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    An emerging fundraising-through-fashion event is now in three Ohio cities and looking at opportunities to expand. See how they’re encouraging independent designers to work together to support non-profit organizations and their missions.

    LUXE Gives Back wants to make a difference in its small part of the world through its new event LUXE, a marquee fashion fundraising event. 

    The events put on by LUXE Gives Back benefit non-profit organizations and each event features a theme with three key elements, according to Founders Lisa Robin Adkinson and Valerie Jones.

    Each event features a runway show with merchandise from a group of independent fashion and accessories designers. “We use volunteer models, often involved with our non-profit partner, that are diverse women representing the local community,” says Adkinson. 

    LUXE also features a pop-up marketplace that designers from the runway show set up to allow attendees to shop. “LUXE curates regional, indie designers to deliver truly unique merchandize,” she explains. What makes this pop-up experience unique, she adds, is that participation is by invitation only. 

    In addition to the pop-ups and runway shows, LUXE Magazine is a publication that goes out in conjunction with each event. “The magazine is designed with beautiful fashion spreads and feature articles about some of the amazing people supporting LUXE events alongside regular columns on style, beauty, business, arts, and inspiration,” says Adkinson.

    The inspiration for LUXE comes from the desire to help independent designers, especially in the Midwest, grow their customer base and expose them to unique designs and merchandise. 

    “There are plenty of marketplaces and vendor opportunities, but there isn’t one specifically focused on indie designers,” explains Adkinson. “Pop-up shops are extremely popular with shoppers and designers alike. Our inspiration was to bring designers together to work collaboratively to minimize marketing costs and build a viable fashion community. Plus, all of the designers involved also support our mission to give back.”

    There are still some remaining events for LUXE through the end of the year: 

    Saturday, September 14, 2019, LUXE Dayton + YWCA Dayton at the White House Event Center, downtown Dayton.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019, LUXE Cincy + COCA- Council on Child Abuse, an affiliate of Talbert House at Fueled Collective, Rookwood.

    Saturday, October 26, 2019, LUXE Columbus + National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) at Versa Grandview.

    Adkinson says that what makes these LUXE events unique is that they want to engage sponsors and attendees alike, while helping beneficiaries feel supported.

    Adkinson says that 16 months after launching LUXE is now in three cities. “LUXE has filled a niche in the market, and we have received several requests to bring the concept to additional cities,” she says. 

    Currently, LUXE is working on 2020 events now, with LUXE Cincy + YWCA Cincinnati scheduled for March 14, 2020 at Fueled Collective.

    To learn more about LUXE, visit www.luxegivesback.com. There you can sign up for a complimentary subscription to the LUXE Magazine. Adkinson says those interested in modeling, stylists or hair and makeup, can submit interest here. Volunteers can click here and information on in-kind and paid sponsors is available here.

    To follow along with upcoming events and news, follow LUXE on Facebook and Instagram

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    Combine modern living with historic charm in this Hyde Park home! Click here to see inside this week's Listing of the Week!

    Exquisite, quality renovation! An exceptional display of character, craftsmanship, and comfort! This home combines the historical charm of a Hyde Park home with desirable updates such as open-concept living, large master suite 1st floor laundry & back stairs. Tax abatement has been applied for (10-year). The home is listed at $949,000 and features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 3,300-square-feet..

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

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    Cincy Chic’s annual Cocktails & Couture event is this Friday at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Click for a peek inside the fashionable fun.

    Cincy Chic is hosting its annual Cocktails & Couture event this Friday, September 13.

    Cincy Chic will host its annual Cocktails & Couture event on September 13 from 6-9 pm at the Cincinnati Art Museum. 

    The event encourages attendees to learn history through vintage fashion vignettes and cocktail tastings, which are mixed by Molly Wellmann. It also includes access into the Cincinnati Art Museum’s “Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style” exhibition.

    “Each year for this event, we have three vignettes that feature a special cocktails and fashion pieces that represent three different eras in history,” says Cincy Chic publisher Amy Scalia. “It’s a really fun way to learn history through what people were wearing and sipping at that time.”

    The three eras and featured cocktails at this year’s event include: 1890 Daiquiri, 1930 Twentieth Century, 1870 Alabazam. “We will also have a bonus displayed near the vignettes of a 1960’s paper dress on loan to us from Designer Items & More,” explains Scalia. “It’s an extremely special and fascinating piece we’re excited for attendees to see in person.”

    A variety of pop-up shops will be featured during the first half of the event, and then pinnacle of the evening will be a high-end designer vintage fashion show by Montgomery-based Designer Items & More. 

    Vendors for the event include: Walton Creek Boutique, Stella & Dot with Alice, Pure Romance with Nikki, HempWorx Becky Wagers, Ever Skincare with Leslie Young, Paparazzi by Anna Forte, Lipsense Suzanne Goodpaster, Beautycounter with Kate Flaig, Slate & Vine, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound, BeneYou Katie Kramer, Scentsy with Lacey Perkins, Renewal by Andersen, Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon, Downton Abbey, DeGroot Handbags, Ann Phillips Color Street + more!

    Tickets for the event are non-refundable and can be purchased at http://www.cincy.live/events/CC19. Front Row VIP tickets are sold out but VIP and General Admission tickets are still available. The $30 VIP tickets include a fashion show seat, swag bag, two cocktail tasting tickets, and light bites. General Admission tickets are $15 and include swag bag, two cocktail tasting tickets, light bites, and standing room access to view the fashion show.

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    After 20 years in the makeup industry, a local beauty guru took a leap of faith into the microblading business and has been on the rise since she opened her doors 3 years ago.

    Honour Hook, Founder of Brow OTR

    Microblading isn’t going away any time soon and Honour Hook is helping her clients look and feel better with her microblading business Brow OTR. 

    The inspiration behind the business came from Hook’s own desire to find a brow solution for herself and found microblading on Instagram.

    “As a makeup artist of over 20 years I was immediately intrigued to learn more,” she says. “I researched businesses offering the service and then decided to find a certification program.”

    Hook went through two certification programs – with Occhi Lash and Brow in Chicago and PhiBrows Academy. “The rest is history,” she says. “Microblading is one of the most challenging skills I have ever learned. I went into the program believing I would be immediately offering service but little did I know how extreme the learning curve would be.”

    Today Brow OTR offers a European style of microblading created by the famous PhiBrow Academy, microshading, and lash extensions. 

    Hook says all of the artists at Brow OTR are Phi certified, which she adds is a big deal in the industry. 

    The services, skills, and customer base you’ll find at Brow OTR are a big accomplishment for a studio that’s been around for three years, and just recently grew into a new stand-alone studio space.

    “I started by offering services to friends, family, and clients I knew from my years in the makeup industry,” she explains. “I was working out of BRIDEface, the owner Nancy is a friend of mine and gave me the space for free to help me get up and get running. I branded the business separately in hopes of eventually growing and moving into my own studio.”

    And Brow OTR found the growth it needed. “There were very few businesses offering microblading services in Cincinnati so I feel that I was a bit ahead of the curve,” she says. “Business grew by word of mouth and I was booking out a month in advance by the end of my first year.”

    Since then, Brow OTR has opened its own studio on Court Street in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, which Hook says is the heart of the city.

    Hook says that she wants her studio to be known for offering exceptional service to its clients. “While I don’t anticipate a huge menu of offerings, we are constantly looking into adding services we feel would benefit our clients while keeping consistent with you brand – so stay tuned for more,” she explains.

    To learn more about Brow OTR, visit www.browotr.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Two local women wrote a book that raises awareness of Sickle Cell Disease in a way that everyone understands. Read on for more.

    Many who suffer from Sickle Cell Disease want to think and feel “I’m no different than you.” In fact, two local women — Kristy High and Jaime Mahaffey — wrote the book on it. 

    I’m No Different Than You is a children’s book that we wrote that focuses on children living with Sickle Cell Disease and the social and mental issues people affected by this disease often face,” says Kristy High, Care Coordinator and co-writer of I’m No Different Than You

    According to High, the book is about a girl named Kayla. The girl “has a positive outlook on life despite the challenges of managing a chronic medical condition,” she says. “After having to attend a new school, Kayla is worried about how others will react to learning that she has Sickle Cell Disease. Kayla’s friendships are quickly changed by the lack of understanding and fears of the other children.” 

    The inspiration behind writing the book came from Mahaffey’s 15-year-old daughter, Kayla and High’s 12-year-old daughter, Kiera, who are both living with the disease. “Both children have encountered situations in school that involved bullying and other social issues because of having Sickle Cell Disease,” she says.

    The name of the book came from the way that High would want to feel if she, herself, had Sickle Cell Disease. “I would want others to realize when they look at me,” she explains, “I’m no different than you.”

    High says the book was important to write because they wanted to raise awareness of the disease. “We have a goal to bring awareness to various childhood health and wellness topics,” she says. “We want to be champions for the Sickle Cell Warriors out there!”

    The book is unique because it provides basic education about Sickle Cell Disease without the medical jargon. “It makes it easier for parents, teachers and children to understand,” High says. “it also focuses on the social implications for a child dealing with chronic illness as this aspect is often lost in the medical field.”

    High and Mahaffey want to encourage children living with Sickle Cell Disease, who have felt that they don’t measure up to others, dealing with mental health issues or just feeling overwhelmed from living with the disease. “We also hope to inspire children not afflicted by a chronic illness, such as Sickle Cell Disease that isolating and bullying another person just because of their medical condition is hurtful and it’s best to ask questions if they don’t understand that person’s condition,” High says. “Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and friendship.”

    To learn more about the book, I’m No Different Than You, you can contact High at: khigh81@gmail.com or contact her on Facebook and Instagram. The book is also on Amazon. Search for Kristy High and Jaime Mahaffey.

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    Learn more about this one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring 38 artists from all around the globe.

    Image: Kudzanai Chiurai; We Live in Silence XVIIII, 2017, Pigment print on
    fiber paper

    21Museum Hotels welcomes brand new exhibit that is unlike any other. The exhibit itself is housed in the 21c Museum Hotel right in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. 

    Alice Gray Stites is the Chief Curator and Museum Director of the 21c Museum Hotels and is enthusiastic about the interest and attraction this exhibit promises. 

    The inspiration behind the exhibit is very unique, Stites explains. “The use of fashion and other forms of embellishment to reveal the complexity of identity and as an act of resistance against discrimination and cultural erasure. In the artwork on view, regalia bodies, enacts, and expresses resistance against injustice and makes visible identities, experiences, and histories that have been ignored or suppressed by dominate cultures in post-colonial societies,” she adds. “The name ‘Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance’ came from the central idea of the exhibit – the use of clothing, jewelry, and other forms of embellishment as an expression of resistance.”

    In the exhibit, there are over 38 artists’ work displayed from all over the world. 21C Museum Hotels are always on the forefront of trendsetting artwork and Dress Up, Speak Up is no different, Stites says. In this exhibit, guests can find:

    • A quilt that looks like a painting, which is in fact a portrait of three people derived from 1940s-era photographs. 
    • Three Kingsby Bisa Butler
    • Birch wood helmets carved by using Native American handcrafting by Jeffrey Gibson
    • 2 paintings by Kehinde Wiley, who painted President Obama’s official portrait

    …and more.

    The public can not only view the exhibit and pieces, but experience them as well. “The artists in this exhibition role-play in real time, looking back at histories both recorded and ignored, to expose the gaps and fissures in history and its representation in both the art canon and the media. For those who inherit a legacy of resisting cultural erasure, telling untold tales – lives, remembered, or imagined – remains vital,” says Stites.

