All posts by Amy Scalia

Thank You, Mom

TymomP&G, the nation’s largest advertiser, is sponsoring something new: Your mom.

For the past several months, they’ve been branding themselves “P&G: Proud Sponsor of Moms.” And yesterday the company announced they’re now sponsoring 100 mother-child reunions around the country.

The marketing mecca said this “Reunion” campaign is an extension of its “Proud Sponsor of Moms” campaign, which began during the Winter Olympics. During this campaign, P&G paid the expenses of 250 mothers to travel to Vancouver so they could watch their kids compete.

And they didn’t just sign over a check to gain the glory. P&G created an entire campus in Vancouver where the athletes’ moms could stay, be pampered and hang out with their Winter Olympian kids.

Not too shabby.

The athletes and their moms expressed such gratitude (and P&G said in their presentation yesterday that it also made their stock go up) that they decided to bring the reunion experience to “real people.”

To launch this new Reunion campaign, P&G flew in the people who got it all started: Winter Olympic medalists and their moms. Julie Chu (hockey), Seth Wescott (snowboard cross), J.R. Celski (speed skating) and Paralympian Caitie Sarubbi (giant slalom, super combined skiing).

I got to meet some of them in sethperson (check out the video below) Oh, and HANDSOME-HUNK-ALERT about 6min into the video (and in the pic to the left). Seth Wescott couldn’t have been cuter. He’s such a momma’s boy. And is mom was adorable too… the perfect son and mom to give a reunion to. Seth said he always wins the gold when his mom is around (no pressure P&G to keep this up, wink wink)!

I also talked with Caitie Sarubbi, a Paralympian and her mom Kathryn. Caitie was absolutely awe-inspiring. Not only is she a visually-impaired 20-year-old competing – and winning medals – on the USA Paralympic alpine team, she’s also a Harvard student. Caitie suffers from an extremely rare disease and was born without eyelids, which led to her having over 56 surgeries and left her visually impaired. She’s now studying to be a surgeon because surgeons have done so much for her throughout her life.

They were pretty amazing athletes, with incredible stories. I loved meeting the moms who you could tell were just beaming with pride. Moms are these Olympians’ unsung heroes. You know it would have broken their hearts to not be there when their kid achieved one of the highest honors an athlete can achieve in their lifetime.

And being a daughter with a mom who lives out of state and I don’t get to see much of, I can really appreciate how P&G wants to bring together moms and their kids for special occasions like this. Distance, and tight budgets, cause you to miss the little (and sometimes unfortunately big things) in life.

As an example, next time my mom will be in town and we’ll be celebrating Father’s Day, my niece’s baptism, my birthday (June 10) and my brother’s birthday (June 7) all at once. But you do what you have to do. And thanks to this campaign, getting together will be a little easier for 100 people and their moms.

You can participate in this “Reunion” campaign by nominating yourself at www.thankyoumom.com. You might be one of the 100 people selected to get $1,000 to help pay for a reunion with your mom for a milestone event like a birth, wedding or graduation.

All you have to do is write a 100-word essay on why you’d like to be reunited with your mom. You can also can vote for the submissions you want to win. P&G will select 15 winners every month from now until Thanksgiving.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Savings Summit Sneak Peek

lol liveAs you probably know, I’m one of many bloggers here on Cincinnati.com/LOL. We’re all cool, fun and informative in our own special way. But we all kind of hid behind our own computer screens and never really collaborated.

Well, a few months ago, we came up with the idea to take a break from our online blogging world and enter the real space to meet our readers in person, and inform them about things they really want to learn more about.

Of course, money is top of mind for all of us, so we decided the over-arching topic of this event should be about saving money. And from there, the idea evolved into the LOL Live: Savings Summit, a free, fun-filled, information-packed day where you can get practical tips and tricks to saving money on groceries, clothing, health and fitness.
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It’s going to be on May 15, from 10am-3pm at the Elements Event Center in Sharonville. I think they’re only letting about 300 people in, and it’s first come first served, so register today! It’s free (we’re asking for a canned good donation to the Freestore Food Bank) and it’s going to be very informative, so I hope you’ll come.

Kasmira from the What I Wore Today blog and I are working together on a seminar called “Heels and Steals.” Kasmira will be talking about how to swap, accessorize and refresh your wardrobe with little to no money (here is a link to her sneak peek blog). And I’ll be talking about how to get that look for less (hair/makeup/skincare/fashion) with various savvy shopping sites, coupon codes, and experts in town who offer quality services at cut-rate prices. The other seminars include couponing with MommySnacks, and “How to Pad Your Wallet Not Your Butt” with Dr. Huber.

Remember, if you attend our seminar, we need you to bring a scarf (oblong, pashmina-sized) for an interactive scarf workshop. Bring your favorite technique to share!

Should be a great time! Register here: http://lolsavings.eventbrite.com/

This Week on Cincy Chic: Mother May I …

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… Work with you?

Sure, you love your mom. But could you work side-by-side with her for a living? These local ladies take that leap of love and can call their mom “co-worker.” Read on to find out what they do and how they do it.
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Collective Fashion
This Mother’s Day give your mom a shopping trip to remember and pick up some fashionable finds for yourself too. Learn more about the Kenwood Towne Centre’s first Indie Collection Cincinnati.

Mother’s Day Outings and Specials
You’ve probably planned Mother’s Day brunch and dinner, but here are some fun (and frugal!) activities for in between. Plus, we found a few one-day only specials that you and Mom can both appreciate.

Giving Relaxation Satisfaction
After dealing with dirty diapers and teenage tantrums, Mom deserves a break. See which local salons and spas have mom-friendly services at kid-friendly prices.

Fashionable Reminders
Mom might need a little help in the fashion department (hello, mom jeans). A local expert shares the latest jewelry trends and Mother’s Day gifts to warm her heart and wake up her wardrobe.

Moms Like Them
In its third year, this site is up-and-coming with helpful tips, discussions and forums just for the Midwest mothers out there. Learn more about the working moms behind it all.

Health Connections with Your Kids
Whether your kids are walking, crawling or on the way, this local yoga studio has classes to fit your family. Discover how these yoga classes cater specifically to moms.

Chic Spotlight: Celebration Aid Lauri Sachs
Everyone should get the chance to celebrate, including your elderly mother and grandmother. Learn how this local company makes that possible.

Editor in Chic: From Mom to Friend
From a gurgled “ma-ma” to a casual “Mom” to a kindred “friend,” the mother-daughter relationship is ever evolving, and our Editor in Chic reflects on how she and her mom found a fond friendship.

Total Body Wellness: Before You Swallow That Pill
When it comes to vitamins, there are the good, the bad and the ugly. See how you can avoid confusion next time you make a trip down the supplement aisle.

Chic Eats: Broccoli and Gouda Quiche
Make Mom feel extra special this Mother’s Day with this cafe-style brunch. Broccoli and Beemster Gouda Quiche is the perfect way to celebrate Mom on her special day.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
May 4-May 20:  Speak Fashion Speak Life
May 5: Cheers For The Cure
May 6: 85 Broads Cincinnati Membership Preview Night
May 13: Hot Flashes, Cold Drinks
May 7-May 8: Indie Collection Cincinnati
May 11: Hormone Replacement Seminar
May 12: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD
May 12: Social Media Workshop
May 13: Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn – Discover a New You!

Missy & Jack Closing Sale – Everything 50% off

This is very sad news. I just found out that Missy & Jack in Deerfield Towne Center is closing its doors for good. Everything is 50% off to clear everything out.

My heart goes out to Rhonda, the sweetest woman in the world who owns the store. She poured her soul into that store. She fought like hell to keep it open through this recession. But you can only fight so long.

I hope you’ll come out and support Rhonda as she sends off her store in style.

5861 Deerfield Blvd
Mason, OH 45040-2521
(513) 770-0512

Indie Collection Cincinnati

When you think of Kenwood Towne Centre, big box stores probably come to mind. Nordstrom, Macy’s, Forever 21… etc etc.

Well, next weekend, KTC is letting the independent designers take over! I’m so excited!

Ok, here’s how it happened. About a month ago, I got an email from someone at KTC and she said she wanted to do a shopping extravaganza, but use only local designers. I was in love with the idea, so I scavenged through my little black book for local designers and emailed them all. Many of them were able to participate, so “Indie Collection Cincinnati” was born.

See below for more info about the event, but the gist is that local jewelry, handbag, accessory and clothing designers will be at Kenwood for one weekend only. These are my favorite designers ever (Degroot Handbags and FENNO Fashion are two of them that will be there.) This has never been done before. It’s your chance to get that Mother’s Day, Graduation, or I’m-so-special-I-deserve-a-gift Gift!

