Category Archives: Local Designers

Cincinnati Bell Launches #CincyGive T-Shirts!

I wanted to do a quick shout out to Cincinnati Bell for my new favorite shirt that lets me show off my hometown pride!

Because Cincinnati Bell has been a part of the Greater Cincinnati community for more than 140 years… yes, 140… and they have 3,200 employees who call the region home, Cincinnati Bell wanted to do something that shows their love for, and supports, the Tri-State in a fun new way.

That’s why they launched #CincyGive, a community campaign that gives Greater Cincinnatians a way to showcase their hometown pride, while also giving back to four local charities dedicated to improving lives throughout the region: CancerFree KIDS, The Dragonfly Foundation, USO of Southern Ohio, and SPCA Cincinnati.

Through the #CincyGive campaign, there’s a series of limited-edition t-shirts designed by Covington-based My State Threads (nationally known for their state-themed “Home” shirts). I have their first t-shirt that debuted in early February with this cool image of the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The second shirt was revealed just before Reds Opening Day and features a baseball-themed HOME design. The third one just launched and is inspired by the Flying Pig marathon and the “little piggies” in our city’s history. The shirts retail for $20 and ALL proceeds from their sale go directly to the charities.

T-shirts can be purchased at any Cincinnati Bell retail store or at www.CincyGive.com while supplies last. Props to Cincinnati Bell for truly supporting community – I know it makes me feel even better about doing business with them! So, definitely check ‘em out, show your Cincinnati pride and share with your friends so they can #CincyGive too!

FYI: This post is sponsored by Cincinnati Bell, but content and opinions expressed are my own!

Recap: 2016 Seasonably Chic Showcase

Favorite #CincyChic event of the year ✔️ Everyone on my list shopped for ✔️Everything wrapped ✔️ Shopped local (with businesses who support mine) ✔️Biggest crowd ever ✔️ More than 600 canned goods donated to the Freestore Foodbank ✔️ Happy mama who’s done working (yes, this is me working 😂) for the next several weeks!!! ✔️✔️✔️✔️

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Cincy Chic’s 2016 Seasonably Chic Showcase!

SOOOO excited! It’s my favorite event of the year! Enjoy a mimosa as you shop at 40+ of Cincinnati’s best businesses for you and everyone on your list, have the kids decorate gifts, see a fashion show, get a free chair massage, and leave with everything wrapped and ready for the holidays (yes, all attendees get complimentary gift wrapping and a swag bag!) It’s Cincy Chic’s annual Seasonably Chic Showcase on Nov. 5 and you’re invited! Get in FREE with a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank! RSVP here — http://2016scs.eventbrite.com — and check out more details below!

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2016 Seasonably Chic Showcase
Sat., Nov. 5, 10am-2pm

The Phoenix – 812 Race St. Cincinnati OH 45202

RSVP at: www.2016scs.eventbrite.com

Shop for everyone on your nice list with the best local boutiques and vendors – all under one roof! Bring a canned good for the FreeStore FoodBank to get free entry, a swag bag, and complimentary gift wrapping! Also enjoy refreshments, free 10-minute back massages, an interactive ornament decorating area for kids, and a freeze modeling fashion show showcasing the latest winter trends! Plus, more than $3,000 in prizes randomly awarded to attendees! Convenient $2 parking available at Garfield Garage located next door on 9th Street.

Supporting Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Swag Bag Sponsor: Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal

Photobooth Sponsor: Women Excel

Fashion Show Sponsors: up2tempoLoft Talent

Photographer: Glossy Pixels

Booth Sponsors: Purposeful PaintingTobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp18|8 Fine Men’s Salons- CincinnatiCalifornia ClosetsNOVE Home & Body DecorStyle LustWalton Creek BoutiqueTrouvaille LLCPet Wantsskube.meEmerge Hair Studio & SpaLuLaRoe with Sherri CornettAdvocare with Tara MontgomeryIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalMary Kay with Emily StalfPure Romance by Amy EmersonRodan + Fields with Mandy MillerBrow EnvyAmanda Phipps – Thirty-OneKrave JerkyLeiMarie LimitedVictory Weight loss and WellnessClassic Prep MonogramsCollar Up ShirtsFoodie CincyInfinity Indoor FlowersJamberry with Sarah Nelson & Gina ParsleyEVER Skincare with Andie Wafzig, FENNOfashion

Floral Sponsorship: Wimberg Landscaping Inc

Style + Sustainability Gala 2016

Young, innovative and inspiring, these Cincinnati entrepreneurs are on the forefront of style and sustainability! Urban Blooms and Modern Makers collaborated to create the event that launched Cincinnati into the fall fashion season.

From the moment you walked in, it felt as if you were transported to New York’s trendiest neighborhood. This team took an otherwise empty warehouse and converted it into a venue worthy of hosting an upscale event, the 2016 Style + Sustainability Gala. Complete with living walls full of flowers and foliage, vibrant purple and blue lighting, a DJ mixing the latest music and lots of amazing shopping, this gala had something for everyone. Did I mention that the runway for the fashion show was made of live plants? It was an event unlike one this city had ever seen before. Check it out for yourself…

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Behind the scenes was a sharp contrast to the main event, but just as fabulous. I was fortunate enough to make it there before the fashion show began with Urban Bloom’s co-founder, Lily Turner. We entered through what seemed like a secret door that opened into a room buzzing with energy and excitement and filled with models. As I was following Lily at a clipped pace through the chaos of backstage, we managed to sneak in a conversation. “What you see, in here and out there, this is a culmination of eight months of hard work,” she said.

She also said that Urban Blooms had been collaborating with Modern Makers for the past two years because they [Modern Makers] first took a chance on the company’s vision of sustainability and featured a living wall. I lost Lily in the crowd of models and designers as I was snapping the following photos.

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The crowd grew quiet as Master of Ceremonies, Pam Kravetz, ascended to the stage and signaled the start of the show. As the first look entered the runway, everyone erupted into applause. Model after model strutted barefoot down the catwalk in clothing created from reused and recycled materials as well as living plants. According to this show, flowers, moss and vines are this season’s hottest accessories. Below are the most iconic looks of the show.

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It wasn’t just about the runway. At the heart of this event was the desire to create a more connected, eco-friendly community in Cincinnati. Several local vendors provided food, drinks and shopping to enhance the gala experience as well as promote their businesses. The scent of Gomez Salsa was wafting throughout the hall making your mouth water all evening. You could enjoy a draft beer from Taft Ale House, one of Cincinnati’s most popular breweries. Taft’s partner, Kevin Moreland said, “We got involved with this event because of its vision of revitalization in Cincinnati.” If you were looking for a stylish outfit that is also sustainable, you could wander over to where Asia Lindsay, co-founder of Those Girls Vintage and Custom Clothing, was set up under a huge wall of warehouse windows. “Our brand is all about having fun, being who you are, and wearing bright, vibrant colors,” Lindsay said. “Because we sell second hand clothing, our brand is promoting sustainability and recycling while being luxurious and affordable.”

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The best moment of the evening had to be when I found out that the Style + Sustainability Gala was not coming to an end- it was just the beginning. “We hope to make this an annual event,” said Turner. That, coupled with Urban Bloom’s co-founder Tyler Wolf’s goal to make Cincinnati the most sustainable city in the world, gives us hope that this time next year we will be attending the 2017 Style + Sustainability Gala!

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Style & Sustainability GALA with Modern Makers & Urban Blooms

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Every once in a while, there will be an event that transports me to New York or LA right, but takes place right here in Cincinnati. The upcoming Style & Sustainability event is one of those times!

On Oct. 1, Modern Makers and Urban Blooms are teaming up to bring the most sustainable and collaborative fashion experience Cincinnati has ever seen! Kicking off the Uptown Innovation District, their largest event of the year will bring together a diverse audience to look at the growing sustainability and fashion scene in our city. They welcome you to explore, network, shop, eat and dance in our 100,000 sq ft industrial space– showcasing a moss catwalk, 25 designers, 60+ models, local vendors, food trucks, and living walls by Urban Blooms!

The Master of Ceremonies will be Pam Kravetz, a local artist, art educator, and SUPER fun person (oh, and she happens to be my former high school art teacher!)

Here are a few of the other event partners: FRAMERI | ELEMENTZ | HANDZY | L A I R | TEXTILEHAUS | CE JEWELRY | OHIO AGAINST THE WORLD | RJ LUNA | TWIN ECHO | TESSA CLARK | CHELSEA CUTRELL | HARK + HARK | CKTC CERAMICS | ARIN MOYER | RICK WOLHOY | TESSA CLARK | JEN CHOTO | YUKA EJIMA | KAT BISHOP | SHWRM | SARIYA BABANOVA | BLAKE BANKS| ANISSA PULCHERON | SHELBY NUNGESTER | SUNITI NELSON | KALEY MADDEN | CM TURNER | CASEY JAMES WILSON | OHIO AGAINST THE WORLD | GIA & THE BLOOMS
ROCK SALT VINTAGE | SHAHEEN MIRO | AARON BROUGHTON | CALLE EVANS | SIDNEY CHERIE | SHANNON YOHO | KAT BISHOP | RHINEGEIST | CHARNEE’S DONUTS | AVEDA | UNBELIEVABLE SKINCARE | CC’s BEAUTIFUL FACES | MARY KAY COSMETICS | JULIE CLARK POTTERY | DAAP FASHION | ICON SOLAR | PROPER GNAR | LIBBY BOUTIQUE | AMANDA BIALK | FLOURISH DESIGN | INDUSTRY SALON | THOSE GIRLSS | CONTINUUM | MERCEDES BENZ +many more

They also have the generous support from ArtsWave + Taft’s Ale House.

The event will be Oct. 1, 7-10pm, at 3025 Concordia Street Cincinnati, OH. To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.

Cincinnati Fashion Night Sneak Peek: Walton Creek Boutique

Next up in my Cincinnati Fashion Night Sneak Peek series (last week, I featured GKM Design, and the week before that, I featured Style Room 326) is Walton Creek Boutique who will rock the runway July 22!

The other two shows in the series will be designers featuring the designers’ respective newest collections. Then, the Walton Creek Boutique’s show will be featuring the variety of local designers they sell in-store.

My right hand woman at Cincy Chic, Stephanie Simon, and I visited Cincinnati’s newest shop — Walton Creek Boutique “stuff for people, pets and home” — in Anderson. We absolutely LOVED it! Check out our virtual tour of the shop and all the fab finds we got there! Learn more at facebook.com/waltoncreekboutique.

Cincinnati Fashion Night Sneak Peek: GKM Design

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Next up in my Cincinnati Fashion Night Sneak Peek series (last week I featured Style Room 326) is GKM Design, another one of our fabulous local designers who will rock the runway July 22!

I met the founder and designer Geetha years ago, and I remember her being a stunning beauty who was impeccably dressed. This was back when becoming a fashion designer was a figment of her imagination…  she was working a 9-5, with no formal training in fashion or design. But since then, she got married, and that’s what sparked her passion that had been smoldering all those years. She had a vision for the kind of bridesmaids dresses that married (pun intended) her Indian culture’s love for color, fabric and embellishment, but with American silhouettes and dress design influences. She couldn’t find what she was looking for, so she created her own. And after that, she created special occasion dresses for herself and others. Today, it’s a full-blown business that will debut on a runway for the first time at our event. We’ll also learn about the women and business partners around the world that her sales provide sustainable jobs for. Click here to learn more about Geetha and GKM Designs, and see her creations for yourself on July 22 at our second annual Cincinnati Fashion Night! Details below!

Cincinnati Fashion Night
WHEN: Friday, July 22, 6-9pm
WHERE: Performance Lexus Rivercenter 633 West 3rd Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011
ENJOY: Three-part fashion show series of budding designers with Tri-State roots, and an exclusive shopping experience featuring a variety of local businesses and pop-up shops.
TICKETS: $10 general admission ticket includes swag bag and refreshments. $20 VIP ticket includes swag bag, refreshments, seat along runway, and chance to win a trip for two to Chicago viaUltimate Air Shuttle to visit Style Room 326.
RSVP: www.cfn2016.eventbrite.com

SPONSORS INCLUDE:

Presenting Fashion Show Sponsor: Style Room 326
Fashion Show Sponsors: Walton Creek Boutique, GKM Design
Hair/Makeup Sponsors: CoCo Creative Wellness
Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Bartending Sponsor: Bitters ‘n Sweet Bartending
Booth Sponsors: Jamberry with Sarah & Nicole Nelson, Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, California Closets, Blue Clover,Champion Windows, Polished Pearl, It Works with Tanya Gill,skube.me, Trouvaille LLCIndia Hicks Collection with Melissa McMahon, Barcode Glam
Photobooth Sponsor: HYPE, Studio One Photography
Floral Sponsorship: Wimberg Landscaping, Inc
Light Bites Provided By: Chart House Restaurant
Models Provided By: Loft Talent
Photographer: Glossy Pixels
Videographer: Kailah Ware
Philanthropy: Freeset USA
Venue Sponsor: Performance Lexus Rivercenter

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