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2020 luxury gift guide for her

luxury gift guide for every woman on your list

Holiday sales are approaching. As such, holiday shopping is on many a mind. Seeing the faces of friends and family light up is truly the greatest gift of all. The challenge, finding something truly special and unique to get for everyone on your list. Whether you’re shortlisting your Black Friday hit list or looking for some gifting inspiration, this luxury gift guide is a step in the right direction.

Discover new and known luxury brands that I’ve personally experienced and recommend for people looking for gift ideas.

Working with hundreds of brands year over year, these are the cream of the crop along with some new discoveries. They’re not just sponsored brands. They’re companies I personally believe in, and products I’ve found to be beautiful, unique, and special enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Without further adieu, here are my top recommendations for unique luxury gift ideas.

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For the modern sophisticate: Anne Fontaine essential white blouse

If you’ve followed Day in my Dreams for any notable period of time, you’ve heard me rave about Anne Fontaine. That’s because in my opinion, they’re the #1 destination for the essential white blouse. Trust me on this one… I have a wardrobe FULL of luxury fashion pieces. Anne Fontaine blouses are pieces I continue to wear season after season. They’re high quality, wash easily, and last season after season. If you’re shopping for someone who appreciates luxury fashion, an Anne Fontaine white blouse is the perfect gift either to bolster a substantial luxury wardrobe, or as a special essential item for someone just getting started on their luxury basics. Looking for something more unique? Their fall and winter collection also includes statement holiday wear, suiting and more.

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For every woman on your list: 14K-24K gold plated jewelry from Day in my Dreams

Ok, obviously I can’t write a gift guide without a shoutout to my pride and joy… Shop Day in my Dreams. A passion project that started over a year ago, Shop Day in my Dreams has a collection of minimal style 14K-24K gold plated jewelry that I personally curated myself. Each piece has been personally tried and tested, from the sea, to showers, to hands in batter and so much more. These pieces are the high quality gold jewelry that I live in everyday and last. The designs range from modern statement pieces to luxury essentials as simple as a gold band. I’m truly confident they’ll be the new favorite of every woman on your list, because they’ve been mine, and so many other women who I’ve already gifted them to since the site launched. Please do support small businesses and check out this truly awesome range.

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For the tech savvy girl boss on the go: Palm mini smart phone

Apple watches are so last year. You may remember my first introduction to the Palm mini smart phone about a year back. In case you missed it, Palm is an exciting startup company innovating mobile technology accessories. Palm is basically replacing mobile accessories (like the Apple Watch) offering two digital cameras, app support, Google assistant and a stunning HD display on a small flatscreen about the size of a credit card.

Palm can be used as a standalone smartphone, or it can sync with your existing smartphone.

So you can take a break from your big phone and cut back to the essentials when that’s all you really need. Take it to the gym for music and texting, to the store for your grocery list and quick calls, for hikes and adventures where your big phone just weighs you down. The possibilities are endless, and this is a truly innovative gift for anyone on your list who’s savvy with technology.

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For the woman who likes gifts to keep on giving: Bootay Bag monthly subscription

Here’s something fun, new panties every month. Who doesn’t like to freshen up their panty drawer? If you have someone on your list that would love to get a little gift in the mail every month for the next 6-12 months, Bootay Bag is a super fun subscription gifting panties in the mail. For just $13 a month for 2 panties, it’s also a steal! I’ve received a couple trial packages of Bootay Bag goodies and honestly, the panties blow Victoria’s Secret out of the water.

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For someone who likes to enjoy luxury from home: Replica luxury candles

There’s something inside of us all that relaxes just a bit more under the flicker of candle light. For someone on your list that enjoys taking some some time for themselves (or desperately needs it), give the gift of relaxation with Replica’s newest release of luxury candles. I confess I own the entire collection of Maison Margiela’s fragrance line of Replica perfumes. I’ve even enjoyed a couple of their candles in the past. This season, I was literally thrilled to receive two new additions as a gift. Hey, I’m not the easiest person to buy for, so yeah… these are good. The two new Replica candle scents: Whispers in the Library and Springtime in a Park. (Yes, I have both of those scents in the perfume as well). Whispers in the Library has a deep, earthy musky smell that’s not too heavy. It’s by far my favorite scent of all time. Springtime in a Park is light and refreshing, perfect for creating an upbeat atmosphere that’s also welcoming and sweet.

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For someone who likes personalization: oNecklace personalized gold plated necklaces

Part of the joy in gifting is picking something that’s truly personalized to the recipient. oNecklace is a new brand I’ve just discovered recently that offers custom lettered gold plated necklaces. You can have a gift personalized with a name, inspirational words, or something personal to remind them of you. The typography is modern and sleek. This is a fun trendy gift in a glowing gold finish. I had been looking for a lettered necklace to add to my collection, and oNecklace was generous enough to gift me a piece to try. It arrived just a few days back, and it’s absolutely beautiful! I had mine customized to read “dream”… for Day in my Dreams of course. But more importantly, because I believe in the power of chasing a dream.

