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luxury meets efficiency with d.internoscia transforming handbags

Modern architectural lines, polished details and rich leathers. Introducing a truly innovative luxury brand of handbags that have some efficient features you’re going to want to check out. Discover just what sets this new headlining brand apart, and get to know the owner and designer Denise Internoscia in this exclusive interview and d.internoscia handbag review.

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When Denise first reached out in the early spring of this year, I was immediately drawn to the purpose and functionality of her novel handbag designs. We began a friendship of sorts as she shared her passion and personal story of struggles and success in the luxury fashion industry. It was irresistible. Certainly a story I couldn’t help but share on this luxury fashion blog platform that can shed some light on this new star in the industry.

Join Day in my dreams as we get personal in the unrestrained creativity and original designs of an incredible entrepreneur and her journey to success.

First, let’s talk bags. Just what makes Denise’s capsule collection so groundbreaking in the luxury handbag market? They’re not only beautiful. d.internoscia introduces their handbags as a “transformative handbags for the modern women.” Truly, I could not have said it better myself.

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This line is designed to be a travel companion without restraints. Every try to pack handbags in your suitcase for your travel attire? If so, surely you’ve felt the frustration as your handbags (and shoes) take up the entire bag, leaving no space for the rest of your essentials. No more.

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As you can see illustrated with my brand new Jett Cube bag, this substantial handbag folds down nearly completely flat. Small enough to hardly make a dent in your luggage space. Incredible, right?? How does she do it?

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While the bold hardware appears to be no more than a display of modern design, they do so much more than that. Denise took her inspiration from her own travels. She designed both the Jett Cube bag and even larger Deborah H. Tote the same feature:

strategic zipper placement, allowing the bags to break down and fit flat into a bag or storage container.

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“I was taking a trip to Mexico and had organized different outfits with coordinating handbags. During the process, I became frustrated that I had to choose bags that lie flat or risk damaging the leather of my bag.  I started working on a design that would expand and retract with zippers which took inspiration from different origami designs.” – Denise Internoscia, Owner and Designer of d.internoscia

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As an avid traveler, I’ve been desperate for the next journey as travel restrictions are slowing being lifted across the states. Believing in traveling lite, I rarely travel with a checked bag. I’ve felt the same angst and spent hours trying to pack my bags in the absolute most efficient way to fit my essentials and a couple of handbags in a small carry on. It’s quite impossible. Instead, I’ve most often resorted to selecting a single handbag stuffed inside my personal item.

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In an era of motion, everyone is always multitasking, and fashion is becoming more and more functional. It has become essential to streamline our lifestyle in ways that serve us, rather than weigh us down.

As an entrepreneur, Denise is no exception. She comments on the importance of versatility, “I have a strong sense of style.  When trends come and go, I know what silhouettes work for me and can buy them in a trendy pattern that I can still wear for years. I am a child of the 80’s and we love to layer! This allows me to switch up my looks without adding to my wardrobe.”

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Learning to live a minimalist lifestyle with less means selecting the pieces the best serve your lifestyle, today and in the future.

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Versatility is key in minimizing essentials, and selecting pieces that will ultimately get more use for longer in your wardrobe. d.internoscia handbags transcend fast-fashion. They provide a solution of timeless modern design with an uncomplicated solution to space and living with less.

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Aside from efficiency, d.internoscia handbags are beautiful, statement pieces crafted with beautiful leathers and solid metal embellishments. My piece of choice generously gifted to me by Denise, the Jett Cube bag in cloud.

“The cloud color is my favorite because it’s slightly different.” – Denise (torn between Cloud and croc embossed black, I gratefully took her advise)

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It has a soft, subtle metallic finish with silver tone hardware. The bag measures 5.5” square – just large enough for phone, wallet and essentials that you’ll want when jetting around on your next adventure or a night out. It also has 4 cylindrical base studs to keep your bag clean and dry if you happen to set it on a wet bar table or dirty floor.

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The front latch folds down to secure the bag shut, no risk of items slipping out while you’re focused on creating new memories and experiences.

So just who is the modern woman Denise designed her handbags for? d.internoscia presents its line as a “handbag collection curated for the jet-setter and urban dweller.” Denise shares her thoughts on just who the modern woman is today:

“I believe the attributes that define modern women today is the ability to be authentic. I’m not sure if there is anything in fashion that is off limits.  I love Leandra Medine, of Man Repeller. She shows every aspect of her life without apologizing for the rawness.  I believe that is what draws people to her. Be your authentic self; unapologetically, but be nice.”

I couldn’t agree more. Sounds like you? Be sure to check her out, and support an extremely talented emerging designer and entrepreneur who I’ve found to be personally inspiring in so many ways. You can find the Jett Cube and the rest of the collection on her site, https://dinternoscia.com/

Want to get to know more about Denise? Here’s a little exclusive Q&A I had the opportunity to put together with her to share inspiration, fun facts, the good, the bad, and tips for entrepreneurs who want to start their own brand.

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Exclusive Q&A with luxury handbag designer, Denise Internoscia

  1. Where is your favorite travel destination and why?

    I mentioned that I often travel to Mexico. In the early years, it was because I couldn’t get enough of the sun and ocean, but as I’ve aged, I try to avoid the sun. With frequent visits to Playa del Carmen, I’ve befriended a local couple. Now, when I travel, the destination is only part of the reason, while the majority of the reason is the people I have come to love.

  2. What are 3 things that most people don’t know about you?

    If you were to run into me out and about, you would see a carefully curated outfit, and most would think that I am extroverted because of my choice of loud pattern or unique vibe, but I enjoy nothing more that standing in the corner and observing everything around me that plays out like a movie. Secondly, most people don’t know that I was raised in a rural city in Ohio. Most, if not all my cousins were farmers, and although I didn’t grow up on a farm, I was there for weeks at a time. Sometimes, my aunt would ask when I was going home…LOL! I enjoyed helping with the chores, but at times I was viewed as the odd duck because if I felt like wearing a big pink hat to the farm that day, that’s what I did!  Finally, I love fashion, but it’s not always the first topic I talk about it. I love deep conversations about life and connecting through humorous stories or struggles that connect us all.

  3. What is a normal day like for you as a business owner and fashion designer?

    Is there ever a normal day as a business owner?  I feel like many times the business dictates what needs to be taken care of for the day.  Of course, I wake up, drink my coffee, but as soon as you check those emails, issues begin pulling your attention that must be dealt with and other things on your scheduled list are pushed until later.

  4. What motivates you to stay active while being so busy?

    My cute Boston Terrier, Olina. She keeps me grounded. I could sit in the same spot all day envisioning new designs and working out a game plan on how to reach more customers, but she will stare you down and let you know it’s time for a break.

  5. On your day off, where would one most often find you?

    Walking around the city of NYC…There are so many great exhibits at the Whitney, or MOMA…it is really hard to keep up with all the great shows on view. In addition, NYC can be so intoxicating at night. It always draws me in with its hustle and bustle, but yet it has an intimacy at night that creates emotion just between you and her. If you ever get the chance, walk the Brooklyn Bridge at night- starting in Brooklyn.

  6. How do you feel launching d.internoscia has impacted your happiness and overall mentality?

    Launching a company is not without its downfalls and disappointments, for example, finding an honest manufacturer that is willing to help an emerging designer bring to fruition these challenging designs, but at the end of the day knowing that I have a God that gave me this unique talent and ideas, helps me feel a sense of purpose.

  7. What are 10 things that are almost always in your bag? (she cracks me up in this one)

    10 things?!  I’m really more minimalist than that…but here goes! Sunglasses (I love some big shades!), Wallet, a good lip gloss(I prefer Buxom), my phone (don’t want to miss that important call), old receipts from a dinner out with friends, a nice hand cream (L’Occtaine), a sweater(because the restaurant is always cold), some loose change that I never know what to do with, and an umbrella, but you can always buy one on the street for $5…. I’d be making things up if I gave you 10..haha!

  8. Who is a dream retailer you’d love to carry your bags?

    It used to be Barney’s, but we all know that story…but I would have to say, Dover Street Market.  I’m a fan of Comme de Garcon, who never disappoints, but the inside of their store is like a well curated museum. They have all the big names…Margiela, The Row, Jil Sanders, Comme de Garcon, Thom Browne with some emerging designers mixed in…At Dover, a unique identity is held with the utmost respect.

  9. Where are the last 3 places you shopped at?

    Assembly NYC, Zara, of course, and Bloomingdales in Soho.

  10. Who are some of your favorite contemporary artists that have inspired your work?

    Now this is a tough one.  I have so much love for so many artists.  Anyone with a unique voice that creates an experience for the viewer, is so inspiring to me. A painting on the wall won’t get it for me. Liz Sofield was my original inspiration in how she uses origami on a 2 dimensional surface.  Right now I love this artist, Jannick Deslauriers, out of Montreal, that creates common objects out of mesh and lace. Her work is actually affordable for the detail that is placed in each work.

