Be a Winner

My friend-in-fashion here on Locals on Living, Kasmira Kit with What I Wore Today, is helping to promote a fabulous event “Cocktails & Couture” at The Limited on Aug. 18.

Click here to vote on her contest, which ends tonight! And because that contest was so popular, The Limited was so kind to give us ANOTHER $50 gift certificate and wardrobe consultation to give away on Cincy Chic!

You can nominate yourself in an email to by telling us why you want a $50 Limited gift cert and a wardrobe consultation with internationally known designer, Jodi Arnold. The Cincy Chic staff will pick the top entries and have voting for 24 hours only! All the details are at

And here’s more information about the Cocktails & Couture event at The Limited! Hope you can come! The Limited says if this goes well, they’ll bring more designers in to meet and greet the fab fashionistas here in the Queen City! If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by August 17 to

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Event Invite for the Cocktails & Couture night at The Limited (click to enlarge)

West Side Welcomes Fashion Boutique

uniforms for momsI grew up on the West Side so I can say this: The West Side is NOT the best side when it comes to fashion. (however, if you’re looking for a bank or a church on the West Side, you’ve hit the lottery! haha!)

Between Oakley, Hyde Park, Madeira and Montgomery, the East Side is bustling with boutiques galore. The West Side? Not so much. That is, until now.

An adorable fashion boutique opened up on Bridgetown Rd. on the West Side (in the heart of Bridgetown), but under the misleading name of “Uniforms for Moms.” They don’t carry uniforms or maternity clothes, which the name would lead you to believe. The owner luckily has good friends and clients who told her the name of her boutique was a really, really ridiculously bad decision. So, she’s in the process of changing it to “LouLou’s Boutique,” named after her late mother.

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I didn’t actually go to the Uniforms for Moms/soon-to-be LouLou’s Boutique store. She was at a shopping event I was at last week at the Western Hills Country Club.

She had some incredibly cute clothes and shoes at pretty affordable prices (i.e., I got an LBD for $30ish). It appears that the owner really focused on fashionable comfort. I loved her dresses, especially. Flattering and trendy silhouettes, but made out of really comfortable, wearable fabrics like cotton with lycra for a little give.

I fell in love with a comfortable cotton little black dress (see pic to the left). I also fell in love with a denim dress, but for some reason restrained myself and didn’t get it. I’ve been thinking about how great it looked, and how much I’d wear it, so I’ll probably make a visit to the store soon to snatch that up.

I took a few pics of the racks they had at the event to give you an idea of the kinds of clothes they have there. Definitely no mom jeans or uniforms here!

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Nancy, Uniforms for Moms Boutique Owner

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uniforms for moms loulous

This Week on Cincy Chic: Technological Girl

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Managing your life’s gizmos

Madonna’s material world has advanced to today’s technological world. And one local shop helps keep those 21st-century devices in check. Find out how they buy, sell, repair and recycle the gadgets of your life.

Finding Technology’s Pretty Side
When it comes to beauty gadget know-how, you don’t have to be tech savvy to find great products and look your best. Read on to get one local makeup artist’s suggestions for glamorous gizmos.

Recycle Cell, Save Gorilla
Recycling doesn’t just have to save the planet, it can also save lives. Learn more about how you can make a difference with the Cincinnati Zoo.

Engineering a Path for Women
While the field of engineers is still dominated by men, one local group of female engineers strives to encourage young women to pursue a difficult but rewarding career path.

Touched in Time
From laptops to cell phones, touch-screen technology is taking over the gadgets of our lives. Now, one company allows you to integrate it into your wardrobe with touch-screen watches.

Gathering around Gadgets
A love for electronics and a desire to create brought one group together in Cincinnati’s first hackerspace. Find out how they hack for good and how you can be a part of the fun.

Chic Spotlight: Innovator Elizabeth Edwards
This local woman’s ideas and efforts provide a platform for her fellow Cincinnatians to turn their own innovative ideas into reality. Learn how she works to create the future.

Total Body Wellness: Timeless Tips for Workout Success
Even with all of the advancements in technology, these nine pieces of advice stay the same. Read on to discover the essentials to getting and staying in great shape.

Orange on Green: Are Your Gadgets Creating Guilt?
In a world of “gotta get” and “gotta have,” today’s gadgets can provide more than just a simpler lifestyle. Learn how these gizmos also affect your pocket book and monetary mental stability.

Express Picks: Enjoy the Heat before it’s Gone
When it gets this time of year, you start to feel autumn sticking its nose in August’s business. Take time to inhale the Queen City’s rich potpourri of offerings — much of it world class, all of it stimulating.

Chic Eats: Corn Trifecta
Dust off those kitchen gadgets and gizmos for a menu centered around Ohio’s own sweet corn. Our Chic Chef shows you how to highlight the flavors of farm-stand-fresh corn with a Corn Trifecta.

McCoy on Movies: “The Other Guys” Movie Review
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg team up for the latest buddy cop movie to hits theaters. But are “The Other Guys” worth spending time with? Read our reviewer’s take here and find out.

Upcoming Events at Cincy Chic

Aug. 11: Coffee Cluck
Aug. 12: Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Reading Through Financial Illiteracy
Aug. 17: Business at Breakfast
Aug. 17: Work Smart, Not Hard! Workshop
Aug. 18: Cocktails & Couture at The Limited
Aug. 19: Hot & Spicy!
Aug. 25: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
Aug. 25: Fine Wine & Me Time
Aug. 26: Fall Into Fashion with Paris J. Boutique

New Rocker Chic Arrivals at 3 French Hens

My husband is a musician. And I run Cincy Chic. So, naturally, “rocker chic” is a look I like to go for when I go to his gigs.

It’s actually a tough balance to strike. Lets just suffice it to say you don’t want to look like Audrey Hepburn when you walk into a biker bar.

But I discovered one place in town that has great rocker chic wear – Three French Hens in Hyde Park. I heard they also have a store in Ft. Thomas, but I’m not sure – I’ve never been to that one. Their shop in Hyde Park is suuuuper cute. It’s right by Poeme on Michigan Ave.

Not all their stuff is rocker chic, but they do have a few hidden gems that are great groupie gear. They also have items perfect for blinging up a boring outfit. So, when I heard they just got back from market and have a ton of new arrivals, I couldn’t wait to check those out.

Below are pics of all the new stuff they got in. I’m in love! Lots of bling, glitz, and rocker chic couture! I can see myself at his next gig in the gray cotton dress with the cross necklaces and leather band bracelets!

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Three French Hens

Kardashian Sisters Show Love to Local Designer

Love ’em or hate ’em, the Kardashian sisters sure know how to steal the limelight. But I just discovered that these sassy sisters are showing a little limelight love to Dayton native, Althea Harper (designer from Season 6 of Project Runway).

I follow Althea on Twitter and she recently posted something about the Kardashians wearing items from the ALTHEA HARPER FALL 2010 collection for her promo shoot with Keeping Up With the Kardashians Season 5.

Pretty cool! Check it out!

Kourtney Kardashian in an Althea Harper color block dress design

I got the pleasure of meeting Althea in June at an event Cincy Chic promoted for Paris J Boutique. Teresa, the owner of Paris J Boutique, is working on getting her back here in the next couple months for another event, so check back soon for more details about that.

And, can I just say, I’m pretty proud of myself for forecasting this sheer trend back in Feb! Stay tuned for more daper dopplar radar here on Chic This Week – where the fashion news comes first.

haha! Have a great weekend everyone!

Jodi Arnold, Designer for The Limited, Coming to Cincy!

Exciting news on the local fashion front! An internationally known designer, Jodi Arnold, is coming to the Kenwood Limited on Aug. 18 (event deets below). The Limited is celebrating by hosting a free event with cocktails, fab fashion and big discounts (up to 40% off!).

I found out about it after The Limited stumbled across my blog and wanted to work with me, the blog, Cincy Chic, and my blogger friends to get the word out about the event. I’ve loved the Limited for years, so of course I was interested.* But I didn’t know much about Jodi so I did my homework…

I found out Jodi has her own label, and has for more than a decade. She recently started a collaboration with The Limited where she designs an exclusive line for them. I took a gander at the lookbook for Jodi’s Limited designs, and I truly fell in love. They are the perfect outfits for where I am in life right now: Professional by day, socialite by night.

It’s tough to strike this balance though. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run home after work to throw on something a little less corporate and something a little more fun and fashionable.

But in several of Jodi’s designs, the fun and fashionable is built in to the professional and polished attire. Take a look at the slideshow below and see for yourself. Some of the outfits I can see myself wearing a blazer or cardi over for work, and then slipping that off to wear Jodi’s cute dress or embellished tunic out for cocktails with the girls.
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So, I can’t wait to meet Jodi now when she comes to town! And I can’t wait to try on some of these outfits that would save me so many drives home for a costume change!

See below for all the event info. And make sure you click here to visit my friend Kasmira with What I Wore Today ….we’re having a contest to win an exclusive one-on-one wardrobe consultation with Jodi Arnold and a $50 gift certificate to The Limited! (Hurry! Deadline to participate in the contest is midnight Aug. 5!)

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Who: The Limited and Designer Jodi Arnold
What: Invite you to an exclusive fashion presentation and cocktail party, including 40% off, giveaways and gift bags (while supplies last)
Where: The Limited,  7875 Montgomery Road
When: August 18, 6-9pm
Why: Celebrate the spirit of the modern woman and discover your own freedom of expression. Jodi will be on-hand to answer your questions about fashion and to share with you her latest looks of the season, designed exclusively for The Limited.

Please RSVP by August 17 to

*The Limited is now a Cincy Chic client! We are doing a sponsorship of the event and also helping them get promos on Fox19, in Reach Magazine and other media outlets! I’m really hoping to make this event big so we can work together more and more in the future! Hope you can come!

This Week on Cincy Chic: Cincinnatians to Know

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nullConnector Chris Ostoich

The Queen City is full of royally remarkable people, so this week we recognize some of those who help make Cincinnati the city we love. And not many do so more than Chris Ostoich, so learn how this local leader works his magic in connecting the city and its people.

Find Comfort, Value in Valley View’s Temporary Housing
Moving to a new city for a job can be a headache, but find out how one local condo complex relieves some stress with their furnished long-term stay options without the long-term lease.

Spotted: Trendsetter Tamia Stinson
One Cincinnati-based magazine earns top marks for trend spotting from one so-called “fashion bible.” Find out how the editor reaches new fashionable heights by turning blogs into the new black.

Go Vibrant Founder Mark Jeffreys
A city is only as healthy as its residents, and this local man started a movement toward a healthier home. Learn how he plans to make the Queen City rank in the healthiest cities by 2020.

Bridging Broadway’s Stephen Samuels
He’s not taking a gamble on this one. Nope, this local Downtown advocate is ensuring that Cincinnati’s casino brings the maximum benefit to the city and its residents.

Cheers to the Careers of Jan and David Lazarus
This isn’t your average wine store, but the owners aren’t your average entrepreneurs. Learn how the owners’ backgrounds provide an unparalleled experience.

Model Manager and Maker Lori Colwell
One local woman helps aspiring models build their portfolios and get their foot in the door. Learn how her work helped turn a Cincinnati girl into an international super model.

Chic Spotlight: Leadership Leader Jessica Baron
This local woman is leading Cincinnati into a promising future. Read on to find out several ways for how you can join her movement and be a part of the process.

Orange on Green: Five Financial People to Know
Back in grade school dodge ball, you always wanted a stacked team, right? Now is no different. Our financial columnists name five people who will lead you to victory.

Express Picks: Soak up the Sounds of Summer
As we enter the hazy, lazy days of summer, kick back, relax, grab a portable bite (or several), and treat your ears to music al fresco, just as nature intended.

McCoy on Movies: “Salt” Movie Review
Jon Voight’s famous offspring is back in theaters now with a film that, given recent political events, might help boost the female action thriller genre … But should it?

Ask Patty: Relocating for Love
Is it safe to pick up and move for the one you love?  Our relationship expert points out you might want to lose your inhibitions and take the leap.

Share the Chic!
Throughout the month of August, one new Cincy Chic Facebook friend will be randomly selected to win a cut, color, and makeup application from Lucid Salon. We’ll contact the winner and ask them who told them about Cincy Chic. That person will also win a cut, color, and makeup application from Lucid Salon, too! Click here to visit our Facebook page:! So, what are you waiting for? Share the Chic!

Contest runs from August 1-31. One winner will be randomly selected at midnight on August 31 and contacted via e-mail.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Aug. 12: Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Reading Through Financial Illiteracy
Aug. 17: Business at Breakfast
Aug. 17: Work Smart, Not Hard! Workshop
Aug. 25: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
Aug. 25: Fine Wine & Me Time
Aug. 26: Fall Into Fashion with Paris J. Boutique

Madeira Summer Sidewalk Sale

Madeira Summer Sidewalk Sale (click to enlarge)

I drove through Madeira yesterday afternoon to stop in Monkee’s of Madeira, a store I wrote about months ago but just got around to visiting.

Quiet little Madeira was hustling and bustling with life! Balloons out front of every store and lots of shoppers out and about. Not the norm for a random Thursday afternoon.

So, I go into Monkee’s and start chatting with Liz the owner. She said it’s Madeira’s Summer Sidewalk Sale this weekend. Now through Sunday, the sidewalks of Maderia will host this annual sale.

Wow. Talk about a great weekend for a sidewalk sale, seriously! So, get out and enjoy the sunshine with your family or girlfriends. From the looks of it, sales were ranging around 50-70%. So the discounts are not too shabby – will definitely make it worth your while!

Here are the dates and times: Friday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am- 5:00pm
For more information, visit the Madeira Chamber (

And just backtracking a little here… I absolutely ADORED Monkee’s of Madeira. I didn’t realize this, but apparently Monkee’s is a chain. But sort of the best kind of chain, where they are still rare enough (and Liz says her corporate is relaxed enough) to be considered pseudo-independent, but they’re big enough to get purchasing power for big name brands.

I kind of fell in love with some gold peep toes, a belt and an asymmetrical gemstone necklace (pics below), but due to a variety of reasons (namely me dropping my Macbook last week and having to buy an entirely new computer… but I don’t want to talk about that right now because I might cry) I didn’t buy anything.

I will be back though. Mark my Monkee-marveling words. Even if I have to bubble wrap all my expensive electronics for the rest of my life. I will be back. And I will buy things. Lots and lots of pretty things.

But until then…  watch and weep as I post the items I am absolutely lusting after.

Peep toes were $149 on sale (they’re my Fabushoe Friday for today BTW!), I didn’t check to see how much the belt was (I was too enamored with the wooden clasp… but she did say she can’t keep them on the shelves they sell so fast), and the necklace is by a local designer!

Gold peep toe pumps... mmmm yummy
Wooden clasp belt, hand-beaded mustard band
Asymmetrical necklace, designed by a local lady!

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic