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Chic This Week: Cincinnati Boutique Sale

Cincinnati Boutique Sale
It only comes twice a year, but when it does, you’ll find big time bargains – up to 80% off – at your favorite local boutiques. We get the scoop on when and where the next Cincinnati Boutique Sale will be, and which chic shops you’ll find there. Keep reading for all the deets on this discount extravaganza.
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Amy Gets a Ring Redesign at Krombholz Jewelers
Amy Scalia, Cincy Chic Publisher, chats with Lee Krombholz, owner of Krombholz Jewelers, about redesigning her wedding and engagement rings! Keep reading to see the transformation.

Cincy Chic Show: Looking, Feeling Great
We chat with health and wellness guru Stacy Sims about how to look and feel your best this summer. Grab a cocktail and enjoy the show!

Cincinnati’s Best Fitness Boutiques
A local fitness fanatic takes you on a tour of the Tri-State’s best boutique gyms. Read her review and the three tips to keep in mind when finding your next fitness fix.

New Amy Kirchen Boutique Opens in Milford
A local designer sets up shop in the heart of Old Milford. Keep reading to see what’s in store at her chic new store.

A Fashionable Find in Over The Rhine
Her collection walked the runway for two seasons at Cincinnati Fashion Week, and now you can walk into Lindsey Lusignolo’s new boutique in OTR. See what Lindsey has on her haute couture horizon.

Social Shopping
This boutique is making it even more fun to shop (is that possible?) with a party-like environment. Cocktails, makeovers, snacks and sales for you and your girls. Find out when the next event is!

The Face Place
One local lady is making it her full time job to make your face look fabulous. Her new Milford-based boutique has everything you need to primp and protect the skin you’re in.

Chic Spotlight: Glass Zipper Owner, Qiana Sheppard
A new consignment boutique in Pleasant Ridge is helping local ladies have the looks and brands they love at a price they’ll love even more.

Vine + Table Meets Park + Vine
Shopping green never tasted or looked so good. Read this Q&A with green guru Dan Korman who shares insight on the future of sustainability in the Queen City.

Chic Mom: Road Trips with Kids
Road Trips don’t have to be so stressful. Check out our Chic Mom’s travel tips and plan for lots of family fun this summer!

Ask Nicci: Girlfriends vs. Boyfriend
One reader is torn with a decision between her boyfriend and disapproving girlfriends. Read who’s side our dating and relationship expert suggests.

McCoy on Movies: X-Men: First Class Movie Review
Marvel’s premiere mutants are back in theaters in an origin tale pre-dating their first four films. Read on to see whether or not it’s a beauty or a beast.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:

June-9-10 – Father’s Day Celebration with “Apprentice Star” Kwame Jackson

June 15 – Lunch ‘n’ Learn – Healthy Living

June 17 – eWomenNetwork Accelerated Networking Event

June 17 – Over The Rhine Reunion

June 18 – 8th Annual Medical Mutual of Ohio Walk for Wishes

June 21 – Business at Breakfast: Marketing and Sales Mischief

June 22 – InnerCircles for Women

June 24 – Red Pink and Blue

Kenzie’s CLOSET and Dhani Jones Team Up!

Think back to your high school days. Looking back, there is one night that you plan to make the one night you’ll remember with the friends you will never forget: Prom.

The whole last few months in school before summer are spent building up the courage to ask your dream date to go with you or waiting for him to ask you, and of course,  finding the perfect dress or tux.

Although your memories of your night might not be described as perfect — maybe “awkward” and/or “entertaining” instead — some people from your high school couldn’t go because they didn’t have the resources to do so. Maybe the money they did have was used to help their parents to pay the bills, or maybe they couldn’t work because they had to stay home everyday to watch their younger siblings so their parents could work. It really makes you think, doesn’t it?

Well, now those kids (who are facing even MORE money troubles with the bad economy) are getting the help and attention they deserve thanks to Kenzie’s CLOSET.

