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Connect to Nature p8


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Life-Changing Camp p16

Dances with Horses



Is Wine Your Pleasure or Crutch? p38 A Delightful Dessert p33

Dine Outdoors

Louisville Was Chosen For Her p42


Places to Go p36

All Things Savannah p48 Diabetes Isn’t Stopping Her p46



Saying Goodbye to a Pet p40

Wax Without Fear p38

Wear this to the Beach





Baby Supplement after p32


Easy Ways

to Help Local Youth p40

“I’m Drawn to a Higher View” — Nana Lampton p44

JULY 2016 • VOL. 26 / NO. 8

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anita Oldham EDITOR Tiffany White

By Tiffany White Photos by Melissa Donald



ave you built a wall of procrastination and self doubt around you? For some of us, saying ‘it’s not the right time or I could never do that,’ are the excuses we make for not taking risks. In preparation for the Summer Olympics in August, we want to help you devise a plan for being a winner in the olympics of life.


You don’t have to take on a monumental project to earn champion status — all you need is confidence, tenacity, and devotion. In this issue, you’ll meet seven women who maneuver through life’s daily obstacle courses and come out on top. If you’ve been struggling with finding the courage to follow your dreams, reading their stories might be all you need to take the small step and be a champion at whatever goal you set (see page 16).

Teri Hickerson Suzy Hillebrand Joyce Inman GRAPHIC DESIGNERS April H. Allman Kathy Bolger STYLIST Alissa Hicks

Read about Lacy Crosier on page 20.


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Laarni Russell, one of the women winning in our Olympics of Life feature, made the decision to live a healthier life by making fitness a regular part of her routine. Find out how she maintains her training on page 16.

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By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Patti Hartog


erhaps you have fond memories of attending summer camp when you were younger. Or, perhaps, (as did Sara Klein Wagner) you found a career. Sara is the new president and CEO of Jewish Community of Louisville. But, she didn’t just leave a cabin in the woods to become a CEO. Based on her experiences of many summers attending Camp Livingston near Vevay, Indiana, she longed to be a camp director. “I loved being a camper, and later as a counselor I saw the impact you could have on kids,” she says. “I saw kids who for the first time had to make decisions on their own and were becoming more independent. I loved working with them.” SEARCH: Sara Klein Wagner

I never would have put that together. “I’ve been on the receiving end of this compliment a couple of times. Wait, is it a compliment? I take it as one. It’s the fashionistas who aren’t afraid to be bold with what they’re wearing. There’s no fear of mixing prints such as cheetah and camouflage or plaid with polka dots. I love being a walking rainbow.” (By Keri Foy) SEARCH: Jessi Gross




— Jessi Gross, director of annual funds for WaterStep



SEARCH: Martha Slaughter

By Marie Bradby Photos Patti Hartog


hile the warm spring breeze blew against her face and ruffled the pastel blossoms of the trees, Martha Slaughter swung on an art piece entitled Philosofa, a sculpted, suspended bench just outside the Visitor’s Center at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, and mused. “Art and nature connect us to the natural world through our senses,” says Martha, a visual arts coordinator for both Bernheim and KentuckyOne Health. “Bernheim is a place that people know they can come to and have that experience. It gives people a sense of well-being. Scientific studies have shown that being in touch with nature is good for the mind and body.”

What’s your vision for the artist program? I would say in the next decade, we want to challenge visitors on the notion of what art is. For example, Chiel Kujcl, an environmental sculptor from Holland, just made the Philosofa piece. It serves as a kind of suspended bench, but it’s so creative that it serves as art as well. People will be sitting on it and questioning who made it and why it is here. So you experience it physically as well. Some of the most successful art projects here engage and delight people before they even know it’s art or understand the creative process that’s taking place. In the last two decades, the work has been more experimental. An artist from the University of Oklahoma did scent

mapping. She found materials in the forest and meadow and boiled them down to their essences to represent each area.

How has the purpose of art changed? Art can have more than its use as an artifact. It can be used for social and political purposes, to create dialogue, and connect and expand communities. The work here is to connect people to nature. Isaac Bernheim purchased this property for people to come here to recreate and connect with the beauty of nature and art, and that was 1929. That’s pretty amazing.

The sculpture, Earth Measure, was created by Matt Weir to honor Barry Bingham, Jr. for his service to Bernheim.



What’s your work with KentuckyOne Health? Mr. Bernheim was also a founder of Jewish

Hospital, which is now affiliated with KentuckyOne Health. For the hospital and clinic walls, I hang large 42-by-42-inch color photos of Bernheim subjects taken by our staff. Nature-based photography creates a sense of calm and serenity and helps patients transcend their situation. My first big project was for Our Lady of Peace. I installed 65 images, many of them in patient units. Talk about being able to transcend your environment — the patients all like it. It’s been a huge morale boost for the staff. It gives their workplace a sense of value and appreciation of what they are doing in their environment.

Martha sits on the Philosofa swing at Bernheim with Jessi Burke, Ava and Cecily Schardein, and Emma Lies.


By Carrie Vittitoe Photos Melissa Donald Illustrations Kayla Oldham Makeup/Hair Denise Cardwell, Tiffany Baker, and Selina Wilson

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the 2016 Olympics of Our Lives. I’m your host, Carrie Vittitoe. For the next few minutes, we’ll be featuring some of the most well-trained “athletes” in Kentuckiana who are ready to compete in their respective categories and prove that they have what it takes to go for the gold. EVENT

Fitness Fencing ATHLETE: Laarni Russell HER EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD: Laarni is an informatics nurse for a local medical center. Prior to this position, she was a registered nurse for 13 years. She is also a veteran who served in the US Navy as a nurse. When she isn’t working, she tries to ensure she stays fit while raising two young daughters, Leila (8) and Lexie (3), with her husband, Doug. Her fitness routine involves waking at 4am to exercise for 45 minutes. She runs 3-4 miles every other day and does a weight circuit on intervening days. MOTIVATION: Two years after Leila’s birth, Laarni reached her heaviest weight. She says, “I saw a picture of myself and couldn’t believe I had gotten that big.” She was frustrated but also motivated to make changes in her life. She began Weight Watchers in 2010, which was completely online, and began running in 2011. HER COACHES/TRAINERS: “My husband has also come along on this journey with me,” Laarni says, which has been helpful to her. Her best friend, Michaela Russell, also offers her support and encouragement. Michaela is active on Facebook and has created accountability groups, in which Laarni participates. These allow her to check in, record what she is doing, and get encouragement from other women. HER EXPERT ANALYSIS: Laarni says taking a big picture approach



and looking at her fitness long-term has been most helpful. She says she lost about two pounds a month for nine months. She has felt discouraged along the way, like when she tried Crossfit and didn’t like it. She says, “So many people had raved about it, but it just wasn’t for me.” While exercising has been important, identifying portion sizes was also eye-opening. “What I thought were single portions were double or triple portions,” she says. HER PHILOSOPHY: Laarni recognized that she needed to take care of herself in order to best take care of the rest of her life. Consistency is also incredibly important. “Just do it every day and do it purposefully,” she suggests. While Laarni doesn’t make a big deal out of exercising with her daughters, she says, “I hope they see that Mom and Dad are active people. It is part of our day, and we just do it.” CHANCES OF EARNING THE GOLD: Laarni has her game-face on in this competition and keeps a great vision of the road ahead. Super early wake-up calls earn her additional points and keep her in the lead to medal.


Synchronized Shopping ATHLETE: Kelli Milligan HER EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD : Kelli was trained in fine arts at Bellarmine University and went to school for interior design at Sullivan University. After she completed her studies at Sullivan, she taught classes there for many years. In 1987, she opened Renaissance by Design which, over the years, has evolved to better serve clients’ needs. In addition to offering interior design services, Renaissance has a showroom of consigned, new, and handmade furniture and accessories and a space where Kelli teaches classes. Renaissance also has booths and cases at three antique malls in Kentuckiana. She began a one-year term as president of the Bellarmine Women’s Council in May 2016 and is the manager of FleaTiques, an open-air shopping market held on the second weekend of every month from April through October at the Mellwood Arts Center. She is a certified personal property appraiser.



MOTIVATION: Kelli says, “I like to use things in ways they weren’t originally intended.” This flexibility allows her to help clients change rooms to meet their needs or to spice things up when they become tired of their decor. HER TRAINING/COACHES: Kelli’s father-in-law was Robert Bader, a furniture maker with Strassel Co. He was foreman of the Strassel Mill and taught Kelli about antiques and how to recognize furniture of top quality. Sculptor Bob Lockhart and Larry Wolfe of Scorpio Interiors were other influences on Kelli’s career. Lockhart taught Kelli at Bellarmine, and Wolfe encouraged her to consider interior design. HER EXPERT ANALYSIS: “People tend to want to buy furniture too big for their homes,” says Kelli, which is one of the biggest mistakes she sees

when it comes to decorating. Such large pieces eat up a room and prevent homeowners from moving things around to liven up the interior. Kelli discourages her clients from buying furniture that matches or is a suite. She says, “If everything is matchy-matchy, you don’t want to split things up throughout a house,” which is a problem when clients are downsizing. Having a variety of styles, colors, and textures allows clients to move furnishings around to meet their needs throughout the seasons of their lives. HER PHILOSOPHY: When it comes to furnishings, Kelli likes the idea of using antiques with their dings and wear because you don’t have to worry about them getting nicked. She loves giving an older piece of furniture or a dated accessory a new life. CHANCES OF EARNING THE GOLD: Kelli’s involvement in so many community events impressed judges. Strong odds of medaling in this event.




Parent-Work Parallel Bars ATHLETE: Lacy Crosier HER EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD: Lacy is the CEO of C&R Construction, a company she founded with her father-in-law, Marvin Crosier in 2013. She earned a business degree from Indiana University Southeast and worked in sales/marketing at QRS Recycling while taking care of her three children, Austin (11), Hadley (9) and Brayden (5). Marvin was ready to retire from his job as an asphalt superintendent (which frequently required overnight work on multi-million dollar jobs), but he didn’t want to stop working completely. He and Lacy decided to go into business together and create C&R Construction. MOTIVATION: Flexibility for her family is Lacy’s biggest motivator. Her children’s school and sports schedules made it difficult to even consider a full-time job working for someone else. Being her own boss gives her more flexibility.



