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This Week on Cincy Chic: Animal Affection

Animal Affection

Animal Affection

Swapping pet stories

Pets can have such an impact on a person’s life, and these little critters all have made an impact on the Cincy Chic staff. Find out about snack-stealing dogs and a-little-too-clean kitties that we wouldn’t trade for the world.

Letter from the Editor: Listening, Learning and Adapting
After a year on the job, Cincy Chic’s editor reaches out to you to review the past and look to the future. Find out how you as a reader can get more from our publication.

Protecting Your Pets
Your little critters have a right to safety when they romp and play in your yard, and The Fence Company helps give you that protection with affordable prices.

Party Animal
Forget the doggie bag! These three social venues let you bring your pet with you as you chow down or grab a beer, and a couple of them even have special events just for your furry friends.

Cute Name, Adorable Clothes
Dressing up your dog to be the most fashionable pet on the block doesn’t have to be difficult. Cincy Chic fills you in on one online-only boutique that really has us barking for more.

A (Dog) Walk in the Park
Walking your dog can help keep both you and your furry friend healthy, so to spice up your exercise routine, check out this book all about local hiking opportunities.

Grooming Fit for a Goddess
As much as you love a little pampering, your pooch probably does too. And these specialists have just the right touch to keep your pets looking and feeling fabulous.

Wags and Walks
This woman’s passion for pets can help ease your own stress before, during and after work and vacation. Find out how she makes that happen for her clients.

Chic Spotlight: Pet Saver Shannon DeBra
From rescuing dogs to keeping cats safe in their homes, this local pet lover helps the four-legged friends of the city. Read on to find out how you can help too.

Chic Eats: Grilled Salmon and Pineapple Skewers
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this healthy, flavorful dish. Our Chic Chef shows you how to take advantage of the best ingredients spring has to offer.

Body, Mind, Spirit: “Green” for Your Pets
Animal friends benefit from a holistic and natural approach to health as much as we do. Learn what “green” options are available for your pet in your own hometown.

Media Maven: “Our Family Wedding” Movie Review
One Cincinnati native plays her part in film, and our Media Maven lets you know whether you should say “I do” or “I don’t” to this movie.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
April 6: eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
April 8: Social Media Workshop
April 9: Night in White
April 13: Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: A Workshop For Business Owners
April 13: Hormone Replacement Seminar
April 14: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD

April 20: Business at Breakfast
April 20: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
April 21: April Showers Bring May Flowers Ladies Night at Daveeds

April 24: thinkGREEN Earth Day Event
April 24: Bling “Glammin in the Garden” Luncheon

Win a Jimmy Choo Shoe Wardrobe

They are some of the most expensive shoes money can buy. Each one hand-stitched and haute couture. They’re Jimmy Choos.

Normally, you’d have to shell out a good $800 to own a pair of these show stopping shoes. But I just got an email from Cincinnati Saks telling me about a contest where you can win an entire Jimmy Choo shoe wardrobe!

Apparently, here’s how it works: You create any outfit using at least one pair of shoes from the Jimmy Choo 24:7 collection and save it on this Closet Couture site. You can style outfits using Choo handbags, too. Contest ends on April 10th. Jimmy Choo will pick the three winners to receive a shoe wardrobe.

Not sure what they’re basing their decision on (doesn’t even explain this in the contest rules either) but I do know that there are Jimmy Choos at stake so I will be creating lots of outfits on this site to hopefully fit their fancy. Can you believe that? They’re not just giving away one pair. They’re giving away a whole wardrobe of these posh pumps! (I did some digging and it only ends up being three shoes they’re giving away, but still, that’s pretty good!)

After playing with this Closet Couture site to submit my first look, I’ve decided I REALLY like it. You can “follow” certain designers and/or stores, and see what their latest and greatest stuff is. You can style your outfit using the dresses, tops, skirts, pants, belts, blazers, shoes, etc on the site. It looks like you can even upload pics of your own clothing to incorporate those items into the outfits you style on the site. I didn’t try that uploader function out yet, but I love the concept.

