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Angela Burton Kicks It...................... p.48 She’s Supporting Local Businesses....... p.50 Step-Up Your Beauty........................ p.54 Her Mascara Substitute.................... p.56


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NOVEMBER 2015 / CONTENTS Volume 25 8 Number 11

PUBLISHER Cathy S. Zion publisher@todayspublications.com EDITOR IN CHIEF Anita Oldham editor@todayspublications.com

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here have been times when I forget about why thankfulness matters. Recently, I spent a few minutes watching the brightly colored autumn leaves from my window. My preoccupation with mundane tasks sometimes keeps me from appreciating my favorite season of the year, and within a short period, the trees are bare and I missed it. Taking the simplest conveniences or pleasures for granted happens when you live your life on autopilot. This month, we’re reminding you about the things you can be thankful for, such as falling leaves (p.16), a good cup of coffee (p.44), or a sauna experience that will melt away all your holiday stress (p.44). Our 30-day thankfulness guide is also filled with recipes, gift ideas, and tips for making your life a little more enjoyable this season. Slow down, take a minute, and don’t miss a thing. — Tiffany White

ON OUR COVER Tiffany Collins is in her comfort zone — the event and floral designer has a knack for creating beautiful centerpieces for any event. Read more about what she’s doing on page 16. TIFFANY IS WEARING: Hat, available at Liv Boutique, $45, 3704 Lexington Rd, 502.654.7337; Scarf available at Chartreuse, $32.50, Westport Village, 1301 Herr Ln, 502.409.7072; Sweater, available at Liv Boutique, $142; Jacket, available at Liv Boutique, $320; Shirt available at Liv Boutique, $128; Pants available at Liv Boutique, $195; Boots available at Monkee’s of Louisville, $438, 3624 Brownsboro Rd, 502.409,7082. MAKEUP/HAIR: Denise Cardwell, Blades Salon & Spa STYLING: Alissa Hicks PHOTO: Melissa Donald

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EDITOR Tiffany White tiffany@todayspublications.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Lucy M. Pritchett CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Miranda G. Popp miranda@todayspublications.com ASSISTANT EDITOR/DESIGNER Jessica Alyea jessica@todayspublications.com OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Jillian LeMaster officeadmin@todayspublications.com ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Susan Allen susan@todayspublications.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Kaitlyn English kaitlyn@todayspublications.com Teri Hickerson teri@todayspublications.com Suzy Hillebrand suzy@todayspublications.com Joyce Inman joyce@todayspublications.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER April H. Allman april@todayspublications.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kathy Bolger kathyb@todayspublications.com PHOTOGRAPHER/FOOD WRITER Melissa Donald melissa@todayspublications.com MEDIA ASSOCIATE Alissa Hicks alissa@todayspublications.com CIRCULATION MANAGER W. Earl Zion EDITORIAL INTERN Anna Patterson

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WHAT WORKS

Foodie Finesse

by LUCY M. PRITCHETT / photos by MELISSA DONALD What Works for Allison Myers, 38, founder of @EatLoveLouisville; senior marketing product manager with Lantech HOMETOWN: Louisville NEIGHBORHOOD: Middletown HOUSEHOLD: Dan Myers WEBSITE: EatLoveLouisville.com

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llison Myers is a food lover who knows how to keep her camera lens sparkling, her feet dry, and her weight under control. ZWIPES MICROFIBER CLEANING CLOTHS These are the size of a washcloth and are ideal for cleaning just about anything. What I love them for, though, is cleaning the screen and lens of my iPhone. They are lint-free and streak-free. I take a lot of photos of food with my iPhone for @EatLoveLouisville, and I don’t want blurry pictures. They are also great for cleaning my sunglasses. I keep the cloths in my car, in my desk drawer at work, and one in my purse. They work great on any computer screen. They wash up just fine so I can reuse them. SWIFTWICK COMPRESSION SOCKS I am a runner, and I never run without these socks. When I first started running, I was having issues with blisters because my feet would sweat. These socks create a bone-dry environment, and they don’t bunch up in the toe box. I wear the anklet kind, but they come in all lengths up to knee-high. 21-DAY FIX BY BEACHBODY I love food and can’t outrun the calories I eat. I have used this plan a couple of times over the past year or so, and I never feel deprived. It is a fitness and eating plan that is so easy to follow. It even includes containers so I can measure my portions. The green container holds the right amount of vegetables, the purple is for fruit, the yellow for carbs, and so on. There are two DVDs with various 30-minute workouts I can do at home. I have had great success with this and am starting it again. It is like having a dietitian and gym membership rolled into one. They have done the work for me.

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Believing in Herself By LUCY M. PRITCHETT Photo by MELISSA DONALD

MARCIA BREY, 44, plant manager for GE’s bottom-freezer refrigeration factory Hometown: Louisville Neighborhood: Jeffersontown Household: Husband Greg Brey; sons, Nathan, 14, Sam, 12, and Alex, 9.

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Marcia Brey’s first response was “No” when her boss at GE offered her the plant manager position of the bottom-freezer refrigerator factory. She could only think of reasons why she couldn’t say yes. She didn’t believe her management style would fit. She needed the flexible schedule of her current position for her family. She had moved into her role as business quality leader of the plant just two years previously after an 18-year career at the sprawling city that is GE Louisville. Even though she couldn’t see her future as plant manager, others could. Her husband assured her, “We can make it work.” Her mentor, Melanie Cook, asked, “You said ‘yes,’ didn’t you?” “I went back to my boss and told him I had given the offer some thought and wanted to change my answer from no to yes,” Marcia says. That was in January 2014, and now Marcia supervises the plant and its team of 1,000 hourly and salary workers. “I love the fast pace of the factory,” she says. “I am always having to think on my feet. I love to learn, and there are great opportunities for that in this position. My team knows manufacturing, and I am not going to tell them how to run the factory. I trust them and empower them. “I created barriers for myself that weren’t there because I didn’t believe in myself even though others did. By saying ‘yes,’ I have proven to myself that I can take on challenges and make them work for me.”

