Category Archives: Health

Reading with a Hometown Hero!

Joules Evans

Get ready for tears, joy, and cocktails! Join The ADC Gallery on Sunday, December 11th from 6-9pm for a book signing and cocktails with local hometown hero and writer Joules Evans!

Here are the deets:

What:  A book signing for Shaken Not Stirred…a Chemo Cocktail by author Joules Evans

When: Sunday Dec. 11th 6-9 pm  Cocktails at 6:00, reading by the author at 7:00

Where: ADC, Art Design Consultants Gallery, 310 Culvert St.  5th floor, Cincinnati OH  45202

Joules battled her way through breast cancer and wants to share the “comedy behind her tragedy!” Cocktails start at 6 and the reading begins at 7! Also joining in the festivities is “Kicked in the Fence” who will be performing live!

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house, dress up, and hear the truly amazing story of an extremely strong woman! Free Parking is available and there will be an opportunity to purchase her book at the signing. Be sure to join us for what is promised to be a night you won’t soon forget! See you there!

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

Service Review: Massages at Mitchells Salon & Day Spa

So, I’ve been doing a lot of heavy lifting lately. In the course of one month, my hubby & I moved into a new house, I moved our Cincy Chic office (we have a TV studio now! WOOHOO improved video quality!!) and we had Bras with Flair last Thursday, which involved erecting a 40-ft display onto Fountain Square covered in bedazzled bras.

Needless to say, it took a toll on my body. I had aches and pains in parts of my body I didn’t even know I had. So, after each big heavy lifting event, I scheduled a different kind of massage with my friends at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa to nurse my poor body back to health.

Before getting these different kinds of massages, I would have said a massage is a massage is a massage. But I now know that’s not true. Each massage was so different, and helped me in different ways, so I thought I’d write a review on them so you know which one is best for what you need.

The first massage I got was a hot stone massage. I’m glad I started with this one because this was right after the first big move. So, I had just used muscles I hadn’t used in a very long time. They were stretched, pulled and all knotted up. The heat from the stones helped my muscles relax, which allowed my massage therapist to manipulate my deep tissues more effectively. My therapist said overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure. So, the heated stones provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles. Also, my therapist said the stones are placed on key points of your body to help increase circulation to quicken the healing process. Translation: get this if you have a pull or strain you need to recover quickly from.

The second massage I got was a bamboo massage. This was the one I was afraid of. I had heard of them before, but hadn’t ever ventured out of my comfort zone to get one. But I booked it with my FAVORITE massage therapist EVER (Elana J at the Kenwood Mitchell’s Salon & Spa location). She had helped me last year when I had a bad case of lock jaw. I was apparently grinding my teeth in my sleep, and she helped to loosen my jaw muscles so I could function again (if you know how talkative I am, you know that me having lock jaw was a nightmare!).

So, like I said, I felt comfortable with Elana J, and knew she would take care of me. I had some serious knots after the office move and hadn’t been drinking much water. So, my muscles were what she called “crunchy.” I know that sounds gross, but that’s apparently what happens when we don’t eat/drink properly AND we put stress on our muscles.

Having the bamboo rods gave Elana J leverage to work through the crunchy knots (again, gross, I know). The bamboo helped to flush out the muscles, too. Elana J said the bamboo is used to put pressure on trigger points that cleanse and flush out your lymphatic system. That promotes fresh blood flow, which is full of nutrients and oxygen, to help repair and rejuvenate your muscles. This one, I have to say was my favorite. I felt like the bamboo worked through those big knots, and felt the effects of the “flushing” immediately.

My third and final massage was an aromatherapy massage. This one was more mental for me because it not only calmed my flaring muscles, but it also calmed my mind after the stressful month. The therapist let me choose my aroma. It was between spearmint, peppermint, lavender, and another one that was more of a light earthy scent. I picked lavender because I have a soft spot for it (I grow it in my garden each year and have a pouch of it under my pillow to help me sleep).

She mixed lavender oil in the unscented massage oil she used for my massage. It was heavenly. This therapist didn’t do as much deep tissue work as the other two had. She did a lot of calming, gentle motions. Oh, and she also massaged my scalp for an eternity… I think I drooled a little bit it felt so good. : )

I have to tell you, I’ve never felt more mentally relaxed than I did after this massage. Even though I had just experienced one of the most insane months of my entire life, I just had this sense of calm and peace as I sat “coming to” in the relaxation room after my massage. Granted, the craziness of life eventually set back in later that day, but to have that moment of clarity and peacefulness was SO nice.

