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Chic Review: Natural Beaded Rows at Salon Mosaic

My hair started getting super thin, and I was talking to a friend about it. She told me she had the same issue and she got Natural Beaded Rows from a woman named Michele who owns Salon Mosaic in Kenwood.

Michele is one of the one stylists trained to do these Natural Beaded Rows, or “NBR,” in the Tri-State area. They give you the look of natural, full hair which I definitely want because my hair is starting to get thin and it’s not a good look!

What I really liked about NBR over other extension options I looked up is that there’s no glue or tape involved. So, it’s better for your natural hair — the glue and tape-in ones really damage it and I didn’t want that. These NBR hair extensions also hide better and don’t slip out. I can pull my hair up in a bun, braid, or pony tail, go on a run, swimming, you name it, and you can’t see them and there’s no issue with them.

The method for how they do this is really interesting too. So you first come in for a quick consult where the stylist gets a look and feel for your natural hair. Michele then custom colors your extensions so your real hair and the extension hair has a seamless blend. Then you come in for your second appointment and the hair extensions are placed in rows in the hair by creating a “track” with an exclusive bead and string technique. Wefts are then placed on the track and sewn in. The extensions are then cut and blended to your hair. Then you’re styled and on your way!

The NBR extensions use really high quality 100% human hair. I honestly can’t tell which hair is mine and which is the extension when I run my hands through my hair now!

You’ll spend about 3 hours getting the extensions put in, but from what I read that’s actually a lot quicker than some of the other methods). Then, after you get your extensions in, you come back every 5-10 weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows, to get them adjusted. Michele can also touch up your color, cut and style while you’re there so you feel fresh and new again.

When I looked in that mirror after everything was in and styled, I seriously wanted to cry! It looked so beautiful, so natural, so ME! I never thought I’d be one to have extensions, but now that I have them, this is what I’ve wanted my hair to look like for a long time! I’ve seriously never loved my hair more!

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Chic Review: 2018 Foodie Cincy Deck

This small family business, husband and wife team Brian & Gina are going on their 6th year rolling out the 2019 Foodie Cincy Deck for “foodies” to drool over!

For $20 (normally they’re $40, but use the code CINCYCHIC at for 50% off to make them only $20) you get a deck of cards that has $10 off vouchers for 52 of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky’s best local & independent restaurants. That’s $520 in savings!

The deck covers restaurants from all over the Greater Cincinnati region. No national chains, only chef-driven/owner-operated restaurants. From downtown to Middletown, from Anderson to Union, KY- Foodie Cincy has done the work for you on where to dine and support the best local eateries.

Included in the deck are a few hidden gems and some great new hot spots, along with some of Cincinnati’s most established restaurants.

They can be used for over a full year until Dec 31 2019. It’s great to use for fun date night ideas throughout the year — it’s also a perfect gift for birthdays or the holidays, a perfect stocking stuffer and unique gift for any “foodie”!

A minimum purchase of $30 or more on food purchases is required to get the $10 off. Can’t be used on alcohol/tax/gratuity, but it’s good for everything else! See each individual restaurant card for any special exclusions. (48 of the restaurants have $30 minimum, 4 restaurants have $40 minimum)

Each card is able to be used only once and you give the card to the server upon use. Only one card is allowed per bill.

Remember to use the code CINCYCHIC to get 50% off the $40 retail price to get the deck for only $20.

Chic Review: Guaranteed Rate

I met Ron Erdmann with Guaranteed Rate at a fundraiser a few months ago and he was SO nice. He invited me and my team to a rock ‘n’ roll themed event that he and his Guaranteed Rate team were hosting and it was a TON of fun. Just from the fact that a mortgage company would host an event like this to involve their team in the community, I knew they had to be different — in all the best ways.

At the event, I got to talking with Ron about what makes Guaranteed Rate so different and he said the model started from a simple premise: Simplify the process and bring the lowest rates, transparency and a high level of service to home buyers and those looking to refinance. Basically, putting the borrowers’ needs first and not the lenders.

To make it as cost-effective, quick and secure as possible, Guaranteed Rate leverages the top technology and talent to resolve what were some of the biggest issues in the mortgage process.

They have this “Mortgage Pod” model that surrounds each of our top-performing loan officers with his or her own team of highly-trained specialists, streamlining the process for customers. They also have real-time, online access to rates and information about all of their loan products. From the World’s First Digital Mortgage to their powerful Intuitive Loan Finder to their new Mobile App, these proprietary tools are designed to help you find the perfect mortgage for you anywhere at any time. Plus, they have a Transfersafe secure document transfer and storage system that allows customers to easily share financial documents digitally in a 100% secure environment, streamlining the process and eliminating time-wasting faxing and paper-pushing.

