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Jessica Duncan has mastered the art of refusing to make excuses. The lessons learned from a busy mother of four who wasn't afraid to make it happen. 22 l WALK IT OUT

Vicky Thibodeaux Dohmann is walking 60 miles to raise awareness for breast cancer and needs your help. Now. Hop on board.


Bridge Ministries of Acadiana is changing lives in places many have ignored or don’t realize exist. Why they do what they do and why it matters to you.


Our undercover foodie unveils a can’t miss dish from Poseidon.


A move that will get your arms in gear from fitness guru Dextria Sapp with City Club.


The Junior League of Lafayette is gearing up for their one-of-a-kind shopping extravaganza – Tinsel and Treasures – with all new special events. And every dime going to better the community.


Celebrate style with a unique River Ranch event sure to keep the town talking.

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Don’t miss a recap of the city’s biggest celebration of martinis and a hint of what’s to come next year.


Draping fabrics, subtle hues and a nod to the quiet dancer add up for a look that’s utterly now and totally wearable.


The new classic is all about attitude. Learn which fabrics and details take a look from ordinary to audacious against the backdrop of Lafayette’s newest hot spot.


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here are certain people, places, entities that capture you. With which you feel an instant connection. Many of these things to which I have such a feeling find their way into our magazine and this month is no exception. Starting with our

cover girl. Jessica Duncan was one of a slew of beautiful women who threw their hat in the ring for a recent model search. (FACE joined the Junior League of Lafayette in a search for readers who would like to walk the runway during their upcoming Tinsel and Treasures Style Show and Luncheon.) Each woman was asked to include a little something about themselves. Jessica’s e-mail was straightforward “I'm a mother of four and a full time college student … “ I was intrigued.

“Jessica … is a study in obstacle demolition refusing to allow excuses to stand in the way …"

Jessica, I soon learned, is a study in obstacle demolition refusing to allow excuses to stand in the way of her goals. And so this busy mother is heading back to school as this magazine is published to take 18 hours at UL. Check out her story on page 50 for some inspiration in destroying your own stockpile of excuses. When it comes to getting things done there are few, if any, organizations that make it happen like the Junior League of Lafayette. And this month the force of nature takes on their annual can’t-miss Tinsel and Treasures function. The event that

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begins on a Wednesday night and continues through Saturday is a 130-plus vendor shopping extravaganza peppered with special events no matter your taste. There are hours for strollers, a chance to visit Santa, a raffle, a very grown up Preview Party and a revamped style show that promises to transport style mavens to the sophisticated tents of New York’s Bryant Park. Check out our story on page 32 for all the details. And our issue wouldn’t be complete without a nod to those who are making a difference in the community through our “FACES of” series. This month we chatted with the good men and women of Bridge Ministries of Acadiana. Nestled in what some consider the roughest area of Lafayette, Bridge ministries is changing the lives of men, women and children by giving them the greatest (and most effective) gift – the resources and skills for change. So this September find your own way to be an agent of change no matter the hurdles. . In the words of Jessica Duncan doing these life-changing things is not easy, but “nothing worth doing is …” Amanda Bedgood is the editor of FACE Magazine. Send your fashion inspirations, interesting stories and other musings to


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The crew at Natalee marked a milestone in July with a day of celebration honoring 20 years providing one-of-akind design and decorative accessories. The Oil Center boutique’s namesake – the late Natalee Farasey – was a legend in her own time. Natalee was responsible for anchoring the revitalization of the Oil Center into a retail corridor when she relocated her own design and decorative accessories boutique bearing her name to its current location at 331 Heymann Blvd. After Natalee's death in 2006, her husband Jim Farasey and the Natalee staff carried on her legacy. And to date Natalee remains a destination for those seeking to update their home or office with distinct pieces.



Brother’s on the Boulevard continues the mission to shoe the shoeless as they The staff at Natalee celebrated 20 years in business recently. Pictured are the staff at Natalee in the Oil Center, including the participate in Soles4Souls RV tour. The late Natalee Farasey’s husband Jim, who continue her legacy. Lafayette retailer is slated to home one of only two Louisiana stops during a national shoe drive September 9th from 2 to 5 p.m. Lafayette’s oldest performing arts organization is rolling out a new The Soles4Souls Great American Shoe Drive is a partnership with season including three concerts with three guest directors as they Footwear News with a simple mission – collect and deliver shoes to search for an artistic director. Chorale Acadienne’s 2010 – 2011 season communities across the U.S. Shoes will be collected and redistributed entitled “The Spirit of Our Song” includes locally. The Soles4Souls RV will tour the country making stops like the one at Brother’s. Fall Concert, “American Spirit” featuring works by American Brother’s participates in Soles4Souls year round allowing people to Composers, to be directed by Terry Bowman of Baton Rouge, the donate shoes at their Arnould Boulevard store and giving those who traditional Christmas Concert, at the Cathedral of St. John the donate 15 percent off of a new pair of shoes. The retailer then pays to Evangelist, “Christmas Spirit” featuring selections from Handel’s ship the shoes, which are refurbished and sent on to places like Haiti, Messiah and other Christmas classics, to be directed by Dr. Robert New Orleans and beyond. In fact, shoes are slated to be delivered into McBain of Mandeville and a Spring concert “Music of the Spirit” the hands of fishermen affected by the oil spill. featuring great choral classics, to be directed by Dr. Lee Cooke of For more information about Soles4Soles go to Lafayette. As Chorale Acadienne approaches 31 years they have only yet to have three Directors; founder Michael Goudeau, Leon Henry and most recently Dr. James Haygood. After this season, the fourth Artistic Director will be named from among the guest candidates. Season tickets will be on sale beginning August 1 at the Chorale Acadienne Office in the First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette. Other special events include participation with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Spring Fundraising Dinner Concert. Call the Chorale office for further details, 269-8874.

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Champions for Children Tennis Tournament to benefit The Children’s Shelter’s of Acadiana Youth, Inc., at City Club in River Ranch. Cost is $50 and players receive a t-shirt, food and drinks for the entire weekend. To register call 337.237.1320.

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SEPTEMBER ............MONDAY, 6

Holy Smoke Family Festival BBQ Cook Off, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the corner of Bonin and Ambassador with live music from Sammy Kershaw and Lost Bayou Ramblers. Cost is $10 for adults and children 12 and under enter for free. To participate in the BBQ contest or for more information call 337-288-2191 or e-mail Natalie Broussard at natalie@

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Lafayette for Autism Tennis Challange for the Autism Society of Acadiana at City Club Courts at River Ranch,

Thomas Park and UL Varsity Courts. Cost is $100 for doubles teams or $50 per individual player and tournament includes beer all weekend, Saturday morning breakfast, lunch, dinner and party, Sunday morning breakfast, three match guarantee along with awards and prizes. For more information go to


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Tinsel and Treasures at the Cajundome Convention Center from the Junior League of Lafayette. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Thursday Sept. 23, hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with strollers permitted from 3 to 8 p.m. only. Friday Sept. 24, hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 25 hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets call 337.988.2739 or go to

Fashion Night Out in River Ranch, The River Ranch Business Association will sponsor Fashion Night Out, a celebration of fashion and the locally owned businesses that bring the latest fashions to Acadiana. Throughout the Village of River Ranch, stores will remain open late on September 16, 2010 hosting one of a kind after-hour events.

