Chicfinds in the accessory

Beautiful things

I came across Sara Battaglia bags and they are beautiful. They have a unique and carefully crafted feel about them. The colours are vibrand and the materials are amazing quality with exquisite detail. 

Here at Avenue 32 you can find some great finds. The mix of product is really interesting and different. This is where I found Sara Battaglia who also happens to be the sister of Giovanna Battaglia, the style icon in Italy at the moment!

Another Chic Find shopping suggestion this week is the jewellery by Maria Francesca Pepe. The style has a classic feel but it has a bit of a punk push.

The prices are really good and there is a variety of styles so something to suit everyone! http://www.mfpepe.com/collections.html

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ChicFinds for those yummy mummies

Beautiful things

Chicfinds knows that all the mummies out there are very busy with the school holidays so we found a couple of finds for you. When you have a moment to your self have a little look through http://www.bellamumma.com/ and the latest on The Goop; http://goop.com/newsletter/173/en. Happy Holidays X

Chicfinds of the week

Beautiful things, Beauty, fashion

For this season you cant go past these ankle boots by Zadig et Voltaire. They are a great style, shape and colour (they come in Beige and Kaki). They are a investment at 350 euro but well worth it as they will go with everything. Check out the whole range on line from Zadig as everything looks good from the basic t-shirts to ruffle skirts and  tailored masculine jackets.

As you know Chicfinds loves Tracey Anderson and we also went so far as to get some of her recommended cream for the body which gives you a healthy all over glow. It’s a must have for legs that need a bit of a pick me.. We can’t find any stockists here in Australia but you can find it online; Prrty Peaushun  at http://www.prttypeaushun.com/  The product is called Skin Tight Body lotion and we wonder whether it might be what Gwenth Paltrow was wearing on the cover of the latest Harpers Bazaar Australia! It  certainly is a beautiful skin enhancer worth having.

We have had quite a good look lately at some online stores and here is a list of some to browse when you have the time..

http://www.jcrew.com/index.jsp they have easy, casual but on trend clothes that are not too expensive.

http://stores.ebay.com.au/hock-your-frocks Hock Your Frocks is a recycled ebay store and they have some great international and Australian designer pieces.

http://www.openingceremony.us/ have some great pieces from all the high end designers. The web site is beautiful!

http://blog.thedepartmentstore.co.nz/ The Department Store in New Zealand has some great mix of eclectic brands including Karen Walker, Top Shop and they have some really nice homewares and beauty products.

http://www.thecorner.com/ The Corner is a beautiful online store with niche brands and brands that dont want to over expose themselves online, Phillip Lim, N.21 Alessandro Dell Aqua, Giles, Carven the list goes on….

http://www.antonioli.eu/?gclid=CN3Z1ZOPsa8CFYdKpgodm2UxGQ Antonioli is an amazing store in Milan and it is at the forefront of online store design. They have their own editorials, the layout is easy and great to navigate and the product is consistent. They style of Antonioli is slightly underground, understated, layered and black black and more black. It is conceptual and is more than just a store it is a lifestyle.

http://www.toast.co.uk/ Very nice English brand with really nice fashion and homewares.

http://www.johnrobshaw.com/ I am in love with these homewares!!!!

Happy shopping. X

Chic Finds style for over 50’s

fashion

This has to be the hardest post I have done so far. It has taken me days of research and I am still very dissatisfied. As far as the internet is concerned, fashion is for the under 50’s generation.

Fashion for over 50’s is a a very ambiguous thing in terms of what is available in store, online and if you are looking for a guide on what to wear there is close to nothing, anywhere. One good website which is a bit of fun and does show women with great style is http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com.au/ but it does not tell you what shops to visit or give you a list of fashion brands suited to your desire to dress well and still have a bit of an edge. So despite a LOT of looking and reading I am going to list a few brands that I think are worth looking at for the over 50’s. However please don’t hold it over my head as I figure I need to do a lot more research on the topic.

Here is a list of designers and please don’t take too much notice of my imagery as there was NOTHING on the web so these are just a splash of reference.  Here above is Calvin Klein who does a beautiful minimal but sharp cut, great clean fabrics and very suitable for over 50’s that want to look fashionable and good but in context!

Etro is such a beautiful brand for the over 50’s who want that loose style that has a boho, aztec feel. A very expensive choice but a good one to go off in terms of style. I would also look at Diane Von Furstenberg, Valentino, Carolina Herrera, Bruno Cucinello, Joseph, Jaeger, Ann Taylor, Wolford, Jil Sander, Piazza Sempione, Missoni and Donna Karen. 

Lastly, Giorgio Armani! For those that want that casual but elegant look but not at that price visit stores in Sydney like MyCatwalk in Double Bay, Directions in Double Bay, Lara On Queen in Woollahra and Mary Reeds. A great Equipment shirt from MyCatwalk and a pair of Gap pants is a great look. Here are a few tips from the UK Guardian….by Fiona Sibley

Katharine Whitehorn wrote recently about her experience of dressing elegantly in her mature years. It can’t always be easy to shop the more fashionable collections when everything appears to be modelled on younger women, but depending on how you see it, therein lies the creative challenge: to wear clothes that express your personality, whatever your age.

For women over 60, formalwear certainly seems less challenging than casual dressing. Tailoring and eveningwear are fairly timeless, whereas informal daywear sometimes seems to belong more naturally to a younger generation. The secret to good dressing at any age is to know what suits you, and your body shape. If you have fabulously slim legs at 70, then you’re fortunate to be able to pull off an elegant trouser suit that some women in their 20s couldn’t.

With that in mind, there are definitely flattering styles that help all of us to age gracefully. Skirts cut just below the knee are good, as many women retain slim calves. Trouser suits are smart, and can be loosened up with colourful blouses. Dresses tend to require sleeves, but can come in any style or length, and as for shoes – flats and heeled boots are all within reach. Avoid capricious super-trends, though: women of any age can look chic and modern without looking trendy. Another rule of thumb is not to swamp your figure. You may get more petite as you age, so if you can, keep your figure streamlined, but avoid clinging fabrics.

Mirren (63) always looks ravishing in the sort of head-to-toe metallics that can be picked up at high street store Coast – elegant tailoring in bold silver fabrics offsetting her beautiful white hair and slim figure. The Queen’s style icon status is much more Austin Reed, teaming 40s-style frock coats with wide-brimmed hats. Lumley embodies that quintessential English elegance: alternating chic black eveningwear with country tweed à la Jean Muir.

Yet formality needn’t always be the name of the game. Remember the famous poem penned by Jenny Joseph back in 1961? “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.” It’s true: retirement is an age to please yourself, and some women can’t wait to rebel creatively against a lifetime spent dressing to conform to work and family expectations. Our glamorous over-60s are happily spending their retirement enjoying themselves, and need a wardrobe to match.

The last point to note is practical: many ladies in their 60s and upwards are dressing on a budget, and expect value for money. With this in mind, we’ve trawled the high street and the best of the labels to find clothing to make over-60s look – and feel – their very best.

Other brands that are worth looking at are Sportscraft, Susan, Mela Purdie, Easton Pearson, Carla Zampatti and Ralph Lauren.

I hope to have more posts to support the fashionable over 50’s set here on ChicFinds. X

Chic resting time…..

Beautiful things, Interiors

Now don’t all send in your photos at once! We might get over loaded here at Chic Finds… it is so quiet in fact as the last post didn’t even get recognised by one reader. It is a record as most posts got at least one thumbs up. What should we do to engage you? Lets get lazy! It’s Easter and now there are four days to not feel guilty about enjoying the luxury of our restful spaces. Oh and by the way if you feel like a change of cushion decor just send me in a photo!Lovely rest time…

Her father says she has to have a name
Not the same as her mom’s, but a name just the same
A little ray of sunshine has come into the world,
A little ray of sunshine in the shape of a girl.
We’ll show her the dress that she’ll wear
With the gold flowing hair that nature provided
A little ray of sunshine has come into the world,
A little ray of sunshine in the shape of a girl.
A little ray of sunshine –
I want to know if you think she looks good in the pink,
That grandma has bought her … our own little daughter.
She can make you feel good,
She can make you feel that it’s all worthwhile,
Only by her smile, only by her smile …
Have you noticed she’s just like her father,
And i think that i’d rather
Her hair was much darker,
A little ray of sunshine has come into the world,
A little ray of sunshine in the shape of a girl.
She can make you feel good,
She can make you feel that it’s all worthwhile,
Only by her smile, only by her smile, only by her smile …
Talkin’ ’bout my little ray of sunshine,
My little ray of sunshine,
Little ray of sunshine,Find a bit of shade….Happy Easter. X