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Wardrobe capsules make everyday dressing simple yet stylish. Keep reading as this week's episode of Styling with Amy & Amy offer even more capsule options and ideas.

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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Read on to learn about an annual Thanksgiving themed event that fills bellies, hearts, and wardrobes of those who need it most.

Fall Feast is a community event where volunteers help those in need on Thanksgiving Day.

The holiday season is upon us and while that may mean big meals for many, it doesn’t always mean everyone gets that experience. However, a local event is aiming to change that.

Fall Feast, in its 13th year, is a free, day-long community event that provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal alongside health and practical resources for people in need, particularly homeless and low-income families.

“Since its inception in 2005 by Give Back Cincinnati, more than 50,000 meals have been served,” according to Michelle Hopewell, Regional Marketing Director at Duke Energy Convention Center.

Fall Feast was created to help give those from Cincinnati and all walks of life the chance to experience the power of community.

“More than 1,000 volunteers organize, manage, and staff every aspect of the multifaceted, day-long event,” says Hopewell. “6,000 meals will be served, including 3,000 for Fall Feast to-Go, which delivers meals to 30 different locations.”

In all, preparing the meals includes more than 1,200 pounds of turkey, 13,000 pounds of green beans, 80 gallons of gravy, and 800 pies.

“Fall Feast has become one of the largest Thanksgiving Day celebrations in the nation, thanks to the dedication, love and hard work of our volunteers,” says Fall Feast Chairperson, Erin Klotzbach Hyatt. “We are so grateful for the support of our generous sponsors, partners and donors, who help to ensure Fall Feast continues to succeed. Together, we are making a difference and strengthening our community.”

During Fall Feast, the event partners with several businesses throughout the area to collect coats, mittens, and scarves that are distributed at Fall Feast. With a goal of collecting 5,000 coats, Fall Feast held its one-day coat drive at the Duke Energy Convention Center on November 16 to make that last big push toward meeting its goal. According to Hopewell, Fall Feast was able to collect over 500 coats, mittens, and scarves in just over 6 hours.

“The centralized location of the Duke Energy Convention Center and the convenience of the ‘drive-thru’ access to donate has made this successful,” adds Hopewell. “The support of our Duke Energy Convention Center partners, the downtown community, and the local Greater Cincinnati residents is heartwarming.”

Hopewell says that overall efforts for the coat drive are still being tallied, however, the group looks forward to providing warm weather items to many in need on Thanksgiving Day.

Those interested in participating are encourage the attend and partake in all aspects of Fall Feast. “The event is free and will take place Thursday, November 22,” says Hopewell. “Doors open at 9 am and dinner will be served from 11 am to 2 pm.”

To learn more about the event, visit fallfeast.org. You can also sign up to volunteer, donate, or simply attend and enjoy the event and help out the cause!

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Our bridal columnist shares some of the biggest wedding trends you can expect to see next year!

Bridal Fashion Week is a whirlwind of wedding dresses, champagne, and lots of glam!

Luckily for brides shopping for wedding dresses in the upcoming year, the bridal gowns that debuted during Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week brought a fresh batch of trends to the runways.

Whether you are a classic bride, boho bride, modern or glam bride, there was a little something for every bride this season.

While a few of the wedding dress trends that have become classics still remained, such as, the off-the-shoulder necklines, 3-D floral appliques, long illusion lace sleeves, and sheath styles dresses, there were definitely new, fabulous trends that emerged. And, while we know that our Cincinnati bride is still more romantic and classic, the trends you will see fit right in with our timeless aesthetic.

Obviously, with the royal wedding last Spring, Meghan Markle mania reigned supreme as we saw designers reinterpret the Duchess of Sussexs wedding dress and reception dress for 2019 brides.

From feminine bows from our beloved designers, Sareh NouriAntonio Gual, and Anne Barge, to bold geometric patterns at Nicole Spose and Berta, there’s something that any bride, with any type of personal style, would love. 

Here is a short list of the new trends you will be seeing in stores very soon.

BOWS! This season, watch out for larger-than-life-bows that act as trains, sweet loops that make the prettiest straps, and metal versions that (literally) tie entire looks together. Bows were seen in every variation on the runways. Making simple gowns look extremely couture, and couture gowns to seem very demure, bows are always an adornment we love. 

The next big trend to hit the runways this season are the bold, geometric patterns.  Many designers had played around with patterns and textures that were different from the usual lace.  Nicole Spose is one designer who always had her own take on the geometric pattern which has become a huge hit in the past seasons.  If you are a more modern bride who wants to step outside the box, this trend may be the perfect one for you.

Separates and one-piece styles were also standouts on the runway. We were blown away by a lacey short and sequined ensemble by Berta, and a glitter-encrusted, lace jumpsuit at Atelier Pronovias. These super stylish looks are perfect for your reception at many of our modern venues in Cincinnati.

And one last trend that we still absolutely love is COLOR! Many designers have incorporated color into their gowns in the past, however, this season, all shades and hints of color were on every runway.  Some of our favorite designers to incorporate color into their gowns are Chantel Lauren and Catherine Kowalski.  These two designers are breaking into the bridal fashion scene with their bold looks and gorgeous color laces.  Fun fact is that every designer mentioned in this article can be found in Cincy Bridal.

If you are a bride searching for a gown for your 2019/2020 wedding, you will most certainly fall in love with these new trends for the season! 

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A locally-based, high-profile jewelry designer is hosting an upcoming event at her Oxford studio. Read on for all the dazzling details.

Karen Lindner will showcase her design work at her upcoming Sip, Shop & Socialize event in Oxford.

Known for custom, curated collections of antique-based jewelry, sourcing rare antiques,and working with clients on custom heirloom redesign, Karen Lindner Designs is celebrating its new by-appointment showroom in Oxford with a Sip, Shop & Socialize event.

“The three-day event will feature jewelry, art, and flowers from four local businesses,” says Karen Lindner, Founder and Owner of Karen Lindner Designs. “Along with me, the host, there will be photography by Audra Shields Photography, paintings and sculptures by Carrie Pate, and flowers from Two Little Buds – all of whom will have things available to view and purchase.”

The event is being held at Lindner’s new space at 104 South Beech Street in Oxford, beginning with an evening open house for the community and the Oxford Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday, November 15, from 5-7pm before continuing on November 16 and November 17 from 12-5pm.

Lindner says that through the event, which was inspired by her clients, art friends, and the community, she hopes to help introduce her new space.

“It was my hope to host something that helped introduce my new little space to those who are interested in custom, curated jewelry and antiques, and to let my clients know that I have a location where they can come in and meet with me – especially for custom heirloom redesign and special pieces they are interested in having me design for them,” says Lindner.

Lindner has plenty of experience in designer jewelry. She’s designed for more than 10 years and, in addition to working with retail partners, her work has been showcased on the runway, worn on television show hosts and award shows, music videos, celebrity weddings, and many magazine. “I have worked directly with internationally known designers as well as with top stylists to create celebrity pieces,” she adds.

Some of the clients she’s worked with are high profile, whether it’s with them directly or their stylists. Some of her partnerships began in her second year of business with her association with Miranda Lambert. Lindner’s first job for her was to do her entire wedding party and their own wedding jewelry.

“Later, I worked on music videos, awards shows, and pieces for her private collection,” she says. Other work includes a private collection for Joanna Gaines, a private collection for Long Island Medium Teresa Caputo, and runway shows and retail locations for Anne Barge and Vera Wang.

“My work has also been in national magazines on celebrities that were in feature spreads, and who had my work on via their stylists and copy editors,” says Lindner. “Locally, I have been on the cover and in photo spreads multiple times in Cincinnati Magazine’s Weddings issue.”

To get a peek of Lindner’s talent and jewelry collection, check out her Sip, Shop & Socialize beginning November 15. The event is free to attend and there are no tickets necessary.

To learn more about Karen Lindner Designs, visit https://www.karenlindnerdesigns.com/, and learn more about the upcoming Sip, Shop & Socialize here.

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Styling with Amy and Amy is back for the second video in a four-part series featuring capsule wardrobes and how they can make your life easier (and more stylish!)

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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Business is booming in Over-the-Rhine and a nationally-known eyeglass chain just opened its doors in the heart of the neighborhood. Read on for the eye-catching details.

Warby Parker recently opened its first Cincinnati store in Over-the-Rhine.

Warby Parker recently opened its first-ever store in the Queen City. Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, this store is the third in the state.

“We’re excited to join the community in Over-the-Rhine,” says Co-Founder and Co-CEO Neil Blumenthal. “There are so many neighbors we’re eager to meet and there’s tons to take in. We’re especially happy to be just blocks away from Washington Park.”

Since its launch in 2010, Warby Parker now has more than 75 stores across the U.S. and Canada with more than 1,500 employees.

“Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: To offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses,” says Blumenthal. “It all began when four friends wondered why buying glasses was so expensive and oftentime tedious. They set out to make the whole thing easy, affordable, and way more fun.”

Warby Parker allows customers to go around the traditional chain of purchase glasses. Instead, they design glasses in-house and work with customers directly to ensure that they receive high-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear that starts at $95.

“We can’t wait to have you over to our new Cincinnati home and keep the good times going,” he adds. “We believe that buying glasses should leave you happy and good-looking, with money in your pocket.”

The store is decorated with classic designs, much like you’d see in a library. It’s also similar to other stores in offering an atmosphere that is inviting and welcoming for customers.

Of course in a fashion-driven world, you want to look fashionable in every aspect of the word. And that’s where Warby Parker comes in. Their glasses are easy to fit, affordable, and fun.

The main identifier of the store is a larger-than-life-sized blue-footed booby (yes, you read that right), the company’s beloved mascot. It’s located in a sidewalk alcove just outside the store. Warby Parker says that the booby is there because the company identifies with its curious expression, charming tuxedo-esque plumage, and sense of playfulness.

To celebrate the opening of the store in Cincinnati, Warby Parker designed a pair of sunglasses that’s special to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

OTR Warby Parker opened Oct. 27, located at 1419 Vine St.

“We took our roundlenses Flynn in Smoky Quartz Crystal and made it over with Flash Mirrored Pacific Blue lenses,” says Blumenthal. “This Cincinnati-exclusive frame won’t be around forever, so check it out soon.”

Also available in the store are glasses for kids. “We’ve taken some of our favorite grown-up frames in a rainbow of hues and miniaturized them for tinier faces,” he adds.

The glasses are available in two sizes: Jr. (for ages 8 and up) and Jr. Jr. (good for kids ages 4-7).

Customers who aren’t quite sure of the frames they’d like to order can check out the custom-built app in what the store calls Point of Everything. There, you can get an overview of the glasses you tried on and even see any of the measurements taken in the store.

Prescription glasses from Warby Parker are shipped within days, and non-prescription pairs are immediately available to take home, and thanks to free lifetime adjustments, customers can stop in any Warby Parker for a “tune up.”

And because Warby Parker knows that dealing with insurance can be confusing, the team is there to make your experience goes as smoothly as possible. They accept certain UnitedHealthcare and Spectera vision plans that can often lead you to get a new pair of glasses for the cost of your copay. Additionally, there are other ways to save at Warby Parker including out-of-network reimbursement, FSA, or HSA.

Warby Parker also has a Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, and have distributed more than 4 million pairs of glasses so far. Through the program, every time a customer purchases a pair of glasses or sunglasses, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone in need. To learn more about the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, click here.

Warby Parker is located at 1419 Vine Street in Cincinnati. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.

To learn more about the Cincinnati location, click here. You can also follow Warby Parker on Facebook and Instagram.

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Emerging fashion designers are showcasing their creations at an annual event that raises funds for The Dragonfly Foundation. Read on for the fashionable details.

Fashion for the Cure is coming up February 15, 2019 at Sycamore High School. The event is a fashion show that benefits The Dragonfly Foundation, a local nonprofit that helps young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families find strength, courage, and joy.

“The show features student-made designs, a basket raffle, silent auction, and the Dragonfly kids,” explains show coordinator Zaynab Syed.

According to Syed, the show was inspired by the desire to honor a high school counselor who died from ovarian cancer. “Over the years, students would pick a different organization each year to support and eventually decided to stay permanently with The Dragonfly Foundation,” she adds.

The show has a student-run committee that is comprised of sophomores, juniors, and seniors, along with teacher advisors. The committee also works closely with representatives from The Dragonfly Foundation.

According to Syed, what makes this annual event unique is the students’ passion for creating a fundraising event using their own creative skills.

“We have fashion students who create their own outfits, along with Dragonfly kids wearing shirts with their own drawn designs,” says Syed.

This year’s show will include several auction items, including a New York weekend getaway.

This upcoming event will take place in Sycamore High School’s auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Tickets to the show are $15 the week leading up to the event and $20 at the door. Preferred blue tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $50 at dragonfly.org.

Visit dragonfly.org to learn more about the event or follow along on Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/fftc2019/>.

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We're letting you in on a little styling secret in this week's edition of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching to learn 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.