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To help Hamilton County families affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse, you can donate the following items: • Art supplies (for children to journal and express their emotions)
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Kit Mini: day to night STRETCH YOUR WARDROBE
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Kit Mini: mother’s day gifts 6 TREATS SHE WILL JUST LOVE
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TIS THE SEASON FOR MUSIC, CULTURE AND DINING AL FRESCO! Get out with the girls (including mom) and the kids for a summery start!
Music & Entertainment OnyxFest
Dave Matthews Band
May 24-June 2
June 28 & 29
OnyxFest is Indy’s only theater festival dedicated to the stories of African American playwrights. Since its inaugural event nine years ago, OnyxFest has worked to embrace diversity in Indy’s theater community.
With the release of 2018’s Come Tomorrow, Dave Matthews Band marked its seventh straight studio album to debut at No. 1. This summer, the band’s tour makes a two-night stop in Noblesville. Tickets start at $44.
Indy Fringe, 719 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis; (317) 292-5687; indyfringe.org
Carrie Underwood: The Crying Pretty Tour 360 June 16, 7 p.m.
Seven-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 16. The concert will feature a brand-new stage in the middle of the arena floor, creating a unique 360-degree setting. Tickets start at $42, with VIP packages going for $199 each. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis; (317) 917-2727; bankerslifefieldhouse.com
Fly, You Fools! Through June 1
Fly, You Fools! tells the story of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring through live-action, shot-for-shot parody using only three actors and a musician. Laugh along as this troupe of comics valiantly recreate milliondollar special effects with dollar-store props, a microphone and mime. The District Theatre, 627 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis; (317) 292-5687; indyfringe.org
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in Concert June 21 & 22
Don’t miss the epic finale of the Harry Potter concert series. The movie will be projected on a 40-foot screen while the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plays along with every note of the spellbinding score. Tickets start at $28. Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis; (317) 639-4300; indianapolissymphony.org
Shrek: The Musical June 21-26
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek … ” Thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a lifechanging journey alongside a sassy donkey and a feisty princess. Don’t miss this fun musical based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture. Tickets start at $18. The Tarkington, 3 Center Green, Carmel; (317) 843-3800; thecenterpresents.org
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Life and Legacy: Portraits from the Clowes Collection Opens May 4
This new exhibition spotlights the fascinating life and collection of one of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s greatest benefactors, Dr. George H. A. Clowes. See portraits and selfportraits he collected over his lifetime and learn about the development of portraiture over the span of several centuries. Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis; (317) 923-1331; discovernewfields.org
Sip n Shop “Pop-Up Boutique” May 9, 6-8 p.m.
During this free-to-attend event, shop from more than 75 local vendors and boutique businesses. Enjoy food samples (including chocolate) and enjoy a glass of wine from Vino Mobile Bar, the first independent wine truck in Indiana.
Vintage Indiana Wine Fest
Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo
IPL 500 Festival Parade
June 1, 12-6 p.m.
May 11 & 12
May 25, 11:45 a.m.
This annual event is the biggest celebration of delicious wines produced only in Indiana. Nearly 30 Indiana wineries will be attendance, so you can get to know Hoosier winemakers from all over the state. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and make a day of it; there will be plenty of food, shopping and entertainment options. Tickets are $30 ($15 for designated drivers).
This family-friendly event puts the spotlight on all mothers — both human and animal. Recognition starts right as you enter, with a special “Proud Mom” sticker. Join in the zoo-wide scavenger hunt. Once you finish the hunt, swing by the gift shop for a special prize.
Don’t miss one of the nation’s premier parades. More than 300,000 spectators will line downtown Indy streets to celebrate the Indianapolis 500. Per tradition, all 33 drivers will appear in the parade as will awardwinning bands, giant helium balloons and largerthan-life floats.
Military Park, 601 W. New York St., Indianapolis; (765) 496-3842; vintageindiana.com
Mother’s Day Brunch at Conner Prairie
Black Iris Estate, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel; (317) 517-9920; vinomobilebar.com
May 24, 9 p.m. - midnight
Carmel Arts & Design District, Carmel; (317) 571-2787; carmelartsanddesign.com
Indian Market & Festival June 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate Native American cultures through art, music, dance, demonstrations, food and more. Native performers and artists from more than 50 cultures across North America will be in attendance. Admission is $15 for adults, free for everyone age 17 and under. Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis; (317) 636-9378; eiteljorg.org
Downtown Indianapolis; (317) 927-3378; 500festival.com
May 12, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Conner Prairie. The buffet includes both breakfast and lunch options, including a waffle bar, children’s entrees and dessert. Choose from two seating options: 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $14.95 for youth and $26.95 for adults.
Late Night on Main Have dinner with friends, and then spend the evening dancing the night away! Live music begins on Main Street at 9 p.m. and continues until midnight. Many shops, galleries and restaurants in the Carmel Arts & Design District will be open late.
Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis; (317) 6302001; indianapoliszoo.com
Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers; (317) 776-6000; connerprairie.org
Hot Wheels: Race to Win Opens May 18
Experience life in the fast lane! This Hot Wheelsthemed exhibit lets patrons design turbocharged machines and discover all that goes into high-speed racing. It’s the perfect way to get revved up for the Indy 500. The Children’s Museum, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis; (317) 334-4000; childrensmuseum.org
Indianapolis Executive Airport Open House and Fly-In June 22, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy a day of flying, food, fun and family from First Wing Jet Center. The annual event features static displays, fly-bys, helicopter rides, food trucks and plenty of activities for kids. While the event focuses on raising money for Down Syndrome Indiana, it is free to attend. Indianapolis Executive Airport, 11329 E. State Road 32, Zionsville; (317) 769-4487; firstwing.com
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MUST-HAVE: THE WRAP BLAZER
They give you a great waist line with flexibility and no buttons.
DAY TO NIGHT Taking your favorite outfits from day to night, or vice versa, can really stretch your wardrobe. If you’re starting with an after-work dress, make it office appropriate by layering staple pieces such as sweaters, blazers or button-down blouses. Style by Laura Walters + Photography by Chris Whonsetler
FROM DAY Dress for how you want to feel at work, not for how you want to look. This suit gives off major cheerful vibes, yet keeps it professional when you start with a crisp blouse and layer a blazer over the tank.
Lucy Paris tank, $59; and skirt, $79. Calvin Klein powder pink jacket, $139; white blouse, $59.98. All from Macy’s.
TO NIGHT Now for the fun part! Dress up this look with a colorful, beaded necklace. Not too keen on showing tummy? Don’t worry — the skirt is high wasted, so it won’t show off your midriff. You’ll love hitting the dance floor with your best gals in this fun, flirty frock!
EXPERT ADVICE Q+A
PSA: WEAR SUNSCREEN Skin cancer is the most common
type of cancer in the United States. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Phases Skin Care has some advice on prevention and early detection.
Who really is at risk for skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but many people don’t always think about going to a doctor to get screened for it. The truth is that everyone — both men and women — are at risk. The biggest risk factors are having a lighter skin type or history of sunburns. Sun damage adds up over time. So, having sunburns as a child or young adult increases your chances of getting skin cancer when you are older. Using tanning beds or not using sunscreen also put you at a higher risk and cause aging of the skin.
What preventive measures can people take to avoid sun damage?
You know by now that sunscreen is important, but be sure to use it frequently. Wear broadbrimmed hats and sun-protective clothing. There are lots of UPF-rated (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) bathing suits and other clothing options out there. When the UV (ultraviolet) index is at its highest (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) avoid sun exposure or be especially cautious. And don’t’ be fooled by an overcast sky or cold day. You can still get significant UV radiation during those times. Keep the sunscreen handy!
What makes up a “good” sunscreen?
Choose an SPF of 30 or higher and make sure the label states “broad spectrum.” This means it protects against both UVA and UBA rays, both of which cause skin cancer. It’s also important to get waterproof sunscreen if you’re participating in water sports and activities. If you’re outside for a long period of time, you’ll need to reapply even the best of sunscreens every few hours.
What is the benefit of using a sunscreen with a higher SPF?
SPF 30 may block over 90 percent of the sun’s rays. However, if you’re not using as much as you should be, you’re essentially using a lower-strength SPF. For example, if you use SPF 60 and don’t apply as much as you need, you may be at SPF 30. You can err on the side of caution and use a higher SPF. But if you use the appropriate amount of sunscreen and reapply, SPF 30 should be fine.
What brands of sunscreen do you recommend?
At our office, our clients often buy Skinprint, Alastin and SkinMedica. These high-quality skin protectors are great options for sensitive areas like your face and neck. Plus, they pack in moisturizers and help with anti-aging. We also offer Colorescience, which is a powder available in different shades to match your skin tone and almost works like makeup. For the rest of your body, over-the-counter sunscreens that have broad spectrum protection are effective.
What should people look for when doing an at-home skin check?
Try to do a head to toe once-over once a month. When checking for melanoma, look for the ABCDEs: asymmetry, border irregularity, color, diameter and evolution. Other types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell. Basal is like a pearly bump or an acne bump that won’t go away. Squamous cell has a sandpaper feeling to the skin and can also appear as an ulcerated papule. If you are suspicious of any changing lesion, contact your physician.
Phases Skin Care and Laser Center Turkle & Associates 11455 N. Meridian St., Suite 150, Carmel, IN For an appointment, call (317) 848-8101 PhasesSkinCare.com
PATTERN PLAY Style by Laura Walters + Photography by Chris Whonsetler
We love this spring’s hottest trend: mixing prints! If this feels a little out of your comfort zone, try on these suggestions to help you get it right. Wearing more than one pattern is an art, and it’s all about the balance. Mix prints you love and go out with confidence. (Psst. Confidence is the key ingredient to the recipe for fabulousness.)
TIPS FOR THE RIGHT MIX: A structured, sporty jacket pairs well with a flowy, flirty dress. The great thing about this combo is that it showcases elements of masculine and feminine. The dress is fun and soft, while the jacket kicks it up a notch with a cool, textured, tough vibe. Leopard print is the new neutral, so dress the part. Stock your wardrobe with classic leopard-print pieces that have a timeless look and priceless feel. Leopard takes neutral to the next level with something a bit more unexpected than what most of us typically reach for from our closets. Choose primary and secondary patterns. Be sure to pick one print to be the focal point of your outfit, and use a second print to add a splash of something different. The leopard peeking from under this dress strikes the perfect balance for mixing prints! Keep layers minimal and lightweight. For an easy, breezy springtime look, layers should be breathable. Aim for light and airy!
Still struggling to find patterns to mix? Keep this rule as a baseline, and you’ll be a print mixologist in no time: Find a color that both prints have in common; if you can’t find one, don’t mix.
Calvin Klein black floral dress, $149. TOC leopard wrap dress, $89. BCBG leather jacket, $348. INC shoes, $99.50. All from Macy’s.
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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE
This May, show your mother figure how much you appreciate her advice — even though you don’t always take it — and unconditional love. Whether you’re shopping for a sentimental gift, jewelry or something practical, Silver in the City has you covered. SHOP & SMELL THE FLOWERS
SO SHE CAN TAKE THE PARTY OUTSIDE
Whether she’s making trips to the farmers market or the library, the mom in your life will love this cotton canvas tote. It features a screenprinted floral pattern and a quote from Henri Matisse.
Lose the stem. Keep the cool. The Corkcicle stemless cup holds 12 ounces of Mom’s favorite beverage, from pinot grigio to kombucha. Plus, it’s shatterproof and slipproof, so it’s perfect for celebrating — no glass shards to break up the fun.
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If your mother figure fancies herself a health-conscious chef, Pretty Simple Cooking is a perfect gift. Indianapolis couple Sonja and Alex Overhiser are behind this collection of recipes. Both Epicurious and Food & Wine named it a top vegetarian cookbook, thanks to its 100 healthy recipes and gorgeous photography.
THE MOTHER OF ALL TRAVEL CUPS
STEP OFF, MR. COFFEE
FOR THE MOST PUZZLING MOMS
Rifle Paper Co and Corkcicle teamed up to make these insulated 16-ounce tumblers. Triple insulation protects cold drinks for nine hours and hot drinks for three hours. Plus, the floral patterns add a bit of beauty to her morning routine!
If Mom is on a first-name basis with her barista but hasn’t perfected caféquality coffee at home, Brew Better can show her the way. This 160-page book covers slow-coffee techniques and dozens of recipes for coffee-based drinks and cocktails.
BECAUSE SHE’S THE COOLEST MOM EVER!
The Arctican can/bottle cooler from Corkcicle keeps cold cans cold for up to three hours. All Mom has to do is freeze the cooling core base, twist it on and drop in a cold beverage. It’s perfect for afternoons in the yard or evenings on the patio.
Wet your whistle and spend Mother’s Day snapping together this 1,000-piece puzzle. It features a painting by Anne Bentley, who highlighted a cocktail from each of the 50 states.
MAMA BEARS NEED JEWELRY This sterling silver necklace is sure to be a keepsake. Each necklace is made in Central Indiana and features freshwater pearls and a hand-stamped mama bear. With room for one, two, three or four cubs, this necklace can mirror you or your loved one’s family. For even more gift ideas from Silver in the City, visit silverinthecity.com or stop by a store (434 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis; 111 W. Main St., Suite #150, Carmel).
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Feel like you’re walking a tightrope? Family caregivers perform complex balancing acts every day. Carrying responsibilities for family, work, homemaking, errands, etc. is hard enough. Add caring for a family member with aging or disability needs, and suddenly you can feel like the slightest breeze may send it all crashing down. You don’t have to do it alone. CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is a nonprofit that connects people seeking help for themselves or a loved one with community resources that provide the best care possible: • Medicare/Medicaid answers • Community resources • Housing options • Home health services • Home-delivered meals • Transportation • Home accessibility modifications • Respite care • And much more!
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CICOA NAMES SHERIDAN FLORIST 2019 CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR
When Jim “Bob” Mitchell was diagnosed with cancer in spring 2018, it never occurred to Lori Christy that she wouldn’t be there to help in any way she could. She took him to doctor’s appointments, and helped him with his bills and household chores. More recently, she helped him transition to a senior living community in Carmel. Lori is Bob’s advocate as much as she is his friend. When she learned she was being named CICOA’s Caregiver of the Year, Lori insisted she doesn’t — and couldn’t — do it alone. Lori is the second nonrelative to earn the annual honor for the nonprofit that provides services for low-income seniors and adults in Central Indiana. In Lori’s eyes, Bob has always been family. He was best friends with her parents, Alan and the late Vickey Lyon, and has been a part of the family since Bob moved back to Sheridan more than 30 years ago, when he was first diagnosed with cancer. He recovered and had settled back into life in his hometown with his mom. After she died more than a decade ago, he struggled with depression. Lori was there to encourage him to get out of the house. It wasn’t unusual for Bob to join Lori, husband Nick and their children, Cort and Maddi, for lunch or dinner, or just to hang out, on a daily basis. Lori jokes that Bob was like having a 60-year-old kid. “He enjoyed his simple life and was always joking around making people laugh,” Lori says. “He didn’t want anything to ever be serious.” When Lori opened her business, Elsie’s Flower Shoppe in Sheridan, Bob often went with her on deliveries or helped set up for funerals. Lori didn’t want him sitting alone at home, especially in the winter, when the golf course where he worked wasn’t open. It’s what friends do. It’s what families do to help each other. The role of friend turned to the role of caregiver in March 2018, when Bob became ill. When doctors initially couldn’t find a diagnosis, Lori insisted that he be transferred to Methodist Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with internal bleeding, a nonfunctioning kidney and
cancer in the other kidney. Lori was there to help Bob make the difficult decision to have kidney surgery, something that was risky because of his severe vascular disease. However, it was his only chance of staying off permanent dialysis. While hospitalized, Bob suffered from multiple strokes. While he is now cancer free, the strokes have left him unable to care for himself. Bob’s older brother, John, who lives in North Carolina, calls Lori an angel for all that’s she done. Jean Ross, a nurse who now helps care for Bob, calls Lori an inspiration. “I come across many caregivers who inspire me, but Lori Christy has taught me what it truly means to be a caregiver advocate,” Ross says. “The world can be a scary place when a health crisis sneaks up.” Lori and sisters Jamie and Jessica Wallace — also longtime friends with Bob Mitchell — took turns staying with him around the clock when he was in the hospital and unable to understand what was happening or hear well enough to communicate with doctors. Lori says, “These girls have been my saving grace. Without their help, it would have been difficult to keep the flower shop up and running.”
“Lori Christy and some of her friends immediately stepped in to do everything needed to address Bob’s health concerns and to keep me informed of his condition and needs,” John Mitchell says. “Day in day out, she inspires me and the rest of us around my brother to do and be our very best.” Lori’s story highlights the issue of elder orphans, people like Bob Mitchell who do not have relatives nearby to rely on. According to the AARP, 23 percent of baby boomers will be without family caregivers living nearby. For those individuals, people like Lori become their only advocates to ensure they get the care and help they need. That can mean all kinds of duties. Lately, it’s meant stopping by to see him and bring along the fast food he craves. It’s what gives Bob joy, and for right now, that’s all Lori and the Wallace sisters are focused on providing for their beloved friend.
Lori Christy, pictured with the Rev. David Greene (left), Senior Pastor at Purpose of Life Ministries, and CICOA Foundation Board Chair and CICOA CEO Orion Bell.
DESTINATION WEDDING WEAR Styles by Laura Walters + Photography by Chris Whonsetler
Get out of town and your comfort zone. A destination wedding is a great time to push your fashion limits a bit. Stylist Laura Walters brings three fresh looks that are perfect for a seaside adventure.
KIT BALANCE THE BLING
Adding a statement necklace evens out the embellishments at the bottom of the dress.
This pink Betsey Johnson frock is equal parts whimsical and festive with a dash of chic! The dress style fits and flatters all body types, and we love the embellished pockets. If it’s too hot to layer the ruffle top underneath (beach weddings can get hot!), bring a lightweight neutral silk scarf to wrap around your shoulders at night, one that easily fits into or ties onto a bag so you don’t have to lug it around all night. Betsey Johnson dress, $98. Lucy Paris ruffle top, $59. INC necklace, $44.50. Michael Kors sunglasses, $159. INC clutch, $79.50. INC Kenjay d’Orsay pumps in golden, $79.50. All from Macy’s.
Mustard yellow and pink are a great combo — unexpected yet subtle.
MUST-HAVE NEUTRAL STRAW CLUTCH
Every stylish woman needs a bag like this in her closet. It’s easy to grab and go and pairs well with any outfit!
KEEP IT SHADY
REHEARSAL DINNER You don’t have to wear a dress to look great. This outfit keeps you looking casual but with a dressy flair. This slightly ‘70s inspired, colorful duo with fun, flirty high-wasted pants will elongate your legs and keep you looking cool and feeling comfy.
Always have a hat at the ready. They are a fun way to dress up a suit while protecting your face from UV rays.
Lucy Paris top, $79. Abstract Geo pants, $59.50. Free People jean jacket, $98. INC necklace, $34.50. Steve Madden sandals, $89. All from Macy’s.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Always pack a jean jacket! It goes with practically everything and looks great no matter how you style it. Slip one on over your outfit for chilly nights by the beach!
ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT
These are platforms, but they feel like sneakers. Pair them with shorts, jeans, rompers and more. They will help keep your packing to a minimum and leave your feet feeling happy.
BEACHSIDE THE SUITS Always pack (at least) two suits in a couple styles. Use one for lounging poolside and the other for playing in the water. These two options are perfect for whatever vacation brings your way. THE COVER UP This lightweight, kimono-inspired number is as versatile as it is stylish. Wear as a casual dress to the tiki bar with a black slip and belt, or over jeans with a tank. The boxy shape works for all body types. To add more shape, cinch the waist with a belt. Vince Camuto one-piece suit, $110; twopiece suit, $72. Toggery Resale sun hat, $12. Tory Burch sunglasses, $155. Calvin Klein cover up, $88. All from Macy’s.
the aesthetician makes all the
By Brooke Reynolds
The Lifestyle Spa’s team makes this a standout spot for treatment. One sign of wisdom is knowing when to lean on other people. When those times arise, you want to feel confident that you know a person or team you can trust. When it comes to skin and beauty, take a cue from professionals. The team at Eppley Lifestyle Spa in Carmel is known not only for its approach to beauty and science, carried out through top-notch services, but also for its experienced, confident licensed aestheticians. They are absolute professionals devoted to their careers, guests and patients,” says Andrea Eppley, COO of Eppley Plastic Surgery, parent company of Eppley Lifestyle Spa. Over the next few issues of Kit, members of the Eppley Lifestyle Spa will answer questions related to our skin, beauty and more. Let’s get to know them.
MEET THE TEAM
Licensed aesthetician Kimberly Ross has guests who say they won’t let anyone else touch their skin. “It's these guests who keep me loving what I do and giving 110 percent quality in my services,” Kimberly says. Kimberly has been working for The Lifestyle Spa for 15 years, bringing Ayurvedic knowledge and techniques to a medical environment. Her two favorite services to give are facials and HALO treatments. She says a good facial can help relax the mind, body and soul, along with giving the skin a radiant appearance. The HALO treatment is what she calls the Cadillac of treatments. Licensed aesthetician Kimberly Conway has a bachelor’s degree in public health education focusing on women’s health. Her goal for each guest is just as much about education as it is about results. “I want to empower women to stop thinking self-care is selfish,” she says. Kimberly, a 12-year staff member at Eppley Lifestyle Spa, loves immediate results, like permanent makeup or eyelash extensions. “It’s amazing how eyelashes can give a woman an extra sparkle,” she says. “When a guest requests me by name, it ensures each treatment will build upon the last,” Kimberly says. “The better I get to know a person and their skin, the better I can help them achieve their goals.”
Licensed aesthetician Tonya Pylarinos started working for Dr. Eppley at 19 years old. Tonya’s specialty is being able to determine which of spa’s treatments, products and protocols will help guests feel great about their skin. And she’s especially confident in treating Indian, Pacific Islander, Asian and African skin. Tonya’s favorite treatment is the Forever Young BBL (Broad Band Light). It removes sun spots, discoloration, redness and even small facial veins, all while dramatically delaying skin aging. To be able to make a patient’s skin look amazing and keep it healthy makes BBL one of the most rewarding treatments to perform,” she says. Photo left to right: Kim Conway, Kim Ross, Tonya Pylarinos
WEDDING RING TRENDS Story by Brooke Reynolds
Love comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be shiny and new or wear a patina of shared experiences. No matter what it looks like on the outside, true love is completely individual to the couple who shares it. Wedding rings represent that deeply personal bond. Here, we show off three gorgeous custom styles, all from the experts at Smith's Jewelers.
TOP: When blogger Josie Sanders set up this shot for an Instagram pic, she didn't know her boyfriend Grant Bullard was about to propose. LEFT: Josie's ring includes her great-grandmother's diamonds and two shades of gold.
YOUNG LOVE GRANT BULLARD'S NYC PROPOSAL TO JOSIE SANDERS CAME COMPLETE WITH THE 'PRETTIEST' RING Josie Sanders and her fiance, Grant Bullard, were vacationing in New York City in December 2018 when he surprised her with a proposal — complete with a beautiful custom engagement ring. Grant used Josie’s great-grandmother's diamonds to customize a ring at Smith's Jewelers. “When I saw it, I was totally taken back,” Josie says. “I seriously think it is the prettiest ring I have ever seen in my life!” Josie says Grant did an amazing job incorporating features she had mentioned she loved. He even had the ring designed in a custom mix of rose gold and yellow gold, which makes the most beautiful color, she says. “I love the little metal and diamond details on both sides. It gives the ring so much character. I get comments all the time from people saying how they have never seen a ring like mine before, and that's why I love it!”
HAPPILY EVER AFTER KEVIN & DEB POLISE EMBRACE ELEGANCE IN THEIR RING CHOICE When Kevin Polise proposed to his now wife, Deb, he took her out for a sunset cruise on Morse Lake. He stopped the boat in the middle of the water and got down on one knee. In that moment, he gave her a ring she truly loved: a traditional ring with elegant features. “I really like the thicker bands with a traditional round solitaire and smaller diamonds on the sides,” Deb says. “This ring had it all!” When they were ring shopping prior to the proposal, they liked the way this particular ring from Smith's Jewelers looked from all angles. It was a ring that looked like an engagement ring — not a cocktail ring. “The ring we chose set itself apart from all the others and we just knew it was the perfect ring,” Deb says.
CELEBRATION OF LOVE JODY & LEIGH ANN ROUDEBUSH INVEST IN A NEW RING WITH UPGRADES IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES With more than two decades of happy marriage under their belts, Jody and Leigh Ann Roudebush decided that 2019, when they would mark their 23rd anniversary, would be the year when they would upgrade Leigh Ann’s wedding ring. Back in 1995, when the Roudebushes got married, Jody purchased ring No. 1 at Smith’s Jewelers. Now, many years later, they returned for ring No. 2 — one with a halo setting from Christopher Designs. “Smith’s Jewelers always has had a great selection of diamond stones and designs,” Leigh Ann says. “They are always easy to work with as well.”
