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Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and another little one on the way, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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Ambition is alive and well in Cincinnati. Women own 40% of businesses in “The Queen City”, and greatly contribute to the thriving economic growth. If you are setting up your own business, networking with other women in the area can help expand your company and boost profits. You canshare advice and experiencewith other business owners and get to know other female entrepreneurs in the community.

Opportunities to expand your business

Making a profit means opening up your business to new opportunities. You need to be forward-thinking in running your business and networking can help this. These opportunities might come in the form of being able to have joint ventures, meeting potential new clients, speaking opportunities at business meetings, and the sale of assets. When you’re starting a business, financing opportunities are particularly important. Networking can give you the confidence to go out and ask for what you need in order to expand and grow.

Advice on setting your company up

Making your business run in a professional manner is paramount. When you are looking at how to start an LLC, it is important that it is done correctly as the state tax laws are different in Ohio than in other states.  Networking with other women in business can help you understand how they have set up their companies and chosen a statutory agent. Cincinnati is known for business and enterprise. There are nine Fortune 500 businesses in the city, staffed and run by women. Understanding who these companies have been set up will help your own business model.

Help people to know you

Raising your profile, and advertising your services is essential to a business. Networking with other women can help them to know and understand what your work is about. This will not only help you to boost your profile in the community, but help you to build a good reputation. A good entrepreneur is open and transparent with how their business operates. Showing that you are supportive and reliable to other women in the industry will have a great positive influence. It will help people remember who you are, and why they should go to you in the future. You can demonstrate that you are a professional.

Women’s Business Networking isn’t just about who you know, it’s about supporting your community. You can make new friends with a wealth of experience. Networking is about helping other women to get a step onto the business ladder, and make the most of every opportunity.

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After 15 years, a Loveland-based business will close for good this week as its owner retires and starts a new journey. Get all the details about the big closeout sale!

My dear friend,  Jan Ranard, who opened her beloved Loveland-based business Pizazz 15 years ago, is closing her doors. And when the ending of one chapter comes the start of another – and a HUGE closeout sale this weekend! 

Ranard is moving to Florida, where one of her sons lives, and she’s very excited for the new adventure! To send her off in style, the store is welcoming everyone to come by this weekend (November 17-19) for her “Thanks for the Memories” sale! 

Score 75% off your entire purchase, with some exceptions. Happy Everything, Uno de 50, and Nora Fleming will be 40% off while Coton Colors, Sticks, and Kathryn Collectible Santa are 50% off. Plus, everyone will receive a free gift. 

More than just inventory is for sale, though. EVERYTHING is on sale – including the fixtures as well as the furniture from her furniture refurbishing business! 

The store is open Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Pizazz Studio is located at 122 West Loveland Avenue in historic downtown Loveland.

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Our Editor-in-Chic chats with Dr. Kerschner of Victory Wellness & Medspa to learn about their unique hair removal services and why they’re proving to be more effective.

Victory Wellness & Medspa has more than just weight loss programs and other cosmetic procedures, they also offer hair removal. What makes the hair removal procedure from Victory Wellness & Medspa so unique is that they use a different kind of laser – they use a BBL laser for hair removal.

“The laser in our office uses a more diffused heat than typical laser,” says Dr. Kerschner. “Therefore, the laser is able to target more hair follicles and ultimately gives you better results.”

The hair removal treatment from Victory Wellness & Medspa is also a lot less painful than other procedures like the traditional Brazilian hair removal procedure. “We have had many people come in worried that it will hurt like their previous hair removal procedures, and they have it done in the office and say that it was nothing – not even a discomfort,” she adds. “Even those with the lowest pain tolerance can handle it.”

The main areas people have treated when they come into the office are the face, where there is sometimes hair around the chin, underarms, Brazilian, and legs. Men also come into the office to have hair removed on their chest or back. “Anywhere there is a dark hair, we can treat it,” says Dr. Kerschner.

The procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on what area of the body you’re having treated. Most people typically need 3-5 treatments up front to have the hair removed. Sometimes, says Dr. Kerschner, those are the only treatments you need, but often the hair does come back a little as fine hair so you’ll want to get a touch-up. There is essentially no downtime, so you don’t have to worry about being down and out for any amount of time. 

Find more information on hair removal services from Victory Wellness & Medspa at victorywellness.com.

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Boot season is here! We're showing you how to spice up your fall and winter wardrobe with a cute pair of trendy boots! Keep watching for more.

 

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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We all get by with a little inspiration from Pinterest. Click here to see some of the fab fashion finds we discovered on the most Pin-able website and their lookalikes from Miss Em's!

Do you remember what the world was like before Pinterest? We actually had to go through fashion magazines and try to find as much fashion inspiration as possible in printed copies of those magazines. Thankfully, in a world where the Internet runs the show, we have Pinterest to inspire all of our fashion ideas (and to design the homes we’ll never build or the hairstyles we’ll never actually follow through with). 

I scoured Pinterest for all the fashion looks I love and found the in-real-life lookalikes from Miss Em’s. Check ’em out here:

Teardrop Earrings:

These teardrop earrings from Pinterest are perfect for your upcoming wedding or another special event. Here are some from Miss Em’s.

These look just like the expensive pair from Pinterest but cost a fraction of the price – just $12!

Peach Bead Necklace:

 

Add a pop of color to your winter look with a peace beaded necklace and matching earrings. Miss Em’s has a peach necklace and earrings just like this one – for $20!

Infinity Scarf:

We all love a good infinity scarf – especially when it’s warm and goes with everything! Infinity scarves make it so much easier to throw your hair up in a messy bun and get stuff done when Monday arrives a little too soon! This chunky knit scarf I found on Pinterest is just chunky enough to keep us warm without being too bulky to make us uncomfortable. Thankfully, Miss Em’s has a black infinity scarf just like it.

Reindeer sack:

Want to add some extra holiday cheer with a reindeer sack this Christmas? Sure, there are plenty you can find on Pinterest and other websites to order, but why do that when you can find one from Miss Em’s? This reindeer sack comes with chalkboard elements so you can personalize each bag! 

Looking for more style inspiration? Check out Cincy Chic on Pinterest and shop Miss Em’s online collection to find the perfectly affordable accessories to take your winter wardrobe to the next level! 

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While some people live to travel, others have the desire to but have are nervous and anxious about it. There are many reasons why someone may feel anxious about leaving their home and going to a new place, however, you should allow these feelings of unease to deter you from how you want to live your life.

If this is you, you’re not alone, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. All you can do is continue to learn more about traveling and start to put yourself in situations that allow you more experiences away from home. There are actions you can take that will help you feel more at ease. See four pieces of advice for the apprehensive traveler.

Plan & Prepare

Do your homework and plan ahead. The more prepared you are, the better you’ll feel about traveling. There’s a lot of information on the Internet for you to soak up, and answers to just about any questions you have regarding general travel and specific destinations. Knowing where you’re going, and what you’re doing ahead of time, will help settle any racing thoughts. Read reviews and see what other people are saying about the destination and hotel you’re going to, so you have reassurance from others that you’ll have a great time.

Additionally, make a list specifying what you need to take; especially if you have special requirements. Pack medication, whether it’s your pills or if you have special shampoo for thinning hair. If you have a prescription, then speak to your doctor. Prepare for the weather, and pack clothes appropriate to climates and cultures. If you’re unsure, always spend time researching.

Pack Light

There’s no need to overdo it when it comes to packing. Try to get your belongings in a carry-on, so you don’t have to check it or worry about losing it. It’s also easier to pull around than a large bag. Only pack the essentials, like a few items of clothing, a swimming suit and your most important toiletries, such as your shampoo and toothbrush. You can always buy any other items you forget or decide you want later.

Explore & Embrace Adventure

Even though you’re apprehensive about traveling, it’s in your best interest to let go and embrace adventure. Stay in the present moment and appreciate all of the beauty that’s around you when you arrive at your destination. Talk to the locals, eat exotic foods and go on excursions that you can’t do back home. This is your chance to get out of your comfort zone and rack up a long list of new life experiences; travel with friends or family members if it makes you feel more stress-free.

Relax & Have Fun

The most important task for you to do is to relax and have fun. After all of the planning and preparation is done, it’s time for you to enjoy your journey. Snap pictures to document your favorite moments and put a smile on your face as you explore and take in your surroundings. You’ll regret not letting yourself enjoy your travel experience if you spend the entire time worried and upset over nothing. Remain flexible, because you can’t control every occurrence.

Conclusion

There’s nothing to feel bad about if you’re someone who doesn’t travel a lot. If you want to give it a try, then use these tips to help you feel better about the experience. These are four pieces of advice for the apprehensive traveler.

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We chat with Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa about a photolaser treatment that infuses light into the skin to target age spots, tighten pores, make skin more reflective, and genetically delay aging. 

Victory Wellness & Medpsa offers a procedure called the BBL – broadband light. It’s a laster photofacial. The laser infuses light into the skin to target spots, tighten pores, makes skin more reflective, and even changes the genetic makeup of your skin to delay aging. 

According to Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa, the procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Of course, this depends on what you’re having done. The procedure is great for treating aging spots on your body like your face, neck, or torso.

Another great thing about the BBL treatment is that there is no downtime. As soon as the procedure is finished you can walk right out of the office and go on with your day.

When it comes to using BBL to treat age spots on your body, Dr. Kerschner says you’ll need about 3-5 treatments before you’ll see maximum or desired results. She adds that you’ll also want to get a follow-up treatment every 6 months to 1 year just to maintain your results and the look of your skin.

Learn more about Victory Wellness & Medspa and their treatments at www.victorywellness.com.

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Want to easily switch up the look of an outfit? The answer is in the bag! Watch this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy for the latest handbag trends and how they can completely transform a look.

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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We're giving you a recap of the Miss Em's Cincinnati Holiday Open House and sharing details on her next holiday event! Keep reading for more!

Cincy Chic’s Editor-in-Chic brought her two daughters to the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House at the Anderson Senior Center on Nov. 5.

This past Sunday (Nov. 5) was the Miss Em’s Cincinnati Holiday Open House at the Anderson Senior Center, and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! I took my daughters along with me and they had SO much fun.

I love shopping all the jewelry, accessories, and gift items from Miss Em’s, and then also all of the other vendors that were there too!

Lola got a REALLY cool book from Usborne Books where you shine a flashlight behind each page, which then reveals somtehing hidden behind each image. She is OBSESSED!

I’m so glad we stopped by – because not only did I get to spend the day with my girls and check out all of the great items that were at the Open House, but I also got to get a little holiday shopping done for family and friends, all while supporting a local business! PLUS – the event benefitted Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where shoppers got a discount if they brought in a toy to donate. I was there at the beginning of the event – when the bin was just starting to be filled, but Miss Em’s Owner Emily says it was completely full by the end of the day, which warms my heart!

There’s another Open House coming up in Columbus at the Worthington Community Center on November 19 from 1-4 pm – so mark your calendars now if you’ll be in the Columbus area! If you can’t make it to the next open house, you can always shop Miss Em’s online or host a Facebook party so you an earn while your friends shop with you!

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