Free PASA in the Park event featuring So Percussion at 7 p.m. at Parc International. For more information go to


Justin Harrison’s Golf Fore Life Tournament. Save lives by supporting LOPA (the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency) during a three-man scramble slated for Oakbourne Country Club including a complimentary lunch and cash prizes. For more information call 1.800.521.GIVE or email Libbie Harrison at or Suzanna Morton at For more information about LOPA go to

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Talk of the Town to benefit MDA at River Oaks with music by Krossfyre including silent auction and olive pick from Paul’s Jewelry to find a diamond. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling the MDA office at 337.234.0088.

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The Eyes Have It


Looking someone in the eye reveals more about who we are, than the other person. In fact, the eyes communicate even louder than the words that we speak. When you look someone in the eye it tells that other person that you are confident, curious and interested. The way we connect starts with what we see, and the first impression can be a lasting impression if we have the courage to look someone in the eye.  Women definitely have the edge  over our male counterparts when it comes to enhancing our eyes. So let's pull out a few "power tools" of our own and design the window to your soul this month, shall we? Like shutters or crown molding, eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes pop.  Whether you choose a soft liner or a dramatic stroke, with a few simple strokes, eyeliner  can  add depth, length and drama to your eyes and overall look.  Practice definitely makes for perfect when it comes to eyeliner application.  Consider the type of look you're after. Pencil eyeliner gives your eyes soft definition, while liquid versions offer precision and drama. There is a wide variety of powder liners available, and you can also moisten dark eyeshadow and apply it with a small, flat brush to double as liner.


he eyes are the windows of the soul." This popular quote was one that I grew up hearing time and time again from my father. While I may not have understood what it meant at the age of 11, at 21, I now have a better appreciation for  a quote that has great depth and meaning. 

“These eye shadows come in matte shades and are often considered to be one the easiest and quickest products to apply.” to accentuate and enhance the shape of your eyes.  A good rule of thumb is "less is more." Before you invest in product, consulting with a makeup artist is a good idea. But if you don't have enough time for an expert consultation, try selecting colors that will go well with your overall complexion. Choose colors that are in line with the lightness or darkness of your skin. A medium shade in a neutral color will be more complimentary for the everyday woman. Try colors that you can use for daytime looks as well as for dramatic evening looks. Frosted eye shadows are considered theatrical and are difficult for women of any age to wear well.  My rule of thumb:  avoid them during the day and

shadow. These eye shadows come in matte shades and are often considered to be one the easiest and quickest products to apply.  Nars carries a cream-to-powder shadow that comes in a plethora of colors. You don’t even need a makeup brush to apply this, however for a more precise application it may be best to use one. Most women prefer powder eye shadow. These can be applied with a brush or a sponge-tip applicator. I recommend brushes for a smoother and better-looking application. Make sure you also have an eye shadow primer to put on prior to using any shadows.  Primers will help to hold the color and make it last longer on your eyes throughout the day.  They also illustrate the pigment of the color in a much brighter form as opposed to wearing a shadow by itself. Being True Cosmetics carries a protective shadow primer which combines an ingredient called Idebenone, a multifunctional and cosmeceutical

“Like shutters or crown molding, eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes pop.”

The biggest way to draw attention to your eyes (both positive and negative) is with eyeshadow. Like any other paint job - choosing the right color tells a story – your story.  The purpose of eyeshadow is 12 FACE Magazine

use them sparingly at night. For the woman who wants something fast and easy, try using a cream eye

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A few tricks that will help you design the right effect for your eyes 1. If you prefer a pencil liner, always sharpen your pencil before use. To soften the tip, heat it with a hot zap from a hairdryer; it'll help the liner go on smoother. (Make sure the tip is not too hot before applying to your eye.) 2. If you're using liquid liner, allow it to dry before opening your eyes all the way, or the color may transfer into the crease of your eye. 3. Soften the look by gently smudging the line with your brush,

a cotton swab or your finger. If you desire a crisp, straight line, as is the case with liquid eyeliner, do not alter unless it's messy. Any cleaning touch ups should be done with a cotton swab dipped in eye makeup remover.

4. Line the lower lids. Trace the outside of your eye (close to the lower lashes). Moving from the outside edge inward, draw a line lightly, but don't go for perfection, you can go back over the faint line and darken after the stroke. Your line should be slightly thicker at the outside corner, becoming thinner as it moves in toward your nose. Follow the shape of your eye. It looks more natural. Urban Decay offers some of the best eyeliners on the market. Described as "the creamiest ever-lasting brand on the market," their 24/7 eyeliner ranges from $ 17 a pencil to $24 for a duo set.



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antioxidant with green tea extract and vitamins to help for a no-crease shadow base as well as a natural anti-aging eye lid shield. It’s available in one neutral shade and is ideal for every skin type. One of the quickest ways to play up your eyes is by applying a little  mascara.  Best selling department store brands like  Givenchy Phenomen’ Eyes Mascara, Lancome Fatale Mascara,  Lancome Hypnose Mascara, Dior Diorshow Mascara and  Chanel Inimitable are priced in the $ 20 range

"We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson - Author / Lecturer.

A good technique when using eye shadow is to use three different shades of color: A lighter shade for under the brow bone to create a highlight A medium shade to apply to the eyelid area

and are excellent choices for the "average lashes" girl.  Whether you're darting out the house for a quick coffee chat with the girls or a dash to the grocery store, mascara will draw more attention to your eyes wherever you may go. Indeed the eyes may be the "windows to our soul" but no amount of make-up can compete with the life sparkle - the light  that comes from within.  Perhaps the best beauty advice for having 14 FACE Magazine


A darker shade to accentuate the crease

beautiful eyes is to get plenty of sleep, to do the best you can every day, to live an authentic life and to  love the ones you’re with.  These are the power tools that truly make a difference in the way the we see the world and the way the world see us. Geena LaCorgne is an easthetician and professional makeup artist working at Riverspa. E-mail her your makeup questions at or give her a call at Riverspa for a lesson on the best look for you - no matter how little time you have each day.


Expel Back-ToSchool Stress


ost parents know that getting a new school year off to a good start can positively influence children’s attitude, confidence, social skills and academic performance. Parents also know that the transition from summer to school can be difficult for children, as even kids who like school have to adjust to greater levels of activity, structure, and pressures. What parents may not consider, however, is that back-to-school can be just as stressful for the grown-ups as it can be for the little ones. Because “nobody’s happy if mom and dad aren’t happy,” this article focuses on helping the whole family adjust to back-to-school time.

Before School Starts: Organization is Key Review all the information and mark your calendar School packets include lots of valuable information. Make a note of important dates, especially back-toschool nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations. Re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines Plan to re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines (especially breakfast) at least one week before school starts. Prepare your child for this change by talking with your child about the benefits of school routines in terms of not becoming over tired or overwhelmed

amycavanaugh by schoolwork and activities. Include prebedtime reading and household chores if these were suspended during the summer. Select spots to keep backpacks and lunch boxes and identify a homework zone Designate a spot for your children to place their school belongings as well as a place to put important notices and information sent home for you to see. Explain that emptying their backpack each evening is part of their responsibility, even for young children. Children should have a specific place to do homework that is clean, quiet, well-lit, and away from distractions. Homework should be done in the same place and at approximately


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the same time each night.

The First Week Clear your own schedule To the extent possible, postpone business trips, volunteer meetings, and extra projects. You want to be free to help your child acclimate to the school routine and overcome the confusion or anxiety that many children experience at the start of a new school year. Make sure nobody has to think too much in the morning If your morning routine is set, your body will go through the motions even if you're still half asleep. Get your child into a routine by preparing the night before. Pack up her backpack so it's all ready to go. Lunches can be packed ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Have her choose and set out the clothes she will wear the next day. The fewer decisions that have to be made in the morning, the better. Allow plenty of extra time to make sure your child has plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast, and get to school.

Send a brief note to your child’s teacher Let the teachers know that you are interested in getting regular feedback on how and what your child is doing in school. Be sure to attend back-to-school night and introduce

“Make sure nobody has to think too much in the morning.” yourself to the teachers. Find out how they like to communicate with parents (e.g., through notes, e-mail, or phone calls). Convey a sincere desire to be a partner with your children’s teachers to enhance their learning experience.

Overcoming Anxiety Let your children know you care If your child is anxious about school, send personal notes in the lunch box or book bag. Let your child know that it is natural to be a little

nervous anytime you start something new but that your child will be just fine once he or she becomes familiar with classmates, the teacher and school routine. Do not overreact If the first few days are a little rough, try not to over react. Young children in particular may experience separation anxiety or shyness initially but teachers are trained to help them adjust. If you drop them off, try not to linger. Reassure them that you love them, will think of them during the day, and will be back. Remain calm and positive Acknowledge anxiety over a bad experience the previous year. Children who had a difficult time academically or socially or were teased or bullied may be more fearful or reluctant to return to school. If you have not yet done so, share your child’s concern with the school and confirm that the problem has been addressed. Reassure your child that the problem will not occur again in the new school year, and that you and the school are working together to prevent further issues.





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Reinforce your child’s ability to cope Give your child a few strategies to manage a difficult situation on his or her own. But encourage your child to tell you or the teacher if the problem persists, and maintain open lines of communication with the school. How adults handle transitional situations can set the stage for how well a child adjusts to other challenges in life. Plan to volunteer in the classroom If possible, plan to volunteer in the classroom at least periodically throughout the year. Doing so helps your child understand that school and family life are linked and that you care about the learning experience. Being in the classroom is also a good way to develop


“How adults handle transitional situations can set the stage for how well a child adjusts to other challenges in life.”

a relationship with your child’s teachers and classmates, and to get firsthand exposure to the classroom environment and routine. Most teachers welcome occasional parent help, even if you cannot volunteer regularly.

Extracurricular Activities: Priorities and Schedules Go for quality, not quantity Your child will benefit most from one or two activities that are fun, reinforce social development and teach new skills. Too much scheduled time can be stressful, especially for young children, and may make it harder to concentrate on schoolwork. When evaluating extracurricular activities, consider your family schedule and personal energy level. Multiple activities per child may be too much to manage. Find out from the school or teacher which days will be heavy homework or test study days and schedule extracurricular activities accordingly. Start a family calendar in a common area where each family member can write down his or

her activities. Make sure to leave enough time to do homework and for family time, and don't fall victim to over-programming. If your child does not want to participate in regular, organized activities, you may want to consider other options to help build interests and social skills. For example, check out the local library for monthly reading programs, find out if your local recreation or community center offers drop-in activities, or talk to other parents and schedule regular play dates with their children. Remember that transitions are always challenging, and expect some bumps along the way back to school. But with a little extra effort toward organization and scheduling and a little extra patience and reassurance toward the little ones, you and your kids will be off to a great year. . 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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Too Much of a Good


ou know that exercise and living an active lifestyle is good, however what happens when too much of a good thing turns bad? One possible outcome is the development of the Female Athlete Triad, a syndrome defined by three interrelated conditions: •Restrictive eating / eating below one’s energy needs •Lack of menstrual cycle / Amenorrhea for three consecutive months •Bone loss / increased risk of injury / stress fractures Athletes that participate in sports emphasizing leanness such as gymnastics, diving, figure skating, ballet, distance

running and cheerleading are at the most risk for the Female Athlete Triad. As we enter into training season it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of this syndrome and learn the best ways to prevent it. Signs and Symptoms of the Female Athlete Triad: • Low energy, always tired and fatigued • High training load • Restricting food intake, eating below energy needs for athletic performance • Always striving to be thin

• Cold hands and feet

Here are some links for more information and resources on preventing and treating The Female Athlete Triad:

• Loss of menstrual cycle (or irregular menstrual cycle) • Frequent injuries such as stress



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As a parent or coach there are some measures you can take to help prevent The Female Athlete Triad. First, remind your athlete that eating is essential for athletic

yvettequantz completed practice and needs to refuel, but is concerned about eating “fattening” foods, be supportive by providing foods you know she will eat such as a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with fresh fruit and yogurt. This is a much better approach

“ … focus on health, performance and an overall positive body image …” performance; provide education on how and why the body needs fuel for energy. Avoid discussing and emphasizing body weight and the scale; focus on health, performance and an overall positive body image.

then “forcing” your athlete to eat foods she does not like. Find a supportive team of professionals to work with such as a sports physician, counselor, sports dietitian and athletic trainer.

Be supportive of your athlete by providing the proper fuel and tools needed. For example, if you know your athlete has just

As an athlete you can prevent the Female Athlete Triad by reaching out and talking with someone if you notice that





you are becoming obsessed with the scale and beginning to restrict your calorie intake. Keep a calendar and monitor your menstrual cycle. This is your body’s natural way of talking to you; if you have irregular menstrual cycles talk with your physician immediately. Work with a sports nutritionist to develop a plan to help fuel your performance and meet your nutrition needs. Finally, surround yourself with people who support your athletic goals, but do not emphasize and obsess about your weight or physical appearance. Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT, is a Lifestyle and Sports Nutritionist and owner of Food Therapy, LLC. E-mail her at and get more information about Food Therapy at


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Since When Did Mediocrity Become The Norm?


ne of the definitions of mediocrity I found online stated: “Averageness: ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding,” and that pretty much described what I’ve seen happening in a lot of businesses lately. They’re mired in the muck of mediocrity and for the most part people, the consumer who keeps these businesses afloat, are blindly accepting this fact. Some days I feel like Rip Van Winkle who was asleep for 20 years and missed out on two decades of life. I want to know when did it become acceptable for businesses to provide their clients with average service and still expect to receive top dollar for sub-standard behavior?

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“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” –Norman Vincent Peale When did we become so immune to this “less than” treatment that we blindly accept it and never say a word of our displeasure to the person we’re dealing with on the other side of the counter, phone, or email? Let me give you a small example of what I’m talking about here. Last week I had to contact the customer service representative of a local business that I just started dealing with. I had been instructed by the representative that if I had any questions or breakdowns, please feel free

to call them to resolve any/all issues. After making three phone calls and leaving three messages over the course of two weeks with no callback, I’d had enough. I finally went over my representative’s head and asked to speak to the supervisor. After registering my complaint and explaining that I’d not received a return phone call, I was informed that they would look into the matter. Low and behold, about three hours later, my phone rang and it was my customer service representative. When I stated that I wasn’t particularly a happy camper due to their neglect to return my phone calls, the reply was, (and this is when my blood pressure started to rise, I might add), “I apologize but I was really busy last week.” I was floored by this lackadai-


cookietuminello sical attitude and the audacity of this person to speak it out loud. Needless to say, my response was commiserate with the attitude.

people made appointments and just didn’t show up? And you accept it with comments like, “That’s just the way it is.”

“ … it is up to you to speak up and ask for what is rightfully yours.” Enough was enough. And this is just one example of mediocrity. How many times have you gone into a fairly upscale restaurant, received sub-standard food and service, yet failed to say anything to the server? How many times have you been standing in a check- out line and the cashier is airing out their dirty laundry to the other employee while completely ignoring you? How many times have service

Listen up folks: mediocrity exists because we allow it and we tolerate it. We accept this behavior because we think we are powerless to say anything. Not true. If you are paying for a service you are not receiving, then it is up to you to speak up and ask for what is rightfully yours. I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a strong suggestion for all of you to step up to the plate and start speaking up. Change starts with you. The next time you

receive below-par service for anything, try responding with one simple sentence: “Excuse me, this service is unacceptable to me and I request that you rectify this immediately as I’m certain you don’t want to earn the reputation as a business that provides mediocre service, do you?” If that line doesn’t get their attention and get them to adjust their attitude and respect the person who pays their salary, then move your business to another provider. But before you jump ship, make sure to state your reason for moving on. Cookie Tuminello, Leadership and Team Building Coach, is the founder and CEO of Success Source, LLC. Cookie can be contacted at

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Walk On

One woman. Three days.


his spring Vicky Thibodeaux Dohmann received a flyer in the mail about a three-day walk in San Francisco for breast cancer awareness. It would be 60 miles, cost $2,500 and take three days during which she would camp in the California hills at night. “I said ‘I can do this,’” she says enthusiastically just weeks before her endeavor. The single mother of five has survived breast, uterine and thyroid cancer. And now she's logged 560 miles training for the Komen walk. “You hear the C word and it changes your life,” she says. “After my third cancer I said I’m going to make my bucket list now. I’ve started it. I’m not waiting.” Vicky is planning to make the walk alone in October under the team name Cajun Girls past, present and future to honor those who have fought before her, those that fight now and the women who will face cancer diagnoses in the future. And while her mission is to raise money for the endeavor and hopefully next year have some fellow walkers, Vicky’s quest is also a spiritual one. “God has put things in my life and this is about raising money for breast cancer

awareness and research,” Vicky is asking for the names of those with cancer, which she will carry with her on the trek in a backpack and pray for them. She wants names, photos, whatever people want to send that she can honor those diagnosed with cancer. She is also planning to c a r r y a flag b e a ring the t e a m name as well as the names of those who have donated to the cause.

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phone or listen to music. She’s planning to pray for those names in her backpack as well as sing a few tunes. (She’s honing her harmonica skills as well.) Vicky’s enthusiasm for her endeavor is contagious and it’s clear she is on a mission. She believes her cancer diagnoses as well as this item on her bucket list are opportunities from God. One “Everyone will month before her know Louisiana has first cancer diagcome,” she says nosis her husband with a laugh. “I of 27 years left. She am on a mission. said then she knew People will know Vi cky Thib it was a test that odeaux D preparin I’m there.” ohmann, g fo would one day be a for breast r a three-day w a three-time canc alk totalin er surviv cancer re g 60 mile or, is search. During the s to raise testimony. funds walk she will “My life continues not be allowed to talk on the to be a testimony to

“After my third cancer I said I’m going to make my bucket list now.”

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Sixty miles. To show your support for her team and help spread the word about her journey, Vicky has made t-shirts, necklaces, bracelets, and travel cups. You can contact her at or Heather at for more information on how to obtain these items. To donate to the cause go to and click on Donate to a Participant and enter Vicky’s name. All money will go to her fundraising account, which goes to further breast cancer research. (And the donations are tax deductible.) And if you want to join the team or learn more about how to help give her a call at 337.658.8330 or mail to PO Box 10 Grand Coteau, LA 70541. others,” she says. “People are constantly being put in my face and they say they can’t do this. I’ve had cancer three times boo. Look at me. Believe me. He will carry you through. I get to prove how wonderful He is and He will work in their life. God

has put people in my life.” The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walk is slated for several major American cities and requires participants walk 20 miles a day and sleep each night in pink tents.

“I am on a mission. People will know I’m there.”

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If you build it

Love can, in fact, build a bridge. In the case of Bridge Ministries of Acadiana that bridge connects the under resourced to the goods, services, way of life, resources they need. It’s a simple concept – along the lines of ‘teach a man to fish and feed him for life’ – and one that’s being delivered in a place that some in Lafayette may not even realize exist. Hear why the men and women, the faces of Bridge Ministries, do what they do and why it matters.



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estled in an area of Lafayette that some consider a lost cause lies a beacon of hope, Bridge Ministries of Acadiana. It is housed in a modest home just across from the thundering railroad tracks with a yard in the back for soccer games and rooms filled with desks and tables where men, women and children sit, study, learn in the hopes of effecting change in their lives and in turn the lives of others. Bridge is not a hand out. It is not a place where people come to simply receive. It is a series of programs and people that teach those without resources where and how to find what they need to create change. For volunteers like Nygozi Maduagwu there is a recognition that talking and complaining does not produce change and a lack of action means things will always stay the same. “It’s not enough for us to stay in our corner and say ‘you have to weather the storm,’” she says. “We can go in and give a helping hand and make things better for them.” Making it better begins with empowering a community, according to full time volunteer Duane Swanson. The man who spent 33 years at Chevron “It’s retired and headed to Bridge full time two years as a calling from God. He works with adults to help them with training and teaching them a trade. Before Duane was involved he had the viewpoint that many do – why don’t these people help themselves? That, however, has all changed. “It goes deeper than that,” he says. Many in poverty not only lack the resources to pull themselves out, they don’t even realize what the resources are to begin with. An entity like Bridge works to change that, to teach them what the tools are and where to find them. And the best place to start is with children. Elementary youth coordinator Eric Sullivan says places like Bridge give children another choice, an opportunity


Just some of the faces at Bridge Ministries of Acadiana. Back row left to right, full time volunteer Duane Swanson, elementary youth coordinator Eric Sullivan and volunteer coordinator Linda Lanclos. Front row left to right, youth coordinator Jason Herbstler, ministry assistant Lacey Herbstler, volunteer Vgozi Maduagwu and executive director Jennifer Reynaud.

where one did not previously exist to make choices that will lead to a brighter future. Executive director Jennifer Reynaud began as a volunteer who quickly found her heart captured by the children of the neighborhood. She began building relationships and over the years has watched as change has come thanks the relationships Bridge has built with the neighborhood. The people who they have been giving to are giving back to each other.

