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Treat Yourself to a Spa Day at Home

  • posted August 15th, 2014
  • Beauty

While a relaxing spa day is always tempting, the high price tag isn’t. Give yourself a spa day without leaving your house with Glamour’s at-home spa tips: 

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Toner: Rose-water toner has excellent astringent properties. Make your own by pouring two cups of boiling water over every one, firmly packed cup of rose petals. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain and squeeze out the liquid from the petals and keep the rose water refrigerated in a sterilized jar between uses.

Mask: Use a blender to make your own hydrating facial mask. Blend together cold cream, yogurt, honey, aloe vera gel and avocado and use a foundation brush to paint the mixture onto your face. Let the mask dry for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse.

Deep-Condition: Coconut oil is a great natural hair conditioner and body lotion. Leave it in your hair overnight or condition with a heat cap and it moisturizes, provides shine and helps protect new growth. While many commercial lotions contain a lot of water and petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin, coconut oil provides natural, deep moisture. It also helps strengthen underlying tissues and remove excessive dead cells on the skins surface.

Body Scrub: Exfoliate your skin with a homemade, sugary scrub. Mix together 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of raw oatmeal and 1 cup of olive oil. Apply the scrub to dry skin with your hands moving in slow circles. After scrubbing gently all over, step into the shower and rinse off—your skin will feel silky and soft when you’re finished.

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids

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Some children love to play outside. Others are a little harder to coax off the couch. What about you? Do you get outside much? The fresh air and activity is good for everyone!  15 Minutes Outside by Rebecca P. Cohen encourages parents to get outside with their kids for at least fifteen minutes a day. Fifteen minutes may not be a lot of time but the effects can make a noticeable difference. The book 15 Minutes Outside arms you with 365 ways to get out of the house and connect with your kids. The collection of activities is simple yet inspiring. Each one requires little planning, time, cash or patience making them perfect for everyone, no matter their circumstances. 15 Minutes Outside provides you with hundreds of easy ways to get outside with your family to enjoy a little bit of nature every day of the year.

Gadgets for Lefties – Left-Handers Day

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If you’re a lefty you know it can be a rough world out there. Check out the left-handed gadgets below to make left-hander’s lives a bit easier:

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Office Supplies: Purchase left-handed scissors, pens and notebooks to make your home office left-hander friendly.

Kitchen Utensils:  Cooking can be difficult when your utensils are deigned for right-handed people. Fortunately, there are left-handed versions of utensils such as can openers, measuring cups, corkscrews and kitchen knives.

Tools: Add left-handed knives, a pruner and tape measure to make your tool collection fit for left-handers.

Clothing & accessories: Tired of trying to awkwardly twist your hand to pull up your jeans zipper and look at your watch? Solve the problem by investing in a watch and jeans designed for lefties.

Guitar: Being left-handed doesn’t mean you can’t jam on your guitar comfortably. Rock out properly with a left-handed guitar.

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.

 

Last-Minute Back-to-School Preparation

Think you’re ready for the school year? Make sure you’re prepared with these last-minute back-to-school tips:

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Planners: Give older kids their own planner to teach them time management. Make sure they transfer the family calendar events at least once a week and also add as things come up. Before they start their homework, have them check their planner so they can prioritize assignments and ensure none are forgotten about.

Organization: Instead of a bulky binder, consider getting your kid a notebook with tear-out pages and an accordion file folder. Your student can take notes in class and easily slip the pages or any handouts into the slots. When the week is over, he can empty the contents into a color-coded filing box at home for easy access.

Craft Supplies: Kids tend to procrastinate. Make sure you are stocked up on all the supplies your kids may need for projects such as markers, index cards, poster boards, etc. When you’re helping them finish it at 9pm the night before it’s due, you’ll be thankful you’re prepared.

This Week on TheFind Blog: What to Buy in August, Reading Gadgets, Back-to-School Fashion and DIY Furniture

If you haven’t checked out TheFind blog yet this week, here’s a recap of what’s happened:

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-       Check out these deal-breaker items to buy in August.

-       Celebrate Book Lover’s Day with these reading gadgets.

-       Head to class in style with our back-to-school fashion tips.

-       Give your furniture an upgrade with these DIY ideas.

Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Sunless Tanning Foam: Get a Healthy Glow Without The Sun

  • posted August 9th, 2014
  • Beauty

Even though it’s common knowledge that sun is damaging to your skin and can lead to serious health issues, most people still associate a golden tan with a healthy lifestyle.  Now you can achieve that radiant and glowing look without the side effects with Paula’s Choice SUN 365 Self-Tanning Foam. This lightly tinted tanning foam goes on easily for an even, streak-free tan. It’s fast drying too so you can get dressed or go to bed within 5 minutes without staining any fabrics. The color is buildable so you can get a natural-looking tan in the depth that’s right for you. Just exfoliate in the shower, apply a light layer of moisturizer then apply the tanner. Repeat the following day to increase the depth of color or apply ever few days to maintain it. Unlike many other tanners, this one is fragrance-free and specially formulated to minimize or eliminate the telltale self-tanner odor.  It retails for $15, a small price to pay for a healthy glow!

 

Revamp Your Furniture – DIY Decorating

Giving your furniture a makeover is an easy and affordable way to personalize your space and give outdated pieces an upgrade. Check out the Better Homes and Gardens DIY ideas below for inspiration:

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-       Reupholster: Give your favorite chair a new look with fun, fresh fabric. Make sure you have needle-nose pliers, a staple gun, welt cord, sewing machine and tack strips and follow the step-by-step instructions here.

-       Paint: A fresh coat of paint can give an old-fashioned piece a chic and modern appearance. Consider using a bright color such as turquoise for a bold look and use a paint pen to add a pattern for even more interest. To complete it, you’ll need painter’s tape, sandpaper, paintbrushes, latex or oil-based paint and primer. See here for more detailed instructions.

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-       Embellishments: Personalize your furniture with fun embellishments by adding new drawer knobs, cabinet handles and mirrors or painting designs. If your not comfortable with your artistic abilities, use a stencil to paint on a pattern that suits your style.

-       Ottoman Slipcover: Revamp a worn out ottoman and add some color to your space with a bright slipcover. To make one like the slipcover above, cut a circle of fabric for the top and a strip for the drop, stick covered piping along the top seam of the drop and a gathered ruffle along the bottom. Add pockets made from contrasting fabric, inserting elastic into the top hem. Screw painted legs to the bottom of your ottoman and slip your new cover over. See here for more detailed instructions.

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.

Gadgets For Book Lovers

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Bookworms, this Saturday is dedicated to you. In recognition of Book Lover’s Day, we’ve compiled some of the top reading gadgets:

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Kindle: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best e-readers on the market. The newest edition has a faster processor, more responsive touch screen and a brighter and whiter light that displays evenly across the screen. Check out our blog post on top E-Readers for more options.

Reading Bed Rest: When you go to curl up with a good book, being comfortable is essential. The Nap Massaging Bed Rest is ideal for reading. The chair props you up into comfy reading position, has a cup holder for your beverage and a light directly above you providing great visibility. Plus with the built-in massager, you can relax your muscles as your read—what more could you ask for when you’re reading a book?

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Prism Glasses: Have you ever wanted to read your book while lying down? Prism glasses help you do just that—the glasses transform your view to a 90-degree downward angle so you don’t have to awkwardly raise your head, preventing neck cramps and eye strain.

Wallet Reading Glasses: Make sure you are prepared to read wherever and whenever with wallet reading glasses. The portable glasses fit into your wallet, making them easy to carry along while you’re on-the-go.

Book Holder: With the Thumb Thing Book Page Holder, you can hold open your book easily with one hand. Wear the gadget on your thumb and it keeps pages open without breaking the spine of the book.