Beauty, Fashion

My First Fashion Show! 

So, last night, I did something that I’ve never done before: I went to a fashion show! After over a decade of watching America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway and similar shows, I finally got a glimpse of a runway in person at the Holiday Glam Fashion Show held by the online publication Cincy Chic, an amazing website about Cincinnati-specific stores, spas, events, fashion, etc.

This was such a fun event! The fashion show wasn’t very long, but it had a lot of heart. The clothes were all provided by Clothes Mentor, a store that sells second-hand designer items for amazing prices. I really enjoyed seeing the fabulous outfits come down the runway. There was one purple dress (Sorry, I couldn’t get a picture fast enough) that I really loved and want to try to find in the store!

Before the fashion show, there were about 20 vendor booths selling a huge variety of items. There were skincare booths, hair/makeup booths, an essential oil booth, designer and eclectic clothes booths, and even a personal stylist. I really enjoyed browsing the goods and learning about some neat local boutiques and businesses as well as some larger businesses. The booths also put some small items and coupons together for our complimentary swag bags that we received upon arrival.

Finally, there were little nibbles, but nothing quite topped these delicious and adorable cupcakes provided by Gigi’s Cupcakes. A friend and I used to go to their Kenwood location all the time for gourmet cupcakes but I haven’t been in so long, so these were both tasty and nostalgic for me.

Overall, it was a really fun night! There were raffles and giveaways and just a delightful holiday glam atmosphere. I enjoyed attending my first fashion show, and I really want to find similar events to attend in 2018!

Have you attended any local beauty or fashion events? How were they? Please, let me know in the comment section. I love how connected our communities can be!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Local

The Tea Parlor 

If you’re looking for a fun, chic thing to do with a friend (and you live in the greater Cincinnati area), I highly recommend The Tea Parlor in Liberty Township.

This is such a lovely place with the most relaxed but fancy ambiance. My friend Katie and I visited last month for the full tea, and we savored every single bite. They make everything themselves, and it really shows because the food was so incredibly delicious!

Each month, the menu for full tea changes to reflect the theme for that month. You can also choose to just have a dessert tea, cream tea, or savory tea if you don’t want to get everything on the menu. The portions are small but I still felt very full afterwards because there was so much included still in the full tea, plus we were sipping tea and water the whole time.

This adorable place is run out of a woman’s home – it’s sort of annexed to one side of her house so you won’t feel like you’re infringing on someone’s personal space. There’s also plenty of parking available which is great. They’ve been open for 12 years, which is an incredible feat for any small business. They’re open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to 5, and it’s preferable that you make reservations to ensure there is room that day.

Katie and I went on a rainy day and we were sat right by a window, and it just felt so lovely and cozy. I definitely want to go back with my mom because she would love this too. The full tea is $23 a person, but it is absolutely worth the splurge!

art, Local

Lines of Sight

I typically blog about makeup, and occasionally about fashion, but since my website is “Cincy” Couture, I think I want to start including some information about fabulous cultural and artistic events in the greater Cincinnati area. Right now, I’m currently obsessed with lineillism – a new style of painting developed by local artist Jim “J. C.” Hall who is also the subject of a new documentary Lines of Sight. This technique, similar to pointillism, is comprised of tiny vertical lines, and the artist developed the technique after suffering a stroke and spending months where there were lots of vertical lines impeding his vision.

Free stock photo of art, brush, painting, colorful

Right now, the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center is exhibiting a retrospective on Hall’s lifetime of art, including many of his lineillism pieces. Last Friday, they held a special screening on the documentary, and hopefully they’ll be showing it again before the exhibit closes at the end of May.

While the art is phenomenal and absolutely brilliant, the personal details about Hall’s past make the whole exhibit come together. He focuses so much on sharing his experiences of grief and struggle: he tragically lost his beloved wife a few years ago, he has struggled with substance abuse in the past and is a fervent AA devotee, he has battled and continues to battle health issues. It’s clear that, more than anything else, Hall’s mission is to bring hope to others. His art is meant to inspire and encourage those going through similar difficulties. He is truly a remarkable man, and I’m so glad that he was given a grant through ArtsWave to be able to share this traveling museum exhibit, the documentary, and teach others the exquisite lineillism technique.

If you’re going to be in the Sharonville area in May, be sure to stop by the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center’s Westheimer Gallery to see this retrospective. They are open Thursdays from 3pm-7pm , Fridays from 3pm-7pm , and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.