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Everyone loves a good handbag and in this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy, we're sharing some of the handbag must-haves for your wardrobe 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, or you can visit her website at

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Watch this episode of Styling with Amy & Amy to see how you can get more use out of a classic, must-have piece that’s probably collecting dust in your closet.

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, or you can visit her website at

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A Cincinnati-based personal stylist hosts her annual style summer camp to teach growing girls about true beauty and confidence. Read on for more.

Nora Fink offers local teens the chance to experiment with their own style and build confidence through her Positively Beautiful Fashion Photo Shoot Camp.

Nora Fink says beauty is all about having fun, looking good and feeling better. As a personal stylist for the past decade, Fink believes style is eternal and about feeling your best. 

“Personally, I prefer living beautifully rather than being beautiful,” Fink says. 

Whether you need help with make-up, wardrobe advice, styling for photo-shoots, or a boost in style or confidence, Fink can help with it all. 

“It is the career I was always destined to do, although I never actually chose to do it,” says Fink. “The universe kept sending me opportunity after opportunity until it grew into what it is today!”

Fink has used her insight and experience to style commercials, photo-shoots, help private clients, and also started her own summer style camps for girls of all ages. 

“We have a saying – ‘It’s never just about the clothes.’ Being a personal stylist is about helping people visually represent whothey are inside and out,” she says.

As a former camp counselor as well, Fink created her very own style camp for teens. She and her assistant Melissa Ohntrup have put on the Positively Beautiful Fashion Photo Shoot Camp to allow girls of all ages to experiment with their own style and build confidence. The camp was first brought to life six years ago and has continued every summer.

“Some of our clients who are mothers asked us to put something together for girls,” Fink explains. “I wanted to teach them about styling in a way that wasn’t so focused on themselves, but rather on the process from concept to completion of creating a professional photo shoot.”

The next camps will be held this summer.


The camp provides resources and guidance for girls to produce their own photo shoot of themselves. They are given the opportunity to create a style board to picking their location and everything else that goes into the creative process. 

“On the final night of camp, a professional photographer will come to photograph the girls as they make their photo shoot vision come to life,” she says, “in order to give everyone an authentic, hands-on experience, this camp is limited to six girls per session.”

Part of the camp also includes step-by-step age appropriate make-up, hair and styling advice, taught by Fink herself.

This summer the camp will be held for two weeks in June; one week for two different age groups. Girls ages 10-13 can sign up for the camp for June 11-15, and girls ages 14-18 can sign up for the week of June 18-22. Tuition is $235 per week and includes snacks, drinks, supplies and all images from the photo-shoot. 

The biggest take away from these camps is that girls walk away more confident in their own ideas and visions. 

“You can be the smartest, kindness or most creative person in the room and no one will ever know if you don’t have the confidence to share it,” Fink says. “In any part of life, you can’t sell your ideas if you cannot communicate them with eloquence and confidence.”

For questions or more information on Fink’s services or the style camp, you can visit her website or call (513) 708-6796.

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When did you last wear a slip? This episode of Styling with Amy and Amy is showing you some of the best slips to add a layer of warmth for cooler days or cold offices.

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, or you can visit her website at

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Find out more about the newest off-the-rack bridal shop in Reading, where you can find your dream dress at the perfect price.

Kismet Bridal offers bridal gowns in the Reading Bridal District. 

For Stacey Sparks-Huff, founder and CEO of Kismet Bridal, the newest bridal gown boutique located in the Reading Bridal District, it was fate that led her to opening her shop.

“I came up with the name Kismet, because it means ‘fate.’ Just like finding your mate was fate, it can also be fate when you find your dream gown!” she says.

The store opened its doors in December 2017 and they specialize in carrying a variety of beautiful off-the-rack gowns at fair prices. “The right gown, the right price, it’s Kismet,” is their motto.

Sparks-Huff has been working in the bridal industry for more than 13 years, helping women find the perfect dress. “My first bridal job was at a local bridal boutique and I fell in love,” she recalls. “I loved working with the brides and I felt like I really had a knack for it.”

A few years later, Sparks-Huff was then inspired to open her own bridal shop with her mom, Belle Bridal Boutique. At the time of the opening it was one of only five plus size bridal shops in the country.

“I have put my heart and soul into Belle and I love it so much, I decided to open another bridal store that caters to all size brides,” she explains.

Kismet carries a wide range of designers, dresses and sizes. With such a wide variety, any bride will be able to find a dress to fit her style and her budget. Designers include Essence of Australia, Stella York, Allure, Modern Trusseau, Belle Curvy Couture, Callisto, Venus and many more. Kismet also carries sizes ranging from a 0 to 32W.

“Kismet is a different kind of bridal experience,” Sparks-Huff says. “We sell designer gowns off the rack, meaning a bride can buy and take her dream gown home with her that day.”

The shop specializes in designer samples at discount prices. They offer designer samples up to 75% off suggested retail prices, and usually range from $1,000-$3,000. They also sell select gowns that range from $99-$500 that may need a little work such as stitching, replacing buttons or replacing zippers.

“Our prices are just as amazing as our gowns,” Sparks-Huff says, adding that another great aspect about Kismet is that they offer payment plans. Layaway requires 50% down and must be paid off within three weeks.

Kismet provides in-house alterations as well, which can be arranged after purchasing the right dress for you. “We are a no-pressure shopping zone! We will never pressure you into a gown purchase,” Sparks-Huff says. “Every bride should be able to afford her dream gown.”

Kismet is open everyday, except Tuesday, opening at 11 a.m. You can check out Kismet for yourself at 307 W Benson St. in the Reading Bridal District or make an appointment on their website

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Our wedding columnist shares a sneak peek into the most popular fashions and trends we’ll see introduced this year.

Bridal Fashion Week 2018 is Fast Approaching!

New York Bridal Fashion week is next month, and the team of Lace Bridal Couture cannot wait to preview the latest fashions and trends that will be featured in the designers showrooms for Fall 2018. Whether you are bride getting married next summer or fall 2019, these will be the gowns and trends you will be seeing in the bridal boutiques very soon.

While last seasons wedding dress trends are not going anywhere, such as: off the shoulder gowns, champagne and soft blue gowns, and, of course, lace gowns, this season will see a new take on some of our favorites.

From princess-inspired capes to detachable sleeves, tea-length gowns to pink and nude shades, these are the wedding dress trends we will be seeing for 2018.


Capes are still going strong, but this season they’ve been upgraded from capelet to full-on princess cape. Designers are having you skip the classic train or veil and are having you top your wedding dress off with an awesomely chic cape. It looks like we are going to be seeing this trend all over Bridal Fashion Week soon. The capes are coming in all sizes, from long, mid length or short. This is definitely going to be a trend for our modern, chic brides who are looking to be more unique and fashionable on her wedding day.


Off-the-shoulder dresses are still everywhere and are super flattering, but designers are putting a new spin on sleeves for the classic gown.

Call it the evolution of the off the shoulder wedding dress trend. Designers are still intent on showing off brides’ shoulders, but this season that trend comes on and off! Detached sleeves are one of the big wedding-dress trends we will see in New York next month. From bouffant sleeve to slinky and lacy, these sleeves create the look of an off-the-shoulder dress while actually being a strapless dress.


One of my most favorite wedding dress trends is the Mid-length gown. This latest wedding dress length trend feels pulled straight out of a 1950s screen goddess’s wardrobe. Designers are feeling modest for next fall, and mid-calf-length wedding dresses are going to be all over the runways. This sweet trend feels reinvented and yet whimsically vintage for the bride-to-be looking for fashion yet wanting a classic look.


The blush trend is getting a new take in varying shades of pink and nude. From hot pink and peach at Naeem Khan to soft shades of nude at Elie Saab, Alexandra Grecco, Inbal Dror, and more, this romantic wedding-dress trend is here to stay. (from: Brides Magazine)

These wedding dress trends are just a “taste” of the designer fashions we will be previewing while in New York City next month. Stay tuned for the full list of bridal trends and pictures from NYBFW 2018 as Lace Bridal Couture team takes on NYC!

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Get an overview of everything new and exciting in the Reading Bridal District and find out why it's considered the "Wedding Capital of the World."

Cincinnati’s Reading Bridal District is the Wedding Capital of the World.

Did you know that you can literally plan your entire wedding in one place? Cincinnati is actually considered the “Wedding Capital of the World!”

Wedding planning can be a full time job if you let it take over your life. From seeking out the perfect venue, to finding the perfect dress, every little detail of your big day will represent you and your fiancé are as a couple.

Cincinnati is a wonderfully, unique city. But did you know that Cincinnati also has the “Largest Bridal District in North America”? That’s right! Brides and Grooms from all over the country visit our beautiful city in order to plan their wedding day.

Where exactly is this “Bridal Mecca?” It is located in the quaint city of Reading, OH. Nestled in “the Valley,” Reading is between the two major interstates of 71 and 75. Once you find yourself on Benson Street in Reading, OH, you will know that you have made your way to the Reading Bridal District. With the cute pink banners sponsored The North America’s largest bridal district is home to more than 44 different wedding related businesses and services, all within a two mile radius of each other.

Here are a few tips that can help you navigate the Reading Bridal District and that will help make your wedding planning just a little bit easier.

1.) Visit the Reading Bridal District website for a calendar of events in each store. You may find some really great sales and/or trunk shows happening on certain weekends. You can also find a printable map of the district that lists each member of the bridal district and their location on the street.

2.) Visiting the bridal district during the weekday is a great idea if you do not like crowds! The weekends can be very busy in the bridal boutiques and if you do not have an appointment, you may find yourself waiting a long time to be helped. All bridal stores in Reading do welcome walk in guests, but just know that appointments are HIGHLY recommended on the weekends.

3.) As for the other wedding vendors, such as, photographers, florists, caterers, and bakers, you will need to make appointments ahead of time during the weekdays as well. Most of these vendors also cater to brides and grooms outside the district; therefore, they may not always be in their place of business when you visit the district without an appointment.

4.) Besides bringing the proper undergarments for trying on bridal gowns, you will also want to wear comfy shoes! The bridal store locations extend the entire length of West Benson St, therefore, you can be walking quite a distance from one store to the other. While planning your appointments, it may be smart to look at the Reading Bridal District Map to find the locations of the stores you want to visit and plan your appointments accordingly.

5.) If you are wedding gown shopping in the Bridal district, it is highly recommended to limit your entourage to 4-5 people max. Majority of the bridal stores in the district have limited space for the groups of people the bride wants to include in the appointments. It gets very tight, very quick in the dressing areas when a bride brings 20 people with her to watch her try on gowns. Just be courteous to your guests as well as the other bride’s guests by limiting your group to your most valued friends and family.

6.) The Reading Bridal District hosts its own “bridal show” in the month of September. It is an outdoor show with Benson Street closed off to traffic so that other wedding vendors outside the district can set up their booths lining the street. It is a fun filled evening of shopping, planning, and drinking. There is also a large raffle drawing at the end of the night with huge prizes, such as: Free wedding gowns, free bridesmaid dresses, discounts on all wedding planning, etc. It’s definitely a bridal show you do not want to miss!

These are just a few tips to navigating the “Largest Bridal District in North America.” For more information on the Reading Bridal District and to sign up for the newsletter, visit their website

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Don't miss the grand finale of this two-part series with tips for taking your looks from day to night from our Editor-in-Chic and resident style guru Styling with Amy.

Last week we featured Part One in this two-part series of day-to-night looks. 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, or you can visit her website at

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We talk with owner of this chic shop in Mariemont about its grand re-opening and  all the exciting new lines and products you’ll find in store.


Pomegranate & Lime recently reopened its Mariemont store.

Elegant, polished and unique. That’s the mantra Jen Degerberg kept in mind when she launched — and recently re-opened — Pomegranate & Lime, a specialty retail and gift shop in Mariemont.

The boutique first opened up in 2010, located in the quaint town of Mariemont, amongst a number of other boutiques and eateries. “Pomegranate & Lime opened as a life-long dream for me…my own shop!” says  Degerberg. “My inspiration was to create an assortment of gifts for ladies, gents, baby and home that was traditional yet not always expected; classic with a twist – just like the classic fruit of the pomegranate and the zest of a lime.”

The boutique leaves customers feeling warm and special, Degerberg says. “It is full of gorgeous accessories, bow ties, stuffed animals and gifts for the whole family. Pomegranate & Lime is a one-stop shop for classic gifts, elegant jewelry and unique accessories.”

Most recently, the boutique celebrated their grand re-opening featuring shop renovations as well as introducing new lines that will now be carried by the boutique. 

“I am always looking for new resources that compliment the existing assortment. We receive new items weekly if not daily,”  Degerberg says. “We also completed a mini redo in January with new decor including floors, wall color and furniture.”

The boutique recently introduced new lines such as Hazen & Co, a handmade jewelry line from Dallas, TX and Violet & Brooks a company that creates pretty and precious accessories.

Specifically, at Hazen & Co all of their jewelry is handmade and each style and design is a limited run, so you know each piece sold at Pomegranate and Lime is made specially and is one of a kind.

In addition to these new lines and products, the boutique also expanded on their already popular lines including Julie Vos, Michel Design Works, Jellycat, Elegant Baby, Tag Baby, original art by Ann Jenemann and Karin Sheer and many more.  

The future for Pomegranate & Lime is bright, Degerberg says, as she plans to continue to provide excellent and knowledgeable service. “Nothing specific on the horizon, just continuing to offer the perfect gift to our customers; gift-wrap with our signature bow is complimentary,” says Degerberg. 

Pomegranate & Lime is located at 6804 Wooster Pike, right next to Starbucks. Find them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram for more information and new arrivals.