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New Fall Flavors at Gigi’s Cupcakes!

New fall flavors just arrived at Gigi’s and are being made daily now! They include S’more, Pumpkin Spiced Latte — you can get that in both regular and Gluten Friendly — and Haystack which is like a coconut and buttercream drizzled with carmel… sooo good!

If you’re looking for some fun Halloween treats, they have Boo Boxes in both mini and regular sizes. Lots of spooky but super cute designs on those.

While I was there picking up a Boo Box for my kiddos, I got to talking with the folks at Gigi’s and they said that catering, weddings, birthday celebrations and showers are their specialty. They can do cupcakes from their menu OR they can customize to fit any theme. They also make cheesecakes, cookies, and custom cakes too.

They said dessert buffets are a huge trend right now, especially for weddings and anniversary parties, and they love doing those with a variety of sweets and treats for your guests to choose from.

Like them on Facebook or go online to learn more!

Sneak Peek: RetroFittings 2018


RetroFittings, a one-of-a-kind fashion show and fundraising event that benefits St. Vincent de Paul, is back for another year on Oct. 18. And organizers say this one will be their best one yet.

If you haven’t heard of RetroFittings before, it’s where St. Vincent de Paul teams up with UC’s DAAP program to showcase original fashions of students from UC’s top-ranked fashion program. Students shop in any of the seven local St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores with a budget of only $15 each, turning items they find in the stores into runway fashion.

In addition to the fashion show, the event also features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. Just to give you an idea of the deals you’ll find, I got a sneak peek of this year’s boutique and I found this perfect-for-fall Rag & Bone sweater top for only $14, this fun cocktail dress for only $10, this classic-with-a-twist little black dress long sleeves with a beautiful faux ostrich feather trim for only $12, and a cozy faux cheetah fur coat for only $35.

They will also have a silent auction and a live auction with all proceeds from the event benefiting many of the programs of St. Vincent de Paul. Just to give you the idea of the impact — just last year, St. Vincent de Paul fed more than 100,000 people through food pantries and kept 5,300 families in their homes through the homelessness prevention program.

Some of the live auction items at RetroFittings 2018 include a week’s stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and tickets to see Elton John at U.S. Bank Arena in February.

New to this year’s event is the location as it heads back to the recently-renovated Music Hall.

This year’s event will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6pm. General admission tickets for the event are $60 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and two drink tickets. VIP admission tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, three drink tickets, and priority seating.

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.retrofittings.org.

Kendra Scott: A Lifestyle

This blog post was written by my intern Kate Byrd!

I have been hearing the name Kendra Scott get thrown around a lot lately and have even passed it in Kenwood and Liberty Towne Center before but, never went in before. So, when presented with the opportunity to go look at their new charm line I was delighted.

Approaching the store, I could see the vibrant yellow lettering they’re so known for from their boxes, as I walked in the space really impressed me. It’s classy, clean and sparkly reflecting perfectly the new charm line.

For those of you who are newbies to the Kendra Scott life this is how the charm collection works. First, you have the option to, “Choose your base,” this includes necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Then you “Choose the metal” of your base which include: gold, vintage gold, rose gold, rhodium and vintage silver. Then go crazy and customize your jewelry to your style with charms.

I dove right into the charm collection quickly identifying some favorites. A piece that caught my eye right away was the You Are Pure Magic– Magical Charm Set. It had a big stone, a long horn and a unicorn on it.

Something else that I thoroughly enjoyed about the Kendra Scott Charm Collection was that they have philanthropy charms. They even proudly displayed the You Do Good charms with the text, “50% of the proceeds of our philanthropic charms benefit impactful causes.” I love this aspect of the company a lot and 50% is a very significant amount to give back to the charity so, kudos to Kendra Scott.

If you’re really into the power of the Earth or astrology like me, then these charms will gravitate towards you. Their new line even has power stones, birthstones and zodiac coins, at a decent price I must add between $20-45.

Another one of my favorite charms there was the “evil eye” for any Real Housewives of Orange County fans out there!

If you’re looking for a more simplistic look, there’s even letters that you can customize your necklace with your initial or an initial of a loved one.

The collection overall just eeked of positivity and good vibes. There are tassels- so cute, keys, horseshoes, stones and simple yet beautifully designed charms.

I could really see the charms making a perfect gift or token of love for your special ones. I kept picking up different charms making a mental list of which ones will be a must have for my mom!

Schedule some time out of your day and go be charmed in person. Or you can visit their collection on www.kendrascott.com.

 

Styling with Amy and Amy: Animal Print

 

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.