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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!
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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