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Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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    There’s a new experience on the horizon for women and girls around the globe - starting right here in Cincinnati. Read on to learn more about this global network that’s working to empower women in all walks of life and career.

    US Women International focuses on empowering women and girls around the globe.

    The vision behind US Women International is this: To create the largest global network of women and girls who intentionally choose to speak, empower, and support one another on their journey toward living and leading unapologetically.

    Founded by Jamie Dinwiddie and Elisha Hill, US Women International wants to utilize the lived experiences of women around the world. “We want to build a global leadership pipeline of coaches and mentors who uplift and cultivate the next generation of women leaders,” says Dinwiddie. “We endeavor to not only discuss issues that concern women, but to be women of action who advocate for the underserved in areas such as healthcare and education.”

    The duo says they were inspired to launch US Women International through passion-filled conversations about women, global leadership, their daughters’ futures, and equity.

    “We knew that by sharing our lived experiences, we could inspire other women and girls to find their voice and make an impact,” says Hill. “US Women International and our podcast Unapologetically Speaking are simply byproducts of the calling we feel is on our lives to prepare globally-minded women leaders for the world and vice versa.”

    Dinwiddie’s experience comes from being in talent management and leadership development, with a background in learning and development, global diversity, inclusion, and organizational effectiveness.

    “We as women innately have so much to offer that we often give of ourselves unknowingly. When we are not consciously aware of how much we are giving, we become depleted and emotionally bankrupt,” says Dinwiddie. “To survive and live our best life unapologetically we must maintain a deliberate awareness to never let ourselves go empty.”

    Hill is an energetic visionary who has served as a leadership coach, consultant, and facilitator in the corporate arena. She enjoys helping others through transformative experiences and empowering women.

    “As women, we must live a life of purpose, unapologetically,” says Hill. “When we embrace our authentic selves and begin leveraging our unique gifts, power, and voice in the way we’re meant to, this world will have no choice but to give us the respect, love, equal opportunity, and excellence that we deserve.”

    With US Women International, their professional experiences, and a passion for helping empower and prepare women around the world, Hill and Dinwiddie offer a host of customizable lifestyle and professional workshops, seminars, and coaching opportunities for women in various chapters of their lives and careers.

    “We have a global online community called the G.L.O.W. Up™ Community, which is an acronym for Graciously. Lifting. Other. Women. Up,” explains Dinwiddie. “The G.L.O.W. Up™ Community is made up of women making bold, unapologetic moves and who want to encourage other women to do the same. They are intentional about how they choose to impact the world and are gracious in sharing the limelight with other women. They are generous and creative with their resources and believe that there’s enough ‘success’ to go around.”

    Members of this community have access to a variety of US Women International experiences including leadership development workshops and programs, networking events, conferences, book clubs, coaching and mentoring opportunities, and G.L.O.W. Up™ Girl Trips.

    There are two programs available for women and girls: Unapologetic Leadership: A Woman’s Code to Living Boldly and A Voice Becoming (inspired by the book A Voice Becoming by Beth Bruno).

    Unapologetic Leadership encourages women to lead by example. A Voice Becoming is a 12-month program available for girls ages 10-16. It’s designed to introduce adolescent girls to opportunities that teach them how to create, lead, sacrifice, fight, and love like purpose-driven young women through lives experiences and mentorship.

    In addition to US Women International, Hill and Dinwiddie also host a podcast called Unapologetically Speaking. “On the podcast we speak on some of the most pressing issues concerning women,” says Hill. “We invite influential women to share their unapologetic experiences and how they’ve journeyed through defining moments.”

    The podcast can be found on Spotify by searching for “Unapologetically Speaking.” Some of the latest topics featured on the show include Defining Moments: The Wake-Up Call; Humble Women Win; Showing Up on Purpose; Raising Unapologetic Girls; The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe; Self-Love is the Best Love; and Accessing Your Power.

    To learn more about US Women International and Unapologetically Speaking, visit www.uaspodcast.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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    A nationally known hair colorist is opening a new salon in Northern Kentucky. Click for all the beautification details.

    Zoe Grace Salon is a new salon that focuses on the customer experience.

    There’s a new salon in town and they’re focused on helping clients look and feel their best.

    “Zoe Grace Salon is a new, chic salon where stylists are obsessed with making sure guests love their hair and their experience,” explains salon owner, Ella King. “Zoe Grace stylists are experts with problem hair types and know what styles look best with face shapes and what colors look best with skin tones. They use techniques derived from years of experience and ongoing training.”

    King herself has more than 16 years experience in the hair industry is a nationally known hair colorist and top Holland Certified educator for Keune Haircosmetics. She travels the country to teach other stylists, grow as an artist, and to stay on top of the latest hair care industry techniques and trends. “I am passionate about serving my guests, educating other stylists to perfect their skill, and staying on top of all the new color trends, cuttery, and styling techniques,” she says.

    Aside from knowing the latest trends in the hair industry, King also wanted to provide a salon that allows guests to feel pampered.

    “We believe whether you’re a hard working business professional, college student, mom, dad, or retired, you deserve to be pampered and you deserve to feel beautiful in being who you truly are,” says King.

    The full-service salon focuses on customizing hair design and coloring techniques, offering cuts and styles for men and women as well as smoothing services, extensions, hair removal, brow and lash services, airbrush makeup, and formal hairstyles.

    “Everything in this tranquil salon was architected with the guest in mind from the feeling of privacy at styling stations to a unique free standing color bar and shampoo bowls with neck and head rest pillows,” says King. “This is where stylists deliver the Signature Zoe Grace Shampoo Massage using techniques designed to target the specific areas of the scalp that promote relaxation and stress relief for each guest.”

    Guests can relax in a massage chair or work at a desktop station while their color processes. The salon provides free wi-fi, charging ports, and a snack and beverage bar.

    Zoe Grace will host its grand opening launch party “Consults and Cocktails” on Nov. 3 from 3-6 pm. The salon will provide light hors d’oeuvres, door prizes for the first 50 guests, and giveaways, including free hair color for a year. The event is also where the salon will reveal the winner from their “Complete Beauty Makeover” contest. Those who RSVP for the event will receive 25% off any product purchase the day of the event.

    King says you can RSVP by calling or texting 859-250-6827 or by emailing book@zoegracesalon.com.

    Zoe Grace is located at 287 Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, in the newly renovated Buttermilk Square Development.

    To learn more about Zoe Grace Salon, visit https://zoegracesalon.com/. You can also find styling tips, announcements, contests, fashion tips, and hair trends on the website, or stay up-to-date with the salon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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    A local photographer is being recognized with a prestigious award. Learn more and to hear about her idea to help pre-teens boost their self-confidence.

    Pottinger Photography offers wedding photography aiming to capture a couple’s love story.

    Brenda Pottinger always had a love for photography. So, for her, it only made sense to launch her own business.

    Today, as the owner of Pottinger Photography, she specializes in wedding photography. Pottinger says she takes pride in following along with her couples throughout the journey leading up to their special day – and even after.

    “It is a creative art form that means so much to so many people,” says Pottinger. “I love the end of the night when the couple gives us a hug and says they couldn’t have done it without us. We try to make our job look easy but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. From preparing a custom photo timeline, checking out new locations, and offering a rain plan, we love helping out on the day of the wedding in any way that we can. We want our couples to have fun. We love that our couples have invited us to document their celebration. And when the time comes, we love photographing their newborns for their very first family photo.”

    With more than 150 weddings under her photography belt, Pottinger says she still gets emotional as the music starts to play, the doors open, and the bride walks down the aisle.

    That experience shooting weddings has also led to Pottinger winning some notable industry awards. In fact, she was named a finalist for the Grand Imaging Award 2018 by the Professional Photographers of America, being named top 10 in the event album category. She was also named a Bronze Medalist for the International Photographic Exhibition and will have her work on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in January. “This is one of the most prestigious competitions, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence,” says Pottinger.

    Pottinger says that one of the best compliments she’s received thus far is that her business empowers women. “After a few portraits of the bride on the wedding day I show her how incredible she looks,” Pottinger explains. “And after we hear – oh wow I do look beautiful. It’s almost a surprise. In a world so obsessed with retouching and filters, just showing someone how they truly look from the back of the camera with no editing is pretty powerful. And that next smile is so real! I am truly honored to tell a couple’s love story.”

    Her love of sharing a bride’s beauty inspired Pottinger to do something else with her business, a passion project she says – to give away a session to a girl in the community for every four portrait sessions she photographs.

    “Because I want to show more women and girls how truly beautiful they are inside and out our next adventure is something I am really excited about,” says Pottinger. “The goal is to show pre-teen girls what their family and friends see. It is time to stop listening to that inner mean girl! That age can be rough with so many changes. I remember being teased about having bad skin and glasses (before glasses were fashionable). But it is time to change the narrative. I want to give girls (of any age) the confidence to know their beauty! And if they can see themselves from the eyes of a loved one – well then just maybe they can have the courage to face any bully.”

    To learn more about Pottinger Photography, visit http://www.pottingerphoto.com/. You can also follow along with her blog. You can book a portrait session and nominate a girl who deserves a fun photo session that will boost her confidence by emailing info@pottingerphoto.com.

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    Two local ladies are hosting an upcoming female-focused empowerment session. Learn more about the event and where you can hear from of the city’s most inspiring female leaders.

    Starr Hamilton and Ethel Bonner, Owners of Deatils2Decor

    Cincy Chic: What is Phenomenally Woman?
    Starr Hamilton and Ethel Bonner, Owners of Details2Decor: Phenomenally Woman is the the kick-off event for our new Empowerment Chat Sessions. Phenomenal women change the game. They break down barriers that some feel they cannot break down. They overcome obstacles with style and grace. They make sure their voices and opinions are heard – even if it means they stand alone. If they stand alone, they believe in the change they are standing for and they keep their vision and focus clear until the game is changed. Through obstacles and successes, a phenomenal woman described in the words of Maya Angelou: “It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.”

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Hamilton and Bonner: At Details2Decor, we always knew our mission as business partners would extend beyond event planning. As we continue to celebrate our 10-year milestone, we wanted to begin hosting a series of empowerment sessions to support and inspire women professionally and personally the way we inspired each other. We wanted to come up with an event that would bring women together to share positive energy, solutions, abundance, and most of all, happiness. A Fall fireside chat was the perfect theme.

    Cincy Chic: When and where is it being held?
    Hamilton and Bonner: Our Phenomenally Woman Fall Fireside Chat will be held on October 18, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Terwilliger Lodge, 10530 Deerfield Road in Montgomery. Who’s behind it? Details2Decor is proud to host this event in honor of our 10 year anniversary. We give special thanks to our supporting event partners: GL Robinson Consulting Services, Griesing Law, UC Health, Just4Kids Learning Center, City of Cincinnati/Office of Tamaya Dennard, A Touch of Summer Make Up, and ChoZen 4 U Boutique.

    Cincy Chic: What makes this event unique?
    Hamilton and Bonner: In addition to our fireside panel discussion, the evening will also include two additional phenomenal woman game changers who will highlight a mini Fall Fashion Runway and Beauty Trend Session. Our presenters are Corless Berry, owner of ChoZen 4 U Boutique and Summer Mazion, owner of A Touch of Summer Makeup. You don’t want to miss our filling Fall Fireside appetizers, Fireside Apple Cider Mimosas and Specialty Drinks, and Fireside Smore Dessert Bar. Guests will also receive a Swag Bag, a chance to win Door Prizes, enjoy music, shopping, and much more!

    Cincy Chic: Who do you have lined up for the fireside panel discussion?
    Hamilton and Bonner: Details2Decor invites you to grab a girlfriend and join them for an intimate and casual evening of Cincinnati Female empowerment chats with our featured phenomenal game changer panelists:

    Gwen L. Robinson, President, GL Robinson Consulting Services. Prior to her consulting services, Ms. Robinson also served as President and CEO of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency for 23 years.

    Christie Kuhns, Esq., Chief of Staff and VP of Operations and Community Relations, UC Health. She joined UC Health in 2015 to lead the system’s community relations strategy.

    Cheryl L. Borland, of Counsel, Griesing Law. Cheryl serves as counsel for closely-held companies and start-ups at every stage of their business journey including women owned business certification and strategic planning advice to set you up for success.

    Crystal Harrison, CEO/Founder, Just4Kids Learning Center. Crystal established two successful locations for the Just4Kids Learning Center providing daycare services for all ages: infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school age.

    Our Phenomenal Moderator for the evening will be Dominique Francisco, Director of Community Affairs, Office of Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard. Before working at City Hall, Dominique spent the past 5 years in nonprofit development, youth advocacy, and community engagement.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers purchase tickets?
    Hamilton and Bonner: In honor of our 10-year anniversary, tickets for reserved seating are only $10 online through noon on the day of the event; $20 cash at the door. Advance ticket purchases are recommended as space is limited. For tickets, visit https://phenomenallyd2d.eventbrite.com or www.details2decor.com, or contact us at (513) 554-4968 or info@details2decor.com.

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      St. Vincent de Paul is hosting its annual RetroFittings on Oct. 18. Click to read more about this year’s event, everything that’s new this year (including a fab new location) and how you get in on all the fashionable fun — like seeing Elton John this February!

      RetroFittings, a one-of-a-kind fashion show and fundraising event that benefits St. Vincent de Paul, is back for another year on Oct. 18. Organizers say this one is poised to be their best one yet.

      “[For this event,] St. Vincent de Paul teams up with the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program to showcase the original fashions of students from UC’s top-ranked fashion program,” explains Society of St. Vincent de Paul Stewardship & Events Manager, Renee Berlon. “Students from DAAP shop in any of the seven St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores with a budget of $15 each, turning items they find in the stores into runway fashion.”

      In addition to the fashion show, the event also features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. They will also have a silent auction and a live auction with all proceeds from the event benefiting many of the programs of St. Vincent de Paul. 

      Some of the live auction items at RetroFittings 2018 include a week’s stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and tickets to see Elton John at U.S. Bank Arena in February.

       

      New to this year’s event is the location as it heads back to the recently-renovated Music Hall. “Additionally, in a place of a theme for the fashion lines, the students were encouraged to base their creations through their own creative expressions,” says Berlon. “This lack of structure has allowed the students to truly explore their talents without being confined by a certain genre of style.”

      Retrofittings features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores.

      This year’s event will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6pm. General admission tickets for the event are $60 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and two drink tickets. VIP admission tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, three drink tickets, and priority seating.

      Berlon says that she hopes guests who attend the event have a memorable and enjoyable evening and leave feeling inspired and hopeful. “[We hope attendees are] inspired by the creativity of the DAAP and Paul Mitchell students and hopeful that together we’re creating a community filled with compassion while helping our neighbors in need,” she says. “Whether it is a family struggling to put food on the table or a grandfather whose lost job means he can’t pay his utility bill, St. Vincent de Paul’s programs benefit thousands of neighbors in need.”

      In fact, last year, St. Vincent de Paul fed more than 100,000 people through food pantries and kept 5,300 families in their homes through a homelessness prevention program.

      “We hope that people leave RetroFittings feeling inspired to continue supporting this great work, whether it’s by shopping in our thrift stores, volunteering at the outreach center or with one of the parish-based conferences, or donating funds,” adds Berlon.

      To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.retrofittings.org.

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      A new Liberty Twp.-based contemporary women’s clothing and accessories boutique carries top designers from around the world. Read on for more.

      Sorella Boutique is a new boutique in Liberty Township that sells unique items from the world’s top designers.

      An idea 10 years in the making has finally come to realization for Heather Trautman, owner of Cincinnati’s newest high-end women’s fashion boutique, Sorella Boutique.

      “Sorella has been a concept Heather has been working on for almost 10 years, but now that her children are finally grown and out of the house she has found time to fulfill her dream,” says Duru Armagan, who is assisting Trautman in buying for the store.

      Sorella Boutique is a contemporary women’s clothing and accessories boutique that carries designers from Los Angeles to New York to Copenhagen to Tokyo and Sydney.

      “We specialize in small designers,” says Armagan. “Our designer list includes a mix of edge and more feminine styles. We choose each piece with careful thought and authenticity.”

      In addition to small designers, Sorella Boutique also offers unique designers including DVF, Ganni, For Love and Lemons, Mother Denim, Lanston, JennBird, Boy Smells Candle, Elizabeth and James, and many. According to Armagan, you cannot find any of the designers carried in the store within 15 miles.

      Armagan says Sorella Boutique has multiple events planned now through the holidays, including the store’s grand opening party on October 20, where there will be food, drinks, and a DJ.

      You can shop at Sorella Boutique at 7130 Haskell Street in Liberty Township, outside the Liberty Center Mall.

      To learn more about Sorella Boutique, visit www.sorellaboutique.shop. For the latest updates on the shop, see new arrivals, and find event details, follow along on Instagram.

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      One local nonprofit is on a mission to keep Cincinnati’s youth moving. Read on for more about how a recent grant will help expand their mission and reach even more students.

      Mission2Move helps to improve social and emotional wellbeing, as well as physical health, for students in Cincinnati schools.

      Based in Cincinnati, Mission2Move is a nonprofit that strives to improve not just the academic performance of students in the city, but also their social and emotional behavior as well. To achieve this goal, Mission2Move uses movement and mindfulness in in-school and after-school programming through aerobic exercises, neural drills, and mindfulness practices.

      “All of this teaches students how a healthy brain begins with a healthy body,” says Mission2Move Founder Sarah Habib.

      According to Habib, the inspiration behind Mission2Move came from the expanding movement gap and how less people are getting in recommended exercise amounts.

      “Only about one in three students receive the federally recommended 60 minutes of movement per day,” she says. “On average, students only get 15 minutes per week. We aim to close the movement gap and provide an engaging way for students to stay active.”

      Mission2Move began its initiative back in 2016, and provided 10,000 minutes of movement to students in that first year. In 2018, Mission2Move is on track to provide more than 100,000 minutes of movement to students and they hope to expand even more in the 2019-2020 school year.

      The programs offered by Mission2Move fall into two categories – movement and mindfulness. These two programs show students how they can create both a healthy brain and a healthy body.

      “We start our programs by getting students excited about movement, and leading them through a series of aerobic and anaerobic exercises that improve cardiovascular health, balance, and motor skills,” explains Habib. “After students have moved and become active, Mission2Move switches to mindfulness drills, these activities make students aware of how their body is connected to their brain, and how they can use their bodies to manage their emotions.”

      Mission2Move ends each program with a Feelings Circle to help students become more comfortable talking about their emotions, and meditation to show students how to be introspective. “These drills come together to keep even Cincinnati’s youngest learners happy and healthy,” adds Habib.

      So that her organization can continue to provide to Cincinnati’s youth, Mission2Move was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Advocare Foundation to help expand programming and reach more students. “The Advocare Foundation helps students across the country gain access to movement, we are grateful to be a part of their community and bring their mission to students in Cincinnati,” says Habib.

      To learn more about Mission2Move, visit mission2move.org. You can also “like” them on Facebook or follow along on Instagram.

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      For the first time ever, Women in Film is hosting its event in Cincinnati while aiming to help women achieve their highest potential in the creative industry. Read on to learn more.

      Women in Film Cincinnati is hosting “Roads to Resources” on October 9 in Over-the-Rhine.

      Cincy Chic: What is Women in Film?
      Aymie Majerski, Executive Producer at Barking Fish: Women in Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest within the global entertainment, communications and media industries. WIF Cincinnati is a community of creatives dedicated to celebrating and advancing the creative and professional development of women in the region working in film, television and digital media.

      This year, WIF Cincinnati is hosting the event: Roads to Resources on October 9 at the Woodward Theatre in Over-the-Rhine.

      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
      Majerski: One of the most difficult aspects of a creative project is often how to fund it. This event was inspired by the desire to provide local filmmakers with resource options when looking to fund a project.

      Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
      Majerski: WIF board member, Laure Quinlivan, had the idea for this event and has worked tirelessly along with other members of WIF to make it a reality.

      Cincy Chic: When and where is the event being held?
      Majerski: October 9th at the Woodward Theatre in OTR. Doors open at 6pm and the event starts at 7pm.

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to purchase tickets?
      Majerski: Visit WIFCincinnati.org ($10 advance tickets and $15 at the door).

      Cincy Chic: What can attendees expect at this year’s event?
      Majerski: Panelists include representatives from Film Cincinnati, ArtWorks, Frisch’s, and more. Film Funding stories told by filmmakers including:  Tara Jayn, Natalie Lynch, Allyson West, Aymie Majerski and more. There will be a talk back with the Panelists and Filmmakers. There will be food, live music (Wonky Tony and DJ Think$avy)!

      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the event, Women in Film, and to purchase tickets?
      Majerski: Readers can visit WIFCincinnati.org.

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        How does a local 21-year-old amass an Instagram following of more than 300,000? Read on as we chat with her for our annual blogger issue to find out how she got started, what inspires her, and where she plans to go with it.

        Sophie Kinsey is a Cincinnati-based blogger.

        Amassing more than 300,000 in just a handful of years. The work of a celebrity, marketing agency, or Fortune 500 company?

        No, Cincinnati-based 21-year-old Sophie Kinsey can proudly put that feather in her cap.

        Kinsey enjoys reading, her cats, and plants. But most of all, she loves writing. Everyday, she says, she adds to her growing list of potential captions for future Instagram posts, saves poetry and song lyrics in her Notes app, and works on her movie script.

        “I think my love of writing, even though I don’t consider myself good at it, is why I started my blog,” says Kinsey.

        In addition to her love of writing, she also likes taking photos. “I hoard photos,” she laughs. “I have two 64GB flash drives that are filled with photos from all over many different years. I have so many photos and videos in my phone. I take them all the time, from 10-second clips of waves crashing against rocks in South Carolina to photos of my plants and their growth updates.”

        Today, Kinsey is the owner of an Instagram account with 304,000 followers, an account that has become her little corner of the Internet where she gets to express herself and share the things she loves. “I cover topics that matter to me as well as things I enjoy or have fun with,” she says. “I’ve discussed everything from mental health, addiction, breakups, and other troubles in hopes that it can help as well as relate to others who may be going through similar challenges. Writing is like a therapy for me, a great way for me to let things out and work things out. As well as document the fun things like beach vacations, road trips, and other things in the works.”

        Kinsey shares her adventures with her more than 300,000 Instagram followers.

        Kinsey first learned about Instagram from her uncle at Christmas in 2010, but didn’t start the account that she has now until around 2012, and she didn’t hit 10,000 followers until March 2013.

        While she says she’s not sure how she’s accumulated as many followers as she has, her family and friends say it’s because she’s so relatable to a lot of other girls her age. “I post photos from mini road trips, college parties, the obligatory selfies, pictures with other influencers, and beach vacations,” she says. “I’ve used it as a digital scrapbook to document highlights about my life and it seems like people enjoy virtually flipping through me.”

        When it comes to her favorite Instgram post thus far, Kinsey says that her favorite photos was one she took on 4th Street in Cleveland. “I took it last August when I was up there for a Shawn Mendes concert with my sister and mom,” she explains. “We made a road trip out of it and as we were walking around before the concert I just quickly snapped this photo. I loved it so much I actually made it my laptop skin.”

        Her favorite posts on her blog are any of the ones featuring Kodak film from her trips. She says Kodak film has become a tradition for all of her experiences. “I always bring one camera for myself and one for my road trip partner – or leave one out at parties for people to take photos with of the night,” she says. “I develop them weeks later, then show them to all my friends and family. They are never amazing but I love all the photos dearly because people seem to be more careful about what they take photos of with a Kodak when its film is limited.”

        Kinsey wants to use her Instagram account to continue to share her experiences with her followers. She wants to document her trips to new locations, try new things, and post fun things she has going on in her life. “I also believe our city has so much to offer and I am excited to be discovering more of it as well,” she says. “I’ve lived here all my life but still haven’t covered every corner of Cincinnati.”

        Kinsey says that right now she’s entertaining the idea of taking graphic design classes and marketing in the hopes that she can help others achieve their goals with their social media accounts. “No one really told me what to do and how to get this following, I just used trial and error,” she says. “I’ve been able to help out family and friends with their accounts, so I’d like to be able to help out more people too. I have also rented a small studio space where I am setting up for more upcoming projects, as well as setting up a space in the dining room of my new apartment too”

        To learn more about Kinsey, follow along on her Instagram. There you can see constant stories, posts, and sneak peeks of upcoming projects she’s working on. You can also see new content on her blog at www.sophiekinsey1997.com every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. “Plus, that’s where I’ll be announcing any new places you can find me,” she says. “And, if late night laughs and cat videos are your cup of tea, you can add me on Snapchat at SophieKMan.”

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        Learn about a local beauty aficionado who launched her own subscription box for lip products while running a popular lifestyle account. 

        Sue Anne Cho-Collins, Founder of LippieBox and the blog Heart of Plastic

        When it comes to beauty, fashion, healthy living, travel, and lifestyle, Sue Anne Cho-Collins wears a lot of hats.

        Cho-Collins is the founder of the Instagram account Heart of Plastic. “It’s my baby,” she says. “I’ve been on Instagram since it came out in 2010, no joke. It’s changed a lot over the years but I’ve adapted and am staying active! I post about fashion, beauty, healthy living, travel, and lifestyle.”

        Cho-Collins says that what inspired Heart of Plastic came from a previous fashion blog she once co-wrote with a friend. She says they put a lot of time into the blog but eventually decided to go their separate ways, and she took that inspiration and continued on her own through Instagram.

        In addition to Heart of Plastic, Cho-Collins is also the owner of LippieBox, a monthly subscription box for everything lips.

        “We ship out a box full of 5 full-size lip products to everyone who subscribes,” she explains. “That can include lip balm, lip gloss, lip scrubs, or even accessories for your lippies.”

        The inspiration for LippieBox came from her experience as an influencer on Instagram, where she reviewed lip balms on the account Lipbalm. “People were asking me all the time where they could get those products for themselves,” she says. “I didn’t want to sell someone else’s products; I wanted my own. So I created LippieBox, a curated box of lip products that was my own brand.”

        Although she runs three different Instagram accounts, Cho-Collins says that there isn’t a single post that sticks out to her because she loves them all. “I don’t have a favorite, but I love creating vibrant, colorful images,” she says. “That’s what I go for in my feed.”

        Through all of her Instagram adventures, Cho-Collins says that the most enjoyable part is the connections she makes with other brands. She also says that she loves getting the opportunity to try out new products. “The sponsored trips and meals are my favorite,” she adds.

        Cho-Collins says to keep your eyes out and to follow along with Heart of Plastic, as there’s something new just around the corner. “It’s a secret,” she says. “You may just have to follow along to find out!”

        To learn more about Heart of Plastic and LippieBox, Cho-Collins says you can follow all three of her Instagram accounts at @heartofplastic, @lippiebox, and @lipbalm.

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