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Cincinnista to be featured on Channel 19 Fox Now Show!

Well, after the honor of appearing twice as an interior designer on Fox News,  I am excited to announce that Cincinnista will be featured on the February 1st show at 10:10 am!

We will be discussing Fashion Tips and Trends for 2017.  In addition,  we will be featuring some fellow Cincinnista models in clothing, shoes and accessories provided by The Co-Op on Camargo.  So stay tuned and mark your calendar!

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Ruffle My Feathers!

Well,  as a Cincinnista that’s been through a couple of “Ruffle Phases”, this phase is here to stay…at least for 2017!


From off the shoulder tops, to dresses, now to skirts and jumpsuits, the flouncy ruffle is everywhere.  Just a word to the wise…don’t over do it or over mix it.  While ruffles are fun and festive…and often forgiving to some areas, do it sparingly.  For example, pair a ruffled top with simple skinny jeans and clean lined heals. DO NOT mix a ruffle top with ruffle pant, unless of course it’s a combined jumpsuit.  Here are some examples of some of my new fav’s this season.


This striking cold shouldered ruffle dress by Cinq a Sept is amazing paired with simple black sandals. Not to mention love the deep green color!
This sheer top by Red Valentino combines a tailored look with feminine contrasting ruffles. A truly timeless piece.
One of my favorite new designers, Alexis, takes the ruffle to an otherwise clean-lined pant suit. Ok…big secret…I’m wearing this to our Opening Gala next Friday!



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Take Cover: Falling Studs!

So not to be a negative “Cincinnista” on a Friday night (I know shouldn’t be not at work right now:) but my love affair with the metallic “studs” that are so “in” on handbag, shoes, and clothing has become a  bit strained.  After three rounds of a beautiful pair of Jimmy Choo sandals where the studs on the heals have fallen off, all I can say if “buyer beware!”  While Jimmy Choo has courteously fixing them now for the third time, it has been weeks of inconvenience of waiting for them to be fixed. And the next question is…will “studs” be out of style by the time I get them back?!  Kind of funny…but true.

I also had this issue with my Valentino Rockstud Dome shopper handbag as well as a pair of their flats.  Twice a stud fell out, and Nordstrom promptly had them fixed as apparently this is a common situation.  Hence, they are now prepared.

So the bottom line is when buying apparel or handbags, first, buy them from a quality company that will back up their product if there is a problem, such as a Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus.  To be honest,  buying American does pay off!  My Jimmy Choo sandals were bought from Jimmy Shoe directly based out of London and all they will do is fix the shoe not replace unlike a larger U.S. based store known for great service.

I will say the one item I’ve had surprisingly no problem with is with my Gucci Studded scarf from Neiman Marcus.  I have worn that grey scarf for days on end in this cold weather and not a stud has fallen from this cashmere piece.  Not to mention metal glued to fabric?  Can they give me the secret because obviously no one else has figured it out!

Cheers and Happy Friday!

Beautiful and fit like a glove. Something Jimmy Choo is known for. However, admittedly so by the manufacturerer, the studs on the heel rub against each other and simply won’t stay on.


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Fashion Alert! What’s Hot for 2017

With the holidays behind us (well almost) this Cincinnista is recovering from a crazy yet fun 2016 and looking forward to an even better 2017!

I’m going to pass on writing about New Years Even Fashion tips as some of us don’t care about it as much as others:)  So on with the next year!


-Stripes.  While often seen as a traditional and often dowdy look,  stripes can look sophisticated and modern paired with more current styles.

-Fun and interesting sneakers.  No, not those the hospital style white ones, that grandma wears, but a variety of creative, yet comfortable sneakers are now out there.  The new sneakers come in all type of fabrics, leather and embossing.  Even high end retailer Gucci has a section on their web-site devoted to “Sneakers”.

-Bye, bye the awful 2016 Colors of the Year:  Rose Quartz and Serenity!  This year’s color of 2017 is “Greenery”, a lighter and brighter version of Emerald.  Great for for winter and summer,  this color doesn’t evoke the “pastel” romance of last years colors,  but a bold, excitement toward life.

-Artistic prints and patterns.  Still in style, the DVF inspired prints have become a reference point for other top designers. I personally recently bought graphic M Missoni skirt on sale that is timeless,  yet hip and fun with a simple top.

-The mule shoe.  Man I wish I hadn’t cleaned my closet of these in the 90’s, but they are back!  Inspired by comfort,  mule come in various, colors and embossing, just like their cousin, the sneaker.

-Also, in:  lower heels!  Thank God!  This Cincinnista is pushing 50 and the thought of stiletto heels even for 10 minutes just does me in.  The lower block style heels that were in for the fall are here to stay.

So these are just a few 2017 Trends to start.  Happy New Year and see you in 2017!



This asymetrical top by Milly is both tailored, yet festive.
Is this “sneaker” by Gucci really a sneaker?! Makes me almost like snakes!
This classic yet comfy pump by Halston Heritage will go with anything.
Another comfy shoe by Halston Heritage. Love this metallic mule.
This knit top by DVF evolves a graphic and almost modern art feel.
Color of 2017: “Greenery!”
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Get Fab for Fall Fashion Show Huge Success!

Trying my best to showcase this amazing dress by Bling!
Jill Haney actively describing our outfits and the fall trends.
Loving this clutch by Black and Brindle.

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since the big night September 1st, but the Get Fab for Fall was not just fun, it’s was successful!  The weather was prime and the turnout heavy.  hosted at one of my favorite wine bars, Unwind in Hyde Park, the staff welcomed us on to their beautiful patio for the Co-Op, Black and Brindle and Erin Wachs Jewelry to display their beautiful products.  In addition, Kenzie’s Closet was on hand to accept clothing donations.  Such a worthwhile cause!


To backtrack,  this Cincinnista, had the honor of modeling some of these beautiful wares.  My evening started out Blown salon in Kenwood for both a complimentary make-up  and hair styling.  The salon is beautiful (yes…I am a picky interior designer, too!) and the ladies that work there are as talented as they are nice. Once done there I trotted back to Hyde Park to a packed patio of fellow Cincinnista’s ready to get their Fall Style on!  After busy shopping and complimentary wine, the fashion show began with 6 of us ladies strutting our stuff down the hip outdoor runway! (Kind of kidding here).  I of course ended up buying at least two of the items I wore during the show…great stuff!


Hard to look good net to the age less Gina Elliott!
Unwind was the perfect venue for the show as always for a lovely glass of wine.
With one of my fellow Cincinnista’s and good friend Amy Barkett.
The ladies from Channel 9 are as nice as they are beautiful!
Blown in Kenwood did an amazing job on my hair and make-up. I can’t wait to go again before my next big event!
Beautiful ladies!
Erin Wachs Jewelry has both creative an classy pieces from anything from your ears to your neck. Check them out at Erin’s beautiful boutique in Mariemont!
Me and the lovely ladies behind the show!
Beautiful, creative pieces from Erin Wachs Jewelry.
The lithe, sexy model Gina Elliott!

I look forward to this becoming an annual event and for a good cause!  Check out my photos from the night and Cheers!

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The Count Down to “Get Fab for the Fall” Fashion Show

Well, as an honorary Cincinnista modeling in this show, part of my duty was the outfit selection.  I visited my dear friend Rachel Hamilton today at the Co-Op on Camargo and, my, was I impressed.  She first dressed my in a classy, textured grey wrap dress along with hip pumps by Jill Haney to start.  Then we moved on to more a more casual outfit comprised of a elegant print blouse and contrasting, distressed, demin jeans.  I will be topped off on Thursday with jewelry by Erin Wachs!


If you haven’t visited the Co-Op on Camargo you are missing out.  The quaint boutique is conveniently location on Camargo Road in Madeira.  Not to mention,  the clothing, jewelry and shoes are to die for.  What not to die over?  Crazy high prices!


Love the flattering clean lines of this wrap dress. The perfect fabric weight for fall. Perfect for a day at work of night out!
Love the pattern and rich colors of this fun and sexy outfit.
The always beautiful Rachel Hamilton at work!
These shoes are so Cincinnista!
Great selection of fun, inexpensive jewelry.



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Get Fab for FALL Fashion Show!

Yes,  the temps are high again, but at least the kids are finally back in school!  Phew!  Regardless,  it is still time for fall fashion.   Sooooo, please join me at the The Get Fab for FALL Fashion Show next Thursday, September 1st, from 6-9 at Unwind in Hyde Park.  Sponsored by The Co-Op on Camargo, Erin Wachs Jewelry and BLOWN Studio, the fashion show will highlight what’s in from these top Cincinnati Boutiques.  Beautiful apparel, shoes, accessories and jewelry will be for sale, and with a donation to Kenzie’s Closet, you will receive 20% off your purchase!  This Cincinnista has the honor of modeling in the show as well,  so if you want to witness my rusty catwalk skills, the more the merrier!  And for those of you unfamiliar with Unwind, the upscale wine bar boasts a hip atmosphere with great wine and lite bites.  See you there!


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Diary of a Middle Aged Bride!

Well,  this Cincinnista is done for a while with the local fashion and local beauty posts,  as I count down to 6 days until my wedding!


I am lucky enough to have found the man of my dreams, especially the  second time around…so big check off on that item!

The follow items continue:

With my second (and last) wedding, we didn’t want to make it a big complicated affair but still, yes,  a nice, intimate event.  Our ceremony is basically a total of 8 people in our lovely, landscaped fountain courtyard.  However, after that, we have nearly 50 in attendance at our reception.

The fact remains, whether you event is 50 people or 500, many details have to be addressed. From your attire to the food and drink, to the flowers and furnishings….myself as an aesthetically perfectionistic Cincinnista wants everything to be…well…Perfect!

A few notes:

-Dress and shoes taken care of months ago: White Milly cocktail dress from Neiman Marcus and much used and loved shoes by Jimmy Choo,

-Food:  Beth O’Leary Catering out of Newton for the buffet dinner and appetizers.  As usual, Dutch’s for an amazing cheese and meat plate to add to the dining palate.

-Flowers by Del Apgar:  A mix of colored arrangements with white palettes to go with our color scheme.  Del is always a master of talent and creativity.  And yes,  my daughter Elle and I have matching white bouquets!

-Server and bartender: My old friend Lou Mann and Ray.   Been with me for years with parties and can never go wrong with their hard work and amazing personalities!

-Valet service: Prestige Valet.  Used then over the years for parties at the office and have never gone wrong!


That’s it for now.  This Cincinnista is extremely busy between work, kids and an upcoming wedding.  Stay tuned for the final pics and updates.








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