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Katie Rymer’s love for her hometown combined with her passion for writing make her the ideal managing editor for Knoxville Style.


9 Beauty for the Ages by Susan Bourdeau

22 The Aaron White Project

39 Local Colors by Suzanne Cada

12 Ask Carrie M. by Carrie McConkey

25 Five Fabulous Femmes by Katie Rymer

41 Theatre Scene by Linda Parris-Bailey

14 Fit & Fun by Betsy Johnson

32 Millennial Style Report

42 Wine & Dine by Shawn Mason

17 New View by Courtney Cunningham

34 Look Good & Feel Good by Kristie Carson

45 Flower Power By Savannah Pannell

18 Garden Picnic by Whitney Bowman

36 Found Sound by Jeanine Fuller

47 Style GPS by Sarah Brobst

ON THE COVER: Wardrobe: Est8te: MakeUp: Susan Bourdeau: | Hair: Salon Visage:




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n your hands is the very first issue of Knoxville Style. Maybe the beautiful cover caught your eye, maybe you saw us on social media, or maybe you just want to see what we bring to the already crowded table of magazines. I assure you, we are not just a pretty cover. We have collaborated with talented women from the Knoxville area to provide relevant, interesting, and inspiring articles to enrich what little time you have to browse through the pages. From the latest fashion trends, wardrobe advice, and makeup tips, to interior design ideas, recipes, and wine pairings, our goal is to encourage every woman to embrace her own look and express herself with confidence. Now more than ever, we all could use a celebration of beauty, inside and out. Do you recognize anyone on the cover? Look again. In everyday life, they aren’t quite so glamorous, but they are beautiful, passionate women who serve our community in real, tangible ways. They personify our mission to be the good we want to see. Knoxville Style is for women, by women with an intentional selection of articles to touch the heart, inspire the mind, and enrich the soul. Our entire production team is deeply rooted in Knoxville: the publisher, designer, editor, sales executives, photographers, and every contributor. Together, we will work to feature what is great in this town—our unique style— and I am so grateful for this opportunity and front row seat. We’d love for you to share this issue with a friend, but we won’t tell if you keep it for yourself. Everyone can go to for much, much more! Katie Rymer Managing Editor






According to Pantone, Ultraviolet is the color of the year, so be prepared to see it everywhere, in lipstick, eye shadow, blush and nail polish. Ultraviolet is the Ultra color for 2018! Try a light sweep of color over your eyelid, or use an Ultraviolet eye liner for a bolder look. To really make a statement, match your lips and nails with this daring shade. According to Pantone Ultraviolet “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultraviolet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”


I love the Elegant Shimmer makeup trend because it adds a little flair to our casual lifestyles and it’s super easy to achieve. Start with a matte base on your eyelids, then add a buff or gold shimmer on top of the lids, just where your iris is, and in the corners of your eyes. Avoid the area below the brow bone, as this area can become textured with age. Shimmer in this area will actually make you look older. On your cheek bones, add a little shimmer powder for Apply a little gloss dimension. This causes light to bounce off your cheeks, in the center of giving your skin a beautiful glow. (Think J Lo!) the lip to create Finish the look with a sheer lip gloss. To add fullness, fullness. place a touch off shimmer powder to the center of your bottom lip.

SURFACE If Ultraviolet isn’t the shade for you, try a plum or mauve, and still be in on the purple trend.

Heavy powders and matte finish foundations make us look older. Cold weather, dry climate, indoor pollutants and artificial heat take their toll and cause our delicate skin to dry out, flake, and exaggerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Combat these elements with skincare products enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, and Retinoids—ingredients that act like a fountain of youth to brighten and hydrate your skin, as well as plump up fine wrinkles—they really do lift and firm your skin. Twice weekly, use an exfoliating scrub with a chemical element like Lactic Acid to minimize pores and reduce fine lines, leaving you with a fresh, youthful, glowing complexion. Finally, treat yourself to a weekly moisture intensive masque to boost natural collagen production and get glowing! KNOXVILLE STYLE 9

The secret to making up a mature face is to not go overboard. You don’t want to appear as if you are wearing a lot of makeup, so start light and add more if needed.


My favorite thing about 2018 is the death of the “Instagram Eyebrow!” You know, the one that looks like a caterpillar just crawled across your face. But a well-groomed eyebrow is always in style. As the “frame” of your face, a great set of eyebrows gives you a youthful appearance. Clean up your brow-line by plucking stray or unruly hairs. Don’t go crazy—full eyebrows are a sign of youth! Be aware that frequent overtweezing now will leave you with sad, thin brows later. To create desired brow fullness, use a powder and wax combination in a color one or two shades darker than your natural (or current) hair color. Fill in sparse areas with the powder and a stiff angle brush, then apply wax to tame any unruly brows.

Leave flat, matte skin to 2017 and receive the gift of healthy glowing skin this spring.



Some of the hottest makeup trends out there are anything but wearable, and if you’re like me, you probably aren’t going to be wearing two toned lip colors, glitter lips, “cheek color bursts” in bright reds and yellows, or glossy black eyes. Instead, try the new Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Trending for good reason, they come in amazing shades and stay on your lips forever! Try a bold shade of hot pink, coral or plum. For those not quite so daring, try a nude or pale pink. For a more traditional look, I love a beautiful shimmery apricot shade of lipstick. It looks great on everyone, no matter your age!

