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Live like a royal in this home dating back to the early 1900s. Click for a peek inside with this Listing of the Week.

This renowned Edwardian-style home was built in 1911 and has only had 3 owners! The 6,000+ square feet have been well maintained inside and out to preserve the home’s integrity. There is prominent architectural detail throughout, Honduran  mahogany in the library, bottle glass windows in the dining room, a double fireplace with massive mantels, and a kitchen that opens to the breezeway and garage. The home is listed at $1.6 million and features 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.

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

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Get behind the scenes of a special event at CiTiRAMA where you can shop local vendors, tour cutting-edge homes, and enter for your chance to win the She Shed of your dreams!

Mark your calendars for this Sunday, September 8, for a Stylin’ Sunday Funday at CiTiRAMA! This year’s CiTiRAMA is located at Springrose Meadows at 432 W Kemper Road in Cincinnati.

The event, being held from 12-6pm, will give attendees the chance to tour the five CiTiRAMA homes and check out the first-ever Home Builders Association Demonstration Home. As guests mingle through the homes, they’ll be able to shop local vendors, enjoy light bites and treats, and sip mimosas, wine, and refreshments. 

Tickets are $15 per person or two tickets for $25 (there is a processing fee). Those who are unable to purchase tickets online can get their tickets at the tour. Each ticket includes parking, light bites, two drink tickets, and CiTiRAMA admission while supporting Dress for Success.

While at CiTiRAMA, shop the following local businesses that will have pop-up shops at the event: Jamison & Bexley, Sitting Made Simple, Ann Phillips Color Street, Wonderfully Made Beautique and Glam Parties, Scentsy with Lacey Perkins, Sweet Jazz Treats, Paparazzi by Anna Forte, Curious Concoctions, Slate + Vine, and Gigi’s Cupcakes.

To learn more about the event or to purchase your tickets, visit https://cincy.live/events/SSF.

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Learn about a local practice with 11 doulas (and growing) to help clients through the beginning stages of parenthood.

Bringing a child into the world isn’t easy. Here to make it a little easier is Emily Johnson and Katie Brenner, co-founders of Doulas of Cincinnati. “We have a combined 16 years of experience working with new and expectant families,” says Johnson. 

What is a doula? “A doula is a trained, non-medical, professional who seeks to reduce fear and instill strength in the families he or she serves, throughout the childbearing year and beyond, Johnson explains, “conception through several months postpartum.”

A doula provides three different categories with caring for patients:

• Physical: Think touch massage, counter pressure, supporting various infant feeding positions, position changes, etc.
• Informational: Answers to various questions about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum recovery and newborn behaviors, personal referrals to tangential providers, etc. 
• Emotional Support: A safe space for vulerability, listening vaidation, etc.

Launched in 2016, Doulas of Cincinnati meets their clients in their homes, but their Group Classes are held at TriHealth Pavilion. There are currently 11 doulas at the practice and they’re looking for more. 

The inspiration behind the practice came from busy schedules between Johnson and Brenner. “Katie and I had both worked as independent doulas before launching our agency. Living life on-call 24/7 is not for the faint of heart and most definitely took a toll on our families and our personal well-being. Add to that, we were fully booked every month and regularly turning folks away,” Johnson recalls. “Launching the agency allowed for us to serve more families with the same standard of care and provided built-in backup with our shared call model. Launching our agency has provided true sustainability in a historically short-tenured field.”

They also want to provde a healthy environment for their doulas. “We were also passionate about something that sought to eliminate doula burnout in general, not just our own,” she says. “Providing work for the doulas on our team so that they can make a living doing what they love was a huge motivator.”

There are a wide variety of doula services provided through Doulas of Cincinnati and they include: childbirth and parenting education, birth doula support, Postpartum and infant care doula support, sleep consulting, dedicated team of certified infant feeding specialists and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, Postpartum placenta encapsulation, Postpartun belly binding and maternity, birth and newborn photography.

The mission of Doulas of Cincinnati is “providing Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s new and expectant parents with professional, experienced and unbiased support through the childbearing year and beyond,” Johnson says. “We are committed to each family’s personal goals and wishes helping to facilitate a smooth and enjoyable transition into new parenthood.”

The practice is unique because they are 100 percent focused on client experience, Johnson says. “We are not trying to change the culture of birth in our client’s delivery room. We are not trying to force a parenting ideal on our clients when we’re with them in their homes,” she adds. “Our job is not to ‘fix’ societal issues one-by-one with each of our clients. We are there for them. Wherever they are.”

If you want to keep up with what Doulas of Cincinnati is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about an upcoming event in Hyde Park designed to be the premiere resale opportunity for moms, by moms.

A few years ago, Amanda Fitzpatrick found herself desperately searching for an outlet to sell her name brand, gently-used children’s clothing and toys in the Cincinnati area. 

She turned to a local Facebook page dedicated to mothers in the area, presented her idea for the business, and asked if anyone was willing to help. That day, Second Chance Outfitters was born. With Fitzpatrick, and friend Alicia Haughaboo, taking the lead, they set out together to create this one-day event that now has hundreds of local moms clearing their calendars.

The thing that makes Second Chance Outfitters unique is the business model. The moms pay a small fee for the booth, configure and set it up how they please, set their own prices and keep 100% of what they sell. It is like their own pop-up shop for the day, something unheard of in this area. No prep work, no hassle, no crazy fees – just them,” says Fitzpatrick

The pop-up shop will have over 50 booths set up selling children’s items. “The sellers during our spring sale blew me away with the quality and types of items they brought. Name brand and gently-used clothing, shoes, carriers, bassinets, maternity clothes, etc. If you have a need, you can come to the sale and 100% find exactly what you need,” Fitzpatrick says. 

This will be the second pop-up shop produced by Second Chance Outfitters, with some new additions. “This year, the Blue Manatee is our door sponsor, we are so excited to have them! They have recently undergone new ownership and will be bringing really fun surprises with them. We will also have gift cards from local shops to raffle as well,” Fitzpatrick says. “We also have a new partnership with Parental Hope, an organization dedicated to raising infertility awareness and providing financial support to hopeful couples battling it.”

The resale event will be September 14, 8:30-11:30am in the Withrow High School gymnasium. “The space is huge and the parking is ample. We had over 350 attendees during our April sale and hope to grow that in the fall,” Fitzpatrick says. 

Withrow High School is located at 2488 Madison Road in Cincinnati. To learn more and see sneak peeks of merchandise, follow their Facebook page or email Fitzpatrick with any questions at amanda_rey@ymail.com.

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A new design business in Montgomery offers custom home designs and custom fashions, as well as pattern drafting and sewing classes.

Mojgant Tavallali started her fashion career with sewing at the age of 14. “I have been a passionate teacher from the start,” she says. 

Her passion for helping others learn the craft and succeed led her to become the founder behind Mozhde-Ye-No Fashion Design School, an organization that teaches pattern drafting and sewing to young women. 

With experience dating back 30 years, Tavallali relocated to the United States and has been actively involved in the sewing industry as a pattern designer, production sewer, and technical support for DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. 

“I have a solid background in fashion design, pattern drafting, grading, and sewing,” she explains. “Through Moji Fashions, I am able to offer education, custom home designs, and custom fashions.”

Education from Moji Fashions includes pattern making, sewing, and fashion design – all to help those who want to pursue a career in the industry.

“Our courses are an excellent opportunity to combine your creativity with your technical skills to create beautiful clothing,” says Tavallali. “The step-by-step learning program is offered regularly to anyone looking to expand their skills.”

Also offered by Moji Fashions is custom home decor. “Your home should reflect your personal style, right down to the smallest detail,” explains Tavallali. “I can help you create a unique look in any room of your house.”

Home design offers from Moji Fashions include custom drapes and pillows to satisfy client preferences and styles.

Also available from Moji Fashions is custom design. “Moji fashion design provides stylish designs and custom alterations services to all clients,” she says. “Our customizable outfit options are available in a variety of materials. And as with all services provided, the custom alterations options leave the decision up to you in terms of style and cut.”

The most important aspect of offering custom design to clients, Tavallali says, is to help clients feel confident and look great.

Moji Fashions is located at 7791 Cooper Road, Suite D, in Cincinnati. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm or by appointment. Learn more at https://www.mojifashions.com/. 

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Learn about the new coloring book launched by a local artist that features hand-drawings of your favorite Cincinnati landmarks.

Cincy Chic: What is Color the Queen City?
Keli Spanier, Founder of Colette Paperie and Author behind Color the Queen City: It is a coloring book with hand-drawn Cincinnati landmarks, and lettered headings that you can also color in. It also includes a Cincinnati-themed crossword puzzle.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Spanier: It’s simply a love for all our city has to offer. I’ve taken a liking to learning more about Cincinnati and it’s really such a fascinating city to live in. It was so enjoyable for me to draw the iconic landmarks and learn a little more about them at the same time.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Spanier: I am, Founder of Colette Paperie.

Cincy Chic: Which landmarks are featured in the coloring book?
Spanier: Everything I could think of that was an important landmark here- The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Flying Pig Marathon, Fountain Square, Union Terminal, Cincinnati Zoo, Carew Tower, Ault Park, Findlay Market, and even Cincinnati Chili. Lots more – there are over 25 illustrations.

Cincy Chic: What makes this book unique?
Spanier: I consider this to be a great gift item for anyone that loves the Queen City. It’s easy to find interesting coloring books, but it’s harder to find them closer to home. And you know you’re supporting a small business in your own community.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Spanier: Always. I’m constantly drawing and lettering, and have a very long idea list! 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Spanier: Visit www.colettepaperie.com, Instagram, and Facebook. And I’ll also be selling it at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market on Nov 8-10 at Duke Energy Center downtown. They are also being sold at Joseph Beth Booksellers. Amazon author page & Direct link to buy on Amazon

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Feel like you're stuck in a career rut? It might be time to realign with your childhood dreams. Our life coach has some advice.

What is the career you thought about when you were a young child? Does it match or align with what you do today? Do you feel like you are in a dead-end job? Maybe you are satisfied in your job but feel like there is something you missed out on or wanted to do “more.”

As a woman who has up leveled her careers and life every 10 years, I can say that you know when it’s time If you allow yourself to take that first action step towards something you deeply desire and quiet the voice that tells you it’s not possible.

My career path has aligned perfectly every decade and builds upon each other. I went from a waitress in high school, to an administrative assistant/office manager, into high school teacher, golf course owner/operator, and now being the voice of motivation and support! 

Why did I make these changes? What was the problem? Why did I feel so unfulfilled? 

Really, it was timing. When I felt I had achieved all the gold stars and check marks, I wanted to do more.

Often, you may identify this with “living on purpose” and “living with passion.”

This can be possible for you if you are willing to drop the story of what your life is supposed to look like according to others and finding your way with what you truly desire.

Sound too difficult or impossible for you? I challenge you to really get clear on what you desire and focus on your career in particular. You’ll notice opportunities will begin to open and magically they work out in a way that will allow you to stay on course and achieve your goal. 

What is your desire? Where do you see yourself a year, five, 10 years? Will you be happy or still wishing you would have taken the chance and made the career change?

Maybe it’s time to really look at your career path and decide if it is in perfect alignment with your heart and soul.  Is it time to move forward? 

I’ll leave you with this: If not now — then when? Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. Live your dreams. And if you need help to DRIVE you towards your desire and plan, let’s connect. No time like the present.

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Learn about the new flick that our movie critic says uses heart, not clichés, to share an inspiring, entertaining and relatable journey.

 

“I gotta keep running … It’s the only way to avoid hearing that blasted ‘Old Town Road’ song anymore!” Brittany (Jillian Bell) takes to the streets in a scene from BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON. Credit: © 2019 Amazon Studios. All rights reserved.


WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Micah Stock, Micaela Watkins, Lil Rel Howery, Kate Harrington, Patch Darragh and Alice Lee

DIRECTOR(S): Paul Downs Colaizzo

THE BACK STORY: Brittany (Jillian Bell) is a hard-partying late 20-something who is living it up in New York City with her roommate/bestie Gretchen (Alice Lee). With her sister (Kate Harrington) and the brother-in-law who basically helped raise her Demetrius (Lil Rel Howery) back in Philadelphia, Brittany isn’t too concerned that she’s late to work all the time, she drinks too much and her place is a mess, but she’s too busy living her best life to care. 

Then she goes to see a doctor (Patch Darragh) to try to score a prescription for Adderall only to receive some bad news: One, she’s not getting it and two, she needs to lose 44-55 pounds for health’s sake.

Inadvertently befriended by her upstairs neighbor Catherine (Micaela Watkins) and the wanting-to-do-better-for-his-child-Seth (Micah Stock), Jillian decides to try to join their running group to get into better shape. But as she is soon to find out, running outside isn’t going to be the only challenge in her life since she’s been running away from all the other problems that have manifested themselves into who she is today.

THE REVIEW: Inspired by true eventsBrittany Runs a Marathon is a very good movie. It’s doesn’t provide a revelation in terms of its story, how it arrives to its final destination or contain some element of its cinematic presentation that is so overwhelmingly unique that it propels it to something resembling classic status. What it does do, however – thanks to a very fine leading performance by Bell that many will understand and find more relatable than many of us will care to admit if the numbers are true – is present a story that makes you root for the main character will in turn examining your own shortcomings (and potentially inspire you to do better, too).

Leaving out the more over-the-top elements one might find in a Amy Schumer or Rebel Wilson picture, Bell – best known for her comedic turns in films such as 22 Jump Street and Rough Night – makes Brittany a person (let alone woman) you know. In a culture where many publicly either body shame the overweight or crucify those that do, Bell’s performance digs just a little bit deeper into tackling issues like how our bodies make us feel about ourselves as a whole, the complications that come with perception of the types of lives overweight people have resigned their selves to and dealing with setbacks not just with exercise, but life as a whole.

This emotional depth exhibited by Bell, Watkins, Stock and Utkarsh Ambudkar as Brittany’s annoying co-worker is what keeps the film from feeling and being formulaic. Not everything is wrapped up nearly with a bow, the characters aren’t so cookie cutter you could simply replace them with others from another movie and there’s no over-the-top, that doesn’t make sense EXCEPT to make “x” happen moment. Instead, you get a woman trying to change her life while fighting demons that many of us face, working through them as best she can and coming to a place where she can be happier than she is not.

Seeing Brittany Runs a Marathon may just do the same for you … Or at least New Balance hopes so given all the product placement in the movie.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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    Every time you shop small, a real person does a happy dance. Click to learn about a new project that will not only help a lot of real people do happy dances, but it’ll help to build a stronger community at the same time. 

    Curated Cincinnati offers a deck of discounts from local, independent businesses.

    Today’s world can often feel too corporate. Between mergers, buyouts and bankruptcies, there seems to be an endless supply of department stores and the same old, same old. 

    Amy Keller wants to change that. With a degree from DAAP and nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, she decided to set out on a quest of her own – Curated Cincinnati.

    Although still in the development phase, Curated Cincinnati strives to connect communities through shared values – while supporting the small business owners in the city’s neighborhoods. The project consists of 50 cards in a “deck” that represents 50 different merchants throughout the city, all of whom offer a 20% discount to encourage customers to continue to “shop small.”

    Because shopping small and independent is so important to Keller, she wanted to carefully curate the businesses she approached about Curated Cincinnati.

    “I really wanted to be selective in who I chose for this curated collection of businesses,” she says. “We chose businesses who have given life to the neighborhood where they’re located, have merged community and art, want to help support other local independents, have a point of view, and offer exemplary customer service.”

    And while big companies are better at selling, it’s the small, independent stores in the city that can do what those companies can’t – spread joy. 

    “I want Curated Cincinnati to encourage people to try new places, try new experiences, and meet new people,” says Keller. “I want to encourage new connections that may not have happened otherwise.” 

    Spread the word about the city’s movers and shakers through Curated Cincinnati will do more than attract locals – it will also bring in those who are visiting the city.

    While explaining the project, Keller says that having Curated Cincinnati in places like real estate offices can encourage those who have just moved to the area to try new places. Having them available in other places frequented by tourists will also help to spread the word about small businesses making an impact on the Queen City.

    The chosen businesses for Curated Cincinnati are making the world a better place in one way or another. 

    “Many merchants create and produce locally with exceptional skill,” she says. “Locally made products are made with love and purpose. Shopping local gives you the opportunity to meet the people who make your products. Supporting our members returns more money to our local economy, keeps our communities unique, and creates jobs. When neighbors support neighbors, communities are stronger.”

    Some of the businesses that you’ll soon be able to find in Curated Cincinnati include Grainwell, Own Lane Shoetique, Alley Boutique, Fern, Silk Road Textiles, and many more.

    Keller encourages readers to keep an eye out for more news to come on Curated Cincinnati, as she plans to start selling her product just before the kick-off of the holiday shopping season. Keep an eye out for the launch of the Curated Cincinnati website.

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    Views, amenities and upgrades are around every corner at this beautiful Anderson Township home! Click for a look inside this Listing of the Week you don't want to miss!

    Immediately upon entering this stunning home you will notice that this spectacularly, artfully appointed private estate, situated on 3 acres, captures Majestic River Views from every window. Unique design and open living environments flow seamlessly into each other creating an entertainers dream home. The home is listed at $1.6 million and features 4 bed and 4.5 baths in more than 6,000 square feet.

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

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