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14 50 Intro........................ 6 By Anita Oldham

On the Cover......... 6 By Tiffany White

8 Old School/New School By Lucy Pritchett

12 Survival Skills By Marie Bradby

14 21 Things

By Anita Oldham

28 H  ow to Win a Blue Ribbon

42 Wellness Watch

32 The Agenda

44 Food on the Move

34 Passions

48 Hot Happenings

By JessicA Smith

By Cathy Zion

By Amanda beam

By Amanda beam

By Melissa Donald

By Gioia Patton

38 Be Brave — 20 G  irls Just Want 50 Before You Go Do Your Thing To Have Fun (the Blue By Alissa Hicks By Holly Gregor Ribbon shopping spots, getaways, and spas around town!) 40 I wanted my breasts By Alissa Hicks larger. Now, I wish they were smaller. By a local woman

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y first blue ribbon came for making no-bake cookies in mini-4-H. Everyone got a blue ribbon. I kept going back for more — competing in larger arenas for more blue ribbons that were handed only to the winners. There is something about getting the first place nod that inspires you to compete for something more. We talked to some local women who compete every year in the state fair for the blue ribbon in their category — and there are many categories! We also found women who are running successful businesses mixing art with craft, inspiration, and vision. These women may not be getting actual blue ribbons, but they are competing well in the business world and reaching goals beyond their initial plan. For our main blue-ribbon feature, our newly-created Girls Want To Have Fun 58-member panel voted on which spas, shopping spots, and getaways should win the blue ribbon — you will find the winners on page 20. Find a reason to reward yourself this month — maybe let an ice-cream sundae be your blue ribbon.

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iranda Popp poses on our Blue Ribbon cover as Mrs. Indiana, a title she holds for 2013. Miranda is also a contributing editor for our magazine as well as editor of She is the wife of Justin and the mother of three children, ages 3, 6, and 7. She will represent Indiana and compete for Mrs. United States in Los Vegas on July 31. In full disclosure, the young Dominique hen Miranda is holding has not yet won a blue ribbon, but we thought she did well for her first modeling job.


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“People don’t sew because it’s economical. They sew to get the garment or quilt or bag they want. And it is a creative outlet. A hobby.” Old School

Interview by Lucy M. Pritchett Photography by Melissa donald

Linda Carswell, The Smocking Shoppe Linda Carswell, 64, founder and owner of The Smocking Shoppe, 3829 Staebler Avenue (1981) and 169 S. English Station Road (2009) •H  ometown: Atlanta • In the biz: since 1981 • St. Matthews location: Sells fine fabrics, laces, trims, ribbons, buttons, and binding; geared toward creating children’s clothing and heirloom pieces such as christening gowns, first communion, and special occasion outfits. Landis Lake location: Sells quilting supplies, home décor items, and sewing supplies geared toward adult garments. Both locations carry Bernina, Brother, and Husqvarna Viking sewing machines, and offer classes on a variety of sewing projects from beginner to advanced level.

Smocking is an ornamental needlework technique of stitching material in small, regularly spaced gathers in a honeycomb pattern.

In the 1970s, I took classes for two years at the Watkins Institute in Nashville where I learned to sew, smock, and embroider all by hand. I still like doing smocking by hand. I learned everything. I sewed for all my kids, and now I sew for my grandchildren. Tools:

• Needles, thread • Scissors • Rotary cutter • Ruler • Pins • Sewing notions: buttons, binding, lace, and ribbon • Iron and spray starch

Old School ~ French hand

sewing is the needlework that the European nuns used in the convents. It is a technique for rolling and whip-stitching fabric that provides a finished edge to attach lace or other embellishments. It is used in the making of heirloom garments.

New School ~ The hand sewing stitches can now be replicated by machine, which is much faster and more efficient. You can create a design with software on the computer including the types of stitches you want (satin stitch, quilting, fill stitches, running stitches) and the color thread that you want to use. That information is transferred to the sewing machine, and it does the work. The machine will stop for you when the color of thread changes in the design so you can make that adjustment.




What you need to get started in sewing, quilting, smocking:

A desire to create. A quilting bee:

• Wedding quilts • Art quilts • Baby quilts • Bed quilts • Wall hangings • Table runners and round toppers • Bags and totes • Jackets A Blue Ribbon Winner:

Because I consider myself a professional, I don’t enter anything in the State Fair, but this year will be my third year as a judge for the textiles division.

“My pet peeve is seeing very expensive garments in the stores that are not made well...are not well constructed.” What I look for is…

• Overall appeal of the garment or piece — style, fabric, trim • Workmanship and finishing — I turn the piece inside out. Sometimes a garment that looks great on the outside is a train wreck when I check the underneath side. • Originality of the piece • Degree of difficulty Today’s Woman

“All our technology is just a tool, and we have to make it work for us. It is up to us. It can be very personal. The more technology there is, the more we crave a personal touch.” NEW School

Annie Carnahan-Koenig,

Owner, Annie K. Jewelry

Interview by Lucy M. Pritchett

Photography by Melissa donald

Annie Carnahan-Koenig, 58, owner Annie K. Jewelry • Hometown: Louisville • In the biz: since 1980 • Refreshing the Old:

I consider myself to be a personal jeweler. I combine old world craftmanship and new world technology. I work with my clients on what I call Discovery, Design, and Creation. Many of my clients have jewelry that is outdated — styles change over the years — or that they no longer enjoy wearing. We work together to refashion the gold, silver, and stones into something new. No surprises:

Sometimes a client will want to try on a ring or necklace to see what the piece will feel like. Will the band on a ring be too wide? Does the necklace feel comfortable? I create a wax model for the client to try on, and this eliminates any surprises. Starting from Scratch:

photo: Geoff Carr

Blue Ribbon:

Winner of the 2013 Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America’s (MJSA) Vision Award for Custom Design for her “Navajo Bug Collection,” which brings together in a necklace a client’s collection of 21 antique silver and turquoise bugs.

