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Volume 2, Issue 2 | March/April 2012 |

Forever In My Heart: Terri Smith The Beauty Bar: Lashing Out!

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Volume 2 Issue 2 March/April 2012

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9 Cover: Forever In My Heart Terri Smith 19 The Male Perspective: Creatively Inclined! Jason “Jay” Tardy

Founders’s Thoughts 3 Let’s Talk

Be Encouraged Cover Credits:

Photographer, Andrea Smith, Studio 57 Photography.

6 Divne Living 8 Get Empowered 13 The Viewpoint 14 Young & Gifted

Lifestyle Design

Special Thanks: Anthony Scott Flash Time Studios

15 The Beauty Bar 18 Fashion Fit 24 Take Flight 25 Palate Teaser 26 Mature Money 27 Health First, Self First 28 Socially Living


Founder and Editorial Director Joi McCreary joimccreary@couturelivingmagazine.com Creative Production Editor Shaletta Fuqua

Managing Copy Editor Janice Howard

Senior Executive Assistant TaMeca Joshua

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Acqusitions Specialist Anjanette Brown

Spiritual Director Pastor Patsy Martin

Empowerment Initiative Director RoShanda Johnson

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Youth Advancement Director Tiffany Lockridge

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Finance Director Lisa Gilliard

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Creative Beauty Director Keondra Atwater

Fashion Image Director Danisha Greene

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Travel & Entertainment Director

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Let’s Talk Changing Seasons! It’s almost time to put the winter clothes away and say hello to spring! A season changing always brings about new things! Some things however never change. Each year many of us do the “spring cleaning”. We evaluate our homes, friendships, relationships, and anything else that may need some tidying up! Let’s walk into the new season with our heads high, shoulders back, and walking tall. Get rid of those naysayer’s that always speak negative things in your life. Evaluate those relationships that remain stagnate and don’t seem to be progressing towards where you see yourself moving towards. Get organized in your space; functioning in disorganization can only lead to chaotic mess. If you want to move forward in excellence live it. Many people wonder why I started the publication Couture Living and it’s simply because of this. I want to show people how to live not just exist, be an example of living my dream by stepping out on faith and going for it, by making changes towards the excellence that I desire and sharing it with the world! So what are you waiting for? Get to it, time is precious there is no perfect or right time to start, now is the time for your beginning or change. Whatever it is that may be your goal, dream or vision… Now is your season!!

As always I leave you with this…

Always Remember. .......... “Beauty has no boundaries, Self-Love has no limits and Fashion is forever! Be the Best of the best, the greatest of the greats, be confident and build a legacy of which you will be proud!”

Divinely Determined, Joi McCreary Founder & Editorial Director

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1005 W. 27th St. Indianapolis, IN 46208 Service Time: 9 a.m. every Sunday. Word of Life is a non-denominational place of worship, “Where the healing presence of God’s love flows freely.” Through evangelism, people are brought to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Through discipleship, they are taught how to live according to God’s Word; which in turn results in spiritual growth, victorious living, and communit impact. Through prayer, they are taught to overcome the plots, snares and strategies of the enemy. Through God-centered activities, they are taught to have fun and enjoy being Christianity. The anointed Praise and Worship team saturates the atmosphere with the presence of God. No matter who you are or where you come from, we are confident you will enjoy the service. If you are searching for a place to worship, please join us at Word of Life this Sunday or visit the website at

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Divine Living Author Pastor Patsy Martin, Spiritual Director

Confessions to Possessions

As a young lady, I lived in a small town in central Oklahoma. There were few people who were considered successful, yet I had dreams of reaching beyond what I could see. God placed dreams and visions in my heart that seemed unobtainable and somewhat radical for the times. I wanted better; in fact, it seemed like my generation wanted better! Settling for the mundane and ordinary things were not enough. My high school had the best football players, but never a homecoming queen of color until my class entered the newly integrated school. There was a sense of not settling that permeated the atmosphere. Shortly afterward, everyone began to confess and sing songs of pride and liberty. It was a new day…time to move forward. The more we confessed….the closer we got to possession. We trusted God and showed no fear because we dreamed of better times for our children and ourselves.

Now, many years later, we have seen our confession turn into possession. We are living in the best of homes. We have the opportunity for the best education. We drive the best cars. Yet, our confession has changed from speaking a word of faith and trusting God, to focusing on idols, rappers, drugs, spirits of seduction, and unnatural affections, etc. We must go back to our foundation in order to move forward and help change a generation. Psalm 37:3-5 says: “Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you.” Proverbs 16:3 states: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. Know that death and life is in the power of the tongue and you get whatever you say.” Divine living will take place when we get back to the basics and began to speak life over our children, schools, jobs and relationships. Your positive confessions will turn into positive possessions. Ultimately, I must say again, we get what we say and remember God will help you if you let Him! With God all things are possible. Don’t settle. of power and prosperity…it’s a new season coming your way. Seek Him first and all your plans shall result in Divine Living. He wants to help you. Just let God work it out, start by acknowledging Him today and you can walk into your new season with confidence!

Photograph by Mermaidshoes Photography

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Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

Get Empowered Author: RoShanda Johnson

I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, Men themselves have It’s the fire in my eyes, wondered And the flash of my teeth, What they see in me. The swing in my waist, They try so much And the joy in my feet. But they can’t touch I’m a woman My inner mystery. Phenomenally. When I try to show them, Phenomenal woman,That’s me. They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, The palm of my hand, The need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.


Forever In My Heart: Terri Smith Author: CLM Editorial Team


(Carmel, IN) --- For most women, losing a child is an unimaginable fear. Unfortunately, for some mothers this

nightmare is a reality as they spend countless days sitting beside the hospital bed, offering words of encouragement and love for their sick child. To offer support for these mothers, Terri Smith, owner of The Woodhouse Day Spa in Carmel, recently joined forces with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in St. Vincent to create a program specifically for mothers of terminally ill children. While they are pros at offering positive advice, holding hands during treatments, and always conjuring up a warm smile, this quickly takes a toll on the physical and mental stress of mothers with terminally ill children. Their own health, wellbeing, and personal life is often put on the backburner. To ease some of the burden and offer a day of relaxation, Terri Smith recently launched Forever In My Heart, a program dedicated to the mothers of terminally ill children being treated at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. This program provides them with complimentary treatments at The Woodhouse Day Spa– an upscale spa offering relaxation and specialty treatments – in Carmel. “As a mother myself, I couldn’t bear to outlive my children,” says Smith. “I have the upmost [sic] respect for these women and I wanted to create a program to recognize them and their dedication to their children. It is my hope that they can come and let us treat them for a while.” Every month, the hospital chooses one mother to receive a combination of two spa treatments from a special menu of services including a 50-minute Swedish massage, an aromatherapy bath, and soothing facial.

Photography: Andrea Smith, Studio 57 Photography.

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The Woodhouse Day Spa® and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent have joined together to recognize the mothers who sit by their childs’ bedside to hold hands, wipe tears and encourage smiles. Each month, The Woodhouse Day Spa will treat a mom to two complimentary spa services in hopes of easing her sore muscles and renewing her energy in a relaxing and tranquil environment. The Special Mom can choose a combination of two of the following spa services.

· Swedish Massage (50 min.) · Aromatherapy Bath · Soothing Facial

Terri tells us, “I truly loved my job, but the drawback I traveled Tuesday – Thursday every week which is very difficult for a family. 95% of the women whom held the same position I had, didn’t have children. I gained a strong financial business backing with this position which has lead me to continue my passion of serving women and making them feel terrific – the spa world without boarding an airplane.

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I choose this career because I love making women feel good about them and the industry is constantly evolving. I like change and a fast pace life style. Spa services are not a luxury it is a necessity. I would update the outfit with a new accessory and save my money for the spa visit.

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Woodhouse is very different from any spa in Indiana. We are a truly “destination” spa right in your backyard! No hair services, relaxing spa atmosphere refined with luxury. Fireplaces, Italian ambience, no pretentious people, and the best therapist in the city! The recommended Best Services: Enzyme facial or Minkyti Facial ( our secret signature), Woodhouse Escape Body Treatment, 80 min. massage amazing, the Woodhouse pedicure worth the money!”

Walking into Woodhouse Day Spa, we were greeted with smiling faces and an ambiance that soothed the soul. Woodhouse Day Spa is definitely a place you can go to have peace of mind when needed! Terri’s efforts to give back through her Forever In My Heart program spoke volumes and we had to share! Terri Smith, owner of The Woodhouse Day Spa, has a BA from Butler University and an additional Associate’s from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She pledged Kappa Alpha Theta and was a cheerleader at Butler. After graduating from Butler University, she moved to New York City to pursue a job in the cosmetic industry. This began her career with © Estée Lauder Incorporated, an amazing career spanning 18 years which provided the opportunity for advancement, travel, strong work ethics, discipline, and financial responsibilities. As Regional Marketing Director for the Prescriptive division she was responsible for eight states in the mid-west.

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Terri has been married for 26 years and was blessed to birth a son named Tyler whom is now 23 years old. Terri shares her story with us. “He is the joy of my life and we have such an amazing Mother/Son bond. When Tyler was ten, a miracle happened for me, I became pregnant – due to endometriosis I didn’t think I could have more children. Twelve weeks later, my husband and I went to hear the heartbeat for the first time and it wasn’t there.

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Three days later I had to go into th.e hospital to remove the baby. A piece of my heart died that day – That is how my slogan was arrived at “FOREVER IN MY HEART”. Two years later I had a full hysterectomy at age 42 and the hopes for more children were now gone. s Four years later, I was sitting in church and the service was about running a race and keep going no matter how hard the pain is have the courage to keep going. At time of pray [sic], I prayed to God to give me the strength I need to heal my heart from this loss. It’s the first time I truly felt God’s presence in my life. I felt two legs wrap around my waist, two arms wrap around my neck and a warm heart beat with my heart beat. I knew that moment our lives were going to change. I came home and told my husband and son, we are going to China to adopt a little girl. God gave me the courage to offer someone a better life. Thus Hannah, my daughter, who is now 9 entered my life at the age of 12 month Opening the spa five years ago, I always wanted to give back; it’s just how, who, where, what to do. I believe we are placed on this earth to serve others….and outliving a child must be the worst a parent could every endure and I wanted to reach out to their hearts to help them heal even if it’s for a brief few hours. My therapists truly have healing hands and healing energy. I’m so blessed to work with each of them and so glad they are part of my life and willing to donate their time to help heal Mother’s who are grieving.” Meeting with Terri Smith was such a humble pleasure. She genuinely has a heart for Forever In My Heart! Woodhouse Day Spa is located at

Photography: Andrea Smith, Studio 57 Photography.


The Viewpoint Crystal’s Corner Author: Crystal Puckett

Let’s Be Accountable and Grow in Our Personal Expectations! Accountability - An obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for ones actions (iword.com).

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You have to understand the meaning of accountability before applying it into everyday life. They say practice makes perfect, so holding my children accountable for their actions is an everyday practice. Simply talk to them. For instance, if a grade is brought into our home that is not acceptable, we do not fuss nor argue. We just simply say, “Wow...seems as though you have chosen to focus more on the TV and the iPod, rather than focusing on schoolwork, what do you think you should do to ensure you make better choices when it comes to studying?” This takes the stress off of us by simply allowing them to reflect on their choices and then contemplate on the consequences of their actions. It never fails, they seem to find a “suitable punishment” for themselves, or we simply say they are not working to their full potential. There was a time I fussed at our oldest about her report card. It didn’t seem to phase her much at all. I thought about it and later came back to talk to her and simply said, “I’m disappointed you didn’t expect more from yourself.” I will never forget how devastated her face looked when I said this.

She later told me hearing she disappointed us was more hurtful than fussing or yelling. That was truly an “Ah ha” moment. When we as parents should set the “bar” high for our children we spark a thought in our children’s minds that they can achieve greater. If we don’t instill in them to strive for greatness how can we expect the world so see and expect the same from them. It starts with parents. Allowing a child to think for themselves and understand the power of choices and consequences is more powerful than parents think. For our household, even board games allow for a great opportunity to exercise great thinking skills. I don’t “let” my children win. As harsh as that may seem, I have seen a vast amount of growth within my children when it comes to losing a game. I often tell them “losing builds character”. Uno is a game we tend to play quite a bit. At first, my son would cry when he lost. I would calmly show him strategies and ways to improve his skill. Eventually, he got to a point to where I had to really strategize how to beat him and he’s six! I saw his confidence rise and he expected more from himself. There was also a time my son destroyed a book in his class. I did not yell or fuss. I simply had him get money from his piggy bank and took him to the store to purchase another book for the class. I explained how his actions affected his classmates; they could not enjoy a book they all liked. He was upset he had to use his own money and even more upset his actions led to the disappointment of others. Use every opportunity as a learning tool for your children. Allow them to exercise their right to think and follow through with positive choices. Also, use negative choices as a learning point as well. Oprah Winfrey said it best when she referenced some words of wisdom Maya Angelou gave her, “When you know better, you do better”.


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Author: Tiffany Jones- Lockridge

Spring is approaching and it’s time to clean out the closet. This is not about the closet that holds all of your clothes and shoes. It’s time to clean out the spiritual closet. In the natural realm, spring cleaning is seasonal. In the spirit, spring cleaning is an eternal influence. It’s time to stop dusting around the bookshelves of rooted issues. It’s time to pull them off the shelf and release it from the soul. Most tend to avoid or allow distractions to keep from dealing with the major stressors in life. It’s true; we have to work, raise children, and deal with family. Let’s slow down the pace of life and care for yourself and discover the things that stabilize you. It’s important to create a spiritual practice. You should feel guilty if you’re not taking care of yourself. Without a sound mind and body you are no good to those that depend on you. I know you’re too busy, but there are several things you can do to relax your spiritual being. You find your car, bathroom, or even the park can be a spiritual cleansing place. • Take deep breaths to bring yourself to a calm place - Taking deep breaths will allow you to relax your body from stressors. You would be surprised how much stress is released if you take a few moments to breath slow. • Clear your mind of troubling thoughts - Picture yourself in a special dream sequence where you can relax. Imagine the ocean, desert, or in the arms of a one you love. • Pamper your mind, body, and spirit - Remove yourself from the chaos. You don’t have to pay expensive day spas to relax. You have a spa right there in your bathroom. Run a nice bubble bath, light some candles, and put on your favorite music. • Be a loving parent to your inner child - As adults, we have been in situations where we’ve felt lonesome and helpless. It’s ok to hug yourself and let the inner child know you will get through this. Don’t feel silly. You know you want to. It’s ok, just do it. • It’s ok to ask for help - Trying to take care of everything alone can stress anyone out. It’s ok to ask for a hand and a shoulder to cry on. Allow your mind and energy to rest on someone you trust. Contact a good friend, pastor, or medical personnel. We are not made of steel so know your limit and what you can handle. Now go ahead; leap forward and March into excellence and get your house, mind, and spirit in order!

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The Beauty Bar Author: Keondra Atwater

LasHING Out

Photographer: Flash Time Studios, Indianapolis Indiana

What you will need: • False eyelashes • Eyelash adhesive • Tweezers • Scissors • Mascara • Optional: Eyelash curler, Eyeliner

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Everywhere you go everyone wants to know “Are those your lashes?” …Truth is false eyelashes/eyelash extensions are a girl’s best friend. It is a beauty enhancement technique used to glamorize. Long eyelashes can make eyes look bigger, fuller, and more inviting, but not all of us are blessed with Long lashes. Fortunately we live in a day and age where false eyelashes are in abundance. They come in various styles, colors, and sizes and with proper application no one will have a clue your lashes don’t belong to you. Whether for glamour, glitz or everyday use there are an abundance of eyelash types and techniques. One of the most popular and my personal fave are eyelash strips. They come in a multitude of colors, shapes, and sizes and can be applied with ease. Below you will find a step by step tutorial on how to apply false eyelashes.


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Make sure your natural eyelashes are clean and debris free. Measure the length of the false eyelash to your natural eyelash by placing the false eyelash to the inner corner of your natural lash to the outer edge. (if there is access‌ trim the inner edge to fit accordingly) Apply eyelash adhesive to the eyelash strip let it set for about 30 seconds. ( this allows the eyelash glue to get tacky) Pick the lashes up with tweezers and bring it as close to your natural lash line as possible. Press from end to end and hold until the glue dries. Apply mascara to blend false eyelashes with your natural eye lashes. Your look is complete. Clean up any excess mascara or glue.

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Fashion Fit

Author: Yours In Fashion DaNisha Greene

It’s definitely true when they say “to know where you’re going you have to know where you’ve been”, so it’s no surprise to see this year’s heavy influence of the 60’s mod era in the modern looks during New York Fashion Week. With the new “trend” and I use that term loosely, going on with color blocking, patterns, and crazy prints you can definitely see the influence. I absolutely love the new fall/winter 2012 line from BCBG Maximara with the various use of color blocking and everything flowing. Along with the mod era came the sleek yet futuristic sophistication. After watching some of the runway shows from the 60’s I can definitely say they were thinking far ahead of their time and let their imagination of the future or space age fashion consumer wear some of today’s revered items. Examples are manipulating metallics, artificial, or unconventional materials and other looks you can find in today’s magazine editorials, music videos, and on the runway. This is the new fashion trend you’ll see lots of this spring/summer and fall/winter 2012 seasons. Many other designers were influenced by 60’s mod era and we see that in shoes from Milly by Michelle Smith and with various designers’ use of color blocking not only in clothes, but fur, handbags, shoes, and accessories. Even blocking different prints and patterns is a new trend we’ll see that I think true fashionistas will absolutely love. We also witness this in aspiring designers. There were a lot of 60’s mod inspirations at the 24th annual Meet the Artist Fashion Show which was on February 18th and the show’s concept actually included eras from 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Millennium or 2000’s that demonstrate how fashion and hair of today are heavily influenced by previous time periods. In the 60’s mod era there was lots of usage of crazy artsy prints, but the theme of the clothes was simplicity which is what everyone wants. We all want to look effortlessly fashion savvy. The over sized and crazed shaped sunglasses of the 60’s are definitely influencing the designs of today. Even with hair the mod era is making its come back with the over sized braid and A-symmetrical bob cuts. Clothing both dresses and separates known for sleek tailoring and structured shapes are still desired by “mod”-ern day fashion lovers. We all know the new “it” word “vintage” is being used frivolously on items, things, or looks which aren’t necessarily vintage, just old. The word vintage holds a high prestige so when used it should mean “of great quality which transcends social status, cultural differences and time periods.” Coco Chanel said it best “Fashion changes, but style endures.” So when I think of 60’s mod and the face of supermodel Twiggy I’m inspired. I know we’ll see tons of new modern looks during Midwest Fashion Week designers from the 60’s mod era. 18


Fashion Fit Last, but certainly not least there was Fisk Alumni Shiquina Andrews of Charismatic Creations who showed a more flirty side of her creativity. Not lacking in color, creativity, or cut, her pieces were definitely most flattering for real women with lovely lady lumps. Most women, including myself who either embrace their curves or want to lose them desire a flawless look in the meantime. Having sexy, youthful, and flattering clothes is definitely a priority. The Saturday after Thanksgiving I was invited to a Parallel fashion show that benefited restoring the arts in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). The show had a fashion friend of mine, Madame Couture, showcasing her spring 2012 line, and a new comer Kasha which put a spin on clothing Christians could wear. Nothing was revealing, but to the naked eye I would never have guessed she was targeting Christians. With all of the prints, styles, and choices in colors, whatever stereotypes you had about what Christians wear, she changed all preconceived notions. There was also a very unique line from Jealousy Jane Couture’s spring 2012 line. Over the past weekend I was invited to an annual AIDS Awareness benefit fashion show which featured designer Deidra Coleman. This was my first time being introduced to Ms. Coleman and I was very impressed with her eveningwear. The pieces were rich in color, with enough glitz and glamour for any red carpet or special occasion, and definitely well-tailored. Midwest Fashion Week has aligned itself with the National Down Syndrome Foundation and proceeds from specific events benefit that organization while at the same time continuing to promote designers and boutiques in the Indy and Midwest area. Some of my favorite designers who showed were Marlene Couture and her gypsy inspired spring 2012 collection, Amy Kirchen, Melissa Tabor, and Nataliya Kitic. I also adored the Fashionjenn Handbags designer Jennifer Brickel-Brazys spring 2012 collection which was amazing to say the least. With the Super Bowl coming up in February and being hosted in Indianapolis this year the Midwest has a lot to prove and provide for fashion lovers. I will be working on some promotional fashion events for the Super Bowl with Midwest Fashion and I know tons of fashionistas will be looking to see what Middle America has to say.

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The sun is shining and spring is arriving! Many of us want to liven up our space! We want to paint, change the color scheme, or open up the area so it brightens up our day when we enter. All of these things can add up to you spending a pretty penny each time you get the urge to change the space. Well, we are going to give you some quick tips on how to do all of the above on a budget. 1. Go Neutral!-Choose neutral colors to paint your walls. With neutral tones you can change the color scheme of the space more cost effectively. Determine if you enjoy cool or warm tones best. Then seek your local hardware store or painter for the best choices in your neutrals. 2. Get Crafty!-When picking a color utilize your color in your accents. Change your floral arrangements, curtains, wall décor pieces to reflect the colors that make you most happy. These will play up on your neutral walls and is much less expensive then repainting the space. You can find a lot of decorating ideas at your local craft and art store. 3. Double Duty Consolidation!-Opening up the area by utilizing space you don’t see. Those nooks and crannies of your floor plan can utilize items that take up the space you desire to have. If you can consolidate and rearrange items it will open up room. Also, purchase items you can do “double duty” with and use to store items as well as decorate, for example a luxury ottoman can store your magazines, remotes, and other miscellaneous living items.

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Creatively Inclined Jason “Jay” Tardy Graphic Designer & Creative Consultant Credentials: 10 years Fashion Design, 8 years Graphic Design, Web Design and Creative Consulting Hobbies: Carpentry, Poetry, Sketching, Listening to music, Cooking, Favorite Quote “I’d rather try and fail, than fail to try”. –Author Unknown(I looked it up and the original quote is I’d rather try and fail than not try at all so since nobody claimed it and I reworded it I’ll take responsibility for it)


CLM: What inspired you to come into the Art and Design industry? Jason: I always wanted to be the well dressed kid. I’m in the generation where back then image was everything and for the most part I think I pulled it off well, but I wasn’t one of those kids who got to come to school in the middle of lunch after skipping 4 periods with the new Jordan’s. My mom wasn’t going for that so I had to work with what I had, but I never wanted to look like anybody else. I would find myself in situations envisioning outfits and going to look for them, but could never find them so I decided to start making my own clothes. CLM: What did you do to start designing your own clothes? Jason: When I started I made templates. I started designing cartoon templates on T-Shirts, like Tigger, Woodstock, Winnie the Pooh, but I did it more like painting so it ended up becoming wearable art. I got out of doing that when clothing started to evolve negatively . CLM: Why didn’t you continue and show a more positive side to it? Jason: That’s where my graphics came in. I didn’t think it would go anywhere as far as fashion, especially since most of my designs were urban based; so I distanced myself from that and started trying to do something different and when I did I found that I was good at creating graphics. CLM: What motivates you to move forward? Jason: Fear of failure. And I know that kind of contradicts my quote from earlier, but I have to try otherwise the lack of an attempt is a failure. I never want to wake up with the regret of what I could have done or where I should have been. I want to utilize the talents that I have even if they don’t always coincide with each other which is why I have to create my own footsteps. CLM: Do you have any mentors, idols, or someone you look up to? If so who and why?

Photography: Andrea Smith, Studio 57 Photography.

Jason: I can’t really say I do, I don’t want to sound arrogant. I appreciate the works of others; however, me appreciating it doesn’t always mean I like it. I want to create my own image. I’m so anti everything. Just the simple fact that lots of people are so quick to jump on the so called hottest trend out really takes the individuality out of most things. I don’t have anyone that’s guiding me into any certain direction, but I would have to say my family goes along for the ride. They pretty much support whatever decision I make, that’s not to say they like it, but if it’s what I choose then they are my biggest supporters. CLM: What are your short and long term goals, personally and in your business? Jason: I want to be successful and I want to be happy. I don’t want to be one of those people that gets up and hates their job. I don’t want to have a job to just get paid, granted that is why we work, but I don’t want that to be my motivation. My business partner and I will be starting a clothing line in a year and a half, but I am not disclosing any information on that until we officially release information. (Jason laughs and jokingly says I hope my partner knows I’m throwing her under the bus. I’m really just background she’ll be the figurehead of the company, I don’t want to end up on Media Take Out for any, reason good or bad!) CLM: What advice would you give someone who wanted to start into your field? Jason: Do it. If that’s your dream, just make sure it’s a daydream. Make sure you dream it with your eyes open too! CLM: Being in the Art and Design industry, how do you live your life Couture? Jason: I do whatever I feel, I don’t follow anybody’s rule, I wear white after Labor Day. I see something else in everything. I find the one thing you tell me is impossible and show that impossible takes a little bit longer than difficult.

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Jay Jevon Designs www.jayjevon.com jayjevon@hotmail.com


Take Flight

Author: Nichole Williamson

Top 5 Spring Break Hot Spots for 2012 Are you looking for a Couture place to enjoy your Spring Break, Where’s the action for spring break 2012? Our list of hottest spring break 2012 destinations is below! Cancun still dominates despite (false) reports of popularity decline, but travel budget staying key means Florida beaches keep climbing the spring break hot spots list. 1. Cancun - Still Number One. This little piece of Mexico is pure craziness during March and April: margarita madness and a massive influx of students doing the spring thing on dropdead gorgeous beaches and in late-late-late night clubs. Hop the ferry to Cozumel or the bus to Playa del Carmen for slower-paced sandy paradises. 2. Panama City, Florida - Take some time to see Panama City’s 27 miles of sugary sweet sand on the Gulf of Mexico (west coast of Florida, where it can be blessedly cool at night). 3. Miami and South Beach, Florida - This is prime time, South Beach and Miami Beach! Just east of Miami, South Beach is bordered by Biscayne Bay on one side and the Atlantic on the other (which is where you’ll find the beaches you’ll like). South Beach is a very cool club scene. Just up the sand is Miami Beach -- bit cheaper and less of dress-with-the-best thing. 4. Bahamas and Jamaica - Both of these beautiful Caribbean countries will see plenty of people in 2012: the blue, blue water and white, white sand of extremely accessible Nassau, Bahamas will bring lots of spring-breakers to its balmy beaches in 2012. Rent a scooter or hit the Straw Market; gambling’s on nearby Paradise Island. Bahamas spring break packages are super cheap, or you can choose a cruise! 5. Las Vegas, Nevada – Vegas Spring Break Escape 2012 – 6 Resorts, 1 Big Party!! Packages include: Entry into pool parties, Happy Hour Specials, DJs and Live Entertainment, Special Events and Exclusive Offers. Hotels participating: MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, NewYork NewYork, Luxor and Excalibur. Spring Break Couture Style – you can have it all. Prepare now, make your reservations, and get ready for lots of fun, fun, fun! For more information or to talk with a Travel Professional, email nwilliamson@couturelivingmagazine.com


Palate Teasers

Spring Selections

Meringue-Topped Strawberries & Rhubarb

Ingredients Fruit • 1 pound fresh rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, (optional) • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered, if larger Meringue • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature • 1/3 cup sugar Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Stir rhubarb, sugar and ginger (if using) in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture evenly among six 8-ounce ramekins (see Variation). Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake until the rhubarb is softened, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove the foil. 3. Carefully tuck strawberries between the chunks of rhubarb. (Do not stir or the rhubarb will break apart.) 4. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue mixing until the egg whites are glossy and hold peaks. Spoon beaten egg whites over each portion of fruit. Use a thin spatula to spread the meringue into decorative peaks. 5. Return the ramekins to the oven and bake until the meringue is lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Variation: This dish can be made in a deep-dish pie pan instead of individual ramekins; the recipe and timing are the same.

Warm Snow Pea & Chicken Salad

Ingredients • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed • 14-ounce chicken broth • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar • 3 tablespoons soy sauce • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided • 2 tablespoons tahini, or cashew butter • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 pound snow peas, trimmed and thinly slivered lengthwise • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews Preparation 1. Place chicken in a medium skillet or saucepan and add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer gently until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to cool. Shred into bite-size pieces. (Cool and refrigerate the broth, reserving it for another use.) 2. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil and tahini (or cashew butter) in a large bowl until smooth. 3. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic and cook stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in slivered peas and cook, stirring, until bright green, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the dressing.

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Author Lisa Gilliard, M.B.A., M.A.

Mature Money

Investing in your Investment: Understanding Financing Options for Home Renovations Do you own a home? Have you ever watched a renovation program on television and thought to yourself, “How can I achieve that same or similar design in my home without placing a financial burden on my household?� If so, here are three options that may help you save money, achieve the desired look, and continue to build your credit profile in the interim. Have you heard of a home-equity loan or home-equity line of credit (HELOC)? These are two separate financial options consumers can use to get the cash flow needed for everyday life. Several banks offer substantially lower rates to help individuals achieve their immediate needs. Home-equity lines of credit are great tools to get the liquid cash needed and offer consumers flexibility to repay the entire balance over a shorter period of time, usually five years or less. Generally, closing costs are very minimal or zero and with a higher credit score of 700 or better one may find interest rates are as low as 3.25%. One benefit to the home-equity line of credit is if there is a sudden increase in rates you will not be affected because, in most cases, your term and rate are locked. The next alternative to the cash flow problem may be found in a home-equity loan. A home-equity loan has a moderate to higher interest rate and would make more sense if you plan to stretch out your payments over time. By using this option there will be little need in refinancing a mortgage you have been making significant payments on for years. In this case, a consumer with a credit score of 620 or better will find the term of the loan is fixed which will allow the individual to make conscious financial decisions concerning the repayment options over the life of the loan. Another choice is to simply refinance your home with a cash-out refinance. If you choose to refinance your home with a cash option keep in mind your term may be cut in half compared to a home-equity loan, the interest rate will be lower, the payment will be less, but the closing costs will be higher. Please refer to the chart below. Financing Option Term in Years Interest Rate Monthly Payment on $50,000 Loan Home- Equity Loan 15 7.0 Cash REFI 15 3.7

$449.41 $362.37

Any one of these options can give you the financial boost to make your renovation dream a reality. Note: Each aforementioned financial option is merely a suggestion. Please consult a professional banker for information regarding your specific case. Source: www.bankrate.com

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Health First, Self First Author: CLM Editorial Team

Be Active in Staying Hydrated! With increased activity through the spring and summer months, keeping hydrated is a must! Drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day and consuming fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas can help you stay hydrated. When we become more active we lose more water so we must replenish. Becoming dehydrated can be very dangerous so let’s stay active in preventing it. Here are a few tips on how to stay hydrated! • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Consider carrying a reusable water bottle and filling it from the tap rather than purchasing bottled water, which is expensive and creates plastic bottle waste. • If plain water doesn’t interest you, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink. Or check out HINT water in our Favorite Finds section. • If you’re going to be exercising, make sure you drink water before, during, and after your work out. • Start and end your day with a glass of water. • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight loss plan, as some research suggests drinking water will help you feel full. • Drink on a schedule if you have trouble remembering to drink water. For example, drink water when you wake up; at breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the top of each hour. • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it’s free!

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Socially Living Author: Nichole Williamson Spring is fast approaching. This brings about thoughts of crisp fresh air, budding flowers, and a sense of urgency to clean and organize in preparation of social gatherings. Here are five tips to help you start the season off right and get ready for Living Social this spring: 1. Assign yourself a different task for each day - Make yourself a schedule that is comprised of one hour and one task each day. Your schedule may include: De-cluttering, Dusting, Vacuuming, Scrubbing, Organizing and Rearranging, Laundering, and Re-decorating. Then, spend one hour each day doing your assigned task for each room throughout your house. You’ll be amazed how much you get accomplished. 2. Donate or sell - If you have items you don’t use, but are in good condition, they are prime candidates to sell or donate. Gather all of these items together in boxes or plastic bags. Then, decide whether you would prefer to donate or sell them. Make it a social event and invite your friends to bring their items and have a yard sale or you can take your items and donate them together to a worthy cause. 3. Make your spring cleaning and organizing fun - Don’t think of it as a chore. Instead, think of it as a ‘feel good’ exercise--one that will really help you to feel good about yourself and your clean and organized environment, especially in preparation for a wonderful social gathering in your fresh clean space! Play some lively, fun, upbeat music. Dance your way through your home with your dust rag or vacuum. Get the family involved. Give everyone a task, and then do something relaxing afterwards, like watching a movie together or going to the park for a walk. 4. Don’t forget about the insides - It’s important to clean and organize things that are in sight all of the time, but, it’s also important to remember those items that are out of sight. Spring is a great season to organize your closets, cabinets, drawers, bins, boxes, pantry, and other inside storage areas. Make it social; invite your friends over to help you! 5. Enjoy the weather while you’re working - Do some outside organizing and yard work so you can be accomplishing something, but enjoying the nice weather at the same time. Remember when planning your social gathering, the outside is the first thing your guests will see! Clean the garage. Keep the garage door open while you’re doing so, that way you can enjoy the nice weather. There’s nothing like taking in a breath of fresh air. As you’re cleaning open the windows. You’ll be removing musty winter odors, protecting yourself from inhaling harsh fumes from cleaning products, and the fresh air will keep you going. While you’re at it, let the sun shine in. Open curtains and drapes to give you plenty of light for an energy boost. Get ready, get set, Clean! Get organized and use these helpful tips for Socially Living in preparation for Springtime.


Socially Living Metropolitian Picks and Favorite Finds Planning those vacations, Spring Breaks, and awesome quick getaways…always check out our list of Metropolitan picks and our Favorite Finds!

Metropolitan Picks

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Negril, Jamaica Nassau, Bahamas Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Naples, Florida Palms Springs, California Las Vegas, Nevada Amador, Panama Koh Lipe, Thailand Portovenere, Italy

We have our selected favorites but we want to know yours! No matter what city, country, or state ... we want you to share the enjoyment and help us spread the word about Send us your input on the lounges, clubs, restaurants, historical places you enjoy or frequent! Email us your review today! It may end up on our top 10!


Favorite Finds Many of us are on the track to getting fit and in shape! Check out our new favorite, the MYTRAK Biggest Loser Slim Coach that definitely will help you stay motivated! A small adaptive device which can be conveniently worn everyday to motivate activity, track calorie burn, and monitor physical exertion. Available at mytrak.com and Best Buy Stores for $129

These favorite finds we reviewed on IndyStyle TV and are a great bang for your Buck! Tattooed by Inky-Stay fresh with these 5 great scents! Available at Target Stores for $5.99

Supersmile Quikee- An Awesome No brush/No rinse whitening tooth polish that whitens teeth and freshens breath. Available at www.supersmile.com for $16 Suki Lip Repair Butter-All natural long-wear, matte, super-protective lip treatment that soothes redness, chapping, and discomfort. Available at www.sukiskincare for $10.95

HINT Water- Stay hydrated with this refreshing unsweetened essence water. Ten summer savvy flavors available at Whole Foods. $1.79 COLD-EEZE Oral Spray- Don’t let sickness ruin your days. Cut your cold with this sweet tasting oral spray that reduces the severity of the common cold by nearly half. Available at CVS and Rite Aid stores, $9.95.

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