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Gather a group of friends, have a great conversation, then add some world class coffees and what do you get? Coffee houses that are painting the landscape of local neighborhoods. "Friends" may have moved to syndication, but it’s left behind one of hottest trends around. Just around the corner is your own Central Perk.

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are taking coffee to another level with their creative flair, roasting abilities, world class blends and much more. So, set aside the boom of Starbuck's, here's a peek of some of the favorite neighborhood hot spots:

Awakenings Coffee & Tea Co.

With over five locations around Cincinnati, Awakenings has emerged as a coffee house powerhouse sure to capture the likes of coffee novices and connoisseurs alike. Get creative with a choice of over 50 world renowned varieties and blends or pick from an assortment of teas. Compliment your latte with array of pastries, muffins, panini sandwiches or croissants to savor the experience. While you are there, check out the local art. The Hyde Park location has a wine bar with wine tastings every Friday and jazz performances on Sundays.
2734 Erie Ave., 45208. (513) 321-2525. Hyde Park
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

3872 Paxton Road, 45208. (513) 619-5454. Oakley
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

5218 Beechmont Ave., 45230. (513) 231-0606. Anderson Township
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

 

Coffee Emporium

Coffee Emporium creates an art out of roasting its own brews. Local owners, Eileen and Tony Tausch, craft a European ambience in two locations: Hyde Park and Central Parkway. Prepare yourself for a new addiction when you check out the mouthwatering menu including bagels, pastries, scones, croissants, and their famous Belgian waffles.
3316 Erie Ave., 45208. (513) 321-5943. Hyde Park
Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

110 Central Pkwy., 45202. (513) 651-5483. Over-the-Rhine
Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 

College Hill Coffee Co. and Casual Gourmet

Take a trip through Northside and venture upon one of the highest-rated coffee houses in Cincinnati. This College Hill coffeehouse and cafe sets the scene with a semi-gallery, music, gift shop and neighborhood locals. The shop’s menu includes: Belgian waffles, omelets, quiche muffins or pastries, salad plates and quiches with homemade pies.
6128 Hamilton Ave., 45224. (513) 542-2739. College Hill
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Jean-Robert's Greenup Café

Want a quaint, French bistro atmosphere mixed with the mouth-watering creations from Jean-Robert? Then the Greenup Cafe is your place. Choose from a variety of delectables, including: omelettes, fish and meat dish variations weekly. A few standard items are delectable vichyssoise and the Greenup Salad. And, don't forget about the assortment of coffees and pastries. Afterall, it is a cafe.
308 Greenup Street, 41011. (859) 261-3663. Covington
Hours: Breakfast: 7:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Brunch: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Coffee shop: 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 

Kaldi's Coffeehouse and Bookstore

Kaldi's stands the test of time in urban downtown establishments, and remaining a favorite gathering place for people from all over town. The ambience is famous for walls of books and local artwork. Enjoy your latte or come prepared to try out its menu including burritos, sandwiches, soups and salads.
1204 Main St., 45202. (513) 241-3070. Over-the-Rhine
Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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You might recognize it as the place with funny sayings on their outdoor marquee sign on Riverside Drive. Or the coffeehouse next to the monk fountain in Mt. Adams. But step inside for a friendly face that will remember your name and favorite drink. And they use local bakeries for their pastries and baked goods. Doubly local, that's nice.
2726 Riverside Drive and 1101 St. Gregory Place, 513-321-4200
Hours: Monday through Friday on Riverside Drive; Seven days a week in Mt. Adams.

Lookout Joe Mount Lookout Coffee Roasters

You’re sure to find one of your Hyde Park friends at this Mt. Lookout Square coffeehouse. Relax in a cozy atmosphere or enjoy the outdoor setting with your coffee or tea complimented with an assortment of breads and sandwiches.
3181 Linwood Ave., 45208. (513) 871-8626. Mount Lookout
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Sitwell's Coffee House

Set in the heart of Clifton's Gaslight District, Sitwell's attracts a diverse crowd of all ages. The house’s menu is infused with fresh picks from Findlay Market and an array of coffees, wines, beers and international liquors to tempt your palette.
324 Ludlow Ave., 45220. (513) 281-7487. Clifton
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

 

York St. Café

Pick your entrée while sipping coffee, then finish the meal by trying a heavenly dessert in an antique filled room or listen to a band on the second floor and check out the artwork in the third floor gallery. York St. Café offers it all. The menu offers fresh quality offerings from conversation plates to entrees. In addition, the soups and desserts are sure to please. Check this one out the next time you’re in Newport. It will be on your list of favorites too.
738 York St., 41071. (859) 261-9675. Newport
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Zen and Now

East meets West in this West side coffee hub. Find your inner self and observe Eastern philosophy ambience, live music, jewelry, incense, books and board games. The offering of coffees, espressos and teas is no sacrifice either. You'll be sure to indulge in more…and that's OK.
4453 Bridgetown Road, 45211. (513) 598-8999. Bridgetown
Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Note that these are just some of the top picks. If you already have a favorite, add these to your list, and comment below to tell us what tops your list. Try a new coffeehouse each month to broaden your scope of the coffee experience.

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Looking for a resource-rich program to energize your business? Look no further than the WE DO Expo, coming to Cincinnati on Wednesday, October 24. Meet experts and female entrepreneurs with demonstrated success across all business disciplines and absorb best practices so you can keep growing. And learn more about local resources (like Cincy Chic!) that you can leverage to take your career or business to the next level.

The cost for registration is $35 and all paid attendees will receive a free $25 National City Diamond Edition® Visa® gift card. $10 of the registration fee will be donated to ATHENAPowerLink®.

Registration deadline: 10/23/2007
Click here to register!

Agenda:
8:00am – 9:00am
Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am
Get Marketing Savvy. Clear marketing goals, a well-planned budget, effective execution and evaluation metrics are a must for growth. You’ll walk away from this session with new ideas and resources for marketing planning, web design and maintenance, and eBusiness.

10:00am – 11:00am
Harness Your Human Resources. Employees can give you a competitive edge – or not. How do you find and keep employees with a strong work ethic who will add value and efficiency to your company? WEDO’s expert panelists will hone your business administration skills and help you stay current on tax, legal, and employment issues.

11:00am – 12:00pm
Amplify your Assets. Understanding finance and your funding options are critical for success and growth. Discover new insights for deciphering financial statements and assessing cash flow. Learn how to identify funding opportunities from within and outside of your business, from purchase orders to tax credits for training.

12:00pm – 12:30pm
Networking Lunch

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Sharpen your eBusiness Aptitude. Effective deployment of the latest in electronic supply-chain management and order fulfillment tools can strengthen your business – on the front line and in the back office. Whether you’re already operating online or wanting to establish an eBusiness expansion, this add-on WEDO workshop will provide the information and resources needed for the next level of growth.

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 Bras with Flair on the Square

Decorated bras, event on Fountain Square to promote breast health

 

What better way to raise awareness about breast health than through the garments that support them? Cincy Chic (www.cincychic.com), the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati, is proud to host "Bras with Flair on the Square," a unique and fun way of raising awareness about breast cancer.

 

Individuals, organizations and businesses in Greater Cincinnati are encouraged to decorate bras and drop them off, with a monetary donation of their choice, at any Greater Cincinnati Panera Bread location, or the Havana Martini Club downtown on Fifth St. between Race and Vine Sts. Panera Bread is offering a discount coupon for each bra donation, and Havana Martini Club is offering a discount on "Ta-Ta-Tinis" available only to those dropping off a donation. Donations will be accepted from Oct. 1-Oct. 23.

 

From Oct. 20-24, from 11a.m.-7p.m. each day, the bras will be displayed on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati for all to see. The Jewish Hospital will have a call center set up on the square to schedule mammograms for eligible women at the event, La Silhouette will be displaying and selling high-end lingerie, and Kama Salsa will be providing free salsa dancing lessons each day from 6-7p.m. on Fountain Square. In addition, the beauty experts from Avalon Salon and Day Spa will be on the square providing free 10 minute back massages and manicures – all participants' nails will be painted with the signature breast cancer awareness pink hue!


The Jewish Hospital will have a mammogram van on the square on Oct. 23. Women can call to schedule a mammogram for that day (or another day at another location) by calling (513) 686-3300

All donations accepted with the bra drop-offs and for the free services provided on the square will be donated to the American Cancer Society. All funds will be earmarked for local breast cancer awareness programs that directly benefit women in Greater Cincinnati women. Cincy Chic has a lofty goal of raising $10,000 for the American Cancer Society, and with Cincinnatians’ generosity, that will be possible!

 

Cincy Chic suggests donors get creative and express themselves with their decorative bra donations. Organizations and businesses are encouraged to use their logos and creatively express their company or organization's support for breast cancer awareness.

 

"Bra Drives" for bulk donations and company matching of financial donations are also encouraged. In fact, the top three bulk donations will be publicly recognized at the press conference held on Oct. 29 where total fundraising amounts will be announced.

 

With the help of its official media sponsors, WKRQ (Q-102) and WXIX (Channel 19), this event will be heavily publicized and Cincinnatians will be encouraged to view the decorated bras, and take advantage of the free services being offered on Fountain Square. With their support, thousands will see the decorative bras.

 

Breast cancer kills about 400,000 women worldwide each year. This one-of-a-kind event will encourage women to be vigilant of those staggering numbers and their own breast health during October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month), as well as the other 11 months of the year for the rest of their lives.

 

CONTACT:

Cincy Chic Editor, Publisher

Amy Storer

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513.675.3586

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The Heartbreak Kid
Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan ,Malin Akerman, Carlos Mencia, Rob Corddry

 

“The Heartbreak Kid” is a remake of Neil Simon’s 1972 film of the same name. Playing Charles Grodin’s lead part is Ben Stiller. Sybill Shepherd’s role is played here by Michelle Monaghan. There are a few other similarities in this film that is only loosely based upon the original.

One similarity is the premise of this film. Stiller plays Eddie Cantrow, an older, eligible bachelor who can’t seem to find the “perfect woman.” He marries after a six-week whirlwind romance only to discover on his honeymoon that his bride is incompatible, annoying and nothing like he hoped. While still honeymooning, Eddie meets a single woman on vacation and through far-fetched deception, he develops a liking for this new woman — who of course in his eyes is the one he should have married.

This is where the similarities end. Uncle Tito, played by Carlos Mencia, is added as “a porn pushing friendly run of the mill go-to man” who meets all the needs of the guests at the resort where he works. Uncle Tito puts his own penis in Eddie’s wife’s hand through the bathroom door suggesting a hand job as he pretends to be Eddie delivering his wife’s breakfast. Sound funny?

There’s even more banal, vulgarity-inspired dialogue brought to us by Jerry Stiller as Eddie’s dad whose biggest concern is if Eddie is “getting any.” I refuse to quote the dialogue as it is beneath the good taste of this publication.

Breasts are displayed as commonplace. Stiller, as a victim of a sex-starving-dominatrix wife, succeeds in making his predicament look painful.
Unfortunately, the rest of the film was painful to watch as well.

Many, many people at the prescreening were laughing hysterically at the scenes. It made me wonder if this is the status quo? Is this the best Hollywood can give and still call it comedy? Has entertainment been reduced to seeing quadrupled-sized breasts floating in a hot tub?

And what was Stiller thinking when he signed on to do this movie? “I’m sure glad they only film me nude from the waist up!” Although the film was offensive to watch, I’m sure Stiller is laughing all the way to the bank.

Rating: Two 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.

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Is there a secret to finding the path to true love? I believe you need to search within yourself – read and understand the energy that lives inside and then learn to trust and follow your intuition. How many times have you gone into a relationship knowing it is not right? Do you want to stop that cycle, and find the love you seek?

I can help you with the first step in this process. Each aura color* enters into love and relationships a little differently. The rest of the process is up to you: you have to use the knowledge, trust your intuition and use self-discipline. Doing what is right for you in the long run is not always as easy as doing what seems immediate or convenient. But if you take the advice in this Aurascope to heart you will be one step closer to unlocking the secret to love.

RED – Learn to trust your senses when searching for love. Put yourself in situations with you can engage your sense of smell, touch and taste when feeling out a love match. These three senses, when stimulated at the same time, stoke your intuitive powers. You are likely to find a love match in a restaurant, cooking class, art gallery or this season, in a pumpkin patch. Definitely add a touch of red to your nails, lips, and/or clothing –it will help draw the right people to you.

ORANGE – You are likely to meet a love match at a high-octane event where emotions run high – hiking clubs, horseback riding, salsa night, rock climbing, or a sold-out athletic event. Your intuition and sense of self grows stronger when you are surrounded by adventure, excitement and a little bit of danger. Your body will heat up and your face will glow with positive emotion when you meet the right person – listen to your body for signals. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to someone new when you feel flush.

MAGENTA –
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Yes, you need a lot of attention. Yes, you like to shake things up. Embrace who you are. You get into trouble with love because you pretend to be something you are not. This brings the wrong kind of people into your life, and when you stop fronting, you scare them away. You are great how you are and the right match is out there for you. There are people as spontaneous, free-spirited and free. Be yourself and they will come into your life.

YELLOW –
You are searching for someone like you – sensitive, considerate, and feeling. The secret for you is patience and communication. You are fiercely loyal and trustworthy – but it takes time for you to completely open up and give yourself to another person. Your love interests need to know this from you. It is alright to admit that your fuse burns slowly, but once you ignite your love burns deeply. Your love is worth waiting for, and you need to find someone who will court you and be patient with you. But it is your responsibility to let potential mates know how you operate or they will get frustrated.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL TAN –
Here is the best advice I can give you…when you feel comfortable enough with a potential mate to invite them over for dinner or a drink, weak the clothes that you lounge around in. Put on your favorite sweats, pajamas or t-shirt and jeans. Put pretense aside and let potential mates know you love to lounge, cuddle, watch old movies, listen to music, take long strolls, visit museums and lay in front of the fire with a good book. Find the person who seems out of place at the next social gathering you attend – they are probably just like you, and would love nothing more than to escape the scene and get real.

LOVING/NURTURING TAN –
This is going to sound tough, but you need to make people earn your time, love and affection. You appear to others as if you are ready to accept everyone, despite their faults and needs. You are always available to listen and give comfort to others. This means you attract wound lickers, and you end up helping people to move on from hurtful relationships….and then they move on from you! Save your love and energy for someone who is whole, and who cherishes the nurturing you provide.

GREEN –
You are able to see what you want, when you want it and know how to get your needs met. You are especially drawn to power, intelligence and success. You may be moody and pout at times, but this only adds to your sexiness. Don’t be envious or manipulative of others; your charisma alone can draw others to you without a spoken word because you are the total package. However, your ability to charm and your need to feel happy all the time can lead to short term decision making. What do you want in the long run? Set aside some time and thing long and hard about what you really want out of a partner. Be honest with yourself, and then you can find true love.

BLUE –
You will fall in love too quickly and give too freely of yourself. Many times you sacrifice your money and time on lost causes. The next time you feel yourself falling in love step back and try to understand everything that could be motivating someone. Your instinct is to love and trust someone who talks about family and friends, and you are a sucker for intricate life stories and sappy pictures of family and friends. Look for mates that don’t have such long and complex histories. Find someone that you can create stories with, and stay away from those who want to draw you into the past.

LAVENDER – You actually fantasize about your “dream” love – you know the size, height and occupation of the right fit. However, you never seem to find anyone as good as the person in your dreams. No one is going to magically make your life complete, take away your issues or give you the attention you need to feel complete. You will always be chasing the next dream unless you fix yourself. The secret to love is to stop dating, and find your own place in the world. Once you have established your own identity you will be ready to share your life.

INDIGO –
You already know the secret to love, but it is not easy to digest. Indigos can never be satisfied by one person or one relationship. You need to find someone who will satisfy your long term needs in life, and then develop relationships around that person to fulfill your other needs. You need different partners to satisfy different needs, and you need to segment your life. This is the key: you may give your time and body to a number of partners, but you can give your heart and sound to only one.

VIOLET –
A total mind, body and spirit connection is essential to your quest for love – settle for nothing but the entire package. Your body will actually vibrate with energy when you find the right love match. When you find the right person you will feel as if you have met before, and you will feel a sense of clarity and peace that you have never felt before. Your life partner will awaken your sense and your mind. When you feel this you will awaken spiritually and sensually, and you should run with the relationship and never look back. But…don’t settle and don’t be deceived. Only a real awakening of the mind and spirit will signify a love match.

CRYSTAL –
You are able to see with great clarity the type of person you want to share a life with, but you prefer to move slowly and deliberately. You require courtship, and are a bit old fashioned – although you may not appear so to the outside world. Don’t worry about showing a love connection that you want to move more slowly – your calming, healing and balanced lifestyle will bring harmony and trust to the new relationship. The right partner will appreciate your needs and embrace the process of winning your love. If someone is pushy, then move onto the next person without looking back.

*If you have not yet had a 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).

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Cincy Chic: When were you were diagnosed?
Jamie Hoffpauir: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2001. I was mother of one child, Madison, who was age 4 at the time, and six months pregnant with my second child, Jack, who is now 6. I was working as a personal trainer, spin instructor and group exercise instructor at the Mercy Healthplex in Anderson.

 

Cincy Chic: Tell us about your fight with cancer – what were some of your biggest ups and downs on that journey?
Hoffpauir: I had a whole year of chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries. What did I tell myself to get through it? I had a mantra that I said to myself every night, every day and a lot of times every hour, every minute: "you are strong and you are healthy." I had a picture/visualization of myself as being strong and healthy. The mantra and the visual were so helpful at times when intense fear would take over.

Cincy Chic: If you had to pick one thing that pulled you through that difficult time, what would it be?
Hoffpauir: There was not one thing that pulled me through that year. My husband, Todd, my daughter Madison, my parents, my brother and sister-in law, Dr. Cody and the staff at Cincinnati Hematology and Oncology and even the kind words of complete strangers pulled me through.

Cincy Chic: How are you different since you were diagnosed?
Hoffpauir: I do not tolerate excuses or complaints from people. I am inpatient with complacent behavior. I can handle physical challenges without giving up (long distance cycling, etc.) because I know I went through something much more difficult.

Cincy Chic: What does being a breast cancer survivor mean to you?

Hoffpauir: I am in a unique (and growing in numbers) sisterhood of women. One that I did not choose to become a member, but for reasons I will never understand, I was selected.

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Bras with Flair on the Square

Cincy Chic is proud to host "Bras with Flair on the Square," a unique and fun way of raising awareness about breast cancer. 

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Gone Baby Gone
Casey Affleck, John Ashton, Morgan Freeman, Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, Amy Ryan, Michelle Monaghan


Kudos to Ben Affleck in his turn as the director of “Gone Baby Gone.” There were good cinematic film transitions, nice camera shots and a pace that kept the audience absorbed in this crime drama.

“Gone Baby Gone” is the story of a kidnapped little girl from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Boston. The investigation is headed by Morgan Freeman of the police department. Frustrated with the lack of answers, the little girl’s aunt hires a local investigator team to dig deeper into this unsolved mystery.

Casey Affleck plays the lead character in this drama as the local neighborhood boy turned investigator who has a history in the community. Megan Monahan plays his partner. Both carry their respective parts with conviction.

Freeman plays the chief investigator of the crime. A plot twist makes for an unsuspecting turn of events. Not quite sure if the story is truly plausible. But it’s Freeman, and he is such a pleasure to watch. He could recite the alphabet and he would be believed.

John Ashton and Ed Harris are the police detectives assigned to work with the private investigators. Ashton gives a reliable performance as a police detective on a mission. But it’s Ed Harris who shines in his character’s portrayal of a cop with questionable motives.

The script was based on a novel from Dennis Lehane who gave us the book “Mystic River,” which also was made into a movie. Ben Affleck, along with Aaron Stockard, adapted the book “Gone Baby Gone” into a screenplay.

As good as this ensemble piece was it could not have been conceivable without the casting of Amy Ryan as the little girl’s mother. Her pivotal depiction of a drug addicted, single mother was gripping. Ryan’s narcissistic behavior and disregard for her child were achingly apparent. “Gone Baby Gone” paints a poignant picture of one child’s discarded life; not really mattering whether she is with her mother or if she’s “Gone Baby Gone.”

Rating: Three 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.

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I am sure many of you have heard of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, have used LinkedIn, MySpace or Facebook to make connections with people, or have read “The Tipping Point” in order to understand how social networks operate. However, there is not a lot of information available on how you can use your intuitive abilities to meet new people or to grow your social network. Networking does not come naturally to everyone, but it an essential skill in today’s world, and you never know where a chance encounter will lead you.

Take this column as an example: The reason you are reading this column is because of social networking. I was introduced to the Cincy Chic editor, Amy, who learned of WhatsMyAura.com from Seth (my son), who met Amy's fiancee through his friend, Jon. Voila! An opportunity was born from social networking!

In this week’s Aurascope we have provided advice, based on the color of your Aura, for using your intuition to build your social network.

RED You radiate certainty and power, and people tell you all the time they feel they can trust you. You are trustworthy…except when it comes to juicy gossip, something you know you need to work on! You are typically willing to help others achieve material success, but they need to show they are willing to put skin in the game and work hard to achieve success. You should trust your instincts more – you know when someone is not willing to do their fair share, and don’t let your desire to helping someone that you know does not deserve your time and energy. When going out to social events enhance your wardrobe with red accessories – it will make you unforgettable.

ORANGE – You are the ultimate strategizer, and you are incredibly resourceful in gathering a network of mentally, physically and emotionally capable people around you. You always complete what you start; in fact, you challenge others around you to race you to the finish. Remember that not everyone moves at the same pace, and you risk getting a reputation as a task-master. People can pick up on your sense of urgency, and sometimes it is a little unnerving to new people you need. Add some orange to your wardrobe – a blouse, shirt, scarf – and it will help you to ease off the gas when meeting someone new.

MAGENTA – You attract artistic, outspoken and eccentric personalities. Many of your friends try to push society standards to the edge…but most are all bark and no bite, but it makes for stimulating conversations just the same. More than anything, your natural networking skills make you a fun person to be around, as you are always surrounded by an interesting and entertaining crowd. If you wear shades of magenta on lips, nails or your underwear (please only wear the magenta underwear when appropriate!) and somehow others will notice high energy emanating from you and will be drawn to hear what you have to say.

YELLOW – You feel very comfortable with social networking, and are always up for a party or event. Your first order of business is pleasure, so it is more important for you to surround yourself with people with whom you can experience new things and explore new places or ideas. Works take a backseat to everything, so try to pursue a career where can use your natural abilities, intuition and spontaneity. If you are feeling a bit worn down from your social obligations try wearing yellow accents or accessories, or buy some yellow flowers for your bedroom or office – they will give you extra energy help you be the life of the party.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL TAN – You are very good at building relationships and that yield tangible results. You are thought of in social circles as someone of great depth and knowledge, and you are very good at putting other people together. You can seem dry and aloof to new people given your aura of authority. Avoid wearing too much black – you need to color up your wardrobe a bit so that you are less intimidating to new people. A bit of color will allow you intelligence to shine through.

LOVING/NURTURING TAN – You are the problem solver and are an intermediary in social networks. You are great at putting out fires, and can get others to negotiate, mediate and come to a common understanding. You could be a great asset to your company or community, and have the makings of a great social politician. Khakis and peach clothing coupled with soft soled shoes will draw others to you for help. It is your nature to help others, but use your intuition and don’t be afraid to say “no” if you feel you are being used.

GREEN –
You are one of the best at networking, and you are drawn to money, power and new opportunities. People sense that you are agile, swift, organized and efficient. Everyone will want to work with you or be seen with you, and you are admired for your success and accomplishments. You have to be very picky about the opportunities you entertain. You have allowed yourself to be wooed by money when your intuition told you to back away…don’t make the same mistake twice, and if you feel a twinge of doubt then move on. Add green to your wardrobe – it will put people at ease when speaking to you.

BLUE – You are concerned with building relationships within your extended family, and you have a strong desire to be the person through whom all family information flows. You always have to be the first to know, and you are good about sharing information in the right way, and at the right time and place. You are naturally compassionate and sensitive, and are a great listener. People also trust your advice, so feel free to let people know what you are thinking. Wear lighter shades of blue if you are engaging in social/family events, and darker blue at business meetings. It will help you to focus and concentrate on the conversation at hand.

LAVENDER
You do not really bother yourself with networking at an activity unto itself. You like to let things happen naturally. You like being around others who share your love of leisure, and who take life at a nice, easy pace. People are drawn to what they perceive as self-confidence, and your sense of peace. If you need to get creative, or tap into your network for inspiration or ideas, wear lavender clothing. It will unblock you and help you with creative work.

INDIGO – You belong to many different social networks, each built around a different interest or part of your life. Sometimes you feel detached or lonely because while you know a lot of people in different circles, you do not feel very close to them. Your networks are worlds apart, and it is hard for you to cross pollinate groups, even though you would like to bring them all together. The best advice – strengthen ties with a few good friends who like to move through networks as well. That way you will have a core group and can still explore other things. You like to stand on the outside and watch others…make sure you dress the part of the wallflower when you are in observation mode. Spice it up only when you really want to engage.

VIOLET –
You are passionate, idealistic, intuitive and insightful. You are really about helping the world evolve to a better place. Your mission is to empower people, and to energize social networks to bring about social and environmental chance. You will be more effective and get more out of networking if you pick one cause and stick to it – advance the mission of something that is important to you instead of carrying the flag for others. You will get a lot more done, and feel enriched and satisfied. You will also be surprised by how quickly word will spread about what you are doing, and by how many people will stand behind you. Wear purple if you are trying to earn someone’s trust – it helps you to appear warm and genuine.

CRYSTAL – You can blend in anywhere, make new friends, and create buzz. By the end of a night of networking everyone has either heard about you or your idea. You have great wisdom, knowledge and leadership qualities, and people are eager to grasp onto you or your ideas. People believe you, and will follow you, without even really knowing you. Your challenge is figuring out how to best use your social networking abilities. Wear white when you need to feel strong – it will help you move through events with a sense of clarity and purpose.

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Cincy Chic: Tell us about the pre-cancer Kelly, and where you were in life when you were diagnosed?
Kelly Uihlein: At the time I was diagnosed I was about a year into my relationship with my boyfriend. I’m a single mom and was enjoying my job and my life. But, one day, I felt a hardness on my right breast. It didn’t feel like a hard lump, but there was definitely something off. I always go for my yearly gynecological exam (which was in January 2006) so I made that appointment. Oddly enough, at the same time, my company was sponsoring Mobile Mammography, so I decided to sign up for that as well. I was probably a little worried, but I honestly didn’t think it was breast cancer. I just wanted to find out what it was. I was only 37 at the time, so I hadn’t even been told by my doctor to go for my first mammogram – I did that on my own.

I was diagnosed a day before Valentine’s Day and was told at that time that it was early stage breast cancer – the earliest stage – non-invasive, but because it was spread in my right breast. The diagnosis was a mastectomy.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about your fight with cancer – what were some of your biggest ups and downs on that journey?
Uihlein: I don’t really feel like I fought cancer. I think I felt all along that I was lucky. I didn’t have to undergo chemo or radiation so I always really downplayed my breast cancer. I don’t think I even really got upset or even thought about myself and my feelings about a double mastectomy until I had to tell my son, who was 12 at the time. He needed reassurance that I wasn’t going to die.

I think my biggest up was knowing I didn’t have to go through chemo or radiation. I felt fortunate to have had an early diagnosis and I had every reason to believe that after the mastectomy all I’d have to go through is the reconstructive process. I did develop an infection after my mastectomy and that led to a year of waiting, changing doctors and really feeling the effect not having breasts. Clothes that don’t look right, a concave chest. That sounds really selfish, but I think my biggest down came just recently, a full year after my mastectomy realizing that I really kept a lot in about how un-sexy and un-womanly I felt. I tend to be a really positive person, always trying to help others and typically put myself last. I think I should have talked more and really pushed myself to think about the affect it had on me subconsciously.

Cincy Chic: If you had to pick one thing that pulled you through that difficult time, what would it be?
Uihlein: For me, that "one thing" really has to be my relationships with people – relationships is the one thing. My boyfriend was always there for me – always made me feel like I was still beautiful. My son, Brendan, would always check in with me and pat me on the back to make sure I was OK. He’d laugh with me when my prosthesis would fall out of my bra. He’d make sure I wasn’t lifting things; he was protecting me. My older sister, Lisa, was the first family member I told. She was super positive along with me. My mom and dad loaded me up with books. And of course, my friends, were also key relationships during this time.

Cincy Chic:
How are you different since you were diagnosed? What does being a breast cancer survivor mean to you?
Uihlein: Since I was diagnosed, my priority is me and my health. I am in the process of having some time off from work to really focus on me and what’s important in life. I want to live every day to the fullest and really prioritize the things that are important and remove stress from my life. Being a breast cancer survivor means I have an obligation to give back. I want to get more involved in the fight to raise awareness of this and other cancers, the fight to find ways to detect breast cancer early, to educate women about paying attention to your health. I’m very mindful of how fortunate I am, but I know that I don’t know what life holds so I want to make the most of my life, my relationships and grab on to helping other women who are going through the same thing. 

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