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DECEMBER 2011

TIMELESS

Classically done fashion with a nod to the past perfect for the holiday season

KellyLEGER One woman’s mission to serve others, to make Christmas about more than what’s under the tree and the tragedy that propelled her to make it happen. Out of the darkness comes a story of light and hope. DECEMBER 2011

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CONTENTS

70 l THE FACE

DECEMBER 2011

The Leger family suffered a loss unlike any other when their 11-month-old son died in 2005. How a mother found the strength to bring Christmas to families in need and why for the first time in years it will, indeed, be the most wonderful time of the year in the Leger house.

16 l SWEET SOMETHING An impressive recipe that’s doable for any cook and any kitchen.

20 l PLENTIFUL How Lemel Jones is bringing hope (and food) to the people of Acadiana as she spearheads Food Net.

22 l GRACE FULL Acadiana’s experts in entertaining return for a breakdown of how to do it right this holiday season.

26 l BEAUTY AND THE BRAID The beauty gurus at be. Salon break out their brushes for a how-to on two musthave holiday looks in hair and makeup.

30 l GIFT GUIDE 59 ideas for every budget and every person on your list.

50 l SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER The sweetest (and sassiest) in dressing for the littlest members of the family this holiday season.

56 l TIMELESS

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It’s been an unbelievable experience. The things we’ve been able to do and the closeness and our relationship with Christ, with God. It’s unreal.” – Kelly Leger

Ashley Duran shows us how to pull off that sultry yet classic screen siren look just in time for the holiday season.

IN EVERY ISSUE 08 l EDITOR'S DESK 10 l HEALTH MATTERS 12 l COOKIE'S CORNER 14 l FAMILY MATTERS

ON THE COVER Kelly Leger Photography by Penny Moore Makeup by Jenn Rausch HAIR Shannon Bernard Webb of The Look, Inc

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Sunday, Dec. 4, 1-3 p.m. Downtown Lafayette to the Oil Center (337) 988-5301 ext. 239. One of the oldest Christmas activities in Acadiana. Parade features over 20 floats, High School Marching Bands, and the official arrival of Santa Claus to Lafayette.

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Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Monday, Nov. 28 - Saturday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd., New Iberia with general admission fee.

Christmas Alexandre House

at The Mouton

$7 in advance, $9 at the gate (337) 9812364, www.acadianvillage.org During this Acadiana holiday tradition, enjoy the splendor of over a half million lights, nightly entertainment, local cuisine, photos with Santa and kiddie carnival rides.

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Friday, Dec. 2 - Friday, Dec. 30, daily 5 - 9 p.m., Zoo of Acadiana, Broussard, $5 in advance, $6 at the door (337) 8374325, www.ZooOfAcadiana.org. Stroll the pathways of the Zoo as it is aglow with thousands of twinkling lights. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while taking a ride on the Northpole Express Train as Christmas music fills the air.

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Christmas at Coteau

Thursday, Dec. 8, at Hilton Lafayette, 6:30 - 10 p.m. to help support the mission of the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, to provide quality outpatient health care for the working uninsured and to develop and provide programs to address community health care needs through collaborative partnerships. For more information please contact Carol McManus at 337 593-9208 , ext 222 or email cmcmanus@lchcc.net.

THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE

Friday, Dec. 9 - Monday, Dec. 12, at First Baptist Lafayette. The program celebrates the joy of Christmas through music, drama, and dance with a stage reminiscent of Paris, France, complete with an Eiffel Tower. More than 200 actors, dancers, singers and instrumentalists have been in rehearsals since August while more than 300 volunteers are involved including those who construct the set, decorate and

light the tree, as well as those assisting with parking, ushering and the many other requirements of the "Broadway style" production. Performances are Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m.; and Monday, Dec.12, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children/students, and are available now online at www.fbclaf.org or by calling 1-800-965-9324.  Tickets are also on sale at the First Baptist Lafayette office.  For more information call 337593-375.

Lafayette Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker"

Saturday, Dec. 10 - Sunday, Dec. 11, Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Heymann Center, (337) 291-5555. Lafayette Ballet Theatre's presentation of this full length ballet is a timeless holiday classic.

"Harps and Handbells for the Holidays"

Friday, Dec. 16, The Bayou Harp Circle is together again to host their 7th Annual Christmas concert, “Harps and Handbells for the Holidays.” On Friday Dec. 16, 2011, at the Affiliated School for the Blind Training Center on 409 West St. Mary, all are welcome to escape the hustle and bustle to enjoy peaceful Holiday melodies. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Inc.

