Editors’ Picks: Gifts for Your Favorite Jetsetter Who Can’t Wait to Pack Their Bags, Again

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Everybody knows someone who after being stuck home for months, can’t wait to travel.  This holiday season, more than ever, people are dreaming of their next vacation and suffering a severe case of wanderlust.

If you have a niece dreaming of white sand beaches, a friend ready for a road trip or a spouse constantly scouring the internet for an Air BnB, this gift guide is for you! Just remember, we are in the midst of a COVID-19 second wave, so you and your family’s health is importance. If you must travel, take all the necessary safety precautions!!

Stocking Stuffer to Combat Puffy Eyes

Milk Makeup Cooling Water is the answer, this TSA-approved gel stick swipes on easily to depuff tired eyes.  Thanks to a combination of caffeine and seawater, even after a red-eye flight your favorite traveler can look hydrated, cool and refreshed.  Easy to store in a pocket, purse or carry-on, this vegan and cruelty-free product feels nice and cool and will easily become a must-have for every trip.

Tiny Eyeshadows in Stunning Shades for Your BFF

Caja’s beauty bento bouncy matte and shimmer eyeshadow trio is an adorable eyeshadow stack.  A great alternative to a bigger palette, these trios feature shades that can be all worn together for one complete look, or on their own for something a bit tamer. Cruelty-free and free of sulfates and parabens, these trendy shades can easily improve your beauty look in no time.

A Travel Brush Made for Thick Hair

Olivia Garden on the go folding brush is a strong and durable compact brush equipped with a special blend of ionic and 100% boar bristles.  Unlike most ‘travel brushes,’ this one unfolds to become a full-sized brush.   Its scalp hugging shape makes it ideal for detangling and allows for greater comfort and superior styling control.

For the Business Traveler on the Go

Eddie Bauer Departure Blazer feels just like a sports jacket but looks like a more formal blazer. Made from a moisture-wicking fabric, which gives it that sportswear feels, this blazer features a beautiful collar and a single button.  Pair it with jeans for a laid-back or business casual vibe or a pair of matching trousers.  The blazer is comfortable enough to wear while in transit and can take you straight from the airport to sight-seeing and hiking, or for meeting colleagues.  It really is a great all-in-one closet staple.

The Beauty Junkie All About Foundation

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer is a major space saver.  With its HD, oil-free, matte foundation and a creamy full coverage concealer hidden underneath the lid, it’s the perfect minimalist beauty product for someone who’s not really into minimalism.  As always, Stila features a silky finish that covers up flaws and imperfections without feeling like you’re wearing a face full of makeup.  This is the perfect all-in-one complexion fixer.

A Gift for The Snow Bunny Who Can Never Decide

Eddie Bauer Ignite light stretch reversible outerwear is made of breathable fabric that regulates temperature, and truly keeps you warm.  One side is a puffer coat look, which comes in beautiful colors like powder blue and includes three zipper pockets. 

Perfect for hitting the slopes or walking around town as it’s still very thin and fitted.  The other side is a casual dark gray with pockets that don’t zip ideal to mix it up a bit. With flattering stitching to nip you in at the waist and a nice stretch on the sleeves, this is a wonderful coat for the traveler who hates to limit their outwear options.

For the Apple Obsessed Traveler

Eggtronic power bar can charge any USB-C device making it ideal for an iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, and MacBook.  Roughly the size of a standard remote control, this charging bar works as both a charger and a power bank, for extra battery life when you’re on the go. It can charge items super quickly, either wirelessly or by plugging them into the bar. The perfect gift for travelers wary of public outlets for fear of someone stealing their sensitive information from their phone, or who simply hate the free outlet hunt. It’s also especially great for families because you can charge multiple devices at once, up to 4, meaning no one will be fighting over the charger!

The Eco-Conscious Explorer

Nanobag’s original bags and Nanopack are ultra-tiny, foldable, water resistant, reusable bags and backpacks.  When folded up they’re both smaller than a tea bag and just as lightweight.  They’re great for taking on a hike or to the beach.  Nanobag and Nanopack are also perfect if you happen to pick up too many souvenirs while on your trip, especially now with plastic bag bans.  They come in an array of pretty colors, but they’ll instantly become a favorite because of their size and durability.
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Pro-Spin Sports, the Portable All-in-one Table Tennis set, is the perfect way to enjoy a little fun on the go!  Amazing for bringing fun to grandma’s house or a rental property.  This light-weight portable net expands up to 72” and clamps onto tables up to 2” thick turning any table into a ping pong table (without damaging your table!)  The set comes in a convenient carrying case with everything you need to play; the net, paddles and balls.  You’ll be sure everyone will be looking up from their phones and enjoying a little healthy competition together.

