Four Must-Have Spring Trends

Spring Shoshanna
Spring Shoshanna

This weekend officially ushered in Spring! This morning I went for a run and the birds were chirping and the trees were budding.

I just love this time of year. Everything seems so vibrant and new! Same holds true for all the Spring trends on the racks right now. Lots of vibrant colors, playful prints and flirtatious silhouettes.

My friend Amy Maynard, owner of Soho Boutique in Hyde Park, goes to NYC (my fav fashion mecca) all the time and keeps her finger on the fashion-forward pulse to keep her boutique on-trend. So, I asked her to narrow down what she thinks are the biggest, best, must-have trends of Spring 2010.

Here’s what she told me:

1. Simple, Clean and Elegant. For Spring we are seeing a lot of very simple and classic designs. Pretty, clean lines with some small elegant and unique details. These pieces are versatile and timeless– something very important for the sophisticated, but smart woman today! With these pieces you don’t have to clean out your closet every season. You can add updated accessories and colors but continue to build a good solid wardrobe base. Think sheath dresses, shirt dresses, classic tailored jackets

Cobalt Dress
Cobalt Dress

2. Embellishments. With the simple elegant basics we are seeing touches of feathers, hardware and ruffles. We are seeing these embellishments added on hemlines, on belts and with jewelry. If you already have a good base wardrobe embellishments in the form of accessories is a great way to update your wardrobe.

3. Fun with Color. There are some colors we are seeing for Spring too! These are turquoise, cobalt, tomato and pink champagne! Be bold and do a beautiful dress with one of these colors or do a beautiful blouse and pair with a classic white pant or denim.

4. Blouses. We are seeing beautiful blouses this Spring. These are flowy, feminine and appropriate for many occasions. They can be tucked into denim or white pants. They can be belted with leggings (yes, leggings are here to stay for a while!) or paired with a simple pair of shorts or pencil skirt. The blouses are solid or printed– whatever you like best! A beautiful blouse is appropriate for almost any occasion.

For more info on belts, read my recent blog on the fun “B-Low The Belt” Belts at Soho and the unique ways you can incorporate these rocker-chic skinny belts into casual, professional and dressy outfits!

Jodi Arnold Trunk Show at The Wardrobe

I’m really excited about all the new stuff The Wardrobe Cincinnati has been doing lately. I recently blogged about their new men’s stuff, and just the other day I read that they have some golf apparel now too.

Well, I got an email from a PR gal with Jodi Arnold saying that they are hosting a trunk show at the Wardrobe April 9th – April 14th. I’m psyched because I just heard about this designer a few months ago when I learned she was launching a collection with The Limited. I’ve seen her stuff there and it’s super cute (think “boyfriend tank” meets “bedazzler” meets “chic enough to wear under a suit”).

Jodi is an interesting designer because she’s an up-and-coming designer who’s getting collections in huge stores like The Limited, but she’s still accessible enough where she’s doing personal shopping for her clients in Manhattan. And her designs look like things I could actually pull off. The Limited collection is much more my price point, but her high end stuff takes the runway trends (i.e., floral) and makes them wearable enough to be every day.

So, here’s the info about the trunk show!

Enjoy complimentary Wine, Hors d’oeuvers and Styling by Wardrobe Therapy! (FYI “Wardrobe Therapy” is Lesley Hern the owner of the Wardrobe’s personal shopping spin-off company)

Who:           New York Designer JODI ARNOLD
What:          Trunk Show & Cocktail Party
Where:        The Wardrobe, 6904 Miami Avenue, Madeira, OH 45423
When:         April 9th – April 14th  10am to 6pm

Learn more about Jodi Arnold at www.jodiarnoldnyc.com

Here are some pics of my favorite stuff from her Spring/Summer collection!

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DRAPED-POCKET CARDIGAN ($169)
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EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL WATERCOLOR PRINT DRESS ($394)
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COCOON CARDIGAN ($242)
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FLORAL DRESS ($395)

An Eventful Day!

Lots of chic events going on tonight!

I already told you where I’ll be tonight. Blowdries and Baubles at the Chambers Packer Studio. They were asking for RSVPs, but I know they wouldn’t mind if you came by to join the fun with us! I’m going in to get my hair done this afternoon (and boy do I need it… my roots are almost two inches long… eek!) so I’ll be debuting the new look. And they’ll have their stylists giving tips on different hair types and talking about trends too. Oh, and cocktails…it is Friday after all! YAY!

If you’re in West Chester there are a couple events up your way tonight. As I told you before, Bajon Salon is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and are doing giveaways, discounts and cocktails tonight at their salon.

The Village Spa in West Chester is having a “Spring Bling” event tonight starting at 7pm. The invite said “come see and try on the latest trends in Spring jewelry and accessories,  courtesy of our own Stacy Young & her new company, Bling Culture. There will be plenty of fun and complimentary refreshments.”

The Village Spa is located at:
8862 CINCINNATI-DAYTON RD
WEST CHESTER, OH  45069
513-755-9241

If you’re in the mood for something more fashion-forward, a fashion designer friend of mine, Toby Tyler, is having a fashion show event tonight in Clifton. Click here to view the invite and more information.

A Lill Big Event

We all have that super cool, fun, creative friend who we go to when we need a little artsy inspiration for a project …or just a good laugh. For me, that girl is Kristen Folzenlogen, the owner of Poeme in Hyde Park.

I don’t get to hang out with her nearly enough, but I love being around her. She always knows about some new hip company starting up or new product line… and I love visiting her store. She always has kitschy little gifts, the funniest cards, oh, and the BEST window displays. Kristen actually helped me design the Cincy Chic window display at our office in the Gateway Quarter!

A while back, Kristen told me about this new company called 1154 Lill Studio, which makes custom cloth handbags. We did a story on them a few months ago, and our readers loved it. So, when I got an email from Kristen and Poeme about Lill Studio having a sale at Poeme, I thought I’d tell you about it! Especially since there’s a 10% off coupon! Mother’s Day is coming up!
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A Shady Decision

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Forever21 Sunglasses ($5.80)

There are two theories when it comes to sunglasses:

1) Buy expensive ones so you are more careful to not break or lose them

2) Buy cheap ones because they will inevitably get broken or lost

I started out subscribing to theory #2 because, frankly, I didn’t have the financial ability to do otherwise. After college, I gave #1 a try and I admit it worked. Unfortunately, I moved six times in six years and my first splurgy shades got lost somewhere in the mix. I was so mad at myself for losing them, I went back to the #2 theory.

But last week, I broke my cheapo pair of sunglasses. And I lost the few cheapos I had before it, so I’m back to square one… or two… can’t decide which theory. But I know I need some shades asap because that thing called “sun” we haven’t seen for ages is actually coming out a little more often and my baby blues need some protection.

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Killture High-End Sunglasses ($216.58)

So, I’ve been doing some research. On the cheap side, Forever21 wins without a doubt. Most pairs go for $5.80 and are super stylish. They probably wont last long, but if you’re going to lose or break them any way, who cares.

While researching the expensive side, I did find a fun line called Killture. I don’t think I could ever pull off something like this. Very few people could, but Lady Gaga is one of them.

If you have a taste for swanky shades, but have an aversion to wearing studs near your eyeballs, there’s a designer eyewear  trunk show in West Chester coming up soon you might want to check out. Here are the deets:

Monday, March 22, 4:30 – 7:30pm

Cincinnati EyeCare Team
Union Centre Blvd Location
8629 N. Pavillion Dr.
West Chester, OH 45069

Designer Trunk Show featuring Prada, Dolce & Gabbana & Ray-Ban. Eyewear vendors will have their full selection of eyewear on hand to try on and purchase. Special discounts up to 20% off. You will also be able to register to win a free pair of sunglasses at the event.

I’ve never been to this shop before, but my cousin just opened a wine bar (The Wise Owl) right near there. So I might stop in there for a glass of liquid courage to go back to my theory #1 ways.
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Ten Years of Tresses

bajonAs a business owner, I can respect when a business hits a big milestone like 10 years. So, when I got an email from Bajon Salon & Spa about their “Decade Party” on March 19 to celebrate their 10 years in business I did a little dance for them!

That’s awesome! Congrats Bajon!

So, if you’re in the West Chester on Friday March 19, stop in and have a cocktail to cheers to their success! There will be refreshments, snacks and lots of salon and spa specials!

Bajon Salon
6072 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
(513)874-9999

This Week on Cincy Chic: Haute Home

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Place-polishing trends from Paris

You eat there. You sleep there. You live there. So your home should be a stylish safe haven for you to relax and enjoy. To help make that happen Cincy Chic turned to a local expert to pass on the latest trends from Paris and beyond.

Bringing the Outdoors Inside
Plants don’t just add to your home decor. They actually can improve your health. Get some insider’s secrets on how you can go green for you and your decor design.

Achieving an Attractive Abode
Just as you put on your makeup and fix your hair, your space needs some primping too. This local expert helps you give your place a makeover in just three steps.

Designing her Dream
With experience from New York to L.A., this Cincinnati designer finds her niche in her hometown. Find out how her imagination and creativity have led her to award-winning designs.

Accessorized Design
Two local businesses show how you can accessorize to up the style factor in your space and create a home that’s as fashionable and trendy as your wardrobe!

(Art) Hanging Out
Businesses need great design elements too, and this local venue turns to community artists for its decor. See how you can join in the fun and enjoy art over hors d’oeuvres.

Chic Spotlight: Artist Robin Ewers
This artist’s pencils offer clients personalized touches to their decor, and her paint brushes transform the old into a stylish new. Read on to learn more about this talented Tri-State artist.

Sensible Fitness: Space-Saving Workout Equipment

Even with limited space, you don’t need to give up on the idea of a home gym. Our fitness expert weighs in on what workout equipment can give you effective results.

Cents & Sensibility: Spring Cleaning Your Finances
If your financial filing system consists of a basket full of receipts, warranties and paycheck stubs, read on for tips to organize the documents you need to keep and help you decide what to toss.

Ask Patty: Breaking up a Bromance
Guys’ relationships can walk a fine line between “wing man” and “bromance,” so our relationship expert helps the men in your life make sure they are sending the right signals.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
March 15: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Patricia Heaton
March 16: Business at Breakfast
March 16: Looking For Answers To Your Hormone Replacement Questions?
March 18: Free “Meet the Jean-ius of Denim” Lunch ‘n’ Learn
March 19: Blowdries and Baubles
March 19: Chic Chef Cooking Series – Tapas Night!
March 22:
Designer Eyewear & Sunglass Trunk Show

Pamper Your Papa

Ladies! Father’s Day is right around the corner! And I just found out about a cool way to recognize the fab father figure in your life.

Saks Fifth Avenue is looking for Cincinnati dads who are making a positive impact through their style, generosity and dedication to their families and communities. Winners will be honored at a Father’s Day ceremony, recognized in Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati windows, and rewarded with a complete look from the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection.

The deadline for nominations is March 21, 2010.

To learn more/nominate someone, go to http://saksfathersday.com/cincinnati

10% of sales from the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection during the event and the following weekend will benefit Every Child Succeeds.
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“Finishing Touches” Trunk Show

Some of my favorite ladies in the bridal biz are hosting a fun little trunk show this weekend at their studio (The Bridal Studio) in Covington.

I’ve done a couple blogs with Nancy from Brideface at the Studio. And whenever I go to see her, I always notice all the cute accessories in the shop. Great necklaces, pins and hair pieces. They also have funny cards and kitschy gifts.

Don’t let the name “The Bridal Studio” fool you. Not all their stuff is bridal. In fact, a lot of their cards, gifts and accessories can be used, worn or given for any occasion.

Sorry, got sidetracked… ah, yes, trunk show… they are having a trunk show this weekend. They’re calling it the “‘Finishing Touches’ Trunk Show.” It’ll take place this Sunday from 12-4pm at 610 Main St Covington KY. They invited all their favorite Bridal Studio accessory designers to show you what’s hot for spring and talk about the latest trends. The trunk show will feature T Beads, Oskar Simone and Pin Me Up Couture (wrote about Pin Me Up Couture in a previous blog here). Also, hairstylist Jen Nally will also be on hand for quick updo ideas with hair flowers and birdcage veils.

Again, you don’t have to be a bride-to-be to come to the show. I will be going to check out their jewelry and funky hair pieces. I just love how flower pins and feather headbands look in short hair!

I asked April from Bluebird Photography (another one of the Studio owners) to send some pics so you could see the shop and some of the items that will be featured at this weekend’s show! Enjoy!
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Save Green! Two Spring-Themed Sales!

At Cincy Chic, we do these things called “Chic Scoop” emails that feature five sales that our clients are having. We just sent one out yesterday, and this month’s theme was “spring sales.” Here are two fashion-related sales from the e-mail I think you’ll be interested in! I’m giving you the abridged version because the text from the email sounds so corporate! Oh, and I gave links so you can see the boutiques’ clothes in action at our previous fashion shows!

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Save 15% at Paris J Boutique

Say “SPRING HAS SPRUNG” when visiting Paris J Boutique and receive a 15% discount off of any one regular priced item. (FYI, here and here are photo albums of fashion shows where we featured Paris J’s clothing… just to give you an idea of what kinds of items they carry)

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Save Some Green at Obsess’ St. Patrick’s Day Party!

On Tuesday, March 16th 3:00 to 7:00 pm, enjoy complimentary adult drinks, treats and chances to win numerous door prizes at obsess boutique in Montgomery. For two weeks, every guest will draw from a Pot of Gold! Gold Coin discounts are from 10-50% off regular price on your entire purchase! (Here‘s a link to a photo album from a fashion show where we featured clothes from obsess… and remember, this is who carries jeggings!)

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic