Revamp your look, home, life
The brightest in spring dressing
A mother and musician takes inspiration from her hero – her autistic son. A one-of-a-kind story of hope through the eyes of one Lafayette mom. APRIL 2012
EVERY HOME NEEDS NOW
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April is here and there is so much happening this month! Vanessa V. will help you look your best for all your events! This dress will be perfect for Easter! It has a sleeve so its great for church, and its not too dressy so its perfect for that Easter crawfish boil, and its only $48!
This fabulous sparkle top with some dark skinnies and wedges is a great outfit for Rhythms on the River (and this top is only $42!!)
Date night dress?-A black maxi is a closet must have- oh the possibilities...necklaces, scarves, bracelets, colored shoes, handbags! Loving the assymetrical hem at bottom!
Pack light for Spring Break with this printed knit dress that can also double as a swimsuit coverup!
We can not wait for Festival International this year! This printed maxi skirt, bright tee, and neutral sandals will keep you cute and comfortable ALL day!
Need an easy but cute outfit for Bach Lunch? This maxi is great- still easy to chase the kids around in, and comfortable enough to sit on a blanket listening to the bands while having a picnic.
Also, April is a BIG wedding month..
Are you ready for the showers, parties, rehearsal dinners? Oh, and donâ€™t forget you need a dress for the actual wedding! A sophisticated printed dress with some flats is the perfect outfit for a shower.
Get the bachelorette party started in this gorgeous peacock printed dress!!
A one shoulder ruffle front dress-simply stunning wedding attire. Great fitting and there is a front ruffle -just enough fabric for that extra coverage.
Dont know what to wear to the couples shower/crawfish boil? Try a flowy printed top and some boyfriend jeans.. (no one will see a mess on this fun print!!)
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56 l THE FACE
An unforgettable song inspired by an unforgettable child. The journey of one mother and musician. A story of hope.
18 l MOTHER, MAY I
The must-use everyday rules of etiquette from our experts at Grace Notes.
20 l NEW HIRE
How an unpaid job may just be the ticket to your career future.
24 l NEATLY DONE
Reorganizing starts on the inside. Tips from an organizing guru.
27 l CANCER FIGHTER
The truth about antioxidants and how you can know exactly how much they are protecting you.
31 l YOUTHFUL
Look younger, feel better this spring on the cheap.
33 l HOUSE TO HOME
Bring spring indoors with tips from Lafayette’s expert on all things home.
34 l TEAM PRIDE
Four parents. One idea. A new business and cute new duds for your little dudes.
36 l PIN IT!
What is Pinterest. Why you’ll be addicted. A super easy step-by-step spring craft inspired by our new obsession. And the many ways the notso-crafty will love to pin.
40 l MIGHTY BRIGHT
Happy spring hues for the little fashionistas.
46 l GARDEN PARTY
…they understand more than you might think, and they are people inside just like you. They want acceptance, respect, and to be treated with dignity …” – Melissa Stevenson
Spring’s must-have pieces are fresh, bright and ready to wear anywhere.
IN EVERY ISSUE 08 l EDITOR'S DESK 12 l HEALTH MATTERS 14 l COOKIE'S CORNER 16 l FAMILY MATTERS
ON THE COVER Melissa Stevenson Photography by Penny Moore Makeup by Nicole David be. Salon HAIR by Katie Vincent be. Salon CLOTHING by Vanessa V. Boutique
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editor’sdesk amanda bedgood
here is perhaps no more powerful way to tell a story than with song. When I heard Melissa Stevenson’s song “Pieces” I felt as though I already knew her story before we had ever even spoken a word. There is something in her voice and more certainly in her lyrics that you cannot mistake - love. Desperate hopeful heartbreakingly pure love. The love of a mother. Melissa's son is a beautiful, happy, healthy child named Beckett who just happens to be autistic. He (like anyone with autism) has his very own unique traits and challenges - chief among them a difficulty in communication. It was this particular challenge (for more than a year he could not even bear the sound of people speaking) and watching her beloved child's utter frustration that caused the musician to put pen to paper. But it was the encouragement and support of her husband that likely brought the song to the rest of us (as well as a blog). Read her story of hope on page 56 and download her beautiful song on iTunes. Spring is after all the season of hope. Hope for a fresh start as we welcome longer days and sunnier mornings. Hope in its most pure form – Easter morning. And so it is in this spirit of hopeful spring and fresh starts that we bring you an issue full of ways to rejuvenate this time of year. We brought in home experts to share where to start in organizing your house as well as how to freshen things up in the décor department (and not break the bank). We have ways to spring clean the body from the importance of antioxidants (trust us and just quit eating fried foods today, really) to the many ways to get the outside in synch for shorter hemlines and bare arms that are
already arriving quickly. And it wouldn’t be spring without a nod to the prettiest in dressing for the little ones and the grown ups. Color, no matter your age or taste, is an absolute must and if you’re feeling brave throw in some wild prints. Dressing now is all about the cheeriest shades and brightest prints whether it’s a sweet floral of citrus tones or a vibrant animal print. This month we are also breaking down our (and everyone else’s) newest obsession. Pinterest. If you get it, you’re smiling right now. If not, you will be. Trust us. Learn more about America’s favorite new site (even if you aren’t a crafter there’s much you will enjoy) and check out our spring craft that’s easy enough for anyone who’s able to wield a glue gun. It is our hope you take a moment this time of year to clear out more than the closets. Clear out your mind. Look at all of the good stuff in your life that’s so worth keeping and don’t be afraid to purge the stuff (and relationships) that’s not so healthy. It’s a lot easier for the flowers to bloom and shine without all those weeds. Amanda Bedgood is the editor of FACE Magazine. Send your fashion inspirations, interesting stories and other musings to email@example.com.
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Aveci Souci Garden Tour celebrates 25 years of beautiful Lafayette gardens with their latest event April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. Featured gardens on the tour are: Mrs. Robert Trahan - 333 Wentworth Boulevard; Ray Menard and Carlton Smith - 522 St. Thomas Street; Mary and Dennis Smith - 142 Heartwood Circle; Sally and John Block – 929 Marilyn Drive; Renee and Herbert Schilling - 217 Parkview Drive. Admission to all five gardens requires a $15 ticket purchased in advance or $20 on day of the tour, with proceeds benefiting numerous charities. Tickets may be purchased through any Avec Souci member, Albertson's on Johnston St., All Seasons Nursery and Landscape, The Gardenaire, Champagne's Market, The Garden Center, and Native Sun. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Avec Souci has returned more than $110,000 in the past 24 years to community charities such as the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, Camp Bon Couer, Lafayette Special Olympics, UL Foundation Scholarships, Acadiana Outreach, Faith House, Sexual Abuse Center, Naomi House.
Renee and Herbert Schilling – 217 Parkview Drive. In the heart of Lafayette sits the home of Renee and Herbert Schilling. Built in 1960, their home rests on a 1.5-acre lot with a mature, yet neatly manicured, landscape. The scene is full with mature Oak, Magnolia, Crepe Myrtle, Cypress, Holly and Camellia trees. The shrubs are traditional Southern favorites: Azaleas, Sasanquas, Gardenias and Sweet Olives. Sago Palms, Philodendron, Large Macho Ferns and Bananas make up the tropical plant setting while Liriope, Monkey Grass and seasonal flowers border the home. You can meander through the gardens on walkways of flagstone to the screened-in swimming pool, fountains, birdbaths and wrought-iron furniture. The garden has been maintained by Billeaud Horticultural Services, Inc. for 11 years. It is truly a delightful Southern setting.
Mary and Dennis Smith – 142 Heartwood
Circle. Mary and Dennis Smith's home is located in the Oaks Subdivision off Pinhook Road. The side courtyard with outdoor fireplace and kitchen overlooks an intimate pool area featuring a cascading waterfall and is surrounded by large pots with seasonal plantings. Beyond the courtyard you will enter a park like area with a pavilion overlooking a children's play yard, a fire pit and a sugar kettle stocked with gold fish. The grounds are filled with plants native to the deep south, including azaleas, camellias, and sasanquas, as well as a wide variety of fruit trees.
Carlton Smith and Ray Menard – 522 St. Thomas Street. This house is located in one of the older neighborhoods on the corner lot of St. Thomas and Howard St. Like all gardens it is a work in progress with constantly changing seasonal color! They used Camellias and Azaleas as a foundation planting for annuals and perennials. As you walk through the gardens in the back yard one is reminded of the courtyards in New Orleans with statuary water features to soothe your mind. This house is a garden sanctuary in the city.
Arkansas” by the grandchildren, a large 50-yearold ceramic lion drinking fountain and multiple Asian statues. The brick patio leads out to the pool that is surrounded by hanging baskets filled with petunias, begonias, and pansies. Adding to the ambience is a stone walkway that leads out to a white swing with an arc adorned with lavender pitsporum and surrounded by flowerbeds of red day lilies, petunias, and blue wonder.
Mrs. Robert Trahan – 333 Wentworth BoulevardMrs. Trahan’s yard is an extension of her home, albeit without walls or a ceiling. Two live oaks from acorns of the Cathedral oak planted by she and her husband some 40-plus years ago surround a large multi-level deck providing lots of seating for eating, visiting or cooling off after a swim. This setting is surrounded by flowerbeds filled with color and old furniture collected over the years. To complete the "outdoor living room" is a full-service kitchen to facilitate al fresco dining.
FOOD AND FASHION
Sally and John Block - 929 Marilyn Drive. The Block’s 47-year-old home is a picture of lush and colorful landscaping. Two large majestic oak trees frame the front yard. Flowers beds filled with petunias, inpatients, cyclamen, pansies, snapdragons, caladiums, begonias, victoria blue and white salvia surround each tree. Large ferns hang from the oak trees and sego palms in terracotta pots flank the walkway as you take in the soothing sound of the stone fountain that sits in a flowerbed amongst the azalea bushes that trim the front of the home. Entering the backyard, your senses are overwhelmed with the sounds of fountains, the array of colors from the landscaping and the sweet smell of the multiple lemon, Satsuma, kumquat, and navel orange trees. Over the years, nostalgic statues were collected including a Carousel horse that was named “Lady
The folks at Acadiana Food Circle are rolling out their first ever fashion show and if you love food, it’s going to be a can’t-miss event. Boho Mercantile will present “Fresh & Local” April 7 at The Blue Moon Saloon with tickets $8 in advance at bluemoonpresent.com or $10 at the door. Fashion show begins at 7:30 p.m. and music begins at 9 p.m. Music will be provided by The Moss Pickers, Zydeco Mike & The Louisiana Roots Band, The Pits, Miss Emily & The Collard Greens with food from Cochon, Great Harvest Bread Company, Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro and Saint Street Inn. The night will close out with a dance party after the fashion show from local designers. Gypsy Roots will start playing the front porch of the saloon at 7 and provide music for the fashion show which will include Automatic Doll, Bayou Bohemian, Beauxdog, Gypsy Rig, Native Owl, Nico Chic and LaceyDU. Acadiana Food Circle is a community based non-profit with a mission of connecting local consumers to local producers and educating the public on healthy, local food choices.
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The truth about a gluten free diet
go gluten-free one does eliminate many packaged and proceeds foods. Also, by eliminating these packaged foods one is more likely to consume more fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, as well as lean sources of protein. This is one principle that most nutrition and health professionals can agree on!
When it comes to nutrition, health and weight there seems to be a new “buzz” word every 5 to 10 years. Food companies and the media will tout this “buzz” word as the “magic ingredient” to avoid if weight loss is your goal. In the early 1990’s we were told to “slash the fat”. People everywhere were eating fat free cheese, candy, cake, bread, ice cream, salad dressing and butter all with the hopes to lose weight. Then around the turn of the century, a new weight loss craze appeared – “cut the carbs”. Consumers were told to liberally eat bacon, mayo, butter, heavy whipping cream and full fat salad dressings, for the fat was not the problem but it was the carbohydrates. And today, in 2012 we are told that it is not the fat or the carbs that continue to pack on the pounds, but instead the gluten. Once again marketers and food manufactures have joined the band wagon to promote and market gluten-free foods to consumers as the “magical ingredient” to slash the weight.
Gluten free diets were designed for people who have celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 133 Americans. Symptoms of celiac disease can include: diarrhea, weight loss, weakness, bone pain, malnutrition and abdominal bloating. If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, it is very important to follow a strict gluten-free diet.
What is a gluten free diet?
Gluten Free, Weight Loss, and Your make the correct diagnosis. With any type of medical condition it is important to Health:
A gluten free diet is a diet free of gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, malts, oats, kamut, and spelt. It is also a food additive and commonly used as “dextrin”.
Who needs to follow a gluten free diet?
However, just because a food product is labeled and marketed as gluten-free does There are some people who do not not mean it is healthier than the gluten have celiac disease but instead have a alternative. Many gluten-free products sensitivity to wheat. Having a sensitivity to are actually very calorie dense and when wheat is usually not as acute or severe as it comes to weight loss one still needs to having celiac disease and can be harder to watch overall calorie intake. Also, many diagnose because the symptoms may not gluten-free products are made with rice or appear for a few hours or even days after corn flour, and are not fortified or enriched the wheat product was consumed. Avoiding and contain smaller amounts of folate, iron wheat products is the primary approach and fiber than foods that are traditionally to dealing with wheat sensitivities. Unlike made with whole wheat flour. celiac disease or a food allergy, if someone The bottom line is that if you do suspect has a wheat intolerance they may be able you may have celiac disease, an allergy to to build up a tolerance for a small amount wheat, or have a wheat sensitivity, then of wheat over time. talk with your doctor and nutritionist to
Today it is trendy to follow a glutenfree nutrition plan and we as consumers are marketed a wide variety of gluten-free foods. There definitely can be some benefits of eating less gluten. First of all, when you
follow the correct diet protocols for proper treatment and recovery. If you are following a gluten-free diet because you have heard it can help you lose those stubborn pounds, make sure to consult with your registered dietitian. A registered dietitian can help
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1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 ⁄2 cup corn kernels 1 ⁄2 cup green peas 1 tomato diced 1 ⁄2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano salt and pepper to taste 2 green onions, chopped
Bring the quinoa, water, and 1 pinch of salt to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes. Once done, drain a mesh strainer, and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic softens and the aroma mellows, about 2 minutes. Add the red pepper, corn, green peas and tomatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes. Season with cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper, and cook for 1 minute more, then stir in the cooked quinoa and green onions. Serve hot or cold. Serves 6. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 157, Total Fat (g) 4.5, Total Carbohydrate (g) 25.5, Protein (g) 5, Cholesterol (mg) 0.
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• Dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt) • Other gluten free products include: beans, soy beans, nuts, and nut flours as well as meat, poultry and fish that have not been treated with any artificial flavorings or enhancers.
Foods that Contain Gluten:
• Vegetable proteins and starch • Modified food starch (when derived from wheat instead of maize) • Malt flavoring, including maltodextrine, dextrine , unless specifically labeled as corn malt Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT, is a Lifestyle and Sports Nutritionist and owner of Food Therapy, LLC. E-mail her at email@example.com and get more information about Food Therapy at www.foodtherapyonline.com.
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Spring Cleaning Your Life Starts with Your Head
Ah, the sweet smell of spring. The flowers are beginning to bloom, the air is fresh, and the sun warms your face when you stand outside for awhile. Or in our case here in the south, the sun can fry an egg on the sidewalk in a few seconds. Spring is when we come out of the long winter’s hibernation, put the heavy winter clothes away, and get ready to lighten up not just our closets but our minds. And so the spring cleaning begins.
“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” –Nora Roberts
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that every day has to feel like a brand new beginning, but those 24 hours should feel like it fills you up and not drains the life out of you. Just as the seasons change, so do we. Circumstances change, we change, and we can choose to roll with the new or lie stagnate. For me, I choose to embrace new things, as I know that is a more positive place to be.
starts. It begins first in my mind. It’s as if the spring washes away the cobwebs and I see my life in a new light. Suddenly I have a fresh pair of eyes and new perspective. I start thinking about shedding the layers Change is like the analogy of the While cleaning out my closet is one of old thoughts, beliefs, habits, or butterfly coming out of the cocoon. of the most cathartic things I do in actions that no longer make me feel We are always peeling back the layspring, that is not where the change the way I used to or want to now.
It’s Spring Time! Time for bows and ruffles, Ice cream and truffles, Blue skies and sun rays
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cookietuminello ers of who we are becoming, so change is inevitable. The problem is that most people don’t like change. They don’t want to do the work it takes to get what they want. They would prefer that their life stay in a nice neatly wrapped package. Change starts with you. If you are not happy, you are responsible and accountable – no one else. As Gandhi said, “You have to be the change you want to see.” When it comes to spring cleaning your life and making a transition to what’s next, it ain’t all about the mon-
ey and success. You have to start ask- 4. Given that I have always allowed ing yourself questions that you may Question #3 to trump 1 and 2, what not have thought about before. would I really like to do now? Here are some of the questions that Now that you’ve answered these I have asked myself in the past to help questions to the best of your ability, me move to what’s next for me: it is time to take action to make it 1. Does what I’m doing fill me up? Am happen. Remember, you don’t have to have all the answers or know how it’s I having fun? all going to work out; you just have to 2. How does this compare to other take the next step and get rid of that things I could be doing that are more clutter in your mind. The future will fulfilling? take care of itself. 3. How much about how I feel about Cookie Tuminello, Leadership and Team Building Coach, is the founder and CEO of Success Source, LLC. Cookie can be this is governed by the idea that it contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. must make money?
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Learn when and how to draw the line
Although “spring cleaning” usually refers to getting rid of the old or broken around the house, it can also apply to taking stock of your relationships. “Breaking up is hard to do,” and sometimes it’s even harder in nonromantic relationships. Any relationship, however, can be “toxic,” whether it is a friendship, parent-child, boss-employee, etc. Just because a relationship was helpful or beneficial to you in the past, doesn’t mean it will always be. If someone is bringing you down consistently, chances are that your relationship with him or her is not healthy. When evaluating a relationship, consider the following: 1. Ask yourself questions to get out of
denial: Do I feel energized or drained after I spent an hour with X? Do I want to spend time with X or do I feel like I have to? Do I feel sorry for X? Do I go to X looking for a response that I never get? Do I come away consistently disappointed by X’s comments and behavior? Am I giving way more to or working harder in the relationship than X? Do I even like X? I mean, if X were at a party and I didn’t know her, would I walk up to her and want to be her friend/boyfriend based on her actions and interactions with others? If X and I weren’t family, would we be friends? 2. Track your feelings before, during and after interactions with the person: Check
in with yourself and really try to label your feelings at all these points in an encounter. On your way to the meeting, are you feeling anxiety or dread? Halfway through lunch, frustration that you came? After you leave, regret over the time you wasted or loss of self-esteem due to comments or criticisms made by her? If your feelings are consistently negative, it’s time to re-think the relationship. 3. Now that you’ve counted the costs, consider the benefits of the relationship as well: Sometimes you can’t totally “cut off” a relationship, and sometimes it’s not necessarily even in your interest to do so (e.g., an employer). Be mindful of
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amycavanaugh the “perks” of the relationship; determine change or reaction on their end. Find a specifically what you are getting from this different way to get what you need. Instead relationship (a paycheck, help with your of beating your head against the wall and children, a good networking contact, sound job advice, a competitive workout partner). “You need the right kinds of
5. If you do limit or end the relationship, fill the gap with positive activities and friends: Make a list of alternative sources of peace: writing, creating art, playing with your dog, exercising, listening to music, calling up friends. Be smart about choosing friends; it’s not like high school where the number of friends you have is a measure of you as a person. You need the right kinds of friends: people with healthy boundaries and not a lot of drama.
being angry that you have a headache, work smarter and not harder in the relationship. Letting go of expectations and choosing to be in acceptance is often a great way to gain control over a situation.
In short, relationships are supposed to make us feel better, not worse. Relationships require work, but they don’t have to be hard.
4. Manage your expectations: If you are unwilling or unable (perhaps you have to deal with an ex to co-parent for example) to discontinue the relationship, at least try to have realistic expectations about that person’s behavior. For example, if they always behave in a certain way (dismiss your feelings, discount your point of view), find a way to accept it and shrug it off. You can always be assertive and say what you feel you need to say, but don’t expect too much
friends: people with healthy boundaries and not a lot of drama.”
Amy Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with Center for Psychiatric Studies and the infant mental health consultant for the Healthy Start Program of the Family Tree.
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Clean Up Your Act By Lynley Jones and Jan Swift
he sunny, mild days of Spring serve as a yearly reminder to clean up our homes, plant fresh flowers, and sort through unused items. But, nothing is worse than realizing in the midst of Spring cleaning that it would have been easier to just keep up all along. Manners work the same way. It is better to practice and do the right thing every day so that it becomes a habit. If you let your manners slip, it is hard to recover them. Here are a few Grace Notes to spruce up some of your unintentional bad habits that can slip out when you least expect it.
Bad Manners to Throw Out
is wearing a cast on their leg, don’t ask if they broke their leg. Duh. It makes you look stupid. And if you do blunder, turn the tables by first apologizing, and then changing the subject. 3. Stop Littering. Pick up after yourself. At the movies, take the empty cup and popcorn out with you and pitch it in the trash can, which is conveniently right by the exit door. Smokers, do not use our roads as an ashtray. Don’t get us started about the condition of our parks and recreational facilities. So, somebody else is expected to clean up after you? This is a quality of life issue, as well as an opportunity to set a good example for your children. The Queen of England may have a manservant to pick up after her, but the rest of us can and should fend for ourselves.
“Not only will you feel better, but people will take you more seriously and you will exude confidence.”
1. Loud talking, especially on your cell phone in the rest room stall, makes you appear boorish and rude. You are not the most important person in the world and others do not want to hear your conversation. Plus, how awkward it is for those around you. This rule applies to all public places, such as the sauna at your health club, the movie, sermon time at church, and your sister’s wedding.