—Janine Silver

Editors’ Picks: Fashion Reverie’s 2020 Black Friday/Cyber Monday Roundup

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The holidays are coming!

Like everything else in 2020, this holiday season will be remarkably different from any we’ve experienced before.  The Macy’s Thanksgiving parade won’t happen this year. New York’s Mayor Bill De Blasio is pleading with people not to travel or gather in groups larger than 10 as COVID-19 cases surge.

Wait a minute that means no Black Friday blowout sales? No fistfights with total strangers over a flatscreen TV or getting trampled for the latest iPhone! We’ve spent most of this year online for work, for socialization, and now for holiday shopping.

But vendors are responding! Fashion Reverie has compiled a plethora of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals available online at every price point for all your shopping needs.  Make sure you place your orders early as the pandemic has created slowdowns for the US mail on top of the normal holiday slowdown that’s to be expected every December.

Now make yourself a sandwich with the leftover turkey, pour whatever wine is still in the house, get your credit card and let’s do some shopping!!

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Pandora

Jewelry is one of the best gifts you can give for the holidays. Who doesn’t get excited when they see something shiny?  Pandora has a huge variety of beautiful and affordable pieces for any occasion. Make sure you look at their adorable charms for more personal items. 11/24/2020 – 12/1/2020. Receive 35% off your total Pandora purchase. Some restrictions apply.

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Meejee

Sheltering in place during the pandemic has created some odd side effects. People have had more time to dedicate to their skincare routines and many women aren’t bothering with makeup. Meanwhile seeing what the planet is going through, everyone is looking for ways to minimize their impact on the environment. You can easily do both with Meejee. Meejee is a handheld skin cleaner that revitalizes skin without over striping. The two-sided handheld device is USB rechargeable. Use the nubbed side with your favorite cleanser to get a deep clean and the smooth side to gently massage serums and lotions into the skin. The company is devoted to sustainability and is a safe alternative to those tiny exfoliating plastic beads found in many facial cleansers that can have a huge impact on their environment.

From 11/20 – 12/1, Meejee will be offering these tiered discounts with no code required: 30% off $50 or more, 35% off $100 or more, and 40% off of $200 or more. 

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Glotrition

When people think of skincare, they usually think of lotions and cleansers, but folks should consider the large impact nutrition has on their skin’s appearance. Glotrition has a variety of products both topical and consumable all intended to give you amazing skin. Take their skincare quiz to find the perfect products for you.  Black Friday/Cyber Monday:  11/23 – 11/30 30% off sitewide.

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Ecolips

As the weather gets colder and the air gets dryer our lips get so chapped instead of simply losing a lip balm, you find yourself using a paper clip to get every bit out. Many lip balms are petroleum-based which while providing immediate relief can make the problem worse in the long run as well as petroleum being very bad for the environment. Eco lips was the first USDA-certified organic lip balm on the market, all its products are made using wind power offsets, fair trade, gluten-free, and cruelty-free ingredients. Lip balms make great stocking stuffers. For Black Friday weekend Ecolips is having a buy one/ get one free deal on their amazing lip balms. Starting on Cyber Monday take 25% off all their products.

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Nuleaf Naturals

Anyone who reads Fashion Reverie knows we are wacky for CBD oil. This year we need it more than ever to elevate our moods and help us sleep. Nuleaf Naturals offers high-potency, full-spectrum CBD oil drops and capsules made from 100% organically grown hemp from select farms in Colorado. This is the perfect gift for anyone who is affected by Season Affective Disorder or as a gift for yourself if COVID restrictions are getting you down.  Get 20% off all orders with code CBDOILUSERS at checkout which includes free priority shipping on all U.S. orders.

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Naya Traveler

During this unprecedented time, travelers are not only looking for ways to shop and travel safely but are in search of deals that offer flexibility and peace of mind. And even though travelling seems out of the question in these various difficult times for obvious reasons. Still, this health pandemic will not last forever. And with Naya Traveler, you can take advantage of Black Friday sales and plan the trip for possibly after things calm down.

Naya Traveler offers highly personalized, bespoke journeys, dedicated to unveiling the beauty of the world. Now, more than ever, the safety and well-being of those who yearn to travel again is front and center. In honor of this year’s tradition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, Naya Traveler wants to give back to all who believe in the transformative power of travel. A bigger discount on bookings as a token of their appreciation, flexible terms to keep concerns at bay, and incentives to travel safer, with heightened awareness and peace of mind. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and new safety regulations, Naya Traveler is looking for ways to help travelers travel in the safest possible way. This is the first time Naya Traveler is offering a 20% discount on bookings, with an extra 10% discount on private travel arrangements and services (such as private air, private accommodations, yacht charters). For more information, go to nayatraveler.com.

