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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 cincychic.com.

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!


Idlewild Woman Opens in OTR
05/12/15

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I just got a press release about the new Idlewild Woman boutique in OTR officially opening this weekend! I went to the pop-up boutique that they had over the holidays and it was awesome. So, this was great news to receive about them having a permanent shop open! Check it out this weekend â€" more details below!

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Idlewild to Inspire Womanhood Starting This Weekend

Community and Creativity Key to New Sister Shop From Article Menswear Owners

 

CINCINNATI (Thursday, May 14, 2015) â€" Given the family-like atmosphere that has developed at Article â€" the highly successful menswear shop in Over-the-Rhine â€" it seems fitting in more ways than one that owners Anthony and Maria Graziani decided to open a “sister shop.” Their new store, Idlewild Woman, opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday at 1232 Vine Street, just a block away from Article’s location at 1150 Vine Street.

 

“We wanted to create a space that tries to craft a community around not just the items in the store but the feeling you have when you’re there,” Anthony Graziani said. “Article is really a gathering place, and we want Idlewild to be the same thing. It truly is the sister store to Article.”

 

At Article, that communal feeling extends to more than just the customers â€" it’s shared among the employees, too. With two young children at home and Anthony still working a full-time job separate from their retail businesses, the dependability of their employees isn’t lost on the couple, and it’s something they took into consideration when deciding to open Idlewild.

 

“We have a lot of things going on outside our retail stores, so we’ve had to construct a really strong team. We’ve been able to partner with employees that have really taken ownership in the business, and we feel like we’re all in this together.” Anthony Graziani said. “We’re lucky to have really talented people who believe in what we’re trying to accomplish. We couldn’t do it without them, honestly.”

 

The Graziani’s also have a strong connection with the customers they serve and the brands they carry. So, when the opportunity arose to get early access to their new space due to the terms of their lease, they jumped at the chance and opened Idlewild as a “pop-up” shop to test out their new concept. The store was open on weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas 2014, and many changes were ultimately made based on the feedback received.

 

One of the main tweaks was the inventory. Customers were concerned that the price points were too high, so the Graziani’s made a conscious decision to provide a variety of price points at the new shop â€" without sacrificing quality of the products. Some of the brands patrons will see at the new boutique include Imogene and Willie, a Made in the USA denim company based in Nashville, Tennessee, and Free People, a popular brand featuring classic bohemian chic. The shop will also feature garments from New York designers Steven Alan and Emerson Fry, as well as accessories from a pair of Portland, Oregon-based designers, Another Feather and Mazama.

 

“The brand has actually evolved since the pop-up shop. We’ll have some of the same products and some different, and the price points will vary based on feedback we received,” Anthony Graziani said. “And the layout is 100 percent different â€" we gutted everything and started over, making it easier to move throughout the shop.”

 

The 1,360-square-foot space, which is being leased from Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC), will feature a spacious layout with plenty of room for accessories and home items. In addition, roughly a third of the store will serve as an event space, which will eventually be used for monthly gatherings to promote the spirit of camaraderie they’re looking to build at the new shop.

 

“Whether it’s a tasting event, product launch, or DIY workshop, everything that we’re going to do there is going to be structured to inspire womanhood in some way or another and craft a community around that,” Anthony Graziani said.

 

 

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About Idlewild Woman

Idlewild Woman is a lifestyle boutique based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Opened in Spring 2015, Idlewild is a celebration of the modern woman. It’s a common ground to gather, be inspired, and face the world. Everything we do seeks to celebrate the beauty, comfort, and creativity that comes with womanhood.


Green Bean Delivery #PlateProud
05/12/15

I just found out about this fun #Plateproud contest going on with Green Bean Delivery and I can’t wait to participate! I’m going to submit my ginger beef stir fry recipe for the Locavore category! Since I’ll be getting mushrooms, kale and ginger in my next bin, the recipe will definitely be more than 40% locally grown per the rules (because GBD sources their items from local farmers which is awesome).

If you don’t already know about GBD, click hereto learn more — but basically, it’s a service that makes fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers magically appear on your doorstep.

It’s perfect for someone like me….I haaaaate going to the grocery store (crowds, time-consuming, getting suckered into buying lots of random things I don’t need), but I like to have fresh veggies/fruits/herbs on-hand to make baby food, cook with, and snack on. Since I only muster up the strength to grocery shop about once a month, I either run out or they go bad. That is, until GBD.

If you haven’t checked it out, I do recommend it. Especially all you busy moms out there with the kids about to get out for summer. You can just get it for a couple months if you want and then suspend it until you need it again. Their site is pretty user friendly and their plans are really flexible.

As for that #Plateproud contest, it’s going on from now until May 22, and more details are below if you want to participate. Oh, and if you are interested in jumping on the GBD bandwagon with me, use the code 15cnch you can get $15 off your first order.

Categories & Prizes

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GRILLIN’ & CHILLIN

The winning grilled dish needs to be packed full of flavor and creativity. This recipe will be judged on taste (35 percent), ease of preparation (35 percent) and innovation (30 percent).

grillWinner: A premier grill set, including an innovative plancha wok (great for simultaneous high-heat searing and low-temperature cooking), grilling accessories (cedar planks, tongs, spatula, gloves), an inspirational cookbook (Italian Grill by Mario Batali), along with a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $195)
Runner Up: A $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery
QUICK, EASY, & KID-FRIENDLY

Share an easy, healthy and parent-approved dish that aims to please pint-sized palates. This recipe will be judged on taste (25 percent), nutrition (25 percent), presentation (25 percent) and ease of preparation (25 percent).

kidsWinner: BPA-free and phthalates-free and leakproof bento-style lunchbox, Mr. & Ms. Food Face plates, clever food truck-shaped bowl, chalkboard placemats, training chopsticks, a resourceful and simple cookbooks (The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet by Laura Fuentes), and a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $179)
Runner Up: A $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery
LOCAVORE

Submit a recipe using ingredients from city and state farmers and artisans. This recipe will be judged on the number of local ingredients used (40 percent), creativity (20 percent), taste (20 percent) and ease of preparation (20 percent).

locavoreWinner: A stunning vertical herb garden chalkboard planter, the essential bookâ€"The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters, along with a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $230)
Runner Up: A $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery
VEGGIE SIDE

Prepare a side that prominently features veggies and is so fresh and tasty others won’t even care about the entrée. This recipe will be judged on taste (25 percent), presentation (25 percent), nutrition (25 percent) and ease of preparation (25 percent).

veggieWinner: A French-made de Buyer Viper Dicing Mandoline slicer, with interchangeable blades for cubes, diamond cuts, julienne, strips, sticks and rounds, a demystifying and definitive guide to vegetable cooking, How to Cook Vegetarian for Everyone by Deborah Madison, along with a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $229)
Runner Up: A $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery
PACK-AND-GO HEALTHY LUNCH

Healthy, prepped daytime meals make it easier than ever to say no to fast food for lunch. This recipe will be judged on taste (25 percent), presentation (25 percent), nutrition (25 percent) and ease of preparation (25 percent).

workWinner: Stainless steel bento-style PlanetBox lunch box with soft carry bag, two hinged Italian-made glass jars with airtight seals (perfect for Mason jar salads), six wooden and reusable chalkboard tags, an educational guide to great-easting, yet easy meals (Fast Food My Way book by Jacques Pepin) and a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery (Value $175)
Runner Up: A $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery

The Fine Print

All recipes must be original and no longer than 400 words. Photos are required. No purchase necessary to enter to win. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Contests begin at 9:00am EST on Monday, April 13, 2015 and ends at 11:59pm EST on Friday, May 22, 2015. Winners will be announced the week of Monday, June 15, 2015 at greenbeandelivery.com/recipecontest. Open only to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years or older. Green BEAN Delivery, PO Box 26700, Indianapolis, IN 46226, is the operator of this contest.
View the complete list of rules â†'


Women’s Health Expo THIS Saturday!
05/11/15

Maybe it’s because the beach vaca I have coming up in July, but I’m SUPER motivated to get my pre-baby body back! I’ve been eating better, drinking more water and working out more. But this weekend, I’m excited to learn from local experts on what I can be doing more to get past this plateau. I’m also excited to learn from the free physician seminars we’ll have â€" one is on which screenings to get and when, the other is on irregular heartbeats and how to detect them. We’ll also a bunch of  demos, ranging from beauty products, food, weight loss, and self defense experts! The best part… It’s FREE! We wanted you to have no excuse to come to this awesome event, learn from these 50+ local experts, and celebrate National Women’s Health Week!

Details are belowâ€" hope to see you there!

Cincy Chic’s 2015 Women’s Health Expo
When: Saturday, May 16, 10am-2pm
Where: The Phoenix, 812 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
$2 parking in the adjacent Garfield Garage on 9th Street
RSVP at http://www.2015WHE.eventbrite.com
A free, fun and informative event! Enjoy complimentary health-enhancing seminars with local physicians, swag bags, healthy treats, health screenings, shopping at various pop-up boutiques, and learning about local health experts and services! One lucky attendee will win a $500 spa and jewelry prize pack!
Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLCSt. Elizabeth Healthcare
Booth Sponsors: Rodan + Fields Dermatologists with Rebecca Noss,Thirty-One Gifts with Beth MerrittIdeal Image Laser Hair Removal,It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me SkinnyMary Kay by Amber Nichols,Team MB Fitness & Nutrition CoachingChampion Windows,Allusions,Vein Clinics of AmericaMaui Whitening – West Chester,Cherish Jessup Damsel in Defense Independent ProMassage of West ChesterSebastian ReyUniversity of Cincinnati – Lindner college of Business and College of Engineering & Applied Science,Sia SpaVictory Weight Loss and WellnessWholly HealingGo Beyond MedicineAdvocare with Tara Montgomery,Associates in Women’s HealthKind SnacksThe Diet Doc – IndependenceScentsy with Amanda JohnsonYounique by Sheena RoustaiGoing Pain FreeChloe + Isabel with Lindsay Meeker, French Connection, Ardyss International, Le-vel Thrive with Missy SmithNorwood ChiropracticEVER Skincare with Ceci David Independent SpecialistBarcode GlamOrigami Owl with Daniela GausmannLindale Golf CourseA Few Hungry GirlsUC Reproductive Medicine ResearchDermatologists of Southwest OhioRose Gynecology
Brought to you by Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.

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Brunch in the Gardens Sneak Peek!
05/11/15

For the past few years, we’ve done the “Little Black Dress” event with Summerfair and it was a FAB way to showcase jewelry, handbags, and scarves by Summerfair artisans on the models wearing LBDs. But it was on a Friday night after most of the Summerfair vendors had closed up for the night, and since attendees were all dressed up in heels so they weren’t able to walk around and shop at the ones still open.

So, this year, we’re switching things up and having a brunch on the Saturday morning of the fair. This way, you can start your day, enjoy a mimosa, bloody mary and brunch bites â€" while viewing the themed vignettes with models wearing Summerfair artisan designed fashions (and modeling next to sculptures and other art by Summerfair artists!) â€" and then you can spend the rest of the day shopping the fair!

Tickets are only $20, and it includes brunch bites, swag bag and entrance into the fair! More details below â€" click here to RSVP! Hope to see you there!

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Brunch in the Gardens

Where: Moonlite Gardens 6201 Kellogg Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45228

When: 11am-1pm Saturday May 30, 2015

RSVP: www.2015BIG.eventbrite.com

Summerfair Cincinnati and Cincy Chic join forces for the inaugural “Brunch in the Gardens” – A fun and fab way to begin your day ofSummerfair shopping! Enjoy complimentary brunch bites, coffee provided by Coffee Emporium, swag bag, photo booth and a freeze model fashion show featuring Summerfair artisans. And don’t forget the gourmet Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar! Tickets are $20/person and include entry into Summerfair. Online ticket sales end midnight May 29. tickets will be available for purchase (CASH ONLY) at the door for $25. All proceeds benefit Summerfair Cincinnati’s award, scholarship and exhibition programs for local artists and arts organizations.

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THE Plant Sale is THIS Weekend!
05/01/15

CIVIC GARDEN CENTER PRESENTS 55TH ANNIVERSARY PLANT SALE

Annual marquee event a perennial family favorite

 

CINCINNATI, OH.  Civic Garden Center celebrates the 55th anniversary of its largest and longest running event, THE Plant Sale, May 1-3, 2015, 6-9:30 pm,  at The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati. This year’s theme, Make Our Garden Grow, celebrates Civic Garden Center’s 60 existing community gardens with the launch of a new Adopt-a-Garden campaign.  THE Plant Sale is chaired by community organizer, Jared Queen.  Jared is a young leader in the local arts and culture scene and an avid gardener. This year’s Honorary Chair is long-time Civic Garden Center supporter and former Board President, Judy Mitchell

 

At Cincinnati’s best plant extravaganza of the year guests are invited to peruse the thousands of plants, trees, flowers and shrubs available for purchase.  The park grounds surrounding Civic Garden Center transform into a sea of green made possible by the nearly 400 volunteers who work all weekend long to exhibit and sell plants and garden-related merchandise. The selection of plants is divided into 17 categories and includes everything from annuals to perennials, necessary natives to the rare and unusual.

 

“This event offers something for everyone,” says Event Chair, Jared Queen, “and the helpful volunteers make finding the perfect plants for your home easy and fun.  I’m always delighted to find new varietals of my favorite herbs and vegetables that I never knew existed.”

 

THE Plant Sale kicks off during the first weekend in May with a Preview Party the evening of Friday, May 1.  This ticketed event offers guests the first pick of the plants available for purchase.  This year’s festivities include a derby-inspired dinner by Jeff Thomas Catering, live music from local blues musician, Ricky Nye, the annual silent auction and the unveiling of a new daffodil garden commemorating the life of Civic Garden Center supporter Miggie Jacobs.  Sponsorship is available at the $1,000, $500 and $100 giving levels and host tickets are available at $75 for an individual and $150 per couple. All sponsorships include ample recognition at the event and an exclusive “sneak peek” early admission starting 1-hour before the 6:00 pm event start time. The tradition of selling herb bread continues with a scrumptious loaf bread baked this year by Breadsmith located in Hyde Park Square.  Breadsmith uses 100% organic ingredients and will offer several versions of the herb bread, along with a few of their own popular items.  Visit Breadsmith’s tent throughout the weekend.

 

 

Over 1,500 people will explore the grounds and plant booths Saturday, May 2, beginning at 9 am and going until 5 pm, and Sunday, May 3 from 11 am to 3 pm.  Both days offer free admission to the event and are perfect to bring the entire family to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding park and the recently completed Green Learning Station.  This is also a time to see old friends and renew acquaintances, try out some twice loved garden tools or books and get advice from the very knowledgeable booth volunteers.  Guests are encouraged to arrive early each day to beat the rush.  There is a special children’s area on the circle patio this year where your little ones can join in garden related activities which hold their interest.  These activities will be led by Civic Garden Center Youth Education Coordinator, Mary Dudley. 

 

“There will be many more surprises, as THE Plant Sale keeps pace with new trends in the world of horticulture” said Mary Bishop, current Board President and Chair of the Sun Perennials booth at THE Plant Sale. The City Gardens booth returns for its second year with featured plants especially suited for small spaces or vertical growing.  Growing in popularity each year, the Green Flea booth will have hundreds of used tools and garden paraphernalia at good prices.  All of the Green Flea booth goods are donated and 100% of the profits support Civic Garden Center programs. Proceeds from this annual marquee event support education, gardening and environmental stewardship programs from the region’s premier gardening organization.

 

“I think we’ve struck this brilliant balance of keeping many traditions which surround THE Plant Sale, while adding some new and exciting elements,” said Vickie Ciotti, Executive Director.  “No promises, but there may be some price mark downs on specific plants Sunday afternoon.”

 


Lawrenceburg “Music on the River” Series
04/29/15

Summer is my favorite time of year. Maybe that's because I love music, and that seems to be when all the best music acts are. This upcoming event series in Lawrenceburg is no exception! I'll definitely be checking it out! Sounds like fun! See the press release below for all the details!------------------

 

Lawrenceburg Main Street Gearing Up for a Busy Summer

Popular “Music on the River” Series Moves to Fridays

Lawrenceburg Main Street is extending an invitation to people of all ages and interests to visit Downtown Lawrenceburg this summer with an exciting schedule of events and activities.  As always music will top the bill with Music on the River and Party in the Street combining to provide free entertainment every Friday beginning with June 5th and extending to September 11th.  While Music on the River will be on a new day, the time (7:00 to 9:00), and the location (the corner of High and Short Streets) will remain the same.  Fridays, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th and September 11th  (Oktoberfest theme) will feature a Party in the Street with the remaining eleven Fridays in the schedule being Music on the River events.

Looking for bargains, fresh produce, something for the kids to do, or just a nice night out?  Downtown Lawrenceburg has that covered too with a wide range of scheduled Saturday events and activities.  The last Saturdays of June, July and August will host Yard Sale and Flea Market vendors from 8am to 1pm.  There will also be special Kids’ Days activities for children from 10am to 1pm. 

A Farmer’s Market with healthy offerings from local growers, yummy baked goods and more will be located on High Street every Saturday from May 9th until September 19, 9am to 1pm.  

Second Saturdays, hosted by participating Main Street merchants, will offer an opportunity for a relaxing night out with extended store hours until 9pm, refreshments, themed activities, and great prizes.  June’s Second Saturday (June 13th ) will  feature a full day of arts activities from 11am until 9pm with interactive opportunities for people of all ages to sample a variety of arts and learn a skill from our local experts.

Rounding out the summer in Downtown Lawrenceburg will be a full schedule of ticketed concerts at the Lawrenceburg Event Center, as well as a special Queen City Wheels cycling event on June 26th featuring a professional competition.

To quote Main Street Director, Pat Krider:   “Lawrenceburg is ready for visitors this summer. Our doors are open, the planters will be in bloom, we have a growing number of restaurants ready to serve up their specialties, and plenty of great ways to celebrate summer.  Come enjoy the hospitality!”                              

 

 


Bourbon & Boots at Memorial Hall on April 24
04/20/15

The hubs is a HUGE fan of bourbon and I love country music (doesn’t every girl look cute in a cowboy hat and boots?), so when I heard about Bourbon & Boots coming to Memorial Hall on April 24, I immediately signed us up to go! I love all the awesome events Memorial Hall is doing now (we wrote a story about it here in Cincy Chic), and I can’t wait to be a part of it! Hope to see you there boot scootin’ on April 24!

