Category Archives: Health

Fabufeet Friday: NightCare Foot Cream, Gel Heel Socks

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I know I usually post about shoes on Friday with “Fabushoe Friday,” which I did do here today… but it’s just as important to keep your feet as fab as your shoes! So, I’m writing about a couple new products I tried out that I highly recommend!

There’s a company called NightCare that makes a great foot cream and these “gel heel socks” that are perfect for keeping your feet well-moisturized and beautiful for the open-toed season! The way it works is that you put on the foot cream at night and then slip on the heel sock. It has a gel pad on the heel to keep the cream from absorbing into the sock. They come in cute fabric designs too… I got the animal print ones and they’re super cute!

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The “gel heel” inside the sock

It works really well and it kept my feet looking fab for my entire 2-week beach vacation (which is great because the sun, sand and salt water usually dry and crack them!). I definitely recommend them!

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You can get them on the company’s website – click here for the leopard heel gel socks ($19.99) and click here for the 6oz NightCare Foot Cream ($6.50). Happy pedi pampering!

Review: Karma Wellness Studio

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Let me just preface this to say I NEVER win things. Well, about a month ago, it was my lucky day because I entered to win a day of pampering from Karma Wellness Studio at an event… I got a call the next day saying I had won! It included a Wellness Massage, detoxifying facial, body scrub, and chakra balancing treatment. Pinch ….me …. NOW! Of course, I booked my appointment immediately because I was so super excited! 

So, I arrive for my day of pampering, and the owner Rebecca Geiger met me to show me around and explain my services. She couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating. I told her about areas like my neck and shoulders where I hold tension because I sit at a computer all day, and she asked a few questions to learn more about me and what I’d like to get out of my sessions.

I started off with the full body Wellness Massage, which Rebecca actually did herself. I like a deep tissue massage, and she was REALLY good at that. I felt like a new woman after that, but I still had the whole day still to go! I then went to Rebecca’s assistant who did my facial using some amazing naturally-scented detoxifying products (I ended up getting the lavender scented mist they used because it smelled heavenly).

Then, it was time for the full body scrub. This wasn’t something I’d typically get at a spa, but after having it done I’m in love. It was especially nice having it done right when summer starts and you’re starting to show more skin. I feel like it sloughed off all that extra old man winter skin. (I did see that one of their other body wraps is a “Fit and Firming” anti-cellulite treatment, which I might have to try out before my upcoming beach vaca! haha!)

Last but not least,  I went back to Rebecca for my chakra balancing treatment. Now, we’ve written about this before in Cincy Chic, but I’ve never actually had a full chakra balancing treatment done with Reiki. I was excited to try it out. On Karma’s site, it says Reikí is “the Japanese term for universal life energy. It is believed that every thing and every being is made up of energy. In the human being, there are seven main energy centers that regulate all systems of the body. The technique is a light touch performed over the clothes or incorporated into a Wellness Massage. This alternative therapy will make you feel extremely relaxed and give you a feeling of euphoria.”

I was intrigued! I don’t know if I’ve ever felt euphoria before this treatment, but now after having the treatment done, I’m a believer. I have never been more relaxed in my entire life. I was like my mind quieted and my insides turned to jelly … that’s the best way I can explain it. Definitely awesome and worth trying out.

They’re located in Mt. Washington at 2067 Beechmont Ave. Floor 2 Cincinnati, OH 45230, and you can call (ask for Rebecca, she was really great!) at (513) 233-9355. Their website is www.karmawellnessstudio.com if you want to learn more about them and their services!

Declutter and Donate to Dress for Success!

Ok, ladies… we’ve all been there before… lots of clothes but nothing to wear? Here’s my secret for eliminating the stress of getting out the door on time, look fresh and fabulous, and support a local charity in the process! First, make Three Piles: donate, alter, and eBay!

Without a doubt my “donate” pile will be going to Dress for Success Cincinnati, to help empower women and give them the confidence they need to succeed. Gently used business attire can ultimately help women thrive in work and in life. Donations are always welcomed and encouraged! Click here to find out where you can drop off your donations! Remember, donating is tax deductible, good for the earth and makes room for a replenished wardrobe!

For more information about Dress for Success, visit there website at www.dfscincy.org.

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My “three piles”

Thanks to my intern, Shannon Mahoney, for helping me put this blog together!

Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation Event June 10!

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Procter & Gamble is hosting its 2nd annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths (PBL) Hair Donation Event June 10 (my birthday!!!) from 1-4p.m.

The event will be held at P&G General Officers at Tower Gardens in Cincinnati.

More than 75 P&G employees, friends, family and members of the community will be there to donate their hair to help create free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer!

There will be a number of special guests at the event including Channel 9’s “Good Morning Tri-State” anchor Katherine Nero (who will also be sharing her personal story), PBL wig recipient McKenzie Hicks and P&G Executive Walter Geiger.

Since Pantene Beautiful Lengths was created in 2006, the program has collected almost 500,000 ponytails and has helped distribute more than 30,000 free, real-hair wigs through American Cancer Society wig banks across the country. Click here to read a story we recently wrote about PBL on Cincy Chic!

Review: Liposonix at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center

Ok, ok… I have to let you in on my little secret. When I got asked to do Dancing for the Stars, I really ramped up my workout routine. I was exercising more, eating better, and started to tone up! That was good, because the dress Amy Kirchen and I designed was quite skimpy and I didn’t have much fabric to hide behind! 🙂

But there were a few weird areas (like on my back right under my bra, under my belly button, above my knees, and on the sides of my thighs) that I was having a tough time targeting. I was talking with one of my clients, Dr. Gupta at the Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center, about it, and she said she had a few procedures that could help (of course she does, she’s a cosmetic surgeon! haha!).

The two she recommended were Vaser Liposuction, and Liposonix. Vaser is less invasive than traditional lipo, but it’s still done under local anesthesia, and you’re out of commission/in a compression garment for a couple weeks afterwards. Liposonix is the least invasive but it still kills the fat cells (it just takes the body three months to remove them naturally instead of surgically). Plus, you can be in for the treatment and back to your regular life immediately after the procedure. This was perfect for me because it was late January at the time and Dancing for the Stars wasn’t until April!

So, I opted for Liposonix and I told Dr. Gupta I would write about the process – good or bad – on my blog so readers would know what it’s like. The process started with an initial consultation where she took a look at the areas I wanted to target. Dr. Gupta did a lot of pinching around to get a good feel for what she was working with and how to best target the areas. She made her recommendations for what she would be doing, how long it would take and how to prepare for the procedure.

Dr. Gupta gave me the option of taking a prescription pain killer prior to the procedure, but I opted not to because I had a full day of meetings and a dance lesson afterwards. They require someone to drive you home if you take the pain killer for the procedure, and I wanted to be able to hop in a car afterwards to get to my meetings, so I didn’t do it. That’s my only regret in this whole thing – I wish I would have taken that darn pain killer!!!

It’s not that it was super painful, but it certainly doesn’t feel “good.” It was probably more my nerves than anything because you’re just sitting there on the table waiting for someone to zap you. Oh, plus I’m super ticklish, and that wasn’t helping anything! haha! So, if I were to do it over again, I would definitely take the pain pill to relax, dull the nerves and be able to get the full effect of the procedure.

They ended up doing it on a lower setting so I felt more comfortable. I was worried I wasn’t going to see any results because I didn’t get the full power, but I actually did get very nice results. It smoothed out the sides of my legs and really tightened my belly (I actually just posted bikini pics in a blog post today!! eeee!). What I liked about it is that I was back to work right after the procedure – so there’s no downtime, compression garments or scarring.

In my opinion, this procedure probably isn’t the best for someone with an aversion to pain or someone who needs to lose 100 pounds. This is mainly for toning and tightening targeted problem areas by making small tweaks that look like a “better version” of what you looked like before. It was perfect for what I was looking for, and I’m really glad I did it!

Check out the video below where I chat with Dr. Gupta about the procedure and my experience.

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Center for Optimal Vitality Opens Northern Kentucky Office!

Come join me on June 13 to celebrate the grand opening of the new Center for Optimal Vitality in Northern Kentucky! The ribbon cutting ceremony – which I will be emceeing!! –  will take place at the new location, 3005 Dixie Highway, Erlanger Kentucky at 1:30 p.m.!

The Center for Optimal Vitality, a Cincinnati based hormone therapy medical practice, offers Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Weight Loss & Management and Medical Skin Care & Aesthetics. It is the first practice to bring Pellet Therapy to Cincinnati, the only hormone therapy that provides hormone balance for 24/7 for months at a time! (So that means you’ll just have mother nature’s hot flashes this summer and none of your own! Haha!)

They’re also teaming up with a posh powerhouse in Northern Kentucky: Plastic Surgeon Deborah Sillins, M.D., who has had a practice in NKY for many years, is now a Hormone Specialist at The Center for Optimal Vitality. “Now that I am a Hormone Specialist and a practitioner for The Center for Optimal Vitality, I can help my patients feel as good as they look,” she says.

Dr. Sillins did a Cincy Chic lunch n learn a couple years ago, and The Center for Optimal Vitality has supported several of our breast cancer awareness events (there’s apparently a tie to Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and reducing risk for breast cancer!) So, it’s exciting to see these two team up!

To learn more about the Center for Optimal Vitality, its treatments, providers and locations call 513-229-9355 (WELL).

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Thanks to my intern Shannon Mahoney for helping me put this blog together!

Children’s Hospital Fashion Fundraiser May 23!

