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Seasonably Chic Prize Pack Winner Shares Her Joy!

Amy Rinner
Seasonably Chic Prize Pack Winner, Amy Rinner

With three kids at home, and a penchant for high-end clothes and handbags, Amy Rinner had to make some adjustments. That’s when she discovered a way to have her cake and eat it, too.

She waits until her favorite department stores – Dillard’s for high-end items and Macy’s for every day wear – have their end of season sales. Then, she pounces and purchases.

“I shop October for spring/summer and May for fall/winter. Last October I got a $1,200 wardrobe for $110,” explains Rinner as she points to a $500 coach bag she got for $200. “When I came home after my first smart-shopper spree, my husband looked worried, but when I told him that I spent a fraction of what I saved, he was very happy.”

Rinner says her big family forces her to do her homework, but she enjoys the challenge of getting high-end items at low-end prices. From groceries and school supplies to clothes and handbags, Rinner loves sniffing out a good deal.

“I always check coupon sites like freecoupons.com to get discounts at places I need to shop, like the grocery store, or even Victoria’s Secret!” she says.

She also found an upside to this downturned economy. “With the current economic state, I’m finding prices and sales that you wouldn’t usually find until after the holiday season.”

Rinner got the opportunity to share these secrets when she was reading Cincinnati.com’s Chic This Week blog two weeks ago. “I saw the blog, and I was intrigued with all the unique vendors you had in the giveaway and at the event!” Rinner submitted the following secret and crossed her fingers.

“My Seasonably Chic Secret … Shop Smart! When heads turn and comments fly I know that I have succeeded! The secret is to wait until your favorite department store has the ultimate sale end of season. I shop October for spring/summer – May is for fall/winter. Last October I came with a $1,200+ wardrobe for $110. It was the best shopping experience and time ever! Top names (original $200 outfit ) for $9.00 or less. When you can shop end of seaon … the best feeling ever! The best decision that I ever made for shopping … the wait is worth it! I never pay full dollar for anything … anymore. Shop smart … it’s life changing!”

When Rinner discovered she was a finalist, she and her husband told all their Facebook friends to vote. “We’ve been documenting the whole process on Facebook and our friends are so excited I won,” she says.

She plans to use the $500 Le Sucre Bakery gift certificate on her son’s upcoming birthday. He was born on Thanksgiving, affectionately calling him the “turkey baby,” so they want to make him a turkey-themed cake.

And because Rinner’s savings searches and deal digging wears her out, she plans to use her Mi Salon Spa gift certificate for a new ‘do and her Tuscany Spa Salon gift certificate for some relaxing spa services.

Rinner’s eyes lit up when she saw the ruby and design gift certificate from Paolo, A Modern Jeweler. She says she can’t wait to create her own piece of jewelry incorporating this unique gemstone. And she also can’t wait to see all the Designs by Paolo handbags in person.

After looking at the Designs by Paolo handbags Web site, and seeing celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Julianne Hough who own them, her eyes teared up. “This is overwhelming. One thing I like to splurge on is a handbag, and this bag will be such a wonderful addition to my collection.”

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 2

I can’t believe it’s almost here! The Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday shopping event will be here TOMORROW! Join us this Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10am-3pm, downtown at The Phoenix (812 Race St.).

The event will bring all the greatest boutiques and vendors in the area under one roof, will feature “Brunch ‘n’ Learns” (Poeme’s Unique Gift Giving and Wrapping Tips at noon, and Sacksteder’s Interiors Holiday Decor Tips and Trends at 1pm) and two fashion shows (11:30 am and 2:30 pm) with the latest fashions from Paris J Boutique. One canned good, which will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank, is the admission “fee” which gets attendees access to 30+vendors and a swag bag!

One of the vendors that will be there is Designs by Paolo, which are uniquely designed “Doctor Bag” styled handbags with a vintage flair. They’ve been featured in LUCKY Magazine, Southern Living, and the Mel Brooks film, THE PRODUCERS… and have been seen on the arm of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Tia Carrera and Julianne Hough… but they’re made right here in West Chester!

