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She's Pretty in the Windy City and looking for someone tall, dark, and handsome

One of our readers' awesome single friends is ready for her close-up.

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T-shirt by Sandro at Bloomingdales, pants by Stella McCartney at Saks Fifth Avenue, necklaces by J. Crew - PHOTO BY COLLEEN DURKIN; STYLING BY AGGA B. RAYA; PROPS AND SET BY DOUG JOHNSTON AND COLLEEN DURKIN
  • Photo by Colleen Durkin; Styling by Agga B. Raya; Props and set by Doug Johnston and Colleen Durkin
  • T-shirt by Sandro at Bloomingdales, pants by Stella McCartney at Saks Fifth Avenue, necklaces by J. Crew

Nicole L. Townsend
34, Lincoln Square

Seeking: tall, dark, and handsome alpha male

Occupation: content specialist/creator and vlogger at Pretty in the Windy City

Her friend says: "She is highly deserving, abounding with positive energy, and ready to meet her lifelong match!"

What are you doing when you're not working?

I work A LOT! But you'll find me either drinking lots of red wine with my best gal pals, reading, or catching up on my beauty sleep.

Smoker?

No.

Pets?

None. Although two of my besties have the cutest dogs!

Dietary restrictions?

Bring me everything!

Children?

No.

Religion?

I'm a Christian and spiritually inclined.

What's your idea of the perfect Chicago date?

Sophisticated cocktails in an uber-sexy atmosphere. And dancing. Total deal breaker if the guy can't dance.

What's your preferred method for surviving a Chicago winter?

I dress up like Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

Go-to karaoke song?

Bobby Brown, "Every Little Step."

What do you find boring?

Dry parties.

Please describe your understanding of cell-phone etiquette.

If I can hear your conversation word for word on the CTA, consider yourself ridiculous.

What's your zombie apocalypse contingency plan?

Maybe a collaboration for a new beauty line? Halloween makeup will never go out of style.

What 2015 ephemera do you think you'll be nostalgic about in 2034?

Beyonce's album.

What contemporary trend or habit do you detest?

The Kardashians. TMI/oversharing on social media platforms. The Internets can be very unforgiving, and folks should learn how to filter.

T-shirt by Sandro at Bloomingdales, pants by Stella McCartney at Saks Fifth Avenue, necklaces by J. Crew - PHOTO BY COLLEEN DURKIN; STYLING BY AGGA B. RAYA; PROPS AND SET BY DOUG JOHNSTON AND COLLEEN DURKIN
  • Photo by Colleen Durkin; Styling by Agga B. Raya; Props and set by Doug Johnston and Colleen Durkin
  • T-shirt by Sandro at Bloomingdales, pants by Stella McCartney at Saks Fifth Avenue, necklaces by J. Crew

Where would you set the minimum wage?

At least $13 an hour. Folks who work hard to provide for their families are deserving.

If you could only eat one type of sandwich for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

Mozzarella, tomato, and basil.

What is your favorite curse word?

Shit, do I have to pick just one?

Where were you this past Fourth of July at 7:18 PM?

Inebriated on a boat. But seriously, who remembers this kind of stuff?

How long do you stay angry, and do you get loud or quiet?

Just call me the Ice Queen.

Do you like to talk about a movie right after you've seen it?

It depends on how good the movie is. If it's a bust, there's nothing to talk about.

What's the biggest sacrifice you ever made for someone you care about?

I've been in a position where I've given up my complete identity for the pretense of love. That wasn't a good idea.

At what stage in your life were you the best (or worst) version of yourself?

I was THE WORST version of myself from 2010-2012. I was pretending to be someone that I wasn't. Dumb.com.

Are you afraid of or excited to face the unknown?

It actually depends on the day. Sometimes, I feel extremely confident about what my future looks like, and other days, I'm not so sure. But that's the beauty of life—taking it one day at a time.

Who is your intellectual idol?

Mellody Hobson.

What's your CTA pet peeve?

Manspreading. Dude, you didn't pay for two seats.

So, really, why are you single?

What can I say?! I've learned to raise my standards!

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