Not only would this be a nice gift to yourself, but also to a neighbor or friend in the community… and hey, it’s FREE! For a limited time, you can pick up a complimentary subscription of Cincy Magazine. Cincy delivers the arts, business and culture of the Tri-state along with popular features such as Rating the Burbs, Best Doctors, Power 100 & Summer Fun Guide straight to your doorstep! This magazine and Cincinnati are two I always enjoy reading. Anyway, to sign up for your complimentary subscription, click the link below. If you already have a subscription, you can renew and share this nice deal with a friend!
Regardless of how many themed days there are this time of year, I think this day is right up there with Small Business Saturday. I truly believe in supporting local businesses and giving back to the community.
Anyway, I wanted to mention, Dress for Success Cincinnati is celebrating #GivingShoesDay (spin off #GivingTuesday – I love it!) by asking people to donate work appropriate shoes today by bringing them to the Dress for Success Cincinnati Donation Center at 208 McFarland in downtown Cincinnati between 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you can’t make it today, but would still like to donate work professional shoes or clothing and other accessories, here are all the drop off locations:
Dress for Success Cincinnati, Downtown
208 McFarland Street
(Rear entrance of our new location)
Every Thursday, 10 am-6 pm
First Saturday of each month 10 am-2 pm
4th Street Boutique, College Hill
5838 Hamilton Avenue
Every Wednesday – Friday, 11 am -6 pm
Saturday 11 am-3 pm
Tide Dry Cleaner Drop off locations:
8040 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255
8100 South Mason Montgomery Road
Mason, Ohio 45040
6842 Liberty Plaza Drive
Liberty Township, Ohio 45044
Have you heard of the online clothing retailer eShakti? It’s an online boutique filled with vintage/retro inspired clothing. However, it’s much different than your typical online clothing store. At eShakti, you can customize your measurements and style preferences, which makes shopping for clothing easy for women who have a hard-to-fit shape. I get it, I’m 5 ft tall and seems as though everything is far to long on me.
It sounds expensive to have custom tailored clothing, but it’s actually quite affordable! When you sign up for a free account, you’ll get a $25 credit to use towards your first purchase. Plus, customizing is free the first time you order from eShakti.com. Every order afterwards is an additional $7.00 total to customize your length, neckline, sleeves and your measurements including bust, arms, waist, chest etc. Plus, for Cyber Monday, you can save an additional 35% off your purchase. That’s a good incentive to give this a company a try and get a nice fitted dress for a holiday party or perhaps just a gift to yourself, no? They carry sizes 0-36W.
For example, you could get the above dress for around $35 including shipping, if it’s your first time ordering from eShakti.com. Combine the 35% off sale taking place right now with $25 off your first purchase including free customization. That’s a pretty nice deal for a custom tailored dress!
They have everything from skirts, dresses, tops and even jackets. I always have a hard time finding fitted jackets that actually are fitted, so I chose to try out the Contrast Trim Ponte Jacket. I am happy with it and love that it’s different from what I’d normally wear. Change is good sometimes.
I’ve been repeatedly asked where I get my hair done to the point where I think it’d be best for me to just brag a little about where I go, which is Tangles Hair Designers on the west side of Cincinnati. This isn’t a paid endorsement or anything like that, I just want everyone in Cincinnati to have fabulous hair and I love promoting local businesses.
There are several things that make Tangles Hair Designers stand out from the rest. One being their stylists. I go to Nicole Stenger, but have heard nothing but wonderful things about everyone else that works there. What sets the stylists apart from any other stylists I’ve gone to is their honesty. I requested a hair color that would not only be manageable but also low maintenance; giving me more time in between coloring sessions. Nicole suggested I go a tad darker than my natural color using “shades”, which isn’t permanent color. It not only is less damaging to your hair but also will subtly fade over the course of time. Meaning, I never have roots and I can go about eight weeks without getting my hair touched up. Not only does that save me a lot of time, but money also!
The second thing that I feel makes Tangles stand apart from other salons is their prices. For the level of talented stylists the salon has, the price is incomparable. Haircuts range from just $9 to $21.
Privately owned and operated for twenty years and with more than 100,000 haircuts later, Tangles Hair Designers is located in the heart of Western Hills.
I am telling you this from experience, Tangle’s is a nice, yet affordable salon where you can bring your whole family. My mom, dad, husband, neighbors and several of my good friends get their hair done at Tangles. And hey, it can prove to be challenging to make a toddler boy stylish, but it’s possible.
Tis the season for holiday parties so why not look your best? For more information on Tangles Hair Designers, check out their Facebook page or call (513) 574-4100.
Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! And sorry for the random photos of my hair scattered throughout this post. I didn’t want to put them all in one spot but wanted to include them all.
As most of us now do when we’re looking for something creative to create from recipes to crafts, we head to Pinterest. Going back and forth, I was skeptical of this little Turkey Cheese Ball I came across. It very well could have been added to my post on Pinterest Fails, you know? But feeling confident, I went ahead and gave it a try and wow, what a success! Everyone at our Thanksgiving celebration last night loved it, including the kids.
I didn’t quite go by the original pin–adapting the ingredients and supplies by what was already in my home.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two 8oz pkgs of cream cheese, softened
- Two Tablespoons minced onion
- One 8oz can crushed pineapple well drained
- One tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- One cup of chopped pecans
- Pretzel Rods ( I used part of a rod for the neck)
- Pretzel sticks
- A plain doughnut hole (the original recipe called for a Whopper candy but I couldn’t find them in the grocery store)
- Candy Eyes (located in the baking section of your grocery store)
- Candy Corn for the beak (I used a little piece of a nacho chip instead)
- A red gummy, fruit snack or fruit roll up)
- Chocolate icing or melted chocolate ( just used peanut butter)
- Crackers (I used Ritz but anything will work)
You know how much I love Cincinnati. (Yeah, I’m the one with the state tattooed on my wrist with a heart over Cincinnati…no joke.) Then top that with my love for supporting small businesses and the local community– it just makes me so proud to say I live in this vibrant city.
Luckily, there are a lot of other locals who feel the same love for Cincinnati and are taking their passion and turning it into great things. Take for example, Whitney Kay of Bella Vi and Angela Joy who recently launched Cincy Local.
Angela loves helping people and supporting our community. While recently trying to organize several local events, she realized there isn’t really one central location where you can find the best talent in the tri-state. The rest was history. From small businesses to local vendors, Cincy Local will now be your destination to find just what you’re looking for.
Cincy Local is a brand new web-based company that represents the talent of Cincinnati and our neighboring communities. ”We want to boost the businesses that were founded on dreams and built on hopes. We want to put our town in the spotlight and showcase all of the talent we have right here in our own backyards.”
Angela goes on to say she wants Cincy Local to be the place for guests to find qualified representatives from every business. Every local business is one that is referred, accepted and reviewed by the Cincy Local team.
This sounds pretty exciting, right? Just wait, it gets better.
Cincy Local will also be hosting a variety of events. To kick things off, they’re hosting their very first event, Shopapalooza. Starting on Black Friday, you’ll be able to shop locally online through December 2nd with special offers and sales you can only find on CincyLocal.com.
Here’s the site you’ll want to bookmark: http://www.cincylocal.com
And don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and Facebook so you can stay in the loop of all the new exciting endeavors Cincy Local has planned for 2014. You might just find a little FENNOfashion around the site too.
We all know that there are some pretty intense projects on Pinterest. While we would all love for every project we attempt to turn out just like the beautiful photos we see, sometimes getting there is inevitable. I mean, there are even websites solely dedicated to the Pinterest DIY’s that don’t go so well, such as Pinterest Fail and Pintester just to name a few.
A lot of times, these DIY projects are posted right after they were created. If something doesn’t end up working out in the long run, I doubt many people actually will go back to edit a blog post or pin to say, “Hey, this project actually turned out to be pretty awful!” a few months later. If they do, then props to them!
With that said, I wanted to share a few of my projects over the past few years that I’ve been inspired to create or try courtesy of Pinterest. I wrote a column called “DIY Tuesdays” for 2 1/2 years, and I can tell you not every project was a success.
Let’s start with the first and worst one.
I found the idea to add caulk to the back of a rug to make it “slip proof” on Pinterest, courtesy of Martha Stewart. I mean, what a great idea, right? No, NO! It was a terrible idea and completely ruined my hardwood floors.
Here is the original article. I followed what was directed and got the results you see above not realizing what happened until about a month later. Ugh.
Here’s another pin that turned out to be unsuccessful; the Orange Peel & Vinegar Cleaner. (You can see the original pin and source here). I never even attempted to blog about it until I was asked what disasters I’ve had over the past years, so I created this project again just to snap the above picture.
The idea is that you add orange or any other type of citrus peels combined with vinegar into a canning jar and allow it to sit for a few weeks. The smell of the citrus peels will help dissolve the smell of the vinegar and it should work as a great cleaner for just about any surface.
The picture you see above is a re-creation for the news segment and this picture was taken exactly one week after it was made. It starts to turn brown. Out of curiosity, I opened up the first batch after three weeks and let me tell you, the smell was intense. I smelled rotting fruit mixed with the strong classic aroma of vinegar.
Project Partial Fail #3: The DIY Table Top Tiki Torch
You can find the tutorial I wrote for this project, here.
The DIY Tabletop Tiki Torch wasn’t a complete bust. It worked wonderfully, kept mosquitoes away and lasted a long time. However, I quickly learned you can’t leave it outside in the rain. The rain water seeped into the bottle and you could see where the water and the tiki torch fluid met. A few days later, it started to turn colors and as you see in the above “after” picture, didn’t look so great.
But hey, on the flip side, I’ve had some projects turn out to be pretty awesome and it was all inspired by our most loved and hated site.
Take for example, my DIY Penny Table. This was an awesome project and while some of the pennies were cleaned and some were not, that was my fault. But honestly, it’s barely noticeable unless I actually point it out as I did on TV.
Another favorite of mine is this fun DIY Chalkboard. My family loves to change it up for the seasons, put up inspirational quotes or just doodle funny pictures and lyrics.
So it goes to show even some of the craftiest people can’t get some of the projects posted on Pinterest right. Even Martha Stewart and her team didn’t think about what happens when you add caulk to the back of a rug that is over a hardwood floor. My point is, next time you have a Pinterest project that just didn’t turn out the way you wanted, don’t be hard on yourself. It happens to all of us- including those who craft for a living.
[image source for Pinterest logo]
Black Friday can be the most overwhelming shopping day of the year. Luckily there are multiple apps that can be downloaded to your phone that can not only help you stay organized but help you save time and money.
Here are five of my favorite apps to help you save both time and money while staying organized:
Starting with the TGI Black Friday App, this app helps you find popular deals, search sales by stores or categories and even create a wish list. There is also a similar app created for Cyber Monday called TGI Cyber Monday.
- [Click here to view the TGI Black Friday App for iPhones + Apple Devices]
- [Click here to view the TGI Black Friday App for Androids]
Another great app especially for Black Friday, B-F Ads. The Bfads.net iPhone and Android apps offer access to the latest Black Friday Ads and deals, including many online deals already available from Amazon and other online retailers.
If you decide to download the app to your iPad, the Black Friday iPad app allows users to see ads on a bigger screen and is perfect for using at Thanksgiving dinner with the family. Even better? Users can sign up to sync their Black Friday Shopping list to the web and other devices.
- [Click here to view the B-F Ads App for your iPhone]
- [Click here to view the B-F Ads App for your Android]
If you are trying to see if one of those doorbuster deals is really worth standing in line for hours, try the app Buzillions Reviews first. The app delivers 17 million customer products reviews to your Android or iPhone. And the reviews are really truthful. You’ll see the good, the bad and the ugly.
- [Click here to view the Buzillion App for iPhone]
- [Click here to find out more about the Buzillion App for Androids]
If you find something you like but wasn’t on your shopping list, you can see if it’s the best bargain by scanning the bar code using the Shop Savvy App.
- [Click here to view the Shop Savvy App for iPhone]
- [Click here to view the Shop Savvy App for Androids]
Lastly, you can leave behind all the coupons this year, because the app Coupon Sherpa has a list of them you can redeem right from the app!
- [Click here to view the Coupon Sherpa App for Apple Devices]
- [Click here to view the Coupon Sherpa App for Androids]
But here is the best part of all these apps, they are absolutely free!
So we’d like to know. Are there any apps that you can’t live without when it comes to shopping on Black Friday?
I’ve been filling my days with the things I love most; spending time with my family and continuing on designing and creating new jewelry for the holidays.
Made a few of these today. They can be found in my online boutique, here.
Taking a stroll down to the neighbors house. Sock monkey hat and magic wand in hand. It’s such a beautiful time of year here with all the leaves in peak color.
This kid always has a smile on his face and was proud to show off his new stylish cut after visiting Nicole at Tangles Hair Designers.
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the trusty DIY chalkboard I created early last year, so I thought an inspiring quote would be fitting. It’s a nice reminder to walk by everyday!
Had a lovely coffee date with the lovely Marrisa of Dressed Up & Down.
I told you, I’m really on this statement jewelry kick. This one can be found in the boutique, here.
The little man got to spend his day with grandma and grandpa. They went to Shawnee Lookout for a Thanksgiving celebration complete with a log cabin, Indians and unique foods. As you can see, he had a great time!
Hope you all had a fabulous week as well!