Category Archives: Cheap Chic

Fundraising with Miss Em’s!

With Thanksgiving coming up, here’s a great way for you to fundraise for your organization and show thanks to your supporters by providing a fun and fashionable event. My friend Emily at Miss Em’s actually does a ton of fundraising events, and here are just a few of the local organizations that generate lots of much-needed revenue by having jewelry sales through her:

  • Pelotonia
  • Milford Boy Scout Troop 468
  • Milford Jr. High Volleyball
  • Chillicothe High School Cheerleading Team
  • Pathway to Peace
  • Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority
  • Junior Civic League of Chillicothe and (upcoming) Columbus
  • American Cancer Society
  • SO MANY MORE!

It’s a really easy and lucrative way to raise funds for your organization! When groups host fundraisers with me, they get 15% of the total sales in a check to their organization. All they have to provide is the space and marketing for the event to get their supporters, friends, family, etc to attend. Emily says they’ve raised anywhere from $100 – $500 in a matter of hours for their fundraisers! The jewelry sells itself and everyone gets to take home their items, so no wait!

Emily has a few fundraisers coming up that you might want to attend:
Fundraiser for Pathway to Peace in Columbus. This is an organization that was created because two women, Patricia and Jessica Lutz who were tragically hit and killed by a vehicle driving off the side of the road. At the scene of the accident the family found papers in the bushes. The papers were a copy of the “Novena to the Virgin Mary, Untier of Knots.” Patricia and Jessica were praying during that fateful walk. Since their death their family put together Pathway to Peace to raise awareness and support for mental health treatment. The event is Sunday, November 22nd at the Dublin Panera in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about this event, click here.

She’s also selling the following three items where 40% of each sale will go directly towards your organization.

Another fundraiser that Miss Em’s will be having is one for Boy Scout Troop 468 in Milford, Ohio on Saturday, December 5th. This event will help raise funds for their troop, while also allowing the boys the opportunity to learn about marketing / sales for a business. For additional information, click here.

We also have additional fundraisers coming up for sororities. If interested in learning more about hosting a fundraiser or attending, please reach out to Emily@missEms.com.

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Miss Em’s Open House Event Recap!

My friend Emily, who owns Miss Em's. How cute is she??
My friend Emily, who owns Miss Em’s, at her Open House event. How cute is she??

About a month ago I told you about a fun Open House event my friend Emily, who own’s Miss Em’s, was hosting in Anderson (and then did some fun sneak peeks, styling suggestions, and trend reports of new items she carries).

Well, the Open House event ended up being a HUGE success (Emily said lots of Cincy Chic readers were there, too, so thanks for attending if you did! 🙂

The event was held at the Anderson Senior Center, and they had more than 135 women there, who all received a swag bag filled with coupons from local vendors, including Alba Beauty Studio, Cincy Spray Tan, Damsel in Defense, Clever Containers, Jamberry, Thirty One, Miss Em’s (of course) and more! Those who mentioned they came from Cincy Chic received a free pair of earrings. Woohoo! 🙂

People came from Indiana, Kentucky, and all over Ohio just to shop at the event! In fact, Emily said some of her “loyal ladies” (what she calls her repeat shoppers) even brought outfits that they needed help accessorizing.

If you missed  the event, no worries! (Or if you’re an officially addicted Loyal Lady! haha!) Emily has more coming up! In both Cincinnati and Columbus, Emily has additional Open House events. Here are the details for each:

Cincinnati: Miss Em’s will have a booth at the Cincinnati Holiday Market this weekend from Friday – Sunday.

Cincinnati: Dec. 5, Boy Scout Troop Fundraiser in Milford.

Columbus: Nov. 22, hosting a fundraiser for Pathway To Peace. The mission of Pathway to Peace is to keep the generous spirit of Patricia and Jessica alive by raising awareness and support for mental health treatment. Emily’s mom was good friends with Patricia Lutz, who was killed last year, along with her daughter when they were struck by a vehicle who went off the road, while they were walking. 20% of the total sales on November 22nd in Columbus will go to them. Click here for more information.

