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Soundtracked: Holidaze (Your New Favorite Holiday Playlist)

Soundtracked: Holidaze
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16 December 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Soundtracked: Holidaze (Your New Favorite Holiday Playlist)


‘Tis the season for giving! And as our gift to you, we thought it would be a good idea to share some of our favorite holiday tracks. This playlist includes a few classics and some others that we’ve deemed as “new classics” (we guarantee you will be playing them for years to come).

Whether you’re driving from store to store, squeezing in some last-minute shopping or gathered around the Christmas tree with family, Holidaze will provide the perfect soundtrack. Oh, and it’s MJ-approved.

Click the music player below (or here) to listen! And Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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The ChiTown Fashionista Soundtracked music series is curated and mixed by resident music mixologist, DJ HasH. Each playlist will equip you with the best tunes for every facet of life. You are only required to do three things: download. listen. enjoy. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll keep it on reserve for those moments when a DJ is nowhere to be found (trust us, it’s the easiest way to impress all your friends).

13 December 2014 / By Elise Giannasi

Shop Local: The Beauty Gift Guide For Everyone on Your List


It’s a big weekend for holiday shopping here in Chicago, and in the spirit of enabling your fashion consumption, we had to round up the best in bauty! With these products, which are either Chicago-based brands or available for pickup locally, our beauty gift guide should take care of all the ladies and men on your list.

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  1. Cocovit Coconut Oil – A luxurious and organic wonder product known for its healing and emollient properties, Cocovit is pure coconut oil for your face and body. What makes Cocovit different is that they do not cold-process/press the oil, ensuring it’s essential nutrients are not lost through the packaging of the product. Use it as a face moisturizer and blemish-healer, as a hair mask and nail strengthener, or even as a baby-safe body cream. Cocovit is a Chicago-based line selling across the country this holiday season – with two sizes available – a travel and TSA-friendly 3.3oz size at $25 and a substantial 8.8oz jar at $38.

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11 December 2014 / By Elise Giannasi

Ready, Set, Blow: DreamDry Opens in Chicago


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Chicago! DreamDry (904 W. Armitage is here, just in time to make you beautiful for all of your holiday parties or to provide the ultimate in glamorous gifts for that special fashionista on your list.

I had the opportunity to attend DreamDry’s grand opening last week, to tour the salon and to try out the services – all three left me wowed and in a dream-cloud of glamour and hairspray.

DreamDry is truly a haven for the beautiful-hair-obsessed. The gorgeous salon space is set just off the street, and nestled between the various boutiques on Armitage in Lincoln Park. Inside, the surroundings are classic and clean in black and white. Each station is set up with a luxe leather seat for you to get cozy in while you peruse the style menu on your own personal iPad. Once you choose the style of blowout you’d like, you can sit back, relax and browse your favorite fashion magazines while the stylist takes good care of you. I chose a messy and chic wavy blowout for shorter hair – the Stevie – and it lasted for three days. I loved it!

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10 December 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Head “South” For the Winter: 3 Reasons to Holiday Shop Roosevelt Collection


The Shops at Roosevelt Collection

If you frequent the South Loop, you can’t help but notice the many changes taking place on Roosevelt, between Clark and Canal. What was once just a new development with 300+ luxury lofts and an impressive movie theater (VIP, anyone?), has quickly become a premier shopping destination for those living south of the city’s center.

Although there is much to be said about the selection of national and local shops at Roosevelt Collection (150 W. Roosevelt Rd ), I’ve decided to break down what separates it from the pack when it comes to holiday shopping.

‘Tis the season to do more shopping in a few days than you have all year (well, for some of us). So here are just a few reasons that The Shops at Roosevelt Collection is winning during this time of year.

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02 December 2014 / By Elise Giannasi

Thierry Mugler Les Exceptions: Redefining the Fragrance Buying Experience


When you think of Thierry Mugler fragrances, you probably think of two words: Angel and Alien – the uber-iconic scents that most beauty-savvy fashionistas have on regular rotation. But what about the exceptions to this rule? Or rather, Les Exceptions (see what we did there?). Five unisex, luxury fragrances by Mugler, just released this Fall. The Les Exceptions collection – which blends original alchemies with unique and exceptional ingredients – captures Mugler’s visionary and sensual approach to the art of perfumery.

MUGLER Les Exceptions Fragrance Collection

So what does this mean for local fashionistas? Mugler chose Chicago to be the first and only city in the U.S. to indulge in a luxurious, white glove (or in this case, black glove) experience when purchasing one of his Les Exceptions fragrances – an exclusive to Nordstrom on Michigan Ave.

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02 December 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Meet Our New Beauty Contributor!


Finding a contributor is always a challenge. It is of the utmost importance that not only is the contributor knowledgeable (in fashion and/or beauty where applicable) and a great writer, but is also professional and well-suited to represent ChiTown Fashionista with brands and when attending events.

Luckily, my recent search for a beauty contributor resulted in me connecting with Elise Giannasi. A mutual friend (the talented and equally stylish, DJ Lani Love) sent Elise my way and I was immediately impressed. In addition to working full time and maintaining her personal style blog, Belle Meets World, Elise has a cosmetology background. Her time spent at the Aveda Institute in NYC will allow for two different perspectives on beauty, one as a consumer and the other as a professional.

I am excited to have Elise on board and look forward to her sharing the best Chicago has to offer in the world of beauty.

Please join me in welcoming Elise to the ChiTown Fashionista family! To learn a bit more about our newest member, click here to check out her bio.

17 November 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

[VIDEO] A Peek Inside the Closets of Chicago’s Favorite Styling Duo


To say a new episode of Closet Conversations was long overdue would be an understatement. Can you believe it has been a little over a year since the last one? That’s exactly why we’re back with a two-fer (i.e. two wardrobes wrapped up into one video).

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This time around, we are chatting with the dynamic styling duo, Arlene Matthews (r) and Brandon Frein of Kit This! You’ll soon find out that their wardrobe is just as fun and diverse as their approach to styling (which includes personal clients, fashion editorials and commercial projects). From Brandon’s vast Louis Vuitton collection to Arlene’s enviable selection of Rachel Comey garments, these ladies walk us through some of their favorite items and dish on what inspires their personal style.


Special thanks to our first-ever Closet Conversations sponsor, Randolph Street Market, for making this possible. And much love to Emmanuel Camacho for blessing us with his filming (and editing) skills.

DISCLAIMER:You may not copy, distribute, change, or transmit any text, images, audio, or video for public or commercial purposes without the express permission of ChiTown Fashionista.

03 November 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrate Innovation in Fashion (and Garance Doré) at Fashion Forward


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Being apart of this here blogging game has afforded me with many opportunities, some of which I never would have imagined. And being asked to co-host the upcoming Fashion Forward event, at the Museum of Science and Industry, is yet another “pinch me” moment.

Fashion Forward is all about celebrating innovation in fashion. The curators have worked extremely hard, over the past few months, to bring to you some of the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring items from around the world (I got a sneak peek, so trust me on that). Not only will you be able to see how science will influence the future of fashion, but you will also be allowed to experience the innovation firsthand, through some of the interactive exhibits.

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31 October 2014 / By Dana Nostro

Love All Around For eDrop-Off and Christian Siriano


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team eDropoff with Cristian Siriano (yes, that’s me on the far right)

Something old and something new, combined, typically symbolizes good luck for new beginnings. This may be an old wedding tradition, but certainly applies to other significant moments.

Case in point: The eDrop-Off loves Christian Siriano event, which took place last week.

The party, hosted by eDrop-Off owner, Corri McFadden,  and Christian Siriano celebrated their recent career achievements – a 10-yr anniversary and newly-established retail shop (The Collection at 1201 N. Clark St) for eDrop-Off as well as the first Chicago pop-up shop and a fragrance launch for Siriano.

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28 October 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Free Beauty Classes: Yet Another Reason to Love Sephora


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We all know that a purchasing a new makeup product is the cheapest way to freshen up your look each season. Unless, of course, you are buying said product from Sephora.

Sephora has a way of convincing you that your entire beauty and makeup arsenal is subpar and needs a complete do-over. I can’t even tell you the amount of times I’ve went in to make one purchase and ended up leaving with a bag full of things I “needed”. With so many brands and interactive tools under one roof (not to mention the fact that they always give samples upon request), Sephora is also the best place for trying out new skincare products and fragrances.

And as if they didn’t already meet all of our beauty needs, Sephora is now offering complimentary classes! Finally, we can learn how to apply all that makeup piling up in our drawers,  like a professional.

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