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Amy Scalia

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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 Editor-in-Chic Amy Scalia shares a behind the scenes glimpse into being a Styling with Amy shopper. Learn more at www.stylingwithamy.com

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic shares why she loves shopping with Amy Elberfeld from Styling and Ava Gray Direct NY. To learn more about Styling with Amy and Ava Gray Direct NY, contact Amy Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic and Amy Elberfeld from Styling with Amy discuss one of their favorite brands: Ava Gray Direct NY.

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic and Amy Elberfeld from Styling with Amy discuss one of their favorite brands: Ava Gray Direct NY. To learn more about Styling with Amy and Ava Gray Direct NY, contact Amy Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic and Amy Elberfeld from Styling with Amy share four fab ways to do dresses (even if you don't think you like them).

Whether you don’t want to show your legs or arms, not everyone likes dresses. Amy Elberfeld from Styling with Amy shares four ways to wear these wardrobe staples — even if you have a dress phobia. To learn more about Styling with Amy and Ava Gray Direct, contact Amy Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Glamour Magazine published a list of nine essential items every woman needs that never go out of style. We feature the last three, and how to wear them, in this exclusive webcast.

Glamour Magazine published a list of nine essential items every woman needs that never go out of style. We feature the last three, and how to wear them, in the exclusive webcast below. To learn more about Ava Gray Direct, contact Amy Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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See how a simple bike ride turned into a challenge that taught our life coach about how to accomplish a goal, despite the pain.

Recently, we were in Nashville for a long weekend and brought our bikes to do some riding. We decided to start early in the morning, since the temperatures were rising and the humidity wasn’t helping. We enjoyed taking small stops and seeing all the history of the area. In fact, we were enjoying ourselves so much that we easily rode out 34 miles.

That meant we needed to eventually ride back 34 miles. As it got closer to noon, it became unbearably hot. I realized that my drinks were quickly disappearing and I was beginning to get hungry. Actually, the heat zapped my appetite, but I knew I needed the fuel. We eventually found a place to pick up minimal food and drink. We scarfed down the little bit of food and started our way back.

Twenty minutes into riding the hills back to our car, I began to feel a bit queasy. My way of dealing with it was to try to ignore the feeling.

As time went on, I began to feel some dull muscle aches and spasms in my legs. I found it to be a nuisance as I continued to ride. However, this nuisance eventually grew into intense pain in both legs— spasms and cramping that started in my feet and spread up my legs into my hips. There was no working through this, or ignoring the feeling. I awkwardly stopped my bike and tried to get off. I fell into the grass on the side of the road, screaming and rolling around. The pain was horrific and wouldn’t stop.

I had a dilemma. The 25 miles back to my car seemed overwhelming and not doable. I needed to be able to get back on my bike and ride. Every time I stood up, I felt unbearable pain again in every muscle. After a rest, and some major positive thinking, I ventured toward my bike. It was going to have to be mind over matter.

The ride back was the longest ride of my life. I was miserable and at times, I just wanted to give up. However, I kept going. I focused on breaking down the miles into small goals so I didn’t feel so overwhelmed and discouraged. I’d encourage myself every time I saw another mile marker. I forced myself to go slow so I didn’t go back into spasms. I laser focused on one goal: getting home.

When I finally saw the car, I was exhausted. Never have I felt so depleted at the end of a ride. I could hardly get off my bike, let alone walk or talk.

Considering that it was a pretty negative, painful experience, I don’t remember it in a negative tone. What I am left with is the realization that I’m pretty tough and am capable of much more than I give myself credit for.

I was challenged beyond belief and I succeeded. This made me feel alive and strong.

The experience reminded me how over time, we tend to challenge ourselves less and less. We get used to our work, become comfortable in our career roles and do what feels good and safe. We often stay right there unless something changes around us.

Take an honest look at yourself today and ask yourself these questions:

Are you challenged in your life?

Are you stretching yourself and growing?

Are you pushing outside your comfort zone?

If you answer NO to any of these questions, then you need to consider making some changes in your life.

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Glamour Magazine published a list of nine essential items every woman needs that never go out of style. We feature the second three, and how to wear them, in this exclusive webcast.

Glamour Magazine published a list of nine essential items every woman needs that never go out of style. We feature the second three, and how to wear them, in the exclusive webcast below. To learn more about Ava Gray Direct, contact Amy Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Glamour Magazine published a list of nine essential items every woman needs that never go out of style. We feature the first three, and how to wear them, in this exclusive webcast.

Glamour Magazine published a list of nine essential items every woman needs that never go out of style. We feature the first three, and how to wear them, in the exclusive webcast below. To learn more about Ava Gray Direct, contact Amy Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Read on as our Editor-in-Chic writes to her daughter about an inspiring moment when a crowd’s attitude toward an unexpected power failure turned an ordeal into an adventure.

Our Editor-in-Chic shares a story about overcoming challenges and "dancing in the rain."
Our Editor-in-Chic shares a story about overcoming challenges and “dancing in the rain.”

Last night, at our annual Red, Pink and Blue event, we had a truly incredible experience that I’ll never forget. Not because we had a beautiful night, hundreds of attendees, or tons of awesome sponsors. It was because things went wrong. Horribly wrong, actually.

This is a picture of right before it happened. I was in the middle of my presentation at the event. Had just recognized our charities’ survivors, thanked our sponsors, was seconds away from starting the fashion show, and then … our generators blew. Out went the lights, the music, my mic. Everything. With everyone looking at me. There wasn’t anything we could do, so I said in the loudest voice I could “We just recognized some incredible survivors who overcame adversity with rockstar resilience. Let’s be inspired by that and make the most of this! YOU, our audience will now be our music and energy for the models to work this runway! Let’s do this!”

And wow did they work it! We had hoots, hollers, claps, and standing ovations to cheer the models down the runway. About halfway through, someone found a way to hardwire electric to the DJ’s music and the mic so we had sound to finish the show.

But I was almost in tears at that point. Not because I was mad that the generators failed, but how everyone was rallying in support — not focusing on what had gone wrong, or that it wasn’t what they initially expected. Instead, they were making the best of the situation, living in the spontaneity, and having fun with it.

Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes… “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s learning to dance in the rain.”

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