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She owns two of Cincinnati’s trendiest boutiques, recently launched an online store, and just opened a fashion boutique for girls. Keep reading for all the fashionable details.

Cool-Girl Gingham
Cool-Girl Gingham

Cincy Chic: What trends are you carrying at Pink Tulip Club this spring?
Maria Versluis, Owner of Pink Tulip Club: There are a lot of trends this season that we’ll be carrying in store:

· Cool-Girl Gingham – Gingham print is nothing new to the fashion world. This spring it is spiced up more than your ordinary picnic pattern. You will see Gingham enhanced in size, orientation and printed on an assortment of different fabrics. Sassy and street-style worthy.
· Subtle ‘70s – Every season, a decade takes over the runway. This spring, the ‘70s has won that role. Unlike previous seasons where the decade takes over completely, this year it is subtle touches. This season is all about retro lapel shapes, juxtaposing color combinations and denim, denim, denim! Don’t think full-fledged bell-bottoms in the back of your closet are appropriate attire just yet, but you will see different types of pant bottoms this season. Some flared, full and wide or your typical skinny jean, which is just as popular as ever!

Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print
Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print

· Out-of-the-Ordinary Animal Print – Although it is a classic, the leopard print isn’t going to be seen as often this season as in the past. This year it is all about less ordinary wildlife. Night Crawlers, sea animals, chameleons and the less thought of will be represented in this season’s attire. Whether it is the skin pattern, print or full face of the animal, there is a different take on animal prints coming your way.
· Sporty Minimalism – Sportswear has been so popular for years. This year, although it is still prominent on the runway, it is going to be all about the details Whether it is lace up, buckles, zipper pulls, drawstring, racing stripes, etc., there is a new take on sportswear. This year we will see a pared-down approach to athletic influences. Keeping you looking fresh and on trend.
· Colored Suede – Not your normal spring material. This year, suede is hitting the runway hard for a pop of color. This gives the outfit a “cooled-down” effect. You will be seeing sued in purples, blues, grey and even reds and yellows!

Power Shoulders
Power Shoulders

· Power Shoulders – Say goodbye to shoulder pads! YAY! Instead of having big shoulders to exude strength this season is all about less being more. You will see a lot of exposed shoulders, whether its off-the-shoulder or the bold one-shoulder, this season is all about showing off in a classy chic way.
· Modern Safari – If only clothes could be transportive we would be going on a fantastic trip to the wild! The trench coat is forever a classic staple, but this year we will be seeing the idea of a trench transform into a dress. Poncho coats, fern print and interpretive camo-inspired pieces will keep you being anything but invisible. Although the thought of this can be scary to some women, this safari-inspired look has an upscale aesthetic.
· The “New” High Neckline – Conservative dressing is an unexpected curveball for our wardrobes this season. The idea of a winter high-neck is making a come back in a lighter and more flirty way for the warmer weather. High-neck button ups, tanks and even turtleneck dresses will be hitting the stores.
· Statement Stripes – Stripes are always in the spring wardrobe option. This year designers are playing not just with the sizing but the positioning and placement and even stripe treatment on textiles. Cool!

10712488_1564514743771810_7107335262773054072_oCincy Chic: Can you tell us more about Girls’ World?
Versluis: Girls’ World is a new boutique that is just for girls and toddlers to teens. The store is a blend of modern design and creative imagination. It brings many well-known clothing and accessory brands to the Cincinnati area, such as Miss Me, Splendid, Ella Moss, Catimini and Joe’s Jeans for kids. These fashionable clothing lines offer casual and dressy looks and make fashion easy for little girls, tweens and teens. The updated floor plan is a perfect setting to hang out and to shop. Girls’ World has a play area, crafts area and a movie/game room.

The idea here is to give the girls options so that they can choose what makes them look and feel good about what they are wearing. Many styles offer casual comfort yet the durability much needed in a kid’s daily life. A girl will be able to express her own individuality and find the perfect style for herself. Age appropriate party dresses for school formals and holidays are also available in a wide range of sizes. The store is packed with merchandise for this Spring/Summer season. Girls’ World also carries accessories for computers and phones, fun jewelry and craft sets.

Girls’ World boutique features Birthday Bash, a free monthly event, dedicated to celebrating birthdays of our young customers who were born in each particular month. Every birthday girl receives a gift and can invite her friends to have pizza, cupcakes and a dance off party! Birthday Bash is scheduled for last Saturday of every month.

To show customer appreciation, Girls’ World will offer the exclusive customer loyalty discount as its sister boutique, Pink Tulip Club. The customer loyalty program is free and it provides special discounts on everyday purchases.
Cincy Chic: What types of fashions are being carried at Girls’ World this spring?
Versluis: Girls’ World has a beautiful website<http://www.girlsworld.com>, where readers can view the Spring 2015 collection.
Cincy Chic: We heard you’re hosting a Girls’ World event, can you tell us more?
Versluis: We are still in the planning stages of this event, so readers will have to stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information as we move forward!
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the upcoming Girls World event?
Versluis: For more information on Girls World, and our upcoming event, visit www.girlsworld.com.

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Our Editor in Chic shares a letter to her daughter about being stuck in a rut and the only way to get out (other than calling AAA).

030215LOLAI’m going to regret telling you this when you start driving, but I was towed out of our driveway TWICE today. Yes, within a five hour period, I (who actually thought I was a good driver until today) got stuck two separate times and had to call two separate tow trucks to help get me out.

The first time was annoying. I was taking you to an appointment, and all the sudden my tires started spinning. I thought “no big deal” and was determined to get it going again. We had things to do, places to be, and I wasn’t going to let this stop me.

In the five years of owning my car, I’ve grown to know it and read it very well. Ahem… at least, that’s what I thought.

Reverse, forward. Reverse, forward. The further I slid, slid, slid. Before I knew it, I had completely slid off the driveway and down into a big ditch next to it.

“Well,” I thought, “this stinks, but we need to get to that appointment! It’s time to put some elbow grease into this situation!”

I ran to our garage and pulled out the biggest shovel and bag of salt we had. I dug the snow out around each tire, poured the salt, and got back in my car fully confident I’d drive right out of that mess.

Nope. I just dug big muddy ruts with my tires in the process. I eventually got out to assess the situation and it looked like complete mayhem. Sliding tire tracks, skid marks, hastily shoveled out holes, random salt patches, and mud everywhere. Kind of embarrassing.

I finally gave up, unsnapped your car seat from the car, and headed back to the house. My determination and ingenuity felt more and more deflated with each step.

It was a rare time in my life where my hard work and quick thinking didn’t get me out of a situation. That’s always worked in the past.

So I called AAA and got a tow truck out to tow me out onto the road. I headed to our appointment and had no problems getting there or back. But then, I turned into our driveway and immediately started to slide again… almost in the same exact spot!

Again, I thought I could figure it out. The other time surely must have just been a fluke. I couldn’t possibly get stuck again. In the same spot. In my own driveway.

Reverse, forward. Reverse, forward. Further I slid, slid, slid. Before I knew it, I was back where I had been just a few short hours ago.

This time, though, I wasn’t just annoyed. I was furious. Furious at the snow. Furious at my car. Furious at myself for getting stuck again. Furious that I couldn’t figure it out. Again.

I called another tow truck to come get me. But this time was different. The tow truck driver was talkative. At first I was too furious to listen. I was too focused on getting my car out of these stupid ruts. Ruts that I had created.

But the more he talked, the more I could tell he was a car buff. He started asking if I had ever used the paddle shift option on my car. He said it could work wonders in this kind of weather.

Really, dude? You’re talking to a gal who calls this car her second home. But, no, I hadn’t used the paddle shift. I actually didn’t know it even had that option.

After he pulled my car out of the ditch, he asked if I wanted to drive it down our driveway to the garage or if I wanted him to. The hard-headed, determined, slightly feminist me wanted to say “no thanks” and hop in my car and do it myself.

But me doing it “my way” is what got me into trouble in the first place. Maybe it was time to learn a new way. So, much as it hurt my pride to say it, I told him he could drive me to our garage.

Once in the car, he taught me how to use the new option on my car. I couldn’t believe it, but it actually worked. When the wheels started spinning in the slick spot that sent me off the drive twice before, he shifted down and eased right past it.

No more sliding, no more reverse and forward, no more frustration, and no more ruts. I learned a new way, and therefore got new results.

