ChicFinds rugs up in furs and sheepskin

fashion

Chic Finds from sandals to furs! The world of fashion is becoming more and more transeasonal. Winter mixed with summer means you can shop the globe.

Shop Topshop for the last of the furs; ChicFinds loves the hip length white faux vest in cream;  http://www.topshop.com

Great moment to shop furs at Asos as they start their winter sales; http://www.asos.com/au/search/furs?hrd=1&q=furs&xr=1&mk=VOID&r=3

Maya has been out and about in this beautiful Sydney Spring weather and she’s got the transeasonal look with t-shirt and fur wrap, leggins and our favorite, ugg boots. We love the grey tones and the texture of the skins. Below is Roberto Cavalli’s look from Winter 12. ChicFinds also loves the furs from French brand, American Retro, shop the collection at Luisa Via Roma; http://www.luisaviaroma.com Shop Maya’s  look; Ugg boots (Australian made) http://www.uggboots.com.au/frameset.asp Shop Tuchuzy; http://www.tuchuzy.com/ for Rabbit fur wrap from Arielle, t-shirt with flower design is by T-bar. Leggings are from Metalicus and available from The Iconic; http://www.theiconic.com.au

Handbag is Prada and sunglasses are from Sass & Bide.

Have a look at the latest from Prada, A Therapy is a short film by Roman Polanski with Helen Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley; http://www.prada.com/en/a-therapy/movie

A presto X

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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

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/

Chicfinds one of Sydney’s jewels

Beautiful things, Eating, fashion

I don’t know about you but shopping malls don’t do it for me at all! It is an American style that has always made me feel a little sad about the idea of shopping and as soon as I enter one of those big malls I start to feel instantly claustrophobic. Where did the boutique shops go or more to the point, where are they going? The world of retail shopping is changing at a rapid pace. The traditional way of shopping is fading fast as online becomes the number one retailer and Australia is now the 3rd biggest consumer online. As I drive around the streets of Sydney I cant help noticing the empty stores with lease signs. In little time the fickle world of fashion is turning yet another leaf! However I did breath some air the other day as I re-visited my favorite shopping haven in Sydney, The Strand Arcade. It is such an icon with it’s elegant features and it stays true to tradition with such a beautiful architecture created by the Englishman, John Spencer. After such a long time I became inspired again with boutiques that take you back in time and represent to you the artisanship behind fashion.Shopping in a place like The Strand Arcade is like a journey, each store tells a story and has an identity which is it’s own. The product is unique and beautiful rather than trendy and attached to the idea of branding via a world of celebrities and consumerism. Haigh’s Chocolates is an Australian family run business that has existed since 1915 and originated in Adelaide. The product is beautifully presented and behind the brand is a solid set of ethics and respect for the product. It is a treat to visit the store and see all the imaginative and creative ideas. Another wonderful fascination is Strand Hatters where it does almost feel like you are walking into another time, a period in which there was a wonderful dignity in dressing and the hat was of up most importance in that tradition. They have so many different varieties from the Top hat to the Fedoras and each has a time and a place.The Strand Arcade remains the haven it always has been when opened in 1892. Not only is it home to many niche boutiques such as Strand Hatters, The Nut Shop and Elie’s leather repair it also has been a starting point for some of Australia’s well known fashion designers such as Lisa Ho, Third Millenium and Sass & Bide. There is also one of Belinda Seper’s stores, The Corner Store which is a wonderland of imported brands including Carven and my favorite Isabel Marant.

Another treat in The Strand Arcade is Pendolino’s restaurant on the 3rd floor. Pendolino’s is well known for it’s home made pasta and olive oil. The olive oil is Australian made and there is an extensive range of fruity flavors that are well worth trying. The dining experience is intimate and comes with attention to detail with waiters that nurture every moment of your time making for a special experience. For an aperitivo or an alternative dining experience there is also La Rosa Bar on the 2nd floor which also offers a chic environment and a menu of lots of easy tastings. For a full directory on the stores in The Strand Arcade visit their web site; http://www.strandarcade.com.au X