Be Stylish and Stay Warm This Winter

As I write this post, the heater is turned on and my face is literally freezing. It is in times like these, all I want to do is hibernate, and probably will continue to do so for the next 5 months! I feel that most of us will probably want to just rug up and hence style is secondary. Yes, I admit I am guilty of that but this winter I am trying to keep style primary and still be comfortable (and warm!) Here I have some ways to remain challenged in your fashion sense over winter.

Layering

The first big tip I have would be layering. Personally I don’t like walking around like a bloated penguin so in order to counter than I wear layers. Right now, it is 5-11 degrees Celsius in Ballarat so that means about 3-4 items to keep me warm.

Generally, start with basic staple wardrobe pieces such as singlet tops and t-shirt tops and then for winter- a knit over the top and over that a jacket or coat and maybe depending on the cold factor, I accessorise with a scarf.

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Olivia Palermo is one person whom I feel emulates this art very well. She pairs up statement pieces with basic staples all the time and is probably one of my favourite street style icons.

Choice of Materials

I only recently started focusing more in this point, as I have just started placing an important in fabrics and quality of materials used in clothing however choosing your material during winter might be helpful depending on your lifestyle and personal circumstance such as body temperature. Not everyone is alike and some people feel the cold more than others.

It is quite simple really.

  • Inner layer = thin material and is body contoured to fit your shape
  • Middle layer = thicker material, bulky and warm to trap the air
  • Outer layer = waterproof, wind proof and good warm insulation in your jacket or coat.

I find that materials such as cotton are great for inner layer basics and pair that with wool, leather or even blends will help keep warm. If you get too warm, just peel a layer! Along with layering and choosing the right materials, you can definitely create stylish looks for your winter wardrobe.

Key Pieces to Look for this Winter

  • Fluffy jacket
  • Knitted dress
  • Boots
  • Scarves

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Hope you enjoyed this post and have a stylish season my lovelies xx

Our Wedding Day

So this is the much awaited wedding day post. I have truly been saving this one for a while for two reasons; I have been busy with a new job (in addition to my part-time one) and I love each and every one of these photo’s too much and have been keeping them to myself!

My husband and I got married on March 12th 2016 on a glorious autumn day. We were joined by our closest family and friends at the Buninyong Botanical Gardens in Buninyong for the ceremony and had the reception dinner at Jacksons and Co in Ballarat. I will let the photos do the speaking for the most part.

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I love looking at these photos. Every time, it feels like I am reliving the moment, again and again. It was truly the best day ever for me and I would not have changed a thing.

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Many thanks to Scott Kittelty of One Point Photography for your guidance (in all the little things) and photographing our big day. My beautiful dress was created by Claudia Searle of Claudia Co Pretty Mix. Our bridal flowers and cake florals were done by Rachel Leonard of Wild Daughter. Not to forget the Black Sheep Hire Co who coordinated and supplied chairs for our ceremony. Thanks to my lovely ladies, Carolyn Darke and Debra Berry- love you both dearly and also for creating a gorgeous cake creation for us. And lastly to all the family and friends who came from near and far, thank you for making this day extra special and sharing it with us. xxx S

All photos by Scott Kittelty of One Point Photography

Colours for the Season: Winter

Winter is coming, yes it is- literally. As a new season starts to come in, there are colours that start to make appearances and become the colours of the season. For me, as I have been working with a capsule wardrobe I like to spot what is around and how I can incorporate that into my own wardrobe.

So what colours have I been feeling you ask..? This colour for me, made an appearance a couple of years ago and I think pale pink is definitely back!

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Marsala is “much like fortified wine in that this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness”. This was the description of the pantone colour of the year for 2015. Marsala is probably a more fancy version of burgundy or a red brown of sorts.

