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CODE Chaser Event This Saturday!

This Saturday, October 20, will be the first ever CODE Chaser Event! We first wrote about CODE in August here on Cincy Chic…. and now, this Saturday is the big event! The Cincinnati Open Design Event (CODE) will be hosted by WKRC Local 12’s Jen Dalton, from 7-10pm at Music Hall on 1241 Elm St., downtown!

One of my favorite designers, Amy Kirchen, will be there as well as Althea Harper (from Season 6 of Project Runway!), Jovani, and Kristy Nguyen. Music will be by DJ Etrayn and the After Party will have special guest DJ Clockwork.

The After Party will be at Mainstay Rock Bar’s Betty Bar- located at 301 W 5th St.

Click here and use the promo code CINCYCHIC for FREE standing room tickets!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put those blog post together!


Save the Date – Wearable Art Fashion Show July 26!

Get out your cals, gals! We’re putting together an awesome fashion show event and you’ll want to save the date! It’s going to be our third-annual Wearable Art Fashion Show on July 26, from 6-9pm, at Lexus RiverCenter! This year, we’re featuring an amazing local jewelry designer, Lisa Robin Jewelry, and Amy Kirchen‘s custom couture! Both Lisa and Amy dream up their designs from scratch and work side-by-side with the manufacturers to create the final product so each piece is truly a piece of wearable art. You’ll definitely want to see this show, featuring incredible Tri-State talent, and shop with other local fashion-focused artistans. Below are all the details – click here to learn more and RSVP!

Wearable Art Fashion Show

When: Thursday, July 26, 6-9pm

Where: Lexus RiverCenter, 633 West 3rd St. Covington, KY 41011

Enjoy: Complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres, shopping, photo booth, and fashion show featuring local fashion designers Lisa Robin Jewelry and Amy Kirchen custom couture. Bring gently used jewelry or clothing for St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati to get a free swag bag!

Supporting Sponsors: Lexus RiverCenterPerformance LexusPNC BankThe Plastic Surgery Group,  St. Elizabeth HealthcareCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC

Fashion Show Sponsors: Lisa Robin Jewelry, clothing by Amy KirchenMitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

Booth Sponsors: Bella Forza FitnessMissElaineous StudioMary Kay by Britt BornOrigami Owl with Julia TudororiginaliteesPaparazzi with Stephanie ScottMiche BagsVillage Wine Gallery LLC,Yelp!

Hosted by: Cincy Chic, an online lifestyle publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

cincy chic wearable art fashion show

Red, Pink and Blue Recap

Me emceeing the show!

Wow. That’s the one word that comes to mind when I think back on Saturday’s Red, Pink and Blue event. The crowd was huge, the energy was electric and fun, the weather was perfect, and the fashion was ab-so-lute-ly fabulous.

We began the event with drinks, food, fun and shopping with all our great vendors and sponsors. Then, we started the fashion show with three survivors – one a heart (red), breast (pink), and diabetes (blue) disease survivor – then the Amy Kirchen fashion show kicked off. It was the unveiling of her brand new Fall/Winter 2012 collection and every piece was breathtaking. High-fashion, but wearable. Also, I thought the hair and makeup (by Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa) of this show was out of this world incredible. It was big, bold and beautiful with a splash of glitz and glamour.

Check out the two videos I’ve embedded into this post to see a recap of the show, crowd, and even a sneak peek behind the scenes! Enjoy!



Miss Ohio, Miss Teen Ohio to be Featured in Saturday’s Red, Pink & Blue Event

I’m about to combust from excitement. Not only is my favorite event of the year – Red, Pink & Blue – coming up this Saturday, but it was just confirmed that we’ll have some VERY special models in the fashion show.  Drum roll please… Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte and Miss Teen Ohio Kendall Fein will be among the many beautiful models rockin’ our runway wearing Amy Kirchen‘s fab fashions! Eeeeee!!!!! So excited!!!! This is a must-see event! Click here to RSVP!

Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte and Miss Teen Ohio Kendall Fein wearing Amy Kirchen original designs


Fabushoe Friday: Amy Kirchen Now Carries Shoes

Happy Fabushoe Friday, friends! Exciting news to share to celebrate this weekly holiday…. Amy Kirchen Boutique in Milford is now carrying some AH-MAZ-ING shoes.

She’s the fashion show sponsor for our June 23 Red, Pink and Blue fashion show (which you NEED to be at by the way – it’s my favorite event of the year!) so we’ve been chatting a ton. She took all these pics of the new kicks she just got in and I think a drooled a puddle on my computer.

I. Want. Every. Pair.

Check them out at her boutique located at 125 Main St. in Milford!

Batavia’s Miss Ohio Named Second Runner Up for Miss USA

I first found out about Audrey Bolte through the local fashion and modeling scene (see promo pics of her below for our upcoming CODE event in Oct). She’s a strikingly beautiful All-American girl from Batavia with legs longer than probably both of mine put together. 🙂 Over the past year, she’s earned the Miss Ohio title, mworn several dresses from local dress designer and boutique owner Amy Kirchen, and has been on a mission to nab the Miss USA title…which she almost did last night!

She ended up winning second runner up! I remember being a little girl and getting so wrapped up in the pageant shows, so it was VERY exciting to see someone from Cincinnati up there on stage!

Congrats Audrey!

Amy Kirchen Boutique Re-Opening Recap

Me and Amy Krichen at her Grand Re-Opening Event

Fresh off the haute couture heels of the Amy Kirchen Boutique re-opening event, I have a bunch of pics of the event and her new space!

I was so impressed with the new location. The entrance is more eye-catching and grand than the last — complete with regal pilars and luxurious outdoor chandeliers. The space inside isn’t a ton bigger than her last space … I think it’s just divided up better to allow for private parties in the back, larger dressing rooms (I believe she only had one small one before), a showcase room for her custom designs and a larger display area in the front for her retail.

Kirchen said the back area is going to be popular for bridal parties a girl’s night outs (they’re just a couple doors down from 20 Brix, one of my favorite wine bars in Cincinnati!).

Although it’s a lot of work for Kirchen to be moving to a new space not even a year after she opened in her previous location, I do think it was smart to start out the way she did. She opened in a smaller space, learned what her client demands were and what she needed from a brick-and-mortar store. Then, about a year later, she expanded to accomodate to those needs.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen so many boutiques go big out of the gates, squander their start-up funds on unnecessary expenses, and it usually ends up getting the best of them. So, I’m very proud of Amy and how she’s strategically growing at at steady, manageable pace.

I’m also really impressed with her price points. Of course, her custom work is more expensive, but her retail is very reasonable. Just as an example, I got a cute blue grecian-inspired summer dress for around $40 and a great long-sleeved LBD with a laser-cut print for $89. Not bad at all for boutique prices!

Oh! And great news! I just found out that Amy will be debuting her complete fall / winter 2012 collection to the public at our Red, Pink and Blue fashion show on June 23, 2012. Make sure you’re subscribed to Cincy Chic to be the first to know about it!


Two Milford Businesses Team Up for Jewelry Competition

Lots of Amy Kirchen/Milford news this week! I told you about Kirchen announcing that she’s moving (from a small boutique in Milford to a big boutique in Milford). And now there’s more news about her. I just got a press release about a cool competition she is involved with, in cooperation with Milford-based AllyBeads.

Basically, jewelry artists are challenged to create their submissions within categories that align with the Amy Kirchen F/W 2012 clothing collection. And, winners will not only be eligible for awards presented by AllyBeads; they, will also be considered for inclusion in a Cincinnati runway event in late May featuring Kirchen’s designs. The full press release about the competition is below! Questions about the contest can be addressed to JoEllen Miller, owner of AllyBeads (513/831-8300)

Jewelry Design Competition with Runway Style
Contest open to jewelry designers in all technique areas

MILFORD, OHIO—March 15, 2012—AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts today announced the Uptown Meets Downtown Jewelry Design Contest open to local and regional amateur jewelry designers. There are no limitations on medium, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry designed and fabricated by the artist. Completed designs must be submitted no later than April 23, 2012 at AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts, 16 Main Street, Milford, Ohio. Winners will be announced on May 1, 2012.

The competition is being held in association with Amy Kirchen – a Cincinnati clothing designer – and the debut of the Amy Kirchen F/W 2012 collection. Three categories have been created that complement fashion characteristics of Kirchen’s designs.

“Amy’s store is also located in historic Milford, and this is a great example of local businesses working together,” commented JoEllen Miller, owner, AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts. “We’re excited that she may spotlight winning designs from this competition in an upcoming May runway event featuring the Amy Kirchen F/W 2012 collection. So, I’m issuing the challenge for designers to step it up with this contest.”

AllyBeads will announce 10 winners – a Best of Show; and, a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the three categories. Contestants may enter multiple designs within a single category or across the trio of categories. Winners will be eligible for awards from AllyBeads, and their designs will be considered by Kirchen for inclusion in a Cincinnati runway event scheduled for May 31, 2012.

All jewelry designers that wish to participate are required to register. Registration by April 1, 2012, at $10 (non-refundable); registrations after April 1 will be $20. Winners will be announced May 1, 2012. Contest details and online registration are available at www.allybeads.com. For specific questions, contact AllyBeads at 513/831-8300.

About AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts
AllyBeads Jewelry & Gifts, with an on-line store as well as its retail location in Milford, Ohio, is Ohio’s premier bead shop providing high quality products and reliable services at competitive prices. AllyBeads features ready-made jewelry including Trollbeads and Chamilia, and carries hundreds of strands of semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls from around the world. Bali and Thai silver, Swarovski crystal, vintage German beads, Saki Silver clasps and other findings, along with books, magazines, and gift items are also available. For more information, visit AllyBeads at www.allybeads.com.

Black Friday Event at Amy Kirchen Boutique

I’m always impressed with Amy Kirchen, but this time she’s out-done herself. I saw her Black Friday Event on Facebook and I expected the usual 10-20% off you see at most sales. But then I read on… Not. Too. Shabby! She’s giving away a necklace/earring set (valued at $70) to the first 20 shoppers and if you spend more than $200, you get a handbag valued at more than $100! Both would go with everything, and would also make great gifts! So, if you’re looking to stock your shelves with fashions for New Year’s, holiday parties or just plain ol’ lookin’ good on a daily basis, I recommend stopping in Amy’s new boutique in Milford… and be one of those first 20 shoppers if you can!

Meet the Queen City Gals

Four local ladies, and their talented student production team, are making history. They put together the first student-run local reality show aired on a network affiliate station.

Last Sunday, the first of a “four-show summer test” aired on Fox19 and the next episode airs tomorrow. Downtown residents Tracey Conrad, Lauren Brown and Adhrucia Apana, and Katie Cassidy of Indian Hill, star in the show.

I sat down with the four ladies to chat with them about the show, how everything’s going since the first episode aired and what’s in store with the future episodes.

First off, the girls were excited about the local businesses they were able to feature. Their wardrobe, for example, features lots of local flair. Adhrucia is wearing an Amy Kirchen black dress (above) in the promotional shots of the show. Tracey is wearing a Serket necklace in the opener and has a Lindsey Lusignolo gown made in the first episode. Katie wears an Ohio necklace with a diamond where Cincinnati is, designed by Paolo Jewelers.

Other local businesses to be featured in future episodes include Park and Vine, Breathing Room, Unheardof, nada, Blue Jay, Chicken Lays an Egg, Shake It Records, Righteous Room, Fuel, Pavilion, and Fast Eddies.

They were also excited about the production value, which I have to say, I think was the best part of the show. The students did a phenomenal job and should be extremely proud of themselves. The production is very professional and polished, and those kids are going to graduate with some incredible experience on their resumes.

The show also features the city in a very positive light. The skyline is gorgeous, they visit many downtown businesses, bars, restaurants and attractions – which helps folks watching in the suburbs realize downtown is safe, fun and vibrant.

But not everything got in that first episode that the girls wanted to get across. While that first episode successfully showed that they’re fashionable downtown gals who love a good party – especially if it’s for a good cause – the girls say they’re much more than that.

For example, Tracey says she’s not just a full time volunteer. She’s also a mom of a 10-year-old active daughter. She gets up early, packs her daughter’s lunch, car pools and runs her daughter around to her sports and activities like so many other local moms.

Adhrucia works three jobs. The first (the one she says “pays the bills”) is Cutting Edge Selection, a wine distributor. The second is XBMD Designs, a social media marketing company, and the third is a start-up online publication she’s about to launch.

Katie and Adhrucia went to Indian Hill High School together – but apparently this has been an issue for the show. People assume they were born with silver spoons in their mouths, and then can’t relate to them. But Katie and Adhrucia both say they saw their parents work hard from a young age to earn what they have today. (I actually used to work for Katie’s dad, Jack – CEO of Cincinnati Bell – and he’s now one of my trusted business mentors. He truly is one of the hardest working people I know, and I respect him very much.)

Lauren echos the same silver spoon sentiments. With her father being Richard Brown, the former maitre’d of the Maisonette, being very influential in the restaurant industry, people assume she didn’t earn her position of Executive Chef at the University Club. Quite the contrary, Lauren says. She’s been cooking since she was 18, climbed her way up, and pulls 50 hour work weeks regularly. Lauren also wants everyone to know she’s a proud West-sider.

So, keep these things in mind as you tune into Fox19 for the second show this Sunday at 11p.m. While on the surface it might just look like a show about four fab girls hitting the town, these girls say it’s more than that. It’s a showcase of great local businesses, organizations, our city, and most importantly – a talented student team at Cincinnati State we can all be very proud of.

Check out the webcast below to learn more about the show and what’s to come in future episodes.