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Marco Bicego to visit James Free Jewelers November 14!

Jewelry designer Marco Bicego will make a rare public appearance and introduce several of his latest designs at James Free Jewelers in Montgomery on Thursday, November 14. He’ll also be there to mingle with fans and personally hand engrave his signature on select pieces during his visit.

He’ll be there from 4-8 p.m. and the visit to James Free Jewelers is one of just two he’s planning in the Midwest for his trip to the U.S.

This is the second time Bicego will be stopping by James Free Jewelers. The Italian designer will bring collector’s items that are one-of-a-kind.

Bicego’s designs feature exclusive hand-woven coil strands as well as hand-etched satin finishes. He also uses natural, raw materials, yellow gold and exclusive cut stones.

Prices for the Marco Bicego brand begin at approximately $1,000 and are only offered in the finest jewelers around the world. If you want to see rare collections and an internationally known designer, stop by James Free Jewelers November 14!



Diamond Dash July 16

I just found out about this event and it sounds like a lot of fun for all you future fiances out there!

More than 200 local couples looking to be engaged will be running around downtown playing a high-tech treasure hunt, solving clues sent via text message to their cell phones. The team with the most points walks away with a $15,000 RITANI diamond ring!

James Free Diamond Dash
– When: Saturday, July 16th
– A one-day, real world treasure hunt through downtown
– Prize: $15,000 RITANI diamond ring
– Where: Fountain Square @ 10 am
– Teams of two will answer riddles and complete challenges right from their cell phones as they follow clues throughout the downtown area
– Its completely free to play but spots are limited
– Register and find more information at www.JamesFreeDiamondDash.com

Here’s a video of a similar event they recently did in Houston


Summer Style Gala This Wednesday

Summer Style GalaWe’re doing a really cool event this Wednesday at James Free Jewelers to showcase all the hottest summer trends. Some of their jewelry designers are coming into town for the event, so you will not only get to see the styles but you can also meet the makers!

I also brought J Lee Rabiner with Doncaster Fashionistas, a private label clothier, into this event to dress models in the latest clothing fashions. My friends over at Tuscany Spa.Salon agreed to provide the hair and makeup on the models, and will feature this summer’s freshest hair/makeup trends as well.

James Free is doing 25% off nine featured designers, for four hours only (4-8pm) this Wednesday! I hope you’ll join me at this tres trendy event! It’ll be at the James Free Jewelers in Old Montgomery (9555 Main Street).

To rev up for the event, I got to interview one of the jewelry designers who will be featured at the event, Barbara Westwood. Enjoy this Q&A about her wearable art.

Tell me about your new collections for this Summer.
My collections are: Doors and Windows, Water, Clouds, Sky, Love and Horizons.

For “Doors and Windows”: Jewelry is a perfect metaphor.  What it represents cannot be seen or heard; yet it can be felt.  What it means is only known to the wearer.  It can be a reminder or a marker for transformations, beginnings, endings, realizations, direction, and decisions. Doors and Windows is a symbol for any of the portals of life

I’m introducing a new collection: “Horizons”
With each new edition in the one of a kind collections I am  reminded of how jewelry can transform even the quietest of memories and experiences.
One day at the beach I looked out over the horizon and found complete calm as I viewed this commom, yet magical line we all see. I asked how is it that this line merging earth and sky could evoke this feeling of  contentment and peace.

This is the kind of mystery and magic that inspires me to create.  This effortless feeling is what I wanted to capture in this collection.  Knowing that no words can really touch this, I brought forth this idea of calm by introducing a dividing line of diamonds between two different stones.  Although this is a metaphor I needed my own reminder that peace of mind is experienced within, and am happy to share this idea, as thought to form, with you my wonderful Collectors.

What are some big colors you’re working with for Summer?
Turquoise has been the most important color and gemstone I am working with this season.  Everyone just loves the color.

Be on the lookout for a new collection I have called “The Sedona Collection” using turquoise and Mexican Cuprite agate.

Me, Myself and I

Oooooh, my first blog on Cincinnati.com’s fabulous new LOL network. How do I start? What shall I say? And most importantly: What should I wear when writing it?

Michael Stars scoop neck little black dress from Missy and Jack
Michael Stars scoop neck little black dress from Missy and Jack

Well, let’s just get this started on the right foot here. It’s chic. Not chick, cheek or schick. I picked that name for my Web site, CincyChic.com, two and a half years ago because it simply says so many things all in one little cute and compact word.

It’s not too old, not too young, cute but not cutsie, classy but not stuffy, fashionable but not flamboyant, polished but not pompous.

But I’ve quickly learned that chic is the most mispronounced and misunderstood word in the English language. In fact, a man recently called our office – who thought it was “Cincy Chick” – and asked how much our “services” were. But I digress.

So…now that we’re clear on that… Cincy Chic. That’s what I get to do for a living! *pinching myself* I manage an online resource for women in Cincinnati. On the editorial side, we feature weekly articles about health, beauty, fashion, social and career topics and on the events side, we have ladies nights, lunch ‘n’ learns and philanthropic events.

 The statement necklace from Missy and Jack
The statement necklace from Missy and Jack

Coming up with new event ideas and unique people, products and services to write about is my main job responsibility. As you will see, I find them in the most peculiar places. Women’s restrooms are my favorite.

This week, I found a little chic for everyone: Me, myself and I. All three looks are from the Michael Stars fall collection that just arrived at one of my favorite boutiques in Deerfield Towne Center, Missy and Jack.

For the LBD-wearing, cocktail sipping Y.P. “me”: Scoop neck little black dress ($72) that can go from the 9-5 to happy hour. With the help of a blazer or vest on top or crisp button-down oxford underneath, it’s perfect for the office. Then, it’s ready for a night out with some chunky beads, cinch belt and a matching clutch.

Michael Stars brown dress
Michael Stars brown dress from Missy and Jack

For the debutant, I-drink-tea-with-my-pinky-up “myself”: The statement necklace ($45). This piece knows it’s special. It knows that it can single-handedly transform an outfit from drab to fab. You certainly couldn’t wear this with a t-shirt and jeans. It’s a special occasion piece for sure.

For the cute but comfy, simplistic but stylish “I”: The brown three quarter length sleeve dress ($79). I can see this with my camel colored kitten heels at the office, ballet flats for a casual brunch with the girls at Greenup Cafe or in cowboy boots at a Jewel concert.

Might I just add that right down the street from this boutique is where I work out (Keep it Tight Fitness). Every day I go to work out with my two trainers (Melissa and Tawnia), I always think about all the new things I’ll be able to fit into next door at Missy and Jack! haha… Man, for a Ft. Thomas KY girl, I sure do spend a lot of time in Mason!

James Free Jewelers sports cufflinks (Tokens & Icons, $165)
James Free Jewelers sports cufflinks (Tokens & Icons, $165)

I also discovered some cool gifts for people other than me, myself and I. I was at an expo event and ran across James Free Jewelers and they had the cutest cufflinks. My husband, Pete, is on the news so he’s always wearing suits and loves fun cufflinks. These are so cool because they’re made of real baseballs, golf balls and footballs!

They’re a little pricey (Tokens & Icons, $165) but worth it if you have a sports fanatic you need to buy something special for. And Pete, if you’re reading this, try to act surprised when you get the golf cufflinks for Christmas!

I also just learned that Pure Romance is expanding their brand. Instead of being in the business of making you want to tear your clothes OFF, they’re now in the business of putting clothes ON you.

"Bliss," Pure Romance's new clothing line
Pure Romance clothing

The Pure Romance rep I talked to said their new clothing line called “Bliss” just launched. The clothing catalog was hot off the presses, so I snapped a couple pics of it. She didn’t have any clothing examples in-hand yet (only available in pre-order right now). The catalog was only about 10 pages long, so it’s not a ton of stuff, but what they had was cute. Kind of had a Criss Angel-meets-Girls-Next-Door feel to them. Wait, that already happened.

Stay tuned for my next post, which will be about some tres chic new espadrilles to hit the market in 2010 from the last company in the world you’d expect to actually make something fashionable.