Archive for January, 2012

ReVive update; Brazilian Peel giveaway

January 26th, 2012

In an update to today’s brief item in the paper about Dr. Gregory Brown’s appearance at Nordstrom this weekend, I got word this morning that the founder of ReVive is feeling under the weather and unable to appear as planned.

In his place, Hylton Lea, Senior VP of Communication, Business Development and Brand Ambassador at ReVive Skincare, who has shared his knowledge on several previous visits, will be here to conduct the scheduled ReVive Master Class events at 3 and 5 p.m. tomorrow and noon and 2 p.m. Jan. 28.

Reservations are being taken at the Advance Skincare counter or by calling 953-6100, ext. 1901.


Meanwhile, over at Sephora, Brazilian Peel founder Mac Smith will be in town to introduce his Brazilian Peel Advanced Home Actives from noon to 5 p.m. Jan 29 at Sephora Ala Moana.

Clients will receive a mini facial with the peel, a self-neutralizing professional strength 30 percent glycolic peel for at-home use.

Smith spent 15 years working as a chemical engineer for Johnson and Johnson developing and commercializing prescription consumer products (contact lenses) and five years developing and launching critical care medical devices.

He became interested in developing skin-care products began five years ago, when a friend had a bad experience with a professionally applied glycolic peel. After studying glycolic peels, he learned that controlling the strength was the key to the problem.

I’m interested in learning about it when he gets here, but it’s hard for me to test these things and share my experiences because I have this iron-clad skin impervious to almost all cosmetics, even strong glycolic and fruit acids. The same products will literally burn my friends’ skin, making them red and blistered, so they’ve had to return products that I use with no harm.

On that note, I’ll be doing a Brazilian Peel giveaway, so let me know if you want to try it and I’ll do a drawing Jan. 30. Then I’ll collect the winner’s address, and the company promises to ship it to you.

I’ve had a lot of offers for giveaways, but haven’t done these third-party things because I have to trust them to ship as promised. But it’s my 5th anniversary year for this blog and I’m willing to take the chance if you are. Thanks for understanding.

Added Jan 31: This drawing is now closed. The winner will be announced in a new post.

Hawaii in Chicago

January 25th, 2012

Robert Tolentino photos
Kaitlyn Metcalf in JAM Design Concepts handmade feather bustier and skirt ($450), which appears in Fashion Chicago Magazine this month.

In the heart of a Chicago winter, there’s a little bit of warm Hawaii, thanks in part to the mother-daughter team of Jane Ann Metcalf of JAM Design Concepts and Kaitlyn Metcalf, a contributing writer for Fashion Chicago magazine.

The four-page, January 2012, spread was shot locally at Pat Moore’s residence by photographer Robert Tolentino, and also picking up credits were Toni Farley and Lisa Ponce de Leon for hair and makeup, lighting and photographic assistant  Brice Kurihara, and model Sarah Inouye, in fashions from Nordstrom and JAM Design Concepts.

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Dalia MacPhee strapless mermaid dress ($328) from Nordstrom, with a Kate Spade necklace ($398) from its fashion jewelry department.

BCBG sweater from Nordstrom Individualist, with Tom Ford sunglasses ($425).