Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Celebrate with Thankfulness

Cheers! Pop! Fizz! Clink! It's New Years Eve! It's time to put on the sparkles and celebrate! It's also that time of year that many people take moments to reflect on what has past and eagerly anticipate what is to come ... 

It's a band new year, a blank canvas, a clean slate, a new start ... What will you do with yours? 

A NYE tradition that my husband + i have been doing for years now is "a little jar of thankfulness"
Its a jar we fill the whole year through with thankful thoughts and moments. We then take time to sit down on NYE + read all the notes of thanksgiving we have written in the past year. They act as reminders to all that we have been through + everything we are thankful for. 
The good times out way the bad and to start a brand new year with a thankful heart is priceless. It sets you up for success in the year to come. This is a treasured tradition of ours. I dare you to try it! 

It is also the perfect NYE party favour or hostess gift if you are going out. I make sure i take a bunch for whoever we end up celebrating with!

As 2014 closes here are some thoughts to send you into 2015 ... 

a new years gift | 
Sometimes magical moments are captured, other times they are seen with the eye but remembered with the heart. 
As one year draws to a close and another begins, we find our selves sentimentally reflecting on what was + eagerly anticipating what is to come. 
We remember with pain those that we have lost, that saw their last year here on earth. 
We smile as we think of precious life just beginning, from the miracles of little ones. 
We laugh out loud with the loved ones that surround our lives daily. 
Though there be pain, we seek out the joy, through the disappointments we rise above, and with endurance + strength we move forward. 
From the intense highs to the painful lows, still your heart + let it respond with thanksgiving, clinging to a new hope, new faith + new love. 

Happy 2015, thank you for a wonder, beauty filled year! X

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Cozy Christmas Sips

It's Christmas Eve, and it just might, possibly snow! So cue the music, roll out the wrapping paper & cozy up with your favourite festive sips!

I mentioned in my previous post, living on the other side of the world brings with it Christmas differences. Instead of seafood & Summer, its snowflakes and snuggles. All the Christmas songs now make sense and i now find myself dreaming of a white Christmas...

There are traditions and parties galore, and endless trips to the mall! But by now the work should be done, so pull out your favourite mug and fill it with one of our favourite drinks! (I am crushing on these copper mugs!)

And don't forget, if you're on the flip side of the sun, you can always have each of these on ice as you laze by the pool...

1 bottle of inexpensive red or white wine
1 litre of apple juice
2 tablespoons of mulling spices

Pour the liquids into a large pot, add the mulling spices secured in a teabag or tea strainer.
Put on low heat for 20mins. Make sure it does not boil. Take out spices after 30mins or to taste.
Pour and enjoy! 

Make coffee to personal liking, add Baileys & cheers! 
Also enjoyed with a few pieces of Peppermint Bark aka Christmas Crack ...

Create hot chocolate to taste, add mountains of mini marshmallows and a peppermint flavoured candy cane spoon! And M&M's for a little extra sugar rush ...

Cheers to Christmas Eve! 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time for Tights

'Tis the season! For Christmas and a New Year! Which means fancy dinners, fun parties and spontaneous celebrations! Time to kick up your heels & wear all your fun dresses in one week.

My sisters and i all share a fun little Christmas tradition of buying a new dress for Christmas day each year. Appropriately named our "Christmas day dresses" 
Now that i live in a climate that is slightly cooler ... ahem ... a good 30-40 degree difference to my home town of Sydney Australia, i have to get creative with my dresses and layers at this time of year. But not even snow will sway me from dressing up to celebrate! 

My favourite solution is to simply add a pair of tights to almost any party dress. This instantly multiplies your days of wearing all those Summer dresses you have long since packed away ...

Lily Sokolov is the owner and co-creator of Time for Tights. I was lucky enough to have coffee with this inspiring woman. Lily left her comfortable job to follow her passion of creating elegant, stylish and quality tights. At this she has succeeded! It is Lily that we have to thank for bringing a touch of european excellence for us to enjoy here in Calgary. Her business model is one of pure beauty. Encouraging women to embrace their own unique beauty, strength and happiness. 

So, whether you are looking longingly at your favourite summer dress wishing you could wear it NOW, or need a last minute Christmas gift for that hard to buy for pretty lady, toodle over to and pick up a pair ... or three! 

Look out for more posts on Lily and her beautiful tights on the blog in the new year. X

Style details | Dress by Urban Outfitters | Tights by Time for Tights | Shoes by Tristan Blair | Jewels by Colette By Colette Hayman
iPhone Photography by Samuel Tolhurst | @instasam_iam 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wrong Side of the Tracks

Yes, i am reminiscing already of days of the sleeveless and sandals... i am after all an Aussie kid, of the sunburnt land down under!

Meanwhile, we have chosen to live in the land of the maple leaves & minus degrees, and its at this time each year, my husband and i begin to question why ...
As the snow begins to fall and the temperatures drop lower than we knew to be possible, i have to take comfort in knowing it does eventually come to an end and the simple threads of summer will once again have their moment.

It may take a couple of these blog posts for me to get over the loss of summer simplicity and embrace the "warmth" of winter layers...

Aussies enjoy and be inspired as the summer heats up over the pond in your direction and to my fellow Canadians, well ... HELP!

Cheers to winter?!

Sassianne. X

Dress by h&m | Sandals by Aldo | Sunnies by Mimco | Clutch by Colette by Colette Hayman | Watch by The Horse | Earrings by Swarovski 
iPhone Photography by: Samuel Tolhurst @instasam_iam

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hawaii Highlights

Oh Hawaii, how we love you! How sweet it was to bask in your glorious sunshine! 

On our way back from Australia, my incredibly thoughtful husby managed to make the bitter, sweet, (bitter = leaving family, friends and the sunshine again ...) by surprising me with 3 days in Hawaii! 
I had no idea and surprises & gifts are my favourite. I was in heaven! He knows me well ... 

We spent 3 days laying on the beach, reading books, sailing on boats and enjoying the daily happy hours! We soaked up every ounce of vitamin d we could because, yes, it was still snowing back in Calgary... Its a hard life but someone has to do it ... Best way to end any trip! 

We had always hoped to get to Hawaii for our 10 year wedding anniversary to renew our vows on the beach. (Our wedding was planned for the beach but torrential rain made it impossible!)
10 years will be this October, i didn't mind being there a few months early! 

These pictures are literally just a snapshot of our time. So many glorious palm trees and picture perfect waters. It is a beautiful part of our wonderful world! X 

Photography by Samuel and Sarah Tolhurst // @instasam_iam @sassianne

Simple Summer Series #2 // Stripes

Shorts, crop, heels - go! These three items are my summer obsession!

I just love this outfit - summery, elegant and easy to wear. A mix of colour and pattern (another obsession!) Easy jewels and my favourite sun hat that i love being able to wear again!

I have said this before but i honestly didn't think i would be wearing crops into my thirties, however, i love the elegance of high waisted meets crop. Just a peek of skin! 
(Lets face it, almost all our skin is hidden for too many months of the year here in Calgary!) 

Ah stripes! Stripes are always a good idea! And every outfit needs a pop of colour.
Orange has never been a colour i tend to give a second glance, but this year i am giving it a work out. I am loving seeing it pop up in my wardrobe more and more. I guess what they say is true ... "orange is the new black!" 

This was a fun outfit, and i love fun! It took me to church, to a wedding shower and out for evening wine and tapas with friends! Sunday best, no need to change! X

Outfit details // Crop by H&M, thrifted shorts, heels by Topshop, bag by Colette by Colette Hayman, hat by Call it Spring, sunnies by Aldo, necklace & rings by Colette by Colette Hayman, bangles by le chateau.

Location // Cougar Ridge, Calgary, Canada

Photography by Samuel Tolhurst // @instasam_iam

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Simple Summer Series // #1

Sweet Summer has landed! Shorts and sandals are finally bearable for this Aussie kid!

Thought i would do a fun little Summer Series here on the blog. Fun, comfortable and simple! Outfits that can take you through the entire day and into the balmy Summer nights.

I love these cute little polka dot shorts. Easy to wear and easy to pair. Remember, shorts aren't just for flat shoes and play dates. This outfit took me on a day of exploring the streets of Honolulu through to happy hour and onto a dinner date with my man. Converse by day and heels by night, my travel mantra!

Simple jewels and statement pattern clashings finished off this easy breezy look.  And i love when a pop of colour comes in the form of a bold red lip! Wanting to try a new on trend colour of lipstick, i dare you to try a summery shade of orange?!

Keep your eyes peeled for more Simply Summer looks on the blog! X

Outfit details // Top by Sportsgirl, shorts by Glassons, shoes by Dolce Vita, clutch by Colette by Colette Hayman, sunnies by Aldo, earring by Sportsgirl, zebra bangle by Target Canada, ring by Colette by Colette Hayman, sunshine and palm trees by Honolulu, Hawaii!  

Photos by Samuel Tolhurst // @instasam_iam 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Crop That!

"A wicked outfit" ... was her only instruction ... Yes, i was still shopping and looking for options just hours before the shoot! The raging beauty Ania.B wanted to shoot me for a fun project she is doing with Nordstrom #welikeyourstyle // The first Nordstrom store in Canada! 
We in the fashion world of Calgary are eagerly awaiting its opening this coming September 2014.

And although these aren't the pics she shot, i thought i would make the most of this "wicked" outfit and share it with you. I must admit i didn't think being 30 would see me in a crop top, i honestly thought i had left them back in the 90's. But i had a vision and so set myself the challenge of how to classy a crop!

Black and white // simple, staple, classic, not to mention versatile and always on trend.
I am in love with this Topshop crop paired with my favourite thrifted leather pencil skirt! Simple and yet statement rose gold accessories add a touch of classy colour. Crop that! X

Wearing // Crop by Topshop, thrifted leather pencil skirt, kicks by Tristan Blair, watch by Michael Kors, jewels by Colette by Colette Hayman, bag by CoLab, sunnies by Aldo, Lady Danger lips by MAC 

Photos by Samuel Tolhurst