I am working with a client who wanted to give his wife a ring for her birthday. His idea was a piece with a ‘UK blue’ stone — a sapphire — as a starting point. I created a design using Rhino design software, which allows me to manipulate a 3D image. I have complete design control with that program. On the computer, I can change the color of the metal, the stone, and the shapes, and I work with the client until we get exactly what he or she wants. What Inspires her:

My clients’ stories. My job is to take their likes and dislikes — what they love — and translate those into a piece of jewelry that makes their eyes light up. Jewels for the auto:

I have worked with many clients on creating custom emblems for their high-end, classic cars. I have three clients that will be showing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Auto Show in August. Sometimes in restoring a car, the client cannot find an original emblem or logo, and I create it for them based on a photo. I recently created brass-and-nickel plated wheel caps for a client who was restoring an original 1921 Duesenberg.




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Picture Perfect Cynthia Torp

Photography by Melissa Donald

President and Owner of Solid Light, Inc.

I am standing in the offices of Solid Light, Inc., a Louisvillebased museum and exhibit design company. Suddenly, the owner pops out from behind a semicircular wave of textured glass and metal in the reception area. Cynthia Torp, president and founder of this business, with a list of clients that reads like a Fortune 500 roster (AnheuserBusch, Intel, HBO, Mitsubishi, NASA, and Sony), is wearing a preppy skirt and sweater but sporting a bold cut of prematurely gray hair. You know you are dealing with an artist, someone who dares to be herself and take chances. Cynthia escorts me around the light-filled, modern offices, which she has transformed from a former boarding house in a building that dates pre-Civil War. Here she oversees a dozen people who write, design, research, and archive multimedia visitor experiences for museums, corporations, nonprofits, universities, and visitor centers across the country. “I was a painter,” says Cynthia, then a divorcee with two daughters. “I became a commercial illustrator and designer. I did that as long as the kids were at home, and I needed to support them. That eventually didn’t satisfy me. I deliberately got out of that field. I wanted to work in a more physical environment, meaning more than artwork that existed on a page.” She had many more interests: construction, architecture, history, film, and video. She started Solid Light in 1999, doing corporate logos and branded exhibits, and in 2000, she got her first

museum job when the late Owsley Brown Frazier phoned her. “He said, ‘How would you like to help me do a museum?’ And I said, ‘That would be fun.’ I helped him start the Frazier Museum,” Cynthia says, which included an agreement with the Royal Armouries, the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour. “I fell in love with museum work,” Cynthia says. “I had finally found my home. I also love learning,especially history. In our field, you have to become an expert in their story. “We do all of our own content development, and scripts for multimedia. We have a design team, and a team that produces what we design. We are doing design build.” Project credits include the Maker’s Mark Visitor Experience, the McConnell-Chao Archives at the University of Louisville, the underground railroad exhibit at the New Albany Carnegie Center for Art and History, and the Sauza, Mexico, Tequila visitor tour. Another project Cynthia is working on is the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience, a tourist attraction under construction on Main Street that will be the first stop on the Bourbon Trail in Louisville. It will feature a five-story tall bottle of Evan Williams bourbon and a water fountain to simulate bourbon being poured into a glass, Cynthia says, as well as a large-scale film involving historical and green screen sets, re-enactors, and cutting-edge digital effects editing (see photo on page 14). Cynthia’s staff will bring to life Louisville’s wharf and Main Street in the year 1797, she says. “We are using innovative technology to tell this story. Nobody’s really pictured it before.” Other exhibits include the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss.; the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md.; the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s home in Nashville, Tenn.; the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center; and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Museum in Chicago. Here are Cynthia’s survival tips:

Rule #3: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Be a problem-solver, not a problem-maker. Life constantly presents us with challenges, and we are happier and more productive when we accept them and create solutions. “I’ve learned to be a happier person once I understood that stuff happens. Each challenge is a chance to grow.”

Rule #1: We each have our un ique song to sing, and it’s our mission to know it and sing it with gusto. After her daughter Kate died

in a car accident, Cynthia has learned to live life to the fullest. “It’s a long jour ney to learn yourself. There is so much nois e in the way. When somebody knows their true self, it shows. Kate was her own person from the star t.”

Rule #4: We can Rule #5: Take a “cave day” at least once a week. Take time to

recharge so that you can give your best the rest of the week. “When my tank’s running out, I have to go off by myself.”

do anything we can envision. “First we must

then as form a clear picture, art, and ‘St d, sai ays my dad alw there.’ t ge don’t stop until you start, to aid afr are le Most peop t quit. and many people jus get there You’re not going to ee.” unless you do all thr


ule # 2 : Follow instincts. If the no your

ise is too loud in your m ind, wait until yo u can hear what your gut is tellin g you. When mak ing tough decis ions or facing difficu lt challenges, all ow yourself time to let the situation settle into your body until a solution comes . “My body has to agree, and if it doesn’t feel rig ht, then I wait until it does.”


HINGS T Why 21?


Unbelievable Wedding Dresses

Happenings, news, celebrations, and tidbits that caught Today’s Woman’s eye this month. by ANITA Oldham

Because we are 21 years old! Grand Prize winner: Mimoza Haska used 16 Rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, Glitter Glue, Glow in the dark glitter glue, Elmer’s glue, paper tape, and needle and thread.


The Official Ninth Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

3 rd place: Carol Touchstone used 30 rolls of Charmin including Charmin Basic, Charmin Ultra Soft, Vintage pink Charmin from, Mod Podge glue, Scotch tape, clear packing tape, double-sided tape, white glue, and needle and thread.

2 nd Place: Susan Brennan used 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, packing tape, Scotch tape, hot glue, and needle and thread. The dress converts to a short party dress. asked readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape, and/or glue (sewing was allowed).

Where are my glasses? Kate Berger and Ann Lightfoot, a motherdaughter design team, created the eye-hole — which holds your glasses in a newer stylish way.



THE WIZARD OF OZ (July 2–August 18, 2013) SOUTHERN CROSSROADS (August 20 – September 30, 2013). DEATHTRAP (October 1 – November 10, 2013) WINTER WONDERETTES (November 12 – December 31, 2013). DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER (January 7 – February 16, 2014) COPACABANA (February 18 – March 30, 2014). SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (April 1 – May 18, 2014)


Derby Dinner’s New Season


Local Comedienne/writer selected to celebrate Phyllis Diller Louisville-based, award-winning writer and performer Divinity Rose has returned to her roots as a stand-up comedian and has been selected to participate in an event to celebrate Phyllis Diller.

17 Days

V Cheyenne Marie Mize’s new recording Among the Grey will be released at the Clifton Center on July 6 at 8pm. Tickets are $10-$12


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Tia L. Brown will perform a one-woman stage play on August 17. 17 Days tells the story of Brown’s ongoing battle for her son that led to her 17-day incarceration. “Jail was the last place I expected to find myself,” says Brown, a former fashion model who lives in Louisville and earned her bachelors degree and MBA from the University of Baltimore. See the play at the BlockStarz.Tv Network,





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Because we are 21 years old! Shakespeare in the Park is in full swing (did you know there is a full-service bar and snack bar, and you can reserve padded Adirondack chairs?) Plays:


XI Go see Form,

Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie exhibit on display until July 13.

By Daren P. Redman, Nashville, Ind., Summer Flowers (Cottons and silks hand-dyed by the artist with procion mx dyes, rotary cut intuitively, machine pieced. 53” x 49”)

The Taming of the Shrew July 18 – 21 Twelfth Night through July 14


movies: Argo July 1 Les Misérables July 8 The Princess Bride July 15 Rocky Horror Picture Show July 30 Contact: or 502.574.9900

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10 Young Women LEAD A few months ago, three women were selected winners at the Young Women LEAD conference which was presented by Toyota and in partnership with SOAR. (l-r): Hannah Watkins, Jennifer Arellano, Gabrielle Watkins


The Park and a Play

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We Expect Exciting Things… Susanna Crum, a local multimedia artist, received the inaugural Mary Alice Hadley Prize for Visual Art. The $5,000 award will allow Susanna to participate in personal enrichment experiences to help her achieve her full artistic potential. Forty-six applications were reviewed, and Susanna Crum’s best assimilated the vision, experience, and aptitude germane to the criteria for the Prize set forth by the Community Foundation of Louisville.

Want a Makeover?

We are looking for some women who want… * Make Me Professional * Un-Momify Me * * Change My Style * Glamorize My Gray *


You met Cynthia Torp on page 12, the woman who started Solid Light, Inc., and here is the vision for the company’s current project.

Image supplied by Solid Light

This is the main level entry and lobby for the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experienc on Main Street and the first stop on the Bourbon Trail in Louisville, featuring:. A larger-than-life bourbon fountain — a highball glass receiving a two-story acrylic bourbon pour from an Evan Williams Black bottle. A lighting cloud made of staves; an original art-glass installation (the partition wall at the center of the image).




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HINGS T Because we are 21 years old!

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Now and Then Checking in 12 Years Later...

Did we predict the future? A microscope seems to be in Amanda Jack’s future. Amanda, who is the daughter of Elaine Jack and the late Jeffrey Jack, recently graduated with highest honors from North Oldham High School and is headed to Denison University, where she is studying biology.

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2013 Spirit of Prodigal Awards

Prodigal Ministries is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Spirit of Prodigal Awards. The awards are given in recognition of a person or organization who assists ex-offenders. Enter by July 12 — forms at

18 They’re Winners! These people have all won blue ribbons — how they did it on page 26.

Christy Cox

Kelly Davenport

Attend a State Fair Find more blue ribbons (and fair food!) at the one of the state fairs.



Kentucky State Fair will be in Louisville from August 15-25. Buy discount tickets up until Auguts 14 at Kroger — $8 for adults and $4 for children and seniors (saves you $2 each). Find more information at 18



The Indiana State Fair will be at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis from August 2-18. Discount tickets (save $3 off $10 price) at Indiana Walmart, and CVS.

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Captivating Cakes

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exhibitors across the state vie for that coveted prize: a shiny


hristy Cox first entered the culinary competition at the Kentucky State Fair in 1974, and she’s only missed competing one year since. Her parents, husband, and two children have all exhibited in categories ranging from pizzas to bourbon entrees to Spam. “It’s a family affair,” she says with a laugh. Christy specializes in cakes. “It was viewed as the most prestigious [category], the unofficial grand prize,” she says. “It used to have the most entries. There might be 60 or 70 cakes. If you were lucky enough to win first prize, that was a major accomplishment.” As a veteran exhibitor, Christy knows what she’s talking about. She’s won Favorite Cake – the judges’ top choice out of all cake entries – three times, and her family has earned enough ribbons to cover her basement walls (no joke). Christy’s advice for those wanting to take home a blue ribbon in the cake competition? Focus on execution. “Lately, the winning cakes seem to be simpler, more focused on execution and less on presentation,” she says. “Read all the rules and comply; make sure your ingredients are fresh; practice ahead of time if you can. Have a taste tester who will give you honest feedback.” The judges score the cakes on general appearance, cake texture, frosting and/or filling suitability, frosting/ filling texture, and flavor, with cake texture and flavor being the most important scores. Christy advises that uniformity makes the best first impression. And, unless, you’re really up for a challenge, don’t enter a chocolate cake. “Chocolate rarely wins Favorite Cake — over the last 40 years, I can only remember two, maybe three times a chocolate cake won,” Christy says. She’s gone with such creative flavors as caramel carrot, maple cream, and orange coconut. Have fun with it, Christy says, even if things don’t turn out as you hoped: “Something is going to go wrong — plan on it. Laugh and carry on.” PaGe 28



ribbon (and bragging rights, of course). Do your CaKeS have what it takes? Is your hobby prize-worthy? Local exhibitors

SeCretS on how to take home FirSt plaCe in three share their

favorite categories.

