12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 10 (and VOTE!)

There are so many spas and salons in town and it’s tough to choose which one is right for you. I find myself a bit partial to one in town, Tuscany Spa-Salon in Harper’s Point.

In the beginning of the year, the Cincy Chic staff did a makeover day there and it was then that Tuscany showed their true colors. Everyone there bent over backwards to make the day special, customized and enhancing for every single person that came. They took the time to learn about skin and hair types, lifestyle and likes/dislikes to find a look that matched each personality. So, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Tuscany because of that experience.

I was so excited to learn that they wanted to be a part of our Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday market on Nov. 7 at the Phoenix downtown! They are going to have my FAVORITE makeup there, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which is awesome for sensitive skin! They will also highlight their threading services, which is a great alternative to waxing your eyebrows. We recently did a makeover story with a woman who got threading done and she loved it. Click here to read her story and see pictures!

So, make sure you attend the Seasonably Chic Showcase to meet my friends at Tuscany Spa Salon and learn about their fab products and services!

And one lucky winner will be receiving $300 in free services from Tuscany Spa Salon with our $2500 Seasonably Chic Showcase Giveaway we’re doing!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SEASONABLY CHIC SECRET!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to collect your seasonably chic secrets and ladies around the city have answered the call.

Click here to check out the top 10 seasonably chic secrets and vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen November 4, 2009!

Check out the video below to see what Tuscany Spa Salon will be featuring at the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 11

Ever had one of those days where there just aren’t enough hours to possibly complete everything? Yeah, that was my day yesterday. So, I’m sorry for the delayed “Day 11” of the “12 Days of Seasonably Chic.” But I know this one is worth the wait!

Today, I’m featuring Stop Traffick Fashion. STF was recently featured in the Enquirer and Cincy Chic and now you can see, touch – and buy! – all the great STF bags and jewelry at the Seasonably Chic Showcase on Nov. 7!

This business isn’t just another jewelry or handbag vendor. They are dedicated to making a unique difference in world. According to the STF site, Stop Traffick Fashion exists to:

  • Support the victims and survivors of human trafficking
  • Support the organizations who are rescuing and rehabilitating victims of trafficking
  • Raise awareness of human trafficking

This is one of my favorite local businesses, and I love that it was started by a local woman with such an international vision. Please take a look at her store and visit her at the Seasonably Chic Showcase on Nov. 7! (PS: she will also be featured in this Friday’s fashion show at Havana Martini Club if you’d like to see her fashions on the runway!)

Click here or on the play button below to get a sneak peek video of some of the items STF will have at the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 12

Seasonably Chic ShowcaseWe have a super awesome event coming up that I’m very excited about. It’s called the Seasonably Chic Showcase and it’s going to be the chicest holiday shopping event Cincinnati has ever seen!

It’s hosted by Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, so you know it’ll be fun and informative. The event will be on Nov. 7 from 10a-3p at The Phoenix, so mark it on your calendar. And plan to stay the whole time because we have two fashion shows and two brunch ‘n’ learns planned (Poeme’s Unique Gift Giving and Wrapping Tips at noon, and Sacksteder’s Interiors Holiday Decor Tips and Trends at 1pm).

But the big thing at the event will be all the shopping opportunities. We’re featuring 30 unique vendors so you can buy all your one-of-a-kind gift items for men, women and children on your list. Not only will everything be discounted, so you’ll save lots of money, but you’ll save time too not having to travel all over the city running around boutiques and malls trying to find the perfect gifts.

To give you an idea of some of the items featured at the vendors, one of our interns suggested that we do “12 Days of Seasonably Chic” videos to post on blogs and social media to highlight items that will be at the show. So, this video is the first of 12 that will appear each day until the event and it’s showcasing two items from Lavish Giving (LavishGiving.com), one of the vendors who will be at the event.

To learn more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase, visit http://cincychic.com/seasonablychic

Enjoy!
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Body Bling

Body ArtStuds, sequins and spangled styles are all in this season. But what’s a girl to do when she needs just a bit more flair than her fashion options can offer? Rock your body! Your body art, that is.

Body Art was listed as one of the top trends for Spring 2010 by one of my favorite fashion blogs, “The Skinny.”

But, with any fashion trend forecast, the first time I see a new look, I think, “No way will that ever be in fashion.” But then it grows on me. And then I magically find one of every color in my closet one day.

That happened with leggings and skinny jeans, and I’m almost there with shoulder pads.

I’m not one to draw attention to my legs, so you probably won’t ever find me with a temporary Chanel tattoo plastered all over my legs (unless I made myself believe that the “CC” stood for Cincy Chic! haha). But I can see this becoming an actual trend. Think about it. It’s like having a tattoo you get to change your mind about, or change with the new trends. It’s a fashion-forward commitment-phobe’s dream come true!

I especially think the Chanel body art will fly because of similar, already existing tattoos on celebs like Nicole Richie. But we’ll see.

I did find a Body Art option that may be more appealing, and let’s face it, more chic than fake tattoos. And it’s brand new to Cincinnati!

It’s called Minx Cincinnati. And these will make you feel fabulous from your fingertips to your toes. Because, well, they go on your fingers and toes!

MinxCincinnatiAt the Progressive Shopping event we hosted up at the remaining Homearama homes tonight, I met the woman who’s “minxing” (as she calls it) here in Cincinnati. Her name is Veniece Hughes and she said this new type of body-shop-meets-body-art-meets-manicure uses a flexible custom polymer that is heated and applied to your nail.

Not only do the designs come in 170 eye-catching patterns and colors, they also provide a slick nail look that:

  • Requires no drying time necessary
  • Is perfect for “winter” pedicures because you can slip your shoes back on immediately after your pedi
  • Prevents chipped polish problems (Veniece said her Minx pedicures, $65, last 4-6 weeks and manicures, $45, approximately 5 days)
  • Has no toxic or harsh chemicals for application or removal

I absolutely fell in love and I want to have a “Minx and Mingle” party with my girlfriends! How fun would that be?! They had a really cute black and white polka dot pattern that I will be getting. They had houndstooth, zebra, cheetah and checkered print, too!

Enjoy the video below I took of Veniece explaining this new exciting “body bling” option we now have in Cincinnati. Check it out!

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Call or e-mail to set up an appointment (513) 254-6620 MinxCincinnati@gmail.com

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.

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09.25.09 – Wearable Art Fashion Show at Sandra Small Gallery

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