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Sydney Sales Wrap: Best of the Week, July 30, 2020 - Broadsheet
Shop 50 per cent off Búl, Bianca Spender and Sephora; 60 per cent off bedding and sleepwear; and 80 per cent off at Net-a-Porter. Plus, $15 off refreshingly fun puzzles, and nothing over $60 (including Superga sneakers) at Glue Store’s online warehouse sale.
St AgniOnlineByron Bay womens fashion and footwear label St Agni is taking up to 30 per cent off a range of dresses, flats, tops, shirts, silk pants, skirts, knit wrap dresses and more from its La Forme collection. This cotton dress is a timeless piece. While stocks last Glue StoreOnlineGlue Store is hosting a massive warehouse sale right now, with nothing costing more than $60. Shop Adidas, Stussy, Puma, Champion, Superga, Tommy Hilfiger, Henleys, Abrand, Ellesse, Le Coq Sportif, Vans, and more. These chunky sneakers are just $50. While stocks last EttitudeOnlineEttitude, which is known for using organic bamboo fabric, is taking up to 60 per cent off a range of bed linen and sleepwear. This will be your last chance to purchase items that are being discontinued for good. This colour-block duvet cover is going for just $84. While stocks last Journey of SomethingOnlineJourney of Something works with photographers, illustrators and artists to create its refreshing, fun puzzles including one with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Now the Aussie company is taking $15 off all puzzles in stock including the Kardashian-inspired one when you use the (extremely apt) code 2020SUCKS. While stocks last Bianca SpenderOnlineBianca Spender (daughter of Australian fashion stalwart Carla Zampatti) is known for her use of draped fabrics, fluid shapes and strong, tailored garments. Shop up to 50 per cent off her brands winter styles now, during its July sale. Think cashmere coats, lace tops, silk shirts, crepe jumpsuits and more. This spearmint jacket is our pick. While stocks last Shifting WorldsOnlineShop up to 50 per cent off Melbourne boutique Shifting Worlds at its mid-year sale. Get Bao Bao Issey Miyake geometric bags, Shrimps faux-pearl handbags, Building Block belt bags and more. While stocks last BúlOnlineShop up to 50 per cent off bold outerwear, knits, special-occasion dresses, seasonless tops, pants and footwear during Búls mid-year sale. This oversized orange jumper is perfect for working from home. While stocks last KowtowOnlineNew Zealand label Kowtow is known for its effortless, minimalist styles and sustainable ethos. Now its offering up to 40 per cent off its Building Block collection. Shop basics including this oversized boxy tee and these bold draped pants. While stocks last Valet StudioOnlineAustralian label Valet Studio is known for its statement resin jewellery and accessories. Its currently taking up to 50 per cent off a range of headbands, earrings, hair clips and more. For a casual glam look, snap up this clear clip. For something bolder, this pink and red headband is a good shout. While stocks last ReliquiaOnlineAussie jewellery label Reliquias name is derived from the Spanish term for family heirloom, reliquia de familia. Its pieces range from seashell shapes to more abstract forms and are inspired by ones you might borrow from your grandmothers jewellery box. Get 30 per cent off a range of jewellery and accessories right now, including these drop earrings. While stocks last SephoraOnlineShop up to 50 per cent off selected products from brands including Benefit Cosmetics, Fenty Beauty, Huda Beauty, Sephora Collection, Starskin, Cover FX and more. Our pick? This Fenty Beauty make-up set. While stocks last Net-a-PorterOnlineOne of the worlds most successful luxury online retailers, Net-a-Porter, has a massive sale on now. Shop up to 80 per cent off clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, jewellery, watches and beauty products. This ski jacket was $1860, and has gone down to $341. While stocks last The UndoneOnlineOnline boutique The Undone is taking up to 50 per cent off sale items. Shop Matteau and Peony swimwear; clothing by Anna Quan, Frame, Marle, Mara & Mine and Beaufille; shoes from By Far, ATP Atelier and Ancient Greek Sandals; and sunglasses by Le Specs. While stocks last IkeaOnlineFurniture and homewares giant Ikea is throwing a huge sale with up to 50 per cent off sofas, storage boxes, dining tables and chairs, textiles, pictures and frames, kitchen cabinets, bathroom essentials and more. Until 11.59pm August 10 Monk House DesignOnlineMelbourne-based boutique Monk House Design is offering up to 50 per cent off a range of clothing and accessories right now. The sale includes Kowtow, Penny Sage, Dress Up, Stan Ray, Base Range, Pam, Kuwaii and more. While stocks last KlokeOnlinePopular Melbourne label Kloke is known for its high-quality wardrobe staples in box-cut styles. Right now, shop up to 50 per cent off a range of dresses, trench coats, blouses, cardis, shirts, knits, tees, wide-leg pants and more. While stocks last My ChameleonOnlineGive your wardrobe the designer love it deserves with up to 70 per cent off at My Chameleon. Shop Aesther Ekme leather bags; clothing by Dion Lee, Sir, Bassike, Christopher Esber, Matin, Toteme and Albus Lumen; and Veja sneakers. Theres also a further 20 per cent off with code EXTRA20. While stocks last Alpha60OnlineMelbourne label Alpha60 is currently taking 30 per cent off storewide, excluding its classics line. Shop knits, jackets, tops, shoes, pants, shirts and more. While stocks last BaserangeOnlineBaserange has built up a fan base for its use of super-soft organic bamboo fibres, cottons and silks. Now its taking 40 per cent off its spring-summer edit for its seasonal sale. Shop swimwear, tees, socks, comfy pants, jumpsuits, silk dresses, cotton-rib jumpers and more. While stocks last Von-RöutteOnlineLocal unisex leather brand Von-Röutte is taking up to 50 per cent off past-season styles in its online archive sale. Shop sneakers, wallets, tees and more. While stocks last Rachel GilbertOnlineAustralian designer Rachel Gilbert, known for her intricate, hand-embellished designs, is currently taking up to 55 per cent off during her brands archive sale. Shop cocktail dresses, gowns, jackets, jumpers, pants, tops and more. While stocks last Lee MathewsOnlineLee Mathews is recognised for its casual elegance, crafting timeless pieces from silk, cotton and linen. Right now, get up to 50 per cent off rib polo cardis, balloon-sleeve knits, apron dresses, puff-sleeve tops and more. While stocks last PoepkeOnlineSydney boutique Poepke stocks labels including Dries Van Noten, Ys by Yohji Yamamoto, Sara Lanzi, Issey Miyake, Comme Des Garçons and Simone Rocha. Shop these labels and more at up to 50 per cent off right now. While stocks last Dylan KainOnlineLeather goods label Dylan Kain is hosting a studio sale right now with up to 80 per cent off last-chance pieces, shoot samples and more. Get totes, bucket bags, wallets, belt bags, shoulder bags, belts and more. While stocks last Mode SportifOnlineSydney-based designer clothing hub Mode Sportif is taking 30 per cent off when you spend $300 or more on sale items from designers including Ganni, Rixo London, Anine Bing, Rotate and Samsoe & Samsoe. Use code MODE30 at checkout. Until 11.59pm Mon August 3
Dating in the Time of Covid-19: I Gave It a Go – and Got Tips From Love Guru and Break-Up Boss Zoë Foster Blake While I Was at It - Broadsheet
Because being single in isolation sucks. Or does it?
