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Queen Bee Half!

Amy and Iris Simpson-Bush, executive director of Queen Bee Half and Flying Pig Marathon

“Remember when you thought you couldn’t do this?” I read that on a spectator sign at this year’s Queen Bee Half Marathon and I immediately teared up. Yes, I do remember. Lola was 9 months old, Pete was recovering from hip and knee replacements, and I was at my unhealthiest (emotionally and physically – about 30lbs heavier than I am now and hadn’t exercised in over a year). I hadn’t showered in days, I was backlogged with work, bills, insurance/disability paperwork. Finding time to run with all this? “IT‘S TIME TO FIND THE TIME,” I thought and signed up for a half marathon on the spot. I went to the gym almost every day, progressed really well and felt healthier than ever. I was about halfway into training when I found out I was pregnant with Sofia (I still did the half marathon, just walking). Fast forward to Nico coming along a year and a half later… I’m rocking our third (!!!) kiddo to sleep this spring, thinking how I need to carve out some time for myself because I was pouring from an empty cup, so I signed up for the Queen Bee Half. A month later, the storm hit our house and we’ve been displaced to a hotel since. I don’t have my country roads and favorite running routes around our hotel, so I had to do a lot of “dreadmill” runs. I honestly opted out of some training because I couldn’t bring myself to hamster wheel it for two hours. I felt so unprepared and incapable right before this race, I almost bailed. But running and training always teaches me so much. I knew just showing up would be a reminder that I will show up for what is important to me no matter what gets in my way. My goal when I initially signed up was to run it in 2:30, but I had lost hope for that when I laced up yesterday. Once I started running, though, a fire burned inside me and that sign around mile 10 just IGNITED it. “Push” I thought. Push past the pain, the hurdles, your comfort zone, and reach that goal you had when you started! I BEAT my goal by four minutes, finishing in 2:26. I know it’s not record-breaking, but it’s a big deal for me. I’m so thankful to be able to run again, to learn these big life lessons with each race. Because, yes, I remember when I didn’t think it was possible. 💕

Chic Review: Goldfish Swim School – Anderson

Goldfish Swim School is the BEST! It’s a learn-to-swim facility for kids ages 4 months to 12 years. They have The Science of SwimPlay® approach that builds life skills both in and out of the water using play-based learning in a fun and safe environment.
I’ve been bringing my kids to Goldfish for years now and I can’t tell you how much of a confidence booster this is for them. And it puts my mind at ease knowing that they have such great swim skills at such young ages. My favorite things about going to Goldfish is that it’s a shiver-free, 90-degree pool, they have a max 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio for the classes. They have flexible class times and free make-up lessons. Tons of options too. They do free intro classes, a jump start clinic, technique clinics, swim lessons, family swim time, parties and events and even a competitive swim team! They now have these TWO locations, this beautiful brand new location in Anderson and the West Chester location which we’ve loved going to for years! 

Definitely check them out if you have kids who might be interested! The free trial is the perfect way to see how they’ll like it, so give them a call to learn more about it or go online to get more info and sign up at www.goldfishswimschool.com.

Vintage Chic with Down to Mars!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Vintage Chic Fashion Show on June 21 at 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati!

Get ready for bold colors, big fun, and yesteryear’s fashions styled for today. Plus, sipping, shopping, mixing, photobooth, art and more!

This year’s fashion show sponsor is Down to Mars, a super chic vintage fashion boutique that recently opened a storefront in Cincinnati!

Read more about Down to Mars on Cincy Chic and RSVP for the event at www.cincy.live/events/vintage.

Essentials for Moving to New York City

Moving anywhere can cause a lot of stress and pose a few challenges. Since New York is a city that is so large and so different, millennials moving to the big city may have a few extra worries, and rightfully so. Here are a few essential things you will need to make your move to the Big Apple a piece of cake. 

 

1. Packing Cubes 

 

New York City apartments are comparable to shoeboxes. You might not have a ton of extra space in a budget apartment for storage. In the most fashionable city in the world, clothing is one thing New Yorkers don’t skimp out on. If you are a sharp dresser who doesn’t plan on downsizing your wardrobe, packing cubes are your best friend. Not only do they make moving and traveling a breeze, but you can also easily store clothing without worrying about dirt or damage. 

 

2. Smaller Furniture 

 

If you are moving from a house to a tiny New York apartment, be prepared to sell or store most of your furniture. It just isn’t going to fit. Depending on the dimensions of your apartment, some pieces may be too big and look awkward in your apartment. Smaller, “apartment-sized” pieces will likely make living in New York City much more comfortable. It will also make moving much easier. This is definitely a great time to update your taste in home decor and a very bad time to become attached to things. 

 

3. A Minimalist Mindset 

 

New York City will require an overall mindset shift, but one aspect of your mind that will need to change is how you view your stuff. As mentioned before, now is not the time to hold onto things. If you try to bring everything that you’ve owned since you were a baby with you to the Big Apple, you should expect to feel very cramped and uncomfortable very quickly. Store it or get rid of it! Think of your move as a fresh start. The less you bring with you, the easier it will be to decorate your new place in a way that matches your brand-new city lifestyle. 

4. A Knowledge of Budgeting 

 

It can be very easy to spend money in New York City. Vendors, shops, and restaurants at every turn will be vying for your attention and your hard-earned dollars. While it’s okay to splurge a little when you first move to the city, you are going to need to know how to budget effectively so you can afford everything each month. 

 

5. Loftey

 

Speaking of budgeting, one of the biggest expenses you have while living in New York City will be your rent. By apartment hunting through Loftey, you will be able to score your ideal pad at a below market rate, all at no additional charge to you and without the hidden fees. Loftey has significant expertise with Chelsea apartments; when starting your search consider narrowing down your options by neighborhood. It’s a valuable tool that will save you money, so you have more to spend on experiencing all that New York City has to offer.

 

Beauty Minute Monday: CHI Pro Dryer

Happy Beauty Minute Monday from Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa – Chance to WIN on our Facebook page! Mitchell’s is having a big sale on CHI! Buy a CHI Pro Dryer and receive a CHI Original Flatiron for FREE! That’s a $119.92 savings! Plus, Mitchell’s is having a holiday gift card sale running through December 31! Get a $100 for $80, $75 for $60, and more! Purchase your gift card at http://bit.ly/2Ay5hZh and share this post with your friends for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate!

Sneak Peek: This Saturday’s Holiday Showcase!

Have a trendy tot on your holiday shopping list? Here’s a sneak peek from what Jamison & Bexley will have at the Seasonably Chic Showcase downtown THIS SATURDAY Nov. 17 at the Phoenix downtown! Sip on a mimosa as you shop for everyone on your nice list with 40+ local boutiques/vendors – all under one roof! Bring a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank to get in FREE, a swag bag, and complimentary gift wrapping! Also enjoy refreshments and a freeze modeling fashion show! We’ll have on-site childcare where kids can play while you shop, an interactive ornament decorating area and FREE princess visit/photo opps! Plus, more than $3,000 in prizes given throughout the day! Learn more & RSVP at http://2018scs.eventbrite.com! 🎄🛍🥂🎁😍