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Like Wine? 2018 Cincinnati International Wine Festival Coming March 8-10!

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is celebrating its 28th year of giving back to local charities with wine tastings, gourmet dining, education sessions, silent auctions and more. The festival, set for March 8-10, has options for every palate, style and preference. One of the largest of its kind in the country, the festival is recognized as a premier destination in the Midwest. The popular festival features more than 700 domestic and international wines from more than 200 wineries. Thousands of people attend each year. 
The festival kicks off with winery dinners the evening of March 8, where guests will simultaneously experience the best of fine wines and fine dining at 18 of Cincinnati’s most prestigious restaurants. One price covers each multi-course dining experience with exclusive wine pairings presented by winery representatives. The festival continues March 9 and 10 with a variety of wine tasting and educational opportunities where guests will sample new and fascinating wines from around the world, paired with delectable bites. A charity luncheon and auction will feature limited-release and rare wines coaxed from the cellars of notable Cincinnatians, chef’s table dining opportunities at exclusive Cincinnati homes, fantastic trips, wine cellar tours and more. 
This year’s honorary festival chair is Darioush Khaledi of Darioush in Southern Napa Valley, California.  Courage, commitment, and an entrepreneurial spirit best describe Darioush, who left behind a successful engineering career in his native Iran and emigrated to the United States seeking opportunity, freedom and personal liberty. Together with his wife Shahpar, he founded his namesake winery in 1997. Darioush is the realization of his American dream.
Win this wine basket with a giveaway on the Cincy Chic Facebook page!
“I have a lifelong love and passion for producing wines that celebrate individualism and craftsmanship,” Darioush said. “And the Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a fantastic showcase of the finest wineries in our industry. I feel privileged to be representing the wine industry here in Cincinnati as the festival’s chair this year, and I am proud to be part of an international event that gives back locally.”
Each wine festival ticket purchased directly benefits 36 local charities with programs dedicated to the arts, education, health and human services. The festival has given more than $5 million to local charities since its inception in 1991 thanks to the support and patronage of the Greater Cincinnati community.
“Our goal at the wine festival is to keep giving back locally, one glass at a time,” said Cincinnati International Wine Festival Executive Director, Debbie Dent. “There truly is something for everyone here, at nearly every price point. Whether you’re looking to enjoy an exclusive dinner at one of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, or you want to just taste wines and learn about their origin, you are invited to join us March 8-10. Come explore and sample our vast array of wines, all for a great cause. Not only will you have an incredible time, you will be helping us support the charitable needs of our community.”
The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a Cincinnati-based, charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds for local charities through the celebration of the wine industry. This year’s festival features 700 wines from more than 200 wineries across the globe. Kroger is the presenting sponsor. Festival proceeds benefit 36 Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky arts, education, and health and human services charities, distributing more than $350,000 in grants in 2017. The festival has donated more than $5 million to local charities since its inception in 1991. The patronage and support of the Greater Cincinnati community enables the festival to continue giving back locally, one glass at a time. Learn more and purchase tickets at winefestival.com.
Watch my exclusive interview with the Executive Director Debbie Dent as she explains how to prepare for the Festival to get the best experience and also offers some helpful tips for how to properly taste the wine when you’re there. Oh, and check out our Cincy Chic Facebook page — http://facebook.com/cincychic — for a chance to win a FABULOUS wine lover’s gift basket valued at $200!

Goldfish Swim School: Mini Classes


Not only is swimming an important life skill for your kids from a safety standpoint, but there’s a TON of emotional, developmental and physical benefits to getting babies in the water at an early age. It’s such a great bonding opportunity to spend time splashing and smiling with your little one.

That’s actually why I started bringing mine to Goldfish Swim School West Chester. They offer swim classes for kids starting as early as 4 months! Kids ages four to 35 months-old can enjoy a weekly 30 minute class in the water with mom or dad working on basic water and swim safety skills with the help of an instructor. Their pool is kept at 90 degrees to make the water inviting and comfortable for all swimmers all year round.

The classes are fun and interactive for babies and their parents. You’re holding them and guiding them through the various swim skills the entire 30 minutes. It’s actually a really good arm workout — I count it for my exercise of the day!

Mini Class activities include singing group songs, practicing tummy time, and getting little ones comfortable in the water. Babies practice their grasp reflex, move on to holding onto the wall and eventually inching their way down it. With the help of mom or dad, babies work on their pulling paddle, “Superman” glides, sea otter floats and kicks. As babies progress through the Mini Program, they work on crab walking, getting out of the pool safely by climbing up using the “fin, belly, flipper, flipper” technique and breath control.

In addition to weekly Mini Classes, Goldfish offers family swim several times a week so parents can spend time together in the water with baby practicing the water acclimation skills they learned in class.

And the facility is awesome too. There’s a viewing area for parents and siblings and a cool play area to entertain kiddos when they aren’t in the pool. And there are a ton of showers, changing rooms, and even a hair dry station that makes it fun for kids to get ready to go home.

I definitely encourage you to check out Goldfish Swim School West Chester. Both my girls LOVE it there. And I love it too — especially these Mini Classes. They have them at times that are convenient for every family’s schedule, so contact them for more info and see about enrolling your baby in a FREE TRIAL Mini Class! Hey, you can’t beat free!

Go to www.westchester.goldfishswimschool.com to learn more.

Private Event Spaces at Parker’s Blue Ash

I love coming to Parker’s for business meetings, a quick lunch, or even dinner with the family. The food is always awesome – a really good variety – drinks are yummy, service is super friendly, and they have everything from sunny al fresco to cozy cuddle-up-by-the-fireplace dining. So when I learned that they host all kinds of events here, I was all ears! They do everything from intimate weddings to rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby showers, corporate lunches and dinners, seminars, lunch ’n’ learns, you name it.
There are four private dinning rooms, accommodating groups of 12 to 60 people for sit-down functions and 12-100 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The Trotter Room holds 12-20 people for sit-down functions. It has a gorgeous fireplace on one side of the room and a rustic bookshelf on the other.
The Paddock Room holds 12-20 people for sit-down functions and has lots of natural light.
And talk about natural light, the Triple Crown Room holds 22-36 people for sit-down functions and features three walls of windows and then the fourth that’s an exposed brick wall.
The Lexington Room holds 40-60 people for sit-down functions and up to 100 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This room is their largest and it features a fireplace and lots of different seating arrangements. It’s also their most private event space so it’s great for those super special events like a wedding where you need that additional privacy.
They have a range of food and drink package options set at different prices per person, which really helps you budget. They also have AV equipment that you can rent from them, which makes it nice to not have to coordinate that with another company. You can just get everything from them. Plus, Parker’s itself is really convenient for all your guests to get to — it’s right in the heart of Blue Ash, with easy access from all the city’s major highways.
I’m already thinking of different events I can host here! If you have an event you’re planning but need a “home” for, definitely check this place out! You can find menus, testimonials and a contact form for special events on their website – http://parkersblueash.com.

Shop Macy’s Go Red Sale Jan. 31-Feb. 5

Macy’s is teaming up with the American Heart Association to support American Heart Month and the Go Red for Women
campaign!
Macy’s is the founding national sponsor of Go Red for Women and has raised $65 million since 2004 – all for the prevention of heart disease in women!
To help raise funds this year, they’re hosting the Wear Red Sale from Jan. 31 to Feb. 5. Wear red to shop at the store, or purchase the official Red Dress pin, and you’ll receive a storewide discount! Macy’s is also donating 100% of the proceeds from the $3 Red Dress pin back to the Go Red cause!
Even better? This promo will be combined with the storewide 20% discount at our Lady in Red event on Friday, February 2! Learn more about the event and get your tickets now at 2018LIR.eventbrite.com.

Lady in Red: New Location!

NEW LOCATION! Due to the downtown Macy’s store announcing its closure, our Feb. 2 2018 Lady in Red will now be at Macy’s Kenwood Towne Center! Same store-wide 20% discount, swag, fashion show, fundraising for the Cincinnati American Heart Association, and LOTS of fun! (plus, now you’ll get free parking!)  Hope to see you there in your ravishing red! Get your tickets at 2018LIR.eventbrite.com HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! Share this post for a chance to win a pair of VIP tickets! Winner will be selected on Jan. 14!

Save $10 to New Year, New You with Special Code!

Start the new year in style… with us! Mark your calendars for our Jan. 19 2018 New Year, New You event and enjoy sipping, shopping, mingling {with fine folks like some of last year’s attendees pictured here!}, plus a fab fashion show and fun fundraising activities for the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund! Use the code FB for $10 off any ticket type …and, yes, that makes the General Admission ticket FREE! Woohoo! Share with your friends and we hope to see you soon! RSVP: www.2018NYNY.eventbrite.com 

Punch & Prettification March 15 at Myrtle’s Punch House!

We’re teaming up with Myrtle’s Punch House and EVER Skin Care with Andie Wafzig to bring you Punch & Prettification on March 15! I’m so excited to be working with two of my good friends, Andie and Molly, on this super fun event.

Both of these amazing ladies believe in using the best, natural, and good-for-you ingredients. Actually, many people don’t know this but Molly hand-makes a lot of her own syrups and mixers for her cocktails to keep them as fresh and preservative free as possible. And my gal Andie is all about “results come naturally” natural but SUPER effective, good-for-you skincare.

And if you don’t believe that natural skincare can do the job, just check out these before and after results on my stretch marks! A video on my facial products is coming soon and it’s just as wowing. Seriously, you’ll want to check this stuff out for yourself, and you can in-person, with a fun cocktail in hand, at this awesome event!

Chic Review: Worthy Yoga

Located in the heart of Mariemont, WORTHY Yoga is a faith based practice. It’s a light bright, open, simple and welcoming space.

The owner – Brenda Westfall, who also teaches some of the classes, says it’s part of an International Training Program called Holy Yoga, where she completed both her 200 hr and 300 hr Master’s level training. Many of their other instructors have been trained through Holy Yoga, too. 

It’s a brand that fuses physical postures and breath work, to strengthen and make the body more flexible, with a type of yoga that emphasizes the opening of the heart to divine love, to strengthen your faith and devotion to Christ.

What they do a bit differently at WORTHY, versus your traditional yoga studio, is open with prayer and set an intention or theme for the practice based on a passage from scripture. They welcome, and respect, all faiths and denominations.

Then, from there, it’s 100% yoga. They offer a variety of classes all throughout the week and weekend from gentle, slow flow and a more meditation-focused class, to a Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow or even a Barre class.

There are no mirrors in the entire space by design… they want you to feel the pose, not see the pose, and not to feel any competition – just a lot of grace. Love that.

You can check out their full class schedule, get location info, introductory offer/class pass and pricing details, and learn more about what makes WORTHY unique and awesome at worthyyoga.com

Chic Review: Ultimate Air Shuttle

Ultimate Air Shuttle offers public charter service. Basically, flying without the fuss. No time wasted parking, going through security, or waiting long lines, easy boarding, VIP flight service, lots of leg room. Plus, no parking or baggage fees, no cancellation penalty for changes made at least 24-hours in advance, and late check-in up to 15 minutes before time of departure.

They provide jet shuttle service with 30-passenger jets to New York City, Chicago, Charlotte, Cleveland, and new to the list Atlanta. All destinations are serviced from Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport.

You can fly in and out on the same date if you have a meeting or event, or you can depart and return on different days according to their schedule — we flew out on a Thursday and came back on a Monday. In our time there, did a lot of sightseeing, met some new friends, and even made a big announcement that we’re expecting Baby #3! Such a fun long weekend get-away!

Not only did Ultimate Air Shuttle make the flight easy, they can also help you arrange Ground Transportation via public and private car or shuttle service. We took a shuttle that dropped us off and then picked us up right the heart of the city. Easy peasy.

The flights are quick, lots of leg room, and you get complimentary snacks and drinks on your flight. For Morning Departure you get a yummy light breakfast and Evening Departures get an individual Fruit, Cheese, and Meat tray. And did I mention complimentary drinks? I had to take a raincheck on the cocktails this trip, but I’ll DEFINITELY be doing this again. Highly recommended.

To learn more, visit https://ultimateairshuttle.com.