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Boots & Bags: Which Ones You Need for Fall & Winter

When the weather turns chilly in Chicago, we’re always sad to see summer go, but fabulous fall fashion always helps to soften the blow a bit.

Boots 1The cozy sweaters, the gorgeous coats, the fierce boots… it’s all so good, it almost makes us grateful to live in a cold weather climate.

Of course we love strappy summer sandals and light, floral handbags but come fall, we can’t wait to pull out the sumptuous leather boots and rich, jewel-toned purses.  Boots and bags are some of the very best things in life, so before the leaves start changing, get caught up on the new accessory trends you’ll want to try.

Boots

 

1.  The Lug Sole Boot

As a harkening back to the 90s when chunky Doc Martens were all the rage, one trend this fall is the lug sole boot.  It may strike many as a work or hiking boot, but rest assured that it’s perfectly on trend for city streets.  Many designers have even featured the look in a very 90s platform style as well.

 

2.  The Faux Fur TouchBoots 2

Add an element of lux coziness to your wardrobe this year with boots that feature a fur element. For the daring, go full-on fur with a pair like these bold Chloé wedges.  If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, opt for just a touch of fur at the boot shaft opening.

 

3.  The Embellished Boot

Many recent runway showings have featured attention-grabbing shoes with sparkly and shiny embellishments.  Pair them with a more streamlined and simple outfit that puts the spotlight on your fabulous footwear.

 

4.  The Velvet Boot

Nothing says cold weather wardrobe like a velvet.  And this year, boots get in on the act with soft styles that just beg to be touched.Bags 1

 

 

Bags

 

1.  The Handle Bag

For this season’s bags, it’s hip to be square.  Many designers have released very structured, boxy bags that feature handles instead of straps.  There’s a sort of vintage prep school look to the style, which is perfect for the back-to-school season.

 

2.  The Easy Carry-All

On the opposite end of the spectrum, another big runway trend was the oversized carry-all bag – totes, satchels and shoppers that are soft, collapsible and can quite easily Bags 2accommodate everything you need when you’re on the go.

 

3.  The Chunky Chain

We’ve long seen metal chain straps on cute clutch purses, but this fall you can expect to see thick and chunky chains on larger handbags as well.  Stand out with styles that feature chains made of modern materials like lucite and plastic for a unique and cool look.

 

4.  The Fringe Benefit

Get ready to go hippy-hippy chic this season with a wide variety of handbags that feature fringe.  Fully embrace the trend with an all-over fringe style or try a more understated option with just a bit of fringe on the front.

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Time for a Treat: 8 Luxurious Treatments You Can Get on Oak Street

Modern life in the city is stressful, fast-paced and taxing on your mind and body.  And you spend a great deal of time and energy doing things you’d probably rather not do.

Treat 1That’s why it’s so important to spend a little time doing something nice for yourself once in a while, even if it’s just a little treat to make you feel pampered.

And the perfect place to do just that is right here on Oak Street, where there’s a high-end selection of spas and salons that are expert in the art of indulgence.  Pick one of these luxurious therapeutic or beauty treatments or check out our beauty & fitness page to find many more options.

1.  Illimunize Peel at Cadella Medical Spa & Wellness Center

Get all the rejuvenating benefits of a chemical peel without the downtime similar treatments require.  This unique service will give you more radiant, youthful, tightened skin with very little or no actual peeling at all.  It’s perfect for anyone battling dry skin, fine lines, mild acne, dullness, discoloration or the effects of aging.  And the best part is that you won’t have to hide away until the peeling process is complete – you’ll be ready to go out on the town and show off your gorgeous skin right away.

2.  Lash & Brow Care at Salon Lashe

Perk up your pretty eyes at Salon Lashe, which offers a wide variety of treatments for your eyelashes and eyebrows.  You can get mink or synthetic lash extensions, eyelash tints or a lash perm that lets you ditch the eyelash curler.  The salon also offers upgrades to your brows with tints, extensions or professional shaping.

3.  Therapeutic Touch at  Exhale

This barre, yoga studio and spa has a fantastic menu of therapeutic treatments that will help to center your mind and body.  Choose between acupuncture, cupping, Reiki, vibrational therapy and acu-organ detox to find the service that best fits your needs.

4.  Blowout at Salon O Sixty-Five

Bad hair day?  Not to worry; the stylists at Salon O Sixty-Five have got you covered.  Stop in for a professional blowout that will make your hair look salon-level perfect for days to come.

5.  Mani-Pedi at Salon BuzzTreat 2

A little attention to your nails can go a long way in making you feel pampered and pretty.  Salon Buzz’s long list of manicure and pedicure options range from a quickie express to hot stone treatments that make you look and feel wonderful.

6.  Paraffin Handfix at Marianne Strokirk

If manicures are not for you but you’d still like a little love and attention showered on your hands, try the super moisturizing Handfix treatment from Marianne Strokirk.  Your hands will be massaged with intensive moisturizer before being coated with paraffin wax, which helps the moisturizer to penetrate deep into the skin, leaving your hands softer than they’ve ever been before.

7.  Makeup Lesson at Charles Ifergan

For those who feel a little clueless about cosmetics, this is the perfect way to indulge and learn at the same time.  The makeup experts at Charles Ifergan will give you a completely custom lesson in a look that suits you and your lifestyle.  You’ll walk away looking fantastic and feeling confident in your ability to recreate the routine on your own.

8.  Body Polish at Waldorf Astoria Spa

You never have time to exfoliate and moisturize your whole body like you should, so you might as well leave it to the pros.  This heavenly treatment involves scrubbing salt and shea butter that’s customized with an essential oil blend of your choosing.  By the end, your whole body will feel soft, supple and rejuvenated.

Now that we’ve got you dreaming of a little “you time,” we suggest that you seize the moment and make an appointment today before you get so busy that you forget to treat yourself.

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Fall 2015 Fashion Trends for Ladies & Gents

FryeIt’s that time of year again; fall is in the air! Don’t let your spirits drop along with the temperatures, though. Oak Street has just what you need to heat your look up on the upcoming cooler days. Look fabulous while flaunting these five fantastic trends that have been handpicked to help
you keep warm and look cool all season long.

Brilliant Boots

Frye has boatloads of beautiful boots in sizes, colors, and styles to suit every shoe-lover in Chicago!  However, it’s their chukka boots that are guaranteed to help you stay on trend and beat the bulk this season. Their height is just right to keep you looking long and lean, without cutting you off at the knees. Ladies should look for the Ruby Chukkas or the Kendall Chukkas.  Both options feature a lace-up style and a classic and timeless look. Meanwhile, men should seek out Frye’s Jack Monk Chukkas or Phillip Lug Wingtip Chukkas for their daring details and unique ability to accent any outfit.

Chic Sweats

Hoodies and sweat shirts have long been considered a sacred staple of chilly fall nights for their comfort and casual appeal. However, who Sweatssays that sweats must come in shirt form? And who decided that they need to be baggy and boring? Barney’s is out to change these old stereotypes with sweats that will make you stand out. The Ladies’ R13 Sweatshirt Dress and the Men’s NLST Cargo Drop-Rise Sweatpants from Barneys are both stylish options that will elevate your casual lounge style.

Belts with a Bam!Belts

Belts might seem like benign accessories you can never go wrong on, but why not use them to their fullest advantage?  Fall is all about layering, so use belts with big textures and bold colors to take your look over the top. Women should try the B-low the Belt Leather Ribbon Belt at Scoop, and men should go for the Paul Stuart Ostrich Belt for something  that’s a little out of the ordinary but still a great fit for the office.

