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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!

 

 

 

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!

Friends and Family Sales!

While the deals aren’t wow right now with spring fashions,  the larger stores and online retailers are starting to offer up some full-price relief!

 

Take the Friends and Family Sale at Saks,  which officially kicked off today.  25% off most full-priced items….sorry not Louis Vuitton!  Neiman Marcus countered as well today with their Chic Week Sale, again another 25% off.  Not to mention,  DVF is having a Friends and Family Sale.  Perfect timing for those of us getting ready for Spring Break!  So stock up this week while the first round of deals begin.  Perhaps our local boutiques should do the same?  Just a thought….:)

A fun mini skirt by Milly. On sale at both Saks and Neiman Marcus.

 

Love the rich red color of is asymmetrical top by DVF.

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!

 

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.

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!

 

 

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?

You Can Ring My Bell (Sleeves)!

Only us “40 plus Cincinnista’s  actually remember this famous song,  but in case you don’t:  here is the point:  Bell Style sleeves are “way in” this season.  Whether it’s short sleeved or long,  top or dress, bell sleeves are stylish and flattering.  Flattering I say?  Yes!  Kind of like how bell bottom jeans elongate and thin the thigh, bell sleeves do the same for your arms.  And who doesn’t need a little help in that area these days?!

Check out these examples:

Love these bell sleeves on yes, a striped top. Another look totally in this season. The black and white combo is also a classic.
Can’t go wrong with this off-the-shoulder black bell sleeved top by Milly.
Love this knitted cold shoulder dress by Shoshanna. Not to mention the deep pink color is perfect for Spring!