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Where women shop, talk, learn and laugh.

JULY 2011

One Scoop or Two?

Smart heart health

with the real Dr. Grey

Where to savor unique ice cream and cold treats

Melt-proof makeup Bra-fitting 101

Winning at work How Spiwe Pierce ďŹ nds career success by treating everyone with respect (including herself)

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Local Finds Where to find these sun and skin products.

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One Scoop or two?


Letter from the Editor Shopper Fashion wish list; bra-fitting 101.


Local Finds Clothes, gifts and décor from our advertisers.


10-11 Family This photo by Amy Zellmer Cover photo by Mathias Baden

Mother/daughter horse riding camp; new Pooh movie.

14-15 Fun Free family-friendly event; Excelsior Girls Night Out.

16-17 Me Melt-proof makeup; benefits of gossip; a new summer read.

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18-19 Winning at Work Attorney Spiwe Pierce shares her philosophy on leadership.

Lead Writer | Sara Glassman Contributing Writers | Terri Schlichenmeyer Photography | Kristin Holtz, Carrie Rood, Amy Zellmer/Custom Creations Photography

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Letter “Speak your truth gently and with respect.”


ow do you make tough decisions at work and still have people want to follow you? Cover woman Spiwe Pierce, page 18, finds inspiration in biblical teachings, like the one above, and in her faith. By treating employees and clients the way she would treat a family member, Spiwe finds people tend to both respect her authority and like her, which makes her job easier. The old adage, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,” hits a similar note. I know I’m more willing to listen and act if someone approaches me in a pleasant manner. It’s how I prefer to interact with folks at work. And yet, I bristle at the fact that a smart, competent female manager has to go one step beyond her male counterparts and kill everyone with kindness. On the other hand, why don’t we demand male managers deliver the bad news with a smile? We’d love to hear about your experiences as a working woman, perhaps as a woman in a position of authority. Everyone has different values, expectations and philosophies so we have lots to learn from one another. Share your thoughts at

Spiwe Pierce has a great boss who supports and mentors her. If your boss leaves a bit to be desired, or your work environment doesn’t offer opportunities for professional development, don’t despair. The Twin Cities has numerous resources. Here are just a few examples: St. Catherine University’s Leadership Institute,, offers classes, workshops and a speaker series to help women become effective and influential leaders. One example of what the university has to offer is the Summer Leadership Seminars featuring innovative leadership education at a low cost. Three Cups of Coffee: Expanding Your Social Capital, 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, July 21 is an interactive seminar exploring why we network and how to do it effectively and authentically. WomenVenture,, is a nonprofit organization that helps women gain economic prosperity by providing guidance and training. For example, its Women Can Do It! program helps women secure jobs in fields where women have not been traditionally well-represented (such as construction, manufacturing and information technology)


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and which offer higher wages and opportunity for advancement. Women in Networking,, is a Twin Cities-based organization in which women in business Melissa Gilman encourage one Editor in Chief another’s professional growth and business success. It’s hosting an Image Factory July 20 featuring resources for helping you look your best including wardrobe consultation with Chaska’s Sasha Westin, personal style concierge and owner of Fabuliss and Woody Thies, master stylist and hair director at Juut Salon Spa. On a lighter note, it’s finally summer and the season for ice cream. I love the package we’ve put together on unique spots to satisfy your sweet (and cold) tooth, page 12. Inside this issue you’ll also find cute clothes and cool products from local businesses, page 7 and we introduce a new column, The Bookworm, page 22.

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Fashion wish list


Stories by Sara Glassman

reaming of a way to spend more time with your friends and have fun shopping? No need to be car areful of whatt you wish for, thanks to Wish. careful

i and boutiques concept was created The new parti parties by Katie Terrien by Terrie e of Apple Valley. The mother of two hass made m de her fantasies come to fruition. “Started as ma hobb ob y and a it has really blown up,” she says. “When a hobby l ve something so you love and you’re passionate about it, thin hiink k people see that.” I think She he eh has gathered a collection that includes Misss Me jeans, pretty spring and summer Mis d ss handbags, basic tank tops, yoga dre dresses, pa ts and tons of jewelry. Thanks to an pan pants exten ex ext e extensive fashion design background, Katie d ign some of the “classic, bordering on des designs trrend ndy items herself. trendy” W le they’ve been doing trunk shows for Whi While more than t more a year, Wish will open as an occasion four-days-a-month store soon. That casional space will be available at other times for space privat events. Unlike most at-home shopping private parti you can try on and buy the items parties, th spot. “It’s a nice way for a bunch of on the girl gir girlfriends to shop,” says Katie.

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Another perk? The prices. You can buy a pair of jeans, a top or a hair accesssory and bracelet for under $100. “Nice,

trendy, yet affordable,” says Katie. “There are pieces that are going to look good on different body types at an affordable price point.”

Katie's summer must-haves: 1. Comfortable and edgy tops: A great flirty fun beaded navy tank ($43) pairs with our white jeans ($53) and a pair of espadrilles. Key takeaway is that you want to have tops in your wardrobe that are comfortable yet provide a little flirt, a bit of edge. 2. Neutrals: If you watch Europe runway trends and interpret them into your everyday wardrobe one consistent message for 2011 in neutrals. An ivory tank ($43) and a light beige sweater ($66) are worn with the white Capri jeans and espadrilles. That sweater will also work as a transitional topper for fall. 3. The maxi: The full-length dress ($60), pictured, works in many ways – you can throw it on at the pool as a swim cover-up or dress it up for an afternoon or night out. The stripes are another strong trend. Add a hobo bag ($39) and you’re good to go. 4. Local jewelry: Wish works with a designer who recycles Louis Vuitton handbags and creates necklaces ($66) that brighten up any basic tank. Each one is unique. Become a fan at and check wishparties. com for current merchandise and details about the store opening. Or call 877-882-6227 or email

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hen it comes to trying on bras, pretty much everyone could use some extra support. Get properly fit at Underneath It All. In addition to being fit experts, Cathy Rieckenberg and Lorraine Dressel have a gentle and sensitive touch that comes from years of experience. While they opened their current Eden Prairie location in January, the two have been in business since 1988. The former home care nurses started as a medical equipment company that included mastectomy bras.

They’ve jumped around since and now focus their business on finding the perfect fit for everyone from size 32A up to a 48J, in addition to women affected by breast cancer. They also carry wicking sleepwear, swimwear and headwear for women who are going through chemotherapy.

They’ll help women with hard-to-find sizes feel comfortable with fittings. You can walk in, but if you’ve had breast surgery or a recent reconstruction, appointments are recommended.

Bra do’s and don’ts Don’t wear the same bra you wore in high school: Your body changes throughout the years. Weight loss, weight gain, children and age all make your body change. Don’t get stuck on the size: Not every bra is going to fit you well – it also depends on the cut and shape of the bra. Do go for feel: Once you get the right bra on, you should feel like you’re not wearing a bra. That means it shouldn’t ride up in the back.

give the Lycra a chance to go back to its original shape. Do wash your bras regularly: Wear it once or twice (if it’s not sweaty), then you can run it through the washing machine in a lingerie bag on the delicate cycle. Use Forever New, a soap that doesn’t leave any residue in the fabric. Woolite is actually the worst detergent for bras.

Don’t keep your bras forever: They last for a year at the most.

Don’t put them in the dryer: You must hang-dry your bras. The heat from a dryer will wear them out too quickly.

Do give your bras some time off: After you wear your bra, let it rest a day. That helps

Underneath It All, 7942 Mitchell Rd., Eden Prairie, 952-937-9252. | July 2011


Sara’s Style By Sara Glassman

Braid parade


Whether you’re braiding your hair or your clothing, you can twist your way into a chic summer. 2 





1 Washed leather key ring, $38 each, from Coach, Galleria, Edina. This essential has a cool nautical feel and won’t easily be lost in your hand 2  Mae hat by Deanna Gibbons, $85, Paging “Great Gatsby” fans. This hat with braided straw band and vintage glass detail bag. 3  Braided belt, $52, Lauren, This classic look never goes out of fashion, whether you’re will keep the sun off your face in style. 4 Don’t be a-braid top, $40, This tee can be worn with a contrasting layer underneath wearing it with jeans or over a cardigan.  5 Jacket, $255, With a multicolored metallic fringed braided trim, this jacket it, but still retains its sophisticated rocker cool.  6 Wedge sandals by Frye, $198, With braided is a textured layer for summer. Pair it with coral pants or a skirt and a white top. 

