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25 November 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

Who, When, What and How Much: Your Guide to the Best Thanksgiving Weekend Sales


Black Friday Small Business Saturday Cyber Monday 2015


It’s that time of year again, where we mentally prepare ourselves to either a) tackle the overzealous (and sometimes rude) crowds for discounted goods or b) post up on the computer all weekend to “add to cart” until our fingers bleed.

Navigating the sales can be a tad daunting and I’m here to help out a little bit. Below is a list of the sales you can expect to find from my favorite retailers and brands, from one end of the spectrum (mainstream) to the other (indie).

As I gain more intel throughout the weekend, I will update this post. So keep checking back in, and most importantly, Happy Shopping Thanksgiving!

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Clothing, Events, Fashion, Fashion Events, Shopping

31 October 2014 / By Dana Nostro

Love All Around For eDrop-Off and Christian Siriano


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team eDropoff with Cristian Siriano (yes, that’s me on the far right)

Something old and something new, combined, typically symbolizes good luck for new beginnings. This may be an old wedding tradition, but certainly applies to other significant moments.

Case in point: The eDrop-Off loves Christian Siriano event, which took place last week.

The party, hosted by eDrop-Off owner, Corri McFadden,  and Christian Siriano celebrated their recent career achievements – a 10-yr anniversary and newly-established retail shop (The Collection at 1201 N. Clark St) for eDrop-Off as well as the first Chicago pop-up shop and a fragrance launch for Siriano.

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23 September 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Let’s Get Graphic…Sweatshirts, That Is



When it comes to quality basics, Uniqlo has the game on lock. And you know that age-old adage, “you get what you pay for?” Well, they’ve managed to turn that over on its head. From their classic tees to their warm yet stylish outerwear (hello, ultra light down wrap coat), it’s quite baffling how they can offer so much goodness at such low prices.

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Accessories, Clothing, Outfits, Real People + Fashion, Shoes, Shopping, Uncategorized

21 July 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Affordable Festival Wear With Kohl’s + $100 Giveaway


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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.

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Clothing, Fashion, Handbags, Shoes

30 June 2014 / By Dana Nostro

Outfits for Independence Day (and Any Other Day)

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.

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Accessories, Clothing, Events, Handbags, Jewelry, Shoes, Shopping, Shopping Events

10 June 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Shop My Closet at the Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar


If ever you needed a reason to round up the girls for a mini road trip, I’ve got three words for you:  Milwaukee. Blogger. Bazaar.

On June 14, I will be joining eight of the area’s best fashion and personal style bloggers to sell some of the highly coveted items in our closets. Thanks to our lovely host, Livia Borger of Love Always Liv, we now have a chance to share our great finds with our readers (and anyone else who loves fashion and good deals).

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I’ve already started rounding up the goods. And let’s just say, there will be plenty of shoes (23 and counting), handbags (20 and counting) and jewelry (I stopped counting) on hand. Below is a sneak peek of some of the shoes you could get your hands on at the Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar, many of which will be priced as low as $30.

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Accessories, Clothing, Fashion, Handbags, Jewelry, Local Finds, Local Gems, Sales, Shoes, Shopping

06 May 2014 / By Antaash Umar

Bargain Hunting: Designer Deals under $100 at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago


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The old adage, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”, doesn’t always ring true.  Case in point: The Fashion Outlets of Chicago (FOC).

FOC has made dreams come true for the savvy bargain shopper. However, many seem intimidated by the high-end designers who have set up shop there. Fashion powerhouses such as Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, and Zegna have settled in at FOC, along with some of the most famous department store outlets such as Barneys New York Warehouse, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth OFF Fifth.   Contemporary labels such as Diane von Fürstenberg, Tory Burch, Trina Turk and Vince also offer shoppers heavy discounts on many popular items (some of which are from the current season). Perhaps that’s what sets FOC apart from traditional outlets, which tend to sell mostly odds-and-ends along with the eyebrow-raising items retailers were unable to move at their original locations.

Upon our last visit there, Nikia and I were on a mission to find deals for $100 or less.  We wanted to prove to our readers (both men and women) that although many designer labels are typically out of reach for many of us, this is not always the case at the outlet.   Not only is it easy to find gems at FOC, it’s even better that you don’t have to dig for them.

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Clothing, Fashion, Local Gems

06 March 2014 / By Gabriel Charles Tyler

Katrin Schnabl Fall/Winter 2014-2015: Sophisticated Designs with Pajama Comfort


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.

Katrin Schnabl F/W 2014

A view of Katrin Schnabl’s entire F/W 2014-2015 collection, featuring the Jane Gown in red silk charmeuse (on the far right).

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. 

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Clothing, Fashion, Handbags, Local Finds, Local Gems, Shopping

05 March 2014 / By Antaash Umar

From Couture to Casual: The Many Faces of Swaby


Shernett Swaby

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

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Black History, Black History Blog Series, Clothing, Real People + Fashion, Vintage Photos

27 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: The Social Club (1960s)


CBHTF Collage - Aishia

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.

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