They promise every customer a low, low rate and full transparency on fees. And they work to ensure that every closing happens on time and with no surprises. I’ll definitely know who to contact when I’m in the market for a refi or buying a new home. And that’s something to keep in mind too… YOU as the customer can choose who you want to use. You don’t have to just go with who your realtor recommends or who you are already banking with!

To learn more about Ron and his team, see testimonials, apply for a digital mortgage from his site, or just see what today’s rates are, visit

Chic Review: Chill Zone Cryo T-Shock

I’ve been in to Chill Zone Cryo before — I first heard about it to help my husband’s rheumatoid arthritis, and then I did it to help with my half marathon training. They work with everyone from someone with arthritis pain to professional athletes.
The idea with cryo therapy is that you get in this super cold chamber for a few minutes and it draws all the blood to your core to keep it warm. Then, when you get out, it sends all this super oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood back out. It makes joints feel better, muscles repair faster, and you get this great energy rush too!
I recently learned that they also do cryo facials (the increased oxygenated blood flow is great for restoring a youthful appearance to skin texture too) and also something called T-Shock, which is an innovative new approach in the treatment of cellulite and fat removal that reshapes the body. T Shock has a Cryo Slimming and Cryo Toning setting.
For the slimming setting, it breaks down fat cells by starting the treatment with heat then a prolonged period of cold then heat again. Then the body naturally flushes the fat cells out through the bloodstream and then the lymphatic system in a few days to weeks following the treatment. It’s a safe, painless and a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
Cryo Toning involves less cold to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin production while tightening muscles.
The T-Shock differs from other cold sculpting treatments (which I’ve done before) because it’s painless and it’s much more affordable. I also liked that it only requires 10-30 minutes for a treatment.
So, at Chill Zone, you get the T-Shock, and then to help activate the lymphatic system to start flushing everything out, they put you on this machine that vibrates your entire body for 15 minutes — they said it was the equivalent on going on a light run calorie-wise, so that was exciting too!
Then you get into the Cryo chamber for three minutes for one last flush and oxygen rush to the body so you leave feeling fabulous!
Plus, right now through November 31 Chill Zone Cryo is offering a T-Shock 5 Pack for $1,500 and an additional session free – saving you $600. Or you can get a T-Shock 10 Pack for $2,500 and get 2 additional sessions free – saving you $1,700.
T-Shock 5 Pack $1500 get 1 Additional Session free. Save $600.
T-Shock 10 Pack $2500 get 2 Additional Sessions Free. Save $1,700
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Chic Review: Wiseway Supply

It’s Pinterest come to life at Wiseway Design Showroom – Wiseway Supply in Florence! Keep watching for a sneak peek into their AMAZING showroom, to hear about new trends, and where you can check them out for yourself (which we HIGHLY recommend!). Learn more at

Chic Review: Power Blendz Pure 21

I’ve done 21-day cleanses before but I wanted to try this one because it don’t use artificial sweeteners, it’s non-GMO and all natural.
Basically, it’s a three-week program that cleans and detoxifies, then resets your body to better absorb nutrients while also helping you create new habits that will make for long-term success.
They make it pretty foolproof to follow. When you sign up to do the system, the package comes with a PURE 21 Guide which has detailed meal planning, recipes, nutrition tips and a goal based exercise strategy. Everything from a list of what to get at the grocery, what to eat and how to make it. Really made it super easy for me.
My favorite part of the system was the PRO-WHEY 100% whey protein isolate that’s all natural, non GMO and gluten free with no artificial sweeteners — I got the chocolate flavor and it’s sooo yummy! The system also comes with a blender bottle; the PURE START natural cleanser and detoxifier packets; ADVANCED PROBIOTIC digestive and immune system health and balance; DIGESTIVE NZYMES restore the normal digestive function; and VITA PLEX which has over 30 high quality vitamins and minerals.
You just follow what the guide says to do and take each day, and you all the sudden start to feel better. Trimmer, more energy, better mood. I definitely noticed a difference about a week in, and by the end of the three weeks, it was dramatic.
I lost a little over six pounds and I’m back into my pre-pregnancy clothes again. But more importantly, I FEEL better. I sleep better, no more sweets cravings and energy crashes, my mind feels less foggy, and did I mention that I’m back into my pre-pregnancy clothes again three months after the third baby? Talk about a mood booster!