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    Who has time and patience for restrictive, time-consuming diets? That's why these local ladies launched a resource full of 30-minute workouts, quick meals and recipes, and grocery lists that make healthy living actually attainable.

    Fit Mama In 30 is a program of 30-minute workouts, quick meals and recipes, and grocery lists to help you achieve your goals.

    There never seem to be enough hours in the day – no matter how much coffee we drink. Between work, volunteering, having a social life, and being a parent, it can be difficult to keep up with your health.

    That’s where Fit Mama In 30 comes in. It’s a program of 30-minute workouts, quick meals and recipes, and grocery lists to help you achieve your goals.

    “By following this program, you will see it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle while still having the time and energy for your children, family, and friends,” says Cari Oschman, Co-Founder of Fit Mama In 30. “Fit Mama In 30 is realistic, affordable, and time-friendly to fit your needs. No counting calories, weighing food, or cutting out specific food groups – just balanced and simple recipes to follow.”

    The inspiration came from founders Cari Oschman and Bailey Oschman experiencing their fair share of unhealthy diets, restrictive eating habits, and countless hours of cardio.

    “We quickly realized how difficult it was to fit our typical hour-plus sessions in the gym every day, and also find the time to cook nutritious meals for our families – and it’s what we do for a living,” says Oschman. “We know that if we were struggling, it’s no wonder why moms out there were also having a tough time meeting their goals, so we set out to develop a program that moms can easily follow and experience amazing results.”

    Both Cari and Bailey are personal trainers. Cari works as a nutritionist and Bailey is a registered dietician. The sisters-in-law believe in a science-based, balanced diet that doesn’t require a lot of time in the kitchen.

    Not only are they passionate about fitness, but their careers have made them passionate about your food and wellness journey as well. “We are here to guide you on your wellness journey and are very passionate about building a community of women and moms who inspire and cheer each other on along the way,” says Oschman.

    While there are many wellness programs out there, what makes Fit Mama In 30 stand out is that it doesn’t require you to count calories, weigh food, or cut out specific food groups – only follow balanced and simple recipes.

    “Everyone thinks you have to restrict yourself to see results or follow a complicated plan and it’s just not true,” says Oschman. “Also, all of the workouts are only 30 minutes long and can be broken up into 10-minute segments. Different workouts are posted every month to keep things exciting. We personally have following this program for the last 4 years and admit we are in better shape now than ever before!

    According to Oschman, one of the most invaluable features of joining Fit Mama In 30 is gaining access to their community Facebook group, which was recently made open for all to join regardless of whether or not you are in the program.

    Joining the group gives you access to motivation and support from other moms who are doing the exact same workout as you are that day, and are going through similar #momlife circumstances that you are.

    The Facebook group also gives you coaching by Cari and Bailey themselves. They address topics that come up during conversations while also confronting difficult subject matters head-on by posting personal videos.

    “We broach issues like how to improve your relationship with food, what to do when you hit a plateau, how to stay on track with your goals while eating how, and whether or not you should add supplements to you diet,” adds Oschman.

    There are two different membership options when it comes to Fit Mama In 30 – and you get the choice to decide which one works best for you.

    Both memberships include:

    • Daily 30-minute workout videos (at home)
    • Monthly workout calendars
    • Printable workout sheets
    • Detailed nutrition program
    • 30-day meal plan with recipes, grocery lists, and snack list
    • Weekly recipe updates
    • Bonus on-the-go/travel workouts
    • Access to the closed Community of Mamas that includes daily support, motivation, live discussions, and more

    Now that they have their monthly programs down, Fit Mama In 30 will soon launch a 14-day program. It will be an ideal way for others to get a jumpstart on their wellness journey, giving them access to all community features while having a little fun along the way.

    The program is $14 and participants will be able to use that $14 to put toward an annual or monthly membership program if they choose to continue after 14 days. The program, Oschman says, will start on January 7. She also encourages you to sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know when enrollment opens.

    To learn more about Fit Mama In 30, visit https://www.fitmamain30.com/. You can also see a variety of recipes on their blog and workouts on Instagram.

    Fit Mama In 30 also offers a free 7-day program for others to try out. Simply enter your email address on their homepage. Additionally, there is a closed Facebook community available for others to join!

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      A Mason-based organization is helping the world see, one eye exam and pair of glasses at a time. For our annual Thanksgiving issue, we take an eye-opening look into how they’re helping others gain access to eye care at home and abroad.

      OneSight is an organization dedicated to giving people access to eye care.

      Mason-based OneSight has one goal: To create a world where lack of access to vision care is no longer a barrier to human achievement.

      Today, there are 1.1 billion people in the world who have no access to eye care, whether it be an eye exam or glasses. And OneSight aims to change that as the leading global nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing access to eye care.

      “We have a proven model that provides permanent access to vision care and glasses, and we are pioneering new ways to deliver quality vision care to the most remote communities,” says K-T Overbey, President and Executive Director at OneSight. “We believe one’s location and circumstances should not stand in the way of one’s potential.”

      And through that, OneSight helps adults find, commute to, and perform better at their jobs, helping them to be as much as 35 percent more product and earn up to 20 percent more each year.

      “This cause is more than just a pair of glasses,” says OneSight. “Clear sight helps students learn two times as much and reduces dropout rates by 44 percent.”

      OneSight is an independent nonprofit that is aided by thousands of donors, volunteers, partners, and sponsors from around the world. According to OneSight, more than 1,300 volunteers from 48 countries help over 60,000 people around the globe.

      In the Cincinnati area, OneSight works closely with the community to provide vision care and glasses to those in need. Whether they’re students or refugees, OneSight has provided access to eye care for thousands of people annually here in the Tri-State.

      OneSight offers clinics and school-based vision centers to help those in Cincinnati.

      In fact, OneSight says that this fall alone the organization has provided vision screenings to 23,000 students at 79 schools in the Greater Cincinnati area school districts; it’s opened two new school-based vision centers – Primary Health in Middletown and the Schiff Wellness Center at the Academy of World Languages (AWL); and to-date has opened 15 school-based vision centers, 8 of which are in the Greater Cincinnati area, and plans to open an additional four by the beginning of 2019, providing access to over 500,000 students and community members.

      These school-based vision centers allow kids to not have to leave school to get the care they need.

      The team at OneSight is comprised of a global team of experts, including local partners, who are working together to solve the problem of access to vision care through two main solutions based on an individual’s needs of every community:

      • Charitable Clinics provide free eye exams and glasses to thousands of adults and children where the needs is greatest.
      • Self-Sustaining Centers provide permanent access to whole communities through local partnerships including schools across the United States.

      One of those Charitable Clinics is here for OneSight. Going on now through November 17 OneSight will be hosting a Charitable Clinic with Xavier University. “Throughout the rest of the United States, we have three additional clinics taking place in December in Sells, Arizona, Chicago, Detroit, as well as our school-based vision centers that run throughout the year,” says Laura Lewis, Director, Global Integrated Marketing at OneSight. “Globally, we are gearing up for our 2019 clinics, which include 100 charitable clinics and the opening of over 20 self-sustaining vision centers.”

      OneSight plans to continue its mission of providing access to vision care and glasses around the world, including to the more than 200,000 displaced people living along the Thai-Burma border by 2020.

      “We will do this by building capacity and empowering local communities to provide self-sustaining care as well as conducting charitable clinics for people who can’t afford a pair of glasses,” says Lewis. “Just this past month, the OneSight team and volunteers traveled to Thailand to provide free vision care to over 2,000 migrants, refugees, and children along the Thai-Burma border with 1,752 patients receiving glasses.”

      To learn more about OneSight, visit https://onesight.org/. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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        A passion for fashion, an eye for stylish shoes -- especially in extended sizes -- and a love for OTR led this local lady to open a new shoe store on Vine St. Kick your heels up and keep reading for all the fashionable details.

        Heads up, footwear-lovin’ fashionistas. There’s a new boutique in town and it’s all about the stylish shoes.

        Located in Over-the-Rhine, Own Lane Shoetique is a new women’s shoe store carrying a variety of styles in sizes 6-12. “Own Lane’s mission is to offer quality, name-brand shoes, and accessories in an assortment of sizes and styles to accommodate the chic in every woman who stays in her own lane,” explains Chanel Scales, Owner of Own Lane Shoetique. “We want to be the shoe destination for Cincinnati and the Midwest area.”

        Scales says there are three keys to success for Own Lane Shoetique: establish a high-quality, high-value relationship with vendors and customers; ensure reliable and timely delivery of products; and to offer reliable administration within the organization.

        Chanel Scales, Owner of Own Lane Shoetique.

        Scales was inspired to launch her own shoe boutique after working for a top shoe retailer for five years. “I grew to love shoes and became passionate about helping women that wore extended sizes, especially my sister who would struggle to buy cute and trendy shoes in her size,” says Scales. “There were times when I would say to myself, ‘One day I’ll own a shoe store, and I’ll be able to assist women like my sister.’”

        That day finally came for Scales. Now, Own Lane Shoetique offers shoes for a woman who wears a size 12, including the same fashionable options you can find in a size 6.

        Scales says she’s had a passion for fashion since she was a young child. She recalls flipping through the pages of her grandmother Evelyn’s Vogue and Bazaar magazines. “Going to grandma’s house meant no television,” she says. “However, I enjoyed flipping the pages of magazines to see different models and their outfits.”

        She says the most fascinating pages in the magazines were the ones that said “Chanel.” And as she got older, Scales was able to develop a modeling career and even gain spotlight in a magazine. “This path landed me jobs in major retail stores, allowing me to explore creatively,” she explains.

        Own Lane Shoetique is a newly opened shoe boutique in Over-the-Rhine featuring a variety of styles

        Ultimately, it was her eye for shoes and fashion that caught the attention of her customers. “They would come in and express that they loved how the mannequin in the window was dressed and wanted the exact outfit, and for me to help them find it,” she says.

        When it comes to the store’s location, Scales says she chose Over-the-Rhine because there aren’t any shoe stores on Vine Street. And, more importantly, there aren’t any black-owned retailers in the neighborhood. “I grew up walking those streets as a child with my friends,” she says. “So I feel it’s only right to have a shop in an area I grew up in.”

        Currently in the store, you can find shoe brands such as Cape Robbin, Qupid, Steve Madden, Yoki, and Chinese Laundry. Scales says she hopes to add other brands including Nine West, Jessica Simpson, and Nike.

        In addition to the shoes carried in-store, you’ll also be able to shop Shingo clothing brand, which Scales designs. You can also plan on seeing more in-store events coming up, Scales adds.

        Own Lane Shoetique is located at 1323 Vine Street in Cincinnati. To learn more about Own Lane Shoetique, visit http://www.weareownlane.com. You can also follow along on Instagram.

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          Learn more about the super chic holiday shopping event coming up where you can shop locally for everyone on your list, sip on a mimosa with friends, hand-make ornaments and even have the kiddos meet princesses -- all while supporting a great cause!

          Cincy Chic’s annual Seasonably Chic Showcase will be November 17 at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati.

          Enjoy a mimosa as you shop with lots of local vendors and businesses and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Brings the kiddos along to meet Belle and Cinderella, see a fashion show by Designer Items & More, enjoy gift wrapping, and snag a swag bag full of goodies!

          Our annual Seasonably Chic Showcase is coming up November 17 at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati from 10 am to 2 pm, and you’re invited! It all benefits a great cause, too, as you get in free with a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank.

          Designer Items & More
          Fashion Show sponsor Designer Items & More will be showcasing some of fall’s biggest trends on the runway at our Seasonably Chic Showcase. Some of those trends include animal print, bows, fringe, and shoulder pads. 

          Felisa Insignares, the owner of Designer Items & More, says that when it comes to dressing others in her boutique, it’s about learning about each woman.

          “I try to learn what each woman’s roles are and what kind of message they’re trying to convey, and what investment pieces are already in her closet,” says Insignares. “After I have that information, I pull together wardrobe pieces and when she comes in I have canapés and pink champagne waiting for her. She gets a chance to try on the pieces I pulled out for her and we get to kind of learn together on the journey.”

          You can visit Designer Items & More at 8919 Brookside Avenue in Olde West Chester, or “like” them on Facebook

          Miss Em’s
          Emily Smith started her business, Miss Em’s, after a business class at The Ohio State University. Today, Miss Em’s is a booming business that attends events like the Seasonably Chic Showcase and hosts shopping events for customers online and in their homes.

          What makes Miss Em’s a unique boutique, says Smith, is the price points of her products.

          “It’s really my price point that sets Miss Em’s apart,” she says. “There are definitely a lot of other jewelry businesses that do home parties, but they charge you an arm and a leg. I remember going to a jewelry party in college and feeling guilty that I didn’t buy something at a friends party, but I couldn’t afford it while in school. The items were gorgeous, but not really in my budget. I make it my goal to provide everyone with something they can purchase! Items start at $5.00 and are just as nice as things that you’d find in a boutique, large department store or with any other in-home party company. I really want to be able to make people feel good on the inside while looking great on the outside but without breaking the bank! I also typically only get one of each item, so that way people are leaving a party or fundraiser knowing that there won’t be 20 others walking around wearing the same thing. Not only are they getting one-of-a-kind jewelry but they also get to take it home with them once they purchase it. I have women who are always looking for me at events now because they know they can purchase multiple items for the same price as one somewhere else.”

          Pretty Please Boutique
          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. 

          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, and Walker runs specials and giveaways on her Facebook group.

          When it comes to her most popular items – and the ones you can find at our Seasonably Chic Showcase – it’s jeans.

          “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.”

          You can learn more about Pretty Please Boutique on Facebook where you can also join her Facebook group. 

          Down to Mars Vintage
          Marcie Hon has always been complimented on her unique style. Working at a high end costume shop as a costume designer has given her an eye for curating one of a kind looks. Hon is constantly surrounded by ornate gowns, costumes, and a selection of vintage pieces which has inspired her to create her own business selling high-end vintage clothing, Down To Mars.

          Hon has always had a quirky, vintage style and in the fall of 2016, she launched her Etsy shop. She loves searching for gems and hand chooses each of the garments that are sold, setting her apart from other vintage shopping options. Not only are her pieces high style, but high quality is guaranteed. Her experience in the costume store has made her familiar with vintage cuts and sizes, which greatly differ from those of today. She has an eye for visualizing what a piece on the hanger will look like and knows how to personally style her clients.

          The brand name Down to Mars happened in one of those epiphany moments while driving. She has been called “Mars” by most of her peers growing up, short for Marcie. “The thought of people referring to a potential store like, ‘Hey, let’s go down to Mar’s’ or ‘I got this down at Mar’s’ was something I always liked,” says Hon. “On a deeper level of meaning, I have always been connected to astrology and my zodiac sign, Aries. Planet Mars is the Aries ruler. It all seemed to fit and so in literal terms I really am a down to mars girl.”

          Currently, her curated collection is for sale on Etsy and you can follow Down to Mars on Instagram. She also attends pop up shops and other fashion events, including Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase.

          Victory Wellness & Medspa
          Victory Wellness & Medspa offers several services and programs for weight loss and hormone replacement, as well as skin services for anti-aging treatments for men and women.

          Kerschner says that when her patients leave Victory Wellness & Medspa, she wants them to leave feeling better about themselves.

          “We are unique because we care for the external as well as internal well-being of people,” she says.

          Caring for the overall well being of her patients leads to positive responses, which Kerschner says makes her job all the more worthwhile. “I had a patient who told me that for the first time she feels alive and enjoys living life to the fullest,” she adds. “I define success as a grateful smile on my patient’s face.”

          Party Princess Productions
          This year, Party Princess Productions Cincinnati will be at Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase, and they’ll be bringing along Belle and Cinderella.

          “Party Princess Productions provides high-end birthday party character entertainment specializing in princess parties, superhero parties and many other character themed events,” says Ellie Kohl, owner of Party Princess Productions. “Our custom, handcrafted costumes and wigs, along with our quality cast, ensure the most authentic performance for every special occasion.”

          Belle and Cinderella will be at the Seasonably Chic Showcase from 11am-12pm, taking pictures with your little ones and hanging out with the crowd!

          You can learn more about Party Princess Productions on their website and on Facebook.

          To learn more about Victory Wellness & Medspa or to schedule an appointment, visit victorywellness.com or call 513-936-3065.

          Click here to RSVP and check out a preview below of some of the special vendors we’ll have at this event to help you shop for everyone — from your mother-in-law to your baby nephew — on your holiday gift list!

          In addition to these businesses, there will also be several others participating in this year’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. They include:

          LuLaRoe with Jessica, Styling with Amy, BubbaRub LLC, Ever Skin Care with Leslie Young, Fenno Fashion, Young Living Essential Oils with Mandy Lucas, Chloe+Isabel, Mary Kay with Tiffany Phillips, Tobey 1 Originals, Beautycounter with Susan Claus, Champion Windows, Walton Creek Boutique, Lipsense with Suzanne Goodpaster, Up2Tempo, Victory Wellness & Medspa, doTERRA with Savanna Holmberg, SLATE + VINE, Figure Weight Loss, Pure Romance with Amy Emerson, Miss Em’s, Foodie Cincy, Diamonds and Dimples Boutique, Party Princess Productions Cincinnati, The Wraperie, Pretty Please Boutique

          Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase is free when you bring a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank. To learn more or RSVP, visit http://2018scs.eventbrite.com/.

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            Wine lovers rejoice! A local lady is launching a new kind of wine subscription service, and also the chance to pick up canned wines at your local Kroger. Read on to drink in all the details.

            WineSociety offers premium wine in a subscription box.

            Angela Allison — the founder of WineSociety, a premium wine subscription company — is on a mission to change the way Americans purchase and consume wine.

            Aiming to modernize delivery for busy lifestyles, WineSociety delivers wine straight to your doorstep in its trademark 500mL cans that are ready to take along on any adventure.

            WineSociety offers single flavor and variety pack subscriptions, helping to simplifying the process in making premium wine accessible, convenient, and affordable to everyone.

            The inspiration for WineSociety came about when Allison and her husband Austin began traveling between Cincinnati and San Francisco. “We were traveling back and forth for work and noticed how differently wine is approached and consumed in the Midwest in comparison to California,” explains Allison. “Due to location, there is an ingrained wine culture and familiarity in California, common with local residents and frequent visitors, to where wine is more second nature rather than intimidating.” 

            WineSociety cans are now available at select Kroger locations.

            That’s not always the case across the country, especially the Midwest Allison says, where according to research, wine is viewed as complex, overwhelming, and expensive. “We really wanted to change that conversation and give people across the U.S. access to the quality grapes they were drinking in California and the effortless experience that should come with it,” Allison explains. “Great wine should simply be enjoyed.”

            Determined to make WineSociety a household name, Allison’s love for vino came about as her husband’s company opened a second office on the West Coast. As the couple frequently went between Ohio and California, Allison took on a unique perspective on wine consumption combined with her frequent travel schedule, which sparked the idea for a wine delivery company that merges quality taste, simplicity, and convenience.

            To make their wine even more accessible, Allison recently teamed up with Kroger stores to sell their flagship collection of premium wines in stores, starting in select cities in Ohio and Kentucky just six months after the online launch of the company.

            Available starting this month, customers can choose between white blend Fate, rosé blend Chance, or red blend Tempt. And to make the deal even sweeter, a single can of WineSociety is the same as 4 glasses of wine, for just $3 per serving.

            When asked what inspired her to team up with Kroger, Allison says that she grew up shopping in Kroger stores. “So when we decided to expand into the retail world, we knew that Kroger would be a perfect fit,” says Allison. “The WineSociety consumer shops at Kroger and there is no other product like them available on shelves. We offer the best value for premium wine offered in the most practical size and vessel – 500mL cans.”

            According to Allison, WineSociety will soon be available at another retail chain on the West Coast. “In addition, they recently launched their 3-pack, available online only and have limited edition blends coming in 2019,” she says. “The 3-pack, Little Black Box, is especially exciting as its both perfect for trial and a gift during the holiday season at a $49 price point.”

            To learn more about WineSociety, visit winesociety.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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              There’s a new experience on the horizon for women and girls around the globe - starting right here in Cincinnati. Read on to learn more about this global network that’s working to empower women in all walks of life and career.

              US Women International focuses on empowering women and girls around the globe.

              The vision behind US Women International is this: To create the largest global network of women and girls who intentionally choose to speak, empower, and support one another on their journey toward living and leading unapologetically.

              Founded by Jamie Dinwiddie and Elisha Hill, US Women International wants to utilize the lived experiences of women around the world. “We want to build a global leadership pipeline of coaches and mentors who uplift and cultivate the next generation of women leaders,” says Dinwiddie. “We endeavor to not only discuss issues that concern women, but to be women of action who advocate for the underserved in areas such as healthcare and education.”

              The duo says they were inspired to launch US Women International through passion-filled conversations about women, global leadership, their daughters’ futures, and equity.

              “We knew that by sharing our lived experiences, we could inspire other women and girls to find their voice and make an impact,” says Hill. “US Women International and our podcast Unapologetically Speaking are simply byproducts of the calling we feel is on our lives to prepare globally-minded women leaders for the world and vice versa.”

              Dinwiddie’s experience comes from being in talent management and leadership development, with a background in learning and development, global diversity, inclusion, and organizational effectiveness.

              “We as women innately have so much to offer that we often give of ourselves unknowingly. When we are not consciously aware of how much we are giving, we become depleted and emotionally bankrupt,” says Dinwiddie. “To survive and live our best life unapologetically we must maintain a deliberate awareness to never let ourselves go empty.”

              Hill is an energetic visionary who has served as a leadership coach, consultant, and facilitator in the corporate arena. She enjoys helping others through transformative experiences and empowering women.

              “As women, we must live a life of purpose, unapologetically,” says Hill. “When we embrace our authentic selves and begin leveraging our unique gifts, power, and voice in the way we’re meant to, this world will have no choice but to give us the respect, love, equal opportunity, and excellence that we deserve.”

              With US Women International, their professional experiences, and a passion for helping empower and prepare women around the world, Hill and Dinwiddie offer a host of customizable lifestyle and professional workshops, seminars, and coaching opportunities for women in various chapters of their lives and careers.

              “We have a global online community called the G.L.O.W. Up™ Community, which is an acronym for Graciously. Lifting. Other. Women. Up,” explains Dinwiddie. “The G.L.O.W. Up™ Community is made up of women making bold, unapologetic moves and who want to encourage other women to do the same. They are intentional about how they choose to impact the world and are gracious in sharing the limelight with other women. They are generous and creative with their resources and believe that there’s enough ‘success’ to go around.”

              Members of this community have access to a variety of US Women International experiences including leadership development workshops and programs, networking events, conferences, book clubs, coaching and mentoring opportunities, and G.L.O.W. Up™ Girl Trips.

              There are two programs available for women and girls: Unapologetic Leadership: A Woman’s Code to Living Boldly and A Voice Becoming (inspired by the book A Voice Becoming by Beth Bruno).

              Unapologetic Leadership encourages women to lead by example. A Voice Becoming is a 12-month program available for girls ages 10-16. It’s designed to introduce adolescent girls to opportunities that teach them how to create, lead, sacrifice, fight, and love like purpose-driven young women through lives experiences and mentorship.

              In addition to US Women International, Hill and Dinwiddie also host a podcast called Unapologetically Speaking. “On the podcast we speak on some of the most pressing issues concerning women,” says Hill. “We invite influential women to share their unapologetic experiences and how they’ve journeyed through defining moments.”

              The podcast can be found on Spotify by searching for “Unapologetically Speaking.” Some of the latest topics featured on the show include Defining Moments: The Wake-Up Call; Humble Women Win; Showing Up on Purpose; Raising Unapologetic Girls; The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe; Self-Love is the Best Love; and Accessing Your Power.

              To learn more about US Women International and Unapologetically Speaking, visit www.uaspodcast.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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                St. Vincent de Paul is hosting its annual RetroFittings on Oct. 18. Click to read more about this year’s event, everything that’s new this year (including a fab new location) and how you get in on all the fashionable fun — like seeing Elton John this February!

                RetroFittings, a one-of-a-kind fashion show and fundraising event that benefits St. Vincent de Paul, is back for another year on Oct. 18. Organizers say this one is poised to be their best one yet.

                “[For this event,] St. Vincent de Paul teams up with the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program to showcase the original fashions of students from UC’s top-ranked fashion program,” explains Society of St. Vincent de Paul Stewardship & Events Manager, Renee Berlon. “Students from DAAP shop in any of the seven St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores with a budget of $15 each, turning items they find in the stores into runway fashion.”

                In addition to the fashion show, the event also features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. They will also have a silent auction and a live auction with all proceeds from the event benefiting many of the programs of St. Vincent de Paul. 

                Some of the live auction items at RetroFittings 2018 include a week’s stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and tickets to see Elton John at U.S. Bank Arena in February.

                 

                New to this year’s event is the location as it heads back to the recently-renovated Music Hall. “Additionally, in a place of a theme for the fashion lines, the students were encouraged to base their creations through their own creative expressions,” says Berlon. “This lack of structure has allowed the students to truly explore their talents without being confined by a certain genre of style.”

                Retrofittings features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores.

                This year’s event will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6pm. General admission tickets for the event are $60 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and two drink tickets. VIP admission tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, three drink tickets, and priority seating.

                Berlon says that she hopes guests who attend the event have a memorable and enjoyable evening and leave feeling inspired and hopeful. “[We hope attendees are] inspired by the creativity of the DAAP and Paul Mitchell students and hopeful that together we’re creating a community filled with compassion while helping our neighbors in need,” she says. “Whether it is a family struggling to put food on the table or a grandfather whose lost job means he can’t pay his utility bill, St. Vincent de Paul’s programs benefit thousands of neighbors in need.”

                In fact, last year, St. Vincent de Paul fed more than 100,000 people through food pantries and kept 5,300 families in their homes through a homelessness prevention program.

                “We hope that people leave RetroFittings feeling inspired to continue supporting this great work, whether it’s by shopping in our thrift stores, volunteering at the outreach center or with one of the parish-based conferences, or donating funds,” adds Berlon.

                To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.retrofittings.org.

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                  How does a local 21-year-old amass an Instagram following of more than 300,000? Read on as we chat with her for our annual blogger issue to find out how she got started, what inspires her, and where she plans to go with it.

                  Sophie Kinsey is a Cincinnati-based blogger.

                  Amassing more than 300,000 in just a handful of years. The work of a celebrity, marketing agency, or Fortune 500 company?

                  No, Cincinnati-based 21-year-old Sophie Kinsey can proudly put that feather in her cap.

                  Kinsey enjoys reading, her cats, and plants. But most of all, she loves writing. Everyday, she says, she adds to her growing list of potential captions for future Instagram posts, saves poetry and song lyrics in her Notes app, and works on her movie script.

                  “I think my love of writing, even though I don’t consider myself good at it, is why I started my blog,” says Kinsey.

                  In addition to her love of writing, she also likes taking photos. “I hoard photos,” she laughs. “I have two 64GB flash drives that are filled with photos from all over many different years. I have so many photos and videos in my phone. I take them all the time, from 10-second clips of waves crashing against rocks in South Carolina to photos of my plants and their growth updates.”

                  Today, Kinsey is the owner of an Instagram account with 304,000 followers, an account that has become her little corner of the Internet where she gets to express herself and share the things she loves. “I cover topics that matter to me as well as things I enjoy or have fun with,” she says. “I’ve discussed everything from mental health, addiction, breakups, and other troubles in hopes that it can help as well as relate to others who may be going through similar challenges. Writing is like a therapy for me, a great way for me to let things out and work things out. As well as document the fun things like beach vacations, road trips, and other things in the works.”

                  Kinsey shares her adventures with her more than 300,000 Instagram followers.

                  Kinsey first learned about Instagram from her uncle at Christmas in 2010, but didn’t start the account that she has now until around 2012, and she didn’t hit 10,000 followers until March 2013.

                  While she says she’s not sure how she’s accumulated as many followers as she has, her family and friends say it’s because she’s so relatable to a lot of other girls her age. “I post photos from mini road trips, college parties, the obligatory selfies, pictures with other influencers, and beach vacations,” she says. “I’ve used it as a digital scrapbook to document highlights about my life and it seems like people enjoy virtually flipping through me.”

                  When it comes to her favorite Instgram post thus far, Kinsey says that her favorite photos was one she took on 4th Street in Cleveland. “I took it last August when I was up there for a Shawn Mendes concert with my sister and mom,” she explains. “We made a road trip out of it and as we were walking around before the concert I just quickly snapped this photo. I loved it so much I actually made it my laptop skin.”

                  Her favorite posts on her blog are any of the ones featuring Kodak film from her trips. She says Kodak film has become a tradition for all of her experiences. “I always bring one camera for myself and one for my road trip partner – or leave one out at parties for people to take photos with of the night,” she says. “I develop them weeks later, then show them to all my friends and family. They are never amazing but I love all the photos dearly because people seem to be more careful about what they take photos of with a Kodak when its film is limited.”

                  Kinsey wants to use her Instagram account to continue to share her experiences with her followers. She wants to document her trips to new locations, try new things, and post fun things she has going on in her life. “I also believe our city has so much to offer and I am excited to be discovering more of it as well,” she says. “I’ve lived here all my life but still haven’t covered every corner of Cincinnati.”

                  Kinsey says that right now she’s entertaining the idea of taking graphic design classes and marketing in the hopes that she can help others achieve their goals with their social media accounts. “No one really told me what to do and how to get this following, I just used trial and error,” she says. “I’ve been able to help out family and friends with their accounts, so I’d like to be able to help out more people too. I have also rented a small studio space where I am setting up for more upcoming projects, as well as setting up a space in the dining room of my new apartment too”

                  To learn more about Kinsey, follow along on her Instagram. There you can see constant stories, posts, and sneak peeks of upcoming projects she’s working on. You can also see new content on her blog at www.sophiekinsey1997.com every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. “Plus, that’s where I’ll be announcing any new places you can find me,” she says. “And, if late night laughs and cat videos are your cup of tea, you can add me on Snapchat at SophieKMan.”

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                    She’s a local news reporter who also writes romance novels. Keep reading to learn more about Sara Celi, her growing series of romance novels, and an upcoming release that will leave you wanting more.

                    Sara Celi is a news reporter at Fox19 by day, and a romance novelist by night.

                    Celi says it’s a pairing that just comes natural because she’s always loved telling and reading stories. In fact, she says, the first phrase she ever spoke was “Read book!”

                    “I’ve always loved being taken away to distant worlds, and the transition from reader to writer seemed natural,” she explains.

                    Celi enjoys writing young adult and contemporary romance novels because she says that both give her the opportunity to tell her readers a creative and entertaining story.

                    And entertaining is something that we could use a little more of in today’s world, Celi says, adding that she tries to keep her books light and effervescent, for the most part.

                    “There is so much darkness and despair in the world right now, so I want to give my readers an escape from that,” she says.

                    So far, Celia has had a total of nine books published including: “The Undesirable,” “The Palms,” “Natural Love,” “Prince Charming,” “Hollywood Nights,” Vote for Love – “Primary Season” & “Primary Flip,” “Spellbound,” “Lusting for Luke,” and “Acquiring Ainsley.”

                    Although she says she can’t quite choose a favorite book of her own (it’s kind of like choosing a favorite child, she laughs), there are books written by other authors that she considers to be “favorites.” These include “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood.

                    Celi isn’t just an author, she’s also a news reporter at Fox19. She says that the best thing about working as a journalist is that it allows her to meet people from all walks of life. “That has helped me mold some of my best characters,” she says.

                    The inspiration she finds from her work helps her switch from news writer to romance writer. “Honestly, I don’t think it’s too hard to change from news writer to romance writer,” she says. “The only limit is my imagination.”

                    Celi says that she’s currently working on a chick-lit romance that will be out in December 2018. “It’s called #SoBasic,” she says. “I hope readers enjoy it! The main character is a total mess, and she’s a lot of fun.”

                    To learn more about Celi or to purchase her novels, visit www.saraceli.com. You can also find her books on Amazon.

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                      A local lady's four legged friend inspired her to launch a line of microwaveable dog treats you can make at home. Now, she's styling pup parties for the rich and famous. Read on for all the tail-wagging details.

                      Melinda Kirk, CEO of Lucky Paws, LLC, and creator of PetCakes and YumYum Bones.

                      A love for her pets is what inspired Cincinnati-based Melinda Kirk, the CEO of Lucky Paws, LLC, to launch PetCakes and YumYum Bones, healthy homemade cakes and ice cream for dogs and cats.

                      “PetCakes are organic, microwavable treats for dogs and cats that you can make at home in minutes – all you have to do is add water,” says Kirk. “Each kit comes with a reusable pan and a mix. It’s so simple, just add water to the mix, pour the batter into pan, and after only two minutes in the microwave, your furry friends can enjoy a soft, warm, cake-like treat.”

                      There are three kits and more than four refill flavors to choose from – helping you make every one of your pet’s days a special one.

                      There are also YumYum Bones, the first-ever healthy frozen yogurt ice cream that has collagen for hip and joint care. And just like PetCakes, all you have to do is add water.

                      Kirk says that what inspired her to launch brands like PetCakes and YumYum Bones has always been her four-legged friends and wanting to provide them with the most healthy food and treats. But treats aren’t the only thing she’s serving up these days – she’s also doing pet parties.

                      “Then, I realized healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and I started creating fun pet parties with my cakes and ice cream,” she says.

                      The idea behind pet parties is leading to other opportunities for Kirk as well. “I am currently working with an agent in Los Angeles to pitch a reality TV show in which I host high-end pet parties to the rich and famous and their pampered pets,” she says.

                      In fact, Kirk will be featured on Season 2 of Animal Cribs, where she serves as a pet party planner for the host Antonio Bellatore and creates an elaborate pet party for his animals.

                      Additionally, Kirk is working on on a cookbook called “Date Night, Dog Night,” where she gives readers recipes to create a healthy dinner and dessert for their fur babies using the PetCakes and YumYum Bones mixes.

                      Several major retailers carry her products, including Bentley’s Pet Stuff, Pet Wants, Chewy.com, and Amazon. “We also just launched a new PetCakes ‘Party 2 Go’ for six dogs on Amazon – it’s a complete pet party in a bag,” she adds.

                      The “Party 2 Go!” kit for dogs is the only complete pet party in a custom gift bag that is reusable, according to Kirk. Each kit contains one DIY frosted birthday cake kit with a party candle for the guest of honor. There is also six DIY bone-shaped cupcakes for guests, DIY frozen yogurt ice cream with sprinkles, six cups with lids, one party hat, one paw print balloon, and a custom PetCakes clear stadium tote.

                      “In just three hours, your pet party is ready,” says Kirk. “Your pup will be the talk of the town and your guests will leave with their tails wagging.”

                      Learn more about Pet Cakes on their website, “like” them on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram.