The Great Impact of Gratitude

I read a great article on Quit the Cubicle last week about gratitude. It reminded me how powerful a gratitude journal can be in managing stress, acknowledging achievements/what’s going well and appreciating the small things in life!

In my world, even gratitude is a shopportunity* so I got to hunting for an appropriate medium to recommence my gratitude journaling! And I found some sublime finds! Which of course, must be shared with you, my lovely sublime seekers!

Back it up – what’s this gratitude journal business? 

A gratitude journal is a place to record the things for which you’re grateful, every day. It only needs to be a few short sentences!

What’s the point?

I’m so glad you asked! Studies have shown that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and increase our happiness and well being in doing so! Even better, grateful thinking (especially the expression of it to others) is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy!

Thankful people are happy

Sounds like all the benefits of exercise without exercise! Show me the finds! 

Of course, you can write your gratitude down anywhere, you don’t need a specially designed book. But! If you LIKE those sorts of things, you’ll love these!

As you might expect, Kikki-K have some beautiful products:

Gratitude Journal - Kikki-K Gratitude Journal 2 - Kikki K Gratitude Journal 3 - Kikki K
Gratitude Journal (in kikki.K’s Inspire collection), $39.95. It’s got some lovely, thought provoking activities included too!

Thankful Journal - Kikki K Thankful Journal 2 - Kikki K Thankful Journal 3 - Kikki K
Thankful Journal (kikki.K’s Uppsala collection) $16.95. This ones a bit smaller than the first, but has these lovely cards in the back you can fill out and tear out to share your gratitude with others!

Gratitude Journal - Things I am Grateful Iloveitall
Iloveitall on Etsy has created a gorgeous handmade journal! She’s selling them for April-December 2014 for $35 USDs and has very awesome reviews! Ships quick, worldwide!

I decided to go for an app so I can take it everywhere and add to it when I’ve got some downtime! There’s lots of apps out there as you might expect, here’s the one I chose:

Gratitude 365 App 1 Gratitude 365 App 2 Gratitude 365 App 3

It’s the 356 Journal app for $1.99. I love it’s clean design and the way you can attach a picture which pops up in the list and calendar views! It’s super easy to use and you can add a passcode if you like.

Another option is creating a gratitude jar! The concept works exactly the same way, but instead of storing the things you’re thankful for in your journal or phone, you write them on a bit of paper and put them in the jar! A great way to share gratitude in your household is by creating a communal gratitude jar! Check out this one:

Gratitude Jar from getawaytodaydotcom

Jennifer from Get Away Today has shared her all the goss to DIY!

However you do it, there’s real benefit in taking time to give thanks. In the spirit of sharing, here’s my list for yesterday! I’m grateful for: 

  • the very lovely Archie Boo, who despite me coming home every day for nearly two years, still cries with excitement when I do
  • the kind lady at the dry cleaners, who made me feel good despite me abandoning my dry cleaning there for two months! “We’ve got some stuff we’ve had here for two years!”
  • technology that enables me to stay close to my friends, even when we can’t be together (I’m looking at you, Viber)
  • the park I got at Westfield this morning, which was so good that I was immediately excited for the person who would get it when I was leaving and be equally thrilled by it’s excellent proximity to both the entry to the shops and the exit to the carpark! (I saw the look on her face when I was reversing, it was everything I hoped for and more!)
  • this particularly sparkly pair of shoes, which brightened my day immensely (even if they did leave me with a blister on their maiden voyage!)

NineWest Sparkle Loafer - Sublime Finds

Get gratitudin’, sublime seekers! You’ll feel all the better for it!

♥AS

* this is a little joke! I’m being ironic. Kind of. Meanwhile, isn’t shopportunity a fun word!?

What are you grateful for? Share with us below! 

Jumpsuiting for Joy!

It happened about a week ago: I woke up OBSESSSSSSSED with jumpsuits. Out of the blue. For the last 27-and-a-bit years I haven’t cared about jumpsuits (I am told I had a brief dalliance with them in that first year). I have gladly gone about my fashion life with tops, bottoms and dresses. Until now.

