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How to create a wedding schedule





What does it all mean? Here is a crash course in wedding terminology to get you started.

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HELLO FRIENDS Spring is just around the corner and the season of renewal is here. New blooms, baby birds and green shoots from new plants dot the landscape. As the weather warms, we shake off our hibernation-worthy fuzzy blankets, knee-high boots and thick sweaters, stretch our arms toward the sunshine – and into our closets to dig out our sandals and short-sleeved dresses. I love our cover look, modeled by Georgia Lawson. She goes to school and works for Ginger Crisp at Ginger’s Boutique in Tarboro; and she totally rocked that long floral dress. The women that own and operate the local boutiques in our area are Superwomen in our book, especially Diana Alford of The Yellow Tulip, Ginger, and Debbie Outlaw who manages Kendall’s Hallmark and Alyana’s Boutique. I hope you treat yourself to some kind of renewal this season. Whether it’s getting a facial, a new fitness regimen (yoga?), eating healthier, a new style or a new start to something that’s important to you – do something new, something for you. J E N N Y W H I T E EDITORIAL CONTENT PRODUCER FOR CHARM

Georgia Lawson added a bit of extra gorgeousness to downtown Tarboro in mid-March. Photo by Sarah Louya.

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Cathy is ready for a spring garden tour at the Nash County Arboretum in these snazzy teal ankle pants from Multiples and a vibrant print tunic. We love her earrings from Brighton and the Uno De 50 cuff bracelet. Dansko shoes are from their new spring collection. All from Kendall’s Hallmark and Alayna’s Boutique in Westridge Shopping Center in Rocky Mount.

It’s time to put up the wool coats, plaid scarf wraps, funnelneck fuzzy sweaters and insulated Ugg boots, and get ready to welcome the warmth of spring weather with some pretty spring fashion. This season you’ll be seeing pinks, men’s style blazers, black and white gingham checks, bright yellows, flowy-shin-length pants, fanny-packs, rose gold accents and accessories, tiedye prints, longish or midi skirts, lavender hues and rainbow prints. Classics like skinny pants, trench coats, bold prints, maxi dresses and jumpsuits are still in style – so mix and match from last season’s stash of spring styles. Special thanks to Gingers Boutique in Tarboro, The Yellow Tulip and Alayna’s Boutique for helping us put together such beautiful illustrations of this spring’s most fabulous styles.

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NASH COUNTY ARBORETUM Looking for a dress to live in this spring? The yellow and mauve maxi dress is the Spring into Action Maxi from The Yellow Tulip. It’s $38 and the perfect dress for Spring – throw a short cardigan over it for cooler evenings or enjoy its figure-friendly shape for warmer days.

Georgia is showing off one of her favorite spring trends with this top featuring black and white stripes and gingham check sleeves. She paired the top with her favorite staple, no matter the season, a pair of skinny ankle jeans. These are by Coco and Carmen. Add a pop of color like this coral necklace and smart clutch, and you’re ready to go. All from Ginger’s Boutique in Tarboro.

The Nash County Arboretum is located at the Nash Ag Center in Nashville. Planned, created and maintained by Nash County Extension Master Gardeners, the self-tour gardens are open to the public 24/7. There are a variety of botanical collections throughout the arboretum, from rose gardens to pollinator gardens to rock gardens. You can take a selfguided tour through the gardens, all around the Nash Ag building. The gardens offer many places to sit, take in the beauty and appreciate the outdoors. As you can see in our fashion shots, the gardens make beautiful backdrops for photos. A great time to walk through the gardens is during the annual Plant Sale the Master Gardeners will be holding from 8 a.m. to noon April 27 at the Ag Center. Master Gardeners provide many of the plants for sale --- and their advice for planting and maintaining your purchases is free! It’s a great event for anyone looking to add to their gardens or landscaping at home, and support the master gardeners in their local programs, which includes maintaining the arboretum. For more information call 459-9810. The Nash County Arboretum is located at 1006 Eastern Ave., in Nashville. CHARM - Spring 2019 | 7

Brandy Kannan is wearing one of spring’s hottest colors – lavender. This maxi dress from The Yellow Tulip is a great style that can be dressed up or down for spring and summer. Available in S-XL, if you like this dress, ask for the “Feel the Breeze Dress.” The Yellow Tulip owner Diana Alford offers her store’s products online or in store. You can visit the store at 1061 N. Winstead Avenue or online at

Here Georgia has the perfect dress to add a pop of spring, no matter where she’s going. The dress is by Mahila. We’ve added a pair of necklaces to complete the look, all available at Ginger’s Boutique in Tarboro.

Denim styles, for this spring, run the gamut of wide-leg to super skinny. Georgia shows off one of the trends for spring, jeans with a fringed hem. These are by Coco and Carmen and offer a flattering look that goes great with flats, heels, flip-flops, wedges or your favorite tennis shoes. We’ve paired these with a pretty Etro top and another hot trend you’ll see this season – a wristlet bag. It’s small, but totally meant to be about the fashion, not utility! All available from Ginger’s Boutique in Tarboro. Visit boutique owner Ginger Crisp and one of our favorite models, Georgia, at the boutique’s new location at 409 Main Street in Tarboro.

Love, love the Brandy Dress from The Yellow Tulip for spring. It’s a maxi-dress version of the little black dress you should have



closet as a go-to staple for casual or dressy events. It’s $28 and comes in S-XL. Brandy dresses



version with bold red earrings, also from The Yellow Tulip.

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You’ll see multiple versions of pink in stores for this spring and Brandy’s pink cardigan is perfect for wearing over a white cami and dark wash skinny jeans. All from The Yellow Tulip. Cardigan is $24, Cami is $15, dark skinny jeans are $38.

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A little white eyelet adds a classic twist to a trendy top by Tribal. Lisa shows how a white T-shirt can take it up a notch with a pretty eyelet fabric creating an eye-catching bell sleeve. Paired with a pair of jeans, like these from Tribal with lace cutouts, you’re ready to go from weekend errands to a nice dinner out. The rose gold jewelry from Pandora is the icing on the cake for this outfit. Look for many rose gold accessories in stores this spring. All from Kendall’s Hallmark and Alayna’s Boutique. 10 | CHARM - Spring 2019 | Special Bridal Edition

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Jessica Ratliff Hicks is the owner of Willow Tree Yoga studio in Rocky Mount.



by Jessica Ratliff Hicks

What is yoga? I get asked this question a lot -- a whole lot. Followed by: I can’t touch my toes, I don’t have time, I’m too big, I’m too weak, I’m not flexible, I don’t know how to do it right, I can’t stay focused. The list goes on and honestly, none of these “reasons” are legitimate reasons. These all are fear-based excuses, stemming from a fear of trying something new. Maybe you just need to learn a little bit more about yoga and meditation. I understand this fear of something unknown. However, if you can BREATHE you can “do” or “practice” yoga and meditation.

What is Yoga? First off, yoga is a lot of things, which is why people have been writing, studying and practicing it for over 5,000 years. I will try to answer this age-old question in the easiest, most concise way possible. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The ultimate goal of practicing yoga is to attain tranquility in the mind and spirit. One meets this goal of tranquility through yoga poses and meditation. Yoga has a holistic orientation in that yoga is practiced physically, but its benefits extend to the mental and spiritual being. If you want to learn what yoga is and what its benefits are, practicing it yourself is the best way to learn. If you need help getting started, finding a beginner-friendly yoga class or a studio that offers beginner or gentle classes lead by a certified, trained yoga practitioner will be the safest and best way to keep yourself accountable. YouTube is a great way to find yoga videos. I recommend “Yoga with Adriene.” Try some moves out! In the next couple of pages, I’ve put together a simple yoga sequence you can practice at home. As you practice this 5-ish minute routine, concentrate on your breathing. Practice this routine morning or night, one or one hundred times, just listen to your body and do what you need.

What is Meditation?

What are the Benefits of Yoga?

Meditation goes hand in hand with yoga. Actually, yoga came about because of

Benefits of yoga includes stress

meditation. Back in the day, yoga teachers

reduction, improved focus, reduced

(called ‘swami’) would prepare their bodies

anxiety, a more positive outlook,

to be able to sit and meditate for hours upon

improved self-awareness, improved

hours. This “preparation” included light,

memory, better pain control, helps

simple stretches. Students of the swami would observe, copy what the teacher did, pass it down to their students, so on and so forth, and BOOM, here we are! Meditation is a technique for resting the mind and achieving a state of consciousness that is totally different from our normal waking state. In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind isn’t focused on the external world or on any events taking place around

fighting addiction, better sleep habits, decreased blood pressure and better coping with PTSD. If






practicing yoga, search YouTube for “meditation for beginners.” Some of my favorite types are iRest or Yoga Nidra (guided meditation), focusedattention meditation and mindfulness meditation.




welcomes beginners, as do most other yoga outlets in the area. Read the class descriptions or check with the instructor

you. By focusing on something like your

about whether a class is appropriate for

breath, your mind becomes silent. When

your practice level.

your mind becomes silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.

Yoga and meditation are a way of life. Once you start and find a healthy

Thousands of scientific studies have

routine, you’ll gently start to notice how

been conducted since the beginning of

it positively influences other aspects

recorded history, proving the effectiveness

of your life -- in the end resulting in a

of meditation. Many of these studies

healthier, well-rounded lifestyle.

elaborate on the health and wellness benefits of meditation.

Just slow down, be present and BREATHE… Namaste

Jessica Ratliff Hicks is the owner of Willow Tree Yoga studio in Rocky Mount.Jessica has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. She is a 200-RYT (registered yoga teacher) and an iRest Level 1 Yoga Nidra teacher. Currently Jessica is working on obtaining her 500-RYT from Asheville Yoga Center. You can pick up a class schedule or register for a class at the studio, located at 115 S. Church Street in Rocky Mount, or visit the website at www.wellnessliving. com/yoga/rockymount/willowtreeyoga/about/

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Cow Pose: (Inhale) head and sitting bones up, dropping your belly



Plank Pose: (Inhale) belly button to spine, ankles, hips, shoulders form a straight line (you can lower to your knees if having them up is too much)


Cat Pose: (Exhale) head and sitting bones down, chin to chest, going back and forth moving with your breath.




Downward Facing Dog Pose: (Exhale) reach to the sky with your hips, head between arms, legs have a slight bend in them, flat back, belly button to spine.

Childs Pose: (Exhale) pushing yourself back, bottom is above or touching heels, arms extended out in front of the body, relaxed, rest forehead on the mat or on a book, block or blanket if you need a little more support.

Savasana: (BREATHE) relax fully, preferably on your back, arms by your side, you may place a pillow under your knees to make your lower back more comfy, cover up with a blanket, grab something to place over your eyes. Take a few minutes to just breathe.


Chataronga: (Exhale) lower down, keeping your elbows in tight by your side, coming onto your belly.

Flat Back/Half Lift Pose: (Inhale) placing your palms either on your thighs or on your shins reaching back with your hip bones and forward with the very top (crown) of your head, creating a “flat back,� belly button to spine. (Exhale) Forward Fold by touching the floor with your hands.

Mountain Pose: (Inhale) stand feet hip distance apart, slight bend in knees, tailbone down, belly button to spine, palms facing forward, shoulders relaxed away from ears and down the back, reaching towards the sky with the top (crown) of your head, if you feel comfortable close your eyes and just be. After about five breath cycles, (Inhale) arms up, (Exhale) fold forward, plant your palms on the floor. Step back into plank pose (fig. 7). Lower knees if needed and lift into plank.

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Upward Facing Dog: (Inhale) keeping hips low and tops of feet on the floor, push upper body up, keep lower belly in to protect the lower back.

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Weddings & More! BRIDAL EDITION

We’ve gathered together today, to share some of our best bridal tips and information. Whether you’re saying “I Do,” under a canopy, in a church, or in a candle-lit barn, preperationi is key, and our Wedding & More! section can help make your day perfect. We’ve got checklists, wedding dress tips, music ideas and more.

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Couples about to embark on

• Escort (seating) cards: Printed

their wedding journeys will likely

cards that direct reception guests

learn a thing or two about party

to their seats.

planning once their engagements

• Fondant: A sweet, plyable

are over and they are newly

product used to decoratively

married. Wedding planning can

cover layered cakes. It can be used

seem overwhelming and a tad

in lieu of straight buttercream.

confusing at times, but a crash

• Handle wrap: Ribbon or fabric

course in wedding terminology

that wraps around the stems of

can help couples make more

a bouquet the bride and wedding

informed choices along the way.

party carries.

