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Bart-Worthy Theater Attire

My husband had me at “doh!”

That’s right, my husband wooed me with a Homer Simpson impersonation. When I met my now-husband, Pete Scalia, he was a traveling musician and voice-over artist. Today, he is the morning anchor at Fox 45/ABC 22 in Dayton, but he still does music and voice-overs on the side.

A few months ago, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson (who is originally from the Dayton area), came back to her hometown and Pete got to do an interview with her. They became fast friends, and before he knew it, she was asking him to do “theater of the mind” performances to raise money for charity. He did one recently in Dayton and he has one coming up this week in LA.

We are so excited! Pete has a performance this week in LA with a superstar (literally) cast mates, who include: Robert Towers (“Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Benjamin 1932-1934), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), Phil Proctor (Big Brother, Rugrats, Finding Nemo, and Princess and the Frog), Josh Robert Thompson (voice of “Fake” Arnold Schwarzenegger on “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”) and narrated by R.F. Daley (Broadway actor “Cats” and “Sweeny Todd”).

The event will take place at the Golden Age Theater on Hollywood Blvd, which requires “theater attire.” And afterward, Nancy invited us to dinner at her house. Talk about a big night for us!

Cheering on my talented husband as he plays the LEAD character (!!!), rubbing elbows with a “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” cast member (aka one degree away from Brad Pitt), and eating dinner at Bart Simpson’s house. Who does that? And more importantly, what do you wear to that?

I peered into my closet and asked each piece if they could rise to this fine occasion. Each one sagged with unworthiness as they shook their cowl, turtle and v-necks in disappointment. I came to the conclusion that I need to splurge (I actually haven’t been shopping in a couple months!), and buy a special outfit for this star spangled night in the Hollywood hills.

I visited my favorite local experts, boutiques and stores, and came up with this ensemble that twinkles with gold, glitz and glamor. Most were splurge pieces, but my focal point dress was a steal of a deal. What do you think?
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Dotted Lace Strapless Dress ($27.80, Forever 21)
shu uemura gold leaf shadow & lashes ($79, Sephora)
Stuart Weitzman black ruffle pumps ($179, Cincy Designer Shoes)
Gold BCBG Maxazria Sequined Evening Clutch Purse ($98, BCBG)

Beat the Winter Beauty Woes

Well, it happened for the first time this year. I pulled on my favorite sweater and my whole head of hair started to magically levitate. ‘Tis the season’s static greetings!

Conveniently, I spent a good majority of my day at Tuscany Spa and Salon in Montgomery covering an upcoming makeover story we’re doing for Cincy Chic. So, while I was there, I asked the GM, Liz Reaney how to tame my tresses during the winter months.

Here’s what she said:

  • Always use a Leave-In conditioner during the winter months.  Choose a conditioner with a thermal protectant to help with static.
  • When you have trouble with fly-a-ways, take a very small amount of pomade, rub it in your hands thoroughly before putting in your hair.
  • Use a hydrating shampoo during the winter months to add moisture to your hair.
  • Try a hydrating hair masque once a week to keep your hair in great condition.
  • When you schedule your next hair appointment, add on a deep conditioning treatment to help prevent your hair from drying out.
  • For your hands and feet, paraffin treatments are perfect in the winter.  The oils in the paraffin help with cracked, dry nails and leave your skin soft and smooth.
  • Use a hydrating facial mask once a week in the winter to combat the harsh elements.

I thought these were great tips so I wanted to share! : ) Oh, and I go in for a haircut/color on Monday… wondering what to do. I feel like I need a change, but I’m not sure what to do. Suggestions are welcome!

UPDATE: Here’s the new (shorter) ‘do!
shorter hair

The Eyes Have It

I swear, a few minutes every week with a makeup artist can really open your eyes. Literally.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting in a weekly dose of Nancy at Brideface because I just love all the fun little pointers I pick up when I spend time with her.

