Vote for me to be new Star64 Co-Host!

I mentioned a couple days ago that I’m one of 10 finalists to be the next co-host on Star64. Well, now it’s neck and neck and I reeeeeeally need your help! It’s easy to vote! Two steps:

1) “like” Star64 on facebook –

2) then click here – – to “like” my video!

If you’re feeling extra helpful, you can share it on your FB page or ask your friends to vote too. Whatever you can do is appreciated!

They’ll be choosing the winner very soon and they’re looking for the person who gets a good public response. So I need your help as soon as possible. Thank you SO much! *fingers crossed*



This Week on Cincy Chic: Fix It

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Several repairs, all in one place

You’ve been to the dry cleaners countless times, but you might never have realized the extent of their services. We checked in with some local dry cleaners to find out how they can help you with more than just those “dry clean only” clothes.

Celebrate Red Cross Month
March makes for a great time to catch up on your safety skills and to help a great cause. Read on to learn how you can get involved with the American Red Cross.

Doc Talk: Oh, My Aching Back!
A spine surgeon at St. Elizabeth talks about the issues that are literally a pain in the neck. Learn more about the most common spinal problems and when it’s time to talk to a doctor about surgery.

Cincy Chic Show, with Two Local Fashion Stars
This week’s Cincy Chic Show, features fashion designer Azhand Shokohi and Micah Paldino with Cincinnati Fashion Week. Grab a cocktail and enjoy the show!

Cooking up a Food Solution
With all of its humidity, Cincinnati has four food deserts. Learn what this means for the community and how one local woman works to make a difference.

Learn How to Navigate Your Kitchen
What you eat is one of the top contributors to whether you live a healthy lifestyle, so one local foodie helps you help your health through cooking classes ranging from beginning skills to advanced techniques.

Discover Cincinnati
Whether you’re a Queen City gal born and raised or you just moved to Cincinnati, you don’t know everything about the city, but one local program is working to fix that. Read on to learn how.

Let Your Face be a Canvas
When beauty disasters strike, you can be prepared. Discover those tips and update your makeup techniques for a refreshing new look with a local makeup artist’s expertise.

Fixing Your Fashions
You know that tailors exist, but if you’ve never been to one, the idea of your first visit can be pretty intimidating. We calm your qualms by revealing the ins and outs of fitting your wardrobe to you.

Chic Spotlight: Auto Expert Whitney Binski
Taking your car into the shop doesn’t have to be intimidating. Check out this interview with a local dealership service manager to find out how you can take control of the experience.

Dare for Flair: When and Where to Wear your White Jeans
In season or out, there is always a place to wear your white jeans. Our fashion columnist shares how to find the best fit and how to style a look with them.

Vine + Table: Boca’s Kevin Hart Demystifies Wine, Part II
Some unbelievable new trends are rocking the wine world. Our food and wine columnist continues her wine secrets series, exploring the trends of underdog grapes, boxed wine and bubbly on tap.

Ask Nicci: Should Age Define Your Relationship Status?
Choosing to date someone younger shouldn’t make you question your sanity. Our dating and relationship expert weighs in on what it takes to successfully date, regardless of age differences.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:Mar. 20 – Bad Girl Ventures Class #2

April 2 – A Hair Affair to Remember

April 4 – Eyewear Trunk Show

April 4 – Dragonfly Foundation Concert

Apr. 6 – The 44th Annual CET Action Auction

Apr. 7 – Landscape Design Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Apr. 9 – Bake Me Home Boutique

Apr. 14 – eWomenNetwork’s Exclusive – The Women’s Success Summit

Apr. 15 – From Bump to Baby

Apr. 29 – Night in White

Eco-Chic Designer Courtney McCrone

Hope everyone had fun at last night’s Eco-Fabulous Fashion show yesterday at Lexus Rivercenter. I know I had a blast! Click here to check out pics Metromix took! If you were there and got pics in our photobooth, click here to go to our Facebook page and tag yourself in the photo album!

So, to build on all this green and glam fun, and this week’s earth-friendly theme, I wanted to spotlight a young fashion designer who strives to make the planet as beautiful as her clothes.

Courtney McCrone has been obsessed with clothing design since the tender age of 9 and strives to have her own vintage inspired line one day. She recently applied to both Parsons The New School for Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology located in the Big Apple. After looking at McCrone’s portfolio, it’s clear that she loves to create beautiful clothes out of everyday, reusable items. I personally love her new abstract swim suit collection made from cardboard, balloons, and wood! She also made a fab dress out of cigarettes! How creative!
She has been working with a slue of top designers in the Ohio area and currently is working with Valerie Mayen with her clothing line Yellowcake. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Valerie was on season 8 of Project Runway! After working with a number of designers, Courtney has big dreams. But she doesn’t want to take the easy route when it comes to actually producing the clothes. Many designers are turing to China for cheap labor but McCrone wants all of her clothes to be made in the US where she can help the economy grow.

Make sure you keep an eye out for this young designer. Who knows, maybe one day she will follow in the footsteps on Valerie and be on Project Runway!

Thanks to Holly Hoover, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Carolina Herrera Treasure Chest—I Mean Trunk Show

Since the time us women started watching Disney movies, we all had started to think about our prince charming, what our weddings would look like, what kind of castle we would live in, and most importantly, what our dream wedding gown would look like.

To this day, the bride always wants the best gown for her big day; she wants to outshine everyone in the room. After trying on dozens of dresses she finds the perfect designer gown that fits her like a glove, only to find that the gown is way out her budget. Sound familiar? Well, with March coming to an end, spring is revving up and wedding season is about to start. Carolina Herrera is about  to make a dream come true for brides-to-be in the Cincinnati area with her designer wedding gowns that will be available at her trunk show on  Friday and Saturday.

She is the real deal. Having dressed many celebs such as Renee Zellweger, and being named one of the 7 Most Influential Bridal Gown Designers of our time, I would venture to say she is quite a big shot! You might be thinking that this sounds unrealistic to you, but there will be dresses from $18,000 being sold for as low as $4,000—HELLOOO, that is a HUGE deal!

European Bridal is the only bridal salon in the Cincinnati area that carries Carolina Herrera, so if you miss out on this, don’t expect to find her gowns anywhere else, especially at such amazing prices. Be sure to call and make an appointment at (513) 821-6595, even if it is just to browse the fabulous 18 dresses that will be in the store. There ain’t no shame in trying on a wedding dress worth $18,000? The little princess that’s still inside all of us needs to come out sometime!

Carolina Herrera dress at European Bridal

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

Vote for me to be the next Star64 co-host!

I’m one of 10 finalists to be the next co-host on Star64. This would be amazing exposure for me and the Cincy Chic brand! So, if you could, please take a second of your time and “like” Star64 on facebook – – then click here – – to “like” my video! If you’re feeling extra helpful, you can share it on your FB page or ask your friends to vote too. Whatever you can do is appreciated!

They’ll be choosing the winner very soon and they’re looking for the person who gets a good public response. So I need your help as soon as possible. Thank you SO much! *fingers crossed*


(PS I wish they would have selected a different freeze frame for this video! haha!)


Eco-Fab Fashion Show Sneak Peek

To say I’m excited about today’s Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show is an understatement. First of all, I brought on two national clients for it (Vitamin Water Zero and Lexus). Second of all,  we have 350 RSVPs and it’s sold out. Third of all, it’s benefiting the Civic Garden Center which is an amazing organization making our city pretty. And lastly…. it’s going to just be a ton of FUN!

There will be food, drinks, music, shopping and a eco-fab fashion show with clothing made out of re-purposed materials. And the jewelry is also made out of re-purposed/recycled materials. The jewelry vendor, Serket Jewelry, sent me a sneak peek of some of the jewelry that will be in the show. The pics are just showcasing some of the jewelry that will be at the show.

For a sneak peek of some of the clothes that will be in the show, check out the bottom of this post for a segment we did on Wednesday on Fox19!

Hope you got your ticket to the event! We’re all sold out! The next Cincy Chic event is “Night in White” on April 29, so save the date! Enjoy the pics and video!

Model Brenna Nicole' Lee Principato (also model for Fox 19) is wearing a skirt made out of a variety of ribbons. The light blue top is made from a bed skirt. Jewelry: necklace is made from plastic lids that are on milk jugs, juice, etc then added chains and butterfly components. The headband is made from red bull labels.
Model Nataly Silva is wearing a 2 piece dress; top is created from ladies fashion belts woven together then cut to shape the bodice. The layered green and gold skirt is made from curtains. The jewelry: necklace is made from the lid of a jewelry box with attached beads and the flower is made up of bridal flower pedals and rhinestones.
Model Nataly Silva with hat with magazine clipping fringe


Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show

Brought to you by vitaminwater zero

Friday, March 25, 6-9pm

Fashion Show at 8pm, showcasing eco-fabulous designs from several local DAAP students. Drinks provided by Lexus Rivercenter. Food provided by Behle Street Cafe.

Lexus Rivercenter
633 W. 3rd St. Covington, KY 41011

Vendors include:
Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa
Keep It Tight Fitness
Miche Group
Spice and Tea Exchange
Votre Vu by Julena Bingaman
Purdy Everyday
Nature’s Bath

After Party: Join us for the official after party at Behle Street Cafe. Complimentary parking in the rivercenter garage directly behind Behle Street Cafe.

Event is free to attend. Those who purchase a $10 ticket will receive a swag bag and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Civic Garden Center. Hosted by: Cincy Chic, an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

The photographer: Alicia Calton located in Lexington, Kentucky check her out on Facebook: “Alicia C. Photography
The makeup artist: Galvin Mason
The hairstylist: Amanda Fiehrer
Jewelry: Serket Jewelry
Clothing: made by Courtney K., who is only 17 and attends the School for Creative and Performing Arts


This Week on Cincy Chic: Eco-friendly and Fabulous

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Greenarama makes Cincy debut

Going green isn’t just a trend that hits and fades away. This movement is here to stay, especially when it comes to real estate. This year, Cincinnati has quite the celebration up its sleeves with its first Greenarama, and we have all the details you need.

Going Green and Glam with a Renewed Jewel
Repurposing jewelry is not only good for your wardrobe, it’s much better for the environment. See the before and after of this posh repurposed piece.

Cincy Chic Show, with Guest Amy Kirchen
For the first-ever Cincy Chic Show, we interview fashion designer Amy Kirchen who’s opening a new boutique in Milford. Grab a cocktail and enjoy the show!

Give Your Old T-shirts New Life
You want to keep your T-shirts forever, and one local woman helps make that happen with her fashionable redesigns. Keep reading to learn more about how she can salvage your shirts.

Zoo Makes History this April
Cincinnati is home to the greenest zoo in America and in a couple weeks it will be even greener. So for all you moms and general zoo-goers out there, read on to learn how you will benefit.

Local Seed Bombs Take Root across the Country
One local design studio brought back guerilla gardening, and their seed bombs have exploded nationally. Learn how the craze began with the designers’ desire to connect Over the Rhine and Cincinnati.

Preserving Local Flair, not Food
One Cincinnati company focuses on local products as a national brand. Learn how the company’s sustainable practices and mission benefit you.

Makeup on a Mission
Save your dry, irritated skin while you help save the planet! Learn more about one line of skincare products whose eco-friendly programs will keep you looking and feeling naturally beautiful.

Chic Spotlight: Purdy Everyday Owners
Going green doesn’t mean your fashions have to go blah, and these ladies prove it. Check out this interview to find out how they add some unique spice to your wardrobe.

Ask Nicci: Overcoming a 21st-Century Break-up
Today’s technology can be detrimental to finding closure after a break-up. Our dating and relationship expert explores the importance of cutting social network ties.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events

Mar. 22 – eWomenNetwork Exclusive Fast Cash Event

Mar. 23 – InnerCircles for Women: How to Be the Change

Mar. 24 – Shaker Run Golf Club 2011 Wellness Fair

Mar. 25 – Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show

Mar. 27 – Sunday Salon: A Lifetime of Choice Roles

Mar. 27 – Sunday Salon: Craft Beer Tasting 101

April 2 – A Hair Affair to Remember

April 4 – Eyewear Trunk Show

April 4 – Dragonfly Foundation Concert

Sycamore’s Annual Fashion For the Cure

(left to right) Jenlain Coyle and Lily Schwartz, co-chairs of the event. Lisa and Andy Star, owners of Bridal and Formal.

If you’re looking for a fun event you can feel good about next month, Sycamore High School is holding their Fifth Annual Fashion For the Cure. Each year a local charity is chosen to be honored at the event and receive the money raised by the event. Last year, this event raised $11,000 for Pediatric Brain Cancer! This year, the selected charity hits pretty close to home.

The event will be held in honor of Rob Stoneberger, a Sycamore teacher who passed away in 2009 from esophageal cancer. All proceeds will go to Cancer Family Care, a non-profit organization in Greater Cincinnati that helps families and individuals coping with cancer by providing them with various services and necessities.

The event will include a student fashion show featuring clothes from local boutiques, raffle baskets and bid and buys. Sycamore High School athletes will be there to serve food and drinks. Co-chairs of the event are Jenlain Colye and Lily Schwartz, and Lisa and Andy Star, owners of Bridal and Formal.

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $10, or get a ticket and a t-shirt duo for just $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Thanks to my intern, Ashley Sohngen, for helping me put this blog post together!

Tailoring At Your Service…Literally!

So, if you don’t know about The Brush Factory…Well you should know about The Brush Factory (read this article here on Cincy Chic to learn more).

The company is just as modern as they are dedicated to keeping a unique touch to integrate the history of Cincinnati. As if having sewing workshops and classes, a boutique exhibiting their handmade clothing, an in-store tailoring service, and a woodworking shop wasn’t enough, now they even offer a mobile tailoring service. That’s right folks, they come to you! All you have to do is call and make an appointment. Pretty nifty, eh?

If you’re like me, then you have many pieces of clothing that -thanks to Ben & Jerry’s and a long winter- no longer fit anymore, or a pile of clothes you just stare at wondering what to do with because you have just worn them so many times that it’s almost embarrassing…Yeah, well BF’s Mobile Tailoring service can also transform that part of your wardrobe into all new looks.

This service caters to many parts of Cincinnati, which are listed at their site, along with a complete price sheet, that way you know what you are looking to spend beforehand.  If you are ever in the area, you should stop by and take a look at their boutique displaying their pieces of woodwork and also their homemade clothing located in Oakley. Check it out!

Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.

What Suits You?

My husband is now the editor of Cincinnati Profile (we now have “his and her” publications haha!) And I’m managing and planning all the Profile events now. On March 18, we have our first event – the Cincinnati Profile Launch Party! I’m so excited!

So, I have several vendors scheduled at this event. One of which – Dan Netter with Tom James Co., a custom clothier – wanted to meet because this was his first of several vendor events he wants to do with Profile (we did this nice write-up about this company here on Cincy Chic).

In our meeting, Dan was asking what people would be most interested in/respond best to at the party, so I told him to give me his schpeal and then I would let him know. He starts showing me his look book – chalked full of men’s and women’s clothing, both professional and casual – and he starts telling me about these “bolt end” sales. Basically, Tom James will sell off the ends of the fabric bolts to their reps at super cheap prices, and the reps can then make suits for their clients a lot cheaper than they ever could with regularly priced fabrics.

I loved the look book, especially the ready-to-wear casual apparel, and I loved this bolt end sale concept, so I asked him to do a little video with me so I could share the info on Cincinnati Profile and this blog! Check out the video below! And hopefully you can come to the Profile Launch Party on March 18 at Performance Lexus in Mason!


From the Publisher of Cincy Chic