ChicFinds for your special day!

Beautiful things, Beauty, fashion, Photography

Weddings are such an important event and often we have a set idea about how we want everything to be but we need the help to create it. It is like your first meeting with a love to be, films start rolling around in your head and before even the second date we have already fallen in love, married and created a family. All in a one screen shot! Creating your wedding or creating your look for a wedding is like bringing to life your film and the fantasy. To do that, it is often necessary to get a little helping hand and ChicFinds can point you in the right direction!

You want to be your most gorgeous on the day of your wedding and shine in more ways than one. Chic finds can show you how!

As winter will end soon and spring will begin so will the wedding bells. Now is a time to plan and create! For the next weeks, ChicFinds will post a weekly post on weddings to help guide and inspire you. ChicFinds can also offer you a consultation with a stylist for setting up the special day or a personal fashion stylist for the creation of your look plus photographers. For inquires please email; chicfindsinfashion@gmail.com

ChicFinds can help you create every possible fantasy unique to you.

This beautiful shoot is the creation of the amazing photographer Camilla Akrans, Chicfinds loves her work!

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Chic finds in soft furnishings

Beautiful things, Interiors

When you decide to use curtains it is never as easy as you think it will be. First you need to find the right curtain and then the right rod and then decide on the style of hanging. It is quite a complicated process if you want to get it right. The rod and the way you hang the curtain is fundamental to the way it will look at the end.

It is also true that styles out date. For lots of information on what rod to use visit; http://acanthusandacorn.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/drapery-rods-whats-in-style.html This blog helps explain the need for a bigger or smaller rod and how to make it all have the right look in terms of perspective and proportion.

Soft furnishings are a lot of fun. The best bit is picking the fabric but the worse bit is the hanging. I suggest you do a lot of research and if possible engage the help of a professional. These days it is very in fashion to have a very simple track over the more ornate style rods however what is in fashion and on trend does not always suit the space.

and for something different……

Chic garden sheds!

Interiors

If you find out that you don’t have the space for a granny studio, garden studio, outdoor cottage then you can look into a garden shed. The name garden shed conjures up to mind a rough looking shed in aluminium lacking completely in character, well things have changed and the garden shed can be a delightful space in which to study, play, plant or meditate. 

If you watched the latest tribute to the Queen for the Jubilee then you might have been as enchanted as Chicfinds to see her childhood cubby house. Hardly a cubby house but the same idea anyway even if the Queen’s is slightly bigger than the usual. What a wonderful thing to have a little house away from home to explore, create and ponder.

Why shouldn’t we have a cubby house/garden shed to play in for all ages? 

Chic finds loves the garden shed!

Chicfinds garden studios and summer houses

Interiors

In England they call them Summer houses but they have all sorts of names depending on the country, the council, the state laws so you can look them up as Garden Studios, Garden Flats, Granny flats and Garden sheds! They are one of the latest projects in housing as families come back together as a solution to retirement housing. They are also an ideal solution for extra income as a rental possibility or a child care option as families decide to go back to Au Pair’s and nannies.

What you will build or buy (they come in kits also) will depend very much on the space you have available. There are so many inspirational designs coming from England and Germany and the more they become popular in Australia we hope to see Councils become more flexible with their rules and designers become more innovative!

Here are a few links to some information and inspiration:

http://www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au/granny-flats-intermediate.htm

http://littlehouseonthetrailer.com/caretaker-cottage-plans-page/

http://www.cabinkitsgalore.com.au/austen.php

and Anna Wintour’s summer house lends itself to some real inspiration:

What’s Maya wearing amongst the green!

fashion

Maya is wearing pants and top by Bassike, fur vest by Museum; http://museumclothing.com.au and bag by Prada.

Maya is wearing Armani denim jeans with Just Cavalli shirt and Belstaff boots.  Sunglasses are by

Karen Walker.

Get green this weekend. X

Chicfinds wishes you a wonderful weekend

Beautiful things, Photography

AND DECIDE TO TREAT YOURSELF LIKE A PRINCESS! BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT…. Kisses X

Another photographer that Chicfinds adores is Craig McDean. A renowned photographer and filmmaker whose work repeatedly appears in publications such as i-D, W, Vogue, AnOther Magazine and Interview.  He has photographed campaigns for brands including Christian Dior, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Emporio Armani, Estée Lauder and Calvin Klein. In 1999, McDean created his highly anticipated book, ‘I Love Fast Cars’, highlighting the world of drag racing. He is now represented by Art + Commerce New York ; http://www.artandcommerce.com/AAC/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=AAC_HomePage

Chic Finds the 60’s

Beautiful things, Photography

Chicfinds the 60’s one of the most inspiring era’s for fashion, beauty and aesthetics.

