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03 December 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

#DaChiTownGifter with Henry & Belle


‘Tis the season for giving! And in the blogging community, that means giveaways. #DaChiTownGifter is ChiTown Fashionista’s holiday giveaway series, featuring the best designers and brands Chicago has to offer.  Whether you enter for yourself or a loved one, we guarantee these goods and services will be worn/cherished/remembered for years to come.

henry and belle

What better way to kickoff #DaChiTownGifter series than with a brand that has a storied history in Chicago. Henry & Belle‘s roots reach all the way back to the 1930s when  fashion designer (Henry) met and subsequently married a fit model (Belle). Although Belle was Henry’s muse, she decided to ditch her modeling career to focus on philanthropy. Although the core of the modern day Henry & Belle is denim, fashion with a commitment to charity continues to be the theme. Through their “Right Amount of Give” program, with every pair of denim purchased, consumers have the ability to donate a portion of the proceeds to their charity of choice.

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Accessories, Clothing, Jewelry, Local Finds, Local Gems, Shopping, Shopping Events

27 November 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

Chicago’s Best After-Thanksgiving Sales


Chicago Black Friday Cyber Monday Small Business Saturday Sales


Oh yes! It’s that time of year again. Besides stuffing our faces on Thanksgiving Day (and wearing elastic-waist pants, of course), the shopper in us is mentally revving up for the madness that ensues afterwards.

If ever you wanted to snag a discount at your favorite local business, this is the weekend to do it. Below is a roundup of Black Friday/Small Biz Saturday/Cyber Monday deals, all from ChiTownFashionista-approved shops and designers.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!

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Clothing, Uncategorized

23 October 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

No More Solid Color Sweaters…For Now


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Print or chambray. Nine times out of ten, you will see me wearing one or the other. With the weather now comfortably settled into the 30 to 40 degrees range, and since there is no such thing as a chambray sweater (or is it?), I plan to live in printed sweaters over the next few months. I have literally banned myself from purchasing solid color sweaters. And with so many prints and patterns available, that shouldn’t be a difficult task.
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04 October 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

Friday Find: The Printed Moto Jacket


Friday Find showcases the item ChiTown Fashionista has become smitten with during the current week. Plus, what better way to start the weekend than with a bit of impulse shopping? It’s been a long week, you’ve earned it.


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Biker jacket. Moto jacket. Whatever you’ve decided call it, just know that the style is being sold practically everywhere this season, from Target to Bloomingdale’s. But there is nothing like a beautiful print to separate the Karen Millen Jacquard Biker Jacket from the pack.

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Accessories, Clothing, Events, Fashion Events, Shoes, Shopping, Shopping Events

30 September 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

Nordstrom YOUphoria, Achieved



The Nordstrom YOUphoria event went down last week at Nordstrom in Oak Brook and it was indeed a great time. I, along with my fellow YOUphoria Fashion Face-off bloggers, had a chance to mingle with our readers and supporters while grubbing on some insanely good food (hello, apple pie in a jar), enjoying the sounds of DJ Wizz Kid, having a little fun with the high-tech TapSnap photo booth and shopping, of course.


Of course, the winner of the style showdown was announced. If you followed along on Instagram and Twitter, you know that Natalie took home the grand prize (a big congrats to her!).  Jen and I also walked away with a little something, something. So all is truly fair in love and (style) war.

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

17 September 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

Nordstrom YOUphoria (and a Fashion Face-Off)


YOUphoria is not just a clever play on words. It is a campaign Nordstrom launched this year, based on a pretty straightforward concept . The retailer is known for offering a variety of brands and a wide range of sizes at several different price points, which makes it easy for customers to build head-to-toe looks that are unique to their own personal style and taste. So, it’s not just about Nordstrom being your shopping destination of choice for that one special item (although, I’m not totally against it). It’s more about making it your “happy place” for all of your wardrobe needs.

I was recently asked to find my YOUphoria at the Nordstrom in Oak Brook. I partnered up with one of the in-store stylist, Tanja, to create a complete outfit. We discussed my likes and dislikes prior to our meeting (which is one of many reasons it’s good to utilize the Nordstrom stylists) and she had several items already laid out for me, in the dressing room, when I arrived. After taking a look at the items she pulled, it was time to hit the racks to find more complementary pieces.

Youphoria 01

Youphoria 02

As one who typically likes to shop alone, I must say that shopping with Tanja was an unexpected delight. It’s good to navigate the store with someone who knows exactly where to find certain items you’re looking for and which brands will work for your body type. After grabbing a couple more things, it was time to head to the dressing room.

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Clothing, Fashion

16 September 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

LaQuan Smith Presents A “Dark Summer” For Spring 2014


Covering the Laquan Smith show during New York Fashion Week is starting to become somewhat of a tradition over here at ChiTown Fashionista. We simply can’t get enough of the over-the-top designs and use of unconventional materials by this emerging designer. Luckily, this season, writer (and my Twitter BFF) Nigel Isaiah of An Editor’s Pick was able to cover the presentation and give us the skinny on what’s new and fresh at Laquan Smith for Spring 2014.

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The year 2013 has treated LaQuan Smith’s pretty well so far. His Fall 2013 “The Bond Collection” was a complete success, reminding the industry why fashion heavyweights like Andre Leon Talley and Diane Von Furstenberg took a liking to him back in 2011 and his work graced Nicki Minaj in her latest spread with Marie Claire Magazine. So the pressure was on to produce a stunning collection for Spring 2014. Entitled “Dark Summer”, Smith’s Spring line was inspired by the casualness of summer and transitional casual wear. This may be the reason his signature use of scuba fabric and plastic was accompanied by the use of denim, canvas and leather this time around.

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Accessories, Clothing, Fashion, Handbags, Sales, Shoes, Shopping

06 September 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

Luxe For Less: The Smart Way To Shop for Designer Goods



FOC Barneys crop

Discounted designer shoes (Barneys NY Outlet, Fashion Outlets of Chicago)

Never. Pay. Retail.

That’s pretty much my mantra when it comes to any form of consumption, from fashion to airfare. So when Cadillac and Glam came knocking, and asked that I reveal some tips on how to achieve luxe for less, I was all too happy to obliged. Keep in mind, the operative word here is “less”, not “cheap”. If you’re looking to find Coach bags for $50 or Louboutins under $100, this probably isn’t for you, nor could I guarantee at those prices the items will be authentic. However, if you’re simply looking for ways to shop smarter, I’ve got you covered.

Now, let’s get right to it!
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Clothing, Fashion, Vintage

27 August 2013 / By Gabriel Charles Tyler

Hello, Old Sport: Fall Menswear Trends for Today’s Gatsby



Experience F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece like never before! That’s right,  Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” has been released on DVD today.

The entertainment and film company provided ChiTown Fashionista with an advanced copy of the DVD so we can once again view Luhrmann’s film and the stunning visuals he’s created to transport to a place and time very few of us can recollect. Overall, the film stays true to the vision, language, beauty and surrealism of Fitzgerald’s original, with a few modern additions to appeal to a contemporary audience.

While the film’s visuals are definitely captivating, it’s the story of Jay Gatsby, a man chasing the American Dream, that truly strikes a cord. And so in honor of the greatness that was Gatsby, we’ve pulled a few style inspirations and trends from the film that today’s man can fashion for himself this fall. (Ladies, you can take notes as well. We know it’s actually you who dress your men.)

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Beauty, Clothing, Events, Fashion, Local Finds, Local Gems

26 August 2013 / By Nikia Jefferson

Beauty, Fashion and Fun: Recapping the VMAs Viewing Party


DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by COVERGIRL. All opinions and ramblings are my own.



The VMAs came and went, and boy did I have a wonderful time watching them this year!

As you know, I partnered with COVERGIRL to host a a Chicago-style VMAs viewing party for a few friends.  So, let’s get to some of the high points of the night.

The Spread

My crew, who I officially deemed as my (VM)A-Team, helped me to bring the Chicago-centric menu to life! Berco’s and Garrett popcorn in apothecary jars (with printed paper cones for serving), mini Chicago-style hot dogs beautifully stacked alongside mini condiments, Harold’s Chicken on a fanciful dish and Ferro’s Italian ice in colorful dessert glasses. Our resident mixologist decided to round out the menu with a mind-blowing cocktail that included white grape juice + Chicago’s own Next Star vodka, topped with sparkling Chardonnay white grape juice and served over frozen, sugar-coated champagne grapes. Needless to say, the drink was a hit and kept the party going through the night.

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