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Fitness, Finance and Fashion… oh my!

Melissa (left) and Michelle Matson

The gal who own the gym where I teach Spinning, Keep it Tight Fitness, helped to come up with a really great event idea: “Fitness & Finance” tomorrow at the Matson Money building in Mason. (KITF is a Cincy Chic client so all the details are posted here)

Here’s how it all started… Melissa the owner of KITF obviously loves fitness (duh, she opened her own gym). And because she has a great body, everything looks great on her, so she also loves fashion.

Well, she happens to be married to a guy who’s regarded nationwide as a money expert (he’s on CNN frequently to weigh in on money/market topics) and he owns Matson Money. I’m not sure what the relation is… maybe a sister or sister in law… but Michelle Matson works with Mark, and has her own investment company called “Dressed to Invest” under which she’s written a book, provides services and does appearances.

Michelle and Melissa got together and said, “Hey! We should do an event together!” And they are tomorrow! Michelle is talking about finances and Melissa is talking about fitness, but they’re also bringing other fun people like my friend Nancy at Facing/Brideface, who I’ve done blogs with before, will be doing makeup and my friend Amy at Soho Boutique will be offering fashion tips and doing a fashion show!

I was actually able to meet up with Amy to see what kind of fashion advice she’d be giving and what attendees could expect to see in the show. She said she’d give me these two sneak peeks into her segment of the event:

1. I will be discussing 3 fall fashion trends, how to achieve these and different ways to wear them.
2. I will be discussing my 5 timeless “must haves”  These are items that everyone should have in their closet.  I will be showing examples of all five of these items and how they can completely change your wardrobe.  To give you a little hint…. I will show you how belts will change the way you shop!

Sounds like a fun event! If you’re interested in attending, it is free … you just need to email to reserve your seat.

Pump Salon Offering Free Haircuts, Attempting to Break World Record

Pump SalonPump Salon at the Rookwood Commons is pumping itself up for quite a weekend. I just found out that the Pump stylists are tackling the glamorous, but grueling task of breaking the Guinness Book of World Records’ “Most haircuts by a Team of 10 in 24 hours” record! Currently the record stands at 349 haircuts… I’m pretty sure Edward Scissor hands charged his clients : ) But the cool thing about this event with Pump is that all the cuts will be free to participants!

From 12:00pm Friday, September 24 to 12:00pm on Saturday, September 25, not only are the haircuts for free during the salon’s attempt to by-pass 349 haircuts, but the event for a good cause. Any donations made during the 24 hour event will go towards one of six participating charities*.

Not only are they doing free haircuts, but they are also providing free professional color consultations by the Wella Color Discovery Tour from 12pm-5pm on Friday, too! Along with the entertainment from the stylists’ swishing scissors and tousled tresses, other businesses have decided to join up with Pump Salon and make this event go BIG!

Cincinnati Sports Leagues will be hosting happy hour at the salon from 6pm-9pm while local DJs pump up the crowd for the world record take over. Sounds like it’ll be quite the party!

For those night owls needing a trim and touch up in the wee hours, luxury party bus services will be available to the event from Pavillion, aliveOne, and Tap&Go in Mt Adams, and The Stand in Mt. Lookout. The shuttles will run from 11pm-3am, but participants are responsible for their own rides from the event.

So why not come watch Pump Salon attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records “Most haircuts by a Team of 10 in 24 Hours”, and treat yourself to a free haircut! Make sure to preregister for your haircut by sending an email to This is sure to be a hair raising (and hopefully record breaking) experience!

*Participating Charities:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
Transitions Global
Cancer free Kids
Clippard YMCA Autism Learning Center

(PS thanks to my intern Lucy Nowakowski for helping me put this blog together quickly after hearing the news…)

Fabushoe Friday: Shoes with Flair on the Square

Womens Crystal Jeweled Sandal by Martinez Valero (originally $178, on sale for $79)
Womens Crystal Jeweled Sandal by Martinez Valero (originally $178, on sale for $79) (click to enlarge)

Bras with Flair on the Square is only two weeks away! I’m getting super excited!

