Winter Aint Over Yet, So Bundle Up!!

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It’s cold outside! 2021 is proving to be an unusually cold and long winter for North Americans—thoughts and prayers to the people suffering in Texas. Canadians are fine, but what about the rest of us? And on February 2, the groundhog did see it’s shadow, so there is about another month of cold weather ahead.

New Yorkers are being reminded of 2018 when they woke up to two feet of snow on April 1st! But there are ways to cope with and even get some pleasure from colder temperatures. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of items—some practical, some sexy, some just plain fun—to keep you snug and comfortable all winter long!

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Cosy House Weighted Blankets

The latest trend in sleep hygiene is weighted blankets. The idea is that the pressure from the blanket can increase serotonin, a chemical in your body that makes you feel happy and calm. Experts refer to it as “deep-pressure therapy.”

 While there’s not much scientific support, many people who suffer from anxiety or other ailments swear by it. The weighted blanket from Cosy House has smooth, evenly weighted glass beads for ideal comfort. This blanket is perfect for couples to snuggle under on freezing nights.

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I.AM.GIA. Intimates       

Looking for a way to heat up the bedroom? Forget the space heater, Fashion Reverie has a better idea. I.AM.GIA has recently introduced intimates to their line and oh boy are they HOT! The lingerie line includes slip dresses, bralettes, corsets, panties, and miniskirts in black, white, red, pink, and purple. These bold sexy items will inspire some hot nights and a lot of skin-to-skin contact.

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Lands End Texting Gloves

Ugh. Is there anything quite as annoying as having to pull your gloves off to use your smartphone? Not only do your fingers get cold; but, shoving gloves in and out of your pockets is an excellent way to lose one. Lands End EZ Touch cashmere-lined leather gloves will keep your fingers snug while letting you use your smart devices. They come in an assortment of beautiful colors and multiple sizes so you can get the perfect fit.

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Smoko-Heated Potato Slippers

Everyone knows once the mercury drops it’s critical to have a soft warm pair of slippers to protect your toes from frigid floors. Smoko-Heated Potato Slippers from Urban Outfitters are lined with super soft fleece that provide a much-needed sense of whimsy with their fun design. But much more than that, use the USB port to heat up them up when your feet are turning to popsicles!

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Zadro Luxury Towel Warmer

One of the major downsides of apartment living in New York City is your landlord often controls your heat.  A friend of Fashion Reverie spoke of his absolute dread of bathing in winter. Being wet and naked in a cold apartment is the worst. One thing to make this less awful is a towel warmer. Not only will you be able to slip into a warm towel (or bathrobe) after stepping out of the shower, but it will keep mildew from forming on towels extending the time between washing.

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Winter (Warm Recipes For Cold Nights) by Louise Franc

Is there anything better than stepping in from the bitter cold and into a warm kitchen full of delicious aromas? This cookbook by Louise Franc is perfect for snowy nights with its comprehensive collection of 140 recipes of slow cooking, rib-sticking comfort foods like rich chowders, hearty stews, and warming curries served with steamed rice. It is just what the doctor ordered for those freezing days and nights. These spectacular dishes will taste amazing and warm you up. Here’s a tip: double recipes and freeze leftovers for future dinners.

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Pudus Winter Socks

These socks are so ridiculously soft you’ll feel like you’re floating on clouds. So cozy and warm that you’ll never have cold feet again. The thick faux Sherpa-lined socks provide an exceptional level of softness, heat, and comfort. They come in multiple sizes to ensure a proper fit, as well as kid and toddler sizes. And there are dozens of colorful and trendy styles to choose from. In 2017 Oprah declared this one of her “favorite things.” Is there any higher level of praise?

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Duck Window Installation Kit

It’s odd that so few people take advantage of plastic window installation kits. Not only are the plastic panels quick and easy to install, but the benefits are tremendous. All you’ll need is measuring tape, scissors, a hairdryer, and a few minutes. Your home will become significantly warmer, and you will see a reduction in energy costs. Block drafts and prevent heat loss for less than $10.

—Cameron Grey Rose

Beauty Pick: Solvasa – A Pioneer in the “Higher Order Beauty” Integrative Beauty Space

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Fashion Reverie spoke with Dr. Chris Caires, the recently appointed President of Solvasa, a player in Integrative Beauty, to learn more about this growing movement. Dr. Caires was previously the chief scientist and innovation officer at Perricone MD.  At Solvasa, his focus is on creating a new range of beauty products and getting the word out about how an Integrative Beauty lifestyle promotes overall wellness, reduces inflammation, and the signs of aging. He is a firm believer that an inflammatory lifestyle, “higher order beauty,” has lifelong benefits, regardless of one’s age. Dr. Caries also breaks-down the key products we need to help us feel our very best.

Fashion Reverie: What does the name Solvasa mean?

Dr. Caires: The “Sol” is sun and “Vasa” is light.  Put together, Solvasa means “vessel of light.”

FR:  What is “Integrative Beauty” and what piqued your interest in it?

Dr. Caires: To achieve maximum beauty, you cannot just look at it through a one-dimensional lens. It’s not just the one product that does everything, that is a very American way of looking at it (beauty). There are no beautiful sick people. When you are very healthy, you naturally look good. Fitness trainer and pregnant women have that glow. A jar can support it for sure, but you need to combine your practices and exercise, too.

FR: Who is the Solvasa customer?

Dr. Caires: People who are looking for a more personal relationship with their beauty regimen, who want to be part of a community. They are fatigued by the rat race of the beauty question that is not answered by simply using a new jar of cream.  We’re for people who are curious. We offer them tools: mindfulness content, how to journal and build in little routines without being preachy.

FR: What’s the secret formula?

Dr. Caires: You must be well, eat well, decrease stress in your life, sleep well, and consume products that help your body. This wellness formula makes sense to me. The challenges and the opportunities are, “how do we present it as a package?” At Solvasa, we strive to put this all together and teach people how to implement it.

FR:  Why is this the right time for a brand like Solvasa?

Dr. Caires: People want more and more. Solvasa is for someone who recognizes that beauty is part of their lifestyle and is looking for a one-stop shop. Lots of women are moving to online to get their beauty products. Many of them have the kids home and there’s a different stress. People are appreciating the community; that’s a big part of direct selling. We have a community of different groups.  There’s a Thursday night that I speak at, Saturday meetings, and monthly podcasts that are speaker sessions.

FR: What Solvasa regimen can we incorporate to feel great?

Dr. Caires: Massage and lymphatic drainage are key to beautiful skin. The vibration of the Crystal Energy Wand and the pressure it puts on the skin agitate the lymph nodes to get things loose and sweep it out. The wand is rounded but it doesn’t roll, so you need a serum to provide lubrication. Our Destressance serum+ glide provides the needed lubrication and is rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients. It contains Western peptides and Ashwagandha, an Eastern medicine.

There’s scientific evidence to show these things fight inflammation, which causes a lot of wear and tear on the body. The serum is focused on helping the skin be more resilient to the stress coming from the outside and inside. The lymphatic drainage is a pleasurable experience regardless of age. Pair this with incorporating a mindful moment practice into your day and drinking our Golden Moment Tumeric Elixir beverage, which also helps address inflammation from the inside.

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FR: What products can we look forward to later this year?

Dr. Caires: We’re coming out for a proper sunscreen very soon that’s mineral based. It has great protection and is non-whitening. I’m a big fan of mineral sunscreens, they’re infinitely safer that chemical sunscreens.

Solvasa products are available at www.solvasabeauty.com.

—Vivian Kelly

 

Editors’ Pick: Fashion Reverie’s 2021 Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Valentine’s Day is in just a few days and it is time to show some love for our significant others. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to let your secret crush know how you feel about them!

For those still looking for a date or are not in love, give yourself a gift, indulge a little.

Fashion Reverie put together a list of super unique Valentine’s Day gifts. There is something for everyone. We guarantee you will leave a good impression!

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Rory Worby Slip Dress

This Rory Worby Slip Dress is effortlessly sexy and opulent in hand-painted silk. The artist turned entrepreneur creates these special, one-of-a-kind pieces in her art studio in Pound Ridge, NY. This slip was painted with natural sea salt creating a gorgeous, textured-wash effect. The adjustable straps and raw edge take this slip dress from coffee to cocktails, at home or elsewhere.

Ballsmania Elastic Necklace

This hot pink color necklace is a little different from just ordinary pearls. The Ballsmania elastic necklace is a beautiful addition to any outfit. Even if you go for simplicity, all you need is this beautiful necklace to make your look pop. Exclusively found on POP Style TV shop, made 100% in Italy. Your significant other can stay unique with the effect known as aurora borealis, due to an optical phenomenon that occurs when an object takes on different shades of color depending on exposure to light. To ensure greater resistance, a two-component, transparent coating protects this product.

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Manuela Gomez Hear Shaped Purse

Love is in the air! Celebrate with this chained, heart-shaped bag. The handmade purse features glitter and is sure to make Cupid envious. If you are not a glitter fan there are some fantastic other options. Made in Italy, your sweetheart will love this gift.

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Manuela Gomez Matching Sneakers

Want to really impress your lover? Gift them red glitter heart matching sneakers. Perfect for seasons, these comfy sneakers are custom made to perfectly fit your feet! Both matching items (heart shaped purse and sneakers) can be found on POP Style TV Shop.

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Valentine’s Day Cocktail Kits

Spend this Valentine’s Day sipping on Valentine’s Day Cocktail Kits by EMRG Media. They specialize in events, even if you are stuck at home. The Kit includes all the ingredients you need to make Specialty Cocktails on your own with custom menus! Choose from the Chocolate Lovers Kit, The Floral Bouquet or The Bubbly Surprise!

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Moon Mother Hemp Intimacy Oil

Make this Valentine’s Day hot! Ditch the roses and choose something for you. Formulated by women to amplify vaginal health, this CBD intimacy oil is truly a game-changer: This product is ethically sourced, expertly curated and created using the highest-quality organic hemp to support body and mind. It’s guaranteed to transport you into a state of bliss—solo or with a partner.

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Manscaped Kit

Perfect Package 3.0 kit is designed to make grooming below the waist easy. Confidently trim below the waist with The Lawn Mower 3.0 waterproof trimmer featuring Advanced Skin Safe Technology. The guy in your life can enjoy soft ceramic blades cutting coarse hair at 7,000 RPM.  

Enjoying fresh scents? Prepare him for an “active” date with the crop Preserver anti-chafing ball deodorant infused with cooling aloe vera. He can also refresh other areas on the go with the Crop Reviver ball toner and refresher spray.

—Tijana Ibrahimovic

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of February 1, 2021

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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BRANDCanali Sample Sale

WHEN: 02/07–02/10; Sunday (9am–6pm), Mon.–Tues. (9am–6:30pm), Wed. (9am–5pm)

WHY:   Men’s tailored clothing, sportswear, and accessories at a discount, Face mask required.

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street

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BRANDThe Cashmere Sample Sale

WHEN: 02/09–02/11; Tues.–Thurs. (10am–6pm)

WHY:  Women’s and men’s cashmere sweaters & accessories at a discount

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor

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BRANDZadig & Voltaire NYC Warehouse Sample Sale

WHEN: 02/10–02/14; Wed.–Sat. (noon–6pm), Sunday (noon–5pm)

WHY: Women’s and men’s apparel, shoes, and accessories at a discount

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue

 

Valentine’s Day 2021 Gift Guide

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“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” —Dr. Seuss

