Instagram Made Us Try It: Does The B-Tight Lift and Firm Booty Mask Work?

Most likely if you’ve been casually scrolling on Instagram you’ve heard of MAELYS Cosmetics and their B-Tight cream, that tightens your booty and diminishes the appearance of cellulite.  Now if your end of summer vacation is calling your name but you’re a little worried about being swimsuit ready on social media … let’s start by saying you shouldn’t be, your body is amazing as is.  However, if you might feel a little more confident with less visible cellulite and a tighter and toned derriere, you might be wondering how MAELYS’ seemingly magic potions work, and if they work at all.

To get to the bottom of it (pun intended), Fashion Reverie has tested out not one but three of the Instagram famous products by MAELYS; B-Flex for arms, B-Foxy for inner thighs, and B-Tight for your booty to see how effective they really are.  But rather than just give a review, Fashion Reverie wanted to learn the science behind skincare, so we enlisted skincare expert and founder of Skin Property Virtual Esthetics, Emily Trampetti, to break down some myths and possibly offer some explanations as well.

Tampetti, who warns that most products are just clever marketing and did not speak to us on any of MAELYS’ products specifically, did help us decipher the myths and tricks of skincare. According to Trampetti, “Certain topical skincare ingredients are known to help (not cure) diminish the appearance of cellulite.” This is because the majority of these ingredients help to:

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  • Prevent collagen and elastin loss with antioxidants and regenerating nutrients

This will help to strengthen the skin “scaffolding,” helping to prevent cellulite from getting worse.

 

  • Plump out the skin with increased hydration

Skin dehydration will sort of “deflate” the skin and make cellulite more pronounced. Keeping the skin full of moisture and properly hydrated will make the skin look smoother.

 

  • Encourage warming or stimulating effects to increase blood circulation …

Anything we can do to increase microcirculation within the skin can help encourage a healthy skin structure and optimize skin hydration [Including walks, massages, and body scrubs or dry brushing].

 

  • Help the skin structure stay more protected from UV damage

Since UV damage is the #1 culprit of the destruction of our collagen and elastin in the dermis, protecting our skin from the sun is an ultimate priority when it comes to cellulite prevention.

So, do these products work?

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B-Flex

According to MAELYS’ website, B-Flex is a lift and firm arm cream that “targets the appearance of saggy and loose underarm skin, helping to create a tighter, sleeker, more firm-looking arm, and a more taut, toned-looking silhouette.”

 

Main Beneficial Ingredients:

Red Algae: Polysiphonia brodiei—hard to pronounce, easy to let it work! This red algae targets the look of fatty skin, helping to create a sleek-looking silhouette.

Kangaroo Paw Flower Extract: A clinically proven botanical extract that rejuvenates the look of skin, for a tighter, smoother appearance.

Pink PepperSlim: A plant extract that helps smooth the look of fatty skin.

 

 

What the Fashion Reverie Team Thought

Overall, almost all testers noticed the skin under the arm area tightened resulting in a decrease of the dreaded “batwing” look.  Although, some were bothered by the intensity of the warming sensation which progressively got more intense, once they knew what to expect we’re more comfortable with it.  However, all were happy with noticeable results.

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B-Foxy

MAELYS lists B-Foxy as an inner thigh firming cream, claiming that, “this revolutionary reshaping cream is clinically proven to help give tighter and firmer- looking thighs, and contour the look of saggy thighs, giving them a smoother silhouette.”

 

Main Beneficial Ingredients:

MicroAlgae: Clinically proven to target the look of fatty skin.

Tapioca Starch: Absorbs the extra moisture in the chafing zone.

Coconut Oil: Helps to fade the appearance of stretch marks.

 

What the Fashion Reverie Team Thought

Unlike the other two products, this is the only one that doesn’t heat up, and also isn’t supposed to be rubbed in.  Some testers shared that they had noticeable results, while others noted only slight improvements.  Overall, this product, did not perform as well as the other two, leaving our testers wondering if one of the other products could be applied, perhaps one that would increase blood circulation by heating up the skin.  Fashion Reverie did reach out to MAELYS’ scientific team regarding this matter, but we were not given a response. 

 

(Please note: Fashion Reverie does not recommend you use any product in a matter it wasn’t intended for.  Additionally, if you feel that you might be having an allergic reaction to these or any products, please stop use immediately and seek help from a medical professional.)

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B-Tight

MAELYS’ most famous product, B-Tight Lift and Firm Booty mask is touted on their website as being “clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite and helps to visibly firm the look of skin around the booty and thighs.”

Main Beneficial Ingredients:

Pink PepperSlim: A plant extract that helps smooth the look of fatty skin.

Hyaluronic Acid: Helps retain water—keeping your skin moist and plump.

Guarana Seed Extract: Wakes up tired skin by energizing and revitalizing its appearance.

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What the Fashion Reverie Team Thought

There is a reason this is MAELYS’ bestselling product.  The booty mask across the board provided the best results for all testers.  Not only that, but the B-Tight results were more obvious quicker, with our team sharing that they saw less cellulite and firmer, toned and smoother skin pretty quickly and results getting better over time.  Just like B-Flex this product’s description was a bit misleading about what a “warming sensation” that lasts for two hours feels like, as all our testers reported that their bums felt very hot as if they applied a heating pad to their behinds.  However, once again, none of our testers minded the heat once they knew to expect it, especially after seeing results.

Overall, do these products work?  Short answer … yes.  After the Fashion Reverie team tested out the three products over a course of a few weeks, they are happy to report that the skin under their arms looked tighter, the look of cellulite on the legs and butt diminished, and everywhere they applied it looked more toned.  Are these miracle products that will instantly make you look like you’ve been Photoshopped on the cover of a magazine? No, but over time will you notice an improvement?  Absolutely! 

In fact, some team members reported noticing a slight difference in as little as three applications.  For complete transparency, the bottle recommends applying twice a day and our team only tested once per day.   That being said, some products worked better than others, and while some products say you might feel a slight warming sensation, our testers reported more of a very hot burning sensation.  However, only time will tell if these results are temporary or long lasting.

Have you tried out any of MAELYS’ creams and masks to tighten and firm?  Let us know what you think!

—Janine Silver

Editors’ Pick: Let Judy Garland Be Your Fragrance Guide in This Summer of Love

In this summer of love, it is a well-known fact that having that summer romance has so much to do with attracting the special someone, even if that attraction only last during the fleeting summer months. And to attract that heady summer love, it is essential to smell good.

And if you want to with a classic vintage fragrance that now has a modern twist, nothing fits the bill better than the new fragrance—JUDY, a Garland Fragrance—from Cosmetic Chemist Vincenzo Spinnato, President/CEO of TurnKey Beauty Inc and Judy Garland’s scions Lorna Luft, Joey Luft, and Liza Minnelli. And this limited-edition, 100 birthday commemorative unisex fragrance is currently available.

Old Hollywood nostalgia comes alive in this sophisticated, modernized fragrance inspired by what Judy Garland herself wore. This unisex fine fragrance showcases a hint of the official Judy Garland Rose with the addition of Dark Orchid, Coriander, and a medley of sultry Gourmand and spice notes, newly creating an all-inclusive and gender-neutral fine fragrance.

Coriander, Elemi and Californian Grapefruit shimmer over a heart of Honeyed Rose deepening to notes of Dark Orchid and Pink Pepper, evoking the emotion of Ms. Garland’s music and classic Hollywood films. Luring and captivating, the lingering sweetness of Tonka Bean, Bourbon Vanilla, and Caramel balance against notes of Velvety Musk and Patchouli Woods.

Liza Minnelli proclaims that this new fragrance, “smells just like mama.” And anybody who is aware of Judy Garland knows that she was in love with love. Remember her showstopping number “The Man Who Got Away” from “A Star Is Born.”

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You will not go ‘over the rainbow’ with this fragrance, but JUDY, a Garland Fragrance, is the perfect fragrance for a 2022 summer of love. You will smell purty!!

—Staff

Fashion Reverie’s Unique 2022 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Many fashion brands have upped the ante when it comes to convincing shoppers to purchase gifts for their loved ones for Father’s Day. Everything is being hawked from electronics to clothing—you know ties, socks, spring jackets—as well as watches, fragrances, and computers. You know, mostly easy traditional gifts.

All this marketing is good; however, we are living in some very peculiar and interesting times. We are still plagued by a continuing health pandemic. We are battling raging inflation—have you been to the grocery store lately? And a recession is looming.

This may not be the time to empty your pockets for a Father’s Day gift. Still, you only live once, so let your passion be your guide!!

Fashion Reverie has come up with some unique Father’s Day gift that are sure to make your loved ones happy.

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Help Dad with his grooming routine and give him products from NTRLBySabs and Design Essentials. These products and gift sets are perfect for the guy who loves to put a little extra care into his routine. Prices range $11 to $125.

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Just in time for Father’s Day the “Compass” a watch and travel accessory collaboration between George Esquivel and Tutima, the renown Glashütte watch brand will be available at Esquivel House, 

The collection combines Tutima’s mechanical marvel with Esquivel’s art of handcrafting. It includes a limited-edition Tutima Patria Dual Time watch accessorized with two NATO straps and accompanying watch holder designed by Esquivel, a pair of Esquivel’s famed Chelsea boots, and an overnight leather duffle. The straps, Chelsea boots and leather duffle were all produced at Esquivel House in Downtown LA.

