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SAIC + CB2 Launches an Innovative Home Collection

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25 February 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

SAIC + CB2 Launches an Innovative Home Collection


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With so many people choosing to downsize their homes and join the tiny house movement, space saving solutions are becoming more innovative and modern. When it comes to living comfortably in small spaces, who is more familiar with it (by choice or not) than a college student? That’s exactly why the newly launched collaboration with CB2 and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is destined to be a hit.

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10 February 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

Soundtracked: Love Life


Valentine's Day Music


Yesterday’s post was all about celebrating friendships for Valentine’s Day. Today, it’s all about the loooove! And what better way to commemorate the upcoming holiday than with a new Soundtracked playlist.

Aptly named Love Life, this mix has a dual meaning. It was created to not only celebrate one’s love life but also a love for life. There’s no baby-making music on this roundup (sorry). Instead, we decided to incorporate feel-good love songs that will have you snapping your fingers or busting a move.

It’s already in heavy rotation in our house. So we hope you love this edition of Soundtracked just as much as we do.

Click the music player below (or here) to enjoy the sounds.



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).

09 February 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrate Galentine’s Day the Stylish Way


Rosa & The Artist Galentine's Day

Valentine’s Day. That wonderful holiday when we celebrate love with our significant others.

But what about our close friends, that we love and adore?

It has become increasingly popular to also use this time of year as an opportunity to celebrate friendships, old and new.  February 13th, which is now known as Galentine’s Day, is the day to let your girls know just how much they mean to you. If your crew is a stylish bunch, like mine, and you’re stumped on how to honor them, it’s Kalla to the rescue!

The luxury floral delivery service (which is only available in Chicago and Miami) has an impressive collection of arrangements that are perfect for Galentine’s Day, or any other special day. Once you pair their flowers with an exclusive array of artisanal chocolates by Christopher Elbow and a bottle of champagne (all available on the site),  then add in a few party favors and girl talk, you’ll have the makings of  a memorable Girls’ Night In.

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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.

holiday playlist



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


DreamDry Chicago


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.

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