She is quick and curious and playful and strong: kate spade love

Occasionally you come across a brand that doesn’t just create great products, but it embodies a spirit you really connect with. kate spade new york (ksny) is that brand for me. Being the sublime seeking lovely things that you are, you may already be familiar with the delight of kate spade. Regardless, I hope this post is helpful as I share with you my favourite ksny things and some tips and tricks for purchasing their finest delights in the most thrifty of ways! The ksny love affair kate spade new york has done an exceedingly brilliant job at not just creating products, but creating a lifestyle… and offering products that fit into that way of living. ‘Live colorfully’, ‘travel colorfully’, ‘dress colorfully’, ‘entertain colorfully’; the ksny mantra is to live your most vibrant life. The ksny woman is not defined by her relationship or her job, she does not rely upon her ability to be sexy to validate any aspect of her life.

quick and curious playful and strong

Stylish, cheeky and fun, she is confident and present. She is everything I aspire to be! Well done ksny, got me hook, line and sinker! So am I just buying into a very carefully crafted marketing ploy? Perhaps. But does it matter anyway? I don’t know! I think buying from a brand whose philosophy you believe in is wonderful! Perhaps the real answer comes in terms of the product that’s offered. kate spade are best known for their extensive range of handbags, clothing and accessories (shoes, jewellery, tech and more). Their line also extends into very lovely stationery and homewares. There is so much to love! Here are some of my very favourite ksny things: photo 1 photo 2 Always a joy to wear, have and hold. Major ksny lovin’.

10 Things I looooove about kate spade! 

There is a great deal more than 10 things to love about ksny, but I’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best! 1. Their exquisite packaging! Kate Spade packaging 2. Their insanely gorgeous stores and shopfronts, I challenge any sublime seeker to walk past without going in! ksny store madison kate spade 2 article-2034280-0D7B2CCD00000578-842_306x290 Kate-Spade-Highland-Village-March-2014_140211 KS Window 3. Deborah Lloyd, creative director, is a fellow pear shape, and I feel that sista’s really got the back of all us pears out there with their awesome selection of fit-and-flare dresses! I haven’t found a brand whose dresses fit me as well as ksny yet! Hallelujah!

The Very Genius Deborah Lloyd

Deborah Lloyd, you so fine!

4. Their wide spread devotion the the handwritten note and supremely beautiful stationery ksny stationery

kate spade stationery

5. The *incredible* 75% off sales they do!! These sales happen but a few times a year and are like Christmas came early when the email is in the inbox! I live in a house with two boys who are FULLY alert and functioning within moments of waking up in the morning, where I snooze half a dozen times then shuffle around the house groaning for the next hour. Not on a 75% off morning! Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, sublime seekers!

ksny surprise sale! 6. Their ridiculously gorgeous clothing and campaigns… with models of many nationalities… that all look HAPPY! kate-spade-new-york-spring-summer-2012-ad-campaign2

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ksny happy models

  7. Their extreme love of the bow, you’ll find bows featuring (and hidden!) in all sorts of their designs

ksny well placed bow

All these items are available from katespade.com now! (The black bow on the top right is a USB stick!!)

 

8. Their commitment to fun and frivolity… the ksny gal knows how to have a good time and doesn’t take herself too seriously

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9. Bright pops of colour that feature in so much of their product

PINK blue YELLOW

10. That kate spade knows what they love too! In 2012 ksny published the “things we love” book to celebrate 20 years of kate spade. Not surprisingly it is FILLED with exceptional loveliness!

kate spade Things We Love book

I want more ksny in my life! 

Right!? In exquisitely exciting news, kate spade is due to open their first ever outlet in Australia; Melbourne’s new super fancy Emporium shopping precinct will be home to the store from July! emporium melbourne So freaking excited and I’m not even a Melbournite! In even more super awesome news, kate spade have JUST started shipping direct to Australia for a flat rate of $35! The shipping is fast, think at your door in 4 days. While $35 can’t quite be described a cheap shipping, a bit of poking around will quickly identify that we pay a premium to Australian stockists of kate spade products (handbags, accessories, stationery and homewards only) down under. David Jones is the primary stockist and charging close to double what you’d pay in the states!

The lovely Grace Avenue 8x10 inch photo frame, $75 on katespade.com $149 from David Jones

The lovely Grace Avenue 8×10 inch photo frame, $75 on katespade.com $149 from David Jones. How good is that $35 shipping looking now?

In recent trip to Singapore (home to three ksny stores), I was devastated to find the price difference on clothing to be at times more than double US prices. Unfortunately the residents of Singapore can’t shop from katespade.com because they have outlets in their country – katespade.com will only ship to the following countries: KSNY shipping But hang on, does that mean katespade.com won’t ship to Australia anymore after the store opens?  I don’t know for sure sublime seekers, but I suspect so, and this is kinda my point. There’s a joyous mini-window to access the ksny goodness direct to your door. It’s not the end of the world, cause even if the direct shipping stops, you’ll of course still be able to freight forward, but one should expect the ksny direct-shipping will stop when the store opens. Other ksny shopping tips! It’s difficult in Australia to see sale items on katespade.com. However, if you’re hunting for a bargain (who isn’t!?) check out some other American online stockists of ksny; Zappos, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Piperlime and Amazon are a few of the good ones. These online stores will show you the ksny sale items! Again, they may not ship direct, but the difference of the sale price will cover your freight forwarding. Finally, there is a LOT of brand new with tags ksny stuff on eBay (that’s worldwide eBay, not eBay.com.au). If you can win your auction, you’re sure to snag a bargain there and possibly get your hands on some out-of-season stuff you won’t find anywhere else. If I could chose only one brand to buy from for the rest of my life, it would be kate spade! Fun, feminine, bright, beautiful and a little bit luxurious, I am certain it’s worth saving up for! ♥ AS Bought a kate spade product you love? Tell us about it below!

The Complete Guide to Winter Coats!

Winter is here! Somehow in Brisbane-town, we went straight from sunny warmness to winter chill! All of a sudden we’re unpacking the winter clothes, getting things to the dry cleaner and evaluating options for new cosy pieces to tide us through the next few months. When it comes to cosy, there is no piece more central to keeping the cold at bay than the winter coat. Stores everywhere are in winter-coat-promo mode, and I’ve scoured the options to bring you the best of the best! But first! Lets talk pre-game preparedness!

Fabric – not all coats are created equal 

The fabric used in your winter coat will dictate its durability, warmth and care requirements. Most winer coats will contain a combination of the following:

  • Wool, known for it’s warmth, can have a coarse or smooth soft finish depending on fabric and design. It’s often blended with other fabrics, 100% wool is warmest, blends with other fabrics will be less warm.
  • Cashmere, wool’s luxurious older sister, is a fine, soft blend of (goat) wool that provides great insulation and durability. Lovely and cosy to wear!
  • Polyester is a dominant fabric used in outdoor gear, it’s tightly woven fibers prevent moisture from getting through. It lacks the density of wool, so on it’s own won’t keep you as warm.
  • Silk, as a layer against the skin, will keep you toasty warm. The fabric absorbs moisture and helps the body maintain even temperature when transition between warm indoor and cold outdoor temps.
  • Nylon (or polyamide fabric) is often mixed with wool – it’s extremely hard wearing and fire-resistant.
  • Cotton is highly absorbent and will soak up moisture until it’s in the right conditions to let it dry, so less-perfect for guaranteed warmness.

Styles – get the right shape for you

Winter’s the time when we layer up – but it doesn’t have to mean a bulky look. Consider the best shape for your body type in order to look your best layered up. Some suggestions:

  • If you carry your weight around your middle (‘circle’ or ‘apple’ body shapes) opt for something that gives your waist some room. A swingy cape can be a winner (and will show off your lovely pins), or a looser cut with a strategically placed belt.
  • If you’re bigger on the bottom than the top (‘a-line’ or ‘pear’ shapes), look for coats with a little flare or swing to them, and be sure to get something that nips in at your little waist.
  • If you’re broader in the shoulders (athletic, or V-shape), look for something that narrows your shoulders and highlights your middle and legs. Pea coats or straight up-and-down styles with big collars are the go.
  • For the curvacious amongst us (hourglass figures) choose a belted coat to cinch your waist and accentuate your fabulousness
  • If you’re straight up and down (ruler, column shapes) the coat world is your oyster! Look for interesting seaming, belts or embellishments like big buttons to add some structure and make sure your coat doesn’t swallow you up

Show me the coats already! 

Okay! Our friends in the northern hemisphere have very little to offer us while they bask in the sunshine, so it’s a nearly exclusively local collection today. In this edit, I’ve stuck with coats and capes and avoided jackets and trenches (which I really think deserve their own collection!). Review won the coat wars this year with an absolutely gorgeous collection of coats at reasonable prices! Check some of their styled pics out here:

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Jigsaw came in second with a truly admirable collection of high quality pieces in lots of cuts and colours. If you’re looking for your coat on foot, check Jigsaw and Review first. Without further ado, here’s the full wrap-up!

Winter Coats

1. Alannah Hill The Lovely Silence Coat, $449; 2. David Lawrence Ombre Long Coat, $499; 3. Oxford Anna Leather Trim Coat Black, $399; 4. Jigsaw Chesterton Coat, $499; 5. Target Wrap Coat, $69

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1. C&M Camilla and Marc Montmatre Coat via David Jones, $269.25 (on sale); 2. David Lawrence Long Sleeve Collar Coat, $499; 3. Herringbone Charcoal Twill, $799; 4. Rhodes and Beckett Louse Charcoal Houndstooth Coat, $699; 5. Jigsaw Owen Coat, $499; 6. Review Mallorie Coat, $299.95; 7. Witchery Trim Wrap Coat, $299

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1. Saba Brooklyn Coat, $629; 2. Rhodes and Becket Grace Wool Coat, $749; 3. Cue A-Line Boucle Coat, $449; 4. Marcs Italian Melton Retro Coat, $399

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1. Jigsaw Kipling Coat, $449; 2. Jigsaw Shakespeare Melton Coat, $499; 3. Review Willow Coat, $299.95; 4. David Jones Single Breast Funnel Neck Coat, $149.25

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1. Alannah Hill Summer Romance Coat, $449; 2. Sportscraft One Button Melton Coat, $399; 3. Jigsaw Austen Coat, $449; 4. Review Willow Coat, $299.95; 5. Veronika Maine, Wool Flannel Pea Coat, $314.30 (on sale!); 6. Review Theodore Coat, $299.95; 7. Sara Coat with Front Pockets via David Jones, $139.95

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1. Alannah Hill Given Half a Chance Trench, $389; 2. Carla Zampatti Raven Faux Croc Coat, $999; 3. Cue Soft Pixel A-Line Coat, $449; 4. Jigsaw Hopkins Tweed Coat, $499; 5. Review Willemina Check Coat, $299.95; 6. Italian Wool Stretch Leather Coat via The Iconic, $790; 7. French Connection Speckled Belted Coat, $299.95; 8. Scanlan and Theodore Drape Front Coat, $800

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1. Roma Leatherette Trimmed Coat via The Iconic, $169.95; 2. Zara Crewneck Coat, $139 USDs; 3. Alannah Hill A Wonderful Thought Coat, $429; 4. Marcs Tex Wool Collarless Coat, $349

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1. See by Chloe Cape via Shopbop, $667.23; 2. Daydream Cape via The Iconic, $149.95; 3. Ginger and Smart Trapezoid Cape, $499; 4. Country Road Reversible Contrast Cape, $249; 5. Bebe Sydney Schiffer Poncho via The Iconic; $119.95

 Some purchase and styling suggestions!

  • A good winter coat is an investment and as you gather from some of these prices, it can be a hefty one! Be sure to invest in dry cleaning as needed and always at the end of season before you put your coats away in order to ensure they’re looking great next winter.
  • If you’re lovely and long-limbed or perfect and petite, be sure to have your coat altered to suit you best. If you’re unsure about the ability to do so, ask in store before you buy. Some stores will even offer the alteration service for you!
  • A winter coat is a perfect spot for a gorgeous brooch! Brighten up a cold winter morning with something bedazzled on your collar!
  • If you’re going for a collarless jacket, consider a scarf if it’s going to be cool out!
  • If  you work in a super corporate environment and will need to be wearing your coat during your workday, consider a longer option like those sold by Rhodes and Beckett and Herringbone. Don’t believe what you hear in the “short skirt, long jacket” song, a long jacket paired with a polished dress for work makes for a super refined look.
  • If you’re going for a cape, pair with a slim silhouette on your lower half; pencil skirt or tapered jeans/pants will balance you out.
  • My forever-style advice; don’t be afraid of going for a bright hue! If you want a go-with-everything bright colour, choose red!

And there are DEALS! Deals to be had! 

At the time this post goes live, the following deals are available:

  • David Lawrence is doing $50 off Jackets
  • Oxford is doing 50% (!!) off Jackets
  • Saba is doing $100 off Jackets
  • Sportscraft are doing $50 off $150, $100 off $300 and $200 off $600 for VIPs! (Free to join)
  • Review have got $100 off when you spend $250

How good is that!? (The prices included in this post are the full-price prices, except where a permanent markdown is happening)

May the perfect coat be but a few clicks away, sublime seekers, and may you feel on trend and cosy during the coolest of winter days ahead!

♥AS

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Vogue Online Shopping Night – Tonight!

There’s big deals happening today, sublime seekers, and they’re on the Internets! The twice-annual Vogue Online Shopping Night (or #VOSN as they dub themselves) is on today from 12pm to midnight!

What is this Vogue Online Shopping Night? 

It’s likely #VOSN is seeping its way into your facebook feed and/or email inbox – the event is now in it’s forth year and continuing to grow. The mission is pretty simple: bring together local and international brands for a festival of one-night-only deals.

Vogue Online Fashion Night

Oooh I love deals, tell me about the deals!

Vogue’s got the full list of retailers and all their details online here. Expect that retailers not listed will seep outa the woodwork with offers too, just not promoted under the #VOSN name, so if there’s something you’ve been lusting after, do check their website today. Many will also do the deals all day rather than just tonight. Some deals that caught my eye:

My picks!:

Christina Re Teacup Crepe Pencil Dress Chubby Stick Intense Review Shirley SweaterGinger and Smart Menagerie Dress with Sleeves

 

1. Christina Re teacups in Ebony Stripes – 20% off $29.95 with code VOSN14; 2. Cue Crepe Pencil Dress – 20% off $239 with code CueVOSN20; 3. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense! First 200 orders with code VOGUE14 at Clinique will receive a free three-piece gift, free shipping and two freebies at checkout! Free, free free! ; 4. Review Shirley Jumper – 30% of $129.95 with code VOSN2014; 5. Ginger and Smart Menagerie Dress with Sleeve – 20% of $589 with code VOSN2014

And remember! Think of the Mummas! Mothers Day is just around the corner! 

Get your comfiest pjs on, pour yourself a glass of something delightful and order some take out – happiest online shopping to you, sublime seekers! May the #VOSN deals be ever in your favour!

♥AS

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Flat out: flats for every occasion!

I think every gal over the age of 21 has had at least one of those occasions in heels that leaves your feet numb for several days following. You opted for gorgeous stilettos then:
a) realised the wedding was cocktail, and you weren’t going to sit down for the next 9 hours
b) ended up trekking from one end of the city to the other
c) ended up dancing all night
d) ended up walking home when you couldn’t get a cab or
e) all of the above
… and paid the price severely afterwards.

Perhaps it doesn’t have to be that way, sublime seekers. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good heel as much as the next girl, but I think we often underestimate the potential of flats to complete or even make a wow outfit. There also comes times in each of our lives (a job with lots of running around, knee surgery for LJ-C, severely damaged feet from too many of the aforementioned evenings) when flats are not only a better option… but the only option. No matter where you’re at on your journey to flats, today I plan to open your mind to the myriad of options out there! Visual break, a cluster of flats I currently own and love:

Flats Cluster - Sublime Finds

Flattery will get you everywhere!

I have scoured far and wide for flats for you and I’ll be upfront; a great deal of my scouring has been in the USA. I know people can be nervous about buying shoes online, especially if they’re coming from afar. Nevertheless, I have found the savings and the variety have made shopping for shoes in the States a total no brainer. Often the discount or value alone covers the freight-forwarding if a provider doesn’t ship direct. If you’re worried about sizes, read the reviews (especially good on sites like Zappos – the world’s largest online shoe retailer) to see if the product runs large or small. Anyway, lets begin!

If I could only have one pair of shoes for the rest of my life…  

I would die, this is clearly a life not worth living! Jokes aside, if I could only have one pair of shoes, it would be these babies. I have bought, and worn out, four pairs of them. They are from Witchery, this season the style name is Carla, they are $99.95 (there is an extra 20% off for Witchery members this weekend) and I cannot live without them. For me, a black patent flat is go-to for any event. They work with a casual outfit, a work outfit and thanks to patent being that bit dressier, can also scrape through in a more dressy event. The patent finish also means they wear very well and don’t get super scratched up! Witchery’s flat are a great cut (every year except last year, thank goodness it’s been fixed again!), 100% leather including the lining (so they mould to your foot and are comfy) and have the perfect amount of flexibility in the soul to make them comfy to walk (shop) in for hours on end. These shoes are so good they wholeheartedly deserve their own section in this post and are truly, sublime finds!

Witchery Cara Ballet Flat

 

Luckily for me and you, we aren’t limited to just one pair. Onwards we roll! (Today, the further you scroll the more exciting they get!)

Best of the rest of the basics: 

Cotton On Dancer CrossweaveWitchery Carla Ballet Flat - NeutralSeed Fashion Betty BalletCotton On Dancer NauticalJo Mercer PannellSambag Tina Navy Plain Ballet FlatsTarget Indiana Ballet Flat Black

 

1. Cotton On Dancer in Tan Crossweave, $16.95 (not a typo! They come in black and other patters too – at this price you can buy them all!); 2. Witchery Carla (again!) cause they come in lots of colours, including this lovely neutral, $99.95; 3. Seed Heritage Fashion Betty Ballet (in black snake and silver too), $99.95; 4. Cotton On Dancer in Nautical, $5.00 (WITH FREE SHIPPING! Use code: SHIPFREE, I *just* bought a pair!) 5. Jo Mercer Pannell, $109.95 (second pair half price this weekend!); 6. Sambag Tina Metallic Navy Ballet Flat, $180 (Sambag are the original king of flats – you’ll pay for the privilege but never be short on options); 7. Target Indiana Leather Ballet Flat, $40

On Point (my favourite shape for work):

Coach Australia Wilma Flat BlackZara Shiny Leather Velvet Slip OnPrada Point Toe Tassell Ballerina FlatWitchery Pearl Pointed FlatAldo LythgoWittner SylvaniWitchery Adrianna Point FlatZara Leather Ballerina Flats with StudsCountry Road Carrie Point Flat

1. Coach Wilma Flat, $310; 2. Zara Shiny Leather Velvet Slip On, $59.90 USDs; 3. Prada Point Toe Tassel Ballerina Flat, $775.92 via Avenue K; 4. Witchery Pearl Pointed Flat, on sale for $79.95; 5. Aldo Lythgoe $50 USDs; 6. Wittner Sylvani, $139.95; 7. Witchery Adrianna Flats, $129.95; 8. Zara Leather Ballet Flats with Studs $59.90 USDs; 9. Country Road Carrie Pointed Flat $99.95 (25% off that atm!) 10. kate spade new york Too Gabe Pointy Toe Flat, $347.68 via Avenue K

Flat does not mean boring! Statement Flats in Bold Colours: 

Country Road Claudia Ballet FlatOroton Metallic Ballet FlatSalvatore Ferragamo Ballet Flats ViennaKurt Geiger Lassie FlatNine West Speak UpMimco Fiction BalletSambag Tina Mandarin Plain Patent Ballet Flatskate spade new york gabe flats pink Banana Republic Carter Flat

1. Country Road Claudia Ballet Flat in Red $99.95 (25% off this weekend from the looks of it); 2. Oroton Elements Metallic Ballet Flats in Aqua Sea on sale for $105; 3. Salvatore Ferragamo Ballet Flats in Vienna $792.88 via Avenue K; 4. Kurt Geiger Lassie Flats, $112.36 via Avenue K; 5. Nine West Speak Up (these come in ELEVEN different finishes), $69 USDs via Zappos; 6. Mimco Fiction Ballet, on sale for $89; 7. Sambag Tina Mandarin Patent Ballet Flats, $180; 8. kate spade new york Gabe Flats (I debuted my pair of these yesterday! Major hit!) $258 USDs 9. Banana Republic Carter Flats, $118 USDs

Flats for jumping through puddles: 

(I have a serious weakness for a PVC flat! I think it’s a childhood throwback to Jellies)

Mel by Melissa Mel Pop Beige Ted Baker Escinta

1. Mel by Melissa Mel Pop IV in beige (three other colours too!), $45USDs via Zappos; 2. Ted Baker Escinta in Pink (three other colours here as well!), $85 USDs via Zappos

The Funnest Flats that ever there was: 

kate spade Racer Flats kate spade Go Taxi Flats Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Ballerina Flats Gunmetal Marc by Marc Jacobs d'Orsay Mouse FlatsCharlotte Olympia Kiss Me Kitty Velvet SlipperAlice + Olivia Stacey Face Pointed FlatCoach marah Platinum GlitterMimco Smoking Gun SlipperMel by Melissa BluberryC.Wonder Flamingo Suede Smoking Slipper

1. kate spade new york Racer Flats, $278 USDs; 2. kate spade new york Go Taxi Flats, $278 USDs; 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Ballerina Flats, $160.99 USDs via Zappos; 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs d’Orsay Mouse Ballerina Flats in Gold, $310.58 via Avenue K; 5. Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Kitty Velvet Slipper $869.20 via Avenue K 6. Alice + Olivia Stacey Face Pointy Flat, $368.88 via Avenue K; 7. Coach Marah Platinum Glitter (omg I HAVE TO have these!), $112.99 USDs via Zappos 8. Mimco Smoking Gun Slipper in Lobster Red, $149.95 (must have these too, holy whiz); 9. Mel by Melissa Blueberry, $49.95 via Wanted Shoes; 10. Flamingo Suede Smoking Slipper by C.Wonder; $138 USDs (extra 25% off atm!)

There’s no reason you can’t feel fancy in flats! Here are some for after-dark, more formal occasions:

Country Road Carrie Metallic Flat Zara Ballerina Flats with Crystals Christian Louboutin Body Strass Pointed Toe Ballerina Flats Zara Shiny Ballerina FlatsGiorgio Armani Embellished Pointed Flats

1. Country Road Carrie Metallic Flat – I bought these a couple of weeks ago and LOVE them, $99.95 (looks to be 25% off that price atm! 2. Zara Ballerina Flats with Crystals, $59.90 USDs; 3. Christian Louboutin Body Strass Pointed Toe Ballerina Flats, $1244.44 via Avenue K; 4. Zara Shiny Ballerina Flats, $79.90 USDs; 5. Giorgio Armani Embellished Pointed Flats; $895 via Maryons

Some tips! 

  • Don’t be afraid to let your shoe make your outfit! I’m a big fan of block colours or black with a FABULOUS shoe to set your outfit off!
  • If you’re buying a suede shoe, you must, must waterproof it before you wear it. It’s the only way to get good milage out of them.
  • If you’re buying a metallic shoe, never use a cleaning product on it, even a clear one, that isn’t designed specifically for metallic. It will very possibly strip the colour.
  • Flats (especially staples) are an AWESOME excuse for shoe clips! Shoe clips are an especially great way to make a flat feel a little fancy for a special event!

Flats don’t have to mean boring or ‘sensible’ (someone called me ‘so sensible’ in flats once and I wanted to stab them, who wants to be described as ‘sensible’!?!). Be kind to those lovely feets of yours by keeping them out of heels a bit more often AND be super stylish at the same time… go on I dare you!

♥ AS

Where’s your go-to location for fabulous flats? Got a flat pun in your head? Share with the other sublime seeking flat-lovers out there! 

Slipp(er)ing into the Cooler Months!

Winter is coming, sublime seekers.

I know this because the world is spamming me that April 7 is both the day Game of Thrones returns and only 5 sleeps away! (#teamtargaryen) I also know this because I swung my footsies out of bed yesterday morning, they hit the floor and it was COLD. I walked around, made tea, read facebook… feet still cold. So I got to thinking… must be time to crack out the slippers…where did my slippers end up last year? And then I remembered. One day last year, I returned home to find this:

Archie's First Hole

Archie Boo, our schnoodle, had dug his first hole. Not only had he dug the hole, he had also retrieved my slippers, presumably one by one from inside the house, squeezed them out through the doggy door and positioned them next to the hole exactly as they appear in the above photo. I KNOW. It was his first foray into the world of hole-diggin’ AND slipper retrieving, all in the one day. I went and peered into the (rather deep) hole and asked him “what happened here?”. He responded with several zoomie-hot-laps of the yard to express his glee. You can see it in his face! If he could have used his words he would have said “I dug a HOLE! A glorious HOLE! Hurrah for MEEE! I can DIG!” To which I would have replied “We’ll deal with the hole in a minute, what’s up with my slippers?” to which he would have replied “I put them there to make sure you’d find my glorious HOLE!”. Very bloody clever, Archie Boo.

Anyway, there was no coming back for my fluffy pink slippers. They had met their demise. Perhaps your slippers were also covered in dirt during a maiden-dig, perhaps they’ve just worn out or gone missing, whatever the case, if you’re also in the hunt for slippers, today is a good day sublime seekers, cause I have done the hard work for you! Read on for a selection of the finest at-home footwear!

Scuffs: 

David Jones Easy Steps Spice Slipper with Hearts BrasnThings After Dark Suede & Feather SlipperDavid Jones Easy Steps Snowy with Pom Poms and Fur Trim  Myer Grosby Invisible Imogen Pink SlipperBigW Allsorts Knitted Flower Scuff Slippers Cotton On Cozy Scuff Black SpotSussan Fluffy Clog Slippers
1. David Jones Easy Steps Spice Slipper with Hearts, $29.95; 2. BrasnThings After Dark Suede and Feather Slipper in Black, $24.99; 3. David Jones Easy Steps Snowy with Pom Poms and Fur Trim, $29.95 4. Myer Grosby Invisible Imogen Pink Slipper, $24.95 5. Big W Allsorts Knitted Flower Scuff Slippers (in pink too), $15; 6. Cotton On Cozy Scuff Black Spot; $5 (won’t last long at this price!! Comes in red, pink and white too); 7. Sussan Fluffy Clog Slipper (in blue too), $19.95

 

Ballet-Slippers and Mocassins:

Sussan Quilted Ballet Slipper Peter Alexander Sparkle Penny Couture Slippers Peter Alexander Ladies Jersey Mocs Peter Alexander Plush Bow Disney Couture Slippers Target Tracey 2 Ballet Slipper in Plum Bonds Women's Ballet Slipper David Jones Talia Sheepskin Slipper
1. Sussan Quilted Ballet Slipper, $24.95; 2. Peter Alexander Sparkle Penny Couture, $39.95; 3. Peter Alexander Ladies Jersey Moccs (in pink with grey bow too!), $29.95; 4. Peter Alexander Plush Bow Disney Couture Slippers, $39.95; 5. Target Tracey 2 Ballet Slipper in Plum (comes in black and grey too), $15; 6. Bonds Women’s Ballet Slipper, $24.95, 7. David Jones Emu Ridge Tahlia Sheepskin Slipper (real deal sheepskin!), $79.95

 I was AMAZED at the variety of animal slippers available! So many they get their own section. So for those who like the face of an creature on their slippers: 

Peter Alexander Ladies Pig Couture Slipper Peter Alexander Ladies Bunny Scuffs BigW Allsorts Animal Slipper Scuffs CityBeach Sleepy Squirrel Lady Beetle Slippers CityBeach Sleepy Squirrel Flamingo Slippers CityBeach Sleepy Squirrel Unicorn Slippers

1. Peter Alexander Pig Couture Slippers, $39.95; 2. Peter Alexander Ladies Bunny Scuffs (so great for Easter!), $29.95; 3. Big W Allsorts Animal Slipper Scuffs, $20; 4. City Beach Sleepy Squirrel Lady Beetle Slippers, $19.99; 5. City Beach Sleepy Squirrel Flamingo Slippers (I know several little dogs who would go CRAZY if this appeared on feet in their house!), $19.99; 6. City Beach Sleepy Squirrel Unicorn Slippers (unicorns!?!), $19.99

Booties:

BigW Allsorts Jewel Slipper Boots BigW Allsorts Slipper Boots MulticolourPeter Alexander Ladies Snuggle Boot Peter Alexander Ladies Soft as Cloud BootSussan Stripe Fur Lined Boot Target Pom Pom Slipper Boot
 1. Big W Allsorts Jewel Slipper Boots, $25, 2. Allsorts Slipper Boots multi-colour, $15; 3. Peter Alexander Ladies Snuggle Boot, $39.95; 4. Peter Alexander Ladies Soft as Cloud Boots, $39.95; 5. Sussan Stripe Fur Lined Boot, $29.95; 6. Target Pom Pom Slipper Boot, $14

These were my pick:

Rara's new slippers sublime finds

Hurrah! $24.95’s worth of non-cold foot happiness from Bras ‘n’ Things. All set to nestle in for the winter!

♥AS

p.s. #bringongameofthronesseason4 #surelyjoffreywillgetwhatscoming #wherearemydragonbabies

Dog eat/bury/strategically place your slippers? Got a Season 4 Game of Thrones prediction? Feel free to share whats on your mind below! 

Luxe to less: your guide to leather jackets!

It’s one of the most versatile and season-transending items you can purchase for your wardrobe, it’s also likely to be one of the most expensive. It is the leather jacket…. and today we’re covering everything you need to know to purchase, style and care for yours this winter!

I picked up my leather jacket about 3 years ago from Just Jeans. I hadn’t considered a neutral colour prior to purchase but have found  it to be very versatile indeed! Here it is on it’s sleepy owner:

 AS Leather Jacket

Not all leather is created equal…

There’s typically four types of leather used in jackets: beef, buffalo, lamb/sheep and pig. A general rule of thumb is the bigger the animal, the thicker and heavier the leather. Lamb is a popular choice in ladies jackets as it’s lighter and softer and tends to have a ‘buttery’ feel. Pigskin is thin and often shiner, it can look to have a cheaper finish. (An apology here to our vegan readers and a note to all, some of the man-made finishes are getting very good. While we don’t feature any in this post today, check out Guess and Jeans West as a starting point)

Style

This seasons fashions tend more towards a cropped cut, asymmetrical zips feature heavily and the styling moves between a true biker jacket-esque look through to a very soft drapey finish.

Fit

Your jacket should be snug but not tight, especially around the shoulders, arms and armpits. Sleeker silhouettes will be more flattering to the figure, beware embellishments that may add undue bulk to your look. Your jacket should have about 1.5cms of space on all sides if it fits correctly.

Enough, enough, show me the jackets! 

Okay, sheesh! Today’s finds are split into two categories; black and colour!

Blackout:

Trenery Leather Soft Biker JacketTed Baker Meyaa Biker Hacket Marcs Leather Zip Jacket Cooper Street Leather Jacket Helmut Lang Two Tone Leather Jacket Sportscraft Mariana Leather Jacket Sportscraft Jilian Leather Biker Saba Erika Biker Jacket Black Scotch Soda Leather Jacket Seed Heritage Biker Leather Jacket Sass and Bide Mourning Air Decjuba Cooper Leather Jacket Esprit Leather Biker JacketJeans West Piper Leather JacketAsos Muubaa Rabi Knit Lined Leather Jacket

1. Trenery Leather Soft Biker Jacket, $599; 2. Ted Baker Meyaa Panelled Biker Jacket, £299; 3. Marcs Leather Zip Jacket, $599; 4. Cooper Street Leather Jacket, $299; 5. Helmut Lang Two-tone leather jacket, $530 USD; 6. Sportscraft Mariana Leather Jacket; $569.95; 7. Sportscraft Jilian Leather Biker; $599; 8. Saba Erika Biker Jacket, $679; 9. Scotch and Soda Colour Block Leather Biker Jacket, $659.95; 10. Seed Heritage Biker Leather Jacket, $599.95; 11. sass and bide Mourning Air leather jacket (comes in white too), $890; 12. Decjuba Cooper Leather Jacket, $349.95; 13. Esprit Leather Biker Jacket, $399; 14. Jeans West Piper Leather Jacket, $199; 15. Muubaa Rabi Knit Lined Leather Jacket, $399.10 (half price!)

Colour My World:

Gorman The Sooner the Better Jacket MCQ Alexander McQueen River Island Dark Pink Leather Biker Jacket Rag and Bone Blush Pink Leather Vespa Jacket for Women Marc by Marc Jacobs Karlie Leather Jacket Todd Lynn Edition Grey Leather Asymmetric Jacket Just Jeans Devenport Double Zipper Leather Jacket J Brand Aiah Leather Jacket Alannah Hill So Be It! Jacket Alannah Hill Oops Oh My! Jacket Decjuba Ransom Leather Jacket Decjuba Cooper Leather Jacket 2 Pretty in Pink Front Zip Lamb Skin Leather Jacket Ted Baker Ballari Leather Jacket GreenJust Jeans Westwood Leather Waterfall JacketSussan Quilted Leather Jacket

1. Gorman the sooner the better jacket, $469; 2. MCQ Alexander McQueen Leather Biker Jacket; $1,640; 3. River Island Dark Pink Leather Biker Jacket, $240; 4. Rag & Bone Blush Pink Leather Vespa Jacket, $1,595 USD; 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Karlie Leather Jacket, $1,022; 6. Todd Lynn/Edition Designer Grey Leather Asymmetric Jacket, £240; 7. Just Jeans Devenport Double Zipper Leather Jacket, (comes in black too) $199; 8. J Brand Aiah Leather Jacket, $1,772.87; 9. Alannah Hill So Be It! Jacket, $499; 10. Alannah Hill Oops Oh My! Jacket, $499; 11. Decjuba Ransom Leather Jacket (comes in black too) $329.95; 12. Decjuba Cooper Leather Jacket (in black as well), $349.95; 13. Pretty in Pink Front Zip Lamb Skin Leather Jacket, $309.95; 14. Ted Baker Ballari Leather Jacket, £349.00; 15. Just Jeans Westwood Leather Waterfall Jacket, $199; 16. Sussan Quilted Leather Jacket, $399.95

Styling Tips! 

The truth is, you can wear a leather jacket with pretty much anything, such is it’s status as a wardrobe staple. The challenge is rather utilising your jacket in as many ways as possible! Consider some of the looks below:

  • Classic: team with a white tee and jeans for a classic look that will transfer from day to night by changing you shoes; flats in the day, heels for evening.
  • Edgy: make a black leather jacket part of a strictly noir outfit for an edgy look. If you don’t want to lose your femininity, pair it with a LBD or black skirt!
  • Ladylike: mix your non-black leather jacket (tan/cream neutrals work best) with a floral dress for a girly look. The jacket will add texture and shape to your outfit to create an all-occasions look.
  • Textile: team your jacket with different top/dress textures like lace or silk to create a really dynamic outfit
  • Evening: Modernise a cocktail look by pairing with a cropped leather piece

Leather Care! 

A leather jacket is often a solid investment and like a lady, deserves to be cared for appropriately! To be safe; ask your retailer for the best ways to care for your particular product. It will likely include the following:

  • spray with a leather protector before use (it should be odourless and colourless)
  • hang it on a large, shoulder shaped hanger (invest in one if you don’t have a spare)
  • never put your jacket away while it’s damp, let it dry properly first at room temperature
  • look into leather cleaning and conditioning products to extend the life of your jacket
  • if in doubt, many dry cleaners also specialise in treating leather products – let the pro’s handle it!

Go forth and find yours, sublime seekers! May your leather be soft, your cut be flattering and your style be that little bit edgier than before!

♥AS

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Beating Blisters: the Sublime Guide

My fellow shoe-lovin’ gals know, the occasional blister is a reality of commitment to the fabulous-shoe cause.

I got hit with two doozies last weekend during my Saturday morning cardio session (read: shopping). Those following along closely may recall my reference to a blister in the recent post about the power of gratitude. What I DIDN’T mention was that these were no ordinary blisters, they were the world’s biggest ever blisters resulting in my mum declaring ‘holy blisters batman!’ when I showed her this pic (look away now to avoid the horror!):

Blister Disaster

Horrifying blister on my heel. Horrifyingly bad photography of my heel.

So what’s a dame to do? (Can I keep saying dame now there’s going to be real life Dames again? What is that about anyway? Though if anyone is going to be a reeeal Dame I do think Quinten Bryce is a great pick, cause that dame can sure rock a non-black lady suit! Anyway, I digress!).

I looked up a bunch of info (read: first page of results on google) about treating blisters which soon had me sterilizing makeshift needles (read: dousing safety pins from the drycleaning with Smirnoff) to sort my blister shizzle out.

But none of the ‘treatment’ plans told me the ONE thing I REALLY needed to sort out my blister problem and get back into my pumps ASAP… which is… a good pair of slingbacks!

What’s that now? Slingbacks?

Yes, sublime seekers. I’m declaring the slingback the secret to my blister recovery! “Oh but you can wear thongs or sandals”. Yeah, not in winter. Often, not at work. Not with stockings. And probably not with your new non-black work suit. (Two plugs in one post, too much?) You want a cute, work-appropriate shoe, with no back, to steer clear of your poor recovering heels. I’m calling the slingback the must-have shoe for every shoe-addict who has a tendency to put looks above comfort in the footwear department (read: every woman). Here’s mine:

AS Slingbacks

And here are some options for you that won’t have you feeling like you’re 80 (not that there’s anything wrong with being 80! Those dames are ahead of the curve!):

Kate Spade New York Plaza
 Kate Spade New York Plaza, via Piperlime $376.60

Joanne Mercer Nicki
 Nicki by Jo Mercer, via The Iconic $139.95

Nina Armando
Helena, via The Iconic $199

Betts Monet
 Monet, at Betts $139.99

Valentino Rockstud Patent Multistrap Point Slingback
LUXE: Valentino Rockstud Patent Multistrap Point Slingback, at David Jones $1,029

Charlotte Olympia Monroe Suede Point Toe Slingback
LUXE: Charlotte Olympia Monroe Suede Point Toe Slingback, at David Jones $1,029

Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Studded SlingbackBordering on ridiculous but still so cute: Marc by Marc Jacobs Studded Metallic Leather Slingback Mouse Flats, via Saks $284.73

Do it, sublime seekers, do it now! Don’t wait til you really need it but have to put a shoe on to get to the shoe store to get a shoe to wear when you can’t wear your shoes. Following? Slingbacks, now.

♥AS

Can you think of any other medical problems shoes could possibly be the answer to? Thinking caps on, gang!