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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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!
Learn about a locally-based online boutique that features preppy and modern accessories with endless personalization choices.
Classic Prep Monograms is an online boutique featuring a curated collection of monogrammed and personalized gifts. Owner and Cincinnati native, Michelle Conrard Brinker, a fashionista in her own right, was inspired by the idea of helping others showcase their personal style by accentuating with her preppy accessories.
Brinker describes her boutique’s style at the intersection of preppy and modern. “At Classic Prep, we’re updating ‘preppy’ with fresh, modern monograms and designs,” she says.
It all started in January 2012 “with our very first sale of 14 inch wood monograms shipped to customers around Cincinnati,” Brinker says. And she hasn’t looked back since. Brinker is constantly on the hunt for new designers “that we just know our customers are going to absolutely love.”
Classic Prep Monograms is all about personalization and that doesn’t stop at jewelry. Shoppers will find home décor as well as party, holiday, office and tech accessories in a myriad of monogrammed choices.
Current fan favorite is the Gold Monogram Necklaces by Jane Basch that is also offered in silver and vermeil. According to Brinker it’s the perfect accessory for your fall wardrobe and versatile enough to be paired with almost any look.
Speaking of fall, Brinker is obsessed with a few of Classic Prep Monograms’ new offerings. Just in time for football season are the Game Day Beaded Monogram Bags. “We just made one for a Bengals fan to read ‘WHO DEY’,” says Brinker. They’re also gearing up for Apple’s upcoming release of the iPhone 7. Brinker says their “beautiful collection of Monogram iPhone 7 cases will both personalize and protect your new phone.
Brinker says her “current obsession is anything with a tassle,” and has the goods to prove it. Classic Prep Monograms currently offers a variety of tassled accessories from earrings to necklaces in a rainbow of colors.
Classic Prep Monograms just rolled out a complete redesign of their website to make shopping even more convenient. “In addition to a whole new look, we have loaded it with hundreds of new products and designs and made ordering online even easier,” Brinker says.
In the spirit of kicking off this season with style, Brinker is offering Chic’ers free shipping until the end of September when you use the code CINCYCHICSHIPSFREE. Get your shop on by visiting them online at www.classicprepmonograms.com. To learn more, check out their Facebook page and Instagram.