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Dr. Stephanie Coulter

One Heart Helping Many TONI WHITAKER

HIP AND HAPPENING PLUS! Classes to Spice Up Your Love Life Bake a Flourless Chocolate Cake Get the Look: Runway Hair Houston



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Loughlin ON HER NEW


Dr. Stephanie Coulter

One Heart Helping Many TONI WHITAKER


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22 She's Still Working a Full House In an exclusive interview, Lori Loughlin discusses her new TV series, her family life and her keys to staying balanced and beautiful. By Heather J. Taylor Photo Credit: John Russo





16 Dr. Stephanie Coulter One Heart Helping Many

The St. Luke’s Director of the Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart and Vascular Health talks about the number one killer of women and what she and THI are doing to save women's lives. By Hollis Hood

19  Toni Whitaker HIP and Happening

Learn how the designer to some of Houston's Best Dressed women is paying it forward. By Michelle Leigh Smith

spotlights 8  Dos and Don'ts for a Fabulous Valentine's Day by Samara Beth Hurley, Celebrations 9 Insights on the Inside by Angel Marlow, CCT, CNHP, CAHC, Thermal Imaging Services 13 Should Sex Hurt? by Christopher Jayne,M.D., FACOG, Park Plaza Medical Associates

departments 5 Must List February Editor's Picks for Valentine's Day Fashion, Food and Fun 6 Beauty Buzz Beauty Product Launches, MedCure Beauty Event, Get The Look: Runway Hair by Trey Gillen, Tre Spa 10 Relationships 8 Tips for a More Loving Relationship with Your Partner by Sylvia Haskvitz, MA, RD 12 Health Spice up Your Love Life with Tantric Yoga by Dr. Sunita Kotecha 14 Entertaining Cupid's Crafting Cocktails from 15 Entertaining Central Market Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake with Toasted Hazelnuts and Whipped Cream 25 Beauty Confessional Hollywood actress, Lori Loughlin Confesses her secrets to Heather J. Taylor 26 Man Candy Interview with the passionate and talented, Amin Safari by Michelle Leigh Smith 27 Bell-A-Strology February Horoscopes by Nan Hall Linke, MA 29 Caring Volunteer Opportunities from Volunteer Houston and Pet Adoption from Citizens for Animal Protection 30

Classes Learn Something You'll Love

33 Paparazzi Photos and recaps of recent celebrations and events 

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elcome to February --the month of hearts and flowers! We are excited to feature the beautiful actress, Lori Loughlin on this month's cover! Heather J. Taylor interviewed the talented and refreshingly down to earth actress, who currently stars in a new Hallmark television series, When Calls the Heart. Read Taylor's article to learn more about Loughlin's Hollywood life, her family, and her health and beauty secrets. You probably know that February is American Heart Health Month, but did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.? Learn how to take care of your heart and Celebrate National Wear Red Day ( on February 7 to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. It's fortunate for those who live here, that Houston is the home of women's heart health advocate, Dr. Stephanie Coulter, St. Luke’s Director of the Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart and Vascular Health. Read Hollis Hood's interview to learn about the important work that Dr. Coulter is doing to save lives at one of the nation's leading heart facilities, Texas Heart Institute. Many Houstonians know Toni Whitaker, the very talented designer who has created gorgeous theater costumes and stunning apparel for some of Houston's Best Dressed women. Whitaker decided to pay it forward and founded Houston Incubator Project, (HIP) a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and mentoring local entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. Read Michelle Leigh Smith's article about Whitaker, and the wonderful project which sprang forth from Whitaker's desire to make a difference. In honor of Valentine's Day we've included great articles designed to enhance your love life including, "8 Tips For A More Loving Relationship With Your Partner" an excellent and very useful article written by communications expert, author, and coach, Sylvia Haskvitz, RD, MA. Share it with your partner and put it on the refrigerator as a reminder to use the tools Haskvitz recommends! Chocolate lovers, be sure to check out Central Market's Chocolate Fest, February 5-18! In honor of the occasion, we've included a delicious recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake from Central Market for you to bake at home. And to close, I leave you with the words of the late, great and very lovable Lucille Ball, "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." Wishing you and yours a sweet February!



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The best places to go, things to see, products to try for Valentine's Day!



Make reservations at Kiran's on the 14th and you are certain to experience a romantic and memorable evening. For $85 per person a sumptuous six course gourmet dinner awaits you to be enjoyed in an atmosphere of intimate lighting, luxurious seating and live music by "The Melting Pot Jazz Quintet." Chef Kiran's menu, which is greatly influenced by the Mughlai style of northern India, is infused with French and American influences. Kiran's has a collection of approximately 300 wines, all carefully chosen to complement the range of flavors and complexities of the restaurant's contemporary Indian cuisine. Kiran's Restaurant & Bar is located 4100 Westheimer (at Mid Lane). See the full menu online at www.kiranshouston. com. To make a reservation call (713) 960-8472.



Who wouldn't love to receive the gift of pampering in the form of a Massage Heights gift card for Valentine's Day? At any of the 22 Massage Heights Houston Retreats your beloved can choose from a variety of custom massage therapies and dermalogica® facial treatments. And to make things even sweeter, with the purchase of a $75 gift card, your one and only will receive a complimentary experience-enhancing add-on elevation, valued at up to $40. For more information on Massage Heights Houston Retreats, please visit, become a fan on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.



This Valentine's Day slip into the ultimate luxury of Pratesi Linens, and experience the legendary quality and design that Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, and Italy’s royal families have enjoyed. Founded in 1896, the company began as a tiny embroidery workshop outside of Tuscany and is now the world’s premier source for high-quality bedding. Pratesi’s sheets and duvets, made of the finest Egyptian cotton, are known for their "Angel Skin" softness and understated elegance. You'll want to wrap yourself in their plush bath linens and robes. Pratesi Linens is located at 1801 Post Oak Boulevard, (713) 840-8882.

A FINE ROMANCE For women who understand what it means to have a romance with shoes, it makes perfect sense that the month of hearts and flowers is when the SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker is launching. On February 28, the collection, which includes shoes, handbags and a "Manhattan" trench coat which reflects Sarah Jessica's personal looks and feminine style, will be unveiled. Infused with fashion influences of her personal life and her role as "Carrie" on Sex and the City, the timeless collection will be found exclusively at 25 Nordstrom's stores around the country and at Find shoes from her collection in Houston at Nordstrom Galleria, 5192 Hidalgo St.

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Doll Face was born by a team of visionary beauty “creationists” who have crafted a naturally potent, clean skincare brand with a modern ethos inspired by the glamour and style of retro Hollywood. Doll Face combines the best of science and nature with power-packed ingredients that effectively cleanse, hydrate, protect, refine and brighten skin. Their “clean” formulas tap natural sources, utilize Fair Trade ingredients wherever possible and luxe packaging employs recyclable materials. Tested on starlets, not animals, the eight Doll Face products launch at Henri Bendel this month. Products are also available at specialty beauty retailers and at Prices range from $24 to $58. Find Doll Face at Henri Bendel, Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Rd (713) 439-7462.

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CARNAVAL OF COLOR! New for Spring/Summer 2014, Brazil by OPI brings the colors of tropical rainforests and warm sandy beaches to nails and toes. Now you can embrace the energy and playfulness for which Brazilian women are known and show off your own sexy, mysterious, exciting nature. Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP reported that on spring runways, models were seen wearing lots of black and white, with bold accents of orange and yellow and muted elements of taupe and clay. Brazil by OPI provides vivid hues to add a pop of color to a neutral-toned wardrobe, and earthy tones that transition from day to night. Brazil by OPI features nail lacquer and GelColor in a wide palette of colors. Nail lacquers are $9.00 each. GelColor is an in-salon service only and prices vary depending on the salon. For more information visit Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan! 6 | February 2014

On February 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. you're invited to learn the latest in anti-aging and facial techniques at the MedCure Anti-Aging Galleria office, 5373 West Alabama, Suite #120. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres while receiving a complimentary consultation. A vein specialist will also be on hand. Time to refresh your Botox? The price is only $9.75 (cash)/$10.00 (credit) per unit. Enter the raffle to win a sclerotherapy session valued at $250 or a syringe of JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, the first and only filler approved to correct age related volume loss in the check area. The raffle will be held at 7:30 p.m. and you must be present to win. Call (713) 552-1112 to make your appointment.


FIND IT AT TRE SPA! Sachajuan Volume Powder: An Allure Best of Beauty Award winner. This powderbased spray creates volume and provides structure for the hair. It gives a matte finish and a fresh feel to hair between shampoos with no residue and comes in formulations for both dark and light hair. Great for all hair types, it's free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan. Retails for $32. Also available in travel size. Purchase this product at Tre Spa 2516 Sunset Blvd. and while you’re there, don’t miss Tre Spa's $25 Blow Outs and $45 Express Facials during the month of February! (713) 523-7800

GET THE LOOK: RUNWAY HAIR Illustrations by Lew Derkowski

Want that gorgeous wavy-- fresh off the Victoria’s Secret runway hair, but don’t know how to get the look? Now you can achieve it on your own! Here’s what celebrity stylist, Trey Gillen, Owner of Tre Spa, in West University recommends to his clients: 1. Wash hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Use conditioner only on the ends so the roots won’t get weighed down. 2.  Apply mousse and root lift liberally, all over the hair. 3.  R  ough blow dry your hair upside down to encourage lift at the roots until hair is completely dry. Any moisture left in the hair will result in flat hair with no curls. 4.  While upside down gather all of your hair into a ponytail on top of your head. 5.  S pray ponytail with a texturizing spray (like Sachajuan Volume Powder) and a good hairspray. 6.  S plit the ponytail into about eight sections to curl. Take a one inch curling iron and curl all the hair in the ponytail. 7. Remove ponytail holder from hair. 8.  C  url about four to five sections right around the face with the one inch curling iron. Note: These sections around the face should curl away from the face – not toward. 9.  Toss your hair and rake your fingers gently through the curls to soften. 10. S pray on some more hairspray & VOILA! Perfect sexy Victoria’s Secret waves.

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Dos and Don’ts for a Fabulous Valentine’s Day by Samara Beth Hurley


h, the annual pressure of Valentine’s Day. You may wonder how a holiday went from a celebration of Saint Valentine who was imprisoned for performing soldiers forbidden weddings1, to high priced roses, chocolates, romantic dinners and greeting cards. Well, as legend has it, Valentine was believed to have “saintly healing powers.” His jailer, Asterius, asked Valentine to heal his blind daughter. Before his execution, he wrote a letter to the healed daughter, and at the bottom of the letter he signed ‘From Your Valentine’ as a farewell.  The romanticism was solidified by the “Father of Literature,” Geoffrey Chaucer, who first used the belief that birds mated on February 14th to dedicate the day to love and romance.2 Just like that, our modern day Valentine’s Day was born. Here are some tips and ideas for you to enjoy a fabulous Valentine’s Day with your loved one:


f Make a Romantic Gesture. Re-enact a

scene from a favorite romantic comedy. You wouldn’t be the first person to stand outside a house with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” No need to rent a pottery wheel or climb a fire escape, but if you have artistic talent, sketch your significant other, Leo style or break out in serenade “All you need is love.” Whisk him or her away for the night with dinner and performance in another

state. May require paycheck of “Christian Grey” to make that happen. If your budget is modest, write a poem, letter or song for your special Valentine. Talent and money not required. Any of your efforts would be truly appreciated. Whatever you consider, think senses for ambiance (music, lighting, smells, tastes).

individually and present them in a creative way. Play some naughty games and have a memorable evening. The cheesier, the better.

f Re-create Old Monumental Memories.

t Need to Spend a Fortune - Tight on budget?

Go back to the location of your first date, engagement or wedding and enjoy an evening together remembering with past photos or home videos. f Renew your Vows. You can wait until

your anniversary, or better yet, surprise your significant other with a Renewal of Vows party this Valentine’s Day. Whether a full-blown event, dinner with friends or an intimate moment for two, it’s more about the words you recite and the love you share. f Think Unique. Customize to your date’s interests and think outside of the box. • Hot air balloon ride if the weather permits • Weekend trip to wine country or a bed and breakfast. • Surprise concert or show tickets. f “My Funny Valentine”

Can be funny as much as romantic. Buy up fun “lovers toys” and devious trinkets at a sex shop or novelty store, wrap them

f Get a Couples Massage. Spa lunch, mas-

sages, lounging in robes…can’t go wrong.


• DO Skip the overpriced roses and “speed dating” Valentine’s Day restaurant dining, and cook your date dinner. • DO Have a picnic outside or by fireplace. • DO Watch the sun set while drinking wine, and the sunrise while drinking coffee. t Wait Until the Last Minute. Reserva-

tions fill up fast. If you are making dinner reservations, it’s as simple as 1,2,3 on the OpenTable® app or online.

t Repeat Something Done in the Past. If

you already spread rose petals and candles in a hotel room, don’t do it again, but certainly romantic if it's the first time around. t Call your Valentine Date by the Wrong Name. t Forget to be prepared. Unless you

want a December Baby, be prepared.

t Mix Body Oil with Flames. If the candles tip over in your romantic and oily setting, remember: Stop, Drop and Roll.

So, remember to make it memorable and the best advice is to have fun whatever you choose. Happy Valentine’s Day! • Samara Beth Hurley is an event planner and the owner of Celebrations by Samara, LLC. With more than fourteen years of event production industry experience, contact Samara when you’re ready to “be a guest at your own event.” To learn more about her services go to or call Samara at 832.731.2054. Photos courtesy Mike Morris

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A thermogram can detect early warning signs of women’s health issues by Angel Marlow, CCT, CNHP, CAHC


s women, we tend to spend a lot of time and energy on our outward appearance : the hairstyle, the mani-pedi, the outfit, the gotta-have-it shoes. But when is the last time you gave some serious thought to what’s happening on the inside? Usually, we only think about what’s going on in our bodies when there’s a problem… such as a lump in the breast, sudden hot flashes or unexplained shortness of breath. What if there was a way to give your body a “maintenance check” so that warning signs of health issues could be detected early... before they developed into serious problems? There is a way. It’s called thermography. Thermography is a screening process that detects heat variations in different areas of the body. Abnormalities at either tempera-

ture extreme may indicate early stages of a problem. For example, a “cold” area may be a sign of insufficient blood supply, while a “hot spot” may indicate inflammation. It’s a noninvasive, no-touch procedure that involves no radiation. Thermography can be especially helpful in three areas that top the list of women’s health concerns: heart health, breast health and hormonal wellness. According to the American Heart Association heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. A thermogram can show changes in veins and arteries that may indicate early signs of cardiovascular problems. For example, it helps to identify a stroke risk by picking up inflammation in the carotid arteries, two large blood vessels - one on

each side of your neck. The inflammation can be a sign of atherosclerosis, a hardening of the artery that could restrict blood flow to the brain and if left untreated, lead to a stroke. Of course, thermography is not a diagnostic tool in itself. What it does do is empower you with some key insights into what is going on in your body. You can then begin working with your physician or health coach on a plan of action - before an issue becomes a serious health problem. Angel Marlow, CCT, CNHP, CAHC, is a Certified Clinical Thermographer and owner of Thermal Imaging Services, based in Houston, Texas. She may be reached at or call her at 713.621.4406.

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8 relationships


by Sylvia Haskvitz, MA, RD



ove is sought after with wild abandon and relationships are valued. Yet many relationships don’t make it for the long haul. Is it due to unrealistic expectations? Are there unrealized hopes for changes in our partners’ behavior? There is no perfect recipe for every couple to have a satisfying and meaningful union; however, the likelihood of greater richness in

your connection may be found with the use of a few key communication tools. Consider incorporating these eight tips designed to support you in having the brightest relationship future with your beloved:

1. Share appreciation freely and criticism sparsely. Appreciation begets more appreciation and gratitude is the currency of healthful relationships. Consider sharing gratitudes before you go to sleep. Instead of saying “I love you” stretch your imagination and respond to the question: What does your partner say or do that contributes to your well-being? You could try something like, “When I am in your presence, I feel grateful because every cell of my being trusts that I can be totally myself with you and I am accepted.” (Now isn’t that richer than “I love you?”) Or you could say something like, “When I was overwhelmed and you took the dog out, I was grateful for the support and teamwork.”

2. Give because you want to contribute to your beloved. Don’t compromise. I know you have heard that relationships are all about compromise. The problem with that thinking is that no one really wins. You may get what you want this time but now there is a tally sheet and your partner is supposed to get what they want next time. One person ends up dissatisfied and gives in or gives up which leads to anger and resentment, (not great relationship enhancers.) When we give because we connect with our own need to give relationships thrive. 10 | February 2014

3. Express your vulnerability which leads to connection. Instead of asking how the other person is, share your heart with your partner as a path to connection. Rather than saying, “Hi, how are you?” you might say, “I’m excited to see you after being apart for a week. I would love to share how my week was and hear about yours. How does that sound to you?”

