This Week on Cincy Chic: Imagine, Create, Inspire

Imagine, Create, InspireImagine, Create, Inspire

Six ways to tap into your creativity

The last time you unleashed your inner artist, your mom smiled awkwardly then stored your work for “special” occasions. That masterpiece might not have seen the light of day, but a local “chief imagination officer” gives six simple steps to rediscover your inspired side and make your decorative dreams come true.

Create Your Own Wardrobe
Tailors can alter an existing creation to fit your body, but read on to learn how three local companies offer products that you can customize from the start to fit your form and style.

Motivating Your Assets

Boot camp might get your booty in shape, but it probably won’t keep your attention for the long haul. Get creative with your workout with this local studio that will keep you coming back.

The “Custom-her” is Always Right
Your ideal beauty routine should be as individualized as your face shape and expressions, and this Cincinnati company works with customers to discover that ideal routine and put it in action.

Sip, Sample, Create!
Whether you’re a connoisseur or a beginner, grab your regular cocktail crew and head to this local wine bar/winery to create and enjoy something different — sippable art!

I Saw the Sign
Ace of Base would sing the praises of this Cincinnati man and his company. His signs, banners and other products stand out from the crowd with the creative approach behind them.

Chic Spotlight: Marketing Art Director Kim Wehby
The world’s always more interesting with creative concepts. Learn how this Tri-State woman taps into her imagination to help throw that twist in the mix and how you can do the same.

Sensible Fitness:  Flair and Flavor for Dishes to Savor
Whether you excelled in art or majored in math, you can conquer your lackluster meal routine. Our fitness guru offers ways to put two and two together for a delicious equation.

Cents & Sensibility: Creative Ways to Save Money
When it comes to tight budgets, you have to tap into your creativity to keep your bank account happy. Our financialista has new tips for saving a couple dollars while saving your lifestyle.

Ask Patty: Just Friends?
Real life “When Harry Met Sally”: When is it OK to cross the line of friendship and step into something more? Our relationship expert offers some advice on the relationship possibilities with friends.

Photos:
10.28.09 – Sacksteder’s Interiors Kenwood Place Grand Opening

Upcoming Events:
11.18.09 – eWomenNetwork “Holiday Extravaganza” Event
11.18.09 – Martinis and Makeovers
11.19.09 – Chemistry for Charity: Single Scavenger Hunt
11.20.09 – Unique Boutique Lunch ‘n’ Learn
11.20.09 – Gifts Glam and Girlfriends

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 4

Paolo
My engagement ring

Women love getting compliments. And I have to tell you, I get compliments all the time on my engagement ring! It’s a custom design from Paolo, a Modern Jeweler up in Clifton. So, if you’d like to create something completely unique to you and get complimented on your exquisite taste, come meet Paolo at this Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase!

One of the really cool things that Paolo likes to do is a “Jewelry Makeover.” So, you can take in a piece that’s sentimental to you (i.e., grandma’s brooch) and make it into a posh new asymmetrical necklace. A few of my friends have done this with some of their old jewelry and it’s a really affordable and fashionable way to revamp your jewelry collection.

Come visit Paolo’s table 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 Paolo, 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 by end of day TODAY!

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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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This Week on Cincy Chic: Join the Club

Join the ClubJoin the Club

Grouping together for a change

Two heads are better than one, and a whole bunch makes for fun, memorable times. From improving Cincinnati’s educational opportunities to raising millions to create new parks, two local clubs bring women together to make tremendous things happen around the Tri-State.

The Knits Big Thing
Fashionistas everywhere don their knitted cold-weather fashions — scarves, sweaters, you name it. Read how one local shop offers women a place to create looks that are “sew” fashionable.

Become a Beauty Insider
Every gal about town wants to be inside the loop. So become a V.I.B. (Very Important Beauty insider) and get the scoop on how to get exclusive insider treatment.

Ice to Meet You
The holiday parties and feasts mixed with the colder weather can be a recipe for weight gain, but you can add this local club to the equation to come up with much better results.

Clucking for Your Career
Don’t coop yourself up, chickadee. Get out and cluck a bit with this group of women who work together to provide a more successful career future for them all.

A Save Haven
Money may be tight, but you can relax in the comfort of your own hometown. See how this local savings program makes both customers and businesses happy.

Chic Spotlight: Art Club President Jan Boone
The Queen City boasts a rich history as well as a strong focus on the arts. Learn how this local lady presides over a club that plays a part in both of these Tri-State treasures.

Sensible Fitness: Join the Tiny Heinie Club
Some women want more junk in the trunk, while others would prefer a smaller butt. No matter your booty frustrations, our fitness guru offers advice on how to achieve your desired derriere.

Cents & Sensibility: Women’s Financial Clubs
Money talk can be awkward, but our financialista offers tips for starting your own financial education club that will help you have fun while increasing your money prowess.

Media Maven: “Taking Woodstock” Movie Review
Woodstock stands as one of the most memorable events of the music world. Our Media Maven offers insight into whether this film lives up to the legendary three days of peace and music.

Photos
10.21.09 – David Yurman Trunk Show at James Free Jewelers
10.21.09 – Women’s Idea Network (WIN) Meeting

Blogs
Editor in Chic Blog: Ready for a Change
Editor in Chic Blog: Morning Glory

Events:
11.7.09 – Seasonably Chic Showcase
11.6.09-11.8.09 – Sacksteder’s Holiday Open House
11.13.09-11.15.09 – The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
11.13.09-11.15.09 – Sacksteder’s Holiday Open House
11.13.09 – Girl’s Night In 2009
11.13.09 – Patty Brisben Foundation’s “Evening in Monte Carlo”

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!

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic