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Pre-Labor Day Fashion

Pre-Labor Day Fashion

With Labor Day around the corner, now is your last chance to show off your best white ensembles. Get inspired with Refinery 29’s all-white fashion ideas below:

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 -       Shirt Dress: If you want a more professional appearance, go with a white shirtdress. A tailored piece will give you a clean, crisp appearance—plus it can be worn after work or on weekends when paired with flats or sneakers.

-       Simple: Wearing white doesn’t need to be complex. Keep it simple with a classic crewneck top paired with fitted trousers, shorts or a skirt and some white brogues.

-       Accent Color: Balance your sleek white look with an accent color. Look for a piece with design details that incorporate another shade—as long as it doesn’t overwhelm the white.

-       Layer: Layer various shades of white for a more interesting monochrome appearance. To pull off this look, focus on only a slight variation of shades. Try mixing a white dress with an off-white jacket.

Q&A with 5280 Magazine’s Fashion Editor: Georgia Alexia Benjou

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Welcome to another  installment of TheFind’s Q&A series with style leaders from our favorite publications. International stylist and fashion editor of 5280 Magazine, Georgia Alexia Benjou shares her tricks for staying up to date on the latest trends and finding style inspiration. We’re thrilled she chose to share her favorite fashion essentials and shopping finesse with us.

How do you find out about new trends / brands?

For trends, I review the runway shows from NYC, London, Milan, and Paris. I’ll also check out trend forecasting sites. Discovering new brands is a bit more difficult. With so much merchandise in the market right now, finding well-designed clothing or accessories that also offers something original can be a challenge. Even if you do find an exciting new brand, whether or not they’ll have enough media and consumer support to survive is always a big question. In an effort to give young designers additional support, Denver-based photographer Hans Rosemond and I are in the process of launching a website with a focus on new brands.

What are some of your favorite trends / brands?
Right now, I’ve been really interested in the work of Chitose Abe of Sacai for how she mixes fabrics and creates shapes; Gareth Pugh and Junya Watanabe, who are conceptual designers and create some of the most beautiful Ready-to-Wear pieces each season; Haider Ackermann for his romantic draping and layering, as well as his eye for color; and for luxury houses, Céline and Bottega Veneta, because both have a very modern take on luxury for women aheadshot cropnd bring functionality to their designs. Finally, I’m interested to see how New York-based designer Chris Gelinas continues to develop his line (his Fall 2014 collection had a lot of strong pieces).

Do you search for specific brands for your readers and do you try to stay within a specific price range?

I don’t focus on specific brands; I’m more interested in good design and if a piece or look fits the story I’m working on. Because everyone’s budget is different and what someone is willing to splurge on is a very personal decision, I tend to operate within a broad price range. Plus, I know even if I can’t afford a specific, high-end piece, I want to be inspired by it and figure out how I can find something similar, but within my budget. It’s the hunt and discovery for that perfect item that’s still half the fun.

How do you decide which styles/trends to splurge on? 

Because of my job, my wardrobe needs to be multi-functional and go from day to evening easily. An item is worth splurging on if it suits my style and I feel good in it. Some of the designers I wear include Helmut Lang, the now defunct Theyskens’ Theory, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Zoe Karssen T-shirts, and Preen. I mix these lines with tailored pieces I own from Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana (from when I worked in NYC), and 1960s and 70s vintage.

Do you have any online shopping habits?

Like many people, I research a lot online. If a local store has an item I’m interested in, then I will purchase it through them.

What tips do you have for our readers?

  • Always choose quality over quantity.
  • Your style changes as your life changes. If your old wardrobe isn’t working any longer (or if you’re uncertain about it), start a restyle by honestly assessing your day-to-day and how it’s changed.
  • When shopping discount or sale items, it’s not a deal if you’re not in love with a piece, if it requires a lot of tailoring to fit properly and/or if it doesn’t work with the rest of your closet.

What is one item in your home you couldn’t live without?

My MacBook Pro. I feel like my entire life is on it: photo shoots, concept notebooks and story ideas, Christmas gift and card lists, family photos, bills to pay, music (so important!) – the list goes on and on.

What inspires you?

I routinely turn to photography, art, music, film, and travel for inspiration. However, lately I also like checking out things my 9 year-old niece is into.

 

Guys & Girls Back-to-School Fashion

Is your wardrobe ready for the upcoming school year? Check out our back-to-school fashion tips and head to class in style:

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Girls:

-       Grunge: The 90’s are making a comeback and grunge fashion pieces are one of the top trends for back-to-school fashion this fall. Look for grunge pieces that have a feminine touch with floral prints and flirty shapes such as scoop neck tops, oversized sweaters, faux leather skirts and bowler hats.

-       Plaid: Incorporate plaid into your ensemble with shirts, dresses, skirts or leggings. Give plaid pieces a twist by looking for plaid in pastel shades, sheer fabric or mix them with other prints.

-       Kitchy Prints: Quirky graphic prints are a fun trend that gives your style a unique feel. Look for prints such as stars, lips or animals on sweaters, jewelry, skirts and dresses.

-       Pastels: Bright shades don’t just have to be worn in Spring. Pastel colors look great with cozy knits and wool jackets. We recommend pairing them with darker shades for a fall fashion and interesting contrast.

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Guys:

-       Corduroys: Skinny corduroy pants are a great alternative to jeans. Not only do they give your style a classy feel, but they also look better the more worn and abused they become. We recommend a deep olive green color that is ideal for fall and winter.

-       Plaid: A plaid shirt never gets old. Make sure to find one with a fit trim that lines up with your shoulders and don’t tuck it in.

-       Sweater: A sweater is an essential wardrobe piece for fall. Don’t be afraid to go bold—look for bright colored sweaters that help you stand out.

-       Polo: Swapping out simple T-shirts for Polos is a simple way to give your look a more grown up and fashion-forward appearance.

-       Florsheim Boots: Fall weather means a good pair of boots will come in handy. Florsheim boots are both a stylish and practical option that are made to last.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Back-to-School College Gear, Gadgets for Grade Schoolers, Outside Lands Survival Guide & Study Spaces for Success

Did the week fly by? Catch up on what’s happened on TheFind blog this week with the recap below:

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-       Send your college students back to school with this must-have school gear.

-       Consider these kid-friendly educational gadgets for your grade school kiddos.

-       Heading to Outside Lands? Own the music festival with this survival guide full of tips and helpful items to bring along.

-       Set your kids up for success this school season with an A+ study space.

 

 

 

 

 

Outside Lands Survival Guide

The biggest music festival of San Francisco, Outside Lands is just a few days away. Prepare to rock out with the survival guide below:

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 What to wear:

While you’ll want to dress fashionably, being comfortable is key. Go with a relaxed, loose-fitting tank that will give you a rock-n-roll feel. If you can find a vintage concert tee, even better. Lace is a great accent to any material. Whether you wear it on your shorts or in a lace bandeau peeking out of your top, incorporating a hint of lace into your ensemble is an easy way to achieve a chic festival style. San Francisco can get chilly, so if you decide to brave shorts or a dress, consider wearing tights underneath to keep warm. It’s also wise to dress in layers, so look for warm flannels, denim jackets or sweaters to add to your ensemble. Since you’ll be on your feet all day, go with close-toed, comfortable shoes. Think combat boots, Converse, ankle boots or Vans—whichever suits your personal style.

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Extras:

Despite the cooler climate, you’ll be outside all day, so be sure to bring sunglasses, sunblock and a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. A small backpack, cross-body bag or fanny pack is ideal for holding all your things hands-free. Consider bringing a beanie in case it gets cold in the evening and finish off your festival look earthy jewelry, nail polish and if you want to go all out, red lipstick.

Lollapalooza Survival Guide

Lollapalooza is this weekend! Still stressing about what to wear to achieve that street-chic vibe that embodies the music festival in the heart of Chicago? Check out our Survival Guide below:

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What to wear:

Lollapalooza is all about street style. Look for fashion-forward pieces such as loose graphic tees or tanks, denim tops or vests, patterned tops or shorts and classy lace accented tops. High-wasted denim shorts are a classic music festival look, or for a more feminine look, consider wearing a skirt or dress—your outfit should reflect your personality. Skip the heels and flip flops—they’ll be a pain to walk in. Flat boots, converse or vans are a fashionable alternative that won’t kill your feet.

