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Setting Down Roots p.32 Take Risks p.16

Nominate a Way to Go Woman p.49 START VOLUNTEERING p.24


Those “Wow!” Celebrations p.50

Start a Journal p.8 Just Ask Joyce p.58 FIND YOUR PASSION p.26 Up Your Beauty Routine p.28

Find Your Sweet Spot p.18 GET A CLOSET MANTRA p.30 Ready to Renovate? p.42

Kate Latts’ Strategies for Managing Everything p.56

Make Cookies p.60 Living with Lupus p.58

Turn Your Bucket List into Reality p.10



Add this Trip to Your Bucket List p.22

Gain Style Wisdom p.30

Out to Change the World p.6

Pamper Your Skin p.28

A Perfect Bucket List for Your Kids p.54

Spend Christmas in Paris p.20 From the Paddock to the Starting Gate p.52 Prop Up YOUR

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PUBLISHER Cathy S. Zion EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anita Oldham EDITOR Tiffany White CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Lucy M. Pritchett Miranda G. Popp

on her bucket list Jordan UnderhillKing makes a quarterly date to clean out her closet and jot down pieces she needs (page 30).

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Get inspired by the 33 bucket lists in this issue — it makes me want to find room in my bucket for things that I never imagined.



t seems a bit romantic to imagine sitting down at a pretty table with a lovely journal and writing out your bucket-list dreams. However, I want to ask you to pause a minute and look into the proverbial bucket that is supposed to be holding your dreams. Is it already so full that you don’t have room to add your wishes? Sometimes we carry around things that keep us from filling up our

bucket with good things. The bucket can be held down with regrets, sorrows, and unforgiveness. It can be filled with distractions, dieting, and others’ needs. What is in your bucket? Are you just going through the motions of life? Is it time to empty your bucket of the negatives so you can fill it up with something positive? Dump out your bucket and start to dream. — Anita Oldham

ON THE COVER: Soha Saiyed is speaking out about the victimization of women and children in Kentucky and wants to show you how to stop it. Read her story (and her bucket list) on page 6.

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START A NEW MORNING ROUTINE By Brittani Dick Photo Sunni Wigginton


ourtney Newby is currently enrolled in her first year of pharmacy practice residency at Central State Hospital, an adult psychiatric hospital near Anchorage. Before leaving for work, she mixes an orange Spark energy packet into her water and drinks it on her morning commute. “It’s really easy and it tastes just like Tang, which was my favorite as a kid. It’s basically just a bunch of B vitamins and amino acids, but no caffeine,” she says.

on her bucket list

Courtney enjoys arriving to work early in the mornings before all of the hustle and bustle of everyday hospital life begins. Taking advantage of the early morning stillness, she steeps a hot cup of Aveda Comforting Tea, plugs in her headphones, and begins her day’s work. “The tea is black licorice flavored, which sounds horrible, but they have seriously created something from the gods with this one,” she says.

SEARCH: Courtney Newby

• Register as a bone marrow donor with the organization DKMS to help cure leukemia. • Be elected to hold office in a national pharmacy organization. • Use wooden hangers ~ I’m anxiously awaiting the day I can afford to put everything in my closet on identical wooden hangers.

Start a Journal By Brittani Dick Photo Sunni Wigginton

SEARCH: Whitney Adkins

Whitney Adkins, 32, is the director of marketing for StageOne Family Theatre on Main Street. To ensure her motor runs efficiently throughout the day, Whitney enjoys a warm, decadent Caramella latte from Heine Brothers before she heads into work. “I usually grab one from the Main Street location,” she says.

Latest purchase she’s praising:

If you’re a busy and active go-getter like Whitney, you’ve probably heard of the latest journaling trend – bullet journaling (or #bujo, as social media would tag it). It’s a journaling/list-making method that uses bullet points, basically taking quick notes and then marking those notes with simple symbols to easily categorize and track them. “I’ve gone all in on the bullet journaling trend,” she says. On her person at all times is her Moleskine journal and colored Stabilo pens.


“I’m a big fan of General Eccentric on Bardstown Road, where I find a lot of pieces you don’t see everywhere,” she says. Her go-to outfit is a pair of black leggings paired with a loose, flowy top, and her cozy L.L. Bean boots. MAY 2017 / TODAY’S WOMAN

on her bucket list • One of my top bucket list items is to learn how to swim and then go on a vacation that involves a water adventure. • Learn a new language ~ I’d love to learn a new language and then travel to a country where I can really put that new skill to use.



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hen I walked into DBS Interactive, a Louisville company specializing in web design and programming, to meet with CEO and Founder Cyndi Masters, I was greeted by both Cyndi and her dog Super Cooper Masters. This warm welcome set the tone for an engaging conversation about the ups and downs of business and life, as well as Cyndi’s unfailing efforts to live out her values in all she does. It sounds like a tall order, but Cyndi is up to the challenge. A survivor of a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident, a bout with cancer, and a back-breaking fall that led to spinal reconstruction, Cyndi twice had to learn to walk again. She has not just survived; Cyndi has thrived. How does she do it? Cyndi says she has pushed uphill all her life. “I’m the least qualified and least likely person to succeed, but I put one foot in front of the other, no matter what.” Cyndi founded DBS Interactive in 2000 with support from the Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund. Her struggles have helped her define what matters most in her life. “Even when I lost everything, I was still happy.” Cyndi believes in showing kindness first, and that value was never more evident than during the recent recession.

By Megan S. Willman Photo Melissa Donald

In order to keep DBS going, Cyndi could have laid off her employees, but instead she took a huge risk. Cyndi says, “I maxed out my credit, turned in my retirement, and mortgaged everything.” Today, DBS Interactive is a thriving and debt-free business. “I did what I felt I had to do.” Similarly, when Cyndi and Damian Pataluna co-founded Mighty Small Houses in 2013, they were drawn to do so out of a desire to provide durable housing to survivors of natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti. Cyndi explains, “The panels we use are flexible in a hurricane, strong enough for elephants to stand on, and light enough for anyone to put up.” Quality of life means everything to Cyndi, and she believes that we must all work together to achieve it. Problems ebb and flow, and we can lean on and learn from each other. Her values of love and kindness are at the core of the tips she offers:

Cyndi’s Tips for Success in Life

on her bucket list • Hike the El Camino • Sit with the great apes in Rwanda/Uganda • Build a “Mighty Small Home” in the mountains

1. “Make friends with your competitors. Collaborate and learn from each other. It will benefit your clients and will develop your own strengths.”

6. “Put checks and balances in place for everything. Mistakes can be made even trying to do the right thing. We have to have a safety net.”

2. “I believe giving it away always gets us more. Love is the answer, no matter the question. It’s impossible to give love without it amplifying.”

7. “Business is lonely. It’s hard to have complete transparency when things are rough. Find people you can trust.”

3. “Don’t lead with fear. When fear

stops motivating us, we realize there is an abundance for everyone.”

4. “Surround yourself with great people. My success is more a testament to them than to me.” 5. “Hire based on kindness. You can teach the skills needed for the job but not kindness.”

8. “It’s OK for me to be the first one to give. I always start with giving.” 9. “My business is not my identity. It’s a vehicle to help me make a difference, accomplish things, and help people.” 10. “Business is real life. I used to try to live my business, spiritual, and personal lives separately. We have to be our whole selves everywhere we are. It’s harder, but it makes life more meaningful.” SEARCH: Cyndi Masters

Cyndi at her DBS Interactive corporate office and her dog Super Cooper Masters.



Cyndi with a panel from her Mighty Small Homes business.



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By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Trina Whalin


e recently caught up with Liz Everman, our 2004 Most Admired Woman/Media, and we’re glad we did. Liz continues to report on Wednesday’s Child with WLKY News Channel 32 and is chair of Wednesday’s Child Incorporated, which helps recruit and provide support to adoptive families of older foster children, some with special needs. Liz estimates that some 4,000 children in Kentucky have been adopted as a result of Wednesday’s Child, which is in its 37th year. This energetic woman has taken on another enthusiasm. She recently received her certification in Applied Positive Psychology from The Flourishing Center in New York. “The idea is to help people build on their strengths, to broaden and build on what’s right with them instead of what’s wrong,” Liz says. “It encourages individuals to adopt practices that lead to living happy, engaged lives. There is a questionnaire that identifies one’s top 24 strengths and virtues. You take your top five or seven and build on them.” It won’t surprise you to know that two of Liz’s top five strengths are creativity and originality and the capacity to love and be loved. (Go to TodaysWomanNow. com and search for Liz Everman to take the test for yourself.) “I started out thinking I would take the course for myself and then realized I could use this to help the Wednesday’s Child kids. I plan on starting with a small group, those between 18 and 24 who are aging out of the foster care system. “I’m fascinated by the science of it. To become authentically who you are and not struggling to be something you aren’t.”

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Liz thought of many things that work for her in life, but she specifically mentioned 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living by Brené Brown. “I read these every morning and try to live my days based on these ideals. The words remind me that a purposeful life leads to authentic happiness.” SEARCH: Liz Everman

on her bucket list • Be more like my kids. Laugh as much as my daughter, cook as well as my son. • Develop a personal strength training program for unadopted, former foster children 18-24, to encourage them to flourish and transition successfully to independence. • Take a trip around the world using the specially priced plane ticket that gives you a year to do it.

Nominate a Way To Go Woman! (A woman under 40 who is doing great things.) See page 49 or go to



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took Carrie home for the holidays. The couple spent two short days in Paris on that vacation and decided they needed more. Carrie found London to be huge and expensive but Paris to be more affordable and compact. Beginning the research in March, Carrie and Pip monitored travel websites for dips in airfare and lodging prices. After researching the most affordable, centrallylocated neighborhood, they decided to stay at Hotel de Nice, an old hotel in a historic Jewish neighborhood. From the hotel, they were able to walk the entire city, sometimes walking up to 10 miles a day, but were able to take in the sights, lights, and splendor of Paris almost as a local on break for the holidays.

What to Pack

“Not a lot,” Carrie recommends. “I took one pair of boots and wore them the whole time. It was cold, so I had a coat and gloves but had to purchase a hat when I was there that I wore the entire time. If you want to dress like the French,” Carrie says with a laugh, “wear black — throw out everything with color!”

Where to Eat

Carrie used TripAdvisor to find affordable, favorite local eateries. “I wasn’t interested in eating French food and was intentionally being smart with money when I chose a dinner spot, but every place we went was filled with French people, not tourists, so I feel like we ate like the French.” Carrie ate a small breakfast at a coffee shop each morning to capitalize on the free wifi, enjoyed a pastry and tea or hot chocolate for lunch each day, and frequented these eateries for dinner: SEARCH: Carrie Wilson




f you’ve ever said, “Next year, I’m leaving town” amidst the cacophony of endless Christmas gatherings and twinkling lights; if the pressure, and the calories, and the spending, spending, spending during the holidays leave you exhausted and wishing to run for the hills, this article is for you. Every year, I know I proclaim that next year will be different, but once the tree is taken down, normal life resumes, and the mountain of debt is conquered through quiet monthly payments, the memory of Christmas Past is erased until the chaos happens all over again. Paris, the iconic city of romance, is especially beautiful at Christmastime with its oldworld architecture adorned in festive lights and the pop-up carousels that pepper the streets. Christmastime in Paris? Why not? This past holiday season Carrie Wilson and her husband Pip spent 10 glorious days in the city of love with absolutely no obligations to tradition. They didn’t cook a feast, there was no eggnog, presents weren’t exchanged, and they didn’t travel to see their in-laws. Once abroad, they didn’t even feel obligated to have the French experience: they didn’t drink wine, they ate falafel instead of French cuisine, and neither felt the need to wait in line at the Eiffel Tower. Instead, they traveled on their own terms: affordable, spontaneous, and relaxed. Their trip was inspired by a visit to London the previous year, when Pip, who is British,

Need to Know

• Cafes are expensive. • Don’t feel pressured to hit all the main attractions; Carrie skipped the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre (Pip says the Louvre is like going to Mall St. Matthews, but it’s four times as large and every store is the same). • The entire city is walkable, so dress warmly and wear comfortable, stylish shoes. • Be forewarned: There is a lot of street begging. • Parisians stay thin because they chainsmoke.

Not to Miss

• Picasso Museum • Cemetery Père Lachaise (resting place of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and Edith Piaf) • Ile Saint-Louis (cute shops on a quiet island within the city limits) • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Church of Saint-Sulpice (the second largest church in the city) • Deyrolle (a taxidermy store that contains a stuffed lion, cow, and tiny birds)

on her bucket list • Finland: I would really like to sleep under the Aurora Borealis in a glass igloo. • Prague, Czech Republic: Prague is old and beautiful, two of my favorite qualities for a city to have. I have wanted to visit Prague since INXS released the video for their song Never Tear Us Apart in 1988. • Costa Rica: As a kid, I loved Swiss Family Robinson for one reason and one reason only…their house. So staying in a tree house in Costa Rica would fulfill a childhood dream for me.



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rica Bachelor is not one to let the grass grow under her feet. At 31 she has traveled to at least 20 foreign lands. She graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California; did a stint interviewing celebrities on the red carpet for E! News in Hollywood; landed the “head of marketing” position for the Hard Rock Cafe enterprise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she worked with the company’s Seminole CEOs and medicine men; and cured herself of medicallyinduced lupus (by learning about food while becoming a certified raw foods chef) at 20 after studying abroad in London. Somehow, all these extraordinary pieces fit together to create one adventurous life that started right here in Louisville. Now, she is back where she feels most at home: helping to run her family’s hotel (the Embassy Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown) and restaurant (Brendon’s Catch 23). The restaurant is named after her late brother, who died tragically in a car accident in 2014. Since her brother’s passing, she decided to move home to see his dream of opening his own restaurant come to fruition. Erica helps to run the business, marketing, and public relations side of the restaurant as its vice president. With so many travel experiences to choose from, Erica decided to give us the ins and outs of Lisbon, Portugal, where she recently took an excursion centered around what she loves most — great food. Lisbon is not a city for variety, she says, but they serve a few signature dishes to perfection. The bitoque y paps (steak and potatoes) seemed to be on every menu, but never got old. “It was a miracle if I could find two sprigs of broccoli, so I mostly ate steak and fries and these amazing little puff-pastry


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custard pies sprinkled with cinnamon called Pasteis [de Nata] all week. But I never gained weight — carbs in Lisbon don’t stick!” From London, you can take EasyJet to Portugal for 60 Euro. In May-August, the city hosts many festivals and events, but if you’re looking for a bargain, the weather is still mild in November-February, and hotelroom prices tend to drop.

What to Pack

Erica says Lisbon reminds her of Miami, except with castles. It has warm weather, great shopping, fashion, and restaurants, and is full of beautiful people, stunning coastlines, and palm trees. “When I’m in Miami, I always feel like I’m in another country, and Lisbon makes you feel like you’ve left Europe. Everyone looks like Gisele, the supermodel, with their shared Brazilian bloodline,” Erica says. So, pack clothes for the beach filled with surfers and a light jacket for cool nights.

Not to Miss

An avid history buff, Erica enjoyed the Torre de Belém, a famous castle located in Lisbon and erected in 1515.



on her bucket list • Have breakfast at sunrise while floating in a hot air balloon over Lake Malawi. I can’t imagine a more magical moment, while taking in the beauty of Lake Malawi. • Visit South Korea; I’m a big fan of Korean food, culture and skincare. I can’t wait to eat authentic Korean BBQ, visit Busan’s beautiful beaches, experience Seoul’s nightlife, and visit the many Buddhist temples. Most importantly, stock up on Korean skincare and sheet masks. • Visit the Great Pyramid of Giza. I’m a huge history buff! The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to remain largely intact. It would be a true blessing to see, while imagining life during its creation. SEARCH: Erica Bachelor

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By Brigid Morrissey Photos Patti Hartog

The Healing Place: help women and men with drug and alcohol addiction.


r. Tina Simpson began volunteering as a physician in the women’s clinic, and as the first gynecologist to volunteer at The Healing Place, set a plan in motion that resulted in a gynecology clinic. Shame is one emotion that often plagues her patients, says Tina. A guilty conscience remains the constant companion of addiction and is the sole roadblock preventing women from getting proper care, particularly in gynecology. “A lot of the women are mothers; they use during pregnancy. They don’t

really want to talk about it unless you ask them directly. It goes to show that with this disease, women abandon everything that seems to be the right thing to do. They can’t see past their addiction.”

