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Style + Sustainability Gala 2016

Young, innovative and inspiring, these Cincinnati entrepreneurs are on the forefront of style and sustainability! Urban Blooms and Modern Makers collaborated to create the event that launched Cincinnati into the fall fashion season.

From the moment you walked in, it felt as if you were transported to New York’s trendiest neighborhood. This team took an otherwise empty warehouse and converted it into a venue worthy of hosting an upscale event, the 2016 Style + Sustainability Gala. Complete with living walls full of flowers and foliage, vibrant purple and blue lighting, a DJ mixing the latest music and lots of amazing shopping, this gala had something for everyone. Did I mention that the runway for the fashion show was made of live plants? It was an event unlike one this city had ever seen before. Check it out for yourself…







Behind the scenes was a sharp contrast to the main event, but just as fabulous. I was fortunate enough to make it there before the fashion show began with Urban Bloom’s co-founder, Lily Turner. We entered through what seemed like a secret door that opened into a room buzzing with energy and excitement and filled with models. As I was following Lily at a clipped pace through the chaos of backstage, we managed to sneak in a conversation. “What you see, in here and out there, this is a culmination of eight months of hard work,” she said.

She also said that Urban Blooms had been collaborating with Modern Makers for the past two years because they [Modern Makers] first took a chance on the company’s vision of sustainability and featured a living wall. I lost Lily in the crowd of models and designers as I was snapping the following photos.











The crowd grew quiet as Master of Ceremonies, Pam Kravetz, ascended to the stage and signaled the start of the show. As the first look entered the runway, everyone erupted into applause. Model after model strutted barefoot down the catwalk in clothing created from reused and recycled materials as well as living plants. According to this show, flowers, moss and vines are this season’s hottest accessories. Below are the most iconic looks of the show.








It wasn’t just about the runway. At the heart of this event was the desire to create a more connected, eco-friendly community in Cincinnati. Several local vendors provided food, drinks and shopping to enhance the gala experience as well as promote their businesses. The scent of Gomez Salsa was wafting throughout the hall making your mouth water all evening. You could enjoy a draft beer from Taft Ale House, one of Cincinnati’s most popular breweries. Taft’s partner, Kevin Moreland said, “We got involved with this event because of its vision of revitalization in Cincinnati.” If you were looking for a stylish outfit that is also sustainable, you could wander over to where Asia Lindsay, co-founder of Those Girls Vintage and Custom Clothing, was set up under a huge wall of warehouse windows. “Our brand is all about having fun, being who you are, and wearing bright, vibrant colors,” Lindsay said. “Because we sell second hand clothing, our brand is promoting sustainability and recycling while being luxurious and affordable.”


The best moment of the evening had to be when I found out that the Style + Sustainability Gala was not coming to an end- it was just the beginning. “We hope to make this an annual event,” said Turner. That, coupled with Urban Bloom’s co-founder Tyler Wolf’s goal to make Cincinnati the most sustainable city in the world, gives us hope that this time next year we will be attending the 2017 Style + Sustainability Gala!


Turn It On Fitness Event April 18

Skin-baring summer is almost here, so it’s time to hit the gym! Yes… even when you don’t feel like it. But here’s something that’ll help you get out of bed in the morning… Turn it On Fitness! The idea of this line is that it’s “crossover” fitness and fashion wear. So, you can be a fashionista in and outside the gym!

My friend Juetta (former Ben-Gal cheerleader) launched the line a little over a year ago (click here to read my previous blog posts about Turn It On Fitness) and she’s been going gangbusters growing the brand and getting national press coverage.

She’s having an event in Cincinnati on April 18 with her fellow Ben-Gal friends, and you’re invited! Check out the invite below! It’s from 6-8pm, which will be held at SOTO Salon on the the Ohio. SOTO is located at 900b Adams Crossing in Cincinnati, Ohio. RSVP by calling (513)651-9889 or by emailing jaime@SOTO900b.com.


Co-Writing assistance by Guest Blogger, Sydney Murdock

Cincinnati Boutique Sale!

On December 3rd and 4th, from 11a-8p, multiple boutiques in Cincinnati will come together to create a huge holiday sale for the community. Boutiques will be bringing an array of women’s clothing, accessories, shoes and gorgeous jewelry! Make sure to attend this great holiday event, seeing that this event typically happens only twice a year. You’ll be able to find great deals from some of your favorite stores who normally don’t discount right before Christmas! You won’t want to miss this!


Portaluca celebrates Small Business Saturday!

Portaluca, which is formerly known as 4th Street Boutique is a great boutiqe that specializes in selling gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for women. This boutique is directly linked to the Dress for Success program in Cincinnati, which services disadvantaged women. The boutique has two locations, one located in Downtown Cincinnati and the other in College Hill. Both locations hope to cater to clients who would like to grab great fashion finds for less.


Portaluca is celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 29, by offering 40% off merchandise and 25% off jewelry! Make sure you stop in to get great deals on your staple pieces for your wardrobe!

Guest Post by Sydney Murdock


The Wardrobe Cincinnati hosts Shop Small Event!

Screenshot_2014-11-27-01-35-05-1 The Wardrobe is a chic boutique that is located in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Carrying a unique combination of International and American designers, The Wardrobe focuses on providing luxury fashion pieces that cater to the casual, yet sophisticated woman. This haute boutique offers a full selection of apparel, shoes, handbags, and accessories. Clients can receive personal styling, attend trunk shows, and private in home events. Personally, I fell in love with this shop due to the excellent service that was provided as soon as I walked in the door. The pieces were unique, stylish, but still very practical and casual. If you’re looking for a personal shopping experience where you’ll receive expert advice and exclusive pieces, The Wardrobe should be one of your first stops! Screenshot_2014-11-27-01-35-17-1 So, The Wardrobe is hosting an extra special Black Friday event! Ladies at The Wardrobe are prompting shoppers to SHOP SMALL, and to support local businesses. They are providing a great deal to shoppers this weekend. For every $100 you spend, you’ll receive $20 back in a gift card which you can give away or keep for your next purchase! The shop is open from 10am-6pm on Black Friday, and from 10am-5pm on Small Business Saturday. Check out the amazing deals, great service and contribute to supporting small businesses this weekend! Screenshot_2014-11-27-01-35-10-1 Guest Post by Sydney Murdock www.uncommonstylist.wordpress.com

Retrocentric Pinup Studio hosts Holiday Bazaar!

The Holiday Season is the perfect time to get glamorous! The Retrocentric Pinup Studio is the only full service Pinup Studio in the Tri State area. They offer Pinup Sessions and host Pinup Parties to give ladies the full experience that includes retro makeup, hair and wardrobe styling for their personal photo session.

They’re hosting the 2nd annual Retrocentric Holiday Bazaar on December 6.  Make sure that you check out the studio from 2-8pm and enjoy holiday sweets, cocktails, mini makeovers, fabulous vendors, and plenty of holiday cheer! Admission is free, bring your friends and family. They’ve had an amazing year and the staff is ready to celebrate! Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on the festivities.


Declutter and Donate to Dress for Success!

Ok, ladies… we’ve all been there before… lots of clothes but nothing to wear? Here’s my secret for eliminating the stress of getting out the door on time, look fresh and fabulous, and support a local charity in the process! First, make Three Piles: donate, alter, and eBay!

Without a doubt my “donate” pile will be going to Dress for Success Cincinnati, to help empower women and give them the confidence they need to succeed. Gently used business attire can ultimately help women thrive in work and in life. Donations are always welcomed and encouraged! Click here to find out where you can drop off your donations! Remember, donating is tax deductible, good for the earth and makes room for a replenished wardrobe!

For more information about Dress for Success, visit there website at www.dfscincy.org.

My "three piles"
My “three piles”

Thanks to my intern, Shannon Mahoney, for helping me put this blog together!

11th Annual Dress for Success Cincinnati!

The 11th Annual Dress for Success Cincinnati Fashion Show & Luncheon is being held on Tuesday, September 18th from 11am-1:30 pm at The Hyatt.

Saks Fifth Avenue is hosting the event and its the biggest Cincinnati fashion show that they put on every year. Saks donates the proceeds to Dress for Success Cincinnati from people who show in the store the day of the luncheon- up to $10,000!

This year’s title is A Fashionable Affair where they will celebrate the success of more than 14,000 women who have been helped by Dress for Success Cincinnati since it was founded in 1999.

The mission of Dress for Success Cincinnati is to promote the success and economic independence of women in need and since its founding has served more than 10,000 women in the Greater Cincinnati community.

The event includes a reception and raffle, followed by lunch and the fashion show highlighting styles from Saks Fifth Avenue as well as Dress for Success clients who will share their experiences.

Sponsors for the event include Saks Fifth Avenue, Landor, PNC Bank, Always, Keating Muething &  Klekamp, Multi Craft, Sibcy Cline, TriHealth, and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. Corporate sponsorships are still available for the event.

Tickets for the fashion show and luncheon can be purchased for $75-$150 with table packages available from $750-$1,500.

If you want more details call 513-651-3372 or visit the events website here

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