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.
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.
29 July 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
“Summer in Chicago is a big deal to tourists and locals alike, so much so that it has earned its own hashtag – #SummertimeChi. From beaches and festivals to the countless al fresco dining spots and rooftop lounges with amazing views, there is never a shortage of ways to enjoy the warm weather.
When it comes to summertime fashion in the Windy City, the formula remains the same: bold pieces in breathable fabrics that can transition from day to night. Of course there are quite a few department stores and big box brands serving up good wardrobe options, however, if you prefer to stand out, shopping local is the best – and only – way to go.”
21 July 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Festival wear is pretty much a necessity in Chicago, because it’s practically impossible to not make your way to at least one music or food festival during the summer. Comfort is key, but one must never forget about style. And as we all know, style is in no way correlated with how much money you’ve spent on your look. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Kohl’s to bring to you affordable festival wear and a $100 giveaway (keep scrolling for details)!
Originally asked to style three looks for myself, for one of the most popular music festival, Lollapalooza, I decided it would be more fun (and frankly, more interesting) to loop in a couple friends. So I grabbed CTF contributor, Dana, and my good friend, Redgi Woods, and headed off to Kohl’s to shop for festival looks.
16 July 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Fashion and music. Both surround me all day, every day (the perks of being the wife of a DJ) and hold an equally important place in my heart. It was only a matter of time before I figured out a way to incorporate music into this here blog. Although, I’m actually surprised it took me this long. Better late than never, right?
Our newly launched Soundtracked music series has been brought to life by my resident music mixologist, DJ HasH (I told you there were perks). Each playlist will equip you with the best tunes for every facet of life. Continue Reading
30 June 2014 / By Dana Nostro
Celebratory traditions for the 4th of July usually consist of (at least) one of the following: cookouts, parades, and fireworks. Most often this also means one’s outfit of the day involves the American Flag or an excessive amount of stars and stripes.
I must admit, I’ve worn overly-patriotic attire in the past. However, the only time I felt comfortable sporting these pieces was on Independence Day. So, as I bid farewell to my beloved American flag jean jacket (that I’ve only worn once), this year I’m looking forward to rocking an outfit that says ‘America,’ without screaming it.
Purchasing non-traditional 4th of July items will show your patriotism and add value to year-long wardrobe. Subtle accents of our flag’s colors makes it easy to incorporate the holiday into your everyday style.
24 June 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Sometimes we get so caught up in the major brands, that we forget about the indie gems sitting right at our fingertips. Finding legit, handmade goods can be a bit tedious on Etsy (especially now that they’ve changed their policy…boo!) - though it’s always worth it in the end.
For this latest roundup of bookmark-worthy Etsy shops, I’ve decided to keep it local. From leather jewelry to quirky “chill pills”, here is my list of top Etsy picks, Chicago-style.
17 June 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Multiple cars and city living. Sometimes the two don’t really mesh well with one another.
I’ve loved cars since I was a youngin’ – I have my dad and our trips to the racetrack to thank for that. Even to this day, I can tell you the make and model of a car (and sometimes the year), just from a quick glance. If I could, I would own a total of four cars: a luxury vehicle, an SUV, a “fun” car, and a convertible. Only problem with that is a) who can afford all of that? and b) where in the world would I park all of them?
Luckily, Enterprise CarShare has recently hit the Chicago market and allows me to temporarily feed my multi-car fix, with no financial burden.
When the lovely folks at Enterprise CarShare asked me to test out the service, I must admit, before I agreed, I checked out the fleet of cars available in the area. I was impressed by the wide range of vehicles, but the Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback sealed the deal. My “fun” car wish had been granted.