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Our fashion columnist survived Beauty Basic Training to bring back these tips for finishing your look with the right hairstyle and makeup.

Our fashion columnist, Megan Stacey, shares tips on how to perfect your makeup and hairstyle.

Have any of you ever experienced a bad hair day? Or bags under your eyes that are far from designer? Lately with a very active lifestyle, while styling outfits is second nature, beauty basics are complex, Enter Zephyr Blowout Salon to save the day! When I heard about their Beauty Basic Training event, I knew it was just the refresh this mama needed to brush up the rest of my look. Here are a few lessons learned.

Set What You Want to Get
The team at Zephyr was super helpful and patient with a novice like me. During this fun tutorial, I learned that to achieve the Victoria Secret model curls that I desire, it takes technique. They taught me the best way to curl my hair including making sure it is completely dry. I mean absolutely, 100% no moisture and then setting as well as spraying the curls. This experience taught me to give styling another try and not settle for the same plain Jane look every day. I enjoyed practicing at home all the lessons learned.


Like any artist, you need the right tools to achieve your desired results. The ladies at Zephyr helped me figured out how to select and use the right styling tools.
Here are a few tips I learned:
• Use giant Velcro curlers to add volume at your crown.
• When you use a teasing comb, brush down then away.
• Avoid bobby pins when setting curls because it will leave a kink.

Makeup a Reason to Treat Yourself
Along with a hair tutorial, I also received makeup training by Trish McEvoy’s Nordstrom stylists. If you have never done this, visit their makeup counter to experiment with different colors and techniques. Your makeup can serve as a compliment to your features and personal style. Adding a little smoky shadow to your eye can transition a look from daytime to evening. Using a little concealer under your eyes can make you look 10 years younger. And adding color to your lip, brightens your face and accentuates your smile.

Overall, I thrived in Beauty Basic training and am so grateful to Zephyr for providing the 101 version for me. Visit their chic blowout bar in Oakley to find the right do to compliment your personal style.


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Girlfriends, glitz, and a glass of vino. Learn about the local business behind the new “Wine and Shine” ladies nights.

Brittany Stadtmiller launched Wine and Shine, a continuation of her other business Gem Steady.

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then wine is a close second. That’s why “Wine and Shine” ladies nights launched. It’s a brand new girls’ night out themed party where women design and create their own jewelry pieces using fine silver and 22k gold precious metal clay, while hanging out with friends and drinking wine.

“Wine and Shine” is a continuation of founder Brittany Stadtmiller’s business Gem Steady, which she co-owns with her husband Robert. Through Gem Steady, the Stadtmillers create custom, one of a kind jewelry.

Brittany hand selects the gemstones that get used, while Robert builds the settings for the gemstones.
Every gemstone is hand-selected and includes precious stones such as emeralds, sapphires, rubies and tanzanite, as well as many semi-precious stones such as amethyst, citrine, uniquely faceted pyrite, and moldavite. The Stadtmillers’ goal is to make the customer happy whether that is making something elaborate or something simple. Since 2012, they have even managed to get their jewelry in demand worldwide including Hong Kong, Australia, France, Canada and Brazil.

With the success of Gem Steady, Brittany started the Wine and Shine parties in February 2015 as one of three new DIY workshops introduced to the Gem Steady business. “Everyone is always so interested to see how everything is made,” Brittany says, “so these parties are the ultimate hands on way to dive head first into the craft of jewelry design and fabrication.”

“The Wine and Shine parties are not un-similar to the group painting classes that seem to be all the rage recently, but will allow for a bit more creative freedom,” Brittany explains. There will be a base project using precious metal clay in either fine silver or 22k gold and Brittany will guide each person step by step as they create their own ring, earrings, necklace or other pieces of jewelry. Each person has the opportunity to choose to do the project exactly as Brittany plans it, or they can put their own creative spin on it using the materials provided. Each piece is then fired in a kiln for a few minutes, then sanded and polished and finally it’s ready to wear. “Of course, a ladies night party isn’t complete without wine,” Brittany says, “so there will be plenty of that!”

Brittany plans to host birthday parties, bachelorette, sorority functions and other fun ladies night gatherings in their new studio, located in the Oakley-based Brazee Street Studios.

Brittany is most excited about interacting with new people and giving them an inside look into different ways that jewelry is made. She hopes to develop a loyal following where she and clients can both develop their skill levels together and move on to even bigger, more advanced jewelry projects. “The sky is not even the limit here,” she says. “If you can dream it then it can be created!” To learn more, click here.

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Two local women are giving castaway items new purpose with eco-chic line of apparel and accessories made from recycled materials. Read on for all the fashionable details.

HaloMiner refurbishes old clothes for new uses.
HaloMiner repurposes old clothes for new uses

Nicole Reblando and Pamela Fellerholf, co-owners of HaloMiner, will make you think twice before tossing something into the dumpster. All of their apparel and accessories are created from repurposed and recycled materials under the name HaloMiner – which symbolizes the process of digging up raw materials and transforming into something else. As they like to say, “Elevate the Everyday.”

“By repurposing, the creation of these original handcrafted items has no impact on the environment,” says Reblando. “All products are designed and handmade locally – we work on prototypes until we love it and it fits with our line. It’s important that each item can be reproduced and sole for a competitive price.”

The idea behind HaloMiner began in 2009 after several meetings between Reblando and Fellerhoff. “We wanted to create a business that combined our talents in fine art, design, marketing and retail – but was also sustainable to the environment,” says Reblando. “We explored ideas then decided to start with a series of accessories made from recycled materials.”

From the beginning, the two knew that they wanted to create under one brand – HaloMiner. “We chose a name that was descriptive of our process but also encompassed something memorable that would grow in the minds of the customer,” says Reblando. “Once this was decided, we looked for the right space to start.”

This space just so happened to be a small upstairs studio in the new Brazee Street Studios in Oakley.

Since their launch in February of 2010, HaloMiner has grown by one-third each year through reinvesting in more production, expanding the product and moving to their large, first-floor space at Brazee. “We are in over 35 stores and just launched an e-commerce site where we handle direct sales,” says Reblando.
What started out only as small accessories has quickly expanded to include original clothing designs, jewelry, a line of purses and decorative pillows. “The jewelry, purses and pillows are our bestsellers and can be found in local stores such as Joseph Beth, Whole Foods, Park + Vine and Dandy Haberdashery and Roads,” says Reblando.

(left to right) Pamela Fellerholf and Nicole Reblando, co-owners of HaloMiner
(left to right) Pamela Fellerholf and Nicole Reblando, co-owners of HaloMiner

They have also had great success with their clothing line as well. Although it is currently in much smaller distribution at Morrison & Me, the two plan on bringing the line to Kismet and establishing a larger presence in the gift industry.

What truly sets HaloMiner apart is that all items are produced by independent craftspeople in the United States from premium materials and are made from repurposed materials – so there is no impact on the environment.

As for the upcoming year, Reblando and Fellerhoff are preparing to attend wholesale trade shows to sell some of their products on a much larger scale. “We’re excited to be a vendor at the Crafty Supermarket on April 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and plan to attend our first tradeshow market this summer specializing in American-made gifts,” says Reblando. “Our goals are to grow first in the gift industry with large production of our small purses, jewelry and pillows.”

They will also be a vendor at Cincy Chic’s upcoming Eco-Chic Fashion Show on March 26 at ADC downtown, where all proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo.

“We love working together to build this company from scratch using all of our talents in tandem,” says Reblando. “We play to each other’s strengths and balance our tasks accordingly so that we may produce and sell the most carefully crafted and creative items. We love supporting the independent craftspeople that help us with production so that we may grow and share the success with them.”

They also enjoy working with a variety of businesses and communities. “We live in a vibrant, creative city and work alongside passionate and dedicated individuals,” Reblando says. “We are thrilled to be apart of the growth of a green consciousness and mindful consumption.

To learn more about HaloMiner’s sustainable line or the custom project workshops that they offer, visit You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Bella Rey Salon is hosting an upcoming event to focus on brows, makeup, skincare and anti-aging. Keep reading for all the brow-raising details.

Amanda Arias, owner of Bella Ray Salon
Amanda Arias, owner of Bella Rey Salon

“I can’t even…” That’s what you’ll be saying when you see the beauty gurus work their magic at the upcoming “Eye Can’t Even” event.

Amanda Arias, owner of Bella Rey Salon in Oakley, is hosting this Happy Hour and Beauty Bar to feature experts from her salon, Nancy Dawson of BRIDEface, and a select line of skincare.

“Clients are always looking for new ways that focus on their faces, specially anti-aging skincare and makeup,” Arias explains. “Bella Rey Salon works closely with Nancy Dawson of BRIDEface – she’s the best in town.”

Nancy Dawson of BRIDEface
Nancy Dawson of BRIDEface

Dawson will be at the event giving complimentary brow lessons to attendees. “Eyebrows are definitely becoming a “thing” that people are concentrating on more,” Arias says. “Nancy personally showed me what I was doing wrong and how to do them correctly and what tools to use. Ever since then, I actually have people compliment my brows. It’s crazy!”

FACEing, the brand of makeup Dawson developed and launched, will be available to purchase, including brow tools used in Dawson’s lessons.

Arias will also feature the Rodan + Fields skin care line at her event. “I’ve dealt with troubled skin my entire life,” she explains. “My friend suggested a product six months ago that changed my life. I bought it and never looked back.”

In fact, she says, it improved her skin so dramatically in three months that she decided to go through the training and become and Rodan + Fields consultant herself. “It has literally been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and now I am fortunate enough to be able to offer these products to my clients as well,” she says. “Everyone is loving their products and their immediate results.”

Arias will have the entire Rodan + Fields line available for purchase at the event. In addition, there will be several giveaways and raffles, including sample and full sized products.

Arias says she recently hosted a similar event, and it was such a success that they decided to have another. “One of the products that I love is the multifunction eye cream. It literally got rid of my crows feet and dark under eye circles in a matter of weeks,” she says. “So, we teamed up with Nancy to really out the emphasis on eyes this month!”

The free event is on Friday March 13, from 6-8 p.m. and includes light food and beverages. To learn more, visit Bella Rey Salon on Facebook for the event link and more information including before and after pictures.


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Learn more about the new Revolution Workshops that’ll bring your fitness full circle with wowing results while having fun.

DEFINE body & mind just launched its Revolution Workshop to give you a total body workout.
DEFINE body & mind just launched its Revolution Workshop to give you a total body workout.

Looking for an exercise studio that offers variety and results in a fun environment? DEFINE body & mind may be just what you’re looking for.

According to co-owner Mikel Quast, the Oakley-based studio specializes in balanced fitness as well as excellent customer service to help you reach your fitness goals.

Henry Richardson developed and founded DEFINE body & mind in 2009. The former All-American and National Team Member for Springboard and Platform Diving found that after retiring from the sport and becoming a teacher in New York City, many of his injuries suffered while diving were still causing him discomfort and even affected his ability to enjoy his new career.

“With the encouragement of a friend, Henry began taking his first pilates/yoga/ballet hybrid class, Core Fusion,” explains Quast. “Six months later he taught his very first Core Fusion class, and within one year he was helping open locations across the country.”

After completing his teaching duties with Teach for America, Richardson moved back to Houston where he began his MBA at Rice University. Since then, he’s put a lot of thought and effort into bringing transforming exercise classes to those who want to define their bodies, minds and balance in order to look, feel and be at their best.

DEFINE Oakley is the eighth location and the first one outside the state of Texas. Quast co-owns the studio with Tallie Neltner. They wanted to bring DEFINE to the area with the goal of creating an atmosphere that inspires results and fosters community so they can help others achieve their maximum happiness.

The studio opened on April 2, 2014, and now, its latest classes – Revolution Workshops – are, pardon the pun, revolutionizing workouts. The Revolution Workshops are between 45 minutes and one hour long. During the classes, according to Quast, guests experience the ultra-effectiveness of the DEFINE body class into the bike combined with the principles of isometrics from cardio blasting and high-intensity fun. “For 45 minutes, DEFINE Revolution features choreographed movements to high-energy music on a stationary bike for a full body workout,” he adds.

The next DEFINE Revolution workshop will take place on February 13 with a 1-hour Couples Ride in honor of Valentine’s Day. The studio will host another workshop on February 28 with a 1-hour Diva Revolution Workshop. You can find more information here.

Quast says the cost of a class varies depending on the length of the workshop, but they typically start at $25. Other packages and pricing options are listed on their website.

To learn more, visit or download the free studio app to your smartphone.

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A local lady made her dreams of teaching and owning her own art studio a reality. See how she can help you learn a fun new skill while hosting your next girls night!

Robin Ewers, owner of Dogwood Art Studio
Robin Ewers, owner of Dogwood Art Studio

Looking for a cozy place to create, fun date night, or a unique activity for you and friends to enjoy? Check out Dogwood Art Studio. The business, owned by Robin Ewers, is a place for art education, customized for your needs and occasion – from birthday celebrations and bachelorette parties to team-building experiences and earning Girl Scout badges.

“The inspiration behind Dogwood Art Studio was that I wanted a public place where art and people of all ages and skill levels can live harmoniously,” explains Ewers. “I’ve always wanted to teach, and I’ve always wanted to own my own business, so I decided to put the two together and voila!”

Ewers loves that she’s able to inspire people of any age, but has a special place in her heart for impacting youth. “I love showing young artists that you really can do what you love and follow your dreams and be successful, too,” Ewers explains.

Currently, the Wine+Paint parties are Ewers’ most popular offering. These parties are $30 per guest and include a 16×20 canvas, the use of studio paints, brushes, easels, palettes and aprons. “These parties allow participants to create fun works of art with the guidance of an artist – no experience necessary,” Ewers says. “Unlike other studios, we cater specifically to private parties so you’re only painting with the people you know.”

Birthday party pricing varies from $15-$30 per person depending on the age range of participants and selected canvas size. Ewers says she offers a 10 percent discount for all active and retired members of the Armed Forces.

Parties can be scheduled weeknights from 6:30pm-8:30pm or 7-9pm. Saturdays are also available with the first spot opening at 11am up until 5pm. “Our parties last anywhere from and hour and a half to two hours long,” Ewers adds. “Also, the studio can fit up to 10 people at a time, but 6-8 people will ensure your comfort in the studio.”

If you’re more interested in a one-on-one art class, Ewers offers that as well. “That way I can spend more time working with a student to really give them the attention they need and deserve,” she adds.

Students who take art classes at Dogwood Art Studio are given a specialized curriculum that’s been laid out so that it’s specific to their interests. Pencils, charcoal, watercolors, markers, oils and acrylics are all available for use in the classes. “I hope to eventually add group art classes,” she explains.

There are also seasonal events Ewers puts on throughout the year. “Open-House type painting events for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and more,” she says.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, she’s hosting Valentine’s Paint Date event on February 14, which you can learn more about on Facebook. Additionally, Ewers says she plans to introduce new painting options for parties and more art classes revolving around charcoals and watercolor mediums. People of all ages and skill levels can look forward to new crafty, fun classes soon to be released. Also, in the future, Ewers hopes to implement after-school art programs for students in the area who are interested in taking their art to a new level or even just need a space to create with guidance from an artist.

Dogwood Art Studio is located at 4426 Brazee Street, Unit 1O, Cincinnati, OH 45208. The studio is inside Brazee Street Studios and can be found on the first floor of the main building. To learn more about Dogwood Art Studio, visit, “like” them on Facebook, or watch the exclusive webcast below.