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Cultivating new habits during this pandemic

For those not struggling with basic human needs, the climb towards self-actualisation can be fraught with external and internal challenges, the latter of which has much to do with mindset. Many of us know that we have bad habits – ones that are holding us back from ‘living our best life’. These can range from destructive and proven unhealthy behaviours such as drugs, smoking and excessive drinking, to more ‘time wasting’ activities such as spending hours on social media or watching too much Netflix. The current world of entertainment at our fingertips encourages us to be lazy. We can sit […]

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How self-care can empower women to achieve greatness

A guest post by Mariah MacInnes As a female, nothing is impossible. But what makes things impossible? The self-talk you tell yourself, the label you give yourself that makes you “not good enough”.  So how do you make yourself “good enough”? It is that part of your body that controls everything you do, yep your brain.  Your brain is telling you what you can and can’t do. So how do you switch it off?  You don’t, you just re-educate.  So we have put together some practices you can do to help retrain that brain so you can care for yourself […]

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Living outside the box

By Bo Brummel I belong to the generation known as Millennials, which includes everyone born between the year 1981 – 1996. Growing up I quickly came to the realisation that the choices and freedom my generation has are way more abundant than 40 years ago. Most people lived where they were born, worked there and got married to someone near them. It was not this idea in particular that scared me, it was the predictability of life, and the fear of living a short and unfulfilled life that stimulated me to live my life in a different way. Of course, […]

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Ten ways to wear a bodysuit

Needing some party outfit ideas or inspiration for the upcoming holiday season? There’s a reason why we LOVE bodysuits – they’re so versatile and easy to mix and match. Bodysuits can be flattering for every body shape, and with so many offerings out there you can choose one that fits your particular style – midriff covering or showing some skin, long or short sleeve, open or closed back, lots or little cleavage, sexy or casual look, it’s all on the market! Below we’ve highlighted 10 fabulous looks for this season with our CIIARA bodysuits. True to our vision of bringing […]

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Open up: Communicating hard things to people we love

We all have had a moment when we want to say something difficult to somebody we love but we doubt whether to open the Pandora’s box or avoid a confrontation. Especially with people we love and care about, it can be quite frightening. We are afraid that we might upset their feelings, hurt the relationship and scar something precious to us for life. However, an open communication is one of the main characteristics of a healthy relationship. Opening up to say things that hurt us, worry us, concern us or make us feel heavy is needed to live an open […]

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Defining success

What does success look like and how do we know when we’ve made it? So often we keep chasing goals yet once we reach them, we realise that we’re not any more fulfilled than we were before. So how do we define success? When we think about the word success, the first themes that come to mind are often relating to money, work, power, fame, beauty and material achievements. But what is the foundation for these commonly presented views of success? As often stated by the Dalai Lama, the true goal that each of us seeks is to find happiness. […]

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Letting go of fear

It seems that everywhere we look, people are riddled by fear. Fear of being judged, of voicing their own opinions (whether in line or against popular views), of living how they truly want, working the jobs that make them happy, and reaching for the life that they deserve. Essentially, we’ve become afraid of truly being ourselves. The biggest testament to this is the fear that people have of working towards their dreams. As children we had no fear – we did what we wanted, until eventually we were conditioned to believe in boundaries, limitations and the importance of meeting expectations. […]

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The importance of boundaries

Often we find ourselves in situations or amongst people that leave us feeling drained, frustrated or doubting ourselves. Yet we continue to allow these people and situations to be part of our lives – maybe we feel obliged because we’ve known them a long term, or we just feel bad saying no and making someone else unhappy. Maybe we feel perversely better about ourselves by being agreeable and making someone else temporarily happier, to the detriment of our own emotional and mental wellbeing. If we continue these patterns however, we start to realise that we’re not truly making choices for […]

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Dealing with judgement

No matter what we do in life, we will always encounter positive and negative feedback. Sometimes this feedback comes from a place of love and in knowing this, we can accept and even embrace it to help improve ourselves. But often, this feedback comes not because someone cares about us – but in the form of judgement. Why does this happen and what can we do about it? The act of judgement is about questioning the moral intentions of another person – showing (or convincing oneself) that one’s views and intrinsic value are greater than another’s. We should note that […]

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Acceptance of our human experience – embracing difficult emotions

The pursuit of happiness is every individual’s ultimate goal, and every day we are reminded that this is within our control. Whether this is through work, relationships, self-development activities, material possessions or simply changing our mindset, we are taught various ways to increase our happiness levels. Yet despite all this effort, we still feel moments of grief, fear, anger, loneliness, jealousy and lack of fulfilment. What can we do about these negative feelings? Because we’re self-sufficient and successful in our working lives, we are frustrated with ourselves for having emotional responses to situations that shouldn’t affect us. Why aren’t we […]

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