Category Archives: Event

Win a Red Carpet Makeover

I don’t know about you, but I love celebrity style blogs. Any free second I get, I’ll check in to the Celebrity Style GuideFab Sugar, Couture Candy, Frugal Fashionista or People‘s photo galleries of the celebs workin’ the red carpet.

Well, now, instead of letting the celebs have all the fun, you can be the one looking ravishing on the red carpet thanks to a neat contest that Paris J Boutique is putting on. I just learned about it on their facebook page! I copied the info on their page and pasted it below.

PARIS J BOUTIQUE IS READY TO MAKE RED CARPET DREAMS COME TRUE….ON OCTOBER 18, 2010, THREE LUCKY LADIES WILL BE NOMINATED FOR A COMPLETE MAKEOVER. OUR CELEBRITY STYLE DREAM TEAM WILL GIVE THESE LADIES A LOOK THAT IS SEEN ONLY IN HOLLYWOOD.

SUBMIT A LETTER OF 100 WORDS OR MORE DESCRIBING WHY YOU NEED A RED CARPET MAKEOVER ALONG WITH A PHOTO (FULL BODY SHOT) OF YOURSELF NO LATER THAN 10/19/10…ALL ENTRANTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND WILLING TO ABIDE BY ALL THE DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE BY THE CELEBRITY STYLE DREAM TEAM….ALL LETTERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED VIA REGULAR U.S. MAIL AND POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN 12:00 MIDNIGHT 10/15/10 TO THE ADDRESS LISTED BELOW.ALL WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA E-MAIL OR TELEPHONE.

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL LETTERS TO:
PARIS J BOUTIQUE
9797 MONTGOMERY RD.
CINCINNATI, OH 45242
ATTN:RED CARPET MAKEOVER

BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
PHOTO OF YOURSELF (FULL BODY SHOT)
(PHOTOS WILL NOT BE RETURNED)
BUST, WAIST, AND SHOE SIZE
E-MAIL ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER

ALL WINNERS WILL SHOWCASE THEIR NEW RED CARPET LOOK ON NOVEMBER 13TH AT PARIS J BOUTIQUE’S TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY…

Bras with Flair Recap

Bras with Flair on the Square 2010
Click on the photo to view the Bras with Flair on the Square photo album

Wow! I’m STILL amazed at how incredible last night’s Bras with Flair on the Square event went! First of all, mother nature did us a huuuuuge favor and was gorgeous, sunny and the perfect temperature – a dream come true for an outdoor event. Secondly, it was packed the entire day. Hundreds of Cincinnatians came out to check out all the decorated bras.

After work, lots of people came out to have a drink, dine and shop in style for the ta-ta-tini party. And lastly, for the fabulous fashion show, it went off without a hitch. There were so many details coordinating the show, music, jumbotron, etc… but it all went perfectly, and I couldn’t be happier.

First we had a high-end fashion show with ALK Fashion. Then we recognized the five local survivors who we found through the Cincinnati.com contest. We showed their videos they taped before their makeovers, and then they strutted the catwalk after their makeover. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. It really moved people to see these real-life warriors, hear their stories and see them shine in that fashion show. It reminded me why I work so hard, and dedicate so much time, to important causes like Susan G. Komen.

After the show we went to Tonic for the after party where the top 10 bras where paired with things like spa packages, boutique gift certificates and an iPod. We don’t have a final number on the amount raised for Komen, but I know for sure it’s more than $2,000! YAY!

Thomas E. Smith (one of my favorite local photogs) was at the fashion show and after party taking pics for The Enquirer. He does such a great job, especially at fashion shows – which isn’t easy because it’s very fast paced, the lighting is tough to get right and no one stands still for long to get a good focus. But Thomas does a great job. Click here to check out the photo album of the show.

Thanks again to our sponsors who made it possible:

TITLE SPONSOR: Center for Optimal Vitality
HEALTHCARE SPONSOR: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
FASHION SHOW SPONSOR: ALK Fashion
HAIR/MAKEUP SPONSOR: Me Salon
JEWELRY SPONSOR: Serket Jewelry
VOTING SPONSOR: Qfact Marketing Research
FOOD SPONSOR: Gabbys Cafe
AUTO SPONSOR: Busam Automotive
TA-TA-TINI & AFTER PARTY SPONSOR: Tonic on 4th
SWAG BAG SPONSOR: Votre Vu by Julena Bingaman
BRA DROP-OFF LOCATION: Widmer’s Cleaners

BOOTH SPONSORS:
Thoma & Sutton Eye-care
Jessie Krieger Farmers Ins.
Miche Girl
– Pure Romance by Leslie
Tastefully Simple by Beth Martin

MEDIA SPONSOR:
Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network

Estate Jewelry Sale

I just found out about an Estate Jewelry Show going on at Krombholz Jewelers. I got an email about it, but because of Bras with Flair on the Square yesterday (which went VERY well by the way!), I’m just now getting to the message!

It’s apparently only going on today and tomorrow at the following times:
Friday, October 1st 10-7
Saturday, October 2nd 10-4

My mom always loved estate sales. You can find such unique pieces with such amazing stories! She collects filigree jewelry, and would often find a lot of it at estate sales like this.

So, I thought I’d let you know about the sale. In the newsletter, it had a coupon, so I just did a screen grab of the coupon and put it in here. I assume you can use it too if you just print it off and bring it in! Happy shopping!
coupon

Hundreds of Bras Parading in Public Today

bras with flairWell… not literally parading in public… more like flapping in the wind. That’s right! Today is the big day for Bras with Flair on the Square!

Hundreds of bedazzled bras will be on Fountain Square downtown today, so you must come down to see this spectacle! Festivities at Fountain Square include…

From 11am-1pm, vote on your favorite bras (the top 10 will be auctioned off at the end) while grabbing some homemade lasagna from Gabby’s Cafe (portion of proceeds go to Komen!).

From 5-7pm, there will be a Ta-Ta-tini happy hour. At 7pm, enjoy a fashion show featuring designs from ALK Fashion. The winner of Cincinnati.Com’s and Cincy Chic’s Breast Cancer Survivor makeover will be honored at the end of the fashion show and she will walk the runway to showcase her makeover and new jewelry from Serket Jewelry. If you’d like to come to the show, click here to buy your ticket. It’s only $15 and it includes a reusable tote bag stuffed with swag… plus 100% of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen!

After the show, head down to the after-party at Tonic on Fourth where the 10 favorite bras, determined by public voting at the event, will be auctioned off in a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction and fashion show tickets will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

We’ve been promoting this fourth annual event for months now, so I’m very excited to make it happen today! Click on the play button below to see some news coverage I did last weekend on WLWT about today! Hope to see you down on the square to vote, shop, sip on a ta-ta-tini, or see the fashion show… or, all of the above!

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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 Linda.Lotz@matsonmoney.com 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 pumpme@pumpsalon.com. 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!

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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.
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!