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Ladies, This time of year we are looking forward to the changes of the season, the upcoming spring. For now, we’re stuck in our just-too-warm coats and hoping it doesn’t snow again. Looking forward to spring, we wanted a cheerful motto, one that reminded us that where the last bits of dirty snow hide now, flowers and green leaves will soon be. This month we are exploring the “happy-go-lucky” attitude we want to have. On these pages, you’ll find an inspiring story of a woman creating a sisterhood with and giving a second chance to refugees, ways to celebrate upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, and how to wear floral – a touch of spring until the real thing comes. Thank you for exploring Salt Lake with us, for reading about our adventures and most of all, supporting our dreams. creating a sisterhood with and giving a second chance to refugees, ways to celebrate upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, and

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w e ’ r e s o h a p p y to m e e t yo u. . .

Celeste Tholen Rosenlof

Christina Ruth

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My life’s search for freedom has lead me from the skyline of Houston, to the pines of Atlanta, to the rivers of Florence.

Since moving back up north, I’ve graduated from Utah Valley University and currently work at ksl.com as a reporter and content manager. Outside of sunny Southern Utah, I love food, fashion, writing, reading, sewing, and science. 4 | PinkSaltMag.com

I have thrown myself into the full-time study of lenses and darkrooms at Utah Valley University. I love the weight of a camera in my hand and creativity on my mind. Capturing the evolution and beauty of Utah in pixels is a challenge, but one that I love.

Contributors

I am a born-and-raised Utahn. My family moved from Murray to St. George when I was 15, where I went through high school and part of college among the red rocks I miss so much now.

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Stephanie Grimes

Tracee Tibbits

studied history and Italian at BYU. She is currently a reporter at ksl.com and manages the Tech & Gadgets section of the site.

grew up in the tiny country of Qatar and has lived in Utah for four years studying English langugae at BYU. She likes music, kittens and Dr. Pepper.

Emma HuntSamudio

Dani Kent

is a copywriter who moonlights as a rock climber, occasional fiction writer, reluctant runner, and locavore cook. She graduated from Utah Valley University in 2012 and has been married to her wonderful husband since 2011.

was born in Portland, raised in Florida, and has been a proud Utahn for 13 years now. She enjoys summertime, her giant dog ,Duke, and the prospect of graduating with her BA in English from UVU this spring.

St e r l i n g G r ay approves this message. He is a copywriter and wishes he were a lounge singer.

His personal Hall of Fame includes Jerry Seinfeld, Frank Sinatra, Katherine Hepburn, Bill Simmons, and his mother.

Lorraine Jackson is an avid horsewoman, writer, history geek, traveler and knitter. She also works at the U occasionally (about 40 hours a week).

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By Stephanie Grimes

Step down into Murphy’s Bar and Grill and you’ll find a long, narrow pub lined with tables and ivory-colored leather booths. TV’s lead to a back wall covered with dart boards. The pub, located in the heart of downtown SLC, is one of a string of pubs and bars that dot Main Street between the City Center and Gallivan Plaza TRAX stations. Walk too quickly through Main Street foot traffic and you might miss it: the inconspicuous sign hangs above a door that rests a few steps below the street. Walk inside and, depending on the time of day, you’ll find either a dark, laid back atmosphere or a standing roomonly bar. And on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s no holds barred.

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“It’s usually just chaos,” said Megan Brown, a bartender who has been at Murphy’s for five years. “We get through it, though. It’s a lot of fun.”

“We’re really close; we’re family -- at least we think so,” Brown said. “We all work really well together, hang out together, do favors for each other.”

Murphy’s is an Irish pub, famous in Salt Lake for its corned and roast beef sandwiches. The Reuben sandwich, consisting of deli-style corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Russian dressing on marbled rye, is a favorite among locals. On St. Patrick’s day, the menu goes out the window so the pub can focus on traditional Irish fare: corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes.

On weekdays, the bar is filled mostly with regulars -- slowly filling in until the single person enjoying a lunchtime beer turns into a jovial crowd. On weekends, things are a little different: the bar is often standing-room only, especially during the summer. Orders of Reubens and fish and chips turn into grapefruit kamikazes and Powers Irish whiskey.

It’s non-stop festivities for five days straight, according to Brown. It’s crazy, but manageable to a team that has come to feel like a family.

“If people ask me what my favorite drink to make is, I’m like, ‘Whiskey,’ ” Brown said with a laugh. “There’s not a lot to it, but that’s what I like.” Regulars have their favorite seats and

usual drink orders, but tourists find their way inside, too, descending the steps that cause Murphy’s to bill itself as “a step down in social clubs.” As one Texan wrote on Yelp: “Beer and cocktails isn’t the whole rodeo here. Making new friends is what Murphy’s is all about. It’s a place where you’re bound to meet anyone. … Any night of the week, you’re bound to bump into someone that you have something in common with, even it they happen to live as far away as California, Minnesota, Alaska, Texas or Alpha Centauri.”

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Stefanie and Sahar in Ambatana Threads studio.

Seamstress and refugees unite hearts, give second chance with clothing by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof

When a Salt Lake woman was looking for a way to help refugees, a Kenyan refugee came forward with the answer. A wanderer by nature, Stefanie Shumaker dreamed of ending up in Africa as a missionary. She made trips to Ethiopia and Haiti, giving in to her transient nature until she realized there were people in Utah who needed her here. Shumaker, originally from South Dakota, found herself in Salt Lake City after graduating from Princeton with a masters of divinity six years ago. 8 | PinkSaltMag.com

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“I would love to see us grow and see people becoming a fan of a locally made product and to support it so we can hire more women and grow" - Stefanie Shumaker

Her sister had just taken a job at the University of Utah and moved her family here. Shumaker agreed to come and work as a nanny for her sister.

for their lives over religious persecution.

Her heart was in non-profit work, however, and she wanted to serve in the community.

The couple struggled to find work, particularly Aluta Nite,* whose background was in banking and finance. Her husband eventually found part-time work, but Nite did not.

“I’m open to opportunities and things just sort of happen that way,” Shumaker said. “I look like I’m not committed to most things, but I really am, I just sort of take my own path.”

As Shumaker’s friendship with Nite grew, her sympathy for refugees did too. She saw people like her friends struggle to find work in a bad economy. She began thinking of ways to help.

She started working in a child and family ministry at Mt. Olympus Presbyterian Church, where she met a refugee couple from Kenya seeking asylum. Their family had driven them out of the country in fear

Shumaker, a self-taught seamstress, had tossed around the idea of starting a clothing and accessory business and hiring refugee women to sew the items. She shared her idea with Nite and her husband, who took the idea to heart and expanded upon it. “They saw this ability in me to be creative in sewing,” Shumaker said. “One day I just shared my idea with Nite and she got so excited. Within a week she wrote me this eight-page business plan. It was the first time I saw her get excited about something and feel a little more hopeful that maybe it would be possible for her to find a way to be successful.” Business plan in-hand, she knew she had a choice to make.

Stefanie and Sahar cut out fabrics for products. (Photo: Tim Golden)

“In that one week’s time I realized that I either needed to think about not doing this local business or really get serious and pursue it,” Shumaker said.

worked to create a business that can sustain itself and employ refugees. They hired two seamstresses, both refugees from the Middle East.

So she got serious. She began creating designs for clothing and accessories, testing products at farmer’s markets and adjusting patterns. Though Nite told Shumaker she couldn’t even cut straight, (which she later found out was completely true) she could help with the business.

“I just kind of happen upon women at the right time,” Shumaker said. “So every step of the business has just sort of happened. And that definitely feels to me like it’s God-guided.”

“Really, I feel so much that the business is inspired, guided by her,” Shumaker said of Nite. “She’s really just my inspiration. Even the name (of the product line), ‘Ambatana,’ it’s a Swahili word, it means bringing people together.” For three years, Shumaker and Nite have

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She still works with one seamstress, Sahar, but employing refugees is difficult. Besides cultural and language differences, their visas strictly limit them. Those challenges and restrictions are what push Shumaker to make Ambatana work. “I would love to see us grow and see people becoming a fan of a locally made product and to support it so we can hire PinkSaltMag.com | 11


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more women and grow,” Shumaker said. “There are just current challenges that are just a little bit tricky.” Shumaker said the women involved with Ambatana all have a hand in the creative process, and Shumaker is obviously proud of their creations. On the back wall of her studio, a sweet blue dress hangs on a white hanger. Sahar sewed the dress to exemplify Ambatana’s patchwork and colorful style. Shumaker proudly displays the dress as a fusion of her dream and style and the seamstresses’. Nite may not sew, or even cut straight, but she has a hand in the product line design as well. One day, Shumaker said, Nite called her with an order for some aprons. When Shumaker told her she didn’t make aprons, Nite simply responded, “Now you do.” Shumaker said she sells out of aprons quicker than almost any other product. Shumaker offers a variety of items, all of which are handmade in a small space Downtown. They are popular for their button and snap scarves, wallets and clutches, and childrens skirts and shorts. Without a shop-front, Shumaker sells her Ambatana products in Unhinged Boutique, at various farmer’s markets and home shows.

community -- including some refugees who believe in her mission -- help her sew. Others donate materials, notions and tools to Ambatana. Shumaker looks at this as a way not just to give refugees a chance economically, but socially. Part of her purpose for Ambatana is to educate Utahns about the valuable experience refugees bring with them, to unite them with these people who have come so far. She strives “to unite families across cultures with the hope that people will learn from and inspire one another,” her mission statement says. “My heart really is for refugees, for people in general,” Shumaker said. “And in some way to teach people around me to interact with people who look different and have a different background and care about them. I want people around me to care about refugees, [to know] that they’re starting over and that this is scary. That’s been in my heart from the beginning.” Ambatana Threads on Facebook. *Name changed to protect identity. PinkSalt Mag only omits or changes names when using their name could put the person in physical, emotional, or financial harm.

Though she can only afford a small staff now, volunteers of all kinds from the

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Making Your Ow n Lu c k

“M a n i s n ot t h e c r e at u r e o f c i r c u m sta n c e s , c i r c u m sta n c e s a r e t h e c r e at u r e s o f m e n . W e a r e f r e e ag e n ts , a n d m a n i s m o r e p o w e r f u l t h a n m at t e r .” Luck is a tricky thing to define. When I was little, I said to my dad that the people who lived next door to us were lucky because they had a swimming pool and horses. My dad replied that the couple who lived there owned their own business and worked very hard. He then repeated the old adage: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” While I agree that working hard can help our circumstances, I wouldn’t say that luck always has to be associated with hard work. So what would I say? Sometimes I think of luck as coincidence: a chance happening that plays out in our favor. But I prefer to think of luck as a matter of perspective; because if that’s true, then luck really is something we can make for ourselves. But what does luck mean, exactly? What is going on with us or in our worlds that allows things to fall into place the way we want them to? My luckiest moments have always occurred on days where I just felt “on”: I wake up happy, I walk out the door feeling confident and I don’t get stuck stressing over petty stuff. On days like that, everything just seems to work out.

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I think this “on-ness” always comes if our perspectives are straight. When we feel good, are confident in ourselves and in an overall happy frame of mind, we’re motivated, more outgoing, more willing to laugh at ourselves and see the beauty in everyday things. In the past, when I was having an “on” day, I would think to myself, “Damn. I wish I could feel like this EVERY day.” But not every day is perfect. Things happen that are outside our control and life seems hell-bent on taking us down and we get stuck in an emotional and mental fog. Eventually, I tried to answer that question for myself: Why can’t I have a lucky day every day? The only thing stopping me, I realized, was my own perspective and outlook. As I consider myself to be a fairly efficient and capable woman, I didn’t see why I couldn’t force my perspective into that “on” zone at will, molding a lucky mindset that would give me the motivation to create positive circumstances for myself. If I can control my mood, I can control my day. Forcing a perspective can be hard, but there are things you can do to jumpstart a lucky mindset.

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When you have to wake up early for a day packed with work, obligations, and potential stressors, it can be hard to get yourself started. But stirring up the energy and the mood you need for the day is vital for a lucky mindset. Some days, we may have to give ourselves a boost when we’re not feeling particularly motivated.

Sadly (or maybe naturally) one of the biggest factors that influence how we feel about ourselves is how we look. I always try and remind myself that it’s not about how I look compared to the latest societal construction of what beauty is, but how I feel about how I look.

How often do we stifle or censor ourselves throughout the day so as not to draw unnecessary attention, or come across as weird to other people?

When we let ourselves get too busy for the things we really love to do, we become anxious and unhappy. Our hobbies and interests are what make us unique and give us an added sense of identity. Don’t lose touch with them!

Whatever our religion or beliefs, syncing into your higher power, your inner self, or whatever your flavor is, sets you up to feel connected and purposeful. This, in turn, helps to stir up that lucky and illusive on-ness.

