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KICK OFF THE YEAR ON A HIGH NOTE! Add these top things to see, hear and do around the region to your 2018 calendar.

Music & Entertainment

Arts & Culture

A Raisin in the Sun January 10 - February 3

Don’t miss this inspiring 1959 play by Lorraine Hansberry about the Younger family. They dream of a better life in the green, sunny suburbs, but when opportunity comes along, will they agree on the best route to get there? And will the gates be open to them? Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, (317) 635-5252,

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous January 14, 10 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire In Concert January 11 & 14

Head to Hilbert Circle Theatre — one of downtown Indy’s most beloved historical sites — for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform John Williams’ incredible score as the fourth Harry Potter film simultaneously projects onto the screen. Hilbert Circle Theatre, (317) 639-4300,

Due to popular demand, this former Saturday Night Live writer will be performing two shows in Indianapolis. Tickets are still available for the late show, which starts at 10 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to catch this hilarious comedian on his current tour. Old National Centre, (317) 231-0000,

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee February 2-18

Easton Corbin January 12

Singer-songwriter Easton Corbin makes his Palladium debut. The hit-maker’s 2010 debut album sent two singles (A Little More Country Than That and Roll with It) to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, making him the first male artist in 17 years with back-to-back No. 1 hits. The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; (317) 843-3800;


In this Tony Awardwinning musical, six quirky adolescents compete in the fictional Putnam County Spelling Bee. They candidly disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives. Be on your toes, though — four audience members will be pulled to the stage to compete alongside the six young characters! Studio Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Green, Carmel; (317) 843-3800;

Indie Coffee Roasters: Opening Day January

Indie Coffee Roasters is Carmel’s newest coffee shop and roastery. Named for the owners’ pup, Indie, the coffee shop features handmade, roasted-toorder, grassroots coffee. Indie Coffee Roasters, 220 E. Main St., Carmel; (317) 993-3443;

Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15

To honor King’s vision of what could be achieved through nonviolent protests, several museums around the city are offering free admission. Visit Conner Prairie, Eiteljorg Museum, The Children’s Museum, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society for special exhibitions and performances highlighting African-American stories.

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Art & Soul February 1-28

Kicking off Black History Month is Art & Soul, an annual celebration of African-American art and artists in Indiana. The month-long event features a diverse lineup of music, storytelling, dance and visual art. All performances are free, open to the public, and begin at 12:15 p.m. Indianapolis Artsgarden, 110 W. Washington St., Indianapolis; (317) 631-3301;

Museum by Moonlight February 10, 8 p.m.-midnight

Grown-ups 21 and older go on a play date inside the world’s largest children’s museum. Explore five floors of exhibits, visit the cash bar, and refuel with free food samples from local restaurants. Early-bird tickets are $65/person; proceeds benefit The Children’s Museum Fund. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St.; (317) 334-4000;

Valentine’s Day for All: Date Night February 14, 6-9 p.m.

Make this the most creative stop on your evening out! Enjoy artist-led art projects for two; live performances by local musicians, writers, and performers; a wine and beer bar; and hors d’oeuvres. This quirky, artsy event is perfect for couples, double dates, and even mother-daughter dates. It’s easy on the wallet, too — each activity is only $10/couple.

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream

The Cat in the Hat

January 17-21

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, this play is the perfect rainy-day activity. The classic tale leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance. Will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 made?

Your little ones will witness some inspiring Disney girl power with the adventures of heroines Moana, Cinderella, Belle and more! This fun-filled show is a treat for the whole family. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; (317) 917-2727;

Make and Take: Valentines February 3, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Swing by Garfield Park Conservatory for a fun, Saturday morning activity. For only $5 per child, your kiddos can make Valentine’s Day cards and gifts from natural materials. Afterward, the whole family can explore the 10,000-square-foot conservatory. Garfield Park Conservatory, Indianapolis; (317) 327-7184;

Koteewi Run Seasonal Snow Tubing Through February 25

This winter, head to Koteewi Run, central Indiana’s only groomed snow-tubing hill. Definitely pause before the 700-foot plunge to enjoy the natural beauty of Strawtown Koteewi Park. (And they say Indiana is flat.) Tubing tickets start at $25, and $20 for children 12 and under.

Hearthside Suppers January 11 - March 11

Indy Taco Week for Second Helpings February 19-25

The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; (317) 843-3800; thecenterfor

Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes, Noblesville; (317) 776-9199;

Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. 8th St., Noblesville; (317) 452-3690;

Indy Taco Week is a sevenday celebration of — you guessed it — tacos. Local restaurants and chefs team up to offer dozens of ways with folded tortillas. At half price, you will have plenty of dough leftover for refried beans and a beer. This week-long event is also a fundraiser for Second Helpings. Check the website for participating restaurants.

February 21 - March 1

Reconnecting to Our Waterways: Art and Science Adventure – Rocks, Ice and Snow, Oh My! February 10, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Join Reconnecting to Our Waterways for the latest Art and Science Adventure. This event focuses on Fall Creek, the specific geology it has, and the history of ice and snow and how they affect the environment. Following lunch, a dancer will lead a movement activity.

Join costumed interpreters for an evening of 19thcentury food and cooking techniques. Churn butter, grind coffee or prepare vegetables while learning about proper etiquette. After helping prep the meal, dine by candlelight, and enjoy parlor games and dessert. Tickets start at $60 for adults, and $60 for youth ages 10 and up. Conner Prairie, Fishers; (317) 7766000;


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LET’S TRY NEW THINGS & CHEER MORE WOMEN I love hitting the restart button and taking time to think about what I want to work on and accomplish at the beginning of each new year. While setting goals comes pretty naturally to me, I never really focus on the fun things that I want to do over the 12 months. But consistently looking forward to a new experience can be exhilarating. This year, I set dates for the top 5 new things that I want to get out and do in 2018. Here they are:

IT’S A DATE: 1 | JANUARY: Begin taking regular yoga classes. 2 | MARCH: Visit Washington, D.C., with my husband, Mike. (History geeks.) 3 | MAY: Go on bourbon tours in Kentucky during Derby month. 4 | JUNE: Take a class on floral arranging as everything starts to bloom. 5 | AUGUST: Travel to LA to see my daughter, and then up to the Bay Area to visit more family and friends.

