All posts by Amy Scalia

Designer Items and More Gift Cards + Black Friday Exclusive!

The ultimate gift for the ultimate woman has arrived at Designer Items & More! Located in Olde West Chester, Designer Items & More offers a boutique shopping experience that is personalized just for YOU!

Designer Items & More carries clothes and accessories from the world’s top couture houses including Chanel, Akris, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Moschino, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, and more!

With the holidays just around the corner, there are TONS of ways for you check out Designer Items & More and what this amazing store has to offer!

First, check out their beautifully wrapped gift cards, free shipping, and complimentary ornament!

Next, you definitely don’t want to miss their Holiday Open House hours on Dec. 3, 10, 15, 16, and 17!

Learn more about all the amazing things you can find at Designer Items & More in our Cincy Chic review and virtual tour! And stop by and check out the boutique yourself at 8919 Brookeside Avenue, Suite 101, in Olde West Chester, visit, or call 513-349-2080, and see an exclusive offer when you email

Black Friday Savings at Miss Em’s!

Get your Black Friday shopping started a little early with Miss Em’s! The savings are starting early when you get 40% off from Tuesday, November 21 for Sunday, November 26 using coupon code “WhiteChristmas” at checkout.

Check out some of these best selling pieces from Miss Em’s to give you a little sneak peek of what to expect in her Black Friday Sale!



Last year I hosted a virtual party with Miss Em’s. My guests and I were able to shop her selection of jewelry and accessories online without leaving the house! Similar to how other Facebook parties go (think LulaRoe), albums were loaded online and we could take a look at all of it and choose what we wanted!

Below are some of my favorite items from the virtual party I hosted last year:

I’m hosting another virtual party on November 26 at 8 pm. Be sure to join us for a great cause, and don’t forget to invite your friends! From now until the day of the party, you can see photos of Miss Em’s jewelry to get you excited!

Once the clock strikes 8 pm you’ll be able to see pieces that are available to purchase! See something you want that evening? Don’t wait – we may only have ONE of each piece! All you have to do it put “Sold” in the comments. At the end of the party everyone will need to complete our registration form so we can send invoices to you! You’ll have 48 hours to complete your invoice and your new jewelry will be mailed out to you!

Learn more about my virtual party here. And check out Miss Em’s Black Friday Sale at

Chic Review: Goldfish Swim School

My two girls and I headed to Goldfish Swim School West Chester the other day to check it out after a mom friend of mine recommended it. Goldfish Swim School West Chester provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (there’s a max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), 90-degree pools — so no shivers or blue lips, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers in the pool during the same half hour time slot.

I have a 3.5 year old and an 11 month old, and they had great options for both ages. I loved that even in their first lesson, they both learned great skills and basics for how to swim, safely get in and out of the water, all while having a ton of fun.

In addition to swim lessons, Goldfish Swim School of West Chester offers weekly family swims (for both members and non-members) and party packages.

And the facility is awesome and not just because its tropical décor makes me feel like I’m on vacation in the tropics. But there’s a viewing gallery for parents to watch lessons, with fun things to do for any siblings who aren’t in the water. The shower area right there in the pool to wash off all the chlorine was super convenient. They have a spacious family dressing area with tons of huge/clean/private changing rooms too. They even have a little tiki hut for all the hairdryers so no one leaves with a wet head! We stopped by their snack bar for a sweet reward after the lesson, and you can also get coffee/hot chocolate/soft drinks there too.

Located 7058 Ridgetop Drive, Goldfish Swim School of West Chester offers an amazing range of swimming classes for all ages and skill levels at times that make it convenient for any family’s schedule. You can register for lessons by visiting the website or calling (513) 857-1700. Connect with the Goldfish Swim School West Chester Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Child Auditions for WAITRESS Musical!

The Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS is coming to Cincinnati January 9-21 and they’re looking to add a little girl to its lineup of actors!

The show is searching for “Lulu” for its Cincinnati performances. Check out this description of Lulu:

The character of “Lulu” is a sweet and carefree 4 to 5-year-old who appears in the production’s finale scene. Qualified young girls should be shorter than 4’2”, weigh less than 35 lbs and be no older than 5 years and 3 months. Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. Space is limited to the first 40 applicants to sign up at Lulu Audition Sign-up.

Auditions will be held Tuesday, November 28 from 10am to 2:30 pm! The search for Lulu will be held at the Aronoff Center. Only children who are signed up and confirmed in advance will be seen, there are no walk-in applicants who can audition. Those trying out for the part will need to recite two lines from the show. Parents are encouraged to bring a head shot and resume for each child, though a headshot, resume, and prior acting experience are not required!

Children who are selected will need to be available for all performances from January 9-21, and available to be at the theatre until as late as 10 pm on weekdays and 10:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.


Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

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Koop Diamond Cutters’ Black Friday Sale

My friends at Koop Diamond Cutters are having a HUGE Black Friday sale on November 24 and 25! You’ll be able to snag some fab jewelry at a great price and even help a good cause in the process!

You’ll not only beat the crowds, but you’ll save 65 to 70% off everything in the store, with some exceptions, including hundreds of custom styles you won’t find in your typical jewelry store!

You can also enjoy free gift wrapping and free jewelry cleaning, so stop by and get your diamonds shined up for the holidays!

Plus, 5% of all proceeds from the Black Friday sale will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

Koop is open on Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 2 pm. The store is located at 214 East 8th Street in Cincinnati! Learn more at

Chic Review: Chuck Aardema’s “In My World”

Chuck and his wife, Cindy, live in Blue Ash. They and their four kids have been in Cincinnati for many years.

With his own kids, he considered part of his role was making them laugh, so he’d describe the things they’d see in ways they would know he was kidding. A squirrel in the back yard would become an elephant climbing a tree. That’s when the idea for the book hit him: “what would things look like ‘In My World’ if I could use my own imagination?” he thought…

So, he wrote the first verse of the book over 15 years ago, but never finished it. He grew up with great children’s books because his grandma actually wrote and published several. But his greatest inspiration to finish this book came when his grandson, Nolan, came along. A month after he was born, Chuck finished his “In My World” book.

When I talked with him, he said it was a fun story to write, and it actually turned out much better than he imagined! He said a family friend illustrated it to bring the images to life with amazing colors and so many things on each page that create a conversation beyond the words of the story. She even worked in a picture of Chuck’s grandson Nolan into one of the pages which is fun to find!

I know kids seem to love seeing things that are colorfully different than what they know. My daughter learned the words quickly since it’s a rhyming story, and she loved talking about everything else she saw on each page.

Chuck says one things readers shared about the story is that it’s a great reminder to see things that are different as colorful and fun. It’s ok not to be typical and to use your imagination to share a fun story see how kids react to it.

The book can be found locally in Rookwood at Joseph Beth or the Barnes & Noble in West Chester. It’s also available online on Amazon and lots of other online book retailers.

You can find out more information about the book (and the author) at:


Chic Review: Designer Items and More!

Designer Items and More was founded by a fabulous local lady named Felisa. What started as an online eBay store, selling new and pre-owned designer clothes and accessories, became so successful, that she recently opened a brick-and-mortar store in Olde West Chester, just 25 minutes north of downtown, for a truly special boutique experience.

She specializes in high-end, new with tags, gently used or vintage designer items from the top couture houses around the world. This is THE place to find clothes and accessories from couture designers such as Akris, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Moschino. It’s for women who have arrived… who are looking for high end clothing and accessories that allow them to walk into any meeting or event and feel confident, radiant and ready for anything.

There are just racks and racks of breath-taking designer clothes, and also lots of fabulous designer shoes, handbags, and accessories, plus stationery and adorable “giftables” too.

And let me tell you, I’ve never had such an amazing shopping experience. First, you call to make an appointment to come in because they are an appointment-only boutique. Then, you have a consultation over the phone with Felisa so she can learn about your likes, dislikes, your lifestyle, what’s currently in your wardrobe and what you’re looking to add to it so that when you arrive, she has clothes pre-selected based on your wishes, preferences and needs. When you come in, you try those on and work together with her to perfect your look so you feel your best!

I have to tell you, Felisa gets an absolute A+… I wish I could have taken everything home that she picked for me. I left with three bags full, so it was close… I’ve just never had such a customized shopping experience like that before.

I loved learning how my lifestyle, wardrobe, and preferences translated into a style profile, and then having hand-selected pieces waiting for me when I got there so I didn’t have to comb through the entire store on my own. I also learned a lot of fashion history about the different designers, which was neat. And they don’t just carry couture designers. They also carry more affordable and accessible lines like Michael Kors, Ralph Laruen, and Karl Lagerfeld Paris.

Right now, the store is all decked out for the holidays, and they’re preparing to have some special Open Hours throughout December, so you can pop in to shop without an appointment. While you’re there, fill out one of their fun Wish Lists, and they’ll send to a loved one! They also ship Gift Cards! You can pick one up in store, and you’ll receive a free Parisian style tree ornament with every Gift Card purchase. Or you can hop online for fast and easy ordering with free shipping

I definitely encourage you to check it out for yourself. It’s a truly unique shopping experience.

Learn more about Designer Items and More at, “liking” them on Facebook, or by calling (513) 349-2080.