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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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Our friends at Krombholz Jewelers share the top 12 trends of sparkly styles to wear and give this holiday season.

 

Want to wear and give the most stylish trends this year? Our friends at Krombholz Jewelers have the top 12 trends you’ll want to know about. See these beauties in person at their store at 9399 Shelly Ln, Montgomery, OH 45242 or visit www.krombholzjewelers.com to learn more!

 

  1. Stacking necklaces – Diamond station necklaces make the perfect stacking staple. (Ranges from $950-$1875) Whimsical, geometric, and vintage layering pieces can as simple as $80.

 

  1. Stacking bands – Add them to your wedding band set, or dazzle a digit other than your ring finger. Great ongoing gift to add to the stack (pictured: $150+)

 

  1. Earring classics – To add some sparkle to your ear, there’s always the classic staple of simple diamond studs, or even pearl studs. To elevate that look, consider adding a jacket to add lots of drama and even more sparkle. Hoops are the next go-to, and a great everyday alternative. (Studs $400+) (Jackets $995+) (Hoops $1000+)

 

  1. Holiday Sparkle – Opt for the real deal to wow at your holiday party. Textured, filigree in style and vintage inspired are all on trend. These are some of the most dramatic, head-turning earrings you’ll find in store. (Ranges from $3100-6620; filigree diamond drops, custom created by Lee Krombholz)

 

  1. Vintage Holiday – Shop the vintage wonderland at Krombholz. Everything from the original social climbers to bold costume pieces to brighten up your holiday look. And don’t forget to bring in the holiday colors. (Vintage floral climber $2200) (costume rhinestone snowflake earrings $25) (vintage bohemian garnet floral ring $800)

 

  1. Cincinnati Charms – A thoughtful gift is always in style. Give one individually to wear on a necklace or start a charm bracelet. Comes in silver and gold. Also comes in cufflinks and you can mix and match them, like with a coney and a stadium. (Charms starting at $58.75)

 

  1. New Year travel jewelry – Opt for easy travel jewelry that takes you from day to night. Comes in all three metal colors – rose, yellow and white tone but with them being sterling, Swarovski crystals, and CZs, you get the glamor but with the comfort and ease of being able to travel with them. (Range from $100-300)

 

  1. Not your grandma’s pearls – It’s the perfect combination of nature’s treasures. From diamonds embedded into a statement pearl to a seed pearl yellow gold and diamond ring, or diamond rondelles and diamond clasp. There’s also a 32in sterling Tahitian movable station necklace and matching earrings.

 

  1. Blush – This is the trending color of the year and you can achieve it through rose gold, pink pearls, morganite, and lotus garnet. ($2000+)

 

  1. Tassels – Trendy and fun fashion statement of the year. Necklaces are sterling, so that puts it at an affordable price point. (range from $50+)  

 

  1. Stacking bracelets – For this classic trend, you can always add to what you already have for a bold look, or start a new arm party. (sterling plated $85; diamond stretch $2500, hinged bangle $1995, custom starting at $865)

 

  1. Vibrant color – These rare variations of color are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Pink-orange spinel, rose gold, rubilite pink tourmaline, and sapphire with diamonds custom designed and made by Lee Krombholz. ($3975-11,495)

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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. 

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The days are getting colder and winter is just around the corner! Keep watching to learn more about layering trends that will keep you warm and stylish!


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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We hear from the pain specialists at St. Elizabeth Healthcare to learn about the most innovative and progressive treatments now available locally.

Dr. Jonathan Grainger, anesthesiology and pain management specialist at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center, performs a radiofrequency ablation on a patient.

When thinking about back and neck issues, some of the most common diagnoses that typically come to mind are scoliosis, slipped discs and whiplash – to name a few.

Patients in the U.S. spend more than $80 billion each year trying to treat back and neck pain and undergo about 1.2 million spinal surgeries as a result. While acute injuries lead to a significant amount of treatments, the majority of spine-related issues are revealed over an extended period of time.

One example: Osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center offers a variety of innovative and progressive treatments

Here are some signs and symptoms that may stem from lingering back and neck issues:

  • Severe pain in the back, legs, arms or head
  • Muscle spasms, stiffness
  • Chronic joint pain (shoulders, hips, knees)
  • Numbness and tingling of thehands, fingers, feet and toes

“Chronic back and neck pain can be debilitating,” said Dr. Jonathan Grainger, anesthesiology and pain management specialist at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center. “Our goal at the Spine Center is to increase patients’ everyday functionality through a comprehensive approach to pain management and rehabilitation.”

Patients have innovative and progressive treatments available at the Spine Center, including acupuncture, epidural injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, spinal cord simulators, radio frequency ablations, kyphoplasty and more.

The Spine Center utilizes state- of-the-art imaging and diagnostics, physical therapy, interventional pain management and surgical therapy. It treats the following acute and chronic spine issues:

  • Cervical radiculopathy: pain and/or neurological symptoms resulting from any type of condition that irritates a nerve in the cervical spine (neck).
  • Compression fractures: a vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15 to 20 per- cent in height due to fracture.
  • Degenerative disc disease: condition in which a damaged vertebral disc causes chronic pain – either low back pain (and/ or leg pain, sciatica) in the lumbar spine or neck pain (and/or arm pain) in the cervical spine.
  • Spinal stenosis: an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine
  • Sprains and strains
  • And more

“We see a majority of our patients between the ages of 40 and 65,” Grainger said. “However, modern lifestyles and an increase in physically demanding activities with patients of all ages is starting to shift treatment needs.” For more information about the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Spine Center, visit stelizabeth.com

Editor’s Note: This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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Tired, trouble losing weight, and missing your mojo? Read on and watch as we chat with a local doctor about hormone replacement therapy and its impressive results.


 

Oftentimes, women find that they are unable to sleep at night, feel extra stressed or tired, are seeing more wrinkles, and gain weight in their midsection. But there’s a way to treat these issues!

While you may blame the issues on your environment and the things around you, the real culprit may be your hormones. As we age, our bodies may have trouble producing the same amount of hormones it did when we were, say, in our 20s.

However, Victory Wellness & Medspa’s Dr. Kerschner can help! When you visit her, she can put a small implant in your backside to help give you a continuous dose of hormones – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

No more remembering to take a pill or go through a daily hormone treatment. The implant will take care of that for you, all while the hormones take care of your body for you!

Learn more about the hormone replacement therapy offered at Victory Wellness & Medspa at victorywellness.com.

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Miss Em's is prepping for holiday shopping with a FAB Black Friday Sale! Keep reading for all the details and to see some of her great jewelry and accessories in action!

Get your Black Friday shopping started a little early with Miss Em’s! The savings are starting early when you get 40% off missems.com from Tuesday, November 21 for Sunday, November 26 using coupon code “WhiteChristmas” at checkout.

Check out some of these best selling pieces from Miss Em’s to give you a little sneak peek of what to expect in her Black Friday Sale!

 

 

Last year I hosted a virtual party with Miss Em’s. My guests and I were able to shop her selection of jewelry and accessories online without leaving the house! Similar to how other Facebook parties go (think LulaRoe), albums were loaded online and we could take a look at all of it and choose what we wanted! 

Below are some of my favorite items from the virtual party I hosted last year:

I’m hosting another virtual party on November 26 at 8 pm. Be sure to join us for a great cause, and don’t forget to invite your friends! From now until the day of the party, you can see photos of Miss Em’s jewelry to get you excited! 

Once the clock strikes 8 pm you’ll be able to see pieces that are available to purchase! See something you want that evening? Don’t wait – we may only have ONE of each piece! All you have to do it put “Sold” in the comments. At the end of the party everyone will need to complete our registration form so we can send invoices to you! You’ll have 48 hours to complete your invoice and your new jewelry will be mailed out to you! 

Learn more about my virtual party here. And check out Miss Em’s Black Friday Sale at www.missems.com.

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Ambition is alive and well in Cincinnati. Women own 40% of businesses in “The Queen City”, and greatly contribute to the thriving economic growth. If you are setting up your own business, networking with other women in the area can help expand your company and boost profits. You canshare advice and experiencewith other business owners and get to know other female entrepreneurs in the community.