Line both upper and lower eyelids, as well as the inside water line, with a flesh-toned pencil to create brightness. This will make you look rested and take years off your face. If you want a natural, light eye, simply sweep a bright colored neutral matte shade over the entire lid. Apply a liner over the upper lashes, smudging so you don’t have a harsh line.

For a bolder look, apply a contour shadow in the eye crease. Stay away from frosted eyeshadows, as these highlight crepey or textured skin. Instead use a light grey or light brown matte shadow to create definition. If you feel like you need a touch of shimmer,

add it to the inside corners of your eyes. For women with dark under-eye circles, use either a bright pink or bright yellow (depending on your skin tone) under eye powder to diminish the discoloration.

You look great in roses, mauves and berries. Deep plum, chocolate or red is fabulous with darker skin tones. If you’ve heavily made up your eyes, go for a light or nude lip. I love a bold red lip, but if you are going to wear a bold lip, tone down the eye makeup. Keep the shadow neutral. A classic smoky eye goes great with a nude lip.

If you wear glasses, use a bright, bold lip color to balance out the heaviness of the frames.

Dark lipstick on a heavily made up face can look clownish and also makes your teeth appear yellow.

Not sure which shade is best for you? The best natural lip shade will be just a shade or two darker than your natural lip color.

Frosted shades can make you look older by reducing the appearance of your lip size, so try to avoid these mistakes!

If you have fair skin, use either a nude shade in a slightly apricot hue, or use pinks and light corals.

Watch as I apply these techniques on both celebrities and personal clients, and see my full product range, on my web site:

Women with medium skin tone can go a bit darker.

Susan Bourdeau is a stylist and make-up artist who has developed her own line of skin care and beauty products.


ask CARRIE M. Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.

Carrie McConkey considers herself a practical fashionista, and a “clothes whisperer” for her clients, taking great pleasure in helping them channel their signature style.

-Karl Lagerfeld

My closet is a graveyard of shoes that I love but aren’t necessarily practical for everyday life. Any tips on investing in footwear? When I experienced a stress fracture in my foot, my “shoe view” completely changed! The term “investing” is a smart one – be good to your feet. Leather is better: it will last longer, mold to your foot comfortably, and retains less odor. Also, be aware of arch support and the width of your foot. Physician-recommended brands that are attractive and foot-healthy include Vionic, Fit Flop, Alegria, Abeo, Taos, Dansco, Mephisto, Naot, Merrell and Keen, and can be found locally at Big Oak Shoes, Coffin’s Shoes, and Mast General Store. And for a stylish splurge, try local favorite Patricia Nash! Are there any fashion “dos” and “don’ts” for mature women? Do realize you can have style at any age. Don’t dress in the types of clothes you would have worn 35 years ago. Do show less skin overall, but don’t hide areas that are still going strong (think Tina Turner and her fabulous legs!!). Do wear classic, well-made clothing in quality fabrics, and don’t wear girlish silhouettes with ruffles and empire waistlines. Do concentrate on your signature style – a “look” that fits your body type, lifestyle, and personality. Don’t focus on what you can no longer pull off… celebrate the many clothing options women now have! What trendy item should I purchase to update my closet? Trendy items will always add freshness to your wardrobe, but spend less on them because they


will have a shorter life. (For example: don’t buy an expensive cold-shoulder top made out of cashmere!) Check sale racks and outlet stores. Retailers will always have what is “in” on their racks. Take a look at your closet and see what you need, then go to your favorite store and have fun! This sounds weird, but how often can I get away with wearing the same thing? As I write this, I am wearing a black merino wool turtleneck sweater. I own two of the same and wear them nearly every day in the wintertime. If the item in question is a neutral color and a classic silhouette, it can be worn many, many times. Dress it up. Dress it down. Switch out accessories. Distract people with a different hairstyle. If said item is a top, layer it or wear it alone. Think about the menfolk and their suits. Different shirts, ties, shoes, socks, pocket squares – voila! What is the simplest way to accessorize? I feel my look can be a little flat when I walk out the door without jewelry. Remember that accessories can go beyond jewelry. Are you a shoe enthusiast? Make that your focal point. Handbags make your heart beat? Invest in a statement purse (tie a scarf around it to change it up). If you have a sentimental piece of jewelry, consider wearing it every day. Think about what type of jewelry you love (Necklaces? Bracelets? Earrings?) and focus on that instead of being overwhelmed by an entire ensemble!




y name is Betsy and I wanted to tell you a little about myself before we get down to business. I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and moved to Knoxville fifteen years ago with my husband, Jonathan. He grew up here, so we knew it would be a fabulous place to raise a family and lay down roots. From the beginning, people have been so warm and welcoming, and I’ve made incredible friendships. Today, Jonathan and I have two boys, ages 10 and 13, and we love exploring the mountains together and being outdoors as much as possible. Beauty is all around us. From running on a trail or greenway to watching the sunrise or sunset from a nearby park, I’m grateful to call Knoxville home. In fact, I do the majority of my workouts outside because it’s where I feel my best. I also love helping other people feel their best and achieve their personal fitness goals. Maybe you’re frustrated by all the different options out there, or you’ve tried and failed too many times to count, I know how to integrate a healthy lifestyle into a busy one.

