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The Father’s Day Gift Guide

05 September 2014, by Forrest Chase

If you are looking for something different to get Dad this Fathers Day, look no longer! Forrest Chase is your one stop destination to get THAT special gift. To make your job easier, we have collated a range of different ideas that guarantee you brownie points this Fathers Day!

This durable yet on-trend watch available at Fossil ($249) one of our favorites’ out of the many different styles available. It is masculine, sport-inspired and ensures precise performance. We recommend this gift for the on-the-go Dad who enjoys a Little Creatures after work, Saturday arvo barbeques with his friends and watching the kids play Sunday footy.

For a more practical, every-day gift for Dad, head in to Politix where they have an array of different ties for any occasion. Our pick is the ‘Davis’ Tie ($89), which is 100% silk and reversible! The tie is available in four different colours (‘sky’ is our favourite) and is suitable for the diligent, corporate Dad. No hard-working Dad ever had too many ties! Pair his new tie with the ‘Reeves’ suede shoe ($189), available in both black and navy and Dad will be the best-dressed guy in the office!

Is your Dad one of those culinary geniuses that can be found spending his Saturday slow-cooking lamb and blow torching the top of a lemon meringue pie? Does his Sunday morning consist of he reading the paper at the boutique coffee shop down the road? If so, we recommend the Breville Pro 800 Espresso Machine ($329). He, along with his other kitchen appliances, will love it!

Our last pick is the Pyramid Embossed wallet by Armourdillo ($20 from Live Clothing). It’s a cheaper yet still great option if you need something to compliment other gifts or if Dad is an easy to please kind of guy! Every man needs a wallet so help him out with this great option from Live.

If time is not your friend this Fathers Day, remember all of our retailers offer gift certificates! Instead of opting for socks and underwear, let your father choose his own presents this year and shopping is always a nice bonding activity! So if all else fails, head in to Forrest Chase stores to pick up a gift certificate!

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Tags: Dad

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Myer Spring Summer 2014 Fashion Launch

13 August 2014, by Forrest Chase

Missed the Myer Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Launch? Catch up on all the highlights from the show right now! Set in Sydney at the old Carriageworks contemporary multi-arts centre, Myer ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins & Kris Smith opened the runway to showcase the latest leading Australian and International designers.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer

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By popular demand…Jamie's recipe #2: Grilled Cajun Prawns, Sweet Potato Mash & Holy Trinity Veg

12 August 2014, by Forrest Chase

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to feed four hungry tummies, all of which can be found at Woolworths City Central...

  • 800g Sweet Potatoes
  • Sea Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 40g Cheddar Cheese
  • 16 Large Raw Shell-On Australian Green King Prawns
  • 3 Cloves Of Garlic
  • 1 Heaped Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 A Bunch Of Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Green Capsicum
  • 1 Red Capsicum
  • 2 Sticks Of Celery
  • 5 Spring Onions
  • 1/2 Fresh Red Chilli
  • 1 Big Handful Of Frozen Corn
  • 1 Teaspoon Sweet Smoked Paprika

Now to make all of the above into a meal fit for a king:

Get the ingredients out. Kettle boiled. Oven grill on high. Food processor (thick slicer). Large lidded pan, high heat. Large frying pan, medium heat.

  1. Wash the sweet potatoes and slice them in the processor. Put them into the lidded pan with a pinch of salt, cover with boiling water and the lid. It sounds good already right?!

    Put the prawns into a roasting tray, squash over the unpeeled garlic through a garlic crusher, then toss with the Cajun seasoning, 1 tablespoon of oil and the thyme sprigs.

    Spread out in a single layer and pop on a high heat for a couple of minutes to crisp the bottoms of the prawns up, then place under the grill until the tops are sizzling, golden and crispy!

  2. Deseed and roughly chop the capsicums and throw them into the frying pan with about 1 tablespoon of oil. Trim and slice the celery, spring onions and chilli, and add to the pan along with the sweetcorn and paprika. Season with salt and capsicums and we highly recommend you keep things moving!

  3. When cooked through, drain the sweet potatoes in a colander. Return to the pan and mash well. Grate in the cheese, mix well and season to taste. Scatter the veg over the mash and serve with the crispy prawns and lemon wedges.

Jamie's Tip:

You can use fresh sweetcorn instead of frozen when it’s in season. Griddle the cobs on the barbecue until lovely and charred, stand the cobs on one end and carefully slice off the kernels and mix into the veg to add a lovely smokiness.


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Category: Featured
Tags: Food

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11 reasons to love Spring!

11 August 2014, by Forrest Chase

We’re counting down to Spring… and while you begin your spring cleaning, we’re working away at inspiring your new home furnishings!

Beginning with the top left and going clockwise, we have the Laura Ashley Whitstable Lamp with a brass metal birdcage inspired base $199.00 – lighting can make all the difference and can completely transform a room!

Adding so colour is also a simple trick! For the kitchen the 4 set high ball tumblers by Bormioli Roccocan bring a rainbow to the table for just $24.95 (Myer). Made in Italy, the set is generously sized at 490ml so you don't have to constantly refill, and the soft dimpled texture adds a touch of fun. These glasses are dishwasher safe, making cleaning up a breeze!

Spruce up the living room with the Tamali Cushion with Pleat Trim by Morgan and Finch! They come in a range of colours and prints, you can browse the range at Bed Bath n Table ($39.95). In the same way a new quilt cover can reinvent your bedroom design. We love the Denver print by Morgan and Finch again from Bed Bath n Table. Prices range depending on the size.

Does anyone remember Tetris?! Plug in the blue Tetris light block and watch in wonder as each Tetris piece illuminates upon contact. Construct your own combination with 7 individual pieces to ensure endless stacking possibilities. The Tetris stackable LED desk lamp is a fantastic talking point to liven up any room with its colourful iconic design and it’s fun! You’ll find it at Myer for $49.95.

Cook up some fresh recipes with seasonal ingredients in the Maxwell and Williams Grabbers Milk Pan and Lid. Purple perfection for $16.95 at Myer – we can’t ensure the meals will turn out as good as the fresh kitchenware though!

Given that spring is time that flowers bloom we thought it was only logical to invest in a fresh vase to showcase the new gift of nature! The Salt & Pepper Gallery 49cm Blue Glass Bottle $49.95 from Myer works great!

Chop off those flower stems (that are going in the vase of course) with cheer when you use the Debutant 6 mixed steak knives ($69.95 from Bed Bath n Table) and then look for some new and innovative ways to display other household plants, inspire table settings and odd leftover containers with ‘The House Gardener’ from Myer ($49.95). With beautiful photographs and clever tips Isabelle Palmer will show you how to bring the outdoors in. With the increase popularity of DIY and beautifying your home this is a handy and inspiring book to have on the shelf!

Now to the important stuff… refresh yourself! Have a long shower after all that spring cleaning, shopping and innovation and dry off with the Manhattan Towel Range in Peacock! Part of the Jayson Brunsdon Home Collection at Myer, they range from $12.95 to $59.95. We’re sure you probably got engrossed in that process you so best you check the time with the Morgan and Fitch William Smith wall clock on silver, ($179.95 from Bed Bath n Table) cause before you know it… it will be Winter again!

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Category: Featured
Tags: Homewares, Kitchen, Trends

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