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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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Red Tree Cultivates Cuteness

There’s something about this crisp air that makes me just want to curl up with a coffee, veg out and enjoy the simple things in life. Unfortunately, I have bills to pay, a business to run and other things that frown upon curling up and vegging out.

Handmade coffee cup sleeves at Red Tree Coffee Shop
Handmade coffee cup sleeves at Red Tree

I did however fit in an unexpected escape when I visited Red Tree Coffee Shop in Oakley the other day.

I went there for a meeting, and afterward I went to the counter to order a pick-me-up drink before heading out to my next meeting. The barista asks me if I’d like a large, medium or small and points to the example sizes on display. And that’s when I saw quite possibly the cutest things ever: Handmade coffee cup sleeves. They came in all different designs and they’re handmade by a local designer. I’ve never seen anything like them! At first glance, it looks like felt, but the sleeve and designs are actually hand-woven and hand-stitched! At only $9, they are well worth it when you consider all that time and effort, plus the eco friendly and cute-factor!

T-shirts at Red Tree
T-shirts at Red Tree

Wait, there’s more… I turn around and there’s an entire wall of adorable gift items. T-shirts, bags, cards, oh my! I grabbed my drink, and whisked myself away into a browsing bliss. Each item was so unique with simple, nature-inspired prints, modern cuts and soft, sustainable fabrics.

Then I discovered that there’s an amazing art gallery in the back of the coffee shop! It just kept getting better! (Their Web site’s event page has more info about their gallery exhibits)

I couldn’t stay long, but I was so pleasantly surprised to experience such an artsy oasis. I hope you find a way to treat yourself to Red Tree – a coffee shop that’s truly “branching out” … oh boy. I got carried away there.

🙂