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Save the Date: Seasonably Chic Showcase!

As much as I love shopping, holiday shopping always stressed me out. As I’ve said before, I don’t like to get things people pick out for themselves. I like to put a lot of thought into it and give them something special. Great in theory, but finding those one-of-a-kind things are a full time job.

It wore me out to drive all over town to shop the local boutiques for unique gifts, and the big holiday shopping expos overwhelmed me. I wished there was a happy medium. A few vendors with unique stuff for men, women, grandparents, kids and pets – all under one roof. Annnnnnd it’s useful to see fashion shows when you shop because it gives you ideas for  who would look good in what. Oh, and it’s always more fun to shop when you’re drinking a cocktail. : )

So, I took my wish list for what I’d love to have in a holiday shopping event and created it! It’s called the “Seasonably Chic Showcase.” The second annual event will be going on Saturday November 6 at the Phoenix downtown.

To get you all excited about the event, Cincinnati.com and I put together a giveaway where you can win goodies from our Seasonably Chic vendors (valued at $2,500+!). All you have to do is enter and you might be randomly selected to win! Click here to learn more about and enter the giveaway. Click here to RSVP for the Seasonably Chic Showcase. And click here to RSVP to the brunch ‘n’ learn we’ll have at 12:30 at the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

Seasonably Chic Showcase Invite
Seasonably Chic Showcase Invite (Click to enlarge)

Seasonably Chic Showcase

‘Tis the Season to be Chic! Join us on November 6 from 10am-3pm for a fashionable holiday shopping experience downtown at The Phoenix (812 Race St.). This holiday shopping event will bring all the greatest local boutiques and vendors – for women, men, children and pets – all under one roof!

One canned good, which will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank, is the admission “fee.” The first 100 attendees will receive a swag bag* (valued at $300+) and at noon, 100 more swag bags will be distributed to attendees. Also enjoy complimentary Frisch’s pie tastings, a free brunch ‘n’ learn, fashion shows at 11:30am and 2:30pm, and free gift wrapping!

Platinum Sponsor: Frisch’s Big Boy
Gold Sponsor: Fischer Homes
11:30am Fashion Show Sponsor: LouLou’s Boutique
12:30pm “Botox & Brunch” Sponsor: Kurtzman Plastic Surgery (RSVP here for brunch)
2:30pm Fashion Show Sponsor: Little Liza Jane’s Boutique
Hair and Makeup Sponsor: Sableux Salon & Spa
Swag Bag Sponsor: Widmer’s Cleaners
Auto Sponsor: Superior Automotive Group

Booth Sponsors:
Votre Vu by Julena Bingaman
Pure Romance with Leslie Hoop
Peek of Chic
JennaClaire Handbag Studio
Rachel Lynn Studio
DeGroot Handbags
The Plastic Surgery Group
It’s In The Details
Scentsy by Cherie Winship
Kennedys Clothier
Casa DeLorenzo
Silpada Designs with Jane Klumb
Purdy Everyday
FENNOfashion
Sweet Petit Desserts
Tastefully Simple by Anna Weinel
Elizabeth’s Closet~Baubles, Bling & More!
Nest
Smallprint Jewelry
Holte Eyewear
Elysium Originals
Tracey Vest
Thoma & Sutton Eye-care
Carolyn & Company Dance Productions
Arbitrage Clothing
Tulips On Erie
The Sassy Mama Boutique
Monkee’s of Madeira
Junior League of Cincinnati
Miss Selby’s Soap
The Longaberger Company with Kim Artmayer
Artfully Disheveled
Corwyn Apparel
Go To Gal Cincinnati
Exclusive A Tamra Berry Studio

Click here to RSVP (not required, but appreciated!). The suggested place to park is the Garfield Garage located on 9th St. (cost is $2)

Brought to you by Cincy Chic, an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati, and Locals on Living an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network.

*Swag Bags will not be available until after the doors open at 10am

Retrofittings Tomorrow!

Pendant from Krombholz Jewelers to be auctioned off at Retrofittings tomorrow
Pendant from Krombholz Jewelers to be auctioned off at Retrofittings tomorrow

I’m soooooo excited to go to Retrofittings tomorrow! They moved their location from the 20th Century to the Hilton Netherland Plaza.

We actually interviewed Retrofittings’ Chairperson Tamie Sullivan this week in Cincy Chic and she did a great job of explaining what the concept is, the importance of the event as a fundraiser, and the trends you’ll see tomorrow!

Speaking of trends… I was just talking with Lee Krombolz who we’re working with to develop a holiday trends story for. I found out he’s a huge supporter of Retrofittings, and has been for years. He created a great piece of jewelry for the event this year. From what I understand, it will be sold in a live auction at the event. I got a sneak peek of the piece and I love it! I love that gold is making a big come back… and floral too!

I also found out another nugget of Retrofittings yumminess. People who are attending RetroFittings will be able to use their tickets and receive a 25% discount on any clothing purchase at area St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores the weekend after the event.

I’m going with my girlfriend who I make jewelry with, and we love buying up old necklaces at thrift stores and garage sales. So, we can’t wait to get ideas at the show and head to the store and buy up some vintage bling with our discount! Hope to see you there!

