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Reading with a Hometown Hero!

Joules Evans

Get ready for tears, joy, and cocktails! Join The ADC Gallery on Sunday, December 11th from 6-9pm for a book signing and cocktails with local hometown hero and writer Joules Evans!

Here are the deets:

What:  A book signing for Shaken Not Stirred…a Chemo Cocktail by author Joules Evans

When: Sunday Dec. 11th 6-9 pm  Cocktails at 6:00, reading by the author at 7:00

Where: ADC, Art Design Consultants Gallery, 310 Culvert St.  5th floor, Cincinnati OH  45202

Joules battled her way through breast cancer and wants to share the “comedy behind her tragedy!” Cocktails start at 6 and the reading begins at 7! Also joining in the festivities is “Kicked in the Fence” who will be performing live!

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house, dress up, and hear the truly amazing story of an extremely strong woman! Free Parking is available and there will be an opportunity to purchase her book at the signing. Be sure to join us for what is promised to be a night you won’t soon forget! See you there!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping to put this blog post together!


Big Fun at Big Tree Plantation

This week, I visited Big Tree Plantation for a Star64 movies shoot and I was pleasantly surprised! I just thought it was a big tree plantation (yes, it’s very appropriately named) where people go to get their Christmas trees. But, I quickly learned that it’s so much more! They have a winter wonderland for kids (crafts, face painting, meeting Santa, live reindeer, etc) and also an amazing gift shop.

In the shop, which is actually in a shabby chic old barn, they had ornaments you can buy to decorate your tree in theme (beach, western, glitzy), and you can personalize the ornaments for free (like, if you want to give it to “mom” “grandpa” or put a year or family name on it). There’s a kids shopping area for kids where all the shelves are kid height and there are gift items they can buy for their parents, siblings, grand parents or friends at school. Super cute!

My favorite find? Well, I’m a shoe-o-holic, so I of course fell in love with the shoe ornaments. So chic! And oh so appropriate to write about on Fabushoe Friday!

I highly recommend visiting Big Tree Plantation – whether or not you need a tree…or shoe ornaments – to make some memories with your family this holiday season!

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Fountain Square’s Indie Flea Market

This summer, Fountain Square has quite the lineup for us Cincinnatians to enjoy. One event in particular really stuck out for me (because it involves shopping!): An Indie flea market.

A couple weeks ago, Cincy Chic promoted an Indie vendor event at Kenwood Towne Centre and it was VERY popular. Sounds like Fountain Square is building on that concept, and adding in some great independent rock bands to provide a soundtrack to the shopping! They’re partnering with the MidPoint Music Festival to get the bands, so you know they’ll be good!

Pomegranates at Fountain Square (Photo: Thadd Fiala)

So, if this sounds like your idea of fun, head to Fountain Square on June 17.  The Indie craft market will be open from 5pm- 10pm that night. The crafts will all be handmade and unique, made by local artisans (Etsy-style arts and crafts). Fountain Square is still taking vendors too, if anyone is interested in displaying your work. It sounds like a great way to get your name out there, but be sure to apply by the June 3 deadline!

For more info, click here, especially if you want to know what bands will be playing or even check out other events Fountain Square will be having this summer!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Krombholz Jewelers to be Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

You’ve heard “Diamond’s are a girl’s best friend,” right? Well, no one knows that better than Krombholz Jewelers (aka the venue of our Night in White event next Friday!).

Well, diamonds and the Krombholz family will be the new BFFs of one lucky local lady. That’s because Krombholz Jewelers (a 70 year old company!) just snagged a great gig with the ABC network. The producers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” gave Krombholz the honor of designing an engagement ring for the Dickinson family of South Carolina.

So, not only will the couple, along with their 6 children, get a brand new beautiful home, but India, the wife, will also get a specially crafted diamond ring, featuring the birthstones of each of their 6 children. As if this show wasn’t already a tear jerker! With only a matter of days, the jewelers at Krombholz designed a ring with a retail value of $17,000, but the sentimental value means so much more.

India’s husband, Bill, has served in the US Marine Cops for 17 years and is currently deployed over 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan. Because of his deployment and financial hardships, their home was hard to keep up with and was at the point of being inhabitable, so with the help of Ty and the design team, along with many South Carolina donors and volunteers, a new home was built in a week and the ring was presented to India by Bill, live via video chat, which meant a lot to him because he never had the chance to buy his wife an engagement ring.

Because of the great honor and recognition they have received because of this, Krombholz wants everyone to come celebrate with a viewing party, which will take place at Stir, across from their jewelry store in Olde Montgomery, on May 1 at 7 PM. Even though the public is invited, they are requesting RSVP’s by April 28, so be sure to contact them beforehand so you won’t miss out on the airing of the episode, along with a surprise video chat with India that is being planned for that night!

