Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chicago's Style Set Share Their Top Holiday Essentials

Luxe File Chicago’s Creative Director Kerry Shorr rounded up a stylish tribe of locals and quizzed them on their must-haves for looking, and feeling, dazzling during the holidays.

Answers ranged from spray tans and statement coats to customized Champagne bottles and OPI's "Gettin' Miss Piggy With It" nail polish.

Kiran Advani
Fashion Programming Director

MANE: For the best hair color and coif in the city, I swear by my colorist, Tracey, and stylist, Josie, at Maxine

NAILS: Pamper nails with a premier manicure at NoMI Spa. Then dress them up in Deborah Lippmann's luxurious nail polish, “Glamorous Life”. An anything-but-subtle shade of metallic rose gold.

BLING: My hand-engraved name tag necklace with my husband's and daughter's initials from jules is a great conversation starter at fashion holiday mixers.

WARDROBE: I'm a big fan of local designers and I always feel extra special in my custom Miriam Cecilia dress with a mica mineral-accented necklace from the designer.

Jessica Altieri
CEO & Founder

MAKEUP: Les Scintillances de Chanel has every-thing you need to heat up the holidays!

SHOES: These sparkly, spiky Louboutins are red-hot and pair perfectly with anything - jeans, a little black dress, or a trench coat.

GIFTS: A Bathtub Champagne Chiller (and a bottle of bubbly!) is the perfect way to celebrate at home.

Jennifer Ann Banks
Bella Maison & Alabama Restoration

ACCESSORIES: For evening, I love carrying Judith Leiber's  exquisitely-crafted bags. Each one expresses its own unique statement.

WARDROBE: These skinny ALLSAINTS leather jeans are the perfect blend of "rocker chic" and femininity.

SHOES: My father always told me to wear high heels when going out for a date. Make a great impression every time with a pair of Gucci Python Platforms.

OUTERWEAR: Paired with leather pants and python shoes, this Gucci fur jacket spells G-L-A-M-A-Z-O-N.

MISC.: Here's a Fashion Mantra for the New Year "Knowing who you are and having confidence are your BEST accessories!"

Samantha Saifer Berngard
Director of Marketing 

SKINCARE: Planning the magazine's parties and playing hostess can be tough on my skin. I get it smooth and glowing with Laura Mercier's Face Polish and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream (above).

MAKEUP: YSL's Touche Éclat provides instant RX for “I-drank-a-little-too-much-at-last-night's-holiday-party” eyes. 

Chanel's Rouge Double Intensité lip stains will never transfer color, no matter how many cheeks you kiss! 

LASHES: Give your eyes the opulent attention they deserve with the season's most coveted accessory: lash extensions. Check out Salon Lashe, a popular haunt for fashion insiders and local celebs.

WARDROBE: For festive, one-of-a-kind party dresses, Sarca (above) and Sofia are my favorite destinations. Luxe File loves them, too!

Ashley Bond
Personal Trainer
Chicago Luvabull & Miss Illinois USA 2009

MANE: Like the pros do, always use a good hair spray to keep holiday hair looking the way you want it to. I like Spray and Play Volumizing Hair Spray by Big Sexy Hair.

SKINCARE: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 brightens skins and helps keep makeup looking flawless.

WARDROBE: Kick the holidays into high gear with the stuff that SPARKLES! Get ready to get noticed in these sequined shorts by Express.

LASHES: Spoil your eyes with sexy, faux lashes. My favorite is MAC Eyelashes #4.

MAKEUP: A shimmery lip gloss is the perfect way to play up one of our sexiest accessories. Pick your favorite and go rock those lips! NARS' "Chihuahua" Lip Gloss is a Luxe File fav.

Nicki Brashear

FRAGRANCE: Prada Candy Eau De Parfum – I recently fell in love with this ultra-feminine, get-noticed fragrance.   

ACCESSORIES: C/Fan's Adele rabbit beanie (above) is a chic, winter must-have and Anastasia Chatzka's seasonal headbands make any party dress perfect.

BLING: These gold bracelets by NickiJean stand out by themselves or mix well with gems and other metals.

J. Lynne Bredfeldt
Director of Public Relations

SHOES: Pair Aizza's Glitter Pumps with any outfit for insta-GLAM!

NAILS: Deborah Lippmann’s “Some Enchanted Evening” is a pretty, pink nail polish that's perfect for the holiday season.

