Category Archives: Health

The Cara Group- A Ladies Night Out!

Nest is hosting a Ladies Night out this Thursday from 5-9pm at Hyde Park Square where they will be donating 10% of all sales! Happy hour starts at 5pm at Cock & Bull, Poco A Poco, and Head Over Heels.

All proceeds benefit the CARA Group, a non-profit organization where community partners work together to raise awareness and funds to enrich the lives of people with disabilities in Hamilton County.

There will be fashion shows at Posh Boutique from 6:30-6:45pm, Jamshid Antique Oriental Rug Gallery from 7:30-8:00pm, and a Raffle Drawing at Head Over Heels at 8:30pm. The Grand Prize for the drawing is a $1,000 Head Over Heels Shopping Spree! Raffle tickets are on sale now for $5 each or 6 for $25!

Also, get to sample Raspberry Lipstick Margaritas from Foxy Gourmet! Yum!

So gather your girlfriends and head to Hyde Park Square this Thursday for a Ladies Night Out, Happy Hour, Fashion Shows, and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree while also supporting a great cause! See you there!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!

Help Me Help Cure Cystic Fibrosis!

I was recently selected as one of the honorees for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, “Cincinnati’s Finest” awards this year.

Cincinnati’s Finest awards will be on March 1 at 6:30 pm at the Bell Event Center. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door the night of the event.

As an honoree, I committed to raise $2500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

This is an awesome cause and it would really mean a lot to me to have the support of my amazing readers!

If you would like to help me help  cure Cystic Fibrosis, you can donate here! I would really appreciate your help!

Thank you and see you on March 1!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping me put this blog post together!

Shop to Stop Cancer!

Here’s a great event to help stop cancer! The Relay for Life race is coming up in April and there are lots of fun ways you can support the Cause without ever walking or running in the race!

And for that, we’ve got this event! Shop to Stop Cancer is being held this Saturday, February 25th from 2pm-8pm at the Weller Haus Bed & Breakfast in Bellevue! At this event you can come, shop, get beautified and voila, you’ve enjoyed a good time for a great cause!

Shop ’til you drop with a vendor showcase of all your favorite products! Each of the vendors have graciously volunteered to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Relay for Life cause.

Be sure to tell all your friends and family so that we can all help others while helping ourselves! Even if you can’t make it to the event, vendors will be taking orders over the phone and online so that you can still contribute!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jackie Klein here for more info and we’ll see you there!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!

Kindervelt Winter Formal

The Ladies of Kindervelt 55 Triple Crown have announced their upcoming event “Black Ties and Black Jack At the Syndicate” to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center-Division of Asthma Research!

The event is being held at Newport Syndicate in Newport, Kentucky on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm.

There’s plenty to enjoy at the event from great food to great music! There are also some notable particulars to really get you excited about going to this amazing event! Everyone who attends gets two complimentary drink tickets, gaming chips will be available at $10 for every $10,000 in “play money” awarded to the nights biggest gaming winners, Paolo will be there with custom jewelry designed exclusively for this event, cigars and Valentine’s treats will be sold throughout the evening when you roam Vintage Cigarette Girls, Fabulous Furs will be doing a fashion show featuring various items that will be available for purchase, professional PhotoJenn-ic Photography will be there doing keepsake photos, and valet parking will be available.

The black tie is optional but it’s always fun to get dressed up and enjoy a night on the town with a group supporting a great cause! Admission is $75 per person and make sure you RSVP by February 4, 2012. Questions? Call Autumn 859513-678-8628 or Jolee 859-866-5080

Please send RSVP with Checks or Cash to:
Black Ties and Black Jack
Attn: Jolee Gust
10705 War Admiral Drive
Union, KY 41091

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping me put this blog post together!

Primping for a Cause!

Prepare for New Year’s Eve by getting glammed-up and supporting an AMAZING cause! BRIDEface is hosting an event to benefit Rock Pink 4 Ali to help support cancer awareness and to remember Ali Nunery’s brave battle.

Come out to support this great cause with a facial for $65 (including airbrush & lashes), blowouts for $30, and updos for $60 by Liz Carter, as a portion of the benefits are going to Rock Pink 4 Ali.

When: Saturday, December 31st from 11:00am-5:00pm

Where: The Brial Studio

610 Mainstrasse, Covington

These are being done appointment only by emailing Nancy at nancy@brideface.com

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!

Reading with a Hometown Hero!

Joules Evans

Get ready for tears, joy, and cocktails! Join The ADC Gallery on Sunday, December 11th from 6-9pm for a book signing and cocktails with local hometown hero and writer Joules Evans!

Here are the deets:

What:  A book signing for Shaken Not Stirred…a Chemo Cocktail by author Joules Evans

When: Sunday Dec. 11th 6-9 pm  Cocktails at 6:00, reading by the author at 7:00

Where: ADC, Art Design Consultants Gallery, 310 Culvert St.  5th floor, Cincinnati OH  45202

Joules battled her way through breast cancer and wants to share the “comedy behind her tragedy!” Cocktails start at 6 and the reading begins at 7! Also joining in the festivities is “Kicked in the Fence” who will be performing live!

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house, dress up, and hear the truly amazing story of an extremely strong woman! Free Parking is available and there will be an opportunity to purchase her book at the signing. Be sure to join us for what is promised to be a night you won’t soon forget! See you there!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping to put this blog post together!


Service Review: Massages at Mitchells Salon & Day Spa

So, I’ve been doing a lot of heavy lifting lately. In the course of one month, my hubby & I moved into a new house, I moved our Cincy Chic office (we have a TV studio now! WOOHOO improved video quality!!) and we had Bras with Flair last Thursday, which involved erecting a 40-ft display onto Fountain Square covered in bedazzled bras.

Needless to say, it took a toll on my body. I had aches and pains in parts of my body I didn’t even know I had. So, after each big heavy lifting event, I scheduled a different kind of massage with my friends at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa to nurse my poor body back to health.

Before getting these different kinds of massages, I would have said a massage is a massage is a massage. But I now know that’s not true. Each massage was so different, and helped me in different ways, so I thought I’d write a review on them so you know which one is best for what you need.

HOT STONE
The first massage I got was a hot stone massage. I’m glad I started with this one because this was right after the first big move. So, I had just used muscles I hadn’t used in a very long time. They were stretched, pulled and all knotted up. The heat from the stones helped my muscles relax, which allowed my massage therapist to manipulate my deep tissues more effectively. My therapist said overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure. So, the heated stones provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles. Also, my therapist said the stones are placed on key points of your body to help increase circulation to quicken the healing process. Translation: get this if you have a pull or strain you need to recover quickly from.

BAMBOO
The second massage I got was a bamboo massage. This was the one I was afraid of. I had heard of them before, but hadn’t ever ventured out of my comfort zone to get one. But I booked it with my FAVORITE massage therapist EVER (Elana J at the Kenwood Mitchell’s Salon & Spa location). She had helped me last year when I had a bad case of lock jaw. I was apparently grinding my teeth in my sleep, and she helped to loosen my jaw muscles so I could function again (if you know how talkative I am, you know that me having lock jaw was a nightmare!).

So, like I said, I felt comfortable with Elana J, and knew she would take care of me. I had some serious knots after the office move and hadn’t been drinking much water. So, my muscles were what she called “crunchy.” I know that sounds gross, but that’s apparently what happens when we don’t eat/drink properly AND we put stress on our muscles.

Having the bamboo rods gave Elana J leverage to work through the crunchy knots (again, gross, I know). The bamboo helped to flush out the muscles, too. Elana J said the bamboo is used to put pressure on trigger points that cleanse and flush out your lymphatic system. That promotes fresh blood flow, which is full of nutrients and oxygen, to help repair and rejuvenate your muscles. This one, I have to say was my favorite. I felt like the bamboo worked through those big knots, and felt the effects of the “flushing” immediately.

AROMATHERAPY
My third and final massage was an aromatherapy massage. This one was more mental for me because it not only calmed my flaring muscles, but it also calmed my mind after the stressful month. The therapist let me choose my aroma. It was between spearmint, peppermint, lavender, and another one that was more of a light earthy scent. I picked lavender because I have a soft spot for it (I grow it in my garden each year and have a pouch of it under my pillow to help me sleep).

She mixed lavender oil in the unscented massage oil she used for my massage. It was heavenly. This therapist didn’t do as much deep tissue work as the other two had. She did a lot of calming, gentle motions. Oh, and she also massaged my scalp for an eternity… I think I drooled a little bit it felt so good. : )

I have to tell you, I’ve never felt more mentally relaxed than I did after this massage. Even though I had just experienced one of the most insane months of my entire life, I just had this sense of calm and peace as I sat “coming to” in the relaxation room after my massage. Granted, the craziness of life eventually set back in later that day, but to have that moment of clarity and peacefulness was SO nice.

I did get a chance to talk with the therapist about how exactly aromatherapy works. She said that the nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system, which controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. Apparently, when you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.

So, there you go. Three very different massages. All beneficial for very different reasons. And speaking of benefits of massages, I just noticed that the “Find out Friday” on Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa Facebook page today is about the benefits of massage. So, below is the video from that! Enjoy!

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The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation Style Show and Luncheon

I love a good pairing. Sauvignon Blanc and salmon. High heels and a power suit. Fashion and philanthropy.

Speaking of the latter, there’s a great event coming up I just found out about! The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation will hold its annual Style Show and Luncheon on Monday, November 21, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott (2395 Progress Drive in Hebron, KY).

The 2011 Style Show will feature speaker Dr. Ward Rice, Director of Newborn Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Director, Neonatology Fellowship Training Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Ward Rice and The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation are familiar with the health concerns specific to women and children and will address those. Even better, all the proceeds from the event will benefit St. Elizabeth Healthcare women’s and children’s services and the new state-of-the-art center for neonatal care. They have just renovated a 23-bed OB/GYN unit and LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) areas.

The schedule for The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation Style Show and Luncheon includes:

10 a.m. – Doors open for shopping

12 p.m. – Lunch is served

12:45 p.m.- Style Show

1:30 p.m. – Prize Drawings

1:45 p.m.- Shopping continues until 3 p.m.

The Style Show will feature fashions provided by Dillard’s and Fabulous Furs, jewelry by Herzog Jewelers, and hair and make-up by Sableux. The shopping will include a variety of local vendors.

Tickets for the event range from $35 to a Grand Patron ticket, which includes entry in the door prize drawing, is $50. Sponsorships are also available at the $500 to $1,000 levels. All tickets and sponsorships are tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Reservations for the event will be accepted through November 14.

RSVP by November 14, 2011 If you have questions or to reserve tickets, please contact the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation at 859-301-2490 or foundation1@stelizabeth.com.

Countdown to V-day: Massage at The Garage

I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. And this idea comes from The Garage. No, not the one you park your car in. I’m talking about the one that’s located in Madeira and specializes in massage and body work.

My husband has rheumatoid arthritis, so his joints are always achy and painful, which causes his muscles to tense up into knots. So, I like to give him massage gift certificates every now and then to help him relax. For special occasions, I’ll buy a couple’s massage so I can get in on the pampering too.

So, for our two year anniversary in September, I got a couples massage gift certificate for him at this new place called The Garage. I liked that it wasn’t a “fru-fru” girlie smelling/looking/feeling place… it’s more masculine than any spa I’ve been in … so it makes a guy feel very comfortable there.

What I liked about it is that you could customize the scent and music you wanted during your massage. I love lavender, and I know it helps with relaxation, so I picked that as our scent. And I also chose “The Fray” as our music because “I’ll look after you” by The Fray was the song of our first dance at our reception. When it started playing my husband looked over at me and tears welled up in his eyes. That was a really special experience, and I thank The Garage for making it possible!

I highly recommend getting a massage here, especially if you’ll be bringing your guy with you. He’ll feel very comfortable there. And you’ll love it because of all the customizations. Ask for the owner, Onalda, if you call (513.235.0566), she’ll take care of you.

They have this promo going for Feb: Book 60 Minutes at reg rate and get 30 minutes free-Valid through Feb. 28th. And for Valentine’s Day they have a couples massage for $175 (see below for what all is included) if you book before Feb. 14.

Countdown to V-day: yogahOMe Yoga Studios

Valentine’s Day is four short days away. If you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to purchase the perfect gift. So, I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas.

Today’s feature is on yogahOMe yoga studios, where you earn a free class to use at any yogahOMe studio any time you bring a friend to class with you! This is good all Valentine’s Week! They have a few different locations too, which is nice: Oakley, Mariemont, Bellevue, and Symmes. Click here to learn all the deets about the special.

I found out about this special by asking on our Cincy Chic facebook page if any local businesses were having V-day specials and someone from yogahOMe responded. It’s funny because Julie over at Wine Me Dine Me and I were just talking about yogahOMe. She goes there and loves it!

My husband and I recently re-upped our YMCA gym membership and have been going together a lot lately. Even though it sounds like the least romantic thing you could ever do with your special someone, it’s actually a great bonding/flirting experience. He’ll be lifting weights and flex his muscles at me. I’ll be running on the treadmill and give him a wink as he walks by. Then you’re all hyped up on endorphins after the work-out, which gives you lots of energy for other “more romantic” activities! : ) haha!

Check out the great “About Us” video below that yogahOMe just posted to their site! I think it does a good job of giving you a sneak peek into their studios, clients and instructors.

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