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This Week on Cincy Chic: Spring Trend Report

Spring Trend Report

Spring Trend Report

Blooming fashion fads

Tired of seeing white and shivering in the cold? Well, Cincy Chic has a cure for your cabin fever – a look into what spring will bring. Two Cincinnati boutique owners forecast the hottest trends that are sure to bring a warm front to your wardrobe.

Blooming Possibilities
Spring will bring a breath of fresh air from the cold winter, and one local company looks to bring a fresh look to your home. Learn how you can make over your home in a simple, inexpensive way.

Spring Your Man into Great Fashion
The spring is calling for slimmer cuts and colors that pop! So how can you update your guy’s basics into something a bit bolder? Local experts help you make it happen.

Natural Selection
It worked for Darwin’s theory, and it will work for you this season. One beauty expert shares how you can choose to go natural to stay stylish this spring.

Show me the Money
While not every blog will put pennies in the bank, one local blogger shares how you can create a better chance for your blog’s money-making abilities.

Bringing a Fresh Look to Cincinnati
2010 is looking up, way up, for 3CDC. Cincy Chic features three of the group’s recent projects that will serve as spring hang-out places for when we lose the snow and gain back the sun.

Ready, Set, Grow
Whether you start with pots or plots, these local gardeners help you spring into action and reach that homegrown goodness. Find out how you can reap what you sow – and then some.

Chic Spotlight: Gluten-Free Gal Erin Swing
Gluten intolerance is far from fashionable, but one local lady is working to keep this trend delicious. A chemist turned chef shares more about her blog, research, recipes and self.

Sensible Fitness: Fitness Come Frigid or Fair Weather
Postal workers complete their work come snow or rain or heat or gloom, so you can do the same with your workout. Our fitness guru gives you some motivational events to keep you going.

Chic Eats: Marinated Vegetable Salad
Stick to your yearly resolution to eat healthier foods in the New Year. Our chic chef revisits resolutions to show you how to make a healthy, satisfying dish that cuts calories without sacrificing flavor.

Media Maven: “The Young Victoria” Movie Review
With a late 1800s royal setting, this film could be stuffy or romantic. Our Media Maven lets you know if it will warm your heart or keep it cold.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Feb. 11-28 – Cincy Dream Days
Feb. 23 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Feb. 23 – Hormone Replacement Seminar
Feb. 24 – Wine & Women – Wine Tasting at FBs
Feb. 24 – InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
Feb. 24 – Kenzie’s Closet Cocktails
Feb. 25 – Cupcakes & Cocktails
Feb. 25 – SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Ann Compton
Feb. 26 – Beers, Boutiques & Ben-Gals

New NYC Fashion Week Trends

Today marks the end of a 17-year era, as the New York Fashion Week event was held at Bryant Park for the last time. As I type, the park’s famous tents are being torn down and packed up as the last Fall 2010 collection (Tommy Hilfiger) was presented a short while ago. The tents will go up next year at Lincoln Center.

I’ve been keeping an eye on each collection as they live stream video, fashion reporters report and style bloggers blog. It’s been very exciting.

Since I last blogged, I noticed two more big trends emerge – Fur and “Robo Chic” – as well as a few smaller trends you’ll want to keep an eye out for, such as quilted leather and longer blazers.

Furry Fashions
I was frankly surprised to see so much fur on the runways. It has such a stigma. It’s so political. But it was all over everything at this show. Coats, full-on fur dresses and dresses lined with fur, vests, shirts, hats, elbow-length fur arm warmers, fur boots, fur bags – even fur stilettos. You name it, it had some animal hair on it. Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, Malandrino, Elie Tahari, Brian Reyes, Thuy… and droves more designers let the fur fly in the face of the persistent protesters – oh yeah, and this relentless recession.