The Kit staff also discussed the new year and the top things we’d like to focus on as a team. Over the course of our brainstorming and conversations, it became clear that one thing we all want to do in 2018 is showcase more local women! We came to a unanimous decision: 2018 is the year to celebrate women: business owners, community leaders, working moms, goal achievers, artists, stylists and so many more. One area we will be focusing on in particular is women who give back to our communities — women who see a need and do what they can to help, and women who inspire all of us to be better people. We want to celebrate them in a big way, so stay tuned for future issues to learn more about our special celebration for Women Making a Difference. Do you know a woman who is giving back? Someone who deserves to be recognized? Please provide us with her story by going to the Women Making a Difference tab at Nominations will be accepted from January through July. We will honor the finalists during our inaugural Women Making a Difference event on September 20, 2018. The finalists will also be featured in Kit’s “Give Back” issue in November+December of 2018. I am looking forward to becoming acquainted with an amazing group of women in 2018!


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Tell us about remarkable women making a difference in their communities through volunteer efforts or through involvement with an established volunteer program. We are also looking for a high school girl who deserves to be recognized for her involvement in her community. Nominations begin February 1 and must be received by July 23. Finalists will be notified by August 10th. To nominate go to and the tab Women Making A Difference (WMD). Three finalists will be selected and a winner will be announced at Kit’s inaugural event on September 20th, 2018. The winner will be showcased in the November+December issue of Kit.





By Susan Beckwith | Photo by CarisDesign


LOVERS OF LIPSTICK, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU. LOCAL LIFESTYLE BLOGGER AND CERTIFIED ETIQUETTE COACH SUSAN BECKWITH DISHES ON HER FAVORITE LIPSTICK HUE AND WHEN TO OPEN THAT TUBE. Elizabeth Taylor famously said, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” I put on my makeup early in the day, so I skip the drink, but with that one caveat, Liz’s line is one of my life mottoes. When I’m having an off day, one inexpensive way I treat myself is with a new tube of lipstick. It’s a great pick-me-up that helps me feel more ready to face the day and look good while tackling it. My current favorite winter shade is Crushed Berry by Mary Kay. It’s a highly pigmented matte lipstick in a violet-red tone.

THE RULES OF APPLICATION While we’re on the subject, let’s review the etiquette of applying lipstick at the dinner table. It’s ideal to do personal grooming in private. However, it’s OK to apply lipstick when in the company of personal friends or relatives, and when dining in a casual environment. Avoid reapplying your favorite tint at more sophisticated restaurants or during any sort of business function.

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I am counting down the days to our annual family ski trip, and this outfit from Sweet M’s Boutique in Carmel will definitely be tucked inside my luggage. Leggings provide the ultimate comfort, whether it’s traveling in the car, lounging by the fire in the ski lodge or chasing after my toddler. Though I’m petite, I have a long torso so I’m a definite fan of the longer length of this turtleneck tunic as well as black faux fur-lined vest. Plus, if you’re like me and love the look of Sperrys or L.L. Bean duck boots but don’t want to spend so much money, this pair from Sweet M’s has a similar vibe at a fraction of the cost.


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You can’t keep a good print down. Patterned wallpaper has been gaining popularity in recent years, and we’re all about it. Its fresh comeback is the perfect addition to bring character to your space. These modern, bold patterns are printed right here in Indianapolis at Inhabit, where they do custom pieces as well. Dream up endless options to match your level of boldness. Photos by Chris Whonsetler



Feel the good vibes with this bold pattern featuring “hand-drawn” pluses. The paper comes in multiple color options. This charcoal/copper combo feels super inviting. Plus wallpaper, $3 (sample) to $140,


The fine lines and curves on this paper help the oversized pattern dance. A black/brown variation hits on the hot wall color for 2018: black. But we love this sophisticated, classic putty and matte gold mix. Rhythm wallpaper, $3 (sample) to $140,


TRY THE TREND It’s a new year, so put something new on your walls. To help ease any wallpaper fears you may have, we spoke with Inhabit owner Jennifer Masten for a few tips of the trade.


What’s the best way to work the modern wallpaper trend?


What are you seeing in design, application or placement?

Use it sparingly and have fun. Bold accent walls are the best way to use it — no need to paper an entire room.

Fun, bold designs. Bold accent walls, poppy powder rooms, stair treads. I’m a DIY’er. What tools are needed to hang wallpaper?

I typically recommend hiring a professional. But if you want to try it out yourself, here is what you would need: Smoothing brush, seam roller, very sharp utility or X-acto knife, tape measure, cutting edge and a spray bottle. Hardware stores have a kit you can purchase with all needed tools.


If you’re not ready to commit to a big change, try something ultra-modern but barely patterned. This ones fits the bill. Kaleidoscope wallpaper, $3 (sample) to $58, inhabitliving. com


How about some tips for hanging wallpaper?


What sets Inhabit apart as far as wallpaper goes?

Plan ahead and measure twice, cut once. Also, don’t worry if you see a few bubbles when done, they will dry down.

Our bold, modern designs are designed and printed here in Indy. You can pick custom colors with low minimums, and we use a high-quality, PVC-free material.

Check out Inhabit on 211 S. Ritter Ave., Indianapolis. Masten and her team have a lot more than just wallpaper, and their showroom is an inspiration in itself.





this one’s for the girls


When women come alongside women, there isn’t much we can’t do. Case in point, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a group fueling bold and transformative philanthropy through grants made to organizations improving conditions for women and girls. In 2000, Women’s Fund developed the OPTIONS program, an initiative created to engage women ages 25-45 in a meaningful exploration of philanthropy. Each year, 20 ladies are selected to meet once a month for 10 months and participate in educational sessions and site visits to charitable organizations. OPTIONS participants also make a personal charitable contribution of at least $300. At the end of the year, the class distributes the funds to organizations they feel are making a difference. To learn more, we spoke with two OPTIONS alumnae, Kristen Sobczak, a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, and Jimia Smith, Vice President and Marketing Director for the Carmel City Center.


Why is being a philanthropic leader important to you?

KRISTEN: Service to community was instilled in me from a very young age, and I’ve always enjoyed volunteering. Now, as a parent, it’s important that I lead by example to instill that same value of service in my children. JIMIA: I want to impact change in our community, especially for girls and women. It’s important to instill these values in my children, too, so they won’t be passive bystanders for affecting change.



How did OPTIONS help you become a more philanthropic leader? KRISTEN: It helped me understand how to be a more effective philanthropic leader, not just a volunteer. We focused intensely on real systemic issues impacting women and girls in this community and learned how to focus our contributions in a way that can create meaningful and lasting change. JIMIA: OPTIONS allowed me to experience firsthand how their contributions support women who are becoming self-sufficient and teaching girls about self-development. It also taught me how to be thoughtful in creating a personal philanthropy plan that’s aligned with my goals and passion.


What value did the program add to your life?

KRISTEN: I loved that this program brought together women from all walks of life with a diversity of experience and perspectives. It was inspiring to be around a group so dedicated to improving, strengthening and supporting women and girls in our community. JIMIA: The OPTIONS program has really taught me to be more aware of what I can offer to help organizations financially and through volunteering. Professionally, it’s allowed me to network with other women and bounce ideas off them.


What was the best part of the program?

KRISTEN: The site visits. Not only did they highlight the critically important work these organizations are doing, but it also served to bring the issue to life. It is one thing to hear or read about domestic violence, but it’s another to visit the Julian Center and meet survivors and staff. JIMIA: I absolutely loved the site visits! Getting the opportunity to tour the facilities and meet the staff helped us truly understand their mission and challenges, and see how they continue to push through to continue empowering women and girls to reach their potential.


What would you tell someone considering the OPTIONS program? KRISTEN: It’s an incredible experience and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a way to be a change agent in their community. JIMIA: Go to the OPTIONS information session. The program is truly transformative and a great opportunity to meet like-minded but diverse women with the same mission to offer women and girls more access and options to opportunities to achieve economic well-being. For more information about OPTIONS and Women’s Fund, or contact Wendy McNamar at

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The holiday season is often a time of reflection and consideration of how you want to grow as a person over the coming year. During the hubbub of family gatherings, managing year-end business and looking back on the last 12 months, many people come to realize that the new year might bring about unprecedented change, even divorce. Let’s be clear: The dissolution of marriage can be positive if it results in the spouses improving themselves personally and productively. If 2018 might include the dissolution of your current marriage, January and February are optimal times to prepare. On the heels of the year’s end and before tax time, you can be proactive. For friends or family members who might be facing a divorce, this information will arm you to be a stronger shoulder to lean on in the future.

for Your 1 Prepare Children’s Transition

If you have children, they are your most important consideration. Start planning now so they may have a smooth transition. In addition to factors that are singular to your personal situation, the ages of your kids; their educational, mental and social development; and their activities will play into what resources will be beneficial for each child. Carve out time now to consider these factors, write down a list of the people involved in their lives, and begin to build a plan that includes the best professionals, educators and circumstances available for each of your children. (You may need to contact professionals now to timely set appointments.) Next, children benefit from having mentally and physically healthy parents. They look to you and your spouse as role models and will likely mimic the way you conduct yourself day to day. Your behavior provides cues for how the children should relate and interact with your spouse. Observing respectful, courteous interaction between parents during times of disagreement is a powerful, important lesson that will benefit your children in their future endeavors and relationships.


Gain Financial Clarity

In order to determine the level of financial support you will need, you must first gain a clearer understanding of the assets and liabilities (aka “property”) that make up your financial foundation. Indiana requires that all property be “divided between the spouses.” It is perfectly normal to not be fully aware of all the property or pieces that compose your financial portfolio — we see this every day. The good news is that the dissolution process affords you an opportunity to obtain 16

this information. However, it is helpful to begin now, well before the formal divorce process begins. Create a list of all the financial entities from which you or your spouse receives year-end information. Generally, by the end of January, financial institutions are required to issue documents reflecting income and expense information necessary for income tax filing. This can include everything from W-2 and 1099 forms reflecting wages and salaries, to interest paid on mortgages or student loans. These documents will be provided to you or your spouse via mail or email. If your spouse or you is self-employed, a K-1 form reflecting exact income distributions from any entity in which either of you has an ownership interest will be generated by the entity and supplied to the owner. Interest earned from accounts and dividends reinvested or paid on investments will also cause a tax form or year-end statement to be generated. All of these documents are part of your financial foundation. Whether you are contemplating dissolution or not, it is important to know your finances and how they are managed. So, keep your eyes open and note from which companies or institutions you receive tax information, account numbers, amounts received or interest paid. Since some may be provided by email or otherwise, be a participant in the reporting of income and expenses, and tax-filing preparation. Double check and cross-check the information you have collected at taxfiling time. Generally, personal income taxes must be filed or an extension sought by April 15. You will be required to sign or authorize an electronic signature before filing. Ask to see the prepared federal and state tax returns with the supporting attachments,

Leslie Craig Henderzahs (pictured) Jennifer C. Hughes Laura Stephan Ryan Church Church Hittle & Antrim Attorneys at Law 10765 Lantern Road, Suite 201 Fishers, IN 46038 317.773.2190 | schedules and statements before signing and before the returns are filed. Make a copy of each, and tuck it away with your important documents. This knowledge will empower you, and should a dissolution-action ensue, it will provide you with much of the information you will need. Finally, the earnings of each party can be considered and may result in you receiving more than 50 percent of the marital property.

3 Be the Best You Can Be

Consult professionals, resources or peers to help you progress into the next phase of your life. How will you move forward with the next week, month and year to better yourself, your family, perhaps your education or employment? As the new year begins, take time to identify what you want to do and how you want to grow, and then prioritize and plan for your most important goals. To be the best you can be, you must also be informed. The laws are always changing, especially as they relate to families and children. This legislative session may entertain bills relating to alimony, emancipation of children and college expenses. Be sure to consult an attorney who can navigate these changes competently and in whom you have trust and confidence. 2018 will be what you make it. Empower yourself with self-awareness and knowledge, and plan to forge ahead. Take comfort in knowing you proceeded respectfully, and strive for excellence.


A fresh start to the year is the perfect opportunity to experiment with your look and explore new forms of expression. These local experts have some simple TAPPING INTO PRETTY POSSIBILITIES IN 2018 suggestions for By Courtney Leach | Photos by Chris Whonsetler uncovering your best self in 2018 (or, at least, how to have a whole lot of fun branching out a bit).

TRY Layers

I am a layering queen. It adds so much texture and personality to an ensemble, but laying it on can be a bit intimidating. That's why I wanted to showcase how you can layer and have fun with different prints!

Wearing white

Incorporate white, cream and winter white into your look. The fashion "rules" don't always need to be followed. You can wear white after Labor Day!


One must always own something in sequins.

WHY? With this issue of Kit being about "trying something new," my biggest message would be to have fun with what you wear. It is a wonderful form of self-expression. And love your body — every inch. Purchase clothing that fits your body type. A good fit is the most flattering kind of fashion. And if you’re not sure what kind of clothing fits you best, that's what I'm here for. I love helping people feel beautiful in what they wear. Work hard at finding your own personal style and then own it! Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something you would never normally wear.

LAURA WALTERS OWNER AND STYLIST, STYLE RIOT As a little girl, Laura Walters would dress up in her grandmother’s vintage clothing. Her love of those kimonos and hats, plus the costume jewelry, silk gloves, furs and sequins, has only grown and evolved. Now, as the owner of Style Riot, she works as a fashion consultant and personal stylist to bring her fearless, bold concepts to the community (and you).



A bright, airy way to bring some spring to winter. John + Jenn sweater, $125 at Love Your Body Boutique Free People jean jacket, $148 at Love Your Body Boutique Maeve midi skirt, $98 at Anthropologie Eddie Boots by Sol Sana, $220 at Love Your Body Boutique




A perfect look for all day. From morning until night this ensemble will make quite the statement. Matison Stone coat, $248 at Anthropologie ett:twa kimono, $128 at Anthropologie Bella Dahl white blouse, $141 at Anthropologie The Abbey skinny jean, $178 at Anthropologie Sol Sana Tilda Mules, $135 at Love Your Body Boutique Chan luu necklace, $95 at Love Your Body Boutique Clutch, $78 at Anthropologie




A casual, fun and flirty look for running errands. Amadi sweater, $118 at Anthropologie Michael Stars striped top, $128 at Anthropologie Pilcro and the Letterpress jeans, $168 at Anthropologie Satya Jewelry necklace, $189 at Love Your Body Boutique Frankie Bag, $675 at Love Your Body Boutique ett:twa sunglasses, $38 at Anthropologie



A professional look with a serious statement coat. Keepsake coat, $298 at Anthropologie Moth sweater, $98 at Anthropologie Bailey skirt, $278 at Love Your Body Boutique Dolce Vita shoes, $130 at Love Your Body Boutique Jenny Bird necklace at Love Your Body Boutique Matt + Nat briefcase, $180 at Love Your Body Boutique

BROOKE TICHENOR ASSISTANT STYLIST, STYLE RIOT Brooke is an event planner by trade who dabbles in styling projects. When she isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her shopping for bargains around town, sipping on lattes, crocheting on the couch, and penning ‘to do’ lists. Creative collaborations are her happy place.


TRY Polished healthy skin (Hoola bronzer); taupey, glossy eyes; clean brows and balmy lips. Also soft and tousled hair and the foilyage technique, used to give hair a natural-looking glow.

WHY You want people to notice your overall look, not just your makeup, so playing up your natural features keeps your makeup feminine. Sun-kissed, soft hair is a perfect complement for so many skin tones. The way we apply makeup is an expression of ourselves, so I think you have to wear what makes you feel prettiest and happiest.

WHERE TO START Make small changes, like incorporating a different lip color or shadow, or adding a few highlights (or being brave and going darker) can make you feel fresh without being drastic.

ASHLEY'S FAVORITES Smooth your hair

Plunge into hydration and shine. It moisturizes, softens and drowns out frizz. R+Co High Dive Moisture + Shine Crème, $29/fl. oz.

Reach new heights

Add volume and shine with this lightweight mousse. Perfect for girls with curls! R+Co Chiffon Styling Mousse, $28/5.6 oz.

Time machine for locks

Turn back the clock with this intense moisturizing leave-in treatment that soothes and smooths damaged hair.


Kevin.Murphy Young.Again, available at Radiate 60 Hair Collective in Fishers

HAIR AND MAKEUP STYLIST RADIATE 60 HAIR COLLECTIVE As a member of the Radiate 60 Hair Co. team, Ashley Fuson spends her days adding both subtle and dramatic highlights to her clients. In her opinion, trying new things is all about expression.


I’m not just the CEO of my growing family. I’m also the CMO—Chief Medical Officer. And with one on the way, I want to be healthy and ready for what’s ahead. So from prenatal checkups to breast exams and ongoing care, I depend on the personalized care of the doctors, nurses and women’s services of Riverview Health. To learn more, visit

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TRY HALO Laser Treatment

HALO is a hybrid laser treatment for all skin types and ethnicities.

WHY? Results can include significant improvements in discoloration, wrinkles, tone, texture and pore size. It also increases skins reflectivity and "glow." HALO is a game changer when it comes to minimally invasive facial laser treatments. It would take three or four traditional or fractional laser peels to achieve the results of one HALO. When guests come in wanting to "take years off" fast, and without surgery, HALO is my first recommendation. It addresses multiple signs of aging in one easy step. Treatment also includes the neck, as we feel it is imperative to equally rejuvenate the face and neck for the best antiaging results. HALO Hybrid Laser Treatment, $1,700 at The Lifestyle Spa

TONYA PYLARINOS MEDICAL AESTHETICIAN THE LIFESTYLE SPA With 13 years of aesthetic skin and laser experience, Tonya Pylarinos’ goal is always to help people look and feel their best. Her time as a medical aesthetician for The Lifestyle Spa has enabled her to deliver amazing results for others, and now she’s sharing how these services can help you.

TRY Jan Marini C-Esta Serum

WHY? Everyone can benefit from antioxidant protection. Protecting skin from harmful free radicals is essential for younger, healthier-looking skin. Stable, potent forms of vitamin C and DMAE increase collagen production to firm and tighten facial contours as well as improve discoloration. This product smells and feels incredible, too. There is no acclimation period, peeling or flaking like products containing retinols or exfoliating acids. This powerful serum comes in an oil-control version for those who want to combat shine as well. Jan Marini C-Esta Serum, $105/1 fl. oz. at The Lifestyle Spa


D I S C OV E R W H AT ’ S N E W !

Jewelry designer Freida Rothman finds her primary inspiration right outside the door of her headquarters in Brooklyn. From her window, the architectural skyline of New York City meets the steel and cable span of the Brooklyn Bridge and on the streets, the youthful diversity and urban style of the women. This contemporary edge influences her jewelry collections with its signature mixed metals looks of matte gold, silver and black rhodium. A second generation jeweler, Freida learned the fine jewelry trade from her father and spearheaded that knowledge into her own eponymous business five years ago with phenomenal success from the start. A busy career woman and mother, she can manage it all with fashion style and ease. “I am the FREIDA ROTHMAN woman,” says Freida

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TRY Rejuvenate your skin

This cream is unlike moisturizers I’ve tried before. I apply it at night to combat my dry, winter skin, and wake up with skin that looks and feels completely rejuvenated. It feels ultrahydrating, but without the greasiness. Don’t worry if you are on the oily side — belif has an “aqua bomb” version, too. belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, $36/1.68 fl. oz. at

Reduce redness

This vitamin-rich serum reduces redness, while brightening and hydrating your skin. Inflammation, redness and skin tone are improved thanks to antioxidant-driven caffeine, sake and botanicals such as Willowherb. Boscia Sake Hydrating and Brightening Essence, $50/1.7 fl. oz. at

Long-wear lip without the dryness

I tried this on a whim and it has become my go-to lip product for special occasions. The consistency is a matte finish, but you can still rub your lips together without feeling the product is “stuck” on your lips. Use the wand to emphasize the shape of your lips with the wand — without lip liner! Expect about 3-4 hours with this product. “Swank” is my favorite shade. Bareminerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor, $19 at


Dress it up!

Start with an outfit you already own — don't overthink it — and dress it up with one bold accessory. Think bags, a fun boot or statement jewelry. To me, an eye-catching clutch is an easy way to change up a look. Metallics, leopard print and emerald green would be my choice! I also love a faux-fur scarf in winter. Not only does it keep you warm, but it adds so much glamour.

LIFESTYLE BLOGGER BRITT BEHIND THE SCENES Brittany Burke started blogging in 2013 after graduating from Purdue University. A move to Indianapolis, wedding and home purchase later, she has expanded her subject matter to beauty, weddings and home. Burke is also an associate beauty advisor for Estée Lauder and does bridal makeup in the Indianapolis area.

Metallic clutch, $38 at; faux fur stole, $19 at

WHY The holidays are the best part of winter, but when they are over, it almost seems gloomy. The New Year is a reminder to take care of ourselves — and to have a little fun while doing so!



NEW LOOK If one of your resolutions is to revamp your wardrobe, get in a learning mind-set. Kit spoke with Ariana Barr and Kaylyn Poe from the Art Institute of Indianapolis about the latest trends. These women know fashion, and can help you make 2018 your most stylish year to-date. Fashion class is in session.

Styling by Ariana Barr and Kaylyn Poe from the Art Institute of Indianapolis | Photos by Chris Whonsetler Modeling by Claire Estabrook, Helen Wells Agency

ARIANA BARR FASHION STUDENT ART INSTITUTE OF INDIANAPOLIS As a full-time fashion marketing and management student at the Art Institute of Indianapolis, and an employee at Nordstrom, it's safe to say fashion plays a major role in my everyday life. To me, fashion is a primary form of self-expression. I enjoy dressing up and dressing differently than others, because your style is what makes you, you.



For my looks, I focused on simple staple pieces every woman needs. Oversized sweaters and soft stretch jeans, for example, are musthaves. They’re perfect for many occasions, and easily can be dressed up or down with the right accessories. Jumpsuits are reliable, too. They provide an outfit within themselves — you’re always ready to go. Overall, simple garments, when paired with the right accessories and handbags, are easy, versatile looks for every woman who is on the go.

POP ON TOP Look cute and cozy by pairing a bright red sweater with a simple, high-rise skinny jean. Add a layered necklace, large hoop earrings, and a faux fur tote bag to dress it up and remain simple, yet fashion forward. Red oversized sweater, $98 at Anthropologie Black faux fur tote bag, $88 at Anthropologie Rocket crop high-rise skinny jeans, $188 at Anthropologie Gold hoop earrings, $38 at Anthropologie Layered coin necklace, $48 at Anthropologies


Whether you're at the office or out on the town, a pinstripe jumpsuit will not fail. A turtleneck, simple gold link necklace, and belt can transform the entire look. Pair it with a fur coat to kick things up a notch. Plush artio coat, $188 at Anthropologie Pinstripe jumpsuit, $148 at Anthropologie Link necklace, $20 at Anthropologie Belt, $48 at Anthropologie Mock neck layering tee, $48 at Anthropologie


When paired with a colored skinny jean and a decorative cross-body bag, an oversized turtleneck sweater is perfect for any occasion. Beaded bucket cross-body bag, $80 at Anthropologie Turtleneck pullover:, $98 at Anthropologie Sateen mid-rise skinny ankle jeans, $178 at Anthropologies




With our legs covered up this season, it’s easy to forget about our unsightly staunches beneath layers of leggings and boot socks. But warm weather will be here before we know it – and wouldn’t it be nice to feel confident in shorts? William R. Finkelmeier MD, FACS, board-certified vascular surgeon and medical director at VeinSolutions, explains just how easy it may be to enjoy that luxury this summer.

To schedule an appointment or for more information: St. Vincent Medical Group 13450 N. Meridian Street Suite 160 Carmel, IN 46032 317-582-7676


What is vascular surgery, and why would someone need it?

Vascular surgery is a surgical specialty devoted to treating the blood vessels of the body. To become a board-certified vascular surgeon, a person needs to have 7-8 years of vascular surgical training after medical school. He or she then needs to undergo rigorous written and oral testing to become certified. Vascular surgeons, because of their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, are uniquely qualified to treat varicose and spider veins.


What are the health benefits of vascular surgery?

People with symptomatic varicose veins complain of pain, fatigue, swelling, itching, heaviness, fatigue and restlessness. Untreated varicose veins can lead to skin damage, ulceration and clotting. Treating varicose veins and spider veins can also be tremendously beneficial to the patient for cosmetic reasons.


Why do people have varicose veins?

Varicose veins and spider veins are hereditary and are related to pregnancies and obesity. Maintaining an appropriate weight and exercise are important, as in all medicine.


Are there options for vascular treatment besides surgery?

Most patients with varicose and spider veins can be treated without incisions or sutures with needles and guidewires. The treatment for most patients with symptomatic varicose veins is billable to insurance. Dependant upon your insurance, some patients may need a doctor’s referral to be seen at VeinSolutions. All patients are initially seen with a free consultation. If treatment for symptomatic varicose veins is recommended, the visit will be billed to the insurance company.


Looking ahead to summer-ready legs, why is winter a good time to connect with a vascular surgeon?

Spider vein treatment, for the most part, is cosmetic. The treatment is very safe and most people can return to work the next day. There will be some bruising and discoloration, so the best time for treatment is in the early winter so that the patient’s legs have time to heal before summer.

KAYLYN POE FASHION SCHOOL GRADUATE ART INSTITUTE OF INDIANAPOLIS I'm an Indy native and a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Indianapolis. I'm an aspiring freelance stylist known for mixing prints, patterns and textures, and I highly value daily inspiration from art, nature, history, architecture, film and other aspects that relate to fashion. Recently, I interned at Bridgeroom Showroom during New York Fashion Week, and at James Dant, an Indianapolis store for men. I have also been an assistant at numerous fashion shows and events. I'm quick-witted, have an eye for detail, and am equipped with the knowledge of styling techniques in Indy's growing fashion industry.


My looks reflect the artistry of combining casual with chic. These styles would flatter many different body sizes and shapes. Various fabrics, embellishments and trims give each look a fashion-forward edge. The outfits can be styled for day or night — an important factor for the working, social woman. These looks showcase 2018 trends, including gem embellishments, frayed hems and casual kicks styled with dressier options.



Denim can definitely be stylish. Here, the gem embellishments and frayed trim take the spotlight. The jacket — classic and flattering — complements the embellishments, and the striped, semi-sparkly top adds a different print, tying the entire piece together. Simple, nude shoes elongate the legs and show off the denim. Rose pink coat, $168 at Anthropologie Black and white striped top, $78 at Anthropologie Mid-rise, slim-straight embellished and frayed denim, $158 at Anthropologie Nude heels, $29.99 at Target


Feeling monochromatic? Play with different fabrics. The soft knit and chiffon tulle are a perfect, cohesive outfit that can be dressed up or down. The color complements a variety of skin tones, and the silhouette flatters many body sizes (thanks, higher waistline). Subtle pleats and casual kicks — when paired with dresses — are a huge trend for 2018. Layered arabesque dress, $168 at Anthropologie Layered pendant necklace, $54 at Anthropologie White casual sneakers, $16.99 at Target



HEart health: Cholesterol is not the enemy I’ll admit it: Whenever I see a conventional lipid panel these days, I really don’t know what to make of it. That’s not a bad thing, actually. Why? Because a conventional lipid panel really doesn’t tell me, or anyone, anything anymore. You know the test I’m referring to: Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides.

Old School: The Conventional Wisdom “Myth”

Here’s what you’ve always heard: (a) that Cholesterol, in general, is bad for you, (b) that LDL cholesterol is REALLY bad for you, even dangerous, (c) that HDL is the protective, “Good Guy,” and (d) that triglycerides are, well… just kinda bad, though not nearly as bad as LDL. For many years, this interpretation represented the best, most sophisticated understanding available regarding lipids and the role they play in heart disease.

New School: What the Science Really Says

The problem, however, is very simple. Today we know better. We know far more than we used to. Unfortunately, while our understanding of the relationship between heart disease and lipid metabolism has undergone a seismic jolt over the past many years, the resulting tsunami of information has been largely ignored by conventional medicine.

Exciting new information like this: » Not all LDL is bad for you. Some is actually beneficial. It’s only a particular kind of LDL (small, dense, oxidized LDL) that might be dangerous. » Not all HDL is good for you. It’s only the larger, more buoyant HDL particles that protect you (i.e., HDL2b). » In fact, cholesterol in general is not the enemy. It’s not some spaceage, alien molecule that has come to infect us and invade our arteries. Just the opposite, in fact. It’s an essential part of every cell in the body. It’s crucial for optimal brain health. And without it our bodies can’t generate a number of very important hormones, like progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol.

On Beyond Cholesterol

What’s more, there’s a very strong, and rapidly growing, mountain of evidence that suggests that the real problem underlying heart disease isn’t cholesterol at all, but rather inflammation. And the conventional lipid panel tells us absolutely nothing about inflammation. Nothing at all.

Stephen P. Elliott, M.D. Living with Intention, INC 11979 Fishers Crossing Drive Fishers, IN 46038 317-863-5888

Fortunately, there are a growing number of labs offering tests that measure inflammatory markers, and they’re becoming more readily available and reasonably priced all the time. There are tests that can measure important inflammatory markers like hs-CRP, myeloperoxidase, Lp-PLA2, SDMA, ADMA, oxLDL, F2-Isoprostane, fibrinogen, and a urinary microalbumin/creatinine ratio.

Resolve to be Informed this Year

If you’re among the millions of Americans who, once again this year, have resolved to get serious about their health, then start by resolving to be informed. If you have a family history of heart disease, or if you have other known cardiovascular risk factors like smoking, diabetes, hypertension, etc., then ask your doctor to help you dig deeper and order a more comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment this year. Don’t settle for the out-dated conventional cholesterol panel. You know better now.

Stephen P. Elliott M.D. practices Functional and Integrative Medicine at Living With Intention, Inc. For more information call 317-863-5888 or visit us at and





arolyn Loub, a Carmelbased interior designer, has been dubbed the “purveyor of pretty.” Such a fitting moniker, considering the light, airy and feminine coastal style she uses to style her own home, tucked away in the Carolina Commons neighborhood. Mom to four busy boys, Loub says she has to get her “pretty fix” somewhere! The Loub family moved into the home in 2007 because she fell in love with the bones of the house. Loub was able to look past the outdated paint and floors to see a classic beauty with wainscoting, a double staircase and lots of architectural detail. With her keen eye and passion for design, she knew the house would be a labor of love. As they took on their first remodeling project in the house, the master bathroom, Loub decided to put her degree in journalism to use and blog about the remodel. The blog, "Sweet Chaos Home," generated national attention, and clients began rolling in. Loub now focuses more on her Sweet Chaos Home Instagram and Facebook platforms, posting décor eye candy paired with sweet, thoughtful captions.

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Don’t hold back as you “ooh” and “aah” your way through this photo tour of the Loub home. Perhaps you’ll even feel inspired to make a few new décor statements in your own home. If not, the purveyor of pretty behind Sweet Chaos Home is always available to assist. Interior designer Carolyn Loub blogs at Sweet Chaos Home. Find her on Instagram and get inspired.

By Brooke Reynolds | Photos by Chris Whonsetler Interior Design by Carolyn Loub


FOYER This entryway was a big part of why Loub said yes to the home in the first place, as she loved the wainscoting, banisters and hardwoods. To give it a little update, they painted the banisters, removed the impractical white carpet on the stairs and refinished the hardwoods. The vintage Turkish rug boasts just the right amount of color fade.


“The acrylic table is perfect because it doesn’t cover up the wainscoting,” Loub says. The landscape painting is by her favorite Etsy artist out of Texas, Maren Devine. It reminds her of Hilton Head, where the Loubs like to vacation.



A tip from Loub: In rooms without much architectural detail, your first task should be to add some. Here, wainscoting adds dimension, character and interest to an otherwise plain wall.


The bench was Loub's great-great grandmother’s. The top can be flipped to make a table. She had it refinished and painted it white.


The Loubs spend nearly all of their time between the kitchen and the adjacent family room. After they completed the kitchen renovation, and having lived with a drab family room for years, out came the speckled beige carpet in lieu of dark hardwood flooring, and once-dark ceiling beams got a fresh coat of white paint. Loub fell in love with the small blue Target rug, but it was unavailable in a larger size to fill the space. No problem, as she layered it over the larger jute rug and added more texture in the process.


The living room was painted dark red with white carpet when they moved in. They couldn’t wait to paint the walls and put in hardwoods. The creamy-white chair and sofa came from their last house and, despite having accommodated four children, have really held up well. “If it still works, why not?” Loub says. It should be no surprise that the pink velvet ottoman gets lots of attention. “That was my first pink furniture piece, and now I have a pink obsession,” Loub says. “I don’t have girls, so I have to get my fix somewhere!”

KITCHEN + DINING “You shouldn’t ignore your ceilings; they’re a big space in the room,” Loub says. “If you can do something interesting to them, you should.” And speaking of interesting — that chandelier! Loub says lighting should make a statement in a classic, clean room. Bonus points if there’s a story behind your chandelier or pendant.


In the kitchen, the Loubs replaced a sliding door with a large, passthrough window (not shown) that pushes open so Carolyn and husband Paul can pass food and drinks to family and friends. An outdoor bar is a favorite spot for people to mingle in the summer. Convenience? Check.


This back staircase leads up to bedrooms and down to the dining area. An impractical pantry and desk used to be tucked under the stairs. To make it more functional, the Loubs installed a beverage refrigerator, cabinet and sink.



Loub calls the chandelier the jewelry of the room. When a store was going out of business, she bid on this chandelier she’d been eyeing for a while. “It’s big and interesting, but I don’t know if I’d choose it again,” she says. “However, the dining room is a place where you can have fun with things.”


East meets West in this space dripping with Asianinspired glam. That’s what Loub was going for here. “This is expensive wallpaper that I would have loved to cover the whole room in,” she says. But instead, she framed large panels of it without being forced to totally commit.


MASTER BATHROOM This bathroom was the Loub family’s first remodeling project. It was very 1980s before then: Think huge jacuzzi tub and carpet. Loub's main goal was to keep the room classic so it wouldn’t go out of style. “I still love it as much today as I did then,” she says.

POWDER ROOM “Wallpaper is a chore to take down, but there are so many incredible ones on trend right now!” Loub says. “Use wallpaper in a small space so it won’t kill you to take it down later.”


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HARMONY Great American Songbook Foundation program becomes Indiana’s first dementia-friendly trained team

DEMENTIA SAVVY HITS A HIGH NOTE When people with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are exposed to and engage with music, it has the potential to boost mood, draw forth memories, and help provide links to their past. With possible breakthrough moments like this in mind, staff and volunteers from the “Perfect Harmony” program became the first group in Indiana to participate in new dementia-friendly training from CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions. “Perfect Harmony,” a part of the Great America Songbook Foundation at the Center for the Performing Arts, offers music experiences for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions. CICOA launched the Dementia Friends Indiana training in Hamilton County this fall with a goal of taking it statewide. This local program is an outreach of Dementia Friendly America, which seeks to educate communities about dementia, break down the stigma surrounding dementia, and implement practical changes to make life easier to navigate for those with dementia and their loved ones. The training was a perfect fit for Perfect Harmony. “We realized how Perfect Harmony and CICOA’s initiative to use Hamilton County as a Dementia Friends pilot program dovetailed beautifully and supported each organization’s strategic plans,” says Cathy Burton, Great American Songbook Foundation program director. Participants in the Dementia Friends training learn how to recognize dementia signs and how best to respond if a person appears to be lost or confused, or is acting inappropriately. Simple acts such as maintaining eye contact, offering to help someone find

a seat, being patient when a person is trying to find the right words, or offering encouragement can help someone with memory issues feel more comfortable. “People are living with dementia in our communities, and it’s important we encourage them to engage in activities,” says Orion Bell, CICOA president and CEO. “We hope other organizations, businesses and municipalities will follow the lead of Great American Songbook Foundation to become dementia friendly.” Perfect Harmony has made “dementia friendly” a part of the organization’s daily language and public communications. “We want recognition as a dementiafriendly institution because we want people to know they are safe here, and their stories and their conversations will be valued,” Burton says.

Individuals may take training online at dementia-friendsindiana. To request information for staff or group training, email




If you are like me, hooked on the popular TV show Games of Thrones, you know “Winter is Coming” is the title of the first episode in the popular HBO series. Whether you binge on the titillating drama or have read author George R.R. Martin’s series of novels, you know that “Winter is Coming” means decades of cold, an eternal night of White Walkers (think ice zombies) and possibly the end of civilization. For me, “Winter is Coming,” means seasonal affective disorder, or, as some people call it, the winter blues. SAD begins gradually with the change in daylight saving time. The lack of sunlight and opportunities to be outdoors — at least comfortably — makes me feel anxious. A loss of energy and motivation follows in January and February. Most weekdays, I almost have to force myself through my morning routine, but the routine motivates me to complete the day. By the end of the workday, I have fought through the fog of depression and am exhausted. The sun is going down when I leave work, and I start doubting decisions I’ve made during the day. Was I good enough? Did I help those I worked with today? Did I make a difference? Many Saturday mornings, I find myself in front of the TV. I am unable to motivate myself to exercise or meet friends for coffee. Not feeling motivated leads to me feeling useless, which makes me feel sad and steals even more energy. It’s a vicious cycle.


SAD symptoms should be taken seriously, especially when they become increasingly regular. Being a bit off emotionally on a gloomy day can be normal, but when those feelings come more often, it’s time to recognize some warning signs. SAD occurs more often in women than men, and it’s more likely to occur if you have relatives who have experienced SAD or depression. Those of us who experience SAD can’t “just get over it.” People experience eating disorders, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts or behavior. These people need to reach out to professionals.

I am one of the lucky ones. I don’t experience severe complications. My job has purpose, and I am needed. Friends who know me well make sure to call me every January and February. Family won’t take no for an answer when they invite me to a social event. My husband regularly reminds me to step back, take a breath and gain perspective. My grandchildren keep me active and provide light moments. I can manage my symptoms until the sun returns once again. OK, it’s not the same situation as Game of Thrones’ “Winter is Coming,” but depression and anxiety — even if just a seasonal occurrence — can be really scary and not something to ignore. As for me, I plan to purchase dragon glass this year to ward of my White Walkers.





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COLD WEATHER COMFORT Recipes and photos by Katherine Costello

One of the things I love most about Indiana is its intense changes from season to season. But January and February are more dormant, sluggish — and baby, it’s cold outside! To bring some comfort to the inside, here is a classic Italian meal. I have wanted to share this ricottastuffed meatball recipe since I began working with Kit. It’s an instant classic, and although making the meatballs might seem tedious, it is well worth it. Once the meatballs are finished, I serve them on a bed of zucchini noodles — something new. Honey-roasted carrots and a roasted tomato and baby kale

salad round out the menu. But don’t forget about the true fancy focus: dessert! I used to purchase ricotta (used in both the meatball and cannoli recipes), but high-quality cheese is pricey and not always available. Inspired by the beauty of hand-dipped ricotta, I learned you can easily make it at home! While there are lots of online recipes, I adapted Ina Gartner’s version ( The greatest benefit to making it yourself is the freshness, and the fact that you determine the quantity.

The homemade cheese can be sweetened, flavored and then used in a cannoli shell. While I have made shells in the past, they are quite the workout. I purchase them online now, giving me more time to choose filling flavors and dip the shells in white and dark chocolate. For this dinner, I went with strawberry, chocolate and matcha, and was truly pleased with them all. I encourage you to make this Italianthemed supper for family, friends or anyone you wish to charm. Add a bottle of Chianti, and this meal is bound to perk up the winter doldrums. 47



RICOTTA-STUFFED MEATBALLS 1 pound grass-fed ground beef 1 pound Italian sausage 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon pepper 1 /2 cup chopped pistachios (optional) 1 pound ricotta (hand dipped or homemade, well drained) 1 egg, beaten 2 cups Italian bread crumbs 11/2 cups cooking oil such as light olive oil or sunflower oil 1 16-ounce jar marinara sauce Cooked pasta, zucchini noodles or crust ciabatta, to serve 1| In a large bowl, mix the beef, sausage, salt and pepper with your fingertips, or use two forks. Divide the mixture into 10 balls (about 2.75 ounces each). Reserve a bit of the mixture in case you need to do some “patchwork” on the balls. 2| In a separate bowl, combine the chopped pistachios and ricotta. 3| Using the palm of your hand, flatten each meatball into a 3- to 4-inch circle. Place roughly 1 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) of the ricotta mixture onto each meatball. Fold the meat around the ricotta, and then carefully reshape it into a ball, gently rolling it in your hands. If needed, use the reserve mixture to patch the ball. 4| Roll each ball in the egg wash, and then coat with bread crumbs. Set aside. 5| Add oil to a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, but smoking, carefully add the meatballs to the skillet, just a few at a time. You don’t want your pan to get too hot, so turn it to medium as needed. Brown both sides of the meatball (about 7 minutes on each side). Set aside the finished meatballs. 6| Pour the marinara sauce into a mediumsized pan. Next, add the meatballs and coat them with the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 25 minutes. Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles, or as a sandwich on crusty ciabatta.


OVEN-ROASTED TOMATO & KALE SALAD 1 12-ounce clamshell of small or cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons freshly chopped herbs 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper, to taste 12 ounces baby kale, washed 1| Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2| Place the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, herbs, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well. Once combined, spread onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake until the tomatoes pop/split (about 10 minutes). Place the kale in a serving bowl; top the kale with the tomatoes and let sit 5 minutes. Toss and serve.

HONEY-GLAZED CARROTS 1 pound carrots (use baby carrots or whole carrots, cut in half vertically if thick and then sliced into 2-inch pieces) 1 /4 cup vegetable broth 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons honey Salt, to taste 1| To a shallow sauté pan, add the carrots and broth. Cook over medium heat until the broth reduces (about 9 minutes). Add the butter, honey and salt; continue to cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes.

CANNOLI SHELLS 10 cannoli shells 4 ounces white chocolate (optional, for dipping the shells) 4 ounces dark chocolate (optional, for dipping the shells)

FILLING 11/2 cups ricotta (preferably homemade or hand dipped) 1 /2 cup powdered sugar 3 /4 cup whipped cream

STRAWBERRY FLAVOR /2 cup freeze-dried strawberries


CHOCOLATE FLAVOR /2 cup dark chocolate ganache 1 teaspoon grated orange peel, to garnish


MATCHA FLAVOR 1 teaspoon matcha powder 1 teaspoon almond extract 1| To make the filling, set a mixer on low and blend the cheese. Gradually add the sugar, and then fold in the whipped cream and flavorings. A few notes on fillings: One of my favorite fillings uses chopped “gourmet” chocolate bars, such as Vosges. The filling is wonderful when it’s mixed with the bacon chocolate bar. For additional flavorings, use your imagination. 2| If you are dipping the shells in chocolate, microwave the chocolate in a bowl until melted. Dip the mouth of each shell to coat, and then set aside. 3| Spoon the filling into a pastry bag and fill each shell. You can also use a storage bag (just snip off the corner); or fill your cannoli with a spoon, but it is more time consuming.


Story and photos by Josie Sanders | Illustration by Cam Reed

You don't have to travel far to try new cuisines. Take your taste buds on a trip to these ethnic restaurants. The start of a new year is the perfect time to try something new — and maybe a little out of your comfort zone. My entire life, I have had a passion for trying ethnic foods and learning more about different cultures. As a roaming reporter for Kit, I ventured around over the past month trying new restaurants. (Tough gig, huh?) Here are some of my favorite finds. A Resolution Idea: Eat your way through these six spots in 2018!




If you're looking for a unique dining experience, and you've never tasted spongy injera or spicy wat, my No. 1 recommendation would be St. Yared. The hospitable staff and atmosphere immerse you in Ethiopian culture and make you feel right at home. Keeping with tradition, when you dine at St. Yared, there are no utensils — you simply use the bread, injera, to pick up the shared foods. All of St. Yared's dishes are served on circular platters, with meat and vegetarian sides and stews. I have absolutely loved everything I've tried! Ethiopian dining customs follow that dining is a time for religious journey and discovery. Cooking and feeding your loved ones is a way to show love, care and affection. Ethiopia also produces some of the best coffee in the world. Before heading out, grab a coffee beverage for dessert! 11210 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256

TOP: Finish your meal with a hot cup of coffee. CENTER: Spongy injera flatbread holds aromatic stews and colorful sides. ABOVE & LEFT: Artwork and jewelry add to the ambiance at St. Yared.





Sawasdee is near and dear to my heart. My dad has always been close friends with the owner, and some of my first memories of trying ethnic food are of my dad taking me to Sawasdee. To this day, it is my favorite Thai restaurant in the area. The menu is full of flavor, ranging from mild to Thai hot. I love the savory Khao Soi soup and Thai Noodle Soup, made with chicken or tofu and rice noodles in roasted garlic broth, bean sprouts, peanuts, onions, and cilantro. Sawasdee has great Thai tea, too, and carries a large wine selection. I can never leave Sawasdee without getting the tapioca pudding. Don’t let its green color throw you; this delicious dessert is served warm, and will leave you wanting more. 1222 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

TOP: Thai tea. ABOVE, clockwise from left: Massaman Curry, fried Crab Rangoon, Khaoi Soi soup. RIGHT: preentree salad, soup and roll. FAR RIGHT: Tapioca Pudding.





TOP: Spring rolls with peanut sauce. CENTER: irresistible Chicken Pho. LEFT: mango milk tea with traditional tapioca (mango bubble tea).

Super Bowl Pho is a small Vietnamese joint in downtown Westfield. As the name suggests, the restaurant is known for its pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup made of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat. The spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce are a personal favorite, and a popular appetizer. A range of stir-fry dishes, bรกnh mรฌ sandwiches and other soups and noodle dishes round out the menu. You can't leave without trying a boba tea, either! These drinks come in a variety of flavors, though I always go for a mango or taro milk tea with traditional tapioca. They are the perfect accompaniment to your meal, and an ideal snack for that afternoon sweet tooth. 112 E. Main St., Westfield, IN 46074


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Kit | January + February 2018  
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