AY's Ultimate Makeover
photography by Janet Warlick
Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions
For nearly four decades, Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions (BGIF) has served the women of Arkansas, providing foundation garments, sleep and lounge wear, casual clothing and cruise and swimwear.
BGIF carries a number of lines in casual clothing — dresses, blouses, pants — by companies, such as Elan, Three Hearts, Luna Luz and others. Their friendly staff is available to help patrons select the perfect swimsuit from their extensive collection of bikinis, tankinis, one-piece and slimming suits, which are available in a seemingly limitless selection of colors. You’ll also find coverups, sarongs and hats to complete your beach look.
BGIF specializes in foundation wear and several of their staff members are certified fitters. They can accommodate women who wear cup sizes A through N and band sizes from 30 to 54; they carry bras from lines, such as Chantelle, Bali, Olga, Wacoal, Natori and more. Further, BGIF has a full mastectomy department and the knowledge and care to outfit breast cancer survivors with the perfect foundation garments.
We placed Nelms in the capable hands of the Barbara Graves staff. Their mission: to find an ideal piece of shapewear to compliment Nelms’ already-slimmer body. They chose the Body Wrap Lite by Christina America. It’s a shaper slip with underwire; it can be worn with straps or strapless; and is available in nude or black. It retails for about $50. The garment offers seamless control without “choking.” According to BGIF, this particular piece works well under form-fitting dresses as it’s one piece — versus a cami and longleg panty — it doesn’t “break up the body” thus allowing a more natural look. The Body Wrap wear is also available as a cami, a long-leg panty, a long-leg, high-waist panty and in a body suit.
BGIF also offers accessories, such as shoes, slippers and bags and purses.
Breckenridge Village • 10301 Rodney Parham Road • Little Rock, AR
501.227.5537 • barabaragraves.com • Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chenal Skin Care
Licensed aestheticians Vicky Crook and Virginia Nelson, the experts at Chenal Skin Care Center (CSCC), offer an array of services to help their clients “transform their skin.” Their menu includes microdermabrasion, which exfoliates the outer layers of the skin creating a fresh, smooth appearance; elasticity is improved and fine lines, scars and discoloration are less prominent. They also offer a number of peels, such as a micropeel plus, an illuminize peel and a rejuvenize peel, with minimal downtime and visible results the very first time.
Other services include: permanent cosmetics, such as color for eyebrows and lips; injections, such as Botox and Restylane; Foto Facial to rejuvenate skin; and more.
At the time of our photoshoot, Nelms was just days away from her procedures with Dr. Jim English, plastic surgeon, thus Crook and Nelson could not give our Ultimate Makeoveree “the works.” However, they instructed her in the use of the Clarisonic Pro Cleansing System. The sonic cleansing system removes six times the amount of makeup, dirt and oil than manual cleansing; the unit has two brushes — an additional body brush — and the facial brush has an inner core that allows users to cleanse hard-to-reach areas, such as the chin. The duo recommends use with a gentle cleanser, such as the Obagi Foaming Gel. They also offer the Clarisonic Opal, a sonic infusion device that mirco-massages at 7,500 rotations per minute. Use with the Clarisonic Anti-Aging Sea Serum or a cream of your choice, skin will feel firmer and puffiness and dark circles are visibly reduced.
Crook and Nelson also offer VI Peel and Bellanina Facelift Massage Treatment — two services perfect for clients who are a bit more tentative about surgery or who cannot afford a cosmetic procedure. The VI Peel improves tone, texture and clarity; reduces age spots, freckles and hyperpigmentations; reduces the appearance of pores; helps clean acne; and stimulates collagen and elastin production. The Bellanina Facelift Massage Treatment, which would have been ideal to help Nelms prepare for surgery, uses massage therapy, cleansing and several lotions to restore muscle tone, elasticity; helps improve lymph drainage, increase oxygen flow and firms the jaw line and smoothes the skin.
11300 Financial Center Pkwy. • Ste. 150 • Little Rock, AR
501.223.4044 • chenalskincare.net • Appointment only, Mon. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.