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Hi! I'm Amy Scalia, co-host here at Star64! I'm starting a new blog for the station's website, and I couldn't be more excited about it!

I love to write… it's in my blood… my grandma was actually one of the first female newspaper reporters in Ohio! After falling in love with writing as a Harrison High School student, I went to Miami of Ohio on an English scholarship. I got a BA degree in Mass Communications with a specialty in electronic journalism.

When I'm not hosting for Star64, I'm running an online women's publication in town called Cincy Chic. I started it about five years ago, and it now has more than 22,000 subscribers! Check it out at

I also love to run (I've run three marathons!), cook, garden, make jewelry and crafts, shop for shoes (it's an addiction), and play with my Vizsla "Dino." So, here on the blog, I plan to post a variety of useful info that'll range from yummy recipes and gardening tips, crafting ideas and inspirations, as well as fashion trends, sales and events going on you'll want to know about.

So, bookmark this page and check back often! I'll be posting at least once or twice a week!

Top 10 Considerations – New vs. Used Home

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 4.58.04 PMOk. You’re on the hunt for the perfect home, but you can’t decide if you want a fixer-upper or a move-in-ready new home. Obviously, my friends at M/I Homes are a little biased on this topic, but they’ve also overheard a lot of home-buying discussions. They compiled this list of real reasons real people told them why they chose new homes versus new, and I thought it was interesting so I’m sharing!

  1. HERS RatingYou can design your “Dream Home” exactly how you pictured it. You get to put your personal touches into your home, without having to do an entire home remodel, or find a used home that checks the most things off your “must have” list. New home builders have specialists to help you design your home. Yes, that means you can bring yourPinterest inspiration boards to life in your new home!
  1. Energy consumption/new building requirements = low cost of ownership. HERS index is your home’s rating. The lower HERS score, the better. Think of it like MPG in your car, but for your home. You want more MPG for your car, but for your home you want a lower HERS score. The lower the HERS score, the lower energy your home is consuming, which equates to lower energy bills. In fact, you can click here to calculate the savings you could have with a new home’s lower HERS score.
  1. Bye bye replacement/repair bills! Everything is new, so you won’t have to worry about updating your air conditioner, repairing the water heater, replacing the floors, getting a new roof, etc. All of those items are brand new, so time and money spent on replacing those is in your savings (or shopping) account instead. Those items typically all come under manufacturers warranty as well!
  1. Resale Value. Communities that are building new homes are large business ventures for home building companies. They are building in areas that are expected to grow and have spent a lot of time researching the area to ensure they have an area that’s a good value. Costs of these homes build in an upward or growing area will only increase, vs. purchasing a home in an older area of town that might be declining in value
  1. Warranty. New homes come with warranties from the builder, and typically have warranties on all of the appliances and products within the home. With a resale home, unless everything was recently remodeled and includes warranties, there won’t be warranties available on those homes.
  1. Less personal time spent on home projects. Let’s face it. There are only so many hours in a day. Do you want to spend all your free time covered in sawdust, realizing that it looks a lot easier on HGTV? Since you can decide what items you want in your home as it’s being built, you will spend less time working on home improvement projects. Things like remodeling your bathroom, upgrading the floors, etc won’t be an issue since you can choose to have them completed for you! You’ll have more time to enjoy your home, throw parties, spend time at the community amenities, etc.
  1. Keypad Locks - TechnologyAdvanced technology and design. Since your home is brand new, so will all the technology that comes with it. And in today’s tech-savvy age, EVERYTHING has some sort of technology attached to it. For example, M/I homes come with things like Schlage Keypad locks (which offer key-free touchpad entry), built-in thermostats, and many other high-tech appliances.
  1. Choose a floorplan, layout and homesite that meets your needs.Want to be on a wooded homesite with three-car garage? You might spend months, or even years looking for that perfect home that’s already built, but with a new home, you can select your homesite and then the floorplan that fits your family’s need. Again, saving you time (see a trend here?).
  1. Comfort and air quality. My husband has really bad allergies, so this one especially hits home (pun intended) with me. Because new homes have the latest building standards for a home, you will get a better “sealed” home that keeps your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter! That also means you get state-of-the-art ventilation and the best air quality possible.
  1. What’s your Homestyle? Last but not least, this one’s all up to you. We have a new “What Homestyle are you?” quiz on our website, so click here to take it and see if you’re a good match for new or used!

If you’re interested in learning or talking with someone at M/I Homes, call Laura at (513) 268-8460 or email her at

Stylish Sundays at LouLou's Boutique on the West Side!

My friend Nancy who owns LouLou’s Boutique on the West Side (just about the only women’s boutique on that side of the city!) just sent me an email announcing a new event series she’s doing to make Sundays a little more stylish. Starting on May 1, she’s going to host special promotions, sneak peeks of new arrivals, and giveaways each Sunday. Sounds like the perfect thing to get me out of my sweats a little sooner on a Sunday! haha! :) Below are all the details….


New VIP Communities - Jackson Woods and Ambleside Meadows!


Lots of exciting news from my friends at M/I Homes this week! They just announced, not one, but TWO new communities: Jackson Woods in Loveland and Ambleside Meadows in Mason!

You know who found out about them first? Everyone on the M/I Homes VIP list! Click here to make sure you’re on this free VIP list to get all the latest updates on these VIP communities and more!

I did a little digging and put together the overviews below of both areas where the new communities will call home (and you could, too!). Seriously excited for both of these!

Jackson Woods
It’s only appropriate that “woods” is in the name of the new Jackson Woods community because that’s exactly where it’s nestled: a beautiful, wooded setting. The community of new homes is located right off of Wards Corner Road in Loveland, Ohio with easy access to I-275, so you can feel like you’re away from it with easy access to all the amenities the city has to offer. If you and your family love to spend your free time outdoors, this is the place for you because you’re super close to golf courses and bike trails to parks and rivers. Hit the course at Oasis Golf Club and Hickory Woods Golf Course or spend your weekends being active at Lake Isabella Park, the Loveland Bike Trail or even rent a canoe with my friend Dirk over at Morgan’s Canoe Livery.

Better yet, you don’t even have to leave the community to get your fresh air fix, as Jackson Woods community includes a pond with a fountain and a pocket park to enjoy in a suburban setting with 10.6 acres of open space to enjoy. Several lots back up to the woods for privacy and exploration. This beautiful community is located within the Loveland School District that features a Primary School, Elementary School, Intermediate School, Middle School, and a High School.

I learned from their Internet Sales Associate, Laura, that they are offering a gorgeous series of homes called the Premiere Series, which offer a ton of gorgeous options already included in your home. She also mentioned that there are going to be 35 homesites available, with two cul-de-sacs, and they are expecting this community to sell quickly!

Ambleside Meadows
It’s funny, I was JUST in Mason waiting for my Kroger Groceries (the Mason location is one of the few locations where you can order online and pick-up curbside without even having to get out of your car), thinking about how cool of an area it is, especially for young families. In fact, my friend Kristen founded a site called “Masonmetu” a few years ago and it’s filled with things to do, places to go, where to eat, events coming up, etc. in the area. If someone’s full time gig is trying to keep up with all the fun things to do and places to go in your area, you know it’s good!

Ambleside Meadows is a community of new homes is located in Mason just minutes from LOTS of family fun places like Kings Island, the Beach Water Park and Great Wolf Lodge. It’s located off of US 42, so it’s near 741 and I-71, making it easy to get anywhere that you need in and around Cincinnati! You’ll love the convenient location and the proximity to shopping (Deerfield Towne Centre is just minutes away!), dining and entertainment throughout Mason, Ohio. Parks and golf galore, too, as you’re right down the road from Mason Sports Park, Heritage Oak Park and Four Bridges Golf and Country Club. Lots of large corporations call Mason home, too — like Proctor and Gamble, Cintas, Luxottica and Children’s Hospital – so your commute could be a snap! Ambleside Meadows will feature new homes in Warren County that are a part of the Mason School District. With the convenient location, amazing school system and access to everyday needs and amenities, this community is SUCH a fab find!

The Warren County-based Ambleside Meadows will be in a gorgeous community that will include a clubhouse, a community pool, pond and nature trails that run throughout the community. It will feature new single family homes that will include 60′ wide home sites with cul-de-sac homesites available as well. There will be 122 homes available from M/I Homes and are expected to sell quickly! Join the VIP List today to get information about these homes as it is released!

I know these communities really peaked my interest. If you’re interested in learning more about Jackson Woods or Ambleside Meadows, please call Laura at (513) 268-8460 or email her She’s super helpful and helped answer all of my questions!

Review: Peppe Ramundo & Son

As a good westside native, I should have been into Peppe Ramundo & Son on Glenway Ave. by now, but last week was my first visit. A friend of mine told me I should check them out â€" said they had a lot of cool gift items for guys and they do alterations/tailoring for men and women. So, I popped by not knowing what to expect (I had previously thought they only did tux rentals). Boy, do they do the tux rentals! I got to see their entire upstairs area where they house all their rental inventory (hint: It’s a LOT of inventory!) but it’s also where they do all their custom work. I sat down with the owner Carmen Ramundo to learn more about how the business got started nearly 50 years ago by his dad, how he grew up with it and eventually took over. Pretty fascinating! I was really impressed, found some great gifts for the hubs, and I’ll definitely be back for some of the custom work! Check out the video to learn more!

New Dayton/Centerville “Wynstone” Community by M/I Homes!


If you or a friend are looking for a new home north of Cincinnati near Centerville, listen up! M/I Homes is building a brand new community called “Wynstone and it’s going to be BEAUTIFUL! Not only that, but it’s in a great location, with a great school district, and near some fabulous shopping! We just did a few stories recently on some awesome new Dayton/Centerville based shops popping up, so you’re definitely going to find some great stores to enjoy while living in this community!

You know what they say about shopping for a new home, location, location, location. This gorgeous new community features new homes in Montgomery County in the Centerville City School District. If you’re not familiar with this school district, it’s one of the only 7 districts to have received the Ohio Education Departments’ highest rating of Excellence each year since the schools rating inception in 2000. It was also awarded the United States Department of Education’s highest honor by becoming a Blue Ribbon School. I know that when looking for a new home that school districts are a big deal, as well as the general location of the community. This community is in a super convenient location with easy access to 75N, 1-675, 48 and 42, allowing you to get to both Dayton and Cincinnati quite easily! And another perk is its located close to the largest super regional mall in Dayton – Dayton Mall!

Wynstone_0002_Exterior.160413After learning more about the new homes they are building in this community, I can’t wait to see their model home at their grand opening opening event next week. They have such a great variety of homes ranging from ranch or single story homes to 2-story single family homes, with a variety of options to make the home really yours without the expense of building a custom home.   I fell in love with the Ainsley floorplan, with the option to have a 2-story family room or even an optional in-law suite built on the first floor! I can’t wait to walk through this floorplan now that the community is open!

Wynstone_0002_GreatRoom.160413With this new community just opening, they are hosting a Grand Opening of their stunning model home on Thursday, April 21st from 5-8pm. This event is going to be quite the celebration with the grand opening of a brand new professionally decorated model home called the Monroe. At the event you’ll get to see how Mary Cook Associates decorated and designed this gorgeous model home to utilize every inch of space. They will also be serving hors d’oeuvres and some delicious sweet treats, and will have raffle drawings and plenty of giveaways. If that’s not enough to get you there, they are also having live entertainment! I know I want to attend and hope to see you there – RSVP Today!

Check out all of the details about this community regarding the location, information on the homes, as well as more about the builder, M/I Homes on their website. They even have an aerial tour for you to get an idea of the where the community is!

For more information, contact:

Laura Kornaker
(513) 268-8460 

A Stylish Day at Atelier in Hyde Park Square

Me and Arlene with all my fab finds!


I’ve been friends with Arlene Aranzamendez for years. She’s always been a creative person. When I first met her, she was running her own graphic design and web development company, and did jewelry design on the side. Little by little, her passion for jewelry design grew (and so did the demand for what she was making!) and she made a career shift to focus more on jewelry design than the graphic/web design.

A little over two years ago, she opened up a women’s clothing and accessories boutique in Madeira, called “Atelier by Adorn USA” selling select clothing and accessories from other high-end designers, as well as her own designs under the brand name “Konstantin.” Her pieces â€" which are PETA-friendly, colorful pieces made with man-made and earth-sourced materials â€" have since landed her partnerships with retailers including Anthropologie and NastyGal.

Last year, she moved to a beautiful, and much bigger, boutique space on Hyde Park Square (right next to Tanya’s Salon). I’ve been meaning to get to her new boutique ever since she moved, but life has been SUPER hectic. I finally made it last week, though, and I’m so glad I did.

Not only was it gorgeous, bright and sunny, but I felt like a princess. Yes, she’s my friend, but I know she would have treated me the same regardless. She offered some fresh, cold-pressed juice from theJuicery across the street. Then we sat down and talked … about me (eek!). She asked about everything from metal allergies, colors I like to wear, problem areas I’d like to conceal, areas I’d like to highlight… to what my days are like from start to finish.

I explained that I get up early to get myself ready, and then the little one wakes up and I get her ready for the day. Then we hop in the car to take her to my mother-in-law’s who watches her while I’m out on appointments. I’ll be in and out of appointments (and the car) all day, and then I usually am hosting or attending an event at night.

“So you need fabrics that don’t wrinkle in the car, wash well if the little one has dirty hands, are comfortable but look professional throughout your day of meetings and events…”

“Yes, exactly… does that even exist?”

The answer was yes, and she pulled out a stack of things she had already pulled for me by looking at things I wore in Facebook photos. And then, she pulled additional items based on our conversation.

It was honestly the most personalized shopping experience I’ve ever had. I felt like she wanted me to leave with pieces that feel like they were made for me. And I did. I left with three outfits (two dresses and a skirt/top) with matching accessories. I can’t wait to share pics of me wearing them (I know I’ll be wearing one to the Haute Hyde Park event that Arlene is sponsoring!) Everything I got was just STUNNING… but the best part is that they fit my style â€" and lifestyle â€" perfectly.

I just wanted to share this experience with you in case you’re looking for a little personalized experience to find something perfect for you, too.

Atelier is located at 2716 Erie Avenue, on the 2nd Floor next to Tanya’s Salon. To learn more, visit Atelier’s website and follow along on Facebook!

“Spring Fling” for Security, Dignity, Community at Mannequin Boutique April 29!

Join me for a “Spring Fling” wine and cheese reception to benefit Tender Mercies, at Mannequin Boutique in Over-the-Rhine on Friday, April 29th from 5 to 8 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a boutique shopping experience, coupled with a wine and cheese reception. To support Tender Mercies, guests are encouraged to bring an item valued at $25 or more that could be included in a silent auction (i.e. gift certificates, wine, and event tickets). These items will be used at Tender Mercies Gala scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Horseshoe Casino.

Check out Mannequin’s unique collection of upscale and vintage merchandise and help Tender Mercies continue to provide “Security, Dignity, and Community” in a home for today, tomorrow, and the future.

About Mannequin
Mannequin is a hip women’s clothing, accessories, art, antiques and gift boutique, featuring upscale and vintage merchandise with all proceeds going to Cincinnati charities including Tender Mercies. Mannequin’s roots go back to 1964 when the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) started a yearly one-day sale of donated clothing to raise funds for its many charitable projects. For 35 years, the sale generated as much as
$100,000 a year. What started as a fundraiser in 1964, has become the latest retail outlet in Over-the-Rhine’s Gateway Quarter. And 46 years later… it is still dedicated to doing good for others.

About Tender Mercies
Established in 1985, Tender Mercies works hard each day to transform the lives of homeless men and women with mental illness by providing security, dignity and community. Annually, Tender Mercies provides approximately 200 men and women with housing that is safe, sanitary, respectable and affordable. To prevent a return to homelessness, Tender Mercies assists with obtaining benefits and services like employment training, independent living skills training and counseling.

To learn more about Tender Mercies, visit

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Night in White THIS FRIDAY!

