11 March 2014 / By Rita Milton
I recently had the pleasure of taking in a full spa day in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. I’m talking the works! Needless to say, I was looking forward to a day of pampering and relaxation. But I received so much more! Eco-friendly, vintage-inspired décor and five-star customer service; this hidden gem warrants a visit!
Here are the deets on my spa day at Studio Within Salon and Spa:
10:50 a.m. With promise of snow (thanks Tom Skilling), I head to the window to find a snow-covered car and the snow is STILL falling. Great. *eye roll*
11:00 a.m. The car is cleared and I am on the move, leaving myself plenty of time to get through this snow and find parking.
11:44 a.m. So about that extra time… I am now trudging through the snow, attempting a power walk since I’ve parked a million miles from my destination (OK, it’s five city blocks. Still). I am going to be late. UGH. Thanks, Chicago.
11:49 a.m. I just walked in four minutes late, apologizing to the receptionist. After introducing myself, she greets me with such a bright smile, I instantly feel welcome. I take a seat in the nearest repurposed, vintage barber chair (how cool is that?!) and take it all in.
06 March 2014 / By Gabriel Charles Tyler
Katrin Schnabl [pronounced Kaht-treen SHNAH-buhl], the eponymous women’s designer brand by Katrin Schnabl, combines comfort and movement in the creation of sophisticated pieces that accentuate the nuances of women’s bodies in motion. For her Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection, the German born educator and dancer-turned-fashion-designer uses luxurious fabrications, artisanal handicraft and ornate yet subtle detailing in the construction of a line that boasts couture with ease.
The designer’s F/W 2013 collection featured vibrant colors, architectural draping and feminine silhouettes. Like last year’s collection, each piece in the brand’s latest effort seems to dance around the body.
05 March 2014 / By Antaash Umar
The newly redesigned Swaby Showroom in Humboldt Park makes quite the statement. The original look of the showroom was always beautiful, just understated. Now, the all-white interior, cascading chandeliers and seating area ooze modern luxe and opulence without being unwelcoming. Upon entering, clients are greeted by gorgeously clad mannequins displaying the design genius of the stores proprietor: Shernett Swaby, the woman behind the designs and production of every single piece purchased. The space truly features a complimentary aesthetic for the bold designs characteristic of Shernett Swaby’s couture collection titled SWABY.
04 March 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
As I revealed last week on social media, the ChiTown Fashionista team is expanding! As this blog enters into its sixth year, it goes without saying that it is my baby. I also feel it is time to shake things up a bit, with unique voices and fresh perspectives on local and global fashion, shopping and beauty.
I’m excited to announce that we are bringing back both new and familiar faces. Our list of contributors now include two journalism students who are extremely serious about fashion (Gabriel and Dana), a beauty guru who will tackle everything from cosmetics to spa reviews (Rita) and a serious shopper who has a knack for writing the most in-depth and informative store reviews and designer spotlights (Antaash).
To learn more about each of them, visit the About page. Then join me in welcoming them to the team!
27 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
There is certainly a common thread among all the photos submitted for this year’s Celebrating Black History Through Fashion series: sharp dressing. The photos above were submitted by Aishia Strickland of GOOD Hair Magazine and captures her great uncle (the tall handsome guy in the middle of the group photo) in the 1960s, at one of many Social Club events.
26 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Since we’re halfway to the weekend, I figured it was a good time to hit you with some vintage glamour and a side of classic tailoring for this installment of the Celebrating Black History Through Fashion series.
These family photos were submitted by Kim Justice aka @agirlaboutstyle on Twitter (follow her for witty commentary on fashion, reality TV, her disdain for Chicago weather, etc.).
The picture on the left was taken in the 1940s and features her extremely dapper great-great uncle Belia with a lady-friend. Their hats and her stole are providing us with so much life. Clearly this was shot in the daytime. And it only makes me curious as to where they were heading. Church? Lunch? Shopping? Wherever they ended up, they most certainly made a stylish entrance.
24 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
The photos above were submitted by event planner extraordinaire, Erika Jones Purvis, and feature her parents in the late 1950s.
Not only are they a beautiful couple, but their style complements one another superbly. From her dad who was always suited (peep the perfectly folded pocket square) to her mom who clearly knows how to work a dress (she’s exuding so much confidence in that all-white ensemble), I gather these two never left the house underdressed.
20 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
Since it’s “Throwback Thursday” (#tbt) in social media land, I figured there was no better time to kick off this year’s Celebrating Black History Through Fashion series.
This photo was submitted by Adiat Baker and features her beautiful mom.
“Here’s my mother (Shirley J. Cockerham) circa 1963! In those days, ladies never left the house without looking like a lady! #class #dignity”
19 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to amass a serious assortment of iPhone cases. For me, my phone cases are an extension of my accessories collection and similar to my wardrobe, I want my case to match my mood for the day. Needless to say, plain ones just don’t cut it. Although I can’t deny that Kate Spade tends to have some of the prettiest cases in the market, sometimes a girl just wants to have fun.
13 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson
We’re noticing a trend in Chicago. Spas inside of salons as well as some other unexpected places. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for you to get a massage and facial immediately following a blowout or even a teeth cleaning. Recently, Rita and I paid a visit to two multi-purpose establishments that are redefining the spa experience. Not only do they focus on wellness and relaxation, but they also cater to our cosmetic needs. How’s that for killing two birds with one stone?
Johnathan Breitung Salon & Luxury Spa
3226 N. Lincoln Ave