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Last night, I hosted a virtual party with Miss Em’s  and it was AWESOME! I decided to make it a fundraiser for my friend Lindsay who’s trying to generate enough funds to do IVF and start a family (Miss Em’s will donate 15% of your sales to a charity!). So, a ton of my friends and Lindsay’s friends joined in to shop for a cause! It was really fun AND easy! 🙂

In a few days, I’ll do a follow up blog with a video that I took last night, to show you how the party worked and also recap how much we raised for Lindsay! But seeing so many of my friends buy different items at the party last night, and knowing their personal style/how they would style them, inspired me to put together this post!

My friend Lindsay is very sporty… a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal. My friend Candy is very classic and corporate… a suit or LBD everyday kind of gal. And then my friend Jessica is in between as a teacher… a business casual kind of gal. So I picked out five Miss Em’s pieces and styled them how each of my three friends would wear them to give you an idea of the versatility!

  1. The Gold Bar Cluster Necklace and Earring Set ($20) — I added the Natural Fabric & Leatherette Bracelet ($14) for the “teacher” look


2. Neon Multi-Color Necklace & Earring Set ($20)


3. Coral Seed Bead Necklace & Earring Set ($22) — I added the Natural Fabric & Leatherette Bracelet ($14) for the “teacher” look


4. Long Matte Necklace & Earring Set ($18) — I added the “Be Brave” Cuff Bracelet ($13) to the “teacher” look


5. Silver Flower Necklace & Earring Set ($22)


Check out to see these and LOTS more “look for less” pieces. Click here to contact them to set up a virtual party to earn credits to shop on her site for free (or give 15% of your sales to a charity like I did). Or, if you prefer to shop in person, Miss Em’s is having a Holiday Bazaar event Nov. 5-6 at the Anderson Senior Center.

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Mariachi Band, taco bar and margaritas... ole! Check out this sneak peek of the fiesta-themed event at a new community in Butler County you won't want to miss!

They say variety is the spice of life, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Turnbridge Grand Opening event!

It’s M/I Homes’ new homesite, Located in Liberty Township, and the grand opening festivities will have a fun Fiesta theme! So, mark your calendar for Thursday, June 2 from 5-8pm. Enjoy Mariachi Band, taco bar and margaritas. Plus, we’ll have an exciting ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:45 with the Chamber of Commerce. Its going to be SUCH a good time! Click here to learn more and RSVP!

The location of this gorgeous community offers you the feeling of being tucked away in a Butler County country setting, but still gives you quick and easy access to everyday amenities. It’s minutes from I-747, I-129 and I-75 — easy to get to Cincinnati or Dayton. Plus, it’s minutes from Kings Island, The Beach Waterpark and the new Liberty Center Mall (my new favorite place to shop!) Turnbridge is in the Lakota East School District, which received the state’s highest rating of “Excellent with Distinction.”

The community itself features a picturesque setting of winding roads, a backdrop of mature trees and beautiful park settings. In fact, there are 48 acres of green space designated for residents, walking trails, a large stocked pond with a large fountain and an awesome playground! Click here to learn more about the community!

The model that you’ll get to view at the Grand Opening event is the Keating floor plan. This 3,932 square foot, four-bedroom home is designed with luxury and function in mind. Everything from the magnificent two story foyer area with cascading staircase to the soaring two story great room with stunning windows… this model says “WOW!” The kitchen is the perfect blend of function and fashion with its open design concept. The first floor also offers a study and a den, perfect for the busy family who needs extra space. Enter the beautiful master retreat through double doors and enjoy the luxury spa-like master bath. With a huge walk-in shower and double vanities, this is the bathroom of your dreams! The master retreat also features a huge walk-in closet (no more storing half your clothes in the guest bedroom and basement!). The second floor laundry is conveniently located just outside the master retreat. Plus with three other bedrooms and two more bathrooms on the second floor, you have all the space you need… and then some! This home is beautifully decorated by Mary Cook & Associates and is a MUST see! Click here to learn more about the model!

I can’t wait to check out this gorgeous model home at the grand opening event…. and maaaaybe one of those yummy margaritas!

If you’re interested in talking with someone at M/I Homes, call Laura at (513) 268-8460 or email her at


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Learn about a brand new community coming to the Dayton Centerville area and the grand opening event this week where you can check it out for yourself.


If you or a friend are looking for a new home north of Cincinnati near Centerville, listen up! M/I Homes is building a brand new community called “Wynstone” and it’s going to be BEAUTIFUL! Not only that, but it’s in a great location, with a great school district, and near some fabulous shopping! We just did a few stories recently on some awesome new Dayton/Centerville based shops popping up, so you’re definitely going to find some great stores to enjoy while living in this community!

You know what they say about shopping for a new home, location, location, location. This gorgeous new community features new homes in Montgomery County in the Centerville City School District. If you’re not familiar with this school district, it’s one of the only 7 districts to have received the Ohio Education Departments’ highest rating of Excellence each year since the schools rating inception in 2000. It was also awarded the United States Department of Education’s highest honor by becoming a Blue Ribbon School. I know that when looking for a new home that school districts are a big deal, as well as the general location of the community. This community is in a super convenient location with easy access to 75N, 1-675, 48 and 42, allowing you to get to both Dayton and Cincinnati quite easily! And another perk is its located close to the largest super regional mall in Dayton – Dayton Mall!

After learning more about the new homes they are building in this community, I can’t wait to see their model home at their grand opening opening event next week. They have such a great variety of homes ranging from ranch or single story homes to 2-story single family homes, with a variety of options to make the home really yours without the expense of building a custom home.   I fell in love with the Ainsley floorplan, with the option to have a 2-story family room or even an optional in-law suite built on the first floor! I can’t wait to walk through this floorplan now that the community is open!

With this new community just opening, they are hosting a Grand Opening of their stunning model home on Thursday, April 21st from 5-8pm. This event is going to be quite the celebration with the grand opening of a brand new professionally decorated model home called the Monroe. At the event you’ll get to see how Mary Cook Associates decorated and designed this gorgeous model home to utilize every inch of space. They will also be serving hors d’oeuvres and some delicious sweet treats, and will have raffle drawings and plenty of giveaways. If that’s not enough to get you there, they are also having live entertainment! I know I want to attend and hope to see you there – RSVP Today!

Check out all of the details about this community regarding the location, information on the homes, as well as more about the builder, M/I Homes on their website. They even have an aerial tour for you to get an idea of the where the community is!

For more information, contact:

Laura Kornaker
(513) 268-8460

Watch as our Editor In Chic Amy Scalia shares her personal message about child safety

About a year into being a mom, I joked that I could write a book about all the things mom-to-be books don’t tell you. That was before my daughter could walk, so now I feel like I could fill an entire library!

Here’s one of my biggest lessons learned, and I hope sharing my story helps you, too…

Like I said, I read all those mommy-to-be books, and I thought I had my house prepped for Lola’s arrival. But once she took those first steps, everything changed. She was all the sudden getting into things I never dreamed she could reach or open yet.

Thank GOODNESS, right after she started getting mobile, I saw a commercial that was my “a-ha” moment. The commercial was about everyday dangers in a home, and one of them were laundry pacs. At first, I thought “well, duh, who would just leave those sitting out in front of a baby?” And then I realized that I was essentially doing just that.

My laundry room door was closed, but Lola can now open doors. If she did, all my products – including laundry pacs – were on a shelf she could probably reach, and the container was opened because it was easier to not have to fuss with opening it each time I needed one. Holy. Cow.

I realized I had to make that room safe if she ever did get in there (which you know she eventually would). So, I made a promise to myself to always keep all my laundry and cleaning products up and closed from that point forward. But, of course, with style. I took to Pinterest to find some cute DIY shelving that keeps everything out of reach for her but still within reach for me to grab-and-go when I need it.

I feel a MILLION times better with that little afternoon shelving project, and now, I want to spread the word so other parents can do the same. When it comes to laundry pacs, keep them up and keep them closed to keep your kiddos safe!

Watch the PSAs below I recently did on Star64 with an Injury Prevention Specialist from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and then please share this page with parents, grandparents, caretakers, and anyone with little ones at home! Click here to learn more great safety tips.

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Shane M Pergrem, True Artists Studio Executive Producer

Get a taste of Tinseltown right here in the Tri-State, thanks to the videography savvy experts at True Artists Studio.


With a degree in video production, more than 12 years of experience and numerous awards, Shane M Pergrem is a filmmaker who’s passionate about storytelling. Stories right here in Cincinnati.


“Everyone has a story to tell. Whether it’s a small business profile, wedding film or non profit video, we focus on the foundation of what makes a video really special and that’s telling a story instead of just spewing out lots of information in a video format,” explains Pergrem. “We connect with an audience in a movie format. The filmmakers in my studio and I truly are artists – hence, The True Artists Studio – and our medium is film.”


The True Artists Studio specializes in a variety of productions. “Just about anything,” laughs Pergrem, “the sky’s the limit.” But the demand for one type of production in particular is quickly increasing: social media engagement videos.


“On social networking, video is extremely accessible and is a driving force for sales,” Pergrem explains. “We work with small business owners to create films that help them promote their business online as well as on television.”


Pergrem’s wedding video production business is also booming. “We absolutely love creating wedding films for our couples,” he says. “Our storytelling style is so unique to this town, people are really addicted to it and they can share it so easily.”


The True Artists Studio also produces documentary films. “We got into documentary films through the non profit films we produce for local organizations,” Pergrem says. “Now, we produce docs that we sell through online streaming distribution as well as the DVD market. It amazing to see our work being sold.”


Pergrem also finds time to produce several passion projects each year, such as The Almond Tree. “The film is a documentary that tells the story of a married couple who face some trying times in their marriage when they find out they cannot have children on their own,” Pergrem says. “My wife Emily helped me on the film and my old bandmate Ricky Terrell provided the soundtrack to the film.”


Interested in telling your story? Whether a business, bride or noble mission, call True Artists Studio at 859.305.1547, email at or visit online at


“Between running my own business, telling amazing stories through film and spending time with my wife and two kids, I am truly amazed at the blessings in my life,” says Pergrem. “God is good!”


Watch the webcast below to learn more about True Artists Studio.

Emily Madden came up with idea for Miss Em’s after a business class at The Ohio State University

Cincy Chic: Tell us the story behind Miss Em’s and what inspired you to open?
Emily Madden, owner of Miss Em’s: I started Miss Em’s based off of a project that I had to do while attending The Ohio State University. I was studying Fashion Merchandising and Marketing and they had wanted us to create a business plan for a company we would be interested in doing. I created the business plan and showed it to my parents. The plan was to create a jewelry/consignment store. My parents both were very proud of my plan and asked me why I didn’t start something like this while I was in college. From there, I started purchasing my first items, applied for my business license and started hosting parties with family and friends. Now I have a great company that people in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Chillicothe areas are really starting to recognize! I also started doing home parties, craft shows, fundraisers and large events in Cincinnati.


Cincy Chic: When did Miss Em’s open?
I opened Miss Em’s in June 2008.


Cincy Chic: What makes you unique from other businesses?
It’s really my price point that sets Miss Em’s apart. There are definitely a lot of other jewelry businesses that do home parties, but they charge you an arm and a leg. I remember going to a jewelry party in college and feeling guilty that I didn’t buy something at a friends party, but I couldn’t afford it while in school. The items were gorgeous, but not really in my budget.

I make it my goal to provide everyone with something they can purchase! Items start at $5.00 and are just as nice as things that you’d find in a boutique, large department store or with any other in-home party company. I really want to be able to make people feel good on the inside while looking great on the outside but without breaking the bank! I also typically only get one of each item, so that way people are leaving a party or fundraiser knowing that there won’t be 20 others walking around wearing the same thing. Not only are they getting one-of-a-kind jewelry but they also get to take it home with them once they purchase it. I have women who are always looking for me at events now because they know they can purchase multiple items for the same price as one somewhere else.


Cincy Chic: What kind of successes have you seen with Miss Em’s since opening?
I went from having one or two home parties a year at my parents home to now having multiple parties a month and with new clients all the tim. My client list has grown significantly because so many customers tell their friends about Miss Em’s who then pass along information about different open houses. It’s been absolutely amazing to hear how many women come back to an event with Miss Em’s and tell me how many compliments they received when wearing one of my pieces. This past year, I was able to open up an online store. i’ve even seen an increase in sales from other states, all because of friends telling their friends about Miss Em’s. Everyone can appreciate having items for great prices, so it’s been really amazing to have so many women spreading the word.

In terms of parties – I’ve had more and more people interested in hosting parties at their homes. It’s a lot of fun and enjoy listening to what customers really need and hopefully offer items that will work for their needs, which makes parties really fun and allows everyone to enjoy shopping with food, drinks and great company.
Since I started, I also have a group of ladies – my loyal ladies – who continue to purchase jewelry from me party after party. These women attended my very first party and remain Miss Em’s biggest advocates. My loyal lady list is continuing to grow.


Cincy Chic: Where can we find Miss Em’s?
I do everything out of my home, so I don’t have a store front. But I’m always traveling for parties, fundraisers, events, craft shows, etc., so it’s pretty easy to find me. I also have an online store at, where you can purchase jewelry and accessories.


Cincy Chic: Is there anything new for the future?
For the future, I’m looking into adding another line of either purses, bridal or luxury items. Iv’ve had so many people reach to me regarding their wedding jewelry or gifts for bridesmaids that having bridal options will likely be the next step. Brides are already spending enough on the wedding, so shopping with Miss Em’s has been a great way for brides to find jewelry that they love without the expensive price tag. Plus, they look just as good as if they were to buy high-priced items. I am looking into adding another line of either purses, bridal or luxury items. I have had so many people reaching out to me regarding their wedding jewelry or gifts for their bridesmaids, that having bridal options will most likely be the next step.


Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about your Jewelry Open House?
Every year I do a huge Jewelry Open House at the Anderson Senior Center on Beechmont Avenue. This event allows all of my clients the opportunity to stop in and shop until they drop for the upcoming holiday season. We have so many clients come to start their holiday shopping off right. We put out everything that have in stock to make sure we have something for everyone. At this event, all of our jewelry is $20 or less. It’s a really fun way to get people started on their holiday shopping and allows them to cross multiple gifts off their list for a great price. This year the event is Sunday, November 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Anderson Senior Center in Anderson, Ohio. We’ll have hundreds of pieces including necklaces, earrings, scarves and bracelets. The event is open to the public, so anyone can feel free to attend! Keep in mind, however, the event is credit or credit only, no checks.


Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Readers can visit to learn more about our company and even look at some of the pieces we have listed online. Just remember that we have hundreds of other pieces that we bring to home parties, fundraisers and open houses – what you see online is just a small sampling of what we sell. Readers can also visit our Facebook Page to check out what we’re putting up and to see our newest items. We also tend to do specials based on our customers’ requests on Facebook.