Dress for Success Benefit, Sale at The Pink Box

I just came across this sale and thought it looked too special not to share! In case you don’t know about Dress for Success, it’s a great place for you to donate professional clothes so less fortunate women can wear fab fashions to snag a snazzy new job and keep it! We wrote about DFS and its corresponding 4th St. Boutique here on Cincy Chic.

On May 6, The Pink Box in Hyde Park is having a 10% off sale, and they’re donating an extra 10% to DFS. Also, you can bring in handbags and accessories to donate to DFS. See below for more information! (click on it to enlarge)
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If you haven’t been to The Pink Box, it’s a must-visit boutique… especially if you don’t have that Mother’s Day gift yet. It has awesome jewelry and gift items that moms would love love love. And if you get 10% off and 10% goes to charity, that means you can buy 20% more, right? That’s my kind of math! : )

This Week on Cincy Chic: Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Diving into the coupon craze

Food is a necessity, but spending gobs on your grocery bill isn’t. This week, one local couponing expert helps you understand the method behind the modern-day coupon madness so that you can save on what you need in order to buy what you want.

Baked Confections Designed to Perfection

When you see the sweets of this local cookie shop, you’ll be craving a taste of their creativity. Find out how Cookies by Design can make your next bouquet delivery a delicious surprise.

Making a Table Fashionable

One local organization brought fashion to their cookbook with some of the most recognizable places around town, and you can learn how to spruce up the table at your next dining affair.

Food that Comes to You
A couple local entrepreneurs are changing the face of food with their mobility. Discover how you can get a taste of the action while reaping some entertainment perks at your next social function.

A Taste of Hospitality
Two local women serve the region’s restaurants with a plethora of resources, but discover how these ladies also give you a chance to take a bite out of the Queen City’s culinary offerings.

Putting the Beauty in Boot camp

Two local health experts teach salon workers some healthy-living basics mixed with a little military-style discipline. Find out more about this co-worker competition.

Eye-Catching Fare

There’s a stylist for your fashions, your hair and even your food. Read on to find out why appearance is everything when it comes to what you put on your plate.

Chic Spotlight: Food Writer Polly Campbell
After 14 years of professionally critiquing restaurants, this local food writer shares her experiences. Find out how she found her fervor for food and what Tri-State meals have been her favorites.

Editor in Chic: Restaurant Row
Downtown soon will welcome five new eateries, and its visionaries are calling it “Cincinnati Restaurant Row.” Our Editor in Chic offers insight on this delicious development in her first weekly column.

Total Body Wellness: The Facts about Food
With all the talk out there about food, calories and dieting, read on to find the only thing you ever have to remember to lose or maintain your current weight.

Cents & Sensibility: A Fond Farewell over Dinner
As our financialista signs off on her final column, she also shares some tips for fitting dining out into even the most frugal of lifestyles.

McCoy on Movies: “The Back-up Plan” Movie Review
Jenny from the Block is back in theaters this week with a new romantic comedy. But is it one you should support? Find out by checking out our reviewer’s thoughts here.

Chic Poll: What Name Would You Choose?
As our financialista signs off with her final column, we prepare for our new money-focused column, and we want your help. Cast your vote for the name you love most.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
April 26: Hot Flashes, Cold Drinks
April 28: InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
April 29: SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Lee Woodruff
April 29: 2010 Small Business Expo
April 30-May 2: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
April 30: Go Green Fashion Show
May 1: Swingin’ for Susan Charity Dance-a-thon

Top 10 Looks From Cincinnati Fashion Week Finale

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Me and the husband in front row at CFW! Swanky! : )

Last night we witnessed history in the making. The first-ever Cincinnati Fashion Week Finale took place last night at the Hyatt.

The swag bags were incredible. The audience had fun with their flair. And the catwalk was SMOKIN’!

There were a few hiccups, like the VIP ticket holders (who paid $100) only getting complimentary drinks for the 90 mins when the ticket price included free drinks for the entire night. But overall, I think the event was a huge success.

When I looked around the room, and the sold out crowd, it didn’t look like it was the first time this event had taken place. The catwalk, lights and music (by DJ Fuse) were top notch. I wish they would have sold the soundtrack from the show, because it was really, really ridiculously good music.

I really liked all the designers, too. There was a big focus on designers with Cincinnati roots, which I definitely appreciated. Even though there was a wide variety of Cincinnati, St. Louis, Malibu, NYC and London-based lines, almost every single one of the designers either went to DAAP, taught at DAAP or lived in the Tri-State at some point in their life. Having that just underscored how fashion-capable our city is, which is the whole reason behind the genesis of Cincinnati Fashion Week.

After the show, my husband and I talked about our favorite items (yeah, he’s very metrosexual, so he loves talking fashion!). It was tough to choose my favorites because there was such a wide variety of style and sparkle, posh and panache, evening wear, swimwear and sportswear. But, after reviewing my pics and having a day to stew on the looks, I narrowed it down to my top 10 favorites. I only focused on women’s fashion, because that’s my demo, but if I had to pick a male fav, it would be the Arbitrage Vegas-inspired line. My husband loved every single thing they put on the catwalk, and I’d love to see him in all of it too! But here are my top 10 favs (click on the pics 2x to enlarge)… based on creativity and wearability… and a gauge on how many crimes I would commit to get these things in my closet ASAP. Enjoy!

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10. Daequan, Brooklyn NY
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9. Amy Longo, NYC
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8. Laura Dawson, London
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7. Amy Kirchen, Cincinnati
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6. The Brush Factory, Cincinnati
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5. Anne Pachan swimwear, NYC (and Azhand Shokohi jewelery)
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4. Amy Longo, NYC
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3. Amy Kirchen, Cincinnati
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2. David Meister, International
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1. Grace Mae, Malibu

Grace Mae completely blew me away. Her designs were breathtakingly beautiful. Classy, edgy, sexy and soft. A balance that’s difficult to find, but she did it with such ease. All her designs this season had a fun theme… what I like to think of as a “hate to see you leave,but I love to see you go” theme. All the backs of her dresses were open and airy, which I found fun and flirty. I tried to Google Grace Mae and I couldn’t find her. But she’s someone I’m sure we’ll all hear more about in the VERY near future.

Saksy Savings & Event

My friends at Saks recently sent me an event invite and a coupon, and told me I could share it with you.

The event, cleverly named “Choos Your Shoes” is a night to pamper and spa with your friends while shoe shopping. Not unlike what my heaven will look like…

If you do realize that you have a few Benjamins to spare (I unfortunately do not thanks to house renovations and landscaping bills…boo) and spring for a new pair of Jimmy Choos, you’ll get a free Choo 24:7 tote bag. I talked about the new 24:7 line here.
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Saks also sent me a coupon to share with you. BTW, I’m not being paid to tell you about this and I don’t get any residuals if you use this, just so you know. I just want to share in case you were planning on buying something, and could use the discount!

I’m on the hunt for some new mascara (aren’t we all). I read this article about the top five mascaras based on expert reviews, so I’m going to stop in and give them a try and use my coupon if I decide to make a purchase! I’ll let you know if any of the mascaras rock my world! : ) Have a great weekend!
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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.

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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!

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic