Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ON THE BREEZE six outdoorsy men's fragrances for spring

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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lucinda Chambers says Goodbye to Vogue

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.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017


Barry Beck beauty confessions on Addictions of a fashion junkie
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.
Bluemercury North River Chicago store opening

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’.
Barry Beck of Bluemercury's favorite beauty product, Molton Brown
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.

Definitely, New York City but Number 2 is Chicago and number 3 is LA. Chicago is in front of LA!

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.
Miss Sloane favorite film of Barry Beck
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.

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!

Macallan 18, I’m a scotch guy.

The Snow Ball favorite book of Barry Beck
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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

FASHIONABLE DISCOVERIES: Bespoke Apothecary Preparations

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, (LancĂ´me) 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.
Kiehl’s Bespoke Apothecary Preparations
Step 1: Diagnosis
At 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.
Kiehl’s a moisture monitor part of Bespoke Apothecary Preparations
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.
Talking with Kiehl's customer representative, aka KCR, at my Bespoke Apothecary Preparations appointment
Step 2: Selection
Next, 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: Personalization
You leave with a box and bottle with your name plus details of your personal formula and directions for use.
My personalized prescription
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 to find your nearest location.

Monday, May 22, 2017

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

Cocktail ring shoot with kitten from Paws for Chicago Magazine
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.

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.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

FASHIONABLE INVITE: Gilt City Warehouse Sale

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