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Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and another little one on the way, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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We found a beautiful French Normandy home on one of Hyde Park's most sought-after streets! Click here to check out the Listing of the Week!

Looking for a home in one of Hyde Park’s most sought-after streets? Run, don’t walk, to this listing at 3573 Baynard Drive. This $1 million, 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom French Normandy home features 3,150-square-feet of comfort and luxury. The home is a short walk to more than 100+ restaurants in the area. The home features a rare open floor plan for entertaining, a large deck overlooking 1.3 acres of lush green space with unusual privacy, an oversized 2-car garage, attractive weeping brick, a wrought iron staircase, and the fourth bedroom has a walkout.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Searching for unbelievable views of the city without sacrificing privacy? Check out this home located just outside the heart of the city's Central Business District!

Pack your bags because you don’t want to miss this rare opportunity! Priced at $1.5 million, this downtown apartment features breathing taking views of the city in 3,567-square-feet of luxury space. There are beautiful finishes throughout this modern home in a building with just 10 residents. Enjoy a 3-car garage, low condo fees, 3 terraces, proximity to parks, downtown Cincinnati, and Newport! This is one you’ll want to see for yourself!

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

Click here to see more pictures of this beautiful space!

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Listed at just under $1 million, this Montgomery home is situated on a private lot. Superbly maintained, it features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, an open floor plan, high-end finishes, a large gourmet kitchen, and an enclosed porch. There’s also a finished lower level with an exercise room. This home offers a maintenance-free lifestyle and the social activities of this popular and conveniently located community.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Dinner parties are a fabulous way to gather friends and family, and enjoy an evening of good food, good drinks and great conversation. But as the host, pulling off a seamless and entertaining evening comes with a lot of preparation and organization. Let’s take a look at a few key details you need to consider when planning your next dinner party.

1. Menu

While your friends and family may come to your dinner party for the great company and entertainment, it’s no secret that everybody’s thinking about the amazing food they get to have. When creating a menu, it’s important to note that you’re hosting many people with different tastes, so it’s always a great idea to stay simple but delicious. You also want to think about your own night as well — do you want to be in the kitchen all night preparing numerous little appetizers and spending time on complicated sides? Stick to meals that can be prepared before your guests arrive, are easy to serve and cater to large groups; pastas, salads and casseroles are always useful suggestions. For dessert, think of something that everyone can dig into like a big cake or tiramisu, rather than individual tarts or something that you’ll have to serve for each person.

2. Decorations

Whether you’re going for a theme or just a traditional evening, placing the right decorations both on your table and around the living area is vital to taking the evening from a regular meal to a celebration. If you’re going for a theme, then the decorations are relatively self-explanatory, but there are a few basic recommendations that should always be included for ambiance. For around the house, fresh flowers are usually nice, along with scented candles.

Make the evening a festivity by putting a real effort into the dining table. Use a full dining set that includes a tablecloth, matching mats and a prominent centerpiece. You could have cutlery for each course, different beer, wine and alcohol glasses for each type of drink, and fold the napkins in a decorative manner.

3. Invitations

With social media such a big part of everyone’s life, invitations are often overlooked and replaced by digital invites or Facebook event requests. But there’s still an opportunity to put some effort into your invitations and successfully set the tone of the event. If you’re looking to stay traditional and send out your invitations through the mail, you can use Adobe Suite to design and create a unique invitation. If you’re sticking to digital, there’s still opportunity to be creative; for example, you could create a short video or design a digital invitation. Either way, make sure the invitation is true to the style of the evening you have planned and provides all the necessary details.

4. Entertainment

While it’s usually an afterthought, the entertainment can make or break a night. When deciding on your entertainment, it’s important to think hard about the kind of evening you’re aiming for. If you’re looking for something a little more formal or fancy, a musician or raffle prizes may be appropriate. If it’s something a little more casual, you may decide to play a few fun games like Catch Phrase or Cards Against Humanity. If socializing and having great conversation is the main focus of the evening, you may just decide to keep it simple and have some background music playing while you enjoy the evening.

Dinner parties may take a little time to organize, but they’re worth the effort. Be sure to read through these few suggestions and take them on board when planning out your next event.

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We're mad for plaid in this week's edition of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching to see how you can incorporate this hot trend into your fall wardrobe!

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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From the fabulous eat-in kitchen and media room to the sun-filled family room and breathtaking terrace -- all nestled in the heart of Mariemont -- you won't want to miss this Listing of the Week!

Check out this beautiful Mariemont home featuring 4 finished levels! At $1.05 million this 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom house has 4,102 square feet. A fabulous eat-in kitchen with marble counters opens to a sun-filled family room leading to terrace and large fenced lawn with sprinkler system. Spacious master suite, hardwood floors, office, 2nd floor laundry, screened porch, media room, and so much more!

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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