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Best of Beauty & Style 2018

The Editors | December 18, 2017 | Feature Features National

Best of Beauty & Style

BEST STATIONER: ELLIS HILL
New year, new stationery—and Ellis Hill in Highland Park is just the place to typify your signature style. A wall of the team’s work serves as fresh inspiration for everything from invitations—say, a custom map for a nautical-themed Newport, R.I., wedding; two-ply card stock covered with rose gold foil for a 40th birthday dinner at Carbone in New York City; a die-cut baby bottle for a baby shower—to hand towels monogrammed with your family crest. “There’s cohesion from the invitation through the party,” explains Margretta Wickert, co-owner of Ellis Hill. Submerged in a letterpress wonderland, you’ll insist that everything should be monogrammed from now on, including leather-wrapped wine coolers, makeup and travel bags, and pajamas by Walker Valentine. Couples, corporations and socialites turn to the quaint shop for save-the-dates, cocktail napkins and roadie cups personalized with ranch brands and custom sketches of homes. Getting personal has never been more fun. Prices vary by style and quantity

BEST ESTHETICIAN: JOANNA CZECH
Ask Joanna Czech about her approach to healthy skin, and she’ll reply with the utmost assurance: “Supporting and respecting the skin.” Once you manage to lock in an appointment (the wait time can be up to two months), prepare to be pampered. First, you’ll sip on a cappuccino in the lobby of her namesake Victory Park spa while discussing skin concerns. Once in the treatment room, guests are tucked in a Brunello Cucinelli cashmere blanket and their Cartier and Harry Winston is tucked away in a Cucinelli case. The first step is a 15-minute deep-tissue face and decollete massage followed by a diamond peel. Then, a series of treatments tailored to your skin’s condition, including oxygen infusions and LED therapy, which stimulates ATP energy (why her facials yield results even three weeks later), are administered. Czech swears by pH-balancing exfoliators, having used Biologique Recherche for 22 years, just as much as her devotees swear by her facials (from $550). If it’s good enough for Anna Wintour, it’s good enough for us.

BEST STYLIST: LEIGH ANNE SINACOLA
Leigh Anne Sinacola lives and breathes style—so much so that Dallasites pay for a taste of her ensemble-creating magic.She thrives on surprising clients, who are art collectors, mothers, travelers and fashion lovers, by dressing them in refreshing ways to evoke confidence. “Most people think that after having kids or reaching a certain age, they can no longer change their style, but I disagree,” says Sinacola. The globe-trotter, who stocks up on pieces from The Reformation for jet-setting style, also packs for her clients’ trips, streamlining the process with Polaroids of outfits. After pulling from their closets, she’ll head to boutiques such as V.O.D. for labels including R13 and Au Jour Le Jour. Offsetting her signature street style with animated pieces from lines like Delpozo and Rosie Assoulin plays into her styling philosophy: “If you love a piece, don’t let what’s ‘in’ or ‘out’ ruin that—it’s probably still fabulous!” Prices starting at $150



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