I doubt they’re all using our local claim to furry fame, Fabulous Furs, but I hope so! I’m not a fur protester, but I do encourage you to check out the Fabulous Furs showroom in Covington to see how realistic and warm her faux furs are. You will be surprised at how real they look and high-quality they are. She (Donna, the owner, whom I adore) has much of what I saw on the runways in her showroom to be honest. Coats, blazers, cardigans, shoes and gloves. Sorry for turning this trend section into a plug for her, but I couldn’t believe how much fur I saw this year, and I do hope this boosts business for Fabulous Furs – a local gem and trend-setter in the fur industry.
Furry Fashions

Robo Chic
Toni Francesc named his Fall 2010 show “Artificial Life” and that it was. His collection marched out a robo chic parade of pointed and tiered shoulders, with silvers and greys patched or colorblocked onto black and brown shine and matte fabrics. Other collections featured oversized studs, mechanical hardware and sci-fi inspired necklines and sleeves.
Robo Chic

Quilted Leather
On the season premiere of Jay Leno’s new primetime show, Rihanna rocked a quilted leather blazer. Ever since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a quilted leather jacket to hang in my coat closet. But now that Alexander Wang strutted quilted leather shorts down the runway, I might need to get them – oh yeah, and do a lot of squats and lunges to look halfway decent in them! Lots of bags and accessories (headbands) donned this quilted leather style, too. That’s a good way to add this high-end luxe look into your wardrobe without breaking the bank.
quilted leather

blazer
Isaac Mizrahi blazer

Other Trends…
Enter, longer blazers. Exit, short-waisted jackets. It was nice to see a long blazer again after such a long stint with the hip-hitting jackets that don’t flatter many female body types. And the blazer was paired with any and everything, from a t-shirt to a sheer lace tank. Or, as Isaac Mizrahi did in the look to the right, pair a muted matte blazer with a glammed up cocktail dress. Has that “my boyfriend put this on me ’cause I got cold” look when you wear it that way… but imagine if she actually had her arms through the sleeves.

Layering was another key trend, with a mix of fabrics that offer texture and interest. A few designers like Peter Som and Alexander Wang presented models who literally looked like they’d thrown on everything in the closet all at once. Some days I feel like just doing that… now it’s apparently en vogue to do so. Sweet.

Another trend was a contrasting sleeve. Designers (such as Chris Benz and Derek Lam) used a different material than the rest of the outfit. Others used a graphic print on the sleeve that wasn’t on the rest of the garment.

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Belt crazy Fall 2010 collection L.A.M.B. look

And lastly: Belts. Wear belts with everything. Cardigans, blazers, sweaters, t-shirts, blouses, coats… hey, if you’re so inclined like this model, wear three.

<<—————    haha! : )

I mentioned Rihanna earlier and it reminded me — I interviewed her stylist Mariel Haenn recently and never posted the interview! I got to meet her through a promotion Saks Fifth Ave was doing. I quickly learned that Mariel is BRILLIANT and has single-handedly made Rihanna into the trend-setting bonafide style icon she is today.

In my humble opinion, Mariel is behind two of the trends in this blog post (Robo Chic and Quilted Leather), and she’s only 30 years old. Pretty amazing.

Check out the video below to see the interview with her and get insight into the stylist behind the famous styles you love and adore.

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PHOTO CREDITS
Furry Fashion
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Cropped fur coat in the Carolina Herrera Fall 2010 collection (AP)
A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
A sparkly, asymmetric dress gets swathed in black and gray fur  at Farah Angsana. (NBC)
Model shows off Elie Tahari winter white statement coat with fur collar (Getty Images)
Model shows off Malandrino fur coat (Getty Images)
A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
The Nicole Miller fall 2010 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Afton Almaraz)
A piece in the Fall 2010 collection by Chado’s designer, Ralph Rucci, which featured lace, chiffon, taffeta, ostrich feathers, and mohair. (NBC)
Fur stilettos in the Fall 2010 Zac Posen collection (AP)
Fur trim adds glam to otherwise dark and edgy looks at Vena Cava. (NBC)
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Robo Chic
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Last season’s trends continue with a black leather jacket, ruffled shirt, and bib necklace at Mackage. (NBC)
Model at Toni Francesc’s Fall 2010 show (Getty Images)
A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
Herve Leger by Max Azria (AP)
Gwen Stefani presents a tough girl show with camo, leather, and super-heavy hair and makeup for L.A.M.B. (NBC)
A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
Exaggerated shoulders and chains at the Project Runway show, which featured looks by all ten contestants. (NBC)
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Quilted Leather
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A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
A model showcases quilted leather shorts in Alexander Wang’s Fall 2010 collection. (Getty Images)
Marc Jacobs Collection Quilted Key Pouch, made of grained, quilted leather, has a zippered top with signature push clasp closure, features polished brass hardware, is lined in suede, and contains an interior key ring with a leather leash. (Marc Jacobs)
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Blazer
A model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Beltcrazy
Belt crazy Fall 2010 collection L.A.M.B. look (NBC)

