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

Chic finds for the home….

Beautiful things, Interiors

As we shop for our wardrobes at the change of season we can shop for our homes. Adapting our homes to the warmer or cooler months means little changes can make summer feel so much cooler and winter all that more cosy. Going from heavy, lined curtains to light linen, a mohair throw to a  white cotton version or a Persian carpet to nothing! Listed below are some Chic Finds suggestions. Enjoy

In the mood for homeware shopping? Here is Elle Decoration Magazine’s list of the best 12 stores around the world; 
Spazio Rossana Orlandi (Milan), Vincon (Barcelona), The Frozen Fountain (Amsterdam), Moma Design Store, SoHo (New York), The Future Perfect (New York), Lawson-Fenning (Los Angeles), Driade (Milan), Chee Soon & Fitzgerald (Sidney), Caravane (Paris), Mint (London), Svenskt Tenn (Stockholm), Blanc d’Ivoire (Paris), Moss (New York). 

Shopping in Sydney; visit http://www.avenue24.com.au/ (no ordinary site, worth a visit!) This one is more of a shopping guide for all of Australia; http://www.urbanwalkabout.com/sydney/art/furniture-homeware/

Shopping in London; http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/2387/londons-best-furniture-shops

Seems common but the Lonely Planet’s guide to shopping in Paris is pretty good; http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/paris/shopping

Looking for some designer luxury homewares; http://luxurysociety.com/articles/2012/01/7-home-collections-by-luxury-fashion-brands

Chicfinds takes a walk in the park

Eating, Travel

Following all that talk of shopping, things and money to spend I thought it would be nice for ChicFinds to take a walk in the park…. Enjoy where ever you are.

Every city has a park. A park is essential to balance the urban environment that surrounds us. Often enough we are happy with a walk in the park but most parks now offer much more than just that. Some favorites;

Founded in 1632, Retiro Park in Madrid covers 350 acres. Originally a retreat for the Spanish royal family, the park is adjacent to both the the Prado Museum and Atocha train station. The park’s gardens and artificial lake are both iconic in Spain. Home to several sculptures, monuments, and a boating lake, it also presents an annual book fair, and there are free concerts throughout the summer.

In New York City you cant beat Central Park. The park was designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted and it is home to a long list of attractions spread throughout its 843 acres of landscape.There is endless events and activities going on all year round including a children’s zoo, walking tours, bike hire and of course the famous ice skating rinks. This park offers a world of escape from the urban city with historical statues, beautiful landscaped gardens and classical architecture. “It is the picturesque beauty of the natural green landscape and pastoral escape that Central Park provides to one of the busiest cities in the world.  There is nothing better than wandering through the paths, exploring the rustic spaces and basking in the nature” Quoted by the following web site; http://www.centralpark.com/events

When in London you cant not visit Hyde Park. It is one of London’s finest historical landscapes covering 350 acres. It is very easy to forget that you are in the middle of London when surrounded by the nature of this park. Events and activities include horse riding, cycling and is home also to a tennis and sport centre. There is now also one of the best ice rinks in the park and Winter Wonderland  is now open. Take a look at the website for more info; http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/attractions

Villa Borghese is the largest public park in Rome. It features a lake, temples, fountains, statues and several museums.

In 1903 the city of Rome obtained the Villa Borghese from the Borghese family and the park was opened to the public. The 80 hectare/148 acres large park now featured wide shady lanes, several temples, beautiful fountains and many statues. There is so much to see in this splendid park and many fantastic museums to visit inside the park including the most famous, Museo e Galleria Borghese, housed in the Villa Borghese, the building after which the park is named. It has a collection of sculptures with some important works by Canova and Bernini, including the latter’s masterpiece ‘Abduction of Proserpina by Pluto’. The Galleria Borghese also houses a collection of paintings from several masters including Titian, Rubens and Raphael.Spoilt for choice is Melbourne with so many beautiful parks in the centre of the city. The influence of Melbourne parks is also much more european inspired to other Australian states. Many of the gardens were established in the nineteenth century in a European style, often featuring monuments, sculptures and public art. The most noted is the Botanic Gardens which is a short distance from the city centre and has a rich variety of attractions, events and activities including open air cinema, shopping and Opera under the stars.  Other parks worth a visit are The Fitzroy, Treasury Gardens and the Carlton Gardens.