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cover head of the classy A peek into the jet-set life of fashion's most popular gent, STL-bred Derek Blasberg.




Brilliant Streak A kaleidoscopic season has designers decidedly keen on saturated color blocking for spring. Spring 2012 runway report The season's top trends for him and her signify fashion at its most inspiring.

76 beauty

 beauty now Ten St. Louis beauty procedures to help you stop the clock.


Spring Beauty Manual

Take the season's hottest hair, makeup and skincare trends from runway to real life.


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7 Things you must do this month.


 alendar Get your whistle on with C Andrew Bird, explore CAM's latest exhibit and more.


 STL Now A conversation with fashion mogul Valerie Steele. Plus, new St. Louis boutiques you won't want to miss.

20 stl now Half and Half's alter-ego, Medianoche, is a fiesta-worthy hangout. And, Old Rock House's new “Live and Local STL” series. 22 hot SPOT Fall down the rabbit hole, and into the whimsical world of Hamburger Mary's.

ruckus with bold combos of energetic brights and busy prints. 38 m  en's style Acing menswear's dominant trend is a cinch—just belt it out.

self 44 F  itness The new Red Fitness Lounge raises the bar of the standard workout.

weddings 46 E  ngagements Three St. Louis couples share their recently ringed moments. 48 W  eddings A St. Louis couple brings their alma mater to the Coronado.


24 spirits Oddball cocktail ingredients make one delicious experiment.

52 G  et Involved Put your green thumb to work and improve your habitat.

28 buzz Two well-known St. Louisans release their first books.

54 Social Scene Photos from Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, Art Feast and more.

30 Column Top apps and gadgets for the modern bookworm.


32 job envy Meet Mary Clarke, the woman behind such famous faces as Karlie Kloss and Ashton Kutcher.

style 34 S  tyle Designers did a clean sweep for spring—turning out an abundance of sandals, bags and baubles in bright white. 36 Style Spring runways caused a visual

100 d  ining Guide The best places in town to eat, drink and dance.

scene 106 Sc  ene in St. Louis Party pics from the Buzz List Party, Pistons and Pearls Auto Show Charity Gala, the CAM Gala and more. 112 A  rchetypes A conversation with Gene Dobbs Bradford, executive director of Jazz St. Louis.

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Finding ways to keep you trendy, cultured and inspired.

Lisa Bertrand on parenting in the age of products and pop culture.

thegreenery Longtime green blogger Jeff McIntire-Strasburg digs into the sustainability scene—in St. Louis and beyond.

New boutiques are opening (welcome, Brando!), old favorites are returning (congrats, Cortney Gene), new lines are launching (hello, Vogue Footwear) and local fashion professionals are landing in the national spotlight (bravo, CENTRO Models)—just in time for fashion's most important season. I, for one, have definitely been inspired by what I'm seeing and hearing on the local style front (p.18). Bright colors and energetic patterns (as spotted on the runways by Jill, p.34-38) have given me the boost I need to power through what's left of the cold weather. And, as if I needed any more excuses to embark on yet another spring shopping spree, the 50-plus local boutique and luxury department store looks in seasonperfect pastels, daring lace and updated florals that we've highlighted throughout the issue are ones I simply can't pass up. The hottest trends in cosmetics and skincare are a new area of focus for me this season (as anti-aging products keep sneaking into my beauty drawer), and our ALIVE Health+Beauty book (p.75) couldn't be a better place to start. Runway inspirations again took center stage as we uncovered the top hair, makeup and skincare trends and brought them to real life with the help of St. Louis' best beauty pros (p.80). Cutting-edge beauty offerings like Dr. Paul Rottler's Latisse eyelash-enhancing application, local makeup artist Christina Passanise's cosmetic airbrushing services and Regal Image Salon's new hot-for-Hollywood dip and dye coloring are all on my list of immediate must-haves on the beauty front. As for the latest minimally-invasive beauty procedures on the STL market (read about the Top 10 on p.76), photofacial skin rejuvenation has certainly caught my eye—but is more likely to make my 10-year list. Because a true fashion and beauty follower can never plan too far ahead.

Photo by Wesley Law, shot on location at The Lawrence Group.


f there's one thing this year's Spring Fashion and Beauty Issue has shown me, it's that the St. Louis fashion scene is alive and well. From the swanky book party, hosted by Susan Sherman, that I attended for our cover man, STL-bred “fashionisto-in-chief” Derek Blasberg (read more about the fashion insider on p.58), to the pages and pages of runway looks our Fashion Editor extraordinaire, Jill Manoff, and I planned for the Spring 2012 Runway Report (p.68), there's no doubt that spring fashion has sprung in a big way in St. Louis.

Jennifer dulin wiley executive editor

thestylelist ALIVE’s Fashion Editor Jill Manoff on shopping news and the looks she’s loving right now.

If it’s happening in STL,

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on the calendar Training Camp Sunday, March 11

CAM Nights Thursday, March 15

Get fit with ALIVE and the St. Louis Rams at this group fitness event for all skill levels at Russell Training Center.

Don’t miss one of the hottest happy hours in town with great drink specials at the Contemporary Art Museum.

GLOW Spring Fashion Show Thursday, March 29

Snag your spot now for this see-and-be-seen runway show featuring spring looks from the city’s hottest boutiques.

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When researching this month's Spring Beauty Manual (p.80), Jennifer Wells was happily surprised at how much St. Louis has to offer. “From cutting-edge technology to world-renowned makeup artists—there's definitely no shortage of beauty solutions in St. Louis,” Jennifer says. She thoroughly enjoyed talking tips with the area's most sought-after beauty professionals, but her favorite task was shopping for the photo shoot. “Isn't it every girl's dream to scour top shops for the ultimate beauty cache?”

In her search for all things beautiful, photography has become the preferred medium for Lily Liu to share her original perspectives. She thrives on finding interesting and distinctively different angles of every beautiful creature and scene. A photographer for ALIVE for the past year, Lily enjoyed this month's shoot at Half and Half (p.20). Lily is an event and portrait photographer, as well as a full-time buyer for a local eye care company. See more of her work at

Carmen Troesser

Kate Allen

Photographer Carmen Troesser was excited to experiment with some of the cosmetics and beauty products featured in the Spring Beauty Manual (p.80). Her absolute favorite was the Hanley Fold Farm Lip Balm, made with all-natural ingredients—which will have to be alternated with the Bobbi Brown red lipstick, of course. More of Carmen's work can be seen at

Mizzou grad Kate Allen knows weddings. Whether she's attending them, planning them or covering them for ALIVE, she knows the ins and outs of “I Do's.” The marriage of Mizzou alums Elma Hadziselimovic and Garry Garrison was a perfect fit for our Real Weddings contributor. Read more about this happy couple, and their big Mizzou-inspired day on p.48.




Self-portrait by Jennifer Wells; self-portrait by Lily Liu; Carmen Troesser photographed by Jacob Henry Derfel; Kate Allen photographed by Ben Rieder.



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ALIVE TV Up Close and Personal with Derek Blasberg

Spring Fashion Shoot:

Outtakes and Insider News Get the insider's perspective on this month's Spring Fashion shoot—including pieces not shown in the print editorial.

ALIVE TV: Burger Madness

Tour the Newest Burger Joints in Town

online extras! GOOD Ideas for Cities Get to know the local creative teams presenting at the March 8 GOOD Ideas for Cities event, a gathering of creative minds at the Contemporary Art Museum to present ideas and solutions to some of the challenges the city faces.

New on ALIVE Around Town: Thirsty Thursdays On the prowl for the most delectable libations, ALIVE's street team will challenge a new St. Louis bartender extraordinaire each Thursday to come up with a drink that fits our monthly theme. For March, the theme is Skinny Cocktails. Visit alivemag. com/blog to weigh in on your favorite concoctions.

Win Tickets to “Bring it On” at The Fox

> ALIVE's video team explores Dooley's, Dave & Tony's and Hamburger Mary's for an inside look at the hotspots' signature burgers and spaces.

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> Go behind the scenes of this month's cover shoot with Derek Blasberg, one of fashion's most prominent insiders, and St. Louis' own fashionisto-in-chief. Blasberg shot the ALIVE cover while in town for a private book party celebrating the release of “Very Classy.” Well-known arts patron Susan Sherman was the gracious host of the party and Watch it! cover shoot. Scan the tag Her “Chanel with your smartroom” with phone to view black quilted the video. Visit walls couldn't have been a to get the free more perfect app and gain spot to shoot access to bonus the Spring content. Fashion and Beauty cover.

Enter at for your chance to win two tickets to the March 27 showing of “Bring It On” at The Fox. Contest ends March 16.

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Top photo by Attilio D'Agostino; left photo by Jennifer Silverberg; middle photo by Jules Brown; cocktail photo by Ettie Berneking; "Bring It On" photo by Craig Schwartz.

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Join ALIVE at its highly anticipated spring fashion show, GLOW, on March 29 at Windows Off Washington. Witness a stunning runway show featuring collections from 10denza, Devil City, Esther, Erker's, Ivy Hill, Ola Style, Skif and Sole & Blues, while enjoying light hors d'oeuvres, tasty cocktails and Miller brews.

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Kelly Clarkson has come a long way since her days as the first American Idol, and now she showcases her Billboard-topping, Grammy Award-winning vocals for St. Louis fans of all ages. See her at The Fox Theatre on March 16 with opener Matt Nathanson, the singer-songwriter of “Come on Get Higher” fame. Sing along to crowd favorites and hear Clarkson's newest singles, “Stronger” and “Mr. Know It All”—her ninth Top 10 hit.

For tickets and more info, visit


Be Good

On March 8, the Contemporary Art Museum is the place to be, as creative thinkers of St. Louis gather to present ideas and solutions to some of the challenges the city faces. Presented by GOOD Magazine, Ideas for Cities will explore concepts such as urban agriculture, transportation and the overall image of St. Louis, and put forth imaginative plans to change the city for the better. For more info, visit or


Stay on Pointe

It has been more than 10 years since the Joffrey Ballet has come to St. Louis, so prepare to be amazed as the famous ballet company presents three groundbreaking performances at The Touhill Performing Arts Center, March 9-10. Known for experimental new works, reconstruction of classics and full-length ballets, Joffrey is sure to please both avid ballet fans and newcomers. For tickets and more info, visit


Walk the Walk

Join “Project Runway” Season 9 designer Laura Kathleen Planck at Macy's St. Louis Galleria on March 10 for the ultimate fashion face-off. You could be chosen from the crowd to style models for different occasions and win a $100 Macy's gift card. Hear Laura Kathleen's fashion dos and don'ts and top style tips for spring while supporting the St. Louis Children's Hospital Clown Docs program. For more info, visit

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Shape Up

Get fit for swimsuit season at Training Camp with the St. Louis Rams at Russell Training Center on March 11. Rock Workout, Complete Fitness Results, Fitness With Anika and more offer mini workout classes for women of all fitness levels. Emceed by KMOV's Jasmine Huda to spread awareness for the American Heart Association, it’s perfect for finding your ideal workout. For tickets and more info, visit


Get Lucky

Celebrate all things Irish at the 43rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17. Always a fan favorite, the parade winds its way through Downtown St. Louis. Come out early to enjoy plenty of Irish food, beverages and entertainment at The Irish Village in Kiener Plaza, or join in the five-mile run through Downtown and Midtown. For more info, visit

GLOW photo by Mirage Photos; Kelly Clarkson photo courtesy of The Fox; Joffrey Ballet photo by Herbert Migdoll.


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Hot Pick


Radiohead at Scottrade Center

Calendar: March MUSIC

THE HEAD AND THE HEART March 25, The Pageant


STRAVINSKY'S FIREBIRD March 2-3, Powell Symphony Hall

Listen to the sweet harmonies and heartfelt lyrics of this up-and-coming Seattle band. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

IF A PRINT IS SHOWN, WILL SOMEONE SEE IT? Through March 3, Regional Arts Commission

RADIOHEAD March 9, Scottrade Center

Catch the band hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the “Greatest Artists of All Time,” on tour for its eighth album, “The King of Limbs.” Tickets at (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown). SYN-AULOIS, REMBETIKA TO MODERN March 10, Touhill Performing Arts Center

BÉLA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES March 29, Sheldon Concert Hall

See a unique fusion of bluegrass, folk and jazz with tunes from Béla Fleck's latest album, “Rocket Science.” Tickets at (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). PETER FRAMPTON March 30, Peabody Opera House

Catch the Greek-influenced sounds of this Boston ensemble's violin, accordion and bouzouki. Tickets at (1 University Blvd., Bel-Ridge).

As part of his global tour, the world-renowned guitarist takes the stage to recreate his legendary live album, “Frampton Comes Alive!” Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown).

ANDREW BIRD March 22, The Pageant

SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER March 31, Lumière Theater

One of Chicago's most unique musicians, the whistling, fiddle-strumming, soulful Andrew Bird visits The Pageant. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

Remembered for hits like 1997's backyard love song “Kiss Me,” Sixpence None The Richer enchants both old and new fans. Tickets at (999 N. 2nd St., Downtown).

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This printmaking exhibition displays unique contrasts between color, composition, balance and illusion. More info at (6128 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). JUDY PFAFF, Recent WORK Through March 3, Bruno David Gallery

The London-born artist, known as a pioneer in steel, fiberglass and plaster installation art, displays some of her smaller, yet equally impressive, works. More info at (3721 Washington Blvd., Downtown). FIGURE STUDIES: RECENT REPRESENTATIONAL WORKS ON PAPER Through April 22, CAM

Be amazed by the drawings and etchings of six contemporary artists, working in a diverse range of techniques, as they prove works on paper are no longer considered a second-rate art form. More info at (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

Photo by Sebastian Edge.

Enter an imaginary world with the dramatic sounds of this Russian fairy tale. Tickets at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

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AT THE CROSSROADS Through April 8, Saint Louis Art Museum


Judy Pfaff at Bruno David Gallery

Celebrating the work of six African-American artists, this exhibition explores black identity by tapping into spiritual and historical themes. More info at (1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park). GALLERY TALK: ART AND THE MIND-BRAIN March 7, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Curator Mark Rollins shares detailed insight on the collection and its influences. More info at (1 Brookings Dr., University City). JEFF MILLER, INFINITE LIGHT March 9-25, SOHA Gallery

This multimedia, light-based exhibition was inspired by the Pulitzer's recent “Buddha” series and the artist's trip to visit Buddhist nuns in Taiwan. More info at (4915 Macklind Ave., South Hampton). CBABI BAYOC March 9-April 7, Aisle 1 Gallery

Don't miss the highly colorful, caricature-like artwork of the superb Cbabi Bayoc. More info at (2627 Cherokee Street, Cherokee).

Discuss, admire and view (or re-view) what has been one of the Pulitzer's most wide-spanning and forward-thinking exhibits, collecting multicultural takes on Buddhist art. More info at (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). PERFORMING ARTS CRY-BABY: THE MUSICAL March 1-24, New Line Theatre

See the first off-Broadway production of this rockabilly musical, about the '50s, the “squares” and the “drapes,” and a good girl who falls in love on the wrong side of the tracks. Tickets at (6501 Clayton Rd., Clayton).

explores the influences and inspirations of a St. Louis writer in 1938. Tickets at (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park). NANA'S NAUGHTY KNICKERS March 9-18, Robert G. Reim Theatre

Join in the laugh-out-loud adventures of law student Bridget and her grandma Sylvia's risqué handmade lingerie business. Tickets at (111 S. Geyer Rd., Kirkwood). ST. LOUIS IRISH ARTS March 10, Sheldon Concert Hall

St. Louis Irish Arts shows off its top singing and step-dancing performers in a Celtic extravaganza. Tickets at (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

LA BOHEME March 2 and 4, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS March 14-April 8, The Repertory Theatre

Don't forget your tissues when you catch Puccini's stunning “La Boheme,” gorgeously choreographed by Winter Opera St. Louis. Tickets at (425 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Creve Coeur).

Based on one of Shakespeare's wittiest comedies, this story features long-lost twin brothers, ridiculous mix-ups and musical merriment galore. Tickets at (130 Edgar Rd., Webster Groves).

GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT March 2-4, Peabody Opera House

THE VALUE OF NAMES March 15-April 1, New Jewish Theatre

The Broadway musical that weaves a story around Green Day's award-winning album makes its longawaited St. Louis debut. Tickets at ticketmaster. com (1400 Market St., Downtown).

Witness this political play about two friends during the McCarthy era. Tickets at (2 Millstone Campus Dr., Creve Coeur).

THE INVISIBLE HAND March 7-25, The Repertory Theatre

BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL March 27-April 8, The Fox

See the world premiere of a play about a topnotch investor who is kidnapped by an Islamic militant group and bargains for his freedom. Tickets at (130 Edgar Rd., Webster Groves).

