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Sara Sybert

Sara Sybert
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Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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From the Queen City to big time Berlin, this local lady has done it all when it comes to planning events. Learn more and see how you can join her at Dress for Success Cincinnati’s annual fashion show and luncheon.

Lindsey Huttenbauer and The Lindsey Baer Company
Lindsey Huttenbauer and The Lindsey Baer Company

Whether it’s a small outdoor gatherings or an international production with the world’s most luxurious brands — Lindsey Huttenbauer and The Lindsey Baer Company can help.

“We deliver the utmost in performance, professionalism and style,” explains Huttenbauer. “Years of professional experience in both fashion and luxury have provided a wealth of resources and creative capabilities.”

Huttenbauer’s credentials are quite comprehensive with more than 15 years of industry experience. “Building on my relationships from coast to coast and abroad, I am always working to unearth the next trend in entertaining,” she explains.

With a nod to her southern upbringing, Huttenbauer says her discerning eye helps her to develop polished yet refreshing vision. Huttenbauer founded The Lindsey Baer Company after working with some of the world’s most iconic and stylish luxury brands. Her rolodex includes Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Elle Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, reality television series Project Runway and even runway shows including Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs, all of which she says has taught her invaluable lessons along the way.

Huttenbauer doesn’t just stick to local events, either. She offers domestic and global planning services, with an expansive contact base in several cities including New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and even in the Caribbean. But it’s not always big budget events. Huttenbauer says whether it’s an inexpensive affair or a million dollar production, she gives every occasion the utmost detail. Using her social southern grace as well as her ability to excel under pressure, and you’ve got the ultimate planner on your side for a seamless and unforgettable affair.

Throughout her career, Huttenbauer says there are several events that have been among her favorites to produce. One of the things she most enjoys is putting on an event in an unfamiliar location because she has a limited amount of time to discover the city’s best venues, floral designers and more in a place she’s never been. “Learning and understanding different cultures and social practices is also fascinating and the contacts made along the way are invaluable,” explains Huttenbauer.

She says that one of her favorite events was the Conde Naste Traveler’s annual dinner during the international travel trade show ITB in Berlin. She joined forces with a local magazine editor and discovered Axica, a Frank Gehry designed space located between the Brandenburg Gate and the Adlon Hotel for an event guests truly enjoyed.

Another one of Huttenbauer’s favorites is planning weddings. “It is such a blissful period for my clients and their families and I am always honored to play a role in creating that perfect celebration,” she says.

But to be honest, she adds, she treats each event like they’re the ‘big day’ for her clients. “I love interpreting and fine-tuning a client’s vision and orchestrating the various components as they come to fruition,” she adds. “It’s like being the conductor of my own symphony. When everyone is prepared and well-versed in their roles, the end result is amazing. I was born to entertain and am grateful to have a career doing what I love.”

Want to see Huttenbauer’s orchestrating in action? Check out the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon for Dress for Success Cincinnati Sept. 10 at the Horseshoe Casino. Huttenbauer has served on the Board of Directors for the organization for the last five years and says that she’s honored to be the chair of the 2015 event.

Saks Fifth Avenue and Lafayette 148 New York will put on the fashion presentation and Lafayette 148 New York’s designer Edward Wilkerson will join the event for a personal appearance to showcase his newest collection for the anticipated 800+ guests.

To learn more about The Lindsey Baer Company, visit lindseybaer.com. You can also find out more information about the upcoming event for Dress for Success Cincinnati here.

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Finding the perfect dress is the ultimate confidence booster. Learn how a local designer and her online dress boutique, Kiss & Wink, is one of the best kept style secrets in the Tri-State.

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Kisten Phillips spent more than seven years as a celebrity stylist. All too often, she was unable to find quality (yet affordable), long-lasting wardrobe staples. “I wanted to offer pieces that were bright and well-constructed to contour and compliment any woman’s body type and exude her confidence,” she explains.

Eventually, she decided to create a solution for herself and others in search of an online dress boutique, carrying all shapes and sizes of fashionable yet affordable pieces.

Kisten Phillips, owner of Kiss & Wink
Kisten Phillips, owner of Kiss & Wink

There are two distinct lines at available at Kiss & Wink, says Phillips. “The Kiss line offers sleek and comfortable day-to-day professional-wear dresses, while the Wink line is for that woman looking to be a stunner at her next ladies’ night or any other upscale event,” she explains, adding that Kiss & Wink is one of the first of its kind to feature dresses made of Italian cotton and spandex.

