We’re less than a week away from Valentine’s Day! So, I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas.
Looking back on what I’ve given my husband over the past several years we’ve been together, his most common gift has been lingerie. Yeah, it’s technically a gift for me… but let’s be real, this eye candy is DEFINITELY a gift to him.
My favorite lingerie shop in Cincinnati is La Silhouette Lingerie in Madeira. I know I’ve written about her a million times (here and here on Cincy Chic and all these times on this blog), but I just adore feeling like I stepped off the streets of Paris into this beautiful boutique.
Brit, the owner, will gift wrap the gift too. She always does such a good job. A class act all the way.
She’s actually hosting an event tomorrow (Feb. 9) from 5-8pm at the boutique if you’d like to stop by, grab a cocktail and find something special for your someone special. I’ll be there!
In January, Cincy Chic did an event at Mitchell’s and had a few different vendors there to showcase the new trends for the new year. One of those vendors was my friend Ceci David with Stella & Dot.
Apparently, she sold a few things at the event. So, she emailed me the next day and told me that got me $150 in free products. I wasn’t expecting to get anything, so I was very excited! She said that when you host jewelry parties with her, you get rewards! So, I went to her site, and picked out an Audrey Hepburn-esque pearl necklace and matching earrings. I thought it would be perfect for dressing up an LBD. And I have the perfect pair of shoes (which I wore on my wedding day)!
When I got them in the mail, the packaging was so cute, I just had to share the experience in the video below.
I told Ceci I made this video and would be posting it to the blog to let everyone know how special it is to get something in the mail from S&D. She was so excited and said it was perfect timing because a big wig from the company was coming into town on Feb. 7. So, anyone reading this interested in meeting one of the masterminds at S&D, you can! Below is some info about the event tomorrow!
Stella & Dot’s Spring line captures the essence of the season with easy-to-wardrobe, ready-to-wear chic and affordable accessories that make it simple for a woman to be stylish. Many of our pieces are extraordinarily versatile as well, playing into the trend of ‘convertible clothing’ at a time when women are anxious to make a little go along way without breaking the bank. Several of our new pieces have already been featured in InStyle & People magazines.
Our Vice President of Training, Danielle Redner, is coming to Cincinnati next week for a “Meet Stella & Dot” opportunity event in West Chester on the evening of February 7th at the Cincinnati Marriott North that is open to the public. We are also holding a training event for all Stylists in the area the following day. It is the first time anyone from corporate has come to the Cincinnati area.
Our jewelry itself is editor-adored and celebrity coveted but even more exciting is that the business opportunity for women in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area is HUGE. We are a billion dollar global brand in the making but really just in our infancy in this area. For women who want to re-enter the work-force, part or full-time, it’s an ideal modern and flexible way to do it on their own terms. Stella & Dot paid out over $50 million in commissions last year!
As background, here’s a link to a story from Sequoia Capital Partners who just recently invested $37 million in our business.
I’m very excited about this year’s Cincinnati Fashion Week and all that’s in store for it. Nathan really seems to have a great team helping him, it seems very well-planned out this year, and the programming is dynamite! There will be male focused events, a showing of a private collection of Japanese fashion, and art history programming (few people know about the important role Cincinnati had in the fashion industry decades ago).
Nathan said he’s dedicated to making CFW just as prestigious as the “big four” fashion weeks. From all I learned about CFW 2011, he’s going to be well on his way. I highly recommend marking your calendar for all of this year’s CFW activities – use a week of vaca if you need to – it’s going to be amazing.
Cincinnati Fashion Week 2011
New Look, New Programs, and More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CINCINNATI – January 31, 2010 – CINCINNATI FASHION WEEK 2011 announces the second annual celebration of art, fashion and design to be held in the city of Cincinnati. Scheduled dates are Monday May 9 – Sunday May 15, 2011. Founded in 2009, the industry driven platform offers a unique opportunity to nurture the next wave of major design talent by establishing an on-going presence of global fashion in communities across the Midwest.
Now in its second year, the movement holds true to its promise to bring fashion, retail, and philanthropy to the Midwestern forefront of style. To build upon its early success, Cincinnati Fashion Week has fine-tuned the official event programming to include an even higher level of national and international talent, higher learning opportunities, and deeper connections with Midwest retailers.
In addition to the new programming, a new logo and branding has been created on behalf of Landor Associates Cincinnati, a leading strategic branding consulting and design firm. “The support of the inspirational team at Landor amongst a young fashion movement, has demonstrated a common wealth in the artistic community that reaches beyond success, beyond politics, talent, and beyond mediums; in fact, it catches creativity right at the spark of inspiration, when the best use of our talents is to share them and inspire others to do the same,” commented Cincinnati Fashion Week founder Nathan Hurst.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
“Fashion is a lifestyle which adapts on a personal level, and reflecting this message for 2011 was most significant. To truly bring fashion to the Midwest, we must continue to have a dialogue about how we view fashion in our lives,” commented Nathan Hurst, Founder & CEO of Cincinnati Fashion Week.
In 2011, Cincinnati Fashion Week will evolve with the community it helped to establish by delivering what may be the largest fashion industry driven production seen within the Central Midwest.
Guests of official events at Cincinnati Fashion Week will be guided through a week of fashion inspired events led by national & international figures in the fashion community, including couture collectors, media personnel, fashion designers, retail historians, and much more.
Complete itinerary to be released within the coming weeks.
In addition to the new programming, a new logo and branding has been created on behalf of Landor Associates Cincinnati, a leading strategic branding consulting and design firm.
A full list of events will be released in the coming weeks. For more information about Cincinnati Fashion Week please go to www.cincinnatifashionweek.com
A FASHION MOVEMENT:
Cincinnati Fashion Week is a socio-economic campaign, designed to boost Cincinnati retail revenue, to support and retain young and professional talent, and to continuously raise awareness for Cincinnati’s prospering quality of life.
Cincinnati-based Independent Bridal & Evening Wear designer Lindsey Lusignolo is just one example of success in Midwest fashion.
After making her debut at Cincinnati Fashion Week 2010. Lindsey’s ability to infuse design elements from the roaring 20’s and glamorous 30’s, with cutting edge modernism and unconventional chic wearability, has made her a reoccurring name amongst socialites and brides across Greater Cincinnati. Lindsey’s production and showroom is scheduled for a Grand Opening in Spring 2011.
HOW IT BEGAN:
Cincinnati native, Nathan Hurst, created Cincinnati Fashion Week after making his national debut as an emerging fashion designer at San Francisco’s City Hall. Showcasing his then third collection, he realized the lack of a centrally based platform for professional talent and further, a lack of overall cultural awareness for fashion in the Central Midwest. Inspired by the opportunity to create a catalyst to deliver the excitement and thrill of fashion, design and retail, as noted by Cincinnati Mayor, Mark Mallory, Hurst launched the very first Cincinnati Fashion Week.
The excitement of fashion in the heartland of the Midwest went viral and soon a true “grass-roots movement” was born. Cincinnati Fashion Week produced a weeklong itinerary that drew attendance from over 2,500 fashion enthusiasts, gained 5,500 social-media followers and swept every corner of radio, television, print publications and online blog-sites featuring Midwest fashion & nightlife. The first year success established Cincinnati as a widely acclaimed fashion and lifestyle destination, paving the way for a Midwest Fashion Movement.
As I gabbed in last week’s award-winning issue of Cincy Chic, I love Jane Iredale makeup. I mean L-O-V-E! It provides great coverage, but it’s light (because it’s mineral makeup), so it’s like having the best of both worlds.
A makeup artist who did a lot of work for TV stars actually developed this makeup, so as an added benefit, it looks dynamite on camera (photos and video).
My favorite is the liquid foundation. It looks like “dippin’ dots” in the container, but when it goes through the pump, it comes out like regular-looking foundation. This process is supposed to make the makeup look more fresh, but it’s also a cheap form of entertainment! haha!
To celebrate their new product offering, Bajon is offering a complimentary makeup application. If you buy $75 of Jane Iredale Makeup you get a $40 Makeup Application for free! The owner told me that the staff at Bajon’s has been training for four months to prepare for this big day! So, let them get your ready for a big night out or a special occasion when you want to look extra snazzy (Valentine’s Day is coming up soon!).
PS thanks to my intern, Holly Hoover, for helping me put this blog together.
A couple weeks ago, I told you about Black & White Exchange, a new boutique opening in Sharonville. Since then, I went in and got the fierce “Fabushoe Friday” shoes pictured above. They’re Bebe brand (the BWE owner bought a bunch of Bebe stock to start the store) and I get so many compliments on them!
To celebrate the grand opening of the boutique, they’re hosting an event on Jan. 26 starting at 6p.m. When I told the owner I’d be blogging about my new hot heels, she told me to say that anyone who comes to the event on the 26th and mentions “Cincy Chic” will get an additional 15% off their purchase.
Remember you can buy and sell items there, so if you have any LBDs (or even wedding dresses) you want to sell, bring those with you to the event. See you there!
I just got an invite to this event. The name is very clever! The event concept is very practical too. After reading my email and this invite over coffee this morning, I got ready and looked at my brush with its old bristles fraying every which way. I wondered when and where I actually bought my brush and I honestly couldn’t remember. Granted, I can’t remember what I ate for lunch two days ago, but still. I think it’s time for a new brush, so I’ll definitely be heading to this event for a new one. I doubt I’ll be bringing this relic of a brush though. I should probably take it to the history museum instead. : )
A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association on National Wear Red Day
When: Friday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m.-midnight Where: Tonic on Fourth 125 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati OH 45202
What: Swag bags for first 150 RSVPs, freeze modeling of the latest fashion trends, music by Storm Bennett, specialty red cocktails and a spectacular silent auction – 100% of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association!
Dress: Cocktail chic… red attire preferred!
Tickets: Pre-registration tickets are $10 per person. Swag bags will be given to the first 150 RSVPs! Click here to RSVP and get more information. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!
With about 600 million users on Facebook now, it’s no longer just a social network. It’s now a utility. Something you need … water, heat, trash removal and Facebook.
I know it sounds funny, but as the owner of an online-only business where facebook is my largest link referral (second only to Google) I do see it as a necessity. It also helps me find clients and new hires at Cincy Chic. Several of our interns have been from listings we post on our Facebook page.
With that said, it always boggles my mind when people have a cruddy profile picture. Really? More people probably see this photo in a day than see your REAL face in REAL life. This is what people use to see if they should hire you, friend you, or “like” you, so it should be one heck of a good photo.
I recently read this funny article about the five profile photos that make you look like a tool. The list included “group photo,” “photo of you drinking,” “picture of your dog,” “picture of your baby,” or my favorite “random inanimate object.” I would also add “super blurry photo” or “too small to even see photo” to that list.
So, if you’re thinking “wow, I really need to update my profile pic” after reading this, I have a great event for you to attend. I just got this email from Saks inviting me to come. Unfortunately, I can’t go because we’re having our Cincy Chic anniversary party that night (yay! we’re four years old!), but hopefully you can go! Especially if your profile pic needs some poshing up!
Your Beauty. Your Style. Your Profile.
Saturday, January 22
Need a great photo for your social network page, website or blog? Come to Estee Lauder for a great complimentary makeover with our experts. Then we’ll take your photo and even help you post it online, if you wish. Put your best face in cyberspace and get a 10-day supply of foundation.
It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s free.
Also, enter to win Harper’s Bazaar’s “Fabulous At Every Age” Contest.
Visit harpersbazaar.com/fabcontest for Official Rules.
To book your appointment, please call 513.421.6800, ext. 362.
So, in a nutshell, you come in for a complimentary makeover and a headshot. We will have a photographer and a re-toucher on hand to insure that you look your very best! You will be able to upload your photo to any social networking site or email the jpeg to yourself and you get a 5×7 headshot.