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Happy New Year! What’s in for 2018

So fellow Cincinnista’s, I’ve blogged and and even been featured on TV about what’s hot in Interior Design for 2018, but now let’s talk about personal style and fashion.  It’s always true that what is trending in interior design and overall design transcends itself in to fashion and visa versa.

 

After much research here are my top 7 trends for 2018!

 

-Shine and gloss:  From metallics to now actual yes,  vinyl, glossy pants and tops, anything shimmery (well almost) is in.  Just make sure to not let your entire outfit be a reflective sign and mix and match the wow pieces with the  more subdued.

-Mixed prints.  Again,  we want to be careful of not becoming a fashion “mine field” , but the juxtaposition of different prints is very current. Don’t be afraid to mix those plaid jeans with an embroidered top for example if the colors work together.

-Fringe:  While I’m a bit of a bohemian haute couture dresser myself on my casual days,  fringe is still in!  From sweaters to handbags, the 70’s are still with us. Just a little moderation ladies!

-Nineties Influences:  Ugh sorry ladies,  I’m not advocating Alexa Carrington’s oversized should pads, but the windbreaker and “bomber style” jackets have come back but in a with more sophisticated and interesting materials.

-Haute Demin: While demin will never go out of style,  it’s time to leave your Levi’s and get more creative.  Many of us older Cincinnistas aren’t into the distressed, holely look but what about zippers and contrasting panels of focus?  Sounds kind of fun to me!

-Utilitarian and Camo style clothing.  While I still treasure the army green and lace Veronica Beard jacket I got on big time sale this summer,  this look isn’t going away.  Camo themed sweaters to pants with utilitarian outside military pockets are all over the run ways for the spring.

 

So cheers and Happy New Year and check out some of these looks!

 

These glossy polyertherline pants by RtA will the make the simplist outfit poop.

 

I’ve been fighting polka dots for years, but this mixed print polka dot versa dress for DVF is a wow statement.
Not cheap at retail, but the Balmain all wool sweater on sale is both chic and Bohemian!
Always love how Rag and Bone takes a creative trend on fashion. This  bomber style jacket has mix or satin and woven cotton/poly arm sleeves.
Balmain again. Love the mix or zippers and more detailed paneled leg areas!
Rich, saturated colors are shown through this edgy, metallic and animal print dress by Veronica Beard.
Did I say camo was in!? Love this fun, yet comfy pants but Kendall and Kylie.

 

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Creativity and Cocktails: A fun and great cause at Amy Youngblood Interiors!

While most of you Cincinnista’s have probably heard,  we are hosting an amazing event this Friday, October 6th at 6:30!  We are partnering with a local OTR charity called Indigo Hippo to raise money and/or collect gently used art and craft supplies.    Indigo Hippo is an art thrift store located on Main Street, which sells gently used art and craft supplies to those who could not normally afford it, supporting creativity in Cincinnati.  The store is filled with an amazing array of affordable finds:  from colored pencils,  to vintage finials, to pine cones.  Nothing is off limits in this creative haven!

For the event on Friday night we ask that you bring any type of art, office or craft supply. Be creative!  Not feeling creative?  A $5 donation is suggested.

In addition we will be serving wine from the Wine Merchant as well as other  beverages and yummy lite bites from Che, also located in OTR.

So please join us for an evening for a great cause and fun!

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Wine Country: The perfect Cincinnista Get-Away!

So this Cincinnista is finally back after a fabulous 1st Anniversary trip with my husband, Tom.  As Tom’s never actually been to wine country, I thought it was the perfect place for us that he’d appreciate.

 

Everything from the hotel to the food to the topography, and of course the wine was perfect.  A referral from a friend, we stayed in Sonoma at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa, a place of beauty yet with tons of history and character.  Despite, the long flight to San Francisco,  we were ready for two days of wineries in both Sonoma then Napa.  We selected only those wineries with good reputations and of course hired a driver!  It’s hard to say which was our favorite, but we did love the energy at Wellington, the amazing cabernet at Etude and the incredible view at Stag’s Leap. Not to mention, everyone working at the wineries was incredible nice and passionate about their jobs.  We also lunched at the famous Auberge du Soleil hotel.

 

After the wine tours,  it was time to change gears.  Tom went golfing at the scenic Sonoma Country Club  while I spent and afternoon at the Fairmont’s amazing spa.  The service was impeccable and the interior beautiful. (and we all know how much I care about that!:)  After my services, I sipped sparking wine by the private outdoor pool basking in relaxation.

 

Finally on our last day,  we hung at the lovely pool for a bit then ventured in to the actual town of Sonoma for dinner.  We stopped at an authentic Mexican Restaurant for a yummy, hand made margarita,  then off to the Girl and the Fig for an amazing main course.

 

Overall,  it was hard to leave and I can’t wait to go back.  Thank goodness this Cincinnista stocked up on some good wine that we are still drinking!  Cheers!

Downtown Sonoma. Tons of character. Notice Tom on his phone…I thought this was vacation?
On our way to downtown Sonoma in front of our hotel.
The “quiet” pool outside the spa.
I couldn’t help but photograph this water sculpture inside the spa.
At Stag’s Leap Winery in Napa. A breathtaking view not to mention amazing wine.
The view from the Auberge Du Soleil restaurant. Fabuous.
Lunch and wine tasting at the famous Auberge du Soleil.
Waiting for our driver outside the hotel.
An front view of our hotel, the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa.
A view of the enchanted grounds from our hotel room.
Tom getting to know wine. Not easy for a beer drinker!

 

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The Jumpsuit: A Cincinnista’s Go To Piece!

Since it’s introduction to the fashion world in the 1970’s the jumpsuit has come back in style, and it is here to stay!  I recall buying my first neck-plunging black halter piece in 2010 and my collection has since grown.   From strapless to off-the-shoulder,  to wide legged to tapered leg,  the silhouettes are endless.  Not to mention,  the array of colors and patterns!  The jumpsuit is a way to “hip up” your wardrobe regardless of the occasion.  And what Cincinnista doesn’t want to accomplish that?  Here are some examples of my fav’s and ones I own.  Cheers!

 

From a girl’s trip to Miami Beach in early 2014. I couldn’t resist the aqua green jumpsuit with neck cut-out by Catherine Malandrino.
An elegant version by DVF with tapered legs. Love this rich satin red color with the sash belt!
Pre Ladies Night shopping event with The Wardrobe. I opted for a comfortable version in silk snake skin print by Haute Hippe. Perfect for a woman in flip flops who has just broken her toe!
The clean lines, flared legs, and stripes makes the jumpsuit by Michael Kors a classic.
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The Royal Bouquet Fashion Show A Huge Success!

So, my post is a bit belated, but last Saturday the 11th, I attended my first Junior League of Cincinnati’s Fashion Show and had a fabulous time!  Hosted at the the historic Cincinnati Club,  downtown:),  the event started with a delicious sit down lunch, followed by a silent auction,  shopping with top Cincinnati vendors, and finally, a very fun and well done fashion show.  As a pretty discerning Cincinnista,  I was impressed by the quality of the fashions in the show as well as the merchandise for sale. The fashion show was also emceed by Kara Sewell,  an accomplished Fox 19 anchor and member or the Junior League herself.  Another part that was unique to this event was that it included men as well as kids in the show. One of my favorite acts, was my good friend Dave Sanders modeling a tuxedo by Ramuldo’s with a glass of champagne in his hand!  Cheers!

Dave Sanders in action. Always a classic!
Rachel Hamilton, owner of Bling, selling her fashion forward clothing and accessories.
Love the kiddos in this show!
The always beautiful Megan Stacey!
EmCee, Kara Sewell, managed the room with class and style!
Myself with Kara Sewell
Love Erin Wachs Jewelry!

 

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Why I love Main Street!

Ok fellow Cincinnista’s, a bit of a break from fashion talk.  Many of you know I moved my design firm, Amy Youngblood Interiors, to Main Street in OTR last October.  What you may not know is all of the great existing and new spots to visit on Main Street.

First of all,  Amy Youngblood Interior’s home office is a beautifully transformed space, with tons of hip character, and yes furnishings and artwork to sell!  Check out our front corner window if you are in doubt.  We also have great restaurants and bars such as Liberty’s Bar and Bottle (one block south of Liberty), Goodfella’s Pizza and soon to come Buzzed Bull Creamery.  Yes,  Buzzed Bull Creamery will be Cincinnati’s first ice cream store with adult style ice cream. Get the picture?

 

In addition to food and drink,  two great art galleries are a stone’s throw away from AYI.  The Brush Factory,  a niche furniture and accessory store just opened across the street from us in December as well. In to special events?  The Woodward Theatre is an beautifully restored venue to varies fundraisers and parties.

 

Besides these spaces,  there are countless buildings currently being renovated for up and coming businesses.  While Main street is not yet as developed as Vine,  I love being off the path of complete weekend chaos…not that we won’t be there soon!  Not to mention, our proximity to new hot bars and restaurants off of Main is excellent. So, come and visit Main Street and see why we love it!

 

Cincinnati Art Underground is consistently bringing in top artist and hosting art talks and opening parties.
Good love the friendly bartenders at Liberty’s!
Our favorite watering hole at AYI! Liberty’s Bar and Bottle.
Can’t wait for them to open! Fun for kids AND adults!
Check out this amazing mid-century console with twig style lamp in the window at Amy Youngblood Interiors. For sale!
We get more compliments on the funky egg chair. Come buy it!
Love the Woodward Theatre.

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Clash or Creativity?

So, I’m a bit torn over this issue.  While on my latest airline flight, I perused the latest fashion magazines,  and all the haute couture looks are a crazy mix of patterns and textures.  From striped shirts, to ruffled skirts mixed with studded heels,  it feels a bit like the “Clash of the Titans” to me.  I suppose this Cincinnista was always schooled in the the theory that if your top is complex, go with a more simplified baseline, or visa versa.  So what do we choose?  It seems to me that going with one or two focal points on your  outfit should suffice and let the rest follow.  Kind of like deciding between bold earrings or a bold necklace.  Can’t do both.  Check out these looks…hmmmm….might be fun on the runway, but to work?  Really?

 

I love Gucci, but I don’t think the pirate hat would work for me:)
Too much going on here!

 

 

Again, just the busyness of this outfit is too much. They would look great separately…but together?
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Decorating for the Holidays!

While this Cincinnista doesn’t talk much interior design on this blog, when it comes to the holiday decorating your home correctly is important.  ‘Tis the season!

Amy Youngblood Interiors graciously appeared on the Channel 19 Fox Morning Show last week to discuss tips and trends in holiday decorating.  In case you missed it, here is the scoop!

  1.  Embrace a color scheme.  Red and green?  White and gold?  Blue and silver?  Pick a palette and stick with it to create a unfied look.  Accent with a pop of red if need be.
  2.  Wrap gifts early and get them under the tree….even if they are empty boxes!  A decorated tree with a variety of fun wrapping paper adds to the already festive scene.
  3. Make the holiday table a special one.  For your big holiday dinner, besides a great centerpiece, add decorative items such as round metallic balls or holday glitter.  Layer different patterned tablecloths for a more customized look.  Another tip: for buffet style dining, secretly elevate areas of the table for serving and display with paint cans!
  4. Engage your senses with light and the scent of fun candles…..always adds to the ambiance of the room.
  5. Accent items in your home that are unique and special.  Fill a decorative bowl with metallic balls or add festive bows and garland to a stylish pair of sconces.
  6. Modernize your decorations.   I’m not saying throw our Grandma’s Christmas village set, but like everyday decor in our lives, the trend is towards more clean-lined modern pieces.
  7. Bring in the Great Outdoors!  Now this decoration can last not only through the holidays but throughout the entire season.  Fill a glass or metallic vase with corkscrew willow branches of something similar to give interest and height to your table.
  8. Finally, “Less is More.”  While we want to be festive, we highly recommend decorating with class.  Lighting up your home like a Christmas tree is overkill, not to mention dangerous!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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Add a festive bow and fun branches to an already cool sconce.
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Myself and designer Chelsea Moeller on set. Table finished!
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Working away to set up the “demo” table. The clock is running!
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Loved talking to Fox anchor Kara Sewell. She is so professional and a class act!
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