You can go to their warehouse and pick out your leather and fabric colors, bag style and even personalize it with a monogram. They have their classic doctorbag-inspired handbags, travel bags and even cloth clutches.

Check out the video below to learn more about Designs by Paolo, see all their beautiful handbags, and find out more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 3

Fun, fashion and freebies, oh my!

If these three things get your heart a flutter, you need to come to this Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday shopping event! Join us this Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10am-3pm, downtown at The Phoenix (812 Race St.).

The event will bring all the greatest boutiques and vendors in the area under one roof, will feature “Brunch ‘n’ Learns” (Poeme’s Unique Gift Giving and Wrapping Tips at noon, and Sacksteder’s Interiors Holiday Decor Tips and Trends at 1pm) and two fashion shows (11:30 am and 2:30 pm) with the latest fashions from Paris J Boutique. One canned good, which will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank, is the admission “fee” which gets attendees access to 30+vendors and a swag bag!

And those swag bags are what I’m going to feature in today’s blog! The Cincy Chic staff and I just finished stuffing the last of the bags and we can’t wait to give them to the first 100 attendees of the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

They have goodies, gift certificates and coupons from Paris J Boutique, Cincy Designer Shoes, Paolo a Modern Jeweler, Exciting Windows! by Kim Lyon, Tuscany Spa Salon, Pure Romance by Evon Smiley, JMM Photography, Elizabeth’s Closet, Best For Babies, Krombholz Jewelers, Dutchgirl Enterprises, PC Design, Best for Babies, Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, Minx Nails, Posh Purse, Richter & Phillips and more!

One of my favorites is a handbag hanger from Posh Purse! I demonstrate how it works in the below video. Check it out for a sneak peek inside these snazzy swag bags and find out more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase! Remember, only the first 100 people to the Seasonably Chic Showcase will receive one of these swag bags, so get there early!

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We Have a Seasonably Chic Winner!

We asked you to share your secrets for staying Seasonably Chic during the holidays. Cincy Chic and Locals on Living received tons of fabulous responses, and we narrowed them down to the most terrific 10. Then, we asked for your vote. And vote you did, my fantastic friends! *drum roll, please* With an overwhelming popularity, Amy from Milford is our winner! Congrats Amy…. love the name, by the way!

Amy – Milford
My Seasonably Chic Secret … Shop Smart! When heads turn and comments fly I know that I have succeeded! The secret is to wait until your favorite department store has the ultimate sale end of season. I shop October for spring/summer – May is for fall/winter. Last October I came with a $1,200+ wardrobe for $110. It was the best shopping experience and time ever! Top names ( original $200 outfit ) for $9.00 or less. When you can shop end of seaon … the best feeling ever! The best decision that I ever made for shopping … the wait is worth it! I never pay full dollar for anything … anymore. Shop smart … it’s life changing!

Get even more secrets for becoming tres chic at the Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday shopping event! Join us this Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10am-3pm, downtown at The Phoenix (812 Race St.).

The event will bring all the greatest boutiques and vendors in the area under one roof, will feature “Brunch ‘n’ Learns” (Poeme’s Unique Gift Giving and Wrapping Tips at noon, and Sacksteder’s Interiors Holiday Decor Tips and Trends at 1pm) and two fashion shows (11:30 am and 2:30 pm) with the latest fashions from Paris J Boutique.

One canned good, which will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank, is the admission “fee” which gets attendees a swag bag valued at $100 and exclusive discounts with the following  vendors at the event: Paris J Boutique, Cincy Designer Shoes, World Class Sterling with JoAnn Roszmann, Stop Traffick Fashion, Juice Plus+ with Carroll Hall, Golf Chic Boutique,Heyman Talent Agency, Exciting Windows! by Kim Lyon, Blue Scarab Jewelry, World’s First Gender Relationship Dictionary, Miche Girl LLC, Bling!, Serket Jewelry, Tuscany Spa Salon, LavishGiving.com, Mi Salon Spa, A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery Center, Usborne Books and More, Pure Romance by Evon Smiley, Fierce Fans LLC, JMM Photography, Elizabeth’s Closet, Best For Babies, Stonely Unique Jewels, Krombholz Jewelers, Dutchgirl Enterprises, Astor and Black, FENNOfashion

The complimentary brunch ‘n’ learns will be catered by Taste of Belgium. No R.S.V.P. is required. The suggested place to park is the Garfield Garage located on 9th St. (cost is $2)

Brought to you by Cincy Chic, an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati, and Locals on Living an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network.