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Cincitalia Demonstration Stage!
04/14/15

This sounds like so much fun!!! As a proud member of an Italian family, I hope to see you there! :)

DEMONSTRATION STAGE A DIY-ER’S DREAM AT CINCITALIA, THE CINCINNATI ITALIAN FESTIVAL 

Presented by St. Catharine of Siena Parish of Westwood


CINCINNATI, OH â€" In Italy, communities large and small host “festas” (celebrations that praise a patron saint) and “sagras” (festivals honoring food). CincItalia marries both types of festivals by celebrating St. Catharine of Siena and hosting popular cooking demonstrations.  Led by local chefs including the LaRosa Family and Giovanna Delli Carpini Trimpe (author of the Holy Chow cookbook) with assists by local celebrities, CincItalia guests are both educated and entertained.


This May, Cincitalia organizers are expanding the stage programming that has proven popular with foodies to showcase horticulture, wine, and even more aspects of Italian culture.

 

Travel Tips and Presentation: Guests can enjoy a tour of Italy with Paola Harding, who will host an Italian travel discussion. Paola has been taking visitors to Italy for thirty years. A native of Venice who speaks fluent Italian, Paola will share her experiences, the best places to visit and when, trends for 2015, and travel tips.


Horticulture: Rita Nader Heikenfeld is a food journalist, cooking educator, modern herbalist, and author. She lives "in the sticks" with her family where they raise chickens for eggs, heat with wood, and grow their own produce and herbs. Rita co-hosts a cooking demonstration with Chef Trimpe, and deliver a separate talk that covers cooking and horticulture.


Wine Tastings: The Bolla Wine Session and Tastings cannot be missed! Bolla Wines are hand-harvested and created in Italy, where the distinct flavors of the grapes can be attributed to the unique climate, soil, and temperature of the region in which they are grown. Winemakers capture those nuances for an authentic taste of Italy in every glass of Bolla wine.


Mustache Contest: Open to participants of all ages, The Cincinnati Beard Barons deliver another fun CincItalia Mustache Contest, with prizes to be awarded for Best Natural, Best Styled, Tickliest, and People’s Choice. (No artificial ‘staches, please.)


Find more information on CincItalia and a full schedule of activities at the all-new www.cincitalia.org.

 

 

About CincItalia

 

CincItalia is produced by St. Catharine of Siena Parish and School.  St. Catharine of Siena is the namesake of the parish and one of two patron saints of Italy, making a traditional celebration of Italian culture a natural way to honor this connection.

 

The sixth annual CincItalia kicks off on Friday, May 15 with the adults-only “Carnevale!” celebration featuring live music by The Remains (6 p.m. â€" midnight) and follows with a weekend full of family fun on Saturday, May 16 (3 p.m. â€" midnight) and Sunday, May 17 (1 â€" 9 p.m.).  CincItalia take places at the Harvest Home Park Fairgrounds located at 3961 North Bend Road in Cheviot.

 

Thanks to the dedication and commitment of the founding families, St. Catharine of Siena Church celebrated their first Mass in 1903; the school followed, and was dedicated in 1924.  It is through this same devotion, love, and strength of the generations since that the St. Catharine parish has become the remarkable community it is today. 

 

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To schedule an interview with Joe Mastruserio, please contact Melissa Sideris (melissa@spotlight360events.com or 513.240.3438).

 



Melissa Sideris

Executive Producer & Partner

Melissa@spotlight360events.com | 513.240.3438



Spring Fashion and Fitness Event!
04/05/15

Come and join the ladies from Style Edit and Pure Barre Cincinnati to celebrate the 2nd Annual Spring Fashion and Fitness Event! Attendees are invited to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while watching a chic and sweet runway show that will showcase the hottest spring fashion! Style Edit will also be offering the chance for attendees to enjoy discounted 'Wearable Wardrobe' services, as well as discounted package offers from Pure Barre. The event is absolutely free to the public, which means you have no excuse not to check it out! RSVP on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-fashion-and-fitness-event-with-saks-style-edit-and-pure-barre-tickets-16253242887 or call 513.421.6800, ext. 202. See you there!

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Rookwood Pottery Open House
04/02/15

Rookwood Pottery is such a Cincinnati staple. I remember my grandma had some and always talked about how beautiful it was. And then I got this email (below) from Rookwood Pottery about their upcoming Open House. It made me realized that I've known about Rookwood Pottery my whole life, lived in Cincinnati my whole life, and have never seen - let alone toured - its pottery factory! This sounds like the perfect opportunity to do just that! Check out the details below!



Greetings! 

Another winter is now behind us and we're all looking forward to the unfolding of spring... the bright colored flowers, the warm sunshine and the songbirds. It's in this festive mood that we announce the date for our Spring Open House: April 24 - 26. We'll feature new items, items in new glazes, and some of your old favorites as well!



Spring Open House!  


Spring Open House!  

 

Friday, April 24 from 10-4

Saturday, April 25 from 10-4  

Sunday, April 26 from 12-4  

 

at 1920 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

Factory Tours:

Friday @ 10:30, 12:00 and 1:30 

Saturday @ 10:30, 12:00 and 1:30 

Sunday @ 12:00 and 1:30.  


 

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If you go:

What: the 2015 Annual Spring Open House at The Rookwood Pottery Company


When: Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26


Where: The Rookwood Pottery company, 1920 Race St., Cincinnati (with additional parking at the corner 

of Race and McMicken)


Additional details: The weekend event will feature new works by artists Terence Hammonds, George Hibben, Allan Nairn and others as well as revived works by historic Rookwood artists. All Rookwood works including installation pieces will be on display. Visitors can see how Rookwood Pottery is created through guided tours. This event is free.


Questions about the event: Contact The Rookwood Pottery Company at 513.381.2510



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Science of Sports Opens at the Cincinnati Museum Center
04/01/15

With Opening Day coming up, I thought this was appropriate to post about! I just got the below press release about the Science of Sports opening at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Sounds awesome! Definitely a must-see if you have a sports lover in the house!----------------

Lace up your tennis shoes, stretch out those muscles and head to Cincinnati Museum Center to work up a physical and mental sweat. Science of Sports challenges your body and mind as you explore how incredible feats of athleticism are just science at work. This interactive exhibition opens May 23 at Cincinnati Museum Center.


Throwing a 104 miles per hour fastball or running a blazing 100 meter dash may seem like superhuman acts that defy explanation but Cincinnati Museum Center is ready to prove otherwise. The human body is a complex system of muscles, joints and neurons that help us perform and react in incredible ways. From the transfer of power that creates a perfect slap shot to the delicate balance of nutrients that fuel muscle activity, sports are just applied science. Put your own body to the test in a variety of interactive experiences in Science of Sports.


"Cincinnati is a world-class sports town with some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the world. But let's not just cheer on our hometown teams, let's get in the game," says Elizabeth Pierce, interim CEO at Cincinnati Museum Center. "With the Major League Baseball All Star Game in town this summer, the athleticism of baseball's greatest players will be on display. This exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center lets you test your own athletic ability and gives you a glimpse at the science that makes you and other athletes so amazing."


Blaze down the track as you test your speed against a friend, a US Olympian, a cheetah or a dinosaur. Grip the oars and wait for the starting gun before you and your friends row against video opponents in a test of upper and lower body strength and endurance. Step onto the mound and check the signal from the catcher before bringing the heat as you test your pitching speed and accuracy. Impress the judges and test your balance on a 10 centimeter-wide competition balance beam. 


Science of Sports lets everyone get into the game. A scaled down space for toddlers and preschoolers is specifically designed for budding athletes just getting onto their feet. Virtual athletes can step in front of the green screen for a game of volleyball, soccer, hockey or basketball. You can also strap into a specialized sport wheelchair and check your time in a virtual 50 meter sprint.


Looking to improve your time or performance? Hit the child-sized supermarket to discover what foods fuel the body or step in front of the skeleton wall to look inside the human body at the skeleton and body systems that make it move. Even walking is a learning experience when you step onto a treadmill and watch yourself from behind as you see how the body works from head to toe to propel you forward.


Science of Sports will unleash your inner athlete and unlock the science behind the sports we love. 


Science of Sports opens at Cincinnati Museum Center on May 23. Admission to Science of Sports is included with a Museum Center Membership or an All Museums Pass. For more information visit www.cincymuseum.org/exhibits/science-of-sports


Science of Sports was conceived by the Saint Louis Science Center and produced by the Ontario Science Centre.



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Calling All Female Golfers (and Wanna-Bes!)
03/16/15

Melissa Kirkpatrick, Owner of Lindale Golf Club
Melissa Kirkpatrick, Owner of Lindale Golf Club

All this pretty weather has me thinking about all the fun activities I’d like to do OUTSIDE! Learning how to golf is one of the things on my bucket list I want to accomplish this year, and I found the perfect place to do just that! Lindale Golf Course is a public course, family-owned by a local woman (Melissa Kirkpatrick) who we actually did a story about last year in Cincy Chic! Click here to read the story and check out all the info I found about their “Intro to Golf for Women” classes coming up!

Their women’s leagues start mid-April with an 18-hole 8:30 am play “when you can” social league; Wednesday 9-hole 5:30 pm; beginner golfer scramble Tuesday 5:30pm. Then their men’s leagues starting April.

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Baby Tours at Cincinnati Art Museum!
03/13/15

A friend of mine suggested I take my little girl, Lola, to this and I just LOVED learning about it! I'm definitely taking her to the next one! Thought you might like to know about them too! 

Looking with Fresh Eyes: Thoughts on CAM’s Baby Tours

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When we announced that we would begin offering “Baby Tours,” I certainly encountered some skepticism.  “Oh Boy, that ought to be fun,” people would say and chuckle. “Just make sure nobody spits up on the art.” I understood the underlying message of these snide comments: that leading an art museum tour for infants is pointless. Babies can’t possibly enjoy the deep history and culture that an art museum has to offer, right?

baby7In some ways these cynics are correct. If visiting an art museum is simply a recital of famous names, dates, places and genres, then no, a baby isn’t going to get much out of that. Then again, doesanyone get much out of that experience? If I had said that I was going to play music for babies, I wonder if anyone would scoff. We seem to understand that you can listen to music for pure pleasure, but somehow looking at art has to be constantly weighed down by history and context.

baby5And for the record I LOVE history and context. On my first “test” Baby Tour, I couldn’t help provide a little of those juicy, fun facts for the parents. What I quickly discovered though is that the more I spoke, the more distracting I was being. The babies were looking at me instead of the art.

By the time we launched our first official tour, I took a very different approach. Because our age range is age 0-2, I realized interests would be completely different for every child. Newborn infants are still developing their vision and respond better to high contrast and bright images. An older baby, however, is excited to identify subject matters like animals, faces, and other babies. Instead of leading the group from object to object, I lead the group to galleries that provide a good range of stimuli for the children. Parents and children are free to move around the space and look at objects for as long as they like and discover what is exciting to them. Before I began this tour, I expected we would have a lot of of crying and fussiness because… well… babies. But amazingly the babies are so focused on the artwork and all of this new stimuli that they rarely seem to cry on the tour.

baby4At the end of each tour we take some time to discuss what was a highlight for each of the babies. While looking at one of our still life paintings by Georges Bracque, one little girl got so excited that she began waving her arms up and down. One mom told me that her child seemed to prefer 19th century portraiture. While looking at our collection of Buddhist art, a grandmother told me that her grandchild was transfixed by a sculpture of Jizō and stared at it for two straight minutes. Considering that the average viewer spends 15-30 seconds in front of an artwork, I think babies might be better at this than the rest of us.

baby6Now when people ask me with a hint of skepticism how the Baby Tours are doing, I let them know that the babies are probably the best viewers of art that I’ve had the pleasure to tour. A baby brings no prejudice or bias to a work of art. They don’t mind if a piece is completely abstract, because they haven’t been taught to expect otherwise. They cherish the sheer joy of looking with fresh eyes. I hope everyone can learn to be such good viewers. We should all stop worrying about what we don’t know, and feel confident to experience the art from where we are at that moment. If it works for someone who’s only been on the planet for a few months, it will probably work for you too.

baby2Upcoming Baby Tours:
March 20, 2015
May 15, 2015
To learn more about family programs at the Cincinnati Art Museum, check out our Family Programs page.
Reserve your spot for the baby tour today by calling 513.721.ARTS


Fountain Square's CinciCARTic Race Returns Tomorrow
03/06/15

FOUNTAIN SQUARE'S CINCICARTIC RACE RETURNS TOMORROW

 

CINCINNATI (March 6, 2015) --  Fountain Square's CinciCARTic Race (formerly the Cinciditarod) kicks off tomorrow, March 7, at noon. When the signal is given, teams of five will take to the streets of downtown armed with only their wits, a shopping cart, and a list of mandatory checkpoints. It’s a race against the clock, and each other" and it’s nowhere as easy as it sounds.


Live race check-ins and snapshots will be shown on the Fifth Third Bank LED Video Board throughout the competition, courtesy of Powernet. Fountain Square concessions open at 10:30am, and will feature $3 canned beers, in addition to full bar service. Urban Grill will also be on-site during the race, offering up a variety of tasty breakfast and lunch options. 

 

Special thanks to our sponsors, Kroger, UC Health, the Project Cincinnati, WEBN, Powernet, and Rosho Awards & Graphics. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for more information about the competition, or to add this event to your smartphone calendar.

 

 

ALSO HAPPENING AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE:

 

 

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATIONS SET TO TAKE OVER THE SQUARE


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with not one, but two free parties on Fountain Square! Festivities begin Saturday, March 14, running throughout the day from 10:00am to 10:00pm. Enjoy live music from Celtic rock bands, as well as authentic Irish cuisine, merchandise and, of course, Guinness on tap.


Concessions open at 10:00am. Revelers can also expect food from Festival Concessions, face painting with Over the Line, and great live music from the likes of Dulahan, The Drowsy Lads, Beeswing, and more. Full Saturday performance schedule available at www.MyFountainSquare.com.


The fun continues on Tuesday, March 17, with another St. Patrick's Day Celebration at 11:00am. Festival concessions will once again be on-site serving delicious helpings of shepherd's pie and Rueben sandwiches. Step away from your desk and make your way down to the Square for more live music, delicious food, and ice cold beverages. Full Tuesday performance schedule available at www.MyFountainSquare.com.

 

Full bar service, beer, wine, and soda available. Additional restroom facilities will also be available for use. Special thanks to our sponsors, Cintas and the Project Cincinnati. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com  for more information, or to add these events to your smartphone calendar.

 

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3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance corporation focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community.  3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.  3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF).  These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects.  For more information visit www.3cdc.org.


Designer Eyewear Trunk Show Event March 16!
03/05/15

The Cincinnati EyeCare Team is hosting a Designer Eyewear Trunk Show! Cincy Chic readers can get an extra 30% off if you show them this voucher! Pretty cool, huh? I was also just checking out their Facebook page this morning and saw that they have a sweepstakes going on to give away a pair of some sweet Tory Burch sunglasses! Click here to learn about the sweepstakes and click here to learn about the trunk show!

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Spring Fashion Runway Show March 15!
03/04/15

There’s a Spring Fashion Runway Show coming up March 15 at the Leaping Lizard in Covington, and it sounds AWESOME. The event organizer told me that the fashion show will feature some of the Tri-State’s best stylists and designers. Proceeds will go to She’s Healed, a non-profit organization in Cincinnati to help women of all ages heal from several forms of Domestic Violence. Check out the show’s website for more info! www.springfashionshowcase.com

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Locally-Launched “Lacelets” a Home Run Idea!
03/04/15


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As the Reds kick off their spring training this week, two baseball-loving Cincinnati sisters are preparing for a big year, too! Using replacement baseball glove lace, Alexis Rosenbaum and Hannah King create unisex customizable leather wrap bracelets, called “Lacelets,” and are hoping to take their business to the next level with this grand slam idea.

Just this week, Rosenbaum and King launched a Kickstarter that gives their small business independence, allows them to grow, and gives back to their Ohio community in a bigger way. With your help to spread the news, Baseball Lacelets can knock this out of the park. Check out the press release below for more info!

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Baseball Lacelets offers consumers opportunity to tell unique story

CINCINNATI, Ohio (March 3, 2015) â€" Ohio-based sisters Alexis Rosenbaum and Hannah King have loaded the bases with a home-run idea and now, a recently-launched Kickstarter campaign is up to bat.

Based in Cincinnati, Baseball Lacelets produces customized leather wrap bracelets made from the lacing in baseball gloves for men and women. Using replacement baseball glove lace from a U.S.-based tannery, Rosenbaum and King cut the lacing to size before creating a unique piece of unisex jewelry. Using a laser engraver, each bracelet can be customized to fit a consumer’s request for lyrics, quotes or
favorite phrases.

“The laser engraver became an integral part of our production process in 2014, but we realized pretty quickly that renting it was going to present an issue” said Rosenbaum. “Renting voids us of storage
capabilities at the factory and because we are sharing a machine, we waste time reconfiguring the machine to Lacelet settings.”

To cover their own laser engraver and rental space, Rosenbaum and King have introduced their Baseball Lacelets to Kickstarter with a goal of $18,000 in funding. The product, along with other incentives, can now be ordered by backing the project and those who order can expect to receive their reward no later than May 2015. In order for Baseball Lacelets to reach more wrists, Rosenbaum and King need to meet or exceed their Kickstarter goal by Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at midnight. If the project goal is not met, no incentives will be awarded.

“I believe in our product and the power of Kickstarter,” said King. “I think what’s so special is our Lacelets are handmade right here in Ohio and we try to give back to our community whenever possible. Now, we are turning to our fellow friends, fans and small businesses.”

Today, men, women, children and professional athletes ranging from the Cincinnati Reds to Seattle Mariners are wearing Baseball Lacelets.

“Our company has transformed into something we could have never imagined,” said Rosenbaum. “We are so excited to take things to the next level.”

For more information regarding the Baseball Lacelets launch, visit Baseball Lacelets’ Kickstarter campaign page.

About Baseball Lacelets

Founded by sisters Alexis Rosenbaum and Hannah King in February 2014, Baseball Lacelets produces customized leather wrap bracelets made from the lacing in baseball gloves. With a patent pending, Baseball Lacelets are handmade in Cincinnati. For more information, visit www.baseballlacelet.com or connect with us via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.


