Category Archives: Fashion

Flock to Flocktails & Cocktails Tonight!

focktailsIn planning tonight’s ladies night, I came across a really fun fashion accessory designer! The designer’s name is Leslie Schall and her designs are called “Flocktails.”

We found her on Facebook and she sells her items on Etsy. They are super cute feather hair clips, which as I just mentioned in my Spring trend forecast blog, are very on-trend.flocktails

As someone with short hair, I struggle to find cute ways to spice up my look. I can’t pull my hair back or to the side in a pony tail, and even headbands are sometimes too much. If they are too thick, it makes it look like my hair is slicked back and/or like I have no hair …. which isn’t exactly a flattering look! : )flocktails

On the Flocktail Facebook page, they have pics of local ladies wearing the Flocktails out and about, and lots of the girls on there have short hair. These little bits of feathery flare look perfect with a short bob haircut!

We are having them at tonight’s ladies night at the Wise Owl Wine Bar in West Chester (which, by the way, my cousin is part owner of!). I can’t wait to see them there in person and maybe make some purchases! Oh, and my favorite mixologist Molly Wellmann will be there mixing up her couture cocktails.

Sounds like I have a night full of fun cocktails and flocktails ahead of me! Hope to see you there!

Four Must-Have Spring Trends

Spring Shoshanna
Spring Shoshanna

This weekend officially ushered in Spring! This morning I went for a run and the birds were chirping and the trees were budding.

I just love this time of year. Everything seems so vibrant and new! Same holds true for all the Spring trends on the racks right now. Lots of vibrant colors, playful prints and flirtatious silhouettes.

My friend Amy Maynard, owner of Soho Boutique in Hyde Park, goes to NYC (my fav fashion mecca) all the time and keeps her finger on the fashion-forward pulse to keep her boutique on-trend. So, I asked her to narrow down what she thinks are the biggest, best, must-have trends of Spring 2010.

Here’s what she told me:

1. Simple, Clean and Elegant. For Spring we are seeing a lot of very simple and classic designs. Pretty, clean lines with some small elegant and unique details. These pieces are versatile and timeless– something very important for the sophisticated, but smart woman today! With these pieces you don’t have to clean out your closet every season. You can add updated accessories and colors but continue to build a good solid wardrobe base. Think sheath dresses, shirt dresses, classic tailored jackets

Cobalt Dress
Cobalt Dress

2. Embellishments. With the simple elegant basics we are seeing touches of feathers, hardware and ruffles. We are seeing these embellishments added on hemlines, on belts and with jewelry. If you already have a good base wardrobe embellishments in the form of accessories is a great way to update your wardrobe.

3. Fun with Color. There are some colors we are seeing for Spring too! These are turquoise, cobalt, tomato and pink champagne! Be bold and do a beautiful dress with one of these colors or do a beautiful blouse and pair with a classic white pant or denim.

4. Blouses. We are seeing beautiful blouses this Spring. These are flowy, feminine and appropriate for many occasions. They can be tucked into denim or white pants. They can be belted with leggings (yes, leggings are here to stay for a while!) or paired with a simple pair of shorts or pencil skirt. The blouses are solid or printed– whatever you like best! A beautiful blouse is appropriate for almost any occasion.

For more info on belts, read my recent blog on the fun “B-Low The Belt” Belts at Soho and the unique ways you can incorporate these rocker-chic skinny belts into casual, professional and dressy outfits!

Jodi Arnold Trunk Show at The Wardrobe

I’m really excited about all the new stuff The Wardrobe Cincinnati has been doing lately. I recently blogged about their new men’s stuff, and just the other day I read that they have some golf apparel now too.

Well, I got an email from a PR gal with Jodi Arnold saying that they are hosting a trunk show at the Wardrobe April 9th – April 14th. I’m psyched because I just heard about this designer a few months ago when I learned she was launching a collection with The Limited. I’ve seen her stuff there and it’s super cute (think “boyfriend tank” meets “bedazzler” meets “chic enough to wear under a suit”).

Jodi is an interesting designer because she’s an up-and-coming designer who’s getting collections in huge stores like The Limited, but she’s still accessible enough where she’s doing personal shopping for her clients in Manhattan. And her designs look like things I could actually pull off. The Limited collection is much more my price point, but her high end stuff takes the runway trends (i.e., floral) and makes them wearable enough to be every day.

So, here’s the info about the trunk show!

Enjoy complimentary Wine, Hors d’oeuvers and Styling by Wardrobe Therapy! (FYI “Wardrobe Therapy” is Lesley Hern the owner of the Wardrobe’s personal shopping spin-off company)

Who:           New York Designer JODI ARNOLD
What:          Trunk Show & Cocktail Party
Where:        The Wardrobe, 6904 Miami Avenue, Madeira, OH 45423
When:         April 9th – April 14th  10am to 6pm

Learn more about Jodi Arnold at www.jodiarnoldnyc.com

Here are some pics of my favorite stuff from her Spring/Summer collection!

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DRAPED-POCKET CARDIGAN ($169)
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EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL WATERCOLOR PRINT DRESS ($394)
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COCOON CARDIGAN ($242)
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FLORAL DRESS ($395)

A Lill Big Event

We all have that super cool, fun, creative friend who we go to when we need a little artsy inspiration for a project …or just a good laugh. For me, that girl is Kristen Folzenlogen, the owner of Poeme in Hyde Park.

I don’t get to hang out with her nearly enough, but I love being around her. She always knows about some new hip company starting up or new product line… and I love visiting her store. She always has kitschy little gifts, the funniest cards, oh, and the BEST window displays. Kristen actually helped me design the Cincy Chic window display at our office in the Gateway Quarter!

A while back, Kristen told me about this new company called 1154 Lill Studio, which makes custom cloth handbags. We did a story on them a few months ago, and our readers loved it. So, when I got an email from Kristen and Poeme about Lill Studio having a sale at Poeme, I thought I’d tell you about it! Especially since there’s a 10% off coupon! Mother’s Day is coming up!
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A Shady Decision

Forever21
Forever21 Sunglasses ($5.80)

There are two theories when it comes to sunglasses:

1) Buy expensive ones so you are more careful to not break or lose them

2) Buy cheap ones because they will inevitably get broken or lost

I started out subscribing to theory #2 because, frankly, I didn’t have the financial ability to do otherwise. After college, I gave #1 a try and I admit it worked. Unfortunately, I moved six times in six years and my first splurgy shades got lost somewhere in the mix. I was so mad at myself for losing them, I went back to the #2 theory.

But last week, I broke my cheapo pair of sunglasses. And I lost the few cheapos I had before it, so I’m back to square one… or two… can’t decide which theory. But I know I need some shades asap because that thing called “sun” we haven’t seen for ages is actually coming out a little more often and my baby blues need some protection.

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Killture High-End Sunglasses ($216.58)

So, I’ve been doing some research. On the cheap side, Forever21 wins without a doubt. Most pairs go for $5.80 and are super stylish. They probably wont last long, but if you’re going to lose or break them any way, who cares.

While researching the expensive side, I did find a fun line called Killture. I don’t think I could ever pull off something like this. Very few people could, but Lady Gaga is one of them.

If you have a taste for swanky shades, but have an aversion to wearing studs near your eyeballs, there’s a designer eyewear  trunk show in West Chester coming up soon you might want to check out. Here are the deets:

Monday, March 22, 4:30 – 7:30pm

Cincinnati EyeCare Team
Union Centre Blvd Location
8629 N. Pavillion Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069

Designer Trunk Show featuring Prada, Dolce & Gabbana & Ray-Ban. Eyewear vendors will have their full selection of eyewear on hand to try on and purchase. Special discounts up to 20% off. You will also be able to register to win a free pair of sunglasses at the event.

I’ve never been to this shop before, but my cousin just opened a wine bar (The Wise Owl) right near there. So I might stop in there for a glass of liquid courage to go back to my theory #1 ways.
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Pamper Your Papa

Ladies! Father’s Day is right around the corner! And I just found out about a cool way to recognize the fab father figure in your life.

Saks Fifth Avenue is looking for Cincinnati dads who are making a positive impact through their style, generosity and dedication to their families and communities. Winners will be honored at a Father’s Day ceremony, recognized in Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati windows, and rewarded with a complete look from the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection.

The deadline for nominations is March 21, 2010.

To learn more/nominate someone, go to http://saksfathersday.com/cincinnati

10% of sales from the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection during the event and the following weekend will benefit Every Child Succeeds.
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“Finishing Touches” Trunk Show

Some of my favorite ladies in the bridal biz are hosting a fun little trunk show this weekend at their studio (The Bridal Studio) in Covington.

I’ve done a couple blogs with Nancy from Brideface at the Studio. And whenever I go to see her, I always notice all the cute accessories in the shop. Great necklaces, pins and hair pieces. They also have funny cards and kitschy gifts.

Don’t let the name “The Bridal Studio” fool you. Not all their stuff is bridal. In fact, a lot of their cards, gifts and accessories can be used, worn or given for any occasion.

Sorry, got sidetracked… ah, yes, trunk show… they are having a trunk show this weekend. They’re calling it the “‘Finishing Touches’ Trunk Show.” It’ll take place this Sunday from 12-4pm at 610 Main St Covington KY. They invited all their favorite Bridal Studio accessory designers to show you what’s hot for spring and talk about the latest trends. The trunk show will feature T Beads, Oskar Simone and Pin Me Up Couture (wrote about Pin Me Up Couture in a previous blog here). Also, hairstylist Jen Nally will also be on hand for quick updo ideas with hair flowers and birdcage veils.

Again, you don’t have to be a bride-to-be to come to the show. I will be going to check out their jewelry and funky hair pieces. I just love how flower pins and feather headbands look in short hair!

I asked April from Bluebird Photography (another one of the Studio owners) to send some pics so you could see the shop and some of the items that will be featured at this weekend’s show! Enjoy!
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Save Green! Two Spring-Themed Sales!

At Cincy Chic, we do these things called “Chic Scoop” emails that feature five sales that our clients are having. We just sent one out yesterday, and this month’s theme was “spring sales.” Here are two fashion-related sales from the e-mail I think you’ll be interested in! I’m giving you the abridged version because the text from the email sounds so corporate! Oh, and I gave links so you can see the boutiques’ clothes in action at our previous fashion shows!

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Save 15% at Paris J Boutique

Say “SPRING HAS SPRUNG” when visiting Paris J Boutique and receive a 15% discount off of any one regular priced item. (FYI, here and here are photo albums of fashion shows where we featured Paris J’s clothing… just to give you an idea of what kinds of items they carry)

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Save Some Green at Obsess’ St. Patrick’s Day Party!

On Tuesday, March 16th 3:00 to 7:00 pm, enjoy complimentary adult drinks, treats and chances to win numerous door prizes at obsess boutique in Montgomery. For two weeks, every guest will draw from a Pot of Gold! Gold Coin discounts are from 10-50% off regular price on your entire purchase! (Here‘s a link to a photo album from a fashion show where we featured clothes from obsess… and remember, this is who carries jeggings!)

Sara Benjamin’s Sale – Today Only!

SB saleSara Benjamin’s in Mariemont is having a big friends & family sale today!

As my blog readers, I consider you my virtual friends and therefore you’re now Sara Benjamin’s friends (I love rationalizing my way into a reason to shop!).   : )

Here are the details:

Weds, March 10th ONLY! 10am ~ 8pm

6810 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati Oh 45227

Receive 30% off your entire purchase! (sale items included!)

Sara Benjamin’s is one of my FAVORITE places to shop in town for cocktail dresses. I’ve purchased my three favorite cocktail chic outfits at this boutique and I can’t wait to check out their sale today to see if I can find a fourth! I have the Night in White event to buy a dress for, after all!  (there I go… rationalizing my way into shopping again!)

Check out my three SB dresses below!
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Bridal Jewelery Show at Richter & Phillips

This is why I love having a blog. Last week, we had our wedding issue on Cincy Chic. And literally three days after we publish it, I get an email about a big bridal jewelry show at Richter & Phillips!

Normally, I’d just shrug my shoulders and say “oh well… we missed the boat on that news!” But now I’m able to still get the news out about it! YAY!

I’m just going to attach the email I got about the sale below. Looks like they’re going to have reps from all their big bridal jewelry lines there to answer any questions you might have. It’s a big investment (my husband reminds me of that regularly – haha!) so it’s good to get answers straight from the source!
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UPDATE: Since posting the blog, the marketing manager at Richter & Phillips emailed me the following additional information, which I think is good to know:

-interest free financing for qualified buyers
-best prices of the bridal season
-Free Gents Wedding band ($500 value) with the purchase of an engagement ring
and diamond (minimum purchase $3000) offer good at the event only!