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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.

WHEN:
February 13, 2010
10:00am – 6:00pm

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

WHY:
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: www.designsbypaola.com/events

* 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.

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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

SHOPPING HOURS
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

LOCATION
161 Commerce Blvd
Loveland, OH 45140

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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
www.obsessboutique.com
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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.

www.lasilhouettelingerie.com
6914 Miami Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45243
(513) 272-8100

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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!

Location
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!

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FB’s and Fake Blinkers

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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.

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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.

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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)! : )
eyelashes
eyelashes
eyelashes

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!

12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 1 YAY!

Today is the day! I hope to see you at the Seasonably Chic Showcase today! I can’t wait! We’ll be at the Phoenix downtown from 10a-3p for this holiday shopping extravaganza!

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. Watch the video below as I take off to host Cincinnati’s first-ever Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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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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