will definitely be a conversation starter, not that she needs one…



Must Haves for Different Personal Styles (Part Quatre)

This is part four of our five part series on Must Haves for Different Personal Styles with Amy Roseveare.  To date, Amy has shared her capsule collections for  women with Classic, Bohemian, and Glamorous styles.  This week, Amy presents her Must Haves for the Fashion Forward woman.

Amy:  It’s often the fashion forward woman who makes us stop and think, “Hmm…I haven’t seen that before!” And center to this style is a brand new bag silhouette, like this wristlet by Celine.

Celine Wristlet


Equally trend-setting are these Dries Van Noten sandals, with beading and a very interesting pattern on the block heel.


Dries Van Noten


And there’s no question that the fashion forward gal must own a Spinelli Kilcollin ring.  You can wear it on one finger, or spread it out among multiple fingers and layer it with other rings. Fab! And in this case, the gold loops tie right back in with  the gold circle detail on the bag.

FF Ring

Must Haves for Different Personal Styles (Part Trois)

This is part three of our five part series on Must Haves for Different Personal Styles with Amy Roseveare.  I am loving Amy’s picks so far for each personal style.  To date, Amy has shared her capsule collections for  women with Classic and Bohemian styles.  This week, Amy presents her Must Haves for a woman with a Glamorous take on style.

Amy:  Glamour girls always want eyes on them when they walk into a room, so they’ve got to have some accessories with distinction. This three-colored bag with gold details by Chloe would certainly draw my attention!

Chloe Bag

Pulling out the grey tone from the bag, these dreamy Gianvito Rossi suede booties would elevate any outfit, from jeans to a pencil skirt.

Gianvito Rossi Bootie

To tie the warm and cool tones together, and add a dash of bling (a necessity, of course!). This modern diamond cuff by Ileana Makri does the trick.  J Lo would probably wear one on each wrist!

Diamond Cuff

Must Haves for Different Personal Styles (Part Deux)

Last week, we started our five part series on Must Haves for Different Personal Styles with Amy Roseveare, a much sought after stylist and image consultant.  Amy shared her capsule collection for the woman with Classic Style.  This week, Amy presents her Must Haves for Bohemian Style.

Amy:  This season’s bohemian doesn’t mean that you look like you just walked out of the Haight Ashbury.  Instead, it’s a bit more of a refined look, yet still with natural details that appeal to a gypsy’s heart. First up is this Bottega Veneta bag. With the mix of texture, subtle shine and snakeskin, it will take you day to evening.

Bottega Veneta Bag

There’s always room for fringe accents in a bohemian closet, and I adore these suede sandals by Chloe. The gold bar really makes them modern!

Chloe Fringe Sandal

Carrying this gold detail to the wrist, this Maiyet cuff packs some punch with the grey horn plate.

Maiyet Cuff


Must Haves for Different Personal Styles (Part Un)

We’re thrilled and excited to welcome Amy Roseveare as our guest blogger. Amy is a much sought after stylist and image consultant. Twice she has been voted one of the best personal shoppers in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine.   She also has her own blog, where she shares her deep passion and love of jewelry.

I sat down with Amy to talk about different personal styles recently. Not everyone fits into a neat little category, but many of us do gravitate towards one particular fashion persona. I gave Amy five examples of personal styles and she created a capsule collection of must-have accessories and jewelry for each one.  This week we will see Amy’s capsule collection for the Classic style.  And then every week in March I will post a new capsule collection for the remaining styles on our list.  Here they are–which style are you?

Classic – This person has an elegant, sophisticated style and gravitates towards classic silhouettes and pieces like a LBD, a killer pencil skirt, pumps and a classic trench coat. Always pulled-together no matter what the occasion, their looks are timeless and never dated. For me, Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow epitomize this style.

 Bohemian – This is the free spirited woman who marches to the beat of her own drum. A refined hippy vibe and strong influences from the 60s, like maxi-dresses, define this style. Think Kate Hudson and Rachel Zoe.

Glamorous- If this is your personal style, you probably feel most beautiful dressed in a gown. You don’t do basics and you only wear sneakers to the gym. Even your casual outfits are slightly dressed up (maybe with something with sparkles).   High heels, fur, sequins, and lace – you love them all. Good examples: Jennifer Lopez and Anne Hathaway.

Fashion Forward – A fashion forward person always wears something unexpected and out of the box. She looks effortless, never obvious or overly done up. When I think of fashion forward style, I immediately think of Cate Blanchett, one of my personal style icons. She opens our minds and sets trends rather than following them. Emma Stone is another example. She recently wore a custom Lanvin pant outfit which was fun and out of the box.

Edgy & Cool – Sexy and daring, if this is your personal style you are always wearing the latest trends, but never completely playing by the rules. Even your refined looks have a little bit of edge. For me, Rihanna, is the best example of this type of style and, boy, does she do it so well.

Amy:  I’ve had so much fun shopping online for these five different styles, Maria! I decided to select a three-piece accessory capsule for each style, including a bag, a shoe, and a piece of jewelry. They all coordinate with each other, and each piece should effortlessly work back with their existing wardrobes. It’s my belief that we should take some shopping cues from our fashionista friends in Europe. By that, I mean investing in fewer things each season, yet choose the best quality you can afford. In doing so, your cost-per-wear will be substantially lower than if you filled your closet with a ton of (less expensive) stuff that you rarely wear and doesn’t last for the long run. Granted, the items I’ve selected are substantial investments, but if they’re not in your budget, just take them as style ideas and look for similar items at price-points you’re comfortable with.


By now, I’m assuming that the classic gal has had her fill of black bags, so for spring, I’m suggesting a grey capsule. Grey is still very classic, yet gives things a little twist for the season. First, is a Saint Laurent shoulder bag.  I love the mix of warm and cool with the leather color and metal details.

YSl Grey BagI love this paired with these chain-mail look pumps by Manolo Blahnik. They are still a very classic silhouette, yet the texture really adds some interest. Couldn’t you see Kate Middleton wearing these?

Manolo BlahnikFinally, in lieu of pearl studs or hoops, which I know the classic gal has a jewelry box full of, I’d add these moonstone earrings by Nak Armstrong. The neutral stone would be extremely versatile, and they provide some nice sparkle by the face, drawing one’s attention right there.  I also love how the shape of the earrings harmonized with the stitching on the bag.

Moonstone Earrings


One of my favorite sources of inspiration is strolling through Barneys in New York City.  On a recent visit, discovered this beautiful body con dress by Martin Grant.

Martin Grant Fuchsia Bodycon DressThen I discovered this look:  fuchsia maxi-skirt with a sheer navy blue top.  Love the color combination!

Martin Grant Hot Pink Maxi Skirt and Blue TopBoth of these looks were from his Autumn Winter 2014 / 2015 collection.

White After Dark

One of my favorite stores anywhere is Cris on Polk Street in San Francisco.  I’ve found some very beautiful pieces including a chic, pinstripe dress by Michael Kors and a leopard Dior handbag.  Everyone in the store is super-helpful and friendly including the very stylish owner, Cris (of course!).

Last week, I stopped by and was inspired by her white and sparkly New Year’s windows.  Recently, we also saw a lot of white and metallics on the red carpet:  Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace and Julianne Moore in custom Givenchy Couture (Golden Globes) and Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture (Critics Choice Awards).  White is so refreshing and surprising for evening!

Store Window, Cris in San Francisco. Badgley Mischka, size 10


The Essence of Style

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 Headshot for BlogSasha 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 Belt Interview

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 willing to take a risk and feel confident pulling it off.

Sasha Styling Pic of Me

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.

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!