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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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    We found a beautiful French Normandy home on one of Hyde Park's most sought-after streets! Click here to check out the Listing of the Week!

    Looking for a home in one of Hyde Park’s most sought-after streets? Run, don’t walk, to this listing at 3573 Baynard Drive. This $1 million, 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom French Normandy home features 3,150-square-feet of comfort and luxury. The home is a short walk to more than 100+ restaurants in the area. The home features a rare open floor plan for entertaining, a large deck overlooking 1.3 acres of lush green space with unusual privacy, an oversized 2-car garage, attractive weeping brick, a wrought iron staircase, and the fourth bedroom has a walkout.

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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    A nationally known hair colorist is opening a new salon in Northern Kentucky. Click for all the beautification details.

    Zoe Grace Salon is a new salon that focuses on the customer experience.

    There’s a new salon in town and they’re focused on helping clients look and feel their best.

    “Zoe Grace Salon is a new, chic salon where stylists are obsessed with making sure guests love their hair and their experience,” explains salon owner, Ella King. “Zoe Grace stylists are experts with problem hair types and know what styles look best with face shapes and what colors look best with skin tones. They use techniques derived from years of experience and ongoing training.”

    King herself has more than 16 years experience in the hair industry is a nationally known hair colorist and top Holland Certified educator for Keune Haircosmetics. She travels the country to teach other stylists, grow as an artist, and to stay on top of the latest hair care industry techniques and trends. “I am passionate about serving my guests, educating other stylists to perfect their skill, and staying on top of all the new color trends, cuttery, and styling techniques,” she says.

    Aside from knowing the latest trends in the hair industry, King also wanted to provide a salon that allows guests to feel pampered.

    “We believe whether you’re a hard working business professional, college student, mom, dad, or retired, you deserve to be pampered and you deserve to feel beautiful in being who you truly are,” says King.

    The full-service salon focuses on customizing hair design and coloring techniques, offering cuts and styles for men and women as well as smoothing services, extensions, hair removal, brow and lash services, airbrush makeup, and formal hairstyles.

    “Everything in this tranquil salon was architected with the guest in mind from the feeling of privacy at styling stations to a unique free standing color bar and shampoo bowls with neck and head rest pillows,” says King. “This is where stylists deliver the Signature Zoe Grace Shampoo Massage using techniques designed to target the specific areas of the scalp that promote relaxation and stress relief for each guest.”

    Guests can relax in a massage chair or work at a desktop station while their color processes. The salon provides free wi-fi, charging ports, and a snack and beverage bar.

    Zoe Grace will host its grand opening launch party “Consults and Cocktails” on Nov. 3 from 3-6 pm. The salon will provide light hors d’oeuvres, door prizes for the first 50 guests, and giveaways, including free hair color for a year. The event is also where the salon will reveal the winner from their “Complete Beauty Makeover” contest. Those who RSVP for the event will receive 25% off any product purchase the day of the event.

    King says you can RSVP by calling or texting 859-250-6827 or by emailing book@zoegracesalon.com.

    Zoe Grace is located at 287 Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, in the newly renovated Buttermilk Square Development.

    To learn more about Zoe Grace Salon, visit https://zoegracesalon.com/. You can also find styling tips, announcements, contests, fashion tips, and hair trends on the website, or stay up-to-date with the salon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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    A local photographer is being recognized with a prestigious award. Learn more and to hear about her idea to help pre-teens boost their self-confidence.

    Pottinger Photography offers wedding photography aiming to capture a couple’s love story.

    Brenda Pottinger always had a love for photography. So, for her, it only made sense to launch her own business.

    Today, as the owner of Pottinger Photography, she specializes in wedding photography. Pottinger says she takes pride in following along with her couples throughout the journey leading up to their special day – and even after.

    “It is a creative art form that means so much to so many people,” says Pottinger. “I love the end of the night when the couple gives us a hug and says they couldn’t have done it without us. We try to make our job look easy but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. From preparing a custom photo timeline, checking out new locations, and offering a rain plan, we love helping out on the day of the wedding in any way that we can. We want our couples to have fun. We love that our couples have invited us to document their celebration. And when the time comes, we love photographing their newborns for their very first family photo.”

    With more than 150 weddings under her photography belt, Pottinger says she still gets emotional as the music starts to play, the doors open, and the bride walks down the aisle.

    That experience shooting weddings has also led to Pottinger winning some notable industry awards. In fact, she was named a finalist for the Grand Imaging Award 2018 by the Professional Photographers of America, being named top 10 in the event album category. She was also named a Bronze Medalist for the International Photographic Exhibition and will have her work on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in January. “This is one of the most prestigious competitions, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence,” says Pottinger.

    Pottinger says that one of the best compliments she’s received thus far is that her business empowers women. “After a few portraits of the bride on the wedding day I show her how incredible she looks,” Pottinger explains. “And after we hear – oh wow I do look beautiful. It’s almost a surprise. In a world so obsessed with retouching and filters, just showing someone how they truly look from the back of the camera with no editing is pretty powerful. And that next smile is so real! I am truly honored to tell a couple’s love story.”

    Her love of sharing a bride’s beauty inspired Pottinger to do something else with her business, a passion project she says – to give away a session to a girl in the community for every four portrait sessions she photographs.

    “Because I want to show more women and girls how truly beautiful they are inside and out our next adventure is something I am really excited about,” says Pottinger. “The goal is to show pre-teen girls what their family and friends see. It is time to stop listening to that inner mean girl! That age can be rough with so many changes. I remember being teased about having bad skin and glasses (before glasses were fashionable). But it is time to change the narrative. I want to give girls (of any age) the confidence to know their beauty! And if they can see themselves from the eyes of a loved one – well then just maybe they can have the courage to face any bully.”

    To learn more about Pottinger Photography, visit http://www.pottingerphoto.com/. You can also follow along with her blog. You can book a portrait session and nominate a girl who deserves a fun photo session that will boost her confidence by emailing info@pottingerphoto.com.

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    Local experts are hosting a quarterly workshop that teaches you how to naturally alleviate a variety of ailments for you and your loved ones.

    Vivacity Healing hosts reflexology workshops, teaching attendees natural, at-home solutions.

    A workshop in the Cincinnati area helps attendees treat common ailments with a natural, “at home” approach.

    “The reflexology ‘home remedies’ workshop teaches techniques for treating common ailments at home, using reflexology,” says Andrea Antczak, Owner and Reflexologist at Vivacity Healing. “We will also touch on acupressure techniques and dietary changes that may help as well.”

    The Reflexology Home Remedies Workshop takes place in the Vivacity Healing room, located inside the Good Therapy office building at 11438 Lebanon Road, Unit H, Sharonville, Ohio 45241. The next workshop is happening on October 22 at 6:30PM for 60 minutes. This is a reoccurring workshop that happens quarterly. “For specific dates, periodically check out our Facebook page, visit our website or join our mailing list,” she says. “Dates will be listed at least a month in advance.”

    The inspiration behind starting the workshops came from Antczak’s work as a reflexologist and working with clients. 

    “I’m constantly giving my clients suggestions on reflexology techniques they can do at home to help themselves or their loved ones. I do so much educating during my sessions that I decided to start doing this workshop so that I decided to start doing this workshop so I can reach more people and cover more information. I want to help people to understand, not only the technique that can help, but how and why reflexology really works,” she says. “Reflexology is useful for alleviating, symptoms of so many ailments and is a fantastic adjunct to many other healing therapies. Regular reflexology sessions are best for long-term healing and overall better health, but the home remedies workshop will help people to learn healthier ways of relieving symptoms for common problems.”

    The different home remedies that are going to be discussed are: neck pain, headaches/migraines, back pain, sinus congestion, cough and cold symptoms, digestive issues, hiccups, stress, insomnia, concentration problems, etc. The home remedies workshop defines success by the people who come to the workshop. 

    “I define success by knowing that each attendee has learned something valuable,” Antczak says. “I hope that they will pass it on.” The mission of the workshop is “to give people tangible techniques for alleviating symptoms of common ailments without the use of harmful, toxic or unnatural substances or procedures.”

    The workshop is so important for the community of Cincinnati. “I want to support the community’s growing interest in holistic and alternative wellness by educating in a non-intimidating environment,” Antczak says. “I use methods that almost anyone can use regardless of age and health history.”

    If you want to keep up with what’s going on with the Home Remedies Workshop, follow them on Facebook and their website.

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    With experience as occupational therapists at a mental health facility, these two experts are now bringing what they practice into the community.

    WonderWell Workshops focuses on all aspects of life.

    Providing practical tools and strategies to support wellbeing, WonderWell Workshops focus on all parts of life from exploring life balance to redefining leisure interests. 

    WonderWell Workshops was recently founded by Karena Skibinski and Brooke Frontiera, who met while working as licensed occupational therapists at a local psychiatric hospital. 

    Skibinski says their inspiration came from how much people struggle to find the time to take care of themselves. “This lack of prioritization results in people feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and just not satisfied with where they’re at in life,” she adds. “Our workshops give people the time and tools needed to implement small, simple changes into their daily lives.”

    Occupational therapy helps individuals focus on getting back to doing what they need to do, Skibinski says, for example, cooking, budgeting and stress management. Helping individuals who are struggling through these issues inspired Skibinski and Frontiera to offer therapeutic workshops to fulfill the needs of the community.

    Each workshop is open to the public, both for businesses and personal use. Alongside workshops, Skibinski and Frontiera offer one-on-one sessions for those interested in a more individualized direction and guidance.

    Karena Skibinski and Brooke Frontiera, Founders of WonderWell Workshops

    Skibinski says what makes WonderWall Workshops unique is because both Skibinski and Frontiera both have Master’s degrees in occupational therapy. “We are experts in ‘doing’ and approach well-being holistically and with evidence. This means we take into account the whole person — the mind, body, and spirit — in addition to what type of environment each individual is operating in,” Frontiera adds. 

    They also credit their individualized action plans and face-to-face services for making them unique. Skibinski says WonderWell values accountability, so they schedule follow-up sessions with each workshop to ensure each client is making themselves a priority. 

    In the future, Skibinski and Fronteria look forward to launching their new website, which will be published by the end of the year.

    To learn more, follow WonderWell Workshops on Instagram and Facebook or visit their website here.

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    Two local ladies are hosting an upcoming female-focused empowerment session. Learn more about the event and where you can hear from of the city’s most inspiring female leaders.

    Starr Hamilton and Ethel Bonner, Owners of Deatils2Decor

    Cincy Chic: What is Phenomenally Woman?
    Starr Hamilton and Ethel Bonner, Owners of Details2Decor: Phenomenally Woman is the the kick-off event for our new Empowerment Chat Sessions. Phenomenal women change the game. They break down barriers that some feel they cannot break down. They overcome obstacles with style and grace. They make sure their voices and opinions are heard – even if it means they stand alone. If they stand alone, they believe in the change they are standing for and they keep their vision and focus clear until the game is changed. Through obstacles and successes, a phenomenal woman described in the words of Maya Angelou: “It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.”

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Hamilton and Bonner: At Details2Decor, we always knew our mission as business partners would extend beyond event planning. As we continue to celebrate our 10-year milestone, we wanted to begin hosting a series of empowerment sessions to support and inspire women professionally and personally the way we inspired each other. We wanted to come up with an event that would bring women together to share positive energy, solutions, abundance, and most of all, happiness. A Fall fireside chat was the perfect theme.

    Cincy Chic: When and where is it being held?
    Hamilton and Bonner: Our Phenomenally Woman Fall Fireside Chat will be held on October 18, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Terwilliger Lodge, 10530 Deerfield Road in Montgomery. Who’s behind it? Details2Decor is proud to host this event in honor of our 10 year anniversary. We give special thanks to our supporting event partners: GL Robinson Consulting Services, Griesing Law, UC Health, Just4Kids Learning Center, City of Cincinnati/Office of Tamaya Dennard, A Touch of Summer Make Up, and ChoZen 4 U Boutique.

    Cincy Chic: What makes this event unique?
    Hamilton and Bonner: In addition to our fireside panel discussion, the evening will also include two additional phenomenal woman game changers who will highlight a mini Fall Fashion Runway and Beauty Trend Session. Our presenters are Corless Berry, owner of ChoZen 4 U Boutique and Summer Mazion, owner of A Touch of Summer Makeup. You don’t want to miss our filling Fall Fireside appetizers, Fireside Apple Cider Mimosas and Specialty Drinks, and Fireside Smore Dessert Bar. Guests will also receive a Swag Bag, a chance to win Door Prizes, enjoy music, shopping, and much more!

    Cincy Chic: Who do you have lined up for the fireside panel discussion?
    Hamilton and Bonner: Details2Decor invites you to grab a girlfriend and join them for an intimate and casual evening of Cincinnati Female empowerment chats with our featured phenomenal game changer panelists:

    Gwen L. Robinson, President, GL Robinson Consulting Services. Prior to her consulting services, Ms. Robinson also served as President and CEO of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency for 23 years.

    Christie Kuhns, Esq., Chief of Staff and VP of Operations and Community Relations, UC Health. She joined UC Health in 2015 to lead the system’s community relations strategy.

    Cheryl L. Borland, of Counsel, Griesing Law. Cheryl serves as counsel for closely-held companies and start-ups at every stage of their business journey including women owned business certification and strategic planning advice to set you up for success.

    Crystal Harrison, CEO/Founder, Just4Kids Learning Center. Crystal established two successful locations for the Just4Kids Learning Center providing daycare services for all ages: infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school age.

    Our Phenomenal Moderator for the evening will be Dominique Francisco, Director of Community Affairs, Office of Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard. Before working at City Hall, Dominique spent the past 5 years in nonprofit development, youth advocacy, and community engagement.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers purchase tickets?
    Hamilton and Bonner: In honor of our 10-year anniversary, tickets for reserved seating are only $10 online through noon on the day of the event; $20 cash at the door. Advance ticket purchases are recommended as space is limited. For tickets, visit https://phenomenallyd2d.eventbrite.com or www.details2decor.com, or contact us at (513) 554-4968 or info@details2decor.com.

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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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      Searching for unbelievable views of the city without sacrificing privacy? Check out this home located just outside the heart of the city's Central Business District!

      Pack your bags because you don’t want to miss this rare opportunity! Priced at $1.5 million, this downtown apartment features breathing taking views of the city in 3,567-square-feet of luxury space. There are beautiful finishes throughout this modern home in a building with just 10 residents. Enjoy a 3-car garage, low condo fees, 3 terraces, proximity to parks, downtown Cincinnati, and Newport! This is one you’ll want to see for yourself!

      This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

      Click here to see more pictures of this beautiful space!

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