New York Fashion Week Fall 2019 Pre-coverage

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) fall 2019 season is a few days away. And this is Fashion Reverie’s seventh year covering the shows. Over the years Fashion Reverie has covered NYFW at a variety of locations from the prestigious Lincoln Center to the disastrous Moynihan Station to the adequate Skylight Clarkson and now Spring Studios. (Spring Studios get mixed reviews.) That also includes Industria Superstudios, Milk Studios, Pier 59, the Hudson Hotel, Cadillac House, the Highline Hotel and a series of other venues.

Through all these venues, NYFW has prevailed, well barely. Venues is still a major challenge for NYFW. Still, there are other issues. New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) continues to suffer from defections. (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, John Varvatos, Perry Ellis, and several others stopped showing several seasons back.) The CFDA has tried to solve the problem of the defection of top American menswear designers by loading the calendar with emerging Asian designers. But this influx of new talent has not solved NYFWM’s problem of attracting the international press. And the last two seasons the lineup has been milquetoast and disappointing at best. (Word on the street suggest that NYFWM’s is on its last proverbial leg. Then again, so is London’s men’s fashion week.)

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The defection has also spread to New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). With the disappearance of major corporate sponsors, NYFWS has also suffered. Add to that the exit of major American fashion brands that don’t get the bang for the money they spend at NYFWS and have opted to show in other international fashion capitals. And with a continuously declining retail market, things just don’t look that good for NYFW. Ten years ago every major media network, as well a plethora of media outlets fumbled over themselves to get coverage of NYFW. Now, major media coverage is minimal.Still, we solder on. Some noted designers have returned this season—Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and others. NYFWM’s begins on February 4 and continues until February 6. NYFWS starts on February 7 and ends on February 13. Official venues include Spring Studios, Pier 59, Industria Superstudios, and Cadillac House.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Tea with Kristopher: Month of January 2019

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Happy 2019. Fashion Reverie is pleased to welcome you all back to the tearoom in 2019. We’ve got some new, piping, hot flavors, and we’re whipping out the fine China. Let’s begin the 2019 in style.Spicy tea

Say it ain’t so! Style Fashion Week will not be coming to New York Fashion Week for the fall 2019 season. The word on the street is that Style Fashion Week was not able to raise the money to present their designers in New York City. It’s a sad end to what was once a fun-filled event with flowing liquor. Now, the question is if New York Fashion Week: Men’s is to bit the dust next?

Piping, hot tea

There’s ire among the world of menswear editors and buyers as the dates for the Las Vegas tradeshows are overlapping with NYFW: Men’s. Many industry professionals are upset with the industry powers that allowed this overlap of dates. Tensions are brewing in the menswear market, and it ain’t looking pretty!!

Spilled tea

Two former top PR executives have left their long established firms and will be launching their own fashion PR firm. Their departure came as a surprise to many in the industry who had been working with both of them for years. With everyone attempting to launch individual fashion PR firm, the competition in fashion PR is getting tough and rough!!

Sweet tea

Kevin Carrigan, the former global director for Calvin Klein, is rumored to be returning to the PVH Corp.–owned brand. After Raf Simons, who just left the company, came on, board, Carrigan went to work for Ralph Lauren. Shortly after it was announced Ralph was leaving, Carrigan resigned from Calvin Klein. Sources say Carrigan is expected to return to his Calvin Klein. Can he make what’s old new again?

—Kristopher Fraser


Where Will the Celine Girls Go Next?

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During her tenure at Celine, Philo amassed a cult following of so-called Philophiles. The Celine girl had a very distinct image, often very French, fashion conscious, or wealthy, checking all three descriptive boxes. The Philophiles were often easy to spot at Fashion Weeks, with their neutral or not too loud colored sweaters, black pants, the Celine heel of the season, and their Celine tote bags.         With Philo’s exit from Celine, her penchant for minimalism could become of the past for the hallowed brand. Philo was one of the few women in fashion who held a creative directorship at a major luxury fashion brand. She was the #Girlboss many dreamed of being, and she dressed many girl bosses of the world.

