Off to Los Angeles!

This week is a little out of the ordinary ladies! I’ve been whisked away to Los Angeles to shoot another Proactiv commercial. I did a commercial two years ago right before my wedding.

I was using Proactiv before my special day to clear up my skin. I wrote in to their website to tell them it worked, and the next thing I knew they were calling me to be in their next commercial!

They asked me back and this commercial I will be shooting with a celeb.

It’s very last minute but I cannot wait to meet her. Today I will be wardrobe fitting all day (I get to keep my outfit, how great!). Then tomorrow morning is filled with shooting the commercial and exploring LA. Any suggestions on what to do? I will be staying in West Hollywood and would love to know any secret spots to check out.

I won’t be gone long and will check back in soon to tell you all about my adventures!

***UPDATE*** This blog has been edited to remove the name of the celebrity. Sorry, I didn’t know I wasn’t allowed to share that info!

This Week on Cincy Chic: Risky Business

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Local women, adventurous jobs

Forget a bucket list! These two ladies are taking risks and taking names – no list required. Live vicariously through this world-record setting air-borne videographer and a drag racer driving for a cure, and find out how you can face your own fears.

Local 127 Serves up Local-Loving Foodie Fodder
This downtown eatery focuses on farm-to-table dining, local sources and in-season foods. Read on to learn more and check out a behind the scenes video with the Chef and Master Sommelier.

Being Bad is Good
A local organization is helping out women in a huge way – with their pocketbooks and dreams. Learn how one woman hopes to increase women-owned businesses in the area.

Four Tips to Taking a Beauty Risk
Changing up your look with a new hairstyle or color often can be the best way to take a risk in life. Read on to learn one local stylist’s advice on taking the first steps.

Kayak Craze
Step outside your grounded ways and get out on the water with this local group. Catered toward beginners and focused on safety, it won’t be as much of a risk as you’d expect.

Be an Outdoor Adventurer
When taking a hike just doesn’t satisfy your thirst for adventure, this local company probably has the quencher. From river canoeing to jungle exploring, there’s bound to be something new in store for you.

Pushing the Line
Fashion is all about risk taking and pushing the line, but one Cincinnati woman added a different type of risk to her fashion world. Learn more about this local lady’s leap of fashion faith.

Chic Spotlight: Retired Fire Lieutenant Gayle Unzicker
She extinguished fires and treated victims. And in May, this local female firefighter made history in Cincinnati. Read on to discover more about the woman behind the blaze.

Editor in Chic: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure
Our Editor in Chic shares a story about an awe-inspiring excursion she took to a place like none other, with adventures and risks she’s still coming to grips with today.

Chic Eats: Orange and Honey Crèmes Brulée Scented with Lavender
Scalding and tempering and water baths – oh my. Our Chic Chef shows you an almost-foolproof flavor spin on a beloved dessert classic.

McCoy on Movies: Toy Story 3 Movie Review
Pixar is back with its second sequel to its original beloved classic … Is this one any good? See if it’s worth playing with Woody and the gang by checking out our review!

Express Picks: Let Freedom Ring, Rock ‘n’ Roll and go BOOM!
The mid-summer holiday is a time to let loose in the outdoors. Whether you spread your Roots in Piatt Park, let the good times roll in Devou Park or rock out at Riverbend, this is the week when music fills the air!

Total Body Wellness: What’s the Low Down on High Fructose Corn Syrup?
Since most food labels contain this ingredient, read on for some info about what HFCS really is and how it affects your healthy body functions.

Orange on Green:  Risks with Your Money
There are beneficial risks and then there are unnecessary risks.  This week our financial gurus explore some common risks that are just not worth taking.

Volunteers Needed: Fit to Fight Ovarian Cancer

Tee Off At Tellers

Summer Syle Gala at James Free Jewelers

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
July 8 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
July 14 – Work Smart, Not Hard! Workshop
July 16-18 –  Cincinnati Boutique Sale
July 20 – Business at Breakfast
July 21 – Bubbles and Baubles
July 22 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Discover Real Summer Glow
July 22 – Wine, Women and Wowing Fashion
July 23 – A Chic Swimsuit Fashion Show

Half Off at Three French Hens

My friend Caitlin launched a new site call It’s kind of like Groupon, but they do two offers that you can choose from instead of just one offer a day.

Because I know how much you readers love fashion (especially drastically discounted fashion) I’m giving you the heads up about today’s deal.

