Chicfinds boho style; home, wardrobe & getaways!

Beautiful things, fashion, Interiors, Travel

Bohemian has many different definitions but the general meaning is a movement of artist and poets in late 19th century France, especially in Paris. Bohemians believed in living outside of the bourgeois (conventional, middle class) mainstream culture. Bohemians were against the Salon (the institution that controlled the literary and art market in France until the turn of the 20th century)and believed that art and literature should be radical.

Bohemian style is about doing things your way, away from convention and its all about self expression and creative energy. Creating your own style using recycled or finding things on a shoe string means also creating magic from the mundane. Check out the bags at Buffalo Girl Byron Bay; http://buffalogirlbyronbay.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/island-luxe-tribe-byron-bay.html and for stockist visit Island Luxe Tribe or Island Luxe in Byron Bay?Bangalow; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Island-Luxe-Island-Luxe-Tribe/20174861651430   Island luxe have amazing boho style homewares so take your time if you are visiting and for those that fall in love with the images but are too far for a visit lets cross our fingers that their web site will arrive soon!

The latest collection by Lover; White Magick is absolutely gorgeous. It is a fantasy of lace, butterfly sleeves, gothic style maxi dresses and despite the poetic softness it exhibits, it is sexy. Visit Lover’s new store in The Strand Arcade.

If you love that boho look then look no further than this cool little shop online which offers some very boho style jewelry, clothing and home wares; http://www.spelldesigns.com/shop/product-category/for-the-home/

Boho style bag by Gucci.

Macrame boho luxe by Roberto Cavalli.

Straight from Ibiza is 07800 with the latest Ibiza fashions in boots, jewelry and bags; http://www.07800ibiza.com/vip/ 

For a beautifully made hammock visit the Toucan shop; http://www.thetoucanshop.com/

India Hick’s store The Sugar Mill on Harbour Island, Bahamas is a wonderland of beautiful home wares, jewlery and kaftans; http://buy.indiahicks.com/

Other stores to visit in the hope of finding that perfect boho piece;

Merci Merci; http://www.merci-merci.com/

Pure and General; http://pureandgeneral.com/

Visit Voo Store, Berlin; http://www.vooberlin.com/page/home

Looking for a boho style getaway? Here is a list of little hideaways; 

Cadaques, Spain and for hot spots all over the world visit; http://petitepassport.com/category/new-spot/

Chefchaouen , Morocco

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Harbour Island, Bahamas, http://www.harbourislandlanding.com/

For a fantastic list of places to chill out all over the world; http://chilloutspots.com

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What chic find is Marion wearing?

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http://en.vogue.fr/fashion/fashion-news/articles/the-vogue-fashion-night-out-2012/14116 We love Marion and her chic Parisian style dressing. She manages to have that thrown together look with a t-shirt and shorts but her accessories are classic and sexy. She cant help but remind me of the beautiful Jane Birkin.

Beautiful sexy legs are very in fashion. The sandal is so feminine this season it is barely there but just enough to be a foots best friend. Marion is wearing t-shirt called “Dryclean only” from Bangkok, denim shorts from H&M. Strappy sandals by Barbara Bui and handbag is by Christian Dior. Her sunglases are from a market in Seol.

Visit Shoerazzi for a bit of a guide on the latest Spring/Summer 12 styles. I think it has to be said that you cant get much sexier than a quality strappy sandal. Let me emphasis though that quality is the word here. No point buying the look at under $100. Give this shoe a good part of your budget as it will take you far and you will be able to match it up with all the less expensive looks of  Zara, H&M and all the high street fashion brands. shttp://shoerazzi.com/

Get the strappy sandal look

Shop the look; Bassike do fantastic simple t-shirts in all colours so the top look is an easy chic find. However this season Bassike have more on offer with this Parisian style tunic available in cord; available at MyCatwalk; http://www.mycatwalk.com.au/stretch-cord-tunic-dress.html

or this tunic from Clements Ribeiro which we found at Shop Ghost which is a very retro style magazine directory for the best finds instore http://shopghost.com/shop-ghosts/the-get-packing/clements-ribeiro-printed-silk-dress/ They directed us to Net A Porter

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/181634?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-Custom-_-Link-_-Builder&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-PU5ZBG2wE53wL6V6P.mG8w

Shop for shorts at Shopbop; http://www.shopbop.com/actions/viewSearchResultsAction.action?query=denim+shorts&searchSuggestion=false&searchButton.x=0&searchButton.y=0

From Marion “A bientot” xxx

Chic finds for the home….

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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 “What are you wearing” in Paris

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Marion is a Parisian girl. She loves fashion for what it is, works in fashion but loves the natural and authentic parts of life. She has a built in style and loves to wear brights. One item of bright can make an outfit!

What is Marion wearing today on this sunny spring day in Paris…?

She is wearing a coral jersey dress from Supre (she was in Sydney not long ago) a Paul Smith men’s shirt with a necklace from H&M and the finishing touch is nail colour which is from YSL.

Come Dance With Me

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Dance, dance, and dance some more.  One of the most beautiful things to do and it’s origins are nostalgic to me, the ballet and the school of ballet are wonderful memories. The dance school is something we can always return to over the course of our life. Maybe not ballet past a certain age but there are so many forms of dance including modern, funk, chakra, Salsa, Tango, Ballroom, the list goes on and they are all timeless and have elements of the traditional. The classic ballet is still a wonder that many enjoy and the modern interpretations like those of the Australian Ballet or the Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris are fresh and inspiring. If you are traveling or at home and one of the amazing dance companies comes your way it is well worth the ticket. One of the most beautiful opera houses is la Scala in Milano. You can find a magnificent calandar  of opera, ballet, theatre and concerts. http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/index.html The same can be said for the Opera National De Paris http://www.operadeparis.fr/cns11/live/onp/ but I would also suggest to you the caberet show Crazy Horse  which is avant garde caberet show (a more intimate and sexier version of Le Girls) http://www.lecrazyhorseparis.com/ Don’t miss Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky with Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel. Natalie Portman makes a truly amazing performance.Between the 17th of September and 11th of December you can find “Degas Dancers: Eye and Camera at Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Let me finish this 4th top pick ChicFind with another favorite photographer of mine; Paolo Roversi. He started in a dark room and developed a love for black & white. In 1970 he started collaborating with Associated Press and later moved to Paris to work as a reporter for Huppert Agency. Inspired by reporters he gradually moved into fashion photography where he became well known for his polaroid style using a hasselblad camera.In September there is the festival of Russian Ballet in Australia so check this link for dates; http://www.russianballet.com.au/festival-of-russian-ballet.html

Mario Testino has the Midas touch

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Mario Testino is the master at turning the most banal situation into the most glamorous and sexy image. He is famous for photographing well known celebrities and has worked with the best magazines in the world while shooting advertising campaigns for the most luxurious brands in the world. I think of him as having the Midas touch, turning everything he touches into Gold.Two other colors that create classic yet timelessness are gold and silver. Black, White, Gold and Silver are a palette that will rarely age. Most beautiful are the venetian mirrors in either finish. They have such a romantic feel and they are so undated that they will fit any style of interior; deco to contemporary. If in Paris, visit Home Prive, 7 Rue de Birague. In Sydney visit The Country Trader in Waterloo and Parterre Gardens in Woollahra.A classic garment that I think is one of the best inventions so far is the trench. Everyone must have one as part of their wardrobe. It is a dateless garment and the masters are Burberry. If you cant quite cope with the latest at retail you must persevere by looking through flea markets or vintage stores. The best vintage you can find in Paris is Le Depot-Vente de Buci-Bourbon, 6 Rue de Bourbon-le-Chateau, Metro: Mabillon. Cavalli & Nastri have two stores in Milano and they are so beautiful you will need time to ponder and wonder without being in a rush. http://www.cavallienastri.com . In London you need to rummage through the various vintage stores on Kings Road and visit Portobello markets on a Saturday. In New York  visit the flea market on Columbus Avenue on the 77th St. Here it is certain that you can find some really ChicFinds. X