Fashion Week CliffsNotes

Even though NYC is under several inches of snow this week, Fall season is in full force. That’s because it’s the ever-exciting, always glamorous, and heart flutteringly fabulous Fashion Week!

I’ve had my finger on the pulse of the new trends strutting the catwalk, and three big ones emerged: sheer, metallics and trendy basics.

Granted, I’m not there, but I sense that this year is unmistakably subdued. Not only are fashion houses struggling to innovate, create and prosper in a strangling recession, but the industry lost an icon with Alexander McQueen passing on the first day of Fashion Week. Both are weighing heavy on the hearts of everyone in the fashion industry and beyond right now.

But as they say… the show must go on. And that it is…

Like I said, three trends have surfaced thus far: sheer, metallics and trendy basics. I think they are all somewhat related to the recession. The sheer is minimalistic. Trendy basics offer a classic, long-lasting value. Metallics, which I thought they were on their way out, have made a quick resurgence. Maybe it’s the high price of gold these days? : )

Here are my Fashion Week CliffsNotes for the big three trends. I’ll check back in later in the week with updates. (And while we’re on the topic of fashion week, get excited because Cincinnati will soon have one of our own! Learn more here)
Back to Basics
Heavy Metallics
Sheer Genius

PHOTO CREDITS

Back to Basics
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A model presents a creation from the Fall 2010 Herve Leger by Max Azria collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

A dress designed by Victoria Beckham is modeled at a fashion show during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A model presents a creation from the Cynthia Steffe Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 12, 2010. (REUTERS)

The Diane von Furstenberg fall 2010 collection is modeled Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Rachel Roy fall 2010 collection is modeled, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Heavy Metallics
(left to right)
Kelly Osbourne walks the runway during a “Fashion For Relief – Haiti” benefit show during Fall 2010 New York Fashion Week February 12, 2010. (REUTERS)

A model presents a creation at the Erin Fetherston Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

A model presents a creation at the Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

The Luca Luca fall 2010 collection is modeled Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Sheer Genius
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The Prabal Gurung fall 2010 collection is modeled, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Rachel Roy fall 2010 collection is modeled, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A model presents a creation at the Project Runway Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 12, 2010. (REUTERS)

The fall 2010 collection of Zac Posen is presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A model presents a creation from the Vassilios Kostetsos Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

This Week on Cincy Chic: Circle of Girlfriends

Circle of Girlfriends

Circle of Girlfriends

Round ’em up to stay in

After a long day in the office, sometimes you want to stay in the refuge of your home instead of heading out again to meet up with your girlfriends. So transform your girls’ night out into a girls’ night in with these helpful hints that will satisfy both your taste buds and your fashion sense.

Party, Shop, Save
Getting together with the gals doesn’t have to take a lot of legwork. Head to this local boutique for a night of shopping, saving and entertaining.

Rosies are Red
With hearts pumping for the Reds, this organization stands behind America’s pastime in Cincinnati. Now, the president rounds third and heads for home, leading the group to revitalization.

Beauty Bash with Buds
Downtown’s Saks Fifth Avenue allows in-store makeup and skin care parties for a fabulous girlfriend get-together. So grab your friends and head down for a makeover.

RANK and File
Girlfriends go a long way in the motivation realm, so set each other up for success with this local running group. Learn how other members help you achieve your own goals.

Talk it Out
Women’s chat includes much more than just gossip. Our words contain strength, power and inspiration, so make a night of women’s jabber with these celebrity lectures.

Chic Spotlight: Just for Chicks Founder and Organizer

Spending time with the girls can be more than just restaurants and bars. Learn how this local group offers a fun twist to the classic Girls’ Night Out.

Sensible Fitness: Celebrating Who You Are

Forget the models. Forget the actresses. Look at who you are and recognize your own beauty. Read on to find out how our fitness guru helps you do just that.

Cents & Sensibility: Priceless Time With Your Girlfriends
A gal on a budget doesn’t have to sacrifice her time with her friends. Our financialista shares her idea of the perfect night with girlfriends, and it costs less than a day of parking Downtown.

Ask Patty: Stepping out in Confidence
Even some of the most beautiful, outgoing women are single, but our relationship expert help show how you can use “single” time to your advantage.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Feb. 11-28 – Cincy Dream Days
Feb. 16 – Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
Feb. 16 – Business at Breakfast: Business Partnerships
Feb. 17 – Pink Goes Red
Feb. 19 – Chic Chef Cooking Series
Feb. 23 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Feb. 23 – Hormone Replacement Seminar
Feb. 24 – Wine & Women – Wine Tasting at FBs
Feb. 24 – InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
Feb. 24 – Kenzie’s Closet Cocktails
Feb. 25 – Cupcakes & Cocktails
Feb. 26 – Beers, Boutiques & Ben-GalsCircle of Girlfriends

Big Red ‘Mader Scarves

big red maderHis momma always told him she loved him more than big red ‘maters.

The fact Harold was higher on the hierarchy than tomatoes really stuck with him. So, when living off the land at his farm wasn’t paying the bills, he decided to try something new… fashion.

That’s right. This man… who’s old enough to be my father… who lives on a farm… decided to break into the fashion industry. And in my opinion, he succeeded.

big red mader

Here’s what he does. He takes old t-shirts, tears them up, twists, twirls, braids, embellishes (with silver pendants you can slide on and off the scarf threads) and knots them up into scarves. Cute, adorable, fashion-forward scarves that can dress up a tee and jeans, take a work outfit into night, or just add some fun flare to a casual out-and-about outfit. In homage to his mother, he named his company “Big Red ‘Mater.”

I found his scarves at Sara Benjamin’s (in Mariemont) today and I fell in love. Apparently, Harold walked into the store a short while ago and told his story to the owners and they big red maderimmediately fell in love with him and his products.

The owners said he was super genuine – explained him as a soft natured  grandfather with a California vibe. How could you say no to that?

I don’t know where else you can get a Big Red ‘Mader scarf. But I do know you can get them at the ever-fabulous Sara Benjamin’s. (Random confession: I just bought my third cocktail dress in two years there… all of which have been at least 60% off! Sweet!)

big red mader
Lauren Carr, Manager

I was too focused on buying a dress for a masquerade event I’m going to tomorrow that I didn’t buy a scarf, but I fully plan on going back and buying one. You have to be in the right mood to buy certain things. I was in dress mode… but I did appreciate how fantastic these scarves were. I hope you do, too.

In fact, I love them more than big red ‘maders.

Valentine’s Events, Sales and Retail Aphrodisiacs

unique boutiqueUnique Boutique Shopping Event
Get ready for the big night with lots of shopping, sipping, fashion and fun. This “Unique Boutiques…The Ultimate in Chic Shopping” event is great for a girls day out or a date day out with your man.

WHEN:
February 13, 2010
10:00am – 6:00pm

WHERE:
Oscar Event Center (Above Jungle Jim’s International Market)
5440 Dixie Hwy.
Fairfield, OH 45014

WHY:
Designs by Paolo will be presenting their 2nd annual, high-end boutique shopping experience in the Cincinnati area on Saturday February 13, 2010. We have tagged this exclusive one day event: Unique Boutiques…The Ultimate in Chic Shopping. A variety of artists, designers and specialty boutique owners from all over, will showcase their distinctive product lines at this event. There will be a cigar area for the boys, so feel free to bring your man and make a day of it!

This festive gathering is anticipated to warm up the winter and be the highlight of the Valentine gift season for both men and women.

