5 Things to do with Your Old Clothes, Other than Tossing Them

Thank you to my intern, Alexis Piascik, for writing this awesome blog post! 

As Spring finally rears its sunny head, as does the urge to get the spring cleaning over and done with, and where’s the first place to start? Your closet. But it’s hard to know what to do with all those old clothes – t-shirts with stains on them, panties with holes in them – which is where I come in. I have compiled a list of 5 things you can do with old garments that gets them out of your wardrobe but NOT into a landfill, and with all these creative outlets, there’s no reason they should.

1. Donate to H&M – In 2013 H&M launched a campaign in effort to spread sustainability throughout the fashion industry. You can take literally any of your old clothes that you don’t want anymore: stained bedsheets, lonely socks, ripped stockings, take it all! You can even get a $5 clothing voucher for every bag you drop off! Don’t believe me? Check out their video here to see how they recycle it.

Image: H&M

2. Reuse it yourself – Old clothes are perfect things to craft your heart out with. Turn t-shirts into a blanket, turn flannels into washcloths, turn denim into bags, and tank-tops into scrunchies. The possibilities are endless!

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3. Rewear it – Not being your size is one thing, but not being your style? That’s no excuse. If you don’t like it, you should have no problem taking a pair of scissors to it and turning it into something you do like. Cut out patterns and graphics and patch them onto your jeans, cut 4 inches off those pants or the sleeves off that sweater, take a blazer and stitch a scarf onto it. There’s so many things you can try in order to revamp your pieces! And hey, if you still don’t like it afterwards, throw it in a bag and haul it over to H&M.

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4. Garage Sale – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – especially in this weather. Selling your clothes at a garage sale can be totally easy, from throwing it all in a box and making people dig, to folding it on a table, to even hanging everything on a clothes rack. Just pick a day and time and advertise your garage sale on things like Craigslist, garagesalefinder.com, and yardsalesearch.com. And then anything that doesn’t sell, gets donated!

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5. Keep them – I know it’s not the most ideal of options, but it’s always important to have at least one old shirt and a pair of jeans that you can do things like paint in, hike in, or wash your dog in. I don’t know about you, but I can’t live my whole life in an Armani pantsuit – I’ll get it dirty.

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The Little Black Dress: A Remix

Thank you to my intern, Alexis P., for writing this blog! How are you styling your Little Black Dress? Let us know in the comments below!

You don’t need to be Anna Wintour to know that the little black dress is the key staple to any good wardrobe. But with the ever-changing fashions, who says you only have to have the one that goes from boardroom to well, nowhere? An LBD should reflect your own personal style, not anyone else’s, so don’t stop here, take this inspiration and fly with it! But first, check out these remixes on the classic garment and find the one that speaks to you and your closet.

Show some skin with this cut-out dress from boohoo.com:

Or just pretend to with sheer paneling like this one from lucluc.com:Stay on trend for this season by adding some statement sleeves with this dress from Topshop:

Or pick a different trend and go off the shoulder with this lacy dress from ELOQUII:

Ensure versatility with this cotton dress from shien.com:

Or with this silk charmeuse dress from shopbob.com:

Review: Baby Zala

Pre-kids, I always considered myself stylish. But then maternity clothes and nursing tops entered my wardrobe, and baby stuff galore entered my home… slowly but surely, I didn’t feel so stylish any more. 🙁

Then I found out about Baby Zala and I feel like I’m a card carrying Fashionista again! These days, I’m wearing lots of cute shawls and leggings (comfortable, and easily able to nurse) and little Sofia loves lounging on her stylish “Baby Cloud” pillow (not the same cookie-cutter Boppie every.single.other baby has!)

I love the fleur-de-lis print on her pillow, and all the colors that my shawl comes in! Plus, the fabrics are REALLY nice and everything is put together really well. Definitely worth the extra $$ and it’s actually easier to go to their site to buy instead of going to a big box baby store and sorting through all the picked over stuff.

Highly recommended! Tell all your fashionista mom friends!

Click here to visit https://www.babyzala.com.

The Barre Code Opens April 22!

A few months ago, we caught wind of (and of course wrote about) an exciting new fitness studio would be making its way to downtown Cincinnati… The Barre Code!

Essentially it’s a one-stop shop for cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and restoration. The Chicago co-founders, Ariana Chernin and Jillian Lorenz, developed a full-bodied program six years ago, determined to change the way women perceive their own strength: the focus is always placed on what we have to gain, not lose. And women are loving it! In fact, it was named by Self Magazine as one of the best workouts in the country!

Each class is unique, routines change weekly, and new formats/classes will be introduced throughout the year. Core classes, all 50mins in length, cover all of the body’s needs in a holistic exercise regimen:

  1. The original “Barre Code,” is a total-body workout of isometric holds, heavy repetition, and deep stretching
  2. The “HIITRestore” class empowers clients to reach beyond their physical, mental, and emotional limits on a three-dimensional ride of plyometrics, speedwork and agility training, paired with extensive stretch
  3. The “TBC” or bootcamp class focuses on full-range-of-motion strength training, in addition to HIIT movements

But even though the concept was started in Chicago , it’s still very much locally owned and operated! TBC Cincinnati is owned by downtown Cincinnati resident Michelle Ziegler. She has more than 15 years of dance experience and discovered The Barre Code while living in Chicago in 2013. She quickly felt at home, loved the classes, instructors and wide range of formats. In 2015, she auditioned and was selected to train as an instructor. Since as early as she can recall, aspiring for what she “wanted to be when she grew up”, Michelle has always had a strong desire and passion to run her own business one day. That one day is now!

It wasn’t until she became part of The Barre Code family that she recognized the unique opportunity to join the franchise network and make her lifelong dream a reality. She’s mom to a 6-month old daughter and is extremely proud to be raising her family in Over-the-Rhine.

So, make sure you check out TBC Cincinnati soon to open, located at 615 Main Street, just a few blocks from Fountain Square and on the streetcar line. It’ll be perfect for downtown residents and professionals looking to sneak in a workout before work, during lunch or after a busy day!

To learn more about The Barre Code, click here. You can also follow the Cincinnati studio on Facebook.

Review: Personal Shopping by Your Stylist LLC


In February, I got a Closet Audit by Your Stylist LLC, and told you all about it (so fun and I learned so much!) During the Closet Audit, Jackie assesses your style and which key pieces you might be missing. Then, the next step, is that she provides her expertise as a Personal Shopper.

You set your budget and then she determines which stores will have the perfect additions to your wardrobe. She bases this decision mainly based on your style and budget, but what I love about it, is that because she does this for a living, she knows WHEN to shop for the best sales, selections, new arrivals, and things like that. Things that a “normal” person would never know. And because of that, you get the items that are the best fit for you, at the best price.

Which by the way, these services aren’t for the rich and famous. We actually calculated up how much she was saving the client she was there at a the store for. Her client had designer taste but a bargain budget, and just by Jackie knowing about certain sales and savings events, she was able to get lots of “looks for less” that MORE than paid for her services.

As for pricing, it’s a flat rate of $150 to get a complete a pre-shop prior to your shopping trip together. This saves a ton of time, travel …and probably your sanity. All you have to do is show up and try on!

Jackie makes it REALLY easy on you, by setting all the items you need, and even taking the time to find coordinating pieces and accessories, so you can leave with go-to outfits if you like the look!

Then, you two can shop together for her $65 an hour rate for however long you’d like. This is where she can learn more about you and your style and she can offer you tips, tricks and how to incorporate current trends into your wardrobe.

Jackie Neville, founder of Your Stylist

Now, if you don’t want to meet at the store to try on the items she pulled, or go through and shop together, another option would be to have Jackie shop for you alone, make the purchases, bring them to you, and then she takes care of returns afterwards. The rates vary with this option based on time and travel.

This seems like a FABULOUS option for people who don’t like to shop, or don’t have the time, but despirately need a wardrobe refresh; those who feel like they don’t know what to shop for or how to make it look just right; or they just want to get the most bang for their buck by having a professional shopper find their looks for less! Your Stylist with Jackie Neville can help with all that!

To learn more, visit http://www.yourstylistjackie.com, or if you have any questions, you can contact Jackie directly at 513-292-8107 or jneville.yourstylist@gmail.com.

Review: WashClub CincyDay

As a mom of a toddler and newborn (with a husband who loves working on his car and in the yard), I feel like I’m LIVING in my laundry room… constantly washing, drying, folding, sorting, putting away, repeat. I was joking with one of my mom friends a couple weeks ago about how I wish there was a laundry fairy that would visit my house and take care of it all so I could finally have my life back… and she said such a thing actually exists (WHAT?!?)

Come to find out, it’s true (well, except they don’t have fairy wings! haha!). There’s a service called Wash Club, and it’s a full service wash, dry, fold, dry cleaning and tailoring service via an easy and super convenient pick-up and delivery service which they do for individuals, schools, clubs and businesses! It’s an on-demand service based on two daily pick-up and delivery windows serving all of Cincinnati, Dayton and NKY. Typically it’s a one day turnaround, but you can get same-day turnaround if you need it!

I personally love how they’ve leveraged technology to make it all so easy. You get started by going to their awesome app or website (or you can give them an old fashioned phone call too) to place your order. You have your choice of detergents, fabric softeners, and deep fabric cleaners. Their technology provides instant communication on the status of your order, notifications on where it is in the process, and you can track the driver so you know exactly how far away they are.

It’s more than just laundry and dry cleaning though. They have tailoring, suede and leather cleaning and garment preservation for special items like wedding dresses and military uniforms.

My favorite part has to be that they not only pick up, deliver, clean and fold, but they also SEPARATE everything out by family member so I don’t have to sort it once it arrives! SO amazing! HIGHLY recommended. To learn more about it, click here!

Behind the Scenes: Cinci Makeup Classes

I want to say thank you to my editorial intern Ali Waychoff for this guest post!

The team behind Cinci Makeup.

The studio stands out in a way you would least expect, and draws you in once you notice it. Cinci Makeup stands in between two other shops, with one glass door, labeled with the address. It gives the feel of a vintage barber shop on the outside, with a modern, rustic chic feel to the inside, and swallows you in all the lights. I was so excited to push through the doors, I mean hey, makeup and makeup artists were behind those doors, why wouldn’t I be?!

I walked in, immediately feeling at home from Kelly Neaves’ warm smile, and open arms. I went straight in for a hug, and was immediately taken back by her makeup stand, the lighting, and the two beautiful women with her. I seriously felt like I was standing in a dressing room behind the scenes of one of my favorite T.V shows! Nina and Leyla, with Trish McEvoy cosmetics, help Neaves with her master classes, by applying the makeup on a model they bring in, and it was me this time, which was so awesome, to show the clients just how they should be applying their makeup, and welcoming in the compliments on all the clients.

The floors are lived in, and add all the character you could ever want in one place. A chalkboard wall is to the right, added with the wifi password, pushed up against it, is a small table withMcEvoy products invading the space. In the center, off toward the right, is a huge wooden table, finished in silky cherry wood, with six different chairs set along the sides. At each placement, there are small mirrors with lights, alcohol and water spray bottles, makeup brushes, facial serums, oils, and a makeup travel kit with every essential any woman could ever want.

The women who booked the class, coincidently enough booked the class by seeing the post about Neaves classes on Cincy Chic, started to arrive by 6 p.m. The girls came in one-by-one, and some with each other, immediately setting their things down at the makeup table, and grabbing a glass of wine, and some cheese and crackers. Neaves showed everyone around, and got everyone to their seats to start the class. I sat in at the class as the makeup model, which was so cool, and something I had never done before! Leyla applied my makeup, and lead the class, while Neaves and Nina helped the clients with the application.

 

The dynamic trio had a soft makeup look, which could easily be transformed into a night out look, planned for that night, and I was so excited to see what look they would have the girls create. We used everything Trish McEvoy, which included serums, lotions, eye creams, foundation, highlighter, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and even brushes. Neaves and Nina gave the funniest, but totally true analogy’s on how to move the makeup brushes to blend the eyeshadow colors, such as windshield wipers, make little c’s, and big c’s.

Leyla made me not want to apply my own makeup ever again, because not only did she make mine turn out amazing, but she made it so relaxing! Let’s be honest here, I get a little stressed when I’m doing my eyeliner, knowing that if I mess up at any time on it, I just messed up the whole eye, there’s no coming back from that. Leyla made it possible for me to have a worry free makeup experience, and I was so thankful for that!

I loved the feel of the Trish McEvoy line so much, that I couldn’t help but snag some foundation and highlighter of my own, and I have to say, I haven’t loved a foundation this much, in a long time! With me being a fashion and beauty blogger, I am always on the hunt for new makeup lines, and this has stolen my heart!

 

All the products that were used were Trish McEvoy’s line, which can be bought from the official Trish McEvoy website, or right in Kenwood Mall, at Nordstrom, where you can also book a makeup session in store with Nina or Leyla!

It’s safe to say these three wonderful women now their stuff! They know what makeup you should wear for a Tuesday afternoon filled with running errands, and what to wear when turning it into a night out look on the town. They know what every makeup brush is for, and what it does, and they know just how to make you feel like part of the team. I couldn’t be happier to of met these women, and spend a night talking about nothing but makeup!

Why You Need to go Thrift Shopping NOW!

Alexis found her senior prom dress at a thrift store – how cool!

Check out this awesome blog post from my even more awesome intern Alexis Piascik and why she thinks you need to head to the thrift store – like yesterday!

As I’ve reiterated upwards of 100 times by now, Spring is upon us, and you know what that means – spring cleaning. People are attempting to rid their wardrobe of their cold weather clothes, and probably almost anything else they can fit into a garbage bin.

Spring is a time of new beginnings and all those old clothes are going to end up in donation piles in Goodwill and Salvation Army. So I ask; as denim jackets, velvet shoes, and wind-suits leak into the spring, why spend $80 on something new when it was just thrown out and can now be found for $6 at your local thrift store?

Thrift shopping any time of year is a no-brainer way to save money, but doing it just after spring cleaning is when you find the real treasures. Not to mention, suburban housewives aren’t the only ones trying to make space – tons of stores will hold “Spring Cleaning Sales” around this time to make room for all the fun new fashions they’re about to get in.

Take advantage! And take it from me – I got my senior prom dress at a Goodwill!

 

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic