ChicFinds Suitcase Rummage

Beautiful things, Eating, fashion

ChicFinds loves a market and Suitcase Rummage is a fantastic new concept.

Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market held all over Australia, Perth, Sydney, Queensland and more.

Here is their story;

“Our Story

Isabel FitzGerald and Daniele Constance started Suitcase Rummage over a cup of tea and a brainstorming session.

“We wanted to create an event that we wanted to attend ourselves. We wanted simplicity, we wanted beauty, we wanted local and we wanted community. We loved old suitcases and so the idea started to grow.SRB_2016_Web.jpg

There were also a few things that were important to us which we wanted to infuse into the project we were creating – that it was something to connect community; support local creative industries, design and production; encouraged sustainable practices; was accessible; and used place-making as a way of reinvigorating and creatively activating spaces. So, we came up with Suitcase Rummage which combined these and ultimately (and importantly) brought people ‘back to the town square’.SRJJ2016_Web.jpg

We also realised that there wasn’t a platform for emerging entrepreneurs to test their goods on the market before signing up to one of the bigger markets where vendors might need their own infrastructure, insurance and often need to cover high application fees. We saw a need for a step before this and believed Suitcase Rummage would fill this gap – supporting arts and culture, emerging entrepreuners and small business without the high risk.

At the time, we had heard Brisbane City Council was looking for ways to activate public spaces and so approached them with a few ideas. Council liked the idea and wanted to support it as a one off event as part of Youth Week 2010. We were blown away by the response to our first event – we ended up with 60 stalls and lots of attendees.IMG_0123.jpg

Since then, there has been so much wonderful support from the different local communities that Suitcase Rummage has now grown to be a regular, monthly event in Brisbane and Melbourne – both of which attract up to 150 stalls! We have also collaborated (and continue to collaborate) with a number of festivals including Home Festival, St Jeromes Laneway Festival, Surfers Paradise OneWay Street Festival, Jumpers & Jazz Festival in Warwick, and one-off vintage and community festivals. We’ve worked in partnership with Councils, venues, businesses and community organisations to deliver the various events.SRCposterWeb.jpg

Suitcase Rummage provides a platform and opportunity for creative ideas and initiatives to be planted, tested, nurtured and grown. There is a sense of community that comes with the event which people are drawn to. We believe that supporting and engaging with arts and cultural industries is vital to a healthy and connected community. What place doesn’t thrive when it has a flourishing arts and cultural industry?”

Go for a bargain, a swap, or an old fashioned haggle. Suitcase Rummage is not to be missed! Check out the coming event dates;


Chicfinds for kids

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The search for nice children’s wear, footwear and accessories continues! On my visits to most states around Australia I continually bump into the same type of product in the children’s boutiques that I visit. Bright and laree colours, logo’s and funny (but not) t-shirts or over frilly and over embellished. Say nothing of the hideous footwear and cheap accessories.  Until recently when Chicfinds found a beautiful boutique in Clovelly, Sydney.

The Kido Store has to be the best store I have found to date in Australia. There is a beautiful mix of product from home wares to optical and everything is different and unique. I love the footwear collections! The most gorgeous brands and favourite of all is Anniel from Montebulluna in Italy.  Anniel was  established in 1976 and is all hand made with a strong inspiration coming from ballet tradition. It is well known for its unique design and highest quality.


Another brand to have a look at is Manuela de Juan. The footwear is beautiful and hand made in Spain. There is something for everyone in the collection from casual to dressy. imagesCIOBCJNB

There is a beautiful mix of clothing and accessories. One of the stand out accessory brands is  y Atsuyo et Akiko; a brand from Brooklyn, NY. Delicate and well put together the accessories are whimsical and pretty without being tacky. They have a theatrical feel to them which resonates also in their clothing. Another favourite accessory brand is the funky optical rang from Son’s and Daughters. f0156639_17581691SDE-Sun-Pixie-PnkWht-F-310

One of my favourite clothing brands in Kido is Louise Misha from Paris. A gorgeous French brand that has lovely cuts, colours and prints with a true French feel reminiscent of Bonpoint and Marie Chantal but at half the price. Dresses come in at around $129.00. By the way in case you didn’t know the wonderful Grace Tales by Georgie Abay creator of knitwear line Atelier/Child has a shopping facility on her web site and it is very Chic!

The boutique is in Clovelly and has a pop up store in Enmore plus they operate a very good online boutique.

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Chicfinds online shopping from exotic locations around the world

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Latitude is a online market place for unique product from exotic places around the globe including India, Africa, Morocco to name a few. You can find unique product including hand printed silk pillow cases from Brazil, Istanbul and Mexico, woven sterling silver smart phone bag from Istanbul, hand-made exquisite jewellery from India.


It is a luxury bazaar online. A dream come true for those that like to browse for hours in the Medina’s of Morocco, find markets and unique boutiques in faraway and hidden places.


The web site and blog are amazing as you can shop the trend; “The Tassell” , “Jet Set Chic” , “Tribal” and more. It’s a trip away with guides and info as well as the most amazing selection of product for the chic and savvy shopper.

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Chicfinds loves the jewellery, drop down pear earrings, the tassell necklaces, Boho shirts and hippy chic bikini’s. The hats and bags are to die for with the most beautiful espadrilles and accessories.  You can not go wrong here. Shop and visit your destination and enjoy the journey!

Chicfinds nostalgia at the start of Autumn

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I know it’s passed but I have a strong nostalgia for the beautiful Spring/Summer 13 collection of Bottega Veneta as Autumn breaks through and shows it’s earth spectrum of colour.Image

So feminine and beautifully tailored in silk crepe with the daisy print…Image

Feeling a sleeve and a knee length is kind of nice at the end of summer as the days become shorter and the tones get warmer. Even a transparent hosiery with a strappy sandal feels like a good idea after flip flops and lace up loafers.


Get Chic with the change of season and check in at ChicFinds for the inspiration. X

ChicFinds and a make over

Beautiful things, Interiors

Are you wanting to make over any part of your home? Refresh it with something but you don’t want to spend a lot of money replacing everything, you just want another point of view. There are many ways to revive a room be it the kitchen or the nursery. Sometimes it can be as simple as a curtain, blind or feature wall. Often a new set of cushions or a beautiful object. Creating harmony can often be the challenge. Lighting, tones and symmetry are key to creating a space that feels just right. Image

ChicFinds is offering you a free consultation if you send this blog post on to your friends and they become followers of ChicFinds.


From a photo I will suggest to you ideas on repositioning the furniture, introduction of blinds or curtains or fabric. Sometimes it is the balance of textures, prints and tones that can put an imprint on a room.


Often rooms need a point of focus or a symmetry in terms of the height of furiture or lighthing. To create this symmetry or focus you can also use greenery. Plants often soften a space and create a feeling of freshness and by introducing the greenery it can offset wood or colours very well.


Despite living in doors our natures love the outdoors and that feeling of nature, lying under a starry sky or sleeping on the beach while hearing the waves crash on the sand. Having some of that nature indoors with use helps us relax and creates a serentity within our living space.


Picking homewares is the same as picking our clothing. It has to come together and have a synergy. The tricks of the trade are not written on the walls so if you need a helping hand, send me the list of your three new followers of ChicFinds and a photo of your space and I will send you 5 very good pointers in the direction of recreating the space.

Look forward to creating with you!

Chcfinds Hard to Find!

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Looking for something but you just can’t find it? A beautiful unique piece, something for a party, a darling dress for bebe or just a special home wares. Hard to Find is one of the most fantastic finds so far on Chicfinds. It has it all. Beautifully researched product from all around the world. From home wares including amazing wallpaper, beach umbrella’s linen and gorgeous Children products, Hard to Find is definitely worth looking at when you are feeling like a Good shop. They have an amazing selection in gifts and decorations for Xmas and any other event. Inspired by lime green this month I went hunting for some lime green and that’s how I found it.

Image “Hardtofind is an Australian shopping website featuring beautifully designed, hand-crafted, unique products – homewares, gorgeous gifts, kids’ stuff and accessories – that are not easily sourced elsewhere. As working mothers with little time for shopping beyond the basics, we realised that there was a gap in the online market for a quality website where you could rely on finding only the best available.”

Not only does the online store offer some unique and amazing product it also has a E Magazine for inspiration and a blog with more references to other shopping avenues and stories.

Enjoy, I know it won’t be hard.

Chicfinds friendship

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I am a big fan of BellaMumma; They have some great posts about beauty, life and all those girly things. I am often reminded by them of the girly treasures we don’t have time for anymore as we get older and our lives get busier. Despite all the business, I am never too busy for a true friend. But someone needs to tell me where they are these days.  I miss greatly friendship in my adult life. Friends use to be something you took for granted, they would always be there. Being popular was a norm and having lots of girlfriends was a part of life. Now it seems the hardest thing to find. A good friend. One that will hang out your washing, cook you a dinner, be a shoulder to cry on, read your blog and be genuinely interested in you! Understand you and what moves you. Ty and make a new friend and it will take 5 arrangements just to have coffee and each time they cancel it will be with a text message! That’s how we communicate now, texts, emails. What happened to picking up the phone yet alone meeting face to face. Soon people wont know how to communicate without screens, keyboards or something to hold on too. I am not so sure this way of sharing is the way forward. When the busy life stops being so busy it looks lonely this way!
 The following exert is from BellaMumma “As we grow, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.
Remember, life is kind of like a party. You invite a lot of people, some leave early, some stay all night, some laugh with you, some laugh at you, and some show up really late. But in the end, after the fun, there are a few who stay to help you clean up the mess. And most of the time, they aren’t even the ones who made the mess. These people are your real friends in life. They are the ones who matter most. 
 1. They face problems together. – A person who truly knows and loves you – a real friend – is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else still believes the smile on your face. Don’t look for someone who will solve all your problems; look for someone who will face them with you.
2. They give what they can because they truly care. – One of the biggest challenges in relationships comes from the fact that many of us enter a relationship in order to get something. We try to find someone who’s going to make us feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last, and give us joy in the long-term, is if we see our relationship as a place we go to give, and not just a place we go to take. Yes, of course it is okay to take something from a relationship too. But both sides should be giving. It can only be a ‘give and take’ if BOTH SIDES are GIVING. That’s the key.
3. They make time for each other. – It’s obvious, but any relationship without any face time is going to have problems. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot in someone’s life. Never force someone to make a space in their life for you, because if they truly care about you, they will create one for you.
4. They offer each other freedom. – A healthy relationship keeps the doors and windows wide open. Plenty of air is circulating and no one feels trapped. Relationships thrive in this environment. Keep your doors and windows open. If this person is meant to be in your life, all the open doors and windows in the world won’t make them leave.
5. They communicate effectively. – It’s been said many times before, but it’s true: great communication is the cornerstone of a great relationship. If you have resentment, you must talk it out rather than let the resentment grow. If you are jealous, you must communicate in an open and honest manner to address your insecurities. If you have expectations of your partner, you must communicate them. If there are any problems whatsoever, you must communicate them and work them out. And communicate more than just problems – communicate the good things too.
6. They accept each other as is. – Trying to change a person never works. People know when they are not accepted in their entirety, and it hurts. A real friend is someone who truly knows you, and loves you just the same. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you. If you feel like changing something about your friend, ask yourself what change you can make in yourself instead.
7. They are genuine, and expect genuineness. – Don’t play games with people’s heads and hearts. Remember, love and friendship don’t hurt. Lying, cheating and screwing with people’s feelings and emotions hurts. Always be open, honest, and genuine.
8. They compromise. – Real friends meet in the middle. When there’s a disagreement, they work out a solution that works for both parties – a compromise, rather than a need for the other person to
change or completely give in.

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It’s a cliche; but life is full of challenges. You turn one corner to find there is something else that needs your attention. Making friends is not an overnight business when your older. Ultimately you only have a small amount of time for all the different parts of your life and so it has to be real. It has to have integrity and it has to be something you believe in. Sharing feelings over an email or text message just doesn’t cut it!


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Over the last ten months I have looked at many different things for our Beautiful babies! You can’t go past the French offering! They offer some of the most gorgeous clothing, nursery decoration and some interesting parental advice. A great place to start your search is at . A beautiful blog that guides you to the most enchanting places. She lists wonderful boutiques like French Blossom, mini Zara and many more. One of my favourites at the moment is Marie Chantal. A luxury clothing range designed by Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. http://www.mariechantal.comatsuyo_et_akiko_main-850x400

It’s a joy putting the nursery together but not easy to find beautiful things. I recently found some organic handmade cot bumpers from Olliella; Another beautiful place to browse is Papierdamour in Double Bay, Sydney; They have wonderful paper products like lights, wall stickers and my beloved parasols. For gorgeous baby swings and hammocks you have to visit the Toucan Shop in Annandale;




Lastly for some inspiring reading take a look at the books written by Pamela Druckermann. She wrote two books; Bringing up Bebe and Bebe day by day. She makes interesting comparisons with the way the French and the Americans bring up their children. It’s always good to have a few extra tips!VogueEnfants


Chicfinds are back!

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ChicFinds is back. For the last months we have been caught up in the world of babies as my life has been graced by my gorgeous little Alita. I am not sure if it is a world that I could combine with Chicfinds as its hardly what I would describe as glamorous.  Wonderful in many ways but not glamorous! I will endevour to share with you the Chicfinds that I have found for the little ones wardrobe and nursery and the different finds I have found during this journey. I hope you will join me again as I look to bringing you unique and special or handy and economic; ChicFinds. Its good to be back. X