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Nikia Jefferson

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Nikia Jefferson is the woman behind the fashion blog ChiTown Fashionista and has always had an affinity for shoes and shopping, in general. Spending several months living and working in London – which enabled her to frequent the local markets and travel to Italy and France – heightened her love for fashion. During this time, she was introduced to several local designers and realized they needed a platform to gain exposure. Upon her return to Chicago, Nikia created ChiTown Fashionista.

In addition to addressing fashion trends and her latest obsessions, Nikia promotes the remarkable, yet underexposed, local shops and designers she encounters in Chicago and beyond. Deemed as 'the enabler of fashion consumption', Nikia works to captivate the hearts of fellow shopaholics by featuring discounted designer items and the unique treasures found during her shopping adventures and trips to the local markets. These features make ChiTown Fashionista the central online destination for Chicago residents and visitors who seek to combine their love of fashion with a desire to experience and embrace local talent and one of a kind designs.


Skip The Mall For Holiday Shopping: Three Local Markets This Weekend

Randolph St Market

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, it's hard not to visit a department store or mall to pick up something for everyone on your list. But this weekend, there are three local shopping events (in three completely different neighborhoods) that aim to redefine the term "one stop shop" by exposing shoppers to handmade and one-of-a-kind items you simply won't find anywhere else.  

Four Reasons To Visit The 900 Shops This Season

900 North Michigan Shops

With the brisk Fall weather beginning to settle in, there's nothing we want to do more than stay inside to cozy up with our favorite blanket and ever-so-long queue of NetFlix movies. However, I've found four reasons why rolling out of the bed to brave the cold and shop The 900 Shops this season is not such a bad idea.

Navigating The Renegade Craft Fair Like A Local

Renedage Craft Fair

Sometimes, shopping like a local requires you to go off the beaten path, into one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods, and consume goods from indie brands. This weekend, The Renegade Craft Fair is offering you the chance to do exactly that, three hundredfold.

Chicago's Four Must-See Exhibits for Fashion Enthusiasts

Art Institute of Chicago

In a time when retailers mass produce clothes faster than the speed of light and reality shows encourage fashion designers to dilute their designs to make them more "sellable", it's easy to forget that fashion truly is an art form. Thankfully, there are four local exhibits that will refresh our memory and reignite our appreciation for design. From Impressionism to nail art, here is the list of current exhibits for the fashion lover in you.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Redefines the Shopping Mall Experience

Fashion Outlet

For many, the countdown began when news of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago (FOC) broke earlier this year. As the first fully-enclosed mall built in the Chicagoland area in more than 20 years, to say that local shoppers are excited would be a colossal understatement. Please know, this is not just any mall. It is a mall filled with 130 outlet stores, some of which are the first to hit the Midwest.

Local Fashion Experts Dish On Fashion Week Essentials

Fashion - Shoes - Blog

New York Fashion Week is on and many Chicagoans are in the Big Apple attending runway shows and taking note of the latest trends. I caught up with some of my favorite and most stylish locals to see what items help them endure the chaos. Then, I included where in Chicago you can find these essentials. Not only will they help you survive Fashion Week, but they will also get you through any week in this concrete jungle we call Chi-Town.

Save Big at the Let it Snow Sale


Discounted items at Vince 
Thanks to the retail cycle, end of season sales are actually the perfect time to shop for items you can still wear in the current season - especially in Chicago, where Winter is just getting started at the same time stores are trying to unload their cold-weather items to make room for Spring collections.

Oak Street is home to many of our most beloved (and sometimes most expensive) stores. And several of them are participating in the Oak Street

The Choosie Awards: Best Place to Shop in 2013

Burberry Store - Blog

Shoppers, the Choosie Awards did not forget about you. Retailers and high-end designers seem to be having a love affair with Chicago as of late - and of course we don't blame them. Here are the shops that will have you emptying your wallets and smashing the piggy bank in 2013.

Make a List and Check It Twice: Four Must-Visit Local Holiday Markets


The holiday shopping season is in full swing. And if you are like me and did not use Black Friday as the day to shop for everyone on your list, your procrastination shall be rewarded. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be several opportunities to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind items all while supporting independent businesses and emerging designers. So, check those credit card limits and start transferring money across accounts because these holiday markets will have you

Shop Local for Black Friday Weekend


Luxury Garage Sale's new storefront


It's that time of the year again! After a day of thanks, which includes stuffing our faces with good food and enjoying great company, we prepare ourselves to partake in the biggest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. 


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