Chicfinds feels the elements

Beauty, Interiors

Whether your preparing for shorter or longer days, trips to Paris/Milan for the fashion shows, holiday in Bali, babies, relatives arriving it is all about finding the balance. It is hard to imagine that not so long ago we went without mobile telephones and internet. Finding the time and the discipline to switch these off once in a while and curbing our dependence is a very healthy thing. Time to play on the earth, in the water with the air and fire…..

ChicFinds is immersed in the elements as we draw closer to the change of season, summer to autumn and winter to spring, the scents in the air change and we are touched by the beauty of nature. It’s not a news product but Diptyque is still one of the best amongst all the niche perfumerie’s. There are spicy, floral, frutty, woody and herbal scents and they are available in body care, candles, Eaux De Toilettes or solid perfumes. Available in many beautiful stores and department stores around the world, to name a few Selfridges, Mecca.com.au, Excesior Milano, Colette.fr. Chicfinds adores Philosykos Eau De Toilettes for it’s amazing recall of the fig tree with it’s warm and woody scent.

The earth element is what keeps us grounded and often is needed when we are carried off in the stress of the movement of air, fire and water. It feels good sometimes even to just press the feet down and feel connected to the earth below us. Beautiful earth tones are also the fashion of the moment in home wares with linens and muslin showing up in tones of beige, caramel, creams and gorgeous shades of grey,green and blues. ChicFinds loves Secret Maison in Paris; http://www.secretmaison.fr/.

Water runs through every part of our lives, an element that affects our emotions, touches our sensibility and evokes tranquility and inner reflection. Skin is the new film by Pedro Almodovar and if you are a fan of his films this film is a must to view. It is absolutely genius. Evoking all kinds of emotions it lifts us up and brings us crashing down with poetic perversion in a thriller of a unique kind that only Almodovar is capable.

Chicfinds again Lee from Superchargedfood.com with all her information we just keep going back and we can’t get enough. Giving up sugar has to be the best advise we have come across in a long time. Following the free recipes that Lee gives us just for a few days gets you addicted to this healthy diet. The evidence is there and one has to start to pay attention, especially us females that already we ride the waves and times of fire with our ever present hormones. Sugar is like putting fire on that fire and it not only affecting our hormones but affects every part of our health. Get Chic and quit sugar for life! You can read more by Sarah Wilson http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/i-quit-sugar-ebook/

Dos is an artist (Benedict Dos Remedios) from Sydney living in New York and his work really is a mix of all the elements. It has many different faces but each finds an emotion, a place and a direction. Check out his work and move on to his blog to be even more moved by a contemporary mix of happenings and things to buy… So many beautiful prints to choose from, Mount Island Death is a ChicFind favorite! http://www.benedictdosremedios.com/home.html

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Kitty Cat wants a treat

Beautiful things, Beauty, fashion

Feeling like treating yourself? Mavala has these gorgeous mini nail lacquers that don’t cost much and yet are spurts of luxurious color that make you feel as good as buying a whole new outfit. The spring colors are gorgeous; Blue Curacao, Touch of Provence, Waikiki Orange and many more. Fantastic greens, navy, the color palette is extensive….

You can find Mavala at most pharmacies and chemists all around the world. The quality is also very good and you don’t have to be in a hurry to consume it or find a way to store it as it’s little so it’s a little short hit wonder. Another perfect treat is a pair of sunglasses! At the moment there are some great new designs coming out and one of the strongest theme’s is the cat eye. Yves Saint Laurent have done a beautiful cat eye in black and tortoiseshell and Prada’s new shape in two tone are so iconic of the fashion at the moment that they could be a perfect treat if that’s the only one thing you splurge on this season.  To see a mix of this season’s fashion this is a great blog; http://elodiebubble.wordpress.comAnother wonderful treat is new lingerie. So feminine, and it is all about nurturing you at the end of the day! One of Chicfinds favorite  staples of lingerie is La Perla which is Italian and Italian made but it is ‘very’expensive but it is a governess for the styles and quality. Other great brands are Chantelle from France, Cosabella and for a cute but cheaper option; Intimissimi from Italy, Victoria Secret is an obvious one but still worth it for it’s great prices and it does master the push up bra. If you love lingerie and you are a fan of French chic you will have to take a look at  Kiki Monparnasse by Julia Restoin Roitfeld. Wolford and Skin offer a simple and minimalistic style with beautiful quality. Take a look at Barney’s New York offer online; http://www.barneys.com/Lingerie/LINGERIE01,default,sc.htmlThe right lingerie can also be worn as clothing, under a jacket it can act as a camisole and look so sexy yet modest as its half hidden away. A great eyeliner is also a little treat that will last forever, be easy to sharpen and it will create for you the look of this season with the cat eye fascination. Tip, watch a you tube for how too… For all the best brands go to http://www.strawberrynet.com XMeow meow XXX

ChicFinds home sweet home

Beauty, Travel

Home Sweet Home…. home is where the heart is….even if you are a restless gypsy there is something about our home that lends us all sorts of emotions..

If your travelling like Chicfinds is at the moment or any other moment during the year then you can understand how important it is to have things near to you in your hotel/apartment/friends or relatives home that make you feel at home. Your favorite magazine, photo, pillow slip, music, what ever it is it’s associated to that making home feeling. 

The bath, shower, spa  with your favorite bath salt, after shower cream or hair mask are a part of a ritual that helps you find your way home even if you are a million miles away. It helps create that feeling of intimacy with your environment. Dont leave home without them…

It’s an all time challenge for all of us to do the pack! What kind of a climate will it be, what will I need, how can I take everything yet be limited to 20kg??? The best solution that Chifinds suggests is spend a lot of time putting everything you put in your bag into a look. Each piece has to part take to a look. If it dosen’t convince you (in the total look) a 100% then it’s to be left behind.Thanks to technology a lot of home can come with us via our computers.. music, contact via facebook, movies, the list goes on and on. There is no bigger companion these days to the computer (except maybe those that are still reading in the tradional manner). However one of the best ways to nurture yourself when away from home and all your loved ones is food. You have to find the best food you can especially if you have found yourself in the opposite climate and conditions. A guide to eating these days is so easy to come by, you can find one for any city/place and it will make a huge difference to your stay! P.S the above photo definatly does not condone smoking as a way of finding yourself home. If you haven’t given up this filthy horrible drug addiction then go to any Alan Carr office (there are offices all around the world) and sign yourself up for a seminar. You will find yourself a very happy and comfortable non smoker after 6 hours. Brilliant! Thanks Alan Carr.

Last but not least is the part that might seem a little odd but really it’s very important… the Zen of your space. If you get into the hotel room/apartment ect and the set up doesen’t feel right, move it around. Don’t worry about having to move it back, it will be well worth it! Make sure you have a comfortable set up so you can unwind in your home away from home! Some essential oils are also a good thing to bring from home as there is nothing like scent to transport us.

This post is leading us to the next post which will talk more about the home and a blog created by a friend which is inspired by The Sartolist but it’s the home version. The inspiration is about the intimacy that we have with our homes and the space which becomes and home and the objects and things that fill it. Chicfinds looks forward to telling you more about it however in the meantime if you want to take a look, visit http://sentirsiacasa.wordpress.com/about/

ChicFinds shopping inspiration

fashion

This season it’s all about the print. Print’s bright, bold and brilliant! Maybe it’s a sign of the hard times that have hit that make us want to forget the grey, black and white of the situation and instead see geometric, floral, tribal and revel in the pure fantasy. It might seem a little confrontational after all that minimalism but lets face it! It’s fun!

The confrontational thing about prints is we often get into a bind about how to wear them. Well this season you cant go wrong if you find it in the shirt and in the pant. The two stongest categories in fashion this season. Mix either with a mono colour and simple lines and your on to a winner.

Included in this season’s explosion of print is that of the snake, python, lizard, zebra and all the other wild beasts you can imagine. And it’s not being limited to belts, shoes and accessories but it’s all over our leggins, dresses, coats and you cant deny it, its a classic print that is undenyably chic! It’s wonderful to see some of our old favorites coming back, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, Pucci, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana……let’s support those crazy creative Italians (they need it) but who is king or should we say Queen? …. she is unbeatable in her genius interpretations…..no other than Prada! Chicfinds loves Prada for its strength in creating a world each season which is not dependent on a logo. It has to be said that yes, we love Louis Vuitton but on our travels lately it has become tiresome seeing it on the arm of all as really it has become yet another status symbol. Chic is not a status symbol it’s much more courageous than that.

Chicfinds suggests you find your self some print and here is a fantastic guide for shopping http://www.vogue.it/shopping/dove-comprare and http://www.archfashion.com.au/Region/Australia Enjoy!