Editors’ Picks: 2021 Holiday Travel Gift Guide

With the holidays well on their way, people are planning to travel, whether that be to visit family, or to get away to somewhere festive. This may be the first time you are travelling for the holidays since COVID-19, which means that you may need to purchase appropriate travel items. Look no further because Fashion Reverie has created a guide filled with all the products you may need for your end of the year jaunt.

My Bevi 12 oz. Napa Tumbler 1 piece $15, 2 pieces $25, and 4 pieces $40

These 12 oz. tumblers from My Bevi are the perfect vessels for your holiday beverage of choice. Consider using these on your next holiday outing if you’re strolling through the neighborhood looking at all the Christmas decorations or going to pick out your Christmas tree. The Napa tumblers can keep your beverages hot or cold for hours because they are vacuum insulated and stainless steel. With the splash resistant lid that is straw compatible, these tumblers are the best for any holiday activity.

Nokona Leather Goods: The Nokona Tote™ Walnut Western $425

Everyone needs a tote when travelling, and this tote from Nokona Leather Goods is the perfect one that will last for years to come. Made in the US with Nokona’s signature ball glove leather and lacing cross-stitching detail at the handles, this tote is ideal for carrying all your travel essentials. It can be used as a plane carry-on or to carry necessities that need to be close by while in the car. This tote in Walnut Crunch has enough space plus two interior pockets for anything you may need. The tote is also available for customizable embroidery which is a great way to make the bag even more special.


POPDARTS: The Original POPDARTS Game Set + Carrying Bag $26.99

POPDARTS are the entertaining gift for those people in your life who love to play games even on the go. POPDARTS are a fun and engaging twist on the original dart game and can stick to any smooth surfaces such as countertops, windows, car windshields, and glass doors. This game is a new twist to your traditional family festivities. The set comes with three blue and three green POPDARTS, plus an orange target marker and carrying bag, which makes it super easy to pop into your travel bag. You can easily keep score by accessing the link on the website.


Tocca Wonders Collection Crema Veloce Mini Hand Cream Set $24

This hand cream set from Tocca is a great gift for the person who loves to have soft hands that smell good, even while on the go. The set contains three different hand creams that are 1.5 fl. oz. each which is the perfect size for travelling. Each hand cream is enriched with coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe.

The scents in the set are Giuletta, which has notes of pink tulips, green apple, and vanilla orchid, Florence with notes of bergamot, pear, and gardenia, and Cleopatra with notes of grapefruit, jasmine, and vanilla musk. With three different scents to select from, one is sure to be a favorite.

Robert Piguet Discovery Set $60

For the person in your life who loves fragrances, this new discovery set from Robert Piguet Fragrances is the optimal gift. The set includes five different 2.5 ml scent samplers. The scents includ Fracas with notes of white floral, Casbah with notes of spicy amber; V (formerly Visa) with woody amber notes, Oud Délice also with woody amber notes, and Notes with notes of floral chypre. These scents are packaged small enough to include in your purse wherever the holidays may take you and are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Anatomie Londone Cashmere Relaxed Fit Jogger $398

These cashmere joggers are the sumptuous pant for the jetsetter in your life. Anatomie is known for their luxury travel clothing, and these cashmere joggers are no exception. With a modern relaxed fit and a cozy mid-rise waistband, these joggers are the ultimate match for those who are looking to be comfortable for their next adventure.

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18.21 Man Made Octane 500 Sweet Tobacco Hand & Body Lotion, 16 fl. Oz. $45

This luxuriously lightweight moisturizer is essential for both hand and body. With a sweet tobacco scent, this moisturizer is great for everyday use while on the go. The anti-microbial formula keeps the body fresh and helps lock in moisture, which makes this a great lotion to use after long travel days.

—Phoebe Howard

Editors’ Picks: Celebrities Love These 2021 Holiday Gifts

Holidays can be the best time of the year when we spend a lot of time with our loved ones in a festive and cheerful atmosphere. Fashion Reverie especially loves the part when we all receive gifts! That said, celebrities are just like everybody else—except the lifestyle—and Fashion Reverie decided to come up with some great celebrity-inspired gift ideas.  Here are suggestions for gifts for your loved ones and we totally understand if you keep some for yourself. 

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Lacoste and Novak Djokovic 

Two legendary names come together, and this is a collaboration perfect for any generation since it is comfy and perfect for sporty types or those that like to simply show off their Tournament Collection: Designed for Performance. Lacoste shared on their website that they are proud to walk hand in hand with Novak Djokovic in his tennis matches. The collection is developed by and for the champion. Breathable, ultra-dry, stretch, technical jersey tennis wear enhances all his movements. A wardrobe that combines technicality and elegance.

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The Crème Shop

You must have someone obsessed with K-Pop, Korean beauty products or simply celebrities for. Founded by Korean immigrants Christina and Lawrence Kim, The Crème Shop was created as a means for following the “American Dream,” with the goal of bringing innovative and quality beauty products and traditions of the East to the Western world.

In the 20+ years since its start, The Crème Shop has become a globally loved and recognized beauty and wellness brand. With eclectic and whimsical designs, the products themselves are made with exceptional ingredients curated from all over the world to craft high-quality products at an approachable price point. Ensuring that they do their part in sustainability and clean living, the brand uses environmentally friendly alternatives. Naturally lots of celebrities are big fans of this brand: Iggy Azalea, Ember Johnson, Bretman Rock and many others. Want to have celebrity-like skin, now you know how. 

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Fleur’d Pins

Handcrafted in New York City from the finest fabrics to the most luxurious leathers and exotic skins, Fleur’d Pins propels the lineage of the boutonnière into the 21st century. Founded in 2015 by New York City photographer Andrew Werner, Fleur’d Pins are the ultimate lapel flowers on the market.  Our latest favorite is the Champagne Leather Ella Rose and celebrities like Tom Hanks love to leave a stylish impression by wearing a festive red fleur ideal for the holidays! 

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KmXtend Hair 

Now with all the holiday parties and looks you or your friends like to look red-carpet ready. One of the celebrities best kept good hair day secret are hair extensions and long lashes. Fashion Reverie found out that KmXtend Hair has been tried and loved by many celebs including Paris Hilton, Vanessa Hudgens, and Addison Rae. It is a cosmetologist created hair and eyelash extension line. KmXtend’s use of 100 percent human hair, keratin tips, and quality tape alongside their dedication to high caliber workmanship ensures that every piece of hair meets the highest of standards in the hair care industry. It is the company’s goal to empower women to feel confident and beautiful with premium hair pieces while still providing affordable prices to their consumers, so it makes a perfect gift this holiday season. 

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LITTIL 

Don’t we all wonder how our favorite celebs look so perfect in their videos or on their photos? Well, it is all about the lighting.  LITTIL is a product line of luxury, influencer and celebrity-approved LED lights, ranging from a mini clip for your phone to a full standing ring light for your office.

With high powered lights and different settings to control the brightness level, LITTIL’s range of lighting is perfect to brighten up your selfie, video, zoom or group shot! Founded by Maricia Magana, a social media influencer with a background in celebrity social media, LITTIL is a company that produces amazing products that are small, simple to use and help make every aspect of your life better. Some fans of the brand are Jessica Alba, Kyle Richards, Teresa Guidice, Dorinda Medley, Lauryn Bosstick, Ali Webb, and many more.

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Initial Necklaces

Lots of our readers are fans of “Sex and the City,” and now “And Just Like That.” Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw inspired styles of many and one of the items that is making a comeback, name necklace. Fashion Reverie thought getting one as a customized gift for your loved ones is a perfect idea.  Go to Etsy and look for great options by Initial Necklaces. 

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Giuliana Prosecco

Giuliana Rancic whom we know as a TV host has always enjoyed a glass of Prosecco, so she was inspired to partner with some of the top winemakers in the industry to create Giuliana Prosecco. A bottle is always a welcome gift in most families especially if from a red-carpet style expert of Italian descent. 

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Doan’s Bakery Coconut Bundt Cake 

It is a holiday season so Fashion Reverie can spoil you a little but just enough to be able to get into your favorite outfits. Have you heard of the famous Coconut cake Tom Cruise sends out every year? Kirsten Dunst, Renée Zellweger, Angela Bassett, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon and many others love talking about being on his cake list. Truth is there is a wait list so you might want to secure your order for the next season. 

—Tijana Ibrahimovic

Editor’s Picks: Fashion Reverie’s 2021 Women’s Holiday Gift Guide

As the smoky coldness of winter chills the air, Christmas lights illuminate frost-covered grass in ruby and emerald hues, fireplaces crackle through the night, and gift-givers look for presents that will make the receiver feel as warmly loved as the hot cocoa between their palms. After yet another difficult year, it is important for many to show affection and appreciation for those in their life. Women and men alike want gifts that show that a loved one notices what they like and what makes them happy. Fashion Reverie has curated the perfect gift guide for all women, but especially those who love all things fashion, beauty, and interior design! Many gift ideas are based on top trends in women’s fashion and beauty throughout the year that the woman in your life is likely to love, while others are more sentimental and customizable!

Self-Care and Beauty

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Wintry Spa Night Bundle

As we have been mostly staying at home for a little over a year now, most women have been swapping makeup purchases for skincare purchases. During the holidays, a woman wants to feel pampered, and there is nothing better than trying out a new skincare routine for the face and body. Ouai is a brand that gained a huge amount of popularity this past year with women raving about their hair and beauty products. The brand was created by Jen Atkin, a celebrity hairstylist for the likes of the Kardashians and Chrissy Teigen, who wanted to use her expertise in the industry to create a beauty brand.

While Ouai is best known for its hair products, Fashion Reverie suggests the brand’s “bare necessities” body care gift set featuring “chill pill” bath bombs, a hydrating body cleanser, and an exfoliating brush perfect for a soothing winter spa night! For a post-spa treatment, Fashion Reverie recommends gifting “The Before Bed 3-Piece PM Essentials Set” by Fenty Skin, made by Rihanna. The set features a pore-refining toner, overnight gel cream, and lip balm for the perfect luscious end to a self-care night!

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At-Home Salon Blowout

Over the pandemic, many women have had to be innovative with their hair at home. One huge trend this past year has been to create salon level blowout hair at home. For an extremely luxurious gift,  get the Dyson Airwrap, a 3-time winner of Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Award! The hair tool is multi-functional as allows women to curl hair, straighten hair, add volume, and smooth with several available attachments It is sure to make the woman in your life feel even more beautiful than she already is! For a less expensive alternative,  we recommend CHI’s “Volcanic Lava Ceramic Pro Spin N Curl” at a mid-level price or CHI’s “Spin & Curl Ceramic Rotating Curler” at the lowest price level!

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A Signature Scent

Most women yearn for a signature perfume that reflects a unique blend of all of their favorite scents. For an extremely thoughtful gift, take note of all the scents that the woman in your life loves. Some women like classic floral and citrus scents while others like deep woody or spicy scents.

 Pay attention to the candles a woman buys or the smells she comments on when you two are together. Use that info to triangulate on a signature scent that she will be sure to covet. Byredo is a Stockholm-based perfume brand that is focused on the deep-seated connection between emotions and scents. A cult favorite is “Gypsy Water” which is described as a scent that “awakens a dream of a colorful lifestyle made of innate nomadism with woody notes of pine needle and sandalwood associated with intense amber and fresh citrus evoke the fever of gypsy nights spent in the forest.” The scent interlaces bergamot, juniper berries, lemon, and pepper with pine needle, orris, amber, sandalwood, and vanilla for a deep scent perfect for the heart of winter. To sample scents to choose the perfect signature piece, purchase the Byredo Discovery Set which includes rollers of six popular fragrances—Bal d’Afrique, Blanche, Gypsy Water, Bibliothèque, Mojave Ghost, and Rose of No Man’s Land!

Interior Design

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Warm Winter Nights Inside

For many cold nights inside by the fireplace, Fashion Reverie recommends a faux fur heated blanket that offers a calm night and a fashionable touch to any living room or bedroom. A weighted blanket is a thoughtful gift because it reduces anxiety and aids sleep-—two assets both men and women are likely to need after this year. A weighted blanket feels like a warm hug, and any woman is likely to love one as a gift- especially one that doubles as an interior design statement!

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Bring the Museum Home with Sculptural Candles

Women often love candles, especially during the winter season, but instead of giving an ordinary candle, Fashion Reverie recommends a candle that also functions as a sculpture. Anais Candle is a luxury interior design brand known for creating candles that are also gorgeous statement pieces. Bring the MET Museum home with the “Anais Greek Sculpture Present Set,” with a bundle of sculptural candles created by New York local artists. The set includes five candles—a Venus sculpture, a Greek bust, an “amour” candle, and two Roman columns! There are also a variety of sculptural candles available on Etsy.com, so you can treasure hunt for the one that best suits a woman’s interior design tastes!

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A Floral Arrangement That Lasts

If you are in search of a sentimental gift for a significant other, you can never go wrong with flowers! Venus Et Fleur creates floral arrangements with a variety of roses that could last up to a year. The brand’s arrangements are most popular for their long-lasting quality, but they are also well-known for being extremely chic-looking to suit any home as the roses are lined up perfectly in gorgeous Parisian looking hat boxes.

For the most thoughtful floral gift, Fashion Reverie recommends designing your own arrangement by choosing a hat box shape, arrangement style, rose colors, and writing a personalized note! This is the perfect classic gift that a woman is guaranteed to love it, but it is also unique enough to show thoughtfulness!

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Aesthetically Pleasing Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books are always a great gift for women especially if they are picked carefully to show a woman that you are paying attention to her interests and passions. This is Fashion Reverie, so of course we are going to recommend fashion books, however there are plenty of gorgeous books in other categories! The best thing about coffee table books is that many, in fashion especially, are a part of a series of books that women can look forward to collecting and adding to their growing bookshelf. One book set we recommend is the “Little Guides to Style” set featuring Chanel, Dior, Gucci, and Prada. Each book features images of celebrated designs from each house along with text about the designers behind each brand. Other books we love are “The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion,” and “Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography.”

 

Fashion and Accessories

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All Things Faux Fur!

One of the most prominent fashion trends this past year has been covering everything in faux fur from head to toe! This trend became most prominent as celebrities from Gigi Hadid to Rihanna wore floppy Emma Brewin faux fur hats all year round on the cover of Vogue to the streets of New York. Brands of all price levels from Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, and Marni to Coach, GCDS, and Nike have been covering their fashion pieces in faux fur. For the ultimate trendy gift set, GCDS created a “Fur Lover Gift Box” featuring a bucket hat, the Daily hobo bag and a pair of slippers in their black and white logo. While faux fur is now accepted all year long, this is the perfect set for Christmas to remain fashionable as we move into the frigid temperatures of January and February!

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A Nostalgic Gift

On the same GCDS note, the brand came out with a Bratz collaboration collection on December 1st, taking Gen Z and Millenials back to Christmas mornings in the 90s and 2000s filled with Bratz and Barbie dolls. Who said women still can’t enjoy their childhood? The GCDS collection features two high fashion Bratz dolls adorned in GCDS faux furs, rhinestone body jewelry, and cowboy boots along with rhinestone sweatshirts, mini dresses, socks, bras, and boxer shorts! Fashion Reverie recommends the GCDS x Bratz Drop Earrings, gorgeous golden medallions that offer a throwback while still being sophisticated.

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A Twist on Classic Jewelry with Swarovski

For the women who are not necessarily looking for a nostalgic piece, Swarovski jewelry is the best option for gorgeous high fashion accessories. One Swarovski piece that catches our eye is the brand’s Millenia Crystal Clip that is available as an ear cuff or single clip earring. Both styles covered Harry Styles’ ear on November’s cover of DAZED to unveil his new brand. There are also plenty of other equally gorgeous options on Swarovski’s website to find the perfect statement jewelry piece for the woman in your life!

Comfort, But Make it Fashionable!

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It is very likely that you know a woman who has practically been in her pajamas every single day this year, and Fashion Reverie has the perfect gift for her! Hanifa is a brand dedicated to producing luxurious pieces with bold colors and unique textures. The brand’s Miya Knit Cardigan Dress is as fashionable as it is comfortable with many fashion editors like Elaine Welteroth pairing it with knee-high pointed toe boots to elevate the piece.

Fringed knit hangs from the hem of the dress which is a major fashion trend this past year made popular by Bottega Veneta’s gorgeous shearling yellow fringe coat seen on Hailey Bieber and Rihanna. Hanifa’s cardigan dress comes in eight different luxurious shades—red, heather gray, purple, denim blue, emerald, black, orange, and mustard. Fashion Reverie recommends bundling this gift with a beautiful pair of cashmere socks from Naked Cashmere to round out the look!

Wild West Meets Christmas

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If there is one fashion trend this year that is here to stay for a while it is the craze for fashionable cowboy boots! The western look is especially popular right now (as evidenced by the fringed pieces in our gift guide) and has been worn by Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Hailey Bieber among many other celebrities. While Fashion Reverie knows that cowboy boots may not be to everyone’s taste, there are a variety of different Western style boots for any woman. Lidia Sophia on Etsy designs cowboy boots for women that come in all different styles from chic to punk. Fashion Reverie recommends the “Cowboy Western Black Boots” for a high fashion bold look with the pointed toe, silver hardware chain details, and handle calf. We highly recommend shopping the whole Etsy page to find the perfect pair!

—Tessa Swantek

Editors’ Pick: HEAD Sportswear x Lindsey Vonn Legacy Collection

In case you are not aware, the Winter Olympics are about two months away. Hard to believe, right?

Remember, with the Winter Olympics on the horizon and cooler temperatures ever present, now is the right time to update the winter wardrobe. And why can’t your winter outerwear look chic and sexy.

Fashion Reverie has a great outerwear pick for you!! If you love a 1970s design aesthetic and bold color, HEAD sportswear collaborates with Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn for their collaborative effort, HEAD Sportswear x Lindsey Vonn’s Legacy collection.

The inspiration for this collection comes from Vonn’s love of oversized 70s jacket and skintight pants. Key pieces include voluminous down jackets and vests combined with skin-tight jet pants and stirrup pants.

Fusing Lindsey’s style and substance, the stunning silhouettes match the iconic racer’s lines that propelled her to 82 World Cup victories and an Olympic gold medal. The innovative materials and unparalleled workmanship make this collection pure perfection. Together, this cool collaboration blends high-tech materials, and sophistication—the perfect fusion of fashion and function.

“The cornerstone of the brand is always sport. But with the Legacy Line, we want to offer a more fashionable approach to HEAD Sportswear that still reflects the brand DNA with highly functional fabrics. In Lindsey Vonn we have found the ideal partner for the Legacy Line. A fascinating skier and extremely stylish athlete at the same time, who in 2017, 2018, and 2019 was among the ‘Fashionable 50’ of Sports Illustrated magazine, the American embodies the two worlds of sport and fashion perfectly”. Roman Stepek, Vice President Global Head Sportswear.

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So, whether you want to look great on the slopes or turn heads in your burb or streets, the HEAD Sportswear x Lindsey Vonn Legacy collection will demonstrate your verve and chic style.

—Staff

Editors’ Picks’: 2021 Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales!

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2021 has been one crazy year and the holiday season may line up to be just as unusual. Due to bottlenecks in production lines and difficulty with the mail, Fashion Reverie strongly suggests you take advantage of this year’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales and get all of your holiday shopping done well in advance. Thanks to this curated list of amazing bargains, you’ll find anything and everything you could possibly need for the friends and family on your list, and maybe you’ll snag a few treats for yourself.

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NET-A-PORTER

Get excited, this is a big one. NET-A-PORTER offers high end designer fashion and beauty from all the major brands on the planet. On Friday Nov 26th, they will be having a sale. They have been a bit cagey about specifically what will be on sale, but if we go by last year’s Black Friday, there was 50% off sitewide!

Create your account and start picking out your likes NOW. It’s easy to get lost scrolling and clicking and once a piece is gone, it is GONE!! We are talking about discounts of hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars, depending on what you buy. Brace yourself.

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Prose Haircare

Available on Black Friday, Prose, the customizable hair care company, has an offer for new customers. Up to $10 off when customers subscribe and purchase three or more of the brand’s products. Get the hair you deserve for those holiday photos and start the new year with a mane to be proud of.

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MAC Cosmetics

Ah MAC, with all their legendary colors and drag queen tie-ins, you know you love them. Get ready to stock up on all your favorites, just in time for the holidays. And maybe buy a gift for someone else if you feel like it.  From November 25 to November 30, take 40% off face and foundation products. 30% off everything else both in store and sitewide.

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Macy’s

Is it even the holidays without Macy’s? As soon as their legendary Thanksgiving Day parade ends the planning for Black Friday begins! Except a preview sale is going on RIGHT NOW. Of course, there are thousands of items to choose from. Macy’s Black Friday 2021 sale starts on November 23 and ends November 27. There are deals on top name beauty brands, gift sets, food items and everything else from small kitchen appliances to home decor, toys, and clothing.

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Nordstorm

Woo hoo! If you ever wanted to set up a Nordstrom account, NOW is the time to do it. Make sure your wish list is full. This year, Nordstrom started its Black Friday sale earlier than ever. Fashion from Ganni, Reformation, and more is already up to 40 percent off. On November 19, Nordstrom marked down additional styles, followed by discounts of up to 50 percent off beginning November 27.

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Amika

Have you thought about updating all your hair and makeup tools? Now is your chance to do it for less, at Amika’s Black Friday Sale. Customers will receive up to 25% off their purchases of $75 or more, or 30 percent off their purchases of $100 or more. Of course, don’t forget about their amazing hair care products and their quiz to help you find the perfect items for your hair.

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Modcloth

Looking for something truly unique for your company’s holiday party? Or a crazy gift for Secret Santa? Modcloth doesn’t just carry great clothes, they also have fun gifts, stuff for the kitchen, and awesome shoes. Fashion Reverie loves their Prince, Golden Girls, and Dolly Parton jigsaw puzzles. Use code FRIDAY40 at checkout for 40% off sitewide starting on Nov 20th with new doorbuster deals added every day.

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Nest New York

You’ve got company coming and it’s the holidays. Your home needs to smell good. It’s the perfect time to invest in some yummy smelling candles or some delicious perfume. From November 23rd to November29th you can snag something delightfully aromatic for 25% off sitewide and expect a free Classic Bamboo candle on any purchase over $200.

 

 —Cameron Grey Rose

Editors’ Picks: The Fashionable Home Workout

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Believe it or not, a few good things came out of the pandemic (which is still not over—get vaccinated and be safe, gentle readers). Many of us are still working from home and may do so permanently (at least on a part-time basis). Still others are realizing that a daily trip to gym wasn’t as necessary as we thought. Not only can working out at home be effective, but it also robs us of excuses.  No one can say traffic held them up or they were worried about the weather. With on-demand and live streaming, we can work out whenever we want to a previously recorded video or with live instruction and feel part of a community.

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, and we might—emphasis on the word might—have to go into another lockdown, Fashion Reverie has curated a fun list of everything you’ll need to create a functional and convenient home gym. Time to work off those pandemic pounds while getting fit and strong and remaining ridiculously chic.

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AArmy

Looking for a tough, and I mean TOUGH, online workout? AArmy provides a huge assortment of really intense and effective at-home fitness routines. A subscription costs $35 a month, or $350 a year, offering access to a full digital library, including live sessions with AArmy trainers, with 20 new practice sessions uploaded every week.  AArmy celebrity clients include Karlie Kloss and Beyonce. And they offer some amazing gear. Their zipper bras are a huge bestseller for their comfort and functionality.

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Forme Athletic Clothes

Are you looking for workout clothes developed by scientists to be beneficial to your entire body? From leggings designed to align your spine to sports bras created to improve your posture, scientific evidence and rigorous methods are at the core of Forme’s innovative process to create sports gear designed to improve your overall health. Your mother was correct, posture is EVERYTHING. Proper posture not only sends a message that you are confident in yourself, but it can also improve your health. The fact that the clothes are cute and functional as workout wear is yet another bonus.

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AbhineKrafts

Everybody needs a good yoga mat. There are so many companies selling yoga mats  but Fashion Reverie recommends AbhineKrafts available on Etsy! Not only are the mats beautiful and functional, they are created using eco-friendly materials harvested using sustainable methods. They also have accessories, blankets, clothes and so much more. Check out the rave reviews talking about fast shipping and easy returns.

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Nomadix Towels

At the end of a tough workout, you need a good towel. Too bad Nomadix towels aren’t good towels—because they are AMAZING! They’ll be a great addition to your home workout, but also perfect for adventure and travel. Super absorbent, despite being thinner than an average towel (great for packing), they dry quickly and are ridiculously soft. They are also made from post-consumer plastic bottles (how?) and the company is committed to being eco-friendly and sustainable. If that wasn’t enough—is there any pleasing you, gentle reader? Nomadix towels come in a huge variety of fun and beautiful prints. Prints because the company does not believe in using dyes.

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NewMe Fitness Workout Cards

One big problem with at-home workouts is when you find a workout that’s ‘easy’ for you, you stick with it. This leads to the problem of not challenging yourself. Or you get bored doing the same thing over and over and start coming up with excuses to skip workouts. But if you can’t afford live workouts, what can you do? Easily affordable NewMe Fitness Workout cards is a fun way to mix and match new exercises while making sure you never get bored. Designed for beginners, to minimize the possibility of injury, you can create dozens of different workout plans.

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Good American

Looking for some affordable, high quality, fashionable, flattering size-inclusive workout clothes? Of course; that’s what everyone is looking for. Good American has a huge line of awesome clothes that go all the way up to size 24. Fun, bright, and comfortable, they can easily be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe. If the name “Good American” sounds familiar, brand ambassador Khloe Kardashian’s commercial for the line was removed rejected from tv for being “too racy.”

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Foam Roller

If you’re going to be working out at home, it’s important that you have the right tools to avoid injury and relieve pain. Spiked massagers may seem extreme to the beginner, but you too can do this safe, effective, self-massaging technique in your own home.  The cylinder uses bumps to softly soothe your soft tissue, stretching short muscle fibers, and break up harmful lactic acid build ups. Sport massages and acupuncture sessions are pricey but even high-end foam rollers are less than $30. And who can put a price on a lack of pain?

 

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Pilates Ball

Pilates Ball is another inexpensive piece of equipment no home gym is complete without! Using a stability ball will improve the strength of your abs and lower back. Since a yoga ball is unstable, you have to use your body’s core strength to remain balanced, which in turn improves balance, flexibility and body alignment. And you use it while watching TV, sitting at desk, just about any time. Most come with air pumps for easy inflation.

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The Ness Digital Workouts

Are you looking for a challenging low impact workout for beginners? The Ness is exactly what you are looking for. The workouts offer beat-based trampoline cardio and muscle sculpting on a digital platform. The program counts Kelly Ripa, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Eva Longoria as fans. By incorporating a lot of fun and charismatic workout instructors, these routines will quickly become something you WANT to do, not something you make excuses to avoid. 

—Cameron Grey Rose

Editors’ Pick: Harbison X Banana Republic

Thomas Wolfe’s 1940 posthumously published novel “You Can’t Go Home Again” is about a successful author who returns to his hometown in North Carolina to face angered residents who don’t appreciate how they have been portrayed in his successful novel. Unhappy about his reception in his hometown, the author, George Webber, searches for his identity first in New York City and later in various European cities. Finally, he returns to the America, ultimately finding his true self.

The title of the book “You Can’t Go Home Again” has become a much-used adage reflecting on the fact that we romanticize people, places, and situations. And when we return to things of the past, the reality sometimes pales in comparison to the truth. In other words, you cannot go home again.

Well, that much-used adage does not apply to Charles Harbison. Like the main character in Wolfe’s novel, Harbison is also a North Carolina native; however, his return is to fashion roots in New York City after moving a few years ago to the City of Angels. And unlike George Webber, Harbison return to his fashion roots has been met with great praise and adulation.

Harbison’s re-appearance in the Big Apple is primarily due to his recent limited-edition fashion collaboration with Banana Republic. A retail store he worked at while an architecture student at North Carolina State University.

Harbison’s 18-piece collection for Banana Republic features two-piece utilitarian suits, puff-sleeve tops, belted miniskirts, and day dresses. All created with Harbison’s special style and nuance, combining minimalism with an emphasis on silhouette and great fit.

This collection grew out of Harbison reflection of the female members of family, who he was not able to see because of the pandemic and the pioneering efforts of black women. As a sportswear designer of color, Harbison like so many African American designers in the past and current are often not given their rightful due, especially when they use black culture as the centerpiece and bedrock of their collections.

Harbison established his brand, Harbison Studio, in New York City in 2013. (Fashion Reverie was one of the first publications to review Harbison’s runways shows and he has been a great friend to Fashion Reverie.) In the first iteration of his eponymous brand, Harbison dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, Solange Knowles, and Beyoncé.

Reflecting on his brand, Harbison details, “I was really carving out a brand identity that was reflective of this chic, modernist aesthetic but also rooted in themes that were important to me like racial and gender equity, queer affirmation, discussions around class and the Earth.” Though Charles Harbison believes he was a little ahead of the time by discussing class, race, and diversity through his collections—Fashion Reverie disagrees—there was never any doubt of his great talent.

All images courtesy of Banana Republic

This time around with his return to the New York fashion scene, first showing his current collection at Harlem Fashion Row during New York Fashion Week, and now with his collaboration with Banana Republic, Charles Harbison believes he is better situated to expand his brand. “Coming back into the fashion conversation, it’s exciting because I feel like we’re primed now to have discussions in a more open way through product,” he says. “It’s really an exciting time to be back.” And Charles New York City is glad to have you back, even if you are living in LA.

Harbison x Banana Republic is not available online and in Banana Republic stores.

—William S. Gooch

Editors’ Pick: New Cozy-Meets-Cute Rompers for Fall from Smash + Tess

With cooler temperatures drawing near, consumers may be excited to pull out their warm and comfy clothes and put away their summer dresses. And if you are still working from home, as most of us still are, comfort is key. Look no further than Smash + Tess. The new ‘cozy-meets-cute’ rompers guarantee that you are stylish while still being comfortable.

All products from Smash + Tess are designed in Vancouver, Canada and produced within North America. The company was started by a mother and daughter (Teresa and Ashley Freeborn) and the daughter’s best friends. Together they have created a clothing line that contains comfortable and stylish pieces that can be worn during any season and at almost jointure of your day. At Smash + Tess it is important that they make ethically produced clothing for everybody, so that people of all sizes feel celebrated while wearing their clothes. Smash + Tess have also collaborated with many causes that resonate with them including WHO COVID-19 Global Response Fund, NAACP, and Alliance of Moms.

The new fall 2021 pieces from Smash + Tess revolve around a classic fall color palette that involves jewel tones. The Monday romper should be your go-to when battling a case of Mondays. In the color ultramarine, this style is sure to be a go-to when braving your least favorite day of week. The Friday romper, that is now available in bold burgundy, is the perfect foundation when adding on layers to brave the cooler temperatures. It is your decision whether those layers include a cozy cardigan and fluffy socks, or boots and a beautiful coat.

Images courtesy of Nine Point Agency

Now available in midnight black and winter cream, the Aria romper with its V-neck, short sleeves, and cute cuffed legs is a great piece for easing in to fall when the season is temperate. The last piece of the release, the Romperalls, are featured in a French terry fabric in blue tartan plaid. These Romperalls take inspiration from the 90’s which is a trend that is sure to be popular this fall.

Any romper from Smash + Tess is guaranteed to make the transition to autumn easy and comfortable. With a variety to choose from, you are sure to find a style that works for you. The new fall collection is now available to shop on the Smash + Tess website.

—Phoebe Howard

Editors’ Pick: Fall 2021 Back to School and Back to the Office Essentials

Slowly, but surely, the world seems like we’re getting to some semblance of a new normal. Yes, we are still in a pandemic (we’re up to 13 COVID-19 variants across the globe). But schools and businesses are beginning to retract from learning and working from home, and bringing people back to campuses and offices. That means a lot of us have to ditch the everyday shorts, sweats, and tees we’ve worn for the past year, readjust to having a daily commute, and prepare ourselves for the daily grind of in-person interaction. But as we always preach here at Fashion Reverie, whatever you do and where ever you go, do it with style. So with that in mind, we’ve assembled an assortment of essential items to help you reacclimate to the outside world.

Conscious consumerism is a leading sustainability trend and everyone should be helping preserve planet Earth. Whether it’s by reducing waste or by upcycling already made materials, we all have to do our part. One brand that is leading the charge is Nike. Nike’s “Move to Zero” campaign is their “journey toward zero carbon and zero waste to help protect the future of sport.” The brand has released a number of their classic silhouettes reimagined with at least 20 percent recycled content by weight, including recycled cork and recycled poly-canvas, and designed with natural plant dye. Now you can walk across campus or the office while being style conscious and eco-friendly.

As we start heading back to the office and college campuses, we have to adjust getting back into the groove of things. No more two-minute treks from the bedroom to the living room to start our day. Now, we must be alert and face a considerable commute early in the morning. Some of us are coffee people. Some of us need an extra pick me up. The hand-operated (no batteries needed) Nanopresso portable espresso maker will provide you that extra jolt on the go. Simply add one serving of ground coffee or a Nespresso capsule into the container, add hot water, pressurize the container by pumping several times, then enjoy your brown nectar of the gods!

It seems almost everyone is now focusing on their facial skincare. Maybe it’s in response to developing “maskne” during the pandemic, but there is certainly an uptick in new facial products and regimens. But what is new to some has been a long-time practice for others. Sure, you can purchase expensive cremes and serums from companies that have just popped up out of the blue. Or you can turn to brands that are tried and true, like Amway. Yes, that right, Amway.

There’s a reason Amway is a multi-billion-dollar company, annually. They provide quality products that people need and want at an affordable price. Their Artistry Skin Nutrition line is a range of beauty and skincare products that rival the latest celebrity-hyped brands. From cleansers and toners to masks and moisturizers, Amway’s Artistry line provides customers with quality products at cost-conscious prices.

Sometimes, you want your style to be subtle. Other times, you want to noticeably stand out from the crowd. Enter Sprayground, the apparel and accessories brand that’s been giving us the best of both worlds for over a decade.

Sprayground is globally renowned for its flashy and colorful backpacks and duffle bags. But the company also provides more toned-down but equally eye-catching carryalls that work for a more reserved lifestyle. On top of that, they offer an array of shirts, shorts, jackets, accessories. This fun brand isn’t just for the young, but for the young at heart. With an ever-changing assortment of options, you’ll always be able to find a new purchase to add to your collection.

Too often, our schedules get the best of us. We get so bogged down in our work that we often forget to take a break and refuel, and don’t realize anything is wrong until we’re hungry! Honey Stinger has an array of products that combine honey, carbohydrates, proteins, and electrolytes to help you prepare for, perform, and recover from physical activities. Honey Stinger products are a go-to energy source for athletes, and their waffles are also great as a snack to get through the mid-afternoon slump. Keep a few in your desk, briefcase or gym bag, and you’ll always have fuel on hand to battle the day.

Every stylish person wants to know who the great up and coming designers are. Well Daily Paper is the next big thing! Daily Paper is an Amsterdam-based fashion and lifestyle brand, which began as a blog, is fueled by the rich heritage of African culture wrapped in contemporary designs. Daily Paper is one of the fastest growing fashion brands out of Europe. They create two collections a year, focusing on both men and womenswear, in which they offer timeless designs across accessories, ready to wear and a range of capsules across the season.

As vaccination rates increase, mask wearing is starting to decrease. That means more people are face to face once more, barrier free, able to be assaulted by … bad breath. NO ONE likes bad breath—it’s a crime against humanity. Make sure you don’t assault people in close proximity by using TheraBreath oral rinse. Halitosis (bad breath) may be caused by a number of reasons, and these 24-hour mouthwashes are 100% guaranteed to relieve symptoms of bad breath or you get your money back! TheraBreath even created different formulas to promote healthy gums, whiten teeth, attend to dry mouth, and fight cavities. Safe enough for kids, yet strong enough for adults, TheraBreath oral rinses are the no-nonsense fog mouth fighters that everyone needs.

All images are courtesy of their respective brands

Not everyone is ready to forego their masks just yet. With the onslaught of the COVID-19 Delta variant, even those who are vaccinated don’t want to take any chances. So, if you still plan to wear a mask until we’re given the all clear, you should do it in style, of course. During the Tokyo Olympics, we saw Team USA donning the Nike Venturer performance face mask. Designed for use during athletic activity, it has a built in nose cushion and chin insert to keep it in place, and it is constructed for optimal breathability. Now you can own a small piece of Team USA paraphernalia, show your support for our Olympians and Paralympians, and keep yourself and others safe all at the same time.

—Carl Ayers

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