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For the leather lover: Status Anxiety buttery, luxury leather handbags

That butter soft feeling that literally sends tingles down your body? Yeah. Have a handbag girl on your list? Status Anxiety crafts beautiful leather bags for men and women. All I can say is, their leather is absolute butter, and extremely high quality. I’ve torn mine through airports, errands and everywhere in between, and they not only receive compliments, they’ve withheld the test of time and wear. Confession… I have more than 5-6 pieces from their collection. This is a gift guide repeat, because they’re that great.

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For the health enthusiast: Khloe Kardashian’s new Dose & Co. collagen powders

Skin health, always at the forefront of my concerns. Good news for the health conscious girl on your gift list, Khloe Kardashian just launched her new brand Dose & Co., offering an assortment of collagen powders. Admittedly, I haven’t tried them yet. But only because they just arrived in absolutely beautiful packaging a couple of days back. I can’t wait to add them to soups and drinks for a quick and easy skin health booster. Each serving of Dose & Co. boasts 10,000mg (10g) of collagen to support hair, skin and nails. That’s a heavy punch in a delicious scoop of either flavored or plain powders.

Looking for more luxury gift ideas? Check out another luxury gift guide for her with more subscription and clothing brands worth discovering, or 12 great luxury basic gift ideas for the minimalist on your list. Of course, don’t forget to celebrate the real meaning behind the holidays. And don’t stress, this time is a gift. Enjoy the season with your friends and family. I hope this luxury gift guide is helpful in your holiday planning. Happy shopping, and keep checking back on Day in my Dreams blog for more luxury brand discoveries.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, some of the items above have been gifted to me over the years. 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!

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fast track through a day in my dreams, and silence in a noisy world

I can hear the sound of the electricity running through my lights as I sit here to write. That’s how unaccustomed I’ve become to silence. The refrigerator cooling, propane pilot light, the heater, the traffic outdoors a block away – it all sounds like an NYC traffic jam pounding in my ears.

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photography:MOM | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | luxury handbag: PRADA | basic pumps c/o: NAKED FEET SHOES

It’s almost the holiday season, and it seems we are all more in a rush than ever before.

In some ways, the silence feels even louder than the havoc a normal day might bring. Think about it. The first experience we have in the morning is jolting awake to a ringing alarm. If we dare silence it, we face it yet again. In my case, the cat is also screaming. The alarm works as her notification it’s time to harass mom clawing at her face for some morning affection.

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Checking emails, texts, social notifications all happens next. We’re bombarded with notifications of happenings in those few hours we missed while we were asleep. Half the time we try to soak it in and get a grasp of the day while we’re brushing our teeth or trying to choke down a few sips of coffee.

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Pack a lunch, feed the cat, out the door, and the drive to the office begins. We’re in a rush, because we’re always late. That darn snooze.

We fight the onslaught of morning traffic, shouting for the car in front of us to move while we slosh down some more caffeine. People are honking, dashing across the street… reckless in pursuit of the start of their day.

We arrive to work, immediately surrounded by urgent demands. Clearly a lot really does happen in those few hours since we left at such a late hour the night before. Emails, voicemails, office drop-by’s, people catching you in the hall. Welcome to America’s 9-5.

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Except now it’s 7:30pm, we’re still trying to wrap up one last project… then at least we’ll only be behind on a couple things in the morning. Half the building’s lights are off. We wonder what it’s like to be in one of those cars that departed promptly at 5:01pm.

There’s that sound again, silence. But only for a moment as you’re urged to please leave the office so it can rest for the night.

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Your phone is buzzing now. Dinner plans. You’ve somehow missed 87 messages since the 5 min break you took to wolf down your lunch. Those pumps never felt more like running shoes.

In the car, music pumping to try to set a new vibe for the rest of the night, you do a quick car mirror self-check and slam it back up – there’s no time for that.

Lights, more music, food, friends, laughter, stories, drama… it’s all a thrill… Everyone is talking at once. There is so much noice it sounds like a buzz rather than all separate noises.

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Then you stop. Silence again. You realize you don’t remember the last breath you took, collapsing into the sheets at the end of the night. 1:33am. You have 5 hours of sleep, not bad, you think. I’ve had less in an entire week.

Life is crazy. It’s can be hectic, stressful, or just so exciting you can’t slow down. All this to say, there is truth in silence. You can discover a part of yourself you never knew, or maybe just forgotten.

Silence allows you to channel your focus in the direction you want it to go. It allows you to shape your dreams, instead of just following them blindly.

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Run, chase, experience life. But don’t miss what’s happening because you’re too rushed to experience each moment to its fullest potential.

Don’t forget about people, goals, or life ambitions because you were so busy running circles around them.

This is a real life memoir of one day spent in a Day in my Dreams. A reminder to myself, and hopefully to some of you, those moments of silence are as important as the plans we make for ourselves. Sit back, reflect, and let yourself dream at night as often as you do in the day.

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Packing so much in might feel like getting the most out of life, but if you’re not careful it will pass so fast you’ll miss it altogether. Take time for your mental health. Take time to reflect and remember.

Take time to learn about yourself and others around you. Take a moment of silence, for a day in your dreams.

dermalogica skin smoothing cream review

winter skin solutions | Dermalogica’s skin smoothing cream review

Daylight savings has past. Our days are shorter, darker and colder. Some embrace winter. Yet, no matter our preference, our skin remains unamused with the season’s changes. Our bodies thirst for hydration, as if the cold seeps into our very bones themselves. Youthful skin makes volumes of difference in how we look and feel. As such, a good moisturizer is the most important part of my morning routine. Looking for relief? Search no farther than Dermalogica’s all day moisturizing Skin Smoothing Cream.

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | skin care products c/o:DERMALOGICA

Dermalogica sent me a tube of their Skin Smoothing Cream back in April of this year. Adamant on experience before review, I wanted to use the entire tube before sharing. It’s now November. I’ve dabbled with a few other moisturizers since then, but the tube is finally spent, and I’m ready to share my full experience in this Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream Review.

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A bit about Dermalogica

First, a bit about the brand. I’ve sampled Dermalogica products for years, and have always appreciated their professional-grade skin care products. The brand itself was founded by Jane Wurwand, a skin therapist who is one of the most recognized and respected authorities in professional skin care therapy. Dermalogica is her brain child, and the brand has exploded as men and women flock to her for products that are genuinely healthy for their skin.

Dermalogica is great for sensitive skin

Dermalogica formulates their products free of artificial colors and fragrances, mineral oils, lanolin, S.D. alcohol, prarabens and micro plastics that can have negative effects on sensitive skin. They’re also certified cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan. As someone who often reacts negatively to unnecessary additives, the pure approach to the cream’s formula was soothing and non-irritating.

If you have sensitive skin, think of Dermalogica as the professional-grade alternative to the drug store brand, Lubriderm (minus the gluey smell). No additives. No fragrance, just pure formula engineered for moister.

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Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream locks in all-day moister

Dermalogia’s Skin Smoothing Cream is a facial moisturizer designed to infuse skin with 48 hours of hydration. So how did it hold up? After months of using the cream on my mixed to dry skin, I was happy with fully moisturized results. My skin felt moisturized and dewy, without an access of oil. It has a medium level of consistency, so I would recommend it for mixed or dry skin. If you have very oily skin, you may wish to opt for something a bit lighter.

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So did it last 48 hours? Well, it’s hard to tell. It’s rare (if ever) I would go 48 hours without washing my face. So I cannot really attest to that. What I can say is that some creams I find myself applying twice right out of the shower, and again later in the evening. Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream kept me hydrated from morning until night.

Natural ingredients mean happier skin

Our skin wasn’t designed to withstand an onslaught of chemicals. I prefer to opt for brands that incorporate the power of natural ingredients in their beauty products. In Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream, you’ll find a healthy mix of ingredients including naturally moisturizing cucumber and antioxidant grape seed extract.

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Vitamin C help with dark spots

Vitamins are essential for your skin, and Vitamin C has some incredible benefits including enhancing skin repair and supporting collagen reproduction. In fact, Allure calls vitamin C the “holy grail of skin care ingredients.”

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Dermalogica also often incorporates vitamins in their products. I have been using the Biolumin-C Eye Serum during the same period since late spring, and its done wonders on evening out my skin tone around my eye area.

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Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream also contains vitamin C, which can help even out your dark spots over time. For products with high levels of vitamin C, I find they also give a radiant glow to your skin just days after repeated use, even before they start attacking your darker trouble spots. The cream also contains vitamin E, which is important in repairing skin damage.

Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream in review

Overall, I was quite happy with my 6 month review of the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing cream. I experienced zero breakouts or sensitivity spots. My skin felt moisturized but non-greasy, and I maintained a fairly balanced skin tone throughout the trial period. The tube makes it easy to pack and travel with, and it also works great as a hand cream in a pinch. If you want to give them a try, I’ve included the shopping links below.

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Here’s the recap:

  • Dermalogica is a leading professional-grade brand you can trust
  • Dermalogica leverages the power of natural ingredients
  • The Skin Smoothing Cream keeps your skin moisturized from day to night
  • It’s great for people with sensitive skin
  • It has a medium consistency that seems good for normal to dry skin
  • Vitamin C helps brighten your skin for a glowing finish
  • Vitamin E helps repair damage to the skin

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Products:

I hope you found this review helpful, feel free to leave comments with any questions, and here’s to battling winter air with dewy, baby-fresh skin.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, these products were gifted to me by Dermalogica. 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!

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we’re a new breed; we’re ready for winter this time

The rain fell steadily behind the glass. Though the wind was as still as it was from indoors. The sky, dark, as was the unlit room. Days have gotten shorter. The sunlight, fighting for control of the shorter days. Fall has arrived, and with it, a hush of silence as we prepare for our first cold weather season in a post-Covid world.

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Something about it feels quieter than before. Like the stillness resounds louder off of closed city doors.

If ever we were urged to stay home, now is the time we consider, that might not be such a bad thing. Bears hibernate through winters, saving their energy for the more habitable months. As we continue to adapt to a new normal, we consider what the new season will bring.

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Trapped, alone, scared. The memories of summer past remind us of just how much has changed in such a short time. But while we first struggled to stay at home, we’ve now learned to embrace the silence.

We’ve become more innovative. We mastered work from home, video conferences, and grew closer to each other as we found new ways to connect. We’ve become productive, tackling DIY projects and renovations as we learned the importance of nesting in our own homes. We learned to love, in a different way. As we were forced either together or apart, we learned more about each other, and we learned which connections were strong enough to withstand a global pandemic.

We discovered who we were. Through challenges and change, we learned what was truly important, and learned how to fight for it.

This season will be another evolution for us all. We will be faced with new challenges as our outdoor refuges close for the colder weather, and we once again are confined to the comfort of our homes.

Just remember, we have faced this before, and we prevailed. We are the strong, the motivated, the innovative. Find your purpose and discover new ways to not only survive, but to live.

Find the light in every darkness. We’re a new breed. And winter’s got nothing on us now.

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ear cuffs, pinky rings and glittering gold you’re going to want your hands on

There’s something about that glow. That warm, sunlight hue, a smooth shine that catches the light. Gold. It’s fascinated us generation after generation, catching our eyes and inspiring the lavish desire to adorn ourselves in it’s brilliance. Whether you prefer platinum or rose undertones, there’s something about gold that’s truly timeless. And while this precious metal remains the same, the new generation of moguls continue to evolve it’s use and application.

New for this season, jewelry trends return to a more archaic timeline reminiscent of god-like royalty and adornment of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

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Plaited hair embellishments, golden ear cuffs, arm bands and pinky rings leave no extremity off limits for an extra layer of shine.

While fall fashion trends loop around timeless basics, jewelry becomes more important as an expression of style to adorn otherwise simple attire. Looking for ways to illuminate your looks? Here are a few of this season’s most fire trends for 2020.

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Gold pinky rings

Leave no phalange uncovered. Simple gold pinky rings are all the rage. With wide bands and minimalist basics heading up the category, these are an essential basic that can subtly elevate every look. The silhouettes are timeless, so invest in some real 14-24K gold or gold plated pinky rings that will withstand hand washes and the test of time.

You can style gold rings with everyday casual denim and tees, or as a sophisticated touch of shine to evening and cocktail wear.

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Stacked ear cuffs

This is where you’ll want to go heavy on the metal. Ear cuffs are in, and the more the better. Forget committing to extra piercings. The new ear cuffs for 2020 are pressure bands that can be slipped on to your upper cartilage or stacked all the way up the sides of your ear. Wear them on both sides for an edgy queen-like vibe, or pick on ear to focus on for a more ethereal look. Maison Miru has a huge selection of gold plated ear cuffs both simple and crystal studded designed for some serious drama that’s bound to turn heads.

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Ankle bracelets

This 90’s jewelry trend is back with a vengeance. Gold ankle bracelets were important for summer style, and continue to work their way into fall and transitional outfits as a low-key, understated statement of luxury embellishment. Wear them with wide leg slacks or over tights with your preppy feminine outfits. Mejuri has a ton of selections you can choose from that are 14-18K gold plated.

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Statement gold chains

Following the trend of adorned essentials, a statement gold chain is the new must-have jewelry piece of the season. Both gold and silver are in, with the fashion leaders opting for pieces that hit just below the neckline in bulky chain silhouettes.

These style great over white tanks and layered blazers, oversized tees and rebellious style elements.

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Looking to update your gold jewelry essentials? I’ve included some of my favorites for each category in the links above.

Or please feel free to check out my shop, where I’ve curated a few of my top picks for 2020 jewelry trends this season.

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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!