Jewelry Bootcamp: A Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Here’s a cute event we’re putting on at Cincy Chic I thought you might be interested in… Krombholz Jewelers is doing a “Jewelry Bootcamp” to let you in on everything you need to know before you buy your next piece of jewelry. The luncheon is free to attend (catered by Embers too!) but only the first 80 will get in. Click here to RSVP.

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Jewelry Bootcamp 101

Everything you need to know about jewelry, but are too afraid to ask!
WHEN:
October 20, 2010
12:00 – 1:00pm
WHERE:
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
of Commerce Learning Center
3rd floor, Carew Tower
441 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
WHAT:
Shopping in jewelry stores can sometimes be intimidating. Join Lee Krombholz, award winning jewelry designer and owner of Krombholz Jewelers, for a fun and enlightening understanding of jewelry and your own personal jewelry style, all while enjoying a complementary lunch from Embers Restaurant. Using photographs and live sparkling jewels, Lee will guide you to a better understanding of current jewelry, a fashion show, how to identify your own personal style, and how jewelry is made. What could be more fun than a great lunch and talking about jewelry?
Warning: Lee will be using beautiful photographs of jewelry for his presentation that might cause momentary loss of breath or even short term weakness!
Brought to you by Cincy Chic, an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati (www.cincychic.com).

Changing Shoes

“Momma always says there’s an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going. Where they’ve been.”
– Forrest Gump

A really interesting play will be showing soon at the Aronoff… featuring a soap star who will be sharing her personal journey spurred by one of my favorite things in life: shoes.

I copy and pasted information from the event page for you:


Changing Shoes
Tina Sloan searches for the meaning of life…in a closet full of shoes

October 18 – 7:30 PM
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater

Tina Sloan, 67, best known for her 26-year role as nurse Lillian Raines on the CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light, announces the Cincinnati debut of her one-woman show, Changing Shoes on October 18, 2010, 7:30 PM, at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. Alternately hilarious and deeply moving, Changing Shoes is the story of a television star who suddenly faces the greatest challenge of her career – getting older.

Tickets are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.ORG, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

Spanning more than 40 years of her life, Changing Shoes begins when Tina has a chance encounter with an old pair of shoes. The shoes launch Tina on a journey through her past, from sexy starlet to leading lady to daytime matriarch, ultimately forcing her to confront the question: “What do I have to do to stay in the game?” Will Tina refashion herself or will the inevitable march of time force her into retirement? As one of the characters in the play tells her: “Always wear your own shoes, otherwise your feet won’t know where to take you.”

Changing Shoes will then tour the United States with performances scheduled in Pittsburgh, Houston, Palm Beach, Jupiter, and many other cities, culminating in a full production Off-Broadway.

About Tina Sloan – co-author and actress
Tina Sloan has appeared in the Woody Allen films Celebrity and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. She can also been seen in The Brave One with Jodi Foster, Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck, The Guru with Marisa Tomei, and People I Know with Al Pacino. On television she has appeared in Guiding Light for 26 years, Somerset, Search For Tomorrow, and One Life To Live. She has been seen on Law & Order SVU and Third Watch. The release of her new book, Changing Shoes, published by Penguin, will be on September 16, 2010 – the one year anniversary of when our beloved Guiding Light went off the air.

About Joe Plummer – co-author and director
Joe Plummer is the Artistic Director of the award-winning New York theater company Poor Tom Productions, and is currently Artist-in-Residence for Sand, Surf and Shakespeare in Palm Beach. His television credits include the series The Smoking Gun Presents… and Disorder in the Court.

For more information, visit www.changingshoes.com

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Handbag Event – Thursday, October 7th – McAlpin Condos

The Carbotti bag I got at CDS' closing sale... it's sassy and tassely!

Sady Cincy Designer Shoes did close recently ….. a moment of silence please …. but I have good news! The woman who owned CDS, Carrie, still has stuff (mainly handbags) left and she needs to get rid of it asap! She lives at The McAlpin downtown on 4th, so she’s having a handbag sale there. So, if you didn’t get to visit the closing sale at CDS, or you want a super cheap handbag… check it out!

I got a green bag at the CDS closing sale for fall and I LOVE it! I didn’t think I’d like the tassels on it, but now I do… makes me feel sassy! haha! Here’s all the info below about the sale (I copy/pasted it from a mass email Carrie sent out about the sale.)

Date & Time:
Thursday, October 7, 2010 – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:
McAlpin Condos – Downtown – Club Room
15 W. 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-284-9957

As many of you know our physical store closed on September 26th, 2010.   We still had inbound shipments arriving for handbags.    Our customers do not want us out of the shoe & handbag business.   While we are undecided if we will offer shoes again next Spring, we have decided to continue to offer some of the finest handbags in the World.    We will be working fashion events all over the city in the next few months.    We would like to invite you to our first event this Thursday, October 7th, 2010 anytime from noon until 3 p.m..    This event is being held downtown at the McAlpin condos club room located at 15 W. 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202.   These beautiful Hermes, Birkin like “Kelly” Style bags are imported directly from Italy and are less than the cost of a designer handbag you could purchase at a department store.    We hope to have some of our “custom” lines available during this event as well.   You will be able to pick a style and colors for a handmade designer handbag by Vin Baker.  We also have some shoes left over from our closing sale and will be selling those as well.   We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!!!!   If you can not make our event and would like to schedule a private appointment to see the bags,
please call Carrie or Katie at 513-284-9957.

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!
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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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