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Recap: Miss Em’s Holiday Open House – Cincinnati

Cincy Chic’s Editor-in-Chic brought her two daughters to the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House at the Anderson Senior Center on Nov. 5.

This past Sunday (Nov. 5) was the Miss Em’s Cincinnati Holiday Open House at the Anderson Senior Center, and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! I took my daughters along with me and they had SO much fun.

I love shopping all the jewelry, accessories, and gift items from Miss Em’s, and then also all of the other vendors that were there too!

Lola got a REALLY cool book from Usborne Books where you shine a flashlight behind each page, which then reveals somtehing hidden behind each image. She is OBSESSED!

I’m so glad we stopped by – because not only did I get to spend the day with my girls and check out all of the great items that were at the Open House, but I also got to get a little holiday shopping done for family and friends, all while supporting a local business! PLUS – the event benefitted Cincinnati Children’s where shoppers got a discount if they brought in a toy to donate. I was there at the beginning of the event – when the bin was just starting to be filled, but Miss Em’s Owner Emily says it was completely full by the end of the day, which warms my heart!

There’s another Open House coming up in Columbus at the Worthington Community Center on November 19 from 1-4 pm – so mark your calendars now if you’ll be in the Columbus area! If you can’t make it to the next open house, you can always shop Miss Em’s online or host a Facebook party so you an earn while your friends shop with you!



Chic Peek: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is one of the nation’s largest Chambers, representing the interests of nearly 4,000 member businesses.

A few years ago, they moved into a new office space downtown right on 4th St. and it’s beautiful! You have to see it in person, but I’ll take you through a bit of it and show you my favorite parts.
Once a month, Cincy Chic hosts lunch ’n’ learns with different speakers here in their Learning Center. Using their amazing spaces like this is just one of the perks I love of being a member.
But in addition to that, the Chamber provides a ton of helpful services, including business programs and events, member benefits to improve members’ bottom line, retention and attraction, government advocacy, and more to create and sustain a thriving business culture for our community.
I love working with the Chamber’s super friendly, talented, and professional staff of 60 people. They work with thousands of engaged member companies, volunteers and partners in an effort to create and sustain our region – which is, fun fact – 15 counties located in three states. Another fun fact, the Chamber’s member businesses and organizations represent approximately 300,000 employees throughout southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.

WAITRESS Pie Recipe Contest

With the arrival of Broadway in Cincinnati’s “Waitress” musical, the organization is also hosting a  pie recipe contest!

Pie is a key ingredient to the storytelling of the show, and so Broadway in Cincinnati and Local 12 WKRC are requesting creative pie recipes that mimic the show’s whimsical pies like the “Almost Makes You Believe Again Pie” or the “Key (lime) to Happiness Pie.”

To enter, bakers, professional and amateur alike, must send their creative recipes to Entries will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, November 10 with three finalists announced on-air Monday, November 13, by the Local 12 Morning Team. The three chosen finalists will appear with their pies on the Local 12 Morning Show during the week of November 13-16 with a winner chosen live on the air Friday, November 17.

The selected baker/bakery will be honored as the official pie of Waitress in Cincinnati, which includes:

  • Winner will receive 4 opening night tickets and a copy of The Waitress Pie Book. The winning recipe will also be posted on the WKRC and Broadway in Cincinnati’s social media sites, and on-air.
  •  Two runner-up winners will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on January 9, 2018.
  • Winning recipe featured as an insert in the official Waitress cookbook available for sale to audiences during each performance.

Contest rules/Requirements of the baker/bakery:

  1. Submissions must be received by 5 pm on Friday, November 10
  2. Recipes must be something you can actually bake
  3. Bakers must be available the week of November 13 to appear on the WKRC Morning News

And don’t forget to mark your calendars when Waitress heads ot the Aronoff Center for a limited two week showing from January 9-21, 2018 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati 2017-2018 season presented by TriHealth.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at, or by phone at 513-621-ARTS.

Victory Wellness & Medspa: ThermiVa

Aside from skin care treatments and weight loss programs, Victory Wellness & Medspa also offers a different type of treament – ThermiVa®.

According to Dr. Kerschner, ThermiVa® is a radiofrequency treatment that came out about two years ago. It aims to improve vaginal and pelvic fitness by gently heating tissue in the pelvis and vaginal areas to heal tissue.

Oftentimes, Dr. Kerschner says, women will visit Victory Wellness & Medspa with issues of incontinence, especially after having several children or when they are post-menopausal. With these cases, ThermiVa® will go in and restore muscle function around the urethra to help improve the issue.

Helping with incontinence isn’t the only benefit of receiving ThermiVa® treatments. The procedure can also aid in restoring vaginal tightness. Women who have gone through multiple childbirths find that they’re feeling a bit “looser” than they once did, but ThermiVa® an help tighten the muscle around the vagina and restore it back to its youthfulness.

ThermiVa® treatments can also help to increase sensitivity and sexual pleasure, Dr. Kerschner says.

Each ThermiVa® treatment is 45 minutes, and Dr. Kerschner says that you’ll need three sessions up front. And then, depending on the severity of the damage, you’ll need a maintenance treatment every 6 months to 1 year.

This non-invasive procedure also allows you to avoid surgery, which can keep you out of work and life for a while, as it as no downtime.

Dr. Kerschner adds that ThermiVa® treatments have a 98 percent satisfaction rate nationwide, and 100 percent of her clients are satisfied with their results.

Learn more about ThermiVa® and whether the procedure is right for you by visiting or by calling 513-936-3065.


Holiday Shopping Items from Miss Em’s!

With the holidays RIGHT around the corner, I decided to get a bit of a head start on my holiday shopping. I love getting thoughtful, perfect-for-them gifts for co-workers, friends, and family, but I’m a penny-pincher at heart. That’s actually why I shop so much at locally-based Miss Em’s. Great finds AND prices!

Here are a few of my favorite things, and who I think they’re for, just to give you some ideas:

Gold “You Can Do This” Bracelet: $9

Aside from how cute this bracelet is, it’s also on sale for $9! This “You Can Do It” bracelet is the perfect piece of motivation for the #girlboss in your life. We all hit bumps in the road, and as a business owner myself, I know just how much a little statement can go a long way.

Pink Seersucker Backpack: $18

My best friend’s toddler is heading off to pre-school this January and I’m so excited for her! Since her favorite color is pink I decided there was nothing better for her to take to school than a PINK backpack!

Eleanor Elephant Sock Buddy: $28


My college roommate is having her first baby – a girl! – and with a December due date, the Eleanor Elephant Sock Buddy from Miss Em’s is a great way to welcome a little one into the world! The elephant is a great “first” toy and it comes with socks to keep those newborn baby toes warm! Plus, the gift item supports the March of Dimes.

Ivory Blanket Scarf: $25

My cousin is a HUGE fan of blanket scarves, and when I saw this one from Miss Em’s I knew it was the perfect gift for her this Christmas! Stay warm and look super FAB while you head out to work or school in the snow this winter!

Bridesmaids Canvas Tote Bag in Gold: $12

When I saw this bag I couldn’t help but think of my co-worker who is getting married next year! I told her that she HAD to get these for her bridesmaids as a “thank you” gift for being a part of her big day! She can fill it with goodies like wine, makeup, and other small items that they can carry around with them on the big day!

Find TONS of other great gift ideas from Miss Em’s at

FrugalistaFriday: Wowing Winter Wardrobe Finds!

Happy Frugalista Friday, everyone! Colder weather is finally starting to set in here in Cincinnati. And if you need to beef up your winter weather wardrobe, Clothes Mentor is definitely the place to come. They have everything from blazers, light coats, they also have heavy coats, lots of layering pieces like vests, great footwear like boots and booties and rainboots, and scarves and hats and lots of things to keep you warm!

Here are just a few things that I found in store that I like for winter!

They have four locations all over the Tri-State so check ’em out on their website to see which one is closest to you at