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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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Dr. Colville

With summer just around the corner, countless women are focused on slimming down and looking their best. While nothing can replace traditional diet and exercise, there are a few treatments and procedures that can help you get the body you’ve always wanted just in time to start wearing your summer wardrobe as the weather heats up.

Breast Augmentation 

Breast augmentation is the number 1 cosmetic procedure in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 300,000 breast augmentations were performed in 2017 alone, which is understandable because of its many benefits. Some of the most notable results of breast augmentation include:

Creating asymmetry: All women have some degree of asymmetry in their breasts. For some women, the size or shape difference is not noticeable, but for women with significant size discrepancy, a breast augmentation is a great way to create an even look. For example, women with noticeable asymmetry often have difficulty finding new bathing suits or bras that fit well, which can be disheartening over time. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Colville explains that to correct asymmetry, he carefully selects different size implants for his breast augmentation patients in Toledo. This type of careful attention to detail allows a surgeon to even out the size and enhance the shape of both breasts. 

Add volume: Many women are simply unhappy with the size of their breasts. With a breast augmentation, you can get the figure you’ve always wanted. You’ll finally be able to wear the tops and bikinis that never fit quite right before. During consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss your desired results and your lifestyle. Then, he or she will evaluate your body type and current breast size so as to recommend an implant that fits your needs. 

Boost confidence: Breast asymmetry or size can cause many women to feel insecure about their physical image. Increasing self-confidence is one of the most common reasons women pursue a breast augmentation, because the procedure has the potential to help you look and feel your best. In fact, according to RealSelf, 97% of breast augmentation patients think the procedure is worth it. However, it is important to remember that this procedure is something you should do only for yourself. It is normal to ask for the opinion of your close friends and family, but it is ultimately your decision.  

Liposuction 

For women who have tried strict diets and frequent exercise and are still left with stubborn pockets of fat, liposuction provides a way to achieve their aesthetic goals. Liposuction removes excess fat through tiny suction tubes called cannulas. It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss measure and is particularly effective when used as a finishing touch to an already healthy lifestyle. This versatile procedure can enhance a number of areas, including: 

  • Abdomen 
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Upper arms
  • Upper back
  • Neck and jawline 

Liposuction is a good option for patients who want to get their bodies ready for summer because it leaves minimal scarring. For example, modern techniques usually result in scars that are only a few millimeters in length and are made in discreet locations. With good post-treatment care, liposuction scars can fade and become nearly indiscernible. 

CoolSculpting 

One reason this non-surgical body contouring option is so popular is that it does not require downtime. Additionally, CoolSculpting does not use anesthetic, incisions, or needles, which are all major selling points for people who do not want to undergo surgery. This procedure uses precise cooling temperatures to eliminate pinchable areas of fat on places such as the abdomen, double chin, flanks, and thighs. 

During a treatment session, the CoolSculpting device gently pulls the treatment area between 2 cooling panels that freeze the fat. Patients describe the feeling as an intense cold sensation that quickly subsides once the area becomes numb. Patients often read, check email, or even nap during their appointments. CoolSculpting is great for busy moms who don’t have time for surgery, especially with the kids out of school during summer. There is no long recovery period, and the treatment itself only lasts about an hour.

The results develop over the course of 3 months following the procedure. Most patients are happy with the results after just one treatment, but some opt for follow-up sessions to reach optimal results. 

If you are interested with any of these procedures, contact your local board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options.

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Hot summer days turn to cool summer nights so be prepared with a layering piece! Learn more about adding a layer to your summer capsule wardrobe in this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy.

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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Last week, Amy and Amy helped you pack for summer trips with the 2-and-1 idea. This week, they're helping you choose tops to finish off your vacation wardrobe! Keep watching for more.

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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This week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy is keeping you stylish with this fab two-in-one tip. Keep watching for more.

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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Gardening is rewarding both as a hobby and an economic activity. If you are looking to pick up gardening because you need an activity to decompress over the weekends after a hectic week or to add to the aesthetics of your home or feed your family fresh organic produce without the associated high costs, you are in the right place.

You don’t need to have an enormous space to start gardening. You can start your garden in pots and containers. As a beginner you need to gather as much information as you can about gardening from books and online resources like My Gardening Network. This helps you make an informed choice on which type of garden to have and the plants to grow depending on your needs and lifestyle.

Here are other gardening tips that beginners need to know.

Planning

In the planning phase you gather all the materials you need to set up your garden. This is information you can get on the web or from local government agencies.

The information you need to know include the weather patterns of your region, the garden plants that thrive under such conditions and possible risks for your plants.

You also need to come up with a budget since the seeds, gardening tools and inputs cost money.

Site selection

The site for your garden should somewhere exposed to the sunlight. This is because most plants need between 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily in order to grow and stay healthy.

In this regard, avoid places near trees where besides fighting for nutrients with your garden plants, the trees provide a shade cover hindering sunlight from getting to your plants. On the same breathe, also avoid to the blind side of your house where the shadow falls.

Since you will need to water your plants during the dry months, the ideal site should be near a water supply to make your work easier.

Soil

Sandy and clay soil are unsuitable for gardening because they have poor drainage which affects the health of your plants. The best type of soil is loam soil with a good drainage and sufficient nutrients to support plant growth. The soil should be rich in organic matter.

Garden plants

Different plants need different conditions to grow. As such, your choice of garden plants is determined the climate of the place you stay. This is true regardless of whether you are planting a flower garden or vegetable garden.

Find out which plants grow best in your area from your neighbors or the agricultural department. If you are given a list, don’t plant everything therein. Instead go for one or two that tickle your fancy and you can always increase the size of your garden and number of your plants as you get the hang of it.

 Pest and weed control

Space your plants well to avoid pests and diseases. The right watering technique is also important in preventing the spread of diseases in your garden.

Mulch your garden to help in soil temperature regulation as well as preventing the growth of weeds.

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Dread the mall but need a wardrobe refresh? See why working with a direct seller may be a better option to fit your shopping needs in this episode of Styling with Amy and Amy!

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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In this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy we're giving you some tips on what to do when it comes to ordering, trying on, and returning clothing.

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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When you hold your fuzzy friends tight, don’t you just want to give them all the fancy things you wish for yourself?  There are so many ways to celebrate the special bond between you and your four-legged family members.  See if any of these are suitable for you.

Customized Crafts

Your pet likely already has their own bed, toys, and blankets.  How about taking it to the next level by customizing it just for them?  Monogramming their name on their bedding and food bowls is a fine way to set their things apart.  While they may not be able to read, they will know you care. They may be able to recognize themselves in pictures, so your legged friends may enjoy having their face printed on a shirt that you wear or throw pillow for the couch they love sitting on.  Portraits of your pretty pet to hang in your home are a classic choice if wearing your pet’s face seems too co-dependent.  Even if you are a crazy cat lady, not everyone has to know it.

Four-Legged Foodies

Chowhounds unite!  Gourmet treats for pets are becoming more popular with pet bakeries offering dog cupcakes and cat cookies. They look good enough to even tempt the humans and are a great way to spoil your hound or feline. If you don’t have a pet-friendly bakery in your area, the ubiquitous Starbucks offers your canine pal a puppachino, with no caffeine kick but plenty of whip cream.

Home-made treats are also a great idea. Make human recipes for the doggo by following the canine-friendly substitutions grated carrots for sugar or peanut butter.  No chocolate, but shredded beef is a better choice to add flavor.  Dogs can eat many of the same grains and vegetables that we do, cats not so much.  Notoriously finicky, treat your cat to the freshest seafood experience. See if they turn their little-whiskered noses up at sashimi grade raw fish. If you expect more for your pet, they can become foodies with a taste as refined as their owner. Read more articles on Your Pet Land if you want to learn more.

Quality Time Together

Simply being with you is a treat for your pet, so why not do something special together?  Try doing yoga together.  As a quadruped, your pet has a natural ability do to moves that are more difficult for us humans. We have much to learn from our four-legged friends. They don’t call it a downward dog for nothing! Treat your furry friend to a spa day with aromatherapy and massage.  Hire a specially trained animal masseuse to use similar relaxing techniques as on a human or go slow and gentle working those movies yourself.

Our pets do so much for us.  Dogs love to follow us and it’s only natural to spoil them.  Cats already know they deserve superior treatment.   Show your care with customized gifts, tasty treats or quality time and your animal will know they’re special.

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