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FEATURES Fashion kits, 21 Stylish women assemble fashion kits

Fall Coats, 53 Top picks

Christmas Cookies, 59 kit staff favorites

DEPARTMENTS Out and About, 4 Cultural arts, festivals and events

Fashion How To, 8 Gifts that sparkle and pop

Fashion How To, 10 Mastering: the cardigan


kit Profile, 16 Meet designer Michele Meregaglia

Health, 28 Weight loss—Fit for life

Jodi—Middle Sister Style, 36 What would Jodi wear for the holidays?


Family, 44 Caregiving 101 series, Part III

Passing on Hope, 64 Cutting off my arm November + December 2013


sparkle shine glow looks we love for the season bundle up with ChiC Coats plus our little blaCk dress makeover

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ON THE COVER: (top to bottom): Infinity scarf, $34.99 at Loft Outlet*; Calvin Klein “Saffiano” clutch, $138, INC International Concepts “Lucy” ankle-strap heels, $89.50; both at Macy’s; beaded bracelets (two shown), $16.99 each at Loft Outlet*; Guess stretch bracelet with round crystals, $35 at Macy’s; and stretch bling bracelet with mixed-shape crystals, $48 at C. Wonder.

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Wicked lands in Indy Nov. 13 with Hayley Podschun (left) as Glinda; Jennifer DiNoia (right) portrays Elphaba.

Cold weather doesn’t have to put a damper on winter fun in Central Indiana. In fact, a dusting of snow only makes activities even more magical this time of year. Bundle up and venture out for some of these exciting seasonal events.



Follow the North Star Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 7 through Nov. 23 Conner Prairie’s gripping interactive program lets guests experience what it was like to be a runaway slave on the Underground Railroad. Ages 12 and up only, $17 for Conner Prairie members, $20 for nonmembers. 13400 Allisonville Rd., (317) 776-6006,


Wicked Nov. 13 through Dec. 1 The award-winning Broadway musical returns to the Murat with spellbinding songs that tell the tale of the fabulous witches of Oz. Tickets start at $40. Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey, (800) 793-7469,

Pink: The Truth About Love Tour Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. This eclectic singer rolls into town to rock Bankers Life Fieldhouse with her own distinctive musical style. Tickets start at $39.50.

Indy International Festival Nov. 22 through Nov. 24 The Indiana State Fairgrounds’ West Pavilion comes alive with the vibrant sights and sounds of international cultures through food, entertainment and education. 1202 E. 38th St., (317) 236-6515,

Holiday on the Square Nov. 23, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season in Carmel with Santa and his elves, a farmers market, musical entertainment and live reindeer. 1 Civic Square, Carmel, (317) 571-2400,

Café at the Propylaeum Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 28, Seatings at noon, 12:45 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Indy’s oldest women’s social club sets out one heck of a Thanksgiving spread in a beautiful 1888 Victorian home within Indy’s Old Northside district. Tickets are $28, reservations required. 1410 N. Delaware St., (317) 638-7881,



Circle of Lights Nov. 29, 6 p.m. A beloved local holiday tradition, families flood Monument Circle each year to witness the lighting of the world’s largest Christmas tree (i.e. the light-strewn Soldiers and Sailors Monument). Proudly presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481. 1 Monument Circle, (317) 237-2222,

Noblesville Main Street Holiday Ice Festival Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 The streets of Noblesville sparkle and shine as Indiana Ice Studio artists create spectacular ice carvings; the festival also includes family-friendly activities and other fun. One Hamilton Square, Noblesville (317) 776-0205,



Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Dec. 6 through Dec. 23 This year, the annual holiday extravaganza features a special host appearance by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Sandi Patty.



Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. Hear the traditional songs of the holidays performed in a whole new way; the voices of this Irish women’s ensemble are nothing short of enchanting. Tickets start at $15. The Center for the Performing Arts, 355 W. City Center Dr., Carmel, (317) 843-3800,

Naptown Roller Girls Dec. 28 Cheer on the hometown derby gals as they kick butt at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. 1202 E. 38th St., (317) 522-1958,

Family New Year’s Eve Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Who needs to stay up late to have a good time? Ring in 2014 (early) with the whole family at the Indiana State Museum. $6 for members, $11 for non-members, reservations required. 650 W. Washington St., (317) 232-1637,

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ASHLEY FUSON Ashley is a hairstylist and makeup artist at Sass Salon Studio at Salon Etc. in Fishers. She specializes in dimensional color, highlights and airbrush makeup.

SAVANNAH NORRIS Savannah has studied theater and costuming at Indiana University, and earned a baking and pastry degree in Indianapolis. She’s currently enrolled at the Art Institute of Indianapolis, where she will soon complete her Bachelor’s degree in fashion design. Savannah works as a wardrobe and food stylist, in addition to pursuing side projects in costume design, tailoring, baking and fashion illustration.

KELLY OSWALT Kelly earned a degree in photography and art from Ball State University, and has received many awards for her fashion pictorials. Her photographs can be seen in various local publications. Over the last 15 years, Kelly has also worked as a freelance makeup artist for cosmetic industry leaders including Lancome, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown and Clarins. As a licensed esthetician, she’s able to offer her clients a wide range of spa services.


Lose weight and actually enjoy the holidays? Here’s the key: Don’t resolve. Pre-Solve! Ah, those New Year’s Resolutions. They’re just around the corner. But think about it. What are we doing? Resolving. Re-solving. Solving something, some problem… again. We’re just waiting for the holidays to have their way with us. Too much food, especially BAD food. Too much stress. Too much alcohol. No time for exercise. It happens every year, right? And so, every year, we need to resolve. We promise to fix our problems all over again. Whatever they are – weight, stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, fatigue – we vow to fix them… again.

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We know it’s coming. It’s not a surprise. It happens every year. We can anticipate it. Unless we change our game plan. Unless we go into the holidays forewarned and forearmed, battle plan in hand, determined NOT to repeat the same mistakes all over again. Make this year’s holidays different. Don’t resolve. Pre-solve. Devise a strategy BEFORE things get out of control. At Living with Intention, we help you do just that: • With counselors to help you and your kids navigate the emotional and relational hurdles ahead. • With a nutritionist who can help you create healthy meal plans and avoid that “I wish I hadn’t eaten that” feeling we’ve all had. • With a Functional and Integrative physician to help you solve your health problems naturally, without reflexively reaching for the prescription pad.

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Sparkle pop

1. “Nala” leopard haircalf flats with rhinestones, $139 at Talbots 2. Stretchy hair ties (packaged like an ornament), $19.99 at Loft Outlet*


THIS YEAR, PUT LITTLE LUXURIES ON the list for your mom, sister, aunt and best friend. Holiday shopping for the ladies in your life is easy when you rely on a hint of sparkle, a pop of color and a bit of leopard print. TEXT BY ERICA SAGON


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5+6. Kenneth Cole New York coiled gold-tone mesh bracelet with beads, $24.50; Bar

III enamel stretch bracelet, $32 both at Macy’s 7. Kenneth Cole New York hinged bracelet, $45 at Macy’s

3. Lightweight polkadot scarf, $34.99 at Loft Outlet* 4. Stella & Dot “Bring It” jewelry roll, $39 at


8. Gold-tone snakeskin belt, $42.50 at J. Crew

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Mastering the cardigan


THIS SEASON’S MUST-HAVE CARDIGAN is comfy enough for curling up on the couch, but it’s fun to dress it up with a lovely blouse and sparkly jewelry, too. First of all, a great cardi should have an open front (no buttons), which creates a flattering, draped look. Also, it should have a longer length that hits mid-thigh. Lastly, look for chunky, textured knits and shawl collars; these features give cardigans that wonderfully warm feeling.




6. 7. 1. Open-front, shawlcollar, wool-blend cardigan, $120 at Banana Republic; 2. sheer bow-neck blouse, $44.99, 3. infinity scarf, $34.99, 4. heeled booties, $89.99, and 5. beaded necklace, $24.99, all at Loft Outlet*; 6. Not Your Daughter’s Jeans skinny jeans, $104, and 7. Vince Camuto “Max” top-handle satchel, $298, both at Macy’s; and 8. hoop earrings, $7.99 at Target.


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Stasis dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin caused by damage to the veins in the lower extremities that reduces the flow of blood out of the legs. Symptoms include a red, violet, or brown rash on the skin between the ankle and the knee. The impaired venous blood flow results in leg swelling and triggers a release of inflammatory factors that decreases the skin’s ability to heal, resulting in stasis dermatitis. Cellulitis is an infection of the superficial and deep layers of the skin, caused by bacteria. Bacteria are normally present on the surface of the skin. When the skin is injured, bacteria can spread beneath the surface and start to grow, which is made worse by the poor blood flow in the feet and legs. Those with stasis dermatitis are more likely to develop cellulitis.

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WHAT KIT MEANS TO ME When I started after40 (now kit) more than five years ago, one of my main objectives was to help women like myself figure out what to wear. I admit, I just don’t “get” fashion most of the time. As I age and my body changes, it gets harder to find age-appropriate clothes I like that look good on me. And I know I’m not alone. Who doesn’t want to feel relevant, confident and pulled together? Here at kit, we’re always on a quest to simplify the way women shop. To that end, we’re introducing new fashion “kits” on page 21, packed with ideas that women can readily tweak according to their own personal styles. Eventually, we’ll also feature kits that focus on home, health and family. But for now, we’re focusing on fashion, an area where so many of us can use a guiding hand. We think you’ll find the outfits pictured here timely, full of suggestions and ideas for what to wear to holiday parties and seasonal events. I’d like to extend a special thanks to Erin ShepardSanders from Saks Fifth Avenue and Dena Marietta of Edinburgh Premium Outlets for taking the time to consult as this issue’s local fashion experts. In addition, kit is continually launching new “kits” on our web site, so you can continue to access great ideas on a weekly basis. If you want to become an official member, simply go online to and register for a free subscription and updates. While you’re at it, let us know how we’re doing, what you’d like to see in future issues and how our fashion experts can help you. We welcome your feedback. As the holidays draw near, we wish you all the peace and joy this very special season brings, and a happy new year.




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s a registered architect, licensed interior designer and now manager of the Fashion Mall, Michele Meregaglia is making a name for himself not only in Indianapolis, but throughout the Midwest. Originally from Milan, Italy, Michele moved to Indianapolis with his wife (a native Hoosier) in 1994. He majored in art during his undergraduate years at DePauw University, then went on to earn his Bachelor of Architecture from the Mies van der Rohe-designed Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. After managing Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville, Michele transitioned over to become manager of the Fashion Mall at Keystone, a role in which he is responsible for the growth and performance of the Fashion Mall, Keystone Crossing Shoppes and Village Park Plaza. “If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be managing the premiere shopping center in Indiana, I would have told you, ‘You are crazy!’ ” he laughs. Overseeing a host of mall aspects that includes security, staffing, tenants/customer relations, crisis management, operations, housekeeping, budgeting and events planning definitely keeps Michele’s days busy. But at his core, he’s still first and foremost a designer and an architect, a blend of skills and talents that serves him well. “The design of the mall is intended to look upscale, elegant, clean and contemporary,” says Patricia Bardin, the Fashion Mall’s director of marketing and business development. “Michele’s work has been maintaining that plan and creating a museum-experience environment, which fits with our mix of high-end retail brands.” Michele works closely with the corporate leasing team to make sure the mall’s combination of home furnishings and decor retailers like Urban Outfitters, LoveSac, West Elm and Restoration Hardware work together as part of a strategic plan to attract homebuyers to the shopping center. Examples of Michele’s distinctive style shine through the Fashion Mall’s contemporary soft seating amenities, handrail detailing, background music and other fine points. Elsewhere in Indy, Michele has served as the lead interior designer for Simon Property Group’s downtown headquarters. He was the lead designer for the DinoSphere interiors at the Children’s Museum, and designed the interior architecture of the Indiana State Museum. He also designed the new Sears headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Hoff-

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man Estates and the United Airlines headquarters in Chicago. When asked to describe his design style and sensibilities, Michele admits he adheres to a lessis-more approach. “I like to work more by subtraction than addition,” he describes. “I try to get rid of needless decorations and elements to get to the essence of whatever I am designing.” As to what’s next for Michele, he says he’s not sure, but he’s ready to embrace whatever the future holds. “I’m appreciative of the opportunities I have been given,” he notes. “I’m having fun; I want to focus on this relatively new role and challenge for me; and as I’ve learned, the future will take care of itself.” m

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In need of a little fashion inspiration? We’ve got you covered with kits: head-to-toe outfits featuring smart buys that are in stores right now. We’re tapping stylish women all over Indy to pull together our kits, so you’ll always see a fresh, fun take on shopping and getting dressed. You’ll find new kits every week online, too — visit kitindy. com to sign up and snag a free subscription to kit magazine.


THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS Erica Sagon, Freelance stylist and writer.

THIS SEASON, WE’RE OFFERING A TOAST TO THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS. We all have one of these lifesavers in our closets, whether it’s a crisp shift for the office or something more glam for Saturday nights. If you’re without a LBD at the moment, don’t stress. Finding a good one isn’t as difficult as you might think. We happen to love the one pictured here—really versatile and so flattering! By swapping out jewelry, shoes and jackets or cardigans, the LBD reinvents itself over and over again to carry you through parties and celebrations all winter long. First, browse your closet to see what stylish combinations you can come up with. Then, shop for anything else you need, keeping in mind that a new necklace or topper can easily change up your look. — By Erica Sagon

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1. A statement necklace is a must for reinventing a black dress. With neutral gems and mixed metals, you’ll be surprised at how well this one pairs with low-key pieces like a striped sweater, too. Stella & Dot “Phoenix” pendant necklace, $118 at



2. Contrary to popular belief, your earrings and necklace don’t always need to match. We love the way pieces look when they’re coordinated, but not matchy-matchy. INC International Concepts drop earrings, $26.50 at Macy’s

7. When it comes to adding a pop of color, brights aren’t your only option. There are plenty of rich, subtle hues to choose from—deep olive is right in style. Jones New York wrap, $24.98 at Macy’s



3. Details like faux leather piping and a wispy belt make this dress stand out, and are incredibly flattering to boot. Calvin Klein faux leather-tipped dress, $134 at Macy’s

6. A tweedy, marled blazer with a shrunken silhouette is our top pick for covering up. And, it will look great with dark skinny jeans for dressing down later. Textured open-front blazer, $69.99 at Loft Outlet*


4. Swap your overstuffed carry-all for something smaller and sleeker. This clutch has a long chain strap so you can wear it over your shoulder, too. Leather quilted turnlock clutch, $148 at C. Wonder 5. A splash of wine is a welcome addition with black, especially in the form of these sleek, simple yet refined heels. Marc Fisher “Sydney” suede heels, $79 at Macy’s

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THE CHILL PARTY LOOK Dena Marietta, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Edinburgh Premium Outlets.

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS SYNONYMOUS WITH PARTIES, AND A TIME TO LOOK YOUR BEST. The days of pairing red and green pieces are a thing of Christmas past, though. This winter, it’s all about modernizing your holiday party attire, which can be tricky when the dress code calls for casual. Mixing boldly colored pants with a fun patterned top (as shown here) achieves a casual holiday look that’s current and festive without being cliché. A cardigan sweater and the right jewelry add the perfect finishing touches to an outfit that’s truly worth celebrating. Remember, these are all staple pieces that can be mixed and matched throughout the year. Be sure to shop for anything you’re missing. — By Dena Marietta

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1. A metallic pop is an easy way to add a modern edge to your look. We love how these bracelets combine gold and silver for a stylish melding of metals. Loft Outlet bracelets, $16.99 each at Edinburgh Premium Outlets. 2. Dressing festive is all about creating visual interest. This doesn’t have to mean Santa’s face or elf prints. This leopard-print blouse exudes excitement in a way that’s fun and modern. White House Black Market leopard shortsleeve shell, $49.99 at Edinburgh Premium Outlets. 3. Pants are a great way to inject color into an outfit. Ditch the green and opt for this rich plum tone. It’s eyecatching, and makes just the right statement. Loft Outlet pants, $59.99 at Edinburgh Premium Outlets.

