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    In today’s digital world, your headshot is the new handshake. That’s why a team of local ladies created a new kind of experience that gets your online presence professionally polished, as you enjoy a night out, networking, and pampering. Read on for all the details.

     

    When your face is the face of a company, you want to look your best, but who has the time to put together a beauty team and professional photography session for that? That’s where The Professionista Experience comes in.

    Monica Tuck, founder of Unbridled Studio

    “The Professionista Experience is a unique headshot event geared toward women in business,” explains The Professionista Experience Founder Monica Tuck. “The event tends to capture women-owned business owners as well as professional corporate female professionals.”

    The Professionista Experience, for a price tag of $250, will get you all the details of a headshot service. Tuck says she and her team have brought together a group of Cincinnati’s top-notch photographers, beauty, and style experts to offer clients a one-of-a-kind service.

     

    “You get 30 minutes of HD makeup, 30 minutes of hair refreshing, 30 minutes of professional wardrobe consulting, and 30 minutes of headshots plus 1-2 high resolution images,” she explains. “To top it off, you also get to relax with champagne and lite bites. It makes for a relaxed and full service experience with zero headaches.”

    The $250 cost makes for less headache as well, as Tuck says purchasing these services a la carte around town would be upwards of $400 or more.

    Hair, makeup, and styling are offering with headshots from The Professionista Experience.

    The Professionista Experience hasn’t always been what it is now. According to Tuck, this started as a one-night networking event, but evolved over time as more women were asking when the next event was.

    To expand on its services, outside of just a headshot experience, Tuck says that The Professionista Experience is also booking private group events at office locations around town to help with team building, self-image, and brand awareness initiatives for women in business.

    Tuck’s business idea doesn’t come without experience. She is the owner, producer, beauty, and style director of Unbridled Studio, a boutique production agency that was launched three years ago.

    “Unbridled Studio’s provides design, photo, and video production services to women-owned businesses as well as our fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries within the community,” says Tuck. “We work with everything from women-owned startups, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands, and I also like tos ay we can infuse the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industry and started connecting with the top creative professionals our city has to offer.”

    While The Professionista Experience launched last fall, the public events are now held in January, May, and September, while all other events are booked privately under the Small Business or Corporate Deluxe Packages.

    Headshot taken at The Professionista Experience

    Although The Professionista Experience is a fairly new event, Tuck says plans are already in motion for the future.

    “The plan is to continue being the top female production agency here in town,” she says. “We will continue providing headshots to business owners and professionals who need them, we will also continue the mission of instilling the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle into our production industry. We source top local talent, scout unique set locations, coordinate hair makeup, wardrobe, and set styling for photo and video production packages. We can also pull these services into our unique design and visual communication process to tell the unique story of a brand.”

    Tuck says that the next public event will be held in September, after kids are back in school, to give all those working mommas a chance to refresh for the fall.

    To learn more about The Professionista Experience, click here.

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    This week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy is keeping you stylish with this fab two-in-one tip. Keep watching for more.

    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 local restaurant invited the country’s most talented female pastry chefs and winemakers for pop-up brunches and bake sales. Get all the delicious details about these monthly events that are sure to please your palette.

     

    The exterior of Please on the corner of 14th and Clay St. Photo: Brooke Shanesy

    If you love brunch and celebrating women, then the new monthly Please Bake Sales are for you. Located in Over-the-Rhine at the corner of 14th and Clay streets is Please, a low-key restaurant that offers creative food via an a la carte menu or a four-course menu.

    To celebrate the city’s female pastry chefs and winemakers, the restaurant is hosting bake sales from May through August. 

    The team at Please. Photo: Brooke Shanesy

    “The Please Bake Sale is part pop-up brunch, part bake sale, and wine celebration featuring exclusively female pastry chefs and winemakers,” says Please Owner and Chef Ryan Santos. “The format of the Sunday bake sales will be a little impromptu, you won’t know what we’re planning until the day before.”

    Please has already made its mark in the Cincinnati food scene with a unique menu, and an even more unique bathroom, and aims to continue pleasing the taste buds of the city’s foodies with its upcoming bake sales. 

