Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Glam Fashion Show

The Cincy Chic Holiday Glam Fashion Show is this Friday (Dec. 7) at Lexus RiverCenter and there are only a few tickets left so make sure you RSVP! The event features complimentary drinks and fare, shopping, festive photobooth, and fashion show featuring “holiday glam” looks. Bring a gently used coat for St. Vincent de Paul and get a free swag bag! In that swag bag, we'll have lots of goodies, product samples, and gift certificates. One of them that I'm super excited about is this Jeffrey Bartlett certificate. Jeffrey makes custom menswear (click here to check out a fashion show he did for Cincinnati Profile recently). The certificate is for 2 custom shirts for the price of one (I believe shirts range in price from $150 - $595). He said I could post the certificate for my blog readers in case some of you aren't able to come to the event! So, here you go! What a great holiday gift idea for that well-dressed man in your life!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Texting While Driving

Five seconds. That's the minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when you're texting and driving. If you're traveling at 55mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.

According to a study conducted at the University of Utah “drivers who text are six times more likely to crash than people giving their full attention to the road.” Today, 10 states (plus D.C.) prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones; 32 states (plus D.C.) prohibit novice drivers from cell phone use; and 39 states (plus D.C.) prohibit all drivers from text messaging.

Phone companies are also taking measures to tamper texting.  For example, AT&T has created a campaign called the “No Text on Board/Take the Pledge” where representatives speak to people about the dangers of texting while driving.  At the end of the presentation the representatives urge people to take the pledge to not text while driving.  So far, more than 1 million people have taken the pledge, and the number is growing.  AT&T also created a new app that disables the ability to text while a person is driving a car. The app even sends a reply to all incoming text messages to let the sender know that the recipient is driving and is unavailable.

I personally use Vlingo, a talk-to-text app, to send texts and emails while I’m driving. My husband uses Siri on his iPhone and he highly recommends it (I can’t wait to upgrade my phone to get Siri!).

Speaking of upgrades, my favorite addition to the 2012 Lexus models I've tested this year is the new Lexus Enform suite of connected services. Enform connects you and your vehicle like never before. It's the convenience of live, 24-hour navigation assistance; the peace of mind of knowing emergency services can be requested at the press of a button or even automatically; and, for owners of 2013 and newer Lexus models, it's the efficiency and ease of using your favorite mobile applications, on the fly... like being able to switch songs on Pandora with a touch of a button on your steering wheel. No more fumbling with the phone! It has me seriously thinking about upgrading to a new IS in 2013 (yes, I just found out that Lexus is revamping the IS next year! Can’t wait to see it!)

I just thought I'd share some of these stats, tips and new apps in hopes that it helps you practice "safe texts!" :)

Thanks to my intern, Eric Ankney, for helping me put this blog post together. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fashionable Air Fresheners for Your Car!

Photo courtesy of www.naturallife.com

I was browsing through the Kenwood mall one day and stopped in a store I'd never heard of, Francesca's. I love little boutiques and this particular store looked exceptionally adorable, so I stopped in. They had the cutest dresses and accessories, but what really caught my eye were these air fresheners for your car. 

We're so used to just buying those ugly tree air fresheners that have the typical "new car" scent. So when I saw these I just had to buy them. 

Not only did they have an "ocean" scent but they had one of my favorite quotes and were in the shape of my latest obsession, owls. Click here to see which air freshener I chose.

I did a little research and found a website to order air fresheners from in case you can't make it to Kenwood to pick up a pack (they're only sold in stores). I wish I had known about this website, Natural Life, earlier because they have such a range of designs and styles, and they make perfect gifts! 

I'm so glad I found the this website, Natural Life, because they have such a range of design and styles and with the holidays coming up they make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Winter Car Care Tips!

Winter is fast approaching so here are some tips for taking care of your car through the season from Justin Lynman, the service manager at Lexus Rivercenter:

First and foremost, BATTERIES! Always have your battery checked when it starts to get cold. It is a lot harder for a vehicle to start in the cold and with as many electronics modern vehicles have in them, today batteries have their job cut out for themselves! Most batteries have a life of 4 years or so (some earlier, some later).

Second, tires! Many people find out they need tires when they really need a tire (i.e.; flat, blow out, slick roads, etc.). It's a quick check that will save you grief later. If your luck is like mine, you'll get that flat tire in the middle of no where with no cell service and pouring rain!

Third, check your fluid levels! A happy car is one with plenty of fluids. 

Last, winter weather will usually beat up on your wiper blades. Make sure you have new blades on before those big storms hit. No one likes a half clean windshield!

Monday, October 1, 2012

2013 Lexus ES Premiere Event

I recently helped Lexus RiverCenter and Performance Lexus plan and host a "2013 Lexus ES Premiere" event. We held it at Kenwood Country Club and I suggested a fall theme... calling it "The Event of the Season: 2013 Lexus ES Premiere."

The day of the event ended up being a beautiful, crisp fall day and we had a tremendous turn-out. We had a string quartet, yummy drinks and fare, a fall-themed photo booth, swag bags for everyone, gourmet cookies from Queen City Cookies I customized with a Lexus logo on it, amazing door prizes (spa packages, flights to Mexico, and a stay at a luxury resort in Atlanta just to name a few!), and a grand prize of a 2013 Lexus ES one year lease!

The event was spectacular! See below to check out a few pics, and click here to see the full album!

Lexus vehicles on display outside the Kenwood Country Club

Lexus LFA on display outside the Kenwood Country Club

Customized gourmet cookies from Queen City Cookies

Attendees enjoying the event inside

Lexus ice sculpture

Attendees mingling alongside two 2013 Lexus ES models

String quartet

Lisa Bernstein the GM at Lexus RiverCenter and me

Mr. Dever (who owns both Tri-State dealerships) with Bernard, the 2013 Lexus ES one-year lease grand prize winner!

Bernard giving the thumbs up to his winnings with Michael (sales rep at Lexus RiverCenter), Lisa and Dan Kommeth (GM at Performance Lexus) 
Me having fun in the photobooth! :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sneak Peek of Tomorrow's Posh Pup Fashion Show

pet fashion show
 Our Posh Pup Fashion Show is almost here! Tomorrow, we'll have 20 posh pups (who were nominated and voted in by our readers!) strutting their stuff on the catwalk at Performance Lexus.

The event is a fundraiser for the Humanitarian League of Greater Cincinnati, and will feature valet "barking," shopping, pet treat tasting, nail trimming (for a donation), a silent auction, and a fun photobooth where you can get a pic with your pup in a life-size dog house! Click here to learn more and RSVP!

We were on Fox19 this morning doing a sneak peek of the fashion show. Check out the segment below! All the fashions on the ladies are by The Stash in Bridgewater Falls and the pup fashions are by Pet Passions and Fashions! See you tomorrow!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pet Fashion Show Voting Going on Now!

We have our Posh Pet Fashion Show coming up on Sept. 21 at Performance Lexus and you get to decide which four-legged fashionistas get to be in the show! Click here to learn more and submit your vote!
Posh Pup Fashion Show

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cars & Cigars Event Recap

Last week, Cincinnati Profile hosted an awesome "Cars & Cigars" event at Lexus RiverCenter. We had Straus Tobacconist provide an awesome spread of cigars and Lexus had a fine line up of cars for us to feast our eyes on. But the one that stole the show was the Lexus LFA in Sunset Orange. Wowwwwww! What an amazing car! As if the eye-catching color didn't get everyone's attention... Ken, the service manager, started up the engine and everyone in the entire building turned their heads! It was awesome! Make sure you subscribe to Cincinnati Profile to make sure you find out about our next events! Click here to see all the pics from the event! Here are just a few of my favs....
Me and my sister-in-law and mother-in-law!

The LFA!

LRC Service Manager Ken Kocher talking to attendees about the LFA!

Cars & Cigars event attendees
Enjoying a cigar with a view of lots of Lexus cars!