5. This cardigan is sophisticated without taking itself too seriously. The subtle ruffle in the front is fun and flirty, lending an extra feminine feel to the overall silhouette. White House Black Market ribbed openfront cardigan, $59.99 at Edinburgh Premium Outlets. 6. No holiday outfit is complete without a little sparkle, and these drop earrings add the ideal amount. White House Black Market drop earrings, $24.99 at Edinburgh Premium Outlets.


4. A great bag is a wardrobe must-have for any woman, and this black satchel can be worn with just about everything. The messenger-style strap allows the bag to serve as a trendy accessory for a daytime gathering. Or, swap it out for something a bit sleeker like a clutch to transition into night. Nine West black satchel, $69.99 at Edinburgh Premium Outlets.

7. Black booties tie an entire look together; we chose a leather version to pick up the edginess of the leopard blouse. The gift that keeps on giving, a basic black heel like this can be worn long after the holiday season. Nine West Edythe black booties, $99.99 at Edinburgh Premium Outlets.




THE LITTLE WISH LIST Erin Shepard-Sanders, Assistant General Manager of Merchandising, Saks Fifth Avenue in Indianapolis.


I RELY ON CASUAL-CHIC PIECES THAT LET ME CHASE AFTER MY TWO YOUNG BOYS. My weaknesses? Handbags and shoes—especially boots!” This time of year, I’m on the lookout for investment pieces with modern twists that will be part of my wardrobe for years to come. From the perfect booties to a must-have jacket, here’s a peek at my winter wish list. — By Erin Shepard-Sanders 1. These boots are a little tough, but so wearable. They’ll be your go-to shoes all winter long with skinny jeans or leggings and a cozy sweater. Jimmy Choo “Dixie” mid-calf boots, $1,195 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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3 5. This studded shell is surprisingly polished, so it looks just as stylish with denim as it does under a suit jacket or tucked into a pencil skirt. Top it off with a moto jacket or cardigan. BCBG Max Azria “Jules” studded openback top, $178 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


6. We used to think of clutches as evening pieces only, but now they’re right for any time of day. Here, I love the mix of leopard print and studs, along with the oversize shape. Valentino “Cavallino Rockstud” studded calf hair clutch, $1,695 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

2. The moto jacket is my favorite piece of the season. It’s a great finishing touch for casual outfits, but I love it over a great cocktail dress, too. Talk about a smart investment—you can pull this jacket out of your closet in 15 years and it will still look amazing. Joie “Ailey” leather jacket, $898 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

7. Stylish studs really amp up a pair of basic black booties. This pair has a rocker-ish vibe, but they’re still quite polished. Booties are seasonless now, so I’d wear these clear into spring. Saint Laurent “Paris” studded ankle boots, $945 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

3. Whether you prefer to wear one bold cuff or mix and match bracelets, don’t be afraid to wear silver and gold on the same wrist. John Hardy sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold cuff bracelet, $1,995 at Saks Fifth Avenue. 4. It’s all about leather right now, but the real thing isn’t for everyone. Coated denim is the perfect alternative. With a light sheen, these olive jeans nail that coveted luxe look. J Brand mid-rise super skinny jeans, $185 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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LOSING WEIGHT is tough, and keeping it off is even harder. But it can be done. What’s the secret to getting and staying healthy? These inspiring local women share their stories.

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Secrets to losing weight and keeping it off TEXT BY TRACY LINE


Barb Clouse: Before and After

BARB CLOUSE INDIANAPOLIS, IN DANCE, DANCE, DANCE In 2005, Barb Clouse went in for a physical and discovered that she weighed just as much as she did the previous year right before she gave birth. She immediately joined a gym and hired a trainer, but the truth was, she hated exercising. It wasn’t until she discovered Zumba that fitness finally became fun. Now, this 47-year-old former Colts cheerleader and mom of three actually fights to keep weight on. How it happened: Initially, Barb lost 15 pounds through cardio and weight training, but the real change came in 2011 when she found Zumba. It was love at first dance. “It whipped me up,” she jokes. “I went once a week, and I was exhausted.” Because she enjoyed it, though, going back was easy. Barb slowly built up her stamina, and a year later, she was 20 pounds lighter. Barb’s advice: Don’t force yourself to do something you don’t enjoy. “The key is to find something you like,” she says. “Then, you’ll be motivated to do it.” New and improved: Having lost 57 pounds in total, Barb says she’s in the best shape of her life. Added bonus: Barb is now a Zumba instructor, and is excited about getting paid to do something she loves.

Angelique Codarmaz: Before and After

ANGELIQUE CODARMAZ CARMEL, IN SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE A difficult pregnancy and back issues left Angelique Codarmaz all but chained to her couch for months. Over time, she took small steps to improve her health through incremental changes that eventually got her off the couch and into the yoga studio. In the beginning: Angelique was a bored stay-at-home mom. When her back issues left her immobile, she took solace in food. “I ate a lot!” she says. Seeds of change: “My chiropractor assigned me yoga and physical therapy exercises,” Angelique says. “I knew I had to get healthy.” She began doing yoga DVDs at home, eventually adding weights to her workout and walking to her regimen. “It was probably three years before I noticed a weight loss, but I started to feel better,” she says. Thoughts on food: Angelique began to realize the connection between her food intake and her ability to hold yoga poses. She slowly began to eat less in order to improve her yoga practice. Angelique’s advice: “Wellness is not a quick fix,” she says. “You need to figure out why you don’t want to be overweight anymore, and focus on how you want to feel in the end. Finding an exercise you love is key.” 20 years later: Angelique has lost 80 pounds and is now a yoga instructor for Peace Through Yoga.

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SANDRA DAVIS INDIANAPOLIS, IN ALL ABOUT THE ATTITUDE “I thought I was doing all the right things,” Sandra Davis says. When her doctor suggested that she participate in a wellness clinic, she thought it would be nothing but a waste of time. The free clinic, created by Dr. Angela Henriksen of IU West Hospital, offers weigh-ins, wellness consultations and behaviormodification tips. To her surprise, Sandra discovered she liked it. A real awakening: On the first day, Sandra (who was only 12 pounds overweight) didn’t think she needed to make any changes, but nurse Kathy Taylor gave her some diet tips. “I was eating too many carbs and not enough protein,” Sandra says. “The clinic changed the way I think about food.” New insights: Sandra learned that keeping an open mind and positive attitude makes all the difference. With just a few changes, she lost weight, gained energy and felt better overall. Proudest achievement: “That I took the weight off and now I’m healthier, that’s the biggest part for me,” Sandra says. She’s also inspired her daughter to lose 50 pounds. Where she is now: Sandra has gone from a size 12 to size 8. She’s mindful about her eating and exercises regularly. Today, her weight is holding steady. “Keeping it off is an accomplishment,” she says.

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Holly Leib: Before and After

ELIZABETH KELLY AND KAREN LINE BROWNSBURG, IN IT TAKES TWO When Elizabeth Kelly found the My Fitness Pal app, she was so enthused, she told her mother, Karen Line, about it. Karen decided she’d try it out as well, and the two soon teamed up their weight-loss efforts. How they did it: Both Elizabeth and Karen log their exercise and calories on the tracking app. They exercise separately, but often dine together and inevitably end up discussing their progress. Why it works: In the past, both women kept their weight-loss efforts private. Once they began working together, they discovered talking about it helps. “We motivate each other, and we reward ourselves with a shopping day every six months,” Elizabeth says. Spending the day together and watching each other purchase smaller-sized clothing is a motivator and a reward. Their advice: “Take small steps,” Elizabeth says. “Don’t freak out about the number you’re trying to reach.” Karen learned it’s all about choices, not deprivation. “You really have to do what works for you,” she adds. “Don’t be influenced by everything you read about weight loss.” Look at them now: Karen has lost nearly 40 pounds and no longer has the knee pain she had before. Elizabeth has lost 55 pounds and lowered her blood pressure and blood sugar. Now a runner, Elizabeth aspires to participate in a mini-marathon.