I did, however, create a look that I absolutely LOVE! For the past month, I’ve been on the look out for a pretty white dress for our Night in White event this weekend (tickets are almost sold out by the way, get yours today!). I had in my mind that I didn’t want a bright white, I wanted it to be kind of a winter white/cream or even beige-y color. I actually really liked the dress Stacy London was wearing when I interviewed her last week. In that interview, she mentioned that nude, beige, and other muted tones are in for Spring/Summer, so I for sure want to get a dress in one of those colors.

I found the perfect dress and shoe for this week’s big event! (Pictured below – using Closet Couture’s cool outfit sharing tool!) Now, all I need to do is find an extra $1200 laying around to purchase this lush look. :-/ Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Night in White


  • Lance Mirrored Sandal
  • Ports 1961 Lace Bodice Sheath

And while we’re talking about Choos, we published an interesting article on Cincy Chic a while back about heels raising havoc on foot health – and why Jimmy Choos are an exception to the rule. Click here to read the article and learn why you get what you pay for when you buy Choo’s shoes.

(Stacy) London Meets Cincy (Chic)

stacy londonOn the first of April, I always second guess any good news and wonder if I’m going to be the butt of yet another April Fool’s Day joke.

For good reason, too, as today my day started with a fake engagement announcement from a friend and my husband announcing on his Facebook page that he’s going to be a dad (I’ve since had to clarify to a lot of people that I am, in fact, NOT pregnant).

So, when I got an email mid-morning asking if I’d like the opportunity to meet TLC’s “What Not to Wear” star, Stacy London, today at 1pm, I was admittedly suspicious. I immediately thought it was a joke. Someone on my staff looked up the email author’s name and contact info and determined it was a verified PR rep for the Pantene brand. So, I responded and said – as professionally as possible – “YES YES YES YES YES I’ll be there! Oh… my ….God… She’s my idol, I watch the show all the time, I love her I love her I love her!”

I happened to be working from home today (actually from my backyard because it was so pretty), so I jumped in the shower and then… dun dun dunnnn … stared blankly into my closet. I was meeting Stacy London, the sheriff of all Fashion Police. What to wear? Or more importantly, what NOT to wear?

I hadn’t done laundry in quite a while, so the pickins were slim. But I decided on a strapless LBD with a lime short sleeve cardigan over top, classic black pumps and a chunky lime green necklace.

So, I get to P&G headquarters downtown and learn why Stacy is in town. She was filming a live webcast where she announced the next Pantene spokesperson. They announced that they are doing a call-out for Pantene users to submit a video of themselves and enter to win the opportunity to be the next Pantene spokesperson. Whoever wins will get to be a part of the world’s first live reality TV ad.

They are doing this to promote their new customized Pantene products, which they claim are custom-built around your individual “hair personality.” So, click here to submit your video and tell them about your hair personality that could make you the next Pantene spokesperson! And click here (you have to put in your contact info first FYI) to view the webcast that Stacy was in town for… um, just a warning, Bret Michaels randomly stars in this video too. I wasn’t prepared for it and don’t really understand it, but hey, I guess they figured women love dirty hot musicians so why not throw him in to make the big announcement. Apparently, the winner of this contest gets to go on tour with Bret… hmmm… good thing they’ll have lots of Pantene on hand to sanitize themselves after being on THAT tour bus! haha!

stacy londonI did notice that they mention at the end of the webcast that you can go to to get free samples of the new customized Pantene products they just released. It’ll take you to a page that lets you sign up for a P&G Everyday Solutions membership. I actually just signed up for this last month. One of my friends who works at P&G told me I needed to sign up and I love it. P&G sends you samples and coupons for all their new products. It’s a free membership, so I definitely recommend it.

So, back to Stacy. I know you’re probably wondering what she was like. Especially those of you who are HUGE fans of her show like me. I watch it all the time, I absolutely adore her and Clinton, and think the show is brilliant. I was hoping she was nice, because if not, I’d have to find a new hobby for my lazy Saturdays. Well, lucky for me and my laziness, she was extremely nice. The first thing out of her mouth was a compliment (said she liked my lime green cardi, by the way). She was very personable, and was really easy to talk to. She had a very BIG personality, was very animated and was really quick on her feet with jokes and jabs at Clinton.

