Well, my night was awesome (and delicious!). To prep for being homebound with a newborn again soon, I decided to take the “7 skills of a highly effective cook” cooking class tonight at Out Of Thyme Kitchen Studio and it was incredible! In two hours, I learned everything from knife skills and mincing like they do in the cooking shows, to blanching/shocking, searing, and making homemade whipped cream/mousse. There were people there by themselves, couples, best friends and a mother/son — all different levels, but everyone learned something and then ate together at the end! So fun! Oh and don’t worry Pete, I’m bringing home lots of leftovers! Haha!
Last week, I went to my alma mater Miami University to speak to a class (and eat Bagel & Deli afterwards…. ahhh, love that place!) 🙂 Before I left, the professor mentioned an event coming up that I need to know about and it sounds FABULOUS!
It’s called “Fashion with Passion” and it’s going to be a New York Style fashion show and shopping event to benefit Ohio Valley Voices, a Loveland-based a center for children with hearing loss that focuses on spoken language development.
It’ll be on Thursday, November 3, at the Manor House (7440 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040). Boutique Shopping from 5-8pm, Dinner by the Bite from 6-7:30pm, and the Fashion Show at 8pm featuring clothing/accessories from Macy’s.
Click here to RSVP (and put “Cincy Chic” in the Comment Box upon registering, and you’ll receive a free stemless wine glass!)
With baby #2 on the way (who was a pleasant surprise!), we had to get SUPER creative on our closet and storage space. We decided to keep the nursery a nursery for the new baby since Lola was just about ready to start transitioning to a “big girl” bed anyway! And the guest bedroom will now be Lola’s room. Sounds easy, right?
I wish! ;-)Not only does losing our guest bedroom mean we had to figure out where to put our guests when they stay over, but that room was also where I kept all my clothes (because my fashion-loving husband took up our entire Master Bedroom walk-in closet!).
So, we just had some construction done on the house to add another walk-in onto our Master, and we’re making some tweaks to the basement to now be used a guest suite.
Needless to say, I’m REALLY excited to soon have a closet attached to our bedroom since I’ve had to go into a completely separate room for my “closet” for years! And now I’m REALLY REALLY excited because I just learned about California Closets’ Autumn Upgrade Event!!
So here’s the deal. They have three tiers of finishes: Classic is the first level, Lago second level, and Tesoro is their premium third level. The way the Upgrade Event promo works is you can upgrade to Lago for price of Classic, upgrade to Tesoro for the price of Lago. That’s a HUGE savings (up to 20%!) but it’s only going on now through October 31. You have to act fast if you want to take advantage of this free upgrade* to one of their exclusive Italian-inspired woodgrain finishes for the same price as their classic white finish.
These upgraded finishes give you amazing rich wood textures that give you some great color contrasts and hints of European design. Give them a call (513-793-3055) to request your complimentary in-home design consultation today, or drop in their FABULOUS Kenwood showroom. We just did an event there, and you’ll LOVE it! Such an inspiring place to create the closet of your dreams! 🙂
At 8 months pregnant, EVERYTHING is starting to ache and hurt. So, I’ve made a few trips to my second home (Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound) for some soothing spa services and it’s made all the difference! My favorite thing to get there right now is a massage… it just loosens up everything and takes the pain level down a few notches. Check out the video I took when I last visited for virtual tour through the new Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound space and learn what makes their massages unique, compared to other places that offer pre-conception, pre-natal, and postpartum massages! Learn more http://becomingmom.com.
Oh! And head over to our Facebook page to see how you can WIN a FREE 50 minute massage at Becoming Mom! Woohoo!! Free is for me, right?! 🙂
Need to spruce up your home or wardrobe for fall? Join us Oct. 21, 5-8pm, at Agricola Redesign LLC and A Village Gift Shop for Shop for a Cause! We’ll have complimentary refreshments and Cincy Chic swag bags, plus a portion of all sales goes to the Pink Ribbon Girls! It’s going to be SUCH a fun night! We hope you’ll join us! 🙂 A Village Gift Shop at The Century House is located at 3 Village Square, Cincinnati, OH 45246. Learn more and RSVP at www.SFAC16.eventbrite.com!
Last night, I hosted a virtual party with Miss Em’s and it was AWESOME! I decided to make it a fundraiser for my friend Lindsay who’s trying to generate enough funds to do IVF and start a family (Miss Em’s will donate 15% of your sales to a charity!). So, a ton of my friends and Lindsay’s friends joined in to shop for a cause! It was really fun AND easy! 🙂
In a few days, I’ll do a follow up blog with a video that I took last night, to show you how the party worked and also recap how much we raised for Lindsay! But seeing so many of my friends buy different items at the party last night, and knowing their personal style/how they would style them, inspired me to put together this post!
My friend Lindsay is very sporty… a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal. My friend Candy is very classic and corporate… a suit or LBD everyday kind of gal. And then my friend Jessica is in between as a teacher… a business casual kind of gal. So I picked out five Miss Em’s pieces and styled them how each of my three friends would wear them to give you an idea of the versatility!
- The Gold Bar Cluster Necklace and Earring Set ($20) — I added the Natural Fabric & Leatherette Bracelet ($14) for the “teacher” look
Check out MissEms.com to see these and LOTS more “look for less” pieces. Click here to contact them to set up a virtual party to earn credits to shop on her site for free (or give 15% of your sales to a charity like I did). Or, if you prefer to shop in person, Miss Em’s is having a Holiday Bazaar event Nov. 5-6 at the Anderson Senior Center.
SOOOO excited! It’s my favorite event of the year! Enjoy a mimosa as you shop at 40+ of Cincinnati’s best businesses for you and everyone on your list, have the kids decorate gifts, see a fashion show, get a free chair massage, and leave with everything wrapped and ready for the holidays (yes, all attendees get complimentary gift wrapping and a swag bag!) It’s Cincy Chic’s annual Seasonably Chic Showcase on Nov. 5 and you’re invited! Get in FREE with a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank! RSVP here — http://2016scs.eventbrite.com — and check out more details below!
2016 Seasonably Chic Showcase
Sat., Nov. 5, 10am-2pm
The Phoenix – 812 Race St. Cincinnati OH 45202
RSVP at: www.2016scs.eventbrite.com
Shop for everyone on your nice list with the best local boutiques and vendors – all under one roof! Bring a canned good for the FreeStore FoodBank to get free entry, a swag bag, and complimentary gift wrapping! Also enjoy refreshments, free 10-minute back massages, an interactive ornament decorating area for kids, and a freeze modeling fashion show showcasing the latest winter trends! Plus, more than $3,000 in prizes randomly awarded to attendees! Convenient $2 parking available at Garfield Garage located next door on 9th Street.
Supporting Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Swag Bag Sponsor: Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal
Photobooth Sponsor: Women Excel
Photographer: Glossy Pixels
Booth Sponsors: Purposeful Painting, Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons- Cincinnati, California Closets, NOVE Home & Body Decor, Style Lust, Walton Creek Boutique, Trouvaille LLC, Pet Wants, skube.me, Emerge Hair Studio & Spa, LuLaRoe with Sherri Cornett, Advocare with Tara Montgomery, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, Mary Kay with Emily Stalf, Pure Romance by Amy Emerson, Rodan + Fields with Mandy Miller, Brow Envy, Amanda Phipps – Thirty-One, Krave Jerky, LeiMarie Limited, Victory Weight loss and Wellness, Classic Prep Monograms, Collar Up Shirts, Foodie Cincy, Infinity Indoor Flowers, Jamberry with Sarah Nelson & Gina Parsley, EVER Skincare with Andie Wafzig, FENNOfashion
Floral Sponsorship: Wimberg Landscaping Inc
I recently got a VERY cool 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound. Not only do I love going there for the “I can’t wait” package where you get to learn the gender a whole month earlier than at your doctor, but they also have the latest imaging technology where you can see your baby’s face in 4D for the first time! Watch for a virtual tour and video as I take you along for the special experience!
Get ready, fashionistas! It’s your chance to spend an evening sipping and shopping in your dream closet at our next event, Stock The Showroom, on Oct. 13! Enjoy complimentary swag bags and cocktails as you dream/drool your way through the California Closets of Cincinnati & Dayton Showroom, stocked for one night only with the best local retailers and wardrobe stylists! RSVP for this FREE event at www.ccshowroom.eventbrite.com!
Now that I’m 8 months pregnant with a busy-body 2-year-old at home (oh, and that running a business full-time thing! haha!), I’ve been getting more and more creative with how I shop.
Over the past few months, I’ve signed up for a grocery delivery service, a healthy meal delivery service, a dry cleaning delivery service, and Amazon Prime for two-day-delivery of just about any other random thing I might need delivered to the house. All of these things made a HUGE difference in freeing up my time but still getting me what I need to keep things ticking here at Casa Scalia.
My wardrobe is no exception, either. But since my body is in such a state of flux right now, I’ve been keeping my clothing very basic and jazzing things up with accessories. One of my FAVORITE businesses to buy accessories from is Miss Em’s. She does a ton of events in Cincinnati and Columbus and she has a great website. I’ve been buying a ton of things online from her lately to keep my wardrobe fresh with her on-trend but SUPER affordable accessories. She’s actually known for her “look for less” selections. Oh, and she just started selling baby items too, so I now have even more reason to be on her site.
Speaking of, since I’ve been buying a lot from her lately, I saw the “host a party” button on her site, and all the benefits a hostess gets (aka FREE jewelry!) so I considered that. But again, I’m 8 months preggo with a crazy two year old at home… having people over gives me a headache just thinking about it! haha!
I happened to mention this to the owner Emily when we were chatting online, and she said that she has a brand new option for people like me who prefer to do their buying – and partying – all online. So, they’re similar to LuLaRoe online parties, but instead of leggings, you’re getting jewelry!
Emily works with her customers to host online Facebook parties, or “Virtual Parties” as she calls them. The customer picks the date/time of the Facebook party and Miss Em creates a group page that has all of the details about the sale. Once the group is created, the host (customer) invites all of her friends to attend that might be interested in buying at the virtual party. Miss Em will post photos leading up to the event… like photos of the types of products, fun pictures of customers wearing Miss Em’s pieces, funny memes, etc.
The evening of your party, at the time designated, Miss Em’s will host albums of necklaces, earrings, scarves, bracelets, baby items, etc. Your customers can then shop from those albums. There’s typically only one of each piece, so if you see something you like, you have to comment “SOLD” right away to get it! Customers that purchase (mark “SOLD”) on the items will be asked to fill out a google sheet with their information. Miss Em then contacts them for payment information. Once paid, the items are shipped out to the customers!
The host receives 15% of the total sales in free jewelry for themselves! Anything else they want to purchase ,they can get 25% off of. It’s easy, fun and there is no cleaning involved! You can also do this to raise funds for a charity!
I loved the idea because it sounded like fun, was casual, very little work on my part, and no-pressure for my friends to buy. So, I picked a date (it’s next Sunday) to have one of these virtual parties and see how they work for myself! I’m SO excited!
I decided that I’d post to the party page some pics of things I just bought from Miss Em and how I styled them to give my friends ideas of what they could get and ideas for how to wear them. Below are a few pics I took and will be posting to the page!
I can’t wait to see how it goes! I’ll keep you updated!
To set one up for yourself, contact Emily at email@example.com or (513) 313-7324.