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Celebrate the holidays with Santa, sweaters and singing at the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is getting you in the holiday spirit with tons of festive, family-friendly holiday events and activities! And I LOVE the holidays so I’m super excited to check some of these out!


Dec. 5–31 during regular museum hours

Bring the whole family to the museum for holiday art-making activities, including card making, wrapping paper creation, gift bag embellishment, ornament crafts and more at the Rosenthal Education Center (REC). This dedicated interactive space for families has a new activity you can participate in each day. FREE.

Young Professionals’ Choral Collective performances

Thursday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Be serenaded by the Young Professionals’ Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC)! Gather in the Great Hall for a capella performances of your favorite holiday tunes and carols. FREE.

Cincinnati Black Santa visits CAM

Sunday, Dec. 17, 1–4 p.m.

For the third year in a row, Cincinnati Black Santa Claus is coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum thanks to the Voice of Black Cincinnati. Santa is looking forward to greeting children of all ages, reviewing Christmas lists and taking pictures by the tree. FREE.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

Thursday, Dec. 21, 5–8 p.m.

‘Tis the season to eat, drink, be merry and wear your tackiest holiday sweaters at the Cincinnati Art Museum! Celebrate with a cash bar, food for purchase from the Terrace Café and exclusive access to the museum after hours. FREE.

Holiday Gift Shop

Make a list and check it twice! Shop art-inspired gifts, including fashionable finds inspired by Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Through your purchase at the CAM gift shop, you directly support the Cincinnati Art Museum.

PLUS – the Cincinnati Art Museum also has plenty of diverse, special exhibitions including: Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion(ticket required, free Thursday evenings), William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the DanceAna England: Kinship, and Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance.

Koop Diamond Cutters’ Black Friday Sale

My friends at Koop Diamond Cutters are having a HUGE Black Friday sale on November 24 and 25! You’ll be able to snag some fab jewelry at a great price and even help a good cause in the process!

You’ll not only beat the crowds, but you’ll save 65 to 70% off everything in the store, with some exceptions, including hundreds of custom styles you won’t find in your typical jewelry store!

You can also enjoy free gift wrapping and free jewelry cleaning, so stop by and get your diamonds shined up for the holidays!

Plus, 5% of all proceeds from the Black Friday sale will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

Koop is open on Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 2 pm. The store is located at 214 East 8th Street in Cincinnati! Learn more at

Leeta Ruth Boutique

Right in the heart of Ludlow, Kentucky, is Leeta Ruth Boutique which just opened in 2016.
Created by a busy mom of two who wanted an outlet for her love of fashion and excitement for Ludlow’s new business development… she envisioned the transformation and restoration of this of historic building into the boutique of her dreams and made it happen.
The name was inspired by two women in her family, proudly pictured on the mantle, Leeta Ruth features clothes and accessories for women – everything from casual to dressy – that are stylish and trendy but still approachable, comfortable and affordable. I actually found them to be MUCH more affordable than most boutiques I’ve been in.
But what I loved most about it is that the owner, Kim, is who runs the shop during their limited hours (which by the way are Tuesday and Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4) and she’s very good about styling outfits that work for your personality and lifestyle.
Since she personally does all the buying for the store, she will hear what you’re looking for and know exactly what she has in store that would be a good fit. She also has an interesting eye for pairing girly with a little edge. For example, she paired a moto jacket with a casual dress and a dressy skirt that I would have never thought paired well, but they looked adorable together!
I also love that Kim supports other local small business owners like Lexington-based Southern Socks, Cincinnati-based Hank’s Pockets and an amazing local designer Mallory who hand makes clothing from vintage fabrics. Oh and she has a great selection of distressed skinny jeans and leggings — I wanted to buy the whole table. Tons of cozy sweaters, cute tops and great dresses – from casual to formal.
And they change their inventory weekly, if not even more frequently than that. So check back and check back often! You’ll definitely leave there wanting something, if not everything! Learn more on Facebook.

Top 10 Looks for Less

My favorite locally-based accessories site — — not only has super cute jewelry, scarves and gift items, but they’re also hosting an event in Columbus and Cincinnati to bring the site to you in a special in-person shopping experience!

