All posts by Amy Scalia

“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

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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!

Dress Up Your Dude

The Wardrobe, which has always been a cute high-end women’s clothing boutique in Madeira, is spreading its wings to introduce a new men’s collection for Spring. The shop is officially launching this expansion at a benefit event that sounds pretty cool. The owner, Lesley Hern, has an eye for good designers and chooses more cutting edge looks than most other boutiques in Cincinnati, so I’m excited to see what she chooses for the manly additions to her store!

On March 12, at Voltage in Oakley, enjoy a free happy hour provided by Hugo, and a fashion show at 8pm. A suggested donation of $10 will benefit Starfire.
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Hitting B-Low the Belt – Sale at Soho

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"B-Low the Belt" belts at Soho Boutique in Hyde Park

“Rocker Chic” …Normally I wouldn’t think these things could coexist, but Amy, the owner of Soho Boutique in Hyde Park, changed my mind.

In November we did a holiday shopping/spring forecasting lunch ‘n’ learn where we brought in Amy, Richter & Phillips and Missy & Jack to talk about the trends. One of the trends Amy mentioned was this rocker chic.

I love to give trends a try, but I’m your average blonde haired, blue eyed American girl, so I can’t exactly pull off spikes and mohawks. Well, Amy explained how to sprinkle in a little rocker onto your chic with these “B-Low the Belt” brand belts.b-low the belt

They’re super skinny and studded. They come in all different colors (my favorite is the turquoise and gold, above).

They are on the pricey side ($80-$100), but every once in a while Soho will have a good sale. None that I know of coming up right now, but I do know they post sale info to their Facebook fan page and send out info via email (go to their site shopsohoboutique.com to sign up for the newsletter).

I would have never thought to pair a studded belt with this ruffled cocktail dress (left), but it gives it a completely new look. And I need this sweater/dress/belt combo (below). It’s suitable for work, but it also looks super cozy and comfy…. with a little rocker flare. Perfect!

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UPDATE: As luck would have it… I just received an email from Soho boutique announcing new Sunday hours and a sale for THIS SATURDAY (March 5). See below captured image from the email for more info on sale amounts and hours. Enjoy!
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Blowdries and Baubles

Ever heard of The Chambers Packer Studio? I hadn’t either until one day when I was browsing our photographer’s blog (one of my favorite blogs by the way), and I came across an artsy hair style shoot she did with this Chambers Packer Studio. I had never heard of them before, but I loved all the hairstyles I saw in the blog post. So, I asked Neysa (our photographer) for a contact at the studio and she connected me with Christopher, one of the owners.

I went to the studio in Blue Ash and fell in love! Everyone there is super friendly and very good at what they do. Christopher has been Neysa’s stylist for years I came to find out, and I’ve always thought she has great hair! I got so excited that I found a hidden gem of a hair studio, I decided that we had to have an event there! So that’s what we’re going to do on March 19 from 7-10pm!

We’re calling it “Blowdries and Baubles” because they’re going to give everyone blow-out tips and tricks (and possibly free product) and there will be jewelry from local designers on display for sale. And there’s a third “B” that’s not mentioned in the event title and that would be “Bubbly”! Cocktails will be flowing!

So grab your girlfriends, come have a cocktail with my new friends at The Chambers Packer Studio, and get polished up for your Friday night out on the town! They do want this to be an intimate crowd, so space is limited. Get your RSVP in as soon as you can corral your gal-pals to come! To RSVP, send an e-mail to info@thechamberspackerstudio.com by March 12.

Oh and PS: I will be cheating on my stylist for the first time in a very, very long time to let Christopher cut, color and style my hair for the event! (…shhh!) : ) I’ll post before and after pics! : )

And PS #2: Since we’re talking about Neysa, here are the spectacular pics she took of our wedding!
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Monkee’s of Madeira

MonkeesJust got an email yesterday from my friend Cindy… subject line: Monkee’s of Madeira.

First thought: she misspelled spelled monkeys.

Second thought: why the heck are there monkeys in Madeira?

Opened up the email to find neither were true. Apparently this “Monkee’s of Madeira” is the name of Cincinnati’s newest clothing boutique! It’s located at 6928 Miami Ave.  in Maderia next to Coffee Please.  Near The Wardrobe.

Here’s what Cindy’s email said:

My good friend’s, daughter, Liz Hilberg, is opening a new womens clothing and accessory store in Maderia. You are going to LOVE this store!  She is having a private friends and family party tonight, and I think the grand opening is Friday.

I’m out of town right now, but I’m looking forward to checking it out when I get back! You should too!

Drastic Discounts on Designer Shoes

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Dezario "Modena" black microfiber boot with patent detail. Size 11. Regular price - $199. Now only $80!

I have been in Cincy Designer Shoes only once. Not because I don’t like shoes…. ohhhhh no. Quite the contrary. I love them way too much.

I haven’t let myself go back in that store since my first encounter! I was like letting a sugar addict run freely in a candy store! The first time I went in, I bought a pair of Stuart Weitzman black pumps in the first five minutes. I love them, but it was definitely an unexpected splurge.

I’ve been secretly stalking their stock since, though, and I think I’m ready to pounce on my prey. I got a Cincy Designer Shoes email blast today (I highly suggest you go to their site and sign up for their email alerts by the way) saying they are having a March Madness sale from now until March 7.

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Martinez Valero "Cristi" shiny black pump. Size 6. Regular price - $145. Now only $40!

Here’s what the email said:

Cincy Designer Shoes is kicking off our March Madness sale! We have marked down sale items again and added many new styles to the sales rack! Our spring inventory is now arriving and we need to make room for more incoming inventory. Every day this week we will be posting our “March Madness” styles on our FaceBook page. Please click on the link below to see today’s March Madness pricing! …We would like to invite you to stop in a take advantage of our lowest prices and preview some great Spring handbags and shoes!

Click here to get the Facebook Link for March Madness Sizes & Pricing

I looked through their sale items, and some pumps are as low as $40 and boots are as low as $80. That’s definitely do-able. I think this gives me a viable excuse to let myself go back. Wish me luck!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Looks like the one downside of this sale is that it’s the “last pair” sale, so if you don’t fit in that last pair, the cheap chic shoe is not for you. But it’s great news for people like my mom with a less common shoe size (she wears an 11! … haha, sorry mom, I had to share!)     🙂