Who said overalls couldn't look savvy and professional? Obsessed with this suede black overall set, paired over a thick ruby turtle-neck, with over-sized tortoise-colored shades.:

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I feel that both these colours; one a softer shade and the other a darker hue in some way bring a hint of colour into the cold winter days. By adding a statement item that is of one of these colours it helps create a core for a winter look and can be layered with staple pieces such as knits and jeans to help build a strong outfit.

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Hope you all enjoyed this simple style post. Look out for my next post on Wednesday! S. xx

My Wedding Dress

For those who have been following me since the beginning, you would probably know that I tied the know sometime ago. 2 months to be exact! I can’t believe that time has gone by so fast since the day however I have not had much time to say much about it on Style by Sasha. 

I love all things fashion, so when it came time to choose a dress I was going to wear on my wedding day what do you think.. I was utterly confused. For most part of our engagement I was overseas (in Malaysia) which did not leave me many options. After going through the internet, magazines and everything bridal, I decided to go for a custom made gown. After looking through dressmakers in Ballarat, I decided on Claudia of Claudia Co Pretty Minx. She was such a joy to work together with (via email!) in creating my beautiful dream.

From the beginning drafting stages right to choosing the fabric, I loved every part of the process (Thanks Claud for putting up with me!) Seeing the dress come to life was an amazing experience. The gown is made up of three different types of material. The dress is held together with silk and the top bodice area is made up of a beautiful lace with crystals that Claudia hand sewn to the dress. For me my favourite part of the dress was the base and train of the dress which consisted of an embellished 3D floral tulle material. It is so pretty and modern!

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Dress by Claudia Co. Flowers by Wild Daughter. #ballaratweddings

Here is a sneak peek of our big day. Stay tuned for more of our special day soon on Style by Sasha. 

Looking back now I have no regrets and my wedding gown is by far the most beautiful thing I own. I just wish I could do it all over again. S xx

Mr and Mrs on our wedding day

Mr and Mrs on our wedding day

Weekend Outfits #1

I was going to do a ‘outfits of the week’ to show my readers how I have been going with my no-shopping challenge and my autumn capsule wardrobe however due to time and other factors like the weather /bad lighting it has not been easy. Instead, I have gone for just my weekend looks.

During the week my outfits normally consist of a minimalist aka black and white colour palette. This is mainly because I work in a retail workplace where we have to abide by a smart casual attire and the colour restrictions. It would be nice to wear some colour however over the years I have gotten used to it and it is nice to have a uniform to keep to for workwear.

I can proudly say that two weeks have gone by since I purchased any items of clothing. Yes, there have been temptations but I will try my best to keep on keeping on.

Here we go…

1.Colourful Fun

This is probably going to be my go to dress of winter for me. I got it from Zara recently whilst on trip to Melbourne and thought it would be the perfect winter piece of colour. It is made of a knit material which is good for layering in colder weather and yet can be worn in casual and styled for a more formal look.

Also, I live in tights and boots during winter as I love to wear skirts and dresses so this look fits the brief!

Cardigan: Asos – Link!

Dress: Zara – Link!

Boots: Tony Bianco

2.Date Night Look

I have loved this pair of white denim jeans from Immoni Melbourne. They are are a tad big but I still wear them! This top is so gorgeous and frilly another awesome Zara find. I am an avid Zara shopper and have been for years. They make lots of great pieces, all at affordable prices and good quality to top it off.

Jacket: Jacqui E – Link!

Top: Zara – Link!

Pants: Immoni – Link!

Shoes: Sportsgirl

3. Relaxed Casual Sundaysimage1

This is probably the favourite of all my looks because it is so comfy and warm. With the extreme Ballarat weather, it is nice to be able to wear little but still feel cosy and warm.  I know that when the cold weather comes most people tend to wear black but it is my mission to keep the bright and light colours going all year round (not just in summer time) Watch this space as I will be doing a post about colours for winter soon!

Jumper: Sportsgirl – Link!

Jeans: Immoni – Link! 

Shoes: Converse- Link!

Sunnies: H&M

All photos by my husband!

 

Hope all of you gorgeous readers have a lovely week ahead! x