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Dress for Success Benefit, Sale at The Pink Box

I just came across this sale and thought it looked too special not to share! In case you don’t know about Dress for Success, it’s a great place for you to donate professional clothes so less fortunate women can wear fab fashions to snag a snazzy new job and keep it! We wrote about DFS and its corresponding 4th St. Boutique here on Cincy Chic.

On May 6, The Pink Box in Hyde Park is having a 10% off sale, and they’re donating an extra 10% to DFS. Also, you can bring in handbags and accessories to donate to DFS. See below for more information! (click on it to enlarge)
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If you haven’t been to The Pink Box, it’s a must-visit boutique… especially if you don’t have that Mother’s Day gift yet. It has awesome jewelry and gift items that moms would love love love. And if you get 10% off and 10% goes to charity, that means you can buy 20% more, right? That’s my kind of math! : )

This Week on Cincy Chic: Food for Thought

Food for Thought

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Diving into the coupon craze

Food is a necessity, but spending gobs on your grocery bill isn’t. This week, one local couponing expert helps you understand the method behind the modern-day coupon madness so that you can save on what you need in order to buy what you want.

Baked Confections Designed to Perfection

When you see the sweets of this local cookie shop, you’ll be craving a taste of their creativity. Find out how Cookies by Design can make your next bouquet delivery a delicious surprise.

Making a Table Fashionable

One local organization brought fashion to their cookbook with some of the most recognizable places around town, and you can learn how to spruce up the table at your next dining affair.

Food that Comes to You
A couple local entrepreneurs are changing the face of food with their mobility. Discover how you can get a taste of the action while reaping some entertainment perks at your next social function.

A Taste of Hospitality
Two local women serve the region’s restaurants with a plethora of resources, but discover how these ladies also give you a chance to take a bite out of the Queen City’s culinary offerings.

Putting the Beauty in Boot camp

Two local health experts teach salon workers some healthy-living basics mixed with a little military-style discipline. Find out more about this co-worker competition.

Eye-Catching Fare

There’s a stylist for your fashions, your hair and even your food. Read on to find out why appearance is everything when it comes to what you put on your plate.

Chic Spotlight: Food Writer Polly Campbell
After 14 years of professionally critiquing restaurants, this local food writer shares her experiences. Find out how she found her fervor for food and what Tri-State meals have been her favorites.

Editor in Chic: Restaurant Row
Downtown soon will welcome five new eateries, and its visionaries are calling it “Cincinnati Restaurant Row.” Our Editor in Chic offers insight on this delicious development in her first weekly column.

Total Body Wellness: The Facts about Food
With all the talk out there about food, calories and dieting, read on to find the only thing you ever have to remember to lose or maintain your current weight.

Cents & Sensibility: A Fond Farewell over Dinner
As our financialista signs off on her final column, she also shares some tips for fitting dining out into even the most frugal of lifestyles.

McCoy on Movies: “The Back-up Plan” Movie Review
Jenny from the Block is back in theaters this week with a new romantic comedy. But is it one you should support? Find out by checking out our reviewer’s thoughts here.

Chic Poll: What Name Would You Choose?
As our financialista signs off with her final column, we prepare for our new money-focused column, and we want your help. Cast your vote for the name you love most.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
April 26: Hot Flashes, Cold Drinks
April 28: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
April 29: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Lee Woodruff
April 29: 2010 Small Business Expo
April 30-May 2: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
April 30: Go Green Fashion Show
May 1: Swingin’ for Susan Charity Dance-a-thon

Top 10 Looks From Cincinnati Fashion Week Finale

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Me and the husband in front row at CFW! Swanky! : )

Last night we witnessed history in the making. The first-ever Cincinnati Fashion Week Finale took place last night at the Hyatt.

The swag bags were incredible. The audience had fun with their flair. And the catwalk was SMOKIN’!

There were a few hiccups, like the VIP ticket holders (who paid $100) only getting complimentary drinks for the 90 mins when the ticket price included free drinks for the entire night. But overall, I think the event was a huge success.

When I looked around the room, and the sold out crowd, it didn’t look like it was the first time this event had taken place. The catwalk, lights and music (by DJ Fuse) were top notch. I wish they would have sold the soundtrack from the show, because it was really, really ridiculously good music.

I really liked all the designers, too. There was a big focus on designers with Cincinnati roots, which I definitely appreciated. Even though there was a wide variety of Cincinnati, St. Louis, Malibu, NYC and London-based lines, almost every single one of the designers either went to DAAP, taught at DAAP or lived in the Tri-State at some point in their life. Having that just underscored how fashion-capable our city is, which is the whole reason behind the genesis of Cincinnati Fashion Week.

After the show, my husband and I talked about our favorite items (yeah, he’s very metrosexual, so he loves talking fashion!). It was tough to choose my favorites because there was such a wide variety of style and sparkle, posh and panache, evening wear, swimwear and sportswear. But, after reviewing my pics and having a day to stew on the looks, I narrowed it down to my top 10 favorites. I only focused on women’s fashion, because that’s my demo, but if I had to pick a male fav, it would be the Arbitrage Vegas-inspired line. My husband loved every single thing they put on the catwalk, and I’d love to see him in all of it too! But here are my top 10 favs (click on the pics 2x to enlarge)… based on creativity and wearability… and a gauge on how many crimes I would commit to get these things in my closet ASAP. Enjoy!

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10. Daequan, Brooklyn NY
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9. Amy Longo, NYC
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8. Laura Dawson, London
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7. Amy Kirchen, Cincinnati
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6. The Brush Factory, Cincinnati
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5. Anne Pachan swimwear, NYC (and Azhand Shokohi jewelery)
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4. Amy Longo, NYC
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3. Amy Kirchen, Cincinnati
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2. David Meister, International
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1. Grace Mae, Malibu

Grace Mae completely blew me away. Her designs were breathtakingly beautiful. Classy, edgy, sexy and soft. A balance that’s difficult to find, but she did it with such ease. All her designs this season had a fun theme… what I like to think of as a “hate to see you leave,but I love to see you go” theme. All the backs of her dresses were open and airy, which I found fun and flirty. I tried to Google Grace Mae and I couldn’t find her. But she’s someone I’m sure we’ll all hear more about in the VERY near future.

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My friends at Saks recently sent me an event invite and a coupon, and told me I could share it with you.

The event, cleverly named “Choos Your Shoes” is a night to pamper and spa with your friends while shoe shopping. Not unlike what my heaven will look like…

If you do realize that you have a few Benjamins to spare (I unfortunately do not thanks to house renovations and landscaping bills…boo) and spring for a new pair of Jimmy Choos, you’ll get a free Choo 24:7 tote bag. I talked about the new 24:7 line here.
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Saks also sent me a coupon to share with you. BTW, I’m not being paid to tell you about this and I don’t get any residuals if you use this, just so you know. I just want to share in case you were planning on buying something, and could use the discount!

I’m on the hunt for some new mascara (aren’t we all). I read this article about the top five mascaras based on expert reviews, so I’m going to stop in and give them a try and use my coupon if I decide to make a purchase! I’ll let you know if any of the mascaras rock my world! : ) Have a great weekend!
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Star Lanes: The Chicest Bowling in Town!

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Monika Roberts, Katy Crossen, Joe Busam, and me at Star Lanes!

When I lived in Philadelphia, my favorite pastime was bowling. Normally, “bowling” conjures up images of ugly shoes, smoky air and cheap beer. But at my bowling hotspot in Philly, it was quite the contrary.

The place was called Lucky Strikes Lanes, and it had upscale bowling alleys with lane-side food service and lounges. They had the best sushi and the yummiest cocktail concoctions.
When I moved back to Cincinnati, I began to miss my Lucky Strikes terribly. I even told my husband that I’d love to open something similar here in Cincinnati. (Yeah, with all that spare time I have)

star lanesLow and behold, three years later, I get an invite for a sneak peek of Star Lanes, the newest “boutique bowling center,” in Newport KY. After a little digging, I discovered that Star Lanes is owned by Lucky Strike Entertainment, who also owns Lucky Strike Lanes in Philly. Ah, my posh pin prayers were answered. There is a Gutter Ball God!

So, last night I went to the pre-opening party and man was it packed. All 24,000 square feet. They kicked star lanesthings off in style. They served up free food and drinks, as well as free bowling for several hours. Granted, they didn’t have nearly enough bar staff to handle a huge crowd who wanted to take advantage of the complimentary cocktails. But that’s honestly my only complaint. The food was amazing and the lanes were lush. Can’t say anything about the cocktails because I never actually got one despite waiting patiently and batting my lashes.

The place is HUGE. It basically took over the space of three (if not more) restaurant/bars: Cafe Istanbul, The Reserve and the art gallery space. I snapped a couple pics and took the below video so you can get an idea of what it’s like. Definitely worth checking out!

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