Style Profile: Nikia Jefferson's Style Blogger Chic

We see stylish Chicago gals on the street all the time, but our timid tendencies get the best of us and we don't always stop them to chat. Recently though, we fought any waves of shyness, and spent some time with Nikia Jefferson, of ChiTown Fashionista. This local style blogger keeps Chicago on its sartorial toes, with inside info on trends and stylin' local events. We love Nikia's aesthetic, and dished with her on her look and what she loves about style blogging in Chi-town. Click through to learn more, and check out what she's rocking. She won't mind if you stare.
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Tell us about what you do.
"During the day, I am a project manager at a financial institution. At night and on weekends, I blog about shopping and fashion at ChiTown Fashionista."

How does Chicago influence your personal style?
"Living in a city with unpredictable weather and four true seasons has really inspired my love for layering and outerwear. Both allow you to dress for the elements while giving you the ability to showcase personal style."

Photographed by Devin Mays
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What is your winter style obsession?
"Tights! Opaque, textured, doesn't matter. I practically live in tights throughout the fall and winter months because it allows me to rock my skirts and dresses through the colder months."

What are your go-to accessories?
"Statement necklaces, rings and brooches are typically my favorites. But nothing makes my heart skip a beat more than a well-made handbag or pair of shoes."

Photographed by Devin Mays
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What kind of music do you listen to when you're getting ready for the day?
"My iPod stays on shuffle. So any given morning you can hear artists like Nina Simone, Jamiroquai, J Dilla or A Tribe Called Quest, blaring."

What inspires you to blog about fashion in Chicago?
"Years ago, my travels and interactions with emerging designers overseas made me realize there wasn't enough buzz being generated for local fashion. From big retailers to independent boutiques and markets, Chicago has a long list of prime shopping destinations. Couple that with the enormous amount of talent showcased by our local designers, and you have an ever-evolving fashion scene. Who wouldn't love that?!"

Photographed by Devin Mays
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What new splurge are you saving for right now?
"I recently splurged on a Céline handbag. So now, I'm saving my pennies for the shopping I plan to do when I travel overseas next year."

What is your favorite drugstore beauty buy?
"Brown lip liner. I always layer it under my lipstick or lipgloss to create a different shade."

Photographed by Devin Mays