So, keep this in mind: You can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking you used when you created them. That goes for any kind of rut, physical, mental or just a ditch in your driveway.

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Want to create, grow or mend a personal or professional relationship? Our life coach columnist explains why it’s important to listen up.

It happened about a month ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was attending an event and had worked my way over to this gentleman that I really wanted to meet. Bob (not his real name) and I had been having a wonderful conversation for about four minutes when a third person joined us.

Neither Bob nor myself had ever met this third individual. She interrupted our conversation and immediately started sharing her story. This story went on and on and on. I patiently waited for her to finish, but that didn’t happen. The story continued as she gave minute details, oblivious to the cues around her. She left no space for the gentleman or myself to say even a word. I hung in there waiting for a turn for at least 10 minutes before it became clear that she was not going to give up control of the situation. I desperately wanted to finish my train of thought with Bob since the interruption had come at a crucial part of our conversation.

Seeing no other choice, I finally mouthed to him that I would be contacting him and he smiled back, trying to make the best of the situation. When I was walking away, I heard her sharing all the big accounts that she had landed- not that this gentleman was in the least bit interested. As I walked out to the car, I pondered why she would have been so blind as to not notice that she had rudely interrupted us. I’m certain that in her mind she was having a conversation. From our perspective, it wasn’t a conversation– it was more like a monologue.

After giving it some thought, I realized that she was so intent on sharing her information that it never occurred to her that it might serve her to do some listening. She might benefit by noticing the subtle cues of the others and attempting to engage them in her conversation. If she allowed others to talk, she might learn a thing or two. In this case, the end result was one where the gentleman felt as if he was being held hostage, waiting for the chance to be released from his imprisonment. If this was an effort to score a client, I can assure you that her attempt was an epic fail.

I know this is an extreme example, but I see many individuals daily in my work that fail to make the grade on their listening skills. They are so intent on relaying their own important message that they forget to actually listen. They fail to remember that focused listening is the key to effective communication. From this, relationships are built.

Listening skills matter in your personal AND professional life. Many successful leaders today attribute their ability to listen as the secret to their success. People want to engage in a conversation, not be on the other end of a monologue. So, when in doubt, be quiet and LISTEN.

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From Louis Vuitton and Prada to Michael Kors and Coach, these designer bags join fashionable forces to not only improve your wardrobe but also improve literacy across the community thanks to one special upcoming event. Keep reading to bag up all the details.

022315FEATURELiteracy isn’t a luxury everyone enjoys. That’s why the Literacy Network hosts their annual Handbags for Hope event: so you can invest in a new bag, while also investing in the community.

This year’s event will be the 4th annual Handbags for Hope, and it’s slated for February 26 at the Cincinnati Club downtown.

According to the Literacy Network’s Director of Communications and Grant Writer Kim Raterman McDermott, the idea for the event is to welcome those from across the Tri-State to celebrate literacy in the city in a one-of-a-kind way.

The night features a number of activities including live and silent auctions of handbags, raffles, cocktails, dinner and entertainment. “The Literacy Network hosts the event to raise awareness and funding for our children and adult literacy programs,” explains Raterman McDermott.

The Literacy Network’s President, Kathy A. Ciarla, started Handbags for Hope because she wanted to raise awareness and funds for the programs in order to honor the students who are working hard to improve literacy and serve as an inspiration for those around them.

“We wanted to bring the community together in a unique way and create a one-of-a-kind evening designed to inspire guests and treat them to a great night out to help improve literacy,” Ciarla says.

Raterman McDermott also says that the event is also about reminding people that without the ability to read, many things in life are challenging. It’s also about empowering Handbags for Hope attendees to make a difference and help grow the programs that serve those in need.

“The Cincinnati Club and their staff are extremely helpful and supportive of the Literacy Network staff in helping make this event a success,” says Raterman McDermott.

In addition to the Cincinnati Club, there is a huge team that is behind the event. Ally Kraemer, multimedia journalist at WCPO Channel 9 News, will be this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies, Big Dave, Chelsea and Jason statt from the B105 Mornign Show promote and attend the event and Maggie Beckmeyer from Auctions by Maggie will host the live auction.

Then there’s event co-chairs Josh and Melissa Gerth who have worked for the last year to support the Literacy Network as well as Sharon Johnson and Jarmall Sweeten who will be honored for their work in the Adult Literacy Program.

Event sponsors for Handbags for Hope include Tri-County Mall, Raymond James, Charitable Words Scholars, Holy Grail-Banks, Zaring Family Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Busam Nissan, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Keating Muething & Klekamp, Scripps Foundation, Empower Media Marketing, Fifth Third Bank, Diamonds Rock, Read Aloud, David Powell-Bill Gerth (Partner), Ken and Cathy Feldmann, Graydon Head, Mercy Health: Dr. Robert Cranley, Mansion Hill Custom Floors, Kroger, Macy’s, Spark People, Prestige, Jeff and Lee Rose, Auctions by Maggie, M. Hopple & Co., The Cobb Group, Mary Meinhardt, Katy Meinhardt, Fox 19 News, B105, Saks Fifth Avenue and Josh and Melissa Gerth.

“All of our amazing event sponsors, prize sponsors, board members, volunteers and supporters continue to make the event a success and help it grow so we can serve more adults and children throughout the city who struggle with literacy,” says Raterman McDermott.

A limited number of tickets for Handbags for Hope are still available. You can purchase them by calling the Literacy Network at 513-621-7323.

To learn more about the event and the Literacy Network, visit www.lngc.org or “like” them on Facebook.

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The Junior League of Cincinnati is hosting its annual CinSation gala, themed “Jewels of the Queen City.” See why this year’s event is one both your inner fashionista and foodie will love.

CinSation 2014 attendees
CinSation 2014 attendees and Junior League members

Good food, fab fashion, and mingling with Cincinnati’s movers and shakers? If this has you saying “yes, yes, yes!” you’ll want to mark your calendar for the Junior League of Cincinnati’s CinSation gala.

The Junior League of Cincinnati has been serving the Greater Cincinnati community for nearly a century. There are nearly 1,000 members who are committed to its mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The service-based, non-profit organization takes the time to educate its members as well as the surrounding community about what’s going on in the area in order to make an even greater impact on the lives of those whom the Junior League of Cincinnati benefits.

One of the ways that the Junior League of Cincinnati continues to help the community is through its annual CinSation gala. This year’s event theme is “Jewels of the Queen City,” and it will be held at the Cincinnati Masonic Center on Saturday, February 28.

Emily Ryan of the Junior League of Cincinnati says that the 2015 CinSation gala celebrates the Junior League of Cincinnati’s 95th anniversary as well as the impact the organization has had on the people and neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.

“The Junior League of Cincinnati’s footprint on the community has been evident throughout the past 95 years incubating or accelerating organizations such as The Children’s Theatre, The Cincinnati Art Museum Docent Program, ProKids, MindPeace, Fernside and The Cincinnati Children’s Museum,” explains Susan Shelton, president of the Junior League of Cincinnati. “The Junior League of Cincinnati’s current signature projects include GrinUp! (formerly Pediatric Oral Health) and RefugeeConnect.”

The gala is black tie optional and features an open bar, live auction, silent auction and plenty of entertainment. Guests attending the event also enjoy light bites from Cincinnati’s best restaurants who are competing in the 5th Annual “Best Bite of the Night.”

Ryan says that, to date, there are several eateries already confirmed for the competition including Alfio’s, Eli’s BBQ, Keystone Bar & Grill and many more. She adds that new to this year’s event is that desserts will be included in the Best Bite competition, and thus far include Macaron Bar and GiGi’s Cupcakes.

Conductor John Morris Russell of the Cincinnati Pops and morning news anchor Kara Sewell of FOX19 will serve as the masters of ceremonies for the event.

Tickets for the dinner and gala are $125 or $85 for the gala only. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

For more information on the Junior League of Cincinnati, visit www.jlcincinnati.org. You can also click here www.jlcincinnati.org/cinsation to purchase your CinSation 2015 ticket.

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CinSation 2014
CinSation 2014

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From vintage and designer fashions, to emerging local designers and Project Runway finalists — learn about the local event that’s bringing all of this and more to a runway near you.

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As the curtains close on New York Fashion Week, a sartorially savvy event heats up right here in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Fashion Event will take place on Saturday, March 7 at the Bertke Electric Warehouse located at 1645 Blue Rock St. in Cincinnati.

