The only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

by -


The Cincy Chic Woman of the Year Award actively supports and celebrates the Cincy Chic mission of supporting, informing and inspiring women in Greater Cincinnati. The Cincy Chic Woman of the Year Award honors individuals who strive for the highest level of professional accomplishment, devote time and energy to promoting, supporting and uplifting the community, and inspire other women to follow.


Cincy Chic Woman of the Year Award Recipients must meet each of the following three criteria:
• Demonstrate excellence, initiative and accomplishments in their business or profession
• Demonstrate their dedication to promoting, supporting and uplifting the community
• Demonstrate their dedication to inspiring other women

• Nominations for the Cincy Chic Woman of the Year Award must be submitted using this nomination form, available only here.
• The information submitted should support the award criteria
• Deadline for responses will be 5pm EST on Dec. 27.

A Selection Committee consisting of a diverse group of leaders from the community will review all nomination forms and select the Cincy Chic Woman of the Year Award Recipients. The Cincy Chic Woman of the Year Award will be announced on December 31 on

by -



Eduardo Verastegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez, Ali Landry, Jaime Tirelli


Simply put, “Bella” is a love story. It begins with the main character at the beach. He is watching a little girl and remembering another little girl from his past. Flashbacks and scenes alternating between the present, the future and the past are used to tell this tale of redemption and hope.

Eduardo Verastegui plays the brooding Jose. Jose, who had everything going for him, was almost on the brink of success but lost it all in a moment when tragedy struck. His high profile life changed forever. The passion and the remorse expressed by Verastegui as Jose serve as the basis for teaching us about the fragility of life.

On one ordinary day in New York City, Jose unexpectedly befriends a fellow coworker who gets fired by his brother – the owner of a New York restaurant where both are employed. The coworker is Nina, played by Tammy Blanchard.

The film explores this one ordinary day; the day that Nina discovers she is pregnant. The movie explores what the day unfolds: how she lost her job, how she was befriended by Jose and his family and how her formidable doubt in becoming a single parent is weighed against the choice of terminating the pregnancy.

Both Nina and Jose have reservations about how to live their lives. One mourns the loss of independence and the need to become responsible for another human being. The other mourns the past and a life lost by his own making. How these two people unburden their fears and offer strength in believing in the choice of life is at the core of this love story.

This is the study of the human heart and its resilience to love again and more importantly to forgive oneself for the choices that indelibly mark our lives. What is unusual about this love story is that the two main characters are not in love with each other. That fact makes for a refreshing hook that keeps us curious as to what will happen to these two people.

In this study of two people sharing profound life changes, the script and story are both touching and heart rendering. Unfortunately the technique of flashbacks and images of future possibilities makes for a disjointed, confusing film. Discerning what time frame it is in makes appreciating it all the more difficult.

This is a bittersweet story. If you are patient and can follow the convoluted story timeline then you will be rewarded with a film that goes beyond conventional love stories. It is no wonder it won the 2007 Grand prize for Dramatic Feature at the Heartland Film Festival.

Rating: Four Chic Stars

Jan’s Movie Rating System:
5 – Top notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasé, an enigma.

by -



I have already written an Aurascope about travel tips for your Aura Personality colors, so you can refer back to that for travel information to help you enjoy successful travel.


However, at this time of year, we sometimes are looking for special Holiday getaways for romance, family enjoyment or relief from daily stress. Here are some helpful choices to match your Aura personality.

If you have not had an aura reading, first click here to take the free, two question Aura Test to determine your color. If you are a solid color, just read the content under your color heading. If you are a combination color, read the content related to your primary color (for example, if you are a Yellow Magenta, you would read the Yellow Aurascope).

RED – You are full of strength and vitality, very physical and social. Choose a getaway spot that will offer you a lot of noise, color, physical movement and evening social activity. You like hands on experiences and lots of movement that will raise your pulse rate. You will come home rejuvenated.

ORANGE – You should look for a Holiday getaway that will ensure a lot of continuous physical activity – with or without a partner – you will want to challenge your multiple skills to their very limits. Go for a climate change for a quick Holiday getaway where you can experience a new physical and emotional challenge.

MAGENTA – Close your eyes and place your finger on a map or globe – you will take off by yourself or with a friend just like you who wants to enjoy whimsy and party atmospheres. Take a suitcase large enough to fill it with new purchases and mementos from your fun filled getaway.

YELLOW – You should plan a Holiday getaway to a warm climate with family and/or friends for good conversation, shopping and evening eating and dancing. Your high energy level will keep you going from early morning to the wee hours of the night – so only choose people around you who can keep up with you.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL TAN – Choose a Holiday getaway that will offer you many of the same comforts that you enjoy in your own home; you will want to be near a park, museum, aquarium and bookstore that will inspire you with educational material as well as entertain you emotionally and physically.

LOVING/NURTURING TAN – You should choose a quick Holiday getaway that will renew your spirit because of all the time you give to your community. Lavish yourself and your family on a fun experience that will give you time for play and rest – no thinking or planning.

Cost will not be an issue for you when choosing a Holiday getaway, so be extravagant and indulge in the very best; you will be happiest choosing a destination where you will experience the best shopping, great workout facilities, and ending the day with the finest dining.

Your idea of a great Holiday getaway will most definitely include cuddling with a friend, lover or family member in a quiet environment where you can sit in front of a fireplace, sharing good memories and a fine wine and food. You will want little activity and a lot of rest before returning to your busy, nurturing world.

Let your fantasies take flight when choosing your Holiday getaway and embrace total self indulgence for a few days. Activities should include pampering with facials and massages, fragrant baths, manicures, pedicures and your days ending with lovely music, art and love.

INDIGO – Your Holiday getaway should include periods of both strenuous activity and blissful rest. You want to be released from structure and follow your intuitive nature to enjoy anything and everything that strikes your fancy at the moment. A large city with great diversity will please all of your senses.

Remove yourself from all of your corporate or community obligations and choose a Holiday getaway destination where you can rest your mind, body and soul. Your success has enabled you to afford the very best – and a far away place. Try an Island or remote location for pampering and renewal.

CRYSTAL – You should choose a Holiday getaway that will recharge your healing, spiritual nature. Join an educational or religious mission to help others, either here or abroad, where you will both inspire and be renewed. You will come home feeling whole and like a new person. for your Aura Personality colors, so you can refer back to that for travel information to help you enjoy successful travel.

by -



Cincy Chic: What makes your company different than other local planning companies?
Stephaney Theobald: I bring a unique mix of skills to the planning world. I am an Engineer by education and an Information Technology project manager by training. I'm now the owner and event coordinator of Impeccable Planning, which I launched in June 2007. So, in addition to the ordinary skills of creativity and planning, I have honed my abilities to solve problems quickly and effectively, focus on every detail with the edge of IT and efficiently manage things like budget and timelines.

My company is based on customer service and the flexibility to customize my services to meet whatever needs each unique client may have. I also offer a unique RSVP service that allows brides and event hosts to save time and money. The best part is that it significantly improves their headcount accuracy while saving them from the embarrassing task of calling guests who have not responded!

Cincy Chic: Why do you feel so passionate about what you do?
I love helping people. There’s nothing better than seeing someone truly enjoying their day and knowing that I helped to reduce or eliminate the stress that normally comes with hosting parties.

Cincy Chic: What's your favorite type of event to plan?
Weddings are my favorite because each one is so unique and the clients are always very excited. Theme parties are also really fun because they allow me to really get creative.

Cincy Chic: What's the best-planned event you've ever been to and why?
Unfortunately it’s easier for me to talk about the poorly planned events, because in order to make my events successful, I must learn from my past mistakes as well as the mistakes of others. However one event that stands out is the annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. This is such a huge coordination of people and it always seems to come off without a hitch. Besides the obvious details of registering runners and setting up food vendors for after the race, there are so many other details that are required to make this event a success. I’m sure the organizing of this event has evolved over the years, but I think it’s a great example of successful event planning.


Cincy Chic: How do you feel about being a young female business owner and do you have any advice to share?
It’s thrilling to be a business owner because ultimately the future and success of my company are in my hands. The advice I would share with anyone looking to start up a business is to have a good solid business plan, advertising plan and Web site. Then, just go for it!

Cincy Chic: What's your favorite thing about Cincinnati?
The fact that my family is here. Beyond that, I can never pick just one. However, I do love Cincinnati sports and the increasing culture and diversity that’s coming to the area.

Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Fischer Homes Granite Spring Model Home
Model: Stephaney Theobald of Impeccable Planning

by -



Rick Baum, a Cincinnati-based psychologist and a freelance writer for Cincy Chic has the following tips for not only surviving the holidays this year, but playing well with the others in his gene pool for years to come.

  1. Talk to your partner about your expectations.
  2. See what his expectations are.
  3. When your expectations match, make sure you both can stick with them.
  4. If you have differences, be willing to give in (if both of you are willing to give in somewhat).
  5. Don’t “pit” your family commitment versus his.
  6. Incorporate your partner’s traditions when possible.
  7. Identify what you like about your in-laws.
  8. If you feel like there is a competition between families, remember you don’t have to see yourself as a prize.
  9. Start your own tradition, but give your family ample notice.
  10. Try to get everyone together. Modern extended families are smaller and live across the country. Inviting both families may allow for a larger and more satisfying holiday.
  11. Finally, remember that the Waltons were a Hollywood family. Life isn’t perfect.


Baum says this time of year he sees "more mild depression, especially from people that wish their family was more like what they think a family should be," he adds, "Everyone wants a Walton Christmas, but they're not going to get that."

For a more permanent solution, Baum suggests getting to the root of your tension with your partner's parents and resolve the issues before next year.

If that doesn't work, just take separate cars. And yes, Baum actually suggests that.

Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Fischer Homes Granite Spring Model Home
Model: JoAnna Straughn-Moxley, LMT, Symmetry Nutritional Consultant

by -


Cincy Chic is an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati. Our goal is to provide fun yet useful information on an interactive yet user-friendly Web site. Therefore, we are currently conducting our first annual reader survey to give our readers an opportunity to tell us how we're doing, what their future content wants and needs are and something about themselves. What we learn will help our editorial staff better serve the needs of our Cincy Chic readers.

Please take this opportunity to help shape this online publication in the 2007 Cincy Chic Reader Survey. Completing the survey takes only about 10 minutes. You can let us know what kinds of content interest to you, what topics you'd like us to cover and make suggestions to improve Cincy Chic.

And not only will you be helping to improve Cincy Chic, one lucky survey responder will be randomly selected to win a $100 Avalon Salon & Spa gift certificate!

The survey will conclude on Sunday December 16, 2007
, and results will be used solely for internal purposes.


Thank you in advance for making Cincy Chic even better and more useful in 2008!

The Cincy Chic Staff


PS: In case you didn't click on any of the links to the survey above, click here:

by -


'Tis the season! To continue spreading holiday cheer, may I suggest embarking on festive outings around Cincinnati?

The PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo is a wondrous experience for any one, any age, any time this season. The lights, the atmosphere, the excitement and wonder of all who attend are a sight to see. Train rides encircling this enchanted home of Santa and the animals is something not to be missed. Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Add a cup of steaming hot chocolate and you are ready to go.

A most exquisite display of natural beauty is housed at our very own Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park. Hundreds and hundreds of vibrant poinsettias uniquely positioned to showcase a magnificent display of Christmas cheer awaits. Krohn Conservatory is located at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Walnut Hills.

A little-known holiday theatre experience that is at once intimate and cozy is Showboat Majestic’s Frostbite Follies! If you haven’t had this theatre experience of live entertainment on the river, then Showboat Majestic may well be what you are looking for. Weekend performances beginning November 30th include singing, dancing, hoofing and prancing by an energetic group of local talent can make any Scrooge a believer in the joy of the holiday season. Call (513) 241-6550 for more information.

Change gears yet still enjoy the season — treat yourself to any bookstore selection of Christmas picture books. An array of classics and new stories herald the virtues of what this season can mean abound. Some of my favorites:

Even if you don’t have the time for reading — just visiting one of our local bookstores such as Walden’s, Joseph Beths, Barnes and Noble or the St. Francis Bookshop all offer an atmosphere of busyness and holiday cheer. The displays are festive and colorful. And, for the most part, the employees are too.

Speaking of books – great holiday table toppers are any books created by the talented Robert Sabuda. Sabuda thrills readers with a pop-up celebration of The 12 Days of Christmas. Such artistry and detail is a visual delight to enjoy. Three-dimensional pop-ups depicting each of the 12 days of Christmas are stunning. Sabuda has other holiday pop-up books that are well worth the investment as a yearly Christmas keepsake.

Don’t know what to get someone? Not sure of the correct size or color? Give a book. The singer Amy Grant has a biography Amy Grant: The Life of a Pop Star. It is the story of her life and all the incidents that influenced her songwriting. Purchase any one of her holiday CDs to accompany the book and you have one present ready to go.

Two other books worth mentioning are ones that can inspire. On the New York bestseller list is a book called Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton. The former president presents true stories of famous and not-so-famous people making a difference in our world by giving of themselves in a multitude of projects benefiting others.

And for my final book suggestion: Now We Are One: Faces of International Adoption. Cincinnatians should be proud to read this book. Through touching photographs by the nationally acclaimed, local photographer Michael Wilson and accompanying essays written by Cincinnati’s David Wecker, we see the lives of local Cincinnati families who have chosen to adopt children internationally. Each page is rich in text, in heart and in joy. This book shares the stories and the many faces of happy families through the gift of adoption.

I wish you all, Cincy Chic readers, a very blessed holiday season.

‘Tis the Season… of giving…of living…of receiving…of caring. Enjoy!

by -



There is no mistake about how we choose our pets – our color energies blend with those of our pets to maximize both our objectives and our hearts. We can create better understanding, harmony and love with our pets when we look for and choose a pet that fits our needs and characteristics of our own Aura colors.


Click here to get your pet's aura read. Or click here to learn more about aura colors and determine your furry friend's color for yourself.

RED – Your pet should share your physical vitality and strength; your pet will love to be outside rolling, hunting, chasing and chewing. Your pet will be vocal with purrs, growls, barks and howls and will be a workhorse for you in order to please you. You will have a loyal companion for many years.

ORANGE – You should choose a pet that will enjoy a lot of space and enjoy the outdoors. You will love to include your pet in outdoor activities including hunting, climbing, hiking and running. Your pet will not like to be “caged”, so make sure you give your pet room to roam, engage in creative activities and be independent.

MAGENTA – Your pet will want to have a lot of activity surrounding their life; they will like lots of brightly colored large toys that they can toss and throw and chew. Your pet will love to run and jump beside you and will love to spend endless hours basking in the sunlight and surrounded by a lot of greenery.

YELLOW – You will be the happiest having pets around you that are extremely animated – they will actually mimic your voice and actions. Your pet should be bright and energetic and ready to learn a new trick or command; but, don’t be surprised when your pet will forget that trick or command – they will have a short attention span.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL TAN – Make sure your choice of pets have great use of all of their senses – they will want to sniff, sit up and listen, engage in talk with you, and yes, even walk and sleep very close to you so that they do not miss an opportunity to work, play or rest for you. They will be dedicated companions.

LOVING/NURTURING TAN – Your pets will want to love and be loved as much as you. They will want to “hang” with family and friends at your feet or by your side, and look at you often with loving eyes. Your pets will love extra treats for being so obedient.

GREEN – Just like you, your pet will be very bright and alert and will demonstrate a lot of love and attention towards you. Your pet will love to spend hours preening, licking or sniffing at its body or at a favorite chew toy. Your pet will shower you with unconditional love; but be careful, this can border on jealousy of others coming near you.

You should choose a pet with great sensitivity to you and others – your pet will love to snuggle close with favorite toys and/or some clothing or yours. Your pet will need bedding with your scent near to you. Your pet will be attentive to your every mood, feeling and words and will look for your vocal approval.

LAVENDER – You will need to choose a pet that can move about and be as flexible as you are in your life. Most pets do not adapt well to change, but you will have to find a pet that can travel well, sleep anywhere and not be attached to toys or bedding. It will be best for you to choose a smaller size pet that can almost fit in a large handbag for daily trips.

INDIGO – Your pet should be very intuitive to your needs, and will sense when you are ready to go somewhere or when it is time for eating or sleeping. Indigo pets may need to be on special food or diets due to allergies; they love to be pampered and respond with great attention and loyalty.

You should choose a pet that will learn and remember tasks with ease, and enjoys performing for you and others. Your pet will even enjoy engaging in “healing” activities such as being a “seeing eye” pet or in a nursing or community center environment. Your pet instinctively knows your desires.

CRYSTAL – You will choose a pet that can become highly skilled at tricks and commands; your bet will be extremely obedient and quick. Your pet will want to be rewarded for performances and will willingly repeat tricks until vocally or physically commended. A Crystal pet will be instinctive, protective and loyal.

by -



Cincy Chic: Tell us about some of your previous jobs…
Marianne Buttner:
Much of my prior work experience has helped prepare me for being an entrepreneur and bringing my products to market. I grew up in Roselle Park, NJ, a small town about 20 miles from New York City. New York's infectious “can do attitude” got in my blood and I'm forever grateful.

Most of my professional life has been spent as a public relations and marketing professional. My first job was for a book editor at McGraw-Hill. I’ve since worked for advertising and public relations agencies in New York, Boston, Syracuse and Dallas. I taught at Syracuse University as an adjunct professor; I had graduated from SU’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. I also worked as a freelance writer/reporter for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including McGraw-Hill’s Business Week.


When I was 22, I worked on Wall Street for a financial PR firm. Two decades later I worked as a stockbroker for Dean Witter and then Bank of America. I was in Dean Witter’s training class in the World Trade Center. There were 120 people in the class; only 15 were women.

Cincy Chic: How old is Gizmo and how long have you had him?
Gizmo is 12 and I’ve had him since he was a puppy. He is a black and chocolate toy poodle with the heart of a lion and a persona to match. He is our C.E.O., the "Canine Executive Officer," and is definitely the star of the company. If you have any doubts about that…just ask him!

Cincy Chic: How did you get the idea to do Creative Coverlets?
I was looking for a new pet carrier when I lived in Delray Beach, Fla. Florida is especially dog friendly. I saw a lot of the same carriers, regardless of price, over and over again, both on the streets and in the stores. I wanted our carrier to reflect our own personal style without being limited to just one look. I could not find what I was looking for, not even on the Web. With Gizmo as the inspiration and my design skills, I turned our need into action. I invented an interchangeable accessory product for pet carriers that change the look of a carrier in a matter of seconds.

120207SPOTLIGHT2.jpgCreative Coverlets™ (patent pending) are custom, interchangeable design attachments that transform pet carriers and coordinated handbags into “where did you get that” traffic stoppers!

With multiples Coverlets, you can match your mood or coordinate the look of your carrier with your outfit. On a whim, your carrier could change from fun and funky to classic or highly sophisticated. The design possibilities are limitless. They can include beautiful and unusual fabrics, faux leather, faux fur, trim, lace, beads, jewels, paints, ribbons, silk flowers, etc.

Creative Coverlets™ allow for a variety of attach and release systems including hook and pile like Velcro™, snaps, buttons, etc. The size, shape and positioning of the Creative Coverlets™ can be adapted to fit most ready-made carriers in the marketplace.

Cincy Chic: What do you see in the future for your company?
As part of phase one my company is offering the Creative Coverlets™ products for both pet carriers and coordinated handbags on a custom, personal appointment basis. This will allow for direct feedback from customers to help me evaluate the desires of the Cincinnati market. Customers can make selections from our line of fabrics and carriers, or bring in their own.

I’m also in the process of adding an e-commerce store to our Web site so that customers from anywhere can order select Creative Coverlets™ styles, carriers, women’s accessories and, of course, the “Petrosexual™ and Proud! doggie tank shirt.

The 2008 winter line for Creative Coverlets™ includes extraordinary fur fabrics from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs , maker of the world’s finest faux fur. Our latest carrier collection comes from PuchiBag, the L.A. manufacturer of pet carriers coveted by Hollywood celebrities. Gizmo and I just love them, and we hope our customers do too.

120207SPOTLIGHT3.jpg Phase 2 of our plan is to address the primary goal of the company, which is to license the rights of the Creative Coverlets™ product to manufacturers of pet carriers and/or handbags in exchange for royalties.

Creative Coverlets™ is the first of several pet products the company plans to bring to market.


Cincy Chic: How did you get the idea for the Petrosexual™ line?
Gizmo is the quintessential Petrosexual™, and I thought it is the perfect word to describe the doggie apparel line. A Petrosexual™ is a pet who has refined taste and exceptional style, and one who enjoys the good life. He (or she) appreciates epicurean delights, fashionable clothes, beautiful accessories and the best of everything!

We are introducing the line with the “Petrosexual™ and Proud!” doggie tank shirt. It makes people laugh out loud, and that’s the best part!

Cincy Chic: If Gizmo could talk, what do you think he’d say about all the things you dress him up in and put him in?
Buttner: Well, Gizmo kind of does talk, or he certainly let’s me know how he feels. He loves his carriers, car seat, stroller and backpack. He associates them all with going out and about. When I pull one of these out, he barks and spins around; he’s ready to go. He also enjoys wearing clothes because they attract attention to him. We should all have this little guy’s self-image. But if the clothes aren’t comfortable or if the leash restraint in a carrier is too short and makes him gag, he’ll let me know that, too. Actually, in addition to being our Canine Executive Officer, he is our quality control expert. If I don’t get “a paws up” from him, it is a no go.


Click here to view an exclusive Webcast with Buttner as she gives a demonstration of her handbags and Creative Coverlets™.



Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: Fischer Homes Granite Spring Model Home
Models: Marianne Buttner and Gizmo

by -



Mt. Adams will go to the dogs Dec. 8 for the 17th annual Reindog Parade.

The Reindog Parade is an unusual event because there are no floats or girl scouts handing out candy — oh no. This march through Mt. Adams is made-up entirely of decked-out dogs.

“This event is a lot of fun,” says Sandy Zimmerman, co-chair of event planning for the Mt. Adams Business Guild. “You won’t find another place with this many dogs dressed up in holiday garb.”

The parade, which is expected to feature more than 600 dogs this year, begins at 2 p.m. with registration from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m at 1055 Monastery St.

Although it is free to register your canine companion, donations for the SPCA Cincinnati are accepted throughout the event.

“We want to try to help out the SPCA because they do so much for the animal community,” Zimmerman says.

She added that although the business guild is thrilled to help the SPCA raise money, they’ve only been able to collect donations since they’ve picked up sponsors for the event — this year the sponsor is Pet Suites.

The SPCA uses money raised to help pay for everyday operating costs such as food, veterinary care and maintaining shelter, according to its Web site.

Zimmerman says legend has it that the Reindog Parade began on a freezing-cold winter day. A few dog-loving neighbors decided that, although it was chilly and snowing, they wanted to take their dogs for a walk. So, about seven neighbors hooked up their leashes and marched through the Mt. Adams town square.

“Some of the businesses took notice of their diligence and decided they wanted to sponsor an event like that,” Zimmerman says.

Since then, the parade has become a Cincinnati tradition that draws more than 600 dogs and 2,000 spectators each year.

After the parade, there are costume awards given in the categories of puppies, owner/dog look-alikes, group and best of show. The best costumes Zimmerman says she’s seen (not just holiday-themed) included an owner dressed up as a Christmas tree with the dogs underneath dressed like presents, a Santa dog with a human reindeer pulling the sleigh and, of course, biker dogs.

“We think the Reindog Parade is the best holiday event in Cincinnati,” Zimmerman says. “Of course, that’s our opinion, but where else can you see 600 dogs marching through town?”

And don't forget to stop by Koka Coffehouse while you're up there. They're brewing a special "Reindog" coffee blend, and – as always – a complimentary water bowl and free doggie treats are always available.

Whether you have dogs or just like to look at them, the Reindog Parade is sure to be a doggone good time.

Photo: © iStock International, Inc.