Luxe Lamb Leather

Everyone knows that leather is a suitable staple for crisp fall weather. It keeps the wearer warm and dry, and it looks luxurious and sleek. And as if it wasn’t edgy enough, Vince has taken it over the top with new silhouettes and shapes. Men can master the trend on weekends with the new Leather Moto Jogger pants, which feature zippered ankles for easy styling with a variety of shoes. Meanwhile, women can test it out tastefully at the office with the sleek and sexy Belted Leather Dress with Ponte Panel.

Staple Scarves

VinceThough you might soon be lamenting the loss of your summer wardrobe, you should be cheered by the fact that scarf season is coming.  Soon, there will be a slight chill in the air that will allow you to gracefully drape that beautiful, outfit-making accessory across any outfit. Scarves

And at Loro Piana, the scarves are works of art! Lora Piana scarves will be more than just a worthy staple in your wardrobe, because they’ve been designed to be the star! They feature sumptuously soft fabrics and accents that make them both unique and versatile. Ladies will feel luxurious in the Sciarpina Chinchilla Fur Scarf and men can add a rugged edge to their outfits with the Cancale Mink Scarf which is lined in plaid perfection.

As you can see, this season is all about putting unexpected twists on old classics. See how far your fashion can take you, with sophisticated styles from the shops at Oak Street.

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5 Ways to Enjoy the Last Gasp of Summer on Oak Street

Chicago SummerSeptember is soon approaching, and many in the Windy City are feeling real remorse for not making the most of their summer.

But the good news is that there’s still one last gasp of gorgeous warmth ahead, so why not make the most of it?  Whether work or a great summer season of your favorite television show has been keeping you indoors, it’s time to get out and get moving!

We’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to enjoy the last gasp of Chicago summer to get you started.

Dress Up & Dine Alfresco

Fig and Olive is well known for its open-exhibition kitchen, but it also offers an expansive open-air terrace where you can dine under the stars on delicious, authentic European cuisine. Le Colonial is another amazing alfresco dining destination, with 1920’s sophistication and a seductive bar and lounge complete with a charming terrace and gorgeous view. If neither of those suit your fancy, you can always take a trip down to Carmine’s, for some classics: perfectly seared steak, chops, and seafood with an Italian edge.

Get Away for the Weekend

Even if you live in Chicago, take a two-day trip to the Four Seasons or Park Hyatt Chicago where you’ll find five star views of the city’s famous scenic waterfront. Spend your days out on the water, soaking up the sun, but keep in mind that the fun doesn’t have to end at dusk. Both hotels are simply steps away from sophisticated spas, superior shopping on Oak Street, and some of the city’s very best night clubs and bars.

Go See Something New

Where Chicago Publications can help you choose where to go and what to do. As the affluent travelers’ local information resource, Where Traveler can supply you with fresh inspiration on the coolest new things to do in Chicago.

Shake Up Your Wardrobe

Enjoy the warm weather and soft sunshine as you stroll from shop to shop. Oak Street is the biggest and best luxury shopping destination in Chicago. Enjoy seasonal sales and high end clothing, shoes, and accessories from brands like Jimmy Choo, Emporio Armani, Prada, and Agent Provocateur.

Prepare for the New Season

Being on a mission to enjoy the last few days of summer doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to Fall! Embrace change. Take a trip down to one of Oak Street’s many salons and spas to upgrade your look. Salon O Sixty-Five offers full nail services, as well as hair coloring, Brazilian Keratin Treatments and eyelash extensions. At the Elysian Spa and Health Club, you’ll be able to relax to the fullest with facials, massages, and a full fitness facility. Finally, Marianne Strokirk Salon specializes in sleek and easy-to-manage cuts perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

You can also pick up some new home décor to breath new live into your surroundings just in time for the start of a new season at Barneys, Kate Spade or Tory Burch.  And the most ambitious among you may even want to get a very early jump on your holiday shopping so that you’ll have nothing to worry about come December.

The last gasp of Chicago summer poses a plethora of unique opportunities; don’t let it pass you by! Whether you’re wandering from shop to shop, seeking out a new style, or simply catching some much needed R & R at a local spa, Oak Street has plenty of ways to soak up your summer to the very last drop.

Normcore: What is It & How is it Impacting High Fashion?

normcore1Did you ever think you’d see a fashion trend that emphasized being “normal” and fitting in with the masses? Neither did we.

Fashion trends have almost always been about standing out from the crowd and doing what no one else is. But with everyone always trying to find the next new thing, maybe the best way to stand out in high fashion these days is by being normal.

Enter Normcore, a trend that swept the fashion industry in Spring 2014. It’s gained popularity, but many inside and outside of the industry seem to be confused by the whole thing.

What is Normcore?

Some people find the idea of an anti-fashion trend a bit contradictory but K-Hole, the New York trend agency who first came up with the term, says that people have got it wrong.

Style writer Jeremy Lewis summed up the inspiration behind the trend well: “Fashion has become very overwhelming and popular. Right now a lot of people use fashion as a means to buy rather than discover an identity and they end up obscured and defeated.”

To reject the possibility of fashion as a tool for posing as a certain type of person, one rejects the obviously fashionable in favor of something almost, in Lewis’s words, “conspicuously unpretentious, maybe even endearingly awkward.” Some say the inspiration comes from the Millennial generation, who grew up in the 90s and find comfort in the easy, nondescript clothes of the slacker and grunge decade.

Normcore in Practice

Who are we to complain if our everyday outfits suddenly make us fashionable and part of the ‘cool crowd’! Even Kate Middleton, a member of the British Royal family, has been nicknamed the Duchess of Normcore with her comfy and casual styles.

As the aim of Normcore is to blend in, typical staples include: jeans, cashmere sweaters, tracksuits, with socks with heels, skate shoes, khakis and polo necks, generic baseball hats, and fleece pullovers. Basically if you’re wearing clothes that middle-aged parents might have worn in the 90s, you can now consider yourself trendy.

However, you don’t have to buy your plain clothes from the thrift store or a discount department store to achieve this look.  Normcore has spread to many high profile brands and designer names with top, luxurious designers like Valentino taking part.

Normcore Gone Designer

In fact, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Chanel catwalk by sending model Cara Delevingne out in sneakers and pushing a shopping cart. The basic clothes from Adidas, Birkenstocks and Crocs were widely worn during New York fashion week and international street brands such as Gap, and even Zara, are joining in with the plainer look.

The aesthetic has also been making its way onto the pages of high fashion magazines: Looks that combine Louis Vuitton with Adidas or Alexander McQueen and Nike. Even the likes of Patrik Ervell and Marc Jacobs have recently debuted simple, Patagonia-inspired jackets in recent menswear runway show.

It’s quite understandable if you’re a fashion lover who wants nothing to do with the trend.  But for those who eschew fussy style and ever-changing trends, you can proudly go out in a plain cotton t-shirt, faded jeans and sneakers and say that you’re doing the Normcore thing.

6 Things You Never Knew About Oak Street & The Gold Coast

Chicago is a city rich in history, legend and stranger-than fiction-secrets.

From the chilling chapter told in the book Devil in the White City to tales of Al Capone’s secret underground exit at The Green Mill, it’s clear that this city has a fascinating past.

But what about our neck of the woods?  Do Oak Street and the Gold Coast neighborhood have any secrets you might not know?  Read on to find out…

1.  An Isolated History

These days, the Gold Coast couldn’t be more central or well-connected – its dream location is at the very heart of The Windy City.  But that wasn’t always the case.  Up until the early 20th century, it was a sort of isolated enclave that was home to some of the city’s richest residents.

When the Michigan Avenue Bridge (now known as the DuSable Bridge) was built in 1920, however, it connected this lovely lakefront area to the rest of the city, which resulted in massive new developments, like high-end shopping that the area is still known for today.

2.  The Astor Connection

This might surprise you, but the Gold Coast wasn’t always the Gold Coast.  In fact, it was once The Astor Street District.  And no, it wasn’t because the famous businessman John Jacob Astor resided here, but rather because his name conjured up the image that the area wanted to be associated with.

3.   The Playboy ConnectionGold Coast 2

The Playboy Mansion is now synonymous with Beverly Hills, but the original was here in the Gold Coast.  Hugh Heffner bought the place at 1340 N. State Parkway in 1959, and it served as the center of his infamous and luxurious lifestyle throughout the 60s and early 70s.  In 1974, Heffner donated the building to the Art Institute of Chicago for student dorms.  The building was bought and turned into 7 condos in 1993, one of which sold for nearly $3 million last year.

 

4.  Landmark Achievement

Much of the Gold Coast neighborhood is protected as a historical landmark as it was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.  This is due to the area’s many notable architectural landmarks and its significant role in Chicago history.

5.  The Palmer CastleGold Coast 3

Potter Palmer was arguably the founder of the Gold Coast neighborhood.  While the vast majority of his wealthy contemporaries, like Marshall Field for example, were building magnificent homes in the Prairie Avenue district (now the near south side), Mr. Palmer was snapping up swampy lakeshore property to the north.  Here, he built the Palmer House Hotel as a gift to his wife and the Potter Palmer Homestead, a Gothic-style urban castle that presided over 1350 N. Lakeshore Drive before it was demolished in 1950.

6.  The Crème de la Crème

Michigan Avenue as famous shopping district was born in the minds of city planners at the start of the 20th century.  They widened the street and began to build a commercial center inspired by Paris’s Champs-Élysées.  Progress went along swimmingly until the Great Depression brought it to a halt.  But 1947 saw a resurgence and a plan to make the avenue into “The Magnificent Mile.”

Over the years, the area established itself as a world-class commercial district.  And its development brought about the transition of Oak Street from elegant residential block to the upper echelon of Mag Mile shopping, where exclusive boutiques could find charming spaces that were a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the avenue.

Dad’s Day Inspiration on Oak Street

Why is it that dads are often the hardest people to shop for when it comes around to birthdays, Christmas and Father’s Day?

Whatever the reason, finding the right way to honor the awesome dads in your life can sometimes be a serious challenge.

Don’t worry though; the Oak Street team is here to help!

We’ve put our heads together to compile a list of some fool-proof Father’s Day gift ideas that will make your job a whole lot easier.  Whatever your proud papa is into, you’re sure to find something on this list that he’ll love.

Dad Chic

Most of the dads we know sometimes need a little help when it comes to making their outer appearance as cool as their personalities.  So this year, think about adding to his wardrobe with some beautiful clothes or accessories that will up his fashion game.

Leather Gommino Moccasins, Tod’s

These classic shoes are easy to wear and perfect to slip on with a casual but cool summer outfit.

Heatup Leather Wallet, Ted Baker

There’s a good chance he’s been carrying around the same wallet for a decade and that it’s barely holding on these days. Get him an upgrade with this unique design from Ted Baker.

Ombré Geo Print Tee, Vince

If your dad or husband is like most, he frequently falls back on the basic t-shirt.  It’s a good look, but some occasions require something a bit more stylish and this subtly printed tee does the job.

Titanium Aviator Sunglasses, Paul Stuart

You really can’t go wrong with this modern take on the classic aviator shades – they’ve got a vintage vibe that will make any dad feel a little bit cooler.

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If the dad you’re shopping for is the professional type, it’s always a good idea to go for something that will give him a professional edge.

Tie With Medallion Motif, Brioni

A beautiful silk tie is to add to his collection is a great choice, especially one in a bright and cheery pattern that will look perfect with summer suits.

Zoffoli Globe Moon, Barneys

He may not get to travel as much as he would like to, so bring the world to him with this stunning globe that will add style to his office.

Logan Flap Brief Case, Frye

If his current briefcase is a little boring, present this sumptuous leather version that has character, style and function all in one.

Make it Personal

The best gifts are often things that we’d love to have but probably wouldn’t buy for ourselves.  Go with that idea and pick him up a luxurious treat he’ll love using every day.

Rockall Headphones, Ted Baker

These headphones offer both beautiful styling and high-quality sound.  Plus they fold up to a compact size for travel and commutes.

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Desert Oud, Barneys

This masculine scent has notes of smoky wood, amber, and leather.  The combination is a warm and seductive scent that brings to mind a desert adventure.

Harry’s Brass Shave Set, Barneys

Elevate his morning shave routine with this classy shave set, which includes an ergonomically-designed handle made of zinc and brass, 3 German-made 5-blade razor cartridges, a travel blade cover and a luxurious shave gel.

These are just a small sample of the fantastic gifts available on Oak Street that will show the fabulous fathers in your life that you appreciate all that they do.  Visit today to pick up one of our suggestions or browse for something that reminds you of his unique personality.

6 Reasons Not to Miss the Oak Street Summer Shop-Around on June 18

We know you love spending the day on Oak Street whenever you get the chance… especially in the summer.

The sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom and your favorite shopping and dining district is alive with the excitement of summer in Chicago.

But now you have one more reason to plan a leisurely day of fun in the Gold Coast: the Oak Street Summer Shop-Around on Thursday, June 18th from 10am to 6pm.

1.  Help the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

We’re proud to announce that this year’s event will benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the #1-ranked rehabilitation hospital in the country.  21 of the wonderful Oak Street businesses will donate 10% of the entire day’s proceeds directly to the RIC.  These donations will help the award-winning hospital help treat patients and further innovative research for spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery, amputations, neurological disorders and more.

2.  You Could Win Big!

When you register to attend the Oak Street Summer Shop-Around, you’ll be automatically entered into our VIP raffle.  This is no ordinary raffle – the fabulous prize list includes luxury hotel stays, 5-star restaurant gift certificates, and tickets to the city’s top theatre performances, just to name a few.

3.  Dine Deliciously

It’s no secret that Oak Street is home to some of the city’s finest dining experiences, but when you attend this special event, you’ll have the chance to take advantage of exclusive offers just for Summer Shop-Around guests at the award-winning Del Frisco’s Steakhouse and acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant, Fig & Olive.

4.  Take a Mini Staycation

No matter how long you’ve lived in Chicago, it’s always nice to take a mini staycation in one of the most luxurious hotels in the most beautiful neighborhood in the best city in the world.  That’s why our friends at the Four Seasons, PUBLIC and Thompson Hotels are offering Summer Shop-Around guests exclusive room packages for the night of June 18th.

5.  Entertainment Abounds

The amazing offers and specials are just part of the fun – guests will also be dazzled by a wide variety of entertainment.  Here’s a sample of the activities you won’t want to miss:

•  Tequila tastings
•  Champagne toasts
•  Sips and snacks
•  Sidewalk modeling
•  Live DJ
•  Free photobooth
•  Complimentary palm and tarot card readings
•  Luxury automobile showcase

6.  Shopping Surprises

Almost every business that’s participating is offering guests a little something extra in addition to their generous donation to RIC.  Here are a few of our favorites:

•  Agent Provocateur is offering a free gift with purchase, plus a raffle for a free bra and bottom.
•  Buccellati will be serving champagne and sweets.
•  At Escada, expect to see male models serving champagne.
•  Harry Winston is offering an exclusive preview of the 2015 Basel Watch Collection and serving champagne and small bites.
•  Enjoy MK Restaurant cocktail creations at Ike Behar.
•  Kate Spade will be serving up special Kate Spade cookies & drinks.
•  Lanvin shoppers will enjoy complimentary refreshments.
•  Maje will be serving refreshing mango margaritas from 312Spirits.
•  At Perfect Setting, get a free Vietri cocktail platter with every $150 purchase.
•  Sip champagne all afternoon at VINCE.

7.  It’s FREE!

Here’s the best news:  the Oak Street Summer Shop-Around is free to attend!  But if you know you’re coming, we encourage you to register in advance in order to be entered into the raffle.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Here’s a full list of the stores that will donate 10% of proceeds to RIC:

  1. Agent Provocateur (47 E. Oak, 312-335-0229)
  2. Alexis Bittar (61 E. Oak, 312-649-9112)
  3. Buccellati (62 E. Oak, 312-600-9224)
  4. CH Carolina Herrera ( 70 E. Oak, 312-988-9339)
  5. David Yurman (40 E. Oak, 312-787-7779)
  6. Escada (51 E. Oak, 312-915-0500)
  7. Frye (1007 N. Rush, 312-642-3793)
  8. Graff (103 E. Oak, 312-604-1000)
  9. Harry Winston (55 E. Oak, 312-705-1820)
  10. Ike Behar (67 E. Oak, 312-624-9257)
  11. Kate Spade (56 E. Oak, 312- 654-8853)
  12. Lanvin (116 E. Oak, 312-765-7075)
  13. Lester Lampert (57 E. Oak, 312-944-6888)
  14. Maje (104 E. Oak, 312-649-9228)
  15. Paul Stuart (107 E. Oak, 312-640-2650
  16. Perfect Setting (67 E. Oak, 312-202-1260)
  17. Sararose (67 E. Oak, 773-654-3421)
  18. Scoop NYC (1009 N. Rush, 312-649-9880
  19. VINCE (106 E. Oak, 312-280-6890)
  20. VMR (34 E. Oak, 7th floor, 312-649-6673)
  21. Zadig & Voltaire (114 E. Oak, 312-643-1240)

The Stylish Bride’s Guide to Oak Street

There’s more to being a bride-to-be than just wearing a sparkly ring and occasionally consulting with your wedding planner about cake flavors and flower arrangements.

Some things simply can’t be delegated to anyone else if you really want the event to have your trademark style. If you’ve been thinking that the only item you can purchase for your wedding on Oak Street is a to-die-for dress from one of our upscale bridal shops, it’s time to think again.

Check out this stylish bride’s guide to Oak Street; you might be surprised what you’ll find.

Beautiful Bands

If your hubby-to-be popped the question without a ring, because he wanted to let you pick it out yourself, Oak Street has got you covered. Likewise if you’re enamored with the engagement ring he’s given you, but it didn’t come with a matching band.

Your ring is something that you’ll be wearing day in and day out for the rest of your life, so it needs to be perfect. No matter your everyday style is, the fine jewelry boutiques on Oak Street have got you covered.

Try visiting David Yurman or Graff Diamonds if you want to pick his band out to match at the same time. Look at Buccellati’s Romanza collection if you’re a well-read bride. Of course, if you’re classic beauty with a thing for old Hollywood, a visit to Harry Winston might be in Dresses
order.  And don’t forget that you can visit Lester Lampert for a custom design that’s all your own.

Dreamy Dresses & Fabulous Finishes

The bridal stores on Oak Street are filled to the brim with couture fashions to fit any bride, whether you’re demure, trendy, traditional, a hopeless romantic, or some combination of all of the above. Vera Wang, Dimitra’s Bridal and Ultimate Bride all offer impeccable guidance and assistance to shopping sweethearts, and they carry countless high-end designers between the two of them.

ExtrasBest of all, their locations make it easy to swing by Alexis Bittar, Lester Lampart, Pomellato, or Trabert and Hoeffer after you’ve made your selection to finish off your look with some sparkle. While you’re there, you might even find a special watch or set of cufflinks for your man to commemorate the occasion.

Killer Kicks

You want some Cinderella-worthy heels to complete your fairy-tale ensemble, but you want to be comfortable too, right? Jimmy Choo is well-known for turning out bejeweled, bedazzled, metallic, and majorly luxurious high heels that are actually worth wearing.

Between the high-quality materials and masterful craftsmanship, you’ll feel like you’re walking down the aisle on air… and it won’t just because of how handsome your soon-to-be hubby looks waiting for you at the end.

Hot Extras for Hubby

Yes, we’re talking lingerie! Agent Provocateur offers specialty bridal lingerie in pretty nudes, creams, and whites that will blend in seamlessly under your bridal attire. Also available are special bridal services, sexy swimsuits for the honeymoon, gorgeous garters, and lingerie bags to make traveling a breeze.

Oh, and don’t forget to swing by one of the many beauty salons/spas on Oak Street for a fresh dye job, pretty mani-pedi, wax, or massage to unwind and boost your confidence in preparation for the big day.

Stylish brides are always looking for something a little bit special that’s a cut above the rest.

On Oak Street, we understand that, which is why we lay out the red carpet for brides.  Come visit us today and let us help you prepare for the wedding of your dreams.

3 Must-Have Hair & Makeup Trends for Spring

Spring is a time of new beginnings, renewal, and warmth.

All around, wherever you look, you’re surrounded by brightness and freshness.  So now it’s time to add some of the same to your beauty routine!

Thankfully, Oak Street has several salons and shops that offer just want you need to steal spring 2015’s most talked about runway looks for yourself. Read on to see all of the beauty and makeup trends broken down, and a guide to where you can set yourself up with each one.

Lust After Bright, Bold Red Lips

Runway models for the top designers just aren’t sporting deep, blood red, or burgundy shades anymore. Just as spring has come with some lighter days, it’s also brought along some lighter lips.

Creamy, saturated reds with a slight orange tint are what ladies’ lips all across the nation are lusting for, and with good reason! The shade is universally flattering and brings out the warmth of any complexion- something that couldn’t hurt as you are just beginning to show your pale, winter limbs the sun again.

To achieve the same looks featured in Carmen Marc Valvo’s and Zac Posen’s shows, take a trip to Marilyn Miglin.  Line the lips with a Waterproof Gel Lip Liner  and then slick on a creamy, hand-flamed lipstick in Buddha Red or Flare. Pick up a Retractable Lip Brush to line the outside of your lips carefully with the Natural Liquid Foundation With Jojoba Oil And Chamomile of your shade for a look that stays smudge-proof all day.

Soft, Sweet, Neutral Nails Are Super Chic

Not only do neutrals match everything, they’re also seriously chic. No wonder they’ve made a comeback on 2015’s spring runways. The Deborah Lippmann line at Barneys has over seven soft shades to pick from.

Debuted at the NYFW Spring 2015 shows of Badgley Mischka, Theory and Donna Karan, Chantilly Lace, Like Dreamers Do, and Misty Morning all feature varying undertones to keep things interesting and suit any style. You’ll also find Bobbi Browns’ Sandy Nudes collection at Barneys, including Nude and Naked, which are a more classic take on neutral nail polish than Lippmann’s looks.

And if you prefer to leave the manicuring to the professionals, head to one of Oak Street’s premiere salons, like Charles Ifergan or Marianne Strokirk for a perfectly polished look in a huge variety of on-trend, neutral shades.

Au Naturale Hair is Haute Now

Some say that the prim and polished look of hair set carefully in hot-rollers is coming back in, but Spring 2015’s runways have given quite a bit of evidence to the contrary. Air-dried locks and braids with wonderful wisps peeking out to frame the face reigned supreme at several shows.

Ifergan PRoductsPick up a good mist and mousse from Charles Ifergan, Marianne Strokirk or Salon O Sixty-Five, apply them from the middle of your hair to its ends, and add 2-3 braids to your hair depending on its thickness. Allow it all to air dry and undo. Simple!

While you’re at the salon, though, perhaps it is time for a new style? The “lob” cut seems like it’s been around for a long time, but there’s good reason for that! It works with almost any face shape and looks polished with the aforementioned air-dried style, rather than a bit messy like longer hair can sometimes appear.

If you were expecting this list to be filled with fussy fashions and difficult ‘dos, it’s time to get with the times…

Now is the best time to let your natural, classic beauty shine!