My trick:

My trick:

Even when I’m busy, I’ll interrupt work or homework for 15 minutes or so to do something I love. Lately, I’ve been using my Rosetta Stone program whenever I need to switch up what I’m focused on.

I like to do yoga and think deeply. Some days I’ll read my Goddess Cards (yes, I have Goddess Cards and they are awesome) and draw out whatever positive or motivating message I can.

I like improving my Spanish, and keeping up on all the hard learning I did in my college classes. So not only is it an enjoyable way to take a break, but I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile, something me-ish. I can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment, and it’s a relief not to feel like I’m putting off things that are important to me.

Whatever you like to feel connected, do it and make a habit of it.

My trick: Using all my willpower if necessary, I force myself to get out of bed the moment my alarm goes off. I turn on a playlist of songs that makes me want to dance and then I just let loose. I wave my arms around, swivel my hips, or do high kicks around the room. In only a few minutes I’m feeling jazzed, ready to go for a run, start the laundry or get ready for work. My heart is pumping, I’ve laughed at myself and I’m ready for whatever. It’s a tried-and-true process that jumpstarts my lucky mindset every time.

Confidence is the sexiest thing we can wear, ladies. And when we feel confident in our appearance, we’re more motivated to put ourselves out there, be more daring and get things done. My trick: On days when I feel like I need extra luck (and a little edge to my personality), I pick out something funky to wear or accessorize with. Just anything that will break me out of my usual comfort zone. For me, this usually plays out as really dangly earrings, or my fingernails painted a wild color. Whatever it is becomes a sort of lucky charm that makes me feel strong-willed, defiant and unique, giving me a fresh boost to my confidence level.

This self-doubt and image preservation is bad for a lucky mindset. How can we be our own unique, spontaneous selves— being open to new opportunities, meeting new people, and having fun— when we’re constantly censoring our quirks? I have a magnet on my fridge that bears an Emerson quote. It reads: “Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” I love this. My trick: Often, I get the impulse to do a handstand at work. I used to stifle this because I didn’t want my coworkers to think I was weird or that I was trying to show off. Finally, I just started doing it anyway. Not only was it fun for me, but I got a bunch of people doing Hands-Up, Stands-Up contests. I like doing odd things when the fancy strikes, just to stay true to my personality. I never do it to show off, and I don’t care if people assume that it is why I’m doing it. Too much stifling turns into a bad habit, and if we’re not careful, we’ll start stifling our opportunities for luck as well.

Luck may be something that we only encounter mysteriously and randomly. But making your own luck is something that requires a well-developed and personal power of mind. So work on whatever tricks, habits or rituals that help get your daily perspective in its optimal zone. Some days, a lucky mindset will just come naturally and things will fall into place all on their own. If we want to find luck every day, however, we have to be resourceful and help things along.

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New Year’s Revamp By Sterling Gray

Confused by this title? I’m not surprised. After all, the New Year was rung in a long time ago, and it’s long past the traditional time frame for setting new goals. In fact, this is the time of year when people have already completely forgotten the new selves they envisioned at New Year’s.

we never bother talking about it. Either way, no accountability is infused in the goal. The goal is never reevaluated or reshaped, so it can’t adapt to circumstances.

So why talk about this now? Because I think we need to blow up this whole “New Year’s resolution” thing that we laugh at once a year. Let’s revamp it completely, because is there really anything that we take less seriously than this outdated tradition? Besides local elections, that is.

It’s probably pretty easy for you to see how to fix the above points, but I’m going to break it down anyway. Let’s use an example that seems to be pretty popular -- weight loss. To lose weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, and has been as long as I’ve been alive. Yet the obesity rate among American adults hovers somewhere around 35 percent.

Maybe you’ve noticed that nobody actually resolves anything on New Year’s. It seems to me that mostly people come up with a list of things that they know they’ll never do. Lose weight? Yeah right. Get out of debt? Sure, but first I’m going on a cruise. The pattern seems to be to come up with a good goal, then talk about how laughable such a goal is. Why is that? I think it’s because we do it all wrong. Basically, New Year’s resolutions are a terrible, terrible idea.

Let’s say I decide to lose 25 pounds over the next year. Twenty-five pounds is a lot of fat, when you think of it in one big lump. Well, it’s a bad idea to think in one big lump, so I say, “Well, I’m going to try to lose five pounds by March 1. Then I’m going to lose five more pounds before May 1. Then five more before July 1.” In the end, you’re planning to lose 30 pounds, not just 25, but the actual goal is to lose five measly pounds every 60 days. Doesn’t five pounds sound more reasonable?

In my experience, there are three major things wrong with New Year’s resolutions:

Once I’ve decided upon this goal, I call my friend Dan. I know he’s been trying to lose some weight too.

Too much is put into one, big goal. A lot of times the goal is embarrassing so it is kept a secret, or it is taken so lightly that

“Hey Dan,” I say, “Let’s lose weight together.” He agrees, and Boom! Accountability.

We share our plans, we check on each other, and we both feel more motivated to keep going long after we sleep off the New Year’s Day haze. Maybe Dan is more svelte than I, or perhaps larger in girth. Either way, we have a similar goal and can use each other’s help. Notice that because I broke the process up into 2-month periods, I have natural milestones along the way. Come March 1, Ican stand on the scale and see how I’m doing. What if I’ve fallen short of my goal? Well, there is time to adjust before May 1, so I decide to reevaluate and change my plan. What if I’ve overshot my goal? If I’ve lost 10 pounds in 2 months, then great! No need to slow down at all! Instead, I’ll get a little burst of motivation that’ll carry me forward. I could even adapt my goals to say I’ll lose weight in 10 pound increments. Whatever I decide to do, I’m on my way. And then I can call Dan and rub my success in my face. That’s what friends are for. So let’s try this again. Let’s sit down and take another look at the goals we set when this year began. And instead of laughing at them, maybe we’ll actually try to accomplish them. Wouldn’t that be something?

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Coconut Latte Scrub

My bulletproof days of falling asleep in makeup and not cleansing my face immediately after a workout are, it seems, over. But I have found hope in the most counterintuitive skincare regimen you can imagine.

Coconut oil can also be a savior from dry winter skin. Combining it with coffee grounds and brown sugar makes for a yummy-smelling, deliciously scratchy body scrub that will make your legs the stuff of magazine covers and, admittedly, your shower the stuff of nightmares. Skin this smooth and healthy, though, is worth it. Ingredients ¼ cup coconut oil ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup organic coffee grounds Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixture is a crumbly paste. Keep in a sealed container in your shower or by the sink and use to gently exfoliate and moisturize dry winter skin away.

B r e a k i n g O u t Away Your skin is your body’s largest organ. For some, wintertime can also m a k e i t y o u r b i gg e s t e n e m y. C o c o n u t o i l c a n b e a n u n l i k e ly a lly i n your fight for clear, moisturized skin. Until recently, I believed that when I escaped my teen years, I also left behind the breakouts that kept any sense of self-confidence at bay from the ages of 13 to 19. However, dirty, dirty winter air and a recent birth control change have proven me wrong with a vengeance. by Emma Hunt-Samudio 20 | PinkSaltMag.com

My gorgeous runway model sister introduced me to the method during a family Christmas Eve sleepover. While I washed my face with an organic tea tree- and neem-fortified face cleanser, I watched her at her bedtime routine, slathering her face with olive oil. And leaving it there. For, like, a really long time. She then draped a hot, damp washcloth over her face; let it sit for a few moments; gently dabbed the oil off and went on to brushing her teeth. Shockingly, the treatment didn’t result in blemishes, but instead the smooth, luminous skin for which photographers and makeup artists adore her. A friend’s facebook post, as well as a handful of blogs and Pinterest posts touting the same method, but with the added anitimicrobial benefits of coconut oil over olive, backed what seemed like a very bad idea.

With my complexion growing progressively worse, I got desperate. So I bought a jar of virgin, fair-trade coconut oil (at around $8, very inexpensive by organic, all-natural skincare standards), looked myself in the mirror and proceeded to defy every bit of anti-acne wisdom I had ever heard, following my sister’s method of slather, steam, dab and, hopefully, radiate. The next morning, not only was my skin dewy and moisturized, it was a slightly clearer and not even a little greasy. Every evening since, I have combined a teaspoon of fragrant coconut oil with a few drops of antimicrobial tea tree essential oil and repeated this process. In the mornings and after a workout, I splash my face off with warm water and use baking soda as a purifying scrub a couple of times per week. The basic idea is that though an excess of skin’s natural oils is to blame for acne, drying out the skin with harsh detergents and astringents just makes the problem worse, sending the oil glands into overdrive to compensate. Give your skin the moisture balance it craves and those glands will calm down

