About - Chitown Fashionista



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Nikia Jefferson is the Founder and Editor of ChiTown Fashionista and has always had an affinity for shoes and shopping, in general. Spending several months living and working in London – which enabled her to frequent the local markets and travel to Italy and France – heightened her love for fashion. During this time, she was introduced to several local designers and realized they needed a platform to gain exposure. Upon her return to Chicago, Nikia created ChiTown Fashionista.

In addition to addressing fashion trends and her latest obsessions, Nikia promotes the remarkable, yet underexposed, local shops and designers she encounters in Chicago and beyond. Deemed as ‘the enabler of fashion consumption’, Nikia works to captivate the hearts of fellow shopaholics by featuring discounted designer items and the unique treasures found during her shopping adventures and trips to the local markets. These features make ChiTown Fashionista the central online destination for Chicago residents and visitors who seek to combine their love of fashion with a desire to experience and embrace local talent and one of a kind designs.


Dana icon Dana Nostro is an aspiring event and styling coordinator, journalist and avid fashion lover. Originally an East Coaster from Buffalo, New York, Dana moved to Chicago three years ago to attend DePaul University. She is currently a junior double majoring in public relations and journalism, with a minor in hospitality.

Dana has spent her time in Chicago working herself into the city’s fashion scene. Some of her favorite experiences have been working Chicago Fashion Week for the past three fall seasons, writing for Chitown Fashionista and her current internship at E Drop Off.


elise icon Elise Giannasi proudly proclaims her obsession with all things hair, makeup, nails, skincare and anything else that glitters and shines! Elise’s background in beauty began with a big pan of bright blue eyeshadow which she spread all over her face at age 5, and continued through the Aveda Institute in New York City where she obtained her professional cosmetology training in 2010. Now a Chicago-loving corporate-ista, Elise can’t wait to spend her free time sharing all the beauty that ChiTown has to offer!

Elise is also the author of the personal style blog, Belle Meets World.


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