Night in White Details Released
03/02/15

My team and I over at Cincy Chic just published info about our 2015 Night in White event! It’s one of my favorite events of the year! Hope you can make it!!

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

When: April 11, 7-10pm
Where: Ivy (formerly Obscura) 645 Walnut Street Cincinnati Ohio 45202
Attire: White “cocktail chic” attire
RSVP: at www.2015NIW.eventbrite.com
Enjoy: cocktails, fun fundraising activities, silent auction, photo booth, and fabulous freeze modeling fashion show.
Tickets: $20 General Admission Ticket (only 200 available) includes: swag bag and five door prize tickets. $35 Premium Ticket (only 50 available) includes: one complimentary drink, swag bag and 10 door prize tickets.

Presenting Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell
Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankSt. Elizabeth HealthcareCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC
Fashion Show Sponsors: Krombholz JewelersCurate Boutique,Folchi’s Fine Men’s Apparel and Formal Wear
Booth Sponsors: Rodan + Fields Dermatologists with Rebecca Noss,Mary Kay with Emily StalfThirty-One Gifts with Beth MerrittIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalIt Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny,Champion WindowsAllusionsMaui Whitening – West Chester
Brought to you by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

2015 Night in White


Best Dark Circle Cream Ever!
03/01/15

A couple months ago my mom looks at me lovingly and says “Honey, you have dark circles under your eyes.”

Oh mom, how quickly you forget what life with a newborn is like! haha!

But of course, when someone - especially your mom - says that to you, it’s the first thing you see when you look in the mirror. So I got a facial and asked the esthetician how I could get rid of my “baggage.”

She recommended HydroPeptide Eye Authority and said it acts like the soccer goalie â€" protecting the area and keeps as many toxins/free radicals out as possible on a cellular level â€" while also repairing the skin, reducing the puffiness/circles/fine lines. I liked how it made my skin feel after the facial, so I got a bottle of it and have been using it since.

I took a before picture when I first started taking it, and compared it with a picture I took of myself last night. I’m REALLY starting to see a difference! I thought I’d share my good results with you!

I love how it feels â€" very light (unlike a lot of undereye creams). But even more, I love how it’s working! Check out these before and after results!

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My before and after results from 6 weeks of using the HydroPeptide Eye Authority



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$5 Gift Certificate at Pink Tulip Club
02/13/15

If you’re looking to do a little shopping this weekend, one of my favorite boutiques in town is offering a $5 Gift Certificate! Sounds like you just print it off and take it in-store and enjoy! Have a great weekend and happy shopping!

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Carnegie Hosts 9th Annual Art of Food
02/12/15

Celebrating all that is mouthwatering and succulent, art and food mix once again to create a smorgasbord for the eyes and the taste buds as The Carnegie hosts the opening reception for the ninth annual Art of Food exhibition on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6 pm-9pm. Popular with gourmands and art enthusiasts, this annual exhibition presents the always powerful impact of art and food as demonstrated by the culinary-inspired creations of local artists and top chefs from Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

            “The Art of Food is always a highlight of our year,” said Katie Brass, Executive Director of The Carnegie.  “The galleries are transformed with fantastic art, and talented local chefs showcase some of their most creative dishes. Whether attendees are captivated by a work of art or try an adventurous dish, it’s always a night to remember.”

The opening reception for The Art of Food will take place Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6 pm-9pm in The Carnegie Galleries. During the opening, attendees can sample edible creations from almost 20 local restaurants while perusing the food-inspired artistic works by a wide range of artists. Attendees can travel through Candyland, designed by Pam Kravetz, following a path to each chefs table, and explore themed rooms with a visual feast to match the delicious food.

“Pam Kravetz is returning to transform The Carnegie into an edible playground,” said Matt Distel, Exhibitions Director for The Carnegie. “With candy-themed galleries, Candyland characters, an indoor picnic, and special performances, this year’s Art of Food will be as robust as ever.”

 Cost to attend The Art of Food opening reception is $25 for Carnegie Members and $40 non-members, in advance; $35 for Carnegie Members and $50 for non-members, at the door.  More than 600 guests are expected to attend the opening.

Tickets are available through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday, Noon - 5pm, by phone at (859) 957-1940 or online at www.thecarnegie.com. Admission to view the artwork on display in The Art of Food is FREE after opening night and open to the public through Friday, February 27, 2015. Gallery hours are Wednesday â€" Saturday, noon - 5pm.

            Sponsors for The Art of Food include John Mocker, Jens Rosenkrantz, The Kroger Company, US Bank Private Client Reserve and Cincinnati Magazine.


Featured Culinary Artists and Restaurants

Alfio’s, Chef Alfio Gulisano

Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, Chef Steven Williams

Chocolats Latour, Chef Shalini Latour

Coffee Emporium, Tony Tausch

Django Western Taco, Chef Andrew Mersmann

Enoteca Emilia, Chef Adam Cobb

Fireside Pizza, Chef Mike Marschman

Fresh Table, Chef Meredith Trombly

Four Seasons Catering, Chef Michael Gayon

Grateful Grahams, Chef Rachel DesRochers

Jean-Robert’s Table, Chef Jean-Robert deCavel

Jeff Thomas Catering, Chef Steve Waddell

Otto’s, Chef Paul Weckman

Senate, Chef Daniel Wright

Sleepy Bee Caf�, Chef Frances Kroner

The Littlefield, Chef Shoshannah Hafner

The Rookwood, Chef Jackson Rouse

Virgil’s Caf�, Chef Matt Buschle

Wunderbar, Chef Nathan Chambers 

 

Featured Artists

Pam Kravetz, Carla Lamb, Eric Brass, C. Jazqueline Wood, Sharon Butler, Tony Dotson, and many more.

 

 

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre; and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030.

 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from ArtsWave, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation.  


R+F Online Shopping Event, Friends’ Testimonials
02/11/15

Do you have that friend who always tells it like it is? My friend Amanda Arias is that friend for me. She's a very down to earth, no bull kind of person. She also owns her own salon, so whenever she says a hair or skin product is the best she’s ever tried, I know it must be good. Then I try it and get obsessed with it too.

So, today, Amanda posts how amazing Rodan + Fields products are -- especially the microdermabrasion paste she now loves. By the time I was done reading her post, I was completely sold and wanted to try it.

One of our Cincy Chic clients, Rebecca Noss, who sells R+F had just told me that she was having an online sale from now until the end of March, so I felt like the universe was trying to give me a message. Ok, universe, I got it I got it…. I am going to try some samples and see if I can get the same life-changing results as Amanda! :)

I’m really excited to check it out, especially since someone I trust so much is having such great results! Also, my client Rebecca who sells it is doing a free gift and 10% discount when you join as a preferred customer (basically, this is what I would do if I like the product enough where I’m going to buy it on a consistent basis). Here’s the site where you can learn more about the Amanda-approved microdermabrasion paste and all the other awesome R+F products: rebeccanoss.myrandf.com

I’ll keep you updated on my results once I try the paste! Clear skin, here I come!!!

amanda

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ArtWorks Announces Jobs for Artists and Youth Apprentices
02/10/15

ArtWorks, the largest employer of visual artists in the region, has announced it is currently recruiting candidates to fill 50 professional and150 youth apprentice positions to support its 2015 programming. ArtWorks pairs professional artists with Youth Apprentices, ages 14-21, to work in paid positions to create public art. In 2015, projects will include seven community murals and 150 capes for children in need, as well as the development of enterprise-driven products for sale. Since 1996, ArtWorks has provided job opportunities for over 700 professional and 2,500 youth artists.

 

Teaching Staff Jobs for Artists

ArtWorks is seeking emerging and professional artists and art educators with experience in painting and other creative mediums to serve as Teaching Staff. Teaching Staff are comprised of Project Managers and Teaching Artists who work as mentors to Apprentice Artists. Together, these teams work side-by-side with communities to transform Greater Cincinnati through the creation of art.

 

Teaching Staff receive stipends based on experience and project assignment. Teaching Staff typically work Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm or 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. Work hours average 30-35 hours per week, including weekly team meetings and adequate time for preparation and clean-up.

 

Candidates interested in applying for Teaching Staff positions should fill out the online application available at ArtWorksCincinnati.org. Project Manager and Teaching Assistant applications are due by February 16th, 2015. Interviews will be scheduled by ArtWorks staff during the months of March and April.

 

Apprentice Artist Jobs for Youth

ArtWorks is also hiring young artists, ages 14-21, to serve as Apprentice Artists. Apprentices work with professional artists to create and execute public art projects. ArtWorks is primarily looking for painters, but there are select projects available utilizing other creative mediums.

 

Apprentices typically work Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm. Project schedules vary from 4 – 10 weeks, and Apprentices are paid $8.10/hour. Apprentice positions provide learning experience in the visual arts, as well as resume building, portfolio development, interview skills, and the basics of financial literacy. Apprentices also learn about career possibilities in the arts and engage directly with a panel of artists and practitioners who have made successful careers. 

 

Interested candidates should visit ArtWorksCincinnati.org to apply online or download an application packet and to schedule an interview. Interviews for scheduled appointments will be held on the mornings of March 14 and 15 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Downtown Cincinnati. Open interviews will also occur those days, in the afternoon, on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Questions about the application process for Teaching Staff or Apprentices can be directed to Apply@ArtWorksCincinnati.org.

 

About ArtWorks:  Founded in 1996, ArtWorks trains and employs local youth and talent to create art and community impact. ArtWorks’ vision is to be the creative and economic engine which unites citizens to transform our region through public art, such as their award-winning mural program, art therapy, and creative enterprise initiatives. ArtWorks is the largest employer of visual artists in the region, injecting more than $1.3MM into the local economy in the form of wages in since 2013 alone. To date, ArtWorks has hired over 2,500 area youth and 700 professional artists, and has trained over 200 creative entrepreneurs. ArtWorks is grateful for the support of many individuals and organizations, including the City of Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, the generosity of community contributions to the  ArtsWave Campaign, and the Ohio Arts Council. To learn more or to support ArtWorks, visit ArtWorksCincinnati.org.


Up2tempo Fashion Show Fundraiser for Kelli Woodstock
02/08/15

Up2Tempo, the fashion show sponsor from Cincy Chic’s 8th Birthday Party in January, is having their next fashion show for a really great cause. It’s on Feb. 19 and it benefits a local lady who desperately needs your help. Click here to read her story and RSVP! Up2Tempo’s clothes are seriously awesome — super fashionable but very wearable AND affordable. I hope you can come to the event to do some savvy shopping and support a good cause in the process!

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Three “Go Red” Dresses at Macy’s!
02/04/15


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This Friday is our big Lady in Red event at Macy’s downtown! It’s one of my favorite Cincy Chic events of the year because the entire store is 20% off for our attendees and we have food, drinks, fun, and a fashion show — all to benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign! Click here to RSVP and learn more!

Now…. wondering what to wear to Lady in Red? Macy’s has three very special dresses to help answer that question for you!

From February 4th – 16th 10% of the purchase price of three exclusive red dresses by Kensie, Thalia and Calvin Klein as well as exclusive Go Red Ideology active wearavailable in select stores and online at Macys.com will go to benefit Go Red For Women®! 

The dresses and Ideology line are available in the Cincinnati area as follows:

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Macy’s Go Red Thalia $89.50
  • Thalia & Kensie dresses – Kenwood and Tri County stores
  • Calvin Klein – Kenwood and Fountain Place stores
  • Ideology – Kenwood only
  • All are available on macys.com

Something you might notice is that one of the dresses that benefits Go Red is a new line by Thalia Sodilaunching on February 2. This collection is launching with apparel, accessories and shoes and was designed with thecurvy woman in mind. (I’m told that it fits completely different than most other lines you’ll find out there in the market…. I ordered one to wear at the show, so we shall see! I’m excited to try it out!) In the Cincinnati market it will be offered at Macy’s Kenwood and Tri County stores – that’s 2 stores out of a total of 6 in the entire state of Ohio to carry the line! It also is available on macys.comClick hereto see what the collection looks like.

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Macy’s Go Red Kensie $99

Additionally, at ALL Macy’s locations, you can support the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement by shopping at Macy’s during the Wear Red Sale (February 4-9, 2015). Customers who wear red receive 20% off storewide and 15% off fine and fashion jewelry, sale and clearance watches and select home items. Customers may also show their support by purchasing a newly designed 2015 Red Dress pin for $2 (February 4-16, 2015) to receive the same offer. Macy’s will donate 100% of all Red Dress pin sales to Go Red For Women®.

Check out the video below from last year’s Lady in Red event! Hope to see you and your little red dress at the event next Friday!

 


Ladies Night at Portaluca!
02/04/15

The Portaluca Boutique supporting Dress for Success Cincinnati is hosting an informal modeling shopping party at Marty’s Hops & Vines in College Hill on Tuesday, February 10th from 7 pm â€"  8 pm! You don’t want to miss this special event. The show includes informal modeling of Portaluca merchandise in all sizes, shopping and special drink prices. Models will be showcasing the high end pieces that have come to be found at the boutique. All pieces that models showcase will be available for immediate purchase and will be able to be taken home that evening.  The Portaluca Boutique sells women’s new and gently used clothing.  All proceeds of the shopping purchases support Dress for Success Cincinnati. Not only will you and your friends have an amazing time at Portaluca Boutique, but you’ll be supporting a great cause. Make sure to come out on February 10th!


Last Chance to RSVP for Lady in Red at Macy’s!
02/02/15

Our sixth annual Lady in Red is THIS Friday! So, make sure you get your tickets while you still can! Details below â€" hope to see you there!

2015 Lady in Red
A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association

RSVP: www.2015lir.eventbrite.com

When: Friday, Feb. 6, 6-10pm

Where: Macy’s Fountain Place. 505 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dress: Cocktail chic. Red attire preferred!

Tickets: $20 VIP, which includes seat along the runway and express check-in table (only 200 VIP tickets available). $10 general admission. All tickets include swag bag and a 20% store-wide* Macy’s discount. Plus, enjoy the runway fashion show, music, refreshments, fun photo booth and fundraising activities! All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign!

Presenting Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell

Fashion Show Sponsor: Macy’s

Hair/Makeup Sponsor: The Wild Hare Salon

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

Booth Sponsors: Ideal Image Laser Hair RemovalTonya Bolton PhotographyAssociates in Women’s HealthChampion Windows,AllusionsPauir Athletic ApparelIt Works! by Shrink Wrap Me SkinnySweet Petit DessertsThirty-One Gifts with Beth Merritt,Vein Clinics of AmericaSKIN Advanced Cosmetic DermatologyH&R BlockSweet Petit DessertsCherish Jessup Damsel in Defense Independent ProCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and more!

Floral Sponsor: Wimberg Landscaping

Brought to you by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.

*excluding cosmetics and fragrances

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Cutest Couple Contest at Jewels by Jules
02/02/15

c4ce0bc8-8ce7-40f6-bb97-58c8720a848bI got an email from Jewels by Jules (a cute high-end jewelry store in Montgomery) yesterday with this fun contest, so I thought I’d share! You just enter here on Facebook, submit your photo and a little about your story, and hit submit! The couple with the most votes wins a diamond heart pendant! Looks like the contest ends on Valentine’s Day, so make sure you enter (and get votes) before then!


Eco-Chic Fashion Show Details Released!
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We just published details about our March event! I’m really pumped about it because it’s going to be hosted at one of my favorite venues in town, ADC, the “gallery in the sky.” On the walls of the gallery (special just for our event!) the owner, Litsa Spanos, is going to feature local artists who use eco-conscious, repurposed materials in their pieces. Also, we’re doing a different spin for the fashion show â€" it’s going to be an hair/makeup show by the stylists at Alba Organic Beauty Studio (they use all organic and non-toxic products!). It’s also going to be a fundraiser and drive for clothing/jewelry donations. See below for all the details â€" hope to see you there!!

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Eco-Chic Fashion Show

When: March 26 6-9pm

Where: ADC. 310 Culvert St., 5th Floor Cincinnati OH 45202

What: View eco-chic hair/makeup fashion show and eco-conscious art by area artists. shop local businesses, enjoy refreshments, and a swag bag valued at $250. Tickets are $10/pp, and all proceeds benefit St. Vincent dePaul. Plus, receive a raffle ticket for each gently used item brought for donation (click here to see list of requested items). From jewelry and boutique gift certificates to spa and salon packages, more than $3,000 in fab prizes are up for grabs!

Learn more and RSVP: http://ecfs.eventbrite.com

Hosted by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

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

Fashion Show Sponsor: Alba Organic Beauty Studios and Cincy Organic Stylebar

Booth Sponsors: Mary Kay with Emily StalfThirty-One Gifts with Beth MerrittIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalChampion Windows,AllusionsMaui Whitening â€" West Chester

Eco-Chic Fashion Show


Win a Southeast Indiana Winter Fun Giveaway!
01/19/15

I always love a freebie and the Dearborn County/Southeast Indiana has a huge Winter Fun Giveaway series going on I though I'd tell you about! You just enter each week through February 2 for a new chance to win.  They're giving away four great prizes in all (one was already given away last week)! All the info is on the Dearborn County/Southeast Indiana FB page, so check it out!

January 20

Winter Fun Giveaway " Week 3 Prize

Aurora Nights Prize Pack

Enjoy a night out in Aurora on us! Begin with a meal at Third and Main, which offers a wide selection American cuisine to suit every taste. Located in an historic building in downtown Aurora, the restaurant features a full menu of beef, chicken and seafood items, in addition to appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Then, discover craft brewing at its best at Great Crescent Brewery. Housed in a circa-1843 historic warehouse, the popular microbrewery offers handcrafted beers and ales, beer samplers, dining and an on-site Artisan Center for shopping.

  • $50 Gift Card to Third and Main Historic Restaurant
  • $50 Gift Card to Great Crescent Brewery

January 27

Winter Fun Giveaway " Week 4 Prize

DoubleTree Hotel Overnight Prize Pack

Explore historic downtown Lawrenceburg with this special overnight getaway for two at the brand-new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, located at the Lawrenceburg Event Center.  Overlooking the Ohio River, the upscale hotel is within walking distance of Hollywood Casino as well as all of the shops and amenities of downtown Lawrenceburg.  The prize pack also includes a gift card to the onsite Levee Bar & Grill. Located adjacent to the hotel lobby, this full-service restaurant and bar serves American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with seating available indoors or on the outdoor riverfront patio (in season).

