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Q&A with The Washingtonian’s Asst Fashion Editor: Valeria Boucas

  • posted September 8th, 2014
  • Fashion

Welcome to the third installment of TheFind’s Q&A series with style leaders from our favorite publications. Assistant fashion editor of The Washingtonian, Valeria Boucas, shares her shopping secrets and practical fashion wisdom. Effortless and comfortable, Valeria highlights the brands and styles that will outlive fleeting trends and help us to look and feel more confident. We’re excited to share her tips and insight with you!


How do you find out about new trends / brands?

I work in fashion so PR reps send me hundreds of pitches a day with their clients/brands. The pitches typically include images so as I go through, if I see something that catches my eye I’ll do additional research and keep a running list of all the brands I like for future reference. is a great place to access trends.

What are some of your favorite trends / brands?

I don’t really follow trends to be honest. I’m more of a classic dresser- I’ll go for those timeless staples that you can wear over and over again in all sorts of ways. I absolutely love Agnona, Celine, Mulberry, Maiyet, and The Row. See the pattern? All simple, clean designers are my go-to. That’s why I love La Garconne. They make the best fitting t-shirts and everything is just simple and easy just the way I like it. If I’m not comfortable in something, forget it.

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

Anything that’s flattering, I’ll buy. I definitely don’t splurge on any trends. See peplum? And wedge sneakers? And even earlier than that if you think back to the UGG era, and Juicy Couture velour jump suits- Trends last such a short period of time that I really don’t recommend ever really splurging on any big trend. Of course, if it’s a trend you really believe in and can see yourself loving for awhile even when the rest of the world has moved onto something else, I’d say for sure- go for it!

Do you have any online shopping habits?

My problem is I won’t shop for a while and then boom I’ll go crazy. My worst habit is I’ll pinpoint something in my wardrobe that I really need more of, most recently I realized I didn’t really have many stylish pants and had been living in jeans for too long so I decided to purchase a few. That turned into a major production and I wound up buying more than I should have from Saks, Barneys, Bergdorfs, Shopbop and Vince.

What tips do you have for our readers?

Wear what you feel good in. I know it sounds cliché but what you have on will only look as good as how you feel in it.

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

Oooo that’s a tough one. Are we talking fashion-wise? If that’s the case I can’t live without my Tibi dresses. They’re so easy, comfortable and they look so great!

What inspires you?

Effortless people. If I see someone with a mask of makeup on, their hair perfectly done with an outfit to the 9s, it really doesn’t make my head turn quite like that person with their hair perfectly undone and an air of carefree sensibility that just makes them so much more intriguing. I’m forever inspired by those people because you know they look just the same when they’re in bed without their makeup on in their pajamas.

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.35.20 AM For more on Valeria check out her personal blog here.

Supplies for a Hispanic Heritage Month Road Trip

Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15 and goes through October 15, celebrates the independence of several Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize. Huffington Post discusses the growing significance of Hispanic Heritage in the United States as our population is “becoming more and more Hispanic.”

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According to U.S. Census data from 2013, 17 percent of Americans are Hispanic, making this group the largest ethnic minority in the country.” With the increasing numbers in Hispanic population, many areas of the U.S. are heavily influenced by Hispanic culture.

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A great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month is planning a family road trip to visit several of these areas. Take a look at Huffington Post’s top seven sites to visit that embrace Hispanic culture. Each of these locations celebrates difference aspects of Hispanic Heritage, from important people to important events.

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A road trip isn’t complete without the proper supplies. The Great Hispanic Heritage has many books that are good reads for on the road. You can learn about famous individuals and also about Latin American history. When you need a break from reading, turn on some traditional Latin American music to lighten the mood.

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Here are some more supplies that will help make your road trip a blast! Road Trip Bingo is a portable board game that is easy to transport and you won’t have to worry about losing any pieces. Also, to avoid any food/beverage spills, take a look at these bags, containers, and trays that will help keep your snacks fresh and your car nice and clean.


This Week on TheFind Blog: 5 Practical & Funny Gifts that Every Kitchen Needs, Football Season Gadgets, Clean Your Makeup Brushes For a Flawless Face, Wearing White After Labor Day: Because it Feels Good to be Bad and Celebrating Grandparents Day

  • posted September 7th, 2014
  • TheFind

Didn’t get a chance to check out TheFind blog this week? Catch up on what you missed here:

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-       Take a look at these 5 practical and funny tools that make great gifts for friends. They will definitely spice up your kitchen and make cooking and eating much more fun.

 -       Football season is here and it’s time to outshine every other truck in the parking lot with the best tailgate gadgets!

-       Having flawless makeup isn’t possible without cleaning your makeup brushes. Here are some products that will help get all of the gunk out!

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 -       It’s after Labor Day, but who’s feeling naughty? Here are some white wardrobe ensembles that are still making their way out in the fashion world.

-       Our very high-tech world makes buying gifts for grandma and grandpa very difficult, but no fear! These are some easy to use gadgets that they will absolutely love!

Celebrating Grandparent’s Day

It’s always nice to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but don’t forget about your awesome grandparents! Make it a big celebration by surprising grandma and grandpa with some of these thoughtful gifts.

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 - Camera: Although some grandparents might have kept up with emerging technologies, others may still be inexperienced with the new high tech gadgets. Digital cameras now have advanced features, but the Canon PowerShot A1400, is a simpler digital device that all grandparents can easily utilize. It has automatic settings for photo or video capturing and runs on two AA batteries.

- Speakerphone: Created for safety, the Jabra Drive is a speakerphone that is extremely convenient for answering phone calls while driving. It is a great gift for grandparents, not only for in vehicles, but anywhere in general. The set up is ridiculously easy and can connect to two cellular phones by simply pushing one big button.

- Digital Picture Frame: Grandparents often miss out on big events, especially ones that require much traveling. The Pic-Star FotoConnect XD Digital Picture Frame makes an excellent gift for grandparents who are unable to attend events or live long distance because anyone in the family can connect directly to the frame via email. Simply email your photos to the frame and they will appear in a slideshow on the screen.  It is a great way to keep your grandparents updated on your life!

Wearing White After Labor Day: Because it Feels Good to be Bad

  • posted September 5th, 2014
  • Fashion

Fashion rules can be oppressing, in fact the tradition of not wearing white after Labor Day was created in order to make distinctions between classes even more apparent. Looks like Regina George wasn’t the first one as this practice began in the late 19th century. Fashion stylists today are flaunting the snobbery of no whites and embracing this color year round. Whether you want to stick it to the snobs of the 19th century or simply feel like white goes with everything, there are so many ways to rock this style trend. Put your elbows on the dinner table and hold your teacup with your pinky at ease while you peruse these daring fall fashion ensembles.

White Outfits

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White denim is nearly as versatile as your trusty blues. Paired with rich greys and charcoals you’ll truly fit the season. For an added punch, tie in a colorful scarf that mimics the beauty of fall’s changing leaves.

White dresses aren’t just for cool summer days; they can be kept up through the fall and right into winter. With style choices like lace, embroidery, flowing or fitted – you can perfect this trend with your own individuality, because you really are as unique as a snowflake!

Chunky White Sweater

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Chunky white sweaters over tighter fitting jeans are effortlessly classy. The only problem is that you might be too cozy to leave the house and display your ensemble! Go curl up in your favorite coffee shop with a great book before the day is through – ‘tis the season.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes For a Flawless Face

  • posted September 4th, 2014
  • Beauty

Makeup is always a huge part of getting ready for special events. One of the most important tips to consider when applying products to your face is keeping brushes clean. Taking care of your brushes not only allows them to last longer but also prevents your skin from breaking out.

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 - Brush it Off Cleansing Brush Wipes: President of Anisa International, an accessory manufacturing and design firm, Anisa Telwar Kaicker partnered up with Sephora to develop Brush it Off Cleansing Brush Wipes. These individually wrapped wipes are perfect for when you are in a rush. They are small and easy to transport, and also allow your brushes to dry quickly compared to liquid cleaners that require you to submerge brushes completely in the product. These are ideal for makeup artists who are booked for big events and have multiple clients to attend to.


- Olive Oil: Olive oil is a very convenient product to clean brushes because most people already have it in their kitchen.  Kaicker told Bustle that, “Olive oil is a must-have for brushes that are heavily embedded with makeup.” This product is obviously a good alternative for deep cleaning brushes. By rubbing a dime-sized amount of oil through the brush bristles, the oil will easily lift the makeup residue right off the brush, then, simply use dish soap and water to wash the oil away.

Football Season Gadgets

  • posted September 3rd, 2014
  • Gadgets

The end of summer does not mean the fun has to end. Get excited for football season and make tailgating a complete blast. Here are some gadgets that NBC News claims will make your tailgate celebration a success.

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- Pizzeria Pronto: It’s time to stand out from the typical barbecue and grill set-ups by getting yourself a Pizzeria Pronto. This portable pizza oven will be sure to attract new friends to your tailgate. It can reach 700-degrees and is perfect for football fans who want something other than the usual hotdog or hamburger.

- The Brauler: Fed up with your beer getting warm and flat? Enjoy continuous fresh-tasting beer at every game with The Brauler, a 64-ounce stainless steel growler that is guaranteed to keep your beer nice and cold. It fills easily and is dishwasher safe, so you can reuse it throughout the season. Plus, the cap keeps your beer from going flat.

- UE Boom Wireless Speaker: It’s not a proper tailgate without music. Logitech’s UE Boom Wireless Speaker is a portable speaker that projects music out in every direction. This speaker will make your tailgate the best place to be with music that puts all other tailgaters to shame.

5 Practical & Funny Gifts that Every Kitchen Needs

  • posted September 1st, 2014
  • Gadgets

The household entertainer is not only judged by the food and drinks they make, but oftentimes by the fun gadgets around their kitchen and bar. It’s more fun to spice up your kitchen with neat tools than fancy spices to help make cooking fun. At Blind Surprise, we work with some great companies that are helping build cool stuff to buy to bring some life to your kitchen – and all these gifts can be found right here on The Find! Check them out!


BOOZ FOOS DRINK STIRRERS - Why mix a drink with a normal metal stirrer, when you can play foosball and get that drink going?


MUFFIN TOPS - Pulling these bad boys out of the oven will certainly get some heads turning!


Jerry’s Euphori-Lock Ice Cream Pint - I think the best way to roll out this fun gadget is to throw it on your ice cream without your roommates/spouse knowing, and then just waiting to see their reactions!


The Tuxedo Apron - Show up to cook, in style. Why dress down just because you’re in the kitchen?


Deep Tea Diver Tea Infuser - Don’t just drop your tea bag into your glass – let this little guy do the work!

Ali Kitenplon, author of this post, is the c0-founder of the Blind Surprise, a personalized monthly gifting service.  Blind Surprise works with up and coming designers and artists, to get unique products to the market that you cannot find in stores.  A unique surprise gifting experience – receive a mystery box at your door that could contain any beautiful product from a US product line.  To ensure you will love your gift, you sign up with your interests, and receive a perfect gift for your personality.

This Week on TheFind Blog: End of Summer Camping Fun, Gadgets for Your Workspace, Fall Fashion Trends, How to Use TheFind to Purchase Labor Day BBQ Supplies

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

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 -       End the summer with an easy camping trip right in your backyard!

-       These workspace gadgets will help maintain a neat and orderly office.

-       With a new season comes a new wardrobe. Embrace your inner fashionista and keep up with the upcoming fall trends.

-       Running out of time to purchase all your Labor Day weekend supplies? Check out how TheFind’s “location” filter can enhance your shopping experience by saving you time and money.

How to Use TheFind to Purchase Labor Day BBQ Supplies

Happy Labor Day weekend! Do you need to pick up some last minute items for your holiday barbecue? Here are some tips on how TheFind’s mobile app can help you locate nearby stores for quick and convenient purchases.

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 If you’re a first-time user of TheFind’s mobile app, download it on your smartphone and create or log in to your account. In the search engine bar at the top, type in the item you are looking for, i.e. “grilling tools,” and then press search. In the top right corner, select “Refine By” then click “Local Stores” and “Apply” it to your search.


Now, select the item you want to purchase. Notice that under the image there are four boxes: Details, $, location, and Shop. Press on the location pin and a pop-up of local addresses and phone numbers will appear.


Take advantage of TheFind’s various search filters to help narrow down the best way to purchase your products every time you shop.

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