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Accessories:

The weather in Chicago has been a bit bipolar for past Lollapaloozas, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for any surprise storms with an umbrella. Bring a small backpack or cross body bag so you can carry all your belongings hands-free—anything with studs or fringe is perfect for maintaining an indie-rock inspired style. Top off your street-chic look with a long necklace, sunglasses and a sun hat and be sure to bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.

Comic-Con: Superhero Survival Guide

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Nerds, geeks and fantasy-fanatics are uniting this weekend for one of the biggest events in pop-culture, Comic-Con. Planning on joining them? Geek-out properly with the survival guide below:

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What to wear:

If you’re wearing a costume (and we recommend you do), it’s wise to bring a sewing kit incase any ripping occurs. Costumes can be hot, so consider inserting sweat guards to keep any odors at bay and freshening up the costume with Febreze. Make sure to keep any props you have lightweight as you’ll be carrying them around with you all day. If you don’t want to wear a costume, it is still important to show off your inner-nerd. Rep your fandom with a graphic tee. Girls, pair your tee with denim cutoffs for a classic look or consider wearing it with a skater skirt for a more feminine appearance. Whether you wear a costume or not, comfortable shoes are essential.

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What to bring:

Incase you loose any of the people in your group or want to post pictures of your epic day while you’re at the event, having a charged phone is a must. Bring a portable charger with you to ensure you won’t be stuck phoneless and consider bringing a camera to capture your favorite Comic-Con memories. Take a lunchbox (preferably one with a comic–themed design) to carry snacks and a refillable water bottle so you don’t spend money on water and food at the event. Lastly, bring a backpack to hold all your belongings and any freebies or purchases you are bound to pick up at the event.

Summer Fashion: Maxi Dresses

A breezy maxi dress is a summer fashion staple as the simple wardrobe piece effortlessly creates a chic and feminine look. Check out the tips below for how to wear this dress style best:

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Dress: A maxi dress is a statement piece, so go for one with a bright color that suits summer. If you want to make even more of a statement, choose one with a fun pattern that stands out even more. The length of a maxi dress is crucial. Make sure you choose one that shows your shoes—if it drags on the ground, hem it or use a woven belt to shorten it.

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Accessories: Just because it’s long doesn’t mean it’s formal, so keep the accessories casual. Woven belts, bags and hats go great with your casual summer look. Avoid rhinestones and go with ethnic or earthy jewelry instead. We recommend choosing one jewelry focal point such as an armload of bangles or a statement necklace.

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Layering: If its cooler out or you want to cover up a bit more, add a denim jacket, sweater, shrug or cropped cardigan. Avoid overly structured and formal looking blazers and jackets.

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Shoes: Pair your dress with gladiator sandals, ballet flats or wedges. Heels and platforms will look too dressy when paired with a casual summer maxi.

6 Ways to Save More Money on Cosmetics

Jackie Curtis is a stay-at-home mom who writes about health and fitness, money management, and beauty.

If you’re like me, you probably have an entire bathroom drawer dedicated to makeup you’ll never use again. And frankly, it doesn’t make sense to keep spending big bucks on makeup you might end up hating. While I love to experiment with different shades and products, I know better than to spend top dollar on cosmetics. And by finding ways to save on makeup, I free up cash to splurge on products I know and love. Here are just a few of my favorite ways to save on cosmetics.

1. Look for Combined Products
You can save money and simplify your daily beauty routine by looking for products that are designed to perform multiple functions. What’s more, buying one product instead of four can save major cash. For example, consider the whole moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen part of your routine – together these products cost about $30. Instead of buying each product separately, invest in a $12 tube of BB cream - a product that combines all three. You’ll save money and time with this do-it-all approach.

2. Swap High-End for Better Budget
There’s a time and place for high-end beauty brands. If you’re in love with a particular high-end product, it might be worth the splurge to keep it in your cosmetics bag. For everything else, it’s time to start bargain-hunting.

Some budget brands offer amazing, professional-level products without the hefty price. HD concealer, for instance, can be seriously pricey – the Smashbox version is $22. Luckily, the budget brand E.L.F. offers a similar formula for just $3, and it works just as well.

When you’re not sure whether to buy a high-end or budget brand, search the Internet for several similar products and read the user reviews. You might be able to score a great product at an equally great price.

3. Make it Last
There’s nothing quite like the sadness I feel when I start scraping the bottom of my mascara tube, or start to see the telltale shot of metal peeking through a well-used eye shadow palette. The real trick to saving money on cosmetics is to stretch the use of your favorite products and really make them last.

Add a few drops of saline solution (I use contact solution) to an almost-empty mascara tube to moisten the dried product and make it last a few more weeks. If you’re running low on your favorite perfume, uncap the bottle and empty it into a small bottle of unscented lotion to create your own custom-scented lotion.

The tools you use to apply your makeup can also help stretch your product’s life. If you use cosmetic sponges for foundation, trade them in for a stipple brush. A stipple brush creates a smoother, air-brushed finish, plus, it doesn’t absorb product like a sponge, diminishing product-loss over time.

4. Choose Double Duty Colors
If you want to wear pink lip gloss, blush, and eyeshadow, why buy three separate products? Look for double-duty colors that suit your skin tone, then wear all-over face powders or cream-based cosmetics that you can apply to all of your features. Pinks are universally flattering – if you have olive skin, opt for peachy pinks, if you have fair-skin, look for rosier tones, and if you have dark skin, choose a berry pink that brings out your cheeks, lips, and eyes.

5. Fix Broken Products
There’s nothing worse than opening up your bag to find broken powders or smashed lipsticks. While they might be messy, don’t throw them away. With a little effort they can be salvaged for future use.

For broken eyeshadow or powder, tap the broken crumbs back into the original palette. If it gets messy, lay a piece of plastic over the powder and use a plastic knife to tame it back into place. Then, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the powder – two or three drops is plenty. Finally, use a coin to press the powder down. Just like that, you’re back in business.

If it’s your pricey lipstick that’s been smushed, clean out an old lip gloss pot and scrape the smashed lipstick into it. From now on, simply use a lip brush to apply the color to your lips. In just a few minutes, you have usable color without ever opening your wallet.

6. Use One Coat
Many cosmetic companies urge you to use more product than you actually need. There’s no good reason to apply two coats of mascara or to wash, rinse, and repeat when in the shower. These are total urban legends. If you’re looking to save money, stop applying two coats and invest in a primer instead. By using a primer – a product that keeps your makeup looking fresh – you won’t need to pile on other cosmetics. I’ve even found that eyeshadow pigment pops more on properly-primed skin, making it possible to use less color.

Conclusion
Makeup is supposed to be fun, but if you’re constantly purchasing new product, it could end up blowing your budget. By making simple beauty swaps and getting the most out of what you have, you can get your money’s worth while feeling better about your overflowing beauty drawer.

(Almost) Introducing the All New Shopping Search By TheFind, for Android

Many of you have been using Shopping Search by TheFind on iOS and Android. And as Android’s reach grows amongst mobile devices, our Android product team is working hard to submit a completely new iteration of the app to Google Play.

In the meantime, we have created a closed community on Google+, where some of our users, fans and friends can take the forthcoming app for a little spin and give us their expert shopper feedback. This app is being built for you and our ultimate goal is consistency, a great user experience, reliability, and performance. This is why it’s crucial for us to have our friends and fans in our Google community as we prepare for launch.

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We want you to get to know the app, love it, and tell your friends about it. If anything prevents you from doing so, you will let us know, won’t you?

What’s new?

  • The app has a whole new look and feel

  • The Catalogs feature is much more refined, with tons of new titles!

  • And there is more. Maybe you can tell us what you notice and what’s most useful.

Please join the community here, using your gmail account. Please be sure to have a Google+ profile activated before asking to join, as this is a community requirement for Google.

We thank you in advance and can’t wait to hear your feedback.

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