The only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati
Authors Posts by Amy Scalia

Amy Scalia

Amy Scalia
Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at 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 a boy, 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.

by -

We're taking you to an exquisite estate just outside of Anderson Township for this week's Listing of the Week!

Exquisite estate with spectacular views of golf course and lakes, nestled on five-plus acres in a private enclave of 9 homes, minutes from Lunken Airport and Downtown Cincinnati, 1/8 of a mile from Anderson Township. Lovely architectural details throughout, ornate crown moldings, coffered ceilings, elegant antique fireplaces imported from Europe, solarium with interior fountain. 1600 sf Great Room for entertaining with a 20 ‘ diameter stained-glass, backlit ceiling dome. Laundry with heated floors, gift wrapping station and office. Exterior Haddonstone fountain and planters adorn the landscaped estate which also boasts a nine-car garage. Located minutes from Lunken Airport and downtown Cincinnati, tucked away on a private, gated drive. Recently extensively renovated with many custom features.

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

by -

You don't want to miss this gorgeous Colonial home in this week's Listing of the Week!

At the top of a private drive, this gorgeous custom-built brick Colonial is nestled on 2.2 acres. Superior quality and details. 1st floor master bedroom with walk in closet and ensuite study. Beautiful NEW kitchen! 5 spacious bedrooms with accompanying bathrooms. Private pool in the backyard. Move in Ready! Also Available For Lease!

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


by -

Keep reading as we learn what makes life a little easier for a local mom and her kiddos with special needs.

Janis and her daughter, who attends ABC Pediatric Therapy.


What one “mom chore” would you forever outsource if you could? 
Janis: Scheduling appointments, and getting them in all in one day. Between three kiddos with special needs, we rarely get a day to just chill at home.

What activities are you and your kids into right now?
Janis: Swimming, dancing, and playing outside 

What is your favorite local dining spot near(or in) Hyde Park?
Janis: Arthur’s. Great burgers and atmosphere. 

Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Janis: Lucas, 15, Sage, 9, and Maris, 2 

What would you like others to know about your child with special needs?
Janis: That they all have their differences but those differences have taught me to be compassionate, patient, and how to advocate for them.

What advice would like to give other parents in the Hyde Park and surrounding areas about ABC Pediatric Therapy?
Janis: We’ve been going to therapy since my oldest was 2. We only recently found ABC in the past couple years and it has been a Godsend. It’s so fun for the kids! The therapists really care about our children and my kids can’t wait to go to ABC. My youngest asks for ABC almost daily. That really says something. 

What is one wish you have for your child’s future?
Janis: To live a pain-free life full of opportunity.


This is a special advertising supplement paid for by ABC Pediatric Therapy Network.

by -

Our life coach columnist gets personal this week as she moves into a big life (and health) change. Read on for some serious inspiration and motivation!

Are you tired of struggling with your health and wellness? How many times have you said, “this time it will be different?” You nail the program, get the results, and then in no time you are back to your habits that return your body to an unhealthy status.

We live in a trillion dollar business of the hype about the magic pills, potions, packaged foods, along with the fad diets that include words like coffee and keto. We buy into their promisesabout the product and yet many still struggle with the maintaining the results.

This is my personal story and has been for many years.  I have done a lot of programs and nailed them all, but the real struggle begins during the maintaining the results phase.  

So, what’s the solution you ask? A different approach! 

The missing piece for me was getting clear on why I was doing it in the first place.  I had so many reasons why outside of me – my family, look good at a reunion, buy cute clothes, but the main KEY was my internal reason. 

This is the intrinsic motivation that really drives the desire to stay the course. What’s your why for reclaiming your health?

– Longevity and vitality
– Living without dis-ease
– Body in motion that doesn’t ache or have pains
– Strong bones and muscle to carry you well into your later years
– Flexibility and range of motion

Often these whys are overlooked because you tend to look outside of yourself for the reason to be a certain shape and/or size. Which is good, but when you can tap into your WHY you will find ways to continue working towards those goals.  Mindset work is where it all begins.

Ready to discover a way to do things differently?  I invite you to a new alternative you can receive fro FREE right in your inbox over the next 14-day program to learn ways to “Reclaiming MyHealth” through daily inspiration on mindset and motivation for better health.

    by -

    A local mecca for designer fashion recently moved to an exciting new location in Montgomery that offers twice the space and retail offerings than before. Read on to learn more about the expansion, where you can find the new space, and all the fashion-lovin' fun they have planned for it.

    Designer Items & More recently re-located from West Chester to the heart of Montgomery. Owner Felisa Insignares says she moved to a new space after listening to clients and their calls for growth and more retail offerings.

    “We’ve got twice as much square footage so twice as many designs and fitting rooms,” she says. “We also have a salon and gift area.”

    Insignares loves to make her clients feel empowered and confident, and putting them in designer clothing is just an added benefit for her. 

    “It gives me so much satisfaction to empower women to feel and be their most confident whether in the boardroom or office, in front of the camera, at a special event or simply living every day moments,” she says.

    The fashionable art at Designer Items & More is more than just clothing on racks, it’s an art form that Insignares loves to showcase to clients in her new location.

    Although they’re in a new location, their services have only expanded. “We still offer our styling appointments and are open to the public,” says Insignares, noting their regular shop hours as well as the ability to schedule private styling and shopping appointments.

    When you shop at Designer Items & More, Insignares says you’ll find brands such as Moschino, Louboutin, Akris, Dior, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more. Designer items are new with tags or gently used and dry cleaned before they’re sold. All items are also checked for flaws and any imperfections are identified as part of the transparency Insignares gives her customers.

    With the expansion of a new, bigger store, Insignares says she hopes to continue is growth and its customer reach. She also have several events in the works, collaborating with other Montgomery-based businesses. Insignares says she will announce event details soon on their Facebook page.

    To learn more about Designer Items and More, visit Designer Items and More is now located at 7791 Cooper Road, Suite E in Cincinnati. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

    by -

    Incredible location, gorgeous upgrades, beautiful spaces inside and out. Find it all in this week's Listing of the Week! Click for a peek inside.

    Gorgeous home in Mt. Lookout listed at $1.049 million featuring 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in 4,506 square feet. Designer kitchen & baths. Spacious indoor and outdoor living areas! Tax abated thru 2024! Certified LEED Silver.

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

    by -

    We all agree that there is no other attire like Saree. It is one of the most traditional yet sensational looking Indian ethnic wears that will never go out of fashion. Indian women have an undeniable love affair with this incredibly stylish Indian wear. Whether it’s a festive celebration, a wedding, a traditional ritual, or a regular day at work, this garment will never fail you. It is the epitome of elegance and unparallel regal charm. 

    For centuries, this garment has been staple wear for women from different parts of the country. However, over the last few decades, it has evolved as a fashion wear. Saree has undergone a major transformation and have adopted various contemporary patterns to suit the needs of the modern Indian women. If you are looking for some interesting styles and gorgeous sarees, you can shop sarees online at 

    Trends keep coming and going, but this outfit never goes out of fashion. It continues to be the queen of all Indian attires. Meanwhile, the fashion designers are experimenting and exploring the saree trend like never before. They are bringing back some classic styles and creating some fresh saree looks for their star-studded fashion shows. They are setting new trends and creating a fashion stirrup. If you are a fashion-conscious person and you like to keep your fashion game forward, here are some ramp-shows inspired trends to wear sarees this season.

    1. Unique Blouse designs: There is a major shift in the fashion world. Not only the draping unit but also the blouse gets equal attention. It is all about how it looks as an ensemble. Therefore, paying extra attention to the blouse is important. These days designers and regular girls are playing with different patterns of blouses. This does not mean simply teaming the saree with a contrasting blouse. In fact, it is all about statement blouse with unique designs and textures. You can experiment with the blouse sleeves and create a fashionable attire with ruffled sleeves, off-the-shoulder sleeves, strappy studded sleeves or more. You can even experiment with the necklines and opt for a backless blouse, knotted blouse, brooch blouse, sheer back or more. There are numerous options to explore. So, start researching and look for the idea that will make you outshine the crowd. 
    1. Use Different shade of same colors: The latest trend is all about colors. While pairing up contrasting colors may not be a raging trend anymore, women are looking using different shades of the same colors in a palette. Pairing up soft and dark shade of your favorite color creates a gorgeous impact and gives the ensemble a modish appeal. It’s a suave way of styling your saree and look graceful. 
    1. Bring back the Traditional Sarees: Well, if you thought traditional Indian sarees are out of fashion, you are wrong. This is the best time to bring out your treasured sarees and adorn them in the most stylish way. Whether it’s Kanjeevaram, Banarasi, Patola, Paithani, kalamkari, Tanchoi, or any other typical traditional Indian saree, it is best to bring them out from your wardrobe and flaunt it. The trends hint at the revival of traditional designs and patterns this summer. The designers are making dedicated efforts to resuscitate these fashion trends that are an embedded part of India’s culture. Styling them well with ethnic Indian jewelry is the key to wear these sarees with old-world charm in a fashionable way. 
    1. Sheer sarees: Sheer sarees have been here for a while and it seems this trend is still hot on the ramps. There is nothing more glamorous than a sheer saree paired with an intricately designed blouse. Sheer sarees with shimmer and sheer sarees with vintage embroidery are making the rounds and creating some serious fashion splendour. You can choose from some new-age colors like mint green, gold, icy blue, powder pink, tangerine, metallics, grey, ombre shades, lemon yellow, dusty pink and more to create this look. There is a whole new range of colors to explore when it comes to sheer sarees. 
    1. Keep up with the pastels: While there is a whole new range of trending new colors, pastels remain the favorite. Women and fashion designers are not yet over pastels and still exploring its potential. The pale versions of eccentric colors are a must for the summer season. Sarees in pastel shades like lemon yellow, dull pink, sage green, sky blue, and peach are perfect for summer wear. Whether it’s a big formal event or a regular day at work, these colors are perfect to keep your look chic and trendy.
    2. Bold Prints: Apart from these colors, what is hot is prominent bold prints. Edgy and contemporary style prints with floral motifs, nature-inspired patterns, foliate designs, bird prints and more are trending, and women are loving it. These bold prints are all you need this season to look your sensational best. Make sure you opt for a light fabric when it comes to bold and opulent prints on a saree. Keep it minimal with makeup and jewelry and maintain a sophisticated look for these sarees. 
    1. Fabric play: While cotton still remains among the summer favorite, sarees in linen and khadi fabric are a raging trend. It’s a hit among working ladies who like to keep it stylish even in their ethnic wear. Also, these fabrics are easy-to-carry during summers and are perfect to wear it all day long. These two fabrics are considered summer-friendly and keep the body cool. 

    So, are you ready to take your saree look several notches up with these ramp-inspired trends? 

    by -

    We're heading out to a newly built custom home at the exclusive Riverview Estates at Coldstream.

    This newly constructed transitional ranch home sits on 1.085 acres in the exclusive Riverview Estates at Coldstream. The $1,639,000, 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home is exceptional, pristine, bright, and custom-built. There’s a spacious open floor plan, premium finishes throughout, a gourmet eat-in kitchen that opens to a great room, a first-floor master bedroom with a luxury ensuite bathroom, first-floor laundry and study, a finished walkout with fireplace and wetbar, an oversized 4-car garage, and a rear deck with wooded views.

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

    by -

    A newly updated home in the heart of Hyde Park is our latest Listing of the Week! Click for a sneak peek inside!

    This home in the heart of Hyde Park is listed at $1.15 million and features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathroom, and 4,400 square feet of living space plus a basement. It’s a short walk to Hyde Park and Ault Park. The home features an expansive flat backyard with stunning new patio, screened porch, and space for a 3-car garage. Inside the sunny, open, modern floor plan offers your dream kitchen, 2 first-floor living spaces, a new mudroom, new master suite, second floor laundry, new bathrooms, huge rooms, and lots of storage.

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