Star Lanes: The Chicest Bowling in Town!

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Monika Roberts, Katy Crossen, Joe Busam, and me at Star Lanes!

When I lived in Philadelphia, my favorite pastime was bowling. Normally, “bowling” conjures up images of ugly shoes, smoky air and cheap beer. But at my bowling hotspot in Philly, it was quite the contrary.

The place was called Lucky Strikes Lanes, and it had upscale bowling alleys with lane-side food service and lounges. They had the best sushi and the yummiest cocktail concoctions.
When I moved back to Cincinnati, I began to miss my Lucky Strikes terribly. I even told my husband that I’d love to open something similar here in Cincinnati. (Yeah, with all that spare time I have)

star lanesLow and behold, three years later, I get an invite for a sneak peek of Star Lanes, the newest “boutique bowling center,” in Newport KY. After a little digging, I discovered that Star Lanes is owned by Lucky Strike Entertainment, who also owns Lucky Strike Lanes in Philly. Ah, my posh pin prayers were answered. There is a Gutter Ball God!

So, last night I went to the pre-opening party and man was it packed. All 24,000 square feet. They kicked star lanesthings off in style. They served up free food and drinks, as well as free bowling for several hours. Granted, they didn’t have nearly enough bar staff to handle a huge crowd who wanted to take advantage of the complimentary cocktails. But that’s honestly my only complaint. The food was amazing and the lanes were lush. Can’t say anything about the cocktails because I never actually got one despite waiting patiently and batting my lashes.

The place is HUGE. It basically took over the space of three (if not more) restaurant/bars: Cafe Istanbul, The Reserve and the art gallery space. I snapped a couple pics and took the below video so you can get an idea of what it’s like. Definitely worth checking out!

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CFW Spotlight: ALK Fashion

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Me with Nathan Hurst, CFW Founder & Designer. Photo Credit: The Style Sample

Well, Cincinnati Fashion Week officially kicked off in style! On Tuesday, I went to the CFW Designer Meet and Greet night at FBs downtown on Sixth St.

I was so disappointed because I worked late and didn’t get to stop home and change before going to the party. Normally I wouldn’t care. But I was wearing boring work-wear, which looked especially boring next to everyone’s fabulously fashion forward outfits at the event. Ugh, oh well.

I was so proud of Cincinnati as I looked around the room. It was like I stepped into another dimension at that party. Toto, I don’t think we’re in Cincinnati anymore… Seriously, everyone was dressed to the nines, taking fashion risks (except for me, grrr) and meeting people outside their usual social networks. Hey, you didn’t know who you’d run into there! You could be meeting the next Diane Von Furstenberg! That room was full of all the things people say Cincinnati isn’t capable of. But we did it. And everyone there learned that the Queen City is good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like us! haha! : )

I didn’t get to do much meeting and greeting at the event unfortunately. I couldn’t tell who the designers were. But I did get into some interesting conversations with people. One of which asked me who I was most excited to see at Friday’s Fashion Week Finale.

ALK Fashion
ALK Fashion

I all the sudden understood how men get so passionate about their sports talk. I completely unloaded on this girl, John Madden style: “Well, I feel like the crowd favorite is David Meister. He’s got a good offense with his evening gown line – the bold jewel tones were a nice play there – and he’s scoring some major points with those one shoulder cocktail dresses. But I’m going with our hometown hero, Amy Kirchen, rookie designer of the new Cincinnati-based ALK Fashion. Her post-world war designs are a huge touchtown with the emerging military trend, but she runs it down the field with romance and wearability I haven’t seen elsewhere. She’d be my first draft pick given the choice.”

It was an out-of-body experience.

Naturally, I didn’t REALLY say all of that. I just said “David’s everyone’s favorite because he’s the headliner, but I’m more excited to see all the Cincinnati talent, especially ALK Fashion.”

I got the opportunity to meet Kirchen a little more than a year ago. She told me she wanted to start her own business, and she picked my brain (not sure she found much) because I had started Cincy Chic a couple years prior. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. At the time, she wanted to do something that incorporated makeup, modeling and design. But we caught up for coffee a few months later and she decided to just do the fashion line.

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Amy Kirchen, the designer behind ALK Fashion

And since then, she’s worked like a mad woman coming up with her company’s name, website, and all the designs in her first-ever line which will be unveiled at CFW. Oh, and by the way, she also just got married and had a beautiful baby girl. Talk about a super woman.

On a personal and professional level, I’m very excited to see this talented young woman blossom. She is one to keep your eye on for sure.

I hope you’ve purchased your ticket to CFW’s Finale. It will be epic to see Cincinnati’s own Kirchen, as well as all the other designers who’ve come from all over the world, showcase their new designs on the catwalk this Friday. Congrats to all the organizers for planning it, all the designers for participating in it, and to Cincinnati for supporting it.

Cincinnati Fashion Week

In January, Cincy Chic caught wind of Cincinnati’s first-ever Fashion Week. After squealing like little school girls in excitement, we talked with Nathan the organizer and wrote a story about the week’s festivities.

Granted, that story was written in January, so a lot has changed and developed. You can go to CincinnatiFashionWeek.com and get all the up-to-date info about THIS WEEK’s festivities. That’s right. This week … is… CINCINNATI FASHION WEEK!

Tonight is the VIP night where I get to meet all the designers in town for CFW. I’ll be posting pics and videos throughout the week from my experiences at the CFW festivities.

I also just got an email from Fetish Boutique saying that they’re giving a discount if you just mention CFW, so that’s pretty cool! Fetish recently changed owners. Click here to learn more about the new owner and what she plans to do with the store. And read info below for details about the sale at Fetish (copy and pasted from the message I just received from her email distribution)

This week is the first ever Cincinnati Fashion Week, and Fetish is extremely
excited to be participating in the week long festivities!!!!  To celebrate
Fetish will be offering a 25% discount all week to any customer mentioning
“Cincinnati Fashion Week!”

To learn more about Cincinnati Fashion Week visit their website:
www.cincinnatifashionweek.com

This Week on Cincy Chic: Finding the Time

Finding the Time

Finding the Time

Sharing time-saving secrets

Last week we talked about saving Mother Earth, and now, it’s time to take control of Father Time. Break free from your cell where hours, minutes and seconds hold you prisoner. Just follow these tried and tested time-saving tips from the Cincy Chic staff.

Timely Fashion
This fourth-generation family jeweler offers an extensive selection of watches and clocks like you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Learn how you can spice up your style with these time keepers.

Training against the Clock
You’re busy running your life, so you’re probably too busy for any actual running. But managing your running times and technique for a more effective workout is much easier than you’d think.

Making up Time
Trying to find the right products for your makeup routine can cost you time and money, but this local makeup artist saves you both as she designs and accompanies you on a shopping trip.

Adding an Extra Hour to Your Day
One Cincinnati-based company comes to rescue you from daily errands and chores that you feel like you have no time for. Find out how they essentially give you a 25th hour in your day.

Measuring the Minutes
One local woman transformed into an entrepreneur when she dealt with her daughter’s frustrations with time. Discover how her innovation can help ease your frustrations too.

Chic Spotlight: Jeff Ruby’s Assistant Amy Lewis
In addition to her own busy schedule, this local woman manages the calendar of one of the city’s busiest men. Read on to discover how she does it.

Total Body Wellness: Work out Smarter, Faster
Use these cutting edge workout techniques from our brand new fitness columnist to cut back on hours spent in the gym and get more out of the time you do put in.

Chic Eats: Quick, Healthy Soup-and-Salad Combo
Need time-saving menu ideas? Our Chic Chef shows you a quick take on a classic combination that your family will love. Learn how to make this silky, elegant soup served with hearty bruschetta.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
April 20: Business at Breakfast
April 20: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
April 20: 16th Annual Fashion Show “Disco Fashion Fever”
April 21: April Showers Bring May Flowers Ladies Night at Daveeds

April 21: Bloom Bazaar
April 22: Fixed on Fashion – Cincinnati Fashion Week
April 24: thinkGREEN Earth Day Event
April 24: Bling “Glammin in the Garden” Luncheon

April 28: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
April 29: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Lee Woodruff
April 30-May 2: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
April 30: Go Green Fashion Show

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!

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Half Price Jewelry at Missy & Jack this Weekend!

I live in a teeny tiny Sears catalog home, so needless to say, I don’t have ample room for clothing. So, my clothing wardrobe is actually pretty basic and minimalistic. I tend to add spice and flair to my outfits with new jewelry instead of new clothes. And I found the perfect opportunity to stock up. I just found out Missy & Jack in Mason is having a 50% off sale on their jewelry this weekend. I always love her jewelry… it’s big and chunky, fun and fabulous, costume-y but oh-so-chic. If that’s the kind of jewelry you like too, it sounds like this is a must-shop sale for you!
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FYI, I found out about this sale from Missy & Jack’s e-mail distribution (she sent it literally a few minutes ago… this is my kind of “breaking news” haha!). She also announced sales like this on her Facebook page. Click here to see a story we recently wrote on Cincy Chic about local businesses who announce sales like this on their social media sites. I found it helpful for finding out about great deals like this. Hope you do too!

