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    From Peru to the Queen City, a local lady was inspired by a sense of adventure and the unknown when she launched her own leather-carved brand. Read on to see where you can shop locally to find her products and to hear about the apparel she’ll launch soon.

    Denisse Zavala-Rosales was inspired to launch her business Antlers & Leathers from her love for adventure.

     

    For some, the unknown sets off a feeling of uneasiness. For Denisse Zavala-Rosales, it inspires. It was a sense of adventure, the unknown, the gypsy, the wild, wanderlust, the overall rugged beauty of nature, the lost, living authentic and true to yourself that inspired her to launch Antlers & Leathers.

    Zavala-Rosales is the Western and Boho-obsessed Peruvian behind Antlers & Leathers, which she says is more than just a brand but a way of life that sells eclectic leather pieces full of style and individuality. “The main focus of my brand is ‘tooling’ leather, which actually means carving leather and the main goal is creating pieces of wearable art that are as unique as the people who will be carrying them,” says Zavala-Rosales.

    When it came to launching her own business, Zavala-Rosales wanted to show off her love for leather in a business name that expresses uniqueness, reinvention, and beauty. “Antlers are unique to each animal, though they grow in symmetrical pairs,” she explains. “They shed and regrow each year, and I just think they are beautiful and give animals such characters.”

    This one-woman show is run by Zavala-Rosales and officially launched on June 4, 2017, while she was still working a full-time job at a publishing company. However, as of mid-November, she quit her 9-5 and began dedicated her life to her dreams and is now running Antlers & Leathers as her full-time venture.

    When you shop Antlers & Leathers, you’ll find that all of the products are leather goods and include vintage cuffs, carved cuffs, clutches, crossbodies, dog bandanas, purses, bags, and so much more.

    Price points vary depending on the product you purchase. Zavala-Rosales says that vintage metal hand stamped cuffs run from $40-$50, carved cuffs are $60-$70, clutches run $150-$390, and bags run from $280 and up.

    The quality of the product is certainly reflected in the price. Zavala-Rosales says that it is all 110% handmade. “I design, cut, sew, too, paint, dye, combine different types of leather, and style it all one at a time, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece that will be truly one of a kind and unique,” she adds. “If you are looking for that heirloom-quality piece that will set you apart from the crowd, Antlers & Leathers is for you. You won’t find that at your local mall.”

    While she prides herself on the handcrafted bags, cuffs, and other unique pieces, Zavala-Rosales says she’s also working on bringing apparel to the brand, too.

    You can shop Antlers & Leathers’ newly launched website, or you can visit BlumeHome Shop in Lebanon and soon find the brand’s carved dog bandanas on display for made-to-order at Earthwise Pet at Harper’s Point.

    To learn more about Antlers & Leathers, visit antlersandleathers.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and “like” their Facebook page.

     

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    Want to get your little one swim-ready? Learn about holiday specials and winter swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School in West Chester, and watch as we test the waters with our kiddos. (Hint: they LOVED it!)

     

    Winter is here, and with snowfall on the ground, pool time might seem far away. But to prepare your little ones for successful swimming this summer, experts say now is the best time to get them in the water.

    Goldfish Swim School in West Chester provides swim lessons to children between the ages of 4 months and 12 years old. 

    “We offer classes in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system,” says Goldfish West Chester General Manager Jen Deis. 

    When you take swim lessons with Goldfish Swim School, you don’t have to worry about crazy time slots that keep you at the pool all day long. According to Deis, families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers int he pool during the same half-hour time slot. 

    Deis says the most important part about getting your kids in the pool, and signing them up for lessons at Goldfish Swim School, is to teach them consistency and repetition for when they hit the pool next summer. Giving them these lessons now will also help them to develop the skills they need to safely enjoy the water as well.

    Goldfish Swim School offers more than just swimming lessons. They also offer weekly family swims for both members and non-members in addition to party packages. This allows you to get in the pool with your children and enjoy a little swim time together, adding to the overall swim experience for the whole family.

    At the West Chester facility, you’ll find that the facility has an air conditioned viewing gallery for parents to watch lessons, a spacious family dressing area with private changing rooms, a snack bar, a retail shop, and plenty of warm, tropical decor to make you feel like you’ve been transported to a much warmer part of the country!

    To encourage you to get your kids in the pool and to teach them water safety, you can call Goldfish Swim School West Chester to schedule a free trial class and to check out the facility for yourself.

    If you have a little one you want to get in the water this winter, check out the limited-time-only holiday packages. “Each gift basket includes two months of lesses and the annual membership fee for just $185,” says Deis. “There’s also an option to customize retail items in the basket.”

    For more information on the holiday package, or other swim lessons, Deis says you can reach out to Goldfish Swim School Wester Chester, or shop the package online.

    Goldfish Swim School is located at 7058 Ridgetop Drive in West Chester. You can register for lessons or learn more about swim lessons by clicking here or calling 513-857-1700. You can also connect with them on Facebook and check out their YouTube channel.

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    Want that Hollywood glow right here in Cincinnati? Keep watching to learn more about the only medspa in the Queen City that's giving you the glow you've always wanted!

    Looking for that Hollywood glow all the celebs are sporting these days? Look no further when you visit Victory Wellness & Medspa’s Halo. 

    According to Dr. Kerschner, owner of Victory Wellness & Medspa, Halo is a different kind of laser. 

    “It’s different because it’s a hybrid,” she explains. “The older lasers were either too deep or too shallow for what you needed, sometimes leaving you with a peeling face for a month or two.”

    But the Halo laser gives you the glow you’re looking for without all the peeling. “The laser can determine how deep or shallow it needs to be,” says Dr. Kerschner. “We customize it to your skin and take measurements so it already knows the exact depth of your skin and won’t cause any harm.”

    Each treatment takes about 15 minutes to do. Dr. Kerschner and her team will put some numbing cream on your face before starting the session. 

    Dr. Kerschner says that following a Halo treatment you can expect to look a little sunburnt for as many as 3 days, depending on how deep you go during your treatment. There is minimal discomfort and you can put makeup on your face to cover up some of the redness.

    “Your face will look like you went to the beach,” adds Dr. Kerschner. “But by day 5 you can expect to start glowing.”

    Victory Wellness & Medspa is the only medspa in Cincinnati that owns Halo. “We definitely welcome you to come by and experience a beautiful face, improved skin, increased collagen, better elasticity, and less wrinkles,” says Dr. Kerschner.

    Learn more about Halo by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

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    Is it a neutral? Is it a color? Keep watching as our Editor-in-Chic chats with the founder of Styling with Amy about one of winter's hottest color trends: olive!

    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 a local service that offers clarity, guidance, and helpful workshops to help you turn thoughts and ideas into a published book.

     

    Your Literary Prose is a service provided by M. Colleen Wietmarschen that helps anyone realize their dream of writing, publishing, and seeing their book in print.

    With a mission to make authors’ lives easier, Colleen Wietmarschen and son, Peter, founded Your Literary Prose in 2015. Your Literary Prose was the product of rebranding Wietmarschen’s business that she has owned and operated since 1996. In 2015, Wietmarschen won a scholarship to take the Certified Author Assistant course, a demanding examination covering all aspects of book publishing. After Wietmarschen achieved her certification to become an Author Assistant, the rest, she says, was history.

    By providing an author assistant and coaching services, Your Literary Prose makes it so authors are better prepared and organized on their journey to publication. Wietmarschen says working with a service like Your Literary Prose will save you time and money when it comes to publishing your book. “[The authors] aren’t bogged down working on the tasks and details they don’t know how to do or waste their time learning how to do,” explains Wietmarschen. Some of the services that Your Literary Prose can provide are organizing author’s source documents, researching the author’s ideal reader and sending potential publishers the author’s book proposals.

    As a victim of book publishing scammers, Wietmarschen says her misfortune was the driving force in creating a reputable and safe service for authors. “Our goal is to truly provide authors with the best information and the best knowledge to help them make the correct decisions and goals for them and their book.”

    At the beginning of 2018, Your Literary Prose will begin a new program, “Write with the Pros,” that is geared towards those with busy lives who struggle to find time to write their book.

    Weekly trainings and coaching calls will help keep the author on track, but what makes this course special, Wietmarschen says, is that each course begins with a three-hour VIP day with both her and Peter that helps the author become clear on their goals and aspirations.

    As a special offering for the holiday season, Your Literary Prose will be taking 18% off for 2018 and offering the three-month “Write with the Pros” program for $1,845.00 (offer good through December 31, 2017).

    For those who aren’t sure where to start in the book writing process, Wietsmarschen says to get with someone who is experienced.

    “The best advice we give someone who wants to write a book is to find an expert or a mentor who knows the publishing process and can help the author reach their goals,” says Wietmarschen.

    For more information, contact Colleen via email at Colleen@mcolleenwietmarschen.com or via phone at 513-675-1286. Their rebranded website, www.YourLiteraryProse.com is being completed and will be ready soon.

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    Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons, and Givenchy... oh my! Learn about a local fashion studio with rare couture designer pieces that just opened a new store-front downtown.

     

    Evolution Fashion Studio recently opened a new location in Carew Tower.

    After nearly a decade in Northside, local fashion enthusiast Tony Tiemeyer decided to open a new location for his business, Evolution Fashion Studio, in Carew Tower. The studio has been open for a little over a month now, located in the arcade room at 41 W. 5th St., and it’s open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-3pm. The studio in Northside is also still open as an e-commerce business.

    Tiemeyer says the decision to open up at the new location, in the heart of a celebrated Art Deco building, seemed natural after witnessing downtown Cincinnati’s growth and energy from its recent revival.

    “I love this building and this space,” says Tiemeyer. “It’s inspiring to be surrounded by these nuanced architectural details. It matches the aesthetic of my collection.”

    Tiemeyer first started his fashion career in 1984 starting out with a vintage shop in Clifton. He owned and operated that boutique on Hyde Park Square while also heading up Saks Fifth Avenue’s private shopping program. From there he opened up Evolution Studio in Northside in 2006.

    Tiemeyer believes that fashion should be fun. His collection depicts that philosophy; he acquires many of his pieces from museums around the world. The diverse collection features famous designers such as Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons, and Givenchy.

    Tiemeyer worked with Hot Glue, the stylist team Kelsey Wing and Tyler Bellman, and fashion photographer Annette Navarro on the design elements of the studio’s new space. They all previously worked together on Positively Fourth Street: Downtown’s New Look, which was an exhibition of fashion window displays in the former Gidding-Jenny Department store downtown.

    The arcade room in Carew tower is the ideal location for Tiemeyer’s studio.

    “I like being in the arcade, away from the city’s chaos,” he says. “I like that people have to seek us out. We want to create an experience for visitors unlike anything else in retail. I want them to feel like they’re somewhere out of time.”

    In addition to Tiemeyer’s one-of-a kind pieces, Evolution will also be featuring a collection of Iris Van Herpen’s footwear to celebrate the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Iris Van Herpen’s exhibition. This exhibition will be held at the museum until January 7th. The exhibition will highlight the collaborative process linking art, engineering, architecture and science together. This interesting and transformative fashion can also be found in Tiemeyer’s collection.

    Tiemeyer hopes this new location will offer customers a new way to interact with his collection as well as attracting new customers and fashion enthusiasts. Evolution Fashion Studio is a private showroom and is appointment only. You can get in contact by email efsstudio@gmail.com or 513.560.1983.

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    Learn about a local yoga and meditation studio with two area locations that specializes in transforming beginners into expert yogis.

     

    Pamela Quinn is the Founder of Elemental OM, a yoga and meditation studio in Cincinnati.

    Do you want to learn about a place to do yoga in the Cincinnati area? “Elemental OM is a yoga and meditation studio with two locations serving Greater Cincinnati,” Pamela Quinn, Founder of Elemental OM, says.

    “We specialize in making yoga and meditation accessible to those who have never tried yoga or feel they are inflexible or suffering from physical or emotional situations.” Elemental OM has been in business for 11 years with locations at 9510 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242 and 11928 Montgomery Road, Symmes, Ohio 45249, with one employee and 55 independent contractors.

    Elemental OM started from a personal injury that Quinn dealt with. “I personally suffered a debilitating back injury and turned to meditation to manage my pain,” she says. Quinn learned how to meditate and learned about yoga and Ayurveda. “I healed physically in a short period of time and became passionate about sharing the teachings with others,” she says.

    The name of the business comes from “Elements,” which is based on the five-element theory of Ayurveda. This is a mental-based yoga on the tantric nature of yoga. Then there is Om, “the sacred vibration that created the universe,” Quinn says.

    The business offers yoga classes for beginners and those who are more advanced; corporate wellness solutions; massage, Reiki and healing touch; and has certification as a yoga teacher and Holistic Health Educator.

    Elemental Om wants to create a safe environment for her clients. The business is about “creating an atmosphere where someone who has never done yoga or who feels it just isn’t for them and falls in love with yoga,” she says.

    The yoga studio is an addition to the Cincinnati area where people can relax. The place “offers a place where folks can come in, kick off their shoes, get a hug and relax,” Quinn explains. “Mothers come to exercise, but learn to be more patient with their children. School teachers who come to de-stress and take the teachings back to their pupils. Business people come to relax and learn to connect more intimately into meaningful work and purpose.”

    Quinn says other folks come suffering from the emotional pain isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression and grief and learn the tools to manage and heal.

    “Most people come in for exercise, but leave with so much more,” she adds, saying that she loves coming back to work everyday. “Our team and our students are incredible. They light up my every day and make me feel so purposefully,” she says. “I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such talent and love.”

    To keep up with what Elemental OM is doing, check out their website, where you can sign up for their newsletter. 

     

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    Inspired to give others more time doing the things they love, one Cincinnati-based man is helping busy moms with a new on-demand concierge service.

     

    Ever wish you had more hours in the day to complete everything on your to-do list? THat’s why Bryce Maynard launched Queen City Concierge.

    “Queen City Concierge is an on-demand, full service, personal concierge that is based in downtown Cincinnati,” explains Maynard. “Our mission is to give busy moms and professionals more time to do the things they love.

    Maynard was inspired to launch his own concierge service because he knows that there are so many out there who have things going on that we never get around to because of other responsibilities.

    “Queen City Concierge is going to change that,” he says. “I want to be able to give my clients something none of us can ever buy back, time.”

    He wants busy moms to spend more time with their children, spouse, friends, community, and whatever else it is that they’re passionate about. “I grew up in a family of incredibly strong women who all had an inherent drive to take care of everyone around them,” he says. “It did not matter who you were or where you came from, if you came to our house, my family would do anything and everything to make our guests comfortable.”

    This family philosophy had a major impact on Maynard, so much so that it’s had an influence on everything he’s done in his life. He says it made him the hard working and detail-oriented person that he is today.

    “As my great-grandmother always told me, ‘If you have the ability to help anyone, you’re the luckiest person in the world,’” adds Maynard.

    Maynard is the sole founder and operator of Queen City Concierge. He’s lived in Cincinnati for the last five years after moving to the Queen City from Springfield, Ohio. “Cincinnati was starting to become the hot spot for startups and I had to get in on the action,” he says. “I’ve worked as the Marketing Manager of Cincinnati for Uber as well as for Jimmy Gibson of Jimmy G’s as his marketing and sales manager.”

    When you shop for concierge services from Queen City Concierge, you’ll find a variety of services such as grocery shopping, light housekeeping, entire home deep cleaning, “wait for” services, home organization, pet services, shopping, special and emergency delivery, party and event staffing, new parent help, home checks and house sitting, moving assistance, and anything else you may need help with.

    Maynard says that what makes Queen City Concierge unique is its “on-demand” services and the business model it utilizes. “Our clients aren’t locked into a contract and call us only when they need us,” he says. “I will have to say that this is pretty unique for a person my age to be doing something like this, let alone a young guy starting a concierge business. Being the new guy on the block only gives me that much more of a reason to go above and beyond for my clients.”

    Queen City Concierge will continue to help locals accomplish the tasks they need done without sacrificing time with the ones they love. Maynard says Queen City Concierge recently started their gift wrapping services for the holidays. They’re also currently in the process of developing a virtual assistant service for clients that includes answering phones, researching for purchases, client emails, managing schedules and travel arrangements, and more.

    Maynard says you can learn more about Queen City Concierge at www.queencc.co. Or you can follow along on Facebook, send an email to bryce@queencc.co, or call 513-268-6890.

     

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    A single mom of three is using her creative skills to brighten up homes and workplaces through her watercolor art and originals, graphic design and photography.

     

    Lucrecer Braxton, Founder and Owner of Lucrecer Braxton Creative

    Cincy Chic: What is Lucrecer Braxton Creative?
    Lucrecer Braxton, Founder of Lucrecer Braxton Creative: Lucrecer Braxton Creative is a design business where I specialize in watercolor art and originals, graphic design and photography.

    Cincy Chic: What inspired you to launch your own design business?
    Braxton: I am inspired by stories. I have always been an artist and I always have a story. I use art to tell and express my story and the stories around me.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
    Braxton: Me! I am a single mom of three and my kids inspire me to express myself through my art and creativity.

    Cincy Chic: When did you launch your business?
    Braxton: I officially launched Lucrecer Braxton Creative in the Fall of this year, but it is not my first business.

    Cincy Chic: What types of products do you create for clients?
    Braxton: Watercolor florals and word art as well as acrylic paintings.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Lucrecer Braxton Creative unique?
    Braxton: My floral watercolors are authentic and free-flowing. I am a perfectionist and watercolor allows me to freely express myself while creating something people will love. A lot of people are doing calligraphy, but I make a point of using watercolor to create unique pieces of art that look good while inspiring you to be your best you. I want to make custom art accessible to anyone who wants to have something unique in their homes and workspaces.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for your business?
    Braxton: YES! I am planning a few calligraphy and watercolor workshops in the new year. Really looking forward to sharing and encouraging people to embrace their artistic side.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Braxton: I am most active on Instagram and share a lot of what I am doing there. I also have a Facebook page for the business.

     

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    Dress shopping soon? Make sure you read this helpful guide, as our wedding gown guru explains which silhouettes will flatter your figure.

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

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

    The A-Line gown

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

    The Modified A-line gown

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

    The Ball Gown

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

    Empire Waist

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

    Mermaid

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

    Trumpet or Fit to Flare

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

     

    Sheath

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

    Dropped Waist

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

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

    Happy Shopping!

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