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Have you ever considered how your dress length affects the appearance and functionality of the dress? If not, you definitely should. For example, midi dresses cover approximately three quarters of your legs, with the hemline somewhere between your knees and feet. Midi dresses are the ultimate dresses, according to many dress enthusiasts. That is because they are often simple, stylish, and suitable for everyday wear. Yet, they can also work in more professional or formal situations. Here are some midi dress style options to help you take full advantage of them.

Make the Color of Your Midi Dress Work for You

Midi dress colors and patterns vary. Some are certainly more flattering than others. Whether a midi dress pattern or color looks good on you is sometimes dependent on your body type and frame. For example, most patterned midi dresses have the effect of making your frame look shorter than it is. Therefore, solid colors may be more flattering, if you are already petite. If you have a tall, slender build, patterns may look great on you, but avoid patterns that are dizzying or have large design features. The simplest and smallest patterns often look the best. 

Midi Dress Length Considerations

Another midi dress style option is to choose a midi dress length that flatters your figure best. A standard midi dress length covers half of your lower leg, leaving the ankles and some of the lower leg exposed. However, that length is not always ideal for your figure. By purchasing a 

stylish midi dress that covers slightly more or less of your leg, you keep the hemline from landing at the widest area. That can help you avoid having your legs look disproportionate to your body. 

Consider the Shape When Shopping for a Midi Dress

The shape of your midi dress is as important as the length. For example, a midi dress with a slit up the side is sure to catch someone’s eye on a date. The same is true of a tight dress with a pencil skirt. On the other hand, an A-Line dress that widens out at the bottom is less form-hugging, but more comfortable. It can also be elegant and stylish. Often, the occasion influences the shape you choose, but your body type also plays a role. 

Think Long-Term When Choosing a Midi Dress

One of the biggest mistakes you can make regarding midi dress style options is buying a dress on a whim and wearing it only once. It is important to think long-term when choosing a midi dress. You want to select one you are comfortable wearing. It also needs to be a dress that is likely to be appropriate for the types of events you most often participate in.

If you are the type of person who wants an everyday, easy wash and wear dress, choose a cotton or cotton-polyester blend midi dress for casual comfort. If you want a dress better for enjoying local nightlife, opt for a more formal material. Also, choose light fabrics for summer to stay comfortable. Choose heavier fabrics for winter wear or midi dresses that can easily be matched with coats or sweaters.

Change Your Midi Dress with Fun Accessories

No matter what midi dress style option you choose, never forget the value of accessories. There are dozens of ways to accessorize a midi dress. Shoes, purses and belts are easily changeable to create unique outfits. Makeup, hairstyle changes and scarf additions are also easy ways to breathe new life into a dress you have worn several times previously and make it look unique.

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A long-time Hyde Park boutique is about to open a new chapter (and location!), but not without a big moving sale first. Read on for all the details!

 

Alison Head, owner of Three French Hens

Three French Hens has been in business for more than 20 years, 13 of which in their cozy current location on Michigan Ave. in Hyde Park. 

The boutique is now looking for a new home, though, says owner Alison Head. “The lease was not able to be renewed,” she shares. “We are still in negotiations for a new lease and will keep everybody updated as we land into our new home.”

Until then, Head says, everything in the boutique 50 percent off or more until January 30 when they have to be out of the store. 

Head says she looks forward to continued growth after the move. “As we move into this new decade, we plan on having new lines that have the ease and comfort of a woman on the go. I’m looking for reusable and recyclable items,” she adds. “Our new location will embrace all that goes into feeling beautiful, healthy, happy and ready to take on our busy lives.”

According to Head, that’s what makes Three French Hens unique: being passionate about how helping their customers feel comfortable with themselves. “We have a wonderful time helping women look great and feel comfortable while still feeling very unique,” she explains. “We pride ourselves with fashions that are unusual and that can help us look and feel our best as we all move forward.” 

The boutique offers a variety of items including: clothing, jewelry, handbags and gifts. Three French Hens is currently located at 3444 Michigan Avenue in Hyde Park. To stay updated, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Cincy Chic is hosting its annual celebration to kick off the year in style. Click here for an insider's look into the upcoming event.

 

Ok, Chic’ers, time to mark your calendar for the first Cincy Chic event of the year! We’re hosting our 11th annual New Year, New You event at The Madison Event Center on January 17 from 6-9pm. 

The event kicks off the New Year in style with a a complimentary champagne toast, delicious light bites, and shopping with a variety of local boutiques and businesses. Guests will also enjoy complimentary swag bags, a fun photo booth, and a fabulous fashion show featuring some of the hottest trends for the new year from Omega Beauty. We’ll also have several of our Women of the Year in attendance for you to connect with, network and mingle.

General admission to the event is free. A VIP fashion show seat is $10 while a VIP front row fashion show seat is $20. 

Sponsors for the event include: 

Presenting Sponsor: Endres Gateway Dentistry, Find Your Job Joy

Supporting Sponsors: Performance Lexus Rivercenter, Guaranteed Rate with Ron Erdmann

Fashion Show Sponsor: Omega Beauty

Booth Sponsors Include: Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon, Paparazzi with Bonia Harrison, Something Adventured Travel, Keto Nurse Rhonda, DeGroot Handbags, Sweet Jazz Treats, Pharm CBD, Elevate MD, EconoMe Conference, Build Collective, My Bookworm Box, Rapid Results Cryo, Business Barista

The Madison Event Center is located at 700 Madison Avenue in Covington, Kentucky. Click here to RSVP for the event. 

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See how a local woman started a new career as a seamstress and shop owner after 35 years playing for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Carolyn Mason has always made a living with her hands. For 35 years, Those hands played viola for the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. Today, they sew bags and other handcrafted items for her OTR-based shop, The Beautiful Bags Lady. 

”[I make] 100 percent cotton shopping bags, wine bags, aprons, bio-totes, children’s aprons and walker bags,” she explains.

Sewing is something she took up in retirement and it quickly turned into something more. “My actual career was a classical musician with a degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music as a Viola Performance Major,” she explains. “I had a successful career playing principal viola with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra for over 35 years; performing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pops and Opera; performing with the Broadway show series at Music Hall, Taft, Aronoff Music Centers; Managing and playing with the Cincinnati String Quartet for over 30 years; Music Librarian, with Cincinnati Ballet;  Music Librarian with thr Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC for 14 years.”

For Mason, selling her bags started nine years ago. “I started selling my bags at craft shows in 2011 and sold at Findlay Market on the weekend, starting 2012 thru July 2017,” she says. “Moved into my own shop August 2017. I also do some creating at the shop while I sell.”

The inspiration behind starting the business dates all the way back to 2006. “This career as a seamstress is my retirement and doing something to help the environment,” she explains. “I started making the bags in 2006 for my family as shopping bags to replace plastic bags. This is totally an environmental endeavor as I feel that people are more likely to use a cloth bag that they like or that shows their personality. Plastic, reused plastic, polyester, nylon bags will all end up in the landfill eventually. 100 percent cotton is environmentally responsible and is totally biodegrade.” 

There are a variety of different bags that she sells in her shop and the include: 

▪ 100 Percent Cotton Shopping Bags: These bags are “designed to hold up to 45 lbs., reversible, easily carried over the shoulder and will hook onto grocery store bag stands to local groceries,” she says. “Many fabrics to choose from are: Charley Harper Designs, Flying Pug, Fiona, Doctor Who, floral, military, Harry Potter, etc. “Theway to wash these bags are machine wash and tumble dry.
▪ Wine Bags: “Same as the cotton shopping bags, but have six pockets sewn into the sides of the bag to carry up to six wine bottles. When pockets are not used, they can be shoved to the sides of the bag and used as the regular tote,” Mason says. “Many wine-themed fabrics to choose from. Any other fabric can be used to make a wine bag for an additional fee.” These bags are cleaned by machine wash and tumble dry. 
▪ Bio-Tote: “Shopping bag that has a pocket in the front. Folds up and has a button closure to fit within a purse, pocket, briefcase, etc,” she says. These bags are also 100 percent biodegradable: cotton fabric, wood button and cotton thread.
▪ 100 percent Cotton Adult and Children’s Aprons: The different fabrics featured are: Charley Harper prints, FlyingPig, Fiona, Doctor Who, dogs, cats and whatever strikes my fancy while shopping for fabrics. 
▪ Walker Bags: Made to order. “You pick the fabric,” Mason says. 

The Beautiful Bags Lady is so important for the community of Over-The-Rhine, as well as the Cincinnati area. “I am serving both the long-time residents of OTR and the new residents in the area of Downtown Cincinnati,” Mason says. 

Her favorite part of the job is going out and buying fabrics. “Sometimes it is just for simple requests from customers. Other times I have to do extensive research online to find the perfect fabric for a customer or business,” Mason says. “This is not so different as doing music research online that I had to do for Suzanne in my years of working on all her music.”

The Beautiful Bags Lady defines success through seeing customers get use out of their bags. She wants to see “repeated customers and customers carrying bags into my shop that I sold six or seven years ago tell me I’m doing something right,” she says. “When men buy the bags for themselves and actually carry them for groceries is a huge ego boost for me. Some men don’t even come into the shop because they seem to think fabric bags are not manly.”

Mason’s vision for the store involves her family. “The vision for my business is to use all the fabric that I’ve accumulated over the years and let my daughters start to sell in their free time,” she says. 

The Beautiful Bag Lady is located at 124 West Elder Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, across from Findlay Market.  To learn more, visit her website or follow along on Facebook.

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See how a woman from Bond Hill recently achieved her dream of designing a shoe for Nike, and how her neighborhood inspired it all.

Ray Ball, founder of BallR Media, and shoe designer for Nike through the Nike By You x Cultivator program

There’s something special about Ray Ball. She has an infectious smile, a deeply creative mind that makes for the most fascinating conversations and a soul on fire to do big things. And she loves nothing more than you getting all this from a girl from Bond Hill. 

“Disrupting an industry dominated by people who don’t look, act or think like myself,” she says of her career aspirations. “Seeing businesses win and the smiles on client’s faces.”

The inspiration behind her getting into marketing came from the blog that she started called, “A Few Hungry Girls,” that started in 2014. “Between creating my own content and learning to use social media to drive traffic to my blog is what gave me the marketing bug,” Ray Ball, Founder and Creative Project Manager at BallR Media.

Ray Ball’s Neighborhood Rose Nike shoe design

Ball’s favorite part of working for BallR Media has been the creative aspect. Through her marketing experience, she got the chance to design a shoe for Nike through the Nike By You x Cultivator program. “This program works with creatives to provide a platform to spread their messages to the masses by designing a custom Nike show and pushing it through Nike’s digital platforms,” Ball says.

When she found out she got the opportunity, Ball ran around her house, along with her dog, Ocho, she laughs. 

She has always dreamed about designing her own shoe. “The first sneaker I ever purchased with my own money was an Air Max 1, the same shoe I ended up designing,” Ball says. “I ran my first sneaker shop at 15, I think technically, I was the intern/manager. This is still a dream come true for me, especially for a girl from, Bond Hill, from Cincinnati, from Ohio, heck, from the Midwest!”

The name of her shoe is called Neighborhood Rose. “It’s titled after what inspired me, my neighborhood. My community is filled to the brim of roses that grew from concrete,” Ball says.

Ray Ball’s Neighborhood Rose Nike shoe design

She wanted the design of her shoe to tell a story. “After going back and forth between a design the consumer would like and a design that I could tell my story with, I went with my heart,” Ball says. “I created over 50 designs and each time came back to the design that resonated with my purpose.”

Ball’s design features a full suede material “I went with the suede piece that’s also rose because suede is a very tough, very durable product but it’s still very smooth and it’s very reminiscent of our neighborhoods,” Ball explained for an interview with WKRC, one of the many local and national media outlets covering the news. The design was then sold online and sold out within days.

Since designing her shoe, her confidence has grown. “Sometimes I struggle with social anxiety and this pushed me to confront my insecurities, my fears, thus forcing me to grow beyond measure. There was a time I’d tremble at the thought of communicating and engaging with thousands of people all over the nation,” Ball says. “Now, I invite speaking engagements and more importantly, I now accept that my dreams aren’t big enough! It’s about going after your dreams and goals, despite your fears. If you don’t push yourself, push your limits, how will your world ever expand? Shoot your shot at life.”

She is unique because of her imagination and creativity. “I’m a hybrid, when it comes to being a creative. I can envision anything, but I can’t draw, sing, dance or design to save my life,” Ball says. “However, I’ve learned to collaborate and build a team to execute the vision. I think it’s incredibly important to work with other women, but also show men that there’s no level playing field when you play your game and still win at it.”

To learn more about Ball, follow her on InstagramTwitter, her website and her email at: ray@ballmedia.com.

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A local entrepreneur is fusing her Cincinnati pride and graphic design experience with the launch of a new apparel and accessories company.

Fashion and Cincinnati pride have always been two great loves for Lauren Wassler. She recently decided to make those passions a profession by launching Queen City Revolt, a Midwest-inspired apparel and accessories company.

