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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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Boot season is here! We're showing you how to spice up your fall and winter wardrobe with a cute pair of trendy boots! 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, or you can visit her website at

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We all get by with a little inspiration from Pinterest. Click here to see some of the fab fashion finds we discovered on the most Pin-able website and their lookalikes from Miss Em's!

Do you remember what the world was like before Pinterest? We actually had to go through fashion magazines and try to find as much fashion inspiration as possible in printed copies of those magazines. Thankfully, in a world where the Internet runs the show, we have Pinterest to inspire all of our fashion ideas (and to design the homes we’ll never build or the hairstyles we’ll never actually follow through with). 

I scoured Pinterest for all the fashion looks I love and found the in-real-life lookalikes from Miss Em’s. Check ’em out here:

Teardrop Earrings:

These teardrop earrings from Pinterest are perfect for your upcoming wedding or another special event. Here are some from Miss Em’s.

These look just like the expensive pair from Pinterest but cost a fraction of the price – just $12!

Peach Bead Necklace:


Add a pop of color to your winter look with a peace beaded necklace and matching earrings. Miss Em’s has a peach necklace and earrings just like this one – for $20!

Infinity Scarf:

We all love a good infinity scarf – especially when it’s warm and goes with everything! Infinity scarves make it so much easier to throw your hair up in a messy bun and get stuff done when Monday arrives a little too soon! This chunky knit scarf I found on Pinterest is just chunky enough to keep us warm without being too bulky to make us uncomfortable. Thankfully, Miss Em’s has a black infinity scarf just like it.

Reindeer sack:

Want to add some extra holiday cheer with a reindeer sack this Christmas? Sure, there are plenty you can find on Pinterest and other websites to order, but why do that when you can find one from Miss Em’s? This reindeer sack comes with chalkboard elements so you can personalize each bag! 

Looking for more style inspiration? Check out Cincy Chic on Pinterest and shop Miss Em’s online collection to find the perfectly affordable accessories to take your winter wardrobe to the next level! 

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While some people live to travel, others have the desire to but have are nervous and anxious about it. There are many reasons why someone may feel anxious about leaving their home and going to a new place, however, you should allow these feelings of unease to deter you from how you want to live your life.

If this is you, you’re not alone, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. All you can do is continue to learn more about traveling and start to put yourself in situations that allow you more experiences away from home. There are actions you can take that will help you feel more at ease. See four pieces of advice for the apprehensive traveler.

Plan & Prepare

Do your homework and plan ahead. The more prepared you are, the better you’ll feel about traveling. There’s a lot of information on the Internet for you to soak up, and answers to just about any questions you have regarding general travel and specific destinations. Knowing where you’re going, and what you’re doing ahead of time, will help settle any racing thoughts. Read reviews and see what other people are saying about the destination and hotel you’re going to, so you have reassurance from others that you’ll have a great time.

Additionally, make a list specifying what you need to take; especially if you have special requirements. Pack medication, whether it’s your pills or if you have special shampoo for thinning hair. If you have a prescription, then speak to your doctor. Prepare for the weather, and pack clothes appropriate to climates and cultures. If you’re unsure, always spend time researching.

Pack Light

There’s no need to overdo it when it comes to packing. Try to get your belongings in a carry-on, so you don’t have to check it or worry about losing it. It’s also easier to pull around than a large bag. Only pack the essentials, like a few items of clothing, a swimming suit and your most important toiletries, such as your shampoo and toothbrush. You can always buy any other items you forget or decide you want later.

Explore & Embrace Adventure

Even though you’re apprehensive about traveling, it’s in your best interest to let go and embrace adventure. Stay in the present moment and appreciate all of the beauty that’s around you when you arrive at your destination. Talk to the locals, eat exotic foods and go on excursions that you can’t do back home. This is your chance to get out of your comfort zone and rack up a long list of new life experiences; travel with friends or family members if it makes you feel more stress-free.

Relax & Have Fun

The most important task for you to do is to relax and have fun. After all of the planning and preparation is done, it’s time for you to enjoy your journey. Snap pictures to document your favorite moments and put a smile on your face as you explore and take in your surroundings. You’ll regret not letting yourself enjoy your travel experience if you spend the entire time worried and upset over nothing. Remain flexible, because you can’t control every occurrence.


There’s nothing to feel bad about if you’re someone who doesn’t travel a lot. If you want to give it a try, then use these tips to help you feel better about the experience. These are four pieces of advice for the apprehensive traveler.

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Want to easily switch up the look of an outfit? The answer is in the bag! Watch this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy for the latest handbag trends and how they can completely transform a look.

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, or you can visit her website at

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We're giving you a recap of the Miss Em's Cincinnati Holiday Open House and sharing details on her next holiday event! Keep reading for more!

Cincy Chic’s Editor-in-Chic brought her two daughters to the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House at the Anderson Senior Center on Nov. 5.

This past Sunday (Nov. 5) was the Miss Em’s Cincinnati Holiday Open House at the Anderson Senior Center, and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! I took my daughters along with me and they had SO much fun.

I love shopping all the jewelry, accessories, and gift items from Miss Em’s, and then also all of the other vendors that were there too!

Lola got a REALLY cool book from Usborne Books where you shine a flashlight behind each page, which then reveals somtehing hidden behind each image. She is OBSESSED!

I’m so glad we stopped by – because not only did I get to spend the day with my girls and check out all of the great items that were at the Open House, but I also got to get a little holiday shopping done for family and friends, all while supporting a local business! PLUS – the event benefitted Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where shoppers got a discount if they brought in a toy to donate. I was there at the beginning of the event – when the bin was just starting to be filled, but Miss Em’s Owner Emily says it was completely full by the end of the day, which warms my heart!

There’s another Open House coming up in Columbus at the Worthington Community Center on November 19 from 1-4 pm – so mark your calendars now if you’ll be in the Columbus area! If you can’t make it to the next open house, you can always shop Miss Em’s online or host a Facebook party so you an earn while your friends shop with you!

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We're talking about shoes in this week's edition of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching to learn more about how you can take a basic outfit to the next level with a little pop of color on your feet!

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, or you can visit her website at

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Follow along as we visit a locally-based online boutique to grab the perfect (and affordable) gifts for everyone on our "nice" list.

With the holidays RIGHT around the corner, I decided to get a bit of a head start on my holiday shopping. I love getting thoughtful, perfect-for-them gifts for co-workers, friends, and family, but I’m a penny-pincher at heart. That’s actually why I shop so much at locally-based Miss Em’s. Great finds AND prices!

Here are a few of my favorite things, and who I think they’re for, just to give you some ideas:

Gold “You Can Do This” Bracelet: $9

Aside from how cute this bracelet is, it’s also on sale for $9! This “You Can Do It” bracelet is the perfect piece of motivation for the #girlboss in your life. We all hit bumps in the road, and as a business owner myself, I know just how much a little statement can go a long way.

Pink Seersucker Backpack: $18

My best friend’s toddler is heading off to pre-school this January and I’m so excited for her! Since her favorite color is pink I decided there was nothing better for her to take to school than a PINK backpack!

Eleanor Elephant Sock Buddy: $28


My college roommate is having her first baby – a girl! – and with a December due date, the Eleanor Elephant Sock Buddy from Miss Em’s is a great way to welcome a little one into the world! The elephant is a great “first” toy and it comes with socks to keep those newborn baby toes warm! Plus, the gift item supports the March of Dimes.

Ivory Blanket Scarf: $25

My cousin is a HUGE fan of blanket scarves, and when I saw this one from Miss Em’s I knew it was the perfect gift for her this Christmas! Stay warm and look super FAB while you head out to work or school in the snow this winter!

Bridesmaids Canvas Tote Bag in Gold: $12

When I saw this bag I couldn’t help but think of my co-worker who is getting married next year! I told her that she HAD to get these for her bridesmaids as a “thank you” gift for being a part of her big day! She can fill it with goodies like wine, makeup, and other small items that they can carry around with them on the big day!

Find TONS of other great gift ideas from Miss Em’s at

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Health problems are common and trying to find the right support can be troublesome. You’re not the only one who’s dealing with an issue or illness, and you shouldn’t feel alone. There are people and resources out there to help you through your difficult time.

You have to keep optimistic and not feel sorry for yourself. Rather than spiral into pessimism and let your bad health affect your quality of life, you need to reach out and find help. If you don’t, then you’re never going to get better. Take charge and put your time and energy into finding ways to heal. See what to do when your health is suffering.

Talk to A Doctor

Start by making a doctor’s appointment and speaking with a health professional who can run tests and offer their best advice. It’s possible you haven’t made it to the doctor in years and are nervous. Try to overcome your fear and know that going and talking to a doctor is in your best interest. This way you can know for sure if there’s anything wrong and create a course of action to deal with what you’re facing. Medication or prescribed exercise or rehabilitation may be all it takes to improve your health and lifestyle.

Get Help

Seeing a doctor is a good first step, but it may not be the solution. You’re going to have to make decisions based on feedback from your appointment. If you’re dealing with alcohol abuse issues, then it’s in your best interest to find an excellent center to help you get clean, like the Luminance alcohol detox Orange County. When you choose Luminance Recovery, they can answer your questions and set up a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique circumstances and needs. Your choice to restore hope and empower change in yourself is courageous and will get you a step closer toward recovery.

Manage your Stress

Dealing with health issues or an illness is the perfect time to start managing your stress. If you’re in a bad job that doesn’t support your new lifestyle, then it’s time to move on and find a new one. Exercise, eat right and meditate to slow racing thoughts. Dealing with poor health is stressful enough, so don’t make it harder on yourself by refusing to take care of yourself and practice self-care. The better you can manage your worry and anxiety, the more energy you’ll have to live your life and focus on working toward a solution.

Stay Positive

There’s no room for negativity when your health is suffering. You need all of the positive vibes you can get. Read inspirational stories and connect with other people who can relate to what you’re going through. Talk through your problems and always stay focused on the positives. Practice gratitude for what you do have and keep a journal where you can release emotions and feelings that come and go throughout the process.


Whatever you do, don’t give up on yourself. Keep your thoughts positive and always be open to new treaments or lifestyle changes. This is what to do when your health is suffering.

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One way to make your life better is to pay attention to your beauty regimen. What you do or don’t do each day and night matters. Improve your health and wellness by taking care of yourself and being smart about what you put in your body. By implementing a beauty routine, you’re improving your self-confidence and mental health, as well as your outward appearance.

Changing habits isn’t always easy, so don’t feel bad if you have to start with one or two adjustments and work in the others as you go. They’re worth a try if you’re not doing them already and are looking for ways to increase your health and happiness. See beauty habits that will improve your life.

Wash your Face

Always wash your face each night and remove all of your makeup. In addition, make it a habit to apply an AHA serum that combines two of the most efficacious ingredients in modern skincare in a revolutionary new formulation. Vitamin C helps prevent and combat damage from free radicals to address many of the visible signs of aging, and when combined with a night time or morning skincare routine, you’re giving your skin the best chance to remain more youthful for longer. Make sure you wash, moisturize and exfoliate your skin every night.

Clean up your Diet

Think caffeine, sugar, tobacco and alcohol. Using these items often will eventually leave a footprint on your face and body. The better you eat, the better your mental health will be as well. Toxins wreak havoc on your health, so it’s important to be cognizant of what you’re putting in your body at any given time. Focus on cooking for yourself and eating healthy fruits, vegetables and proteins that give you energy and improve the appearance of your skin.

Brush your Teeth & Floss

Oral hygiene is not only important because your mouth looks nicer, but it promotes overall health and wellness too. Be good about brushing and flossing regularly to prevent any unwanted work on your mouth or other health complications. You’ll attract germs, cavities and infections that tend to become an issue if you forget to brush and floss on a regular basis. Make appointments with your dentist for cleanings and discuss any questions or concerns at that time.

Get your Beauty Sleep

Sleep is extremely important to your overall health and wellbeing. You won’t feel very beautiful if you’re dragging yourself around each day because you didn’t get the proper rest you require to function at your best. How much sleep you get will have a direct impact on how you look and feel each day. Imagine the amount of energy and zest you’ll have when you go to bed at a decent hour and feel rested the next day. That’s why it’s important to unplug before bed each night and read or take a bath to let your mind and eyes rest.


These are simple adjustments that are worth making to help you feel more energized and beautiful. You’ll appreciate the outcome so much that you’ll wonder why you didn’t start earlier. These are beauty habits that will improve your life.