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A local company with a purpose is working with local businesses to support women with post-mastectomy clothes that are comfortable and stylish.

With Grace B. Bold offers post-mastectomy wear for breast cancer patients.

Megan Sullivan’s business With Grace B. Bold was launched to help women who are dealing with post-mastectomy drains feel like their clothing could be both fashionable and functional. In the time since the brand’s launch With Grace B. Bold was able to successfully reaching its Kickstarter campaign goal.

“Our collection officially launched after our first round of production and was completed this past November, almost exactly a year later, and our products are now available for purchase,” says Sullivan.

Since Cincy Chic last spoke with Sullivan, she says the brand has created partnerships and grown in more ways than she could imagine.

“We’ve had incredibly positive feedback from our hospital partners, and are growing those partnerships to expand outside of the Cincinnati region,” she explains. “We’re continuing our organic outreach and are moving out of Cincinnati into neighboring cities like Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis with the the hopes of moving toward national expansion.”

Sullivan’s dream for the brand is to ultimately become a nationally and even globally recognized fashion company.

When it comes to her products, Sullivan says that With Grace B. hold has seen overwhelming success in selling The Eileen, the top without the post-surgical drain pocket.

“So many women have wanted to buy The Eileen to support our mission, and because they love the style,” she says. “I’ve also found that The Eileen has so many uses for reasons outside of breast cancer, such as other upper body surgeries and other mobility concerns.”

Not only has the style of the products enticed customers to purchase products, but the bamboo fabric they are made out of has been key in contributing to the brand’s success.

“One of my clients specifically mentioned how amazing it was after experiencing radiation burns that left her with literally no options for clothing other than The Eileen,” says Sullivan. “Other fabrics irritated her skin, and nothing looked appropriate to wear without a bra underneath. The Eileen solved all of those issues.”

With Grace B. Bold is no longer just available online, it’s also sold in stores.

Megan Sullivan, Founder of With Grace B. Bold

“As part of the partnerships we’re creating, we’ve had great success in marketing the brand to local clothing boutiques,” explains Sullivan. “So far we’re offering our products at LouLou’s and Leeta Ruth, and have more partnerships soon to debut.”

Sullivan says that when With Grace B. Bold gets to partner with local boutiques and other brands is that the business is able to support the local maker community.

“With so much talent is coming out of Cincinnati, and it’s amazing to come together to support each other and our missions,” she adds.

With Grace B. Bold recently completed a successful fundraising round on Kiva, a loan program that helps to fund start-up companies with social purpose.

“We successfully raised $10,000, which will help to supplement our second round of manufacturing and development of a few products we aim to debut soon,” says Sullivan. “We’re always looking for fundraising opportunities, and though we don’t have any more on the calendar as of now, we’re always keeping an eye out.”

Sullivan says that she’s most excited about the products With Grace B. Bold is working on debuting.

“We’re working on a few tweaks and enhancements to our current pieces, and hope to launch a few new products in 2019 as well,” she says. “Stay tuned!”

To learn more about With Grace B. Bold, visit withgracebbold.com, where you can find frequent updates on progress and news. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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A father-son team wants to bring affordable diamonds to the Tri-State. Read on for the dazzling details.

Gold and Diamonds is a family-run business that offers customized jewelry for customers.

Looking to add to your jewelry collection in 2019? Locally-based Gold and Diamonds is a Cincinnati jewelry store that is owner-operated and specializes in diamond jewelry.

The father-son team was inspired to open a jewelry store because of their love of diamonds. “We wanted to share our love for diamonds with the community,” says Aaron Youkilis, who co-owns the store with his father Mike.

Mike, the father behind the father-son team, is a second generation jeweler, and has been working in the industry for more than 60 years. His son, Aaron, is third generation and has been involved in the business for 15 years.

Gold and Diamonds opened to the public in 2008, and the duo says they’ve been striving to make a difference in the local jewelry industry since.

“We carry a large variety of diamond jewelry including earrings, bracelets, rings, and pendants,” says Aaron  “We also carry some of the hottest sterling silver fashion lines, including Lafonn.”

Custom work from Gold and Diamonds is popular among customers, especially when it comes to bridal pieces.

When customers visit Gold and Diamonds wanting a piece of custom-made jewelry, the team allows them to sit down and design anything they can imagine using the store’s high-end computer software.

“If you can dream it, we can make it,” Aaron says. “The difference between us and the competition is that we are the manufacturer of the diamond merchandise.”

Because Gold and Diamonds manufactures their own merchandise, this allows them to price it lower than what can be found at the average retail jewelry store.

Gold and Diamonds, with 11 years of business under its belt, is looking forward to the future, Aaron says. Currently, they are working on increasing the bridal line, including new engagement rings, wedding bands, and a large selection of loose diamonds.

Gold and Diamonds is located at 4440 W. Lake Forest Drive Suite 114 in Blue Ash.

To learn more about Gold and Diamonds, visit www.goldanddiamondscincy.com. Or check them out on Facebook or Twitter.

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A Madeira-based business has been specializing in embroidery services long before it was a chic new trend. See how they’ve expanded over the years to offer even more services.

Just Add Embroidery offers personalized products and quality customer service.

Therese Hunolt, Owner of Just Add Embroidery, wants to know every customer by name. Along with that goes exceptional customer service, which Hunolt feels is just as important as the quality products she sells those customers.

“For over 15 years Just Add Embroidery has been embroidering everything from baby gifts to linens to apparel and carries a unique selection of fine gifts with personalization in mind,” says Hunolt.

At Just Add Embroidery you can find traditional embroidered monograms, hand-beading, and knitting.

All of these options provide customers with several methods to choose from when it comes to their gift giving as well as a unique look that sets those gifts apart.

What began as a full service embroidery shop has become so much more than that over the years.

The store offers in-house embroidery, custom artwork, screen printing, promotional merchandise, and fulfillment services – going far beyond what is traditionally found in an embroidery store.

Just Add Embroidery is located at 7754 Camargo Road, Suite 6, in Madeira.

To learn more, visit http://justaddembroidery.com/ or check them out on Facebook.

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Love fashion and good causes? It’s all in the bag at this event. Read on for all the details.

Handbags for Hope is a fundraising event that benefits The Literacy Network.

If fashion and philanthropy is your bag, plan on attending the upcoming bi-annual Handbags for Hope event, Thursday, February 7, at the Newport Syndicate.

According to Shannon Lienemann, Communications Specialist for The Literacy Network who hosts the event, there are a lot of new and exciting purse brands on board for 2019.

“We have new purse brands including Burberry, Gucci, Furla, Vittorio, and more,” she says.

There are also new auction items, including tickets to “Hamilton” in Cincinnati and a week-long stay in a Gatlinburg chalet.

The event is hosted to benefit the Literacy Network, and its suite of programs, Lienemann says. “All programs are free of charge to all that participate,” she adds. “We receive no government funding, we are solely funded through grants, private donations, and fundraisers such as Handbags for Hope.”

Tickets for the event are $60 and include a sit-down dinner and two drink tickets. The night will get started with a cocktail hour, allowing guests to peruse through purses, bid on silent auction items, and purchase raffle tickets.

The sit-down dinner will begin at 6:15 pm, with the program following shortly after.

“The program includes the Hope Award, which the B-105 morning show presents, the honoring of the Honorary Chairs and our Corporate Partner, ‘Fund the Mission,’ the live auction, and lastly, the announcement of raffle winners.”

Lienemann says the event will wrap up shortly after 9 pm.

To learn more about Handbags for Hope or to purchase tickets, click here. There you can also purchase raffle tickets in advance.

The registration deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, January 22.

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Wedding bells ringing for you soon? Our wedding columnist has the top gown silhouette trends for 2019 and 2020 brides.

Wedding gown shopping can be an overwhelming experience. But knowing the basic dress silhouettes for your body type and understanding how they flatter your figure will help you narrow down your endless stream of options when shopping for your bridal gown.

From ball gowns to fit and flare styles, choosing the right dress silhouette can help you emphasize your best body features or deemphasize any problem areas. Here is a comprehensive guide to every bridal dress silhouette you will see when you are on the hunt for your dream wedding gown and which style is best for your body type.

The A-Line gown

The A-line cut is narrow at the top, close to the natural waist, and extends out along the body in the shape of an ‘A’ in a smooth, elongated line. This gown is the most popular style because it is the most universally flattering. Typically, this dress silhouette would be the first one you try on when you are just starting your wedding gown shopping. This way, you will know if you are wanting the classic wedding gown look or if you want to go in a different direction on your wedding day.

The Modified A-line gown

The modified A-line (which is my favorite) is a mix between a mermaid silhouette and a traditional A-line. This shape is roomier in the hips that a classic mermaid, but still a little flared at the bottom so that you can have more movement when you walk. You may want to consider this silhouette if you are looking for more shape than an A-line, but with more movement and mobility of a mermaid or trumpet style. The modified A-line gown looks great on all body types, especially the petite bride who wants the classic style of a ball gown, but doesn’t want all the fullness of the skirt to take away from her beautiful body.

The Ball Gown

Thinking of looking like Cinderella on your wedding day? What bride hasn’t dreamt of this fairy tale look for her wedding? This beautiful, feminine silhouette is most known for its trademark full skirt, fitted bodice and natural waist. This wedding gown is particularly perfect on more boyish figures because it gives the illusion of a more curvy body. It also looks fantastic on pear shape bodies because the fitted bodice really defines the waist while the fuller skirt skims over the hips. The ball gown is also great for tall brides who can pull off the fullness of the skirt. Brides who also are bustier will love this style because it really creates a more balanced proportion with the fuller bottom. Unfortunately, for petite brides who have dreamt of looking like Cinderella need to go with more of the A-line silhouette since the ball gown will truly swallow a petite bride.

Empire Waist

This high waist style hits just below the bustline, while skimming the rest of the body. This gown can de-emphasize the waistline and hips while making the bride look longer and leaner. It can be a perfect solution for a bride who wants to play down the middle part of her body. Empire waist is great for petite brides as well, but not so great for brides who have a larger chest or fuller hips because it can overemphasize those features of the body. Empire waist gowns have not been incredibly popular in the past few years, but are making a resurgence for 2018 because of its easy silhouette and because the brides are going for a more casual, or destination style of gown.

Mermaid

Think of Arielle in “The Little Mermaid.” This gown silhouette truly lives up to its name. This is a gown that really contours to the body, is very curve-hugging that follows the line of your hips and thighs and then flares out below the knee. This silhouette is fantastic for brides who have the perfect hour-glass figure who want to show off their curves. Again . . . this gown is NOT great for petite brides, unless, the designer can do a hollow to hem customization on the gown. It is particularly perfect for the tall bride with curves.

Trumpet or Fit to Flare

This silhouette is often confused with a mermaid silhouette. A trumpet style of gown is more of a straight lined bodice that subtly flares toward the hem, creating a semi-full skirt starting at the knee. This silhouette is one of the most popular amongst brides of all body types who want to show off curves, but don’t want the extreme look of the mermaid gown. The fit to flare gown is also a little easier to move and dance in than the mermaid gown since it has a gradual flare starting at the knee instead of lower like the mermaid silhouette.

Sheath

The sheath style gown is a little more casual and care free, but also gives the bride the simple and sophisticated look. This style looks particularly best of petite brides who benefit from the elongated lines and formfitting cut that gently hugs the body from head to toe. The sheath silhouette gives the illusion of height and does not overwhelm a smaller frame the way a full ball gown could.

Dropped Waist

A dropped waist silhouette is perfect for brides who want to flaunt their trim middles and shape because it hugs the waist and hips, but also offers the fullness of the traditional wedding gown in the skirt. This silhouette flares our slightly below the waistline around the hip area giving you the illusion of a longer torso. The dropped waist can be a great alternative for petite brides since it does make the short waist look longer; however, if the skirt is too full, it can still overpower a petite bride. This silhouette is definitely not a good one for brides who have a more boxy figure because it can make the bride look like she does not have any curves at all.

I know this is a lot of information to digest, but it is very imperative to know the gown silhouettes before you start shopping. However, if you have a bridal consultant who knows her gowns, then you will be in great hands. Please always listen to the consultants’ suggestions when she/he pulls gowns for you. Many wedding gowns have no “hanger appeal.” Always try on different styles so you can narrow down your favorite silhouette.

Happy Shopping!

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Learn about a local fashionista who’s opening a personalized styling business that not only helps women in Cincinnati but other women around the world.

Storyteller Stylist, LLC shares your story through fashion. Photos: Leah Brady Photography Makeup: Cinci Makeup

When it comes to fashion, your personal style is your own story. To help you tell that story is Carrie Hagee, the owner of Storyteller Stylist, LLC.

“Storyteller Stylist, LLC is a personal styling service for women, local to Cincinnati, but also offering virtual styling services for women across the globe,” she says. “I work with women struggling with their day-to-day style, trying to make sense of what looks best on them but on their own, just can’t seem to find it.”

Hagee believes that Storyteller Stylist allows her to be the teacher that tells the story of an individual’s style..

“A storyteller is a teacher, someone who provides direction, the narrator,” says Hagee. “How does this relate to women’s style? I believe we all have an authentic style, meaning no two styles are alike. What works for one woman may not work for another. Yet finding our authentic style can be much more challenging than we expected it to be. We see something we like online or in the store because it looks great on the model or the rack, only to try it on and find it doesn’t make us feel wonderful.”

Instead, we often end up feeling “blah” when we look at ourselves in the mirror while trying on clothes. When this happens, according to Hagee, we often overspend on clothes, end up frustrated, give up, and go back to the few outfits that we’re OK with.

“But, your style should tell your story, the uniqueness of you,” she says. “It should demonstrate the beauty of who you are because you deserve to be the best version of you.”

Hagee’s history with fashion goes back to her college years, when she worked in fashion retail. “It was so much fun styling women when they would come into the store,” she explains. “Showing them the latest styles, what looked best on them, and helping them find the best version of themselves.”

Hagee would research the latest fashions to help her in styling her friends, family, and referrals from friends and family. She’d even make her own mood boards with cutouts from her fashion magazines to help her feel inspired. “I feel personal styling with something I have always had a natural talent for, I know it is something I am just meant to do,” she says.

In terms of credentials, Hagee is a certified personal stylist. She attended the Fashion Stylist Institute where she was mentored by Gillian Armour, a well-known icon in the fashion industry who’s worked on projects in Hollywood, Paris, Amsterdam, and London with celebrity clients and luxury brands. Hagee is also a member of the Association of Image Consultants International and holds other certifications in professional wardrobe/closet edits, principles and elements of clothing design and coordination, color analysis testing, skin undertone analysis, photo shoot styling, wardrobe styling, line rack organization, jewelry and accessory styling and consultation, fashion blogging techniques, and marketing strategies.

At Storyteller Stylist, you’ll find three different styling packages available to fit your needs.

“For my virtual styling packages, we first need to chat so I can learn about what is ailing you about your style, your current wardrobe, what you want to change, and how we can find your authentic style, the style that tells your story,” says Hagee. “I will put together a mood board based on our 1 hour conversation and provide some suggestions for pieces you might be missing. I will also teach you how to put together outfits in your current wardrobe and have a second call with you to discuss styling your new pieces. As part of my packages, I provide a 30 day on-call styling service where you can text me or email me questions you have and provide additional support. I think this is really helpful because during this time, people start to become confident and comfortable with what I have taught them. And once they find their authentic style, it becomes much easier.”

Those who are local to Cincinnati and choose the closet overhaul package will find Hagee visiting their home and doing a 2.5 hour overhaul of your closet with you. “This is in addition to the initial call and mood board creation, follow up call, and 30-day on-call styling service,” she adds.

Later in the 2019, Hagee says that she will offer an additional, unique styling service that she encourages customers to keep an eye out for.

Hagee’s plan has always been to launch a styling business. But first, she wanted to make sure that she had the most experience as she could gain before launching rather than just relying on her personal styling experience.

“It’s important to me that my clients feel they are getting the best service and support for their money,” she says. “I value what they are putting into hiring me as their personal stylist as much as they do. I want them to walk away with the feeling of success and that the experience was totally worth it.”

Storyteller Stylist officially launching on Friday, January 18.

To learn more about Storyteller Stylist, visit www.storytellerstylist.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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A husband-and-wife team launched a boutique in Anderson Township. See how they keep the fresh ideas and inventory flowing and even found a way to keep the men entertained!

Tammy Milne and her husband Brian are the owners behind Juneberry Boutique.

An avid lover of boutiques, Milne and her husband always talked about the idea of one day opening a boutique of her own.

“When Brian retired, he encouraged me to go for it,” says Milne. “I could not have started this journey without him.”

That encouragement led to the opening of Juneberry Boutique in Anderson Township.

Milne knew from the very beginning that she wanted her boutique to be different than the others you can find around town. She says that she wants everyone who walks through the doors to feel welcome.

“I value each and every one of our customers,” she says. “I love talking and sharing stories and getting to know so many wonderful people in and around the community.”

At Juneberry Boutique, you can find more than just clothing. There are accessories and specialty items as well that Milne says are reasonably priced.

To help keep things fresh in the store, Milne is always rotating inventory, changing styles, and working hard to find pretty and casual pieces from a variety of companies.

“With the help of my wonderful friend Jen we love getting to know what our customers are looking for in styles,” she adds.

At Juneberry Boutique you can find a wall of earrings in addition to specialty items made from “makers.”

Milne says that at Juneberry Boutique you can find brands like Old Whaling Co., Buffalo Girls Salvage, Piper Lou, Studio Penny Lane, Joy Susan, and Headbands for Hope.

The boutique isn’t just for the ladies, though. There’s also a “Dude’s Room,” which was Milne’s husband’s idea and has been a huge hit among male customers. “Fellas can watch some television while the ladies shop,” she says.

There’s a lot on the horizon for Juneberry Boutique as the store continues to grow and continually refreshes its inventory to meet the needs and wants of customers.

Juneberry Boutique is located at 1971 8 Mile Road. To learn more, visit their Facebook page where you can find new styles as well as upcoming events. Milne says that she soon hopes to offer online sales.

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What started as a project for an MBA class led to a brand and business that’s dedicated to sharing the stories of those who wear its suits. Keep reading for more.

Pursuit in Over-the-Rhine offers a customized approach to helping you find a new suit for any occasion.

Combining old with the new, Pursuit aims to make everyone feel welcome while offering suits and professional attire at prices that are attainable. 

According to Over-the-Rhine Store Manager Anne Jackson, Pursuit started out as a class project when Founder Nate DeMars was in the MBA program at Ohio State in 2011.

“He felt there weren’t options that really catered to a younger customer who needed suits for major life events – stores were either huge and overwhelming with little service or they were pretentious and made suit novices feel uncomfortable,” says Jackson. “In an age where so much was and is moving online, we wanted to build a store with people you could trust to help you through a major purchase.”

Pursuit originated in Columbus with a home office there a well as a storefront in the Short North Arts District, and a recently opened storefront in Over-the-Rhine.

Pursuit uses a combination of modern style, a simplified shopping experience with great service, prices that are affordable, and a company and brand that stands for something. 

The main focus of the company is not only suits but also on the places those suits will go and the stores of the diverse group of people who wear them. 

“While most brands talk about limited time sales and the specs of their products, we try to focus on people and stories,” says Jackson.

According to Jackson, integrating the store and its brand into Over-the-Rhine and Cincinnati is a top priority. “We’ve been fortunate in surrounding ourselves with amazing partners in Columbus over the years and we want to be as much of a local business in Cincinnati,” she says. “We’re also building upon our current partnerships with groups like Columbus Crew SC and Team Shuster (US Gold Medal Winning Curling Team). In 2019 we’re looking to partner with nonprofits and social enterprises throughout Ohio in our ‘In Pursuit’ Suit Scholarship Program and we’d love to expand our ‘In Pursuit’ concert series to include our OTR shop, too.”

You can visit Pursuit at 1433 Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine and at 937 N. High Street in Columbus’ Short North.

To learn more about Pursuit, visit their website. You can also follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

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On the hunt for unique, thoughtful and practical presents this year? Watch this week's episode of Styling with Amy & Amy for some great gift 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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A men’s designer launched a new women’s line inspired by the fabulous fashionistas in his own life. Read on for all the stylish details.

Jonathan Mezibov released a new women’s shirt line.

A bonafide expert in menswear design, Jonathan Mezibov is launching a new women’s line.

“My new women’s line was inspired by the wonderful women in my life and by my love of reinterpreting menswear – in this case, shirts – for women,” he explains.

The capsule collection from Mezibov’s line features denim, stretch poplin, and silk shirts in several styles, including a western and military-style shirt.

Launched in November 2018, the line is available at https://jonathanmezibov.com.

When asked what makes this new women’s shirt line unique, Mezibov says that it’s the luxurious materials, singular design features, and expert Italian craftsmanship.

“In addition, it is informed by a melding of influences,” he adds. “A little bit town and a little bit country, the line adheres to a countrypolitan design sensibility and blends American heritage with Continental refinement – the Denim Western Shirt being a prime example of these disparate influences. It is an iconic American sport shirt but made in Italy from premium, soft denim and featuring a wide-spread collar and my signature tab cuffs. Similar unique details are found throughout the line.”

Prices for the women’s line runs from $228 to $278, with complimentary shipping and returns.

To learn more about Mezibov’s store and new women’s line, visit https://jonathanmezibov.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.