I asked her if she was friends with Clinton before the show, because they seemed to get along so well, even in the first season. She said no, but she did meet him at auditions and they sparked the chemistry before ever walking in front of the producers, and they were fast friends from that day on. Actually, she explained the relationship as “brother and sister who have been stuck together on a long car ride.” She loves him to pieces but they know how to get on each other’s last nerve. I told her I had a brother nine years older, and could totally relate. She said Clinton was nine years older than her too. I nodded and smiled in belief, at which point, all her hair and makeup crew busted out laughing and promised to tell him she said that.

She was a blast to interview. I really had a great time and I learned a lot. She of course talked about all the new announcements Pantene had today, but I couldn’t leave her without asking which Spring and Summer trends to keep an eye out for. And oh my goodness, after asking that question, it was like the flood gates of her brain opened up. She must have rattled off literally 20 Spring/Summer trends without blinking an eye. I got video of it all, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Check it out below!


A Weekend Full of Spring Style

sohoIt’s no secret: I love Soho Boutique. I’ve written about them several times before. But I just want to put my personal opinion out there (it’s a blog after all) to say that I think Amy Maynard, the owner, is one of the smartest business people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I adore her creativity, tenacity and personality. She’s a really great person, truly, and as a bonus, she has a posh boutique with dangerously cute couture.

And it sounds like this little firecracker struck again. I just learned that she has planned a weekend full of fun, fashion and fabulousity!

Soho is a client of ours at Cincy Chic, but even before I found out about this through that relationship, I found out on their facebook page. Yeah, I’m kind of turning into a creeper on my favorite boutiques’ FB pages. But hey, there’s good info there!

So, I was on Soho’s FB page and found this promo last week. It detailed what sounds to be like the best weekend ever, for every local woman, especially if you have a prom-aged gal at home.

On Friday, April 9, Soho’s bringing in Jen Dixon (of the Hunter Dixon clothing line), drinks and a 15% off sale.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, Soho’s having more of a prom-themed event. So bring your daughters to get free hair and makeup consults from local professionals and book appointments for the big day. Also get $30 off a $100 purchase. Sororities, wear your letters and get an additional $5. There will also be a Phoebe Couture trunk show going on at Soho all day on Saturday and Sunday to show off all the great pieces in that collection.

I’m going to go on Saturday in hopes that the white dress on the Phoebe site is there in my size. It would be perfect for our Night in White event!

PS: Just a heads up, Amy is helping us plan a Hyde Park shop hop for this summer, so stay tuned for that!

Morning Dash Sale at Alligator Purse Today!

I just caught wind that Alligator Purse is having a super sale this morning. They’re calling it a “morning dash” sale and it’s only from 8-10am this morning. So, sneak in before work … blame it on the traffic… dog… your kids… whatever you have to do! : ) Alligator Purse doesn’t have store-wide sales like this often! Here’s the email I received with all the info! Happy Dashing!

Alligator Purse invites you to a “Morning Dash Sale,” just in time for your Spring getaway!

Rise and shine to join us in store Wednesday, March 31st from 8:00am to 10:00am only for 15% off your entire purchase!

*Additional discounts and previous purchases excluded.
*Sale ends at 10:01am.

This Week on Cincy Chic: Loving to Laugh

Loving to Laugh

Loving to Laugh

Adding humor to a relationship

If laughter is the best medicine, one reader and her husband are self-medicating with all of the pranks they pull on each other. Learn how this couple pulls a good one (or two) on each other without sacrificing their relationship.

Whose Line is it anyway? It’s Hers!
Her life is a stage. She uses it to teach and to perform. Find out how improvisational comedy has helped this local woman find herself even in the not-so-funny times.

Eliminating Laugh Lines
You have the right to pursue happiness – without the worry of wrinkles. Learn how one local company can keep you naturally beautiful with their natural skincare line that fights those fine lines.

Laugh off Stress
A new form of yoga can help you relieve tension and stress, by laughing it off. Cincy Chic spoke with a certified laughter yoga teacher to find out what all of the ha-ha is about.

Duel it Out
When it comes to entertainment, this local bar will have you singing, dancing and laughing all night. Learn just what this new venue has in store for you.