Most of us are well aware of the heart-wrenching series, so why not come shed a tear or two (or a million) while sharing some drinks with other Cincy Chic’ers? It will be a great time and a memorable moment for all who attend. Hope to see you there! (For more information on the event, check out Krombholz newsletter here. If you want to learn more about Krombholz Jewelers, read a great Cincy Chic write up here!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Enjoy Some Quality Play Time at Northside Tavern for a Great Cause!

To all you ladies out there who are craving a girls’ night out, then clear your calendars for tomorrow, April 20.  Join Monkee’s of Madeira (we just featured them in this week’s feature story for our “Shoe” issue on Cincy Chic!) in supporting a great cause while enjoying drink specials and quizzing your elementary school level facts and trivia.

The Northside Tavern is hosting an “Old School for Children’s Quiz Night” to help out the Cincinnati Junior Council for Children’s hospital. Not only will you get to be part the game itself, but there will also be chances to win give away prizes and raffle items! The happy hour specials will be from 6-8 PM, with the quiz game with start at 7 PM.

This is a perfect opportunity for you and your girlfriends to get out on the town and have some fun. So enjoy some liquid courage to test out your memory from the stuff you learned way back when. Even if you don’t win the game, you’ll at least win on having a fun night full of laughs. The tickets are  $12 at the door, which is a small cost to pay knowing its helping out such a great cause. You can register by clicking here! I hope you all can try and make it out. Don’t forget to bring your “A” game!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Personalized Champagne

At Saturday's "CT Saturday Holiday Celebration"

Each Tuesday, I get together with three (some times four) of my best friends and we try a different type of champagne at a different local restaurant or bar. We’ve been doing this for the past three years. It started as a way to make sure we got together once a week. Then, as the recession really dug in its heels, it evolved as a way to give business to local establishments.

Usually the venue we visit is pretty empty on a Tuesday, which we like because it’s quiet and we can catch up. But two years ago, we decided to get together once on a Saturday instead of Tuesday. We did it during the holidays so we could exchange gifts, get dressed up and stay downtown.

The CT Saturday bottle I made on MyMoet.com

This past Saturday was when we did this year’s “CT Saturday Holiday Celebration.” It was so much fun! We went to Bistro, FB’s and then Knock Back Nats. (yes, the night got progressively less classy) : )

Part of my gift to the girls was this special bottle of Moet which I got personalized at MyMoet.com. It was so cool I had to share. You just go to the site, choose your size of bottle, type in your message and then you can preview it and buy it if you want!

Thought I’d tell you about it, with New Year’s Eve coming up (how cool would it be to bring a personalized bottle as a host gift!) or maybe you have a little champagne group of your own!

My Shoe Inspired Landor 110 Project

It’s 1:10 in the morning… what are you doing, what are you thinking, how do you feel and which shoes are you wearing?

That’s what I’ve been asking myself every day for the past week at 1:10 (am or pm) for a project my friend Micah Paldino asked me to participate in. Landor & Associates, a local branding firm, is coordinating it, and it’s called the Landor 110 Project.

Previously, Landor had its employees pause at precisely 1:10 (am or pm) to think about what they were feeling at that very moment. They were asked to express those feelings through a sketch, a word, a photo and a color.

Landor then took those sketches, words, photos and colors and put them for the world (well, the downtown Cincinnati world at least) to see, as the Landor window displays at 110 Shillito Place.

This year, the fate of the Landor 110 window displays is in the hands of the people. And I’m one of those lucky people! Micah told me they selected “key people” in the community, but I think he was just being nice. : ) No, but from seeing all the #landor110 hashtag convos on Twitter, a lot of cool people are also participating, so I’m honored to be a part of the group.

As you all know, I love shoes. So, my Landor 110 Project was shoe-inspired. I realized that each day, my shoes emulated how my day was. I wore power shoes when I needed to have a powerful day at work. I work my fabuslippers when I needed a little rest and relaxation. So, that’s what I did.

And as you also know, I have my Fabushoe Friday, so what better day than to share my shoe-inspired Landor 110 Project with you than on a Friday! Please see the video below as I go through my seven days of shoe inspiration. Enjoy!

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Bucket List Balloon Ride

balloon rideWell, I’m officially going to have to change my “about me” page on Cincy Chic. For the past four years I’ve had it in there that one of my dreams is to ride in a hot air balloon.

To be honest that was kind of a hint to my husband in case he was ever at a loss for what to get me for my birthday or Christmas. But I should know better than to be anything less than obvious with the male gender, haha!

So, my friend, Rene, posted to her Facebook a couple weeks ago asking what was on her friends’ bucket lists. She was just curious and wanted to get conversation started, apparently. So, I posted “Ride in a hot air balloon.” She private messaged me immediately and said she had a friend who flies hot air balloons and that he would take us up. Granted, we were allowed to go up pretty much gratis (just paying the cost of gas) because he was finishing up his certification hours, and this was technically a “training ride” for him. So, there was a little risk involved. But he had been up in a balloon many, many times before, and there was a trainer on with us, so it wasn’t THAT big of a risk!

I couldn’t believe it. I absolutely freaked out! I’ve been wanting to do this for YEARS! And here was opportunity knocking down my door! She set it all up and up, up away we went!

Our balloon ride took us over Kings Island, the ATP tournament area and I-71. It was so quiet and peaceful (you know, except for the deafening blast of hot air every 30 seconds to make sure we stayed in the air). It was incredible and more breath-taking than I ever hoped it would be.

But right before we landed we did what’s called a “splash and dash” for fun. It’s where you take the balloon over a body of water, in our case a pond in a residential area,  and have it skim across the top of the water and then blast hot air into the balloon to bring us back up. This takes a ton of skill and obviously can go horribly wrong if not done correctly (hello, we were basically in a wicker basket attached to a big balloon). But Eric pulled it off flawlessly. You should have seen the faces of the people out on their decks watching us in that neighborhood though! haha!

I didn’t realize this but you don’t land in the same spot you took off from. And you never really know where you’ll land. Eric decided that a church playground area was a good spot for our landing. But it was right next to the neighborhood where we made a scene with the splash and dash, so every kid ran out of their houses to see us when they realized we were landing. Kids came out of the woodwork, no joke. Within minutes, there had to be 60 kids surrounding the balloon, hopping in the basket and “helping” Eric and his crew get the air out of the balloon. It was pretty funny.

So, after they got the balloon packed away, we drove back to our cars and I got my certificate of completion. As if all this wasn’t enough, Eric, who is also a Sommelier at A Bottle or Two in Mason, broke out a bottle of Moet champagne to toast to this big bucket list item being officially checked off my list.

I know I usually just blog about fashion and beauty here on my “Chic this Week” blog… but it was one of the most surreal experiences of my entire life and I wanted to share it with you. A huge thanks to Eric Faber with Balloon Adventures who took us up and my friend Rene for putting this together. It was a dream come true!

Check out the slideshow below that takes you through my adventure one picture at a time! Enjoy! I hope you get the opportunity to check something off your list this weekend!

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Star Lanes: The Chicest Bowling in Town!

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Monika Roberts, Katy Crossen, Joe Busam, and me at Star Lanes!

When I lived in Philadelphia, my favorite pastime was bowling. Normally, “bowling” conjures up images of ugly shoes, smoky air and cheap beer. But at my bowling hotspot in Philly, it was quite the contrary.

The place was called Lucky Strikes Lanes, and it had upscale bowling alleys with lane-side food service and lounges. They had the best sushi and the yummiest cocktail concoctions.
When I moved back to Cincinnati, I began to miss my Lucky Strikes terribly. I even told my husband that I’d love to open something similar here in Cincinnati. (Yeah, with all that spare time I have)

star lanesLow and behold, three years later, I get an invite for a sneak peek of Star Lanes, the newest “boutique bowling center,” in Newport KY. After a little digging, I discovered that Star Lanes is owned by Lucky Strike Entertainment, who also owns Lucky Strike Lanes in Philly. Ah, my posh pin prayers were answered. There is a Gutter Ball God!

So, last night I went to the pre-opening party and man was it packed. All 24,000 square feet. They kicked star lanesthings off in style. They served up free food and drinks, as well as free bowling for several hours. Granted, they didn’t have nearly enough bar staff to handle a huge crowd who wanted to take advantage of the complimentary cocktails. But that’s honestly my only complaint. The food was amazing and the lanes were lush. Can’t say anything about the cocktails because I never actually got one despite waiting patiently and batting my lashes.

The place is HUGE. It basically took over the space of three (if not more) restaurant/bars: Cafe Istanbul, The Reserve and the art gallery space. I snapped a couple pics and took the below video so you can get an idea of what it’s like. Definitely worth checking out!

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An Eventful Day!

Lots of chic events going on tonight!

I already told you where I’ll be tonight. Blowdries and Baubles at the Chambers Packer Studio. They were asking for RSVPs, but I know they wouldn’t mind if you came by to join the fun with us! I’m going in to get my hair done this afternoon (and boy do I need it… my roots are almost two inches long… eek!) so I’ll be debuting the new look. And they’ll have their stylists giving tips on different hair types and talking about trends too. Oh, and cocktails…it is Friday after all! YAY!

If you’re in West Chester there are a couple events up your way tonight. As I told you before, Bajon Salon is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and are doing giveaways, discounts and cocktails tonight at their salon.

The Village Spa in West Chester is having a “Spring Bling” event tonight starting at 7pm. The invite said “come see and try on the latest trends in Spring jewelry and accessories,  courtesy of our own Stacy Young & her new company, Bling Culture. There will be plenty of fun and complimentary refreshments.”

The Village Spa is located at:
8862 CINCINNATI-DAYTON RD
WEST CHESTER, OH  45069
513-755-9241

If you’re in the mood for something more fashion-forward, a fashion designer friend of mine, Toby Tyler, is having a fashion show event tonight in Clifton. Click here to view the invite and more information.