Black & White Exchange Opens in Sharonville

A new boutique just opened in Sharonville called the Black & White Exchange. The owner, Nidhi Bedi, is also the Director of Sales & Marketing at Elements Conference and Event Centre, which is located right next door.

They buy and sell wedding gowns, black dresses and accessories. Bedi says the concept started when previous brides and their moms asked her to start a business where wedding dresses could be bought and sold at an affordable price. Since Elements, a popular wedding venue, was right next door to a space where she could open this new boutique, she went for it!

Black and White Exchange will have wedding dresses ranging from $99-$499. However, Bedi doesn’t want to get “pigeon holed” as just a bridal gown shop, she wants to also focus on the cocktail dress and accessories portion of the business as well.

Bedi says she knows how hard it is to shop for the right dress and accessories and wants to give everyone a one-stop-shop.  To get started on her inventory, she purchased racks and shelves of LBDs, shoes and accessories from Bebe, a women’s apparel store in Kenwood Mall. But that was just in the begining to get her inventory started. Her future inventory – wedding dresses, high-end LBDs, and accessories – will be purchased from people bringing in their items to Black & White Exchange. A portion of all of her proceeds will go to a charity that she has been working on, which is launching later this month.

So ladies, start that Spring Cleaning early, dig in your closet for dresses you could part with, and stop on in to BWE to sell them… and buy some new things to replace them!

Bedi said she hopes to launch her own line of dresses and accessories by the end of the year. She also wants to work with local jewelry and dress designers to have some new items for purchase in the store if clients would like to purchase something new or custom. She’s currently looking for designers to partner with, so contact her if you know of any!

Phone number: (513) 264-0460
Email: Nidhi@blackandwhiteexchange.com
Address: 11974 Lebanon road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Also, they’re having a grand opening event on Jan. 26 starting at 6p.m. I’ll be going to check it out! Hope you will too!

This Week on Cincy Chic: Party Time!

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Tea parties for all ages

Cincy Chic turns 4 this week, and to celebrate, we made this entire issue all about parties. For the more traditional type, check out these two local ladies who offer tea parties for both kids and adults so everyone can join in the fun.

Throwing a Fashion Fiesta
No need to attack the mall as a mob. This local lady can turn your home into a boutique and help you with every step of the process. Read on to learn how you can have the store come to you.

Chocolate Bash
You only need to know two words: chocolate pizza. Read on to find out how you can customize it to your liking, order it and savor every chocolaty slice.

Celebrate You in VIP Style
Looking for a great way to celebrate this year? Here’s an at-home spa party that will give your girls a healthy dose of refreshing relaxation.

Power Party
Taking care of yourself couldn’t get much more fun than this. Find out how one local lunch series gives you a little escape with your girlfriends while you all can stay on top of your health.

Goddess Night Out Networking
This isn’t your typical work-attire networking event. No, this local event series turns “profession” into “party” with its fun flair and woman power.

Chic Spotlight: Etiquette Expert LisaMarie Luccioni
Nobody likes to be a party pooper, so this local etiquette expert helps make sure you make for a wonderful party guest and hostess, no matter what the occasion.

Orange on Green: Your Kid’s Birthday on the Cheap
Your kids deserve a memorable event for their big day, but it doesn’t have to rob the bank. Our financial columnists share five ways to host a big celebration on a small budget.

McCoy on Movies: “Country Strong” Movie Review
Does Gwyneth Paltrow have country strong vocals in Writer/Director Shana Feste’s musical dramedy “Country Strong” or does she need autotune assistance? Find out with this review.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Jan. 14-23 – Cincinnati Travel, Sports, & Boat Show
Jan. 14 – New Year, New You
Jan. 20 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Chic Solutions for Looking and Seeing Better
Jan. 22 – Take Charge Seminars
Jan. 22 – Cincy Chic’s 4th Birthday Party
Jan. 25 – Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast
Feb. 4 – Lady In Red

Frugal Fashion Friday at Paris J Boutique

Paris J Boutique up in Montgomery (by Carlo & Johnny)  just started something I thought was interesting. They’re calling it “Frugal Fashion Friday.” The owner, Teresa, picks a couple items in the store and sells them at an insane price.

She just posted today’s deals and they’re pretty impressive. A blinged up timepiece that was $48, but is $20 today. She also has a sequined fitted shift dress that was $94 and is $30 today.

Timepiece (Was $48, is $20 now)
Fitted Shift Dress (Was $94, is $30 now)

Teresa has done a great job with lowering her prices since she opened up two years ago. I think that’s smart because times are tight with everyone these days, but you still want to look good, be on-trend and be wearing something unique. So, check out Paris J’s Facebook page to see which pieces will have their prices on the chopping block for next week’s Frugal Fashion Friday!

11 Trends for 2011

Trend #1: Short hair

Happy New Year!

This is one of my favorite times of the year because everyone is in a state of renewal. It’s like we all wiped the slate clean, gained a new lease on life and have a gameplan for how to make ourselves better in the new year.

There are always your typical resolutions: “I’m going to lose 5 pounds” and “I want to quit smoking.” But this year, I heard a couple new ones:  “I’m going to try to actually listen when people are talking to me” (no joke, that’s my friend Carolyn’s New Year’s resolution) and one of my girlfriends said she wanted to improve her style to help her feel more confident.

I loved this resolution and I told her I’d do my homework to see what would be the newest trends in 2011 to have her looking fashion-forward and fabulous in the new year. Here’s what I found:

Trend #3: Denim (photo courtesy of fashionbombdaily.com)

1. The first trend that I feel is going to take over in 2011 is short hair. I have seen long locks all of 2010 and I feel that it is going to be a year of short, statement-style hair. It is time to lift the length, show some neck and let those cheekbones shine. Even if you are not ready for a 10-inch chop, trim it up and start doing a new sleek, chic hairstyle.

2. The second trend sure to surface in 2011 is natural makeup. Lighten up that makeup load and let us see that gorgeous skin! 2011 will be all about going back to basics with your makeup. Mineral makeups give your skin nice, light weight coverage, choose a brown mascara instead of a bolder black mascara and a natural gloss on the lip. To glam up this look for a night on the town, just add a red lip.

3. The third 2011 style trend is denim. Yes, ladies, the “jarty” is here. I’m not saying to wear a full blown canadian tuxedo, but put on some great accessories and rock the denim!

Trend #4: Baja-Inspired Clothing

4. After you party hardy at your “jarty” on Friday night, you’ll want to slip into something more comfortable on Saturday afternoon. My fourth trend for 2011 is a Baja-inspired trend. Loose, poncho sweaters with leggings for when it is a bit chillier or a cut off pair of shorts for a California type girl look.

5. Style trend number 5 has a lot to do with color. And it is just that! Color, color, color! It may be January but do not fear; color is okay! Here are 6 of the top 2011 colors; pink, orange, yellow, blue, earth tones, and white. And don’t be afraid to take these basic colors and run wild with different shades of these base colors.

Trend #5: Color

6. This next forecast is my all time favorite! The sixth trend for 2011 is all about mixing and matching. GO CRAZY with your patterns. Don’t be afraid as long as you can be confident in your pattern mania. Throw in your plaids with a polka dot or a different directional stripe. Love it.

7. Next up is lucky number 7. What’s better than to go with the number 7 than to just add a 0 to the end of that number? Yes, that is right, 70s! I’m talking every high waisted pant, nautical print top, and urban headwraps. It is time for the women to wear the pants in this relationship.

Trend #8: Military Chic

8. Military was so 2010. So what are we doing with it now? We’re putting a feminine twist on it. Style trend number 8 is the trench dress. This is a spring take on that 2010 style of the trench coat that everyone had to have.

9. My ninth forecast for this wonderful 2011 fashion year is “romantic” prints. Grab those large floral prints, Liberty prints, or even a bold animal print.

10. Number 10 brings us something that really makes a statement. Animal print shoes. Get out those snake, alligator, or crocodile heels and get to stepping! Show off your great gams with a fierce pair of animal print heals. Go wild! Literally!  : )

Trend #10: Animal print shoes

11. The spring and summer of 2011 in my opinion is going to be all about comfort and relaxation. My number 11 trend for 2011 is comfort. Grab a looser fitting dress with a great pop of color and go out on the town! Because when you’re comfortable, you’re confident.

There you go ladies, my 2011 style trends forecast. I hope this helps you start the year off on the right fashionable foot!

PS: thanks to my intern, Drew Ross, for helping me put this blog together.

This Week on Cincy Chic: Renew and Revitalize for 2011

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Revamping your wardrobe

It’s not just a new year, it’s a new decade. That means a new era of fashion trends will be ushered in, while others will be “so Y2K.”  Make sure your wardrobe is ready for the new year, new decade and new trends.