I went about this in the wrong order. I launched into the Covid-19 dating game, realised I didnt know exactly how to play, then sought the advice of an expert. Ive done the dating-app thing before, but dating in pandemic times (and the requisite 1.5-metre-social-distancing) is a new ball game. First, some background. Im single, and I like it that way. I dont have to meet a significant other halfway on a Friday night and order Thai when what Im really craving is some chicken and chips to sandwich between bread with sauce. I dont have to spend the evening with Sylvester Stallone in Rocky for the 700th time when Im in the mood to watch Careful What You Wish For (17 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes). I can assemble Ikeas Billy bookcase without anyone pointing out that Ive grossly misinterpreted the instructions, and I get to have my bed all to myself. But. When coronavirus came along it sort of mucked up my Single Smugness. The prospect of being alone in isolation got me thinking company might not be so bad. Since batting my eyelashes at someone across the bar at The Royal Bondi was no longer an option, I begrudgingly (encouraged by my also-single housemate) downloaded Bumble, Tinder and Hinge. Again. I was pleasantly surprised to discover these apps had changed. They had interesting new features designed for dating from a distance, such as virtual dating badges, and had dropped the usual 160-kilometre-radius limitation; the worlds entire singles population seemed to be active on them Bumble recorded four million registered downloads at the beginning of April in Australia alone (in more normal times, say last September, it clocked three million total downloads) and, whether out of boredom, loneliness, desperation, or all of the above, most chats now extended beyond Hey. (Tinder conversations in Australia are up an average of 16 per cent, and the average length of conversations is 12 per cent longer, the company says.) I found myself in a number of entertaining chats, including with Punny Guy on Bumble, Surfer Dude on Hinge, and Madrid Man on Tinder, thanks to the apps free new Passport feature that allows you to match and chat with people all around the world. After about a week of in-app messaging, Surfer Dude suggested we Date From Home. He Facetimed me first, but I let it ring out because I hadnt spent the necessary one hour and six minutes to take my hair from frizzy AF to bouncy and smooth. I called him back the old-school, video-less way, and we talked for two hours. At the end of our chat, he asked if it would be irresponsible of us to meet in person. I said yes, it would be. Then I revisited his profile, remembered the attractive face behind the phone call, and promptly changed my mind. We went on a socially distanced walk that weekend, meeting in the car park of a beach between our suburbs. I pulled out my ruler, measured 1.5 metres, and told him not to breath within a millimetre of that zone. We walked and talked all afternoon, stopping for coffee at the midway mark. We said our goodbyes (thank you coronavirus for removing the uncomfortable Do-We-Hug-or-Do-We-Kiss scenario from the equation) and returned to our respective Isolation Stations. He called me that evening to tell me hed like to see me again. I shared the sentiment. He messaged me the next day to ask if Friday afternoon worked. I said yes. I texted him Wednesday: Hey stranger! Hows your week going? Still keen to do something Friday? Weather looks ideal! Thursday: crickets. Friday: nothing. Saturday: nope. Enter Zoë Foster Blake, the author of LOVE! and Break-Up Boss, and founder of the app of the same name (do yourself or a mate-in-need a post-break-up favour and download it, trust me). Foster Blakes advice when someone ghosts you? Im going to be tough to be kind here: if they dont text, they dont exist. Try to get on with shit. Dont waste time and energy on someone who doesnt write back. When someone wants to communicate with you, they do, and they will. Tuesday: Hey Em! Sorry Ive been MIA. Its been a really hectic time at work. Id still really like to see you. What about this weekend? Wednesday: The message I should have sent as per Foster Blakes take-no-shit wisdom Im busy this weekend. The message I actually sent All good, such is life! Sounds good to me! Lets do Sat? (Questions I later asked myself: why has Ben Cousins torso tattoo become my life motto? Whats with all the exclamation marks?) Wednesday night: Saturday it is, same time and place. Really looking forward to it. Night x. Thursday: nothing. Friday: nothing. Saturday: nada. Sunday: My housemate bangs on my bedroom door with an early-morning newsflash Em Surfer Dude just liked me on Hinge! Such is