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To tuck, or not to tuck? That is the question we’re answering in this week’s episode of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching for lots of tucking tips and tricks.

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 chat with the fashion designers behind a new line of accessories that celebrates a growing love for bourbon. Cheers!

Bourbon Cousins designs bourbon-themed products for bourbon lovers.

Bourbon Cousins designs original bourbon-themed patterns and products for bourbon enthusiasts everywhere. In March of 2018, Bourbon Cousins debuted with a line of bourbon bow ties & neckties. Bourbon Cousins’ line of ties has really captured the attention of bourbon lovers everywhere. They will have ladies’ scarves and a few more products that will be ready in the fall.

Pam Houston and Claudia Sandman, the co-founders of Bourbon Cousins, set out to match the consumers’ growing enthusiasm for bourbon by designing original, bourbon-themed patterns, which are ultimately made into products for the marketplace. 

“Our region’s love of bourbon has grown into an impressive global love affair,” says Sandman, “As cousins raised in Kentucky, we take much pride in the state’s rich bourbon heritage.”

Sandman and Houston are designing cousins who share a studio, a love of bourbon, and the sweet love of their now 101-year old grandmother. Bourbon Cousins rose out of a love of both family and creativity, two essential fibers that fold both inspiration and authenticity into daily work life.

In addition to the bourbon-themed products they offer, Bourbon Cousins also collaborates on custom design projects with distilleries and event support for large groups looking to host bourbon-themed fundraisers. Bourbon Cousins modern and refined design style highlight recognizable bourbon bottles and the iconic copper pot still. 

Bourbon Cousins operate out of warehouse-studio space located in the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine. Products are sold to consumers on the bourboncousins.com website and sold wholesale to independent retailers.

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It's all about the sleeves this summer! Watch this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy for fun ways to wear your style on your sleeve this season.

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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Learn about an Ohio-based company that helps you show off your local love in a budget-friendly, fashion-forward way.

Ohio Dynasty is an apparel line for Ohioans created by Lott Carter. 

Carter loved the soft, vintage feeling of tee-shirts, but he hated paying $28-$32 for each tee. So, he did some research, reached out to screening printing companies, and started the line right out of his basement with basically no knowledge of the industry. 

“I honestly talked myself into doing it one more time than I talked myself out of it,” says Carter. “Believe in yourself.”  

Three years later, Carter has sold over 20,000 tees. Besides selling Ohio tee-shirts, Carter is a father of two, teacher, and coach who loves sports and music.

Ohio Dynasty is located out of Marysville, Ohio, but pop-up all over the state. Recently, Ohio Dynasty launched the Dynasty truck which is a mobile store that can hold 5-6 shoppers at a time. Ohio Dynasty also participates in fundraisers, where they will pop-up at an event and donate 20% of sales to that particular cause. They offer private parties where the host gets 10% of sales in free gear. From tailgates, concerts, festivals, you can find Ohio Dynasty all over the state. 

“Our biggest niche is definitely partnering with bars and businesses and offering their customers discounts in the truck!” says Carter, “You basically get the highest quality tees and tanks on the market for a fraction of the price.” 

Prices range from $20 for tee-shirts and $40 for hoodies. Ohio Dynasty plans on launching children’s sizes in the fall. 

“Shopping in the truck is a unique experience in itself with the music going, outside your favorite venues!” Carter adds. 

Book the Dynasty Truck for free by email ohiodynasty1@gmail.com. Find them on Instagram and Facebook. Also use promo code “CINCYCHIC” for 20% off at ohdynasty.com.

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Learn about a blog that features travel, decor, fashion, food, and more for the posh professional or stay-at-home mom.

 

ModHousewife is a blog for stay-at-home moms and posh professionals.

ModHousewife is a forum for all modern women, whether working professional or stay-at-home mom, with an inner-sexy, intelligent and fun “Housewife” spirit. Women can take time to relax with their favorite latte and read up on the many aspects the blog has to offer, such as travel, decor, fashion, food, and so much more.

In 2011, Ainslie Gordon, founder of ModHousewife, was beginning to start a whole new life in Cincinnati. Before moving, Gordon began blogging as part of her public relations position at a local St. Louis software company. She knew that blogging was going to be the future of news. Even though she was going to become a stay-at-home mom, she wanted to keep contributing to the marketing world. She created ModHousewife.com, a blog about things she enjoyed. Through her blog, she developed her hobby of fashion styling into a business.

ModHousewife is run by Ainslie Gordon.

