Meet Niki

Hi! I’m Niki Cordell (maiden name Stathos-VanderBloomen – I know!! 20 letters long!). Born and bred Chicagoan (south side!), residing in Lakeview with my husband, threenager Olivia, sweet baby boy Grayson and our Westie, Rooney.

I have a tenured career in commercial real estate, leasing retail space. It was not an easy road to find my career passion, having stumbled in advertising, marketing for commercial furniture firms and even taking an unpaid internship post graduating from The University of Iowa. I truly love the business of sourcing new companies, looking to grow, negotiating, seeing their doors open for the first time and new customers fall in love.

Georgia Grey is my creative outlet, mostly an online journal about my life – the highs, the lows, the mess and the beauty that comes along with learning and growing and raising a family. All things motherhood, work advice, travel diaries, and style. I hope this site and platform sparks conversations, shares information, creates laughter. If anything, I’ll have a digital record of everything! (I can’t tell if that’s a good or bad thing). Thank you for following along!

Feel free to email me anytime!


Fun Facts:

Age: 34 (wow…have to be honest, I never write my age and seeing that feels old, yet I feel young at heart!)

Married for nearly 7 years, together since Fall 2008.

Two kids: Olivia & Grayson

Likes: coffee, to-do lists, crisp fall air, wine and travel

Dislikes: negativity, waiting in line

Music: Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Mumford & Sons

Style: Casual, classic with some trend thrown in every now and then

Trade Places: Kate Hudson,

Family Values: Confidence, Honesty, Curiosity, Kindness.

Favorite ways to Sweat: the Sweat app, Pure Barre, occasional run

Wanderlust destinations: Safari in Africa, back to Australia

Inspiration: my mother, Oprah, my 2 business partners, Sarah Blakely


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