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    One stylish step at a time, the Cancer Support Community is raising funds for their cause with a fun and fashionable night out. Keep reading for their inspiring message and how they’re helping those impacted by cancer through this upcoming event that every wino and fashionista will want to attend!

     

    Wine, Women & Shoes will be held May 18 at the Kenwood Country Club and benefit the Cancer Support Community.

    Mark your calendars for May 12 for the 2017 Wine, Women & Shoes event takes place at the Kenwood Country Club from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

    Benefitting the Cancer Support Community, Wine, Women & Shoes brings a night of fashion and philanthropy to the city, aiming to bring support to a local organization.

    “This evening of fashion and compassion is a smart, sophisticated event featuring wine tasting, silent and live auctions, a fashion show, and a shopping marketplace that will engage and entertain our expected 300 plus guests,” explains Cancer Support Community Executive Director Michelle Johnson.

    The event aims to raise funds and further the mission of the CSC.

    The Cancer Support Community was established in 1990, a few years after Lynn Stern watched an episode of the Phil Donahue Show in which the show discussed The Wellness Community (TWC) with special guest Dr. Harold Benjamin, who founded TWC.

    Dr. Benjamin put out a call-to-action to anyone who wanted to start a wellness community of their own. Stern jumped at the chance as she was a cancer survivor herself.

    “As an ovarian cancer survivor and moved by his mission of providing education, hope, and community to those impacted by cancer, Stern picked up the phone and immediately contact Dr. Benjamin,” says Johnson.

    After spending time in Santa Monica, California, learning more about the organization, Stern knew she wanted to bring the organization to Cincinnati, thanks to its philosophy, approach, and impact on people affected by cancer.

    “Today, the Cancer Support Community brings support, education, and hope to the thousands of people who are impacted by cancer in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions,” says Johnson.

    Event entertainment, wine, and other fun activities are planned for Wine, Women & Shoes.

    According to Johnson, the mission at the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all those who are impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by the community.

    To bring even greater awareness of the Cancer Support Community and to raise funds for its mission, the organization is teaming up with Wine, Women & Shoes. Founded by Elaine Honig, Wine, Women & Shoes hosts events in cities around the country to help organizations raise money for their causes.

    VIP tickets for Wine, Women & Shoes are $150 and includes valet parking, a VIP gift, table seating with a dedicated Shoe Guy host, wine tasting, food and beverages, event entertainment, and a swag bag. General admission tickets are $100 and includes valet parking, wine tasting, food and beverages, event entertainment, and a swag bag.

    Learn more about Wine, Women & Shoes or purchase your tickets here.

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    We chat with a Cincinnati-based event planner who specializes in producing budget-friendly events that look like a million bucks.

    Have big dreams for a special event, but don’t have a big budget? That’s where Serenitee Events can help.

    Serenitee Events “is designed for small scale budgets,” says owner Tiffany Payne-Bush. “We want to create million dollar looks, but we only want our clients to pay a small fraction! I tell my clients all the time, You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to create a magical event! Less is more.”

    On its official Facebook page, Serenitee Events pledges that it “takes pride in providing expert consultation services to fit your style and vision,” specializes “in creating everlasting dreams, making your special moment enjoyable and breathtaking,” and puts “your mind at ease with hands-free and stress-free event planning.”

    The small company, made up of four people, plans weddings, birthday parties, showers, fundraising events, and more, and can plan any event, big or small. Payne-Bush especially loves planning birthday parties and weddings because “Those are the events I feel I can be most creative.”

    Tiffany Payne-Bush, Owner of Serenitee Events

    Services offered by Serenitee Events include day-of event coordination, event design, full service coordination, and the rental of their garage for private events. The garage holds 60 guests inside and up to 50 guests outside, rents for $400 for four hours, and includes tables, chairs, and small centerpieces.

    Before founding Serenitee Events two years ago, Payne-Bush worked for the Cincinnati Parks and as an event manager for the Cincinnati Art Museum. This “gave me a creative passion for fundraising, design and coordinating high scale events,” Payne-Bush says, and she was inspired to strike out on her own and open an event planning business. Her favorite part of planning events is unveiling her work and watching clients see their visions come to life for the first time. “It can be emotional at times but their reactions are priceless.”

