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Soak up every little bit of summer by filling your agenda with events all around Central Indiana. (There will be time for rest later this year.) Here are our picks for some of the best.

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OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon May 7, 7:30 a.m. Lace up your running shoes or grab a spot along the course to cheer on your friends. This beloved Indy tradition kicks off the month of May race festivities with a 13-mile run/walk from downtown, out and around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and back. (317) 927-3378, indymini.com

Johnny Mathis – 60th Anniversary Concert Tour May 14, 8 p.m. Book a date night with your sweetie and be prepared to swoon when the “Chances Are” crooner brings his soulful sound to Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler University campus. 4602 Sunset Ave., (317) 9406444, cloweshall.org

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Hamilton County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale May 21, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Support small grant programs and scholarships for students while stocking up for your yard and garden from among 12,000 plants at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds’ Exhibition Hall. Annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees, bushes — the blooming gang’s all here! 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville; (317) 776-0854, visithamilton county.com

Broad Ripple Art Fair May 21 & 22 The grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center come alive with color during this popular annual juried event. In addition to browsing wares from more than 225 vendors and craftsmen, visitors can enjoy food, music, kids’ activities and craft beer. 820 E. 67th St., (317) 255-2464, indplsartcenter.org

Freedom Springs Greenwood Aquatics Park May 28 Greenwood’s flashy new water attraction in Freedom Park opens for the season May 28, keeping visitors cool with a lap pool, water slides, a lazy river and a play zone just for the kids. 850 Stop 18 Road, Greenwood; (317) 884-2078; greenwood. in.gov/freedomsprings

Nickel Plate Arts Festival June 1-30 Explore the arts all along the Nickel Plate Railroad. This widespread event covers six towns, from Fishers to Tipton, and multiple venues throughout the month of June. Conner Prairie’s Curiosity Fair, St. Michael’s Strawberry Festival, the heART of Tipton, and exhibits and activities at Nickel Plate Arts are all part of the fun. Various locations throughout Hamilton County, (317) 452-3690, nickelplatearts.org

Zionsville HalfMarathon and 5K June 12, 7:30 a.m. Hit the bricks of charming downtown Zionsville for a two-loop course that starts and finishes in front of Greek’s Pizzeria. The route journeys through scenic local neighborhoods and along the Zionsville Rail Trail; participants can look forward to refueling with pizza and beer at the finish line. 30 N. Main St., Zionsville; zionsvillechamber.org

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See Jane Sing with Jane Lynch June 19-21, 8 p.m. The Emmy Awardwinning Glee star stops at the Columbia Club’s intimate Cabaret venue in downtown Indianapolis for a weekend full of songs and storytelling. 121 Monument Circle, (317) 2751169, thecabaret.org

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Melissa Etheridge – M.E. Solo June 21, 7:30 p.m. The blues/rock Grammy Award winner comes to Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts to perform songs from her latest album, M.E, as well as hits such as “Come to My Window,” “I Want to Come Over” and “Bring Me Some Water.” 355 City Center Dr., (317) 8433800; thecenterfortheperforming arts.org

Marsh Symphony on the Prairie – Tribute to David Bowie June 24 & 25 The supremely talented David Bowie left a musical and cultural legacy when he died earlier this year. The ISO pays its respects with performances of “Rebel Rebel,” “China Girl,” “Space Oddity,” “Under Pressure” and more. Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road; (317) 639-4300; indianapolissymphony.org

Freedom Festival June 25 Greenwood kicks up its heels at Craig Park during this day-long annual community celebration full of live music, fun, food and fireworks. 100 Surina Way, Greenwood; (317) 881-4545; greenwood.in.gov

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JOLENE HARBACH ILLUSTRATOR Jolene is from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. She is currently a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University studying Illustration and Intercultural Studies. Find her handiwork in our story about budgeting. She makes saving a little sexier with a nod to the superhero in each of us.

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KATHERINE COSTELLO FOODIE Katherine is a freelance photographer in Indianapolis. She has 20 years of professional experience in the culinary industry, as well as a life-long passion — obsession — for all things food! As an Indiana native, she is always in pursuit of seasonal favorites, local finds and the latest food trends.


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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

INVITE MORE BEAUTIFUL When I think of classic beauty, what comes to mind are days gone by, when everything just seemed to be a little more elegant. These days, I rarely put on a dress unless I’m going to a wedding. I haven’t made a double-layer cake since Girl Scouts back in the late 1970s, and much of my free time flies right by without any appreciation of the lush, seasonal flowers blooming right outside. Well, with one exception. I am absolutely passionate about peonies (see more about my floral pride and joy starting on page 41). Growing peonies is the one outdoor effort I’m happy to make every year. I have a large peony garden dedicated to the flower and every morning finds me out in the garden, eagerly looking for new buds and blooms. My daughter says it’s like Christmas each spring in the McVey household!

Kelly’s family members Kaylynn Nickander, Kari Perry and Ava Perry pick flowers from her peony garden last year. “My niece is so insightful. She said, ‘Aunt Kelly, holding these flowers makes me feel elegant.’ She was right,” Kelly says.

Every woman has her own ways and methods of making life a little more beautiful. Sharon Brooks, a close friend of mine, spends her free time painting to create unbelievable works of art her daughters will always cherish. My mom is an incredible cook who devotes herself to preparing memorable, delicious meals. Whatever she puts on the table is always beautiful — whether it’s a simple lunch for my dad, or a big party spread for 20 people. In this issue of Kit, experts Stacy Molander, Becky Freimuth and Casey Perry make the most of their passion for entertaining by providing easy ideas for how to make your spring and summer gatherings special. Our fashion expert Beth Divine discusses dresses to help you look your best, and food expert Kate Costello serves up old-fashioned layer cake recipes to transport you back to the good old days when a spectacular dessert was the centerpiece of every occasion. Here’s hoping this issue inspires you to make your life a little more beautiful. Enjoy spring, and all the special things it brings!

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BLOUSE HUNTERS By Erica Sagon

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What’s the secret to summer outfits made easy? Pretty blouses with eye-catching details. We’re talking lovely embroidery, intriguing trims and bohemian crochet — these are embellishments that steal the show, so wearing a necklace or other jewelry is optional, really. Here are our must-haves for the months ahead.

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WHITE KNIGHT

A floaty white blouse with embroidery, crochet or lace detail is an essential right now — it’s the piece you’re guaranteed to pack every time you leave town this summer. Try this top with lighter denim shorts or jeans to nail that laid-back, warm-weather vibe. American Rag lace top, $49.50 at Macy’s, macys.com

WHITE STRIPES

Even if you already have a dozen striped tops, make room for this one with an oversized bow at the back. Pair this floaty top with skinny jeans and pointy-toe flats — et voila! — you’ve channeled your inner French gamine for wine with the girls. Striped chiffon blouse, $24.99 at H&M, hm.com

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BOHO EMBROIDERY

This top will make getting dressed on Saturday mornings so much easier (and chicer than wearing a plain T). Pull it on with jean shorts and cute leather sandals, grab a roomy canvas tote and you’re ready for the farmers market. Embroidered split-neck top, $24.99 at Gap Factory, gapfactory.com

IMPROVE YOUR SWING

Perfectly breezy and swingy for all of the fun outdoor festivals on the calendar this summer — and just as cute with a cardi or denim jacket if you want a little extra coverage. $24.94 at Old Navy, oldnavy.com

SEE SCALLOPS

With a simple silhouette and the prettiest details, this top is a go-to for weekend brunches. Pair it with crisp white denim, wedge or flat sandals, and the must-have accessory: a Bloody Mary. Chambray scalloped top with grommet detail, $98 at J.Crew, jcrew.com

SHORT (SLEEVE) STORY

Play up the polished side of this plus-size blouse with a pencil skirt and heels, or try something different and pair it with lightly distressed jeans. Any way you wear it, the gorgeous color and embroidery make this top a knockout. Violeta by Mango embroidered cotton shirt, $49.99 at mango.com


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SUMMER CONCERT STYLE By Erica Sagon

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The perfect outfit for summer concerts is equal parts comfort and style. Here’s your plan: chic sandals that you don’t mind walking or standing (or dancing!) in, a breezy top for warm evenings paired with skinny cropped jeans, and a tote where you can stash a cardigan. And don’t forget cute sunnies for the first part of the night. Here’s our pick for a great concert outfit, all from stores at Clay Terrace in Carmel.

KIT ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

It’s going to be a fun night, so pick a punchy shade that you feel great in. We love the high neckline of this tank — it’s a new shape for the summer that you’ll be seeing everywhere. High-neck tank top, $24 at Old Navy, oldnavy.com

SUMMER BLUES

Lighten up — with denim, we mean. Medium-blue skinny jeans give off that relaxed summer vibe more than your dark skinnies. This pair has zippers at the ankle, which is a detail we love, and so will you. Ankle Zip Skinny Crop Jeans, $78 at White House Black Market, whbm.com

NEED A LIFT

With a rope-and-cork heel and the perfect, luxe shade of brown leather, no one would guess that these super-cute wedges have a comfort footbed — that can be your little secret. Clarks “Amelia Dally” wedge sandals, $130 at Clarks, clarksusa.com

For those chilly Indiana nights TIE ONE ON

Go nautical in this cute top with cropped skinnies, wide-leg pants, and every shape in between. Striped grommet sidetie tee, $65 at Chico’s, chicos.com

SHAKE IT

This bracelet’s combo of neutral and low-key gold beads, plus a tassel, strikes the perfect balance between polished and bohemian. Triple-strand stretch tassel bracelet, $24 at Evereve, evereve.com

SUNNY DISPOSITION

The thin arms and bridge really play up the glam round frames of these sunglasses, which flatter most faces. Michael Kors “ABELA III” sunglasses, $165 at Sunglass Hut, sunglasshut.com

Where to wear it? You have the outfit, so get going! Clay Terrace in Carmel will host its annual Summer Concert Series with familyfriendly concerts every Thursday from June 2 to July 28, 7 p.m., at The Lawn behind Kona Grill. Make a night of it! With shopping and restaurants at your fingertips, the Clay Terrace concerts are a great local destination for a girls night out, date night or family outing. For more info, visit clayterrace.com. Here’s a look at this summer’s acts:

»»LIVING PROOF, June 2 »»THE BISHOPS, June 9 »»MIKE & JOE, June 16 »»THE DOO!, June 23 »»THE FLYING TOASTERS, June 30 »»TOY FACTORY, July 7 »»DWIGHT LIGHTNING AND

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LACE BORDERS The Nikibiki mint sheath dress is a perfect option for a summer wedding. Its delicate color and pretty lace panels keep it fresh and pretty. $59, DeLaney’s Shoppe

Dress it up Tips + Styling by Beth Divine | Photos by Chris Whonsetler

As summer shines upon us, turn to that wardrobe staple that makes you feel comfortable, cool and feminine: the dress! We've picked out 18 styles we love ­— from maxi to mini, fit ‘n flare to sheath, shirt dress to halter — and plenty of colors, patterns and fabrics to suit your good taste. Find your favorites and wear them with pleasure. LOOK FOR ICONS TO SHOW DRESSES ARE ESPECIALLY FLATTERING ON CERTAIN SHAPES.

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GREAT FOR FULLER IN THE MIDDLE FIGURES!

Breezy Blooms

The button-front placket at the top and straight lines of this dress slim the fuller-inthe-middle shape. The dress is only slightly fitted, so it skims the figure.

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Boho Swing

This pretty crinkly dress would make a beautiful beach cover-up or be the headliner at a summer soiree. Kalypso sundress, $125, Marigold Clothing

Komil dress in Coral, $79, Marigold Clothing

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The delicate pale pink and peach print and trapeze shape pair up to make this perfect for a summer night out. Black Bead dress in coral, $46, Delaney’s Shoppe

A swingy, full skirt anchors the fitted top and waist to showcase an hourglass figure. Show off that tiny waist! Effie’s Heart Dolce Vita dress in Blue Print, $115, Marigold Clothing

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Grommet Girl

This black, cotton tank sheath is a win-win for the 500 — if you're sitting in a covered suite. The silver grommets make it just a little edgy, not a typical “sweet” summer frock. I have it in my closet and I'm in love! Calvin Klein, $129 at Macy’s

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ROSE QUARTZ IS A PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR

Princess Peach

PERFECT FOR THE HOURGLASS SHAPE!

Optical Illusion

The paisley trim and vivid navy/fuchsia pattern on this dress are sure to draw second looks. Black Bead "cold shoulder" dress, $54, Delaney’s Shoppe


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SLIP DRESS

Hand-Dipped Tone Let's Go Racin'

It’s May, and black and white is always right for Indy ladies. This option hugs in all the right places, nipping in at the waist and drawing the eye down with a diagonal detail in the skirt. Add a colorful belt for a pop of color.

Hippie Plaid

The plaid halter slip dress is a cool take on a summer dress. The plaid is bold, but in soft colors and a silky fabric — perfect for that backyard party this summer.

The gauzy shirt dress has a high/low hem detail and delicate floral belt. Aratta dress in blue ombre, $119, Delaney’s Shoppe

Jack dress, $64, Delaney’s Shoppe

Calvin Klein Body-Con dress, $129 at Macy’s

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THIS TRENDY SCALLOP TRIMMED DRESS IS PERFECT TO HIDE YOUR MID-SECTION.

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Ice, Ice Baby

Bold Shoulder

The easy, straight lines and V-neck of the Glam Chambray Denim Dress will slim and lengthen those who are fuller on top.

The cute cutouts around the neckline give this floral pattern some punch. Show off those strong shoulders and arms!

$68, Delaney’s Shoppe

Peach Love California dress, $44, Dottie Couture Boutique

Fresh Scallops

This vibrant dress flatters figures with wider waists, as it skims over the middle and draws attention to the scallop trim to show off slim legs. LoveRiche dress, $44; Justin & Taylor gold necklace, $9; both at Dottie Couture Boutique

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Fine Lines

Pucker Up

OFF THE SHOULDERS

A navy and white, off-the-shoulder number is a cute option for a casual look or a top for leggings. Add a pop of color with a bright handbag. Ovi dress, $36, Dottie Couture Boutique

This lemony fit ‘n flare dress shows off your small waist and skims over the hips, flattering women with more in the back. The dress’s fabric is delicate and semi-sheer, yet structured enough not to cling. Tommy Hilfiger dress, $129 at Macy’s.

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Maxi Strength

Feel like a princess in this floral chiffon maxi dress, perfect for a wedding, summer date or outdoor party. Miss Avenue dress, $48, Dottie Couture Boutique

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Ruffle Feathers

Polka dots never go out of fashion. The pretty ruffle trim at the bottom of this dress puts a jaunty spin on the classic A-line. Tommy Hilfiger dress, $124, Macy’s

Breezy Manner

The oversized fit on this on-trend lacetop dress make it a cute casual number for summer that will look great on many figures. Entro dress, $42, Dottie Couture Boutique


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JEWELERY: FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE You’ve heard jewelry is the ultimate accessory. But when it comes to deciding which pieces to select, the choices can be daunting. This month, Kit interviewed Erika Pearson of Smith’s Jewelers in Noblesville for help. Pearson has the answers you need to find the jewelry that best fits your wardrobe, life and personality.

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Help! There are so many types of jewelry out there, how do I decide which to choose?

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First of all, your jewelry should speak to you. It is a piece of art. Secondly, take into consideration your environment. What type of jewelry is appropriate to wear with your lifestyle? What type of jewelry is appropriate to wear in your profession? You can also accessorize to portray your personal style.

The woman with a more classic and traditional style might want staple pieces in her collection such as a pearl strand necklace, diamond stud earrings, or a simple gold chain. Someone with a more artistic and creative look might prefer bold necklaces, dramatic earrings, or chunky rings.

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What about my wardrobe, should I buy jewelry based on what I wear?

Your jewelry should compliment your outfit, just as your outfit should compliment your jewelry. One outfit may look better with a long, layered statement necklace combined with simple stud earrings. Another outfit will look better with chunky, dangle earrings combined with bangle bracelets. Also remember to consider the hardware on your clothing and/or shoes while choosing your jewelry for the day.

“ACCESSORIES ARE KIND OF LIKE HERBS AND SPICES. THEY GIVE ZEST AND ZING TO AN OUTFIT.” -IRIS APFEL

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Your clothing and jewelry wardrobe are a reflection of your personality and lifestyle.

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When in the workplace, make sure your attire and jewelry are appropriate. For example, in a more conservative work environment one might choose small, classic pieces. On the other hand, a casual work environment might allow for more freedom of expression found in trendy pieces.

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MEET ERIKA PEARSON | Born and raised in Alberta Canada, Erika Pearson has worked in the jewelry business for well over a decade. Along with her degree from Indiana University, Pearson is an accredited Jewelry Professional with her Graduate Diamonds Diploma. She is currently pursuing her Graduate Gemologist Diploma. Smith’s Jewelers has served customers in and around Hamilton County for over 65 years. An outstanding jewelry selection combined with first class customer service makes Smith’s the perfect choice for all your jewelry needs.

Is there a certain type of metal and/or stone that is currently in

style?

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More and more people are beginning to mix their metals. Silver tends to be more casual and more affordable, allowing you to purchase multiple, trendy pieces. On the other hand, your gold pieces are timeless, investment pieces that hold your most precious gemstone safely and securely.

Keep in mind that we express our personality through our jewelry. In the famous words of Iris Apfel, a legendary fashion icon, “Accessories are kind of like herbs and spices. They give zest and zing to an outfit.”

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KIT’S BEST FRIENDS

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May is National Pet Month and the Kit staff was more than enthused to share our furry friends with you. While we obviously love our dogs, we know our readers have all kinds of adorable animals that warm your hearts. Give your beloved pet a little extra attention this month.

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Owner: Casey Kenley, Guest Editor Name: Ruby Breed: Mixed breed (lab and beagle) Age: 14 Fun fact: Her given name at the Humane Society was “Miss Jones,” so her formal name is “Miss Ruby Jones Kenley.” She loves to nap on bed pillows.

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Owner: Kelly McVey, Publisher Name: Hank Breed: English Bulldog Age: 11 Fun fact: Hank refuses to participate in any form of exercise. He responds most effectively to the word “hot dog.” He especially loves destroying car fobs, socks and empty water bottles. He has a big heart and even bigger personality.

Owner: Ashlie Hartgraves, Creative Director Name: Ruby Breed: Mini goldendoodle Age: 5 Fun fact: Ruby is happy, loyal and intelligent. While she has never chewed up important things like shoes, she cannot help herself with paper products. When she partakes in the occasional Kleenex, you can always find her hiding under our bed. Owner: Chris Whonsetler, Photographer Name: Lily Breed: Belgian Malinois Age: 3 Fun fact: Lily is incredibly smart! It’s super easy to teach her new tricks.

Owner: Susan Beckwith, WWSW writer Name: Max Breed: Rhodesian ridgeback/boxer mix Age: 6 Fun fact: For being such a big macho dog, he’s scared to death of swimming.

Need a pet portrait? Contact Chris Whonsetler at whonphoto.com

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Owner: Mackenzie McGilvrey, Stylist Name: Wynnie Breed: Yellow lab Age: 5 Fun fact: Wynnie loves car rides, visiting Starbucks, swimming and sunbathing. She’s incredibly smart and picks up on word phrases very easily.

Owner: Wil Foster, Illustrator Name: Tilly Breed: Toy dog (rescued, unknown) Age: Unknown Fun fact: She is very acrobatic, intelligent and full of energy.


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Get out of town! You’ll find plenty of fun to be had within just a few hours’ drive of Indianapolis, making it easy to get there and back on one tank of gas. Set a course to these worthwhile Indiana destinations, and see what adventures await.

Fort Wayne

With one festival after another running all summer long and well into the fall, the party never stops in Fort Wayne. There’s something going on nearly every weekend downtown at Headwaters Park, where visitors can feast on brats at Germanfest (June 5-12), ribs and blues at BBQ Ribfest (June 16-19), baklava at Greekfest (23-26) and lots more. A summer tradition since 1969, the Three Rivers Festival (July 8-16) is the granddaddy event, brimming with arts, crafts, rides, eats and family-friendly fun, and the multi-venue Hobnobben Film Festival (June 16-19) is the newest kid on the Fort Wayne festival block this year. The kids will love boat cruises, canoeing, kayaking and other opportunities to get out on the river, capped off with a visit to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Science Central in the historic City Light and Power Plant, or Parkview Field to see the Fort Wayne TinCaps in action. For more information, go to visitfortwayne.com.

Madison

Down south, charming Madison enchants visitors of all ages with its pretty-as-a-picture riverfront setting, historic architecture and small-town friendliness. Who knows what treasures you’ll discover while browsing through the quaint antique stores along Main Street? If you’ve got kids along for the ride, saddle up your two-wheeler (or rent one) — a new bike trail brochure details scenic paths throughout the area. Clifty Falls State Park presents all kinds of ways to enjoy the great outdoors, from hiking and biking to birdwatching and picnicking. Take a break for some (free!) sipping and sampling at the lovely Madison Vineyards Estate Winery/Bed and Breakfast. Cap off your visit to Madison with a thrilling spin on an authentic New Zealand Rockin Thunder Jet Boat; the operation recently added a Sunday Dinner Adventure option to its lineup. For more information, go to visitmadison.org. 28 kitindy.com

Corydon

The past meets the present at Indiana’s first state capitol. Historic Corydon offers opportunities to learn more about the Hoosier state’s illustrious history with a tour of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Sites. The juried Art at the Old Capitol festival (June 18-19) puts a creative spin on the town’s storied downtown square, celebrating Southern Indiana’s vibrant artistic heritage and culture. Meanwhile, the Southern Indiana Uncorked wine festival (May 23) provides everything you need to make a memorable toast to Indiana’s Bicentennial. Go underground to see Mother Nature’s handiwork — and experience more regional history in a whole new way — with boat rides, walking tours and cave crawls at Indiana Caverns (the longest cave in the state), Squire Boone Caverns or Marengo Cave. To learn more, go to thisisindiana.org.