KC is driven by their mission to give the financially disadvantaged juniors and seniors of local high schools in our community the prom night they deserve by supplying them with dresses or suits and the necessary accessories that they otherwise couldn’t afford. In the last 6 years that the non- profit organization has been in existence, KC has dressed closed to 600 students.

This year the organization has the help of our Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, Dhani Jones. The proceeds from the newest bow tie in the NFL player’s collection of specially-designed bow ties for Jones’ “Bow Ties for a Cause” organization are going to immediately help with the expenses of KC to make their mission possible for 2011.

The bow tie also has a sterling silver bowtie-themed necklace to go along with it, for all the women fans of Jones, if an actual fabric bow tie doesn’t fit your style. The bow tie, which just recently landed a spot in USA Today, and necklace are available at the Kenzie’s CLOSET website here, and are priced at $57.00, which charmingly matches Jones’ jersey number for our Bengals.  So, go online and help the kids in our community. It’s a great cause, and just think what a difference you’d make on our next generation by making their prom night dreams come true!

One of Dhani's famous bow ties

Dhani's new bow tie necklace for women

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

Cincy Chic Show Coming Soon!

Exciting news from Cincy Chic headquarters… We’re launching a Cincy Chic Show March 21 on Cincy Chic! The show will feature me, Amy Scalia (publisher of Cincy Chic/social butterfly/shoe-lover), Molly Wellmann (mixologist/bar owner, tatted up with a flower in her hair), and Ilene Ross (LV-totin’, Choo wearin’ shopoholic). So, make sure you tune in starting with the March 21 issue of Cincy Chic for all the info you need about local events, shopping, sales, cocktails, food, fun and – of course – fabulous shoes!


This Week on Cincy Chic: Party Time!

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Tea parties for all ages

Cincy Chic turns 4 this week, and to celebrate, we made this entire issue all about parties. For the more traditional type, check out these two local ladies who offer tea parties for both kids and adults so everyone can join in the fun.

Throwing a Fashion Fiesta
No need to attack the mall as a mob. This local lady can turn your home into a boutique and help you with every step of the process. Read on to learn how you can have the store come to you.

Chocolate Bash
You only need to know two words: chocolate pizza. Read on to find out how you can customize it to your liking, order it and savor every chocolaty slice.

Celebrate You in VIP Style
Looking for a great way to celebrate this year? Here’s an at-home spa party that will give your girls a healthy dose of refreshing relaxation.

Power Party
Taking care of yourself couldn’t get much more fun than this. Find out how one local lunch series gives you a little escape with your girlfriends while you all can stay on top of your health.

Goddess Night Out Networking
This isn’t your typical work-attire networking event. No, this local event series turns “profession” into “party” with its fun flair and woman power.

Chic Spotlight: Etiquette Expert LisaMarie Luccioni
Nobody likes to be a party pooper, so this local etiquette expert helps make sure you make for a wonderful party guest and hostess, no matter what the occasion.

Orange on Green: Your Kid’s Birthday on the Cheap
Your kids deserve a memorable event for their big day, but it doesn’t have to rob the bank. Our financial columnists share five ways to host a big celebration on a small budget.

McCoy on Movies: “Country Strong” Movie Review
Does Gwyneth Paltrow have country strong vocals in Writer/Director Shana Feste’s musical dramedy “Country Strong” or does she need autotune assistance? Find out with this review.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Jan. 14-23 – Cincinnati Travel, Sports, & Boat Show
Jan. 14 – New Year, New You
Jan. 20 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Chic Solutions for Looking and Seeing Better
Jan. 22 – Take Charge Seminars
Jan. 22 – Cincy Chic’s 4th Birthday Party
Jan. 25 – Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast
Feb. 4 – Lady In Red

This Week on Cincy Chic: 2010 Woman of the Year

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Entrepreneur, volunteer Kelly Hollatz

You nominated. The Cincy Chic staff voted. Now, for our fourth annual 2010 Woman of the Year Awards, we recognize seven women who make Cincinnati the great city it is. Read on to find out how our 2010 Feature Woman of the Year embodies it all.

Seeing to the Community’s Needs
This optometrist goes beyond her call of duty to help make sure everyone in the community has the opportunity for good vision. Learn how she donates her time and talent to help others see.

Cross-Atlantic Connector
She’s much more than a business-to-business connector. Read on to find out how this year’s Career Woman of the Year puts Cincinnati on the map for European business.

Expanding Fashion’s Horizons
After less than two years, this fashion blogger has staked her spot in the style world. Read on to find out how that spot makes her our Fashion Woman of the Year.

Aesthetically Pleasing
She works to bring out the natural beauty in others, but the true beauty is in her. Discover all the ways this local lady makes our city more beautiful, one facial or charitable contribution at a time.

Serving the Inn Crowd
Her hands-on leadership style helps low-income women in Cincinnati overcome their backgrounds. Read on to find out more about her nonprofit work.

Chic Spotlight: Circle Tail Owner Marlys Staley
This local philanthropist puts together her passions for dogs and helping others to make a difference for people with disabilities. Read on to learn more about her organization.

Orange on Green: Women of the Year in Finance
At the end of the day, it is really the women who are leading the charge in finance, not the men. So our financial columnists recognize some fabulous females in finance.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Jan. 4 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Jan. 14 – New Year, New You
Jan. 20 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Chic Solutions for Looking and Seeing Better
Jan. 22 – Take Charge Seminars
Jan. 22 – Cincy Chic’s 4th Birthday Party
Jan. 25 – Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast

This Week on Cincy Chic: Businesses Big and Small

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Local chambers help all sizes

Cincinnati has a wealth of large corporations and a nice selection of smaller operations. The city needs all company sizes to function, and chambers help support the success and growth of these companies. This week we feature three local chambers and how they help local businesses.

A (Financial) Community Effort
Everyone has money matters. Find out how Orangefinancial takes the guess work out of your finances and supplies you with education, confidence and support to help you take control.

Compostable Cooperation
This week is all about big and small businesses, so we had to include the partnership between Wal-Mart and one local small business. Find out how this connection means a healthier Earth.

Beauty in a Bottle
Two local companies help you tame your tresses with their hair care product lines. Find out how international players and locally focused companies alike can make a difference for your hair.

Best Places to Work Give Back
Two of the city’s best places to work share the philosophy that a prosperous company serves a public need. Read on to learn what companies run by this motto.

Uncorking a New Restaurant
With Cincinnati’s rich wine history, there’s still room for more, especially for this new wine shop/upscale restaurant. Discover how you can expand your palate in a comfortable atmosphere.

Near-Future Fashion
From a national brand to a local designer, 2011’s fashion definitely has some surprises in store for your wardrobe. To find out a little more about what you have to look forward to, keep reading.

Chic Spotlight: Lawyer-Turned-Fashionista Amy Hendy
After four years in her career, one local lawyer wanted a change of professional pace. Learn how this personal fashion consultant made her career change in our exclusive interview.

Total Body Wellness: Preventing Cancer
Cancer is a disease that impacts the lives of so many families. Read on to learn more about how you can keep yourself and your loved ones out of harm’s way.

McCoy on Movies: “The Tourist” Movie Review
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are back in theaters this week as star-crossed travelers in “The Tourist.” Our critic let’s you know if their journey is a first class ticket or a ride in coach.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Dec. 14 – Business at Breakfast: The Five Most Frightening Words
Dec. 14 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Dec. 16 – World’s Largest Office Party
Jan. 14 – Save the Date New Year, New You
Jan. 20 – Free Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Chic Solutions for Looking and Seeing Better

This Week on Cincy Chic: Hot, Hot, Hot!

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Three easy ways to warm up this winter

Baby, it’s cold outside. But we up that classic duet to a terrific trio with three easy ways to heat things up. So read on to find out how you can trade in your frigid shivers and make a winter wonderland of your own.

Calling Nominees: 2010 Woman of the Year Awards
It’s time to recognize Cincinnati’s wonderful women. Find out how you can nominate the women who inspire you and help Cincy Chic award them the credit they deserve.

HoneyBaked for the Holidays
As a family owned business, The HoneyBaked Ham Company is geared toward feeding your family. Learn more about how they can help with holiday feasts or just a quick lunch.

New Store Spices it Up
A brand new store in Rookwood helps you add a little spice to your dish and a little tea to your kettle. Read on to find out why you won’t want to miss out.

The Gym that Comes to You
The weather outside may be frightful, but with this local fitness option, your workouts can be delightful — in the comfort of your own home. Discover how you can start having your gym show up at your door.

Fiery Profession
It’s warm. It’s inviting. It’s romantic. It’s a fire place. And one local man helps make it a reality for homes and businesses around the Tri-State. Find out about how he is lighting the way for the industry.

The Hottie Underneath
Two local ladies just launched a line of lingerie they say can heat up any woman’s sex appeal. Read on to find out more about the new designs from these two best friends.

A Different Kind of Little Black Book
You probably don’t want your man looking in his little black book. That is of course until you read this story. Find out about one little black book you won’t mind him peeking at.

Chic Spotlight: Recipe Contest Winner Nadine
One local woman’s knowing her way around a kitchen brought her to meet culinary stars and taste celebrity chefs’ creations. Read on for an exclusive interview with this cooking queen.

Vine + Table: Heating up a Cooking Class
Learning how to cook gourmet doesn’t have to be complicated. Just head up the hill to Midwest Culinary Institute for an exciting series of affordable, hands-on cooking classes.

Orange on Green: Heat up Your Savings
You need more than a spark to keep a fire going, so our financial columnists share one important ingredient to sustaining your financial fire.

This Week on Cincy Chic: Cincinnati’s Volunteers

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Recognizing the impact of donated time

It’s Thanksgiving time, but we thought we’d switch it up a bit and give thanks to time givers. So this issue, we show how much of an impact that time can have on the city. Read on to find out how volunteers make three local organizations thrive.

Take Charge Seminars
These seminars educate and inspire people to fill their lives with passion, purpose and prosperity. Keep reading to find out how they do it.

Calling Nominees: 2010 Woman of the Year Awards
It’s time to recognize Cincinnati’s wonderful women. Find out how you can nominate the women who inspire you and help Cincy Chic award them the credit they deserve.

Shop to Give
Make your next shopping spree a chance for you to donate to your favorite philanthropy. Learn how one new program makes that magic happen.

Beauty Triumphs Cancer
One free program helps cancer survivors fight more than just the disease. Learn how it helps them overcome the changes in their hair and skin.

Teamed up for Technology
One local principal’s quest for a computer lab turned into the launch of a non-profit organization. Find out how that volunteer-based organization makes an impact on Cincinnati.

Dress for Success on the Move
After outfitting women with workplace attire for 11 years, Dress for Success is taking the show on the road. Read on to learn how one sizable grant can help bring the benefits to a place near you.

Healthy Helping Hands
Whether playing with kids, sewing or keeping up a greenhouse, volunteers at one local hospital stick to strict standards. Learn how these requirements make for a more enjoyable hospital stay.

Chic Spotlight: Traveling Volunteer Linda Averbeck
One local woman goes halfway around the world to lend a helping hand. Learn more about her volunteering journey in our exclusive one-on-one interview.

Vine + Table: Feeding the Masses
Food is one of the greatest life-giving gifts you can give, so our brand new food and wine columnist shares a true story about local volunteers who change the world, one meal at a time.

Orange on Green: The Next Generation of Givers
Volunteering your time can be even more important than donating money. Our financial columnist shares three opportunities for children to learn the art of giving back.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Dec. 4 – Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Dec. 4 – Stress-Free Holiday Series
Dec. 7 – Dressed to Invest: Styling Your Financial Future
Dec. 14 – Business at Breakfast: The Five Most Frightening Words
Dec. 14 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Jan. 14 – Save the Date New Year, New You

Saying Farewell to a Four-Wheeled Friend

My old Tiburon and all the "junk in my trunk" haha!

What do my wedding veil, a derby hat, a tool set and a pizza baking stone all have in common? Well, not much, except for I found them all in the trunk of my car yesterday.

I cleaned out my 2004 Hyundai Tiburon yesterday, and the six years of memories packed into it, because it was time to buy a new car. The key fob had stopped working, a headlight was out, the air bag light wouldn’t turn off and it would randomly make loud noises when I’d turn a tight corner.

Back in June, I wrote about my Tiburon, and how I had a strange affinity for that car. And to be honest, I always will love it. I bought it my senior year of college after working three jobs to afford it. I drove it back and forth to Philly and Cincinnati more times than I can count when I was working up there with a long distance relationship back here.

It was that car I stuffed my friends into the trunk to see a drive-in movie in college. It was that car that helped me figure my way around Philadelphia, my first city away from home. It was that car that helped me keep a long a long distance relationship alive with the man I later married. It was in that car I developed the idea for Cincy Chic.

My new car! (2006 Lexus IS350 sedan)

I had a really tough time letting her go yesterday.

I started her up one last time, heard all the familiar coughs and clanks coming from the engine. I then took the years of random things that slowly accumulated in the trunk, glove box, and any other crevice I could find. After I was done, I just sat in that tired old shell of a car and put my head on the steering wheel. I thanked her for keeping me safe all these years, thanked her for all the memories… and said a tearful goodbye.

I climbed out and into my new (well, it’s pre-owned, but it’s new to me!) Lexus IS350! Those tears quickly turned into tears of joy! I love my new car! I got it at the Lexus RiverCenter. They’re a client of mine, so they took very good care of me and I know I’m getting a good car from them. I love that they treat you like a millionaire the second you walk in no matter if you bought the most expensive car on the lot or a pre-owned like me.

So, I apologize for not blogging much this week. I’ve been saying farewell to an old friend and hello to a new one.

Eyewear Fashion Show Oct. 22

Eyewear is the new handbag. Seriously, I feel like so many more people are making a statement with their eyewear these days versus their Coach or LV logo-bedecked bags.

For example, my friend Pam Kravetz has a ton of fun, funky glasses… always wearing a different pair… and I don’t even think she has a prescription for them! haha!

So, I got to talking with one of my clients, Holte Eyewear, about this and we came up with the idea to do an eyewear fashion show. They carry some really great brands in a wide range of prices, but they are all tres chic, which I love. So, on Oct. 22, we’re hosting a “spec-tacular” eyewear (get it?? haha!) fashion show I hope you can attend! Enjoy complimentary drinks, stylish shopping with Serket Jewelry and of course Holte Eyewear, and the fab fashion show!


Holte Eyewear Spec-tacular Fashion Show

Friday, October 22, 2010
6:30-9 p.m.
8211 Cornell Road
Suite 510
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Get 20/20 vision in this Fall’s hottest eyewear trends! Join Cincy Chic and Holte Eyewear for a fall Fashion Show featuring the latest eyewear styles to be seen from Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Coach, Fendi, Tory Burch, and Tom Ford. Also see Jewelry featured from Serket Jewelry. Scope out the fashions that are easy on your eyes!
Spend the evening sampling hors d’oeuvres, wine, and gift bags from Holte Eyewear! Also enjoy a presentation from Dr. Elliot M. Kirstein with all you need to know about Latisse  to grow longer, thicker, darker eyelashes. The evening will conclude with a $250 Holte Eyewear gift card and Gucci Sunglasses.
Enter to win a free weekend Lexus lease and a beautiful silver bracelet from Richter and Phillips.
Event is free to attend. To R.S.V.P. and get more information, go to: