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Sneak Peek of This Friday’s Pink House Party!

Trouvaille the traveling fashion boutique is going to be our fashion show sponsor at this Friday’s Pink House Party! Sooooo excited! I always want to buy up everything they have in my size (and they have a variety of sizes, plus sizes too!). I’ve been stalking their Facebook page to see what I’ll get to shop on Friday, and here are a few of my faves! Can’t wait to see them in person! I hope you can come too! We’ll have shopping, drinks, fundraising for the Pink Ribbon Girls AND you can see all the HOMEARAMA homes! Click here to learn more and RSVP!

 

HBO Premiere of Ballers and Insecure

Thanks to my intern Kelly for this AMAZING blog post!

Cincy Chic was red carpet ready when we attended the premier of the hit HBO shows Ballers and Insecure last week!

Third from the left: Donovan Carter, Yvonne Orji, Jazmyn Simon

The event was hosted by HBO and Trap Karaoke at Bogarts to debut the first episodes of the new seasons for the shows Ballers and Insecure which air July 23.

We had the incredible opportunity to chat with a few stars from the shows and get some insight on the upcoming seasons (and what it was like to work with The Rock!).

Yvonne Orji, Donovan Carter, Jazmyn Simon

Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly from Insecure, reveals we will see a lot of her character trying not to repeat the same mistakes she made and bounce back from season 1.

Of season 2 she says, “It is hella funny, hella dope, hella deep, and it gets hella real. You should just watch!” Behind the scenes on set, the whole cast gets along creating a family environment and are super cool- even carpooling to work!

To her fans, Orji has a strong piece of advice: “Keep going, never let your dreams die.”

No spoilers here, but we will say that season 2 of Insecure will not disappoint. Its raw humor, authentic portrayal of life and realness continues to make it one of the most relatable “dramedies” (drama + comedy) on television.

Jazmyn Simon, who plays Julie from Ballers, says that this season fans will see her character’s strength. Previously, her character’s career as an orthopedist took a backseat to supporting her husband’s career, but this season we will see her return to work!

“When Stephen Levinson wrote this role, he wrote her strong. I think when you hear ‘football player’s wife’ you automatically have a stereotype in your mind,” she says. “When I received the material, I knew that is not who she was going to be. Just because someone is with an athlete, doesn’t mean they are a stereotypical ‘WAG’- she’s a doctor!”

Donovan Carter, who plays Vernon Littlefield from Ballers, is looking forward to fans seeing the show and all of the hard work that went into creating season 3. His character has made some mistakes the past couple of seasons but is persevering and looking to grow from those experiences.

“I can relate to Vernon because I am laid back and like to play around but I don’t depend on too many people the way he does, I step for myself. But he is learning to stand on his own two feet,” says Carter. He also adds that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an inspiration- no matter what level you are, stay humble and true to yourself.

No spoilers, but the Ballers’ world is expanding and we will see where this season takes them next. The entire first episode is filled with witty humor and a shocking reveal at the end!

Donovan Carter’s photo of them presenting the custom created artwork to the Ronald McDonald House

After the press line, the event continued with a VIP reception and pre-viewing party complete with catered food and cocktails, custom printed tees (ours says HELLA CHIC), and custom created artwork by local artist Mark Thesken that was later donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Following the screening of Ballers then Insecure was an insane after party put on by Trap Karaoke. Guests were invited to the stage to perform their best rap for the crowd!

The premier for the hit HBO shows Ballers and Insecure was a success! With promo lines like “If you build it, they will come” (Ballers) and “Hella Out There” (Insecure), we expected nothing less.

Don’t miss HBO’s hit shows, season 3 of Ballers at 10 and season 2 of Insecure at 10:30 on Sunday July 23!

Pink House Party July 21!

Exciting news! We’ve partnered up with HOMEARAMA this year to host a super fun event — the Pink House Party! We will have Trouvaille the traveling fashion boutique truck there, with the truck for shopping outside and a freeze modeling fashion show inside, then lots of other pop-up shops, drinks and raffles, all to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls! That’s 5-8pm, and then you can check out all the gorgeous HOMEARAMA homes with even more boutiques featured inside each of those homes! It’s going to be so fun! More details below! Hope to see you there! 

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Pink House Party

Join Cincy Chic and HOMEARAMA® for a night of shopping, sips, fashion and fun all to benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls!

When: Friday, July 21, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: 7570 Stillwater Drive, Maineville, OH 45039 {clubhouse} GPS: 1295 W US Highway 22 and 3, Maineville, OH 45039

Tickets: $20. Includes swag bag, 1 drink ticket, shopping, mingling, and a freeze model fashion show. Plus, it includes access into HOMEARAMA® {typically $16 at the gate} where there will be additional pop-up shops inside the homes, and a live band playing until 8:00 p.m.! All ticket proceeds benefit Pink Ribbon Girls.

RSVP: Learn more and get your tickets at: www.PHPhomearama.eventbrite.com

SPONSORS

Fashion Show Sponsor: Trouvaille Traveling Fashion Boutique 

Vendor booths: Sparkle for Good, Lipsense with Suzanne Goodpaster

Ain’t No Party like a Trendy Denim Party

Image: Sydne Style

The trends of denim are ever-changing. I’m talking like week by week, someone’s got new jeans on. Wide-leg, skinnies, mom jeans, distressed, jeggings, who can keep up with all of it? The good news – you don’t have to. While trendy jeans are a fool-proof way of turning any outfit up a notch, the right pair of jeans will never be out beat.

When the announcement surfaces to “throw out the old to make room for the new,” it can be hard deciding what’s really worth never seeing again. Let me tell you that pair of jeans that are your go-to, the ones that boost your confidence, are so comfy you could sleep in them and make you feel like a million bucks, I don’t care how ugly your 16 year old daughter tells you they are, keep them. Having good jeans is just, if not more, important than having trendy ones.

Plus, history always repeats itself, especially in fashion. You never know when those jeans will be back and better than ever.

Z Gallerie Now Open in Cincinnati {at The Kenwood Collection}

Back in the day before I watched HGTV or even had a home of my own to decorate, I’d spend hours walking around Z Gallerie (which was in Rookwood at the time) dreaming of how I’d fill my future home with all their fabulous stuff.

I liked their store in particular because it had a great mix of every kind of genre (modern, shabby chic, international, traditional, etc), and I loved the way they styled all their pieces. Gave me lots of ideas!

Then, when we did buy our first home, we got pretty much every piece of decor and furniture from Z Gallerie. It was like years of sending love letters to your classroom crush and then years later finally getting to marry them! haha!

Turns out, I got that pinnacle moment in just in time, because a year after we got everything, Z Gallerie announced that they would be closing their Rookwood store (I was seriously in mourning).

But turn that frown upside down because Z Gallerie is now BACK in Cincinnati in an even bigger and better space! That’s right, on Friday, June 23, they had the ceremonial ribbon cutting, and Z Gallerie officially opened its doors at The Kenwood Collection retail/office project next to the Kenwood Towne Centre in Sycamore Township.

The new furniture and home décor store becomes one of 72 operated by the Los Angeles-based Z Gallerie nationwide, but the only one in Greater Cincinnati.

Z Gallerie is located on the first floor of Kenwood Collection’s retail space. They’re open Mon – Sat: 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm. Learn more at http://www.zgallerie.com.