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S K I RT ! W O R D S O F A DV I C E : Letting go doesn’t mean giving up. Chili is always better the second day. Good friends, good karma and good credit are the best traveling companions. Mistakes aren’t tattooed on your forehead so

Don’t engrave them on your soul. Champagne pairs well with both toasts and tears. “An opportunity for growth” is generally an assignment no one wants. Pay attention to accidents—they might not be. A sexy text is a firecracker;

A Handwritten Letter is a love bomb. There’s no refund on the time you spend watching TV. An ironed pillowcase is one of life’s affordable luxuries. Face it…your dog won’t walk faster because you’re in a hurry. You are not your resumé, you are not your resumé, you are not your resumé. When you cross a finish line, always have a new start in mind. Cover copy by Nikki Hardin, art by Ali Douglass

“Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets.” Tom Robbins

about skirt!

Publisher Nikki Hardin



National Art Director Caitilin McPhillips National Editor Margaret Pilarski Market Manager (Augusta/Aiken/Columbia) Kate Cooper Metts Contributing Editor Columbia Jenny Maxwell

skirt! is all about women... their work, play, families,

Editor Augusta/Aiken

creativity, style, health and

Gracie Shepherd

wealth, bodies and souls.

Sales Executive Columbia/Aiken/North Augusta Libby Salvador

independent, outspoken,

Sales Executives Augusta Doressa Hawes

always passionate.

Elizabeth Jones Sisson Maidi McMurtrie Thompson Mary Porter Vann

skirt! is an attitude...spirited, serious, playful and irreverent, sometimes controversial,

sheMAIL skirt! 127-A 7th Street Augusta, GA 30901 Sales: 706.823.3373 Sales Toll-Free: 800.622.6358 FAX: 706.823.6083


Just Between Us

Stacy Appel....................................................................................... 9

Graphic Designer

All Things Dooley

Cher Wheeler Meaghan Pafford Photography Molly Harrell Sara Caldwell

The Advice Issue

Lisa Leshaw.................................................................................... 10 Women make more than 80% of all purchasing decisions.

Care and Feeding of a 40 Year Old

Amy Vansant ................................................................................ 32 skirt! is published monthly and distributed free throughout the greater Augusta/ Aiken/Columbia area. skirt! reserves the right to refuse to sell space for any advertisement the staff deems inappropriate for the publication. Unsolicited manuscripts must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Letters to the editor are welcome, but may be edited due to space limitations. Press releases must be received by the 1st of the month for the following month’s issue. All content of this magazine, including without limitation the design, advertisements, art, photos and editorial content, as well as the selection, coordination and arrangement thereof, is Copyright © 2010, Morris Publishing Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this magazine may be copied or reprinted without the express written permission of the publisher. SKIRT!® is a registered trademark of Morris Publishing Group, LLC.

Women spend almost 2 of every 3 healthcare dollars.


Letter from the Publisher.......................................................... 6 Women control 2/3 of the nation’s disposable income.

Letter from the Editor................................................................ 6

Feel Good....................................................................................... 14 Women influence 80% of all car sales.

He’s So Original........................................................................... 22

Meet.................................................................................................... 31

Skirt of the Month..................................................................... 29

XOXOnikki.................................................................................... 38

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The United Skirts of America was founded on the blood, sweat and estrogen of our

The Advice Issue

foremothers, who

While working on this issue, I’ve been thinking about the very good, very sensible

won us the freedom to

advice I’ve been given in the past that I’ve completely ignored. Like, “For god’s sake, break The

don’t elope with that white trash boy!” Did I take it? No! Should I have taken it?

Rules, to wear combat boots or high heels, to Ali Douglass

Ali Douglass was born in Muncie, Indiana, and after enjoying life in Boston, Kan-


Unequivocally, yes! But if I hadn’t made it through 10 years of mental and physical abuse, thanks to a mysteriously stubborn survival instinct, would I be the person I am today? Maybe there was an easier way to shake the dust of high school and low

run for office or run a

expectations, but I’m pretty sure that instead I would have stayed in Kentucky all my

marathon, to form our

life being bitter and unfulfilled because I’d never made it out of town. Or how about

own rock groups instead

the advice my mother gave me when my marriage broke up? “Get a job with the post

of being groupies, to

office!” Instead, I started college at 29, on the face of it a selfishly stupid decision by a single mother of three with no money. But if I hadn’t ignored her, I’d have missed out

sas City, New York City, and

shatter Glass Ceilings

San Francisco, she is happy

and Glass Slippers, to

world of big ideas. And when I moved to South Carolina after one of those great loves

to be living in Asheville,

shoot hoops instead

went sour, everyone thought I’d lost my mind. I had, of course, but living down and

NC. She has been working

of settling for hoop

out on the beach was just the healing experience I needed to move on. I’m not sure

as an illustrator for more

skirts. The ones who

than 13 years, illustrating

came before us made

magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, advertising, and more than 25 books. Her work has been recognized by American Illustration, Step Inside Design,

I could have done it otherwise. Later, when I decided to start a magazine, plenty of people gently pointed out that I had no experience, no business plan, no money. If I’d taken those objections to heart, I wouldn’t be writing this editorial today, so thanks,

it possible for our

naysayers, for tapping into my FU spirit. And when I was impelled by a nagging voice

daughters to dream

last year that said I needed to go on what I thought of as “walkabout”—three weeks

bigger, to have the

in New York City, a city that scared the confidence out of me—I know my friends

chance to grow up to be President and turn

L.A. Society of Illustrators,

the Oval Office into, sfgirlbybay.

the Ovary Office. In

com, and apartmenttherapy.

the United Skirts of

com. Books she has illustrat-

America, every day is

ed for American Girl have

Independence Day!

been winners of the 2008

on two of the greatest loves of my life and a mind-bending, eye-opening ticket to the

thought it was emotional disaster in the making for an introvert and homebody. And they were right. It was initially isolating and lonely and terrifying. But it was also one of the best pieces of advice I ever ignored.


FROM THE EDITOR Citizens gathered at a forum mid-February to share thoughts on making Columbia friendlier for cyclists and pedestrians. Urban planners were graciously asking for our advice. I sat in the back and listened as people offered ideas. Some were extravagant (underground tunnels), others more basic (finish sidewalks, plant trees),

Children’s Choice Award,

but all were given with good will, as the best advice should be. One panelist asked us to think about cities

International Reading Asso-

we’d visited, what we’d seen that worked. I thought about Oslo, Norway. I was charmed by a difference there

ciation and Children’s Book

that’s hard to describe. The best I’ve come up with is “people first.” It felt like a city that put people ahead

Council, and winner of the

of traffic flow, business efficiency, or any of those other things we seem to value so much. When I stepped

2007 Excellence in Financial

off the curb, cars stopped without screeching to a halt. When I wished there was a place to rest a bag while

Literacy Award (EIFLE), In-

I searched for my wallet, some thoughtful designer had provided just that. Maybe that was Oslo’s unspoken

stitute for Financial Literacy.

advice to me. People first. Something to remember when I’m waiting (impatiently) in my car for a pedestrian to totter across Assembly or Gervais.

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The Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA) was passed to standardize health and sex education in South Carolina schools. Twenty-five years and 250,000 pregnancies later, it’s clear. Part of our sex ed problem is the CHEA.

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The Tell Them e-advocacy network is a program of the New Morning Foundation.

Three-quarters of the state’s 85 school districts are violating a law designed to help students stay healthy and in school. Even worse? By denying students effective, appropriate instruction about sexual health, STI prevention and contraception we are shortchanging them — and South Carolina — for life.

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Dickinson Architects


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Augusta First Bank & Trust/Synovus Financial Corporation

Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company

Development Authority of Richmond County

Raymond James/Morgan Keegan


Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Kirby

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ACHS Insurance

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Augusta Preparatory Day School

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Storey Founation, Inc.

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Mr. and Mrs. Mason McKnight III

Mr. and Mrs. Barry L. Storey

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SunTrust Bank

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Outreach, Inc.

The Georgia Center for

Nan Connell

Oxygen Fitness

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Douglass III

Palm Beach Kennel Club

Dr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Thielke

Garren Construction, Inc.

Platt’s Funeral Home

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Walter and Melissa Hopkins

Pollock Company

Dr. and Mrs. Jed Howington

Dr. and Mrs. J. Nicholas Powell

Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Howington

Rhodes CPA Firm

Jones, Jones, Davis & Associates, CPA

Bob and Phyllis Richards


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Fulcher Hagler, LLP Georgia Bank & Trust GoldMech Mechanical Contractors Hull Barrett, PC

Potash Corp

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Featuring Dr. Marianne Neifert, aka Dr. Mom®, a renowned pediatrician and best-selling author who has been seen as seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, 20/20, and more! She will discuss work-life balance, positive parenting, breast feeding and how to get your spiritual health in order.

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I always think a peak moment has to be the result of an outsize experience like jumping out of a plane or summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. But on a walk one recent afternoon, the sun was coloring outside the lines in bleak midwinter, the sky was an exceptional eye-of-God blue, and I was listening to "Days Don't Fade" by Lindbergh Palace at full tilt on my earphones. Suddenly, all these little factors lined up like a row of cherries on a slot machine for a peak-moment payoff, and the world vibrated with meaning for a few euphoric seconds. Lucky, lucky me!

W h a t ’s k e e p i n g m e a w a k e a t n i g h t : Looking forward to:

Buckets of daffodils Spring fever March Madness One fabulous pair of shoes Power walking Piercing my ears One fabulous house guest Sunlight savings time.

Transatlantic night-flight fantasies Tax time nightmares Missing Target’s Prabal Gurung launch Full moon hormones Compulsive iTunes shopping Too much Meiomi Pinot Noir Mentally packing and repacking my suitcase Running out of memory on my Mac My running wish-I-hadn’t list Damages binge-a-thon

W h a t ’s o n m y i Pa d : I never get tired of the Flipboard app. This digital magazine collects news from dozens and dozens of different publications that I choose and then throws it up on the screen like a magic lantern show of messages from the world—some of it trivial, some of it deep, all of it constantly changing—a mashup that I have to sift through and choose to pause on or pass on by. The iPhoneography section is just one of the curiosities I might not have found had it not been on the Flipboard menu.

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W h a t ’s o n m y m i n d : The 90-day yoga challenge I signed up for requires four classes a week, and that can include group meditation sessions, which I’m starting to crave. I enrolled in the challenge because I needed to poke a stick at my life, to get it moving again. Now, every tiny change I sense in my body and mind is like green spring growth after a gray, stagnant winter.



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