Stylist Picks: Summer Suits

Soon enough our weekends will be spent soaking up the hot summer sun beachside. Get first dibs on the season’s cutest beachwear during our Haute Hiatus Sale.  You’ll be making waves in one of these new designer summer suits!

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Nanette Lepore Navy Blue & Multicolor Floral One Piece Swimsuit
Nanette Lepore Red & Cream Floral Print One Piece Swimsuit
Michael Michael Kors Black & Grey Tiger Print One Piece Swimsuit

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Nanette Lepore 2Pc Coral & Purple Bikini 
La Blanca 2Pc Teal, White & Multi Chevron Striped Bandeau Top Bikini
VIX Paulahermanny 2Pc Yellow & Blue Floral Print Bandeau Bikini

Seasonally Inspired

Is it Spring yet?! With temperatures barely over zero degrees here in Chicago, it’s safe to say we are so over this weather. That’s why we’re hoping our furry friend Punxsutawney Phil predicts spring will come early this Sunday. In the mean time, we’ve prepared two looks that reflect either Groundhog Day outcome. We’re hoping they’ll help you get seasonally inspired.

Get the Look: Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is quite possibly the most popular girl in the world. With a stunning royal wedding, headline making style, and now a baby on the way, she has the whole world paying attention. Today we’ll show you how to get her signature style, all with current auction items!

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That’s one chic flight suit. Lean denim and a blazer create a perfect look for traveling the world.

Shop the Look:

 J Brand Pure Dark Denim Pencil Leg Jeans
St. John 2 Piece Brown Leather & Leopard Print Pony Hair Belt Set
J.Crew Navy Blue Wool Blazer Jacket
Tory Burch & Theory 2 Piece White Ruffled Button Up Shirt Set
Kors Michael Kors Black Patent Leather Cut Out Wedges


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Fitted, timeless dresses with interesting cuts and patterns are the key to getting Kate’s royal style.

Shop the Look:

Milly Navy and Cream Printed Sleeveless Sheath Dress
Bottega Veneta Vintage Black Lizard Frame Clutch Bag
St. John Black Suede Point Toe Pumps
David Yurman Sterling Silver Cable White Pearl Dangle Earrings

Looking Ahead – Spring 2013 Beauty Trends

The beauty forecast for Spring 2013 is bright and colorful with a chance of a nude lip. Shocking hues are working their way into everything from hair to eyeshadow, pushing the artificial color trend even further. Lips are left bare or with a slight flush of pink. Nail art continues to wow, with our favorite trend being a very doable striped mani. Here are some looks from the runway to get you inspired for next season.

RAINBOW HUED HAIR

Rainbow hair spring 2013

Is it just us being nerdy, or do these wild ‘dos remind you of something you’d see in The Capital? Perhaps the popculture phenomenon of the The Hunger Games has worked its way into the fashion world after all. Put a chunk of color in your hair this spring a la Peter Som, Oscar de la Renta, and Anna Sui.

BRIGHT EYES

Bright eyes spring 2013

If eyes are the window to the soul, what does it mean when you line them with the loudest colors you can find? We think it says you’re a risk taker who likes to make a statement. Aqua at Michael Kors, pink at Donna Karan, and tangerine at Ohne Titel stood out with sharp slashes of color on lids and rims.

BARE LIPS

Bare lips Spring 2013

The age old rule still hold true this season: go big with the eyes, go neutral with the lips. We especially love the looks at Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham, and Altuzarra,with just a hint of pink, as if the wearer just ate raspberries. Add pink or coral lip stain and a nude gloss to your shopping list.

THE STRIPED MANI

Striped mani spring 2013

If you’re looking for at-home nail art, this is your season. The striped mani is the most reasonable of the art we’ve seen. See below for a step by step how-to!

  1. Use thin strips of clear tape as a guide for the inner stripe. Place one strip on each side of each nail to create an inner space on which to paint.
  2. Fill in the non-taped space with polish, and let dry completely.
  3. Once the polish is dry, remove the tape and fill in the two outer stripes, which are now bare, with a varying color. If you’re feeling inept with the nail brush, you can tape over the already painted area to prevent botching the center stripe.

Different hues on each finger at Whitney Eve, neutral on neutral at 3.1 Phillip Lim, or ombre stripes of blue at Charlotte Ronson provide great starting points for your color choices.

Photo Credits: Hair (1, 2, 3) Eyes (1, 2, 3) Lips (1, 2, 3) Nails (1, 2, 3)

Stylist Picks: Chanel All Around

You may have noticed our recent Chanel overload and we’re just so darn happy about it. Enough Chanel for everybody! Check out stylist Ashley Barlow’s looks from our current auction site.

Live locally and see something you love? Make an appointment to Try Before You Buy!

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Underwater Dance Club: Balenciaga Spring 2003 Teal Blue Underwater Print Short Sleeve Scuba Dress , Chanel Vintage Black & White Canvas Chain Strap Logo Tote Bag, Chanel Neon Peach & Green Branded Rubber Bracelet , Mexican Sterling Silver Heavy Bracelet

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Blossom: Chanel Boutique Colorful Silk Print Button Front Long Dress, Chanel Black Satin Oversized Bow Headband , Chanel Blue Quilted Denim & 22K Gold Plated Classic Double Flap Bag 

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Golden Girl: Chanel Black Fringe & Silk Sleeveless Dress,Chanel Metallic Gold Ribbed Sleeveless Top , Michael Kors Silver & Rose Gold Chronograph Runway Watch , Chanel Vintage Ivory Quilted Leather Flap Pocket Chain Strap Shoulder Bag

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Hang Ten: Cythnia Rowley x Roxy Black & Neon Trim Neoprene Sleeveless Dress , Chanel Vintage Black Patent Leather Chain Strap Belt Bag

Stylist Picks: Undercover

Cool weather means time to cozy up with layers! Check out stylist Ashley Barlow’s fall looks from our currents auction site.

Live locally and see something you love? Make an appointment to Try Before You Buy!

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Harvest Ball: Oscar de la Renta Orange Silk Sleeveless Evening GownHaute Hippie Brown Ponyhair & Gold Chain Large Envelope ClutchLouis Vuitton Ecaille Tortoiseshell & Golden Brass “Lock Me” Bracelet

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Squash Blossom: Dallin Chase Tan Leather Racerback TopDKNY Donna Karan New York Tan Lace Sequin TopAcne Red Silk Shorts 

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Cozy Corner: Mike & Chris Taupe Franco Beret HatBottega Veneta Cranberry Cap Sleeve Seamed JacketElizabeth and James Brown Silk Sleeveless DressCynthia Rowley Black Leather Braided Tassel Large Hobo Bag

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Bad for Teacher: Anne Fontaine White Cotton Sleeveless Button Down Blouse Tory Burch Gold Logo Chain Link NecklaceRalph Lauren Black Label Olive Green Silk Cable Knit SweaterTory Burch Grey & Ivory Tie Dye Leather Mini Skirt 

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Daisy: Chanel Cream Felted Fur Double Brim Camellia Cloche HatBottega Veneta Rust Silk Sleeveless Pleated Collared V-Neck DressTiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Black Leather & Sterling Silver Horseshoe Belt

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Gossip: Max Azria Collection Black, Silver & Gold Sequin Mesh JacketRachel Comey Multicolor Printed Cotton Sleeveless Dress Vince Camuto Black Leather & Gold Studded Chain Handbag

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Rowdy: Michael Michael Kors Brown & Black Faux Fur VestVera Wang Lavender Label Black & White Stripe BlazerAnaikka Purple Silk Gold Shell Paillette Embellished Sleeveless TopJ Dauphin Black Cotton & Leather Leggings