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Robanne Robin: Before and After





After trying spin classes, Pilates and numerous diets, Holly Leib thought being overweight was “just the way it was.” As a last resort, this thirtysomething mom called Eric Walden, a personal trainer at Healthy Lifestyles. With Walden’s guidance, Holly achieved more than she knew she was capable of.

For Leshia Stewart, the impetus for change was her husband Kenny. “He saw himself in the future,” she says. “His father and grandfather were both overweight and died in their early 50s.” When Kenny decided to get healthy, Leshia did, too. The couple started Advocare, a program that includes supplements and an exercise plan to promote weight loss and optimize nutrition. Together, they’ve lost nearly 100 pounds.

Initial results: Holly trained with Walden twice a week, in addition to working out once a week on her own. She lost weight, but more importantly, she gained strength and reshaped her body. Within a year, she’d gone down four sizes, was 12 pounds lighter, and lowered her body fat to 22 percent. Getting uncomfortable: Needing a new goal, Holly decided to enter a bodybuilding competition. Walden increased her workouts and put her on a high-protein diet to build muscle. In 2011, Holly placed second in the bikini division of the OCB Bodybuilding Competition, beating out much younger contestants. What she’s learned: Holly continues to work out with Walden, knowing he keeps her accountable. “I need extrinsic motivation,” she says. “I need something concrete to make me work for it.” Proudest moment: Holly admits to being a bit introverted; getting on stage in a bikini was a life-changing moment for her. “Whenever I feel down, I look at those photos,” she says. “It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever done, and I’m proud of it.”

How it happened: “We started with Advocare’s 24-day challenge,” Leshia says. By taking Advocare’s nutritional supplements, following a diet plan and completing 24-minute DVD workouts, Leshia lost 15 pounds and 15 inches. Making it work: Leshia didn’t exercise before Advocare. Adding activity to her day was an adjustment, but she and Kenny were committed to the program and trusted that if they followed the plan, it would work. Leshia’s advice: “No matter what, you’ll have peaks and valleys,” she says. “Just stay with the program and you will persevere through it.” Happiest accomplishment: “That I’ve helped others,” Leshia says. In addition to her day job, Leshia now sells Advocare products. “Other ladies saw that it helped me, and now I’ve helped them,” she says. “That makes it worth it.”

ROBANNE ROBIN FISHERS, IN SURGERY WAS JUST THE BEGINNING When her pulse soared above 200, Robanne Robin knew she was in trouble. After a heart-to-heart talk with her physician, she decided to have bariatric surgery. The procedure was just the first step, though. It took an entire lifestyle change to get her where she is today. Facing facts: The surgery helped Robanne lose weight, but she also needed to change her behavior. She initially resisted exercise. “I said I would do it, but didn’t,” she says. “Eventually, it dawned on me that if I didn’t change my behavior, what did I have surgery for?” Robanne joined the Fishers YMCA and committed to getting healthy. On having surgery: Robanne feared for her life and knew she needed serious help. “For me, surgery was the last option,” she says. “I had tried to lose weight so many times before.” Emotional eating: “I got to 300 pounds by stuffing my emotions,” Robanne says. After a lifetime of being obese, anorexic and bulimic, she empowered herself by seeking emotional support.

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SHERRELL SMITH NOBLESVILLE, IN YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE For months, Sherrell Smith tried to lose weight, without much success. It took seeing a picture of herself to realize that what she was doing wasn’t working. “Put in a medium effort, you get medium results,” Sherrell laughs. Seeing that photo led her to join Weight Watchers. Now, her only regret is waiting so long to sign up.

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Dr. Brenda Cacucci, is a board-certified physician with St. Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence.


Dr. Brenda Cacucci answers your questions about weight-loss programs and bariatric surgery.

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13430 N. Meridian Street, Suite 168 Carmel, IN 46032


For an appointment, call (317) 582-7088 or toll-free 1-877-831-1582.

What weight loss programs are available at St. Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence? St Vincent Carmel has both a medical weight loss program and a surgical weight loss program. Patients are encouraged to explore both of these options and work with the physicians and staff to choose the best option for them.


Who would be a candidate for a surgical procedure?

Each patient is assessed on an individual basis, but a key indicator of necessary treatment is the patient’s body mass index (BMI). A BMI is a measurement that takes into consideration a patient’s height and weight. We also consider the patient’s overall health, lifestyle and personal preferences. Typically, patients with a BMI of 35 or less are considered candidates for our medical program. Patients with a BMI greater than 35, who have significant associated health conditions, or patients with a BMI of 40 or greater, are generally candidates for surgery without other conditions.


Who would be a candidate for the medical weight loss program, and what is involved in the program?


The ideal candidate for the medical weight loss program is a patient who has 75 or less pounds to lose. The medical program focuses on lifestyle changes rather than diet. Incorporated into the program are visits with our medical doctor, dietitian, exercise trainer and behavioral therapist. The program consists of 30 visits with our multidisciplinary team members.

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What types of surgical procedures are offered at St. Vincent Carmel?

The surgeries fall into two main categories. The first includes those that mechanically restrict stomach capacity, thus enabling a patient to feel full after consuming less food. The second category includes those that block absorption of calories. To learn about the procedures, we encourage patients to go to our website, Patients can also attend a free seminar at the St. Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence to learn more about each of these procedures.


How much weight do patients lose and how quickly with surgical weight loss?

The amount of weight loss following a surgical procedure varies from patient to patient. The amount of excess weight prior to the procedure and how the patient incorporates healthy lifestyle changes into their daily schedule affect the amount of weight and how fast the weight is lost.


Does health insurance cover weight loss surgery?

Patients are fortunate that many health insurance companies have recognized weight loss surgery as an effective treatment for obesity and are now paying for the procedures. However, it is important for each patient to understand their insurance plans and to identify what services will be paid for. The staff at the St. Vincent Bariatric Center assist patients with understanding what health benefits are covered by their insurance plans.

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“Thank you, Marti Starkey, for your gift of Obedience. I read it and despite the fact that I am not a follower of religion or believer in God, I found it quite rewarding.” Peter Langrock, Esq., Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, Attorneys at Law, Middlebury, Vermont

For two decades, Marti Starkey felt compelled to write about the difficult and challenging subject of obedience. She tells of how her understanding of obedience has grown and changed as God has allowed her faith to be tested. It is her belief that obedience to God, in and of itself, is a blessing, and perhaps, along with peace, is what God intends when He talks about blessing our lives. Marti shares stories of faith and obedience because she believes that there is an essence of living wound around the complexities of obedience. The Blessing of Obedience has been an encouragement to many people across the country, as it seems that all people, at some time or another in their lives, struggle with the universal theme of why bad things happen to good people.

“The very day that The Blessing of Obedience arrived, I learned that a dear friend had been diagnosed with a serious illness. I began reading Marti’s book, altogether honestly, for a brief respite from the anger and grief I was feeling. The stories and observations she told moved me to a place of calm, into deep reflection, and toward a clearer understanding of how I could meet the challenge of the devastating news. Marti’s book was provocative, touching, insightful, and generously candid.” Kathleen Fulford McElwee, wife of Brigadier General (R) J.W. McElwee, Coto de Caza, California

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Marti is a noted attorney and author. She has shared her insights on life and work in Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Woman, Kit and Indy Metro Woman. She has practiced Trust & Estate law for over 31 years and is an Equity Partner at Harrison & Moberly, LLP. Marti and her husband, Ron Schwier, live in Carmel, Indiana.

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he holidays offer a unique, once-a-year opportunity to sparkle and shine your brightest. Local Indy fashion blogger and kit style guru Jodi Pierrot offers tips and ideas to help you look your best at seasonal parties, family get-togethers and special events.


