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!

TODAY ONLY: awesome deals at Westfield!

I believe that the only thing better than shopping…. is shopping on sale. And the only thing better than shopping on sale, is shopping new season on sale! If you think the way I think, then get excited because TODAY IS YOUR DAY, sublime seekers! If you’d been feeling like your wardrobe could do with a couple of new additions, get the goss on the best deals below, then waste no more time before scooting over to your local Westfield! It’s Fashion Saturday and for one day only, the sales are ON!

Deals??! Who, what, where!??

40% off: 

  • Full price jewellery at Angus & Coote
  • Dissh dresses
  • Goldmark

30% off:

  • Laura Ashley full price fashion and home wares
  • suzannegrae
  • Sportsgirl already reduced items
  • Factorie full price items
  • Noni B
  • Best and Less
  • Cotton On full price items
  • Typo
  • Katies full price
  • Millers full price

25% off:

  • Country Road
  • Sportcraft full price items
  • Witchery full price items
  • Tarocash suits
  • Nine West
  • Ally
  • Adairs full price items
  • JAG full price items
  • Equip
  • Jeans West full price items
  • Mathers
  • Strandbags
  • Novo full price items

20% off: 

  • kikki.K
  • Mimco full price items
  • Marcs
  • Kookai full price items
  • Cue full price Winter 14
  • Price Attack
  • Matchbox
  • yd
  • Crabtree and Evelyn
  • General Pants when you purchase a top and bottom
  • Metalicus full priced items
  • Scotch and Soda
  • Seed heritage
  • Sheike (registered VIPs only)
  • Surf Dive n Ski
  • Forever New when you subscribe to email list

15% off:

  • Veronika Maine

10% off:

  • T2
  • Zu

Spend & Save:

  • Review (spend $250, save $100)
  • Pumpkin Patch (spend $50, save $10 – online too with code AUWST)
  • Seafolly (spend $150 get 15% off)
  • Glue (spend $100 get a $20 gift card)
  • Bardot (spend $150 get $25 off)
  • Saba (spend $150 save $50; spend $300 save $100, spend $600 save $200)
  • Lorna Jane (spend $150 get $30 off)

I will neither confirm nor deny if we’re likely to run into each other at the shops today! But I will tell you that theoretically… if I was going… I’d be on the hunt for these mix-and-match monochrome finds:

Review Lara Dress Sublime Finds Country Road Crepe Pintuck Midi Skirt Sublime Finds Witchery Resin Splice Necklace Sublime Finds Mimco Bow Belt Sublime Finds SABA Charlotte Dress Sublime Finds Cotton on textured tap shortkikki.k 365 days diary sublime finds

1. Review Lara Dress, $189.99 (normally $289.99); 2. Country Road Crepe Pintuck Midi Skirt $96.75 (normally $129); 3. Witchery Resin Splice Necklace $44.96 (normally $59.95); 4. Mimco Bow Belt $63.96 (normally $79.95); 5. Saba Charlotte Dress $219 (normally $269); 6. Cotton On Textured Tap Short $34.96  (normally $49.95); 7. kikki.K 365 journal $14.98 (normally $29.95)

If you hit the shops today, may you find a park quickly, may your size be in stock and may the best deals be forever in your favour!

♥AS

Will you be shopping today? What are you on the hunt for?

Midi-skirt Madness!

After what seems like countless seasons of ever-shorter skirt lengths, my knees and I are rejoicing at the arrival of the midi skirt! Don’t have the legs (or confidence?) for a mini? Overwhelmed by the maxi? Love to be on trend with a ladylike classic for all seasons? The midi-is for you!

My personal midi-quest started after this picture popped up on my Instagram feed:

Anika at Veuve Cliquot in her fabulous midi skirt

Here sits AW, in all her fabulous glory at Veuve Clicquot’s Champagne House in France! After seeing this pic, I immediately added two things to my must-do-in-life list: 1. Visit the Champagne region 2. Get a fabulous midi skirt, stat! Number 2 seemed like a more immediately achievable goal and I hopped to it! (As a side note, in the days following this picture being taken, AW was engaged! Such is the power of the midi-skirt, sublime seekers!*)

As stylin’ as AW is, she’s not the only one sporting the ladylike length. Prada, Céline and Rodarte trail-blazed the revival of this 1950’s trend in their 2012 Spring collections, 18 months ago. The midi appeared again 2013 Fall/Winter (the season we’re just going into here), 2014 Spring collections and most recently again in the the 2014 Fall/Winter collections coming out of New York, London and Milan now! Read = a mid(i)-sized investment will serve you well in the seasons to come!

