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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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A local UC DAAP grad has a passion for fashion and recently launched a popular platform to share her designs with the world.

    

Yanni Xiang is a fashion blogger and illustrator who draws her inspiration from the biggest cities in the world — Milan, Paris, and New York City — but manages her popular platform from right here in Cincinnati.

Xiang’s Instagram account shares her vision through multiple mediums with her followers. Her illustrations incorporate mixed medias, markers, watercolors, oil paints or digital devices to create textures and new styles.

These illustrations inspire her fashion designs as she works on her newest collections. “Working creatively is my biggest motivation,” Xiang says. “I love designing sophisticated with a little bit edgy looks, when people wear my designs.”

Yanni Xiang is a fashion designer and UC DAAP graduate.

Xiang recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 where she studied fashion design in the DAAP program. She also decided to take the opportunity to study abroad at Central Saint Martins in London. In College, she spent time interning for Vera Wang in New York. “It has really been great opportunity for me to learn, the past experiences also surely inspired and encouraged me to work in the creative field,” Xiang says. 

Xiang says she tries to keep her Instagram updated with new inspirations and illustration at least two times per week. The feed ranges from pictures of animals to outfit sketches and fashion trends to taking pictures of surroundings, she explains.

“Working creatively is my biggest motivation, it gives me the eye to see great possibilities coming from even the easy little things in life,” Xiang shares.

To learn more, visit https://www.instagram.com/yanni.x_design.

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We're mad for plaid in this week's edition of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching to see how you can incorporate this hot trend into your fall wardrobe!

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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A locally-based online boutique aims to help women feel beautiful from the inside out. Read on for all the details.

Pretty Please Boutique is an online-based boutique offering clothes from size small through 3X.

Pretty Please Boutique aims to provide women with fashionable clothes that are not only stylish but also affordable. Owned by Angela Walker, Pretty Please Boutique is a Cincinnati-based women’s clothing boutique that’s all online. 

“I offer sizes small through 3X in a variety of casual tops, great fitting jeans, fun, flirty dressed, and classy yet comfortable clothing,” explains Walker.

Walker says she was inspired to launch her own clothing boutique because of her love for clothes as well as her desire to offer women of all different sizes and body styles a unique way to shop.

“I wanted to be able to offer these women a more unique way to shop and maybe step out of their comfort zone and into a fashion zone,” she says. “I also had a desire to own my own business and possibly have something to leave to my kids or grandkids.”

Prices from Pretty Please Boutique range from $30 to $50, although Walker says she will be running specials, sales, giveaways, and, as her business grows, to possibly offer a special occasions line.

“Right now the hottest items are my jeans,” she says. “They are so figure flattering and comfortable. I also have some very trendy tops with open shoulder, tie knots, and twist details.”

Walker says that what makes her boutique unique from others is her and the mission behind her business. “I want to sell clothes but I also want to let women know that you don’t have to be a certain size to feel beautiful,” she says. “Clothes should be comfortable and exciting to wear – not dread going to the closet.”

It’s also the clothes that make Pretty Please Boutique unique. The items from the shop come from designers out of Atlanta and California. “Most items you can only purchase from a store like mine because it is not offered to the public,” says Walker. “So the clothing itself is unique. You also have the ease of buying from home or work.”

Plus, Walker says, she ships orders to women all over the country for free.

Walker hopes that her business will grow as she continues to offer fashion to women from all over, and eventually be able to open a storefront.

You can learn more about Pretty Please Boutique on Facebook where you can also join her Facebook group. Walker says to keep your eyes out for the website launch on October 1, which will be at prettypleaseboutiquellc.com.

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Read on as we chat with the local lady behind an upcoming event that features a fashion show, shopping, and a famous speaker, with all funds benefiting neglected children and companion animals.

Jan Malley, Director of the Humanitarian League, with husband Chip Malley

The Humanitarian League will be hosting its biennial fundraiser, Diva Day, to support local charities in need on Thursday, October 25, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Drees Pavilion overlooking the Ohio River.

“Diva Day is a day of women coming together to embrace each other and help charities that serve abused and neglected children and companion animals,” says Jan Malley, director of The Humanitarian League of Greater Cincinnati, the organization behind Diva Day.

The charities that benefit from Diva Day are those that are the least funded and least represented in the area, Malley says. Some of the groups that have received funds from Diva Day in the past include Court Appointed Special Advocates in Kenton County (CASA), the Kenton County Shelter (a pet rescue organization), Milestone Therapy for Disabled Children; Northern Kentucky Tails; and Potter’s Ranch, a therapeutic equine program for children.

This year, Diva Day is serving as the signature fundraising for The Humanitarian League of Greater Cincinnati and it’s theme is “Divas Take Flight.”

As an added bonus, this year’s speaker for the event is Jenna Bush, daughter of President Bush and host on NBC’s Today Show. “Jenna will do a meet-and-greet, a Q&A, and a book signing for her children’s book,” says Malley.

In addition to the guest speaker, there will also be a fashion show and lunch provided for guests – all at a cost of $65 per person.

To make the day even sweeter, Malley says that adoptable dogs will be there looking for their forever homes. “Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of a great group of inspiring women,” says Malley.

To learn more or save your spot for this year’s event, send Malley an email at jan.malley1@gmail.com.

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Read on and watch as we're talking “uniforms” -- and the advantages of having these go to looks -- in this week's edition 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.