Right now, Wassler says she‘s in the thick of humble beginnings but has big dreams for the future of her business. “I have always worked from home with a workshop in my garage and basement. My husband and I are currently building a house that will have an amazing new workspace for me! So, for the time being, I am actually working out of my parent’s basement,” she says. “Free rent, plus I get to see my dad every day, since he also works from home!”

Queen City Revolt started in 2011 when the job turned from Wassler’s side hustle into an income-providing job. “I was a full-time graphic designer and bartender, and I started designing apparel in the little bit of free time I had.” Wassler says.

It is just Wassler and a part-time employee who helps her. “I have three babes ages three and under that are home with me, so she helps as much with Queen City Revolt, as she changes diapers and keeps them from pulling t-shorts off the shelves,” she laughs.

The inspiration behind starting the business came from Wassler’s previous job in graphic design. “We did all types of artwork for apparel, promotional items, banners, vehicle wraps, awards, web graphics, etc.,” she says. “While I was grateful to have the opportunity to try all those different things, I found that my favorite projects were always the ones involving apparel design. Plus, I really really liked the idea of being my own boss.”

The name of the business came from her hometown she loves dearly. “Queen City, of course, came from this great city we live in, Cincinnati. I was born and raised here and I love it; it truly has so much to offer. I am grateful that my kids will grow up here,” Wassler says. “The ‘revolt’ part was just the idea of designing things that were a bit more original and a bit less mainstream than the apparel found in big box stores.”

There is a variety of different apparel that Queen City Revolt sells and they include: tees, long sleeve tees, tanks, crewsweatshirts, hoodies and youth and adult hats. “More recently, I have started designing some youth/infant/toddler apparel, as well as some bags and purses,” she says. 

The business also has an infant and toddler brand called, PeachColt, which was inspired by her daughter, Joslyn. “In 2016, I had my first baby. She was born with a multitude of medical complications that we had no indication of, prior to her being born. It was quite the surprise,” she says. “Joslyn ended up having a seven-month stay in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, NICU, and has been back for many stays since, with over 40 surgeries/procedures and countless appointments.” These struggles didn’t hinder Wassler’s entrepreneurial dreams, though. Instead, they fueled her determination and inspired her creativity even more as she ran the business from the hospital room. 

“It was then that I started designing infant/toddler apparel. Cincinnati Children’s has this amazing thing called NICUView. It was a little camera mounted over Joslyn’s bed that had a live feed, so a person could log on and see her while not being at the hospital. It was truly a gift since my husband had to go back to work right away and we couldn’t have many visitors because of the potential for disease/contamination. We started tye username and password with our friends and family,” she says. “Each child in the NICU was assigned a color/animal combination. The username we were assigned was PeachColt. Since I started designing the apparel there at the hospital with by her, it just made sense to have the line after our badass little fighter.

The mission of Queen City Revolt is to create a legacy for her kids and the community. “Queen City Revolt allows me to do that. I also try to give back to my community where I can,” she says. “I don’t have huge aspirations of a brick and mortar or a ton of employees. I like working from home and being able to raise my kiddos.”

Wassler comes back to work every day because of her love for designing clothes. “I remember growing up and watching my parents hustle, do jobs they didn’t love to provide for myself and my brothers. It taught me the meaning of good work ethic, but also made me appreciate getting to do a job I actually enjoy,” Wassler says. “I know my kids are watching my every move, so I hope that the effort i put into this every day will instill in them the same go-getter attitude I learned from my parents. I hope they learn from watching me that ‘the only one standing in your way of your dreams is you.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Queen City Revolt, follow them on Instagram and their website, and there’s a coupon code: Ohio that will score you 15 percent off your total purchase.

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Read on to learn about a boutique that’s bringing the community together one accessory, gift item and home decor piece at a time.

There is a boutique in the Fairfield area that provides a wide variety of products in a friendly and welcoming setting. “Miller St. Boutique is a local one-stop shop for many of our customers’ shopping needs. We offer everything from clothing, jewelry and handbags to home décor, gift and baby items and bath and body products,” Stephanie Gonya, Co-owner of Miller St. Boutique, says. “We have several local small business vendors represented in our boutique. We also started an online shop in July of this year.”

Miller St. Boutique, which has been open since August 30, 2018, is located at: 702 Miles Road in Fairfield, Ohio. This business is able to run with the help of a team full of people. Gonya and Tara Smithson, Co-owner of Miller St. Boutique, are the only full-time employees at thr boutique. “We employ eight part-time ladies. My husband, Chris Gonya, also plays a large role in the business as he does all of our technical and accounting work,” Gonya says.

The inspiration behind starting the boutique came from the friendship between Smithson and Gonya. “Tara and I went to Cincinnati Christian High School together. We became close friends in high school and stayed close friends over the years. Roughly five years ago, we decided to start a small business together because we both have lots of antiques and vintage items. We opened up two booths at the Ohio Valley Antique Mall. Our adventure really began as a hobby,” Gonya says. “We maintained our booths for over three years and then decided to take it to the next level and open our own boutique. My husband was instrumental in convincing me that opening my own store was a possibility. I approached Tara with the idea and she hopped right on board. It was quite a whirlwind because we didn’t put a lot of time into planning this adventure out. We justjumped right in with both feet and so far it has been a wonderful experience.”

The name came from Gonya’s and Smithson’s maiden names. “Both of our maiden names are Miller, however, we are not related. The ‘St.’ stands for Stephanie and Tara,” Gonya says. 

There is a wide variety of items sold at Miller St. Boutique and they include: clothing, jewelry, handbags, florals, candles, vases, kitchen items, clocks, mirrors, baby items and a small men’s section. “We offer bath and body and skincare from a local vendor. LahVdah (they have their own brick and mortar store in Hamilton. We try to incorporate local vendors in our shop as much as we are able,” she says. “Besides LahVdah, we offer jewelry from Willow and Birch, tea from Antiquity Teas and signs from MadiandGrace to name a few.”

For the holiday season, the boutique has a variety of items they recommend as gifts. “We offer a wide range of wine accessories from wine bags to wine cups. We also have a lot of jewelry options,” she says. “What lady doesn’t love jewelry? We have necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings in different sizes and styles. We offer hair accessories and cute baseball caps. We have gift items and stocking stuffers for anyone on your list. Christmas ornaments, holiday socks, hats, scarves and gloves to name a few.”

Miller St. Boutique defines success by the communitywelcoming Gonya and Smithson, even though they didn’t have retail experience. “There was an existing gift shop in Fairfield that had been in business for 30 years. The ladies were in their 70’s and decided to retire. It was when they decided to close that my husband came up with the idea for us to open a shop of our own. The people in the community were so happy to have another store come in,” Gonya says. “We feel that our first year was a huge success but has more to do with the support of our amazing customers than anything else. We have not only been blessed with faithful and amazing customers, but also with the women who work for us, we have a wonderful team.”

The vision of Miller St. Boutique is always growing and evolving. “We launched the online store, Millerstboutique.com, in July of this year. I feel our vision is to maintain a successful brick and mortar store and build our online presence,” Gonyasays. “There is so much to learn about the online world and what it takes to have a successful website. We are rapidly learning and looking forward to seeing where the online store takes us. We simply take this journey one step at a me. We never say never.”

The boutique is important for the community. “We are the only boutique in our town. We also do the best we can to support local families in need, as well as local charitable organizations,” she says. “This is the city I was born and raised in and now raising my family here. We hope to continue to be an important asset for years to come. 

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Miller St. Boutique, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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A boutique in Old West Chester gives women size small to 3X a golden opportunity to feel like a million bucks in cute clothes without spending it.

A boutique in Old West Chester helps women brighten up their wardrobe, regardless of their size or budget.

Golden Day Boutique sells “Women’s comfy, affordable, fun clothes sizes small-3X,” says Caron Armstrong, owner of Golden Day Boutique. The boutique originally opened five year ago in the Grand Antique Mall in the Reading/Evendale area. They recently opened their current location at: 9035 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Old West Chester, Ohio, two weeks ago. 

The inspiration behind starting Golden Day Boutique came from Armstrong’s passion for retail. “I managed Victoria’s Secret for 13 years in Nashville, managed Pottery Barn Kids for five years… then opened the Pandora Store in Franklin, Tennessee,” she says. “Moving back to Ohio, I decided to take a leap of faith and see where God would take me.” The name of the business came from a voicemail that she had for years that said “Have a golden day.”

The boutique has a wide variety of products that they sell, including: clothing, jewelry, ornaments and other items. “My boutique doesn’t feel like anything else we have locally,” Armstrong says. “It’s definitely got a southern flair.”

The boutique’s mission is “To help all women feel confident and beautiful in their own eyes the way God sees them in His,” she says.  Golden Day Boutique doesn’t just care about the way you look in your clothes. Armstrong defines success by “Women coming back over and over because they wore something that made them feel special,” she says. “My boutique isn’t just about buying a shirt or sweater, it’s about a feel. I want you to feel special.”

As for the future of the business, she doesn’t know thing are going to go, but she trusts that God will provide. “I will say, He wants us all to Dream Bigger, so I know He will take me there,” Armstrong says. 

Her favorite moment of the business so far is taking out money from her retirement. “Taking money out of my retirement to start a 10 x 10 spot in my husband’s Antique Mall. Trusting and walking in faith, even when people said ‘everyone sells boutique clothes, people can just buy online, etc.,’ didn’t get to me because I knew not everyone has my passion and it drives me,” Armstrong says. “Now having my own building! I purchased my friend’s Montessori school last October and it was perfect timing for both of us to grow!”

If you want to keep up with what Golden Day Boutique is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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A new high-end women’s clothing boutique just opened downtown. Read on for all the retail therapy details!

When you step inside Le Lieu, you feel the style and panache of luxury boutiques around the world, all right from its new home in the Carew Tower downtown.

“When initially coming up with the concept, it was integral to us that we become the destination for women of all ages and sizes, where they shop for pieces that they can’t find anywhere else in Cincinnati, while also being able to gain styling knowledge in order to better shop for themselves in the future,” says Le Lieu co-founder Melissa Ohntrup.

The upscale women’s boutique is part of Hellman Retail Group – the parent company behind Hellman Clothiers and Blaine’s Fine Men’s Apparel. 

Owner Chuck Hellman spent the past 30 years working for and running successful fashion brands in New York before returning to his hometown to bring the finest clothing the world has to offer to the Queen City. That’s when he teamed up with Ohntrup, a native Cincinnatian, who has seven years experience in image consulting and wardrobe styling, to launch Le Lieu. 

Currently, the store carries women’s clothing, outerwear, shoes, accessories, and jewelry. “When buying pieces for the store, I try to be sure that nothing is too trendy as to where it can only be worn for a short period of time,” says Ohntrup. “It’s very important to me that each item be high quality, yet stylish. Each seasonal buy is also strategic in that most of the pieces in the store can be paired with one another, creating multiple, versatile looks.”

Ohntrup says that she designed the space at Le Lieu to be aesthetically pleasing and beautiful, where the customers who walk through the door can not only shop for new clothing but can also talk about their wardrobe struggles. 

“Unfortunately, the climate of retail has changed drastically over the years and has really lost what I feel is the most important aspect – the experience,” she says. “From being able to talk to someone who has knowledge and experience to making them feel welcome, as well as trying clothing on in a fitting room that is well lit and clean, my goal is to be sure every customer leaves Le Lieu not only with pieces that can be integrated into their current wardrobe, but also feel as though they have a better understanding of how to build a cohesive wardrobe that’s easy to wear and has longevity.”

Ohntrup prides herself on being able to help customers find pieces that they can add to their current wardrobe and even how to make their current wardrobe more versatile – thanks to an on-site tailor who comes in on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“Most people don’t have an off-the-rack body, sometimes all it takes for a garment to turn into the perfect piece is a little tailoring,” she adds.

Le Lieu is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, inside the Carew Tower Atrium on the first floor. Carew Tower Atrium is located at 441 Vine Street.

To learn more about Le Lieu, visit www.lelieucincinnati.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram

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A local jeweler‘s Black Friday Sale features big discounts (hello, 75% off!) with portion of all sales going to charity. Read on for more.

Koop Diamond Cutters is hosting its annual Black Friday Sale November 29-30. 

This year is set to be better than ever before with items in-store up to 75% off, and an even bigger mission behind the door busting sales: supporting Fighting All Monsters.

“Every year my company donates 5% of all Black Friday weekend sales to a children’s charity,” explains Owner Justin Koop. 

Fighting All Monsters is a locally-based non-profit organization that brings support to families with children who are facing life threatening challenges. 

“We are here to ease the multifaceted and unique burdens of families facing monsters,” the organization’s website says. “A range off family services have been curated to enable us to stand by families physically, financially, and emotionally. We want to offer dream fulfillment for children in treatment, bill assistance, gift giving, community building, and bereavement support for families striving to elicit some happiness and relief in the midst of dark times.”

The Black Friday Sale at Koop Diamond Cutters runs from Friday, November 29, through Saturday, November 30. 

“As always, we will be offering complimentary jewelry inspections and cleanings,” says Koop.

Koop Diamond Cutters is located at 214 E 8th Street in Cincinnati. 

To learn more, visit https://koopdiamondcutters.com or https://www.joinourfam.org