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Prominent fashion journalist Tim Blanks described the collection as a “gust of toxic masculinity.” Hedi Slimane completely moved away from any of the deeply embedded design house codes that Philo had in place. With Slimane, it was a new era for Celine, and one that the Philophiles wanted none of. So the question on the industry’s lips became “Where will the Philophiles go next?’Revered fashion blogger Bryan Boy speculated that Loewe was a strong possibility for the Philophiles. The fashion house, also owned by LVMH, is currently led by creative director Jonathan Anderson. Loewe, in its current incarnation, contains Philo’s Celine design aesthetic in many ways (French in tone, luxury in nature, high-fashion but not too heavy on maximalism). The brand even have an ‘It’ bag (The Loewe Puzzle Bag) that hypothetical Loewe lovers could identify with.           

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Loewe is a better fit for the old Celine girls compared to Anderson’s eponymous label, J.W. Anderson, which is younger, edgier, and a little more maximalist. The old Celine girls are looking for a sense of approachable luxury for their next commitment, and Loewe could be the brand to fill just that.          

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Another brand that has been talked about as the next destination for the Philophiles is Bottega Veneta, under the helm of Daniel Lee. Lee was the former director of Celeine ready-to-wear. He understands Celine’s design codes, knows how to increase sales and knows what the Celine girls want. Bottega Veneta already had a minimalist sensibility that Lee was able to take and make his own.

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A long-shot contender for the Philophiles next holy land is Dries Van Noten. The fashion house is most well known for their eccentric designs, which fell out of favor when minimalism reigned supreme in the nineties, but made a comeback in the early 2000s, as maximalism had a moment again. The Dries Van Noten collection last fall at Paris Fashion Week received rave reviews, and in an era of maximalism; perhaps, the Philophiles are ready to move on to something more statement making.

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If they are looking for a French luxury label with a woman at the helm, there’s also Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior. Chiuri is minimalist in a way that differs from her predecessor, Raf Simons, bringing a strong sense of femininity that speaks to new wave girl power. It’s the type of spirit of design that Philophiles crave.          

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Let’s not count out Chloé. It was at Chloé that Philo herself first made a significant impact. Chloé Creative Director Natasha Ramsay-Levi has been able to create signature ‘It ‘Bags, all while creating a boho-chic aesthetic for that girl who wants to look like she doesn’t take fashion too seriously.           Only time (and the sales figures) will tell where the Philophiles will find their next motherland. With the departure of Phoebe Philo, who doesn’t seem to be heading to any new fashion house anytime soon, they are like motherless children searching for a home.

—Kristopher Fraser


Billy Porter and Rinat Brodach: Together Re-imagining Red Carpet Masculinity

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when a celebrity is preparing for their appearance on a major red carpet? How are they fitted for that show-stopping garment; how is the right look selected, and what is the time frame to select and fit the perfect red-carpet ensemble?

Fashion Reverie is fortunate to be able to provide to our viewers an inside look at “Pose’s” Billy Porter being styled and fitted for his red-carpet appearance at the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards. Styled and dressed by New York City–based Israeli-American fashion designer Rinat Brodach, Billy Porter made a dramatic impression on the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards’ red carpet. This has been a breakout season for veteran Broadway actor Billy Porter with several award nominations to his credit for his performance as the Ballroom MC Pray Tell in FX’s “Pose.” (Billy Porter won a 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lola in “Kinky Boots.”)

Known for her unisex designs, Rinat Brodach earned her BFA in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University and furthered her study with a year-long scholarship at prestigious The Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris. Brodach’s designs effortlessly and selectively enhance the female figure while capturing a gentle interplay between androgyny and sensuality. Woven into each garment is Brodach’s spiritual identity that exposes the light through darkness. Brodach is committed to a philosophy of truth, integrity, and quality, and maintaining a deep connection to the human soul.

For the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards, Rinat Brodach created for Billy Porter the “Tux Jumpsuit,” exploring the dialogue between male and female energy. A reinterpretation of the traditional tuxedo, the fine silk jumpsuit features asymmetrical lines and an oversized cummerbund bow.

“Billy Porter is the definition of raw and real. Working with him has been about so much more than fashion,” says Brodach as she reflects on the process of creating this look. She continues, “He is proof that focusing on the work despite rejection and criticism is what true artistry is about. It was such a pleasure to work with him and Sam Ratelle to produce this look. I appreciate them both for trusting me on this level.”

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Porter, a champion for rising talent, says, “Young designers, like Rinat, bring such incredible passion, raw talent and energy to collaborations. As an artist myself, I believe strongly in giving opportunity and exposure to new talent. And this jumpsuit is fierce!”


JJ’s House: Your Bridal One-Stop Online Shop

If you believe what many clairvoyants are saying about 2019, then you know that 2019 promises to be a year of things coming to their ultimate fruition, as well as a year of incredible growth. Though the past couple of years have been tedious and in some folks’ estimation, schizophrenic, 2019 should be a brand-new ballgame, so to speak.

Look at it this way, 2019 is about your hopes and aspirations coming to fruition. And nothing is more aspirational and fairytale-like than a bride’s very special day. Most brides-to-be plan their wedding a year in advance of the actual date. (Well, that is the ideal formula.) And there is no better bridal site to help you select those ideal bridal extras, bridesmaid dresses and flower girl dresses, than JJ’s House.

JJ’s House, founded in 2007, is the global leading online retailer for wedding gowns, special event dresses, wedding party dresses, and accessories. Customers can browse the vast online selection and choose their favorite dresses with great satisfaction. JJ’s House prides itself on exceptional customer service, high quality, and affordable prices.

While picking out the bridal gown can be especially taxing, so can selecting the dresses for your bridal party. JJ’s House has a wide selection of great bridesmaid dresses, as well as the perfect dresses for flower girls. From A-Line Princess V-Neck dresses and A-Line Princess Scoop Neck gowns to Empire waisted dresses, Sheath dresses, Off-the-Shoulder dresses, and A-Line Sweetheart dresses. There is also a huge range of floor-length gowns, knee-length, and tea-length dresses. Still, the most outstanding assets to this wide selection is the price points and a color palette of 52 colors. Prices range from $90 to $150.

When comes to those adorable flower girl dresses, JJ’s House also has a unique selection. From knee-length to tea-length and floor length dress, JJ’s House is the go-to online destination for flower girls’ dresses. Additionally, JJ’s House has a plethora of flower girl dresses in fabrications ranging from sequined chiffon, satin tulle, and organza to lace, polyester cotton, and taffeta. Many of the flower girl dresses are currently on sale with 50% to 60% off, some dresses starting at $29.99.

Just remember, if your wedding day is quickly coming approaching, JJ’s House puts your priorities first and ships across the globe with such delivery services as DHL or UPS. JJ’ House provides expedited shipping as well as budget conscious options. As JJ’ House uses internationally trusted logistics providers, you gain peace of mind knowing that your important supplies will be there when you need them.

Understanding that planning for your wedding can be very stressful. JJ’s House delivers world-class customer service to ensure your shopping experience at JJ’s House is as smooth and pleasant as possible. Whether you have questions before you order or after your items have arrived, JJ’s House has experienced customer service professionals available via live chat or through fast response ticket system.

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JJ’s House helps you save time and decrease stress by providing great choices at reasonable prices with superior customer service. Remember, a satisfied bride is a happy bride.


Happy 2019!!!

Fashion is a reflection of the time each generation is experiencing. If this political upheavals and unrest last for more than a moment, you may find elements of that discord in fashion. New cultural perspectives and evolutions can have a presence in a fashion collection.

2019, as every year does, brings with it a new set of challenges and reinventions. Still, the very joy of existence is what keeps us striving for more enlightenment, more knowledge and ultimately more compassion. Allow 2019 infuse us with an impassioned search for our own truth. And let this search for truths reflect not only how we adorn ourselves, but also how we love and respect our neighbor.


2019 Fashion Predictions

As we close in on the end of 2018, most of us reflect on what was good about the year, successes, failures, disappointments, what is left to work on and projections of what we want the coming new year to be. Fashion is one of the few industries where what was popular or worked well in a previous season, could absolutely have no place in upcoming seasons.

The quixotic nature of fashion facilitates freshness and innovation, but also gives rise to instability and lots of failure. If we could only accurately predict what is next in fashion, perhaps, we could afford the many fashion faux pas and pitfalls and rest assuredly in what we expect to happen. Of course, predictions, especially fashion predictions, are rarely on point, so we leave accuracy to the Gods and soothsayers. Still, its fun to project into the future, so Fashion Reverie, always taking a risk, makes a few fashion predictions for 2019.

Bye, bye fur

As one fashion brand after the next adopts sustainability, fur, as a luxury accessory and embellishment, will become anathema to luxury collections. Many of the top fashion houses, from Michael Kors to Versace to Martin Margiela in the past year have decided to axe animal fur as a reflection of luxury in their fashion collections. Since September, Burberry, Coach, and Diane von Furstenberg have followed suit with Jean Paul Gaultier stating in a recent television interview that he felt that the way animals were slaughtered for their furry pelts “absolutely deplorable.” We all know that when the fashion top dogs abandon something, everyone else follows. Well, most everyone does!!

Editorial nirvana

Now this next prediction is near and dear to Fashion Reverie’s heart. As print fashion magazines took a nosedive in 2018, so has the role of fashion editors. For those “tender ronies” who are not in the know and lack instruction in fashion history, fashion editors are the lifeblood of fashion publications. From the iconic Diana Vreeland to Grace Mirabella, Audrey Smaltz, Andre Leon Talley, and Hamish Bowles to Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, and Edward Enniful, fashion editors have contributed to setting standards for beauty and style for decades.

Fashion editors have recently been replaced by social media influencers, and with the demise of print publishing, it would seem that editors are disappearing the way the mastodon or the great bison vanished from the Great Plains. In 2019 that will all change!!

Social media decline

As the social media bubble grow closer to bursting and we head toward a financial crisis in 2019, consumers will return to things that have worked prior to the ascent of social media. As evidenced in a recent study in Europe, European consumers no longer trust most of what they read on social media. In a Guardian article from this past summer, Facebook’s 3 million under 25-year-olds will quit Facebook or stop using in entirely. A recent post of details that companies spend 15% of their total marketing budgets on social media but have yet to see a rate of return on their dollars.

While Zuckerberg is struggling to bring legitimacy to his embattled social media company, more consumers are abandoning Facebook, looking to alternative media for information and entertainment. While this might be bad news for social media influencers, Fashion Reverie believes this will be a return to seasoned fashion voices that have a deep understanding of the fashion industry. It will not be a return to the fashion editors of yore, but to the new breed of fashion editors that are deftly in touch with what is going on in the streets; aware of what drives consumers to shop in a shrinking economy and understands that younger consumers want to connect with brands that have a sustainable, eco-friendly narrative.

Influencers get a dose of reality

As social media goes through an adjustment period in 2019, social media influencers will have to deal with a little adjustment of their own. As reported in April 2018 post, Launchmetrics has noted that 46% of brands are turning away from social media influencers with huge followers in favor of “micro-influencers.” These ”micro-influencers” have a following of 10k to 100k. And as millennials and advertisers become more of aware of the plethora of Instagram scams, smart brands are moving away from influencer and looking re-engage advertising models that worked for them in the past.

Germany-based influencer marketing platform InfluencerDB estimates that one in four sponsored posts are being done by influencers with questionable audience growth. And according to, “Almost two-thirds (61 percent) of consumers said they would be more likely to research a product or service that was recommended on social by a friend compared to one in three (36 percent) for influencers or celebrities.”

The return of brick and mortar

If you drive up and down Madison Avenue in New York City, you see a lot of empty retail space. And everyone is aware of mega retail stores —JC Penny’s, Sears, Lord & Taylor—that shuttering local shops over the US. Even fashion design star Marc Jacobs is closing stores in Paris and London. Hmm, things don’t look good for brick and mortars!!

Still, don’t believe everything you read in mainstream media. True, mainstream mega stores are closing brick and mortars, mostly due to over-expansion; however, there appears to be a resurgence of small brick and mortars, mostly from brands that have that discovered that an online presence without a brick and mortar backup hinders their growth. “95 percent of all retail sales are captured by retailers with a brick-and-mortar presence” and “two-thirds of consumers who purchase online use the store before or after the transaction”.  Their report also states that “the value of stores for customers and retailers is far greater than the sales captured in them” and that they “actually help the retailer drive online sales,” according to a report by A. T. Kearny. Indochino, Far Fetch, which is opening a chain of brick-and-mortar stores nationwide, and Bonobos, which opened its first brick and store in Manhattan in 2011 after being a top men’s online retailer, have all found that with returns of online sales being between 40% to 50%, a brick and mortar presence is necessary in an ever-evolving retail climate.

Swirling, 90s–style graphics

When it comes to style predictions for 2019, one of the biggest re-invented styles will be the swirling bold graphics that was a front and center design aesthetic of 90s fashion. We already witnessed swirling icon-inspired graphics during the spring 2019 collections. Well, expect more of this in the upcoming seasons. This look will be paired with acid-washed denim, oversized jackets and skirts and lots of layering; a rebirth of comfortable grunge-like fashion, but much prettier the second time around.

Designer buyback

Fashion Reverie predicts that in 2019 more designers will buy back their eponymous brands, owning a larger share in their companies. In 2018 we saw Proenza Schouler acquire a controlling interest in their brand and Stella McCartney in March bought back 50% share in her company from holding company Kering. “It is the right moment to acquire the full control of the company bearing my name,” McCartney said in a statement. “This opportunity represents a crucial patrimonial decision for me. I am extremely grateful to François-Henri Pinault and his family and everyone at the Kering group for everything we have built together in the last 17 years. I look forward to the next chapter of my life and what this brand and our team can achieve in the future.”

For the past two decades in order to cope with rising manufacturing costs and the ever-growing expense of maintaining a fashion brand, designers looked to larger fashion holding companies to inject money into their brands. With this infusion of cash, many designers lost controlling interest in their fashion brands, with international holding companies like LVMH, Kering, G-III Apparel Group, and Gucci Group calling the shots and taking creative control away from designers. Expect to see more fashion designer buybacks in 2019!!

A revived New York Fashion Week

As we reported on Fashion Reverie, NYFW is in the doldrums. That said; we expect a subtle turnaround for NYFW in 2019. With the downward spiral of social media influencers, brands getting little return on the social media dollars, and the return of brick and mortar stores, the powers that be that control NYFW will begin in 2019 to re-evaluate the priority they have given to social media influencers over real fashion industry professionals.

2019 will see the return of fashion editors to NYFW. Their hard work, diligence, and expertise should be valued, and the CFDA will wake up and realize in 2019 that they had a good thing, and its time overdue to celebrate and support folks who know what they are talking about!!

—William S. Gooch

Tea With Kristopher: Month of December 2018

The year is coming to a close, and Fashion Reverie is happy to serve up its final pot of tea for 2018. It may be cold outside, but the tearoom is still piping hot. Get your teacups ready for one last afternoon tea of the year. 2019 promises to be a year of upheaval and change and that means lots of inside fashion tea!!

Therapeutic Tea

An executive at a luxury auction house has been caught exploiting the homeless by paying them to dress up in costumes so he can take mocking photos. When called out, the executive in question was unremorseful for his actions and even tried to excuse his behavior. Friendly reminder; the homeless should not be subject of matter for live puppet theatre.

Calming Tea

A former creative director sued a top luxury brand because the luxury brand continued to use his designs for several seasons after his departure. The payout is rumored to be a solid seven figures as they settled out of court.

Tasty Tea

A luxury brand that has become a favorite among hip-hop audiences is known for constantly bragging about brand expansion, but the luxury brand also fails to mention they’ve had a significant amount of store closings. Hmm, this fashion designer has gotten too big for his britches. The brand is working on scaling down as the brand is getting offers for a close to billion-dollar buyout. According to inside sources, the fashion designer doesn’t the buyout offer is large enough!!

Spicy Tea

There is a lot of end-of-the-year tension at a top lifestyle publication where the magazine’s six-figure earning senior editors are getting the boot and being replaced by twenty ‘somethings,’ earning $50,000. These more junior editors have been quite ungrateful to their departing mentors even asking how soon the senior editors are leaving so they can get their respective offices. Bad, bad karma!!

—Kristopher Fraser

New Year’s Eve Essentials 2018 Guide

Christmas may be over, but the holiday season is still in full effect. The mistletoe is still hanging, the city lights are still twinkling as the spirit of fellowship is still in the air. What better way to end the year than being surrounded by those you like and love most at a New Year’s Eve party? While everyone is focused on coordinating their outfits, Fashion Reverie want to make sure you don’t forget the essentials that will make your New Year’s Eve celebration memorable.