Right: Though Christy knows the difficulty of winning a ribbon with a chocolate cake and advises against entering one, she actually did win one of her Favorite Cake ribbons with a chocolate cake. she added a twist of caramel that distinguished her entry, similar to this chocolate cake she made with meringue layers, caramel icing, pecans, and chocolate ganache.

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the kentucky State Fair general entry deadline for all categories is Monday, July 1. Late general entries will be accepted with an additional fee until Wednesday, July 10. all entries can be made online at, or you can download and mail in a pDF application form.

Skilled Scrapbooking


Peggy created this winning scrapbook page for the miscellaneous category. “my blue ribbon page was titled ‘Little Red Corvette’ after the song,” she says. “It was kind of in response to a challenge from online to scrapbook about yourself. I had loved this Corvette for years.”




elly Davenport of Kelly Davenport Photography in Louisville knows just how difficult it is to come out on top in the Fair’s highly competitive photography category. Her specialized scenic night photography has earned her multiple ribbons in the past three years, including a blue ribbon in the Kentucky State Monochrome category in 2012. She says the technical skills behind the camera and a timeless quality or story told through the image are what distinguishes a winning photo. “I believe part of the judging is subjective, but I believe the judges do look at technical details like composition, exposure, lighting, and depth of field,” Kelly says. “I think they also look at subject placement, the emotional appeal of the image, and whether the image has a story to tell or a timeless look.” Kelly also advises following the entry instructions to the letter. “I have had

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hen Peggy Kushman and her husband saw the scrapbooking entries at the State Fair in 2011, her husband said, “You could do this, and you could win. You’re better than these.” With his encouragement, Peggy entered the scrapbooking competition in 2012, and her husband proved right: she walked away with a blue ribbon in the miscellaneous category and a red ribbon in the birthday category. Peggy says her best advice is to scrapbook from the heart. “Don’t scrap a page thinking, ‘This will be a winner,’” she says. “Scrap from the heart; scrap what you love; scrap the photos that mean something to you because that will come out in your project. You can tell by looking at people’s work whether it was made with love.” One proven technique Peggy believes in is layering. “It adds a lot of depth and interest to a page,” she says. “Layer your photo over various papers. You can have several layers of different patterned paper, and you can also layer on top of your photos with embellishments. I like to use pop-up elements and three-dimensional adhesives to kind of give a little more dimension.” Mind your composition, color, and materials, and don’t be afraid to use nontraditional accents. Peggy says she’s used everything from burlap and paper flowers to dominos and parts of brochures or napkins. “It doesn’t have to be purchased in a scrapbooking store,” she says. Most importantly, enjoy the experience. “The whole process is kind of exciting,” Peggy says. “It’s a way to belong and participate in your community.”

a couple of images rejected because I didn’t pay close enough attention to the details of the fine print,” she says. “The year the Fair started accepting prints on canvas, I had my photograph rejected because my canvas width was too thick, and I had a wire on the back.” Jilli Worth of Mia Bella Photography in Louisville competed in the Fair last year for the first time. She says the judges are definitely looking for creativity. “Be original and exhibit what you think is beautiful,” she says. “Even if you don’t win, it’s fun to see your piece of art hanging amongst the other exhibitors.” “If you are considering entering, don’t think about it — do it,” Kelly adds. “It’s a great way to see how you have progressed as a photographer. Each year, as I get my entries ready, I go back and look at my entries from the previous years. I can see my progression, and that is my greatest gift to myself.”

Kelly submitted this image of Cologne, Germany, in her first-ever state Fair in 2010. The judges liked the timereleased technique she used and the detail she captured in the dark. The photo won a red ribbon and inspired Kelly to pursue night photography, leading her to her first blue ribbon in 2012.

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100 Wise Women

by CATHY ZION, Publisher

10 July

Dog Days of Summer July equates to the hottest time of the year for not just people but for our pets. Both the Kentucky Humane Society and Metro Animal Services would love to match you up with the perfect furry companion to take to a comfortable and loving home. While our area’s homeless pet population is less than it was last year — thanks to neutering programs and reducing the number of puppy mills — there are still hundreds of dogs and cats of all ages and sizes who want nothing more than to be loved. Want to learn more? I’ll be participating in one of the monthly Kentucky Humane Society’s Pet Tales Tours on July 10 from noon1pm. I’d love to see you there! or AnimalServices



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“I have had a rocky relationship with my mom for years. Nothing I do suits Photo: Melissa Donald

eterinarian Courtney Bennett has made it her mission to help those who can’t always help themselves. Through Heart’s Ease Veterinary Hospice, the Pennsylvania native wants to bring awareness to the newly emerging field of hospice for animals. Inspired by her own mother’s experience with the service during her struggle with end-stage Huntington’s disease, Bennett moved to Louisville with her significant other last year and immediately began her practice. “It’s been a work in progress,” she says. “Veterinary hospice is not well known yet, but I’m hoping that’s going to change.” Unlike the majority of veterinarians, Bennett only visits her furry clients in the comfort of their own homes. Here she consults with the owners and does an assessment of the animal’s needs. Care plans may include pain medication, mobility support, hydration assistance, and other forms of palliative care. Despite the emotional aspects of her work, Bennett feels privileged for being able to help aging animals transcend this world. “It’s always sad to think about a beloved companion growing old and passing away,”

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she says. “I wish I could figure out a way to keep them around forever. But the honor and the ability to make sure that the end of their life is just as important and wonderful as the beginning and middle of their life — that’s important to me.” — by Amanda Beam

her, from my choice of husband, how I rear my kids, decorate my house, my friends, or church. Eight months ago, we had a huge argument and have not spoken since. My kids miss her and I feel miserable for my kids. But really, I am happier. Is it wrong to be happier without my mom in my life?”

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ouisville-based filmmaker Kiley Lane Parker’s documentary examines why more women do not run for office and what would encourage more to run. Three years after starting the project, Kiley is in the final editing stages (it premieres this month in Washington, D.C.) and is raising money with kickstarter, the crowdfunding service, to finish the project. To help cover the cost or to find out where you can see it, visit




That’s all I take, regardless of destination or length of trip. You can do it. Really, you can. Don’t be tempted to take a larger’ll have to check it and risk it being lost in transit. You’ll also have to heave-ho it onto trains, up stairs, down cobblestone streets. Trust me, it’s just more manageable to have one small suitcase on wheels, with a carry-on that sits on top. So how do I do it? It’s simple, as long as you stick to basics that can mix and match. (This is for the girls. Guys, as far as I’m concerned, you have it easy, so you’re on your own.) Get Pam’s packing list at under “how to travel.” Pam Peterson — a globetrotting, Emmy-winning designer — has spent the past few years traveling the world and exploring brand-new, foreign destinations... alone. She has traveled to more than 50 cities in 17 countries in the past two years (and counting!), and she shares her adventures at

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Networking and careerbuilding opportunities for women around town

BPW- Business and Professional Women- New Albany Every 3rd Mon. • 5:30 p.m. Culbertson West 904 E. Main Street New Albany Ann Windell 812.282.9310 BPW- Business & Professional Women- River City Every 2nd Wed. • Noon Lunch and Program noon-1pm The Bristol-Downtown 614 West Main Street 502.499.4420, CBPW - Christian Business & Professional Women Every Second Thursday (Odd months only) • Noon Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Christine Ward 502.931.2918 EWI- Executive Women International- Kentuckiana Every 3rd Tues. • 5:30 p.m. Contact for information & reservation Dotty Wettig The Heart Link Network Every 1st Wed. • 6:30 p.m. Inverness at Hurstbourne Condos 1200 Club House Drive Barbara Madore 502.377.8625 IAAP- International Association of Administrative ProfessionalsLouisville Every 2nd Thurs. • 6 p.m. Location Varies – See Website for Details.

NAWBO- National Association of Women Business Owners Every 3rd Tues. National Association of Women in Construction Every 2nd Mon. • 5:30 p.m. Call for meeting location Patty Stewart 812.288.4208 #121 Network Now Every 2nd Fri. • 11:30 a.m. Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Lee Ann Lyle 502.836.1422

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NIA Women’s Roundtable Every 4th Fri. • 8:30 a.m. NIA Center 2900 West Broadway – 3rd floor Suzanne Carter 502-775-2548

WIN - Women in Networking V Every 2nd Thurs. • 11:30 a.m. Buca di Beppo 2051 S. Hurstbourne Parkway Lee Ann Lyle 502-836-1422

Southern Indiana Women’s Networking Group Every 3rd Wed. • 11:30 a.m. Holiday Inn-Lakeview 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville

WOAMTEC-Women On A Mission To Earn Commission Every 2nd & 4th Wed. • 11:30a.m. The Village Anchor 11507 Park Road Charlene Burke 812.951.3177

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Legal Secretaries of Louisville Every 3rd Tues. • 11:30 a.m. Bristol Bar & Grille 614 West Main Street Alice Harris 502.595.2310 #339

WIN- Women in Networking III Every 2nd Tues. • 11:30 a.m. Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Angela Boggs 502.262.3575

MLWPC- Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus Every 4th Mon. • 5:30 p.m. Olmsted Bistro at Masonic Homes 3701 Frankfort Avenue Sherry Conner 502.776.2051

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Every 1st Fri. Roundtable • 8:30a.m. Location – TBA Sharron Johnson 502.566.6076 #104 center.html Women’s Council of Realtors Every 3rd Thurs. • 11:30 a.m. Wildwood Country Club 5000 Bardstown Rd. Lynda Minzenberger 502.552.8768 ZONTA- Advancing The Status of Women Every 1st Thurs. • 6 p.m. Logan’s Steakhouse 5005 Shelbyville Road Joyce Seymour 502.553.9241 Listings are on per month basis. To list your meeting for free, email your meeting date, time, location, contact info and website to or call 502.327.8855 ext. 14. Deadline for inclusion in next issue is 7/8. Today’s Woman / / @todayswomannow


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Interview by Holly Gregor Photography by Melissa donald

Lynn Seiller: Owner of Canoe, She has a passion for Turkey and all it encompasses. It’s like a religious experience. I met Lynn Seiller, owner of Canoe, when Woo Speed took me shopping for scarves and jewelry. But we saw so much more than scarves and jewelry. Canoe’s retail space, located in NuLu at 216 Shelby Street, is filled with beautiful textiles, rugs, tables, chairs, pillows, lamps, and artifacts primarily from Central Asia. Lynn’s thing is her passion for Turkey and all it encompasses. It’s like a religious experience.

climb holding onto a drain pipe to get up there, and it’s getting harder every year. He said this American woman had just left and she had bought $150,000 worth of textiles from him. I said, “Osman, you must be very rich.” He goes, “Uh huh, uh huh.” Just laughing.

Is it his passion that makes him so successful?

Lynn, it seems to me your senses are heightened when it comes to textiles and rugs.

One thing I know about myself is that I have a tremendous eye. Even as a young person, that was conveyed to me. When I first started going to Istanbul, it was just overwhelming. You’re bombarded by all this color, and it takes a while to sift and sort because there is good stuff and really bad stuff, but I could always tell the difference. I got so I trusted my instinct because I didn’t have the background or the academic knowledge.

How did you create this exotic store, Canoe, now in it’s sixth year of business?

Quite by accident. I was in Turkey, and I picked up a couple of textiles. At that time I had a show at The Olmsted, mostly selling my jewelry. I took some of the textiles and people bought them. The next time I went to Turkey, I got more. At some point, I thought I better have a store. So that’s how I carefully and meticulously planned my store. (Laughs) That was my business plan; just go for it.




Is that how you live your life — you wait for something to happen and then you act on it?

could help me find old beads and they said, “Do you want to go to Turkey?” I said “Yes,” and it turned my life around.

What took you to Turkey to buy textiles and rugs in the first place?

Pay attention; it’s being receptive if something presents itself. I don’t do this consciously. I’m sorry, I just don’t analyze things well like my daughter does. (Lynn’s daughter is Susan Seiller, owner of Relish, a restaurant on River Road).

I’m not quite that passive. I’m just sort of boppin’ along, and I’m having a good time, and then suddenly some door will open and then I think, ‘oh’....and then there’s something new.

That was a fluke. I just asked someone if they

Do you have advice for anyone who is trying to find their thing?

You take a group of people to Turkey twice

a year to share your love for the country and its people. What is your life like in Turkey?

I can’t tell you the cast of characters who are so much fun over there. There’s this Frenchman named Osman, an architect, who has this cave hotel that we go to. He has a mistress with long dark hair who is the drama queen of all drama queens. I buy suzanis from Osman, who I’ve known almost 20 years now. One day, I went up to his place, which is on top of the roof of the Grand Bazaar. I have to

He had a mentor who helped set him up in business because he was such a promising young man. It’s just a whole world; rugs and textiles are pervasive in the lives of the business people there. And, of course, it goes back to the women. The men have made the money, but the women made the stuff. I had this epiphany when I went to a museum and saw an absolutely beautiful rug that was 800 years old. The women who made it lived on the Anatolian Plain — it’s just all sheep, no shrubbery or trees. They had husbands who beat them regularly, and nothing there suggests beauty. What the women didn’t see, they drew from within and from each other to create these things. It makes me cry every time I think about it. I want to show people something you really don’t see much of around here.

Have you developed good relationships with the rug dealers?

The dealers are really good to me because most of the American buyers are interested in size or a certain color. There’s no heart in it really. So, the dealers like me because I really like what they sell. I just look for textiles and rugs that resonate with me.

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I wanted my breasts larger. Now, I wish they were smaller… By: A real local woman



percent of women having breast augmentation have improved self-esteem.


percent of women having breast augmentation have improved quality of life.


percent of women having breast augmentation have temporary nipple numbness.


percent of women having breast augmentation experience persistent nipple numbness. Source: The


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houghts of dissatisfaction haunt you day and night. Every time you look in the mirror, your self-confidence is diminished a bit more. Each glance at the seemingly perfect bodies of celebrities and models causes an inner anguish. Women of all ages face the self-imposed challenge of having a perfect body, especially when it comes to their breasts. Never satisfied with what she was born with and the ever changing effects of gravity, child-bearing, and age on her breasts, a woman quickly turns to her local plastic surgeon for answers and a hope to, once and for all, change the way she feels about her body. The elation she feels at her first doctor’s appointment brings hope for greater self-confidence, knowing that once her surgery has been completed, she will have that body she always dreamed of having! I experienced this elation firsthand. After three children and stretched boobs that sagged halfway to my belly-button I decided to have breast augmentation surgery, which would lift my breasts and at the same time make them larger. I made the decision because my selfconfidence was minimal, not to mention how I felt putting on a bathing suit or standing naked before my husband. Even sundresses were difficult to wear because my saggy boobs required a bra for lift. But that one decision required another decision, and one that I caution you about, based on my own experience. Thinking the perfect size was that of the models or celebrities on TV and in magazines, and not knowing the facts of exactly what those sizes were caused me to make the wrong choice. At the doctor’s office when making my decision on size, it was easy for me to be influenced to choose 500cc’s of volume. I told the doctor I wanted to be a full “C” in size, up from the “A” that I was naturally. He said I’d be a “C/D” with 500cc’s. After thinking about it a bit, I called the doctor’s office prior to surgery to ask for a smaller size. They told me that if I didn’t choose a larger size, then “why bother having a breast augmentation done?” I felt a bit intimidated and uncertain, and hesitantly agreed to 480cc’s, which didn’t make much of a difference in the cup size I had wanted. Initially, after surgery, I was pleased with the results, hence my elation. But within a month, I experienced dissatisfaction due to the large size of my new breasts. After the swelling subsided, my new breast size was a “D”! With my broad shoulders, my large breasts made my physique look heavy. I was not pleased, and to this day I am once again unhappy with the way I look. When I spoke to the doctor about it, he said to simply give it some time and that I was overreacting. It is said that dissatisfaction with breast size or shape can negatively affect a woman’s

quality of life in several ways, including selfperceived attractiveness and sexuality. If a woman doesn’t feel attractive, she won’t feel comfortable wearing sexy lingerie for her husband and especially won’t feel at ease naked. If I had chosen something along the lines of 390cc’s, which is the average volume requested for breast augmentations, I think I would have been much happier today. Breast augmentation surgery is the number one cosmetic surgical procedure done with nearly 300,000 surgeries performed each year. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons state that 86 percent of women who haven’t had surgery are self-conscious of their breasts. This is why selecting the right size implant for you is extremely important. With the cost of a breast augmentation ranging from $6,000-$8,000, it is not an easy task to simply have re-done. I will someday get a redo or possibly just go back to where I was without the enhancement (but with a lift), but for now, I am forced to live with my choice. I am not against breast augmentation, but rather, I caution anyone who is considering it to tread lightly, think about it for a while, choose a smaller size than you think you want to be, and do not allow anyone to influence your decision either way. Grass always looks greener on the other side. Just remember, once you get there and see it up close, the other side isn’t always green.

