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Held in Sawyer Point on May 20, the Arthritis Foundation's local chapter will hold a fun-filled fund-raising event: The Arthritis Walk. The walk is a non-competitive, fully accessible 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course with a one-mile option for those who wish to walk a shorter distance. The path is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Corporations, families, service organizations and many others will hit Sawyer Point to walk for a cure.

And, the fun doesn’t stop once you’ve crossed the finish line. Be sure to stick around for the post-walk celebration featuring entertainment, lunch, sponsor booths, Wall of Heroes and valuable health information.

The goal amount to raise is $135,000 and the goal attendance is 2,000 walkers. Participants collect donations to help fight arthritis, the nation's number one cause of disability. It is a great way to get involved in your community, meet new people and improve lives by supporting the mission of the Arthritis Foundation. Remember, all the walk proceeds stay locally!

“The Arthritis Walk is our signature event raising both awareness and funds for people living with arthritis. The money raised at the Arthritis Walk goes toward supporting mission driven programs and to fund research for a cure,” says Barb Precht, community development director, Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

You can join as individuals or form a team. Anyone can be part of a team—family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, clients, etc. The more the merrier!

Register Today:
Arthritis Foundation
(513) 271-4545




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"The Lookout"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels. Matthew Goode, Isla Fischer

"The Lookout" is the most recent work from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You may remember him as Tommy Solomon in the comedy TV series, "Third Rock From The Sun." We saw Joseph Gordon-Levitt grow up before our eyes as the youngest member of an alien family amidst a talented cast of actors. He accumulated unparallel skill in comedic timing, pratfalls and improvisation.

In a completely different venue, Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings that same tenacity and commitment to this role as a bewildered, brain-impaired young man coming to terms with his life. Once a high school star athlete, from a well-to-do family, destined for greatness, Joseph plays Chris Pratt, a lost soul, whose life is dictated by a little pocket notebook that reminds him daily to shower, report to his rehabilitation program and then on to his job as a janitor in a bank. 

Chris Pratt is the underdog we root for. He's a true example of how bad things happen to good people. And we understand this. We don’t pity him, but we do want him to succeed. Chris is placed in a housing program living with an older blind man. Jeff Daniels plays Chris’ confidante, friend and mutual protector. Known only as Lewis, Daniels brings a steadiness to the erratic behaviors and frustration of Chris’ character.

Not only do bad things happen to good people. Bad people take advantage of good people. Enter, Matthew Goode as a former classmate of Chris’ older sister. He befriends Chris and hooks him up with Isla Fisher’s character, Luvlee. Chris finally feels part of a group of people from his high school days.

It is while deeply involved/ensconced in a bank robbery that Chris realizes his circle of “friends” was really a devious way to trick him into being a lookout for a planned bank heist.

What this film has in its actors’ abilities to tell a chilling story is matched most exceedingly by the taunt script and raw, icy portrayals of people without consciences. This film marks a pivotal rite of passage for the young Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It marks a beguiling movie for anyone who’s looking for a good story.




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My mom married my father when she was 19. Less than a year later, she had twins – my oldest brothers. I’m at the bottom rung of eight kids. When I was growing up, my mother used a considerable amount of her energy to tell me that I had plenty of time, there was no rush, just wait to have kids and settle down with someone. Since my two sisters started procreating practically as soon as they reached adulthood, I can only assume that they either ignored her advice, or for some reason, she unduly targeted me.

Regardless, I took her advice. I have no regrets about not marrying any of my ex-boyfriends because, looking back, I realize now the relationships wouldn’t have worked over the long-term. My friend Suzanne calls us the “new statistic,” women who are waiting longer and longer to marry. I’m fine with this. I have an active social life, an interesting career and a great place to live in Covington. What seems strange to me are all the people who don’t agree with my lifestyle choice, if you can call it that. 

Tina sat in the cubicle across from me when I still worked in an office. While I am a huge proponent of “cube etiquette,” sometimes it’s just too damn difficult not to overhear others’ phone conversations.

Here's a typical Tina phone call to husband:

“I thought you were making steaks tonight.” (Pause)
“No, chicken is fine.” (Pause)
“No, (getting upset) I love chicken. I love you. I love when you love chicken.”

Tina says that I’m “just jealous, because you don’t have a significant other.” Don’t have a significant other? I don’t even have any chicken!

This is a constant theme in my life. I had a recent e-mail exchange with a favorite client in Alabama. We went back and forth with some Q&A, and then I finally came up with a resolution to her issues. She sent me a final note thanking me for my assistance, and tagged a p.s. on the e-mail: “So have you met anyone yet?”


A while back, I had a meeting with a client to finalize his marketing plan. We discussed promotional specs, deadlines and budgeting. By the end of the meeting, we covered every angle and were ready to move forward with our plans for the multi-million dollar account. I felt confident that everything would go forward smoothly and he was pleased with my overall project handling and turnaround. He even felt compelled to make an encouraging comment as I left his office: “By the way,” he said as I walked out, “Can’t believe some nice young fellow hasn’t snapped you up yet.”

I guess I need to add chicken to my grocery list.


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Cincy Chic: Have you always lived in Cincinnati?
I grew up in Northern Kentucky and moved to Cincinnati when I married my husband, Jim, a Cincinnatian. We moved to the south side of the river about 15 years ago. I had just started Fabulous-Furs and it was quickly growing. We had a big five-bedroom home and I was also the yard person. Our daughter had just started college, our son was a high school senior and it seemed a good time to move from such a large home. We put it on the market and within a couple days, it sold, along with all our furniture. We were homeless and needed something quickly, so we created a loft apartment over The Madison – a banquet facility Jim had just begun. So, we're here by default but thrilled with how it all worked out.

Cincy Chic: What's your favorite spot in the Cincinnati area?
My husband and I love to roller blade and it's especially beautiful on the bike trail near Terrace Park, early on Sunday mornings.

Cincy Chic: How did you get your start in the bridal/fur scene?
Jim's banquet business grew quickly and much of it is wedding-related. The Madison brings about 2,000 visitors to Covington each week and he decided to create a Wedding District to better serve the bridal market. Fabulous-Bridal opened in November, 2005 and immediately become a destination for brides from Louisville, Lexington, Nashville, Indiana and Ohio. It's a very special occasion when a bride-to-be shops for a dress and we do everything possible to make it a fairy-tale experience.

Cincy Chic: Where were you 10 years ago and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ten years ago I was working really hard, building Fabulous-Furs. In 2017, I'll be working really hard, building Fabulous-Furs.

Cincy Chic: If you had to pick one thing that made you a success, what would you say it is?
Perhaps being totally clueless. About three or four years after I started Fabulous-Furs, someone asked about my business plan. I was naïve or clueless enough to ask "what's a business plan?" So, I've certainly worked from my gut and have always felt that no matter what, I'd find a way around, over or through. Maybe it's good not to know how difficult a task can be. But no complaints – I've enjoyed it all.

Cincy Chic: What do you love most about your job?
I love that it's always new and exciting. It's always changing and evolving and challenging. It's never boring or routine. I'm one of those crazy people who really enjoys working.

Cincy Chic: What's been your biggest bump in the road and how did you overcome it?
Many big bumps have appeared, but 9/11 triggered perhaps the toughest time. We were on a track to double that year and had a million catalogs in the mail, reaching people September 11-14. We staffed up and inventory was at an all-time high in order to handle our largest mailing ever. Of course, the business didn't come because most of us thought the world was ending. Shopping was the furthest thing from people's minds and the economy went spiraling out of control. It was dreadful. We had half-price sales just bring in cash to pay the few people not laid off yet. We'd take orders during the day then head for the warehouse in the evening to fill the orders. I feel very lucky and blessed to have a company that lived through such a dark time.

Cincy Chic: Personally, what's been your greatest success?
I love the dynamics of business and how building a business can help a community, provide jobs, add to economic development, contribute to personal development and hopefully make the world a bit better.

Cincy Chic: Any advice to impart to women out there wanting to start their own business/boutique here in Cincinnati?
It has to be something you love, because you'll need a real passion to sustain you over the hard times. Learn everything about everything and be prepared to be hands-on, then work really hard and pray.

Cincy Chic: Do you come across many "Bridezillas" in your line of work?
No – most brides are thrilled and relieved when a detail as important as a dress is resolved. Here's a really cute story: Mother of God Church is a block from Fabulous-Bridal and one of our brides needed a place to change. It happened to snow that day, so several of the girls kept the store open so she and wedding party had a place to comfortably get dressed. They ended up walking her to the church, one along side sheltering her with an umbrella and another behind, keeping her dress out of the snow and ice, all laughing hysterically.

Cincy Chic: What's the biggest trend in weddings these days?
Uniqueness – it can be color, or some special detail that makes the dress really yours. It might be a monogram, a four-leaf clover or any little detail that means something to the bride, the couple or their families.



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A Sexy Red Siren Theme

Everyone must wear red! Rent a hotel room and cover it in red decorations: streamers, feather boas, big hearts, etc. If it's available, rent a red limo for going to the bars. Even make the stripper wear something red. All drinks must be red: red wine, dye all vodka and gin with red food coloring, red mixers like cranberry juice, etc. If you have food, it must be red too!
– Jamie, Fort Thomas



These are all things that I have or am doing for bachelorette parties:

  • For my friends bachelorette party that I was the maid of honor for we went to Keeneland for the afternoon on a party bus, came back and had dinner that I'd cooked and than went out to the bars. It was a fun time.
  • For an upcoming friends bachelorette weekend we are going to a bed & breakfast in KY for two nights.
  • And several years ago we went to Gatlinburg for a weekend as the bachelorette party. We'd rented a chalet, went shopping, out to dinner and all that fun stuff! Lots of girl bonding time.

– Sarah Black, Taylor Mill, KY

Karaoke! The best place in Cincinnati to Karaoke is Tostados in Tusculum. I know the owner and the entire staff exceptionally well, and could orgainize any Bachelorette parties. I would love to introduce anyone at Cincy Chic to the wonderfull owner and staff of Tostados!
– Kris Cooper, East Walnut Hills, (513) 871-0212

For My Sister's Bachelorette Party we did a paint your own pottery party…we all met at one of those shops and painted pieces for her, she got to pick out what she wanted. We did a Fiesta Theme and had margaritas. Not crazy with penis necklaces..but fun, especially for a second marriage.
– Emily, Pleasant Ridge

You can't go wrong with a shoe party at Shoetopia. For our private parties: We provide the champagne/wine, all attending receive 10% discount, bride-to-be receives 1/3 off one pair. Here's the fine print: Max 20 people, preferably after business hours (although there is some leeway), hors d'oevres are the responsibility of the host (although we have a great list of caterers). E-mail or give a ring at the store (513) 591-SHOE to learn more.
– Jessica, Owner of Shoetopia


Have all the bride-to-be's ex boyfriends there to tell her why she should NOT get married.
– Linda Gambino, Cincinnati

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Five Things Every Woman Needs To Know

Cincy Chic teamed up with WLWT Channel 5 to bring you their popular "Five Things Every Woman Needs To Know" segment information. Check out this week's "Five Things," because after all, you're a woman and you need to know!


Watch for the reports at 5:15 p.m. on Channel 5, or come here to read the reports!


Five Things Apr. 13: Firm Up Faster

Five Things Apr. 12: Going With Your Gut

Five Things Apr. 11: Pet Poison

Five Things Apr. 10: Best and Worst Drugs

Five Things Apr. 9: Money Problems


Want to share your ideas for "Five Things"? Click here!



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"What can I do to safely reduce muscle mass or elongate muscles in my arms, legs and torso? I'm a rather buff chick and I'm tired of being asked to flex for the boys. Also, what does it take to eliminate and further prevent my "double butt cheeks" forming just below my buns? The thought of a bikini is making me freak."
– Geni K., Cincinnati

Geni, I have to tell you that you're hanging around the wrong guys. If they're asking you to flex for them, they obviously have some inadequacies… like a muscle on their own bodies, if you know what I mean.

If I were you, I'd take that buffness and slap them upside the head with it, instead of asking me how to reduce it and play into their stupidity. You've been given a gift, don't F*@k with it. If you really need to smooth out some of the muscularity, then I suggest cutting your workouts down to twice a week and reduce some of the intensity. I'm a genetic freak and can grow muscle if I think about weight training and that's what I did to reduce some of my bulkiness.

To answer your second question, I've never heard the term "double butt cheeks," but I can assume what that statement represents. This is probably not my place to say anything, but screw it. Don't you have better things to freak out about than worrying about wearing a bikini that's five months away? Maybe you're just a worrier and I should mind my own business, oh yea… that's right, you wrote me.

Stop worrying. Rocco's here to help, but you have to promise me that you will send my editor a photo of the before and the after just to show you that your worrying was not warranted. Stop doing squats because I know you are doing them. Long stride lunges performed on the same leg for 30 repetitions followed by an exercise called "mountain climbers" will suspend your butt like it was on strings and do away with the "double butt cheek" folds.

Mountain climbers are performed as follows: Get down on all fours, then position your left leg straight out in back of you while bending your right leg and bringing it underneath your torso and to your chest. Now alternate this process for 60 seconds. You can do as many sets as you feel comfortable with. When summer comes, don't hesitate to show your new butt off because I think this year's swim suits will be very flattering on you.


Click here to get your "One Day Free Pass" for Rocco's boot camp.

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Let me start off by saying thanks for all the emails. Some of you have found me on MySpace at and read up on me a little more. Great! I want you all to feel comfortable with me, and feel like you know me.

I have received several questions along the same line. So let me group them together. I received this first question from several readers, so I'll answer it first. Before I do though, I want to say that these readers took a big step by letting me put their first name and area where they live. So, hooray for you!

Kim in Forest Park, Lisa in Hyde Park and Toni in Mt. Airy asked: “How do you know you’re gay?” and “How do I know if I’m gay or not?”

Let me tackle the first question.
I get a lot of people that say, "You just haven’t met the right guy yet!"
If I had a nickel for every time I have heard this, well, let’s just say I would be living very a comfortable lifestyle! "Finding the right guy" isn't a blanket solution.

Let me ask our non-gay readers a question or two. “How do you know you’re straight?” Easy question, right? You just know! Then, there's the, “If you haven’t been with a same sex partner, how are you so sure?” You just know. I know I’m gay just like you know what orientation you are. It really is that simple.

You don’t have to be with a same sex partner to figure it out. I’m willing to bet that you know and don’t feel you have to define yourself. Everything should come in a natural, not obligatory, way.

The second question is kind of the same question. I’ll just elaborate from above. How can you tell if I have tendencies to be gay? If you haven’t had thoughts about it, then I think it is safe to say you’re not. Although, some people keep it deep inside until their 30s, 40s or even older.

In my opinion, try to come face-to-face with this issue as young as you can. That way, less lives are interrupted. Some women and men get married thinking that the feelings will go away if they love their partner enough. Most likely, it will get to you sooner or later and you will not be able to live like that any more. I think it is harder to come out the older you are. That’s the conclusion I got from the survey I purposed to my friends.

If you want to be included in these surveys, let me know and I’ll put you on the list. It will be about many subjects. You can even suggest a question if you like.

Keep the e-mails coming to! I love hearing from you.


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"Blades of Glory"               
Will Ferrell, John Heder, Amie Poehler, Jenna Fischer, Craig T. Nelson, Will Arnett, Scott Hamilton

If you don’t watch TV or you don’t have a funny bone then you may not have heard of Will Ferrell’s newest comedy called, Blades of Glory. Will Ferrell teams up with John Heder to create another comedy spectacle masterly implemented by directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck.

Even the characters names are funny. Will Ferrell plays ice skater Chazz Michael Michaels. A mildly talented skater whose testosterone showmanship on the ice makes him  a popular skating figure in a world where grace, poise, precision and athleticism matters. He’s a loud, egocentric self-admitted sex addict on the ice as well as off. “It’s a real disease!” He tells Nancy Karrigen after he tries to hit on her at his hearing of the National Skaters Federation. What makes it even more hysterical is Chazz’ flat out ignorance of protocol and remorse in front of the board’s greats; real life skaters, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill.

Pairing the comic talent of John Heder (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) as Ferrell’s foil on ice is brilliant. Heder plays Jimmy MacElroy, who is the epitome of finesse and innocence that plays so well against Ferrell’s slovenly behavior. Both have been banned from skating in the single men’s competition. A loophole is discovered that would allow both men to skate again; with one hitch. They would have to skate together as a couple in the couples division. That concept alone and the trailers showing some of the scenes with the two of them performing are priceless.

Jenna Fischer and real life married couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett play siblings. Fischer is the normal one of the Van Walberg family and Poehler and Arnett are the brother sister team who play the competitive nemesis to Ferrell and Heder. Cameos from real life athletes  John McEnroe and Sasha Cohen just add more credibility to the frivolity that ensues.

Add to that an ensemble cast of characters who play their parts straight in a circus of idiotic silliness and you have a movie that earns its title as Blades of Glory because this movie is gloriously funny.