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The Black Bag Edit

07 July 2014, by Forrest Chase



There is nothing like a new classic black bag to update your look this Winter. We all know we have one, but when was the last time you updated your classic black bag? If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry! We have you covered with our quick Black bag edit from a select range of stores at Forrest Chase. No matter the purpose you’re bound to find something you love which is on trend and affordable!

To start we have the Witchery Bridgette Backpack. Not only are backpacks on trend but this one is marked down! Originally $149.95 it’s now $99.95 so get in quick!

Need the space but a backpack isn’t what you’re after? Maybe the Portmans Frankie Punched Tote ($59.95) is more to your liking? The classic tote shape with texture to add some edge.

Feast your eyes on the Nine West Trenleigh Mini ($99.95) – our third pick in the edit. It’s sneaky added leopard texture gives it a little punch, for the ladies who like to stand out from the crowd.

On the other end of the scale is the more minimalistic Innovare Made In Italy Tote Bag from Myer. Classy and sophisticated, this one will set you back $439 but the style is timeless.

Paying homage to the classic Chloe handbag is the Aaron Bag from Novo Shoes ($79.95)…style at a tenth of the price.

Need space for your laptop? Fossil has a range of handbags for the working girl, including the Sydney Work Bag ($449).

Last but not least the Sportsgirl Quincy Satchel ($39.95). Perfect for everyday use and whilst compact, it’s not too small!

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Mum, Portmans

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Skin is in

23 January 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Skin is in

Image source: Over Blog.

Let’s talk skin, shall we? Unlike our reptilian friends, your skin is the only one you’ve got. You’re wearing it daily from now until forever. Not only that, but it’s a shield to protect your squishy innards from exposure to the outside world, so you must take good care of it. Seriously. Love it the way you’d love your car if it were irreplaceable and you had to drive it everywhere for the rest of your life and your car was prone to wrinkles.

Obviously, everyone has their own special skin type and therefore, their own special skin concerns – but no matter your age (or skin type), there are a few essentials that everyone should keep in their bathroom cabinets:

Skin is in

Image sources: Clinique daily protective base, $36; Benefit Remove It, $29; Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Yeux, $78 from Myer.


  1. Sunscreen. Please. Every day. I put it first, because given the furnace that we currently reside in; it’s the most important. You want a cheap anti ageing treatment? This is it. There are many and varied ways you can get your dose of SPF – I’ve put the Clinique primer up because it’s mattifying, corrects redness and helps my makeup to stay; but you can get SPF in your moisturiser, foundation – even in a BB cream. Don’t forget your neck and décolletage), that skin is just as easily damaged as your face.
  2. Take your makeup off before you go to bed. I know you’re tired and you just want to go to sleep – and that’s why god invented makeup wipes. Keep a stash in your bed side table if you must, but make sure you let your skin breathe at night. You think you’ve managed to get everything off cleansing in the shower? Nope. In a world of makeup engineered to last the distance, cleansers aren’t enough: you should always follow up with a toner or a makeup remover to remove those last pore clogging, panda eye- giving bits. The Benefit makeup remover pictured above is oil free and comes in a super cute bottle that you could totally recycle and use as a vase.
  3. Even more fragile than the skin all over your face? The skin all over your eyes. Those little bags under your peepers that betray your sleepless nights? You should take good care of them, because not only are they as fragile as a baby chick, but they’re the key (along with bright white eyes, for which you can get whitening eye drops) to looking bright and beautiful. So lastly, but certainly not least, a good eye cream is key for women at any age (I’ve been using them since I was 18). I’m obsessed with the Lancôme one pictured above – puffy, dark eyes are my genetic betrayal and the Hydra Zen really brings them down. What’s more is that the moisturising base you get from this or any eye cream is the perfect canvas for your undoubtedly expensive and carefully applied under eye concealer. Here’s the truth: no matter how fancy, makeup can only do about half its job if you haven’t taken care of that giant organ underneath. It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, but it is absolute key to getting the most from your beauty regime.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Mum, Trends

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Gift guide: for the ladies in your life

13 December 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2013 Gift Guide

Image source: www.gosee.de.

If you’re anything like me …and surely you must be, as you are fantastic enough to read this and I am glorious enough to write it, you’re blessed with many excellent women in your life that have either guided you (eat your greens or go to bed hungry, see if I care) or have been guided by you (yes of course you need those new shoes, now let’s get gin and tonics and put our feet up, all of this shopping has made me thirsty). And in return, you’d like to give them a special little something this Christmas to show them how radical you think they are – but holy poop, what do you get them? Don’t you worry about that, gentle reader: because you’ve got another awesome lady to guide you (spoiler alert: it’s me).

For the lady who fed you and clothed you:

2013 Gift Guide 1

Image sources: Desert stone necklace, $99.95, from Witchery; Sydney shopper, $259, from Fossil; Penhaligons EDT fragrance, $169, from Myer.

As far as mums (and grandmums) are concerned, you’re pretty safe with the gift giving. Your mum is going to unwrap whatever you get her and tell you she really loves it no matter how badly you have failed, because that is the sacred oath that all mums take after childbirth. Having said that, it would be nice to get her something she actually appreciates – like a beautiful piece of costume jewellery (you can never have enough, and most mums wouldn’t splash out on it unless they’re off to an event).

For the lady who is your plus one:

2013 Gift Guide 2

Image sources: Sass and Bide sunglasses, $229, from Sunglass Hut; Essential oil burner, $179.95, from Pigeonhole; Calvin Klein chemise, $109.95, from Myer.

Here’s a hot tip: when you’re buying for the lady you love, avoid practical gifts (unless you have been instructed otherwise). Of all the women I have met, 100% of them prefer gifts with a splash of romance. Perhaps even a dash of sentiment. It doesn’t have to always be fancy – it could even be a big pragmatic something and a small, lovey-dovey something else, but try and gear your buying toward wants and away from anything that juices, blends or chops. We’ll buy what we need in the boxing-day sales. So why not buy a beautiful lace camisole? It’s easier to fit than lingerie, and it’s not something she’d usually buy herself.

For the lady who used to beat you up when you were little and the ones that will selflessly help you finish that bottle of champagne:

2013 Gift Guide 3

Image sources: Peas in pod studs, $25, from Pigeonhole; Tala 1960’s flour sifter, $19.95, from Myer; Hearts duffle bag, $39.95, from Sportsgirl.

Sisters and galpals are a lot easier – a little token is all you need, and they’re generally on your level (and in your generation), so keep it fun and frivolous, or grab them that thing that they really need yet keep forgetting to buy themselves – like a new gym bag, or a hand triggered flour sifter. Sure, a sifter might not seem like the world’s most exciting gift but if they don’t have one, they might as well not have a kitchen – it is a game-changing implement and they’ll thank you forever for it.

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Category: Featured
Tags: Mum, Special Occasion

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Ten things for mum

02 May 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Products

Image sources: 1. McQ Griffin lace scarf, $119.00 from Myer, 2. Signature bangle, $89 from Fossil, 3. Pyramid Deco drop earring, $57.50 from Cue, 4. Shawl collar textured cardi, $169.95 from Witchery, 5. Vintage style perfume bottles, $48.95 from Laura Ashley.

Products

Image sources: 6. Jacquard coral fleece gown, $20 from Millers, 7. Vividly wallet, $49.95 from Nine West, 8. Sorbet dream parfait candle, $12.95 from Noni B, 9. All the love in the world book, $16.95 from Portmans, 10. Prada sunglasses, $370 from Sunglass Hut.

It’s mother’s day next Sunday, so let’s stop stalling and get down to brass tacks:

Where your mum is concerned, the key to a great gift lies in the little luxuries. It doesn’t necessarily have to be some big name brand thing or come from the carefully extracted eggs of an endangered fish – it’s just about buying a special little something (be it a $12 candle or a $280 scarf) that she would never buy for herself. Mums love it when you tell them your thought process behind the gift, ie: “I thought you could put little posies of flowers in those perfume bottles and put them on your coffee table,” or “Those earrings would be perfect for this dress of yours”, or in the case of the wallet: “Mum, nobody needs four expired Dymocks Book Lover cards – let’s re-organise.” Don’t just stand there and say “Do you like them?”… Because you know how all those TV commercials told you it’s the thought that counts? They were talking about your mum. Mums are ALL ABOUT the thoughts. That’s why she hit you over the back of the head so many times as a teen for being thoughtless. So don’t forget to actually tell her yours (and a well written card wouldn’t go astray, either).

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Category: Featured
Tags: Fashion, Mum, Myer

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