    The exhibit is located on 609 Walnut Street, next door to the Contemporary Art Museum and across the street from the Aronoff. The 21c Museum Hotel is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. For more information, visit their website.

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    From HR pro to digital marketing strategist, this mom of three is helping local brands build their base.

    Andrea Deckard spent 10 years working for Fortune 400 companies where she provided HR support by developing strategies, finding and retaining talent, and created smart human resources processes and systems. 

    “I left Corporate America in 2006 to become a stay-at-home mother to my two boys,” she says. But a medical emergency inspired Deckard to think outside the box when it came to their personal finances and budgeting, while trying to find ways that would allow her family to pay medical bills and stay afloat. 

    That’s when Deckard launched the blog Savings Lifestyle, which ignited her successful digital career. 

    Today, she is the founder of Andrea Deckard, a digital marketing business that helps other businesses strategize to grow traffic, earn income, offer community engagement, and help with product and content creation. 

    Andrea Deckard, founder of digital marketing business Andrea Deckard

    “When I started working online, I continued to learn how to do everything along the way as a bootstrapping solopreneur,” she says. “As my career has evolved, and my team has grown, I don’t ever see that changing. My joy comes from learning and helping others achieve success on a daily basis.”

    Whether it’s through SEO or paid advertisements, Deckard can help companies grow their traffic, their reach, and ultimately their sales. Her connections have also given her the opportunity to help clients earn income through sponsored opportunities and affiliate marketing. Her email and social media marketing has allowed her to help companies with their community engagement, so they can reach their target audience.

    In addition to her savings blog and her digital marketing venture, Deckard is also a partner of DigitalCoLab.com, where bloggers go to learn how to turn their blogs into a profitable business.

    To learn more about Deckard and her services, visit https://andreadeckard.com/

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    A mother-daughter duo is following in the footsteps of the woman who came before them. Learn more about the floral arrangements they’re creating to make wedding dreams a reality.

    Cincy Chic: What is Katie’s Blooms?
    Katie Smith and Mary Walker, Owners of Katie’s Blooms: Katie’s Blooms is a flower business in Cincinnati, Ohio. We create floral arrangements for weddings and have recently expanded into the retail floral business.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Katie’s Blooms?
    Smith and Walker: Our company came to life through a lifelong passion for flowers and a strong, three-generation history in the industry. Katie’s grandmother & Mary’s mother, Betty, opened up her own flower shop in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1965.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
    Smith and Walker: We are a mother-daughter duo who love to laugh and work with beautiful flowers!

    Katie Smith and Mary Walker of Katie’s Blooms

    Cincy Chic: What makes Katie’s Booms unique?
    Smith and Walker: We like to keep things real and real pretty. Floral design is in our blood and we believe our passion shines through in our arrangements! 

    Cincy Chic: What floral services do you offer?
    Smith and Walker: We offer consultations, delivery, clean up and setup. Our goal is to design stunning arrangements to transform your venue to provide a stress-free experience. We use fresh, locally grown flowers when they are available and offer many types of flowers. Arrangements include: aisle decor, altar decor, bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, Chuppah decor, corsages, flower petals, and single flowers.

    Cincy Chic: Where is Katie’s Blooms located?
    Smith and Walker: We’re at 6852 Main Street in Newtown.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Smith and Walker: Visit https://www.katiesblooms.com/ or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Cutting the overgrown and unhealthy parts of a plant will encourage it to produce and grow better than ever before. Our life coach columnist explains how the same goes for you. 

    Say goodbye to those individuals who no longer feed your growth. Everyone in your life must earn the right to stand in your presence in order to share your story. Otherwise, let the pruning begin.

    What is pruning?

    Pruning is a way to let go of what no longer brings you the high vibration and energy that once existed in a relationship.  

    For instance, have you discovered that when around certain people you have a feeling of low energy, one-sided conversation, and leave feeling like you can never get that time back? If so, then this is probably a relationship that no longer serves you.

    As I evolved in my spiritual path and changed the way I conducted myself, over time, I realized I didn’t like who I became when I was with certain people.  I found myself shrinking, feeling worthless and often humiliated by what was projected on to me.

    When I finally realized I did not like who I was becoming when with these individuals, I gave myself permission to no longer allow this to be the circumstance and let the relationship go. This is what I call standing in my power.

    How does this look for you? 

    If the person is someone you just can’t simply ‘write off’, learn to stand in what allows you to feel good.  The individual can do what they do, but you don’t have to react. In addition, you can say no to invitations, and you can avoid one-on-one situations.

    If the person confronts you with ‘what’s wrong with you’, take that opportunity to say I am learning to listen more and be less reactive. They may snicker and laugh at the statement but when you realize how it deactivates any energetic emotions within you, over time you will feel better.

    Pruning is a powerful tool that when done with loving intentions can eliminate others from spoiling your day, month, year, or life.  

    Although you may fear the loss of a relationship, consider this – you standing in your power could allow others to rise up to meet you and create a better relationship in the long term.  Or when you decide to prune away the relationship, you will open yourself up to discover better and more fulfilling relationships. The choice is yours. Happy pruning!

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      A local woman is launching a program and community to help women find pleasure in life again through a seven step program called the BARE method. Read on for all the inspiring details.

      Natasha Hazelton doesn’t want to encourage diets, detoxes, or cleanses. She wants to help women acknowledge their beauty both inside and out as a BARE Life Coach.

      Currently, Hazelton is training with Susan Hyatt, founder and author of the book “BARE” and the BARE method.

      “The BARE method is not a cleanse, detox, or diet,” explains Hazelton. “I will be helping women, especially moms, stop dieting and help them with their body image issues.”

      Hazelton says she’s the most passionate about helping women gain more confidence both in their bodies and in their lives.

      “In BARE, you will learn how to manage your emotions (stress, anxiety, boredom, etc.) without turning to food for comfort,” she says. “You’ll learn how to find sources of please and joy that aren’t food-related. You’ll learn how to respect your body and you’ll also learn how to tune into your body and follow your hunger signals, from feeling hungry to feeling full or satisfied.”

      The BARE method, according to Hazelton, is made up of seven steps that range from detoxing your environment to being seen and heard.

      Natasha Hazelton

      “One might think I am a weight loss coach, but I am not,” she adds. “I teach women to love the skin they are in and empower them to be who they are unapologetically.” 

      Confidence issues are one thing that drove Hazelton to pursue the BARE method and to become a coach-in-training. She says she’d always struggled with low confidence and her weight. 

      “While in the BARE program, I realized that I lacked pleasure in my life,” she says. “One of the main components behind BARE is pleasure. Susan says that it’s not more willpower that women need but more pleasure in our lives. And that was me as a new mom.”

      Hazelton says that once she acknowledged that she’d put her own pleasure and happiness to the side that she was able to take control of her life and her weight.

      Currently, Hazelton offers 1:1 coaching and in the fall will launched a group program based on the book “BARE.”

      Her coaching business focuses on moms who have lost their identity and aren’t quite sure how to find themselves again. “I help moms bring more pleasure and joy into their lives so they can be a better and more present mom,” she says. “I want to make ‘momming’ more fun and enjoyable.”

      Many of the blogs featured on Hazelton’s website feature ties to her own child and how she sees life from a different perspective as a mother.

      Hazelton plans to host a virtual BARE Book Club in mid-September or early October, where women can purchase the book and be led through the seven steps with support and coaching. There will also be a Facebook group available where participants can engage with her and others as well as the option of coaching on a group call while reviewing concepts in the book.

      To learn more, visit www.tashahazelton.com. There you’ll find information on coaching services and programs. You can also follow along on Facebook.

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