  • Overnight accommodations for two at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Lawrenceburg Event Center
  • $50 Gift Card to The Levee Bar & Grill


Southeast Indiana’s Winter Fun Giveaway
01/09/15

The snow and cold weather we've been having this week makes me think of Perfect North and Southeast Indiana! And they're actually having a big giveaway right now! Check out the details below!

Southeast Indianas Winter Fun Giveaway Continues

 

Four-week Facebook contest offers gift cards, overnight stay and more

 

Lawrenceburg, Ind., Jan. 9, 2015 " In spite of the cold weather, theres lots to see and do in Southeast Indiana this winter, including downhill skiing at Perfect North Slopes, dining at an historic brewery and enjoying an event at the new Lawrenceburg Event Center.

 

With that in mind, the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau recently launched a free giveaway contest on its Dearborn County-Southeast Indiana Facebook page.  Known as the Winter Fun Giveaway, the contest features four weeks of great prizes including gift cards, dining, an overnight hotel stay, and more.

 


WHAT:             Winter Fun Giveaway

WHEN:             Every Tuesday through Feb. 2

TO ENTER:      www.facebook.com/visitsoutheastindiana

COST:             Free to enter (one entry per week)

OTHER:           Must be 21 years of age to participate

 

The Winter Fun Giveaway prize schedule is as follows:

Week 1 - (January 6-12) 5-Visit Bonus Pack Valid for Skiing and Snowboarding at Perfect North Slopes - (approximate value, $180) (awarded on January 13)

Week 2 - (January 13-19) Adult Tubing Gold Card to Perfect North Slopes - (approximate value, $100) (awarded on January 20)

Week 3 - (January 20-26) Aurora Nights Prize Pack - $50 Gift Card to Third and Main Historic Restaurant; $50 Gift Card to Great Crescent Brewery (total prize value, $100) (awarded on January 27)

Week 4 - (January 27-February 2) DoubleTree Hotel Overnight Prize Pack - Overnight accommodations for two at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Lawrenceburg Event Center; $50 Gift Card to The Levee Bar & Grill. Total prize value of $219. (awarded on February 3).

For more information on the Winter Fun Giveaway Contest, or to enter, visit www.facebook.com/visitsoutheastindiana.  To learn more about visiting Southeast Indiana this winter, log on to www.visitsoutheastindiana.com.


Great Parks Presents New Dinner Series for 2015
01/09/15

I made a New Year's Resolution to try new places and activities for date nights once a month, and this sounds like so much fun! So, I thought I'd share!

Great Parks Presents New Dinner Series for 2015
Adventure, Mystery and Family dinners focus on food, entertainment and time together

 

Enjoy a Saturday evening of adventure, mystery or family entertainment with the new Great Parks Dinner Series! The series kicks off January 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. with the Alaskan Adventure dinner at Winton Woods.

For 10 years, Joe White, owner of Roads Rivers and Trails outdoor outfitters store in Milford, Ohio, has guided and personally explored the most remote areas of the Alaskan Frontier. Away from the tour buses and cruise ships, Joe will take you on a backcountry experience with wild weather, animal encounters and all the raw beauty that Alaska has to offer.

The adventure will be led from the warmth of beautiful Mill Race Banquet Center, located on The Mill Course at Winton Woods, over a buffet dinner of chef-carved prime rib of beef, herb-roasted chicken, lasagna, garden salad and assorted sides, desserts and drinks. A cash bar is also available for guests ages 21 and up.
 

Upcoming dinners include:
Feb 7: An Evening with the Zoo
Family Dinner

Feb 14: Malice in Wonderland
Mystery Dinner (age 18 and up)

Feb 21: A Night at the Oscars
Mystery Dinner (age 18 and up)

Feb 28: Kissing Kilimanjaro
Adventure Dinner

Tickets are $29.95 per person and can be purchased online at greatparks.org or by phone at 513-521-7275, ext. 285. To view the full list of Great Parks Dinner Series, visit greatparks.org.

Mill Race Banquet Center is located at 1515 West Sharon Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231. A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the park.

For additional information, please visit greatparks.org or call 513-521-7275. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to find out more about whats happening at the parks!


Women Owned Business Planning Session!
01/08/15

I came across this Women Owned Business Planning Session, and it looks like such a great opportunity! I've always wondered how to obtain the certification, what all is involved in earning it, and what are the benefits if I do. Sounds like this session will answer all these questions and more. Plus, Laurie (one of the gals putting on the event is a friend of mine and I've know her for years! A great resource, and I'm sure she's going to put on an amazing event! Hope to see you there!

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Art and Food Come Together for Art of Food Feb 20
01/08/15

Carnegie Hosts 9th Annual Art of Food

Tri-State chefs and local artists present food as an art

form with culinary creations on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

 

COVINGTON, KY " Celebrating all that is mouthwatering and succulent, art and food mix once again to create a smorgasbord for the eyes and the taste buds as The Carnegie hosts the opening reception for the ninth annual Art of Food exhibition on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6 pm-9pm. Popular with gourmands and art enthusiasts, this annual exhibition presents the always powerful impact of art and food as demonstrated by the culinary-inspired creations of local artists and top chefs from Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

            The Art of Food is always a highlight of our year, said Katie Brass, Executive Director of The Carnegie.  The galleries are transformed with fantastic art, and talented local chefs showcase some of their most creative dishes. Whether attendees are captivated by a work of art or try an adventurous dish, its always a night to remember.

The opening reception for The Art of Food will take place Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 from 6 pm-9pm in The Carnegie Galleries. During the opening, attendees can sample edible creations from almost 20 local restaurants while perusing the food-inspired artistic works by a wide range of artists. Attendees can travel through Candyland, designed by Pam Kravetz, following a path to each chefs table, and explore themed rooms with a visual feast to match the delicious food.

Pam Kravetz is returning to transform The Carnegie into an edible playground, said Matt Distel, Exhibitions Director for The Carnegie. With candy-themed galleries, Candyland characters, an indoor picnic, and special performances, this years Art of Food will be as robust as ever.

 Cost to attend The Art of Food opening reception is $25 for Carnegie Members and $40 non-members, in advance; $35 for Carnegie Members and $50 for non-members, at the door.  More than 600 guests are expected to attend the opening.

Tickets are available through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday, Noon - 5pm, by phone at (859) 957-1940 or online at www.thecarnegie.com. Admission to view the artwork on display in The Art of Food is FREE after opening night and open to the public through Friday, February 27, 2015. Gallery hours are Wednesday Saturday, noon - 5pm.

            Sponsors for The Art of Food include John Mocker, Jens Rosenkrantz, The Kroger Company, US Bank Private Client Reserve and Cincinnati Magazine.


Featured Culinary Artists and Restaurants

Alfios, Chef Alfio Gulisano

Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, Chef Steven Williams

Chocolats Latour, Chef Shalini Latour

Coffee Emporium, Tony Tausch

Django Western Taco, Chef Andrew Mersmann

Enoteca Emilia, Chef Adam Cobb

Fireside Pizza, Chef Mike Marschman

Fresh Table, Chef Meredith Trombly

Four Seasons Catering, Chef Michael Gayon

Grateful Grahams, Chef Rachel DesRochers

Jean-Roberts Table, Chef Jean-Robert deCavel

Jeff Thomas Catering, Chef Steve Waddell

Ottos, Chef Paul Weckman

Senate, Chef Daniel Wright

Sleepy Bee Caf, Chef Frances Kroner

The Littlefield, Chef Shoshannah Hafner

The Rookwood, Chef Jackson Rouse

Virgils Caf, Chef Matt Buschle

Wunderbar, Chef Nathan Chambers 

 

Featured Artists

Pam Kravetz, Carla Lamb, Eric Brass, C. Jazqueline Wood, Sharon Butler, Tony Dotson, and many more.

 

 

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentuckys largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre; and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030.


CycleBar Official Cross Training Program of the American Heart Association!
01/06/15

 I love spinning (I used to be an instructor) and I love the American Heart Association (click here to see the Cincy Chic event we're hosting on Feb. 6 at Macys that benefits the AHA!)

CycleBar Cincinnati named Official Cross Training Program of the American Heart Association

 

CINCINNATI (January 8, 2015) " CycleBar, a new concept in indoor cycling that offers a high energy workout in a rock concert-like atmosphere, has been named the Official Cross-Training Program of the American Heart Association, which includes the Heart Mini Marathon and the Go Red For Women initiative.

 

CycleBar will provide Heart Mini Marathon registered participants with five class credits ($95 value) and the opportunity to join Team CycleBar, which includes a race t-shirt, CycleBar swag and selected training rides. The Heart Mini Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 15 in downtown Cincinnati.

 

CycleBar and the American Heart Association share the same mission in providing opportunities for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, said Vince Czepukaitis, president of CycleBar Cincinnati. We look forward to our year-long program with the American Heart Association to raise funds and awareness of their major initiatives.

 

Additionally, CycleBar will support the American Heart Associations Go Red For Women initiative by hosting a monthly fund-raising event on second Fridays at 7 p.m. where 100 percent of the proceeds from the 54-person class will benefit Go Red For Women.


Mascot Broomball Exhibition Returning to Fountain Square
01/06/15

(I used to play broomball in college and it's SO fun - and a good workout - so I thought I'd share!!)

MASCOT BROOMBALL EXHIBITION RETURNING TO FOUNTAIN SQUARE

 

WHAT: Calling all mascot fans! Fountain Squares seventh annual Mascot Broomball Exhibition Match returns to the U.S. Bank Ice Rink next Saturday, January 17, at 11:00am. Produced by 3CDC and presented by Northern Kentucky University, this family-friendly event features an epic broomball showdown between some of Cincinnatis favorite mascots. The free 30-minute match promises to provide plenty of comical thrills and spills, so bundle up and come prepared to cheer. See below for a list of participating mascots.

2015 Mascot Broomball Exhibition Teams

 

Team 1: The Super Sweepers

Team 2: The Legion of the Broom

 

Captain: Victor E. Viking (NKU)

Wooly Bully (Cincinnati Rollergirls)

Horsepower (Kentucky Speedway)

Big Boy (Frischs)

Coop (Quaker Steak & Lube)

Oscar the Balloon (Airheads Candy)

Cuppie (Dunkin Donuts)

Ms. Tree (Cincinnati Parks)

Menchie (Menchies Frozen Yogurt)

Red Card (Cincinnati Library)

Captain: Twister (Cyclones)

Blue Blob (Xavier)

Musketeer (Xavier)

Mr. Redlegs (Cincinnati Reds)

Rosie Red (Cincinnati Reds)

Mr. Red (Cincinnati Reds)

Gapper (Cincinnati Reds)

Binny (Rumpke)

Ruby (Pure Romance)

Flying Pig (Flying Pig Marathon)

 

 

WHO: Mascot Broomball is FREE and open to the public.

WHEN: The match is scheduled for Saturday, January 17. Mascots will be available before the event for FREE meet & greets and photo opportunities, beginning at 10:30am. The match begins promptly at 11:00am and is expected to last approximately 30 minutes.   

WHERE: Fountain Square is located at 520 Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati. Secure and affordable parking can be found in the underground garage facility " located directly beneath Fountain Square.

MORE INFORMATION: Normal Saturday skating hours will resume at noon, after the conclusion of the exhibition game. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Northern Kentucky University. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event to your smartphone calendar. 


Lady in Red 2015 - Event Date Announced!
12/31/14

We just announced our Lady in Red event date for 2015! Hope to see you there!

2015 Lady in Red
A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association

RSVP: www.2015lir.eventbrite.com

When: Friday, Feb. 6, 6-9pm

Where: Macy's Fountain Place. 505 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dress: Cocktail chic. Red attire preferred!

Tickets: $20 VIP, which includes seat along the runway and express check-in table (only 200 VIP tickets available). $10 general admission. All tickets include swag bag and a 20% store-wide* Macy's discount. Plus, enjoy the runway fashion show, music, refreshments, fun photo booth and fundraising activities! All proceeds benefit the American Heart Associations "Go Red for Women" campaign!

Presenting Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell

Fashion Show Sponsor: Macy's

Hair/Makeup Sponsor: The Wild Hare Salon

Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankSt. Elizabeth Healthcare 

Booth Sponsors: Ideal Image Laser Hair RemovalTonya Bolton PhotographyAssociates in Women's HealthHeritage Makers/Youngevity with Natalie RederChampion WindowsAllusions,Pauir Athletic ApparelIt Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny

Brought to you by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.

*excluding cosmetics and fragrances

2015 Lady in Red


Custom Suit Package Sale at 45/46
12/31/14

The menswear shop, 45/46, in Hyde Park Square is having a custom suit package sale now through the end of December. It includes a custom suit, shirt, tie and shoes for $1299. As a woman, that sounds like a not-so-great-deal because I can go to Ann Taylor and get a nice suit, shirt, accessories and shoes for about $500. But, with a hubby who wears a suit every day to work, I know this actually IS a good deal for made-to-measure menswear. So, if Santa still needs to spoil the suit-wearing men on your Nice List, think about taking advantage of this sale or at least just tell them about it if you dont have a spare $1300 laying around for a random gift! haha!

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Five New Year's Resolution Solutions!
12/31/14

Happy last day of 2014!:) It's the day where I always decide what my New Year's Resolution will be. I decided to do something different this year. I'm going to try out some practical DIY solutions to help me actually accomplish my resolutions and improve my life in the new year.

1) Declutter: a filing system to turn those piles into files. 

2) Organize: once you've decluttered, it's time to get organized with a Home Management Binder. This will help you keep track of everyone's schedules, your menu plan, grocery list, chore list, etc. Keep it in the kitchen so everyone in the family can easily reference it and update it!

3) Record Memories: no time for scrapbooking but still want to record all those memories your family is making each year? Make a Memory Box, have a tab for each month, drop in keepsakes, pictures and notes about special days/accomplishments!

4) Save Money: this Savings Jar is a plan that has you drop a few spare bucks in it each week and it ads up to over $1,000 by the end of the year!
5) Get Healthy: Ah, yes. Everyone's favorite New Year's Resolution. But this portion control plate is a practical way to actually accomplish that! I had a fitness instructor who always said "great abs are made in the kitchen not the gym" and that's so true! 

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Little Lords & Ladies Boutique Closing, Liquidation Sale
12/29/14

I'm so sad! For years, I have loved shopping for my nieces and nephews in the Little Lords & Ladies Boutique in Montgomery, and looked forward to the day when I had a little one I could shop for in there! Well, unfortunately, I just got an email saying the owner has decided to close up shop and liquidate merchandise with a big sale starting immediately. So, if you have a little one who didn't get spoiled enough by Santa this year, or if you want to stock up on some things that Santa will get them NEXT year (or if you have a baby shower, kids birthday party, etc in your future) now is the time to do it. They have the CUTEST clothes, accessories and gift items for little girls and boys.

Little Lords & Ladies Boutique 
7816 Cooper Road
Montgomery, OH 45242


New Year's Ideas for Decor, Party, Fun!
12/26/14

I hope you all had a great Christmas! I sure did -- Christmas with a little one is SO fun! :) Speaking of little one, now that we have a newborn, that's going to change how we celebrate New Year's Eve this year! Usually, we travel somewhere special or at least go out somewhere to celebrate. But this year, we want to see the ball drop with our favorite little lady in our arms. So, we decided to host a New Year's Eve party at our house and invite a few select friends and family. I did some searching on Pinterest for decor and party ideas, and found a TON of great stuff I thought you might like, too! So, enjoy! Click here to see all my NYE pins!

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Cute Baby Gifts at A Village Gift Shop in Glendale
12/24/14

You can tell we had a rough winter last year! Lots of new little babies this year! Haha!

Not only is Christmas TOMORROW, but I feel like Ive been to about 20 baby showers in the past few months, including my own! While I always buy something from their registry, its fun to get them something unexpected, too! But those things are tough to find!

So if youre like me and on the look-out for cute baby gifts that arent from a big box store, I made a great little discovery! A Village Gift Shop in Glendale has a great section of baby gifts and its all SUPER cute stuff! Check out the headband and hat I got for Lola there!:)

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OTR Businesses Open Today for Last Minute Shopping
12/24/14

Many of OTR's retailers and restaurants are opening today to accommodate last minute shoppers. A complete list of the business' that are open today are below. 

Special and Extended Holidays Hours for OTR Businesses

Main Street Businesses:
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hoop & Needle
LIBBY
Rock Paper Scissors
Park + Vine
Mannequin Boutique
Urban Eden
Another Part of the Forest
Macaron Bar
Cincy Shirts

Original Thought Required
Dec. 24: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ragg Addict
Dec. 24: Open until 6 p.m.

The Little Mahatma
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MiCA 12/v
Dec 24: until 3 p.m.

Holtmans Donuts
Dec. 24: 7 a.m. to noon

Findlay Market
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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My New SoHza Earrings
12/22/14

Im wearing my new soHza earrings today! (we actually have a feature about soHza, and the charities they support, in todays issue of Cincy Chic " check it out!) Theyre made out of melted bullet casings and empower women in Ethiopia with sustainable employment, school and healthcare. Plus a portion of proceeds go to female-focused charities in Cincinnati and Columbus! Oh aaaaand theyre super cute!

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Free Christmas Eve Dinner at Drop Inn Center
12/16/14

Giving back to others, especially those less fortunate... 'tis the reason for the season! My friend Nidhi with Elements Conference & Event Centre is doing just that. She is donating food for 250-300 people! She and her GM, Sales Team, Operating Team, Chef, and staff will be there serving! Food will be served 5:30-6:30 on Christmas Eve at the Drop Inn Center downtown. So, if you know of anyone who would enjoy this, please let them know!


Financial New Year’s Resolution? Contact Roderick Gosa
12/15/14


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Roderick Gosa

You may not know this, but I also manage Cincinnati Profile, the male version of Cincy Chic! I just brought on a new finance columnist for the publication, Roderick Gosa, who is an Ameriprise Advisor. But I knew after first chatting with him that he was so much more.

I know a lot of people are making new years resolutions to get things in their life back on track, finances being one of them. So, I thought Id have you virtually meet Rod, so you can see what makes him so unique, and why I trust him to give great financial info to our readers.

Heres a little bit about him from his words


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