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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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06 March 2015 / By Nikia Jefferson

The Shopbop Sale You Don’t Wanna Miss


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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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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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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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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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21 May 2014 / By Dana Nostro

Stepping Into Spring…Finally


Stepping Into Spring



It’s been a difficult time for fashionistas this spring; one day wearing shorts and sandals while the next day having to layer up on heavy sweaters and jackets. Just as my frustration was going to reach a new high, Chicago weather finally started to match up with the season, and I’m happy to say its starting to feel like spring!

As I eagerly push my winter wardrobe to the back of my closet, I’m still weary of what to wear. For me, the most difficult fashion decision during this transition is footwear. I’m either too optimistic (buying sandals I might not be able to consistently wear for another month) or too pessimistic (buying winter-ish booties that will soon be forgotten, until later in the year).

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08 May 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

For the (Shoe)Lover In You


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A shoe shopping party with deep discounts, complimentary gift cards, food and drinks? As co-host of the recent #ChiShoeLoverParty at DSW in Lakeview (along with Dana of  Possessionista and Nicki of FashionistaChicago), let’s just say it didn’t take much persuasion to get our guests excited about celebrating the newly remodeled store.

After stuffing our faces with good eats from FIG catering, DSW’s own Regina Smith Popp broke down all the latest trends in footwear (bold colored pumps, slip-on sneakers and blinged out sandals). You know, for those in need of a little guidance before tackling the aisles upon aisles of shoes.

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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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20 March 2014 / By Dana Nostro

Spring Trends and Arcade Games at The Neiman Marcus Shoe Bash


Three words that immediately made me fall even more in love with Neiman Marcus last week: Couture Crane Machine.

NM Shoe Crane


The Neiman Marcus Shoe Bash event, at their downtown Chicago location, took the most frustrating arcade game of all time to a new height: if you were able to successfully grab a pink teddy bear, you could win the pair of designer shoes listed on the card attached to the beat. Unfortunately, I lost. But don’t worry, my night wasn’t ruined.

The store’s newly remodeled shoe salon was filled with summer trunk show collections from Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Valentino. For Blahnik, it was all about the bestselling BB Pump, which is available in 20 different colors and 5 different heel heights (the floral version is a ChiTown Fashionista favorite). The king of the red sole offered up studded platform sandals, while Valentino decided to put its own spin on the casual shoe trend with the Rockstud Camo-Print Sneaker and the Neon Camo Espadrille.

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06 January 2014 / By Nikia Jefferson

It’s Official, I’m a Keeper


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Now that my much needed blogging vacay is over, it’s time to ring in the New Year with my first feature of 2014 and my latest addiction. Keep reading and you’ll find out how they’re one in the same.

A few months ago, I was introduced to a site (and app) by the name of I signed up then, but was relatively inactive until Christmas rolled around. Known as the shopping version of Pinterest, I figured it would be the best way to compile my wishlist for those looking to gift me something for the holidays (hubby actually relied heavily on my “All I Want For Christmas Is…” collection for ideas).

Needless to say, when Keep asked if they could feature me in their Guest Stylist series, it was a no brainer. The only problem is, I had to curate a collection of at least 50 items I was currently lusting after. Who knew that would be so hard? Of course anyone could go on one site (i.e. ASOS, Net-A-Porter) and find 50 things they wouldn’t mind being delivered to their doorstep. However, the pressure (in my mind) was on, to create the most interesting and visually pleasing collection possible. I mean, I was following in the footsteps of magazine editors, television personalities and renowned bloggers. It was time to step my virtual shopping game up!

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