I’m sold! Show me the midi’s! 

As is the case with jumpsuits, midi’s are all of a sudden everywhere! My ever-patient, ever-resourceful shopping companion SW and I scoured Sydney city last Sunday in search of the perfect ladylike skirt for me. I bought three! (SW might have bought one or two too)! While the ‘scuba-midi’ (long pencil skirt) is also big this season, I only have eyes for A-line. These are my picks of what’s out now!

Classic in Black 

Country Road Cue Ponti Crepe SkirtDavid Lawrence skirtModcloth Poodle Midi SkirtEzra side slit midi skirt

1. Country Road $179; 2. Cue $259; 3. David Lawrence; $169; 4. Modcloth, $51.99USD; 5. Ezra via The Iconic, $29.95

Pretty Patterns

Sportsgirl skirt Review Skirt Lela Rose skirt J Crew circle skirt in nightgarden floral Portmans skirt

1. Sportsgirl, $79.95;  2. Review, $189.99; 3. Lela Rose via Net-A-Porter $2,551.14; 4. J.Crew, $298; 5. Portmans; $99.95 (I got this one! Squeee!)

Sublime Finds Portmans Midi Skirt Cover

Monochrome Magic

Laura Ashley Tibi Skirt 2 Veronika Maine Flared Asymmetrical Midi SkirtHalogen via Nordstrom ASOS Curve Midi Skirt

1. Laura Ashley, $125.95 (was $169) ; 2. Tibi via Net-A-Porter, $791.72 3. Veronika Maine $179; 4. Halogen via Nordstrom; (in regular and petite) $79USD; 5. ASOS Curve, $39.61

Lovely and Light 

Karen Millen skirt Witchery midi skirt Zimmerman skirt Asos love midi skater skirtSaba Charlotte Skirt light GreyZimmerman Skirt

 1. Karen Millen, $145 (was $279) ; 2. Witchery,$99.95; 3. Topshop, £48; 4. Asos, $62.72 5. Saba, $229; 6. Zimmerman, $2,500

Navy and Red

Kitten D'amourTibi SkirtModcloth Polkadot Midi SkirtModcloth Midi SkirtAsos full midi skirt in scubaNicholas Navy Stripe Silk Ball Skirt

1. Kitten D’Amour, $149; 2. Tibi via Net-A-Porter, $684.14; 3. Modcloth, $69.99USD; 4. Modcloth, $57.99USD 5. ASOS, $69.60; 6. Nicholas via The Iconic, $599,

Tips for midi success! 

Nervous? You can rock this, sublime-seekers! Some styling tips:

  • Tuck your top in. Exposing the entire length of the skirt will make your legs look longer!
  • Better yet, make that top form-fitting or pick a waist-cinching belt. Volume down the bottom, needs some flattering balance to avoid frump.
  • Like a low cut or midriff top? The midi makes the perfect partner. Demure enough to balance out the super sexy.
  • If you opt for a pencil/tube/scuba style midi (not featured here, we’re all about the a-line, full-skirted midi today) stick to heels. If you’re rocking a more voluminous midi, you can get away with flats, like AW did in her stylish champagne adventure!
  • Taller dames can pull off any length midi, shorter dames may be safer with a just-past-the-knee length, or a midi that stops where you leg starts to thin out towards your angle (read = fattest bit of your calf).
  • If your midi is longer but you’re not long-legged, your safest bet is a shoe with low contrast to your leg colour. Nudes are your friend.
  • Feeling a bit too Stepford Wives for your liking? Pair with some edgy accessories; a metallic bag, a studded bracelet.

However you choose to wear it, may your midi make you feel fabulous through all seasons and all regions… including that of the Champagne!

♥AS

*this may, or may not, be a total misrepresentation of the midi skirt’s powers.

Have you found a midi-skirt you love? Tell us below! 

ZOMG moments from NYFW

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has just wrapped in snow-covered NYC and like always it has unleashed a vast and eclectic array of looks upon us! In this post, there’ll be no reviews, no key trends (though I feel like there were a gazillion oversized coats, sweater dresses and sheer sheer tops) – just some very very lovely things that took my eye during the week. Sublime-seekers I give you; my picks on the most amazingly lovely moments of Fall 14 RTW at NYFW! (all photos via style.com)

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Hervé Léger By Max Azria

Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera 2
Carolina Herrera

Jenny Packham 3 Jenny Packham 2 Jenny Packham
Jenny Packham

Prabal Gurung 3 Prabal Gurung 2 Prabal Gurung
Prabal Gurung

Christian Siriano 2 Christian Siriano 3 Christian Siriano
Christian Siriano

Monique Lhuillier Monique Lhuillier 2 Monique Lhuillier 3
Monique Lhuillier

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Kaufmanfranco

Bibhu Mohapatra Bibhu Mohapatra 3 Bibhu Mohapatra 2
Bibhu Mohapatra

Reem Acra 2 Reem Acra
Reem Acra

Oscar de la Renta 2 Oscar de la Renta 4 Oscar de la Renta 3 Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta (be still my beating heart)

Stand by, fashion enthusiasts, we’ve got London, Milan and the jewel of the crown; Paris ahead in the next month!

♥AS

Which looks caught your eye during NYFW? Tell us below! 

Australia’s Fashion Icons

It’s Australia Day! It’s the day we celebrate the countless reasons its awesome to be an Aussie. It’s the day that many of us will settle in to listen to the hottest 100 with a snag in a blanky and a lamington chaser (for our foreign friends this means listen to a once-annual radio show of the best 100 songs of the year, eat a sausage in bread then sponge cake covered in chocolate and coconut). It’s also the day many of us will don our national costume of pluggers and a ‘wifebeater’ (flip flops and a navy tank). Yet the reality is that our home-grown fashion continues to develop and evolve. Australian designers are producing beautiful, luxurious products and holding their own on fashion’s global stage.

It must be acknowledged that Australian designs tend not to be of the budget variety; an unfortunate reality of operating ‘down under’. But there are most certainly sublime finds to be found, many worth saving your hard-earned AUD’s for. With this in mind, lovely readers, I give to you: 9 Australian Fashion Icons!

Zimmerman 

Sisters Nicky & Simone Zimmerman started their namesake label in Sydney in 1991 and attribute their success to their great relationship. When establishing their ready-to-wear collection, the girls made a brave move to mix swimwear with their outfits. The move was a success and Zimmerman’s swimwear and ready-to-wear is now stocked around the world including in Barney’s, Saks, Harrods and Net-A-Porter… as well as David Jones and their independent boutiques at home. In even better news, there’s still plenty available at half price in their end of season clearance on the Zimmerman website now. A sneak peek:

Zimmerman Good Love Drape Dress Zimmerman Drifter Scallop Frill BikiniZimmerman Honour Leopard Jumpsuit

1. Good Love Drape Dress $215 (from $430); 2. Drifter Scallop Frill Bikini $120 (from $240); 3. Honour Leopard Jumpsuit $260 (from $650!)

Carla Zampatti 

Italian-born Zampatti moved to Australia as a 9-year-old and at 24 released her first collection. The brand has cemented itself as an Australian powerhouse. It’s carried by both Myer and David Jones and has seen Zampatti snag an Order of Australia medal! Her designs are show-stoppers, combining classic with contemporary to make her a go-to for special events. The end of season sale has some epic markdowns:

Carla Zampatti JumpsuitCarla Zampatti ChemiseCarla Zampatti Gown

1. Onyx Crepe Enmeshed Jumpsuit $416 from $789; 2. Hibiscus Brocade Hepburn Chemise $280 (From $690); 3. Pearl Georgette Cleopatra Gown $380 (from $949)

Leona Edmiston

In 2001 Leona Edmiston went out on her own after previously being in partnership with Peter Morrisey. She’s grown the business significantly over the last 13 years and the brand now includes three lines for women (Leona Edmiston Frocks, a premium Limited Edition range plus a diffusion collection called Leona Edmiston Ruby) a children’s collection (Little Leona), plus shoes, handbags, jewellery, leg wear, sunglasses and a homewears collaboration with Myer. The sky’s the limit for Leona. Some current online steals:

Leona Edmiston - Paris DressLeona Edmiston - Paulette DressLeona Edmiston - Jasmine Dress

1. Paris Dress – limited edition $439 (from $795); 2. Paulette Dress $225 (from $345); 3. Jasmine Dress $279 (from $525)

Alannah Hill

Whimsical, bright and undeniably feminine, Alannah Hill built her namesake business from humble beginnings 18 years ago before walking away from the brand last year. In her wake she leaves an incredible legacy in the home-grown fashion favourite. I don’t own a lot of Alannah Hill, but I can never resist a wander through the store to look at the detailed, girly designs and always spectacularly presented assistants. On sale now, at 60%+ off:

AH - Fairy Floss DressAH - Finders Keepers BeltAH - Sweet Like Cinnamon Dress

1. Fairy Floss Dress $147.60 (from $369); 2. Finders Keepers Belt $35.60 (from $89); 3. Sweet Like Cinnamon Dress $131.60 (from $329)

Cue

40 years after opening their first store in Sydney’s Strand Arcade, Cue truly is an Aussie Fashion Icon. Year on year, Cue collects a bucketload of reader’s choice awards for their contemporary, flattering designs. Still family owned and *nearly* exclusively made in Australia, Cue is certainly this blogger’s go-to for wear-to-work fashion. New stock arrives weekly and many pieces go just as quickly as they arrive! Occasionally you’ll pick up a few items on sale, like these:

Cue - Pleat Yoke Shirt Cue - Twill Zip Front DressCue - Cut Away Shirt

1. Pleat Yoke Shirt $54.50 (from $109); 2. Twill Zip Front Dress $188.30 (from $269); 3. Cut Away cap sleeve top $90.30 (from $129)

Sass and Bide 

I recall vividly standing in Bessie Head with a friend, circa 2000, flipping through Sass and Bide’s lookbook for the coming season. It was the first time we were seeing skinny jeans positioned as a current fashion trend. I remember scoffing at how unlikely it was to ever take off. Within the year, several weeks worth of retail wages had been emptied into two pairs of ‘Frayed Misfits’ which took pride of place in my wardrobe as acquired must-haves and the most expensive items of clothing I owned. While it’s fair to say that denim probably paid the bills in the early years, Sarah-Jane Clarke (sass) and Heidi Middleton (bide) have evolved the label to be synonymous with easy-to-wear statement pieces; from bohemian to bedazzled. Some steals in their end-of-season online sale:

sass and bide - THE INVENTORsass and bide - TOO MUCH INFORMATION WHITE sass and bide - WITH CONVICTION

1.The Inventor – metal belt $90 (from $450); 2. Too Much Information $390 (from $590); 3. With Conviction $170 (from $350) 

Camilla

Camilla Frank is only seven years into the Australian fashion game, but has experienced resounding success with her colourful, free-flowing, playful pieces which have wielded a spate of celebrity fans (and a spot on our list of envy-inducing instagrammers).  Bright and bohemian, her pieces are not for shrinking violets. Some finds in the end of season sale:

 camilla - weaving time camilla - bamboo avenue camilla - number 88

1. Weaving Time $359 (from $599); 2. Bamboo Avenue $317 (from $529); 3. Number 88 $539 (from $899)

Samantha Wills

Raised in Port Macquarie, Samantha Wills launched her jewellery brand in 2004 when she moved to Sydney. Since then she’s gone from strength to strength, including being named ‘break out star’ by The New York Times in 2011. Her designs have been seen on Drew Barrymore, Eva Mendes, Alexandra Ambrosio, Katy Perry, Pink and more. In the last couple of years SW’s line has expanded to include bridal pieces as well as a selection of stationery and a collaboration with Yellowglen on a sparkling named Peacock Lane. While her brand focuses around bohemian luxury – there’s a piece for everyone in her collection. Some current online steals:

SW - Love at Sunset Collar Necklace SW - It will Rain NecklaceSW - Endless Nights Turquoise Ring

1. Love at Sunset Collar Necklace $171 (from $285); 2. It Will Rain Necklace $60 (from $150); 3. Endless Nights Turquoise Ring $72 (from $120)

Oroton

Founded in 1938, the design behind Oroton can’t be attributed to just one person. Nevertheless, the brand has embedded itself as one of Australia’s most popular fashion luxuries ever since launching it’s gold mesh in 1951. The line has since successfully expanded to include lingerie, jewellery, perfume and clothing and has recently moved into South-East Asia. Oroton has wicked sales, marking the majority of the store down by 50% twice a year. Even if you’ve missed sale time, hit the Outlet on their website where you can regularly find steals like these:

Oroton - Noble HoboOroton - Glamour Mesh HeelOroton - Hans Silk Pocket Cardigan

1. Noble Hobo $197.50 (from $395); 2. Glamour Mesh Heel Sandal $130 (from $325); 3. Hans Silk Pocket Cardigan $118 (from $295)

While there’ll likely always be a place in the Australia Day psyche for a pair of pluggers and a wifebeater, this January 26 I’d like to suggest there’s room to acknowledge our more sophisticated fashion accomplishments too. Happy Australia Day, sublime seekers… may your beer be cold, your snags be hot and the Australian fashion bargains be with you!

♥AS

What are your favourite Australian fashion brands? Tell us below!