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    There’s a new experience on the horizon for women and girls around the globe - starting right here in Cincinnati. Read on to learn more about this global network that’s working to empower women in all walks of life and career.

    US Women International focuses on empowering women and girls around the globe.

    The vision behind US Women International is this: To create the largest global network of women and girls who intentionally choose to speak, empower, and support one another on their journey toward living and leading unapologetically.

    Founded by Jamie Dinwiddie and Elisha Hill, US Women International wants to utilize the lived experiences of women around the world. “We want to build a global leadership pipeline of coaches and mentors who uplift and cultivate the next generation of women leaders,” says Dinwiddie. “We endeavor to not only discuss issues that concern women, but to be women of action who advocate for the underserved in areas such as healthcare and education.”

    The duo says they were inspired to launch US Women International through passion-filled conversations about women, global leadership, their daughters’ futures, and equity.

    “We knew that by sharing our lived experiences, we could inspire other women and girls to find their voice and make an impact,” says Hill. “US Women International and our podcast Unapologetically Speaking are simply byproducts of the calling we feel is on our lives to prepare globally-minded women leaders for the world and vice versa.”

    Dinwiddie’s experience comes from being in talent management and leadership development, with a background in learning and development, global diversity, inclusion, and organizational effectiveness.

    “We as women innately have so much to offer that we often give of ourselves unknowingly. When we are not consciously aware of how much we are giving, we become depleted and emotionally bankrupt,” says Dinwiddie. “To survive and live our best life unapologetically we must maintain a deliberate awareness to never let ourselves go empty.”

    Hill is an energetic visionary who has served as a leadership coach, consultant, and facilitator in the corporate arena. She enjoys helping others through transformative experiences and empowering women.

    “As women, we must live a life of purpose, unapologetically,” says Hill. “When we embrace our authentic selves and begin leveraging our unique gifts, power, and voice in the way we’re meant to, this world will have no choice but to give us the respect, love, equal opportunity, and excellence that we deserve.”

    With US Women International, their professional experiences, and a passion for helping empower and prepare women around the world, Hill and Dinwiddie offer a host of customizable lifestyle and professional workshops, seminars, and coaching opportunities for women in various chapters of their lives and careers.

    “We have a global online community called the G.L.O.W. Up™ Community, which is an acronym for Graciously. Lifting. Other. Women. Up,” explains Dinwiddie. “The G.L.O.W. Up™ Community is made up of women making bold, unapologetic moves and who want to encourage other women to do the same. They are intentional about how they choose to impact the world and are gracious in sharing the limelight with other women. They are generous and creative with their resources and believe that there’s enough ‘success’ to go around.”

    Members of this community have access to a variety of US Women International experiences including leadership development workshops and programs, networking events, conferences, book clubs, coaching and mentoring opportunities, and G.L.O.W. Up™ Girl Trips.

    There are two programs available for women and girls: Unapologetic Leadership: A Woman’s Code to Living Boldly and A Voice Becoming (inspired by the book A Voice Becoming by Beth Bruno).

    Unapologetic Leadership encourages women to lead by example. A Voice Becoming is a 12-month program available for girls ages 10-16. It’s designed to introduce adolescent girls to opportunities that teach them how to create, lead, sacrifice, fight, and love like purpose-driven young women through lives experiences and mentorship.

    In addition to US Women International, Hill and Dinwiddie also host a podcast called Unapologetically Speaking. “On the podcast we speak on some of the most pressing issues concerning women,” says Hill. “We invite influential women to share their unapologetic experiences and how they’ve journeyed through defining moments.”

    The podcast can be found on Spotify by searching for “Unapologetically Speaking.” Some of the latest topics featured on the show include Defining Moments: The Wake-Up Call; Humble Women Win; Showing Up on Purpose; Raising Unapologetic Girls; The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe; Self-Love is the Best Love; and Accessing Your Power.

    To learn more about US Women International and Unapologetically Speaking, visit www.uaspodcast.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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      St. Vincent de Paul is hosting its annual RetroFittings on Oct. 18. Click to read more about this year’s event, everything that’s new this year (including a fab new location) and how you get in on all the fashionable fun — like seeing Elton John this February!

      RetroFittings, a one-of-a-kind fashion show and fundraising event that benefits St. Vincent de Paul, is back for another year on Oct. 18. Organizers say this one is poised to be their best one yet.

      “[For this event,] St. Vincent de Paul teams up with the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program to showcase the original fashions of students from UC’s top-ranked fashion program,” explains Society of St. Vincent de Paul Stewardship & Events Manager, Renee Berlon. “Students from DAAP shop in any of the seven St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores with a budget of $15 each, turning items they find in the stores into runway fashion.”

      In addition to the fashion show, the event also features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. They will also have a silent auction and a live auction with all proceeds from the event benefiting many of the programs of St. Vincent de Paul. 

      Some of the live auction items at RetroFittings 2018 include a week’s stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and tickets to see Elton John at U.S. Bank Arena in February.

       

      New to this year’s event is the location as it heads back to the recently-renovated Music Hall. “Additionally, in a place of a theme for the fashion lines, the students were encouraged to base their creations through their own creative expressions,” says Berlon. “This lack of structure has allowed the students to truly explore their talents without being confined by a certain genre of style.”

      Retrofittings features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores.

      This year’s event will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6pm. General admission tickets for the event are $60 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and two drink tickets. VIP admission tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, three drink tickets, and priority seating.

      Berlon says that she hopes guests who attend the event have a memorable and enjoyable evening and leave feeling inspired and hopeful. “[We hope attendees are] inspired by the creativity of the DAAP and Paul Mitchell students and hopeful that together we’re creating a community filled with compassion while helping our neighbors in need,” she says. “Whether it is a family struggling to put food on the table or a grandfather whose lost job means he can’t pay his utility bill, St. Vincent de Paul’s programs benefit thousands of neighbors in need.”

      In fact, last year, St. Vincent de Paul fed more than 100,000 people through food pantries and kept 5,300 families in their homes through a homelessness prevention program.

      “We hope that people leave RetroFittings feeling inspired to continue supporting this great work, whether it’s by shopping in our thrift stores, volunteering at the outreach center or with one of the parish-based conferences, or donating funds,” adds Berlon.

      To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.retrofittings.org.

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        How does a local 21-year-old amass an Instagram following of more than 300,000? Read on as we chat with her for our annual blogger issue to find out how she got started, what inspires her, and where she plans to go with it.

        Sophie Kinsey is a Cincinnati-based blogger.

        Amassing more than 300,000 in just a handful of years. The work of a celebrity, marketing agency, or Fortune 500 company?

        No, Cincinnati-based 21-year-old Sophie Kinsey can proudly put that feather in her cap.

        Kinsey enjoys reading, her cats, and plants. But most of all, she loves writing. Everyday, she says, she adds to her growing list of potential captions for future Instagram posts, saves poetry and song lyrics in her Notes app, and works on her movie script.

        “I think my love of writing, even though I don’t consider myself good at it, is why I started my blog,” says Kinsey.

        In addition to her love of writing, she also likes taking photos. “I hoard photos,” she laughs. “I have two 64GB flash drives that are filled with photos from all over many different years. I have so many photos and videos in my phone. I take them all the time, from 10-second clips of waves crashing against rocks in South Carolina to photos of my plants and their growth updates.”

        Today, Kinsey is the owner of an Instagram account with 304,000 followers, an account that has become her little corner of the Internet where she gets to express herself and share the things she loves. “I cover topics that matter to me as well as things I enjoy or have fun with,” she says. “I’ve discussed everything from mental health, addiction, breakups, and other troubles in hopes that it can help as well as relate to others who may be going through similar challenges. Writing is like a therapy for me, a great way for me to let things out and work things out. As well as document the fun things like beach vacations, road trips, and other things in the works.”

        Kinsey shares her adventures with her more than 300,000 Instagram followers.

        Kinsey first learned about Instagram from her uncle at Christmas in 2010, but didn’t start the account that she has now until around 2012, and she didn’t hit 10,000 followers until March 2013.

        While she says she’s not sure how she’s accumulated as many followers as she has, her family and friends say it’s because she’s so relatable to a lot of other girls her age. “I post photos from mini road trips, college parties, the obligatory selfies, pictures with other influencers, and beach vacations,” she says. “I’ve used it as a digital scrapbook to document highlights about my life and it seems like people enjoy virtually flipping through me.”

        When it comes to her favorite Instgram post thus far, Kinsey says that her favorite photos was one she took on 4th Street in Cleveland. “I took it last August when I was up there for a Shawn Mendes concert with my sister and mom,” she explains. “We made a road trip out of it and as we were walking around before the concert I just quickly snapped this photo. I loved it so much I actually made it my laptop skin.”

        Her favorite posts on her blog are any of the ones featuring Kodak film from her trips. She says Kodak film has become a tradition for all of her experiences. “I always bring one camera for myself and one for my road trip partner – or leave one out at parties for people to take photos with of the night,” she says. “I develop them weeks later, then show them to all my friends and family. They are never amazing but I love all the photos dearly because people seem to be more careful about what they take photos of with a Kodak when its film is limited.”

        Kinsey wants to use her Instagram account to continue to share her experiences with her followers. She wants to document her trips to new locations, try new things, and post fun things she has going on in her life. “I also believe our city has so much to offer and I am excited to be discovering more of it as well,” she says. “I’ve lived here all my life but still haven’t covered every corner of Cincinnati.”

        Kinsey says that right now she’s entertaining the idea of taking graphic design classes and marketing in the hopes that she can help others achieve their goals with their social media accounts. “No one really told me what to do and how to get this following, I just used trial and error,” she says. “I’ve been able to help out family and friends with their accounts, so I’d like to be able to help out more people too. I have also rented a small studio space where I am setting up for more upcoming projects, as well as setting up a space in the dining room of my new apartment too”

        To learn more about Kinsey, follow along on her Instagram. There you can see constant stories, posts, and sneak peeks of upcoming projects she’s working on. You can also see new content on her blog at www.sophiekinsey1997.com every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. “Plus, that’s where I’ll be announcing any new places you can find me,” she says. “And, if late night laughs and cat videos are your cup of tea, you can add me on Snapchat at SophieKMan.”

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          She’s a local news reporter who also writes romance novels. Keep reading to learn more about Sara Celi, her growing series of romance novels, and an upcoming release that will leave you wanting more.

          Sara Celi is a news reporter at Fox19 by day, and a romance novelist by night.

          Celi says it’s a pairing that just comes natural because she’s always loved telling and reading stories. In fact, she says, the first phrase she ever spoke was “Read book!”

          “I’ve always loved being taken away to distant worlds, and the transition from reader to writer seemed natural,” she explains.

          Celi enjoys writing young adult and contemporary romance novels because she says that both give her the opportunity to tell her readers a creative and entertaining story.

          And entertaining is something that we could use a little more of in today’s world, Celi says, adding that she tries to keep her books light and effervescent, for the most part.

          “There is so much darkness and despair in the world right now, so I want to give my readers an escape from that,” she says.

          So far, Celia has had a total of nine books published including: “The Undesirable,” “The Palms,” “Natural Love,” “Prince Charming,” “Hollywood Nights,” Vote for Love – “Primary Season” & “Primary Flip,” “Spellbound,” “Lusting for Luke,” and “Acquiring Ainsley.”

          Although she says she can’t quite choose a favorite book of her own (it’s kind of like choosing a favorite child, she laughs), there are books written by other authors that she considers to be “favorites.” These include “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood.

          Celi isn’t just an author, she’s also a news reporter at Fox19. She says that the best thing about working as a journalist is that it allows her to meet people from all walks of life. “That has helped me mold some of my best characters,” she says.

          The inspiration she finds from her work helps her switch from news writer to romance writer. “Honestly, I don’t think it’s too hard to change from news writer to romance writer,” she says. “The only limit is my imagination.”

          Celi says that she’s currently working on a chick-lit romance that will be out in December 2018. “It’s called #SoBasic,” she says. “I hope readers enjoy it! The main character is a total mess, and she’s a lot of fun.”

          To learn more about Celi or to purchase her novels, visit www.saraceli.com. You can also find her books on Amazon.

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            A local lady's four legged friend inspired her to launch a line of microwaveable dog treats you can make at home. Now, she's styling pup parties for the rich and famous. Read on for all the tail-wagging details.

            Melinda Kirk, CEO of Lucky Paws, LLC, and creator of PetCakes and YumYum Bones.

            A love for her pets is what inspired Cincinnati-based Melinda Kirk, the CEO of Lucky Paws, LLC, to launch PetCakes and YumYum Bones, healthy homemade cakes and ice cream for dogs and cats.

            “PetCakes are organic, microwavable treats for dogs and cats that you can make at home in minutes – all you have to do is add water,” says Kirk. “Each kit comes with a reusable pan and a mix. It’s so simple, just add water to the mix, pour the batter into pan, and after only two minutes in the microwave, your furry friends can enjoy a soft, warm, cake-like treat.”

            There are three kits and more than four refill flavors to choose from – helping you make every one of your pet’s days a special one.

            There are also YumYum Bones, the first-ever healthy frozen yogurt ice cream that has collagen for hip and joint care. And just like PetCakes, all you have to do is add water.

            Kirk says that what inspired her to launch brands like PetCakes and YumYum Bones has always been her four-legged friends and wanting to provide them with the most healthy food and treats. But treats aren’t the only thing she’s serving up these days – she’s also doing pet parties.

            “Then, I realized healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and I started creating fun pet parties with my cakes and ice cream,” she says.

            The idea behind pet parties is leading to other opportunities for Kirk as well. “I am currently working with an agent in Los Angeles to pitch a reality TV show in which I host high-end pet parties to the rich and famous and their pampered pets,” she says.

            In fact, Kirk will be featured on Season 2 of Animal Cribs, where she serves as a pet party planner for the host Antonio Bellatore and creates an elaborate pet party for his animals.

            Additionally, Kirk is working on on a cookbook called “Date Night, Dog Night,” where she gives readers recipes to create a healthy dinner and dessert for their fur babies using the PetCakes and YumYum Bones mixes.

            Several major retailers carry her products, including Bentley’s Pet Stuff, Pet Wants, Chewy.com, and Amazon. “We also just launched a new PetCakes ‘Party 2 Go’ for six dogs on Amazon – it’s a complete pet party in a bag,” she adds.

            The “Party 2 Go!” kit for dogs is the only complete pet party in a custom gift bag that is reusable, according to Kirk. Each kit contains one DIY frosted birthday cake kit with a party candle for the guest of honor. There is also six DIY bone-shaped cupcakes for guests, DIY frozen yogurt ice cream with sprinkles, six cups with lids, one party hat, one paw print balloon, and a custom PetCakes clear stadium tote.

            “In just three hours, your pet party is ready,” says Kirk. “Your pup will be the talk of the town and your guests will leave with their tails wagging.”

            Learn more about Pet Cakes on their website, “like” them on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram.

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              The end of summer is near, which means it’s time to throw on your favorite fall boots (yay!) and gear up for all the fall and winter holidays! Learn more about an upcoming vintage shopping event, full of curated entertainment, local makers, and fun for the whole family — all for a great cause. 

              Imagine a place packed with one-of-kind pieces for your home with a fun vintage flair, the live entertainment has you tapping your toes as your kids get their face painted, and you smell the yumminess coming from all the food trucks. Those are just a few things you’ll experience at the upcoming Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton “Home for the Holidays” event – and it’s all for a good cause.

              It’s all taking place November 2-4 at the Greene County Fairground in Xenia, Ohio, and will feature two barns full of vendors showcasing vintage finds, antiques, art, handmade items, seasonal plants, consumable goodies, furniture, children’s items, home decor, boutique clothing, and jewelry.

              “Think HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’ where older homes with ‘good bones’ are transformed into bright and airy homes and accented with refinished or retro furnishings,” explains Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton Promoter Tonya Ross. “Think Makers’ Market meets Estate Sales meets Etsy meets your local boutique. You will find something for your family, home, and closet at our event. Something for everyone.”

              Ross believes that one’s home should tell the story of who they are, and that it should be a collection of what they love, and she believes event attendees will be able to find items that do just that at Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton.

              Ross recalls a story of a customer who attended an event and found a family heirloom. “A customer found a painting of a pink rose at one of our events, after purchasing it for her daughter’s bedroom she discovered it as painted by her husband’s great-grandmother,” she says. “A piece lost by the family, but rediscovered at our Vintage Market Days event.”

              There have also been customers who have purchase their first homes and found furniture and decor they needed – from a dining room set to entryway benches.

              “We’ve had bridal parties attend looking for wedding decor, professional photographers come to find photo props, and many more stories,” she adds.

              Each of the events has a theme and that theme is carried out with vendor tags, entrance decor, staging decoration, and on the photo opportunity walls, which Ross says is a customer favorite.

