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Hair Chats and Photo Snaps:  It’s The #SallyTalksTexture Recap

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03 April 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

Hair Chats and Photo Snaps: It’s The #SallyTalksTexture Recap

 

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Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting one of four Chicagoland Sally Beauty Supply events promoting the Beautiful Textures and Dream Kids product lines by Strength of Nature. Both collections focus on hair manageability and natural hair styling. And did I mention they are extremely affordable? You would be hard-pressed (no pun intended) to find anything priced over $10.

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25 March 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

Join Me for Flaunt Your Look at Sally Beauty Supply

 

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Over the past few years, the number of women deciding to go natural (or rock locs) has increased significantly. Gone are the days where wearing hair in its natural state is considered unprofessional or unkempt. Now, an insane loc updo or a free-flowing ‘fro actually tends to up one’s cool factor (hello, Solange!).

I joined the natural hair movement in 2007 and never looked back. Over the past few years, it’s been quite interesting to see how various hair care brands are beginning to address our specific needs. One of the brands that has been there since the beginning (and continues to evolve) is Strength of Nature, whose Beautiful Textures and DreamKids products provide affordable solutions for cleaning, maintaining and styling natural hair. That’s why I am excited to announce that I will be hosting one of their many Flaunt Your Look events hitting Sally Beauty Supply stores nationwide!

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24 March 2015 / By Elise Giannasi

Brows and Spring Makeup Trends with Sabrina of Beauty Babe

 

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Spring is finally upon us (although you wouldn’t know it after yesterday’s snow storm). That means it’s time to thaw out your frozen face and get it ready for the warmer temperatures and all the new beauty trends that come with the change of season.

But where should you start?! If you’re in Chicago, that’s a no brainer.  Our new favorite go-to for all things eyebrows is Agnes O. Salon and Derma Spa (21 W. Elm Street) in the Gold Coast, where Sabrina Danyla of Beauty Babe is the resident brow magician and makeup artist.

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06 March 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

The Shopbop Sale You Don’t Wanna Miss

 

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As you know, I can never pass up a designer sale. Especially when it’s from an online retailer I shop at least once a month.

Now through the end of the day tomorrow, you have a chance to take advantage of Shopbop’s highly anticipated sale. The discounts are tiered (code: BIGEVENT15) – the more you buy, the more you save. It’s the perfect opportunity to jump start your Spring wardrobe or simply spend that tax refund that’s burning a whole in your pocket.

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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.

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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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SKINCARE

  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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