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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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Our Editor in Chic Amy Scalia chats with Styling With Amy in an exclusive webcast about a cool summer trend -- culottes -- and how to wear them, even if you're short!

Amy Elberfeld from Styling with Amy and I chat about how to wear a cool new trend — culottes — even if you’re short like us! Check out her great tips below!

Our editor in chic Amy Scalia chats with Styling with Amy about a hot new trend: Off the shoulder. Read on and watch for great styling tips (like using a skirt as a top!).

Check out our first of many “Styling with Amy and Amy” segments with Amy Scalia, founder of Cincy Chic, and Amy Elberfeld, owner of Styling with Amy! To learn more, order one of these pieces for yourself, or get more details about Ava Gray Direct, contact Amy Elberfeld at 513-260-2696

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A local mom helped her child’s dreams of modeling and acting come true, and now she launched an agency to help others break into the business. Keep reading to learn her star-studded story of success.


“It’s not just about looks, you have to have a good heart. I believe in putting positive vibes out there – because that’s what’s going to come back to you.”

At Loft Talent, this is the way they operate.

Diane Werner, owner and agent at Loft Talent, was inspired to start her company when her son, age 22, was discovered at Butler University in Indianapolis three years ago. After taking interest, she began sending his photos out until they were approached by several agencies in the Cincinnati area, all of which offered to sign him.

“From there, Kory got signed in L.A. through the agency we selected and we lived out there for a time,” says Werner. “I actually starting helping them and I really loved what I was doing. I found that I was good at it and other parents were telling me that I should be doing this for a living because I was a ‘natural’.”

Once returning to Cincinnati, Werner decided to take this advice. “I realized that there was so much more creative power that I wanted to have, so I created my own company,” she says. “We opened our doors March 10, 2015 and hit the ground running.”

Since that time, Loft has gotten three (potentially four) of their people signed in L.A. with agencies. “One of my actors is in a $100M movie, Allegiant Part 1, which hit theaters March 18,” Werner reveals. “We also recently got one of our guys to meet with the executive producers of a major cable TV network series, where he’s probably going to be on a reality series.”

As for the agents that Loft clients have signed with – they have talent on the Twilight series, Hunger Games, Modern Family and CW shows – just to name a few. “We’re looking at people from Cincinnati who could potentially end up in some really big roles,” says Werner.

What is the secret behind Werner’s success? It’s her ability to look at situations from not only an agent standpoint, but also a mother standpoint. “The difference between my agency and other agencies in the area is that I’m a mother of an actor – someone who has the same dreams and goals of those that I represent,” she says. “I’m able to put myself in their shoes and talk to them about the same concerns and overwhelming feelings I had while sitting in that same chair.”

For Werner, it’s all about helping kids achieve something that they love doing. “They always tell me that they want to inspire people the same way famous actors have inspired them,” she explains. “It’s a really cool feeling to be able to help them do that.”

As for the future of Loft Talent, Werner’s main goal is to continue helping her clients achieve whatever it is that they want to achieve. “It feels really good to help them be happy with what they do,” she says. “I absolutely love my ‘job’. I get to work with so many creative minds and talented people every day. Who gets to do that?”

For more information on Loft Talent or how to become a Loft model, contact Werner directly at, give her a call at (513) 707-8733 or check out their website at

Their client base ranges anywhere from 5-years-old to adult.

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Learn about a brand new community coming to the Dayton Centerville area and the grand opening event this week where you can check it out for yourself.


If you or a friend are looking for a new home north of Cincinnati near Centerville, listen up! M/I Homes is building a brand new community called “Wynstone” and it’s going to be BEAUTIFUL! Not only that, but it’s in a great location, with a great school district, and near some fabulous shopping! We just did a few stories recently on some awesome new Dayton/Centerville based shops popping up, so you’re definitely going to find some great stores to enjoy while living in this community!

You know what they say about shopping for a new home, location, location, location. This gorgeous new community features new homes in Montgomery County in the Centerville City School District. If you’re not familiar with this school district, it’s one of the only 7 districts to have received the Ohio Education Departments’ highest rating of Excellence each year since the schools rating inception in 2000. It was also awarded the United States Department of Education’s highest honor by becoming a Blue Ribbon School. I know that when looking for a new home that school districts are a big deal, as well as the general location of the community. This community is in a super convenient location with easy access to 75N, 1-675, 48 and 42, allowing you to get to both Dayton and Cincinnati quite easily! And another perk is its located close to the largest super regional mall in Dayton – Dayton Mall!

After learning more about the new homes they are building in this community, I can’t wait to see their model home at their grand opening opening event next week. They have such a great variety of homes ranging from ranch or single story homes to 2-story single family homes, with a variety of options to make the home really yours without the expense of building a custom home.   I fell in love with the Ainsley floorplan, with the option to have a 2-story family room or even an optional in-law suite built on the first floor! I can’t wait to walk through this floorplan now that the community is open!

With this new community just opening, they are hosting a Grand Opening of their stunning model home on Thursday, April 21st from 5-8pm. This event is going to be quite the celebration with the grand opening of a brand new professionally decorated model home called the Monroe. At the event you’ll get to see how Mary Cook Associates decorated and designed this gorgeous model home to utilize every inch of space. They will also be serving hors d’oeuvres and some delicious sweet treats, and will have raffle drawings and plenty of giveaways. If that’s not enough to get you there, they are also having live entertainment! I know I want to attend and hope to see you there – RSVP Today!

Check out all of the details about this community regarding the location, information on the homes, as well as more about the builder, M/I Homes on their website. They even have an aerial tour for you to get an idea of the where the community is!

For more information, contact:

Laura Kornaker
(513) 268-8460

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Learn about a fun event coming up where you can take to the track in support of fibromyalgia and chronic pain research.

Watch as we chat with Dr. Arnold from the Women’s Research Program at UC 

Mark your calendar for May 7 and get ready for a fun day for a great cause! It’s the 2016 Laps Against Pain Syndromes (LAPS) where you can take to the track in support of fibromyalgia and chronic pain research.

Run or walk at your own pace, as all ages and fitness levels are welcome.

This fourth annual event takes place on Saturday May 7 from 9am-12pm at the University of Cincinnati outdoor track Gettler Stadium. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the walk/run begins at 10 a.m. Free parking is available in the Calhoun Garage.

The event not only features the run/walk, but also various vendor booths with physical therapists, personal trainers and other healthcare and fitness experts along the track.

To register or donate, visit Registration is $25 per person, and RSVPs are due by May 5. All donations and event registration proceeds directly benefit the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Research Fund at the UC Foundation.

For questions about the LAPS Event, contact Kathy Nullmeier at (513)-558-6769

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Watch our exclusive Storyteller video with the co-owners of Alba Organic Beauty Studio

From parabens to formaldehyde, the beauty industry is full of not-so-beautiful toxins. But one local business has been providing non-toxic beauty services and products since way before it was trendy.

Andrea and Ashley Lauren have been offering all organic, natural and non-toxic services and products at their co-owned businesses Alba Organic Beauty Studio and Cincy Style Bar (CSB) since 2012. Alba is an expansion of the production makeup and hairstyling business that Andrea began in 2003. Alba Organic Beauty Studio was officially opened in October 2012 as Cincinnati’s first non-toxic salon spa offering non-toxic hair, makeup, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, airbrush tanning and massage.

The sister duo also launched Cincy Style Bar, the Midwest’s first and only blowout and makeup bar. “We are happy that we introduced the region to the concept of a blowout bar long before most people had even heard the term” added Ashley.

(l-r) Ashley and Andrea Lauren
(l-r) Ashley and Andrea Lauren

“We have worked hard to create a non-toxic, relaxed, unpretentious sophisticated atmosphere that allows our team and guests to feel welcome and at home,” says Andrea.

To help get you even more relaxed while you enjoy services from Alba and CSB, the facility has its liquor license, allowing guests to select a cocktail from the specialty menu with happy hour prices ($3 off) during your services. “Whether it’s for a bachelorette party, birthday party or a girls night out, we love having groups get ready with us,” Andrea says.

Aside from making your visit to the salon an enjoyable one, the team is also dedicated to Continuing Education and staying up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. “Whether it is a full makeover or just a freshen-up of your signature look, all of our talented artists can be counted upon to deliver results customized to your individuality,” says Andrea.

The Alba Production Pros also does makeup and hair for film, television, commercial and print work for Cincinnati and surrounding areas in the Tri-State. “We have had the privilege of working with dozens of top-tier companies such as Food Network, E! Entertainment, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, People Magazine, Disney and even Sir Paul McCartney,” Andrea added.

In addition to Alba Organic Beauty Studio and Cincy Style Bar, the Lauren sisters also own Cincy Bridal Beauty, where they offer Big Day services to brides and their wedding parties.

“Our talented and professional artists have been beautifying brides since 2003,” explains Andrea. “We are unique in that we offer both in-studio and on-location bridal services. Additionally, we have a bridal suite for brides that need a space to gather and hang out in while they’re getting ready.”

Whether it’s everyday salon services, bridal beauty services or creating looks for television and film productions, Alba Beauty Studio has you covered – with organic, non-toxic services and products.

Learn more about Alba Organic Beauty Studio here. You can also like them on Facebook or follow along on Instagram and Twitter. You can also visit and to learn about the Lauren sisters’ other booming beautification ventures.