Phillips is the owner of Kiss & Wink and also the designer for many of the pieces. “From the early beginning as a tomboy, I have always been surrounded by people who were meticulous about style and fashion,” she adds. “My grandmother was known as Duchess because every look she put together created a buzz and left a memory in the minds of those who saw her.”

From manufacturing to designing, Phillips says that she works closely to ensure that all of the pieces carrying the Kiss & Wink label meet her high standards, while keeping prices within reach for the consumer. The dresses sold at Kiss & Wink range in price from $99 to $200.

Phillips says her favorite part about running Kiss & Wink is knowing the dresses she’s selling give women a positive emotional expression about how they feel and look. “Women all need a dress that makes them feel as if they’re best dressed and the showstopper,” she says. “Every woman knows that feeling when you put on that one dress, catch a glimpse of yourself and thinks instantly of how much she will stand out in the crowd.”

What makes Kiss & Wink unique, according to Phillips, is that it always has been and always will be a passion project. “Our guarantee to our clients is superior customer service from our class on-trend line of fashion dresses for the discerning, fashion-conscious women at competitive prices,” says Phillips.

Phillips says the future is bright for Kiss & Wink, with online dress rentals coming soon. She says that she wants to offer this option to clients who want to wear one of the dresses but can’t afford it or may not want to make a permanent investment.

To learn more about Kiss & Wink, visit www.kissandwink.com or send Phillips an email at kisten@kissandwink.com.

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We chat with two local ladies who are taking vintage furniture from drab to fab! Read on for all the details to inspire your inner design diva!

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Cincy Chic: What is Drab2Fab?
Susanne Salzarulo and Rachel Massa, Owners of Drab2Fab: We like to take other peoples’ furniture that may have sentimental value but no longer fits the owners’ style and make it fabulous utilizing the customers vision and our recommendations. We also like to find pieces for clients if we don’t already have something in our shop. Sometimes we go into a client’s home to offer a fresh perspective on their existing decor and make recommendations on how they can refurbish it.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your business?
Salzarulo and Massa: We started our business just over a year ago utilizing our 30 years of combined experience upstyling vintage furniture. We sell high quality and well-crafted vintage pieces at a fraction of the cost of new while being kind to the earth.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Drab2Fab?
Salzarulo and Massa: We are the owners behind Drab2Fab. We met more than 20 years ago while working at the Estee Lauder Counter in Kenwood. We both have always been passionate about unique furniture and home decor, and have always been able to see the beauty in old, beat up furniture that no one else wanted.

Cincy Chic: What do you do at Drab2Fab?
Salzarulo and Massa: We like to take other peoples’ furniture that may have sentimental value but no longer fits the owners’ style and make it fabulous utilizing the customers vision and our recommendations. We also like to find pieces for clients if we don’t already have something in our shop. Sometimes we go into a client’s home to offer a fresh perspective on their existing decor and make recommendations on how they can refurbish it.

Cincy Chic: Where is Drab2Fab located?
Salzarulo and Massa: We’re located at 4901 Whetsel Avenue in Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Salzarulo and Massa: Readers can check out our items by appointment or on our Facebook page.

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    A recent college graduate launched a style-savvy start up out of her guest bedroom. Today, it’s a booming brick and mortar store that specializes in trendy yet affordable apparel in all sizes, as well as accessories and home decor, some of which are made from recycled materials. Learn more about this local lady and her dream-come-true business that’s making every day chic for wardrobes and homes across the Tri-State.

    Karli Harris, founder of Everyday Chic Boutique
    Karli Harris, founder of Everyday Chic Boutique

    Karli Harris is proof that you’re never too young to chase a dream. This 24-year-old entrepreneur launched her business from a spare room in her house, and now, it’s a booming boutique in the heart of Wilmington.

    After graduating from college, Harris was working full-time for Wright-Patt Credit Union in Dayton. She wanted to wear on-trend fashions that fit well, but not break the bank in the process, so she sought after a solution.

    She wanted to break down barriers in the fashion world so women of all sizes could have access to trendy, affordable wardrobe choices. That’s when Harris launched the online version of her Everyday Chic Boutique business in May 2014.

    “It started out as a small, online boutique I was running out of my guest bedroom,” she explains. “Soon after, I realized women wanted to see the items and be able to try the sizes on.” Harris hosted a few shopping events and says she was amazed by the support she received. “I knew right away that this was going to be something great, and my dream was coming true.”

    danaleavy184x256Today, Harris is the one-woman show behind Everyday Chic Boutique, a brick and mortar boutique offering a variety of trendy and fun fashion for women of all sizes. “We have a unique line of affordable clothing, accessories and gifts primarily made in the USA,” she says. “Our mission at Everyday Chic is to provide items that allow every woman to feel as special and beautiful as she already is.”

    She also has a special place in her heart for eco-chic designers, such as Bullet Jewelry and Rewined Candles, which are made from recycled materials.

    Most of the items available at Everyday Chic Boutique are priced between $20 and $50. Harris says the boutique carries a large variety of regular and plus-sized women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, candles and gifts. She adds that inventory is constantly changing, sometimes as often as every week. “There’s always new and exciting trends popping up every time you return to do a little shopping,” she says.

    What she enjoys most is being able to see her customers love the same pieces she does. “It’s a very rewarding feeling,” she adds. “I get to do what I love every day. I love spending my time traveling and meeting new people to bring back the most stylish and unique items.”

    Everyday Chic Boutique’s Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, April 18. Immediately after the grand opening celebration, Harris says full-time hours begin and the store will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Currently, Everyday Chic Boutique is only open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s also online ordering through social media while the website undergoes construction and the boutique has weekend-only hours.

    Everyday Chic Boutique is located at 37 Locust Street in Wilmington. To learn more, visit Everyday Chic Boutique on Facebook and Instagram. You can also send Harris an email at everydaychicboutique@gmail.com.

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    After 25 years in the food service industry, this local chef decided to cook up her own personal venture - The Esoteric Chef - catering to clients with specific dietary needs.

    The Esoteric Chef is owned by Alison Mcelfresh, a personal chef who can meet the special dietary needs of any family.

    From vegetarian, vegan and paleo to gluten, dairy and egg free, Alison Mcelfresh has catered to (pun intended) every special request in the book. But now, after 25 years of food industry experience, Mcelfresh is cooking up her own savory start-up: The Esoteric Chef.

    Mcelfresh says she started her career in a funky Kentucky restaurant where she served up classic vegetarian and vegan dishes “before anyone knew what vegan was.” She eventually decided to hone her craft as a chef, so she attended the Greater Cincinnati Culinary Academy where she received training in classic French cooking techniques.

    “Career stops along the way included catering and the hospitality industry,” she explains. “My resume also includes a stint at the legendary Masionette in Cincinnati.”

    Before she launched The Esoteric Chef, Mcelfresh says, she was honored to have the opportunity to work with disabled adults where she taught them basic skills so that they could get jobs in food service.

    There’s also a personal background that led Mcelfresh to launch The Esoteric Chef, which includes a journey of weight gain and loss – something she says is common among those in the food industry – as well as her path back to being healthy.

    According to Mcelfresh, her determination combined with her cooking skills has helped her to lose 80 pounds so far. All the while, Mcelfresh continues to cook and eat tasty meals. “See,” she laughs, “you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health!”

    That’s especially handy for clients with allergies, specialty diets or eating plans. Mcelfresh also enjoys modifying family favorites in order to meet everyone’s dietary needs. “I can create meals to support those with special dietary needs – vegetarian or vegan, paleo, gluten- or dairy- free – as well as comfort classes to name but a few,” she explains.

    To learn more, visit The Esoteric Chef on Facebook. Mcelfresh says that she hopes to unveil her website www.theesotericchef.com soon.

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    Learn about the local advocacy group that connects you with information to help you see, learn and do all things green through seminars, tours and hands-on projects.

    Chuck Lohre, founder of the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy, a business that helps buildings in the Queen City achieve LEED certification.
    Chuck Lohre, founder of the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy

    Kermit said it best: It’s not easy being green.

    That’s where The Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy (GCEA) can help. It’s a Green Building Consultancy and a Green Marketing Agency, that was launched after founder Chuck Lohre, Leed AP ID+C, and his wife Janet Groeber purchased a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in 2003, and brought back his interest in architecture.

    “I have followed the U.S. Green Building Council’s education path to learn how to serve this industry,” he explains. “We founded Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy in 2009 and self-documented our office LEED Platinum in 2011.”

    Through GCEA’s experience in certifying LEED buildings, Lohre and his team were able to certify GreenSource Cincinnati’s office LEED Platinum in 2013.

    According to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it’’s helping to change the way that structures, commercial and residential, are designed, constructed, maintained and operated.

    When buildings are LEED-certified, the structures save money and resources through clean energy while also promoting a positive impact on the health of those who occupy the buildings. Buildings that are seeking LEED certification must meet a certain number of requirements and earn points depending on the type of structure and what it’s intended use is.

    In the office, Lohre has a team of interns that study with the Advocacy to pass their Green Associate and Accredited Professional exams. Together, these individuals are helping business owners certify their projects to meet the LEED requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Through the GCEA, Lohre says that he wants to help promote Green Building while providing the public with the information they need to advocate for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification process.

    Lohre says that in the future, because GCEA is also a marketing agency, he plans to offer insights into the sustainable lifestyle to new clients.

    He adds that this year, GCEA started a Green Home Tour series with the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and he became Chair of the Green Living Member Circle.

    To learn more, visit www.green-cincinnati.com.

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    Celebrate this Earth Day with the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition and its “Cincinnaturally” themed event that’s bringing thousands together for a full-filled day of earth-friendly education.

    The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is hosting its 45th Earth Day celebration on April 18 at Sawyer's Point.
    The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is hosting its 45th Earth Day celebration on April 18 at Sawyer’s Point.

    The Tri-State area is a beautiful, scenic region. But that’s easy to overlook with all the kids’ activities, your work deadlines, and everyone’s busy schedules.

    That’s why the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition (GCEC), a community of nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals from the Tri-State work together to promote the beauty and environmental quality of the region.

    One of the GCEC’s upcoming events http://gcec.us/ is the Cincinnaturally Earth Day Celebration. The term “Cincinnaturally” is a phrase borrowed from Charley Harper’s poster supporting the Hamilton County Park District and something that suits the mission of the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition perfectly, says Lauren Beatty, GCEC Director of Public Relations.

    She adds that the inspiration for this year’s theme came from Chuck Lohre, at the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy. “We were debating ideas for this year’s theme, when we took a break and looked up from our table at Chuck’s poster, and it suddenly clicked,” says Beatty, adding that it perfectly highlighted “Cincinnati,” “green,” and “education” — just as they hoped their event would do this year.

    GCEC’s Earth Day event is a celebration of the natural community and exhibiting members take the lead on educating the attendees of all ages. It will take place on April 18 at Sawyer Point from noon to 5 p.m. – rain or shine, says Beatty.

    The event features live music, face painting, bounce houses, a climbing wall, recycled sculptures, food trucks, vendors, and nonprofit organizations who are dedicated to the mission of the GCEC. The 2014 event boasted more than 7,000 attendees and 86 exhibitors and vendors. “This year’s event is sure to bring just as many and plenty of fun,” Beatty says.

    To learn more about GCEC’s “Cincinnaturally” Earth Day event, click here.

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    Two local sisters teamed up to turn a part of America’s favorite pastime into fashionable bracelets for men and women. Learn more about this homerun idea.

    Alexis Rosenbaum and her sister Hannah King, founders of Baseball Lacelets.
    Alexis Rosenbaum and her sister Hannah King, founders of Baseball Lacelets.

    Cincy Chic: What is Baseball Lacelets?
    Alexis Rosenbaum, Co-owner of Baseball Lacelets: Hannah King and I founded Baseball Lacelets in February 2014, to produce customized leather wrap bracelets made from the lacing in baseball gloves for men and women. Using replacement baseball glove lace from a U.S.-based tannery, Hannah and I cut the lacing to size before securing a tri-buckle closure to the leather. Using a laser engraver, each bracelet can be customized to fit a consumer’s request.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Baseball Lacelets?
    Rosenbaum: In 2013, I was feeling lost professionally and turned to my husband for advice. My husband, Danny, a baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, tossed a plastic bag of loose baseball glove lace at me and said “do something with this!” For two months, we took the loose lace and worked on bracelets to give to family members as holiday presents, even ordering a stamp kit off Ebay and teaching ourselves to stamp quotes onto the leather. When the bracelet closure became a stumbling block, Hannah entered the picture. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Baseball Lacelets?
    Rosenbaum: My sister Hannah King and I are behind the business as well as the recent addition of our third sister, Kelsey King, who is assisting us daily.

    Cincy Chic: How much does a lacelet cost?
    Rosenbaum: Our lacelets are $25 and are completely customizable to fit your wants and needs. The best part about buying right now is that if you shop our Kickstarter and support our next adventure, you can grab one for only $20 each or 6 for $100.

    An example of a Baseball Lacelet.
    An example of a Baseball Lacelet.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about your Kickstarter campaign!
    Rosenbaum: Of course! To cover the cost of our own laser engraver and rental space, we have introduced our Baseball Lacelets to Kickstarter with a goal of $18,000 in funding.

    Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. It’s a home for everything from films, games and music to art, design and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects big and small that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you.

    In 2014, we made sure our customers were supplied with the freedom of making each Lacelet their own. To secure this part of our brand, we had to go from hand stamping each letter onto each Lacelet into developing a production process that was centered around laser engraving.

    Today, we rent our laser engraver at a membership workshop for a monthly fee, which gave us the ability to learn the equipment and software we use before making the large investment in purchasing our very own laser engraver; however, our current manufacturing setting is not conducive to further business growth.
    After a year of exploding growth, we have greatly outgrown the rented equipment and the lack of space that it comes with. In 2015, we’re chasing independence, our own equipment and even more storytelling.

    Lacelets, along with other incentives, can now be ordered by backing our project and those who order can expect to receive their reward no later than May 2015. In order for Baseball Lacelets to reach more wrists, we need to meet or exceed our Kickstarter goal by Tuesday, March 31. If the project goal is not met, no incentives will be awarded.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Baseball Lacelets?
    Rosenbaum: We are really excited about the opportunities that are coming our way and even more excited about a few new products we have been designing. Renting the laser engraver gives us very limited time to explore new products so it has taken us some time to really fine tune the route we wanted to take with our first new product line we are launching all month. Last week we released a Lacelet Keychain that still holds true to allowing our customer to customize the baseball glove lace, but now in the form of a keychain. We are really excited about providing a product for our non-jewelry wearing followers who love our brand, but aren’t interested in bracelets. The keychain is the first of many new items to come at Baseball Lacelets!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or support Baseball Lacelets?
    Rosenbaum: Readers can check us out on Kickstarter. I have to admit, our video is pretty awesome! For more information, visit www.baseballlacelet.com or connect with us via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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      One local lady launched her start-up, One Fine Day, by renting out the very decor pieces she picked out for her wedding day. See how it’s grown into a booming styling and vintage décor business that adds the perfect touch to one fine day in your life.

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      Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)

      Lindsay Lescoe isn’t your typical bride. When it came to planning her wedding, she did it all on her own. She spent 18 months procuring vintage and eclectic items that she evetually incorporated into her 2014 wedding.

      Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)
      Lindsay Lescoe, owner of One Fine Day. (Photo by: Tracy Doyle Photography​)

      When it was time for Lescoe and her fiancé to have their engagement shoot, she wanted to use a Victorian couch outdoors in a field. However, she struggled to find anyone who could rent her a couch for one day to use as a prop. She says that she even took to Facebook, asking if anyone in her network had a Victorian couch she could borrow. The closest she came was a dealer who would have charged her thousands of dollars to borrow a couch for the day.

      Eventually, she found a Victorian couch in Louisville that she used as the focal point for a specialty lounge area in her wedding. In order to retrieve the piece, she had to borrow a truck, drive to Louisville on her own, climb in the truck bed and strap down the couch to the best of her ability before making the trek back to Cincinnati. She says that she ended up spending several hours on one task that she could have devoted to another area of her wedding.

      Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)
      Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)

      Although her mother already owned much of the furniture that she needed to decorate and furnish her wedding, there were still several pieces yet to be found, including the now-infamous Victorian couch.

      “Rounding up all of the special touches like hundreds of mismatched China plates and unique tabletop accents from a wide variety of places took a lot of time, energy and money – not to mention all of my basement storage space,” she says. It’s because of this that she decided to launch the business One Fine Day, to help make other big day dreams come true.

      “Those experiences were very telling of the need that existed in the Cincinnati area for a rental and styling resource to help bring event visions to life and save precious time, money, energy and sanity by offering access to a wide variety of unique furniture and props for special events and photo shoots,” Lescoe says.

      This local event rental and styling resource specializes in renting out vintage and eclectic décor for weddings, events, photo shoots and any other special occasion. “We help clients bring their Pinterest boards to life, and parter with them to create an atmosphere that truly reflects their personal taste and style, full of wow-worthy details for their guests, Lescoe says.

      Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
      Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

      With One Fine Day, you’ll find an extensive, ever-evolving collection of décor available to rent. From large furniture pieces such as dressers, sofas and tables to smaller accents and props, Lescoe says that each piece is hand-selected for its originality and charm. She adds that One fine Day also offers custom-made items fabricated locally by a network of artisans in the area.

      There are several services Lescoe and One Fine Day offer clients including furniture, prop and tabletop décor rentals; styling services; custom crafting and fabrication; event rental and photo shoot space; personal shopping and custom search services; and delivery, set-up and breakdown services.

      With furniture rentals, you’ll find that inventory is available for any occasion or photo shoot. With styling services, clients receive assistance incorporating all of the pieces they’ve chosen together in order to create a styled scene that matches their desired look.

      Decor item available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)
      Decor item available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Kortnee Kate Photography​)

      It isn’t always easy to find the perfect piece, though, and sometimes it doesn’t even exist. So, One Fine Day will also provide clients with custom crafting and fabrication to ensure their special day perfectly executes their vision. “We are proud to work with our network of local artisans and craftspeople to make something just for you,” says Lescoe. “Whether it’s a spectacular, moveable wall of flowers, a custom-made wedding arch or a handmade seating chart or wedding favors – we have you covered.”

      One of Lescoe’s favorite things about her new-found profession is that when a client selects One Fine Day, she’s given the opportunity to help make someone’s special occasion truly unique, memorable and one-of-a-kind using pieces and designs that complement their personality and aesthetic. “It is also personally gratifying to know that I can save someone a lot of time, stress, frustration and money by providing them with the décor and props they need on a rental basis for their event, so they can turn their attention to one of the other things on their ‘to-do’ list,” says Lescoe.

      Decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
      Decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

      Another perk to doing what she does is the history that’s behind the pieces in her inventory. More specifically, she loves the pieces that are from many years ago, boast quality workmanship and are hand-painted. She says that rather than letting those pieces be stored in an attic or basement, she enjoys being able to bring them out to the public so they can be admired and appreciated time and time again.

      As someone with a strong background in arts, and as an entrepreneur, Lescoe says she enjoys partnering with local artists to handcraft custom items clients need. “Leveraging our network of local artisans and crafters not only supports our local economy, but also alleviates the need for someone to go through the steps of ordering something online and having it shipped from across the country when the same item could be crafted right here in town,” she says.

      Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)
      Vintage decor items available for rent through One Fine Day. (Photo by: Amber Bridges Photography​)

      There are many things on the horizon at One Fine Day, according to Lescoe. First, she says, they’re preparing to open a new event rental space on the first floor of a historic row house in Northern Kentucky. She adds that the space will be a great location for parties, showers, meetings and photo shoots. It will be fully furnished with plenty of pieces, which she’s currently in the process of selecting.

      Additionally, One Fine Day is also preparing to move into a new warehouse space located in Bellevue, Kentucky, and minutes away from the event rental space. “The warehouse will be where our inventory is housed and maintained, and will also have space available to rent for photo shoots – including a private area for boudoir sessions that will be beautifully furnished,” she says.184x256 roses red cincy chic

      In addition, on April 30 at Horseshoe Casino, Lescoe and One Fine Day will be helping out with the Women Helping Women fundraising gala called Light Up the Night. The theme of the event is Peace, Love and Understanding, so there will be plenty of ’70s-themes including flower power, peace signs, early ‘70s attire and tie-dye, so Lescoe is busy digging through thrift stores to create the perfect outfit.

      To learn more, visit Lescoe’s website, “like” One Fine Day on Facebook, send an email, call 513-400-6996 or watch the webcast below.

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      There’s nothing quite like A Bride’s Mafia. Read on as two local brides explain how this bridal concierge helped them plan their big day — saving time, stress and money in the process.

      Nidhi Bedi, owner of A Bride's Mafia
      Nidhi Bedi, owner of A Bride’s Mafia

      Jennifer Sweis isn’t like most girls. She never thought she’d get married, and because of that, she didn’t dream of plans or specific details.

      “I just knew I wanted to wear a wedding gown and I wanted my fiancé to be present,” she laughs. The Monday after she got engaged, she met with Nidhi Bedi, owner of A Bride’s Mafia for her complimentary consultation.

      Planning a wedding can be stressful, even more so if you have no idea where to begin. Sweis says Bedi immediately made her feel more relaxed. “I explained that I didn’t have the slightest clue as to what she wanted for a wedding – no ideas for colors, flowers, locations, bridesmaid dresses, etc.,” Sweis recalls. “I wasn’t even sure that I needed a planner.”

      Sweis says Bedi put her fears at ease, and ensured her that she could get married that summer “and that my fiancé would be there,” she laughs. “From there, she arranged everything.”

      According to Sweis, being A Bride’s Mafia client was like having an industry insider at your fingertips. “I was able to meet with the best vendors of the business,” she says. “If I was not 100 percent satisfied with a vendor due to personal preference, Nidhi would arrange a meeting with a difference vendor.”

      After all decisions were made, Bedi, Sweis and her fiancé met with the vendors together as a “team meeting.” There, they discussed the specifics such as timelines, the overall look of the wedding, photos, colors, flowers, video, music and everything in between.

      “I had never felt more at ease during our planning adventure than that day,” says Sweis. “and for the first time, I understood what was really meant by ‘A Bride’s Mafia.’”

      Sweis says that what she loved the most about planning her big day with A Bride’s Mafia is that she wasn’t just a client to Bedi. Everyone involved in the process treated her and her fiancé like real people with real visions, beliefs, families, friends and memories. “Many of the people we worked with for our big day,” Sweis says, “we still has a relationship with today.”

      The only thing Sweis says she would change about her experience is the rain that dried to dampen her day – not that it really mattered, because Bedi had it all under control.

      “Even then, Nidhi walked up to my mother and I -in a dripping black dress, wet hair stuck to her face, with a smile- and said, ‘I have it under control, Jenn. Everything is going to be amazing,’” Sweis recalls. “She was right. Her ‘Mafia’ -including the florist, photographer, linen organizer, assistant, DJ and caterer- scrambled to move the beautiful chairs under cover so the rain would not damage them. We pushed back the ceremony 30 minutes, and with a rainbow in the sky, we still had the most beautiful day that she had promised.”

      Sweis isn’t the only one who’s had a wonderful experience with A Bride’s Mafia. Mona Mislanker says that she initially heard of Bedi and A Bride’s Mafia through a friend who recently got married.

      “At first I wasn’t sure if I needed a planner, but then quickly realized that I was in over my head without one,” says Mislanker. On top of planning a wedding, she was also working 100-hour weeks.

      Since most of her working hours were spent outside of Cincinnati, Mislanker heavily relied on Nidhi and her team to help her navigate the logistics of her big day when she was unable to be there.

      “From the second I met Nidhi during our initial consultation, I knew that she was going to be a great fit for me and my dream wedding,” says Mislanker. “Having someone on your side that knows the ins and outs of the wedding industry, the appropriate timelines, vendors and the do’s and don’ts of planning a wedding is exactly what every bride should have so they can spend their time focusing on the smaller and more personal details to make their wedding what they want.”

      The best part for Mislanker, though, was the ability to work with the best vendors in the city who made her feel like a million bucks, without actually spending it. Between the complimentary consultation and special offers she got from vendors by being a “Mafia” member, Mislanker says she was able to stretch her bridal budget much further.

      “All the vendors we worked with were amazing and always put me at ease,” she adds, “I’ve already recommended each and every one a thousand times and will continue to do so.”

      For Mislanker, she loved how Bedi and her team were there by her side for the entire four-day wedding weekend. “It not only felt like they were helping with the logistics, but were truly there for me to help me celebrate and enjoy my wedding,” she says.

      To learn more about A Bride’s Mafia, visit abridesmafia.com.

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