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Local Eclectic’s Alexis Nido-Russo Shares Her Favorite Things

The e-commerce guru, jewelry designer, and ace gardener reveals a few of her treasured items.

Photos: Petya Shalamanova

As head of Local Eclectic, an e-commerce site for independent jewelers, Alexis Nido-Russo scours the globe for inspiration. She also crafts her own jewelry, including a new line inspired by her honeymoon in Thailand two years ago. When she’s not jetting to remote locations, the Tri-Taylor resident knows just where to find Chicago’s best focaccia—and ferns.

My signature style

Oversize and boxy—everything that Cos makes.

A fashion item I’ll never retire

I wore a two-piece wedding dress when I got married, and it had a lacy crop top by Reformation. I’ve worn that top a dozen times since.

Best local workout

Inferno, the 11 o’clock hot yoga class at Studio Three. The teacher is Sui, this little ripped woman who just kicks your ass every Saturday.

Best Chicago meal

Focaccia and dates at Avec.

Beauty secret

Skin care. I use Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, and Retin-A, which I buy in Mexico.

What I surround myself with at home

Ferns. My dad is really into gardening and plants, so that’s ingrained in me. In the summer, I’m always gardening.

Secret obsession

My cat, who’s named Joakim Noah.

Tip for surviving Chicago winters

The fern room at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

App I can’t live without

I meditate every night with Headspace.

 
Lust & Luster ring

Lust & Luster ring

“The collection I designed. I used a lot of opals, which change color when the light hits them. The rings are stackable—I try to design pieces that can be layered.”
$137, localeclectic.com

 

Faux fur sandals

Faux fur sandals

$20, zara.com

 

Jordan Martins collage

Jordan Martins collage

“I’m monochromatic. I wear a lot of black, and at home there’s a neutral color palette—except for the artwork.”
$300 to $400 for similar, jordanmartins.com

 

Le Specs sunglasses

Le Specs sunglasses

“I love thick-rimmed sunglasses. This classy cat-eye shape will never go out of style.”
$69, lespecs.com

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