I love helping people feel their best and achieve their fitness goals.


I understand how hard it is to stay on track, and to keep any kind of a schedule when life gets hectic. With a career and two busy boys, I have to practice what I preach! I offer one-on-one nutritional and fitness consulting (see www., as well as operate a meal preparation service called Betsy’s Pantry by Chef David. I enjoy speaking to people of all ages about healthy living because the sooner we understand how to make good choices, or even how to translate nutrition facts labels, the better off we’ll all be. First, think about what food you should eat and how often. Your metabolism is greatly affected by skipping meals, and frequently eating small portions of healthy foods is important to keep up blood sugar levels and energy. One client wisely used her phone to set alarm reminders with fun emojis of good food choices. We all know the day can get away from us quickly, and six hours pass without eating so much as an almond. Second, make a healthy grocery shopping list and stick to it. Ignore the BOGO offer in the candy aisle—you’ll pay for it more than you save. Remember, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Especially for weight loss, a healthy lifestyle is 80% food choices and only

20% exercise. Then, if you skip a meal because life happens, you won’t grab the box of empty calories tempting you from the shelf. A third suggestion is to start a food journal and recognize eating patterns, even for a 3-day period. You may identify what time those cravings hit and head them off with a larger portion of protein at lunch, for example. Or, if you mindlessly eat crackers because your child left the bag open on the counter, a journal can keep you accountable to make sure what you put in your mouth is good for your body. Finally, make small goals and keep them. If you need help setting those goals or staying focused, call me. A fad diet might work in the short term, but once you stop the program, whatever you lost will come back in a hurry. A consistent and realistic lifestyle change is the only way you’ll get off the carousel of weight loss . No secret formula, no expensive powder or pill that wreaks havoc on your system, but nutrition as nature intended.

Betsy ran her first marathon when she was a senior in high school, and she has been running ever since. She earned her marketing degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In 2002, she moved to Knoxville and became more competitive in marathons and triathlons. She has a certification in Nutritional Coaching through ISSA and she has completed 10 marathons around the country, including 4 Boston Marathons (running her 5th Boston in April of 2018), and numerous half-marathons. Betsy has also competed in a variety of short-distance, Olympic distance, half-iron distance triathlons included qualifying for Half Ironman World Championships and completed it in September 2017 and a full Ironman in 2014.





y name is Courtney Cunningham. I am a wife, mother, sister, business owner, among many other things. While each role brings joy and a certain fulfillment, there is still a part of me that feels like something is missing. I am now on a journey to understand why.

Here is what I am learning. We are so quick to give away our power through comparison. We’re so afraid to reveal flaws or even to appear that we don’t have it all together. Fearing exposure, we begin to hide our flaws, but in doing so, we also hide our true selves and our unique gifts. These gifts are like road maps directing our way, and without them, we become lost. This weakens us, and those around us, because comparison is not rooted in truth. When we give into this cycle, we lose our footing. We need to regain our power, because it is necessary for growth. I have lost much of myself through hiding. For so long, I have allowed my brokenness to define me, but I see now that its purpose is not to define me, but to refine me. I did not recognize the power and beauty that lies in the the ability to break. I’m meant to remain open through my brokenness and encourage others to do the same. The breaking reminds me that we are not meant to struggle alone, and we cannot grow in the dark.


Andrea Madeleine Photography

True growth requires true community. Instead of dividing our power through comparison, we need to combine our power and unite. By coming together, we allow each other to come apart in the ways that each need to. Through true community, we break the cycle of comparison. We begin this process by reaching out to people that we trust and sharing our stories. Our words and actions have tremendous power. We must use them to empower others. They can heal or harm, create pain or provide comfort. We must learn to see others with open eyes and open hearts and speak truth kindly into their lives. They, in turn, will become empowered to do this for us, and brick by brick, the walls crumble. As we begin to see ourselves in a new light, our roots grow and destroy the walls that have kept us isolated and apart from each other for far too long. I am choosing to allow myself to break. I believe that in doing so, I am becoming who I am meant to become. We cannot grow when we are hiding and we cannot grow in the dark. I see my need for others now more than ever. I know that my true growth lies in my ability to help those around me grow. I am strongest when I am strengthening others. As their path becomes clearer, so does mine. We need to become a new mirror for each other, a mirror that doesn’t hide the brokenness, but reflects the strength and beauty in breaking. This is the journey that I am on. I invite you along. KNOXVILLE STYLE 17




Isn’t everyone looking forward to warm spring days and picnics? Colby West and I had so much fun styling this design on a beautiful April day last year. PHOTOGRAPHS BY

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Colby West Design


Isn’t everyone looking forward to warm spring days and picnics? Inspired by nature Colby West and I had so much fun styling this design on a beautiful April day last year Enjoy these lovely images courtesy of Dixie Pixel, owned by Tara Kneiser. I hope you can use these ideas to inspire your own Garden Picnic.





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In the age of social media, stunning images and overpinned Pinterest boards can easily skew your vision and clutter your perspective about what truly reflects you and yours. Whether I’m hosting my own event or planning for a client, I ask myself two important questions: how do I put my personal touch on this occasion, and what will people remember from this gathering? I achieve the desired results from stepping outside of my comfort zone, pushing my creative limits, and last but not least, providing a gracious, welcoming environment that exceeds expectations of my clients and their guests. Adding a dose of Southern charm never hurts!

How we got the look: Colby’s heirloom quilt is the perfect base for blue Spode China, my grandfather’s pewter mugs, a picnic set (a favorite wedding gift), and assorted antique baskets. Adding unexpected elements, such as linen napkins and Couzon flatware, elevates the ambiance as sterling silver cake stands raise the bar for dessert. At home (not in the Botanical Garden!), you might clip cherry blossoms or dogwood blooms, spread fresh foraged moss, and then complete the look with wicker baskets full of beautiful peonies. All that remains is the best part: food. d Whitney Bowman has over twenty years’ experience planning events and weddings in the southeast, and specializes in large parties, rehearsal dinners, weddings, intimate gatherings, and stylings.


Knoxville’s Botanical Garden and Arboretum is just five minutes from downtown and provides the perfect backdrop for the season’s first picnic. Sure, you could pack turkey sandwiches and grab any old blanket, but with a little preparation, you can make the occasion even more special. I am a firm believer in mixing the old with the new; for example, pick up rattan charges and bamboo silverware from The Glass Bazaar, then add the china plates inherited from your grandmother. Hosting an event and incorporating meaningful items with personal history customizes the experience to be uniquely you and will help your guests feel more valued.





he Aaron White Project presents Catharsis, an immersive creative experience to benefit Knoxville’s own Breast Connect, Inc. The evening will feature cocktails and hors d’ouevres, live music, fashion photography, and a full fashion show featuring stylist Teri Clark; local denim designer Marc Nelson; and Atlanta’s specialty boutique Elite Pour La Vie, offering couture from Paris and the Middle East. Aaron White is a stylist, creative director, photographer, and entrepreneur.

Wardrobe: Elite Pour la Vie ( Stylist: Aaron White ( Hairstylist: Kristen KC Colemon ( Makeup: Jewely Marie ( Model: Jewel May Photography: Robert Berlin, Open Roads Media ( Location: Jackson Terminal (


For the Green Vintage photo: Wardrobe: Teri Clark ( Stylist: Aaron White ( Hairstylist: Kristen KC Colemon ( Makeup: Jewely Marie ( Model: LaToya Johnson Photography: Robert Berlin, Open Roads Media ( Location: Jackson Terminal (

March 5, 2018 at the historic Jackson Terminal. Doors open at 7pm. Fashion show begins at 8pm.



FOR SURVIVORS BY SURVIVORS Take a breath, we’ve been there and we are here for you. BY



hen I was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2011, what followed for me was a lumpectomy and 33 radiation treatments. And my life moved on. Then, at the end of 2013, quite a few friends were diagnosed and I suddenly realized that my circle of breast cancer survivors was pretty darn large. I couldn’t help wondering if we got together for happy hour, could something good come of this? I had no idea what was about to happen. On February 6th, 2014 fourteen of us, including four young, newly-diagnosed women got together for something we then called “Happy Hour for a Cure.” We told stories. We laughed. We cried. And something magical happened. These women exchanged phone numbers, friended each other on social media and became very close friends. For many of them, Breast Cancer didn’t seem so scary anymore. It was so simple: share similar experiences and bring comfort and support to one another. But that summer we lost one of those young women, and getting together didn’t seem good enough anymore. Then Allen Pannell, my partner in this organization, joined our group as the only male after his wife passed away from breast cancer. We felt there must be more we could do to help women understand their diagnosis. That Fall, the idea of a locally-based, non-profit breast cancer website was born, and the group came up with the perfect name of BreastConnect. org. We met with women of all ages, who had different sur-


geries and treatments, and asked what they wish they’d known in the beginning. How did you choose your doctors? Where did you get your wig? Best books to read? We created a private Facebook group. In May of 2016, went live. Healthcare and physician links, educational material, questions to ask your doctor, retail lists, and advice for the newly diagnosed are features the site offers.  Our Sisterhood Program matches a newly diagnosed patient in the East Tennessee area with a local survivor based on her expressed needs. We now know that social connections and support help increase survival, as many members find our group to be empowering, educational, and reassuring. Through our evolution from Happy Hour to Facebook to Website, the focus of Breast Connect remains Survivor helping Survivor. Please like our public Facebook page Breast Connect Inc. If you are newly diagnosed, or are a survivor who would like to pay it forward, please join our private Facebook group Breast Connect Knoxville. Breast Connect, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization with a board of directors, and all monetary donations are tax deductible. We are an all-volunteer association with no payroll, and happily accept donations or funding to maintain our website, support group gatherings, special events, Sisterhood Program, and other program needs. For more information, call Nina Howell at 865.409.0410. 

5 Fabulous femmes B Y K AT I E RY M E R

Each of these five lovely women bravely steps out of

her comfort zone to appear on the first cover of our first issue, without knowing why she was chosen. Together, they model our mission at Knoxville Style—to celebrate the beauty in all women as we inspire and encourage one another. The fabulous femmes you see here exhibit the personal drive to serve others, the strength to overcome obstacles, and the passionate pursuit to live with purpose. They did not know each other before the photo shoot, and they were interviewed separately. We asked seven questions related to style, and discovered they are remarkably similar despite different ages, backgrounds, and experiences. What you see is only a hint of what you get. PHOTOGRAPHS BY

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WS: I am a mom to three little people: twin boys who are What brought you to Knoxville, and what keeps you here? nine and a little girl who is five. I work with Beautycounter, a Ashley Bell: Whether you are looking for shows, shopping, nightlife, or nature, you’ve got it here in Knoxville. Yet with all its non-toxic beauty brand. For fun, my most treasured moments are any time I get to spend with my family or friends. vibrancy, you can still find southern charm and hospitality. What’s your personal style, and has your style changed Linda Marion: I moved from Nashville to Knoxville in 1964…Alover time? though I’m a native Middle Tennessean, I love East Tennessee— AB: My style is fluid. I love experimenting and dressing to my the geography, culture, history, and the vibrant reawakening of mood. It’s not strange to find me in a wig or with makeup styles the city. from other decades. Style is just another way we can artistically Renee Kelly: [I am] born, bred, and fed in Knoxville. Family, express ourselves, and I choose to have fun with that. friends that are like family, friendly folks around town, an innoLM: I appreciate good style and love consignment shopping and vative Charter school, and the Vols keep me here. Seema Singh-Perez: When I was two, we moved from India with finding unique items to pair. I still mourn the loss of Watson’s downtown! I think of my style as what my father, a Fulbright scholar, to NY I choose to do with my time, how I and later to Knoxville after he accepted express myself in my writing and with a teaching position at UT… I feel like my my friends and family, rather than what roots run really deep here. Even though I wear. I was born in a different country, this is RK: My personal style is classic with home. . . and where I want my daughter “swag!” My style has essentially reto grow up. has such a sense of mained the same over time; however, Wendy Starliper: I moved here in fifth I enjoy adding trendy pieces to my grade when my mom moved us from community. mostly classic closet. a smaller town to give us a fresh start. SSP: When I was younger, I was very Knoxville has such a sense of commuSo many incredible thin and it was easy to look good withnity. So many incredible people truly out really thinking about it. As I got care about each other. It’s a wonderful people truly care older and gained weight, I just went to place to raise a family. It’s large enough sweatpants, and I really lost my sense to have opportunities for culture and about each other. of style and my self-esteem. I had to entertainment, but small enough to feel realize that I’m perfectly beautiful. It’s like a hometown. It’s a wonderful all natural, it’s all life. I’m not going to Tell us what you do—for work take my style cues from the outside. and for fun. place to raise a WS: My personal style is pretty casual, AB: I own Painting with a Twist in but pulled together. I love feminine downtown Knoxville…It’s a nice way to family. details and clean lines. I like things relax and just enjoy the creative side of that are effortless, comfortable, and life. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring, WENDY STA RLIPER timeless. I tend to wear a lot of neutral finding fun ways to keep active, and excolors and add fun accessories or perimenting with plant-based recipes. I shoes… My style has become less trendy and more practical. recently started a food blog on Instagram @wfpbv. I want to collect more timeless pieces and have less, but truly LM: I’m an editor at the University of Tennessee in the internal love what I have. audit and compliance department. My heartwork, however, is What is your signature look or that go-to style when writing poetry and plays, gardening, meditating and studying you need that extra oomph? Buddhist meditation, and being a grandmother to two beautiful AB: It really depends. I love wigs, though! And some matte lip little girls, Eleanor and Vivian. I’m an avid theatre- and moviecolor. goer, and a freelance editor for book and other projects. As a LM: I love boots, shawls, and textured stockings with skirts. board member of Knoxville’s newest theatre, Flying Anvil, I see RK: Power pearls and/or red lips. They convey that “I ain’t all of its productions and write for The Hammer Ensemble. playin’!” HA! RK: I’m the School Director of Emerald Academy. My work SSP: I felt a real sense of victory wearing Indian clothes to my WITH amazing educators FOR scholars and their family is fun! swearing-in ceremony because it hasn’t been done before. SSP: I wear many hats, and the newest one is City Council. It’s Indian women, all women, have been held back so long that to enjoyable and very daunting at times, but I enjoy learning so it’s wear beautiful feminine Indian clothing makes me feel really okay. . .It’s exciting. For fun, I love to garden, I love my animals, powerful. and taking care of my children. These are the things I love, and WS: I love all things faux fur, fringe, sparkly, or animal print. I simple time with my chickens.











to all the women that supported all of those men, whose names tend to go with something black and simple, but add one of we’ll never know. [these] styles to give the look some interest and pizazz. WS: My greatest influence/inspiration is my mother. She was a What are three can’t-live-without things in your closet? widow at the age of 35 with three children. I am now a widow Your bag? Your home? at 40 with three children. Our stories are oddly similar. I learned AS: Comfortable shoes; loose-leaf tea; and most importantly, from her to put family first always, choose joy, choose advenmy fur-babies! ture, and never quit. Seeing her strength and selfless love has LM: Books; a good stainless cooker; and my sheltie, Frankie been a beautiful example of how to live well and love well. Bear. There’s a lot that we do not get to choose, but we can always RK: Little black dresses; “Gel” lipstick by MAC; and candles. choose our reactions and our attitudes. SSP: Boots in winter/dresses in summer; computer/phone; and Whom do you aspire to influence or mentor and my Peterson Nature Identification guides. in what ways? WS: A great pair of jeans; Beautycounter lip gloss; and dark AB: My goals are to sprinkle a little chocolate. love with everyone I meet. Sometimes What’s your style philosophy? that’s easier said than done as we all AB: “Do You!” Wear what makes have bad days. But that’s the point, I YOU happy and makes YOU feel suppose. Life is sometimes hard, and comfortable! we can never truly know what someone LM: Eclectic in all things—my clothinspire everyone else is facing, so the more love you can ing, belongings, reading, writing, and radiate into the world, the better! movies. Being eclectic means I can to know that LM: I try to pay it forward, especially appreciate and emulate a wide variety in the writing community, connecting of styles and surroundings for inspirathey can be writers and publishers, writer and tion, confidence, and comfort. writer, friend and friend. My meditaRK: “When you look good, you feel significant in this tion practice is teaching me that the good! When you feel good, you play ego isn’t what moves you forward in good. When you play good, they pay world by looking life—it’s the openheartedness, kindness, good.” ~ Deion Sanders and compassion you show others—and SSP: I needed the confidence to find outside of themyourself. my own style as my body changed, RK: I hope to positively inspire everyand remember that what matters selves to their one that I encounter in some way! “Do more is my inner style rather than an all the good you can, By all the means outer look. surroundings and you can, In all the ways you can, In all WS: Keep it simple. Your style should the places you can, At all the times you be an extension of who you are, not community. can, To all the people you can, As long overpower you. There’s truth in the SEEMA SING H-PEREZ as ever you can.” ~John Wesley old adage, “Dress for success.” When SSP: I want to empower all the people your style reflects who you are, it who don’t think they can make a differgives you confidence. ence in this world— ordinary folks. I want to inspire everyone Who has been your greatest influence or inspiration? AB: Most definitely my mother! She has been my rock through all to know that they can be significant in this world by looking outside of themselves to their surroundings and community. the ups and downs in life. I wish I had half her grace and poise. Very small things can be huge gestures. LM: I can’t choose between my maternal grandmother and my stepmother, so I must choose both. These women, in their pres- WS: I know this sounds pretty lofty, but I hope to influence anyone that crosses my path. I believe we all have a purpose ence alone, were examples of pure kindness and selflessness— for being here and we are much more alike than different. and I hope I gleaned some of these qualities from them. You don’t need an important title to be kind, to encourage, RK: My inspiration in the field of education is Dr. Lula Powell, or to lead. It has always been on my heart to mentor younger my elementary school principal. She exemplified style, grace, women. We receive so many messages about how to be the class. . .and wore pantyhose, heels, and a smile every day! perfect this or that, but so few are willing to tell us it’s okay to SSP: All the women in my family through the generations inspire me. When I was thirteen, I found out during a visit to India be real. I would actually love to see more of a community of women pouring into other women. I feel we each have a rethat women weren’t noted in the family book of names. Girls sponsibility to share what we have learned along the way and don’t go down in history… I didn’t realize that’s just the way it was, so it really affected me and made me start paying attention help make each other better. Even if it’s only with one person.

I want to


style REPORT


As we start to thaw out from the winter’s chill, spring gives us fresh looks and inspiration! 


Millennials and Zeds know it’s tough to keep track of the rapidly changing fashion trends thanks to social media. A popular influencer can snap a picture in an outfit, and it’s all the rage next week. It can be tedious to stay on top of all the new styles. No worries, we got you! Here are five trends we’re predicting for spring 2018:

Don’t throw out your sequin party dress from 2007 just yet! A once-forgotten trend of the 2000’s has reemerged with a vengeance. Sparkles aren’t just for the New Year. Sequins are great for making a sparkly statement this spring.




Sporty looks are abundant among top designers. Versace gave us color-block track suits. Fenty X Puma had an unforgettable motocross-inspired show. Stylish wind breakers, sweats, and basketball jerseys can help release your inner Sporty Spice!

Satin has been draped all over the 2018 runway. It’s the perfect, light fabric to add some shine to your spring wardrobe. You’ll be comfortable and cute in this breezy material in daytime or night.


Plaid is back in a big way! Checkered patterns are popping up everywhere, and pairs perfectly with a casual, grunge style. Plaid is on the rise with designers and fashionista influencers alike.




Lilac is shaping up to be the “it” color for 2018. From makeup to fashion, lilac and lavender hues are favored by top designers. This color has been seen from Valentino, Michael Kors, and many more. We are loving this soft, pastel color for 2018!


Feminine Style from our Color and Karat™, Splendido Oro™, Moissanite Fire®, Remy Rotenier for Bella Luce® and Off Park Collection™:Bold Style from our Artisan Collection of Bali™ 34 KNOXVILLE STYLE







s a wife, mom and TV host, I always think looking good makes you feel good—y’all, that’s half the battle for me! Seriously, though, looking put together is powerful and affects not only how you feel, but how others see you. First impressions are key, whether going for a job interview or on a first date, so present yourself in the best light. A little effort goes a long way even if you’re just grabbing a quick cup of coffee with your bestie or enjoying a lowkey evening with the family. We should all strive to look and feel our best. No need to stress while you dress your best, it’s super easy to find a few little things to make a big difference. You don’t have to spend a ton of time and money to look better, sometimes a simple necklace can add sparkle or a colorful gemstone will bring out your eyes. Here are a few looks to get you started. With a home shopping industry career spanning more than 20 years, Kristie is currently a JTV trend reporter. She adores her family, french fries, and loves doing laundry. KNOXVILLE STYLE 35


is a true Afro-Appalachian cultured yet down to earth Renaissance woman. Affectionately deemed the ‘Tennessee Ukulele Lady,’ Kelle is a jazz singer, musician, songwriter, teacher, actress, artist, clothing & jewelry designer, gardener, community organizer, and TV and radio personality. Her talents seem limitless. Kelle hosts her very own radio show on WUOT called “Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly,” that focuses solely on local, national & international singers of jazz.  

Celebrating this year’s Women in Jazz Jam Festival weekend, coming up on March 16th, we are featuring these talented women who are just a few of Knoxville’s finest women in jazz.


is more than simply a fine performer. She is a violinist whose versatility and expressive artistry consistently bring audiences to their feet. Her visibility as a jazz artist began with her long-standing membership as first violinist of the Uptown String Quartet (with Lesa Terry, Maxine Roach and Eileen Folson) and the Max Roach Double Quartet. She is in demand as an educator, panel specialist and leader of jazz improv workshops, rhythm clinics and master classes.


Anna Helms is a rising young star saxophonist around the Knoxville area. She recently premiered The Anna Helms Quartet on WDVX’s Blue Plate Special. She is currently in the Jazz saxophone program at UT and is the only female in this program. She plays in several groups around the Knoxville area, such as the Old City Buskers & Scruffy City Syncopators. Anna has been a part of the Women in Jazz Jam Festival Band since its inception. Jeanine Fuller is a local jazz artist who sings at the KMA Live after 5, among other places all over Knoxville, and you can find her sound at 36 KNOXVILLE STYLE



local COLORS 

PAULA CAMPBELL has spent fifteen+ years teaching art, graphic design and photography. Currently she is an adjunct instructor in the Fine Arts Department at Maryville College. She just received “Best of Show” in the National Juried Exhibition at the Emporium for one of her photographs.

KATE McCOLLUGH presently teaches a watercolor class at the Fountain City Art Center, and was former president of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, a member of the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville, and a signature member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society.


is a teaching artist, renting studio space in Studios North in Knoxville’s Fourth and Gill neighborhood. A long time potter and former public school elementary art teacher, she now teaches adult mixed media and alcohol ink techniques and occasional kids’ art classes. Her work has been shown locally at The Emporium, Arts in the Airport, A1LabArts, Fountain City Art Center, TVUU Church, Temple Beth El Gallery and Broadway Studios and Galleries.

Suzanne Cada is Deputy Director of the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance, located in the Emporium building at 100 Gay Street. KNOXVILLE STYLE 39


The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. was founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970. We are a Knoxville-based professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. We work in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, and leaders to create original, theatrical works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. We serve communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for their original aesthetic. Our artistic vision is rooted in the practice of revealing, reframing, and reclaiming the hidden stories of our communities. We begin by listening deeply to the each other’s narrative. We believe that this process is what reveals the beauty of our collective experiences. Listening to each other deeply creates space for us each to embrace the hardest parts of our stories while leaning into the freedom of healing in spite of them. We believe that this process also has the power to reframe our experiences and provide the kinds of healing it takes to release us from strongholds that have held us hostage over time. Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens is a tribute to the little known Black women who crossed this country in search of freedom in the 1800’s. They were brave determined women escaping slavery and CO M ING N E X T:


other forms of bondage. They reshaped their own lives and the lives of other women and men of color throughout the nation. The play is designed to reframe the story of the western migration and to tell the un-glorious stories of human beings escaping the harshest realities and “Making a way out of no way.” First produced in 1983, Dark Cowgirls is the third in our 50th Anniversary series of remounted works. With major funding provided by the Roy Cockrum Foundation, the Anniversary series is a three-year project with CBT original works being produced twice per year. The first in the series was Between A Ballad and A Blues and the second, recently produced was Nothin’ Nice. Look for three more productions to round out the series! Visit our website

Opening Night : Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Linda Parris-Bailey is the Executive/Artistic Director and primary Playwright-in-Residence for The Carpetbag Theatre Inc. (CBT) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre 1704 Andy Holt Avenue Knoxville, TN, 37996 KNOXVILLE STYLE 41


wineDINE Wine trends for 2018 include Rosé and boxed wines.

Shawn Mason has worked in the wine and spirits distribution industry for a decade and is a Certified Specialist of Wine.

Cote des Roses from the Languedoc, which comes in a beautiful bottle with an etched rose on the bottom, but the juice inside is even lovelier. Fresh strawberries, citrus, and floral notes make it easy to drink on its own or paired with a delicious salad or shellfish. This may surprise you, but the stigma of boxed wine being undesirable and cheap no longer applies. Some boxed wines are organic, superb in quality, and an amazing value. I always unashamedly have a box of red open on my counter. It is great for your weekday glass and to use for cooking. Try out La Nevera from Spain- declassiDon’t be afraid fied Riojo from organically grown vineyards to try something available in red, white, new or ashamed to and rosé.  y goal is to remove the Chile is a wine-growstick with your pretentiousness and ing region gaining some intimidation associattention in the wine favorite. ated with wine for business. Once thought the end consumof as only growing green, er—a.k.a. you. Wine and spirits are meant vegetal Cabernets and Carménère, some to be enjoyed and shared to enhance your producers are showing the outstanding dining experience, not become an added potential of growing non-traditional source of stress. You don’t have to spend varietals like Syrah and Pinot Noir in a bunch of money, either, as price is not Chile. Chile is also a great place to shop to always equal to quality. get some bang for your buck. Despite beRosé wine sales will continue to grow ing so close to the equator, the Elqui Valthis year, and due to an earlier picking ley gets blasted with cold winds from season in 2017, some vintages are already the Pacific which help create high-acid, making their way onto Knoxville shelves beautiful wines. A great, new winery from and wine lists. Rosé used to be thought of this region is Elqui and their Syrah and Red as a spring and summer wine, but it is now Blend overly deliver for the price. a go-to year-round. Keep your eyes I hope these suggestions help you the out for some new and exciting next time you’re strolling the aisles overofferings from Portugal, Chile, whelmed by options. I’m looking forward and Spain. One of my favorite to sharing more exciting wine trends with rosés is the Gerard Bertrand you in the next issue.







Savannah Pannell takes a leap of faith with a love of flowers.


’m embarking on a huge career shift after practicing as a nurse for several years, and feeling something was not quite right. I wrestled with my dream to open a mobile flower shop until my life changed, and I was forced to face things like tragedy, doubt, anxiety, and confusion for the first time. I nearly missed the beauty in the midst of the pain, but I learned that beauty actually intermingles with pain when we’re willing to see it. I describe it as beauty in the becoming. I want to be a giver of things like beauty, joy, love, forgiveness, healing and health—all of which I believe flowers bring in both painful and celebratory seasons. My hope is that Flourish can bring a glimpse of grace and kindness to the Knoxville community. This little green truck will serve the public at numerous local businesses that I love and hope to support. Until I begin to grow my own flowers, I will mainly offer fresh flowers from local flower farmers. The Flourish Flower Truck experience is unique because you get to choose your favorite stems from an assortment of options, and create a special bouquet to give a friend or to treat yourself. I can’t wait for others to join me in choosing beauty every day. Look for me cruising across the city in my 1961 Ford Econoline by the end of March.






Lucky for us, we live in a place where the wonders of the wild are just minutes away from downtown. Venture over the bridge into South Knoxville and discover a plethora of adventures. With over 50 miles of trails, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is buzzing with activity of all kinds. For adventure seekers, there is AMBC (Appalachian Mountain Bike Club) as they cruise through Baker Creek Preserve or around the 12.5 miles of the South Loop. Look-

ing for an array of fun nature moments? Join the Ijams Hiking Club, tag along on a birding hike, or a nighttime adventure hike as the Ijams Naturalists hit the trails and search for owls, bats, frogs, and more. Plus, with warmer temperatures waiting in the wings, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to grab a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak and hit the water on the Tennessee River or at Mead’s Quarry Lake at Ijams. —Sarah Brobst


Visit all that north Knoxville has to offer using this map illustrated by our own Paris Woodhull. To see more of her work go to, where you can also buy her unique merchandise.

Excitement is building on both sides of Broadway Street as new stores are opening and old ones are remodeling to provide everything you might want or need. From hammers to haircuts and antiques to artwork, historic downtown Lenoir City has something for everyone. Don’t forget

to eat, just choose one of several options along the street. We also have a new event center providing a great space for weddings and more. Please visit www. to see the event calendar and browse websites of the many shops. — Rachel Chatfield



Stand Up

By Linda Parsons

Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat.                               —Frank Loesser, Guys and Dolls      Lo these many years, I the peacemaker, the walker on eggshells, the biter of lips, the please pleaser, the clay not the molder, the stream not the bank, the moss not the rock, the stern not the bow, queen of if only I’d said, if only I’d done. Lo I say unto you, I’m done with sit down, sit down, done with the broom and its dust, old love and its rust, the future walking right out the door. Hear me, I’m here with a voice from the gloom, the moon-filled room, rise of wing to beat the band, however long I must stand is how long I’ll rock, rock, rock the boat.

                             Grab this, strike this, be peace in the deafest of ears, be this, if you can bear the whole of me holding up half the sky’s the limit, be aware, O beware the end is near, the end of silence of reticence of swallowing it down, choking on what can’t be told in mixed company. I’ll be clearing my throat, unbending my knee, strapping my heart to my sleeve. The one speaking aloud who sings without pause, the unturned cheek, the unshut eye, who digs her heels in this wide-awake moment and lets the mother tongue fly.

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