Dare to Dream will be hosting a fashion fundraiser May 23 at 6 p.m. in Ault Park! The event will include a red carpet walk with free valet services, The Modulators Band, Braden Hasselback of djcincy.com, a silent auction and cocktails and taps with a molecular gastronomy flair!

The event is handicap accessible and will be M.C.’d by Katy Morgan of Fox 19 News. 100% of the funds from the fundraiser will benefit the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Neonatal division. Check out the event’s Facebook Page to learn more!

This sounds like a great event for a great cause and I hope to see you there!

FREE Women’s Health Expo This Saturday!

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As part of National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), me and my team at Cincy Chic are hosting our  second annual Women’s Health Expo at The Phoenix Saturday May 18 from 10am-3pm.

The free event offers attendees healthy treats, 10-minute massages, and shopping at various pop-up boutiques. In addition, the event will host various health screenings, including the St. Elizabeth Healthcare mammogram van, as well as health-enhancing seminars with local physicians. Every attendee will receive a complimentary swag bag and be entered to win a $500 Paolo Jewelers gift certificate (and you get an extra entry to win for each guest you bring!!)

I’m honored to host this free, fun and informative event again this year! And it’s going to be better than ever! We have some great speakers, lots of new screenings, fun fitness demonstrations, interactive preparations of healthy snacks, plus an expo hall packed with vendors where attendees can learn about health-enhancing new products and services!

Click here to learn more and RSVP. The Phoenix is located at 812 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Parking is available for $2 in the adjacent Garfield Garage on 9th Street. The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Mobile Mammography Van will be onsite at the expo. Those interested in scheduling a mammogram on the van the day of the event can call 859-655-740.

Sponsors include:  St. Elizabeth HealthcarePNC BankMona Lisa’s Permanent MakeupCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLCThe Dermatology Laser and Vein Center of CincinnatiBob Roncker’s Running Spot & New Balance, Cincinnati Fit Body BootcampLiving the Fit and Healthy LifeHealth Plus Coach,Battle 4 BeautyMiche Bags with Mindy RichardsVein Clinics of AmericaA Village Gift ShopOrigami Owl with Heather ZimmermanHealthier Choice Weight Care Program for WomenKarma Wellness StudioMary Kay by Britt BornCompassionate Beginnings LLCEast Kemper Chiropractic and Spaaaah! for Medical WellnessEverybody’s HealthBandiWing EyecareDebbie Pendl Wellness LLC,The Woodhouse Day SpasFlip Flop Shops CincinnatiLeValle Metabolic InstituteMerle Norman of Crestview Hills featuring Lisa Robin JewelryCore – A Movement StudioMoksha YogabeneFIT Studio Salon & SpaSebastian ReyRe.You StudioPerfectly Posh with Jennifer BakerAirrosti Rehab CentersKind Healthy SnacksChurchill’s Fine TeasCore PowerUltimate Healthy BodyArbonne with Deana MillerRodan + Fields with Lauren ZumbahlenRose Gynecology LLCVonnetta McColgan with NeriumADTri-State Family Dentistry,  True Artists Studio

 

“White Out” Cancer April 26!

If you’re looking for a “warm up” white event before Cincy Chic’s May 3 Night in White event ….I have just the thing for you!

“White Out Cancer” will be held April 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the 29th floor of the Great American Tower!

Indulge yourself in wine and food donated by Treasury Wine Estates and the Moerlein Lager House.

You’ll also have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction for several items, enjoy an amazing 360-degree view- including a prime peek down into Great American Ballpark!

The event will benefit young professionals and guests are encouraged to wear white – even thought it’s not quite Memorial Day – to help “white out” cancer!

Pre-sale tickets are available now for $35 each or $60 per couple! Click here to buy yours! Contact Abbey Sullivan at abbey.sullivan@cancer.org or 888-227-6446 ext. 4203!

Owl Be Sweatin’ Donating Proceeds to Girls on the Run in April

alt logo3A friend introduced me to the gal behind a cool new locally-owned business Owl Be Sweatin’. They design, produce and distribute athletic headbands for girls and women of all ages. Owl Be Sweatin’ headbands are adjustable for any head size and allows you to loosen it ’til your heart’s content (being able to adjust them prevents those awful headband headaches!).

For the entire month of April, Owl Be Sweatin’ will be donating $1 to charity for every headband they sell thanks to the team joining focus with the non-profit organization Girls on the Run.

You can choose from more than 60 patterns with the Owl Be Sweatin’ headbands developed by sister-in-laws K.C. and Mallory DeBra, Cincinnati natives. As former athletes, the ladies wanted to create a functional headband and created their own for their sand volleyball league. Soon, others started asking where they were getting the headbands and encouraged them to form Hoot and Holler Partnership in 2012.

Buy them as gifts or as a little treat for yourself as warmer weather makes it way in and you make your way out for afternoon jogs and workouts

These will be great for the GOTR 5k race on May 11!

Visit Owl Be Sweatin’s Facebook or check out their Etsy Shop!