EXPERT ADVICE Q+A
IS A MIDWIFE RIGHT FOR ME?
A midwife can care for your growing family, and it’s important to find one who you’re comfortable with and trust. Your philosophical approach to having a baby should align with your provider. Here’s a list of some topics you can discuss with them to get a sense of their practice and philosophy.
To schedule an appointment with the Ascension care team at Carmel or for more information: St. Vincent Medical Group 317-415-6450 Visit one of our convenient locations or go online to schedule an appointment with a St. Vincent physician at getstvincentcare.com Bethany Monte Certified Nurse Midwife St. Vincent Women’s Center - Carmel 13420 N. Meridian street Carmel, IN 46032
How does your practice work?
Some practices focus more on continuity of care (meaning you’d deal with one midwife the whole time), while others work with a shared care model (so you could see multiple midwives who provide care as a team). Find out what your care would look like with a particular practice:
What does prenatal care with a midwife look like?
Generally, you’ll see your midwife monthly until you’re 28 weeks pregnant, then biweekly until you’re 36 weeks, and then weekly until you have your baby. First visits last one hour and 30 to 45 minutes for follow-up visits.
What happens if there’s a complication in my pregnancy?
If any complications arise during the prenatal care or labor the midwife will consult with a physician and if it is felt that the risk is high you can be transferred to a care of a physician. Your midwife will still be available for support.
What happens if I’m overdue?
Practices have different protocols when it comes to going past due, but all offer an informed choice approach to decision making regarding timing of delivery. In general, midwives are expected to support the approach to care that uses the fewest interventions, as supported by evidence, and this will impact when induction is recommended. They will also make sure you understand risks and benefits associated with each option.
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Will my baby be delivered at the hospital? Yes!
What might labor look like?
Midwives offer the lowest intervention approach to care that’s supported by the evidence. Generally, midwives help to facilitate some common birth plan goals, among them: avoiding episiotomy; promoting skin to skin with the baby; keeping the umbilical cord attached until it stops pulsing; including any labor support the client might want, such as a doula; and encouraging mobility.
What about pain management?
All medical options for pain management of labor are available such as narcotics or epidural. Midwives are able to help you decide the right time to use all options of pain management in labor.
MANAGING YOUR MOBILITY By Courtney Leach
The number of Americans who require a total joint replacement, also referred to as arthroplasty, is staggering. The American Joint Replacement Registry reports that 1 million people in the U.S. undergo the procedure each year, and that number is expected to climb to 4 million by 2030. From hips to knees, we are tough on our weight-bearing joints, and the evidence is limping into physiciansâ€™ offices across the country. So, how can we protect our mobility and keep joints happy to help stave off surgery? Dr. George Feliciano, an orthopedic surgeon with Community Health Network, says itâ€™s all about investing in your body and knowing what to watch for.
Be fearless in making your wellness a top priority.
WHAT ARE SOME RISK FACTORS FOR UNHEALTHY JOINTS?
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON TREATMENTS FOR JOINT ISSUES?
“The joints are going to break down over our lifetime. The longevity and/or severity of degeneration is dependent on numerous factors, things such as repetitive normal impact, stresses on an abnormal or aging joint, and repetitive abnormal stresses on a normal joint. Any of these scenarios can fuel degeneration.”
“The key components to any initial treatment for a painful joint are rest, ice, gentle wrapping or compression, and periods of elevation to manage the swelling. Short term, antiinflammatory oral or topical agents can also be used.”
WHAT ARE SOME EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF JOINT DEGENERATION? “The first symptom can be as subtle as a loss of range of motion or persistent stiffness in the joint. This can be, but is not always, accompanied by pain or swelling early on.”
WHEN SHOULD YOU SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION? “You should never ignore persistent swelling of the joint, especially when accompanied by pain and or loss of range of motion. If those symptoms are present, it’s time to speak with a doctor.”
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON ISSUES WITH THE JOINTS? “Arthritis and inflammation of the joint, often caused by the loss of cartilage within the joint. However, inflammation or injury to any of the structures around the joint can cause pain. This might be linked to tendonitis, a ligament tear or strain, muscle strain, or other conditions such as gout.”
WHAT LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS CAN PEOPLE MAKE FOR PREVENTION OR TO EASE DISCOMFORT? “It’s important to remember, our joints are made by design to enjoy motion, but not necessarily to resist frequent, repetitive high-stress loads. Secondly, muscle groups that cross the joint must be conditioned in order to maintain a stable joint and help prevent injury. Therefore, quite simply, I recommend being active. Regular — daily if possible — stretching can help to maintain flexibility. And lightweight lifting or exercise can encourage proper muscle tone, stability, strength and joint function. Joint health is about mind and body. Be fearless in making your wellness a top priority. Do not take your mobility for granted, as it quickly affects all aspects of your daily quality of life. And, perhaps most importantly, when in doubt, get it checked out.”
Looking for Ways to Reduce Joint Pain? Carol Weesner, MD and Founder of Motion 4 Life Fitness provides solutions for maintaining healthy joints.
Q: DOES OSTEOARTHRITIS OR
DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE HAVE TO CONTROL OUR LIVES?
A: For some with OA, it can negatively
impact daily lives and limit activity, while others have no limitations or pain during their activity. In fact, 85% of study participants had no pain, despite indications of OA in an X-ray.
Q: IS JOINT REPLACEMENT OR
SURGERY ALWAYS THE BEST OPTION FOR TREATMENT?
A: Often, less invasive measures reduce
or prevent pain and maintain healthy joints. Improving movement, range of motion, strength and joint stability helps decrease or eliminate pain, and may reduce the need for surgery.
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Q: WHAT IS THE BEST OPTION FOR TREATING OA?
A: Research shows losing weight
reduces joint stress and increasing flexibility helps joints move optimally. Exercise is critical for prevention of and recovery from surgery or joint replacement. When physical therapy ends, start your exercise program immediately.
Q: WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WHEN STARTING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM?
A: Choose a gym that coordinates care with your physician and physical therapist. Individuals often don’t know appropriate exercise for their medical conditions. They should get supervision from a personal trainer who can develop a safe exercise plan and provide the necessary support to be successful.
Q: FINAL THOUGHTS? A: Starting and maintaining an appropriate exercise program is hard. But, with the right trainer, facility, and support, anyone at any fitness level can succeed. It takes an investment and commitment to ‘start moving’ and ‘keep moving’. If you are struggling with joint issues, you do not have to settle for pain and limited motion.
I lived five years with an ACL tear and then tore my meniscus which prompted surgery. During that time, I settled for a limited range of motion, avoiding stairs, not going for walks and needing to ask for help getting out of a chair. I was not even fifty and had to “old lady shuffle.” I joined Motion 4 Life Fitness in January 2018. I used to hold on to things when getting dressed, but now have balance and strength to do everyday movements with confidence and poise. My knee is stronger than ever, so much so my husband and I recently went on a 7 mile hike. It was so muddy, I found myself balancing on fallen trees, jumping from rock to rock, and stepping up without grabbing on. I did it and loved every minute! This would NOT have happened without M4L. Guided exercise at M4L is now a part of my life. I work with a trainer, take classes and attend on my own three to four times a week. The support of staff and members is sincere and amazing. I am ever so grateful having M4L in my life.
Benita M4L Member
“Most people want a diamond ring for their 50th anniversary. I chose a titanium knee.” – pat g.
It was in a jazzercise class that Pat had to face the music. Her knee was shot. That’s when she turned to Community’s Center for Joint Health. After being given a what-to-expect guide and participating in the preop class, she had a total knee replacement. The sole purpose was to dance with her husband at their 50th anniversary party. Mission accomplished. Pat also is back to traveling and doing jazzercise. At age 75, her next goal is to outlive the 20 year warranty on that new titanium knee. Exceptional care. Simply delivered.
THREE WOMEN WHO WILL INSPIRE YOU TO DO YOUR ACTIVE THING, AT ANY AGE. By Dawn Olsen
CHRISTINE MATHER PATRICIA FOX ALWAYS HALF-MARATHON READY
WORKING OUT AS A WAY OF LIFE
When Christine Mather started running at age 48, she never thought she would finish a 13.1-mile half marathon, let alone a full marathon. But now, at age 65, she is training for the 2020 Boston Marathon. Next year's race will be her sixth trip to run Boston, one of the few 26.2-milers for which you have to qualify with a fast time to even toe the start line. She has also run marathons in New York, London and Chicago.
Ask Patricia Fox about her first race, and she’ll laugh. “I was supposed to walk the Race for the Cure,” she says. “But I didn’t know slower people were in the back and faster people were in the front. When the gun went off, it was either run or be run over.”
Christine shares her love of running with her granddaughter and hopes the two of them can race together someday. But for now, she runs a few times a week, including an 8- to 10-mile run on Saturdays. (This allows her and her running partner, Patricia Fox, to be half-marathon ready at all times.) Christine also tries to do core strength exercises every day, making use of hand weights. Group fitness classes, including yoga and spin, are another way Christine stays fit. “Yoga is beneficial because it keeps me flexible,” she says. “As I’ve gotten older, I need to be a bit more gentle on my body.” Christine believes you’re never too old to start exercising. She suggests finding something you really enjoy — running, yoga, swimming, even walking — and doing it a couple of times a week. “It doesn’t matter how old you are … it’s just amazing what our bodies can do.”
At the time, Patricia was 48 years old. Today, at age 65, she is training for the 2020 Boston Marathon with Christine. “When people — especially people in my age group — hear that I run, they all say they can’t. But you can learn, as long as you are disciplined enough to keep at it.” To stay accountable (and encouraged), Patricia stresses the importance of a running buddy or group. She actually met Christine through Indy Runners run club. The two often meet at Eagle Creek Park to get in their mileage. But Patricia, who runs three to four times a week, rarely gets off her schedule. “I just like working out,” she says. “Every day I’m doing something — swimming laps, working out in the gym, spinning.” By changing things up, Patricia avoids aches and pains. “You have to listen to your body,” she says. “How it feels determines how hard to work.”
KATHERINE EARDLY NO MOUNTAIN IS TOO HIGH
Hiking. Running. Walking. Yoga. Snowshoeing. Downhill skiing. Cross-country skiing. There’s hardly an activity Katherine Eardly hasn’t tried. When she was in her 20s, she and her husband took their children backpacking. When she was in her 30s, she started running, eventually finishing three marathons. Today, the 72-year-old — who splits her time between Indianapolis and North Carolina — is a walker and hiker. “Annually, I do a big hike someplace. Last year, we went to Glacier National Park. This year, the hike will probably be in Portugal.” To prepare for a hiking trip, Katherine walks 4 miles a day a few times a week, building up to 8 or 9 miles. And when she’s in Indiana, she works with a trainer twice a week and attends Blooming Life Yoga in Zionsville. “I really like yoga as a fitness piece,” says Katherine, who participated in yoga teacher training in 2018. “I wanted to understand the philosophy of yoga better.” While she hasn’t committed to a teaching position, she continues to enjoy the meditative part of yoga. It’s an activity she picked up in 2016, after a nasty bike injury. “When you’re injured, you need to let your body heal,” she says. “Take time to rebuild, but have a goal, always.”
HEALTHY JOINTS ARTHRITIS DEFINED Arthritis: from arthro-, relating to joints, and -itis, meaning inflammation. Arthritis involves painful, stiff, and sometimes swollen joints. The definition is simple. The rest of this discussion is not. The Complexity Begins
What causes arthritis? As Hamlet would say it, “Ay, there’s the rub!” There’s where the complexity begins. While the most common form of arthritis, called “osteoarthritis,” is typically caused by the simple wear and tear of daily living, there are well over 100 different types of arthritis, each with a different cause. Some forms of arthritis are well known, like osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Lupus, and Gout. Others are not so well known, like Reiter’s Syndrome, Still’s Disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Palindromic Rheumatism. Some causes of arthritis are simple to identify and easy to fix: like nutritional deficiencies involving Vitamin D, magnesium, copper, or zinc. Others are not.
The More Mysterious
Other causes of joint pain are more mysterious, sinister, and difficult to uncover: like “leaky gut,” food sensitivities, infections and toxins.
The gut (i.e., gastrointestinal tract) plays an especially crucial role when it comes to joint pain. Every time you eat, specialized cells lining your gut have to evaluate what you’ve consumed and decide what’s safe and beneficial, and allow that to enter the blood stream, and what’s not safe, and keep those things out. It’s very particular. But if something happens (like a bad GI bug, for example), and those cells get damaged, then we have a condition called “leaky gut.” And that means things that shouldn’t enter the blood stream do. And once they get in, they can go anywhere. When they travel to the joints, they can make bad things happen.
Sometimes specific foods can cause problems. While by now almost everyone recognizes the potential dangers of food colorings, preservatives, and other additives, those aren’t the only things to watch for. Sometimes very healthy foods, like spinach, kale, tomatoes, peppers, nuts, and berries can cause all kinds of joint pain.
Stephen P. Elliott, M.D. Living with Intention, INC 11979 Fishers Crossing Drive Fishers, IN 46038 317-863-5888 LivingWithIntention.biz
Chronic Infections & Toxins
A great many infections, too, can cause joint pain. Anyone who’s ever had the flu knows that. Some infections, though, can trigger joint pain that persists for years, long after the acute phase has completely resolved. Infections like Lyme, Parvovirus, Epstein Barr Virus, and Cytomegalovirus. All of these represent infections that the immune system has difficulty completely eradicating. They persist. And finally, toxins. Toxins, too, can spark chronic arthritis. While we don’t think about toxins a lot in conventional medicine, they’re very real, and they’re all around us. For example, mold toxins are extremely common but frequently hidden, invisible. Heavy metals, too, can be toxic. Like the mercury in dental fillings, or lead in the water supply.
The key to treating chronic joint pain is to find the root cause. And that’s precisely the goal and focus of Functional Medicine. Sometimes the answer comes quickly and the treatment is simple. Sometimes it’s not simple at all. Sometimes it takes a lot of digging and investigating (i.e., testing) to uncover the culprit. But, more often than not, the answer is there for the finding.
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 www.livingwithintention.biz and www.lwimedtherm.com.
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Go bold with a pop of hot pink — or keep it neutral with nude!
ROSE-COLORED BLOUSES Suits always pair well with feminine florals, especially in the springtime.
Suits are making a serious comeback, but they’re not all business. The best part about a suit is its versatility. You get multiple outfits with one purchase. Pair with denim, spring blouses, T-shirts, sandals and tennis shoes. Anne Klein pale blue suit pant, $89; blazer, $149. Bar III floral blouse: $69.50. Steve Madden ‘Erin Dress’ shoe in pink neon, $79. Levi’s rainbow tee, $24.50. Charter Club pearls, $39.50. All at Macy’s.
Keep it casual with a graphic T-shirt or show some love for your favorite cause or band by sporting their merch underneath a stylish blazer. It’s an edgy, fun way to breathe new life into your favorite suit!
Weddings Fall in love with three Indianapolis-area weddings By Brooke Reynolds
PAIGE & ALEX’S ELEGANT, ROMANTIC WEDDING WAS PERFECT AGAINST A SNOWY BACKDROP Paige Sheraw and Alex Kerns got married in the Indianapolis Artsgarden on a snowy day in January 2019. With the venue’s floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides, it felt like they were saying their vows in a snow globe, Paige says. They exchanged vows in front of a curved arbor, punctuated with florals. At the reception, tree centerpieces decorated the tables, adding height and a feeling of whimsy. The guests’ favorite part? Paige says it was the Conrad Indianapolis’ servers as they show-stopped with inunison plate-to-table service. Paige’s favorite moment of the day happened right before her father walked her down the aisle. “My dad and I had about 10 seconds before it was our turn to walk down the staircase at the Artsgarden. I looked down toward the walled-off public walkway, and there was a crowd of people, shoulderto-shoulder, watching us from below, waiting for us to make our descent. It was amazing to me how many people wanted to watch and how silent and respectful they were of our moment.” VENUE & CATERING Indianapolis Artsgarden, Conrad Indianapolis WEDDING DRESS (CEREMONY) Marie Gabriel WEDDING DRESS (RECEPTION) BHLDN FLORIST Stacy Molander of Rusted Window PHOTOGRAPHER The Siners Photography (including photos shown) HAIR & MAKEUP Kathryn’s Bridal Bar MUSIC Lakeside Entertainment COORDINATORS Embellished Events INVITATIONS & PLACE CARDS Minted
ABBY & JUSTIN’S BOHEMIAN DREAMS CAME TRUE AT AVON GARDENS On a sunny 80-degree day in June 2017, Abby Saylor Ambruster and her now husband, Justin, played up a bohemian theme for their fanciful outdoor wedding. “I loved the oversized dream catcher we got married under during our ceremony and at the head table during the reception,” Abby says. “I put a lot of thought into the overall look and vibe of our table, down to the smallest detail — greenery garland with individual roses intermixed, crystals at each place setting, colored glass goblets, woven napkin holders, gold and white plates, and white candles.” Abby says a key element of how their day unfolded was the incredible staff at Avon Gardens. “One of the reasons we booked them is how many day-of services they offer,” she says. “They were so helpful in the planning and execution of our day, handling lots of the behind-the-scenes elements so that we were able to be worry free and just enjoy it all.” VENUE Avon Gardens, Avon, Ind. PHOTOGRAPHER Arianna Torres (Arianna Marie Photography) (including photos shown) OFFICIANT Lisa McCullough MUSIC Jim Lewis FLOWER/GREENERY CROWNS + BOUQUET Ladybird (Jackie Johnston) CAKE Taylor Made Cakery BOUTONNIERES AND CORSAGES Kroger HAIR Kecia Sims at Absolute Style MAKEUP Nikki Bartley
FOR LAUREN & BEN, ENCHANTMENTS HAPPEN OUTSIDE OF BOOKS, TOO Lauren and Ben Fisher married in September 2018 at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis and held the reception at the Indianapolis Public Library Atrium. Lauren loved admiring the awesome sunset that shined through the Atrium’s glass on their special evening. She said hosting her reception at the library felt so unique — they even turned the information desk into the bar! Lauren had many favorite memories of the day, but one of the best was dancing with Ben for their first dance. Several years ago, Lauren recorded herself singing Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” When Ben heard it the first time, he got emotional because he said he really felt that Lauren was singing it about him. “I was very hesitant to make that our wedding song, but we ultimately thought it was perfect. It was a very special moment,” Lauren says. CEREMONY VENUE Tabernacle Presbyterian Church RECEPTION VENUE The Indianapolis Public Library WEDDING DRESS Marie Gabriel Couture BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaids SUITS Macy’s FLOWERS Bella Sorella PHOTOGRAPHER Cassie Howard Photography (including photos shown) CATERING AND CAKE Ritz Charles HAIR Keeley Crews MAKEUP Christine Rohrman RINGS Reis-Nichols Jewelers MUSIC DJ Kinetik VIDEOGRAPHER Joel and Lindsey Stein (Capture4k) TROLLEY Miller Transportation
DELICATE FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS CREATE A WHIMSICAL WEDDING PAMELA PARKER TUCKER JP Parkerk Company Weddings require a lot of behind-thescenes work. But we love what we do, and this bride made it so fun to put her wedding together. She had a vision, and she pictured the centerpieces as natural, jewel tones of deep orange, burgundy red, and rich gold with touches of white. To complement those colors, she also imagined the use of ornamental blue thistle and berries. Her vision helped us incorporate these flowers and color palette throughout the wedding.
AN OUTDOOR SETTING
The setting was exquisitely beautiful. Imagine a perfect fall day in September, one spent at the family home. It was here, under her favorite towering tree, that the bride married her groom. To achieve a whimsical feeling, we hung 10-, 15-, and 20-foot strands of white petals from the branches of the tree. The strands swayed in the gentle breeze, and provided a backdrop for a unique, meaningful ceremony. The flowers used around the outdoor seating areas were of varying sizes and followed the bride’s color palette. For example, the floral path the bride followed to her tree comprised blue and white salvia, lavender salvia, yellow yarrow, delphinium, and black-eyed Susan. To create this dreamy wildflower mix, we planted the flowers on our farm several months before the wedding. We weren’t afraid to go the extra mile to ensure this bride’s special day was magical.
A WHIMSICAL RECEPTION
The outdoor tent was another stunning feature, and it was large enough to hold all 300 guests. We lined the path from to the reception area with beautiful Tuscan pots. The lush floral arrangements were like topiaries. To continue the whimsical feel, the tent opening was festooned with a garland featuring an abundance of golden celosia. And inside the tent, a 15-foot garland wreath of foliage and vines hung over the dance floor. (Similar garlands were used as runners on the farm tables.)
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER
The bride and bridesmaid bouquets featured the jewel tones the bride loved. Deep oranges, reds, and golds were intertwined with white garden roses. The ornamental blue thistle also made an appearance. Thanks to the bride’s vision, we could create a variety of custom floral arrangements and features for her wedding. When we work with fantastic brides, their families, and talented fellow vendors, it is always rewarding. Wedding florals by JP PARKER COMPANY
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STRONG COUPLES TALK FINANCES It’s no secret the word “finances” can strike fear in a person, let alone two people who have chosen to spend their lives together. Two people have to understand and share their views about money, then figure out the best way to comingle philosophies, budgeting, and savings. When couples first come to Fiega Consulting, I notice most of them spend more time planning their vacations than discussing their finances. Since the topic can be stressful, some spouses are reluctant to discuss it at all. No matter how long a couple has been together, bad financial habits can creep in to the relationship, but with healthy communication and planning, this could be fixed.
UNDERSTAND HOW MONEY AFFECTS YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL.
Most individuals bring financial beliefs and behaviors learned from their parents into a relationship. If one person’s family of origin had a lower income and basic necessities were scarce or unpredictable then it’s a possibility that person could view money as an extra layer of security when they’re older. The other person may have grown up in the opposite economic situation and may believe money will never run out and may be less anxious with spending habits. Once you understand your relationship with money it’s easier to work with your partner to move forward and create new financial behaviors together.
BOTH COUPLES NEED TO BE EQUALLY INVOLVED IN MANAGING HOUSEHOLD FINANCES. This could provide a clear understanding of what income is coming in and what money is going out. It also allows each spouse to be able to handle an unforeseen circumstance, such as a death or health emergency.
MAKE A BUDGET, REVIEW, REPEAT.
So much about financial success is determined by daily spending and habits. In order to see what’s going out and areas that can easily get out of control, develop a budget. Online software can track spending and holds both people accountable. The software provides hard data, which helps eliminate finger pointing when each person thinks it’s the other person spending all the money. Aim to review, at minimum, every six months.
ADDRESS INDIVIDUAL’S NEEDS
A couple’s goals are important, but each individual’s goals need to be addressed, too. If one person has anxiety about running out of money, then set a savings goal and agree to never dip funds below that number so that person feels more secure. If therapeutic shopping, sporting events or hobbies are important to one person, set a monthly budget that fits into your budget. A good financial advisor that you trust can help get both individuals working together toward agreed-upon goals.
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This is about… you. From the very start, we focus on where you are now financially, where you want to go, and how we can help prepare you for a successful financial life.
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INTIMATE WEDDING APPAREL On your wedding day, all eyes are on you. But that night, there is only one pair of eyes. What you wear on your wedding night should be the best reflection of you — something made specifically for your style and body. Jane Woolrich, an English designer of luxury lingerie, speaks the bridal language. In the intimate apparel industry, there are arguably few in the world with her gift for capturing the essence of a woman. What makes Jane Woolrich intimate apparel so special? We asked the team at Uplift Intimate Apparel in Carmel, the exclusive seller of the brand in Indiana.
Jane’s designs encompass some of the finest silks and satins in a variety of color options, from clean whites and glowing ivories to an array of soft pastels and rich colors. The cool touch of flawless silk is a sensuous experience in the hand and on the body.
FABRIC THAT FLOATS
All Jane Woolrich Designs are fashioned to allow the fabric to naturally float along a woman’s curves in the most fluid of motions. And it doesn’t matter the size. Jane makes each pattern ensuring the fit is perfect.
Jane uses French Leavers Lace as trim, accents and as intricate elements of the design. Hand cut to match the pattern across the entire gown, the lace is seamlessly incorporated into each design — revealing, concealing or accentuating perfectly. For more than 30 years, Jane has designed in Derbyshire, England, with the belief that “It’s not what you see, it’s what you almost see that fuels the imagination.”
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YOUR ADVENTURES BEGIN IN CORYDON Clear the calendar to combine a family reunion with restorative time in the great outdoors. The charming city of Corydon provides a perfect balance of rich history and invigorating activities for your entire group. Call your extended loves ones and make plans to meet just south of Indianapolis in one of Mother Natureâ€™s most convenient playgrounds. Story By Courtney Leach + Illustrations by Lydia Bird
ROOM FOR THE WHOLE CREW The Hampton Inn Corydon includes an indoor pool and hot tub, friendly staff and close proximity to dining and attractions.
BREAKFAST FOR A CROWD At Frederick’s Café, enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere and your favorite morning staples cooked to order.
SPEND QUALITY TIME Dig into the wealth of recreational adventures in Corydon. Take advantage of mild morning weather with a hike on Indian Creek Trail. Next, partner up at Cave Country Canoes and prepare for wildlife, rapids and adventure along the Blue River. From novice to experienced, and every level and age in between, the team at Cave Country Canoes has half-, full- and two-day trips to accommodate you. Not interested in putting a paddle in the water? Opt for a pole instead. This area is known for smallmouth bass. If the forecast is less favorable, spend some time playing games at the Golf Shores Fun Center or browsing Zimmerman Art Glass.
REFUEL & RECONNECT Break for lunch with a catered, themed meal hosted by the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site.
THE FAMILY THAT EXPLORES TOGETHER … Embrace your sense of wonder at Squire Boone Caverns or Indiana Caverns, which boasts the Midwest’s longest cave. Take in Ice Age bones, a diverse ecosystem and the option of walking or boat tours. For the brave among your brood, try the Squire Boone Zipline, one of the longest zip lines in the region. Nothing brings a family together like climbing into harnesses and soaring over the treetops. The activity is fun and safe for participants of all ages.
A DINNER TO REMEMBER With a total of four restaurant offerings, the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino is sure to have the space — and menu — to suit your crew’s tastes. Choose from American favorites like smoky barbecue, steak or pizza.
TAKE TIME FOR A TREAT The nostalgic White House Candy Co. has a wide selection of chocolates and gourmet popcorn to satisfy your sweet tooth and end the day on a sugary note.
SAVOR THE SEASON Plan your trip around Southern Indiana Uncorked, on May 25. This food and wine festival serves up live entertainment and a true taste of Southern Indiana's culinary culture. Beginning June 1, the Friday Night Band Concert series kicks off the festival, with local acts closing out the work week at the Corydon State Historic Site. This tradition has been a staple in the city for more than 30 years.
SAY CHEESE! Before you leave, gather at the Historic Downtown Corydon Square, either the Gazebo or First State Capitol, for a group shot to mark your magical weekend reconnecting in Southern Indiana.
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The two-wheeled ride series returns, bigger & better in 2019!
KIT This year, Bike Carmel features eight exciting rides throughout the summer. The season kicks off on May 11 with the return of Bike Carmelâ€™s Family Fun Ride at Smoky Row Elementary School. New this year, a bike rodeo has been added to the lineup. The bike rodeo will consist of mini-obstacles tailored to children under 8 years old. Each family fun ride will take participants on a 2-4 mile loop on multiuse paths and sidewalks in different Carmel neighborhoods. Bike Carmel is debuting two new rides this season, including an overnight family camping ride. The Bike Carmel: Family Camping S24O camping ride is a great introduction to bicycle touring and is TOP: Biking Carmel is perfect for family fun! RIGHT: A view of the HaganBurke Trail in Carmel.
designed to be much less intimidating than a typical overnight tour. Sub 24-hour Overnight (S24O) rides have been increasing in popularity across the country, and Bike Carmel is proud to host the first in the community. Families will start at one park in Carmel and make their way across town to a second park where they will camp overnight. Camping gear will be transported to the camping park for participants and there will be games for kids and parents, a movie and plenty of s’mores to go around for the evening. On Sunday morning, families that camped overnight will ride back to their starting point.” Bike Carmel’s Slow Roll Rides are moving to Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. These one-hour social rides are designed to celebrate the bicycling community, no matter
how you ride. A Carmel Police motorcade will escort participants along an 8-10 mile route in different parts of town at a slow roll pace. The City’s Carmel Access Bikeways (CAB) routes will be highlighted along the way. Once completed, riders will be invited to join together for dinner at a local restaurant in the neighborhood. Coffee on the Monon, another new addition to the Bike Carmel lineup, will let bike commuters make a caffeine stop along the Monon Greenway to refuel on their way to work. Bike Carmel will be promoting the Carmel Caffeine Trail on select Fridays throughout the summer to provide free coffee at the 96th Street Trailhead.
BIKE CARMEL 2019 DATES FAMILY FUN RIDES May 11, June 8, August 10. Rides roll out at 9:30 a.m.
SLOW ROLL RIDES
May 14, June 11, August 13, October 8. Rides roll out at 6:30 p.m.
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May 10, June 28, July 26, August 23. 6:30–8:30 a.m.
TOP: Cyclists cruise together during Bike Carmel Late Night on Main. BOTTOM: Bikes of all sorts roll through the City Center Monon Tunnel.
FAMILY CAMPING RIDE June 1-2
JODI'S 1935 BUNGALOW Home Interior by Jodi Pierrot Design | Photos by Kyle Williams
Jodi Pierrot loves her quaint Indianapolis neighborhood. The architecture, shady streets and great neighbors are just some of the features that make Meridian-Kessler home for her. She loves it so much that she has bought and renovated two homes in the area and is looking to do more. It was during a walk in the neighborhood that she stumbled upon her current home, a 1935 bungalow. She fell in love with it as soon as she saw it. The home needed major TLC and lots of updates, but she knew it had good bones and that she could restore its beauty to make it functional for her, her husband Kris and dog Jack. After renovating the home, she took a leap of faith, leaving behind her pharmaceutical sales career to launch Jodi Pierott Design. “Some people don’t do anything because they don’t know where to start," she says. Jodi helps these people move forward and bring their visions to life. In addition to interior decorating projects, she also works on complete home renovations and has a penchant for historic home renovations that maintain the integrity of the home and its charm.
The front porch is Jodiâ€™s favorite room of the house. The home's exterior has changed so much since she first laid eyes on it. This outside oasis is the perfect place to relax and enjoy everything it took to make the house a home. Jodi says her quiet street reminds her of another era, and it makes her smile to see lots of neighbors fixing up their homes as well.
MASTER BEDROOM Bedrooms have to be comfortable, which starts with the bed. Take a page out of Jodiâ€™s book and keep it all neutral, with solid, monochromatic bedding. For color and texture, layer decorative pillows and throws. The bedroom is also the place to bring in those personal photos. By reframing old family photos and prints, you can take something old and sentimental and bring it new life.
FAMILY ROOM The shelves under the windows were custom made by Brothers Furniture Design. Jodi wanted something different from the typical built-ins, furniture that could also provide a place for accents, dĂŠcor and baskets for storage. She loves how they did the finish to match the hardwood floors. It adds so much warmth to the space. The pillows from Haus Love Interiors also help cozy up the space.
OFFICE SPACE This patterned wallpaper features neutral shades but adds so much character to her small office niche. Wallpaper is a great way to add personality to any cozy corner.
SITTING AREA Jodi loves an open concept home but still likes defined spaces. This well lighted space and the combination of furniture create an ideal reading nook.
BATHROOM In interior design, it often pays to keep things simple and classic. This bright white bathroom pulls in just a touch of texture using natural wood for hanging towels.
IN THE KITCHEN
Jodi loves a bright, open kitchen. She went with white cabinets but says you donâ€™t always have to go white. Having a lot of windows creates the same bright effect â€” she designed her kitchen so she could have both. Pockets doors were a must since she wanted to add on separate rooms for both her mudroom and her office. Window style (below left) was a big decision. Jodi mixed up her panes from top to bottom, and managed to maintain a historical feel. The sunny window seat is a great addition. The bumpout feature added interest to both the exterior and interior of the house.
Combine bargains with investment pieces. Jodi purchased these four prints from Overstock.com.
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Jodi Pierrot is a former pharma rep pursuing her passion for interior design and home renovation — and we’re crushing on her style. While touring her Meridian-Kessler bungalow, Kit asked Jodi for five of her favorite ways to accessorize a home. These tips don’t have to break the bank and can add loads of style to each little nook. Like an outfit, accessories have the ability to make the entire room look pulled together. Photography by Kyle Williams
BOXED-IN BOOKS Coffee table books crowned with a pretty box work in all rooms. These pictured are on our dresser in the master bedroom. (Purchased via H. Josephine Home in Indianapolis.)
FRESH FLORALS Fresh flowers are a staple of the home and the perfect gift for clients. I get my blooms from Posh Petals (Indianapolis). They bring the outdoors in and liven up any space.
SERVING UP STYLE Breadboards like these from McGee and Co. (mcgeeandco.com) add great texture and decor to any kitchen while being purposeful as well. These types of boards come in all price points. I especially love finding vintage pieces.
SUCKER FOR SUCCULENTS Every succulent needs a vase, and pretty vases don’t have to break the bank! This vase was around $14. The succulents are from Surroundings in Broad Ripple.
PRETTY PLANTERS This tabletop planter from H. Josephine Home holds large, gorgeous orchids year round! Follow Jodi on Instagram @jodipierrotdesign
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Recipes + Photos by Kate Costello
The seasonal gifts and forage opportunities of spring are here, bearing witness to the bounty to follow. I delight in what this time of the year offers, and for this issue, I’m focusing on strawberries. Showcasing these treasures in a few different ways, I’m crowning this berry as queen of the season. The scallops and greens recipe (page 62) is new to me. Although it includes a few of my favorite, often-used ingredients, I’ve been intrigued recently by sorghum and wanted to add it to this dish. The outcome is a perfect, light summer meal — simple, yet delicious and pretty enough for entertaining. The sweet rolls (page 63) are so quick, easy and profoundly tasty. I adapted an old recipe to use a Pillsbury hot roll mix, to which I add a filling of sugar and ground almonds, and then finish with cream cheese strawberry icing. Invite a friend over and double down — serve with fresh strawberries and coffee. I am the mother of three (all grown) boys, and this cheesecake (page 63) was often the pick when a birthday rolled around. The recipe is adapted from the Barefoot Contessa’s cheesecake. I’ve made so many types and variations over the years, but I always stick to this basic recipe. It is both dense and fluffy, and not overly sweet. Arrange the strawberries on top, serve with whipped cream or — for a true celebration — white chocolate ganache. Strawberries are available all year around, which is great. But I urge you to savor these when they are in season locally for peak flavor. For me, biting into a freshly picked berry evokes decades of strawberry memories. Make some delicious memories for your friends and loved ones!
SCALLOPS WITH STRAWBERRY BACON SORGHUM GREENS Scallops are my special occasion treat. This pairing with strawberries is a light, quick meal. I prefer to use baby arugula, but choose the greens of your choice. A nice white fish would also work well with this dish. For the recipe, use a good drinkable wine that you can serve on its own as well. I uncorked a bottle of New Zealand sauvignon blanc. The whole grain sorghum, available alongside other whole grains, was so fun to work with; I love the chewy texture it adds to the greens. (Serves 4)
SORGHUM 1 cup whole grain sorghum 3 cups water 1| Combine both in a mediumsized saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and then reduce heat to medium, cooking for 45 minutes. If you have any residual water after cooking, be sure to drain it off. Set aside.
STRAWBERRY SORGHUM SALAD 4 pieces think-cut bacon 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil 4 tablespoons diced shallots Freshly ground pepper, to taste About 1/4 cup white wine 4 cups baby arugula 1 cup slivered strawberries
LEMON DRESSING 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt and pepper, to taste
SCALLOPS 1 pound 15-20 sea scallops 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon butter Salt and pepper, to taste 1| Cut the bacon into small pieces and saute over medium heat with the butter and oil until golden brown. Add the shallots and continue to saute, adding pepper and prepared sorghum, sauteing about 5 minutes. Add the wine to deglaze the pan, scraping the goodies from the bottom of the pan until the wine is reduced. Turn off the heat and hold. 2| In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the lemon dressing. Coat the arugula (or other greens) with the dressing. Add the bacon sorghum mixture, and then add the strawberries.
SCALLOPS 1| Pan sear the scallops in a saute pan over medium-high heat with the oil and butter, turning once. (I cooked for 3 minutes, turning when the bottom was golden.) Cook for about 2 more minutes on medium high. The center will become opaque. Arrange 4-5 large scallops on the plate, with the greens along the side.
STRAWBERRY ALMOND ROLLS I can make my own sweet dough. However, adapting from the Pillsbury hot roll mix makes these quick and easy. I’ve served many different combinations of these, but this recipe is one of my favorites. Though the frosting is made with freeze-dried strawberries, serve these with fresh strawberries, juice and coffee to have a winner. (Yields 12 rolls.)
DOUGH 2 tablespoons butter 1 /4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup milk 1 /2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 16-ounce package Pillsbury Hot Roll baking mix 1 large farm fresh egg, beaten All-purpose flour, for dusting board and rolling pin 1 /2 teaspoon salt
FILLING 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup ground almonds or almond meal 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 /4 teaspoon almond extract
FROSTING 4 tablespoons butter, softened 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 cups sifted powdered sugar 2 ounces freeze-dried strawberries, crushed to a powder 2 tablespoons water or milk 1 /4 teaspoon vanilla extract A few drops almond extract 1| To make the dough, combine the butter, sugar, milk and vanilla in a saucepan, stirring on medium heat until sugar is dissolved, let cool to just warm (110-115 degrees). Sprinkle in yeast (included in box), whisk well and let sit for 5 minutes. 2| Add the egg to the milk mixture and slowly whisk together. 3| Pour the dry baking mix into a mixing bowl and add the milk ingredients; stir until mixture comes together and pulls from the sides of the bowl. Knead dough, adding flour if mixture is too sticky. Place on a floured board and knead by hand about 7 minutes or until smooth. Roll into a ball and place in a bowl sprayed with nonstick coating butter or oil; cover and set in a warm area to let rise for about 20 minutes. 4| Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While dough rises, combine filling ingredients in a bowl and blend with a fork. 5| Remove dough from bowl and roll out to about 12x14 inches. Sprinkle evenly with the nut/sugar mixture, leaving about a 1/2 inch clear on the edges. Starting from a longer side, roll up dough until you get to the edge; pinch the dough together at the end and place seam side down. Cut in half. Cut each half into 6 rolls (12 total). Place rolls cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with parchment paper sprayed with nonstick coating, and let rise until they have doubled in size (20-30 minutes).
6| Place rolls in 375-degree oven and bake until golden brown (20-25 minutes). 7| While rolls are baking, make the frosting. Beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the powdered sugar and dried berry powder, then add the vanilla and almond extracts. Add the milk a few teaspoons at a time, then whip for about 5 minutes on high. Remove from oven and transfer to a rack to cool. I like to spread a little bit of the frosting on while they are still warm. Once cool, spread the remaining frosting. 8| Serve with fresh strawberries.
FLUFFY CHEESECAKE WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES The most important factor in getting this recipe right is pan preparation (details below). I used to use a springform pan. However, I prefer a regular cake pan. You must allow the cheesecake to cool before inverting it onto the plate. When baking, you can immerse the pan in a water bath or just place a pan of hot water into the oven below the cake.
PAN PREP 1| Spray an 8-inch (preferred) or 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper. Cut a 4-inch strip of parchment and line the inside, around the interior of the pan. (You can tape the parchment to hold it into place, but it usually sticks nicely to the sprayed pan.)
CRUST 11/2 cups ground graham crackers 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 tablespoons melted butter 1| Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients and press in the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until crust is golden brown (about 10 minutes).
CAKE 32 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) 1 cup granulated sugar 4 egg yolks 2 whole eggs 1 quart “perfect” strawberries (red and close to the same size for decorating) 1 tablespoon grated citrus rind 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt 1| Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth, and then slowly add the sugar; continue to beat on medium, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the 4 egg yolks one at a time, beating for a least 1 minute in between each, continuing to scrape the bowl; add the 2 whole eggs one at a time and continue to beat. Add the citrus and vanilla extract; beat on high 8-10 minutes. Fold in the sour cream.
3| Carefully pour the cheesecake mixture onto the crust and place in the 450-degree oven. 4| Bake the cake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 35 more minutes. Carefully check on the baking progress to make sure the top has not gotten too brown. If it has, drape a piece of parchment paper over top of the pan. After 35 minutes at 350, shut off the oven and let the cake sit in the oven for 10 more minutes. Open the oven door and let it cool for about 20 minutes before carefully removing the cake from the oven and placing it on a rack to cool. Once cool, place the cake in the refrigerator and chill well before serving. 5| To place on a serving plate, invert the cake onto a parchment-lined tray. Place the plate on the crust side, centering the cake, and then invert again to bring it right side up. 6| Decorate with fresh strawberries, whipped cream or whipped white chocolate ganache (recipe below).
WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE 1 cup chopped white chocolate (It’s got to be the good stuff. Best practice is to buy bulk pieces of chocolate and chop it as needed. I prefer Callebaut, available at Whole Foods.) 1 cup heaving whipping cream 1| Heat 3/4 cup of the cream in a mediumsized saucepan until almost boiling. 2| Add the white chocolate and turn off the heat; stir until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator (45 minutes or over night). 3| Whip with an electric mixer, slowly adding the remaining 1/4 cup cream. It may take a few minutes, but it should reach soft peaks. Store in a cool place until use.
2| In a saucepan, bring about 2 cups water to a boil. Pour the water into a sheet pan and place on bottom rack of the oven.
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