    Because there are currently only four people, including Payne-Bush, working for Serenitee Events, Payne-Bush’s main goal is to build her brand up and grow her business to take on more staff, plan more events, and to someday get a new facility that can house larger events. In 2017, one goal of Payne-Bush’s is to plan an event with over a thousand people in attendance. She’s used to planning events with under 5,000 guests, so she looks forward to the challenge of planning an event twice as big. The sky’s the limit, and Payne-Bush shows no sign of slowing down.

    To learn more about Serenitee Events, visit https://www.facebook.com/sereniteeevents/.

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      As we prepare to host our 8th Annual Seasonably Chic Showcase, here’s a little sneak peek into some of the businesses you’ll find there this year. From boutiques and online shop owners to fashion designers and home decor experts, read on for a sneak peek of the chicest holiday shopping expo in town!

       
       
      Cincy Chic's Seasonably Chic Showcase is this weekend, November 5, at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati!
      Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase is this weekend, November 5, at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati!
      Enjoy a mimosa as you shop with more than 40 of Cincinnati’s best businesses for you and everyone on your list, have the kids decorate gifts, see a fashion show, get a free chair massage, and leave with a complimentary tote bag filled with swag and everything wrapped and ready for the holidays with free gift wrapping. It’s Cincy Chic’s 8th annual 2016 Seasonably Chic Showcase this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati, and you’re invited! It all benefits a great cause, too, as you get in free with a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank!
       
      Click here to RSVP and check out a preview below of some of the special vendors we’ll have at this event to help you shop for everyone — from your mother-in-law to your baby nephew — on your holiday gift list!
       
      Infinity Indoor Flowers
      Nicole Loisy is the local lady behind Infinity Indoor Flowers, a business that creates preserved foliage and flower arrangements for indoor use. “Each creation can be customized to the customer’s needs for interior design, themed events, gifts, and more,” explains Loisy.
       
      Loisy is the owner and designer of the business, and says that Infinity Indoor Flowers is a unique product in that they are real flowers but will last for years with no maintenance.
       
      Loisy says that she received her training in Paris, where she learned to work with and preserve flowers.
       
      You’ll find Infinity Indoor Flowers at this Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. Loisy says that she’ll be bringing many different types of arrangements to showcase her preserved flowers. There will be both large and small pieces available for purchase as well. 
       
      Loisy says she’s excited to check out Cincy Chic’s event and teach them about her business. “I’m excited to meet people and educate them about our products,” she says. “I’m looking forward to bringing fall-inspired creations as well.”
       
      Check out Infinity Indoor Flowers on Facebook and Instagram
       
      LeiMarie Limited
      Shopaholics will find LeiMarie Limited can help them check off a lot of names on their Christmas shopping list. “LeiMarie Limited is an online and traveling boutique specializing in providing easy access to the latest trends in clothing and accessories ranging from sizes small to 3XL,” says LeiMarie’s Founder Chrissy Gedeon. 
       
      Gedeon is the first to admit – shopping can be difficult. It’s an experience that highly depends on what’s going on around you, including your mood, your schedule, and your demands. “We bring you a fun and exciting online experience, from complete outfits to that single accessory,” she says. 
       
      Gedeon knows what it takes to bring your outfits to the next level, and wants to give her customers something that is Pinterest worthy. She sells mom-appropriate fashion that you’ll see on everyday women – not runway or magazine attire. “We know you go from work to sports to PTO meetings to happy hour and everywhere in between,” she says. “And we know you want to look your best through it all.”
       
      Gedeon says the name LeiMarie was inspired by her only daughter, Anisten Lei, with whom she shares a middle name. “She is my motivation, my reason for striving as a female entrepreneur,” she says. “This shopping service is my retail dream, and with the best team on board, including my amazing husband, best friend, and family, we’re providing joy through style all over the U.S.”
       
      When it comes to the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Gedeon says she will be bringing each of LeiMarie’s style pieces to illustrate and provide what you need to take your outfits to the next level. These pieces include tunics, cardigans, scarves, vests, outerwear, trendy tanks, and accessories. 
       