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or children there is something magical about this time of the year. The impossible seems within reach. And the mystical wonder of endearing characters come to life made us feel as though we ourselves were part of the magic. There is a sense of wonder beyond the tangible and it’s something that seems to slip away with age, experience or perhaps both. As adults this time of year often brings about some of the greatest stress when we become the ones responsible for making all that magic happen. I remember as a young girl telling my mom that I couldn’t imagine that a person in the whole world could be sad on Christmas morning. In her own special way she explained that holidays are, for some, the most difficult time of all and I remember feeling a sense of sadness for these people as I tried to grasp the concept. It’s a concept we all learn though as we lose those we love and wish they were here this time of year. It’s something our December cover girl knows all about. For several years after the loss of her 11-month-old son, Kelly Leger has found Christmas to present a unique set of challenges. But, in spite of those challenges Kelly manages to believe. To believe in joy beyond the pain and to believe that this year will be different. This year, she believes, will be a joyful year for her family. Turn to her story on page 56 to learn how for several years she has honored the memory of her son by providing Christmas for needy families in Acadiana and why her belief, even in the toughest times, never wavered. Let her story of hope renew that sense of magic this season. For a renewed sense of hope in pulling off those holiday shindigs at your house don’t miss the second installment of Grace Notes from Acadiana’s experts in etiquette. They give us three fail-safe tips that every woman should have in her back pocket to pull off the party

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year round. And once again, these are invaluable words of wisdom we can all use whether we have hours and big bucks to devote or just a few minutes and a few dollars. These ladies know that pulling off a magical event in your home is less about the big show and more about the people. For the first time in a long time, I have begun to realize how much more the holidays are about the people. It’s something that has come with both gain and loss. You realize the precious nature of this time of year when those we love reach their last days and then again when new life arrives. Last year was my first niece’s first Christmas and with it a renewed sense of wonder in our family. This year will be our son Wilder’s first Christmas and suddenly all of the petty things I worried about this time of year seem trivial. I can think of nothing more than these new cousins making their first memories (so maybe they won’t remember but we’ll have pictures … and video to remind them). And of us adults making our eighth millionth memory. To stop and wonder at these times in the midst of the craziness is a magical thing. No matter what you’re facing this Christmas it is our prayer that you will pause and capture at least one beautiful memory. Amanda Bedgood is the editor of FACE Magazine. Send your fashion inspirations, interesting stories and other musings to amanda@facelafayette.com.

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EDITOR Amanda Bedgood

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hen you learn the art of mindful eating you naturally begin to eat less. Why? Research has found that when individuals, especially chronic dieters, take away the diet rules and learn to listen and trust their body with food, they actually eat less. When you eat less you ultimately consume fewer calories, sugar, fat and salt. You learn the foods that make you feel good, both physically and emotionally, and you identify the foods that make you feel sluggish, irritable and just not your best self. Finally, you learn the foods you really enjoy eating and you learn to eat less and feel satisfied without guilt.

This holiday season we want to encourage you to release the “control" of your diet and instead embrace the season and learn to enjoy the food around you. Take a new path and learn to become a mindful eater. Three Steps to Being More Mindful 1. Identify the foods you really enjoy to eat. Rank the foods as “absolute all time favorite,” “really like,” “kind of like,” “eat because it is there” and “don’t like”. Start with not serving yourself any foods from the “kind of like,” “eat because it is there” or “don’t like” category. Be honest with yourself in this exercise. 2. When you eat, serve yourself on a plate,

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"The secret to finding your ideal body weight is to find a way to eat for life that does not feel like a life of deprivation." yvettequantz sit down, slow down and begin to taste Become aware of your hunger and fullness your food. Ask yourself “Am I really enjoying cues. this?” Rarely overeat. 3. Halfway through the meal – stop. Ask Enjoy the whole meal – family, friends and yourself how “hungry” or “full” am I? If the food. the answer is neutral, then push the plate Find a healthy weight and stay within your away. healthy-weight range. Why Become an Intuitive Eater? Why cupcakes are the perfect dessert: When you learn to become a mindful Cupcakes are the perfect dessert when eater then you: beginning your journey to become an Learn to taste food. intuitive eater. Why? Eat less. 1. Portion controlled. Never go on a diet again.

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4. Remind us of childhood, when there was no thought of calorie counting, or big thighs or the consequences of eating too much sugar. 5. When we were children it was also easy to leave half behind and run to go and play when we were satisfied. 6.  Embrace no guilt, but state pure pleasure. 7.  Taste good. Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT, is a Lifestyle and Sports Nutritionist and owner of Food Therapy, LLC. E-mail her at yvette@foodtherapyonlin.com and get more information about Food Therapy at www.foodtherapyonline.com.

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ith the holiday shopping season in full swing, I’d like to talk about consumerism and the way businesses are selling to the public. For the past two years I’ve noticed that there’s been a shift in the way consumers want to interact with businesses. The ‘slap ‘em on the back’ semi-patronizing approach to selling isn’t cutting it anymore. Today’s consumers are way too savvy to be snowed under by fake smiles, insincerity and they don’t like to feel that they’re simply a number in your bottom line. Besides, we’re all too busy in our often hectic lives that no one likes to feel like they’re being bullied or blindsided into buying. So, how do you build relationships with new clients? By getting back to business basics.

“Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand” –Anonymous Let me give you an example of what I mean by that statement. Do you remember going to the local grocery store with your parents back when you were a child? The man behind the counter at the meat section always seemed to know your mother’s (or father’s) name, and that they always wanted a sirloin roast, around 5 pounds, every second Friday. Or the operator of the corner bakery always knew that your mother didn’t like her bread pre-sliced – she wanted it left intact so she could cut it later at home. In that era, you knew that your patronage was valued – YOU mattered to the owner and they took concrete steps to ensure that you kept doing

business with them. People don’t do business with the ‘name’ on the door. They do business with YOU – another live, human being and to succeed you need to incorporate “R&R” – respect & responsibility, into your interactions with others. Your own core values need to come across clearly in every aspect of your business, whether it is from the moment you pick up the phone and say “Hello! This is Cookie. How can I help you today?” Add to that ensuring that when you make promises to the customer, you deliver on time, every time. They care whether their needs are being met and that they can trust you to give them the best bang for their hard-earned buck. Which leads me to ask you this question: "Are you conducting ethical and mutually respectful selling practices in your business?”

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cookietuminello trust a word they were saying? I know I have because I can’t do business with someone I don’t feel comfortable with. It is inconsistent with my core values. Fostering trust is a huge plus in my books. Do you ‘walk your talk’ or are you full of hot air? Bluffing your way through a sales pitch is a dead giveaway that you don’t trust your own product/service enough to look people in the eye and be able to sell yourself and product convincingly. If you don’t have your client’s trust, they’ll move on to someone who they can work with without worrying they’re being taken advantage of. 3. Value. Do you really appreciate your clients and for that matter, members of your own team? If so, do you tell them how pleased you are that they’re doing business with you? When was the last time you sat your team down and told them that without their contribution to your business, the company wouldn’t be as flourishing as it is today? How often have you

genuinely thanked your clients for being part of your success? Better yet, when was the last time you asked your clients how you can serve them better? Two simple words used often and sincerely can go a long way to establishing your reputation as someone worthy of conducting business with, and those two words are “Thank you.” Say them often and mean it! If you follow these three small steps and incorporate them into your everyday business life, I can guarantee you that your customers will remain loyal to your business and you. And true loyalty is priceless! Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with peace, love, joy, abundance, prosperity and good health this holiday season! Cookie Tuminello, Leadership and Team Building Coach, is the founder and CEO of Success Source, LLC. Cookie can be contacted at cookie@cookietuminello.com.

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Here are what I believe to be the three key elements to running a successful and servicebased business: 1. Honesty. As a consumer yourself, I know you want to deal with people who are up front about their product/service. Are you doing the same with your clients? Do you tell them exactly what you are capable of bringing to the table or do you ‘snow’ them with empty promises that you know you won’t be able to deliver on? Yes, sometimes being totally honest means you may have to let a potential client go elsewhere, but I can guarantee you that they’ll remember you for being upfront and honest with them. And guess what? Perhaps when they do have a need for what you provide, they’ll remember your name because you told them the truth. Period. 2. Trust. Have you ever walked away from doing business with a company or retailer simply because you had a gut feeling that you couldn’t

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A Gift For You

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s we approach the holiday season, it may be surprising to learn that one of the best gifts we can give ourselves is the gift of forgiveness. Wounds inflicted by another person can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, hurt, bitterness even vengeance. You may be completely justified in those feelings and the other person may well deserve them. However, if you don’t practice forgiveness, you may pay a high price in your own health and happiness.

have to mean reconciliation. You can forgive someone and still choose not be their friend again or give them another

“You can forgive without forgetting, but forgiveness brings a peace that helps you go on with life.”

can lessen the person or action’s grip on you, and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life. When you hold on to past hurts, you remain “bound” or tied to that person or event; forgiveness cuts the rope. Forgiveness does not mean you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn’t make what he or she did “okay.” You can forgive without forgetting, but forgiveness brings a peace that helps you go on with life.

opportunity to hurt you. You can choose to forgive and maintain healthy boundaries.

Letting go of grudges and hard feelings makes way for compassion, kindness, You might be thinking: “Wait, isn’t Forgiveness is a decision to let go of peace and gratitude. Forgiveness can lead forgiveness something I give to another resentment and thoughts of revenge. to: person?” While that can be true, The act that hurt you may always be a •Healthier relationships forgiveness does not always or even part of your life, but deciding to forgive

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•Greater spiritual and psychological well- in your life. Reflect on the facts of the the control and power the offending person being situation, how you've reacted and how this and situation have had in your life. If you combination has affected your life, health need to, do something symbolic like letting •Less stress, tension and hostility go of a helium balloon, tying a string from •Physical health benefits (e.g., lower yourself to a picture or symbol of the other blood pressure; lower risk of alcohol and “… if you don’t practice person and cutting it, writing on post-itsubstance abuse) forgiveness, you may pay a notes and sticking on a wall all the things •Increased openness to new relationships situation/person has taken from you (joy, high price in your own health the and experiences happiness, trusting others) and physically •Better mental health (less anxiety and and happiness.” taking them back as your own. As you let depression) go of grudges, you'll no longer define your life by how you've been hurt, but how you’ve Forgiveness isn’t an easy process, but it and well-being. When you're ready, actively healed. does start with a simple decision to forgive. If you’re a spiritual person, you might start choose to forgive the person who's offended Amy Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with Center for Psychiatric Studies and the infant mental health by praying just to be willing to forgive. Start you. You might write or say very simply: consultant for the Healthy Start Program of the Family Tree. your forgiveness process by recognizing “I choose to forgive ____ for _____.” Move the value of forgiveness and its importance away from your role as victim and release

