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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

Home Sweet, Cheap Home

Eliminating your utility billsEliminating your utility bills

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!


Valentine’s Events, Sales and Retail Aphrodisiacs

unique boutiqueUnique Boutique Shopping Event
Get ready for the big night with lots of shopping, sipping, fashion and fun. This “Unique Boutiques…The Ultimate in Chic Shopping” event is great for a girls day out or a date day out with your man.

February 13, 2010
10:00am – 6:00pm

Oscar Event Center (Above Jungle Jim’s International Market)
5440 Dixie Hwy.
Fairfield, OH 45014

Designs by Paolo will be presenting their 2nd annual, high-end boutique shopping experience in the Cincinnati area on Saturday February 13, 2010. We have tagged this exclusive one day event: Unique Boutiques…The Ultimate in Chic Shopping. A variety of artists, designers and specialty boutique owners from all over, will showcase their distinctive product lines at this event. There will be a cigar area for the boys, so feel free to bring your man and make a day of it!

This festive gathering is anticipated to warm up the winter and be the highlight of the Valentine gift season for both men and women.

Ticket Price: General admission $10.00 / VIP Level $20.00
Website to Buy Ticket:

* The Prelude to Unique Boutiques is Friday February 12, 2010.  From 6:00pm-10:00pm. Unique Boutiques VIP Preview Event to benefit the LIFT Scholarship Fund.  Tickets are $85.00 and only 400 tickets are available.


Pure Romance Warehouse Sale
Pure Romance Parties may be for ladies only, but the Pure Romance Warehouse Sale is for everyone! Go with your hubby and pick out some fun you both can enjoy! They only do this once a year!

Friday, February 5th – Sunday, February 14th

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

161 Commerce Blvd
Loveland, OH 45140


Valentine’s Week Sale and Party at Obsess
On Thursday Feb. 11, 3-7pm, Enjoy complimentary drinks, treats and chances to win numerous door prizes. All week long, every guest will get one drawing from our heart discount bowl. Heart discounts are from 10-50% off retail price on your entire purchase! Drop by, have some fun and get a great deal on that special Valentine’s Day outfit! Sale is going on now through Sunday Feb. 14.

9393 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45242-7725 – (513) 793-4777

Get Lingerie – A Gift You’ll Both Enjoy!
Gifts that disappear are so last year! Flowers and candy are here for a moment and then gone! But you can never have enough of: Love, more love, lacey silky nighties, panties and bras.

Drop a hint. Leave little notes around. Circle the calendar dates. Help your love find you what you really, really want this year from La Silhouette.

Mention “Cincy Chic” and get a free bra for every five bras purchased
and 35% off one bra of your choice.
6914 Miami Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45243
(513) 272-8100


femme fataleFemme Fatale Fashion Show
Feb. 12, 6-7:30pm at FBs downtown (126 W. 6th St.)
Followed by the after-party 8pm-2am

La Silhouette and Le Poison Productions are hosting a lingerie fashion show at FB’s this Friday. I love La Silhouette (hence why they got into this post two times… but hey it’s for Valentine’s Day, I had to), and I enjoy FB’s, my new fav urban chic hotspot downtown. Sounds like a great time, plus proceeds are benefiting the American Red Cross’ Haiti efforts.

Let’s SALEabrate!

Christmas gifts have all been unwrapped, holiday parties are all out of egg nog and J-Lo’s tragic cat suit rang in the new year. But there’s still lots of merchandise on the racks at local boutiques that didn’t end up under a tree, mistletoe or dropping ball.

So, all the local shops are getting together and cutting prices to move this merchandise while it’s hot and on-trend! It’s a rare opportunity to get decked out in designer wear at a fraction of the cost.

Last year at the sale, I got this red dress that I wore to our first annual Lady in Red party (the second annual one is coming up on Feb. 5 FYI), this brown dress,  and these boots at the sale! (red dress from Sara Benjamins, brown dress from Suki, and boots from Morrison & Me)

Mark your calendars! It’s Jan. 29-31. They’re keeping the location under wraps until right before the event. So, stay tuned to their Web site where you can learn more about the times, the special happy hour they’re doing this year, and all the boutiques involved!

In the old Circuit City space, next to Target on Ridge Ave

Cincinnati Boutique Sale

Click here to check out a sneak peek video of the fashions to be featured at the sale!


FB’s and Fake Blinkers

My Girlfriends and I at FBs

When I asked the owner of the new FB’s bar downtown what “FB” stood for, he just smiled and said “whatever you want it to stand for.”

I was intrigued with the ambiguity and creativity. But I couldn’t come up with anything fitting. The first thing that came to my mind was Facebook,  because we shorthand “FB” for Facebook at work all…the…time. So, I asked some of my Twitter friends what they thought. My favorite ideas were from @begleyh who suggested Fancy Boots, Funny Bones and Falling Boobs. : )

Falling boobs or not – whatever it stands for, I think it’s a fun concept, and it adds a little character and spontaneity to Cincinnati’s bar scene. Another thing I like about FB’s is their Alice in Wonderland “with a Twist” atmosphere. Remember the Twist Lounge that was next to Pigalls? I loved that place. I loved the feel of the space and the mix of people. There were people of all ages there, and everyone got dressed up to go. I liked that and I couldn’t find it again after it closed.

FB's cocktail lounge area on the main floor

Even though Twist reopened as Tonic – and I do really like Tonic – it just feels different. They now serve food there (which changes the atmosphere), they added more furniture (which changes the flow), and a bunch of other things changed like the music/clientele/drinks/etc. I like it, but it’s different than before.

I found out this new place called FB’s would be opening up and I heard they wanted to attract the Twist demographic. That caught my attention. Then I saw the space. It’s fantastic. Bold patterned wall paper, over-sized furniture, and a funky color scheme. There are some hints of Mad Hatter/Alice in Wonderland inspirations speckled throughout and I think that’s fun to look around and pick those out. Like a blue old fashioned telephone on a coffee table, a huge yellow chair, and a checkerboard table in the middle of the lounge.

The main floor is a cocktail lounge that caters to the casually upscale (not snooty or hoity toity at all). Downstairs, aka the “Rabbit Hole,” is a nightclub on weekends (not my scene). Anyone can get in the nightclub or on the main floor, but only those on “the list” can get upstairs. I’ve never been on this mysterious list, so I don’t know what it’s like up there. But I do really, really like the main floor. It fits the bill for what I was looking for in a sophisticated but not stuffy, refined but relaxed downtown happy hour hangout.

FB's downstairs club area

I especially liked the crowd – very urban chic. I talked to a couple in their mid-40s. He had just moved from NYC and got a job here in the arts. She was a dental hygienist on the West Side. They live downtown.

I also talked to a few other YPs, ranging from 25-45ish, who lived in the suburbs and were there for our friend Monika’s birthday party. It’s a very suburb-friendly place because there’s a $1 for 2 hours lot literally 10 steps away, right across the street, from FB’s.

You do have to know where you’re going though. The owners want the place to be discreet and only be known by those who need to know about it. On the upside, there aren’t cheesy neon signs flashing outside. On the downside, that means you need to get your eagle eyes out to spot it. For future reference, it’s at 126 W. 6th Street, about 50 yards down from Walgreens.FBs

One of the cool things I suggest you splurge on is their “TSM” service. It’s tableside mixology, which means you essentially get a private bar and tender for an evening. This isn’t the “table service” which basically means they slop a couple bottles of booze on your table and say “make it yourself” but charge you out the wazoo for it. TSM is a great way to get the attention you want and need for a special night out without fighting a crowd or wasting time waiting in line at a bar.

The owners said they’re going to have an incredible New Year’s Eve party there. I didn’t get many details because I will be out of town, but I hear it is sponsored by a huge champagne company and will be tres tres chic. Sounds like a place we’d definitely be if we were in town (I’ll be in a Gatlinburg cabin with my hubby and puppy though!). If you’re interested, I’m sure you can call FB’s and get more info.

And just because I’m on a makeup kick this week, I’ll throw in a little NYE makeup trend to end this post since we’re on the topic of the big ball-dropping night (already, seriously, can you believe it’s almost 2010?!). So, here’s my prediction…. EYELASHES. The funkier the better. Feathers, sparkles and lace (yes, even lace). The more elaborate the better. Make them too lush to be true. Here’s some inspiration for your FBs (Fake Blinkers)! : )

Images courtesy of Robot Nine

On the (Holiday) Market

My husband and I visited the Holiday Market at the Cincinnati Convention Center today. It was our first time going to this event, so we didn’t quite know what to expect. But I am SO glad we went though! I highly recommend stopping by if you haven’t yet! (It goes from 10am-5pm tomorrow, FYI!)

I decided to do a little recap of our experience at the Holiday Market on this blog because I had so much fun with the variety of vendors there. It was dangerous though, because for every unique gift item I found for someone else, I found something I’d like to give myself for Christmas! : )

We made two purchases. One I can’t disclose because my father-in-law frequents this blog. But I can say that “MILL-CLIFF BOOKS & GRAPHICS” has some awesome authentic memorabilia for music lovers. I almost bought myself an authentic Life Magazine with Marilyn Monroe on the cover – it was perfectly preserved! But I somehow refrained. It was tough, I’m a huge MM fan! The second gift we did buy was from one of the many food vendors there. They had some great seasoning packets for party dips and dishes. Sorry, I know … that was kind of a boring purchase. But the dips were delightful, and I ate so many samples I felt bad not buying! haha!

The rest of our fun Holiday Market trip I’ll explain in photos…

Cutest Snowman EVER
Cutest Snowman EVER
Adorable Baby Hats! (PS: I'm going to be an aunt on Monday!)
Adorable Baby Hats! (PS: I'm going to be an aunt on Monday!)
A Fishtank Frame! How cool!
A Fishtank Frame! How cool!
My Husband, Pete, in a cool hanging lounge chair! (Complete with beverage holder!)
My Husband, Pete, in a cool hanging lounge chair! (Complete with beverage holder!)
Incredible Hand-Made Inlaid Wood Mirror
Incredible Hand-Made Inlaid Wood Mirror
Fur-Topped Socks to Add Flair to Your Boots!
Fur-Topped Socks to Add Flair to Your Boots!