The beginning to any good night starts with a good prep. After you’ve showered, you need the right moisturizer to keep your skin fresh and soft. One of the leading brands in skin hydration is Palmer’s. Known for their cocoa and shea butters, the brand also has a line of oils to give you 24-hour moisture. Their Coconut Oil body Oil is free of parabens, sulfates and dyes, and made of natural coconut oil and monoi. Monoi is a South Pacific oil used to protect skin and hair. Made of Tahitian gardenias steeped in coconut oil, monoi helps repair hair damage, increases shine, and delays the signs of aging. Don’t use it just for New Year’s Eve; this is a moisturizer to be enjoyed all year long.

After you’ve prepped your body, you’ve got to prep your face. Dasomi’s Revitalizing White Truffle Mask relies on the antioxidant agents of the rare Italian white truffle to provide nutrition and elasticity to your face. In a spa-like, at-home application process, Dasomi takes you on a three-step journey to fresher skin. First, you get a deep cleansing with their O2 Magic Clear Bubble Cleanser. You then apply the white truffle mask. To finish, you apply the Waterdrop Cream soothing moisturizer. At the end, you are left with a clean, supple, fresh camera-ready face.

Everyone looks forward to that midnight kiss, but no one wants to pucker up to dry lips. Chapstick Total Hydration is a 3-in-1 lip care remedy to keep your chops in check all night long. Their Coconut Hydration formula moisturizes for up to 8 hours, renews your lips’ barrier with Omega-rich botanical oils, and transforms the look of damaged skin into a more youthful appearance.

As the adage goes, you’re never fully dressed without perfume or cologne. Sure, we spray some on before we leave the house, but throughout the night, you may want a touchup to keep the smell romance going. No lady is lugging around a bottle of perfume all night.

The Travalo atomizer is the perfect way to keep a dose of fresh scent on hand. Lightweight and compact, Travalo discreetly fits into your purse or pocket. However, don’t be misled by its’ tiny size; each atomizer can provide up to 75 sprays. Leak proof and glass free, you don’t have to worry about accidental spilling or breaking. This powerful sprayer comes in an array of designs, making it ideal whether for a night on the town or a week traveling abroad.

What’s worse than a dead phone? Not much. We live in a time of continuous connectivity, so a dead battery can bring your world to a crashing halt. Don’t fear; Tzumi is here to save the day (well, night). The PocketJuice Wireless portable charger has 2 built-in USB ports and also works via Qi charging (you can wirelessly charge your Qi-enabled phone by laying it on top of the charger) so you can charge multiple devices at once. With a 10,000 mAh capacity (enough for more than 3 full charges to your smartphone), and an LCD display to monitor how much power is left, you will have enough juice to keep the party going all night long.

No New Year’s Eve party is complete without a toast. Whether you want to have a personal toast by yourself or with a small group, opt for a six-pack of mini Moët champagne bottles. Each bottle has 187 mL, or about a flute and a half. Each bottle also comes with a fancy golden flute topper so you can sip in style. Small little details like this can really up the chic factor of any party.

Coconut water

An important rule to surviving any night on the town is to remember to stay hydrated. Whether from dancing or from drinking, we can become dehydrated and lose a lot of essentials like sodium, potassium, and electrolytes. You should definitely drink water before and throughout the night, but Coconut Water will help also replenish the lost nutrients. While some people opt for sports drinks such as Gatorade, they tend to have more sugars, carbohydrates, and calories than coconut water. 100% all natural, coconut water is Mother Nature’s post-party pick me up.

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Everyone needs to be safe on New Year’s Eve. Some people may overindulge and be in no condition to drive. Thankfully there is a plethora of options to get everyone home safe and sound. Before you head out for the night, download two or three cab apps to your phone. The major ones are Uber, Lyft, Gett, and Curb, but there may be even more options in your town. Be sure to enter and save your home address and credit card information before you head to the party. That way, just in case you’re too intoxicated to get behind the wheel, you already have a back-up plan to get home. Remember, “buzzed driving is drunk driving”, and no one wants to start the New Year with a ticket or a night in jail.The most important item for New Year’s Eve is a good attitude. No matter if you are bringing in the New Year at home, at church, at a house party, or at a club, it is key to walk into the New Year with positive vibes. You can say a prayer, recite a mantra, have a thought, or just flash a smile, but we want you to leave all the negative energy in the old year, and attach yourself to all the positive possibilities of 2019. Fashion Reverie thanks our readers, and all of the love you have shown us in 2018. And we look forward to engaging with you even more in 2019. Happy New Year!

—Carl Ayers

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