12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 5

The whole point behind these “sneak peek” blogs is to give you a taste of what will be available at this Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. Today’s blog is about Le Sucre Bakery and boy do I wish I could literally give you a taste of what this business has to offer!

Le Sucre specializes in amazing one-of-a-kind wedding and special event cakes. I’ve been to a Le Sucre cake testing before and you have never experienced anything like these cakes before. They’re developed with a European baking style and literally topped off with an artistry that belongs in a museum. Think “Ace of Cakes” for the Tri-State!

Le Sucre’s philosophy is that no two cakes should ever be the same. Break the traditional mold and have a cake that going to fit your ideas, event theme, color selections and personality but also wow your guests with the site of a unique looking and incredible tasting cake.

Le Sucre will be doing cake testings at the Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday shopping event, which will take place on Nov. 7 from 10am-3pm at the Phoenix Downtown. Watch the video below to learn more about Le Sucre Bakery, see some of their creations, and find out more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SEASONABLY CHIC SECRET!
Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to collect your seasonably chic secrets and ladies around the city have answered the call. Click here to check out the top 10 seasonably chic secrets and vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen November 4, 2009!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 6

The Seasonably Chic Showcase is this Saturday! I can’t wait! And one of the things I really can’t wait for is the fashion show we’re going to have at The Phoenix. I don’t know if you’ve ever been at this venue yet, but it’s known for it’s “Beauty and the Beast”-like marble staircase. So, we couldn’t have a fashion show at the Phoenix without utilizing its snazzy staircase! We incorporated these steps into the show and it’s going to be FAB-U-LOUS!

Today we went on Fox19 to do a little sneak peek of the fashion show and I really can’t wait to see it all in action at the Phoenix this Saturday. The clothes will be done by Paris J Boutique, and jewelry by Serket Jewelry. Lots of gray, lots of sparkle, lots of panache.

Here’s the run-down of the day:
10am – open the doors to the public
11:30 – first fashion show
12pm – first brunch ‘n’ learn (gift wrapping tips with Poeme)
1pm – second brunch ‘n’ learn (holiday decor tips and trends with Sacksteders Interiors)
2:30 – second fashion show

The complimentary brunch ‘n’ learn food will be provided by Taste of Belgium, which is DELICIOUS! Click here to learn more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday shopping event, which will take place on Nov. 7 from 10am-3pm at the Phoenix Downtown. Watch the video below to see the Fox19 fashion show sneak peek video and learn more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

In this video…
Clothing/bags/shoes on four models: Paris J Boutique
Miche Bags by Miche Girl LLC
Makeup by Gigi Cimmarusti with Mary Kay

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SEASONABLY CHIC SECRET!
Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to collect your seasonably chic secrets and ladies around the city have answered the call.

Click here to check out the top 10 seasonably chic secrets and vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen November 4, 2009!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 7

We’re less than one week away from the Nov. 7 Seasonably Chic Showcase! Today’s sneak peek features one of my favorite people in this world, Karen Sacksteder.

Karen and I go way back. I went to school with her sons, so I know her personally, and now in the “real world” I now also have the pleasure of knowing her professionally. This woman has been through it all. Not only has she been in business for herself for more than 20 years, but she’s battled breast cancer, helped family members through breast cancer, and recently lost her husband. But she’s one of the most upbeat, positive people you’ll ever meet. In fact, in 2007, Cincy Chic awarded Karen the “Woman of the Year” distinction because of her ability to rise above challenges.

