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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...

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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Sayonara summer Sundays

Sayonara summer Sundays

I can NOT believe next weekend is Labor Day (where did summer go?! And while I’m here, why don’t adult jobs offer summer vacation? Ridiculous). Fall is my favorite season, but I am mourning summer’s end quite a bit this year. I got way too used to lake life in the last two weeks and…

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Just shut up & enjoy the Air & Water Show

Don’t care if you think I support war. Don’t care if your puppy runs for cover. Don’t care if your baby wakes from his nap. All I want to see is some jets soar through the horizon while unleashing the rumble of their engines. I’m tired of folks complaining about the Air and Water Show.…

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Does Alinea take reservations for Lollapalosers?

First, we had irritating Yankees fans meandering the city. Now, thanks to Lollapalooza, we’re treated to a variety of retro basketball jerseys worn by folks who have never hoisted a jumper. President Obama may want to keep some of that extra security from his birthday bash in town. Because my hometown of Chicago is under…

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Why climate change is ruining patios, among other things

Why climate change is ruining patios, among other things

Dear Climate Change, You clearly have a lot to offer the world: Extremely destructive storms, blizzards, winters that last until May, the removal of spring, and 100-degree heat indexes. You are so great. Thanks for everything. Love, Natalie — I love summer. I swear, I do. I hate winter coats. I love North Avenue Beach.…

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Sunburn fun-burn

Sunburn fun-burn

Ahh summer in the city. The 3′ish months that make the brutal winters worth it. One summer activity that I enjoy is going to the beach and doing absolutely nothing. I don’t have that guilty feeling that I should be writing a paper or studying for a test. With going to the beach comes the…

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Beat the heat

Beat the heat

Summer weather has officially hit Chicago. These are the days where I wish for the days of Snowpocalypse. I’m what some call a “penguin,” in that I’m not a big fan of heat—well, more like I hate humidity (but who doesn’t?). If you’re reading this, consider today your lucky day! I’ve developed some ways to…

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AKIRA celebrates 9th anniversary with fashion, food and models

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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Work-Hot: The true story

Work-Hot: The true story

If I was alone on an island with Chewbacca for eight months, after the seventh month I might catch myself saying “I guess Chewbacca has a pretty nice ass.”  Every day in regular society, I find myself thanking the heavens for the invention of yoga pants*, because after family and comedy, I love a woman’s…

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