Microblading Expert Opens Brow Envy in Rookwood Exchange!

Amber Harrison, owner of Brow Envy, is a licensed semi-permanent makeup artist and eyebrow expert who turned her passion for perfect brows into a profession.

“It dawned on me that brow design is my passion. It’s such a critical part of a person’s face, yet so many people struggle with having sparse eyebrows, drawing them daily, trying to get the right shape,” Harrison says.

Harrison was already threading, filling and designing her friends, family and co-workers eyebrows but she was looking for the best of both worlds: a natural looking brow with more staying power than makeup. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention so Harrison decided to take her research deeper and discovered a more natural looking approach – the Microblading technique.

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Amber Harrison, Owner of Brow Envy

Microblading has been featured in numerous magazines such as Allure, Instyle, Teen Vogue and Elle. It’s been featured on shows like The Doctors and on E! Online, with many celebrities like actress Bella Thorne posting about their positive Microblading experiences. In fact, there’s currently more than 745,000 hashtagged posts on Instagram about Microblading. Definitely a huge boom in demand, and for good reason.

Meeting that demand is now Brow Envy. It’s the first studio in Greater Cincinnati to specialize solely in Microblading, which is a semi-permanent makeup technique, which like traditional permanent makeup is a tattoo but there are some big differences.

“Many of my Ohio, Kentucky and even Pennsylvania clients were planning to — or did — travel long distances like to the west coast or New York for Microblading,” Harrison says, “but now they now longer have to and come to Brow Envy in Cincinnati! Many of my clients travel from a few hours away.”

The most common type of traditional eyebrow tattoos involves the use of a tattoo gun and a block style brow, which leaves the client with a dark outlined eyebrow and no depth. Harrison says “Microblading by Brow Envy leaves the client with crisp, thin lines that look identical to real hair. After consultation, a selection of pigment is carefully chosen to give depth and shape so that the natural brows and microbladed strokes blend seamlessly.”

Microblading on average fades over the course of 18 months with normal skin exfoliation. It creates fine hair strokes that don’t blur over time or fade into unusual colors like you would experience with a traditional permanent makeup machine. According to Harrison this makes for very realistic results.

Harrison explains that “Microblading is a tattoo and it requires a lot of practice and education” which is why her studio specializes in eyebrows. For Harrison “brow design is just as important as the service itself. I look at bone structure and the client’s facial features and design a brow that best suits them. This is something that can only be truly perfected with complete focus on this technique.”

With each client, she spends about at their first appointment designing the right brows for them, and then two hours at their touch up appointment. “Not only do I focus on creating amazing brows, it’s just as important to me that each client have an amazing experience,” she says. “Customer service is extremely important to me. I take my time with each client and give them my full attention in the studio.”

Brown Envy, which just opened in July 2017 in the Rookwood Exchange (one of the suites inside Salons by JC) located at 3825 Edwards Road. In 2017, she plans to expand into a bigger space and will offer additional eyebrow services such as threading, natural brow design, brow extensions and more.

Microblading typically starts at about $450, but varies based on specific requests and special promotions. See lots of before and after photos, and learn more about Harrison and Brow Envy on their website, Instagram page or Facebook.

CiTiRAMA: Now Until Sept. 18!

CiTiRAMA is going on NOW through Sept. 18, 4P-9P Monday-Thursday and 12Noon-9P Friday, Saturday & Sunday!

This year’s show will be held in College Hill in a cul de sac community – Gershom Grove – and it features 4 Homes by Cincinnati’s Premiere Builders – DREES Homes, MARONDA Homes, Potterhill Homes and Bookstone Homes.

But just imagine Gershom Grove is a 36 lot community and you can have a home built your way, receive great special assessment incentives and live in the city close to downtown, shopping, parks, and the arts. So whether you are a young professional looking to build your first home or an empty nester that loves College Hill, CiTiRAMA is for you.

Prices of the Show Homes range from $200,000 – $350,000. And actually, the City of Cincinnati has adopted a special assessment policy for the Gershom Grove neighborhood that gives NEW CiTiRAMA homeowners the benefit of an equivalent of a 50% property tax abatement for 20 years.

What I love about going to CiTiRAMA is that it gives you a chance to tour the homes, meet the builders, see design trends live and in person (not just on your Pinterest board)

Admission to CiTiRAMA is just $10, and kids 12 and under FREE, You can get discounted tickets for $8 at area Kroger stores or at the gate for $8 with your AAA Membership. Parking is FREE!

This is the 13th CiTiRAMA over 20 years in Cincinnati and it’s produced by the City of Cincinnati and the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.

More details at www.cincybuilders.com!

1DegreeOf Separation Launches Sept. 16!

Kailah Ware, 1DegreeOf Separation founder
Kailah Ware, 1DegreeOf Separation founder

I’ve been following Kailah Ware and 1DegreeOf Separation ever since we did a Cincy Chic feature story about her and the project a few months ago. She also did some AMAZING videography work for us to cover our Lady in Red event this year (click here to check it out!)

That’s why I was excited to hear that she’s officially launching 1DegreeOf Separation this week with a touch installation featuring community-sourced stories that revolve around the question: “What do you love about Cincinnati?”

The opening will be hostedSept. 16 at Rhinegeist Brewery (Elm St) from 6:30pm to 10pm.

Artist, Kailah Ware, was awarded a People’s Liberty Project Grant last November and is debuting her project September 16.  1DegreeOf Separation will use touch screen technology to activate films that tell engaging stories of Greater Cincinnati residents. At the end of the installation, viewers will have the opportunity to record themselves and share their own positive experiences as a resident of Greater Cincinnati.

These community-sourced stories foster a spirit of inclusivity that will make the city of Cincinnati a thought leader in the use of storytelling as a model for strengthening its communities. “I am confident 1DegreeOf Separation can achieve national recognition and have a lasting impact on the city of Cincinnati,” says Ware.

People’s Liberty Project grants, powered by the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, provide opportunities for individuals to implement innovative community development projects in Greater Cincinnati.

For more information on 1DegreeOfSeparation, please visit http://www.1degreeofsep.com.

For more information on People’s Liberty, visit www.peoplesliberty.org.

About People’s Liberty

People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic­-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. People’s Liberty invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship, creating a new, replicable model for grant-makers in other cities.

Glendale Chamber Beer, Wine, Food & Street Fair Coming Up Sept. 23-24

Mark your calendars for The Glendale Craft Beer and Wine Festival at the end of September.

On September 23 and 24, Glendale (one of my favorite neighborhoods in Cincinnati! It’s SO charming!) will bring in the city’s best live music, food trucks, and street vendors for a two-day celebration.

The Glendale Craft Beer and Wine Festival has a unique history of over 50 years rooted in the local community. The Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Dennis, told my gals at Cincy Chic when we ran this article on the event that the festival began in 1965 with merchants providing an annual sidewalk sale. The festival transformed over the years, and in the 1990s, the celebration was known as “The Taste of Glendale.” Then, after merging with the Craft Beer and Wine Festival last year, it now has even more to offer the local community!

The festival has an impressive line-up of vendors and food to offer (spoken like a true preggo… food is always on the mind! haha!) For example, native to the Glendale community, The Bluebird Bakery and Agricola Redesign and Village Gift Shop will be offering AMAZING food and gifts!

“We have more than two dozen vendors that do crafts, art, food trucks, and other activities,” says Kathy Piech-Lukas, event planner for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. “My personal favorite is Chamodas, who has amazing gummy bears.”

However, gummy bears aren’t the only thing to be excited about. Live music on both Friday and Saturday are sure to keep a lively atmosphere for festival-goers. The Whammies, an 80’s pop-rock band will be playing at 7pm on Friday night. Saturday at noon, music provided by Elite Signature DJ’s will kick off the festival, followed by the soulful vocalist Dave Ellington at 7pm.

The Glendale Chamber Beer, Wine, Food, and Street Fair is presented by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and to expand and grow, additional support from corporate sponsors in the community have been sought out for an even bigger and better festival. With over 4,000 visitors in years passed, the event continues to grow, offering more vendors and attractions for the local community to enjoy.

“The long history of having a festival in the fall always brings back to the square residence and family and friends,” says Diana Agricola, member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and owner of Agricola Redesign LLC. “It is truly a remarkable sight to see the square fill up with generations of present and past Glendale residents. The event also allows people outside of this historic town to experience the charm and beauty of the square and the history.”

Vendor accommodations for booth spaces and food trucks can all be found at http://glendalecraftbeerwinefestival.com. Many volunteers are needed as well for the celebration, with positions such as bouncing, bartending, and booth managing. For those who wish to avoid a line and get a jump-start on the celebration, tickets are also available on their website for $5.

Sneak Peek: CiTiRAMA’s NEW Family Fun Day!

CiTiRAMA is coming up Sept. 10-18, 4P-9P Monday-Thursday and 12Noon-9P Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

This year’s show will be held in College Hill in a cul de sac community – Gershom Grove – and it features 4 Homes by Cincinnati’s Premiere Builders – DREES Homes, MARONDA Homes, Potterhill Homes and Bookstone Homes.

