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This Week on Cincy Chic: Businesses Big and Small

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Local chambers help all sizes

Cincinnati has a wealth of large corporations and a nice selection of smaller operations. The city needs all company sizes to function, and chambers help support the success and growth of these companies. This week we feature three local chambers and how they help local businesses.

A (Financial) Community Effort
Everyone has money matters. Find out how Orangefinancial takes the guess work out of your finances and supplies you with education, confidence and support to help you take control.

Compostable Cooperation
This week is all about big and small businesses, so we had to include the partnership between Wal-Mart and one local small business. Find out how this connection means a healthier Earth.

Beauty in a Bottle
Two local companies help you tame your tresses with their hair care product lines. Find out how international players and locally focused companies alike can make a difference for your hair.

Best Places to Work Give Back
Two of the city’s best places to work share the philosophy that a prosperous company serves a public need. Read on to learn what companies run by this motto.

Uncorking a New Restaurant
With Cincinnati’s rich wine history, there’s still room for more, especially for this new wine shop/upscale restaurant. Discover how you can expand your palate in a comfortable atmosphere.

Near-Future Fashion
From a national brand to a local designer, 2011’s fashion definitely has some surprises in store for your wardrobe. To find out a little more about what you have to look forward to, keep reading.

Chic Spotlight: Lawyer-Turned-Fashionista Amy Hendy
After four years in her career, one local lawyer wanted a change of professional pace. Learn how this personal fashion consultant made her career change in our exclusive interview.

Total Body Wellness: Preventing Cancer
Cancer is a disease that impacts the lives of so many families. Read on to learn more about how you can keep yourself and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

McCoy on Movies: “The Tourist” Movie Review
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are back in theaters this week as star-crossed travelers in “The Tourist.” Our critic let’s you know if their journey is a first class ticket or a ride in coach.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Dec. 14 – Business at Breakfast: The Five Most Frightening Words
Dec. 14 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Dec. 16 – World’s Largest Office Party
Jan. 14 – Save the Date New Year, New You
Jan. 20 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Chic Solutions for Looking and Seeing Better

This Week on Cincy Chic: Hot, Hot, Hot!

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Three easy ways to warm up this winter

Baby, it’s cold outside. But we up that classic duet to a terrific trio with three easy ways to heat things up. So read on to find out how you can trade in your frigid shivers and make a winter wonderland of your own.

Calling Nominees: 2010 Woman of the Year Awards
It’s time to recognize Cincinnati’s wonderful women. Find out how you can nominate the women who inspire you and help Cincy Chic award them the credit they deserve.

HoneyBaked for the Holidays
As a family owned business, The HoneyBaked Ham Company is geared toward feeding your family. Learn more about how they can help with holiday feasts or just a quick lunch.

New Store Spices it Up
A brand new store in Rookwood helps you add a little spice to your dish and a little tea to your kettle. Read on to find out why you won’t want to miss out.

The Gym that Comes to You
The weather outside may be frightful, but with this local fitness option, your workouts can be delightful — in the comfort of your own home. Discover how you can start having your gym show up at your door.

Fiery Profession
It’s warm. It’s inviting. It’s romantic. It’s a fire place. And one local man helps make it a reality for homes and businesses around the Tri-State. Find out about how he is lighting the way for the industry.

The Hottie Underneath
Two local ladies just launched a line of lingerie they say can heat up any woman’s sex appeal. Read on to find out more about the new designs from these two best friends.

A Different Kind of Little Black Book
You probably don’t want your man looking in his little black book. That is of course until you read this story. Find out about one little black book you won’t mind him peeking at.

Chic Spotlight: Recipe Contest Winner Nadine
One local woman’s knowing her way around a kitchen brought her to meet culinary stars and taste celebrity chefs’ creations. Read on for an exclusive interview with this cooking queen.

Vine + Table: Heating up a Cooking Class
Learning how to cook gourmet doesn’t have to be complicated. Just head up the hill to Midwest Culinary Institute for an exciting series of affordable, hands-on cooking classes.

Orange on Green: Heat up Your Savings
You need more than a spark to keep a fire going, so our financial columnists share one important ingredient to sustaining your financial fire.

This Week on Cincy Chic: Cincinnati’s Volunteers

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Recognizing the impact of donated time

It’s Thanksgiving time, but we thought we’d switch it up a bit and give thanks to time givers. So this issue, we show how much of an impact that time can have on the city. Read on to find out how volunteers make three local organizations thrive.

Take Charge Seminars
These seminars educate and inspire people to fill their lives with passion, purpose and prosperity. Keep reading to find out how they do it.

Calling Nominees: 2010 Woman of the Year Awards
It’s time to recognize Cincinnati’s wonderful women. Find out how you can nominate the women who inspire you and help Cincy Chic award them the credit they deserve.

Shop to Give
Make your next shopping spree a chance for you to donate to your favorite philanthropy. Learn how one new program makes that magic happen.

Beauty Triumphs Cancer
One free program helps cancer survivors fight more than just the disease. Learn how it helps them overcome the changes in their hair and skin.

Teamed up for Technology
One local principal’s quest for a computer lab turned into the launch of a non-profit organization. Find out how that volunteer-based organization makes an impact on Cincinnati.

Dress for Success on the Move
After outfitting women with workplace attire for 11 years, Dress for Success is taking the show on the road. Read on to learn how one sizable grant can help bring the benefits to a place near you.

Healthy Helping Hands
Whether playing with kids, sewing or keeping up a greenhouse, volunteers at one local hospital stick to strict standards. Learn how these requirements make for a more enjoyable hospital stay.

Chic Spotlight: Traveling Volunteer Linda Averbeck
One local woman goes halfway around the world to lend a helping hand. Learn more about her volunteering journey in our exclusive one-on-one interview.

Vine + Table: Feeding the Masses
Food is one of the greatest life-giving gifts you can give, so our brand new food and wine columnist shares a true story about local volunteers who change the world, one meal at a time.

Orange on Green: The Next Generation of Givers
Volunteering your time can be even more important than donating money. Our financial columnist shares three opportunities for children to learn the art of giving back.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Dec. 4 – Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Dec. 4 – Stress-Free Holiday Series
Dec. 7 – Dressed to Invest: Styling Your Financial Future
Dec. 14 – Business at Breakfast: The Five Most Frightening Words
Dec. 14 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Jan. 14 – Save the Date New Year, New You

Saying Farewell to a Four-Wheeled Friend

My old Tiburon and all the "junk in my trunk" haha!

What do my wedding veil, a derby hat, a tool set and a pizza baking stone all have in common? Well, not much, except for I found them all in the trunk of my car yesterday.

I cleaned out my 2004 Hyundai Tiburon yesterday, and the six years of memories packed into it, because it was time to buy a new car. The key fob had stopped working, a headlight was out, the air bag light wouldn’t turn off and it would randomly make loud noises when I’d turn a tight corner.

Back in June, I wrote about my Tiburon, and how I had a strange affinity for that car. And to be honest, I always will love it. I bought it my senior year of college after working three jobs to afford it. I drove it back and forth to Philly and Cincinnati more times than I can count when I was working up there with a long distance relationship back here.

It was that car I stuffed my friends into the trunk to see a drive-in movie in college. It was that car that helped me figure my way around Philadelphia, my first city away from home. It was that car that helped me keep a long a long distance relationship alive with the man I later married. It was in that car I developed the idea for Cincy Chic.

My new car! (2006 Lexus IS350 sedan)

I had a really tough time letting her go yesterday.

I started her up one last time, heard all the familiar coughs and clanks coming from the engine. I then took the years of random things that slowly accumulated in the trunk, glove box, and any other crevice I could find. After I was done, I just sat in that tired old shell of a car and put my head on the steering wheel. I thanked her for keeping me safe all these years, thanked her for all the memories… and said a tearful goodbye.

I climbed out and into my new (well, it’s pre-owned, but it’s new to me!) Lexus IS350! Those tears quickly turned into tears of joy! I love my new car! I got it at the Lexus RiverCenter. They’re a client of mine, so they took very good care of me and I know I’m getting a good car from them. I love that they treat you like a millionaire the second you walk in no matter if you bought the most expensive car on the lot or a pre-owned like me.

So, I apologize for not blogging much this week. I’ve been saying farewell to an old friend and hello to a new one.

Eyewear Fashion Show Oct. 22

Eyewear is the new handbag. Seriously, I feel like so many more people are making a statement with their eyewear these days versus their Coach or LV logo-bedecked bags.

For example, my friend Pam Kravetz has a ton of fun, funky glasses… always wearing a different pair… and I don’t even think she has a prescription for them! haha!

So, I got to talking with one of my clients, Holte Eyewear, about this and we came up with the idea to do an eyewear fashion show. They carry some really great brands in a wide range of prices, but they are all tres chic, which I love. So, on Oct. 22, we’re hosting a “spec-tacular” eyewear (get it?? haha!) fashion show I hope you can attend! Enjoy complimentary drinks, stylish shopping with Serket Jewelry and of course Holte Eyewear, and the fab fashion show!


Holte Eyewear Spec-tacular Fashion Show

Friday, October 22, 2010
6:30-9 p.m.
8211 Cornell Road
Suite 510
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Get 20/20 vision in this Fall’s hottest eyewear trends! Join Cincy Chic and Holte Eyewear for a fall Fashion Show featuring the latest eyewear styles to be seen from Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Coach, Fendi, Tory Burch, and Tom Ford. Also see Jewelry featured from Serket Jewelry. Scope out the fashions that are easy on your eyes!
Spend the evening sampling hors d’oeuvres, wine, and gift bags from Holte Eyewear! Also enjoy a presentation from Dr. Elliot M. Kirstein with all you need to know about Latisse  to grow longer, thicker, darker eyelashes. The evening will conclude with a $250 Holte Eyewear gift card and Gucci Sunglasses.
Enter to win a free weekend Lexus lease and a beautiful silver bracelet from Richter and Phillips.
Event is free to attend. To R.S.V.P. and get more information, go to:

This Week on Cincy Chic: A Look at a Book

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Local comic anthology released

Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday newspaper comics are staples in a kid’s life, but 12 local illustrators now offer a comic option for grown-ups. As their Cincinnati comic book gains momentum, discover the method behind the zombie madness.

Adventures around Cincinnati
Two local ladies turned a weekly tradition into an adventure guidebook. Find out how you can use their work to explore your Queen City.

Be a Stylish Bookworm
HighStreet Cincinnati always has been known for its contemporary home design, but its book selection is rising in popularity. Learn which design books its founder believes are the best on the shelf.

Page-turning Profession
Surrounded by stacks of books is an everyday occurrence for this man who owns the oldest book store in the area. Hear his tale of how he turned his first job into a lifelong career.

Bound Beauty
With page after page of beautiful makeup artistry, this local book is making its way across the country. And now you can find out the background behind the book.

Playing Ball with the Boys
Women are taking men’s sports by storm, and one local gal records it all with her just released book. Find inspiration in the stories of barrier-breaking women around the country.

Chic Spotlight: Author Michelle Matson
One local financialista puts her mouth where her money is to pass her investment know-how onto you with her book. Learn how you can get in on the stylish savings.

Chic Eats: Butternut Squash Gnocchi
Usher in fall with a dish that showcases the flavors of the season. Our Chic Chef shows you how to celebrate the coming season with Butternut Squash Ravioli with Warm Sage Vinaigrette.

Orange on Green: Reaching The Tipping Point
A financial epidemic is spreading across the Tri-State, but this is an epidemic you want to catch. Our financial columnists fill you in on what two words are making a wave of prosperity.

Total Body Wellness: It’s only Natural
Next time you’re wondering what type of workout is best, take a look at what the animals in the wild are up to. Our fitness columnist shows you why a natural approach can be best.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Oct. 4-9: Store Wide Sale
Oct. 5: eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Oct. 14: RetroFittings
Oct. 16: Barbara’s Boutique
Oct. 19: Business at Breakfast: Building Relationships
Oct. 19:Looking For Answers to Your Hormone Replacement Questions?
Oct. 19:WORK SMART Tools, Technology Tips, Social Media Gems, & More
Oct. 19:The Lucky 7s Founder’s Tour

This Week on Cincy Chic: What’s up Doc?

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Unique medical specialties

These aren’t your average physicians. And there’s nothing average about the quality of their work.
No, these two exceptional physicians put Cincinnati on the medical map with their unique specialties. Read on to find out how they relieve chronic pain and bring joy to their patients.

Doc Talk: St. Elizabeth’s Dr. Jackie Sweeney
Forget Sherlock Holmes! This radiologist is the top sleuth in breast cancer detection. Read on as we crack the code on Sweeney and how she stays on the front lines, battling against the “big C.”

Bras with Flair on the Square 2010
For the fourth annual event, decorated bras will fly high on Fountain Square to promote breast health. See how you can get involved with this unique and innovative way of finding a cure!

Playing Hospital Dress-Up
The white, sterile environment for a hospital just doesn’t scream “kids,” so one local designer revamped the traditional gowns to turn hospital stays into a time for dress-up.

The Best of Both Worlds
Whether she’s dancing on the sidelines of Paul Brown Stadium or peering through the lens of a microscope, this local lady pursues both of her passions to the highest degree.

Back in Good Health
Three local doctors offer services to help you with a complete and overall healthy lifestyle. Learn how they walk the walk and talk the talk as they help you do the same.

Taking Happiness to a Brighter Level
Who says doctors only specialize in health concerns? One area dental office shares some enwhitening information to give you a beauty makeover fit for Kodak moments.

A Doctor between Visits
You can’t see your doctor every day, but one local hospital group makes physicians’ recommendations available 24/7. Read how one Web site section helps you (and your health) in your daily life.

Chic Spotlight: Breast Specialist Dr. Jennifer Manders
Breast cancer awareness has spread like wildfire, but one local breast surgeon shares how she got into the field, and what keeps her passionate about her patients.

Orange on Green: Doctoring His Own Finances
One local doctor doesn’t just care for his patients. He also has secured his own health, both physically and financially, and our financial columnists share his story.

Total Body Wellness: Just What the Doctor Ordered
Hitting the gym isn’t just about looking great. So read on as our fitness columnist dives deeper into your health and fills you in on how to achieve that total body wellness.

Express Picks: Old, New, Borrowed and Blues
No, it’s not wedding week in Cincinnati — just another series of splendid opportunities to get out and do something different, whether old or new, just because you can.

Ask Patty: People-Pleaser or Door Mat?
What is the line between being a giver and a complete pushover? Are you tired of being walked all over in your relationship? Our intimacy expert tells you how to stop the cycle.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Sept. 1: Eisen University
Sept. 7: eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Sept. 13-19: The Original Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week & Beer Feast

This Week on Cincy Chic: Home Sweet, Cheap Home

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Wouldn’t it be great to make your utility bills disappear? One local developer is making this possible, and the Building Cincinnati blogger looks into the “net-zero” energy concept. Keep reading as he tells more about these bill-busting abodes that are good for your wallet and the world.

Banking on Breast Cancer
A “Big C” survivor turns her struggle into a powerful mission to boost her mortgage loan business and support the nationwide philanthropy she founded.

Hobnobbing for Housing Market Professionals
“Second Thursday” networking events organized by several local ladies are boosting business for the Tri-State’s recession-reeling real estate industry.

New Technology Attracts New Business in Tough Market
HUFF launches new IT advancements to gain a leg up in today’s rough real estate market. Check out the tools their agents have to help their clients find what they need.

Five Fabulous and Frugal Design Tips
A local interior designer with a focus on frugality shares her secrets to boosting the value and visual va-va-voom of your home without a big investment.

High Impact, Low Maintenance Landscaping
Is your landscape lacking luster but you don’t have the time to make it shine? Read on as an expert explains how to spruce (pun intended) it up and make it snappy.

Chic Spotlight: Top Real Estate Agent Diane Tafuri
She’s been Cincinnati’s top real estate agent seven of the past 11 years. She shares her secrets to success, as well as how she’s thriving in the tough housing market.

Total Body Wellness: Problems with Traditional Cardio
Caution:  The popular cardio workout you’re currently practicing could be the culprit behind those extra, unwanted pounds your body is hanging onto.

Orange on Green:  Will Real Estate Ever Come Back?
An industry professional in debt and investment management provides his thoughts regarding current real estate and what he believes the future holds.

McCoy on Movies: “Despicable Me” Movie Review
Toy Story 3 may be the animated king of the box office this summer, but what about the film with little yellow minions aplenty? Check out our reviewer’s take of “Despicable Me” here!

Chic Eats: Conch Fritters with Spiced Key Lime Honey
If you won’t be getting your kicks on vacation this summer, you still can bring a little of the beach home with you with this week’s recipe brought to you be our Chic Chef.

Express Picks: Escape from the Ordinary
Explore the unexpected, the unbelievable and the, well, wacky right in your own backyard. This is the week for trying something extraordinary.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:

July 14 – Work Smart, Not Hard! Workshop
July 14 –
Coffee Cluck
July 16-18 –
Cincinnati Boutique Sale
July 20 –
Business at Breakfast
July 21 –
Bubbles and Baubles
July 22 –
Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Discover Real Summer Glow
July 22 –
Wine, Women and Wowing Fashion
July 23 –
A Chic Swimsuit Fashion Show

Missy & Jack Closing Sale – Everything 50% off

This is very sad news. I just found out that Missy & Jack in Deerfield Towne Center is closing its doors for good. Everything is 50% off to clear everything out.

My heart goes out to Rhonda, the sweetest woman in the world who owns the store. She poured her soul into that store. She fought like hell to keep it open through this recession. But you can only fight so long.

I hope you’ll come out and support Rhonda as she sends off her store in style.

5861 Deerfield Blvd
Mason, OH 45040-2521
(513) 770-0512

Win Legally Blonde Tickets!

legally blondeI know I have a lot of ladies reading this blog, so when I saw this promo to win 10 free tickets to the upcoming Legally Blonde Musical, I thought it would be perfect to share! Sounds like a ton of fun for a girls’ night out on the town!

And if you end up not winning (winner picked on May 4) you can buy your tickets here, and a portion of the ticket price goes to help a very special cause, Susan G. Komen.

Just put in the password “susangkomen” and $10 from every ticket sold through this link will be donated to Cincinnati’s Susan G. Komen Chapter!

Bend …….and SNAP!