Remember those Valentine’s Days when you had to scramble to make last-minute reservations at the perfect romantic restaurant? Well, it’s going to be a night in for lovers in 2021 as the restaurants that are open can only offer outdoor seating or if in New York City are only operating at 25% seating capacity inside. Since its February and about 15 degrees out, this is not ideal. Never fear Fashion Reverie has a gift guide including some items that are perfect for a night at home.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Cameo Nouveau

Are you looking for something for your darling that’s truly unique? Check out Cameo Nouveau.  You’ll find an assortment of exclusive jewelry, hats, and home goods. In addition to their extremely creative and affordable pieces of jewelry, make sure to check out their amazing vintage clothing. Be careful when buying clothing for your better half. Pro tip? Check sizes, it’s truly upsetting to get a fabulous piece of clothing and it is the wrong size.

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Serena Williams Jewelry

Celebrate Black History Month by honoring a great athlete and savvy businesswoman Serena Williams by gifting your honey with exceptional, yet reasonably priced jewelry. Serena Williams (SWJ) uses only superior materials with top quality craftsmanship, so these fine pieces will last for generations.  SWJ also takes great care to use only ethically sourced, conflict-free diamonds and precious metals mining operations that support local communities.  With its timeless elegance, you can’t go wrong with SWJ.

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Life by Definition Wine Glasses

Is there anything quite as awkward as Valentine’s Day coming far too early in a relationship? Due to COVID-19 restrictions nurturing a developing relationship can be a challenge. Maybe you’re only two months in. Maybe you’ve never met in real life. Maybe you’ve already said “I love you” but a gift that says “I am yours forever” is a bit too much.  Have this set of whimsical wine glasses sent to your paramour, along with a bottle of wine, and have a fun romantic evening toasting each other over Zoom!

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Personalized World Map

Married another world traveler, did you?  But everyone’s passports have been tucked away since March of last year. Create a fabulous gift for both of you letting your loved one know your honeymoon was just the beginning of a lifetime of adventure. Vintage maps mounted and framed using colorful pushpins to designate hometowns, vacations anything you want! Work with artist Wendy Gold to get an exceptional, unique, and completely personal work of art that will beautify your home for decades.

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Magnolia Bakery Date Night Box

Sweets for your sweet? With almost all the restaurants closed, it’s time for a night in with significant other and a lot of sugar.  Don’t go for the standard box of chocolates. Don’t think outside the box, think of a different box!  This once with classic bakery treats from the world-famous Magnolia Bakery. Date Night Box features two large containers of their classic banana pudding, pink banana pudding, and two cupcakes (vanilla with vanilla buttercream and chocolate with chocolate buttercream.) Yummy Yummy, yummy you’ll have love in your tummy.

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Le Creuset Red Heart Dutch Oven

There are so many cheap plastic useless trinkets for sale, but will your better half view them as a waste of time and resources? You want to buy something romantic, but is there such thing as practical romantic? Check out the Le Creuset Red Heart Dutch Oven! This is a boon to anyone who loves to cook. Le Creuset is known for its high-quality colorful cookware first introduced in 1925. Their cast-iron products are still created in the original Le Creuset foundry located in France. A well cared for Le Creuset can be passed down through generations. It’s a gift that’s in it for the long haul.

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Sephora Favorites – Treat Yourself Coffret Perfume Sampler

Perfume seems like such a perfect romantic gift, but it can be very problematic. It’s impossible to know if someone is going to like a fragrance and if you’ve chosen a high-quality expensive scent, you’ll end up spending a pretty penny on something your lover won’t ever use. So, instead go for the Sephora’s Treat Yourself Coffret Perfume Sampler. It comes with a fragrant Nest votive candle, an Armani Beauty mini lip Maestro and five samplers of some Sephora best-selling fragrances. That’s not even the best part. Also included in the sampler is a voucher your sweetheart can exchange for a full-size bottle! This is a limited edition. Grab yours now!

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Hunt a Killer Subscription Box

Looking for a project for you and honey to do together? Hunt a Killer subscription box is a fun project for any couple that loves true crime. Since you can’t go out to restaurants right now, let date night come to you in the form of evidence, decoding ciphers, and piecing clues together to solve a crime. It’s like your own personal escape room delivered right to your door!

—Cameron Grey Rose

Valentine’s Day Beauty for Any Type of Date Night

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With some restaurants opening at ¼ capacity and many closed for good, Valentine’s Day might be looking a little different for many this year.  Just because you might not be able to enjoy a fine meal or your other favorite date night activity with your partner, doesn’t mean it can’t still be a great date night!

No matter if you’re preparing to snuggle up on the sofa with takeout, cook a nice dinner at home or manage to score a hard to get reservation, Fashion Reverie has got you covered with some of our favorite beauty routines for any romantic night.

Libido Boosting Fragrances

Scent is a very personal thing, and we all have different opinions when it comes to fragrances.  The most powerful thing about scent is how it links directly into memories—whether that be something innocent like your grandmother’s house or sparks desire reminding you of a current (or former) lover. However, several scents have been traditionally linked to arousal. 

Jasmine, one of the foundations of the perfume industry, has long been touted in Hindu and Muslim traditions as a natural aphrodisiac.  With its delicate and sweet floral scent, it’s no surprise that women have been using Jasmine to catch the attention of a potential suitor for ages.

Many perfumers use Jasmine because of its wide appeal and according to studies done in 2015, proven libido boosting power.

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Le Labo Jasmin 17 Eau de Parfum ($192.00)

Byredo Flowerhead Eau de Parfum ($180.00)

Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum ($170.00)

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Ambrette, a botanical musk native to Asia and Australia has a very complex scent profile often described as sweet, nutty, musky with hints of cognac.  Ambrette for a time was many perfumers’ top plant alternative for replicating animal musk and has long been used for its arousing qualities. 

Matiere Premiere Parisian Musc ($224.00)

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 2 La Légèreté ($88.00)

Looking for some other sexy fragrance profiles?  Citrus (such as burnt orange), saffron, ginger, and sandalwood all will help add a little spice to your night!

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Touchable Skincare

If you live in a colder climate, you’ve probably noticed that as the weather gets colder your skin craves more and more moisture.  Keep your skin nice and hydrated with shea butter.

Thanks to its high concentrations of fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins, shea butter is highly praised for keeping skin soft and supple.  Shea butter has multiple benefits and is also praised for plumping the skin, fading scars and age spots, soothing skin allergies, reducing wrinkles, stimulating collagen production, preventing stretch marks and many more.  Plus, it’s non-comedogenic, meaning shea butter won’t clog your pores.

Shea butter is ideal for getting ready for Valentine’s Day, so you have soft touchable skin. Be aware that Shea butter is made from the shea nut so those with tree nut allergies might want to consult a healthcare professional before adding it into their skincare routine.

L’Occitane en Provence recently launched their Limited-edition Invigorating Shea Butter collection.  This collection boasts the same softening and skin healing properties of their best-selling Shea Butter range, but with a new scent to help “fight the winter blues and boost your mood.”  With a subtle, tantalizing citrusy scent, their entire line will lift your spirits and as the name says, invigorate you. 

Invigorating Scent Ultra-Light Body Cream ($44.00 for 4.5oz) feels light and airy and goes on smoothly.  Composed of 5% Shea Butter, apply this cream as soon as you get out of the shower for soft skin just asking to be touch.

For very dry skin, try the Invigorating Scent Ultra Rich Body Cream ($29.00 for 3.4 oz) which provides long lasting hydration (up to 72 hours).  Containing ¼ Shea Butter, these body cream strengthens the hydrolipidic barrier and nourishes the skin—but still absorbs quickly without a film.

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Kissable Lips

Forgetting about the flaky, cracked appearance; dry, chapped lips are downright uncomfortable.  For a kissable sexy pout, don’t just swipe on some lipstick as that only emphasizes it.  Instead, you need to treat the issue first.

There are hundreds of lip balms on the market, Fashion Reverie recommends Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment Lip Balm.  One of the most popular lip enhancing products, thanks to sugar, orange extract, and sea fennel, Advanced Therapy Treatment Lip Balm smooths the look of wrinkles while hydrating for 24 hours, meaning you won’t need to constantly reapply every 10 seconds. 

We recommend applying it overnight to wake up to more supple, hydrated, less cracked and flaky lips that are ready to seduce, no matter if you swipe on a pink or red hue or leave them completely naked!

—Janine Silver

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 25, 2021

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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BRANDM. Patmos Mulit-Brand Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/27–02/10;(12am–6pm)

WHY:  M. Patmos are bringing together a great selection of designers like Eleven Six, Forager Co., indi, TSUYUMI, Umber & Ochre, UQNATU and more at their sample sale in Brooklyn where prices are up to 80% off!

WHERE: 380 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 11217

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BRANDYves Salomon Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/30–02/04; Daily (9am–6pm)

WHY:  Score women’s fur coats and accessories made of mink, shearling, fox, and more – plus there’ll be army parkas and a selection of men’s pieces 

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street

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BRANDYigal Azrouel Sample Sale

WHEN: 02/02–02/04; Daily

WHY: Samples from spring 2020 and fall 2020 collections

WHERE: 261 W 36th Street, 2nd Floor

—Staff

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 16, 2021

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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BRANDCharlie Joe Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/19–01/31; Mon.–Sat (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–5pm)

WHY:  French based brand Charlie Joe fall/winter 20/21 samples are all up to 80% off. In store and online.

WHERE: 4 Prince Street

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BRANDNina McLemore End of Season Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/25–01/30; Tues.–Friday (9am–5pm), Saturday(10am–4pm)

WHY: There’ll be sample jackets from $199 to $299 at sizes 6-8 and up to 75% off retail on jackets, dresses & pants at sizes 00-18

WHERE: 135 East 55th Street, 7th Floor

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BRANDM. Patmos Mulit-Brand Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/27–02/10;(12am–6pm)

WHY:  M. Patmos are bringing together a great selection of designers like Eleven Six, Forager Co., indi, TSUYUMI, Umber & Ochre, UQNATU and more at their sample sale in Brooklyn where prices are up to 80% off!

WHERE: 380 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 11217

—Staff

 

Rock It or Leave It: Trends to Avoid or Embrace in 2021

Ah, 2020. The year that took decades. The Black Lives Matter protests; the overcrowded hospitals; a precarious and divisive election; almost no red carpets; Met Gala canceled, and New York Fashion Week online.

So many fashion houses collapsed. Century 21 went out of business when they were dropped by their insurers. And yet, somehow between celebs, designers, Instagram, and fashion magazines, believe it or not, some fashion trends came into vogue. Some were great! Some need to be left in the trash heap that was 2020.  Fashion Reverie is here to let you know whether you rock it or should you leave it alone?

Trends you need to rock!!

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Tie Dye

This trend was just delightful and was perfect for 2020. While it appeared on celebs and on runways, the enjoyable thing about this trend is it’s a project you could do at home! Grab your honey or your kids and make it a fun afternoon. Perfect for dyeing sweatpants which become the unofficial uniform of the pandemic. It’s a great way to bring rainbows to dark days.  Let’s keep this going in 2021. We still need enjoyable home crafting projects and bursts of color during these interesting times.

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Comfortable Footwear
With all of us stuck at home due to lockdowns, sexy heels were quickly abandoned. Why bother with heels when you can’t go anywhere? Heck, why bother with shoes at all? Admittedly, some designers took it way too far, with Jason Wu presenting his spring 2021 collection on models wearing sliders. Sliders on a runway? Hey Jason, this is one step above going to the bodega in your bathrobe.  Many predictors are saying sneakers will be the next big thing for 2021 and Fashion Reverie is saying awesome!

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Protest Clothing

No, no, no, we’re not talking about those wackjobs and howdy doody insurrectionists at the Capitol a few weeks ago. But last year, the death of George Floyd and the election that defeated Donald Trump, resulted in waves of protest clothing. Let’s keep this going in 2021. Not only did the pandemic expose horrifying holes in public safety and welfare, the pandemic also shined a light on continued police corruption. Christian Siriano and other designers showed protest clothing can be as chic as it is inspiring. Climate change and the pandemic remain very real dangers. The price of freedom is constant vigilance.

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Cashmere

Cashmere has never gone out of style and exploded in 2021. It began with Katie Holmes appearing in a bralette made from cashmere and expanded as people were looking for ways to stay comfortable while stuck at home. Cashmere is so wonderful, not only is it soft and cozy, but well-cared for cashmere pieces can last for years. We’re not going anywhere anytime soon in 2021. Let’s live in luxurious comfort!!

Trends that should be abandoned

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Harnesses
Right before lockdown happened in winter 2020, luxury leather harnesses worn over clothes were all over the runways. That trend was embraced as it looked great on Instagram. Okay fine, but it’s time to let it go. It was fun while it lasted but now it looks like you’re trying too hard. Toss it into the back of the closet with the belt bag we gave up in 2017 when we realized Kylie Jenner had just rebranded fanny packs.

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Animal Prints
When March 2020 rolled around and we were suddenly working from home, furloughed, or simply fired (sorry), we all comforted ourselves thinking, “this can’t last long.” What’s on Netflix?” Then Tiger King burst on the entertainment scene and the popularity of animal prints shortly after.  Carol Baskin—still not in jail, but long since kicked off “Dancing with the Stars”—endlessly decked out in tiger prints was no doubt delighted, but for the rest of us the novelty wore off fast. Okay, time to put this trend to BED. Animal prints are so difficult to wear and now they are just so dated!

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Fringe
It seems like every year a trend pops up that has consumers going “Ummm, no thank you.” Despite appearing on several runways at fashion week and being sported by a few celebs—Emme Roberts sporting not one but two 2020 trends the above outfit—ringe never took off. While fringe genuinely does have practical applications—helps coats dry faster)—this trend now just looks desperate. It was barely a trend in 2020. It will be nothing in 2021.

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Belly Chains

Where do designers get their ideas for the next big thing? Occasionally, you’ll hear them talk about famous models that ‘inspire’ them. No one would begrudge fashion designers their muses, but it may cloud their judgment to the needs and wants of the average consumer.  If you’re looking at Coco Rocha or Kaia Gerber for ideas, you may forget that very few women have the genetic gifts that give them flat muscled stomachs.

That said; with most female consumers not sporting six packs why popularize belly chains? A handful of celebs wore belly chains, but consumer with their pandemic pounds just rolled their eyes. Let’s throw this baby out with the 2020 bathwater. 

—Cameron Grey Rose

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 11, 2021

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 11, 2020

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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BRANDGoodlife Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/09–02/09; Mon.–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (noon–6pm)

WHY: Come get 60% off past seasons 

WHERE: 400 Bleeker Street

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BRANDONESALEny x Holubar Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/14–01/17;(11am–6pm)

WHY:  Take up to 80% off retail on iconic jackets and coats designed and made in Italy 

WHERE: Holubar Flagship Store, 405 W 14th Street

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BRANDiTosca Multi Luxury Designer Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/14–01/18; Thurs., Fri. and Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–6pm)

WHY: Take up to 90% off retail on shoes, ready-to-wear, handbags from

WHERE: 150 Wooster Street

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BRANDChocheng Cleansing Sample Sale

WHEN: 01/15–01/25; (10am–6pm), 01/25–01/28; (10am–8pm)

WHY: Take up to 90% off on non-vegan products for a cleaner future at the CHOCHENG cleansing sale, where you can get leather handbags, cashmere, wool, and silk products starting at $43.

WHERE: 781 Fifth Avenue

—Staff

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