Funny Fashion
Whether it was a wardrobe malfunction or a “What was I thinking?” moment, Cincy Chic asked you to share your funny moments in fashion, and here are the top two (with a little bonus).

Makeover Mania: Megan Blunt
Having never colored her hair, this soon-to-be 30 year old dove into a new look with her Cincy Chic makeover. See and read how her dramatic change all took place.

Chic Spotlight: Shadowbox Star Stacie Boord
This performer literally makes it her job to make you laugh, so go behind the scenes of that comedic relief and find out more about this sketch comedienne.

Sensible Fitness: Punny Medicine
Having a good sense of humor might not heal your humerus if it breaks, but it will help heal your soul. Our fitness guru shares a story that might make you appreciate the English language.

Cents & Sensibility: Feeding the Urge to Purge
Look around your home and think about all of the stuff you have that you don’t really NEED. Our financialista shares tips on purging these items while adding extra cash to your wallet.

Patty: Three’s Company or a Crowd?
When it comes to friendships, it’s often “the more the merrier,” but what happens when one friend feels left out of the equation? Read on for some tips to quelling jealousy and staying friends.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
April 6: eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
April 8: Social Media Workshop
April 9: Night in White
April 13: Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: A Workshop For Business Owners
April 13: Hormone Replacement Seminar
April 14: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD

Snap Up These New Spring Looks (and Sale!)

snap boutiqueThe other day my hubby, the in-laws and I went to dinner at Teller’s in Hyde Park. We got an after-dinner coffee at Awakenings right down the block. On the way there, we passed Snap Boutique and they had the most adorable outfits in the window.

They were closed, but I did go online and “friend” them on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve written about them before in Cincy Chic, but I thought (for some reason) they were a teeny-bopper boutique and not for me. But after window shopping, I decided they were right up my alley, and I needed to stay up to date on all their new arrivals and sales!

Yesterday, Snap posted pics of their new Spring looks on their Facebook page and I am absolutely in love with each and every one of them. Just looking at them makes me a little warmer thinking about the spring-time sunshine, the smell of freshly cut grass and butterflies flitting about. (Which is much appreciated after last night’s random snow fall… what was up with that?)

Even better, on the Facebook page, it says you will get 10% off your purchase of one of these new Spring dresses (pictured to your right) if you come in and purchase this weekend! You don’t usually see discounts on new arrivals, and plus these are SUPER cute dresses, so I thought this was worthy of a blog post! I will definitely be visiting this weekend to see which dress looks best on! I will update if I make any purchases! : )

Come on SPRING!

Flock to Flocktails & Cocktails Tonight!

focktailsIn planning tonight’s ladies night, I came across a really fun fashion accessory designer! The designer’s name is Leslie Schall and her designs are called “Flocktails.”

We found her on Facebook and she sells her items on Etsy. They are super cute feather hair clips, which as I just mentioned in my Spring trend forecast blog, are very on-trend.flocktails

As someone with short hair, I struggle to find cute ways to spice up my look. I can’t pull my hair back or to the side in a pony tail, and even headbands are sometimes too much. If they are too thick, it makes it look like my hair is slicked back and/or like I have no hair …. which isn’t exactly a flattering look! : )flocktails

On the Flocktail Facebook page, they have pics of local ladies wearing the Flocktails out and about, and lots of the girls on there have short hair. These little bits of feathery flare look perfect with a short bob haircut!

We are having them at tonight’s ladies night at the Wise Owl Wine Bar in West Chester (which, by the way, my cousin is part owner of!). I can’t wait to see them there in person and maybe make some purchases! Oh, and my favorite mixologist Molly Wellmann will be there mixing up her couture cocktails.

Sounds like I have a night full of fun cocktails and flocktails ahead of me! Hope to see you there!

This Week on Cincy Chic: Shh! It’s a Secret!

Shh! It's a Secret!

Shh! It’s a Secret!

Pageant director shares all

Not everyone can be a beauty queen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from one. After more than 20 years’ experience with Miss Ohio USA, this local woman shares her secrets with you, so learn what small steps you can take to transform your beauty, health, social life, fashion and career.

Hush Happenings
Cincinnati’s social scene is full of secrets, but you just don’t know about them yet – until now. Read on as a few of Cincy’s social butterflies reveal the city’s best kept secrets.

Unexplored Territory
A place that offers quality salon and spa services for unheard-of prices might seem like a faraway land, but no need to have a treasure map for this gem. It’s right here in Cincinnati.

Best Dressed Desserts
What’s the secret to eating sweets yet staying slim? Choosing the right indulgence. And this bakery offers the best-kept sugary secret in town as they serve up cookies without so many calories.

Progress Passwords
Not often can you say that a couple words can change your life, but that’s the case in this story. See what words can play a part in helping you work smarter instead of harder.

Under Wear
Don’t let a muffin top or wardrobe malfunction ruin another outfit. One local boutique has all the things you need to tighten, tuck, lock and load.

Chic Spotlight: Etiquette Expert LisaMarie Luccioni
Presentation is everything, and this local woman helps others polish their appearance with her expert tips. Now, she’s sharing some of her secrets with you.

Sensible Fitness: Expert Secrets Revealed
The secret to weight-loss success is much closer than you might think. So stop your searching and read on as our fitness guru fills you in on that surefire way to a healthier you.

Chic Eats: Tuna Tartare with Pineapple Shooters

Create a restaurant-worthy meal in your own kitchen with these culinary secrets. Our Chic Chef reveals a few trade secrets to help you create a fresh, spring-inspired appetizer.

Media Maven: “Valentine’s Day” Movie Review
With a mile-long list of big-name stars, can this movie live up to its A-list cast? Our Media Maven fills you in on whether this film will leave you love-struck or heartbroken.

Body, Mind, Spirit: Simple Yoga Secret
In our fast-paced day of complex electronics, schedules and relationships, it’s easy to forget that truth is in simplicity. Learn how the secret to inner peace is just that simple.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
March 22:
Designer Eyewear & Sunglass Trunk Show
March 23: eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
March 24: Welcome Spring at the Wise Owl
March 24: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
March 24: Coffee Cluck
March 25: Under the Tuscany Sun
March 26: Jewelry Makes Me Happy Hour

Four Must-Have Spring Trends

Spring Shoshanna
Spring Shoshanna

This weekend officially ushered in Spring! This morning I went for a run and the birds were chirping and the trees were budding.

I just love this time of year. Everything seems so vibrant and new! Same holds true for all the Spring trends on the racks right now. Lots of vibrant colors, playful prints and flirtatious silhouettes.

My friend Amy Maynard, owner of Soho Boutique in Hyde Park, goes to NYC (my fav fashion mecca) all the time and keeps her finger on the fashion-forward pulse to keep her boutique on-trend. So, I asked her to narrow down what she thinks are the biggest, best, must-have trends of Spring 2010.

Here’s what she told me:

1. Simple, Clean and Elegant. For Spring we are seeing a lot of very simple and classic designs. Pretty, clean lines with some small elegant and unique details. These pieces are versatile and timeless– something very important for the sophisticated, but smart woman today! With these pieces you don’t have to clean out your closet every season. You can add updated accessories and colors but continue to build a good solid wardrobe base. Think sheath dresses, shirt dresses, classic tailored jackets

Cobalt Dress
Cobalt Dress

2. Embellishments. With the simple elegant basics we are seeing touches of feathers, hardware and ruffles. We are seeing these embellishments added on hemlines, on belts and with jewelry. If you already have a good base wardrobe embellishments in the form of accessories is a great way to update your wardrobe.

3. Fun with Color. There are some colors we are seeing for Spring too! These are turquoise, cobalt, tomato and pink champagne! Be bold and do a beautiful dress with one of these colors or do a beautiful blouse and pair with a classic white pant or denim.

4. Blouses. We are seeing beautiful blouses this Spring. These are flowy, feminine and appropriate for many occasions. They can be tucked into denim or white pants. They can be belted with leggings (yes, leggings are here to stay for a while!) or paired with a simple pair of shorts or pencil skirt. The blouses are solid or printed– whatever you like best! A beautiful blouse is appropriate for almost any occasion.

For more info on belts, read my recent blog on the fun “B-Low The Belt” Belts at Soho and the unique ways you can incorporate these rocker-chic skinny belts into casual, professional and dressy outfits!