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Learn more about this hand-crafted and Cincinnati-based accessory company inspired by both nature and fashion

For the past two years, Pistil Calyx has been bringing fun accessories to the Cincinnati area and beyond. The company specializes in small floral hand-crafted polymer clay hair and lapel pins. 

“When looking for a name for the business, I wanted a name that wasn’t made up of too obvious floral words,” says owner Jahmaiah Martin. “Pistils are part of the reproductive parts of the flower and calyxes hold the flower together. I loved the way the two looked together.” 

Pistil Calyx originally started out with knit brooches only and then switched focus to small sculptured clay goods. Each product is hand-made and has a very unique process when designing. 

“The first start of the process begins with inspiration,” says Martin. “I have been collecting pictures of flowers for years from gardens and parks all over Cincinnati. I look over these images to find inspiration for my realistic and imagined succulents and flowers.” 

Next step? Color. “Next, I think of my colors that I want to present and the scheme I want to create. These can derive from roses, season, mood, or imagined.” 

After the inspiration and color are solidified, it is time for Martin to get to the two-hour sculpting process. They are each pressed and carefully arranged into the flower she wants to represent. 

Each accessory is unique in their own way, seeing as they each go through this intricate process. Over the past two years, the creative process has remained Martin’s favorite part. 

“I enjoy the days where I get to work with clay and photograph my pieces – it really allows me to get creative.” 

To shop Pistil Calyx’s hair and lapel pins, you can visit their Etsy shop. To stay connected, you can follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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This Cincinnati blogger is sharing her love for Ohio, and Disney, with the world. Learn about her popular blog and the launch of her new website.

Jessica doesn’t fit one particular style when it comes to fashion, so when she decided to launch a blog, she thought a play on words was the best way to come up with a name. 

JessMeStyle is her own way of saying “just my style,” everything her fashion is about. “I just love what I love, and share what inspires me,” she says. “I’m just myself.”

After deciding to take the leap into the blog-o-sphere, Jessica wanted to find a way to share fun, affordable outfits for all seasons and events. 

Additionally, she shares the fun things she does throughout Ohio as she frequents not only Cincinnati, but also Cleveland and Columbus (and she’s an avid Disney fan). 

Jessica grew up in Cincinnati, and her husband is from Cleveland. “When we first started dating while in high school we needed fun places to meet throughout Ohio,” she says. “Sometimes meeting in Columbus, but we also tried to find things to do around our downs of Cleveland and Cincinnati, so we’ve always been doing fun things throughout the state.”

Jessia likes offering up inspiration to her followers, showing them just how much fun they can have right here at home. 

Currently Instagram is where she mainly runs her account from, and she says she’s enjoyed being able to connect with others. In addition to JessMeStyle, she also runs a Disney-themed Instagram where she says she’s also met people who share the same interest.

“I’d say the most rewarding things about my pages is when someone lets you know they checked out the place I recommended and share how much fun they had,” she says. 

Jessica says her favorite post on the blog thus far is the one she shared about her visit to Mentor, Ohio. “It’s such a great beach that many people from Cincinnait wouldn’t have even thought to travel to,” she says.

Jessica is working on finalizing her website, to officially launch JessMeStyle. “I cannot wait to expand on what I share through a blog because you only have so many words that you can share on Instagram,” she says.

You can follow along with JessMestyle on Instagram, where you can find the announcement of her official website launch. You can also check out her Disney-themed page and watch her YouTube channel focused on Disney World and Disney Cruising. 

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Most people who shop for shoes will enter a store and head right for the shoe they find the most appealing in a visual manner without thinking about how they fit or what they were made for. It can become frustrating when your shoe starts to fall apart just weeks after you’ve bought them. This will happen if you don’t wear them, how they were intended to be worn. You’re making the shoe have abnormal wear and tear. 

How to Find the Right Shoe

If you’re having some trouble finding the right pair of shoes for a certain occasion, then keep reading. You may think it’s a good idea to invest in an expensive pair of shoes for a special occasion because they look nice, but it’s not. There are long-term consequences to your actions. Did you overpay for a pair of Nike shoes that may only last a month? You should think about where you are going to use your shoes. You will want comfortable shoes if you plan to use them for long periods of time for activities such as hiking, walking, and running. 

Characteristics of a Good Shoe

Not all shoes are going to be the same. Some shoes are constructed better than others. Before you buy any pair of shoes, it’s important to try them on first. This allows you to test the fit, how they feel when you walk, and more. They should fit your specific needs. You’re going to be in a long-term relationship with your shoes, so it’s pivotal that they are what you need and not what you want. 


You should also consider the insert in the shoes. Are they removable? This is a great choice if you need a specific kind of in-sole. You can easily swap them out if you prefer orthopedic or memory foam for added comfort and support. 


The durability of your shoe is vital. Depending on what you are using your shoes for, you need to consider either a thinner or thicker sole. Don’t forget to consider the arches of your feet as they need to be properly supported. Pick up the shoe and examine the weight of it and how sturdy they feel. Will they withstand rigorous hiking? Are they flexible and light enough to run in? Leather shoes are more sturdy than other shoes and are an ideal characteristic of a good running shoe.

If you want something cheaper, consider suede. You can apply a layer of Scotchguard to increase its longevity. However, if you are looking towards mesh for a running shoe, remember that even though it’s lightweight and easy to clean, it’s also flimsy and won’t last as long. 

Lastly, I know that there are a ton of choices out there and it can get overwhelming. However, with all the information I have provided you with, it should take some of the stress out of shoe shopping. It can be fun, so make the best out of it!

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Get your kiddos into the Halloween spirit with new specialty boxes that include books and cookie decorating kits.

My Bookworm Box is a subscription-based business that introduces your little ones to the world of reading. However, as parents and working moms, life can get busy and trips to the library can often become far and few between. 

“That’s when I came up for the idea behind My Bookworm Box,” says My Bookworm Box Founder Amy Kelly.

The books in each box sent to scribers are customized for each child. “Even though we mail out monthly, each box for each child contains different books,” says Kelly. 

Now, as we head into the Halloween season, My Bookworm Box is teaming up with Cakes by Kat Bake Shop to offer Halloween Boxes.

There are two options for the Halloween Boxes offered by My Bookworm Box. Customers can choose from four Halloween Board Books or Easy Readers Books for you to keep, or three Chapter Books for you to keep. 

Also in the boxes is a cooking decorating kit put together by Cakes by Kat Bake Shop. These kits include four vanilla almond sugar cookies, one packet of each orange, black, and green icing, and one packet of sprinkles. 

All of the boxes ship on Thursday, October 1 and are priced at $44.97. 

Monthly subscriptions for My Bookworm Box are $14.99 per month for easy reader and chapter book boxes. Board book boxes are $19.99 per month. 

To learn more about My Bookworm Box or to order a Halloween Box, visit You can also follow song on Facebook and Instagram.

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Ready for a new look? A new boutique in Madeira is ready to give you a fresh look without the buying pressure.

Have you ever walked into a store and felt like maybe you were shopping at a store you weren’t quite welcome in? Allyson Schumacher, Janice Hartman, Susan Wright, and Jennifer McNair aim to change that with their new boutique Honey on Miami. 

Located in Madeira, the goal at Honey on Miami was to create an elevated, yet approachable buying experience.

“We wanted to bring a warm, welcoming, and friendly experience to shopping for your next new outfit,” says Honey on Miami’s McNair.

At the store you’ll find women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts. 

“You can come in and buy an outfit, including shoes and accessories, and even a hostess gift as well,” she adds.

Price points at Honey on Mimai range from $20 for some of the gift items, to a couple of at-the-top pieces listed at $400. 

The team behind the business is excited to bring a fresh new look to friends and customers in Madeira. 

“We are thrilled to be working together and starting a new adventure,” McNair adds. 

McNair says the team is always planning for upcoming seasons, so to keep an eye out on new arrivals in inventory. 

The store hosted its grand opening on September 11 and is hoping to host a Grand Opening Ladies Night in October, with the hope of larger gatherings permitted later this fall. 

Honey on Miami is located at 6928 Miami Avenue in Madeira. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am-5pm and Sunday from 12-4pm. 

You can learn more about Honey on Miami at You can also stay up-to-date on Facebook and Instagram

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Learn about an exciting event coming up, produced by the premier program for local and emerging fashion designers in Ohio.

Fashion Week Columbus is the flagship program of the Columbus Fashion Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide scholarships to fashion design students and a platform for local and emerging fashion designers. 

The inspiration behind the program, according to Thomas McClure, Founder and Executive Director of Fashion Week Columbus, was to life up the fashion community through an industry that every single person can relate to – fashion.

“Columbus is now the 14th largest city in the US, and most major cities have a Fashion Week,” says McCure. “However, Columbus being No. 3 in the nation for the number of resident fashion designers, gives us a huge reason to have Fashion Week as a platform that many local & emerging designers launch their brands from.” 

Now in its 11th years, Fashion Week Columbus will continue to spotlight why Columbus is No. 3 in the nation for fashion designers as they host a week of fashion events at various locations. 

Thomas McClure, Founder/Executive Director of Fashion Week Columbus

Some of the events are either fully virtual or have a virtual component. “Our signature kickoff event, High Fashion Tea Runway Show, is going fully virtual and is hosted at The Joseph,” says McClure. “We’re so excited to go virtual. And our Finale Runway show is hosted by Ohio HD Studios, where they have an almost 5,000 square foot, 360 cyc, wall studio. It’s going to be amazing. 

A list of this year’s fashion designers can be found here

Details on the week’s events are listed below:

September 17th – FWC20 Virtual Launch Party (virtual)
Nia Noelle hosts a panel discussion with all the FWC20 Designers, including the headline designer. Free Viewing

Sept 20th – High Fashion Tea Fashion Show – The Joseph (virtual)
Fully Virtual live stream with Karina Nova hosting from her own fashionable afternoon tea, featuring 2 designer collections in a fashion show/fashion film format. – Tickets On Sale Now – A $15 donation will receive a virtual front row/runway view of this super innovative fashion event.

Sept 22nd – Passport 2 Fashion (virtual)
We’re building the future of fashion and it includes all ethnicities, cultures, ages, genders, and sizes. Explore a new nation of fashion that smashes outdated expectations and believes that fashion is for everyone. Seven continents. Countless cultures. One Runway.Become a part of the movement at Passport To Fashion. Join us on September 22 for an immersive virtual experience. Proceeds benefit Dress For Success Columbus. Tickets On Sale Now

Sept 23rd – Macy’s Fall Fashion Show – The Parking Garage Rooftop across from Macy’s Easton (in-person experience)
Macy’s hosts their annual Fall Fashion Show in partnership with Fashion Week Columbus, with limited seating, social distancing, and fun fashions. – RSVPS Go Live soon!

Sept 24th – Easton Fashion Night & Philanthropy Meets Fashion (in person experience)
Easton hosts their annual Easton Fashion Night in partnership with Fashion Week Columbus, featuring local African-American designer collections presentation style around the Easton Unity Pavillion and closing out with FWC20’s Philanthropy Meets Fashion – a fireside chat with the headline designer and other FWC20 designers, hosted by Nia Noelle at the Easton Drive-In Stage and Screen.

September 25th – Fashion Industry Mixer hosted by IL Moda Brand Development
A celebration of everything fashion in Columbus by bringing together everyone fashion in Columbus. Details to be confirmed soon.

September 26th – 11th Annual Fashion Week Columbus Finale Runway Show – (virtual & in-person)
Featuring amazing 5 local & emerging fashion designers plus our FWC20 headline designer at Ohio HD Studios. Strict COVID-19 restrictions will be followed with all participants. Limited seating capacity for the in-person experience.

Virtual Experience – Front row seat to the virtual Finale Runway Show and backstage access to virtually hang out with the designers, models, and crew during the show! Only our virtual guests will get to experience the 4 camera experience which includes different aspects of the runway, the audience, and backstage during each designer collection showcase.  

Donations of $50 will receive this exclusive access.

In-Person Experience –  This is a limited and low seating capacity event due to the space and to COVID-19 Health & Safety restrictions. Audience members will consist of sponsors, partners, and board members with an up close and personal view of our amazing designers on the runway at Ohio HD Studios. Sponsorships start at $500 and include in-person tickets.

This year’s event is clearly different since COVID-19 turned the world upside down, not sparing the fashion industry. However, even with limitations in place, Fashion Week Columbus is important because it’s a platform used by local and emerging designers to launch their brands, procure new clients, and to put their brand in the spotlight,” he says. “It also raises funds for fashion design students, so they can complete their schooling. We’ve implemented strict COVID-19 health & safety guidelines for all participants at our pre-production events and FWC events. We want our audiences, designers, models, and crew to all feel safe. This is a priority for the organization. We have wellness check forms, registration, temperature checks, mask requirements at all times, and social distancing.”

McClure says to expect a lot of collections in this year’s events to include face masks. “Fashion reflects the current state of the world,” he says. “Fashion is political. Fashion is art. Most of all – fashion has heart!”

You can learn more about watching and attending the events here.

To learn more and follow along, visit or stay connected on Facebook and Instagram

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Inspired by shameless confidence, two Ohio-based women launched an online boutique and lifestyle blog to help every woman feel and look their best every day.

“Her Distraction“ might be the name of her business, but for co-owner Jasmine Lawrence, she’s not distracted at all when it comes to her mission for curating on-trend pieces for every woman.

According to Lawrence, Her Distraction delivers timeless fashion with online access to the shop and lifestyle resources. This online boutique and blog was started by two women obsessed with all things fashion, style and aesthetic. “Our business was inspired by our owner’s growth into becoming shamelessly stylish,” says Lawrence. “She went from feeling over-dressed into not minding being the one distraction in the room. From there, our Her Distraction was born.” 

For the past two years, this Cincinnati and Columbus-based company has been serving countless customers. The website is full of new arrivals, sale items and on-trend pieces. 

The unique products include tops, bodysuits, blazers, and dresses. Each product has been carefully picked to allow customers to feel their best self. “We carry chic style, such as our signature off the shoulder blazer that is essential to every wardrobe,” says Lawrence. “Our favorite part about the brand is the women that shop with us daily. Receiving a notification that we have been tagged in a customer’s outfit gets us so excited and makes it all worth it.” 

Her Distraction also has a blog on their website. The purpose is to provide up-to-date trends, tips and information to keep readers informed. 

Customers receive free shipping on all orders. Sign up for their email list and receive 10% off your first order. To stay connected with Her Distraction, shop online at and read their blog. You can also follow and shop along on Instagram and Facebook.

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Learn more about this new company transforming everyday activities that bring joy into stylish t-shirts.

If it brings you joy, you’ll probably find it celebrated on a Remi Tees. Launched in June 2020, the Cincinnati-based company delivers unique t-shirts about the everyday life. 

“Our company was founded on turning a bad situation into something fun,” says founder Nancy Rembold. “Launching in the middle of a pandemic has been a great way to get our creative juices flowing and gave us something to look forward to each day.” 

Each t-shirt has a simple design of one word with an “-ing” at the end. Phrases such as beer-ing, smore-ing, happy hour-ing, and coney-ing are included on their extensive list of designs.“Our brainstorm sessions when it comes to our designs are just about us talking about things we are ‘doing,’” says Rembold. “Whether it be traveling somewhere, starting school or going out with friends, we want to make the simple activities in life more fun.” 

If customers have a specific saying they would like on the shirt, the team is happy to print anything with an additional $3 charge a shirt. Remi Tees is a lot more than just spirited t-shirts, the support behind the company holds a lot of joy. 


“Our grandma goes by ‘Rockin’ Remy’ and we wanted it to be a family company and attract customers of all ages,” says Remold. “We decided to name the company after a family name because our first few ideas we generated were centered around the joyful, simple things we do with our families in our own lives – wine, cocktails and food.” 

You can connect with Remi Tees on Facebook and Instagram. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt, you can order through this form or by visiting LouLou’s Boutique. Once the form is completed, Remi Tees will send a confirmation e-mail and Square invoice with order total. Shipping and pick-up are available. Click here to watch a live release of the latest designs from Remi Tees on Sept. 17 at 5:30 with a virtual happy hour on Cincy Chic’s Facebook page. 

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A Canadian transplant wanted to share her passion for fashion with Cincinnati. Learn about her online boutique that offers opportunities to give back and support the community.

Jenise Nelson’s journey has taken her from Vancouver, Canada, all the way to the Queen City. Now a wife and mom of 3, she’s also added the title of business owner. 

Nelson is the founder of Maple Mercantile, a womens’ clothing boutique focused on comfortable yet stylish outfits. Nelson started her business in 2018 and runs it from her home. 

She says she was inspired to launch Maple Mercantile to follow her own love of fashion and shopping. 

“I had been a stay-at-home mom for many years and once my kids went off to school I realized I needed a hobby that wasn’t centered around them,” she explains. “I decided a boutique would be a fun and great way to supplement my personal shopping habit. It quickly became more than just a hobby. I now get to call it my full-time job and I love every minute of it.”

You’ll find a little bit of everything at Maple Mercantile. “I love a comfy outfit so athleisure is a big part of the collection,” she says. There are also a lot of layering items, jewelry, and winter apparel. 

“I recently started carrying shoes as well, which has been really fun for my customers to create a head-to-toe Maple Mercantile outfit,” she says. 

Sizes available from Maple Mercantile range from 00to 4XL, so that she can offer a little bit of everything to women of all sizes. 

Nelson says that she loves a sale as much as the next girl, so the items from her store are priced competitively. “You can find solid color tops for as low as $14 and high-quality outerwear for as high as $58,” she says. “Denim can be found in the $30-$42 price range.”

Nelson says her favorite part about running a boutique is the relationships and friendships she’s formed along the way. “My customers know that they can message me with questions and it’s always great to get to know them better and have a conversation about their style or size needs,” she adds. 

Nelson and Maple Mercantile are in the business of giving back to the community. The boutique offers “Shop for a Cause,” a traditional shopping party with a mission to give back. “Hosts can donate 20 percent of party sales to the fundraiser of their choice,” she says. This program helps everyone to feel good while shopping because they know they’re supporting a great cause. 

Nelson also recently started a brand ambassador program. “This is a way for me to give back to my best customers who love to shop and want to share with their friends,” she says. “It’s been really successful so far and I’m excited to see where it will go in the future.” 

Currently, Maple Mercantile is an E-commerce store, and the website serves as the main platform. However, Nelson says, she also has a Facebook group where its members always have a ton of fun. 

You can shop Maple Mercantile at You can also follow along on Instagram<> and join the Facebook group<>.

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Learn more about a new faith-based community and sustainable streetwear company launched by a recent DAAP grad.

Cincy Chic: What is BINO? 
Niyah Jackson, BINO CEO and Founder: BINO stands for “Be In Not Of” which comes from the scripture John 17:14-15, “I have given them your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” As a young adult believer, there is tension between living in this world, not being of it. BINO exists to help aid this tension. It is truly an intersection of faith and culture.

Cincy Chic: What is the inspiration behind the company? 
Jackson: I got the idea for BINO while I still had my fashion blog, Inexpensive Chic, which I ran for nearly 7 years. I noticed myself beginning to write more about my faith, alongside my #OOTDs. I knew I wanted to switch things up. Instead of having a fashion platform where I talked minimally of faith, I decided to create a faith-based community that featured stylistic visuals. The majority of online Christian spaces feel sanitized and cutesy – the BINO community can’t relate to that. We crave something deeper, more real and vulnerable. The same goes with theclothes. BINO is a way for us to hold one another accountable and align ourselves with peers who want to live a life differently than the world does. 

Cincy Chic: What are BINO’s values? 
Jackson: Our values are connection, creativity, authenticity and truth. We want to transform individuals from feeling isolated in their faith, misunderstood and ashamed into feeling confident and actively flourishing in their faith because of the community they are now experiencing. 

Niyah Jackson

Cincy Chic: How does Shop BINO play into the picture? 
Jackson: Shop BINO is a sustainable streetwear company handcrafting one-of-a-kind faith-based apparel for those who choose not to blend in. I take thrifted finds and remnant fabrics and transform them into wearable art. We carry unisex t-shirts, long sleeves, sweatshirts, and various gift items. You can shop the store at

Cincy Chic: Who is the BINO target audience and shopper? 
Jackson: The target audience for the community is imperfect, young adult believers striving to live Christ-like lives. For the shop, I hope to attract both believers and non-believers. The apparel is intentionally meant to circumnavigate the “cheesy Christian apparel” trope. We want to offer something anyone and everyone who is into one-of-a-kind streetwear would want to wear. 

Cincy Chic: Where is BINO located? 
Jackson: We are Cincinnati-based and have a community all over the world since we are made up of both physical and digital meetings.

Cincy Chic: What has been your favorite part about watching BINO come to life? 
Jackson: The testimonies have been the best part! Knowing that the white spaces I saw are actually valid, and that BINO is solving for them makes me happy. I’ve had many people say they’ve been looking for a community of believers their age. I have met some of my

closest friends through this platform God gave me the vision to form. It’s so important to have relationship with others, because choosing this lifestyle can be isolating if you let it, it’s not always easy. 

Cincy Chic: How can readers connect with BINO and Shop Bino? 
Jackson: There are many ways to connect with us. You can follow us on Instagram. You can also view our blogYoutube channel, and website. You can also subscribe via email for our weekly encouragement and updates at