“We are looking at an attendance of around 500 people – which is very exciting,” says Andrew Salzbrun, managing partner at AGAR. “The biggest thing that we are hoping to achieve is a blending of people varying in both age and cultural backgrounds.”

Evolution Studio will present the event in partnership with Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa, AMY KIRCHEN Boutique, AGAR and Navarro Photography. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 8 p.m. and an after party to follow at the Evolution Fashion Studio.

Lines from major designers including two finalists from Tim Gunn’s “Under the Gunn”, Asha Daniels and Sam Donovan and designer collections from fashion historian, stylist and collector, Tony Tiemeyer’s Evolution Fashion Studio will be showcased. Rising designer, Amy Kirchen, will also be featured along with a Spring 2015 line of local men’s fashion styled by Ivy Costa.

“I hope this event sheds light on local talent and that Cincinnati can be a city known for fashion,” says Amy Kirchen, designer of her self-titled label. “I love that this city is rich with talent and we have created a platform to showcase it. This event will impact the city with style, talent and design.”

In addition, Shayna Jordan Arnold, a graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, will get the opportunity of a lifetime as her collection shares the runway with some of fashion’s biggest names.

Event pricing is $30 for general admission and $100 for front row VIP tickets. Proceeds from the Front Row VIP tickets will benefit Cincinnati Opera’s world premier production of the new American opera “Morning Star,” which will be presented June 30 through July 19, 2015.

The Cincinnati Fashion Event has come a long way since its debut two years ago. “The event was formally known as ‘Chaser’ and was held at the Masonic Temple,” says Salzbrun. “The name change from Chaser to the Cincinnati Fashion Event was ultimately inspired by New York Fashion Week. We wanted to be able to showcase the talent and local designers right here in Cincinnati – so this was a great way to do that.”

“For us, it’s all about continuing to develop program level support and focusing on local talent,” Salzbrun continues. “I’m sure that Cincinnati will see a series of events popping up after this one is over.”

For more information about The Cincinnati Fashion Event or to purchase tickets, visit www.cincinnatifashionevent.com.

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A local woman launched a mobile art party business that brings the fun to you. Keep reading to see how you can reserve a private painting party, or join in the fun at a local wine shop.

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A glass of red wine, laughter, girlfriend time, and creativity are good for the body, mind and spirit. So grab a glass, paint brush, and gal pal for a Gallery to Go outing.

Gallery to Go is a mobile art party business that brings the fun to you. “All the supplies are brought to your group anywhere in the Tri-State area,” explains Gallery to Go Founder Christine Smith. “We start with a studio and end with a gallery of artwork created by your friends, family and co-workers.”

Smith’s business held its first party in September 2011 with a mother-daughter fireworks party at a private residence. Since then, Smith says, parties have been held at restaurants, clubhouses, business conference rooms and anywhere else there’s room for a painting party.

If you don’t quite have the space to host a gathering like this, the Elk Creek Wine Store in Crestview Hills hosts a Gallery to Go event on the second Thursday of every month. There’s also an event on the third Thursday of each month at DEP’s Fine Wine in Fort Thomas.

To participate in a paint party at one of these locations, all you need to do is sign up for you and a friend or bring a group to enjoy a night of wine tasting in addition to the paint party.

The next event will be held March 12 at the Elk Creek Wine Store in Crestview Hills. Also, since the Elk Creek paint party is expected to sell out, they’ve decided to add a second date or March 14. It’s $30 to attend and guests are welcome to bring their favorite snacks and purchase a bottle of wine on-site. “No painting skills or wine wisdom is necessary,” Smith laughs. “It’s more about the party than the paint!”

Once the event gets started at 7:00 p.m., attendees receive step-by-step guidance through the painting process. However, Smith says, it’s important to keep in mind that the event is more about having fun with the people next to you than to focus on the look of your painting.

Most parties typically last an hour and a half. Space for the events is limited so you’ll want to register early on the events page of www.gallerytogoparty.com. You can also call 859-816-9053 if you have questions.

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Learn about the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club and their upcoming shows — perfect for a girl's night out — and the local charities they support.