Good Manners to Polish
1. R.S.V.P. is a must. Just because you do not want to go is not a valid reason to make your host suffer and guess until you decide. You must respond within 3 business days from receipt of your invitation. If your calendar is open, are you just waiting for a better offer? Commit. 2. Speaking without thinking. Just because someone is One way or the other, let the host know. wearing a muumuu and looks a little bloated since you saw them last, don’t ask when they are due. If someone 2. Thank You Notes. If you have anything for which you
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ude confidence. You may not think people are looking, but they are. Laziness shows, and poor posture is a hallmark trait of slugs. Ladies should sit with
are grateful, let the person know. Gratitude is sorely lacking in today’s society. Although Grace Notes prefers handwritten notes on pretty paper, there is not always time for that. It is better to send a quick email or text than to let the occasion pass. Thank you notes harbor good will and will make you stand out in the crowd. When writing a thank you note, there are three simple steps.
“This is a quality of life issue, as well as an opportunity to set a good example for your children.”
• Acknowledge the gift or occasion. • Thank them for their kindness.
even better, you will feel good about yourself. How much easier it is to live each day behaving in an intentional manner and thinking before you act or speak. Lynley Jones and Jan Swift are partners in Grace Notes, LLC, an etiquette endeavor to help further society’s niceties. They may be reached at email@example.com.
• Offer some sort of reciprocation or let them know how you are going to use their knees together and should cross their feet at the ankles. the gift. Exercising good manners will make 3. Posture. Stand and sit upright. Not only will you feel better, but people will your life fun and enjoyable, and others take you more seriously and you will ex- will always be happy to see you. And
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How volunteering or internships just may be the ticket to your dream job By: Danielle M. Dayries DMD& Associates Career Consulting, Outplacement and Resume Writing Firm
Filling in the Gaps to Get the “Right Job.” the experience you need through the right you are lacking and what you want to learn. Choose an opportunity that meets Current and relevant, professional experi- opportunities in the right way. these exact needs and increases your ence is the most valuable tool to find your market value in the job industry you are dream job and reach your career goals. Yet pursuing. Also consider the transferrable if you are pursuing a career change, enterskills you have from your past that might ing the work force for the first time, or contribute to these opportunities as well even transitioning back into a career, gainas the transferable skills you can develop ing this experience must be one of the first through this time. steps in your job search plan.
“… become indispensable to the company, which may mean a full-time, paid job for you."
Volunteering and interning enable job seekers, like you, gain professional experience and fill in the gaps in your résumé. In addition, these opportunities also allow you to test the industry or environment and determine if it will meet your personal Determine and Plan for Your Goals. Before searching for a volunteer opportunity or needs and fulfill your passion. internship, ask yourself what experience This step-by-step guide will help you gain
Find Your Opportunity. Many job boards, such as simplyhired.com, have postings for internships in addition to volunteer opportunities. Another great place to start your search, include: volunteermatch. com, internships.com, and idealist.org. If you find a company you would like to work
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for, contact the Human Resources Depart- full-time, paid job for you. ment, and inquire about intern opportuni- Maintain Your Job Search Strategy. As you ties that might be available to you. complete projects and gain responsibility Prepare Your Finances. Especially if you in your position, update your résumé. The are making a career change from a full enthusiasm and motivation that is gained time job, it will be difficult to work without receiving a paycheck. In order to prevent excess financial strain and stress, save enough funds to support at least six months of expenses. This will enable you to focus on your performance and the experience you are gaining.
“As long as you are still learning new things and working on meaningful projects, you are propelling through your career development.”
Perform At Your Best Level. Motivate yourself to treat each responsibility and opportunity as a full time job. When volunteering, get involved in committees and long term planning to enhance your credibility. Always perform your best and complete each task with passion, precision and modesty. You will likely feel over qualified for many tasks that areSizegiven, but do Biz Cardyou Document 3.625 x 2.125 with these experiences will be reflected to wants the 1/16” bleed built in) not let this show(Durel through yourtoresults and Object/Crop Area/Make: make pdf that will CROP Artboard size hiring managers. Continue to search for instead approach the time as a learning job openings and send out your résumé experience. The more involved you are the and applications. Being active in the inmore likely you are to become indispensdustry will position you to hear about job able to the company, which may mean a
openings and leads before other job seekers. Keep Your Eye On The Prize. It can take some time to find a paid job after completing an internship or volunteering roles, but the more experience you earn in a short amount of time, the closer you will be to finding a full time, paid job. Do not put a strict time line on your professional progression. As long as you are still learning new things and working on meaningful projects, you are propelling through your career development. If these opportunities lose these qualities, then you should consider finding a new opportunity that will contribute to your career goals. As the owner and operator of the local career consulting and outplacement firm, Danielle M. Dayries & Associates, Danielle has assisted her clients to successfully prepare market themselves in the job search as they build a new career. Contact Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org, (337) 504-5576, or dmdcareerconsulting.com.
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As spring dawns and the itch comes to get things clean and in order, our minds often go to dingy baseboards and dusty fans. But, this month we are starting from the inside out in a mission to help you get some spring cleaning done from head to toe. We have experts weighing in on the traditional efforts of spring cleaning – getting the house in order. And even more lending their expertise in clearing out the cobwebs of the mind and spirit. We also have a bevy of can’t-miss tips for refreshing the face and body this spring. So, turn the page and get ready to do some spring cleaning, a la FACE.
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Few things are more satisfying than sitting down to a clean, clutter-free, organized home. But, getting there can be a battle. There is perhaps no other time of year that beckons us more so to say goodbye to the clutter, fling open the windows and start fresh. Before the scrubbing of spring-cleaning can even begin, many people have to tackle piles of laundry, even bigger piles of junk mail and the looming mess of a closet. Renee Ory, all around organizing expert and owner of Amazing Spaces, gives us some insight into where to begin.
to keep things in order, it’s important to that kept the rubber bands from newspanote how things got in such a state to be- pers to an exorbitant extent. A drawer in the kitchen that was next to the sink was gin with. packed with more than could ever be used. “The reason most people have clutter is “That’s prime area next to the sink to emotional reasons. They have emotional attachments to things. And some people put everyday things. They didn’t step are very very busy and it’s difficult to spend back and think of how they are using the time to organize and clean on a daily and space,” she says. weekly basis,” she says. Other clients hoard containers. And
When it comes to keeping all that stuff remember that everything you keep needs a place, everything you keep requires a bit of your time. And time is money. So think twice about all those “just in case” items Getting started is half the problem when that pile up. it comes to organizing your home. And where to start depends on each person. Renee says it depends on where the family spends most of their time when it comes to what to tackle first.
“It not only clutters your living space but it clutters your mind …”
“Some people want to brighten up the kitchen and dining area or start in the living room. It depends on where they spend most of their time. Some people start with the bedroom because that is their sanctuRenee notes that it’s important to utilize ary,” she says. what she calls “prime real estate” within Start where it makes sense to you. And a home for the most useful items. For exto give a greater understanding for how ample, she recently worked with a family
while she isn’t sure what the attachment is to such things, it becomes clear that these items are doing more than cluttering our space. “It not only clutters your living space but it clutters your mind,” she says. “It’s hard to have a fresh clean slate when you walk into a room or sit at a desk with all this stuff.” Renee knows what it’s like to collect stuff. The now organizing queen was once (gasp) a pack rat. “In college I kept every single item for every art project. People came to my closet because of it. It changed though. During moves I changed my outlook on what I was keeping and why,” she says.