One of my favorite events of the year is coming up this Friday! It’s one of my favorites because a friend of mine is behind the charity that this event supports (click here to learn more about the 8 Days and 1 Hour Foundation). Plus, the fashion show sponsor of this year’s event – She’s All That Boutique, NKY - which has SUPER cute clothes (dressy and casual, shoes and accessories) has ALL of their proceeds go to giving local girls in need scholarships to college! How special is that?

I hope you can make the event! It’s going to be the best one EVER! Not only are we hosting it at a nice big venue, but we’ll have lots of food, drinks, prizes, shopping and the fashion show will be incredible! Click here to RSVP! Below are all the event details! Hope to see you there!


2016 Night in White 
A fashionable fundraiser for the Eight Days & One Hour Foundation’s Stephen Morsch Nursing Scholarship

April 8, 7-10pm

Kennedy Heights Arts Center 6620 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45213


Shopping, light bites, craft cocktails, fun fundraising activities, fabulous silent auction,Chanel makeup touch-ups, photo booth and a runway fashion show.

$20 General Admission Ticket includes: swag bag (including a Chanel “Spa Facial & Makeover” certificate!), 2 drink tickets, light bites, and 5 door prize entries.
$30 VIP Ticket includes: swag bag, 3 drink tickets, light bites, 10 door prize entries and seat along the runway

Presenting Sponsor: Krombholz Jewelers
Supporting Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Fashion Show Sponsor: She’s All That Boutique
Hair/Makeup Sponsor: Lunatic Fringe Salon – Sharonville
Photo Booth Sponsored by: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber andStudio One Photography
Booth Sponsors Include: Chanel – Dillards KenwoodFashion HouseRe.You Studio,Sebastian ReyEssencha Tea House,RetrocentricTobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp,Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, Stella & Dot with Kim PowersCastellini Interior Design,Fluorescent PalaceSocial Butterfly Events
Models Provided by: Loft Talent
Styling Provided by: Brittany’s Closet
Photography Provided by: Glossy Pixels
Light Bites Provided by: Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio
Bartending Services Provided by: Bitters ‘n Sweet Bartending
Flowers Provided by: Wimberg Landscaping, Inc

Night in White

Hanna Andersson Grand Opening at Liberty Center – THIS WEEKEND!

Attention, my mommy and auntie friends! The new Hanna Andersson store opens at Liberty Center this weekend! I’ve been getting a ton ofHanna Andersson for Lola lately and now it’s my favorite stuff for her to wear  because it’s always SUPER cute and trendy, but it’s also made really well so it holds up to all her daily adventures! I can’t wait to see all the new things they have for spring and summer!

I’ll actually be checking out the store tomorrow (Thursday) for a special night they’re having for press, so I’ll be live tweeting from @CincyChic and posting some pics here on the blog of the new store and my fave finds! Below is a promo for their Grand Opening event they’re having Friday-Sunday with all the details about their sales and giveaways! Click here to RSVP!


Cincinnati Art Museum Presents: 30 Americans

The next time you're in the mood for a moving experience, head to the Cincinnati Art Museum to check out their new exhibition: 30 Americans
Now through August 28, the Cincinnati Art Museum will be showcasing this conversation-stating and sometimes provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, gender, and historical identity in contemporary culture. The exhibition also explores the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. 
The exhibition boasts approximately 60 artworks that are drawn primarily from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection out of Miami, Florida, but there are also works from the museum's permanent collection.
There is no cost to check out this intriguing exhibition, which is sure to get you thinking about some of today's biggest cultural issues!


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I Have Wings Spring Bling – Event Preview!

I know I blogged about the upcoming I Have Wings Spring Bling event a couple weeks ago, but I found out a few more fun details and just had to share!

First off, if you like Maroon 5, you’re going to LOVE this raffle item they’ll have up for grabs (only $10 per chance to win!)

A Night on the Town -- Tuesday, September 29, 2016
…to include: A Chauffeured Ride for four in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz to Ruth’s Chris Steak House where you will have $200 toward your fabulous dinner! Following, you will be chauffeured to US Bank Arena where you will enjoy four, Club Level Seats for the MAROON 5 Concert

Janet Chambers, founder of I Have Wings
Janet Chambers, founder of I Have Wings

How AMAZING does that sound?! I’ll definitely be putting my name into the hat a few times for that one…

Plus, I’m also really excited about their “Bling Bling Jewelry Exchange.” Attendees are encouraged to bring in a fun piece of jewelry that they’d like to exchange for something else. Janet  Chambers, the founder of I Have Wings, said this is a fan favorite of the attendees each year because they think of the event each time they wear their new piece! She said many people use their exchanged jewelry for proms​, ​crafts, embellishments, wedding bouquets, repurposing, new jewelry, dress-ups, gifts, etc.

Just as a little backstory, the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 2002​ by Janet Chambers. This is the 12th Spring Bling Razzle Dazzle Luncheon, and it’s one of their big annual fundraisers that helps fund their efforts throughout the year. Some of the highlights include:

  • Laugh with ER nurse Terry Foster (you can’t make this stuff up)
  • Emcee Liz Bonis
  • Free gift for all breast cancer survivors
  • Tables and tables of $1 jewelry ...Tons one of a kind pieces
  • Celebrate the 2016 WINGS Award Nominees

Tickets are $50 and you can register at It includes a delicious hot lunch, swag bags, silent auction, Chinese auction, entertainment, shopping, jewelry exchange and lots more!

Big Daddy Walker Productions

I chatted with Allen Walker for this article we did on his business in last week’s Wedding Issue of Cincy Chic. I decided to do a blog about him too because – as an event planner – his concept just makes so much sense if you plan ANY kid of event… wedding, corporate, personal, etc. They don’t just do DJing, which is all I thought they did when I first started talking with them for the story, but they also do the lights, emceeing, officiating, and even do those cool photo slideshows of pics people are taking live at your event. How great that you can just go through one person for all of that?! I’m going to repost the story I wrote about him below, but I wanted to personally give them a shout out to save anyone who’s planning a wedding/event some time and frustration by not having to work with a million people and get them all on the same page (been there, done that). Here’s his website if you want to learn more.

Allen Walker knows that planning a wedding can be stressful. That’s why his company Big Daddy Walker Productions serves as a one-stop-shop for everything entertainment during your big day.

From DJ, karaoke, MC, officiant, sound, lights, and entertainment,Big Daddy Walker Productionsoffers it all. Established in 2002 with a long history of entertainment services, Walker says they also stay on the cutting edge by maintain the latest in music selections and frequently update equipment and services.

Allen Walker with Big Daddy Walker Productions

In fact, they just added a new service called “Foto Bomb” to their entertainment line-up. The service allows attendees of your wedding or event to submit their photos via smart phone – no application needed – to a short code and it will be submitted to a slideshow that will play throughout the event, and be added to a zip drive given to the event host at the end of the night.“Big Daddy Walker Productions truly cares about entertainment and making your next event a success,” Walker says. “We believe that music and entertainment has the ability to connect people and further relationships.”

Connecting and building relationships also earned Big Daddy Walker Productions several awards. In fact, they’ve been named Best of Weddings by The Knot for five straight years and inducted into the Hall of Fame. “We are the only DJ service in Cincinnati to ever earn that distinction,” he says. “We aim to bring to you and your guest the absolute best in wedding Emcee and DJ services. We ensure that every detail is covered to give you the night of your life.”

Walker says that because they’re privately owned and managed, he keeps a careful eye on quality, and that’s his secret to success. “We have one chance to get it right, and that’s how we train our DJs to perform,” he explains. “DJs have to shadow me for a year before they’re released and certified to do the weddings. We have 17 DJs total right now who can do a variety of events, but only five are committed to and certified to do weddings. That’s how we keep our quality in tact.”

To learn more, visit

Friends and Family Weekend at Athleta, Exclusive Discount!


Happy International Women’s Day! Over at Cincy Chic, we're celebrating in style by partnering with Athleta Kenwood to share a VERY special opportunity, so I thought I'd share it with you too! Just click here, and register to reserve your exclusive discount to use between March 10-14!

unnamedAnd just an FYI, this Friends and Family deal only happens twice a year, and they only distribute a limited amount of 25% off coupons. They typically just extend this offer to their most loyal shoppers, friends and family members, but they’re also wanting to use it to start relationships with other customers who will love their product... that's you!

12644661_10153741433670831_6689006923070090053_nIn case you didn’t know, Athleta was founded in 1998 with the mission of providing women athletes with apparel for different sports and fitness activities. The company has become one of the premier brands in the rapidly growing women’s sports and active apparel markets. Athleta offers high quality, stylish, and functional apparel, footwear and accessories, 90% of which is proprietary branded, across a wide variety of sports and fitness activities, including a high component of crossover apparel as well as casual wear.

The Athleta Kenwood is located in the Kenwood Towne Center, right above the food court! Click here to check out their site and all their new fab fashions! And don’t forget to click here to register for your shopping discount!

Tips for Home, Child Safety! (Video #9)

I love how Facebook reminds you of “On This Day” posts. Today, it showed a picture of Lola learning to crawl. It’s like having a completely different child now that she can walk. Not only is it awesome that she can just hold my hand and walk from place to place instead of me having to carry her everywhere (although I do miss that sometimes) But more mobility also means more… how do you say… curiosity! I’m constantly looking around like  “What can she reach, get into, put in her mouth and stick her finger in?” (most likely all at once) everywhere we go, and especially around the house.

So, I’m posting tips that I learned from an expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital because they were SUPER helpful for me, and I think you’ll agree. The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It’s the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I’m the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it’s a really important room to safeguard — everything from keeping up cords on the blinds, putting the little child-proof plugs in electrical outlets, putting up cleaners (even ones like Windex… those bright colors look like juice!), and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child’s reach and the container closed to keep your family safe.

Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I’ll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe! Oh, and watch the video below of an “Ask the Experts” segment I did on Star64 with the expert at Children’s — click here to view all of them!




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Tips for Home, Child Safety! (Video #8)

I’m a planner. So, when we decided to start a family, the first thing I did was buy all the parenting books on Amazon so I could be as prepared as possible when our bundle of joy arrived, and we could live happily ever after. HA! I now know there are so many little things that the books don’t (and can’t) prepare you for. Like when they’re coloring in their cute new coloring book, and in a millisecond being EATING the coloring book (or crayons… or both). Or the moments when they go from a crawling, somewhat mobile but totally manageable baby to a walking, running, whirlwind of a toddler you can barely keep up with. That was the biggest “WOAH” moment for us. We began asking “What can she reach, get into, put in her mouth and stick her finger in?” (most likely all at once) with everything around the house.

So, I’m posting tips that I learned from an expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital because they were SUPER helpful for me, and I think you’ll agree. The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It’s the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I’m the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it’s a really important room to safeguard — everything from keeping up cords on the blinds, putting the little child-proof plugs in electrical outlets, putting up cleaners (even ones like Windex… those bright colors look like juice!), and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child’s reach and the container closed to keep your family safe.

Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I’ll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe! Oh, and watch the video below of an “Ask the Experts” segment I did on Star64 with the expert at Children’s about how to keep your child safe when they go to a friend/family member’s house.

Tips for Home, Child Safety! (Video #7)

As I shared a couple years ago, it took a while for the hubs and I to get pregnant. The good news is that I had lots of extra time to read every parenting book out there to be as prepared as possible when it did happen. But there are so many little things that the books don’t (and can’t) prepare you for. Like when you turn around to put something away, and somehow in that nanosecond, your ninja – I mean, child – managed to get their shirt off and they’re now drawing on their belly with a marker. Things like that. Or the moments when they go from a crawling, somewhat mobile but totally manageable baby to a walking, running, whirlwind of a toddler you can barely keep up with. Yeah, that was the game-changer for us. We all the sudden looked at our house like “OK. What can she reach, get into, put in her mouth and stick her finger in?” (sometimes all at once as we’ve since learned)

So, I’m posting tips that I learned from an expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital because they were SUPER helpful for me, and I think you’ll agree. The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It’s the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I’m the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it’s a really important room to safeguard — everything from keeping up cords on the blinds, putting the little child-proof plugs in electrical outlets, putting up cleaners (even ones like Windex… those bright colors look like juice!), and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child’s reach and the container closed to keep your family safe.

Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I’ll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe! Oh, and watch the video below of an “Ask the Experts” segment I did on Star64 with the expert at Children’s about how to keep your laundry room safe!

New Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio!

Chef Jaime Carmody
Chef Jaime Carmody

I’ve been following Chef Jaime Carmody ever since I first started Cincy Chic. I remember she did an eWomen Networking event and she just had such a fun personality, and she was magical with food, so I knew she was one to keep on my radar. We did this story on her back in 2008, and then we recently caught wind of her wanting to open a new kitchen studio so we just wrote this story a couple months ago. Now, the Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio is ready to be officially open for business — check out details below for her grand opening event! So exciting!

OOT KS LogoJust to get you up to speed, Chef Jaime Carmody is a Personal Certified Executive Chef with 25+ years of professional culinary experience. In 2005, she started the Cincinnati-based Out Of Thyme Personal Chef Services, specializing in preparing in-home meals for busy people, private caterings, dinner parties and cooking classes. Her knowledge of food and flavors, combined with her energy in the kitchen and creative hands-on cooking techniques, have made her a guest favorite at cooking schools around the region.

Currently, Jaime is taking her successful personal chef business a step further with the opening of Out Of Thyme Kitchen Studio, a full-service, commercial kitchen and event space located on Montgomery Rd. in Symmes Twp. Jaime’s studio will offer freshly made take-home meals, call ahead ordering service, house made baked goods, personal chef services, monthly cooking classes and private culinary events.

Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio will open to the public on Saturday, March 12, 2016, with an open house event filled with food, cooking demos, tastings and giveaways.

Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio
11915 Montgomery Rd.

Mon-Fri 11-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: Classes & Private events only


Celebrate the Grand Opening of Out of Thyme Kitchen Studio with an entire day of events including tastings, door prizes, cooking demos, special offers, and more! See the schedule below and click here to check out more details on Facebook!

12:30: Ribbon cutting
1:00-3:00 Kids hands-on cooking stations
3:00 Chef Jaime cooking demo
5:00-7:00 Food and wine pairings with sommelier Daniel Schmerr from O’Bryan’s Wine & Spirits.

Tips for Home, Child Safety! (Video #6)

I feel like I have a completely different baby now that Lola is able to walk. She's into EVERYTHING. Which, ultimately, is a really good thing because she's active, curious and wanting to explore the world. But as a mom, that makes me "explore" the world - especially my house - with a different set of eyes. What can she reach? Would she stick her finger in that? Would she put that in her mouth? (answers: more than you think, yes, and yes)

So, I'm posting tips that I learned from an expert at Cincinnati Children's Hospital because they were SUPER helpful for me, and I think you'll agree. The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It's the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I'm the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it's a really important room to safeguard... everything from keeping up cords on the blinds, putting the little child-proof plugs in electrical outlets, putting up cleaners (even ones like Windex… those bright colors look like juice!), and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child's reach and the container closed to keep your family safe.

Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I'll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe! Oh, and watch the video below of an "Ask the Experts" segment I did on Star64 with the expert at Children's about how to keep your child's room safe!

Tips for Home, Child Safety! (Video #5)

Now that Lola is walking (well, running! haha!), I’m looking at my house with a completely different set of eyes. What can she reach? Would she stick her finger in that? Would she put that in her mouth? (answer to that last one is always yes, by the way)

So, I’m posting tips that I learned from an expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital because I found them to be SUPER helpful, and I think you will, too. The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It’s the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I’m the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it’s a really important room to safeguard — everything from keeping up cords on the blinds, putting the little child-proof plugs in electrical outlets, putting up cleaners (even ones like Windex… those bright colors look like juice!), and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child’s reach and the container closed to keep your family safe.

Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I’ll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe! Oh, and watch the video below of an “Ask the Experts” segment I did on Star64 with the expert at Children’s about how to keep your bathroom safe!

I Have Wings Spring Bling

The “I Have Wings Spring Bling” event is coming up and I seriously can’t wait! If you combine some of our favorite things to do… shopping, sipping, helping a great cause and getting super motivated to enjoy life to the fullest… that’s what this event has. There are a bunch of vendors to shop with, an AMAZING silent auction (seriously, tables and tables of really awesome stuff), the food is always delish, and the presentation and honoree video is always ugly-cry worthy. Honestly, this is a really great event and I know you’ll love it if you attend! Event details (and info if you’d like to nominate an honoree) are below! Hope to see you there!

Spring Bling '16 Save the Date

Spring Bling '16 Save the Date BACK

I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for the WINGS Award

February 5, 2016. Cincinnati, OHâ€" Do you know a woman with breast cancer who has consistently demonstrated bravery and an ability to overcome the obstacles she is facing?

I Have Wings is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the WINGS award, recognizing breast cancer patients and survivors of exceptional strength. Pat Siry was recognized as the winner of the 2015 Wings Award.

To submit a nomination, please visit

Award nominations will be accepted through February 24th 2016. Nominees will recognized and the award recipient will be announced at the Spring Bling luncheon on April 16, 2016. The luncheon is the foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, raising money to assist Tri-State Breast Cancer Families both financially and emotionally.


The I Have Wings Foundation is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to educate our community, ease stress, and endorse breast cancer research. I Have Wings is actively involved in the community, volunteer driven, and offers assistance to individuals, families, or corporations when there is breast cancer diagnosis.


Learn more

Tips for Home, Child Safety! (Video #4)

As you may have noticed, I’m posting tips here on the blog to help keep your home and family safe through a new partnership I have with P&G and Cincinnati Children’s. Now that Lola is SUPER mobile, this couldn’t have happened at a better time! She’s into EVERYTHING. So I know first-hand that the more you can learn little tips like these, the better! The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It’s the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I’m the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it’s a really important room to safeguard — everything from keeping up cords on the blinds, putting the little child-proof plugs in electrical outlets, putting up cleaners (even ones like Windex… those bright colors look like juice!), and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child’s reach and the container closed to keep your family safe. Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I’ll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe!

Tips for Home, Child Safety! (Video #3)

Here on the blog, I’m posting tips to help keep your home and family safe through a new partnership I have with P&G and Cincinnati Children’s. Now that Lola is SUPER mobile, this couldn’t have happened at a better time! She’s into EVERYTHING. So I know first-hand that the more you can learn little tips like these, the better! The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It’s the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I’m the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it’s a really important room to safeguard — everything from keeping up cords on the blinds, putting the little child-proof plugs in electrical outlets, putting up cleaners (even ones like Windex… those bright colors look like juice!), and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child’s reach and the container closed to keep your family safe. Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I’ll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe!

Tips for Home, Child Safety! (Video #2)

A couple days ago, I mentioned that I’m partnering with P&G and Cincinnati Children’s to help parents keep their homes and families safe. Now that Lola is SUPER mobile, this couldn’t have happened at a better time! She’s into EVERYTHING. So I know first-hand that the more you can learn little tips like these, the better! The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It’s the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I’m the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it’s a really important room to safeguard â€" everything from keeping up cords on the blinds, putting the little child-proof plugs in electrical outlets, putting up cleaners (even ones like Windex… those bright colors look like juice!), and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child’s reach and the container closed to keep your family safe. Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I’ll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe!

Tips for Home, Child Safety!

As a new mom, especially a mom of a newly-mobile little one, I am SUPER excited to work on this project with P&G. They want to help parents like me keep our homes as safe as possible, so they connected me with an expert from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to help me learn about all the little things around the house that you don’t typically think of as being a danger but can be if you’re not aware. And if you have a little one, watched one, or have been around one for any point in time, you’ll know they’re into EVERYTHING. So the more you can learn little tips like these, the better! The biggest thing I learned from the expert as we went through the house is about child-proofing the laundry room. It’s the one I never even thought about when we initially child-proofed the house (I’m the only one who does laundry so I figured no one else would be in there). But it’s a really important room to safeguard â€" everything from cords on blinds, plugging electrical outlets, and keeping your laundry pacs up out of a child’s reach and the container closed to keep your family safe. Sounds so simple, but now that I made those few little tweaks I feel SO much better! Check back every few days, and I’ll have more helpful tips for you here on the blog! I also encourage you to check out this site to learn more about keeping your home and family safe!

If/Then: A Must-See Performance!

There’s an amazing musical coming to Cincinnati Feb 2-7 and I want to tell you a little bit about it. Because, I feel like I personally can relate to the storyline and so can many of my girlfriends. Definitely a great show for a girlfriends night out together!

So, here goes… If/Then is an original, contemporary musical about the intersection of choice and chance. It charts the turning points in the life of Elizabeth, a single woman who is starting over. She’s an urban planner who returns to New York City after living in Phoenix. The show’s storyline divides into alternative versions of what happens to Elizabeth, based not only on her choices about career and family, but on random everyday chance.

What I love about If/Then, is that it explores how we choose our lives and how our lives choose us. In the end, If/Then doesn’t necessarily attempt to answer the question of “can we have it all?” Rather, it’s about learning to love what we have.

Also, New York City (one of my favorite cities in the whole world!) is a major character in this show. It captures the city’s great energy, random connections and sense of possibility. It also shows how the characters create their own communities within the city of New York and how those communities become their families â€" something we can all relate to. And that’s the thing â€" Everyone has an “If/Then” moment in life â€" a moment that changes the trajectory of everything thereafter, even if you don’t realize it at the time.

Click here to learn more about it!

Check Out Kennedy Heights Arts Center!

So, exciting news, we selected a venue for our annual Night in White event… It’s the Kennedy Heights Art Center! I know what you’re probably thinking, “I’ve never heard of it!” And that’s what’s great about it! It’s definitely a fly-under-the-radar place, but once you step one foot inside you’ll know it won’t be a secret for long. I was SO impressed with this gorgeous space and I can’t wait to pack it with lots of Cincy Chic’ers! Details will be up on our site shortly about the event, so be on the look-out for it soon!

But if you’re curious and want to see if before our event, they’re having an Open House event that’s open for the public to check out the space. That’ll be this Thursday, and you can click here to get all the details about it.

And here are a few pics just to give you a sneak peek of this stylish space! Isn’t it amazing?!


Review: Zephyr Blowout Salon

Wow. That’s the word that keeps coming to mind when I think about the amazingness that is Zephyr Blowout Salon. They did the hair for the fashion show at our “New Year, New You” event on Friday, and I was blown away (pardon the pun).

I sat down them their team at the event to learn a little more about them — the Q&A is below, along with some of my favorite looks from the show. ENJOY! And DEFINITELY give them a call if you need your hair to look the best it’s ever looked for a special event (or a day where you just need to look and feel fab!) :) Click here to visit their site or click here to like them on FB!

1) What made you want to work in the salon industry and become the owner of Zephyr Blowout Salon? Cincy Chic did an awesome story on us about our backstory. Click here to check it out.

 2) Why did you choose to focus on blowouts? I was working as a corporate event planner and was ready for something else.  In the fall of 2013 my Dad pointed out an article in the NYT about DryBar franchising.  I had been to other blowout bars in other cities over the past couple of years and loved it!  At the time I was hair inept and would take any opportunity for someone else to style my hair.  Needless to say, interest was piqued, and I applied for one of their franchises.  At the time, they were focusing more on their corporately owned salons and were not taking outside franchisees.  After hearing that my Dad and I decided to open our own blowout salon.  My Dad and brother-in-law are entrepreneurs and owning something of my own has always been something I wanted to do.

3) What inspired you to choose the name “Zephyr” besides the definition of the word? A Zephyr is a wind from the west or a gentle breeze.  

When I was telling my Dad the way I wanted the salon to look like (ie. ice blue, white, shine) he started thinking of names.  The word lends itself not only to the look of the salon but also the dryers (blowing).  

My Dad and I are also huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fans and the Zephyr Song is our favorite RHCP song.  :) 

4) What makes getting a blowout at Zephyr unique compared to other salons or doing it yourself? There are the obvious reasons: not having to do your hair yourself, your hair looks better styled by a professional, etc.  

However, there are technical reasons as well: a blowout’s main component is round brushing the hair.  Anyone can round brush their hair, however, it is near impossible to get the tension you need to stretch the hair out and set it.  Also, there is no way a person can get the angle they need to round brush the back of their head as well as someone that is standing directly behind them.  

A Zephyr Blowout is unique because of the product we use and our method.  We are a Pureology exclusive salon.  Pureology is Redken’s high-end brand.  It is made specifically for color-treated hair and they have amazing styling products.  At Zephyr we provide custom blowouts.  We don’t have a book for people to choose a style they see on someone else.  Each client gets a consult before their shampoo where the stylist assesses their hair (as to choose the correct shampoo) and talks to them about what style they want and what will look best with their face shape/ dress their wearing/ where they’re wearing their blowout.  That way they are getting a blowout that is specific to their needs, for both their hair and the style they want.  Pureology is a very extensive line and we don’t use the same combo of products on anyone.  

5) What kinds of parties do you typically host? We’ve been open for about 18 months and over that time we’ve host all kinds!  Bachelorette parties, birthday parties (little girls and adults), day of wedding parties, networking events, Beauty Basic Training (clients come in and learn how to style hair from our stylists and makeup from the Nordstrom Trish McEvoy team). The salon is available to rent for any party or event!

6) Can all types of hair get a Zephyr blowout? Yes, absolutely!  Any hair can get blown out and like I said we have different products for different hair types.

7) How long can a blowout last and do I need to buy any special products to maintain my blowout? A blowout is setting a lasting style…think about when your Grandmother would go to the salon every week and get her hair set.  It’s the modern day version!  We have clients that come weekly and don’t wash it between blowouts.

A blowout can last as long as you maintain it.  You can do thinks like sleeping with it up in a loose bun, showering with a shower cap to keep any moisture from getting to the hair, not touching it a lot (something most women struggle with), adding to the style as the week goes on (throwing some curls in), using Dry Shampoo (on the root and hitting it with the dryer) & Dry Condition (on the ends to freshen them up).  We also have other Pureology styling products that you can use on dry hair and pump a style back up.  

8) Will continuous blowouts damage my hair? Continually getting blowouts and maintaining them are actually better for your hair.  You are not stripping your hair with multiple shampoos/dries/styles a week (think more heat!) 

9)  How far in advance should I schedule an appointment? We recommend calling the week of for a weekend appointment or for a weekday appointment calling the day before or day of should be okay.

We are open:

  • 11a-7p Tuesday (Just started in 2016/ appointments available upon request)
  • 11a-7p Wednesday-Friday (Early AM appointments are available upon request starting at 7a)
  • 9a-7p Saturday
  • 10a-3p Sunday (Appointments upon request)


Review: Bitters ‘n’ Sweet Mobile Bartending


We’re doing some exciting things with events here at Cincy Chic. One of the things I’m really pumped about is that we’re going to have a new business, that was recently launched by a local woman, called Bitters ‘n’ Sweet Mobile Bartending service do the bar at some of our upcoming event. She can do all different sizes of parties. Big events like ours or even small ones at a house or business. And actually, I’m thinking about hiring her for a girls night in because she’s starting to do cocktail recipe events where she not only bartends your event, but you also learn how to make one or more drinks in particular and it’s more of an activity for your event! I love that idea!

Click here to check out the write up we did in Cincy Chic did a few weeks ago, and check out the Q&A I just did with the owner below. I thought the concept was so interesting, and wanted to share that we’re going to be using her for some events coming up, so you can check them out for one of your events or girlfriend get-togethers too! :)


What is Bitters ‘n Sweet Bartending, LLC? 

Bitters ‘n Sweet Bartending, LLC is a mobile bartending service that serves the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, OH areas, as well as Lexington and Louisville, KY and Indianapolis, IN.


What’s the inspiration behind it?

I have bartended in various establishments, but found I really enjoyed working with clients to help plan the bar for their private events.  I’ve always wanted to have my own business and thought this would be a great opportunity!  I officially launched Bitters ‘n Sweet Bartending, LLC in October 2015. 


Who’s behind it?

Tonia Murphy is the owner.  I’m originally from Owensboro, KY but have lived in Cincinnati since 2001.  I currently work full-time in Human Resources for a large insurance company headquartered in Cincinnati.


What types of services do you provide?

Our experienced bartenders serve fabulous cocktails at holiday parties corporate events, wedding receptions, private parties, and all other special occasions.  I work with my clients to create detailed shopping lists so they know exactly what to buy. I also offer one crafted cocktail with each event or can provide that as a separate service. 

What have been some of your favorite events you’ve done thus far?

I launched during the holiday season, so I worked several private parties that were really fun. I enjoyed the cheerful atmosphere and my clients and their guests enjoyed festive drinks!

Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?

Yes, this spring I’m launching several engaging, fun events!  One I’m really excited about centers around getting your girlfriends together, and I will come to you and teach you all to make some of your favorite drinks. 

Where can readers go to learn more?

To learn more and receive future updates, “like” Bitters ‘n Sweet Bartending on Facebook.

Review: More Haley & The Hound

Last month, I told you about my new favorite shirt I got (by Haley & The Hound, which here in Cincinnati you can get at Monkees of Madeira). Well, I guess I’m officially addicted because I got three more Haley & The Hound tops. They are seriously the BEST. Made really well, fit perfectly, trendy but also classic because I can see me wearing these pieces years from now. The fabrics are comfortable, easy to wash and travel well (especially nice when I’ve been living out of luggage the past couple weeks visiting family for the holidays). They’re also the pieces in my closet that I don’t have to think about — just throw them on with some cute accessories and you know they’ll look great. No dryer shrinking (because Lord knows I don’t need the dryer shrinking my clothes after I already “shrunk” them with all those holiday snacks and sweets!) haha!

Below are my new Haley & The Hound tops! Click here to check out their site to see what else they have... and stay tuned to Star64 to see me wear these great tops. I have a feeling they'll be making an appearance quite often! :)


RECAP: 2016 Wendy’s Bridal Show!

Gosh, it’s hard to believe it’s actually over! All the planning, visualizing, practicing… then the whirlwind of the two-day show… and then you sit, with your feet up on the couch, looking at all the fun pictures you took the event (which is what I’m doing right now)!

I emceed the fashion shows both days at Wendy’s Bridal Show last weekend, which was seriously one of the coolest shows I’ve ever been a part of to be honest (and just some quick math here, I’d say that’s over 100). New View Models provided all the models for the event, menswear was from Pepe Ramundo & Sons, and the bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses were from (you guessed it) Wendy’s Bridal! Some of my favorite brands featured were Allure,KITTYCHEN, and what ended up being my favorite, David Tutera for Mon Cheri.

As I noted in my emceeing script, the biggest trend for 2016 is attention to detail on the back of the gown with lace, beading and extra sparkle. Definitely a great event, and an especially fabulous fashion show.

Check out some pics from the show below!


New Year, New You Fashion Show Sneak Peek

Our first event of 2016 is going to be here in two short Fridays! We’re starting out with a bang, too. Our “New Year, New You” event fashion show sponsor is Frameri (you may recognize the name from them being on Shark Tank recently) and it’s our first eyewear fashion show ever! They put together this cool event with some of their staffers to showcase some of the frames they’ll be featuring on the runway. I love it! Hope to see you there! (Check out all the event details below!)

New Year, New You!
When: Friday Jan. 22 6-9pm (VIP cocktail reception 5-6pm)
Where: Union Hall 1311 Vine St Cincinnati, OH 45202
What: Check out OTR’s newest venue as you shop with some of the best local businesses and enjoy refreshments, light bites, swag bag and fashion show presented by Frameri, Clothes Mentor, and Zephyr Blowout Salon.
Tickets: $10 general admission; $25 VIP (includes front row seat along runway and exclusive VIP cocktail reception) Bring a gently used formal dress for Kenzie’s Closet and get 10 chances to win $5,000 in prizes, including a diamond necklace! (General admission tickets will be sold at the door; swag bags only guaranteed for pre-registered ticket holders)

Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsors: FrameriClothes Mentor

Hair Sponsor: zephyr blowout salon

Official After Party: Japp’s

Booth Sponsors: It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me SkinnyPurposeful PaintingAdvocare with Tara MontgomeryIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalSpringCreek FertilityMary Kay with Emily Stalf,Transformational Coach Missy KirkpatrickLipstick FactoryThe Plastic Surgery GroupGild Collective9RoundEmerge Hair Studio & SpaDoTerra Essential Oils by Elyse JarardPark Lane with Kimberly SmithPet WantsFluorescent PalaceMichelle B Fitness & Nutrition CoachJamberry with Sarah & Nicole NelsonSOTO – Salon On The OhioStella & Dot with Liz UrsoCoCo Creative WellnessCincinnati Art UndergroundTobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp18|8 Fine Men’s Salons- Cincinnati

Makeup Provided by: Let’s Get Pretty, Glam Gal

Light Bites Sponsor: Paleolicious

Floral Sponsor: Wimberg Landscaping

Photobooth Sponsor: Studio One Photography

Photographer: Glossy Pixels

Models provided by: Heyman Talent

Review: Ava Gray Direct Wrap

I recently got this beautiful gray faux fur wrap from Ava Gray Direct and I just had to tell you how much I love it! I originally got it as a scarf, but Amy Elberfeld who I bought it from told me that I could also wear it as a shawl (there’s a little button and hoop on each end for it to stay together!) or drape it down the front, belt it (to look like a vest). I tried all of them and they all actually look really fab! Just thought I’d share — especially since it’s only $44! :)


My New Obsession: Groupon Coupons

So much changes when you become a mom. There are books about what to expect, and how to best plan and prepare. But there are little things that no one tells you about. Like how it takes the same amount of time to get your toddler ready for a car trip as the actual car trip takes. 

To make it easy on myself, I did all my Christmas shopping online this year and I'm now wondering why I haven't done this every other year. It was SO much easier to do it this way! Not to mention a lot less expensive. There was definitely a learning curve, though, so I thought I'd offer some tips. I'll do a few posts in a series about ways to save, but today's post will be focused on my newest obsession: Groupon! More specifically Groupon Coupons.

We've been getting Groupons for some of the restaurants we like to go to (kind of feel like you're winning at life getting 50% off on a meal you would have gotten anyway, right?). I evengot a few cool things on Groupon Goods a Red’s pen for my dad and an Autocross racing package for the hubs (for $159 instead of $679!). 

But then I saw the tab up top that said “Coupons.” I had only used coupons at grocery before, so I was intrigued with what kinds of coupons they'd have on Groupon. Turns out a lot.  Like, 70,000 coupons from 9,000+ stores like BabiesRUsSam’s ClubKohl’sOffice DepotJC PenneyFootlockerHarry and DavidNine WestLoft, and even Lord & Taylor.

They're free, and there's one for pretty much every place you'd want to shop, so bookmark the site and check them out before you buy anything. And use all those savings for something fun, like a trip (oh, they have a Groupon Coupon for that too!) haha! Happy saving!

Miss Em’s: Six Looks for Less

A few weeks ago, I did a “Look for Less” post about my friend’s business Miss Em’s (an awesome Ohio-based online accessories shop that specializes in trendy but affordable pieces) and got some awesome feedback from it! So, I’m at it again! This time, I found six looks for less on her site — some saving you more than $300 off the designer version! Check it out!


Holiday Shopping Event at Sacksteders Nov. 17

My friend Sheila who runs a local networking group is hosting her next “3rd Tuesday Ladies Network Group” event this Tuesday and it has a fun theme involving another friend of mine so I thought I’d tell you about it! Sheila is working with Karen Sacksteder so you can shop and learn Holiday Decorating Ideas from the expert… Karen herself! :)

It’s Tuesday November 17th at Sacksteder’s Interiors located at 9797 Montgomery Rd Cincinnati, OH 45242 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.


The Chocolate Bee Grand Opening


If you have a sweet tooth, listen up!

The Chocolate Bee, home of Bee Haven and Chocolats Latour (my friend Shalini’s business), just celebrated their grand opening this weekend. They’re located at 4037 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223 or you can check them out online

You can also find Chocolats Latour at Findlay Market and at Coffee Emporium, among a bunch of other places. We recently did a story about Chocolats Latour and some of their other new developments.Click here to read it!

Questions? Contact

Pump Salon Reopens

Pump Salon (the younger sibling of Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa) in Rookwood Commons has been temporarily closed for a remodel. They just finished it up and released some pics of the new look, and I have to say it looks SO nice! Very clean sleek, yet still urban and edgy. Get a sneak peek here and like them on Facebook for more announcements about the new space. And, speaking of Mitchell’s, don’t forget about our “Holiday Glam” event on Dec. 4 at the Kenwood Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa. Free event where you can enjoy holiday shopping, style consults with experts, free swag bag and refreshments!


Fundraising with Miss Em’s!

With Thanksgiving coming up, here’s a great way for you to fundraise for your organization and show thanks to your supporters by providing a fun and fashionable event. My friend Emily at Miss Em’s actually does a ton of fundraising events, and here are just a few of the local organizations that generate lots of much-needed revenue by having jewelry sales through her:

  • Pelotonia
  • Milford Boy Scout Troop 468
  • Milford Jr. High Volleyball
  • Chillicothe High School Cheerleading Team
  • Pathway to Peace
  • Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority
  • Junior Civic League of Chillicothe and (upcoming) Columbus
  • American Cancer Society

It’s a really easy and lucrative way to raise funds for your organization! When groups host fundraisers with me, they get 15% of the total sales in a check to their organization. All they have to provide is the space and marketing for the event to get their supporters, friends, family, etc to attend. Emily says they’ve raised anywhere from $100 ��" $500 in a matter of hours for their fundraisers! The jewelry sells itself and everyone gets to take home their items, so no wait!

Emily has a few fundraisers coming up that you might want to attend:
Fundraiser for Pathway to Peace in Columbus. This is an organization that was created because two women, Patricia and Jessica Lutz who were tragically hit and killed by a vehicle driving off the side of the road. At the scene of the accident the family found papers in the bushes. The papers were a copy of the “Novena to the Virgin Mary, Untier of Knots.” Patricia and Jessica were praying during that fateful walk. Since their death their family put together Pathway to Peace to raise awareness and support for mental health treatment. The event is Sunday, November 22nd at the Dublin Panera in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about this event, click here.

She’s also selling the following three items where 40% of each sale will go directly towards your organization.

Another fundraiser that Miss Em’s will be having is one for Boy Scout Troop 468 in Milford, Ohio on Saturday, December 5th. This event will help raise funds for their troop, while also allowing the boys the opportunity to learn about marketing / sales for a business. For additional information, click here.

We also have additional fundraisers coming up for sororities. If interested in learning more about hosting a fundraiser or attending, please reach out to

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Don't Throw Away Those Old Holiday Lights-Recycle Them!

Have your holiday lights lost their twinkle? Drop off broken or unwanted lights at any Great Parks visitor center between Friday, November 20, 2015, and Friday, January 8. 2016.

Recycling holiday lights instead of throwing them in the trash keeps them out of landfills and gives them a new life. As part of its mission of conservation, Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering six convenient drop-off locations to the public. The lights are collected by Great Parks and taken to local metal recycling facilities.

Marked bins are available at:

  • Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve: Ellenwood Nature Barn
  • 3455 Poole Road Cincinnati, OH 45239
  • Glenwood Gardens: Cotswold Visitor Center
  • 10397 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45215
  • Miami Whitewater Forest: Visitor Center
  • 9001 Mt. Hope Road Harrison, OH 45030
  • Sharon Woods: Sharon Centre
  • 11450 Lebanon Road Sharonville, OH 45241
  • Winton Woods: Winton Centre
  • 10245 Winton Road Cincinnati, OH 45231
  • Woodland Mound: Seasongood Nature Center
  • 8250 Old Kellogg Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45255

Gem Steady’s New #THINKandDrive Campaign, Jewelry Collection

You never think it’ll happen to you. You hope it never happens to someone you love. Unfortunately for some, it does. But it doesn’t have to.

My friend, Brittany, knows this all too well now. She got a call the other day saying her husband had been in an accident. He and his motorcycle were hit by a distracted driver. 12189393_10153133628805496_5074596129727985783_o

The good news is that he will recover. The bad news is that it will take a considerable amount of time after many surgeries (he’s had five thus far, and the accident only happened days ago) and therapy to get him better again.

Not only is this difficult to deal with on a personal level for the couple, but they’re also entrepreneurs together. Her husband is a jewelry maker, and it’s right before the holidays – their busiest, bread-and-butter time of year.

SAM_2So, now instead of him working away to fulfill lots of holiday orders, he’s limited to his bed and wheelchair. Now instead of their bread-and-butter for the business, they’re hit with thousands in medical bills.

Brittany, having the beautiful creative mind that she has, came up with a way to make their mess their message. She launched a #THINKandDrive campaign to spread awareness about the crushing effects of distracted driving. And at the end of the day, it also creates a line of items she can make while their master jewelry designer is out. SAM_3

They’re actually really cool bracelets that you can customize with your favorite metal and gem –each having a unique meaning and energy. Click here to check them out and buy yours if you feel so inclined. A great holiday gift â€" for the person you give it to, and also this special couple who need it most right now.

Gifts for Good Event This Friday!

We have a really cool event coming up this Friday, and I want to give you a little sneak peek at what we’ll have there for attendees so you understand WHY this is going to be so cool!

Not only will we have your complimentary refreshments and swag bag, but we’ll also have an interior designer there helping attendees to learn decorating tips and trends. And what I’m REALLY excited about are all the bloggers we have on board to do one-on-one styling sessions with attendees to give them fun ideas of what they can wear to fit their lifestyle, wardrobe and body type â€" and great styling tips for how to wear them! We have Brittany’s ClosetFashion with CarringtonThe Style SampleNinesto5 on board to be our bloggers and you will LOVE meeting them!

Oh and the best part of it all is that any purchases benefit and support artisans across the world who work with Ten Thousand Villages. Click here to learn more about them. Hope to see you then! More details and RSVP info below!


Gifts for Good – Holiday Shopping Event at Ten Thousand Villages

When: Friday, November 13, 5-8pm

Where: Ten Thousand Villages Harper’s Point – 11316 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249

Enjoy: Complimentary refreshments, swag bag, tablescape tips with local home decor experts, accessory styling ideas with local fashion bloggers, holiday party snack taste testings, and shopping at Ten Thousand Villages – a store featuring handcrafted gift items, personal accessories and home décor by artisans from over 35 different countries.

Bloggers include: Brittany’s ClosetFashion with CarringtonThe Style SampleNinesto5

Learn more and RSVP at

Gifts for Good

Fun Date Night Idea THIS Saturday!

We have an event coming up on Saturday that would make for the PERFECT start to date night! Come join us for a drink, viewing SUPER cool cars, and lots of awesome shopping. And it benefits a great cause (Arthritis Foundation) that’s near and dear to my heart. Details below! Me and the hubby will be there! So excited! Hope to see you then!


Cars, Cigars & Style

When: Saturday, November 14, 6-9pm

Where: Blaine’s Fine Men’s Apparel 9407 Montgomery Rd Cincinnati OH 45242


Enjoy: swag bag, wine and bourbon tastings, light bites and a premium cigar selection. Also, view classic cars and shop for a cause, as 10% of all sales will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation!

Brought to you by: Cincy Chic and Cincinnati Profile

Cars, Cigars & Style

Miss Em’s Open House Event Recap!

My friend Emily, who owns Miss Em's. How cute is she??
My friend Emily, who owns Miss Em’s, at her Open House event. How cute is she??

About a month ago I told you about a fun Open House event my friend Emily, who own’s Miss Em’s, was hosting in Anderson (and then did some fun sneak peeksstyling suggestions, and trend reports of new items she carries).

Well, the Open House event ended up being a HUGE success (Emily said lots of Cincy Chic readers were there, too, so thanks for attending if you did! :)

The event was held at the Anderson Senior Center, and they had more than 135 women there, who all received a swag bag filled with coupons from local vendors, including Alba Beauty Studio, Cincy Spray Tan, Damsel in Defense, Clever Containers, Jamberry, Thirty One, Miss Em’s (of course) and more! Those who mentioned they came from Cincy Chic received a free pair of earrings. Woohoo! :)

People came from Indiana, Kentucky, and all over Ohio just to shop at the event! In fact, Emily said some of her “loyal ladies” (what she calls her repeat shoppers) even brought outfits that they needed help accessorizing.

If you missed  the event, no worries! (Or if you’re an officially addicted Loyal Lady! haha!) Emily has more coming up! In both Cincinnati and Columbus, Emily has additional Open House events. Here are the details for each:

Cincinnati: Miss Em’s will have a booth at the Cincinnati Holiday Market this weekend from Friday – Sunday.

Cincinnati: Dec. 5, Boy Scout Troop Fundraiser in Milford.

Columbus: Nov. 22, hosting a fundraiser for Pathway To Peace. The mission of Pathway to Peace is to keep the generous spirit of Patricia and Jessica alive by raising awareness and support for mental health treatment. Emily’s mom was good friends with Patricia Lutz, who was killed last year, along with her daughter when they were struck by a vehicle who went off the road, while they were walking. 20% of the total sales on November 22nd in Columbus will go to them. Click here for more information.

If you’re interested in joining Miss Em’s email/mailing list for more information about these events in the future, just email Emily Here are a few pics of the Open House event so you can see all the fab finds (all under $20!) Miss Em’s has to offer!


Metals: A New Fashion Trend!

Harpers Bazaar named mixed metals as one of the biggest trends to emerge from 2015, and boy were they right! My friend Emily who owns Miss Em’s (an awesome Ohio-based accessories business) says she’s been seeing a big trend in different types of metal necklaces. In fact, she says lot of the pieces they’ve been seeing are the Patina necklaces, as well as the mixed metals. Below are some pieces she now carries that are trending with the metal looks for fall/winter! (and see below those for Cincy Chic’s event this Saturday where you can shop all these looks and more!)457939466811477451497232514862514889514924CFB06636-3T-TQS-2X112-212D-CUFF-281073-300-01DN7001-MT-16_3L-134X212-112L-238063-425-02ME7276-PAT-114W-112L-284257-150-01PDN5065-SV-AT-16_3L-1X1-242786-375-0.15SB05904-TT-14H-Str-248483-225-0.15SB05906-AS-14H-Str-248486-225-0.15SB05906-PT-14H-Str-282940-225-01


Miss Em’s will be one of our fab vendors at Cincy Chic's Seasonably Chic Showcase on Nov. 7… THAT’S THIS SATURDAY! EEEE! It’s free to get in when you bring in a canned good, and that gets you a free swag bag, complimentary gift wrapping, and shopping with 45+ vendors! So exciting!  Click here to learn more!


LouLou’s Boutique Now Offers Home Trunk Shows!

LouLou’s Boutique (women’s clothing shop on the west side) is now doing home trunk shows! So I’m attending one tonight to check it out… and shop… and have wine… Tough day at the office, I tell ya! haha!

If you’re interested in hosting one, I hear you get LOTS of discounts and freebies â€" plus it’s a fun and fashion-focused way to get the girls together that’s not at a boring, loud bar. (Yes, I know that made me sound old)

Give Nancy the owner a call if you’re interested in learning more or booking one! 513/574.0839


Pre-Shopping at Saturday’s Showcase Vendors

We’re gearing up for our biggest shopping event of the year (Seasonably Chic Showcase Nov. 7, 10am-2pm, at the Phoenix downtown) so I had to do a little R&D for the event, right? :) I stopped by Once Upon a Child (OUAC) and Clothes Mentor (click here to read the story about Katie, my friend and the owner of the local franchises of both stores).  They will be at our holiday shopping event this Saturday, but I had a couple in-store coupons to use so I decided to check them out early. Oh by the way – if you love a great deal – make sure you get on their mailing lists to get emailed about all their AWESOME deals. I got a $5 off a $10 purchase coupon for OUAC and a $25 off a $50 purchase coupon for Clothes Mentor. They’re right next door to each other in Hyde Park, and I just haaaaaappened to have a meeting nearby so I popped in.

No joke, in the 30 minutes I had before my meeting, I dropped some things that didn’t fit Lola anymore to the front desk at OUAC. Then I went shopping for new shoes for her  so I could use my coupon. I found three shoes for $3.50 each, and they ended up paying me $8 for some of the items I brought in to sell. So after the coupon, and the cash for stuff I brought in, they paid me about $5 to take three pairs of shoes out of their store! LOVE IT!

Then, I went next door to Clothes Mentor and in 5 minutes flat, I found three dresses and two sweaters for $50, which I used my $25 off coupon on, and I walked away only paying $25 for HUNDREDS of dollars worth of stuff had I paid retail on everything (seriously, everything I got was name brand — Banana Republic, White House Black Market, Michael Kors, etc)

Below is a pic of me wearing one of the new sweaters I got (only $9) and Lola wearing a new pair of Converse shoes (yes…. $3.50 for Converse baby shoes which were barely worn and I just saw a new pair of them at Nordstrom for $25!)

Both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon a Child will have pop-up boutiques at the showcase, along 45 other AMAZING local boutiques and vendors so you can get all your shopping done under one roof! Click here to learn more and RSVP!


2nd Annual Bald and Beautiful Charity Ball This Saturday!

The Harmony of Hope Foundation, Inc. (the nonprofit organization devoted to helping children who suffer from serious illnesses such as Cancer, Alopecia, and Chemotherapy - click here to read our Cincy Chic story about them!) is hosting their 2nd Annual Bald and Beautiful Charity Ball on November 7th, 2015 at 6:00 PM in The Elements in Sharonville, OH. The cost of admission is $55 (Pre-Register) and $65 at door. Couples (Pre-Registration) cost is $100 and $130 at door. All proceeds will go toward bringing hope to children in our local communities.

The event will feature Silent Auctions, Pre-Event Shopping, Full Course Meal, Live Entertainment by April Pursley, Princesses, Photo Booth, Fashion Show and an Honorary Speaker! Click here to learn more and RSVP!

Cincy Chic is helping to put together their fashion show! I thought would be fun to do a “Mommy & Me” show, so I got mother-child modeling duos from Heyman Talent. For the clothes, I selected Clothes Mentor and Once Upon a Child (the local franchises of both are owned by my friend Katie who we just wrote about here!) Then, after the fashion show, we’re going to have a wig show featuring some amazing individuals who have personally been helped by the Harmony of Hope Foundation!

It’s going to be such a fun event, helping such a genuinely incredible local non-profit. Very proud to be a part of it! Hope to see you there!


2nd Annual Bald and Beautiful Charity Ball

November 7, 2015

Elements Conference and Event Centre
11974 Lebanon Road
Sharonville, OH


Tickets: $55/each or $100/couple | Door Sales: $65 each

Dress: Suit, Tie, and Formal Attire

Fashion show sponsors:  Clothes MentorOnce Upon a Child

Seasonably Chic Showcase Sneak Peek

In less than two weeks, we’re going to have our biggest event of the year! The Seasonably Chic Showcase! It’s our annual event where we bring 40+ boutiques and vendors under one roof for a free event (it’s just a canned good to get in) filled with shopping, free gift wrapping, a free brunch ‘n’ learn, all while enjoying a mimosa or coffee as you learn about awesome local businesses with friends! It’s also a kid-friendly event if you’d like to take the kiddos with you!

Here are just a few of my favorite new vendors that we’ll have there this year! Check out the full list of vendors, all the event info and the RSVP link below! Hope to see you there!



2015 Seasonably Chic Showcase
Sat., Nov. 7, 10am-2pm

The Phoenix, 812 Race St. Cincinnati Oh 45202

$2 parking available at Garfield Garage located next door on 9th Street

Learn more and RSVP at:

Shop for everyone on your nice list with the best local boutiques and vendors – all under one roof! Bring a canned good for the FreeStore FoodBank to get free entry and a swag bag! Also enjoy complimentary gift wrapping, refreshments, mini massages and a freeze modeling fashion show showcasing the latest trends! Plus, more than $3,000 in prizes randomly awarded to attendees! Attend the free “Creative Ways to Preserve Memories” brunch ’n’ learn at 12pm, brought to you by Memories 2b Treasured.

Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLCSt. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsors: FLAWless Face Makeup ArtistryL’Amour Bisou

Brunch ‘n’ Learn Sponsor: Memories 2b Treasured

Booth Sponsor: Mary Kay with Emily StalfThirty-One Gifts with Beth MerrittIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalIt Works! by Shrink Wrap Me SkinnyChampion WindowsMaui Whitening – West ChesterRodan + Fields Dermatologists with Rebecca Noss,Allusions,Associates in Women’s HealthStella & Dot with Maranda BowenYounique by Sheena RoustaiKoop Diamond Cutters,Bundle Up CrochetPerfectly Posh with Jaymie Pollak,Origami Owl with Daniela GausmannTobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp,eSBe Designs Jewelry, TruPet, Tyra BeautyHalominerGild CollectiveJayne KellieFoodie CincyGo HaitiAmy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NYJewels by Jules Diamond BoutiqueJamberry Nails with Amy CernucanClothes MentorOnce Upon a ChildChurchill’s,Advocare with Tara MontgomeryRe. You StudioLisa Robin Jewelry,Purposeful PaintingFennoFashionLove The CoopersMiss Em’s

Seasonably Chic Showcase

Five Fab Ways to Style Scarf Season

All the signs of fall are here! The cooler temps, changing colors, pumpkin spice everything, and fall fashion galore! And my friend Emily who runs Miss Em’s (click here to read the story we did on her in Cincy Chic a couple years ago) has PLENTY of stylish scarves to get you and your wardrobe ready for the cooler temps this year. Below are five fab ways I found bloggers on Pinterest styling items similar to some of her most popular scarves. To see all these scarves (and much, much more!) in person, come to Miss Em’s Holiday Shopping-themed Open House on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center (7970 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255). Click hereto get all the event details! Oh and as an added bonus, she’ll ALSO be at our Seasonably Chic Showcase on Nov. 7! Click here for more info about that info too!


Miss Em’s: Look for Less

As I mentioned last week, my friend Emily owns Miss Em’s, an awesome accessories shop that specializes in trendy yet affordable pieces. She does home parties, craft shows, etc. (like Stella and Dot, but at a fraction of the price) and you can also go online to buy her items. But once a year she hosts an annual Holiday Shopping-themed Open House every year where you can shop in person! This year’s event is on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center (7970 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255). Click here to get all the event details!

Whenever I wear any of my Miss Em’s pieces, people are always asking me where I got it, or if it’s such-and-such designer… and they’re always surprised when I tell them where I actually got it and for how much. So, just to give you an example of what I’m talking about, I pulled a few things I liked from Miss Em’s site, and then found identical designer look-alikes for hundreds more. Check them out! Then, after you do and you get hooked on Miss Em’s too, I’ll see you on Nov. 1! :)


“High Style” Fashion Exhibition Debuts at Cincinnati Art Museum Nov. 7

Calling all fashionistas! A new “High Style” fashion exhibition is debuting at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Nov. 7. There are lots of events coming up surrounding it, so I included all those details below! This is definitely a must-see if you’re interested in learning about the evolution of fashion and the fashion industry!


Fashion’s evolution showcased in High Style: Twentieth Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection

Cincinnati Art Museum, November 7, 2015 ��" January 24, 2016

CINCINNATI ��" October 7, 2015 ��"High Style: Twentieth Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection opens at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Nov. 7. This landmark exhibition of garments and accessories from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art features the most influential European and American designers of the 20th century.

High Style traces the work of early couturiers and the evolution of fashion and the fashion industry from 1900 to 1980. The exhibition will showcase a wide range of pieces on 65 mannequins, alongside 35 accessories, including hats and shoes, and related fashion sketches.

A section of the exhibition devoted to the great American couturier Charles James includes 25 objects��"nine ensembles, 12 sketches, and four prototype muslins that illuminate the technical mastery behind James’s highly constructed gowns. Four of these gowns are enhanced by digital animations, which analyze the form and structure of the garments. These were originally created by the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition: Charles James: Beyond Fashion.

Other highlights include Elsa Schiaparelli’s 1938 surrealist necklace of brightly colored tin insects, and a 1949 tiger-striped silk ball gown by Gilbert Adrian. Examples by some of the most important names in fashion including Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy and Halston will be on display. Additional attention will be given to the pioneering generation of American women designers working in the 1930s through 1950s.

“This exhibition brings to Cincinnati examples by some of the most important fashion designers of the 20th century from the one of the oldest and most distinguished American collections. It is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase these quintessential fashions and tell the story of the designers behind them. These men and women were artists whose clothes were the ultimate expression of style for those who wore them,” said Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

High Style is made possible by the collection-sharing partnership, initiated in 2009 by the Brooklyn Museum that established the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Brooklyn Collection, now a part of the Met’s Costume Institute, includes the most comprehensive assemblage of pieces by American fashion designers, and the definitive holdings of Charles James designs and archival materials. High Style celebrates this collaborative partnership by presenting selected highlights from the collection, which was formed in 1903 and carefully developed over the course of the 20th century.

Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exhibition was originally on view at the Brooklyn Museum in 2010, and was curated by Jan Glier Reeder, now consulting curator for the Brooklyn Collection at The Costume Institute. at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Recently on view at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor, the Cincinnati Art Museum is the only other venue.

Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibition, sponsored by Macy’s, will be on view in the Western & Southern Gallery on the second floor (Galleries 232 and 233). Admission to the exhibition is free.

Image credit: Gilbert Adrian (American, 1903-1959), Dinner Dress, ca. 1948, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Janet Gaynor Adrian, 1963 (2009.300.319) Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art


About the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.


General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is always free. The museum is open Tuesday ��" Sunday, 11 a.m. ��" 5 p.m. and is closed Monday.





Please visit or call 513-721-ARTS for reservations, tickets or more information.


Lecture: Homer Layne-Charles James: Beyond Fashion

November 8, 2 p.m.:

The Decorative Arts Society presents a lecture by Homer Layne, last trusted assistant to American couturier, Charles James, whose sculptural gowns were worn by the wealthiest women in the United States in the mid-20th century. Layne is dedicated to preserving James’ material legacy. Free. Reservations Not Required.


InDepth Gallery Experience: Cynthia Amneus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles

November 14, 2 p.m.

This expanded gallery talk will provide comprehensive information and insight into the fashions and designers featured in High Style.. FREE. Reservations required.


Wee Wednesday: Play Dress Up

November 25, 10 a.m. ��" 12 p.m.:

Perfect for ages 2��"5. Our popular “open house” program for preschoolers and their parents offers interactive learning stations in the galleries, story tellers, and a hands-on art project each month. Free. Reservations Not Required.


Lecture: Beyond the Seams, Jan Reeder, consulting curator, Brooklyn Museum Costume

December 6, 2 p.m.

Lecture by Jan Reeder, now consulting curator at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and curator of High Style.


Art in the Making: Art in the Making: Pattern Making

December 19, 1��"3 p.m.

Designed for children ages 6��"12 accompanied by an adult. Select local artists make it fun by leading interactive classes that include a gallery tour and hands-on art activity. Reservations Recommended. $20 per pair general admission $10 per pair members ($6/$3 for each additional person)


Baby Tours: So Shiny

December 18, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

30-minute experience to introduce you and your infant (ages 0-2) to the world of art with a tour. FREE. Reservations recommended.


ASL Tours for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired: High Style

December 19, 11 a.m.��"12 p.m.
A certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins an Art Museum docent each month for a free tour of one of our special exhibitions. FREE. Reservations required.
Creative Encounters: Fashion

December 20, 1��"3 p.m.

Each Creative Encounter will feature a visiting artist who will lead a tour of works in the Art Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, followed by a discussion of his/her own work. Each event will culminate in a hands-on project. Reservations required. $10 general admission, $5 for members and college students


Family First Saturday: So Stylish

January 2, 12��"4 p.m.

Family-friendly performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities. FREE.


Evening for Educators: High Style: Fashion in the Classroom

January 20, 4��"7 p.m. (registration and refreshments 4-5 p.m., program begins at 5 p.m.)

Monthly teacher professional development program. Cost: members $10; non-members $20; students $5


Connect: A Multisensory Museum Experience for Adults with Developmental Disabilities ��" Fashion

January 23, 11 a.m. ��" 12:30 p.m.

This program is specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. A multisensory exploration of art from the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, followed by art making projects. FREE. Reservations required.

Miss Em’s Holiday Open House Event Nov. 1!

My friend, Emily, who owns Miss Em's
My friend, Emily, who owns Miss Em’s

My friend Emily Smith (previously Emily Madden – she just got hitched!) started a company in 2008 that’s all about affordable fashion. Her business is called “Miss Em’s” — click here to read the story we did on her in Cincy Chic a couple years ago — and it should definitely be on your radar if you love trendy accessories but don’t want to spend a fortune on them.

Don't miss the Miss Em's Holiday Open House on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center!
Don’t miss the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center!

From understated bracelets to statement necklaces, cute clutches to boho bags, stud earrings to dangling chandeliers, and posh pashminas to cozy scarves, Miss Em’s has it.  It’s an online boutique and Emily hand-selects everything herself, so that’s how she keeps the costs as low as possible.

Some of my favorite bracelets that Miss Em's is selling right now!
Some of my favorite bracelets that Miss Em’s is selling right now!

And while most of the time, you have to go online to see and buy her items, she does host an annual Holiday Shopping-themed Open House every year where you can shop in person! This year’s event is on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center (7970 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255). Click here to get all the event details!

The first 150 people in attendance receive a swag bag filled with coupons from other vendors and local businesses, such as Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Jamberry Nails, Décor by Laurie.

All of the jewelry will be $20 or lower. Purses will range from $20 – $50, Scarves will range from $12 – $15, Headbands will range from $12 – $15. Follow Miss Em’s on Facebook to see more pictures of items that will be at the event, and get updates on other events, etc.

The event is open to the public. If you read this and attend the event and mention Cincy Chic, you will get a free gift! Also, if you would like to receive a postcard or emails about this event, please contact

I’ll be there snagging some great gifts for all the fashionistas on my list (and of course a ton of stuff for myself, I’m sure! haha!) Hope to see you there!

Selecting a Career after Beauty School

We've been working with a lot of different beauty schools at our events lately - and I also know a lot of friends looking to get into the field which is growing SO much right now. So, I thought I'd put together this blog to help you find the right career for you after beauty school. Enjoy!-------Graduation is only the beginning. Cosmetology careers are widespread and varied, and a slew of interesting options exist for those tuned in to the modern industry. Ultimately, your future is determined by you -- the graduate. Certainly, great cosmetology programs like Marinello Schools of Beauty and others exist, and awesome resources like can assist with industry trends and options.

Some things never change, however, and your post-grad career path should be drafted upon several ‘stepping stones for success.’


Step One: Understand the Growth Potential

Before getting your hands wet, understand the industry. Cosmetology is growing, as is the beauty field in general. Many career opportunities have blossomed from progressive science, and many spas have become medical locations for consumers. Before beginning your career path, consider your skill-sets.

Likely, you’ve graduated from a viable program’s specified field. If you’ve obtained a degree in aesthetics, you’ll have many options available. If, however, you’ve acquired a side degree in finance, hair care company representation may be in the cards. A lot of modern cosmetologists have acquired medical degrees, too, opening their professional horizons to medical aesthetics.


Step Two: Focus on Specialization

Sure, you might’ve specialized in school, but the industry has become endlessly collapsible in terms of options. You may want to work in a salon. You may also want a management position. Before settling on one choice, read up on modern trends, facts and field shifts surrounding haircuts, facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. Again, specialized education is helpful. Self-motivation, even more so. Check out a modern fashion blog, and consider your desired angle to assist the industry.


Step Three: Utilize Job Placement Services

They do exist, and they’re entirely conducive to job searches. In fact, your previous beauty program probably held seminars dedicated to future career paths. Don’t worry, it’s not too late! Chances are, you can still access your university’s career search services. These services are incredibly beneficial, as they’re tailored around the education you, yourself, have obtained. If you haven't relocated, consider popping by your old university. Reach out to old professors.

Other job search resources exist, too. Often, these resource providers work closely with both educational providers and employers, crafting awesome programs dedicated to assisting young professional growth. If you’re looking for job placement, consider post-grad assistance programs. Here, you’ll be able to fine-tune your knowledge while targeting wanted industries. Your experience, abilities and tactics are wanted, so don’t sell yourself short!


Step Four: Make Yourself Valuable

Like every industry, beauty is competitive. Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be competing with other graduates. Fortunately, you have tools at your disposal. Advanced beauty classes needn’t be difficult to engage, and many are available to post-grads at reduced prices.

If you can attend a training company’s classes, do so. Your year-by-year dedication will show, as will the expertise you’ve garnered through repetition. Your value, on paper, is an incredible asset. Advanced colors classes, advanced styling and even spa management are useful, here.


Step Five: Work the Community

Sometimes, it’s about who you know. Even if you intend to move away from your community’s location, you can still work its resources. You can gain success through intelligent community working, so don’t neglect to locate, use and take advantage of local resources. You’ll be surprised by your findings, and many valuable services exist to aid those working their way up in part-time atmospheres.

Overall, be sure to utilize communication. Coworkers, previous professors and friends are all valuable resources, and each offers much in terms of future benefits. Stay up to date with modern culture, and never turn away post-grad seminars. Your educational providers want you to succeed. They have resources for post-grad career selection, so don’t turn away. As you progress, your options will open.

Review: Ella B Neighborhood Candles

We hosted a decorating party at A Village Gift Shop in Glendale a couple weeks ago for our upcoming Bras with Flair on the Square event (coming up on Oct. 2!!) and while I was there I found what might possibly be the BEST smelling candles ever! They’re called Ella B Candles. They’re hand-poured in Charlotte, NC and pure soy (so you don’t have to worry about the chemicals or not burning clean). Company is 4 years old, owned by a husband and wife team.

The ladies at the shop told me that they have a great holiday lineevery year, and they even do customized candles. A Village Gift Shop stocks Wyoming, Glendale, OTR, Cincinnati, West Chester and Mason neighborhood candles — what an awesome gift idea! Makes a wonderful gift for someone new to the area or moving from the area, or a hostess gift, or holiday gift. And they smell UH-MAZE-ING! Definitely check them out!


Review: STMT Grace Skirt

If you asked me to pick my ONE favorite item in my wardrobe right now, I know exactly what I’d tell you: My STMT Grace skirt. I love everything about it… the color, the interesting hemline, the comfortable fabric, the slimming fit…

My friend Teresa Washington, who used to live and own a boutique here in Cincinnati (she moved to Chicago, but she still has events in Cincinnati â€" we just did one with her in June!) started the line,STMT, and she’s doing SO awesome! Check out her FB page where she posts when celebs wear her pieces and when she’s featured in national expos!

But I wanted to post a review about this skirt because it’s seriously the best skirt in the history of skirts — it’s now my favorite piece in my wardrobe, that I know will look good and be comfortable no matter if I’m going to a business meeting, or just hanging out at the house with the little one. It also has a great “flow” to it… when I walk it floats behind me like I’m a Disney princess; when I twist, it twirls around me; when I go down stairs, it billows and bounces … it just, I don’t know how to better explain it other than saying “It just makes me feel really, really, ridiculously pretty.”

It sells for $56, and considering that I’ve worn it 4,298,999 times already, I definitely am getting a great cost per wear! And the feeling really pretty thing is pretty priceless, amiright? ;-) Highly recommended! It also comes in black — my former intern Niyah blogged about that version here. (<< her blog, “Inexpensive Chic,” is awesome by the way!)

The Grace Skirt! I love how it’s styled with the hi-low cut centered on the side here! I’m going to have to try that!
Me wearing the skirt for my daughter’s first birthday party. I wanted to look cute but also be comfortable with all the running around I was doing that day! Mission accomplished!
Pair the skirt and white tee with a jacket and you have a work-appropriate outfit!
A great weekend look paired with a floral top (and no the leafy bra isn’t part of the outfit… I was decorating it for the Oct. 2 Bras with Flair event on Fountain Square!)
I love pairing the skirt with a t-shirt and flip flops and hanging out at the house with my kiddo. She loves how flowy it is!


Teresa Washington styling her model for their photoshoot! She’s a true artist!

2015 Seasonably Chic Showcase

If you like shopping local, but don’t want to run every which way across town getting everything you need for your holiday shopping this year (yes, I said holiday shopping before Halloween - I’m a planner)… we have the BEST event for you! It’s our seventh annual Seasonably Chic Showcase, and it’s going to be our best one yet! We have amazing fashion show sponsors, new vendors and boutiques you haven’t heard of yet, AND an awesome brunch ‘n’ learn sponsor! Oh and did I mention it’s FREE to get in?! (Well, you bring a canned good for the FreeStore, but other than that, it’s free!) We even gift wrap everything you bought at the event for free! Best event ever! Check out the details below! See you then!:)

2015 Seasonably Chic Showcase
Sat., Nov. 7, 10am-2pm

The Phoenix, 812 Race St. Cincinnati Oh 45202

$2 parking available at Garfield Garage located next door on 9th Street

Learn more and RSVP at:

Shop for everyone on your nice list with the best local boutiques and vendors â€" all under one roof! Bring a canned good for the FreeStore FoodBank to get free entry and a swag bag! Also enjoy complimentary gift wrapping, refreshments, mini massages and a freeze modeling fashion show showcasing the latest trends! Plus, more than $3,000 in prizes randomly awarded to attendees! Attend the free brunch ’n’ learn at 12pm, brought to you by Memories 2b Treasured, to learn how to organize photographs and artifacts into professional albums, canvas prints, and countless other products customized to share your “story.”

Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLCSt. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsors: FLAWless Face Makeup ArtistryL’Amour BisouFolchi’s Fine Men’s Apparel and Formal Wear

Brunch ‘n’ Learn Sponsor: Memories 2b Treasured

Booth Sponsor: Mary Kay with Emily StalfThirty-One Gifts with Beth MerrittIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalIt Works! by Shrink Wrap Me SkinnyChampion WindowsMaui Whitening â€" West ChesterRodan + Fields Dermatologists with Rebecca Noss,Allusions,Associates in Women’s HealthStella & Dot with Maranda BowenScentsy with Amanda JohnsonYounique by Sheena RoustaiKoop Diamond CuttersBundle Up CrochetPerfectly Posh with Jaymie PollakOrigami Owl with Daniela GausmannTobey 1 Originals with Tami SeurkampeSBe Designs Jewelry, TruPet, Tyra BeautyHalominerGild Collective

2015 Seasonably Chic Showcase

Reading Bridal District Fall In Love Bridal Show



Cincy Chic is working with the Reading Bridal District to put together this AWESOME event for local brides! Man, I wish there were events like this when I was getting married (does that make me sound old? haha!) But seriously, if you have wedding bells in your future, grab your gal pals and come to enjoy this fun night. You’ll get to pop in lots of fun bridal shops to get ideas, enjoy refreshments, and enter to win tons of prizes (like a $10k wedding giveaway!). All the details are below – hope to see you there!


Reading Bridal District Fall In Love Bridal Show

September 17, 2015

Time: 6pm-9pm

Spend the evening on the streets of the Reading Bridal District & meet dozens of wedding professionals to make your wedding perfect & a chance to win a wedding giveaway.

SPECIAL OFFER: Print this Offer for 3 Free Raffle Tickets for the Giveaway

Event Venue Name:

Reading Bridal District
118 W Benson St, Cincinnati, OH 45215

Event/Organization/Company Website:

Website to Buy Ticket :

Ticket Price:

With your $5 admission fee you will receive (3) Free Raffle tickets for the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the evening. You can purchase additional raffle tickets for $2 each or (3) for $5.00.*

Visit Heritage Village for Family Fun this Fall!

I recently checked out the Heritage Village Museum (check out the video below) to learn about some of the fun events they have coming up this fall!

If you haven’t been before, you MUST. It’s in Sharonville, so it’s pretty convenient no matter where you’re coming from in the city. It’s not your typical “museum” either. It’s essentially a collection of different buildings from different time periods, and each one is decorated with authentic items/decor that you would have found in it during its prime. They’re also staffed with people outfitted in period clothing who can tell you all about the building and the items you’re seeing. It’s really pretty cool.

I’ve been before with just the hubs before we were parents – it was a holiday themed event where you could go in and see the buildings and people all decked out for the holidays. So I know they go all out for the events they hold at Heritage Village. Which is why, now as a parent, I’m SUPER excited for these fall events! I’m definitely bringing our little history buff in the making!

Check out the event details and video below!

 The Union Forever: An Exhibit of Union Civil War Artifacts

This exhibit highlights the important role Ohio played in the Civil War with every artifact on display representing the greater Cincinnati area. Items include the field desk of Major Robert Joyce of the 93rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, uniform of Captain Henry Mallroy of the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and Saber used by Dr. Henry Langdon, Brigade Surgeon with the 79th Ohio Volunteer Regiment.

This exhibit is the capstone project of Eric Kelso, a graduate student in the Master of Arts Public History program at Northern Kentucky University.


Brilliant Impressions: A Century of Glass

 Heritage Village Museum presents a new exhibit showcasing American glassware in the 19thcentury. Glass has long been a vital material for both functional and decorative household items. Between 1800 and 1900, the glassmaking industry was revolutionized by the invention of machines to manufacture glass by pressing rather than blowing and decorating it by hand. Pressing allowed greater availability of glassware and a wider array of designs.

This exhibit highlights different variations of glassware, ranging from everyday objects to symbols of economic status.

The exhibit runs through October 23, 2015. Admission is $2/adults, $1/children 5-12. Children under 5 and museum members are free. Exhibit admission is included with the purchase of a guided or self-guided tour.

Stay Connected:

To keep up with the latest news and events at the Heritage Village check out their blog and newsletter!

Cars, Cigars & Style – Save the Date

As you probably know by now, arthritis is something that hit our family hard over the past few years (click here for more about that). Ever since my husband Pete was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a decade ago, he’s been using the Arthritis Foundation resources to connect with others, access information and find new physicians. We’ve gotten more and more involved over the years, to the point where Pete and his dad are on chapter boards, and his mom, sister and I are on event planning boards.

This year, I decided that it’s time to do a Cincy Chic and Cincinnati Profile (the male version of Cincy Chic that I help run) event to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. So, I got together with one of Pete’s favorite menswear shop â€" Blaine’s in Montgomery â€" and put together this event concept (see all the details below) of “Cars, Cigars & Style”. I hope to see you there!


Cars, Cigars & Style

When: Saturday, November 14, 6-9pm

Where: Blaine’s Fine Men’s Apparel 9407 Montgomery Rd Cincinnati OH 45242


Enjoy: swag bag, wine and bourbon tastings, light bites and a premium cigar selection. Also, view classic cars and shop for a cause, as 10% of all sales will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation!

Brought to you by: Cincy Chic and Cincinnati Profile

Cars, Cigars & Style Blaines

Bras with Flair & Official Decorating Party – Event Details Released!

Ahh! I can’t believe it! It’s already time to promote our longest running event, Bras with Flair on the Square! It’s going to be our NINTH annual event this year, and I’m really pumped about it. We’re working with Owl Be Sweatin’ to promote their new Strength Series of headbands, where a portion of the proceeds benefits a local breast cancer survivor… who will be making an appearance in our fashion show!

Also new this year is an Official Decorating Party, which we’re going to hold at A Village Gift Shop in Glendale on Sept. 17. If you attend and decorate your bra at the party, you’ll get free tickets to Bras with Flair! Plus, you’ll get to enjoy refreshments, food truck yumminess, shopping and lots of fun!

All the event details are below! Hope to see you there!

Celebrate Cincy Chic’s 9th Annual Bras with Flair on the Square!
Oct. 2, 5-8pm, on Fountain Square

Hundreds of decorated bras will be flying high on Fountain Square! Vote on your favorite (one voter will win a $500 prize pack!), while enjoying music, drinks, shopping, and a runway fashion show with a breast cancer survivor spotlight. $10 Ticket includes runway seat, light bites, and swag bag – All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Want to have a decorated bra featured at the event? Mail or drop off to the Cincy Chic office (463 Ohio Pike Suite 301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45255) by Sept. 28, or learn more about the official Bras with Flair Decorating Party on Sept. 17

SUPPORTING SPONSORS PNC BankSt. Elizabeth Healthcare,Cors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC


VENDOR BOOTH SPONSORS Thirty-One Gifts with Beth Merritt,Ideal Image Laser Hair RemovalIt Works! by Shrink Wrap Me SkinnyMary Kay by Amber NicholsChampion WindowsMaui Whitening – West ChesterTyra BeautyAllusionsScentsy with Amanda JohnsonYounique by Sheena RoustaiCurrent Catering


BROUGHT TO YOU BY Cincy Chic, the only online lifestyle publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.

2015 Bras with Flair on the Square

Start-Ups & Stilettos Sept. 11 – Sneak Peek

Our Start-Ups & Stilettos event is coming up on Sep. 11 and I’m getting SO excited for it! First off, we’ll have a TON of prizes for it! From jewelry and shopping excursions at local boutiques to  spa packages and Bengals memorabilia… we’ll have $3,000+ in raffle prizes up for grabs.

ALL proceeds from the tickets sold and the raffles go to Purposeful Painting, which is a locally launched 501c3 non-profit organization that helps women with jobs get on their feet again. I love it because it helps the “in between” women — the ones who ARE working, not on public assistance, but are in need of funds to get through a difficult time, whether it’s medical expenses, fixing a car, or any other unexpected financial blow. And the funds are raised in a fun way — local artists collectively create pieces and classes. The pieces are then sold to raise funds for the endowments. Pretty cool, huh?

I recently just bought one of the pieces for our TV room and I love it because not only is it great art, but I know it also supported a great cause. And if anyone complements us on it, I have a great story to tell!

As for the fashions in the show — this is going to be an AWESOME fashion show! Since it’s a woman-in-business themed event, all the models in the show are local female business owners! And they’ll be outfitted in the place that’s become my new obsession, Clothes Mentor  (click here to see my review and some of my fab finds!). It’s like Plato’s Closet for the professional woman — you MUST check it out! And in case you haven’t yet, they’ll be offering a sneak peek of the store with a pop-up shop at our event, and a portion of all their sales are going to Purposeful Painting!

More details about the event below. Hope to see you there!

Start-ups & Stilettos
When: Friday, September 11, 6-9pm
Where: PNC Bank 5th St location – 201 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Enjoy: Networking, refreshments, shopping, interactive “co-creation” art stations, photo booth, fashion show featuring local women-owned business owners, and more than $3,000 in prizes (including prize for the best stilettos, selected by our panel of Cincinnati-based style bloggers)!
Tickets: $10 – includes swag bag, 2 drink tickets, and 10 door prize entries. All proceeds benefitPurposeful Painting.
Hosted by: Bad Girl Ventures and Cincy Chic
Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLCSt. Elizabeth Healthcare
Fashion Show Sponsors: Clothes MentorThe Wild Hare Salon
Booth Sponsors: Maui Whitening – West ChesterAllusions,Associates in Women’s Health,Scentsy with Amanda Johnson,Younique by Sheena RoustaiStella & Dot with Katie McHughLisa RiccardiPerfectly Posh with Jaymie PollakMary Kay with Emily StalfThirty-One Gifts with Beth MerrittIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalIt Works! by Shrink Wrap Me SkinnyChampion WindowsTobey 1 Originals with Tami SeurkampGPHOMESTAY,Rodan & Fields with Courtney R. SchankeSBe Designs Jewelry,Tyra BeautyFranNet MidAmerica

Start-ups & Stilettos

Dearborn County Upcoming Events!

Lots and lots of fun events coming up in Dearborn County, Indiana! From antiques and history to fall fun and crafts, check out some of the fun stuff you’ll find with our neighbors to the west!

Tri-State Antique Market

- September 6

- 351 E. Eads Pkwy. (U.S. 50) 7AM-3PM, Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. 

- Market open 7AM-3PM the first Sunday of each month, May through October

Indiana’s largest antiques and vintage only collectibles market. Indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. 200 dealers each month.

- Admission charge of $3.00 for those 18 and older.

- Information: 513 738-7256

Hillforest Victorian House Museum Antique Appraisal

- September 12

- 5:00PM. 213 Fifth Street, Aurora. 

- “Is It Antique Yet”? Each guest is invited to bring one antique for appraisal by Maggie Beckmeyer, a professional appraiser with “Auctions by Maggie”. A tour of the Museum and refreshments are included in the price.

- Members: $10.00; Non-members: $20.00.

- Hillforest is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00PM-5PM.

- It was the home of industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family between 1855 and 1891. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designated a National Historic landmark in 1992.

- For information and reservations: 812 926-0087 or go to

Arts & Crafts in the Park

- September 13

- 9AM-5PM, Newtown Park, State Rt. 50, Lawrenceburg.

- Annual arts & crafts sale held in quaint city park. 160 booths of fine handmade crafts and fine arts.

- Food & restrooms available.

- Information: 812 926-3750.

Southeast Indiana Quilt Expo

- September 18 & 19

- Lawrenceburg Event Center, 91 Walnut Street. 9AM-5PM, Friday. 9AM-3PM, Saturday.

- Quilter’s event sponsored by Windham Fabrics. Meet Windham’s new designer Jill Shaulis and her new line of fabrics and patterns for Windham’s new Kindred Spirits Club.

- Participating quilters and shops come from a variety of states in the Midwest.

- Information:

Lawrenceburg Fall Fest

- September 24, 25 & 26

-Downtown Lawrenceburg, IN, on Walnut Street near US Route 50.

- Annual three day festival(Thursday-Saturday) featuring top name entertainment, games, carnival rides, car show, Bar-b-que contest and food.

- Some of the featured entertainers for 2015 are Wynonna, Diamond Rio, Skid Row and Survivor.

- For more information: 800 322-8198/Dearborn County Visitors Bureau or visit:

The Quilt Expo and Fall Fest are largest and most unique of the events.

Get Creative with Gild Collective

(l-r) Me, Jessie, Kelsey Pytlik and Rachel Bauer McCreary

A few weeks ago, I met my friend Jessie and her two new co-workers for lunch. Jessie recently left her corporate job to go into business with these two gals. They just got accepted into The Brandery (as the first female-led group, I might mention) a few months ago and have been going full speed ahead ever since!

We just did a big feature on their business, GILD Collective, here in Cincy Chic if you want to get the full story on them and see some examples of recent projects they’ve done. But their business concept in a nutshell is that you get a group of your friends together for a craft night. They provide the supplies and instructions, so you don’t need to be a Martha Stewart to host or attend a party. And everyone leaves with memories and a cute project made.

It’s not a party where someone is trying to sell you products the whole time, either. It’s a party where you unplug for a bit, connect with your friends instead, get creative, and take something cute home that you’ll proudly wear or display because you made it! Oh, and if you hosted the party, GILD gives you your craft kit for free! You can make anything from jewelry to home decor – all tres chic, on-trend, and not crummy-crafty-look-what-I-made-as-an-art-project looking.

The gals at GILD Collective will be at our upcoming “School’s Back, Mom Relax” Aug. 21 event if you’d like to meet them, and see some of their projects in person. Click here to learn about the event, and use the code GILD to get in FREE! Hope to see you there! But if you can’t make that event here are events on 8/22 and 8/30 if you’d like to attend those and meet the GILD gals! (They’re super fun, so you’ll be glad you did!)

Gild Collective has more than just jewelry project kits, there are also kits for home decor items to give your home a DIY-refresher.DIY project kits from Gild Collective allow you to tackle crafts you might not otherwise get around to doing.Give your jewelry a dedicated (and cute!) spot with a DIY holder.When hosting Gild Collective Parties, guests receive project kits with detailed instructions.

Clothes Mentor - My New Secret to Style Success!!!

I did a Star64 shoot at Clothes Mentor a couple weeks ago and fell in LOVE. It’s like the Plato’s Closet for professional women â€" lots of designer stuff! I brought in a basket of things I wasn’t wearing (got $50 cash!) and while I was waiting, I found the below outfit (dress and jewelry) for only $12!

Seriously ladies, this place is AMAZING! Clean out your closet and find one of these places near you! There are three locations in Cincy (I went to their new one in Hyde Park Plaza!) Also, they’re going to be the fashion show sponsor of our Sept 11 “Start-ups and Stilettos” event â€" giving 10% of all sales at the event to our charity! Hope to see you there!


Local Nonprofit Provides Complimentary Laundry Services to Cincinnati Families

I thought this was pretty awesome, so I'm sharing! Please share it with anyone who you think might be interested!

Local Nonprofit Provides Complimentary Laundry Services to Cincinnati Families

CINCINNATI, Ohio â€" (August 20, 2015) â€" As part of the Laundry Project, Current of Ohio is spending this Saturday, August 22, washing the clothes, towels and linens of Cincinnati residents at no  cost. The event, which provides the laundry detergent and coins, runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be held at City Limits Laundry & Tanning located at 50 W. Nixon St.

With the average trip to the laundromat running close to $25, clean clothes is not always an option for roughly 316,000 adults and 167,000 children living in poverty in the Cincinnati area. Current volunteers look forward to reaching their project goal of supporting approximately 40 families by completing 400 loads of laundry.

“Each Laundry Project provides the opportunity to uplift the community by investing in relationships,” said Current of Ohio’s Director, Corey Easterday. “The goal is to turn the laundromats into ‘Community Centers of Hope’ and show families they are loved. 

The University of Cincinnati and Northstar Community Church are sponsoring the event by providing volunteers and a monetary donation. The Laundry Project however is always seeking donations of much-needed supplies including detergent, quarters (rolls of $10), one-gallon Ziploc bags, garbage bags, coloring books, crayons, fabric softener and laundry baskets. 

About Current of Ohio, Inc.

Current is a faith-based organization that started with young adults committed to educating others on current social initiatives and mobilizing them to bring about change. Current establishes college campus groups for awareness and education, organizes local events such as the Laundry Project and Hope for Homes Project, and leads yearly domestic and international mission trips. To learn more about Current of Ohio or to see photos of past Laundry Projects, visit us at

Details2Decor 7th Birthday Party Aug. 27!

According to Marilyn Monroe, seven years is when you start to get the itch. That must be why my gal pals over at Details2Decor, are itching to have a FABULOUS night out to celebrate their seven years in business together! :) I’m sooooo excited for them!

Me with the owners of Details2Decor, Starr Rivers and Ethel Bonner
Me with the owners of Details2Decor, Starr Rivers and Ethel Bonner

They have an amazing event planned (what else would you expect from a couple of event planners, right?!) on Aug. 27 complete with a courtyard, cocktails, InstaGlam Fashion Cam, swag brag bag, sweet and spicy treats, door prizes, and more!

After the event, the fun continues on Fountain Square for a fun night of Salsa Dancing. (If you’ve never been to a salsa night on Fountain Square, you MUST!) It’s always really well attended and so much fun! I love that the Details2Decor incorporated that into their event!

It’s free to attend their chic celebration, but if you wish, you can opt to donate $7 to a cause that’s near and dear to them: the Penny-Manning Dare to Live Memorial Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more about the event, the cause and RSVP!


Getting to Know Poker’s November Nine

In a few weeks, nine men will make a return trip to Las Vegas. Three days later one of them will leave with more than $7 million dollars.

The group is known as the November 9, and they make up the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, one of the highest paying championships in the sports world.

The WSOP is a series of poker tournaments, which is currently in its forty-sixth year. The tournaments have entry fees (known as “buy-ins” in the poker world) from $565 to $50,000. The Main Event is the final and most prestigious event and has a buy-in of $10,000. This year’s Main Event drew more than 6,000 players.

The allure of the WSOP Main Event is fairly evident. It is estimated that over 50 million Americans play poker regularly. The game’s worldwide popularity has increased substantially over the last decade and is now arguably the most popular recreational sport in the world.

The prospect of competing against some of the world’s best known players is almost as big of a draw as the potential payday. Unlike other championship events, the only requirement for entry into the Main Event is having the buy-in and the Main Event champions list is filled by a large number of amateur players.

The egalitarian nature of poker makes it equivalent to taking to the court with Rafael Nadal or the links with Tiger Woods and emerging the victor. This year’s Main Event is a perfect example. “Kid Poker” Daniel Negreanu is poker’s all-time tournament money winner, with over $30 million in career earnings. He is also one of the most popular players in the game. During the grueling seven days of competition leading up to the final table, Negreanu displayed the skill and ability that has made him a star. Players and fans alike were hoping to see him make the final table and add another milestone to his already illustrative career. When he was eliminated in 11th placeand photographers captured his dramatic fall to the ground, the winner of the confrontation Joseph McKeehan even stated “I killed the room. I know that. I know I may be a villain for a little while.”

This year’s champion will become the forty-fifth WSOP Main event champion and the seventh winner in the current November 9 format.

Until 2008 the WSOP Main Event format was the same as all of the other events in the series in that play continued daily until a winner was crowned in mid-July. That year the WSOP announced that once the final table was established, play would halt with the 9 remaining players returning to the Rio Hotel and Casino in November to play for the championship. The WSOP stated that the change would allow the players to prepare for one of the richest paydays in the sports world. It would also allow for increased promotion of the event, which is broadcast live in the US on ESPN and on other networks worldwide. The change has succeeded on both counts.

The make-up of the final nine players is a perfect example of why poker and poker tournaments in particular are such major draws for players and spectators. The players represent four different countries, different levels of poker experience, and a wide range of ages.

The “Young Guns”

Over the past decade, poker has been dominated by young players. These “twenty-somethings” have grown up with online and televised poker and have been major beneficiaries of the “Poker Boom” of 2003. Three of the November 9 are perfect examples of poker young guns.

Josh Beckley – At 24, the New Jersey pro has earned over $200,000 in his short poker career. His largest cash of $98,348 came by way of a 2014 championship in a $1500 buy-in event, which is more than eclipsed by his guaranteed $1 million for making the November 9. In interviews with various poker news sources Beckley seems to be taking the achievement in stride and plans to spend the down time vacationing and hanging out with friends.

Thomas Cannuli – This is the second WSOP Main Event cash of the young pro’s (he just turned 23) career. In his first try he took home $18,406 which is his largest win to date. Cannuli primarily plays cash games, and has gained a lot of interest in the poker community. His friends and supporters include poker pros Jeff Gross, Antonio Esfandiari, and Sorel Mizzi. Olympic star and poker player Michael Phelps is also a friend and fan and is rumored to have partially backed Cannuli’s Main Event entry.

Federico Butteroni – The 25 year old Italian pro is the second Italian to make a November 9. Although his previous poker earnings only total a little over $100,000, his final table appearance will put him in the top 20 of Italy’s all time tournament money winners. Butteroni embodies the lifestyle of the tournament grinder and has traveled to Australia, the Czech Republic and the US to play.

The Experienced Pros

Poker is one of the few sports where players in their upper twenties can be considered veterans. Several of the November 9 fall into this category.

Patrick Chan – The 26 year old poker pro from New York is what the poker world calls a “grinder;” a player that takes the game seriously and approaches it as a business rather than a gamble. This has worked out well for Chan as he has earned more than $500,000 in live games since turning pro. He has his work cut out for him when the Main Event returns as he will take his seat with one of the two smallest chip stacks.

Joseph McKeehan – McKeehan is a true product of the “Poker Boom” whose interest in poker began after watching ESPN’s coverage of the 2003 WSOP. Even though he is only 24, the Pennsylvania native has earned more than $2 million in live tournaments and is a regular in the WSOP Circuit Events, where he has one championship title to his name. In just his first two years of play he made an incredible seven final tables in tournaments in Atlantic City.

Max Steinberg – The 27 year old is the only player at the final table with a WSOP bracelet which he won in 2012 in a $1,000 buy-in event. The Iowa native has almost $2 million in live tournament earnings, not including the $1 million he is guaranteed for his November 9 appearance. Steinberg actually gave up playing poker for a year to concentrate on his other passion Daily Fantasy Sports.

The Dark-Horse Amateur

Ofer Zvi Stern – Each year it seems that the WSOP Main Event catapults a talented newcomer to poker fame. In the past that has included a French waitress, a Texas car dealer, a self-employed logger, and, of course, Tennessee accountant Chris Moneymaker. Some have gone on to future poker success, others have faded into obscurity. It remains to be seen which will be the case with 36 year old Israeli player Ofer Zvi Stern. Stern’s poker resume contains only two prior cashes for a total of about $50,000. He will start the final table a comfortable second in chips.

The Old-School players

Many have said that tournament poker is a young man’s game. Poker legend Doyle Brunson, who is 82, states that the long grueling hours are the main reason he now longer plays tournament poker although he is still a regular in the Las Vegas high-stakes cash games. Two of the November 9 are looking to the break the streak young gun WSOP champions.

Pierre Neuville – At 72, Belgium born Pierre Neuville, is indeed the elder statesman at the table. His more than $3 million in tournament earnings stand as a testament to his poker playing skill, which he has honed since starting to play in 1957. Neuville has only recently taken up poker on a regular basis since retiring as an executive for the European division of Hasbro, a position that prohibited him from playing poker. Neuville’s resume includes creating the board game Eddy Merckx and a European poker Lifetime achievement award. In an interview in 2013 Neuville said “I want to proof to the senior players among us that our potential has no limits whatever our age. It is time that we get rid of that age complex.” Neuville will start play fourth in chips and is line to become the oldest WSOP Main Event champion in history.

Neil Blumenfield – Blumenfield started playing poker seriously after a long career in the software industry. The 61 year old Californian is the recently retired President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Elastic Intelligence, Inc., but has found plenty of time to play poker and regularly plays in the WSOP and other events such as the Heartland Poker Tour. Blumenfield, whose previous tournament earning total slightly over $100,000, saying that the 2015 WSOP is the “time in my life,” and that he plans to relax in France before returning to Las Vegas to contend for the title.

The November 9 returns to Las Vegas to battle it out on the felt on November 8. Who will you be rooting for?

Curate Boutique is Baaaaack!


By now, you probably know my love for Curate Boutique and Courtney the owner. I was so proud to see her open her store and then so sad to see it close a couple short years later. But a lot changed in that time – even I started to do a ton of my shopping online, and I always resisted it because I know shopping local is so important.

But with a baby on board, being on bed rest, and then confined to the house with a newborn over the past couple of years, my time spent in brick-and-mortar stores (clothing and otherwise) is becoming less and less. I’m even doing my grocery shopping online now!

But enough about me… the big news here is that CURATE BOUTIQUE ONLINE IS NOW OPEN! (insert dancing lady and celebration blowhorn emoji!!!) Click here to check it out for yourself! Lots of awesome summer stuff on clearance, and tons of new fall arrivals… all from the comfort of home. :)

Back to School Mini-Sessions at Spotted Goose

It’s funny how things change when you become a mom. Pre-Lola, my Instagram feed was all world traveling style bloggers. I still have them too, but now I follow kids clothing designers, boutiques and mommy bloggers. One of those kids clothing boutiques that I now follow is Spotted Goose in Oakley. They always post the cutest outfit ideas and just posted this event that’s coming up! What a great idea â€" because everyone knows that school pics never turn out well. This is a way to get lots of cute pics of your little one as they head back to another year of school! More details on their Instagram feed!


End of Summer Weekend Celebration at Krohn, Aug. 22-23


Bonsai Show

Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Bonsai Society

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 • 10 am - 5 pm

See hundreds of bonsai brought to Krohn only for this special weekend. Meet the experts and learn about the techniques for creating and caring for bonsai. Special event included in price of admission.

Krohn Conservatory “End of Summer” Celebration

Sunday, August 23 • 11 am - 3 pm (Special Event Hrs.)

Come to Krohn for a great day of music and nature in beautiful Eden Park as we say good-by to summer! Pack a picnic lunch
or purchase lunch from one of the many food trucks that will be at Krohn Conservatory. Special event included in price of admission.

• LIVE MUSIC with GIGITY • Noon - 1:45 pm

• CRAFT VENDORS ON THE LAWN Soaps • Lotions • Honey •Jewelry

Paper Flowers • Pinwheels •Corn Hole Bean Bags • BEER VENDOR

• FOOD TRUCKS • 11 am - 2 pm

Urban Grill • StreetPops • Andy’s Mediterranean Lyric-Food that Rocks • Wake and Bake Breakfast 

BRIDEface Back to School Charity Bash!


Why should kids get all the fun of fresh new supplies? Come enjoy mini makeup lessons, mimosas, and support Crayons 2 Computers at BRIDEface’s back to school charity bash! 20% of all sales will be donated to help teachers stock their classrooms!

When: Aug. 13 10am-1pm
Where: BRIDEface â€" 2009 Elm St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

PORTALUCA Exclusive Summer Sale

PORTALUCA (the boutique that benefits Dress for Success Cincinnati) is having its Exclusive Summer Sale Aug. 10-15 where you can snag summer merchandise for 75%. Great cause AND great deals!


Fashion Meets Music Festival

The Fashion Meets Music Festival is coming up soon (Sept 5-6) and they just announced their its final schedule of artists. They asked me to participate in their panel so I’m honored to be a part of this year’s event! Check out our story in Cincy Chic about last year’s event and check out the press release below about this year’s event!


COLUMBUS, OH – (August 5, 2015) – The Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF) today announced its 2015 lineup schedule, outlining set times for each performer and designer, and the stages upon which they will be performing over the course of the event. Final additions to the existing music lineup will be Marc Scibilia, Let It Happen and Swell Tides. Additions to the lineup of fashion designers and brands include ModCloth, Joshua Christensen, Kendra Thomas and Carry Me Forward. FMMF returns to the Arena District in Columbus, OH, this Labor Day Weekend, September 5 and 6, 2015. Tickets are currently available for purchase online via TicketFly at: For full lineup information, please visit the FMMF website here:

This year’s Festival will be a two-day event spanning Saturday, September 5 through Sunday, September 6, with After Party events taking place at Park Street Complex starting Friday, September 4 and running through Sunday, September 6. The After Party lineup initial announcement includes CHON with special guests Narrow/Arrow & Playing To Vapors on Sunday evening and several more to be released. General admission tickets are available for $59.99 for a single-day pass and $99.99 for a two-day pass. VIP tickets cost $109.99 for a single-day pass and $189.99 for a two-day pass. Children ages 10 and under will be admitted for free with a ticketed adult.

In addition to music and fashion, a strong emphasis has been placed on the consumer experience at this year’s festival. Columbus’ own food trucks such as PaddyWagon, Kinetic, Cupzilla, Donatos and many more that will be present this year, joined by familiar restaurants such as Dick’s Last Resort, Native Cold Press, Graeter’s Ice Cream, and Steak Escape. The festival footprint will also be transformed into a streetscape of beverage selections, ranging from Stella Artois, Bud Light and Goose Island brands, to OYO, Watershed, Camelot Cellars, Jagermeister, American Harvest Vodka and Casamigos Tequila. The shopping experience at this year’s festival will be second to none with partners including ModCloth, Patrick T Cooper Swimwear, Michael Drummond, Carry Me Forward featuring Seagull Messenger Bags, Jamie Seel, Shop the Black Alley, The Boutique Truck, rockEVERYwear Apparel, Bend Active and Traxler Tees (official merchandiser of FMMF). This year’s experience will be rounded out by sponsored social areas where you can rest and relax between artist performances and designer runway shows.

Last year, FMMF launched the philanthropic arm of the festival, The Fusion Foundation. This year, The Fusion Foundation has curated the Fusion Forum, to be held on August 12 at the Gateway Film Center. The Forum will feature an afternoon of discussion and education focused on ‘making it’ in the music & fashion business. Expert-led panels and speakers will inspire, educate, and empower the city’s emerging and developed fashion and music artists. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students. Scholarships are available for qualifying artists to attend for free. Starting at 5:00 PM, local fashion designers will be selling their wares at the FMMF Pop-Up Marketplace. Admission is free, and no item will exceed $100. For more information and tickets to the Forum please visit A portion of FMMF proceeds will support The Fusion Foundation (501c3), FMMF’s philanthropy program designed to aid creative individuals and groups who support creatives pursuing their dreams.

“Our goal for FMMF 2015 is to bring music and fashion to life on a national stage, producing a community-based programming and destination-based entertainment platform in Columbus,” said Melissa Dickson, Director of Communications for FMMF. “We are thrilled to announce the schedule of each day’s events in both music and fashion. Columbus has such an impressive heritage in music and fashion, and we hope to celebrate that by bringing to the city as many different genres of music and fashion as possible.”

The 2015 Festival would not be possible without FMMF’s dedicated festival, media and community partners: Stella Artois, iheartradio, Jägermeister, 7-Up/Snapple, Donatos, Ricart Automotive Group, West Coast Chill, Uber, OYO/Middlewest Spirits, Watershed Distillery, Camelot Cellars, Studio Movie Grill, Aveda Institute of Columbus, Live Technologies, Sinclair Broadcasting, Columbus Alive!, Traxler Tees, Rural Action Zero Waste, Experience Columbus, Columbus Underground, Yelp!, WXCU Radio, Substream, Woodlands Productions, The Kitchen, Found Model Management, Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), Shadowbox, and many others.

For more information about FMMF 2015, please visit the website and follow FMMF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Members of the media can submit for official press credentials online here:

About the Fashion Meets Music Festival
Created by a team of music and fashion insiders from Columbus, OH, the Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF) is the only festival in the country dedicated to the fusion of fashion and music. The Festival joins two loves into one celebration, elevating music and fashion to a shared experience featuring live performances, runway shows, unique activations, and more. On its journey, FMMF strives to identify Columbus as a national leader in music, fashion, dining, art and education, partnering with local brands and businesses to showcase the best of the city.







Awesome Ohio Products at A Village Gift Shop in Glendale!

I love Ohio. More specifically, I love Cincinnati. I’m from the cornfields of Harrison, went to college in Oxford, and I even started a business with “Cincy” in the name! haha! So, when I find cool things to let me show my city pride (in a chic, non-cheesy way of course), I’m on it!

20131101-084016That’s just one of the reasons why I love A Village Gift Shop in Glendale. I know, I know, you probably thinkI’m obsessed with this store (which is completely true). But I write about it so often, and all the cool things I find there because it never fails, whenever I wear something from there, I get several compliments and people always ask where I got it (check out a few of the pieces pictured that I’ve gotten there!)IMG_7933

But in addition to cute jewelry (and house wears like we wrote about in this week’s feature story on Cincy Chic), they also carry a ton of great Ohio products.

The store went all out getting decorated (check out the pic!) for the All-Star games and have started to stock a ton of products to celebrate Ohio and the Cincinnati area.

11665596_10153327506195971_9108388743091012995_nChart necklaces and bracelets are made in Maine and are wonderful maps of our hometown or the town your heart is in. Lots of people wear chart necklaces for the city or state their child now lives or that they love to vacation or grew up.ohio_1

Cat Studio makes hometown-proud home goods! I have given to lots of my friends or family that have moved away. They love them! Kids love them too because there’s so many fun things to look at and hidden gems to research and explore!

Rookwood Pottery is also a classic, Cincinnati favorite that’s carried at A Village Gift Shop (they carry the tiles and vases). Tiles have scenes of Cincinnati and they even carry the Cincinnati reds tiles. Check out the pic below — even better check them out in person at the shop! (3 Village Sq Glendale, Ohio)


Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati Attempting TWO World Records July 31

Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati is hosting an event this Friday night at their campus in Sharonville, in attempts to break TWO Guinness World Records: Tallest Hairstyle and Hairstyle with the most drinking straws! By attempting these records they hope to raise money for many local and national non-profits (details below). Stop by and support them this Friday any time between 6-9PM at the school- 11956 Lebanon Rd Cincinnati, OH. $10 Adult $5 child entry fee for their charity efforts.


Two Upcoming Bridal Events!

I cannot believe that Pete and I are coming up on our SEVENTH wedding anniversary soon! It seriously seems like yesterday, but in reality I know it wasn’t. Especially when I hear my younger friends (ack, that makes me sound old!) talk about using Pinterest to find all kinds of great ideas, and going to fun bridal shows to find the local vendors who will make their big day dreams come true.

Back in the day (yup, definitely old), there was no Pinterest and the bridal expos -- the one or two a year that existed -- were boring and held at the convention center downtown. So, all you ladies with wedding bells in your future, soak it in because this is a great time to be engaged! GO to these fun expos! GO with all your Pinterest boards created. Meet, greet and enjoy planning that super special day! Here are two expos coming up (one for all you gals up north closer to Dayton, and another one is downtown at the casino… yes, you can plan your wedding while visiting the casino… hey, win big and it’ll pay for it! haha!)

Enjoy… Ya young whippersnappers! ;-)


#8or8 Pantene Beautiful Lengths Event Aug. 3!

8or8. That's the new theme of this year's Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, and I love it! It's easy -- just donate either $8 or 8” of your hair for the event coming up on Monday, August 3! The hair and monetary donations will be used to help create free real-hair wigs for women with cancer. A new non-profit fund has been created in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation in which 100% of monetary donations are used for wig-making: Learn more about the August 3 event below! Hope to see you there!

Pantene Beautiful Lengths 4th Annual Hair Donation EventMonday, August 3rd, 1-4:00PM
Procter & Gamble Tower Gardens --  2 Procter & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Donate $8 or 8” (#8or8) Challenge will be the Pantene Beautiful Lengths theme this year as P&G employees, family, friends and members of the Cincinnati community donate their ponytails and dollars to Pantene Beautiful Lengths on Monday, August 3rd. After the ceremonial cut, hair donors will be treated to finished cuts and styling by local hair professionals.

Fill out this form to apply:

For more information on Pantene Beautiful Lengths,

Also, this just happened -- local Girl Scouts can actually now earn a Pantene Beautiful Lengths badge! Girl Scouts of Western Ohio just announced a new partnership with Pantene Beautiful Lengths to educate girls about hair, cancer, and community action. The goal of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Girl Scout Patch program is to teach girls about healthy hair, inspire them to take action in their community, and show how much a generous and selfless act, such as a hair donation, can mean to a person in need. You can learn more about the new Badge:


Baby Bodyguards = Best Idea EVER


I feel like I live in a completely different house now that my daughter is mobile. I look at every piece of furniture, edge, and light socket to see if Lola will either try to eat it, climb it, or accidentally split her head open on it. And, unfortunately, I don’t realize which one of these options every.single.thing. in our house will be until Lola goes ahead and shows me.

That’s why I felt like the skies parted, rays of sunshine poured out, and angels started singing when I learned about Baby Bodyguards. They are literally just that — bodyguards for your baby — providing safety services for families with babies and small children. This includes home babyproofing, certified car seat installation, and in-home CPR classes.

Parents have enough to do without worrying about how safe their home environment is. They just come in, walk through the home with the parent, and install any necessary devices.

I told them what their goals are when they come into a house and they said these three things:

Safety without too many restrictions. Kids should be free to explore, learn, and have fun. It’s their home, too.

Education. It’s not just about installing safety equipment; we teach parents about what to watch out for and how they can easily identify and remove potential hazards. Every aspect of our service includes teaching parents new skills.

Thoroughness. We know what small children are likely to get into, and we know how to take care of the things that are threats. Putting in a few outlet covers or cabinet latches is a false sense of security. We don’t want parents to say “I wish I had known about this danger” after an accident happens.

The owners of the business credit their son for being their inspiration. But he’s not the crazy, increasingly-mobile toddler you’re probably envisioning. Dylan Weidlich (their son) was going to school in Chicago and became an EMT for Loyola University. He began working with several Chicago firefighters–providing CPR classes for expectant parents, becoming certified and installing car seats, and consulting with Chicago Children’s Hospital on car seats for post-operative children and children with other special needs. When he returned to Cincinnati, he wanted to continue working with families on safety issues. Dylan’s mom and dad joined him, and they found a family in Brooklyn that was doing this work as Baby Bodyguards. This Cincinnati-based business became their first location outside of New York City.

To learn more about them, visit and/or like them on Facebook at Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio. Lots of great info â€" and new moms and grandparents (or friends and family, this is a great gift idea!) definitely look into this! Such an amazing idea if you have a little one who’s more mobile every day!

I’d write more but I have a crazy toddler to catch! haha! :)

Behind the Scenes at Wild Hare Salon


I always love telling the stories behind why an entrepreneur started their business  — that’s one of the reasons why I started MY business, Cincy Chic! haha! :) I recently had a chance to chat with Holly Grove, owner of Wild Hare Salon, about her story!

She opened the doors of her salon in Montgomery six years ago, and she and her staff have been a staple for hundreds of Cincinnati gals (including several of my friends!) ever since. Today they offer a laundry list of salon/spa services, like full cut and color, a manicure-pedicure, facial, spray tan, or even up-dos for an entire wedding party!

With decades of industry experience (without giving away their ages, of course! haha!), Holly and her staff have experience working at several large salons, but they like the win-win of being in an intimate environment of a smaller salon, but still staying on the cutting edge (literally!) with continuous education to continue to refine their craft.

Another thing I love is that all of the salon’s hair stylists are Aveda-certified (have you SMELLED Aveda products… so yum!). And, as you probably know Aveda products are all good for you and the environment, and that’s important because The Wild Hare Salon has a passion for healthy, natural options. In fact, this is the only salon in the area that offers Intelligent Nutrients certified organic products.

They’re located at 9465 Loveland Madeira Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Give them a call at (513) 791-2133. Mention Cincy Chic and receive $10 off a manicure or pedicure, or $15 off a cut and color. WOOT!

Victory Weightloss and Wellness

Tired, overweight, and feeling like you’ve lost your mojo? No one understands more than Dr. Magdalena Kerschner, a board certified Anesthesiologist and board certified Interventional Pain specialist. She understands because she’s been there.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with her for this story and video interview on Cincy Chic, and I learned a TON about the doc, her business, and why she’s so passionate about helping others.

Dr. Kerschner completed her medical school education, at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan and subsequent anesthesiology residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.

After many years of practicing traditional medicine and treating illness after it has already developed, Dr. Kerschner realized that preventing disease before it starts results in healthier and happier patients. That’s what inspired her to launch her own business,Victory Weight Loss & Wellness.

Dr. Magdalena Kerschner, founder of Victory Weight Loss & Wellness
Dr. Magdalena Kerschner, founder of Victory Weight Loss & Wellness

“Through my own personal journey, I became very interested in the concept of prevention of illness through weight management and bio-identical hormone replacement therapies as a modern way to promote physical and emotional wellness,” Dr. Kerschner explains. Today, through Victory Weight Loss & Wellness, she offers several services and programs for weight loss and bio-identical hormone replacement — for both men and women.

For weight loss, programs include a Prescription Drug Program, HCG Diet Program, Low Calorie Program and Modified Program, all physician-assisted and directed by Dr. Kerschner.

For the bio-identical hormone replacement, she prevents and treats not only the symptoms, but also the causes of hormonal imbalances in men and women. “By obtaining simple blood test, I know exactly which hormones to put back into your body to feel youthful again,” Dr. Kerschner says. “There is a good reason for all the bio-identical hormone hype on Susanne Summers, Dr. Oz and Oprah: Results!”

Dr. Kerschner holds a certificate of training from Dr. Neal Rouzier – a nationally recognized authority in bio-identical hormone replacement therapies and preventive medicine as well as a certificate of training from Canyon Ranch Health and Wellness Program. Dr. Kerschner is a member of numerous medical societies including American Medical Association, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, Ohio Medical Association, Academy for Anti-Aging medicine, and Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Victory Weight Loss & Wellness is located at 9600 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242. To schedule an appointment, or call 513-936-3065. Watch the exclusive webcast below to learn more about Victory Weight Loss & Wellness as well as Dr. Kerschner’s personal journey with hormone imbalance and bio-identical hormone replacement.

40% OFF Wolford Sale at La Silhouette!

Me (left) wearing my faaaaaavorite Wolford top!


La Silhouette in Madeira is having a big sale on Wolford now through July 14. I’ve written about my love for Wolford before —  click here to read — it’s one of my favorite brands! They fit so well and after a million washes, still looks as good as new! Check out details about the sale below!


Cincinnati Named Best Recreation City for 2015!

With July being National Park and Recreation Month and America’s largest cities investing more than $6.4 billion on park and recreation in 2014, WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 


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