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your guide to an inspired life
Jennifer Prince Academy Center of the Arts..................................... 29 CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Photo by Demi Mabry Photography
Aesthetics by Ridgeview Dermatology.................. 13 Amazement Square.................................................... 3
GRAPHIC DESIGNER At Home with Centra................................................ inside front cover
It’s so hard to believe that fall is
Bowen Jewelry Company.......................................... 3
It is easy for autumn to take us by
Carilion Clinic............................................................ back cover
Speaking of surprises, this issue
has a lot in store for you. From
inspiration for your own picnic to
here. Where did the summer go?
a focus on fashion and conscious
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Demi Mabry Photography........................................ 9
clothing choices, we want to
inform and equip you for the
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Gladiola Girls.............................................................. 41
Oh, and if you’re out and about, we
will be, too! We’ve partnered with
three local organizations to bring
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fun and awareness, so be sure to
say “hi” if you see us around town.
Demi Mabry Photography
James T Davis Paint & Design Center.................... 30 Lynchburg Bridal Expo............................................. 46
No matter your plans, we are here
Maier Museum of Art................................................ 35
to partner with you and inspire
Melissa Batman Photography.................................. inside back cover
you along the way.
Rosetta Coffee Company.......................................... 46 Southern Provisions Company................................ 41
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inside this issue COMMUNITY THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS an initiative for a cause GEEKY GIRL
PLACES, PLEASE a show with purpose
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE
MY OMBRE LIFE 16 consider philanthropy HOME LIVING BEAUTIFULLY 17 a romantic autumn picnic DI-WHY NOT IN SEASON
LIFE CRUNCHY LIVING gentle parenting AMOUR BEBE
PET PONDERINGS considering a new pet
STYLE PARING DOWN 38 a capsule wardrobe experiment FAST FASHION 42 conscious clothing choices 32
FASHION FORWARD 47 a week of style in Lynchburg
Photo provided by the Junior League of Lynchburg.
THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS an initiative for a cause aligns with
“ONE IS NEVER OVER-DRESSED OR UNDER-DRESSED WITH A LITTLE BLACK DRESS.”
—KARL L AGERFELD
women in our
to empower community.
Ah, the Little Black Dress or LBD. It’s
What exactly IS this initiative and
a wardrobe staple that many of us
how can you help? Participants
have a collection of in our closets.
are asked to “wear one black dress,
The look is iconic, just like Audrey
or other black attire, for one week
Hepburn’s adorable number in
to highlight the effect distressful
Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
situations can have on a woman’s
Besides making a statement about fashion, the Junior League of
PRE-LBDI SHOPPING NIGHT OCTOBER 5TH | 6-8PM GLADIOLA GIRLS IN THE BOONSBORO SHOPPING CENTER JOIN US FOR:
access to resources, confidence, and
• A selection of LBD’s for $49 and under
opportunities,” states the Junior
• Sales on select items
League, which is partnering with
the Little Black Dress Initiative
For 5 days - from October 9-13 - we
• LDB themed hors d’oeuvres and beverages from Isabella’s
(LBDI) raised over $6500 for both
are asking ladies not only to wear
• & more surprises in store!
the Domestic Violence Prevention
the same LBD each day, but we are
Center and Sexual Assault Response
also encouraging donations towards
Program for the YWCA of Central
the YWCA’s programs, which can be
VA. In fact the LBDI “is a fundraising
done through the Junior League of
• Pick out one black article of clothing
campaign that aims to bring
• Wear it from October 9-13
Will you join us? We hope so! Pick out
• Raise awareness and funds for the YWCA’s programs
Lynchburg is using this article of clothing for a cause. In 2016,
awareness to women facing distress, whether it be poverty, violence, or inequality,” according to the Junior League. The initiative perfectly 6
clutch to help raise awareness.
your LBD and get ready to talk about preventing domestic violence.
• Use #LittleBlackDressJLL on social media
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GEEKY GIRL on the record with Speakertree The notions of hunting and gathering may initially bring cavemen to mind, but they also apply to the modern geek. Regardless of our passions or hobbies, we geeks tend to seek out what we love (sometimes with great persistence) and curate collections that celebrate and showcase that love. For example, I collect books, clothing, and figurines from my favorite fandoms: Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, and Dragon Age. You may collect antique silverware, items depicting a certain kind of animal, or vintage clothing. Or perhaps you collect records? If that’s the case, there is a vinyl haven awaiting you in downtown Lynchburg: Speakertree. Speakertree was founded in 2008 and just moved from its original location on 5th street to 901 Jefferson Street in early June. After a few transitions in ownership, Blake Gederberg and Nick Cotrufo took the helm last July. Their decision to relocate was almost a year in the making. “When we first took over the shop, we had a few visions for the place, but we decided to at least feel out the market for about a year and get an idea of what we were looking at,” Blake says. “We were able to turn around the business and get to the point where we couldn’t go any further without having more foot traffic, so basically the move was to get into an area that has more retail foot traffic and more tourism. When you go downtown, you usually park and walk around for the day, and we were just a little too far off that path.” Read on for more of my interview with Blake about the new and improved Speakertree, the vinyl industry, and his quest for an elusive record.
community Why is Lynchburg the ideal place for your shop? There are a few reasons. For one, the vinyl industry is definitely coming back. For a while, the generation ahead of ours was getting rid of their vinyl and not really pursuing it any further, but now we’re seeing a lot of millennials who are inheriting their parents’ collections and getting into vinyl. We see a lot of that in Lynchburg because it’s a college town, and we have a pretty big following within the colleges around here. Every year, when thousands more students come to Lynchburg for the first time, we have a direct ability to tap into that market through word of mouth. Music definitely appeals to everyone, but I think right now the vinyl industry is piquing the interest of millennials especially. I would say our primary market right now is people ages 18 to 40. There’s always going to be a really good demographic of those people in Lynchburg because people graduate from college and settle Photos by Demi Mabry Photography
down and start their families here.
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Are you guys originally from Lynchburg? I’m actually from New Jersey and Nick is from North Carolina. We came here for school and ended up staying and finding a great market for our business. We love Lynchburg! Besides millennials inheriting their parents’ collections, why do you think the vinyl industry is making a comeback? I think a big part of it is that the digital world is expanding and everything is being streamed, which kind of disconnects people from the music in a way. Even though this makes music very accessible, people still want to connect with music on a deeper level. A lot of people collect music because it’s a part of who they are. People are starting to realize that they can fall back in love with the tangible aspect of music and collecting records, which often come with something cool like posters. There’s also something about the records being bigger, and if you really love the album artwork of a record, you can decorate with it. A lot of people have record walls, and they’ll change out the album artwork depending on what they’re listening to at that point. We’ve seen some really cool setups.
Interested in starting your own collection but
Each record has a unique code that can be found on both
wondering where to start? Blake advised us on
the sleeve and the record. This code can be searched
savvy tips for a burgeoning collector.
on this site to see exactly which pressing this record is.
Where is a good place to start, and are there resources available for the novice collector? Finding a local shop is the best way to get into it because we have the ability to source some of your favorite records and order them for you so you can
most valuable to collectors which will mean it would sell at a higher price than a re-pressed record. Let’s talk storage - what is the best way to store (or not store!) your records?
start your collection off strong with some of your
Heating and cooling causes the vinyl to warp, which will
change the sound of the record making it hard to listen
You talked about inheriting collections - how
to and can be bad for the record player.
does one go about knowing if anything in those
Storing the records together are always a good idea
collections is valuable or not?
because the pressure of them being together keeps them
The best place to source the value of the record would be on a website called “Discogs” - this is the eBay for records...where you can see what the market is paying. 10
Original pressings are the most rare and typically the
flat. Leaning them up would probably be best...similar to what you’d see in a shop.
Any particular records you’re trying to find?
What exactly is important? Blake told us in
The number one thing I’m looking for is the original Jurassic Park
his own words what collectors search for when
soundtrack, which is really hard to find. I’m a big Jurassic Park
fan. I could buy it online and spend a lot of money on it, but I
• Condition - Condition is key and sometimes the deal breaker for a lot of hardcore collectors out there. From the condition of the sleeve
think the hunt is part of the fun. Maybe one day it will come to the shop, and I’ll get to buy it. Nick already knows that if it ever comes to the shop, it’s mine [laughs]!
to the cleanliness and scratch free vinyl, it all
What’s the best thing about your job?
matters to them. If it’s in mint condition and
I would say the community aspect. As an entrepreneur, my
50+ years old that really shows collectors that
ideas are very community-driven and community-minded. I’ve
this was a well kept album from all the hands
always been drawn to networking and things that bring people
it’s come in contact with over the years.
together, so I think it’s cool to have a close-knit community of
• The Pressing - Many collectors are looking for
music lovers who come into the shop. We have some really, really
the original pressings, special editions, limited
cool people who come in and support us way more than we ever
editions and color/variant of the records. Some
thought possible. We’re grateful for that support, and we love
mean more to others but this is a really big deal
what we do!
for many. It makes the hunt that much more exciting. • Album Art - There are many people we encounter who do love some album art and want it in their collection regardless of how much they find themselves listening to that record. There many albums that have iconic album art, such as, The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Abbey Road by The Beatles and many more. • Music Taste - Lastly, many people want their favorite bands and records in their collection. These will more than likely be the ones that they listen to most often. These will be the ones closest to their heart and may even be the ones that dig deep in their pockets for.
Do you consider yourself a “record geek?” Nick is actually more of the record geek, and I’m more of the business geek [laughs]. When the opportunity to buy Speakertree from the previous owners presented itself, it was kind of like a match made in heaven type of situation where we each brought something unique to the table. I had experience in the music business and booking shows for local bands, so I was going to
Need a record player? A local shop can order one for you, and vintage ones can be restored. Although with restoration, like a vehicle, it depends on year and availability of replacement parts.
handle that side of things, and Nick was going
Want to find out more?
to handle the record side of things. I do have a
vinyl collection and I have some things that I’m always hunting for, so if I do find them, I will geek out!
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Emily Hedrick is a youth services librarian and enjoys being with her husband and family, singing, and geeking out as often as possible.
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PLACES, PLEASE! a show with purpose
Want to have even MORE fun? Come to our special clutch ladies night to support the arts and the YWCA. From donated raffle items and door prizes to pre-show entertainment and a specialty drink, we’ll have various opportunities to raise funds and awareness. Come join us!
Wednesday, October 18th at 8pm $25 Half of the proceeds from this night are donated towards the Central VA YWCA
As a theatre buff myself, finding an all-female show is rare, so when the opportunity presents itself to
ten women that she’d brought to
producing company’s philanthropic
life. I was ecstatic to have been cast
endeavors...I almost feel sometimes
and found myself among a group of
like I can’t take any credit for how
complete strangers who very quickly
this show has evolved.”
became some of my dearest friends,” Melissa reminisces.
Renaissance Theatre’s production of To the New Girl is also philanthropic.
be involved in such a production -
What’s remarkable is that every
A portion of the proceeds will
either in the audience or on stage -
single one of these women’s stories
benefit the Central Virginia YWCA,
I take notice.
is grounded in truth. Playwright
and (compliments of clutch) every
Samantha Macher offers, “I wrote
member of the audience will receive
the show initially because I was
a card with hotline numbers to
using my writing to explore some
discreetly place in their wallet. Past
of the heartache I had following the
outreach productions include a 2013
dissolution of my marriage. Even
show at the Bower Center to benefit
though this show was difficult for me
Bedford Domestic Violence Services
to write, it helped me to know that in
and also a 2014 show at Showtimer’s
Such is the case with the fall production at Renaissance Theatre entitled To the New Girl, which not only features an all-female cast but deals with real life issues such as Alzheimer’s, suicide and domestic violence. Director Melissa E Kennedy states, “To the New Girl tells the tales of ten women as they address their
this small way, in this small theater, I
to benefit TAP’s Sabrina’s Place.
was able to help give an equal voice to women I knew and cared about.” The
Melissa has been involved with To
husband’s new wife or mistress (or
theater she references is Los Angeles’
the New Girl since the very first show
in one case, new mister)! These
SkyPilot Theater Company, where she
(she is credited in the script as a part
women are heartrendingly relatable,
was asked to contribute a female-
of the original cast!), and it was her
regardless of whether you’ve been in
centric show in a predominately
idea to bring this show to the stage
their shoes: their loss and grief and
at Renaissance for her directorial
triumph and resilience are palpable and inspiring.”
“Then, sort of unexpectedly, the play, which had once been very personal,
debut. “I’ve wanted to direct a show for a while and could not come up with a better combination of show
Melissa’s first experience with the
left me. In every production, what’s
show was in 2012 at Studio Roanoke.
on stage is no longer my story, or
She was so drawn to the playwright’s
the story of those who inspired it,
work that she braved the stage after
but rather the story of the women
a hiatus that was longer than a
who produce it, direct it, and act
decade. “I found myself drawn to the
in it,” Samantha says of how her
premise of the show - and the voice
show has traveled and grown. “It
of playwright Samantha Macher
has even occasionally become the
supportive and welcomed the idea
- and couldn’t wait to meet these
audience’s story by way of the
with open arms.”
and venue than at Renaissance Theatre,” Melissa offers. “At least one member of the board had seen the show and was a very enthusiastic supporter of this endeavor; the remainder of the board was
community This show is designed to touch
Samantha goes on to say, “I’m so
the audience and have them relate
grateful that what was so painful for
and experience the stories of the
me at the time has become a way for
WANT TO GET INVOLVED? GO SEE TO THE NEW GIRL!
characters in a meaningful way, yet it
women to connect to each other, and
This entertaining evening of
isn’t just the viewer that is impacted.
to their communities for almost six
theatre consists of ten monologues
years. I hope that I’m blessed enough
from scorned women who directly
to continue telling this - and new
address their exes’ new wives
stories - with these generous friends
and lovers. This show is not
and colleagues I’ve made working on
recommended for children under
the age of 16.
In the words of Melissa, “We are
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Renaissance in this area that is open to new ideas and community
“This show has been a great source
outreach and willing to step outside
of friendship and support for me
of some comfort zones in order to
- members of the original Studio
produce quality works while still
Roanoke cast still get together as
embodying the ‘community’ aspect
often as we are able...my fervent
of community theatre.” And we
hope is for another group of women
couldn’t agree more.
to be able to experience that kind of community,” Melissa explains as she
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looks forward to directing this show.
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Women of a Certain Age SPECIAL DELIVERY Bette Bibbe has found a new direction for her floral business. She hand-delivers flowers with a twist – recipients get blooms and a visitor! Bette’s primary business at Perfect Arrangement is weddings and special events. Now she is also offering a new subscription service, “Send Love All Year Long.” Clients can have flowers delivered once a month or quarterly. According to her flyer, “Included in the delivery is a quick visit to say ‘hi’ and ‘how are you?’” The idea was born after a wedding guest asked Bette if she could deliver flowers to his mother every month. The gentleman had been using an 800 service. “But it was a disappointment,” she said. “They (the flowers) were either
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dead or poor quality. It was a stress to her.” So he hired Bette to bring flowers
text after each delivery, he said “no,
to his mother every month. “It’s a
she calls as soon as you are gone”
comfort to him,” she said. When
and tells him all the details of the
Bette brought the first arrangement,
lovely arrangement. “I didn’t live in
she decided to visit with the woman
the same city as my mother,” Bette
for a few minutes. She thought of it
said. “I would have loved that kind
as kind of a wellness check for the
son. “It’s non-medical,” Bette said. “It’s not like I’m checking her blood pressure.” And Bette was pleased to discover the gentleman’s lucky mother wasn’t the only one who relished the conversation. “This thing has rung true to me,” Bette said. “I would very much enjoy the visitation once a month.”
Bette has loved flowers since she was a young child. “My mother was always a good flower arranger,” she said. “She taught me a lot.” After graduating from Virginia Tech with a design degree, Bette designed clothing for Imperial Reading, then worked as an interior designer at Complements until it closed in 2009. After that,
After delivering the monthly flowers,
friends started asking her to design
she will send a text message or email
floral arrangements for weddings
to confirm delivery. But when Bette
and events, so Bette started her
asked the son if he wanted her to 14
community The subscription business will help fill the months when there are fewer weddings, such as January, February, March, and November. “Those aren’t busy wedding months and I could still have fun with flowers,” Bette said. The arrangements come in a disposable container so the containers don’t pile up. She finds interesting metal or wicker baskets, odd and interesting glass containers, and wooden boxes for arrangements. She keeps the container price low by searching Goodwill for her little treasures. “I like to use locally grown flowers if I can,” she said, so the choices will vary by season. Bette, who has worked on floral arrangements for the Rose Bowl Parade, Garden Day, graduations and other
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local events, is focusing on expanding her business in Westminster Canterbury and The Summit. “Everyone loves getting flowers,” she said. Deirdre Serio has written for newspapers, non-profits, and her present “day job” as a technical writer. She loves the great outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking.
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MY OMBRE LIFE
the best feeling in the world check for local soup kitchens. Spend a day with incredibly selfless people who serve to help feed the homeless. Soup kitchens will never turn you down. An extra pair of helping hands is always needed! Don’t forget about the environment. There’s nothing like keeping our planet green. We are very lucky to live in Virginia, where outdoor activities are everything.
Author Tea Hadzic volunteered to teach English through Blue Ridge Literacy. Photo by BRL
Key is keeping it clean and neat, so that many generations after us
In a perfect world, where student loans or sky-high rent didn’t exist, or you
can enjoy this luxury. My team and
didn’t have to work 40 hours a week (because responsibilities)…I would be
I have raided parks and rivers for
a full-time philanthropist. Volunteering and spreading positivity in my
trash. Spend a Sunday with your
community really brings happiness to me. But even with an endless list of
friends picking up trash, fixing
responsibilities, there’s always room to give back.
up parks, gardening, or simply spreading green love.
My love for humanity and giving back developed a long time ago. I was born in Bosnia, and if you know anything about Bosnia, you would know about the
There’s no better feeling than
civil war back in the 90s, which tore the country of Yugoslavia apart. I was
giving back with the people you
just 3 years old when my family and I fled to Germany. Then about 8 years
love. Instead of shopping around
later, we settled in Virginia. This was back in 1999, and today I am happy to
at the mall with your BFF, grab her
call Roanoke my home. My family has taught me how to appreciate and be
hand and take her to the nearest
thankful. They have built something out of nothing and they will always
rescue mission. Trust me–your
express how grateful they are.
bond will be so much tighter and your heart so much fuller.
It almost feels like it is a duty to give back and inspire others. My current job has provided me with a platform to give back. Once a month, I try to create an
Use your platform. Spread the
event–whether it’s helping a local family in need, cleaning a park, or simply
message of philanthropy ANY
donating–and get my team involved with volunteering. No matter how much
WAY YOU CAN. Whether it’s on
my co-workers have on their plate, they never say no to and we always end up
your Facebook, at work, or even
having a great time while doing good for others.
at your family dinners, share your volunteer experiences. You have no
There are tons of ways to give back.
checking out at your local grocery
idea how inspirational you can be!
There’s also no right or wrong way
store helps charities too, but you can
This fall, try to make an effort.
to give back. If you have never really
truly experience the feeling of giving
Check for local charities, clean
had the chance to get involved or
back when your very own community
your neighborhood, and be kind
volunteer, here’s a couple of tips to
reaps the benefits first. Learn about
and aware of your surroundings.
get you started:
local homeless shelters, charities and
One by one, we can make this place
so forth, and start small!
better. And if possible, please share
Do things for your neighborhood
Lend a helping hand. If you cannot
your volunteer events with me.
first. Yes, donating a buck while
give funds, do the labor. For example,
I love to help!
Start in your own community.
THE PERFECT FALL PICNIC
I love picnicking in the fall - that magical time of year when the hot, sticky Virginia summer weather is turning cooler and we can venture outdoors and not melt away. There are fewer bugs to bother us and the scenery is ablaze with vibrant colors. So grab those you hold dear and head out among the turning autumn trees...open a big, cozy blanket and sit down for good conversation and warm apple cider. You only need a few essential items and youâ€™ll be ready to head into the Blue Ridge Mountains or visit a local park, lake, or playground. Find a level spot to sit and take in the breathtaking views as you dine. Picnics in the fall are also the perfect way to end a day spent gathering autumn bounty at a nearby orchard or pumpkin patch. 18
THE BASKET: Find a vintage basket or a new basket with an older feel. Mine is a rectangular, natural wicker basket with a double-hinged top and a comfortable handle. In a classic picnic theme, the interior is lined with red and white checkered fabric, and came complete with a square bamboo cheese board, cheese knife, a bottle opener, and two plastic glasses. I tossed the plastic and found four tasting-sized wine glasses for classier outings. I wanted a distinctive picnic basket, so I went on a quest for vintage enamelware plates dressed up by cloth cocktail napkins and antique silverware to complete my setup in style. During an antiquing trip to Tink’s in Roanoke I spotted an enamelware set which included four white appetizer-sized plates rimmed in navy blue, four matching small mugs and four silver-plated forks, spoons, and knives. Score! All I had to do was visit a few local home décor shops and I was lucky enough to find a set of four red cloth cocktail napkins. My personal set was complete!!!
THE ESSENTIALS • basket with wares • blanket • assortment of fun food and drink
THE BLANKET: Last fall I purchased a huge red and blue plaid blanket scarf from Gladiola Girls and decided it worked better as a blanket than a scarf on my small frame. Used for a small picnic, it is perfect. You can certainly use a vintage quilt or any other blanket that suits you. Picnics are meant to be intimate affairs, and 2-4 people per basket and blanket is ideal. If there are more in your party, just have additional groups fill a basket or cooler as needed and bring along extra blankets. 19
THE FUN FOOD AND DRINK: Food is rarely served hot at a traditional picnic, so focus on sandwiches, wraps, and appetizers made ahead, along with fresh fruit, salad, and cold meats like fried chicken. I enjoy packing chilled chardonnay or a light red wine like pinot noir, and on chilly days, a thermos of hot tea or apple cider is perfect. I enjoy a full cheese spread on a picnic, too, so arrange a combination of aged, soft, blue and firm cheeses. Suggestions are: • Aged: Sharp cheddar • Soft: Brie • Blue: Roquefort • Firm: Manchego Add a crusty baguette or water crackers.
LOCAL ORCHARDS: Carter Mountain Orchard – Charlottesville, VA Dickie Bros Orchard – Roseland, VA Drumheller’s Orchard – Nelson County, VA Johnson’s Orchard – Bedford County, VA
LOCAL PUMPKIN PATCHES: Layman Family Farms – Blue Ridge, VA Yoder’s Farm – Rustburg, VA Seaman’s Orchard – Roseland, VA
Many local orchards provide corn mazes, haunted forests, and many other fall-related activities for the whole family. Check their websites for further details and dates. If you decide to go, use #clutchinspires and show us your fun!
home SPICED CHARDONNAY Ingredients (per person/serving) • 1 cup apple juice or cider • ½ of a cinnamon stick • 1 apple slice • 8 oz. chardonnay
Heat up the apple juice until boiling – 1 cup per person. Add a half cinnamon stick and apple slice, and place in a thermos to keep it piping hot. Take the filled thermos and the chardonnay to your picnic site. Once you are there – pop the cork, fill up your glass halfway with chardonnay, and top the other half off with the spiced juice. You’ll have a spicy, spiked treat at the perfect drinking temperature!
Pick up fresh grapes, pears, apples, and figs and do the prep work ahead of time. Slice any that need cutting and place in baggies or small containers so you can relax and enjoy your picnic, rather than making a mess on your blanket. Salami and - my personal favorite - bacon-wrapped feta-stuffed dates with a honey and fresh mint drizzle can be a great, hearty addition for the meat lovers in the group. Kalamata olives are a nice savory touch, and nuts will finish off the spread. A mixture of walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts as well as candid nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds will do nicely. Fig jam, honey and apple butter will tie it all together! Bring along small jars and small spoons for easy access. If your cheese board is large enough, smear large globs directly on the board once you lay out the cheese. Now that you have your basket, blanket, and food and drink ready to go, dress to impress in a dark denim dress, scarf, tights and boots or pair dark denim jeans with a crisp shirt, blazer and boots to keep warm with the new chill in the air. Have a wonderful picnic and a magical fall season! 21
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Pretty Planets 2–2:30pm Amazement Square hosts a planetarium and project.
Mountain Valley Cluster Dog Show 8am–4pm Fun in Salem!
13 The Addams Family 2pm Showtimers puts on this fun show!
Blues Traveler 7pm Hear music via Riverfront Park Concert Series.
Best of Broadway 2000’s 7:30pm Hear showtunes at Mill Mountain.
Party in Elmwood 5:30–8:30pm Listen to beach music.
Chalk Festival 9am–2pm Head to this annual Riverfront contest.
Acoustic Fridays 4–7pm Hear music at the MM Zoo!
Art in the Plaza 10am–3pm Celebrate local artists in Roanoke.
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Red Sox Baseball 7:05pm See a game!
Architecture of the 7 Hills 5–7pm Learn at the Lynchburg Museum.
Green Market Wednesday 10am–2pm Head to Lynchburg Community Market.
Winnie the Pooh 2pm & 4:30pm Take the kids to see this classic at the Academy.
Lynchburg Salsa 8–11pm Dance at The Glass House.
Wolfswood Faire 1–6pm Enjoy a Renaissance event in Appomattox.
Roanoke Art & First Fridays 5–8pm & 9pm Peruse galleries.
US Navy Band Bluegrass 7–8:15pm Listen in Elmwood Park.
Drop Dead 8pm See a comedy at Renaissance Theatre.
Food Truck Thursday 11am–2pm Grab lunch in Miller Park.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6:30pm Enjoy Baseball.
Willy Wonka Jr. 7pm Support theatre at Mill Mountain.
Architecture Tour 2pm Stroll Presbyterian Cemetery.
Yoga at the Taubman 12:30–1:30pm Dress comfy and enjoy.
Maker’s Brunch 10am–3pm Riverviews Artspace hosts makers.
Photo by Dave Rosenblum
For more information check out these websites: 1st: amazementsquare.org 2nd: millmountain.org 3rd: renaissancetheatrelynchburg.org 4th: firstfridayslynchburg.org & roanokeartbynight.com
30 Pets Golf Tournament 8am Ivy Hill hosts a benefit for LHS.
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31 Shakespheare Under the Stars 7:30pm See drama at Poplar Forest.
15th: lynchburg-hillcats.com 16th: playroanoke.com 17th: lynchburgsalsa.com 18th: millmountain.org 19th: amazementsquare.org 20th: wolfbane.org 22nd: salemsox.com 23rd: lynchburgcommunitymarket.com
Photo by LuAnn Snawder Photography
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Enjoy Central VA Fashion Week 9/11–9/16 Head to: letstalkfashionva.com for more information!
LABOR DAY Enjoy a respite
Experience a brief summary at the Maier.
with friends and family.
10 Human Library 3–5pm Dialogue and learn at Riverviews.
Spotlight Tour 2pm
21 Goosebumps: The Musical 7pm See a show at Roanoke Children’s Theatre.
28 Film Screening 7pm The Maier shows a documentary.
Grape Stomping Festival 12–6pm Beliveau Estate Winery hosts fun!
1st: firstfridayslynchburg.org & roanokeartbynight.com 2nd: sedaliacenter.org 3rd: maiermuseum.org 6th: lynchburgcommunitymarket.com 8th: getdowntownlynchburgva.com 9th: amazementsquare.org
Photo by Gemma Billings
10th: riverviews.net 11th: dday.org 13th: fcagfair.com 15th: amazementsquare.org 16th: letstalkfashionva.com 17th: littletownplayers.com 20th: riverviews.net
9 Family Fun Night 4–7pm Enjoy $3 admission at Amazement Square.
Great Artists 4pm Learn about Kokeshi dolls at Amazement Square.
Artthrive Workshop 2–4pm Artists learn about the business side.
Sedalia Country Fair 10am–4pm Enjoy demos, animals and more.
Get! Downtown 6–9pm It’s a festival in Lynchburg!
Franklin County Agricultural Fair 5–10pm Rocky Mount hosts fun!
Come Blow Your Horn 2pm Little Town Players does a comedy.
6 Green Market Wednesday 10am–2pm Head to Lynchburg Community Market.
Patriot Day 8:45am Remember at the D-day Memorial.
Roanoke Art & First Fridays 5–8pm & 9pm Peruse galleries.
Designer Fashion Show 7–10pm See local designers at this capstone show!
Opening Reception at the Maier 5–7pm View a poignant exhibit.
Movies in the Park 7pm Take the family to Riverfront Park.
The Lone Bellow 7:30–10:30pm Listen to a concert on the Riverfront.
Bedford Country Fair 4pm Take the family!
Photo by Giuseppe Milo
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Photo by Jeffery Keeton
OCTOBER SUNDAY 1
Drumheller’s Festival 9am–5pm Have fun at the orchard.
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21 Breakfast with the Animals 8:30am–10am Eat at Mill Mountain Zoo.
27 Ugly Bug Ball 6:30pm–12am Fundraise at Amazement Square.
28 Foreset Farmer’s Market 8am–12pm Get goodies near the Forest Library.
HALLOWEEN Be safe and have fun!
1st: drumhellersorchard.com 5th: jrleaguelynchburg.org/events/lbdi 6th: firstfridayslynchburg.org & roanokeartbynight.com 7th: cityworksxpo.com 8th: maiermuseum.org
14 A Year with Frog and Toad 10:30am & 1:30pm See a show at the Academy.
Autumn in the Gravegarden 3–4pm Take a guided walking tour.
Photo by Charlie Lyons-Pardue
Candlelight Tours 6–9:30pm Head to Old City Cemetery.
Rail Yard Dawgs 7:05pm See hockey in the Star City.
Macbeth 7:30pm See a show at Randolph.
CityWorks Xpo TBA Enjoy the final day of this gathering.
Clutch Ladies’ Night 7-9:30pm Have fun and see a show at Renaissance.
Apple Harvest Festival 12–5pm Amherst Co. High School hosts.
Roanoke Art by Night & First Fridays 5–8pm & 9pm Peruse galleries.
Art Talks 5:30–6:30pm Talk to a local artist at the Academy.
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Craftsmen’s Fall Classic 11am–5pm View arts and crafts in Roanoke.
LBDI Shopping Night 6–8pm Shop for your LBD at Gladiola!
Apple Harvest Festival 12–5pm Amherst Co. High 10 School hosts.
Family Workshop 2–4pm Make mono-prints at the Maier.
Photo from JLL
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21st: mmzoo.org 22nd: amherstappleharvestfestival.org 26th: faculty.randolphcollege.edu 27th: amazementsquare.org 28th: forestfarmersmarket.com 29th: gravegarden.org
Lavender Sugar Scrub Make this simple and fabulously fragrant body scrub in just minutes and enjoy the lingering scent of summer all throughout the fall (and beyond). YOU WI LL N EED : • 1 cup of sugar • 1/3 cup of organic coconut oil (room temperature - solid) • 2-3 tsp of lavender essential oil • Lilac or Purple Soap Safe colorant (optional) • Fresh lavender (optional) Photos by Woody Watts
1. Start by combining your sugar and coconut oil in a glass or aluminum bowl. (Plastic bowls may react with essential oils.) 2. Using a spatula fold in the coconut oil with the sugar until you get a wet sand consistency. (If you want to add more of the coconut oil, feel free.) 3. Then add in your essential oils, 3-4 drops of colorant and fresh lavender buds. Put all of your ingredients in an airtight jar or container and enjoy!
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EMBRACING TRANSITION After nearly 15 years in Central Virginia I have learned that the seasons transition slowly and are unpredictable. When you can expect 65-degree days in June and 85-degree days in October, you canâ€™t depend on the weather to indicate a changing of seasons. As a result, I have developed my own little rituals to help move my family and myself from the lazy days of summer to the cozier days of fall. Try a few and embrace the changing seasons, no matter what the thermostat says. 28
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Décor: Transitioning my home from
as our preferred dessert, and fresh
a Junior, and Betsy and Joe. For
summer to fall may be one of my
bread (from our oven or the bakery)
read-aloud books for kids I love A
favorite things. I pack up the pool
encourages us to linger a little
Little Princess and All of a Kind Family.
towels and summer decorations. I
longer at the table when the days get
(For more reading ideas stop by your
wash and air out our favorite quilts
local library. I’m sure the librarians
and throw blankets and place them around the house. Mornings can be cool, and it’s nice to be able to grab something cozy off of the sofa and sit on the porch swing first thing in the morning. Using warm-colored throw pillows, seasonal flowers, and a few pumpkins or gourds to decorate can also signify the new season. Table: In the summer, we always have iced tea or lemonade in the fridge. As we move through the year I will replace this constant beverage with apple cider. Served cold or hot, it’s a fresh tasting reminder that cooler days are coming.
Scent: They say that scent triggers memories more than any other sense. fall scent I strongly encourage you to find one. Whether you light candles,
own beauty and joy and
oils, having a go-to can be a special
however you choose to
tradition. Apple, pumpkin, and baked goods are popular choices for this
usher it in, we wish you
time of year.
memorable autumn. Share
Mentally: I don’t miss being in
your seasonal moments
school, but I do miss the clear-cut transition from summer break to the
by tagging them with
drawn to new hobbies and favorite
books this time of year. Learning something new or reading something past.
warm cookies take the place of scoops of ice cream or popsicles
with us on Instagram
start of the school year. I find myself
familiar triggers nostalgia from years
from long days at school. Fresh,
Each season holds its
warm wax melts, or diffuse essential
use as we move through September. and hearty appetites that come
If you don’t already have a favorite
The crock-pot also gets a lot more It’s perfect for the busy schedules
would love to share their favorites
Need a good “back to school” read? My favorites include: the Harry Potter books (especially books 1-6), Heaven to
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Crunchy Living GENTLE PARENTING
The answer? Redirection. This is a major tool in the gentle parent’s toolbox and starts when little crawlers first start getting into shenanigans. Instead of stopping “bad” behavior, encourage good behavior. Let’s say your crawler is
ELEMENTS OF GENT LE PARENTING: Avoid physical punishments Redirect undesirable behavior Prevent behavior problems before they occur Make positive statements instead of negative statements Forgive yourself and begin fresh
When it comes to parenting,
trying to pull up on the stove - you
navigating disciplinary waters can
quickly show them something good
be difficult, and a style called “gentle
to do by giving them engaging ideas
parenting” is gaining popularity.
to distract them from the behavior.
It’s intuitive to conclude that this
Redirection also includes explaining
method means no spanking, but
to them the dangers that surround
there is so much more to it!
their undesirable activity.
Beyond not physically punishing
Of course you don’t want to spend
your children, the gentle parenting
every waking moment redirecting
method also excludes giving time
your child, so a little preparation is
outs, yelling or speaking harshly
in order. If you prepare - think baby
to your kids. This leaves many
proof - your child’s environment, you
parents wondering what they can
set your child up for success! Also, be
use in order to get their children to
sure their environment is engaging
so they don’t get cranky or bored,
and - yes - gentle parenting is a very
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active style of rearing your kids. As a child begins to become cranky or start to push boundaries in a way that would require redirection, then the child’s needs should be evaluated. Are they hungry? Thirsty? Sleepy? Bored? Boredom can often be counteracted by changing
before the fire gets started. If you
urgency to protect children, the best
have a baby you can mime getting
of us will raise our voices or blurt out
burned and say, “Hot. Ow. Boo Boo.”
something that comes across as very
With an older child you can teach
harsh. If you had set a goal of gentle
them to start the fire themselves so
parenting then you may feel like you’re failing yourself or even
Instead of stopping “bad” behavior, encourage good behavior.
environments or putting away toys and pulling out different toys.
including the word “no” is the hard part, so be prepared to explain and discuss things with your child. Using campfire safety as an example, “No! Don’t touch that fire!” would be
yourself and take a fresh start. Parenting is hard and gentle
that they have a heightened sense of awareness and respect for the fire.
Positive statements are easy to make. Eliminating negative statements,
your child. You aren’t. Forgive
parenting is even harder. Happy parenting!
Truthfully, children can get into moods that can aggravate the calmest person on earth. They also can have an uncanny knack for getting into dangerous situations. Through frustration or out of
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replaced with a calm explanation
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AMOUR BEBE being sensitive about infertility In my job, I have the opportunity to meet patients and hear stories of
Photos by Liz Cook Photography
healing and reflection during what many consider their darkest days.
DON’T SAY: “JUST RELAX AND THEN YOU’LL CONCEIVE.”
Recently, I met with one patient population that I found particularly
This type of statement can make
inspiring: In vitro fertilization (IVF) mothers. “The infertility journey
your loved one feel like they are to
is a profound one,” says Emily Evans-Hoeker, M.D., with Carilion Clinic
blame. Also remember, the “stress”
Reproductive Medicine and Fertility. “For women, the dream of becoming
they may be experiencing probably
a mother often begins during childhood, and the reality can be painful.
started after they realized they were
No one dreams of seeing a fertility doctor to start a family.”
having fertility issues, not before.
It can be difficult to know what to say to a friend or loved one struggling
“The vast majority of couples
with infertility, but after meeting with these mothers and Dr. Evans-
who have trouble conceiving, are
Hoeker, there were some clear takeaways.
experiencing it not due to stress, but rather biological causes,” said Dr. Evans-Hoeker. “Blocked ovarian
DON’T SAY: “CAN’T YOU JUST DO IVF?”
tubes, abnormal ovulation, or poor
of manually combining an egg and
INSTEAD SAY: “HAVE YOU BEEN IN TOUCH WITH A FERTILITY SPECIALIST TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS?”
sperm in a laboratory and then
It is always good to direct a loved one
transferring the embryo to the
back to a medical professional. There
uterus. “IVF is a complex series of
is a lot of information online, and it
treatments and not appropriate for
is great to do online research, but it
every patient,” said Dr. Evans-Hoeker.
can also lead people to inaccurate
“It is definitely not the cure-all for
information. Most couples who are
every family.” It is also very expensive
having trouble conceiving are probably
and rarely covered by insurance, so
already talking with a specialist, but
for many couples it may not even be
in the off chance they are not, this
a realistic option.
could be a good reminder.
In vitro fertilization is the process
sperm production are examples of biological causes. Relaxation will not completely fix a majority of
INSTEAD SAY: “I’M HERE FOR YOU IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT OR IF NOT, LET ME TREAT YOU TO ____ (SOMETHING THEY’D ENJOY DOING). Showing interest in your loved one’s situation can be the best support.
Just know their boundaries on what they would like to discuss and what they wouldn’t. Often times suggesting an activity they would enjoy can help keep their spirits high and your bond strong.
DON’T SAY: “WHO’S FAULT IS IT? HIS OR HERS?” “There could be many reasons why a
DON’T SAY: “DID THE TREATMENT WORK?” OR “ARE YOU PREGNANT?”
couple is not conceiving right away,”
Remember, when they are ready to
said Dr. Evans-Hoeker. “Don’t make
share their good news they will. It
any assumptions that it’s one person’s
can feel really horrible to have to tell someone that “no, my treatment didn’t
DON’T SAY: “THERE’S ALWAYS ADOPTION.”
‘fault’ or the other’s. We don’t like to
Adoption can be a wonderful option
conditions are largely out of the patient’s
for some couples, but it is not the
control and not something they are
Take their lead. Let your loved one
right decision for everyone. There are
doing intentionally. Also, just because
decide how involved they want
often financial and emotional costs
someone is sharing that they may be
you to be, but make sure you let
associated with adoption. Suggesting
having fertility issues, doesn’t mean
them know you’re available to
adoption in a flippant, casual way is
they want to share every detail. Try to
help however you can.
an unrealistic solution to your loved
not overstep their boundaries.”
think of it as anyone’s fault. These
work” or “no, I’m not pregnant yet.”
Again, this shows you are interested
INSTEAD SAY: “I’M SORRY YOU’RE HAVING TROUBLE CONCEIVING, IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP SUPPORT YOU?”
in their situation but not pushing
If your loved one or friend is already
any one idea. The couple needs to
going through fertility treatments…
INSTEAD SAY: “HAVE YOU LOOKED AT ALL OF YOUR OPTIONS?”
work through all of their options before they make any decision about
Hannah Cline is a public relations specialist with Carilion Clinic. Out of the office, she loves sprucing up antiques with sandpaper, paint and lots of love.
PET PONDERINGS considering a new pet
Photo by Courtney Timms Photography
Picking out a new pet can be overwhelming. Itâ€™s a big decision, but with
(species, breed or size restrictions)?
careful consideration and a little research, everyone can find the perfect
You need to make sure your pet will
companion. Different breeds of dogs and cats have varying personalities
be allowed and if there will be any
and energy levels, so itâ€™s well worth investing some time in exploring your
interactions with neighboring pets.
options. Before getting a new pet there are many factors to consider and questions you should ask to help make this important decision.
LIFESTYLE FACTORS: Do you lead an active or sedentary lifestyle? How long do you work
If you prefer a barn/outdoor cat then
How much space do you have, both
look for more environmentally savvy
inside and outside? Do you have
cats with outside experience. Often
a yard, and is it fenced? These are
shelters or humane societies will have
a dog may be appropriate. If you
important questions to ask, as larger
cats available who would do better
work long hours then considering
dogs require more space. You will
outdoors with minimal interaction,
a cat or an older dog may be more
need to plan areas for your pet to
though some organizations will
use the bathroom and get adequate
not permit adoption of cats out as
exercise. If you have an indoor cat,
outdoor pets because of the risk of
you need to make room for litter boxes (one per cat plus one) and lounging areas. If you have a farm or lots of land then think about what
disease or injury. In most locations, indoors is a much safer place for cats, plus indoor kitties live longer and are generally healthier.
daily? If you enjoy getting outdoors and lead an active lifestyle then
Do you have children? Do you have other pets? The age of your children is an important consideration in deciding what pet to acquire. If possible it would be good to do multiple meet and greet times or
breed of dog may be best (herding,
Do your neighbors have pets? If you
even a trial at home to be sure of how
sport, working dogs).
rent, are you allowed to have pets
pets and children are interacting.
life Do you travel frequently? You have
Remember pets can be long-term
What’s more, the staff at these
to consider who will watch your
commitments. You need to be able
shelters knows the animals in their
pets when you are gone or if you
to provide a great home and loving
care and can help you make a good
will board them. Cats tend to do
care for their entire lifetime in their
match for your personality and
fine alone and can be managed more
lifestyle. Often you can have meet
easily if you are away from home frequently.
FINANCIAL FACTORS: Do you have financial resources
and greets, days out with pets, foster or have a trial period to make sure you get a good fit prior to adoption.
Does anyone have allergies in your
for routine care (vaccines, flea
family or will anyone be bothered
and tick medications, heartworm
If you take the time to prepare and
by pet hair? There are some breeds
preventatives), veterinary visits
plan, you have much better odds of
of cats and dogs that are better for
and emergencies? In addition to
a successful match. The investment
people who may have allergies or
veterinary care, you will need to
you make in selecting a pet carefully
prefer less shedding.
supply food, toys and possible
will pay off for years. Although dogs
Wondering what breed may be best? Check www.vetstreet.com/breed-finder to help guide you.
and cats are the most popular pets,
also consider birds, fish, reptiles,
It’s frequently a
pocket pets, rabbits and ferrets.
mistake to bring home a pet just
Are you willing to clean out
because it’s free, as the other costs
litter boxes daily? This time
to care for your pet properly require
consuming task is a very important
consideration before getting a cat.
WHERE TO GET YOUR PET:
Do you have expensive furniture or
Please consider adopting. There are
collectables? If you do, then getting
many wonderful dogs, cats, rabbits
an older dog or cat would be more
and other animals at local animal
ideal. Kittens and puppies can be
shelters and humane societies. There
more active, time consuming and
are also rescue groups for many
more likely to be destructive during
specific dogs breeds and other types
their growth phases.
of pets, which can be found online.
Happy hunting for your new family friend!
Shella Baker is a veterinarian at Peaksview Animal Hospital. She enjoys beekeeping, crafting, gardening and spending time with her family and fur kids.
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GROWING READERS the story of a bug Get ready for the season’s rich colors by flipping through the lovely, nature-inspired illustrations of the creative children’s book, Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman and Chuck Groenink. Enjoy a moment together as you
ACTIVIT Y: DO ODLE YOUR OWN DO ODLE BUG 1. Snag an ink stamp or use a washable marker. 2. Place your thumb in the ink or color it with maker. 3. Press your cute little thumb on paper.
follow along the journey of a pill bug (doodle bug or roly poly, if you prefer) and the friendship he finds with a young girl named Amelia. Together they go on adventures and
4. Draw arms, legs, antennae, a helmet, quotes, etc. to your new “friend”. 5. Repeat until desired results.
take “trips” around the world that will make your own imagination fly. Embrace the chance to talk about Amelia’s compassion towards a small creature and how they both benefited from her kindness.
Katie McQuain Lane is the Children’s Program Manager for the Campell County Public Library System, and her loves include her husband and her three rescue dogs.
PARING DOWN a capsule wardrobe experiment If you have spent any time on social
media in the past two years you
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of timeless clothing pieces that work
probably noticed the growing trend
well together. The exact number of items varies depending on what you
of the “capsule wardrobe.” With
read but it’s considered to range from 30-40 items. Purists would say
the minimalist movement gaining
that a capsule wardrobe includes almost everything in your closet from
popularity, it’s not a surprise
shoes to coats and everything in between. However, like the number,
that people are downsizing their
what’s included changes from person to person.
wardrobes. As I sat looking at another birthday and new season,
MY CAPSULE WARDROBE
I felt the need to streamline things
I ended up with 35 articles of clothing in my capsule. I included shorts,
and clear some clutter. On a whim
jeans, yoga pants, t-shirts, a couple of sweaters, a few nicer tops, tank
I decided to experiment with the
tops for layering, a couple of dresses, and my favorite lounge pants.
capsule wardrobe for a season and
I didn’t count shoes, pajamas, undergarments and seasonal items
share with you my experience.
(bathing suits/heavy coat).
MY RESERVATIONS • I always thought it was impractical. I assumed I would have to buy clothing, and I didn’t have the resources to do that.
like to eventually swap out in my
out for another top in my wardrobe
wardrobe, but for now I am willing
that didn’t fit as well.
to wait until I have the money and find things I love to replace items I am currently using.
• I was worried that I would have an event that required items of clothing I didn’t have in my capsule. • I was afraid it would look like I was always wearing the same outfit.
same few items. Having a lot of clothes in my closet didn’t mean
• I attended a birthday party where
I was wearing them. I don’t think
we supposed to wear something
anyone even noticed a difference
yellow. I had zero yellow in my
in how I dressed. I felt more put
capsule because I owned zero
together because I had more time
yellow items to begin with. My original plan was to buy a cheap
yellow t-shirt and donate it after.
• I had so many clothes I didn’t have
My mom ended up buying me a
to buy any. There are pieces I would
• The reality is most of us wear the
to spend on things like my hair and makeup.
tunic I liked so much I swapped it
MY TAKE AWAY
I LOVED doing the capsule wardrobe. I was looking to get rid of some physical clutter and ended up getting rid of a lot of mental clutter as well. Getting dressed was so much easier in the morning when my options were more limited. I didn’t have to wade through clothes that didn’t fit or I didn’t like. I knew whatever I pulled out would go together, fit well, and make me feel good about myself. Because I didn’t have to try on a bunch of clothes every morning, I saved time, and my room was less clutteread from discarded clothing. Another unexpected outcome of the experiment is that I took better care of my clothing. Having less laundry to do made it easier to follow care instructions and dirty clothing didn’t sit in laundry baskets as long. With only a few items to maintain I could easily air dry items and stay on top of any ironing. I was also more careful when I wore things. I was better at using aprons when cooking and cleaning so I didn’t get grease or cleaning solutions on my clothes. When only the stuff I loved was in my closet, I stopped treating my clothing like it was disposable. While some people maintain one capsule wardrobe year round, I don’t feel like the weather in Virginia is conducive to that. As the weather gets cooler I will switch out my shorts for leggings and my sun dresses for more sweaters. I will pack up and store out-of-season clothing during the off season to reduce clutter in my dresser and closet. Because I wasn’t sure how I would feel at the end of my experiment I didn’t actually get rid of most of my clothes. I went through and tried everything on. If it didn’t fit or I didn’t love how I felt in it I got rid of it. Because of our lifestyle, I also got rid of most clothing that required dry cleaning. If it was out of season, or I was just on the fence, I packed it up. I plan on going back through those clothes in storage soon and getting rid of a lot of what I kept. This time I will only keep items that I intend to rotate in for a different season or when items in my current capsule wear out.
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SLOW AND SUSTAINABLE WINS THE RACE MOVING AWAY FROM FAST FASHION Most of us would agree that the fashion industry is far
waste a year, most of which is non-biodegradable (11
from perfect. Fashion designer Orsola de Castro believes
million tons from the United States alone). Americans
that since clothing is “our chosen skin,” it holds much
are buying clothes so much and so fast that few have
significance in defining who we want to be. However,
stepped back to examine this new model of clothing and
the fashion industry has changed dramatically over the
its consequences. Most people now treat the things they
last couple decades and our desire for more up-to-date,
use as the things they use up, leading to ever-increasing
inexpensive clothing has led to a “Fast Fashion Industry”
consumption. If clothes don’t sell in a retail store, go
that has revolutionized the way we think about our
out of style, or fall apart, they end up in a landfill in
a developing country. But where is this clothing even
Globalization and rampant consumerism have allowed
coming from, and why does it matter?
the fashion industry to spiral out of control. The
The effect of the fashion industry on place is a second
systemic issue of the clothing industry revolves around
large issue. As the online Business of Fashion blog states,
three key ideas: product, place, and people. Perspective is
“Every stage in a garment’s life threatens our planet and
what will begin to mend the way we view ourselves and
its resources.” Communities and the earth’s resources
our world in light of our clothing. We need to change
suffer all around from the modern garment’s lifecycle.
the way we think about the things we wear because it
The West sources from developing countries in the East
impacts more than just ourselves.
because of the profit; wages are lower in economies like
One local store owner, Renee Wood of Gladiola Girls, was
India’s and Cambodia’s, which want the business so badly
alerted to the concept of fast fashion by her daughter.
that they give in to the larger Western businesses.
“When my daughter was looking at attending Wingate
These factories in the East are what people know
University, they gave her a book to read before coming in
as “sweatshops.” No one can deny the existence of
as a freshman class called Where am I Wearing? I started
sweatshops; many people instead say things like “These
asking questions and thinking about the big picture,”
are places where people choose to work” and “There
Renee offers. She carefully researches brands that she
are a lot worse things they could be doing.” These
carries in her store to reinforce that global impact is
two statements are true, as the garment industry is
not inherently wrong and does provide jobs for many
Acknowledging issues about the fast fashion industry
people. But the working conditions, non-livable wages
urges us to become more informed consumers. The first
(minimum wage is less than $3 a day), and exploitation
problem in the system is the product. American media
of these workers are what we should acknowledge. The
convinces us that we need their product to achieve a
garment worker is the only point of the supply chain
certain happiness, beauty, competence, etc. Fast fashion
where the margin is squeezed. This industry daily
is the new industry that has made it easier for us to get
disadvantages and harms the very people who are
the clothing we want for the price we want it. We are
making our clothing.
actually buying 400% more clothing than we did two
A group of people very much affected by garment
decades ago – that’s how much our need to buy has
production is the Punjab region in India, which is the
increased. But these cheap, trendy garments don’t last –
largest user of pesticides in all of India. These pesticides
they fall apart or we throw them away.
protect the genetically modified cotton seeds planted for
The average American throws away 82 pounds of textile
the use of garment making. These pesticides and
“I don’t want anyone wearing anything that is produced with our blood” - Shima Akhter, 23 year old garment worker in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fast Fashion Facts • The fashion industry is the number two polluting industry on earth, second only to oil. • In the 1960s, we made 95% of our clothing. Today, we make 3% (the rest is outsourced). • Americans as a whole buy more than 80 billion pieces of clothing per year. • Only 10% of the clothes we donate to charity go to thrift storesmost is disposed of in developing countries. • In one Indian village, there are 60 mentally handicapped children as a result of the cotton seed pesticides used for garment production. • It takes more than 20,000 liters of water to produce enough cotton for a t-shirt and jeans. • About 8,000 chemicals are required to convert raw material into clothing, considering the dying process, etc. Film stills used with permission from The True Cost
chemicals cause numerous birth defects, cancer, and
Practical Tips for Promoting Conscious Fashion Choices • Research ethically produced brands and lines. • Read labels. Beyond the place it was made, consider care. Dry cleaning is an ongoing cost and also taxes the environment. • Consider shipping. It costs money and uses fuel. These ramifications double if you decide to return pieces. • Buy American produced items. These have the smallest carbon footprint, which is not only due to distance but also to the fact that the health and safety of American products exceeds that of most producing countries.
mental illnesses among the community members and their children. Chemicals used during the production of our clothing affect countless communities in developing countries, in tragic ways that we don’t acknowledge. Why does this industry fail in guaranteeing health and safety for the people who are the closest in proximity to its production, and the most involved in the process? The only way that we can begin to change the system is to change our perspectives, individually and collectively. We need to find ways to generate economic growth without this immense neglect of basic human rights. Creative processes can still exist while preserving the integrity of the worker. But we cannot simply improve sweatshop conditions and call it a day. The whole system needs to change. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We need a
• Invest in quality items. It takes no thought to
revolution of values.” One person cannot do it alone, but
purchase - and toss - multiple pairs of $9 jeans. If
that’s why Virginia can be a place to start.
you invest in well-made pieces, they will last longer.
As individuals, we can inform ourselves about what the
• Consider vintage and thrifted items. Someone
fashion industry is doing to our world and its inhabitants.
else’s castaways may be your new favorite item.
Practically, invest in clothing that will last you longer than
Consignment shops, thrift stores and vintage shops
a couple months. Look for clothing that’s made in America
(including Gladiola’s section of formerly loved
and doesn’t have to be dry-cleaned, which is just a future
items) is a way to buy conscientiously.
investment in a purchase you’ve already paid for. Cut down on buying clothes that aren’t organic or natural material,
“Take two very simple actions that we perform every single day: getting dressed and eating. Now start a journey backwards – to where your food and your clothes come from. At the other end, you will rarely find happy people, treated with dignity and respect. Human beings working at the bottom of any supply chain – whether is strawberry picking, prawn fishing, cotton farming, garment workers – are often treated like slaves, without reference to our common humanity.” - Livia Firth 44
style Want to find out more? We suggest these resources. The True Cost - documentary film by Andrew Morgan, 2015 Where Am I Wearing? - book by Kelsey Timmerman The Business of Fashion, 2017 www.businessoffashion.com Sustainable Apparel Coalition www.apparelcoalition.org
so they don’t sit in a landfill later on
consumption worth the continuation
As a nation, we should look more
and release chemicals into the air.
of a system that is so bleak and
closely at our supply chains and move
Stop purchasing brand new clothes
hopeless for so many people?
towards equal partnerships with
every season; thrift stores and other
Something needs to change.
the communities that produce the
businesses that recycle clothing can
Looking at this from a different angle,
goods of one of our world’s largest
be gold-mines! Renee advises, “Read
Renee says, “I don’t know that I agree
industries. Brands like Columbia,
labels and ask questions. I think
with the buy cheap, sell cheap side of
Patagonia, J. Crew, L. L. Bean, and
the origin of a product’s production
fast fashion. If it’s costing them $1.30
Nike are making strides, joining
is always a great way to start that
to produce a blouse that they’re going
groups like the Sustainable Apparel
to sell to you for $21 to $33 - that
Coalition. The dysfunctional system
Once I defended a purchase from
margin is anything but cheap. They
that has produced fast fashion is
fast fashion brand H&M, saying that
only have to sell a small portion of
the problem, one which can’t simply
my new $5 dress did not mean that I
anything they produce and they’re
be addressed at an individual level.
hated the planet and supported sweat
still making better margins than
As Patagonia Vice President of
shops. But is that really the point?
anyone else in the business.”
Environmental Affairs Rick Ridgeway
My argument was invalid because
As a community, we can take steps
it didn’t affect my attitude, which
towards supporting businesses
was uninformed and unimpacted.
that promote sustainable values
A documentary called The True
and thoughtfulness about clothing
Cost discusses the connectedness
production in our world. Renee
of our world and how the fashion
is passionate about sustainable
industry has impacted it. The film
fashion and encourages her
“At any given moment you have
describes how the current model of
employees to become informed about
the power to say: ‘This is not how
the industry is all about the profit,
sustainability and makes sure that
the story is going to end.’”
and does not take the true cost into
her business reflects her values. In her
Christine Mason Miller
consideration. The cost is the water
store, the racks are lined with quality
pollution, unlivable wages, factory
clothing and brands that provide
conditions that jeopardize lives daily,
solid alternatives to outsourced,
and the lack of education for the
fast fashion that lasts a hot minute.
people involved in garment-making.
Businesses like Renee’s desire a “less
Is the profit really worth these
is more” type of atmosphere and
systemic tragedies? Is our constant
emphasize quality over quantity.
believes, we need to reduce our consumption overall and change how this is done together. But before we can solve a problem, we must first admit that we have one.
Taylor Thornburg is a Lynchburg native and recent college graduate with a degree in History. Hobbies include floral arranging, oil painting, soccer, and visiting museums at any possible chance.
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FASHION FORWARD Central Virginia’s Fashion Week
How many of us rifle through our closets daily, endlessly trying on clothing until we find something that matches our mood and what we have planned for the day? I dare say all of us! After all, in the words of Rachel Zoe, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” And if you are looking for fresh, unspoken inspiration be sure to head to Central Virginia Fashion Week this September. The major premise of the week is to ‘”promote and generate awareness of local, independently-owned retail businesses... establishing the region as a shopping destination,” explains Victoria Watts, who is the Executive Director for the week and founder of Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia. “We’ve found that it is not the local consumer’s lack of wanting to shop local, but more so the lack of awareness about what the region offers as it relates to retail fashion that is not only unique, but also locally-owned.” Offering a week’s worth of runway presentations at select stores, Central VA Fashion Week also provides a platform for local models to learn, practice and eventually perform during the shows. Another exciting aspect is the highly anticipated capstone show, which features the work of local, independent designers. Overall, Victoria hopes the event will facilitate “an intrinsic city vibe experience” in generating awareness about the talent and the shopping unique to the area.
SOME OF OUR FAVORITES ARE PARTICIPATING! • Gladiola Girls
What’s next? Plans are already being made for inspiring women - and men with their clothing choices during 2018. For trends, local shopping inspiration and providing a platform for local talent, be sure to keep an eye on what this group has in store.
• Consolidated Shoe Company • Bowen Jewelry Company • & many more!
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” — RALPH LAUREN Central Virginia Fashion Week is presented by Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia in partnership with the Retail Merchants Association Lynchburg and sponsored in part by the Downtown Lynchburg Association and ABC 13.
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