Ticket Price: General admission $10.00 / VIP Level $20.00
Website to Buy Ticket: www.designsbypaola.com/events

* The Prelude to Unique Boutiques is Friday February 12, 2010.  From 6:00pm-10:00pm. Unique Boutiques VIP Preview Event to benefit the LIFT Scholarship Fund.  Tickets are $85.00 and only 400 tickets are available.

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Pure Romance Warehouse Sale
Pure Romance Parties may be for ladies only, but the Pure Romance Warehouse Sale is for everyone! Go with your hubby and pick out some fun you both can enjoy! They only do this once a year!

Friday, February 5th – Sunday, February 14th

SHOPPING HOURS
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

LOCATION
161 Commerce Blvd
Loveland, OH 45140

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Valentine’s Week Sale and Party at Obsess
On Thursday Feb. 11, 3-7pm, Enjoy complimentary drinks, treats and chances to win numerous door prizes. All week long, every guest will get one drawing from our heart discount bowl. Heart discounts are from 10-50% off retail price on your entire purchase! Drop by, have some fun and get a great deal on that special Valentine’s Day outfit! Sale is going on now through Sunday Feb. 14.

9393 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45242-7725 – (513) 793-4777
www.obsessboutique.com
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Get Lingerie – A Gift You’ll Both Enjoy!
Gifts that disappear are so last year! Flowers and candy are here for a moment and then gone! But you can never have enough of: Love, more love, lacey silky nighties, panties and bras.

Drop a hint. Leave little notes around. Circle the calendar dates. Help your love find you what you really, really want this year from La Silhouette.

Mention “Cincy Chic” and get a free bra for every five bras purchased
and 35% off one bra of your choice.

www.lasilhouettelingerie.com
6914 Miami Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45243
(513) 272-8100

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femme fataleFemme Fatale Fashion Show
Feb. 12, 6-7:30pm at FBs downtown (126 W. 6th St.)
Followed by the after-party 8pm-2am

La Silhouette and Le Poison Productions are hosting a lingerie fashion show at FB’s this Friday. I love La Silhouette (hence why they got into this post two times… but hey it’s for Valentine’s Day, I had to), and I enjoy FB’s, my new fav urban chic hotspot downtown. Sounds like a great time, plus proceeds are benefiting the American Red Cross’ Haiti efforts.

This Week on Cincy Chic: Celebrate Your Valentine

Celebrate Your ValentineCelebrate Your Valentine

Romantic deals, discounts, events

“Be Mine” messages greet you on your window shopping outings. Love is in the air ‚Äî and Cincy Chic plays cupid to match you with your perfect Valentine’s Day. So read on to discover new gift possibilities, Valentine sweepstakes, chic shopping opportunities and more.

Peek-a-Boudoir
It’s sexy, sensual and the perfect gift for you and your loved one. No, it’s not perfume or lingerie. Learn about the latest trend in photography that’s capturing beautiful bodies across the Tri-State.

Blissfully Sexy
Comfy doesn’t have to mean frumpy, and this local company has expanded its products to prove it. So slip into something a little more comfortable, and keep your style with this new clothing line.

Cincinnati Dating Meets Reality – TV
Watch out, single ladies, and get excited! This dating expert left her Midwest roots years ago but is back home and fiercely ready to take on the Cincinnati dating world.

All the Single Ladies
Cincinnati might not be a dater’s best friend, but one local woman chronicles her Queen City dating experiences to provide insight, encouragement and a couple of laughs.

Opening Your Lines of Sexual Health Communication
Headache? No problem. Broken arm? Easily discussed. But when it comes to sex, the conversation stops. One local expert offers reasons and advice for talking about your sexual health.

Monthly Makeover Mania: Janice Ison
This local woman took time out of her beyond busy schedule to give herself a break with a Cincy Chic makeover. Read on to learn about her transformation from farm-girl drab to stylishly fab!

Chic Spotlight: Millionaire Matchmaker Nicci Sprouse
Love is in the air, and this local matchmaker is harnessing that romance for some of the city’s most eligible bachelors. Learn how she helps Cincinnatians find their “one and only.”

Sensible Fitness: All Dolled up but Who to Impress?
You spend hours upon hours carefully selecting products to make your appearance, but is your Cover Girl a cover up? Our fitness guru delves into the issues beneath the makeup.

Chic Eats: Parsley Dijon Aioli Steak Sandwiches
Take your taste buds on a romantic journey through the French countryside without leaving your kitchen or breaking the bank. Our Chic Chef shows you how to create deliciously frugal cuisine.

Media Maven: “Invictus” Movie Review
With major industry players in this true-story-gone-Hollywood movie, does this film live up to its cast? Our Media Maven helps you know if this film will surpass expectations or fall short on the field.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Now-Feb. 14 – Pure Romance Warehouse Sale
Feb. 10 – Work/Life Balance: What Does it Mean to You?

Feb. 12-14 – Free Tan Weekend
Feb. 16 – Work S
mart, Not Hard Workshop
Feb. 16 – Business at Breakfast: Business Partnerships

Feb. 17 – Pink Goes Red

Fake It Till You Make It

Renie's ever-changing looksI’m going to tell you a little story about my friend, Renie. She’s known as the chameleon of the crowd because she whimsically adapts and changes her look on a weekly if not daily basis.

I’m not talking just going curly versus straight. She goes curly, straight, long, short, wig, red, blonde, brunette… and my personal favorite… the phony pony.

Well, in the Fall last year she fell victim to a very very bad hair cut. Her bangs were literally little spikes, and it looked like a 4-year-old with scissors took to the back of her hair. It was baaaad.

Hair has always been very important to Renie. So this devastated her. She’s been trying like heck to grow her hair back, but it’s been growing slower than molasses. Lately, she would either just wear hats, a wig, her phony pony (clip-on pony tail), or slick it all back. I could tell that none of these made her feel 100% and it was really affecting her self esteem.

Well, about a month ago, I went to Perfections in Montgomery to a hair extension 101 event where people could learn about extensions, how they’re applied and maintained. I went to learn about it for me (I decided I would look best with short hair). But the whole time I kept thinking how perfect it would be for Renie!

I suggested she get the extensions so she doesn’t have to wait for her hair to grow out to get her confidence back. So, she went and checked it out, learned more about them and decided to get them. Angie, the stylist that applies the extensions, suggested that she do an angled bob cut so she gets a few extra inches in front to give her the length around the face she’s used to, but she doesn’t have to pay to have a full head of extensions put on.Renie's transformation

So, they put on about 50 strands (versus the 100 they would put on someone who wanted a full head of extensions). After they put in her extensions, it looked so funny – kind of like a reverse mullet. But Kenneth, the owner, is famous for his dry cutting. He quickly turned that mullet into one marvelous angled bob cut.

He was going blow it out and straighten it, but Renie said she usually wets her hair, scrunches and goes to work, so he did that instead. The extensions are made of real hair from Europe and you can choose from curly, “beach wave,” or straight hair. Renie picked the beach wave so she can have the flexibility to straighten or scrunch without having to fight to make it work.

These extensions will help give the allusion of longer hair until Renie grows her own hair to this length. Kenneth suggested a couple ways to help grow hair faster: Prenatal vitamins and massaging the scalp with dry hair every day. See the video below for a demonstration.

The extensions were $11 per strand and she got 50 strands in. Plus, she got color and a glossing, and Kenneth’s dry cut is $65. This all ended up being about $700 total. And the maintenance, which she’ll need in about 5 weeks will be $120. But, as Renie said, it’s a small price to pay to get her confidence back.

Renie said she is so glad she did it and loves her new hair. She said it looks and feels like real hair and she’s already gotten lots of compliments on her new look. People have no clue they’re extensions. She said next time when she goes in, she wants to get a few strands of blonde and maybe even a little purple for a streaking effect.
before and after
There are a few things anyone with extensions needs to be careful about:

  • No brushing your hair from scalp to tip. Because the hair is attached at the scalp, you could accidentally rip out your real hair and extension if you brush it like you would normal hair. What you need to do is hold your hair in a pony tail and brush the ends.
  • No Redken products. Angie said there’s too much protein in this particular product and it will ruin the extensions.
  • Don’t go to bed with wet hair. Angie said this is bad for your hair regardless of if you have extensions, but it’s especially bad for anyone with them.

I’ll be going with Renie to document her first maintenance appointment in five weeks to see how that’s done. So, stay tuned for that. And in a few months when her hair has grown out, I’ll be checking in with her to see if she will be taking them out! Who knows with this chameleon cutie what she’ll want to do next! : )

Check out the video below to see the entire process unfold from start to finish!

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This Week on Cincy Chic: Go for the Gold

Go for the Gold

Go for the Gold

Fashion week comes to Cincinnati

Move over, Bryant Park, because fashion week is coming to the Queen City! That’s right: One local designer makes his dream a reality by giving Cincinnati five days of fashion-focused fun. Discover how you can be a part of the journey.

As Good as Golden
As bikini season approaches, don’t fret about your base tan. You can use this new sunless tanner option to do the trick ‚Äî sans the streaks and smell.

From “Runway” Game to Fashion-World Fame
This DAAP graduate’s designs made heads turn as she fashioned her way to being runner-up on “Project Runway.” Learn where she is now and how she continues to strive for success.

Home, Sweat, Home
Finding a home in health might seem like an unusual goal, but this local woman helps clients develop long-term lifestyles and turn goal “setting” into “achieving” with these five steps.

Leave Your Legacy
It may not be the Fountain of Youth, but this Cincinnati-based professional networking group serves to help you achieve immortality. Learn how you can stake your claim.

Making Every Day Saturday
With the rush, rush society, setting and maintaining the priorities we want in life often prove to be difficult. Read how one man reset his priorities and transformed his world into the life he desired.

Chic Spotlight: Olympic Trainer Mary Lee Tracy
She strives for success and encourages young women to represent Team USA as they go for the gold. Go behind the scenes with this local trainer to learn how you can achieve your perfect 10.

Sensible Fitness: Establish Goals and Triumph
One month down and 11 more to go for 2010’s resolutions. Whether you’ve stayed on the horse or need to get back on, our fitness guru has some advice for achieving healthy success.

Cents & Sensibility: Affording Your Dream Vacation
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Keep it Tight(s)

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Stockings from The Up Factory

Consider yourself lucky, ladies. One of the hottest fashion items right now are as inexpensive as $5. That’s right… drop by your local H&M, Forever21 or online store and refresh your wardrobe with some fun tights and stockings. It’s all you need this winter to give your look an on-trend flare of fashion.

Pair them with over-the-knee boots for a peek-a-boo effect, or show off your colorful gams by pairing them with ankle boots or ballet flats. These versatile tights of any color or pattern can be worn under a long top, long sweatshirt, sweater dress, or mini skirt.

My favorite print tights (top photo) draw in the floral trend with sophistication. While other stockings are just plain fun and flirty. Here are some do’s and don’ts for keeping it tight(s).

Don’t wear tights with a top that does not cover your rear. Tights are not a replacement for pants, but an accessory to spice up your outfit.

Don’t wear more then one pattern. Don’t let things get too busy. When wearing patterned tights you will want to wear a solid colored top.

Don’t wear a tight top with your tights. By wearing a more flowing top, it will keep your legs looking lean and long.

Do keep your outfit balanced. Color matching your shoes and top well help everything to stay balanced.

Do wear a solid top when wearing patterned or printed tights. Don’t overdo it with the patterns and colors or you will soon find yourself back in the 80’s.

Do stick with solid-colored shoes, and go for a head to toe, monochromatic color scheme if you’re going to mix lots of patterns and textures.

Do layer. Layering is the key to pulling off this seasons hottest new fashion tights styles. These key items will help you to accessorize and add to this new style:

* Tunics
* Sweater Dresses
* Vests
* Jackets
* Banded Shirts
* High Heeled Ankle Boots
* Knee High Boots
* Thigh High Boots
* Ballet Flats
* Scarfs

There are several great places to stock up on stockings. I recently got some great solids in fun colors and prints at H&M. Other places to check out are Stockingirl.com, GreatStyleDeals.com and (where all the photos in this post came from) TheUpFactory.com.

(Helpful hint: The Up Factory is a French company, so if you want to read their web site, go to http://babelfish.yahoo.com/ and put TheUpFactory.com in the “translate a web page” field.)