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Etsy

Small business owners aren’t fairing so well during the pandemic. One way to support them is to buy their wares from Etsy!  Putting money directly into the pockets of the artists who create these products, and you’ll have an amazing selection of truly unique gifts.  Thousands of creators are offering Black Friday discounts.

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Macy’s

Ah, Macy’s. The original superstore. If Macy’s doesn’t have it, you probably don’t need it. While everyone will grieve the parade that won’t happen this year, the Black Friday deals appear to be bigger than ever. You can go to Macy’s Black Friday website and find great deals on plenty of items and a preview of upcoming sale items. Create an account, favorite an item, and Macy’s will alert you when the price drops. Macy’s has holiday hours as well as curbside pickup if you can’t wait for the mail.

We’re all feeling the pinch in our wallets, so if gifts you receive from friends and family aren’t quite as elaborate as they have been in years past, don’t say anything. Stay safe everyone, don’t gather in groups, wash your hands, social distance and WEAR A MASK.  

Cameron Grey Rose

 

 

Editors’ Pick: NAKEDCASHMERE x Agnes Baddoo Limited Bag Collection

Are you celebrating the results of the 2020 Presidential Election? Maybe, maybe not. Well, whatever your political affiliation, there is no need to despair. Celebrate the Biden/Harris win with the NAKEDCASHMERE x Agnes Baddoo limited bag collection. And if happen you are one of the 70 million not celebrating the 2020 Presidential Election, elevate your mood with one of the bags from the NAKEDCASHMERE x Agnes Baddoo collaboration.

The NAKEDCASHMERE x Agnes Baddoo limited bag collection features two exclusive bag styles, in a soft taupe leather available in a large tote sac and belt-sac. Handbag maven Agnes Baddoo and NAKEDCASHMERE have partnered to create two leather bags in an exclusive colorway ‘Naked Taupe,’ to be paired with NAKEDCASHMERE’s fall 2020 collection. Agnes has a cult following of the top fashion and design leaders across the world. With her Afro-Caribbean roots and New York City upbringing along with her over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, has helped cultivate her unique style and passion for her craft.

Sustainability and craftsmanship were the main driving forces behind the partnership. Agnes quotes, “The world really doesn’t need one more thing, so make your offering special.” The one of a kind color way is designed to be paired with the soft, earthy neutral color palette of NAKEDCASHMERE’s pure cashmere collection. The simplicity and timelessness of Agnes’s soft leather goods paired with NAKEDCASHMERE’s one-of-a-kind cashmere knits are the perfect pair of classic and timeless luxury, designed for you to live in.

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Agnes’ bags are 100% biodegradable and with proper care can last a lifetime. Agnes’ motto is, “Wear, Repair, Rotate, Rediscover.” And in this season of sustainability, upcycling, and environmental consciousness, having a bag that is biodegradable and can last a lifetime is so important. And remember, the NAKEDCASHMERE x Agnes Baddoo limited bag collection can be passed down to that special someone.

Celebrate or elevate your mood. It’s your choice!!

—Staff

Editor’s Picks: African American Beauty and Wellness Brands Roundup

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2020 has truly been a year for reckoning. The pandemic is taking a terrible toll, not just on people who have lost friends or family, but on that small businesses are closing by the dozen.  And with so many small businesses closing, of course, minority-owned small businesses have been hit the hardest.

The Small Business Association admits it’s not even sure how many businesses have closed permanently. Currently, the iconic New York bookstore The Strand recently announced if it can’t come up with funding soon, its doors will no longer be open.

A lot of people are trying to funnel their remaining dollars toward local, independently owned businesses. With that in mind Fashion Reverie has compiled a list of wonderful, privately owned, African American beauty and wellness companies.   

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Rosen Skincare

Acne may be normal, but it is also TERRIBLE. For years we were told oil was the enemy, so the goal was to scrub the skin constantly. Sometimes not only did that not help, it made things considerably worse. Rosen Skincare has been shown to be extremely effective at reducing acne and giving you clear healthy skin. There’s a quiz you can take to give you the perfect skincare routine.

Jamika Martin began Rosen while she was still a student at UCLA getting her BA in business economics. She still makes all the packages and all the products by hand with a passion for quality and attention to detail. Join the email list and get a full skincare routine for only $45!

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W Cosmetics Beauty

This company will change your lipstick game! W Cosmetics was founded with the goal to empower women through gorgeous liquid lipsticks and other lip products including a yummy lip scrub (yes you can lick off the residue). Cruelty-free and natural, owner Rachel Corrie—no not the late peace activist—founded the company with the goal to give women confidence, which won’t be hard with these sexy easy to use liquid lipsticks.

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Beautiful Bamboo

2020 is not only known for racial unrest, but for the year we saw climate change remind us that saving our environment should be a priority, now!! No way around it. Mother Nature always bats last. Many companies are turning to bamboo, which requires far less water than other plants and is extremely fast-growing. It’s an ecologically sound and sustainable substance. But did you know you can consume bamboo? Silica is an essential nutrient critical for healthy hair, skin, nails, and bone formation. Bamboo is the richest source of plant-based silica you can find. The high silica content is what makes bamboo the fastest growing plant in the world. Founder Nadege Lewis wanted to create a company to provide great tasting access to this superfood. You can consume it in teas or in supplement form. There are also shampoos, facial oil, and more!

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She’s Happy Hair

There was a huge demand for high-quality, yet affordable human hair extensions, that many companies failed to meet. Co-founders and U.S. military veterans, Warren Broadnax and Marcus Bowers decided to fill that gap. She’s Happy Hair was formed in 2012. Their mission statement is about commitment to extremely high quality, yet affordable hair extensions, and other fine hair care products.

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Pur Home

Are you concerned about the environment but don’t want to give money to big business, eco companies that you’re not sure you can trust? Would you rather give your dollars to a business committed to environmentally safe practices, but independently owned by a black woman? Well, now you can!

 PUR Home was created by Angela Richardson to provide natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly household cleaners. Pur Home selects organic and raw ingredients that are plant-based, biodegradable, and sustainably sourced.

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Honey Pot

Every woman knows that moment when you’re purchasing feminine hygiene products when you think, “Do the people making this stuff have any clue how a woman’s body works?” The answer is no. Most feminine hygiene products were engineered and developed by male scientists. Are there options? YES!

Bea Dixon was suffering from bacterial vaginosis. All the products available to her were making things worse! Determined to find a better way, she founded Honey Pot, a company created by women for women. The products are free of harmful chemicals, powered by herbs, all-natural, biodegradable, cruelty-free, clinically tested and gynecologist approved.  Additionally, Honey Pot donates to charities who help homeless, and low-income women get the menstrual products they need.

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Grace Eleyae

A white woman congratulated herself for “inventing” hair bonnets—the same ones worn by black women for centuries—and was selling them for almost $100 online. The internet roasted this woman hard. 

In 2014, Grace Eleyae took a trip to Kenya that changed her life. During a bumpy 8-hour car ride, all the hair on the back of her head broke off—the result of her chemically straightened hair and constant friction against the headrest. So, Grace Eleyae created a company that sells silk and satin-lined products that eliminate hair-damaging friction, lock in moisture, and help distribute your hairs’ natural oils throughout your scalp. Plus, they help prevent your hair from thinning and create the optimal environment for healthy growth.

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Noire Bud

If you are a regular reader of Fashion Reverie you know we LOVE our CBD products! Carolyn Gray launched Noire Bud from Brooklyn in 2018.  She was motivated by the cannabis industry’s failure to pay respect to those who were unfairly punished for marijuana criminalization.  Noire Bud makes vegan and paraben-free hard candies, teas, skin salves made with peppermint oil, and more. If you have a CBD need, they can help you!

—Cameron Grey Rose

Fashion Reverie’s 2020 Halloween Fun List

Halloweens that fall on Saturdays are rare. Not only will Halloween fall on Saturday this year, it will also fall on a full moon!  A lot of people are looking forward to this one. Alas, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. No trick or treating. No Halloween parties. For the first time in 47 years no East Village Halloween parade. 

But people are finding ways to have fun. Zoom parties are all the rage now. They are a safe, socially distanced way to responsibly hang with friends. With that in mind, Fashion Reverie has rounded up some fun costumes, movie, and activity ideas for Halloween 2020.

Costumes

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Debate Fly Wig

Did you watch the vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence? Well, if you didn’t watch the debate, one of the most startling aspects of the debate was the fly that landed on Vice President Mike Spence’s head and stayed there for some time, almost two minutes in fact.  Some pundits even compared the fly on the head to God’s wrath of flies on the Egyptian Pharoah. (Remember, Cecile B. Demille’s “Ten Commandments.) At any rate, the photo went viral and 3Wishes in response to this interesting phenomenon has produced a Mike Pence fly wig. You better purchase it quickly before they run out of stock.