If you love this era for the style then you can’t miss the tv series Mad Men. It is a brilliantly directed and photographed series that is based on an advertising firm in NY on Madison Avenue in the 1960’s. The costumes, hair styles and set design is so well done that you become immersed in the era. Chic finds loves Betty and her every look which signals style, glamour and a throw away feeling that must have come after the war when there was a new found wonderment of life and the sexual revolution!

The pointy shoe, red, black and Bee hive’s are all signatures of the 60’s. A red trench or a pointy shoe scream 60’s siren…. Dolce & Gabbana always have something to offer from this era and this season is no exception with a Sicilian theme. Shop the colleciton with Net a Porter; http://www.net-a-porter.com/Shop/Designers/Dolce_and_Gabbana/All or go directly to Dolce & Gabbana store: http://store.dolcegabbana.com/

You cant go past vintage when you want to dress up with a 60’s inspired outfit. The good vintage shops will have that unique piece which will finish the outfit. Visit Eva’s Vintage as they have some amazing dresses, jewelry and knits http://www.evasvintage.com/EV/Home.html

Chic Finds loves the photography of Mert & Marcus. Represented by one of the best Photographic Agencies in the world; Art Parner, you can see their amazing porfolio: http://www.artpartner.com/artists/image/mert-alas-marcus-piggott/

Wikepedia this week writes:

“Mert and Marcus are Mert Alas and Marcus Piggottfashion photographers. Their work and style is heavily influenced and shaped by the photography of Guy Bourdin and also the use of digital manipulation of which they have pioneered the use. They have defined the look of the past decade and as a duo are one of the most respected and acclaimed photographers working today.

Mert and Marcus, both born in 1971 in Turkey and Wales, respectively, met for the first time in England in 1994 after having worked for a brief period in completely different areas, the first in classical music and the second in graphic design. Marcus was an assistant photographer and Mert was a fashion photo modeler. After working together in the photography business, they decided to create a team. When they showed their first photos to “Dazed and Confused”, the London fashion magazine, they immediately made the cover.

Strongly known for their portraits of sophisticated, powerful women, Alas and Piggott’s photos lend an air of grace and unmistakable perfection to advertising. “The difference between us and other photographers is that we care a lot about appearance,” says Alas. “We spend most of the time in the make-up and hairstyling rooms”. The team works today for magazines such as Vogue USA, Vogue Italia, W Magazine, Pop Magazine, Numero and Arena Homme Plus. Some of their major clients are top fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Kenzo and Miu Miu. They created the images for perfume houses such as Gucci, Yves St Laurent, Givenchy and Lancôme. “

Chicfinds from the deepest oceans

Beautiful things, fashion

Chic Finds feels like some glitter and sparkle from the depths of the Ocean and is is the mermaid that inspires us to look for sequence and precious fabrics.  The mermaid is like the sparkle of the deep sea and there are many mythological tales that tell the stories of these creatures of the sea. “Mermaid” is a compound of mere, the Old English word for “sea”.

“In European folklore, mermaids were associated with sirens, beautiful creatures whose singing lures sailors to their doom. Mermaids were commonly pictured as floating on top of the waves, singing or combing their long hair and gazing into mirrors. Seeing a mermaid was considered bad luck, as mermaids often appeared before storms or other disasters and were believed to carry drowned men away to their kingdom at the bottom of the sea. Although encounters with mermaids and mermen often ended badly for humans, in some legends, these sea creatures married human partners and took completely human form to live on land.”

Read more: Mermaids – Myth Encyclopedia – mythology, Greek, god, ancient, Japanese, world, Roman, creatures http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Le-Me/Mermaids.html#b#ixzz1yUTIvnHG

Collette Dinnigan’s dresses capture the mysterious beauty of  a mermaid. They are beautiful, feminine and poetic. Each dress is a signiture of the brand’s attention to detail and timelessness. 

Visit David Jones for the Autumn/Winter collection or visit the web site for a full list of stockists; http://collettedinnigan.com/

8 ways to help you shine from one of our favorite blogs; bellamumma…..

http://www.bellamumma.com/2011/11/8-ways-to-help-you-shine.html

Inspired by the tones of green, pick O.P.I’s latest green for your next manicure!

Find your shine inside and out. X

Chic finds images to frame and wallpaper to inspire

Beautiful things, Interiors

The images you frame for the home, office or any other work space don’t have to be your own. You also don’t need to go to great expense. If you find some beautiful images that fit in terms of texture, colour and tone for the room then nothing easier then printing them off and framing them!

You can also change the images anytime you like!

Chicfind’s loves the dusty colours of autumn and the idea of bringing the orchard and Avery indoors, is so sweet. To create this look it is quite simple using wooden panels and wall paper a room can be transformed and go from lacking complete character to being a room with true embrace. For inspiration on wallpaper visit Daniel Heath; http://www.danielheath.co.uk/wallpaper.html