TIPS • There are two types of implants: silicone and saline. 62% of women choose silicone and 38% choose saline. Silicone is less likely to burst. • Choose a board-certified physician. • Seek out testimonials of past patients. • You have a choice between under-the-muscle and over-the-muscle. Choose under the muscle for a more natural look. It costs a bit more, but it is worth it. If you go with over the muscle, you might see a ridge outline of the implant and your chances of a rupture are greater. • The doctor advises you to “massage” your breasts every day. Do this religiously! If you don’t, a hard capsule can form around the implant, making the breast feel hard. • Take time to think about your size. Try on a variety of sizes. Pay attention to your waistline and shoulder width. These two play a huge part in how large you will look after surgery. The smaller the waist, the larger the breasts will look. The wider the shoulders, the heavier you will appear. Today’s Woman

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Tweaking Recipes


for health

photo: melissa donald

Cynthia Chandler’s tips for healthier soul food:


• Substitute reduced-fat sour cream for regular sour cream. • Nonfat dry milk powder can add protein with no fat. • Fat-free Half & Half is a good substitution for cream soups. • To introduce whole wheat into a recipe, start with a 50/50 ratio of white flour to whole wheat. • Add oatmeal to meatloaf instead of bread crumbs to increase fiber; simply blend oats into flour with an ordinary household blender.

s a culinary nutritionist at Sullivan University, Cynthia Chandler helps craft the menus for the Harriet B. Porter Culinary institute. She instructs local church members on how to make comfort foods healthy without losing African-American culinary traditions. Throughout the year, congregants from different churches meet to learn alternative cooking techniques in a hands-on setting. Participants then taste the foods they’ve been taught to prepare at an end-of-seminar buffet. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate and a grocery gift card so they can make the dishes for their own congregations. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville and Sullivan University teamed up to start the Harriet B. Porter Culinary Institute. Funding for the free program comes from the Harriet B. Porter Cancer Education and Research Endowment, a trust established in 2004 by Woodford Porter in memory of his late wife. “Most of (these women), are much better cooks than I am,” Cynthia says. “But they’re

open to small ideas like ‘how can I reduce the amount of salt in my food and still have it taste good’ which is one of the things we focus on.” Small changes can make a big difference. Olive oil and spices often replace salt or other high-calorie ingredients. Most importantly, the use of alternative sweetening options as a substitute for sugar are encouraged. “As a nutritionist I find that sugar is the biggest problem in the American diet today,” Cynthia says. “One of the things I focus on is how I can reduce the amount of sugar we use in our foods.” More than 200 participants have completed the program. All AfricanAmerican churches in the Louisville metro area qualify for the institute. For further information, contact the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at 502.852.6318. “These wonderful women are the true story,” Cynthia says. “I am just a conduit for them to make these wonderful changes.” Find her salad recipe online at

or more — The number of sunburns it takes to double a person’s risk of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Why take the chance? When playing in the sun, make sure to take some precautionary measures such as wearing protective clothing or sunscreen so you don’t end up being one of the statistics.

Break out the ‘80’s neon shirts and bright bracelets and sign up for the Glow Go! 5K to be held July 27 in Louisville. Once the sun goes down, participants will make their way along the 3.1-mile route through four to six “sensory experience zones,” each with a different theme. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit several local and national Susan G. Koman for the Cure charities. Visit

Boutique-style fitness comes to Louisville


omen normally find it easy to shop around for the latest fashion trends. But things can get a little harder when looking for the right fitness options. Stephanie Bristow and Rashna Carmicle want to change that. In May, the healthminded entrepreneurs opened B. You, a new boutique-style fitness studio in Chenoweth Square. Classes include ballet barre, aerial yoga, bootcamp, and extreme cardio. Check out for details. Left to right, Stephanie Bristow, and Rashna Carmicle. , Photo: Geni Bean at PinkOwl Photography,

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Food on the Move Story and Photos by Melissa Donald

Louisville food trucks are pounding the pavement and cooking up fantastic fare in an area near you. More of these portable kitchens are appearing everywhere. Today’s Woman stopped at three delicious trucks — go and find them! Lil Cheezers Gourmet Grilled Cheese In the mood for a uniquely delicious grilled cheese sandwich? Look for the bright yellow truck with Lil Cheezers on the side the next time you are downtown. Most Thursdays, the truck can be found in the hospital district on Floyd Street close to Abraham Flexner Way during the lunch hour (11am-2pm). The specialty sandwich names are fun, and the food is fantastic. Each sandwich comes with chips, curried ketchup, and your choice of wheat berry or sourdough bread. The Fancy Pants grilled cheese sandwich is made with wheat berry bread, a soft Brie cheese with Granny Smith apples, grilled onions, and walnuts (pictured here). Delicious! Be adventuresome and dip a corner of your sandwich into the curried ketchup for a spicy twist. Or use the ketchup for a dip with your chips. Sandwich prices vary; the Fancy Pants was $8. You may also build your own sandwich by choosing from a variety of options, check out their website on what is available or inquire when you arrive. Other items are available as well like soup, fries, and desserts.

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Food on the Move Grind Gourmet Burger The best burger on wheels is found at Grind. You can’t miss the distinct logo on the all-white, portable kitchen trailer. The line that forms in front of the order window and the crowd that gathers around is a sure sign that Grind is good! All their meat is local, grass-fed beef and freshly ground a day or two before their next appearance. Three different types of burgers are always available on their menu, including a veggie burger option. To date, their most popular burger (pictured here) is the B&B, which includes Brie cheese, thick-cut bacon, and Ruby’s Hill Habanero pepper jam. For those who don’t like it hot, try the burger with apricot jam instead. Each burger is custom ordered. The price for the B&B burger is $10. When Grind is at the Douglas Loop Farmer’s Market, they create a special burger using fresh produce from different farmers onsite. You have to get there early to get one, because they always sell out. Ask for The Loop Burger. When we were there, people were ordering burgers at 10am.

Grind Gourmet Burger Truck

Bringing sweets to the streets Nothing ties together an outdoor event like dessert, and the Louisville Dessert Truck has plenty of options to choose from. During the summer months, you can expect to see a variety of ice cream. But if you want something truly special, then you must try the Four Roses Bourbon Brownie (shown here). A chocolate brownie ($5) with bourbon ball filling drizzled on top — it’s rich and delicious, and worth every penny! This treat is easily shared with a friend. Another specialty item is the double-dipped pretzel sticks. Two pretzel rods first dipped in caramel and then in chocolate and rolled in pecan pieces. The hand-dipped pretzel sticks ($4) are easy to eat and fun to share with another.

Louisville Dessert Truck




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what’s going on in the month of July.



m Legally Blonde: The Musical




Nearly 35 years after their first hits (1976’s Crazy on You and Magic Man, followed by ‘77’s Barracuda) the long wait is over. On April 18, Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band formally became part of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. Their achievements include: four Grammy nominations, 20 Top 40 hits on the Billboard 100, and worldwide album sales of more than 30 million. As recently as 2010, Heart was back in the Billboard Top 10 with their Red Velvet Car album, and a Top 5 DVD, Night at Sky Church. The band’s Hall of Fame page describes the Wilson sisters as the first women to front a hard rock band and ‘pioneers… that inspired women to pick up an electric guitar or start a band.’ When ~ July 26 @ 8pm

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Horseshoe Southern Indiana tickets ~ s tarting @ $50 contact ~ 855.234.7469 or 702.777.2782;




Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about selfdiscovery. Based on the hugely popular 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. Cast in the lead role of Elle Woods is Louisville native and Youth Performing Arts School/DuPont Manuel High School graduate Kate E. Reedy. I was completely enchanted by the June 2010 PNC Broadway Louisville production of this musical and recall humming some of the very catchy songs to myself on the drive home that evening. J uly 11-21; various performances  enterStage at the Jewish Where ~ C Community Center  18 per person in advance, tickets ~ $ $20 @ the door. Group rates available (20 or more.) contact ~ 502.459.0660; When


Fandomfest, the ComicCon

What began as Fright Night Film Festival eight years ago is now part of the three-day weekend event FandomFest, which is the No. 1 juried horror film festival in the country. Billed as “The Largest Festival of Pop Geekery in the Region,” today it’s composed of many minifestivals under the FandomFest banner. FandomFest has also broken into the list of top 10 fan festivals in North America. This year’s A-listers of special celebrity guests include: Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, William Shatner; Gillian Anderson (The X-Files); Adrian Paul (The Highlander); Eddie McClintock and Saul Rubinek (Sci-Fi channel’s Warehouse 13 TV show); and actors Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, who portray the brothers Merle and Daryl from the hit AMC zombie TV series The Walking Dead. Most of the celebrities will be involved in Q&A sessions, with some signing autographs and posing for photo-ops. When ~ June 26-28, from

3pm Friday until midnight Sunday.  he Galt Where ~ T House and the Louisville International Convention Center tickets ~ ( individual day and/or assorted packages) contact ~

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Dwight Yoakam

‘Captivatingly unique!’ is how I’d describe the music of this Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised singer/songwriter/actor after attending his unforgettable 2012 Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino concert. Considered ‘too country’ for Nashville when Yoakam first sought out his musical fortune in the mid-80s, his music has turned out to be a blend of the icons he admires (i.e. Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and Buck Owens) combined with some good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. And yeah, ladies, Yoakam not only still fits into his signature form-fitting cut jeans, but he also still keeps the brim of his cowboy hat pulled down to the tip of his nose, making the in-concert sight of Yoakam’s very deliberate side-to-side pelvic swivels and rhythmic shoulder movements in a class all by themselves! When ~ July 19 @ 8pm

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Southern Indiana

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BeFOre YOUGo By Alissa Hicks / Photo by Melissa Donald

Chimere Jenkins

Job: Voucher Processor for KentuckianaWorks lives in: Louisville

Balancing both a job and a passion seems to come easy to Chimere Jenkins. The Louisville native is a voucher processor for KentuckianaWorks, a nonprofit organization that helps job seekers find employment and become trained in high-demand industries, and she knows how to add a pop of color to both her own and others’ lives. Chimere is also a licensed nail technician and freelance makeup artist and style consultant. “The beauty industry has been a passion of mine since I was a young child playing dress-up,” she says.

Before I Go...

“I have to make sure I am in the best place mentally and physically in order to give off a great appearance.”

Open to wherever it may take her, Chimere says she’d like to incorporate both her job and her passion someday and help people get back into the workforce while showing them the importance of making a good first impression. “I would love to be able to utilize my skills to combine both; from resume-building to first impressions. I enjoy the transformation that can happen on the outside as well as inside. Making women feel good about who they are never gets old.”

FASHION I’M CURRENTLY Loving: “Currently, I’m loving pops of color. I like to think of myself as having a bright and cheerful personality, and I like my clothing to represent that. Since my days are long, I tend to use my accessories to transition my look from day to evening.” Latest beauty product I’M loving: “I recently purchased a Beauty Blender foundation sponge, and it makes your foundation look flawless. It allows you to add the right amount of foundation and keeps your look very natural. I have also been falling in love with MAC Cosmetics’ Matchmaster foundation. It has a nice semi-matte finish which creates a lovely velvet finish on the skin.” Latest Purchase I’m Praising: “My fuchsia Ralph by Ralph Lauren tote. It has truly helped me with all the things a woman on the go needs to be fabulous on a daily basis. From my tablet to my mascara, this bags holds it all.” 50



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