Not only has she been through a lot, but she’s amazing at what she does for a living: Interior Design. And one of her specialties is holiday decor! So, for the Seasonably Chic Showcase, we’re going to bring Karen in to do a FREE brunch ‘n’ learn at 1pm on Nov. 7 to talk about the latest and greatest tips and trends for holiday decorating.

The food will be provided by Taste of Belgium, so you won’t want to miss it! What a great way to kick off the holiday season! And check out the video below to get a sneak peek into some of the holiday decor she has at her NEW Kenwood showroom, and a little tip she has for sprucing up your mantle on a tight budget.

Click here to learn more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday shopping event, which will take place on Nov. 7 from 10am-3pm at the Phoenix Downtown.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SEASONABLY CHIC SECRET!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to collect your seasonably chic secrets and ladies around the city have answered the call.

Click here to check out the top 10 seasonably chic secrets and vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen November 4, 2009!

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Gotta Yearnin’ for Yurman?

David and Sybil Yurman
David Yurman and his wife, and company President, Sybil

As an entrepreneur, I love hearing how business owners got their start and how they ended up where they are today. It’s usually a fascinating story with many twists and turns. I remember hearing about David Yurman’s last year and his story did not disappoint.

He grew up on Long Island with a humble upbringing. He first stepped out as a designer and business man selling little sculptures in his high school cafeteria. He pursued sculpting at NYU, but then got sidestracked (eh, it happens to the best of us in college) and he hitchhiked across the country to California where he found refuge in some beatnik artist colony. I guess that bohemian scene got old and tired for him, so he hopped on the new, hip bohemian bandwagon that was brewing in Greenwich Village back in New York. That’s where he met his wife, Sybil, who was also an artist. David and Sybil formed a dream team and focused on learning the marketplace for fine crafts and jewelry. In 1980, David Yurman, the brand and company, was established. By the mid-1980s, Yurman had made a name for himself with his cable bracelet. This style has become iconic and remains David Yurman’s signature.

Why, you ask, am I randomly sharing David Yurman’s story with you? Well, today is officially David Yurman day in my book!

cordelia

The biggest selection of his jewelry that Cincinnati has ever seen – including the new 2010 collection that will be unveiled today – just arrived this morning to James Free up in Olde Montgomery. There’s a four hour David Yurman Trunk Show event (4-8pm) going on tonight that I strongly suggest you check out. There will be preferred pricing, which is awesome considering this stuff never goes on sale, and according to the James Free people I talked to, “Yurman starts at $200 and can go up into the tens of thousands.” So, no matter what your budget is, check it out. Could be a good time to start checking off your holiday list (there will be a ton of items for men and women).

I went up and visited James Free to get a sneak peak of the 2010 Yurman collection, so make sure you check out the video below of that. And here are some new trends you’ll see this year:Pendant

The Cable Gets Personal – The iconic “cable look” Yurman is famous for, now enables you to personalize with charms and pendants that can be interchanged depending on your mood and/or wardrobe.
Statement Necklace – The Cordelia Cable (my favorite piece!) is a bold silver necklace with cable ring detail and one simple pave diamond link. It’s simple and refined but bold and beautiful. The perfect pop to any LBD!
Ruby & Topez – These two colors are obviously the “it” colors for the 2010 collection. They appear in most of the new arrivals, from earrings and charms to pendants and chunky rings.

And here are the details about the show… hope to see you there!

David Yurman Trunk Show
James Free Cincinnati/Montgomery
9555 Main Street Montgomery, OH 45242
Today, Oct. 21, 4-8pm
Valet Parking
Complimentary Wine and Champagne

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Oh Baby

Best for BabiesThis weekend, my husband and I hosted a baby shower for my brother and sister-in-law, who are expecting a little girl soon. This is the first baby in our immediate family, so we’re all diving head-first into the deep sea of baby apparel, gifts, necessities and do-dads.

Through this process, I found a few local hotspots for baby bump bearers, trendy tots and mod moms.

My top pick has to be Best for Babies in Silverton. They have diaper cakeseverything from chic diaper bags (as pictured above) to the cutest toys and books. The company also keeps a well-updated blog and Facebook page, so link up with those to stay on top of everything new and adorable in baby land.