For today only, they’re featuring Three French Hens. If you haven’t been yet, it’s a cute little gift and fashion boutique located in the heart of Hyde Park Square (I think they also have one in Ft. Thomas, or at least they did at one time). Some of the designer clothing/jewelry lines Three French Hens carries are: Mariana, Seasonal Whispers (also carried by Nordstrom), and Robin Steele just to name a few.

Caitlin gave me all the below info to share with you if you’re interested in checking out the shop on the cheap…

Consumers can save 50% at Three French Hens by ordering a $50 ticket for $100 worth of jewelry, or a $25 ticket for $50 worth of clothing.  Tickets can be downloaded and printed within twenty-four hours of ordering, and may be redeemed within thirty days.  This event runs from 12:00am until 11:59 pm on Monday, June 28th. There is a limit of one per customer, but you may order multiple as gifts.  You’re guaranteed to find something for everyone here; and if you don’t find that perfect something, simply call WouldURather for a full refund.

To take advantage of this one-time event with Three French Hens and to sign up for WouldURather’s email alerts, visit

Happy half-off Hen Shopping!   : )

Win a Wedding and Meet “My Fair Wedding” Host

David TuteraGetting married, helping someone plan a wedding, or do you just like to win free stuff? If you said yes to any of the above, keep reading.

As John Kiesewetter wrote about in his blog yesterday, David Tutera (hunky host on “My Fair Wedding” is coming to Kenwood Mall this Saturday. He’s coming as part of a big tour of WE tv stars across the country (we got the cutest celeb, I have to say). For this one-day only event on June 26 (12-6pm), they’ll have a bunch of national sponsors, and a bunch of local hand-selected vendors, doing demonstrations, offering discounts and giving away great prizes (like a KitchenAid mixer, $100 gift cert to, and a $1,000 shopping spree you can use at Kenwood Mall).

They will also have a fashion show featuring White House Black Market’s new wedding party dress line. I didn’t know WHBM launched this new collection, so I’m excited to see it up close and personal. Check out their limited edition bridal gown! I love love love it!

I did a video interview with a rep from Kenwood Mall to chat about this exciting celeb appearance and bridal event, so check it out!


And while I was planning this blog post, two more wedding-related items landed in my inbox. First one is a Bride’s Night Out with Snooty Fox, which looks super cute and fun. The second is news that the Cincinnati Art Museum is doing a fab wedding giveaway. Check out all the details in the press release below!

Cincinnati Art Museum to Host Wedded Perfection Giveaway

CINCINNATI – Calling all lovebirds: your fairytale ending awaits you at one of Cincinnati’s finest wedding venues. To celebrate its upcoming exhibition, Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns, the Cincinnati Art Museum is giving away a complete wedding. The Art Museum will host a competition in partnership with Cincinnati Wedding Magazine. WLWT-TV will air the entire process, from applications to the live announcement of the winning couple.

We invite couples to send in their application forms and videos to the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as upload them to WLWT-TV’s special page. The deadline is September 1.  Applications and contest information are available at

The Cincinnati Art Museum will choose four finalist couples, with the winner to be voted on by Cincinnati Art Museum visitors. The four couples will be announced on October 9 in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. WLWT-TV morning news will introduce the couples the week of October 11-14, 2010. Their application videos and updated voting results will be available to view on WLWT-TV’s Friends, family and the public can cast their votes October 9, 2010 through January 4, 2011 at kiosks set up within the Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns exhibition.

The Wedded Perfection giveaway, a value of more than $25,000, includes in-kind gifts from the Museum as well as a dozen wedding vendors, including:

Facility – Cincinnati Art Museum (three dates in 2011 from which to choose)
Food & Beverage – Cincinnati Art Museum catering
Invitations – Margot Madison Stationary
Flowers – Courtney Lambert Floral
Music – J. Griffin Entertainment
Rehearsal Dinner Dress and Bridesmaid Party – Saks Fifth Avenue
Wedding Cake – The Bonbonerie
Lighting – Goodwin Lighting
Wedding Rings – Richter & Phillips
Valet Service – Blue Chip Parking
Linens – All Occasions
Make-up Artist – Brideface
Photographer – Blue Bird Photography

The winning couple will be announced on January 6, 2011 and can then choose from three dates in the Spring/Summer of 2011 for their wedding at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Their wedding will also be featured in Cincinnati Wedding Magazine in the Winter of 2011.

Timeline for Wedded Perfection Giveaway:
·       Applications are being accepted from now until September 1, 2010
·       The four finalist couples will be announced October 9, 2010
·       The four finalist couples will be introduced on WLWT-TV morning show October 11-14
·       “Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns” exhibition opens on October 9. Public voting for the four finalist couples begins that day. Each couple will have a video introduction on display within the exhibition. Voting runs through January 4, 2011
·       The winner will be announced on January 6, 2011 on WLWT-TV’s morning show
Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns will run October 9, 2010 through January 30, 2011 and will feature nearly 60 stunning wedding gowns from the 18th century to the present day.  It will feature classic designs as well as the work of Christian Dior couture, Vera Wang, Worth and an avant-garde Yohji Yamamoto gown.

The exhibition will show the origin of bridal traditions in Western culture, how all the pieces of the wedding, from long trains to jewel-encrusted décolletés, came together, periods when the ‘traditional’ white wedding dress was not worn, colorful wedding dresses, an embroidered felt dress, and influential designers and contemporary artist’s conceptions of wedding attire.

Arranged around these gowns, paintings, photography, and installation pieces will provide visions of the weddings and social settings out of which these designs emerged.

For more information on the Wedding Giveaway or Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns, visit

Ulta Opening in Kenwood July 9

ultaA couple weeks ago I stopped into Dick’s Sporting Goods in Kenwood to get some new workout wear and noticed a “Coming Soon: Ulta” sign. My jaw dropped.

When I lived in Philly, Ultas were all the rage. They’re kind of like Sephora but mass-market with better price points. Hence the jaw drop. Things are about to get verrrry interesting on Cincinnati’s beauty beat.

Sephora and Ulta are becoming the Skyline and Gold Star of the beauty industry. Sephora is currently the leading retailer of perfumes and cosmetics in the U.S. and the second largest in Europe. With about 90 stores in the U.S. (and 400 in Europe), women love Sephora’s posh beauty emporium with a top selection of makeup, haircare and fragrances.

But in walks Ulta, popping up 331 stores nationwide. There’s now a new challenger in the ring. But, Ulta comes to the ring with a secret weapon: Customers can stop in for an increasing selection of high-end beauty brands, as well as (gunslinger pulls out secret shotgun) drug store goodies at bargain prices.

With the economic climate like it is, it appears Ulta is better suited to help their customers weather the storm, and still look beautiful. I’ve talked to many makeup artists who love some of the drug store brands. So, why pay more when you don’t have to? I think many Cincinnati women are going to be asking themselves this very question with Sephora on one side of Montgomery Rd. and Ulta on the other.

This new beauty mecca open its doors on Friday, July 9th. Its new home is at the Sycamore Plaza, 7800 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236. To give their new clients a warm welcome, they’ll be offering free beauty products/services all weekend long including free makeovers, hair consultations and Dermalogica face-mapping. The first 100 guests to visit the store will receive a gift certificate with values ranging from $5 to $100.

Here’s the press release about the opening in case you want to know all the corporado details:

ULTA, “The store on everyone’s lips,” is coming to CINCINNATI

CHICAGO, IL (July 2010) – ULTA, “the store on everyone’s lips” and the best resource for everything beauty, is proud to announce an exciting grand opening on July 9th  in Cincinnati, OH located at the Sycamore Plaza at 7800 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236.  In honor of the grand opening weekend, consumers will receive free makeovers, hair consultations and Dermalogica face-mapping, and the first 100 guests to visit the store will receive a gift certificate with a value ranging from $5 to $100.

ULTA delivers the very best in beauty by bringing together an unparalleled selection of brand-name cosmetics, fragrances, skin and hair care products with a full-service, in-store salon. Designed to accommodate the busy lifestyles and growing needs of women, ULTA encourages guests to escape, learn and be entertained while in-store beauty experts offer advice without unnecessary sales pressure.

“Our goal is to help women look and feel their absolute best, while encouraging them to fully enjoy their personal shopping time,” said Lyn Kirby, President and CEO.  “ULTA provides every guest with a memorable experience that allows her escape from her busy day-to-day schedule while she experiments and interacts with our extensive selection of brands.”

ULTA offers consumers quick access to not only their favorite essentials, but also to a world of beauty indulgences, so shopping at ULTA is convenient and hassle-free. The brands listed below are just a “taste” of what’s in store:
·        Prestige Skincare, like Dermalogica, Murad, Exuviance, and Kinerase
·        Prestige Cosmetics, such as Bare Escentuals, Smashbox, Stila and Lorac
·        Professional Hair and Nail brands, like Pureology, Redken, Matrix, Frederic Fekkai, Ojon and OPI
·        Tried-and-true popular brands, such as L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Olay, Pantene and Revlon
·        Fragrances, from Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Lancôme, to Vera Wang and Dolce & Gabbana
·        Professional hair tools such as Chi and Hot Tools
·        ULTA Brands, including cosmetics, bath and body, spa products, accessories and candles

To further set the stage for a satisfying shopping experience, the store is illuminated with natural light so guests can easily see the true shade of the products they are testing, and the knowledgeable staff is always on-hand to provide the latest beauty information. ULTA offers guests affordable indulgence and is the largest one-stop shop for women who want the product breadth, value and convenience of a beauty superstore combined with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer.

ULTA, located at the Sycamore Plaza at 7800 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236, will be open Monday – Sunday; for store hours, please call 513-793-5100.  Salon appointments can be made by calling 513-793-5100 and walk-ins are also welcome.

ULTA is the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and services in the United States. ULTA offers affordable indulgence to its customers by combining the product breadth, value and convenience of a beauty superstore with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer. ULTA offers a unique combination of over 21,000 prestige and mass beauty products across the categories of cosmetics, fragrance, hair care, skincare, bath and body products and salon styling tools, as well as a full-service salon in all stores. Headquartered in Bolingbrook, IL, ULTA opened its doors in 1990, currently operates 348 stores across 38 states and also distributes products through its website: .

The Salon at ULTA: ULTA’s full service salon and skin health services make it the complete beauty destination. The Salon at ULTA offers convenient services at affordable prices with licensed Designers and Skin Therapists. Services range from cuts and dimensional color, to brow design and specialty facials. ULTA proudly uses Redken and CHI professional products and Dermalogica skin care in the Salon and Spa. Professionals are available for complimentary hair and skin care consultations to help each guest receive customized services and product recommendations to suit individual needs.

*********UPDATE: I’m told there’s an Ulta at the Bridgewater Falls Plaza between West Chester and Hamilton, as well as off of S Mason Montgomery and Deerfield road off the Fields Ertle Exit from 71. Not sure about those; I haven’t been. As a NKY girl, I don’t get up there much. But I do know that Kenwood’s store is going to be dangerously convenient for me! It’s right on my way home from my gym!*********

Madonna Launches New Line, Material Girl

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The Material Girl herself, Madonna

They can beg and they can plead
But they can’t see the light, that’s right
‘Cause the boy with the cold hard cash
Is always Mister Right, ‘cause we are
living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living
in a material world
And I am a material girl

Bring back any ’80s memories? Well, Madonna’s “Material Girl” is bringing back the 80s in more ways than just a song. She’s creating a new clothing line called “Material Girl” with her daughter, Lourdes.

They’re launching a back-to-school apparel collection, and will also launch in various categories such as footwear, handbags and jewelry. In the Cincinnati area, it’ll be available at the Kenwood Macy’s.

I’m told apparel will become available (only in Macy’s) on Aug. 3, and will retail from $12-$40. They plan to launch a fragrance too in 2011. Hmmm… wonder what Madonna will smell like?! : )

I’m super excited about this because I love love love Madonna. It’s amazing that she has been such a huge star for such a long time! (Her arms are a little too muscley eek) But her sense of style has always been top notch because it’s ever evolving. Well, it looks like Madonna has evolved yet again, and has gone in the direction of her “Material Girl” 80’s roots (so the collection’s name is quite fitting!).

I caught wind of Madonna’s new collection yesterday and got the exclusive opportunity to share these sketches with you before anyone else could publish them! Let me know what you think, and which one is your favorite, in the comment section below! My fav is the floral print dress, but I do love the studded bag. I’d probably get both. But that’s just because I’m a material girl!

"Material Girl" design inspirations for the new juniors collection to debut in Macy's stores August 2010 (Floral dress)
"Material Girl" design inspirations for the new juniors collection to debut in Macy's stores August 2010 (Stars & Studs)
"Material Girl" design inspirations for the new juniors collection to debut in Macy's stores August 2010 (Halter, Jacket, Skinny Jean)

Meet Project Runway’s Althea Harper This Wednesday!

Althea Harper

I’m super excited to meet Althea Harper, the runner up from Season 6 of “Project Runway.” I’d feel sorry for her for getting the runner-up spot, but she seems to be doing juuuuuuust fine.

She launched her own clothing line, and she’s visiting select cities to showcase her collection – and Cincinnati is one of those lucky cities! (Click here for more deets) She’ll be at Paris J Boutique (in Montgomery near Carlo & Johnny’s) this Wednesday from 6-9pm.

Kourtney Kardashian in an Althea Harper color block dress design

Althea is actually from the area! She grew up near Dayton, and then she went to DAAP. She was actually just recognized at the DAAP fashion show a couple weeks ago, so she’s getting to see a lot of the Queen City lately!

Ever since I watched her on Project Runway, I’ve been following her on Twitter, and she’s really a great celeb to follow. You can tell it’s really her “behind the tweets” and it’s so inspiring to see her updating at 4 in the morning because she’s putting in the elbow grease needed to make her vision a success.

After all this time I’ve been following her on Twitter, I feel like I know her. But on Wednesday, I’ll actually get to meet her! I’m almost just as excited to see her designs up close and personal. I know she works with a lot of sheers, and Kourtney Kardashion was actually just spotted wearing a super cute color block dress that Althea designed.

Althea’s new collection will be at Paris J and so will Althea! Paris J will have wine and sushi there too… mmmm!

This is a really rare opportunity to meet a rising star in the fashion industry! I hope you can make it! She seems like a super nice gal! Check out the flyer below for more info:

*Thanks kelklump who commented on the blog and pointed out that the dress was worn by Kourtney not Khloe Kardashian as I had originally written… that’ll teach me to write a blog in middle of the night, running on brain fumes. : )

This Week on Cincy Chic: Cincinnati’s Secrets

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Finding the fun in the city

You’ll never know everything about your beloved Queen City, but you definitely want to know about these two sites. As they lead you to the more exciting and interesting parts of the town, you can add your input to fuel the fun fire.

WE tv Wedding Mall Tour Comes to Kenwood Mall
Skip the overwhelming bridal expos, get in touch with the best vendors in the city and meet a cute celeb in the process. Read on to learn more about this bridal event you won’t want to miss.

Red, Pink and Blue 2010
On June 25, the Purple People Bridge will transform into a runway for a fun, fashionable and philanthropic event! Read on to learn more about it and get your tickets before it sells out.

Sliding toward Creative Solutions
Think outside the cubicle, and you might just land your imagination on this local company. Complete with a one-story slide, this “office” space nurtures creativity in every detail.

Finding the Right Stuff
Keep your eyes peeled for these five ingredients when shopping for new makeup. Then find out about the best and brightest products according to this local makeup artist.

Restaurant Food Analyzed and Approved
Ever wonder how healthy your dine-out meal really is? One Cincinnati hospital evaluates local menus to award “heart-healthy” status to worthy meals. Learn how you can detect the analyzed options.

Get More than What You Pay For
Some local membership programs offer extra benefits. Discover the deals that can keep you having fun and saving money even when you leave the Queen City.

Building Value for Home Treasures
Wanting to stand out from the cookie cutter houses? This local company has just the right key to unlock a stylishly unique abode – without an unfashionable price tag.

Chic Spotlight: Photo Curator Linda Bailey
From photos to facts, this local woman shares her exciting responsibilities as well as her favorite experiences — and some interesting facts about Cincinnati’s past.

Orange on Green: Take the Test
Take five and answer 10. See how you rank at identifying America’s current financial situation, and then relate it to your own life. Read on to take the quiz!

Total Body Wellness: Snack Your Way into Skinny Jeans
Snacking is an important part of good, balanced nutrition. Read on for some tips on how to make healthy, delicious choices and burn fat in the process.

Express Picks: Get Wild, Have a Blast
Different kinds of excitement await you this week, both indoors and out. Hear a rarely performed operatic gem, sip and taste with the wild things or have a Blast in Hyde Park. Summer is in full gear!

Ask Patty: Happy Hour Hubby Gone Wrong
When your Social Butterfly partner takes partying a bit too far, you might seem like a party pooper when you voice your concerns. Our relationship columnist weighs in on how to stay positive.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
June 23 – InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch: Listening Skills
June 23 – Jewel Up Your June
June 23 – Meet Althea Harper From Project Runway
June 24 – Sips and Shopping
June 25 – Red Pink and Blue
June 26 – WE TV Kenwood Towne Centre Wedding Event
July 8 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
July 14 – Work Smart, Not Hard! Workshop
July 16-18 –  Cincinnati Boutique Sale
July 22 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Discover Real Summer Glow

Red, Pink and Blue Fashion Show on Purple People Bridge


What’s red, pink, blue and purple all over? The upcoming Red, Pink and Blue fashion show on the Purple People Bridge, of course! : )

My company, Cincy Chic, is teaming up with Locals on Living for the second annual Red, Pink and Blue (RPB)! And I have to tell ya… of the 50+ events we produce/host/promote every year, this is my FAVORITE!

It’s a women’s health awareness event with a fashionable twist. The “Red” for heart health, “Pink” for breast health, and “Blue” for diabetes health. The Red, Pink and Blue name plays off the fourth of July… aka red, white and blue… time of year.

rpb2The three organizations benefiting from this event are the American Heart Association, Pink Ribbon Girls and the American Diabetes Association. The organizations make their money from ticket sales, raffle sales, and donations made at the event.

RPB will take place on Friday June 25 on the Kentucky landing of the Purple People Bridge. Come out and enjoy an evening on the bridge with food, drinks, shopping and a fashion show. St. Elizabeth Healthcare will have a mammography van there and you can also get a complimentary blood pressure check. The event will start at 6:30 p.m., the fashion show will begin at 9 p.m., and the After Party kicks off at Star Lanes on the Levee at 10:30 p.m. (If it rains, we’ll be inside Star Lanes, using the bowling alleys as our runway!)

Vendors include:
– Title Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
– Fashion Show Clothing Sponsor:  ALK Fashion
– Fashion Show Jewelry Sponsor: Serket Jewelry
– Fashion Show Handbag Sponsor: Miche Girl
– Fashion Show Hair/Makeup Sponsor: Sableux Salon
– Live the Runway, Rule the Roadway presented by Busam Automotive “The dealer closest to your heart”
– Food/Drink Sponsor: Bridge for a Cause
– Swag Bag Sponsor: A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery
– After Party Sponsor: Star Lanes on the Levee
– Media Sponsor: Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network
– Booth Sponsor: Jessie Krieger Farmers Insurance Agency
– Booth Sponsor: Pure Romance by Christy Irwin
– Booth Sponsor: Votre Vu by Julena Bingaman
– Booth Sponsor: RiverSpan Sculpture Exhibition
– DJ: Storm Bennett of
– Modeling Agency: MTM Cincinnati
– Make sure to check out the HYPE Photo Booth. Take home a snapshot of the evening. Find all things HYPE and Cincinnati USA at

Click here to buy your tickets today! It’s $15 per person, and 100% of the proceeds* go to the three participating philanthropies. First 200 attendees will receive a swag bag full of goodies! Last year the event sold out, so don’t delay!

Click here to win a year of free personal training from Venus a Fitness Studio for Her in Montgomery as part of a Red, Pink and Blue event promotion on

Click on the play button below to see a sneak peek of the “Sex and the City 2”-inspired looks that will be featured at Red, Pink and Blue!


Click on the play button below to view a promotional video featuring local survivors of these three health risks for women!


Click here to see pictures from last year’s Red, Pink and Blue fashion show!

*Philanthropies will receive all proceeds collected, minus the credit card processing fees.

Thanks to Tamia at The Style Sample for the fab images I used in this blog. They originally appeared in her blog coverage of last year’s event!

Shooter Chic: Jewel Hits Fashion, Fan Interactivity Bullseye

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Jewel Swag (signed copy of Sweet and Wild CD, media pass) Also pictured is the pin pad we used for interactive portions of the show.

As a good journalist, I have to tell you this upfront: I’m a Jewel fan.

And not just the “I know the words to ‘Foolish Games'” kind of fan. I’m a “I’ve been to every Jewel concert to come within a 200 mile radius of me, read all her books, and have every song she’s ever recorded memorized” kind of fan.

So when I got a press release about Jewel hosting an interactive concert, and the ability to see it here in Cincinnati, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more. I emailed the folks who sent me the release and they agreed to give me a media pass to take part in the event and write a review on it.

I had never been to an “interactive concert” before and the press release was scarce on details, so I tried to do some digging. I didn’t find much, but I did learn that the company behind this new concert concept is Velocity Broadcasting. This Pittsburgh-based company apparently has a bunch of high definition television networks and they produce and broadcast custom-made, multimedia TV in HD. So, say a pharmaceutical company wants to do interactive videoconferencing with all the Rheumatologists across the nation, they’d call Velocity.

Well, Velocity apparently decided to spread its wings into the music world. And Jewel helped them do that. (I couldn’t find any other artists that they did one of these interactive concerts with before Jewel’s, so I’m assuming she’s the first.)

So, here’s what they did: The night before Jewel’s new “Sweet and Wild” CD released, they had this virtual, interactive concert called “First Spin.” It was a launch party of sorts. People all over the world purchased tickets (they were around $100) through Velocity. You can actually still see Jewel’s promo video of the event at The ticket price included the concert and a four course meal. Here in Cincinnati, the two locations to choose from were Mortons Steakhouse and Maggianos (I chose Mortons).

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Event Emcee and Jewel. Explaining how to vote via pin pad on the three outfit options.

I get there, and I’m greeted with a signed copy of Jewel’s not-yet-released “Sweet and Wild” CD. SCORE! Each guest got one as part of their ticket price. Then came the amazing food (I had crab cakes and filet minon… yum!) while we watched live behind the scenes footage of Jewel backstage.

An emcee of the event took us through her motorcoach, we met her puppy and saw where she writes on the road. Then the interactive portion of the event began.

We were given little pin pads. They looked like mini remote controls. Backstage, Jewel gave us the opportunity to pick her first and last song via vote with our remote controls. Then she went through her closet and picked out three outfits for us to vote on. (The little floral sundress I voted on won by a landslide!)

Then we got to do a 10-question Jewel trivia game using our pin pads. This was like crack for all the Jewel fans in the room. The prize – for the most correct answers and quickest response time – was an iPad signed by Jewel. The questions were tough, but I got 7 out of 10 right. Right after the game was over, the system tabulated results and live broadcasted who won. Jewel talked to the winner live, signed the iPad for her on the air and asked her which song she’d like her to play at the concert. How cool is that?

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Steel Magnolia singer and her yummy blinged out necklace

And just to give us a feel of the thousands of other people (the release said this had the potential to reach 165,000 people globally) tuning in to Jewel’s performance that night, they showed live feeds from locations around the world – from Canada and Australia to a big blogger party in Florida. It was so neat to know I was part of such a large group of Jewel fans that night, even though I was sitting in a small room of about 10 people.

Steel Magnolia was the opening act. The female signer was wearing a super fab necklace. Big, chunky and sparkly – as all good jewelry should be. : ) They were talented! The ladies at my table really liked them. I was too overwhelmed with anticipation to see Jewel… wearing what I voted for her to wear and play what I voted for her to play.

Jewel finally came on and it was euphoric. She was wearing the cute little floral number, oh and her guitar strap was lined with bullets – a trend I’ll now refer to as “shooter chic.” : )

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Jewel and her "Shooter Chic" guitar strap

She played for more than an hour. It was in such crisp HD, I felt like I was there popping her bubble of personal space. But in reality, I was (at this point) sipping a cup of coffee and enjoying a nice piece of key lime pie in the comfort of a steakhouse.

She was performing live in Pittsburgh (actually in the same studios where Mr. Roger’s was filmed). And with this experience, I genuinely felt like I was there. I was skeptical about it at first. I wondered if it would essentially be like watching a pre-recorded Jewel concert on a cheap projector. Granted, I probably still would’ve gone.

But this… this was an amazing experience like none other. It was unlike any in-person Jewel concerts I had ever gone to, or any other music performance I’ve participated in (I’m married to a musician, so I’ve seen my fair share).

I left there invigorated. I knew I had just been to “the concert of the future.” It had every thing our society wants right now: immediate, on-demand interaction. I was so proud of Jewel for being the musician who made this forward-thinking performance possible. Not bad for an Alaskan girl who grew up in a one-room cabin!

Check out the video below I shot from the event. Gives you a good idea of how the room was set up! And click here to get her CD. Or at least see the must-have shooter chic outfit she’s wearing on the cover. She’s smokin’! Enjoy!


From the Publisher of Cincy Chic