Freshen Up

Ahhh, it's a crisp new year and we're ready for a refresh in all corners of our lives. From Gwyneth-approved detox plans and trying out new fitness classes to purging closets as well as kitchen drawers, we're marching into 2018 with purpose and a plan.

Our first order of business? Refreshing our space in #DTFW. We've cleared out our holiday merch to make way for the newness of Spring, which has already started arriving to the store by way of gorgeous textiles and delightful home decor accents. We're so jazzed by these new pieces, we called in our stylish pal Gretchen Gouloff to help us reimagine our space for 2018, and to shake off the dust of 2017 (bye, Felicia). 

The quickest way to breathe new life into a living space is to switch up the textiles. New toss pillows and throw blankets add color and interest to any room while offering the cozy softness we all crave during the deep freeze of Winter. We're especially smitten with oversized poufs subbing in for a traditional side table or coffee table. To keep it functional, add a tray on top to hold the standard essentials like remotes, books or candles. 

Topping our current list of faves is this sleek multifunctional piece from Umbra that serves triple duty as a stool, side table and storage container. We're also swooning over the deep and moody indigo trend. Just like denim, indigo serves as both a color and a neutral, somehow...

Sometimes the smallest details make all the difference. Accents such as lidded baskets to help corral a room's clutter or metallic prism wall art that can also hold an air plant or two can make just as big a statement as a new piece of furniture.

Swing into The FIND to check out our refresh and shop our newest arrivals for a refresh of your own spaces. 

Cheers to 2018!

Good Tidings & All That Jazz

Even on the coldest, darkest of days here in northeast Indiana, we're warmed and cheered by the shimmering lights, familiar sounds of a favorite holiday tune and the profusion of sweets that mark the days of this season. There's an abundance of charm in our treasured festivities and traditions, both big and small. From our time-honored rituals to our favorite treats, we're sharing what makes the holidays so bright for us this, and every, year.

ali frebel

Ali

My favorite tradition is waking up on Christmas morning and drinking coffee with my family. The fireplace is lit, I’m cuddling with my pooch and ‘A Christmas Story’ plays in the background. After we exchange gifts and clean up, we switch to mimosas, or my mother’s almost famous pomegranate martini, and decorate sugar cookies. And, ’A Christmas Story’ will still be on repeat...
For the new year, my goals are career-based and personal. I will strive to mature my small business (Frebella) both in my own skills as a creator and to increase my marketing efforts. On a personal level, it’s a constant attempt to better my eating habits, which will be no different for the upcoming new year!

Soula's Pomegranate Martini

1 pomegranate, seeded

1 cup cold vodka (to taste, depending on how strong you like it)

2 fresh grapefruits squeezed

2 fresh oranges squeezed 

1/4 cup of pomegranate syrup

Combine in a pitcher. Stir. Pour. Top with pomegranate seeds. Enjoy! Makes about 6 martinis. 


leah badiac

Leah

2017 was a big year! I became engaged to the love of my life and we purchased our first home together. My goal for 2018 is to enjoy the wedding planning process and to get our home organized.
My favorite holiday tradition is listening to Christmas music while decorating the tree and baking holiday goodies. Nothing gets me into the spirit of the season like Stevie Wonder’s What Christmas Means to Me.

Leah's Creamy Caramels Recipe

1 cup sugar

1 cup dark corn syrup

1 cup butter or margarine

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and butter the foil; set aside. Combine sugar, corn syrup and butter in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil slowly for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in milk. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Remove from pan and cut into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends. Makes about 64 pieces.


SIENNA LOHMAN

Sienna

My favorite Christmas morning tradition is flipping through old photo albums with my family. We’re all in our pj’s, laughing at funny memories (or fashion mistakes), eating cinnamon rolls and sipping our Irish coffees. It’s the perfect way to kick off the day!
My goal for 2018 is to organize my thousands of photos from spread across my various devices, many of them just of my pup Stanley! I want to get them all printed into books, and get a new one printed at the end of each year going forward. Then, I’ll be able to continue my family’s Christmas morning tradition with my own little family, when that day comes.

Sienna's Snickerdoodle Recipe

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon for rolling

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing in between additions. Mix in the vanilla and ground cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add mixture to the mixing bowl with butter and sugar. Mix until dough forms (it may be crumbly at first, but be patient, the dough will form!). Scoop out two tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball, then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Place dough on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet.


Tweet us @thefindfw to share your favorite holiday traditions, recipes and wishes for the new year!

Last Minute Gifts

Perhaps you've yet to start your holiday shopping (we aren't judging). Perhaps you just need that one extra little something. Either way, we're here to help with a store filled with all sorts of goodies. From local and/or indie makers to coveted, internationally-known labels, from stocking stuffers to big-ticket style gifts, from soft and cuddly treats for kiddos to tasty treats for grown ups, we've got 'chu.

Come shop us in #DTFW for last-minute gifts that don't scream last-minute!

All That Glitters

We believe the best gifts come in the smallest packages.

We believe the right accessories can make all the difference.

We believe you're bound to fall in love with at least one of the latest and greatest pieces of drool-worthy jewelry to arrive at The FIND.

St. Clair

Inspired by natural elements, Cameron St. Clair crafts her designs with strings of beads, dyed natural fibers, hammered as well as hand carved/casted metals for a raw yet feminine vibe with a bohemian spirit. Each piece is made in downtown LA and is made to order. We love these necklaces on their own or layered for bold statement look.

Seaworthy

This line of handmade jewelry focuses on both craftsmanship and community, using the hashtag #accessorizewithintention to promote their mission. The four women who run the brand are committed to authenticity and quality in their designs, sustainable manufacturing and responsibility to community and environment. These qualities, in addition to the timeless and elegant product they sell, make the brand a perfect fit for us.

bluma project

Brooklyn-based bluma project is inspired by cultures around the globe and handcrafted by artisans in Peru, India, Guatemala and other developing nations, using time-honored techniques. The brand values color and texture and each piece adds a lively bit of both to even the most simple of ensembles. Your favorite denim and a plain white T become a lewk when paired with a bold piece from this line.

Sidai Designs

A collaboration with Maasai women, Sidai Designs produces unique, handmade jewelry using traditional beading techniques rooted in the culture's beading traditions. We're especially happy to carry brands in store that strive to provide economic stability to women and their families in developing nations. The intricate pieces are stunning, their exquisite metallic strands and beads catching the light just so... 

Virgins Saints & Angels

Designer Cheryl Finnegan, aka Finn, was inspired to create this line of jewelry after moving to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a colonial town steeped in old-world imagery and meaningful symbols. She channeled an obsession with the Virgin of Guadalupe and Mexican folklore into a keychain, followed by a necklace which eventually led to an induction into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The line blends fine materials with centuries-old, traditional jewelry-making methods, each piece with a vibe that is both iconic and modern.

Come check these glittering pieces out in person. And if you need us to drop a hint to a certain someone about what you'd like to unwrap this season, say the word. 

Currently Crushing: Melani's Holiday Picks

One of the pitfalls of running a boutique is that you tend to love (and want) everything in it! Even though she handpicked the contents of The FIND, we forced Melani to choose some favorites for this oh so festive holiday season, both to give and to receive.

Giving books is always a good idea, especially beautifully produced coffee table books that make a statement, or superb cookbooks that will get tons of use. On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox and Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-2016 are definitely on my wish list. I hope my husband reads this...
This velvet kimono is incredibly plush and the olive green color is fantastically sultry, and a welcome departure from my beloved black. I’ll definitely be wearing this piece to a holiday gathering or two...
I simply can’t decide which piece of ABLE jewelry I want for myself. I may not force myself to make that very difficult decision and just snap up all my faves. What’s more likely is that I’ll gift some of these pieces to my daughters so we can share them with each other.
I’m loving the Tatine Candles, made just a hop and a skip away in Chicago. The scents are brilliant, perfectly subtle and unique. They make for some seriously chic hostess gifts.

Swing into The FIND to shop Melani's fav-o-rites and so much more!