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Yummy Yam Praline Coffee Cake Recipe by Holly Clegg

This melt-in-your mouth coffeecake starts with a time-honored family pantry staple, biscuit baking mix. My personal favorite recipe — love the naturally sweet Louisiana yams with the tart cranberries. Everyone has out-of-town company this month, so make ahead of time and freeze to pull out for a morning meal. (1 (15-ounce) can yams equals 1 cup mashed). Makes 16 servings. 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 ⁄2 cup plus 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1 ⁄2 cup chopped pecans 21⁄2 cups biscuit baking mix

1 (15-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed or 1 cup mashed Louisiana yams (sweet potatoes) 1 ⁄3 cup skim milk 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 ⁄4 cup dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven 400°F. Coat 9x9x2-square baking pan with nonstick baking spray. 2. In bottom of prepared pan, mix together butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and corn syrup. Spread mixture evenly in pan. Sprinkle with pecans. 3. In large mixing bowl, beat together biscuit baking mix, sweet potatoes, and milk until dough forms a ball. Turn dough onto surface heavily dusted with baking mix and roll or pat into 12-inch long rectangle. 4. In small bowl, combine remaining 3 tablespoons brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture and cranberries evenly over dough. Roll up dough jellyroll style from longer side. Cut crosswise into one-inch pieces and arrange sitting on top of the pecan mixture in pan. Dough will spread when baking. 5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately run knife around sides and invert onto serving plate, scraping any brown sugar mixture from pan to top cake.

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Born to Serve

Lemel Jones, executive director of FoodNet, lives a life of service. Service to her family, service to her country and service to her neighbors. How she’s ensuring the plates of Acadiana aren’t empty this holiday season.

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merican psychologist and philosopher William James once said, “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it,” and this is exactly what FoodNet’s Executive Director Lemel Jones is doing.

on food and monetary donations from try is where members of the community can go to pick up groceries and other the community. “We connect the hungry people to supplies they may not be able to afford.

the food, utilizing this wonderful com- FoodNet is referred to as the “Greatmunity’s services and people that sup- er Acadiana Food Bank,” with five pantries supplying members of the Lafayport us,” Jones said. A food bank is a depository, which ette community with the food they so This year marks the 25th anniversary collects and stores food that it can desperately need. of FoodNet, a non-profit organization, then send out to accompanying food Jones was appointed executive direcwhich provides food for the needy in pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and tor six months ago, and she has been Acadiana. It is a food bank run solely other charitable agencies. A food pan- busy bettering the organization and

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event, Jones had to begin working 70hour weeks doing anything and everything she could to help the members of her community, including 23 employees of Second Harvest who lost their homes.

community ever since. “I believe that nobody should be hungry,” Jones explained. “As long as I believe that and as long as people keep coming to us who need assistance, I will continue to do whatever I can to relieve the burden. I really don’t sleep and when I do, I dream about how to make FoodNet better.” FoodNet is not the first charitable organization Jones has worked for. She has been involved with food banking since 2005, after realizing she wanted to work for companies with a purpose. “I had just had my son (Trinten) and I looked at my schedule and realized that I needed to be around for him, since his father lived five hours away,” Jones said. “I quit my job in the tourism industry and decided to apply for jobs that looked like they meant something to me.” She applied for a job with Second Harvest, a non-profit food bank based in New Orleans, in early 2005 and was appointed

“Hurricane Katrina was not only the most devastating thing to ever happen to New Orleans, but also the most changing thing,” Jones said. “It was an awakening of spirits; it was a resilience of people; it was how people found a way to survive through the roughest of times.” Jones said she believed the tragedy in New Orleans allowed her to become the person she is today. She was able, along Lemel Jones, executive director of FoodNet, is filling plates in Acadiana. Read with other “renegade food bankers” as how they need your help now more than ever. she calls them, to distribute more than its “Kids Café” Coordinator. Six months 56 million pounds of food through 23 into her position, Hurricane Katrina hit parishes in the year after. the city and caused unprecedented de- “I always tell people ‘You’re the struction. She was immediately catapult- change,’” Jones said. “It’s not always goed to a community relations position and ing to come from an institution, a buildfrom there to the chief programs officer. ing or a government. It’s always grassBecause of the sheer magnitude of the roots that move anything forward.”

