The only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

Fashion

by -

Last week, Amy and Amy helped you pack for summer trips with the 2-and-1 idea. This week, they're helping you choose tops to finish off your vacation wardrobe! 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.

by -

This week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy is keeping you stylish with this fab two-in-one tip. 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.

by -

Dread the mall but need a wardrobe refresh? See why working with a direct seller may be a better option to fit your shopping needs in this episode of Styling with Amy and Amy!

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.

by -

In this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy we're giving you some tips on what to do when it comes to ordering, trying on, and returning clothing.

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.

by -

Learn about Macy’s new concept store that just opened boasting a more unique shopping experience and better prices.

 

Macy’s Backstage aims to give shoppers a new experience with the integration of shopping preferences and technology.

Times are a changin’ in the retail industry. Many brick and mortar stores are closing their doors with a shift in focus for many major retailers. 

Studies are showing that consumers prefer thrift shopping and online shopping over malls and typical retail stores. This, along with the integration of technology and fashion, is starting a revolution for retail stores to develop new strategies that create the new customer experience they are demanding.

Macy’s, a staple in America’s retail industry, is launching a new concept to do just that. After announcing multiple closings of their stores this year, including the location in downtown Cincinnati, the company is now revamping their shopping experience with a new store: Macy’s Backstage.

On April 14th, Macy’s Backstage held its grand opening at their newest location in Tri County Mall. “We had nearly 200 customers lined up outside of the doors even before store opening,” says Carolyn Ng, Macy’s Director of Media Relations. “Everyone has been excited about a new way to shop Macy’s and we’ve received great feedback from our customers so far.”

According to Ng, every location for their new stores are chosen carefully based on the location’s surroundings, customer mix and local buying habits, which led them to the Tri County mall, which is also planning to go under redevelopment.

“Macy’s Backstage offers fashion-loving customers another way to shop at their favorite store by providing a store-within-store shopping experience that is exciting and a unique approach to off-price,” explains Ng. “The Backstage customer enjoys finding great fashion at a great price and shops often.”

The store features a wide variety of products and brands at lower prices. “The store offers a great selection of fashion-forward merchandise for men, women and children while including an expanded assortment of beauty brands, jewelry and designer handbags, as well as adding categories such as gourmet foods, home décor, pet supplies, toys, kid’s shoes and electronics,” says Ng.

However, not all products from Macy’s and its backstage store will crossover. According to Ng, Backstage is separately sources with different buying teams who look for an assortment of items from overstock through other stores, vendors and other connections in the market place.

“Macy’s Backstage is operated by its own buying team who scour the world to find the most fabulous product at the best prices. This structure allows Backstage to deliver a constantly changing assortment of on-trend merchandise at 20 to 80 percent off traditional department store prices and encourages customers to return often to find new treasures,” Ng explains. “Backstage also offers simplified pricing – the price is already marked at its lowest – no coupons are accepted, but customers can use their Macy’s cards and earn Star Rewards.”

Backstage is bringing the thrill of the find back into your shopping experience; everyone loves a good find for an even better price. This “treasure hunting” aspect is also difficult for online retailers to replicate.

“Off-price shopping is continuing to grow at a fast rate. We’ve already seen a positive customer response with roughly a 7% lift in sales in stores that have a Backstage,” says Ng.

According to Ng, Backstage is reviving the way people will shop and want to shop in the future with new departments, products and experiences for the customer.

“The merchandise and brands are ever-changing so it’s impossible to list. However, it is important to note, that you won’t find any of this merchandise in our full-line Macy’s stores. Backstage is meant to enhance and complete the Macy’s shopping experience,” Ng says.

To experience the store for yourself and find a few treasures of your own, visit Macy’s Backstage at the Tri-County Mall located in Springdale open 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-6 on Sundays.

by -

Learn about the woman-owned, independent designers getting together for an upcoming shopping event you won’t want to miss — all benefiting four great causes! 

 
The Luxe Experience is a new pop-up shopping event that benefits local charities.

 

Checking out a cool new venue, shopping with fabulous local designers, enjoying refreshments and entertainment with friends, and supporting several important causes. If that sounds like your idea of fun, you’ll want to see The Luxe Experience.
 
Luxe will be a completely new type of shopping experience held on May 4 at The Estate at Sunset Farm, says Lisa Robin Adkinson, the owner and designer behind Lisa Robin Jewelry and also co-founder of The Luxe Experience. The event will include a variety of fashionable vendors, drinks, food, live music and plenty of fun for a girl’s day out, all while benefiting four charities.
 
The idea for Luxe was inspired by a conversation between Adkinson and Valerie Jones while discussing the Dayton marketplace. Adkinson says they realized there were plenty of shopping events for local designers and vendors to showcase in the fall and winter but nothing in the spring.
 
“We decided we should start one,” Adkinson says. “We wanted to promote independent designers who have their own brand, and they all happen to be women owned.”
 
The vendors that will be featured at Luxe will be Portage Handbags by Valerie Jones, The Luxe Boutique by Suzy Harris, Lula Bell by Amy Ghantt, Prim Designs Millinery by Cheryl Richards, Coral Marie by Coral Wedel, Chic and Unique by Wanda Bronston-Grigsby and Sharon Williams-Spencer, and Lisa Robin Jewelry.
 
“By focusing on that for the criteria for the vendors, that makes it unique in the area because we are bringing to the market some things that shoppers here normally wouldn’t have access to,” she says.
 
When putting Luxe together, both Adkinson and Jones decided giving back to the community was something they wanted to incorporate. The two women initially met at a charity function where they were both vendors: Adkinson promoting her jewelry business and Jones promoting her handbags. Giving back to the community is something that both women feel strongly about, so it only seemed natural to make Luxe a charity event as well.
 
Portions of the proceeds for Luxe will benefit four charities: Dayton Children’s Hospital, Clothes That Work, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year, and the Therapeutic Riding Institute. When choosing the charities, it was important to Adkinson and Jones that the charities specifically help women and children.
 
“All the charities made sense together, they all brought something different to the mix,” says Adkinson.
 
In addition to giving back to the community, Luxe will be a completely new and chic experience, which is implied in the name.
 
“We wanted people to understand that this is upscale and unique. This isn’t the same as a lot of vendor marketplaces. It’s more exclusive and the merchandise is going to speak to that exclusivity. This is very much about designer fashion,” explains Adkinson.
 
The event will be held at The Estate at Sunset Farm, which is a mansion that was recently renovated into a party venue. Luxe will be the first ever-public event at the venue.
 
“This will be their debut to the market, so no one has seen it yet. It’s really cool, very elegant,” Adkinson says.
 
Luxe will begin at 1 p.m. and go on until 8 p.m. Attendees have the option for afternoon tea, wine tasting at 4 p.m. or both. Unique Celebrations by Kathy Jablinski will provide the afternoon tea and the wine tastings will be provided by Salvatore Ferragamo’s Il Borro Tuscan Vineyards.
 
Luxe will also have a variety of raffles and gift baskets available to win while enjoying drinks and shopping through the eight designer boutiques. Clothing, jewelry, art, hats and handbags; Luxe will have it all.
 
“My approach is that if we’re all independent designers, we need to be working together to support each other,” Adkinson says. “We’re not in competition if we all share the same types of customers and if we can do something like this we can really bring some unique opportunities to those customers in this marketplace.”
 
Adkinson hopes to continue Luxe after this year to be a rotational event every fall and spring to bring in new vendors, customers and charities.
 
To join in on the Luxe experience, you can purchase tickets at luxedayton.com/tickets. Ticket prices will go up after May 1, and there are special rates for groups of eight people or more. Learn more about the vendors, charities or Luxe on their Facebook Page.

by -

We're down with stripes in this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching to learn more about why you should have this classic staple in your closet 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.

by -

See how a Twitter account and fun pastime inspired the launch of a new Cincinnati-themed business.

 
Cincy Shop is the newest online store for Cincinnati-themed merchandise and wall art featuring Cincinnati sports, beer, and Skyline.
 
Back in 2011, after a few drinks with friends at college, Matt Roden created the Twitter account that has now inspired his newest business, Cincy Shop.
 
“I had seen someone use the hashtag, but I searched and saw there was nothing for Cincinnati,” he says. “I created the account, followed a few people, tweeted a few things and then woke up and had almost 300 followers overnight. I was like, oh ok, this is catching on.”
 
Today, the account has 105,000 followers. Cincy Problems keeps its followers updated on all things Cincinnati, primary of which are sports, beer, and construction.
 
Roden updated the account throughout his college years at the University of Cincinnati where he earned a degree in information technology. He currently works as a solutions developer downtown, but works on Cincy Problems and Cincy Shop on the side.
 
Through the popularity of the account, Roden decided to launch Cincy Shop just last year. The online shop sells t-shirts, hats and wall art by a number of local Cincinnati artists. Local photographers such as Abby Erwin, Eric Vice, Mark Tepe, and Michelle Peters are featured on the site.
 
 
“Cincy Shop started as a small business, marketplace to allow local photographers, local boutiques and small business shops to be able to sell their products without having to worry about creating the website and the upkeep costs as well as spending money on promoting it to potential customers,” Roden explains.
 
The mission of Cincy Shop is to help out all of Cincinnati’s local designers and small businesses to help get their businesses off the ground, and have an outlet to promote their work. 
 
Currently, the most popular products are the Cincy Problems shirts, which Roden usually designs himself. The designs are created from his posts on twitter or other trending topics.
 
“I see what people are excited about or what goes trending in Cincinnati that week, I kind of grab inspiration from that to come out with shirts that I would wear or I think are hilarious and what I think other people would enjoy as well,” he says.
 
Some of the shirts are specific to OTR, Cincinnati beer, Cincinnati sports teams, or sport sayings such as “Broke Freeways Dope Threeways.”
 
The shirts are all hand printed by one of Roden’s good friends, Josh Grahl, who owns National Screen Printing and Arnar Limited.
 
“All of the designers and photographers get a portion of the sales,” Roden says. “I’m not doing this to pad my wallet, I’m doing this to help out as many people as I can.”
 
The whole purpose of Cincy Shop is to give back to local artists in Cincinnati. A native of Cincinnati since he was two, Roden says he has a passion for the people here. “The following I’ve grown over the years is amazing,” he adds. “I never thought it would explode into what it is now.”
 
Cincy Shop is always on the lookout for local artists and small business owners to feature. You can reach out to Roden on Instagram or check out the products for yourself at https://cincy.shop/.

by -

Read on as our wedding guru shares her six savviest tips for plus size wedding dress shopping. 

Shopping for your Dream Wedding gown should be an experience that you never forget. Make sure that your experience is as memorable and lovely as you had envisioned. If you are considered a plus size” bride, take into consideration a few of these tips to make your shopping excursion easier on you and your bridal party.

1.) Call ahead to the bridal boutiques you want to visit

Many bridal stores carry sample sizes” for the brides to try on. Majority of these sample sizes are size 10s and 12s. Which in your normal ready to wear clothing can be equal to a size 6 or 8. It would be beneficial to call the bridal stores that you want to visit before your appointment to ensure that they carry sample sizes for you to try on. For instance:  if you wear a size 18 pant, more than likely, the sample size gown you need to try on is a size 20 or 22.  

Also, even if the sample is not quite your size, the bridal stylists are highly trained on how to make a sample gown fit you closely so you can get an idea of how the gown will look like on you in your actual size.

2.)  Trust your bridal stylist

The bridal consultants that work in the boutique have been trained on the different silhouettes of each gown and the best silhouettes on different body types. If you have read articles on plus size wedding gowns, you probably feel that you have limited options of gowns that are only an A-line silhouette. This is definitely NOT the case! We have gorgeous curvy brides who ROCK the fit and flare or mermaid silhouettes all the time!  Please let your bridal stylist know your personal style. And, please trust your stylist if she/he pulls a silhouette that you never dreamt of wearing. It just may surprise you how stunning you look in that particular style!

3.)  Wear your best undergarments when trying on the gowns

Undergarments help tremendously when trying on the bridal gown samples. They can really change the shape of your body quite a bit and help you truly visualize how the gown will look when it is in your size. Undergarments such as Spanx, a special bra, or a bustier will help when trying on the wedding gown samples.

4.)  Pay No attention to the number size you are ordering

When you find your Dream Gown and Say Yes to your Dress”  the stylist will then take your measurements to find the gown size you will be ordering. Majority of designers require bust measurements, waist measurements, and hip measurements. Trust your consultant when she/he recommends a size from the size chart.  Have her show you the size chart and explain to you why she is ordering that particular size. Majority of the time, your waist or hips put you in a size larger than you normally wear. For example:  your bust is a size 14, but your hips are a size 18. Your consultant will order the size 18 so your gown will fit you in your hips.

Also, even if you plan on losing weight, you still need to order the size you are currently measuring. Do not put the added stress of trying to lost weight while planning a wedding. All bridal gowns can be altered down a few dress sizes.

5.)  Find the Best Seamstress for your alterations

When you receive your gown from the bridal store, you then will need to meet with a bridal seamstress to have alterations done to make the gown fit your body like a glove. Ask the bridal boutique who they refer for alterations. Majority of bridal stores work closely with seamstresses and know the best in the business.  

6.)  Have an amazing support group 

Most importantly, when shopping for your wedding gown, ensure that you have a trusted support group with you. Ensure that the people you surround yourself with on that day are encouraging, motivating, and supporting. Finding a wedding gown is an exciting experience, but it can also be daunting. Nonetheless, if you are a plus size bride, you want to ensure that you find a bridal salon who caters to you and who will have the designers that you love and want to try on.

I hope these few tips help you in your gown search! If you are wanting to have a personalized experience in a bridal salon who only caters to plus size brides, you can find an awesome boutique called Love Curvy Bridal” located in the Reading Bridal District of Cincinnati! Love Curvy Bridal caters to the bride size 16-32 with designers such as:  Allure, Pronovias, Lis Simon, & Mikaella.