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Ride, Sally, Ride Mother/daughter riding camps offer chance to bond By Sara Glassman Does your child’s room look like a barn? This summer, you can take her to an actual barn and show her how the horses really live.

Courtney Oblender has been riding since she was 4-years-old and started showing and training horses when she was 13. She recently opened Saddle Bred Laine Stable in Mound, featuring saddle seat (Englishstyle) riding lessons and mother and daughter camps. Courtney got her start because of her mom – she was the lucky girl who got to have a pony. Not only did she learn about the special bond between horse and rider, she got closer to her mother. The starting price is around $30 a lesson and most kids in her program end up with one lesson or so a week. “The kids I have that ride are driven and goal oriented,” says Courtney.

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You can start with a free introductory lesson, which includes a tour of the facility and the child or adult gets a free 10-minute introduction to make sure that there aren’t any apprehensions. Odds are you’ll start with Bo, a former multinational champion who’s older and gentle. “He’s the sweetest, most wonderful horse,” says Courtney. “You can just tell he’s got a good heart. He loves little kids and loves giving lessons.” The mother/daughter camp (Aug. 2021, $250 for mother and daughter) is two days long and offers an introduction to horses and riding and driving (pulling a cart), plus picnics and art projects. “So many camps [just] send your kids off for five days. This helps promotes the bonding of mothers and daughters.” You don’t need much to get started – just wear long pants and closedtoe shoes. The kids will be trotting, cantering and galloping before you know it. In a women-centric environment, they’re bound to be well behaved. And quite stable.

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One Scoop or Two? Where to savor unique ice cream and cold treats

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teamy summer is best savored with cool handmade ice creams, smooth gelatos, rich custards and delicate softserves. It isn’t possible to pick the metro’s best — so, here’s a sampling of some of my favorites.

Starting in Minneapolis, Crema Cafe is the place you come to escape with your sweetie or your best girlfriends. This elegant eatery, situated on the corner of 34th and Lyndale, has a small and everchanging case of ice creams and sorbets. Grown-up flavors — salted chocolate ice cream, blood orange sorbet and Guinness ice cream — bring adventure. Sit outside if you can — the piazza transports you to Italy. Classic Sebastian Joe’s has two locations — bustling Uptown and laid-back Linden Hills. No matter which one we choose, we’ve never been able to resist the Oreo ice cream. It tastes just like the frosting inside an Oreo. And, they don’t skimp on their stir-ins — there is a galaxy of

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chocolate cookie chunks swirled into every scoop. People say things like local, fresh, organic and delivered by local farmers when they describe our last Minneapolis stop — Pumphouse Creamery at 48th and Chicago. The sampler with five mini scoops is genius. Our favorites include a fresh strawberry ice cream that rivals the stuff we make at home on summer nights and a flavor with swirls of sea salt, caramel sauce and praline pecans. Waffle cones are slightly savory and made with a mix of grains. Fro-yo at Freeziac in Eden Prairie is pure fun. Everyone takes the same size bowl and from there, it is a choose-yourown frozen yogurt adventure. Imagine pomegranate, lemon and chocolate fro-yo dollops topped with fresh strawberries, cookie dough, Oreos, brownies and hot fudge. Or you could do a vanilla-chocolate twist with hot butterscotch and toffee. Bring a friend so every bite is guilt-free!

Adele’s photos, 1-3, by Kristin Holtz | Crema Café photos, 4-6, by Amy Zellmer

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Adele’s Frozen Custard 800 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior 952-470-0035, Conny’s Creamy Cone 1197 N. Dale St., St. Paul 651-488-4150, Crema Cafe 3403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-824-3868,

In Excelsior, just a short distance from the shores of Lake Minnetonka, is Adele’s Frozen Custard. There are more than 90 flavors in the rotation at this local favorite. To know when to go, be sure to check out the shop’s online calendar. We go when there is chocolate raspberry truffle. In Eagan, Ring Mountain Creamery Café is stocked full of cases of gelatos, ice creams and sorbets. It is never easy to choose. Our favorite this time was the cookie monster ice cream — colored bright blue with cookie chunks.

St. Paul has no shortage of cool treats. There’s Izzy’s with its signature ice cream dollop on top of a cone. And, in the Como Park neighborhood, there’s the old-fashioned ice cream stand charm of Conny’s Creamy Cone with its 28 flavors of super-creamy soft serve (we chose a chocolate-vanilla twist,  but staffers say Tutti Fruity, which is like a creamy sweet tartflavored Dreamsicle, is most popular). Long-time fave Grand Old Creamery smells just like sugary baked waffle cones and has a case chock-full of classic flavors. We loved the Black Hills Gold and Peppermint Bon Bon. None of these are fancy spots, but on a summer night, there will be a long and winding line out the door. Wondering where to begin? Pick the one that grabbed you first — or make a date with one of your personal favorites. Ice cream is one summer pleasure that only gets better as the days get warmer.

Freeziac 16532 West 78th St., Eden Prairie 952-934-4748, Grand Old Creamery 750 Grand Ave., St. Paul 651-293-1655, Izzy’s Ice Cream Cafe 2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul 651-603-1458, izzysicecream. com Pumphouse Creamery 4754 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-825-2021, Ring Mountain Creamery Cafe 1965 Cliff Lake Rd., Eagan 651-454-7464, Sebastian Joe’s 4321 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-926-7916, 1007 Franklin Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-870-0065, | July 2011


Meet your match Car cool Reach for Ralph (5 to 9 p.m., July 21, BMW of Minnetonka, 15802 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, $45 tickets, The 1960s-themed event will feature classic cars, live jazz, photo shoots and retro food and cocktails. Guests are encouraged to wear vintage clothing. The event supports Hammer, local organization that provides quality services for adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Try a new location at Date and Dash Speed-Dating (8:30 p.m., July 8, Aloft Hotel, 900 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., Singles can mingle and enjoy the cozy chic lobby bar. You’ll meet with prospective suitors for five minutes each and then can discreetly request their contact information.

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Everybody knows that fruit is good for you, but in Hopkins, the raspberry is given top billing during the annual Hopkins Raspberry Festival ( This year’s festivities start on July 9 with the Hopkins Art Festival and run through “Parade Day” on July 17. Check out all of the happenings on and around Main Street, including Music in the Park (July 14) and Family Day (July 16).

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Move it, move it Kick off a summer of healthy activities at the new and free Park Nicollet Move & Groove Family Fest at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis (, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10). Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players will have the entire family moving and grooving on the Music & Dance Stage. Koo Koo Kanga Roo, at right, will also bring festival-goers to their feet to dance and play along with their zany-fun musical antics. There’s even more fun scheduled for the day: • Families can browse food and beverage tents and shop unique products from local artisans and crafters. • Kids’ Culinary Area: Kids discover that healthy eating can be an adventure. Local celebrity chef Brenda Langton (founder of the Mill City Farmers Market and owner of Spoonriver Restaurant) will be one of the chefs wowing kids by showing them how to make easy, tasty and wholesome snacks at home.

What a girl wants Most people look forward to Fridays. But you don’t have to wait that long to get a fun night out. Every Thursday through Oct. 6, Excelsior hosts a Girls Night Out. From 5 to 9 p.m., ladies can enjoy deals, snacks and specials. You might even witness dancing in the streets. The local shops from Cynthia Rae to Avanti Shoe Boutique to Cherie Consignment Boutique to Zelaz all get into the party spirit. They support different local charities each month, including Ready for Success, which provides low-income women with new or gently used professional clothing.

• Creative Kidstuff Projects Tent: Budding Picassos use their imagination to create art to take home.

Some weeks have special themes, including the fourth annual EXC in the City fashion show (July 7) with Twin Cities Live and a giant citywide to-do.

• Video Games for Fun & Fitness: In the video game lounge, everyone can get in on the interactive fun.

Bring your hottest summer style, kick up your heels (or fl ip-flops) to live music and enter giveaways.

• Move & Groove Playground: There is something here to get the entire family moving, whether it’s picking up the jump rope or hula hooping your way to a workout that is so much fun you won’t know it's exercise.

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Melt-proof makeup By Sara Glassman


ou’re constantly saving face. Makeup artist and cosmetics guru Julie Swenson knows a thing or two about that. With 19 years of experience, she’s the founder of special occasion beauty agency Smart & Chic, “Humidity and sweat can affect the performance of your makeup, so keep it light and simple,” says Julie. For a smudge-free summer, try these tips and tricks. Prime primer Hold your makeup in place with a Face Primer. Use after moisturizer, before foundation. Recommendations: Smashbox Photo Finish ($49) and Nars ProPrime ($32). Lighten up Because sweat can mix with makeup and oils and cause breakouts, try a lightweight

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mineral powder foundation or a tinted moisturizer. Recommendations: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 20 ($42) and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 ($32).

reduce creasing, sliding and fading of powder eye shadows. Use underneath powder shadows. Recommendations: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly ($16.50) and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($18).

Lasting glow Use a gel or liquid blush that can double as a lip color – the pigment is strong and longlasting, but looks natural and soft on the skin. Recommedations: Smashbox O Glow ($26) and Benefit Benetint ($28).

Lash out Water-proof and water-resistant mascara is a summer essential, but it can be difficult to take off. Pair your mascara with an effective eye makeup remover. Recommendations: Maybelline Falsies Waterproof Mascara ($7) and Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($5.50).

Liquid liners Smudge-proof and water-resistant gel liners will stay on better than waxy eye pencils that tend to smear in humid weather. Recommendations: MAC Fluidline ($15) and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner ($21). Smudgeless shadows An eyelid primer or a crème shadow will

Better blotting Use a blotting powder and blotting papers to absorb oil, sweat, and to set makeup. Recommendations: Smart and Chic Invisible Powder ($22) and Smart and Chic Blotting Papers ($5).

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Winning at work

How Spiwe Pierce finds career success by treating everyone with respect (including herself) Story by Melissa Gilman Photo by Mathias Baden


too aggressive female manager can be labeled with a disparaging word. Too soft and she may be seen as ineffective. Attorney Spiwe Pierce of Savage knows this is an unfair but real challenge many women face at work. Pierce recognizes that some people will have incorrect assumptions about her ability to effectively do the job, both because she is a woman and a person of color. Fortunately, Pierce likes a good challenge. While growing up in Zimbabwe Pierce’s uncle said to her, “‘You like to read a lot. You like to argue a lot. The law would be a good career for you,” Pierce recalled. “I was probably 12 at the time and that was the first suggestion that I would be well-

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suited for the practice of law.” After earning her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio she quickly learned that many aspects of work succeed or fail based on the strength of relationships. Pierce is now the associate general counsel of litigation for Smiths Medical, a provider of medical devices, located in St. Paul. She also serves as legal counsel to Smiths Medical’s operations in France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. In her line of work developing respectful, trusting relationships is key to accomplishing her job. One of her responsibilities is working with the human resources department to ensure the way the company handles its resources, documents

and people does not put it at risk for being sued. “So that involves a lot of collaboration with internal stakeholders; getting buy-in in order to take the steps and measures we have all agreed will [reduce] risk,” Pierce said. “And a lot of the resources are not in the legal department.” She must be able to use her influence, in a positive way, to get people to follow her suggestions for addressing legal concerns. “The question is how do you work with other business functions so they want to do [what I’ve suggested]? That’s the challenge.”

Unfair, but true Pierce is a successful, wellregarded attorney currently serving

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can be tough being a woman in a leadership role, but Pierce always looks for ways to “make lemonade out of lemons.” “Life gets a lot easier if you are grateful for all things,” she said. God, family, a house, reliable transportation, employment, running water, even a cup of hot tea: Pierce’s list of things she’s grateful for can go on forever. On her first trip to Paris, which was for business, Pierce worked a very long day. She had just a few hours left to tour the city. She could have focused on the shortness of her time there but instead she enjoyed a magical and whirlwind evening in the City of Lights. A small gold statue of the Eiffel Tower sits on her desk reminding her of the privilege of that trip.

as president of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers. But as a woman in management, she, like many women, faces some real challenges. “I’m as much a minority as you get in the work environment. Sometimes I hear women lament that ‘I’m not one of the guys.’ But that just means you have to find your own voice,” Pierce said. “At any given table I am the only one that looks the way I do. [I] could bemoan it. Or, I could ask, ‘Will the CEO remember me because I’m the only woman in the room or because I had something really smart to say?’” In a 2007 study by the nonprofit organization Catalyst titled, “The Double-Bind Dilemma for Women in Leadership: Damned If You Do, Doomed If You Don’t,” researchers found several common dilemmas female leaders face: When women act in ways that are consistent with gender stereotypes (such as being soft-spoken or acting in a nurturing manner) they are viewed as less competent leaders. Conversely, when women act against stereotypes (such as acting in an assertive or aggressive

manner), they are considered unfeminine and are often disliked. Furthermore, the Catalyst report found female leaders must prove they can lead, over and over again. Still, it doesn’t seem fair that women at work have to be smart, competent and well-liked. “My boss, who I adore and is my mentor, said to me, ‘You can be as technically capable as you want to be. But if people don’t like you, you’re not going to advance,’” Pierce recalled. “At the senior levels everyone is expected to be competent and really good at what they do,” Pierce said. “What puts you over the top is whether people can [and want to] work with you.”

Work well with others That’s easy to do when everyone is happy with the decisions you’re making. But what about when you, the boss, have to do something unpopular, such as tell employees they can’t wear jeans to work or worse, lay off employees? Pierce has faced many of those tough times at work and has a consistent approach to handling them. “I treat people like my family, who I really like,” Pierce said. “How would I want my father, sister or niece treated?” Pierce always keeps that question in mind when working with clients and employees and tries to spread this mindset to others in her company. “If there is something unpleasant … we are in the legal department and sometimes we have to say things that are unpleasant … how do I do that with respect?” Pierce has asked her company’s human resources department to treat employees with compassion and gentleness during difficult conversations, such as when an employee needs to be let go. You have to remember that the employee may have been employed at the company a long time and is fearful about the layoff, Pierce advised. An employee

may say horrible things under duress but human resources professionals must respond gently and respectfully, just as they would hope someone would treat their family member if they were in the same situation. “If you treat people with decorum, respect and integrity you find the work environment becomes a lot less hostile,” Pierce said. “People want to work with you because you are always going to treat them well.”

Be true to yourself Being liked at work is important but it’s not worth sacrificing your values or integrity, Pierce said. Every woman has to find her own authentic voice and style. For Pierce, that means she doesn’t go to the bar after work in an attempt to act like one of the guys because she knows she’s not one of the guys. She doesn’t act harsh in order to gain respect because she genuinely likes people and wants to get along with them. “Stick to your values and integrity and you can’t regret it. You’re not going to sway with the wind to protect your income or job,” she said. “It’s not a gender thing. It’s not a race thing. It’s just a human thing. No matter what walk of life you come from, no matter your past, always treat people with unyielding integrity,” she said. “If you do that long enough and establish that as your personal brand, when or if someone bad mouths you or says something ugly about you, people will know what is true.”

Books to help you win at work “Good is Not Enough: And Other Unwritten Rules for Minority Professionals” by Keith R. Wyche “Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business” by Pat Heim “The Art of War for Women” by Chin-Ning Chu | July 2011



Smart heart health with the real Dr. Grey By Sara Glassman


ven if you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women, you might not realize that you can fight it. The good news is that it generally strikes women later in life than men, giving you even more time to take your health into your own hands. “Women have the advantage of not getting it until a little later in life,” says cardiologist Dr. Elizabeth Grey, MD., at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. “There are a few things for women that are pretty key for prevention.” Here are her tips for making sure your heart is in tick-tock condition. 1. Exercise: Yes, you’ve heard this one before, but getting any cardio makes a huge difference. It doesn’t even have to be high-intensity cardio. It can be 45 minutes of walking (preferably briskly), five times a week. Even if you

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have all of the other bad risk factors, exercise lowers your risk overall. That’s such a powerful thing; there’s no pill we can give you that’s as powerful. Ideally, exercise should be built into your everyday schedule. Instead of sitting down and eating dinner with the family, it might be better to grab a snack and go for a walk together. 2. Don’t smoke: It’s a no brainer, but this can’t be said enough. Even if you don’t have hereditary coronary disease, smoking can create it. 3. Watch your blood pressure: Women seem to be surprised when they develop high blood pressure. By 70, three-quarters have it. It doesn’t just go up one day; it goes up slowly and in

Dr. Elizabeth Grey stages. For teenagers, blood pressure is really low (90/60) and then as we age, it does tend to go up. If your top number is always 140 or higher and your bottom number is always 90 or higher, it’s time do something about it – maybe 45 minutes cardio five days a week or even losing five pounds can make a difference. 4. Check your cholesterol: One thing that’s more dangerous, especially in younger women, is when the good cholesterol starts to drop. Try to keep your HDL at 50 or higher. That’s very protective for women. If you start to notice it dropping, you need to discuss it with your doctor.


Arming yourself New medical research from the University College of London suggests that crossing your arms over your midsection not only keeps strangers from talking to you at parties, it also confuses your brain, thus distracting it from pain in your hands. That’s good news for anyone with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome

Music therapy For anyone who deals with stop-andgo traffic, this one’s probably not too surprising. Research has shown that people with longer commutes deal with emotional and physical stress before they even set foot in the office in the mornings. A long ride to the office may raise your blood pressure, according to researchers at the University of California at Irvine. You can use music to try to keep it in check, so crank the radio (in the privacy of your own car) or your iPod (on public transportation) and listen to some tunes.

Why weights? You just want to lose a few pounds, not look like the Hulk. So why would you lift weights?

myself,” says Brenda Booth, owner of Body One Wellness,

How about to increase your sense of confidence?

Of course you’ll also be stronger, have a leaner body and decrease your risk of osteoporosis. But the benefits don’t stop there. According to Brenda’s blog, weight lifting can also reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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When you had trouble with insomnia the other night, it seemed like nothing would lull you back to sleep. Warm milk tasted bad. That previously-boring book on your bedside table suddenly turned intriguing. Even infomercials held your interest, so you started counting sheep. Then you got to wondering … why sheep? Why not count cows or dogs? Is it because sheep are, well, like sheep? Author Catherine Friend wondered that herself because she has a flock of them on her Minnesota farm, and in her new book “Sheepish,” she writes of the good and the ba-a-a-ad, the wild and the wooly. Though her grandmother raised them on a Montana ranch, Catherine Friend had little experience with sheep – that is, until her partner, Melissa, wistfully admitted her dream of owning a farm and raising the critters. And thus it came to pass that Catherine had a little lamb. Fifteen years later, Friend has morphed from City Girl to Backup Farmer. It hasn’t been a gentle-as-a-lamb transformation, but Friend now appreciates her flock. Ovines have a long history in North America, she says. Sheep were shipped to the New World in 1609 and within sixty years, there were over 100,000 sheep on our shores. English lawmakers tried to outlaw the sale of wool but colonists managed to outwit the Brits and wool-gathering became patriotic. Sheep “show up everywhere in our language,” Friend says, and they’re good for supper, of course, but it’s their wool that she fell in love with. Because of the price of fleece, she says, many farmers shear their sheep and throw the wool away. Most small operations won’t get rich on their wool, but Friend discovered the rich colors of wool dyes. Although she first makes fun of “fiber freaks” (knitters who bleat rhapsodically about wool fibers), she couldn’t wait to see what “her sheep” produced. But life on the farm isn’t always laid back. Where there’s livestock, “there’s dead stock,” says Friend. Animals, like humans, don’t always do what you want them to do; they’re never born at convenient times; and sometimes, they get sick. When these things happen, even Backup Farmers do their best for their animals – even if it means giving those animals up. Imagine a serene pasture filled with contented (nameless) sheep. Then imagine a reluctant shepherdess at the helm, add in llamas, cats and dogs, chickens and a peacock, frisky calves, knitters and Elvis, and you’ve got a good yarn called “Sheepish.” Friend gives her readers a sense of the bucolic. She lulls us into total serenity with her poetic descriptions of her flock … and then she knocks us upside the funnybone with asides that are dyed-in-thewool hilarious. In between, Friend has a way of bringing tears to our eyes before she pulls us back to the funny farm. If a taste of the country is what you crave this summer, if you’re a farmer or a wannabe, a knitter, or just love a wooly tale, here’s a book you’ll enjoy. “Sheepish” is perfect for ewe. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 books.

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ore than 80 guests turned out for the Savvy Soiree Garden Palooza Thursday, June 2 at Cal’s Market & Garden Center in Savage. Dakota Liquors in Prior Lake hosted a wine-tasting and guests sipped while watching Cal’s owner Carina Peterson and her staff share dozens of door prizes, free wave petunias and their gardening knowledge. Magazine also handed out door prizes and gift bags bringing the total value of prizes to approximately $500. Savvy Soirees offer a casual opportunity to spend time with friends shopping, learning and laughing. Learn about upcoming events by visiting and clicking on Soirees.

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