I did get a chance to talk with the therapist about how exactly aromatherapy works. She said that the nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system, which controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. Apparently, when you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.

So, there you go. Three very different massages. All beneficial for very different reasons. And speaking of benefits of massages, I just noticed that the “Find out Friday” on Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa Facebook page today is about the benefits of massage. So, below is the video from that! Enjoy!


The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation Style Show and Luncheon

I love a good pairing. Sauvignon Blanc and salmon. High heels and a power suit. Fashion and philanthropy.

Speaking of the latter, there’s a great event coming up I just found out about! The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation will hold its annual Style Show and Luncheon on Monday, November 21, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott (2395 Progress Drive in Hebron, KY).

The 2011 Style Show will feature speaker Dr. Ward Rice, Director of Newborn Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Director, Neonatology Fellowship Training Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Ward Rice and The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation are familiar with the health concerns specific to women and children and will address those. Even better, all the proceeds from the event will benefit St. Elizabeth Healthcare women’s and children’s services and the new state-of-the-art center for neonatal care. They have just renovated a 23-bed OB/GYN unit and LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) areas.

The schedule for The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation Style Show and Luncheon includes:

10 a.m. – Doors open for shopping

12 p.m. – Lunch is served

12:45 p.m.- Style Show

1:30 p.m. – Prize Drawings

1:45 p.m.- Shopping continues until 3 p.m.

The Style Show will feature fashions provided by Dillard’s and Fabulous Furs, jewelry by Herzog Jewelers, and hair and make-up by Sableux. The shopping will include a variety of local vendors.

Tickets for the event range from $35 to a Grand Patron ticket, which includes entry in the door prize drawing, is $50. Sponsorships are also available at the $500 to $1,000 levels. All tickets and sponsorships are tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Reservations for the event will be accepted through November 14.

RSVP by November 14, 2011 If you have questions or to reserve tickets, please contact the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation at 859-301-2490 or

Countdown to V-day: Massage at The Garage

I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. And this idea comes from The Garage. No, not the one you park your car in. I’m talking about the one that’s located in Madeira and specializes in massage and body work.

My husband has rheumatoid arthritis, so his joints are always achy and painful, which causes his muscles to tense up into knots. So, I like to give him massage gift certificates every now and then to help him relax. For special occasions, I’ll buy a couple’s massage so I can get in on the pampering too.

So, for our two year anniversary in September, I got a couples massage gift certificate for him at this new place called The Garage. I liked that it wasn’t a “fru-fru” girlie smelling/looking/feeling place… it’s more masculine than any spa I’ve been in … so it makes a guy feel very comfortable there.

What I liked about it is that you could customize the scent and music you wanted during your massage. I love lavender, and I know it helps with relaxation, so I picked that as our scent. And I also chose “The Fray” as our music because “I’ll look after you” by The Fray was the song of our first dance at our reception. When it started playing my husband looked over at me and tears welled up in his eyes. That was a really special experience, and I thank The Garage for making it possible!

I highly recommend getting a massage here, especially if you’ll be bringing your guy with you. He’ll feel very comfortable there. And you’ll love it because of all the customizations. Ask for the owner, Onalda, if you call (513.235.0566), she’ll take care of you.

They have this promo going for Feb: Book 60 Minutes at reg rate and get 30 minutes free-Valid through Feb. 28th. And for Valentine’s Day they have a couples massage for $175 (see below for what all is included) if you book before Feb. 14.

Countdown to V-day: yogahOMe Yoga Studios

Valentine’s Day is four short days away. If you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to purchase the perfect gift. So, I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas.

Today’s feature is on yogahOMe yoga studios, where you earn a free class to use at any yogahOMe studio any time you bring a friend to class with you! This is good all Valentine’s Week! They have a few different locations too, which is nice: Oakley, Mariemont, Bellevue, and Symmes. Click here to learn all the deets about the special.

I found out about this special by asking on our Cincy Chic facebook page if any local businesses were having V-day specials and someone from yogahOMe responded. It’s funny because Julie over at Wine Me Dine Me and I were just talking about yogahOMe. She goes there and loves it!

My husband and I recently re-upped our YMCA gym membership and have been going together a lot lately. Even though it sounds like the least romantic thing you could ever do with your special someone, it’s actually a great bonding/flirting experience. He’ll be lifting weights and flex his muscles at me. I’ll be running on the treadmill and give him a wink as he walks by. Then you’re all hyped up on endorphins after the work-out, which gives you lots of energy for other “more romantic” activities! : ) haha!

Check out the great “About Us” video below that yogahOMe just posted to their site! I think it does a good job of giving you a sneak peek into their studios, clients and instructors.


Lady in Red Feb. 4

Lady in Red

A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association on National Wear Red Day

When: Friday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m.-midnight
Where: Tonic on Fourth 125 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati OH 45202

What: Swag bags for first 150 RSVPs, freeze modeling of the latest fashion trends, music by Storm Bennett, specialty red cocktails and a spectacular silent auction – 100% of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association!

Dress: Cocktail chic… red attire preferred!

Tickets: Pre-registration tickets are $10 per person. Swag bags will be given to the first 150 RSVPs! Click here to RSVP and get more information. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!

Presenting Sponsor: Krombholz Jewelers
Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Supporting Sponsors: Lexus Rivercenter and Performance Lexus
Hair/Makeup Sponsor:
Me Salon
Fashion Platform Sponsors:
Paris J Boutique, Corwyn Apparel, Serket Jewelry
Swag Bag Sponsor: Adventure Boot Camp for Women
In-Kind Sponsors:
Yelp, Cincy Sweets by Liz, Walk on Site
Media Sponsors: Star64 WSTR and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the network

Be a Holiday Hottie

You probably see a lot of friends and family during the holidays who you usually don’t see much of throughout the year. So, when you do see them, you want to look your best, right? Well, I just found out about a fun promo that Keep It Tight Fitness is doing to help us ladies get motivated before the holidays hit… and to help one lucky lady look fab for New Year’s with a $500 gift certificate to Soho Boutique. Oh, speaking of New Year’s, that just reminded me that my husband and I are taking a trip to the beach for NYE. Hmm… bikini… yeah, perfect timing for this promo! : )

click to enlarge

27yo Breast Cancer Survivor Benefit Event Tonight!

The “Big C” never hits at a good time. But 27 years old is way, way too young.

I’m 27, so this one hits extremely close to home. Makes me realize you’re never immune, you’re never safe, from the grips of breast cancer.

Lauren Carr (who I’ve have the pleasure of meeting when shopping at Sara Benjamins) was recently diagnosed with breast cancer at the mere age of 27. Her friends, family and co-workers are holding a benefit event for her tonight. See below.

From what I understand, the treatments (and being out of work to recover) have taken a financial toll on Lauren. And money is the last thing this girl needs to worry about during her battle against cancer. Hope to see you there.

lauren benefit

Bras with Flair Recap

Our third annual Bras with Flair on the Square campaign took place last Wednesday and it was a huge success! We had so much fun and it was for a wonderful cause. It looks like Cincy Chic is going to be able to donate $1,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure this year from our event! Yay!

100509MAKEOVERAn absolute highlight of the event was being able to award a pamper package to a special breast cancer survivor. We haven’t done this in year’s past, but with the help of Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, we held an open nomination contest for breast cancer survivors to share their stories. The finalists were voted on by the public and Heather Ray, a 40-year-old Symmes Township resident, won a pamper package valued at $3,000 with donated products and services from Tuscany Spa.Salon, Lexus RiverCenter, La Silhouette Lingerie, Playhouse in the Park, Fusion Studio, Soho Boutique, Pure Romance and Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

After losing her leg to a rare cancer at the age of 13, Heather has battled three breast cancer recurrences. Just last week, she was given a bill of health! Heather has – as an individual – raised $32,000 for Race for the Cure this year, and hopes to get a prosthetic leg to compete in triathlons in the future.

Hearing her story – and all the other breast cancer survivor stories I learned about through the process of hosting Bras with Flair – I am truly inspired and humbled. Any problem, any worry, any obstacle I thought I had has been completely put into perspective. These survivors went toe to toe with a deadly disease and won, and battle every day to continue to win. All because they love life so much and they don’t want anything to take them away from the things they love doing and family they love being around.

Click here to learn more about Heather, and enjoy the video below for a sneak peak into the life of a woman who seems to have battled it all but still considers herself lucky.

Photos courtesy of The Cincinnati Enquirer (left photo photgrapher: Gary Landers; right photo photographer: Ernest Coleman)