All posts by Amy Scalia

A Lill Big Event

We all have that super cool, fun, creative friend who we go to when we need a little artsy inspiration for a project …or just a good laugh. For me, that girl is Kristen Folzenlogen, the owner of Poeme in Hyde Park.

I don’t get to hang out with her nearly enough, but I love being around her. She always knows about some new hip company starting up or new product line… and I love visiting her store. She always has kitschy little gifts, the funniest cards, oh, and the BEST window displays. Kristen actually helped me design the Cincy Chic window display at our office in the Gateway Quarter!

A while back, Kristen told me about this new company called 1154 Lill Studio, which makes custom cloth handbags. We did a story on them a few months ago, and our readers loved it. So, when I got an email from Kristen and Poeme about Lill Studio having a sale at Poeme, I thought I’d tell you about it! Especially since there’s a 10% off coupon! Mother’s Day is coming up!
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A Shady Decision

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Forever21 Sunglasses ($5.80)

There are two theories when it comes to sunglasses:

1) Buy expensive ones so you are more careful to not break or lose them

2) Buy cheap ones because they will inevitably get broken or lost

I started out subscribing to theory #2 because, frankly, I didn’t have the financial ability to do otherwise. After college, I gave #1 a try and I admit it worked. Unfortunately, I moved six times in six years and my first splurgy shades got lost somewhere in the mix. I was so mad at myself for losing them, I went back to the #2 theory.

But last week, I broke my cheapo pair of sunglasses. And I lost the few cheapos I had before it, so I’m back to square one… or two… can’t decide which theory. But I know I need some shades asap because that thing called “sun” we haven’t seen for ages is actually coming out a little more often and my baby blues need some protection.

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Killture High-End Sunglasses ($216.58)

So, I’ve been doing some research. On the cheap side, Forever21 wins without a doubt. Most pairs go for $5.80 and are super stylish. They probably wont last long, but if you’re going to lose or break them any way, who cares.

While researching the expensive side, I did find a fun line called Killture. I don’t think I could ever pull off something like this. Very few people could, but Lady Gaga is one of them.

If you have a taste for swanky shades, but have an aversion to wearing studs near your eyeballs, there’s a designer eyewear  trunk show in West Chester coming up soon you might want to check out. Here are the deets:

Monday, March 22, 4:30 – 7:30pm

Cincinnati EyeCare Team
Union Centre Blvd Location
8629 N. Pavillion Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069

Designer Trunk Show featuring Prada, Dolce & Gabbana & Ray-Ban. Eyewear vendors will have their full selection of eyewear on hand to try on and purchase. Special discounts up to 20% off. You will also be able to register to win a free pair of sunglasses at the event.

I’ve never been to this shop before, but my cousin just opened a wine bar (The Wise Owl) right near there. So I might stop in there for a glass of liquid courage to go back to my theory #1 ways.
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Ten Years of Tresses

bajonAs a business owner, I can respect when a business hits a big milestone like 10 years. So, when I got an email from Bajon Salon & Spa about their “Decade Party” on March 19 to celebrate their 10 years in business I did a little dance for them!

That’s awesome! Congrats Bajon!

So, if you’re in the West Chester on Friday March 19, stop in and have a cocktail to cheers to their success! There will be refreshments, snacks and lots of salon and spa specials!

Bajon Salon
6072 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
(513)874-9999

This Week on Cincy Chic: Haute Home

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Place-polishing trends from Paris

You eat there. You sleep there. You live there. So your home should be a stylish safe haven for you to relax and enjoy. To help make that happen Cincy Chic turned to a local expert to pass on the latest trends from Paris and beyond.

Bringing the Outdoors Inside
Plants don’t just add to your home decor. They actually can improve your health. Get some insider’s secrets on how you can go green for you and your decor design.

Achieving an Attractive Abode
Just as you put on your makeup and fix your hair, your space needs some primping too. This local expert helps you give your place a makeover in just three steps.

Designing her Dream
With experience from New York to L.A., this Cincinnati designer finds her niche in her hometown. Find out how her imagination and creativity have led her to award-winning designs.

Accessorized Design
Two local businesses show how you can accessorize to up the style factor in your space and create a home that’s as fashionable and trendy as your wardrobe!

(Art) Hanging Out
Businesses need great design elements too, and this local venue turns to community artists for its decor. See how you can join in the fun and enjoy art over hors d’oeuvres.