Gordon is a St. Louis, Missouri native and a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism. Her career has focused on advertising, public relations, and event planning. She was a fashion/trends contributor on Fox 19 (Cincinnati) and Fox 2 (St. Louis). Currently, Gordon is a website contributor and WKRC Local 12 correspondent for Cincinnati Parent Magazine.

Gordon offers many popular styling services, such as the “Closet Facelift.” This service includes: 2-hour in-home closet restyling and a 1-hour follow up appointment. This styling service also includes discussing the existing wardrobe (fit, style, and color), categorizing clothing (keep or donate), creating new outfits from existing piece’s/women’s fashion inspiration photos, and updating outfit recommendations based on new clothing purchased.

“My topics and styling are enjoyable and fun,” says Gordon. “This is your time away from the chaos of family life to treat yourself to a great read or new trends. My only job is to make you feel your absolute best (and on a budget).”

Gordon lives with her husband and daughter in West Chester, OH, and loves all things Disney. For the past few years, Gordon has been writing about her family’s Disney vacations (land and sea) and insider tips. “I will never write about packing lightly…..I always bring too many shoes!” says Gordon.

To learn more, go to modhousewife.com or visit Facebook and Instagram.

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We're talking comfort AND style (yes, it’s possible) in this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching for some fabulous footwear 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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Learn about a men’s footwear and accessory boutique with Cincinnati’s first private label bespoke shoes.

HIS Shoes provides personalized services focusing on men’s footwear.

Vinnie Spence is lacing up his many years of experience in men’s fashion retail to take the next step of his career as owner of HIS Shoes.

Spence was a co-owner of a successful men’s clothing store for eight years. His desire has always been to provide personalized services focusing on footwear and to help restore care for certain styling details that has been lost over time. HIS is the product of his vision and experience.

“Emphasis is often given to clothing but nothing compliments and completes a man’s attire more than footwear,” says Spence.

The fashion industry is driven by certain “Big City” markets and as such, trends are often slower to reach regions like the Cincinnati area. The vision of HIS is to make such trends more accessible to the Cincinnati area by offering unique footwear and accessory options to the fashion conscious man.

HIS offers men’s accessories, business casual and dress ready-to-wear footwear, and bespoke footwear with custom design options. Custom shoe design requires an appointment for a private consultation which includes foot measurement and design session. HIS also offers appointments for personal styling services, private parties, and concierge services.

According to Spence, HIS offers unique styles not commonly found in the Cincinnati area and as a boutique, they stock only small quantities and custom orders to help ensure exclusivity. Additionally, HIS Shoes is Cincinnati’s first retailer of bespoke shoes. 

Like a perfectly tailored suit, Spence says, bespoke shoes are custom fitted footwear. HIS bespoke shoes are entirely crafted by expert Italian shoemakers, sewn, and painted by hand. HIS also offers custom bespoke designing for an even more personal style.

In addition to their invitation-only preview show, HIS will be opening a showroom this fall. They will also begin hosting “pop-up” trunk shows in the Tri-State area.

HIS Shoes is currently an online store that also provides on-site services.

To learn more about HIS, visit www.hisshoesboutique.com and join their mailing list. To learn about upcoming events and promotions visit them on Instagram or Facebook.

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In this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy we're teaching you how to wear tennis shoes with the trendiest summer fashions! 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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Learn about a statement jewelry store that spreads female empowerment and confidence one fashionable piece at a time.

Catherine Blubaugh, Founder of Design & Curiosity Studio

Design & Curiosity Studio is the lovechild of a passion for statement jewelry and the desire to spread positive female empowerment.

Catherine Blubaugh, owner of Cincinnati-based Design & Curiosity Studio, is inspired by many different aspects in everyday life. “I am mostly inspired by powerful women: female business owners trying to make it on their own, and my confident and colorful friends,” says Blubaugh. “I’m also inspired by anything colorful like architecture, flowers, and design. Life’s too short to be boring!” 

Design & Curiosity Studio offers handcrafted, fun, and one-of-a-kind statement jewelry. Some of Blubaugh’s most popular products are her word earrings. “The literal interpretation of ‘statement’ earrings,” she laughs. Her best sellers are the earrings that spell BOSS BABE and GRL PWR. 

Blubaugh’s goal is to make pieces that she hasn’t seen anywhere else. “A lot of times the ideas just pop into my head or I work them out through many iterations,” Blubaugh says. “I make stuff that I love to wear, and my hope is that other people want to wear them too!” 

Blubaugh says she’d love to expand her product line and design even more fun designs. Since she laser-cuts the majority of her pieces herself, she wants to experiment with some fun designs and new techniques in the future.

To learn more about Design & Curiosity Studio, follow along on Instagram, or visit her shop online at designandcuriositystudio.com and her Etsy store.