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06 March 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

The Shopbop Sale You Don’t Wanna Miss


shopbop sale the big event 2015


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.

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Fashion Events, Handbags, Shopping Events

05 September 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Furla Flashback Friday


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With the weekend literally breathing down our necks, what better way to celebrate than with a bit of #FlashbackFriday (you know, #tbt’s first cousin)?

Last month, I co-hosted the Glossed and Found + Furla Haute Happy Hour event (remember?) with a bevy of local beauties. Not only was it a great opportunity for everyone to get all dressed up, mingle with friends and ogle over Furla’s new Fall collection, but it was also a kickoff for the new  Thompson Chicago x FURLA Handbag Lending Program.

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20 August 2014 / By Dana Nostro

Crossbody Bags for Every Closet


As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

When it comes to handbags, I have a similar saying: a perfect crossbody bag is worth a thousand outfits. It may sound a little silly, yet it has proven to be true. Although all crossbody bags share the same function of allowing us to tote our necessary (and not-so-necessary) stuff hands-free, every style is quite different. Design, color, and detail should be examined when choosing the best crossbody bag for your wardrobe.

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Handbags, Real People + Fashion, Shopping Events

05 August 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Haute and Happy with FURLA + Glossed and Found


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Dress | Shoes | Necklace

You know what happens when you bring together some of Chicago’s most fashionable women for a photo shoot? Magic.

As one of the co-hosts for the Haute Happy Hour with Furla and Glossed and Found this Thursday (keep scrolling for details), I was asked to join my fellow fashionistas for a little street style shoot. Being photographed by co-host, Helen Berkun, was a blast. It was quite possibly the most fun I’ve had in River North in awhile.

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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, Handbags, Home, Jewelry, Local Finds, Local Gems, Shopping, Uncategorized

24 June 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

6 Chicago-Based Etsy Shops to Bookmark Now


 Chicago Etsy

Sometimes we get so caught up in the major brands, that we forget about the indie gems sitting right at our fingertips. Finding legit, handmade goods can be a bit tedious  on Etsy (especially now that they’ve changed their policy…boo!) – though it’s always worth it in the end.

For this latest roundup of bookmark-worthy Etsy shops, I’ve decided to keep it local. From leather jewelry to quirky “chill pills”, here is my list of top Etsy picks, Chicago-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, 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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Accessories, Black History, Black History Blog Series, Clothing, Handbags, Real People + Fashion, Vintage Photos

24 February 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion: The Flyest Couple (1950s)


CBHTF Collage - Erika

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.

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