23 October 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Reading books is a pastime I thoroughly enjoy, but simply don’t have time to accomplish. Even “light reads” take a back seat to spending time with this guy. But recently, while sifting through the countless unread messages in my inbox, I caught wind of a new book, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy, centered around the idea of buying less and focusing more on quality. I must admit, this has become increasingly important to me in recent years. Maybe it’s the old age (35 and still fine, thank you very much) or the simple fact that the more I come in contact with high quality goods (even if it is only while window shopping), the less desirable it becomes to shop fast-fashion wares.
22 October 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Shopping trip (noun) – an opportunity to bond with friends while searching for the best deals, a new wardrobe, the perfect pair of shoes, et cetera, et cetera.
It’s also the perfect way to try out car service with Blacklane, an international limousine company that has now made its way to Chicago. A few weeks ago, I rounded up a few of my best fashion friends (a new spin on BFFs) and planned a journey to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago.
Scheduling the car in advance was quite simple. Since I had to pick up someone along the way, I chose the hourly service (you can also do Transfer service, which is ideal for direct transportation to airports or events). After filling out a few details, I was given an estimate and allowed to select my vehicle of choice. It was all done online, in less than 10 minutes.**
9:30am: The ladies arrive at my house, where I provide them with popcorn and pralines for the trip.
10:00am: Our driver arrives in a roomy Cadillac Escalade, giving us the best of both worlds – luxury and style.
23 September 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
With Paris Fashion Week starting today, we couldn’t close out Fashion Month (i.e. NYC-London-Milan-Paris) without providing you with a Soundtracked playlist inspired by the runway.
Whether this mix transports your mind to the front row of your favorite fashion show or has you strutting down the street to the office, our work here is done.
P.S. Modeling experience not required.
23 September 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
When it comes to quality basics, Uniqlo has the game on lock. And you know that age-old adage, “you get what you pay for?” Well, they’ve managed to turn that over on its head. From their classic tees to their warm yet stylish outerwear (hello, ultra light down wrap coat), it’s quite baffling how they can offer so much goodness at such low prices.
05 September 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
With the weekend literally breathing down our necks, what better way to celebrate than with a bit of #FlashbackFriday (you know, #tbt’s first cousin)?
Last month, I co-hosted the Glossed and Found + Furla Haute Happy Hour event (remember?) with a bevy of local beauties. Not only was it a great opportunity for everyone to get all dressed up, mingle with friends and ogle over Furla’s new Fall collection, but it was also a kickoff for the new Thompson Chicago x FURLA Handbag Lending Program.
03 September 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Women with great style tend to be gadget lovers. Keeping up with the latest fashion trends goes hand in hand with staying up-to-date with the latest technology and mobile apps. That’s exactly why I agreed to test drive the Bose Soundlink Mini speaker.
From headphones to computer speakers, my household is starting to become a Bose-only zone. The quality of sound is unmatched by other brands, so I figured the Soundlink Mini wouldn’t disappoint. Provided to me by Verizon Wireless, midway through the summer, you can bet I put this portable speaker to good use.
21 August 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Is it just me, or have the summer months really flown by? September issues have hit newsstands and soon we’ll be swooning over Fall fashion. Not so fast though! There are still 32 days left of summer. And with Labor Day coming up, I think it’s safe to assume most of us have at least one more road trip on the horizon. Thus, the inspiration for the latest edition of Soundtracked.
Whether you’re driving to a faraway destination or cruising along Lake Shore Drive, this Road Trippin’ playlist will make your trip even sweeter. Consider it the music equivalent of cruise control. Just press play and let it ride.
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).
20 August 2014 / By Dana Nostro
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
When it comes to handbags, I have a similar saying: a perfect crossbody bag is worth a thousand outfits. It may sound a little silly, yet it has proven to be true. Although all crossbody bags share the same function of allowing us to tote our necessary (and not-so-necessary) stuff hands-free, every style is quite different. Design, color, and detail should be examined when choosing the best crossbody bag for your wardrobe.
05 August 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
You know what happens when you bring together some of Chicago’s most fashionable women for a photo shoot? Magic.
As one of the co-hosts for the Haute Happy Hour with Furla and Glossed and Found this Thursday (keep scrolling for details), I was asked to join my fellow fashionistas for a little street style shoot. Being photographed by co-host, Helen Berkun, was a blast. It was quite possibly the most fun I’ve had in River North in awhile.
30 July 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
When it comes to looking and feeling your best, wardrobe plays a major role. But what about those little things we do to rejuvenate our minds (and bodies), boost our self esteem or put us in a good mood? Not only do they impact how we present ourselves to the world, but also how we treat others.
Here are just few of the routine things that help me reach my best self when life, sometimes, doesn’t seem to allow for it.