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Members Only is now a cultural icon with a steady and growing following thanks to you—our loyal fans. Whether you knew us from the ’80s and love us now for our slimmer modern look with all the signature details or are rocking our jackets because it’s just simply … cool, our loyalty lies with you. We see race, creed, and taste not as separation but as inspiration. Dear upright citizen of the world, thank you for including us in your world. We are proud to have you as a member. Prices range from $98 to $108.

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If you are in the market for a fragrance or a set of fragrances for that special man, Amouage to the rescue. An elegant presentation box containing six 2ml spray samples of current Amouage fragrances. A curated selection of the most iconic scent creations from Oman, featuring Gold Man, Epic ManReflection ManInterlude ManHonour Man, and Portrayal Man. Price points is $80.

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Fathers deserve the best on their day, so why not give them a gift that will show them how much we care about them? Withings ScanWatch Horizon is the latest luxury addition to the Withings ScanWatch range—it gives dapper dads a stylish touch to their daily outfit all while helping them monitor their health. With its stunning diver style form factor and state-of-the-art medical-grade technology, this is a hybrid smartwatch that delivers health and wellness features in an amazing stylish design.

Boasting a stainless-steel rotating bezel with laser engraved markings that incorporate the standard codes of diving practice alongside Luminova hollow watch hands, indicators, and thick indices that allow it to be used in low light, it’s a high end design that packs a whole range of health and wellness features including heart rate monitoring, ECG, breathing disturbances, blood oxygen levels, sleep, and physical activity to a fully functional underwater watch that wouldn’t look out place next to the ROLEX, Submariner or OMEGA, Seamaster.

The ScanWatch Horizon finally hits stores in the US, in Best Buy Stores, Withings.com, and Amazon.com price of $499.95 from May 17.

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Help fathers track all their beloved possessions no matter if it’s a bike, boat or even backpacks. This pocket-size cellular GPS tracker enables users to track all valuable possessions when they’re on the move. One can tuck it inside moving boxes and suitcases while traveling or leave it attached to a piece of valuable item at home. When it starts to move, you’ll be alerted via the Invoxia app with regular alerts, meaning you can locate and ultimately retrieve it in a timely manner. The Invoxia Cellular GPS Tracker uses cellular network, rather than bluetooth, and updates constantly (as frequent as every 30 seconds).

For just $129, the Invoxia tracker acts as an excellent insurance plan for anything you’d like to keep safe. It can be purchased on the official website or on Amazon. You can find more info and pictures in the press kit here.

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For busy fathers who want to ensure a good night of sleep and stay focused during the day, Morphee is a stunningly designed, un-connected sleep aid that will help them rewind and relax in the evening before going to bed. Via its three keys, Morphee offers Dad’s more than 200 audio sessions to choose from to either engage in guided meditations or tune in for soothing music/nature sounds. With its long battery life and ultra-portable design, Morphee is also easy to be kept in a suitcase and taken everywhere they go, perfect for Dads who are always on the road.

Morphee is priced at $99.99 and is available either on its official website or on Amazon.com.

Baby, it is warm outside. And we all know what warm weather represents. Beach time!!

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If you are in the market for some great men’s swimwear for that special guy in your life, look no further than Blu swimwear.  Blu swimsuits are meant to capture the nostalgic summers of your childhood and combine them with modern and adaptable designs to support you in and out of the water. Blu swimwear aim to protect our open waters in comfortable, innovative and versatile swimwear that fits like second skin, you’ll forget you’re wearing them. Blu suits were made for you.

—William S. Gooch

Editor’s Picks: Britney Spears’ Bridal Look Is Accessible

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It is the third time around for pop icon Britney Spears. And hopefully three is the charm. Whether this marriage lasts or becomes a part of a series of nuptials, one cannot deny the beautiful wedding gown that Britney donned on her wedding to third husband Sam Ashgari.

For her third wedding Britney wore a Versace gown designed by Donatella Versace, a great choice. This simple, though very sophisticated bridal gown is the dream bridal gown of many young brides to be. Britney wore a sculptural, very-Versace floor-length wedding dress complete with a sleek portrait neckline, corset bodice, a sky-high skirt slit, pearl buttons dotting the backline, a 10-foot train and a 15-foot veil. It is reported that this gown took about 700 hours to make.

Still, this luxury bridal gown—price point between $15,000 and $20,000—is out of the financial reach of most June brides to be. Fashion Reverie to the rescue. We are always looking for alternatives for our viewers who cannot afford many of the luxury garments donned by celebs and folks who have deep pockets. We also seek to provide consumers with options and expand our viewers choices by presenting designers/brands that are not household names.

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We start with Ines di Santo. Fashion Reverie attended Ines di Santo’s spring 2023 bridal presentation and we were blown away by her incredible collection with a wide of bridal silhouettes and perspectives.

This very modern bridal gown with sculpted and contoured bodice with high-slit gown is a great alternative to Britney Spears’ Versace bridal gown. Though this bridal gown is very pricey and requires deep pockets, this bridal creation is more accessible. Remember, Spears’ bridal gown was custom made, unlike Ines di Santo’s similar bridal gown.

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Sachin & Babi is always a fantastic go-to bridal brand for June brides. Sachin & Babi were one of the few bridal brands that produced a live runway show during New York International Bridal Week. And Fashion Reverie was there, front and center.

The Sachin & Babi “Martina” gown comes in a matte faille, each detail is slightly unique yet familiar. The one-shoulder with soft pleating detail feels a bit Grecian goddess-like. This gown is a great find at only $750.

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If you are not aware of Lihi Hod, you should be. Launched in 2010, Lihi Hod brought all of her experience working for Dior, alongside side John Galliano to her eponymous bridal brand.

Hod’s sculpted and contoured bodice with high-slit gown reflect the same design aesthetic found in Versace’s custom-made gown. Both are beautiful and can make any June bride ecstatic. Still, there is two differences. Lihi Hod’s bridal gown is not custom-made and more accessible, and the price point is significantly lower than Versace’s custom-made gown.

Fashion Reverie always delivers. Get that celebrity look without the hassle of out of reach price points.

—Staff

Editors’ Picks: Spring/Summer 2022 Handbags

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As summer is almost upon us, now is the time for the changing of the guard, to switch up your fall/winter handbags and replace them with brighter and more colorful handbags. Because this summer has been deemed “Feral Girls’ Summer,” it is important that your bag of choice can easily be carried from one destination to the next. Fashion Reverie has you covered with a great roundup of choices in hopes that you can find a bag that will live up to your adventures and whatever you have planned for this summer.

Balenciaga Le Cagole XS Shoulder Bag Orange $2300

This bag by Balenciaga is the coveted bag of the summer for girls in their 20’s and 30’s. With silver hardware and made in Arena lambskin this orange bag is sure to be noticed. For girls not knowing where the night will take them, this is a great choice.

PRADA Celeste Raffia Tote Bag $1790

Prada does it again with this Raffia tote bag that is classic and effortless. This blue tote with a new interpretation of the Prada Triangle emblem adorns the front with the embroidered letter logo, which creates instant brand recognition. The tote is a great choice for a girl who loves the ease and accessibility of a tote that can carry whatever they may choose, but still looks chic. This is a Prada bag after all.

STAUD Tommy Beaded Bag Sunset Stripe $295

It’s hard to resist this beaded beauty by STAUD in one of their classic silhouettes, the Tommy bag. The sunset stripe is one of many color options you can choose from. This is a great bag that you can easily keep track of for those long summer nights where you lose track of time and end up being out from sunset to sunrise.

MARNI Tropicalia Micro Bag in Leather and Striped Canvas $650

Who doesn’t love a micro bag!? Marni’s take on the micro bag trend is a great choice if you are thinking of spending majority of your summer by the coast. In a blue, green, and white striped canvas with an embroidered logo leather details and straps, this bag is meant to be seen by the water. With a crossbody strap it is an easy handbag to carry with you from one destination to the next.

Edie Parker Slim Jean DTF $895

This cheeky clutch from Edie Parker easily catches the eye with verbiage that perfectly describes what “feral girl summer” is all about. It’s for those nights where all you need is your phone and favorite lip color to carry you through the night. If you are wanting a fun bag that emits a vibe and may have many people eyeing it, this one is for you.

FENDI Brooch Mini Baguette Fendace Black Leather Bag with Gold FF Motif $5600

The classic Fendi Baguette is now adorned in the Gold FF Motif in Fendi’s newest collaboration with Versace: Fendace. The bag perfectly blends the iconic brand images of two widely known Italian designer brands. The color combination of black and gold screams luxury and opulence. People are sure to spot you in the crowd when carrying around this gorgeous handbag.

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Chloé Medium Kayan Tote Bag $2090

For a chic and effortless carryall tote bag that is different than the basket bag that everyone and their mother owns, look no further than this Chloé tote. The cut-out structure of this vegetable-tanned calfskin leather bag recalls the signature scallops of this well-known brand that is known for its equestrian references. With a removable linen pouch this bag is great for those summer journeys that seem like they may last forever.

—Phoebe Howard

Wednesday Samples Sales: Week of June 6, 2022

Our Wednesday Sample Sales is back after a month’s hiatus. Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Fashion Reverie recommends that shoppers avoid crowds, it is best to attend sales that have 10 and under 10 shoppers at a time on site. And if possible, shop online for incredible sample sales and discount.

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BRAND: Faherty Sample Sale

WHEN: 06/07–06/12; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed.–Sat. (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop clothes made from premium fabrics with gotta-feel-it-to-believe-it softness. Family owned. Sustainably minded.

WHERE: 260 Fifth Avenue

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BRAND: Outdoor Voices Sample Sale

WHEN: 06/7–06/12; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed. –Th. (10am–7pm), Fri. –Sat. (10am–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Come shop high-quality products for sweating in that make you feel strong and confident for one week only. Enjoy up to 70% off at the flagship store.

WHERE: 261 Fifth Avenue

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BRANDProenza Schouler Sample Sale

WHEN: 06/08–06/12; Wed. –Sat, (10am–7pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Shop luxury ready-to-wear and accessories for up to 70% off original retail.

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

—Staff

Editors’ Pick: ZCRAVE Can Give Any Wardrobe Sparkle and Flash

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Are just itching to get out and frolic, party or just celebrate spring weather? Of course, you are!! But now the question is, what to wear for that night out on the town and party til you drop festivity. Remember, we have been locked down with limited party choices for almost two years. So, the garments in your wardrobe may not be the most trendy or fashionable garments to express your great joy at going out again.

Fashion Reverie to the rescue!! Well, particularly if you are in the New York City tristate area.

At this present time anyone entering the retail market would proced with caution and trepidation. Still, the fashion industry did not become the great industry that it is with cautious intention. Sometimes it is best to throw caution to wind and follow your heart and your passions. And that is what Hila Shtork Zigdon of ZCRAVE has done.

With a background in apparel, working for Puma, Nike, and Umbro, Hila Shtork Zigdon has launched her own brand ZCRAVE and has created her own brick and mortar in the Soho district in Manhattan. This brand launch and brick and mortar store is a risky move, particularly in these precarious times. Still, a life without adventures and risks is not fully realized.

Hila Shtork Zigdon describes her fashion collections as affordable luxury fashion. Similar to the brand name of her collections, ZCRAVE which stands for the first letter of her family name and CRAVE for wanting something that is difficult to obtain, all of the collections are centered around luxury-influenced garments that many fashionistas would like to have but cannot afford. Except that ZCRAVE’s price points don’t demand very deep pockets. Prices range from a couple of hundred bucks to $800.

With that affordable concept in mind, Zigdon felt it was time to open a brick and mortar. “The concept of this store is that anyone of any age can find classic and well as edgy garments that suits their particular taste,” explains Hila Shtork Zigdon.

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Zigdon has a wide variety of styles and influences in the ZCRAVE store. “Whenever I get upset about something I create something to offset my mood. Since I am upset about a lot that is going on in the world, you see a wide range of garments in my store.”

Humor aside, the ZCRAVE store in Soho will satiate and satisfy a lot of fashion palettes. Just ask Christina Milian and Adrienne Bailon, two celebrity devotees of ZCRAVE.

William S. Gooch

Editors’ Pick: The Sunglass Scene for Spring 2022, It’s Hip to Be Square

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When it comes to sunglasses for spring/summer 2022, it’s hip to be square as Huey Lewis and the News sang in their 1986 hit single. Big, square, oversize frames were the biggest story that emerged when it came to sunglass trends for spring/summer 2022 as were lenses in all colors, particularly grey. Open the pages of American Vogue and all the major brands have their version of oversize square frames. Our picks are on the aspirational side, but rest assured that there are versions to snap-up at Zara and H&M if you’re not fully committed and just want a “for this season only” pair of sunnies.

But first, a little bit of history about the appeal of sunglasses for both men and women.

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Iconic moments in sunglass history for men include Jack Nicholson, who’s never without a pair on, from heavy black on black shades to frames with boldly colorful lenses. Tom Cruise was unforgettable in his gold Ray Ban aviators in the 1986 classic, “Top Gun.” And you can add to that list Samuel L. Jackson is often spotted wearing some cool shades.

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When it comes to women’s sunglasses, top of mind classics tend to be oversized, such as Audrey Hepburn’s tortoiseshell cat eye Oliver Goldsmiths she wore in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” very similar to Ray Ban’s iconic Wayfarer model. Once former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, became “Jackie O,” after her marriage to Aristotle Onassis, she was seldom without her oversize dark sunglasses. Some were large and square, by Nina Ricci, and others were solid black and round; one of Ray Ban’s best sellers to this day are their “Jackie Oh 4101” model.

And now, Fashion Reverie’s top picks for 2022:

A trip to the upscale Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, and a chat with *Ingrid, who works in accessories at Nordstrom’s sunglass department, provided insight into what’s popping when it comes to sunglasses this season.

According to Ingrid, the number one word is “oversize.”  While oversize square frames are firmly on trend, a softer rounded frame as well as cat eye shapes are good options for customers who want to participate in the current trend but prefer a more toned-down version. Aviators are a classic that never go out of style as are skinny wraparounds for sporty types who spend the day on the golf course and rely on polarized models for protection and brighter colors.

 

Oversize Squares

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This is undoubtedly the season’s most popular shape and a statement piece, no question about it. Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel scored top marks in this category. While the frames are huge, they are juxtaposed with unexpectedly slim gold stems that make them surprisingly comfortable to wear. Louis Vuitton’s late artistic director, Virgil Abloh, created the “1.1 Millionaires” currently available in patriotic red, white, or blue frames. S-lock hinges make for an eye-catching accent inspired by sunglasses in the House archives and evoke the distinctive eyewear popular in Al Capone’s Chicago.

A more delicate take on the season’s number one shape is Chanel’s “Square,” in metal and strass with a silver lens that looks as if the frames are surrounded by the tiniest pave diamonds.

 

Colorful Frames and Lenses

Image courtesy of Maui Jim Walilua. Polarized Classic Sunglasses with lava red lenses, $229.99

One of the winners in this category is from Quay Australia, a brand that’s a smash hit stateside for consistently delivering right on-trend styles at a budget friendly price, many in the $65 to $85 range. “Knightfall” is a large square frame with a tequila sunrise lens that successfully straddles two trends. Maui Jim has long offered fans polarized lenses. The “Wailua” has the look of Tom Cruise’s “Tom Gun” sunglasses but with red lenses aptly named “Hawaii Lava.”

Giant Rounds

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Chanel may well just about own this category. It’s hard to beat their iconic black on black shades that scream, “Step aside and don’t look at me.” Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, allegedly owns about a hundred pair and has been seen wearing them since she ascended to her position in 1988. What’s new is the updated version, the “Pilot,” a squared-off, large round with quilted stems and mini gold CC logos on them.  

Celine has a new spin on “the Anna” as well. They debuted their “Bug” model, a heavy black acetate frame with silver mirror lenses on the runway that make for an upscale riff on the iconic one-way only sunglasses popularized by lifeguards in the 1980s.

The Cat Eye

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Celine delivers a twist on this classic shape, white or purple frames with a squared-off bottom and gray lenses to consider. Right to you from the Paris runway are Balenciaga’s unisex “Bat Rectangle Sunglasses,” made from white bio injected nylon, also with grey lenses. The glasses accessorized looks 19 and 25 of Balenciaga’s summer 2022 Red Carpet Collection.

Wrap Arounds

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Maui Jim has long been a front runner in this shape and continues to be a year-round staple for golf and outdoor sportsmen year-round. An interesting update in this category is Balenciaga’s edgy take, the “Dynasty Wrap D-Frame,” available in punchy pink or green acetate frames with gray lenses.

Aviators

Images courtesy of Remo Tulliani/Very New York and Ray Ban. $165 and $180

Ray-Ban’s perpetual classic, the “G-15 Pilot” model, continues to be a strong go-to for men in all sizes. Italian designer Remo Tuliani says, “Quality never goes out of style” but that doesn’t mean afficionados of this style can’t switch it up a bit. For those who are looking for a departure from their basic aviator wardrobe, there’s Ray-Bans’ “Aviator Flash Lens”, a teardrop gold rimmed model with bright blue colored lenses. Remo Tulliani also has an updated version of the aviator, the “Smooth” model with the house’s signature Ash Lens in a medium “Blue Ice” shade.

Vivian Kelly

Editors’ Picks: 2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is a time to thank the remarkable women in your life for everything they’ve done for you. This year show how much you love her by ditching the traditional bouquet or scented candles and get that special woman in your life a gift she’d really appreciate.

Fashion Reverie has rounded up the best gifts to thank the mom in your life for kissing your boo-boos and raising you into the person you are today. The best part? All are mom-approved!

For the Beauty Queens

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CHI Air Setter 2-In-1 Flat Iron & Curler

For moms looking to get professional styling at home, CHI’s Air Setter 2-in-1 Flat Iron & Curler allows her to straighten and curl her locks with one easy-to-use tool. The most impressive feature is the Cool Air Technology which sets styles and keeps curls bouncy for longer. As with all of CHI’s hair tools, it’s fused with Ceramic and Ionic Technology which emits negative ions to reduce frizz and increase shine. Overall, our moms loved how quickly even the thickest hair was styled. (Less heat on your hair means less time for heat damage!) Plus, thanks to the cool air blowing through the Air Setter, curls stayed longer without any additional spray or product. Available at Target.com, $99.99

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Moroccanoil Body Souffle & Body Butter

A pampering experience, Moroccanoil’s line of ultra-nourishing moisturizers is a little bit of luxury in a jar. Both products feature Moroccanoil’s signature scent, a delicate blend of spicy amber and sweet floral notes that linger long after applying and are packaged in a recyclable jar. 

Body Soufflé is a lightweight whipped moisturizer featuring avocado oil, macadamia seed oil, squalene, and argan oil to enhance skin’s texture and tone by improving the skin’s natural barrier. It goes on light and creamy and dries to a powder finish.

Body Butter is a thicker, concentrated moisturizer derived from shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, hyaluronic acid, and argan oil to soften dry skin, lock in moisture and strengthen the skin barrier.

Together they make an excellent gift for any mama. Available at Moroccanoil.com, $38 each

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Moroccanoil Smooth Style Ceramic Heated Brush

If you combined the ease of a paddle brush and the proficiency of a flat iron, you’d get Moroccanoil’s Smooth Style Ceramic Heated Brush. Easy to use, all you do is plug it in, give it a moment to heat up, and brush through. Our moms loved that this could be used with one hand and the gorgeous shine it provided. As a bonus, it shuts off on its own after an hour, so there’s no need to worry and play the “Did I leave my styling tool on?” scenario every time you leave the house. Available at Moroccanoil.com, $140

For the Fashionista Mamas

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Bagnet

Purses can be costly, but no matter if your mom is spending $30 or $3,000 on a designer bag, one thing is for sure is that she’s probably sick of leaving it on the dirty floor.

Going out always forces any handbag lover into a dilemma, should you leave it on the back of a chair where it’s easier to steal, keep it in your lap for the duration of your meal, or place it on the floor. (And don’t get us started on the complications bathroom stalls without hooks on the door bring!) Enter Bagnet, a small bag charm that adds extra pizzazz to any purse and, thanks to its strong magnet, makes leaving bags at your feet a thing of the past. Bagnet claims their magnets will hold up to 8lbs, and we’re happy to report that even a rather heavy bag passes the test. In fact, the magnet is strong enough that we recommend being careful when walking too close to metal objects like poles or railings. Occasionally our bags were drawn to them as well!

Now, what if the table isn’t metal? Bagnet created a special ring (called a Perch) that opens and creates a hook to hang your bag on. The only downside is it can sometimes be a little temperamental and tough to open, but just like the magnet, it does work for even heavy bags, so mom is covered. Available at bagnetcompany.com, $24.99 – $26.99

For the Jet Setting Mama

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Kizik

Thanks to the built-in spring-back heel technology, these shoes can slide on and off easily. They’re completely hands-free! The heel compresses after you slip your toes into the shoe with their patented design, allowing the wearer to slip their whole foot in before springing back into place. Kizik’s are great shoes for traveling through busy airports, as they slide on and off easily through security gates. They are also amazing for running errands when your hands are full. They’re also helpful for anyone with mobility or balance issues who finds it difficult to put on a shoe like a sneaker. A big hit with our moms is how comfortable they are to walk in and how easy they are to get on and off—no need to sit down or tie anything! Available at Kizik.com, $99- $129

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Clutch

In today’s world, it’s essential always to be connected, which means we’re constantly using our phones to talk to friends, take photos, watch movies and share our lives on social media. Enter Clutch, a lightweight, super tiny charger with an attached cable to charge your device. This sleek, credit-sized card power bank won’t give you as many charges as some of its larger counterparts, but it’s the perfect companion if you need a little extra juice. It fits in evening bags, pockets, wallets, and some phone wallet cases. If your mom loves to chat or share pictures of her travels, this is one gift she’ll be happy to keep on her constantly. Available at clutchcharger.com, $49

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90 Degree by Reflex Fleece Open Hooded Cardigan

Stay super cozy on cold flights and drafty hotel rooms draped in 90 Degree by Reflex’s Fleece Open Hooded Cardigan. The long length is flattering on almost all body types, and everyone loves the hood and pockets. Your mother can wrap it around herself while enjoying a crisp evening fire or over workout clothes to the hotel gym. The soft fleece is warm and inviting, making it a great gift for moms who like to stay warm and comfy. Available on Amazon, $29.99

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Reef Water Vista

Hello, vacation! For the mom, you can’t take away from the ocean. Reef’s Water Vista Sandals are perfect! With an espadrille inspired texture that is completely water friendly, these sandals won’t get ruined if you take them from a walk on the beach straight to lunch. The shoe features a bouncy top soul for comfort when walking and an adjustable Velcro back strap for a snug fit. Our moms love how stylish they are for water shoes. These shoes are a significant upgrade from flip-flops! Available at Reef.com, $50