“Do something, anything. Whatever you’re passionate about, get involved with it and build a sense of community,” says Tina.

on her bucket list • Hike the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Coast Trail, and the Grand Canyon (any or all!). • Travel to Europe with my kids. • Travel and provide volunteer ob/gyn services to underserved areas in the United States and abroad.

SEARCH: Tina Simpson

Maryhurst: work with abused and neglected children.


n the Underhill family, volunteering with Maryhurst is a rite of passage. “We have been exposed to Maryhurst ever since we were little,” Channing Flaherty says. “I have always given my own money to the organization. Our grandmother, Doris Boland Jones, would drive girls to

doctor appointments or help distribute Thanksgiving meals. She even started a scholarship, which all of us contribute to now. She was a board member, and now our mother, Colleen Underhill, is a board member. It’s been ingrained in the family for a long time.”

on Channing’s bucket list • Go on an African Safari • Visit Napa Valley • Fly an airplane Channing and sister Jordan King and their bible study group became a consistent volunteer presence in the Flaget dorm on Maryhurst’s campus. “The girls have few people they can depend on. Just showing up is almost more meaningful than what we do or say while we’re there.” In photo (l-r): Hollis Gargala, Rachel Flaherty, Blair Bell, Jordan King, Channing Flaherty, and Elizabeth Rivers. SEARCH: Maryhurst





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By Brigid Morrissey Photos Sunni Wigginton


on her bucket list • Own and run my own Haunted Attraction and make a living doing it.

risten Warfs’s day job as a legal secretary pays the bills, but her role as mask maker, actor, makeup artist, and general manager of Haunted Hotel in Louisville is where her true passion lies. With her willingness and ability to try new things, Kristen was able to perfect her craft and find her niche in the haunted community. She and Kevin Stich, owner of Haunted Hotel, started Sinister FX in 2012 to sell her handmade masks and other retail items such as suits, skins, and blood. “It takes about 10 hours to make each mask. Sometimes real blood, sweat, and tears go into my work, so when I send a mask, there’s a piece of me that I’m sending with it.” SEARCH: Kristen Warf

She has 250 mask requests each year. “I always wanted to come up with a way to be artistic for a living,” she says. “Never give up an opportunity because you don’t always know where your passion lies.”

• Meet the people that have been an inspiration to me and thank them.

Or, If It’s Pretty “I love flowers. I like the whole idea of the romance of weddings and coming up with ideas,” Jill says. “I love getting to be a part of someone’s most important day, to be able to turn the bride’s vision into reality.”

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Jill Doyle, owner of J. Elizabeth Designer


on her bucket list



• See the farms from all over the world where the flowers we design with come from.


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By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Patti Hartog

it Tossmann didn’t have to think for long when asked about the Turning Point on her artistic path. “Someone wanted to pay me for my art,” she says. “Until then I never really thought of myself as an artist.” Kit creates with fabric: liturgical banners, stoles and other vestments, and art quilts using inspirational themes under her studio name Kit Tossmann InSpirit Designs. “What I really want to do with my art is to speak to the souls of others and reach them in a spiritual place within themselves; to uplift and possibly challenge as well.”

on her bucket list “Since almost kicking the proverbial bucket a few years ago, I still haven’t made an actual Bucket List. I think I have developed more of an overall mission. I am striving to: help children and families, strengthen my friendships and family relationships, speak up about issues I care about, seek opportunities to create my art, share what I have learned over the years, make healthy choices, do fun things, reduce procrastination and inertia, and follow through on plans.”

Capture a Moment

By Bella Portaro Kueber Photo Anna May

Do you wake up with Mo Rose, 102.3 The Max radio host? Mo says, “Champagne is one of the best drinks on Earth.” — by Bella Portaro Kueber; photo by Melissa Donald

Anna May started her photography company in 2012. She thrives in capturing the natural sparks between couples in her lens. She focuses on the positivity of life found within a smile or glimpse. “I photographed a woman who had tears in her eyes during the shot after she spoke about losing her husband,” says Anna. “This is another spark that we overlook; the spark that exists long after

someone is gone. That beautiful woman inspired me to live a more honest and authentic life that ultimately impacts the images I capture. Sparks fly when we are vulnerable enough to let them.”

on Anna’s bucket list

on Mo’s bucket list • Drink Bourbon with Bill Murray. • Learn to fly a plane • Leave this world better than I found it.

• Skydive • Bouldering in Yosemite National Park • Ski at Lake Tahoe TODAY’S WOMAN / MAY 2017


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UP YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE Story and Photo by Miranda Popp


ou saw this beauty being twirled around the dance floor for charity at Louisville’s Dancing With the Stars, her skin glowing from head to toe. We caught up with her to find out exactly what she’s doing to get that natural glow. Although this Louisville gal has a Puerto Rican heritage, you won’t catch her soaking up the rays on the beach. Instead, you’ll see Carolina MacKinlay with a scarf around her shoulders, floppy hat on her head, and lathered in SPF 100 because she’s allergic to the sun. Years of staying out of the sun has given Carolina beautiful skin. Carolina, who is also a Clique Boutique manager, has a skincare routine from which we could all take a few notes.

on her bucket list • Go see the Northern Lights; I am always blown away by nature’s natural beauty.

SEARCH: Carolina MacKinlay

• Sew something I can wear. I love to get creative with whatever time I have on my days off. • Take my husband to The Masters. My husband’s dream is to go watch The Masters live, and I would love nothing more than to make that happen for him!

1. S  he uses Aveda Shampure as a daily body cleanser. 2. For her face, she uses a glycolic gel cleanser three times a week, with any nonglycolic gel cleanser on the opposite days. 3. For the last 10 years, she’s been using Lustra Cream for hyperpigmentation each night during the winter and three nights a week during the summer.

Get the Perfect Look Gretchen Bell is not a woman you’d overlook. With her picture perfect face and porcelain smooth skin, we wanted to know her secret. “At this age, it’s less about the makeup and more about skincare.” This freelance photographer and busy mom of two boys, ages 3 and 5, cleanses her face with Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil and Milk treatment followed by a spritz of Thayers Alcohol-Free Toner Rose Petal from Whole Foods before applying makeup. SEARCH: Gretchen Bell

4. One of her best secrets is mixing Bio Oil ($11 at Target) with body lotion daily as a moisturizer and mixing a weekly solution of five to 10 drops of it with a salt scrub to exfoliate her skin. 5. Carolina is a big fan of microneedling. She completes this skin treatment one or two times a month at home with a roller she ordered from SkinMedix. For this method, she says to cleanse your face, pat dry, disinfect the needle roller with alcohol, then gently roll one pass back and forth, all vertical motions first and then all horizontal motions. Do this on the cheeks, forehead, sides of nose, and chin. Afterwards, rinse your face with cold water for one minute, apply any Vitamin C serum, and finish with Lustra Cream where there’s hyperpigmentation. 6. One of the newest products that has become her favorite is Tan-Luxe, an at-home tanning oil. She uses six to ten drops per leg or arm, mixed with any body lotion, applies it in the morning, and enjoys a tan that is set by the evening.

Story and Photo by Miranda Popp Gretchen uses coconut oil to remove makeup, witch hazel astringent each night, and a clay mask (under $5) three times a week.

on her bucket list • Visit all of the national parks. • Become fluent in German. • To have nationally published work.





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GET A STYLE By Keri Foy Photo Sunni Wigginton


lthough no one can put Ariel Hawkins’ look into a box, her clothes do have one thing in common — they look tailored. Ariel, an account manager at CST Company and freelance reporter for local TV stations, elevates her wardrobe slightly above the business casual requirement of her 9-to-5 job.

What she likes

Seemingly confident of her fashion choices, Ariel likes faux fur, vests, peplum tops, high-waisted pants, suede, leather, a neutral palette, and is obsessed with turquoise jewelry. “I almost think of turquoise jewelry as a neutral. It goes with almost everything,” Ariel says. “It’s timeless.” Beyond her laundry list of likes, Ariel wears dresses and rompers in the spring while layering for warmth. “I can easily throw a jacket over a dress or romper,” Ariel says. She prefers to shop at local boutiques in Westport Village, with special attention placed on Chartreuse, a store where she worked while attending the University of Louisville. Many of Ariel’s favorite things have one thing in common — they give her a fitted look. With her petite frame, Ariel believes loose-fitting clothing swallows her shape whereas cropped leather jackets and peplum tops accentuate her small build while giving her definition.

Get a Closet Mantra By Keri Foy Photo Sunni Wigginton

“I always like to have a list of what I really need, otherwise I can get out of control when shopping,” says Jordan Underhill-King who keeps her list in the notes section of her smartphone. She also has a Lily Pulitzer agenda where she makes a note each quarter to clean out her closet and jot down everything she needs. “I’m constantly analyzing my closet,” says Jordan, who works for Underhill Associates. “If it’s in season, and I haven’t worn it in a while, I’ll hang it on my door knob. If I don’t find a way to wear it two weeks, I’ll consign it or take it to Goodwill.” Not only does this keep Jordan’s closet clutter-free, it also helps her cut down on spending by knowing exactly what her closet is missing.

on her bucket list • Flyboarding ~ preferably in the Maldives!

SEARCH: Ariel Hawkins

• Take my kids on a safari in Africa. • Travel to the Holy Land. • Be an equity partner in a company of which I am a founder or co-founder.

on her bucket list • Hike the Appalachian Trail • Missionary work in a third world country • Travel the Original Route 66



SEARCH: Jordan Underhill-King

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Raise Your Voice By Cathy Zion, publisher of Today’s Woman

SETTING DOWN ROOTS By Megan M. Seckman Photo Melissa Donald

S on her bucket list • Join a clogging group. • Spend a week in Barcelona, Spain. • Live on a beach.

Lung Force was launched in 2014 by the American Lung Association to raise awareness about women’s risk of lung cancer and to unite women to fight for better lung health. Sadly, the number of women dying from lung cancer has nearly doubled over the past 30 years. Nationally, only 1 percent of women recognize that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women — more than breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. Lung cancer survivors and relatives of women who died from lung cancer, representing all 50 states, came together last month at Lung Force Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. I was proud to represent Kentucky and the 3,434 Kentuckians who lost their voices to lung cancer last year. We met with our legislators to make our voices heard. Wearing the Lung Force color of turquoise, we were highly visible as well. Our goals were: • To dispel the belief that only those who smoke can get lung cancer and to promote the fact that family history should be a risk factor as well. I met several lung cancer survivors, including one who was only 19 when diagnosed. In fact, 20 percent of those diagnosed have never smoked. • To persuade our legislators to increase funding for lung cancer research through the National Institutes of Health and ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality healthcare. I found our senators, congressmen, and their staffs to be receptive and supportive of our issues. While not necessarily committed to specific levels of funding, they all agreed that we need better early detection screening and treatment protocols for lung cancer. Please call/email/mail your senators and congressmen and encourage them to increase funding for lung cancer research. By raising our voices, we can reverse Kentucky’s ranking as #1 in the nation for lung cancer deaths.



usan Vogt is a self-described tomboy and vagabond. She’d rather spend her time traveling and playing tennis, but when family called 13 years ago, this independent athlete learned to put down roots and carry on the family business. “My husband and I met in Texas, then moved around to

New York City, Chicago, then back to Texas where I taught early education for 10 years. Then one day my dad called and said, ‘I’m 62 years old, and it’s time to come home and run this business. You don’t want to be the one to close a 92-year-old business, do you?’ He told my husband it was time to bring his daughter home. Now, my husband runs the upstairs [as a CPA] and I run the downstairs,” Susan explains about how she began her career as a buyer and owner of Rodes. Susan’s vagabond spirit has formed roots in Louisville over the last 13 years — the longest she’s lived in any zip code her entire life. But, she still gets to spread her wings about 40 nights each year at market in New York City, buying for the clothing store. “I see about 100 vendors over the course of a week and choose what I think Louisville is going to like.”

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on her bucket list •H  ike Patagonia • Travel to all four countries to watch the tennis grand slams •S  pend a month on the Isles of Capri “I’m glad to be running this business much later in life. It’s fun getting to know the community, to serve the community, and to play dress-up.”











Today's Woman May 2017  

Get inspired by the 33 bucket lists in this issue — it will make you want to find room in your bucket for things that you never imagined.

Today's Woman May 2017  

Get inspired by the 33 bucket lists in this issue — it will make you want to find room in your bucket for things that you never imagined.