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Joe Exotic and Tiger Honey

A great idea for a couples’ costume is the Joe Exotic and Tiger Honey from 3Wishes. While the real Joe Exotic is serving 22 years in state prison, your Joe can sing loves songs to his tiger honey. You got to admit, Joe’s songs were genuinely catchy. During a Zoom party, you could have a stuffed tiger come in from off-camera to attack!

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Carole Baskin

And of course, if Joe starts singing “Here Kitty Kitty,” well it’s time for Carole Baskin to appear. If she’s still on “Dancing with the Stars,” you can do the paso doble to “Eye of the Tiger” in your multi-colored animal print top and flower crown. Don’t forget to keep asking people if they’ve seen your husband.

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg

After serving 27 years on the Supreme Court the Notorious RBG passed away at age 87. She was literally fighting until her dying day for the American people. She fought for LBGT, the disabled, and was tackling voter’s rights when she passed away. Once you have her iconic pearls, glasses, and tight bun, all you need is a judge’s robe and gavel to honor this pioneer in American law and civil rights.

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Naomi Osaka

This nationally ranked tennis pro supported Black Lives Matter by wearing face masks with the names of black people murdered by police, like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. A Halloween costume will be quick and easy. Don some athletic wear, carry a tennis racket, get a visor with the Nike Swoosh, and a face mask with a name on it. A black-owned, Esty shop (link provided) sells the masks you’ll need.

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Black Panther

Revered actor Chadwick Boseman’s death from cancer at age 43 took everyone by surprise as he never spoke publicly about his diagnosis. Boseman wowed critics with his performances as James Brown in “Get On Up” and Jackie Robinson in “42,” but he’ll be most remembered as T’Challa from “Black Panther.” All you’ll need a black muscle shirt and a spikey necklace.

Looking for a quick cheap easy costume? Write “Blessing” in white chalk on a black t-shirt and wear a Groucho nose and glasses. What are you? A blessing in disguise! Write “Go Ceiling! GO!” on a tee shirt and carry some pom poms. What are you? A ceiling fan!

Movies

It’s just not Halloween without some scary movies! Nope, we can’t go to the movies this year, but a lot of people are having watch parties via Zoom.  You’ve got the candy, now get out the popcorn, the show is about to start!

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“Tales from the Hood 3” – Hulu, VOD

This horror anthology series will release it’s the third installment this month, with four spine-tingling stories, each one from the minds of directors Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. This entry will focus on race-related stories, reminding us that simply being black in modern America can be truly terrifying.

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“Host” – Shudder

If you’re setting up a watch party be careful to choose 2020 film directed by Rob Savage (cool name) as there are several movies with the same title. Hit the bathroom before you start or risk wetting the couch. This is one scary movie! Several people gather via Zoom to perform a séance failing to take it seriously until it’s much too late.

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“The Cleansing Hour “– Shudder

Looking for some bloody gore and body horror? Father Max hosts “The Cleansing Hour” an online show that streams live exorcisms. Why yes, they do have merch! The show is completely fake. That is until a real demon decides to crash the party.

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“Rebecca” – Netflix

Looking for a stylish psychological thriller? Check out this remake of Hitchcock’s 1940 Oscar winner.  A young woman played by Lily James (who is never given a name) is swept off her feet in a whirlwind romance marrying a charming Maxim De Winter (played by Armie Hammer). But after arriving at his windswept English estate finds herself haunted by the specter of his late wife.

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“The Witches” HBO Max

Looking for some family friend fare? Based on a novel by Roald Dahl, Anne Hathaway stars as The Grand High Witch in “The Witches,” a role originated by Angelica Houston. A young boy visiting a hotel with his grandmother (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer) stumbles upon a coven of evil witches and gets transformed into a mouse! Can he stop their wicked plot?

With trick or treating cancelled this year, what activities can parents do with their young children?

  • Scavenger Hunt – Hide several plastic bags filled with candy (tightly sealed so they won’t attract vermin) around your house with riddles guiding players to the next bag.
  • If you have a backyard you can safely build a campfire, you can make smores! No backyard? A BBQ on a terrace could work in a pinch.
  • Kids love making and then consuming candy-covered gingerbread houses at Christmas. Why not make a Haunted house this year? Trader Joe and Target both sell kits for less than $10.
  • There’s always that old standby: light some candles, turn off the lights and tell ghost stories! An old camp favorite is “pass the story”. Everyone tells a portion a story and when they reach a climactic moment passes the story to the next person. 

Cameron Grey Rose

Editors’ Picks: Fashionable Money-Saving Tips that Are Good for Your Wallet and the Environment

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2020 is one for the record books and things are tough all over. Many people are experiencing some painful financial struggles, and the fashion industry has been hit particularly hard. With that in mind, Fashion Reverie has put together a list of products that will save you money and, in some cases, are kind to the environment.

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Beautiscoop

One dirty little secret of the beauty industry is how products are packaged. Often, containers are specifically engineered to make it difficult to get the product out. This forces consumers to saw open plastic bottles and realize there is still 5 more days of moisturizer in them. But what can you do if your container is hard plastic or glass?  Beautility’s Beautiscoop will get every last drop of your beauty products out of the container easily and retails for a mere $9.99 (before shipping). If you use high-end department store products, it could pay for itself the first time you use it.  AUTILITY™, Beauty on Purpose™, recoup BEAUTISCOOP™.

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Bluapple Producer Freshness Saver Ball

What’s the most expensive food? Someone might say caviar or filet mignon, but the most expensive food you buy is the food you don’t eat—food that goes from the shopping bag to the fridge to the garbage. Bluapple Balls absorb ethylene gas given off by fresh produce, extending the life of your food three times longer than normal. The refillable balls last about three months and cost around $15. It can save you hundreds.

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Sunbeam Heated Fleece Throw

Remember when you were a kid and you tried to turn up the heat and your mother yelled at you to put on a sweater? Well, this autumn when we will most likely still be stuck at home, a quick and easy way to cut fuel costs is to use a heated throw rather than turning up the heat. Another advantage? You and your honey can snuggle underneath it together to generate even more warmth.

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Home Depot Tool Rental

Have you ever needed say a drill to install some shelves, so you buy an electric drill and then proceeded to never ever use it again? Why buy a drill when you can rent one for a fraction of the price?  Home Depot offers a multitude of tools and equipment for rent. Oh, and that drill you haven’t used since 2016? Sell it online.

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Clothes Drying Rack

Using a drying rack in your home can dramatically reduce your energy bills. Clothes racks themselves cost between $20-$40 (or less if you find one used) and can save up to $200 per year in energy costs. But energy isn’t the only thing you’ll save. Do you ever wonder what lint is? It’s your clothes falling apart very slowly. Dryers in particular can eat up delicate clothes. Using a dryer rack can dramatically extend their life span.

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Wool Dryer Balls

But what if for practical reasons a dryer rack simple isn’t an option? Here’s another easy way to reduce your energy bill. Wool dryer balls are a fantastic all-natural way to soften your clothes, eliminate static, and reduce energy usage by drying your clothes faster. Wool dryer balls work by bouncing their way in between layers of wet clothing that would otherwise stick together. The separation of the layers of clothes allows warm air to dry your clothes more quickly.

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Makeup Eraser Cloth

Do you buy those makeup remover wipes? Not only can they clog up landfills (and your toilet if you try to flush them), but the chemicals used in them can be very drying for your skin. Makeup Eraser cloths will remove your makeup with nothing but water and in the long run, will cost considerably less than a plastic tub of wipes.

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S’well Stainless Steel Traveler

Bottles of water can run around $2 at a typical convenience store. Not only that, but the plastic from the bottle and the fuel required to transport it adds up and negatively impacts the environment. Filling up your own water bottle at home will cost pennies and reduce waste. The S’well traveler can keep water cold for up to 26 hours and hot for up to 11. The wide opening can accommodate ice cubes and makes for easy cleaning.

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Thinx Underwear

While this will require an initial investment, over time period panties will save you money as you can avoid buying pads and tampons. Additionally, it will save you money on dry cleaning (and big embarrassment) when tampons leak. If you need another reason, it will keep pads out of landfills and eliminates worries about tampons clogging your plumbing.

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Blew Razor Blade Dryer

People often think that repeated use is what dulls a razor, but it’s the oxidation of the metal. Blew Razor Blade Dryer dries your razor to prevent that oxidation and keeps the blade sharp. The device even sanitizes the blade with a UV light to prevent infection. If you use high-end razors, it will pay for itself within a few months and save considerable money over the course of a year. Additionally, it will keep dozens of disposable razors out of landfills where they injure wildlife or sanitation workers.

