3 Beauty Products You Didn’t Know You Can Make at Home (And How to Make Them!)

My awesome intern Alexis Piascik found the best recipes for making beauty products at home! Check ’em out!

1. Cucumber Makeup Remover Pads


Sleeping with your makeup on is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Make sure you never miss a night with soothing cucumber makeup removing pads that cleanse and hydrate fabulously and were created with your own two hands. (Recipe found on freebiefindingmom.com)

What You’ll Need: 1 cucumber (sliced)

1 cup distilled water

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons castor oil

cotton pads

8 oz mason jar

Directions: Step 1: soak cucumber slices in the distilled water for several hours or until water becomes a cloudy light green

Step 2: microwave the coconut and castor oil together for 30-45 seconds or until melted

Step 3: remove the cucumbers and combine the water and oils

Step 4: with the cotton pads in the jar, pour in the water-oil mixture

Tips: store in fridge and use within one week for best results

2. Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm


If you’re like me and can’t hold on to lip balm to save your life, making it at home saves so much money! This recipe includes all natural ingredients to condition, salvage, and protect even the most broken of lips. (Recipe found on getinspiredeveryday.com)

What You’ll Need: 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon grated and packed beeswax

1 tablespoon shea butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon castor oil

½ teaspoon grapefruit essential oil

6-8 containers of your choice

Directions: Step 1: melt the beeswax, shea butter, coconut and castor oils over low heat until the beeswax is completely melted

Step 2: remove from heat and add in the essential oil

Step 3: pour into containers of your choice and let sit to harden

Tips: store up to four months and visit the original website for more recipe flexibility

3. Whitening Toothpaste


Having a bright smile is a goal of so many women out there, but almost all toothpastes on the market are still flooded with gross chemicals. Try this toothpaste recipe to whiten your teeth both quickly and naturally! (Recipe found on areturntosimplicity.com)

What You’ll Need: 2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay

¼ teaspoon sea salt

10 drops peppermint essential oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 dropper full of organic liquid stevia

2 capsules or ½ teaspoon activated charcoal

¼ teaspoons ground cloves

2 tablespoons filtered water

Directions: Step 1: open charcoal capsules

Step 2: combine all ingredients in a glass container

Step 3: mix with a rubber or wooden spoon

Tips: substitute ground mint for essential peppermint oil for a more swallow-safe mixture; add mineral drops for additional benefits; make sure to use glass containers, the toothpaste will pull toxins from metal or plastic; store in a cool dark space (like a bathroom drawer)

Nine Styling Tips to Take You From Drab to FAB!

Ready to take your style from drab to fab? Check out this blog post from my intern Alexis Piascik!

All of us have had those days when your outfit looks cool but is missing that certain something to take it from “cool” to red-carpet ready! Check out these tips to help you stock your closet with the essentials and keep your fashionista-focused mind from ever having a drab day again!

1. Flat-brimmed hats
Use a flat-brimmed hat in cool neutrals or seasonal statement colors, such as maroon or mustard, to hide those bad hair days you only notice 10 minutes before your daily debut.

Image: Pinterest

2. Fishnet tights
Use fishnet tights to add an extra edge under distressed jeans, crop-tops, tea length skirts, or peak-a-boo heels.

Image: Pinterest

3. Popped collars
Wearing a collared shirt or jacket? Pop the collar and give your whole outfit a cool, retro vibe.

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4. Kimonos
As the temperatures rise, heavy jackets fall short. Trade in your bombers and utility jackets for lightweight kimonos to add feminine whimsy to even the hardest of looks.

Garment too long? Steal inspo from Ryan Roche and tie it up in multiple knots, adding both practicality and a boho-nouveau vibe.

Image: Ryan Roche

5. Frayed denim
Take a classic denim mini to the next level by fraying the edges, giving it a little more character.

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6. Bold lips
Add some flare to simpler outfits with natural make-up and a bold, red-based, lip.

Image: Trendy Tshirt

7. Skin-showing Overalls
Bare some skin when wearing overalls by omitting the undershirt and instead sporting a saucy bralette, if anything at all.

Image: Pinterest

8. Chunk belts
Or cover up a little more by adding a chunky belt at your waist to your classic crop-top-and-low-risers ensemble.

Image: The Hunt

9. Chokers and body chains
Layer thinly sparkling chokers and body chains over your outfit for an almost-not-there, eye-catching glimmer.

Image: Pinterest

Spring Trends: What they are, Where to find them, and How to wear them!

My intern Alexis is currently vacationing in Miami (jealous!) and she wrote about all of the amazing spring fashion trends she’s seen down there! Enjoy!

Nautical
When TOMMYXGIGI hit the streets it was clear to see it would spark one of the biggest trends for spring – high-waisted pants, numerous gold buttons, navy, rouge, and ivory galore. And with the extra add-ons like oversized sunglasses and silk ascots, why wouldn’t this make for the perfect outfit on one of those warm spring days?  

Get this look in a more literal sense by making horizontal stripes and bright red the focal points of your styling. Image: Cabi.

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Or make it your own with unconventional hemlines and more edgy accessories. Image: The Chriselle Factor

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For classic pieces to follow this trend, check out popular stores like Old Navy and Macy’s.

Femme Fatal
April Showers bring May Flowers in both physical and printed forms. Floral prints are a must for Spring, but this year we’re seeing a large mix of feminine and edgy pieces as the hardness of the 90s we’ve seen reinventing itself spills into the upcoming season. Chiffon maxi-dresses under leather jackets, sneakers in place of wedges, muted colors in traditionally light silhouettes, and even just small peaks of floral in otherwise hard outfits.

Subtle florals and bright colors perk up any outfit. Image: The Girl from Panama

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Image: We the People Style

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For pieces that are both edgy and soft all by themselves, check out H&M’s newest collection here.

Mules
As the 90s continue to make its comeback, one piece you can now confidently pull from the back of your closet and dust off again are your mules. A more creative version of loafers, mules are closed-toed but backless and the perfect transition shoe for those days when it’s 40° in the morning and 70° by the afternoon.

Muted colors like black and brown with gold buckles give them a classic, timeless look. Image: Take Aim

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While some trendy embellishments give them a much more modern feel. Image: Free People

Check out these and similar styles here.

For mules of all shapes and sizes, check out your favorite stores like White House Black Market.

Ring Handle Bags
As the geometrics of the winter seasons trickle into the upcoming months, shapes take a softer stance as well, changing from hard angled polygons to infinite circles. As we saw throughout Fashion Month, these polygons will still be seen in all your favorite patterns, but ring handle bags are the new perfect way to warm up your wardrobe right along with the weather.

Ring handle bags are just like any other bags and can be made to fit your style.

Whether you need something a little larger and more durable. Image: Bloglovin’

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Or something a little smaller and sleeker. Image: The New York Times

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For ring handle bags to fit a whole slew of styles, check out some higher-end stores like Nordstrom.

Big Daddy Walker Productions – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

He’s a DJ, he’s an emcee, he’s an officiant… he’s Big Daddy Walker! I just worked with him for the first time and it was AMAZING! Read on to see how they can be a one-stop-shop contact for all your event’s entertainment needs (aka less work and more fun for you!).

Allen Walker (left) is the founder of Big Daddy Walker Productions and offers DJ and officiant services for your wedding.

Picking a DJ for your event is important. The DJ can make the difference between a fun, well-put-together celebration and a boring or disastrous one, so you don’t want to pick just any business. For a professional DJ service for your wedding, corporate event, grand opening, birthday, graduation, or anniversary celebration, go with Big Daddy Walker Productions. Owned by Allen Walker, who is also the main entertainer, Big Daddy Walker Productions is Cincinnati’s most awarded Wedding DJ company, having received the Best of Weddings honor from The Knot for seven straight years.

Big Daddy Walker Productions does more than just playing top 40 hits and providing karaoke. It provides a level of service other companies don’t.

“We coordinate with the bride and groom through the planning process,” Walker explains. “We notice the small things everyone else thinks isn’t their job. We fix issues before they become a problem. So you could say you hired a professional DJ/MC and got the reception time planner also. We make the bride and groom look great. We speak professionally and clearly during announcements.”

Big Daddy Walker Productions aims to provide an event experience that guests will remember for years, and for the right reasons. “We make sure their wedding isn’t the one their friends are talking about being boring when no one else is around.”

Before founding Big Daddy Walker Productions, Walker was Countrywide Financial’s regional business development manager. He developed 300 sales consultations to perform at a high sales level with their real estate agents.

After he fell victim to the 2008 economic collapse, he decided to go back to school and get a degree in special education from Xavier University. During that process, he was encouraged by a friend to DJ. This part-time gig eventually became a full-time job, and “before I could graduate our company had grown to enough that it made more sense to continue with the DJ company,” says Walker.

Big Daddy Walker Productions was officially founded in 2010 and their business model developed quickly.

“We designed training manuals to duplicate how we offered our services and what small things made a BIG difference in making events not just ‘good’ but great,” Walker says. “We saw a need for strong quality DJs in this market that could speak well on the microphone and play the right music at the right time and started our business model accordingly.”

Walker has strong advice for anyone looking for a DJ company: Do your homework.

“Many times brides and grooms use a family friend or hire a DJ company without truly checking them out and I would caution anyone throwing an event to never try to save money on your event by hiring cheap, part time and unprofessional DJs,” Walker says.

He advises clients to make sure a DJ company is insured and pays for their music, and explains, “The quality in the speakers matter, the quality in the mixer matter, the quality in the microphones matter and most of all the quality in the people of the organization matter,” he says. “Don’t waste $24,400 on a wedding by only paying $600 for your DJ.”

To learn more, visit http://bigdaddywalkerproductions.com and watch the exclusive webcast of Big Daddy Walker emceeing a recent Cincy Chic event below!

March 2017 Friends and Family Weekend at Athleta Kenwood

Athleta is so excited for our upcoming Friends & Family weekend on 3/9-3/13! We have a limited amount of 25% off coupons to give out for that weekend and we want to give some to you!

First, reserve your Friends and Family coupon on eventbrite! Then come on in and shop with us from 3/9-3/13! At the counter let them know you are here for Friends and Family weekend to get your 25% off coupon!

Questions? 513 745 9641

*some exclusions apply. See store associate for details*

5 Items You’ll Wish You Had This Spring Break

My intern Alexis Piascik is headed out to Spring Break this week (LUCKY!), so she wrote this as a guest post as a helpful guide to anyone else headed out too! Thanks, Alexis!

Spring Break is right around the corner and I’m sure many of you are itching to get out of the office and into that beach chair that’s been patiently waiting its arrival back into sunlight – I know I am – but one of the biggest questions I always find myself asking in the days leading up is “what should I bring?” and I’ve finally decided on 5 items to keep me comfortable and chic that have locked a place in my suitcase and, in my opinion, should in yours too.

1. These yoga mat sandals from Sanuk

Move out of the way, flip flops, there’s a new sheriff in town. Yoga Slings are all the rave, so naturally, I bought myself a pair and I can tell you it was hands down the best $20 I’ve ever spent, every time the thermostat cracks 60° I break them out and wear them everywhere. The yoga mat soles and cloth straps give your feet a comfortable cushion all around, just like classic walking shoes do, but now they’re stylish sandals that won’t give you that awkward sock-tan.

2. A Floral Sarong

Sarongs are a classic beach cover-up. Being able to tie them so many different ways allows you to go from relaxing at the beach, to perusing the shops, to dinner at a new restaurant without having to change. They’re lightweight, dry quickly, and choosing a floral one will keep you right on trend for spring, without even trying.

3. A Classic Floppy Hat

Between the sand, salt, and sun, you’re bound to have a few unwanted bad-hair-days this Spring Break, but no worries! Spritz a little cold water on your hair and throw on a classic floppy hat and now you’ve just got chic beach waves – while simultaneously giving your face a little extra protection from those harsh UV rays.

4. Linen Shorts

Linen shorts are a perfect addition to your spring break wardrobe. Other than being super comfortable, lightweight, and stylish, linen allows tons of air-flow and is considered a good heat-conductor, meaning it can absorb a ton of water before even feeling wet and will keep you cool all day long.

5. An Oversized Flannel

One thing many of us forget about when packing for spring break is that sometimes it gets cold. I know, hard to believe, but I have the solution! It’s the same solution we use every fall – oversized flannels. They look absolutely adorable tied around your waist during those hot, sunny days, but once the sun sets and the temperature begins to drop, you can just untie it and throw it on and now you’re covered without having to worry about having lugged a jacket around all day.

2017 Eco-Chic Fashion Show THIS FRIDAY!

This Friday is our big Eco-Chic Fashion Show! This year, it’s taking place at one of the most GORGEOUS venues in the city — ADC. Plus, it benefits a really special organization that helps local women start a new life with the clothes just taking up space in your closet! Hope you can make it! Details below!

2017 Eco-Chic Fashion Show

When: Friday, March 10, 6-9pm

Where: Art Design Consultants 310 Culvert Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

Learn more and register at: http://ECFS17.eventbrite.com

Celebrate Mother Earth in style while sipping, shopping, viewing art, and enjoying an eco chic fashion show. Proceeds benefit: Dress for Success Cincinnati. Event honoree: Kelly Hollatz.

General Admission: $10/person, includes two drink tickets & a swag bag

VIP Admission: $25/person, includes three drink tickets, a swag bag & runway seat

Bring a gently used suit, handbag or accessory to donate to Dress for Success and receive a gift bag (value of gifts range $20-$1,000!)

Thanks to our sponsors…

Supporting Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Fashion Show Sponsor: Clothes Mentor
Fashion Show Stylist: Jennifer Blades Personal Stylist
Booth Sponsors: Your Stylist LLC Jackie Neville, Sparkle for Good, Down to Mars Vintage, Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, Jamberry with Sarah Nelson & Gina Parsley, Rebekah Dunning – AdvoCare Independent Distributor, DoTerra with Rhonda, BubbaRub LLC, Ideal Image, Lularoe with Danielle, Rodan + Fields, with Candice Waldeck and Lauren Hern, Compass Self Storage, Champion Windows, Pure Romance with Arin
Models Provided by: Heyman Talent
Photography Provided by: Twin Spire Photography

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

2017 Eco-Chic Fashion Show

2017 Night in White Details Announced!

I’m so excited! One of my favorite events of the year is almost here! I created the Night in White event with a friend of mine, Stephen Smith, several years ago after his first grandson passed away after only 8 days and 1 hour. The care his family received during this time from their nurses was out of this world, so they wanted to give back to them each year in the little boy’s honor so they created the 8 Days 1 Hour Foundation. It’s a scholarship through Good Sam that helps fund schooling for a nursing student in need. It’s through this event that the foundation can select a new recipient each year! Our presenting sponsor, Krombholz Jeweler always creates a special necklace with a custom medallion featuring the grandson’s footprints… it’s pretty special. I’m really looking forward to meeting this year’s scholarship recipient, and honoring her at the event! Plus, we always have the best silent auction and pop-up shops at this event! It’s going to take place at the Backstage Event Center, which is a fab new venue above Nicolson’s downtown, right across from the Aronoff! And the fashion show sponsor is GKM Designs which is a SUPER chic local designer known for her beautiful colors, luxurious fabrics and fabulous embellishments! It’s a definite DO NOT MISS EVENT! Hope to see you there! Details below!

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

When: April 8, 7-10pm
Where: The Backstage Event Center; 625 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
RSVP: www.2017NIW.eventbrite.com
Enjoy: Shopping, sipping, silent auction, photo booth, runway fashion show, and fun fundraising activities
Tickets: $20 General Admission Ticket includes swag bag, 2 drink tickets, light bites, and 5 door prize entries. $30 VIP Ticket includes swag bag, 3 drink tickets, light bites, 10 door prize entries & seat along the runway
Attire: White, cocktail chic attire preferred

Sponsors Include…

Supporting Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Fashion Show Sponsor: GKM Design
Booth Sponsors: Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, Jamberry with Sarah Nelson & Gina Parsley, Rodan + Fields with Candice Waldeck & Lauren Hern, Ideal Image, Champion Windows, Pure Romance with Arin
Fashion Show styled by: Jennifer Blades Personal Stylist
DJ: Big Daddy Walker Productions
Photographer: Twin Spire Photography
2017 Night in White

Get Your Gal Pals Ready! Men Show Live March 25!

 

Clear your cals and grab your gals… a fun girls night out is just around the corner as Men XXL Live comes to Cincinnati at Energy Night Club on March 25!

They incorporate participatory routines (including one inspired by 50 Shades of Grey books/movies, for all you fans out there!) and it’s for women of all ages and desires. What I love about their shows is that they’re always done with tastefulness and class, but it’s always a SUPER fun-filled ladies night experience! So, be prepared to not only sit back and watch the choreographed, themed routines, but also expect to get a more “hands-on” experience!

The event itself is from 8pm-10pm, but doors open at 7pm. Click here to get your tickets!

Click here to like them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/menshowlive — and check out these promo videos for a sneak peek of what you’ll see at the show!

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic