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caitilin.mcphillips@skirt.com Market Manager Kate Cooper Metts Associate Publisher kate.metts@skirt.com Jenny Dennis jenny.dennis@skirt.com Contributing Editors Jenny Maxwell Senior Editor jennymaxwell@mindspring.com Margaret Pilarski margaret.pilarski@skirt.com Gracie Shepherd gracie.shepherd@gmail.com Account Executives Natasha Beard Sales Director natasha.beard@skirt.com

Kim Salyer Griffin ............................30 Love Is Patient, Love Needs an Ear Scratch

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Lisa Dorn lisa.dorn@skirt.com Justa Debnam

Amy Vansant ......................................48 Features In Every Issue On Being A Badass Ingrid Steffensen................................11 Take 6 .................................................32

justa.debnam@skirt.com Sales Executives Rachael MacQueen Doressa Hawes rachael.macqueen@skirt.com doressa.hawes@skirt.com

Don’t Be Like Me Just Add… ..........................................35 Lorrie Goldin.....................................14

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He’s So Original ...............................37 In Every Issue

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Justin Burke justin.burke@skirt.com Mary Porter Vann

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We Love Love .......................45 He’sLove So Original................................24

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Photography jessica.seigler@morris.com Marni Rothschild Durlach Alice Keeney Photography

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FROM THE EDITOR

Skirt of....................................................26 the Month ...........................59 Meet.

As the woman in charge at PepsiCo, the impressive Indra Nooyi has made headlines for many things. But the one I can’t forget is this: “THE CEO WHO WRITES HER EMPLOYEES’ PARENTS.” Nooyi even phones some moms and dads. The thought that any of my work bosses and my original boss might communicate makes me a little itchy. I can imagine something like this…. About the Cover Artist Kristen translates small moments Mom: I hope she keeps her office cleaner and stories into paintings than she kept her room. Boss: Not really. This month, we get to know local women leading businesses large and small, including Erin Nobles, a pastry chef who opened Silver Spoon Bake Shop because she wanted to be her own boss. She says being in charge comes with its ups and downs. Here’s one more for the ups column: if her parent gets a letter from the boss, at least Erin’s got a shot at controlling the conversation. Jenny jennymaxwell@mindspring.com

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and illustrations with strong, changeable line work. She works with a variety of clients creating paintings for gallery exhibits, spot illustrations for print, and private commissions. kristensolecki.com

Local Loves ........................................60 XOXO Nikki.....................................34 Hello February ............................... 64 Essentials ............................................67 The Smile List ...................................75 Meet ....................................................76


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Okay, listen up. We need to talk about the rules. Yep. These are the rules. The ones to live by. Rules that rule. Who makes the rules? We have no idea. The unwritten rules? You’ll just have to figure those out on your own. Do rules make the world a better place? Does “No white after Labor Day’’ make the world a better place? Yes. Don’t question the rules, please. These are the only rules you need to live by. And once you completely embrace the rules it’s best if you break them.

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Don’t Be Like Me

Don’t be like me,� my mother warns. “Don’t worry, I won’t,� I mutter grimly to myself, adjusting the waistband of the maternity sweats I still wear even though Emma’s been crawling for months. I take another swig of Diet Coke, lukewarm and metallic. Keeping my eye on the snarl of traffic merging onto the rain-slicked freeway, I rummage in the trash bin, burying the crumpled Snickers wrapper under old shopping lists and baby-spit tissues. Who the hell is she to judge? “Remember, the doctor urged me to gain weight when I was pregnant with your brother, and look at me now.� Pretending to concentrate on the road, I steal a glance at my mother in the front seat. Her drab green coat hangs open despite December’s chill, the buttons long gone. They’d popped off from stretching over a stomach gone soft after three babies and the relief Hostess cupcakes brought to the black hole of suburban housewifery. “You look fine,� I lie, taking another sip of Diet Coke. Emma begins to whimper, her pacifier lost again in the dark recesses of the Cheerio-and-juice-encrusted car seat. She, too, needs something to stick in her mouth to ward off the tension beginning to fog up Grandma’s annual Christmas visit. “Damn, this defroster’s worthless,� I sigh. “Let’s pull off at Denny’s so I can nurse Emma. You must be starved after such a long flight. We can get a bite to eat.� While I struggle to untangle the now-wailing baby from her car seat, my mother grips the door frame. After a few false starts, she heaves herself out of the car. Her naked white calves glow softly in the fluorescent pools of light as we make our way across the sodden parking lot. And there I am, ten years old again, trudging behind my mother down the exhaust-blackened snow banks on Boston Common. I’d feign delight at the bejeweled Christmas windows while the wind reached through my wool coat and tore my guts out. How I hated the dry white flakiness and purply gooseflesh of those pale naked, calves braving the elements ahead of me. Why couldn’t she wear pantyhose or slacks like a normal mother? She seemed as impervious to my embarrassment as she was to the cold. It took me years to realize that it was just too hard for her to squeeze herself into constricting clothes. Now with Emma growing frantic, we crowd into the booth, my mother’s hips sweeping the flatware onto the floor with a clatter. Instinctively reaching for it, she freezes mid-swoop, unable to maneuver beyond the table edge pressing into her stomach. “Never mind, the waitress will bring us more,� I snap, lifting up my sweatshirt and planting the now-screaming baby on my breast to shut her up. My mother is shocked. “Your generation is shameless! Don’t you have a blanket or something? You just let it all hang out?� “I don’t even care anymore,� I shrug as Emma begins to nurse. The bland comfort of Denny’s plastic foliage and maple veneer gives way to the house where I grew up. There I am, sprawled on the floor sorting jigsaw puzzle pieces while my mother fills in the boxes of the Sunday crossword from her sagging corner of the couch. I’d pretend to search for edge pieces among the hundreds left in the box. But all I could see was the white bulb of my mother’s stomach, her shirt riding up as it strained but failed to conceal the pale flesh of her drooping breasts. She seemed almost defiant in her immodesty. It never dawned on me that my embarrassment couldn’t hold a candle to hers. Emma, oblivious now in her milk-sated sleep, stirs in my arms. “She’s a beauty, just like you were,� observes my mother. “Just be careful you don’t let yourself go to seed like me.� We order. The waitress brings huge slabs of chocolate layer cake with vanilla ice cream. I listen to my mother talk about her flight—the race through rush hour traffic to the airport, the long delays due to the storm, the lively conversation she’d had with her seatmate. Just like that I’m back in the kitchen where we spent so many hours of my childhood. My mother taught me bawdy drinking songs and reminisced about growing up during the Depression as she ironed. She’d let me sprinkle the rumpled linens with water from the perforated top of an old soda bottle while we laughed and chatted for hours. Even the mundane was magical under the spell of being together. Now with my own baby nestled in my arms, and lulled once again by a full belly and my mother’s stories, I drift off into oblivion for a moment. Back to a time when love, unsullied by shame, cared nothing for appearances and knew only bliss.

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AUTOMATE YOURSELF. MAKE YOUR PHONE YOUR MOST-LOVED PROFESSIONAL TOOL. ASSIGNMENT: DOWNLOAD THE MOLESKINE APP. REMEMBER, IF YOU DON’T DOCUMENT YOUR IDEAS IMMEDIATELY YOU MAY LOSE THEM FOREVER. DON’T RELY ON YOUR MEMORY.

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Lucky us. We Can Be ...a physician, a politician, a saint, an author, an Olympian, an engineer, an inspiration, a humanitarian, a revolutionary, a questioner, a designer, a teacher, a motivational speaker, an artist, a journalist, a photographer, a lover, an actress, a chef, a boss, a leader, an astronaut, an academic, a graduate, a gardener, a comedian, a feminist, a scientist, a thinker, a dreamer, a collector, a creator.

WHY CAN’T A FEMALE BE THE PRESIDENT?

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Connector TEDx Co-chair�

Strategic Adviser Art Lover Katie Fox Operations Director Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College

Enemy of Mediocrity Loud Laugher

5 Favorite Things:

1. Champagne 2. Harry Potter 3. Girls Rock Columbia 4. Red Shoes 5. Wit

“Make a good story. Your errors are your portals of discovery (James Joyce). Almost any meal can be salvaged with cheese. Boom.”

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“Routine is liberating, it makes you feel in control.” Carol Shields

gotroutine?

MAKE A READING LIST. CHOOSE BOOKS THAT WILL CLARIFY YOUR GOALS AND CHALLENGE YOUR THINKING. ASSIGNMENT: READ ONE BUSINESS-RELATED BOOK A MONTH. CAN’T DECIDE? START WITH THIS ONE.

Just Say “No” to the Snooze Button. Book a date for coffee. Morning meetings and to-do lists set the goals for your day. Deep breaths and h20 at your desk.Was that 7 glasses or 8? Work, work, sit up straight, break, work, uncross those legs, smile, work. How many to-dos did you cross off? Drop by the gym on the way home. C’mon you can do 30 minutes. Don’t delay dinner—eat before 8. Whose turn to cook? Ditch the emails after dark. Think, aspire, reflect, review, revisit, contemplate, smile, sleep, dream.

DID I SET THE ALARM?

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Illustration by Monkey Mind Design. monkeymindesign.etsy.com

I dreamed I packed my skirt (and a danish) and had breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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WHERE Will Your Skirt take you

next?

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"Remember that not getting what

you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." H. Jackson Brown Jr. �

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“Time is the ultimate democracy. Rich and poor, young and old, male and female: all have 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week.” Elizabeth Grace Saunders

gottools?

Power Up Your Productivity. Plan your day. Put down the Post-it notes and pick up your phone calendar. Set alerts, set reminders.What needs to be done first, second, third? Get it done. Too many back-and-forth emails? Pick up the phone. Say “hello.” Talk, discuss, make a decision. Cross it off your list. Set and keep boundaries. Protect your time and energy so you can work on the things that are most important to you. Once you know your peak times, schedule activities accordingly. Turn your cellphone facedown. Switch off social media. Turn on your determination.

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IS IT 5:00? THINK OF ALL THE OCCASIONS WHERE IT IS RUDE OR JUST IMPOSSIBLE TO LOOK AT YOUR SMARTPHONE TO CHECK THE TIME. ASSIGNMENT: BUY YOURSELF A BEAUTIFUL WATCH. ONE THAT SUITS YOUR PERSONALITY, OR EVEN THE ONE YOU WISH TO PROJECT. AND IF YOU ARE STILL IN DOUBT, JUST BUY THIS BEAUTIFUL MICHAEL KORS LEATHER STRAP WATCH.

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2014

march

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Soon spring's green tonic will arrive to cure any lingering, leftover winter blues. But I’ll miss snuggling under a comforter on cold early mornings, bold red chili in white soup bowls, islands of lamplight that ward off the night. I want one last fling with a down cocoon before careless April throws open the windows, scatters sunlight across the floor like nature's currency and gives me a wake-up call.

Looking forward to:

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 :

March Madness

Am I the only kale-hater?

A new couch

Sinkholes in SC

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day—

Learning to juggle Game of Thrones 3

Is Hillary really ready? Where does my recycling really go? Running out of computer memory

unless you are too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake via abakinggirl.com

The return of leg warmers Carry-on or bag check? Valet or parking deck?

Old Zen adage

Exiting the moving walkway gracefully

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey I am jealous of:

Forgetting to meditate—again

W h a t ’s o n m y i Pa d :

W h a t ’s o n m y m i n d :

I can’t remember how I found medium.com but now that I have, I check it most every day. Medium is for people who love good writing and who are still hungry after reading Twitter tidbits. It’s designed to showcase little stories and manifestos, and it’s also a powerful and easy publishing platform if you want to post your own writing. There are thousands of stories on Medium so you’ll never run out of food for your brain.

I spend a lot of time feeling guilty for being able to work from home and

Lapin's Annie nt! tale

for enjoying it so much. I have an inner Puritan Protestant that insists work has to be hard and difficult to be meaningful, that struggle is necessary, that pleasure is the precursor to perdition. It’s a voice I internalized growing up in a hell-fire culture, but a glass of red wine (not the fake one we had at Sunday church) does wonders to drown it out.

Note to self: THE BEST USE OF

$10.00 Marge Granola for breakfast (margegranola.com)

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” Paulo Coelho

Must-haves this month: Dream chair from beamandanchor.com

Packable Wellies

Stars for the porch ceiling

S. by J.J. Abrams

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