HER TRAINING/COACHES: Both her father-in-law and her husband, Rusty Crosier, have helped her develop as CEO of the company. In April 2015, Lacy and Marvin determined they had enough work to bring Rusty into the company. His expertise as a registered professional engineer has opened up new business opportunities for the company. Experience itself has been a huge “trainer” for Lacy, as well. Handling Department of Transportation regulations and learning insurance requirements was challenging, but it forced her to make phone calls, connect with others and ask questions. “I learn new things everyday,” she says. HER EXPERT ANALYSIS: C&R Construction purchased Harbeson Brothers Paving in January of 2016, and Lacy says, “That has put a new spin on things” since she can no longer

work from home. Brayden is still in preschool three days a week, so he often comes to work with Lacy. She has set up the office with plenty of his toys to ensure he can keep himself occupied. In order to keep her family life on track, she keeps a lot of lists which she revises as needed and packs everything up the night before so mornings run smoothly. HER PHILOSOPHY: Growing the construction company has challenged Lacy in many new ways, but she is very much a “hands-on” person. She says, “I go out on job sites and help when I can.” She isn’t the type of person to excuse herself from the grunt work, whether it is with C&R, cleaning the house at home, or tending to her children. CHANCES OF EARNING THE GOLD: Judges give Lacy bonus points for her willingness to screw down bolts and tighten down on job sites, as well as keeping an energetic boy in the office. Highly favored to win.




Laundry Lacrosse ATHLETE: Coleen Muegge HER EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD: Coleen Muegge has worked for GE Appliances since 1994. Although her education and prior work at GE is in engineering, she is currently program manager of Consumer Analytics. In this position, she examines whether marketing campaigns are working by analyzing a variety of digital data. Among other things, she tracks product ratings/ reviews and packages reports to give to product teams so they can see what consumers really like about the products, as well as where they need to improve. Like most working mothers, keeping her household managed and chores in hand is sometimes the most challenging part of her week. MOTIVATION: Her husband, Kirk, and her three children, Nathan (17), Rachel (14), and Katelyn (12), motivate Coleen to keep a tight rein on the household organization. Coleen works 30 hours a week in a schedule that closely matches her children’s school schedule. She typically leaves work at 3pm so that she can be available for her children’s school and sporting events. She is off on Fridays, which gives her time at home to pay bills and get caught up on laundry. HER TRAINING/COACHES: Over the years, Coleen has learned some ways to save herself time, either through trial and error or by networking with other professional women to see what works for them. She has someone clean her house every two weeks, and she orders groceries from Green Bean Delivery to keep from having to run to the store repeatedly during the week. She has also discovered Amazon Pantry, which allows her to purchase necessities like toilet paper, soap, and pet supplies and have them delivered. Finally, she also outsources some work to her children, especially during summer break, such as unloading the dishwasher or walking the dog. HER EXPERT ANALYSIS: On her Fridays when she is off work, Coleen finds herself doing really big loads of laundry in her GE front load washer and dryer with steam assist. She really doesn’t like to iron, so the Steam De-wrinkle and Steam Refresh features on her dryer come in handy. HER PHILOSOPHY: Rather than spending all of her free time cleaning, Coleen says, “Kirk and I would rather spend our time volunteering and doing things with our kids.” CHANCES OF EARNING THE GOLD: Coleen carries her team on her shoulders due to her leadership in delegating chore responsibilities to others. Her medal is in the bag.




Personal Style Sailing ATHLETE: Lisa Whyte HER EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD: Lisa Whyte worked for 12 years at Humana, but it was after she became a stay-at-home mother to her two children, Lauren (16) and Nathaniel (14), that her career as an entrepreneur was launched. Even as a young girl, Lisa was intrigued by vintage jewelry. She began tinkering with brooches, including adding beading to them, and eventually designed and patented a unique magnetic system that turned into her highly successful business, Posh Ponytails and Poshibles, her line of magnetic ponytail wraps and jewelry. She works closely with Two Chicks & Co. in Middletown, and Regatta, a boutique in Naples, Florida, whose owners support her work and sell her products in their stores. Her pieces are designed and created by hand in her basement. Lisa says she is often covered in metal dust and frequently has glue in her hair.



MOTIVATION: What initially motivated Lisa to design Poshibles was sheer curiosity. “I wondered if I could wear a beautiful vintage brooch in my hair,” she says. After designing some of her Posh Ponytails and wearing them, she was motivated by how many people commented positively on her hair accessories and asked if she sold them. What keeps her motivated now continues to be her love of vintage jewelry and the creativity of adding to them or changing them to make them even better. HER COACHES/TRAINERS: The people who have spurred Lisa to keep her focused and encouraged are her husband, Eric, her children, her mom, her three sisters, and clients who have purchased her creations. “God has lined me up with the right people,” she says. HER EXPERT ANALYSIS: “I was carpooling, running kids around, and wondered, ‘How can

I look a little more put together?’” she says. The ability to look stylish while still managing her life as a stay-at-home mom is what she wishes for every woman. Like putting on mascara and a little Chanel lipstick, Lisa’s go-to makeup on busy days, Poshibles are simple but make a gal feel more polished. HER PHILOSOPHY: Lisa’s philosophy in terms of running her business is a great style philosophy, too: “Don’t be intimidated; you can’t be afraid.” She went from door to door at different boutiques in Naples, Florida, to see if store owners would be willing to carry Posh Ponytails and Poshibles. That “go for it” attitude is what helps Lisa both professionally and stylistically. CHANCES OF EARNING THE GOLD: Judges deducted half a point for glue in hair, but Lisa made it up with her beautiful Poshible designs that lend her (and her clients) style and grace. Her enthusiasm has blown the game wide open.


Healthy Handball ATHLETE: Kara Hand HER EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD: Kara has worked in the insurance field since she was 19 years old when her parents told her she needed to find a job with health insurance and a 401(k) after high school graduation. She spent over a decade with Humana and worked her way up in the company, going from keying enrollment applications to working in sales. She is now a senior account manager at BB&T Insurance. As a single mom to Alexa (14), Kara tries to ensure they eat healthy meals in the midst of busy work and school days and activity-packed evenings. MOTIVATION: Kara’s motivation is her daughter. Not only does she want to set a good example for her, but she wants to ensure Alexa is in the best physical shape for dance team, an activity that she participates in four days a week. Secondly, Kara is motivated by her job. “I do a lot of work with wellness programs, and I want to put as much pride in myself as I do my clients.” She sees them getting healthy and wants to represent the programs equally well. HER COACHES/TRAINERS: Alexa serves as Kara’s coach and helps keep her on track. “We keep each other accountable,” she says. HER EXPERT ANALYSIS: On Sundays, Kara prepares her and Alexa’s food for the coming week. Fruits and vegetables are cut, washed, dried, and put into portioned snack bags to ensure they don’t just sit in the refrigerator crisper. She plans her meals for the following week based on their schedules. Kara is a huge fan of both her crockpot and her Pampered Chef Baker, which she says can cook a pork tenderloin in the microwave in 18 minutes. She uses many other Pampered Chef tools and food products. She always keeps frozen broccoli and chicken breasts on hand and says, “I feel like there’s a lot you can do with these ingredients.” If there are occasions when she doesn’t end up using a vegetable or fruit, she cuts them up and puts them in a freezer bag so that she can use them in a recipe at another time. HER PHILOSOPHY: People are so busy with work lives and kids, they don’t take the time to see when they can cook or eat together,” she says. Even though Alexa has school and dance team, and Kara stays busy with client dinners and functions, they make it a priority to cook and eat together as often as possible. While she and Alexa plan their meals on Sundays, she encourages others to find whatever day of the week works for them. CHANCES OF EARNING THE GOLD: Kara’s passion in the healthy meals marathon motivated judges to consider their own weekly meal prep. She’s a proven winner with great odds to get the gold.






Professional Ladder Lifting ATHLETE: Molley Ricketts HER EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD: Molley Ricketts officially launched her company, Incipio Workforce Solutions, in August 2015 after many years of recruiting experience. “I have grown up in recruiting and workforce development work,” she says. Her time at Sears Credit Central, Luckett & Farley, and GE Appliances, among others, gave her the know-how to be able to build teams to a new level. With her skilled team at Incipio, Molley can meet the needs of companies, from writing job descriptions, designing and monitoring the application process, screening potential employees and doing background checks. She will also do more specific direct hires, in which Molley develops an understanding of the firm’s needs and goes back to candidates to ensure they are a good fit. MOTIVATION: Molley firmly believes that people who know their strengths and are encouraged by management to focus on those strengths make the best employees. This belief motivates her in helping other companies find the best employees and ensuring her own employees are satisfied in their jobs. She says to her Incipio team, “If you feel like you’re not being used in the way you need to be, let’s figure that out.”



HER TRAINING/COACHES: Frustration has, at times, been an excellent coach for Molley, especially in dealing with management who didn’t always like it when she voiced a difference of opinion when it came to recruiting practices and team-building. It gave her the desire to want to create her own professional ladder that she could climb. She says, “I felt like I needed to go out on my own and do it myself.” HER EXPERT ANALYSIS: Molley encourages women to “own what they are good at and be honest about what they’re not good at.” She says often women don’t want to brag or boast about their skills and “don’t want to be too colorful.” She urges professional women to be guarded about their intellectual property. Sometimes it is a fine line between sharing what you’re good at and feel passionate about and giving too many of your great ideas away. HER PHILOSOPHY: “I want to empower people to capitalize on what they’re best at,” she says. She has built her own professional ladder and strives to help others do the same. CHANCES OF EARNING THE GOLD: Molley’s points total climbs due not only to her participation in the event, but in building her own equipment for the event. She may walk away from this competition as a hardware queen.




Amorous Archery ATHLETE: Elizabeth Lewis HER EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD: Elizabeth is a retired teacher who became a life and dating coach, due in part to becoming a widow in 2005 at age 40 and reentering the dating world. She founded Singles Meet Singles, LLC, which is the largest singles group in Louisville. MOTIVATION: Her goal is to not only help women navigate the singles’ world but become better people who make better choices in all areas of their lives. HER TRAINING/COACHES: Elizabeth reads 15+ dating books a year to build her knowledge in order to help other women. A great resource she recommends to others is Andy Stanley’s book The New Rules for Love, Sex and Dating.

HER PHILOSOPHY: Elizabeth says, “Finding love is a long-distance journey; it is not a short sprint. You don’t just run your first race and ‘Boom! You’re there.’” Dating is a learning process and comes with baggage, especially the second time around. A woman needs to consider what lessons she learned about love and about herself from her previous relationship(s). CHANCES OF EARNING THE GOLD: Judges are impressed with Elizabeth’s knowledge, enthusiasm, and willingness to talk about dating and sex among older women. Highly favored to get the gold.

HER EXPERT ANALYSIS: There are a number of ways for a woman to know she is ready to begin dating again following a divorce or death of a spouse. Elizabeth says it is important for anger or sadness related to past relationships to be gone, as well as any guilty feelings. It is also important that women have taken the time to rediscover who they are apart from a relationship. She says, “If you were a caregiver (either to children or an ill spouse), you may not have had time to do things you wanted to do.”





YUM — MAKE THESE CAMPFIRE COOKIE BARS Story and Photos by Paige Rhodes SEARCH: Campfire Cookie Bars

Campfire Cookie Bars Yield: 16 bars

Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients Cooking spray 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 large egg 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, plus a couple whole crackers for the top 1/2 tsp baking powder 11/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks 1 cup marshmallow creme


nce summer arrives in the Bluegrass, it means camping season is officially underway. After a long day of boating, fishing, and hiking, nothing is better than settling in for a few gooey s’mores by the campfire. The only problem with this classic dessert is that they tend to be a complete mess. Be prepared for campsite cravings and pack these campfire cookie bars that have the same nostalgic flavor without the sticky fingers.

Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-by-9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough to overhang on the sides. Spray with cooking spray and set aside. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed. Beat for about 2 minutes until smooth and combined. Add the vanilla extract and egg, beating until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and set aside. Toss the flour, graham cracker crumbs, salt, and baking powder together until combined. With the mixer running on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined. The dough will look like a moldable cookie dough, not a pourable batter. Press 2/3 of the graham cookie dough into prepared pan. Pour the marshmallow creme on top of the cookie layer. I found this to be easier if I microwaved the marshmallow creme for about 20 seconds first. Spread evenly and top the marshmallow creme with about 2/3 of the chocolate chunks. Mold the remaining cookie dough into flat pieces and layer on top of the chocolate chunks. Try to press everything together as much as possible. Break up your remaining graham crackers into small pieces and scatter on top, along with the remaining chocolate chunks. Bake the bars for 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden brown. Allow to cool completely before lifting out of the pan by the aluminum foil and cutting into squares. TODAY’S WOMAN / JULY 2016



PROGRESSIVE PATIO DINNER Story and Photos by Lindsey McClave


hen the sun shines bright over Louisville, there are few pleasures greater than enjoying the bounty that our Bluegrass State has to offer on one of the city’s various patios. Restaurants both old and new are serving up dishes fit for dining al fresco, so we’ve curated a progressive meal that takes you bouncing from patio to patio and indulging in a different course at each stop.


SEARCH: Progressive Patio Dinner

EL CAMINO 1314 BARDSTOWN ROAD Few would argue that El Camino boasts one of Louisville’s most in-demand patios. Given the ambiance and strength of the cocktail menu, El Camino sets a fun and feisty tone for the night and is our first stop on this dinner adventure.

As with nearly every visit to El Camino, I’ll be having the mai tai. Crafted with four — yes, four — different kinds of rum, this cocktail is meant to be sipped slowly as it packs a punch tempered only by nutty orgeat syrup, curaçao, and fresh lime juice. Served over pellets of ice and garnished with a paper umbrella, this drink takes the taste buds on vacation, if only for a moment, and sets the ideal stage for a night of dining outdoors.


Our next stop is only a couple of miles away and is one of the newest additions to the hip NuLu neighborhood: Galaxie Bar. In the Across the Universe platter, tastes from both East and West are on delicious display in a plethora of dips that include avocado mousse, silky-smooth hummus, cucumber labna, whipped feta cheese, and roasted tomato harissa. Housemade Galaxie bread — a hybrid nan-meets-pita creation — serves as the ideal vehicle for enjoying these flavors of the world. And it is hard to visit Galaxie Bar and not order one of its signature margaritas.




Our dinner reservation is a mere block away at NuLu mainstay Decca. Savor a filet of pan-seared salmon topped with shiitake mushrooms and served in a lemongrass and artichoke broth, or try the crispy pork milanese adorned with fresh spring peas and parmesan crema set atop a pea purée.



The final stop on our tour takes us back to the Highlands for a postdinner treat at one of Bardstown Road’s newest additions, Steel City Pops. Here you will find a rainbow of popsicles crafted with all-natural ingredients and with raw, organic cane sugar as the only sweetener required. Flavors range from the classic tastes of strawberry, lime, and sweet tea to the funky avocado, chai latte, and toasted marshmallow. TODAY’S WOMAN / JULY 2016


5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE A WAX By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald


hile you’re shopping for the perfect swimsuit this summer, don’t forget about feminine grooming. There are so many types of hair removal these days that it’s hard to keep up with them all, so we chatted with Janna Flowers, owner of Clique Waxing Boutique, about one popular method: bikini and Brazilian waxes. If it’s your first time getting waxed, there are a few things to know. You’ll need to grow the hair out at least two weeks or to about a quarter of an inch long beforehand. And don’t worry — it doesn’t matter whether your hair is coarse, dark, thin, or light, Janna says. The waxing process takes about 15-30 minutes. You’ll receive a pair of disposable underwear and a wipe prior to your service to prep for sanitation.

“If you have sensitive skin, we use an oil as a barrier prior to waxing to help with sensitivity,” Janna says. “We also have two different types of wax (one for more sensitive skin) to choose from.” To ensure you get the most out of your waxing experience, Janna recommends that you exfoliate skin both prior to your treatment to help soften the hair and after your treatment to prevent ingrown hairs. “Exfoliating after waxing and between waxing appointments is a must!” she says. 5. Generally, a wax treatment will last for three weeks. If you are going on a vacation or waxing for a special occasion, Janna says you can come one day to one week before or anytime in between since your wax will last for a while.

SEARCH: Janna Flowers

Drinking Too Much Wine? A lot of us joke about drinking wine to de-stress, but how does a woman know when de-stressing with wine is a problem?


“Anything can become an addiction if we substitute it for dealing with the issue,” says Brian Beckham, Ph.D., a licensed clinical addiction counselor. He describes how we know a problem is brewing if we become reliant on these substitutes, whether it is vodka, potato chips, or even exercise. A nightly glass of wine isn’t a problem unless a woman depends on that glass of wine every night. JULY 2016 / TODAY’S WOMAN

Diedre Wade, a licensed professional clinical counselor who specializes in addiction and substance abuse, agrees that reliance is what leads to addiction. If you can take or leave it even if you like it, she says, then you’re not on the path to addiction. There is a physical and emotional dependence that occurs in addiction. Sometimes it is the “ritual” of the act that we depend on as much as the substance itself. — By Carrie Vittitoe SEARCH: Wine to Relax


SEARCH: Dr. Courtney Bennett

By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald


hen Dr. Courtney Bennett moved to Louisville in 2012, this veterinarian used her caregiving experience for her mother to redirect her career in animal medicine. She wanted to start a pet loss support group, but she ended up starting a hospice care service for animals — something she felt was missing in the community. When it comes to end-of-life care, Dr. Bennett says the hardest part is the ‘When do I decide?’ moment for families. Every case is different financially, physically, and emotionally for both pets and owners. “Not all vets do euthanasia the same way, and that’s concerning for me,” she says. “Personally, I have a standard. I go where the pet is comfortable and where it makes the family feel best. I’ve even gotten under tables and other furniture. It’s important as a doctor to make the experience of loss easier.” Dr. Bennett also organizes an adult support group for those grieving the death of a companion animal — contact 888.345.8197.

Helping Local Youth SEARCH: Open Door Youth Services

By Megan Willman

“It takes a village to raise a child, and we are a small village,” says Allie Johnston, community liaison at Open Door Youth Services (“When volunteers come in from the community, it makes a great difference to our kids. Volunteers bring a fresh face, a listening ear, and a friendship that mean so much.”

Here are some other ways you can help: • Donate clothes, shoes, and outerwear in all sizes. The youth at Open Door range from ages 6-21, males and females. Have a little extra time? Help to organize the clothes closet.

• Work with kids in the garden. • Come talk to the youth about your hobbies, a sport you enjoy, or about your career.

• Donate food. Open Door gets plenty of bread and sweet treats for the kids but always needs donations of meat, cheese, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

• Drop off “generic” gifts that can be used for birthday or holiday presents.

• Volunteer as a tutor, particularly for upper level math and science.

• Stop by for a game of basketball or to lead an activity. • Serve as a chaperone for one of the many Open Door programs. • Make a monetary donation. All donations go directly to benefit the youth. Give securely through or send a check to 2524 Corydon Pike, Suite 108, New Albany, IN 47150.





LOUISVILLE WAS CHOSEN FOR HER By Megan M. Seckman Photo by Melissa Donald


ife in NYC was hard.“There was no art funding and the art scene was so cutthroat…I had to make a change, so my friend and I went back to our apartment and threw names of cities into a hat,” says Sharon Scott. “I had written down Louisville because I would drive up and see shows there while I was in Nashville. I always had a good time and loved the people. Sure enough, we drew Louisville. There were forces way beyond my control that brought me here.” The chain of events that led Sharon to launch Louisville’s new independent radio station,WXOX 97.1 FM, were equally as tied up in kismet. At Vanderbilt University she worked all four years at the college radio station. “College radio is highly competitive, but WRVU, Vandy’s station, said I could get on as a freshman. That’s why I chose Vanderbilt. I may have received an English degree, but my real education was in radio. I became the station’s director and was very interested in radio as its own artistic medium. I even wrote my honor’s thesis on performance art through radio.”

