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Jill Johnson-Meaux’s name is one that has found its way in the papers a bit recently thanks to troubles at Acadiana Outreach Center. But, the nonprofit’s new director has a story that goes far beyond what anyone realizes. She shares her past of abuse and her hope for the future for the first time.


Interviewing for a new job is about more than answering the questions correctly – it’s also about knowing which questions you should ask. Our career guru breaks it down.


Lafayette’s legendary Palates and Pate takes a new approach.


Meet the women who are spending the day before Thanksgiving not in the kitchen, but running through the streets of Lafayette in Camellia Crossing as they create a new tradition for their families.


To truly pull off holiday fetes of every shape and size, it’s about more than food and place settings – it’s about grace. Acadiana’s experts in gracious entertaining and etiquette show us how it’s done.


The city’s can’t-miss collection of beautiful lights plugs into long standing tradition. How Festival of Lights hopes to brighten your holiday.


A unique recipe anyone can cook sure to please even the most discerning palate.


There was no other organization that was as perfect a fit for me.” – Jill Johnson-Meaux


Acadiana experts in both the traditional and modern schools of holiday décor break down how to get the look you want for the season no matter your personal style.


Items at every price for everyone on Santa’s list.


Fashion maven Sara Brooks Yentzen shows us the pieces she can’t live without this fall and how you can wear them now.


ON THE COVER Jill Johnson-Meaux Photography by Penny Moore Makeup by Jenn Rausch HAIR by Camille Baker, Dore Dore CLOTHING by Brother's on the Boulevard

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editor’sdesk amanda bedgood


hankful seems too mild a word for what I'm feeling as we wrap the November issue of the magazine. It's a word I've thought of (and used) often as my first child arrived days ago.

In fact, when he was born and the doctor (the wonderful Rose Kennedy) said he was a beautiful boy I could say no more than “I am so thankful so thankful so thankful.” A flood of relief washed over me after months of prayers and hopes that he would arrive safe and sound and healthy. As I write now he sleeps and I am overcome with what it means to be filled with thanks in a way I never knew possible.

a daunting task we thought and so it was with that in mind that we asked Jill to grace our cover and share her story of life on the other side of the pressure cooker. As we began asking questions Jill took the opportunity to share for the first time the real story of how very perfect her landing at Acadiana Outreach Center really is. Jill, she shared frankly, lived for years in an abusive marriage. It's not a thing people know about her and she felt our pages were just the place to show that abuse happens in what some consider the most unlikely of places. Read her story on page 70 of how she escaped and more importantly moved on to the place she is today - a healthy marriage and a soul-satisfying career. November wouldn't be November at FACE without our special holiday section full of everything you need this season from decor and events for the whole family to gifts perfectly suited for everyone on the list.

And while it is God to whom I give thanks for Wilder, there are As temperatures cool we asked local style William Wilder Bedgood arrived Oct. 12 weighing 8 pounds,10 too many people who maven Sara Brooks Yentzen to show us the very ounces and 22 inches long. We are in a word – thankful. have shown us such best in dressing. She gives us a dozen looks with kindness as we begin the journey of parenthood. a variety sure to suit every style and event from work to play As the holidays arrive this year everything takes on a new and evenings out. light and I feel sure that for the first time I will understand thanksgiving (and Thanksgiving) in a new way. Enjoying life in a new way is something our November cover girl knows all about. Jill Johnson Meaux has been tapped to lead an organization at a crossroads. The new captain of Acadiana Outreach Center found the organization she dearly loves on the pages of nearly every local publication and facing a tremendous financial crisis under the previous administration before she was asked to steer the ship just months ago. It's

“I am overcome with what it means to be filled with thanks in a way I never knew possible.” This month we also welcome a new addition to FACE with the ladies of Grace Notes who break down the rules of entertaining for any crowd (whether it’s two or two hundred) and on any budget. So get ready to open your home to the world this holiday season sans stress. And take more than a moment to be filled with thanks no matter where you may find yourself this year. Whether the rolls are burnt or you drop the ham on the floor, know it is the people that matter. At the Bedgood house there is one in particular that matters in a way I never knew exists. And for that I am thankful.. Amanda Bedgood is the editor of FACE Magazine. Send your fashion inspirations, interesting stories and other musings to

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Opelousas. See this St. Landry native’s work for free at the Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center. For more information please call, 948-2589.

Educational Cosmetic Laser Event Fall Harvest Tour of Wednesday, Nov. 9, Dr. Christopher Historic Homes Hubbell’s Office, Lafayette. Join Dr.


Hubbell and team in a discussion of the latest advancements in laser technology. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided, as well as the chance to win prizes, including $1,000 towards a laser treatment. For more information please call, 981-6065.

19th Annual Holy “RendezVous des Ghost Creole Bazaar Cajuns” Cajun Radio & & Festival TV Show Friday, Nov. 4 - Sunday, Nov. 5, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Opelousas. This free festival features music, food, raffles, games, a concert and a parade on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Old Fashioned Fais-dodo Barn Dance

Saturday, Nov. 5, Lakeview RV Park, Eunice. Doors open every Saturday in November at 7 p.m. for this Cajun dance party and music by the Backwood Boyz begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free for this 18-and-up event. For more information please call, 457-2881 or visit .

Saturday, Nov. 5, Liberty Theater, Eunice. This all-Cajun music show features Cajun, Creole, Zydeco, Swamp Pop and Americana Folk performing in a Cajun-style “Grand Ole Opry.” The entire event is hosted in CajunFrench and even features a dance floor where you’re sure to see some Cajun Two-Stepping. The show occurs every Saturday in November. Adults $5, Chiildren 7 and under, free. For more information please call, 457-7389 or visit .

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Wednesday, Nov. 16, Lafayette. Celebrate this Lafayette landmark’s anniversary with shopping, treats and prizes from 5-7 p.m.


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Thursday, Nov. 10 - Saturday, Nov. 13, Port Barre. Come celebrate this Cajun snack at Veterans Memorial Park. There will be carnival rides, games, live music, a parade and a cracklin cook-off. Adults $5, children (10 and under) free. For more information please call, 585-6673.

Saturday, Nov. 19, Washington. Experience guided tours of some of Louisiana’s most historic homes including: DeLaMorandiere Home, Dr. Brown Home, Magnolia Ridge Plantation and Nathaniel Offutt’s home. Tour check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Town Pavilion. Tickets are $30. For more information please call, 826-7337 or 826-5049.

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Saturday, Nov. 19, Eunice. Celebrate one of the greatest country music performers in history at the Liberty Theater. Hugh Harris, Terry Huval, DL Menard and many others all will be performing songs by Williams and sharing stories of his life and influence on music. Tickets are $14. For more information please call, 457-7389.


Saturday, Nov. 26, Grand Coteau, 5-8 p.m. Participate in the majesty of the season with refreshments, horse and carriage rides and candlelit streets throughout Grand Coteau. For more information please call, 662-1032 or visit

Saturday, Nov. 12 and 19, Eunice. Come view photo exhibit throughout all of the downtown stores in addition to: a 7 a.m. Garage Sale, an 8 a.m. Farmer’s Market and a 10 a.m. exhibit of edible wild plants of Louisiana with recipes. For more information please call, 457-7389.

