Editors’ Picks: What She Really Wants for Valentine’s Day Is to Stay Home and Receive Some Jewelry and Snuggle!

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So, you have asked her to be your Valentine for the first time or the millionth time and you know you have to follow that up with a gift! What does she want? Romantic jewelry of course!

Mint &Lily has exactly what you are looking for. Premium jewelry brand Mint & Lily whose collection of affordable, high-quality pieces are a timeless token of love and appreciation whether you’ve just started dating or have been together for years. 

From simple and trendy to sentimental and personalized, Mint & Lily caters to every woman this Valentine’s Day with jewelry available in 18K gold platedsterling silver or 18K gold vermeil finishes. All the brand’s designs are nickel freehypoallergenic, and water resistant so that their gift lasts as long as your love.

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Fashion Reverie’s favorites are the Pave Uppercase Initial Necklace $49 for those who were just friends yesterday and trying romance today. Another beautiful piece in this collection is the Adjustable Scribble Heart Ring $29 for those who have declared their love. This ring is a beautiful reminder of what you mean to one another.

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Lastly, for those who have a date they will never forget the Engraved Heart Pendant Necklace $49 is the go-to gift. Fashion Reverie absolutely loves all these pieces with their light weight, modernity, and femininity!

Now that you have given her the present, it is time to cuddle and get cozy! Kindly Yours waffle thermals are perfect for simply hanging out on the couch with your favorite blanket and you know who.  

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The thermal top has thumb holes which keep your entire hand warm with the long length of the sleeves and has a thicker band at the bottom of the top which almost gives an illusion of wearing a one-piece thermal set. The thermal leggings have a crossover waist which provides ultimate comfort, it is not too tight and gives a stylish look. 

The brand uses all sustainable and recycled materials and offers a super affordable price-point, exclusively sold at Walmart and walmart.com. 

Jewelry available at www.mintandlily.com. Kindly Yours available at Walmart www.walmart.com.

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Editors’ Picks: Create Memories with These 7 Holiday Cocktails

At Fashion Reverie, we believe that you should always try to end the year with a bang. But for this year, let’s add a little BANG to your cocktails. This season Fashion Reverie provides our viewers with a roundup of some of the most festive cocktails to enjoy during this season.

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MERCER + PRINCE SIDECAR

A$AP Rocky’s Mercer & Prince whiskey comes in all types of style. But for the holiday festivities, the Mercer + Prince Sidecar is the top choice to get your holiday mood on.

2 oz. of Mercer & Prince Whiskey

1 oz Premium Orange Liqueur

5 oz of Fresh Lemon Juice,

sugar rimmed glass

Rub the rim of a chilled coupe glass with a lemon and dip into sugar (and edible gold dust if you have it!) Add liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake to combine/chill. Strain into newly rimmed glass and garnish with an expressed lemon peel.

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Sugarplum Spritz

In need of a sugary buzz during this Nutcracker season? This blend of plum wine, cherry syrup, and lemon with just a dash of bitters rounds out the season with visions of sugarplums.

 2 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 c. simple syrup

 4 oz. Umeshu Plum Wine

 2 oz. Luxardo maraschino cherry syrup

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

dash of Peychaud’s bitter ice

8 oz. dry prosecco,

2 plum slices.

 Spread sugar on a small, shallow plate. Pour simple syrup onto another small, shallow plate. Dip the rims of 2 tall glasses in simple syrup, then roll rims in sugar, holding the glass at a 45° angle. In a cocktail shaker, combine wine, cherry syrup, lemon juice, and bitters. Fill the shaker with ice, cover, and vigorously shake until the outside of the shaker is very frosty, about 20 seconds. Fill prepared glasses with ice. Strain the cocktail into glasses. Top this concoction with prosecco. Dip the skin of each plum slice into simple syrup, then gently roll in sugar. Garnish drinks with sugared plum slices.

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Cremasse (cremas or Kremas)

With Haiti paving the way for all sorts of styles, it’s no surprise that the Haitian holiday   traditional drink is a lot of people’s favorite drink.

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (13.5-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup Malibu Coconut Rum

1/4 Bacardi Superior White Rum

4 star anise pods

1 lime, zested or juice

In a bowl, whisk to combine the condensed milk, coconut milk and evaporated milk. Add the Malibu Coconut rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, star anise, and lime zest. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours before serving or refrigerated mixture overnight. Strain and discard solids. Serve at room temperature with a few ice cubes or chilled, in a rocks glass or other short, wide glass. The mixture can be kept covered and refrigerated for up to 1 month.

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Peppermint Martini

There should always be some room for some minty flavor! You can freshen up your festivities with this drink for the holidays.

1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips, melted

1/4 c. crushed candy canes

6 oz. white chocolate liqueur

4 oz. Tito’s Vodka

2 oz. peppermint schnapps

2 tbsp. heavy cream

Ice 3 small candy canes

Pour melted chocolate onto a shallow plate, and place crushed candy canes on another shallow plate. Dip rims of martini glasses first in chocolate, then in candy canes. Pour remaining chocolate into the bottom of glasses and swirl to coat the bottom ⅓ of glasses with chocolate. Place glasses in the freezer while you prepare the drink. Combine white chocolate liqueur, Tito’s vodka, peppermint schnapps, and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker. Fill to the top with ice and shake until cold. Divide the drink between 3 glasses and garnish with a candy cane before serving.

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Espresso Martini

If you’re a coffee lover, and in need of a classic cocktail, then this drink is right for you. This isn’t just a pump of energy, but a pump of spontaneous new flavors for the holidays.

1 1/2 oz. vodka

 1 oz. coffee liqueur such as Kahlúa or Mr. Black

1 shot espresso

1/2 oz. simple syrup

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and simple syrup. Cover and vigorously shake until the outside of the shaker is very frosty and foam forms, about 15 seconds. Double strain into a coupe glass. Cover half of the top of the glass with a paper towel. Dust the exposed half with espresso or cocoa powder. Garnish plain side with coffee beans.

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Frozen strawberry margarita

For a drink that’ll cool you off after a tiring day of shopping or running errands during the holidays, it doesn’t get better than this. If you’re in need of a fruity bounce to your drink, you’ve found the right one.

1 (10-oz) bag frozen strawberries

1/2 c. (4 oz.) silver tequila

1/4 c. (2 oz.) triple sec

1/4 oz. (2 oz.) lime juice

2 tbsp. honey

5 large leaves basil (optional)

6 standard ice cubes

Lime wedges, for serving

Blend until smooth. Divide mixture into 2 glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Tiramisu White Russians

They say you should save the best for last, this drink epitomizes the aura of this festive season.

4 oz. cold heavy cream

2 tsp. granulated sugar

Ice

4 oz. Kahlua, divided with 4 oz. of Barbancourt rum

Cocoa powder

You’ll want to add cream and sugar to a pint-sized glass jar, seal, and shake vigorously until cream thickens enough to hold a soft peak, about 3 minutes. Fill 2 rocks glasses with ice. Add 2 ounces Kahlua and 2 ounces of rum to each glass, and stir to combine. Using a spoon, divide whipped cream evenly between the glasses, using the back of the spoon to smooth into an even layer that covers the surface of the drink. Dust tops with cocoa powder, garnish with a cookie half, and serve

—Lauren Pierre-Louis

 

Editors’ Picks: Last-Minute Holiday Stocking Stuffers

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As the snowflakes twirl gently, marking the arrival of the festive season, Fashion Reverie’s curated collection beckons you to a wonderland of thoughtful and delightful surprises. Picture the crackling warmth of fireplaces, the sweet aroma of cinnamon and pine and the joyous laughter of loved ones echoing through festively adorned halls. It’s a time when every flicker of light, every hint of spice and every carefully wrapped present holds the promise of creating lasting memories.

Embracing the spirit of the holidays, our stocking stuffer roundup transcends the ordinary, inviting you to explore a curated world where each item is more than just a gift—it’s a reflection of style, taste, and the joy of giving. In this enchanted realm, the air is charged with excitement, and every stocking hung with care becomes a canvas for a tapestry of surprises, each telling a story of the giver’s thoughtfulness.

As you embark on this festive journey, allow Fashion Reverie to be your guide, leading you through the magical realm of the perfect stocking stuffers for both men and women in 2023. Our selections not only capture the essence of the holiday spirit but also mirror the diversity of preferences and passions. From stylish accessories to innovative gadgets and delicious treats, our roundup promises a symphony of surprises that will turn the act of stuffing stockings into a cherished ritual, creating moments that linger in the heart long after the wrapping paper is swept away.

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Lululemon Dual Pouch Wristlet

Elevate the art of multitasking with the Lululemon Dual Pouch Wristlet. This sleek accessory is not just a wristlet; it is a stylish command center for the active and fashion-forward individual. Crafted with a keen eye for design, its dual pouches effortlessly accommodate on-the-go essentials, ensuring everything is at your fingertips. Whether you’re dashing from holiday shopping to festive gatherings, this wristlet is more than a fashion statement; it’s a functional companion that adds a touch of sophistication to every step.

$48 available at shop.lululemon.com

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Pura 4 Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser

Transform your living space into a sanctuary of scents with the Pura 4. This compact device is a game changer for those who appreciate the power of ambiance. As it delicately diffuses customizable scents, it turns any room into a haven of relaxation and holiday cheer. The Pura 4 isn’t just a stocking stuffer; it’s an olfactory journey, a personalized escape that lingers in the air long after the festivities have ended.

$44.99 available at pura.com

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VoChill Stemless Wine Glass Chiller

Raise a toast to innovation with the VoChill Stemless Wine Glass Chiller. Beyond its sleek design, this chiller is a connoisseur’s dream. No more compromises on wine temperature—it keeps your favorite varietals perfectly chilled without dilution.

As you savor each sip, the VoChill becomes more than a stocking stuffer. It’s a statement piece for those who appreciate the finer things in life, turning wine time into an elevated experience.

$44.95 available at amazon.com

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GLOSS & GO CLASSIC SET

Unwrap the joy of radiant lips with the GLOSS & GO CLASSIC SET. This set of five lip glosses isn’t just a makeup accessory, it’s a journey into vibrant colors and endless possibilities. Ideal for those who love experimenting with their makeup, this stocking stuffer adds a pop of glamour to every holiday look. Each gloss is a stroke of festive brilliance, turning the act of applying makeup into a celebration.

$39 available at rinnabeauty.com

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Apple AirTag

Gift the magic of never missing a moment with the Apple AirTag. More than a tracker, the Apple AirTag is a guardian of your belongings. Attach it to keys, bags, or anything easily misplaced, and let the AirTag be the hero of every search. In the realm of stocking stuffers, this tiny device becomes a symbol of practicality and peace of mind, ensuring that the holiday hustle is accompanied by a touch of Apple’s sleek design.

$29.00 available at apple.com

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Harry and Davis Choose-Your-Own-Stocking Stuffers – Pick 5

Create a symphony of flavors with the Harry and Davis Choose-Your-Own Stocking Stuffers, Pick 5. This customizable set is a culinary adventure, allowing you to curate a collection of delectable treats. From sweet to savory, each item is a small delight that transforms the stocking into a treasure trove of gourmet surprises. The joy of this stocking stuffer lies in the discovery of personalized indulgences.

$24.99 available at harryanddavid.com

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SECHKISS Rechargeable Hand Warmers

Embrace the warmth of the season with the SECHKISS Rechargeable Hand Warmers. More than a practical accessory, these hand warmers are a thoughtful gesture for those braving the winter chill. Compact and convenient, they embody the spirit of the holidays—a comforting touch that fits snugly in the palm of your hands, radiating warmth and spreading seasonal joy.

$24.99 available at amazon.com

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Bobtot Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Unleash the power of music with the Bobtot Portable Bluetooth Speaker. It is not just a speaker; it’s a melody-filled escape that fits in the palm of your hand. Compact yet powerful, this stocking stuffer ensures that every holiday moment is accompanied by a soundtrack. Whether you’re relaxing by the fire or dancing around the tree, let the tunes flow, making this speaker more than a gift—it’s the key to a harmonious holiday season.

$20 available at amazon.com

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CAREVER Electric Lighter

Ignite the season with the CAREVER Electric Lighter. Beyond its functionality, this rechargeable and stylish lighter is a symbol of convenience and flair. Tucked into the stocking, it becomes more than a practical tool; it has a touch of warmth and illumination. As the flame dances, it adds a spark to the festivities, turning every candle-lit moment into a celebration of light and joy.

$17.99 available at amazon.com

—Ryan Salfino

 

 

 

Editors’ Pick: Yaku Stapleton Collabs with Designer Louis Presencer and Techwear Tailor Rory O’Sullivan

The fashion world has long enjoyed collaborations where two parties turn their creative ideas into reality. Fashion designers are now embracing new fashion technology and learning digital prototyping to transform online concepts into identical physical products. And it looks like the power of digital prototypes will continue to influence designers and collections for decades.

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The intersection of fashion and technology can be found via a new collaboration between designers Yaku Stapleton, Louis Presencer and Rory O’Sullivan along with MSCHF, an American art collective based in Brooklyn, NY, in a new line of basketball wear. The collection finds the balance between virtual expressions and the physical world.

The collab also weaves in another critical aspect of modern fashion, sustainability. Stapleton and his collaborators are embracing sustainability by utilizing existing fabrics and recycled materials, aiming to redefine fashion with new values that can shape the industry’s future.

In an interview with Fashion Reverie, the designers talk about the collaboration, what brought them together and why they’re excited about digital fashion.

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Fashion Reverie: This technology is something that not many people have seen before. How did this rise in digital fashion come about?

Louis Presencer: I feel like digital fashion is slowly being seen in mainstream fashion but there isn’t a bridge yet that allows for people to interact with the medium. I think that augmented reality in tandem with digital fashion feels like the natural direction for digital fashion, which I have been exploring in my own work, building art experiences that showcase digital garment design alongside the final, physical garment.

FR: Can you give us more of an understanding into the technological aspects of this collaboration, where you turn a digital product into something physical?

Yaku Stapleton: In establishing my practice, I had numerous ideas to bring to life. However, the pandemic restricted the realization of these designs in garment form. A tutor recommended using Marvellous Designer (a cloth simulation program) and CLO 3D (virtual fashion design software) to actualize the 1/4 scale designs I had created in my room. This marked the initial integration of digital tools into my practice.

Rory O’Sullivan: I’ve been using CLO 3D and Blender (an open-source 3D computer graphics software tool) to digitally model concepts that align with my brand, Mura Studio, effectively conveying surreal ideas integral to my work. Over the past year, I’ve constructed an alien world around my designs, offering viewers insight into my creative process. Sculpting alien characters in Blender and transitioning them to CLO allows me to design garments tailored to these creatures, maximizing the synergy between the two software applications.

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FR: Why do you think digital fashion is important and what are the most important applications of digital fashion?

Yaku Stapleton: Digital fashion is important as it allows access to the arts. Previous barriers within information as to how to make your designs meant that you had to be in specific places, or areas, or have specific education to be able to create within fashion.

Rory O’Sullivan: It’s a valuable tool, especially for new designers without a full studio setup, condensing various workspace tasks onto a screen. Learning it from home through online tutorials on platforms like YouTube is a convenient approach.

Beyond accessibility, the efficiency of these tools stands out. Pattern cutting and alterations that would take a day can be completed in a quarter of the time due to the software’s intelligence.

FR: How would you describe your combined design aesthetic/style, and do you think this is the beginning of the rise in digital prototyping being included in fashion?

Rory O’Sullivan: Working with Yaku has shifted my design theory perspective significantly. Collaborating with diverse designers, each with unique backgrounds and skills, facilitates constant idea exchange. Meeting Louis on the first day, who shares profound knowledge in CLO, was surreal. As a collective, we’ve seamlessly integrated our skill sets, forming a distinctive design process applicable across projects.

Louis Presencer: Working with people who see design in the same way I do was beneficial. With Yaku allowing us to really experiment digitally, I found myself in scenarios where if I had an issue, I could turn to Rory to get the answer and vice versa.

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FR: Can you describe your design and creation process when working on this MSCHF project?

Yaku Stapleton: The project initiated with a focus on the shoes, shaping the entire concept around them. Our exploration involved dissecting the lines and using them merely as a reference for the garment shapes. Conceptually, in collaboration with the MSCHF team, we deliberated on the presentation of the shoes.

 It was unanimously decided that emphasizing the pumps on the shoe was paramount. The conclusion reached was to craft looks in ascending size and intensity, mirroring the idea of the shoes being pumped up.

Rory O’Sullivan: Working on the MSCHF project was exhilarating. Being familiar with their dynamic approach to ideas, we recognized the potential to sustain that energy through digital design, resulting in something extraordinary. Upon receiving the project brief, Louis and I delved straight into work, swiftly visualizing garment ideas for the concept. The learning curve was substantial, with Louis introducing me to advanced CLO techniques and crafting vibrant animations to showcase the clothes in action. This allowed us to push boundaries, aligning perfectly with MSCHF’s penchant for going over the top—showcasing how digital design seamlessly complemented their style.

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FR: Are you planning to produce more physical garments based on your 3D designs through this digital prototyping technology, and would you ever explore the possibilities connected to the metaverse/VR and fashion happening right now?

Yaku Stapleton: For me, while digital prototyping is useful for concepting, my practice benefits a lot from my understanding and interest in physical form, shape, and textures. This means that an understanding of pattern cutting and how to realize the shapes and textures that I’m interested in within the fashion context is often more important, and often digital solutions to creating work negate my desire to realize projects that work in the real world. The transition to “real” is also a task, and sometimes, that process can take longer than if you were to approach the pattern in the “real,” physically.

Regarding VR and the metaverse, I’m interested in bringing people together and I’ve enjoyed the moments in my life when I’ve gone into worlds that are based online through RPGs (role-playing games). These kinds of complete quests feel a lot more immersive to me than the metaverse, which feels like it often ends at just being in a particular space and there’s nothing beyond that. I think the metaverse is a good start, but for it to live up to and challenge the spaces that have come before it—it still has a long way to go. As a result, I’d like to explore these critiques within my own attempts to create and present fashion digitally, so that it feels more like an RPG. Focus less on the clothes, and more on the space that these clothes would exist in and the things you could do within that space.

—Ryan Salfino

 

 

 

 

 

Style Your Denim Skirt for Fall 2023

In an era where trends come and go at lighting speed, the Y2K revival has shown surprising staying power. From baguette bags to body chains, items we thought we’d never see again are once again popping up all over social media. Some items are arguably less wearable than most: the return of low-rise jeans especially was received with mixed reactions from those who wore them the first time around.

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One trend that has proved universally popular is the denim skirt. Having made an appearance on fashion runways including Burberry’s spring 2023 collection (maxi lengths, complete with Y2K handkerchief hems), as well as Zimmerman’s spring 2024 collection, the trend looks set to continue well into summer 2024. One of the key benefits of denim lies in its versatility: dark or light wash, embellished or ripped, it can be styled in a myriad of ways. Here’s how to style your denim skirt, according to your personal aesthetic:

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Romantic

Despite its apparent tough looks, there is a softer side to denim. For a feminine look, opt for a flowy denim skirt with details like ruffles or even decorative floral embellishments. Our recommendation for this particular style comes from Dainty Jewells, whose range of pretty denim skirts (and other apparel) reflects this style perfectly.

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Glam

Glam is another word we wouldn’t normally associate with denim, but if you consider the tried-and-true “fancy top and jeans” formula, it works. Think sculptural, dramatic one-shoulder tops, corsets, sheer or leather fabrics in darker hues to give a fitted denim midi skirt an edgier look, or look for dramatic details in the skirt itself such as longer skirts with rips or slits.

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Gamine

By now, eagle-eyed readers might have realized this roundup is loosely based on the Kibbe/Kitchener theories, another style revival which has taken off on social media in a big way. Gamine style is best described as sharp, geometric, and compact, so if this is your style, go for a denim mini skirt you can pair with a graphic tee shirt or a cropped sweater and colorful hosiery.

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Casual

For a more laid-back look, take your style cues from celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, who was often seen throughout the Y2K era wearing denim maxi skirts with simple tank tops. For winter, wear yours with a slouchy knitted sweater for a comfy, cozy feel. If you want to lean more into a boho vibe, try a patchwork or appliqued denim skirt instead.

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Classic

For a denim skirt look with a more timeless feel, opt for a mid-length denim skirt with a chambray shirt for a contemporary take on the classic “Canadian tuxedo.” Alternatively, as things get colder another great look is a denim midi-skirt with a classic turtleneck and simple jewelry (hoop earrings never go out of style).

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Don’t Forget Your Footwear

Shoes are a key aspect to consider with this trend. Besides wearing the style most appropriate for your look (sneakers or chunky loafers for gamine, for example), it’s also important to consider practicalities, especially rainy weather, which can make styles like maxi skirts a little tricky to wear. While with mini and midi skirts almost anything goes, a key recommendation for maxi lengths is to balance the look of the skirt (while keeping your hem elevated) by wearing a block or platform heel.

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Sorority T-Shirts and Beyond: The Art of Greek Apparel

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When it comes to demonstrating your Greek affiliation, nothing says pride better than wearing a Greek letter shirt. Whether you’re attending a tailgate on game day, rocking one for Recruitment Week, or just casually dropping the G when out with friends; sorority tee shirts are a great way to shout out everything that is important to you and the sisterhood! From fierce texts that emphasize unity among your sorors, classic crests that show off traditional flair, or customized gear tailored specifically for your chapter: each piece of sorority apparel captures an essence and meaning all its own.

This articles dives into the creative side of Greek life looking at various types of shirts available, what details go into creating them, and how this expression rises up from embroidery machines everywhere!

The tradition of Greek apparel dates back several decades, with its roots intertwined with the history of Greek life itself. These garments are not just fashion statements, but also crucial markers of identity and unity. Sorority tee shirts, in particular, became popular in the mid-20th century as a way for members to demonstrate their pride and allegiance. Today, they are an integral part of sorority culture—serving not just as casual wear, but also as an essential part of sorority events and ceremonies.

The designs and symbols on these tee shirts often reflect the values, traditions, and history of the respective sorority, thereby fostering a sense of belonging among members. The evolution of Greek apparel mirrors the evolution of sorority culture itself, adapting to changing trends and preferences while maintaining the essence of sisterhood and unity.

What better way to show your sorority pride than with a trendy tee shirt? From bold statement tees to personalized monograms, today’s sorority tee-shirt trends offer something for everyone. If you’re a fan of bright colors and eye-catching graphics, a statement tee may be the perfect fit for you. Or maybe you prefer a more subtle approach, with a chic monogram on the front or back of your shirt. No matter your style, there’s a sorority tee shirt out there that will make you stand out on campus and show off your Greek sisterhood with style.

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Get custom-made sorority tee shirts

Custom-made sorority tee shirts offer a unique opportunity to create something that’s truly representative of your chapter and personality. Proudly showcasing your Greek affiliation with custom sorority shirts has never been easier or more creative. These personalized items allow you to choose the color, design, and even the fabric of your shirt, ensuring it’s the perfect fit for your style and comfort.

