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! 

Your loyalty rewarded! Or is it?

Lovely readers, today we unpack the facts around Australian customer loyalty programs, and figure out where the real rewards lie. Some are sublime finds! And some (as JS would say) “are what we call the honey-pot”.

Obviously, retailers implement loyalty programs for a reason. The data is solid; customers in loyalty programs shop more. A 2012 research report into Australian customer loyalty programs told us this:

  1. 80% of us will buy more from a company whose loyalty program we are a part of.
  2. 88% of us (93% of women!) belong to a loyalty program or programs.
  3. But less than half of us (45%) will feel loyal to the company because of it.
  4. And less than half of us (45% again) present our loyalty card or collect the benefits when making a purchase.
  5. On average, men are members of 3.3 programs and women 4.7. But men are more loyal than women!
  6. 11% of people are members of more than 10 loyalty programs. (100% of authors of this blog are members of more than 10 loyalty programs).

So who’s got the deals? There are plenty of stores who are verrrry happy to take your details and monitor your shopping habits but do not offer a clear rewards program in return (*ahem* Cue *ahem*). The best of the rest are below!

Straightforward Loyalty (easy to understand, sublime finds!): 

  • Saba gives their VIPs 10% off full-price purchases (10% reward) logo-main
  • Sportscraft offers VIPs 10% off every time you shop (10% reward)
  • No vouchers here, but those in the Ikea ‘family’ enjoy reduced prices on select products, free insurance to cover your journey home, super deals in the Ikea restaurant and the regular 90 day warranty extended to 12 months.
Sublime-ish honey-pots (easy to understand, rewards for returning):
  • Boost Juice gives Vibe Club members one point for each Boost purchased. When you’ve got 10 points you get a free Boost! + a freebie on your birthday
  • AdornemeCinebuzz offers a movie of the week for $10 and a points system that preeeettty much gives you a movie free after every ten you attend (10% reward).
  • Sussan rewards VIPs with a $50 voucher for every $500 spent in store (10% reward)
  • Adorne offers 1 point for each dollar spent, $10 voucher after you’ve racked up $100 (10% reward)
  • GuzmanYGomez offers GOMEX members 1 point for every $1 spent, 150 points earns you a $10 voucher (6.6% reward)GOMEX
  • David Lawrence offers 1 point for every $1 you spend, 1000 points gets you a $50 gift card (5% reward)
  • Kikki-K offers a 10% discount to students
  • The FlyBuys program offers 1 point for every $1 spent with the opportunity to cash in your points on a range of rewards

More spend = more rewards (honey-pot!):

Wittner Wittner
Wittner offers members of their VIP Soul Club one point for every $5 spent in store. If you rack up 45 points ($225) in a year you’ll earn 10% off all purchases. 200 points ($1000) gets you 15% off purchases and a $15 birthday voucher, 300 points ( $1500) attracts 20% off and a $20 gift voucher.

ReviewReview
Review’s loyalty program rewards customers for their purchases that month with a voucher valid for the following month. Spend between $29 and $149 attract a $15 voucher, Over $250 gets a $25 voucher, over $500 gets a $50 voucher and over $1000 gets a $100 voucher. As a Review loyal you’ll also get a $20 voucher for your birthday, 25% off Looksmart Alterations and invites to exclusive events (with cupcakes!).

MimcoMimco
The MIMCOLLECTIVE (snappy name, Mimco!) rewards in-one-transaction purchases of $200-$499 with a $20 voucher, purchase of $500-$699 with a $50 voucher and purchases over $700 with a $100 voucher. Should you become a Mimcollective you will also enjoy one complimentary leather care with a handbag purchase, an extra 5% off during the start of major sales and a $30 voucher on your birthday!

WitcheryWitchery
Witchery rewards it’s loyalty members with a $20 voucher on their birthday and shopping credits loaded to their witchery card according to the amount spent in store (in one transaction). Rewards are $15 for $150 (10% reward), $30 for $250 (12%) and $100 for $500 (20%, dang!). Rewards expire after 30 days and can’t be earned on lay-bys.

Priceline Priceline
Priceline’s Sister Club rewards “sisters” (bleugh and what about the bros?) with a $3 voucher for every $100 (3%) spent in the preceding quarter and a $8 voucher for every $200 spent (4%). Despite it’s babysitters-club-esque name, this rewards program feels worth it. You don’t have to break the budget to be rewarded, and even though the rewards are modest, it’s always enough to buy SOMETHING in Priceline. Source prescriptions and medicines at a Priceline pharmacy and the rewards can really stock up!

Myer MyerOne
Perhaps the most popular rewards program out, Myer One members are rewarded with 2 points for every $1 spent in Myer. 2000 points earns you a $20 gift card (2% reward), delivered each quarter. Members receive Myer’s Emporium magazine free with their purchase (just ask for your copy at the counter). Those with Silver or Gold Membership ($1500 and $6000 annual spend respectively) also receive a birthday voucher and invites to exclusive events (some with canapés! And champagne!).

The upshot: There is money to be saved with alllll of the above loyalty programs. But! Some are easier to access than others. Shop smart, sublime seekers and may your loyalty be rewarded!

♥AS

What loyalty programs do you get the most benefit out of? What stores do you wish would come to the party with a rewards program?