4. Make requests rather than demands. (Hint: It’s not about how nicely you ask someone to do something -- it’ s whether you are okay hearing a “no” to your request.) Hold tightly to your needs and loosely to your strategies, or the way you want to get things done. If you are more wedded to the outcome than the connection than you are likely making a demand. When we get what we want under those circumstances, everyone suffers because we leave our partner two choices - to submit or to rebel, and in either choice resentment and anger are the result.

5. Transform your anger into your underlying feelings and needs. As Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication says: ‘There are three meanings of anger; 1. I am wanting something very much that I am not getting 2. I am telling myself someone ought to be giving it to me 3. I am about to behave in a way that assures me I will not get it.” So, when you are angry, take a time out and ask yourself: “What are my ‘shoulds’ in the moment or the thinking that’s making me angry?” Translate those shoulds to the values you hold dear. A statement like, “You should use your turn signal when driving” may translate into your needs for safety, communication, consideration and acceptance. Acknowledge the feelings beneath the anger. (Hint: Often fear and hurt are right below the anger.) By connecting with your values or needs you might say, “When I saw you turning into the other lane of traffic and missed hitting a car by a foot or so, I was scared and want to be safe. Can you tell me what was going on for you in making that choice?”

6. Check out your perceptions before holding them as gospel truth. Even though we think we know our nearest and dearest, we bring many stories, histories and perceptions from our past into how we hear things in the present. In relationships we are regularly triggering pain in the other.

Much of our pain comes from the stories we tell ourselves about why he or she is doing something. Check out your perceptions -Partner One: “When I heard you say it would be better to hold that kitchen tool with two hands rather than one, I felt annoyed because I told myself I was being criticized. Was that your intention?” Partner Two: “NO. I was trying to help. I thought you were struggling and I wanted to lend a hand.”

RESOURCES FOR COUPLES: 1. Read the following books together: • Undefended Love by Jett Psaris • Wabi Sabi Love by Arielle Ford • Do I have to give up me to be loved by you? by Margaret Paul 2. P  lay Empathy Poker: 3. Take an enneagram test at for more understanding of yours and your partner’s personality type.

7. Translate your judgments into powerful and connecting statements about what matters to you. Judgments, especially moralistic judgments (the kind that you may label as your partner’s character flaws) create separation and distance. For instance, instead of judging your partner as a slob, you could say, “ I have needs for order and peace of mind, and when I see your things on the bedroom floor and not in the closet I feel irritated because it triggers my desire for order.” You can then ask your partner, “Can you tell me what keeps you from hanging your clothes in the closet or putting them in the laundry when you are finished wearing them?”

8. When you get into conflict, do autopsies without blame. Acknowledge what happened without blaming, shaming or criticizing the other. Tell the story like a camera would capture the event. Share your feelings and values openly without making the other wrong (and reverse the process.) When we connect with an open heart, we contribute to each other joyfully. We can leave defensiveness and taking messages personally at the door. We then are free to enjoy the ride of relationships with all of the vast and expansive scenery along the way. • Sylvia Haskvitz, MA, RD holds a B.S. from the University of Texas, Houston and a M.S. from San Francisco State University. She is an author, trainer, coach and certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Haskvitz is the author of Eat By Choice, Not By Habit and a contributing author of Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves. She offers Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication training to thousands of people in their communities at work and in their homes. As one client says, “Sylvia cares about what goes into your mouth and what comes out of it.” Learn more about Haskvitz and her upcoming workshops at www. Haskvitz may be contacted at or call her at (520)572-9295.

UPCOMING TRAININGS Lead by Sylvia Haskvitz, MA, RD Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and the Enneagram - Expanding Awareness, Connection and Compassion • Sat, Mar 22, 2014 Los Angeles, CA; 9 AM - 4 PM • Sun, Mar 23, 2014 San Diego, CA; 10 AM - 5 PM • Sat, Apr 26-27, 2014 Tucson, AZ; 9AM - 4PM Contact for more info. Eat by Choice: Awaken to Your Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Needs Fri-Sat, Apr 11-12, 2014 Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA Imagine your life without struggle around cravings, emotional eating, and healthy lifestyle choices. If eating is not joyful, you may want to heighten your awareness to your biochemical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This workshop will guide you in awakening and connecting to your emotional and physical needs the Nonviolent Communication process and nutritional balancing. Linda Prout, author of Live in the Balance will focus on nutrition, homeopathy and energy modalities. Contact Esalen for tuition and room rates. February 2014 | 11


A Spice Up Your Love Life with

TANTRIC YOGA by Dr. Sunita Kotecha


e all know that in the early stages of a relationship mutual love, attraction and passions usually run high. The joy, anticipation and excitement of being a new couple are powerful aphrodisiacs. But what happens to that magical feeling when you and your partner have been together for years? Unfortunately for many, the commitment of a long term relationship along with the stresses and strains of daily life, family and children tend to overshadow those wonderful feelings you once had for each other. Sexual needs get overlooked and that aspect of the relationship gets pushed aside. There are many things that a couple can do to spice things up. Spending time together away from the kids, going on date nights and reminiscing with your partner about what initially attracted you to each other are a few ways to rekindle that passion. But have you ever thought of yoga as a way of reenergizing the romance in your relationship?

A DIFFERENT KIND OF YOGA To many, the ancient Indian art of yoga conjures up images of chanting and manipulating your limbs into very strange and awkward positions requiring great flexibility. In actuality, yoga is much more than that and can be practiced for many different reasons. Many yogic masters across the globe are great believers and teachers of a type of yoga called Tantric or TantraYoga. The word Tantra actually means “to manifest, to expand, to show and to weave.” In this case it refers to sexual intimacy as a way of increasing spiritual awareness through the union of a man and a woman. Tantric yoga which been practiced in the east since the 5th century AD is a specific type of yoga that allows couples to achieve a sense of balance, inner peace and enlightenment. When brought 12 | February 2014

into the bedroom the practice of tantric sex can significantly improve a couple’s sexual health. Tantra teaches that sex and orgasms result in great spiritual awareness, so when a man and a woman come together and physically unite as one, it is believed to be the highest point of enlightenment.

ECSTASY THROUGH BREATH AND THOUGHT CONTROL The crucial factors in tantric sex are learning to manipulate both your breathing and your mind. By using your breath, orgasmic energy can be channeled through the rest of your body which allows for a deeper and more intimate connection with your partner. Controlling thoughts and mental distractions while making love are also key to the experience. This allows you to be totally engaged and in the moment.

WELL WORTH THE TIME Tantric sex takes time to learn and the learning process in itself is a special experience for couples. Tantric sex allows partners to connect deeper both emotionally and spiritually, and those who practice find that it enables them to open their hearts and express emotions more freely. Tantric yoga workshops, lectures, classes and seminars can be found online. There are also many books available on the subject. Some great websites to refer to are www. or By allowing yourselves to try something new, this ancient form of yoga may be the perfect prescription for you and your loved one to find a happier, healthier and more fulfilling relationship. • Freelance writer, Dr. Sunita Kotecha, resides in The Woodlands with her neurosurgeon husband and three children. A native of the UK, her passions are yoga, healthy nutrition, healing, and meditation. You can read Dr. Kotecha’s blog at

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Should Sex Hurt? by Christopher Jayne, MD, FACOG


nly on purpose!All joking aside pain during intercourse is very common. Most women in their sexual lifetime will experience it.Although most pain will be short lived and the result of a correctable condition, other pain will be a long term problem. Pain during sex can occur on the perineum (the area under the opening of the vagina), the vulva (the area surrounding the opening of the vagina), the vestibule (the actual opening of the vagina), the vagina itself, and deeper in the pelvis to include bladder, uterine, ovarian and rectal pain. Common causes of pain with sex include skin disorders like contact dermatitis.This often affects the vulva and is a reaction to an irritating substance.Hormonal changes can result in pain with sex and can occur at any age.Traditionally this is thought to occur related to menopause; however any medication that affects ovarian production of hormones can result in changes leading to painful sex.A common example is the birth control pill.Vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis or yeast often result in painful sex as well.More concerning are sexually transmitted diseases that can affect any sexual organ resulting in pain.Prolapse (something falling out of place) of the

uterus, bladder or rectum can have various symptoms to also include pain with sex. Conditions of the bladder such as interstitial cystitis or of the intestines like irritable or inflammatory bowel disease can also lead to pain with sex. Pain when left untreated will often result in bigger problems.With any pain, the muscles around the pain are often recruited in the pain process leading to added pain. When sex hurts the pelvic floor muscles that surround the vagina are often recruited.Chronic tension of the pelvic floor muscles leads to more pain and this can become an unrelenting process.With continued pain, emotional distress can occur surrounding sexual activity.If prolonged, anxiety and depression can occur with significant impact on the woman and the relationship. What should you do if sex hurts?A healthy diet, regular exercise and stress reduction are great starting points.We are what we eat and poor nutrition can lead to many bad outcomes.If you eat healthy you tend to feel healthy and the body may just heal itself.It’s worth a shot.Exercise has many health benefits.Natural chemicals released even with mild exercise have been shown to reduce pain. Stress causes many

health problems.We know when stressed any pain event seems worse.Implementing simple strategies like aroma therapy, meditation, song or dance can reduce stress resulting in less pain. When the simple things don’t work, consider seeing a physician.Often the diagnosis is clear with a simple remedy, sometimes however the diagnosis is elusive or the remedy challenging.If you have seen a physician and you are not getting better, get a second opinion.Having great pain free sex again will be worth it! • Dr. Christopher Jayne is Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery, he is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and he holds a faculty appointment with the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine.In his primary practice with Park Plaza Medical Associates, he has extensive experience treating sexual health issues and pelvic pain in women and specializes in minimally invasive treatments of urogynecologic disorders in an advanced facility with outstanding professional staff. To make an appointment with Dr. Christopher Jayne, please call 713-526-4263.

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Love is in the Air entertaining


and Cupid is crafting cocktails during the month of romance


exy spirits are flying high this February in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. With recipe names like Between the Sheets and Hanky Panky, you know these cocktails from have to be deliciously sinful. Make your sweetie swoon with top shelf ingredients and clever recipes for the special holiday.

HANKY PANKY Contributed by Gary Regan INGREDIENTS: 1.5 oz Gin 1.5 oz Sweet vermouth 2 dashes Fernet-Branca Garnish: Orange twist Glass: Cocktail PREPARATION: Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.You can find it online at:

KISS Contributed by Brian Miller

THE ROSE Contributed by Allen Katz

INGREDIENTS: 2 oz Gin .75 oz Sweet vermouth .75 oz Dubonnet Rouge .25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur Garnish: Apple slice Glass: Martini PREPARATION: Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with an apple slice.You can find it online at:

INGREDIENTS: 2 oz French dry vermouth 1 oz Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) 1 tsp Natural raspberry syrup Garnish: Brandied cherry Glass: Cocktail PREPARATION: Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.You can find it online at:

BETWEEN THE SHEETS Contributed by Allen Katz

CERISE LIGHT Contributed by James Moreland

INGREDIENTS: 1 oz Cognac 1 oz Triple sec 1 oz Light rum .25 oz Fresh lemon juice Garnish: Flamed orange peel Glass: Cocktail PREPARATION: Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Flame an orange peel over the glass and discard before serving. You can find it online at:

INGREDIENTS: 1 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin 2 to 3 oz Pomegranate juice 2 oz Brut Champagne Glass: Flute or coupe PREPARATION: Add the gin and the pomegranate juice to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled Champagne flute or small coupe. Top with the Champagne. You can find it online at:

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WITH TOASTED HAZELNUTS & WHIPPED CREAM INGREDIENTS 8 large egg yolks 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to garnish 2 tbsp brandy 1 cup half and half Nonstick spray 8 oz unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces 1 lb good quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

PREPARATION 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Heat the half & half in a large heavy-bottomed pot over low heat until you begin to see small bubbles forming around the edge. Add the chocolate and whisk until completely melted and smooth.Whisk in the brandy, vanilla extract and the butter, a little at a time. Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat. 2. Place the egg yolks in a small bowl. Whisk them until they are smooth. Whisk in about 1/2 cup of the chocolate mixture, whisking constantly until blended. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the chocolate mixture, whisking constantly until completely combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan and bake for 20 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack and then refrigerate until ready to serve. 3. Whip the cream to medium peaks. Cut the cake into thin slivers and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts. Serves 12-16. •

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Dr. Stephanie Coulter

One Heart Helping Many by Hollis Hood


r. Stephanie Coulter knew when she was 12 that she wanted to do something meaningful with her life, and as St. Luke’s Director of the Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart and Vascular Health she is pioneering research in an under-studied field—coronary heart disease in women. “I was always very focused. I knew I wanted a job that would be meaningful and bring change to lives,” said Coulter. “I knew early in high school that I was going to go to medical school. I was motivated and smart and good at figuring things out. I was interested in science and working complicated puzzles.” Medicine had the most complicated puzzles that interested her, and her life’s course has reflected her undying enthusiasm for it. “I wanted to help people live!” Dr. Coulter earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. She interned in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and completed a fellowship in general cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, the teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. She also completed an advanced fellowship in echocardiography at Mass General and in clinical epidemiology and clinical trials at Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. “That was a total of 16.5 years and I loved it,” she said. Every day was a new puzzle and she helped people live. She began practicing in 1991.

Advocate for Women’s Heart Health Coulter became interested in women’s coronary health when she discovered that research was based almost exclusively on men. There were startling differences between the two sexes surrounding cardiovascular disease. It’s estimated that 43 million American women and 600,000 of those living in Texas are living with some form of cardiovascular disease. “Twenty three percent of women die from cardio diseases. It’s our biggest killer,” she said. An energetic and vocal advocate, Photo Courtesy Texas Heart Institute

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WomenHeart The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease (www. is the only national organization dedicated to promoting women’s heart health. The organization is a strong voice dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the 43 million American women living with heart disease and other women at risk. The Texas Heart Institute is a proud member of WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance program and has partnered with WomenHeart to provide peer-to-peer, patient support for women living with heart disease in Houston. Lead by two former THI heart patients the group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6-8 p.m. Visit WomenHeartHouston on Facebook or contact To help conquer heart disease make a donation at: or contact the Development Office , 832-355-3792 or • Photo Courtesy Texas Heart Institute

Coulter has taken on a vigorous perspective aimed at acknowledging the gender differences and developing diagnostic tools, treatments and prevention strategies that can improve cardiovascular care for women. Her aim is to change the targeted education program for doctors and women throughout the community because women’s heart disease is ignored by emergency room staff, primary care physicians and women themselves because they are unaware that women have different symptoms than men.

Mother, Wife, Doctor A positive, confident, strong woman, Coulter said, “I like working and love my life.” Coulter said “I don’t have time to be negative. When I know I’m right, I’m not going to give in or give up.” To accommodate her demanding schedule Coulter said, “I knew I would have to work long hours at the hospital so we bought a home nearby. Our children are in school where I can drive them and pick them up. I love to cook, and love gardening; peonies are my favorite. My husband has always been great and I believe we have a beautiful family.”

Coulter’s Credentials Dr. Coulter’s professional credentials are impressive. She is a registered Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Coulter's Family (Left to Right): Kallie Brown, Dr. Stephanie Coulter, Peyton Brown and Will Brown

“Know your numbers, weight, blood pressure, etc. Ask the doctor to explain anything you don’t understand. It’s your body, it’s what holds your spirit. You need to know all about it and how to make it work at a healthy optimum. You need to know the symptoms of stroke, for yourself, or someone else. The heart muscle begins to die 20 minutes after a heart attack, so knowing what to do and getting help in a hurry makes the difference and life and death.” ~ Dr. Stephanie Coulter

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with a subspecialty in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and is certified in nuclear medicine. She is Assistant Professor in Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Associate Director of the Noninvasive Cardiology at St. Luke’s Medical Center. In addition, Coulter belongs to many professional societies including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Texas Heart Institute

Photo Courtesy Texas Heart Institute

How Healthy is Your Heart? Take the quiz on the Texas Heart Institute website to get an idea of your heart health: http://hht.texasheartinstitute. org/. Find out your results, make necessary lifestyle changes and make an appointment with your doctor. Many women have the threat of Coronary Disease and don’t know it until it’s too late. Don’t Wait!

“Our goal at the Texas Heart Institute is to make a significant impact on human suffering and the escalating costs associated with heart disease in women and we’re well on the road with research and programs under way,” said Coulter. “It’s all about awareness, knowledge and prevention. We can and we must open communication and find effective treatment for women.” THI is a leading heart research and education center with a long track record of life-saving discoveries. The physician-scientists are fully committed to making a difference. Research and programs developed here that are scalable and replicable serve to advance treatment throughout the world. “For 23 consecutive years we have been ranked among the top ten heart centers in the nation by U.S. News and World Report,” said Coulter. “Because our ground-breaking research programs are physician led, we can identify critical medical issues and translate discoveries into improved treatments more quickly. In the case of better women’s health, there’s no time to waste.” To read more about The Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health visit To schedule Dr. Coulter for a presentation email Keri Kimler, or call 832-355-8174. •

QUIZ QUESTIONS: 1. H  ave you been diagnosed with a heart or blood vessel disease? 2. Did you have a family member who has had a heart attack? Did your grandfather, father or brother have a heart attack before age 55? Did your grandmother, mother or sister have a heart attack before age 65? 3. D  o you exercise or do some form of moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day four or more times a week? 4. What is your Body Mass Index (BMI)? BMI is a formula to assess your body weight in relation to your height. It measures your body composition and has shown to be a predictor of body fat. The lower the better. 5. D  o you smoke cigarettes? Did you used to smoke and have quit? Do you live with people who smoke? Have you smoked in the past? 6. D  o you have high blood pressure? Is your blood pressure above 160/100, between 140/90 and 159/99, 120/80 and 139/89 or below 120/80? Be sure to get your blood pressure checked. 7. W  hat is your cholesterol level? Is it above 240, 200-240, 200 or below? Remember to get your numbers. 8. D  o you have high blood sugar or diabetes? Do you take medicine to control it? 9. W  hat is your sex? If you are a woman, have you gone through menopause? 10. What is your age? Are you over 60? 45-60? 30-44? Younger than 30? • 18 | February 2014

Heart Information Center


The Heart Information Center located on the first floor of the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Denton A. Cooley building is a place where patients, families and visitors are welcome to explore information about heart health and the prevention and treatment of heart disease. The Center has upto-date reference materials, expanded audiovisual capabilities, and Internet-linked computers for searches. The Heart Information Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For information call 1-800-292-2221. • Photo Courtesy Texas Heart Institute

HIP and Happening Fashion illustrations by Toni Whitaker

Toni Whitaker

by Michelle Leigh Smith


very woman should be so lucky as to be dressed by Toni Whitaker,” insists abstract artist and residential designer Geraldina Interiano Wise. “My Toni designs are the most precious garments I own. I take my cocktail Toni dresses with me all over the world, and they are show stoppers in every language: art and good design don’t have culture barriers. Toni has impeccable taste, and her knowledge of fabrics and color is integral to her artistry. “During my years studying architecture at Rice, I had passed the Toni’s storefront in the Rice Village for many years,” recalled Wise, who earned her professional architecture degree in 1985. “I finally came in to speak to her about a special and daring gown for a Latin gala, and I found a talented designer, a genuine, caring and honest friend and a fellow artist. The gown was the first of many show stopping designs she made for me. When I was a Houston Chronicle Best Dressed honoree in 1999, she designed a modern, lace, Parisian inspired suit that she hand dyed. The gown fit like a second skin. She is technically and artistically superior.” Wise is married to investment whiz Scott Wise, who

took Rice University’s endowment from $900 million to $4.6 billion before he left in 2010. He now serves as TIAA-CREF’s chief investment officer, providing services for endowments and foundations around the country. More than that though, Wise said, “I admire her mind and grit.”

Houston Incubator Project (HIP) It’s that determination that led Whitaker to found the Houston Incubator Project, a nurturing training lab for novice designers of all ages. The innovative, not-for-profit organization is dedicated to supporting and mentoring local entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. “I want them to have a shot,” said an impassioned Whitaker. “This is a teaching lab where we let them grow. There’s a magic in that. They can focus on their designs,

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Fashion illustrations by Toni Whitaker

their skill development and hone those skills and not get bogged down with the everyday monetary distractions that often derail a young designer.” HIP occupies what is likely the most creative use of 500 sq. feet in West Oaks Mall, showcasing participating designers' new collections. The Hip Pop-Up store was made possible through the support of West Oaks Mall and West Oaks Art House in a project spearheaded by Director, Sharsten Plenge who founded We Open Art Houses (WOAH). With a mission to grow and sustain the business of participating designers by developing the skills needed to thrive and survive in a competitive retail environment, the HIP Pop-Up marks the landing of Houston’s first concept store dedicated exclusively to showcasing emerging designers. “Every major city has an incubator project, so I researched how they were structured and founded this to support emerging designer competitions. Houston has started hosting fashion weeks, but not all young designers can participate in that. In HIP, this will give all young designers the opportunity to participate” The HIP Pop-Up aims to generate attention to Houston’s leading fashion-entrepreneurs while simultaneously enabling them to test the ready-to-wear market. Offering business mentoring, networking opportunities, and use of retail space at no-cost to participating designers, the HIP Pop-Up provides a unique professional platform encouraging up-and-coming talent to reach their full potential, while exposing them to the real-life challenges of garnering a target-audience within an established retail landscape. “This incubator is really an incubator,” said Houston-born designer Denise Jackson, who specializes in ready to wear and fashion illustration. “I’m learning that design is not for the faint of heart.” “Every designer in the HIP is from Houston,” Whitaker says. “The only one who is international at this point is Claudia Ayala, an accessory designer from Indonesia. Jemario Cooper is a young designer who has a new men’s fragrance at Norton Ditto.” Learn more about the HIP Pop-Up at

Designers participating in the HIP Incubator include (left to right) Mia Alexandra - Fashion Designer; Lindsay Halpin - Violet Peacock Millinery Designer; Denise Jackson - Designer for ANINI; Claudia Ayala - Founder and Handbag Designer, Feronia Fulton; Jemario L. Cooper, Creator - JLmarc' Signature Cologne

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Above: Toni Whitaker designs have graced the most fashionable women of Houston and the southwest for more than two decades. Right: Designer, Toni Whitaker Far right: A master designer, Whitaker's work ranges from smartly utilitarian to inherently dramatic. photos by Danny Clark

Critically Acclaimed Costume Designer Through Whitaker’s 30+ year career, she has designed costumes for Main Street Theater, the Ebony Opera Guild, the University of Houston Moores School of Music and the Ensemble Theater. “One of our trademarks is the update of traditional opera, so she was able to take a popular repertory piece and costume it in a totally different era,” said Mary Guillory, board member for Ebony Opera. “Our director, the late Talmage Fauntleroy, set Puccini’s La Bohème, for example, during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance , not 1840s Paris.“People love the fashions of the 1920s and Toni garnered international attention for her adaptation of the costumes,” Guillory said. “She used a similarly effective and radical approach in Carmen. Instead of being set in Spain, director Buck Ross set the stage in Cuba in 1958, and she was able to give it a totally different look. Toni has played a tremendous role in bringing these productions forward.” “I love her work and she has the imagination to create not only beautiful clothes but the exact called-for extraordinary garment,” said Rebecca Udden, Executive Artistic Director of Main Street Theater. “The Washing Machine or the Moon characters in Caroline or Change are great examples of her innovative sense.”

Designer for Houston’s Best Dressed An underlying tenet of Whitaker’s success and one that her students understand is that it’s important that clothes work for the purpose for which they are designed. Case in point is a raspberry silk taffeta blouse Whitaker recently designed for Anita Smith “I

have worn that blouse with a short black skirt to the Best Dressed luncheon and with a long black skirt for the Heart Ball,” said Smith. “Toni is tremendously talented and the pieces she designs are just timeless. It’s just a pleasure to wear something she has designed. I was introduced to her by a friend and I started going to her fashion shows 26 years ago. I modeled in a few shows for her and from there; I was nominated for the Best Dressed. She did my dress for me, I was pregnant and that was the dress I wore for my photo shoot for the Chronicle. The next two times I was nominated, both my dresses were Toni Whitaker.”

What’s Next for Toni Whitaker is very excited about a showcase of the couture of James Galanos, with gowns and suits collected by Jorge Guillen, planned for March 30, 2014 at the University Museum at Texas Southern University. In addition, Whitaker will teach “Fashion in Film” where she’ll highlight fashion in ten film classics spanning the last 100 years, including The Great Gatsby and Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies this spring. Sponsors for the course include University Museum at Texas Southern University, Houston Incubator Project, Coronation Vintage Clothing, Fashion Group International and Houston Art Alliance. The course will be held April 2 and 9 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. The fee is $85. Early registration fee prior to March 19 is $75. For information: Call 713348-4803 or visit To learn more about Whitaker’s designs visit •

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She’s Still Working a

FULL HOUSE! by Heather J. Taylor

Loveable Aunt Becky from the hit show, Full House, juggles home and family while starring in the new series, When Calls the Heart for Hallmark.


ori Loughlin might have wrapped her role as the lovable Aunt Becky on Full House back in 1995, but that never slowed her down. Two years later, she fell in love with prominent fashion designer, Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the Mossimo clothing line, and they married and began building a family of their own. Today, she’s still running a full house with hubby and two teenage daughters, Olivia and Jade while maintaining a successful career and starring on a new series for Hallmark. Loughlin grew up in Long Island with her devoted parents who knew nothing about the entertainment industry. From a young age, she yearned to work in the biz. Finally, at age 11, she received a break and signed with a modeling agency. “My mother was flabbergasted that I received a contract so soon! My parents told me I could pursue modeling, but under the conditions that I kept a positive attitude and maintained my good grades.” Her next big break was the soap opera Edge of Night. “My agent told me Lori Loughlin and her daughters arrive at the Hallmark Channel Summer TCA event (2013). 22 | February 2014

to lie about my age and say I was 18, but when the casting director asked me how old I was, ‘fifteen’ flew out of my mouth!” Loughlin said with a laugh. But that didn’t stop her from getting the part. She met with producers and was cast as the aspiring dancer Jody Travis, a role she performed for three-and-a-half-years.


Loughlin eventually moved to Los Angeles and began the Hollywood hustle auditioning for acting jobs. But, she was the new kid on the block, so it wasn’t easy. During a dire financial time, she drove to her agent’s office and pleaded with him to get her any audition so she could pay the rent. He casually asked if she would be interested in six episodes for a new show called Full House. Of course, she jumped at the chance and fate intervened; eventually providing Loughlin with a fulltime job as Aunt Becky on the popular series. Loughlin has worked consistently as long as she can remember. She has had the privilege to work with legends like Blythe Danner, Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael J. Fox and of course, The Olson Twins. She has starred in hits, including 90210. Major Crimes and her own series, Summerland, which she co-created. At the end of the day, the celebrity lifestyle doesn’t overshadow her keen sense of self. She knows who she is and where she belongs.


“I’m not in episodes three or four of my new show,” Loughlin admitted. “When I was offered the part of Abigail on the TV series, When Calls the Heart, I was worried about the shooting schedule in Vancouver. But the producers were amazing and worked with me so I didn’t have to be away from home on the weekends. Even though my daughters are teenagers, this is a time when I feel they need me the most,” said Loughlin.


Lori Loughlin Photo by John Russo

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With flex in her sked and a brilliant script in her heart, Loughlin didn’t hesitate to sign on to become one of the strongest female characters on television. When shooting for Hallmark, her Vancouver schedule is one week in Canada and two weeks home. So, Lori can be home when her daughters need her the most. She fondly shares everyday life inside her full house. “I cook for my family every night. I prepare simple, healthy meals using quinoa instead of pasta, organic meats and lots of vegetables.” She also coordinates several family gatherings a week, hails to the slopes every year for Christmas and makes sure she is involved with her family’s day-to-day lives. When asked about her fashion faves, Loughlin admitted to loving Tom Ford, but also added that she can be seen in lululemon much of the time because she attends yoga at least five times a week. She insists it is her yoga discipline that keeps her mind and body healthy, allowing her to keep up with an active lifestyle.


Copyright 2013 Crown Media United States, LLCPhotographer Eike Schroter

“When Calls the Heart” tells the

captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Tune in to “When Calls the Heart” on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Central. The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West, and reunites Oke with Executive Producer and Director Michael Landon, Jr. 24 | February 2014

Hallmark’s new series is set in 1910, about women who live in a coal mining town, struggling to stay alive after their husbands are killed in a mining explosion. Facing the challenge head on, the widows don mining helmets and assume their husband’s duties in the mines. Intertwined in the conflict, the show is also a romance. Since its debut on January 11, the family series has been well received by audiences and critics alike. With positive similarities to The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie, the new show, When Calls the Heart, directed by Michael Landon, Jr., also stars Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing. “The women on the show have found their inner strength, explained Loughlin. “It’s a very relatable and contemporary piece even though it’s a period piece,” she continued. “When I watch TV, there aren’t a lot of shows I can watch with my kids, but I like Hallmark’s sensibility and how the stories tug at your heartstrings. I also like that you can watch all of their shows and then go to bed with a smile on your face.” With a career spanning two decades, the beautiful and down to earth Hallmark star has definitely proven she has the talent and staying power. And above all, she knows how to keep her full house happy. • Copyright 2013 Crown Media United States, LLCPhotographer Eike Schroter

Beauty CONFESSIONAL as confessed to Heather J. Taylor

COVER GIRL, LORI LOUGHLIN, AGE 49 ciao bella! “What are your skin care secrets?”

LOUGHLIN “I am very good about wearing sun

block! And always, no matter what, even when I get home late, I will never ever go to sleep with a dirty face. I wash and use a cream cleanser, toner and Vitamin C in a jar using a dropper. I let it soak in and then massage on moisturizer and eye cream. In the morning I use moisturizer and then sunblock.”

ciao bella! “What is your favorite cosmetic line?”

LOUGHLIN “Laura Mercier – There are really beau-

tiful colors and her brushes are easy to use! I find it to be idiot proof!”

ciao bella! “What hair care products do you use?”

LOUGHLIN “I am using Davines shampoo and con-

ditioner for colored hair right now, but I switch it up and go with others from time to time to eliminate buildup of one brand.”

ciao bella! “What is your fitness routine?”

LOUGHLIN “I am very into yoga. I try to do yoga

every day or every other day, and I also play golf. But I don’t get myself into a tizzy if I miss a class because I can always stretch, so I never beat myself up.”

ciao bella! “What do you do to manage your stress?” LOUGHLIN “Yoga really helps me physically and the

breathing helps me stay centered – deep breaths can always set you straight.”

ciao bella! “What is your diet secret?”

LOUGHLIN “Everything in moderation!” Copyright 2013 Crown Media United States, LLCPhotographer Eike Schroter

WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND WORD GAME Here's what first came to Lori Loughlin's mind when writer, Heather J. Taylor shared the following words:

ciao bella!:

New Year’s Resolution? Politics? Gluten-Free? Human Rights? Miley Cyrus? Jimmy Choos?

LORI LOUGHLIN: Be on time. Vote. Moderation. Important. OMG! Love.

ciao bella! “What is your personal style like and what are your fashion favorites?” LOUGHLIN “I tend to stick with the classics and what works better with my body. As I get older I see fashion go younger and younger and younger and sometimes I don’t feel wearing certain things are appropriate at my age. I don’t wear my skirts too short. Tom Ford is very talented on the high end, but in my every day life I go with lululemon.”

ciao bella! “What is your biggest beauty secret?” LOUGHLIN “If I feel like my skin is a little dull or

puffy, I do a steam shower and sweat it out. The hot water gives my skin a glow and nice pick me up.” •

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AMIN SAFARI by Michelle Leigh Smith


ouston has its own answer to Ryan Gosling and Chris Pine – the Tehran-born flamenco guitar sensation, Amin Safari, has been sending temperatures soaring since he hit the scene here in 2000. Safari’s fierce instrumental style evokes electric emotion and his soft obsidian locks invite inevitable comparisons to Samson and other hot hunks like Henry Cavill, star of Man of Steel, ( or “Man of Abs” as some women like to refer to him.) What first attracts the eye about Amin are his soft hands, immaculately groomed, yet the fingertips of his right hand bear the unmistakable calluses of a guitar man. “We moved to Sweden and I had my first guitar lesson when I was very young,” remembered Safari. Coincidentally, that was around the same time as his first kiss, with a girl from school. “My mother, Tahereh, taught me how important it is to always respect a woman,” he said smiling. “Be a gentleman,” she always said. “Never hurt a woman.” “I had wanted to play the guitar since I was six but my parents, both being academicians, steered me to science.”The son of a mathematics professor, Amin Safari graduated with degrees in science and classical music from Folk University in Sweden, but was drawn to flamenco after hearing Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo. He released his first CD in Sweden and with every year, his love of music grew. He moved to the United States in 1999, landing first in San Francisco where his passion for music blossomed. Some of his early influences were Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Steven Tyler, James Taylor and Sting.

“The hardest way to capture an audience is with a melody,” observed Safari. “It’s much more challenging than with a story. I find that people like to create their own story. It depends on a person’s fantasy. Some people come to me and say, ‘ I met my life partner because of you!’ ” Case in point, Dr. Edmundo Yrigoyen, internal medicine specialist photo by Pegah Nassiri said, “ My fiancé and I fell in love with each other listening to Amin’s music. Amin Safari secret.” He laughed, “I have lots of secrets.” exudes life. He has so much passion. He truly Amin enjoys romantic evenings that belives the music.” gin with opening a bottle of wine, preferably One of his songs, “Serenity” from his the opulent Darioush Cabernet 2009 from 2011, Pasión de la Guitarra CD is particularly Sonoma or perhaps a single malt Scotch, romantic. “I wrote it for the woman I love,” giving his significant other (or “boss,” as he he shared. Extremely disciplined in his train- likes to call her) a massage and cooking her ing as well as his physical regimen, Safari dinner. “I love cooking everything – fish, works out and writes for several hours every steak, lamb. We talk a lot. We always have day. His fourth CD, yet to be named, will something interesting to share.” The couple debut this spring. While writing consumes enjoys experiencing exquisite beaches, from his days, Safari is planning some special Spain to Playa del Carmen and wherever he evenings with his sweetheart in February. is, Safari’s guitar is never far from his side. The musician said they don’t plan to go out Safari philosophy is simple, “It’s not how specifically on Valentine’s Day, because going much you know – it’s how many people enout on that night can be so crazy. joy what you play,” he said, and fortunately Safari guards the details of his private life many have had the pleasure of hearing because he knows there is rich romance in him perform at weddings, graduations and secrecy. He admitted to taking salsa lessons at birthday celebrations around town. You can Rice University and said he’d rather play tango catch Amin Safari at brunch on Sundays at music than dance the tango. When asked 60degrees MasterCrafted, 2300 Westheimer what fragrance he wears he simply said, “It’s during February. For more information something my better half chose for me. It’s a check out •


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Tenor, Stephen Costello steams up the stage in his Houston Grand Opera (HGO) debut as the Duke of Mantua in Guiseppe Verdi’s, Rigoletto at The Wortham Theater through February 9.  Costello performs along with Ryan McKinny in the title role and  Uliana Alexyuk as Gilda. HGO Music and Artistic Director Patrick Summers  leads the Harry Silverstein production, which won praise in Opera News for its synthesis of “sinuous, sinister conniving, feverish energy, claustrophobia, and tender intimacy.” The tenor recently performed Rigoletto highlights at concerts in San Francisco and New York, prompting the San Francisco Chronicle to admire his “blazing rendition of the cabaletta, ‘Possente amor,’” and the New York Times to single out his “stellar rendition of ‘Parmi veder le lagrime.’” For information call 713-228-6737 or visit $15 – $325. •

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February Horoscopes by Nan Hall Linke, M. A.

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fter the three Supermoons of January in the active Cardinal signs, February offers us the opportunity to slow down and dance between the feeling function of Pisces and the thinking function of Aquarius. On 2/6 Mercury goes retrograde in Pisces and moves into Aquarius on 2/12 where it slows down until month’s end.  As we are reminded for three weeks every three months, we can and should review our life plans and change our mind and our direction where necessary.  The Full Moon in Leo on 2/14 has all of us wearing our hearts on our sleeves, and the idealization of romance is a recipe for disaster.  With Mars in Libra, reality in our relationships is a better plan.  The last week of February is full of feeling and creative opportunity as joyous Jupiter and the awakener Uranus do a dance at the crossroads, followed by Mercury moving forward with a New Moon in Pisces joining Neptune for an exceptional new beginning.


(January 20-February 18) This is a major month for you to evaluate your relationship life, especially at the Full Moon of 2/14. You need a king or queen to be a true friend or you will never be happy.  New ideas are flooding your mind and awareness of your financial needs is growing.  This is not a month to limit your goals and dreams, as you are on the cusp of a magical new life after years of struggle.

PISCES (February 19-March 20) Take it easy the first three weeks of February as you enter your introverted period.  Ideas, solutions and plans for an amazing 2014 will visit you if you are focused.  Mars is stirring up your relationships with those who do not do their part and are takers and not givers.  Take inventory at work and quit feeding the helpless.  A fabulous New Moon radiates change your way on 2/28.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Relationships are energized by Mars, so avoid conflict where possible.  Mercury is moving into your friendship sector after pulling you into an internal dialogue.  Make sure you are not revealing more than you need to.  The New Moon brings you an opportunity to rest and review your plans for 2014.  The Full Moon on Valentine›s Day should be shared with new friends who share our values.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) This is not the time to over function or have conflict with co-workers.  It will be hard for you to relax this month if you do not rest.  Your career should take a back seat to your personal needs and time with kindred spirits is mandatory.  The Full Moon of 2/14 will have you torn between personal and business commitments, so plan your time accordingly so both can be a priority.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Your ruling planet Mercury is dashing into your career sector with the promise of amazing new opportunities.  This is a great month to expand your mind and have conversations with trusted intimates.  Mars is energizing your creativity and need to find people who enjoy the same activities you do when you are relaxing.  It will be hard to remain balanced and objective with so many possibilities to choose from.

CANCER (June 22-July 22) Home and family matters hold your attention, but hopefully not your tension this month.  Money issues are high on your list in February, so ask yourself what you truly value and rewrite your «to do» list accordingly.  The New Moon on 2/28 begins a period of unlimited opportunity to grown and change in 2014.  Plan a vacation to celebrate all that is coming to you in this year of dreams coming true.

LEO (July 23-August 22) Your mind is alive and on fire with ideas this month as Mars makes you more decisive and clearer than normal.  The Full Moon on 2/14 should give you a clear idea of your needs and realities in your relationship life.  Plan to be with those you adore and who adore you in deeds as well as words.  New financial opportunities occur at the end of the month and you will see others with new clarity.  

VIRGO (August 23-September 22) You are in a money making and spending period, which may create a bit of anxiety for you.  New vistas appear in your work and relationship life, so watch and wait to see what is real and what best suits your needs.  New relationships are on the horizon and may be the answer to a long awaited dream come true.  The Full Moon on 2/14 should clear up any confusion you have at work.

LIBRA (September 23-October 23) This is a month for you to have a strong opinion on everything, as you are learning to say «No» with conviction and re-prioritize your life with you on the list for a change.  Your work environment may be a bit of a puzzle to work on and your friendship/love interests will be amplified at the Full Moon on 2/14.  Do not be home alone on this evening.  You may be the life of the party.  At the end of the month work improves.

SCORPIO (October 24-November 21) Please be careful this month and do not get in a hurry or be reactive toward those who evoke your Shadow function.  This is especially true at home and with those in your family.  The Full Moon spotlights your career and your personal needs may need to take a back seat to your opportunities.  The New Moon brings a rare opportunity for creative change and new relationships.   CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19) Your career is moving so fast and furious that even you, with all of your resourcefulness and leadership potential, may not be able to keep up.  Please ask others to assist you so you can know who else in your life is competent.  The Full Moon on 2/14 shines a light on what you value in your relationship with those closest to you.  At the New Moon, your heart shines through your natural reserve. • 28 | February 2014

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21) You are dancing as fast as you can with new friends and groups of like-minded individuals.  This is not the month to make home repairs or plan a move as you will not have a clear picture of your situation.  Hopefully you can take a trip soon and come back with a new perspective on people and circumstances which have sent you in a new direction.

A professional astrologer since 1971, Nan Hall Linke, M.A. has been featured on television, radio and in magazines and newspapers. She is also a marriage and family therapist who has taught in Houston at the CG Jung Center and Spectrum Center. To schedule a personal consultation with Nan, please call her at 713-520-1551 and visit her websites and

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ant to volunteer but aren't sure where to start? Volunteer Houston offers a wide range of opportunities to enrich your spirit while reaching out to make a difference in the world.

PROTECT AND DEFEND THE RIGHTS AND WELL-BEING OF CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS. A southwest Houston agency that works directly with the courts has many key volunteer assignments available. Some volunteers research placements for children who have been removed from their homes; others review foster care cases and make recommendations for permanent placement; still others work with families in which abuse has occurred. Comprehensive training is provided.


music, painting, mime, drama, or sculpture. Work with disabled children in a dynamic arts program on Saturday mornings at a community center near River Oaks. You don't have to be a professional; just a caring adult willing to contribute an hour or more a week.

FIELD CALLS FROM A WOMEN'S HOTLINE women on matters such as domestic abuse, rape, and economic hardship and make needs-assessment reports to be acted on by staff social workers. A United Way agency's Montrose area headquarters is recruiting volunteers to take on a weekly weekday shift of four hours. Comprehensive training will be provided.

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west of the Texas Medical Center. This elegant facility showcases the history seafaring through its rich and fascinating collection of ship models, miniature lighthouses, nautical instruments, and related photographs, drawings, and paintings. Tours last about an hour and take place on weekdays and weekend. Training will be provided.

HELP TO BEAUTIFY JAPHET CREEK, an estuary in Houston's East End. On selected Saturdays, volunteers take on any of the following activities: picking up trash, planting trees, clearing paths, removing invasive plants, and related tasks. Individuals, families, and groups are welcome to help support urban environmentalism in this way.

PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO START-UP AND WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS. Restaurant and retail management professionals, active or retired, are wanted as volunteers for a nonprofit agency that partners with the Small Business Administration to provide guidance. Depending on personal preferences volunteers can participate in weekly counseling sessions with agency clients or help conduct periodic workshops and seminars. The work can be done at any of the agency's six Houston offices. • For more info on these and other opportunities, contact Volunteer Houston Recruitment Director, Dr. Walter R. Black at 713-965-0031 M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or go to

LeBlanc and many more lovable furry creatures are in need of good homes. To learn how you can bring more love into your life through pet adoption call Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) at (281)497-0591 or go to February 2014 | 29


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LOVE! Tango Ceilo Studio

5300 N Braeswood Blvd. 713-661-9411 ______________________________________

3710 Main Street (In Midtown) 713-319-4330 ______________________________________

Knitting Classes First Tuesday of Each Month, runs 4 weeks, 6-8 p.m. Crochet Classes First Thursday of Each Month, runs 4 weeks 6-8 p.m.

Tango Lessons for Two Friday, Feb 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn knitting or enhance existing skills in this class geared for all levels. Have fun creating lovely and personalized hand-knitted gifts. To register and see more classes go to:

Knitting in the Loop

The two of you can turn up the heat this Valentine’s day by learning the most romantic dance of all -- the Tango. Beginners are welcome. No experience necessary. Reserve your space now! $30 per couple. Contact or visit http://houstonargentinetango

Verticality Pole Fitness

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Knitting and Crocheting Classes

Pole Dance Level 1 February 22, 11:30 -12:30 p.m.

Check the site for a variety of class offerings. Two Hour Class – one session: $30, Two Part Class – two two-hour sessions: $50, Three Part Class – three two-hour sessions: $70; Private Lessons – Contact instructor for pricing. Thursday night is Sit & Knit night at Knitting in the Loop. Bring your knitting or crocheting and join the fun. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Are you curious about Pole Dancing? Not much (or any) pole experience? This is the perfect place to start! You'll be introduced to a new dance partner- the pole! You will learn basic moves and transitions, and your first spin. You will finish up by placing all these moves into a dance combo. This class is so much fun, you won’t even realize you’re getting a great workout! Call for class fees. To register and see more classes go to:

Central Market Cooking School 3815 Westheimer, 713-993-9860 ______________________________________

Classic Italian Cookbooks: Classic Italian Recipes Thursday, Feb 27, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Clark Wolf, editor of 101 Classic Cookbooks: 501 Classic Recipes, will discuss the criteria for inclusion in this compilation of the most important cookbooks of the twentieth century and the star-studded cast of culinarians who participated in the selections. Then he’ll focus on four Italian cookbooks and their authors, three of whom Wolf knew well. Enjoy brief demonstrations by staff of key techniques you’ll want to use at home. For ages 18 and up. Fee for the course is $65. Copies of his book will be available for sale. To register and see more classes go to: Cooking-School.aspx.

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Massage for Couples Learn to Relax One Another Class is One four hour session and is offered: Feb 8, Feb 10, Mar 8, Mar 12, Apr 12 and Apr 14. Check website for exact time. Hands are extensions of the heart and a massage is a powerful way to communicate. In a massage school environment, quickly learn valuable techniques to relax and restore tense and painful muscles by following an easy step-by-step approach. Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes. Class requires two people. For ages 18 and up. Instructor: Mary Jo Cox. $65 per couple. For more info and to register go to

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CRAFTY BOOKS THAT STICK IT TO HEART DISEASE Knit Red: Stitching for Women’s Heart Health Knit Red, authored by Laura Zander, owner of leading online yarn and fabric retailer, Jimmy Beans Wool is the first book of its kind in the Needlearts industry to mix style and soul with essential heart health education for women. In addition to garments and patterns, designers share their personal experiences with heart disease and tips on how they stay heart healthy. Includes a section dedicated to heart-healthy living with information, tips, resources and recipes. 130 pages. $19.95

Crochet Red Laura Zander’s Crochet Red offers more than just stunning projects: it’s an appeal to women to take charge of their heart health. The book features the designs of 30 celebrity crochet designers, plus profiles in which they share their experiences with heart disease and tips for staying healthy. Zander has partnered with The Heart Truth®, a public-awareness program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, which will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book. 160 pages. $17.95

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Baby Shower for Connie Kwan-Wong Gurur Biliciler-Denktas, Suur Biliciler and Grace Lynn hosted a unique and memorable baby shower for Mommie To Be, Connie Kwan-Wong who is overjoyed and glowing. Many good friends attended including iTV 55.5 news anchor, Tiffany Zhang, who celebrated and conducted interviews highlighting the cultural differences in Chinese and American customs. The ladies put together a time capsule box for baby Zoe to open on her18th birthday. Photos by Cindy Cheng Photography Tiffany Zhang & Grace Lynn

Hanh Tran, Josephine Firat, Connie Kwan-Wong, Katya Dow

Suur Biliciler, Connie Kwan-Wong and Gurur Biliciler-Denktas Judi Yan and Connie Kwan-Wong

Annual New Year’s Eve Bash at Hotel Zaza

More than 350 partygoers dressed Gatsby-style and gathered in Monarch Bistro at Hotel ZaZa for a sold-out New Year’s Eve Party. Keeping with the “Roaring Twenties” theme, the space was transformed into a 1928 speakeasy and costumed ZaZa staffers served up bathtub gin martinis alongside a bathtub filled with bubbles. Executive Chef Jonathan Jones of Monarch Bistro created mouthwatering light bites including Lamb Lollipops, Consommé Shooters and Raspberry Brie en Croute. Burlesque troupe The Moonlight Dolls spiced up the night, dancing to the tunes of the Jazz-Quintet from Prohibition. DJ John Tran Asa Faridi , Amin Safari Shery Heshmatpour also spun tunes for the rowdy and festive crowd. Photos by Chinh Phan Laneand Ransom, Amanda Howe

Megan Hiller, Taylor Trneak, Alex Ancone

Sherry Berliner, Tiffany Patterson

Charles King, Evelyn Warren

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Citizens for Animal Protection Celebrates Six hundred furry friends lovers gathered at the Hilton Americas for the 27th annual CAP Celebrity Paws Gala, We’ve Come a Long Way Baby. With Richard Brown Orchestra dressed in World War II uniforms and swing dancers on the stage, hunky sailors moving through the crowd, the music from the 40’s had the guests enjoying the beat of the night. Honorees with their beloved pets included Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Frank Billingsley & Kevin Gilliard, Dominic Cellitti, Patricia Cornelius, Bobby Dees, Lauren Haize, Michelle Maresh, Shelley Reeves and Dr. Angela Sturm, and Junior Honorees, Dylan Michelle Milam, Brooks Andrew Milam and Nikhil Shah. Chairman Diane Mattly and Co-Chairman Kim Padgett were thrilled with the results. Photos by Kim Coffman

Brittany Cassin and Susan Hansen

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Jake O’Brian and Angela Sturm

Joyful Toyful More than 160 of Santa’s elves donated toys and treasure to the Annual Joyful Toyful Fiesta (JTF) at Ibiza in Midtown with generous toy donations and raised $110,000 for Boys and Girls Harbor, Casa de Esperanza de Los Niños, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, The Forge for Families, and Volunteer Houston. A cocktail party and multi-course dinner with wine pairings was underwritten by Charles Clark and Grant Cooper of Clark Cooper Concepts and Ibiza. Tom Koch served as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer. Toy Drive Partners included The Houstonian Club, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, Martha Turner Properties, Givens and Johnston and Adams and Reese. Photos by Pete Baatz

ChrisCase, Andy Delery and Kim Rolland

Janet and Fred Wahrlich

Tom Koch and Edie and Rob Saville

Kim Padgett and Carol Sawyer

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Henry and Doe Florsheim

Shelby Hodge and Franelle Rogers

Andy Delery and Joann Carasas

Edie Saville, Andy Delery and Celina Hellmund

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