Style Spotlight: ChiTown Fashionista’s Nikia Jefferson

Who: Nikia Jefferson

Blog: Founder & Editor, ChiTown Fashionista

Twitter: @Chitown_fashion

Instagram:@chitown_fashion

Look: Effortless, casual, summer style.

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Easy Decorating Upgrade

The first thing I do when I get into my bedroom, is take off my jewelry. This leads to me forgetting where I put it down, and freaking out that I lost my prized possessions. I started putting my jewelry in a glass on my desk. Convenient, yes. An eye sore, definitely.

An easy decorating upgrade and quick fix for this solution is to get cute, but inexpensive bowls, and place them wherever you spend the most time. I found one that I really like from Target. It has soft colors and is shaped like something out of the sea.

Threshold Wave Bowl, $9.99 at Target.

 

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What To Pack: Las Vegas

My perfect trip to Vegas does not include what you might think…late night trips to clubs, bottle service…or anything people really go to Las Vegas to experience for that matter. Instead, I plan on visiting the Neon Sign Museum, checking out Pizza Rock, scoping out the pastries our hotel’s french bakery has to offer, and finding the quietest spot near the pool that I can to catch up on summer reading. Sprinkled in with dragging my boyfriend to all of the amazing restaurants Las Vegas has to offer.

With a trip, of course, comes packing a mini wardrobe to suit your every need. Much like my perfect trip to Vegas, my outfits will vary greatly from what one would expect. So, here I present, the classy girls guide to dressing in Vegas.

While club dresses are not, and never will be my thing, I do enjoy a great outfit that make me feel good. A great matching crop top/skirt combo is the way to go. The high-waisted skirt makes the look incredibly forgiving and flattering. Although this version from Milly is my favorite, I found a great set at Express for much less.

 

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1. Black crop top and skirt, Express. 2. Floral crop top and skirt, Express. 3. Nude heels, Schutz. 4. Hello & Goodbye clutch, Karen Walker. 5. Tye-Dye silk dress, Tbags Los Angeles. 6. Black bikini, Rachel Pally. 7. Minimergency Kit, Pinch Provisions. 

The Captain’s Pineapple

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A killer drink is crucial to any summer gathering. This past Tuesday, Captain Morgan proved that with a private tasting of their new limited edition rum, Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend Spiced Rum, which just hit shelves.

While I do not drink much other than margaritas and white wine, (chardonnay shots anyone?!) mixologist Jon Ruiz won me over with “The Captain’s Pineapple,” a super simple, but yummy concoction. Captain Morgan 1671 is lightly sweetened with aromas of sweet oak & dried fruits such as apricot and raisin, which the pineapple juice in this drink compliments perfectly.While the Captain brands signature drink is simply mixing their rum with a splash of cola, Ruiz gave us a few more options.

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Chipotle Runner*
1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® 1671
.5 oz.  Chipotle rosemary syrup
1 oz. Lime juice
3 dashes Orange bitters
Horizon Punch*
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® 1671
.5 oz. Cointreau noir
.5 oz. Lime juice
.5 oz. Demerara syrup
1.5 oz. Berry tea
Dark Horse*
1 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® 1671
.5 oz. Ginger liquor
1 oz. Lime juice
.5 oz. Agave syrup
The Captain’s Pineapple
1.5 oz. CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum
5 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Club soda
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Best of San Francisco: A Guide By Kate O’Regan

 

Kate O’Regan, founder of Mulberry Lane Blog & and fashion maven, is giving the rest of us an “it girl’s” guide to San Francisco. The last thing we want to do when we travel, is look like a tourist, and this guide will give you a local insider trip to the city. Kate has traveled the world, but always comes back to where she grew up. With so many fun places to explore and the natural beauty of the Bay Area, who can blame her? Check out her top spots to visit in the city!

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Best of SF:

Breakfast/Brunch: 21st Amendment

A pub & restaurant that is an all time favorite! It’s located in SOMA, just two blocks from where the SF Giants play making it the perfect spot for pre or post game drinks too. They pour their own handcrafted beers & make a mean huevos rancheros.

 

Lunch: The Grove

With multiple locations in San Francisco, The Grove on Fillmore Street is one of the best. Located steps away from great shopping, (Joie, Jigsaw & Jonathan Adler) the Beet salad with crumbled goat cheese is the perfect Sunday afternoon pick me up.

 

Happy hour: Sens

Down by the water on the Embarcadero, Sens has one of most delicious happy hour menus including goat cheese, chicken wings & lamb sliders. With reasonably priced drinks & a fantastic view of San Francisco, it provides a fun date night spot or relaxed vibe to catch up with friends.

 

Dinner: Prospect & Park Tavern

Prospect: Prospect provides a modern environment with amazing ambiance with exceptional food. My personal favorites are the heirloom tomato salad (the best burrata cheese ever!) with the NY Strip Steak. The bar is the best part of the whole place though, looking like something straight out of the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love…if only Ryan Gosling would really be sitting at a bar stool next time I walked in!

Wayfare Tavern: Located in the FiDi on a quiet street makes the whole vibe of the restaurant so quaint. Perfect for dinner, it serves up everything from organic fried chicken to burgers to seafood. There is a wonderful brunch menu too!

 

Rooftop Bar: 620 Jones

A reasonably priced spot, its decor makes the interior decorator in everyone swoon. It has wood, concrete & copper features with an indoor bar & an outdoor rooftop patio with heaters & fireplaces. Food ranges from chicken wings, crab cakes to pizza. Drinks include wine, beer & signature cocktails.

 

Coffee: Blue Bottle

Located throughout the Bay Area, NYC & LA, the Oakland based coffee company is known worldwide. I first found out about it when it was located around the corner from my internship in Oakland. My every once & awhile coffee trip turned into a daily morning & afternoon routine…it got dangerous being that close! Now days, my favorite location is in the Ferry Building. I love being able to sip on my favorite hot chocolate while shopping the farmer’s market!

 

Sweat: YogaWorks

I’m partial to this because I am obsessed with my yoga, Pilates & TRX classes that YogaWorks provides. Some other places that I’ve heard are incredible sweat sessions are: SoulCycle, BodyROK, & Studomix.

 

Savor: Miette & Arizmendi

Miette: With so many delicious treats like cookies & cakes, my favorite from Miette is their fleur de sel caramels. They are huge & a bit pricy but worth every penny.

Arizmendi: Before I was gluten free, I would crave Arizmendi’s shortbread because simply, they are perfection. With hints of rosemary & fleur de sel, you won’t find anything better!

 

Healthy Juice Shops: Project Juice & Pressed Juicery

Project Juice: Project Juice has some delicious fruit & veggie blends perfect for sipping on throughout the day or for a juice cleanse. It is the perfect mid day pick me up & are so delicious!

Pressed Juicery: Pressed Juicery provides a great grab & go snack. There are a few locations throughout the city & I find myself stocking up on a few quite often. It’s perfect for detoxing bodies or simply enjoying a delicious drink.

What Is Your Breakout Telling You?

It happens. Although we are past our awkward teen years, we can’t help but get mini breakouts in strange spots from time to time. I stumbled across this breakout chart on Lauren Conrad’s website, and found it helpful. A breakout is just our body trying to tell us something, so why not listen?

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  1. Forehead. Breakouts across the forehead are often triggered by stress or sleep deprivation. Make sure to log 7 to 9 hours of beauty rest a night to keep your forehead clear.
  2. Above the brow. The area above the brow is affected by your immune system. Breakouts here tend to happen right before, after, or during a cold or flu. If you notice a breakout in this zone, slow down for a couple days, drink plenty of water and eat these 10 immune boosting foods.
  3. Between brows. Breakouts between the brows can be caused by overindulgence of unhealthy foods or a food allergy. Cutting back on sugar, dairy, rich foods, and alcohol can help clear up skin in this zone.
  4. Cheeks. Your cheeks are linked to your respiratory system. Smoking or breathing polluted air can cause breakouts here.
  5. Side of chin. The sides of your chin are affected by hormones. Breakouts here occur around the time of your period and happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.

Five Bras Meant To Show

 

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1. Lulu Underwire Bra. 2. Sabel Full Cup Bra. 3. Cyd Underwire Bra. 4. Sabel Two Strap Bra. 5. Lux Underwire Bra.

Beauty Obsession: The Stylisted

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This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of experiencing a new beauty service here in Chicago, The Stylisted. I was lucky enough to be included in a Chicago style feature for People Magazine that will be on stands in two weeks, but had a busy day. I had no time to go downtown to have my hair and make-up done.

TheStylisted is an online platform that allows women to book in-home hair styling and makeup appointments from a network of vetted beauty professionals. Gone are the days of rushing to-and-from the salon in rain and high humidity before a big event. Skip the salon, select the best professional for your needs, and wait for beauty to knock at your door.

Bev, my stylist, came to my apartment at 12:30p.m. where she set up shop in my kitchen. All I had to do was have wet hair. I requested a simple but bouncy blowout, and that was exactly what I got. She then went on to do my make-up, and I told her that I do not wear make-up…really, ever. She simply evened out my skin tone and contoured my face, and gave me a soft smokey eye. Bev is the first person I have let touch my face in years, and I loved the result.

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I could not have had a better experience. I would highly recommend this to all of my fellow busy women. There is no place like home, after all.

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My Five: David Sanchez

Photographed by 10 MGMT's own, Daniel Kelleghan.

Photographed by 10 MGMT’s own, Daniel Kelleghan.

David Sanchez is one of the few people in the industry that has, literally, done it all. He has traveled the world as an in demand male model, and after years of getting into the business side of the industry, launched his own talent agency, 10 MGMT in 2013. Though Sanchez has a large title, he is incredibly down to Earth. He also knows the best spots in town. This is why StreetStyleChi tapped him to be our next “My Five” feature. David’s Twitter and Instagram are also great for getting a glimpse into what you should be doing this Summer.

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1)  Room Service – They carry my favorite studded books by local designer Brian Stanziale.  This curated home shop has the best decor in the city and these books make a fun addition to your coffee table.
2) Fig & Olive:  The recent opening of this Italian hot spot means us Chicagoans get to enjoy decadent flavors.  The mushroom truffle risotto is unbelievable.
3)  Any time of the year, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is a relaxing solace and a colorful, green respite.
4) http://www.10mgmt.com/  Word on the street, this agency is the best.  Representing the best and brightest in the modeling & entertainment industry, 10 MGMT is management with a heart.
5) Having lived in Asia a few times, I’m a huge fan of cultural influences from the East.  This gallery, Andrew Bae Gallery, located in River north features the very best influences in art in all forms. Definitely worth a stroll into.
6) Dak Korean Chicken Wings: Ok I’m a huge fan of Korean food and this hidden gem in Edgewater is worth the trek to.

 

Saturday Sangria Flora

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What You will Need/Measurements:

  1. One 750-milliliter bottle Sauvignon Blanc
  2. 1 1/2 cups St-Germain elderflower liqueur (or elderflower cordial)
  3. 1/4 cup Cointreau
  4. 6 strawberries, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  5. 6 raspberries
  6. 2 peaches, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  7. 1 orange, thinly sliced crosswise
  8. 1 pound green and red grapes
  9. Ice

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and let stand at room temperature for 3 hours, or cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve in wineglasses over ice.

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