Posh Pet Fashion Show, New S&D Pet Charm

Our Posh Pup Fashion Show is coming up on Sept 21 at Performance Lexus! Make sure you mark your calendars and prepare to enjoy complimentary valet "barking," puparazzi on the red carpet, shopping, complimentary drinks, and a pupography booth to capture lots of candid moments with you and your canine. Plus, check out the pup-friendly treats, raffle prizes, silent auction and fundraising activities. The event is free to attend - receive a swag bag with a $10 donation to The Humanitarian League of Greater Cincinnati! RSVP here!

Want to see your four-legged fashionista on the cat…er…dogwalk? Nominate your pup to be featured in the show! Email a photo and name of the dog you're nominating to pets@cincychic.com. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 24. Voting at cincychic.com/pets will begin Sept. 3 at 10am and end on Sept. 7 at 5pm. (voting link will not be live until Sept. 3)

 One of our vendors at the event, Ceci David, just sent me an email about one of the items she'll have on display at her booth. Stella & Dot just came out with a new charm line, and this super cute paw print charm is one of them! Click here or watch the video below to learn more! See you at the event!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cars & Cigars Aug. 16!

We have an awesome event coming up at Lexus RiverCenter next week called "Cars & Cigars." It's free to attend and lots of fun people always show up! Click here to RSVP!

Cincinnati Profile "Cars & Cigars" Event
Thursday, August 16, 6-9pm Lexus RiverCenter - 633 West 3rd St. Covington, KY 41011
Enjoy complimentary drinks, check out the latest from Lexus, shop menswear with Corwyn Apparel, mix and mingle, and smoke a cigar out on the patio. Bring your own cigar or buy one at the event from Straus Tobacconist. Sponsored by Phillip Ray Brann - Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Advisor. Both men and women are encouraged to attend - you just need to be a Cincinnati Profile subscriber (it's free!) to get in! Click here to see photos from our previous events! Brought to you by Cincinnati Profile, an online publication for men in Greater Cincinnati.  081612CP

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fabushoe Friday: Driving Shoes

My new Ryka driving shoes!
Happy Fabushoe Friday!

So, while these are more practical than fabulous, I got tired of killing my car mats with heels so I bought some driving shoes!

Believe it or not, it was actually a car mechanic's idea for me to buy the shoes! I had re-ordered new mats several times at Lexus RiverCenter. On the third time, he pointed at my 6-inch heels and asked, "You wear those often?" Of course, I said yes, to which he replied: "You know, it might be a good idea to look into some driving shoes." He paused... adding, "You could buy a lot of those," pointing to my heels, "instead of these," pointing to my shredded mat.

Now you're speakin' my language - point taken!

Not only are they more comfortable than heels, but they truly are a great investment! I was buying new all-weather mats for $100 about twice a year because my heels kept digging a hole in them. I was also ruining my heels, because the back of the right shoe would get scuffed or the material would rub off. Translation... thanks to my drivers, I'll have several hundred more in my annual shoe budget now!!! :)

I did some research on which ones to buy, and to be honest, I was disappointed in the selection. A lot of the women's drivers look like moccasins. I like the men's driving shoe selection a lot more because they have a sportier look.

I ended up going with a shoe that's technically made for yoga. The only thing that really makes a shoe a "driver" is the extra rubberized lip at the back of the shoe, which this pair had. I also liked that they had a cute scroll design on top and could pass for a ballerina flat if I decided I was done with heels for the rest of my work day.

Typically, I just keep them in my car door pocket - putting them on when I get in, and putting them back in the pocket when I get out. Or if I need to wear them walking downtown between meetings or something, I have a dust bag for them in my purse.

Being a heel girl, I was hesitant purchasing frumpy flats, but I'm so glad I did! I highly recommend getting a pair if you, too, love your heels but don't want to Fred Flinstone your car mats!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A GS-Inspired Project Runway Episode

Lexus GS
Aw, it was like watching two BFFs get married as I watched Lifetime tonight!

Project Runway and Lexus teamed up for an awesome concept and challenge! The episode started with the designers meeting Heidi Klum on the runway to get an overview. Then, they headed to South Street Seaport to meet Tim Gunn to find out the details of the Lexus Team Challenge: Create an evening gown that best represents the Lexus GS’s bold, aggressive styling. This challenge also required the 14 designers to incorporate an assigned vehicle color into their look.

To make it even more difficult, they were only given $300 and one day to create a design for a former Project Runway participant to wear at the Emmys. 

The designers were paired in teams of two, which of course coupled several polar opposites together for some good TV. The pairs were: Christopher and Andrea, Nathan and Sonjia, Buffi and Elena, Fabio and Ven, Gunnar and Kooan, Melissa and Dmitry, Alicia and Raul.
I met Project Runway's Tim Gunn a few months ago!

(spoiler alert) Elena stormed off and it was dram-ugh… a battle brews with Andrea and Christopher (which might be why she ends up leaving the show) ...and Kooan was kooky per usual, which is always fun to watch. :)

Ven ended up winning and Raul was sent home. Personally, I think Sonjia and Nathan's gold dress should have won because it was truly the only one Emmy-worthy. But they didn't ask me to be the judge so it doesn't really matter what I think! haha!

It's a great episode to watch because the drama is intense, fashions are fab, the Lexus-inspired styling is intriguing, Krysten Ritter was the guest judge, and Heidi's outfit was bangin' with some killer leg wear and shoes. So, if you didn't get a chance to watch tonight, make sure you catch it online!

Sounds like this won't be the last we hear of the Lexus/Project Runway, either. I did a little digging after the show and found that Lexus is connecting with PR fans in several different ways this season. Click here to learn more about the partnership!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Performance Lexus Hosts Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance Event Aug. 14

We wrote about Meredith Raffel, the Executive Director of Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance, in this year's "Entrepreneurs to Watch" issue of Cincinnati Profile. I've been keeping an eye on her ever since and I just found out she's hosting an event at Performance Lexus on Aug. 14! They'll be featuring 15 various artists who will showcase their work and demonstrate their craft. The event is free to attend, artwork will be for sale, and you can enjoy complimentary fare/refreshments! Sounds like a great event to me! See below for more info and I'll see you at the event!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Save the Date – Cincy Chic Wearable Art Fashion Show July 26 at Lexus RiverCenter!

Get out your cals, gals and guys! We're putting together an awesome fashion show event and you'll want to save the date! It's going to be our third-annual Wearable Art Fashion Show on July 26, from 6-9pm, at Lexus RiverCenter! This year, we're featuring an amazing local jewelry designer, Lisa Robin Jewelry, and Amy Kirchen's custom couture! Both Lisa and Amy dream up their designs from scratch and work side-by-side with the manufacturers to create the final product so each piece is truly a piece of wearable art. You'll definitely want to see this show, featuring incredible Tri-State talent, and shop with other local fashion-focused artistans. Below are all the details - click here to learn more and RSVP!

Wearable Art Fashion Show
  When: Thursday, July 26, 6-9pm
  Where: Lexus RiverCenter, 633 West 3rd St. Covington, KY 41011
  Enjoy: Complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres, shopping, photo booth, and fashion show featuring local fashion designers Lisa Robin Jewelry and Amy Kirchen custom couture. Bring gently used jewelry or clothing for St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati to get a free swag bag!
  Supporting Sponsors: Lexus RiverCenterPerformance LexusPNC BankThe Plastic Surgery Group,  St. Elizabeth HealthcareCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC
  Fashion Show Sponsors: Lisa Robin Jewelry, clothing by Amy KirchenMitchell's Salon & Day Spa
  Booth Sponsors: Bella Forza FitnessMissElaineous StudioMary Kay by Britt BornOrigami Owl with Julia TudororiginaliteesPaparazzi with Stephanie ScottMiche BagsVillage Wine Gallery LLC,Yelp!
  Hosted by: Cincy Chic, an online lifestyle publication for women in Greater Cincinnati cincy chic wearable art fashion show

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2013 RX350 Reveal Event at Lexus RiverCenter!

Happy RX350 Reveal Day!! As I mentioned last week, Performance Lexus is having a Reveal Event tonight and Lexus RiverCenter will be having an event to unveil the new 2013 RX350 as well!

The event at Lexus RiverCenter will take place June 27th from 5-7pm at their beautiful facility that overlooks the city! Click here to see my blog post about all my fav things about this particular dealership (it's where I bought my car!!) 

Hors d'oeuvres and fine wines will be served as well as giveaways! You might be the lucky winner of three limited-edition Lexus timepieces that they're giving away! 

I've already checked out the new RX350 and it's great! You can see my review here!

Hope to see you at Lexus RiverCenter or Performance Lexus tonight so you can check out the new 2013 RX350 for yourself!

Monday, June 18, 2012

2013 RX350 Reveal Event at Performance Lexus!

Performance Lexus will be holding a special event to unveil the NEW 2013 RX350! 

The reveal of the car will be June 27th from 5-7pm at the Performance Lexus in the Kings Auto Mall as well as the Lexus RiverCenter. 

Hors d'oeuvres and fine wines will be served and three lucky recipients at each location will win a limited-edition Lexus timepiece. 

I've already checked out the new RX350 and it's great! You can see my review here!

RSVP to the event at Performance Lexus in the Kings Auto Mall here

To RSVP to the event at the Lexus RiverCenter, click here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Lexus Featured at 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards

As the official vehicle of the 2012 CFDA fashion awards, Lexus had one job: Help the celebs roll in style. And boy did they do their job well! If you missed it, click here to catch the awards show and see some featured pics below. My fav, of course, is Ms. Wintour looking tres chic but still very Devil-Wears-Prada.

Anna Wintour arrives in a Lexus at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards, Monday June 4, 2012 in New York.

Designer Pamela Love arrives in a Lexus at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards, Monday June 4, 2012 in New York.

Actress Jessica Chastain arrives in a Lexus at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards, Monday June 4, 2012 in New York.

John Waters arrives in a Lexus at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards, Monday June 4, 2012 in New York.

Test Drive and Win Limited Edition Watch!

I just found out about this awesome promotion that Performance Lexus is doing to give away limited edition LFA watches. Check out all the details below! Also, Cincy Chic has a promotion with Lexus where you can get a bunch of chic swag if you test drive any new/pre-owned car and mention the campaign! Click here to learn more about that campaign, which can also be combined with the watch promo! Pretty cool!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

2013 Lexus RX 350 Review

I recently got the opportunity to take the 2013 Lexus RX 350 out for a spin. Lots of facelifts and all new features - inside and out - and I think you're going to love them.

The most noticeable change is that the RX 350 exterior got brand new grill. This new design is called the "Audubon Grill" and when you see this new grill from this point forward - you'll know it's a Lexus. It also got redesigned lights with LED running lamps and new rear taillights.

Lots of room in the back too - and its awesome power-opening/closing function on the rear hatch is now standard across all model lines.

Inside the RX 350, there's a new steering wheel that's easier to grip, a bigger and better center console, and this awesome Lexus Enform  "App Suite," that connects to your smartphone so you can have hands-free access to your favorite apps like Yelp, Open Table, Facebook Places, iheartradio, Pandora and more through the car's entertainment system! You can even use the controls on the car's wheel to change the channel and volume on Pandora! Very cool.

And the RX 350 is a dream to drive. Its 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. And it takes regular fuel, not premium. So, you have a smooth ride, power when you need it, and it's not a pain at the pump.

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 - with its all new design and brand new features - is definitely one to check out. Come in to either Tri-State Lexus dealership - Performance Lexus in Mason or Lexus RiverCenter in Covington - to test-drive one for yourself! And just for taking a test-drive, you'll get lots of Cincy Chic swag! A pink reusable Cincy Chic totebag, a drink tumbler and - my favorite, a coffee travel mug - all just for taking a test drive! Go to cincychic.com/lexus to learn more!

Check out the video review below to see the 2013 Lexus RX 350 all-new features and facelifts for yourself!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Carwash Dos & Don'ts

TGIF! It's almost the weekend! And I don't know about you, but I love washing my car on pretty weekends like this weekend promises to be.

So, I put together some truly helpful tips and tricks from Consumer Reports for getting a showroom shine with your DIY car cleanings this weekend!

When should I wash the car?
DON'T wait for a layer of crud to accumulate before washing. Dead bugs, bird droppings, and chemicals from the atmosphere all leach acids that can strip away wax and eventually eat into your car's paint. If left too long, they can cause damage that requires sanding and repainting the area to correct.

DO wash off dead bugs, bird droppings, and tree-sap mist as soon as possible. Other than this, a weekly car wash will keep the finish in its best shape. In addition, if you live in an area that suffers from acid rain, rinse your vehicle off after a period of rainy weather. Otherwise, acidic chemicals in the rainwater will be left on the surface after the droplets have evaporated, leaving a mark that can permanently mar the paint.

What kind of products should I use?
DON'T use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren't formulated for use on a car's paint and may strip off the protective wax.

DO use a dedicated car-wash product, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb's-wool mitt. See our car wax buying advice for tips on all types of waxes.

Grease, rubber, and road-tar deposits picked up from the road often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a bug-and-tar remover. Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to remove these deposits, as they can quickly blacken your sponge.

Use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tires, which may be coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris that could mar the car's finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required. Be sure the cleaner is compatible with the type of finish (paint, clear-coat, chrome, etc.) used on the wheels. A strong formula intended for mag wheels, for instance, can damage the clear coat that's used on the wheels that come on today's cars. To be on the safe side, choose a cleaner that's labeled as safe for use on all wheels.

Are there any general guidelines I should follow when washing a car?
DON'T wash your car when the body is hot, such as immediately after driving it or after it has been parked in direct sunlight for awhile. Heat speeds the drying of soap and water, making washing more difficult and increasing the chances that spots or deposits will form.

DON'T move the sponge in circles. This can create light, but noticeable scratches called swirl marks. Instead, move the sponge lengthwise across the hood and other body panels. And don't continue using a sponge that's dropped on the ground without thoroughly rinsing it out. The sponge can pick up dirt particles that can scratch the paint.

DO rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water before you begin washing to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching. Once you begin, concentrate on one section at a time, washing and rinsing each area completely before moving on to the next one. This ensures that you have plenty of time to rinse before the soap dries. Start at the top, and then work your way around the car.

Work the car-wash solution into a lather with plenty of suds that provide lots of lubrication on the paint surface. And rinse the sponge often. Using a separate bucket to rinse the sponge keeps dirt from getting mixed into the sudsy wash water.

When rinsing, use a hose without a nozzle and let the water flow over the car from top to bottom. This creates a sheeting action that helps minimize pooling of water.

How should I dry the car when I'm done?
DON'T let the car air dry, and don't expect a drive around the block to do an effective job. Either will leave watermarks, which in areas with hard water are the minerals left after evaporation. In addition, don't use an abrasive towel or other material that can leave hairline scratches in the paint.

DO use a chamois (natural or synthetic) or soft terry towels. If you choose towels, you may need several. It's best to blot the water up instead of dragging the towel or chamois over the paint. The drying process can be speeded up by using a soft squeegee to remove most of the water on the body, but be sure the rubber is pliable and that it doesn't pick up bits of dirt that can cause scratches.

Rather leave it to the professionals?
One of my favorite perks of being a Lexus owner is getting free carwashes! Both Lexus RiverCenter (Covington) and Performance Lexus (Mason) offers them, and you can get them as often as you'd like. I love stopping in between meetings because I can get work done in one of their lounges while the car gets spruced up. There's typically about an hour wait on weekends FYI, but if you can, stop in during the week and there's hardly ever a wait! It's awesome!

Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 Women on the Move Luncheon and Fashion Show

Helen Bisdorf and Jenny Ginocchio are this year's Women on the Move Luncheon & Fashion Show co-chairs
Fashion and philanthropy are two of my passions. That's why I was so excited to hear about the 2012 Women on the Move Luncheon and Fashion Show Presented by Performance Lexus, which is coming up soon. It's a huge luncheon and fashion show, featuring some of the Tri-State's best boutiques, to benefit a great cause: Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For the past two years, the event has sold out and it's been THE place to see and be seen in your best Spring fashions. I caught up with the organizer of the event to get the 411 on this year's fete. Check out my Q&A with her below!

Amy Scalia: In a few sentences, how would you explain the 2012 Women on the Move Luncheon and Fashion Show?
Helen Bisdorf, Women on the Move Luncheon & Fashion Show co-chair: 2012 will be the third year for this event (sold out in 2010 and 2011) which features the fashions of Alligator Purse, Khakis, Castle House, Sara Benjamin’s, Fetish, Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs, Kate and Brooks Brothers. A fabulous auction featuring unique items—including a an Apple iPad, a Tiffany & Co. suede tote, a Helen Adams photography session, a Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Fur throw, gift certificates to premier restaurants and an array of spa services — as well as multiple vendor tables to browse during the registration hour, add to the charm of the event. Seating is limited and the last two years’ events were sold out. Individual tickets are $65 and tables range from $750 - $2,500. To make a reservation and “join the movement toward a world free of MS” contact Mary Wright at (513) 956-4110.

Scalia: You've done this event for several years now - what's going to be unique and special about this year's event?
Bisdorf: For the first time Steve Raleigh, Emmy award winning meteorologist will be emceeing and I am sure he will charm the women in attendance. We are also adding a WOW opening to the show with musical numbers from Jennifer Brissman of the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Additionally, we will be showing more fashions this year including for the first time clothing from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs, Kate and Brooks Brothers. Thanks to the hard work of our committee members our Chinese Auction has expanded. For the first time we are adding two silent auction items on which to bid: one of which is an opulent night at the opera including a luxurious stay at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and breakfast at Orchids at the Palm Court; and the other an Apple iPad 2. We will also close the show with a surprise for our audience.

Scalia: Sounds like fun! This is all for a great cause too, correct?
Bisdorf: Yes, this event is one of the foremost fundraisers for the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Scalia: Tell me more about this organization and why the support is so important!
Bisdorf: The Society serves more than six thousand area residents with MS and their family members by providing them with the care and information needed to live independent and productive lives. In addition, the Society sponsors research to find the cause of and cure for MS. MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain and stops people from moving. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists to make sure that it doesn’t.

Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Kenwood Country Club

Friday, March 9, 2012

Donate to Tornado Relief at Performance Lexus!

Due to the recent tornados that devastated the Tri-State area, Performance Lexus and Matthew 25 Ministries are teaming up to provide comfort and nourishment to those who were affected. 

Performance Lexus is now a drop off location for non perishable goods and supplies. 

If you donate at least two items you will receive $500 off your best deal on the purchase or lease of a new Lexus or you'll get $15 off an oil change.

Or you can simply contact Performance Lexus or Matthew 25 Ministries at the numbers below for more information on how you can help those who have been affected by the recent disaster.

Performance Lexus 866-506-4453 
Matthew 25 Ministries 513-793-6256

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!

Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show Next Friday

Our next big Cincy Chic event is coming up next Friday at Lexus RiverCenter! We'll be featuring all five of the Lexus Hybrid models, shopping, photo booth, refreshments, and a fashion show showcasing designs by local DAAP students! I'm so excited! Hope you can come!

Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show
Friday March 16, 6-9pm

Lexus RiverCenter 633 W. 3rd St., Covington, KY 41011

Enjoy complimentary cocktails, shopping, and a fabulous fashion show with looks designed by DAAP students at 8pm showcasing eco-fabulous designs

Event is free to attend. Those who purchase a $10 ticket will receive a swag bag and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Civic Garden Center.

Presenting Sponsor: Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

Fashion Show Sponsors: Mitchell's Salon & Day SpaGlass Zipper Boutique
Supporting Sponsors: PNCThe Plastic Surgery GroupKrombholz JewelersSt. Elizabeth HealthcareLexus RiverCenterPerformance Lexus

Vendors Include: Bella Forza FitnessMary Kay by Britt BornVotre Vu by Julena BingamanA Village Gift Shop at the Century HouseVogue VertStella & Dot with Beth Harris and Summer Weidenbein, and Charmed by Galite.

RSVP to: http://ccgogreen2012.eventbrite.com

Hosted by: Cincy Chic, an online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review of All-New Lexus GS350

I just got the opportunity to check out the all-new Lexus GS350. I was really impressed with it. Highlights include:

1.       Industry-first 12.3” navigation/multi-media display screen.
2.       Lexus Enform  “App Suite” connects to your smart phone and use apps like Yelp, Open Table, Facebook Places, iheartradio, Pandora and more through the car’s entertainment system.
3.       Class-leading 10-airbag system with an all-new side airbag to help provide additional support for the rib cage and upper arm.
4.       Blind spot monitor for safer lane changes.
5.       Backup camera with sensors and Intuitive Parking Assist for added safety in parking lots/garage.
6.       306 horsepower engine but 28 MPG on the highway.
7.       18-way front seats for even more personalization and customization to your body.

My favorite part was definitely the huge display screen and the Lexus Enform app suite. It's the perfect way to stream all the things I love on my phone through the car's entertainment system. Check out the video below for my full review.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dog-gone Amazing Car Accessories!

on a car ride with Dino!
If your four-legged friends are more like a family members, you want them to go everywhere with you - even if it involves a car ride! I know that's how it is with our pup, Dino!

Ever since we had our super fun Cincy Chic Pet Fashion Show at Performance Lexus, they've seen a huge uptick in canine-loving car buyers. So, they converted a portion of their accessory display area in the showroom to pet-related items! Some of the items they now have in-stock include doggy ramps, carriers, beds, mats, etc.

So, if your furry friends need some tail-wagging trip accessories, Performance Lexus is the place to go!

Pet accessories at Performance Lexus

Monday, February 6, 2012

Unveiling of the New 2013 Lexus GS350

Lexus RiverCenter is thrilled to announce the unveiling of the all NEW 2013 Lexus GS350! And there's even better news, you're invited!

Make sure you save the date for this! The unveiling will take place February 10th from 5pm-7pm.

There will be beer, wine, trendy hors d'oeuvres and a hot, new car!

Their showroom is located at 633 W. 3rd. St. in Covington. RSVP here and we'll see you February 10th!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Big Game Giveaway Lexus-Style

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Interested in winning a 70" flat screen TV, two high-end La-Z-Boy recliners and a $500 gift card to the Montgomery Inn before this year's SuperBowl?

If you're thinking, "Why, yes, yes I am" then I have some good news for you.

I just got an email from Lexus RiverCenter that says they're giving away all of the above awesomeness to one person. How do you get to be this lucky person? Just test-drive any car they have on the lot! Sounds easy enough to me!

Looks like the winner will be selected on Feb. 1, so make sure you get in for your test drive before then! Happy driving! Hope I get an invite to your SuperBowl party if you win! :)

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Online Scheduling Amazingness!

While you can't always predict when your car needs service (like when my neighbor hit my parked car when she was parallel parking a couple weeks ago), there are some things you can predict... like oil changes, tune ups, etc. And for those things, Lexus is making it even easier to schedule those into your busy bee life with online scheduling of maintenance.

I'm excited about this because it'll save a lot of time and frustration... no more having to wait in the long line of people who had the same idea to get an oil change that day.

Lexus RiverCenter and Performance Lexus are both offering this online scheduling. So, basically, you go to their site, under "Service" click "Schedule Service." There are four super easy steps to follow and no hassle. No more calling and scheduling over the phone, just a few clicks of your mouse and you're ready to go. Enjoy!

Thanks to my intern Sara Elliott for helping me put this blog post together!