Whether it’s a memorable quote that signifies your sisterhood, a special date, or your sorority symbol, the design possibilities are infinite. In addition, these custom-made pieces can also serve as a fantastic keepsake or gift for fellow members, strengthening the bond of your sorority and making your time in Greek life unforgettable.

Find creative ways to wear your sorority letters beyond just a tee shirt

Sorority letters are more than just symbols of sisterhood; they represent a bond that goes beyond college life. While tee shirts are the common way to wear your letters, there are endless possibilities to showcase your pride. Consider adding your letters to a denim jacket or vest for a trendy look. Show off your sorority spirit with a personalized necklace, bracelet, or ring. For a more subtle approach, add your letters as an applique to a tote bag, baseball cap, or even a notebook. Whether you’re looking for a bold statement or a discreet nod to your sorority, there are plenty of creative ways to wear your letters.

Choose the right materials for screen printing or embroidery

Choosing the right materials for screen-printing or embroidery projects is crucial to ensure a high-quality output. Cotton is a popular choice for tee shirts because it is breathable and durable, and it works well with both screen printing and embroidery techniques. A good option is a polyester blend, especially for athletic wear, as they are resilient, moisture-wicking, and maintain their color. For screen printing, it’s essential to use high-quality, water-based inks to ensure clear, vibrant designs that can withstand repeated washing.

For embroidery, choose sturdy threads in colors that compliment your garment and design. Tools like embroidery hoops and stabilizers can also prove helpful in producing neat, professional-looking results. Remember, the quality of your materials can greatly impact the overall look and feel of your finished sorority tee shirts.

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Consider what accessories you can match with your new Greek apparel for your sorority

Accessories can play a crucial role in accentuating your Greek apparel and expressing your sorority spirit. Whether you opt for a stylish tote bag emblazoned with your sorority’s letters or a delicate pendant that subtly signifies your affiliation, these accessories can add an extra layer of personalization to your outfit. Delve into the realm of Greek-inspired jewelry, where you can find bracelets, rings, and necklaces adorned with your sorority’s symbols and colors. Explore items like scarves or hats that can be customized to represent your Greek life.

Don’t forget about everyday items like keychains or phone covers that can be a constant reminder of your sorority. Each accessory is a chance to further express your pride and commitment to your sorority.

Greek apparel, particularly sorority tee shirts, is more than just a wardrobe staple—it’s a tangible symbol of unity, identity, and pride. From traditional designs to modern trends, these shirts have evolved to reflect the dynamic nature of Greek life. Customization, versatility in how you represent your letters, and thoughtful selection of materials and accessories further enhance the personal connection to your sorority. These elements combined make each piece of Greek apparel a unique expression of sisterhood that lasts long beyond the college years.

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As sorority tee shirts continue to evolve, they not only reflect the ever-changing trends in fashion but also the growth and transformation of sorority culture itself. Custom-made tee shirts bring a level of personalization that allows each member to express her individuality while also being part of a collective identity.

—Staff

Editors’ Picks: Five Sunglasses for Adding Some Outdoor Chic to Your Outfit

For some time now, athleisure has been experiencing a sort of renaissance in the fashion circuit. Our previous article on the ‘Best Spring 2023 Men’s Jackets’ highlights a few pieces that take obvious inspiration from the outdoors. From JW Anderson’s Casual Zip Front Fleece Jacket fit for any outdoor activity to Maniere De Voir’s weatherproof Nylon Parka Jacket, as well as women’s racing jackets like Free People’s Deadwood Hiro Jacket, we’ve got you covered on this season’s biggest fashion theme—outdoor chic. Today’s focus? Sunglasses. Here’s a roundup of 5 frames to suit any fashionista’s needs as we move into the fall season.

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Oakley BXTR

R&B singer Ciara was spotted making a fashion statement during a recent trip to Japan. Once dubbed the Princess of Crunk, Ciara sported a pair of oversized, sporty Oakley sunglasses to match her motorcyclist-inspired getup. Oakley’s BXTR frames come in six different shades and were designed to pay homage to Baxter Street, a well-known skate spot in Los Angeles. To make this look your own, allow the sunglasses to become the focal point of your outfit by pairing them with baggy jeans and a moto jacket.

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Ray-Ban Reverse Wayfarer

Refresh your sunglasses wardrobe with styles from Ray-Ban’s Reverse collection. The brand has taken its beloved classics including the Aviator, Wayfarer, Caravan, and Boyfriend styles, and shifted the shape of the lenses from traditional convex to concave. Prior to their official release, you may have seen the Reverse Wayfarers frames from Ray-Ban walk down the red carpet on singer Labrinth. Not only are these unique frames sure to draw attention, but they are also crafted to follow the contours of the cheekbone, ensuring a flawless fit that can be pulled off by anyone.

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Costa Del Mar Tuna Alley Pro

If you’re looking for something that is both trendy and can withstand heavy outdoor activities, the Tuna Alley Pro sunglasses on Costa Del Mar are perfect for you. These frames are made with premium lenses that filter reflective glare, making them ideal for bright, full-sun situations on the open water and offshore. They’re also made with a special coating that is extra resistant to scratching and creates a barrier that repels water, oil, and sweat. Regardless of whether your preferred activity is hiking, fishing, or just sightseeing, these sunglasses will make for the perfect companion.

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Oakley Eye Jacket Redux

Like many trends, it’s vital to have a style inspiration. When it comes to combining athleisure and sportswear to create eye-catching ensembles, no one comes close to Bella Hadid. To replicate her trendsetting street style, go with the Eye Jacket Redux from Oakley. At first, many of us shuddered at these dad-like wraparound frames. But something about the way Hadid styles them with 90s low-rise cargo pants and midriff-baring tops has us wanting to cop a pair or two!

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Burberry Briar

The Briar frames by Burberry are for those who are not quite sold on the idea that sporty sunglasses can be cute. These sunglasses feature a square, cat-eye silhouette. They’re much more subdued than oversized shield designs, yet the blue-tinted lenses and signature Burberry check still give off a playful quality.

No longer are wraparound sunglasses limited to yoga moms or dads on their yearly fishing trips. Athleisure sunglasses have become go-to accessories for supermodels and fashion gurus alike, and with good reason. Sunglasses are an easy way to add a touch of outdoor chic to any outfit without having to overhaul your entire wardrobe.

—Staff

Accessorize Smartly: Finding the Perfect Phone Wallet to Match Your Style

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In today’s fast-paced digital age, our smart phones have become indispensable companions. They hold our contacts, schedules, memories, and so much more. But what’s equally essential is the accessory that keeps our beloved devices secure and within arm’s reach, the phone wallet. And as we efficiently transition into the cooler temperatures of fall weather, having a phone wallet can be an essential item as we layer with more clothing and wardrobe accessories. Consider all the things that will be a part of your daily wardrobe this fall—hats, scarves, gloves, etc.—you should add a phone wallet to these fall essentials.

Finding the perfect phone wallet isn’t just about functionality; it’s also about style. Your phone wallet should not only safeguard your smartphone and essential cards but also complement your unique fashion sense. In this article discover how to choose the perfect phone wallet that matches your individual style and needs. Let’s get started.

Identify Your Personal Style

Identifying your personal style is the crucial first step in finding the perfect phone wallet to complement your individual fashion preferences. Take a moment to reflect on your overall style aesthetic.

Are you a minimalist who prefers clean lines and neutral colors, or do you lean towards a more bohemian, eclectic look with vibrant patterns? Consider your fashion choices, favorite accessories, and the colors that dominate your wardrobe. This self-awareness will guide you in selecting a phone wallet that seamlessly integrates with your unique style, ensuring that it not only serves its practical purpose but also becomes a stylish extension of your overall look.

Evaluate Your Everyday Needs

Evaluating your everyday needs is essential when searching for the ideal phone wallet. Start by analyzing your daily routine and activities. Do you need a wallet that can hold more than just your phone, such as cards, cash, or even keys?

Think about your device’s size, as larger phones may require wallets with specific dimensions. You can also find a custom phone wallet that perfectly fits your phone model, ensuring a snug and secure fit. Additionally, assess your preferred carrying style; whether you prefer a slim wallet that easily slides into your pocket or a crossbody phone wallet for hands-free convenience.

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Choose the Right Fabric or Material

Selecting the right fabric or material for your phone wallet is a pivotal decision in aligning it with your style and needs. Different materials offer varying levels of durability, texture, and aesthetics. For a sleek and modern look, leather or faux leather options are timeless classics that exude elegance. If you lean towards a sportier or casual style, canvas or fabric wallets might be a better fit, providing a more relaxed and versatile appearance. Additionally, consider factors like weather resistance and ease of maintenance, as these can impact your wallet’s longevity.

Size and Capacity Considerations

Size and capacity considerations play a pivotal role in determining the suitability of a phone wallet for your style and practical needs. Begin by assessing the dimensions of your phone to ensure a snug and secure fit within the wallet’s designated compartment.

Think about the additional items you typically carry, such as cards, cash, or identification. Ensure the wallet offers ample slots, pockets, and compartments to accommodate these essentials without feeling cramped.

Balancing size with functionality is key; an excessively bulky wallet may disrupt your style, while an overly compact one might limit its usefulness. Striking the right balance ensures that your phone wallet harmonizes seamlessly with your daily life and fashion preferences.

Functional Features

Functional features in a phone wallet go beyond the basic task of holding your phone. Consider the convenience-enhancing elements that align with your lifestyle. Features like RFID blocking can provide added security for your cards and personal information, making them essential for security-conscious individuals. Think about the ease of access to your phone, with options like magnetic closures, snap buttons, or zipper closures offering varying levels of security and accessibility.  Additionally, look for built-in stands or kickstands that can make hands-free video viewing a breeze.

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Consider Aesthetic Appeal

Aesthetic appeal is a critical aspect when choosing a phone wallet to match your style. Delve into the world of colors, designs, and brands to find a wallet that resonates with your personal taste. Choose a color that complements your wardrobe or adds a pop of contrast. Consider design elements, whether you prefer classic, minimalist patterns or bold, eye-catching motifs. Brand loyalty may also play a role, as some individuals seek wallets that align with their favorite designer labels.

Have the Right Budget

Having the right budget is essential when searching for the perfect phone wallet. Before you start shopping, determine how much you’re willing to invest in this accessory. High-quality materials, designer brands, and additional features can significantly impact the price range. Keep in mind that a well-made phone wallet is an investment that should balance style and functionality with your financial constraints. Look for options within your budget that still meet your style and practical requirements, ensuring that you don’t overspend or compromise on quality.

Check for Reviews and Recommendations

Checking for reviews and recommendations is a smart move when in search of the perfect phone wallet. Start by exploring online reviews and ratings from both experts and fellow consumers. These insights can offer valuable information regarding durability, functionality, and overall user satisfaction.

Additionally, seek recommendations from friends, family, or online communities who may have firsthand experience with phone wallets that match your style and needs. Real-world feedback can provide a well-rounded perspective, helping you make an informed choice and avoid potential pitfalls.

Finding the perfect phone wallet to match your style involves a thoughtful blend of personal preferences and practical considerations. Begin by identifying your unique style and evaluating your daily needs, ensuring the wallet suits your lifestyle. Pay close attention to the choice of material, size, and functional features while keeping your budget in mind. Aesthetic appeal is crucial for fashion harmony, and checking reviews and recommendations may add the assurance of quality. By following these steps, you can confidently select a phone wallet that not only complements your style but also enhances your everyday convenience.

—Staff

Editors’ Essentials for New York Fashion Week Spring 2024 Season

With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) spring 2024 season approaching, Fashion Reverie is providing a roundup of the perfect list of essentials fashion editors and industry professionals will need to stay bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Remember you must look good for those fashion after parties and Instagram photos!!

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Portable charger [Anker powercore  $25]

For all the days when will be attending fashion shows and events, it’s best to have a portable charger to keep your phone up to charge. With Anker Powercore, it’s small enough to fit in your hand and has high-speed charging tech for all phones.

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Water bottle [VOSS; 24-pack water bottles $37]

When going on long-distance walking, staying hydrated is essential for the day.  Remember, NYFW is very hectic, and you will be sprinting from one show to the next all day for six days. That’s why you shouldn’t just get any water, but the best water. Pure artisan sourced and enriched with tons of minerals and electrolytes, VOSS will keep you hydrated and feeling your best.

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Metro pass [weekly pass $34]

In a city like New York where fashion is bustling everywhere, a weekly metro pass is essential for getting you around the city in no time! And it’s far less expensive than Ubering from show to show.

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Leather bag [Grams28 154 City Pack $299]

You’ll need a bag to keep all your essentials. That’s why Grams28 is the best at providing stylish bags to keep your hands free and your pockets light.

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Shades [Maniere De Voire CORSICA SUNGLASSES $48]

Maniere De Voire, meaning “A way of seeing,” provides the best shades for sight.  Unisex sunglasses that are stylish for anyone to wear, Maniere De Voire will have you blocking out the sun with opulence.

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Snack bar [Nature Valley; 6-pack $3]

In need of a quick snack small enough to fit your travel needs? Nature Valley is the perfect and healthy pick to keep you going throughout the day. Packed with the perfect balance of savory sweetness and flavorful nuts, this snack makes the best on-the-go treat you can bring along on your adventures during NYFW.

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Under eye cream [CeraVe $15]

It can look rough when waking up and getting ready for the day. CeraVa comes in clutch with handling dark circles and puffiness around the eye to keep you looking and feeling your best. Perfect for all skin types, and restoring the skin barrier, CeraVa is what you need for NYFW.

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Airborne tablets [Vitamin C; 64 tablets $14]

When traveling, you can be too busy to take in your morning essentials to keep your health at its best throughout the day. That’s where Airborne comes in, providing the best vitamin C in a tablet you can find for quick consumption before you head out.

Lauren Pierre-Louis

 

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