Chic Spotlight: Artist Robin Ewers
This artist’s pencils offer clients personalized touches to their decor, and her paint brushes transform the old into a stylish new. Read on to learn more about this talented Tri-State artist.

Sensible Fitness: Space-Saving Workout Equipment

Even with limited space, you don’t need to give up on the idea of a home gym. Our fitness expert weighs in on what workout equipment can give you effective results.

Cents & Sensibility: Spring Cleaning Your Finances
If your financial filing system consists of a basket full of receipts, warranties and paycheck stubs, read on for tips to organize the documents you need to keep and help you decide what to toss.

Ask Patty: Breaking up a Bromance
Guys’ relationships can walk a fine line between “wing man” and “bromance,” so our relationship expert helps the men in your life make sure they are sending the right signals.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
March 15: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Patricia Heaton
March 16: Business at Breakfast
March 16: Looking For Answers To Your Hormone Replacement Questions?
March 18: Free “Meet the Jean-ius of Denim” Lunch ‘n’ Learn
March 19: Blowdries and Baubles
March 19: Chic Chef Cooking Series – Tapas Night!
March 22:
Designer Eyewear & Sunglass Trunk Show

Pamper Your Papa

Ladies! Father’s Day is right around the corner! And I just found out about a cool way to recognize the fab father figure in your life.

Saks Fifth Avenue is looking for Cincinnati dads who are making a positive impact through their style, generosity and dedication to their families and communities. Winners will be honored at a Father’s Day ceremony, recognized in Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati windows, and rewarded with a complete look from the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection.

The deadline for nominations is March 21, 2010.

To learn more/nominate someone, go to http://saksfathersday.com/cincinnati

10% of sales from the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection during the event and the following weekend will benefit Every Child Succeeds.
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“Finishing Touches” Trunk Show

Some of my favorite ladies in the bridal biz are hosting a fun little trunk show this weekend at their studio (The Bridal Studio) in Covington.

I’ve done a couple blogs with Nancy from Brideface at the Studio. And whenever I go to see her, I always notice all the cute accessories in the shop. Great necklaces, pins and hair pieces. They also have funny cards and kitschy gifts.

Don’t let the name “The Bridal Studio” fool you. Not all their stuff is bridal. In fact, a lot of their cards, gifts and accessories can be used, worn or given for any occasion.

Sorry, got sidetracked… ah, yes, trunk show… they are having a trunk show this weekend. They’re calling it the “‘Finishing Touches’ Trunk Show.” It’ll take place this Sunday from 12-4pm at 610 Main St Covington KY. They invited all their favorite Bridal Studio accessory designers to show you what’s hot for spring and talk about the latest trends. The trunk show will feature T Beads, Oskar Simone and Pin Me Up Couture (wrote about Pin Me Up Couture in a previous blog here). Also, hairstylist Jen Nally will also be on hand for quick updo ideas with hair flowers and birdcage veils.

Again, you don’t have to be a bride-to-be to come to the show. I will be going to check out their jewelry and funky hair pieces. I just love how flower pins and feather headbands look in short hair!

I asked April from Bluebird Photography (another one of the Studio owners) to send some pics so you could see the shop and some of the items that will be featured at this weekend’s show! Enjoy!
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Save Green! Two Spring-Themed Sales!

At Cincy Chic, we do these things called “Chic Scoop” emails that feature five sales that our clients are having. We just sent one out yesterday, and this month’s theme was “spring sales.” Here are two fashion-related sales from the e-mail I think you’ll be interested in! I’m giving you the abridged version because the text from the email sounds so corporate! Oh, and I gave links so you can see the boutiques’ clothes in action at our previous fashion shows!

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Save 15% at Paris J Boutique

Say “SPRING HAS SPRUNG” when visiting Paris J Boutique and receive a 15% discount off of any one regular priced item. (FYI, here and here are photo albums of fashion shows where we featured Paris J’s clothing… just to give you an idea of what kinds of items they carry)

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Save Some Green at Obsess’ St. Patrick’s Day Party!

On Tuesday, March 16th 3:00 to 7:00 pm, enjoy complimentary adult drinks, treats and chances to win numerous door prizes at obsess boutique in Montgomery. For two weeks, every guest will draw from a Pot of Gold! Gold Coin discounts are from 10-50% off regular price on your entire purchase! (Here‘s a link to a photo album from a fashion show where we featured clothes from obsess… and remember, this is who carries jeggings!)

Sara Benjamin’s Sale – Today Only!

SB saleSara Benjamin’s in Mariemont is having a big friends & family sale today!

As my blog readers, I consider you my virtual friends and therefore you’re now Sara Benjamin’s friends (I love rationalizing my way into a reason to shop!).   : )

Here are the details:

Weds, March 10th ONLY! 10am ~ 8pm

6810 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati Oh 45227

Receive 30% off your entire purchase! (sale items included!)

Sara Benjamin’s is one of my FAVORITE places to shop in town for cocktail dresses. I’ve purchased my three favorite cocktail chic outfits at this boutique and I can’t wait to check out their sale today to see if I can find a fourth! I have the Night in White event to buy a dress for, after all!  (there I go… rationalizing my way into shopping again!)

Check out my three SB dresses below!
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Bridal Jewelery Show at Richter & Phillips

This is why I love having a blog. Last week, we had our wedding issue on Cincy Chic. And literally three days after we publish it, I get an email about a big bridal jewelry show at Richter & Phillips!

Normally, I’d just shrug my shoulders and say “oh well… we missed the boat on that news!” But now I’m able to still get the news out about it! YAY!

I’m just going to attach the email I got about the sale below. Looks like they’re going to have reps from all their big bridal jewelry lines there to answer any questions you might have. It’s a big investment (my husband reminds me of that regularly – haha!) so it’s good to get answers straight from the source!
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UPDATE: Since posting the blog, the marketing manager at Richter & Phillips emailed me the following additional information, which I think is good to know:

-interest free financing for qualified buyers
-best prices of the bridal season
-Free Gents Wedding band ($500 value) with the purchase of an engagement ring
and diamond (minimum purchase $3000) offer good at the event only!

This Week on Cincy Chic: Sporty Chic

Sporty Chic

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Three area athletic outlets

As the Olympics come to a close, you may be inspired to add some sporty spice to your life. Even if it is from the sidelines. Cincy Chic hit a home run and found three local sport-inspired groups that’ll have you cheering for more.

ESPN Goes PR
Busy woman Betsy Ross talks with Cincy Chic about her sports communications firm, ESPN past and true love for all sports games. Read on to learn more about this PR all-star.

Behind the Stripes in the Ben-Gals Closet
Those cute skirts and shiny poms aren’t just fashionable. They’re functional, too! Take a behind the scenes look at the wardrobe of the Ben-Gal cheerleaders.

Prevent and Prosper
You keep your figure, stay fit and have fun, but playing sports can take a toll on your body if you’re not careful. One local physical therapist shares her expertise so you don’t take one for the team.

Family-Friendly Competition
Fantasy football might have your husband hooked during the season, but one local company is helping you and your whole family get in the game.

“Back” in the Game
The sweat and grime that come with getting in shape might be putting your skin in worse shape. This spa treatment can keep you as fresh as you feel after a nice workout.

Chic Spotlight: Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg
From Walnut Hills to Beijing, this local woman’s persistence paid off with an Olympic gold medal. Learn how she plans to go for gold again in 2012.

Sensible Fitness: Keeping You in the Game
Sports aren’t as fun when you’re sitting on the sidelines, so our fitness guru offers a couple tips to keep you from being a bench warmer.

Chic Eats: Brown Sugar and Bourbon Panna Cotta
Have your cake and cut calories too. Satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank. Our Chic Chef puts a healthy spin on a classic dessert.

Body, Mind, Spirit: Athletes’ Secret Weapon
From running to playing soccer, people’s physical limits only can take them so far. Our newest columnist let’s you in on the secret behind many athletes’ abilities.

Media Maven: “It’s Complicated” Movie Review
Life wouldn’t be quite as interesting without its complications. Our media maven fills you in on whether this film is a complicated mess or a complex delight.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
March 10: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD
March 10: Coffee Cluck
March 11: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
March 15: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Patricia Heaton
March 16: Business at Breakfast
March 16: Looking For Answers To Your Hormone Replacement Questions?
March 18: Free “Meet the Jean-ius of Denim” Lunch ‘n’ Learn
March 19: Blowdries and Baubles
March 19: Chic Chef Cooking Series – Tapas Night!