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Bites and Bids: A Benefit for Autism June 8 at Jag’s Steak and Seafood in West Chester

ImageProxyI met Cheri Misleh a couple month ago at a get-together at Krombholz Jewelers and she told me about this amazing fundraiser she’s working on to raise awareness and funds for Autism.

Bites and Bids: A Benefit for Autism will be held Sunday, June 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Jag’s Steak and Seafood in West Chester with a special VIP reception at 4:30 p.m. Guests will get to experience dinner by the “bite” that will be prepared by Executive Chef and one of the top chefs in America, Michelle Brown. Fine wines and craft beers will also be served.

Bids will include several one-of-a-kind items and the atmosphere will be complemented with jazz entertainment.

Tickets are $75 per person. A table for 8 guests is $1,000 and includes reserved priority seating and 8 VIP tickets. VIP tickets are $100 per person. Bites will be offered exclusively to VIP attendees.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, click here <http://www.autismcincy.org/events/bites-and-bids-a-benefit-for-autism/>. You can also call 513-561-2300 or send a check to ASGC P.O. Box 58385 Cincinnati, Ohio, 45258.

4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa!

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Wow. I can’t believe in a little over 10 weeks our little girl will be here in our arms. She’s been a few years in the making and it’s just unreal that she’s almost ready to make her big debut!

As you know, I’ve been practically living at Becoming Mom Spa during my pregnancy (LOVE that place) getting everything from pregnancy-safe pedis and prenatal massages to even finding out the gender early there! Well, we chalked up another special experience there this weekend when we got to see our precious baby’s face for the first time through a 4D ultrasound.

It took my breath away to see that black and white blurry regular ultrasound that you typically see on a small computer screen at your doctors turn into a 4D lifelike real-time window into the womb, projected on a big 40inch hi-def screen. For 30 minutes, we watched her wiggle, hiccup, squirm, rub her eyes, suck her thumb and even react when my husband started talking to her close to my belly. Unbelievable. As if that wasn’t great enough, we also got a CD and print-outs of our ultrasound images to take home and a DVD  recording of the ultrasound session so we could share the video with loved ones.

Really, really incredible. Looking back, our times at Becoming Mom have just made the experience and journey of being pregnant so much more enjoyable. From learning the gender early and getting a stuffed animal with the recording of her heartbeat inside, to seeing her face, hands and little movements in 4D… all of these things we wouldn’t have gotten at a regular doctor’s office… not to mention being able to enjoy spa services without worrying what kind of chemicals or products they’re using and if it’ll be harmful to the baby. It’s just been great. So if you know of anyone who’s preggo, definitely send them to Becoming Mom! It  makes “becoming mom” even more special! 🙂

Women’s Health Expo Recap!

I had SO much fun at this past Saturday’s Women’s Health Expo at The Phoenix downtown! We had more than 600 RSVPs and they enjoyed free mammograms, tasty (and healthy!) treats, a crossover fitness fashion show, free physician seminars, and 40+ vendors to shop with and learn from!

From Tennis to Tea, Turn It On Fitness Crossover fashions have you covered.
From tennis to tea, Turn It On Fitness Crossover fashions have you covered.

Here are a few highlights of the event for me… of course, the fashion show was awesome. The clothing was by Turn It On Fitness, which I blogged about a couple months ago here and we wrote about here in Cincy Chic. The line was created by former Ben-Gal cheerleader Juetta West and was designed by Project Runway star (and Dayton native) Althea Harper. The idea is that it’s clothing that’s functional enough for the gym and fashionable enough for everywhere else! The models in the show came out in pairs – one styled with the “fitness” look, and one styled with the “fashion” look – and it really helped to show how you could easily transition each piece.

The pic My Health Coach Zach posted to his instagram during the show!
The pic My Health Coach Zach posted to his instagram during the show!

Then, I stopped by to see “My Health Coach Zach” (we recently wrote about him here in Cincy Chic) who gave me great advice about tweaks to make to my nutrition to increase my chances of getting pregnant… shortly after his coaching, I got preggo, just sayin’! 🙂 He and I chatted about some things we can do to get my husband feeling better from his RA symptoms, and he suggested a new type of test he offers that can test for any food allergies that you may have. My husband’s RA tends to flare whenever he has gluten, so Zach was thinking maybe some other allergies might be flaring him up too! Apparently, they just take your blood and test it that way, which sounds easy and painless enough. So, I’m going to look into getting him that food allergy test asap!

(top two) The Owl Be Sweatin' gals (bottom) The DEFINE Studio gals!
(top two) The Owl Be Sweatin’ gals (bottom) The DEFINE Studio gals!

Then, I ran into the gals from Owl Be Sweatin’. We’ve written about them a couple times in Cincy Chic, and they’re good friends of a friend of mine, but I had never met them before or seen their headbands in person before. Holy cow do these headbands work well! They’re adjustable, non-slip headbands made in a variety of colors and patterns. Because you can adjust them to perfectly fit you, you don’t get those headband headaches. And they’re only $16! What a great concept! Definitely check them out!

10273755_10152446029906282_34290227450171485_nLast but not least, I stopped by to see the girls at DEFINE studio, which just opened in Oakley (we wrote about them in Cincy Chic here). They were telling me about their “revolution” classes that they do that are a unique twist to spinning classes. Dark room, upbeat music, incorporating choreographed movements with super effective isometrics.  I used to be a Spin instructor a few years ago and I was in the best shape of my life when I was doing it. So, post-baby I’m definitely going to have to go check that out!

Make sure you’re subscribed to Cincy Chic to be the first to know about all our upcoming events so you don’t miss out on great ones like this expo was!!

 

Turn It On Featured in Women’s Health Magazine!

April issue of Women's Health where Turn It On Fitness is featured!
April issue of Women’s Health where Turn It On Fitness is featured!

What does Cincinnati, Women’s Health Magazine, fitness, fashion, and Shakira all have in common? Turn It On Fitness!

How, you ask? Well, Shakira’s personal trainer Anna Kaiser was featured in the April 2014 issue of Women’s Health wearing and raving about her Turn It On Fitness Speed Pant ($105), a new crossover fitness wear fashion line developed by two local ladies.

We wrote about Turn It On Fitness in Cincy Chic a few months ago here, and I blogged here about my Turn It On Karma top ($80). So, not to brag, but we totally broke this story waaaay before Women’s Health did. haha!

No, but seriously, this is SUPER impressive and I’m so proud of Juetta and Althea, the ladies behind Turn It On. This is just the first of many major publications that will be noticing your hard work and fab (and FUNCTIONAL) designs! Congrats!

Preggo Pampering at Becoming Mom Spa

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Last month, I went to Becoming Mom in Mason for their “I Can’t Wait” Package where they can tell you the gender of your baby a few weeks sooner than you OB typically does. That’s when we found out IT’S A GIRL!! Woohoo!!!

So excited to have a “mini me” on the way! Can’t wait to go shopping and spa-ing with her. Well, technically I don’t have to wait. I already started shopping for her (my first stop after the ultrasound was buying her a pair of shoes! haha!) and I decided to treat myself to one spa service a month for the rest of my pregnancy (these swollen ankles aren’t going to relieve themselves!). I’m officially half-way through the pregnancy as of today, actually! Can’t believe it!

Of course, there are a billion spas in town (many of which I love love love) and some even offer prenatal services. But I didn’t feel like doing the homework on what products they were using and confirming that my service provider was trained in working with pregnant women (even if it’s just a facial — I didn’t want to worry about my facial using chemicals I’m not supposed to have on my skin, or that the esthetician will lay me in a position I’m not supposed to be in.) 

I’m a worry wart about enough these days, so it’s just nice to book an appointment and know that whatever I need — a pedicure, massage or facial — will be with the safest products and people for my preggo pampering!

So, long story short, I booked all my monthly spa services at Becoming Mom as a little light at the end of the tunnel each month to give me something to look forward to! This month was a “Get that Glow” facial where they slough off all the dead skin and revive it with an all-natural pumpkin scrub. They also did a head, shoulder and hand massage, as well as a foot and leg rub. Soooooo nice. Next month? Prenatal massage! Woohoo!

Perfectly Pink Tubing Days – THIS WEEK!

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The one good thing about this crazy polar vortex is that it’s making for some GREAT conditions at Perfect North! Couldn’t be better timing either, because tomorrow begins the Perfectly Pink Tubing Days! It’s an awesome way to have fun — all for a great cause! Below are all the details! Hope to see you there! Oh, and visit www.tourforthecure.info/cincychic to get a $5 discount!

EVENT INFO

–Perfectly Pink: Tubing for Tour for the Cure®

–Feb. 18, 19 & 20

–1:00-9:30pm each day

–Perfect North Slopes, 19074 Perfect Lane

–Lawrenceburg, Indiana

-$25 per person for a one-day tubing pass, with $5 coupon available on www.touforthecure.info/cincychic

 

BACKGROUND

Perfectly Pink is sponsored by the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism

  • Bureau’s Tour for the Cure® initiative.  Tour for the Cure® raises funds for breast cancer research through a partnership with the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast CancerSM, a nonprofit foundation affiliated with Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. that supports various research-based initiatives in the fight for a breast cancer cure.
  • Through a variety of overnight travel packages, day trips, luncheons, group excursions and events, Tour for the Cure® has raised more than $40,000 for the Vera Bradley Foundation since 2008.
  • This is the sixth year in a row for the Perfectly Pink Tubing event, and is a great way    for visitors to “have fun and give hope” (the Tour for the Cure® motto) while raising    funds for a worthy cause.

 

EVENT DETAILS

  • Perfectly Pink participants are invited to wear pink to show their support throughout    the three-day event.
  • Perfect North Slopes – a valued Tour for the Cure® partner – is home to a large    snow tubing park at their ski area where Perfectly Pink is held.  At the end of    Perfectly Pink Tubing Days, Perfect North will make a special donation to help    benefit Tour for the Cure®.
  • New this year:  Perfect North Slopes is offering a special $5 off Perfectly Pink    Tubing coupon available on www.tourforthecure.info/cincychic.  Participants must print and    present the coupon at time of purchase in order to be eligible for the discount.

 

FOR MORE INFO

For more information on Perfectly Pink, or to learn more about Tour for the Cure®,    log on to the official Tour for the Cure® website at www.tourforthecure.info/cincychic or visit    Tour for the Cure® on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tourforthecure.  More    information is also available by calling the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor &    Tourism Bureau at 800-322-8198.  To learn more about snow tubing at Perfect    North Slopes, visit www.perfectnorth.com.

Macy’s Wear Red Sale Going On Now!

photo 2In this week’s feature story of Cincy Chic, we covered a couple cool events coming up at the Macy’s Fountain Place store downtown this weekend (one of which is our annual “Lady in Red” event on National Wear Red Day on Feb. 7!). But you don’t have to wait until this weekend to get in on the Go Red fun at Macy’s! They’re having a “Wear Red Sale” going on from now until Feb. 6, and there are four ways to save:

  1. Wear red to any store and receive extra savings!
  2. Purchase a Red Dress Pin for $2 at any Macy’s store. Macy’s will donate 100% of all Red Dress Pin sales to the American Heart Associations’s Go Red For Women movement.
  3. Use your Macy’s Card to make a purchase
  4. Shop online using promo code: WEARRED

photo 1Plus, Macy’s will also donate 10% of the purchase price of three red dresses benefiting Go Red For Women by Kensie, XOXO and Calvin Klein available during the month of February in select stores and online at Macys.com.

          • Kensie is available at Macy’s Kenwood and Tri-County stores
          • Calvin Klein is available at Macy’s Kenwood, Fountain Place and Tri-County stores
          • XOXO is available at Macy’s Fountain Place and Tri-County stores

I happened to snag the Kensie dress for my outfit to Lady in Red this Saturday! I can’t wait to wear it! 🙂

Click here to learn more about Cincy Chic’s Lady in Red event this Saturday! Tickets are only $10 and it includes a swag bag, two drink tickets, fun activities, 20% store-wide Macy’s discount, and a fabulous fashion show! See ya there!

 

“Turn It On Fitness” Crossover Fitness Fashion

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The Karma Top, by Turn It On Fitness, a new Crossover Fitness Fashion line launched by two Tri-State natives.

In last week’s issue of Cincy Chic, we wrote about “Turn It On,” a new women’s clothing line launched by two Tri-State natives. It talked about how a former Ben-Gal Cheerleader and model, Juetta West, and Althea Harper, the runner up on Project Runway Season 6 and designer of her own fashion line teamed up to launch this unique “Crossover” line. It’s designed to take you from the gym to work or play (and everything in between).

Me with Juetta at coffee!
Me with Juetta at coffee!

Juetta reached out to me a few weeks ago saying she’s been a long-time reader of Cincy Chic… even once she moved to Hawaii several years ago!  I’ve been following Althea since her pre-Project Runway days, so I was so excited to read the Cincy Chic story about how she and Juetta teamed up to create this great new line. I was even more excited when Juetta said she would be in Cincinnati to do a few trunk shows to launch the line and said she could meet me for coffee!

Then, when we met, she came bearing gifts! She wanted me to try out one of their items – the Karma top – to let her know what I thought of it. The top features a loose fit with open draping back and open shoulders. It’s made of 92% Supplex® nylon and 8% spandex with moisture wicking and 4-way stretch (click here to learn about the unique kinds of fabrics they use). This top is $80 on their site, and their other tops start at $80 as well; the skirts at $90; the pants at $105 and the jackets are typically around $140.

I love my new Karma Top because I can throw it on with skinny jeans and jewelry and I’m ready to meet my girlfriends for cocktails. A blazer, dress pants and pumps for work. Or workout pants, sports bra and gym shoes for a good workout. Check out a few ways I’ve worn my new Turn It On Karma Top thus far in the pics below, and click here to check out Turn It On Fitness for yourself!

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Important Message for Mommies to Be: GBS Awareness

I haven’t really talked publicly about this much, but for the past couple years my husband and I have been trying to start a family. It’s been a long and difficult path, and I’ll share the whole story about our journey soon. But I wanted to share some information with all the mommies-to-be out there because my Cincy Chic team recently connected with (and went to NYC with!) the local experts at Meridian Bioscience to learn about a special test pregnant women can get to detect some really important things you should know about your little baby bean before you give birth!

I guess their message hit me more since we’ve been trying so hard to just GET pregnant, and I couldn’t imagine putting its little life at risk when it could have been easily been detected by a simple test… which, as just the cherry on top, happened to be developed by local experts!! I was even just talking to Shari Goldsmith, our “Coach Shari” columnist on Cincy Chic about this GBS test, and she said her son actually was affected with that, and she wished she had taken the test! What a small world!!

So, I wanted to share an article that Meridian Bioscience wrote about GBS awareness and I hope you’ll share this with the mommies to be in your life! Have a great week with your family this week and happy holidays!

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When Tests Get It Wrong

There are few things more devastating than losing a child — especially when it could have been prevented. The tiny lives lost each year from infection with Group B Streptococcus can be saved by screening and appropriate treatment.

But sometimes things go wrong.

Group B Strep (GBS) is just one of the many bacterial communities that colonize a healthy adult. GBS bacteria live harmlessly in somewhere between 20 and 40 percent of healthy women. However, when the bacteria are transmitted to a baby during birth, the newborn can become seriously ill. Fortunately, it is rare for an infant to become infected with GBS, but when it happens, it is all too often deadly.

Negative Test, False Reassurance
Stephanie Worthy was tested for GBS 33 weeks into her pregnancy and the test was negative. Her son, Jaxton, was born on the evening of December 7, 2011. He was completely healthy and sailed through all the newborn tests with high marks. Six hours later he was in neonatal intensive care for observation. Four days later he was dead. “They didn’t diagnose him [with GBS] for eight hours,” Worthy explains, presumably because her GBS test was negative.

RaeAnne Latimore also tested negative for GBS, at 35 and a half weeks. Her son, Blake, was born at 5:30 in the afternoon of January 6, 2012, one month after Jaxton Worthy was born. At one o’clock the next morning Blake was making strange grunting sounds and Latimore couldn’t rouse him for feeding. She became concerned, but the nurse reassured her that the noises were normal. Latimore insisted that they look Blake over in the nursery. Half an hour later the doctor came in to tell Latimore that Blake was seriously ill. At 8:37 that morning, “our little fighter gave up his fight,” says Latimore.  “They ruled out GBS because of my negative test,” she explains, but a nurse practitioner who had been on the team that tried to save him thought the symptoms looked like GBS and asked the pathologist to check for it in the autopsy.”

She was right. GBS infection was the cause of Blake’s death. “Testing negative doesn’t mean you are negative,” warns Worthy.

Better Tests
“False negatives can be a problem,” explains Amanda Smith, medical technologist in the microbiology department at The Pathology Lab in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “We were researching why even with patients who were getting good prenatal care, mothers who tested negative were sometimes delivering babies that were infected,” says Smith. In January of this year, The Pathology Lab switched from the old culture-based test to the illumigene® GBS test from Meridian Bioscience, Inc. because the molecular test is more sensitive, according to Smith. As more labs switch to the more sensitive molecular test, perhaps outcomes like Blake’s and Jaxton’s will become even more uncommon.

 

New Year New You Event to Benefit Patty Brisben Foundation

I’m so pumped! My fab Cincy Chic team and I just posted our first event of 2014!! It’s our “New Year New You” event on Jan 24 at Elements Event & Conference Centre in Sharonville! It’ll feature a runway fashion show featuring the newest trends for the new year, 40+ vendors offering product samples and discounts, as well as primping and pampering stations so you can learn tips and tricks for looking your best in 2014! It’s only $5 to get in and 100% goes to the Patty Brisben Foundation! Check out all the details below and click here to RSVP!

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New Year New You!

WHEN: Jan. 24, 6-9pm
WHERE: Elements Conference and Event Centre
11974 Lebanon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

Ring in the new year with sipping, shopping and spa-ing! Enjoy complimentary makeup touchups, mini-massages and spa treatments while sipping on Fancy Pants wine and enjoying light bites and sweet treats. Also shop with more than 30 local boutiques and vendors, all with great deals and new trends to get your 2014 off to a stylish start. Don’t miss the runway fashion show at 8pm presented by Harlow & Liv, a new Cincinnati-based online women’s fashion boutique. One lucky attendee will be selected to win a $500 shopping prize pack! Tickets are only $5 and all proceeds benefit the Patty Brisben Foundation.

SPONSORED BY:

Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankSt. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsor: Harlow & Liv

Booth Sponsors: Cincy Style BarOrigami Owl with Irene MaschinotVein Clinics of AmericaThirty-One with Talia AlexanderIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalCoors Core Fitness LLCStella & Dot with Kim Powers and Courtney ShannonPieces of StyleMary Kay by Amber NicholsCore PowerL’dara,Seta Personal TrainingRevelation ChiropracticZuri HandmadeRodan + Fields with Jessica BrantleyGLOSS Lash & Make Up StudioRetrocentricBeauty Society with Jackie BarmoreMisanik Personal TrainingZeal for Life WellnessAll N One Studio

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