13 Influencers, 13 Products They Can’t Live Without

Once in awhile, something comes along and changes everything. It’s love. It’s beautiful. But, in this case, it’s not your S.O. that we’re referring to. We’re talking about the products that we simply can’t live without — items that make our lives a bit more easy, fun, and of course, stylish. 

But, don’t just take our word for it — we got 13 fashion authorities to spill on the products that have totally changed their lives. And maybe change yours, too.


“Sadly, I’m one of those people who has been known to use hand soap to wash her face. So, complicated, expensive skin-care products are never high on my priority list. That is, until my dear friend sent me a bottle of Brad Elastin Lift after she herself became hooked. Well, let me just say — and this is a bold statement — this stuff is like a 10-day vacation in a bottle. With one swipe of this light-as-air serum, my skin feels tighter, plumper, and virtually lineless. I’ve never had botox, but as long as I use this product, I hope I don’t have to!”
— Christene Barberich, editor-in-chief, Refinery29

Brad Biophotonic Skin Care Ultra Elastin Lift, $210, available at Brad Biophotonic.

Photographed by Shanita Sims


“I’d always suspected that salad spinners were unnecessary. Gimmicky, even — why wouldn’t I just give my kale a good wash, a quick shake, and be done with it? Then I moved in with a man who felt otherwise, and surprise: His greens were as gloriously crisp as mine were water-drenched. Dressing hugged each lettuce leaf in ways I’d never known. I had to eat my words — and my salad, which looks and tastes much better these days.”
— Annie Tomlin, beauty director, Refinery29

OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner, $29.99, available at Zappos.

Photographed by Samantha Mancuso


“This might be a social media cliché, but Twitter — and its off-shoots, from Tumblr to Google+ — is the product that has inextricably changed my life. By providing me with a direct, instantaneous link to readers — and connecting me with an amazing network of new friends — it’s changed the way I view media, fashion, everything!”
—Eva Chen, editor & writer, EvaChen212 

Photo: Courtesy of Eva Chen; Courtesy of Twitter


“Loose powder! It can be tricky to travel with but it is an essential!”
— Garance Doré, photographer & blogger,Garance Doré

Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder, $52, available at Chanel. 

Photographed by Scott Schuman


“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like my bedtime routine involves counting the jewels on my nightstand before calling Gwyneth to talk about our cashmere farms. Hardly. Before receiving a pair of silk pajamas as a gift, I wore free T-shirts and Kmart boxers every night, which were and are completely fine. But my first night in them made me a silk-PJs convert, and I’ll never go back. It makes sleeping feel like the most luxurious, self-indulgent thing, and my 200-thread count sheets feel like 1,000. Even though I have to handwash the suckers, I can’t imagine sleeping without them anymore.”
— Connie Wang, senior global editor, Refinery29

La Fee Verte Silk PJ Set, $198, available at Journelle.

Photographed by Shanita Sims


“The Beaba Babycook is my favorite recent discovery.  It has made cooking for my baby so much easier and less time-consuming.  You can literally cook anything from applesauce to salmon and veggies. It’s genius!”
— Elisa Restrepo, co-ounder & designer,Dieppa Restrepo

Babycook, $119, available at Giggle. 

“I can’t live with out my classic iPod. It’s the best instrument for escaping reality, with no interruptions, even if it’s only for a few minutes a day.”
— Andrea Dieppa, cofounder & designer, Dieppa Restrepo

Apple iPod Classic, $249, available at ApplePhoto: Courtesy of Dieppa Restrepo


“I bought a great pair of Church’s flat, black, wingtop ankle boots. I love them and have been sporting them since the London shows! I wear them with skirts, jeans, and dresses, and most importantly, wear them while I scooter with my daughter to get her to school on time on theRazor Pro XX — another thing that changed my life!”
— Anne Christensen, fashion director, Glamour

Church’s Ketsby textured-leather Chelsea boots, $585, available at Net-A-Porter.

Photo: Courtesy of Jenna Andrews/Glamour.com


“I’m the world’s worst beauty editor in that I just don’t know how to put up my hair. Growing up, I mostly had short hair, so I never needed to worry about it. As I got older, however, and started to grow my hair out, I realized I wanted to be able to put my hair up and off my face. Problem was, I couldn’t master anything more complicated than a ponytail. Then along came Goody’s twisty little miracles, and my world was forever rocked. Suddenly, with just a quick turn of my wrist, I could create an effortless ballerina bun that actually stayed in place and looked way more intricate than it actually was. I firmly believe that my mastery of Spin Pins is what gave me the courage to try more updos and be more adventurous with my coiff — because I knew I could use those, I felt more open to experimenting and trying new ‘dos.”
— Megan McIntyre, senior beauty editor, Refinery29

Goody Spin Pins, $6.49, available at Drugstore.com.

Photographed by Chantal Adair


“This bag is nothing short of genius. If we do a little bit of fashion math: one clear clutch that comes with three two-tone inserts essentially equals six different bags in one! Every single time I use this bag, I get asked by at least three people where they can get one — and often it’s a guy asking where he can get one for his girl! Regardless of the destination or purpose for a trip — wedding, vacation, work — I now travel with only ONE bag to have during the evenings, and that is truly life-changing!”
— Hayley Bloomingdale, editorial & social media manager, Moda Operandi

Charlotte Olympia “Pandora” Clutch, $738.81, available at Charlotte Olympia.

Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi


“An item that’s changed my life is my Montblanc fountain pen. I’ve always preferred to write with a fountain pen but as soon as I got my Montblanc, probably about 10 years ago now, I found the writing experience just so much more enjoyable. I use it mainly for notes and cards and I find it such a nice antidote to the thousands of emails I send a month.”
— Karen Walker, designer, Karen Walker

Montblanc Meisterstück Le Grand Fountain Pen, $690, available at Montblanc.

Photo: Courtesy of Karen Walker


“My Tempur-Pedic bed…best sleep ever!”
— Carly Cushnie, cofounder & designer,Cushnie et Ochs

Tempur-Pedic mattress, price upon request, available at Tempur-Pedic.

“Netflix — it’s a well of inspiration.”
— Michelle Ochs, cofounder & designer,Cushnie et Ochs

Netflix memberships, beginning at $7.99/month, available at Netflix.

Photo: Courtesy of Cushnie et Ochs

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