I was asked by ECCO shoes to be on the style panel for an upcoming Stylist Show at the Kenwood Dillard’s this Saturday! Not only will they have yummy refreshments, rewards and a fashion show, but you’ll also get to meet ECCO’s Category Manager, Trisha Cox, who will share the inspiration behind ECCO’s Fall Collection and we’ll discuss how to pair the collection with today’s hottest fashion trends on the panel. I’m so excited! I hope you can join us! See below for all the event details.
One of the reasons I love shopping with Miss Em’s (other than the fact that she’s locally based and a rockstar #GirlBoss) is that she not only has great jewelry and accessories for ME, but also fun gift items for the kiddos on my list. It’s stuff you don’t see picked over at all the department stores, or worry if they’ll have four duplicates of it under the tree. Here are a few of my favorite unique gift items for kids on missems.com!
($13) And there are a TON of other bibs with funny sayings like “Taco Tuesday,” “I’m so fancy,” and a mermaid-themed “Call me on my SHELL phone.”
($18) This is an oversized canvas holiday drawstring gift sack that features printed holiday graphics and a chalkboard banner so you can personalize it with the kiddo’s name. You can wrap up a bigger item with this, or put several smaller items in it. Helloooo, easy gift wrapping!
($20) This is a 6-piece set that includes a reindeer bell, Santa glove, button, glasses and footprint stencil kit with glitter. There’s also a poem on the box explains the discovery magic! So fun!
($20) Make counting down the time until the big day fun AND educational. Plus, it’ll help remind you of how much time you have left to buy all those last minute gifts and get it all wrapped, haha!
($35) I bought this for my daughter last year at the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House, and it’s seriously been one of my best purchases EVER for her. It’s easily her most-requested book at night time — unlike any of her other books and it always induces the best belly laughs — and I just love the bonding time we get from it.
Buckeye Piggy Bank
($22) Ok, if you have a kiddo on your list who’s first letters were O-H… I-O, then this is the gift for them. And hey, tell them to start saving their pennies for OSU tuition, or at least season tickets for lots of OSU games in the future!
($15) You can’t have an Elf on the Shelf in your house without a door for them to come in, right? This is such a fun idea for your Elf on the Shelf lovin’ littles to spark their vivid imaginations, or if you just want to add something unique to your holiday decor.
($20, 0-6months) I love getting the little holiday-themed onesies that make the littles look extra super cute for the season. There are lots of cute onesies, socks, and adorable accessories like a bowtie and suspenders set on her site, so check them out, too!
We’re excited to team up with the gals over at Charm at the Farm . Vintage Market for their Charm at the Farm – Fall Market, which is coming up October 28! The Fall Market means you get to shop TONS of local vendors, sign up for DIY workshops, and even get early access with a special VIP ticket! Learn more about the event, these awesome ladies, and purchase your tickets at www.charmatthefarm.com
Thanks to my intern, Kelly, for writing this chic review!
What do Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Effie from The Hunger Games all have in common? Each of these women have all been adorned by Iris van Herpen’s iconic pieces. Now, you also can experience these priceless collections at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Known for her avant-garde sculptural designs, van Herpen works in collaboration with pioneers of technology, engineers, and architects to make her artistic visions come to life. Due to the complex nature of her designs and the materials used in their creation, van Herpen merged science and technology into fashion by 3D printing pieces in her collections. This innovative approach to design had never before been shown on high fashion runways. It is both beautiful and technical- technically beautiful.
The exhibit commands an air of reverence and awe as you explore both galleries. The dimmed overhead lighting sets the ambiance while spotlights create beautiful silhouettes on the striking pieces; a combination which takes your breath away and makes you feel as if you must speak in hushed tones out of respect for the art.
“For me, fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting. Wearing clothing creates an exciting and imperative form of self-expression,” says van Herpen of her artistic philosophy.
van Herpen’s artistic philosophy is glaringly evident throughout her fashion collections due to the intention and clear inspirations guiding their creation. Each choice of material, each fold, each metallic detail is purposefully chaotic and invokes a reaction within the self. Everything van Herpen creates is inspired by a unique aspect of life- whether it be cellular, nuclear, magnetic, electric or the very simple magic that is water.
The texture and exquisite nature of the designs begs you to reach out and touch them-it took much restraint to not feel each of the pieces! But do not be discouraged; there is an interactive, sensory portion of the exhibit where you can physically experience the creations.
The exhibit also includes a video showcase of the most recent runways that have been graced by van Herpen’s collections. The shows themselves are performance art; set to heavy, tribal music, each is individual and drastically different all while carrying the same sense of awe and reverence towards what is being presented.
Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion is open to the public at the Cincinnati Art Museum from October 13, 2017–January 7, 2018. For more information, please visit cincinnatiartmuseum.org/transformingfashion .
Lots of cute fall stuff here at even better prices. Everything from blazers and handbags, scarves, cute tops, and then also, hats, tons of infinity scarves. Plus, flannel, sweaters, dusters, booties. Oh my gosh! And speaking of shoes, walls and walls and walls of fabulous fall boots. I couldn’t believe how many boots I found. All different colors: brown, tan, black, gray, and then plus, they have great fall dresses and sweaters and they paired them together so cute. Really cute outerwear, vests, and even things for your fall and winter sports.
Ok here are some of the great things I found: these Hunter boots, yeah, they were only $48. And these pom pom Steve Madden’s, you won’t believe the price on these, $15.50, and I love the cut on these caged CATO heels. So cute, only $12. And then, these booties, great color, original tags from Nordstrom $79, only $16 at Clothes Mentor. Can’t go wrong with a little black dress, either, and this one’s from The Loft, and it’s only $16. And then the necklace that goes with it, that’s only $8 at Clothes Mentor. Then I loved this fall sweater, it’s got a great hi-lo hemline, it’s got the cut-out cold shoulders, original tags on it even, and at Clothes Mentor it’s only $10.50. Lots and lots of great denim, these have original tags on them, they’re Joe Jeans, and retail price $169, well, at Clothes Mentor only $28. Then, these gray denim, so fabulous. Calvin Klein, original tags on it, only $14.50. Then this sweater, love the fringe at the bottom of it, great cable knit design, $12. This denim top, in a babydoll silhouette, it’s got original tags on it from Altered State, but you’re going to find it for only $10.50. Cute necklace that goes with it, it is only $6.50. I love that they have plus-size at Clothes Mentor. This pair of great denim is only $12.25.
And they also put together different outfits for you and have them on display, so you can have grab-and-go outfits. I love this quilted vest, it’s got some gold embellishments. You’re going to find that for $18.50 at Clothes Mentor. The long-sleeve top that goes with it, $10. And then the gold necklace, you can wear this with a ton of things – dress it up, dress it down, $6.50. And the bag that they have with it, it’s a crossbody Michael Kors, in kind of a maroon color, only $85.
Lots of athletic wear and athleisure, like this outfit they put together. The pants are only $12. The Adidas shirt that goes underneath it, it is only $9.25. And then the Nike jacket, love all the zippers on it, $15. Plus tons and tons of outerwear at Clothes Mentor. Like this navy, lightweight jacket, paired it with a checked top. The top is only $10.25 and the jacket itself is only $13.50.
And I really love the color on this olive green, army-inspired color from Old Navy:$15.50. And I absolutely fell in love with this dress from J. Crew, it was only $17, and the matching necklace that goes with it, $6.50.
I ended up buying all of it and tons and tons of other stuff. Stocked up for fall, I did leave a few things for you though so you have to come and visit! There’s tons of locations all over town, see which one is closest to you at clothesmentor.com.
I love shopping on my friend Emily’s site, www.missems.com, because there’s a TON of cute jewelry, bags/scarves and baby stuff (at SUPER affordable prices). But I also love doing business with her because she supports lots of local charities.
The first kind of charity she supports is YOURS. Click here to see a video I did last year that documents how to host an online shopping party with your friends and family to fundraise for a cause of your choice. For the sale I did last year, I raised funds for a family who needed money for fertility treatment… so your cause doesn’t necessarily need to be an official 501c3 charity.
You can also host online shopping events that are not related to a charity (like this one I’m doing on Oct. 23) where you earn credits to use on her site instead. But in case you’d like to host a Miss Em’s fundraiser, here are some highlights:
- 15% of total sales from a Miss Em’s party get donated back as a check for your organization
- Can be done online as a virtual/Facebook party (can you include the video you did last year as a party) OR…
- It can be an in-home party where your friends and family come to you
- All pieces of jewelry are $5-$25 or less so everyone can feel comfortable purchasing something without breaking the bank
Miss Em’s also hosts events throughout the year in Columbus and Cincinnati where a portion of proceeds benefit a local cause. Here are groups they’ve done fundraisers for previously: Boy Scouts, cheerleading teams, volleyball teams, southern Ohio survivors, Pelotonia, Cincinnati Children’s, and many more.
Click here to check out the “Upcoming Event” section of her site so you can see if there’s an event coming up (where she’s either hosting or being a vendor at) that you’d like to attend. It’s always neat to see and try on the items in person instead of buying online! You can also “like” Miss Em’s on Facebook so you get invited to events in the future. Here are a few pictures of previous Miss Em’s events and fundraisers so you can see how fun they are! Hope to see you at one soon!
We got a sneak peek of the boutique items you’ll see at this year’s RetroFittings event! Keep watching for more and click here to get your tickets and use code CHIC to get $5 off!
Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino… oh my! Get up close and personal with the best designer brands at Designer Items and More, the Tri-State’s new luxury women’s boutique. They’re hosting an Open House THIS Saturday, October 7th. Mention Cincy Chic and you’ll receive an additional raffle ticket for all the great gift baskets up for grabs! And let me tell you, I got a sneak peek of the store a couple weeks ago (they had a pop-up boutique at our Cocktails & Couture event at the Art Museum and our attendees were FREAKING out at all her amazing designer items… me included!) Check out the details on their event page: Designer Shopping Fundraising Open House! Hope to see you there!
Happy Frugalista Friday! Our Editor-in-Chic heads to the Clothes Mentor Fields Ertel location to learn more about their new arrivals for fall, to check out their amazing designer items, and to hear more about their upcoming Girls Night Out on October 12! Keep watching to learn more and find a Clothes Mentor location near you at www.clothesmentor.com.