But just imagine Gershom Grove is a 36 lot community and you can have a home built your way, receive great special assessment incentives and live in the city close to downtown, shopping, parks, and the arts. So whether you are a young professional looking to build your first home or an empty nester that loves College Hill, CiTiRAMA is for you.

Prices of the Show Homes range from $200,000 – $350,000. And actually, the City of Cincinnati has adopted a special assessment policy for the Gershom Grove neighborhood that gives NEW CiTiRAMA homeowners the benefit of an equivalent of a 50% property tax abatement for 20 years.

What I love about going to CiTiRAMA is that it gives you a chance to tour the homes, meet the builders, see design trends live and in person (not just on your Pinterest board)

Admission to CiTiRAMA is just $10, and kids 12 and under FREE, You can get discounted tickets for $8 at area Kroger stores or at the gate for $8 with your AAA Membership. Parking is FREE!

This is the 13th CiTiRAMA over 20 years in Cincinnati and it’s produced by the City of Cincinnati and the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.

New this year is Family Fun Day on Sept. 11 from 12:30-3:30 where they’ll have a firetruck, animals from the Park district, sport demos, FC Cincinnati player meet-and-greets, and free Kona Ice for the first 200 people! Plus, for the Pokemon Go fans – College Hill is jam packed – you can pick up a Pokemon Go map at CiTiRAMA, tour CiTiRAMA first, then hit the Pokemon Go Tour after. There is no additional charge for Family Fun Day – it’s part of the CiTiRAMA admission, kids under 12 are free!

More details at www.cincybuilders.com!

FREE Eileen Fisher Fashion Show, Featuring Yours Truly!

The Dillard’s at Kenwood Towne Centre is hosting a fun event with high-end designer Eileen Fisher on Saturday Sept. 10 from 2-4pm. They asked me to be one of the local personalities that they’ll be featuring as a model (I’ll be 7.5 months pregnant by then, so this should be interesting! haha!). They’ll have our fashion show, plus refreshments, giveaways, and great style advice from their “Tipsters” (style experts). Oh, and it’s free to attend! 🙂 Should be a fun event, so I hope to see you there! RSVP by calling 513-745-4489 x5174 or x5121.

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School’s Back, Moms Relax is THIS FRIDAY!

Woohoo! This Friday is the day! The day YOU get after a long summer of taking kids to and from… well, everywhere! This is a night you get to enjoy with your friends, shop, eat, drink, be pampered, enjoy a fashion show and live music… oh, and did we mention that this event is FREE!? Yup! Just RSVP here, tell your friends about it, and we’ll see you on Friday! Below are just a few sneak peeks of some fun aspects of the event we’ll have for you….

The band… Snidely Whiplash (the singer is my husband!) 🙂
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The pampering… Becoming Mom Spa will be pampering all you mamas and mamas-to-be with their pregnancy-safe and eco-friendly products while doing complimentary mini spa services…

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Not only will the drinks be yummy (some on special, too!) but you can also order a WIDE range of food from their new celebrity-inspired menu! Click here to read more about it…

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Watch below as Styling with Amy has some styling tips and some sneak peeks into Friday’s fashion show! To learn more about Styling with Amy and Ava Gray Direct NY, contact Amy Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

All the hair/makeup in the show will be done by Alba Beauty Studio…. which is also pregnancy/kiddo friendly because they have all organic/non-toxic products/processes!

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A super fun photobooth!

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We’ll have 20+ vendors there for you to shop with! Some with cute kids clothes like these (Matilda Jane)…

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Clothes for you (Style Lust Shop)…

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And everything else in between! Check out all our sponsors below and click here to RSVP!

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2016 School’s Back, Moms Relax!
When: Aug. 19, 6-9pm
Where: Mt. Adams Pavilion 949 Pavilion St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The kids are back to school, so grab your momtourage for a free evening of fun! Enjoy complimentary pampering services, swag bag, and fashion show (no mom jeans here!), as well as shopping, drink specials and a celebrity chef-inspired food menu. Live music withSnidely Whiplash begins at 8pm.

RSVP: http://SBMR16.eventbrite.com

Special thanks to our sponsors…

Presenting Sponsor: Babysitease
Exclusive Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Fashion Show Sponsor: Styling with Amy/Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist, Ava Gray Direct NY
Hair/Makeup Sponsor: ALBA Beauty Studio
Models: Loft Talent
Swag Bag Sponsor: Ideal Image
Booth Sponsors: It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny, Advocare with Tara Montgomery, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, Jamberry with Sarah & Nicole Nelson, Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, Compass Self Storage LLC, Pure Romance by Amy Emerson, California Closets,Style Lust, Mary Kay with Amber Nichols, skube.me, Blue Clover, Matilda Jane Clothing with Trunk Keeper Michelle Perito, Somi Javaid and Associates, Happy Family BrandsBecoming Mom Spa & Ultrasound, BODYARMOR Sports Drink
Photobooth Sponsor: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Photographer: Glossy Pixels
Floral Sponsorship: Wimberg Landscaping, Inc

Philanthropy: Parental Hope, Inc.
Hosted by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

2016 School’s Back, Moms Relax!

 

 

Fashionistas: Wendy’s Bridal is Looking for You!

Attention fashionistas! Exciting news from our friends at Wendy’s Bridal in the Reading Bridal District: They’re looking for a new addition to their sales team!

This isn’t your entry level retail job that any teenager could fill, though. Those in this position make a career out of it, so this is a rare opportunity when one opens up! That’s why they’re looking for a special person to fill it… Super friendly (you’re working with people who are planning their big day so they want someone who will make it perfect!) with a passion for fashion, with a mature yet enthusiastic personality.

You have to be a self-starter too because you’ll be a part of a motivated sales team who celebrates both individual and group goals. You’ll make an excellent hourly rate with commission on every sale.

Responsibilities include assisting brides and bridesmaids in selecting and trying on gowns, coordinating matching accessories and determining proper sizing.

So, if you have a love for fashion and helping people, just click here to submit your resume and info, or call Mardi at 513-984-0796 with any questions.

Review: Dr. Bartlett at Somi Javaid & Assoc.

Call me high-maintenance, but there are two things I love: saving time and feeling special.

That’s probably why I LOVE Dr. Bartlett at Somi Javaid MD & Assoc. so much.

I found out about this place a little over a year ago. First for their aesthetic services – they carry my favorite makeup line Jane Iredale there, plus they do facials, microderms, Botox, fillers, etc. Then on the other side of the business, they have all their gyno services. Earlier this year, they brought on Dr. Sarah Bartlett to take these services to the next level and supply the demand (I mean, how great that you can get all these things done under one roof, at a place that feels like a spa and not a hospital… saving time AND feeling special!)

Dr. Bartlett actually told me she spends about twice as much time with her patients here versus her previous places of practice. I know I’ve felt just like a number before, being shuffled in and out like cattle. As much as I love saving time, time talking with my doctor isn’t a place I want to cut corners. So, this is a nice change of pace where you walk in, everyone knows your name (cue the Cheers jingle), the doctors take time to truly listen, plus, because everything’s connected (for example, if you’re like me and have a hormone imbalance that not only affects reproductivity, but also your skin) everything can be handled at one place! It’s really a great concept.

Dr. Bartlett provides the full spectrum of gynecologic services (covered by insurance!!) including annual exams, adolescent care, menopausal care hormone therapy, infertility evaluation and treatment, as well as all forms of birth control. She provides ultrasounds, on-site lab services, and minor surgeries in the comfort of the office, as well as major gynecologic surgeries at several area hospitals. Because of the unique focus and setting of the practice, she is able to offer additional services including sexual health issues and weight management. Plus, there’s all the aesthetic on the other side of the business, which I told you about and LOVE!

Named one of Cincinnati’s “Top Docs” by Cincinnati Magazine, Dr. Bartlett provides state-of-the-art gynecologic care with a comfortable and welcoming touch. She also offers evening hours to accommodate the lives of busy women. Learn more about her and Somi Javaid MD & Assoc. at http://drsomijavaid.com and check out the virtual tour I made of the place below!

Review: Babysitease


It’s officially August. Yes, you read that right. Somehow, summer dwindled down to its final days and we’re entering the month that kids go back to school.

With all the things that have to be done before they re-enter those school doors, plus all the normal mommy stuff you handle on a daily basis, it’s overwhelming to say the least. So, if you’re now wishing you could clone yourself, there’s a less-sciencey option… BabysitEase!

Peggy Murriner, BabysitEase President
Peggy Murriner, BabysitEase President

My friend Peggy (click here to learn more about her) owns BabysitEase, Cincinnati’s go-to for household help that’s easing the burden of busy family schedules could use help with. It’s seriously BRILLIANT because you can use their database of awesome BabysitEase’ers not just for babysitting but just ANYTHING you might need help with… from after school childcare, driving kids to activities, pet sitting, tutoring, household help, regular weekly sits, watching the kiddos during your date nights, and even last minute emergencies.

Their team of fabulous babysitters have several years of childcare experience, have been personally interviewed, background checked and are all over 18. BabysitEase is SUCH a life-saver for thousands of families in Cincinnati!

Learn more about them at http://www.babysitease.com

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic