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We're talking comfort AND style (yes, it’s possible) in this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching for some fabulous footwear ideas!

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, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Learn about a men’s footwear and accessory boutique with Cincinnati’s first private label bespoke shoes.

HIS Shoes provides personalized services focusing on men’s footwear.

Vinnie Spence is lacing up his many years of experience in men’s fashion retail to take the next step of his career as owner of HIS Shoes.

Spence was a co-owner of a successful men’s clothing store for eight years. His desire has always been to provide personalized services focusing on footwear and to help restore care for certain styling details that has been lost over time. HIS is the product of his vision and experience.

“Emphasis is often given to clothing but nothing compliments and completes a man’s attire more than footwear,” says Spence.

The fashion industry is driven by certain “Big City” markets and as such, trends are often slower to reach regions like the Cincinnati area. The vision of HIS is to make such trends more accessible to the Cincinnati area by offering unique footwear and accessory options to the fashion conscious man.

HIS offers men’s accessories, business casual and dress ready-to-wear footwear, and bespoke footwear with custom design options. Custom shoe design requires an appointment for a private consultation which includes foot measurement and design session. HIS also offers appointments for personal styling services, private parties, and concierge services.

According to Spence, HIS offers unique styles not commonly found in the Cincinnati area and as a boutique, they stock only small quantities and custom orders to help ensure exclusivity. Additionally, HIS Shoes is Cincinnati’s first retailer of bespoke shoes. 

Like a perfectly tailored suit, Spence says, bespoke shoes are custom fitted footwear. HIS bespoke shoes are entirely crafted by expert Italian shoemakers, sewn, and painted by hand. HIS also offers custom bespoke designing for an even more personal style.

In addition to their invitation-only preview show, HIS will be opening a showroom this fall. They will also begin hosting “pop-up” trunk shows in the Tri-State area.

HIS Shoes is currently an online store that also provides on-site services.

To learn more about HIS, visit www.hisshoesboutique.com and join their mailing list. To learn about upcoming events and promotions visit them on Instagram or Facebook.

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In this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy we're teaching you how to wear tennis shoes with the trendiest summer fashions! 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, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Learn about a statement jewelry store that spreads female empowerment and confidence one fashionable piece at a time.

Catherine Blubaugh, Founder of Design & Curiosity Studio

Design & Curiosity Studio is the lovechild of a passion for statement jewelry and the desire to spread positive female empowerment.

Catherine Blubaugh, owner of Cincinnati-based Design & Curiosity Studio, is inspired by many different aspects in everyday life. “I am mostly inspired by powerful women: female business owners trying to make it on their own, and my confident and colorful friends,” says Blubaugh. “I’m also inspired by anything colorful like architecture, flowers, and design. Life’s too short to be boring!” 

Design & Curiosity Studio offers handcrafted, fun, and one-of-a-kind statement jewelry. Some of Blubaugh’s most popular products are her word earrings. “The literal interpretation of ‘statement’ earrings,” she laughs. Her best sellers are the earrings that spell BOSS BABE and GRL PWR. 

Blubaugh’s goal is to make pieces that she hasn’t seen anywhere else. “A lot of times the ideas just pop into my head or I work them out through many iterations,” Blubaugh says. “I make stuff that I love to wear, and my hope is that other people want to wear them too!” 

Blubaugh says she’d love to expand her product line and design even more fun designs. Since she laser-cuts the majority of her pieces herself, she wants to experiment with some fun designs and new techniques in the future.

To learn more about Design & Curiosity Studio, follow along on Instagram, or visit her shop online at designandcuriositystudio.com and her Etsy store.

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An upcoming fundraiser gives you a girls night out filled with fun and shopping, all while supporting an important local cause.

City Chicks for Charity is an annual fundraiser for the Aubrey Rose Foundation.

City Chicks for Charity is a fun ladies night-out fundraiser for the Aubrey Rose Foundation which will take place on June 20, 2018 from 6-9pm. “We wanted to put something together for women where they could come and experience a relaxing night filled with a variety of vendors for their enjoyment,” says Nancy Hollenkamp, founder and CEO of the Aubrey Rose Foundation. 

The Aubrey Rose Foundation provides support and help for those who seek to be lifted from the difficulties of life here on earth and to find a greater happiness. The foundation was started in honor of Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp who faced many challenges and obstacles at a young age.

City Chicks partners with a different charity each year to help them with their mission. This year they are partnering with Dragonfly Foundation to help kids with cancer. Dragonfly Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides distractions from the emotional, physical, and financial toll of cancer and bone marrow transplants, as well as the post-traumatic stress associated with the trauma of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. 

Tickets are $35 if purchased up to and including June 6th; the price will be $45 starting June 7th and at the door. There will be all kinds of unique vendors from a chef giving cooking demonstrations, to jewelry, to book writers, to bath products, and so much more. Along with all of the vendors, there will be a special raffle; a Thelma & Louise 3-day, 2-night getaway to Nashville, valued at over $2,800. 

The funds raised from the City Chicks for Charity fundraiser will help children with life-threatening medical conditions. City Chicks will take place at Switch Lighting and Design located at 312 West 4th St., Cincinnati, OH

To learn more about City Chicks for Charity and the Aubrey Rose Foundation, go to http://aubreyrose.org/news-events/city-chicks-for-charity/.

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We're giving you a rundown of the season's most stylish (and smartest) fashion accessories to bring along on your vacation! 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, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Learn about a local business that recently launched a new activewear line to raise awareness of and fight against mental illnesses and suicide.

BND released a new line of wellness wear.

Brand New Day (BND) was created by two Cincinnati sisters as a collective commitment to eliminate the incidence of suicide and relieve the negative stigma associated with mental illness. Their products serve as a physical symbol, a promise to others, to ask for help and help those who ask. Their goal is to help everyone affected see that tomorrow is a brand new day.

“Mom guilt is real and momma bear instincts are strong,” says Mandy Hauer, co-owner of BND. “Truth be told, being a parent only seems to get scarier as our kids get older. The fear of losing a loved one is, at times, suffocating.” 

Over the years, Hauer has seen far too many families and friends have their lives shattered by mental illness or suicide. “If you stop and look at the statistics, it is alarming,” Hauer adds. “So we started thinking: how can we equip others to navigate life’s highs and lows while making a promise to ourselves? Could we create something that would let people know that they are not alone in this world?”

The idea of BND started with the idea of wearing a simple bracelet which would serve as a constant reminder to everyone around that there are people that care. Over the course of its development, the simple bracelet evolved into a significant promise to wearers to ask for help and help those who ask.

“We hope that BND will serve as a physical reminder that everyone is loved, capable, brave, and worthy of life. After all, tomorrow is always a Brand New Day,” says Hauer.

BND offers handcrafted, adjustable macrame bracelets in eight colors, priced at $16 each. The bracelets are packaged on a card with an uplifting message and/or reminder that you are worthy of life.

BND also just recently unveiled an activewear line. Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety. BND is excited to introduce their Wellness Wear line that encourages exercise while giving back to suicide prevention organizations and programs.

BND bracelets are unisex, appeal to all ages, and represent a promise to ourselves and others, to ask for help and help those who ask. For each bracelet purchased, one is donated to the Surviving the Teens program at Cincinnati Children’s (a local  school-based suicide prevention program).

For more information on BND, follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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Hot summer days turn to cool summer nights so be prepared with a layering piece! Learn more about adding a layer to your summer capsule wardrobe in this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy.

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, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Last week, Amy and Amy helped you pack for summer trips with the 2-and-1 idea. This week, they're helping you choose tops to finish off your vacation wardrobe! 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, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.