I recently participated in her “Brows for a Cause” brow-shaping event she’s doing. Every Wednesday in December, she’ll shape your brows for $15 and 100% of the proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

I thought it was such a great idea that I blogged about it last week before I went. I knew I’d learn a ton, so I recorded it for you so you can see what “Brows for a Cause” is like and pick up all Nancy’s tips so you can DIY at home! (e-mail her at nancy@brideface.com if you want to sign up for a Brows for a Cause appointment)

Watch the video below to see how Nancy expertly shaped my brows, the tools she used and products she loves!

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Brows for a Cause (and 2010 Makeup Trends!)

In my short 27 years on this Earth, I’ve seen eyebrows change more than Chad Johnson/Ocho Cinco/Esteban changes names.

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Dita Von Teese - dark brow, blood-hued lips

It all started when Brooke Shields threw away her tweezers in the 80s. Women eventually got tired of brushing back their bushy brows, and they started penciling in super skinny brows like Pamela Anderson. We went au naturale for a while and now we’re trending back to a bold brow.

To help us keep up with the tweezing trends, one of my favorite local makeup artists – Nancy with Brideface – is hosting “Brows for a Cause” each Wednesday in December from 11am-6pm. Make and appointment via email to nancy@brideface.com and get flawlessly shaped brows for a $15 donation. 100% of the proceeds go to The American Heart Association! What a great idea, huh? : )

And in light of this fun event, I’m going to report on what I think are going to be a few big eyebrow/makeup trends in 2010.

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Rihanna - light eye color, glam lips

What can brown do for you? It can get you en vogue with this season’s trends. The whole spectrum – everything from hot cocoa all the way to light dusty brown – is on trend, and should be on your eyes.

Also, in terms of colors, you have to take into consideration the impact of trends like Twilight saga.  Check out the Cincy Chic feature story on Nordstrom’s exclusive Luna Twilight beauty line, which is an entire line of bloody lipsticks that are flying off the shelves.

Thick black and brown eyebrows are a makeup trend for 2009-2010. They brightly contour the eye shadow and draw attention to the eye.

Fall-Winter 2009/2010 makeup mixes up colorless eyes and bright lips, glam eyes and pale lips supplemented with cheeks and eyebrows hues. It’s a time where we’re testing limits, so have fun with it!

Photos: from People.com

All Made Up and Some Place to Go!

Martinis and MakeoversMy friends and I love to have spa nights. We do our own manis and pedis, and have even hosted spa parties where a consultant comes in and does facials, skin peels and makeup applications.

We look fabulous when we’re done, but we usually just sit around in our sweats drinking wine and watching Sex and the City.

That’s where the idea to have a “Martinis and Makeover” Cincy Chic ladies night came from. How fun would it be to have an event where you can grab a cocktail after work, get dolled up with your friends and paint the town for the rest of the night sporting your new look?

That’s what you can do this Wednesday as we bring some of the best and brightest experts in town to show you some of the latest and greatest trends … with a twist… we asked them to show you special holiday glam tricks and trends to look hot for the holidays!

So, come on down to the Havana Martini Club this Wednesday (Nov. 18) from 5-8pm, grab a happy hour martini and enjoy your free holiday glam makeovers from experts like Nancy at Brideface who is giving you some eye-popping advice in the video below as a sneak peek for this Wednesday’s event! Enjoy!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 9

Today’s sneak peek of the Nov. 7 Seasonably Chic Showcase is featuring A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery. I really like this surgeon’s approach, not only because she’s a woman who caters to women’s needs, but she also likes to specialize in what she calls “no ouch procedures.”

Dr. Sillins with A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery recently did a lunch ‘n’ learn for Cincy Chic – click here to listen to the podcast of the luncheon – and it was really interesting to learn how you can make a dramatic difference with your skin by preventative and protective lotions and potions!
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One of those lotions/magical potions that the doctor will be featuring at the Seasonably Chic Showcase is the Aromasoul Body Collection. The four lines come from four parts of the world, mediteranean, indian, arabian, oriental. And here’s a little information about this collection:

  • herbal tea blends – blended with herbs and spices to evoke the exotic cultures from which they came
  • ambience sprays – scents that bring the frangrant ambiance of foreign lands into your home
  • shower gels – protecting and revitalizing actions that cleanse and infuse the skin with complex aromas
  • body cream – soft aromatherapeutic creams with rich natural ingredients that leave the skin feeling silky and luxurious

Check out the video below to learn a little more about the Aromasoul Body Collection and A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SEASONABLY CHIC SECRET!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to collect your seasonably chic secrets and ladies around the city have answered the call.

Click here to check out the top 10 seasonably chic secrets and vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen November 4, 2009!

Check out the video below to learn more about A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery, Aromasoul Body Collection and the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 10 (and VOTE!)

There are so many spas and salons in town and it’s tough to choose which one is right for you. I find myself a bit partial to one in town, Tuscany Spa-Salon in Harper’s Point.

In the beginning of the year, the Cincy Chic staff did a makeover day there and it was then that Tuscany showed their true colors. Everyone there bent over backwards to make the day special, customized and enhancing for every single person that came. They took the time to learn about skin and hair types, lifestyle and likes/dislikes to find a look that matched each personality. So, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Tuscany because of that experience.

I was so excited to learn that they wanted to be a part of our Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday market on Nov. 7 at the Phoenix downtown! They are going to have my FAVORITE makeup there, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which is awesome for sensitive skin! They will also highlight their threading services, which is a great alternative to waxing your eyebrows. We recently did a makeover story with a woman who got threading done and she loved it. Click here to read her story and see pictures!

So, make sure you attend the Seasonably Chic Showcase to meet my friends at Tuscany Spa Salon and learn about their fab products and services!

And one lucky winner will be receiving $300 in free services from Tuscany Spa Salon with our $2500 Seasonably Chic Showcase Giveaway we’re doing!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SEASONABLY CHIC SECRET!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to collect your seasonably chic secrets and ladies around the city have answered the call.

Click here to check out the top 10 seasonably chic secrets and vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen November 4, 2009!

Check out the video below to see what Tuscany Spa Salon will be featuring at the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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Fab Fixer-Uppers

Last night, the eight winners of the Cincinnati Innovates contest were chosen and it got me thinking about inventions. They are the little things that make life easier … save you time … save your sanity … and even save you from a wardrobe malfunction. In this blog I will focus on the latter with a few of my favorite little inventions that save me time, money – and in some cases – lots of embarrassment.

Black Sole Mate Heeler
Black Sole Mate Heeler

SoleMates

If it looks like a woolly mammoth sneaks in at night and gnaws on all your stilettos, this one’s for you. Grass, gravel and grates wreak havoc on your heels. Enter, SoleMates, the ruined-heel-eradicator.

The SoleMates High Heeler attaches to most stiletto and kitten heels. They fit snugly and the material grips to keep them on securely without damaging the heel or compromising the aesthetics of the shoe (they come in clear and black). I have saved so much on shoe repair with these little buggers. They are $9.95 so they pay for themselves through one shoe repair or even one less pair of Payless shoes you need to buy.

They may also save you a couple bucks in chiropractor bills. SoleMates are better for your body because of their shock absorbent material and the increased surface area reduces pressure on your heel.

They aren’t available in any local retailers, so you do need to purchase them on their Web site.

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Hollywood Fashion Tape

As a 34C, I always dreaded the button-down shirt. It would pucker. Guys would stare. I would blush and hold a file folder in front of my chest for the rest of the day.

But then a friend told me about Hollywood Fashion Tape (available at Victoria’s Secret and local boutiques like Obsess in “The District” aka Old Montgomery). It’s essentially glorified double sided tape, but Hollywood Fashion Tape is perfectly cut to fit in between the buttons on a button-down shirt. It also sticks to skin very well, so I’ve used it to keep draping dresses and toppling tunics in place.

The inventors have an interesting story… lots of bumps in the road to success (like a scheduled business launch date on 9/11/01) … but they persevered. Check out their inspiring story here.

Because the inventors enjoyed such great success with the fashion tape, they’ve since expanded into a whole “Keep Your Clothes on Collection” and other things like a Sweater Savers (removes pilling), “panty alternatives” and what they call Tag Tamers.

Invisibelt
Invisibelt

Invisibelt

Unless you have a cool belt buckle you want the world to see, a belt always adds an unwanted bulge under a cute, fitted top. But you need a belt to prevent the ol’ plumber look. You could go to tailor, but that costs an arm and a leg. So, what’s a girl to do?

Get an Invisibelt, a smooth, undetectable belt with a flat clasp. Nicknamed the “No Buckle Belt” by its fans, the Invisibelt will help you look slim, finished and fabulous all day.

Stopits

Stopits

I recently purchased a Wolford body suit at La Silhouette in Madeira. It’s perfect to wear with high-waisted skirts and under suits. The shop owner told me hers has lasted for 10 years! Well, apparently she wasn’t blessed with over-active sweat glands like me.

The top is very close-fitting (which is good for offering a slim, sleek silhouette) but bad for someone who sweats.

So, before I ruined my expensive new wardrobe staple I was hoping would last a decade, I invested in some “Stopits,” disposable underarm garment protectors. I found them on a very fun and functional site called UsefulChickStuff.com.

The Stopits are slender, stick-on cotton liners you apply to your clothes for instant fashion protection. They not only save your garments from stains, but they also stop the sweat marks and reduce your dry cleaning bills!

Smudgees

This last one isn’t necessarily fashion related, but Smudgees is a tres chic invention that holds a special place in my heart because not only is it brilliant, but it was developed here locally!Smudgees

Smudgees are perfect for the busy woman with 14-hour days and little time to stop in the mirror. They help me get rid of those raccoon eyes I get from flaking mascara and smudging eye liner with a quick wipe of the wand.

They’re essentially a pre-packaged q-tip treated with eye makeup remover. So, you pull out the purse-size package, wipe off the excess liner and mascara, and you’re on your way looking more fabulous and refreshed than ever!

I’ve Died and Gone to Retail Heaven

_DSC6331The golden gates of heaven opened before my very eyes last Friday as I stepped foot inside the new Nordstrom at Kenwood Towne Centre. Perfectly primped earth angels greeted me as I entered, and they welcomed me to Nordstrom. (As if I didn’t already feel right at home!)

It was media day last Friday as they offered journalists and camera crews a sneak peak inside the nearly-ready Nordstrom store. They showed us their departments, explained their unique concepts and shared their laundry list of new couture brands being introduced to the Cincinnati market with their arrival._DSC6330

It was so nice getting this intimate view inside a store so grandiose in stature and reputation. On one hand, I wish I got this kind of in-depth understanding of every store I like to shop at. But on the other hand, it makes sense that this unique experience was conceived and provided by the path-paver in retail customer satisfaction.

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According to Wikipedia: Nordstrom is well-known for its customer service, so much so that several urban legends have appeared regarding the store. One of the best known legends is purported to have taken place at the Anchorage store soon after its 1975 purchase from Northern Commercial Company. A customer, unaware than the store had changed hands, returned a set of tires. Although Nordstrom had never sold tires since opening, it was _DSC6326determined not to be the fault of the customer the store had changed hands, and the return was accepted. Many Nordstrom customers will attest that Nordstrom will refund items at any time purchased from Nordstrom stores.

>>>now back to your regularly scheduled blog<<<

They said this kind of tour wouldn’t be offered to the public (I’m sure they would if you asked!), so I will share the five biggest things that stood out for me.

#1: All in a Name
I think the biggest thing (other than their superior customer service) Nordstrom brings to Cincinnati is their awe-inspiring entourage of high-end designers. They’ll have your Burberry and Michael Kors, of course, but they’ll also have Jimmy Choo, Dolce&Gabbana, Alice And _DSC6357Olivia, Donna Karan Collection and Chloé. There is also one label completely exclusive to Cincinnati, and that’s Jo Malone.

#2: Cincinnati’s New Beauty Mark
On the cosmetic side, brands will include Chanel, Nars, Dior, Bare Escentuals, L’Occitane and MD Skincare (as well as your usual department store brands like Estée Lauder). And if you’re looking to pair your pucker with with the perfect shade, you’ll find it here, as this store will offer 1,600 lipstick shades!

For all you beauty buffs out there, make sure you head to Nordstrom early (8am) for the “Beauty Bash” on Opening Day (Sept. 25). Outside of the store will be a hot spot as Nordstrom _DSC6336hosts a cosmetics and fragrance event at the first floor east mall entrance. Nordstrom beauty advisors will offer complimentary cosmetics and fragrance consultations. Beauty and Fragrance Director Julianne De’Chaump will also be available to discuss the hottest trends for fall. Nordstrom’s doors will officially open at 10am with a special “opening ceremony” deep-rooted in the company’s tradition.

#3: Shoephoric Selections
When it was founded in 1901, Nordstrom was actually a shoe store in Seattle. And the retailer has managed to stay true to its roots. The Kenwood Nordstrom will boast five — yes, five — shoe departments. Three for women, one for men and one for kids. I think we can all see who’s their favorite shopper! hehe!_DSC6350

#4: Big Heart for Little Ones
As we entered in the kids’ department something on the floor caught my eye. One of the floor tiles showcased a dinosaur that had been carefully painted by tiny hands. Then I noticed more! Apparently, in February, 150 local children gathered at the Cincinnati Zoo to paint animal-themed tiles that now adorn the floors of the entire “Kids Wear” department.

But Nordstrom’s tenderness for tots goes further that the floor. The retailer not only offers children-sized couture and reduced-height racks so kids can participate in the browsing fun, but they also host a bevvy of learning sessions free for customers, such as — my favorite — a “shoe tying” learning session. How cute is that?

#5: It’s in the Details
Coming up with this last bullet point was difficult. There were so many finite details that just made me smile. I encourage you to take the time to look around the store and just appreciate all the thought that went into making it a reality. Everything from the original artwork behind the cash registers, _DSC6361expert prosthesis fittings in lingerie, $2.50 shoe shines, on-site tailoring and the unique design concepts in each of their dressing rooms.

The theme of each department carries through to the changing rooms (watch the below Webcast for more information on that!). They even have a “girlfriend’s changing room” where up to six or seven women can change together if they’d like. How fun would that be if you’re shopping with girlfriends?

They also have a unique concept where they separate the departments by lifestyle and also type of designer. For example, they have a special department for their up-and-coming designers called “Via C.”

Everything at Nordstrom is done with class and a smile. And, as much as I love Cincinnati’s homegrown boutiques, I can honestly say that Nordstrom is making a huge effort to be community oriented and deep rooted in the Tri-State’s culture — as much as a big box retailer with 177 U.S. stores located in 28 states can be!

I’m counting down the minutes until this prestigious store officially opens! No, literally, I am. We have 11,435 minutes to go in case you were wondering.

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Cheap Chic: Labor of Lovin’ Sales

“Cheap” and “Chic.” Oxymorons, right? Not here on Chic This Week! A recent reader’s comment on my blog prompted me to start a monthly “Cheap Chic” post to show you how to have a fab, but frugal, lifestyle here in the Tri-State. Just because it’s chic does NOT mean it’s expensive.

Not to go into too many details – but just so you know where I’m coming from – I am the daughter of a hard-working secretary and teacher. We didn’t have much money at all. But my parents were very smart with what little money they did make, and – regardless if it was prunes or a prom dress – my mom always did her homework before she made any purchase. Even though some of her tactics were a little over the line (making me order 12-and-under meals when I was clearly old enough to drive), I still carry many of her money-saving mantras with me today.

So, this post will be one of many future public service announcements to all you recessionistas out there. I have four fantastic Cheap Chic Labor Day sales you need to check out!

A New Attitude Beauty Studio: Beauty on a Budget

A New Attitude Beauty Studio invites you to experience their best of the best this month… Beauty on a Budget!

  • $50 off Brazilian Straightening Treatment– Fight humidity and frizz this treatment will eliminate blow drying time and lasts up to 3 months!
  • FREE Color with Haircut- Create a new look or enhance your natural locks with Goldwell color (value $65)
  • FREE Full Body Spray Tan with Teeth Whitening– Sunless tanning a safe alternative is specialized to your skin type.
  • $20 off any luxurious one hour massage
  • FREE Resurfacing with a Revitalization facial

A New Attitude Beauty Studio
Hyde Park Square
(513) 533-0109
www.anewattitudebeautystudio.com

*Cannot be combined with other offers, expires September 30, 2009. Valid Tues-Thurs only

Cincy Designer Shoes: Life is Too Short to Wear Ugly Shoes!

Cincy Designer Shoes is a one of a kind, full-service shoe salon in the heart of Hyde Park Square. Their goal is to bring unique designers to the shop, offering customers shoes and handbags not found in the malls or surrounding areas. Each shoe they carry was carefully hand-picked by their expert staff. They have one rule of thumb in selecting stock: They have to love it!

Stop in today to see the hottest fall arrivals and let their shoe consultants help you select the “perfect shoe” for any occasion!  Remember life is too short to wear ugly shoes…What are your shoes saying about you?

Mention “Cincy Chic” and receive 10% off any purchase!

Cincy Designer Shoes
2717 Erie Avenue
Hyde Park Square
Cincinnati, OH  45208
513-321-1924
www.cincyshoes.com

Bova Contemporary Furniture: Largest Sale of the Year

If you haven’t already visited Bova‘s 25,000 sq. ft. showroom, you are missing out on viewing the best selection of contemporary furniture in the Tri-State area. It is well worth the trip!

Bova carries a complete line of furniture from bedrooms to dining, living to office, entertainment units to home theater seating, as well as rugs, lighting and colorful accessories.

Bova is having their largest sale of the year this Labor Day weekend!
Friday Sept. 4 to Monday Sept. 7.

Mention “Cincy Chic” and receive a free ECO BAG.

Tuscany Spa.Salon: Amazing Labor Day Specials

Tuscany Spa.Salon is offering amazing Labor Day Specials from Monday, August 31 through Sunday, Sept. 6.

Get ready for Labor Day… Revitalize your Look… Rejuvenate your Spirit.

  • Free Jane Iredale Make-up Applications. You will love the feel and look of this mineral-based product line good for all skin types and tones. (I personally use this and it’s amazing!)
  • Receive 20% off makeup purchases
  • $20 manicure
  • $15 off  one-hour pedicures

New Client Specials:

  • $30 off – Highlights or Color with Haircut
  • $15 off Haircuts (Women & Men)

Fun side note about Tuscany: The Cincy Chic staff and I had a makeover party there in the beginning of the year and it was so much fun! We spent the whole morning there – started with muffins and mimosas – and we got hair, skin and nail treatments. It was a great time because they’re well-equipped for a large crowd. Just an FYI if you have a group of gals and you want to have a pamper party!

11355 Montgomery Road
Harper’s Station
Cincinnati, OH  45249
(513) 489-8872
www.TuscanySpaAndSalon.com