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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 chat with the star of the Broadway musical WAITRESS and her co-star to hear more about the show and how she brought her character to life!

Cincy Chic: What are some of your favorite relatable aspects of the show.
Desi Oakley, Star of Broadway’s WAITRESS: Everything about this story is relatable! It’s a universal story where we zoom in on Jenna, who is just like everyone else. She’s not necessarily this dynamic woman that everyone is writing about, she’s the gal next door, so the people in her life are the guys and girls next door, too. So the script, a lot of it, is based on Adrienne Shelly’s screenplay, which is from the movie, and if it’s not those words exactly then Jessie Nelson, our book writer, has rounded the edges to make it more theatrical. But they aren’t too theatrical, they’re so relatable, they’re words we would all say in real life and not when putting on a character. So I would say that’s the best thing about the show, is it’s so relatable.

Cincy Chic: You mentioned the female power aspect of this, the creative team and everyone involved, and this is something that’s been celebrated by a lot of women because it’s one of the first times that all of the creative direction and everything is all-women. Not to mention Sara Bareilles, who is behind it as well and wrote the songs for this show. What’s your favorite song?
Oakley: My favorite song changes by the week! Because the music is pop music, it’s Sara. This week it is “A Soft Place to Land.” It’s a song I sing with my two besties at the diner, Becky and Dawn. And the three of us sing it and the harmonies are beautiful but at the same time it allows us to dive deep into this hopeful, dreamy state that we all want and desire deep, deep down. That’s my favorite song!

Cincy Chic: I have to tell you, and it’s not only the pregnancy hormones, but I lost it when you said “We were both born today.” And you kept a very good balance when you were singing that, this is the pinnacle moment and you’re holding the baby for the very first time. I never expected that when I had my very first baby and when you were singing it there was so much emotion behind it. Is that difficult to have so much emotion behind what you’re feeling?
Oakley: Thank you. You know that is a challenge, the best challenge for myself as an actress. I’m moved by this story as well. I tap into real-life emotions and experiences in order to tell Jenna. In that moment I think of my niece and nephew and the way that my sister has felt, and so I really am looking at this baby and seeing my nephew, the very first little baby I said I’m related to, and said there cannot be more love than this moment. And I am tapping into this. And I say that I would rather feel the emotion and crack on a note or it not be beautifully, perfect sung because I went there than to say that my performance was empty or without emotion, so thank you for saying that. That is a huge compliment to me and my work as an actress and I appreciate that!

Cincy Chic: We were talking about the relatable aspects: The motherhood aspect, the friends, the love, and also the mother. There’s a special relationship you mention throughout, the mother. Do you have a special relationship with your mom? Tell me about how she helped you prepare!
Oakley: So actually I had never made a pie before and when I told her about this role I was taking on she flew to New York City from Missouri to teach me how to make a pie! So she brought along a true recipe card of my great-grandmother’s cherry pie recipe and, in my studio apartment in New York, taught me how to make a pie. She taught me all these tricks and showed me exactly what to do. We did the lattice, a perfect, classic woven top and everything was just perfect. I remember that so much when I’m on stage and it was a beautiful moment and I’m just grateful to her for thinking of that. And for her it was just fun and I had no idea that it would really be in my muscle memory and in my vision as I’m painting a picture of Jenna every night.

Cincy Chic: You have some personal pursuits outside of Broadway, tell me about those!
Oakley: I consider myself a singer/songwriter. I’m very inspired by Sara Bareilles. I’m a classically-trained pianist. I’ve been playing since I was 8 and I studied really intensely for about 14 years, so all of my songs stem from piano but I kind of like to compare myself to Sarah McLaughlin nowadays, so kind of like a throwback, easy listening, nothing complicated, but you know, writing about life experience. I’m actually going to put out a second album after the first of the year!

Cincy Chic: So with Sara Bareilles on set during rehearsals, was it a very hands-on and involved kind of thing?
Oakley: She was like a mentor to me! She would say, because she played the role and wrote the story, she would give me tips about the apron and all these other bits of helpful information. She really took us all under her wing and I felt like she was so kind and generous with this process.

WAITRESS runs in Cincinnati from January 9-21 at The Aronoff Center. Learn more about the show and get your tickets at cincinnatiarts.org.

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We chat with Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa about a photolaser treatment that infuses light into the skin to target age spots, tighten pores, make skin more reflective, and genetically delay aging. 

Victory Wellness & Medpsa offers a procedure called the BBL – broadband light. It’s a laster photofacial. The laser infuses light into the skin to target spots, tighten pores, makes skin more reflective, and even changes the genetic makeup of your skin to delay aging. 

According to Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa, the procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Of course, this depends on what you’re having done. The procedure is great for treating aging spots on your body like your face, neck, or torso.

Another great thing about the BBL treatment is that there is no downtime. As soon as the procedure is finished you can walk right out of the office and go on with your day.

When it comes to using BBL to treat age spots on your body, Dr. Kerschner says you’ll need about 3-5 treatments before you’ll see maximum or desired results. She adds that you’ll also want to get a follow-up treatment every 6 months to 1 year just to maintain your results and the look of your skin.

Learn more about Victory Wellness & Medspa and their treatments at www.victorywellness.com.

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A Cincinnati-based tea company opened a Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Rookwood Commons for a limited time only! Read on and watch our exclusive virtual tour video to get all the delicious details!

Typically, you can only find Churchill’s Fine Teas at Findlay Market or online. But they’re adding something new this holiday season with a pop-up location at Rookwood Commons, open now through January 7.

Churchill Fine Teas — a Cincinnati-based, family-owned and operated business — is on a mission to inspire people wherever they may be in their tea journey.

Churchill’s specializes in loose leaf tea and has the largest selection of tea in the Midwest with more than 200 choices. To help with your tea decision-making process, their Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Rookwood has an entire wall dedicated to all of the teas they carry. There, you’ll find samples of each tea, so you can get up close and personal with each one, open the container to smell the aroma of the tea and get a better idea of what it will taste like.

In addition to their tea selection, they also have a variety of tea accessories including tea pots, cups and mugs, infusers, and matcha sets. 

The staff at Churchill’s Fine Teas is there to offer up their knowledge on the teas carried in the store and they’ll help to explain all of the different types of teas as well as the benefits of each. Need a recommendation? They can help with that, too. Taste testers are also out each day in the store so you can sample a tea that you might not have otherwise thought to try.

If there’s a tea lover on your holiday shopping list, you can not only shop Churchill’s regular products, but also their holiday gift sets, which include tea gift sets like: Traveler’s Tea Passport, Holiday Favorites, World of Earl Grey, and a Tea Cocktail Collection. 

Other gift ideas include a Tea Club Membership, which includes a monthly selection of teas including exclusive blends that are only available through the Tea Club. These memberships also come with descriptions of the tea, brewing instructions, and recipes!

Can’t decide between tea and chocolate? Go for both! Locally-based Maverick Chocolate created tea-infused truffles using Churchill’s Tea. They come in a box of four truffles, one of each flavor, or a box of eight truffles, two of each flavor. 

If you were thinking of checking out the Churchill’s Fine Tea to get started on your tea journey, now is the best time, as you can shop their holiday offers. When you spend $50 with Churchill’s, you’ll receive a free Luxury Tea Tin. Shoppers will also get a free Churchill’s mug with any Tea Club membership, which can be wrapped when you purchase a membership in store or included in your first tea shipment. Plus, get 12% off when you buy 4 ounces of the same tea along with Tea Infused Truffles, perfect for stocking stuffers or host/hostess gifts!

The holiday pop-up location of Churchill’s Fine Teas is located at Rookwood Commons, near Whole Foods, and will be open until January 7. Churchill’s Fine Teas is also online, where you can shop their teas and other products, at www.churchillsteas.com

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Keep reading as we chat with Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa about a new treatment that's restoring your pelvis to its youthful days!

 

Aside from skin care treatments and weight loss programs, Victory Wellness & Medspa also offers a different type of treament – ThermiVa®. 

According to Dr. Kerschner, ThermiVa® is a radiofrequency treatment that came out about two years ago. It aims to improve vaginal and pelvic fitness by gently heating tissue in the pelvis and vaginal areas to heal tissue.

Oftentimes, Dr. Kerschner says, women will visit Victory Wellness & Medspa with issues of incontinence, especially after having several children or when they are post-menopausal. With these cases, ThermiVa® will go in and restore muscle function around the urethra to help improve the issue.

Helping with incontinence isn’t the only benefit of receiving ThermiVa® treatments. The procedure can also aid in restoring vaginal tightness. Women who have gone through multiple childbirths find that they’re feeling a bit “looser” than they once did, but ThermiVa® an help tighten the muscle around the vagina and restore it back to its youthfulness.

ThermiVa® treatments can also help to increase sensitivity and sexual pleasure, Dr. Kerschner says.

Each ThermiVa® treatment is 45 minutes, and Dr. Kerschner says that you’ll need three sessions up front. And then, depending on the severity of the damage, you’ll need a maintenance treatment every 6 months to 1 year. 

This non-invasive procedure also allows you to avoid surgery, which can keep you out of work and life for a while, as it as no downtime. 

Dr. Kerschner adds that ThermiVa® treatments have a 98 percent satisfaction rate nationwide, and 100 percent of her clients are satisfied with their results.

Learn more about ThermiVa® and whether the procedure is right for you by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

 

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Want that Hollywood glow right here in Cincinnati? Keep watching to learn more about the only medspa in the Queen City that's giving you the glow you've always wanted!

Looking for that Hollywood glow all the celebs are sporting these days? Look no further when you visit Victory Wellness & Medspa’s Halo. 

According to Dr. Kerschner, owner of Victory Wellness & Medspa, Halo is a different kind of laser. 

“It’s different because it’s a hybrid,” she explains. “The older lasers were either too deep or too shallow for what you needed, sometimes leaving you with a peeling face for a month or two.”

But the Halo laser gives you the glow you’re looking for without all the peeling. “The laser can determine how deep or shallow it needs to be,” says Dr. Kerschner. “We customize it to your skin and take measurements so it already knows the exact depth of your skin and won’t cause any harm.”

Each treatment takes about 15 minutes to do. Dr. Kerschner and her team will put some numbing cream on your face before starting the session. 

Dr. Kerschner says that following a Halo treatment you can expect to look a little sunburnt for as many as 3 days, depending on how deep you go during your treatment. There is minimal discomfort and you can put makeup on your face to cover up some of the redness.

“Your face will look like you went to the beach,” adds Dr. Kerschner. “But by day 5 you can expect to start glowing.”

Victory Wellness & Medspa is the only medspa in Cincinnati that owns Halo. “We definitely welcome you to come by and experience a beautiful face, improved skin, increased collagen, better elasticity, and less wrinkles,” says Dr. Kerschner.

Learn more about Halo by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

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Is it a neutral? Is it a color? Keep watching as our Editor-in-Chic chats with the founder of Styling with Amy about one of winter's hottest color trends: olive!

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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Want to tighten up some troublesome skin? We chat with board certified Dr. Magdalena Kerschner about an advanced technology she recommends.

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and starts to develop wrinkles, fine lines, and areas that aren’t quite as tight as they used to be. Victory Wellness & Medspa wants to help you get rid of those troublesome areas with their skin tightening treatments. 

Currently, Victory Wellness offers two options: radio frequency skin tightening and laser skin tightening.

According to Victory Wellness Owner Dr. Kerschner, these treatments work by heating up your skin upwards of 43 degrees. When the treatments do this, they’re working to increase collagen and elastin production in your body. 

Dr. Kerschner says these treatments are a great option for treating fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, where your skin is extra susceptible to developing aging issues. You can also use radio frequency and/or laser treatments to tighten up your neck, arms, legs, and any parts of the body that has loose skin that can’t be treated by surgery, because there isn’t enough skin to treat. 

The radio frequency treatment takes approximately 45 minutes while the laser treatment lasts about a half hour. Dr. Kerschner says you can see results within 30 days and can see maximum results in six months. “You typically need three treatments to start with and then one treatment once a year to maintain your results,” she adds.

To see your skin tightening options, learn which treatments are right for you, or to find more information on Victory Wellness & Medspa, visit victorywellness.com.

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While we usually share fashion tips and trends on Styling with Amy and Amy, we're offering cleaning tips this week to add more life to each piece. Watch for all the details.

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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Look like a million bucks without spending it when you shop this locally-based online retailer for your holiday parties! Plus, learn about the exclusive discount she's offering to Cincy Chic readers!

The holidays are here and so are the parties! We’ll never pass up an opportunity to get dolled up and look like a fabulous fashionista, but if we get to dress up in items from Miss Em’s we’d love it even more! 

You want to look glamorous, sophisticated, and fashionable without sacrificing comfort or your pocket book when it comes to holiday parties, and with Miss Em’s you can do just that! Her items are super affordable and always stylish! 

As you’re preparing for the parties that are just around the corner (and don’t forget about New Years too!), check out some of our favorite picks from Miss Em’s:

Clear Teardrop Earrings

Burgundy Blanket Scarf

 

Post Pearl Drop Layered Tassel Earrings

Black Braided Beaded Bib Necklace

Silver Filigree Stretch Bracelet

To make it even sweeter, Miss Em’s is offering another sale exclusively for Cincy Chic readers! Use coupon code “Cincychic” at checkout to get 25% off the site! Learn more about Miss Em’s at https://missems.com/, “like” the on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

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