              “Our theme for November is ‘Home for the Holidays,’ and you will find our decor a mix of farmhouse, Victorian, and traditional,” she says. “So you can start your holiday shopping with us.”

              In addition to shopping, there will also be workshops at the November event. There will be DIY paint demonstrations at 11 am and 1 pm Friday through Sunday and a fresh wreath class on Friday and Saturday at noon.

              Food trucks will be at this event for shoppers to enjoy as they wander through each vendor booth.

              As far as entertainment goes, there’s a lot lined up for the event, Ross says, as coffee house-style musicians will perform all day Friday through Sunday. “There will be a stage with a seating area for shoppers to grab a snack or meal and enjoy,” she explains, adding that face painting will be available for free for children on Saturday from 10 am 1 pm.

              Ross does have a few tips for those who plan to shop at the event. “Wear comfy shoes, bring a wagon or totes to carry your items, and take time to meet the makers at each booth,” she says. “They all have a story behind their business, where they found a piece or their inspiration for their handmade items.”

              Vendors for the event represent not only the local region but also 14 states from throughout the country as well, so you’re bound to find something for you or someone you love at this curated event.

              Event proceeds from the event will go to Circle of Victory, which helps cancer patients and their families on the cancer journey with financial assistance.

              A three-day ticket is $10 and general admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5. All tickets allow for re-entry all weekend with a wristband and all vendors will be indoors, with food trucks located outside.

              You can learn more about Vintage Market Days of Metro Dayton here or follow along on Facebook and Instagram. To check out additional information on the event, click here and purchase your tickets here.

              Watch below for a sneak peek of the upcoming event:

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                This local lady is on a mission to make healthy living easier. Learn about her Liberty Township-based health and wellness shop that offers a variety of all-natural goods, services and educational opportunities to help you live your best life, one bite at a time.

                Sandy’s Health and Wellness is located at Liberty Farm Market.

                Christina Begley says the mission behind Sandy’s Health and Wellness at Liberty Farm Market is to make healthy living easier.

                “Sandy’s Health and Wellness and all of us here at Liberty Farm Market believe Mother Nature is the purest source of healing, providing us with the food to keep us well and the medicine to heal us when we are sick,” she says. “Our mission is to nurture a more sustainable, healthy food supply and harness the power of nature’s medicine to keep our community strong and thriving.”

                And to keep health at the forefront of its mission, the health and wellness shop offers a variety of all-natural goods and services to support the community on their wellness journey.

                Begley says the inspiration behind Sandy’s Health and Wellness comes from the community’s health and wellbeing, not to mention the country’s current healthcare system.

                “Despite spending more on healthcare than any other country, the average life expectancy in the United States sits at the bottom of the list compared to all other high-income countries, coming in at 78.9 years” says Begley. “Our children may be the sickest generation in recorded history; cancer and heart disease rates continue to increase in spite of all the money being flooded into research.”

                Because of that, the goal at Sandy’s Health and Wellness is to bring together the best of ancient and modern medicine in order to offer a more integrative and holistic approach to health and wellness.

                Sandy’s Health and Wellness offers a variety of products for your health and wellbeing.

                “We are on a mission,” says Begley. “We are your wellness warriors. We believe that true wellness can only be achieved by addressing all aspects of a human being: mind, body, and spirit.”

                That’s why, Begley says, Sandy’s Health and Wellness at Liberty Farm Market offers you and your family a path to wellness through healthy products, ongoing education, and a community of people who care.

                You’ll find a plethora of products and services at Sandy’s Health and Wellness, including herbs, vitamins, and minerals, therapeutic-grade essential oils, beauty and skin care, chemical-free household cleaners, Himalayan salt lamps, crystals, teas, tinctures, ionic foot detox, kangen water, high-quality water filters, books, weekly educational seminars and more.

                “And now that we have partnered with these amazing organic farmers such as Grassland Graze and Just Farmin, we are able to offer organic, grass-fed beef, free range chicken, eggs, a wide variety of fresh products, sustainably-grown wine, and much more,” adds Begley.

                While the products are a big focus, there’s another aspect of Sandy’s Health and Wellness that’s also important to its mission: Education.

                “We have quickly become a hub in our community for people to gather together and learn from some of the best holistic health practitioners in our area,” says Begley. “Education is extremely important to us and with all the misinformation and clever marketing out there regarding our food and health care, we feel it is of the utmost importance to give people access to the truth so they can make informed decisions regarding themselves and their families.”

                At Sandy’s Health and Wellness you can also get a crystal healing session, massages, tarot card reading, or join the team for an herb walk around the farm before enjoying a class that teaches you how to make your own salves, tinctures, jellies, and more.

                Sandy’s Health and Wellness was at the same location for more than 35 years before moving to its new store at 5850 Princeton Road in Liberty Township.

                Begley says that there is always something new on the horizon for Sandy’s Health and Wellness. “We are just getting started,” she says. “We plan to offer yoga, dance, artistic expression classes, walking meditations, weekend retreats, mini day-camps for children, and much more so stay tuned!”

                To learn more about Sandy’s Health and Wellness at Liberty Farm Market, visit www.sandyshealthandwellness.com or www.libertyfarmmarket.com. You can also like Sandy’s Health and Wellness or Liberty Farm Market.

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                  We chat with the local lady behind a growing group that celebrates and supports Girl Bosses in fun new ways. Read on to learn more about them and their upcoming event that’ll help you holiday shop with local, woman-owned businesses.

                  Girl Boss Events is hosting a Holiday Pop Up featuring local business owners.

                  Girl Boss Events is back and this time they’re hosting a Holiday Pop Up event. Slated for Saturday, November 10, from 11 am to 4 pm, the Holiday Pop Up will take place at Sabin Hall and The Unity Chapel at Liberty Center in Liberty Township.

                  According to Girl Boss Events Founder Ashley Lindsey, this event is unique in that all of the businesses who will be attending are owned and run by Cincinnati girl bosses. “You can come sip, shop, and celebrate the season all while shopping small, local, and supporting our city’s girl bosses,” she says.

                  Lindsey says the team is still in the process of receiving applications, but she has a goal of selecting 30-40 vendors to attend. “Our main goal is to keep these pop-ups fresh and intimate, but with a party vibe, which is unlike most markets or expos you see in the area,” she adds.

                  Currently, some of the businesses attending the event include:

                  • OBTLove – hair accessories for girls and bow ties for the guys
                  • The Spampy Baby Co. – pacifier clips and teething rings
                  • Lulu’s Sweet Bites – cookies, cakes, and cupcakes
                  • Game Day Feels – accessories made from baseball glove lace
                  • Woodworks + Co – hand lettered home decor and furniture
                  • Fenno Fashion – jewelry
                  • StyleNmotion – clothing boutique
                  • Fresh Garden Goods – kitchen/cooking, home decor, kids goods
                  • Trendy Tags Boutique – clothing boutique

                  “This is just the start of our vendor selection,” says Lindsey. “There is really something for everyone to come shop for the holidays.”

                  To submit your vendor application, click here.

                  The event is free to the public, which Lindsey says can expect to have a good time, enjoy an uplifting atmosphere, and do some of the best shopping from local girl boss businesses.

                  “There will be complimentary coffee and hot chocolate provided by Cavu Coffee, a photo booth, and more surprises from our amazing community members,” she adds.

                  While there are no tickets to purchase for the event, to have an accurate headcount, Lindsey says that they are asking for RSVPs on the Facebook event, which you can find here.

                  There are other events around the corner for Girl Boss Events including one at Kendra Scott in Kenwood. “The Girl Boss Events team will be there to mix and mingle, enjoy some refreshments and get 15 percent off with fellow girl bosses in the Cincinnati area,” says Lindsey. The mixers, she says, are for girl bosses who have started ground-up businesses, and an RSVP is a must.

                  Lindsey says that they’re also excited about events coming up in 2018 that are centered around health, wellness, and weddings.

                  To learn more about Girl Boss Events, their mission, and to keep up to date on mixers and pop-ups, visit girlbosscincinnati.com.

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                    A local studio is giving its owner the opportunity to combine her love for handmade plants and unique home decor with planting classes for the community. Read on to learn more and see how her upcoming events can give your green thumb a hand.

                    “Bridging design and flora, Fern Studio offers a carefully edited selection of beautiful and unique objects along with a curated assortment of plants,” according to owner Megan Strasser.

                    Located in an old gas station in the heart of College Hill, Fern has become a popular plant design studio. The reason behind the shop’s popularity is due to Strasser’s knowledge and expertise in designing and pairing plants with planters.

                    When asked about her designs, she says it’s about being thoughtful. “The plant and the pot should have just as much intention as the large furniture pieces you bring into your house,” explains Strasser. “You want to choose a plant that fits your lighting conditions, but you also want to choose a plant and a pot that complement your taste and your home.”

                    At Fern, you’ll find that the store, as well as the studio, specializes in custom plant design installations for homes, offices, restaurants, boutiques, and in nearly any place you can put a plant.

                    Strasser says she opened Fern because she wanted to create a space that allowed her to combine her love for handmade objects and plants.

                    When it comes to choosing your plants, Strasser wants to help customers select one that works for their own personal aesthetic and their home’s style.

                    “You want to choose a plant that fits your lighting conditions,” says Strasser. “But you also want to choose a plant and a pot that complement your taste and your home. The plant and planter should also complement each other.”

                    In addition to plants and pots, Fern also sells a curated collection of items, including hand-loomed blankets, small-batch candles, hand-woven baskets, and handmade textile wall hangings. Plus, the shop is dedicated to giving back to the community by donating proceeds to a local animal rescue.

                    Fern is hosting an upcoming Terrific Terrariums class with the Taft Museum on August 25. Although the event is sold out, Strasser says you can keep your eye out on the shop’s Facebook page for other upcoming events.

                    Fern is located at 6040 Hamilton Avenue in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit https://www.fern-shop.com/, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

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                      Let out your inner artist at this Anderson-based pottery studio. Read on to learn more about the easy process that lets you explore your creativity while enjoying time with friends and family.

                       

                      For nearly two decades, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio has been offering guests the opportunity to create their own piece of art. The studio hosts classes, parties for both kids and adults, custom pottery, and even pottery to help you showcase your love for the Queen City.

                      Opened in 2000, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio has been helping local families create artwork and memories through parties, group events, family gatherings, or just hanging out with friends, says Owner Jacqueline Johnson. “Walk in anytime we are open, or call to reserve a group event. We have experienced artists who are here to help you create a masterpiece to have for years to come,” she adds.

                      According to Johnson, the best part about Doodlin’ Pottery Studio is that you don’t have to be a professional artist to create a masterpiece to keep for years to come. Whether you’re creating a customized gift or something for yourself, choose from a variety of fun and functional pottery pieces, all you have to do is pick the colors you want to use and design your piece.

                      “Doodlin’ Pottery has all the tools you need, including experienced artists who are there to help you from start to finish,” explains Johnson. “And you can stay as long as you’d like until your work is complete.”

                      Once you finish your piece, Doodlin’ Pottery Studio applies the glaze and fires it in the kiln to complete your work of art.

                      You can also purchase ready-made pottery, Johnson says. In fact, she adds, about 70 percent of their pottery is made in the store. She says that it not only helps to keep prices down, but contributes to the local economy and is a better alternative to buying pottery from foreign manufacturers.

                      “We learned how to hand-build and slip cast pottery many years ago in art school and are proud to offer our community handmade ceramics using techniques that have been around for thousands of years,” adds Johnson. “Our nearly 500 plaster, slip cast molds allow us to make unique pieces of pottery that are difficult or are unavailable to purchase from other manufacturers.”

                      If you’re interested in hosting a private party at Doodlin’ Pottery Studio, there’s a space for that. The room can be booked for a night, stress-free night for guests of all ages. It can be for the kids, an organization, business, ladies night out, or even a bridal shower.

                      Other types of parties that can be hosted at Doodlin’ Pottery Studio include Scout events, baby showers, family reunions, bachelorette parties, team building, assisted living activity trips, and preschool/daycare activities.

                      Custom pottery pieces are also available from Doodlin’ Pottery Studio, says Johnson. “Painting your own pottery is not your think but still want an artistic ceramic piece for yourself or to give as a gift? We love painting pottery and can create a one-of-a-kind piece for your needs,” says Johnson. “Our talented artists have done just that for many happy customers. Be inspired, and let us create what you are looking for.”

                      Doodlin Pottery Studio is located at Five Mile Center at 7707 Five Mile Road in Cincinnati.

                      To learn more about Doodlin Pottery Studio, visit http://www.doodlinpottery.com/. You can also “like” them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram.