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This Week on Cincy Chic: Go Green!

Go Green!

Go Green!

Eco-chic house enhancers

Some say it’s not easy being green. But we found an expert who says it is. Just in time for Earth Day, she shares several simple ways you can save the world in style as you save some green on your utility bills!

Enjoying the Green Life
Offering gorgeous architecture and high-quality standards, this affordable home builder helps you enjoy an eco-friendly residence without making you sacrifice your dream-home desires.

Sustainable Cuisine
One local restaurant group literally sows seeds to reduce their carbon footprint, and you can reap the benefits. Learn more about this delicious and nutritious way to be eco-friendly.

Natural Beauty
When it comes to your skincare, this company keeps you flawless without fillers. Find out how its natural products can bring out your natural beauty from the inside out.

Recycle-ista Style
This Kentucky-based jeweler couple is way ahead of most people when it comes to keeping our environment green and clean. Find out how your trendy accessories can follow the green movement.

Playing Eco-Connector

This local entrepreneur unearthed a budding niche with the local green industry. Discover how she uses her networking capabilities to drive sustainability in Cincinnati.

Red Cross Goes Green
No, they still will be the American Red Cross, but the headquarters of the regional chapter is going green. Learn how the building’s functionality promotes saving the earth while saving lives.

Chic Spotlight: Earth-Friendly Mom Barbie Hahn
From raising chickens to reducing waste, this local chef and mom teaches her kids about sustainability through first-hand experiences, and now you can read more about her adventures.

Cents & Sensibility: Save the Planet, Save Some Cash
Living a greener lifestyle doesn’t have to cost a cent if you follow these easy ideas at home. In fact, our financialista shows you how they can save you money.

Ask Patty: Green with Envy
Jealousy can destroy a relationship, especially if it’s not nipped in the bud. Learn how to pinpoint a jealous partner or if your issues are the root of the problem.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
April 13: Hormone Replacement Seminar
April 14: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD

April 14: Coffee Cluck
April 14: Walk on the Wild Side
April 20: Business at Breakfast
April 20: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
April 21: April Showers Bring May Flowers Ladies Night at Daveeds

April 24: thinkGREEN Earth Day Event
April 24: Bling “Glammin in the Garden” Luncheon

April 28: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
April 29: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Lee Woodruff
April 30-May 2: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
April 30: Go Green Fashion Show

Fun Mother’s Day Event

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! It’s May 9, so it’s time to start planning!

I just found out about this “Pretty in Pink” event that Paris J Boutique is putting together. I really love Paris J, and the shop’s owner Teresa. We worked together in November for our Seasonably Chic Showcase. Click here to check out the pics of the clothes she had in that fashion show. Really unique, fashion forward stuff – but still very wearable.

So if you have (or are) a mod mom, and would enjoy a fashionable flare to your Mother’s Day, check out this event. Here’s more info:
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UPDATE: Teresa the owner just contacted me and asked if I could share this info: the event is FREE and also it’s for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Deals, Makeovers… and Clinton Kelly

I got a slew of emails from local businesses today about their deals and steals. Lots of good ones! Thought you might like to know about them. In the interest of saving time I’m just going to include screenshots of the emails and you can click on them to go to the sites where you can learn more. Enjoy… oh, and don’t forget to read at the bottom about Clinton Kelly coming to town and the Macy’s makeover he’s doing. Considering I’m BFFs with his other half Stacy London (HA!), I think I need to be there!  ; )
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Ask Amy: Oakley Shopping Spots?

This “Ask Amy” idea is catching on… got another good one. YAY!

Hi-

I love reading your newsletters-they make me feel hip!!
My eighteen year old daughter and I venturing out from Mason tomorrow and would like to find some cool shops in Oakley.  Any recommendations?

Thanks,
Lisa

Hi Lisa,
Glad to hear you’re a Cincy Chic fan! I’m also glad to hear you’re going to venture out of Mason and into Oakley. There are a lot of great places to check out there!

Here are my favorites (in order of preference):

Nest Gifts
(nic-nacks and super cute unique gifts)
3184 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209
www.nestgifts.com

Red Tree
(great cup of coffee, art and gift items created by local artists)
3210 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209
www.redtreegallery.net

Trend Boutique
(women’s clothing and accessories boutique)
2946 Markbreit Ave.
Cincinnati, OH, 45209
www.trendwww2.cincinnati.com

Click here to submit an “Ask Amy” question. Whenever I get a good question I think you’ll benefit from, I’ll publish the question and my answer.

Hats Off to this Trunk Show!

Every now and then people submit inquiries into Cincy Chic about things they want/need but can’t find, and ask for our opinions or suggestions. I received one a couple weeks ago from a woman, and she asked where she could get a nice derby hat around Cincinnati. I talked with someone else today at an event and this same question came up. So, I decided to start a new category of this blog called “Ask Amy.” Whenever I get a good question I think you’ll benefit from, I’ll publish the question and my answer. Click here to submit a question.

Here’s the question:

Hi Cincy Chic,

I was curious if you know of any hat shops around Cincinnati that has women’s hats for a horse race such as Keenland? Just let me know!

Thanks,
Stephanie

My reply:

Hi Stephanie!
Thanks for writing. I actually wondered the same thing last derby season, and found one really good shop in the entire Tri-State: Ms Martha’s Dress Shop in Ft. Mitchell KY. But I recently learned that they closed up shop.

Today I did some digging for you and asked some local boutique owners if they had any. I found two in Hyde Park for you: Sassy Boutique and Snap Boutique in Hyde Park. They aren’t super big or fancy. You may need to embellish them. If you want super big or fancy, you may be able to find some online. But if you’re not looking for that, and just want a cute hat to wear and to be able to try on here locally, those two shops are for you!

Hope that helps!

And just today I received an email from Amy at Soho (one of the boutique owners I asked when digging around) and she said Sassy Boutique is having a trunk show this Friday. Info below! Happy hat shopping!
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UPDATE:

Someone just emailed me this info. Thought it was good to share:

Amy, believe it or not I saw a ton of big cute hats at the TJ Maxx in Hyde Park.  I also saw cute dresses there – but you have to dig through the racks to find them!  Some were high priced hats, but the vast majority were reasonable!

Night in White Sneak Peek

I was on Fox19 this morning and did a sneak peek of the fashions that will be featured at this Friday’s Night in White event. All fashions are from Obsess Boutique in Montgomery, jewelry is from Krombholz Jewelers. If you’re interested in buying tickets or learning more about the event, visit cincychic.com/nightinwhite. Also, don’t forget to enter to win our Night in White teeth whitening giveaway contest! (It’s the last day to enter to win!) Lots of fun stuff! Hope to see you Friday!

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BOGO Spa Services at Woodhouse!

I get asked all the time which spa, salon, boutique, etc. are my favorites. And I hate to pick favorites because I want to stay objective for editorial, and on the sales side, we have a lot of different clients who would get grumpy if they weren’t a fav. But sometimes I can’t help myself…

***imagine me climbing to the top of a mountain right now***

I LOVE THE WOODHOUSE SPA!!!!

There. I said it. It’s my favorite spa. Ever. Above and beyond any and every spa I’ve ever been to around the world. Woodhouse is my favorite. Let me count the ways:

  • They are not a spa/salon, so you can actually relax without hearing the stylists yak in the neighboring room about their dates last weekend. And you don’t have to breathe in hairspray fumes when your massage therapist tells you to take a deep breath.
  • When you walk in, it just smells like tranquility. They always have the same scent, which is important because that scent brings back memories of all the other times I was there and had an enjoyable, relaxing time. At other spas, it always smells different, and that’s not as comforting to me.
  • They have the best, and fluffiest, robes ever. I swear they were made out of clouds.
  • They have awesome pre-packaged “all day getaways” which are great gifts – to yourself or someone else. I just gave my event planner and all her interns these all day packages and you would have thought it was Christmas. They loved it. Just a heads up, they have lots of Mother’s Day packages on here!
  • They go get Starbucks for you if you want something more special than their in-house teas and coffees.
  • They sell products from local artists in their lobby. (They are a chain spa, but they try to localize as much as possible. And I’ve been to other Woodhouse Spas in other cities, and Cincinnati has them beat by far)
  • They have the best men’s spa treatments. And they aren’t emasculating fru-fru treatments, either. They have a separate men’s lounge, which is super masculine compared to the women’s lounge. And then they have a huge menu of services specifically tailored and developed for the man. One of the owners of the Woodhouse is male (it’s a husband and wife who own it), so he makes sure his gender is well represented and taken care of at the Woodhouse!
  • They use all-natural products, so you’re not putting any harsh chemicals on your body. In fact, in this story Cincy Chic wrote about The Woodhouse Spa, the owner said “You could eat any of the products we use.” I wouldn’t recommend it, but hey, it’s nice to know it’s an option.
  • Because all their products – from foot scrubs to facial creams – are all are certified organic and natural, it’s the perfect place to send my die-hard vegans and vegetarians. If they don’t want things in their body, why would they want to put it on their body… the skin is an organ too, right?
  • If you’re a big recycler (I try to be), they recycle everything possible – even the little aluminum casings of their votive candles!

Ok, I could go on for days, but I should probably cut to the chase of why I’m writing. I got a notification that the Woodhouse is doing a buy one service (50 minutes or longer) and get one free on April 6 only, while spots last!

That’s a great deal! I’ve been a client of theirs since they opened three years ago, and I haven’t seen them do a sale like this before. Get in while the gettin’s good, girlfriend!
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This Week on Cincy Chic: Animal Affection

Animal Affection

Animal Affection

Swapping pet stories

Pets can have such an impact on a person’s life, and these little critters all have made an impact on the Cincy Chic staff. Find out about snack-stealing dogs and a-little-too-clean kitties that we wouldn’t trade for the world.

Letter from the Editor: Listening, Learning and Adapting
After a year on the job, Cincy Chic’s editor reaches out to you to review the past and look to the future. Find out how you as a reader can get more from our publication.

Protecting Your Pets
Your little critters have a right to safety when they romp and play in your yard, and The Fence Company helps give you that protection with affordable prices.

Party Animal
Forget the doggie bag! These three social venues let you bring your pet with you as you chow down or grab a beer, and a couple of them even have special events just for your furry friends.

Cute Name, Adorable Clothes
Dressing up your dog to be the most fashionable pet on the block doesn’t have to be difficult. Cincy Chic fills you in on one online-only boutique that really has us barking for more.

A (Dog) Walk in the Park
Walking your dog can help keep both you and your furry friend healthy, so to spice up your exercise routine, check out this book all about local hiking opportunities.

Grooming Fit for a Goddess
As much as you love a little pampering, your pooch probably does too. And these specialists have just the right touch to keep your pets looking and feeling fabulous.

Wags and Walks
This woman’s passion for pets can help ease your own stress before, during and after work and vacation. Find out how she makes that happen for her clients.

Chic Spotlight: Pet Saver Shannon DeBra
From rescuing dogs to keeping cats safe in their homes, this local pet lover helps the four-legged friends of the city. Read on to find out how you can help too.

Chic Eats: Grilled Salmon and Pineapple Skewers
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this healthy, flavorful dish. Our Chic Chef shows you how to take advantage of the best ingredients spring has to offer.

Body, Mind, Spirit: “Green” for Your Pets
Animal friends benefit from a holistic and natural approach to health as much as we do. Learn what “green” options are available for your pet in your own hometown.

Media Maven: “Our Family Wedding” Movie Review
One Cincinnati native plays her part in film, and our Media Maven lets you know whether you should say “I do” or “I don’t” to this movie.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
April 6: eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
April 8: Social Media Workshop
April 9: Night in White
April 13: Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: A Workshop For Business Owners
April 13: Hormone Replacement Seminar
April 14: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD

April 20: Business at Breakfast
April 20: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
April 21: April Showers Bring May Flowers Ladies Night at Daveeds

April 24: thinkGREEN Earth Day Event
April 24: Bling “Glammin in the Garden” Luncheon

Win a Jimmy Choo Shoe Wardrobe

They are some of the most expensive shoes money can buy. Each one hand-stitched and haute couture. They’re Jimmy Choos.

Normally, you’d have to shell out a good $800 to own a pair of these show stopping shoes. But I just got an email from Cincinnati Saks telling me about a contest where you can win an entire Jimmy Choo shoe wardrobe!
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Apparently, here’s how it works: You create any outfit using at least one pair of shoes from the Jimmy Choo 24:7 collection and save it on this Closet Couture site. You can style outfits using Choo handbags, too. Contest ends on April 10th. Jimmy Choo will pick the three winners to receive a shoe wardrobe.

Not sure what they’re basing their decision on (doesn’t even explain this in the contest rules either) but I do know that there are Jimmy Choos at stake so I will be creating lots of outfits on this site to hopefully fit their fancy. Can you believe that? They’re not just giving away one pair. They’re giving away a whole wardrobe of these posh pumps! (I did some digging and it only ends up being three shoes they’re giving away, but still, that’s pretty good!)

After playing with this Closet Couture site to submit my first look, I’ve decided I REALLY like it. You can “follow” certain designers and/or stores, and see what their latest and greatest stuff is. You can style your outfit using the dresses, tops, skirts, pants, belts, blazers, shoes, etc on the site. It looks like you can even upload pics of your own clothing to incorporate those items into the outfits you style on the site. I didn’t try that uploader function out yet, but I love the concept.

I did, however, create a look that I absolutely LOVE! For the past month, I’ve been on the look out for a pretty white dress for our Night in White event this weekend (tickets are almost sold out by the way, get yours today!). I had in my mind that I didn’t want a bright white, I wanted it to be kind of a winter white/cream or even beige-y color. I actually really liked the dress Stacy London was wearing when I interviewed her last week. In that interview, she mentioned that nude, beige, and other muted tones are in for Spring/Summer, so I for sure want to get a dress in one of those colors.

I found the perfect dress and shoe for this week’s big event! (Pictured below – using Closet Couture’s cool outfit sharing tool!) Now, all I need to do is find an extra $1200 laying around to purchase this lush look. :-/ Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Night in White

IN THIS OUTFIT:

  • Lance Mirrored Sandal
  • Ports 1961 Lace Bodice Sheath

And while we’re talking about Choos, we published an interesting article on Cincy Chic a while back about heels raising havoc on foot health – and why Jimmy Choos are an exception to the rule. Click here to read the article and learn why you get what you pay for when you buy Choo’s shoes.