If you’re interested in joining Miss Em’s email/mailing list for more information about these events in the future, just email Emily at Emily@MissEms.com. Here are a few pics of the Open House event so you can see all the fab finds (all under $20!) Miss Em’s has to offer!

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HUGE Sale at La Silhouette Lingerie Today!

La Silhouette Lingerie is having their biggest event ever today! The owner, Britt (who we wrote about in Cincy Chic here), emailed me to say these are better prices than even the Boutique Sale she participates in… which has historically been when she offers her lowest prices. So, definitely make a trip to Madeira today to check this out! It’s my favorite lingerie shop in Cincinnati — and they have lots more than just lingerie. They have jewelry, scarves, clothes, hosiery, and lots of other fabulousness!

Pre-Shopping at Saturday’s Showcase Vendors

We’re gearing up for our biggest shopping event of the year (Seasonably Chic Showcase Nov. 7, 10am-2pm, at the Phoenix downtown) so I had to do a little R&D for the event, right? 🙂 I stopped by Once Upon a Child (OUAC) and Clothes Mentor (click here to read the story about Katie, my friend and the owner of the local franchises of both stores).  They will be at our holiday shopping event this Saturday, but I had a couple in-store coupons to use so I decided to check them out early. Oh by the way – if you love a great deal – make sure you get on their mailing lists to get emailed about all their AWESOME deals. I got a $5 off a $10 purchase coupon for OUAC and a $25 off a $50 purchase coupon for Clothes Mentor. They’re right next door to each other in Hyde Park, and I just haaaaaappened to have a meeting nearby so I popped in.

No joke, in the 30 minutes I had before my meeting, I dropped some things that didn’t fit Lola anymore to the front desk at OUAC. Then I went shopping for new shoes for her  so I could use my coupon. I found three shoes for $3.50 each, and they ended up paying me $8 for some of the items I brought in to sell. So after the coupon, and the cash for stuff I brought in, they paid me about $5 to take three pairs of shoes out of their store! LOVE IT!

Then, I went next door to Clothes Mentor and in 5 minutes flat, I found three dresses and two sweaters for $50, which I used my $25 off coupon on, and I walked away only paying $25 for HUNDREDS of dollars worth of stuff had I paid retail on everything (seriously, everything I got was name brand — Banana Republic, White House Black Market, Michael Kors, etc)

Below is a pic of me wearing one of the new sweaters I got (only $9) and Lola wearing a new pair of Converse shoes (yes…. $3.50 for Converse baby shoes which were barely worn and I just saw a new pair of them at Nordstrom for $25!)

Both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon a Child will have pop-up boutiques at the showcase, along 45 other AMAZING local boutiques and vendors so you can get all your shopping done under one roof! Click here to learn more and RSVP!

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Metals: A New Fashion Trend!

Harpers Bazaar named mixed metals as one of the biggest trends to emerge from 2015, and boy were they right! My friend Emily who owns Miss Em’s (an awesome Ohio-based accessories business) says she’s been seeing a big trend in different types of metal necklaces. In fact, she says lot of the pieces they’ve been seeing are the Patina necklaces, as well as the mixed metals. Below are some pieces she now carries that are trending with the metal looks for fall/winter! (and see below those for Cincy Chic’s event this Saturday where you can shop all these looks and more!)457939466811477451497232514862514889514924CFB06636-3T-TQS-2X112-212D-CUFF-281073-300-01DN7001-MT-16_3L-134X212-112L-238063-425-02ME7276-PAT-114W-112L-284257-150-01PDN5065-SV-AT-16_3L-1X1-242786-375-0.15SB05904-TT-14H-Str-248483-225-0.15SB05906-AS-14H-Str-248486-225-0.15SB05906-PT-14H-Str-282940-225-01

 

Miss Em’s will be one of our fab vendors at our Seasonably Chic Showcase on Nov. 7… THAT’S THIS SATURDAY! EEEE! It’s free to get in when you bring in a canned good, and that gets you a free swag bag, complimentary gift wrapping, and shopping with 45+ vendors! So exciting!  Click here to learn more!

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Miss Em’s: Look for Less

As I mentioned last week, my friend Emily owns Miss Em’s, an awesome accessories shop that specializes in trendy yet affordable pieces. She does home parties, craft shows, etc. (like Stella and Dot, but at a fraction of the price) and you can also go online to buy her items. But once a year she hosts an annual Holiday Shopping-themed Open House every year where you can shop in person! This year’s event is on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center (7970 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255). Click here to get all the event details!

Whenever I wear any of my Miss Em’s pieces, people are always asking me where I got it, or if it’s such-and-such designer… and they’re always surprised when I tell them where I actually got it and for how much. So, just to give you an example of what I’m talking about, I pulled a few things I liked from Miss Em’s site, and then found identical designer look-alikes for hundreds more. Check them out! Then, after you do and you get hooked on Miss Em’s too, I’ll see you on Nov. 1! 🙂

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Miss Em’s Holiday Open House Event Nov. 1!

My friend, Emily, who owns Miss Em's
My friend, Emily, who owns Miss Em’s

My friend Emily Smith (previously Emily Madden – she just got hitched!) started a company in 2008 that’s all about affordable fashion. Her business is called “Miss Em’s” — click here to read the story we did on her in Cincy Chic a couple years ago — and it should definitely be on your radar if you love trendy accessories but don’t want to spend a fortune on them.

Don't miss the Miss Em's Holiday Open House on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center!
Don’t miss the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center!

From understated bracelets to statement necklaces, cute clutches to boho bags, stud earrings to dangling chandeliers, and posh pashminas to cozy scarves, Miss Em’s has it.  It’s an online boutique and Emily hand-selects everything herself, so that’s how she keeps the costs as low as possible.

Some of my favorite bracelets that Miss Em's is selling right now!
Some of my favorite bracelets that Miss Em’s is selling right now!

And while most of the time, you have to go online to see and buy her items (she also does home parties, craft shows, etc. — like Stella and Dot, but at a fraction of the price) she also hosts an annual Holiday Shopping-themed Open House every year where you can shop in person! This year’s event is on Nov. 1 at the Anderson Senior Center (7970 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255). Click here to get all the event details!

The first 150 people in attendance receive a swag bag filled with coupons from other vendors and local businesses, such as Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Jamberry Nails, Décor by Laurie.

All of the jewelry will be $20 or lower. Purses will range from $20 – $50, Scarves will range from $12 – $15, Headbands will range from $12 – $15. Follow Miss Em’s on Facebook to see more pictures of items that will be at the event, and get updates on other events, etc.

The event is open to the public. If you read this and attend the event and mention Cincy Chic, you will get a free gift! Also, if you would like to receive a postcard or emails about this event, please contact Emily@MissEms.com

I’ll be there snagging some great gifts for all the fashionistas on my list (and of course a ton of stuff for myself, I’m sure! haha!) Hope to see you there!

Clothes Mentor – the Secret to Designer Style for WAY Less!

I did a Star64 shoot at Clothes Mentor a couple weeks ago and fell in LOVE. It’s like the Plato’s Closet for professional women – lots of designer stuff! I brought in a basket of things I wasn’t wearing (got $50 cash!) and while I was waiting, I found the below outfit (dress and jewelry) for only $12!

Seriously ladies, this place is AMAZING! Clean out your closet and find one of these places near you! There are three locations in Cincy (I went to their new one in Hyde Park Plaza!) Also, they’re going to be the fashion show sponsor of our Sept 11 “Start-ups and Stilettos” event — giving 10% of all sales at the event to our charity! Hope to see you there!