Amy Kirchen with ALK Fashion and I worked together to design my dress that I’ll be wearing to emcee the event. I sent her a picture of this dress for inspiration, and a few different necklines I liked better than the one shoulder. What she created was a masterpiece. It fits like a dream!

I got to wear it yesterday for the first time when I went on Fox19 to promote Bras with Flair by doing a sneak peek of the fashion show. With my new dress, I wore the new Martinez Valero jeweled sandals I got at Cincy Designer Shoes‘ Closing sale a couple weeks ago.

My ALK Fashion dress for Bras with Flair!
My ALK Fashion dress for Bras with Flair! (click to enlarge)

By the way, if you’re wondering about the houndstooth toes, I explain them in this blog post. I love them! But I can’t wear any brown with them, so I’m going to be kind of excited to wear all my fall colors when I get them taken off… it’s going to be a while though! The nail tech said they’ll last up to six weeks!

But I digress… The dress and shoe ensemble is amazing. I can’t wait to wear it on Oct. 1 to support Susan G. Komen and breast cancer awareness with a fabulous fashion show on Fountain Square. Click here to buy your tickets (only $15 each and it includes a reusable tote bag filled with lots of great swag). 100% of proceeds go to Komen.

We’ll also recognize breast cancer survivors who you nominated and voted for at the conclusion of the show, and one lucky survivor will get a complete pamper package valued at several thousand dollars. Cincy Chic and Locals on Living narrowed it down to the top five, and even though they’re all deserving, we need you to click here to vote on who you want to win the pamper package!

To view the sneak peek I did yesterday on Fox19, click on the play button below!


Marvy Accessory Monday: Sarah Squeri Designs

You’ve probably seen the Sarah Squeri ads in the magazines and papers. The pieces I’ve seen on these ads are just gorgeous and I’ve been drooling over them for years.

I’ve really wanted to see them in person… I even made an attempt at contacting Sarah to see if she might want to participate in any of our Cincy Chic events as a vendor. I never heard anything back from her, but I know she’s super busy and doesn’t do events very often. Kind of like the super talented and popular kids in high school… you invite them to things, hoping but not expecting them to actually come.

Well, speaking of high school… I get an invite from my high school art teacher, Pam Kravetz (I wrote all about how I reconnected with her here). Pam is a well-known artist nationwide now, and especially here in Cincinnati. Well, this invite she sent me is for an event she’s working on with Sarah!

The event is called “Once in a Blue Moon” and it’s marrying Sarah’s tres chic and classy jewelry designs with Pam’s quirky and fun art pieces.

I can’t wait to go to this event and finally meet the cool kid in school, Sarah Squeri, and see her “marvy accessories” in person.

And Pam is such a hoot… it’ll be so fun to see her art pieces, too. I just met her for drinks the other day and she told me the story behind some of the pieces…the things and people who inspired them. It’s going to be very funny if any of these people actually show up. They might find a life-sized interactive marionette puppet of themselves! haha! : )

Sarah Squeri + Pam Kravetz event (click to enlarge)

Fabushoe Friday: Orange You Going to Like My New Shoes?

Shoes and Champagne
Shoes and Champagne at Cincy Designer Shoes

As you know, my beloved store, Cincy Designer Shoes is closing at the end of the month. (Actually, the owner said she might close sooner because she is running out of inventory faster than she anticipated.)

So, I’ve been in stocking up three times in the past week. I think they’re going to set up a cot in the back there for me to just sleep over.

But I really am sad to see it go. Last Friday, I sat in there with Carrie the owner and just talked with her some more. She had a leftover bottle of champagne from her Thursday Champagne & Shoes event she does, so we shared that and chatted.

And can I just say… I kind of had a euphoric moment there, sipping on a glass of champagne (my faaaavorite drink) surrounded in a sea of spectacular shoes I had just tried on. I felt like a glorious, gluttonous Princess of Pretty Shoeland. : )

Believe it or not, I’m usually very frugal and cautious about money and shopping. Each purchase is calculated and well thought out. But there was something about the beautiful shoes, something about the sale, something about soaking in as much of the store before it closed for good… that made me lose my freaking mind.

Like I told you last week, I left with four pairs of shoes and a handbag. Here’s Pair #1 from last week. Pair #2 are the orange leather, flower embellished, Martinez Valero ‘Corona’ Sandals pictured to the left. I actually couldn’t decide if I wanted the yellow or the orange, so I posted it to my twitter and facebook page asking for votes.

I was thinking yellow would win. But as you can see, orange won by a landslide. I’m glad though, because Practical Amy is now thinking that yellow would have gotten dirty a lot quicker.

They seem very Sex and the City to me. Very eye catching. And they’re actually really comfortable. As Carrie puts it, the leather “is like butta.” These sandals came in yellow, orange and a really pretty turquoise (only smaller sizes were left in the turquoise though).

Since I got them, I’ve been “harvesting” a lot of orange jokes.

Knock knock
Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange you going to open the door?

Then I found myself on the Annoying Orange YouTube page my husband is now addicted to.

But citrus and comedy aside… You need to peel and get your rind to Cincy Designer Shoes and get in on this sale. haha! Oh, the orange jokes don’t get old. Even if you “concentrate.” : )

Fabushoe Friday: Cincy Designer Shoes Closing

Cincy Designer Shoes Closing
Cincy Designer Shoes Closing

It’s a solemn Fab-u-shoe Friday today… Cincy Designer Shoes, my favorite shoe store in Cincinnati, announced that it’s closing at the end of the month (Sept. 30, 2010).

But there is a silver lining to this sad news: There are great sales on their remaining inventory! If you haven’t been in, they carry shoes (obviously), really great handbags (no one ever thinks of them for handbags, but they actually have a ton of them), tights/leggings, and shoe repair/do-dads (like foot support/comfort insoles, etc).

They sent out the below email on Wednesday this week which said they’re still getting in shipments, so it’s not like their “remaining inventory” is just the bottom of the barrel picked-over stuff.

Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes
Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes

So, I went to make my final fab-u-shoe selections and take advantage of the sales.

It was, admittedly, a sad experience. I talked with Carrie the owner – who we’ve written stories about and done lots of events with at Cincy Chic – and you could see the sadness in her eyes about this whole ordeal. I know personally and professionally that she’s put her everything into the store. And as a fellow entrepreneur, my heart goes out to her.

But she seems to be hopeful about her future endeavors and aspirations. Before she opened the shoe store, she had an IT consulting company. She sold her stock in the company and started the store. But then the recession put a squeeze on her clients’ budgets. And then Nordstrom coming in (specializing in shoes btw) squeezed even more. It just was too much to take. So, Carrie decided to close up shop and go back to the IT world.

Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes
Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes

She is also a competitive dancer (ballroom, I think). She said she hasn’t danced in so long because she’s been working at the store so much, so she lit up when I asked her if she was excited to get back to dancing… “YES!” she said!

I’m looking forward to watching her start her next chapter! But this chapter isn’t officially over, yet, ladies. There are still shoes – DELICIOUS designer shoes – on serious sale. And if you want to treat your feet to a little taste of the good life at a deep discount, this is your chance.

Because of the awesome sale, I was able to get four pairs (literally for one of the pair’s retail price). Oh and I might have gotten a big green handbag. To remind me of all the green I saved! haha! If you’re a shoeoholic (or just like good deals), I encourage you to check out the sale!

I’m so excited to share with you all of my new purchases! But for today, I’m just showing this one pair of zippy zipper peep toe pumps I got yesterday. How fun are they? I’ve never seen anything like them! (BTW, I’ll explain my houndstooth toes tomorrow! haha! It’s a very random story!)

For the next three weeks, I’ll blog about my other new fab-u-shoes on Friday from this fab-u-store, which I will miss very much. Please support them, and take advantage of the sales, in their last month of business!

Vintage Designer Fashion Show Tomorrow

Just found out about this event going on this Friday with Nvision. I got an email about it earlier in the week and then a friend of mine who I do Rhythm & Motion classes with had a flyer about it yesterday. She said the show would be super cool and that I couldn’t miss it. Apparently the wire crochet designer mentioned in the invite is out of this world amazing. So, I’m going to see if I can talk the hubby into going to this with me. However, I realize this means I’ll have to succumb to finally watching “Inception” with him after months of him begging. Ugh. See what a girl’s gotta do to get a little fashion fix around here?! : )

Click here if you want to learn more or get tickets!

Go Mad Tonight

Just found out about this “Mad Men” themed event. My friend Sara Celi asked me to go… Sounds like fun! I’m going to do some retro fingercurls, false lashes and a 60s chic dress. I just love that classic ladylike look!

I did a sneak peek blog for Julie over at Wine Me Dine Me a few weeks ago. And I did get the chance to check out Bartini’s on its opening night. It was packed! I’m glad we were in the VIP section (my husband is friends with the special events/marketing manager there so she got us in) because it looked like a long wait for a drink at the other bars. That was really the only bad thing I could see. I’m sure after the newness dies off, it won’t be that ridiculously crowded though.

The service was awesome, the pinot grigio was some of the BEST I’ve ever had in my life, and their spinach and artichoke dip was to die for. I’ve been craving it ever since I had it. It was a different texture than I’m used to… I think they used bread crumbs or something…or crack because I’m certified addicted to the stuff… whatever it was, it was delish.

Should be a fun event, for a good cause. Hope to see you there! I will be the one in the corner with the fingercurls gorging on spinach and artichoke dip.

Sneak Peek of ALK’s BWF Fashion Show

ALK Fashion
Sneak Peek of new ALK Fashion line to be released with the Oct. 1 Bras with Flair event (click to enlarge)

As part of our Bras with Flair on the Square event Oct. 1, we’re doing a fashion show on Fountain Square.

There will be two parts of the show… a high-end fashion show featuring ALK Fashion, and then a survivor fashion show featuring Serket Jewelry.

I’m super excited because Amy Kirchen, the designer for ALK is going to custom make a dress for me to wear at this event. I just got fitted for it on Monday!

I sent her a picture of this dress for inspiration. I sent her a few other fun necklines too. But I do want the dress pink because it’s a breast cancer fundraiser, and I want everyone to “think pink” for this event! I can’t wait to see the final product!

The photo to the right is a sneak peek of ALK’s new line that will be released with the Bras with Flair show. I couldn’t pull off this plunging neck line, but I know a lot of women who could! And look at that strong shoulder! Reminds me of an 80s power suit. This dress just has the perfect balance of sexy and strength.

Click here to see a photo I snapped of a few sketches Amy brought to our Bras with Flair fashion show meeting. As you can see, ALK’s new line will feature a lot of bold black pieces. I’m kind of excited that black is the “new black.” I love how glamorous, timeless and classy the color black is!

Can’t wait to see the rest of the line on Oct. 1! Click here to buy tickets to the show!

And remember, tomorrow is your last chance to nominate yourself if you’re a breast cancer survivor in need of some pampering! Cincy Chic and Locals on Living will be recognizing survivors at our Bras with Flair on the Square event, and will be giving a pamper/shopping package to one lucky survivor! But tomorrow is the deadline for submissions! I’ll keep you posted on the finalists and how you can vote!

Save The Date: Retrofittings

Last year, I went to Retrofittings for the very first time. Oh… my … gosh… what a cool event! I loved all the creativity! It’s like Kasmira‘s flair for funky vintage fashion meets my newfound fav fashion blog “New Dress A Day.”

Here’s the event concept: UC DAAP students get items from St. Vincent de Paul, recreate them into something fashion-forward, worthy of a fabulous fashion show. People purchase tickets to the show, and all proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul.

The only thing I didn’t like last year is how crowded it was. It was at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. I was literally crawling over people to get to a half a seat available when I got there. Good problem to have for them, because it’s so popular. But it was kind of annoying that it was so crowded.

Well, apparently other people shared my same gripe and said something to St. Vincent de Paul. So, this year they’re holding it at the Hall of Mirrors! This is the first time they’ve changed the venue. Granted, the HoM has a very different vibe than the 20th Century, but I think this is going to help take the event to a whole new level! And hopefully I won’t have to climb over anyone this year!

Cincy Chic is helping them to promote it this year. Here’s the save the date card so you can have all the info if you’re interested in going!