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Leave items in your online shopping cart

With so many of us shopping online, the competition for customers is fierce. One quick easy way to save a few bucks is to do your shopping online then log out before buying. After a day (or maybe two) you’ll probably get an email that says something like “Hey did you forget something?” and that email will often be accompanied by a coupon code to entice you to complete your purchase. There’s no guarantee, but it never hurts to try!

—Cameron Grey Rose

Editors’ Pick: Hip and Holy’s Little Coin Purse

If you live on the East Coast, it is almost unbearably hot. With high humidity levels and the sun constantly beaming down, the last thing you need is a big shoulder or arm bag, weighing you down as you suffer from the heat.

Just think about it, why do you need a large bag or purse when all need to carry is hand sanitizer, cash, credit/bank cards, lip balm, an extra face masks,—and if you live in New York City, a metrocard. There is a solution to your accessory needs.

HIP AND HOLY searches the world for beautiful things and brings them to the marketplace. Founded by two sisters—Liane and Nicole Wainstein—who love and appreciate the little things. HIP AND HOLY has a variety of goods that can fit your special everyday needs. Every piece in the collection is designed or hand-picked with love. 

The Little Coin Purse is a vintage coin purse in the shape of a floppy rose. The floppy velvet rose comes with an antique, bronze hardware and kiss clasp and a polka dot cotton lining. The Little Coin Purse comes in midnite black, enchanted olive, dusty pink, and raspberry red. The label is intentionally sewn with a red thread representing the Kabbalah string for good luck and fortune.

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”Mamma taught us never to give an empty purse. ‘Put a penny in it,’ she would say. We have replaced the penny with a ‘token of love’ so that your little rose should always overflow with abundance,” explains Nicole Wainstein.

We’ve always loved the symbolism behind the rose,” shares Co-Founder Liane Wainstein. “My own daughter bears the name as a constant reminder of its beauty and meaning. With this purse, the wearer can carry their own eternal rose that represents a promise of blessing, along with an encouragement to be charitable.”

Another noteworthy point about the Little Coin Purse is that the bag prices at just $20. The Little Coin Purse is also perfect for gifting, and each and every little rose is packaged in a white cotton dustbag.

Liane and Nicole Wainstein are looking to change the world, one petal at a time. In that respect, they are hip and holy!!

—Staff

Editors’Pick: ShoeDazzle’s Pre-Fall Collection

Whether your state has loosened up some of the COVID-19 restrictions or you still sequestered at home, this is time of the year to start thinking about Fall 2021 footwear. If you are like most folks, funds are a little tight. And though you would love to populate your shoe closet with your choice of popular luxury shoes, your budget just will not permit it!!

Fashion Reverie has just the footwear brand that will satisfy your style needs and not break the bank. ShoeDazzle to the rescue!!

ShoeDazzle’s August collection arrives in stores and online just in time to meet your pre-Fall needs. This season ShoeDazzle has curated a combination of late summer and early fall shoes that reflect that latest footwear trends. Choose from not only different styles, but different textures, colors, and patterns to stand out. The square-toed sandal heel everyone has been after all summer is available at an affordable price for a chic, understated look. For those ready to tackle the fall’s trends, there are several faux leather boots, both low and high, in different textures and colors. Shop from a crocodile mid-calf boot to a classic brown knee-high riding boot. 

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Fashion Reverie’s faves are the faux crocodile booties, metallic sneakers, paint-splashed slides, and faux leather camel booties. (In case you couldn’t tell, Fashion Reverie loves a good bootie.)

ShoeDazzle’s August collection perfectly showcases the trends everyone is obsessed with, but also features the best staples to keep in your closet year-round. The loafers, heels, and sneakers in the collection are sold in a variety of colors to ensure there’s something for everybody. Take it up a notch and shop the apparel and accessories in the collection, and you’ll curate the perfect look. 

William S. Gooch

Editors’ Pick: Summer Shorts that Can Be Dressed Up

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As folks head back to work and enjoy outdoor dining, they have started thinking about what makes a good wardrobe. While short pants are often thought of as just something casual for the park or the beach, there is a lot more versatility to shorts. Shorts can be dressed up with a blazer, a nice pair of heels, or a button-up shirt to create a more elevated look. When all else fails, there’s also the option of accessorizing.

Fashion Reverie has curated a few of the best dress shorts—ones you can dress up to be a little more formal—as we all enjoy our last few weeks of summer. Time to show a little leg!!

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Balmain Multicolor Tweed Tartan Shorts $1195

Tweed can be a fantastic fabric choice for elevating many types of garments, shorts included. These chic shorts from Balmain come with the brand’s logo-engraved, gold-tone buttons. These shorts will work with a strappy stiletto sandal for a hot date or a Saturday outdoor brunch with the girls.

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Low Classic Beige Cuffed Shorts $295

A beige cuffed short by Low Classic (yes, that is the brand name) can pair well with a lot of things. You can wear it with an oversized button-up shirt, or you can wear a more tailored shirt paired with a statement necklace and fancy flats. It is a moment to accessorize the hell out of your outfit when wearing a pair of beige shorts. If you’re going to be subtle in color, let statement jewelry take you up a notch.

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Ganni Rose-print Cotton Shorts $150

The summer season is not over, so we still have the opportunity to wear florals before the neutral colors make their fall appearance. Be bold and mix patterns and opt for florals on florals with these fresh, fun shorts. Give them a little flower power.

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Bottega Veneta Knee-length Leather Shorts $3340

Few things say luxury quite like leather. These expertly crafted shorts from Bottega Veneta are effortlessly sophisticated and can make you look opulent even in a tank top. Fashion Reverie recommends pairing these with a good pump and your best statement bag. The high-rise silhouette will be flattering for your figure.

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The Row Navy Marco Bermuda Shorts $950

Take it from summer vacation to the conference room with these beautiful Bermuda shorts. The Row is known for their minimalist, boho-chic vibe, which has loaned itself to this classic pair of shorts. You can keep it formal and wear these to a lunch meeting with eye-catching heels and a blazer, or you can keep it casual with daring sneakers and a tee shirt.

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Staud Noah Shorts $86

Warm weather shouldn’t leave you feeling blue, so enjoy a bright, sunny day in beautiful blue shorts. These stretch sateen shorts from Staud allow for comfort and have a luxurious look to them. These shorts are a nice change of pace from the everyday blue denim short and will pair great with a lightweight summer knit.

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Ralph Lauren Bi-Stretch Twill Short $74.50

Curvy girls be fearless and show a little leg. Ralph Lauren has designed these shorts in a summery island hibiscus for his full-figured customers. Pair these shorts with a vertical striped shirt to elongate your figure and give the illusion of a little extra height.

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Three Graces London Robin Printed Linen Shorts $330

Orange you glad you want these shorts. Three Graces London has reminded us why we love a good Ikat print as we celebrate the Indonesian fabric-dyeing technique. These high-waisted shorts are quite flattering and have a comfortable fit. These shorts can be styled with a variety of shirts from orange to pink to complete your look.

—Kristopher Fraser

Editors’ Pick: Maxi Cassini Explores Anti-Establishment Fashion with the Loha Vete Fall 2020 Collection

Does it feel like we are living in an apocalypse? If your answer is yes, then you are feeling what a lot of folks are feeling. We are not quite in the “Escape from New York” movie aesthetic; however, if things don’t get better, and fast, we might get there faster than expected.

Nihilism and apocalypse aside, it is a challenge to be thinking about luxury fashion when the world seems to be going amuck. Still, you cannot throw the baby out with the bath water, because there is a raging viral pandemic, climate disaster, and our Commander-in-chief seems to be perpetually stuck on stupid. If you are not comfortable with looking glamorous in these perilous times, but still want to express your fashion sense, Fashion Reverie has a viable alternative.

Let your rebel yell come out and your ‘f**k the establishment’ shine through with Loha Vete’s latest collection. Remember, you can be irreverent with a little tongue-and-cheek thrown in for good measure with the Loha Vete fall 2020 collection.

Drawing inspiration from the mundane to the insane, the Loha Vete designer, Maxi Cassini, explores the beauty found in destruction, often elevating everyday overlooked elements into wearable art. Walking the thin line between love and hate, the collection incorporates opposing aesthetic perspectives of disheveled glamour to polished elegance. Approaching the design process with an appreciation for the unique and outrageous, an attitude of unexpected irreverence and satire, and an utmost focus on quality and craft, Loha Vete is a realist brand that strives to create luxury pieces that sit on the fine edge of fashion.

Just as with your favorite old tee shirt, or a jacket you find in a thrift store, the story attached to the garment is what makes it meaningful. Thoughtfulness is a luxury that we don’t often see with clothing today. Adding small memory foam panels to the inside of hand embroidered destroyed jeans is an example of what occupies Loha Vete’s mind-set. Loha Vete could not be further from disposable, it is a label that is both original and unmistakable.

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(Inside tip: If you are participating in social protests, these are great garments that will spark conversation and demonstrate that your ‘f**k the establishment’ stance comes with a bit of humor. Hey, we need some belly laughs right now.)

—William S. Gooch

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