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Renee says a lot of her family members their house. You have to realize that you keep things. She realized how much space keep bringing things in and that much should be leaving the house. That’s how these items were taking up. much you should be letting go.” “It’s more freeing to appreciate space. Letting go is something that’s not alLess is more type mentality. I help them realize how it would be to appreciate a space ways easy. But, Renee urges people to conthat has a lot less. That’s clutter free,” she sider hiring a professional to save time and money on the process. says of clients.
Scan it. Scan important documents that you don’t need in hard copy and toss the paper. Organize on your computer and don’t forget to back it up. Unsubscribe. Note that some junk mail can be avoided by going online and unsubscribing. Nip it in the bud.
Clotheshorse. Children’s closets and “A lot can be done and resolved in a draws should be purged a minimum of The plan to create that clutter free space begins with identifying problem areas and three-hour session with a professional or- twice a year if not more often for the items that no longer fit. If you have clothes with ganizer,” she says. deciding how the room should be used. nowhere to go, take a look at your closet. Easy tips to try now: “There are so many options to make Oftentimes, the closet is full of never worn any space work. I like to streamline it to items. In fact, most people wear only 20 make the space the most efficient. Even percent of the clothes in their closet. rearranging furniture,” she says. “When Turn it around. To purge the closet of people are living in their house it’s hard to unworn items try this organizing trick. step back and take a fresh look at how it’s Place clothing on hangers and turn them organized. There are a lot of things that in the opposite direction. When an item could be placed in a different area to free is worn, turn the hanger around. If after up the space that’s used every day.” three months a hanger hasn’t been turned, For example, when you open a closet toss it. door everything that should be handy Go paperless. If paper is an issue take needs to be at eye level. the time to subscribe to every online op“Space is rarely the issue,” Renee says of tion available, including bank statements. homes in need of organizing. “It’s a matMany companies are working to go paperter of collecting things and getting rid of less anyway. things. People bring more and more into
“The reason most people have clutter is emotional reasons.”
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It’s unlikely at this point many people haven’t heard the word antioxidant. But, what they are, how they work and the difference they can make in your life (as in how you feel and how long you live and what you look like) may be kind of a mystery. We’re breaking down the basics this month and showing you just what a difference these cancer-fighting troops can make in your life and how you can find out whether you’re getting enough.
For the first time, there is now a gauge to let you know just how well those supplements are working or if you are going at it by eating fruits and veggies alone, you can get an idea of exactly where you stand. It takes a couple of minutes and costs $20 and can be done in Lafayette at O2 Face and Body. Owner Brittani Bass scanned yours truly and to my dismay I landed in the lowest category.
“So you can’t go out and drink a bunch of pomegranate juice and come back the next day and expect different results.”
“Free radicals cause distortion to your cells which can cause cancer, aging, even effect skin,” Brittani says. Brittani says skincare can start from the inside out and is amazed at the different antioxidants can make in the appearance of skin. But, not only is it important to pack your diet with antioxidant-rich fare (we have a list on the next pages for you), it’s paramount to banish the bad stuff – free radicals. Pollution and the sun are among them. Cigarette smoke is off the charts and fried food is horrible. Working out hard core can also cause oxidative stress which can impact how protected your cells are. So, if you’re working hard at the gym it’s important to add some additional antioxidant protection to your life, which is where supplements come in. You would spend all day every day eating fruits and veggies to catch up otherwise.
Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals. (Don’t worry; we’ll explain free radicals, too.) Antioxidants protect us against a bevy of chronic disease – including the biggie … cancer. There are three major vitamins in the antioxidant line up: beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. (Think colorful fruits and veggies especially those with purple, blue, Now comes the biggest question – do The scan, in layman’s terms, mea- supplements work? There are a bevy of red, orange and yellow colors.) But, before you run out and buy supplements sures the cushion or protection around them on the market touting a powerpacked with these disease fighters, you your cells. The thicker the cushion, the ful antioxidant punch. But, for years it’s greater protection from all that ails us. need to do some research.
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Antioxidant Break Down What to eat now Beta-carotene and other carotenoids Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes and watermelon.
Vitamin C Berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, orange, papaya, red, green or yellow peppers, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries and tomatoes.
Vitamin E Broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach and sunflower seeds.
Super rich in antioxidants are:
In addition to vitamins there are other immune boosters including Zinc, which is found in oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals and dairy products. Selenium, which is found in Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry and fortified breads, and other grain products.
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Prunes, Apples, Raisins, All berries, Plums, Red grapes, Alfalfa sprouts, Onions, Eggplant, Beans
been impossible to truly measure how well your body is absorbing them. It was with this mystery in mind that the makers of a line of supplements (which Brittani does carry if you’re interested) developed the scanner.
Cigarette smoke is off the charts and fried food is horrible.
After testing, it takes at least six weeks for a difference to show in the scan. “So you can’t go out and drink a bunch of pomegranate juice and come back the next day and expect different results,” Brittani laughs. But, you also aren’t limited to the supplements she carries. Brittani has seen other antioxidanttouting juices make a difference in her clients’ scan results. And while the scanner is by no means a magic eight ball for longevity, it certainly creates a clear picture of risks for disease. So, you get scanned and the numbers are low, what’s a girl to do? What you don’t do is just as important as what you do choose to do. Start with ridding the diet of fried foods and load up on fruits and veggies. Check out our list of the best in antioxidants for some ideas of what to incorporate into your diet. And remember to eat these foods raw or lightly steamed; don’t boil or overcook them. And take a trip down the organic aisle. Those fruits and veggies can carry up to seven times more antioxidants than their conventional counterparts.
… take a trip down the organic aisle. Those fruits and veggies can carry up to seven times more antioxidants than their conventional counterparts …
In the world of antioxidants a new buzzword is brewing – Anti-Angiogenic. And it’s just as important as the effect of free radicals. Many antioxidants protect against cancer because they have the ability to starve cancer cells, which is called anti-angiogenesis.
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Jump Start Reinvent from the inside out
pring Cleaning is a preparation time and a great time to let go of the old clothes habits, and thoughts in life that hold us back. It is a great time to reinvent who we are.
Bright Eyes: Colors for eyes go lighter, less smokey in Spring. Choose transparent shadows or tints for eye shadows with a burst of color this season. Soft Teal, pastels can create lift.
Punch Up Your Wardrobe: Buy at least 3 The following are tips to spring forth and detoxify your life and rejuvenate your skin colors that pop this season to accessorize or from the outside in to keep it looking For- brighten a wardrobe for spring and summer. ever Younger. Herbal: Detoxify your body with a body Tune up and tone up such as: Detoxify wrap to lose excess weight and jumpstart your diet. winter skin by doing a deep exfoliation treatCrowning Glory: ment, active enzyme or Lighten your hair with peel that can take years highlights or go one off. shade lighter. This
“Detoxify winter skin by doing a deep exfoliation treatment, active enzyme or peel that can take years off …”
Blushing Beauty: Use a self tanner to create a glow to the skin and prep for summer. Good choices are Rhonda Allison Bronze DN Age Self Tanner, Clarins Self Tanning Milk, Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery self tanner. new, more vibrant, These are treatments and self tanners in one. Kiss and Tell: Smooth the dry lip lines by using lip exfoliators in a tube to hydrate dry lips, such as Colorscience Lip Exfoliator.
opens up your face and creates less shadows. Lastly, wear a smile and a great attitude to create new opportunities wherever you go. Spring can be a time to leap forward with a you.
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Spring at Home Judy Dunn is an expert in all things home. The Lafayette decorator is known for her signature style (lots of flair and often a dose of animal print) and kind heart and this month for the first time brings her words of wisdom to FACE’s readers. Judy believes in helping people with more than their homes. She belives in touching their lives. It’s just that combination she’ll be bringing to our pages as she shares her easy-to-do tricks from an insider that will make your house a home.
your home is with floral arrangements. The flowers are blooming outside, why shouldn’t they be blooming in your home? Flowers are a great way to introduce bright colors into your home. It might even encourage you to introduce color into all aspects of your life.
Spring is here. The grass is greener, the flowers are blooming and the Easter bunny is on his way. Spring is happening all around you, but it might not be as colorful and bright in your home. There are very simple, cost-effective ways to change your home with each season almost as fast as Mother Nature changes the environment.
Spring is about enjoying life and reviving yourself in every way possibly, including your home. Step out of the box and take a risk with colors and fun patterns. You never know, you may discover a whole new side to yourself that you can carry with you all year round!
I have found that there are twelve items that every room can use to make a house a home and give you a different look in a short amount of time and a less amount of money. The twelve items are: • Art • Lamps • Mirror • Area rug • Throw • Throw pillows • End table • Greenery • Candles • Candlesticks • Drapery panels • Hardware When the seasons change, the easiest way to bring your home into a new season is a throw and throw pillows. Do not ever be afraid to introduce color into your home whether it is in pillows, throws, or even the color of your walls. Use lighter colors for the spring and summer months. This will help to lighten your room and give you a dramatic effect with very little time and cost. Rearranging your furniture is a great way to get into spring; there is always a different way. I have found that when you move your furniture around at least three times per year you come to appreciate the pieces you have that much more. Move furniture into different rooms and bring out pieces that become hidden in another room in your home. You can even make it a neighborhood affair and get everyone involved. It always helps to get a new set of eyes on something you see every day. Make it a game with your children and get their input. You would be surprised at how insightful children can be! Another easy, cost-effective way to bring spring into
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The clothes may be for kids but Lafayette’s newest clothing brand is all grown up. Four parents. One idea. A business in bloom. Story by Amanda Bedgood
To call JV Clothiers an overnight success wouldn’t be completely accurate. There were too many days (and nights) of work and thought and planning that went into the Lafayette-based children’s clothing brand. But, in less than one year two couples went from a casual conversation over burgers at Judice Inn to a line of collegiate apparel for children carried at ten retailers in eight cities. Stephanie and Marcus Mire and Lainey and Rye Tuten are at the helm of the budding Lafayette business that began out of their never-ending search for high quality preppy collegiate apparel for their boys. Stephanie says the discussion began over lunch and by the time the check arrived the four had decided to do market research for what they felt was a huge gap in the market.
“We couldn’t find it for our children,” Stephanie says of the look and quality they wanted for their boys. “But, it’s the most obvious market and we thought another school would have it covered.” Turns out, no one did. The group looked immediately at manufacturing and gathered samples but it would be months before they nailed something down. “It took months to perfect the exact look and fabric and cut. We wanted it to be high quality and wanted the fabrics to last and wear with little boys,” Stephanie says. What resulted is a line at present of preppy boys pieces. The shortage in collegiate apparel for kids was not in the jersey or athletic look. But, in the polos and shorts like the gingham selection with belts that they carry.
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“When they’re babies you have the options of onesies and jonjons and when they hit 2T it’s cotton shirts and jerseys,” Stephanie says. The key, though, would be to secure the teams.
“All the bases are covered,” Stephanie says. As for the future of the new business, perhaps one of the coolest and most beneficial things about planning for the next look is that they are their customer.
“It’s all officially licensed,” Stephanie says noting currently that “We are the target market and that makes it a lot easier,” she means UL and LSU. Soon, however, there could be more schools in says. the line up. For a complete list of retailers and more information (and to “Our hopes and plans are to target Georgia, Ole Miss and Ala- order clothes) check out JV Clothiers online at jvclothiers.com. bama,” she says. And the group is working to expand the products and are developing prototypes for the fall line. The cornerstone of it will be one that any mom dressing a child can appreciate. “We looked at it as a mom and what they would want. What would grow with the child,” Stephanie says. Speaking of moms and dads. How did these two couples with small children manage to get so much done in such little time? “We are very blessed to have children that are good sleepers,” Stephanie says with a laugh. “Doing marketing and branding at night. Research on weekends. We get babysitters and get together and we’re working but we’re doing it with our husbands and one of our very best friends.” The ironic part of the whole thing perhaps is that none of this was in the plan for them, she says. But, the four couldn’t be a more perfect fit with their background and experience. Lainey with her fashion merchandising, Rye Lainey and Rye Tuten, left, with their boys Camp and Harrison along with Stephanie and Marcus Mire, right, with children Lola Kate and Hudson are the founders of JV Clothiers. The boys are the attorney, Marcus the CPA and Stephanie in marketing. wearing pieces from the brand's first collection of collegiate apparel.
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f you don’t know what Pinterest is or perhaps you’ve heard of it and have yet to understand why anyone could or would spend hours “pinning,” read on. And if you are, in fact, a pinner can you pause for a moment from the mass frenzy of pinning and crafting to learn a thing or two about all the ways Pinterest can make life a little more fabulous? Pinterest is a website. It’s like a giant bulletin board online with a social element (if you so choose to use it.) It allows users to share photos and comment below the photo. And we’re not talking photos of your kid’s musical or family vacation here. Think more DIY, inspiration kind of photos. There are a multitude of categories from which to browse. Each user chooses who (if anyone) they want to follow. As those you follow “pin” items you are able to comment or “repin” these photos, which are often links to other blogs or sites and cover everything from perfect wedding day hair and homemade wreaths to how to clean your grout and about eight million ideas for kids birthday parties or events. And then there are the recipes. Loads of recipes. And then there is the fashion – multitudes of photos of fashion from every taste with outfit ideas for every occasion. In short, it’s a little like getting to peak at someone’s well-organized Bookmark tab on their computer. Sounds kind of uneventful? Think again.
laugh. “It’s exciting because it’s like googling. But, just in craft world.” Jess, a mother of two, always has been crafty. She is naturally a creative mind who sees shapes and possibilities all around her. But, it was Pinterest that took her from thinking to sewing. “I saw a tutorial with a bag and I thought, “I can make that.”
“I’m going to give everyone a night to make something.”
Droves of people, mostly women, are glued to Pinterest more securely than their hot glue guns (which they are using at alarming rates thanks to all those DIY wreaths). Pinterest can be used for a multitude of purposes and offers a great way to share your thoughts and ideas for an upcoming project. For example, yours truly created a board specifically for our March Bridal Issue and then pinned any ideas for hair or makeup or photos that inspired story ideas. It was an easy go-to place once it came time for planning. In fact, brides are going crazy for the site that allows them to put all those wonderful novel nuptial ideas in one place.
And make she has. She has made a bevy of handbags and at least six of the rope-wrapped letters she did for our tutorial. “I’m wearing a scarf right now that I made,” she says. In fact, Jess and her pals had so many projects they wanted to do; she decided to have a Pinterest party for her birthday.
