12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 5

French Lavender Soap $6
French Lavender Soap $6

The countdown is on one hand now! We’re five days away from the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the vendors you’ll see there, and my favorite things they offer!

Miss Selby’s Soap
A couple months ago, a friend of mine and I tried to make lavender soap with lavender I grew in my garden. It was a major disaster, and I have a new-found respect now for this vendor who will be at the showcase: Miss Selby’s Soap. The creator, a local gal, Renee Selby makes soaps that use all natural ingredient and essential oils from the comfort of her own home and sells them from her online store. Some stand out scents are Fresh Lavender and Eucalyptus Lime. Or if you want your soap to reflect your holiday mood try the Natural Cinnamon or Christmas Cookie! Make sure you pick up a bar of Pet Shampoo for your furry friends!

The Longaberger Company with Kim Artmayer

Sort and store make-up basket from The Longaberger Company with Kim Artmayer

I remember when I learned how to weave baskets in elementary school. And as much as my mother, who kept many of my art projects, would argue – mine cannot compare with The Longaberger Company with Kim Artmayer. These baskets are a beautiful way to decorate your home or they would make a memorable gift for the holidays. They even have a holiday collection full of woven baskets that are inspired by the colder weather and holiday cheer! Be sure to look at their sort and store baskets that will inspire you to make your New Year’s Resolution of “getting more organized” a reality! But my favorite is the sort and store make-up basket.. I can already envision a perfect sport for it in my bathroom!

The Epicurean tie from Artfully Disheveled

Artfully Disheveled
For all of those men out there who need a little – or even a lot – of assistance in the style department, this men’s fashion line will be sure to help.
Artfully Disheveled is geared towards that man who wants to stand out… in a good way! They specialize in ties, bow ties and pocket squares that will be sure to transform your man’s outfit into something sexy and sophisticated without looking like he’s trying too hard! I met Chris Berre, one of the founders, recently for coffee and he showed me some of the items they’ll soon have online. The patterns are what stood out the most for me – like this silverware pattern – how unique is that? Artfully Disheveled is in the process of launching their online store, so stopping by this booth at Seasonably Chic Showcase is a must!

corwyn
Corwyn tying my husband's tie before our wedding

Corwyn Apparel
We’ve written about Corwyn before in Cincy Chic. I even suited up all our groomsmen in his ties for our wedding. But if you haven’t heard about Corwyn yet, you certainly will know who he is after the showcase. He’s bringing some star power to the event! Kwame Jackson from NBC’s “Apprentice” will be at his booth decked out in the latest Corwyn Apparel fashions. And this isn’t the first time, Corwyn as rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous. These neckties have been seen on many red carpet events such as The Grammy’s, Golden Globes and The Academy Awards. Corwyn Apparel knows that image and attitude are the defining accessory. So if your man’s tie collection would use a face lift, than look for further!

The Seasonably Chic Showcase will be on November 6th at The Pheonix downtown from 10 am to 3 pm. This event brings 40 of the Tri-State’s best boutiques and vendors–for women, men, children, and pets–all under one roof for one day of spectacular shopping! The best thing about it? It’s free to get in! Just bring a canned good for the Freestore food bank! Click Here to RSVP!

PS thanks to my intern, Holly Hoover, for helping me put this blog together

12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 6

We’re less than one week away from the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase! The anxiety is killing me, so I’ve been doing a little pre-shopping and I found a few more things I want to share!

Tulips on Erie

Bracelet from Tulips on Erie

Located in the Hyde Park Square shopping district, this boutique can supply all your holiday hostess needs while offering a wide array of gifts for all your girlfriends (oh, and of course yourself, too!). Everything from dishes, to bath and body products, purses, jewelry, stationery and tableware. Tulips on Erie gives an artistic twist to our classic “girly” favorites. Especially for the artisian in your life, Tulips on Erie is a must-have shopping stop on your list this year. Bangle bracelets are a classic favorite, and I found a wide selection distinct to their style. These vintage lace Batiks offer hand painted gold red ribbon, lace bangles, and solids. They come in two sizes for smaller or larger wrists, in many shapes and colors. My favorite was a vintage gold lace bangle (pictured here, and note that I did not want to take it off!), it would be perfect for the most fabulous addition to that holiday cocktail attire.

The Sassy Mama Boutique

handbag from The Sassy Mama Boutique

With the Posh Mom Seal of Approval, The Sassy Mama Boutique has the latest trends for the mothers in our lives, or our favorite “posh peanuts.” They offer a fun, upscale environment to help you buy for all the phases of your life. Shop here to find all you need to feel like a full-fledged Sassy Mama, even if you don’t ever stay out past curfew : ). I have already purchased things from this online boutique before and I loved the products and experience – click here to read the story about it. On their website you can find home decor, necessities for you child’s birthday, along with any and all accessories you need to feel like the chic-est girl in the room. It seems that many women feel they must sacrifice their cute handbags to carry diaper bags when those little ones come along. But, make no more sacrifices ladies! Sassy Mama offers diaper clutches as a chic solution that include changing pads and will house diapers, wipes, and even a few toys. Any mother and fashionista has to have one of these, as they are compatible with any designer purse!

Abbie Kate Spade flats at Monkee's of Madeira

Monkee’s of Madeira

This boutique is bringing the fashion week favorites right to the ladies of the Greater Cincinnati area. Monkee’s of Madeira offers the best of boutique shopping experiences, with a fun and personal experience. As well as today’s hottest high fashion designers such as Cole Haan, Kate Spade, and Shoshanna just to name a few. They carry a variety of shoes, accessories, and clothing. As a frequent celebrator of Fabushoe Friday, my intuitions lead me straight to the shoe selection at Monkee’s (as they have before – click here to see a Fabushoe Friday pair I picked out at Monkee’s a couple months ago). This pair of Abbie Kate Spade flats is definitely a girly-girl’s dream. I mean, a woman can never have too many shoes—and she definitely can’t have too many pearls! Pearls and black patent flats just scream class (you know, if class could/would scream) and remind me of something Audrey Hepburn would wear.

Junior League of Cincinnati

With the holidays right around the corner, giving back to the community is a thought in the forefront of everyone’s minds. The Junior League of Cincinnati develops the potential of women and improves communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The local chapter recently developed a cookbook with beautiful photos of tablescapes pictured at locations around the Tri-State. It’s really a beautiful book, and it goes to a great cause so make sure you stop by their booth and pick one (or five) up!

The Seasonably Chic Showcase will be on November 6th at The Pheonix downtown from 10 am to 3 pm. This event brings 40 of the Tri-State’s best boutiques and vendors–for women, men, children, and pets–all under one roof for one day of spectacular shopping! The best thing about it? It’s free to get in! Just bring a canned good for the Freestore food bank! Click Here to RSVP!

PS: thanks to my intern, Brittany Daulton, for helping me put this blog together.

12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 7

We’re exactly one week away from the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the vendors you’ll see there, and my favorite things they offer!

Tracey Vest:
I’ve told you about the ever-fabulous Tracey Vest before. Well, she’ll be at the showcase and you’ll get to meet her in person! While checking out her site doing research for this blog, I found some amazing new stuff! Top of line purses, accessories, shoes and hats, OH MY! Elegance and style are the forerunners of Tracey’s designing in my opinion. Faux furs and feathers are coming in with a hit now a days and Tracey Vest is the perfect place to find it. Here is a hat that I couldn’t stop going back to. This peacock hat is elaborate and beautiful and would be especially fabulous if you frequent Keeneland or The Kentucky Derby. You can even wear it in the fall and spring while you’re at a gorgeous outdoor event. Tracey Vest’s designs are vivacious and full of style; go check it out.

Thoma & Sutton Eye-care:

Even though I am not an eyeglass wearer (I have a fake pair I wear when I want to look more Editor-ish! haha!), it doesn’t mean I was turned away from Thoma & Sutton’s “spec-tacular” designs. No, like I said before, I don’t wear glasses but I am a sucker for high fashion. With designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, and Blvgari, there is no going wrong coming to Thoma & Sutton Eye-care to find your frame of choice. And not to mention, their deals are out of this world! There are many Thoma & Sutton locations so there is no reason why you aren’t getting in your car to throw out those old lenses and upgrading. Heck, I’m even thinking about getting some of those frames from Thoma & Sutton and asking them for faux lenses. Like I said; high fashion, great deals. Featured is a fierce pair of Roberto Cavalli frames that are brand new in the Fall/Winter collection.

Carolyn & Company Dance Productions:
I’m so excited that Dancing with the Stars has brought so much new attention to the art/sport of dancing! I love dancing (especially Salsa!!!) and now lots of other people do too! I thought dance lessons would be a great gift to give a loved one so we asked Carolyn & Company Dance Productions to be a vendor at the showcase. Dancing is not for everyone and doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but the owner of Carolyn & Company Dance Productions, Carolyn Rollin, is suuuuper nice and takes her expertise to make dance easy and enjoyable for any type of dancer. The thing that I like the most about Carolyn is that she can teach you a dance specifically for your wedding day. The first dance as newlyweds will be forever in your mind … and photo album… You don’t want to look like Elaine from Seinfeld dancing when you look back! haha!

Arbitrage Clothing:
Arbitrage Clothing, wow. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I first saw this line at Cincinnati Fashion Week. What a handsome, sleek-fitting line of clothing for every man. There are many different ways to shop on their site as well. You shop by features, you shop by item, you shop by collaborations, but then you hit my favorite. You can shop by your own personality. (But at the showcase… you don’t have to shop online! You can see it all in person!) The fit of the clothing is a tailored fit so it won’t be the typical dress shirt that hangs off of your body. I know my husband has a closet full of dress shirts (he’s an anchor, so it’s part of the job). But when he wants to wear one without a jacket or maybe just a pair of jeans, they look way too baggy. So, he of course rummages through his closet to find something else and we’re an hour late to where ever we were going. With Arbitrage, that’s not going to happen.

(Drew, Cincy Chic intern, speaking here…) I, myself, am a plaid guy, so, of course I had to feature this amazing REVERSIBLE plaid shirt. The efficiency of this line never fails. This is great for being relaxed in a pair of jeans but then you can tuck it in, put on some nice slacks and you have a fabulous, business casual shirt. Arbitrage has accessories like cuff links and wallets, to ties, shirts, and hooded button up shirts. This is every man’s dream clothing line.

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

Fabushoe Friday: Help with Your “Next Step”

$24 Shoes from Forever 21
$24 Shoes from Forever 21

This week for Fabushoe Friday, I’m wearing another pair of Forever 21 shoes. I actually got them three years ago, and they’ve held up pretty well. Especially considering they were only $24.

Three years ago, I was just starting my little shoe collection. These were the first ones I bought that had a little flair. Not the typical black, brown or navy pumps I’d buy for work. I had just started Cincy Chic the year prior, so I was just learning how to dress the “chic” part.

It’s crazy to think how different life is just three years later. I’m no longer just moonlighting as a budding entrepreneur; I now manage my business and staff as a full time job and career. And these shoes have taken me through much of that journey.

Of course, I had lots of friends, family and mentors help me along the way. Can’t give these fab shoes alllll the credit. : ) People power behind life transitions is so helpful. And kind of related to all this “starting a new chapter” stuff, I ran across an event one of my clients is holding next week. It’s called “Imagine… then do it” and it helps people slip into a new proverbial pair of shoes, and successfully strut into a new chapter in life – whether it’s going back to work after raising kids, changing careers or starting the business of your dreams.

I’ll be sharing info with you soon about a new publication my husband and I will be taking over soon, so I’ll definitely be in attendance to get some guidance on navigating this new chapter of our lives. And, you know what, I think I’ll buy some new shoes for the occasion and blog about them in three years! : )
imagine

12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 8

Only eight days left in the countdown to the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the vendors you’ll see there, and my favorite things they offer!

NestWine Clock from Nest
I don’t think I have ever wanted literally EVERYTHING on one boutique’s site… but after browsing around on Nest’s website, I’m hooked! They have all things for styling an outfit, to decorating your home to snagging a great gift for a girlfriend. The boutique is basically a one stop shop for adorable pieces! And as a girl who loves, I mean LOVES, wine, they have great gifts for my other wine goddesses! Check out the wine clock, which is a constant reminder that wine is acceptable with just any time of the day.


Cufflings from SmallPrint Jewelry Small Print

For all of those new parents out there, you’ll want to check out this booth. Small Prints designs handcrafted pieces that capture your child’s fingerprint, handwriting, drawings… anything… into silver jewelry. If you have a bun in the oven, you can even order a kit to take your new baby’s finger print on the day of the birth and have a piece of jewelry made from it! How cool! And if you love to gush over your kid’s best art pieces, they can even make the picture into a miniature work. These unique pieces would make a great gift for your special hubby. Or maybe drop a subtle, or not so subtle hint and ask for one for the holiday season! And this isn’t just limited to parents, either. I got cufflinks with my dog’s footprint on it for my husband for Christmas last year. He looooooooves them!

Holte Eyewear
To get all of the looks from our recent Spec-tacular Fashion Show, be sure to stop by Hotle Eyewear’s booth at Seasonably Chic Showcase! They carry some of highest fashion eyewear in Cincinnati, to make you look your best in frames. Just to name a few, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Coach, Juicy Couture, Fendi, and the list goes on! And don’t worry, if you need help picking the right lenses, the great staff will find the perfect frames for you!

Elysium Originals

Sunstone Necklace from Elysium Originals

Did you know “Elysium” is the Greek word for paradise? Well, you can have a little piece of paradise if you happen to buy something from Elysium Originals. The designer, Ellen Norcott, creates some seriously gorgeous pieces. I own quite a few and I have given several pieces to my mom who loves the natural gemstone look. Ellen even custom-made an amber necklace for my mom’s birthday in August. Ellen mixes gemstones, crystal, pearl and other stones to create stand out designs. These pieces are sure to add personality to any outfit, and are great conversation starters! Check out the beautiful Sunstone Necklace which is perfect for all of your fall looks!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to give away a prize pack of items from all the Seasonably Chic Showcase vendors that’s valued at $2,500! Click here to learn how you can win it. (deadline is TODAY at 9am… so get on it!)

PS thanks to my intern, Holly Hoover, for helping me put this blog together.

12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 9

The November 6th Seasonably Chic Showcase is officially 9 days away! The day will offer access to the area’s best and, of course, “chicest” shopping, just by bringing a canned good! Personally, every year as I do my holiday shopping, my own wish list gets longer. I always ask Santa to bring money so that I can buy for myself after the holidays.  But wish no more, Cincy Chic and and Locals on Living are teaming up to offer a chance to win the gift that keeps on giving! You can give to yourself guilt free during the holidays with this prize package!

The chic package is valued at $2,500, and your entry is just one click away! One winner will receive a gift basket filled with items from the Seasonably Chic Showcase vendors with the best the Tri-State has to offer!

The prize includes:

Gift Certificates from: Corwyn Apparel, Tulips on Erie, Casa DeLorenzo, JennaClaire Handbag Studio, Go to Gal Cincinnati, Smallprint, Frisch’s Big Boy, Silpada Designs with Jane Klumb, Widmer’s Cleaners and Monkee’s of Madeira.

Products and services from: Carolyn & Company Dance Productions, FENNOfashion, Little Liza Jane’s Boutique, Tracey Vest, Peek of Chic, Sassy Mama Boutique, Nest, Thoma & Sutton Eye-care, Pure Romance with Leslie Hoop, The Plastic Surgery Group, Miss Selby’s Soap, Sweet Petit Desserts, and Cincy Chic.

The package also includes a Bengals Replica Helmet signed by Carson Palmer from Fischer Homes!

The deadline for entry is October 29th (2 more days, people!), and the winner will be notified by or on November 5th and will receive the prize at the November 6th event, where the winner must be present.

You don’t want to miss out on this chic giveaway to reward yourselves for the Holiday shopping that is soon to come! But most of all, you don’t want to miss the Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 6th where you can find gifts for all those lucky people on your list!

Click here to visit Cincinnati.com and for your chance to be the winner of the chicest prize package around, valued at $2,500! So get those lists ready and check them twice, because your one stop shopping paradise is just 9 days away!

The Seasonably Chic Showcase will be on Nov. 6 at The Phoenix downtown from 10am-3pm. This event brings 40 of the Tri-state’s best boutiques and vendors – for women, men, children and pets – all under one roof for one day of spectacular shopping! The best thing about it? It’s free to get in! Just bring in a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank! Click here to RSVP!

PS: thanks to my intern, Brittany Daulton, for helping me put this blog together.

12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 10

Last day of double digits in the countdown to the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the vendors you’ll see there, and my favorite things they offer!

Kennedy’s Clothier:
As I was browsing through Kennedys Clothier one day, I found out they make custom jackets for women! What woman doesn’t need a chic jacket for a business casual occasion? And, why not make it one of a kind. This jacket was something that really caught my eye at Kennedy’s Clothier because it has a very snazzy plaid with a great pink, black and gray color scheme to it. Kennedy’s Clothier is located in Madeira and is great for the young professional or the seasoned businesswoman. That’s not all they carry there at that boutique. There are also gorgeous evening dresses and shoes that can put some pizzazz to any outfit.

Casa DeLorenzo:
And the custom doesn’t have to stop at your wardrobe! If you are looking for a custom, modern twist on your home decor, this is the place to look. Casa DeLorenzo, located in Oakley in the Design District features some of the most elegant classic and modern custom pillows. It was pretty difficult to pick out which pillow was my favorite but I would have to say the modern design takes the prize. Tina De Lorenzo designs her pillows for your exact taste with an in-home consultation. You can’t go wrong here with the expertise of Tina, and the creativity of your own taste. Featured picture is a set of custom bed pillows done by Tina. I love the elegance and warm color the set brings to the room.

Hammered necklace from Silpada
Hammered necklace from Silpada

Silpada Designs with Jane Klumb:
My mom collects hammered aluminum, so my favorite thing to get her is hammered jewelry from Silpada Designs. My all-time favorite has to be the hammered, matte Sterling Silver Link necklace from the new 2010-2011 catalog. Hope my mom doesn’t read this blog post… if so, try to act surprised at Christmas, mom! haha! I like long necklaces like this because you can get more looks out of them. You can wear them long, or double it up to be shorter and chunkier. You can check out this necklace and more when you see Silpada Designs with Jane Klumb at the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

Purdy Everyday:
I first found out about Purdy Everyday by reading a post on Kasmira’s “What I Wore Today” blog. I checked out her site, and it’s one of the coolest online boutiques I’ve seen in a long time! With everyone trying to be more ‘green,’ this is the perfect place to get really trendy clothing, THAT’S RECYCLED! Not only is it recycled, but also it is reasonably priced. This is a great business that wants to help you learn how to do these types of things as well. This scarf is made out of recycled tshirts! If you have some of your favorite tshirts that just don’t fit or have been worn a bit too long, turn them into a scarf! What better ways to get ready for the holiday season or to just look trendy then by wearing a warm scarf out of clothes you already have? All of the purses that Joy Lagdameo makes are completely one of a kind. She also just came up with an idea call EveryDAYprons for the “Foodie Fashionista.”

The Seasonably Chic Showcase will be on Nov. 6 at The Phoenix downtown from 10am-3pm. This event brings 40 of the Tri-state’s best boutiques and vendors – for women, men, children and pets – all under one roof for one day of spectacular shopping! The best thing about it? It’s free to get in! Just bring in a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank! Click here to RSVP!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to give away a prize pack of items from all the Seasonably Chic Showcase vendors that’s valued at $2,500! Click here to learn how you can win it!

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

12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 11

Rachel Lynn Studio "love" wire door hanger ($12)
Rachel Lynn Studio "love" wire door hanger ($12)

As the shopping season comes our way, I always find myself scrambling for great gifts for my loved ones. Well, scramble no more, ladies! At the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase, you’ll find gifts for everyone in the family, and maybe even something for yourself! Ok, DEFINITELY something for yourself!  : )

Rachel Lynn Studio
This Etsy jewelry maker will be showing off her best handmade pieces this year. But, prior to making jewelry, Rachel Lynn from Rachel Lynn Studio was inspired by the 70 horses she looked after. Now she only cares for her two dogs but still makes beautifully crafted pieces from wire, fabrics and paint. And I really love the personalized wire name hanger which would be great for any baby shower, house warming gift or even in your own home. I was actually just at an event last week where Rachel was and I saw the “love” wire door hanger and I thought it was a necklace… I asked her if she could change the clasp and make it a necklace for me, so I can’t want to get that! How eyecatching would that be with an LBD and red heels… OH! On Valentine’s Day?!? AH! I’m really excited now!

DeGroot Handbag

DeGroot Handbags
In my book, a great handbag is a girl’s best friend. It’s like a puppy you don’t have to feed. I know I’ve told you about DeGroot Handbags before, but in case you don’t know, DeGroot bags are made by a local gal, Missy DeGroot, who specializes in high-end Italian leather handbags. I reeeeeeeally love her bags. Don’t tell my husband, but I have four and I’m contemplating making it an even five. : ) So, naturally I can’t wait to see the selection of handbags that DeGroot Handbags will bring to Seasonably Chic Showcase.

Here’s a little backstory on Missy: After starting the line 6 years ago, she’s been traveling the world for the most exotic and unique leather and fabrics. These bags have graced the cover of top fashion magazines such as Lucky, In Style, WWD, Accessories magazine, Glamour, Marie Claire and Elle.

It’s In The Details
After selling items on the road throughout the Midwest, founder Brenda Stradley realized there was a huge demand for her unique gifts in Mason, Ohio. She set up shop and has been serving the people of Cincinnati with everything a woman could want. It’s In The Details carries some great girlfriend gifts and head turning trinkets.

They sell everything from accessories, to shoes, to kid’s clothes, to wedding gifts. The boutique also has a wide selection of antique style jewelry at great prices. Below are some of my favorite pieces… they sure will make a statement at your holiday parties right around the corner!

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Antique Accessories from It's In The Details


Scentsy by Cherie Winship
I love using candles around my house. You can get that scent of warm, baked apple pie without even stepping in the kitchen! haha! That’s why I am looking forward to stopping by Scentsy Warmers’ booth to see all they have to offer. These are no ordinary candles, my friends. They actually aren’t even candles, they are a low-watt bulb that melts specially formulated wax slowly, maximizing the fragrance time.

If you’re like me, and like your home smelling like you just finished baking, pick up the Bakery fragrance. Or if you love to smell of your favorite coffee shop, try the Scentsy Café. (I like coffee too much to rely on a candle for that scent… I get it the old fashioned way: From Mr. Coffee! haha!)

Each Scentsy comes in a Warmer which can be customer designed. They feature some beautiful colors, shapes and sizes. You could find a Warmer that matches any room in your house.

The Seasonably Chic Showcase will be on Nov. 6 at The Phoenix downtown from 10am-3pm. This event brings 40 of the Tri-state’s best boutiques and vendors – for women, men, children and pets – all under one roof for one day of spectacular shopping! The best thing about it? It’s free to get in! Just bring in a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank! Click here to RSVP!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to give away a prize pack of items from all the Seasonably Chic Showcase vendors that’s valued at $2,500! Click here to learn how you can win it!

PS: thanks to my intern, Holly Hoover, for helping me put this blog together.

This Week on Cincy Chic: A Need to Entertain

A Need to Entertainnull
Juggling his way to a circus

From juggling a couple hacky sacks to owning a full-fledged entertainment company and getting married on a trapeze, this local guy has a show-stopping background you won’t want to miss. Learn how he can add some fun to your next party or even help your kids with their homework.

Perfect 10 Smile in 2010 Makeover
Earlier this year, Cincy Chic held a contest to give away a smile makeover with a local dentist. Read on to see who won, hear her story and check out her before and after makeover photos!

Model Behavior
She’s not a supermodel yet, but she’s on her way. Runway model and West Chester resident Taylor Kraemer shares the secrets of the fashion industry.

Changes to Entertain
A Cincinnati-based lifestyle show could put Cincinnati on the reality show map with its inspirational makeovers. Get the scoop on the show, where it’s headed and how to keep up to date with it.

Making Musicians
This local company helps musicians get a start in the industry while giving other local businesses a way to get their hands on quality singles for their musical needs. Find out how it all works.

Super Size Your Screen
Your big-screen TV holds no comparison to what you can get with this local company. Find out how they accommodate crowds from three to 3,000 with their inflatable screens.

More than Just another Workout
With a foundation focused on a social atmosphere and community feel, this studio infuses some play into your workouts. Learn how it will keep your interest to keep you coming back.

Chic Spotlight: Producer Aymie Majerski
After producing and releasing a much-anticipated documentary about Pete Rose, this local lady sits down with Cincy Chic. And her audience reaches beyond baseball fans.

Orange on Green: Secret Strength is Music to Their Ears
This local entertainment venue/restaurant has stayed strong for 20 years, and that stability comes down to two words. Our financial columnists share their secret to keep your finances just as strong.

Total Body Wellness: The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugar
Sugar’s effect on your health is far reaching, and the solution isn’t just as simple as cutting back on ice cream. Our fitness columnist weighs in on where some major sugar culprits are hiding.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Oct. 27 – InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
Oct. 28 – Business Showcase/Open House
Nov. 4 – Imagine… Then Do It
Nov. 6 – Patty Brisben Foundation’s Fifth Annual Fundraising Gala
Nov. 6 – Seasonably Chic Showcase
Nov. 9 – The Circuit’s Beer Tasting & Networking
Nov. 10 – A Female’s Guide to Stress Free Car Shopping -Lunch ‘n’ Learn
Nov. 11 – Celebrate the Colors of Fall with Ogi Eyewear
Nov. 11 – Glamour, Glitz and Girlfriends
Nov. 12-14 – The Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market

12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 12

We’re less than two weeks away from the most fashionable holiday shopping event of the year! The Seasonably Chic Showcase will be on Nov. 6 at The Phoenix downtown from 10am-3pm. This event brings 40 of the Tri-state’s best boutiques and vendors – for women, men, children and pets – all under one roof for one day of spectacular shopping! The best thing about it? It’s free to get in! Just bring in a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank! Click here to RSVP!

To gear up for the big event, I’m doing a “12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase” blog series to feature all the vendors who will be involved, and some of my favorite items they’ll have at the event. Today I’m featuring the following vendors:

Votre Vu Duette (click to enlarge)

Votre Vu by Julena Bingaman
Pure Romance with Leslie Hoop
Peek of Chic
JennaClaire Handbag Studio

And here are my favorite items that they’ll have at the show…

Votre Vu: If you don’t know about this new French skincare line, you need to. I met Julena, a Votre Vu rep, about a year ago and she got me hooked. They have everything from tonics, masques and scrubs to some anti-aging frozen serum, but what I love best are their lotions. They’re not watery, oily, heavy or greasy.

New Pure Romance "Bliss" Clothing (click to enlarge)

My favorite lotion is their Duette – it’s lotion, lip balm and a mirror all in one! It’s really convenient to throw in my purse and have everything I need together. My husband’s favorite (on me, of course) is the “TARTE D’AMANDE Soufflé” … his reasoning? “Because it smells like birthday cake!” haha! I guess it’s true, the way to their heart is through their stomach! : )

Pure Romance: While most of their products are made for what goes on between the sheets, Pure Romance actually just launched a new line of products to use when you’re out of bed. Their new Bliss Clothing line launched last year, featuring tank tops, short sleeve tees, long sleeve tees, a robe, hipster panties, hoodies and track pants and two totes. These clothes are very cute and made out of super comfy materials.

Sparkling Flower Collar at Peek of Chic
Sparkling Flower Collar at Peek of Chic

Peek of Chic: This is an awesome local company I recently found out about. They have gorrrrrrgeous jewelry, and a fancy new website too! I love that they have a huge range of jewelry and prices so you can either make an impulse purchase or save up for something a little more substantial. So, in light of that range, I found two things I love, one on each end of the spectrum. On the cheap chic end, I found these $40 tassel earrings (they’ll match the tassels on my sassy new purse!). On the high-end, I found this $505 “Sparkling Flower Collar” which is absolutely stunning. But I have to say, when I first read the name, I thought of cauliflower…. get it…. collar … flower… haha! Oh I crack myself up.

JennaClaire Handbag Studio: We traveled up north to find this boutique for you. They’re located up at The Greene Towne Center in Dayton. My favorite item at their store is their “It’s a Cinch” bag.

"It's a Cinch" bag from JennaClaire Handbag Studio
"It's a Cinch" bag from JennaClaire Handbag Studio

You can get the bag in a variety of patterns and then switch out the cinch belt around it to match your outfit, shoes or accessories. Also, another thing I love about these bags is the interior. Lots of pockets to keep everything organized, in its place and easy to find. The price is $115, but you get to customize every little thing about it. You get to:

* Choose your Main Exterior fabric
* Choose your Belt fabric
* Choose your Shoulder Strap fabric
* Choose your Bag Lining fabric
* Choose your Inner Zip Pocket Lining fabric
* Choose your Inner Patch Pocket fabric

Oh, and the last time I looked at these bags, I discovered a bonus benefit: you can wear the handbag cinch belt as a belt on you! Unfortunately, I tried the belt on and it’s a smidge too small on me. But if you are a size 0-4, the belt would fit perfectly and you’d be able to get even more wear out of your cinch belt! That’s what I like to call winning at life.

Here’s another way to win at life: Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to give away a prize pack of items from all the Seasonably Chic Showcase vendors that’s valued at $2,500! Click here to learn how you can win it!

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic