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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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    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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    From the fabulous eat-in kitchen and media room to the sun-filled family room and breathtaking terrace -- all nestled in the heart of Mariemont -- you won't want to miss this Listing of the Week!

    Check out this beautiful Mariemont home featuring 4 finished levels! At $1.05 million this 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom house has 4,102 square feet. A fabulous eat-in kitchen with marble counters opens to a sun-filled family room leading to terrace and large fenced lawn with sprinkler system. Spacious master suite, hardwood floors, office, 2nd floor laundry, screened porch, media room, and so much more!

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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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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    There’s a new palette-pleaser in OTR that aims to offer an elevated wine and food experience. Keep reading for more. 

    LouVino is adding Southern flavors to their menu as a part of their new wine and small plates concept.

    Putting a southern twist on small plates, LouVino is adding flavors of Georgia, South Carolina, and Kentucky to their menu as a part of their new wine and small plates concept.

    Owner Chad Coulter describes a party of two could expect to order around five dishes with a variety of flavors, followed by their choice of wine. 

    “We want to make wine approachable and affordable and can do this with our robust glass pour program,” Coulter says. “Our customers also love our wine flights so they can try several different varieties and styles in the same sitting without having to commit to a bottle. In addition, we have a plethora of bourbons, craft beer, and cocktails,” he adds.

    LouVino’s atmosphere parallels their dishes, as the interior is chic and industrial to represent an upbeat vibe. The main dining room can host up to 100 people and two private dining rooms are available and are able to host 14-40 people. 

    The inspiration behind the new wine and small plates concept came from owners Chad and Lauren Coulter seeing a need in Lousiville for a good wine bar. “The ‘southern flare’ on our food menu is derived from our home state of Georgia and our Culinary Director’s passion for comfort food,” Coulter mentions.

    LouVino has a seasonal menu, which alternates dishes twice a year, in an effort to keep food as fresh as possible. The most popular items on the menu include a brussel sprouts salad with pickled cherry peppers and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette, their fried chicken tacos, and their loaded tater tots. 

    The wine list at LouVino features over 60 wines by the glass in addition to 17 wine flights, which are pre-selected. LouVino prides themselves in having one of the most wines poured by the glass in the city. 

    In the future, LouVino is looking forward to their fifth location opening. This restaurant will be located in downtown Indianapolis in February 2019. 

    To learn more, visit the LouVino website here and follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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    The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new event to help professional women succeed at all stages of their career. 

    The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce will host its Women of Distinction event on Oct. 4.

    The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is launching a quarterly Women in Business Roundtable. These discussion groups will be focused on empowering women in the Tri-State, at all stages of their careers. 

    According to Eric Kranz, President/ CEO of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, the aim with this series is to provide relevant programming to professional women, encourage networking with other professional women and also offer a venue to share ideas, success stories and best practices.

    The Women in Business Roundtable presented by Comcast is a quarterly event aimed at giving female professionals in the SE Indiana region a place for likeminded individuals to share experiences, resources, and opportunities,” Kranz adds. “Each quarter, the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a luncheon featuring programs, discussions and speakers aimed at helping women navigate and thrive as leaders in the regional economy.” 

    The first meeting will be on Thursday, September 27 at the Levee Bar and Grill inside the Lawrenceburg Doubletree Hotel starting at 11:30 a.m. 

    Kranz says this is a free event that’s open to the public and all professional women — not just those doing business in Southeast Indiana — are encouraged to attend.

    While this is a first-time event, Kranz says a lot of excitement is building around it, for attendees and sponsorship support alike. “The roundtable is being sponsored by Comcast and organized by the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce,” Kranz adds. “Come be a part of the first ever Dearborn County Women in Business Roundtable and help shape the direction of this group, and your community as a whole, moving forward!”

    To learn more about this event, or other events hosted by the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, such as their Women of Distinction event on Oct. 4, visit www.dearborncountychamber.org or call 812-537-0814.  

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    From microblading, makeup and massages, to hair, lashes and waxing, Anderson has a new go-to for everything beauty.

    Eden Salon and Day Spa is a new spa in Anderson.

    Anderson is now home to Eden Salon and Day Spa, headed up by two beauty industry enthusiasts, owner Melissa Hunter, and salon manager, Katie Mahoney. 

    They wanted to create a one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs. After many months of planning and preparation, they celebrated their official grand opening — complete with a ribbon cutting with the Anderson Chamber of Commerce — in August 2018.

    Today, Eden’s Salon offers a wide range of services, including: hair, lashes, microblading, facials, waxing, make-up, and massages. Products carriers are Kevin Murphy and Brazilian Blowout. 

    According to Hunter, beauty at Eden Salon and Day Spa isn’t skin deep, though. She says it also means caring about the community and helping others. That’s why they’re sponsoring an effort with Susan G Komen to kick off breast cancer awareness month that’s focused on funding the research and treatment needed to decrease the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.

    We are partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help find a cure for breast cancer. We will have a booth next to Ford at the ‘More Than Pink Walk’ on September 30, 2018,” Hunter explains. “Eden Salon and Day Spa is dedicated to helping the victims, survivors and families of breast cancer by pledging to do our part to help find a cure for breast cancer one dollar at a time.” 

    The importance of health and wellness at Eden Salon and Spa is also underscored by the products used. “At Eden Salon and Day Spa, we use 100% organic and biodynamic products that ensure ethical and sustainable sourcing of ingredients that yield maximum results,” a recent Facebook post notes. “Experience the power of plant based skin-care. Our facial services include relaxing neck, shoulder, hand and arm massages that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and rested.”

    Eden Salon and Spa is located at 7434 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45255. To learn more, visit their website: www.edensaloncincinnati.com, their Facebook or Instagram.

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    Learn about a local event that’s one part educational forum and another part fundraiser aiming to help food insecure families in the Tri-State.

    WASTEd and The City with La Soupe will be held Oct. 9.

    Cincy Chic: What is WASTEd and The City with La Soupe?
    Mimi Dyer, Board President of La Soupe: WASTEd And the City with La Soupe, presented by Kroger and SugarCreek, is one part fundraiser and one part educational forum about food waste—with both aspects of this event benefiting food insecure families and the non profit organizations that serve them. La Soupe has joined forces with 26 Cincinnati area restaurants to create a progressive dining experience, with a focus on using food ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. Each restaurant will be creating tapas and a cocktail, using rescued food provided by La Soupe.

    This Tuesday, October 9th event begins at 6pm at The First Lutheran Church at 1208 Race Street. Attendees follow the map provided and can use the streetcar route to visit participating Downtown and OTR restaurants. Several suburban restaurants are joining us with pop up restaurants at select streetcar stops. GEST electric cars will also be available to help with transportation.

    The event ends at Japp’s at 1136 Main Street, where the organizers will announce the winner from a raffle to win a Mercedes Benz weekend package. The lucky winner will have access to a beautiful Benz for a weekend road trip.

    Participating restaurants include OTR favorites like A TAVOLA, Anchor, The Mercer, and PLEASE, as well as downtown restaurants including Jean-Robert’s Table, Via Vite, Orchids and Boca. The lineup of restaurants continues to grow daily and now includes suburban restaurants La Petite Pierre, The Farmstand, National Exemplar and The Birch.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Dyer: According to a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture, each person in our country wastes about a pound of food per day, which culminates into enough wasted food that could potentially feed 2 billion extra people each year. Here in Cincinnati, La Soupe rescues 5,000 pounds of food per week that would otherwise be thrown away and transforms it into nutritious food items. Weekly, 2,000 servings are distributed to food insecure families via area non-profit groups. Since opening its doors in 2014, La Soupe has rescued 602,570 pounds of “ugly,” imperfect or over ordered food from grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants and has created 343,564 servings of delicious food. La Soupe also partners with chefs at area restaurants, who have produced 5,770 gallons of soups from food that would have otherwise been wasted, and then donates it to La Soupe. 100% of this is distributed to the food insecure community.

    WASTEd And The City works to educate our community about food waste and how aesthetically imperfect food can still create a delicious and nutritious meal. The organizers also want to draw attention to the issues faced by food insecure families in our area, and the many non profit organizations, like La Soupe, that work to support them. This event also highlights the creativity and talent of chefs in our community. Attendees of WASTEd And the City should prepare to be amazed!

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Dyer: Suzy DeYoung, the founder of La Soupe, attended Dine-N-Dash, a Washington D.C.-based fundraiser for World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that encourages collaboration amongst chefs to help communities in need through food. This event inspired her to tap into the creativity and talent of Cincinnati-area chefs to create a similar program as the very first fundraiser for La Soupe.

    Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about La Soupe?
    Dyer: La Soupe is the brainchild of Suzy DeYoung, who comes from a long line of chefs. Her legacy includes her father, Pierre Adrian was the head chef at The Maisonette, the city’s first Mobile 5 star rated restaurant. Her maternal grandfather, Albert Schmidt, was the chef of The Union Club in New York City. Theo Kieffer, her other grandfather, was the chef of the Sherry Netherland, also in NYC. Suzy followed in their footsteps, working in several Cincinnati restaurants, as well as abroad at the Michelin 3 star La Gavroche and L’Auberge d’Ill in Alsace. Upon her return to our area, she opened up La Petite Pierre, in homage to her father.

    In her 25 years working in restaurants and catering, Suzy became increasingly aware of the amount of food waste. She sold La Petite Pierre to her sister and opened a small soup shack, where she cooked for people in need, rescuing about 100 pounds of produce a week. She soon learned about a dire need for food for students at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill. She immediately headed to Oyler and made sure that every child had a healthy meal to take home that day. She considers this event the true starting point for La Soupe. Cincinnati has one of the highest childhood poverty rates in the country. About 40% of all food produced in the world is either lost or wasted each year. It is Suzy DeYoung’s mission to bridge that gap.

    Suzy maintains a “teach a man to fish” philosophy throughout all of her efforts. One of her hallmark programs is the “Cincinnati Gives A Crock” program, a workshop for food insecure families.  She learned that many poor families did not have access to typical kitchen equipment, like an oven, instead depending on a hot plate to make meals. La Soupe gives each attendee a crock pot and instructions on how to use it to create slow cooked meals and soup. Soup is a meal that can be stretched far to feed many and can be easily prepared in a crock pot.

    Cincy Chic: What makes WASTEd and The City with La Soupe unique?
    Dyer: This event is the first of its kind in Cincinnati, focusing on a collaboration with La Soupe and area chefs to use food that would be otherwise wasted to create a “garbage to gourmet” meal.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for La Soupe?
    Dyer: Yes! La Soupe was just awarded a $104,000 grant through Impact 100, an organization that has awarded more than $4.1 million to nonprofit groups committed to improving their communities since their 2001 inception. La Soupe will use this grant to add 5 pieces of commercial-grade kitchen equipment to their facility, which will allow them to rescue, transform, and share their creations with the food insecure on the very same day!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Dyer: Visit the La Soupe website at lasoupecincinnati.com to learn more and to purchase a ticket.

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    Fall is officially here, and so is this one-of-a-kind lineup of new exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Keep reading as our art guru gives us a sneak peek inside.

     

    *= Tickets required. CAM members receive free tickets. Learn more about membership here.

    1. Life: Gillian Wearing*

    Gillian Wearing, Me as an Artist in 1984, 2014, chromogenic print. © Gillian Wearing. Courtesy of the artist, Tanya BonakdarGallery, New York, Maureen Paley, London and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

    October 5–December 30, 2018 | Free for Fotofocus pass holders in October

    You do not have to be yourself in this exhibition featuring British conceptual artist Gillian Wearing. Wearing’s photographs and videos illuminate unspoken dimensions of our most common relationships and acts, shedding light on the ways we inhabit personae and expose or conceal interior thoughts and desires. Life includes a concise selection of the artist’s works along with several new projects receiving their world premiere in Cincinnati. Learn more.

    2. The Fabric of India*

    October 19, 2018–January 6, 2019

    Border for a Dress (detail), cotton muslin with beetle wing-cases and gilded silver, poss. Hyderabad,  Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, ca. 1850, Given by Mrs. Mary Gordon, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    Embark on an adventure through India without leaving Cincinnati. Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and making its debut in the U.S., The Fabric of India showcases the richness of Indian textiles and fashion from the fifteenth century to today. A stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics and cutting-edge garments will be on view. Learn more.

    3. Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World

    Now–January 27, 2019

    Signed by Sultan Ali Mashhadi (d. 1520), Afghanistan, Herat Timurid period, Page from the Diwan (collected works) of Sultan Husayn Mirza, circa 1490, with later additions, colored inks, and gold on blue paper, Cincinnati Art Museum; Gift of JoLynn M. and  ByronW. Gustin, 2016.372.

     

    Did you know that the Cincinnati Art Museum has been collecting Islamic calligraphy for over 70 years? This free special exhibition celebrates CAM’s collection and explores the prominence and pervasiveness of calligraphic art. Discover richly illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts, pages from the Qur’an, calligraphic practice sheets and political decrees from Iran, Turkey, India, Spain and Syria. Learn more.

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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.

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