THE LOOK: HOLIDAY MAKEUP Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue Jodi says: “Chanel beauty specialist Lan TranCampbell did my makeup for this photo shoot. Saks is a great way to get ready for the holidays— just stop in for a makeup consultation before any special event. I usually purchase a few items to say thanks for the service; who couldn’t use a new holiday lipstick or blush, right? I suggest bringing in photos of makeup you love for ideas. The specialists will even help you apply BYO fake eyelashes as well!”

Saks! Thanks “Saks Fifth Avenue at the Fashion Mall provided all the clothing, shoes and accessories you’ll see pictured here, except for the jeans,” Jodi says. “So first of all, I have to extend a major thank you to some of my favorite people there—marketing director Robyn Haagsma, Chanel beauty specialist Lan Tran-Campbell, and my favorite sales associates, Enrique and Anne in the contemporary department. One of the things I love about living in Indianapolis as compared to my old hometown of San Francisco is it’s small enough that employees at my favorite store remember me by name. Not to mention, they’re extremely helpful. I can’t thank them enough for making my shopping experience so enjoyable.”

THE LOOK: FAMILY FUN The clothes: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Steffe blouse, Vince leather pants, Jimmy Choo shoes The accessories: John Hardy bracelets, Fendi handbag

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Jodi says: “The ivory blouse is a wardrobe staple, and this one adds just the right amount of lace detail for dressy holiday events. Match it with leather leggings and red stilettos for an even bigger holiday punch. I’d wear the blouse and shoes with skinny ankle jeans for a casual girls’ night out or date night. And I love the Fendi chain strap purse; it’s feminine and functional at the same time, and adds a little glitz to the overall look.”

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THE LOOK: OFFICE PARTY The clothes: Black Halo dress, Manolo Blahnik stiletto shoes The accessories: Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, John Hardy bracelets, Yves Saint Laurent clutch Jodi says: “When I shop, I try to look for items that will work for any time of year and just about any occasion. By doing this, I’m able to mix and match, allowing me the most bang for my buck, or what I like to call ‘PPW’ (price per wear). What I love about all of these Saks pieces is that they’re classic, timeless and can be worn in multiples ways.

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A perfect example—this Black Halo dress is a classic silhouette. The ruffle detail at the waist gives it flair and makes it feel feminine. Pairing it with these beautiful gold-detailed Manolo Blahnik stilettos, chandelier earrings and bracelets gives the overall look just the right amount of sparkle for a formal holiday party. I can see myself wearing this to an upcoming gala, and the Yves Saint Laurent structured clutch is the right size and shape to go with this timeless dress.”

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THE LOOK: HOLIDAY PARTY WITH FRIENDS The clothes: BCBG blouse, Helmut Lang blazer, AG Adriano Goldschmied jeans, Manolo Blahnik shoes The accessories: Fendi handbag

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Jodi says: “This Helmut Lang blazer with leather sleeves is to die for, the best-fitting blazer I’ve ever tried on, and it can be worn with just about anything in your closet. Styled with a pretty BCBG blouse, the Fendi chain strap purse, Manolo Blahnik stilettos and AG skinny ankle jeans, you can pull together a great look for a less formal holiday occasion in a flash. I might put this on for our family Christmas Eve party or a gathering with friends. And, you can wear the blouse on its own with black jeans or leather leggings to create yet another fun look for any night out.”

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THE EYES HAVE IT Among the most popular cosmetic procedures for women and men are those that concentrate on the eye and brow areas.

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s we age, gravity allows the upper eyelids and brows to droop and bags to develop under the eyes. Some of us look as if we are tired or angry because of loose or sagging eyelid skin, wrinkles around the eyes or bags under the eyes. A blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can be performed on either the upper or lower lids to remove loose or sagging skin that creates folds on the upper lids, eliminate excess fatty deposits that make the upper lids appear puffy, improve bags under the eyes, correct droopiness of the lower lids and remove excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower lid. The result is a rejuvenated, fresher and more youthful look. Eyelid surgery was the third most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. in 2012. It is important that your surgeon evaluates you so that you have the right procedure for the problems you have. Sometimes a patient needs a brow lift instead of, or in addition to, blepharoplasty. A brow lift provides benefit to the eye area, but also can improve skin laxity on the forehead and high on the bridge of the nose, improve the frown lines between the eyebrows and correct a sagging brow that hoods the upper eyelids. A brow lift is accomplished with either an incision at the top of the head or smaller incisions placed in different areas around the scalp. No matter which approach is used, the incisions are hidden by your hair.

For those seeking a non-surgical solution, a combination of BOTOXŽ Cosmetic or Dysport injections and dermal fillers can be used to decrease wrinkling around the eyes and on the brow, fill in hollow tear troughs and generally rejuvenate the eye area. However, the results will not be as dramatic as surgery. Fine lines and textural issues in the skin around the eyes can often benefit from laser treatments and our wonderful selection of physiciandirected corrective products. If you’d like to learn more about eyelid or brow surgery, cosmetic injections or other products and treatments for eye enhancement, go to or call 317-848-0001 to arrange a consultation.


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Reversing roles, identifying resources and assembling your team It’s happened. You suddenly find yourself in the unfamiliar position of having to care for someone who’s always cared for you. Or maybe the shift has taken place gradually over time. Either way, the role reversals that occur when you’re caring for an aging parent or loved one present their own set of challenges. Dealing with the evolving family dynamics that caregiving entails can be difficult as well. The good news is you don’t have to go it alone. Knowing where to find help and enlisting the support of those around you can make the process much easier, both for you and for your loved one. In this issue, our Kit panel of experts offers thoughts on role reversals and family dynamics, where to find support and resources, and how to assemble your caregiving team. BY AMY LYNCH + ILLUSTRATIONS BY LIVIA CIVES

kit: How do family dynamics change once there’s a need for grown children, a spouse or a relative to take on a caregiving role?

kit: What issues can emerge when it becomes apparent that a family member needs care?

Dr. Lee Sredzinski, Family Medicine Physician with Riverview Medical Group at Noblesville Family Medicine: The roles of children and spouses often change dramatically, particularly for people who have dementia, as the person afflicted tends to need more assistance with daily activities as the disease progresses.

Marc Adamson, Administrator, Hancock Regional Home Health: The person who ends up being in charge is often the one who lives closest. And sometimes that’s not always the person who should be in charge.

Jill Rusk, Director of Business Development, RN and Case Manager at CarDon and Associates: In the simplest terms, the child becomes the parent. Many people start the process by talking with their siblings about what to do, but you really need to start by talking to your parents to find out what they want and need.

Kate Kunk, RN, CIRS-A, Caregiver Options Counselor at CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions: We see a lot of caregivers quitting their jobs and moving back home from other locations to take care of aging parents.

Carol Applegate, Nurse, Elder Law Attorney and Owner of Applegate Elder Law: Role reversals make it difficult for caregivers to know when and how to step in, because they still think of Mom and Dad as the ones who’ve always taken care of them. It can be hard for caregivers to take charge of the situation, and they often wait too long. Beth Gehlhausen, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County: Or, they don’t want to accept that things have gotten bad enough yet that they need to.


Dr. Lee Sredzinski, family medicine physician with Riverview Medical Group at Noblesville Family Medicine

kit: Just like raising a child, caregiving takes a village. When assembling your caregiving team, who needs to be on this list? Marc Adamson: Obviously, if there’s any medical issue, your family physician is the first person you should go to.

Beth Gehlhausen, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County

Kate Kunk, RN, CIRS-A, Caregiver Options Counselor at CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

Dr. Lee Sredzinski: The primary care physician is a great starting place in evaluating the individual’s anticipated needs. Most communities have senior citizen organizations that can assist you in finding support groups, and local hospitals often have social service practitioners. Later in the course of illness, visiting nurse associations can be helpful in sorting out support options. Assisted-living facilities may be an option for people who need more advanced assistance. Carol Applegate: At the same time you’re talking to your doctor, you need to be getting legal advice to make sure your documents are up to date and in order. It’s impossible to do any planning or decision-making without them.

Marc Adamson, Administrator, Hancock Regional Home Health

Michelle Pickett, senior physical therapist at Riverview Hospital’s RehabCare Unit

Maureen Lindley, Vice President of Marketing, Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers: CICOA is another tremendous resource, and it’s not just for the elderly or low-income households. CICOA is for everybody. Beth Gehlhausen: I agree. There’s a stigma when it comes to utilizing services like CICOA and Meals on Wheels, but there shouldn’t be. We’ve got to get past this perception. These services are for anyone on a short-term or long-term basis. We’re part of the community, and offer something that can make your life easier.

Maureen Lindley, Vice President of Marketing, Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers

Jill Rusk, Director of Business Development, RN and Case Manager at CarDon and Associates

Tina McIntosh, Founder and President of Joy’s House Adult Day Service: You’re so right. Caregiving doesn’t discriminate. Asking for help or signing up for services doesn’t mean you can’t handle your life, your schedule or your finances. Kate Kunk: CICOA is especially helpful when it comes to offering referrals. People may not know, but we have lists of everything from retirement communities to elder law attorneys and home modifications. And, we publish a Solutions Guide that contains all sorts of information for caregivers.

Tina McIntosh, Founder and President of Joy’s House Adult Day Service

Carol Applegate, Nurse, Elder Law Attorney and Owner of Applegate Elder Law

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Jill Rusk: Don’t overlook online sources, either. Family Caregiver Alliance ( and other web sites cover a variety of topics related to aging and caregiving, and can be good starting points.

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Careging can be stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions connects people seeking help for themselves or a loved one with community resources that help to provide the best care possible. As the Area Agency on Aging serving Central Indiana, CICOA offers accurate, unbiased information about services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers.

We can give you all the scoop about: • Housing options • Home health services • Home-delivered meals • Transportation • Home modifications • Medicare/Medicaid answers • Family caregiver services • And much more!

(800) 432-2422 or

kit: What is a care manager, and how can he or she help? Carol Applegate: A care manager is a person who looks at your entire situation and connects you with the services you need. They’re with you through the whole caregiving process. Some charge for their services; $25 to $35 an hour is probably an average rate for private individuals. Maureen Lindley: Yes, care managers are great to have in your corner, but most people don’t know what they are, or that they exist. Doctors who don’t specialize in geriatric care may not know where to send you to find one.

kit: With family members, what’s the best way to go about determining what everyone’s role should be? Dr. Lee Sredzinski: Every family is different in terms of dynamics, resources and proximity to the loved one. Open communication and sharing responsibilities is vital. Caretaking needs to be a team effort. Jill Rusk: The key is to have one person acting as the air-traffic controller. Decide who that’s going to be, then let family members decide who can and is willing to do what. Let everyone play to their strengths— some members may be better suited to help manage finances, cook, give rides to doctor appointments, or administer medications. Tina McIntosh: You can also think of your family members as a committee, and you’re the staff liaison. Who are your co-chairs? Get them lined up to work with the rest of the team and delegate. Tell people what you need and assign specific tasks. And, be realistic and know going in that some of your team members aren’t going to pull their weight. People will do as much as they can do. And that’s ok.

kit: So, doctors, lawyers, CICOA, family members… who else? Jill Rusk: Having assessments performed can determine other areas where your parents might need help, and therefore lets you know who else you might need to call—meal providers, transportation services and the like. Kate Kunk: Don’t underestimate the value of your church or faith-based community. And not just the clergy and leaders. The people sitting in the pew next to you can be a tremendous resource in times of need. Maureen Lindley: It’s really important to allow friends and family to help. Other people miss out on so many blessings when you don’t allow them to do that.

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Kate Kunk: Some hospitals have them on staff. CICOA has about 60 care managers for clients who are on our in-home services list. We also have people manning the phones to provide general information and referrals; anyone can access this by calling (317) 254-3660. Beth Gehlhausen: Watch out, though. Care managers are popping up everywhere and promoting all the wonderful things they can do, but you still have to be very careful when you’re hiring one. Tina McIntosh: So true. Interview people for the job, and take it seriously. You’re inviting this person into your family, your life, your personal records. Trust your intuition, do your homework and always check references.

kit: How can caregivers make sure the family member they’re caring for still feels vital and included in the decision-making process? Jill Rusk: If you’re hiring people to help in the home, make sure your loved one gets to meet them ahead of time and have a say. With my mom, I’d hire help for her, and she’d turn around and fire them. It’s got to be someone they can trust and feel safe with. Dr. Lee Sredzinski: Most people with dementia like to have input in the decision-making process, particularly if they understand that changes are being done in their best interest. Maureen Lindley: Have conversations before you’re in a crisis. You can open a dialogue with your loved one at any age. Then, you can refer back to those conversations and know you’re doing what they said they wanted. That way, your loved one still feels like he or she is in control.

Upcoming events for caregivers Riverview Hospital seminars Back in Balance — Nov. 5, 6 to 7 p.m. Healthy Cooking for the Holidays — Nov. 7, 6 to 7 p.m. Faster Wound Healing for a Healthier Life — Nov. 14, 6 to 7 p.m. All seminars are held at Riverview Hospital in the Krieg DeVault Conference Room, located in the lower level of the Women’s Pavilion. A light dinner will be served. Programs are free, but registration is required; call (317) 776-7999 or go to

Making the Connection: Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to noon Fairbanks Hall, IU Health Building, 340 W. 10th St., Indianapolis

Caregiver of the year CICOA has created the Caregiver of the Year Award to honor one personal caregiver in Central Indiana who models courage, sacrifice, strength and creativity while caring for another. Know someone who fits the bill? Nominate any Central Indiana resident who is or has been a caregiver for a family member or friend in 2013 by filling out the online form at: www.cicoa. org/services/careaware/ caregiver-of-the-yearform.html. (Professional caregivers and CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions employees are not eligible.) Entries must be received by Feb. 28, 2014; the Caregiver of the Year will be selected and notified by March 14 and will receive recognition at CICOA’s annual Signature Breakfast on April 17, 2014.

Learn more about the connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s at this informative free seminar sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. For reservations, call (317) 352-9226 or email

Cremation seminar Nov. 12, 11 a.m. Good Shepherd, 9700 Allisonville Rd. Sponsored by Flanner and Buchanan Oakland Memorial Gardens, this lunch-and-learn session covers everything you’ve always wanted to know about cremation, but were afraid to ask. To RSVP, call (317) 849-3616 or email

Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County annual fund drive November and December Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County accepts donations all year long, but makes a special push to raise $25,000 in November and December. Funds go to support the organization’s meal delivery program and a SponsorA-Senior program that assists clients in paying for their meals, and to purchase shelf-stable emergency meals to be used when weather prohibits our drivers from making deliveries. To make a donation or to find out more, call (317) 776-7159.

Questions? Email

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Preventing falls According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. “Falls can diminish the ability to lead an active and independent life,” says Michelle Pickett, senior physical therapist at Riverview Hospital’s RehabCare Unit. “About one third of all people over age 65, and almost half of all people over age 80, will fall at least once this year.”  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of your loved one falling. “There has to be emphasis on safety in the kitchen, bathroom and on stairs,” says Dr. Michael Agostino, an ENT who practices at Riverview Hospital. “Special attention needs to be given to non-skid surfaces in the bathroom. On stairs, there must be secure flooring surfaces and easily marked edges to each stair. Sturdy handrails are needed on both sides, and they must be securely fastened.” “Maintaining physical activity is beneficial in helping to prevent a fall,” Pickett adds. “Developing an individualized program including exercises to improve strength, mobility and balance can be critical. Also, a physical therapist can recommend and fit appropriate walking aids to help avoid fall-related injuries.”

