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These are the survivors of the fashion world. Learn how one local lady is turning antiques and gemstones into stylish accessories.

 

Spoons and Such, run by Hannah Thees, uses antique flatware to create unique jewelry.

Spoons & Such is a jewelry company run by one Hannah Thees. By using antique flatware, sterling silver, and precious gemstones including turquoise, jasper, moonstone, and opal, Thees is able to create her one-of-a-kind pieces. She believes her work is a fresh, timeless take on the traditional spoon jewelry.

Thees says the name Spoons & Such comes from the fact that when she first started making jewelry, she was working primarily with antique silverware such as spoons, forks, and knifes.

“The first piece I made was a spoon ring for my mom (and she still wears it!). I wanted to create a name that fit with the materials I was using but also gave me room to grow and expand, hence the ‘& Such,’” she explains. “I am very thankful now for that ‘& Such’ because my work has grown from just a simple spoon ring to much more.”

But how did she originally start working with jewelry? Believe it or not, Thees actually attended Columbus College of Art and Design for illustration. It wasn’t until her final semester of her final year that she discovered her true passion when she took a jewelry class.

“From the moment I sat down that first day of class I knew jewelry was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was the first class ever, where stayed late to work on projects, and it was the first class where I pulled an all-nighter to work on piece,” Thees recalls. “It was the first class that made me excited about what I was doing and I didn’t ever want to stop creating.”

Fast forward a few years later and she is still living her dream. Thees is creating and selling pieces she loves, and that are constantly changing. Spoons & Such doesn’t necessarily have “collections” but always has new pieces coming out which is why Thees believes her customers keep coming back for more: her ever-changing style. Inspiration is everywhere, but Thees specifically recalls last year when she embarked on a trip to Tucson, Arizona, which ended up inspiring a lot of her pieces.

“I would have to say that my trip to Tucson, Arizona in 2016 had a huge influence on style,” she says. “I just fell in love with the southwest and all the designs and colors that are used in Native American jewelry. I really wanted to bring that feeling into my work while still using antique flatware and recycled materials.”

Hannah Thees, Creator behind Spoons and Such

Spoons & Such can be found a variety of ways including Etsy, Instagram, and Thees’ personal favorite: art shows. Thees says it’s really important for her to be able to travel, not only to get inspiration, but also because she loves meeting her customers face-to-face and talking, as it makes her personal experience that much more special and fulfilling.

“Spoons & Such is unique because it’s not something you find everywhere. It’s spoon jewelry re-invented, it’s gemstone jewelry but with an added twist, and it’s not just what’s on trend now, it’s quality jewelry that is timeless,” Thees says. “If you’re looking for something you won’t find anywhere else, something that your friends and family will compliment on, and something that makes you feel and look good, then check us out! You won’t regret it.”

To shop and find more information on Spoons & Such, check out her Esty shop and Facebook page.

 

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It's all about the prints this season! Read on (and watch!) as our style guru shares a few must-haves to add to your wardrobe, especially if you're traveling.

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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There’s a new clothing brand on the local fashion scene, and it’s just what you need to add a little sass to your style.

 

Azure is an online brand based in Cincinnati, OH that carries women’s clothing designed and run by the one and only Briana Davis. Since she was eight years old Davis knew fashion was her calling and ever since, she has been encouraging creativity, individualism, and confidence for women looking to take over the world, and look incredible while doing it. Davis is a busy woman, currently a full time fashion marketing student at the Academy of Art San Francisco while working part time and being full time manager for Azure.

Azure was officially launched April 30, 2016. It was funded with only $1,500 dollars that Davis had saved to invest into her first selection of shoe inventory and accessories, but has grown to much more.

When asked what inspires her collections, Davis explains, “Wanting to create/provide pieces that can truly cater to her lifestyle is what inspires my collections. I know my girl enjoys going out and loves to feel that her outfit is truly one of a kind. I am always inspired by textile and everyday daywear from iconic women.”

Azure itself is shaped off of Davis’ very own personal style. Azure’s style is chic, glamorous, daring, sexy, and expressive.

But where does the name come from? “Azure is the most unusual in the color name group. The name itself is alluring. When I broke the name down. It describes my ideal girl. She’s authentic, she’s zazzy, she’s radiant, and she’s elegant,” says Davis.

Currently, Davis has been working on Azure’s summer collection in which the pieces are made in the USA and can’t be found anywhere else nor will anyone be able to guess where they were purchased. Davis did this on purpose because she feels more connected to her brand when the pieces are unique.

Not only does Davis want to truly connect with her clothing pieces, but also with her customers. She takes a lot of pride in providing excellent customer service and helping her clients put together looks that fit them.

“Azure is more than just a clothing brand. It’s a brand that inspires women to feel confident, and empowered when wearing our pieces. This brand is for women that want to make a statement with pieces that are made of high quality materials and premium craftsmanship. Our online store is very easy to navigate, provides excellent customer service while keeping clients in limited designs to keep them feeling that they’re truly one of a kind,” says Davis.

What’s next on the horizon for Azure? Since her summer collection is out, Davis is currently designing the fall collection, building more awareness for Azure across the world, and still finding time to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Marketing next spring. Talk about conquering the world with flying colors.

For more information on Azure, click here.

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Just because it's summer doesn't mean you can't wear a vest! Check out this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy to learn more about elevating your outfit with a vest!

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 Hamilton-based creative arts center is building the community through the arts and culture. Learn more about their summer workshops, free galleries, and arts classes.

 

The Hamilton-based Fitton Center for Creative Arts aims to build community excellence through the arts and culture.

With a mission to “build community excellence through the arts and culture,” The Fitton Center for Creative Arts wanted to bring the city of Hamilton an art center that could be a place to feature art education classes, art galleries, live performances, and spaces for rent.

This non-profit arts organization was first brought to life back in 1990, when the community decided it needed an arts facility that should have a strong arts education factor. “The Hamilton Bicentennial was happening around this time so they decided that an art facility would be their main legacy,” explains Fitton Center Marketing Specialist Rebecca Gonya.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts hosts workshops and classes for all ages.

The Fitton Center has something for everyone. “There are classes for all ages, several exhibitions throughout the year that has a wide variety of artwork, and a mix of live performances for children, adults, and everyone inbetween,” she says.

Completed in 1993, today the Fitton Center offers classes, workshops, and summer camps for all ages, and its galleries are open to the public year round.

The 2017-2018 Season Launch event will be held on Friday, August 18. “This free event will kick-off the new season and let the community know about all the great events, exhibitions, and classes happening at the Fitton Center,” says Gonya.

You can order tickets for performances and register for classes by visiting fittoncenter.org, by checking out the Center’s Facebook page, or by calling 513-863-8873. Galleries are free to view and some events are free to the public as well.

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts offers kids classes and workshops throughout the year.

Gonya says that tickets events range from $5 to $40 and workshops, which are about six weeks in length, are from $25 to $130. “If you are a member of the Fitton Center, you will receive discounts on event tickets as well as classes and workshops,” adds Gonya.

To learn more about the Fitton Center, visit www.fittoncenter.org. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or sign up for the e-newsletter here.

 

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A local nonprofit is hosting a fun ladies night out to help families caring for children with life-threatening illnesses. Learn more about the event and cause.

 

The Aubrey Rose Foundation will host its annual City Chicks for Charity event on June 21.

Mark your calendars for June 21, when the Aubrey Rose Foundation hosts its annual City Chicks for Charity event.

“City Chicks for Charity is our ladies night out event where we have Q102’s Holly Morgan as our emcee for the evening,” says Aubrey Rose Foundation Executive Director Nancy Hollenkamp. “We have wonderful food provided by Jeannette’s Delicacies, desserts by A Catered Affair, we have drinks, a silent auction, and a raffle, plus fashion shows.”

The event will be held from 6-9 pm at Switch Lighting and Design at 312 W 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati.

There are a couple of new things for this year’s event, including a different venue, which is something that the team at the Aubrey Rose Foundation is thrilled about.

“We’re very excited to have this year’s City Chicks for Charity at Switch because they have all kinds of furniture and lighting displays that we are welcome to use in order to make this event bigger and brighter,” says Hollenkamp. “Also, we have a partnership with Adopt-a-Book, and if our guests bring a children’s book to this event they have an opportunity to win a trip to Gatlinburg.”

“Aside from these new and exciting things for the 2017 event, there will also be a Thelma & Louise Package that will be given away, and has a value of over $1,700 including a trip to Nashville, a car rental for the weekend, purses, scarves, and a whole bunch of other stuff,” she adds.

When asked what inspired City Chicks for Charity, Hollenkamp says it’s the Aubrey Rose Foundation, which inspires everything they do. “The work that is done with the Aubrey Rose Foundation inspires all of us in everything we do,” she says. “We also love to get together, enjoy each other’s company, and encourage getting involved and giving back because, as we all know, life can change in the blink of an eye.”

Tickets for the event are $35 when you purchase no later than June 7. After that date, the price goes up to $40. “Most importantly is that all the funds raised from this event will help our many families in need who have children with life-threatening medical conditions,” says Hollenkamp.

To learn more about City Chicks for Charity, click here<http://aubreyrose.org/news-events/city-chicks-for-charity/>.

 

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Last week we brought you a 13-piece travel capsule of all the must-haves you need on your next trip. Now we're talking about the accessories you need to take, too!

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.