  11. If you could sum up your personal style in three words, what would they be?

    Rock & Roll Chic!

  12. What are some of your interests outside of fashion?

    As you can probably guess, visiting museums and crafting gifts for friends.

  13. When did you start working in the fashion industry?

    In 2008, I started my own Etsy store where I produced one of a kind designs and eventually streamlined designs that I was able to begin selling to boutiques.

  14. What was the most exciting moment in your career til date?

    Sending my prototypes off to the manufacturer and seeing the samples come back from the factory all shiny and beautiful. You can’t wait for everyone to get them into their hands and feel the leather and craftsmanship!

  15. What was one of the biggest obstacles you overcame to launch d.internoscia?

    Fear! When you continually have to invest money in something that doesn’t show immediate results, like working for someone else; it can be stressful. I have a husband that is my biggest cheerleader; He continually tells me to go for it!

  16. What is your lifetime goal for d.internoscia?

    My lifetime goal for d.internoscia is to fill a need. In the future I would love to find a manufacturer that gives a hand up to those who need a way out of impoverishment or enslavement, but currently with the challenge of the designs, we can only give out of our profits to help at Warinternational.org, who help those who are enslaved.

  17. What are some of your tips for entrepreneurs wanting to launch their own brand?

    Build some capital. Everything takes money, but don’t let this discourage you. Keep designing; Write down your goals, and develop a plan of how to achieve them! If you have a unique idea, share it with the world!

  18. If you could spread and inspire a personal message with the success of your fashion line, what would it be?

    Don’t let disappointment discourage you from moving forward. It’s okay to have those emotions, but don’t stay there!  Having someone as a cheerleader and mentor is always important because they will talk you off the ledge and show you that your goal is attainable. “Thanks Liz!”

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Thank you for joining me on this journey with Denise and d.internoscia handbag review. It’s so important to me to highlight emerging designers and support entrepreneurs in their endeavors. In fact, as a entrepreneur and fashion blogger myself, I truly believe it’s our duty to do so. I encourage you to do the same, and check her out!

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this handbag was gifted to my by d.internoscia. While she actually offered to pay, I insisted on making this feature free because I was so inspired by her designs and her story. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

gold jewelry brands review

real 14K gold rings and fine jewelry brands for your next essentials

The smooth glowing finish, the warm radiant hue, the most iconic symbol of luxury and wealth. Gold. There is just something about it that we become so easily fasciated with. Jewelry trends for 2020 have prodded our lust even more, as gold completely takes over all other metals this season.

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Gold rings are a timeless, versatile statement of true luxurious style. As such, they are an investment worth making as you continue to wear them year after year, and even pass them down for generations to come.

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Jewelry is a lifetime investment. However, I’ve found many people don’t know where to buy gold outside of high end jewelry stores and luxury retail chains. If you’re in the market for your next gold essentials that you’ll wear everyday, here is a shortlist of 5 brands of gold rings and fine jewelry I’ve had first-hand experience with, and would highly recommend for your investment buys.

These brands use either a high quality vermeil gold plating, or offer an assortment of solid 14K and 18K gold pieces. No tarnishing, to rubbing off after a few wears. Just pure, golden, luxury.

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AU-Rate 14K gold, 18K gold and 14K gold plated vermeil

AU-Rate is creates “fine jewelry designed to be worthy of women who wear it.” Their hand crafted pieces are each polished and perfected in NYC by seventh generation craftsman of the trade.

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They are a great destination for fine jewelry and gold pieces that are classic, with a Parisian twist. In addition to staple items like simple gold bands and everyday diamonds, you’ll also find artistic shell and fan motifs, and a variety of twisted and beveled designs.

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One unique benefit of the brand, their gold rings come at varied levels of purity, with 14K and 18K solid gold editions, as well as affordable 14K gold plated vermeil. As such, you can decide the level of investment you want to make based on how often you plan to wear each piece. These highly stackable gold rings are the perfect place to start on a capsule collection of fine gold jewelry that will last for years to come.

Some of my personal favorite designs include the Diamond Stacker Ring, Infinity Band, and the golden Modern Cigar Band. This is a great place to find your basics.

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Ana Luisa golden luxuries that don’t come at earth’s expense

Ana Luisa specializes in sustainable, ethical gold jewelry. They use 100% recycled solid gold and sterling silver. Featured in Refiinery29, ELLE, Vogue and InStyle, it’s safe to say their modern approach to sustainable resources is getting a lot of attention.

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You’ve probably seen them on my Instagram blog posts, with my newest additions the Bianca and Noa statement gold rings. Their collection features on-trend styles in high quality 14K gold plating. This is a great place to find something unique and special while protecting our natural resources through their focus on sustainability.

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They also carry an assortment of chain and link bracelets and necklaces that perfectly capture minimalist luxury design.

Mejuri fine jewelry for everyday

Merjuri is a brand of fine jewelry I’ve worked with for years, and as such, I have several of their pieces that are re-worn week after week. They believe fine jewelry should be every woman’s right for everyday, offering affordable prices on 14K solid gold and gold plated essentials.

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Their selection of gold rings is expansive. You’ll find everyday essentials like gold bands and diamonds along with twist and beveled bands, ceramic accents, and trendy statement designs.

The Croissant Dome Ring is currently on my wishlist. Pieces already in my jewelry box include the Tarot Moon Necklace in gold vermeil and a couple of pieces from their basic chains collection. Mejuri is a great one-stop shop for basic essential and occasion wear real gold jewelry. You can check out one of my earlier Mejuri jewelry reviews on the blog here.

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Makko high fashion gold jewelry

Makko is a brand I discovered through the blog in 2016, and have continued to obsess over ’til date. I shot a majority of their collection, and as such am a proud owner of several of their luxury pieces. Their line of 14K gold and diamond jewelry has a unique, glamorous flair. The designs are elegant and chic, celebrating the beauty and power of today’s modern women.

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Often spotted on celebrities and high fashion editorials, they are a great resource for stunning gold rings that are truly something special, making a statement in a powerful way.

Edge of Ember affordable luxury jewelry

Edge of Ember offers a wide assortment of fine gold jewelry (and silver pieces) that’s primarily sterling silver with 18K gold plated vermeil. Their designs feature all of today’s major jewelry trends, while remaining timeless and essential. This is a great destination for charm and theme gold jewelry like lucky numbers, birthstones and zodiac jewelry.

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As a part of their re/make recycle program, they also offer store credit for returning old pieces for re-use, supporting a sustainable circular economy.

Gold rings are a truly effortless extension of luxury style. They polish every look, and add a soft glow against your skin. Choose pieces worthy of your own beauty. In doing so, you’ll be able to expand your collection of luxuries slowly, by investing in the right pieces that you’ll wear for years to come.

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In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post is sponsored by Nakturnal. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

inspiration for living with the basics

bored in the house or bringing back basics

Just finished my 2nd face mask treatment this week. There some advantages to quarantine lifestyle. There’s a new level of organization in just about every drawer and cabinet. Lowes continues to swarm with a fresh batch of DIY enthusiasts. My house has been painted, rearranged, and mopped more in the last 2 months than it has all last year. Naizak is exhausted. She used to get excited for long walks… now she stares up with eyes like, “really… again??”

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Life feels like it’s on a bit of a hold. And while you may be tempted to use the “B” word (my mother never let us say “bored”) it’s really not all that bad. Sure, if you’ve just doubled your screen time by spending 8 hours on TikTok every week, you might be bored. Maybe that’s why those songs are so popular there. But if you decide to live like a human being, there are other options.

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I’ve already shared some positivity during Covid, but felt this was a relevant post to stand on its own. The question at hand… are you bored in the house and in the house bored? Or have you evolved, learned the value of time, the waste of so many material items, and learned to enjoy getting down to the basics?

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In today’s world it’s hard not to be over distracted and overwhelmed. I’ve written before on the importances of getting back to the basics. Now, we have that opportunity. And it’s beautiful. Learn to simplify. Clean out your closet, figure out what you actually need in life, and focus on what makes you the most happy.

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We have so. much. Not everyone is as fortunate. No, I am not in the house bored. I’m in the house, extremely grateful for the access we have at our fingertips. And learning how to live with less, back to the basics. Back to what we need. Back to what’s important. Learn to be creative. Learn what really makes you happy at your core. Be productive! If there was ever a time to be a minimalist, it’s now. Let go of the rest.

xoxo -K

minimalist spring fashion trends

6 minimalist spring fashion trends

My backyard has had blooms for months. It seems the cold lost the war for winter before the first battle even began. Buds of green speckle the landscape. The air is already fresh with the scent of new. Spring is here.