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Living with lupus

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A F A M I LY A F F A I R By Patricia Pickett

Morgan Deno Verrill was an active teenager involved in numerous activities including competitive cheerleading when she began complaining about fatigue and soreness. As many parents with a child in these sorts of activities would, Karen Deno blamed it on the intense level of competition combined with a heavy school schedule. But regardless of how many naps her daughter took or how late she slept in when her schedule allowed, the complaints didn’t go away. As a matter of fact, they became worse. Morgan’s joints were swelling to a point at which she became immobilized with pain. “When she couldn’t close her hands due to the swelling, I got concerned … but tried not to show it,” Deno recalls. “We went to the doctor who didn’t know what it was, but knew it was beyond his expertise.”

Lab work included an antinuclear antibody (ANA) test that was positive. Those results, in conjunction with her symptoms, led to a diagnosis of lupus as well as rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike many diseases in which you receive a diagnosis and a set protocol of treatments, Morgan’s uncharted journey, along with that of her family, was just beginning. In an effort to get an effective treatment regimen, the family traveled to the Cleveland Clinic before getting a handle on medications. The battle was far from over.

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“SHE IS MY INSPIRATION. BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING SHE DEALS WITH, IT PUTS MY LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE.” As a teenager, Morgan Deno Verrill (far right) was diagnosed with lupus. She stands with her mother, Karen Deno.

What is lupus and how is it treated?

Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is a chronic, currently incurable autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including skin, joints and organs such as the kidneys, lungs and heart. It poses a treatment challenge in that one person’s lupus is much different from another’s. It is a disease of “flares” (the symptoms worsen or reoccur) and remissions, which often confuses friends, loved ones and coworkers. It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans (and 36,000 Hoosiers) have lupus; 90 percent of those lupus patients are women and two-thirds of those are women of color. While lupus cannot be cured, the symptoms can be treated with medications that help prevent organ damage and suppress symptoms. Finding the right medication to fit the patient becomes the medical version of “whack a mole” — when one symptom is under control, another one can pop up. This was what Morgan Deno dealt with for nearly three years before her 19th birthday.

Striving for a 'normal' life

The once active and popular teen found herself alone on some of those pinnacle high school nights. “My social life definitely suffered. But I was lucky that I had a group of core friends who stuck by me,” she recalls. “Like there was a winter dance that I just couldn’t go to. They came by and took pictures with me. They maybe didn’t understand what was going on, but for the most part that didn’t impact our friendships.”

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For mom, Karen, the sadness of seeing her daughter not being able to resume her normal, active routine combined with the fear and frustration of seeing an ill and hurting Morgan took its toll. “There’s no doubt it was intense. She would drape her arms over her dad or brother, and they’d carry her upstairs on their backs. I put her in a swimsuit so her dad could help get her showered. There was a constant wondering about, ‘What was going to make this better?’ There were simply times when I’d shut myself in a room and cry,” Karen says. The financial aspect is another burden many families face. When Morgan was prescribed a medication that cost them $900 per month, Karen took a part-time job in addition to her full-time position. Perhaps the most difficult moment for them both was when Morgan, determined to live a “normal” life, went off for her first semester at Indiana University. “She had been taking a chemo pill as a treatment and experienced hair loss," Karen says. "Clumps of hair were coming out. It was devastating. She was away, and I couldn’t help her.” For Morgan, realizing that her dreams of going to school in Bloomington weren’t going to work was devastating. “I just felt so sick and so tired, I wanted to be home,” she says.

ADVICE FOR CAREGIVERS

Three things Karen Deno shares with other caregivers of those diagnosed with lupus:

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There are times when you just have to sit back and listen to the person who is actually going through this. Let them express their fears, their anger, and let them cry. If they want to be negative, let them be like that for a bit. For Morgan, that meant saying everything she was feeling and then we could come back to “This is where we are — how can we do it together?" It’s not uncommon for those who aren’t really informed about the disease to say, “You Look great, what’s wrong?” People don’t realize that it’s a disease that, for the most part, you can’t see. Lupus patients may look great, but boy are they suffering. Morgan would say she felt like her bones were being crushed. As a parent, I was probably a little more critical of others when they backed out of her life. I saw her suffering and wondered why they couldn’t see it. It’s hard not to be critical of those who don’t understand. I have learned a lot about that from my support group.

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Acceptance and activism

Finally finding a drug therapy that helped her symptoms and coming to grips with the disease has improved both Morgan’s well-being and psyche. “I’ve accepted that this is the best I’ll be … which sounds sad, but is a better place to be than where I was,” she says. She finished undergraduate classes at IUPUI and earned a master’s degree in genetic counseling. On October 10, 2015, she got married. And through all that, Morgan and her mother have become active participants in the Indiana Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. Initially, Morgan saw the “Walk to End Lupus” promoted and announced to her family that she wanted to participate … which rallied “Team Deno” for its first of many Walks. That led to them being on the Walk committee the following year and every year since. Karen received her training as a Lupus Support Group leader, and this year chairs the Indiana Chapter board. “She is my inspiration,” Karen says. “Because of everything she deals with, it puts my life in perspective. I hope I can help someone out there who doesn’t have the support system that Morgan has. We strive to have positive, helpful information at these support group meetings.” “I’m very fortunate to have family and friends who know my limits and support me,” Morgan says. She also has three things she’d like to pass on to other lupus patients: "No. 1: Don’t give up. You may feel like you can’t do something, but eventually you can. No. 2: It’s OK to have moments when you feel sad because you can’t do things with your friends. No. 3: Most important, even though it’s cliché, try to be positive. Even though I have lupus and RA, most people don’t know because I live by those three things. It can be done!” Morgan and Karen participate in the Walk to End Lupus for "Team Deno."

36,000

Hoosiers have lupus

90 percent

of those are women

UPCOMING EVENTS BENEFITING LUPUS

Visit lupus.org/indiana to see special events as well as information about 11 lupus support groups around Indiana.

May 10 World Lupus Day

May 20 Put On Purple Day (POP) to support lupus patients, research and funding.

May 21 “Hit Lupus Hard” Title Boxing Club (Fishers location) 3rd Party Fundraiser.  Registration at 1:30 p.m.; boxing at 2:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Lupus Foundation of Indiana.

May 24 Indianapolis “Living with Lupus” seminar,  6-8 p.m. (lupus.org/indiana for details)

June 19 – 21 Lupus Foundation of America National Conference, Indianapolis

June 30 A Tasteful Affair benefitting Lupus Foundation of Indiana. Enjoy live and silent auction and delectable “tastes” of area restaurants. Park Tudor School’s Clowes Commons, 6–9 p.m.

July 23 Krazy Horse Krew “Rockin’ Purple 4 Lupus” Motorcycle Ride, Kokomo.

July 30 Purple With A Purpose Youth Event at Park Tudor School, 1–4 p.m.

October 1 Walk to End Lupus at Military Park, Indianapolis


May 1 – May 7

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF presented by Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, The Tarkington Theater TheCenterPresents.org Friday, May 6, Noon

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY, Tarkington Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts Carmel.IN.gov Saturdays, May 7–June 25, 8-11:30 am

CARMEL FARMERS MARKET, Center Green CarmelFarmersMarket.com Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

DRAWN TO THE DISTRICT, Carmel Arts & Design District CarmelArtsAndDesign.com Saturday, May 14 & June 11, 5-9 p.m. GALLERY WALK,

Saturday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON presented by The Indiana Wind Symphony, The Palladium TheCenterPresents.org

Sunday, June 5, 3 p.m.

GARRICK OHLSSON & TCHIKOVSKY presented by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Palladium TheCenterPresents.org

Carmel Arts & Design District

Friday, May 27, 2016, 9 a.m.

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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY, Veterans Memorial Plaza

GAITHER VOCAL BAND, The Palladium

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TheCenterPresents.org

Saturday, May 14, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND presented by Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, The Tarkington Theater TheCenterPresents.org

Saturday, May 28 - Sunday, May 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. DRAWN TO THE

DISTRICT, Carmel Arts & Design District CarmelArtsAndDesign.com

Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m.

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, The Palladium TheCenterPresents.org Friday, May 20

BIKE TO WORK DAY, Carmel.in.gov

Wednesdays, June 1 - 29, 7:30 p.m. GAZEBO SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, Gazebo at Carmel City Hall, Visit CarmelGazeboConcerts.org for a schedule of performers Saturday, June 4, 18 & 25, 6-9 p.m. JAZZ ON THE MONON,

Carmel Arts & Design District Friday, May 20, 8 p.m.

AN EVENING WITH PAUL ANKA, The Palladium TheCenterPresents.org

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Sunday, June 12, 3 p.m.

June 17 – 22

THE TRIAL OF GOLDILOCKS presented by Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, The Tarkington Theater TheCenterPresents.org


Andrea McMath, PT, CLT Physical Therapist

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Welcome to our team! Andrea is a Physical Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. An expert in women’s health with more than 20 years of experience, Andrea brings an additional dimension of healing and optimal health opportunities to our patients and clients. Her specific clinical expertise includes: • Certified Lymphedema Therapist, working with breast cancer patients and survivors. • Myofascial Release, used in treatment of physical and emotional trauma, inflammatory response, poor posture, and complications resulting from surgery. • Pelvic Floor Treatment, for the treatment of: – Stress Incontinence – Urinary Frequency and Urgency – Painful Intercourse – Pelvic Pain • Craniosacral Therapy, utilized to aide in the treatment of: – Anxiety/Depression/Stress – Fibromyalgia/TMJ/Musculoskeletal issues (eg: neck/low back pain) – Migraines/Headaches – Central Nervous System Disorders – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Trauma • Healing Touch Therapy – a gentle, non-invasive method used to engage the practitioner’s and client’s energy fields to energize the human energy system in order to promote health and healing for mind, body, and spirit. B.A. Biology – Indiana University | B.A. Psychology – Indiana University B.S. Physical Therapy – Indiana University

To learn more about Andrea, visit our website at www.livingwithintention.biz

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An ideal Saturday for me is grabbing some delicious breakfast at Ginger’s Café and then hitting up all my favorite Noblesville shopping haunts downtown on the square.

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I love that so many of the store owners know me and of course my main shopping partner in crime, my mom Karen, by name. Each store has its own niche and something special to offer. From clothing boutiques to antique stores, eateries and eclectic specialty shops that boast one-of-akind fashions, gifts and décor, it’s no wonder why I love my hometown so much. I’m a proud American, proud Hoosier and proud to be from Noblesville. With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July around the corner, I wanted to give you some style inspiration for these upcoming holidays. Several of the items in this WWSW section are from some of the Noblesville boutiques I can’t get enough of: The Corner Cottage, Karisma, Giggle Gal Boutique and the Linden Tree. If you haven’t made your way to Noblesville, the county seat of Hamilton County, you’re missing out.

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RED WHITE AND BLUE By Susan Beckwith | Photos by Chris Whonsetler

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FASHION + FUNCTION SUSAN SAYS: I’m in and out of my car a lot for work so something I can move in is a must. This royal blue swing dress by Entro from The Corner Cottage fits the bill. Its relaxed fit makes it a wise choice for those marathon days of meetings and appointments. To keep it from leaning too casual, I like to add a fitted blazer like this one from Express and pairing with a nice pump. To take this look into the weekend, switch out the footwear for a great flat sandal, remove the blazer and opt for a less structured handbag.

PERFECT PAISLEY SUSAN SAYS: This beautiful lightweight paisley print En Crème top from The Corner Cottage is the epitome of comfort. Paired with my Old Navy red pixie pants, this easy breezy look is an ideal option for running errands or swinging by the Noblesville Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. I love the market because I can purchase lots of locally grown produce and find awesome deals on gorgeous flowers for my home.

STRIKING STAPLES SUSAN SAYS: My Portofino button-front blouse in fireengine red from Express makes me feel instantly chic. The sheer crepe fabric, point collar and convertible sleeves make this one of my favorite shirts to take from the office to a late-night dinner date with my husband. Having numerous pairs of staple work pants in my closet is essential because that’s what I wear most days. After laundering several times, clothes begin to lose their shape and luster. Last year, I went on a mission to find an affordable work trouser I could replace as often as necessary. My search stopped when I found the Worthington trouser pant from JC Penney. They come in a variety of colors and lengths including petite, which is perfect for my small frame. The best part about this fashionable, yet functional work look, is that all together it’s under a $100!

AMERICAN HIPPIE BOHEMIAN SUSAN SAYS: Channel your American spirit in this relaxed boho bell-sleeved top from Giggle Gal Boutique. Indiana weather can be unpredictable, so I love this shirt because it’s a wonderful transition piece. A smart choice on May days that are still a little chilly and the crochet detail on the sleeve is just too cute. You could easily pair this look with denim cutoffs and sandals. I like to wear it with my dark-wash Joe’s Jeans, Calvin Klein wedges, and red-and-white-striped bag from Karisma for more of a relaxed date night outfit.

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STARS & STRIPES I was in the market for a swimsuit that offered some extra coverage but wasn’t short on personality. I’m a fan of the retro-inspired suits so when I stumbled across this one from Kingdom & State, I was instantly smitten. I ordered online and received my swimsuit in less than a week. I also had a question on my order and their service team promptly replied that same day. Excellent customer service makes all the difference. So the countdown is on until I can throw my hair up in this great floppy hat from Charming Charlie’s, add some sunnies and sip some sweet tea from my fabulous monogrammed canteen from the Linden Tree.

ONE-PIECE EASE I purchased this sweetheart strapless NYDJ Jumpsuit by Maia to return to Miss Indiana for my 10-year anniversary. I ended up deciding on another option so I’m just itching for the opportunity to wear it. It’s a fun choice for either a date night on the town or a more formal wedding. The bold royal blue makes a statement and photographs beautifully. Fit is critical when it comes to jumpsuits. If it needs a little tailoring, don’t be intimidated. With some alterations, this one-piece look can be a no-fuss favorite that packs a lot of style. I usually opt not to wear a necklace so it doesn’t detract from the great neckline, but instead prefer gorgeous statement earrings. I complete this look with simple black ankle-strap stilettos and an oversized envelope clutch.

NAUTICAL & NICE Make waves with touches of nautical accessories and this adorable tank from Lily & Sparrow. Although not a Noblesville boutique, they are located right in Fishers and have just started carrying this line by good hYOUman. All good hYOUman products are proudly made in the United States. With White House Black Market white denim flares, Calvin Klein wedges and a striped navy cross-body bag, this look is nautical and nice! Find more of Susan’s style at belleofthemidwest.com.

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Peonies Story by Kelly McVey

My sisters Carla and Kari and I all have a passion for peonies. About seven years ago, we started gardening in earnest. What we found amazed us. We’ve grown different varieties, hosted peony tea parties and even passed down our infatuation to our daughters. There’s so much more to the peony than most women know — even if they love the flower. My goal is to educate women on the beauty of all the varieties. Who knows, maybe I’ll have a peony farm one day where women can come out and experience these magnificent blooms.

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Back to variety

Thousands of varieties of peonies grow around the world. These are just a few kinds you’ll find in my garden. With all of the colors and shapes, it’s hard to pick a favorite. The good thing is there are some to match any style, theme or decor. For each flower pictured, at right you’ll find the names, bloom types and notes of interest.

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Coral Charm

Mother’s Choice

SEMI DOUBLE

DOUBLE

Great cut flower.

Creamy white. Gorgeous cut flower.

Sarah Bernhardt DOUBLE

Most beautiful cut flower.

Easy Going SINGLE

Lot of bright blooms.

Mrs F.D. Roosevelt DOUBLE

Light pink. Lovely cut flower.


Green Halo

Pink Venus

Festiva Maxima

Border Charm

BOMB

SEMI DOUBLE

DOUBLE

ITOH/HIGHBRED

Small unique flower. Dwarfish bush for landscape.

Lovely cut flower. Turns colors — bright pink to light pink.

One of the oldest types. Voluptuous cut flower. Very fragrant.

Beautiful for landscape. Delicate style for cut flower

Red Charm

Cytherea

Martha W.

DOUBLE

DOUBLE

SINGLE

Beautiful red cut flower.

Prim, pretty cut flower.

Miss America

Lois

Generous blooms. Good for landscape.

SEMI DOUBLE

BOMB

Beautiful cut. Very unique white.

Showy blooms and color in landscape.

Julia Rose ITOH/HIGHBRED

Beautiful for landscape. Striking cut flower.

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Overheard Q-&-A

Here are answers to the most common questions I hear about Indiana’s special flower:

Q | WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT THE ANTS? A | Yes, peonies attract ants, but I’ve seen more bugs on my sunflowers, dahlias and zinnias. I don’t have a problem with the ants, mostly because they show up early in the bud stage when the peony bud is still hard. Once it blooms, most of the ants are gone. To get rid of the remaining ants, I dunk the whole flower in cool water and swirl it around a little bit. Q | DO PEONIES ONLY COME IN PINK, WHITE AND RED? A | No! There are thousands of varieties of peonies in different shapes and many colors, not only white, pink and red, but also yellow, peach and purple. The shapes can be “singles” that look more like a poppy or “doubles,” which resemble huge garden roses. “Bombs” have a fluffy center and single petals around the outside. There are also semi-doubles, tree peonies and a fairly new variety called the itoh peony that is a combination of a regular peony (herbaceous) and a tree peony. Q | DO YOU HAVE TO PUT PEONIES IN A WIRE CAGE? A | What I have found is that every peony plant is different. Depending on the size of the bloom and the type of stem, you don’t always need to use a cage. In fact, I never use a cage on my peonies. For example, the Do Tell peony is an awesome landscape bush because the flowers are lightweight, sit up nicely on the bush and have many blooms, but they don’t make for the best cut flowers. The Miss America peony isn’t the best landscape bush because the stem twists and shoots out far from the bush so the flowers droop more, but it makes an amazing cut flower. The Coral Charm has heavy stems and large flowers. Its stems will not droop, so they make a nice landscape plant, and they work beautifully as a cut flower. Q | HOW LONG DO PEONY BLOOMS LAST? A | Peonies have different bloom times — early, mid and late. If you plant a good variety, you can enjoy blooms from mid May to the end of June. In my peony garden, I have approximately 30 varieties and 100 bushes; what is showcased here is a small sampling. If you have any peony questions, please feel free to email Kit and we can help get you some answers. Thank you for allowing me to share my passion! PICTURED, TOP LEFT DOWN: Mother’s Choice, Do Tell, Red Charm, Coral Charm, Sarah Bernhardt, Miss America, Julia Rose, Red Charm

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Inspiring Health


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ENTERTAINING: ROLL OUT THE RED FOR EVERY OCCASION

I love to entertain family and friends. Over the years, we have hosted chili cook-offs, race parties, graduations, Christmas parties — you name it. For me, a common thread at a lot of parties has been the color red. The vibrant shade represents so many occasions, which makes it perfect for decorating. Sticking to one main color makes it simple to modify your spread on the table, deck or yard from one occasion to the next. To pursue this color-centric method, start collecting red items now, and then mix and match things you've amassed through the years. Add event-specific touches for each party to give it a fresh, personal touch. Scotch plaid coolers are some of my favorite accessories. Use various sizes to hold drinks, chips, a floral bouquet or utensils. With summer around the corner, you'll be more than ready to host your next BBQ or low country boil! Text by Becky Freimuth | Photos by Chris Whonsetler

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PARTY FAVORS: Add event-specific details so your theme rings clear and stays fun. These studious desserts from Sweet Peas Cake Pops & Treats are perfect for a graduation. Use glass jars year round!

CHALK IT UP: Keep chalkboards on hand for decorating to add a happy little message or to label food items. Look for a self-standing version if you can find one.

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DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE 'B' WORD. You're the boss of your budget. Or we can just call it a spending plan. There. Much better. By Brooke Reynolds | Illustrations by Jolene Harbach

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With a few painless adjustments to the way you live, you’ll be surprised by how much money you can save. Ericka Young, an independent financial coach at Tailor-Made Budgets, offers tips you can use every single day.

Groceries

Use cash to keep your fridge stocked. “We spend 12-18 percent less using cash, and it is finite,” Young says. “When we use any kind of plastic (debit or credit), we don’t feel the purchase and are likely to add in extra items not on the list.” Keep this in mind: Do go into the grocery store with a list. Don't go in hungry. And be discriminating with coupons and deals. Is the coupon or deal offering something you really need or use regularly? If not, skip it.

Clothing

Young suggests “shopping” your own closet first. Take inventory of what you have to see what is missing, worn or in need of repair, and then make a list of only the needed items. That way, you will shop with a purpose and will hopefully avoid buying random clothes you know won’t add value to your closet. Warning: Clothing sales can be a money-spending trap if you’re not smart about how you approach them. Be a savvy shopper by waiting for the end-of-the-season sales. Opposite-season purchases are especially fun because the clothes are new when you buy them and new again when you actually bust them out to wear them!

Gas

It’s easy to forget that driving is money, and even driving short distances add up. So plan ahead, thinking about where you are heading and how you can make the most of each driving trip. Bonus points: Take advantage of grocery store programs that earn you points toward gas. “Many people are able to save up to $1 per gallon simply by shopping at the store that gives them gas points,” Young says. GasBuddy's Heat Map will help you choose destinations

with cheaper gas, while apps like iGasUp point you to stations with the lowest prices in real time.

Entertainment

Sticking to a savings plan doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Get creative! Dine in, use Redbox, host potlucks with friends and use daily deal websites, such as Groupon, to get steep discounts on new-to-you activities. Restaurant savvy: It’s an unfortunate fact that Americans tend to overspend on dining out. If you have young kids, remedy this a little by visiting kidsmealdeals. com to learn about restaurants in your area that offer discounted or free kids meals. Determine where you’ll celebrate birthdays by first browsing the freebie listings on freebirthdaymeals.org.

Pets

“Pets are family, but we don’t need to indulge as much as we do,” Young says. Dote on your furkids, but keep it within your means! Take your pets for routine checkups and shots at the veterinary practice of a local animal shelter, as regularly scheduled vet visits save money throughout a pet’s life. And when Fido needs pharmaceutical care, don’t purchase the meds through your vet. Instead, get them through your own prescription plan. Filling their bowls: Save money on pet food and treats by buying in bulk or online through amazon.com or petfooddirect.com. You might also find that you enjoy making your pet's meals at home. This costeffective option is also a way to be lovingly aware of the ingredients your dog or cat is consuming (or not consuming).

Savings

“Always keep a cushion in your checking account, and pay yourself first,” Young advises. A general rule of thumb is to save 20 percent, pay your bills with 50 percent and use the remaining 30 percent for lifestyle choices. “Save up savings equal to six months of income in case something comes up where you can’t work,” says Phil Byers, financial advisor for Raymond James. He also suggests participating in your employer’s 401(k)/403(b) matching program, if they have one, to consistently save for retirement with a little boost from your employer. It's never too late! Remember to save on your kids’ behalf, too. Utilize a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan for a flexible, smart way to stow away money for college. This savings plan will make your wallet happy, too, because residents of Indiana can receive a tax credit with any contribution. Any money put into a 529 plan would come out taxfree as long as it’s used for collegerelated expenses for the beneficiary.


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Slip into something more revealing. Tis the season to show off your toes' favorite shade of polish. What's new in casual sandals, pretty heels and easy-to-wear wedges will take you anywhere the warm weather lures you — lake house, wedding, backyard BBQ — you name it! We promise there’s a shoe or two just for you.

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Summer Stilettos

For dressy events, go high. A neutral patent leather has staying power for seasons to come. For a statement shoe, dress like a lady in a print dripping with flowers, or rally your sexy side in bright blue suede. A | Nude-pink stilettos pair with dresses, jumpsuits or a silky pants outfit. Michael Kors, $135, Macy’s B | Accessorize floral, pastel and white summer dresses with flower-packed heels. Chinese Laundry, $89, Macy’s

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C | Trend alert: suede, lace-up sandals! Vince Camuto gladiator sandal in Riviera, $129 at Macy’s

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Vacation-Proof Sandals

Beach sandals should be easy to take on and off, able to get wet, and bump up the style of your swimsuit/coverup ensemble. Wear them later with casual dresses, pants and shorts.

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A | This pretty pair won’t absorb water at the beach or pool so they stay minty fresh. Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly, $50, Von Maur B | These tredy suede sandals in a light neutral color gives a Boho vibe to summer casual clothing. Report Latte Fringe, $40 at Von Maur. C | Sporty, go-everywhere slides work for just about any casual summer activity. Michael Kors, $49, Macy’s A

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Dimensional Flats

Keep your favorite low soles on the soulful side. Metal accents, bright color or a little bling do the trick. These are perfect with maxi dresses, summer pants and white jeans. A | You can have it all with these comfortable, on-trend flip-flops. Giani Bernini Racchel sandals in New Coral, $59.50 at Macy’s

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B | The Italian Shoemakers Broseley Crystal Sandal brings new meaning to the flip flop with sparkle and elegance. $59 at Von Maur. C | A bold gold leaf embellishment makes these jewelry for your feet. Carlos by Carlos Santana Laverne sandal in Kork, $59, Macy’s

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For you nonbelievers, let us affirm: wedges with an ankle strap can be a more comfortable alternative to stilettos when you need to dress up on a hot day. Espadrilles — think cotton or burlap — look better with casual dresses, jeans, pants or shorts, while cork wedges can be more readily dressed up.

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A | This white wedge keeps it light and bright with gold studs. Sofft Cassie sandal, $100, Von Maur B | Get wrapped up in tall espadrilles. Wear them all summer and into early fall. Roxy espadrille, $59, Von Maur C | The snakeskin pattern and white "sneaker" sole make this shoe a winner. Nine West Gronigen sandal, $99, Von Maur

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They kiss our wounds, slice our PB&Js just right and know the perfect thing to say or do to make everything better. Let's face it: Moms are superheros. Here are a few gift ideas to tell the mama in your life you love her. Be sure to check us out on social media for even more gift ideas.

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Charmed i'm sure

Custom-order your and your siblings’ names on these dainty charms for the ultimate charm necklace. Price upon request, Smith's Jewelers, smithsonthesquare.com

Math not your strong suit? These handy magnets list all measurement equivalents so you’ll never have to rely on a guesstimate again! $6.99 each, Allisonville Nursery, allisonvillegarden.com

CLEAN YOUR PLATE

"One Pan, Two Plates" offers great meals for weeknights ($24.95). "The Gardener & The Grill" is perfect for festive, summer dinners ($20). Silver in the City, silverinthecity.com

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

SMELL THE ROSES

GET ENOUGH REST

This 100% organic cotton, hand-embroidered pillow is a fun statement piece for Mom's couch. $168, Linden Tree, lindentreegifts.com

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Bridgewater Candle Company provides three meals to a child with each candle purchase. The "sweet grace" scent is delicious. $32, Karisma, karismaboutique shop.com

Designer Brooke Gregson says each piece in her collection inspires passion and emotion. Price upon request,Robert Goodman, robertgoodmanjewelers.com


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The handsome Daniel Wellington watch is perfect for the hard-to-buy-for Mom. Price upon request, Robert Goodman, robertgoodmanjewelers.com

MOMMY TIME

Help her untangle the differences between reds, whites, sweets and dries with "Win Folly," the essentials to wine tasting. $25, Allisonville Nursery, allisonvillegarden.com

ONE IS ENOUGH

Keep your mother happy, one scoop at a time with this adorable candy dish. $22, Linden Tree, lindentreegifts.com

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For your homegrown, Indiana mom, this Hoosier mama towel will not disappoint. It features some of the best spots from all over our beautiful state. $24, Delaney's Shoppe, delaneysshop.com

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Step up your card game with these gorgeous paper products. Sometimes you have to step out of the mainstream stores to say it best. $6.95 each, Oliver's Twist, oliverstwistpaper.com

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These beautiful rings will tug at Mom's heartstrings. Perfect for stacking to represent all her loved ones’ birthdays. Price upon request, Smith's Jewelers, smithsonthesquare.com

For the woman who inspired you throughout the years, these pillows are great indoors or for outdoor patios and sunrooms. $40 each, McNamara, mcnamaraflorist.com

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I’m pretty sure I remember every great cake I have ever eaten. Growing up in a small Indiana town, we didn’t have access to great bakeries. My grandparents, however, lived in Chicago, and for birthdays and holidays they would bring the most wonderful cakes I have ever eaten. Purchased from a bakery in the Loop, the exquisite desserts were called “atomic” cakes, and I believe they were regional. 60 kitindy.com September + October 2015

What I loved most about these cakes of my childhood was the fresh whipped-cream frosting. It’s impossible to guess how many cakes I have made in my lifetime, but it is true that my preferred choice is for fillings and frostings that are made with whipped cream. Cream-based, these are simple to make and forgiving to work with. The cream adds a fresh dimension to the cake itself that is bound to please. The “fresh” can be

the downfall, however — it must be refrigerated. Additionally, time is of the essence because a cake with these types of icings should be served within 12 hours if you decorate and intend to use it as a show piece.


take the cake THESE GORGEOUS CAKES WILL BE SHOW STOPPERS AT YOUR NEXT EVENT. Photos and Recipes by Katherine Costello

Another marvelous cake coating is Italian buttercream. It is sturdy and luscious, but can be tricky to make. Recently I found these two new recipes that quicken the job, without compromising taste and texture. One is the simple addition of freezedried strawberries to your sweetened whipped cream; it provides a great flavor as well as a stabilizer so that the frosting, when done, will hold its shape.

The other is a “quickie, faux/imitation buttercream” and is made with marshmallow fluff or marshmallow cream. Before you balk at the idea, consider that this recipe eliminates meringue-beating and the sugar going to the cracking point. This one is easy, fun and saves time. The three cake recipes I’ve included here can be made ahead of time, so you only have to add the finishing

garnishments the day of show. The Almond Butter Cake is great for any time of day. You can serve it with whipped cream as well, of course, but it’s not necessary. I have adapted a recipe from a family friend who recently passed. She was one of my culinary heroes, and I come from a family of foodies, so that is quite a distinguished honor.

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Almond butter cake ALMOND BUTTER CAKE

/2 cup unsalted butter (softened) 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 11/2 cups cake flour 1 /2 cup sifted almond flour 1 /2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup slivered almonds (reserve 3/4 cup for topping) 1 /2 teaspoon almond extract 3 /4 cup pistachio nut milk (regular or almond will do) 1

FOR ALMOND TOPPING

3 /4 cup slivered almonds 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 tablespoons corn syrup

DRIZZLE

1 cup powdered sugar 1 /4 cup nut milk 1 drop almond extract 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2 For the cake, in a large bowl cream butter and sugar with hand or stand mixer. Add eggs 1 at a time, scraping the bowl after each, mixing until fluffy. In a separate bowl, sift flours, salt and baking powder, and set aside. 3 Puree 1/4 cup of the almonds and the extract with the nut milk. 4 Gradually alternate adding in the flour and milk mixtures to the butter/sugar mixture beating on low, alternating between flour and milk mixtures (about 3 times). Spread into a prepared (parchment lined and sprayed) 9-inch cake pan. Bake for 35 minutes, carefully checking for the top of the cake to spring back when touched with your finger. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes in the pan on a rack, and then carefully invert cake onto rack until completely cool.

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5 For the topping, while the cake is cooling, toast the almonds in a saucepan over medium heat until their color develops. Add the melted butter and corn syrup; stir until combined. Spread on top of the cooled cake. 6 Blend together the drizzle ingredients and then drizzle over the cake. Slice and serve.

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY CAKE CHOCOLATE CAKE

3 ounces dark chocolate, melted 2 cups cake flour 1 /2 teaspoon salt 11/2 teaspoons baking soda 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 11/2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 /4 cup milk 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2 Melt chocolate in the microwave, checking and stirring about every 7 seconds; set aside and let cool. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda and set aside. 3 In a large bowl, beat the butter until soft; add brown sugar and beat on high for 3 minutes. Add eggs in a slow stream, carefully scraping the bowl as you add them. Add vanilla and then slowly add the chocolate; mix for about 30 seconds. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to the butter/sugar mixture. 3 Pour into a prepared (parchment lined and sprayed) 10-inch cake pan. Bake for approximately 30 minutes; cake should spring back when touched with your finger. Remove from the oven and let cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan on a rack; when cool invert on a rack to cool completely.


CHOCOLATE GANACHE

(Prepare about 30 minutes prior to assembly) /3 cup heaving whipping cream 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

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1 Bring heavy cream to a boil, and cook about 2 minutes. Add chocolate, letting it sit for about 5 minutes and then stirring until smooth. Let cool, occasionally stirring, until it is thicker but still pourable (about 30 minutes).

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FREEZE DRIED STRAWBERRY WHIPPED CREAM

4 pints heavy whipping cream 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 11/2-ounce package freeze-dried strawberries (I like to crush mine in the bag) 1 quart fresh strawberries (to slice garnish) 1 Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla; continue to whip until combined. Gently fold in dried strawberries.

CAKE ASSEMBLY

1 Carefully slice the cake layer horizontally in half. Work with the bottom piece first. Fill a pastry bag with the strawberry whipped cream. Cut a hole at the tip of the bag (about the 3/4-inch size). Pipe strawberry cream around the outside of the cake. Arrange enough sliced strawberries to fill top of the cake layer, and then pipe and cover the layer with the strawberry cream, reserving about half of it to cover the cake. Carefully place the other layer (top side up) on top; gently press down. Cover the cake with remaining cream. Chill. Arrange the remaining strawberries on top and drizzle the ganache down the sides of the cake.

LEMON BUTTERCREAM CAKE

lemon buttercream cake

LEMON SYRUP

1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 tablespoons corn syrup 2 lemons, sliced into 1/4-inch slices 1 /2 cup coarse sugar (granulated works fine as well) 1 Place sugar, water and corn syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Reduce to medium heat; add sliced lemons and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the lemon slices and drain, reserving the syrup for the cake and buttercream. Let the lemons dry out a bit, and then sprinkle both sides with coarse sugar.

LEMON BUTTERCREAM

32 ounces marshmallow cream 3 cups unsalted butter (cut into 1-inch pieces) 2 /3 cup lemon juice 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest 1 cup powdered sugar 3 tablespoons reserved lemon syrup 1 Beat the marshmallow cream using an electric mixer set on low; mix in the butter and beat until smooth. Mix in the lemon juice and zest; and then powdered sugar. Continue to beat on medium-high, and then add the syrup in a slow stream. Check consistency; you may not need all of the syrup.

CAKE & ASSEMBLY

2 9-inch prepared vanilla butter cake rounds (I use a cake mix. It’s easy and the texture works. Follow directions on box.) 1 Slice each layer in half horizontally. Start with bottom layer and brush with lemon syrup. Fill a pastry bag with the lemon buttercream . Cut a hole at the tip of the bag (about the 3/4-inch size). Pipe around the edge and fill with buttercream. Continue with each layer in the same fashion. Spread the buttercream on the cake exterior, creating a crumb seal. Chill for about 20 minutes. 2 Using a large star tip, fill your bag with the remaining buttercream, and pipe vertically from top to bottom of the cake. Pipe small rosettes on the top of the cake. Cut the reserved sugared lemon slices into small triangle pieces, and garnish the rosettes.

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