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GingerMadeSoap: Handmade soaps, lip balms and solid perfumes with unique essential oil fragrances. www.etsy.com/shop gingermadesoap

Grandma’s Organic: Three simple healing formulations based on traditional family recipes: salve, hand cream and lip balm. www.grandmasorganic.com

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Luckiest p l ac e s i n U ta h By Lorraine Jackson

Some may say that a lucky spot is the epicenter of romance, intrigue, fortune. A lucky spot could be as fleeting as a vortex or as infinite as the spell cast upon lovers and families in the ZCMI candy windows at Christmas time. But no doubt, “there be gold in them hills.” Well, maybe our hills don’t all have gold, but there are definitely some charmed places in this dusty desert land. Here are a few places where you might find some luck.

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T h e S a lt L a k e C i t y S o c i a l H a ll The social hall was built in 1852 and was one of the first buildings completed by Mormon settlers in the Salt Lake Valley. It was almost certainly the site of plenty of lucky moments for young lads and ladies seeking to escape the harsher aspects of settler life and even find a dancing partner for life. The social hall was a top building priority for leader Brigham Young, who insisted that the saints needed a space to put on theater performances, listen to music and lectures, dance and of course, socialize. It was a treasure for many years in Downtown Salt Lake before being razed to make room for more business space in the

expanding business area. But the iconic Social Hall would have one more lucky draw. Construction workers discovered the remnants of the Social Hall’s foundation during excavation, as well as a pedestrian tunnel system for the downtown mall, in 1991. Archeologists went right to work unearthing what remained of the Social Hall, preserving it under a glass roof and turning it into a charming museum that will last through the ages. 51 S. State Street, Salt Lake City Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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M o n u m e n t V a ll e y In 1947, before shooting the movie “Fort Apache” with John Wayne, filmmaker John Ford referred to the Utah-Arizona border site called Monument Valley as his lucky spot. But the iconic landscape had carried a mysticism and weight of the west for eons before him and still long after him.

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S o l d i e r H o ll o w How could a venue that once bestowed Olympic Gold Medals upon glorious winter athletes possibly be anything but lucky? So named because of its proximity to Soldier Springs (where a 19th century army filled their canteens before taking on a Mormon uprising known as the Utah War), Soldier Hollow was easily the most atmospheric of the 2002 Winter Olympic Venues. It hosted the cross country skiing and biathlon competitions as well as the Western Experience, a spectator plaza

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complete with rendezvous reenactors, a wild horse demo, pioneer goods and rustic concessions. Today, Soldier Hollow is still a world class venue for nordic skiing, as well as annual pow wows, sheepdog competitions, and plenty of outdoor activities like horseback riding, snow tubing and mountain biking. 2002 Olympic Drive, Midway Open year-round to visitors

Navajos living in the area say that the towering orange cliffs were the hands of a deity and they regarded Monument Valley as a large and sacred dwelling. Fights for stewardship of the land between tribes and the U.S. government were fought from 1863 until 1933, when authorities finally agreed to allow the Navajo Nation to annex it into the existing reservation. When John Ford showed up to film the first of six movies there in 1938, “Stagecoach,” the Native Americans were happy to receive the filmmakers, who would hire them as extras and the crew would pump tens of thousands of dollars into their

economy. Ford was beloved by the Navajo and the feeling was mutual. He also made their sacred valley the face of the west to movie audiences everywhere, Monument Valley made Ford’s films into western movie legends and John Wayne into a star. The valley has since appeared in 25 other films, including “Back to the Future III,” “Forrest Gump” and even “Cars.” In 1958, the Navajo made the monolithic cliffs into the first ever tribal park, preserving the landscape in perpetuity. Outside the park is Gould’s Trading Post, which houses the original lodge built for actors and crew, which is now a movie and history museum. There are shops as well, selling Navajo crafts, plenty of accommodations and a campground. A small movie theater features John Wayne films at night. Indn Route 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ. Plan ahead, some hikes require reserved guided tours or permits. PinkSaltMag.com | 25


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Spring blooms: W e a r i n g fl o r a l s a n d m i x i n g p r i n t s By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof

Print, weave, lace, applique: florals are making appearances in every fiber possible this spring. It’s not all dainty calicos and lace though. Designers like Lela rose are embracing the large-scale watercolor florals, while designers like Moschino struck a chord with those who prefer colorful, graphic print and applique. Floral prints of all kinds dot the market, lending the trend versatility. For those who want to embrace the look but are wary of its preciousness, we’ve put together a few tips for mixing florals – or any patterns – confidently.

Color You don’t have to match exactly, rather keep in mind general color tones: warm, cool, earthy, jewel, pastel, etc. Scale When dealing with prints, scale is the difference between over-the-top and chic. To be safe, use your large print as a statement piece, then add a small print for interest.

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texture Mixing texture can take a calico top from feminine and dainty to moody and edgy. O u t f i t 1 A pastel crocheted floral skirt and a dark calico print contrast in both texture and color. The pink of the flowers in the print pull in the soft pink knit under the crochet. O u t f i t 2 Mixing a large-scale watercolor floral with a graphic polka dot gives the floral some contrast, velvet and sheer pleats mix texture, while the warm colors in the pieces coordinated the outfit. O u t f i t 3 For a boyish take on florals, these floral-lined hoodies do the trick. Pair them with jeans or polka dotted pants and you’ve got a look that subtly plays on contrast. Hoodies Unhinged Store Slingshot Pop $98 26 | PinkSaltMag.com

Polka Dot Pants Children’s Hour Free People $98

Watercolor Top Children’s Hour BB Dakota $59

Crocheted skirt Children’s Hour Free People $98

Hi-Low Tank Children’s Hour Free People $48

Contrast When putting a floral with another piece, contrast can give your outfit an edge and keep the outfit from looking stuffy. Whether that’s in color, scale, or texture, mix light with dark, small with large, rough with smooth.

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Texture adds interest and dimension in a way scale and color cannot. Even if you’re wearing solids, mixing textures will keep the outfit interesting. Photos by Natalie Psuik PinkSaltMag.com | 27


C e l e b r at i n g t h e luck of the irish By Tracee Tibbits

No matter your heritage, you can still cash in your luck this St. Patrick’s Day through celebrating traditional Irish heritage and culture. There’s plenty to do, whether you’re in the mood for music, dance, food or just have a sense of adventure. You’re in luck because these local activities and events will be sure to keep you entertained. Kilts and sheep are optional. Pa r a d e a n d P o e t r y The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Gateway in Salt Lake on Saturday, March 16. Register online to participate or head down to observe and enjoy the sights and sounds. This year’s theme is “Shamrocks, Shillelaghs, and Shenanigans,” and a Siamsa, or Irish celebration, will be held directly afterwards at 10:45 a.m. Join the Hibernian Society for traditional entertainment, food, and of course, drinks (hot or cold) at the Gateway Grand Hall.

Bagpipe blitz The Gallivan Center invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day through their Highland Bagpipe Experience Workshop. Participants will learn about the history of the bagpipe and receive a bagpipe lesson from a member of the Utah Pipe Band. Clear your schedule for March 16 at 6:30 p.m. and make a reservation for this free event. http://www.thegallivancenter.com/

A “Night with the Irish Poets” offers exactly that: a night of reading and commemorating Irish and Irish-American poetry at the picturesque and historic St. Mark’s Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake. American-Irish Duo will be performing Celtic music on hammered dulcimer and guitar. Entertainment starts at 7 p.m. and the event is free, thanks to the Hibernian Society. http://irishinutah.org/

Find gold geocaching Thinking of trying your luck at something new this month? Geocaching is a real-life outdoor treasure hunt. Use your GPS to locate destinations based on coordinates to find hidden prizes, or geocaches. Armed with a sense of adventure and your trusty navigation device, there’s nothing to lose — just make sure to leave a prize where you find your prize. Some smartphones with GPS capabilities will also be able to geocache, so there’s no excuse to refuse to give geocaching a chance. Sign up, learn the rules, get coordinates and log your lucky experience at http://www.geocaching. com/.

C e lt i c C e l e b r a t i o n s This annual celebration of Celtic culture will feature Celtic music and dance groups Celtic Beat, Galloway Highlanders Pipes and Drums Corps, and the Dunmore Lasses. Authenticity is promised as jigs and ballads transport the audience back to Ireland and Scotland. Performances are at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Downtown Ogden Saturday March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance for this popular event. Adults $12/Children $10. http://egyptiantheaterogden.com/


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