Hello 2017!

I like to start the new year with a good start and not to mention, a new dress. This new baby was a Christmas present from my dad (I chose it) however the weather has been pretty hot for it, so on Christmas day I had to resort to wearing something else. This off-shoulder silhouette is very much on-trend and it was the major attraction for me however the lace on it is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks to my lovely husband, we took some photos on this beautiful summer day.

I have reflected on last year’s achievements and milestone moments in the previous post but for this year one of my main goals is self- improvement. For me, I would like to spend 2017 working on myself among other things. I would like to work on my health and fitness, spending more time on my hobbies and definitely improving my bank balance. I think I have made good track so far, I went to the gym today and have plans to keep going 3-4 times a week. Hopefully, I will get to a peak in my fitness with a bit of time management and endurance.

Dress – Portmans (Sold Out) Similar

What about you, have you made your resolutions for the new year? 

Much love and blessings to you all for a great 2017 xxx. 

How to Wear Statement Jewellery

I have worked in the jewellery/retail industry for the last 6 years and love everything about it. I for one never used to wear any jewellery. The only stuff I had worn were fashion bits from Sportsgirl or Diva, so when I started working in a luxury jewellery establishment I learnt a lot! I learnt the works from differences and types of gold all the way to Swarovski and more. I still work with jewellery so I’m fortunate enough to own some lovely pieces and of course wear them.

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I guess to sum it up, it is safe to say I can tell you a thing or two about how to wear jewellery and today I will be talking specifically about statement pieces.

  1. Less is more

    Bold pieces should be allowed to stand out so make sure not to overdo it with more than one statement piece at a time. If you do feel the need to wear more than one piece pair them tastefully. For example if you are wearing a statement necklace, keep the earrings something simple instead of big chandelier earrings.

    The key is to keep it chic. Another thing is you don’t have to spend much on statement pieces. Yes, I know I have a Swarovski piece but you can easily find awesome pieces from vintage shops, thrift stores and mix and match using your personal sense of style. Big tip: hand-me-downs can be amazing too!

Photo by Brian Heap

Photo by Brian Heap

  1. Keep it simple

    When you wear big statement accessories, simple clothes are enough to make an outfit. Stay clear of big embellishments and sequins mixed with bold jewellery. The clashing of styles can also make fashion faux-pas. Remember you want your statement piece to stand out, so match items wisely. You want your piece to be the centre of attention, creating a highlight on one item is enough instead of too many pieces put together. A little black dress is a the perfect blank canvas for key jewellery pieces.

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Dress by French Connection

Necklace by Swarovski

3. Create an outfit

Remember that when you style your statement jewellery there should be a cohesive look or it should look good! Style pearls with a frock for a vintage flapper look, or put a chunky ring a wooden bangles with a bohemian skirt for that gypsy look. Colour themes also work well to create an outfit. When you have a similar style or theme your create a story within your outfit and that in itself makes a statement.

4. Have fun with it and show your style spirit!

Just like clothes, jewellery is a form of expression and can reflection your personality. My best recommendation would be to be yourself and have fun with your style spirit. You might have a signature item of jewellery or specific colour of jewellery, regardless there is no boundary to your imagination and creativity!

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This necklace has been my latest statement piece purchase of the season and it is from Swarovski. I am a huge fan and collector of this crystal jewellery brand and I am a proud owner of this Eminence Necklace. It was truly love at first sight and I knew I had to own this gorgeous piece. I have already worn this a few times and can’t wait to wear it some more.

Generally I love to style it with simple black and white or neutral colours. I love the colours on this piece and the way it sits on the neckline. Here I have styled it with denim and this can be worn for a casual Sunday lunch.

Lastly big thank you to my gorgeous husband, Brian Heap for taking some of these photos for me and your patience xo.

 

Do you have a favourite statement jewellery item?   

I am always looking forward to your comments and suggestions. Let me know if you liked my post xx

* Disclaimer: All items featured were purchased me.

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

First Day of May

First Day of May

First Day of May

Hello all! I have been motivated recently to challenge myself to jazz up my everyday style by incorporating a capsule wardrobe for Winter 2016. It has taken me since Dec 2015 to work up the courage to pare down my huge wardrobe to a mere 30 items not including gym clothes, lounge wear, formal/event wear and shoes. I have my reasons for doing this but other than that I think it is a fun challenge to look at my everyday style from a slightly different perspective.

So for the next few months (3 to be exact-May, June, July) I will be on a no buying clothes ban. This is really a big step for me but I think it is something I have to work with and I am sure I will have fun with it. I will not be restricted to buying any basics that need to be replaced and to be honest I won’t make to much of a big deal if I buy one or two things. The main idea is not to continuously have ASOS parcels arriving every week.! ( No, serious!) and to have some fun with dressing up.

 

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Hot Options plaid jacket, Postie red knit jumper, Portmans black skirt, Tony Bianco boots, Gap scarf

So my first look for the month is this 60s Mod look as my husband calls it! This knit is a new addition to my wardrobe and as you will soon see my capsule wardrobe for winter contains a lot of neutral colours like black and white. I wanted to inject a bit of colour into it by adding red, green and pink as colour looks good on me. Winter being a typically dreary cold time needs to made more uplifting with a pinch of hue.

I won’t be posting every single day however I will post regularly with my outfits and capsule wardrobe for winter. Let me know if you like posts like this by leaving a comment below.

Sarah xo.

Seasons

Hello all! It is the last day of Summer here in beautiful Ballarat. I have enjoyed the weather thoroughly and sad to see the season is go. However with the passing of a season comes a new one. Autumn- and I’m looking forward to it!

A couple of weeks ago, I had my Hen’s night or Bachelorette as it is familiar to some. A party with my favourite girls to celebrate my single life and onto the next stage, marrying my fiancee, Mr. SbS. I used the opportunity to get some outfit shots done as this dress is just fabulous.

I have had this Cameo Winter Wind dress for about 2 years but only wore it once. Thought this occasion would be perfect for it on a gorgeous summer evening.

 

Dress Cameo

Shoes Primavera

Photo by Steph

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The dress has a slight 50s feel to it as it has two layers, once slim fitted one and another one that has a bit of bounce to it. The print of this was the main attraction of this dress for me. It is a beautiful botanical print with seasonal warm tones.

Now onto the Hen’s night. It was a huge night! We started the night of a lovely wine bar and the rest really was history. I have to thank all the ladies in my life for making this night extra special, I would not have had it any other way.

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The Bride to Be

The Bride to Be

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I have had a whirlwind of the last couple of months and blogging has been put on a standstill. Hopefully after the big day in a couple of weeks I will have more time on my hands. I have also just started a part time job which means my hours will be regular hence a better work and life routine.

Sarah xo.