07 August 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson
You have unclaimed money!
Typically, when you see those words in your inbox, you quickly hit the delete button to avoid the scammers and spambots. Needless to say, when the Illinois Treasurer’s Office contacted me about the possibility of there being money and assets with my name on it, I was a bit hesitant. Once I started researching, I discovered that not only is the I-Cash site legit, but I (and some of my family members) actually had funds waiting to be claimed!
16 July 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson
What happens when you bring together some of the city’s most fabulous philanthropists for a night of food, fun and fireworks? One of the hottest events of the summer: Shedd BLU.
Hosted by the Shedd’s Auxiliary Board, this annual fundraising soiree will be held on July 25 and is the perfect opportunity to party hard and celebrate summer (what little we’ve had of it), all in the name of charity.
04 June 2015 / By Elise Giannasi
Ladies and Gentlemen! Summer is coming and it’s time to update your look with a makeover. So how about a FREE makeover?! That’s right, free and sponsored by Sine Qua Non Salons. Their newly-launched Desperate Measures campaign is designed to help you get that much-needed cut and color, and all you need to do is enter the contest!
13 May 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson
If Iris Apfel is on your personal list of fashion icons, one of the style traits you seek to possess is the ability to effortlessly (and creatively) pile on tons of accessories. Simply put, no one does it like Iris.
Fortunately, the newly released IRIS documentary gives us a tiny glimpse into her life, including the thought process behind some of her over-accessorized looks. The film takes a close look at how her interior design background influences her style and also focuses on the beautiful relationship she has with her husband Carl.
04 May 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson
With Spring finally showing face and Summer right around the corner, there’s no better time to liven up our accessories a little bit…or in the case of Boo+Boo Factory, a lotta bit.
If you recall my Etsy roundup last year or have seen my recent feature in NewCity, you already know I’m a fan of local jewelry designer Christina Anton (pictured above). In a segment of the market where metalsmiths seem to be reigning supreme (mainly due to the layered necklaces and stacking rings trends), Anton’s designs are both refreshing and uncommon.
27 April 2015 / By Elise Giannasi
Memorial Day and summer vacations are upon us! That means we will be spending a lot more time in O’Hare airport over the next few months. Here to make your travel experience less stressful is the Terminal Getaway Spa, located right in the middle of Terminals 1 and 3 (you can access it through the other terminals as well).
03 April 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson
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.
25 March 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson
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!
24 March 2015 / By Elise Giannasi
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.
06 March 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson
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.