All posts by Amy Scalia

Armani Earns an A+

Unless I win the lottery stat, I will not be owning a piece of Giorgio Armani Privé clothing any time soon. But a girl can dream.

Today, I stumbled across the new Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture Fall Winter 2010/2011 collection preview video that was filmed at the recent Paris Fashion Week. I absolutely fell head over heels. I now realize why some of these pieces cost more than my first car!

Each piece in this collection is drop dead gorgeous. Very classy, feminine and timeless. Never before have I loved every single piece in a collection. But today, Armani showed me what an A+ collection looks like and I’m swooning.

I can’t wait for less expensive versions of these pieces start to pop up. I love muted, wearable colors. And I especially love the over-sized statement button(s). That’s a trend that would be super easy to implement by yourself you DIYers out there!

But for the dreamers out there… watch and drool.

PS This is the show that local hair stylist Vivian Moore did the hair for I told you about last month! YAY! Way to represent Cincinnati!

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This Week on Cincy Chic: Indulge in Life

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Staff shares their splurges

Life is too short. So whether you stop to smell the roses or buy some shoes, that’s up to you, but splurging a little here and there definitely can boost your life’s fun factor. Keep reading as we divulge how we indulge.
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Gowns Fit for a Goddess
Nothing fits like a tailored piece — except a garment designed and created just for you. One local designer takes this individual approach to offer clients truly one-of-a-kind gowns.

Concerts of the Future
If your favorite artist isn’t playing in the Midwest, you might not need to go across the country to catch the concert. Learn more about a hot new concert idea that’s taking on the Tri-State.

Stay Healthy with Indulgences
Believe it or not, splurges (yes, even that cheeseburger) can be part of a healthy lifestyle. One local personal trainer spills about her own indulgences and how you can keep yours in check.

Satisfying more than a Sweet Tooth
One local chocolate boutique is the prime spot for indulging a dessert craving. Read on to learn how one woman’s labor of love led to hundreds of new confectionery creations.

Beauty Worth the Investment
One person may see a ridiculous price tag while another sees a sound investment. Local makeup artist Nancy Dawson helps decipher what’s worth your splurge for your beauty regimen.

Chic Spotlight: SENATE Restaurant’s Lana Wright
Gourmet hot dogs, mouth-watering fries — this local lady and her husband offer culinary temptations worth your indulgence. Learn more about her and one of the hottest new restaurants in town.

Orange on Green: Splurge without the Guilt
Our finance father-son team shares how to indulge in life without the regret. Just follow these three financial steps and you’ll be able to have your cashflow cake and eat it too.

Total Body Wellness: How You Can Help
Last week’s column had many readers eager for a plan to change their own eating habits and help their community. Read on for these get-healthy tips.

Chic Eats: Grilled Haloumi Cheese with Poached Cherries
Tempt your taste buds and treat yourself to this fabulous wine and cheese pairing. Our Chic Chef shows you how to enjoy a little culinary splurge.

Express Picks: Gather Your Friends for Fun
Get together with friends and family this week to expand your experience: Carmen at the movies, Beethoven amidst the breezes, suits that really rock!

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:

July 28: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
July 29: Prodesign Eyewear Luau/Trunk Show
Aug. 17: Business at Breakfast
Aug. 17: Work Smart, Not Hard! Workshop
Aug. 25: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch

Say Yes to the ALK Fashion Dress

ALK Fashion designer and founder, Amy Kirchen (left), and my friend Sara Celi

Without the perfect body, it’s tough to find the perfect fit.

So, since my prayers haven’t been answered to be a few inches taller yet, I was getting used to getting my dresses hemmed. That is, until I heard about ALK Fashion.

The designer, Amy Kirchen, is a local gal with a passion for fashion. About a year ago, she decided she wanted to make her own custom designs. And she specializes in cocktail dresses and formal wear. So, when you need to look good for a special occasion, she’ll custom make a dress perfect for you.

I know what you’re thinking… you hear the word “custom” and you think “expensive.” Not true with ALK Fashion. It’s actually really affordable in my opinion.

Most of her cocktail dresses go for a little more than $100. You’d spend that at any department store, and much more than that at some local boutiques and high-end stores like Nordstrom and Saks.

I don’t know how Amy does it, making these affordable custom dresses. I should probably tell her to raise her prices – that is, after I buy MY dress. : ) My friend Sara just got a dress made for her (to celebrate keeping off 35 lbs for 2 years YAY!), and she had a really good experience. Read all about it here.

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ALK Fashion at Red, Pink and Blue Fashion Show on June 25 (click to enlarge)

ALK did our Red, Pink and Blue fashion show at the end of June… above is a picture of all her latest designs. (click here for all the pics from the show)

I love all the bright colors! We just did a fashion show with Cala Ossidiana last night, and she had some of the same bright colors. *light bulb over head* I think I spot a trend! : ) I’ll be posting pics of the Cala Ossidiana show next week when I get the pics back from the photog. Have a great weekend!

Sneak Peek: Swimsuit Fashion Show featuring Ben-Gals!

My team and I are suuuuuuuuuper excited for this Friday. We’re putting together a swimsuit fashion show featuring the BenGal cheerleaders and the NYC-based couture swimsuit line, Cala Ossidiana. Today, when the girls came to the office for their fitting, I snapped a couple pics to give you a sneak peek of the fab fashion we’ll be featuring at this special show. Here are all the details and the pictures are below. I hope you can make it!

A Chic Swimwear Show
When: Friday, July 23, 6-9pm
8179 Princeton Glendale Road
West Chester, OH 45069
Make a splash with this fashion show featuring Cincinnati Ben-Gal Cheerleaders and the hottest swimwear trends from NYC-based designer Cala Ossidiana. Also enjoy shopping and product sampling with Votre Vu with Julena BingamanPerfections SalonBooty Parlors by Shannon Fink, Flocktails, Microderma Mitt, Parvali Designs with Stephanie McManama & Meredith Fancher.
Music provided by KillerSpots.com. The Wise Owl will have drinks available for purchase, as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Official After Party:
The Wise Owl
6206 Mulhauser Rd.
West Chester, OH 45069
Event is free to attend. No R.S.V.P required. Enter to win a free weekend Lexus lease and a beautiful silver bracelet from Richter and Phillips. Brought to you by Cincy Chic (www.cincychic.com), an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati. Sponsored by Lexus RiverCenter. For more information, go to http://chicswimwear.eventbrite.com/




Christmas in July

Today I was reminded of how much I love my job and the cool people I get to meet because of it. I met with a wonderful woman named Tracey Vest. She emailed me saying she made her own accessories and handbags, and wanted to be a vendor at some of our events.

When she first walked in, I noticed she was a bit shy and unassuming. A stark contrast to the loud, ostrich feather handbag billowing off her shoulder. I told her I loved her bag and she said it was one of her designs.

Hmm… ok, tell me more, I’m IMPRESSED…

She proceeds to pull a myriad of “look at me” items from her bag. A leather print fur clutch, flower headbands, and feather cuffs… I’m still shocked at all the loud pieces this quiet woman created.

I asked her where she got her inspiration and she said her grandmother had a passion for flashin’ her fashion. She apparently never left the home without her neck, ears and every limb and finger accessorized. She said her parents loved to go out on the town and she loved to watch them get glammed up. And today, she helps others glam up and grab attention with her eye catching, hand-made pieces.

Turns out, she’s been featured in Essence Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine and her items were recently in an episode of “Ugly Betty.” But she was so humble about it! If my designs were in a national TV show or magazine, I’d be shouting it from a rooftop. But no, not Tracey!

With things as unique as this, I asked her if I could try on a few to take pics for the blog. I couldn’t help but fall in love with two of her headbands, and she GAVE them to me because she knew I’d be a good advocate for her with all the running around I do. I couldn’t believe how generous she was. It completely made my day! So, today is kind of like Christmas in July in Amyland! YAY! Ho Ho Ho! Merrrrrry July 20 everyone!

Feather headband (one of the ones I got!) ($65)
Bangles ($35)
Floral headband (one of the ones I got!) ($18)
Feather cuffs ($65) ...how cute would these look with a strapless LBD?!?
Leapord clutch ($350)

This Week on Cincy Chic: Best of the Blogs

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Eight great local blogs

They blogged. You voted. We dug in a little deeper to find out what makes them so special. Keep reading to see which blogs were voted the best in the city by Cincy Chic readers, who obviously have great taste in what they choose to read.

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Bloggings of a Workout, Writing Guru
From the Queen City to Tinseltown, hamstrings to heartstrings, authoring to anxiety, Stacy Sims – owner of Pendelton Pilates – covers it all in her blog.

PR Biz Buzz
He’s passionate about the practice of public relations in the digital age. See how this local man and his two blogs are capturing the attention of CNN and The Wall Street Journal.

The Most Beautiful Blog in Town
She makes healthy beauty products for a living, and for fun, she discusses”all things girly” on her blog. Read all about it and see how you can join in on the fun.

Eating with her Mouth, Speaking with her Keyboard
The voice behind The Food Hussy blog, shares her newfound love of Cincinnati with her readers by writing about her life, one meal at a time.

I See Londyn, I See Fashion
Like fashion? You’ll love BlogFashion. Written by a local lady who goes by Londyn, this blog features creative ideas for mixing and matching, helpful hints and flattering ideas.

Chic Spotlight: Will Fly for Food Blogger Christina Baita
She blogs about her life in the skies and the food in her belly. Learn more about this blog that will give you wings ‹ and a hunger for healthy food.

Total Body Wellness: The Meat You Eat
Everyone’s talking about free-range this and grass-fed that. Read on to find out if it’s worth the purchase and how it will affect your health.

Orange on Green: Taking it with a Grain of Salt
With today’s new media, more information is available at your finger tips than ever before. So this week, our financial gurus help prevent that information from turning into disaster.

Express Picks: Assorted Entertainment
From the opera to a mega-garage sale, this week’s events columnist sings a full range of options that will be music to your ears. Find something fit for your schedule here.

“Inception” Movie Review
Following the success of “The Dark Knight,” Christopher Nolan returns with “Inception,” but is the movie a dream or a nightmare? Check out our reviewer’s take here!

Ask Patty: Mixing Business with Pleasure
The workplace may be an easy place to meet singles, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the ideal place. Our expert weighs in on why work relationships may not be the best decision.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
July 20 –
Business at Breakfast
July 21 –
Bubbles and Baubles
July 22 –
Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Discover Real Summer Glow
July 22 –
Wine, Women and Wowing Fashion
July 23 –
A Chic Swimsuit Fashion Show
July 28:
InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
July 29:
Prodesign Eyewear Luau/Trunk Show

Designer Diapers? Now I’ve seen everything

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limited-edition denim-style version of Huggies Little Movers diapers

I’ve blogged about a lot of designer wears in my day. Shoes, denim and even designer hair extensions. But never, ever, in a million years did I see this one coming.

Designer ….get this…. DIAPERS.

Now, I’m not a mommy blogger, nor am I a mom, or even close to being one any time in the foreseeable future (well, maybe in a little while… my husband is 10 years older than me). But when I saw these adorable denim print diapers I knew I had to post about them.

These limited-edition denim-style version of Huggies Little Movers diapers rolled out in May and they’re a HUGE success. Apparently, they’ve already sold more than 2 million packages of the diapers in North America (not too shabby considering there are about 12 million infants in diapers in the U.S. right now).

Not that I keep up on this industry, but according to this Ad Age article, P&G is countering with a limited-edition fashion offering of its own this month: A series of 11 diaper styles from designer Cynthia Rowley called “Pampers by Cynthia Rowley Collection,” available exclusively at Target and Target.com.

From the looks of it though, Cynthia shouldn’t quit her day job as a clothing designer for a future in diaper decor. The denim diaper is #1 in my book. Cynthia, that means your design gets a big ol #2. Get it? Oh, diaper humor is fun.

UPDATE: After I posted this, someone messaged me and said the Huggies designer diaper TV commercials were offensive and sent me a link. I think the commercial (note: it’s titled “I’ve got chic in my pants” LOL)  hilarious and not the least bit offensive. Video below. Tell me what you think!

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Cincinnati Boutique Sale This Weekend

The Cincinnati Boutique Sale is here this weekend! YAY! It’s so exciting! All the best boutiques in Cincinnati are under one roof, with great prices! I plan to check it out today after my spinning class! I highly suggest you stop by this weekend – the earlier the better because it’ll be picked over by the end! They are offering their best prices of the year, and it’s a great way to see all the boutiques from across the Tri-State all in one place. See you there!

PS: There’s a contest running on Facebook right now where if you RSVP to the Cincinnati Boutique Sale, post on the event wall, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card! Click here to participate!cbs

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Big Sale on High-End Handbags!

I got an email from one of my favorite local handbag designers, Missy DeGroot. Not that there are a ton of local handbag designers… but she is my favorite! haha!

She said she’s having a big sale on her handbags through the end of the day today* on www.enviius.com! So, if you’re in the market for a new bag, I suggest you check out the sale.

I’m a die-hard DeGroot bag fan. I purchased my first one two years ago. I used it every day for an entire year and I finally needed a new one. I bought my second one and I’m going on MORE than year, literally using it every single day. They really are great bags. Here’s a picture of me with my more than a year-old bag. And it still looks the same… and it’s white.

Now, that’s saying something. Actually, it says two things: 1) I don’t care about carrying a white bag in winter, fall, spring and summer… and 2) that DeGroot Handbags are the best bags EVER!

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This is me (left) wearing a white bag in winter. Because I'm a rebel like that. 🙂

*UPDATE: After I posted this blog, I sent it to Missy. She sent me the below email indicating the sale has been extended due to this blog (see below)! WOOHOO!

Hey Amy, I just sent the link to your article to the president of
Enviius.com and he LOVED it and therefore is extending the sale into
the weekend!!! 🙂 Thanks a ton!!!!

This Week on Cincy Chic: Home Sweet, Cheap Home

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Wouldn’t it be great to make your utility bills disappear? One local developer is making this possible, and the Building Cincinnati blogger looks into the “net-zero” energy concept. Keep reading as he tells more about these bill-busting abodes that are good for your wallet and the world.
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Banking on Breast Cancer
A “Big C” survivor turns her struggle into a powerful mission to boost her mortgage loan business and support the nationwide philanthropy she founded.

Hobnobbing for Housing Market Professionals
“Second Thursday” networking events organized by several local ladies are boosting business for the Tri-State’s recession-reeling real estate industry.

New Technology Attracts New Business in Tough Market
HUFF launches new IT advancements to gain a leg up in today’s rough real estate market. Check out the tools their agents have to help their clients find what they need.

Five Fabulous and Frugal Design Tips
A local interior designer with a focus on frugality shares her secrets to boosting the value and visual va-va-voom of your home without a big investment.

High Impact, Low Maintenance Landscaping
Is your landscape lacking luster but you don’t have the time to make it shine? Read on as an expert explains how to spruce (pun intended) it up and make it snappy.

Chic Spotlight: Top Real Estate Agent Diane Tafuri
She’s been Cincinnati’s top real estate agent seven of the past 11 years. She shares her secrets to success, as well as how she’s thriving in the tough housing market.

Total Body Wellness: Problems with Traditional Cardio
Caution:  The popular cardio workout you’re currently practicing could be the culprit behind those extra, unwanted pounds your body is hanging onto.

Orange on Green:  Will Real Estate Ever Come Back?
An industry professional in debt and investment management provides his thoughts regarding current real estate and what he believes the future holds.

McCoy on Movies: “Despicable Me” Movie Review
Toy Story 3 may be the animated king of the box office this summer, but what about the film with little yellow minions aplenty? Check out our reviewer’s take of “Despicable Me” here!

Chic Eats: Conch Fritters with Spiced Key Lime Honey
If you won’t be getting your kicks on vacation this summer, you still can bring a little of the beach home with you with this week’s recipe brought to you be our Chic Chef.

Express Picks: Escape from the Ordinary
Explore the unexpected, the unbelievable and the, well, wacky right in your own backyard. This is the week for trying something extraordinary.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:

July 14 – Work Smart, Not Hard! Workshop
July 14 –
Coffee Cluck
July 16-18 –
Cincinnati Boutique Sale
July 20 –
Business at Breakfast
July 21 –
Bubbles and Baubles
July 22 –
Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Discover Real Summer Glow
July 22 –
Wine, Women and Wowing Fashion
July 23 –
A Chic Swimsuit Fashion Show