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ballet in local academies. Audiences will enjoy a magical A Walk for Animals is slated for November 19 in River Ranch to help save the lives of animals. The fun walk with festivities including refreshments, experience as talented artists, entertainment, prizes and a chance to meet other animal lovers in an effort dazzling stage sets, spectacular to combat the number one killer of animals in the country – shelter killing. special effects and Peter Do your part to save animal’s lives in Acadiana by supporting life saving Tchaikovsky’s delightful musical spay/neuter programs at SpayNation, which is Lafayette's only high volume score bring this engaging E. low cost spay/neuter center focusing on humanely controlling the pet and T. A. Hoffmann tale to life feral population. The event begins at River Ranch Pavilion with participants before their eyes! An Acadiana walking up Camelia to Academy Drive. tradition, this ballet presented Pacific Northwest Ballet's Chalnessa Eames. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. with festivities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To this year by Lafayette Ballet Photo © Angela Sterling register online go to and Theatre only has sold out in the past, so organizers are advising patrons to purchase tickets early to ensure availability.


‘Nutcracker’ tickets available

Tickets are available to Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s performances of “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Heymann Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased through the Heymann Center Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets may call the Heymann Center box office at 337-291-5555 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends during scheduled events, or visit anytime. Tickets are priced according to seat location, as follows: front orchestra, $45; back orchestra, $38; first balcony, $32, second balcony, $20. Prices listed do not include Ticketmaster fees. This full-length classical ballet in two acts features Lafayette Ballet Theatre professional company dancers, principal guests artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet of Seattle and more than 140 children studying

The fun doesn’t have to end with the show For more fun and to further support Lafayette Ballet Theatre – a nonprofit ballet company and arts education outreach organization – “Nutcracker” fans of all ages are encouraged to attend the annual fundraiser “Land of the Sweets.” This social event immediately follows the Sunday, Dec. 11, matinee “Nutcracker” performance (about 4 p.m.) at Iberiabank Tower, 200 W. Congress St. in Downtown Lafayette. Attendees may enjoy coffee or soft drinks while sampling hors d’oeuvres and sweets from area restaurants. Stars of “The Nutcracker” will be on hand for autographs as well as photos, so don your dressy apparel! Tickets for “Land of the Sweets” are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are sold only by Lafayette Ballet Theatre. For more information or for tickets to “Land of the Sweets,” call 337-262-0444 or visit www.


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Be Inspired

Enjoy the holiday season, healthfully


n September I released “The Little Black Book of Foodspirations™,” which is a pocket-sized book filled with motivational, educational and inspirational nutrition and healthy lifestyle tips. This month I am sharing segments from the chapter “Be Inspired While Living Life.” Keep this tip sheet on hand during the next two months as you enjoy the holiday season.

1. Sometimes you will need to just remove yourself from tempting or selfsabotaging situations. That is okay. Walk away when needed.

chocolate, sit down, slow down and enjoy without guilt.

3. Be a food snob. Be choosy with the food you decide to eat. Avoid the habit 2. Avoid the temptation to buy candy on of eating everything that is served, just the clearance rack.  Cheap candy is just because it is there.

“Avoid letting yourself get too stressed out or rundown to where you are turning to food for comfort.”

Top 10 Holiday Foodspirations™ to keep you inspired while living life enjoying the holiday season, family gatherings and a busy social calendar. screaming trouble! If you are looking for a sweet treat, buy a good piece of

4. One holiday meal is not going to destroy your weight loss efforts; however it is what you do before and after the celebration that will matter. 5. If holiday or party leftovers are too tempting to resist and control portions then share with a lonely neighbor. Getting the food out of the house is needed at times to keep

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10. In anticipation of a busy holiday 6. When dining out and you know large season, think about how you are going portions will be served, ask the waiter to nurture yourself. Avoid letting yourself get too stressed out or rundown in advance to bring a “to go box.” to where you are turning to food for 7. Learn to say, “No, thank you.” when someone offers you food you really do "If you are looking for a not want to eat. 8. To help with the temptation of nibbling on holiday candy or treats, put them in hard to reach places, or better yet get them out of the house.

sweet treat, buy a good piece of chocolate, sit down, slow down, and enjoy without guilt. ."

9. Heading out to a party? Bring a vegetable tray as your contribution to comfort. the event. The Ultimate Holiday Foodspiration™

One word to think about when holidays and other family celebrations roll around: SAVOR. Savor time with your family and friends Savor the experiences. Savor the memories you are creating. And when it comes to food – slow down and savor your food.To order your copy of “The Little Black Book of Foodspirations™” go to www. can be great holiday or New Year gifts for friends, family members, colleagues, or clients!) Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT, is a Lifestyle and Sports Nutritionist and owner of Food Therapy, LLC. E-mail her at and get more information about Food Therapy at



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The Gratitude Attitude


ith Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought it only fitting that I write about something that is near and dear to my heart, namely developing an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude doesn’t happen just one day a year, folks, as you’re gathered around a fully laden table of wonderful food with your family. In fact, it ought to show up every day before you do. I was recently reminded about the great significance of living every day

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” –Lionel Hampton in a state of gratitude when one of my very dear friends passed away. To say that this lady was amazing would be a major understatement. She made it a point to squeeze every drop of enjoyment out of every single minute of the day. She knew the value of being present in the here and now, and showed everyone that was in her life just how much she valued their friendship and love by her ac-

tions. Personally, I am so grateful to have known her that I doubt if she had lived to be 100, I would have had enough time to repay her for every kindness, support, laughter and laser wit that she shared with me. She had an overflowing Attitude of Gratitude – a trait that I aspire to every day of life. You see, when we as people develop this wonderful character trait, our lives become filled with endless love and possibilities. Every moment of every day becomes a joy to be savored, much like a decadently delicious dessert. One

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cookietuminello bite of gratitude equals 100 moments of peace, contentment, and happiness. Why? Because, if you are truly grateful for the ‘small’ things in life, then the ‘big’ things don’t matter. That $100,000 sports car or the 5,000-square-foot mansion on the hill can’t hold a candle to the flame that true gratitude lights in your heart. As my Daddy always said about life in general, “This ain’t no practice run” and he was right. None of us know how long we’ll get to stay here on this planet of ours. I can guarantee you if whining, moaning, and complaining are your

daily companions, then you’re wasting valuable time. This Thanksgiving, start cultivating

"That $100,000 sports car or the 5,000-square-foot mansion on the hill can’t hold a candle to the flame that true gratitude lights in your heart."

sing. When you take that first bite of your wonderful dinner, send up a silent prayer of thanks. And if your loved ones are all well and happy, say a double prayer, and tell them that you are grateful for them being in your life. Thanks, Bert, for teaching me all about gratitude. I’m going to pass it on in your memory. Cookie Tuminello, Leadership and Team Building Coach, is the founder and CEO of Success Source, LLC. Cookie can be contacted at

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Meaningful and Merry 5 ways to make the holidays about the stuff that really


very year it seems the holidays arrive sooner, with Halloween costumes in the stores by the end of August and Christmas decorations everywhere before Thanksgiving. Then, before we know it, the season has passed in a blur of parties, gift wrap, food, and often excess spending. We might be left going into the New Year with a holiday hangover, feeling like as fun as the holidays were at the time, were they really as memorable or meaningful as we had Biz Card Document Size 3.625 x 2.125 hoped they (Durel would be? wants the 1/16” bleed built in)

season to unfold and identify the memories and values you would like for your children to retain from them. Of course, few things go as perfectly as we imagine, so make sure to stay flexible! Nevertheless, here are some ideas:

Strengthen family ties by creating a peaceful home atmosphere. Plan times (especially calm activities) to be together as a family. Choose a game night, a pizza and movie night, or a night for reading stories aloud. Reduce the noise and clatter of the season by turning off the television, video games, and the telephone. Avoid filling your calendar with lots of activities Object/Crop Area/Make: to make pdf that will CROP Artboard size If this sounds like your family, this year that pull parents and children in different start thinking early about how to put meaning directions. Focus on making time with your back into your holidays for you and especially children, not on cramming in activities that your children. Do a little extra planning and are too tiring or stressful. When you're meeting reflecting before you get caught in the holiday your obligations visiting with relatives, bring rat race. Visualize how you would like the along child-friendly props such as balloons and

bubbles. Keep an even pace through the holidays. This means trying to space things out, rather than build up to Christmas Day, overwhelm everyone with a frenzy of celebration, and then crash the day afterward. Perhaps let children open some packages early, save some for later, and plan a special family activity for the day after Christmas so that children still have something to look forward to. And consciously decide what you're going to say ‘no’ to. Remember family rituals or traditions. Take part in, or start, some traditions that all family members can enjoy. Make holiday cookies or homemade greeting cards, sing holiday songs or play music, re-read favorite storybooks out loud, start a scrapbook or family diary, or light special candles at dinner or bedtime. Think


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matters back to what you remember most about your own childhood Christmases, and make a list of the traditions you want your own children to have: A certain food? A certain song? The same Christmas Eve church service? Schedule the rest of your holiday time around those priorities. You might also have each family member name one special activity or event that they definitely want to do or attend. That way it's OK if you don't make it to something extra, because each person’s most important holiday wish was met. For example, maybe you missed the Nutcracker, but you still had that day you really wanted to bake cookies together. Resist buying more. Advertisers hope to convince you that a perfect family holiday means buying more and to convince children that more gifts will make them happier. Limit children's exposure to commercials. When possible, avoid


amycavanaugh taking preschoolers shopping. Tell your kids ahead of time what they can expect. For example, let them know ahead Santa will be bringing three gifts. Before Christmas is also a good time for children to help clean out and donate old toys and clothes to make room for new items, to think about what they really want or need, and to give to other children who have less than they do.

Choose a volunteer activity that is appropriate for young children.)

Focus on people, not things. A good rule of thumb during the holiday season is to spend half the usual amount of money but twice the usual amount of time with your children. Make people, not things, your priority. Focus on activities that bring your family together and that draw children's attention to the needs of others. Visit an elderly friend or relative who is alone, make cookies for a neighbor, or bring gifts to a women's shelter. Volunteer at an organization that works with people in your community who have limited resources. (Note:

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With a little planning and prioritizing, you can reduce the holiday chaos and inevitable crash afterward, and enter the New Year feeling more peaceful and more positive that you and your family enjoyed a meaningful, memorable holiday season.

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The Warmth of Fall Let the season’s rich hues inspire your makeup palette


After a hiatius from our pages, Acadiana’s makeup maven Jenn Rausch returns to break down the best in makeup and skincare. No matter your routine or skin tone, read on to learn how the warm hue of fall colors can work on every face.

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YOURFACE jennrausch Remember me? I have missed writing makeup tips and tricks for all you fine readers of FACE Magazine. Here are some tips to make you glow this fall. Embrace the colors of the season. Oh, yes. Finally glorious fall is in the air. Pumpkin spice lattes, warm wool sweaters and it’s not over 100 degrees. Now is the time to re-vamp your tired old makeup routine and whip it into shape. Since the weather is starting to get a little chilly and your makeup won't be melting off your face, now is the time to play and have fun with it. Let the gorgeous palette of fall inspire you. Let the various tones and textures inspire you. 



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Just imagine all the hues of this time of year. The orange of pumpkins, the turning of the leaves (not so much in the South, just close your eyes and imagine Maine or Pennsylvania) rich copper, dark browns and fire engine red colors of the leaves. The possibilities are endless. Red and crimson lips in matte shades like “Velvet Matte Lip Pencils” by NARS in Dragon Girl and Cruella. How can you not want to wear a lip color called Dragon Girl? Dolce Vita by NARS is a great rich toned dusty red that is for those of you leery of red lips; it looks great on all skin tones. Another direction to take your lip color to is a deep-berry color like “S14: Blackcurrant Lab Lip Shine” by MAKE UP FOREVER. This berry tone lip gloss looks wonderful on darker skinned tones and looks polished when paired with a simple, nude eye.  “D18: Shimmering Copper Lab Lip Shine” by MAKE UP FOREVER is a good neutral tone for all skin tones. 

California, which is a molten reddish-brown shadow, really brings in the colors of the season. It's complemented by a dazzling eyeliner like “10L: Bronze” by MAKE UP FOREVER. Blending a bronze shade with a simple black eyeliner is a good way to change up your basic routine. Just swipe it from the lash line to the crease and you’re good to go. Add black liner to the top and bottom to take the look from day to night time. Copper tones with a lot of red tint makes blue eyes pop, while any copper tone with burgundy hues is fabulous for making brown or green eyes gleam.  Another great and dramatic color for fall is “Copper 14 Eye Glitter” by MAKE UP FOREVER. Just use an eye shadow base, apply any basic brown eye shadow and dab a little of the glitter with a concealer brush and it’s instant drama and glamour.

“Let the gorgeous palette of fall inspire you.”

Glitter eye shadows are a great way to get out of your "blah" makeup rut and are fun to experiment with.


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“Rust Orange 48” and “Pumpkin 50” by MAKEUP FOREVER blushes are a great way to add that copper and richness to your cheeks. First, brush bronzer on the hallows of your cheeks, then add the blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend. Whether it’s your cheekbones or your eye shadow ... blend blend blend. It melds it all together and you can buff out any imperfections in your application technique. And please, always remember to clean your brushes. It will make your makeup application look better and more even. Also, your colors will look bolder. If you have oily skin or skin that's prone to break outs, clean brushes twice a month. Just wash with baby shampoo under lukewarm water. If your skin is drier and you don't use your brushes very often, once every month-and-a-half is good. You can also buy brush cleaner that doesn't have alcohol in it to clean your brushes. Just spray the cleaner on a towel and wipe until the brush is clean. Sephora brand makes a daily brush cleaner and a purifying brush cleaner. Sephora even makes pre-moistened brush cleaning wipes; it doesn’t get any easier than that, folks.  The best time to buy brushes is always the holiday season. Most major makeup lines release mini-brush kits. Good brushes really do make all the difference between an okay makeup application and a WOW one. I promise you that it’s worth the money. So, think of the shades of the season next time you’re browsing for new makeup shades and try something new Jenn Rausch is a makeup artist at Riverspa in River Ranch where she transforms faces every day. To learn more about the best in makeup and skincare give her a call to book an appointment. • 225 335-1865 20 FACE Magazine

Interview the Interviewer 7 Questions Every Job Seeker Should Ask





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s you prepare for your job interview, you are probably preparing answers for every question you may be asked. Yet, there is one set of questions that is all too often forgotten about, that is the questions you should ask during the interview. If you have ever started a job thinking you were responsible for a particular set of job duties only to find out that the job entails so much more and is not at all what you thought it was going to be …. keep reading! Remember, interviewing for a job is a twoway street. It is not only about selling yourself to your potential employer, but is also the time for you to figure out if the position and organization are a good fit for you. You need to use the interview to gain a solid understanding of what is expected of you and where you can take this position. The best way to do this is by asking questions about the company and the position during your interview. Here are the top questions to ask during an

interview: How would you describe the culture of the organization? This question allows you to figure out if you would fit in well within the organization. This is important so that you know what to expect out of the company and it also shows the interviewer that you are interested in contributing to this culture.

“You want to make sure the job offers you the potential to grow in your career …” How would my performance be evaluated and what would I need to accomplish to receive an excellent review on my performance review? The interviewer has to see you as being successful in the position to answer this

question and it also gives you the opportunity to learn exactly what is expected of you. Can you explain your training policy to me? Beginning a new job can be intimidating and it takes much time and guidance to familiarize yourself with your responsibility and the organization. This question will allow you to already know what guidance will be provided for you and how the company will support you throughout your career. If I receive this position, what would a typical workday be like? This question shows you if the employer knows what his needs are from this position and the responsibilities you would have on a day-to-day basis. If he cannot provide you with a solid answer, you should take caution and gather further information on the position so that you know exactly what you are getting into. What individuals and departments would I be working with in this position? This tells you how involved your position would be and allows you to see if your personality would

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What are some of the things you enjoy about working with this company? With this question you can judge how satisfied the employees are with the company. If you do not get a positive feeling after hearing his answer, you should talk to other employees before accepting any job offer.

Where do you see the company going in the next couple of years and how do you think this position will evolve and contribute to this growth? You want to make sure the job offers you the potential to grow in your career and that your personal goals compliment those of the organization. All of these questions are open-ended, positive and future-focused. The way you pose the questions is important so that you get the information you are looking for and that you impress the interviewer. You want them to know that you have thought about this position and the company and are focused on being a positive contribution to the company. The questions above

also allow you to get a better feel for what the company is like and the attitude surrounding the workplace. In addition, these questions are also designed to get the employer to verbalize their exact expectations so there are no surprises when you start.


work well with those you would be working with.

“You are the only one who knows what will give you satisfaction in your job and ultimately set you up to be successful in your career.”

such insightful questions and get the job offer, make sure you draft a short acceptance letter so that the terms of employment will be in writing. This should include the specific job duties, timeline of performance reviews, starting pay and information about benefits. This letter presents you in a professional light, aligns all parties’ expectations and reinforces that the employer made the right choice. Danielle M. Dayries is the owner of DMD & Associates Career Consulting, Outplacement and Resume Writing Firm. Over the past 15 years, she has successfully provided her clients with mock interview rehearsals that have resulted in job offers and long term employment. She can be reached at HYPERLINK "" careeradvisor@, (337) 504-5576 or

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Palates and PatĂŠ strikes a new chord

Palates art chair Erin Chance Fenstermaker and food chair Robb Landry spearhead this year's can't-miss culinary and art filled event to benefit Acadiana Outreach Center.


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When Palates and Paté organizers describe this year’s fete celebrating all that is food and art it’s all about balance. It’s about kicking things up a notch and yet scaling things down in some ways. The new approach for the hallmark event that benefits Acadiana Outreach Center is a clear indicator of an organization changed, an organization at a crossroads. Words like “humble, intimate” come to mind for director Jill Johnson-Meaux as she explains a change of venue (the benefit is slated for the Heymann Center rather than its previous larger space at Cajundome Convention Center) and yet it is a year in which it’s clear things are, in some ways, being taken to the next level.


“We really wanted to kick up the event and the quality and yet it will be a more humble event,” Jill says. Charged with creating that balance are Erin Chance Fenstermaker, who is the art chair and Robb Landry, who will helm the food as the restaurant chair. The foodie and artist both plan to bring a variety of the established and unknown to the event for an eclectic medley. “There were some artists that needed the exposure and just weren’t getting it in Lafayette,” Erin says. “I wanted to give them the option to be a part of the event. It’s a way to expose new artists to Lafayette.” Her other order of business was bringing in unique pieces and in truly curating the

collection. “I wanted to have some really collectible pieces of art that will retain their value or go up in value,” Erin says. Pieces like a George Rodrigue selected by the Blue Dog man himself, which he not only signed, but added extra markings to. And there is the special edition print made for Russian Children’s Health Relief that Michael Gobechav signed (proceeds will be split with the children’s fund). “Pieces that benefit not only us but others,” Jill says. Paired with the unique pieces of art will be restaurants and caterers bringing their own kind of culinary flair to the soiree.


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And expect some of the unexpected with foodie Robb Landry steering this portion of the event. “Those attending Palates and Paté are a savvy dining customer,” Robb says. And so, as he searched for spots to pair with the artists, he sought out a diverse selection.



“It represents a variety of foods that are available in Lafayette and the surrounding areas,” he says. “Not just Lafayette proper, but Scott, Rayne, New Iberia, Abbeville.” Just hearing about something unique has Robb licking his chops and he believes the same is true of many people in Lafayette who are looking for something different in the way of culinary options. Coupled with the unique will be some of the more established Lafayette eateries, many of which have never been represented at Palates. It’s his hope that the selection at Palates will reveal some new options for Lafayette foodies. “It’s a good way to get those secret spots out there and invite them in and a great opportunity for them to reach a potential audience,” Robb says. Lafayette is, after all, a truly unique hybrid of dining options. And at Palates those restaurants have a chance to show how very much food can be art. “There are never too many opportunities to get out there and try foods, especially when we can integrate it with the art,” Robb says. “Art is not just in the form of painting and sculpture. It’s music and food and I’m proud to be affiliated with this.” Head out to Palates Nov. 11 to see the unique pairings of art and food and bid on a bevy of trips in a live and silent auction. For more information about Acadiana Outreach Center or to buy tickets go to acadianaoutreach. org.

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crew who are coming out in droves to honor her father, John Cassidy who died in 1998 after battling colon cancer. Addie is one of 14 children and ensures her nieces and nephews join the cause.

As Thanksgiving approaches many traditions come to mind from mom’s stuffing and Louisiana yams to tables packed with loved ones and long afternoons of delicious eats and football. And for some families in Lafayette the tradition that comes to mind has more to do with sneakers and mile markers than turkey and pumpkin pie. Camellia Crossing to benefit the Miles Perret Cancer Services Center grew more than 40 percent last year as Acadiana’s families took to the River Ranch course just hours before carving the turkey. The evening run on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving offers many families the chance to do something unique together that’s healthy and honors those battling cancer.

“We walk as a family,” she says. “Most of the family that lives here do it along with their kids and their friends too.”

“It’s for a great cause and we help out because of that,” she says. Honoring a loved one is also the reason Dene Dauzin and her crew – Bar-bra’s Butterflies – make it out to the race each year. Dene’s mother passed away in February of this year. After her death the family released butterflies, which lingered and landed on each family member.