    “What makes this bake sale unique is hands down the talent we’re bringing into the city,” says Santos. “The top pastry chefs in the country, including Stella Parks of Bravetart in Lexington, Sasha Piligian of sqirl: Los Angeles, Zoe Taylor of milktooth in Indianapolis, Anna posey of Elske in Chicago, and May Erickson of Lang Baan in Portland.

    Some of the menu items from Please. Photo: Brooke Shanesy

    What will be served at these monthly bake sales is completely unknown, as Santos says that he’s giving total control up to the ladies visiting the restaurant. 

    “We’re letting these very talented ladies decide what we’re serving,” he says.

    As for when the monthly pastry and brunch selections will be announced, you’ll have to tune in on Facebook and Instagram

    Please is located at 1405 Clay Street in Cincinnati.

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    A camper re-modeled from the inside out is now a mobile beauty salon that brings beautification and convenience to your doorstep.

     

    Glam on Wheels is a mobile nail salon that offers makeup and nail services in Cincinnati.

    Deborah Burchett has been a licensed Nail Tech and Esthetician for 17 years. She always knew she wanted to have her own salon, but wanted to stand out in the industry. After two years and a remodeled 1976 motorhome, her salon was born.

    Glam on Wheels is a mobile salon that offers makeup and nail services as well as packages for a girl’s night, birthday girl and bridal party. Burchett says she travels around Cincinnati parking in front of businesses, weddings and other events. 

    She licensed with the state of Ohio last May and was officially open for business in July. “I put it in storage for the winter and used that time to do marketing and get events lined up,” explained Burchett. Now she is preparing for her first full season with events on Mother’s Day, a pop-up event at a brewery and even more weddings. 

    Burchett also explains that she loves teaming up with her girlfriends to do these events. She and local hair stylist Jessica Kong have worked together to do various weddings.

    “When I do weddings I never double book. In this business, you have to prepare for the unexpected and give the bride your undivided attention. It’s almost like I am on call,” says Burchett.

    According to Burchett, her business is one of a kind, especially here in Cincinnati. “I know there is one person doing something similar in Toledo and one person in Cincinnati doing this but with hair services. I am the only mobile licensed nail salon,” she says. It is such a new concept and I am trying to open some closed doors.”

    While starting a business that is a new concept has perks, Burchett says it does not come without challenges. “It is definitely a learning process. It has taken time and a big challenge is figuring out where you can and cannot park it.” 

    Glam on Wheels aims to be as convenient as possible while giving customers the pampering they deserve. “Everybody is always so busy and no one really has time to go sit in a salon and get their nails done anymore,” she explains. “This is especially true for moms who have a hard time getting a babysitter. Also for brides trying to get their whole bridal party into a salon and the salon not being able to accommodate them. I want to give them a stress free experience while making them feel great about themselves.

    As for the future, Burchett hopes to make Glam on Wheels a full time business and eventually be able to franchise it. 

    I really love the interaction I get to have with my customers. I like making it a personal experience that sometimes cannot be achieved in a regular salon. The artistic side of it and being able to use creativity in my work is something I value.

    To learn more, visit https://www.1glamonwheels.com or like them on Facebook.

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    Read on to learn about a Cincinnati-based salsa manufacturer that’s all about flavor and all-natural ingredients.

    While Cincinnati is known for its chili and pork products, there’s a new food making its mark in the Queen City thanks to a new local business. 

    “La Verde Fresh offers an alternative taste to the salsa market. Our company has been established to offer a high quality fresh made salsa with all-natural ingredients. The salsa offers a new, authentic flavor twist to the current salsa market,” Karla Boldery, Founder of La Verde Fresh, says. “It is our promise that our products will be manufactured without preservatives and with the most fresh and high quality ingredients.”

    Starting in the August of 2016, La Verde Fresh has been working through market and consumer research, packaging and production. We are currently manufacturing at the Findlay Kitchen, 1719 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202,” Boldery says. “We are looking for healthy conscious locations that would like to carry our product.”

    La Verde Fresh is a family owned business. “It is me and my three children: Carlos, Issac, and Kael, and we also get support of amazing friends to support us while we are trying to put our brand and products to the market. Thank you to Cecilia Magill and Rachel Jones for being part of this process!”

    The inspiration for the business came from a desire to start her own business, and she thought it should be related to food. “I believe it is a way to connect back to my roots and my culture and to find items that I cannot easily find here,” she says. Boldery wasn’t interested in owning a restaurant because of past experience with supporting Hispanic owned businesses, so she decided to manufacture salsa. “The idea has been for years in the back of my mind, but I always waited for the right combination of factors to be aligned. It wasn’t until I facilitated the Latina Entrepreneur Academy Cincinnati in 2017 that realized that the perfect alignment will never come and that if I really wanted to go for it, now was the time to do it,” she says. “I would say the infectious energy that surrounded me with the amazing group was what made me take the decision to finally start.”

    La Verde Fresh is unique because of the quality and authentic flavor of their salsa. “Our salsa has no preservatives so you know that you are eating fresh from the first bite and we are your only green fresh salsa in the market,” Boldery says. Also, she wants the salsa to bring people together. “It looks like a table gathering with great conversations and memorable times around the a great meal while enjoying La Verde Fresh. The business defines ‘fresh’ by always using natural ingredients. “Tomatillos, Coriander, Onion, Garlic are bought fresh, unpackaged, never frozen,” she says. 

    Boldery loves the uncertainty of the job. “I love the thrill to plan, change and repeat dynamic of small businesses,” she says. “I love to analyze problems and find solutions to tackle these problems. 

    If you want to keep up with what La Verde Fresh is doing, you can follow them on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and sign up on their website to be notified on where to find salsa!

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    Learn about a local business that’s helping you create beautiful and unique home decor while enjoying time with friends and family.

     

    The Evergreen Designs offers sign parties that allow guests to create their own unique home decor pieces.

    Cincy Chic: What is The Evergreen Designs?
    Brittany Kauffman, Founder of The Evergreen Designs: We specialize in wood sign painting parties. They are perfect for any age and especially for people who claim they aren’t artistic at all. Our fool-proof stencil makes it so easy! We also specialize in building custom furniture pieces.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the business?
    Kauffman: There’s something really satisfying about starting with a blank piece of wood, some tools and making something beautiful. My favorite part of every party is when my guests are excited about something that THEY made. I really try to encourage them to step out of their comfort zone by maybe trying a new color or by using the nail gun. A lot of times this is the first time many of them have ever held a power tool. It’s really a great feeling.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Kauffman: We are a husband & wife team. My husband Ryan builds all of the signs & furniture. I have an idea and he brings it to life.  I do all the designing for our stencils and instruct the parties. We also have a small team of amazing girls who instruct our parties for us whenever we need help.

    Cincy Chic: How much does it cost to attend or host a party?
    Kauffman: Prices range from $40-$65 depending on sign choice. There is a $20 booking fee for mobile parties and no booking fee in our shop. Plus, guests receive 10% off all store items when their party is hosted in the store.

    Cincy Chic: What makes The Evergreen Designs unique?
    Kauffman: I think what makes us unique is that we do it all. We don’t outsource any of our work and are involved in every single party. We really like to build a relationship with our customer and we’ve actually made a lot of friends along the way.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
    Kauffman: Yes! We are so excited to be partnering with another local small business mom Emily Little from Queen City Alchemy. We will be opening our first boutique and workshop at the end of May at 1808 Race St in Over-the-Rhine.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more, book a party, or follow along?
    Kauffman: Visit www.theevergreendesigns.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Melissa McCarthy brings college-bound comedy to the big screen, but is Life of the Party a fab fête or a Greek tragedy? Read on to see what our movie critic says.

     

    “Hi – I’m every Midwestern mom you’ve ever seen in a Hollywood movie where I get to smile!” Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) shows her school spirit in a scene from Warner Bros. new comedy LIFE OF THE PARTY. Credit: Hopper Stone. © 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures. All rights reserved.

     

    WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE: 


    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Gillian Jacobs, Stephen Root, Debby Ryan, Jimmy O. Yang, Chris Parnell, Luke Benward, Adria Arjona, Sarah Baker, Matt Walsh, Heidi Gardner and Jessie Ennis

    WRITER(S): Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone

    DIRECTOR(S): Ben Falcone 

    WEB SITE: http://www.lifeoftheparty-movie.com/

    HERE’S THE STORY: Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) is having a great time; her daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) is starting her final year of college and she is set to go on a dream vacation to Italy with her husband Dan (Matt Walsh). 

    Then Dan tells her she wants a divorce and her world is turned completely upside down.

    Buoyed by her best friend Christine (Maya Rudolph), Deanna decides to overcome her sadness about her marriage ending by righting the one thing she’s always regretted: Not finishing her college degree by going back to school with her daughter. But as she will soon find out, being a college student in her 40s is going to be even wilder than it was when she was in her 20s … Especially if her daughter’s friends have anything to say about it.  

    WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Melissa McCarthy fans; Mike & Molly fans; Lifetime movie fans

    WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? People hoping for something more like McCarthy’s earlier work; many adult males who will have nothing to relate or latch on to; people who will be bored by the film’s cute but simplistic nature. 

    SO IS IT GOOD, BAD OR JUST AWFUL? Released in time for Mother’s Day, Life of the Party could best be described as a simple but cute comedy, or, more descriptively, an inspirational comedy … If the Lifetime Network made comedies where some man didn’t murder a woman.

    McCarthy, who co-wrote the movie with her husband and the film’s director Ben Falcone (who continues his short but effective cameo streak), must have had a very specific target audience in mind when creating Life of the Party: late 30s to early 50s age suburbanite women who have young daughters they want to bond with – because nearly every scene in the film feels like one big mother-daughter field trip with a few laughs here and there for good measure. Nothing like any of her previous efforts save for the forgettable Tammy, Life of the Party is cute, fun in parts … But lacks anything than its overt, sappy charm to make it last once you’ve left the theater. 

    The side characters are fairly one-dimensional but somewhat fun sidekicks, the story is easily digestible and again, McCarthy makes her character relatable as she has a fairly common story. But there again lies the issue as the film itself feels rather common, right down to its cut-and-paste ending. Maya Rudolph gets to serve as most of the film’s comic relief, even though she doesn’t seem to be allowed to take it as far as she could.

    And that’s the underlying tragedy of Life of the Party: Despite all the scenarios where McCarthy and company find themselves in that would lend to more outrageous, more comedic moments, much of the film feels restrained so it can stick to a PG-13 rating. There is a much funnier, much more heartfelt movie waiting to get out of Life of the Party, but since the film would be more accurately named “Life of the Afternoon Brunch Party,” it sadly never materialized.

    Consider going to this party if you need a simple outing for your mom or middle-aged friend … Otherwise, this classic movie scene might sum up how this party may feel for anyone else. 

    OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

     

     

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      We’re chatting with the founder of a local community arts council that strives to enrich the lives of children and adults through quality arts programming -- like their brand new "Art Bar" events! Keep reading for all the artsy details!

      A piece made at the Art Alliance’s recent Bohemian Jewelry Making Art Bar event

      Located in Deerfield Township is The Arts Alliance, a community arts council that’s dedicated to enriching the community with quality arts programming.

      According to Founder and Executive Director Meredith Raffel, The Arts Alliance serves a broad community that includes all of Warren County and beyond with festivals, performing arts, summer art camps, workshops, and so much more.

      Raffel says she was inspired to launch The Arts Alliance after she sought to create a solution to a problem.

       

      “It’s 2006 and Warren County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Ohio,” says Raffel. “This vastly growing, beautiful community, with its beautiful parks, schools, strong business base, and solid infrastructure was lacking any organized arts organization. There was nowhere for the community to congregate to enjoy the arts. There was nowhere for the talented artist pool within the region to showcase their work or teach.”

      And with that, Raffel, alongside many dedicated individuals, launched The Arts Alliance, and has since served thousands of individuals in the region.

      “The organization is strongly supported by a dedicated group of board members who share their talents and hopes for the future for the arts in the region,” she says. “The volunteers who serve to support the programming endeavors have been the backbone and lifeblood of The Arts Alliance.”

      The Arts Alliance is also launching the Art Bar programming, which Raffel says was developed to break down barriers for people who say “I can’t even draw a stick figure.”

      And because The Arts Alliance thinks stick people are people, too, The Art Bar allows people the opportunity to explore many different mediums at an affordable price, in a relaxed environment, with all the materials they need.

      Meredith Raffel, founder of The Art Alliance

      “Each person leaves with a project that is uniquely different as they are,” says Raffel. “These monthly programs are held on the first Tuesday of each month all year (except during the summer) at the Snyder House at Cottell Park.”

      She adds that the next Art Bar will be held in September, and planning for the event is already underway.

      Aside from filling a need the art community needed, what makes The Art Alliance unique is that it is here to serve the community through collaborations and partnerships.

      “Nothing great ever happens alone,” says Raffel. “The organization is built on relationships with local businesses, organizations near and fear, and their local municipality. The relationship that The Arts Alliance has enjoyed with Deerfield Township is as unique as it comes. It takes local leaders who value the arts and want what is best for the community in which they serve to emulate the kind of relationship that The Arts Alliance and Deerfield Township have developed. This unique collaboration could easily serve as a model across the United States as to how a local, grassroots organization can be truly valued by their local government.”

      Raffel says that she’s hoping to bring a large scale public art project to life for The Arts Alliance. “Public art is truly a beautiful gift to a beautiful community,” she says. “The Arts Alliance also hopes to continue to grow our festival inventory. There is nothing better than the gathering of community who celebrates the arts!”

      To learn more about The Arts Alliance, visit their website. You can sign up for their monthly newsletter to find out more about what’s happening at the organization. You can also call them at 513-309-8585 or follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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      Dread the mall but need a wardrobe refresh? See why working with a direct seller may be a better option to fit your shopping needs in this episode of Styling with Amy and Amy!

      Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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      Learn about upcoming drawing workshops at the Taft Museum that’ll help you channel your inner Tiffany.

       

      Tiffany Studios, Group of lamps (bird’s-eye detail), Photograph by John Faier, © Driehaus Museum, 2013

      When you hear Tiffany’s, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the landmark jewelry store at the center of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. However, that’s not all the Tiffany family was known for.

      There’s Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of Tiffany & Co. Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany. Louis was an artist and designer with a passion for the decorative arts. Best known for his work in stained glass, and served as the Design Director at Tiffany & Co.

      As part of the Taft Museum of Art’s special exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, the museum is hosting a Drawn to Tiffany series.

      According to Ellen Stedtefeld, the Senior Manager of Adult Programs at the Taft Museum of Art, Drawn to Tiffany is a series of drawing workshops planning in partnership with the Manifest Drawing Center. “The workshops are led by Manifest Drawing Center’s Samantha Haring Art and aims to guide attendees through the eyes of an artist,” she adds.

      “Tiffany was inspired by nature, and we are too,” she says. “We thought drawing from nature in the Taft’s beautiful garden would be the perfect complement to the special exhibition.”

      The workshop includes a visit through the special exhibition before heading outside the museum, where you’ll base your own drawings on nature, where Tiffany found much of his inspiration.

      Stedtefeld says the workshop is suitable for all skill levels of artists, from beginners to seasoned artists. The cost is $24 for Taft members and $40 for non-members, but the cost includes supplies as well as tickets to the special exhibition.

      There are two more workshops planned for Saturdays in May – May 12 and May 19. “These workshops take place at the Taft from 1-4 pm,” says Stedtefeld. “During the three-hour workshop we visit the special exhibition, our studio space, and the Taft garden.”

      If you’d like to sign up for the program, or see other special events hosted by the Taft Museum, visit www.taftmuseum.org. You can also see the event on Facebook.

      To learn more about Drawn to Tiffany, as well as the Taft Museum, visit www.taftmuseum.org. You can also see photos from the workshops on their Facebook page.

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