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NOVE home&body decor

Yvonne Ballard, founder of NOVE home&body decor

I recently found out about NOVE home&body decor, and it’s safe to say I’m now OBSESSED!

NOVE is a lifestyle boutique of curated fashion, decor and design services. You can check them out for yourself (be prepared to fall in love) at novedecor.com.

I did a little digging and found out that the concept and site was created by Yvonne Ballard. She’s an Interior Designer by trade, and now she’s on a mission is to provide style that inspires you to be you best. (mission accomplished over here!)

What I think makes her unique is first and foremost… PRICE. Everything I’ve found on her site is very affordable, which I can’t say for other places where you’d find similar stuff. Plus, the site has a SUPER stylish selection, but it’s not too much where it’s overwhelming. Things are even organized into style collections to make it easy to be inspired and find what you’re looking for. 

Over the past three years, Yvonne has been building awareness and getting in-person feedback on her fashion selection through Pop-Up-Shops around the city to offer a personal experience. From the high demand that’s been building over the years, they now sell selected items at brick and mortar location at 1329 Vine st. every 2nd weekend of each month except for July.

Get to know NOVE home&body decor For yourself! Sign up at novedecor.com for inside exclusives and more! You can also like them on Facebook here, or on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter under the name @novedecor.

“Spring Fling” for Security, Dignity, Community at Mannequin Boutique April 29!

Join me for a “Spring Fling” wine and cheese reception to benefit Tender Mercies, at Mannequin Boutique in Over-the-Rhine on Friday, April 29th from 5 to 8 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a boutique shopping experience, coupled with a wine and cheese reception. To support Tender Mercies, guests are encouraged to bring an item valued at $25 or more that could be included in a silent auction (i.e. gift certificates, wine, and event tickets). These items will be used at Tender Mercies Gala scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Horseshoe Casino.

Check out Mannequin’s unique collection of upscale and vintage merchandise and help Tender Mercies continue to provide “Security, Dignity, and Community” in a home for today, tomorrow, and the future.

About Mannequin
Mannequin is a hip women’s clothing, accessories, art, antiques and gift boutique, featuring upscale and vintage merchandise with all proceeds going to Cincinnati charities including Tender Mercies. Mannequin’s roots go back to 1964 when the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) started a yearly one-day sale of donated clothing to raise funds for its many charitable projects. For 35 years, the sale generated as much as
$100,000 a year. What started as a fundraiser in 1964, has become the latest retail outlet in Over-the-Rhine’s Gateway Quarter. And 46 years later… it is still dedicated to doing good for others.

About Tender Mercies
Established in 1985, Tender Mercies works hard each day to transform the lives of homeless men and women with mental illness by providing security, dignity and community. Annually, Tender Mercies provides approximately 200 men and women with housing that is safe, sanitary, respectable and affordable. To prevent a return to homelessness, Tender Mercies assists with obtaining benefits and services like employment training, independent living skills training and counseling.

To learn more about Tender Mercies, visit www.tendermerciesinc.org

Manneqiun Event  2016

New Year, New You – LOTS of New Vendors!

We just maxed out on vendor spots at our upcoming New Year, New You event, which means we’ll have lots of cool new businesses for you to learn about and shop with! Plus, we just got a sneak peek of the event space and it’s going to be AMAAAZING! Construction is scheduled to be complete as of Jan. 19, so our event will be its FIRST after the renovation! Woohoo! Check out all the details below! Hope to see you there!


New Year, New You!
When: Friday Jan. 22 6-9pm (VIP cocktail reception 5-6pm)
Where: Union Hall 1311 Vine St Cincinnati, OH 45202
RSVP: www.NYNY15.eventbrite.com
What: Check out OTR’s newest venue as you shop with some of the best local businesses and enjoy refreshments, light bites, swag bag and fashion show presented by Frameri, Clothes Mentor, and Zephyr Blowout Salon.
Tickets: $10 general admission; $25 VIP (includes front row seat along runway and exclusive VIP cocktail reception) Bring a gently used formal dress for Kenzie’s Closet and get 10 chances to win $5,000 in prizes, including a diamond necklace! (General admission tickets will be sold at the door; swag bags only guaranteed for pre-registered ticket holders)

Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsors: FrameriClothes Mentor

Hair Sponsor: zephyr blowout salon

Official After Party: Japp’s

Booth Sponsors: It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny, Purposeful Painting, Advocare with Tara Montgomery, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, SpringCreek Fertility, Mary Kay with Emily Stalf, Transformational Coach Missy Kirkpatrick, Lipstick Factory, The Plastic Surgery Group, Gild Collective, 9RoundEmerge Hair Studio & SpaDoTerra Essential Oils by Elyse JarardPark Lane with Kimberly SmithPet WantsFluorescent PalaceMichelle B Fitness & Nutrition CoachJamberry with Sarah & Nicole Nelson, SOTO – Salon On The Ohio, Stella & Dot with Liz Urso, CoCo Creative Wellness, Cincinnati Art UndergroundTobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp18|8 Fine Men’s Salons- Cincinnati

Makeup Provided by: Let’s Get Pretty, Glam Gal

Light Bites Sponsor: Paleolicious

Floral Sponsor: Wimberg Landscaping

Photobooth Sponsor: Studio One Photography

Photographer: Glossy Pixels

Models provided by: Heyman Talent

2016 New Year, New You

Kit and Ace Launch Party

The clothing company Kit and Ace had their launch party for their new store in OTR tonight. This company was started by the same family who founded lululemon, their slogan is “luxury you can live in.” The clothing is simple, classic and has a softness that would put the Snuggles fabric softener bear to shame. Comfy enough to be lazy around the house in but cute enough for a night on the town – a perfect combo! These pieces will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe. They have a new shop in OTR, so go visit their new amazing store at 1405 Vine Street!  Here are a few pics from the launch party we attended…


Substance in OTR to Close

After just more than year in business in OTR, Substance announced this morning that it’ll be closing its doors for good. The OTR-based sustainable fashion-focused business (which we wrote about here in Cincy Chic) has a sister store based in Short North, Columbus that’s been in business for more than 8 years. The owner Christina wrote in her blog today that she’s closing both shops to spend more time with her family that’s relocating to South Carolina.

While she’s still entertaining offers for someone to buy the shops and website, Christina says she has a tight deadline of April 30 to meet for that to happen. Otherwise, the doors are set to close mid-June. So, you have until then to use your gift cards, and the entire store is marked down 25%.

Sad to see a business close, especially one with such a strong commitment to a worthy cause, but as I start my own family this year, I can completely understand the need for a work-life balance. I wish you and your family all the best Christina. As for you, shoppers, sounds like it’s time to score some great deals while the gettin’s good!


Shop Local in Over-the-Rhine this Holiday Season!

Looking for a great place to shop local this holiday season? Over-the-Rhine is the place to go! The OTR Chamber of Commerce just announced its schedule for a number of holiday shopping and entertainment events that will take place throughout November and December, and it sounds awesome!!

Everyone is invited to shop, eat and play locally at dozens of boutiques, stores, restaurants, bars and theaters in historic OTR. The shop local holiday season will be kicked off with BuyCincy (formerly known as Cincinnati Unchained) on November 21!

Cincy Chic had our office in OTR from 2009-2011. I moved our office to Anderson to share a collaborative space with a local ad agency, but I miss OTR sooo much and often visit to get my fix and see all the new places popping up. I’m so proud of how the community has developed over time, and plan to attend several of these events to shop local in OTR this holiday season!

You can learn more about the upcoming events by visiting www.otrchamber.com or checking them out on Facebook!

Local Artist Spotlight December 16 3-5pm!

Over-the-Rhine has a new retailer, Substance.

They’re launching in style as they host “In Ohio We Style,” a local artist spotlight event being held this Sunday from 3-5pm. The event proceeds will give to public school education.

Also, going on now through December 31, Substance will donate the gift of a tree being planted for every customer purchase of $50+ for a program called “Trees for Life.” They’re also entering those customers into a drawing for a $500 Substance gift card!

Substance is a new ladies apparel and accessories boutique at 1435 Main Street and is owned by Christina Getachew. You can contact her for more information about the In Ohio We Style event and their Trees for Life campaign at 513-381-0545 or email her at christinag@shopsubstance.com. You can also check out their Facebook page here.


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

Treat Mom, Help Local Women with Sarah Center Spring Sale

Thinking back to Mother’s Day, I remember my mom cherishing the gifts that I made myself. I remember painting a cardboard box with something that kind of resembled an “M” “O” “M” and she kept it for years… she used it as the container that held her hairspray and brush in the bathroom. (She used those a lot – Lots of hairspray and teasing in the 80s you know)

As I grew up, I made things like jewelry. And I’d use stones like Amber (her fav) that would make it special and personalized for her. The things that took the most time and were from the heart seemed to mean more than a simple store bought card or an unoriginal gift card.

But as I grow up even more, I’m getting too busy to make those hand-made items I would love to make for her. Now she’s spoiled though (but I still love you mom if you’re reading this! haha!) so I can’t revert back to Planet Unoriginal and get her boring gifts.

An example of Sarah Center jewelry (click to enlarge)

That’s why I was so excited to learn about Sarah Center. They’re helping you out with giving a deep meaningful gift for those us busy bees for this coming Mother’s Day.

Sarah Center is affiliated with the St. Francis Seraph Ministries and is located in Over The Rhine. The center will be hosting a Spring Sale which will include handcrafted quilts, jewelry and lots more!

The women who make these unique gifts are the real reason to give this sale your time and business. Because OTR is mainly populated with poverty, Sarah Center brings the women of OTR together to build lasting friendships and help each other reach their full potential, helping to give the women stability regardless of their home life.

If you can’t make it to this sale, then check out the site for the Sarah Center to help give back or give information on how to help by clicking here. You can even check out the jewelry and quilts that have been made to get an idea of what will be showcased at the sale. Giving heartfelt gifts to our own mothers is a blessing, so let’s give back to those mothers who deserve it most!

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

4 U Boutique/Serket Trunk Show Tonight

Just found out about this event and thought I’d share… you know, since I just predicted this boutique and designer are going to be household names for all local fashionistas in the near future! : ) I think I might stop by! I haven’t been in yet!

Serket Jewelry Boutique Trunk Show

Thursday November 18, 2010
from 5:30-8:30pm

@ 4U Urban Fashion Boutique
See the hottest new exclusive designs from local designer Lyn Bucalo of Serket Jewelry.

Light fare will be served.

Future Fund Recap, Three New Trends

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I was the co-chair and fashion show emcee of a United Way event this weekend. It was a fun and fashionable time, and we raised $8,600 for the “Future Fund” of United Way, which is a new fundraising program we kicked off with this event.

What I loved most about this event is that it wasn’t “my” event (like it always is at all the Cincy Chic events I attend), so I got to sit back and enjoy a little more than I usually do. Because there was a fashion show element of this event, and all the “who’s who” of Cincinnati YPs were there, everyone was dressed to the nines.

The fashion show was put on by “4 U Boutique” in Over the Rhine and the jewelry was done by local jewelry designer Serket Jewelry. So, while trend #2 and #3 are trends I saw on attendees, trend #1 was spotted on the runway: 4 U Boutique and Serket will be household names for all local fashionistas very soon. I’m already starting to hear lots of buzz! The clothing was very “urban chic” and the price points are very affordable. Just the things people are gravitating toward right now!

Clothing by 4U Boutique, Jewelry by Serket
Clothing by 4U Boutique, Jewelry by Serket

Trend #2 are ruffles. Ruffles have been in for a while, but they’re now showing up in interesting little places like at a shoulder, or trim, or really pronounced and structured ruffles at the neck.

Photo Credits: color photos by Joe Simon, b/w photos by Photo Booth by David DeWitt
Photo Credits: color photos by Joe Simon, b/w photos by Photo Booth by David DeWitt

Trend #3 is the one shoulder. It’s back in a big way, much to the chagrin of my husband who calls them “caveman dresses.” But I love them. And judging from the amount of one shoulder dresses I saw at the event, I’m not the only one who loves them.

Photo Credits: color photos by Joe Simon, b/w photos by Photo Booth by David DeWitt
Photo Credits: color photos by Joe Simon, b/w photos by Photo Booth by David DeWitt