Opportunities to expand your business

Making a profit means opening up your business to new opportunities. You need to be forward-thinking in running your business and networking can help this. These opportunities might come in the form of being able to have joint ventures, meeting potential new clients, speaking opportunities at business meetings, and the sale of assets. When you’re starting a business, financing opportunities are particularly important. Networking can give you the confidence to go out and ask for what you need in order to expand and grow.

Advice on setting your company up

Making your business run in a professional manner is paramount. When you are looking at how to start an LLC, it is important that it is done correctly as the state tax laws are different in Ohio than in other states.  Networking with other women in business can help you understand how they have set up their companies and chosen a statutory agent. Cincinnati is known for business and enterprise. There are nine Fortune 500 businesses in the city, staffed and run by women. Understanding who these companies have been set up will help your own business model.

Help people to know you

Raising your profile, and advertising your services is essential to a business. Networking with other women can help them to know and understand what your work is about. This will not only help you to boost your profile in the community, but help you to build a good reputation. A good entrepreneur is open and transparent with how their business operates. Showing that you are supportive and reliable to other women in the industry will have a great positive influence. It will help people remember who you are, and why they should go to you in the future. You can demonstrate that you are a professional.

Women’s Business Networking isn’t just about who you know, it’s about supporting your community. You can make new friends with a wealth of experience. Networking is about helping other women to get a step onto the business ladder, and make the most of every opportunity.

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After 15 years, a Loveland-based business will close for good this week as its owner retires and starts a new journey. Get all the details about the big closeout sale!

My dear friend,  Jan Ranard, who opened her beloved Loveland-based business Pizazz 15 years ago, is closing her doors. And when the ending of one chapter comes the start of another – and a HUGE closeout sale this weekend! 

Ranard is moving to Florida, where one of her sons lives, and she’s very excited for the new adventure! To send her off in style, the store is welcoming everyone to come by this weekend (November 17-19) for her “Thanks for the Memories” sale! 

Score 75% off your entire purchase, with some exceptions. Happy Everything, Uno de 50, and Nora Fleming will be 40% off while Coton Colors, Sticks, and Kathryn Collectible Santa are 50% off. Plus, everyone will receive a free gift. 

More than just inventory is for sale, though. EVERYTHING is on sale – including the fixtures as well as the furniture from her furniture refurbishing business! 

The store is open Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Pizazz Studio is located at 122 West Loveland Avenue in historic downtown Loveland.

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Our Editor-in-Chic chats with Dr. Kerschner of Victory Wellness & Medspa to learn about their unique hair removal services and why they’re proving to be more effective.

Victory Wellness & Medspa has more than just weight loss programs and other cosmetic procedures, they also offer hair removal. What makes the hair removal procedure from Victory Wellness & Medspa so unique is that they use a different kind of laser – they use a BBL laser for hair removal.

“The laser in our office uses a more diffused heat than typical laser,” says Dr. Kerschner. “Therefore, the laser is able to target more hair follicles and ultimately gives you better results.”

The hair removal treatment from Victory Wellness & Medspa is also a lot less painful than other procedures like the traditional Brazilian hair removal procedure. “We have had many people come in worried that it will hurt like their previous hair removal procedures, and they have it done in the office and say that it was nothing – not even a discomfort,” she adds. “Even those with the lowest pain tolerance can handle it.”

The main areas people have treated when they come into the office are the face, where there is sometimes hair around the chin, underarms, Brazilian, and legs. Men also come into the office to have hair removed on their chest or back. “Anywhere there is a dark hair, we can treat it,” says Dr. Kerschner.

The procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on what area of the body you’re having treated. Most people typically need 3-5 treatments up front to have the hair removed. Sometimes, says Dr. Kerschner, those are the only treatments you need, but often the hair does come back a little as fine hair so you’ll want to get a touch-up. There is essentially no downtime, so you don’t have to worry about being down and out for any amount of time. 

Find more information on hair removal services from Victory Wellness & Medspa at victorywellness.com.

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