of parents who want their children there after school rather than wandering the streets. It’s a tremendous sign in the number of years Bridge has existed – they began seven years ago. And there’s no stopping them now. The success of Bridge hinges on the approach of its volunteers and employees. People like Jason and Lacie Herbstler, a young couple who are literally practicing what they preach by living in not just an afterschool program.” the very neighborhood they are working to improve. – Jason Herbstler, “It’s not just an afterschool Bridge youth coordinator program,” Jason, who is the youth coordinator, says. “These For example, a men’s group recently are our neighbors, not just a program. worked on a neighbor’s house that was We live here among them and these are in disrepair and a ladies’ group makes our neighbors and friends.” visits to the nursing home to hand out Jason says they work to supplement goodies. People who seemed to have very what parents in the neighborhood are little in the ways of material possessions are using what they do have to enrich the already doing in some cases but are often too busy with work to physically be lives of those around them. there after school. He says they work to The mission of Bridge has always been encourage, love and teach skills so that to empower the neighbors to revitalize children can be successful down the their own neighborhood and now it’s road. starting to work. In fact, the organizaLacie says living the mission is the tion has plans in the works for a larger facility. The home across the tracks is no most effective way to reach people. More powerful than a lesson are the things longer large enough to meet the demand


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“There are children sleeping on the floor others see in a person’s daily life. And more those in need changes the giver into a wellwith rats running over them. Eating stale powerful than assumptions are the realities water garden. potato chips for breakfast because their of living in this neighborhood. “I knew I was a mess,” she says and went “There are so many assumptions about to a teacher to learn how she could help re- mom is exhausted from working three jobs,” she says. alizing she did not know any poor people. this part of town,” she says. “I have wonder“I am so blessed.” ful neighbors I can trust and depend on.” “It’s not enough for us to stay in our She says there is a an absolute joy the end of the day knowing that She says for her and Jason it’s all corner and say ‘you have to weather at you did something significant, helped about building relationships. It’s the belief of the other men and women the storm.’” someone. at Bridge as well. Making connecWant to help out? Give the folks at – Nygozi Maduagwu, Bridge tions that will change lives. And the a call at 337.235.5565 and check lives that are changed, according to Bridge volunteer out their website at bridgeacadiana. the men and women of Bridge are not com. Upon Linda’s first experience reaching out just those who receive the services. To learn more about their plans to expand to the poor she recalls her heart breaking. Linda Lanclos, volunteer coordinator, and how you can help go to “I had no idea people live like that in knows just how powerfully a life can be and search for Bridge Ministry of Acadiana America,” she says. “Within six months I changed by giving. She was involved with where you’ll find a new video outlining the Bridge since its inception seven years ago. was having a blast. God transformed me.” group’s mission and plans for the future. She says it’s easy for those in the middle Linda found herself years ago angry, bitter and divorced. She came across a passage – income level to fall into the trap of ‘poor me’ complaining about things like imperfect Isaiah 58:6 – 13 – that changed her life. husbands and a lack of closet space. The passage essentially says that giving to

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Undercover Connoisseur Poseidon's

Each month FACE highlights the best in dining in Lafayette with an unnamed foodie. To ensure we get the most authentic experiences about town, we’ve decided to keep our connoisseur under wraps. Read on to learn about the area’s can’t-miss delectable dishes.


s those who know me best can attest (as can those who have come to appreciate my idiosyncrasies here), I often get my mind set on a particular taste. For those of us in Acadiana that have sampled cuisine in other countries and left  those faraway places wanting more, we are very fortunate as there  is a wide variety from which to choose in our area. The other night I was reminiscing of a trip long ago and instantly developed a taste for something Mediterranean. I remembered a friend recently telling me of a great meal they enjoyed at Poseidon’s  Authentic Greek Restaurant, so I thought that I would give it a try. As I walked in I was immediately greeted by the feel of a bistro in Cyprus. Pictures of Greek antiquity along one wall and pottery and statues along another, gave a distinct connection with the past. As images of modern Greece elsewhere reminded me of the absolute beauty and hypnotic grandeur of the Aegean Sea. An aquarium off to one side paid homage to the Greek God for whom the establishment was named and, with the temple ruins on its floor, conjured images of distant times and places. As I was dining with others, I was allowed the luxury of sampling a plethora of appetizers. The first arriving at the table was Hummus. This was a wonderfully light starter consisting of mashed chick peas, tashi (a paste made of ground or sesame seeds) and blended with garlic, olive oil and lemon. It was served with grilled pita slices for dipping and was simply delicious. I love finger foods, so

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Poseidon's 103 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette 337-235-9154 • this dish appealed to me on several levels. The hummus was soft and smooth in texture with a slightly tartness in flavor. It was cool and sharp on the palate and offered a good contrast to the crispiness and warmth of the grilled pita slices. The dip also contained whole kalamata olives, which added a good saltiness to the overall presentation. This was a great starter and a definite wow. The next appetizer to arrive was Poseidon's   Kalamari. This was another real crowd pleaser. The baby squid were skillfully prepared, fried to a golden crispiness and served with lemon and a butter dipping sauce. The squid was very tender at its center and lightly crunchy on the surface. The buttery sauce provided a nice touch. Our final appetizer was  Keftedees, or Greek style meatballs. These wonderful creations were baked and fried and served with  tzatziki. The  Tzatziki  was strained yogurt mixed with cucumber, garlic and spices. It was served cold and again afforded a scrumptious contrast to the temperature and taste of the meatballs.

The meatballs were also well seasoned, almost crispy on the outside with a delicate center. The dipping sauce was light and refreshing and also provided a sound topping for the grilled pita pieces. I am glad I got to sample all three appetizers, the challenge will be which I order again, if it is just me dining the next time – and I guarantee there will be a next time. My entree came with a choice of an accompanying soup or salad, as I was really hungry I opted for the soup. The soup was a lentil bean, sautéed onions and garlic in a rich and savory broth. It was out of this world, wonderfully seasoned and robustly hearty for the hungry appetite. It was so good, there was not a drop left in my bowl. The main course selection was a real challenge, but after a lengthy struggle, I chose the lamb chops. This entree was positively amazing! The chops were tender, succulent, well seasoned and grilled to perfection. They were served with oven-roasted potatoes that carried a light citrusy flavor and complimented the meat very well to give a nice balance. I

confess that I couldn't resist and actually savored the last vestiges of flavor, as I nibbled the bone of the chop. This dish was another wow and, if you enjoy lamb, a must try. After the incredible meal, I had a bit of a sweet tooth and ordered the baklava. This was a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo dough (paper-thin sheets of  unleavened flour dough), filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with honey. It was exactly what I was hungry for and provided the ideal cure for my sweet tooth. To round out the delicious meal, I enjoyed a taste ouzo. Not only do I like the flavor of this anise-flavored aperitif, I am told that it has medicinal properties. I would be remiss if I failed to mention the gracious treatment we received from the proprietor and his staff. Again, akin to the warmth and generosity of the Cypriot village visited years ago. I should also note that on the first Saturday of the month Poseidon’s also offers entertainment provided by Belly dancers from Desert Dance Studio. As fate had it, we got to see the

beautiful artists gracefully demonstrate their ancient craft. To say the least, it was an unexpected treat. You will find Poseidon’s Authentic Greek Restaurant at 103  Kaliste  Saloom  Road Lafayette, LA 70508. It also has an impressive  website  at   ieatgreek. com.   We are graced to have a taste of Greece here in  Acadiana. The next time you have the urge for a flare of the Mediterranean, visit  Poseidon’s Authentic Greek Restaurant and when you do, please be sure to tell them that I piqued your interest.

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Move of the Month


Photography by Penny Moore Ladies, it's time for you to "surrender" to exercise. City Club Personal trainer and fitness guru, Dex, demonstrates an exercise from her fitness series, DEXercise. Repeat this exercise with the right leg leading for eight repetitions, then eight repetitions with the left leg leading. This exercise strengthens and tones the muscles of the legs (quads) and gives you a tight and more lifted backside. The weights help to tone your arms and shoulders. Remember, always tighten or contract your abs during any exercise. This will train your stomach to stay flat. Ladies, don't just add this exercise to your workout routine, add exercise to your life. Think fit, live long and DEXercise for life.



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'Tis the Season for shopping


xpect another wildly fabulous shopping extravaganza come September thanks to the ladies of the Junior League of Lafayette, who join forces to create a 135-plus vendor marketplace out of thin air. Tinsel and Treasures chair Leslie Fritscher is at the helm of the mammoth undertaking for the second time (she took the honors back in 2004) and promises an experience that’s both the standard of year’s past plus a few somethings extra. “It’s a step up from last year,” Leslie says. Each year it seems to be stepped up indeed as JLL adds more events, revamps standards and draws in the best in shop-

ping no matter the diversity of your Christmas list. The bulk of T & T is the marketplace itself which draws more than 10,000 shoppers and includes more than 130 vendors this year with wares catering to men, children and of course women. They’ll have sports items as well as jewelry, food and clothing for women and children. The planning for this three-day event begins in January as they secure merchants and continues for months as the group handles every last detail. “I’m so impressed that 200 women can put this function on,” Leslie says noting that it’s all hands on deck. “You walk into the convention center and it’s transformed into this wonderland – a girl’s


best friend – shopping.” The theme for 2010 is “Wildly Fabulous” and Leslie says Event Rental who is responsible for décor will be incorporating it into the look of everything. The committee behind the event consists of 20-plus JLL members and all active members work the event while sustainers also lend a hand. “It’s so amazing what they bring to the table,” Leslie says of members. “Their ideas and suggestions – they’re excited to do it. We have a wonderful committee and support staff and sustainers.” The Junior League has two basic fundraisers – Tinsel & Treasures and their cookbooks sales, which are a business in and of itself. That money is what funds


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“You walk into the convention center and it’s transformed into this wonderland …” – Leslie Fritscher, Tinsel and Treasures chair

JLL allowing them to give back to the community in more ways than most people realize. “We do so much in the community and the only way we’re able to do this is by Tinsel and Treasures and the cookbook,” Leslie says. “We raise that money to help others.” Tickets to the marketplace are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. And the marketplace is brimming this year with not only vendors from across the country, but also activities that are not to be missed. The Thursday afternoon and evening of the event are going to be a family-friendly affair starting with the allowance of strollers (only on that date from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.). A new event, Cocoa and Carols, will be unveiled that Thursday as well allowing local children’s choirs a chance to show what they’ve got. “And we’ll have complimentary cocoa,” Leslie says. “That’s sponsored by Drs. John Hendry and Leslie Jacobs. It’s a new event and we’re very excited. We wanted to get the children involved and let them show off.” That same afternoon Santa will make his first appearance of the year in Acadiana with Santa’s Sneak Peak. The event sponsored by Home Bank will give children a chance to whisper their Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear and take a photo with him as well. And Santa will be back Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. to hear more holiday requests. On Friday night Allure Enhancement and Cindy Cobb are sponsoring Tinseltinis and SEPTEMBER 2010

Truffles from 5 to 8 p.m. with complimentary truffles and a specialty martini for purchase. Saturday the marketplace will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the Sparkle and Shine Raffle drawing that afternoon. Not to worry – you don’t have to be present to win. Lee Michael’s has donated a Rolex and diamond earrings. (Remember ladies how very chic the men’s watch worn on a woman is right now.) Raffle tickets are only $5 and the pull is Saturday at 4 p.m. The whole extravaganza kicks off on Wednesday night with Preview Party sponsored by Iberia Bank that’s not to be missed. The big kick off will include both a live and silent auction as well as the band First Class. “They’ve never played for us before so we’re excited,” Leslie says. The Preview Party tickets are $60 a person or $110 a couple and also serve as a three-day pass to the market. And don’t forget preferred shopping Thursday morning. Tickets are a bit pricier than the daily admission – but it gives shoppers a chance to check out the goods first and only a limited number of tickets are sold. The preferred shopping, sponsored by Knight Oil Tools, also includes a continental breakfast. And Friday is the Tinsel and Treasure Style Show and Luncheon, which will include a host of models and regular folks working the runway in fall’s hottest fashion (check out the story on page 34 for all the details) with a vibe that’s totally New York.

For more information or to buy tickets go to juniorleagueoflafayette.

com. Tinsel and Treasures kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 22 with a Preview Party and continues through Saturday, Sept. 25. Community projects benefiting from the Tinsel and Trea-

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Wildly. Fabulous. P repare for a fashion show like none other as Junior League revamps their annual Style Show and Luncheon slated for Sept. 24. This year think more Bryant Park/party in broad daylight as organizers work to bring the sophisticated vibe of New York’s runways to Acadiana. “It’s going to be real high energy,” says Sharon Moss. (Moss Motors is the sponsor for the fete so expect champagne and the Moss flair.) “The theme is Wildly Fabulous, which is really cute with the leopard and a new set designer. It’s going to be high tech.” That new designer will be the crew at Event Rental who have big things planned

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for the annual special event that is part of Tinsel and Treasures. Organizers with Junior League of Lafayette Adrienne Barras and Stacy Lawrence say it’s a whole new ballgame this year. “Everything has changed this year. Not what you expect, we’ve revamped the whole show,” Adrienne says. She says the vibe is more New York with an upbeat attitude paired with sophistication. “Very chic,” Stacy with marketing and business development says. “It’s an event you won’t want to miss,” Adrienne says noting they are literally rolling out a red carpet for the fete. “The place to see and be seen that day,”

Stacy says. The party starts with photos beforehand a la Hollywood function, a raffle and mingling area near the bar that will be set up. For Sharon the event kicks off the fall season of clothing and prepping for holiday parties. “It’s the very first fall event to shop,” she says. Clothing for the runway will be provided by retailers including: Brother's on the Boulevard, Cache, Coco Eros, Hemline, Mary Ellen's Tux Shop, Sposa Bella, Imelda’s Fine Shoes and Talbots. And a bevy of models will be on hand (including some familiar faces) thanks to a first ever Model Search where FACE readers had the chance to apply for a spot on the runway.


Fashion. It’s not just ladies who will grace the runway. Expect to see a host of men as well. Both Sharon and her son Coury will be walking the runway along with winners from the Junior League/FACE model search. Also on hand will be a handful of FACE’s cover girls. Some of the magazine’s unforgettable ladies who will be working the runway include Emily Rhinehardt from the June 2010 cover, Stacy Pichoff from the December 2009 cover, Rebecca Trahan from the October 2009 cover, Khristie Gass from the January 2009 cover and Heather Cox from the July 2009 cover. Don’t miss a chance to meet

these incredible women who have inspired others with their stories. The clothing featured will include items for women and men of all ages and run the gamut to even include homecoming dresses for the upcoming season. Organizers say the luncheon is not only for the ladies but describe it as more of a daytime party. For tickets ($30 each) head to Junior League Headquarters at 504 Richland Avenue. Their office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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ne need not reside in New York or Los Angeles to enjoy the finest in fashion and on Sept. 16 Lafayette residents will have the opportunity to celebrate just that during the first ever Fashion Night Out. Plans for the first ever Fashion Night Out thanks to the River Ranch Business Association are underway with a night that promises to be unforgettable. “We’re going to celebrate fashion and local business at the same time,” Caroline Barry with RRBA says. Merchants around the Village of River Ranch are planning unique events that run the breadth of their specialties from trunk shows featuring sought after designers and brands like Chanel and Tory Burch to

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“We’re going to celebrate fashion and Lafayette merchants in River Ranch are local business at the same time.” branding the event as purely local with - Caroline Barry, engaging gatherings at each store. River Ranch Business Association Richard Young will be on hand as Event demostrations for fall’s best hair styles and even a casting call for a database for modeling and acting. “Everyone’s got really fun stuff going on, to do it all at the same time people can enjoy it all, kind of a street party,” Caroline says. Fashion Night Out on a national level was born from Vogue in an effort to support designers and fashion through unique events throughout New York and now other major cities. NYC events include sights like the Olsen twins tending bar and

Rental sponsors the shindig with his signature flair for décor that’s one-of-akind. And Sharon Moss of Moss Motors has thrown her stylish hat into the ring as well as a sponsor. She will be rolling out the red carpet with high end cars and most likely a complimentary beverage. “River Ranch is fabulous. I love to tool the new shops,” she says. She didn’t hesitate to join the first ever fete for fashion noting that it’s the sort of thing to which she loves to partake.

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“I like anything new and happening and our city is growing so much and I love being a part of it,” she says. Caroline notes that FNO will serve as more than a party, but also as a sort of customer appreciation as well. “It’s a way to give back,” she says of devoted customers who can spend the evening playing games, enjoying drinks and food or checking out the hottest new fall wares. “We have really loyal customers and everyone appreciates their customers here.”

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t’s safe to say Martinis ’10 to benefit Healing House was a hit. Why so confident in this fact? There were people, who upon realizing the fete was sold out for the current year, asked to purchase tickets for the next to ensure they wouldn’t miss out, according to Martinis chair and Healing House president Daniel Graffeo. Five hundred tickets were sold for the soiree at River Oaks, which was filled with all manner of martini. From super sweet confections bordering on dessert to tart little numbers with bite each of the eight participating restaurants created a brand spanking new martini just for the occasion. The night of the event partygoers had a chance to taste each and every one of them. A silent auction as well as a raffle



also gave patrons a chance to leave with some goodies. And each Martinis goer received a work of art from Julie Breaux who lent her artistic skills to the year’s take home martini glass to commemorate the evening. The search for Lafayette’s Absolut Best Martini began in June, which is one of the things that makes the event so unique. The buzz begins to build long before the doors opened on Aug. 14. Each week one of the eight restaurants presented their new martini on a Tuesday night. Martini sippers would donate a dollar as a vote. The more votes, the more money for Healing House: Hope for Grieving Children. And people voted. The night of the event also gave supporters a chance to cast “votes” for


their top choice and at the end of the shindig Daniel revealed the big winners naming first, second and third places for People’s Choice as well as a Judges’ Choices award. Pamplona took the number one spot for the People’s Choice with Bonefish Grill earning number one in the eyes of judges. Pamplona’s experts created a oneof-a-kind blackberry lemonade for the competition along with a unique display the night of the event – a lemonade stand along with a lemonade girl in costume. The Judges’ Choice, based on taste, presentation and creativity, went to the refreshing Bonefish Grill Fresh Watermelon Martini. Tsunami Sushi took the number three



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Subtle MOVES Soft hues and softer fabrics marry with diaphanous details – sheer overlays, dramatic draping, a sprinkling of beads. Draw inspiration from a pebble strewn beach – stone, charcoal, taupe, blush, cream. And look for pieces that move with a whisper rather than a shout.

In the drape

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Turn up the volume A voluminous sleeve, daring v-neck and sprinkling of beads equal drama in this short dress. Add a flower clip in the hair for a touch of sweetness. From Vanessa V. Boutique, 5520-E Johnston Street.

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Satin Siren

The softest fabric marries the softest shade in this satiny barely blush dress. Long sparkling earrings and a row of shimmering beads give a heavy dose of glamour. From Bevo's of Lafayette, 715 Bertrand Drive.


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Sheer glamour

A sheer black overlay with beaded details takes a simple shape to new heights. Add a mound of pearls for a dose of sophistication at any age. From Lemon Drop Unique Boutique, 1209 Albertson Pkwy., Broussard. 46 FACE Magazine

Cream of the Crop

A deliciously creamy top comprised of rows of bead-trimmed ruffles is paired with a super dark nearly legging jean and pointy booties. The paradox continues with a necklace made of chains and pearls. All from Vertigo, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch.


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Boho beauty

A vest with attached scarf, bold jewel details and over-the-knee boots equal instant bohemian flair. Try a can’t-miss feather headpiece for added drama. All from HerringStone’s 2 Sisters’ Boutique, 111 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch.

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Cut it out

A chic black dress is as sophisticated as it is sexy thanks to a dramatic back and flawless cut. Pair with equally sexy shoes for a seamless look. Dress and bracelet from Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. Shoes from Shoe La La, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., No. 3010, River Ranch. 50 FACE Magazine

On The Brink Redefine classic with edgy elements and daring fabrics. Think a cocktail dress of leather. A little black dress with a daring cut-out back. Sexy now is less about skin and all about the details. Photography Mike Bedgood Model Katelyn Simmers Hair/Makeup Location Trynd Styling Amanda Bedgood


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Fire it up

Look for flame-inspired prints full of warm, vibrant hues and edgy, but subtle details like a chain belt. Pair with a sexy suede peep toe. Dress from Moseley & Hollard, 1200 Camellia Blvd., Suite 103, River Ranch. Shoes from Shoe La La, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., No. 3010, River Ranch.

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The new leather

The little black dress gets a big dose of attitude when made of leather. This demure dress with sweet ribbon details is nothing but daring. Pair with killer heels, chains and a tough bracelet for extra edge. All from Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd. SEPTEMBER 2010

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Use your illusion

An otherwise demure dress gets a dose of sensuality with a sheer shoulder and bold floral print that’s anything but sweet. Up the posh factor with a fur-trimmed coat. Dress and coat from Partners' LTD, 102 Arnould Blvd. Shoes from Shoe La La, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., No. 3010, River Ranch. 54 FACE Magazine

Hats off

A subtle color makes a big splash with standout details like dramatic pleating, body-hugging ruching, bold rosettes and velvet trim. Pair with a sophisticated hat. Both from Belle Amie, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch.


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JESSICA DUNCAN Story Amanda Bedgood • Photography Penny Moore

“Take it as it comes … You don’t have much of a choice. Life goes on either way.”

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Jessica Duncan never knew when she would be able to go to college. The excuses, the reasons, the obstacles piled one on top of the other when she finished high school. And they were good ones. The kinds of things that paired with time convince most people that it simply cannot be done or maybe isn’t worth the trouble. But Jessica Duncan is not one of those people. This busy mother of four, instead, is but two years away from earning her degree and taking 18 hours this semester. She is a study in persevering and positive attitude no matter where you find yourself on the road that is life.


In high school Jessica planned to go to college for nursing. But, at the age of 15 she became pregnant and plans of following the intended path for high school did not happen. She, instead, enrolled in the Genesis program for pregnant students, got married and graduated from high school. And while she was able to finish it was not a simple time for the young Jessica.

but never felt like her life was over. Instead she pushed forward with what must be her mantra – “here we go.” It’s her attitude about many things. She has learned that life is less about controlling and creating boundaries and more about going with the flow.

“Take it as it comes,” she says of life. “What else are you going to do? You don’t have much of a choice. Life goes “I was overwhelmed, confused,” she on either way.” says. “But, you don’t regret a baby. You She says people may have discounted regret the timing. You feel two things her as a pregnant teenager, but it was about it.” never something she dwelt on. There were no doubts about keeping “I didn’t analyze it or take it to heart,” the baby and Jessica moved on she says. eventually having another child with Jessica and her first husband her then husband. And in true Jessica form, she may have felt overwhelmed eventually parted ways and she began

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dating a friend – Craig Duncan. Both came to the relationship with two children each. They married and later two more children would join them. And so like many families the Duncans are a blended brood. (Faith, 5, Landon. 7, Bailey, 10, Devin, 10, Christina, 12 and Samantha Rose, 16) Four of the children live with the Duncans, one lives with them every other week and Craig’s oldest daughter lives out of state.

feelings for a child that’s not yours. It’s hard to find the line,” she says. “The boundary is invisible. Add to the mix the No matter how much a reality of a blended child likes a stepparent family and there are there is a kind of guilt many dynamics at play the child feels. I felt that in the Duncan home. It’s as a child.” Jessica says her a balancing act Jessica says. And it’s one with stepdad was there for which she is familiar everything growing up thanks to her childhood. and yet there was a kind Jessica was the eldest of wall she put up as a girl in her family and child. She knows these served as a stand in complications are part of mother often with her life, but being aware they own mom busy working exist is half the battle. and eventually (just And so she makes an as Jessica is now) effort that in the Duncan going back to school home they do whatever they can for the children herself. “I was the mini to not be the ones who mom,” she says with bare the complications a laugh. And it was a of a blended family. and routines. It does get hectic. But, if you’re laid back like my husband and I are, it works.”

“When you raise a child, whether they are yours or not, you want the world for this child.”

“You do what you can I n c l u d i n g to help them through,” stepbrothers and she says. “When you raise a sisters there were three brothers and child, whether they are three sisters as she yours or not, you want grew up. Jessica the world for this child,” has known since she says. her youth about Ultimately she says the dynamics of the goal is to make sure stepparents and the kids know they come siblings and it’s first. something she works hard at today in “It’s not as crazy as her own home. She says some might think,” she it’s crucial to remember says with a laugh noting children do not see that it’s about planning things as adults do. and perspective. “You have maternal “Organization, schedules


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Three years ago Jessica laid aside any excuses and began her education anew. She enrolled in UL for early childhood education. She had worked in everything from retail to being a receptionist – “whatever was available.” After her last daughter was born it became clear that none of the jobs were worth what she would earn after doling out the money for daycare. She eventually opened a daycare in her home, which is what led to her ultimately choosing early childhood education. Once her mind was made up about what she wanted to pursue she felt determination more than anything. “I knew it would not be the easiest. But, nothing worth doing is. So I just did it.” Jessica often hears people who can’t understand how she does it. But, for Jessica it was a matter of wanting it more than she wanted the excuses. “You just do it. To get things done you have to stop giving excuses and just do it,” she says. It’s an attitude she must have garnered from her own mother, who went back to school to be a teacher when Jessica was in middle school. It’s an example that clearly had great impact on a young

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it around.”

If her children know one “If my mom hadn’t gone back and set the example for thing Jessica hopes it is this – me I don’t know if I could there are no boundaries. have,” she says. “The sky is the limit. I And she hopes going back want them to make healthy to school will have the same choices, to not let things get effect on her own children. in the way.” She says in addition to raising Being a mother while it children well school will be might seem like a deterrent

“The sky is the limit …”

to some is a tremendous motivator for Jessica in school. And having a partner in the effort has made all the difference, she says of Craig (who is also heading back to college part time to also be a teacher). “Having that support system makes me able to focus and continue,” she says.

She knows, after all, that what she’s working to earn is something that will not only her greatest accomplishment. better the lives of those in that support system, but it “That’s part of raising your will be something no one can kids well,” she says noting ever take away from her. And they learn more from action while Jessica is proud of her than word. choice, it’s evident she’s not While her road to college trying to prove anything to wasn’t an easy one, surely anyone. She’s merely doing knowing the path was the best she can and taking difficult will be that greater life as it comes. of an example to her children. “You do your best to find a “I don’t want them to have way. To do whatever you can to do it this way. If they end to the best of your ability,” up in my situation I don’t she says. “I’m proof it can be want them to think it’s the done.” end and they have to have a hard life,” she says. “I want them to know they can turn


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showyourface TRYND OPENING July 29 – Trynd The Balbeisi Brothers rolled out the red carpet for their latest venture downtown. VIPs were given a sneak peak of their new swanky lounge and nightclub – Trynd. The posh new space will have a flourish of fine wines, signature martinis and is decked out in sleek big city décor with an atmosphere that feels both intimate and exclusive.

TINSEL & TREASURE SPONSOR PARTY August 11 – Iberia Bank Towers The gracious ladies of the Junior League of Lafayette honored sponsors of their annual Tinsel and Treasures event with a reception downtown. Sponsors enjoyed delicious eats, cool drinks, a candy bar filled with sweet somethings as well as perfectly wrapped treats to-go.

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showyourface PASA 21ST BIRTHDAY

July 29 – The Office

PASA celebrated 21 years with a fantastic season launch party at The Office with D.J. Otto on hand spinning tunes. PASA Staff with assistance from Event Rentals and Vidox unveiled a PASA themed video installation that featured performers from the upcoming performance season. Party goers sipped on complimentary champagne provided by Vivid Bliss and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres from Zea's.


July 29 – The City Club

Thad Morgan presented a night of Intoxication Without the Hangover at City Club with a new art exhibit displaying beautiful pieces that were pure Thad. The evening included drinks from City Club Grill and a live blues and jazz performance.


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showyourface VENETIAN NIGHTS VIP PARTY August 5 – home of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Savoie UL President Dr. Joseph Savoie and his wife Gail opened their home for a VIP party to celebrate American Cancer Soceity’s upcoming Venetian Nights Gala. Party Central decked out the already-beautiful home on campus while Abacus graciously provided delectable treats. Party goers enjoyed a word from the event’s honorary chair Dr. M. Maitland DeLand along with Dr. Savoie and Buddy Graves from the ACS national office.

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Aug. 14 & 15 – The City Club The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana presented their annual can’t-miss fundraiser at City Club with a dinner theatre that left the audience in stitches. “The Death of a Nutria Rat Queen” featured the talents of local performers, who may have been volunteers, but were anything but amateur in a stellar performance.


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showyourface MARTINIS '10 August 14 – River Oaks The search for the Absolut Best Martini was a hit with eight restaurants vying for top honors and hundreds of partygoers sipping the most creative in local libations. Martinis ’10, which benefits Healing House: Hope for Grieving Children, included a silent auction and contagious dance music from Fifth Avenue.

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FACE Lafayette - September 2010  

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

FACE Lafayette - September 2010  

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