022315CAREERIf you’re looking for a place to see a thought-provoking performance, check out the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club where the organization’s mission is to “create and maintain an organized center of thought and action among the woman members for the promotion of social, educational, literacy and artistic growth and to promote these interests in relation to the City of Fort Thomas.”

The history of the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club dates back to the early 1900s. The first president of the club was Mrs. Murray R. Hubbard. Today, the club’s president is Ginger Paul, who continues to fulfill its mission.

While the season has been alive and strong since September and will be wrapping up in May, you still have time to catch a show, according to Valeria Amburgey, Publicity Chair for the Village Players of Fort Thomas, a department of the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club. “Typically, our season includes three shows and a Children’s Show in December,” explains Amburgey. “The last show of the season typically includes a charity benefit and the profits from the spring show are donated to an identified charity.”

The current production is called “The Women” and it started on Feb. 20 and will finish up on Feb. 28. Amburgey says the season concludes with “Blood Relations” from April 17 through April 25 and will benefit the Hoxworth Blood Center.

“The Women” is a classic comedy follows a Manhattan socialite who recently discovered her husband is having an affair. After her friends turn out to be less than helpful, the show proves to be a hilarious, satirical look into the lives of “the ladies who lunch” and the world that determines their behavior.

Cast members are Teresa Myers, Anne-Marie Ireland, Julia Hedges, Patricia Mullins, Eylie Lorenz, Renee Maria, Andrianne Underhill, Allison Hinkel, Amy Sullivan, Kimberly Boyle, Monica Weber, Elaine Michael, Peggy Kenney, Sarah Spencer, Jeri Nakamura, Olivia Anderson, Betsy Evans, Rilla Foster, Gaylene May and Lori Bowling.

Upcoming performances will take place on Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. at The Fort Thomas Woman’s Club on 8 North Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Tickets to the shows are $17 and can be ordered by calling the box office or online.

To purchase tickets, learn more or get involved with the Woman’s Club or Village Players of Fort Thomas, visit their website www.villageplayers.biz or call 859-392-0500. Audition announcements are also posted on their Facebook page.

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Art gallery, frame shop, design consultant firm, and event space — learn more about ADC Fine Art and the team behind this art-lover’s paradise.

Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art:
Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art:

Cincy Chic: What is ADC Fine Art?
Elizabeth Davis, Art Gallery Director at ADC Fine Art: Art Design Consultants (ADC) is affectionately known as Cincinnati’s “Gallery in the Sky,” and rightly so! We’re located on the 5th floor of a renovated warehouse on the edge of downtown. We have floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing sweeping views of the Mt. Adams and Cincinnati cityscapes, but most of the time people don’t even make it that far because our 10,000-square-foot gallery space captivates them first. We have everything from luscious traditional landscapes to vibrant, non-representational contemporary artworks to satisfy our every client’s taste. We are first and foremost an art consultant agency and gallery and we love helping our clients choose the best art for their spaces, but we also have an in-house frame shop that does custom and contract pieces and we rent out our space for fantastic events! We can’t wait for Cincy Chic’s Eco Chic Fashion Show on March 26.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind ADC?
Davis: Litsa Spanos is the Founder and President of Art Design Consultants. For more than 20 years she has helped friends and clients – corporate and residential – select just the right, amazing artworks for their space.

Currently, her vision continues to grow with new clients and exciting projects like Art Comes Alive, an annual nationally juried art competition and exhibition that awards over $150,000 to the nation’s top artists, and Blink, a high-end print and online art catalog created to help designers source beautiful art for their projects faster. Her award-winning company currently ranks in the top two percent of all women-owned business in the nation.

To meet project deadlines and awe clients, Litsa relies on her incredibly talented and passionate team comprised of Senior Art Consultant Allison Banzhaf, Art Director Sandy Eichert, Gallery Director Elizabeth David, Master Framer and Artist Kevin Poole, master framers Chris Bungenstock and Matt Estenfelder, Blink Sales Director Chelsea Tucker and Blink Circulation Director Rachael Moore.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind ADC Fine Art?
Davis: At Art Design Consultants, we’re passionate about creating beautiful environments with art that inspires and excites. With art and design, the two truly go hand in hand. A piece will look different in the gallery than it will in your home or office space, and that’s where we come in. We nurture our clients through the art selection process from beginning to end. Art is more than a decorative piece displayed on a wall, it has the ability to transform a room adding both dimension and personality. As art consultants we have the vision to see how art or a custom frame really completes the space.

Cincy Chic: When did ADC Fine Art launch?
Davis: In 1992, Litsa founded ADC out of her basement with only two customers. She was determined to take her passion for art and bring beauty into as many homes and offices as possible. Since then she has taken this passion and established a thriving and vibrant business in Cincinnati’s art market creating beautiful and inspirational spaces for numerous clients.

Cincy Chic: What types of services do you offer customers?
Davis: ADC is a multi-faceted company. We sell fine art, offer free art consulting services for healthcare, corporate and residential clients, custom and contract framing and event venue and most recently we became a publisher.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for ADC Fine Art?
Davis: Yes, there is! In March we’ll be publishing Blink Art Resource! The inspiration behind Blink came out of necessity:

“I was awarded a large corporate project requiring a variety of original works. I needed to find great artists and put together a presentation in less than a week. Sure, there were thousands of artists on-line as well as many around me, but the thought of searching for professional artists and then narrowing them down was daunting. In reality, this meant a lot of time wasted sitting at my computer and becoming overwhelmed by too many options. I had to get exciting ideas and make a great impression on my client fast…If only I had an inspiring art catalogue with everything I needed from paintings to site-specific sculpture at my fingertips.” – Litsa Spanos

And because of this frustration, BLINK was born!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Davis: Readers can go to www.adcfineart.com to learn more and be inspired by beautiful art!

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Our Editor in Chic shares a letter to her daughter that explains where the grass is truly greener.

022315LOLAI remember my first garden. Well, technically it was my sandbox. But I planted radish seeds in it once, and they surprisingly grew, so we called it my garden.

My parents were so shocked that anything grew in it because, for one, it was a sandbox. No soil, just sand. It was also in the shade, and a fairly long walk from our house so it wasn’t necessarily easy to get to.

This poor little “garden” had everything stacked against it. I had every excuse for it not to work. But I saw gardens in magazines and wanted one so badly.

I remember visiting my radishes each day, bringing them water — never looking at other plants to notice they were in soil not sand, or if they were bigger than my little radishes. I just watered watered watered, and loved seeing the little green sprouts get bigger every day. Then, eventually, that proud moment when my parents said my radishes were big enough to pick!

We pulled them out of the ground and I couldn’t believe I had grown them all by myself. I think I stared at them for hours – so proud – before I finally caved and ate one. I’ll never forget that day.

Somehow along the way, though, I forgot the lessons this little garden taught me. With the huge hurdles we’ve had to clear lately, it’s been tough to not look at everyone else’s “garden.” I started looking at other people’s soil. Their plants. Their harvests. Why did gardening seem so much easier for them than it did for us? Did I have a black thumb?

There was one woman in particular who seemed to have it all: healthy family, lots of kids, nice house, traveled often, great job, etc. From an outsider’s perspective, their life just looked effortless and happy. Like a beautiful, self-watering garden full of huge, fruitful plants. Who wouldn’t be jealous of that?

Last week, I had a business meeting with this woman. I even thought “It must be so nice to be her” when she welcomed me in to her perfectly organized office, shook my hand with her perfectly manicured nails, and smiled at me with her perfect Hollywood smile. Then, about 15 minutes into the conversation, she poured out her heart to me. She hadn’t been happy in years and she had just told her husband she wanted a divorce. Life had been secretly crumbling behind the facade she kept so well-manicured.

I was shocked. It was like learning that the dream gardens in my magazines as a kid were really a bunch of silk plants stuck in dirt (which they very well might have been). And here it had me – a person who somehow made radishes grow in a shady pile of sand – wondering if I had a black thumb. In reality, I made something really special happen when I focused on my own little plants. I willed those little radishes to grow with lots of love and water. Your daddy and I did the same thing – despite all odds, we willed our special little family to grow with lots of love and strength. We just needed to keep doing that and not worry about anything else.

So, keep that in mind when you feel the urge to compare your life to others. While it might look like it from afar, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. But the grass will always be greener where you water it, even if it’s just a few radishes in the sand.

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