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belle Lush Life A Richmond insider’s to-do list. On the Runway at Gallery5 VA Garden Week Inside the home of Page and Sanford Bond. Green Party Entertaining that pleases Mother Earth.

Spring FEvEr Contagious couture

April 2010

women you should know: Krista Rahm, Santa Sorenson, Mary Fender and more. Season’s Treats Book, music and event picks.

THE BIG REVEAL Mango’s Creative Team unveils the trends for Spring

April 9th

YOU’RE INVITED! Join Belle Magazine, Mango Salon and Carreras Jewelers for The Big Reveal, an evening of trends and tips for looking your best this spring. Mango’s Creative Team will shape up for the spring with the latest in sassy cuts and stylish designs. See the latest in jewelry from Carreras Jewelers to freshen your wardrobe and complement any look.

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April 2010

belle Publisher: Lori

Collier Waran

Editor in Chief:

Jason Roop Editor: Deveron Art Director:


Jeffrey Bland Scott Elmquist Lauren Healy

Photography Editor: Fashion Editor:

Contributing Writers:






Soaps by subscription … Flowers all over Richmond at Maymont, Alternatives: A session with Lewis Ginter and Historic Garden Week in Virginia … New shop in Short Santa Sorenson reveals the reiki Pump … Just browsing with Mary Fender of Frame Nation … Upcycling touch. by Valley Haggard 35 furniture for affordable decorating. by Katherine Houstoun Plus: Pretty Short by Jonye Cordova


Lush Life: Insider’s to-do list for music, food and fun in

Richmond this month. by Karen Newton


Food: Baker Arden Fidler tells us how pie changed her life. by Deveron Timberlake 37 At Home: Page and Sanford Bond show us


profile: Krista Rahm takes the greener

path in life. by Natalie Mesnard 15



around their West Avenue home, open for Garden Week. by Edwin Slipek Jr. 37

Entertaining: Treat Mother

Earth to her own party this month. by Tess Autrey Bosher 37


Runway: Model Citizen at Gal-


Details: Petal Power. Flow-

Oh face, how many lines have you learned? by Betty Joyce Nash 46

lery5. Photos by Ash Daniel 20

ers aren’t just in the garden this spring. by Lauren Healy 22




Agenda: It’s April, and there’s never a dull moment. Books, CDs and other treats. by Cat Baab, Hilary Langford and Deveron Timberlake


Deputy Managing Editor: Ed


Sales and distribution Manager:

Dana Elmquist Marketing, Sponsorships & Events: Tonie


Senior Account Executives:

Toni McCracken, Hannah Huber BEllE Accounts Manager:

Alice Gordon Account Executives:

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Jason Sullivan Advertising Graphic Artists:

Kira Jenkins, Chris Mason Administration/Business Manager:

Chris Kwiatkowski Business Administration Assistant:

Sarah Soble Coyne Administrative Support Team:

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Feature: Spring Fever. Get the cure with colorful new clothes. by Lauren Healy, Jeff Bland and Scott Elmquist. 24


Catherine Baab, Tess Autrey Bosher, Jonye Cordova,Valley Haggard, Katherine Houstoun, Hilary Langford, Natalie Mesnard, Karen Newton, Betty Joyce Nash, Melissa Scott Sinclair, Edwin Slipek Jr.

On the cover: Megan Valkyrie catches spring fever. See our fashion pages (24) for more. Makeup by Jonye Cordova. Photo by Scott Elmquist.

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t’s been a long winter, Richmond — the type of winter that makes the dawning of spring a truly jubilant occasion. Luckily, our town is packed with events celebrating the season of renewal. These events show springtime Richmond at its best — a sight we all deserve to see. Historic Garden Week in Virginia

From April 17-25, three dozen Historic Garden Week tours across Virginia will present some of the state’s finest houses and gardens at the peak of springtime color. But there’s no need to traipse across Virginia to take in beautiful gardens; seven Windsor Farms homes, five Church Hill residences and six Fan townhouses are open. Four beautiful James River plantations are a bonus. Find the schedule at

Spring! At Maymont

Maymont’s grounds are beautiful any time of year, but spring is really something to behold. Don’t miss the fifth annual Tree Skirt Fashion Show (April 5-9), in which 37 trees will be bedecked with cotton muslin skirts created by Virginia Commonwealth University design students. Also, stop in Herbs Galore & More April 24 to stock up on plants, supplies and advice for your own garden. Tea and Tulips at Agecroft Hall

Trunk Show

Richmond rites of spring.

A Million Blooms at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Pop into Lewis Ginter in April and be treated to a spectacular succession of blooms including daffodils, cherry blossoms, tulips, irises, roses and peonies. The garden also holds an annual plant sale April 29-May 1.


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Make it a ladies’ evening at the picturesque manor house, where you can sip Earl Grey and nibble scones on the terrace overlooking the James River before taking in the spectacular tulip display in the formal sunken garden. April 6, 8, 13 and 14. An Old World plant sale April 3 and 4 brings the opportunity to procure some unusual plants for your own pots and beds.

Something New… miLA Bridal is one of Richmond’s finest bridal boutiques located at Stony Point Fashion Park. We offer trendy wedding gowns, formal dresses, shoes, and bridal accessories. Our staff is committed to provide personalized services and unique bridal shopping experience to all brides-to-be! Custom couture gowns also available with miLA’s in-house fashion designer (master graduate designer from Parsons School of Design in New York). Looking for that perfect gown of yours? Visit miLA Bridal at Stony Point Fashion Park! Please call (804)330-3118 for an appointment today!

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Upcycling Adventure


hile Karen Guard trolled the furniture section at the Love of Jesus Thrift Store, she lamented the effect that the previous snowy weeks had on the store’s inventory. Pickings were slim. Then, she spotted it: the smallish, shortish cabinet with an open shelf and tapered wooden legs — an unusual piece, difficult to describe, but sure to attract attention once she worked her magic on it. Guard is a veteran of upcycling, the art of taking something junky and unloved and breathing new life into it with fresh paint and cool hardware. She sells her wares via an Etsy shop (darlingoctopus.etsy. com), where they’ve been admired by bloggers at Apartment Therapy and DesignSponge. Her wizardry boils down to a couple of key elements: a good eye and elbow grease. You can easily employ Guard’s transformative powers on your own furniture, whether hand-me-downs or newly acquireds, saving money while practicing sustainability. Below, Guard offers her sources for the best places to search for furniture pieces with potential, as well as her favorite spots for finding inspiration.

Boaz & Ruth Harvest Store

3030 Meadowbridge Road 329-4900 Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Diversity Thrift

1407 Sherwood Ave. 353-8890 Wednesday to Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fantastic Thrift

1914 W. Main St. 358-7164 Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Family Thrift Center

5432 Midlothian Turnpike 231-1737 Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Federated Warehouse

2408 Ownby Road 355-0384 Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Furniture Sources

Fantastic Thrift: Small furniture se-

lection, but it gets donations from the Fan so you can sometimes find unique and antique pieces.

Inspiration and Supplies

Family Thrift Center: Small furniture selections but good prices. Lots of chairs and smaller pieces.

1901 Roane St. 228-1305 Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Quilting Adventures

The Shops at Willow Lawn 262-0005 Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.9 a.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Diversity Thrift: Wide range of fur-

The Love of Jesus

niture, from sofas to tables to dressers — it pretty much has it all. Prices start kind of high but they mark down quickly. Supports the Richmond Gay Community Foundation.

5503 Midlothian Turnpike 230-4144 Sunday to Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

new and used furniture and store fixtures. It has really cool stuff and it’s great for inspiration. Not really inexpensive but you can sometimes find a deal.

The Love of Jesus Thrift Store: Really good furniture selection, lots of vintage. It doesn’t mark down prices but you can sometimes negotiate. You can find crazy stuff there like ancient pianos and kitchen cabinets. Benefits the Richmond Outreach Center.

Salvation Army Family Store Midlothian


Salvation Army Family Stores in Midlothian and Mechanicsville:

Salvation Army Family Store Mechanicsville

Both have huge furniture selections. They are always having some sort of discount special, so look for one online.

3807 Mechanicsville Turnpike 497-8779 Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Boaz and Ruth: A step above a thrift


Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity ReStore: It has tons of paint and other

house stuff. Good resource for inspiration and renovation supplies. Federated Warehouse: This store sells

U-fab: Really good prices on fabric, start-

ing at $2.99 a yard.

Quilting Adventures: Not cheap but a

great selection.

Etsy ( Search under supplies

and you can find anything you need. Especially good if you know the name of the fabric designer you’re looking for.

store. Furniture is packed in — big selection. Not as cheap as a thrift shop or yard sale but still will negotiate.

11000 Midlothian Turnpike 423-1620 Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

106 S. Robinson St. 612-5973 Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


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Soap Stars

Richmond boasts subscription services for produce, meats, chocolate and bread known as community-supported agriculture, or CSAs. Now farm memberships are moving out of the kitchen. This spring, Wild Heaven Farm is launching the first soap CSA, in which members pay upfront for weekly or monthly shares of soap and skin-care products. By signing up in advance, members earn credit to be applied to their account: $100 will get you $10 extra, for example. In case you’re thinking (rightfully) that that’s a lot of soap, Wild Heaven Farm also offers other handcrafted, smallbatch products. In addition to its old-fashioned cold-pressed goats’ milk soaps, the Chesterfield-based farm makes body butter, shaving serum, sugar scrub, baby products and lip balm. Pick up orders at 17th Street Farmers’ Market, Byrd House Market and Lakeside Farmers Market, as well as fairs and festivals. Visit


Richmond prepsters have a new boutique to add to their shopping arsenal. Monkees (no relation to the former Monkeys on Libbie Avenue) has opened its doors in the Shoppes at Westgate, across from the Short Pump Town Center. Boasting favored feminine lines such as Tibi, Trina Turk, Shoshanna and Milly, as well as shoes by Jack Rogers and scarves by Tolani, the colorful shop evokes a combination of streamlined California cool and peppy Florida flair. Particularly exciting is the arrival of Kate Spade Clothing, such as the Eileen dress, right, a line that expands on the shoe designer’s clean, colorful aesthetic, new to the Richmond area. Don’t come here for basics; come for flirty dresses, vibrant-hued tops and statement-making accessories. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11709 W. Broad St. 3604660. |  | April 2010


Just Browsing Mary Fender, the founder of Frame Nation in Shockoe Bottom, is a master social networker. Just ask the editors of Décor, a framing industry trade magazine that recently featured the master certified and guild commended artisan on the cover for her use of social media. Check out Fender on Facebook, Twitter (@MaryFramer and @framenation) and on her Web site,, where she streams live at least three times a week. We asked her to list three of her favorite Web sites. It’s such a cool art site because you send them some of your DNA from a swab, and it creates this awesome modern-looking artwork. They can also make a fingerprint or a lip print, but they’re not as cool as the DNA prints. They’re great wedding gifts. You pick a single year — any year from 1950 on — and it plays popular music from that year. It’s like watching Turner Classic Movies, but for your ears. It’s a music recommendation site — a way to suggest music and share your thoughts about it with your network. You can be your own DJ and blip a single song to your Facebook or your Twitter account.


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Looking for that fresh new lipstick?  Going from the deep, rich, winter tones to the brighter color washes of spring and summer can be difficult. It’s what called hooked on a look. Trying to lighten and brighten and pop with color instead of depth is either too natural or too dramatic. Here are some suggestions to help you on your quest. Fair skin: use apricot, soft pinks and light corals. Medium skin: use rosy mauve, berries and burgundy reds. Deep or dark skin: use caramels, plums and wines. For everyday, the general idea is for makeup to complement, not match, what you’re wearing. In this issue, we have some fun with that concept and make the makeup match, even subtly mimic the prints. The beauty in the intense lipstick looks shows how sensational a brighter lipstick can make you look and feel. It’s just about finding your perfect shade.

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Color Me Spring

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What’s underneath says a lot about you. Interviewed by Deveron Timberlake


f there’s one thing Ruth McMahon knows, it’s that most women are wearing a bra that doesn’t fit. She’s owner of the longtime intimate-apparel boutique Kiss and Make-up, and she’s seen a changing clientele and a recurring problem: ill-fitting undergarments. She’s only too happy to share her thoughts about fit, form and fabulousness. Why the bra is important to fashion and self-image:

“Bras are called foundation wear for a reason — they’re the foundation for everything you put on your body. They can make you look heavier by 10 pounds or slimmer by 10 pounds. They can change your posture, the way your clothes fit, the way you feel about yourself, everything.” How frequently she sees an imperfectly fitted bra:

“I just helped three different women who were all, on average, seven sizes off. They were all wearing the wrong band size — that’s the key to sizing and most stores don’t carry the same size range I do, from AA to K cups and bands from 28 to 52. People think they are way smaller than they really are. They’ll say they’re a 36 C and end up being a 38 DDD.” Proportions have changed in the 26 years she’s been fitting customers: “People are much bigger now

than they were when I started. They didn’t have the H and J cups. Now 34 D is an average size, so I’m fitting a lot more of the upper sizings now, much more than I did years ago. It’s because of hormones in foods and people

are getting heavier. I see teens in E and F cups, and that’s not implants.” What else she’s selling: “I was in New York at the lingerie show [in February] and you see beautiful things you wouldn’t have seen years ago in larger sizes and in every color. In lingerie, baby dolls, chemises and corsets, that’s the big thing — wearing them in the bedroom and out. I’m seeing a lot of very sexy women in here. I find the Richmond women are very with-it — they are very much into the corsets.” Caring for lingerie means no washer, no dryer: “If

you hand wash, it lasts way longer.”

Getting personal is a philosophical thing: “I have a degree in social work and know how to talk to people. You’re getting into the dressing room and it’s an intimate setting, selling intimate things, so you have to make people comfortable. Once I put the bra on them it’s like a magical change — it’s the quickest way to do therapy. I call it bra therapy. This does a lot more for women than I would say several months of dealing with their self-esteem can do — that’s why I love coming to work.” What it is about breasts: “Even in the Victorian era, people wanted cleavage. Corsetry and cleavage were a big part of attracting a man. And it’s still that way. Just wanting to feel feminine. … Why not make yourself look great?”


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Long Arms, “Blue Velvet” and Edward

part surrealistic, but it’s a modern classic and Dean staged, although last month’s did use cosworthy of being enjoyed on a bigger screen. Stockwell tumes and a fair amount of staged action, so There’s also the convenience of being waited lip-syncs a you never know. This month’s performance on throughout the movie. I’m fond of arriv- Roy Orbison will be “Edward II,” part of the history cynumber in ing around 7ish to eat, and then moving into the class film cle. If that’s too deep for you, hold on till the music hall to snag a good seat and do “Blue Velvet,” May for the comedy “Love’s Labours Lost.” my dessert and drinking during the movie. playing Because I’m heading downtown for these Wednesdays are Virginia beer night, so if this month performances, I like to begin at Tarrant’s or you like your hops, you can drink local while at Capital the Belvidere at Broad for a nibble before Ale House being weirded out by Dennis Hopper. my wine and verse. Both places have nerdy downtown. For a slightly more intellectual evening, smart bartenders who’ll be happy to talk I like the Second Tuesday Staged Readliterature with you beforehand and get you out in time for the 7:30 show. ing Series that Richmond Shakespeare does at And because I’m a total music geek, I also recCenterStage. First off, it’s an affordable way to ommend being free on April 20 for the Listening experience our newest venue. For $15, you get to hear one of Shakespeare’s plays and quaff a glass Room Series at the Michaux House near Virginia of wine. Since they’re readings, they aren’t fully Commonwealth University. If you’re into talking and drinking at shows, this won’t be your scene; it’s a true listening room. The audience shows up around 7:30 and enjoys coffee, tea and baked goods (the entire evening is free, by the way) and promptly around 7:58 everyone takes a seat and shuts up. What follows is magical. Three bands play all-acoustic sets of beautiful music with short breaks between sets to nosh, sip and chat. It’s musicians who plan these shows and they’re dedicated to giving the audience the ultimate listening experience. Of course, I’ll be out the other 26 days of the month, too, but I don’t want to overwhelm you right out of the gate. I’m just saying, there’s an awful lot to do that’s low or no cost in Richmond. And that’s my idea of a lush life. photo by scott misturini

You know those annoying people who are always telling you after the fact about all the interesting stuff they did the night before? Yeah well, that’s me. Even worse, I blog about it so I even hear from strangers complaining they wish they’d known what was happening beforehand. So Belle has decided that I should be your going-out guru and tell you what looks worthwhile for the month. If you still decide to sit at home, at least you can’t say you didn’t know. If you’re a music lover like me, start with Live at Ipanema on Sunday, April 4, featuring Long Arms. This free live music series celebrates its first anniversary this month and it’s been 12 months of outstanding performances. Yes, Ipanema is small, but that lends a cozy vibe to the shows and it’s the perfect place to have exceptional eats beforehand. The shows are recorded to go online for those too lazy or busy to attend, but as we all know there’s really no comparison between live and online. I’ve discovered several amazing bands new to me here, and because each band plays only one set, it’s not a huge commitment. The audience is full of musicians and most people come for the music and stay to drink and socialize afterward. Film fans definitely should check out the free Classic Movie Series at Capital Ale House, this month showing “Blue Velvet” on Wednesday, April 7. Everyone knows this 1986 film, part film noir and

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The Sustainable Life


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Krista Rahm carves out a greener world. by Natalie Mesnard

ou have to find something you know you can live and do,” Krista Rahm says. Following that impulse led her to a do-it-yourself lifestyle that celebrates the wisdom of nature and the power of education. Rahm is pursuing a career as a full-time farmer, growing medicinal herbs, heirloom vegetables and seedlings on her Louisa County farm. When she’s not in the fields or the greenhouse, Rahm maintains another full-time job: home schooling her children, Dylan and Shanah. Dreams of living a sustainable life became reality in 1992, when Krista and her husband, Rob, bought the 28-acre Forrest Green Farm. “We knew we wanted to raise kids on a farm,” Krista Rahm says. Her parents bought the adjoining 418 acres, which include nature trails and rolling pasture for her husband’s herd of miniature Hereford cattle. The Rahms now live in an old farmhouse at the top of a gentle hill. A large red barn and a row of small greenhouses are visible in the distance, and in the summer, vegetables and flowers are abundant in a series of inspiring display gardens installed and maintained by Rahm. It’s the perfect setting for the children — the chance to connect with the natural world

is a part of daily life, and practical learning opportunities are everywhere. Rahm, who was once in mall marketing, has learned plenty herself. An interest in keeping her family healthy and happy led her to herbal medicine, a practice she studied and learned on her own by reading books and taking courses. “I just couldn’t stop learning,” she says. The hobby blossomed into a small business, and she began teaching courses on herbal preparations and selling plants to other herbalists in the area. The Rahms’ dining room houses the family apothecary, a floor-to-ceiling shelf packed with jars holding dried medicinal herbs. And she doesn’t just use herbs — she grows and harvests some of them. “I realized I can do all this with herbs I’m growing in my yard!” she says. When not studying math, English or history, her daughter, Shanah, is deeply involved in researching the potential purchase and care of a family milk cow. Son Dylan, following an interest in art, has opted to attend an art-oriented school in Charlottesville, managing the application process and finances himself. And two years ago, when Rob’s local branch office closed, he left his job as an engineer to join his wife on the farm.

Now medicinal herbs and herbalist workshops are just one part of a diverse business that offers naturally grown hay, pesticide-free vegetables, plant seedlings and a large set of classes taught at the farm. In 2010, Rahm will teach a summer-long whole living course, which includes instruction on gardening, composting, food preservation and fermentation, foraging, herbalism and botanical art. “This kind of lifestyle is a forgotten tradition,” says Rahm, who wants to keep the tradition alive. “People are really craving it with the way the economy is going.” Rahm hopes the business will continue to grow, helping more and more families to learn and live a sustainable lifestyle. “You’re never going to be wealthy doing this,” she says, “but it’s a different kind of wealthy.” Visitors to Forrest Green Farm are welcome from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, starting April 15. Pastured eggs and fresh vegetables from the farm are on sale year-round at the Market Street Market in Charlottesville, and at that city’s farmers’ market in the summer.


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Have you ever

wondered what it would be like to be a personal trainer? This month’s workout plan will give you insight on the role of a trainer as you get to choose what exercises you will do each day. Afraid you don’t know enough? Don’t worry! Getting a sufficient workout can be as simple as planning to work every major muscle group (Legs, Glutes, Back, Chest, Arms, Shoulders, Core) while adding a little cardio into the mix. Don’t have enough time to work each muscle one at a time? Combining exercises is a good way to get everything covered in the little amount of time that you have.

How to plan your workouts:

How many reps should you do?

 Write down the major muscle groups.

Perform each of your combination exercises at least 10 to 15 times. If you can do any exercise more than 20 times without feeling challenged, it’s time to add weights or resistance bands or increase the amount of weight you already use.

 Match an exercise to each muscle group.  Combine exercises to get more done at once.

Mix & Match

Pick a lower body exercise from the list to the right and combine it with one from the upper body. Do this until all the exercises below have been matched up. You will perform each of the combination exercises alternating cardio in between them. Then repeat the entire sequence 3 times. This should take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

American Family Fitness is proud to provide the exercise program for the Belle Fitness Challenge. Visit our Short Pump location at 2pm on Saturday, April 10 & May 1. Personal Trainer Andi Surface will show you the new exercise programs step-by-step to make sure you get them right when you do them at home!

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An Example Workout:


4 bouts of cardio and 4 exercises. Repeat sequence 3 times. ❶ Combine Squat & Lateral Shoulder Raise

❷ Combine Lunge & Bicep Curls

❸ The Bent Over Row from the first month

(works legs, glutes, core and shoulders)

 Do this for a time of 60 sec.  Perform a working rest where you do some light cardio such as jumping jacks for 30 to 60 sec.  Move on to the next exercise.

(works legs, glutes, core and arms)

 Do for 60 sec.  Perform a working rest where you do some light cardio such as jumping jacks for 30 to 60 sec.  Move on to the next exercise.

(works back)

 Do for 60 sec.  Perform a working rest where you do some light cardio such as jumping jacks for 30 to 60 sec.  Move on to the next exercise.

❹ Push & Open Up from the first month

(works chest & core)

 Do for 60 sec.  Perform a working rest where you do some light cardio such as jumping jacks for 30 to 60 sec.  Move on to the next exercise.

Your mix and match sequences should be done at least 3 days a week if not every other day. Be creative and mix up your upper and lower body combinations. On the “off” days shoot for 20 to 60 minutes of cardio (depending on intensity) with swimming, walking, running or a class at the gym.

Your Mix & Match Chart

Pick a lower body exercise and combine it with one from the upper body.

Lower Body




Squats can be altered by standing with feet closer together or further apart than hip width. These changes will result in you using different parts of the muscles. Remember to keep your weight in your heels and your knees behind your toes.

Last month we did the lunge in one direction (forward and back). This time, change the direction of your lunges. Think of a 6 pointed star and lunge out to all points of the star. Remember to keep your upper body tall and don’t let your bending knee go over your toes.

Start by laying on your back with your knees bent so that your feet and knees are in line with your hips. Position your arms at your sides. Lift your butt off the ground and push your hips to the sky while squeezing your glutes. Return to the floor for one rep.

Upper Body

The descriptions include a resistance band but you can also use any free weight such as dumbbells.

Shoulder Press With 1 or both hands grab one handle per hand. Bring your (hand or hands) to the side of your shoulders while keeping your elbow tucked to your body. If using a band, step on it with the same side foot so there is just a little tension. Perform your lower body exercise for one rep. With your abs tight, press your hand or hands toward the sky until your arm is straight above your shoulder. With control, return your hands to start. Repeat.

Lateral Shoulder Raise

Chest Press

With 1 or both hands grab one handle per hand. Let your hands hang to the sides of your body. If using a band, step on it with the same side foot so there is a little tension. Perform your lower body exercise for one rep. With your abs tight, raise your arm or arms straight out to the side until your hands are at shoulder height. With control, return to start. Repeat.

If standing, have the resistance band secured behind you. If on your back, use free weights. Bring your arms out to your sides so that they are making a “t” with your body. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees so your hands are in line with your chest. Perform your lower body exercise for one rep. With your abs tight press your hands and arms straight out in front of your chest. With control, return to start. Repeat.

Tricep Extension Standing Secure the band at head height. With either one hand or both grab one handle per hand. Tuck your elbow to your side and step back until there is some tension on the band. Perform your lower body exercise for one rep. With your abs tight and elbows tucked at your sides, extend your arm or arms until they are straight. With control, return to start. Repeat.

Lying Down (for use with bridge) Hold dumbbells in hands and extend your arms straight to the sky. Your hands should be facing each other. Perform your lower body exercise (bridge) for one rep. Bend at the elbow, bringing your hands to the sides of your head. Now, using your triceps, extend your arms back towards the sky to return to start. Repeat.

You may also choose to do any of the following for upper body: Row, Bicep Curl, Side Pull, Front Shoulder Raise Bonus  Get creative with your workouts and try pressing a pulling your resistance bands or weights in different directions. By using the resistance band in combination with lower body exercises you have the flexibility to work both sides at the same time or alternate sides working one at a time. You can also incorporate exercises from last month. Remember, you are now your own trainer! Anything is possible.


Slow down.

Last month we talked about keeping a food record. This helps to ensure you are eating balanced meals, not over eating, tracks the amount of water you are drinking and makes you reconsider adding foods with empty calories to your preplanned meals. The next step in changing your eating habits is to slow down when you eat. Every meal should take at least 20 minutes to consume. Most of us are guilty of eating in a hurry but there are health benefits for taking time out to eat. By slowing down your meals you are more likely to chew you food better allowing your body to digest food more fully. This not only provides you with more of your food’s nutrients but also helps to alleviate digestive discomforts. You are also less likely to over eat if you slow down. You should not eat until you feel full but stop well before you feel satisfied. It takes your stomach time to communicate that it is full and by the time you feel full you have usually over eaten. Use your fist as a guide as to how big a portion should be, if you are hungry later you can always have a healthy snack but starting with your fist as a guide to how big a portion should be will help cut down on over eating. Some useful tricks to help you slow down and enjoy your meals are do not attempt to multitask while eating, move away from the computer, turn off the television and do not eat while driving. You can also set a timer to pace yourself remembering every meal should take at least 20 minutes. You will be surprised how easy it is to control the amount you eat and how much more you enjoy your meals just by slowing mealtime down.

Tina Shiver is a Registered Dietitian who is Ellwood Thompson’s consulting nutritionist and also runs her own private practice, Lighten Up Inc,



Breakfast Cottage Cheese and a Tangerine Lunch Hummus Wrap from Ellwood Thompson’s Deli Dinner Thai Pork Tenderloin w/Grill Vegetables

Breakfast Cream of Wheat w/Fresh Strawberries Lunch Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread Dinner Spaghetti w/Marinara Sauce and a Ceaser Salad




Breakfast Grapefruit, Whole Wheat Bread w/Nutbutter Lunch Easy Three Bean Chili Dinner Rotisserie Chicken and Grilled Vegetables from Ellwood’s Deli

Breakfast Strawberry Yogurt and a Banana Lunch Black Bean Burrito Dinner Asian Chicken Kabobs, Side Salad

Breakfast Oatmeal Lunch Ellwood Thompson’s Organic Salad Bar Dinner Baked Salmon, Broccoli and Rice Pilaf




Breakfast Ellwood Thompson’s Breakfast Bar Lunch Vegetarian Sushi w/Miso Soup Dinner Lemon Pepper Linguine with Artichoke Hearts

Breakfast Cinnamon-Raisin Mochi Waffles w/Apples Lunch Almond Butter and Banana Sandwich on Honey Whole Wheat Bread, Apple Dinner Margherita Pizza

Banana Shake ¼ cup Nuts & Fruit 1 oz. Cheese & Fruit Hummus, Cheese & Nuts Banana & Nut Butter Greek Yogurt & Fruit Cottage Cheese & Fruit Whole Grain Crackers & Nut Butter

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Model Citizen @ Gallery5 A packed house and a lot of looks.




allery5 always knows how to spark a fire. In this case, it was the March 6 fashion show, Model Citizen, that got hotter and later as the night turned into a big after party. Organizers Casey Longyear of Rumors Boutique and the gallery’s intern, Tiara Murphey, turned out a sexy lineup of spring wearables, a sellout crowd, and a sense that fashion looks best in motion with music and a certain level of steam. “I like the fact that it made people aware of New York-style fashion from local businesses at affordable prices,” gallery owner Amanda Robinson says. “It was fun, and it was packed all night.”

1. Emily Rand, a backstage coordinator, wearing a dress from Rumors. 2. Danielle in a red plaid dress from Rumors, $16. 3. Emma in a dress from Rumors, $18; Melanie in a dress from Need Supply, $78; Steven in a top from Rumors, $14, and jeans from Dominion Skateboards, $56. 4. Gioia in a dress from Exile, $56. 5. Jane in a leotard from Rumors, $10 and shorts from Pink, $69; Shera in a dress from Rumors, $17; Nicole in a dress from Rumors, $13.


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Petal Power

Plant something pretty in your closet.


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Kimchi Blue ($28) at Urban Outfitters.

2. Pink and blue

floral patchwork scarf with lace trim ($36) at Provence Gifts in the Shops at 5807.


3. White cotton top

with embroidered roses by Ivy Jane ($130) at Peyton Hall.

4. Heart-shaped

keychain or handbag accessory with flower graphic by Chanel ($290) at Saks Fifth Avenue.


5. Pink rosebud

printed wallet ($18) at Urban Outfitters.

6. Hand-sculpted and

-painted porcelain rose with sterling silver leaves, fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystals and turquoise cuff bracelet by Sylvan Spirit by Rebecca and Maureen Worth ($200) at

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or creative ideas in garden design, interior décor and expert renovation, don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to step inside the doors and garden gates of Richmond’s premier private homes and gardens during Historic Garden Week’s 77th season. Proceeds benefit the restoration of historic landscapes throughout Virginia. Tours are sponsored by Garden Club of Virginia (April 1725 statewide), with Wednesday’s tour co-sponsored with the Council of Historic Richmond Foundation. Admission is $35 per day until noon, April 19; $40 day of tour; $15 for a single location. Tickets available on Garden Day at any of the properties open, including the addresses listed above. For advance ticket sale locations and detailed information, please visit Details are attached to tour name (Richmond) on the Schedule page of the site. Telephone (804) 644-7776, Email Expand your Garden Week experience by purchasing a pass for admission to all of our beautiful tours statewide--only $175 per person/$300 per couple—via the Guidebook/Tickets page of the website.

With the $6500 tax credit, your next home is closer than you think. With low interest rates and the $6,500 Home Buyer tax credit, buying your next home has never been more affordable. But you must act now. The credit expires April 30, 2010. For more information, visit


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Spring Fever

Fashionable cures for what ails you.

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Fashion Editor

Lauren Healy Art director

Jeff Bland Photographer

Scott Elmquist Models

Julia Naismith  from Modelogic Megan Valkyrie   from Kim Alley Models Jerry Bistline from Stir Crazy Hair stylist

Josh Henderson  at Mango Makeup stylist

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Gray silk with paisley and floral print drawstring dress by Rebecca Taylor ($345) and safari green silk drawstring dress by DVF ($325), gray leather cross-strap heel by Gucci ($635) at Saks Fifth Ave; moon locket necklace and button rings by Cockamamie Jewelry ($198 and $57), olive leather belt by Streets Ahead ($168), gold floral dangle by August Nine Designs ($161) at Glass Boat; tortoise leaf headband ($10) at Urban Outfitters; gold cuff with magenta stone ($36) at Frill Seekers in the Shops at 5807.


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Floral print sleeveless dress by Minuet ($78) and silver bamboo hoop earrings ($18) at Fab̒rik; silver link with flower necklace ($28) at Frill Seekers in the Shops at 5807; silver flower double ring ($18) at Urban Outfitters.

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Blood orange embroidered sun dress by We Heart Vera ($158), bright yellow fabric flower necklace in hair ($42) at Anthropologie; gold multi-disc earring ($23) at Pink; yellow citron square costume ring ($64) at London Salon; gray vintage bag with long chain ($28) at Verve in the Shops at 5807; gold necklace with painted floral motif ($16) at Exile; multicolored wooden bangles made from old skateboards by Kristi Tororitis ($14), Quirk Gallery; berry leather boots by Frye ($348) at Saxon.



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Fa s h i o n C u e s Silk multicolored Aztec romper by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent ($288) at Pink; fitted jean jacket by Lucky Brand Jeans ($119) at Lucky Brand; turquoise and sterling silver necklace from India ($280) at London Salon; multiprint flower pin by Foundling ($25) at Quirk Gallery; turquoise beads inset in bangle ($18) at Fab̒rik; zebra print pony hair platform by Sam Edelman ($160) for Scarpa at Frances Kahn.

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Peach and beige floral buttonfront silk dress by Tucker ($322) at Pink; shell disc necklace with a silhouette overlay ($12) at Verve in the Shops at 5807; flower rings by Amanda Outcalt ($240 and $600) at Quirk Gallery.



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Where to find it: Anthropologie

9200 Stony Point Parkway 330-3331 Coral cap-sleeve silk blouse by Odille ($98) at Anthropologie; silk floral multicolor shorts by Tibi ($238) and turquoise charm embossed patent leather pochette ($1,195) at Saks Fifth Avenue; white leather open toe wedge by Faryl Robin ($199) at Need Supply Co.; coral drop earrings by One Sweet Peach ($67), blue and purple necklace with art nouveau silver flower by Sally Ryan ($195), white stone square ring by Chipita ($100) at Glass Boat; silver flower ring by Amanda Outcalt ($820), orange cuff made from an old LP by Tracy Wilson ($25) at Quirk Gallery.

Bliss at 5812

5812 1/2 Grove Ave. 440-9025 Exile

935 W. Grace St. 358-338 fab̒rik

3018 W. Cary St. 254-2741 Frances Kahn

6229 River Road 288-5246 Gators Gift Shop at the Jefferson Hotel

101 W. Franklin St. 788-8000 Glass Boat

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3319 W. Cary St. 353-0994 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden gift shop

1800 Lakeside Ave. 262-9887 London

5803 Patterson Ave. 285-4247 Lucky Brand Jeans

9200 Stony Point Parkway 327-9135 Need Supply Co.

3010 W. Cary St. 355-5880 Peyton Hall

9200 Stony Point Parkway 272-0833 Pink

3158 W. Cary St. 358-0884 Quirk

311 W. Broad St. 644-5450

921 Stony Point Parkway 320-6960 Saxon Shoes

11800 W. Broad St., No. 2750 285-3473 Shops at 5807

5807 Patterson Ave. 288-5807 Sylvan Spirit by Worth

330-5454 Urban Outfitters

11805 W. Broad St., No. 1790 364-5216 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts gift shop

200 N. Boulevard 340-1525


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Better than Sleep

Trill Ride

When you consider that Danger Mouse, aka Brian Joseph Burton and one half of Gnarls Barkley, got major recognition by mixing Jay-Z rhymes and Beatles hits on “The Grey Album,” it’s not so strange that he hammers out a record with introspective rocker James Mercer of the Shins. The Gnarls vibe is ever-present with curious samples and soulful grooves, but Mercer’s distinctive, melodic voice makes it feel like an experimental Shins disc. Some songs float, reminiscent of hazy, Pink Floyd trippers, while others snap with snare drum trips and electro-trills akin to video game victory marks. Throughout the 10 tracks, organic, crispy acoustics get rolled over by skips in a sonic romp, an ebb and flow that makes the two ever engaging and Broken totally unpredictBells   able despite their Broken Bells respective trade(Sony) mark sounds.

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Carrie Underwood brings her Play On tour to the Richmond Coliseum on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. She’s got Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia opening, but it’s the country sweetheart and her full-blown stage show that earn the $34-$54 price tag.

With a mishmash of tinkling keys, sweeping choruses and some fuzzy guitar riffage, you might call this dream rock. Breaking out from her Jealous Girlfriends, frontwoman Holly Miranda joins forces with indie whiz and producer Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio to explore a sleepy-headed batch of songs that are more all-consuming than snooze, but prepare yourself to chill before listening to avoid a letdown. This is the stuff of stumbling dreams and duality, a soundtrack to midnight musings and wonderment after a few glasses of wine. Miranda’s gauzy, multitracked vocals serenade Holly each other and bounce off of Miranda feedback and synthetic loops. On The occasion, however, the girl wails and Magicians it’s cutting. Both charming and exPrivate quisite, Miranda’s debut rocks you to Library (XL) the edge of sleep in the best of ways.

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Tribute Territory

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Count on the National to bring top-caliber music to downtown Richmond. This month, the Goo Goo Dolls play April 20 at 8 p.m.; tickets are $36.50. Elvis Costello hits the stage April 24 at 8 p.m.; tickets are $38.50. Jam band fans get two nights of Disco Biscuits and Widespread Panic, and there’s country, indie-rock and more to hear now.

Games & Gardens

In addition to the springthemed events we’ve listed in Style & Substance this month, consider the 70th annual West Avenue Garden Tour, noon until 5 p.m. April 25. Family entertainment, refreshments and inspired gardening in one of Richmond’s sweetest small neighborhoods make this a fun — and free — street party.

It might have been intimidating, but instead it was just refreshing to come across sentiments such as, “Excited, I gathered my supplies, water purifier …” and the stuff about sauce-packet dinners and 50-pound packs in Emily Kimball’s memoir of her adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail, at, oh, the quaint age of 70. After all, not all of us are cut out for that sort of thing, no matter how old we are, and are just reduced to wonder by the pictures. Get inspired, anyway, at Appalachian Trail Stories by Emily Kimball

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Balance Through Reiki

Santa Sorenson practices peace and healing.


urbulent times call for desperate measures — bubble baths, long walks and hot cups of tea. But when home remedies fail to smooth more than ruffles on the surface, it never hurts to get a reiki master to iron out those deeper disturbances. I first met Santa Sorenson at Unity of Richmond in the late ’90s. A chaplain, she was one of the most graceful and calm women I had ever encountered. She was a woman who clearly walked her talk, radiating a sort of balanced, centered peace I could only imagine. I learned that Sorenson was a reiki master and also a nurse, and when I needed to have major surgery in 2003, I wanted her there. Reiki, a Japanese word meaning palm healing, brings the body’s energy field into balance, and it’s becoming more commonly used in traditional Western medicine. I signed a waiver that allowed Sorenson into the recovery room, and while I came out of the deep, drugged haze of anesthesia, she held my hand, performed reiki on me and speeded up my recovery faster than any of the meds they sent me home with.


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The following year, a few weeks into a high-risk pregnancy, I set up biweekly Reiki sessions with Sorenson. When I believed I was out of the woods, I visited her once a month until the end. She was there when I delivered my son, the umbilical cord triple-wrapped around his neck, by emergency cesarean section. I think of her as an angel. Originally from Manhattan, Sorenson attended the High School of Performing Arts and then nursing school. After studying dance with Bertram Ross and Cora Cahan of the Martha Graham School, she formed modern dance companies in both New York and Richmond, but stopped dancing professionally when she had her third child at 44. And although she practiced nursing in New York, she felt that she wasn’t accomplishing the work she thought would be most truly beneficial. “Most patients needed to be heard, and I was too busy to listen,” she says. “Just being present and listening was very important to me. That alone can be so healing.” And listening, in her job at the Richmond Peace Education Center, is paramount. A board member, the workshop coordinator, the Alternatives to

Violence Project chair and co-chair of the annual Richmond Peace Festival in September, Sorenson is a certified facilitator of conflict resolution in the prisons and in the community. A reiki master for the past 12 years, Santa received her training from a local practitioner and has trained about 10 others. “Reiki has always been handed down from person to person, sort of like storytelling,” she says. “It balances the body so it can heal itself. I’m the instrument of universal life force energy.” That energy can get kinked up and out of whack in so many different ways. Although I have no current medical crises, I visit Sorenson at her South Side home for a balancing session, where I’m able, for the first time in weeks, to relax completely on her table. Her hands are warm and gentle, and while she lightly cups my head, she asks me how I’ve been. I tell her, and then, as she sweeps the air over my body, I close my eyes and let out the long breath I’ve been holding. Santa Sorenson can be reached for private reiki sessions at 248-0597.


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Sweet and Savory

Losing a job can mean a delicious new career. by Deveron Timberlake

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Ingredients:

1 or 2 9-inch sweet pie crusts (from Pies Over Cakes, of course) ¾ pound fresh rhubarb, diced 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved ½ cup granulated sugar * 1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour, sifted ** 2 teaspoon grated orange peel 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cloves 4 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional) Heavy cream

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hen Arden Wagner Fidler lost her first job out of college, a position with Circuit City, it wasn’t the typically crushing letdown that some workers experience. “Joining the corporate world was a bit of whiplash for me,” Fidler says, “and I didn’t feel like I totally fit in there, even though the people I worked with were great. The structure was difficult, and seemed counterintuitive to the way things would get done.” Now a 27-year-old entrepreneur, she says, “Working for myself makes a lot more sense.” Fidler left the office for the home kitchen in August, deciding that her interest in baking might lead to a viable project and perhaps an income. Because she always preferred desserts with crusts instead of frosting, she named the business Pies Over Cakes. “I wanted people to have a dessert that was good and sweet, but better for you than cake,” she says. Some pies are sweet, some are savory, some are gluten-free or vegan; all are true to her healthy foods mission. “I want people to appreciate simplicity that is good food,” she says, “not a ton of ingredients but good, local produce bought from local farmers.” Fidler started baking while in college at West Virginia University, where she was a psychology major. She treasured the skills of her grandmother, a “phenomenal baker” whose copy of “Joy of Cooking” is a mainstay on Fidler’s shelf. Because those college experiments were a success with her friends, Fidler forged ahead, experimenting with healthy oils and natural ingredients. When

she was downsized out of the 9-to-5 job, she got her business license and a health inspection and hasn’t looked back. She’s gearing up for the spring opening of farmers’ markets at Byrd House in Oregon Hill and the West End market on Gayton Road, where she’ll sell pies, tarts and unfilled crusts three times a week. She occasionally barters with farmers, trading pies for produce, and thrives on the relationships with people she admires for their sincerity and work ethic. “I am so fortunate to get into this community of farmers because they are amazing human beings and they have more than what you need to feed yourself or your family well.” Fidler hopes to keep her business small enough to do it all herself, and plans to return to school for a teaching degree that will allow her to bake during the summers. “I don’t want to be the next Sara Lee,” she says. “I want to encourage people to buy vegetables to make their own pies, to appreciate healthy, local foods and the people who grow them.”

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o Preheat oven to 425 degrees. o Mix sugar, flour, orange peel, cinnamon and cloves together in small bowl. If substituting agave nectar, do not add to the mixture, reserve for later. o Put rhubarb and strawberries together in a large prep bowl. While stirring gently with a spatula or wooden spoon, sift flour mixture over the top to combine well. If using, add agave nectar after flour mixture has been added. o Mound the strawberry mixture into the unbaked 9-inch sweet pie crust. If desired, cube unsalted butter and sprinkle over the top of the filling, then top with another unbaked pie crust (remove from tin, place on top of filling.) You can also roll out the top crust, cut it into 1-inch strips, and use it to create a lattice top if you are feeling artistic. o Fold the overlapping edges of the pie crusts to make a nice, even edge. Brush any visible crust with heavy cream. o Cover the edges with a pie shield, if available, and bake. After about 20 minutes at 425 degrees, reduce the oven temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 40 minutes. The crust should be golden brown and the pie’s internal temperature 145 degrees. *Substitute 1/3 cup agave nectar for low-glycemic diets. **Substitute 1/3 cup gluten-free baking mix and 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum for gluten-free diets.


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Modern Amenities

A gallery owner and an architect open their house for Historic Garden Week.


orning sunlight blasts the whitewalled interior of the West Avenue home of Page and Sanford Bond. She’s a gallery owner and he’s an architect, and as they guide a visitor from space to space it’s apparent that their house lacks the usual walls and doorways of most Fan houses. The Bonds dispensed with those more than 30 years ago when they gutted the first floor and basement of the four-level, five-bedroom townhouse to enhance flexibility for a growing family, entertaining and, importantly, contemporary art. Hanging above the large, round dining table | 38 | April 2010


is a powerful, abstract monochromatic print by Richard Serra, an artist internationally known for his huge steel installations. “That’s entitled ‘B.B. King,’” says Sanford, who more often is called Sandy. “It’s part of a series Serra did on blues artists.” “I have a lot of black art, don’t I?” observes Page, almost absentmindedly, referring to pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Cy Twombly and Sally Mann, hanging nearby. Her husband picks up on her comment: “You can see the forms better,” he says, approvingly. “They are not involved in a conversation of colors.” This back and forth is an ongoing thing with the Bonds. They’re not apt to change according to the


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whims of fashion. In fact, they’ve made few fundamental changes to their home during the past decades. But the once natural brick walls have been painted white, and all the bathrooms recently received a stunningly simple update with Carrara marble surfaces and light-hued maple cabinetry. The Bonds’ solid modernistic aesthetic is something they’ve honed since they were married in the late 1960s. Among their first art acquisitions together were a Le Corbusier print, which they bought in Switzerland from the renowned architect’s mistress, and a Walker Evans photograph. The two were melded into the life aesthetic

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while living in Cambridge, Mass. Sandy was in graduate architecture school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Page was honing her skill as a photographer. “Our children were in a play group with all these kids whose parents had been to Rhode Island School of Design and all of the people around us were doing art,” Page says. She, then as now a ball of focused energy, embraced the artistic vibe and organized her first exhibition of their work in Lincoln, a Boston suburb. It was the late 1960s — sit-ins, love-ins and happenings — and the Bonds’ talented friends weren’t about to confine their expressions to polite spaces. “Some of them got together and staged ‘Flush with the Walls,’ a guerilla show at Boston’s Mu-

Sanford and Page Bond (at left) start their day with coffee at the dining room table designed by Sanford. “B.B. King,” a print by Richard Serra, hangs on the wall to right. An Ellsworth Kelly etching hangs above an antique Welsh cupboard. In the living room (above) white brick walls create the backdrop for artworks including a dark, mixed media canvas by Richard Carlyon.

seum of Fine Arts,” Sandy says, a twinkle in his eye. “They had made drawings that were only revealed as toilet paper was unrolled and [they] filled clear enema bags with water and goldfish. The guards were so flustered.” The Bonds eventually settled in Richmond when Sandy joined Glave, Newman & Anderson, a Richmond architecture firm that melded modernism with a strong thrust toward adaptive reuse and historic preservation. He says moving to Richmond “was culture shock. We had been living in the most liberal state in the union. Our congressman was Tip O’Neill, our senator was Ted Kennedy, and Massachusetts was the only state in the union that voted for George McGovern. In Virginia you didn’t know who was a Democrat and who was a Republican.” Today Sandy is a partner in 3North, an architecture firm based in Manchester. His wife is the owner and director of the Page Bond Gallery on nearby West Main Street. The Bonds first bought a house on West Avenue and soon purchased another row house on the same street. They gutted that building, which had been a food co-op, and combined hallways, living and dining A thermometer is rooms into a continuous space. fastened between open studs near New wooden flooring, which the front door of Sandy salvaged from a house the Bond’s West being demolished to make way Avenue home. for Virginia Commonwealth

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University’s new student commons, was laid on a diagonal. The flooring has been painted a warm shade of gray. Throughout the house are well-worn Oriental rugs, an eclectic, comfortable mélange of furniture and contemporary art. Prominently displayed in the dining room is a Picasso-designed plate, the first art Sandy purchased. On April 22 the Bond home, along with others in the lower Fan District, will be open for Historic Garden Week on the West Avenue Plus Two Walking Tour, sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia. One of the perennial treats of all Garden Week tours are floral displays tailored to the specific interiors by members of the club. “I need to call them and tell them not to put too much color in the flower arrangements,” Page says. See for details on this month’s tours.


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pril 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and with it comes a reminder of the challenges we face in improving the health of our planet. Of the many small steps we can take to go greener, one of the easiest is eating more local, seasonal and organic foods. Drinking Virginia wine with friends isn’t bad either. Combine those with a group service project, or an ongoing commitment to greener living, and you have the makings for a truly earthfriendly celebration.

Menu: Green pea pesto bruschette   with pea shoots Strawberry tarts with chèvre and mint Local cheeses with baguette Local wines


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Honor  mother earth  in fresh  ways.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Green pea pesto bruschette with pea shoots

❧ Richmond Earth Day Cel-

ebration and James River Fish Festival. April 25, old Manchester (south end of Mayo Bridge, at Hull Street between the James River and Art Works). Aside from plenty of live music, activities include green vendors and arts and crafts, local foods and farmers, community garden, kids’ activities and alternative energy exhibits.


1 fresh baguette (Ellwood Thompson’s parmesan and herb baguette preferred) 1 ½ cups frozen peas, defrosted and drained ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped ½ cup slivered, blanched almonds ¼ teaspoon salt ¹/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon olive oil 1-3 tablespoons water 1 lemon wedge 1 cup fresh pea shoots or other seasonal microgreens, washed and dried

❧ Billion Acts of Green. This campaign, organized by the Earth Day Network, encourages folks to commit to an act of green, big or small, and hopes to reach a billion good deeds. The Web site,, provides suggestions if you need inspiration.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice baguette in to diagonal rounds, about ¼-inch thick. Place baguette slices on a single layer on a baking sheet. On another baking sheet, spread almonds in a single layer. Bake both for about 5 minutes, until baguette rounds are crispy and lightly browned, and almonds are just starting to become fragrant. Add peas, cheese, garlic, almonds, salt and pepper, and ¼ cup olive oil to bowl of a food processor. Process until well-blended, then add water a tablespoon at a time, as needed, to achieve a smooth, spreadable consistency. Add pea shoots to a small bowl and squeeze lemon wedge over shoots. Drizzle on 1 teaspoon olive oil, then salt and pepper to taste. Toss lightly with clean hands. Spread a thin layer of pesto on a bruschette and top each with a pinch of pea shoots. Serve immediately.


● Local or organic versions of most of the ingredients for these recipes can be found at Ellwood Thompson’s or Whole Foods Market.

Autumn Hill Virginia  Monticello cabernet franc ($13 . 9 9 , W hole Foods)

Barboursville viognier ($22 . 9 9 , River Cit y Cell a r s)

Thibaut-Janisson Virginia  sparkling blanc de chardonnay ($25 . 9 9 , W hole Foods)

Recommended local cheeses Caromont Farmstead Chèvre (River Cit y Cell a r s, W hole Foods)

Meadow Creek   Appalachian tomme (River Cit y Cell a r s, W hole Foods)

Oak Spring Dairy   raw white cheddar (Ellwood Thompson)


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Recommended local wines

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❧ Global Days of Service.

● Phyllo mini tart shells and rolled phyllo dough can be found at Ukrop’s in the freezer section near the berries. The prepared shells save time, but the tarts are tastier when the shells are made fresh at home from the rolled dough. ● Green pea pesto, and the chèvre and honey mixture, can both be made as long as three days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Earth Day Network has designated April 17 and 18 as a time for volunteers around the world to focus on climate change solutions. Projects and activities vary by location. earthday. net/globaldaysofservice.

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Strawberry tarts with chèvre and mint Ingredients:

1 quart strawberries ½ teaspoon orange zest 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 2 tablespoons sugar 1 box (2 rolls) of phyllo dough, thawed, or 2 boxes phyllo small tart shells 2 tablespoons butter, melted 4 ounces chèvre (Caromont farms preferred) 1 ½ tablespoons honey Directions:

Remove stems from strawberries and cut in to slices. Gently combine strawberries, orange zest and juice, mint, and sugar, and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or as long as 12 hours. If using rolled phyllo dough, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unroll dough on a cutting board, and use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut out 24 rounds of phyllo. Gently press each round into the cup of a small muffin tin. With a pastry brush, brush melted butter inside each shell. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crispy and browned. Mix together chèvre and honey in a small bowl. To assemble tarts, place a generous teaspoon of chèvre-honey mixture into each tart shell and top with 2-3 slices strawberries. Serve immediately.

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first p e rs o n

Face Value Life is a canvas of skin.


hen I was 16, my boyfriend and I would drive to the top of our town’s only parking deck so that we could see into the distance and pretend to be somewhere else in time and place. We always returned by my eleven o’clock curfew to avoid my mother’s forbidding frown lines. I am convinced now that her wrinkles were tangible evidence of my antics. Curfew represented, back then, all we really knew of time. There was only the present. Our smooth faces were unmarked except for a few pimples, but not for long. Our yesterdays accumulated, and as tiny hatch marks soon surfaced, I wondered which represented the time my dog Brownie died or my brother tried to beat me up or my sister accused me of staining her best outfit, or I won the fourth-grade spelling bee. In good times and bad, emotions ordered nerves and muscles to spring into action and display themselves on my face, the seat of character, mood and experience. As I navigated adulthood, my facial construction workers never failed to respond to successes and failures. They mapped labor pains, grief, moving days, job anxieties, collapsed and resurrected dreams and the thrill of beginnings. A lifetime of grocery store lines, traffic jams, love fests, laugh fests, fear fests and cooing babies showed. On my face. At some point, lines deepen. They testify to a life if not well lived, hell,

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at least lived. Laugh lines. One can hardly have too many of those, right? Otherwise, you haven’t laughed enough. I actually could use more laugh lines. And then there are the frown lines across the forehead, my personal favorite. In 10th-grade French, trying desperately to remember the future perfect of some obscure verb, I crossed my eyes and furrowed my brow only to be chastised by a male classmate, believe it or not, who had the nerve to say, “Stop frowning. When you grow up, your forehead will wrinkle.”

How did he know? No doubt his mother had him convinced, like mine did, that your face could freeze in an unflattering expression! OK, so maybe I’d spring for some aesthetic rejuvenation, ahem, procedure if I could. But really, would you want your forehead injected, immobilized with Botox? You could never look surprised. That would be a shame, because a face is, after all, your canvas. You can’t hide from your own life. I hate to admit this, but you know those political husband-cheating scandals of the past couple of years? They have fascinated me. There was Silda Spitzer’s expression that captured her plight perfectly, as though she’d taken a class in public humiliation. But I’m sure she didn’t have to — her face simply reflected her inner turmoil. And Jenny Sanford’s face really never got past mad, producing an external view of an interior landscape, flabbergasted and frustrated. Because, let’s face it, would you want to lie with your face? I’m sure people do, particularly people in the public eye. In this mediamad world of social masks, blindingly white teeth, fake smiles, unnatural flawless skin and coiffed hair with nary a trace of gray, authenticity seems endangered. But maybe covering up is nothing new, as our ancestors have wigged and powdered and corseted for centuries. And I confess that I can’t wait to try out new wrinkle creams. But time is the mistress of face craft, transformative and true. And to tamper too much with her work would be like pretending to be somewhere else in time.

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