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Tips for Staying Cool, Chic in Cincy

Ahhh… Cincinnati weather. Snowing last week. 70s today. And it’ll be dripping with 90 degree mugginess in no time. So, my intern Drew Ross and I taped the below video to offer up some tips for keeping your cool when Mother Nature heats up.

We suggest things like tinted moisturizer so your face doesn’t melt away in the mid-day heat, maxi dresses with big fun prints, natural fabrics, and flowy silhouettes. Check out the video below for these and other tips!

Enjoy and stay cool!

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Fresh Ideas for Your LBD

Every woman has one. No, not a crazy ex. Although, we all probably have one of those too. I’m talking about a little black dress.

The LBD is the classic go-to for women of all ages, and has been for decades.

To pay homage to this fashion mainstay, Cincy Chic and Summerfair Cincinnati are joining forces to host a Little Black Dress party on Friday, June 3 from 7-10pm in Moonlight Gardens at Coney Island. So, even though it’s a ways away, mark your calendar and make sure you subscribe to Cincy Chic (it’s free!) to be the first to get more information about it. It’s going to be a FAAAABULOUS event.

All this talk about LBDs got my intern Drew and I talking about how truly versatile the LBD is, especially paired with all of today’s trends. Check out the video below with lots of fresh new takes on how to take your LBD from work to play and everywhere in between.

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Winter Wear for Urban Adventures

I got an email from a lady who lives downtown and often walks to appointments. She’s originally from the West Coast, so she needs help with what to wear to weather the Midwest’s Mother Nature. Here’s what she wrote…

Dear Amy & CincyChic clan—

I loved your fashion suggestions for Julie, who will be running around Europe soon. I need some help too!

I’m a recent transplant to Cincinnati. Coming from the warm West Coast,  I’m completely unprepared for this cold weather.  Mostly, I work out of my home and can wear casual clothes. But my biggest problem is when I have a meeting—what do I wear? I mean, from head to toe—I can’t figure out how to dress professionally (not suits) in this cold! What kind of shoes do people wear?

Then when I am wearing casual clothes, I live in OTR so I walk around a lot. What do I wear to stay warm, but not roast once I arrive at my destination?

HELP! I really appreciate the tips you gave to Julie, but I need a bit more info for those of us who have never even considered being fashionable in this weather. Thanks so much!

Leisa

So, Drew and I brainstormed and came up with a few more ideas. Check out the video below!

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Ask Amy: Dressing Up a Drab Navy Cardigan

This must be a big week for inquiring minds! I got another email from a reader. Earlier in the week, Julie asked for some winter wardrobe tips, and today’s is from Linda and she writes…

I bought a lovely J Crew Navy argyle wool cardigan for a fabulous price at the 4th street resale shop. However, I can’t find any pants that I think would look good with it other than jeans or khakis, and I’d like to wear it to the office.

I think the black pants make it look like i’m color blind and grey….well, it just doesn’t look right. Should I just save it for more casual days and not work?

Help!
Thank you!
Linda

So, Drew Ross, my style savvy intern, and I teamed up yet again in the video below to offer our cardi-crisis advice to this damsel in distress!

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Ask Amy: Winter Wardrobe Tips

I got an email last week from a reader who needed some advice about what to wear on a trip she’s taking to Europe. Here’s the email I received…

I have a problem. Every time I go to europe, I feel like a frump.  I’m trying to figure out what to add to my wardrobe to make me feel slightly less frumpy.  I bought some knee-high, flat-ish boots yesterday http://zapp.me/7711640 as I’ve learned that high heeled boots + European streets = ow.  I have, of course, jeans (which I plan to tuck into said boots).  I also have very cute, comfortable ankle boots, a cute cloche, and a sequinny beret.  I’ll be wearing a coat that I’m going to have shortened a tad.  I’m guessing I’ll be in shades of black, grey, and maroon all around.

So, what should I be focusing on?  I’m a little afraid to do the tunics + leggings thing because of my, erm, assets.  I don’t know how many skirts I want to wear because it’s so cold (unless I do the layered stocking thing which I would do).  And since my boots were kind of pricey, I’m looking to not spend a lot.  Help!
<3
Julie

She doesn’t want to look like your typical American schlumpadinka in tennis shoes and sweat pants. But it’s going to be cold, and she’s going to be walking a lot, so she doesn’t want to be uncomfortable, either.

I can completely understand that. It’s tough to look fashionable in frigid weather. But with all the pictures taken on a trip like this, you want to look halfway decent in those snapshots hanging around your house for the rest of your life. Plus, you’re roaming around in some of the most fashion-forward cities in the world, so a fanny pack and Nikes are going to put a huge bullseye on your back for tourist-targeting trouble makers.

So, my intern Drew Ross and I sat down and brainstormed some ideas in the below webcast. One thing I forgot to mention in the video is that sweater dresses are great for travel. They’re fashionable, you can dress them up or down, and they give you even more warmth and coverage than a regular sweater. The rest of our tips are in the video. Check it out! Thanks to Johnny Depp for making a cameo in our video! haha! : )

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic Showcase: Day 4

Ahh! The big day is only four days away! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the vendors you’ll see at the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase… as well as some “favorite things” me and my intern Drew Ross picked out. We’re like the new Oprahs – except not as popular or rich. : )

Little Liza Jane’s Boutique:
Drew and I are super proud to be an Aunt and Uncle. Being as such, we both almost emptied our bank accounts to buy everything at this adorable boutique. Little Liza Jane’s Boutique, located in Montgomery, is a great place to spoil your child or a child close to you. Pictured to the left is an organic rattle and blanket set we fell in love with. The best part about this is the 100% organic fabric. Kids like to put everything in their mouth (and who knows where else), so it’s good to know it’s organic and not dripping with harmful chemicals. Little Liza Jane’s is also a consignment shop! We’re working with them to do the 2:30pm fashion show at Seasonably Chic, so you’ll definitely want to check out that show that’s sure to be cuteness overload.

Exclusive A Tamra Berry Studio:
We’ve worked with Exclusive: A Tamra Berry Studio a few times on events, and every time I’ve been blown away with how amazing our models look. Tamra Berry is a makeup master and has a true attention to detail. So much so, she developed her own line of makeup (Exclusive), which she sells in her shop in Glendale. I went through her portfolio, and I was mesmerized by all the bridal pictures. Featured is a picture that I absolutely loved – how gorgeous and effortless does she look? Seriously.

J. Hilburn Men’s Clothier:
J. Hilburn Men’s Clothier
, a custom men’s clothier, is an amazing outlet for men to really get something that fits perfectly. You get to pick the fabric, pick the fit, and pick the style. They have everything from business, casual, and formal with all of your needs in mind. J. Hillburn also carries accessories like cufflinks, socks, and belts. There are plenty of options to choose from and you’re not paying more for the perfect fit. Featured is a fabric swatch that I couldn’t stop going back to. There are 500 J. HIllburn style advisors nationwide. You know, they say navy is the new black this year!

W by Worth:
W by Worth provides women with so many options and they have everything from business attire to going out on the town. W by Worth has high fashion for the everyday woman. Featured is a runway look that is too chic to pass up. This would definitely make your coworkers stop and stare. Well, at least at our office. Heck, I would promote you if you wore this at my office! haha! The uniqueness of this look continues to amaze me. There are an awful lot of fabrics and textures here, but they’re put together in a way that makes the look flawless. You can check all of the looks out at www.worthw.com

LouLou’s Boutique:
I told you about the Westside boutique I shopped at that had the most unfortunate name in the history of boutique names…ever. Well, good news, she changed the name! Nancy, the owner, was calling it “Uniforms for Moms,” but they carried neither uniforms or maternity wear, so it was confusing. But now she’s calling it LouLou’s Boutique, named after her late mother. This name is much more fitting, and the personal story behind the name is very touching.

And I promise you, you’ll love their clothing – comfortable yet classy, simple but not sloppy, chic but not overdone or overpriced. LouLou’s is doing our 11:30am fashion show to showcase all the hottest looks for fall and winter. Below is a sneak peek of the 11:30am fashion show with LouLou’s I did on Fox19 this morning.

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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, Drew Ross, 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.

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.