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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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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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'Tis the season for going red! Keep watching to learn unique ways for adding red-hot flair to your wardrobe with fun pops of red!


 

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.

Looking for something unique to get the littles on your list this year? Read on as our Editor in Chic shares her secret to Santa-esque success.

One of the reasons I love shopping with Miss Em’s (other than the fact that she’s locally based and a rockstar #GirlBoss) is that she not only has great jewelry and accessories for ME, but also fun gift items for the kiddos on my list. It’s stuff you don’t see picked over at all the department stores, or worry if they’ll have four duplicates of it under the tree. Here are a few of my favorite unique gift items for kids on missems.com!

“How you Doin’?” bib

($13) And there are a TON of other bibs with funny sayings like “Taco Tuesday,” “I’m so fancy,” and a mermaid-themed “Call me on my SHELL phone.”

 

 

Santa Sack

($18) This is an oversized canvas holiday drawstring gift sack that features printed holiday graphics and a chalkboard banner so you can personalize it with the kiddo’s name. You can wrap up a bigger item with this, or put several smaller items in it. Helloooo, easy gift wrapping!

 

 

Santa Evidence Kit

($20) This is a 6-piece set that includes a reindeer bell, Santa glove, button, glasses and footprint stencil kit with glitter. There’s also a poem on the box explains the discovery magic! So fun!

 

 

Countdown Blocks

($20) Make counting down the time until the big day fun AND educational. Plus, it’ll help remind you of how much time you have left to buy all those last minute gifts and get it all wrapped, haha! 

 

 

Tickle Monster Book

($35) I bought this for my daughter last year at the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House, and it’s seriously been one of my best purchases EVER for her. It’s easily her most-requested book at night time — unlike any of her other books and it always induces the best belly laughs — and I just love the bonding time we get from it. 

 

Buckeye Piggy Bank
($22) Ok, if you have a kiddo on your list who’s first letters were O-H… I-O, then this is the gift for them. And hey, tell them to start saving their pennies for OSU tuition, or at least season tickets for lots of OSU games in the future!

 

 

Elf Door

($15) You can’t have an Elf on the Shelf in your house without a door for them to come in, right? This is such a fun idea for your Elf on the Shelf lovin’ littles to spark their vivid imaginations, or if you just want to add something unique to your holiday decor.

 

Sparkly Time of the Year Onesie

($20, 0-6months) I love getting the little holiday-themed onesies that make the littles look extra super cute for the season. There are lots of cute onesies, socks, and adorable accessories like a bowtie and suspenders set on her site, so check them out, too!

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Feel like you've tried every diet trick in the book without success? We chat with Dr. Kerschner to see why her testing and customized weight loss plans are working for clients when nothing else does.

Struggling with weight issues? Victory Wellness & Medpsa offers weight loss programs to help you get rid of pesky pounds that aren’t going away with dieting. 

As 43% of Americans are battling obesity, Victory Wellness & Mespa works to get to the root of the issue and get their clients on a path of a sustained, healthy weight and lifestyle.

When you visit the office, you’ll find that Dr. Kerschner and the team at Victory Wellness & Mespa will run a metabolic test to determine if there are any underlying issues that have led to your unsuccessful weight loss in the past, such as thyroid problems, non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease, or other imbalances.

Once these labs come back, Dr. Kerschner reviews the results, talks with you about any issues your body may be having, discusses options for treating them, and then custom-creates a weight loss program designed specifically for you that she monitors along the way.

Weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all solution, Dr. Kerschner says, and that’s why they take this personalized approach to analyzing each client and creating a custom weight loss plan that is optimized to work best for them.

Learn more at victorywellness.com or call 513-936-3065. 

Looking for an easy but unique fundraiser for a charity you love? Want to update your wardrobe and help local causes while you're at it? See how you can through one locally-based online retailer.

I love shopping on my friend Emily’s site, www.missems.com, because there’s a TON of cute jewelry, bags/scarves and baby stuff (at SUPER affordable prices). But I also love doing business with her because she supports lots of local charities.

The first kind of charity she supports is YOURS. Click here to see a video I did last year that documents how to host an online shopping party with your friends and family to fundraise for a cause of your choice. For the sale I did last year, I raised funds for a family who needed money for fertility treatment… so your cause doesn’t necessarily need to be an official 501c3 charity. 

You can also host online shopping events that are not related to a charity (like this one I’m doing on Oct. 23) where you earn credits to use on her site instead. But in case you’d like to host a Miss Em’s fundraiser, here are some highlights:

  • 15% of total sales from a Miss Em’s party get donated back as a check for your organization
  • Can be done online as a virtual/Facebook party (can you include the video you did last year as a party) OR…
  • It can be an in-home party where your friends and family come to you
  • All pieces of jewelry are $5-$25 or less so everyone can feel comfortable purchasing something without breaking the bank

Miss Em’s also hosts events throughout the year in Columbus and Cincinnati where a portion of proceeds benefit a local cause. Here are groups they’ve done fundraisers for previously: Boy Scouts, cheerleading teams, volleyball teams, southern Ohio survivors, Pelotonia, Cincinnati Children’s, and many more.  

Click here to check out the “Upcoming Event” section of her site so you can see if there’s an event coming up (where she’s either hosting or being a vendor at) that you’d like to attend. It’s always neat to see and try on the items in person instead of buying online! You can also “like” Miss Em’s on Facebook so you get invited to events in the future. Here are a few pictures of previous Miss Em’s events and fundraisers so you can see how fun they are! Hope to see you at one soon!

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it has been estimated that 26 million people around the world suffer from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid painkillers. If you are worried that a friend or relative could be amongst these millions, then you’re probably already aware that it can be difficult to determine whether or not they have an addiction problem, at least at the beginning. According to the experts, there are many opiate addicts who exhibit no outward signs or symptoms of their addiction, which can cause problems for supportive family members or friends trying to get to the root of the problem so that they can offer help. Of course, the longer somebody struggles with an opioid addiction, the more signs there will likely be. Here are some of the most common symptoms to look out for.

#1. Drowsiness

Since opioids are depressants, a sure sign that somebody is struggling with an addiction to opioid painkillers is extreme drowsiness. If your loved one is sleeping more often than usual and begins to uncontrollably fall asleep in inappropriate situations, for example, during a meal, this could be a cause for concern. Of course, bear in mind that this could simply be a side effect of prescription painkillers, so it’s important to take into consideration how long they have been on the medication. If you’re wondering how long does it take to get addicted to opiates, click the link for more information.

#2. Flu-Like Symptoms

Although everybody gets coughs and colds from time to time and it’s usually no cause for alarm, if your loved one is suffering from persistent flu-like symptoms, especially during warmer times of year, or if the symptoms tend to disappear and then re-appear again, this could be a sign that they are struggling with an addiction to opiates. Flu-like symptoms aren’t a viral infection in the case of an addiction to opioids, but rather symptoms of withdrawal when the user is unable to get enough of the drug.

#3. Change in Sleep Habits

If your friend or relative once slept at the same time each night and rose early in the morning with a good routine, a change in their sleeping habits could be cause for concern. When an individual is struggling with an opioid addiction, it is not uncommon for them to sleep more than normal when using the drug, but then if they run out, it can go to the other extreme with the individual displaying insomnia-like symptoms.

#4. Lack of Personal Hygiene

If your once well-groomed and immaculately put together loved one suddenly stops caring as much about their appearance, this could be a sign that they are struggling with an opioid addiction. Keep your eye out for smaller, physical signs that they could be abusing opiates, for example, shaving less frequently, taking fewer showers or foregoing hair appointments. It’s also important to look out for changes in behavioral habits, for example, overspending or taking more sick days off from work.

These are just some of the main symptoms to be aware of if you are concerned that a loved one is suffering from an opioid addiction. Would you like to add to this list? Let us know in the comments.

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Our Editor in Chic finds her favorite looks for less on a locally-based online accessories site that’s hosting an in-person shopping event near you soon!

My favorite locally-based accessories site — MissEms.com — not only has super cute jewelry, scarves and gift items, but they’re also hosting an event in Columbus and Cincinnati to bring the site to you in a special in-person shopping experience!

You can also shop online with Facebook parties to earn shopping credits for the site, or fundraise. Learn more about those here.

Just to give you an idea of the adorable things you’ll find on the site (and the even more impressive prices), I pulled 10 of my favorite items currently on the site and their designer lookalikes so you can see how the site is your key to staying on trend without the price tag!

#1 – Blanket Scarf

Miss Em’s: $20

Harrods: $188

 

#2 – Infinity Scarf

Miss Em’s: $20

Polyvore: $118

#3 – Tassel Scarf

Miss Em’s: $14

Nordstrom: $138

#4 – Clover Earrings

Miss Em’s: $6

Ross Simons: $1,995

#5 – Rose Gold Leaf

Miss Em’s: $12

Stacy Nolan: $1,500

#6 – Mint Cuff

Miss Em’s: $14

Artbox Jewel: $423

#7 – Peach Teardrop

Miss Em’s: $6

Angara: $519

#8 – Tassel Earrings

Miss Em’s: $14

Nordstrom: $35

#9 – Turquoise Bead Necklace Set

Miss Em’s: $23

Saks: $120

#10 – Gold Oval Earrings

Miss Em’s: $6

Wahl Jewelers: $360

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