What’s Nik wearing on her shopping spree in NY!

fashion, Travel

It’s a girls dream to go high street shopping in New York… Madison Avenue, 1st and 2nd Street.. Chanel, Prada, Lanvin, the best designer stores in the world all at your finger tips..

Nikki  is very passionate about fashion and has worked in it all her life. She has a natural talent for all things related to this world and a natural style which captures  those more flamboyant pieces.  Now the owner of Hock Your Frocks; a very successful recycling fashion store on ebay she spends a lot of her time collecting beautiful designer pieces and reselling them. Visit Hock Your Frocks as you wont be disappointed; http://stores.ebay.com.au/hock-your-frocks.

ChicFinds caught up with Nik while she was on her shopping spree in NY with good friend Sarah Jane. She is wearing Winter Kate Peacock print kimono with Sass & Bide black skinny cropped jeans and Chanel

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ChicFinds weekend bargains in Sydney

Beautiful things, fashion, Interiors, Photography

Chicfinds has had some more delays in bringing to you Thursday’s chicfinds but we are hoping to have the listings available very soon!!! In the meantime we want to propose some great buys for this weekends shopping. As summer arrives we are focusing on the earthy tones. In the picture below Daria wears a necklace by Pamela Love. Along side having Pamela Love, For Artists Only Boutique in Rose Bay has a collection of really beautiful designers including, Alexander Wang, Lover, Sass & Bide and Ksubi; http://www.forartistsonly.com/contact/

Some of the best buys available are now at temporary pop up stores and in Sydney this weekend there are two worth visiting. Firstly on George Street in Sydney city (next to Apple Store, opposite The Strand Arcade) there is a pop up store of mixed international brands including Belstaff, Just Cavalli, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Replay and Twenty8Twelve. The stock is a mix of men and women’s clothing, footwear and accessories and there is a bargain to be had! Some great finds are the shoes from Belstaff,  shirts and jackets for men by Dolce & Gabbana and Lanvin, some beautiful scarfs by Etro and also candles by DL &Co.

This weekend there is also the boutique markets on Sunday showcasing arts and crafts and special product that is made with love and care and is ideal for Xmas presents or Xmas decoration. Definitely worth a browse. Visit the website for more detail; http://boutiquemarkets.com.au/sydney/ Another great place to visit on the weekend is HFOC (Home Furnishing On Consignment) which is a shop in Alexandria which stocks second designer furniture. The pieces are special and they are there on consignment so you can find some great pieces that would normally cost double or tripple the retail price. If you love quality and you cant afford it then this is a fantastic option as despite the pieces being second hand they are in great condition. There web site is a great place to start as everything in stock is available to view including price; http://www.hfoc.com.au/

Another market worth visiting is Finder Keepers at the Carriage Works. The exhibitors are very inspiring as there is a mix of artists, craft makers and designers. Their is  product available for everyone including gifts,inspiring stationary, art, jewellery, clothing, creative and unique homewares and furniture. These markets are Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd of December. For a guide to all that you will see, visit the web site which also includes a blog and gallery of everything on offer; http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/markets.php

Another must for shopping is the Leather Shop. The Leather Shop has a temporary pop up store in Darlinghurst, Sydney and there are some beautiful bags on offer. One of our favorites is the tan Catalina bag which is so perfect for this summer’s earthy tones fashion; http://www.leathershop.com.au/hobos/678-etrusco-catalina-hobo-tan-genuine-leather-handbag.html and another  favorite is Bellosguardo; http://www.leathershop.com.au/cross-body/636-etrusco-bellosguardo-tan-cross-body-leather-sacthel.html The bags are beautiful leather and amazing quality. All made in Italy and yet still at such reasonable prices.

Visit the store where you can find a big variety of bags; 330 Victoria Street, Sydney or buy online http://www.leathershop.com.au/

Recycled fashion

fashion

Photography Terry Richardson for Vogue Paris

I am not obsessed with brands and am not keen at all on clothing that has logos all over it however I have to say that there is nothing like the quality of high end brands. They last forever in terms of quality and form if you buy them correctly. The best way to buy them is to go for the more classic pieces. You can be wearing Zara or any of the fast fashion brands and if you mix it with a pair of shoes, a bag, jacket or trouser from one of the luxury brands it will look a lot more chic! If your like me you don’t have a fortune to spend on clothes so you have to be clever and have some fun in the recylcled fashion stores of the world! The best one in Sydney is Di Nuovo in Paddington. They always have a fantastic selection of shoes and bags as well as great fashion clothing pieces. You can find a fantastic branded jacket for a tenth of the price and they are all in really good condition. It has brands from Chanel to Zimmerman. Check out their blog; http://dinuovo.tumblr.com/

If your in Milan you should visit Salvagente which is not recycled but it is the left over stock of the season. You can find every high end luxury brand there; Lanvin, Chloe, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and so on. They have three floors!! It is an absolute must to visit. They are in Via Fratelli Bronzetti 16, take a look at their web site for opening hours; http://www.salvagentemilano.it/

Photography by Terry Richardson for Vogue

In Hong Kong one of the best to visit is Button Hole in Soho, 58-60B Peel Street, Tel 28992069. In Paris I go regularly to Coiffeur Vintage, Rue de Rosiers 32 (vintage is a post to come!) but for luxury high end brands you need to go outside Paris to La Vallee Village in Marnes la Vallee. If you are in Switzerland you must go to Foxtown which is in Mendrisio (Switzerland) just over the boarder from Italy (great if you want to visit Lago di Como on the way). It is amazing! All the brands have their own stores and the prices are incredible. For information visit the web site; http://www.foxtown.ch