• Blusher: A short, single-layer veil

• Maid/matron of honor: The title

that covers the bride’s face before

given to the woman who assists

the ceremony.

the bride and stands closest

• Boutonnière: A single flower

to her at the altar. “Maids” are

bud worn by the men in the bridal

those who are unmarried, while


“matrons” are women who are.

• Canapés: Bite-sized appetizers

• Master of ceremonies: An

served during the cocktail hour of

individual who will work with

a reception.

the DJ or band to announce

• Civil ceremony: A marriage

the various components of the

ceremony conducted by a council

wedding reception.

official or justice of the peace at a

• Nosegay: A small bouquet or

municipal location rather than in


a house of worship.

given to the mothers of the bride

• Cocktail hour: Typically an

and groom before the ceremony.

hour-long interlude between the

• Pro ce s s io na l /Re ce s s io na l :

wedding ceremony and the main

Musical pieces that mark the

dinner of the reception. Guests

entrance and exit from the

have time to arrive and mingle

wedding ceremony.

before being seated.

• Receiving line: A line of the

• Corkage fee: A fee some

key people in the wedding who

establishments charge to allow

welcome and greet guests.

guests to bring their own wine.

• Stationery: All of the paper

• Dais: A podium or platform

products used at the wedding,

raised from the floor where the

including invitations, programs

bride and groom are seated.

and enclosures.

• Deposit: A percentage of the

total cost of service given to a




vendor to secure a date for their






• Dragées: Round, small edible

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Learning some basic wedding

balls of sugar that appear on



wedding cakes.

wedding planning.


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How to create a

wedding day schedule

Couples tend to have lots of things to do before saying “I do,” and organizing everything so ceremonies begin on time can seem as puzzling as a brain teaser. But certain scheduling strategies can help couples ensure they look their best and make it to the altar on time.


edding days can be hectic. In fact, many


party. If it does not, then brides

done on time. Wedding hair and

couples who plan to take photos

must account for transportation

makeup sessions can last several

• Distribute your schedule to

before their ceremonies can then



hours for large bridal parties,

one another and the bridal party.

work with their photographers

when making their wedding day

so brides should schedule their

to determine how much time


sessions early if their parties are

Once the wedding day schedule




until after the ceremony.

has been devised, couples should

they will need for photos and

• Determine how much time

where they want to take the

is needed for hair and makeup.

• Make lunch arrangements.

the ceremonies and receptions

photos. Bridal parties may need

Weddings that feature large bridal

Some couples choose to tie the

were over before they knew it.



parties will require more time for

knot and host their receptions


session, so determining when and

hair and makeup than ceremonies

at the same venue. In such

not be as extensive as brides’,

schedule can seem like a daunting

where to take photos before the

with small bridal parties. Grooms

instances, if brides are getting

but grooms should still be kept in

task. Couples tend to have lots of

ceremony gives couples an idea

and groomsmen often take care

their hair and makeup done

the loop regarding the schedule

things to do before saying “I do,”

of when to arrange for pickup.

of their own hair, though some

at the venue, ask the venue

so they can help if anyone has

note after tying the knot that their wedding days were so busy that







share it with each other and their wedding parties. Grooms’ wedding day to-do lists might

and organizing everything so

• Confirm when the wedding

grooms might want to schedule

representative if lunch can be

ceremonies begin on time can

questions or if something goes

venue is open to the wedding

hot shaves for themselves and

seem as puzzling as a brain teaser.

provided to the bridal party.

awry. Sharing the schedule with

party. Before booking hair and

their groomsmen. Grooms should

Some venues may include small

makeup appointments, couples

ask groomsmen if they want a

lunch buffets in their reception

should confirm when they will

hot shave and then work with

costs, while others might charge

be able to access their wedding

their barbers to determine how

extra. Confirm the availability

venue. Brides may want to get

much time it will take to tend to

and costs, and if it’s unavailable or

their hair and makeup done at

all participants. Brides with large

too expensive, then arrange for

of scheduling their wedding days

the ceremony sight, but that may

bridal parties may need to book

lunch to be delivered. Either way,

by working backwards and asking

only be possible if the venue

more than two hair and makeup

couples should not skip lunch, as

their vendors to cooperate in

opens early for the wedding

artists so everyone can get

it may be their only chance to eat

laying out the day’s events.

But certain scheduling strategies can help couples ensure they look their best and make it to the altar on time. • Start with the ceremony. Couples can establish a framework for their wedding day schedule by working back from the ceremony.

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Once the ceremony time is set,

the wedding party decreases the chances of someone being late or missing an appointment. Couples can solve the riddle

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to-be can navigate the process of finding and being fitted for a dress. · Try on sample gowns. The first step is to make your rounds to various gown shops and try on the samples they have available. Most sample sizes will not be the size you wear every day, so expect them to be ill-fitting. Do not be discouraged. Once a gown is chosen, the dress shop will take your measurements and order the gown according to the manufacturer’s sizing guide. Again, this can be shocking, since the size will likely be larger than what you wear in street clothes. Some shops will also order a little larger to allow for adequate tailoring. · Schedule the first fitting. The first fitting should be anywhere from eight to 12 weeks before the wedding date, according to experts at WeddingWire, an online wedding information provider. This is the time it takes to complete most standard alterations. Complex customizations can take even longer. Brides should also budget a minimum of $500 for alterations, which may or may not be included in the price of the dress. · Bring shoes and undergarments. Remember to bring along the exact shoes and undergarments you will wear with your gown. A change in shoes or bra/corset can result in the alterations fitting poorly the next time. Bring these items along to all subsequent


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DID YOU KNOW? A first dance song at the wedding reception often sets the tone for the upcoming festivities and can exemplify just how newlyweds feel about each other. Couples may agonize over which song to choose, but there are many different resources available that can help couples narrow down their options. Spotify, the popular streaming music service, has compiled a list of the most popular wedding songs for 2018, based on global respondents. Their top pick was “Perfect,” by Ed Sheeran, a song that many might suspect was composed with wedding dances in mind. Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Etta James’ “At Last,” John Legend’s “All

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wedding tricks

to make the big day easier

Wedding planning is no small task. From sending out engagement announcements to gifting guests with take-home favors, a couple will pour over scores of details as they plan their weddings. As if selecting a photographer or choosing the right passed appetizers isn’t challenging enough, some unknown variables are sure to pop up on the big day as well. Couples can take their cues from others who have walked the aisle before them with these tricks of the trade, which may help couples’ wedding days go smoothly. 1. Host everything at a single location. Couples who want to simplify their wedding day can select a site that can host the ceremony and reception and also house guests. The cost of such facilities may be more affordable than couples think, as transportation costs will be minimal and the venue may offer discounts on group packages. 2. Think about a day coordinator. Couples who cannot afford a wedding planner to handle all of the details often find that a day-of-service provider is within their budget. This person can handle all of the details of the wedding day so brides and grooms can fully immerse themselves in the festivities. 3. Bring extra cash. Unexpected expenses may pop up. Couples may have to feed an extra member of the band


or a guest who was able to get a babysitter at the last minute. Brides and grooms may want to offer a bigger tip than anticipated to the waitstaff or deejay who went above and beyond. 4. Learn how to bustle. Walking around with a free-flowing train all day can become tiring for brides. Brides should make sure that one person practices how to bustle the train and will step in to do so for the reception. Also, it may not be the height of fashion, but having a garbage bag on hand can keep the train clean during inclement weather, or if the bride has to trek across grass or soil for photo opportunities. 5. Give an outgoing person a job. Enlist a boisterous friend or family member to wrangle guests for photo opportunities. He or she can be the photographer’s helper and give the happy couple one less thing to do. 6. Stock the bathroom. Some venues will have courtesy items for their guests, but couples also should bring their own necessities, such as breath mints, toothpaste, extra pantyhose, hairspray, lip gloss, and/or sanitary pads. 7. Be all smiles. Couples can’t predict everything that will happen on their wedding day, but they can help create the mood. Smiling couples can make things better for everyone, even when zippers break or someone gets the chicken instead of the salmon.

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exfoliant, go for something gentle. Look for

TONER. Just like every other

beads or a chemical exfoliant. This will buff

step, the type of toner you use

apply every day, morning and

away dead skin without harshly scraping

will vary depending on skin type.

night. However, when you’re

skin raw. Stay away from exfoliants that

The primary purpose of toner is to

adding it into your routine on

use things like crushed nut shells or salt/

your spa day, you can go a

esthetician and makeup

tighten the pores back up. There

sugar. These are great for the body but

are many types that also have

little heavier. At this point you

artist at Garden Day Spa

not for the face. My go-to exfoliant is

additional benefits so be

have deep cleansed and re-

Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics exfoliant. It is

sure to choose one that will

surfaced the skin so adding

a chemical exfoliator that is gentle for all

work for you and your skin

high moisture is important.

skin types, but affective in removing

type. My current favorite is

It will nourish the skin and

dead skin cells. It works quickly and is

the Mario Badescu toner. I

leave it feeling smooth and

easy to use.

use the cucumber and green

balanced. My favorite spa

tea variant.

day/night time moisturizer

y a d n u S

y a D Spa them regularly will give you your best skin! Determining the right routine and products can be tricky, but regardless of your skin type, cleansing and moisturizing morning and night is a must. Also protecting your skin daily with an SPF product is extremely important. If you are not sure what your skin type is or what kinds of products you should be using, find an esthetician near you to get you set up with a proper regimen! Now as important as your daily skincare routine is, taking a day to really spoil your skin, and yourself, can help your skin look and feel even better. Although we would all love to visit a spa every week, it can be much more realistic and cost efficient to create your own spa day at home. Pick a day of the week where you have at least 1 free hour. Again, it is important to know your skin when choosing your products for your pamper day! For your pamper day I would suggest adding exfoliation, a mask, spot treatment (if needed) serum, eye cream, and lip treatment. I know it seems like a lot, but this is a pamper day right? You can pick and choose which steps you want to do in your day. Here is the proper order:

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MOISTURE. Moisturizer is something that you should

and Salon

your skin on a daily basis. Finding the best products for you and using


one containing ingredients like scrubbing

By Lynette Gonzalez,

The most important thing for beautiful healthy skin is to take care of



CLEANSE. Again, cleansing will depend on skin type. I love the cleanser from GloTherapeutic. They have a wide variety for all skin types and really do a great job at cleansing, but not stripping the skin of essential oils. Steaming your face is great place to get started. It opens up the pores so that you can get a deep clean and everything you do in your regimen can penetrate deeper into skin. However, don’t use extremely hot water directly on your




is IT Cosmetics’ Confidence In A Cream.




important to find the right type of mask for your skin type and

SERUM. Serums have

for the issues your skin may have.


EYE CREAM. In my opinion it is never

Don’t be afraid to use multiple



too early or too late to start using an eye

masks. What that means is using

ingredients to heal, repair

cream. This is an extra step you could do

different types of masks on



on a nightly basis, but most definitely add

skin. A little goes a long way.

it to your Spa Day. An eye cream is very

different areas of your face. For example, I am a combination skin type. So I like to use masks that are good at absorbing oils in certain areas and masks that are hydrating in other areas. My favorite masks right now are the GlamGlow Super Mud Mask


There are many serums to treat different skin issues. My go-to serums are products that help with breakouts/ acne. If you’re dealing with breakouts, an acid based serum will help to continue cleansing the skin and

important because one of the places that we tend to age the quickest is around the eyes. So adding a very hydrating eye cream is important to avoid dark circles, puffiness and those pesky crows feet that love to just pop up out of nowhere. My current favorite eye cream is the BareMinerals Skinlongevity


(best for oily/congested skin), and the

break through blemishes. My

GlowTherapeutic Restorative Mask (best for

favorite is the Renew Serum by

Power Eye Gel Cream.

dry skin).


I reguarlarly use a jade roller around the eyes to help with puffiness and to help push the eye

face. This can strip essential oils and

cream deeper into the

cause your skin to become sensitive.

skin. You can also roll the jade roller around the entire face for the same benefits all over.

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Women and

tuition can be financially overwhelming if


you suddenly lose a large chunk of income.

payroll or operating costs

Life insurance provides a source of funds that

while your estate is being settled.

can be used to help pay for these expenses. It protects your family by providing proceeds that can be used to replace your lost income if

Life Insurance

you die prematurely. If you’re a single working mom, this is even more critical. Often, women, like men, think that it’s not necessary to buy life insurance because they have no dependents. What’s often overlooked is that life insurance can provide necessary funds to pay off car loans, education loans, debts, a mortgage, taxes and funeral expenses that might otherwise be the responsibility

Also, life insurance can be a useful tool for

policy can be one of the

benefits to key employees.

smartest decisions you

away, life insurance provides financial relief

funding buy-sell arrangements or providing The bottom line is that when you pass for the people who depended on you. Life

make for your family,

insurance policies can be less expensive than

and one of the most

public perception, especially term policies

loving actions you can

application processes have become more

offer your loved ones.

requiring paramedical exams and physicals.

and especially for WOMEN. The quoting and streamlined, with some policies not even

for your children and housekeeping – just

the smartest decisions you make for your

supplement retirement income.

to name a few. Taking over these added

family, and one of the most loving actions you

responsibilities could cause your surviving

can offer your loved ones.

the year for being a stay-at-home mom, but it is definitely a job! The cost of the services performed by a stay-at-home mom would be quite significant, if someone had to be hired

to the lifestyle of your FAMILY, whether

GoFundMe accounts and other crowd sourcing

that family involves kids you’re raising,

resources when a loved one passes away, is

aging parents or a sibling you’re caring

traumatically injured or is diagnosed with a long-

for, you need life insurance. If you’re a

term disease or illness. Trends also show that

working mother, your income can

many women are uninsured or underinsured. The

have a significant impact on

loss of a loved one, specifically, “the woman,” can

the quality of your family’s

catastrophically affect the finances of many families

lifestyle. Your income helps

in today’s economy. Because of the changing roles of women

cover of

over the past years, females have become


reduction in income. Also worth considering: What happens to

Takyla W. Smith, the owner of Key Insurance Solutions ( is a medical insurance, Medicare Supplement and life insurance expert. She has worked for over 18 years

to do those services. If you die, your surviving

your business upon your death? If you die

partner may have to pay for services such as

while owning your business, life insurance

their insurance products, specializing in life and

child care, meal preparations, transportation

can be used to provide cash for company

health insurance. She lives in Rocky Mount.

in the Twin Counties, helping residents choose

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expenses such as food, clothing, and utilities,

Whether married, single, stay-at-home moms




provides for


As a growing number of these families face tight

children’s college education

financial constraints BEFORE tragedy strikes (weak

and for your retirement.

employment options, medical expenses, rising cost

partner to shorten work hours, resulting in a


more financially responsible for families. or employed, we likely need life insurance.

Buying a life insurance policy can be one of

permanent life insurance may be used to You may not get a W2 or 1099 at the end of

Trends show that more families are relying on


Buying a life insurance

of family members. Also, the cash value of

Takyla W. Smith






of living), many do not invest in life insurance. The

parent or family member can

good news for women: Women have an advantage

include paying for the costs

because our rates are less since we typically live

of adult day care, uninsured


medical expenses and extra

Whether you’re earning more than your partner or

transportation. Adding these expenses to the costs

you don’t have a partner, if your income contributes

of maintaining a household, child care and college

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! r e v o s i

Hair hibernation time As the weather warms and spring blooms all around – it’s the perfect time to change up your “do” or add a new pop of color and style to your nails. We checked in with Nash Community College Cosmetology students and instructors to see what hair and nail trends we should spring forward to try out. The program has about 70 students that work toward an Associate’s degree in cosmetology, diplomas or

certificates in cosmetology. Their course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multicultural practices, business/ computer principles and product. Ernestine H. Stephenson, program director of cosmetology said cosmetology services are available to the public. “Walk-ins are welcome at


never go out of style. Cosmetology student Traishaun Farmer shows off the versatile and classic look, styled by cosmetology instructor trainee Lillian Barnes. Farmer says she can wear the style for casual looks or for more fancy events. Barnes said this style should hold up for a week or more if it’s securely wrapped at night.

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NCC cosmetology student Danielle Bass shows off a trendy look for spring: Babylights. Styled by cosmetology instructor trainee Lakesha Lucas, the look requires applying highlights, permanent color and then toned highlights with an ash blonde hue. Lucas says the process takes a couple hours and is best done by a professional stylist.

the new on-campus salon and we have discounted prices for seniors age 62+ and disabled citizens or veterans,” Stephenson said.

For more information, call 451-8284. Stephenson said registration for the program’s next round of

classes begins on April 8 and anyone interested is invited to stop by the new cosmetology building for more information. “You’re never too old to learn and the art of hair styling will never die,” Stephenson said. Renee Pittman, cosmetology instructor at Nash Community College and hair stylist at Garden Day Spa and Salon, says her students are always interested in the latest trends and styles. “This spring, trends include your short pixie cuts for women on the go and traditional bob cuts, short or long, for your

low maintenance styles,” Pittman said. “And let’s not forget bangs,“ Pittman added, “They’re the perfect option for changing the face frame of your haircut without the high maintenance that comes with a blunt fringe.” Pittman also says braids will continue to be a hot hair trend this spring. “What we thought we knew about braids, we really have yet to discover,” Pittman said. “Braids are a way to tame the hair. However, we can still tame the hair AND create numerous classy, sophisticated and trendy styles. This protective style

allows us to play softball

spring include:

or exercise, but still could

• Babylights color can be

easily become a pin-up for a

easily be weaved throughout

wedding or prom.”





As spring is the season of

creating highlights with an

renewal, Pittman said a new

ash blonde color. Depending

cut, a little color or a new style

on how brave you’re feeling,

is a great way to refresh and

you could add in some nice

renew your look for spring.

pastel colors like Easter

“As spring is getting close

Violet or your baby pinks.

and hats and hoodies are

• Finger waves may have

being packed away, women

originated from the 1920s,

winter months hands and

“You can’t change what’s

are ready for a brand new

but the technique is still

feet become very dry. A

going on around you,” said

look. As stylists, we know


manicure and pedicure is a


that the basics never go out

moving and directing hair.

great way to soften those

change your hair anytime!”

of style. However, creativity

• Nail colors are traditional

hands and feet – especially if


and style is what makes it

this season, but one can add

you want to wear those cute


pop,” added Pittman.

a dash of creativity. Whether

sandals. One color on the

Cosmetology students for

A few versatile trends

you enjoy natural, extended,

nails is a traditional look, but

the hands-on help to create

Pittman is excited to see

Gel or acrylic nails, everyone

for spring, you’ll see mulitple

the spring looks on our three

walk out of salons this

enjoys a nice long pedicure

colors on one set of hands.





and manicure. Over the

Very trendy!

“But to


can Nash


A rainbow of colors is found on the nails of NCC cosmetology student Joanne Moore. Moore’s nails, designed and applied by another NCC student, Alma Scott, feature acrylic overlays with gel polish. Scott used Makartt Jelly polish.

NCC cosmetology student Celeste Powell shows off her pink and orange acrylic nails with a gold heart encapsule. Also designed and applied by Joanne Moore, she used Mia Secrets acrylic nails in Ice Cream Pink and Orange Orange.

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Best of both worlds Local bakery owner also offers busy families healthy food meal prep service

Busy mom and entrepreneur Winde Jackson knows how hard it is to prepare healthy meals for a busy family. Jackson has been serving customers at her business, Winde Jackson Cakes and Catering since November and has expanded services to include serving lunches and offering meal prep services. Jackson said she has always wanted to have a bakery and cafe and do catering. “The bakery was No. 1,” Jackson said. “But I had also waited to be able to have a place where people could come in and get healthy meals — and show the community that just because it’s healthy, it doesn’t mean it has to taste bad. It actually could be flavorful and taste good, too.” Jackson said the meal prep business is for people who need healthy meals for a period of time, people trying to become more healthy or people trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She said the idea is to sit down with a client, discuss his or her diet and his or her needs and prepare meals for a certain number of days or for the week. “And then all they have to do is just pop it in the microwave and heat it up. The cooking is already done,” she said. “It’s hard

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to always work a full-time job and come home and cook, so we like to be able to offer that service to them.” Winde Jackson Cakes and Catering is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The business is located at 1272 Independence Drive and can be reached by phone at 252-446-2253. The business also has a page on Facebook and a website at A version of this story, by William F. West, appeared in the Rocky Mount Telegram

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