“It’s one of the only night runs in Acadiana. And now because we’ve moved it to Thanksgiving eve it’s extremely unique and allows families to participate, especially if they’re visiting with the holiday,” – Kristie Carline,

“It’s one of the only night runs in Acadiana,” says the center’s community liaison Kristie Carline. “And now because we’ve moved it to thanksgiving eve it’s extremely unique and allows families to participate, especially if they’re visiting with the holiday.”

“It touched each of us and then flew away and when that happened it became this symbol to me of my mom,” Dene says. And so, the team dons the symbol in some way as they run in her honor. And while Dene is a runner herself (she says it is one thing that has helped her through the grief), Camellia Crossing is about more than running.

“It’s very emotional. It’s a short run. I run and just have chills. It’s like I’ve run the biggest marathon in the world because it’s an honor in her memory. I run them all (races) in Lafayette and none feel like this one. It’s very, very special,” Dene says.

Miles Perret Cancer Services Center She says in the past it was difficult to gather the whole family for the event, but the move to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving has made it easier.

One of those families is Addie Cassidy’s

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Everyone is short on time during the holidays and we know the classics expected on every holiday table – cornbread and yams. Have them both in this time-saver recipe that combines the natural sweetness of Louisiana yams with cornbread for an unexpected delicious recipe. Best of all, this recipe is diabetic friendly.

Yam Cornbread Stuffing

The combination of naturally sweet Louisiana yams, cornbread, ginger and toasty pecans will make this stuffing recipe your new fall favorite. Makes 10 (3⁄4 cup) servings. 2 tablespoon sesame oil 2 cups peeled chopped Louisiana yams (sweet potatoes) 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup sliced celery 1 ⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon ground ginger 5 cups crumbled cooked cornbread 1 ⁄4 cup chopped pecans, toasted 2 tablespoons fat-free low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, heat the oil over medium heat. Sauté the sweet potatoes, onion, and celery for 7–10 minutes or until just tender, stirring. 3. Spoon the mixture into large mixing bowl. Stir in parsley and ginger. Add cornbread and pecans and toss gently to coat. Add broth to moisten. 4. Place the stuffing in a 3-quart casserole dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, for 35–45 minutes or until heated through.

Terrific Tidbit: Premade cornbread from the bakery department of your supermarket works fine in this recipe. You can prepare this stuffing ahead of time and refrigerate it up to 3 days, then bake it when you’re ready to serve. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 241, Calories from fat (%) 79, Fat (g) 9, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 6, Sodium (mg) 332, Carbohydrate (g) 36, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Sugars (g) 12, Protein (g) 4, Diabetic Exchanges: 21⁄2 starch, 11⁄2 fat. From Holly’s new book: Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC® Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age


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In Lafayette, Louisiana to say snow is a rare thing is an injustice. When it appears, life as we know it comes to a grinding halt and children (and adults at times) wonder at the rarity of it. And so, it is no surprise that when Lafayette’s iconic festival in the Oil Center brought out their first ever skating rink last year they made waves.

One of Johanna’s other favorite elements and best drawing points for the festival is that is truly appeals to people across the spectrum in Lafayette.

“We tripled attendance,” says Festival of Light organizer Johanna Villarreal. “We exceeded any expectation.”

In fact, it is presenting sponsors LUS and Lafayette General Medical Center that make the festival free along with a throng of volunteers that man all stations throughout the event. This year organizers have added an interactive element leading to the big night offering one child a chance to flip the switch on the lights with Santa. Children ages five to ten are eligible and will earn the chance via votes on the Oil Center’s Facebook page. Go to Facebook now and search for Oil Center to nominate your child and hit the Oil Center Dec. 2 from 5 to 10 p.m.

“Most of it is free,” Johanna points out, noting that even photos with Santa are free for the kids thanks to a sponsorship from Business First.

"It was gorgeous and added a spiritual element. It was moving and beautiful."

And they expect to do so again this year. Festival of Light in the Oil Center is slated for Dec. 2 with hours of more ice-skating, hot cocoa, music and a live nativity. Four stages boast live music while a children’s court offers the kiddies a chance to partake in some holiday fun. The live nativity offered a new something special last year and Johanna says the animals will be on hand again this year.

“The thing we loved was the living nativity. It was gorgeous and added a spiritual element,” Johanna says. “It was moving and beautiful.”


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The Perfection of the Party Think party planning is all about the finest in wining and dining? Think again. Our local experts break down the never fail approach for a beautiful gathering no matter your budget, time or resources.

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Fear keeps many of us from entertaining: Will I have enough food? What if no one comes? What if my house doesn’t live up to their expectations?

not you cook, and how much time you have to prepare for a party should simply be guidelines that determine how you entertain, not deterrents to enjoying the company of others.

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First, be practical. Use common sense. Follow the example of Emily Post—the queen of practicality—she designed a tea tray with wheels to improve serving her guests. I’m sure that made them feel quite special. Today, that translates into checking the calendar. Is there a home UL or LSU game? What’s the weather like seasonally? Don’t have an outdoor party in December through February because that’s the cold and rainy season. Wear clothing that allows you to move gracefully and with purpose. High heels are great, but not if you have to take them off during the party because your feet hurt. You also can’t chase guests who have stolen your Waterford chrystal or silver in high heels. Be practical. Second, work within your budget. Don’t try to impress guests by spending money you don’t have on things you can’t afford. People are coming to spend time with you, not your expenditures. Hostesses that spend more than they can afford rarely relax and enjoy. When the night’s over, you want to be reliving the joy of the evening and not fretting

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over credit card bills. If necessary, cut back on the guest list. Don’t buy the most expensive wine or hors d’ oeuvres thinking that’s what makes your party memorable. It’s the mix of guests and the conversations that take place that your guests will remember with fondness. Third, stick with what you know. Don’t experiment on your guests with new and exotic soufflés or next wave music that you’ve never listened to but know is trendy. Don’t even think about serving a dish you’ve never made or tasted (and you all know you’ve done it). Use tried and true recipes, caterers, and florists when planning your party. You know what’s worked for you before so draw upon your own experience. Disaster awaits those who “wing” it. Lastly, remain relaxed and calm. This doesn’t mean you should drink heavily before guests show up or plop in the LazyBoy. Paying attention to details and party progress doesn’t have to be nerve-racking. Guests can sense if the hostess is nervous or tense. For example, if you set yourself on fire while taking the cookies out of the oven … don’t panic. Smile and reassure your guests that everything is fine. If you drop the ham on the floor in front of everyone, smile and tell your guests that pizza will be delivered soon. So, have no fear of holiday entertaining. We have more to share with you in upcoming FACE articles that will address step-by-step planning for Positively Perfect Parties.

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As the holidays approach and trees come down from attics, women everywhere are bombarded with a smorgasbord of options in holiday décor. From themed tress of every incarnation to the tried and true traditional colors and textures, the options are truly as endless as the aisles of ornaments and tinsel. Before you find yourself tangled in the twinkling lights, read these words of wisdom from two different experts in the area of holiday décor. One, who leans towards the unlikely and another who finds something fresh in the tradition. Both of whom agree that decorating for the holidays means, above all else, looking for that something that reflects you – and no one else.


Jeffery McCullough is not the first person you may think to call to deck your halls. The man of Jeffery McCullough Art & Design Consulting quickly says he doesn’t really do holiday decorations. What he does do, however, is find something for the holidays that works in the person’s home in a real way. He takes the same approach for holiday that he does with design any other time. “The most important thing is that it be personal and mean something to the home owner,” he says. And like his choices in regular design, Jeffery looks to incorporate existing pieces with high and low pieces. “The mix makes it interesting,” he says. Pictured is an example of that in the home of Kent Byron where Jeffery began with Kent’s own collection of ornaments. “That was something that was very important. Kent had a beautiful collec-

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tion of ornaments he had collected over the years – a gorgeous collection,” he says. Jeffery built from there adding in ornaments from easy to buy spots. “He had some ornaments that were from Europe that were interesting and we mixed those with some from Target,” he says. “I bought four or five different styles from Target that were essentially filler ornaments.” But, it was the existing collection of ornaments that really made the tree.

“The most important is that it be personal and mean something to the home owner,” – Jeffery McCullough “Some of them have been on every Christmas tree he’s had for 15 years. He could see those ornaments and connect the personal history to them and that’s really important,” Jeffery says. Jeffery’s’ other piece of advice is to find ornaments you really enjoy, rather than something just based on trends.


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“Holiday decorating is not cheap so to discard them every few years …” When it comes to budget, consider spending on fresh florals that may be unexpected. While they may perish, Jeffery points out that there’s nothing quite like fresh flowers to bring interest and texture to a space. And he’s not talking just poinsettias.

“I keep it as natural as possible and work with the colors that are in the room and make the holiday decorations feel like an extension of the room,” – Jeffery McCullough “We found incredible parrot tulips. They were orange red with almost a trim in white, yellow,” Jeffery says. And while not everyone would look toward that kind of floral, Jeffery doesn’t believe in following the rules.


“You don’t have to use red. He has pops of orange in the house and so it was natural,” Jeffery says. “I’m not transforming what is otherwise a room someone lives in for 11 months out of the year and turning it into a Christmas wonderland for one month of the year. I keep it as natural as possible and work with the colors that are in the room and make the holiday decorations feel like an extension of the room,” he says. Jeffery has three simple rules for holiday décor: 1 – Keep it personal 2 – Keep it natural


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Cameron Forman has a simple philosophy for his often decadent holiday décor, he explains. “This is your home and we want you to feel comfortable with what we do,” he says. Cameron of Jody’s of Lafayette starts with the pieces people already have in their home and gets to work on nailing down a theme. He uses the colors people want to work with before delving into options for both fresh and permanent greenery. Both types of greenery give Cameron the ability to build and create volume in ways people rarely think of. For example, in the home pictured (of Babette and Fred Werner) Cameron was able to take a seven and a half foot tree and morph it into a nine footer using permanent greenery. “It takes creativity and lot of florals,” he says.

“… when you cluster them together it gives a totally new look,” – Cameron Forman

When it comes to keeping existing ornaments looking anew, Cameron suggests clustering them in groups. “Put them in groups of threes with one larger ornament and one medium size and when you cluster them together it gives a totally new look,” he explains.

And while there’s often a need to add something new to the mix when planning for holiday décor, Cameron said he believes purchases are an investment. “They should be something you will enjoy using through the years,” he says. In the home of the Werners’, Cameron decorated three different trees and while each had their own look, they 42 FACE Magazine



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YOURHOME were done in a way that reflected the room – a trick of the trade for making things look cohesive. For example, the tree that overlooks the river reflected the natural beauty of the water. “You want to complement that with each other,” he says. Another trick to holiday décor is creating volume nearly everywhere. For example, a simple nativity takes on a brand new look when nestled amongst bunches of greenery and florals. “I use lots of lamps to filter light down to the display. You want to give some width and make it look large and dramatic. You can take just a small nativity and make it look like something that came out of a magazine.” And a great way to make a collection stand out can be to break up some of it rather than keeping it all in a row somewhere. Cameron did just that for Babette’s nutcracker that he displayed solo nestled in greenery.

“I advise you cut florals down and use smaller pieces to work with. The arrangement turns out to be something you never thought you could do.” – Cameron Forman

More tips from Cameron are to work with florals you purchase to make them work for you, even if it means cutting them apart and using them on a smaller scale.

“I advise you cut florals down and use smaller pieces to work with,” he says. “The arrangement turns out to be something you never thought you could do.” When it comes to Cameron’s home, he has more than a handful of trees with different themes and goes all out (even holiday toilet paper in the bathroom). But, he’s quick to point out that decorating for the holidays is about what’s best for you. “Dramatic is great and simple is as well. It depends on the person. Let your thoughts flow and creativity flow,” he says. “If you don’t like it you can always take it apart.”

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Wintry Mix Full length crocheted cream sweater from Bevo's of Lafayette, 715 Bertrand Drive and 2207 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Mid length Uggs for her from Shoe La La, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., No. 3010, River Ranch. Holly leaf serving tray from Pieces of Eight, 902 Coolidge Blvd., Oil Center. 50 FACE Magazine

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In the Details Large red snakeskin clutch from Jewelie's Boutique, 407 Rena Drive. Pewter and Pearl necklace with pendant from Coco Eros, 340 Kaliste Saloom Road. Reversible scarflet from Vanessa V. Boutique, 5520-E Johnston Street. 18K rose gold and diamond pendant with matching ring from Paul's Jewelry, 600 Silverstone in River Ranch and 325 Oil Center Drive in the Oil Center.


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Fa La La Luxury The ultimate gift, a Mercedes C Class from Moss Motors, 1401 Surrey Street. A decadent super glam Jay Strongwater ornament from Jody's of Lafayette, 923 Harding St., Oil Center.

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Gift Guide So Glam Latisse eyelash enhancement from Allure Enhancement, 3110 West Pinhook Road Suite 102. Michael Kors watch for her from Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. Bright red heels perfect for holiday parties from La Mode Shoes, 414 Heymann Blvd., Oil Center. Pewter beaded Brighton purse from Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd.


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Holiday Absolute Acadiana Cajun wine glasses from Caroline & Company, 113 Arnould Blvd., On the Boulevard. Fleur de lis accessories from La Boutique, 232 South Market Street, Opelousas. Enamel Acadian flag cuff links from Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd., On the Boulevard.

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Wonderful Whimsy Purple felt embellished purse from Little Town, 1116 A-1 Coolidge Blvd., Oil Center. Brown leather ballet flats with a bow from 7 Chics, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd, Ste 3003, River Ranch. Zebra and chartreuse down-filled pillow from Dunn's Designs, 208 Rue Louis XIV.

It’s Martini Time!

Friday, November 18th

8PM - 11PM

City Club at River Ranch (Ballroom) 1100 Camellia Blvd. MUSIC BY KROSSFYRE SILENT AUCTION COCKTAIL ATTIRE COMPLEMENTARY DRINKS & HOR D’OEUVRES CASH BAR AVAILABLE OLIVE PICK: sponsored by Paul’s Jewelry, pick an olive and you could be the diamond pendant winner! The Talk of the Town is being hosted by elite citizens of Acadiana, and you can be one of them!

$2500 Host Sponsorship • 20 tickets to the Talk of the Town • Presented as one of the premier event sponsors • Special introduction & recognition at the event • Personal or company picture & bio included in the event program • Limousine transportation to and from the event (host and guest) $1500 Appletini • Eight tickets to the “Talk of the Town” • 1/2 page ad in event program • Signage at the event • Verbal recognition at event $1000 Lemon Drop Martini • Four tickets to the “Talk of the Town” • 1/2 page ad in event program • Verbal recognition at event $500 Cosmopolitan • Two tickets to the “Talk of the Town” • 1/4 page ad in event program • Verbal recognition at event

A limited number of tickets are available for $50 each. Call the MDA office at 234.0088 for more info. NOVEMBER 2011

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s e v i g n e z Yent s k o o r B ra om a r F S . n n e o v s a a e se h t r o f Fashion m s k loo ace l e e v l a t t h i l t e s ur m e d o us 12 mu t r u tter f a d m n a o s n t n n be i o t y bold pri s a e r s u ’ t o i y l t l i a f e s k hi ma – t i l l a dresses, t e, o l t g y n e a k b e d h e e. T ect p x e n u n your styl at, a h ed. z y i s l s a a u s d i A . v i ind e l y t very own s l a equ e o h s d l a bo

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The drapey easy vest is fall’s must have for dresses, denim and everything in between. Layer neutrals and add a colorful necklace or dramatic earring. From Bevo's of Lafayette, 715 Bertrand Drive and 2207 Kaliste Saloom Road. FACE Magazine 57

The Maximum The maxi dress continues into fall and beyond thanks to fabrics that work year round and shapes that pair perfectly with jackets. From Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. 58 FACE Magazine

Lovely Lace Winter white and nude shoes make lace of the moment. From Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd.


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Fresh LBD The perfectly different Little Black Dress for a night out from fall through the holidays. From Partners' LTD, 102 Arnould Blvd. 60 FACE Magazine

Utterly Eclectic Don’t fear the print this fall. Try under a wear with anything blazer and bold jewelry and keep things on the edge with the season’s must have hat. From Vanessa V. Boutique, 5520-E Johnston Street. NOVEMBER 2011

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Color Full Vivid contrasting hues, must-have colored jeans and an easy go-anywhere topper from Vertigo, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch.

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Denim Done Right A perfectly fit jean will take you anywhere this fall. Pair with a top like this print with look-at-me details for a look that goes from day to night. From Coco Eros, 340 Kaliste Saloom Road.


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Demurely Done A vintage vibe comes in the form of a threequarter-sleeve lace dress with a shape that keeps it modern. From 7 Chics, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd, Ste 3003, River Ranch.

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Cozy Color Fur for fall comes in every shade of the rainbow. Keep the rest of the look simple and subdued and let the vivid hues of fur (or try snake print) shine. From Little Town, 1116 A-1 Coolidge Blvd., Oil Center.


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The Flirt A sweet colorful dress begs for the fall’s must-have brown leather belt. From HerringStone’s 2 Sisters’ Boutique, 111 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. 66 FACE Magazine

Work and Play Go from day to night with a simple dress in the season’s favorite shade of blue. From Jewelie's Boutique, 407 Rena Drive.


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Stand Out Stripe When it comes to perfectly pulled off stripes look for shape above all else. From Shi Shi, 233 Doucet Road, Suite A1.

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Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic presents

A Holiday Fundraising Extravaganza Benefiting Our

Thursday, December 8, 2011 • Hilton Lafayette • 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. Silent & Live Auction • Cocktail Attire • Cash Bar

Live Entertainment by Lafayette’s Bayou Boys For more information please contact: Carol McManus | 337.593.9208. ext. 222 | Or mail your donations to: LCHCC | 1317 Jefferson Street | Lafayette, LA 70501 NOVEMBER 2011

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FULL CIRCLE When Jill Johnson-Meaux began working at Acadiana Outreach Center in 2009, she could have never imagined that a brief two years later the well-known organization would be struggling to keep the lights on and what began as a job planning events would land her in the organization’s top spot. And while most would find the recent months a challenge, for Jill it was one more test in a long and arduous road of perseverance.

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“I could go to work, function and do what I needed to do and do it well and when I got home he was drunk or on his way …”

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It’s a path and a past that nearly no one knows Jill has experienced. The years of abuse she endured and the irony that she would eventually find her way into a career based on substance abuse treatment shelter for women, is no accident. Jill knows and believes this.


Jill Johnson-Meaux moved to Lafayette in the late 80’s for college where she met a man – charming, athletic, handsome. A man she would later realize was an alcoholic. A man she tried to leave more than once and a man she would eventually call her husband. In college, Jill didn’t realize he had a drinking problem and while things were never perfect before they married, the real madness came after the walk down the aisle. “We dated awhile. He beat me up in college and it was pretty ugly. The D.A. pressed charges,” Jill remembers. But, during the summer a contrite boyfriend convinced her it was all a mistake and Jill continued in the relationship, eventually marrying him.


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“I didn’t know where to go and I felt stuck. “It was never a happy marriage. I knew it was the wrong thing to do,” she says. “The chaos Mark is 26 years sober and he had a lot of good ensued after we were married. I learned to insight,” she says. compartmentalize.” That insight included directing Jill to the tools Jill began doing what many women in abusive she didn’t realize were available. relationships do – she removed herself from the “I finally found the strength and the resources,” situation at home while working and learned to she says. “When I became aware and found function on a kind of autopilot. the resources I realized this is the end and I’m

“… the chaos ensued after we were married.”

not going back and you’re not coming back. I was always afraid … what’s he going to do – he needs me.” But, Jill soon realized that a network of support and services existed for women in her situation. She went to Faith House and hired an attorney and took everything she had ($700) and went to a hotel for a few nights. And within a short period of time, a restraining order was in place.

“I could go to work, function and do what “With that document it was declared I had I needed to do and do it well and when I got the right to stay in the house and he had to home he was drunk or on his way and then I go,” Jill says. “I didn’t have a lot but it got me would drink,” she says. some safety and breathing room. It doesn’t take While work remained steady, her home was a much.” rollercoaster. What it did take was fortitude to follow “Yelling, crying, throwing things,” she says through. And at one point her soon-to-be exwas the order of the evening regularly. husband showed up at 2 a.m., forced his way in It didn’t take long for Jill to leave – for the and terrorized her. first time. She rented a small apartment and “He was in a fury. Crying and begging and soon her husband came to her seeking another threatening to kill himself and there was blood chance. on the floor and I was screaming until I was “I didn’t know where to go. I felt stuck,” she hoarse. I couldn’t get to the phone and call 911 says. “It was difficult. It was two or three tries and when I finally did he left and ran away,” Jill before I was able to get out. You finally realize says. you are strong enough to follow through. To not He is no longer allowed to return to the state. fall back.” “There’s a sense of relief there,” she says. Adding to the difficulty of leaving was the After Jill’s divorce she carried her restraining reality of Jill’s support system – or lack thereof. order with her and in usual Jill fashion, she kept “When in that kind of situation you cut off ties working. with friends, coworkers – you don’t want anyone “I kept doing what I needed to do,” she says. to know,” she says. She went to Faith House and got the help she And so, Jill kept her secret and despite her needed and began working on herself in earnest growing desire to leave, she stayed. For each after years of just surviving. woman, the demise of an abusive relationship is “I developed an interest in yoga and did good different. For Jill, it was a matter of wanting to healthy things in my life, I stopped drinking and I leave and yet lacking the map to an exit. didn’t want or need it anymore,” she says. “By the end I hated him. I just couldn’t figure Her friendship with her co-worker Mark a way out,” she says. continued and the two eventually began dating. The way out, in many ways, came in the “It grew into a relationship and we both did it form of a friendship she developed at work. Not in a healthy way,” she says. wanting to go home, she would linger talking to By the time their relationship became a co-worker named Mark, who would prove her romantic, they had built a solid foundation of greatest ally and confidant. 74 FACE Magazine

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“It was two or three tries before I was able to get out. You finally realize you are strong enough to follow through. To not fall back.�

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friendship and Jill had talked with different organization was in dire straits and continued to counselors following the years of abuse. The make headlines. two are now married and it’s clear that the “The drama hurt me personally because I have foundation they built before dating has created such a belief in the cause,” Jill says. a healthy relationship. By July the roof was blown off of the troubles Looking back at the experience, Jill sees now and the board of AOC asked Jill to serve as how much it has shaped who she is today. a liaison between the board and the then“That has made me a strong person. It has administration of AOC. In but a short period of developed my work ethic and leadership skills,” time she would go from liaison to director as AOC cut services and staff (in half) to make ends she says. Skills she is using today as the director of meet, as board members dug deeply into their Acadiana Outreach Center as the organization own pockets to keep the organization afloat. finds itself in turmoil. When Jill came to AOC in 2009 she had been in sales for years and was looking for something more “soul satisfying.”

And while years or months before, Jill could not have seen herself at the helm of the organization, after the drama of the previous director it seemed a natural fit.

“There was no hesitation at all. I felt like someone needs to do this. Acadiana Outreach is too important to so many people.”

“ T h e r e was no other organization that was as perfect a fit for me,” Jill says. “Adult charities are over looked and there aren’t many resources for people struggling with addiction.”

“There was no hesitation at all. I felt like someone needs to do this,” Jill says and that person was her. “Acadiana Outreach is too important to so AOC also offers the largest shelter for women many people.” And that includes Jill. who are not abused, Jill says. These facts combined with a description in the job for party “I truly believe in my heart that it was no accident and event planning were well suited for Jill. And that I ended up working for an organization that once on the job, things were as she hoped they offers substance abuse treatment and shelter would be. She found a way to combine career for women. I didn't consciously seek out this and soul satisfaction. particular organization - it sort of found me.” Then in the summer of this year, things began to go awry at AOC. Another treatment center (Three Graces) belonging to AOC was not holding its own, which combined with other financial woes and a lack of transparency with the then-administration, created a financial disaster.

And as for Jill deciding now to share her history of living in an abusive relationship, it’s her hope that it will increase awareness that substance abuse and violent situations are not limited by the image many people have of them. That domestic violence and alcoholic home lives can happen to anyone.

“The electric company wants to turn off the “No one looks like an abused person, no lights,” Jill says. “I never thought that would socioeconomic class is immune, all races and happen.” ages can be affected but there is help and life is As things began to unfold, it became clear the much better on the other side.”


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1 Bundle of Joy – 5520 E. Johnston St., #I Purrfect Gifts – 5520 E. Johnston St.. #F Vanessa V Boutique – 5520 E. Johnston St. 2 Lola Pink – 121 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 3 Clothing Loft – 115 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 4 Caroline & Co. – 113 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 5 Brother's on the Blvd. – 113 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 6 Jewelie's Boutique – 407 Rena Dr. 7 Coccolare Spa – 331 Doucet Rd. 8 Ashero Spa – 233 Doucet Rd., #B1 Shi Shi Boutique – 233 Doucet Rd., #A1 9 Acadiana Metro Realty – 3205 Johnston St. 10 Sophi P Cakes – 3209 Johnston St. 11 Partner's – 102 Arnould Blvd. 12 Bevo's – 715 Bertrand Drive 13 Event Rentals – 310 Bertrand Drive 14 Christopher Hubbell, M.D., a Jeune Medical Spa – 913 South College Rd. 15 Plastic Surgery Associates – 1101 South College Rd., #400 16 First Baptist Church – 100 Lee Avenue

17 Melancon Pet Grooming – 4140 North University Carencro, LA 18 La Boutique – 232 South Market St Opelousas, LA 19 Melancon Pet Grooming – 5300 Hwy 182 Opelousas, LA 20 Dr. Bennett Fontenot, DDS – 1329 Grand Pointe Ave Breaux Bridge, LA 21 Moss Motors – 1401 Surrey St. 22 Allure Enhancement – 1723 West Pinhook Rd. 23 CoCo Ero's – 340 Kaliste Saloom Rd. 24 J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS – 1103 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 300 Laser Skincare of La. – 1103 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 302 25 Dunn’s Design – 208 Rue Louis XIV 26 Imelda's – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette 27 Bevo's – 2207 Kaliste Saloom Rd. 28 Fertility & Women's Health Center of La – 4630 Ambassador Caffery By Appointment : • Cameo Bookkeeping – 337-988-3260 • Frou Frou Avenue – 225-335-1865



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showyourface TINSEL & TREASURES PREVIEW PARTY Sept. 21 – Cajundome Convention Center The ladies of the Junior League of Lafayette started off this year’s 18th annual holiday market giving a glimpse of what was to come when doors opened for event. Attendees ate, drank and were merry while listening to live entertainment and participating in both a silent and live auction.

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Sept. 23 – Cajundome Convention Center

For this year’s show, Tinsels & Treasures featured a “catwalk” with local women modeling fashions that were not only perfect for the season. Stores like Ballin’s, Herringstone’s Two Sisters’ Boutique, Brother’s and Vanessa V. Boutique (just to name a few) all contributed to the show. While watching the fabulous fashions, guests were treated to a delicious lunch.


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showyourface WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS Oct. 7 – Frem F. Boustany Convention Center The 17th annual awards ceremony honors women in the Lafayette community who have made a profound contribution to the city or who have accomplished exceptional levels of achievement. The ceremony included a dinner and entertainment before the awards were given.

SUSAN G. KOMEN "SHOP FOR THE CURE" Oct. 29 – Brother's on the

Boulevard and Caroline and Co. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Brother’s on the Boulevard and Caroline and Co. hosted an “after hours” shopping event, where a portion of the night’s proceeds were donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Treats and drinks were offered, as well as educational information and free mammogram giveaways from the Breast Center of Acadiana.

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showyourface ACAD. CULINARY CLASSIC Oct. 3 – Cajundome Convention Center This year’s 27th annual food extravaganza recognizes many of the top chefs in the south, who all came together in healthy competition to bring awareness to and funding for “Hearts of Hope.” Diners sampled some of the best cuisine around while eating for a cause. Hearts of Hope is the Lafayette nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the trauma faced by victims of sexual abuse.


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FACE Lafayette - November 2011  

Lafayette, LA monthly magazine focusing on Women's Fashion, Faith, Beauty, Health and Home.