Category Archives: Local Designers

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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Cincinnati Fashion Night Sneak Peek: Style Room 326

Lady in Red
Lady in Red

We’re working on a VERY cool event coming up on July 22. It’s basically a Greater Cincinnati-focused Fashion Week-esque event, all under one roof, all on one night. We’ll have three fashion shows, all featuring designers with local roots. I thought I’d do a blog about the different designers we’re featuring at the event in posts leading up to the event, so today, I’m featuring our Presenting Fashion Show Sponsor: Style Room 326.

Me at Red, Pink & Blue
Me at Red, Pink & Blue

The designer, Teresa Washington, and I met about six years ago when she owned Paris J Boutique in Montgomery. She has since moved to Chicago and started several fashion labels all under her recently launched brick-and-mortar show room, Style Room 326.

I’m a HUGE fan of her designs — in fact, I wore one of her dresses to our “Lady in Red” event in Feb. and our “Red, Pink & Blue” event last week! They’re always so chic, so well-made, and SO comfortable!

Check out a few of the looks she just released that you can see in person at our upcoming Cincinnati Fashion Night. Click here to RSVP for the event! {Insider tip: Opt for the $20 VIP ticket, which includes swag bag, refreshments, seat along runway AND a chance to win a trip for two to Chicago via Ultimate Air Shuttle to visit Style Room 326!}

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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 via Ultimate 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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Cincy Chic Review – Dave Faigle & Son Jewelers

I just checked out the West Side’s newest jewelry store: Dave Faigle & Son Jewelers! Dave is a family friend of mine and he’s been in the business since the 70s, and he recently decided to open this store with his son, Brad who’s been in the biz for 15 years. They have lots of brands you’ll recognize, but what makes them different is all their custom work. They can do repairs, or tweaks to your existing jewelry, custom create a design you have in mind, or they can re-create the look of a high-end designer. I did this video while I was there to give you a virtual tour through the space — Watch for all the dazzling details! And you can also click here to RSVP for their big grand opening event on May 21!

New Year, New You Fashion Show Sneak Peek

Our first event of 2016 is going to be here in two short Fridays! We’re starting out with a bang, too. Our “New Year, New You” event fashion show sponsor is Frameri (you may recognize the name from them being on Shark Tank recently) and it’s our first eyewear fashion show ever! They put together this cool event with some of their staffers to showcase some of the frames they’ll be featuring on the runway. I love it! Hope to see you there! (Check out all the event details below!)

New Year, New You!
When: Friday Jan. 22 6-9pm (VIP cocktail reception 5-6pm)
Where: Union Hall 1311 Vine St Cincinnati, OH 45202
RSVP: www.NYNY15.eventbrite.com
What: Check out OTR’s newest venue as you shop with some of the best local businesses and enjoy refreshments, light bites, swag bag and fashion show presented by Frameri, Clothes Mentor, and Zephyr Blowout Salon.
Tickets: $10 general admission; $25 VIP (includes front row seat along runway and exclusive VIP cocktail reception) Bring a gently used formal dress for Kenzie’s Closet and get 10 chances to win $5,000 in prizes, including a diamond necklace! (General admission tickets will be sold at the door; swag bags only guaranteed for pre-registered ticket holders)

Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsors: FrameriClothes Mentor

Hair Sponsor: zephyr blowout salon

Official After Party: Japp’s

Booth Sponsors: It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny, Purposeful Painting, Advocare with Tara Montgomery, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, SpringCreek Fertility, Mary Kay with Emily Stalf, Transformational Coach Missy Kirkpatrick, Lipstick Factory, The Plastic Surgery Group, Gild Collective, 9RoundEmerge Hair Studio & SpaDoTerra Essential Oils by Elyse JarardPark Lane with Kimberly SmithPet WantsFluorescent PalaceMichelle B Fitness & Nutrition CoachJamberry with Sarah & Nicole Nelson, SOTO – Salon On The Ohio, Stella & Dot with Liz Urso, CoCo Creative Wellness, Cincinnati Art UndergroundTobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp18|8 Fine Men’s Salons- Cincinnati

Makeup Provided by: Let’s Get Pretty, Glam Gal

Light Bites Sponsor: Paleolicious

Floral Sponsor: Wimberg Landscaping

Photobooth Sponsor: Studio One Photography

Photographer: Glossy Pixels

Models provided by: Heyman Talent

 

Gem Steady’s New #THINKandDrive Campaign, Jewelry Collection

SAM_1You never think it’ll happen to you. You hope it never happens to someone you love. Unfortunately for some, it does. But it doesn’t have to.

My friend, Brittany, knows this all too well now. She got a call the other day saying her husband had been in an accident. He and his motorcycle were hit by a distracted driver. 12189393_10153133628805496_5074596129727985783_o

The good news is that he will recover. The bad news is that it will take a considerable amount of time after many surgeries (he’s had five thus far, and the accident only happened days ago) and therapy to get him better again.

Not only is this difficult to deal with on a personal level for the couple, but they’re also entrepreneurs together. Her husband is a jewelry maker, and it’s right before the holidays – their busiest, bread-and-butter time of year.

SAM_2So, now instead of him working away to fulfill lots of holiday orders, he’s limited to his bed and wheelchair. Now instead of their bread-and-butter for the business, they’re hit with thousands in medical bills.