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You or your loved ones deserve quality and compassionate care—wherever you are, whenever you need it. With our round-the-clock, You or your loved ones deserve quality and compassionate care—wherever you are, whenever you need it. With our round-the-clock, quality home health care services delivered to your doorstep, feeling better and independent is possible in your own home. quality home health care services delivered to your doorstep, feeling better and independent is possible in your own home. Our wide range of physician-directed health services include: Our wide range of physician-directed health services include: • Skilled nursing care to speed wound healing • Skilled nursing care to speed wound healing • Patient education for new medications, • Patient education for new medications, pain management and infusion therapy pain management and infusion therapy • Physical, occupational and speech therapy • Physical, occupational and speech therapy

• Personal care needs during your rehabilitation • Personal care needs during your rehabilitation • Social workers and registered dietitians to help you • Social workers and registered dietitians to help you take care of yourself take care of yourself

Open your door to home health care today. We’re expanding in Hamilton County, in collaboration Open your door to home health care today. We’re expanding in Hamilton County, in collaboration with Riverview Hospital, to provide our home health care services. with Riverview Hospital, to provide our home health care services. Call Hancock Regional’s Home Health Care office at 317.468.4522 or talk to your doctor. Call Hancock Regional’s Home Health Care office at 317.468.4522 or talk to your doctor.

COAT CHECK You’ll wear it nearly every day for the next few months, so you really should love your winter coat. We’ve fallen in love with these winter warmers—they’re every bit as chic as what you’re wearing underneath. STYLING AND TEXT BY ERICA SAGON PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS WHONSETLER



Winter white—a creamy, warm off-white—is really heating up this season. We especially love how fresh the color feels for coats. If you normally buy black, grey or camel when it comes to outerwear and feel intimidated by winter white, think of it like this: it’s just another neutral that looks fantastic with everything. With a superbly tailored silhouette, crisp collar and gold details, this pretty coat quickly shoots to the top of our winter wardrobe wish list.


Colorblocking has been one of our favorite looks all year, so we’re thrilled to sport it on our outermost layer. With a classic shape and clean lines, this is the type of polished coat that’s perfect for workdays.


Happy hues like poppy red and cobalt blue are brightening winter’s style forecast. This chic collarless coat gives off a retro vibe with wide cuffs, big buttons and a straight shape that easily accommodates cozy sweaters underneath.

1. Rachel by Rachel Roy wool-blend coat, $280, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans denim leggings, $104, Steve Madden “Bclare” satchel, $98, INC International Concepts gold-

tone cocktail ring, $24.50, and Nine West “Mainstay” booties, $129; all at Macy’s; leather sidezip gloves, $79.50 at Banana Republic.

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2. Colorblock coat, $269 at Talbots; Michael by Michael Kors sheath dress, $160, Olivia + Joy “Splendid” tote, $98, Echo Design satin scarf (tied

on purse), $38, and Cole Haan “Mirium” leather boots, $298, all at Macy’s. 3. Boden “Saint Germain” collarless wool coat, $228 at

2; ponte leggings, $39.99 at White House Black Market outlet store*; Nine West “Lady Bella” cap-toe flats, $49.99 at Nine West

Outlet*; Lauren by Ralph Lauren turtleneck, $69.50, Calvin Klein “Saffiano” clutch, $138, Vince Camuto goldtone bracelet, $88, and INC


International Concepts goldtone drop earrings, $26.50, all at Macy’s.

Outlet at Edinburgh Premium Outlets in Edinburgh, Ind.

*Find White House Black Market outlet store and Nine West 55


If you like a vintage vibe, keep an eye out for ladylike details. This coat won us over with its subtly puffed sleeves, a nipped-in waist and a great little belt for an ideal finishing touch.


How to ward off the winter blues? We think shimmying into a fun print coat like this can help. It’s as perfect for holiday parties as it is with jeans and boots come January.


If you’ve shied away from puffy coats in the past because you’re worried they’ll make you look… well, puffy… it’s time to reconsider. Designers have remastered these winter warmers with longer shapes and fitted silhouettes that are really flattering, and even sleek. A faux fur-trimmed hood is a cozy-chic detail we love.


4. Michael by Michael Kors down-filled puffer coat with faux fur-trimmed hood, $275, Circa by Joan & David “Adine” suede booties, $149, and Bar III open-front marled cardigan,

$79, all at Macy’s; ponte leggings, $39.99 at White House Black Market outlet store*; and L.L. Bean Signature knit hat, $39 at signature.

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*Find White House Black Market outlet store at Edinburgh Premium Outlets in Edinburgh, Ind.

5. Printed blanket coat, $69.94, and pom-pom scarf, $18.94, both at Old Navy; embellished sweatshirt, $49.99 at Loft Outlet*; and Not Your


Daughter’s Jeans straight-leg twill pants, $110 at Macy’s.

*Find Loft Outlet at Edinburgh Premium Outlets in Edinburgh, Ind.

6. Fit-and-flare wool-blend coat with bow belt, $250 at Banana Republic; infinity scarf, $14.94 at Old Navy; denim leggings, $49.99 at White


House Black Market outlet store*; “Melrose” booties, $79.99 at Nine West Outlet*; and Olivia + Joy “Carnegie” cross-body purse, $72 at Macy’s.

*Find Nine West Outlet and White House Black Market outlet store at Edinburgh Premium Outlets in Edinburgh, Ind.


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There’s something special about baking during the holiday season… it brings a sense of love, family and tradition into your home. This year, the staff at kit has gathered a few of our favorite holiday cookie recipes to share with you and yours. So go on, get out the bowls, the butter and the cookie sheets. And let the baking begin!

1. Smorbakelse

(All recipes can also be found on our website:

2. Peppermint Meringues




from Kelly McVey, Publisher “This is an old Swedish recipe from my grandmother. It’s kind of like a sophisticated sugar cookie with almond flavor in the batter and the icing.” COOKIE DOUGH 4 c. flour 1 /2 tsp. salt 1 /2 c. butter 1 /2 c. shortening (Crisco) 4 tsp. baking powder 1 /4 c. white sugar 2 eggs, separated 1 c. whipping cream 1 /2 tsp. almond flavoring ICING: Beat 1 or 2 egg whites with 1 /2 c. confectioners’ sugar and just a hint of almond flavoring. Decorate with colored sugar. DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Mix first six ingredients together like a piecrust. 3. Add 1 egg yolk, whipping cream and almond flavoring. 4. Roll dough out to 1/4 -inch thickness. 5. Cut out with doughnut cutter. 6. Bake until cookies are firm, about 7 to 8 minutes. 7. Ice when completely cooled.


from Amy Lynch, Writer “These cookies are so light, they’re like eating air! My Dad never ate meringue cookies before I made them, now he’s a big fan.” INGREDIENTS 2 /3 c. fine sugar 2 large egg whites, room temperature 1 /8 tsp. cream of tartar 1 /4 tsp. peppermint extract Red food coloring 6 oz. chocolate chips 1 tsp. butter DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 275 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer on high speed until they form soft peaks. (Note, be very careful when separating out the egg whites; if there is any trace of yolk, they will not beat correctly.) 3. Slowly add sugar and peppermint extract and continue beating until the egg whites form stiff, glossy peaks. 4. Add a few drops of red food coloring and stir through gently by hand to create a striped appearance, or add more for an overall pink color — your preference. 5. Gently drop meringues by tablespoonful about one inch apart onto cookie sheets. Bake for 25 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees, and bake for an additional 45 minutes. Do not open oven door to check on them, or they will fall. 6. Let meringues cool completely. 7. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter in 15-second increments, stirring in between, until completely smooth. Dip the bottoms of the meringues in the chocolate, then return to parchment paper until chocolate is set. 

3/GRANDMA C’S CRESCENT ROLL COOKIES from Ashlie Hartgraves, Social Media and Web Creative

“December 25th is a big deal in our family. My grandmother absolutely loved Christmas, and passed the love of that holiday and its traditions on to my mom.” 1 8-oz. package crescent rolls 1 12-oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 /2 c. butter 2 c. oats 2 tsp. vanilla 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk Brown sugar, to taste DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Press crescent rolls to cover bottom of 10x15 inch cookie pan, then sprinkle chocolate chips over dough. 2. Melt butter and stir into bowl with oats and vanilla. Mix well. 3. Pour sweetened condensed milk over top of dough/ chocolate chips in a zigzag pattern. 4. Sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the sweetened condensed milk. Top with a light dusting of brown sugar, to taste.

4/MOM’S SPRITZ COOKIES from Chris Whonsetler, Photographer

“My mom has been making them for 35 yrs. A tray of holiday goodies in our house is not complete without them.” INGREDIENTS 1 c. butter 2 /3 c. sugar 3 egg yolks 2 c. sifted flour 3 /4 tsp. almond extract Red and/or green food coloring (optional) DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter, add sugar and mix together. 2. Beat in egg yolks and almond extract. 3. Gradually add in flour. 4. Add red or green food coloring as desired. 5. Fill cookie press. 6. Form cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. 7. Bake 8 minutes and remove from cookie sheet immediately. *Makes 5-6 dozen cookies.


from Kelly McVey, Publisher “These cookies have been part of my Christmas for as long as I can remember. They’re soft and chewy with a wonderful ginger flavor.” INGREDIENTS 3 /4 c. shortening 1 c. sugar 1 /4 c. mild molasses 1 egg 2 c. plus 2 tablespoons flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 /2 tsp. clove 1 1/2 tsp. ginger 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 /4 tsp. salt DIRECTIONS 1. Melt shortening over low heat. Let cool for a bit, then mix with sugar, molasses and egg. Set aside. 2. Sift together three times all other dry ingredients, then mix with molasses mixture. 3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll dough balls in sugar. 5. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. For additional holiday cookie recipes from the kit staff, go to

5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until slightly browned. Cut into squares or bars when cool. Tip: You can use a rolling pin on a large, flat surface to flatten the dough and then transfer it to the baking pan.








A Kit stylist picks out a “Must Have” item. As you can see, Jodi from Middle Sister Style picks out some great swag!

We give the goods away to our lucky Facebook Fans! Last issue we gave away a Kate Spade Bangle, a Tory Burch Cosmetic Bag, Anthropologie’s Borda Wooden Necklace and a scarf from Madewell!




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wo years after the death of my beloved husband, John, an image of me cutting off my arm flooded into my psyche. Like a rock climber with an arm pinned under a boulder, I had to find a way to cut off my arm in order to live. I pulled out a dull pocketknife and did the unthinkable, digging deep to find a way to cut off my arm. Slice by slice, I experienced a pain that I didn’t know was possible to feel. I watched from outside my body, doubled over on the floor, wishing I would either just die or be freed of this pain. Both happened. A part of me died. And in my death, I was set free. It didn’t happen all at once. (And, just to be perfectly clear, I am certainly not advising anyone to literally cut off your arm.) I simply did what was in front of me, what organically came forward moment by moment. There was no strategy. I lived the answers, allowing my soul to instruct me as I never had before. John was the happiest person I had ever known. He lived each day as if it were his last and reminded me daily “There will never be another day just like this one, so enjoy it.” I returned the favor by reminding him that there would never be another human being just like him. And there won’t be. He was my hillbilly Zen master, appearing ordinary in his camouflage pants, a T-shirt and a baseball cap. But, he embodied an abiding sense of joy, no matter what life brought his way, and shared his wisdom through one-liners that opened my mind, heart, body and soul. Our meeting is the reason I believe in fate and destiny. John gifted me in his life and he has gifted me in his death, showing me how to be alive, live my passion and free my spirit. He’s still reminding me that we can live many lives within a lifetime. John was no stranger to heartbreak. At age 3, John witnessed his little brother’s death following a car accident in which he walked away without a scratch. John’s dad died when he was only 10. And he left for Vietnam when he was 18, where he would watch the horrors of war take the lives of men, women and children. John teetered between this life and the afterlife many times in his 60 years. We used to say that he had already used his 90 lives, ten times more than any cat. He knew that life is now, and someday may never come. Knowing there was no promise of tomorrow, he didn’t wait until

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everything was going his way to get out there and enjoy life. He viewed each day as an adventure and lived it all playfully, walking in a field of kindness that engulfed everyone around him. Now, I am living life the way John did. I know that my death will come as well, but as long as I’m here, I am going to LIVE. I like and accept all that I am, even the ugliest parts of myself. John’s legacy is the love and the passion that lives in me and fuels my new life. Other widows have challenged me. They can’t truly believe that I now love life more than I knew was possible in the wake of John’s death. They fear others will think I don’t miss John, and they don’t think it’s possible for me to love life without him here. Here’s my response. The heartbreak I experienced opened me to a depth of Self that didn’t exist before. And in that depth, I found a well of abundant peace, love and joy. This is not to say that I didn’t love life before, but this well is deeper than I knew and I now rest peacefully in it. In this space, I am unconditionally present to life, and I’ve found it’s a wondrous way to be in the world. It cost me everything to come to know this, but I’m grateful that I did. m Kathy McHugh is the author of Passing On Hope, a book of healing stories about her walk of liberation from the pain of the past through the transformative power of love. Kathy reminds others to “love your life” every single day, no matter what. You can contact Kathy at and check out her website:


What are you willing to do to create a life you love?


Close your eyes and breathe. Touch the abundance that is within you and your life. Free your spirit!



INDIANAPOLIS photos by Sara Crawford

AMY’S PICKS Indianapolis Real Estate Indianapolis real estate is as varied as the “pockets” of neighborhoods that create this beautiful city—downtown Indianapolis, Meridian Kessler, Meridian Hills, Broad Ripple Village and Butler Tarkington, to name just a few. The downtown area boasts condo living along the canal and Mass Ave, as well as in Chatham Courts, Real Silk Lofts, Conrad Residences and Villaggio. If you’re looking for an active lifestyle where parking your car and walking is the norm, you’ll find these options right up your alley. Meridian Kessler is full of the traditional English Tudor homes that began populating Meridian and its neighboring streets in the 1890s, showing off stained glass windows, high ceilings with crown molding and other elegant, old-fashioned features. Established in 1937, Meridian Hills is a relaxed residential neighborhood. Mature trees, winding streams and hilly terrain define this town of approximately 1,800 residents living in 715 homes. Broad Ripple Village, one of Indy’s six cultural districts, consists mainly of two- and three-bedroom bungalows and ranches on smaller lots. Some homes have been updated; others are ready for a little TLC. The neighborhood has a reputation for being economically and ethnically diverse, and is known for its vibrant social scene. Butler Tarkington is named for Butler University and Booth Tarkington, a famous Hoosier author. The two most important aspects of Butler Tarkington homes are their quality and their size. These wellconstructed residences were built in the 1910s and 1920s following European architectural styles and offer an abundance of amenities.

There’s so much I love about Indianapolis, narrowing down to five things is difficult. Here are a few of my favorites, although this certainly isn’t a complete list:


Theater and concerts at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Clowes Memorial Hall, the Phoenix Theatre and the Cabaret. We are so lucky to have such great entertainment in our city, and I love the intimate atmosphere of the Repertory, the Cabaret and the Phoenix.


Restaurants. St. Elmo’s shrimp cocktail is a don’t-miss dining experience. I also love the Oceannaire, Cafe Patachou, Chef JJ’s Backyard, George’s Neighborhood Grill and GT South’s Barbeque. These are just a few of my own personal hot spots; you’ll find great food destinations all across the city.


Shopping at the Fashion Mall at Keystone and in Broad Ripple Village. I love to walk through the village shops this time of year. Downtown, Midland Arts and Antiques Market is full of special finds, and City Market offers great people watching. And don’t miss the collection of shops along Mass Ave.


Indianapolis hosts a full calendar of notable events year-round—The Indianapolis 500; Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Indianapolis Indians season games; Penrod Art Fair; Zoobilation; First Friday Gallery tours; Broad Ripple Art Fair; and a variety of interesting ethnic festivals.


Museums, galleries and other places to visit. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, White River Gardens, Ft. Benjamin Harrison State Park, Eagle Creek Park, Sun King Brewing Company, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Herron Galleries are among my favorites.

Indianapolis has so much to offer. Consider playing tourist in your own city to explore and experience it all.

Amy W. Corey, Realtor

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