      Gedeon says that she’s the most excited about introducing LeiMarie’s passion for style to new customers at the Seasonably Chic Showcase. “We can’t wait to be part of this annual fun,” she adds.
       
      You can find LeiMarie Limited on Facebook and Instagram. You can also shop her items by clicking here
       
      Designs by Glenda
      When it comes to affordable, one-of-a-kind jewelry, Glenda Hain from Designs by Glenda has you covered. 
       
      Designs by Glenda sells earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, all of which will be at the Seasonably Chic Showcase, according to Hain. “I’ll be bringing fun, chunky, great looking jewelry that only I carry,” she says.  
       
      Hain says that she’s the most excited about not only meeting Cincy Chic fans and event attendees, but also sharing her love of jewelry with fun, colorful pieces that are unique to Cincinnati. 
       
      Collar Up Shirts
      Check off the men on your shopping list with a stop at Collar Up Shirts this weekend. Although the shirts can also be worn by women, Collar Up Shirts is targeted toward men. At Collar Up, comfort is the ultimate goal.
       
      “Comfort and fit are taken to the next level – with Collar Up undershirts. Bunching, twisting, wrinkles, bulkiness and discomfort – out,” says Bob Dilts, one of the founders and owners of Collar Up Shirts. 
       
      Stop by their booth to see all three versions of the “modern day dickey,” the sleeveless, short sleeve, and long sleeve shirts in the brand’s line. Co-Founder Julie Larger says that they’ll be bringing along a variety of sizes and will be able to show event attendees how perfect the shirts are for layering under sweaters and pullovers.
       
      Larger says the team at Collar Up Shirts is really looking forward to getting in front of a group of women who are searching for unique items, not only for themselves, but for the men in their lives. “This is really the first opportunity we’ve had to actually engage with the public, and we are really looking forward to it,” she adds.
       
      Learn more about Collar Up Shirts at www.collarupshirts.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook
       
      FENNOfashion
      Founded almost 10 years ago, FENNOfashion is the brainchild of Founder Megan Fenno. This accessory line is completely designed and handmade by Fenno herself.
       
      Fenno was inspired to launch her own business from a desire to connect people through accessories. She says she enjoys creating accessories and helping clients design their custom orders. 
       
      “The last custom project was taking two family heirloom pearl sets and turning them into four statement necklaces – turning them into pieces that can be worn on more than just special occasions,” she says. 
       
      Fenno, who has been designing and creating accessories since was in high school, attended the Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in fashion and accessory design. From there, she was able to combine her dream of running a business with her love for accessories through FENNOfashion.
       
      Fenno says that she will be bringing a mix of handmade vintage-inspired jewelry, statement necklaces, a variety of earrings, and, new this year, trinket necklaces, which are small necklaces made with reclaimed vintage pieces that are perfect for layering. “There’s really something for everyone, and at great price points,” she adds.
       
      Fenno has participating in the Seasonably Chic Showcase for the last six years, and this year will mark her seventh year attending. Since she’s been around a while, she says that she’s looking forward to visiting with returning customers but also making friends with new ones!
       
      Check out FENNOfashion at www.meganfenno.com or on Instagram
       
      In addition to these businesses, there will also be several others participating in this year’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. They include:
       
       
      This weekend’s Seasonably Chic Showcase is free when you bring a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank. To learn more or RSVP, visit http://2016scs.eventbrite.com. 

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      Learn about the online business a local lady launched to help you gift thoughtfully, accessorize yourself fashionably, and decorate your home with a personalized touch.

       

      From monogrammed plates and platters to jewelry and stationery, Cincinnati-based Classic Prep Monograms has all of your personalized home decor, fashion and gift needs covered.

      Michelle Brinker, owner of Classic Prep Monograms, has “always loved a good monogram” and was inspired to start her business by “the new and creative ways they [monograms] can be used to showcase personal style.”

      Being an Ursuline Academy Alumna, Brinker is no stranger to being surrounded by color-loving preps. And if you’ve ever asked yourself if you can go overboard with monogramming, the answer is “no!” she laughs. Brinker proudly displays Reese Witherspoon’s quote on her website, “My sheets are monogrammed, so is my silverware and pretty much everything else I own. My rule is, if it’s not moving – monogram it.”

      Classic Prep Monograms will be at Cincy Chic's 8th Annual Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 5!
      Classic Prep Monograms will be at Cincy Chic’s 8th Annual Seasonably Chic Showcase on November 5!

      Now that the fall season is underway, Brinker has a few trend forecasts for the upcoming winter season. Monogrammed Blanket Scarves continue to be big for 2016 as well as our Pom Pom Hats. They just make me smile,” says Brinker. “Also, our Beaded Monogrammed Bags are perfect for Holiday parties. Believe it or not, the camo is our best seller!” She adds that their Game Day clutches are a close second.

      If you plan on hosting a holiday party this year, or at least attending a few, Classic Prep Monograms has all of your party needs covered! “We love personalized frost flex cups for Holiday parties and they make great gifts as well,” says Brinker. “We also offer monogrammed napkins, drink stirrers, and super fun Disco Drink Tumblers which would be terrific at a New Year’s Eve party.”

      With the season of giving right around the corner, Brinker says she loves giving monogrammed gifts because it shows the recipient that you didn’t run out and get their gift last minute. That doesn’t mean getting a monogrammed item is time-consuming, though – at least not at Classic Prep Monograms. Brinker says her website allows you to easily find what you’re looking for, quickly personalize it with your favorite fonts and colors, and then it’s shipped to you in no time.

      Her holiday gifts include Monogrammed Ornaments, which Brinker suggests for stylish stocking stuffers. Or, for your co-workers, Brinker recommends a monogrammed travel tumbler or coffee mug (because work is tough enough – you may as well have a cute coffee cup to brighten your day). Prices on the Classic Prep Monograms range from $30-200.

      To learn more, visit Classic Prep Monograms’ website or get social with them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also shop with them in-person at Cincy Chic’s 8th annual Seasonably Chic Showcase this Saturday, Nov. 5, at The Phoenix downtown from 10am-2pm.

      Click here to learn more and RSVP for this holiday shopping event featuring 40+ local vendors, refreshments, free 10-minute back massages, an interactive ornament decorating area for kids, a freeze modeling fashion show, and more than $3,000 in prizes randomly awarded to attendees! Bring a canned good and get in FREE!

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      With a 17-year history, a local organization is hosting their first major fundraising event. See how they’ve helped hundreds of local children and their families and how you can attend their New York-style fashion show fundraiser this week!

       
      Ohio Valley Voices is hosting its Fashion with a Passion event this Thursday, November 3.
      Ohio Valley Voices is hosting its Fashion with a Passion event this Thursday, November 3.
      Cincy Chic: What is Ohio Valley Voices?
      Jackie Estes, Director of Ohio Valley Voices: Ohio Valley Voices is a unique school for families of young children living with deafness. Through extensive and specialized early intervention, coupled with cochlear implants and hearing aids, Ohio Valley Voices teaches our young students to talk and hear. Our current census includes 50 students ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 8 years from several counties located in the Southwest Ohio region. 
       
      Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Ohio Valley Voices?
      Estes: Ohio Valley Voices (OVV) teaches deaf children to listen and talk. Our objective is for children with severe hearing loss to reach their fullest potential and to communicate independently forever. OVV envisions a world where deaf children and adults are not set apart due to an inability to communicate effectively with hearing people. We imagine a world where all people, regardless of their ability to hear, have the same opportunities to learn, to experience, and to choose according to individual will and potential. Our overall goal includes to graduate 100% of students using oral communication as their primary means of communication and to graduate 100% of students reading at their greatest potential and achieving academic success in the hearing world. To accomplish this, we strive to meet the basic objectives of beginning oral language development as soon as the children’s deafness is diagnosed and to provide the tools necessary for parents and other family members to become their child’s advocate and coach.
       
      Cincy Chic: Who’s behind OVV and how long have you been serving the deaf community in Cincinnati?
      Estes: Ohio Valley Voices was formed in 1999 by three families who wanted their young deaf children tos peak. There were no local organizations that taught children with hearing loss to listen and talk. The founders recruited Maria Sentelik, MS, and began to raise funds to start an oral deaf education program for the Tri-State region. A program based on the award-winning curriculum of the Moog Center for Deaf Education in St. Lous, Missouri, was instituted and OVV opened its doors for the first time to serve children with hearing loss and their families. The program expanded rapidly and has grown to be one of the leading oral deaf education programs in the country. In OVV’s 17 year history, we are proud to say that we have served over 500 deaf children living with hearing loss and their parents through our early intervention therapy services. OVV is even more proud to report 135 children have graduated from our programs and are thriving in their schools, side-by-side with their hearing-age peers. 
       
      Cincy Chic: Can you tell us more about the upcoming Fashion Show Dinner & Boutique event?
      Estes: The Fashion Show Dinner & Boutique is our first annual event. We’ll be doing a New York-style runway theme for the event on November 3. The boutique will open at 5:00 p.m. with 20 unique vendors participating from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. The dinner will be by the bite and the fashion show will begin at 8:00 p.m. with fashion from Macy’s and Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs. We will have wonderful silent auction items.
       
      Cincy Chic: What inspired this new fashion show?
      Estes: The inspiration behind the Fashion Show Dinner & Boutique is to raise awareness of the school and to help with extra funding for OVV as they work so hard to educate children and help deaf children learn to speak. There are 25 committee members who have worked on this event for almost a year, all of whom have bonded and are happy to have developed friendships while working together. Proceeds from the event will benefit OVV as well as the lives we impact throughout this school year.
       
      Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or purchase their tickets?
      Estes: Readers can RSVP by clicking here

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      Three local ladies teamed up to provide stress-free event planning, styling and even a beautiful venue for events and photo shoots. Read on to learn more.

      Honey and Co. is run by
      Honey and Co. is run by Sarah Pugliese, Lily McEwan, and Amy Hildebrand.

      Planning an event – or even finding the right event planner – can be daunting. That’s where Honey and Co. Events and Styling can help, as this team of three local women bring clients’ ideas to life while creating an atmosphere that’s stress-free, creative and fun.

      Honey is co-owned by Sarah Pugliese, Lily McEwan, and Amy Hildebrand, “three Cincinnati-based stylists who get our kicks planning parties, styling photo shoots, and offering creative direction,” Pugliese explains. McEwan is involved with clients from the start, while Hildebrand and Pugliese work more behind the scenes and join in on the day of to execute the event. The Honey co-owners make it a point to meet with clients and get to know them before starting their working relationship. Pugliese says, “Once we meet with a client, and those sparks fly… it’s on.”

      The Frock is an event space
      The Frock is an event space for your events.

      Pugliese, McEwan, and Hildebrand originally started Honey as a hobby. “We loved seeing our family members celebrate big life events, and enjoyed being involved with planning and executing,” Pugliese says.

      They decided to take things to the next level and turn Honey into a business in 2013. They’ve since worked with hundreds of local clients – consumer and corporate alike – and have received press coverage in outlets such as Cincinnati Magazine, Wedding Row Kentucky, and Out + Outfit.

      Services offered by Honey include planning, styling, curating, designing, day-of coordination, partial planning packages, and full planning packages. They plan parties, weddings, and other events. They even offer their own event space, The Frock, on Pike St. in Covington.

      Opened in September 2015, The Frock is a studio and event space co-owned by Honey Events, Linger Flowers, and Lyell Photography. The space had been several different bars over 15 years before transforming into The Frock. “Everything about it lent itself to be a space for entertaining,” Pugliese says.

      Finding the space was happenstance, and though they knew converting it would be a lot of work, they immediately knew it was a welcome challenge. The three businesses joined together to run the space because “we knew we wanted a shared studio space with businesses that hold aesthetics similar to ours, and were eager for a collaborative environment out of which to work and create,” Pugliese says. “Linger and Lyell were perfect fits for our vision.”

      To learn more about Honey or The Frock, visit their website, www.honeyevents.co, or get social with them on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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