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23 THINGS THAT WILL

MAKE YOU SMILE

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She Loves Monday Mornings p. 8

TRANSFORM

YOUR HOME OR WORK SPACE p. 12

Leslie Lewis Sheets gives you a plan

VOTE FOR YOUR MOST ADMIRED WOMAN P. 14

Simplicity Keeps Her Balanced p. 10 Hope Gardiner’s Wild Ride p. 40

AIMEE ZARING KICKS IT! p.15

SAY HELLO TO SPRING p. 16

Make this your go-to veggie p. 38

Katie Nord Blackman is living the sweet life p.50

I Wish I Had Her Style! p. 28

HAVE A DRINK OF

AVOCADO p. 38

IS JEALOUSY TAKING YOU OVER? p. 44

GET THE GREEN PARTY STARTED p. 46

{3 { WAYS TO GET UNSTUCK p. 48

GO GREEN!

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SEE GREEN

ith the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time for you to find new ways of refreshing your outlook — from the foods you eat to the clothes you wear. For this month’s issue, we’re showing you how to use the color green as your launching pad for making some worthwhile changes in your life. Here are some good things a little greenness can give you:

• ENERGY AND GOOD HEALTH: You can’t be your best if you’re not taking care of yourself. See Melissa Donald’s top five leafy greens you should be eating. (p.36)

• CALMNESS: Interior designer Liz Toombs tells you which shade of

green you can use on your bedroom or bathroom walls for a soothing environment. (p.18)

• ENVY: Envy, in moderation, can be the motivator that makes you better

at whatever you do — even your fashion coordination. Get tips on how you can pull together an eye-catching outfit from women who know style.

(p.28)

• THE FREEDOM TO PURSUE NEW IDEAS: Whitney Bishop helps you move three steps closer toward meeting your goals. (p.48)

• HARMONY: If you struggle with jealousy, take our quiz for some clarity on controlling your emotions. (p.44)

• TEEDUB: Teedub is hiding somewhere in the magazine — and she’s

dressed in green. If you find her, you’ll automatically be entered into our drawing for the chance to win a $100 gift card from Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Surround yourself with green and watch the good luck bloom around you.

ON OUR COVER

Tomiko Coates embraces laid-back and easy fashion. Read more about her style secrets on page 30.

MAKEUP: Denise Cardwell, Blades Salon & Spa PHOTO: Melissa Donald STYLING: Alissa Hicks See clothing details on page 30.

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WHAT WORKS

She’s a Morning Person by LUCY M. PRITCHETT / photos by MELISSA DONALD What Works for Leigh Pittman, VP director Global Program Delivery and Strategic IT Sourcing, BrownForman HOMETOWN: Louisville NEIGHBORHOOD: East End HOUSEHOLD: Husband Bob Wray

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eigh Pittman loves her mornings. In fact, Monday mornings are her favorites. So much to look forward to, she says. So, it is no surprise that what works for Leigh is to start her day with caffeine, an inspirational message, and a moisturizer that lasts till evening. HER CAFFEINE “Not only do I love Starbucks coffee, I love the positive energy of the coffee shop. I love the music. Entering the shop is like getting a hug. I get my day going around 7am with a Starbucks skinny vanilla latte. I order the large coffee as it lasts me through mid-morning. Sometimes I take away a couple of their petite scones, which are just the right size for a snack. I often sample the seasonal drinks — pumpkin spice, peppermint mocha, caramel brulée, or gingerbread. When I am out of town, I seek out Starbucks. The employees are such nice people. They must interview for ‘Nice.’” HER INSPIRATION “Joel Osteen is a positive minister whose messages start my day and give me energy. In the morning after I shower and am putting on my makeup, I listen to his daily message on my phone app. He starts every message with a joke, which means that even though the joke might be a bit corny, I am starting my day with a laugh. He is motivational and grounded in today’s world. I get a positive message, my values are reinforced, and I hear practical suggestions for dealing with day-to-day activities.” HER SKIN SECRET “I have used many different brands of skin products, but I have been using this Merle Norman AntiAging Night Cream for over a year, and it does a great job of hydrating my skin. I have even noticed that sun spots seem lighter. I use the cream morning and night, not only on my face and neck, but on my hands as well. When I travel, I am often on a plane for eight hours, yet when I arrive, my skin looks moist and I look rested. Its hydration lasts all day.”

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Minimalist with Maximum Talent By LUCY M. PRITCHETT Photo by MELISSA DONALD

KAREN BOONE, 54, artist and graphic designer, winner of the Kentucky Derby Festival 2015 artwork design for the KDF’s official poster, wearables, glassware, etc. Hometown: Louisville Neighborhood: Audubon Park Household: Son, Ian Timothy, 20, who currently attends California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California Website: karenboone.com

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Artist Karen Boone can tell you right away that a decision she made before graduating from college proved to be a turning point in her life. “My design professor at UofL, Dan Boyarski, suggested I go to graduate school at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland,” she says. “I did and lived there in a Bauhaus-style home for two years and walked or rode my bike to school. Then I completed an internship in Amsterdam. “Living in those minimalist cultures had a great influence on me. It set me on the road to big living experiences. I traveled and worked in three major cities: New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo. I learned to live with less stuff and to collect experiences rather than things. Dan was also someone who instilled in me a simplicity for design and composition, and that has translated to how I live my life.” Karen says her home, which also is the site of her graphic design and art studio, has been called monastic by friends. “I have a few tiny travel souvenirs and some family items, but I don’t need to fill my space with a hundred things.” Her simple lifestyle has evolved and influenced all parts of her life. She has been a vegetarian for 30 years and intentionally chooses to have a home studio for her business so she doesn’t have to commute to work. She has developed a practice of tai chi and yoga. She uses a push mower on her lawn. Natural soaps can be found in her bathroom and bamboo sheets on her bed. She uses vinegar, baking soda, or non-toxic cleaning products by Method and prefers essential oils and coconut oil as moisturizers. This deliberate, thoughtful lifestyle, she says, has led her painting practices to take a turn for the green as well. “Four or five years ago I began using Amish milk paint made of lime, milk, and colored with earth pigments,” she says. “I tried making my own from berries or coffee, but it was very time-consuming, and I had trouble keeping the colors fixed. Now I use organic walnut oil and mix it with dry pigments I order online. I am creating the paints the old-school way, and it gives me time TODAY’S WOMAN to think. It is meditative and relaxing.”


Survival Skills of Leslie Lewis Sheets

By MARIE BRADBY / Photos by MELISSA DONALD

“W

hen your space is well-organized and looks great, your life works,” says interior designer Leslie Lewis Sheets. “It makes it easy to get out the door to go on with life and easier to have people in and entertain.” Leslie speaks with a voice of experience. She has been designing comfortable homes and stylish business spaces for 29 years and owns her own commercial and residential design firm in Jeffersonville. Also, she advises, don’t overlook the importance of good design for your business. “Your office represents your business,” Leslie says. “It’s your walk-in website. People have confidence in you if you have a fantastic website and a great office to back it up. A well-designed business space is also great for morale for the staff. If people are in a place where they like to work, they will take better care of their areas.” Leslie decided on her career path when she was in the sixth grade after meeting the interior designer of the new house her family was building. “She was a super neat, cool woman. I liked going to the construction site. I said, ‘If that’s a job, that’s what I want to do,’” says Leslie, who holds a degree in interior and environmental design from Ball State University in Indiana. After college, she worked at a design firm in West Palm Beach, Florida. “We had wealthy clients — a lot of people with second or third homes,” she says. Leslie returned to the Louisville area in 1989 to get married, and after some freelance work at Hubbuch & Co. and co-owning a business, she opened Leslie Lewis and Associates Interior Design in 2004. Her personal style: “Just something comfortable, welcoming, easy to live in, eclectic. Something that speaks about myself and my family.”

Leslie’s design rules for a beautiful home or office:

2. Find a photo

1. Make the best of

3. Let your space

what you have. Everything doesn’t have to be tossed out. You would never throw out everything in your closet — you might get a new jacket to go with a pair of slacks. We all have budgets we have to work with.

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of a space you want to emulate. Save magazine ideas and images from websites. Showing us an image of something you like speaks volumes. speak about who you are and what you do and enjoy. Your home should represent you and your family. Your office should represent you and your brand. Your marketing materials should look good in

Leslie Lewis Sheets, owner, Leslie Lewis and Associates Interior Design commercial and residential interior design studio

the space where they are displayed.

4. Everything should

have its place. Use colors that make you look and feel good, just like when you choose clothing and makeup. For instance, I have blonde hair and blue eyes. If my space is in blues and creams and neutrals, I’m going to come to life.

5. Create a lounge within your living room. Add a table with chairs around it or a banquette — a

place to “be” within your living room, but a place to also use your laptop. In your lobby or office, create a lounge where staff and clients can complete paperwork or work on a laptop or tablet. Provide surfaces so people aren’t always doing work on their laps. Let the outside in. The view from your windows can be your artwork.

6.

Layer three different light levels. Start with

ambient or general lighting to provide overall light for a whole space. Add task lighting to illuminate a particular area or function such as countertops. Finally, bring in accent lighting to highlight particular objects such as artwork. Use three-way bulbs in lamps when possible. Layering provides not only a rich look, but offers options for entertaining, reading, packing, and cleaning.

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ADMIRED woman 2015

It’s your turn to vote for the women you admire in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area. These women were nominated for the 13th Today’s Woman Most Admired Woman Award by the editorial staff of Today’s Woman. ONLINE VOTING

DEADLINE: MARCH 31, NOON

Vote online for one person in each category once per day per email address at TodaysWomanNow.com or mail (postmarked by March 31) your votes to Today’s Woman, 9750 Ormsby Station Road, Suite 307, Louisville, KY 40223.

ARTS ❒ MARSHA BORNSTEIN Jewish Film Festival

❒ BRIGID MULDOON Frazier History Museum

❒ SALLY NEWKIRK

COMMUNITY/ NONPROFITS

❒ S  ISTER REGINA BEVELAQUA

Mary Byron Foundation

❒ ALICE BRIDGES

Metropolitan Housing Coalition

❒ DR. TONI M. GANZEL

❒ PAT BYRON

❒ CATHY HINKO

21c Museum Hotels

❒ DANA HUBER

Solid Light

❒ CYNTHIA KNAPEK

Fiber Artist

❒ KAREN MORRISON

❒ CYNTHIA TORP ❒ JOANNE WEIS

ATHLETES/FITNESS ❒ D  ONNA BARTON BROTHERS

One Southern Indiana Leadership Louisvile Gilda’s Club

CORPORATE

Kosair Children’s Hospital

❒ KATHY MERSHON The Mershon Company

❒ DR. JANET SMITH

Cardiovascular Associates

❒ PATRICIA HENRY

❒ PENNY LOVE

❒ HARRIET LAIR

❒ CHRISTINE HERRING

❒ KASEY MAIER

❒ TRISH OSBORN

❒ SANDY METTS

❒ DIANE KELTON

❒ MARITA WILLIS

❒ NATALIE OFFICER

EDUCATION

❒ KATHY OLLIGES

❒ DEBBIE BLAIR

MEDIA

❒ JAN GORDON

❒ TRACY BLUE

❒ DR. DONNA HARGENS

❒ VALERIE CHINN

❒ DR. RIFFAT HASSAN

❒ SHANNON COGAN

The Training Studio

❒ DR. STACIE GROSSFELD

Baptist Health Sports Medicine University of Louisville Athletic Department

Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center

❒ ANNIE LOCKE Pure Barre

BEAUTY/FASHION ❒ TERRI BURT The Nitty Gritty

❒ AMANDA GIBSON Dress and Dwell

❒ REBECCA KIMURA

Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique

❒ JESSICA MORELAND

Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment

LG&E and KU

Kindred Healthcare Fifth Third Bank

American Founders Bank Community Ventures

SPONSORED BY MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER

West End School

Spencerian College

Jefferson Co. Public Schools

University of Louisville College of Arts & Sciences

❒ A  LEXANDRA S. THURSTONE

Address:_____________________________

BUSINESS OWNERS

FOOD/ENTERTAINMENT

LeBliss Salon & Spa Tracy Varga Group

SPONSORED BY VEIN TREATMENT CENTER

Phone number: _____________________

❒ BONITA K. BLACK

Email address:_______________________

❒ TONYA YORK DEES

Comments about why you voted the way you did or any write-in votes: ____________________________________

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❒ CIS GRUEBBEL, R.N. MSN

❒ INGRID HERNANDEZ

❒ CINDY GEER

❒ MARY GWEN WHEELER

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University of Louisville School of Medicine

❒ LAURA DOUGLAS

Retired Jockey

❒ TRACY VARGA

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KentuckyOne Health

HOME/HOME STYLE

Humana

❒ KERI STENGEL

Zip:_________________________________

St. Mary’s Center

❒ BETH BIERBOWER

Name:_______________________________ City, State: __________________________

SPONSORED BY L&N FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

Community Volunteer

❒ MADELINE ABRAMSON

Carnegie Center for Art and History

❒ ALICE GRAY STITES

HEALTH/HEALTHCARE

St. Francis School/Goshen & downtown Louisville 55,000 Degrees

❒ LIZ DAHL

The Metts Company Realtors Natalie O Design Co. Dee’s

The Voice-Tribune WDRB

WAVE3

❒ MONICA HARDIN WLKY

❒ ERICA PETERSON WFPL

❒ KELSEY STARKS WHAS11

POLITICAL

The Oakroom at Seelbach Hilton

Cellar Door Chocolates

❒ J UDITH K. BARTHOLOMEW

Ladyfingers Fine Catering

❒ ROBYN BENDER

❒ DIANE FISCHER

❒ E  RICKA CHAVEZGRAZIANO

❒ VIDYA RAVICHANDRAN

❒ DEBORAH LOWERY

❒ EVELYN STRANGE

❒ COBY LEE MING

❒ LIZ WELSH

❒ MARY MOSELEY

Executive Communications

Botanica

❒ DENISE HARPER ANGEL

York Management

Advanced Electrical

Design * Build * Renovate

❒ KELLEY ABELL

❒ JULIE DeFRIEND

GlowTouch Technology

InGrid Design

Boomer Travel Patrol

Steptoe and Johnson

L&D Mailmasters

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Harvest Restaurant

The Galt House Hotel

Capitol Solutions, LLC.

Kentucky State Senator

Criminal Justice Commission Chair Assistant Deputy Attorney General

❒ B  ARBARA WEAKLEYJONES, MD. Jefferson County Coroner

❒ MARY LOU MARZIAN

Kentucky State Representative

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She Kicks It!

By CARRIE VITTITOE Photo by MELISSA DONALD

Aimee Zaring

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fter considerable reflection, Aimee Zaring decided she should listen to the little voice in her head that kept nudging her to write a book. Flavors From Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods was a nearly three-year effort that will be published this month. The combination of Aimee’s MFA degree in writing and experience as a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Catholic Charities and other agencies helped her successfully bring the book to life. “The book bridged my love of writing with my love of food and immigrant populations,” Aimee says. Although she plans to promote the book for at least a year, Aimee says she’ll remain openminded toward whatever doors open to her. She recently returned from a Spanish immersion school in Mexico and will be teaching a practicum course at Spalding University to help other ESOL teachers improve their instructional methods. aimeezaring.com

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Liz’s Five Ways to “Spring-Up” Your Home: 1. Rearrange your accessories. All winter, your bookshelves and tabletops have looked the same. It’s time to shake it up! Clear everything off and start again. Rework the items you have grouped together and where you place them. When you’re finished, your space will have a fresh look.

2. Dress your windows. Fabric window treatments are the perfect way to complete the look of your space. I will often use floor-to-ceiling panels in a living room, dining room, and bedroom, while using valances and cornices in kitchens and other casual spaces. If you don’t want to have treatments custom-made, there are great store-bought options. When buying treatments from a store, make sure they are lined so the sun doesn’t shine through the fabric.

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3. Update your throw pillows and blankets. I coach my clients to keep their upholstery fabric neutral and incorporate fun, colorful pillows that they can swap out as needed. Some retailers offer pillow covers, so all you have to do is slip your existing pillow into the sleeve and zip it up.

4. Paint. If your home hasn’t been painted in a while and you feel your colors no longer reflect you, it is time to paint. Spring is a great time for a project like this because you can open the windows to let fresh air in. Extra tip: 72 degrees is the ideal drying temperature for paint.

5. L iven up your curb appeal. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint. While you’re at it, why not pick a new color? This is also a good time to update your welcome mat and doorhanging. The entrance is the first impression guests have of your home…make it a good one! TODAY’S WOMAN


Let Spring Inside By ANITA OLDHAM / Photos by MELISSA DONALD

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y goal is to bust some of the myths of interior design,” says Liz Toombs. She proves that by working with clients on a wide range of projects — from spending $300 to accessorize a room, redoing a single room, or designing a cohesive entire home. In 2009, she opened her own business, Polka Dots & Rosebuds, a full-service residential and commercial interior design firm. Liz stresses how she likes to provide “affordable luxury” and will shop all levels of design offerings to find what a client desires. Today’s Woman visited one of Liz’s client’s homes to see some of her recent work. The homeowners wanted a “friendly, but not fussy” interior. Liz worked with much of the couple’s existing furniture, some of which she had helped purchase for a previous home. (Continued on page 16) (Left) This sun porch is in an ideal spot off the kitchen. The chairs were recovered in an indoor/ outdoor fabric to withstand the sun. Pillows were purchased locally to coordinate with the new chair fabric.

In the office, the black writing desk is actually a dining table purchased from Pier 1 Imports. The extra detail of the guitars adds fun and the homeowner decided to start taking guitar lessons on her 40 th birthday.

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Liz’s Three Ways To Bring the Green Inside: 1. Incorporate greenery. If you’re like me, you may not be blessed with a green thumb. But, when spring is finally here, I can’t help but bring the outside in. Cut a few hydrangea blooms off a bush in your garden or pick up tulip stems at the market. You will smile every time you walk by the display!

All the details of the rooms are carefully chosen and placed. The pieces hanging in the living room nooks are old photographs of Lexington. The sculptures are of ballerinas (the homeowner was a dancer). All furniture in this room was purchased new: The sofa is from Lexington Furniture and the chairs were bought at Macy’s for the owners’ previous home. “We wanted a nice, warm, neutral color for the sofa so it could work with many pieces as their tastes change,” Liz says. Liz likes to start the decor with a rug when possible. “The reason I start with the rug is so that we can pull colors and patterns for furniture that compliment it,” she says. “It is much more difficult to try to find a rug after everything else is in place.”

2. Orchids are another beautiful flower to use. Place these beauties in your favorite vase or a silver julep cup on your counter or coffee table. If you just aren’t into fresh flowers, buy a silk orchid plant. There are many good options that look like the real thing but require no maintenance.

3. Favorite shades of green paint: •C  ascade Green ~ Sherwin Williams 0066 (Soothing color for bedrooms and bathrooms) •K  ennebunkport Green ~ Benjamin Moore HC-123 (Rich color I used for my kitchen cabinets) •L  ime Rickey ~ Sherwin Williams 6717 (Bold shade that livens up kitchen walls and looks great against cream or ivory cabinetry.) The couple who bought this home each owned identical chairs that made a pair when they got married. (It seems like a good sign that the couple belonged together.) The wingback recliners were recovered with oversized houndstooth fabric.

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PROMOTIONAL

The Latest in HOME DECOR To learn more about current home decor trends, we’ve asked three experts what they are seeing in area homes.

PHOTO BY MELISSA DONALD

Outdoor Moves Indoors

Oversized retractable screens are a big trend and were a large seller for the company last year. Screens of Kentucky also sells retractable awnings for privacy and sun protection.

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More people are extending their homes to combine indoor/outdoor living, according to Marie Resch, owner of Screens of Kentucky. From their popular oversized retractable screens to their retractable doors, these products are a great way to create new living space that allows the fresh air in while keeping the bugs out. For instance, in a living room that has an entrance leading out to a patio or porch, you can add oversized screens to expand the living space and incorporate the outdoors into the indoor space. You can even add motorization to make it more convenient to use these screens with a remote.

Smaller ticket items, such as antique prints and antique boxes, are also trendy items being sold at the Antique Market At Distillery Commons.

Cleaner, Custom Draperies Simplicity, clean-cut lines, soft fabrics, and motorization are some of the trends you can expect in the window treatment business, according to Joyce Herde, sales representative, and Tyler Payne, owner of Spindletop Draperies. The company is finding that homeowners want a cleaner window treatment, keeping things soft and simple and reducing the amount of layering. The industry is also moving away from thinner hardware pieces and toward a thicker, chunkier look. Faux silk and medallion fabrics are also on their way out and are being replaced with linens and softer-looking fabrics. Motorized window treatments are a major new trend and operate with a remote or a smartphone app.

PHOTO BY MELISSA DONALD

At the Antique Market At Distillery Commons, Manager Don Crank is seeing more people investing in one or two high-quality, well-made furniture items. For instance, someone might purchase a well-made antique dresser or two to replace the large, inexpensive, lower-quality multi-piece bedroom set. He says people seem to be really thinking about living more simply and reducing the amount of things in their homes. The Antiques Market At Distillery Commons opened in 2014 and has high-quality antique booths set up in room arrangements. Both owner Alan Thompson and Crank notice there is particular interest in buying paintings, particularly portraits. “Painted portraits, especially those with any type of provenance and a Kentucky connection, are very sought-after here,” Crank says.

PHOTOS BY MELISSA DONALD

New Place to Find Antiques

Spindletop specializes in custom drapery and window coverings and helps customers find the best look for their windows. All of Spindletop’s items are custommanufactured, and their fabric pieces (draperies, pillows, tablecloths, and fabric headboards) are created in-house. TODAY’S WOMAN


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STYLE ENVY You’ve seen them: the women who seem to effortlessly pull together an outfit that makes you envious. Don’t you want to know their secrets?

By TIFFANY WHITE / Makeup: DENISE CARDWELL, BLADES SALON & SPA / Photos: MELISSA DONALD

STYLE SLEUTH Vicki Bell DAY JOB: retired fire fighter

WHERE SHE SHOPS: “I usually shop second-

hand stores like Goodwill and Sugarbakers. I love a treasure hunt for designer pieces, and if I see something funky or fun, I will splurge on those things and pair them with the classic stuff I have to bring those items up to date.” Von Maur is another favorite spot for Vicki because of their weekly discounts.

HER SHOPPING STRATEGY: “For secondhand clothing, I look at the quality of the material and size tag.The condition of the size tag tells me how often the item has been worn.”

HER GO-TO LIST: “Little silver hoop earrings, a classic watch, stylish, comfy stretch pants, a hat, a great soft sweater, nice tailored pants, and some sassy boots. I like to be different, so I am not always looking at the latest fashion.”

HER SIGNATURE STYLE IS... “Original, classic, sassy, and a little sexy.”

Vicki is wearing clothes that she chose from Dillard’s.

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STYLE ENVY

CURVY FASHIONISTA Lacy Keith DAY JOB: Stroke Outreach Coordinator for Norton Healthcare

WHERE SHE SHOPS: “I buy my work clothes from Macy’s and New York and Co. My jewelry comes from October Eve and Regalo. For shoes, I go to DSW or Dillard’s.” HER SHOPPING STRATEGY: Lacy shops

once for every season and gets some of her fashion inspiration from Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines. “I want something that is comfortable. I am a curvy girl so I want something that will accentuate my curves. I like A-line dresses, boot cut pants, straight-leg dress pants, blazers, and three-quarter-length sleeve blazers.”

HER GO-TO LIST: “A blazer, jeans from Gap or New York and Co., boots, and any sandal for the summer.” HER SIGNATURE STYLE IS… “I can go from digging in my garden with dirt on my hands to a gala at night with a fancy dress and heels and my hair and makeup. I am comfortable with or without makeup. I have accepted that this is what I look like and this is who I am and I make it happen.”

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STYLE ENVY

CLASSIC STAPLES Tomiko Coates DAY JOB: Communications

Specialist II, Louisville Metro Police Department

WHERE SHE SHOPS: “I shop at Express, Old Navy, and sometimes The Limited.” HER SHOPPING STRATEGY:

“I try to find things that are versatile.” Tomiko looks for clothing that can be can be worn in any situation — whether for casual outings, evening events, or the office.

HER GO-TO LIST: “My staples are crisp, white shirts and black slacks. Pencil skirts make me walk taller, and I feel more professional when wearing them. I like a good pair of heels,” which she finds often at Kohl’s or Macy’s. HER SIGNATURE STYLE IS…

Laid back and casual.

Tomiko is wearing clothes she chose from Macy’s.

MIX MASTER Julie Dorsey DAY JOB: Director of Clinical Effectiveness

and Analysis at Norton healthcare

EXTRA JOB: “mom” for the Derby Festival

Royal Court, offering them advice, as she was a former Mrs. Kentucky

WHERE SHE SHOPS: “I shop at Cabi, Olivia & Co.,

Macy’s, and Dillard’s. I like shopping in consignment stores, and I love finding stuff in kids’ clothing stores. There was a sweater at the Justice clothing store that I was able to buy in a larger size to fit me. I put a blazer on over it and paired with jeans and hoop earrings.”

HER SHOPPING STRATEGY: After she has worn an ensemble outfit for the first time, she separates the items when she places them in the closet. The technique, Julie says, prompts her to mix and match those pieces with other clothing she has. She adds, “I think about what the outfit is for and as a result, I try to find pieces that are transitional from day to night. If I get a blinged out sweater, I will pair it with a scarf to tone it down.” HER GO-TO LIST: “Blinged necklace, fun

earrings, solid colored sheath dresses, and blazers. I love having jackets that have fun collars, zippers, or interesting necklines.

HER SIGNATURE STYLE IS… “Edgy classic

with a hint of glam.”

Julie is wearing clothes she chose from the Cabi collection.

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ou can find the freshest greens in the area grown inside a greenhouse in Southern Indiana no matter how cold the temperature is outside. Grateful Greens, run by chef Greg Graft, supplies hydroponic edibles to restaurants in the area, including 20 different varieties of lettuce, 12 different herbs, wheatgrass (great for juicing), sprouts, and a small variety of edible flowers. The public can also stop by and buy these fresh ingredients.

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WATERCRESS has a strong, peppery flavor and is a versatile green that is a nice spicy addition to soups, salads, sandwiches, and dips. This little, crisp plant is rich in Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and antioxidants, while low in calories and fat-free.

Tender and mildly tangy, RED OAK LETTUCE can be used in salads, sandwiches, and makes a nice bed for fruits, whole-roasted chicken, and various meat, egg, potato, and pasta salads. It is also a pretty and flavorful stuffing for pita sandwiches and makes a nice blend in a multi-lettuce salad. Low in calories and fat-free. Provides Vitamin C and A along with folate and some iron. TODAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TODAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WOMAN WOMAN


GREENS

As a relation to the onion family, CHIVES add a nice, subtle onion flavor to soups, salads, fish, and potatoes. This little herb also acts as a natural insect repellent, blends well with other herbs, and is often used as a salt substitute. Low in calories and fat, it provides some Vitamins A and C.

BIBB LETTUCE is crisp, tender, mild in flavor, and widely used. Use the larger leaves as a roll-up for chicken salad or an edible bowl for potato or pasta salad. Makes a great salad on its own or mixed with other greens. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virtually fat-free and low in calories and high in Vitamin A with some Vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

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SPICY MIX is a Grateful Green proprietary blend of arugula, red and green mustard, Mizuna and Tatsoi (both asian mustards). Slightly spicy and peppery in flavor, this mix is a nice tangy addition to a salad or sandwich. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low in calories and fat, but high in Vitamins A and C with some iron and calcium.

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Best Bite Refreshing, smooth, and creamy! Vietnam Kitchen’s avocado milkshake is a must-have when visiting this popular Iroquois-area restaurant. It’s light and mild in flavor with a hint of sweetness.

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Growing Greens This Green Goddess is Living Her Organic Dream By MEGAN SECKMAN / Photos by MELISSA DONALD

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rom her eyes to her passion for sustainability, it seems that everything about Hope Gardiner is green. When I visited her farm on a blustery January afternoon, she was waiting in her green suede coat and cowboy boots, surrounded by plans for this spring’s crops, a frisky cat, and in the background, a bleating baby goat. With a name like “Hope Gardiner,” her destiny had to be tied up somewhere on the farm, surrounded by life. Hope was a city girl whose grandparents had a farm. Later, she would pursue a horticulture degree from Western Kentucky University, then work for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. But it wasn’t until she met her husband, Matthew Boone, and began working for his 116-year-old local landscape design and retail business, BooneGardiner Garden Center, that she became a grassroots farmer, apiarian (beekeeper), and proprietor of a small menagerie of lost-and-found animals. “It’s been a wild ride,” says Hope, who also has two children, Crain, 8, and Lily, 6. “We moved from east Louisville to Oldham County — sold our house after three days on the market, completed renovations, and moved into our new home in 30 days. You can do anything when you set your mind to it. “First we adopted goats that Louisville’s Waldorf School raised and bottle-fed during the school year and needed to find homes for during the summer. So they moved with us to our new location, along with a few

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chickens. Then my son wanted a pig, and that started the downhill slide,” she says with a laugh. Shortly after, Hope acquired a guinea pig, a peacock, alpacas, rabbits, a wild turkey, and a pair of homeless potbelly pigs picked up by the Oldham County Animal Control. “I must have ‘crazy’ written on my forehead because whenever someone needs a home for an animal, they call me,” she says. “Actually, I reuse everything — even unwanted animals.” She’s also recently added a horse, sheep, and miniature donkeys given to her by friends and neighbors for her certified petting zoo. At Boone-Gardiner, Hope, 45, now runs a community supported agriculture (CSA) network from May to October where she provides customers with self-selected boxes of farm-raised produce, as well as landscape design services and retail. She raises bees for honey; sells chicken and duck eggs; farms pigs for USDA pork products; makes goat milk, cheese, and soaps; sheers her alpaca wool, which is spun into yarn; and runs the petting zoo, summer camps, and birthday parties on her small farm. This is a green goddess living her organic dream. “I love running the petting zoo — seeing the fear in a child’s eye when you ask them if they want to milk a goat, then watching that fear turn to amazement when they realize they are capable,” Hope says. “I thought I’d never milk a goat, but now I make soap and cheese from their milk, all learned by finding mentors and trial-and-error. The farm teaches you that anything is possible.” Hope’s property, just like her animal assemblage, is full of clever upcycling and reuse, and this is her number one morsel of advice for aspiring backyard gardeners or landscapers: “Look at the items you already have and find new uses. When we moved here, the land was full of nonfunctional greenhouse structures. At first we were at a loss of what to do with all the wasted space, but I made them into pens for the animals and frames for my raised beds. Now, what I thought was a waste of space is fully functional and nice to look at. My chicken coop is made from an old fence we took down from a job site, and we paved a path with old concrete from broken tables. I use sour mash from the local distillery and scraps from a local restaurant to feed my pigs.” Hope also advises aspiring gardeners to follow her “anything is possible with the art of reuse” philosophy. Her wisdom for starting a project is to first study the property and know your growing conditions. “Know your light, your soil drainage, and know what you already have and work around that. Don’t just pick out what you think is beautiful. Be practical about what you need and what will thrive.” Anything can be beautiful, she continues, such as a micro

garden of mixed lettuces, swiss chard, and kale varieties in a reused or new container that is intentionally displayed. “You can grow many varieties of lettuces, peppers, tomatoes, even certain varieties of carrots and beans in containers,” she says. “They are easy, functional, and beautiful.” As for what to do in late March and April, Hope says this is a great time to plan your garden (i.e., raised beds versus containers) and to start seeds in a windowsill. “Watching the seeds grow daily from your home in a recycled egg carton is a great activity to get the kids invested in the garden,” she says. “They’re more likely to eat them, after all, if they take pride in them.” She also suggests taking risks with new vegetables. Last year her CSA successfully harvested artichokes, a biennial plant she had little experience with. Hope loves the work she does and the life she leads living off and in harmony with the earth. “I appreciate the beauty of a garden,” she says. “Even when it doesn’t work, it’s still a great story to tell, a beautiful experience. I just want to add, and help others add, more beauty to this world.”

MARCH TO-DO GARDEN CHORES Here's Hope's list to get your garden started.

3 As soon as you can work your vegetable garden, plant cool-season vegetables like peas, lettuce, broccoli, and spinach.

3 Come back two weeks later and plant more coolseason vegetables to extend your harvest.

3 Start seeds indoors for summer flowers like Zinnias and Marigolds, and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, squash, and watermelons.

3 Plant roots of perennial vegetables like rhubarb, asparagus, and horseradish.

3 Spray your fruit trees with dormant oils. 3 Cut back perennial, Liriope, and ornamental grasses. 3 Divide perennials after you see between 2-4 inches of new growth.

3 Add 2-3 inches of mulch to beds to get a jump ahead of spring weeds.

3 Clean and sharpen your garden tools to have them

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xperiment with different shades and get tips on the proper way to apply your polish from Alisha Beeler, nail technician at Serenity, the Spa in Anchorage.

By TIFFANY WHITE / Photos: MELISSA DONALD / Model: ALISON CARDOZA is wearing TO THE FINISH LIME by OPI.

Start by gathering your supplies. Beeler suggests you have a nail file for shaping your nails, a buffer to smooth the nail surface and to get rid of particles, a base coat, and a top coat. The base and top coats help the polish stay on longer. You also need alcohol for cleansing the nail bed. “Bondaid from OPI is a pH-balancing agent you apply to the natural nail plate before applying the base coat,” Beeler says. “This sucks the oils out of the nail bed and prepares the nail plate for color.”

Step-By-Step

1. Before applying nail polish, wipe the nail using a

cotton ball dipped in either alcohol or nail polish remover to remove oil from the nails. If any cuticle remover, lotion, or cuticle oil is on the nails, the nail polish will peel off quickly.

2. Apply a base coat. If you would prefer to not buy a

base coat, nail polishes such as Vinylux integrate the base coat into the polish.

3. Apply two very thin coats of color. Applying

heavier coats prevents the polish from drying properly, Beeler says.

4. Wait at least 1 to 2 minutes before applying

a top coat. “You want each layer of nail polish to dry completely before adding another layer of polish,” Beeler says.

Beeler says bright colors such as green, coral, and hot pink are the top picks in addition to pale

pink, taupe, light gray, and nude shades. If you

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have fair skin, Beeler suggests wearing bright

or dark tones. Those with olive and darker skin

tones can wear any color. When choosing the type of

nail color you’ll wear, Beeler says you should think about what will work best with your outfits and coordinate your color with the seasons. For a playful accent, you can wear a nude

color on all your nails but choose a silver, sparkly color for both of your ring fingers. However, she says older women should wear a lighter color such as mauve or a French manicure.

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The polish Beeler used on Alison is from OPI Infinite Shine, which is a new line that gives the appearance of a gel manicure without the need for heated lamps, drying drops, or fans. Unlike gel polish, you don’t need to soak it off, and it dries to a glass finish in 8 to 10 minutes. Currently, the product is sold in salons only.

Your Nail Situation If you work with your hands constantly:

“Always try to wear gloves while working and use good cuticle oil to keep them hydrated.”

If you are a nail biter:

“Keep your nails polished and use cuticle oil. When nails are done, people generally don’t pick at them or bite them as much.”

If you have brittle nails:

“Take off your nail polish every two weeks, apply cuticle oil to the nail bed, then buff the oil into the nail bed using a shine buffer. The cuticle oil hydrates the nail bed and smooths out the surface. You will not have all of the dry spots and brittleness of the nail, which makes the nail polish look better.”

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WellnessWatch

By TORIE TEMPLE

How Jealous Are You? I

nvited or not, the green-eyed monster of jealousy can make an appearance anytime, ripping up marriages and friendships. Don’t let jealousy destroy your relationships. Take this quiz to find out how jealous you are and get expert advice on how to keep the monster of envy at bay. 1. Your significant other makes a quick trip to the store, leaving his phone behind. You…

3. Y our partner is an hour late coming home from work. Before an explanation, you…

a. Take it as a sign telling you to snoop through the phone. b. Put the phone in another room so you won’t be tempted. c. Leave the phone where it is — you believe in respecting privacy.

a. Assume an affair and start looking for incriminating evidence. b. Ask how his day went or if the traffic was heavy. c. Are just glad that he/she is home safe.

2. Your best friend just got engaged. As she shows off her large diamond, you… a. Make a mental note to ask your husband why he is so cheap and start listing cons for her fiancé. b. Congratulate her but worry your friendship will suffer. c. Scream with excitement and immediately start planning the wedding.

4. A  friend at work recently got a promotion. You… a. Write an email to human resources asking how someone underqualified got the promotion. b. Want to feel excited for your friend, but feel scared that you will no longer be a priority. c. Plan to go out and toast your friend’s success. 5. Y our spouse went to lunch with a good friend who happens to be an ex. You… a. Throw your spouse’s things out on the front lawn and change the locks. b. Call your spouse at least twice during the lunch to check up on things. c. Hope your spouse enjoys lunch. It is always nice catching up with friends.

Mostly A’s HIGH JEALOUSY Jealousy is a prominent factor in your life. Changing your way of thinking and building self-confidence could be the key to keep jealousy out of your relationships. ”Start by changing your thoughts about the situation and build a better sense of worth,” says Laura Drew, licensed clinical social worker at Breckenridge Counseling Center. “There has been a lot of research that says shame could be at the root of unworthiness and not feeling good about yourself — it is a belief that you’re not good enough. Build self-confidence by taking authority on your life, change what you are feeling insecure about, and plan the life you want to live.” Mostly B’s MODERATE JEALOUSY You’re doing great at restraining the green-eyed monster, but you can’t get him completely out of your head. This could still cause problems within your relationships. “When you begin to compare yourself to another, you are losing power,” says Della Wilbers, life coach at New Path Life Coaching. “Much like a plug in an outlet that is slowly tugged from its connection, it eventually becomes completely unplugged.” Wilber suggests not allowing yourself to move further into a state of negativity and giving attention to creating what you want in your own life. Instead of being envious, be inventive and create a life in which you are confident. Mosty C’s LOW JEALOUSY Even though you may not consider yourself a jealous person, jealousy may pop up at some point during a relationship. The best way to handle these feelings is to be prepared and recognize what you are feeling. “Jealousy is a universal human experience that often shows up in the form of anger,” Drew says. “When you have these feelings, be sure to create some space between the feeling and the way you react to the situation — think it out first.” SOURCES: Laura Drew, LCSW Breckenridge Counseling Center, 502.451.6887 Della Wilbers, Life Coach at New Path Life Coaching, 502.552.3776

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Green Party By LAUREN DAHL Photos by MELISSA DONALD

A Party Purely Inspired By Color

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eople obsess about all kinds of things. For me, it’s color. I wish I were lying when I say it has kept me up at night many times. How ridiculous is that? Maybe it’s not necessary to obsess, but color is something we should truly embrace. You can even plan a party around a color. A fail-proof way to create a beautiful party is to work within a monochromatic color palette, meaning tints and shades of a single color. For this green party, colors varied from light green to dark green, bluish green to yellow-green. You get it. This monochromatic approach to party decor allows the textures and table styling to stand out.

FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS by Louisville Florist, Don’t Forget The Flowers

VINTAGE FLOUR SIFTERS Found at Louisville Vintage

MINT CHOCOLATE MACAROONS by Paige Rhodes, My Modern Cookery


Fresh flowers and foliage within a green color palette bring a ton of texture to the space. Louisville florist Kristin Kidwell of Don’t Forget The Flowers created an arrangement using alstroemeria, silver brunia, and Queen Anne’s lace. kidwell.kristin@gmail.com

MINT CHOCOLATE MACAROONS Makes about 20 macaroons

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup powdered sugar 3/4 cup almond flour 2 egg whites 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp of green gel food coloring 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 1/4 cup heavy cream 2 teaspoons unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon mint extract TO MAKE THE COOKIES Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. To make the cookies more uniform, draw about 12 11/2-inch circles in rows on parchment paper, about 1 inch apart. Use this as your master guide, putting it underneath the parchment that you pipe the cookies on, then slide it out after the parchment is full. Process powdered sugar and almond flour in a food processor until finely ground. Sift the mixture through a sieve. If there are more than 2 tablespoons of large chunks left in the sieve, grind them and sift again. Set the mixture aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites at medium speed until frothy. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Increase the speed to high and beat until very stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Sift the almond flour mixture over the egg whites. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the almond flour mixture into the egg whites until the ingredients are just combined. Add a drop or two of food coloring to tint the batter. Continue to fold the mixture until it has loosened and falls in a ribbon from the spatula. Fit a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch round tip and fill the bag with the batter. Using the template as a guide, pipe circles onto the parchment papers.

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To emphasize your desired color, include tiny pops of the opposite color. On the color wheel, the opposite of green is red. So in my vignette, I have included a few pink details (pink being a tint of the color red) to further enhance the green. Wow, it’s kind of like you are in eighth grade art class again, right? How fun!

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Tap the bottom of each sheet on the work surface to release trapped air bubbles. If any of your cookies have points on them after piping, gently use your finger to smooth them. Let the cookies stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. This allows the cookies to develop their crusts.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake the macaroons for 10-12 minutes until set but not browned. Ovens vary, so keep an eye on them after about 8 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the macaroons cool completely on the pans. TO MAKE THE GANACHE In a medium sized pot, heat the cream until just steaming, but not boiling. Turn off the heat and add the chocolate and butter. Shake the pot to make sure all the chocolate is submerged in the hot cream and allow to sit for about 3 minutes. Add the mint extract or liqueur and gently stir the ganache until it is completely smooth. Remove to a shallow container and allow to cool to room temperature. TO ASSEMBLE THE MACAROONS Once cookies have cooled, gently lift half of them from the parchment paper and turn them upside down.

Spoon or pipe a teaspoon of ganache onto each of the upside-down cookies. Top with the remaining cookies. Leftovers can be refrigerated for a week or frozen for a month.

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Food is a no-brainer way to bring in color, such as green cocktails placed in modern shot glasses, or these mint chocolate macaroons created by Paige Rhodes from My Modern Cookery. Mymoderncookery.com


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Reach Your Next Goal By MARY ELLEN BIANCO

Life Coach Whitney Bishop’s slogan is, “Make a difference in your world. Make a difference in their world. Make a difference in the world.”

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hitney Bishop, founder of Move Forward Consulting, unveiled her program Make 3 Changes in 2014 to help clients set goals to move forward. “(The program) gives me freedom, which is one of my core values and what lights me up the most,” the Louisville native says. Whitney works with entrepreneurs, organizations, and nonprofits during times of change or challenge, moving clients forward to a place of possibility and opportunity. Her process helps to change habits and ways of thinking:

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Step 1: Think clearly about success in order to reach that goal. The magic question is, “What would it look like if it worked?” Step 2: Identify where you are now in relation to that goal. Get clear, honest, and brave about that goal. Step 3: Make a list to help you move forward. It could be time, support, earning more money, quitting your job, or working out. Leave it wide open for answers. Setting goals holds clients accountable. “I want what is best for them,” she says. If you are going through a transition, Whitney suggests spending time with positive people. “Not everyone has a support system. It keeps a lot of people stuck.” Whether it’s online, at church, or at a gym, Whitney says, “You need to find your tribe.” Occasionally it’s necessary to move past someone in your life. “I do volunteer work with women in poverty,” Whitney says. “When they’re successful, they sometimes can’t bring people with them.” The mother of two adult children, Whitney says she and her family are on a journey to be their best. “They’re watching me create the life that I’ve always wanted,“ she says. Whitney’s online group program launches on March 3. Check out more at make3changes.com.

“My husband is an alcoholic. I’ve lived with this for more than 12 years. He started off as a casual drinker, but the drinking gradually escalated into something uncontrollable. He works, but his performance has begun to suffer. I’m afraid he’s going to lose his job. We argue more than we do anything else. Sometimes he’s angry and frightening, and other times he’s docile. It is emotionally affecting our children. They’re embarrassed to bring friends over because they never know how he’s going to react. I’ve tried to encourage him to get help, but he refuses to admit he has a problem. I don’t want to lose everything we have built together, but if I leave, I cut it in half. There doesn’t seem to be a happy ending. What would you do if you were in my shoes?”

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By ALISSA HICKS Photo by MELISSA DONALD

NAME: Katie Nord Blackman AGE: 32 JOB: Owner/Creator of Tittles Cake Dots LIVES IN: Middletown area Katie Nord Blackman makes juggling life look easy — and delicious. Katie is the owner and creator of Tittles Cake Dots, where she creates immaculately decorated freshbaked cake bites dipped in chocolate. Katie is also a first-time mom of 6-month-old Evie. Katie, who has an art background, says her love of 3D art translated over into baking and cooking. “After college, I had to figure out how to cook for myself,” she says. “I watched a lot on Food Network. I’ve always liked making things and creating things with my hands, and the cake ball eventually came from that.” It’s been five years since Katie began making her cake balls and just about twoand-a-half years since she started making and delivering them fulltime. Her business is delivery-based. She describes it as the same concept as ordering flowers to be delivered to someone. You can see all her festive flavors on her website, tittlescakedots.com. In her spare time between cake making and her family, Katie loves to try new local restaurants. “There’s always something fun and trendy to try, and you can make a whole evening out of it.” She also loves experiencing new things with her daughter and is looking forward to upcoming adventures. “For Christmas, we got a zoo membership, so I’m excited to show her new things and see things through her eyes — exploring and going to parks and being able to go outside in the spring. Alfresco dining, too!”

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“I put mascara on and pack a snack.”

FASHION SHE IS WEARING: “I tend to buy a lot from Anthropologie and Madewell. I’d say I’m eclectic meets shabby chic! I usually have a messy top knot since my hair has to be out of my face for cooking.” BEAUTY PRODUCT SHE’S LOVING: “The Clarisonic and mascara! The Clarisonic is my number one favorite thing. Nothing feels better after a long day of baking than a really good face wash.”

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