life. So how do you know, during lockdown, if someones only into you because theyre bored? Youll know if someone is into-you into-you if they dont vanish once the world opens up again, says Foster Blake. But is it the worst thing to keep a few conversations going with people, even if theyre not into-you into-you, during this shit-show? I would think probably no. Enjoy the attention, have fun, hone your flirting and messaging skills. Yep, practice makes perfect. People can flake on you even without a pandemic, she adds. Perhaps try not to forecast too much into the future, as a general rule hard as that can be when sparks are zinging around. Be here now, enjoy the connection, try to view this whole thing as a wild experiment rather than a test. And for those processing a pre- or during- Covid break-up? If you cant process your pain with mates and outings, maybe it would be helpful to go straight to the prison stage, where you work on yourself, physically, mentally, spiritually, because you have the time and cant leave, says Foster Blake. I have a freshly broken-up friend who has been in lockdown in NYC and has spent the time getting insanely fit, learning to write with her left hand, cooking and taking up meditation. Sure, its a cliché, but whats the alternative? Drink too much, binge Netflix and endlessly stalk your ex? Exactly. Youre much better off teaching yourself to make sourdough, getting your art-and-craft on, or letting off some steam on the pavement. And here are some of my own takeaways: Get on the apps if you arent already theyre really fun right now. In all my years of dating-app experience, right now is the most fun Ive had on them. With more time on our hands, and less options to meet prospective partners IRL, people seem to be using them as theyre meant to be used: to communicate (not just for self-validation). Proof: Bumble recorded a 26 per cent increase in messages sent and 56 per cent increase in video calls made in the second half of March, with the average video call lasting 21 minutes. Lower your expectations to zero. Thats not Negative Nancy talking thats Realistic Rachel. Sometimes in life, disappointments are inevitable. But dont let that stop you from swiping. Think of dating as a process of elimination: every disappointing interaction is a fish removed from the sea. Once all the gummy sharks have been fished out, youll be left with a big, fat bluefin tuna. Dont put all your eggs in one basket. Especially in the early days. Keep multiple options open, so youre not suddenly back at ground zero when a convo drops off (which it will). Its a numbers game. Get out of your comfort zone and take the damn Facetime call. If they cant handle your hair at its worst, they dont deserve your hair at its best. (Bonus tip: a shot of tequila beforehand helps, so long as its past midday.)
Planning to Stay Awake for Wednesday Night’s Lyrid Meteor Shower? Don’t Bother - Broadsheet
“You’re more likely to see Billie Eilish in a dress than a Lyrid meteor from where we live.”
Stories about the impending Lyrid meteor shower on Wednesday night have been peppering the news: we know what it is (a shower that occurs each April when debris from the Comet Thatcher meteor vaporises in Earths atmosphere); what time to look for it (between midnight and dawn); and how many meteors we can expect to see (between 10 and 18 per hour). But Perry Vlahos, vice president and curator of current phenomena at the Astronomical Society of Victoria, says youre better off staying in bed. The Lyrid Meteor Shower, from our position is never anything worth getting up for, he tells Broadsheet. I can guarantee you from Melbourne you might only see one or two meteors from this shower. In fact, go out any night and youre likely to see more sporadic meteors (coincidental bits of debris that fall into the earths atmosphere and burn up as shooting stars in any direction) than what youll see from the Lyrids. Youre more likely to see Billie Eilish in a dress than a Lyrid meteor from where we live. If youre hoping to catch the meteor shower from Sydney, Vlahos says the view there will be equally unimpressive. If youre further north, near Brisbane, you may see three or four, but I wouldnt guarantee it. The Lyrid meteor shower is more visible in the northern hemisphere, but even there, its not considered one of the best. Youd see more random meteors three or four, just on any clear night if you continue looking up for an hour than from the Lyrid meteor shower, says Vlahos. In his opinion there are only three meteor showers worth staying awake for in the southern hemisphere: the Eta Aquarids (in the first week of May); the Orionids (October); and the Geminids (December). Youve been warned.