12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 6

The Seasonably Chic Showcase is this Saturday! I can’t wait! And one of the things I really can’t wait for is the fashion show we’re going to have at The Phoenix. I don’t know if you’ve ever been at this venue yet, but it’s known for it’s “Beauty and the Beast”-like marble staircase. So, we couldn’t have a fashion show at the Phoenix without utilizing its snazzy staircase! We incorporated these steps into the show and it’s going to be FAB-U-LOUS!

Today we went on Fox19 to do a little sneak peek of the fashion show and I really can’t wait to see it all in action at the Phoenix this Saturday. The clothes will be done by Paris J Boutique, and jewelry by Serket Jewelry. Lots of gray, lots of sparkle, lots of panache.

Here’s the run-down of the day:
10am – open the doors to the public
11:30 – first fashion show
12pm – first brunch ‘n’ learn (gift wrapping tips with Poeme)
1pm – second brunch ‘n’ learn (holiday decor tips and trends with Sacksteders Interiors)
2:30 – second fashion show

The complimentary brunch ‘n’ learn food will be provided by Taste of Belgium, which is DELICIOUS! Click here to learn more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday shopping event, which will take place on Nov. 7 from 10am-3pm at the Phoenix Downtown. Watch the video below to see the Fox19 fashion show sneak peek video and learn more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

In this video…
Clothing/bags/shoes on four models: Paris J Boutique
Miche Bags by Miche Girl LLC
Makeup by Gigi Cimmarusti with Mary Kay

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!

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This Week on Cincy Chic: Join the Club

Join the ClubJoin the Club

Grouping together for a change

Two heads are better than one, and a whole bunch makes for fun, memorable times. From improving Cincinnati’s educational opportunities to raising millions to create new parks, two local clubs bring women together to make tremendous things happen around the Tri-State.

The Knits Big Thing
Fashionistas everywhere don their knitted cold-weather fashions — scarves, sweaters, you name it. Read how one local shop offers women a place to create looks that are “sew” fashionable.

Become a Beauty Insider
Every gal about town wants to be inside the loop. So become a V.I.B. (Very Important Beauty insider) and get the scoop on how to get exclusive insider treatment.

Ice to Meet You
The holiday parties and feasts mixed with the colder weather can be a recipe for weight gain, but you can add this local club to the equation to come up with much better results.

Clucking for Your Career
Don’t coop yourself up, chickadee. Get out and cluck a bit with this group of women who work together to provide a more successful career future for them all.

A Save Haven
Money may be tight, but you can relax in the comfort of your own hometown. See how this local savings program makes both customers and businesses happy.

Chic Spotlight: Art Club President Jan Boone
The Queen City boasts a rich history as well as a strong focus on the arts. Learn how this local lady presides over a club that plays a part in both of these Tri-State treasures.

Sensible Fitness: Join the Tiny Heinie Club
Some women want more junk in the trunk, while others would prefer a smaller butt. No matter your booty frustrations, our fitness guru offers advice on how to achieve your desired derriere.

Cents & Sensibility: Women’s Financial Clubs
Money talk can be awkward, but our financialista offers tips for starting your own financial education club that will help you have fun while increasing your money prowess.

Media Maven: “Taking Woodstock” Movie Review
Woodstock stands as one of the most memorable events of the music world. Our Media Maven offers insight into whether this film lives up to the legendary three days of peace and music.

Photos
10.21.09 – David Yurman Trunk Show at James Free Jewelers
10.21.09 – Women’s Idea Network (WIN) Meeting

Blogs
Editor in Chic Blog: Ready for a Change
Editor in Chic Blog: Morning Glory

Events:
11.7.09 – Seasonably Chic Showcase
11.6.09-11.8.09 – Sacksteder’s Holiday Open House
11.13.09-11.15.09 – The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
11.13.09-11.15.09 – Sacksteder’s Holiday Open House
11.13.09 – Girl’s Night In 2009
11.13.09 – Patty Brisben Foundation’s “Evening in Monte Carlo”

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!

12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 7

We’re less than one week away from the Nov. 7 Seasonably Chic Showcase! Today’s sneak peek features one of my favorite people in this world, Karen Sacksteder.

Karen and I go way back. I went to school with her sons, so I know her personally, and now in the “real world” I now also have the pleasure of knowing her professionally. This woman has been through it all. Not only has she been in business for herself for more than 20 years, but she’s battled breast cancer, helped family members through breast cancer, and recently lost her husband. But she’s one of the most upbeat, positive people you’ll ever meet. In fact, in 2007, Cincy Chic awarded Karen the “Woman of the Year” distinction because of her ability to rise above challenges.

Not only has she been through a lot, but she’s amazing at what she does for a living: Interior Design. And one of her specialties is holiday decor! So, for the Seasonably Chic Showcase, we’re going to bring Karen in to do a FREE brunch ‘n’ learn at 1pm on Nov. 7 to talk about the latest and greatest tips and trends for holiday decorating.

The food will be provided by Taste of Belgium, so you won’t want to miss it! What a great way to kick off the holiday season! And check out the video below to get a sneak peek into some of the holiday decor she has at her NEW Kenwood showroom, and a little tip she has for sprucing up your mantle on a tight budget.

Click here to learn more about the Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday shopping event, which will take place on Nov. 7 from 10am-3pm at the Phoenix Downtown.

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!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 8

Paris J BoutiqueWe’re one week away from the Nov. 7 Seasonably Chic Showcase!!! Today’s sneak peek features Paris J Boutique, a brand new boutique in Old Montgomery. This boutique is located at 9797 Montgomery Rd. next to Carlo & Johnny, so you have to know where it is to find it. But it’s definitely worth finding!

Teresa the owner has impeccable taste and she loves the one-of-a-kind items that no one else in the city will have! I also like the variety of items she has in the store. I found everything from an eye-catching metallic embellished neck cocktail dress, to a cozy sweater and jeans. She also has beautiful bags, jewelry and the oh-so-hot-right-now-over-the-knee boots.

Paris J’s fashions will be featured in two fashion shows at the Seasonably Chic Showcase – one at 11:30am and one at 2:30pm. Go ahead and clear your calendar for the day because we’ll also have 30+ vendors to shop at and two “Brunch ‘n’ Learns” (Poeme’s Unique Gift Giving and Wrapping Tips at noon, and Sacksteder’s Interiors Holiday Decor Tips and Trends at 1pm). Hope to see you there!

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 get a sneak peek of some of the looks from Paris J Boutique that will be featured at the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 9

Today’s sneak peek of the Nov. 7 Seasonably Chic Showcase is featuring A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery. I really like this surgeon’s approach, not only because she’s a woman who caters to women’s needs, but she also likes to specialize in what she calls “no ouch procedures.”

Dr. Sillins with A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery recently did a lunch ‘n’ learn for Cincy Chic – click here to listen to the podcast of the luncheon – and it was really interesting to learn how you can make a dramatic difference with your skin by preventative and protective lotions and potions!
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One of those lotions/magical potions that the doctor will be featuring at the Seasonably Chic Showcase is the Aromasoul Body Collection. The four lines come from four parts of the world, mediteranean, indian, arabian, oriental. And here’s a little information about this collection:

  • herbal tea blends – blended with herbs and spices to evoke the exotic cultures from which they came
  • ambience sprays – scents that bring the frangrant ambiance of foreign lands into your home
  • shower gels – protecting and revitalizing actions that cleanse and infuse the skin with complex aromas
  • body cream – soft aromatherapeutic creams with rich natural ingredients that leave the skin feeling silky and luxurious

Check out the video below to learn a little more about the Aromasoul Body Collection and A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery!

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 learn more about A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery, Aromasoul Body Collection and the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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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?

David and Sybil Yurman
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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From the Publisher of Cincy Chic