Category Archives: Event

Cincy Chic Chats with Avni Trivedi

Ilene Ross, my co-host on the Cincy Chic Show, interviewed Avni Trivedi, designer of the Boston-based Avni collection. Avni launched last year, has appeared at multiple national shows and will be featured in tonight’s Cincinnati Fashion Week finale show!

The collection is currently part of 212 Showroom NYC in New York City and is sold in boutiques across the country this year. Avni is also becoming a rising star among luxury eco-fashion labels because of the fabrics, materials and dye processes used in the manufacturing of the clothes.

According to her site: “Avni focuses on offering fashion collections that are environmentally responsible and support the centuries-old artisan cottage fabric-making industry in India. All Avni designs are crafted from fabrics that are commissioned exclusively by Avni. These fabrics are hand-made, utilizing customs that are hundreds of years old and uphold the tradition and history of India’s celebrated artisans. By requisitioning these fabrics, Avni not only helps maintain economic stability for artists, but also helps keep these ancient arts alive. All fabrics are 100% hand-dyed and woven by individual artists.”

Enjoy the webcast interview below with Ilene and Avni! And if you’re coming to the CFW finale, you’ll see her collection work the runway tonight!


Sneak Peek of Amy Kirchen Boutique

Amy Kirchen, owner of the Amy Kirchen Boutique

Ladies – clear your cal on May 24. It’s the big day when Amy Kirchen opens the doors to her new fabulous shop in Milford, the Amy Kirchen Boutique!

Amy Kirchen Boutique (click to enlarge)

From 10am-8pm, she’ll host a Grand Opening Event, where you can sip on champagne, indulge in chocolate and shop to your heart’s content (sounds like heaven, right?!).

She has incredible cocktail dresses (I got a sparkly LBD for the Fashion Week Finale!), great tops and skirts for work (like what I’m wearing in the video below), accessories and handbags. And the prices range from $30-$200, so you’ll find something for you, no matter what your taste or budget might be. You’re going to love it!

Accessories at Amy Kirchen Boutique (click to enlarge)

Amy will also be featured in Cincinnati Fashion Week‘s finale event on Saturday. So, if you go, you’ll see her new line, which will also be carried in-store.

Amy also does custom couture gowns, too, so keep that in mind if you don’t find anything on the rack, you can have something custom made just for you!

I’ll see you at the grand opening – can’t wait! Check out the webcast below where Amy gives us a sneak peek of her new store and what you can expect at the grand opening on May 24!


Styling a New Future – Today!

Some of my fav gals (Amy Kirchen, Lori Colwell and Cara d’Ambrosio – who I introduced last fall) are joining forces for an event tonight “Styling a New Future.”

Cara’s salon, Me Salon, and Lori with MTM Cincinnati (who provides all the models for our Cincy Chic events) are partnering for a great cause: to raise funds and awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. At the event, you can enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and fashion show featuring models from MTM Agency, hair and makeup by Me Salon, and clothing by Amy Kirchen.

The ticket price is $50, but with all that’s included – and considering the great cause – it’s a small price to pay for a big night of fun! I *highly* recommend checking it out, my fashionista friends! It’s going to be a great event!

Friday, May 06, 2011 from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Shops at Harpers Point
11328 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Click here to RSVP

A Few Facts about Pancreatic Cancer:
• Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

• This year, 43,140 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States, and 36,800 will die from the disease.

• Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which
the survival rate has not improved substantially over nearly 40 years.

• Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis – only 6% will survive more than five years. 75% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis.

Indie Pop Up Market at Kenwood Towne Centre

I’m so excited! My favorite local mall and my favorite local boutiques and designers are joining forces for an event this weekend! It’s called the “Indie Collection Kenwood: Pop Up Market” and it’s going on this Friday and Saturday at Kenwood Towne Centre. Local designers such as Amy Kirchen with ALK Fashion and local boutiques such as Elizabeth’s Closet will be there showcasing their wares. So, bring your mom, take her shopping at the Indie event and let her pick out something special for Mother’s Day! Here are all the details:

Friday, May 6, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Kenwood Towne Centre
(Lower level in front of Macy’s and Center Court)
7875 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236

An Artisans Event: enjoy unique specialty and one-of-a-kind jewelry, apparel, handbags, decor and more from local artisans!

For more information call Kelly Koeller at 513.745.9100

Big News for Blushing Brides

Are you a Bride-to-be or know of one? Make sure this is on your calendar:

The Afterhours Bridal Show at The Elements
May 19th, 8-11pm

They’re calling it “an unusual twist on your usual bridal show” … I like that because the last time I went to a bridal show it was lame-o.

But the gal organizing this event (Nidhi Bedi – an amaaaazing woman, and one of my good friends) is the complete opposite of lame-o, so I’m sure this show will be fabulous.

She said it’ll be an event where the brides get to meet and greet vendors at a bridal show but in a cocktail party setting. Sounds like a winner… especially when you can get in free! Print it this ticket for free admission to the show!

As if that wasn’t enough fun for you blushing brides-to-be… yes, it will be a great bridal show in a fun setting, but it will also be the official launch of A Bride’s Concierge (ABC*). Believe it or not, Nidhi is also heading up ABC (I want to know where she finds the time, seriously!)

She is the Director of Sales and Marketing at The Elements Conference and Event Centre, and she runs The Black and White Exchange Boutique (BWE), a consignment store we just featured in Cincy Chic. Nidhi told me that after she put on a successful bridal show last year which brought in over 1000 people in three hours, she was approached to launch ABC. Long story short, she loved the idea and ran with it! It will be a national company, but they came to her here locally to start with Cincinnati as the test market.

So, here’s the scoop on what ABC will be: It’ll be Cincinnati’s first online based educational resource for the bride. It’ll be where the wedding professionals in each category are there to educate and coach the bride. ABC will feature Cincinnati’s finest wedding vendors, real weddings, engagement stories, listings of what is happening in the city, educational seminars, bridal shows, and their big feature of “Ask The Concierge” which allows brides to come to us with questions that they have and they find the answers from the professionals that know best!

So, how can you take advantage of ABC? You can come to the Afterhours event and see the big reveal (they’re making the website live at the event). Or you can visit Nidhi in person! She decided to open up ABC’s “Concierge Lounge” in BWE where brides can go in, shop if they want, and then sit down with Nidhi to come up with a “big day” vision.

Nidhi said she’s super excited for brides to visit her at the Concierge Lounge for a free consultation to help develop a vision of what their dream wedding would be like. She’s very connected too, so I’m sure she’ll be a great resource for local ladies who need connections and advice to tie the knot in style.

If you need to get in touch with her, just send her an email at!

*FYI: A Bride’s Concierge will not be going by ABC. I was just lazy and didn’t feel like writing it out each time I mentioned it in this blog! : )

Today’s Trunk Show at Blaine’s to Feature Women’s Wear!


Yet another sign that women are taking over the world: A local menswear boutique is now featuring women’s clothing. Before you get too excited though, it’s for one day only and that day is TODAY!

Blaine’s Fine Men’s Apparel is hosting a trunk show and designer event to celebrate its recent facelift. With new ownership and a completely remodeled store, its hosting an event to celebrate the new changes as well as new fashions from Robert Graham.

In addition to the menswear featured at the event, Blaine’s is also featuring women’s clothing as part of the trunk show. They don’t typically carry women’s clothing at the store, but Robert Graham has some amazing looks for women for the summer.

The event will also feature wine tastings with Marty Piazza of Piazza Discepoli of Maderia , as well as the Cincinnati premier  of el Arco tequila, a venture headed up by Greg Meyer, Rocky  Boiman and Tony Bowne  from Cincinnati.

The trunk show will be held TODAY! from 6-9:30pm at Blaine’s Fine Men’s Apparel (9407 Montgomery Rd).

And as if you didn’t have enough reasons to come and shop, they’re giving you one more: 10% of all purchases will benefit the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati.

Krombholz Jewelers to be Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

You’ve heard “Diamond’s are a girl’s best friend,” right? Well, no one knows that better than Krombholz Jewelers (aka the venue of our Night in White event next Friday!).

Well, diamonds and the Krombholz family will be the new BFFs of one lucky local lady. That’s because Krombholz Jewelers (a 70 year old company!) just snagged a great gig with the ABC network. The producers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” gave Krombholz the honor of designing an engagement ring for the Dickinson family of South Carolina.

So, not only will the couple, along with their 6 children, get a brand new beautiful home, but India, the wife, will also get a specially crafted diamond ring, featuring the birthstones of each of their 6 children. As if this show wasn’t already a tear jerker! With only a matter of days, the jewelers at Krombholz designed a ring with a retail value of $17,000, but the sentimental value means so much more.

India’s husband, Bill, has served in the US Marine Cops for 17 years and is currently deployed over 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan. Because of his deployment and financial hardships, their home was hard to keep up with and was at the point of being inhabitable, so with the help of Ty and the design team, along with many South Carolina donors and volunteers, a new home was built in a week and the ring was presented to India by Bill, live via video chat, which meant a lot to him because he never had the chance to buy his wife an engagement ring.