In my home, spring cleaning is well underway, and I am doing my best to follow my own advise… whittling down to a more capsule wardrobe each season. Trust me, with the pieces that come in for having the blog Day in my dreams, that’s a real challenge. Once you’ve prepped yourself on capsule wardrobe tips and you’re ready to refresh your wardrobe,

it’s time to have a look at the newest, most exciting trends for the new season, and our favorite season of all… shopping season.

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Here are the top minimalist fashion trends for spring 2020 that you’re going to want to be a part of, as well as some tips for buying or repurposing to style them.

Think mini – mini skirts, mini shorts, mini tops… mini everything

Perhaps it’s the return of the 90’s, or just a re-birth after being covered through the winter months. This spring, it’s time to bare it all. Mini everything is in. Mini bags, mini skirts, mini shorts, and even mini bralettes in place of tops.

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There’s a reason we touched on spring fashion tips for a smaller waist… this spring is forecasted to be quite revealing. If you kept your cut offs from college, good for you. It’s time to wear them again.

Harper’s Bazaar has made a huge call out to the mini trend, and some of their photo coverage is quite inspiring for new looks.

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All of those midi skirts you bought last spring? Don’t let them go to waist. Consider working with a tailor and have them shortened, or try doing it on your own. It’s easy to take up a hem, and you’ll be re-purposing your old wardrobe items with a new life.

Skirts are a big part of the mini trend. The silhouettes are straight, form fitted minis… the styles are endless. Look for silk and satin minis as a big part of a minimalist wardrobe.

For the lady prep, plaids and tweed are a great way to transition from winter to spring. Just wear them with tights… at least until we know the warm is here to stay.

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Dig out your colors, the brighter the better

While minimalism is still in, the color palette has expanded. Get ready for simple silhouettes, but in bright colors like lime green, lavender and neon hues. They can be worn full-face like head to toe suiting, or as color splashes in small ways like a mani or shoes.

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Keep your suiting out, blazers are still in

Though warmer weather and the mini trend have us looking for the tiniest things in our wardrobes, keep your suiting. Blazers are a big trend for the spring season, and a great way to transition from the colder weeks.

Layer them in new fresh ways by pairing them over untraditional pieces like bralette tops and basic tees.

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It’s time to go topless

Speaking of bralettes, though we covered it in the mini trend, these little guys deserve a category of their own. While it used to be quite socially unacceptable to show your skivvies, this season – it’s in. From more full-coverage sports bras and crop top hybrids to delicate lacy pieces, it’s time to go topless.

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If you’re not quite ready to bare that much skin, pair with big outer layers like oversized blazers or front button cardigans (yes, they’re back too).

Or, slip on something semi sheer over your bralette for a more subtle take on the trend. Still not sure? One more option, wear your bralette over a tee. You’ll be able to sport the trend in a more modest style.

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Sultry slip dresses

Speaking of going topless, lingerie is also in… for going out. From silk and satin slip dresses to downright nighttime looks, WhoWhatWear gives us a pretty clear picture in their spring fashion trend report. Pretty little underthings are meant to show.

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Lingerie inspired looks are feminine and sultry, but don’t necessarily have to be over bearing. Look for midi length slip dresses with some delicate lace, and focus on materials like silk and satin. Again, start slow and layer up with a lightweight trench as spring approaches.

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You might have some slips that you find are actually quite modest enough when layered correctly. Just double check your lighting to make sure something isn’t more transparent than you realize… unless that’s what you’re going for…

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Simple sandals, heels and sneakers

It’s time for the shoe trends of spring 2020. While athleisure is still round letting us kick around comfortably in sneakers, there’s a more feminine twist this season.

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Break out sandals and simple heels with delicate straps. If you haven’t walked in stilettos in a while, its time to give your stems a refresh.

What minimalist spring fashion trends are you most excited about? I’ll be on the 90’s train myself. And, having been made fun of for long legs in high school, it’s going to be time to let those puppies shine. Minis, here we come.

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monday gin review

buzzing without the buzz, monday gin review

A shot pop in post for today. Chris, the co-founder of Monday Gin, reached out to me a few weeks back to introduce their headlining product… “a zero alcohol spirit that helps people drink delicious cocktails while staying sharp and keeping immunity levels up.” – Chris, Co-Founder of Monday Gin

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While I know many of you drink like fish (myself included), I thought it was an interesting concept. I do have many friends that don’t partake in alcohol at all… and they’ve expressed feeling “left out” of the delicious cocktail options many of us enjoy. Many of these people are upper class and enjoy the luxury of a good drink as an experience. They’re  happy to pay for virgin cocktails at the bar, but disappointed with the sugary artificial flavors that they get back.

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Enticed by the idea of a non-alcoholic gin, I agreed to give it a try. Chris got a bottle in the mail right away, and I received the Monday Zero Alcohol Gin in the 750ML bottle. It retails for $45.99, but they’re currently offering it at a discount of $39.99. Here’s what you can expect.

They’re getting buzz without giving you one… just featured on Uncrate this week as a wiser drink solution, people are starting to take notice.

“Free of alcohol, full of spirit.” Monday presents the gin as “a complex, aromatic blend of juniper, natural botanicals, citrus, and spices that satisfies like a classic London Dry, finishing with the familiar kick of your favorite spirit.”

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Some good things to note, there are zero carbs, no sugar, no calories, and it’s vegan. So no matter your hangup or diet, it’s something everyone can enjoy. It’s handcrafted from a family owned distillery in Southern California, so yeah… that’s pretty cool too.

Now that you know a bit about them, let’s get into the taste and review of Monday Gin. First off, packaging. Packaging is important to me, especially for premium or luxury products. It’s your first hands-on experience with the product, and all of the senses should be engaged. Packaging is also a determining factor for me on whether or not the item would qualify as a good gifting idea.

Monday Gin packaging

It came in an ordinary box (the shipping box was the packaging box). Which may or may not be because it was sent to me as a sample of sorts. The bottle itself is beautiful. It has a forest green label with geometrical gold embossing and lettering. It’s cork has a tasteful seal that makes you feel like you’re opening something special.

Next experience, the smell (I always smell food and drinks before tasting). It smells just like gin! In fact I was surprised how similar the aroma is…. Minus the bite from the alcohol of course. Excited to give it a try, I gave the gin a taste on it’s own.

The flavor is semi sweet, and quite mild. It’s not a super concentrated taste, so you may want to double up on the ratio of “spirits” to mixers.

monday gin presentation review

My go-to drink of choice for gin is a gin and tonic (basic I know). I didn’t have tonic water on hand, so I used sparkling soda water, and garnished with fresh rosemary from my garden for an extra botanical twist. The taste… (drum roll) quite lovely. It starts with a sort of rosy, fruity taste, and ends with a Juniper finish. Quite refreshing indeed. It’s a nice flavor for a summer drink, and I imagine it would be great with a cucumber twist.

The moment of truth – how much does it taste like true gin? It’s in the ballpark. Well we must first premise by acknowledging that there are so many flavors of gin. Gin is basically a botanical alcohol that is traditionally noted by the predominant Juniper flavor. So for points on the Juniper and botanical notes, Monday Gin is a win! That makes it great as a mocktail mixer for people looking for a special drink without the buzz. (So much better than the weird syrupy solutions).

mocktail gin cocktail with monday gin

Alcohol itself also has a taste… a sort of burning, mildly bitter flavor according to some. Without the alcohol, Monday Gin doesn’t have the burn, so it registers slightly sweeter than an alcoholic gin would. Since most people that drink this on a regular basis probably don’t drink alcohol (or only drink it rarely), it goes to say that they would probably prefer the non-burning sensation, that often gets a negative connotation with new drinkers.

For those who like the burn… don’t by non-alcoholic drinks. (Duh.). Jk. On a real note, I do enjoy alcoholic beverages, but still enjoyed Monday Gin as a non-alcoholic specialty drink. It would be great for dinner parties and dry gatherings where you still want something special to compliment your meal or Hors d’Oeuvres.

What about for the drinkers out there like me? Though it’s not it’s purpose, Monday Gin makes a great mixer WITH alcohol! (Sorry Monday, don’t kill me for saying it). Because of the bright botanical taste (and smell), it makes a great compliment to vodka and gin beverages. It adds that little pop of flavor, without being overwhelming to the rest of your recipe.

monday gin review recap

What’s the recap? Monday Gin is such a cool, cozy sized company doing awesome things, innovating non-alcoholic beverages. Finally options that don’t involve pure simple syrup and juice! It’s a game changer for regular virgin drinkers who want options. If that’s you, you’ve got to try it.

For my alcoholics out there, no alcohol doesn’t mean it’s not for you! Try it for a dry night, entertaining, or even as a cocktail mixer in your favorite vodka or gin drink recipe. Its fresh, it’s delightful, and has a robust Juniper taste that all of us gin fans adore. Enjoy, remember to make life an experience, and thanks for the trial run Monday Gin! I’ll be polishing off my bottle.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, the featured Monday Gin was gifted to me by Monday Gin. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!