Books Sharon Scott Suggests: •O  utrageous Acts and Everyday

Rebellions by Gloria Steinem — I purchased this book to inspire my teenage stepdaughter. I worry about young women today growing up in the selfie era where Beyonce and Kim Kardashian are the feminists fighting for the right to wear less and less clothing. I quickly realized the importance of rereading this book for myself. This should be required reading for women 15 and above.

•H  istory of Magic in North America

by J.K. Rowling — I began reading the Harry Potter books with my son and I continue to find them some of the most magical, inspiring, and thoughtprovoking books ever written. If I could trade notes with any living author, it would be her. SEARCH: Sharon Scott

Sharon Scott let fate be her guide which also led to a successful career.

Eight Months Married and I am Miserable…


We are now eight months into our marriage, and I am miserable. He wants to control everything I do, say, and even wear. My opinions never matter. This is not the man I agreed to spend the rest of my life with, but I’m desperately in love with him, and I know he loves me. Now what?”

By Joyce Oglesby SEARCH: I am Miserable



JOYCE: Address the lie. You’ve probably brought it to his attention that he deceived you prior to marriage. If not, what are you waiting for? One promise has already been broken. It might be debated whether or not the broken promise constitutes a lie, but I don’t believe anyone could refute the blatant breach of trust. Every relationship is based on an element of trust. He has compromised your confidence in him. It’s going to be difficult for you to have faith in his leadership in the home, and every good home needs a leader of strong integrity.

Let him know you are deeply in love with him, but you are not desperate. You need to establish the foundation of love, but you must explain to him that love comes with responsibilities. He is accountable for your protection, but you did not bargain for a home dictatorship. You cannot allow your “desperation love” to find you in a desperate state of immobility. This can cloud your sharper senses, unravel you emotionally, and fuel his desire to control your life. Just Ask Joyce — ask questions at



“I’M DRAWN TO A HIGHER VIEW” By Megan M. Seckman Photo by Melissa Donald


t is difficult to capture the essence of a person with mere words. Description often falls short and cannot truly convey the exact energy a radiant human so strongly casts. This certainly applies to Nana Lampton. Sure, there are articulate bios out there that detail her accomplishments: a published author; graduate of both Wellesley College with a bachelor’s in English and the University of Virginia with a master’s in literature; the chairman and CEO of Hardscuffle Inc. and American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky; board member to virtually everything that advocates for nature conservation or historical preservation — Louisville community development, Shakers, Berea, or the arts. Oh, and she is the Honorary Consulate to the Kingdom of Morocco as well as a grass-fed Angus farmer, painter, and poet. But this list only defines what she does — not how she thinks, not how she inspires, not her feminism. This is where description fails me. In one hour together, I heard about a montage of life experiences that transcend Nana’s lifelong home of Louisville. Like poetry, they were pieced together in images that defined a life: Attending a very small Collegiate all-girls school. Attending speech classes as a Wellesley freshman. Talking to Diane Sawyer at Wellesley five years before Hillary Clinton arrived there.



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Meeting Gloria Steinem at a C200 conference in New York when she was one of only four women in her M.A. program at UVA. Being hired by her grandfather “in a time when women weren’t seen as much.” Traveling to Ireland and Morocco. Waking up to farm business each morning. Publishing her most recent book of poetry inspired by her grandfather, Wash the Dust from My Eyes. Being “crowded out” of her historic home by books. Through these experiences, these images, Nana has nurtured her mind, first and foremost, and cultivated strong ties throughout her community. “If there is one thing I believe, it is that belonging to a place, a company, and surrounding yourself with people that love you — belonging to them — that is what is really important for brain development,” Nana says. “I’m drawn to a higher view,” she adds as she looks out toward the winding Ohio River from her lofty downtown office. “In literature and in life, a higher view captures more of what’s happening. From higher up, you get more of the picture; more point of view. Tolstoy is my favorite writer because he can achieve this. He can see an issue from all perspectives. I read to gain a higher view.”

Nana sits in her library full of books next to her writing desk she brought back from her travels.


• Age of Acquiescence: The

Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser. “This book was given to me by Ben Chandler. It’s basically about the notion of ‘have brain, will travel,’ meaning that the most creative thinkers and activists tend to be in flux. So, bad things happen when these minds don’t unite, put down roots, and push together for things like women’s and civil rights.”

• Our Only World: Ten Essays

by Wendell Berry. “This book is not only ideological, it really discusses how we can do things. A lovely collection of essays!”

WHAT SHE’S LISTENING TO: • The History of the U.S. by The Teaching Company, a comprehensive history of the United States composed by multiple professors and historians in 84 30-minute lectures. “I listen to the 42 CD recordings on my commute to and from work every day. My friend John Hale (an archeology professor at the University of Louisville) gave this to me, and I have found it so interesting. When I finish with this, War and Peace is next!”

• Cecile Salvant. This 26-yearold award-winning jazz singer has a voice akin to Ella Fitzgerald.

• Met Opera. “Winter has

many bad Saturdays, so then I listen to the Met Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts. It’s so beautiful and makes a dreary day more bearable.”



SHE LOVES HER VINTAGE SOFA By Lucy M. Pritchett Photos Patti Hartog


eborah Lutz admits to having a penchant for things that edge on the creepy. To wit: the framed display of butterfly wings fashioned into a blue and yellow design that hangs on her living room wall. Or the two soft brown moths, each the size of your palm, that are forever frozen — framed and under glass — that reside in her bedroom. Then there is her collection of miniature black-and-white photographic portraits of straight-backed Victorian women in black dresses and stiff

SEARCH: Deborah Lutz

“I bought this green sofa from Furniture Dudes. I’m not sure if it is from the 19th century or 20th century. It is so comfortable. I spend an obscene amount of time here napping, reading, thinking. It is covered in a pale green brocade with a wood frame and legs. It has a high back and rolled arms. In size, it is between a loveseat and a full-length sofa. The back is almost straight up and the seat is very deep. There is lots of room and it is especially comfortable for napping.”

Diabetes is Not Slowing Her Down At 12 years old, Victoria Vorholt was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Now age 22, she says, “It’s kind of tough since I’m in college. My biggest challenge is paying enough attention to my health so that I feel good without letting the stress of monitoring it get in my way of things that I want to do.” Victoria will graduate this month from Emory University in Atlanta with a bachelor of science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. The Louisville native is applying to medical schools for entry in the fall of 2017. She has had to learn to deal with her disease and treatments along with her heavy schedule — but she is finding a way.




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collars. These too decorate the white walls of her home. Deborah is the Thruston B. Morton Professor of English at the University of Louisville. She is entranced with the Victorian age — its culture, its literature and, yes, its fascination with things that edge on the creepy. She comes to our fair city via Boulder, Colorado, and Brooklyn, New York. As a relative newcomer to the neighborhood, she has been slowly filling her home with furnishings from local consignment shops and antique stores. She is the author of four books that encompass the Victorian age from bad-boy Gothic lovers to mourning jewelry and death relics. Her latest book, The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects takes a look at the lives and writings of the Brontë sisters — Emily, Anne, and Charlotte — through the items the sisters used and cherished: portable writing desks; needlework; and walking sticks for those lonely treks across the moors.

By Mary Ellen Bianco Victoria says she’s excited that with the support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation(JDRF), an artificial pancreas project is currently in human clinical trials. She plans to be a participant this summer under the supervision of her doctor in Atlanta. Her expectations are that the Food and Drug Administration will approve it by the spring of 2017. “It will cut out human error,” Victoria says. A new computer algorithm on a smartphone or other device will enable the CGM and insulin pump to communicate. “The artificial pancreas will completely take over,” Victoria says. “I’ll definitely be relieved when a computer takes the worry away from me.”



SEARCH: Right Swimsuit

Dances With Horses

What to Wear to the Beach Lindsey Winkler’s relationships don’t only extend to people. Her brother-in-law, Julio Mendoza, is a world-renowned dressage rider and trainer, and Lindsey partners as his Flamenco dancer. Flamenco horse dancing originated in Spain and involves a horse and rider SEARCH: Flamenco

prancing and moving around a dancer on the ground. The dance emphasizes the complex training of the horse. Because of Pilates, Lindsey felt more centered in her riding and dancing, her movements more balanced. — Bridget Morrissey

If you’re bigger on the bottom… Draw the eye up by making your legs appear leaner and longer. Try finding a one-piece or bikini with higher-cut bottoms. (Not as drastic as the notorious red Baywatch suits, but you get the gist.) You don’t want to draw attention to the largest part of your body with a suit that hits too low or at the wrong spot. Also, for a simpler fix, stick to a solid bottom in a darker shade and wear a colorful print up top. — Alissa Hicks


SEARCH: Tybee Island

By Torie Temple


Tybee Island was the perfect spot for my family to enjoy both the beach and the exciting city of Savannah. Tybee offers true island living; the beach is within walking distance of any house or hotel. We rented our six-bedroom house, Tybee Estates, from Oceanfront Cottage Rentals. All 10 of us fit in comfortably, and the pool was an added bonus.




e may not have seen any ghosts or found any skeletons, but Savannah and Tybee Island didn’t disappoint,” says writer Torie Temple. “We did get to experience rich Southern history, the traditional blowing of cargo ships’ horns, the filming of the new Baywatch movie on the beach, and an alligator who attempted to cross the road. Our trip to Savannah will always be a hauntingly admired memory.”

Today's Woman July 2016  

In preparation for the Summer Olympics in August, we want to help you devise a plan for being a winner in the olympics of life. In this issu...

Today's Woman July 2016  

In preparation for the Summer Olympics in August, we want to help you devise a plan for being a winner in the olympics of life. In this issu...