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A local stylist launches a new golden opportunity retainer program. Read on to get all the dazzling details.

 

Ivy Costa launched a retainer program called IVY Gold.

After owning a boutique and then managing a local store of an internationally-known brand, Ivy Costa now runs her own styling business: Ivy Costa LLC.

Through this business, which launched five years ago, she provides a variety of services to help you improve your wardrobe. “[I love] the idea of working one on one with clients to achieve their fashion and image goals,” she explains. “I loved the idea of positively impacting my clients on a daily basis and helping them put their best fashion step forward. I love to see their confidence shine through!”

Her clients always come first. “I take myself out of the equation and make sure that I am focused on who they are and their needs,” Costa says. “I would never push my own style onto someone.”

And building on her focus to meet client needs, she recently launched a new service called IVY Gold. It’s essentially a retainer program where, for $200/month, she provides priority fashion needs for clients she works with regularly. This package includes priority access to Costa, preferential appointment setting, rapid response time for unexpected fashion advice and last minute personal consults. It also includes a reserved spot on her “‘fashion radar’ for your ongoing fashion needs [such as] shopping, trends, etc.,” Costa explains. “If you have recurring needs of me like routine emailing/texting questions, last minute personal shopping and wardrobe requests, Ivy Gold is the perfect program for you. I love nothing more than to research and shop for my clients.”

Costa’s other services include:

-Wardrobe Consulting: She meets with clients at their homes to freshen their closet and help them define their style. “It’s always about the body shape first, then I move onto personality and lifestyle needs,” Costa says. “I make a follow up plan for shopping to replace or fill in needs of their wardrobe.”

-Personal Shopping: Costa has a list of items that are important to filling a client’s wardrobe. “It’s about buying the right items, not shopping in excess,” she says. “Creating a well working wardrobe is like putting together a big puzzle. I love it!”

-Outfitting/Look Book: “This is where clients really get a bang with their buck with me,” says Costa. “I take what you own (either before or after personal shopping) and create looks that my clients would not have thought about styling together,” she says. “This is where I teach my clients about maximizing what you own and refresh in small ways.” Costa also teaches her clients about improving the wardrobe that they already own and makes look books for her clients. “They can wake up and reference a look I’ve put together and get dressed quickly with no stress,” she says.

Costa says that being a stylist has taught her how to stay relevant in a quickly changing field. “Change can be difficult but the challenges have made me grow as a business woman in ways that I never would have expected,” she says.

You can learn more about Costa and her business by checking out her website, following along on her blog or calling 513-470-2358. Or, you can “like” her on Facebook, Instagram, or follow along on Twitter.

 

 

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Styling with Amy chats with our Editor in Chic about the fashion brand she now represents, Nygard, any why she loves it! (Psst… these body-slimming pants sealed the deal!)

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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From the brick streets of Oxford to the bustling neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine, two entrepreneurial sisters joining forces with a local floral shop to bring a new boutique to the heart of OTR.

 

Lane & Kate moved its store location to OTR where it joined forces with Two Little Buds.

Rachel Pfeiffer and her sister Jessica Greene are the owners of Lane & Kate, a formerly Oxford-based boutique that specializes in fashion, gifts, and home decor, as well as an emphasis on shopping local, creativity, and community.

Since they opened their doors on High Street in July 2016, things have changed and the desire to continue to grow only got stronger.

Friends with Cincinnati-based Two Little Buds, the sisters have shuttered the doors on their Oxford store and made the move to Over-the-Rhine.

With the transformation that’s taken over the OTR neighborhood in recent years, and their passion for partnering up with Two Little Buds, Pfeiffer says the duo felt a strong calling to be in Cincinnati.

“We are so excited to open in Over-the-Rhine,” says Pfeiffer. “We have such a deep appreciation for local, sustainable products and put true emphasis on creativity and originality – something that has been celebrated throughout the OTR neighborhood.”

New items including a flower bar can be found at Lane & Kate.

The store, now combined with Two Little Buds, is full of unique, handmade jewelry, gifts, accessories, and will also feature fresh arrangements, botanicals, and a “flower bar” where customers can create their own bouquets.

The new store celebrated its grand opening on March 30, where they offered DIY flower crowns and had a stylist from Parlour on-site for a braid bar. They also served refreshments from Bakersfield and Holtman’s Donuts.

While the location is different, the items you’ll find in store won’t venture too far from the inventory in Oxford. “We have introduced new artists and have expanded our fine jewelry selection, including Jennie Kwon, Emily Amey, La Kaiser, and Megan Thorne,” says Pfeiffer.

Fresh flowers is also a new focal point, thanks to joining together with Two Little Buds.

The store is located at 1405 Vine Street, between Continuum and Pontiac streets, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.

To learn more about the store, visit Lane & Kate (@laneandkate) or Two Little Buds (twolittlebuds) on Instagram. You can also follow along on the Two Little Buds and Lane & Kate Facebook pages. Pfeiffer says to keep your eyes peeled for a new website they hope to launch this summer.

 

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We’re back with another “Styling with Amy and Amy” video that shares the hottest Spring trends making their way into wardrobes this season.

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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In a weird twist of events, two local entrepreneurs decided to launch their own shoe company. Learn more about their flip flop business that’s all about comfort.

 

AhhSoles sells shoes that are comfortable on your feet and colorful.

After a long day out on the links, AJ Grymes felt pretty good – except for in his feet. Although he eventually made it to the shower, all he could think about was the pain of carrying himself out of the bathroom and walking again.

“Upon stepping out of the shower, my feet touched down upon an unusual texture, which brought instantaneous relief to my aching feet,” explains Grymes. “Could I be dreaming this? This just feels too good to be true. I stood there, transfixed, by the moment saying to myself, if not audibly, AHHHH!”

That thing that Grymes was standing on happened to be a rubber bath mat that replicated grass. Inspired instantly, Grymes says he ran over to his friend, Scott MacPherson, to share the idea.

“With a quizzical look on his face, and great skepticism, he did what I asked and followed me to this glorious specimen,” he adds. “He needed no further instructions. He stepped on the mat and blurted out AHHH!”

From there, two guys who lived in flip flops almost year-round knew right away that they needed to create their own line of textured flip flops. And thus, AhhSoles was born.

“AhhSoles are a new breakout alternative to the standard variety of the almost ubiquitous and commercially successful footwear known commonly in the USA as flip flops,” says Grymes.

AhhSoles made its official debut about a year ago, although the idea and different versions of it have been bounced between Grymes and MacPherson for a while.

Neither Grymes nor MacPherson have backgrounds in fashion design, shoe design, or any industry of the sort. However, Grymes is a golfer and former financials guy while MacPherson is a former television executive. However, as the two aren’t too fond of corporate titles, they often refer to each other as AhhSole #1 and AhhSole #2.

What makes AhhSoles unique is its approach as a demo-psychographic cultural products and statement rather than an attempt to be part of a trending kind of “fashion.” According to Grymes, AhhSoles were created to be more of an antithesis to the trends Grymes and MacPherson saw in the marketplace during their period of research.

“It was quickly apparent that the vast majority of flip flop footwear out there was either brown, black, earth tone-color, lots of leather, and, most glaringly, very expensive,” says Grymes. “Thus, the unique selling proposition became obvious to us. These need to be affordable, colorful, durable, and fun.”

Grymes and MacPherson dedicated themselves to creating a product that was something they would wear with pride, and paired well with their sense of humor and the fact that they don’t take fashion too seriously.

“But, from a critical mass marketing perspective, they must give that ‘AHH’ feeling to all those who wear them, hence, the name AhhSoles,” says Grymes. “The in itself makes them rather unique.”

Currently, AhhSoles is manufacturing and selling three different textures on the footbed. These include Grass, Ripple, and Coral. Grymes says they try to keep the prices for AhhSoles shoes at $30.

This year and the foreseeable future will be a time of design for AhhSoles. Grymes and MacPherson are quickly working down the current inventory and have already started to work on some design, color, and style modifications for a few additional product line extensions to add variety to the line.

“There has been some discussion bandied about regarding a few potential fun and practical line extensions to play off the name and texture quotient, but whether that is a 2017 thing or beyond it yet to be seen,” says Grymes. “For now, our aim is to get AhhSoles on people’s feet.”

To learn more about AhhSoles, visit www.ahhsoles.com. Grymes says the site is constantly evolving and is something the team loves to have fun with, so he encourages customers to check out the site and interact with it, too!

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A traveling art exhibition is making its last stop at a Cincinnati gallery. Learn more about the event and fashionable flair at this local haute hot spot!

 

Ombre Gallery is the last stop for this traveling jewelry exhibition.

When she launched Ombré Gallery, Jenna Shaifer had one thing in mind: To exhibit vibrant pieces of contemporary art jewelry.

With more than 12 years in experience in the fashion industry, Schaifer decided to launch Ombre Gallery to help contribute to the city’s growing art scene. With a Master’s in the History of the Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art + Design, Shaifer has the experience for curating and designing art exhibitions.

Schaifer’s first encounter with contemporary art jewelry dates back to her internship at the Smithsonian American History Museum where she worked with the traveling exhibition “Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry From The Helen Williams Drutt Collection.”

This encounter, along with a relocation to Cincinnati, helped her to realize exactly what she wanted to do: bring a contemporary art gallery to an artistic city.

Now that her business, Ombre Gallery, has been opened, she continues to bring in vibrant jewelry exhibitions for customers.

Running now through April 16 is the Jewelry Edition Volume 3, a traveling pop-up exhibition that was organized by jewelry artists Kat Cole and Laura Wood.

“The exhibition features the work of mostly early career artists and is a collaboration opportunity for artists to gain exposure through galleries and other venues they may not have otherwise,” explains Schaifer.

Jewelry Edition features eight artists including Laura Wood, Kat Cole, Erin Gardner, Bryan Parnham, Georgina Trevino, Barbara Minor, Lindsay Locatelli, and Anna Johnson.

“The expressive techniques and approach to materials are vast. From the use of powder coat paints to enamels, and cement to gold plated brass, these artists use traditional and non-traditional materials to explore subject matters such as dance, architecture, sustainability, craft, and design through the medium of contemporary art jewelry,” she adds.

Schaifer encourages those interested in seeing the exhibition to stop by any time before it ends on the 16th. But even if you already stopped by the gallery to check it out, she would recommend another visit, as the pieces are for sale so the exhibition is always changing as pieces are purchased from the show.

“This is what makes the opening receptions so exciting,” says Schaifer.

Ombré Gallery is the last stop for this traveling exhibition, so Schaifer says you’ll want to see it while you can.

There are several events coming up at Ombre Gallery throughout the remainder of the year, including:

  • April – Gallery Talk about my trip to Germany for Munich Jewelry Week
  • May – Heidi Lowe Exhibition Opening
  • June – Nikki Couppee Exhibition Opening
  • September – Jill Baker Gower Exhibition Opening
  • October – Katja Toporski Exhibition Opening
  • November – A Multiple Artist Earring Show

To learn more about Ombre Gallery, visit www.ombregallery.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or sign up for their mailing list here.

 

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Two friends took their fashion-forward dream of launching an online boutique and made it happen. Learn more about it and how they’re making a brick-and-mortar boutique debut in Old Milford soon.

 

Jackson Whitacre is currently preparing to open its first brick-and-mortar location in Old Milford.

Friends Julie Crowthers and Haley Kemp have a passion for do-it-yourself projects. The two have completed a number of projects in their own homes including unique light fixtures, custom counter tops, shutters, and various home decor projects.

“We jokingly toyed with the idea of starting our own shop,” laughs Kemp. “We didn’t know exactly what it entailed, but no matter where we were or what we were doing, the subject always came up.”

Then, thanks to their DIY abilities, friends, family, and coworkers began asking the two to make pieces for them. Kemp says she doesn’t know when it became official, but the seriousness of starting their own business venture began.

Kemp and Crowthers began planning and purchasing clothing and home decor items for their new business in March 2016. Then, on May 2, 2016, they officially launched Jackson Whitacre.

“Jackson Whitacre is an online retail shop that sells homemade furnishings for your home as well as custom nursery pieces along with trend apparel and other home decor,” explains Kemp.

When you shop at Jackson Whitacre you’ll find a wide variety of women and children’s clothing and accessories, custom made nursery products, homemade home furnishings, trendy home decor pieces, and natural bath and body products.  

A goal for Kemp and Crowthers was to keep their prices pocketbook friendly, and they did just that. “We offer something for everyone, with pricing starting at $5.95,” says Kemp.

According to Kemp, what makes Jackson Whitacre unique is the wide variety of products they offer. “We strive to keep prices in a moderate range so people from all walks of life can find something for themselves or a loved one,” adds Kemp.

This year promises to be something big for Kemp and Crowthers at Jackson Whitacre. Kemp says the two will be opening a Jackson Whitacre storefront in Old Milford in the coming weeks.

To learn more about Jackson Whitacre, visit www.jacksonwhitacre.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Miami University is hosting a full-on Fashion Week packed full of events and giveaways. Read on as we chat with the director to see what's to come, and get an exclusive preview.

 

Miami University Fashion Week is organized by the Miami University Club of Fashion and Design (MUCFD)

Attention fashionistas! The 6th annual Miami University Fashion Week is almost here, and it’s packed full fashionable fun.

Steele Fitzwater, public relations and marketing director for Miami University Fashion and Design, says this year’s Miami University Fashion Week will be filled with different types of events throughout the week showcasing different experts and aspects of the industry.

Then, it all culminates for the big fashion show at the end of the week, on April 8. “Everything with the show, is done by the students,” Fitzwater says. “All of the models are students, all of the designers are students, and everything is set up and taken down by students.”

Miami University Fashion Week will kick off on April 3, starting with a promotional day. With this being the first day, students set up booths around campus, and promote the fashion show, and all the events that will be taking place that week. “We set up booths around a couple of the large student areas around campus, and we have merchandise to handout from our organization,” says Fitzwater. “Things like laptop stickers, pens, and water bottles are some things that we hand out to get the word out. We also have a donation of 500 Kind Bar’s from the Kind Corporation, that we will be handing out on April 3.”

Then, April 4 is Fashion Fest. “This is actually the first year we are doing Fashion Fest,” says Fitzwater. “Usually the day after our first promo day, is another large-scale promo day, and a mini fashion show where a few of our models will walk down the streets of Oxford. But what we wanted to do this year, was engage a larger part of our student body. We plan to have a few booths set up in areas with a lot of student traffic, with small events at each booth.”

All students involved with Fashion Week are invited to attend a night out from 7-9 p.m. on April 5. While this is an exclusive event, the students who are invited are encouraged to bring their friends. “I think this is a benefit for our members,” says Fitzwater. “They have this time where they can come out with their friends, and there will be drink specials. We want our members to be fond of each other, and this gives them time to get to know each other, almost like a sorority and fraternity ordeal.”

April 6 and 7 gear up for the big show on April 8. April 6 is set aside for Executive Guest Speaker night, where a fashion forward professional will make an appearance. As for April 7, the day before the big show, the Fashion Week members will be busy with the cup sale fundraiser. The cup sale fundraiser will be held at Brick Street Bar from 12-4 p.m. to help raise money for next year’s fashion show, and a possible scholarship program.

“This year, we’re able to give back more than we ever have before,” explains Fitzwater. “We want to be able to give out one to two small scholarships every year. Maybe they won’t be but $500 to two new fashion students, but we want to have a chance to give back to our members, and our University because we can now. As for the cups, the cups are on sale for $5 and when you purchase a cup, you’re eligible for discounted drinks in the cups. We normally sell 50-100 cups, and since we are making decent money from the cup sale, we want to be able to save a good chunk of that, and set it aside for two $500 scholarships for next school year, that we can give out to fashion students.”

While Fashion Week stays busy with all the events, and excitement build up, the big day for the fashion show is April 8, in Millett Assembly Hall, located at 500 E Sycamore St. in Oxford. While organizers will be at the show at 8 a.m. to set everything up, doors don’t open to the public until 5:30 p.m. There will be a trunk club in attendance before the show, with vendors such as Adidas, and Vineyard Vines, who will be selling items at a discounted price. “The show is open to everyone,” says Fitzwater. “Most VIP tickets are reserved for faculty, donors, and family members of designers and models, but each year we tend to have a few VIP tickets go on sale for the public that are interested. Only those with VIP tickets have access to the VIP toast event before the show, which starts at 6:30 p.m.”

To end the week, and celebrate all the hard work and dedication put into the show, there will be an after party, hosted at Brick Street Bar. “We will have a section blocked off at the bar, and at the show,” explains Fitzwater. “You will receive a wrist band that will get you into Brick Street, past the general admission line.”

Tickets are available online for $12. To learn more, or purchase tickets, click here.

 

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Learn about a jewelry and watch store that’s been a Cincinnati staple (but best kept secret) since the mid 1950’s.

 

Hudepohl Jewelers was launched in 1956 and is one of the best kept secrets in Cincinnati.

Don Hudepohl, the original owner of Hudepohl Jewelers, learned the art of watch repair following WWII. He combined his love of watches with his wife Rita’s love of jewelry to create a unique experience where quality and customer service came first. Thus, in 1956 the business was born.

The original location of the jeweler was at DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills. The former name of the store was Rie-Don Jewelers. Hudepohl Jewelers moved to their current location on the 7th floor of the Provident Building at the corner of 7th and Vine Streets in 1972.

Currently, Barry Hudepohl, the son of the original owners, runs the business. He earned his gemology degree in 1986 and took over the company in 1995. The store’s staff consists of 8 loyal, longtime employees. Joyce Yancey, the bookkeeper at Hudepohl Jewelers, has been with the company since the move to the Vine Street location. Between all of the staff, there are three gemologists and with over 30 years of experience in the company.

Fast forward to 2016. The store officially celebrated its 6oth anniversary. Contributing to its long-term success is the store’s specialization in custom design jewelry and engagement rings. Hudepohl Jewelers carries a large variety of high quality diamonds, gem stones, and unique mountings. Hudepohl says they also offer custom design capabilities, expert repair services, and competitive pricing.

Hudepohl says their prices are affordable since the store doesn’t advertise, and relies solely on word-of-mouth. In today’s marketing and consumer crazed economy, this is almost unheard of, Hudepohl says, but by prioritizing customer service, the store has gathered a loyal following.

Hudepohl Jewelers values the memories that are made through all of their jewelry. “We have many stories of customers that make a piece of jewelry with their family diamonds,” says gemologist Susan Quinlan Zink. “This Christmas, we had a customer that was brought to tears by the necklace we created.”

Last year, a customer was being shown a $500,000 diamond and said he would take two! Another customer proposed to his fiancée in the store, and the jewelers were more than happy to help with the engagement surprise!

And the surprises don’t stop there! After 45 years, the store is facing an exciting new move. Hudepohl says they are hoping to stay near their current location. Watch for updates beginning in late summer on their Facebook, Instagram, and website.