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Nicole L. Townsend

Pretty in the Windy City talks Lincoln Park

  • Age: A lady never tells...
  • 'Hood: Lincoln Park
  • Fave spot: D.O.C. Wine Bar

Alias: "Pretty in the Windy City." By day, I’m a freelance writer and personality who constantly obsesses over red lipstick. By night, I’m a self-proclaimed high-roller, or at least in my own mind.

VIDEO: Local bff’s prep for nyfw

Nicole and Borris from Nicole L. Townsend on Vimeo. While most Chicagoans spent the last dog days of summer grilling out, cocktailing and dancing until the wee hours of the morning, I’ve been training with one of Chicago’s most talented designers to walk the runway for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.   With only a…

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Get your exercise on! Just not at the beach...

Believe it or not, North Avenue beach is not the best place to get your jog on in Lincoln Park.  Yes, the popular hot spot has beautiful scenery, a cool breeze and tons of “eye” candy, but with every pro, there’s a con lurking. Trust me. I’ve live in this ‘hood for almost 6 years,…

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Recreate this year’s beauty trends from Macy’s Glamorama

If you know me and my obsession with all things beauty related, I guess it comes as no surprise when I say that Glamorama is one of my absolute favorite fashion events of the year.  Sure, the designer clothes, A-list celebrities and after party play a huge role in my choice, but it’s more about…

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The modern day booty call: 2 a.m. reserved for late night grub

If you’re an experienced party animal, hardcore Chicago native, insomniac, or a self-proclaimed food addict or critic, then you probably already know a little something about late night binge eating in Lincoln Park. Okay, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but even if you’re out past midnight with your homies, (or by yourself depending on how you roll) I’m…

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Party in the park: Chef's bbq benefit

Celebrations for my recent triumph over a “food coma” came to a screeching halt, because my doctor says that people who live in Lincoln Park are not only at a higher risk for over indulging, but living anywhere in Chicago exposes people to the highest level of cuisine debauchery.  As much as I hate to…

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5 hot spots to score a rebound

5 hot spots to score a rebound

We’ve all been there. Victims of a broken heart perhaps once, twice, hell maybe even three or four times in our lifetime. However, that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost in finding love again, or the perfect rebound for the time being. Lincoln Park affords its residents tons of luxuries and access to plenty of bars…

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AKIRA celebrates 9th anniversary with fashion, food and models

“AKIRA,” one of Lincoln Park’s hottest fashion boutiques, (and my personal favorite) is celebrating their 9th anniversary with an over-the-top soirée on July 14th from 4-9p.m. at all three of their Bucktown stores. Patrons can expect free food and drinks, live entertainment, discounts and plenty of exciting giveaways, which includes a grand prize trip to LA!…

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TRENDS: hot sandals for men

TRENDS: hot sandals for men

One of the coolest things about living in Lincoln Park is that I see tons of hot guys who are as equally obsessed with shoes as women! While their pedicures aren’t always up to par, their sandals give  Jimmy Choo  and friends a run for their money!  Check out these hot styles and weigh in!

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Shop 'til you drop at this quirky hot spot

Yes, it’s a famous New Orleans entrée, but Jumbalia in Lincoln Park offers much, much more! At first glance, the boutique’s front window reminds me of a cheesy souvenir shop on the Las Vegas strip showcasing feather boas and metallic top hats. However, it was a completely different story when I went inside and found…

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Take a vacation in your backyard

Take a vacation in your backyard

One of the coolest things about living in Chicago is that I always feel like I’m in a different city when I venture out to different ‘hoods.  Occasionally, I hear my fellow Chicagoans refer to Lincoln Park as being quite “pretentious and vanilla,” but that’s only because they don’t know where all the cool kids hang out! …

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