For the Sports Mom & Nature Lovers

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Apricoat Adventure 2.0

Made from 300 recycled plastic bottles, Apricoat’s Adventure 2.0 jacket is designed for rain, wind, and snow. The jacket is lightweight and breathes, but still keeps you warm and is ideal for a hike or a trip! It also has a removable hood and wrist gaiters with thumbholes, but what makes it stand out are the 16 pockets! These pockets are made to fit your electronics, gear, and sunglasses, and there’s even one to help keep you hydrated. We loved the small zippered pockets on the sleeves and chest for storing Chapstick, train tickets, money, and credit cards. There’s also an array of pockets inside with zippers for security and Velcro to access the items inside easily. We don’t suggest filling them all up at once as it feels a bit stuffed (especially if you don’t order a larger size as most reviewers recommend), but for the mom who wants to hike a mountain or even walk the dog hands-free, this coat is perfect. Available at Apricoat.com, $179.00

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90 Degree by Reflex Leggings

While there is certainly no shortage of companies selling leggings, finding a good pair can be challenging. A good pair needs to be strong yet flexible and must pass the bend-over test. For anyone not familiar with this term, it means checking to ensure the fabric covering your bum does not appear see-through when bending over. Not only does 90 Degree by Reflex’s leggings check all the boxes, but we love the side pocket to keep your phone handy. Available at 90degreebyreflex.com, $44.99

For the Mother Who Loves to Entertain

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Spongellé Private Reserve Diffuser

This diffuser will ensure mom’s home always smells fantastic with a custom hand-blown glass vase containing 8oz of Spongellé’s scented oil. Unlike most diffusers that only smell good, these are equipped with a beautiful handsewn floret with a cotton wick, adding something extra to any room’s décor. The white flower turns colors based on the scent you choose.

These sets come in four different scents: Peony Flower, Morning Bloom, Black Orchid, and Blackberry to suit any taste. Perfect if your mother is a regular Martha Stewart and is always entertaining. The time-released fragrance will linger for up to 8 weeks so that she can enjoy the scent long after all her guests have gone home. Available at Spongelle.com, $58

—Janine Silver

Spring 2022 Ladies’ Fragrances that Emote Floral Beauty and Vibrancy

Spring is the perfect time to stock up on your favorite fragrances, and it is an ideal time to look for a new perfume that could become your signature scent, whether it be for yourself or your home. Fashion Reverie makes your search seamless because finding your new favorite scent can be a process.

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MCM X SAMBYPEN Collector’s Edition Fragrance 50 ML $90.00

The newest scent from MCM, this limited-edition fragrance, is in collaboration with SambyPen, who reimagined MCM’s core iconography through imaginative characters that represent the essence of the fragrance.

In a graffiti adorned bottle, the fragrance includes notes of vibrant raspberry and hand-picked jasmine combined with clean woods and sheer Ambrox® Super making for a fragrance that emulates the brand’s travel DNA. The scent represents MCM’s bold heritage that connects the contradictions of luxury and street style, heritage and modernity, individuality, and tribe.

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Jo Malone London Bitter Mandarin Cologne 50 ML $105.00

Jo Malone London, known for their strong and lingering scents, recently released a new collection of fragrances titled A New Blossoms Collection, inspired by Mediterranean summers. Bitter Mandarin is one of the three scents apart of this collection and has notes of mandarin, orange, and amber, which emulates a Mediterranean summer evening with carefree vibes and citrus-lined streets. Jo Malone scents are great for all-day wear as they are long-lasting and are sure to make heads turn.

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Van Dang Fragrances Room and Linen Mist Solaire 200 ML $95.00

From Van Dang Fragrances debut collection, the room and linen mist in the Solaire scent is a great room fragrance that emits openness and positivity. In a dark violet biophotonic glass bottle, with top notes of petitgrain bigarade, rosemary, bergamot, middle notes of orange flower absolute, ylang, muguet, and a base note of amber, this scent will instantly freshen the air in your environment and is fabric safe. A room and linen mist is a perfect way to set the mood in whatever space you are in.

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Ellis Brooklyn SUN FRUIT Eau de Parfum 50 ML $105.00

Ellis Brooklyn is rooted in creating products with clean ingredients inspired by literature, non-fiction, articles, songwriting, poetry, and verse. The Sun Fruit perfume by Ellis Brooklyn has a fruity floral profile but sets itself apart as the keynotes are fresh fig, hand-picked jasmine, and vanilla planifolia. This scent is what vacation smells like and is inspired by tan lines, ripe fruit, and bare skin.

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Le Labo Rose 31 Eau de Parfum 50 ML $198.00

Le Labo is known for their distinctive and enticing sent profiles and Rose 31 is no different. The rose scent carries a sense of ambiguity as any gender can wear it. With spicy, woodsy notes of cumin, olibanum, cedar, and a touch of amber, this floral yet musky scent is sure to cause conversation.

—Phoebe Howard

 

 

 

 

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