Getting You “Unstuck”
She took herself out of a lackluster job and put herself in a place filled with enthusiasm. Now, she is doing the same for you. Discover how she can help you jump start your life.

Dermatology Does Downtown
After 15 years in practice, one local dermatologist decided to make her services more accessible to the Downtown crowd. Discover how she caters to women who live and work Downtown.

Add Charm to Your Wardrobe
With the gray skies and white ground, you need a little color in your life. Find out how one local store can help you inject just that into your wardrobe without stealing the green from your bank account.

A Bamboo Boost
One local massage day spa gives you a chance to start the new year with something new. Read on to learn more about bamboo massages.

Park + Vine on Main
After its move to Main Street, the city’s green general store has some tricks up its sleeve. Find out how you can do more than just shop in the new space.

Chic Spotlight: Salon Beck’s Sue Beck Currie
The new year is here, and Cincy Chic gets the scoop on how you can start off on the right foot (with a pedicure) or even on the right strand (with an update for your locks). Read on to learn more.

Vine + Table: A Kind of Jam You Want to be In
Marble Hill returns, but this time it’s bigger than chocolate. Our food columnist shows how rejuvenation isn’t just for people. It’s for brands and products, too.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Jan. 4 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Jan. 14 – New Year, New You
Jan. 20 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Chic Solutions for Looking and Seeing Better
Jan. 22 – Take Charge Seminars
Jan. 22 – Cincy Chic’s 4th Birthday Party
Jan. 25 – Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast

Four Fab Looks for New Year’s Eve

The ball will drop tomorrow at midnight… do you know what you’ll be wearing to ring in the new year? If you’re still wondering what to wear, I have some ideas to help. Check out the video below where I share four fabulous and fashionable looks for NYE. What I like about these looks is that they’re very “doable” … you’ll be fashionable but comfortable … and you can wear them again for other occasions. The dress for example would look great at work with a black blazer over it. Check out the video below and I hope it helps! This will be my last post for 2010… so, have a very happy, chic and safe celebration! Talk to you “next year”! : )

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Cincinnati Boutique Sale Dates Announced

Today I was on Fox19 (click here to watch the video segment) talking about looks for New Year’s Eve. I picked four outfits from Paris J Boutique for the segment. In the green room as we were getting ready, Teresa the owner of Paris J, mentioned that the date for the Cincinnati Boutique Sale had just been selected and announced. I tried to contain my excitement, but I think I let out a little squeal. : )

They usually keep this date a secret until the very last minute because they don’t want their clients to hold off on buying things to get them at a discount at the sale. But, the cat’s officially out of the bag, so mark your calendars…

This Week on Cincy Chic: 2010 Woman of the Year

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Entrepreneur, volunteer Kelly Hollatz

You nominated. The Cincy Chic staff voted. Now, for our fourth annual 2010 Woman of the Year Awards, we recognize seven women who make Cincinnati the great city it is. Read on to find out how our 2010 Feature Woman of the Year embodies it all.

Seeing to the Community’s Needs
This optometrist goes beyond her call of duty to help make sure everyone in the community has the opportunity for good vision. Learn how she donates her time and talent to help others see.

Cross-Atlantic Connector
She’s much more than a business-to-business connector. Read on to find out how this year’s Career Woman of the Year puts Cincinnati on the map for European business.

Expanding Fashion’s Horizons
After less than two years, this fashion blogger has staked her spot in the style world. Read on to find out how that spot makes her our Fashion Woman of the Year.

Aesthetically Pleasing
She works to bring out the natural beauty in others, but the true beauty is in her. Discover all the ways this local lady makes our city more beautiful, one facial or charitable contribution at a time.

Serving the Inn Crowd
Her hands-on leadership style helps low-income women in Cincinnati overcome their backgrounds. Read on to find out more about her nonprofit work.

Chic Spotlight: Circle Tail Owner Marlys Staley
This local philanthropist puts together her passions for dogs and helping others to make a difference for people with disabilities. Read on to learn more about her organization.

Orange on Green: Women of the Year in Finance
At the end of the day, it is really the women who are leading the charge in finance, not the men. So our financial columnists recognize some fabulous females in finance.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Jan. 4 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Jan. 14 – New Year, New You
Jan. 20 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Chic Solutions for Looking and Seeing Better
Jan. 22 – Take Charge Seminars
Jan. 22 – Cincy Chic’s 4th Birthday Party
Jan. 25 – Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic