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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 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 Missy Kirkpatrick, the owner of Lindale Golf Course, to learn about her women’s workshops and what makes the club unique.

Melissa Kirkpatrick, Owner of the Lindale Golf Club

For Melissa Kirkpatrick, golf is more than just a game. It’s full of life lessons, and she hopes to share the sport and knowledge with other women interested in learning golf basics while supporting them as they discover much more than just the game of golf.

Since purchasing the course six years ago, Lindale Golf Club has established itself as a well-maintained course at an affordable price, according to Kirkpatrick. In addition to the day and evening leagues, special events and outings, they are now offering the golf academy for beginner women golfers.

She hosts a Women Golfers Academy that’s a six-week training package that can be one-on-one ($649) or with groups of three ($449 per person). The instruction includes the on-the-course play as well as training materials. Following completion of the training, course packages and discounts will be offered to participants.

“I’ll be the leader in the training offered both on course and off-course instruction,” says Kirkpatrick. “This program is to offer women who are new to the game, or feel they want to develop the confidence of playing, hands on guidance and instruction.”

She also offers free, two-part Women Golfers Workshops for women new to the game.

The environment of the sessions will be on the 18-hole public course and will be broken up into instruction categories such as: Speak the Lingo, Find your Swing, Feel Confident, Trust Yourself (on the course and off!), and Let Go and Have Fun.

“My mission is to give women the experience of finding their game and discovering the relationship between golf and life,” says Kirkpatrick. “Women playing golf is slow growing and I want to take it to the next level for women by bringing laughter, relationships, and finding an outlet from their day-to-day activities by allowing them to take time for themselves and finding self-care in playing golf.”

Kirkpatrick says it’s unique to make women the focus on the golf course like they are at Lindale. “We know this area is saturated with golf courses, but where does one start if they have never played or only played a few times? How many times are women offered to play but feel reluctant because of this? We are going in unchartered territory by taking the leap of faith to branch out from our traditional clientele of male golfers and find those women golfers who want to achieve personal growth,” says Kirkpatrick. “Women are the leaders in most families, so their passion for the game will trickle down to their children, which are the future of the sport.”

According to Kirkpatrick, her female-focused sessions build confidence, not unlike business and sales training courses. “We are building that confidence and finding our own game on the field,” she explains. “We invest in training programs all the time, so what better way than investing in ourselves for an opportunity to grow and develop ourselves, as well as with others?”

To learn more, visit, “like” them on Facebook or e-mail Kirkpatrick at to schedule a session. “Don’t be concerned if you don’t have clubs, shoes or golf attire – we can assist you,” says Kirkpatrick. Watch the exclusive webcast below for more.


This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Lindale Golf Course

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This Cincinnati-based on-location makeup artist is a licensed cosmetologist, too -- a winning combo that makes for a flawless finish. Learn more about her bridal services and makeup lessons.

Summer Mazion, Founder of A Touch of Summer Makeup Artistry

It all started with a simple shopping trip. “I have been fascinated with makeup since I was 13 years old when my mother took me to a cosmetic counter for my birthday,” says Summer Mazion, founder of A Touch of Summer Makeup Artistry. “Not knowing then what path my life was going to take me, I moved away from a small town to fulfill my lifelong passion of becoming a licensed certified makeup artist.”

She earned her Associate Degree in Business Management in 2001, became a Licensed Managing Cosmetologist through the Aveda Frederic’s Institute in 2002, and a certified makeup artist through Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts in Burbank, California, in 2003.

“I have been very fortunate to have a wide range of experience to help me along the way, working from high end cosmetic counters to a facial plastic surgeon,” she says. “I pride myself on professionalism by listening to make sure we create a look that is customized especially just for you.”

Her background is what makes her different, Mazion says. “I know the background and anatomy of skin. How to correct skin through skincare,” she explains. “That, combined with expert makeup application, creates for a flawless finish.”

While she specializes in on-location bridal makeup, she also offers makeup artistry services for special occasions, pageants, or themes like Halloween. “Being an on-location makeup artist,” Mazion explains, “it’s more convenient and time efficient for my clients.”

General rates are $175 for bridal makeup, which includes a consultation prior to wedding and artificial eyelash application, as well as a flawless, long-wearing, water resistant airbrush makeup application. Each additional person at the same location is $75 with airbrush makeup application with artificial eyelash application included.

Mazion also offers Makeup Lessons for $100 per person. “I will travel to any location and teach a one-on-one interactive makeup application,” she explains. “We will start off with a day time look, then transform into something more dramatic for evening.” Lessons last at least two hours per session and include artificial eyelash application instruction.

“For more than 20 years, I have been educating and beautifying my clients as an on location makeup artist,” Mazion says. “I look forward to showing you the amazing gifts I’ve been blessed with by making you feel your outer beauty is rivaled only by your inner beauty.”

To learn more, click here, call 740-550-7588, or “like” A Touch of Summer Makeup Artistry on Facebook.

This is a special advertising supplement paid for by A Touch of Summer Makeup Artistry.

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In honor of her first Mother’s Day, our editor in chic shares a special poem she wrote to her daughter years before her arrival.

Amy Scalia and daughter Lola
Amy Scalia and daughter Lola

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, and now (thanks to you!), I get to celebrate as a mom for my first time this year! As I look around the room with baby toys everywhere, a burp cloth over my shoulder, and you cooing to yourself in your jumper — it’s hard to imagine what life was like without you.

But I remember one time in particular when I finally realized I wanted just this – burp cloth and all – more than anything in this world. Being the writer that I am, I had to put my feelings on paper and this poem is what I wrote. I go back and read it often to remind myself of those feelings. How much I wanted you and loved you, years before you entered this world. I hope you revisit it, too. When you’re ready, of course.

I’m Ready for You

It hasn’t always been this way
But I realized today
I’m ready for you
I want to see your smiles
Overcome all your trials
For the rest of my miles
I’m ready for you
I want to wipe all your tears
Calm all your fears
For the rest of my years
I’m ready for you
I see your face
Feel your embrace
But, for now, it’s just a trace
I’m ready for you
I want you in my arms
Shelter you from harms
Succumb to your charms
I’m ready for you
For worse or for better
Turn my back on you never
Give you my forever
I’m ready for you
You’re just in my imagination
But I pray for your creation
Making my dream a realization
I’m ready for you

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A local boutique is hosting its third-annual event that promises to be the “perfect fit” for both you and your mom. Read on for all the details.

New Vision Lingerie in Lake Placid, NY. photo by Nancie Battaglia

This Mother’s Day, give a gift that keeps on giving: looking and feeling great.

That’s the idea behind the upcoming “Mother’s Day Fit Event” at Knickers of Hyde Park on Hyde Park Square. The third-annual event includes refreshments, bra fittings, a 20% discount, and a fresh flower for each mother who attends.

“The inspiration really came from women stopping into our store for fittings and then saying they’d love to bring their Mom for a fitting,” says Jenny Schneider, Knickers of Hyde Park Founder and President. “So, we thought what a better time to treat Mom to a bra fitting, than Mother’s Day.”

According to Schneider, 85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size, while the correct bra size can slim your figure and reduce back pain, among other benefits. “I think it’s great to get a fitting every year just to check and make sure your bras are fitting their best, providing great support and comfort,” she adds. “We all change throughout our lives; especially during pregnancy and after. Going through the pre- and post-menopause years also takes its toll on us.”

Schneider says event bra fittings are on a first-come first-serve basis. “So contact us and schedule a fitting appointment for you and mom if you’d like to reserve a specific time,” Schneider says. “Or, if women have been unable to come on the event day, then they have come another day and brought their Mom, Grandma, Sister, Aunt or even best friend.”

Knickers of Hyde Park is located at 2726 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208. To learn more, click here, email, or call 513-533-9592.

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Our editor in chic shares a letter to her daughter about sharing -- the good and bad -- with others.

dd4a2e338fae8a6ad5fe0753c248ac52A parent teaching their child about sharing. Not a novel concept, I know, but I want to teach you something different about sharing.

A little over a year ago, I published one of the most personal things — actually THE most personal thing — I’ve ever shared in my entire life. I wrote this article called “Love Lessons” about our battle with infertility and your daddy’s RA.

I originally wrote it as a personal journal entry, never to see the light of day by anyone other than myself. But my mom happened to call me when I was finishing it (moms just know these things). So, she asked to read it when I was done.

After reading it, she called me sobbing and said I needed — no, HAD — to share with others.

With shaky hands, filled with self-doubt, I did. Almost immediately, I wanted to take it down. I felt so naked, so defective, so alone. But I’m glad I didn’t take it down.

By the end of the day, I was inundated with messages from friends and strangers who were fighting the same battle. All the sudden I wasn’t alone. I was surrounded with love and empathy from people secretly struggling, too.

I’m proud to say that a year later, I still get messages from people thanking me for sharing. I’ve even made new friends and am helping them navigate their way through fertility treatments. One of them just posted about it being National Infertility Awareness Week, which is why I decided to write about this topic today.

So I encourage you, as tough as it may be, remember to share. Because shared joy is a double joy and shared sorrow is half a sorrow. And that, my dear, is a winning equation.

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Our Editor in Chic shares a letter to her daughter about how they're celebrating instead of quitting. Keep reading to find out why.

36dbff0dfc13c01682d9a80790f23934Today is a big day. After having double knee replacements 10 weeks ago, your daddy returned to work today.

Watching him walk down the hall this morning — standing tall, hair slicked back and dressed to the nines in a dapper suit — my heart swelled with pride. Just a few months ago, that same man walked (if you could call it that) wincing in pain with each step, after hours (yes, hours) of he and I both working to get him ready for the day.

He’s. Come. So. Far.

The difference was drastic this morning since it was his first day back, and I can easily contrast it with that arduous last day 10 weeks ago. But it was the in between that was difficult. It was difficult because Pete had to work SO hard, and so consistently, for the slow and steady progress.

We live in an instant gratification world where anything you want is at your fingertips. So quickly. So easily. Satisfaction guaranteed. But some things in life (especially recovery) aren’t like that.

There are mornings where moving is the last thing you want to do, but you have to because scar tissue will form — forever limiting your use. Then, when you do move, you can only bend a couple degrees (if any) more than the last time they checked, and it feels like a whole lotta work for nothing. Haven’t I been through enough? Haven’t I hurt enough? Haven’t I worked hard enough? 

The answer is no. There have been million times where Pete and I both wanted to say “ENOUGH ALREADY!” when it comes to battling this horrible RA. Then we realized — It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.

We want to be fun, active parents. We want to show you the world together. And this recovery — albeit painfully slow — is the only way to get there.

So we’ve been celebrating the small victories, like being able to bend his knees two degrees more than yesterday… being able to shower again…. going out to eat as a family again… walking without a cane or crutches… and today, going to work again. These are all simple things most people take for granted every day, but they’re big accomplishments for Pete.

That’s because these small victories represent progress. Small steps toward where we want to be eventually. This isn’t where we want to be — but we’re closer to it than yesterday. This isn’t instant. This isn’t easy. Satisfaction isn’t guaranteed. But it’s worth it. And that’s why we won’t quit.

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Wondering if Spring will ever arrive? Here are three signs that it’s just around the corner in Southeast Indiana!


Wondering if Spring will ever arrive? Here are three signs that it’s just around the corner in Southeast Indiana!

Looking for a unique shopping experience to kick off Spring? the Over the Moon Designers Market is returning to Southeast Indiana this month for a two-day show March 27-28 at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. The Over the Moon marketplace features a wide variety of unique vendors offering vintage and urban goods, industrial and architectural salvage, shabby chic, rusty décor items, artisan jewelry, and even bohemian-style clothing. Admission is free and food will also be available.

Dearborn County Home Builders Home & Garden Show always signals the arrival of Spring. This year’s show is March 20th through the 22nd at the new Lawrenceburg Event Center in downtown Lawrenceburg. The event showcases many great ideas and the businesses to help you spruce up your home and garden for spring.

Enjoy some personal rejuvenation and relaxation at the new Levee Bar & Grill located adjacent to Lawrenceburg’s new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. The Levee Bar & Grill is a restaurant and full-service bar serving American favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seating is available indoors or on the outdoor riverfront patio overlooking the Ohio River.

Join us in Dearborn County/Southeast Indiana and celebrate the arrival of Spring! Click here to learn more or watch the exclusive webcast below!

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d49372109464bdebdb29e0075f7de065It’s only fitting that I planned to write this letter about Balance two weeks ago, but life got too crazy and I never found the time.

I wanted to write about it because my friend and fellow business owner (and “Amy” club member) Amy Kirchen just announced that she was going to close her boutique to focus on being a mom while her daughters were still little. She’s a tenacious, talented, hard-working woman. But she’s also a mom of two. She figured she can always re-open later, but she can never re-open these years with her girls.

I can’t imagine how difficult it was to make that decision, but now as a working mom, I understand why I would CONSTANTLY see articles about “work-life balance” in all my women’s magazines. That’s the thing though. We talk about balance as if there’s some formula, trick or method to navigate our way to this enigmatic place.

I just read an article where Ivanka Trump was interviewed about being a working mom, and it stuck with me because it’s so true. She said “People obsess too much about balance. A scale is only in balance for a brief second. Inevitably the pendulum swings. It’s impossible to maintain. Rather than obsess over perfect balance, I like to focus on my priorities.”

That’s how you have to think about balance. It’s a constant give and take. Letting go and holding on. Imagine balance as that ever-fluctuating scale rather than a destination.

Now, I say this taking my own advice as a work in progress. I’ve always been a “yes” person, always taking on more responsibilities than I should, and getting MUCH less sleep than I needed. But I want you to have the best of me not the rest of me. So, I’m working on my balancing act, or should I say my prioritizing act.