Those who loved Kirsten Dunst's leading role in the movie won't be disappointed by this musical rendition, especially with lyrics from “Avenue Q” writer Jeff Whitty. Tickets at (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

THE GLASS MENAGERIE March 8-18, Missouri History Museum

MADCO SPRING CONCERT March 30-31, Touhill Performing Arts Center

Tennessee Williams' autobiographical play

See MADCO's 35th anniversary show featuring bold,

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beautiful and body-challenging moves. Tickets at (1 University Blvd., Bel-Ridge). SPECIAL EVENTS LUPULIN CARNIVAL March 3, 4 Hands Brewery

Celebrate the release of the new War Hammer Imperial IPA at 4 Hands' first beer festival. Tickets at (1220 S. 8th St., LaSalle Park). RON WHITE March 9, Peabody Opera House

Catch Grammy-nominated “Blue Collar Comedy” goofball Ron White on his Moral Compass tour. Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown). DISCUSSION: IF IT WASN'T FOR WOMEN March 10, Regional Arts Commission

Presented by SLAM, this discussion on women of color and the arts features artists Vivian Gutierrez and Renee Stout. More info at (6128 Delmar Blvd., The Loop). ASHLEY REAM & SUSAN MCBRIDE READING March 15, Schlafly Branch Public Library

Join authors Ashley Ream (“Losing Clementine”) and Susan McBride (“Little Black Dress”) as they discuss their books and sign copies. More info at (225 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End). FRINGE FIGURE FILM SERIES March 27-29, Tivoli

Held in conjunction with artist John Stezaker's exhibit, this series features three classic films, including the thriller “Psycho.” More info at (6350 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

Photo courtesy of Bruno David Gallery.

REFLECTIONS OF THE BUDDHA FINALE March 10, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Blurring the line between fact and fiction, a compelling survey of photography featuring over three dozen international artists. Tickets available at

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Fashion Authority

Valerie Steele

ALIVE catches up with fashion powerhouse Valerie Steele, just in time for her St. Louis appearance.


Spring Fever

Interview by Jill Manoff

The curator of more than 20 enticing fashion exhibitions, and author of an impressive number of as-alluring books (including “Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power”), Steele will be in town April 13-14 to serve as the honored guest at Craft Alliance's ARTrageous Baubles Ball, and give a lecture at Washington University. ALIVE: Fashion is your career; what do you say to people who pooh-pooh it? Valerie Steele: I've always found it fascinating that there's so much hostility towards fashion. It's so often dismissed as being frivolous, or downright negative; it's “consumerist,” “bourgeois,” “conformist,” “vanity,” whatever—which means it's hitting a nerve. The fact that fashion is so controversial and often seen as negative just makes me feel more interested. A: Why your interest in the corset? VS: I did an exhibition and a book about

Eva Adams

corsetry, in which I explored some of the myths surrounding it. Women wore corsets for 400 years—often in defiance of male authorities. The corset functioned to make you look more attractive, younger and slimmer, more upperclass. In a way, the corset never really disappeared—it's just that fashion became more revealing in the 20th century. Corsetry has been replaced by diet and exercise, even liposuction. A: Are high heels closely related? VS: High heels, like corsets, are prime symbols of erotic femininity. It's all about the stories we tell ourselves about shoes—that only women wear high heels, high heels are sexier, etc. And, they do change the way your body looks. High heels tilt your pelvis back and your bosom and bottom out,

A: What was it about Daphne Guinness that inspired your latest book and exhibition? VS: I think Daphne is the most exciting and inspiring fashion icon—the only real fashion icon in the world today. Fashion for her is an art form, and she's fearlessly independent about what she wears. I think she flies the flag for individuality. In a time when people are dressing more and more alike, that's really inspiring. A: What's your next big project? VS: I'm working on a big exhibition for 2013 called “Queer Style,” about the relationship between gay people and fashion over the last 100 years.

“Re-Modeled” Comes to STL In February, St. Louis' own up-and-coming models Eva and Andrea Adams and Haley Keith were featured on the CW’s hit show “Re-Modeled.”

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so you're automatically taller, thinner and curvier-looking.

The episode, shot here in St. Louis, followed the models’ journeys with their talent agency, CENTRO Models of Talent Plus. Amy Somerville,

director of New Faces, couldn’t be happier about the episode. As a former model, Somerville utilizes her own experiences to mentor model hopefuls on the importance of a healthy diet and maintaining grades in school. The

Reunited Shoppers mourned the loss of Cortney Gene when the trendy retailer shut its doors last year. Luckily, it was only temporary. Back with a new look, a new co-owner and way more West Coast threads, you’ll likely agree it was worth the wait (200 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314.965.4445). A Vogue Idea A new line for STL-based Elan Polo, edgy-trendy Vogue Footwear ( launches this spring. Described as contemporary, feminine and affordable, the line’s first offerings include metallic wedges, earthy flatforms and bright sandals. – JM goal of “Re-Modeled” is to empower young models to discover their own voices within the industry and encourage more ethical practices between agencies. To view the episode online, visit cwtv. com. – Mary Poppell

Valerie Steele photo by Aaron Cobbett; Brando photo by Alex Pangilinan; Eva Adams photo courtesy of CENTRO Models.

A Store Is Born Randi Chervitz, well-known for her “art-focused” Uncommon Threads Jewelry line, recently set up shop in Kirkwood. A lifestyle store celebrating the handmade, Brando Boutique features home goods, gifts and clothing (107½ E. Argonne Dr., 314.984.9114).

> An afternoon chat with Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, proved downright inspiring. One of “Fashion's 50 Most Powerful,” according to the New York Daily News, her expertise on every trend and designer discussed called to mind the “The Devil Wears Prada” scene in which Meryl Streep explains the rise of cerulean blue.


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> When Mike Randolph, owner of The Good Pie, opened the breakfast and lunch spot Half and Half in Clayton last summer, it immediately garnered rave reviews. Now, Randolph is opening his third St. Louis restaurant—without moving an inch. Clayton restaurant space doesn't come cheap, and Half and Half was sitting idle during the evenings. Randolph considered simply extending the hours of Half and Half, but quickly shelved that idea in favor of transforming it into a spirited Mexican eatery, dubbed Medianoche (Spanish for midnight), after hours. Creative Comida Adhering to his philosophy of making approachable food that he loves and does well, Randolph says Mexican cuisine was a natural choice. The Good Pie was born of his love for pizza, and his enthusiasm for breakfast and lunch foods led to Half and Half. Now, Medianoche gives him the outlet to serve his unique brand of Mexican cuisine. For appetizers, Medianoche offers such fare as guacamole (prepared tableside), chilled avocado soup with poached shrimp and a variety of salsas in the $2-$9 range. A selection of tacos, served simply with red onions and cilantro, are $8-$10 for three, with options like fried pork belly, lamb barbacoa and pork carnitas on lightly-crisped homemade tortillas from Cherokee Street. Entrées from $12-$16 feature sweetbreads, chicken leg and thigh confit, pork chops and seared red snapper with mole verde. By using traditional Mexican food and 20 ALIVE STL MARCH 2012

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techniques with a touch of his own culinary style, Randolph hopes to change his customers' perception of Mexican food. Libations include a varied selection of margaritas and a beer list of both American craft brews and traditional Mexican lagers. The cocktail lineup focuses on Southwestern-inspired rum-based drinks, derived from classic cocktails—but with a “south of the border” twist. Midnight Makeover The menu isn't the only thing that takes on a new identity when Half and Half closes its doors each night. The décor transforms as well—enough that Randolph says people can eat there during the day, then come back in the evening and feel like they're in

a different place. Original photographs of Mexico, taken by family friends, hang on the walls with various Mexican-inspired decorations. Candles grace the tables, and low lighting plays a role in recreating the atmosphere for night. There is no new outdoor signage. Instead, Randolph is relying on word of mouth to let people know it's there. So, read our lips: The sign may still read Half and Half, but after hours, it's the alter-ego Medianoche you're dining with.

> Half and Half and Medianoche are located at 8135 Maryland Ave. in Clayton. Medianoche is open for dinner Tues.-Thurs., 5-9pm, and on Fri. and Sat., until 10pm.

The beers selected will always be new, and sometimes even exclusive releases. Whichever descriptive words the brewery uses to describe the beer, McCormack finds a local band he thinks shares the same attributes. The first concert in January featured Schlafly Scotch Ale and a performance by Celtic music duo Joe Stickley and Sean Canan. The next “Live and Local” event is set for March 13, with Urban Chestnut’s Calypso IPA and local band Big Brother Thunder & The Master Blasters. The concerts will be held about once a month, whenever the venue has an opening. Doors open at 7pm with a talk and beer tasting by the featured brewery.

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Hot Spot: Hamburger Mary’s Fall down the rabbit hole—and into the whimsical world of this new Midtown burger joint. By Cristy miller | Photos by Jennifer Silverberg

> “Eat, Drink and be…Mary” is the mantra of this new Midtown hangout with flair, and rightfully so. In its twomonth existence, the whimsical burger joint is already infusing a unique brand of food and fun into the neighborhood, and positioning itself as a friendly spot for “open-minded” people. Loud and Proud The story of this longestablished franchise dates back to 1972 with the opening of the first Hamburger Mary's in San Francisco. It began as an eclectic late-night beer and burger joint and quickly became a go-to hangout for the LGBT community. Forty years and 11 locations later, Hamburger Mary's has gained a reputation as a come-one-come-all hotspot, and a chain that actively markets itself to the LGBT community. The St. Louis location, which was spearheaded by a group of partners led by Mark Erney, is the second to open in Missouri. After a show-stopping soft opening with a VIP guest list of creatives and politicos alike, Hamburger Mary's has been buzzing ever since—and not just among the LGBT community.

Head up to the second floor to find a sports-barmeets-rec-room with large TVs and a lively area overlooking the main floor. Or, snag the “Sweet Charity” table (seats eight to 10) in front, where 70 percent of all food sales go to the highlighted charity of the month. Burger Bliss The menu is just as wonderfully wacky—with a mix of appetizers like “Hot Wangs & Thangs,” a generous selection of burgers and sandwiches, and a dessert menu that includes fried Twinkies. Among the burgers, a popular favorite is the classic Mary Burger, a half-pound charbroiled 22 ALIVE STL MARCH 2012

selection served with your choice of sweet-potato fries, onion rings, soup or salad. Other takes on the classic include the Queen Mary burger, loaded with cheddar cheese, grilled onions and bacon, and the Big Kahuna with bacon, grilled pineapple and cheese. The Spicy Mary burger is no joke—with a fiery blend of hot sauce, jalapeños and melted jack cheese. Wrap options include turkey, bacon and avocado on multigrain and a chipotle chicken wrap with black beans and ranch. Don't leave without trying one of the Mary-tinis or Special-teases— delectable drinks that live up to their array of cutesy names like the Sweet Buns, with Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow vodka, or the Scarlet O'Hara, with Southern Comfort and cranberry.

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Alice Meets Wonderland It's hard to label just what Hamburger Mary's is—maybe because it's not just a restaurant—it's a flamboyant dinerthemed eatery with a stage and grand piano. The space is open with lots of personality and colorful diner décor. The half-pound burgers are a definite draw, but so is the multi-level bar, VIP lounge, stage, outdoor patio and nightly entertainment lineups. After your chili burger and tater tots, you can join a game of bingo, belt a few tunes during karaoke night or watch a drag show.

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Mad Scientist Oddball cocktail ingredients make one delicious experiment. By Matt Sorrell | Photo by Jules Brown

M&W Sanctuaria, The Grove In this drink: tequila, rye whiskey, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup and chipotle paste. The result of a collaboration between bar manager Matt Seiter and chef Wil Pelly (hence the M and W), this concoction uses chipotle paste to bring a bit of smoky heat.


> Cocktails have always provided a creative outlet for wild imaginations. Many classic libations begin with curious bartenders who pick up a bottle of this and a bottle of that and wonder what would happen if the contents were combined. But, these mad scientist experiments aren’t limited to mysterious spirits found in the dusty recesses of the back bar. Many mixologists take a cue from the kitchen and incorporate unlikely culinary ingredients into their drinks to create unique tastes. Some of these items might seem odd to combine with alcohol, but the results speak for themselves. If you need further convincing, look no further than these three cocktails from local watering holes. They contain ingredients that, at first glance, might not seem all that intuitive to include in a drink, but make all the difference in the final tipple.

Bacon and Egg Fizz Eclipse Restaurant, The Loop In this drink: bacon-infused bourbon, egg white, lemon, maple syrup and creme de cassis. Like breakfast in a glass, this concoction uses good old-fashioned maple syrup as the sweet component to balance the lemon and the meaty bourbon infusion.

Ab-Duck-Tion Taste, Central West End In this drink: duck-fat-infused Grand Marnier, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, lemon, mascarpone, pepper, lavender bitters and absinthe. The duckfat Grand Marnier commands attention in this drink by Travis Garner, but it’s the mascarpone that caught our eye. The Italian cheese creates a creamy texture and balances out the ultra-rich infusion.

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> Bill Donius isn't the first to recognize the largely untapped creative potential of the brain's right hemisphere (Roger Sperry won a Nobel Prize for that discovery in 1981). Nor is he the first to publish a book about tapping into that creativity—(“Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards has been required reading in art classes since its 1979 release). What Donius has done is to make the concept useful for the mainstream, not just scientists and artists. A self-help book in the truest sense, “Thought Revolution: How to Unlock Your Inner Genius” shows readers how to ask their own brains for solutions to their problems. The process is so simple that it tricks our logical left hemispheres into cooperating. Write From the Right The methodology behind “Thought Revolution” involves tapping into right-brain creativity simply by writing with your non-dominant hand. Activating the right hemisphere is particularly helpful when you're dealing with a struggle or a mental block of some kind. “We get ingrained in our thought 28 ALIVE STL MARCH 2012

processes, and sometimes it's hard to take a different path,” Donius says. The beauty is that it's your own brain telling you how to break the pattern, not someone else. The book describes the process through eight case studies on people who Donius has worked with personally. He shares the issues each of them were working through—from losing weight to marital problems to not succeeding at work—and describes how the process showed them what lies they were telling themselves and what they could do about it. Book and beyond Donius has been holding right-brain writing sessions with individuals and small groups for a few years now, and he has been amazed by the transformational experiences he's witnessed. The decision to write a book about them came from a series of right-brain exercises of his own, a process Donius says is a journey, not a one-time revelation. “One session with me isn’t enough,” he says. “The book gives a protocol to change your life.” Because the process is so hands-on and visual, there is already a production company talking with Donius about the possibility of picking up the concept for a reality series or talk show. The show would follow someone through the process, showing their writings and drawings as they make meaningful changes in their lives.

> Attend the March 21 book signing and discussion at the St. Louis Public Library Schlafly Branch (225 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4120).

Bar Manager Matt Seiter is immortalizing Sanctuaria’s cocktail club and menu of 150 masterfully mixed cocktails in a book titled “The Stick.” Not your typical cocktail book list of recipes, “The Stick” does it all in the context of the cocktail club and the unique interaction between its members and mixologists. The book paints a picture of the Sanctuaria scene and describes the origins and culture of the cocktail club, including photos from events like Cocktails By Candlelight, before launching into a drinkby-drink tour of the menu. For the first 80 cocktails, “The Classics,” Seiter gives a recipe for the Sanctuaria version and points to other books where readers can find the recipe it was based on. Cocktails 81-150 are Santuaria originals, so he shares the story behind each one’s creation. In a “Home Cooking” chapter, Seiter even describes how to craft some of the house-made syrups, tinctures and bitters Sanctuaria uses behind the bar. Seiter isn’t too worried about giving his secrets away, he says, because “we share information across the bar all the time—why not do it across the nation?” The book will be available first at Sanctuaria, so keep an eye on to find out when you can get your hands on it.

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Do You (e)Read Me? Why modern bookworms read from a screen. By Jen Rieger and Chris Rubin De La Borbolla | illustration by sarah quatrano

> Unless you've been living under a piece of parchment, you've probably heard of a little device called an eReader. After all, eReader sales in the US have more than quadrupled in the last two years (according to eMarketer)—and in 2012, it's predicted that 28.4 million (12 percent) of adult Americans will have an eReader or similar device. The two most popular models are currently the Nook from Barnes and Noble and the Kindle from Amazon. Even a technophobe is likely aware of these devices, but many people don't realize the range of capabilities, options and price points that are available. And, we're willing to bet there's one out there ideally suited to you. Aside from joining the 21st century, a huge advantage of eReaders is the fact that they're lightweight and highly portable. They also have the ability to underline, annotate or add notes to books, PDFs and other documents. You can connect to the web via 3G or wirelessly (depending on the device you choose). Plus, they're very versatile—you can take them anywhere and even read in bright sunlight (with most models). And, who can ignore the price point? Depending on your selection, the Kindle has seven varieties that range from $79 to $379, and the Nook has three devices priced from $139 to $249. Kindles range from the original model (sans color and touch screen) to the latest and greatest, the new Kindle Fire—with a full-color touch screen, streaming video, web browsing, access to books, magazines, newspapers and videos, the ability to lend books and much more. The Nook has a simple black and white version and ramps up to the Nook Tablet—with similar features to the Kindle Fire. If you opt for the higher-end models of these devices, you can also install and enjoy many great apps. So, which one should you buy? We could spend hours debating—but really, the bottom line for many is to ask yourself, “Am I an Amazon power user?” If you purchase from Amazon on a weekly basis, have multiple wish lists and use Amazon as your homepage, then the Kindle is for you. If not, we recommend spending some time with each device either on the website or, better yet, in person. Hands-on, you can't go wrong. Assuming you go all out and opt for the Kindle Fire, the Nook Color or Nook Tablet, you can run thousands of great Android-based apps. Just like apps for your smartphone, they can really customize and expand the features of your eReader—so much so, that we couldn't help but “bookmark” these four exciting apps (for eReaders and smartphones alike) for the e-reading-inclined. 30 ALIVE STL MARCH 2012

Wanna Get Social? Try Goodreads. Did you ever wish you could combine your love of reading with social networking? Snap! Enter the Goodreads app. Goodreads is a large social network of people who love to read. The app currently boasts more than 5 million readers and 8 million book titles. You can create a personal profile, follow other people, find book recommendations from friends and other readers, check user updates and read friend and community reviews of any book, as well as write your own. Indie Spirit? Try IndieBound. We love shopping at our local bookstores, as well as supporting indie pubs in general. Trouble is, many of these may not be available directly on your eReader. That's what the IndieBound reader offers. Independent bookstores have partnered with Google to sell Google eBooks and make them available as ePublications. News Junkie? Feel the Pulse. We can't say enough about how much we love the Pulse app—it rocks! Pulse allows you to keep up on the latest news, blogs and seemingly endless stream of online posts. You can easily customize, sort and browse the news you choose—whether it's a local blog or a national news feed. You can also share news with others via Facebook, email or Twitter. Playing reporter has never been easier, or more fun! Wanna Get Smart? Heed these final words. Everyone needs a little fun. Since we're focusing on reading-related apps, we can't help but point out that both devices allow you to play Words With Friends. This wildly popular and highly addictive game based on Scrabble allows you to play asynchronous games with other friends. chicGeek The chicGeek blog is brought to you by Jen Rieger and Chris Rubin De La Borbolla at 963Collective, a boutique agency offering uniquely crafted digital media, websites and smart design, with the goal of bringing all things tech-sexy to the digitally minded reader.

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Mary Clarke, 50 Founder, Mother Model Management How She Got Into the Biz. It began as a hobby back in Iowa—doing local fashion and hair shows—and eventually working at a local agency. From there, I began my own business and eventually held scouting events in Iowa, where agents flew in from around the world. We quickly became 32 ALIVE STL MARCH 2012

known for having an eye, which is an invaluable commodity in the fashion world. Education/Training. I’m self-taught, a good listener, constant observer, lifelong learner, avid reader and bold dreamer. Best Work Day Ever. I was just about to throw in the towel in February 1997, realizing the absurdity of what I was attempting to do and where I was doing it. By that July, I was in NYC with my new find, Chris “Ashton” Kutcher. I was bombarded with agents wanting to represent him, and we attended the Calvin Klein show. He was wearing what we affectionately called “Salvation Armani” (the entire look was under $25), and I was in a black department store dress and Payless shoes. We kept glancing at each other in disbelief of where we were and how two against-the-odds dreamers from Iowa ended up in that room. Why Her Job Rocks. We make a living walking out into the world every day expecting to discover a star; we go up to strangers and open a new world to them, and ultimately, we help people make their dreams come true. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Typical Day. Every day is an adventure. During show season, we travel with the models and go to castings, fittings and shows. During the off-season, we scout at music festivals, fairs, concerts, malls, camps, sporting events, dance competitions and campuses, searching for a needle in a haystack, a diamond in the rough. Proudest Moment. Every “first” we get to experience: the first time we saw Kutcher on TV and on the big screen; Karlie Kloss’ first Calvin Klein exclusive; her first walk in the Victoria’s Secret show; Ryan Mertz’ first Calvin Klein exclusive; Katie Fogarty’s first Prada exclusive; Lindsay Lullman’s first fashion week; every model’s first show, first editorial, first campaign, first cover...the joy we feel celebrating with them is immeasurable. Goals for the Future. Helping our models achieve beyond their dreams, a bigger platform and voice for Mother, an annual benefit fashion show in St. Louis, a New York Times bestseller (or two), speaking and scouting tours where we can inspire young women and change their understanding of true beauty, and a highly regarded TV docu-series. (List to be continued...)

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Bleach Job Designers threatened a clean sweep for spring—turning out an abundance of pieces in sleek, bright white. By Jill Manoff | Photo by Carmen Troesser > White is making noise this spring, and it's music to the ears of every shopper in need of a break from the somber top-notes of numerous collections past. Seen bleaching out such extras as handbags, heels and high-fashion sunnies, the color succeeded in stealing the show that played out on many a recent runway. At Stella McCartney, a flower-embossed clutched bag with a chain that referenced the classic Chanel 2.55 contributed to a fresh feel; at Alexander Wang, a pointed-toe pump made for a mood of futurism. Altogether, the season's effortlessly prominent accessories communicated a powerful message: In a world accustomed to “heavy-metal” antics and “more, more, more,” remaining classically clean is a surefire way to get noticed.

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The Clash Designers are causing a visual ruckus—braving bold, new combos of energetic brights and busy prints. By Jill Manoff | Photo by Carmen Troesser > If you have long avoided color, get set to squirm— or face your fear. From the looks of spring runways, anything and everything goes this season. Megacolor is on the menu, thanks to such unforgettable looks as Jason Wu's gleaming red carpet gowns and Bottega Veneta's street-slanted cocktail wear. Getting graphic is also strongly encouraged—especially when it means mashing explosive prints in the signature style of Mary Katrantzou. Both ideas translate from ready-to-wear to accessories, and are at their hottest when worn together—in a borderline-chaotic style that leaves little room for error, or basic black.

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Waist Land Acing menswear’s dominant trend is a cinch—just belt it out. By Jill Manoff | Photo by Carmen Troesser

> You can't deny it: On a style spectrum that spans from “Greasers” (wearers of denim, black and basic tees) to “Socs,” you're at the latter end, which permits pastels, khakis and cardigans. Lucky for you, designers are overwhelmingly on your side this season—encouraging those who have long rebelled against trends to befriend color—and, giving the green light to fashion insiders like yourself to stay in gold (and red and green and blue). This spring, regardless of your taste, opt to meet the menswear authorities in the middle by settling with a vibrant belt that pairs just as well with Levis as it does with salmon-colored Dockers. Among our favorites are Smathers & Branson's needlepoint numbers—which will prove perfect when you can't figure out which cincher pairs best with your new rainbow-bright Topsiders. Oh, preppy boy problems…

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skif Meow Vest This is a sleeveless vest with fringe detail and a glass nail for closure. Made in the color Kelp, which is a teal, black and cream mix. 2008 Marconi Ave. 314.773.4401

meka boutique Old Gringo’s Old Gringo’s are a musthave this Spring! We have many different styles, which look great with dresses or denim! Stop by to see our wide selection! “Like” us on Facebook for updates. 1634 Clarkson Rd. 636.536.6300

honey’s child boutique Lady Gaga Jimmy Crystal Available at Honey’s Child Boutique, St. Louis’ first and only premier boutique for full-figured women. We offer unique, fashion-forward pieces created by some of today’s most renowned plus-size designers. 10046 Manchester Rd. 314.966.6633

ivy hill French Connection Skirt A comfortable highwaisted skirt, like this floral-print one from French Connection, is a must-have in your 2012 spring wardrobe. $98. 304 North Euclid Ave. 314.367.7004

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verde kids Finn & Emma Romper The spring collection from Finn & Emma offers the perfect mix of style and sustainability. Only the finest 100% organic cotton, ecofriendly dyes and all-natural wood will do for your little munchkin.



SPRING MUST HAVES ola style Mini Dress Printed silk high-collar, draped mini dress inspired by Versace’s new collection. 8103 Maryland Ave. 314.456.3936

cha Chan Luu New from Chan Luu’s exclusive 2012 spring collection, this beautifully beaded sheer top can take you from day to night. Pair it with this season’s colored denim and our new Chan Luu wrap bracelets for a chic spring look. 9666 Clayton Rd. 314.604.7752

the eye bar Eyeglass Leash How many times can one look for one’s glasses? Wearing those granny leashes—not an option. Why can’t something be functional and stylish and well-made? Meet the La Loop eyeglass leash. 401 North Euclid Ave. 314.367.1848


blush boutique Sydney Tote You’ll have the color block trend for spring 2012 “in the bag” with this punchy Sydney tote by Oryany. $388. 110 North Clay Ave. 314.965.4411

esther Chi Crochet Tank By St. Louis’ very own Wai Ming. Esther is proud to support local designers this spring. 1556 South Lindbergh Blvd. 314.432.5300

SPRING MUST HAVES pink MagnOlia Trellis Tote Lilly Pulitzer’s Trellis Tote is a must-have this spring! Pink Magnolia has many different accessories, as well as dresses, dresses and more dresses. “Like” us on Facebook for updates.

pulse Maxi Dress The maxi dress is your goto for a day out or a night on the town. Minimal effort and maximum effect—this trend is perfect for spring and summer! Young Fabulous and Broke Ginger Maxi Dress at Pulse and online.

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erker’s Fine Eyewear With over 10,000 frames in stock, Erker’s Fine Eyewear has the largest selection in the country. The best brands in the world, like David Yurman, Barton Perriera, Danish manufacturer, Orgreen, and many others, have chosen Erker’s Fine Eyewear to represent their products exclusively in St. Louis. 9717 Clayton Rd. 314.997.0002 908 Olive St. 314.241.9410


devil city Destination Pin-Up T-Shirts From the lost archives of legendary 1940’s decal artist Jolly Lindgren, is a series of ORIGINAL MISS AMERICA Pin-Up girl designs. Devil City offers 10+ states, including NY, MO, TX, FL, GA, IL and TN. These wholesome Pin-Ups come on vintage enzyme and baked washed tees, made in the USA. $35. 6301 Delmar Blvd. 314.863.8080

sOle & Blues Violin Red The Miz Mooz Violin is music to your feet! This modern twist on a classic platform takes on comfort as much as it does style. The cushy, chevron striped foot bed adds a flirty touch to the chunky wood heel and vibrant leather peek-a-boo toe. Pair the Violin pump with a simple A-line skirt for work or play. 6317 Delmar Blvd. 314.863.3600

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High Class Fitness The new Red Fitness Lounge raises the bar of the standard workout. By Ettie Berneking | Photo by Virginia Harold

> Nothing about Red Fitness Lounge screams “gym.” Deep-red walls, black crystal chandeliers and glass-topped cocktail tables fitted with martini-glass candles make this newly opened Clayton fitness center feel more like a highbrow nightlife spot than an exclusive workout facility. Not Your Average Gym It might sound too frilly for an iron-pumping gym, but one look at owner and designer Jamie Mushlin, and all doubts subside. Mushlin didn't want to open a gym that looked or felt like another YMCA. Instead, he decided to create a gym and dress it up as a cocktail lounge. It might be unorthodox, but Mushlin has a 44 ALIVE STL MARCH 2012

very specific clientele in mind. Red Fitness Lounge caters to busy professionals who spend most of their time traveling and don't have time for the hassle of a regular gym—as well as those who are simply wary of the idea of “face time” and all the bells and whistles associated with more traditional gyms. With this targeted customer in mind, Mushlin built a workout facility with as little equipment as possible to show clients that they can get a full workout without the hassle of complicated machines—or the lines that often come with them. Workout with Wherewithal With just a few 10-pound dumbbells, Mushlin can create an individualized fitness routine that requires minimal gym time. This fitness buff has spent 25 years in the business; he's opened other gyms and trained business professionals, pro sports players and celebrities. As a result, he knows how to individualize each workout regimen for ultimate results. That's why there's only one cardio machine in the whole building. It's a concept that works to Mushlin's advantage, since Red Fitness Lounge is just 1,500 square feet. Privacy was a major factor in the fitness lounge concept. After all, who doesn't hate schlepping

around the gym in last year's ratty sweats only to run into your boss or a client? Here, gym-goers cannot simply show up—appointments must be made with one of the four independent trainers. Mushlin doesn't want clients working out by themselves, though. “We train together,” he says. If normal metal dumbbells are rough on clients' hands, Mushlin directs them to the easy-grip rack. If a client wants a workout using only a jump rope, he creates a cardio routine with plenty of doubledutch included. And, once the sweat has been wiped from their brows, clients can take a breather at the front lounge and enjoy a drink—swapping gin or vodka for vitamin B and antioxidants with the selection of vitamin shakes and antioxidantrich beverages available. The Verdict Those who have experienced “the other side” argue that it's quite possibly the perfect way to work out. No machines to wipe down, no questionable locker rooms in which to avoid eye contact—just a comfy chair, a tasty drink and a great workout routine that can be easily repeated on the next business trip.

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Recently Ringed Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

Elizabeth Smith, 28 & timothy Linck, 29

How We Met We were so different when we first met each other: I hated the Church, and she loved Jesus. I rapped and loved hip-hop, she played the guitar and sang worship. But then, something happened. I surrendered to Jesus and started building a relationship with God. I met Danielle again, and we started seeing that we weren't so different after all. I thought she was hot, and she thought I was cute. I loved her voice, and she loved my rhymes. I knew God's love, and she knew God's power. Most importantly, I knew how to make lemonade, and she loved lemonade; I loved dancing, and she loved it when I danced. I started to like her (a lot), and she started to like me (a lot). God told me that she was the one, and He told her the same thing.

How we met Tim says the first time he laid eyes on me, he knew I was the one. It was at Companion Café in Clayton on a warm fall day. I was just joining the Companion family, and we were gathered for a management team meeting. I don't really remember that day, but he has reminded me. We worked together for months and became friendly, but we were always more than just friends in Tim's eyes. In October 2007, he asked if I'd be his date to a friend's wedding. I didn't know that it was the last first date I would ever go on.

The Proposal Darren proposed to me on Aug. 23, 2011 at the park where we had our first date. He was incredibly nervous! He made me sit down and watch a romantic video he had made about us on iMovie. At the end of the video, the words, “This is the part where you look at me,” ran across the screen. I looked at him, and he froze. Then he said, “This is the part where I am going to ask you to marry me!” It was amazing and so cute. I said “yes!” He got down on one knee, but when he went to put the ring on my finger, he freaked out because it didn't fit. Turns out, it was the wrong hand! We went to our best friends' house, and they had baked us a heart-shaped cake to celebrate. The Big Day August 2012 at Lafayette Square Park.

The Proposal We were in Ottertail, MN, which is a very special place to me. I have many fond memories of spending my summers on the lake there, and when my mother passed away, we planted a special tree overlooking the lake with her ashes at the roots. That Sunday was Tim's 29th birthday, and it was a lovely, sunny afternoon. After I gave Tim his birthday present, he said he had something for me, too. As the two of us crossed the street, Tim held my hand, and we shared a quiet but intense moment. Then, he brought out the ring and told me that the best birthday present that I could give him would be to agree to marry him. He told me that I made him the happiest he had ever been, and he wanted to make a promise of forever. I was overcome with emotion and shed tears of joy as I said “yes.” My engagement ring started as Tim's grandmother's gold wedding band, and was then inlaid with diamonds, my birthstone and a brilliant-cut center diamond. The Big Day October 20, 2012 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and reception at Hendri's Banquets & Catering.

Tiffany KaltenBach, 33 & David Unger, 32 How we met Dave and I first met in high school, and I never thought in a million years that over a decade later we would be tying the knot. We were great friends who loved dancing at festivals and traveling all across the country to see our favorite band, The Allman Brothers. As we got a little older, our trips with friends were less frequent because everyone was getting married, having babies and embarking on adulthood. We would see each other randomly, but that was it. In March 2009, we met up to plan a much-needed trip to Chicago for a concert. After a night of planning and reminiscing, all of our friends left while Dave and I continued chatting. We were both single, and the spark was there—the rest is history. We spent that trip together in Chicago as a couple, dancing the night away. The Proposal I sensed that a proposal was coming, but each weekend I was left a little disappointed. I had repeatedly told him that I didn't care how we got engaged and that I would be happy with a charm bracelet. One Saturday afternoon, he came home and presented me with a beaded bracelet that his 10-year-old niece, Mia, had made.  I laughed and responded, “very funny.”  Then, he dropped to one knee and pulled my grandmother's 60-year-old emerald-cut engagement ring from his pocket.  He told me that it would be the biggest mistake of his life if he didn't make me his wife, and popped the question. It means the world to me to have my grandmother’s diamond, and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with the most caring, kind man on the planet. I haven't taken the ring or my sweet charm bracelet off since! The Big Day June 9, 2012 in Dave's parents' backyard.

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Danielle Johnson, 19 & Darren Jackson, 22

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M-I-Z…I-Love-U A St. Louis couple brings their alma mater to the Coronado for an unforgettable wedding. By Kate Allen | Photos by Jon Koch

>The story of Elma Hadziselimovic and Garry Garrison can be described as nothing less than fate. Unbeknownst to them, the couple had woven their way in and out of one another’s lives since 1998. Both undergraduate students at The University of Missouri-Columbia, they must have brushed shoulders a million times, but it wasn’t until one evening after college in 2005 that they first locked eyes. 48 ALIVE STL MARCH 2012

Both working in the pharmaceutical industry, Elma and Garry happened to be out entertaining clients at Annie Gunn's on the same night and were introduced. This could have been the end of their story, but Cupid had other plans and brought the couple face-to-face again just a few days later. Fast forward to the winter of 2010, and Elma and Garry were planning a romantic getaway to Mexico. Convinced that Garry would pop the question while south of the border, Elma made no mystery of her suspicions, which is why Garry

knew he had to throw her off. During one of their favorite “date night” activities, dinner and a movie at the Chase Park Plaza, Garry asked a friendly concierge to take a photo of them in front of a stunning Christmas tree. Just as the concierge raised the camera, Garry dropped to one knee and proposed to Elma in her native Bosnian language—and the rest, they would say, is istorija. Golden Glow The first time Elma and Garry visited the Coronado, they knew it would be the perfect place to host their nondenominational ceremony while maintaining

the romance and intimacy they were looking for in a location. Pillar candles and yellow rose petals lined the aisle as guests flowed into the Coronado's Bradshaw Room. As Elma anxiously awaited her grand entrance, two sets of ring bearers and flowers girls preceded her, the first carrying the traditional flowers and ring pillow and the second carrying mini Bosnian and American flags. Following a lighthearted reading, “The Prescription for Marriage,” written by a good friend of the groom and playing off of the couple's professions, Elma and Garry exchanged rings and their first married kiss. School Spirit After the ceremony, guests were treated to a cocktail hour, complete with a yellow vodka martini, affectionately named the “Love Spark.” In an effort to pay homage to their time at Mizzou, Elma and Garry opted for rich gold tones and black accents in the

ballroom, styled by Yara Holt of Plume Events. As the cocktail hour came to a close, guests took their seats for dinner, which ended with a special treat—Bosnian Baklava, homemade by the bride's grandmother and aunt, in addition to traditional wedding cake. Cultural Cadence At a young age, the bride and her family left their native Bosnia, but the country and its traditions have never left them. In addition to the delicious desserts, the Hadziselimovics taught their guests to dance the Bosnian Kolo, and Elma and her father shared a very special dance to a Bosnian favorite, “Sarajevo, Ljubavi Moja” (“Sarajevo, My Love”) written for the country's capital city. Each of the couple's dinner tables was named for a city where the bride had lived during her many moves, in addition to cities Elma and Garry had traveled to together. Following a delayed honeymoon in May

2012, Elma and Garry will be able to add Italy and Croatia to their ever-growing list. Gifts from the Heart Prior to their trip down the aisle, Elma and Garry each presented their future mothers-in-law with embroidered handkerchiefs. Garry presented Elma's mother with a heartfelt note thanking her for being the woman that she is, and for all of the sacrifices she has made for Elma over the years. Elma thanked Garry's mom for raising the man of her dreams; both women were moved to tears. But, perhaps the most sentimental exchange of gifts was between the bride and groom. At the end of the day, they both removed their wedding bands for the first time to read the custom inscriptions chosen by their other half. The evening came to a tearful close as the couple discovered they had chosen the exact same inscription, “My Love, My Best Friend.” MARCH 2012 ALIVE STL 49

Destination: Chesterfield Explore the latest hotspots in Chesterfield



EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery is a modern, casual restaurant serving inventive American cuisine, where wine takes center stage. A bonded winery operates within the restaurant, offering more than 20 varietals of fine wine under its own label—sourced from select high-end winemakers in California, Oregon, Washington and Missouri. The focus on wine extends into the culinary offerings as well. Our menu features fresh, locally grown and raised ingredients, with rich, bold flavors— many with added twists like wine infusion.

Amore Today's Bridal-N-Fashion has been proudly serving Chesterfield and the surrounding areas for over seven years. Family owned and operated, our goal is to provide our customers with excellent service in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Here at Amore, you will get one-on-one service from our experienced consultants and receive the personal experience you just cannot get from a bridal chain. Whether you are looking for a wedding gown, bridesmaid dress, prom gown or communion dress, we have the best selection and service around.

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Vegadeli Vegan Café & Juice Bar offers a delicious, 100-percent vegan menu of cooked and raw entrées, as well as baked and raw treats. Kick back and enjoy the free wireless as you sample from a scrumptious and healthful selection of wheatgrass shots, all-natural smoothies, herbal teas and Kuva coffee. The café also gives nutritional and cooking classes, hosts private parties and offers catering services. Open Tues - Sun. Closed Mondays for private parties and events.

Ju Ju B's is a unique concept that combines a modern, on-trend fashion store with a full-service salon. The boutique carries denim, adorable, moderately-priced clothing and leisure wear, as well as hats, accessories, handbags, jewelry and a wide selection of flip flops! The salon offers major services like color, beach waves, keratin treatments or quick services like blow styles, manicures and party 'dos! There is also a variety of brands of hair products to choose from to keep your style fresh!

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Get Involved: Growing Community Put your green thumb to work and improve your habitat this spring. By Samantha Taylor

> Spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning, thanks to these two local organizations that give the green light for people to clean up and beautify their neighborhoods. The best part? There are plenty of ways for you to get involved this time of year. Dig In Gateway Greening was founded in 1984 as a volunteer program to help educate at-risk youth and improve lives in inner-city neighborhoods. Its gardens help provide affordable, fresh foods to residents, while turning vacant lots into tools to educate and beautify. Gateway Greening has since introduced several more volunteer programs, including the City Seeds Urban Farm, which offers job training in green horticulture for veterans and horticulture therapy for people overcoming homelessness, mental illness and prison release. The Community Garden program serves to unite a community by bringing its residents together to 52 ALIVE STL MARCH 2012

create and maintain gardens or greening projects to better their neighborhood. Gateway Greening supports more than 200 community gardens around the city by providing supplies, tools and training. Bell Demonstration Garden in Grand Center was a series of 22 vacant lots before Gateway purchased the land in 2001. A living example of what volunteers and hard work can accomplish, the garden now supplies over 8,000 pounds of fresh food to Food Outreach and other local shelters and pantries each year.

Brightside also supports more than 600 community gardens around the city by providing flowers, shrubs and grass, as well as a wealth of knowledge about sustainable landscaping practices. Last summer, the organization partnered with volunteer Marines to build and plant a demonstration garden and learning center near their headquarters in the Shaw neighborhood. This summer, it plans to expand the garden with the help of a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Gateway Greening is always looking for volunteers to join and lend a hand in existing community gardens, and it encourages the most ambitious to start community gardens in their own neighborhoods. Aspiring gardeners can fill out an application for a small grant to help with start-up costs, and receive expert advice on how to begin a successful garden. Gateway believes that three things are necessary for a successful garden: committed gardeners, established meeting times and work days, and identification of garden resources.

The main focus of Brightside is beautifying community areas, like parks, medians, entrances to neighborhoods and the grounds of schools and churches. Executive Director Mary Lou Green believes that participating in community greening efforts like these helps strengthen residents’ ties to the neighborhood, and encourages them to make it a nicer place to live. The organization distributed more than 300,000 flowers around St. Louis last year and doesn't plan on slowing down any time soon.

Flower Power Operation Brightside is one of the area’s oldest nonprofit cleanup and greening organizations, and it's easy to see why. To celebrate 30 years of service, the group is taking on a new name, Brightside St. Louis, and plans to plant half a million daffodils around the city this spring. Brightside provides St. Louis with beautification and greening programs like Graffiti Eradication, Flowers for Downtown and Project Blitz, a twoweek-long citywide cleanup effort each spring.

Branch Out Getting involved in your community has never been easier or more rewarding. Volunteer on your own, or as part of a group—in your own neighborhood or away from home. Along with the sense of having created something beautiful and useful, you’ll likely go home with a few new friends—and perhaps even some fresh vegetables.

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Social Scene: Go Red for Women Luncheon February 3 ∑ It was a sea of red and Louis Vuitton handbags at this year’s annual Go Red For Women Luncheon. Nearly 700 women gathered in the Ritz Carlton ballroom to learn more about the prevention of heart disease and raise money for the American Heart Association’s fight against what has become the leading cause of death among women in the United States. The ballroom glittered with red lights and sequin dresses as guests settled in for a delicious lunch and listened to inspirational survivor stories. Photos by Virginia Harold/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log onto


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Social Scene: Art Feast February 8 ∑ Art-lovers put an imaginative spin on the usual cocktail attire to become “part of the art” at Chesterfield Arts’ 13th annual gala fundraiser, Art Feast 2012. The creative crowd gathered for a night of delectable food and drink in support of the local arts community, with Randi Naughton of Fox 2 News as the celebrity emcee. The evening featured a diverse array of visual and performing artists, a silent auction, dinner and entertainment, with all proceeds benefiting Chesterfield Arts programs, education and outreach. Photos by Emma Birge-Osborne/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log onto



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Social Scene: Wild Wild YPD January 28 ∑ More than 300 members of the Jewish Federation's Young Professionals Division donned cowboy hats, boots and flannel shirts and saddled up for an evening of Western-themed fun and entertainment at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres, a premium open bar, Texas Hold ’Em poker and—for the most courageous of partygoers—a mechanical bull. The event served as the 2012 Young Professionals Division campaign kickoff, as the organization gears up for an actionand adventure-packed year of supporting the St. Louis Jewish community. Photos by Nicole Caleo/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to


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Social Scene: Dancing With the St. Louis Stars January 28 ∑ Prominent St. Louisans endured weeks of rehearsals in preparation to take the stage at the third annual Dancing With the St. Louis Stars. An upscale cocktail hour kicked off the star-studded ballroom competition, followed by dinner and the much-anticipated dance-off. Guests voted online for their favorite teams, and crowd favorites Ron Kruszewski and Lucy Fitzgerald of Stifel Nicolaus were named champions. Kent Christian and Angi Heien of Wells Fargo Advisors came in second as the judges' favorite. The event raised over $305,000 for The Independence Center, an organization that provides programs and services to adults with serious mental illnesses in the St. Louis area. Photos by Jules Brown/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to


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It was mid-September of 2009 and the close of my first face-to-face encounter with Derek Blasberg. He'd signed off to report to his customary VIP seat—this time, at the runway showing of the Michael Kors Spring 2010 collection. Among the many more “regular” people who had piled into the Bryant Park tent, I was hip to the young insider's reputation for reporting fashion news before such esteemed sources as Women's Wear Daily and The New York Times—and so had a hunch his abbreviated report of the spandex-peppered, cutout-heavy lineup that later played out would come through my Twitter feed about as fast as I could take it in. Confirmed. Even before the lights dimmed, he was tapping on his Blackberry—setting the scene, heralding the spot as hot. “Whoa! Fabien Baron and Mario Testino are—no joke—having a front-row dance-off.” It was the sort of fly-on-the-wall banter for which I had known him—and that continues to fuel his star status among most everyone with a app. Routinely recounting (@derekblasberg, which counts 70,000+ followers) such surreal outings as a private party at the home of temperamental supermodel Naomi Campbell or dinner alongside fashion's Great Scot, Christopher Kane, Blasberg seems to possess an all-access pass to the beautiful people and every place they

Boy Next Door Locally, the invites were sent by well-known arts patron Susan Sherman. A fan of Moda Operandi, she made time before guest arrivals to catch up and inquire about the connection to his fellow guest of honor. “Lauren is, like, my best girlfriend in New York,” Blasberg answered, while perched on a kitchen stool in Sherman's Clayton estate. “You have a lot of those,” she rolled her eyes. “You had four other girls with you the last time you were here.” He remembered

sip cocktails. While his current posts as editorat-large for Harper's Bazaar and senior editor at VMAN and V Magazine likely permit many an “in,” it's safe to say he's welcome regardless.

that an “amused” Chloe Sevigny was among them. Defined by Steak 'n Shake, Ted Drewes and Value Village thrift store, Blasberg's STL stomping grounds would likely amuse much of his prepschooled circle—a theory that, no doubt, plays into his enthusiastic Midwest pride. Always one to entertain, he's been known to post family videos on YouTube (including one of his Aunt Mary twirling a baton at the family's Lake of the Ozarks vacation home), and whips out “y'all” whenever within hours of his uncle's Hillsboro farm. If he's not rep'ing his roots by way of a Cougars tee or a Cardinals Halloween costume, there's a good chance he's working a suit, and powermingling—which, he admits, is not always the glamorous experience he's known for portraying. In fact, his less favorable observations—of young women's rampant irreverence for themselves, specifically—are what motivated “Very Classy” and its predecessor. Though mentioned by name just once, Snooki was a repeated topic of our conversation, which was centered on a clear message. If Blasberg has his say, girls will put p's and q's over GTL—and will decide that keeping up with current events is more important than “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” They'll ponder before going out in a mini, sans panties, and they'll listen to the beau that resides on their right shoulder, versus Lindsay Lohan on the left.

New York Minutes As he's a contributor to a growing number of books, literary projects and publications, spying a Blasberg byline these days is about as common as hearing an editor hype florals for spring. His “party pics”driven “Fast & Louche” column in Interview is among the many regular assignments for which he somehow makes deadline. “I think, in New York, you can't help but get caught up in that excitement of doing, doing, doing,” he says. “But, that's why I like to come home so much.” His mother, Carol Blasberg, echoed this sentiment while making the rounds at Sherman's impressivelyattended St. Louis soiree. “New York is a whirlwind, so he comes to St. Louis to relax,” she says. “He's always working; I think we're enjoying an Elton John concert, and he's taking notes on who's there.” Obviously driven by the rule, “Don't rest on your laurels” (a phrase he quoted, twice), Blasberg's career is ever-evolving, and it's proof that hard work pays off. Take his road to TV—marked by several video snippets for Harper's Bazaar, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors. Together, they paved the way for his fresh appointment as a judge on Lifetime's “24 Hour Catwalk.” A bright spot on the Alexa Chung-hosted series, the sockless third chair can be counted on to deliver a witty review of each featured contestant's hurried designs (he labeled one model's Native American-inspired look “Poca-hot-mess”). Still, Blasberg has no plan to be TV's next fashion doyen, or—despite his new blog, “Mr. Blasberg”—the web's most-clicked style source. Really, other than completing his inthe-works third book that's “more technical” than its predecessors (“I don't want to jinx it,” he said, before changing the subject), he has few plans at all. “That's the thing about fashion—it's cyclical; it changes every six months by its nature. It can be, ‘Spandex is so out right now.’ And then, in two seasons, everyone could be wearing spandex. So, I don't have a master plan; I don't know what's next,” he shrugs. “And, that's sort of exciting.”

the Classy Fashion Insider An industry veteran at just 29 years old, Blasberg launched his fashion career in 2000 upon graduating from Affton High School at the top of his class, and hightailing it to NYU. “During college, I worked at Elite Model Management, then I did PR at David Yurman—and I finally got a job at W, working part-time,” Blasberg recalls. “My first full-time job, right out of college, was working at Vogue.” It was there that, true to form, he made friends with editor Lauren Santo Domingo, who, at the time of our interview, was joining him in St. Louis as the official co-host of their joint nationwide tour. Meant to hype both Blasberg's new paperback, “Very Classy: Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady,” and Santo Domingo's foray into luxury ecommerce, Moda Operandi, the junket made stops in ritzy hotels and the living rooms of wealthy socialites from New York to LA. “The tour is just as big,” Blasberg insists, regarding his dramatic move from sitting in bookstores to plug 2010's “Classy,” his New York Times bestseller, to partyhopping in celebration of its sequel. “I just made it so I didn't have to feel like a pig at a state fair.”

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Brilliant Streak With designers decidedly keen on saturated color blocking for spring, get set for a kaleidoscopic season. Photography + Art Direction by Attilio D'Agostino Styling by Jill Manoff Model: Hannah Sides for West Model Management, Makeup + Hair by Attilio D'Agostino

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In the Pink

BCBGMaxAzria blazer, blouse and clutch available at BCBGMaxAzria, Plaza Frontenac, 314.432.6166. Nixon watch, earrings and bangle available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010.

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Get Shorty

Milly jacket, Elizabeth & James blouse and shorts and Glynneth B earrings available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. Jimmy Choo heels available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Fedaboa belt available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010.

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Sunny Delight

St. John Couture jacket, Sinclaire blouse and Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Vince shorts available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. Flower ring available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Bakers wedges available at

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Suit Yourself

Armani jacket, Diane von Furstenberg bikini and Stuart Weitzman wedges available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

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Orange Crush

Tulle jacket and Eva Franco dress available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. Chan Luu scarf (as turban) available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. RayBan sunglasses available at Eye Roc Eyewear, Central West End, 314.361.9900.

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Color wheel

Ali Ro jacket and dress available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. Toy Watch available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010. Earrings available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. b

straight Jacket

BCBGMaxAzria blazer, pants and belt available at BCBGMaxAzria Plaza Frontenac, 314.432.6166. Chan Luu scarf (as turban) available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. House of Harlow necklace and earrings available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Glynneth B cuff available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. Fashion assistant: Morgan Gillespie. Special thanks to Peggy Alper.

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Runway Report

The season's top trends for him and her signify fashion at its most inspiring. By Jill Manoff Product photos by Carmen Troesser

Nanette Lepore Spring 2012

Left runway photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week; Right Runway photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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J. Mendel Spring 2012

Sweet Emotion A girly mood rings in the new season, as designers reveal soft spots for pastels, pansies and pretty lace.






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FIND IT LOCALLY 1 McGinn jacket available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. 2 Minuet dress available at Apricot Lane, Chesterfield, 636.537.1161. 3 Geneva watch available at Apricot Lane, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.0020. 4 Diane von Furstenberg dress available at Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900. 5 Chanel handbag available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 6 Alice Moon by Moon Collection cardigan available at Ziezo, The Loop, 314.725.9602. 7 Rich & Skinny jeans available at Splash, Clayton, 314.721.6442.

Epic Pale A drastic departure from their high-contrast pairings and psychedelic prints for fall, designers decided to go pastel for spring—offering up countless servings of sorbet-hued separates and Easter-perfect frocks in subtle pink, purple and mint. Among the many who embraced the light this season were Philip Lim, whose color-blocked offerings begged references to Neapolitan ice cream, and Calvin Klein, whose melt-worthy slipdresses were clear standouts among the season's many palette cleansers. Confections, you have our attention. march 2012 ALIVE STL 69

Roberto Torretta Spring 2012

Garden Party This season, everything is coming up roses (and daffodils, daisies and lilacs) as designers reveal a shared mindset that seems stemmed from flowery fields. Together, their shows read like a garden party, with a number of head-to-toe prints proclaiming “the more, the merrier”—and, at last, the return of flower power. Among the most memorable pieces plucked from designers' garden varieties were a playful pinafore at Christopher Kane, combat-boots-turnedflower-pots at Ashish and a rose-embellished skirt at Prada that oh-so-perfectly read like icing on a cake.

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Runway photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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FIND IT LOCALLY 1 Tulle dress available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. 2 Deepa Gurnani necklace available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. 3 Mink Pink shorts available at Ziezo, The Loop, 314.725.9602. 4 Milly blouse available at Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900. 5 Jeffrey Campbell wedges available at Ziezo, The Loop, 314.725.9602. 6 Sondra Roberts clutch available at Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900. 7 Bakers oxfords available at

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Adolfo Dominguez Spring 2012

The Hole Shebang


Although typically reserved for lingerie, wedding gowns and lingerie-as-wedding-gown styles (think Madonna performing “Like a Virgin”), lace is having a major moment in ready-to-wear. In fact, Chantilly has never been so chic. Woven into an overwhelming number of collections by way of sheer evening gowns (at Erdem and Badgley Mischka) and delicate day dresses (at Louis Vuitton), the holey look is hot for any occasion—and is surprisingly easy to wear. Simply pick up a prim skirt with dainty mesh trim, or think “doily” when deciding on your next statement dress—and be prepared to hit the lingerie department. Regardless of what the pop stars are doing, you'll want to wear panties.


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Runway photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.



FIND IT LOCALLY 1 Free People blouse available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. 2 BCBGMaxAzria clutch available at Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900. 3 Fergalicious heels available at fergieshoes. com. 4 MM Couture blouse available at Klutch, Town & Country, 636.220.6110. 5 Hunter Dixon skirt available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300. 6 Free People shorts available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411. 7 Billabong bralette available at Splash, Clayton, 314.721.6442. 8 Flying Tomato dress available at Apricot Lane, Chesterfield, 636.537.1161.

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Victorio & Lucchino Spring 2012

Menswe a r S p r ing 2 0 1 2

Tailor Shift

Minimalism takes a backseat this season, marking a sartorial transition—from less to more.

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Twin Peaks

Hailed a comeback in fall, once dormant double-breasted jackets saturated the spring runways like never before. Apparently sold on the fact that the style can skew as informal as any, influential designers from New York to Milan introduced an abundance of blazers with rows of parallel buttons—for work and play, and in new proportions. The most lightweight and comfortable of all options (to those who fear change, anyway) were part of suits by Band of Outsiders and Salvatore Ferragamo. But, then there was Corneliani's bright white rendition, which should definitely be reserved for those ready to handle a double-take.



FIND IT LOCALLY 1 Geek Eyewear glasses available at Eye Roc, Central West End, 314.361.9900. 2 Burberry trench available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 3 Ike Behar bow tie available at at Moris Fashions, Central West End, 314.361.6800. 4 Hickey Freeman blazer available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003. 5 Ben Sherman boots available at Moris Fashions, Central West End, 314.361.6800. 6 Ben Sherman jacket available at Boutique 83, Central West End, 314.361.4700. 7 J.FOLD messenger bag available at Sole, The Loop, 314.863.3600.

Runway photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.


General Idea Spring 2012

Black Light Special When it comes to what to wear this spring, man up and don't shy away from color—because among designers' brightest ideas for the season are neon takes on your go-to staples. At Gant by Michael Bastian, the trend played out by way of a fluorescent polo and a plaid DayGlo blazer—shown paired together, which made for a bold, preppy look not likened since the '80s. On the same page were Louis Vuitton's electric scarves and Marc by Marc Jacobs' candy-colored suits (shown in green, orange and hot pink), both of which teetered between appropriate dress for a country club and a rave. It seems, this season, it's go loud or go home.

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Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.


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FIND IT LOCALLY 1 Burberry polo available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 2 Ralph Lauren shorts available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 3 Voltron watch available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010. 4 Fedaboa belt available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010. 5 Diesel sneakers available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 6 Robert Talbott tie available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003. 7 Ralph Lauren sweater available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 8 Ray-Ban sunglasses available at Eye Roc, Central West End, 314.361.9900.

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10 STL beauty procedures you need to know about. By Ettie Berneking

For years, getting cosmetic surgery meant going under the knife, but some of the newest and hottest beauty procedures are sneaking out of Hollywood and showing up in doctors' offices and med spas around St. Louis. These minimally invasive procedures will not only have you looking younger and more rejuvenated, but they also require little to no recovery time—making it even easier for the newand-improved you to get out and strut your stuff.

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Eyes by Thermage uses radiofrequencies and doses of intense heat to tighten the skin around the eyes, decreasing wrinkles without any surgery or injections. The heat helps stimulate collagen production while tightening existing collagen (Padda Institute; 12401 Olive Blvd., Ste. 100, Creve Coeur, 314.275.7300). $$$$

Slim Fast

VelaShape is a non-surgical medical device that helps get rid of those extra curves and reduce cellulite. Using elos technology, this procedure eliminates unwanted fatty tissue by heating the area. Skin is then smoothed and reshaped using a vacuum and tissue manipulation to reveal a tighter figure (The Lifestyle Center, 7642 Forsyth, Clayton, 314.863.5556). $$


Time Travel

Non-surgical liquid face-lifts use FDAapproved injections of fillers and Botox to restore volume, smooth out wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance with no scars. The results of this outpatient procedure are dramatic and long-lasting, with minimal recovery times when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon (Dr. Judith Gurley Plastic Surgery, 14825 N. Outer 40 Rd., Ste. 350, Chesterfield, 636.812.4300). $$$

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$ Under $100 $$ $100-$499 $$$ $500-$999 $$$$ $1,000-$5,000


Zero downtime 1-2 Days 3-5 Days

BEST DOCTORS® and AMERICA’S TOP SURGON® When it comes to something as important as cosmetic surgery, it is best to do your homework. Doctors across the nation chase Dr. Hart as one of the doctors they would send their loved ones to.

william G. Hart Jr. MD, fAcS Medical Director, Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute. Over 20 years of practice in St. Louis, Triple Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Hart cosmetic and reconstructive Surgery institute

Get to know tHe Doc • Dr. Hart is triple board-certified in plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ENTfacial plastic board) and hand and microvascular surgery. • Offers a full range of plastic surgery and nonsurgical skin care services. • Institute offers BodyTite™, the latest generation of laser and radiofrequency-assisted liposuction, featuring no downtime and no pain.

ServiceS we offer Breast Augmentation • Tummy Tuck Liposuction • Body Lift • Arm Lift • BodyTite Body Contouring • Facelift • Rhinoplasty Blepharoplasty • Otoplasty Lip, Cheek and Chin Enhancement • Neck Lift • Dimple Creation Injectables: Botox, Restylane and Juvéderm • TCA Chemical Peels

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Be Clear

Using the power of light, Photofacial Skin Rejuvenation penetrates the tissue with a laser and is absorbed by the melanin within the skin, which triggers collagen production, reduces age and sun spots, as well as the redness caused by rosacea (Renew Cosmetic Spa, 7700 Clayton Rd., Ste. 301, Clayton, 314.645.3885). $$

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Pucker Up

The most popular method of lip augmentation implants hyaluronic acid (like Juvederm) into the skin. One injection is usually sufficient to produce those plump lips you've always wanted, and has the added benefit of helping eliminate lines and wrinkles around your mouth (BodyAesthetic Plastic Surgery & Skincare Center, 969 N. Mason Rd., Ste. 170, Creve Coeur, 314.628.8200). $$$


DiamondTome Microdermabrasion uses a wand covered with diamond chips to resurface your skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished after removing the topmost layer of skin while stimulating the dermis to improve skin elasticity and overall appearance (Infinity Laser, 141 N. Meramec Ave., Ste. 317, Clayton, 314.862.1000). $

Show Some Leg

You'll never want to hide your legs again after Sclerotherapy. By sealing off abnormal veins from the rest of the vein network in your leg, this procedure eliminates pesky spider veins without any surgery or pain medication needed (Vein Clinics of America, 12400 Olive Blvd., Ste. 203, Creve Coeur, 314.878.2104). $$

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Turn Up the Heat

Fractionated Laser Resurfacing can help rid you of pesky acne scars and wrinkles by providing targeted heat that penetrates the skin's surface. The result is younger, tighter-looking skin (West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University, 1040 N. Mason Rd., Ste. 124, Creve Coeur, 314.996.8800). $$$

Tighten Up

Using radio-frequency liposuction, BodyTite melts away unwanted fat, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. This painless procedure can help eliminate trouble areas like love handles, and quickly slim down the inner thighs (Hart Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Institute, 621 S. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, 314.251.6250). $$$$


Get a Lift

The Ultherapy Lift uses medical ultrasound to firm, tighten and lift the skin around your jaw and neck. By stimulating collagen production with the use of heat, it naturally lifts and tightens skin (Synergi Med Spa, 17000 Baxter Rd., Ste. 100, Chesterfield, 636.530.6100).


Doctor's Orders

Your burning beauty procedure questions answered. Whether it's wrinkles or age spots, lips, legs or eyes, finding the beauty procedure that's right for you is no easy task. We talked with skincare guru Dr. Madhavi Kandula to get your most frequently asked beauty procedure questions answered. DHow important is age when considering one of these procedures? Very important. You can be too young or too old. For instance, gel fillers can slow down the appearance of aging, so it's better to start at a younger age, around your mid-30s or so. D What questions should patients ask when looking for a doctor? Who will be doing the procedure? You don't want to go in, meet the doctor and then have the nurse walk in to do the injection. It's also important to ask how often the doctor performs the cosmetic practice you want. If someone is only doing one Botox injection a week, that's not enough. D Are there any complications with non-surgical procedures like these? Bruising is often the biggest one. But, another complication is simply the overuse of fillers. People tend to overdo it and end up with overblown lips. If a procedure like this is done well, no one should be able to notice. D Are there tricks to reducing the amount of downtime? Yes. For injections, apply ice before and after the procedure; this will help constrict blood vessels and minimize bruising and pain. Also, avoid Vitamin E and fish oil. D What's a common concern patients have? They don't want to look like the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” They want to look natural. D What's a major misconception about cosmetic surgery? People think Botox or fillers have worked if suddenly they can't frown. That's not what you want. It's like when Nicole Kidman says she's never had work done. Yeah right; her forehead doesn't move! D What's the most common “problem area” for patients? People mostly fix the creases between their eyes or crow's feet. But often, patients focus on one area that bothers them while missing an even more obvious problem area. I always take a picture of them not smiling, and it's worth a thousand words. You see yourself at rest, which can offer a very different perspective. D What new procedures are you in love with? There's a new one called Ultherapy that's fantastic. It tightens skin for men and women by pulling the muscles in the skin. But, it's not for everyone. A good candidate has good skin tone and texture. They can't smoke or tan, and they can't have an abundance of fatty tissue in the face. They also have to be extra patient, since it takes three to six months to get results. Dr. Madhavi Kandula, 845 N. New Ballas Ct., Ste. 310, Creve Coeur, 314.692.0221.

D For a full listing of beauty procedures offered by the doctors and med spas featured in this story, please contact them directly.

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Clarkson Eyecare is pleased to announce the opening of its new Central West End office at 7 North Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108. The new office opened for patient care on Monday, December 19th, and is the company’s first boutique location. The office features a sleek new design concept, with modern light fixtures and stylish display cases to feature the office’s diverse designer frame collections. Clarkson will be the first in the nation to carry the newly redesigned Coach collection, which includes many new shapes and colors with Coach’s classic design. The new CWE office also includes two state-ofthe-art exam lanes for exceptional patient care. The doctor at the Central West End is James Scherman, O.D. The new location offers a complete line of primary and secondary professional eye care services including full medical and vision eye examinations, contact lens fittings, emergency eye care, and treatment of eye diseases. Clarkson also offers a large selection of retail eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, and accessory products.

The Central West End Clarkson Eyecare is open Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 7 pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 6 pm; and Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. The phone number is 314.884.2382.

“We wanted to find a new way to showcase our high end designer eye wear while also keeping the focus on the outstanding patient care provided by our doctors,” says Bill Jehling, President and CEO of Clarkson. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the expanding Central West End neighborhood, and we look forward to serving the people there for years to come.” march 2012 ALIVE STL 79

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Spring Beauty Manual Take the season's hottest hair, makeup and skincare trends from runway to real life. by Jennifer Wells

Runway photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Product photos by Carmen Troesser

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Tricks of the Trade

The Brow Is Back! Guilty of some serious tweezing? Tami Scott, local makeup artist and creator of her own line, Tami Scott Cosmetics, says the first action to take is no action at all. Once you're back to au natural, you can determine where your brows should be with these “Tami Tips:”


Rest your makeup brush handle next to the side of your nose, and extend vertically. Find the point where the brush hits the brow bone; this is where your inner eyebrow should start. Then, fill in as needed in a color one shade lighter than your own.


Rest the brush handle next to your nose, and extend it towards the outer corner of your eye. Where the brush rests on the brow bone is where your eyebrow line should end. Again, fill in as needed.


Big Red

To keep brows meticulously maintained, Scott recommends the brow sculpt duo from her line, which contains a wax and powder (2027 S. 11th St., Soulard, 314.346.8834).

Seen on the runway at Duyos. Bold and sassy, a bright-red lip is best paired with an otherwise neutral palette—and, of course, a winning smile. Get the look: Imperative to this power trend is major color saturation. Invest the time (and extra cash) in a lip color with strong pigment and a stay-put attitude, like Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante #38 and NARS Red Square Velvet matte lip pencil. For the poutiest pout, Mary Slay, cosmetics and fragrances manager at Saks Fifth Avenue, recommends adding volume by dabbing a bit of high-shine gloss right in the center of your mouth to give the illusion of a fuller lip (Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200). Want even more “pow” to your pout? Visit St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery to discuss lip enhancement options, including fat transfers and fillers (17300 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield, Ste. 300, 636.530.6161).

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The Cat's Meow

Seen on the runway at Jakarta Fashion Week. Dramatic and sexy, the dark, sleek look of the modern cat eye reads “bombshell” like no other. Get the look: Local makeup maven Candace Kolios, who's worked with such big name brands as Chanel and Bobbi Brown, suggests starting with a neutral eye shadow and keeping the emphasis on the signature sweep of dark, dramatic liner. Her most important tip—don't skimp on the mascara! Kolios swears by the Chanel INIMITABLE line and finishes the look with Bobbi Brown's gel eyeliner (Candace Kolios: 314.852.0600,; Bobbi Brown and Chanel cosmetics available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200).

Center of Attention Seen on the runway at Moisés Nieto. A model's go-to, the minimalistic center part is a great way to showcase a smoky eye or statement lip. Get the look: Phi Trinh, an expert stylist at Dominic Michael Salon, says the center part is all about giving a nod to the classic glam of the '60s and '70s (think Cher and Twiggy in their glory days). To smooth hair and add sheen, Trinh swears by L'Oreal Mythic Oil and also uses the brand's Texture Expert products to add a modern, voluminous element to the classic part style (8220 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.721.4230).

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Runway photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Feel like you need a little more than mascara to maintain that feline fringe? Call Dr. Paul Rottler and inquire about Latisse, a daily application product intended to grow and enhance the appearance of eyelashes (13625 Big Bend Rd., Ballwin, 314.966.8880).

Local Lines We Love Bee Natural

It's the all-natural ingredients that make this Hanley Fold Farm line of fabulous little lip balms so special. In addition to Shea butter, Vitamin E and olive oil, this lip balm also contains bees wax, an unexpected alternative to standard waxes or petroleum jelly (

Up and Away

PLant the seed

Blissoma products run the gamut from botanically active skincare to artisan perfumes— all carefully concocted by STL founder Julie Longyear, a purist by nature. The line's all-natural, 100-percent botanical perfumes are a must-have for the astute vegetarian and the socially conscious (; Whole Foods, 1160 Town and Country Crossing Dr., Town and Country, 636.527.1160; Local Harvest Grocery, 3108 Morgan Ford Rd., Tower Grove, 314.865.5260).

Seen on the runway at Honor. Perfect for when you're tight on time, this unstructured up-do works for day and night. Get the look: The key to the unstructured up-do is working with what you have. Embrace your texture— maybe even tease it a tad with a comb, suggests Lee Ann Weeden from GLAM. The unconstructed look is best achieved by separating the front from the back and then securing the back into a pony tail. Pull small, random sections from each side, sweeping and pinning them around the pony tail to complete the look (2724 Chippewa St., South City, 314.771.1175).

Coming Up Roses

Punk Princess Seen on the runway at Peter Som. A subculture no more, the punk look (a tad subdued) is going mainstream.

Local mom Jean Scholtes started making non-irritating products to care for her family's sensitive skin, and in turn, unwittingly formed a successful brand of skin and hair care products. Our favorite? KIND Soap's Rosewater Creme; we love it not only for its fabulous hydrating qualities, but also for the crave-worthy packaging (43 S. Old Orchard, Webster Groves, 314.517.2868).

Get the look: If it's pink, purple or orange you're craving, Illusions Color Spa sells a great temporary product called Color Bug by Kevin Murphy. It works best on light hair and includes multiple applications, so you can achieve the “punk princess” look any time the mood strikes (4579 Chestnut Park Plz., South County, 314.845.0118). Not quite ready for rainbow color? Try Regal Image Salon's new hot-for-Hollywood dip and dye coloring. A major Hollywood trend, the hair is dyed to get lighter toward the ends (located in Metro Design Studio Salons, 612 N. McKnight Rd., Olivette, 314.629.4902).

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Top It Off A runway staple, it seems the fashion world can't get enough of the top knot. Get the look: There are many tricks to perfecting a top knot, and Vita Kaiser, a stylist at LookAfter Hair Company, knows them all. She suggests starting with a simply pony tail, and wrapping the length of the hair around the base. Secure the look with bobby pins, and finish with an extra-hold hairspray for maximum shine. Use your fingers to smooth and redirect any non-compliant strands (30 St. Louis locations,

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Runway photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Seen on the runway at Juana Martin.

Bronzed Goddess

Seen on the runway at TCN. A must-have look for your spring makeup repertoire, this warm-weather staple works particularly well with spring's icy pastel hues. Get the look: Start with a good base tan—faux, of course. While you're at it, make the most of your tanning time with a faux glow containing a hydrating treatment and built-in anti-aging ingredients (Shine Sunless Tanning, 5 Brentwood Promenade Ct., Brentwood, 314.962.3628). Once your sunless tan has set (four to six hours), finish the look with a bronzing powder in a rich, earthy hue. We like Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess with bronzing and highlighting elements (Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811).

Pro Picks Three skincare products you can't live without.


The Product: Azfasst Green Tea Gel The Expert: Dr. Anne Riordan, dermatologist and creator of Azfasst Why it's a must: According to Dr. Riordan, it's the combination of the three key ingredients that make the gel so unique and effective. Natural green tea extract coupled with salicylic and lactic acids help alleviate brown spots and fine lines—giving you a clearer, more refined complexion. Where to find it: Online at, or at Wildwood Dermatology, 16516 Manchester Rd.,Wildwood, 636.458.8400.


The Product: Skin Medica's TNS Recovery Complex The Expert: Mary McKaig, RN BSN Why it's a must: If McKaig and her coworkers refer to something as “liquid gold,” it must be good. In as little as three months, experts say you'll see a difference in the texture and firmness of your skin—plus a noticeable decrease in wrinkle depth. With growth factors, soluble collagen, antioxidants and matrix proteins, the ingredients mimic those found in healthy skin. Where to find it: Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center, 1001 Chesterfield Parkway East, Ste. 101, Chesterfield, 314.878.3839.

Tricks of the Trade

The Nail Files Don't call it a comeback (they've been here for years), but the newest nails are undoubtedly more graphic than we've seen in a while. From spring's Easteregg hues (perfect in beige, pink or robin's egg blue) to the latest take on dark nails (a navy Gothprep lovechild), this season, it's pretty much anything goes. The only exception? Length. The style-conscious are decidedly leaning toward a mid-length look with a square shape, according to Melissa Vitalis, assistant spa and salon director for The Spa at the Four Seasons. The long nail look is over! Drop by the Spa at the Four Seasons to get pampered while you get the look, or recreate it at home with the help of State Beauty Supply nail polishes (999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.881.5800; 2351 Millpark Dr., Maryland Heights, 314.423.9599).


The Product: Image Daily Defense Ultimate Preventive Moisturizer The Expert: Dr. Amy Miller Why it's a must: Dr. Miller says that using a daily sunscreen (rain or shine) is still the best way to protect your skin from premature aging. She opts for Image Daily Defense Ultimate Preventive Moisturizer because it performs double duty as an effective sunscreen and daily moisturizer. Where to find it: St. Louis Skin Solutions, 13100 Manchester Rd., Ste. 250, Des Peres, 314.543.4015.

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Pretty Please

Seen on the runway at Sita Murt. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there's one thing we can all agree on—pretty skin is always in. Get the look: For the true beauty fanatic, airbrushing provides the ultimate fresh, finished look. Local makeup artist Christina D. Passanise specializes in the process and will even bring her services to you (636.346.3383, If DIY is more your style, try Sephora's Perfecting Cover Foundation with a good balance of matte and shine. Test two or three shades on your jawline (not the back of your hand), and blend well, working from the middle of your face outward. Finish by lightly buffing your chin and neck to camouflage any contrast in color (Sephora, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.863.2600).

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Wet & Wild

Seen on the runway at Roberto Torretta. No time to blow dry? No problem. Running out after a shower has never been easier, or more stylish, now that the “wet” look is so on-trend. Get the look: Hair stylist Robert Govero says achieving the wet look at home is possible; you just need a few essentials. For ultimate hold, he recommends a combination of Osis Flexwax and L'Oreal Lumi Controle Wax. Use your hands to evenly distribute a liberal amount through the hair, and sculpt the look with a rat tail comb. Finish by securing strands into a low, tight pony tail or tucking behind the ears (8111 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.725.6179).

Sephora image courtesy of Sephora; runway photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Do the Twist Seen on the runway at Majaco. It's rare that an accessory is both decorative and utilitarian—the head-perfect scarf is all that and more. Get the look: Meggan Decker of Pixies Hair Design takes the head scarf look from runway to real life with a few simple tweaks. She often twists the scarf into a modern headband, securing it at the nape of the neck and allowing the length to hang down. For extra soft or fine tresses, secure the scarf with a bobby pin to avoid slippage, or purchase one with texture for a more secure hold (2709 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.605.8417; scarf available at Ivy Hill, 304 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.7004).

No Pain, No Gain There have been countless advancements in the skincare industry, and in-office procedures are still the gold standard for achieving and maintaining the look of your skin. Botox, resurfacing and peels are the go-to procedures at many spas and doctors' offices. But, first, be sure you know the basics. Botox: Once reserved only for the furrow lines between the brows, Botox is now being used for a few additional purposes. On the face, it can help diminish stubborn crow's feet. It's also proven to be a breakthrough for those who suffer from certain types of excessive sweating. (Find out more at Plastic Surgery Consultants of St. Louis at St. Anthony's Medical Center, 10004 Kennerly Rd., Ste. 365B0, South County, 314.842.5885) Laser Treatment: For real results in just one session, Fractional CO2 promises to improve texture, tone skin and soften wrinkles. The laser targets just a fraction of the skin's surface at a time, which for many, translates to quicker healing and minimal downtime. (Find out more at St. Louis Skin Solutions, 13100 Manchester Rd., Ste. 250, Des Peres, 314.543.4015.) Peels: The probiotic peel is the answer for those consumers looking for minimal downtime. According to Michelle Somers, director of Synergi MedSpa, the peel is unique because it works from the inside out to rejuvenate skin and improve tone and texture without the typical downtime associated with other peels. Synergi recommends a package of three for maximum results (17000 Baxter Rd., Ste. 100, Chesterfield, 636.530.6100).

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Luxury Salons & Spas The top salons and spas in town that will leave you relaxed, luxuriously pampered and looking your best.

Jon Tomas Salon Spa Location: 12320 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur Reservations: 314.469.6654 For more information: OVERVIEW: Established in 1959, Jon Tomas Salon Spa has been serving the St. Louis community for over 50 years. Its talented staff of estheticians and stylists, all of whom receive an additional 6-12 months of training in the salon before working with paying clients, believe in helping people stay beautiful so they can live better lives. Hair styling and color, makeup, skincare and manicure/pedicures are just a few of the services this experienced staff has to offer. Jon Tomas also brings in top stylists and trainers from across the country twice a year to provide staff with one-on-one training, ensuring that they stay current on the latest trends and styles.

SPECIALTIES: Color Enrichment services involve an analysis of skin tones, hair fiber integrity and style treatment to best determine the most flattering color enrichment choices available for you. For a beautiful richness or dramatic effects, we feature the latest advancements in color pigments and techniques. Custom Foil Placement creates the opportunity for many dimensions to be placed into the hair by weaving in lighter or darker colors, or both. Consult your stylist concerning which options are best for your hairstyle. Jon Tomas Salon Spa is also one of the only Redken Elite Salons in St. Louis. SIGNATURE SERVICE: The Smooth Out Hair Straightening Service makes your hair frizz-free, soft and shiny. In skincare, we specialize in Jan Marini and we believe our Jane Iredale makeup line is the best in the world.


Jon Tomas photos by Rachel Mitchell.


Luxury Salons & Spas

The Spa and Salon at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis Location: 999 N. 2nd Street, Downtown Reservations: 314.881.5758 For more information:

OVERVIEW: Perched on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, The Spa and Salon offers a full range of customized services for both women and men in a peaceful environment that’s rich with natural light and soft touches. The Spa’s 12 treatment rooms serve as an oasis of tranquility, enhanced by clean, modern lines and calming mood lighting. Allow the talented staff to soothe and revive your mind with an exclusive menu of signature treatments, like the caviar serum facial, di-vine wine body wrap and Balinese massage. After pampering your body to a state of pure bliss, head to the brandnew salon for cutting-edge hair styling and nail treatments. The Four Seasons signature manicure and pedicure will polish off your look before you retire to the relaxation lounge’s steam rooms and whirlpools. HIGHLIGHTS: DÉCOR: With clean, modern lines and plenty of natural light, the Spa and Salon provides a perfect environment for nourishing the mind and body. SIGNATURE SERVICE: Polish your look with our Four Seasons Signature manicure and pedicure, featuring a soothing regimen of aromatherapy, masque, massage and paraffin treatments.

2012 PROMOTIONS: Mention this ad and receive a $20 credit

with any treatment of $100 or more taking place Monday through Thursday. Please mention this offer at time of reservation.


Top Doctors St. Louis’

The leading local professionals who make you look and feel your best.

When it comes to you and your family’s health, it’s okay to be picky. A healthy life means a state of well-being, so choosing expert and trustworthy doctors should be a priority. But, we’ve all been there—unsatisfied with one doctor, only to be disappointed by the next. That’s why ALIVE works with some of St. Louis’ top doctors to provide you with the resources you need to make informed decisions before your next appointment. We profiled some of the best St. Louis healthcare providers who will help you achieve a healthier, happier lifestyle.


Vaginal Surgery and Urogynecology

Dr. Dionysios Veronikis Vaginal Surgery & Urogynecology Institute 621 S. New Ballas Road, Suite 2002 B 314.251.6753 Our Specialties: Vaginal hysterectomy that is cosmetic, non-invasive and scar free for uterine problems and uterovaginal prolapse, stress urinary incontinence, management of vaginal mesh complications, complicated re-operative vaginal and gynecologic surgery for recurrent/ persistent incontinence and prolapse, vaginal rejuvenation and cosmetic vaginal surgery. What We’re Known For: Vaginal Rejuvenation is the fastest growing segment of vaginal cosmetic surgery among women between the ages of 25-40. It counteracts functional alterations from childbirth and aging by reconstructing and sculpting the tissues in the vaginal walls—allowing women to reexperience the sensations they enjoyed pre-pregnancy. On the Cutting Edge: We are further expanding the learning center on our website to help educate women and their families on the pelvic floor and surgical options. It currently includes an Anatomy Library with colorful images of common conditions and procedures, as well as an extensive Resource Library that discusses common surgical conditions and treatment options. Our next phases include the addition of video educational resources, as well as private access to actual anatomy images for those patients considering Vaginal Rejuvenation, Labialplasty and/or other procedures. Expert Advice: We commonly treat women seeking relief from a current condition or a previous surgical procedure performed elsewhere that did not meet the expected result. My hope is to better educate women on their surgical options, so that they can

make better, more informed decisions on choosing a surgeon and minimize the risk of complications. It should be stated that although a procedure like Vaginal Rejuvenation is considered a cosmetic procedure, not all cosmetic surgeons have the same level of experience in sculpting the vaginal canal, tissues and the labia. This is earned through years of experience, focus, expertise and the surgeon’s artistic ability. There are a handful of vaginal surgeons in the nation who truly qualify in performing Vaginal Rejuvenation procedures, and we’re proud to be part of this very specialized group.


Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Zafar Quader, M.D. West County: 3015 North Ballas Road, Suite 520D South County: 10004 Kennerly Road, Suite 257A Outreach Programs: Sullivan, MO, Redbud, IL and Sparta, IL 314.842.6333 •

What We’re Known For: My practice and I are known for our quality of care and the compassion we have for each of our patients. Every patient of mine is important, and open communication with them has remained crucial to my treatment methods. On the Cutting Edge: We want to provide the best care possible for each of our patients, so we pride ourselves on carrying the finest equipment in the field right now. In addition to every

aspect of endoscopy service, we also offer a capsule endoscopy that can be completed in the office. In the near future, we will also offer a patient portal that will allow our patients to access their records online. Expert Advice: One of the most important services that we offer is a screening colonoscopy. I adamantly believe that this procedure is the only cancer-preventing test in the world, as it can detect polyps early enough to have them removed. Many other tests can detect colon cancer, but they cannot prevent it. Colonoscopy saves lives.

“My primary mission is to provide excellence in gastrointestinal care without regard to the patient’s social or economic status.” Dr. Zafar Quader


Dr. Zafar Quader photo by Virginia Harold.

Our Specialties: Our specialties encompass the medicinal branches of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Both fields are ultimately concerned with diseases found within the digestive system, or gastrointestinal tract. This can include diseases of the stomach, colon, intestines, pancreas, liver and gall bladder.

Veteran Healthcare

VA St. Louis Healthcare System Primary Care Team 1: 4974 Manchester Ave. 314.289.6566

VA St. Louis Healthcare System phto by Jules Brown.

Primary Care Team 2: 915 N. Grand Blvd. (Moving to new location summer 2012.) 314.289.7600 What We’re Known For: The Veterans Affairs St. Louis Healthcare System is fully accredited and committed to providing the most reliable, effective and efficient healthcare treatment for our welldeserving veterans. Bigger and Better: Our new, expanded spaces will provide improved access to care for St. Louis’ veteran population, with eight Primary Care teams located at each facility. In addition to primary care, additional services at both locations include Mental Health, Laboratory, Pharmacy Counseling, Nutrition Counseling and Telehealth.

On the Cutting Edge: The VA St. Louis Healthcare System is joining a growing number of VA healthcare facilities in adopting a new method of health delivery called Patient Aligned Care Teams, or PACTs. This system is even more patient-centered than ever, and focuses heavily on quick and easy communication between patients and their healthcare providers. A revolutionary new service called Telehealth facilitates this, allowing easy communication between patient and doctor, as well as among multiple doctors treating the same patient. Our Focus: PACT is personalized care to meet the veterans’ individual healthcare goals, looking at all aspects of their health. In addition to personal visits with primary healthcare providers, veterans may schedule visits with other members of the team. This also includes access to group clinics, educational seminars, plus information through the My HealtheVet website.


Dr. Cheryl Shea

Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Nutrition

Complete Wellness Center 10807 Big Bend Blvd. 314.822.7900 Our Specialties: At Complete Wellness Center, we specialize in “pre-disease” treatment—helping people get off their current paths and onto the path of good health so they can be vibrant into their later years. For instance, the Asyra® bio-electrical body scan picks up health issues long before they manifest into full disease. What We’re Known For: We combine chiropractic care and a strong base of nutrition with hormone training for a holistic approach to health. We’re known for helping people resolve difficult health

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issues, often when they have tried many other treatments unsuccessfully. We’ve also helped many people get pregnant and then have healthy, happy pregnancies and healthy families. Expert Advice: Every patient needs to know that chiropractic should always be the first step in getting healthy. A balanced nervous system is necessary for your body to function properly. In addition, it is important to provide the body with good nutrition, as this will promote digestion and overall health.

Chiropractic and Acupuncture Care

InMotion Health Center 7800 Clayton Rd. 314.644.2081 Our Specialties: As Chiropractic Physicians, Acupuncturists and Posture Specialists, we focus on sport injuries, lower back pain, anxiety, hormones and weight loss, to name a few. At InMotion, the holistic team approach is key—where different specialists meet to treat, diagnose and work synergistically for the most efficient practice possible. What We’re Known For: We combine the wisdom of experience with the ongoing innovation of new information and technology, and

have an unyielding commitment to public education. We enjoy lecturing on topics such as exercise and fitness, immune function, men’s and women’s health, stress and nutrition, and believe that to effectively teach and inspire others about the tenets of health, we must practice them as well. Expert Advice: Do not wait until symptoms occur. Being proactive will prevent much disease. Find a practitioner you can trust—someone who listens and partners with you.

Joseph A. Muccini, M.D., FAAD

Skin Health and Vitality

MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center 222 S. Woods Mill Rd., Ste. 475N 314.878.0600 Our Specialties: We maintain expertise in all fields of dermatological practice, offering a wide array of cosmetic dermatology products and services, including Botox, Latisse, Juvederm, Radiesse, Cutera Laser and IPL Treatments and many others, complementing our proficiency in medical and surgical dermatology.

such as skin cancer and toxic skin reactions. He is also one of only two physicians in the St. Louis area currently offering the new non-invasive iLipo laser body contouring alternative to liposuction, and is also one of three local physicians offering the innovative Ulthera ultrasound skin tightening procedure.

What We’re Known For: A board-certified dermatologist with over 20 years of experience in medical and surgical dermatology, Dr. Muccini’s expertise ranges from routine conditions like acne, psoriasis and keratosis to the most complex,

Expert Advice: At our practice, we focus on imbuing patients with the experience of both physical and mental wellness happening together, and we do it using cutting-edge techniques in a most synergistic and congruous manner.



Jeffrey Reed, M.D. Premier Dermatology 456 N. New Ballas Rd., #118 314.567.1400 Our Specialties: We specialize in general dermatology for adults and children, as well as full-service cosmetic dermatology for those looking to improve and enhance the look and health of their skin. We also offer cutting-edge MOHS surgery, a microscopically controlled procedure used to treat common forms of skin cancer. What We’re Known For: My patients know that the most important part of my practice is the patient. I achieve this by providing a full spectrum of dermatological care in a comfortable office with a friendly and highly skilled staff. Importantly, we strive to see patients in a timely and efficient manner, always making room for the dermatologic emergency—even for new patients. Expert Advice: We all know that skin cancer is directly related to ultraviolet exposure, making tanning beds a major culprit in the recent dramatic increase in skin cancer, particularly in young people. We also know how difficult it is to pass along this message to our children. But remember, our children are smart—it is not enough to warn them of the dangers and instruct them on protective measures to minimize their risk of skin cancer. YOU must model safe sun practices by staying away from tanning beds and using proper protection in the sun.

Cosmetic Surgery

St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery 17300 N Outer 40 Road, Suite 300 636.530.6161

Dr. Jeff Reed phto by Jules Brown.

Our Specialties: Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons offers some of the top cosmetic surgery procedures available, including breast augmentations, tummy tucks, facelifts, rhinoplasty, “mommy makeovers,” post weight loss surgery and more. What We’re Known for: We are the only plastic surgeons in the St. Louis area to offer Vectra 3D imaging, which maps your anatomy and simulates images based on the procedure you are considering. This is especially beneficial

for those wary of what his or her results from plastic surgery will look like. We go through each of these images, discuss all your options and help you choose the best procedure based on these simulated possibilities. Expert Advice: Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. There are many surgeons out there who do cosmetic procedures, but finding a surgeon with the education, training and ethics required of boardcertified physicians is imperative for optimal surgical results.

“The most rewarding aspect of my job on a daily basis is when patients express that we’ve changed their life in a positive way. That creative aspect of the job—creating beauty—is very fulfilling.” Dr. Bruce White ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

p l a nne d pa r e n t ho od | s e x ua l he a lt h c a r e f or wome n a nd me n What services do you specialize in?

What differentiates you from others?

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. Health services include birth control, life-saving cervical and breast cancer screening, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, well women exams, pap smears, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception and yeast infection treatment. 97% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are preventative. Through our affiliated corporation, Reproductive Health Services, we also provide methods of permanent birth control for women and men, as well as pregnancy options consultation and abortion care. In addition, we provide sex education and information to teens, professionals and parents.

Planned Parenthood is a safe, secure and confidential place for women and men, as well as adolescents. We accept patients with and without insurance, and walk-in’s are always welcome. Many of our health services are offered on a sliding-fee scale to help eliminate cost as a barrier to care. What are the latest innovations your practice offers? We are excited to begin offering a new form of permanent birth control for women called Essure. Essure is a method of non-surgical, permanent birth control that is safe, easy and extremely effective. We are also increasing the pool of commercial insurance plans accepted in our health centers.

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region 6 St. Louis area locations 1.800.230.plan (7526) ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

What does every patient need to know about you? Planned Parenthood has touched the lives of one in five American women, and each year nearly five million women, men, and adolescents have been provided with education, information and sexual health care. We change people’s lives and provide quality health services without judgement to every person — regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, or age. What mission or goal do you work toward? Our mission is to provide, protect, and support reproductive rights and services.



Candace Young is the founder and force behind B.I.M. Styling Agency, representing freelance hair and fashion stylists across the country. She uses her creative vision to create styles and techniques in cutting and hair weaving that go outside the traditional styling box.

Trendy yet traditional, Dimension Salon is a new upscale hair salon located Downtown. Come and enjoy our relaxing atmosphere, where we aim to please our customers. Dimensions will offer a friendly experience with great services in cutting, extensions, highlights and the latest styles.

B.I.M. Styling Agency photo by Virginia Harold. Dimensions Salon photo by Jules Brown. Strands photo by Christopher Gibbons.


212—A PAUL MITCHELL FOCUS SALON 212 offers the full Paul Mitchell experience complete with Color Bar, Wash House and concierge. The salon provides all the essential hair, makeup and nail services, but also specializes in keratin smoothing systems, hair extensions, locks and twisting, MINX and Shellac nails and detailed brow shaping.

1911 WASHINGTON AVE. · 63103 314.802.8039

HAIR COLOR XPERTS SALON Come experience beautiful color, precision haircuts and service beyond compare at Hair Color Xperts Salon. We are dedicated to exceeding your expectations in every way. 15065 MANCHESTER RD. · 63011 636.527.0102 SALONHCX.COM



A relaxing boutique salon in the historic DeMun area, we draw inspiration from the world of fashion and art to stay on top of current trends as we create designs to showcase your individual beauty.

Where Style Begins With You. Salon Joli & Spa offers a complete array of hair, skin, facial, nail and spa services. Featuring Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment, hair extensions is Wella Professional Hair Care Products, and full range of facial treatments including microdermabrasion and eyelash extensions. We feature long lasting OPI Gel Lacquer and Shellac polish for natural nails.

730 DEMUN AVE. · 63105 314.725.1717 STRANDS-HAIR.COM

511 N. GARRISON · 63103 314.534.4247 212SALON.NET


FITNESS PROFESSIONALS St. Louis’ best trainers and gyms to get you into tip-top shape. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION



Specializing in The GYROTONIC® Methodology 7750 Clayton Rd., Suite 305 Richmond Heights, MO 63117 314.409.0229

As owner of the Body Fusion LLC studio and a licensed massage therapist for 20 years, Anne Thomasson has extensive knowledge about the body. She brought the GYROTONIC® methodology to St. Louis 10 years ago, combining body and mind elements in her approaches to wellness. By performing precise movements, the body gains fluidity, a greater range of motion and increased circulation. These methods are great for men and women of all ages and fitness levels, including people suffering from injuries or pain, pregnant women and anyone who wants increased muscle tone, strength and vitality. Body Fusion is the only fully-equipped GYROTONIC® studio in St. Louis and, being a boutique studio, has lower prices than most others. The GYROTONIC® method is being used all over the world in physical therapy settings, hospitals, dance studios and gyms as a complete system of movement and fitness. (GYROTONIC is a registered trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp. and is used with their permission.)

Body Fusion photos by Jules Brown. Rock Workout photo by Christopher Gibbons.

Complete Fitness Results

2200 S. Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood, MO 63144 314.402.2238

As the owner and innovator behind Complete Fitness Results, Steve Long’s highly successful, individualized approach includes blending corrective exercise to strengthen and tone the body into fun and effective programs. Long and his team of highly trained professionals have experienced the same weight problems, injuries and goals as many of their clients. They provide highly personalized and effective programs for everyone, from one-on-one personal training to group fitness classes and boot camps. “This is what we do. We live and breathe a desire to make you feel comfortable, and it is our life to help you reach your goals,” he says.

Rock Workout

3001 Locust St. St. Louis, MO 63103 314.531.7625

Rock Workout clients know they can trust Master Personal Trainer Val Strang to whip them into tip-top shape, with personalized programs focused on corrective and functional training, muscle balancing, core stability and injury prevention. As tough and well-educated as she is effective, Strang pays close attention to the needs of each client, even going so far as to design several variations of a single exercise to accommodate the most specific needs. She also offers special classes for cancer and cerebral palsy patients. Strang’s goal is for exercise to become a part of your life—and her studio emulates that goal!


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Central West End/ The Grove 2SCHAE CAFÉ A homey corner café with sandwiches, soups and several “create your own” options. Breakfast and lunch daily. 275 Union Blvd., 314.361.5333. $ Bixby’s Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with breathtaking views of Forest Park, Bixby’s preserves the past while boldly embracing the future. Lunch served daily; Sun. brunch. 5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313. $$ BRASSERIE BY NICHE Gerard Craft brings his take on casual French dining to the CWE with an evolving menu of French bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner served Mon.-Sun.; Sat. and Sun. brunch. 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. $$ Chi This trendy Japanese sushi bar has some of the best St. Louis sushi rolls around; the Lemon Drop roll is a must-try. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. $

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a former CWE mansion. Dinner served Wed.-Mon.; Sat. and Sun. brunch. 4356 Lindell Blvd., 314.932.5787. $$ SANCTUARIA Fresh Pan-Latin-inspired tapas, paired with handcrafted cocktails. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. $$ Scape american bistro Chef Eric Kelly has crafted an innovative menu of American cuisine at this contemporary CWE bistro. Dinner served Tues.-Sun.; Sun. brunch. 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. $$$ the scottish arms Authentic Scottish fare includes the best-selling lamb burger and Celtic crisps. Sample from the famous single-malt scotch list and 22 beers on tap. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner served daily; Sun. brunch. 8 South Sarah St., 314.535.0551. $$

Herbie’s Vintage 72 Contemporary American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner served daily; Sat. and Sun. brunch. 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. $$$ Pi Creative cocktails, homemade desserts and delicious San Fran-style pizza. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. $$ Salt Chef Wes Johnson’s adventurous menu is served in the unique ambiance of 100 ALIVE STL march 2012

BURGER BAR Celeb chef Hubert Keller offers build-your-own gourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments to choose from. Lunch and dinner served daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7580. $$

SubZero Sample from more than 300 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks, sushi and a build-yourown burger menu. Dinner served daily. 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. $$ Tavern of Fine Arts Patrons can view art from local artists while enjoying fine wines, seasonal appetizers and small plates. Dinner served Mon.-Sat.; Lunch served Sat. 313 Belt Ave., 314.367.7549. $

Midtown/Downtown AL’S RESTAURANT Known for steaks and seafood, Al’s is operated by three generations of one St. Louis family. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. 1200 N. First St., 314.421.6399. $$$

Ave., 314.621.2700. $ TONY’S Tony’s has long been a St. Louis institution known for its attentive service and flawless cuisine. Dinner served Tue.-Sat. 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. $$$ VIto’s Known for exceptional Italian cuisine and Sicilian-style pizza, this spot also serves fresh pastas, calzones and more. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner served Mon.-Sun. 3515 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.8486. $$

Café Ventana Enjoy an extensive food selection, including sandwiches, beignets and pastries with your coffee. Open daily. 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. $

Clayton/Ladue/ Richmond Heights

CIELO A dynamic beverage list and Downtown’s most stunning views top off the quality Italian cuisine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.5759. $$$

Araka This gorgeous restaurant in Clayton’s The Crescent features delicious globally-inspired cuisine. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. $$$

The Fountain on Locust Indulge in freshly made appetizers, entrées, fine ice creams and retro cocktails, while admiring the hand-painted Art Deco interior. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. $

BARcelona A see-and-be-seen hotspot to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch and dinner served daily. 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. $$

House of Savoy This casually elegant restaurant features delicious and authentic Italian cuisine prepared by executive chef Paola Bugli. Dinner served Wed.-Sun. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7830. $$$ LOLA This Downtown hotspot offers a large selection of unique cocktails, as well as French and American cuisine. Open daily; Sat. and Sun. brunch. 500 N. 14th St., 314.621.7277. $$ Lucas Park Grille The seasonal menu with fresh ingredients features soups, salads and New American entrées. Lunch and dinner served daily; Sat. and Sun. brunch. 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. $$$ Mango A little taste of South America in St. Louis, Mango’s Peruvian fusion dishes add a twist to foods you thought you knew. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat., dinner served Sun. 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. $$

CrÊpes: etc. This upscale patisserie serves both sweet and savory crêpes, as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served daily; dinner served Fri.-Sat. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. $ the Drunken Fish This stylish sushi lounge with an extensive Japanese menu offers everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Half off signature martinis on Mondays. Lunch and dinner served daily. 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. $$

BRIDGE TAP HOUSE and WINE BAR A large craft beer and wine selection, as well as a menu with plenty of house-made touches. Lunch and dinner served daily. 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. $$

Mike Shannon’s This St. Louis landmark serves upscale American cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner served daily. 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. $$ Mosaic This modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner served Mon-Sat.; Sat. brunch. 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. $$ Prime 1000 Wash Ave.’s hotspot serves high-end steaks in a chic setting. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.1000. $$$ rosalita’s cantina Enjoy Mexican favorites like fajitas, tacos and margaritas at this happening Tex-Mex restaurant. Lunch and dinner served daily. 1235 Washington

BOCCI BAR A taste of northern Italy with contemporary flair, served in a rustic, cozy interior. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner served Mon.-Sat. 16 N. Central Ave. 314.932.1040. $$ COASTAL BISTRO & BAR Try the brand new menu of fresh oysters and low country cuisine. Stop by during happy hour for fantastic oyster shooters. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. 14 N. Central Ave., 314.932.7377. $$$ THE CROSSING This Clayton gem features a seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner served Mon.-Sat. 7823 Forsyth Blvd. 314.721.7375. $$$ Demun Oyster Bar With fresh oysters flown in from the West Coast daily, it’s the ultimate destination for seafood enthusiasts. Lunch served Sat.; dinner served daily. 740 Demun Ave., 314.725.0322. $$ Houlihan’s Enjoy great burgers, and one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner served daily. 1221 Strassner Dr., 314.863.9116. $$ J.Buck’s A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hour with classic offerings like pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. $$$ Kaldi’s This local coffee chain boasts a variety of flavored coffees and premium blends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 700 Demun Ave., 314.727.9955; 187 Carondelet Plaza, 314.726.2900. $ LESTER’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Every sports-lover’s dream, with TVs at every post, top-notch bar fare and Mon.-Fri.

happy hour from 3-6pm. Open daily. Multiple locations; $$

Lunch and dinner served daily. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. $$

Mad Tomato Enjoy a seasonal, farm-to-table menu, Italian wines, desserts and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tues.-Sat. 8000 Carondelet Ave., 314.932.5733. $$

SHAMELESS GROUNDS Enjoy food and drink at a coffee shop known for its socially progressive atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 2650 Sidney St., 314.773.9900. $

MISO ON MERAMEC One of St. Louis’ most popular sushi spots, Miso is as famed for its Pan-Asian food as it is for its lounge. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. $$

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard

Océano St. Louis’ premier seafood bistro is an elegant addition to the Clayton dining scene. Lunch and dinner served daily. 44 N. Brentwood Dr., 314.721.9400. $$$ Roxane This cozy tapas-style spot is home to a bohemian atmosphere and an eclectic menu. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner served Tues.-Sat. 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. $$ Tucci & Fresta’s Serves traditional Italian fare, bringing a taste of The Hill to Clayton. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner served Mon.-Sat. 15 N. Central, 314.725.6588. $$ VINO NADOZ WINE BAR An intimate destination with an international wine experience and savory American fusion cuisine. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. 16 The Boulevard, 314.726.0400. $$

South City/ Hampton/The Hill Aya Sofia Add a dash of culture to your diet with exotic Turkish and Mediterranean delights. Lunch served Tues.-Fri., dinner served Tues.-Sun.; Sun. brunch. 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. $$ CITY DINER Travel back to the ’60s at this retro American diner, serving comfort foods and brunch favorites. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 3139 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.6100; 541 N. Grand Blvd., 314.533.7500. $ Gian-Tony’s Owner Tony Catarinicchia brings recipes straight from Sicily with fresh ingredients from the on-site garden. Dinner served daily. 5356 Daggett Ave., 314.772.4893. $$ LORENZO’S TRATTORIA For a different taste on The Hill, try Lorenzo’s northern Italian cuisine with contemporary flavors. Lunch served Tues.-Fri.; dinner served Tues.-Sun. 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. $$ MANGIA ITALIANO Casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights a week. Lunch and dinner served daily. 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. $$ The ROYALE This tavern-style restaurant pays homage to St. Louis with drinks named for different aspects of the city.

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BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR Offering a mix of savory and sweet items, this hotspot serves desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. $ blues city deli A charming turn-ofthe-century storefront with an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads and Po’ Boys. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. 2438 McNair Ave., 314.773.8225. $ Franco This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner served Mon.-Sat. 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. $$$ the Mud house Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries in the heart of Cherokee. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. $ NICHE This award-winning neighborhood bistro offers a fabulous menu of American cuisine. Dinner served daily. 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. $$$ Park Avenue Coffee Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of more than 70 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. $ PW Pizza Focusing on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, PW Pizza offers both classic pies and one-of-a-kind recipes. Lunch and dinner served daily. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.7799. $$ Soulard’s Restaurant Delicious contemporary American and Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. $$$ SqWires A seasonal menu features fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Tues.-Fri.; dinner Tues.-Sat.; Sat. and Sun. brunch. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. $$$

University City/ The Loop Blueberry Hill Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant is a landmark spot not to be missed. Lunch and dinner served daily. 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. $ Blue Ocean Sushi All-you-can-eat sushi and contemporary Japanese cuisine. Lunch and dinner served daily. 6335 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.6477. $

Cheese-ology New twists on traditional mac and cheese result in a wide range of dishes to suit every grown-up craving. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. 6602 Delmar Blvd., 314.863.6365. $ ECLIPSE Located in the Moonrise Hotel, featuring cosmic décor and a creative American menu. The Rooftop Terrace Bar offers a dramatic view of The Loop and great cocktails. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. 6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.2222. $$$ HIRO Sushi Experience the flavors of the izakaya explosion with unique ingredients and beautiful presentation. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. $ MoMos Mediterranean tapas and a festive atmosphere make this beloved St. Louis spot a must-visit. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 630 North and South Rd., 314.863.3511. $$ Three Kings Enjoy a full menu of traditional Mediterranean cuisine coupled with classic burgers and Reubens in an approachable, yet elegant setting. Lunch and dinner served daily. 6307 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.3355.

Kirkwood/Maplewood/ Webster Groves boogaloo This Caribbean-inspired restaurant features tapas, a wide selection of smoked meats and a full bar with refreshing mojitos. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. 7344 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4803. $$ Home wine kitchen Seasonal American comfort food and wine pairings. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon.; Sun. brunch. 7322 Manchester Rd., 314.802.7676. $$$ Monarch The chic interior at this popular restaurant perfectly complements the Southern-inspired fare. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. $$$ Robust The Robust Factor helps you navigate an impressive wine list, and pair your vino with a unique gourmet tasting plate. Lunch served Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 227 W. Lockwood Ave.h, 314.963.0033. $$ Twin Oak: Wood Fired Fare Taste the specialty wood-fired pizzas with toppings like seasonal veggies and roasted

chorizo. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. 1201 Strassner Dr. 314.644.2772. $$ the block This restaurant, butcher shop and bar boasts a farm-to-table concept, with contemporary American fare. Dinner served daily. 146 W. Lockwood Ave. 314.918.7900. $$ THE PICCADILLY AT MANHATTAN A warm neighborhood grill serving American classics. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; Sun brunch. 7201 Piccadilly Ave., 314.646.0016. $$ TRATTORIA BRANICA Formal Italian dining and a chic wine bar make this the perfect destination for a special occasion. Lunch served Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. Multiple locations;, 314.909.7575. $$$ Water street Excelling in specialty and vintage cocktails, Water Street also offers an intriguing menu of small plates. Dinner served Tues.-Sat.; lunch served Thu.-Sat. 7268 Manchester Rd., 314.646.8355. $$

Creve Coeur/Maryland Heights/West County/ Chesterfield annie gunn’s Known for heartwarming dishes and seasonal specials, with unforgettable steaks, seafood, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636.532.7684. $$$ bistro 1130 Savor traditional dishes like French onion soup and rack of lamb, or indulge in desserts such as crème brûlée. SG.indd 1 Dinner Tues.-Sat. 1130 Town and Country Crossing Dr., 636.394.1130. $$$ Dave & Tony’s Premium Burger Joint Using fresh ingredients and a build-your-own-burger approach, Dave & Tony’s is the ultimate destination for burger-lovers. Lunch and dinner served daily. 12766 Olive Blvd., 314.439.5100. $ EDGEWILD RESTAURANT & WINERY A modern casual restaurant and winery, offering wine pairings with each inventive dish. Lunch and dinner daily. 550 Chesterfield Ctr., 636.532.0550. $$ VegaDeli Vegetarian and vegan entrées, including wraps, burgers, salads and soups, with fresh juice and smoothies and a great selection of baked goods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat; lunch served Sun. 177 Hilltown Village Center, 636.536.6938. $

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BEST alive takes you on a tour of the best brunch locations in St. louis. whether it’s mother’s day or an average morning out with family and friends, each spot has the perfect brunch menu to satisfy everyone in your party. in the mood for breakfast, lunch or both? no problem. with a wide variety of food and beverages, these select brunch hotspots bring you a top-notch feast.

AyA SofiA

Both charming and exotic, brunch at Aya Sofia is as delectable as the dinner menu, with authentic Turkish items such as Menemen, scrambled eggs with sautéed onions, red bell peppers, tomatoes and seasoned ground beef. There’s also a traditional Mediterranean breakfast plate with three different types of cheese, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and olives. American favorites include perfectly cooked eggs Florentine, moist French toast and savory buttermilk pancakes. Made-to-order omelets with well-prepared meats and cheeses and delicious sides like bacon, ham and biscuits and gravy are also available. Enjoy 20 different types of Bloody Marys and mimosas, as well as many other delicious brunch cocktails. 6671 Chippewa Street South City 314.645.9919 ayaSofiaCuiSine.Com


2SchAe cAfé

The PiccAdilly AT MAnhATTAn

There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and being catered to, and 2Schae Café aims to bring you this experience every time you walk through the door. With plenty of “create your own” options and everything made-to-order, owners Don and Lisa Schaefer ensure that every customer feels welcome and gets exactly what they want. Try a specialty like the Couch Potato Omelet or The Tuscan Scramble any day or time of the week, or come by on a weekend for Pancake Frenzy. Pro brunchers, try the Lox & Bagel or—if you dare—the loaded breakfast burrito, dubbed The Big Blue.

Originally opened in 1901, The Piccadilly has been dishing out delicious eats for over a century. The brunch menu covers a wide variety of tantalizing tastes—from the Classic American Breakfast with eggs, hash browns and meat to the Fillet Mignon Benedict, served with poached eggs and béarnaise sauce. Benedicts are a signature menu item, with interpretations ranging from the Smoked Salmon Benedict to the vegetarianfriendly Sardou, with fresh spinach, artichoke and eggs. Walking a fine line between upscale and casual, as well as the unexpected and traditional, The Piccadilly leaves no variation of the Benedict unattempted—and no stomach empty.

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Inspired Cuisine by Chef Todd Lough Every Sunday we provide our patrons with a French inspired fresh & flavorful culinary experience. Enjoy brunch amid beautiful plants & historic statues in the oldest greenhouse west of the Mississippi River.

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Scene in St. Louis: Buzz List Launch Party February 10

THE PLACE: Lucas Park Grille

THE PARTY: St. Louis’ most influential people gathered at Lucas Park Grille for ALIVE’s annual Buzz List Launch Party to mix and mingle with the remarkable St. Louisans of the 2012 Buzz List. Guests enjoyed complimentary Bud Light Platinum, Stella Artois and Bud Select, and appetizers by Lucas Park Grille. The party introduced the new Draftmark home draft system, giving attendees the chance to be among the first to see the new system in action. It also offered the chance for guests to check out the latest models of Plaza Motors Land Rover and Range Rover. VIPs received goodie bags with gift cards for their very own Draftmark, as well as other Buzz Listprovided treats, including What-A-Ya Nuts?! and Nawgan samples, and gift cards to Photos by Jules Brown and Emilie Graul/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to Jennifer Dulin Wiley & David Freese

Drew Wojcik, George Reisch, Florian Kuplent & Wendy Goessling

Megan and Kevin Lemp Emily Brady Koplar, Anne Drewry & Betsy Gast

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Dan Kriegshauser & Joe Buck

Sam Franklin

Chris Benson, Carlyn Graumenz & Carl Nappa Angela Taylor, Blu Bolden, Michael Wayad & Divinity Cross

Janet and Robert Paul

Faith Sandler

Joan Lipkin & Jay DeLong

Kathy and Anthony Favazza & Jean and Hal Gentry

Traci Young & Judy Sindecuse

Pat Bannister & Mike Bannister

Scott Emanuel & Ed Reggi

Cardinals Care representatives Cheryl Ralston & Megan Whitney

Fred Hummel, Dennis Breheny & Kaylene Cohen

Karen and Howie Sher

Jay Indovino

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Scene in St. Louis: ALIVE Bride January 26

THE PLACE: Lumen Private Event Space

THE PARTY: Future brides and grooms convened at the sophisticated Lumen Private Event Space to see the latest local trends in everything bridal. The event attracted a chic crowd to meet the city’s top bridal vendors, including caterers, bakeries, florists, jewelers and more. The Savvy Surrounding Style Lounge upstairs offered the opportunity to browse and register for an array of art and home dÊcor items, and it offered a prime view of the much anticipated fashion show, featuring elegant wedding gowns from Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique, gorgeous bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaid and accessories by Lady Bird Couture. Attendees enjoyed complimentary beer from Anheuser-Busch, and sampled appetizers and sweets from participating vendors. VIP brides tasted Pearl Wedding Cake cocktails and Chandon sparkling wine, and took home a special gift bag with items from select vendors. Photos by Jules Brown and Alex Pangilinan/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to

Nundi Vaughn & Alicia Watson

Carrie Jones, Genevieve Heredia, Jenna Firazzo & Teri Prose

Kelly Hamilton & Sarah Bruno

Lisa Steinhoff, Megan Campise & Lindsay Bull

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Scene in St. Louis: CAM Gala February 4

THE PLACE: Four Seasons Hotel

THE PARTY: Staff and friends of the Contemporary Art Museum toasted former CAM Director Paul Ha at the museum’s annual gala. Guests paid tribute to Ha’s nine years of devoted leadership and creative contributions to CAM with a buzzing cocktail reception, savory dinner, award presentation and lively music. A live auction raised money for the museum’s exhibition and education programs, featuring an array of contemporary works by various artists—including Ha’s wife, Eva Lundsager. Photos by Kristen Baker/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to

Grier Raclin & David Drier

Stephen and Tamara Schenkenberg & Amanda Cook

Kelly Hamilton & Sarah Bruno

Katherine Lazar & Adhar Johnson Kevin Byerley & Chloe Risto

Paul Ha Rachel and Jermal Seward

Maggie and John Bayer & Clare Davis

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Scene in St. Louis: Pistons and Pearls Auto Show Charity Gala January 28

THE PLACE: America’s Center

THE PARTY: Philanthropists and auto enthusiasts convened at America’s Center for the fourth annual Pistons and Pearls Auto Show Charity Gala. With over 600 attendees, the event raised $68,000 for local charities, including Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Operation Food Search, St. Louis Arc, St. Louis Auto Dealers Charitable Foundation, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids) and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The party continued at The Pepper Lounge, where guests danced well into the evening. Photos by Blacktie Missouri and Alexander Pangilinan/ALIVE Scene Team. For more photos, log on to

Russ Carnahan & Tim Ogle

Larry and Janet Conners, Mary Ellen Cotsworth & Bill Siedhoff

Theresa Roti & Joe Pracher

Sarah Adelmann & Nelly

Sean Weber & Julie Daniel Sean Dean, April Blount, Elizabeth Dean, Scott Sorel & Barb Dean

Denny Jenkerson, Emily and Ryan Lake & Michelle and Dennis Jenkerson Gerry McCambridge

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John and Mimi Londoff & Kitty and Craig Harrison

Scene in St. Louis: An Evening with Mike Matheny January 12

THE PLACE: Mike Shannon’s

THE PARTY: Friends of the St. Louis Cardinals gathered at Mike Shannon’s for a private celebration in honor of the team’s new manager, Mike Matheny. Guests at the intimate affair sipped on signature baseball-themed cocktails and sampled from Mike Shannon’s savory menu, as they saluted Matheny’s promising future leading the 2011 World Series Champions. Photos by Synergy Productions and Alex Pangilinan/ALIVE Scene. For more photos, log on to

Sandy and Earl Lindenberg with Mike Matheny DJ Deception at Top of the Met LA and Carey Hill at Mandarin

Dave Peacock & Dan Farrell

Mike Claiborne & John Mozeliak

David Freese & Mike Shannon

Scene in St. Louis: Bud Light Platinum VIP Launch Party January 26

THE PLACE: Chase Park Plaza

THE PARTY: A see-and-be-seen crowd gathered in The Starlight Room at the Chase Park Plaza for the Bud Light Platinum VIP Launch Party to celebrate the release of the bold, new beer in the St. Louis market. Chic blue lighting made the Platinum ice bars shimmer, and bathed the painted Platinum models and dancers in an icy glow. Industry insiders, media and VIP guests alike appreciated the bold, robust taste of the new Platinum product, which has a higher alcohol content and a slightly sweeter taste than its Bud Light counterpart. Photos by Emilie Graul/ALIVE Scene. For more photos, log on to

Jennifer Friend & Michelle Boehringer

Alyson Husu, Christina Merenda, Devon Francis, Kaine Cahill & Maria Muldon Deni Allen Steven Carenza & Ryan Willard

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GENE DOBBS BRADFORD A conversation with Gene Dobbs Bradford, blues musician, triathlete and executive director of Jazz St. Louis. What is your current frame of mind? Open to and examining possibilities. When and where are you happiest? When I'm with people I love…anywhere. What is your favorite smell? Chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. What is one word that describes you? Tall. What did you eat for breakfast today? Eggs and toast. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Indeed;” “It's easy once you know how;” and “What's the good word?” What is your most marked characteristic? My voice. What is your greatest weakness? I trust too easily.

What trait do you most admire in others? Vision. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would want to be a better musician. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My daughter, Mireille. Which living person do you most admire? Warren Buffett. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Sir Ernest Shackleton. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be? I think this is my time to do my thing. What is your most treasured possession? My great grandfather's pocket watch. What is your greatest extravagance? Clothes. And on certain occasions, a glass of wine at lunch. What is your greatest fear? Not meeting my potential. On what occasion do you lie? When the matter is of no consequence, and telling the truth doesn’t serve any purpose. Who are your favorite writers? Faulkner, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Peter Drucker. Which artists do you admire most? Mick Jagger; he's unfiltered and puts it all out there. What is your favorite hobby? Cooking.


Where would you like to live? Provence, France. What is your favorite journey? Life. Who are your heroes in real life? People who try to make the world better. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Steve Jobs. What are you most looking forward to? Doing something great with Jazz St. Louis. What is one thing you wish would happen? I wish I would win the Powerball. It would make some things happen faster. What is something you still want to learn? French. In another life, you’d be? A rock star. What is one thing you want to do before you die? Finish an Ironman. If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? Relax.

Interview by Elizabeth Tucker PHOTOGRAPH BY WESLEY LAW

‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis’ most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionnaire.

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The Spring Fashion + Beauty Issue

ALIVE March 2012  

The Spring Fashion + Beauty Issue