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.
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! : )
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.
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.” : )
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.
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.
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!
Just found out about this event going on this Friday with Nvision. I got an email about it earlier in the week and then a friend of mine who I do Rhythm & Motion classes with had a flyer about it yesterday. She said the show would be super cool and that I couldn’t miss it. Apparently the wire crochet designer mentioned in the invite is out of this world amazing. So, I’m going to see if I can talk the hubby into going to this with me. However, I realize this means I’ll have to succumb to finally watching “Inception” with him after months of him begging. Ugh. See what a girl’s gotta do to get a little fashion fix around here?! : )
Click here if you want to learn more or get tickets!
Just found out about this “Mad Men” themed event. My friend Sara Celi asked me to go… Sounds like fun! I’m going to do some retro fingercurls, false lashes and a 60s chic dress. I just love that classic ladylike look!
I did a sneak peek blog for Julie over at Wine Me Dine Me a few weeks ago. And I did get the chance to check out Bartini’s on its opening night. It was packed! I’m glad we were in the VIP section (my husband is friends with the special events/marketing manager there so she got us in) because it looked like a long wait for a drink at the other bars. That was really the only bad thing I could see. I’m sure after the newness dies off, it won’t be that ridiculously crowded though.
The service was awesome, the pinot grigio was some of the BEST I’ve ever had in my life, and their spinach and artichoke dip was to die for. I’ve been craving it ever since I had it. It was a different texture than I’m used to… I think they used bread crumbs or something…or crack because I’m certified addicted to the stuff… whatever it was, it was delish.
Should be a fun event, for a good cause. Hope to see you there! I will be the one in the corner with the fingercurls gorging on spinach and artichoke dip.
There will be two parts of the show… a high-end fashion show featuring ALK Fashion, and then a survivor fashion show featuring Serket Jewelry.
I’m super excited because Amy Kirchen, the designer for ALK is going to custom make a dress for me to wear at this event. I just got fitted for it on Monday!
I sent her a picture of this dress for inspiration. I sent her a few other fun necklines too. But I do want the dress pink because it’s a breast cancer fundraiser, and I want everyone to “think pink” for this event! I can’t wait to see the final product!
The photo to the right is a sneak peek of ALK’s new line that will be released with the Bras with Flair show. I couldn’t pull off this plunging neck line, but I know a lot of women who could! And look at that strong shoulder! Reminds me of an 80s power suit. This dress just has the perfect balance of sexy and strength.
Click here to see a photo I snapped of a few sketches Amy brought to our Bras with Flair fashion show meeting. As you can see, ALK’s new line will feature a lot of bold black pieces. I’m kind of excited that black is the “new black.” I love how glamorous, timeless and classy the color black is!
Can’t wait to see the rest of the line on Oct. 1! Click here to buy tickets to the show!
And remember, tomorrow is your last chance to nominate yourself if you’re a breast cancer survivor in need of some pampering! Cincy Chic and Locals on Living will be recognizing survivors at our Bras with Flair on the Square event, and will be giving a pamper/shopping package to one lucky survivor! But tomorrow is the deadline for submissions! I’ll keep you posted on the finalists and how you can vote!
Last year, I went to Retrofittings for the very first time. Oh… my … gosh… what a cool event! I loved all the creativity! It’s like Kasmira‘s flair for funky vintage fashion meets my newfound fav fashion blog “New Dress A Day.”
Here’s the event concept: UC DAAP students get items from St. Vincent de Paul, recreate them into something fashion-forward, worthy of a fabulous fashion show. People purchase tickets to the show, and all proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul.
The only thing I didn’t like last year is how crowded it was. It was at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. I was literally crawling over people to get to a half a seat available when I got there. Good problem to have for them, because it’s so popular. But it was kind of annoying that it was so crowded.
Well, apparently other people shared my same gripe and said something to St. Vincent de Paul. So, this year they’re holding it at the Hall of Mirrors! This is the first time they’ve changed the venue. Granted, the HoM has a very different vibe than the 20th Century, but I think this is going to help take the event to a whole new level! And hopefully I won’t have to climb over anyone this year!
Cincy Chic is helping them to promote it this year. Here’s the save the date card so you can have all the info if you’re interested in going!
Get together with your gal pals, get crafty and bedazzle a bra however you’d like! Drop off your bejeweled bra donation to any Widmer’s location in the Tri-State area August 30-September 24.
We’ll display these decorated bras on Fountain Square, Friday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. During this time, you can have lunch on the Square, check out hundreds of decorated bras on display, and cast your vote for your favorite! After work, join us back on the Square for happy hour 5-7 p.m. to sip on a Ta-Ta-tini. At 7pm, Fountain Square will transform into a runway for a fabulous fashion show. The top 10 favorite bras will be up for auction – to benefit Susan G Komen For the Cure – at the after party at Tonic on 4th.
Purchase your fashion show ticket at braswithflair.eventbrite.com. Tickets are only $15/person and include a reusable tote bag stuffed with swag!
Also, we’re going to honor breast cancer survivors at the end of the fashion show! Click here to learn more about the contest and prizes valued at more than $3,500!
Last year we honored Heather Ray, who we unfortunately lost in Feb. this year. I feel very lucky to have met her because of Bras with Flair ’09. This year, we will honor Heather, and remember her brave fight and the inspiring life she lived.
The men and women battling breast cancer like Heather did is exactly why we do this event every year. This is a fun way to raise funds and awareness, so that one day, we can end breast cancer forever.
To support this event, I’ve been a part of two bra bedazzling parties for Bras with Flair already (photos below), and I encourage you to do the same! Go to www.cincychic.com/braswithflair to learn more about the event!
Just got news that the Brush Factory is opening a new retail location in Oakley! I’m so excited for them! Their space in Brighton is truly amazing, so I can’t wait to see how they’re going to top themselves at this new location!
We did this Cincy Chic story on the Brush Factory back in January. Then they were at Cincinnati Fashion Week (they were my #6 favorite look of the show!). And now they’re opening a second location! Yay for them! Here’s the info I just received … hope to see you there!
Brush Factory Presents:
A new retail location opening celebration in the Oakley shopping district!
Soft Opening Celebration
3227 Madison Road
Friday September 3, 2010
7pm – 10pm
SHOP + MUSIC + SPIRITS
Store hours begin September 17, 2010
Tues – Sat 10 – 6
Sun 10 – 4