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Co-Op & Friends End of Season Sale!

So fellow Cincinnista’s,  I last wrote about what trending for 2018,  but let’s face it,  it’s cold out there baby and it’s time for some great deals on winter clothing, shoes and accessories!

My favorite sale in Cincinnati is always put on by the Co-Op & Friends, conveniently located on Camargo Road in Madiera.  Cincinnista is excited to be an official promoter of this event, so here are the details of this end of season sale!

The sale begins on Thursday, February 1st (5-8pm) and continues through Saturday February 3rd.  There will be dramatic reductions on “fashion forward” merchandise from clothing,  to shoes, jewelry, and accessories. In addition, esthetician Shawna Renay will be offering brow waxing and lash services on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon.  My favorite part of the sale is the Opening Thursday night consisting of  wine tasting and yummy lite bites to enjoy while shopping with my favorite Cincinnista’s!

To top it off, a $5 donation at the door as well as a percentage of sales, will go to the always charitable Karen Wellington Foundation.

Check out the attached flyer and see you there!

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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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The Lure of Red Velvet

Well, it’s not just any velvet that’s in this season!   On a recently trip to Saks, I was amazed by the amount of various red velvet jeans and jackets.   And to be more specific, it’s more like dark red or wine colored velvet.

 

Here are some reasons I love this look (at least in jeans):

-It’s a great neutral for the season.  Deep red goes with blue, black and a myriad of neutrals.

-It’s rich and cozy looking.  I mean who doesn’t love the feel and softness of this material?

-The dark red is flattering on most figures.  In lieu of “louder” patterned jeans,  if you aren’t a size 2, this dark color helps out the most fullest of figures.

-It’s the perfect pant for work.  I know as I designer,  I feel the need to dress up for work most days and regular jeans are a little too casual.  Velvet jeans are comfortable and casual, yet still stylish and upscale looking.

 

Here are a few examples of my fav’s”

 

Love these low rise wine velvet jeans by Rag and Bone.
I just bought these mid-rise jeans by Paige. Love the depth and shine of this velvet.
Another winner by Paige. This simple jacket is a step up from a traditional jean jacket.
Thes ballerina flats by Prada make me think of cozy slippers but are perfect for a day out on the town!

 

 

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Tickle me Pink! But What Shade?

Well,  it’s no secret, that pink is all the rage this summer season.   From fuchsia to barely nude that almost substitutes for white,  pink is a great way to express a Cincinista’s femininity….especially at our mature age:)

However,  pink can become a quick “no-no”  if you you don’t select the right shade for your coloring.  For example,  a barely there pink can simply drowned out those of us whom are fair,  yet pop on a woman of black or olive skin color.    And speaking of darker skinned women, they win big here as both light and deep pink work for them. As for us lighter Cincinnistas,  a deep fuchsia or coral can make a great contrast for an outfit.    So unless you are a 5’11”, skinny Nicole Kidman on Oscar night,  but I truly believe that one big canvas of nude, just isn’t for us all.

Here are some examples:

Like I said, think fuchsia Trina Turk number looks fabulous with darker skin…..but will still work on the fair or medium toned.
Yes, this dress by Elizabeth and James is really considered pink! Thank God I’m not wearing it….you trip over me on the street!
I love this cold shouldered number I bought by Shoshanna. The deep coral is a unique twist on pink.
Gucci’s always on the cutting edge. However, you gotta really love pink the invest in these footies!

 

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The Countdown is On: VIP Trunk Show at Amy Youngblood Interiors!

The countdown is on Cincinnista’s!  Join us this evening from 4-8 at Amy Youngblood Interiors, as we host The Wardrobe’s beautiful and fashion forward apparel, jewelry and footwear.  I personally visited The Wardrobe last week, and was not just impressed, but excited for Lesley Herm to bring some of her fabulous wares to our offices.  Not to mention, shop with a glass of champagne or wine and enjoy 20% off your entire purchase.  Also,  register to win a $300 Design Consultation with yours truly.  I hope to see you tonight!  Cheers!

 

 

 

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Amy Youngblood Interiors and The Wardrobe invite you for a night of spring shopping!

So mark your calendars, Cincinnista’s!  On Wednesday, April 26th, from 4-8pm, Amy Youngblood Interiors will be hosting and Evening of Shopping at our hip, newly renovated studio in OTR.  We couldn’t ask for a better partner,  The Wardrobe Cincinnati.  Lesley Hern and her team will be bringing in her latest and best spring and summer fashions, shoes,and accessories.  Shop The Wardrobe’s beautiful, sophicated collections, while sipping wine and enjoying lite bites.  In addition,  The Wardrobe will be offering a 20% discount on your entire purchase that evening!  Amy Youngblood Interiors will also be be raffling off an interior design consultation with Amy worth $300.  So join us for an evening of fun and beautiful things!

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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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Army Green: Why you should add it to your wardrobe!

This cape style trench from Veronica Beard softens the look, while still maintaining the classic button down pockets.
I’m in love with this jacket, also from Veronica Beard! The lace detailing and black piping are hip and add interest.

Looking for a great spring trench coat with the warmer weather? While classic tan is the most common trench color,  why not mix it up with an army style green trench.  In fact,  these coats don’t have to look like you just got off the combat field,  but can add some eclectic style to your wardrobe.  The utilitarian coat is here to stay: Check out these fun versions of army green!

 

 

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