You can also shop online with Facebook parties to earn shopping credits for the site, or fundraise. Learn more about those here.

Just to give you an idea of the adorable things you’ll find on the site (and the even more impressive prices), I pulled 10 of my favorite items currently on the site and their designer lookalikes so you can see how the site is your key to staying on trend without the price tag!

#1 – Blanket Scarf

Miss Em’s: $20

Harrods: $188


#2 – Infinity Scarf

Miss Em’s: $20

Polyvore: $118

#3 – Tassel Scarf

Miss Em’s: $14

Nordstrom: $138

#4 – Clover Earrings

Miss Em’s: $6

Ross Simons: $1,995

#5 – Rose Gold Leaf

Miss Em’s: $12

Stacy Nolan: $1,500

#6 – Mint Cuff

Miss Em’s: $14

Artbox Jewel: $423

#7 – Peach Teardrop

Miss Em’s: $6

Angara: $519

#8 – Tassel Earrings

Miss Em’s: $14

Nordstrom: $35

#9 – Turquoise Bead Necklace Set

Miss Em’s: $23

Saks: $120

#10 – Gold Oval Earrings

Miss Em’s: $6

Wahl Jewelers: $360

Pink House Party July 21!

Exciting news! We’ve partnered up with HOMEARAMA this year to host a super fun event — the Pink House Party! We will have Trouvaille the traveling fashion boutique truck there, with the truck for shopping outside and a freeze modeling fashion show inside, then lots of other pop-up shops, drinks and raffles, all to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls! That’s 5-8pm, and then you can check out all the gorgeous HOMEARAMA homes with even more boutiques featured inside each of those homes! It’s going to be so fun! More details below! Hope to see you there! 


Pink House Party

Join Cincy Chic and HOMEARAMA® for a night of shopping, sips, fashion and fun all to benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls!

When: Friday, July 21, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: 7570 Stillwater Drive, Maineville, OH 45039 {clubhouse} GPS: 1295 W US Highway 22 and 3, Maineville, OH 45039

Tickets: $20. Includes swag bag, 1 drink ticket, shopping, mingling, and a freeze model fashion show. Plus, it includes access into HOMEARAMA® {typically $16 at the gate} where there will be additional pop-up shops inside the homes, and a live band playing until 8:00 p.m.! All ticket proceeds benefit Pink Ribbon Girls.

RSVP: Learn more and get your tickets at:


Fashion Show Sponsor: Trouvaille Traveling Fashion Boutique 

Vendor booths: Sparkle for Good, Lipsense with Suzanne Goodpaster

Z Gallerie Now Open in Cincinnati {at The Kenwood Collection}

Back in the day before I watched HGTV or even had a home of my own to decorate, I’d spend hours walking around Z Gallerie (which was in Rookwood at the time) dreaming of how I’d fill my future home with all their fabulous stuff.

I liked their store in particular because it had a great mix of every kind of genre (modern, shabby chic, international, traditional, etc), and I loved the way they styled all their pieces. Gave me lots of ideas!

Then, when we did buy our first home, we got pretty much every piece of decor and furniture from Z Gallerie. It was like years of sending love letters to your classroom crush and then years later finally getting to marry them! haha!

Turns out, I got that pinnacle moment in just in time, because a year after we got everything, Z Gallerie announced that they would be closing their Rookwood store (I was seriously in mourning).

But turn that frown upside down because Z Gallerie is now BACK in Cincinnati in an even bigger and better space! That’s right, on Friday, June 23, they had the ceremonial ribbon cutting, and Z Gallerie officially opened its doors at The Kenwood Collection retail/office project next to the Kenwood Towne Centre in Sycamore Township.

The new furniture and home décor store becomes one of 72 operated by the Los Angeles-based Z Gallerie nationwide, but the only one in Greater Cincinnati.

Z Gallerie is located on the first floor of Kenwood Collection’s retail space. They’re open Mon – Sat: 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm. Learn more at