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This Week on Cincy Chic: Summer in the Cincy

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Hot weather hang outs

Cincinnati summers bring more than just pool-side days, barbecue parties and air-conditioned bliss. They also bring the re-opening of several local businesses. Read on for a guide to the best places for outdoor drinks and dining.

Nail It
Flip flops and sandals are finding their way back on your feet, so you need to be ready to show off your tootsies. Learn what Tip Toe Nail Studio has to keep your nails in summer style.

Bowled Over
Newport on the Levee managed to make bowling chic with its newest addition. Learn more about the new night club, restaurant, bowling alley combo that’ll keep your social life out of the gutter.

Stylishly Hot
Your look can be just as steaming as Cincinnati’s 90-degree days with this fashion forecast of all of the season’s hottest trends. Check out these four new looks that’ll heat up your wardrobe.

Summer Beauty Guide
You might want to think twice about that bold lipstick, and hold off on the shimmer. One local beauty expert shares her tips for the beauty trends this season.

Biking to New Heights
Across the country people are hopping on their two-wheel method of transportation, and the city’s making it easier. Read on to learn more about Cincinnati’s plan that’s already in action.

Leading the Way to Leadership
One workplace trend has women headed for success, but is that where you’re headed? Find out some expert tips to developing your own leadership qualities.

Chic Spotlight: Park District Commissioner Nancy Hamant
After earning three degrees and serving more than 40 years on University of Cincinnati faculty, this local woman is taking more than just a walk in the park. She’s filling you in on how you can too.

Editor in Chic: A Timeless Trend
Our Editor in Chic recently met Stacy London and Clinton Kelly from TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” See what they taught her about current trends and  how to find the look that’ll never go out of style.

Total Body Wellness: Hot Trends to Try in the Gym
Next time you’re heading to the gym, print off this column and bring it with you. You’ll be thrilled with the results.

Orange on Green: Save Yourself
Don’t miss out on the newest summer financial trend — saving. Learn how to become financially hip by transforming your cash flow philosophy.

McCoy on Movies: “Shrek The Final Chapter” Movie Review
Everyone’s favorite ogre is back for one last go-round. But do all things end well for Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona and the rest of the Far, Far Away gang? Get the scoop by clicking here!

Express Picks: Spice up This Week’s Calendar
Misbehave at Playhouse in the Park, strut your new hat at Ault Park, experience Vegas with the Pops, or immerse yourself in new visual art around the city. Check out this weeks’ picks from our events columnist.

Ask Patty: Does Divorce Run in the Family?
With America’s divorce rate, there’s a 50 percent chance you have divorced parents. But does that mean your relationship will follow the same path to splitsville, too? Our relationship columnist offers insight.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
May 26: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
May 26: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Helen Hunt
May 26: Coffee Cluck: Follow-Up Failure = Financial Failure
June 1: Teaching Empowerment Expo
June 2: Free Lunch ‘n ‘Learn: Low Maintenance High Impact Landscape
June 4 – June 6: Summerfair

Fab-u-Shoe Friday: Shoe Clips

We had a Cincy Chic event called “Handbag Heaven” this week and one of our vendors had these cute little shoe clips. They completely transformed the look of my boring black pump! I ended up getting two pair… one for black shoes and the other for brown. I also realized, you can put the clip in your hair, on a blouse or on a handbag to spice up your look too! I got these at Buenos Aires Mercado, and they were only $15 for two!

This Week on Cincy Chic: Artistically Inclined

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Creative displays around town

They say art is in the eye of the beholder. If that’s the case, you can behold some pretty amazing talent around the Queen City with these events and exhibits ranging from Dr. Seuss to tickling the ivories. Keep reading to add some creativity to your calendar.

Model Hobby
Some men make model cars as a hobby, but this local man uses human models to make his artistic creations. Learn how his concept shots take women from the everyday to the unbelievable.

Metallic Creations
This local artist changed career paths from a seemingly opposite occupation, but he merged the two together to create a unique style. Discover how his creativity blends with his knack for science.

Fashions of a Feather Flocktail Together
One local fashion designer started making her own hair accessories because she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted. Check out these feathery fashions that’ll have everyone flocking for their own.

Dancing Poetry
From YouTube to iTunes to “American Idol,” music plays a major role in our lives. Find out how you can blend the art of music with the art of dance Downtown this summer.

Take Part in the Painting
Looking for a new way to express yourself? Take a look beyond pottery painting, grab a few girlfriends, and head over to Essex Studios for a memorable and insightful art experience.

Chic Spotlight: Artist and Teacher Pam Kravetz
From teaching one of our own to displaying her work at the Contemporary Arts Center, this local artist paints a picture of her world with her words.

Express Picks: Expand Your Experience
Express Cincinnati suggests this week’s best cultural and charity events. Sample opera, join the bacchanal, or dance while Shepard Fairey spins tunes. There’s something for everyone!

Chic This Week: Teaching More than just Art
Our Editor in Chic recalls a traumatic experience in art class and how her art teacher helped her through it while teaching an important life lesson in the process.

Total Body Wellness: The Skinny on Fats
Before you reach for that box with Low Fat written in big, bold letters, check out this advice from our resident health and fitness expert for the low down on fats in foods.

Orange on Green: Mastering the Art of Finance
The simplicity in a classic children’s book serves as an analogy for taking control of your finances, and our financial gurus give an art lesson this week to help you paint a money masterpiece.

Chic Eats: A Delicious Take on Berries and Cream
The creamsicle grows up this week with Strawberry Granita and Vanilla Bean-Black Peppercorn Chantilly. Our Chic Chef shows you a new take on the classic berries and cream dessert.

McCoy on Movies: “Letters to Juliet”

Amanda Seyfried stars in a new romantic comedy inspired by one of William Shakespeare’s most famous characters. But is the film to be or not to be? See what our movie critic says.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
May 18: Speak Fashion Speak Life!
May 18: Business at Breakfast
May 19: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
May 19: Handbag Heaven Win “Sex and The City 2” Screening Passes!
May 20: Afterhours – An Unusual Twist to Your Usual Bridal Show
May 20: Michael Kors Trunk Show at Madeira Optical
May 20: Minx & Models Win “Sex and The City 2” Screening Passes!
May 20: Girls Night Out in O’Bryonville
May 21: Tee Off at Tellers Win “Sex and The City 2” Screening Passes!
May 22: Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Cincy Chic Meets Clinton Kelly

Saturday was a busy day in Amyland. I had the Locals on Living Saving Summit event in the morning, then I met with Clinton Kelly for an interview, and then I taped a commercial for Bad Girl Ventures.

errrrrrrrrrr… back up… that’s right, I met with Clinton Kelly! As I promised in a blog last week, I got an in-person interview with him to talk about what he was doing here in our fine city of Cincinnati. He was in town as stop six of eight on the “Macy’s and Clinton Kelly Make Over America Tour” that’s providing makeovers to women across America.

Twelve Tri-State women were selected to receive a head-to-toe Macy’s makeover, with wardrobe styling provided by Clinton Kelly himself. Check out the video below as I talk with Clinton about this campaign. He’s so passionate about providing style advice for real women, so about mid-way though, I decided I wanted him to analyze my style to make sure I was dressing right for my body type (FYI, I’m a curvy girl and I decided to wear skinny jeans that day). You won’t want to miss what he said!


Also check out the before and after pictures of the girls who received makeovers below. Macy’s sent me before and after pictures, and I tried to match them up so you could see side-by-side comparisons. But some of the women looked so completely different, I couldn’t tell who was who! That’s a good thing though! Enjoy the pics and try to see for yourself if you can match up the befores and afters!



UPDATE: Macy’s PR person sent me an email after I posted this blog and helped me decipher who was who. Here are side-by-side comparisons of all the makeover winners! Enjoy! (Click on the photos to enlarge).

LOL Savings Summit Recap

If you missed our LOL Live: Savings Summit today, you missed a lot. But that’s ok. I still love you.

I recorded the presentation Kasmira (from What I Wore Today) and I did today. I linked the video below. Also below is a slideshow of pics of Londyn from blogfashion who helped us out by modeling a remixed dress. She helped us see one dress in four different looks. It was fab!

Enjoy the full recording of our presentation below. If you want to see our slides, click here. To those of you who did come, thank you! It was so fun! : )

Hope to see everyone at next year’s LOL Live: Savings Summit!



Fab-u-shoe Friday: Zipper Ruffles

I met a really great gal in my Bikini Bootcamp class (which I need to go to more often btw), Michelle Matson, who shares my love of saucy shoes. Turns out she’s a financial investment guru, author of a book called “Rich Chick,” and her personal and professional motto is to “get dressed to invest.”

I started to follow her on twitter, and noticed that every Friday she would post a picture of the shoes she was wearing. They were always fabulous, face-fan-inducing shoes. Some times they were her shoes, some times they were ones she saw when shopping, some times they were other people’s shoes she admired. One requirement: they had to be fabulous. I loved the idea so I told her I was stealing it for my own facebook and twitter account.fabushoes

So for the past couple of months, I’ve been sharing with my friends my Fab-u-shoe Friday pick of the week. Unfortunately, I ran out of my own shoes worth posting rather quickly (ugh, I really need to go shopping but I’m trying to be good and save $), so for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been posting my friends’ shoes that I like.

I decided to start posting Fab-u-shoe Friday here on my blog because my friends seem to love it! This week’s FF post is courtesy of local makeup artist Chenese Bean. She posted these last week and I loved them! I’m seeing this trend of zipper ruffles everywhere! Jacket lapels, shoes, jewelry… and now fab-u-shoes! : ) Enjoy!

Althea Harper Trunk Show at Envy Saturday

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Althea Harper (blonde bombshell fashion designer from Season 6 of Project Runway) is a DAAP grad and comes back to the area often.

I just got word that she’s coming back to the area this weekend. She’s coming in to do a trunk show at a store in Dayton (technically, Beavercreek). There is a boutique in Hyde Park called “Envy” so don’t get this Envy confused with that Envy. I wonder if one envied the other’s name so much they just took it! : )

Here are the deets:

Althea Harper Trunk Show at Envy Saturday

Project Runway alum Althea Harper will be holding a trunk show on Saturday May 15 at Envy at the Greene from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Call to get your name on the list!

73 Chestnut Street
Beavercreek, OH 45440
(937) 426-1200

And don’t worry, it won’t conflict with this Saturday’s Savings Summit event (get your tickets today – only 60 tickets left!). You can go to the Savings Summit, grab some dinner and head north on 75 a bit to check out Envy and Althea’s fab fashions. Althea will be there, too, so you’ll get to meet her if you go.

Click here to read more about Althea on Cincy Chic.

Clinton Kelly Gets “Real” with Cincy Chic

makeover americaSeriously. The “What Not to Wear” Gods are smiling down on me in 2010! Last month I got to meet Stacy London and yesterday I got to chat with Clinton Kelly on the phone (an in-person interview will follow when he comes to town on May 15 *pinching myself*).

The reason for my chat with Mr. Kelly? Well, he’s part of the “Macy’s and Clinton Kelly Make Over America Tour” that’s providing makeovers to 96 women across America  – 12 women in eight cities, including Cincinnati.

Clinton says he chose the women based on their story, but also made his selection to represent a diverse group of what he calls “real women.” The winners he selected come in all shapes, sizes, skin colors and types, hair colors and textures. He says he purposefully chose such a wide spectrum of winners because wanted viewers to be able to relate to at least one of the winners.

This tour will mark the fifth year Clinton has worked with Macy’s on a fashion show campaign across America (Click here to see pictures from his visit to Cincinnati in 2008).

When Clinton first started working with Macy’s, he worked with your typical model type (aka the skinny bitches we all hate – haha!). Then he began to incorporate plus size models into his shows. At the end of last year, he talked with Macy’s about how great it would be to feature real women on stage instead of models. They loved the idea and decided to run with it!

Clinton said Macy’s has been a great partner in executing this idea (he did admit though that it’s been a bit of a logistical nightmare to pull off, but they’re dealing with it well). They had tons of applicants and they finally narrowed it down to the 12 lucky winners in the eight selected cities (Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Albany, St. Louis, Seattle, Cincinnati, Houston and Raleigh). He and these 12 self-proclaimed style-starved Cincinnati girls will be strutting their stuff at a fashion show at Macy’s Kenwood Towne Centre on Saturday, May 15 at 2pm.

And because Cincinnati’s a big small town you’ll probably know one of the girls who will be rocking the runway. If so some out to support her, see her new look and meet Clinton Kelly! Here are the Cincinnati area Make Over America winners (and pictured in the below slideshow):
·        Tiffany Anderson from Seven Mile, OH
·        Michelle Burgio from Hamilton, OH
·        Danielle Cain from Cincinnati, OH
·        Shannon Crutchfield from Cincinnati, OH
·        Jennifer Gerike from Cincinnati, OH
·        Sarah Godfrey from Cincinnati, OH
·        Alexandra Hoog from Bethel, OH
·        Heather McDonough from Monroe, OH
·        Michelle Miller from Springfield, OH
·        Kim Poynter from Batavia, OH
·        Molly Rogers from Cincinnati, OH
·        Lisa Ross from Burlington, KY


I did a little Q&A interview with Clinton, which you can check out below. Like I said, when he comes to Cincinnati I’ll get some one on one time and I’ll catch it all on video for you. Post in the comment section below what you’d like me to ask him when I meet him on May 15! Until then, enjoy this Q&A about the Make Over America campaign he’s coming into town for!

Amy: The press release says you’re going to help these women reinvent themselves from head to toe. Tell me about that. “Reinvent” sounds like so much more than just a surface makeover.

Clinton: I made over 225 women last year. I’ve done it enough to know that it’s not just a surface makeover. These women have written me the most wonderful letters and they’ve posted on the Facebook fan page that it’s changed their lives. So, what I’m doing is giving a surface makeover, but quite frankly it does go a little deeper than that.”

Amy: I knew a few models who were involved in one of the last events you did with Macys in Cincinnati. One in particular said you were meticulous and paid attention to every last detail before the models walked out on the runway. That was really powerful to hear because I think we sometimes see a spokesperson as a talking head who isn’t very involved. Tell me about your involvement in this campaign and level of work you put into these makeovers and this tour.

Clinton: I don’t just settle for okay. I settle for fabulous. That’s my goal: To make every woman look as fabulous as she can.

When you’re working with real women, it’s very different than working with models in that models get paid to wear what you tell them to wear. So, if they don’t like it, tough. They have to wear it anyway. Real women have opinions. I tell the real women “It’s important you like what I put you in, because if you don’t have that confidence on the runway you’re not going to impress anyone.”

Half the style is the confidence in what you’re wearing. So, if you feel uncomfortable, everyone else is going to feel that. I make sure that there’s a dialog between me and the real women. I call it a co-creation because it’s not me doing all the work and it’s not them doing all the work. It’s a real back and forth. Some women say, “I can’t wear heels,” so I work around that. Or they say, “I really don’t like my legs,” so I say ok that’s fine too.

I don’t do this for my ego. Don’t get me wrong my ego isn’t completely out of the equation. But, for the most part, I do this because I enjoy showing women they can be beautiful despite what they may think.

Amy: Sounds like you’re teaching these women some pretty valuable tools to spruce up their style. Can you share some of your best secrets that my readers can easily apply?

Clinton: Unfortunately there is a definite “Mom uniform.” It’s the cross training sneakers, light wash jeans, topped with a t-shirt, topped with a hoody. I think it’s a shame because they’ll never feel pretty in those four pieces. But there are four very easy alternatives.

Non athletic sneaker, boots or flats.

Dark wash jean with a straight leg that goes straight from the hip to the ground. Boom! Much more polished. Much more elongating on the leg. It takes the same amount of time to put on a bad pair of jeans as it does a good pair.

Instead of a t-shirt, do a blouse. Women think blouses are fancy. They are not fancy, they’re just shirts made for women.

And the hoody or sweatshirt, they do nothing for your body. You need to upgrade that to a jacket. It doesn’t need to be a suit jacket. It can be a cotton jacket or a denim jacket. It creates an hourglass shape even if you don’t have one.

These are four ways every woman can do today to completely reinvent her casual style.

Check out the video below of the Make Over America 2010 preview!


Chic This Week: Mini Escapes

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Reader-recommended getaways

Vacations are pricy and don’t exactly fit into your busy schedule. Check out this Weekend Getaway Guide for quick trips that’ll cure your travel bug without stressing your schedule or breaking the bank.

Life as a Professional Tourist
This woman has taken a permanent vacation in her hometown — and gets paid to do it. Discover how her excursions and adventures help you enjoy your visit to her vacation destination.

Red River, Red River
After playing Red Rover, Red Rover at recess all through grade school, it’s time to graduate to bigger and better things, so learn how this close getaway gives you a recess from stress.

House of Health
You’ll get more than just overnight accommodations and a warm meal at this bed and breakfast. You’ll experience and learn a lifestyle geared toward health and well being.

Break out Your Boots
It’s almost summer time, which screams country concerts, sundresses and cowboy boots. Read on to find out where you can go to find the latest boot fashions.

Retreat to Relaxation
Each spa offers a couple signature services that make them stand out from the crowd. Learn how this getaway helps you reconnect with nature in its spa treatments.

Chic Spotlight: Tiny Trip Traveler Jennifer Reed
When it comes to traveling away from the Queen City for a couple hours, this local lady has become quite the expert. Get tips from her travels and a sneak peek into her new book.

Editor in Chic: Adventure Unplugged
iPods and iMacs and iPads, oh my! Our Editor in Chic craves adventure that isn’t pumped through an iSomething device. Read on to see what she plans to do.

Total Body Wellness: Believe it or Not
One key factor separates those who are successful in the gym and those who are not. Our fitness expert reveals how you can take control of that surprising obstacle.

Orange on Green: Can You Afford to Get Away?
The trick to enjoying your weekend getaway is actually to get away from your stresses. Our new financial columnists help you avoid taking your debt on vacation with you.

McCoy on Movies: “Iron Man 2” Review
After the original proved to be a box office hit, “Iron Man 2” looks to up the ante as the unofficial kick-off to this year’s summer movie season. See whether our movie critic thinks it’s worth the hype.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
May 11: Hormone Replacement Seminar
May 11: Speak Fashion, Speak Life
May 12: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD
May 12: Social Media Workshop
May 12: Coffee Cluck
May 13: Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn – Discover a New You!
May 14-16: Maifest at Mainstrasse Village
May 15: Savings Summit
May 16: Arthritis Walk
May 18: Business at Breakfast
May 19: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
May 19: Handbag Heaven
May 20: Afterhours – An Unusual Twist to Your Usual Bridal Show
May 20: Michael Kors Trunk Show at Madeira Optical
May 20: Minx & Models
May 20: Girls Night Out in O’Bryonville
May 21: Tee Off at Tellers

27yo Breast Cancer Survivor Benefit Event Tonight!

The “Big C” never hits at a good time. But 27 years old is way, way too young.

I’m 27, so this one hits extremely close to home. Makes me realize you’re never immune, you’re never safe, from the grips of breast cancer.

Lauren Carr (who I’ve have the pleasure of meeting when shopping at Sara Benjamins) was recently diagnosed with breast cancer at the mere age of 27. Her friends, family and co-workers are holding a benefit event for her tonight. See below.

From what I understand, the treatments (and being out of work to recover) have taken a financial toll on Lauren. And money is the last thing this girl needs to worry about during her battle against cancer. Hope to see you there.

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