WARDROBE: Allison Parris' strapless Beaded Fringe Dress has New Year’s Eve written all over it!

BLING: What femme fêter doesn’t need a pair of "I die" earrings? Encrusted with pink Swarovski crystals, I adore this dazzling pair by Rebekah Price.

MISC.: My #1 beauty secret: eyelash extensions. For covetable lashes, head to Salon Lashe on Oak Street.

Nicole Briese
Managing Editor

BLING: Finger Candy! An attention-grabbing, black Druzy ring by local designer, Angela Gianfrancesco.

WARDROBE: Get ready! Get set! Let's go shopping for chic, affordable finds for the holidays! Romantic, wine-hued velvet shorts (above) from Topshop are perfect even for dressed-up occasions and where can you find a dazzling Versace top for less than $100USD? H&M, of course!

MAKEUP: Dolce & Gabbana's Lip Jewels Compacts - which were a huge hit backstage at Milan Fashion Week! - are packed with four creamy, pout-perfect shades. 

SHOES: Sam Edelman's "Roza" spiked heels are perfect for the girl who likes to keep her tough side close to her toes.

Jena Gambaccini
Editor & Founder

SKINCARE: Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer gives skin a hint of color and a gorgeous glow.

WARDROBE: shift dress is my favorite silhouette because it's easy to reinvent. I love this feminine version by Stella McCartney.

Every woman needs the perfect statement coat and this metallic one by ADAM can be worn with patterned tights and ankle boots.

NAILS: Get your nails in the festive spirit with one of Deborah Lippmann's glitter polishes.

ACCESSORIES: Complete the look with a chic clutch, like this purple mink skull clasp version by Alexander McQueen.

Julianne Glatz
Creative Director & Owner

MAKEUP: Smash Box's Photo Finish Foundation Primer can be worn alone and prevents shine. 

MANE: Filled with healthy ingredients like Vitamin E, Olive and Tea Tree oils, O'pro's Organic Protein Leave-In Conditioner De-Tangler keeps my hair healthy and super shiny. 

SKINCARE: Fans flock to the Wynn Resort Las Vegas for its trademarked Desert Bambu Body Lotion. Smooth over legs and shoulders for a sexy-anytime shine.

FRAGRANCE: I adore Coco Mademoiselle Parfume by Chanel. Everyone goes gaga whenever I wear it. 

MISC.: For the holidays, I love wearing anything that glitters! Luxe File suggests rocking a rock like this 33.19-carat Asscher-cut D color potentially flawless “Elizabeth Taylor Diamond” ring (above) which recently sold for $8.8 million at Christie's.

Candace Jordan
Media Personality & Blogger

MAKEUP: I can’t live without MAC’s “Mellow Mood” sheer shimmer powder – it highlights cheekbones perfectly and looks great on camera. 

ACCESSORIES: Bebe's Paillette Infinity Scarf is a chic pick that adds loads of sparkle to evening wear. 

With its black paillettes and a silver frame, the patent Lola Clutch is a little bag you'll love to carry.

GIFTS: For holiday gift-giving, try Nonnie Waller’s Gift Cakes. Her delectable Southern-style pound cakes are topped with fresh flowers and delivered in a keepsake fabric box.

Stephanie Feher Krol

SKIN: Skin Wellness Center's Cranberry Peel leaves skin feeling fresh and renewed.

MAKEUP: Before the cameras start snapping at your holiday event, brush on Benefit's Bella Bamba face powder (above) for a glowing, sculpted appearance. Colorscience makeup camouflages imperfections and offers a flawless finish. 

ACCESSORIES: Produced by a collection of Peruvian artisans, emiLime's handmade Alpaca hooded scarves, with their pockets and punches of color, make perfect winter accessories. 

MISC.: Pets need to look stylish for their holiday parties, too! Pick up fashionable duds at Barker & Meowsky.

Erica Bethe Levin
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Correspondent, NBC's Chicago Non-Stop
Contributor, NBCChicago.com
Contributor, Gilt Groupe's Jetsetter.com

NAILS: Dress up your fingers with a pretty, shimmering polish! Bursting with chunky sparkles, I like OPI's “Gettin' Miss Piggy With It!” polish (one of twelve limited-edition colors inspired by the "Muppet" movie).

ACCESSORIES: Loop it up or leave it long, Echo's Sparkly Infinity Scarf looks sexy as you stay snuggly warm.

SKINCARE: Give your skin the gift of luminosity with Shiseido's luxe line of skincare products – I'm a fan of their moisturizing face wash, serum, moisturizer and eye cream.

WARDROBE: Who says you can't wear shorts in the winter? I am rocking a sparkling, long-sleeve romper this weekend for my annual Chrismukkah party. Luxe File likes this 24 karat gold version (above) by Korean designer, Son Jung Wan.

MISC.: The holiday season isn't complete without the perfect spray tan. Try Golden Girl Chicago's organic, paraben-free version. 

Dana Levy
Designer & Founder

BLING: The "Margo Ashley" necklace – it's delicate enough to wear every day and perfect for the holidays.      

ACCESSORIES: You can't help but love ash&dans' Black Circle Trim Infinity scarves. Fun and flirty, dress them up or down.

WARDROBE: I wear a lot of Rag & Bone, their pieces transition perfectly from day to night. 

OUTERWARE: Stay warm/look cool in this leather jacket by Rick Owens. 

SHOES: Jimmy Choo makes the most comfortable boots and this pair is great for getting around Chicago or simply getting you noticed.

Mel Muoio
Assistant Editor

FRAGRANCE: Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir is one of my favorite scents and is easy to layer.

SHOES: Dress up your stockinged gams with these ultra-glamorous heels by Charlotte Olympia.

SKINCARE: During the winter, I can't live without my L'Occitane Lavendar Hand Crème.

BLING: Solo or stacked, I love Chaumet's exquisite “Bee My Love” collection of handmade rings.

MISC.: Jonathan Adler's Hashish candle has a deliciously oaky scent that will make you want to howl (at the moon).

Amanda Puck
Executive Vice President of Public Relations

MAKEUP: Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows give eyes a glamorous, grown-up look.

BLING: I have six stretch stone bracelets with fireballs from space519. Stack them up for a glitzy look or layer them with other bracelets.

GIFTS: Customized Möet Champagne Imperial bottles make lovely gifts for the holidays (check out Luxe File's version above). Pair them with Swarovski crystal-covered Champagne flutes by Maloda.

MISC.: Whenever I need to get into the holiday spirit, I take a stroll down Michigan Avenue (above) or enjoy the lights and treats at the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. FA-LA-LA!

Sally Shorr
PR Specialist

SKINCARE: Some girls love spray tans, but I prefer Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Moisturizer for the ultimate, year-round glow.

MANE: Cashmere Luminance is a healthy hair-straightening alternative that keeps hair smooth, soft, and shiny for up to three months! Try it at SHO Studio.

WARDROBE: I'm always rocking head-to-toe black so during the holidays I enjoy dressing up in ivory-colored pieces like this Caftan Cocktail Dress by Aidan Mattox.

SHOES: Stillettos are the ultimate accessory and I love this insanely flirtatious pair by Valentino  

GIFTS: Fresh flowers make stylish holiday gifts for friends and loved ones. For something truly memorable, send a floral gift subscription from H.Bloom.

Ashley Zisook
Owner & Stylist

SKINCARE: Create a gorgeous, dewy complexion that’s silky soft and satiny smooth with Kate Somerville's Quench Hydrating Face Serum.

MAKEUP: I do not leave the house without Sue Devitt's Eye Intensifier Pencil. This oversized eye pencil goes on super smooth and has a built-in blender to create the perfect, smoky eye.

FRAGRANCE: Juliette Has A Gun's original line of five fragrances and one bullet-shaped purse spray smell delicious and are beautifully packaged.

WARDROBE: Our Sofia hoodie is buttery soft and keeps urban girls warm.

BLING: The Sofia X Luxla Friendship Bracelet is the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. 

Jessica Zweig
Co-Founder/Director of Sales & Marketing

MAKEUP: Smooth on NARS’ Copacabana shimmer for a sexy, on-the-go glow.

MANE: My secret weapon for soft, silky tresses? Elixir Ultime by Kerastase keep hair shiny and intensely conditioned.

SHOES: For some super-comfy, stylish struts, slide on UGG's pointed toe, knee-high boots instead of heels.

OUTERWARE: Dress up for the great outdoors with Madchen's winter green cape from Anthropologie.

Posted by Kerry Shorr

1 comment:

  1. What a great feature! I loved all of the girls and their choices will make excellent Christmas gift ideas!! Thanks for always keeping everyone in the fashion loop! Love, Candace (And thanks so much for including ME!)