My second local favorite is for the shower host or gift buyer. I stumbled upon the “Diaper Cakes & Such” Web site via Twitter, and I fell in love! A local lady designs and develops these unique creations – mainly “cakes” and wreaths – made completely out of diapers. The best thing? Each of the creations can be disassembled and actually used! (Diapers are expensive, so you don’t want to waste them!) With a stop to Michaels Craft Store, you can easily make your own if you have the time and creativity, but – with all the time and creativity it took just planning the shower – I sure didn’t!

super-easy baby announcement card creator page on ShutterflyOne of the things that could have saved me some extra time was doing my shower invites on Shutterfly. I found this super-easy baby announcement card creator page a few days after my hand-made cards went out (doh!) so I’m hoping this discovery helps you instead!

Destination MaternityAnd it wouldn’t be a “Chic This Week” blog without a little bit of fashion sprinkled in. So, here’s an overview of some hot momma looks that you can get at:

Destination Maternity
KENWOOD TOWNE CENTER
7875 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH  45236
513-891-1472

(looks detailed left to right, top to bottom)

Black cashmere cascade cardigan ($295) worn over an aubergine asymmetrical jersey top ($135) and tie dye leggings ($72)

Sapphire cowl neck modal jersey top ($85) and black sequin skirt worn ($195) with black princess coat ($315)

Black matte jersey party dress with beaded bodice – $44.98

Black knit motorcycle jacket ($118) worn over brushstroke plaid tunic ($78) and 7 for all Mankind Secret Fit Belly boot cut jean ($210)

Grey marled sublimation printed knit dress with butterfly sleeve – $29.98

Purple rib henley with rhinestone buttons ($19.98) layered under black marled sweater vest ($34.98) paired with destructed boot cut jeans ($44.98)

Show Your “Support” For Bras with Flair!

brasI remember my mom used to always tuck my bra strap back up under my tank top or sleeves and say, “It’s not polite to have your bra showing in public.” Well, next Wednesday my mom will be witness to hundreds of bras – we’re estimating about 300 at this point – “showing in public” as they bedazzle Fountain Square.

Here’s the concept…

Cincy Chic asked organizations and individuals to decorate bras to raise awareness and funds for breast health. Those decorated bras are due today, Sept. 25. (Participants can drop them off at any Tri-State LA Fitness location.)

Cincy Chic will collect all donations and have them on display for the Bras with Flair on the Square event on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the following times: 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Attendees and passersby can visit the booths, sign up for a mammogram, get in the Lexus RiverCenter “Cash Cab” to win prizes and also cast their vote for their favorite bra. The top 10 favorite bras will be up for auction – to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure – at the after party from 7-10 p.m. at the Hilton Netherland Plaza where you can enjoy “Ta-Ta-Tinis” and food specials.

Cincy Chic Staff Bra Making Party
Cincy Chic Staff Bra Making Party

From 12-1 p.m. on Sept. 30, a free bra fitting lunch ‘n’ learn will take place at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. La Silhouette Lingerie Owner, Britt Cruikshank, will offer advice, expert bra fittings and certified post-surgical fittings for all attendees. E-mail RSVP@cincychic.com or call (513) 721-2445 to reserve your spot!

Later that afternoon, a fashion show featuring the latest fall trends from Alligator Purse and Cincy Designer Shoes will be on the Square at 6:30pm. Click here to purchase tickets to the fashion show – 100% of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen For the Cure! Watch the below video for a sneak peak of the fashion show!

2008 Bras with Flair
2008 Bras with Flair

But before these exciting events take place, be sure to send a “Ma’am-o-gram,” a special e-card message, reminding your loved ones to schedule a mammogram. (Click here to see an example.)

Last but not least… Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, partnered to provide one local breast cancer survivor with a $3,000 pamper package thanks to Lexus RiverCenter, Tuscany Spa.Salon, La Silhouette Lingerie, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Fusion Studio, Soho Boutique, Pure Romance and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Cast your vote today and find out who wins at the fashion show!

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