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Jones’ efforts were noticed and she re- In 2009, Jones came to Lafayette beceived the 2006 “Field Supervisor of the cause of her job with the U.S. Census. Year” for the Congressional Hunger Cen- She said she had already fallen in love with the city from her work with Second ter in Washington D.C. However despite her accomplish- Harvest when she opened the Acadiana ments, Jones said she felt she was be- branch of the food bank. coming “burnt-out.” After four years working in New Orleans with food banking, she stopped. “But once you’re bitten, you can’t stop. No matter how hard you try,” Jones said, and with that she began working on side projects to benefit her community. The result: The Resilience Project. Birthed out of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, members of the community volunteer their services to help those who need it. If you have time to babysit three hours, you babysit for a single person who is trying to make it. If you have time and resources, start a food drive.

“The economy is bad,” Jones said. “We’re experiencing a critical need. We’re not having the same amount of donations.”

There are three primary food drives, which draw the most support for FoodShe now had the opportunity to apply Net: The Letter Carriers Food Drive, The for a position with FoodNet, and quickly Rotary Election Food Drive and the “TV 10 did. After an interim three month peri- Food for Family” drive. od, she was appointed executive director Unfortunately, this year’s Letter Carrithis year, with the retirement of Mary El- ers Drive resulted in a decrease of 10,000 len Citron. pounds since last year and there will not “I know I was placed here for a reason,” Jones said. “We have such power in ourselves that we can make all of the changes to better our communities. I am so inspired by Marcelle Citron (the founder of FoodNet). She loves this community and when you love what you do and you want to do it for the rest of your life and you find someone who has been doing it for theirs, that what’s inspiring to me. It was this reason that really drew me to FoodNet.”

“It gets the community to stand up and support itself,” she said. “Whatever makes you a resilient person, you give FoodNet is run solely on donations, that back to your community and the and Jones said this year the donations community will survive from it.” have decreased.

be a Rotary Election Food Drive. This means the “TV 10 Food for Family” drive, which happens on Dec. 14, needs to be better than ever. People can donate food, time or money by visiting FoodNet’s website www. foodnetacadiana.org, dropping food off to one of the nine area groceries (a list can be found on their website) or to their warehouse or by sending a check by mail. Lemel Jones joined the Army in 1986 shortly before giving birth to her first son Marcus, 21. In 1996 she graduated Cum Laude from Norfolk State University in Virginia with a bachelor’s in political science and public administration. She had her second son Trinten, 7, in 2004. “I just love what I do. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

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What Makes or Breaks a Party? This party season take notes from the entertaining experts with Grace Notes. Their three simple ideas for making your party seem effortless are a beautiful thing. (Read: anyone can do them no matter your budget on time or money.) For even more details on pulling off the effortless party, check out Grace Notes Etiquette on Facebook.

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3 Secrets of Effortless Hostesses By Lynley Jones and Jan Swift

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y definition, inviting people into your home is a personal and flattering gesture. This Christmas season is the perfect time in which to catch up with friends and family, and to reach out to new acquaintances you would like to know better. It is a special time to show your guests who you are and share the things you enjoy with them. An attentive ear, a keen eye for detail, a willingness to please, careful attention to the comfort of your guests, and an ability to laugh at the events as they unfold are the components of seemingly effortless enter-

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fended by it. Was the dinner a success? • Candles, place cards, tape, paints & Where did you buy the wine everyone raved about? markers, place mats & table cloths

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• Pink light bulbs—make your guests look better • Flower arranging tools, invitations you receive, and a list of friends from which to borrow things The more parties you have, the better your closet will become as you collect needed items and experience as to what works best for you. Have you ever chilled down the Bud Lite and then realized that your guest only drinks Heiniken? A PARTY DIARY will help you keep notes on who does and does not eat what, who was on a diet, who likes to smoke and who’s of-

“… Just imagine how “wowed” your guests will be when you greet them at the door with their favorite beverage on ice and the hors des oeuvres’ they raved about at your last party.” Some items to diary: • Date and occasion of the party • Guest list

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• What you wore • General notes on what guests liked or disliked • All of the details about what went on at your party Don’t be lazy with your diary. Keeping tabs on your guests likes and dislikes will help you avoid making the same mistakes in the future. It will also provide you with beautiful memories of past parties that you can cherish forever. Photos of decorations, guests, and memorable moments are a priceless resource that can be contained in one scrapbook diary for reference throughout the years. Lynley’s well-worn party diary is a treasure trove of past events

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“… keep notes on who does and does not eat what, who was on a diet, who likes to smoke and who’s offended by it.”

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For the braid, Josh started by backcombing the entire head at the roots. He used a smoothing brush to make it smooth then he did a basic French braid to the side and curled her ends and back combed them. He used Aveda’s defining whip on the ends and finished the look with Aveda Control Force hairspray.

For makeup, Nicole used the Aveda trio of black tulip. She used a dome brush with the darkest color and blended in the crease of the eye from outer corner of the eye to inner corner and finished with black orchid eyeliner and black forest mascara. She added Aveda eye shadow in illumination to highlight Card Document Size 3.625 x 2.125 the brow area. She Biz applied the blush (Durel wants the 1/16” bleed built in) upward towards the hairline not diObject/Crop Area/Make: to make pdf that will CROP Artboard size rectly on top of the apple of the cheek. Aveda’s pink lotus lip-gloss finished the look.

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Gift Guide All Made Up Clockwise from top: Latisse from Allure Enhancement, 1721 W. Pinhook Rd. Holiday glam look with bag from Diane Merle Norman, South College Center Clairsonic to keep your skin aglow from Ashero Spa, 233 Doucet Road, Suite B

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Gift Guide Classic Clockwise from top: Vintage vibe necklace from Vanessa V. Boutique, 5520-E Johnston Street South Sea pearl necklace from Clothing Loft, 115 Arnould Blvd., On the Boulevard Rosegold watch from Coco Eros, 340 Kaliste Saloom Road Supple clutch that can also be an iPad cover from Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch Double strand pearl necklace from Buttross, South College Center

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Holiday Glam Clockwise from top: Super lux throw with reversible houndstooth or black from Jody's of Lafayette, 923 Harding St. Handbag from Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd. Dramatic necklace from Jewelie's Boutique, 407 Rena Drive Gold bracelets by Seasonal Whispers from Imelda's Fine Shoes, 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Parc Lafayette

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The Most Precious of All The sassiest and sweetest in holiday dressing for the littlest darling on your list.

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Little leggings and darling dress with look-atme shoes from Melodi's Belles and Beaus, 913 Harding St., Oil Center.

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Pretty in pink dress with leggings and matching bag from Paperdoll Boutique, Parc Lafayette. DECEMBER 2011

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Dressy red dress with sash from Sweet Melissa Little Ones’ Boutique, 111 Settlers Trace Boulevard Suite 1002, River Ranch. 52 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com


Super sassy cowboy boots and tutu trimmed skirt from Bundle of Joy, 5520 Johnston St #I. DECEMBER 2011

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Reindeer jumper from Caroline & Company, 113 Arnould Blvd., On the Boulevard. 54 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com


Darling red dress from Initials, 340 Kaliste Saloom Road. DECEMBER 2011

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The timeless look of fabulous fur tops a mod winter white dress. Take the detachable fur piece to use this season for nearly every look from Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd. 58 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com


Super skinnies with a sexy cozy sweater and super high boots from Bevo's of Lafayette, 715 Bertrand Drive and and 2207 Kaliste Saloom Rd. DECEMBER 2011

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Less is more in this simple yet stunning black sequin gown with racer back from Coco Eros, 340 Kaliste Saloom Road. 60 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com


Diaphanous fabric makes a serious color nearly romantic in a this dress that's an easy transition from classy day to cocktail night from Vertigo, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. DECEMBER 2011

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Take the printed legging to new places with a come hither heel and sumptuous sweater from Vanessa V. Boutique, 5520-E Johnston Street. 62 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com


The red statement coat that's bold in hue and design is perfect for the holiday season and beyond from 7 Chics, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd, Ste 3003, River Ranch. DECEMBER 2011

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Cozy equals sexy in this season's staple sweater dress that can be worn with a heel or boots from Jewelie's Boutique, 407 Rena Drive. 64 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com


A regal shade and svelte shape equal classic holiday dressing that can go beyond the festivities from Little Town, 1116 A-1 Coolidge Blvd., Oil Center. DECEMBER 2011

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The topper every girl needs that’s both fashion forward and warm – the cape. Pair dramatic red with camel and black from Artesia, 2513 Johnston St. 66 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com


A chic go anywhere pairing perfect for day and convertible to night with a dramatic necklace and sexy heel from Shi Shi, 233 Doucet Road, Suite A1. DECEMBER 2011

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Leopard is timeless when found in this must-have shape from HerringStone’s 2 Sisters’ Boutique, 111 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. 68 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com


A show stopping sequin topper pairs with classic cocktail as easily as it could with a high end pant, sexy skirt or tough jeans from Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. DECEMBER 2011

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Kelly Leger’s family suffered the great loss of their baby and now, in his name, are giving families in Acadiana a Christmas Story Amanda Bedgood • Photography Penny Moore • Clothing by Brother's on the Boulevard DECEMBER 2011

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or so we’re told by a relentless barrage of advertising campaigns and cheerful carolers. But, the unfortunate reality is that for many people this time of year may be one of the absolute most challenging. This is something Kelly Leger knows and for perhaps the first time in years also believes that this year will, indeed, be a most wonderful time for her family.

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After years of ensuring other families facing a bleak Christmas are blessed, Kelly Leger is looking forward to having a beautiful holiday season in her own home this year. It’s something that’s been a long time coming and something that hasn’t come easily. Joy, Kelly knows, is a choice. And more than that it is a journey. Christmas is about many things to many people. And yet it seems no matter your beliefs, most people find themselves facing the same sort of holiday – stressful and centered on a laundry list of gifts. Even some of the most grounded families find themselves singularly focused on a wish list of wants from their little darlings and a feeling all those wants are musts – no matter the cost.

first and only Christmas she would ever celebrate with baby Lane, who died at 11 months old after sustaining a head injury while being taken care of by a caregiver in May 2005. Christmas of 2004 with Lane is one Kelly will never forget and one that has resonated far beyond her own family. “It was the day before Christmas and I was clearing out things and making room for what was coming,” Kelly recalls of that Christmas years ago. And it hit Kelly and hurt her thinking of the children who would have no Christmas. “I said next Christmas we are going to do something different,” she says.

With a baby and a three year old, Kelly knew that if she acted soon she could perhaps stop the madness before It was just this sort of frenzy of it started with the never ending wish buying that struck Kelly Leger in a new lists and wants that often come this way years ago. At the time she had a time of year. three year old and a baby. It was the

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Kelly’s plans to bring a new something to Christmas came to halt when Lane died in May of 2005. Life, as Kelly would know it, came to a halt. There was but one thing that kept Kelly functioning after the death of her baby – her daughter Abby Kate. “That was the only thing that probably saved me – Abby. She was it. She was our focus,” Kelly says. And so, it was with her daughter in mind that Kelly was able to get out of bed the next day. (And the one after that and the one after that). And with her in mind that Kelly sought counseling for both of them before Lane was even buried. “I’ve always said she saved my life,” Kelly says. It’s a life that was hard to live some days as she and her husband faced one of the greatest challenges any marriage could ever face with an attitude of determination. “They say 75 percent of marriages fail after the death of a child. I can remember very early on we had a discussion,” Kelly says. “No matter what he and I were taking it to the end. For us and for Abby. She had already endured this and we aren’t going to add anything else to her plate.”

“… I show her the families with Lane’s Promise and the children who are asking for sheets, for school uniforms.”

It’s a decision that wasn’t always easy as the couple grieved differently. While Kelly went to counseling for four years her husband chose to deal with it in his own way without counseling. It’s a way that Kelly didn’t always understand or realize but the words of a priest would help her accept. “He told us from the get go that we would deal with it differently and we were able to understand that. But, we are

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different people and not always in the same place at the same time.” Time would prove to be part of the healing along with a multitude of milestones and the endless support of family, friends and their church – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And then, after four years of trying, the greatest gift of all came – a baby. “Mary Grace has been the most healing thing,” Kelly says noting that some days are still difficult even with the milestones and blessings. “There are still times even with her here …” Christmas is one of those times. For a few years Kelly would set out a special chair Lane was given at that first Christmas with his name on it as a way to honor her son. And with each Christmas came a feeling that she maybe shouldn’t enjoy it after such a loss. Kelly, however, has come to realize that she doesn’t need to feel bad on Christmas for enjoying it. Part of that has been the creation of Lane’s Promise – a nonprofit that provides Christmas for a handful of local families each year. Five families receive a complete Christmas from the organization that is funded by mostly friends, family and the generosity of her husband, Jacob’s, employer Jack and Roberta Brink of JMI Manufacturing and Altec Gas Lift. The money comes without any fundraising and seems to accumulate solely by word of mouth. But, the effort comes from a place deep in Kelly.

“… how many more chances will we get to respond to a crisis in an effort to serve before we start to do it all on our own because it’s what we’re supposed to do?”

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closeness and our relationship with Christ, she says of remembering the reason for the season. “But, I still have to remind her, and with God. It’s unreal,” Kelly says. And it’s an unfortunate thing, she says, myself, with going overboard. She’s asking that it takes just this kind of thing to lead to for an iPhone and iPad and laptop and I show her the families with Lane’s Promise service in the way it so often does. and the children “Why does it who are asking for always take terrible sheets, for school circumstances for us uniforms.” as ordinary people And it takes but a to serve? Why does moment for Abby to it take a September understand. 11, a tsunami, a Lane Leger is the inspiration for Lane’s Promise – a nonprofit that’s providing families in Acadiana in need a Christmas. Go to lanespromise.org for more information and learn how to help provide Christmas for a family in need.

“I’ve always said she saved my life.”

“It doesn’t come Hurricane Katrina, automatically but or in my case the she is grasping what death of a child to be it’s all about,” she called to the service says. of our neighbor? How many more chances will we get to And this year it’s going to be all about respond to a crisis in an effort to serve fun in a way it never has before. Kelly says before we start to do it all on our own this year Christmas will feel different in the because it’s what we’re supposed to do?” Leger house. It’s a powerful lesson and one she sees “In 2009 that was the first okay that even at the age of ten, her daughter Christmas and last year was the first hope Abby is starting to grasp thanks to Lane’s filled Christmas and this year the first real Promise. exciting Christmas.” “It shouldn’t be as much of an effort,”

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Ricky Smith Audio – 2805 Johnston St. South College Center Southside Bakery – 2801 Johnston St. South College Center Spoiled Pet Spa – 2851 Johnston St. South College Center TCBY – 2829 Johnston St. South College Center The Great Escape Water Massage – 2811 Johnston St. South College Center TriRunning – 2813 Johnston St. South College Center UPS Store – 2851 Johnston St. South College Center 16 Christopher Hubbell, M.D., a Jeune Medical Spa – 913 South College Rd. 17 Artesia – 2513 Johnston St. 18 Melancon Pet Grooming – 4140 North University Carencro, LA 19 La Boutique – 232 South Market St Opelousas, LA 20 Melancon Pet Grooming – 5300 Hwy 182 Opelousas, LA 21 St. Genevieve School – 201 Elizabeth St. 22 Moss Motors – 1401 Surrey St. 23 Allure Enhancement – 1723 West Pinhook Rd. 24 Acadiana Gold Exchange – 1617 West Pinhook Rd. 25 CoCo Ero's – 340 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Initials' – 340 Kaliste Saloom Rd. 26 J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS – 1103 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 300 Laser Skincare of La. – 1103 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 302 27 Dunn’s Design – 208 Rue Louis XIV 28 Imelda's – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette Paper Doll Studio Boutique – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette Park Lane Boutique – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette Superior Nails – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette 29 Bevo's – 2207 Kaliste Saloom Rd. 30 Women's Foundation, Inc – 4630 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy 31 Girouard's Nursery – 402 S. St. Pieere St. Broussard By Appointment : • Cameo Bookkeeping – 337-988-3260

Sky Blue – 3810 Ambassador Caffery Blvd. Bundle of Joy – 5520 Johnston St., #I Purrfect Gifts – 5520 Johnston St.. #F Vanessa V Boutique – 5520-E Johnston St. Lola Pink – 121 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard Clothing Loft – 115 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard Caroline & Co. – 113 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard Brother's on the Blvd. – 113 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard Jewelie's Boutique – 407 Rena Dr. Coccolare Spa – 331 Doucet Rd. Ashero Spa – 233 Doucet Rd., #B1 Shi Shi Boutique – 233 Doucet Rd., #A1 Acadiana Metro Realty – 3205 Johnston St. Sophi P Cakes – 3209 Johnston St. Partner's – 102 Arnould Blvd. Bevo's – 715 Bertrand Drive Salon Bliss – 401 Bertrand Drive Acadiana Religious Shop & Gifts – 2819Johnston St. South College Center American Pop Art – 2823 Johnston St. South College Center Buttross Jewelers – 2841 Johnston St. South College Center Cali Nails – 2821 Johnston St. South College Center Diane Merle Norman – 2831 Johnston St. South College Center Garland's Salon – 2833 Johnston St. South College Center Imprint Shop – 2839 Johnston St. South College Center Lafayette Lanes – 2851 Johnston St. South College Center Les Amis Florist & Gifts – 2815 Johnston St. South College Center Logan Farms Honey Ham – 2817 Johnston St. South College Center Louise's Real Furniture – 2807 Johnston St. South College Center Musso Boot & Shoe Repair – 2827 Johnston St. South College Center Osaka Sushi & Grill – 2809 Johnston St. South College Center Raffaele Furs/Dolci Modi – 2817 Johnston St. South College Center

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Consign It – 1017 East St. Mary St. Paul’s Jewelry – 325 Oil Center Dr. Pieces of Eight – 902 Coolidge Blvd. Melodi’s Belles & Beau’s – 913 Harding St. Jody’s of Lafayette, Inc. – 923 Harding St. Natalee – 331 Heymann Blvd. Acadian Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery – 1000 W. Pinhook Rd, Ste. 201 Little Town – 1116 Coolidge Blvd. Dr. Tony Soileau DDS Family Dentistry – 1144 Coolidge Blvd. Begnaud's – 1164 Coolidge Blvd.

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showyourface ACADIANA SYMPHONY WOMAN'S LEAGUE "OKTOBERFEST" SUPPER Oct. 15 – Home of Sharon Moss Maestro Mariusz and Kamilaj with Lucyna Blaszkowski prepared a traditional Okoberfest dinner accompanied by fine wines and Bavarian beers at the home of Sharon Moss

NAOMI ENGAGEMENT Oct. 7 - Home of Steve & Patty Smith It was the perfect evening to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Katy Knutson and Jacob Naomi. A cajun style fish fry was hosted by Steve and Patty Smith and Nancy Naomi and Carol Smith at the Teche Drive home of Steve and Patty. The festive evening was complete with Lulu the fortune teller and a three piece cajun band. Friends and family danced the night away as a traditional money dance was held to the delight of the couple. The wedding was held Oct. 29 in Minnesota.

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showyourface LAFAYETTE GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER GALA

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Lafayette General celebrated 100 years with a swanky gala at the Acadiana Center for the Arts complete with sumptuous eats and presentations to honor the milestone for the Lafayette Medical Center.

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Oct. 27 – Petroleum Club The March of Dimes rolled out the red carpet for their annual soiree to benefit the babies. The Phantom Chef’s Gala brought out the best fare in Acadiana in the midst of an evening full of dramatic flair with the Phantom of the Opera theme.

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showyourface BROTHER’S ANNIVERSARY Nov. 17 – Brother's on the Boulevard Lafayette’s retail institution Brother’s on the Boulevard celebrated 35 years recently with a shindig thanking customers and honoring the history of the locally owned store. Business After Hours was held at the store while special sales to thank customers continued through the day and night.

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FACE Lafayette - December 2011  

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

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