Gotta Yearnin’ for Yurman?

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David Yurman and his wife, and company President, Sybil

As an entrepreneur, I love hearing how business owners got their start and how they ended up where they are today. It’s usually a fascinating story with many twists and turns. I remember hearing about David Yurman’s last year and his story did not disappoint.

He grew up on Long Island with a humble upbringing. He first stepped out as a designer and business man selling little sculptures in his high school cafeteria. He pursued sculpting at NYU, but then got sidestracked (eh, it happens to the best of us in college) and he hitchhiked across the country to California where he found refuge in some beatnik artist colony. I guess that bohemian scene got old and tired for him, so he hopped on the new, hip bohemian bandwagon that was brewing in Greenwich Village back in New York. That’s where he met his wife, Sybil, who was also an artist. David and Sybil formed a dream team and focused on learning the marketplace for fine crafts and jewelry. In 1980, David Yurman, the brand and company, was established. By the mid-1980s, Yurman had made a name for himself with his cable bracelet. This style has become iconic and remains David Yurman’s signature.

Why, you ask, am I randomly sharing David Yurman’s story with you? Well, today is officially David Yurman day in my book!

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The biggest selection of his jewelry that Cincinnati has ever seen – including the new 2010 collection that will be unveiled today – just arrived this morning to James Free up in Olde Montgomery. There’s a four hour David Yurman Trunk Show event (4-8pm) going on tonight that I strongly suggest you check out. There will be preferred pricing, which is awesome considering this stuff never goes on sale, and according to the James Free people I talked to, “Yurman starts at $200 and can go up into the tens of thousands.” So, no matter what your budget is, check it out. Could be a good time to start checking off your holiday list (there will be a ton of items for men and women).

I went up and visited James Free to get a sneak peak of the 2010 Yurman collection, so make sure you check out the video below of that. And here are some new trends you’ll see this year:Pendant

The Cable Gets Personal – The iconic “cable look” Yurman is famous for, now enables you to personalize with charms and pendants that can be interchanged depending on your mood and/or wardrobe.
Statement Necklace – The Cordelia Cable (my favorite piece!) is a bold silver necklace with cable ring detail and one simple pave diamond link. It’s simple and refined but bold and beautiful. The perfect pop to any LBD!
Ruby & Topez – These two colors are obviously the “it” colors for the 2010 collection. They appear in most of the new arrivals, from earrings and charms to pendants and chunky rings.

And here are the details about the show… hope to see you there!

David Yurman Trunk Show
James Free Cincinnati/Montgomery
9555 Main Street Montgomery, OH 45242
Today, Oct. 21, 4-8pm
Valet Parking
Complimentary Wine and Champagne

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Sweet Deals for Sweetest Day!

buenos aires mercado ltdSweetest Day is this weekend! Celebrate by taking advantage of these sweet deals!

Your One-of-a-Kind Art is in the Bag… and Shoes

Love handbags? Love art? Get the best of both worlds with Buenos Aires Mercado, Ltd., which offers all leather handbags that are one-of-a-kind works of art. Their designs are crafted in Argentina by individual artists and exclusively sold to Buenos Aires Mercado, Ltd. Plus, you can choose shoes that are custom designed to match! Check out their Chic Shop page on Cincy Chic to get a free gift with your first purchase!

And to see the bags and shoes in action, check out this photo album of the “Wearable Art” Fashion Show we just did, featuring Buenos Aires Mercado!

Betsy Johnson BabydollLingerie for Lingering Sweetest Day Memories

Chocolates are sweet. Flowers are pretty. But why not give the love of your life something lasting for Sweetest Day? Stop by La Silhouette Lingerie, an adorable, European-style lingerie boutique in Madeira, for a gift he’ll definitely remember (let’s face it, men are visual). Speaking of memory – don’t forget to ask for a special 20% discount for the Sweetest Day weekend!

I stopped in the other day and fell in love with this Betsey Johnson Sheer Black Babydoll. I think I’ll be heading back to get it at the discount! 🙂

Forget the Frizz, Treat Your Sweet Self to Keratin Complex

From humid summers to brittle cold winters, Cincinnati’s weather can wreak havoc on hair.  Especially if you have hair like mine with a little curl that you have to straight-iron out every day. For it, I recommend Keratin Complex by Coppola. It cuts down up to 95% of frizz and curl leaving the hair smooth and shiny.Bella Rey

It’s on special right now for $225 at Bella Rey Salon. I know you’re probably thinking that’s a lot to smooth out your hair, but the price includes the treatment service, haircut, full size bottle of Coppola Shampoo and your first blow out. The product needs 72 hours to set-in, so after those three days, come back and Bella Rey Salon will shampoo, condition, deep condition and blow it out for you! (That’s about $115 in free services with the treatment!)

Visit www.BellaReySalon.com for more great offers and promos.

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Be a Budget Conscious Jewelry Junkie

The air is crisp and the trees are turning colors, which means it’s officially time to break out that Fall wardrobe! Visit Eddie Lane’s Diamond Showroom for their glorious gemstone jewelry in countless colors to accessorize all of your fabulous Fall fashions.

But diamonds are always in fashion. Eddie Lane’s Diamond Showroom has been a top supplier to the Cincinnati area for over 30 years at unbeatable prices! Peruse their close out case for even better deals!

And while you’re there, check out their Zable beads which are compatible with similar brands *cough cough, Trollbeads* at more affordable prices. Their Fall shipment has arrived and is going fast!  Hurry in to see their great selection for the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. (FYI – Zable beads are only available at the West Chester location)

Chic This Week: Cincinnati’s Blogosphere

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Blogs begin new media outlet

Remember when blogs were seen more as a public diary than a credible media outlet? After coming such a long way, blogs are gaining steady recognition in the Tri-State. A few locals share how little blog sites are making a big difference in their businesses, industries and lives.

Styling a Magazine

Blogging has taken the fashion industry by storm and has inspired this local woman to expand her blog to the next level. Learn more about the fashion blogsphere in her niche magazine.

Find the Funny in Dating Follies

Whether you’re dating, married or your relationship status is “complicated,” every gal has had a rough date or two. Read on to learn more about the dating mishaps of this local blogger.

Staying Healthy, One Post at a Time

What started as a personal money-saving endeavor has transformed into a blog that saves money for thousands of readers. Learn how you can stay healthy without breaking the bank.

Branding Yourself an Expert

Just as you only see the world as you perceive it, customers only see a company as they perceive it. One local blogger helps companies create positive perceptions to win over clients and their business.

Chic Spotlight: Blogger Lisa Desatnik

While some bloggers write about what’s happening in their lives, this local lady writes about positive things happening in Cincinnati. Learn more about her, her blog and her “sidekick.”

Ask Patty: Laws of Attracting

Beyonce called all the single ladies, but not every woman wants to answer that call. Our relationship expert fills you in on how to find and keep that special someone.

Sensible Fitness: Strengthening Your Natural Girdle

Forget those Spanx! You can take advantage of your body’s natural slimming abilities by following the advice of our fitness guru and building up one particular muscle.

Cents & Sensibility: Banking on the Net

Online banking and ATMs have added convenience to our banking lives, but checking your account balance anywhere at any time comes with new pitfalls. Our financialista helps you avoid costly overdraft fees while banking with ease.


Upcoming Events:

10.14.09 – October Coffee Cluck
10.15.09 – Chemistry for Charity: Date Auction
10.21.09 – David Yurman Trunk Show
10.22.09 – Cosmetic Dermatology: A Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn
10.22.09 – Progressive Shopping Event at HOMEARAMA Site
10.24.09 – 4th Annual Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash
10.27.09 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
11.07.09 – Seasonably Chic Showcase

It’s Time to SALEabrate

I’ve got a fever and the only perscription is retail therapy.

That’s what I posted to my Facebook page this morning because the past two weeks have been busy, stressful and sleep-deprived, so I thought I’d treat myself to a short little visit to the mall. And some friends – who obviously know me and my savvy sale shopper ways – responded to my message on Facebook with various sales all over the city I need to check out. I thought I’d post a new blog to share the good news in case you’re out getting in a little retail therapy this weekend, too!

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Shoetopia announced that it will be closing its Northside retail store at the end of October. To clear the shelves, Jessica (the owner), is offering some huge discounts. Here’s a message she just posted to the Shoetopia Facebook Fan Page: “J-41 and Tsubo Fall shoes are now 25% off, Faryl Robin shoes are $100 off, and all summer shoes are 70% off.”

And just six hours ago, she posted this: “Wow, you are all so amazing! We’re almost out of Tsubo’s and J-41’s after only 2 days! It’s been so busy that I haven’t been able to keep our website updated, so if you want to know if your size is still here just stop in, we’ll be here all day until 8pm.”Forever 21 denim

So, all my sole sistas out there better hurry while the gettin’s good.

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It’s jean season again, ladies, so stock up with Forever 21’s newly released $9.50 denim.

I used to loathe this store, so I understand if you’re questioning my sanity for shopping at Forever 21. It’s crowded, unorganized, the clothes are cheaply made, don’t last long, aren’t made for girls with curves and and their return policy stinks.

That being said, I consistently get compliments whenever I wear something from Forever 21. I used to think it was just for teeny-boppers, but I’ve actually found some of my favorite clothes – for work and play – at Forever 21. Plus I’ve found some things absolutely identical to items I’ve seen at Saks, Nordstrom and even Cabi parties. Little Luxury ShopSure, they won’t last as long as the expensive designer versions, but do fashion fads ever last that long anyway?

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All Day I Dream About Sales… That’s probably not what Adidas really means, but this weekend it does! The annual Adidas Tent Sale is taking place at the Turfway parking lot now through October  12 with blowout prices up to 75% off! Hours: Friday-Sunday: 9am to 7pm. Monday: 9am to 5pm.

The Little Luxury Shop
While I’ve never personally shopped at The Little Luxury Shop, it is based here locally, I do see it advertised everywhere and I’m on their mailing list. I just got an e-mail saying they’re doing 35% off right now if you use the code “luxury35” and that’s good until Oct. 31. The Web site Photobucketsays it’s a bikini and dress boutique. Their Little Black Dress section has some super cute stuff in it and some of their handbags are pretty yummy too.

Your Sale is in the Tote Bag
The Wardrobe in Madeira started “Tote Bag Tuesday” this month. Here’s the deal: Buy a $3 reusable tote bag and get 10% off your entire purchase. It’s only on the first Tuesday of every month, so mark your calendar for Nov. 3.

And on that bag-related note, also mark your calendar for November 27. It’s the annual “Holidays in the Bag” at the Gateway Quarter (aka Over-the-Rhine) retailers. Participating stores will offer 20% off everything customers can fit into a special Gateway Quarter shopping bag from 9am-9pm!  Proceeds benefit the Emanuel Community Center. Pick up your bag at the corner of 12th and Vine Streets and spend the day shopping for gifts in the one-of-a-kind, locally owned stores that line the Gateway Quarter.

Bras with Flair Recap

Our third annual Bras with Flair on the Square campaign took place last Wednesday and it was a huge success! We had so much fun and it was for a wonderful cause. It looks like Cincy Chic is going to be able to donate $1,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure this year from our event! Yay!

100509MAKEOVERAn absolute highlight of the event was being able to award a pamper package to a special breast cancer survivor. We haven’t done this in year’s past, but with the help of Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, we held an open nomination contest for breast cancer survivors to share their stories. The finalists were voted on by the public and Heather Ray, a 40-year-old Symmes Township resident, won a pamper package valued at $3,000 with donated products and services from Tuscany Spa.Salon, Lexus RiverCenter, La Silhouette Lingerie, Playhouse in the Park, Fusion Studio, Soho Boutique, Pure Romance and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

After losing her leg to a rare cancer at the age of 13, Heather has battled three breast cancer recurrences. Just last week, she was given a bill of health! Heather has – as an individual – raised $32,000 for Race for the Cure this year, and hopes to get a prosthetic leg to compete in triathlons in the future.

Hearing her story – and all the other breast cancer survivor stories I learned about through the process of hosting Bras with Flair – I am truly inspired and humbled. Any problem, any worry, any obstacle I thought I had has been completely put into perspective. These survivors went toe to toe with a deadly disease and won, and battle every day to continue to win. All because they love life so much and they don’t want anything to take them away from the things they love doing and family they love being around.

Click here to learn more about Heather, and enjoy the video below for a sneak peak into the life of a woman who seems to have battled it all but still considers herself lucky.
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Photos courtesy of The Cincinnati Enquirer (left photo photgrapher: Gary Landers; right photo photographer: Ernest Coleman)

This Week on Cincy Chic: Touring Your Own Town

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Unique ways to travel the Tri-State

Taking a break shouldn’t mean breaking the bank or resourcing to a humdrum vacation. Whether taking a getaway with the girls, heading out with the fam or going solo, take advantage of what Cincinnati has to offer and make your next vacation a stay-cation with style.

Pampering a Proven Survivor

After fighting cancer, going through a divorce and losing her job, this woman still considers herself lucky. Read how Cincinnati.com and Cincy Chic teamed up to give her the makeover she deserved.

Spa-cation Provides Education

Getaways are meant for stress relief, but this local salon and spa allows you to get away without going away. Learn how you and your girls can enjoy a night on the town.

Chic Shopping in The District

When your shopping entails a time crunch a department store is No. 1. But when there’s time to linger, consult this story to make your next shopping spree feel like a mini-vacation.

Showing off the Town

Learning your way around a new city can be a daunting task, but this local tour guide helps new (and old) residents become acclimated to Cincinnati and all it has to offer.

Living Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

A night on the river might float your boat, so you can sail away with this local yacht charter company. Learn how your next corporate event or family party can meet with Destiny.

60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Cincinnati

While skyscraping buildings make for a nice skyline, skyscraping trees make for a nice hike. Learn how one local woman passes on her outdoor expertise through her area hiking guidebook.

Chic Spotlight: Tina Lane, Florida Transplant and Blogger

Sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to see what you’ve been missing, so this recently local blogger offers advice on how to be a tourist in your own town.

Sensible Fitness: Avoiding a Traveler’s Tummy

With planes, trains and automobiles, we are constantly on the move. Our fitness guru offers advice to make sure that your traveling diet isn’t harming your health.

Cents & Sensibility: Gift Giving on a Budget

October just began, but starting your holiday shopping now can relieve stress on you and your bank account. This week our financialista offers ideas for giving thoughtful presents on a budget.

Media Maven: “500 Days of Summer” Movie Review

Not all stories of love are love stories. Our Media Maven determines this film’s romantic category while revealing whether you’ll want to grab a seat at the next showing.

Photos:
09.25.09 – Wearable Art Fashion Show at Sandra Small Gallery

Oh Baby

Best for BabiesThis weekend, my husband and I hosted a baby shower for my brother and sister-in-law, who are expecting a little girl soon. This is the first baby in our immediate family, so we’re all diving head-first into the deep sea of baby apparel, gifts, necessities and do-dads.

Through this process, I found a few local hotspots for baby bump bearers, trendy tots and mod moms.

My top pick has to be Best for Babies in Silverton. They have diaper cakeseverything from chic diaper bags (as pictured above) to the cutest toys and books. The company also keeps a well-updated blog and Facebook page, so link up with those to stay on top of everything new and adorable in baby land.

My second local favorite is for the shower host or gift buyer. I stumbled upon the “Diaper Cakes & Such” Web site via Twitter, and I fell in love! A local lady designs and develops these unique creations – mainly “cakes” and wreaths – made completely out of diapers. The best thing? Each of the creations can be disassembled and actually used! (Diapers are expensive, so you don’t want to waste them!) With a stop to Michaels Craft Store, you can easily make your own if you have the time and creativity, but – with all the time and creativity it took just planning the shower – I sure didn’t!

super-easy baby announcement card creator page on ShutterflyOne of the things that could have saved me some extra time was doing my shower invites on Shutterfly. I found this super-easy baby announcement card creator page a few days after my hand-made cards went out (doh!) so I’m hoping this discovery helps you instead!

Destination MaternityAnd it wouldn’t be a “Chic This Week” blog without a little bit of fashion sprinkled in. So, here’s an overview of some hot momma looks that you can get at:

Destination Maternity
KENWOOD TOWNE CENTER
7875 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH  45236
513-891-1472

(looks detailed left to right, top to bottom)

Black cashmere cascade cardigan ($295) worn over an aubergine asymmetrical jersey top ($135) and tie dye leggings ($72)

Sapphire cowl neck modal jersey top ($85) and black sequin skirt worn ($195) with black princess coat ($315)

Black matte jersey party dress with beaded bodice – $44.98

Black knit motorcycle jacket ($118) worn over brushstroke plaid tunic ($78) and 7 for all Mankind Secret Fit Belly boot cut jean ($210)

Grey marled sublimation printed knit dress with butterfly sleeve – $29.98

Purple rib henley with rhinestone buttons ($19.98) layered under black marled sweater vest ($34.98) paired with destructed boot cut jeans ($44.98)

This Week on Cincy Chic: Self Centered

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Renewing mind, body and spirit

You have a busy life. We understand. Sometimes it takes an outside source to help us fit some “me” time into our schedules. These three local outlets help you help your busy self and, in turn, help promote a positive mind, body and spirit.

Bras with Flair on the Square 2009

For the third annual event, decorated bras will fly high on Fountain Square to promote breast health. See how you can get involved with this unique and innovative way of finding a cure!

When Frugal Meets Fashionable

Finding the perfect fit doesn’t have to mean a bank-breaking charge. One local woman offers advice on how you can get the designer deals she uses to fill her wardrobe.

Get Sun Wise

Summer has faded into fall, but golden skin is fashionable in all seasons. Learn how one local company’s mobile service helps you to build your bronze safely, on your time.

Enhance Your Look with Knowledge

How your hair behaves can have a tremendous impact on your sense of self, so this “salon spa” offers unique options to make sure that your hair adds to your self-confidence.

Spending Some Quality Alone Time

You don’t have to go far to get away from the hectic bustle of everyday life, so pencil some much-needed alone time into your busy schedule at these local chill spots.

Revolutionizing Classic Communication

Speedy snail mail is no longer an oxymoron with this company. Learn how you can give your clients, family and friends that surprise in the mailbox without all the hassle.

Chic Spotlight: World Peace Yoga’s Anna Ferguson

Everybody wants peace in the world, but this local lady actually achieves it. Through words and actions, she works toward peace, one yoga pose at a time.

Ask Patty: Becoming the Object of His Affection

What should you do if that special someone isn’t making you feel so special? Our relationship expert helps you get out of the dog house and into his arms.

Sensible Fitness: Live Life by Choice, not Chance

Whether you want to be the center of attention or not, our fitness guru fills you in on why you should take time for yourself and how you can do it.

Cents & Sensibility: Ensuring Your Financial Independence

Regardless of relationship status, there are certain steps that all women should take to care for themselves financially. Our financialista offers an explanation of the basic necessities.

Media Maven: “Adam” and “Informant” Movie Reviews

After a short hiatus, our media maven is back with two new movie reviews. Discover whether these films are worth the money or not worth your time.

Monthly Makeover Mania: Jennifer Van Horn

Girls love to be pretty and pampered, and our makeover winner got just that! See before and after photos and learn how you can enter to win a makeover.

wine me, dine me Review: Local 127

Jean Robert at Pigall’s has come and gone, and Local 127 has filled the void in the building. But will it fill the void in your palette? Our food critic sheds some insight.

Photos:
09.17.09 – Chemistry for Chairty at Mesh Restaurant
09.24.09 – Tuscany Spa-Salon’s 5th Anniversary Event

Events:
09.29.09 – Farmer’s Market at Lexus RiverCenter
09.30.09 – Bras with Flair on the Square 2009
10.01.09 – Passing of the Torch
10.03.09 – “Cincinnati’s Got Talent” at “PharaohFest”
10.06.09 – 2009 Realtor Expo
10.07.09 – Wedding MBA Recap: A Lunch n Learn You Can’t Afford to Miss
10.08.09 – Clermont Chamber of Commerce 2009 Women’s Day

Show Your “Support” For Bras with Flair!

brasI remember my mom used to always tuck my bra strap back up under my tank top or sleeves and say, “It’s not polite to have your bra showing in public.” Well, next Wednesday my mom will be witness to hundreds of bras – we’re estimating about 300 at this point – “showing in public” as they bedazzle Fountain Square.

Here’s the concept…

Cincy Chic asked organizations and individuals to decorate bras to raise awareness and funds for breast health. Those decorated bras are due today, Sept. 25. (Participants can drop them off at any Tri-State LA Fitness location.)

Cincy Chic will collect all donations and have them on display for the Bras with Flair on the Square event on Fountain Square, Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the following times: 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Attendees and passersby can visit the booths, sign up for a mammogram, get in the Lexus RiverCenter “Cash Cab” to win prizes and also cast their vote for their favorite bra. The top 10 favorite bras will be up for auction – to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure – at the after party from 7-10 p.m. at the Hilton Netherland Plaza where you can enjoy “Ta-Ta-Tinis” and food specials.

Cincy Chic Staff Bra Making Party
Cincy Chic Staff Bra Making Party

From 12-1 p.m. on Sept. 30, a free bra fitting lunch ‘n’ learn will take place at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. La Silhouette Lingerie Owner, Britt Cruikshank, will offer advice, expert bra fittings and certified post-surgical fittings for all attendees. E-mail RSVP@cincychic.com or call (513) 721-2445 to reserve your spot!

Later that afternoon, a fashion show featuring the latest fall trends from Alligator Purse and Cincy Designer Shoes will be on the Square at 6:30pm. Click here to purchase tickets to the fashion show – 100% of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen For the Cure! Watch the below video for a sneak peak of the fashion show!

2008 Bras with Flair
2008 Bras with Flair

But before these exciting events take place, be sure to send a “Ma’am-o-gram,” a special e-card message, reminding your loved ones to schedule a mammogram. (Click here to see an example.)

Last but not least… Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, partnered to provide one local breast cancer survivor with a $3,000 pamper package thanks to Lexus RiverCenter, Tuscany Spa.Salon, La Silhouette Lingerie, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Fusion Studio, Soho Boutique, Pure Romance and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Cast your vote today and find out who wins at the fashion show!

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I Think I Love Choo

Me: “I touched my first Choo. I think I love Choo.”

My Sister-in-Law, Melissa: “I love Choo, too.”

chooWell, I’m no longer a Jimmy Choo virgin. I have heard of these magnificent creatures, studied them online, but never been close enough to touch one. Let alone try one on.

But after last night’s gala at Nordstrom, I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy Choo and all his soleful friends like Valentino, Nanette Lepore and Tory Burch.

They only had one pair left of the Choos you see to the right and let me tell you, they were a sight to be seen. They were as light as a feather and super comfy (according to Melissa, who had the Cinderella luxury of being able to perfectly fit in them). But I would have had to sell my car and walk home in them had I purchased them… they had a – get this – $1100 price tag!! I think that’s the most expensive pair of shoes I’ve ever touched in my life! But hey, a girl can dream.

Studs were everywhere. On clutches, ballet flats, even a beret! “What I Wore Today” called that trend long ago though. Good eye, Kasmira!

Speaking of fun fashion, I have a couple things I want to mention. This Friday (tomorrow, Sept. 25), Cincy Chic is hosting a Wearable Art fashion show at Sandra Small Gallery in Covington. I definitely encourage you to check it out if you want to see the latest fall fashions, with an artsy twist and cutting edge flair. (Check out the video below for a sneak peak of the fashion show)

Now, I am off to meet with Rihanna’s Stylist Mariel Haenn to talk about some hair and makeup trends that we can take from Tinseltown to the Tri-State. Stay tuned…

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From the Publisher of Cincy Chic