“We were talking about getting together to craft and I have 8,000 things I want to do and haven’t bought supplies to do it. I’m going to give everyone a night to make something,” she says. Jess asked everyone to bring supplies for a project they could finish in one night and even prepared a Pinterestinspired dessert. Inspiration is the word when it comes to Jess’s love of Pinterest. “I look at a lot of photography because seeing pictures inspires me,” she says. And DIY projects are a great way to make things that otherwise aren’t affordable or can be customized for special occasions. “We’re getting ready to glitterize the bottom of a friend’s shoes for her wedding with blue. It’ll be her something blue,” she says. Read on to see Jess’s 30-minute rope-wrapped initial.
For Jess Roberts, crafter extraordinaire, Pinterest has been just the inspiration she needed. “This is the mother board for crafters,” she says with a
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For a door hanging that veers from the average wreath, try a rope-wrapped initial that can be easily customized. Jess Roberts shows us how itâ€™s done. The project took a total of 30 minutes and with some creativity can be used year round. For spring, Jess embellished with a springy cluster of items. She has more than a dozen other items she can swap out based on the holiday and time of year.
What youâ€™ll need: Hot glue gun, Initial, Narrow rope, Ribbon of your choice, Velcro, Scissors, Popsicle sticks
1. Apply glue to corner of initial. 2. Wrap rope around letter.
3. Using a popsicle stick to avoid burns continue wrapping rope.
4. Curvy letters can present a 5. Letter should be entirely particular challenge. When you wrapped when complete. reach the end of the curve begin the next set of wrapping in another corner.
6. Apply velcro to edge of ribbon.
7. Both ends of the ribbon 8. Apply velcro to back of letter. should have a strip of velcro to allow for an interchangeable ribbon.
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Mighty Bright Model Elizabeth Kennedy • Photography Penny Moore • Styling Amanda Bedgood
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A Jackie-O inspired bold red dress from Melodi's Belles and Beaus, 913 Harding St., Oil Center. APRIL 2012
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A mix of prints and too-cute headband from Bundle of Joy, 5520 Johnston St # I.
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Pretty in Red
Sundayâ€™s best for warm temperatures and a pretty red bow to match from Sweet Melissa Little Onesâ€™ Boutique, 111 Settlers Trace Boulevard Suite 1002, River Ranch. APRIL 2012
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A wear-anywhere sweet dress for spring from Caroline & Company, 113 Arnould Blvd., On the Boulevard. 44 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com
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Mellow Yellow A nearly marigold yellow print and flirty cut can easily go day to night. From Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. 46 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com
Garden Party Flirt with spring in bold colors and bright prints. Floral rules and fearless shade of citrus reign supreme. Take these dresses and shorts anywhere with the swap of a flat sandal for a mile-high wedge. Contrasting accessories every color of the rainbow are a must.
Model Erin Edmiston • Photography Mike Bedgood • Hair Nina Weaver, be. Salon • Makeup Simone' Broussard, be. Salon • Styling Amanda Bedgood • Location Trahan Home
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Flutter Away Soft silky dress with butterflies and a bold gold necklace. From Jewelie's Boutique, 407 Rena Drive. 48 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com
Warming Up Rich gold infused into a dramatically draped floral Badgley Mischka dress with a sliver of gold sparkling hoop and simple chain bracelet. From La Marquise, Parc Lafayette. APRIL 2012
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Citrus and Sass Look-at-me orange lace shorts pair with a more demure long floral-speckled topper. From HerringStoneâ€™s 2 Sistersâ€™ Boutique, 111 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. 50 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com
Sweet Coral A soft dress of coral and purple stays sweet with a flower in the hair and sassy with a pair of mile high coral heels. From Bevo's of Lafayette, 715 Bertrand Drive and 2207 Kaliste Saloom. APRIL 2012
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Natural Instincts Animal print gets an infusion of color for spring. From Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd. 52 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com
Bold Print Try a print with colors that touch across the rainbow for a look that allows a never-ending option for accessories. Easy pockets are perfect for the busy gal. From Vanessa V. Boutique, 5520-E Johnston Street. APRIL 2012
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Short Story High-waisted shorts in a vivid hue with an equally vibrant top from Vertigo, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. 54 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com
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A bright yellow dress with dimensional details is art as fashion. From Park Lane, 1921 Kaliste Saloom, Suite 117, Parc Lafayette. FACE Magazine 55
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Pieces of me The beautiful song of a mother full of hope. Story Amanda Bedgood • Photography Penny Moore • Clothing by Vanessa V Boutique APRIL 2012
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Melissa Stevenson says she’s no expert. It’s something you start to doubt very quickly after meeting her. She sure knows a lot to not be an expert. The truth, though, is that she knows more than an expert. She is a mom. She’s almost shy, yet open. She’s frank with a clever sense of humor. She’s a music teacher for pre-K kids. She, like millions of other moms at an increasingly rapid rate, is the mother of an autistic child. Her story is one of hope. Hope not that she will find “the cure.” But, hope that her son will have all the things all moms want for their sons – to be accepted and respected and treated with dignity. And hope that other parents will gain a new level of acceptance when it comes to this oftenmisunderstood and confusing thing called autism. Beckett Stevenson is a beautiful child. He is in pre-K and loves creepy crawling things like lizards and frogs. He loves fish. And water. He could spend hours in the bath. Like many little boys he absolutely loves playing in the mud. He’s snuggly. He’s into the movie Cars. He’s also fearless. “He’s not scared of anything,” says his mother, Melissa Stevenson. And that, for a mom, is a pretty scary thing. But, Melissa doesn’t live in fear. She has learned what millions of other parents with autism have learned – autism is not scary. Before Melissa ever knew her son, Beckett, would have autism she watched an episode of Oprah addressing the spectrum disorder.
“You don’t know what people are going through until you're in their shoes.”
“I thought, how scary. What would I do if that was me?” Melissa remembers. “What’s scary is that it’s so prevalent and no one knows why. The child is not scary.”
When Beckett was younger, Melissa knew something was different and soon it was clear that he had speech delays. People again and again told her that he would grow out of it. Said he would start talking any day. “He’s three years old and still wasn’t talking like others and developing other behaviors. I started reading more and joined Autism Society. This has to be it,” she remembers as she connected the dots. Beckett’s speech therapist was the first to verbalize what
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“You have to do what you think is best. You can’t do every therapy and diet and treatment.”
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“Some days are still scary and I worry about the future. Will he live on his own? Will he be okay when I’m gone? Some days it just hits you.”
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Melissa suspected. “I was relieved to hear something to call it and not just wondering. It was a relief to know this is what it is and what you can do – options, therapies,” Melissa says. “Some days are still scary and I worry about the future. Will he live on his own? Will he be okay when I’m gone? Some days it just hits you,” she says on a warm afternoon in the classroom where she leads pre-K students in music class each day. “When you see another kid and I wish he could talk like that and have a friend. I still have hope he can do those things.”
Beckett still has several kinds of therapies and Melissa continues to pursue what she and her husband, Cal, believe are in his best interest to make his life one with less frustrations and more communication. But, Melissa balances that effort and striving with a kind of acceptance as well. “Let him be how he is and go day by day instead of obsessing over it,” she says.
“What is autism? It’s like finding something in the dark …”
And today there are more good days than bad in the Stevenson home. That wasn’t always the case. “We call it the talking thing,” Melissa says with a half laugh and a shake of the head.
There doesn’t seem a more accurate way Beckett, like each child, is a snowflake. to describe the phase Beckett experienced Something that is particularly true of recently in which talking was nearly children with autism. unbearable for him. “If you know a child with autism,” “It lasted over a year,” Melissa recalls. Melissa says with a half laugh. “You know “The sound of talking drove him insane. It a child with autism.” was the worst so far.” Autism is a spectrum disorder, no two cases are alike. Many with autism share certain behaviors. Many of which change over time and are connected with sensory issues. A child with autism may face speech delays like Beckett or perhaps not speak at all. Sounds, sensations are often difficult to manage making seemingly simple tasks like a haircut difficult. Some with autism can’t bear to be touched. Others, like Beckett, love to snuggle.
It made it nearly impossible for Melissa and Cal to speak in their home, much less take Beckett anywhere. “People walking by on the phone and he would start crying. You have to be able to talk. It was so hard. We had no one coming to the house. Ever,” Melissa says. Today, Beckett is past it for the most part. Melissa doesn’t know whether to credit therapy or him growing out it or the reality that he had to continue to be around it.
“What is autism? It’s like finding There were days Beckett would cry all day. something in the dark,” Melissa says of the Not talking was stressful on the Stevensons early days of exploring her son’s diagnosis. marriage – but made it stronger. And it was Within the autism community are the inspiration for a song that Melissa, who different beliefs (some heated controversies was a member of The Figs, wrote during as well) about cause and treatments and one of the darker days. therapies. Melissa does not weigh in on “I didn’t know what to do. How can these things. She simply knows what her he function in a world when people were life is with Beckett. talking? He was crying all day. I don’t want “You do everything you possibly can. You him to be frustrated all the time. And the can’t do everything though. You have to do words just came to me,” Melissa says of what you think is best. You can’t do every the day she wrote the song “Our Life in therapy and diet and treatment. When I Pieces.” accepted it, it got easier,” Melissa says. It’s a beautiful song and, in fact, the APRIL 2012
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reason Melissa landed on the cover of FACE. But, it’s not something she ever planned on sharing with anyone, much less the world.
“It lasted over a year. The sound of talking drove him insane. It was the worst so far.”
“I played it on the guitar and that there’s no reason for her to have a sang if for my husband and he said ‘Wow, pity party. let’s record it.’ I thought I might play it for “I have a happy healthy wonderful someone one day.” child. I’m lucky,” she says. Cal, who is a commercial musician that She also notes how very much she can play a bevy of instruments, recorded it lucked out in the husband department. and plays all the instruments on the track. When Melissa speaks about the struggles Melissa decided to take the song public their family has faced and no doubt will with a portion of the proceeds going to the face she doesn’t shed a tear. Until she Autism Society. And then came the blog, a speaks of Cal. stretch for the easily embarrassed Melissa. “How wonderful my husband is, I “I wanted to tell people what it meant can’t tell you. I don’t know what I’d do. (the song). That’s when I wrote the blog. He saved my sanity,” she says. “He’s not I’ve never been so nervous in my life,” she always looking for a way to fix it.” says of her first post. It’s clear when Melissa describes She remembers sitting with her husband their family that at the computer sure she couldn’t do it. they are in this “I can’t hit post! He said ‘Just do it.’ journey together. All these people are going to know my And while no business,” she laughs. one knows what But, she hit the button and now bevies the future will of families facing the same struggles as hold, Melissa the Stevensons can take a glimpse into knows how a life that may look like their own. And much Beckett’s perhaps, more importantly people who diagnosis has haven’t a clue about what the Stevensons changed their experience can learn more about autism. worldview and “Having a child with autism can be she’s hoping to lonely and isolating. It is very difficult change others as for us to do normal everyday things well. like going to the grocery store, going to restaurants, birthday parties, and movies,” Melissa says. “Some days I wish that my family could just do something normal without any incidents. Sometimes we try going somewhere, it works out and it's wonderful. Sometimes it doesn't work out so well. But, you keep trying.”
through until you're in their shoes.” Melissa never though of herself as judgmental. But, realizes now how very often we don’t realize what other people are going through. “All I want people to know is that even though a person with autism might communicate and behave in a different way, this does not mean they are not smart. It doesn't mean they don't hear you or understand what you're saying. They know what is going on around them, they understand more than you might think, and they are people inside just like you,” she says. “They want acceptance, respect, and to be treated with dignity. I will fight for these things for my son, always, as long as I am with him.” Check out Melissa’s blog at stevensonslifeinpieces.blogspot.com and find her song “Pieces” on iTunes.
“He was crying all day. I don’t want him to be frustrated all the time. And the words just came to me …”
“If you know someone with a special needs child, check on them. Invite them to do things with or without their child. Even if they don't accept the invitation, keep inviting them. Trust me, we appreciate it,” Melissa says. “Give them encouragement, While Melissa would love a world with a support and acceptance not judgment. less frustrated Beckett she is quick to note You don’t know what people are going APRIL 2012
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1 Lindsay L. Meador, Esq. at Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins Burr & Smith – 4021 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Ste. 175 2 Neuro Feedback Clinic – 701 Robley Dr., Ste. 137 3 Bundle of Joy – 5520 Johnston St. #1 Centerpiece Shopping Center Vanessa V Boutique – 5520-E Johnston St. Centerpiece Shopping Center 4 Clothing Loft – 115 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 5 Caroline & Co. – 113 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 6 Brother's on the Boulevard – 113 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 7 Bevo's – 715 Bertrand Dr. 8 Acadiana Metro Realty – 3205 Johnston St. 9 Jewelie's Boutique – 407 Rena Dr. 10 Coccolare Spa – 331 Doucet Rd. 11 Christopher Hubbell, M.D., a Jeune Medical Spa – 913 South College Rd. 12 Hallmark Jewelers – 1800 NE Evangeline Thruway Northgate Mall 13 Dr. Bennett Fontenot – 1329 Grand Point Ave. Breaux Bridge 14 Allure Enhancement – 1723 West Pinhook Rd. 15 Learning RX – 858 Kaliste Saloom Rd. 16 Laser Skincare of La. – 1103 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 302 17 Blanc-A Bridal Boutique – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette La Marquise – 1925 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette Park Lane Boutique – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette 18 Bevo's – 2207 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Shows at Martial Goody 2 Shoes – 2207 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette
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March 1 â€“ Hilton The American Heart Association brought out the ladies in red in droves this year for the Go Red Luncheon. The event at the Hilton was the largest to date with ladies bidding on a bevy of fabulous red handbags before an inspiring line up of speakers and healthy fare.
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showyourface LAGCOE HONORS Jan. 19 – Petroleum Club
LAGCOE honored Sally Ware for 32 years of dedicated service at a party attended by friends and colleagues who have worked with her for more than three decades. LAGCOE Chairman, Lawrence Svendson commented, “We are grateful for the years of service Sally Ware gave to our organization. She leaves a legacy of progress and success produced by her tireless efforts within the organization since 1980. She will be remembered for graciously leading hundreds of experienced volunteers to produce one of the largest oil and gas expositions in the US for 32 years.”
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March 17 – Girard Park Ladies (and gentlemen) gathered at Girard park by the thousands to battle breast cancer on St. Patty’s Day. FACE’s own Race with FACE team included a bevy of FACE’s readers and unforgettable cover girls.
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showyourface MAD HATTERS March 5 â€“ City Club The Mad Hatters luncheon at City Club was a Broadway affair. Ladies with hats large and small (and mostly highly dramatic) enjoyed a fresh luncheon, silent auction and style show with a bevy of beautiful local ladies and new spring looks.
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