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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
Chicago Luvabull & Miss Illinois USA 2009
WARDROBE: Kick the holidays into high gear with the stuff that SPARKLES! Get ready to get noticed in these sequined shorts by Express.
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.
FRAGRANCE: Prada Candy Eau De Parfum – I recently fell in love with this ultra-feminine, get-noticed fragrance.
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
NAILS: Deborah Lippmann’s “Some Enchanted Evening” is a pretty, pink nail polish that's perfect for the holiday season.
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.
BLING: Finger Candy! An attention-grabbing, black Druzy ring by local designer, Angela Gianfrancesco.
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.
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WARDROBE: A 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.
ACCESSORIES: Complete the look with a chic clutch, like this purple mink skull clasp version by Alexander McQueen.
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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.
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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
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, 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.
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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.
SHOES: Jimmy Choo makes the most comfortable boots and this pair is great for getting around Chicago or simply getting you noticed.
MISC.: Jonathan Adler's Hashish candle has a deliciously oaky scent that will make you want to howl (at the moon).
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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!
SKINCARE: Some girls love spray tans, but I prefer Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Moisturizer for the ultimate, year-round glow.
GIFTS: Fresh flowers make stylish holiday gifts for friends and loved ones. For something truly memorable, send a floral gift subscription from H.Bloom.
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.
BLING: The Sofia X Luxla Friendship Bracelet is the perfect gift for friends and loved ones.
Co-Founder/Director of Sales & Marketing
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.
Posted by Kerry Shorr