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ADDICTIONS OF A FASHION JUNKIE



A fashion insider's guide to all things stylish. With editorial features that show you how to GET THE LOOK, interviews with people in the industry, FASHION CONFESSIONS, and REAL v DEAL.



Updated: 2018-04-23T08:47:56.637-05:00

 



FASHION CONFESSIONS: Angela Missoni, Missoni Creative Director

2017-12-01T13:07:36.793-06:00

This year sees the 20th anniversary of Angela Missoni as creative director of the Italian fashion house, Missoni. Started in the 50s by her parents, Missoni's colorful zigzag knits have become as iconic as Chanel camellia. Angela has grown the family business into an empire with the expansion of 25 sub-lines, (M by Missoni and Missoni Home) plus several successful collaborations (Converse, Havaianas and of course Havaianas). As she celebrates her anniversary at the helm, I caught up with her at Neiman Marcus - a fitting location as Missoni has been sold at the department store since the early 70s, longer than any other brand! Angela reveals to me her fashion confessions.WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?I’m a very lucky person; I have an amazing job. It may be more than what you think because I’m not only a designer I own the company. So my job is 360 degrees. And I’m a natural fixer and a problem solver, right, so I love to solve problems.But on the creative side, it's the moment when the collection comes together when you have defined the look, and put on the show and see it all come together, that’s the most exciting.CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?Robert Redford.FAVORITE FILM?I love fantasy, so I have to say the Fellini movies.LAST TIME YOU DANCED?Last week I had a party in LA for my 20th Anniversary.WHAT’S YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE?Negroni Sbagliato as known as The Wrong Negroni.FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?I love the seaside, but I love a place that can surprise me. I’m very curious person, so I to see and I need to discover, so I like to go to discover new places.LAST BOOK YOU READ?School of Awake by Kidada Jones.BEST PIECE OF ADVICE ANYONE HAS EVER GIVEN YOU?In fashion, always wear something you feel comfortable because no matter the dress if you don’t you are always adjusting yourself and that is the most unsexy and unflattering thing to do.And in life, it’s something no young person would listen, there are so many things which are irrelevant, and it’s not worth the stress. So my advice would be don’t sweat the small stuff. [...]



FASHIONABLE INVITES Chopard and Neiman Marcus

2017-11-15T15:49:09.289-06:00

WHO: Chopard
WHAT: Red Carpet Cocktail Reception
WHERE: Neiman Marcus, Michigan Avenue
WHEN: November 15, 5.30-7.30pm
WHY: To view a special collection of Chopard watches and jewelry



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2017-11-12T13:55:04.215-06:00

REAL: Princetown leather slipper, $995, Gucci
DEAL: Faux fur lined loafer mule, $90, Steve Madden



FASHIONABLE INVITE: fferrone Pre-Holiday Pop Up

2017-11-10T21:28:07.509-06:00


WHO: fferrone
WHAT: Pre-Holiday Pop Up
WHERE: Boffi Chicago showroom, 309 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654
WHEN: Saturday November 11th, 11am-4pm.



FASHIONABLE INVITE: Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale

2017-11-10T21:29:10.690-06:00


WHO: Rebecca Minkoff
WHAT: Sample Sale
WHERE: 106 E Oak Street, Chicago, Il 60611
WHEN: October 23rd – October 29th
•Monday - Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
•Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
WHY: Up to 75% off



FASHIONABLE INVITE: Gilt City Warehouse Sale

2017-10-06T09:38:06.587-05:00


WHO: Gilt City
WHAT: Warehouse Sale
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse, 1747 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60622
WHEN: Friday, October 6, 2017
• Friday Night First Access Session: 7pm-9pm, $25
• Friday Night Late Entrance: 9pm-11pm, $20

Saturday, May 20, 2017
• Saturday Morning Session: 9am-11am, $10
• Saturday Early Afternoon Session: 11am-1pm, $10
• Saturday Late Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm, $5
• Saturday Early Evening Session: 3pm-5pm, $5

WHY: The Gilt sale is back with a makeover. Along with up to 80 percent off retail prices of designer fashion you will also be offered onsite styling, makeup touchups, luxurious pop-ups, complimentary monogramming and more.

Tickets are now available at giltcity.com/Chicago



FASHIONABLE INVITES: Kiehl's LifeRide

2017-07-24T11:03:15.259-05:00

WHO: KIEHL’S Hosted by Executive Chef Dan Snowden of Bad Hunter

Also Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR will lead this year’s riders:

• Ian Bohen, actor, Teen Wolf
• JR Bourne, actor, Somewhere Between
• Anthony Carrino, co-host, Kitchen Cousins
• Gilles Marini, actor, Switched at Birth
• Grant Reynolds, host/producer, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
• Luke Wessman, tattoo artist, Miami/NY Ink
• Tyler Posey, actor, Teen Wolf

WHAT: Chicagoland celebration of the eighth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, an eight-day, multi-state charitable motorcycle ride from Minneapolis to Nashville that raises funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Rallying with the public at nine store stops along the route, Kiehl’s will donate a total of $100,000 over the course of the ride.

Guests will enjoy seasonal light bites served up by Executive Chef Dan Snowden of West Loop hot spot, Bad Hunter, and can channel their inner biker and get a LifeRide inspired temporary tattoo from a local artist.

WHERE:
Kiehl’s Since 1851
The Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WHY: Cos it's all for a good cause (and you will have fun)!



FASHIONABLE INVITES: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

2017-07-24T11:01:35.626-05:00

WHO: Nordstrom WHAT: Yearly Anniversary Sale, it's your chance to get new fall merchandise on sale. Many fashion and beauty brands are included like FRAME Denim, Alice & Olivia, Veronica Beard, Stuart Weitzman, Diptyque, Rodin and Charlotte Tilbury. WHERE: Nordstrom, 55 E Grand Avenue WHEN: July 21-Aug 6WHY: Cos it’s never too early to start planning your fall wardrobe! allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xkqR6madhJg" width="560"> allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pWiZG5xy6x8" width="560">Some of my favorite pieces... Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil & Crema set $120Gas Bijoux Buzios Feather Earrings, Anniversary Sale Price $119.90, After Sale $180 Alice + Olivia jacket Anniversary sale price $321.90, After Sale $485Topshop Coat, Anniversary Sale Price $109.90, After Sale $180Cirstabelle Earrings, Anniversary Sale price $44.90, After Sale $68Diptyque Candle Set, Anniversary Sale Price $55, Value $75[...]



BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Christina Mace-Turner, CEO of True Botanicals

2017-07-18T10:05:33.366-05:00

As a leader within some of the most innovative companies in the world, first Apple and then Flipboard, Christina has a career-long habit of leveraging technology to transform consumer experiences. After becoming a serious user of True Botanicals and fan of their philosophy, the idea of giving the beauty industry a complete tech make-over took shape — and she knew this was the brand to do it. Christina soon joined the team to take their direct sales model to the next level, delivering unprecedented transparency, greater value, and superior results to their growing clientele, while also highlighting and rewarding the sustainable farmers who provide the ingredients for True Botanicals products. Knowing that she is creating meaningful change within an industry that was so desperately in need of it makes this latest chapter in her career incredibly rewarding.WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?I go crazy if I am separated from our Renew Mist for more than a day. I'm obsessed with the smell - so relaxing - and the way it makes my skin feel. I have travel sized versions of it in every bag and I keep a bottle of it on my desk for quick pick me ups. When my teenage kids start to get really irritated with me, I spray it on their faces to calm them down!WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?I get to go to work every day with people I adore and admire, and focus on a mission that means so much to each of us. We are dedicated to empowering our customers and changing the beauty industry for the better; while it's hard work, it's incredibly gratifying. FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?Hydra, Greece. I've been going there since I was a child, and it hasn't changed a bit. Donkey's, clear water and the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?My daughters. I learn so much from them! LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?"At the Fork" which is a documentary about meat production in the United States. Doesn't sound very entertaining, but it actually is so interesting! YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP? Ricky Schroder was my 12 year old celebrity crush. I loved "Silver Spoons" and went with a group of friends to the mall to stand on line for hours to get his autograph. When I finally got to the front of the line, I asked for a kiss, of course. CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?Inez & Vinoodh and how they manage to turn every portrait they take into a work of art. SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS...Driven. Excited. Alive. WHAT'S THE ONE THING IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT?True Botanicals eye & lip balm.DRINK OF CHOICE? Dirty Tito's martini. It's my go to.LAST TIME YOU WERE STARSTRUCK?A dinner with Tom Wolfe years ago. I only really get starstruck with great authors.LAST TIME YOU WERE LATE?Ummm, is that a rhetorical question?True Botanicals is available at truebotanicals.com and Barneys New York.[...]



Was British Vogue Fashion Director, Lucinda Chambers, fired?

2017-11-12T14:02:40.781-06:00

It's come to light that former British Vogue Fashion Director, Lucinda Chambers, didn't step down as originally reported but in fact was fired. In a very candid interview with Vestoj, Lucinda reveals all including her criticisms of the fashion bible. After being taken down the day, it was published the explosive and controversial interview is back up.  “Due to the sensitive nature of this article, we took the decision to temporarily remove it from the site,” Vestoj said in a statement.Some in the industry have praised Lucinda for her frankness while others think it's more about bitterness. Will the current shake-up at the magazine be seen as a positive move, giving others a chance to work at this prestige magazine or is it an unfair treatment of your employees? Maybe a little of both?What do you think?You can read here Lucinda's interview with Vestoj and decide for yourself. WILL I GET A TICKET?A Conversation About Life After Vogue With Lucinda Chambersby Anja Aronowsky KronbergEDITOR’S NOTE: Following the original publication of this article, we’ve been contacted by lawyers on behalf of Conde Nast Limited and Edward Enninful OBE and have been requested to amend the interview. This request has now been granted.WE MEET AT A cosy private club in West London, the sort of hangout popular with fashion professionals who believe in the semblance of bohemia. For thirty-six years she’s been working at British Vogue, twenty-five of those as the magazine’s fashion director, but not long before we meet the fashion press has been full of headlines announcing her departure. We order lattes, and I’m struck by how candid she is.A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue. I phoned my lawyer; she asked me what I wanted to do about it. I told her I wanted to write a letter to my colleagues to tell them that Edward [Enninful] decided to let me go. And to say how proud I am to have worked at Vogue. for as long as I did, to thank them for being such brilliant colleagues. My lawyer said sure, but don’t tell HR. They wouldn’t have wanted me to send it.Later I was having lunch with an old friend who had just been fired from Sotheby’s. She said to me, ‘Lucinda, will you please stop telling people that you’ve been fired.’ I asked her why – it’s nothing I’m ashamed of. She told me, ‘If you keep talking about it, then that becomes the story. The story should be that you’ve had the most incredible career for over thirty years. The story shouldn’t be that you’ve been fired. Don’t muck up the story.’ But I don’t want to be that person. I don’t want to be the person who puts on a brave face and tells everyone, ‘Oh, I decided to leave the company,’ when everyone knows you were really fired. There’s too much smoke and mirrors in the industry as it is. And anyway, I didn’t leave. I was fired.Fashion can chew you up and spit you out. I worked with a brilliant designer when I was at Marni – Paulo Melim Andersson. I adored him. He was challenging, but highly intelligent. Fragile, like a lot of creative people. We had our ups and downs, but he stayed with us for seven years. Then Chloé came along. The CEO at the time asked my advice about Paulo and I told him, ‘Paulo is great, but you have to know that he won’t turn the brand around for you in a season or even two. You’ve got to give him time, and surround him by the right people.’ ‘Absolutely, absolutely,’ he said. ‘I’ll do that.’ Three seasons later Paulo was out. They didn’t give him time, and he never got his people. I felt so sad for Paulo. If you want good results, you have to support people. You don’t get the best out of anyone by making them feel insecure or nervous. Ultimately, that way of treating people is only about control. If you make someone feel nervous, you’ve [...]



Diners, Dresses & Dives

2017-06-30T13:57:09.708-05:00

NEW WORK: CHICAGO MAGAZINE, Diners, Dresses & DivesPhotographer: T.Harrison HillmanStylist: Jessica Moazami Hair: Caitlin Krenz at FACTOR ARTISTSMake Up: Kerre Berry at FACTOR ARTISTSModels: Cole, Katie Cook, Mabel T at FACTOR WOMEN Model Management Stylist assistant: Tamar Fasja Unikel and Olivia LaveryPhotography assistant: Justin Butzen [...]



ON THE BREEZE six outdoorsy men's fragrances for spring

2017-06-25T23:00:33.364-05:00

NEW WORK: CHICAGO MAGAZINE
Top to bottom:
Narcissi Rodriguez for him bleu noir eau de toilette, $88 for 3.3 oz, Sephora.
YSL Le Vestiaire des Parfums Tuxedo eau de parfum, $250 for 4.2 oz, Neiman Marcus.
Prada L’Homme eau de toilette, $78 for 1.7 oz, Bloomingdale’s.
Tom Ford Sole Di Positano eau de cologne, $225 for 1.7 oz, Tom Ford.
Valentino Uomo Intense eau de parfum, $102 for 3.4 oz, Nordstrom.
Cartier L’Envol de Cartier eau de parfum, $132 for 3.3 oz, Cartier.



Lucinda Chambers says Goodbye to Vogue

2017-06-16T10:11:17.701-05:00

Fashion Director Lucinda announced last month that she is leaving British Vogue after 25 years. I had the privilege of being her intern when I started my career 16 years ago. British Vogue won't be the same without her; she is a true visionary. She often worked with young designers, photographers, and models — as well as the big names like Mario Testino and Kate Moss. Fashion Junkie looks back at some of the beautiful and unique shoots she's styled over the years. [...]



BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Barry Beck, co-founder of Bluemercury

2017-11-14T23:00:27.233-06:00

If you feel shopping for beauty products at a department store too pressurized and impersonal, then you need to check out Bluemercury. Started in 1999 by husband and wife entrepreneurs Barry and Marla Beck. Their concept was to create a neighborhood beauty and spa boutique that offered varied or exclusive products in a more relaxed setting. With over 130 stores nationwide the luxury retailer has been wildly successful, they’ve just opened their 7th Chicago store and plan to open seven more throughout the city. I spoke to Barry to find out his beauty confessions. WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION? I love Molton Brown; I use their body wash every single day, it's my favorite product, it’s like a treatment in the morning, and it makes me feel better. People always think that I use ‘Black Peppercorn’ because it’s more masculine, but the truth is I use ‘Pink Pepperpod’. WHAT’S YOUR FAV THING ABOUT LIVING IN DC?It is a gateway city. When you look at America you got these gateway cities; you got NY, DC, Chicago and LA. So it’s an incredible gateway city, it’s still manageable, and you're able to get around. And it still has that wonderful suburban feel to it even though it’s growing so fast. It’s an incredible city, and I love it. And I love Georgetown, where we are based, it’s so vibrant and exciting with incredible shops and restaurants, and I love being there.WHICH CITY SPENDS THE MOST ON BEAUTY PRODUCTS?Definitely, New York City but Number 2 is Chicago and number 3 is LA. Chicago is in front of LA!LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?Miss Sloane, with Jessica Chastain, great movie and you know what I loved about it the most? Her outfits. Every woman should go out right now and watch that movie just to see what she wore. The outfits were so chic, so stylish so wonderful. It might be hard to pull some of them off like the patent leather, but she was so elegant, so timeless. WHO WAS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?Heather Locklear … and my guy crush is Leonardo DiCaprio, I love him. He’s my favorite actor in the world; he’s such a movie star. I was in a room with him once, in California we were at a party together. And he walked into the room, and you can just tell he was a true Hollywood star, love him…elegant, refined and he is a Bluemercury customer.FAVORITE PRODUCT IN YOUR STORE?My favorite number one product is the Power Glow Peel. I love it, especially for guys... it’s one minute, change your life, make you look better, swipe to the right, and it’s no fuss!WHAT’S YOUR CHOICE OF DRINK?Macallan 18, I’m a scotch guy.FAVORITE BOOK?The Snowball about Warren Buffett, you know why? It teaches me lessons on business and life.Bluemercury's new North River store, 356 North Clarke Street, is now open.[...]



FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES: Bespoke Apothecary Preparations

2017-05-30T11:47:43.374-05:00

The trend of bespoke of beauty products and services continues. Back in August for the Chicago Tribune, I tried out two new customized services, one for make-up, (Lancôme) and the other for hair (Kerastase), which you can read about here. Now we can add skincare to the list with Kiehl’s. Originally an Apothecary when it first opened in 1851, customers would go to Kiehl’s for your prescription medicine as well as customized herbal and natural skin and hair remedies. Kiehl’s has decided to go back to its roots, with a personalized skincare service called Apothecary Preparations. I was fortunate enough to be invited along to try out their new service. Step 1: DiagnosisAt your one-on-one consultation with a Kiehl's customer representative, aka KCR, your skin will be diagnosed. The surface oil on your face is measured to help identify your skin type (normal, oily, combo or dry). I'm a combo, as I'm oily on my T-zones and normal to dry elsewhere. Then a dehydration analyzer will be used to measure the water in your skin, 1 being the lowest and 100 the highest. I was told you don't want anything less than 50, I, unfortunately, got a disappointing 34. What does that mean? My skin is dehydrated, and I need to start drinking lots more water. Step 2: SelectionNext, you discuss with your KCR a series of skin-related issues, like texture, dullness, redness, wrinkles and pore size and identify which two are your main concerns. This determines the two skin boosters that will be mixed in with your base concentrate, to create your individual serum. I went with Brightening and Pore Minimizing. Step 3: PersonalizationYou leave with a box and bottle with your name plus details of your personal formula and directions for use. Your personalized serum is recorded in the system for future reorders. Apothecary Preparations is currently available at 21 of their stores and retails for $95. Go to kiehls.com to find your nearest location. [...]



CAT'S MEOW eight statement rings for your next cocktail party

2017-05-22T11:09:14.853-05:00

NEW WORK: CHICAGO MAGAZINE
INDEX FINGER:
18 karat white gold with 38.48 carat Aquamarine and pave diamonds ring, $60,200, Sidney Garber, 118 East Delaware Place.
Swarovski Crystals triangle ring $169 (part of a set), Swarovski, 540 Michigan Avenue.

MIDDLE FINGER:
18 karat white gold and 1 carat diamond criss cross ring, $4,490, James & Son, 1457 N Halsted St.
18 karat yellow gold and.60 carat diamond wraparound comet in ring, $4,990, James & Son, 1457 N Halsted St.

RING FINGER:br /> 18 karat white and rose gold, 11 carat center lemon quartz and diamond ring, $5,800, Pomellato,41 E Oak St.
Platinum Spessartite 13.24 carat ring, $65,000, Tiffany & Co., 730 N Michigan Ave.
18 karat blush gold, platinum and 1.21 carat center diamond with 49 pave-set .32 carat diamonds ring, $9040, Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio, 623 Grove Street, Evanston.

PINKY FINGER:
Sterling silver Prasiolite ring, $1,300, David Yurman, 40 East Oak St.



FASHIONABLE INVITE: Gilt City Warehouse Sale

2017-05-18T13:33:57.058-05:00

WHO: Gilt City
WHAT: Warehouse Sale
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Warehouse, 1747 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60622
WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2017
• Friday Night First Access Session: 7pm-9pm, $25
• Friday Night Late Entrance: 9pm-11pm, $20

Saturday, May 20, 2017
• Saturday Morning Session: 9am-11am, $10
• Saturday Early Afternoon Session: 11am-1pm, $10
• Saturday Late Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm, $10
• Saturday Early Evening Session: 3pm-5pm, $10

WHY: The Gilt sale is back with a makeover. Along with up to 80 percent off retail prices of designer fashion you will also be offered onsite styling, makeup touchups, luxurious pop-ups, complimentary monogramming and more.

Tickets are now available at giltcity.com/Chicago




ROCK STEADY, Gear up for concert season with these pitch-perfect accessories

2017-04-12T15:59:42.699-05:00

NEW WORK: CHICAGO MAGAZINE




FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES: Victoria Beckham's collection for Target is revealed!

2017-03-16T10:07:09.261-05:00

The collection will included more than 200 items for women’s, girls, toddler and baby, and ranges in price from $6-$70, with most items under $40 and will be offered in sizes XS-3X for women and NB-XL for girls, toddler and baby.
VB x Target out April 9.



Best Celebrity Instagrams From Oscars 2017

2017-02-28T22:31:38.887-06:00

NAOMIE HARRIS IN RAF SIMON FOR CALVINNaomie Harris is amazing in this minimal yet stunning dress by Raf Simon first red carpet dress for Calvin Klein. I love the simplicity, yet the train keeps it interesting and different. It takes a village!! The Final Look! A post shared by Naomie Harris (@naomieharris) on Feb 26, 2017 at 4:29pm PST [...]



Who Should Win Best Costume at the 89th Academy Awards?

2017-02-28T22:31:27.513-06:00

With so many great films this year it’s going to be hard to pick the best picture at the Oscars. However, the costume category is equally as strong. In case you didn’t get a chance to see all the nominated films here are the five costume designers up for an Oscar, who’s your favorite? LA LA LAND, Mary Zophres ALLIED, Joanna Johnston FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Colleen Atwood FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, Consolata Boyle JACKIE, Madeline Fontaine [...]



A Snapshot of Costume Design Winners of the last 20 Years

2017-02-26T15:01:47.331-06:00

With the Oscar ceremony, today take a look at the 20 costume designer winners. width="640" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen src="//nymag.com/thecut/media/components/ooyala-player/iframe.html?ooyala-player-uri=nymag.com/thecut/components/ooyala-player/instances/cizg2lkb800cmjpyezh1tdvba@published">






How The New DUO Body Cleanser Will Make Travelling Easier

2017-02-16T22:59:28.823-06:00

Along with being a fashion and beauty junkie, I am also addicted to traveling. There is nothing more thrilling than visiting new countries, seeing different cultures, experiencing different smells and foods. However, one aspect of travel that I hate is carrying luggage, especially heavy luggage. Being laden down with bags slows me down and makes travel so much more difficult and tiring.It's something I’m constantly battling, and as someone who always wants to look their best, this can often equate to lots of luggage. Over the years I’ve worked really hard to build a capsule wardrobe -a well edited collection of clothes that are interchangeable to create a various number of looks. Gone are the days when you pack a different shoe or bag for each outfit. You want pieces that will work with several looks.The other area where I try to reduce the weight is with my toiletries. I want the best travel-ready beauty products that I can toss straight into my carry-on because looking fabulous is always on my itinerary. I like to take products that have multi-uses. For example, a pencil that can be used for both my eyebrows and eyeliner or a face oil that doubles as a split end treatment or a cleanser that is also a make-up remover. This way, I'm not sacrificing my beauty routine. I’ve recently come across a new product that will now be an essential part of my curated beauty kit. Olay has introduced a 2 in 1 body cleanser (DUO Body Cleanser, $9.99) which, means I no longer have to pack a shower gel and body puff, hurrah! Instead, I just add water to activate the lather. One side is textured to allow you to exfoliate and the other side is smooth to condition the skin. I've always found that traditional body puffs never really removed any dead skin, yet I continued to use it because there wasn't a better option until now. So for me, this is a game changer. Just hang to dry between uses and replace when lather fades, usually after about 30 uses. You can also tell as the inner core of soap will slowly shrink down after each wash. DUO comes in 3 different scents Old Spice Pure Sport, Ivory Refreshing Cleanand my personal fav Olay Soothing Orchid and Black Currant. It's a great blend of floral with fruit to create a refreshing trace. For more info go to CleansingDUOs.com DUO Body Cleansers, $9.99, are available at drugstores, mass retailers and CleansingDUOs.comBig thank you to P&G for sponsoring this post![...]