Brittany, having the beautiful creative mind that she has, came up with a way to make their mess their message. She launched a #THINKandDrive campaign to spread awareness about the crushing effects of distracted driving. And at the end of the day, it also creates a line of items she can make while their master jewelry designer is out. SAM_3

They’re actually really cool bracelets that you can customize with your favorite metal and gem –each having a unique meaning and energy. Click here to check them out and buy yours if you feel so inclined. A great holiday gift — for the person you give it to, and also this special couple who need it most right now.

Seasonably Chic Showcase Sneak Peek

In less than two weeks, we’re going to have our biggest event of the year! The Seasonably Chic Showcase! It’s our annual event where we bring 40+ boutiques and vendors under one roof for a free event (it’s just a canned good to get in) filled with shopping, free gift wrapping, a free brunch ‘n’ learn, all while enjoying a mimosa or coffee as you learn about awesome local businesses with friends! It’s also a kid-friendly event if you’d like to take the kiddos with you!

Here are just a few of my favorite new vendors that we’ll have there this year! Check out the full list of vendors, all the event info and the RSVP link below! Hope to see you there!

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2015 Seasonably Chic Showcase
Sat., Nov. 7, 10am-2pm

The Phoenix, 812 Race St. Cincinnati Oh 45202

$2 parking available at Garfield Garage located next door on 9th Street

Learn more and RSVP at: http://2015scs.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 and a swag bag! Also enjoy complimentary gift wrapping, refreshments, mini massages and a freeze modeling fashion show showcasing the latest trends! Plus, more than $3,000 in prizes randomly awarded to attendees! Attend the free “Creative Ways to Preserve Memories” brunch ’n’ learn at 12pm, brought to you by Memories 2b Treasured.

Supporting Sponsors: PNC Bank, Cors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsors: FLAWless Face Makeup Artistry, L’Amour Bisou

Brunch ‘n’ Learn Sponsor: Memories 2b Treasured

Booth Sponsor: Mary Kay with Emily Stalf, Thirty-One Gifts with Beth Merritt, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny, Champion Windows, Maui Whitening – West Chester, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists with Rebecca Noss, Allusions,Associates in Women’s Health, Stella & Dot with Maranda Bowen, Younique by Sheena Roustai, Koop Diamond Cutters, Bundle Up Crochet, Perfectly Posh with Jaymie Pollak,Origami Owl with Daniela Gausmann, Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, eSBe Designs Jewelry, TruPet, Tyra Beauty, Halominer, Gild CollectiveJayne KellieFoodie CincyGo HaitiAmy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NYJewels by Jules Diamond BoutiqueJamberry Nails with Amy CernucanClothes MentorOnce Upon a ChildChurchill’s, Advocare with Tara Montgomery, Re. You Studio, Lisa Robin Jewelry,Purposeful Painting, FennoFashion, Love The Coopers, Miss Em’s

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Wine & Shine Oct. 15

We’ve been working with Koop Diamond Cutters for years now, and the last time I went and met with them, the owner Justin happened to mention that their family owns the building and they have a cool event space upstairs if we ever want to use it! Ding ding ding! Light bulbs immediately went off… Of course I had to go see it! It was BEAUTIFUL! The wheels immediately started turning on what we could host there. That’s when it hit me… Let’s do an event that incorporates Koop’s gorgeous jewelry, and my other favorite hobby other than shopping… WINE! And voila! Wine & Shine was born! And it’s coming up on Oct. 15! And it’s free! And did I mention there will be jewelry, shopping…. and wine?! 🙂

When: Thursday, October 15, 5:00-8:00pm

Where: Koop Diamond Cutters 214 E 8th Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

RSVP: www.koopwineshine.eventbrite.com

Enjoy: Wine tastings, local boutique shopping, and a freeze model fashion show dripping in the season’s latest custom design jewelry trends and Curate Boutique clothing. Each attendee will receive a complimentary Cincy Chic tote bag filled with glam goodies!

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Bras with Flair on the Square THIS Friday!

Today is the deadline for everyone to get in their decorated bra donations for this Friday’s Bras with Flair on the Square event! And judging from the hundreds that have come in JUST TODAY I’m blown away! You must must must come down to Fountain Square this Friday to see all of them, plus enjoy light bites, drinks, shopping, swag bag and fashion show! Event details are below! See you soon!

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Celebrate Cincy Chic’s 9th Annual Bras with Flair on the Square!
Oct. 2, 5-8pm, on Fountain Square
RSVP: www.2015BWF.eventbrite.com

Hundreds of decorated bras will be flying high on Fountain Square! Vote on your favorite (one voter will win a $500 prize pack!), while enjoying music, drinks, shopping, and a runway fashion show with a breast cancer survivor spotlight. $10 Ticket includes runway seat, light bites, and swag bag – All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Want to have a decorated bra featured at the event? Mail or drop off to the Cincy Chic office (463 Ohio Pike Suite 301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45255) by Sept. 28, or learn more about the official Bras with Flair Decorating Party on Sept. 17 at www.BWFdecorate.eventbrite.com

SUPPORTING SPONSORS PNC Bank, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Cors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC

FASHION SHOW SPONSOR Owl Be Sweatin’

VENDOR BOOTH SPONSORS Thirty-One Gifts with Beth Merritt, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny, Mary Kay by Amber Nichols, Champion Windows, Maui Whitening – West Chester, Tyra Beauty, Allusions, Scentsy with Amanda Johnson, Younique by Sheena Roustai, Current Catering

IN-KIND SPONSOR Heyman Talent

BROUGHT TO YOU BY Cincy Chic, the only online lifestyle publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.

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