Theoretically Speaking

Just got this email from Alligator Purse last night about a Theory Trunk Show today. A rep from the Theory line is coming in from New York to be at the show. Wish I would have known about it earlier, I would have stopped in. I really like Theory. Especially their dresses. I could see myself in every single one of the dresses posted on their site. They’re professional enough to wear to work or at a work function, and fashionably funky enough to wear out with the girls. Hopefully you can stop in to Alligator Purse today to see the show. Perfect day for a glass of wine on Teller’s rooftop patio and a stroll in Hyde Park, too! Ah, the life I’d live if I didn’t have to work…
alligator purse theory trunk show

PS: They sponsored our Bras with Flair on the Square fashion show last year. Click here for all the fab fashions they had in the show. I loved them all!

I Love Joey Eric

joey ericI am in love. His name? Joey Eric.

Don’t worry, my hubby still has my heart. But Joey Eric has my wardrobe.

I just discovered this fabulous boutique on Facebook. They’re up in Dayton, but well worth the drive. If you’re familiar with the area, they’re at the Greene (it’s kind of like Rookwood, but even cooler because there are loft condos there too… yes, you can now live in the middle of an open-air mall. Hello, heaven.)

What caught my attention on FB was a picture someone posted of a cute vintage “Cincy” t-shirt. A local artist designed it and the other Ohio-related tees they sell at Joey Eric. I don’t wear t-shirts often, but I would buy one of these! They’re only $25-28 and they ship for free, so you don’t even need to make the drive if you don’t want to!

They also sell super cute “designer inspired” handbags, sunglasses, jewelry, denim and clothing.

This Week on Cincy Chic: Go Green!

Go Green!

Go Green!

Eco-chic house enhancers

Some say it’s not easy being green. But we found an expert who says it is. Just in time for Earth Day, she shares several simple ways you can save the world in style as you save some green on your utility bills!

Enjoying the Green Life
Offering gorgeous architecture and high-quality standards, this affordable home builder helps you enjoy an eco-friendly residence without making you sacrifice your dream-home desires.

Sustainable Cuisine
One local restaurant group literally sows seeds to reduce their carbon footprint, and you can reap the benefits. Learn more about this delicious and nutritious way to be eco-friendly.

Natural Beauty
When it comes to your skincare, this company keeps you flawless without fillers. Find out how its natural products can bring out your natural beauty from the inside out.

Recycle-ista Style
This Kentucky-based jeweler couple is way ahead of most people when it comes to keeping our environment green and clean. Find out how your trendy accessories can follow the green movement.

Playing Eco-Connector

This local entrepreneur unearthed a budding niche with the local green industry. Discover how she uses her networking capabilities to drive sustainability in Cincinnati.

Red Cross Goes Green
No, they still will be the American Red Cross, but the headquarters of the regional chapter is going green. Learn how the building’s functionality promotes saving the earth while saving lives.

Chic Spotlight: Earth-Friendly Mom Barbie Hahn
From raising chickens to reducing waste, this local chef and mom teaches her kids about sustainability through first-hand experiences, and now you can read more about her adventures.

Cents & Sensibility: Save the Planet, Save Some Cash
Living a greener lifestyle doesn’t have to cost a cent if you follow these easy ideas at home. In fact, our financialista shows you how they can save you money.

Ask Patty: Green with Envy
Jealousy can destroy a relationship, especially if it’s not nipped in the bud. Learn how to pinpoint a jealous partner or if your issues are the root of the problem.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
April 13: Hormone Replacement Seminar
April 14: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD

April 14: Coffee Cluck
April 14: Walk on the Wild Side
April 20: Business at Breakfast
April 20: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
April 21: April Showers Bring May Flowers Ladies Night at Daveeds

April 24: thinkGREEN Earth Day Event
April 24: Bling “Glammin in the Garden” Luncheon

April 28: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
April 29: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Lee Woodruff
April 30-May 2: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
April 30: Go Green Fashion Show

Fun Mother’s Day Event

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! It’s May 9, so it’s time to start planning!

I just found out about this “Pretty in Pink” event that Paris J Boutique is putting together. I really love Paris J, and the shop’s owner Teresa. We worked together in November for our Seasonably Chic Showcase. Click here to check out the pics of the clothes she had in that fashion show. Really unique, fashion forward stuff – but still very wearable.

So if you have (or are) a mod mom, and would enjoy a fashionable flare to your Mother’s Day, check out this event. Here’s more info:
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UPDATE: Teresa the owner just contacted me and asked if I could share this info: the event is FREE and also it’s for Breast Cancer Awareness!

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic