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Spooky chic. That’s what you can expect when the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati presents a Secret Garden Halloween Party. Read on for all the dreadful details.


Photo credit: Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel

For one night only – Saturday, October 28 – the 21c Museum Hotel main ballroom will be transformed into a secret garden for revelers to mingle with the unknown.

An evening of dancing, cocktails, and an exclusive art viewing awaits so pick out your best costume and join the halloween bash beginning at 9 p.m.

Michael Dunbar, General Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, says that the party has taken on a life of its own. “Guests will have ample opportunity to get lost in the darkness,” she explains. “The main gallery will be transformed into a secret garden with living art experiences, and throughout the party guests will happen upon live music, tarot readings, and candy stations.”

Costumes are encouraged and a judged costume will offer prizes, but if you happen to forget, face painters and masks will be available.

There will be plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the event, according to Dunbar including spooky libations from Metropole, the 21c hotel restaurant.

In addition to the main gallery, the museum team has curated a pop-up exhibition of film from the 21c collection.

An exclusive viewing of artworks from the 21c collection will be shown including, The Masked Ball by Yinka Shonibare and The Flying Lesson by Pano Era Manga.

“The frivolity and excess of old-world European aristocracy take center stage in Shonibare’s first film, The Masked Ball,” explains Dunbar. “Shonibare’s elaborate costume drama features performers clothed in the artist’s signature Dutch-wax ball gowns and frock coats, and wearing ornate Venetian-style masks.”

And to make sure the enchanted night is documented, “locally loved Floyd Johnson from Ohio Against the World will unveil his new photo booth concept during the party,” says Dunbar.

The Secret Garden Halloween Party is a collaborative approach from the 21c Museum Hotel team who is partnering with ArtWorks Cincinnati, a non-profit which employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact within the Queen City, fosters public art with an extensive mural program and supports artists and the community through art therapy and entrepreneurial education, according to Dunbar.

A suggested donation of $10 when entering the event will go directly to ArtWorks Cincinnati.

“This is the first year for the Secret Garden Halloween party, but we hope guests will explore our full roster of cultural programming that is responsive to the Cincinnati community,” says Dunbar.

The event is 21+ and ID will be required. To learn more about the Secret Garden Halloween Party and the 21c Museum Hotel, visit their website.

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When the economy dipped, a local company decided to soar! Learn more about how these public charter flights, going to several US cities without the time-consuming fuss.


Ultimate Air Shuttle offers public charter flights from Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport to multiple US cities.

Cincy Chic: What is Ultimate Air Shuttle?
Rick Pawlak, Managing Director of Ultimate Air Shuttle: Ultimate Air Shuttle is a public charter that provides flights to New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, Charlotte, and Atlanta on a 30-seat jet.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind launching a public charter like Ultimate Air Shuttle?
Pawlak: The leadership team wanted to start a new business segment for the company during the financial crisis. Ultimate Air Shuttle was created because of this crisis. Ultimate Air is built for the business traveler.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Ultimate Air Shuttle?
Pawlak: The leadership team of Ultimate may have implemented the plan to start flying out of Cincinnati, but it is a team effort every day, providing a high level of service to our customers.

Cincy Chic: When did Ultimate Air Shuttle officially launch?
Pawlak: Ultimate Air Shuttle began service out of Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport to New York City via Morristown Airport in New Jersey in July 2009.

Cincy Chic: Where do you offer flights to and from?
Pawlak: Ultimate Air Shuttle offers flights to and from Lunken Airport to: New York City, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, and Atlanta.

Cincy Chic: What makes Ultimate Air Shuttle unique?
Pawlak: There are many things that make Ultimate unique. We offer fast, hassle-free check-in, arrival only 15 minutes before departure, no change or cancellation fees if done 24 hours prior to departure, free parking, and no baggage fees. We even offer free in-flight snacks and drinks!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Ultimate Air Shuttle?
Pawlak: We are currently planning our next city expansion out of Cincinnati and Cleveland. Stay tuned!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more, follow along, and book a flight?
Pawlak: To keep up on current events and daily promotions, go to

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Given someone a second (or fifth) chance, only to be disappointed? Our life coach columnist explains how to know if you’re giving a chance or taking your chances.


I was driving downtown yesterday when a memory popped in my head. I was a young leader, having a conversation with one of my employees. During that time, I was a very involved leader that worked hard to see my people succeed and meet their potential. I focused on their strengths and supported them to achieve their goals.

Maybe I worked a bit too hard.

There was one young woman in particular that stands out in my memory. I really admired her since she had worked her way up from an entry-level job to hold a management position. At the time, top leadership was unhappy with her performance and I was spending more and more time with her to ensure that she progressed in her skills. I recognized her strengths and they far outweighed her weaknesses. Believing in her completely, I constantly defended her with upper leadership and gave her second chances to improve on her performance.

Many second chances.

The problem was that her performance continued to lag and upper leadership continued to pressure me. Over and over, I would have wonderful heart to heart talks with her and she would promise that things would improve. However, things stayed exactly the same.

Finally, I was forced to let her go from her position when the pressure became too great. Something happened that was impossible to defend.

Afterwards, I discovered that I clearly didn’t have the whole story. She had let many more responsibilities go by the wayside than I had initially thought. I had failed to see the situation clearly because I so desired to see her succeed.

I gave her way too many second chances.

The reality is that I wanted her to succeed much more than she actually wanted to succeed. I liked her, believed in her and felt invested in her future. I let my emotions get in the way of me seeing the reality. And after the whole experience passed, I realized that I had failed at being a true leader.

Yes, leaders want their people to succeed and fulfill their potential. However, true leaders understand that there is a line drawn in the sand where you acknowledge that you have given this individual enough chances to succeed and they haven’t delivered. A true leader realizes that the individual isn’t learning anything positive if they are allowed to continue subpar behavior. On top of that, the rest of the team internalizes that you condone subpar workplace performance.

That experience changed the way that I look at Real Leadership. Yes, it was my job as a leader to support and empower my employees to grow and fulfill their potential. However, it was also my responsibility to recognize when I have given an employee what they need to succeed and still do not witness the needed behavior change.

A second chance is just that: a second chance. What’s important to focus on is the numeral 2 – which refers to the fact that someone has made one mistake and is given another chance to make it right. If it’s the 3rd, 4th or 5th time that you are giving someone a second chance, you need to rethink your own behavior.

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Déjá vu gets a fun, murderous touch with Happy Death Day. Read on to see if our movie critic says it’s worthy of a watch.


“Oh man, good thing I called for an Uber so I can escape this parking garage safely … Wait a minute, is THAT my Uber driver?!” Tree (Jessica Rothe) hides as her masked killer attempts to murder her again in a scene from HAPPY DEATH DAY. Credit: © 2017 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.


KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Rachel Matthews, Phi Vu, Rob Mello and Laura Clifton

WRITER(S): Scott Lobdell 

DIRECTOR(S): Christopher Landon

WEB SITE:’S THE STORY: Theresa a.k.a. Tree (Jessica Rothe) is a college student at a typical university in Louisiana. What isn’t typical, however, is that today is a day that most girls her age can’t wait to celebrate, that being her birthday. And while her roommate Lori (Ruby Modine) might be excited about it, her favorite professor (Charles Aitken) might be a bit taken aback and Carter (Israel Broussard) – the co-ed in whose dorm room she unexpectedly awoke this morning – is simply happy to see her, there’s a bigger problem awaiting Tree later that night: Her death.

As it turns out, after being murdered by a figure dressed in all black save for a creepy baby mask of her school’s mascot, Tree awakens the next morning back in Carter’s room, only to experience déjà vu, reliving her entire day over. That includes getting murdered. Again. And again. And again.

Growing tired of being well, murdered, Tree starts to devise a plan: Figure out who is murdering her before they can do it again and maybe then she can escape her Halloween-meets-Groundhog Day existence. 

But given the list of potential suspects, Tree might have to get used to get stabbed, shot, clubbed and maimed for the foreseeable future … Even in the mounting injury list might mean her time is starting to run out.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Fans of horror movies where the main characters are enjoyable people; fans of movies that mix humor into the thriller aspect; anyone who can appreciate a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously but does at the right times; those who will appreciate the film’s concept and the competent execution of it

WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? Fans expecting a more serious/blood-filled experience; those who may figure out who is behind the mask early on; those who may not appreciate the simple nature of the story and its execution

SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? A film that’s more about the character’s story than it is a straight out horror experience, Happy Death Day works because of a lighthearted (if you can have that in a movie where a female character repeatedly gets murdered) tone and a strong, well-rounded performance by its lead and a competent group of co-stars.

Rothe is, for lack of a better word, fun to watch as Tree, a character that is well-developed and goes from being pretty terrible to pretty well, not terrible while Broussard is so naive and likable you can’t help but root for his character. The pair make for a great duo, one a very alpha female while the other plays the role of a good Samaritan with a proverbial platonic best friend twist to a “T.” It’s really a credit to her that she is able to take what could have been a disaster of a character in the wrong hands and make it into a viable, enjoyable character that drives the story. 

Whereas Rothe can be a word that rhymes with “witch” at times before switching her game up, Broussard is perfect as a Scooby-Doo-esque sidekick who just wants to get the girl, or, at the very least, help her from dying (after every time she explains what’s happening to her).

Throw in some nice cheesy-but-not-too-cheesy-to-be-enjoyable sequences with the baby face killer after Rothe’s character, some good ol’ fashioned disturbing music and a few nice, unexpected touches and Happy Death Day is a (well not perfect) mix of humor, horror movie tropes and an interesting story that will entertain you without draining you w/ silliness or gore. Whereas Blumhouse’s other big 2017 hit Get Out was a sharp, satirical that resonated due to its social commentary and exploration of the African-American psyche in modern America, Happy Death Day is more of a simple, gather with your friends/a full theater and take in the experience type of thriller that’s easy to digest but fun at the same time. 



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Learn about an innovative evening that gives you the chance to mix, mingle, shop an exclusive discounted designer boutique, see DAAP talent rock the runway and support an important cause.


St. Vincent de Paul will once again host its RetroFittings fashion show with UC DAAP students.

Every year, St. Vincent de Paul and the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) partner to present RetroFittings, a fashion show that features the fashion designs of DAAP students.

Students shop at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to find the items they’ll transform for the fashion show.

15 years ago, RetroFittings was created to help raise money and awareness for St. Vincent de Paul and the people they serve.  

Attendees can expect hors d’oeuvres and drinks, a raffle and both silent and live auctions, and a curated boutique that features designer names at unbelievably low prices, according to Larry Shields, Director of Community Relations at St. Vincent de Paul- Cincinnati, who is passionate about making this year’s RetroFittings event bigger and better than ever.

The best part is the entire evening of fun supports St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati and our emergency assistance programs which help struggling families with life’s basics like rent and utility assistance, prescription medicine, food, clothing, furniture and even beds,” says Shields. 

RetroFittings will be hosted at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday, October 14 and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

For the fashion show, students from DAAP shop in any of the seven St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores with a budget of $15, turning the items they find into runway fashion. 

The theme for this year’s show will be “Avant-Garde”, which Shields says will open up plenty of possibilities for fashion. “You’re going to see a lot of really crazy things. We’re also partnering with the Cincinnati Art Museum and everyone who attends will get a ticket to see their exhibit called ‘Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion,'” says Shields.

This year’s RetroFittings will be held October 14.

After the students find their pieces that will “RetroFit” into high fashion, models will wear their outfits down the runway with makeup and hair created by partners at the Paul Mitchell The School Cincinnati. 

Shields says the best part about this event is that it isn’t a typical charity gala, it’s a party. 

“Not only do you get to have a fun evening out on the town, you get to watch an entertaining show and have access to shop for the very best items from our thrift stores,” says Shields. “People who come love it and return year after year, it’s my challenge to help spread the word because if you attend, I’m confident you’ll come back.”

There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door on Saturday, October 14 starting at 6:30 located at the Duke Energy Convention Center in the Grand Ballroom on the 3rd floor. Buying onlinenon advance is suggested. 

You can learn more about the event and buy tickets at Cincy Chic readers can use the discount code “CHIC” to save $5 off a ticket. Get a sneak peek into the designer boutique that’ll be featured at the event by watching the video below.

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Bourbon, bowties, and fashion? Bringing all this and more together, at one of the biggest events of the year, read on for more about the "Bourbon & Bowtie Bash" by JDRF Southwest Ohio!


JDRF Southwest Ohio will host its sold out Bourbon & Bowties Bash on November 10.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about this year’s Bourbon & Bowtie Bash!
Melissa Newman, Executive Director at JDRF Southwest Ohio: The Bourbon & Bowtie Bash is Cincinnati’s hottest party, put on by JDRF Southwest Ohio’s Emerging Leaders Council, and it’s a night of pure fun benefiting a great cause, JDRF Southwest Ohio. The event features bourbon and cocktail samplings, tastings from the area’s coolest restaurants, tunes by DJ E-trayn, fashion show and pop-up boutiques, celebrity bartenders and best bar competition, silent and live bowtie auctions, and much more.

Cincy Chic: When and where is the event taking place?
Newman: The event will be Friday, November 10 starting at 6:30 pm. Because of the popularity of the event, we’ve moved it this year to the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Cincy Chic: What’s new at this year’s event?
Newman: This year at the Bourbon & Bowtie Bash, we are excited to have several boutiques available for guests to check out the night of the event. You can purchase accessories from Kendra Scott, our exclusive Fashion Show Accessory partner, where 20% of the proceeds to go JDRF. Or you can buy a scarf or clothing item from another booth during the early hours of the event to also support JDRF. In addition to the fashion show and pop-up boutiques we’ve partnered up with Cincy Chic on, we’re also adding Best Bar and Best Restaurant contests to allow our guests to vote on their favorites. We are also adding a new VIP area, with an elevated bar and lounge.

Cincy Chic: Are tickets sold out?
Newman: They are! However, sponsorships are still available for the event and can be purchased online at Sponsorships are $750 and include VIP perks!

Cincy Chic: What are you most excited about when it comes to this year’s Bourbon & Bowties Bash?
Newman:  I’m looking forward to the fashion show! This event always seems to attract Cincinnati’s best dressed, so it’s fun this year to more formally add the fashion aspect to the event. We have an exciting new partnership with Blaine’s Men’s Formalwear, which is generously dressing our Bowtie Barons and emcee Bob Herzog, and we can’t wait to see what stylish looks they provide.

Cincy Chic: Where can those who are interested in a sponsorship go to learn more?
Newman: Visit for complete event details. This is the one event of the year that you won’t want to miss!

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Emma Stone serves up a fitting tribute to Billie Jean King, but read on to see if our movie critic says it's worth your time in the theater.


“You know, I never thought about this before but … How did your character seriously hook up with Jonah Hill in Superbad?!” Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) talks things over with Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) in a scene from BATTLE OF THE SEXES. Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.



KEY CAST MEMBERS: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Austin Stowell, Elisabeth Shue, Jessica McNamee and Fred Armisen 

WRITER(S): Simon Beaufoy

DIRECTOR(S): Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Feris

WEB SITE:’S THE STORY: It was one of the most famous events in sports of the 1970s and eventually would become one of the most famous sporting events in history. But while the world saw a battle between a budding tennis star and a self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig, there was far more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. For while Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) was battling what she saw as an unfair payscale for she and her fellow female players, she also was dealing with coming to terms with a budding “forbidden” love with hair dresser Marilyn Bennett (Andrea Riseborough) … Despite being married to her husband Larry (Austin Stowell).

Meanwhile, while living off the glory of his days as a former champion tennis player, 55 year-old Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) is trying to be a good husband to his wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Unfortunately, his old gambling demons are quite alive and well as is his desire to regain the spotlight. This, of course, leads him to dream up an idea that will be as much spectacle as it is sport: a “battle of the sexes” between the top women’s player in the world and himself. 

What results, however, will be a battle that expands way beyond a simple tennis match. 

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Emma Stone fans; Sarah Silverman fans; tennis historians; the LGBTQ community.
WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? Trump supporters; anti-LGBTQ supporters and the religious right; people who wish the film would dive deeper into the aftermath of King’s life following the event and the struggles she faced.

SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? Some biopics go through painstaking detail to explore every aspect of its subjects’ lives; some present the most-glossed over, slapdash/mediocre puff pieces that fail to capture what made their subject matter.

Battle of the Sexes is neither of those things; instead, it is a film that simply attempts to showcase some aspects of its two lead characters in great stylish detail while at the same time, humanizing them while being very selective in displaying judgment of their actions. It’s really an ingenious trick on the part of co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Feris; there are no over-the-top dramatics, there are no true villains as much as there are people representing the ideals of the time from a very understandable (given the times) mindset. Then again, Margaret Court hasn’t exactly softened her stance on King’s life in her advance years, Bennett and King had a very public struggle that’s left out of the film and Stowell’s level-headed, let-me-do-what’s-best-for-the-woman-I-love-despite-our-own-turmoil may not exactly have been as it plays out on screen. 

Yes, the movie does take a few liberties with the actual facts, it does stick a mostly factual approach driven by a very up-to-the-task Stone. Stone captures King’s legendary competitiveness, shyness and desire to simply make things better for other women and Carell – who’s character almost becomes a tragic figure in a very Hollywood way before getting a very Hollywood moment at the end of the film – bring a great bit of levity to the whole scene as Riggs while Silverman is great as King’s tennis tour promoter/manager Gladys. (Think of a character fresh from The Carol Burnett Show or Rhoda living it up in sassy, glorious fashion while chain-smoking herself to death and you’ve got her character down pat.) Riseborough comes off as little more than a spacey, new-age chick that is everything King isn’t, but it plays well enough that it doesn’t feel as gimmicky/out-of-place as it might sound on paper. Throw in a “perfect for the current times even though the setting is the early 1970s” quote by a perfectly used Alan Cumming and the film hits enough beats to balance things out. 

Perhaps one day, the balance King fought for won’t need a movie to remind the world of how far it’s come. 



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Loving talking food and drinks? Then you won’t want to miss this locally-based podcast led by a husband-and-wife team on a mission to tickle your tastebuds.


Ginny and Charlie Tonic, hosts of the podcast the Charlie Tonic Hour.

Ginny Tonic and her husband Charlie are passionate about exploring the world of food and alcohol. In an industry that can be both unexpected and delightful, the two use their podcast, Charlie Tonic Hour, in an effort to bring people close to the people, places, history, culture, and science that create the food and drinks everyone knows and loves.

“Charlie Tonic Hour is dedicated to the wonderful world of events, eating, and especially drinking, in and around Cincinnati,” says Ginny Tonic, co-host of the podcast. “Every week we make recommendations for things to do, review a drink for you to order over the weekend, and explore some aspect of drinking culture in Cincinnati.”

When it comes to her role in the podcast, Tonic says that she’s the co-host and is in charge of reviewing and making the drinks. As for her husband, Charlie, she laughs and says that he likes to describe himself as her alcohol crash-test dummy.

Since the drinking culture in Cincinnati is so prevalent, with tons of breweries, distilleries, and more in the Greater Cincinnati region, Tonic and her husband wanted to create an informational podcast for food and alcohol lovers in the city.

But being informational isn’t the only thing the Charlie Tonic Hour has to offer. “Our personalities really come through on our show,” says Tonic. “We want listening to the show to be like hanging out with friends.”

The Charlie Tonic Hour has chatted with its fair share of those who have a mutual love for food and alcohol. “I love getting to talk to other people who are as excited as I am about cocktails and creativity,” says Tonic. “We’ve interviewed everyone from the best-selling spirits writer David Wondrich to local legend Molly Wellmann.”

Tonic says that the Charlie Tonic Hour recently started releasing their drinks segment as a stand-alone podcast called Bottom’s Up with Ginny and Charlie.

Tonic is also setting out on a solo adventure, too. “On November 1 I am launching a new inspirational podcast called Remeasured Life,” she adds. “This podcast is not alcohol-related. Instead, each episode I will interview someone who has had to make drastic changes to their life and have come out better for it.”

To learn more about Charlie Tonic Hour, or to follow along with their podcast, visit


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A local fashionista is using her blog to showcase her style, content creation, and improvements made over time. Keep reading for more!


Regina Menninger is a local style blogger and the founder of

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about you and your website,!
Regina Menninger, Founder of My site is and I primarily focus on fashion and how to form your own personal style. I style and model my looks, and pair each shoot with a written post. Forming your own distinct style is a journey, so with each post I discuss my inspiration behind my look and offer various ways to style each piece. Everyone is different and unique in their own way. Some girls might not like color or showing skin or may not feel comfortable in certain pieces so I make an effort to offer different options in each post so that if one girl likes one piece but wouldn’t feel comfortable in the rest of an outfit that she has other ways to style it.

Cincy Chic: What inspired your blog?
Menninger: The inspiration behind my blog comes from various sources. One look through my Instagram feed and it’s very obvious how much I am inspired by the 60s and 70s. I  love taking vintage musings and ideas and pairing them with modern pieces. My inspiration draws from the music I listen to, contemporary art, photographers, and fashion designers. Some of my favorite designers are Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney. Photographers I draw inspiration from are Petra Collins and Ruvan Wijesooriya.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch your blog?
Menninger: I launched my blog in 2013. I love to go through my posts from the beginning and see how much has changed and how much I’ve evolved as a young woman both personally and professionally. Visually seeing your own improvement is a very cool feeling, and it keeps me motivated to continue working hard and growing as a blogger and a young business woman.

Cincy Chic: What types of topics do you like to cover on your blog?
Menninger: I mainly focus on fashion with my blog. I have added a music page to my site where I curate playlists and write posts on indie music and new bands I have been listening to that I would like to share with my readers. I think I will primarily stick to those two subjects with some lifestyle and thought musings here and there. I love fashion and writing, so being able to creatively express myself pairing the two together has been such an awesome and therapeutic experience for me.

Cincy Chic: What are some of your favorite posts thus far?
Menninger: Some of my favorite posts thus far are titled “Signature Denim” and “Vibin’ on the 70s.” I was so impressed by the photography in both of these shoots, and I felt that my personal style was captured so well. I love being a young creative because of the opportunities I have been given. I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with very talented photographers, models, and other bloggers. Being a part of a creative community that is uplifting and encouraging is so awesome.

Cincy Chic: What makes your blog unique?
Menninger: My blog is unique in that I feel it is very authentic. Living in such a digital age, we have access to so much information that can be so easily manipulated right at our fingertips. Being a young woman especially it can be difficult to go through Instagram and immediately feel insecure looking at so many beautiful and thin women that seem to have it all together. While I definitely like to look my best in the content that I am posting, I strive to remain true to my voice and be relatable to all of my readers. If I am going through a personal matter that I feel comfortable sharing with them, I will. I have my days where I feel insecure and getting in front of the camera on those days can be difficult. I am another young 20 something woman just trying to figure it all out. My blog is unique because I am always remaining true to myself and embracing what makes me different.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for you or your blog?
Menninger: There are some new things on the horizon for my blog. Aside from blogging and modeling there are other creative mediums that I work in as well. I am a photographer, writer, content creator, and new media artist. I am currently working on an entirely new addition to my brand and creating another site to showcase content in all mediums that I produce work in. I am very excited for this launch in hopes of growing my brand and to collaborate with other creatives.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or follow along with you and your blog?
Menninger: Readers can visit my blog, or find me on Instagram. I love hearing from readers and strongly encourage them to reach out through my site or my email. Whether it’s a comment, question, collaboration inquiry, or just wanting to drop in and say hi, I love to hear from my readers.

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Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the visionary fashion designing sisters behind the Rodarte label, release their first film, “Woodshock.” See what our movie critic has to say about it.

“Man, this new bed seems to be missing something …” Theresa (Kirsten Dunst) wanders in and out of rest in a scene from Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s debut film, the hazy drama WOODSHOCK. Credit: Courtesy of A24 Pictures. All rights reserved. 


KEY CAST MEMBERS: Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk, Steph DuVall and Jack Kilmer

WRITER(S): Kate and Laura Mulleavy

DIRECTOR(S): Kate and Laura Mulleavy

WEB SITE:’S THE STORY: Theresa (Kirsten Dunst) has just experienced a very grave and permanent loss … Which makes her job at a medical marijuana dispensary one where she starts to empathize with her clients’ struggles intimately. But while her boyfriend Nick (Joe Cole), dispensary boss Keith (Pilou Asbæk) and faithful customer Ed (Steph Duvall) all try to help her snap out of her fractured state, Theresa is seemingly drifting further and further into her own marijuana-induced abyss of darkness.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS FILM THE MOST? Potheads; stoners; people who love “artsy” movies; diehard fans of the Rodarte couture line; only the most diehard of Kirsten Dunst fans

WHO WON’T (OR SHOULDN’T) LIKE THIS MOVIE? Anyone with attention deficit disorder; medical marijuana advocates; anyone who hates all things hipsters; people who hate wacky/depressing pictures; all other Kirsten Dunst fans; Pilou Asbæk fans; most minorities who will have zero to relate to in this film; people who will wish they hadn’t wasted an hour and 33 minutes before the credits hit

SO, IS IT GOOD, BAD OR ABSOLUTELY AWFUL? In the world of comedy, Christina Pazsitzky and Tom Segura (who yours truly may or may not have worked with in the past) are two hottest artists on the scene today. Accomplished stand-up comics in their own right, their podcast Your Mom’s House is filled with scatalogical send-ups of a variety of topics, including what they have dubbed as “white people bummer movies.” They may or may not have originated the term, but if one thing is for certain, it’s that every year, Hollywood will roll out several titles billed as “exhilarating,” “transcendent,” “luminous” or with some other combination of buzz words that are exactly clear to cover up the hard reality that they, in effect, are just overproduced/overdone/underwhelming wastes of time.

Woodshock, the debut “film” by fashion magnates Kate and Laura Mulleavy, fits the description to an absolute “T;” and unfortunately for the Mulleavy, I don’t mean one of their triple digit Rodarte line of t-shirts

I’m not certain how long it would take me to fully eviscerate articulate the litany of problems that are Woodshock, but I know after stopping and starting the film three, yes THREE, times to make sure I wasn’t missing something, I know I didn’t miss any of them. One could start with performance of lead Dunst, who isn’t given much to do other than stare into mirrors, hug trees (literally) and smoke various forms of movie-approved spliffs and blunts. Dunst’s character is so bland that when she walks around in her bra and panties doing nothing for extended sequences for so long it gets to the point that both male and female admirers wouldn’t care and would happily have her put her clothes back on if it meant she was going to do anything to wake them from the film’s lazily-paced stupor. Whereas in A24’s other largely silent release of 2017 A Ghost Story Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck are able to draw out great emotion with saying hardly anything, Woodshock lulls you to near sleep to the point it becomes cinematic AmBien for an insomniac. 

Asbæk and Cole likewise add little if nothing to the story, which plays itself out in boozy bars, dusty backyards and houses against what is supposed to be the freedom and awe of the California Redwoods. The cast notwithstanding, the film uses a cavalcade of worn-out visuals that, while looking pretty, do nothing other to help a likely-tired viewer that “this is Theresa being strung out” with music that haplessly falls into sad trombone cinema. What is supposed to be chic, fashionable and vibrant in assisting telling Theresa story – whatever it may be – instead comes off as worn out, faded and sleepy, which ironically may be perfect for the character but ineffective in making an audience care about it.

And therein lies the greatest obstacle in Woodshock achieving its goal – no one other than possibly the cast and the Mulleavy’s likely knows what they were trying to achieve with the film. While one can obviously leave many parts of the film up to interpretation, Woodshock gives you no clear reason to care about Theresa, no clear reason to feel the story is worth telling and definitely no reason to make it feel like you have enjoyed it. Instead, you are left with a sparsely told, hazy visioned story of a woman suffering grief that puts its audiences through the same level of grief for no good reason.

And trust me, there is no good reason to see Woodshock unless you can’t afford the drugs that would put you to sleep as quickly as this movie likely will.