All posts by Amy Scalia

Chic Review: Natural Beaded Rows at Salon Mosaic

My hair started getting super thin, and I was talking to a friend about it. She told me she had the same issue and she got Natural Beaded Rows from a woman named Michele who owns Salon Mosaic in Kenwood.

Michele is one of the one stylists trained to do these Natural Beaded Rows, or “NBR,” in the Tri-State area. They give you the look of natural, full hair which I definitely want because my hair is starting to get thin and it’s not a good look!

What I really liked about NBR over other extension options I looked up is that there’s no glue or tape involved. So, it’s better for your natural hair — the glue and tape-in ones really damage it and I didn’t want that. These NBR hair extensions also hide better and don’t slip out. I can pull my hair up in a bun, braid, or pony tail, go on a run, swimming, you name it, and you can’t see them and there’s no issue with them.

The method for how they do this is really interesting too. So you first come in for a quick consult where the stylist gets a look and feel for your natural hair. Michele then custom colors your extensions so your real hair and the extension hair has a seamless blend. Then you come in for your second appointment and the hair extensions are placed in rows in the hair by creating a “track” with an exclusive bead and string technique. Wefts are then placed on the track and sewn in. The extensions are then cut and blended to your hair. Then you’re styled and on your way!

The NBR extensions use really high quality 100% human hair. I honestly can’t tell which hair is mine and which is the extension when I run my hands through my hair now!

You’ll spend about 3 hours getting the extensions put in, but from what I read that’s actually a lot quicker than some of the other methods). Then, after you get your extensions in, you come back every 5-10 weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows, to get them adjusted. Michele can also touch up your color, cut and style while you’re there so you feel fresh and new again.

When I looked in that mirror after everything was in and styled, I seriously wanted to cry! It looked so beautiful, so natural, so ME! I never thought I’d be one to have extensions, but now that I have them, this is what I’ve wanted my hair to look like for a long time! I’ve seriously never loved my hair more!

Click here to learn more https://www.cincysalonmosaic.com/.

National Cupcake Day December 15!

National Cupcake Day is December 15th, so get ready to celebrate that with some sweet tooth satisfying Gigi’s Cupcakes! The in-store menu offers a selection of both classic and seasonal cupcakes, minis and cakes. And of course each cupcake is topped high with those Gigi’s Signature Icing swirls. Always gluten friendly options too!
They’re also gearing up for the holidays to make sure you have lots of treats to celebrate with this year! Everything from Christmas desserts  — cupcakes, minis and the most adorable cakes EVER, gifts — for business or hostess gifts — or even holiday party catering. We’ve had Gigi’s at several of our events and it’s always a hit. They deliver, set up, and even offer rental options for their cupcake tiers! They also have Jingle Boxes of holiday-themed cupcakes you can pre-order that come in a 4-box or a dozen. Perfect for holiday parties or just bringing home to surprise the kids!
Learn more by visiting their website or checking them out on Facebook.

Upcoming Holiday Fun at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati


Lots of holiday fun at The Children’s Theater this year and it all gets started December 1 with Bah Humbug! A One-Man Christmas Carol at TCT’s Showtime Stage on Red Bank Road. This show is ideal for adults and kids of all ages. It’s a play on Charles Dickens’ famous holiday classic – with a twist. The actor plays every role – from Scrooge to Tiny Tim! So fun!

The Children’s Theatre is also hosting a Cookies with Santa event on December 2 from 1-5 pm. There will also be a special performance of Reindeer Games on the Showtime Stage at 2 and 4 pm. Tickets are $35 per person for that. Bring your camera and get a special holiday photo with The Man in Red, create crafts, enjoy a cookie from the BonBonerie, and make lots of holiday memories!

Then, Santa Claus: The Musical will run from December 8-17 at the Taft Theatre and it’s packed full of fun, energetic, and original Christmas music… and Local12’s Bob Herzog even stars in it! Tickets start at only $10 – definitely a fun, affordable way to get the kids dressed up and go downtown for a theater show that’ll get them in the holiday spirit!

Learn more at https://www.thechildrenstheatre.com/.

Beauty Minute Monday: CHI Pro Dryer

Happy Beauty Minute Monday from Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa – Chance to WIN on our Facebook page! Mitchell’s is having a big sale on CHI! Buy a CHI Pro Dryer and receive a CHI Original Flatiron for FREE! That’s a $119.92 savings! Plus, Mitchell’s is having a holiday gift card sale running through December 31! Get a $100 for $80, $75 for $60, and more! Purchase your gift card at http://bit.ly/2Ay5hZh and share this post with your friends for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate!

Chic Review: 2018 Foodie Cincy Deck

This small family business, husband and wife team Brian & Gina are going on their 6th year rolling out the 2019 Foodie Cincy Deck for “foodies” to drool over!

For $20 (normally they’re $40, but use the code CINCYCHIC at https://www.foodiecincydeck.com for 50% off to make them only $20) you get a deck of cards that has $10 off vouchers for 52 of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky’s best local & independent restaurants. That’s $520 in savings!

The deck covers restaurants from all over the Greater Cincinnati region. No national chains, only chef-driven/owner-operated restaurants. From downtown to Middletown, from Anderson to Union, KY- Foodie Cincy has done the work for you on where to dine and support the best local eateries.

Included in the deck are a few hidden gems and some great new hot spots, along with some of Cincinnati’s most established restaurants.

They can be used for over a full year until Dec 31 2019. It’s great to use for fun date night ideas throughout the year — it’s also a perfect gift for birthdays or the holidays, a perfect stocking stuffer and unique gift for any “foodie”!

A minimum purchase of $30 or more on food purchases is required to get the $10 off. Can’t be used on alcohol/tax/gratuity, but it’s good for everything else! See each individual restaurant card for any special exclusions. (48 of the restaurants have $30 minimum, 4 restaurants have $40 minimum)

Each card is able to be used only once and you give the card to the server upon use. Only one card is allowed per bill.

Remember to use the code CINCYCHIC to get 50% off the $40 retail price to get the deck for only $20.