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Beauty, Local Finds, Local Gems

04 June 2015 / By Elise Giannasi

A Hair Makeover Contest and a Summer Beauty Party, Courtesy of Sine Qua Non

Ladies and Gentlemen! Summer is coming and it’s time to update your look with a makeover. So how about a FREE makeover?! That’s right, free and sponsored by Sine Qua Non Salons. Their newly-launched Desperate Measures campaign is designed to help you get that much-needed cut and color, and all you need to do is enter the contest!

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Accessories, Jewelry, Local Gems

04 May 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

Make a Statement with Boo+Boo Factory

 

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With Spring finally showing face and Summer right around the corner, there’s no better time to liven up our accessories a little bit…or in the case of Boo+Boo Factory, a lotta bit.

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If you recall my Etsy roundup last year or have seen my recent feature in NewCity, you already know I’m a fan of local jewelry designer Christina Anton (pictured above). In a segment of the market where metalsmiths seem to be reigning supreme (mainly due to the layered necklaces and stacking rings trends), Anton’s designs are both refreshing and uncommon.

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Beauty, Local Gems

27 April 2015 / By Elise Giannasi

Terminal Getaway Spa: Get Pampered Right At The Airport

 

Memorial Day and summer vacations are upon us! That means we will be spending a lot more time in O’Hare airport over the next few months. Here to make your travel experience less stressful is the Terminal Getaway Spa, located right in the middle of Terminals 1 and 3 (you can access it through the other terminals as well).

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Beauty, Local Finds, Local Gems

24 March 2015 / By Elise Giannasi

Brows and Spring Makeup Trends with Sabrina of Beauty Babe

 

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Spring is finally upon us (although you wouldn’t know it after yesterday’s snow storm). That means it’s time to thaw out your frozen face and get it ready for the warmer temperatures and all the new beauty trends that come with the change of season.

But where should you start?! If you’re in Chicago, that’s a no brainer.  Our new favorite go-to for all things eyebrows is Agnes O. Salon and Derma Spa (21 W. Elm Street) in the Gold Coast, where Sabrina Danyla of Beauty Babe is the resident brow magician and makeup artist.

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Home, Local Finds, Local Gems, Shopping

09 February 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrate Galentine’s Day the Stylish Way

 

Rosa & The Artist Galentine's Day

Valentine’s Day. That wonderful holiday when we celebrate love with our significant others.

But what about our close friends, that we love and adore?

It has become increasingly popular to also use this time of year as an opportunity to celebrate friendships, old and new.  February 13th, which is now known as Galentine’s Day, is the day to let your girls know just how much they mean to you. If your crew is a stylish bunch, like mine, and you’re stumped on how to honor them, it’s Kalla to the rescue!

The luxury floral delivery service (which is only available in Chicago and Miami) has an impressive collection of arrangements that are perfect for Galentine’s Day, or any other special day. Once you pair their flowers with an exclusive array of artisanal chocolates by Christopher Elbow and a bottle of champagne (all available on the site),  then add in a few party favors and girl talk, you’ll have the makings of  a memorable Girls’ Night In.

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Beauty, Events, Local Finds, Local Gems

11 December 2014 / By Elise Giannasi

Ready, Set, Blow: DreamDry Opens in Chicago

 

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Chicago! DreamDry (904 W. Armitage is here, just in time to make you beautiful for all of your holiday parties or to provide the ultimate in glamorous gifts for that special fashionista on your list.

I had the opportunity to attend DreamDry’s grand opening last week, to tour the salon and to try out the services – all three left me wowed and in a dream-cloud of glamour and hairspray.

DreamDry is truly a haven for the beautiful-hair-obsessed. The gorgeous salon space is set just off the street, and nestled between the various boutiques on Armitage in Lincoln Park. Inside, the surroundings are classic and clean in black and white. Each station is set up with a luxe leather seat for you to get cozy in while you peruse the style menu on your own personal iPad. Once you choose the style of blowout you’d like, you can sit back, relax and browse your favorite fashion magazines while the stylist takes good care of you. I chose a messy and chic wavy blowout for shorter hair – the Stevie – and it lasted for three days. I loved it!

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Local Finds, Local Gems, Shopping

10 December 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Head “South” For the Winter: 3 Reasons to Holiday Shop Roosevelt Collection

 

The Shops at Roosevelt Collection

If you frequent the South Loop, you can’t help but notice the many changes taking place on Roosevelt, between Clark and Canal. What was once just a new development with 300+ luxury lofts and an impressive movie theater (VIP, anyone?), has quickly become a premier shopping destination for those living south of the city’s center.

Although there is much to be said about the selection of national and local shops at Roosevelt Collection (150 W. Roosevelt Rd ), I’ve decided to break down what separates it from the pack when it comes to holiday shopping.

‘Tis the season to do more shopping in a few days than you have all year (well, for some of us). So here are just a few reasons that The Shops at Roosevelt Collection is winning during this time of year.

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Beauty, Local Finds, Local Gems, Shopping

02 December 2014 / By Elise Giannasi

Thierry Mugler Les Exceptions: Redefining the Fragrance Buying Experience

 

When you think of Thierry Mugler fragrances, you probably think of two words: Angel and Alien – the uber-iconic scents that most beauty-savvy fashionistas have on regular rotation. But what about the exceptions to this rule? Or rather, Les Exceptions (see what we did there?). Five unisex, luxury fragrances by Mugler, just released this Fall. The Les Exceptions collection – which blends original alchemies with unique and exceptional ingredients – captures Mugler’s visionary and sensual approach to the art of perfumery.

MUGLER Les Exceptions Fragrance Collection

So what does this mean for local fashionistas? Mugler chose Chicago to be the first and only city in the U.S. to indulge in a luxurious, white glove (or in this case, black glove) experience when purchasing one of his Les Exceptions fragrances – an exclusive to Nordstrom on Michigan Ave.

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Beauty, Local Gems

30 July 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

Revealing: What Makes Me Look and Feel My Best

 

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When it comes to looking and feeling your best, wardrobe plays a major role. But what about those little things we do to rejuvenate our minds (and bodies), boost our self esteem or put us in a good mood? Not only do they impact how we present ourselves to the world, but also how we treat others.

Here are just few of the routine things that help me reach my best self when life, sometimes, doesn’t seem to allow for it.

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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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