Because of the great honor and recognition they have received because of this, Krombholz wants everyone to come celebrate with a viewing party, which will take place at Stir, across from their jewelry store in Olde Montgomery, on May 1 at 7 PM. Even though the public is invited, they are requesting RSVP’s by April 28, so be sure to contact them beforehand so you won’t miss out on the airing of the episode, along with a surprise video chat with India that is being planned for that night!

Most of us are well aware of the heart-wrenching series, so why not come shed a tear or two (or a million) while sharing some drinks with other Cincy Chic’ers? It will be a great time and a memorable moment for all who attend. Hope to see you there! (For more information on the event, check out Krombholz newsletter here. If you want to learn more about Krombholz Jewelers, read a great Cincy Chic write up here!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Enjoy Some Quality Play Time at Northside Tavern for a Great Cause!

To all you ladies out there who are craving a girls’ night out, then clear your calendars for tomorrow, April 20.  Join Monkee’s of Madeira (we just featured them in this week’s feature story for our “Shoe” issue on Cincy Chic!) in supporting a great cause while enjoying drink specials and quizzing your elementary school level facts and trivia.

The Northside Tavern is hosting an “Old School for Children’s Quiz Night” to help out the Cincinnati Junior Council for Children’s hospital. Not only will you get to be part the game itself, but there will also be chances to win give away prizes and raffle items! The happy hour specials will be from 6-8 PM, with the quiz game with start at 7 PM.

This is a perfect opportunity for you and your girlfriends to get out on the town and have some fun. So enjoy some liquid courage to test out your memory from the stuff you learned way back when. Even if you don’t win the game, you’ll at least win on having a fun night full of laughs. The tickets are  $12 at the door, which is a small cost to pay knowing its helping out such a great cause. You can register by clicking here! I hope you all can try and make it out. Don’t forget to bring your “A” game!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Treat Mom, Help Local Women with Sarah Center Spring Sale

Thinking back to Mother’s Day, I remember my mom cherishing the gifts that I made myself. I remember painting a cardboard box with something that kind of resembled an “M” “O” “M” and she kept it for years… she used it as the container that held her hairspray and brush in the bathroom. (She used those a lot – Lots of hairspray and teasing in the 80s you know)

As I grew up, I made things like jewelry. And I’d use stones like Amber (her fav) that would make it special and personalized for her. The things that took the most time and were from the heart seemed to mean more than a simple store bought card or an unoriginal gift card.

But as I grow up even more, I’m getting too busy to make those hand-made items I would love to make for her. Now she’s spoiled though (but I still love you mom if you’re reading this! haha!) so I can’t revert back to Planet Unoriginal and get her boring gifts.

An example of Sarah Center jewelry (click to enlarge)

That’s why I was so excited to learn about Sarah Center. They’re helping you out with giving a deep meaningful gift for those us busy bees for this coming Mother’s Day.

Sarah Center is affiliated with the St. Francis Seraph Ministries and is located in Over The Rhine. The center will be hosting a Spring Sale which will include handcrafted quilts, jewelry and lots more!

The women who make these unique gifts are the real reason to give this sale your time and business. Because OTR is mainly populated with poverty, Sarah Center brings the women of OTR together to build lasting friendships and help each other reach their full potential, helping to give the women stability regardless of their home life.

If you can’t make it to this sale, then check out the site for the Sarah Center to help give back or give information on how to help by clicking here. You can even check out the jewelry and quilts that have been made to get an idea of what will be showcased at the sale. Giving heartfelt gifts to our own mothers is a blessing, so let’s give back to those mothers who deserve it most!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Great Deals, Great Cause at 4th Street Boutique

The 4th Street Boutique is hosting a Back Room Sale which will include some great designers such as Armani, Marc Jacobs, and Oscar de la Renta. The back room at 4th street is the room that usually holds the high end merchandise at the store, hence the name of the sale!

The sale only happens twice a year and it includes not only designer clothing, but also jewelry, handbags, belts, hats, scarves, and shoes.  The prices range from $25 for a belt to $500 for a leather jacket. Who could miss this great of an opportunity?

The store will be open today and Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM and Thursday and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Those of you who are interested, check out the stores facebook page to get more info on the sale. So stop by the 4th Street Boutique on your lunch breaks starting on Wednesday to help out a great cause and get a little bit of shopping in!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.