I’m not sure what sparked this sudden change, perhaps it was a season of jumpsuits seeping into my subconscious in the same way they tell you pictures of skinny girls in magazines make you feel like you have to be thin. Maybe it was my obsession with new app, Covet, and how freaking awesome my Covet character looks in jumpsuits (more on Covet in a in another post soon). Seriously, you can’t deny she’s rocking this:

Covet Jumpsuit

Whatever the source, I had a jumpsuit-sized itch to scratch. After a little online pre-shopping-prep to determine the location of my future-jumpsuit, I set out to Myer after work. The Bardot black, front-wrap jumpsuit did not disappoint! Half hilarious, half totally liberating, I immediately felt like my new jumpsuited self was way better than pre-jumpsuit AS. And better yet, it instantly made me happy! Sooooo happy! THIS happy:

Jumpsuit Joy!

But where you gonna wear it, girl?

Everywhere! The jumpsuit seems like the perfect outfit to wear in an apocalypse, to a hens night or as a contestant on The Amazing Race… basically any situation where you may be faced with a variety of unknowns. I could see it being awesome for shopping, a day at the races, a night out with the girls or when travelling. It is practical, entirely comfortable, dress-up-or-down-able and made me feel more than a little bit fabulous. I feel like so much life has been wasted, un-jumpsuited!

And I don’t want you to feel that way, sublime seekers! So I’ve scoured the web to find a BUNCH of fun and fabulous, ready-for-anything jumpsuits. I believe that picking the right jumpsuit for you is a question of body shape. Think about the part of your body you want to accentuate, and work around that. Funny about your legs? Choose a wide leg style. Want to show off the girls? Pick a v-neck.  There is every combo of loose and tight tops, middles and pants. It’s worth browsing around to figure out what’s best for you. In fact, start your browsing here!:

Best of Black!
If it’s your first time, like me, perhaps start here!

Bardot Wrap Front Jumpsuit First Class Jumpsuit Sheike Witchery Overall Jumpsuit ASOS Maternity JumpsuitBardot Slouch JumpsuitDissh Warner JumpsuitCamilla and Marc Continuous JumpsuitTree of Life

1. Bardot $119.95 2. Sheike $159.95; 3. Witchery $149.95; 4. Asos Maternity $$60.82; 5. Bardot $129.95; 6. Dissh $69.95;  7. Camilla and Marc via Jules and Roc $528; 8. Tree of Life $24.95

Nice in Navy!
Super chic, this look will easily take you from day to night!

Etsy Navy Blue Jumpsuit Wide Leg Palazzo KSclothingASOS Curve JumpsuitForever New Wendy Strapless Wrap Body Jumpsuit

1. KSclothing via Etsy.com $49USD 2. Asos Curve $69.29; 3. Forever New $119.99

Pretty Prints!
A super fun way to brighten up your weekend!

Jayson Brunsdon Vintage Orchid Jumpsuit Zimmerman Tamer Petal Jumpsuit Mister Zimi Geometria Farrah JumpsuitDissh Expedition JumpsuitCotton On Strapless Jumpsuit Stormy JungleSass and Bide The RadicalEvents Pineapple Jumpsuit

1. Jayson Brundson at Myer $189; 2. Zimmerman $695; 3. Mister Jimi $120; 4. Dissh $39 5. Cotton On $39.95; 6. Sass and Bide $490; 7. Events $55.98

Courageous Colour!
Make an impact with a jumpsuit in one of these bright hues!

Hayley Thin Strap Jumpsuit Jovita Cami Jumpsuit Aqua Jagger Jumpsuit with Bodice Top Dissh Dearest JumpsuitLouise Cross Front JumpsuitFinders Keepers via SurfstitchMiss Selfridge

1. Portmans (comes in 6 colours and prints!) $69.95; 2. Forecast via The Iconic $55.96; 3. Asos $88.19; 4. Dissh $89.95 5. Portmans (in two colours!) $69.95; 6. Finders Keepers via Surfstitch $139.95; 7. Miss Selfridge – Petite $80

Beautifully Bridal?
Because… you’ll be able to incorporate a high-kick into your bridal waltz?

Bridal Jumpsuit JCrew Bridal Jumpsuit 2Bridal Jumpsuit 3 

1. J.Crew; 2. Stephanie Allin; 3. David Fielden

Accessorise it up! 

No matter which Jumpsuit you choose, I am certain it wants to be accessorised. Think contrasting (to your jumpsuit) rather than complementary. Think belts and necklaces that are carefully chosen to draw the eye to the right spot. And shoes! Shoes will convert your jumpsuit from breakfast-appropriate to cocktail-appropriate.

I’m putting it out there lovely readers; if you haven’t already, it’s the trend to try in 2014. I am certain there is fun to be had in the land of jumpsuits! Jump on it!

♥AS

Have you got a jumpsuit? Do you want one? Where will/do you wear it? Tell us below! 

Get new shoes without getting new shoes!

Problem! You *need* new shoes but you:
a) can’t afford it
b) can’t justify it
c) have run out of shoe storage room
d) will jeopardise your marriage if you bring home another pair of shoes
e) all of the above

Sublime seekers, I feel your pain! But you’ll love me today, because I have a particularly sublime find for you! Allow me to present to you the best way to reinvent your shoe wardrobe without the big budget: shoe clips! I will now demonstrate!

Before…. my standard-issue black flats:

Black Flat Before

After! Whaaaaa!? There’s a party on my feet!: 

Black Flat After

Tell me more!

Shoe clips are exactly what they sound like, a little clip for your shoe to make it ready-made-fabulous! They are nearly exactly like clip on earrings, but (good shoe clips) are designed to be comfortable to wear and not damage your shoes. Commonly worn at the front of the shoe, shoe clips can also be worn on the heel, or the side of the shoe! (This blogger has been known to pretend they’re not shoe clips at all, and throw one in my hair). In addition to being the answer to the need-but-can’t-have-new-shoes issue, shoe clips are also the answer to LOTS of styling problems! Rockin’ an LBD but what to spice it up a bit? Shoe clip! Trying to bring the colours in an outfit together? Shoe clip! Special occasion and want an awesome statement shoe? Shoe clip! Many fabulous uses, and all at a fraction of the price of a new pair of shoes.

Gimme, gimme, where do I get them?

A quick google will tell you that there’s lots of places to source shoe clips. Here’s a little sample to get you salivating:

Emmersen Ruby Slippers Shoe Clip

Australian supplier Emmersen sells the Ruby Slippers Shoe Clips for $33

Spare Soles Jewel Smoke Shoe Clip

Spare Soles are also Australian, their Jewel Smoke Shoe Clips are $17.95

Not surprisingly, Etsy have a GAZZILION shoe clips. These are some of my faves (all ship to Aus!):

LexyLuxDesign Red glitter heart shoe clip

LexyLuxDesign’s Red Glitter Heart Shoe Clip $10.12 USD.

Chuletindesigns Hot Pink Satin Ribbon Bow Shoe Clips

Chuletindesign’s Hot Pink Satin Ribbon Bow Shoe Clips $15 USD (these come in 21 colours!)

RisaRuthDesigns Blooming Orgid Shoe Clips

RisaRuthDesigns’ Blooming Orchid Shoe Clips $24 USD (also lots of colours available)

Lucyohlucy Baley Blue Peacock Feather Shoe Clips

Lucyohlucy’s BALEY Blue Peacock Feather Shoe Clips $27.50 USD

Dressing for a theme? Here’s some great shoe clip options!

sophisticata Christmas Red & Kelly Green Shoe Clips

sophisticata’s Christmas Red & KELLY Green Shoe Clips $35 USD

RisaRuthDesigns Orange Spide Shoe Clips

RisaRuthDesigns’ Orange Spider Shoe Clips $24 USD

MystitchandKitsch Rockabilly Burlesque Nautical Stripe Shoe Bow

Hello Sailor! MyStitchandKitsch’s Rockabilly Burlesque Nautical Stripe Shoe Bow Clips with Red Anchor $15.16USD

For the occasions when OVER THE TOP is the exact right amount:

Dress2ImpressEtsy Curled Peacock Feathers

Dress2ImpressEtsy’s Curled Peacock Feathers and Crystal Brooch Blue Green Navy Shoe Clips  $61 USD

And because there is nothing you can’t find on the internet…

LaterOperator Circus Baby Shoeclips

LaterOperator’s Circus Baby Shoe Clips $25 USD

How great are shoe clips?! They really make sense of investing in good quality, classic shoes. If you’ve got great basics, you can do all the bedazzling you like with a few pairs of shoe clips here and there! Happy shoe-clipping!

♥ AS

Have you rocked some shoe clips before? What occasion could you really see shoe clips working? Tell us below!