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bespoke mother’s day gift ideas

Unconditional love, support and friendship, a mother is one of the most cherished relationships in our lives that no one could ever replace. Mother’s Day is just a week away, and finding something special to express your love and gratitude can be challenging. 

Instead of defaulting to something generic, get her a gift she’ll truly love that shows just how much you know and understand her. Need some inspo to get started?

Here are some unique, out of the box, bespoke gift ideas for Mother’s day or any special occasions for the women in your life. 

For the master chef, homemaker and entertainer: DLISH gift boxes

No one ever really cooks quite like mom. But how often does she treat herself to exquisite food and kitchen goods? DLISH curates bespoke gift boxes and elevated home goods from the epicenter of food culture – Italy. Combining food, art and design into a one-of-a-kind experience, DLISH is an excellent gift idea for the mom who loves to cook and entertain. Each gift box is curated with rare, exquisite items from local craftsman and artisans with only limited quantities available, and they’re delightfully packaged in bright art-deco colors that make them a fun, playful gift to give and receive. 

If you want to learn more, you can read my full review of DLISH Gift boxes (I’ve tried three!) or shop their collection online with free shipping.

For the homebody and lovers of comfort: weighted blanked 

For the mom who’s embraced life at home, get her a weighted blanket to help take the weight off her shoulders. Weighted blankets can help reduce stress with a strangely calming effect.

I got one from Bearaby last winter and it has been a great home accessory to have around for days you’re seeking just a bit of extra comfort. Plus, they’re super chic.


For the on-trend fashion and accessory lovers: Artizan trendy gold plated jewelry

I just recently discovered Artizan Jewelry, and they have so many pieces to love. Their style is trendy and aesthetic, yet a good assortment of rich looking luxe classics. They’re a good source for fashionable jewelry that should last longer than your average fashion finds, as they are crafted with quality stainless steel and plated in 18K gold.

For the natural beauty lover and ageless beauties: Biossance Rose Oil and Eye Cream

I first tried and reviewed Biossance rose oil and assortment of beauty products last spring, and have only glowing (literally) things to say about the entire product line. After I tried it and loved it so much, I brought my mom the assortment as a gift to try as well. My mom and I both are now daily users of several of their products, and we’ve enjoyed visibly smoother and happier skin ever since.

Her favorite, the Biossance Squalane + Maine Algae Eye Cream. The Squalane + Maine Algae Eye Cream instantly firms, lifts, and smooths the look of skin. My personal favorite, the Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. My skin has improved so much since using.

For the timeless fashion and handbag lover: Status Anxiety buttery leather handbags

When I think soft buttery leather, I think Status Anxiety. Status Anxiety crafts beautiful leather bags for men and women. I’ve worn mine through airports, errands and everywhere in between, and they not only receive compliments, they’ve withheld the test of time and wear. Their designs are simple and chic, and work well into a wardrobe of timeless essentials.

They’ve also mastered pocket placement and easy closures, so they’re as functional as they are beautiful.


For the homemaker and aesthetic artists: Modern home accents

Is your mom into sprucing up her home with fresh decor from time to time? Matches Fashion has some luxurious home decor items that are not just your average knick knack – they’re true works of art. You can find ceramic and earthenware vases, designer wine goblets, specialty serving wear and mohair blankets from the best designers in luxury home decor.


For the jet setter and beach dwellers: Saint Laurent Rive Gauche raffia beach tote

The Saint Laurent Rive Gauche beach tote is the perfect Mother’s day gift idea for the jet setter and beach dweller. Perfect to toss in a towel and seaside essentials, this gift is effortlessly stylish, on trend, and practical (just like she likes). A little pricey for a beach tote, but she deserves it. After all, how often does she treat herself to true luxury?

image cred: LEON AND GEORGE

For the plant moms: Exotic Living indoor plants

Skip the flowers and go for longevity with a beautiful, exotic houseplant. If you mom loves her life as a plant mom, you can find some really specialty plant selections at Leon and George that also arrive in beautiful mid-century modern potters – perfectly ready to gift.


For the jewelry lover: new classic IVI toy chain bracelet

For the jewelry lover, this luxe gold bracelet is the perfect new classic mom can wear alone or stack with her favorites. It has a rich texture and bold links that make it a modern statement piece now, and a classic staple later.

For a lover of a good fragrance: Replica perfume by Maison Margiela

Speaking of luxury, Maison Margiela’s Replica line of perfumes is an olfactory treat every mom can appreciate. There’s a scent for everyone, and you can check out my Maison Margiela Replica perfume review to select a fragrance more personalized for your special someone.

Looking for more Mother’s Day gift ideas?

You can shop my curated list of 34 surprisingly sophisticated gifts from Amazon and get them here in a flash. Or, browse this season’s curated list of best luxe summer accessories and gift ideas from Neiman Marcus.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, some items in this post were gifted, and may receive affiliate commissions on some items in this post. 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!

my skin feels like butter with this 10 ingredient wash – JUNOCO skincare review

Poreless, smooth, glowing skin – we all want it. But with life comes an inevitable dullness courtesy of time, that lingers with us and reminds us of lost youth. 

A flooded beauty market promises the return of our youthful glow, but with so many products it can be a nightmare to navigate, and we’re often left disappointed with unkept promises.

When JUNOCO reached out to offer a regiment of their skincare – I was skeptical. But, agreed to give them a try over a couple of weeks to see if their products could live up to their claims. 

A couple of weeks later, I’m happy to share this JUNOCO skincare review, with some actually surprising results. 

I discovered a hack that leaves my skin with the smoothest, buttery (almost velvety) texture. And it’s the reason I’ll be using JUNOCO again!

But first, here are some of the highlights I’ll cover in this review:

  • MINIMAL, NATURAL INGREDIENTS: I’m no scientist, but packing in a slew of active ingredients without thorough testing doesn’t seem wise. JUNOCO carefully selects just a few ingredients like rice, orange oil and vitamin E that are gentle, yet effective.
  • CLEAN FRESH SMELL: A light natural fragrance from citrus oils and other natural ingredients is rejuvenating and fresh.
  • HIGHLY MOISTURIZING CLEANSERS: I use face oil as my moisturizer, and somehow this wash has left my skin feeling even more plump and moisturized 
  • MY SKIN FEELS LIKE BUTTER: After testing for a couple of weeks, I’m thrilled with the results. Especially with my secret hack I’ll share later in this review
  • NO MICROPLASTICS: Beauty products use a lot of filler, some like micro plastics are also really bad for the environment. JUNOCO doesn’t use them.

Let’s start with an introduction to the JUNOCO brand.

Their stance, minimalist and sustainable. JUNOCO is an organic, vegan skincare brand that believes less is more. That means less ingredients, and less impact on the environment. 

They’ve assorted their collection with cleansing balm, kale clay masks, and energizing serums formulated to revitalize, without overwhelming your skin with an onslaught of unnatural ingredients. 

And, with a price range around $12-15, they’ve made a beauty line that’s truly attainable for everyone, and have already been featured by some notable sources including Forbes, BYRDIE and GLOSSY.

Now, let’s get into the truth behind their products – a two-week test of a couple of their signature cleansers. 

Clean 10 Cleansing Balm review

The first product tested, JUNOCO’s Clean 10 Cleansing balm – an oil-based cleanser promising skin brightening, a deep cleanse and moisturizing finish.

Made with just 10 ingredients including Vitamin E, Orange peel oil and Japanese pearl barley, this cleanser is a good source of vitamins and antioxidants that help regulate the skin’s completion. 

The soft, refreshing scent is from the natural orange oil, and the texture is rich and creamy. It’s designed to use daily, massaging into skin followed by a rinse and pat dry. 

Why I’ve come to love this product – I often skip facial cleanser all together as it often becomes too drying on my skin. Because this product is oil-based, it has the opposite effect.

While it doesn’t replace your moisturizer, it preserves some of your natural oils, preventing your skin from drying out like traditional cleansers. 

Because it’s oil based, it also works well to remove even the toughest waterproof makeup with a little help from the gentle cleansing cookie pad.

Clarifying Cleanser Powder review

The second product I tried was the Clarifying Cleanser powder. This product is unique in that it has a sort of powder-to-foam texture. Its key ingredient is rice lees extract, which hydrates and strengthens the skin’s barrier. 

It also has a touch of beauty lover’s favorite – hyaluronic acid which helps hydrate and exfoliate. Froth with a bit of water in your hands until powder becomes a light foam to cleanse.

I liked this cleanser because the texture was unique, and I felt like I was treating my skin to a sort of natural experience.

I’ve also recently read a lot about the use of rice in beauty products. It has a lot of benefits for both skin and hair and is known to be gentle, softening and revitalizing – so I was excited as both rice lees extract and rice powder are main ingredients of this cleanser. 

My JUNOCO skincare hack that leaves my skin soft as butter

I actually discovered this hack on accident (blame me not initially reading instructions). But I’m so glad I did, because it leaves my skin with the smoothest, buttery (almost velvety) texture. And it’s the reason I’ll be using JUNOCO again!

Unsure how to use the cleansing powder initially, I followed my instincts and mixed a small portion of both the cleansing powder and oil based balm. Without water, they combine to make a pleasantly gritty texture, perfect for exfoliating. 

I massaged thoroughly over my face and neck until the little powder beads had mostly dissolved, then rinsed as normal and followed up with my usual daily oil moisturizer. 

Almost instantly I noticed the difference. The combination of both cleansers left my skin both clean and exfoliated, while not drying it out.

After a few more days of this method, I noticed even some of the rougher “problem” areas of my skin feeling smoother and filled out. Like you’d expect happy youthful skin to feel. 

I say problem areas lightly, because I do have mostly healthy skin. However areas like my nose (general T-zone) and front jawline can sometimes feel a bit rougher than I’d like with a tough mix of oily and dry skin. 

Thanks to JUNOCO (and my accidental combination), my skin woes are a thing of the past. 

If you’ve avoided using cleansers because you have sensitive or dry to mixed skin, give JUNOCO a try. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised. If their minimal ingredients, sustainable practices, noticeable results and attainable price points aren’t alluring enough, you can even save a bit more on their bundle offers. 

Personal recommendation – The Ultimate Cleanse combo, where you can get both cleansers that I tried to use separately, or mix up some accidental magic of your own. 

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post is in collaboration with JUNOCO. 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!

just breathe, then you can save the world

When is the last time you took a moment to just breathe? I don’t mean collapsing on the couch to binge watch Netflix in complete mental exhaustion.

I mean really, just to breathe. No phone. No podcast. No subliminal mental agenda. No distractions. 

Our society is sick. Over stimulated, over pressured. And instead of breeding a culture with the strength to heal it, we feed into it by caving into the pressure, falling before we can even begin to make a difference.

The truth is, when we are not well as an individual – not only do we find ourselves constantly overwhelmed fighting between fits of over-productivity and total mental collapse…

We can’t help others, because we can’t help ourselves.

We live in a digital era, where a wealth of information is at our fingertips. We’ve researched every aspect of our lives from the best morning routine to how to how to fix our relationships. We also run to technology to fix our most personal issues in our lives.

How can I fix my anxiety. Why am I so depressed. How can I save my marriage. While we’re quick to spot the problem, we have failed to seek the most obvious solutions.

Google doesn’t know why you’re depressed. It knows that depression exists, and it knows out of 100 people surveyed there was a mathematical equation of reasons why. The only person who really knows why you’re struggling – is you. 

That’s right. You don’t even have to find it on your cell. You don’t have to read dozens of articles. Because deep in our hearts, we understand a lot more about ourselves than even we realize.

The problem, you’re not taking the time to think it through. You want the answer without thinking – without self examination.

Because maybe, we don’t want to know some things about ourselves. Maybe it’s too painful. Maybe we want to find something else to blame like a chronic illness that everyone is struggling with or social media. Maybe because we don’t want to fix it. We want someone else to. Or we want to put a bandaid over it so we don’t have to look at it ever again.

Breathe. Reflect. And not in a rabbit tunnel of your darkest thoughts – that’s where anxiety is fed. Be in control of your thoughts. Even better, let God guide your thoughts.

It’s amazing what a moral compass does when we hold ourselves accountable to thinking through our problems from a pure, righteous perspective. Suddenly everything becomes a lot more clear.

Like we’re seeing ourselves and our surroundings for the first time. Like a fog is wiped away from our eyes.

Fighting with a spouse or loved one? Googling why he drives you crazy isn’t going to help. Breathe. Why are they saying that? What is your first response? Why is that your first response? Is your first response right? Or are you just counterattacking or defending yourself?

Find your cure. Don’t let the world tell you it’s not your fault or give you pre-packaged solutions that have nothing to do with your actual problems. 

Feeling anxious about the future? Why? Is it because you’re under prepared? Or are you worried about something completely out of your control? Is it a legitimate concern? Or have you let your rabbit trail of negative thoughts breed deeper anxiety and even fear.

You can’t change the past, but you can change your present and your future.

Or maybe you’re just saying fuck it. Living your life the way you want because solving your problems feels like too much effort. 

Breathe. Seek what is right and pure. Control your thoughts, instead of letting them control you. Learn to identify what is in your control – and what is not. Only then can you find peace with yourself.

And then, just maybe, you can be well enough not only to live a life of light for yourself and your loved ones – maybe then we can save the world. 

“God has chosen you to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” – Colossians 1:27-28

Dr. Martens does chelsea boots – here’s how to style them for summer

Dr. Marten Chelsea boots for summer? It’s officially a thing.

And, aside from stars like Megan Fox already spotted in her Dr. Marten boots, we’ve seen a big rise in this cool girl trend by ample Gen Z influencers like Olivia Rodrigo, Addison Rae and Emma Chamberlain. From TikTok to tabloids, Dr. Martin (still) isn’t going anywhere.

Dr. Martens boots have a cult following that just won’t die. Debatably an even bigger trend, the rise of Chelsea boots in the fashion scene. Thankfully, you won’t have to choose. Now, you can jump on one of summer’s hottest trends with Chelsea boots designed by the Dr. himself. 

Not sure what to wear with Chelsea boots for summer style? Here are some summer Chelsea boot outfit ideas, infused with cues from runway to street style pros – and of course, styled by yours truly.

image cred @dayinmydreams

Daytime feminine: Chelsea boots + poplin cotton dress

While I’d have to say jeans and a ribbed tank is my favorite outfit combo for Chelsea boots, for the sake of this article I wanted to illustrate a couple more feminine options as well. For his look I’ve styled my Dr. Marten Chelsea boots with a poplin dress and understated accessories.

This look is playful and feminine, and you can personalize with your accessories. I’ve kept mine simple for a more minimalistic approach. It’s a great outfit combo for brunch, errands and daytime occasions when you want to be a bit more formal than jeans and a tee, but still comfortable and relaxed.

image cred @victoriatornegren and @madisonelainechertow

Casual sophisticated: biker shorts + Chelsea boots

Effortlessly sophisticated? Copy-paste @victoriatornegren and @madisonelainechertow’s twinning looks with a simple black biker short cordi paired with Chelsea boots. 

image cred @victoriatornegren

Casual tomboy: ribbed tank and jeans + Chelsea boots

Did I mention this is one of my favorite looks? There’s just something about the classics, and nothing says casual off duty quite like your favorite jeans and a simple tank. Chelsea boots or classic Dr. Martens are a nice alternative when you want to make the look a little more London chic.

image cred @smythsisters

From office to evening: knit dress + Chelsea boots

If you’re looking for a fool-proof outfit to take you from office to an evening out, pair your Chelsea boots with a sleek kit dress. 

image cred @lefevrediary

Casual preppy: pair them with your polo

If you’ve been all about 2022’s prep culture, pair your Docs with your favorite polo and jeans. Bonus points for layering on a statement bag. It’s a perfect look for casual Fridays and daytime summer wear.

image cred @myforteisfashion

So in vogue: Chelsea boots + an oversized blazer

Confident in your cool girl style? Nothing says effortlessly in vogue quite like an oversized blazer and Chelsea boots. This confident off-duty look is also tres chic enough to wear from day to night, and you can mix up your looks by what you pair under that boxy boy blazer.

image cred @cassdimicco

Saturday’s are still chic: summer loungewear + Chelsea boots

Master your model off duty look by pairing your most comfy loungewear sets with Chelsea boots. Simple accessories go a long way, and neat hair and a luxury handbag keep the look from looking like you just rolled out of bed (they’ll never know your secret). 

image cred @jacquiealexander

90’s chic: flair pants + Chelsea boots

Rock Jacquie’s signature 90’s and 2000’s looks by pairing your Chelsea boots with one of the hottest trends of the season. You can go full 90’s with flair pants, or rock a 90’s mini with this trend.

image cred @nlmarilyn

Proper office wear: skirt suit + Chelsea boots

Another from UK street style, pair your Chelsea boots with a classic skirt suit for a look that’s sophisticated with just a bit of edge. 

image cred @myforteisfashion

A night out: lbd + Chelsea boots

Going out for the night? Ditch the heels and pair your little black dress with Chelsea boots to show off a bit of your raw edges.

image cred @myforteisfashion

Rainy days: trench coat + Chelsea boots

One of the most iconic Chelsea boots outfits – pair them with your trench. Perfect for rainy days, this look is London street style approved and as practical as it is chic.

image cred @pepamack

Stick with the basics: jeans and a tee + Chelsea boots

Feel like sticking with the classics? Wear your Chelsea boots with some of your most essential basics, like jeans and a tee. Guaranteed to feel comfy in your own skin. Layer on a blazer for a touch of sophistication.

Want more? Who What Wear declares Chelsea boots the #1 boot trend of 2022… and shares some of the coolest ways to wear it. 

Looking for the perfect pair? You can shop my classic Dr. Martens Chelsea boots online or find a pair that suits your favorite all-season wear.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this post is in collaboration with Klear. 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!

Jonathan Mezibov masters luxury grade dress shirts crafted in small batches in Italy and the US

The corporate world. Something we fight against yet can never stay fully away from. It’s commerce, and along with the monopolization of industries followed by diminished craftsmanship, comes the convenience of attainability and efficiency. But what if we could have the best of both worlds? 

Introducing Jonathan Mezibov. A luxury shirt brand crafting small batch shirts manufactured in Italy and the US.

Held to the highest quality standards, Jonathan has made his collection a craft that is fully attainable, with a direct to consumer online business model. 

After personally experiencing the label for myself, this Jonathan Mezibov shirt review will cover the brand’s’ business ethics and standards, along with a hands-on review of quality, fabrics, fit and styling. Here’s a breakdown of some highlights to note as we cover each in more detail.

Jonathan Mezibov noteworthy qualities:

  • SIMPLE, ELEGANT PACKAGING: Luxury grade, understated, and through fully planned
  • LUXURY GRADE CRAFTSMANSHIP: Very fine stitching, not a single stitch out of place from button holes to inseam
  • CRISP, LIGHTWEIGHT POPLINS: A blend of cotton, polyester and elastane that’s machine washable
  • THOUGHTFUL MODERN DESIGNS: Featuring tab cuffs, shoulder epaulettes, mother-of-pearl buttons and other signature details

Let’s begin with first impressions.

Jonathan Mezibov packaging and presentation

I selected three dress shirts to get a full brand experience. Two women’s dress shirts for myself, and a crisp white dress shirt from the men’s collection. All arrived neatly packed in slate grey, luxury grade boxes with a simple two corner ribbon.

Clean and elegant. As should be expected for a collection of luxury dress shirts.

In the packages, the dress shirts were neatly folded and held in place with smooth metal mini clips. A small detail but much preferred over pinning, which can cause thread breakage, holes and unwanted hard wrinkling in new dress wear. 

Jonathan Mezibov quality of craftsmanship and materials

Most impressive to the collection is Jonathan Mezibov’s attention to detail in the truly luxury grade craftsmanship of his designer shirts.

Neat button holes, cuffs, darting – even the inseams have been sewn without a stitch out of place. A rarity in a world of corporate manufacturing – even for many known luxury brands. 

Driven by Jonathan’s mission to make the best shirts on the market, “luxury shirts at the highest quality and value” it’s clear the brand has exemplified his elevated standards. Perhaps due to the small batch craftsmanship designed to sell direct to consumer online. Perhaps because Jonathan has chosen to only work with the highest labor standards, manufacturing with craftsman in Italy and the US.

Jonathan’s team has personally visited all of their partner factories managing personal relationships to insure the integrity of the product is not only from the craftsmanship, but with the craftspeople directly. 

Whatever magic he sprinkles in, it’s clearly working. You’ll be hard pressed to find a luxury brand that exceeds his quality standards.

Jonathan Mezibov shirt review

Beyond the collection as a whole, each Jonathan Mezibov shirt has been thoughtfully designed with signature details to make each a masterpiece of their own.

I’ll cover some of the finer points of each piece I had the pleasure to experience for my own.

The women’s classic white dress shirt

The first piece I selected was the Annette poplin shirt. Primarily because when reviewing dress shirts, a staple is a great place to start. A simple white shirt is one of the most quintessential pieces in a professional’s wardrobe, and should be selected with great care as it will see you though some of the most critical meet ups and events of your career. 

In addition to the high quality of craftsmanship signature to the brand, this essential silhouette was elevated with modern details and an elongated silhouette. 

Hidden front buttons, a crisp point collar, and designed tab cuffs were just a few of the details that make this piece its own story amongst a backdrop of basic white shirts. 

The mix of cotton, polyester and elastane in a fine weave make this piece extremely lightweight with just a subtle stretch. It is a comfortable, effortless staple I will wear for years to come, from office attire to casual layering.


The men’s elevated white dress shirt

From the men’s collection, I selected the Pearson Poplin French cuff shirt. With a cutaway collar and crisp French cuffs, this piece is a mark of true luxury. It is the perfect slim fit men’s dress shirt.

Perfectly paired with a suit and tie, this piece is designed for elevated evening wear, lasting impressions and demure occasions.

It’s made with 100% poplin cotton for that perfectly crisp appearance, and it practically begs to be stolen by a gentleman’s late night company – with an intoxicating faint smell of his evening cologne. 

The women’s poplin military shirt

For a women who likes to make a bold yet subtle statement, a military dress shirt is a must. It’s a piece that exudes confidence and authority, in a casual, utilitarian way. Jonathan’s Fletcher poplin military shirt was my select.

Possibly my favorite shirt from the collection so far, this piece can easily transition from understated power suiting to casual off duty looks.

A few of the finer details aside from the military-inspired shoulder epaulettes – a crisp spread collar, signature tab cuffs, and neatly pleated chest pockets.

Also made with 100% poplin cotton, this piece is crisp and structured, yet lightweight and breathable. 

Jonathan Mezibov recap of review

All in all, if you’re in search of fine luxury grade dress shirts for men and women, Jonathan Mezibov shirts is a brand that cannot be overlooked. From the exquisite craftsmanship to thoughtful designs, I’m truly impressed with the collection.

Surpassing brands in a competing market in both quality and design, Jonathan Mezibov is coming after the big name brands in the luxury market – and they better take note. Because beyond a label, Jonathan Mezibov is what true luxury is about.

Shop his entire dress shirt collection online, and experience the luxury for yourself.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, the items in this post were gifted by Jonathan Mezibov. 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!