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Survival Skills of Megan Osbourne Sowder

By MARIE BRADBY / Photos by MELISSA DONALD

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ife throws everyone a curveball at some point, and Megan Osbourne Sowder received hers at a young age. Megan, 21, is a full-time college student, an employee at a fast food chain, a newlywed, and suddenly, the mother to her three nieces, ages 2 to 7. When her older sister, who had been struggling with illness for several years, was no longer able to take care of her children, Megan stepped up. So in February, while planning her June wedding, Megan quadrupled her responsibilities by taking in all three girls. “I have a very tight schedule,” says Megan, who has her life planned down to the hour of each day. But these added responsibilities fit right in with her beliefs. “My motto is: If you know what you want, you’ve got to get up and go get it. You can’t expect anybody else to get it for you. If I want a paycheck, I have to go to work. If I want that diploma, I’ve got to go to school and finish that essay.” Megan was the first in her immediate family to graduate from high school. This fall, she started at Jefferson Community and Technical College and plans to transfer to a university and become a pharmacist. “But I never expected this,” she says. “It never crossed my mind.” Megan’s day begins at 7:30am when she wakes her nieces, gets them dressed, combs their hair, and brushes their teeth. “I look like a bum because I am taking care of them,” she says. “I get their breakfast, make their lunches, drop the oldest off at school, take the other two to daycare, and then I go to work.” She might fit in some homework and cleaning after she gets off work in the afternoon before she picks up the girls. Then, she starts dinner around 5pm. “We sit down and eat together around 6,” she says. “The girls play outside or on the iPad while I clean up the kitchen. It’s bedtime at 8:30. On Tuesdays, the oldest has Girl Scouts. That’s my day in a bundle.” When does she spend time with her husband, Jonathan, a flooring sub-contractor? “It sounds horrible, but the only time we have for each other is 10 o’clock in bed. We talk for five minutes and then fall asleep.”

Megan’s tips for how she blends life with her nieces:

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2. Get advice. I went

to my mom and told her I was falling behind. She said, “Do you know what you need to do when you get home?” I said, “No.” She said, “Well, figure out what you need to do first. You’re going to be strained every day of your life if you don’t have some type of routine or schedule. In three months, you will be so tired you won’t be able to lift a finger.”

Megan and her sister have a special bond. “She really is a wonderful person and has a big heart,” Megan says. “She cares so much, she forgets to care about herself. Just five years ago, I was always saying I wanted to be like her, and now she’s saying she wants to be like me. She asks me how things are going. It makes me feel like she appreciates what I’m trying to do for her. “I thought at 21, we would be living in an apartment eating ramen noodles. But if I didn’t have these three girls here, my life would feel empty. My husband and I have wrapped our lives around them. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love watching them grow. I love the emotions that you bring out in them, whether happy or sad, and knowing that I could be there with them.”

3. Find maturity

deep inside of you. I’m actually surprised I am a planner now. I didn’t even see myself graduating from high school because I was a very big procrastinator. I waited until the last minute to do everything — schoolwork, housework. I guess I grew up really fast.

4. Don’t take

anything for granted. That’s been the kind of

lesson learned in my life. My dad passed away unexpectedly in 2013. He died three months before my youngest niece was born. I had just graduated from high school the year before.

5. Recognize that

you are not always going to get to do what you want. If it was my choice, I would go home after work and sleep the rest of the day. But, it’s

not what you want that comes first. You have to see to what they need and what is important for the family.

6. Let the little things

go. I don’t stress about things that are out of my control. I have other things to worry about. I don’t freak out when my youngest spills food all over the table. I say, “Just eat the rest, and I will clean up when you are done.” TODAY’S WOMAN


Professional Connections

CALENDAR Athena’s Sister Every 2nd & 4th Mon. • 6-8pm 1741 Frankfort Avenue Marlene Aldrich Perry 502.322.4135 Marlene.Aldrich@Phoenix.edu BPW- Business and Professional Women- New Albany Every 3rd Mon. • 5:30pm Contact for info & reservation. Tuckers, 2441 State St. Nadine Wilkinson 502.523.1698 BPW - Business & Professional Women of River City Every 2nd Wed. • 11:30am Networking

Noon Meeting & Program The Bristol - Downtown 614 West Main Street bpwrc.org or bpwreserve@gmail.com to register Bridge the Gap Professional Women Every 5th Sun. Heyburn Building 430 W. Muhammad Ali, Suite 24A Hazel Parrish, Chapter President 502.417.2566, hazelp17@gmail.com Call to reserve. CBPW - Christian Business & Professional Women Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Sharilyn Unthank 502.417.5481 cbpweast@gmail.com Distinctive Women, Entrepreneurial Women Making a Difference Every 1st Thurs • 6:30-8pm Email for meeting location Deleskia Butler 502.509.5521 distinctivewomen2013@gmail.com EWI - Executive Women International- Kentuckiana Every 3rd Tues. • 5:30pm Contact for information & reservation Christy Smallwood 502.595.7157 ewikentuckiana.com christy@arkhamexec.com

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IAAP - International Association of Administrative ProfessionalsLouisville Every 2nd Thurs. • 6pm Location Varies – See website for details. iaap-louisville.org League of Women Voters Every 3rd Mon. • 6pm Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Ave. Pat Murrell 502.895.5218 info@lwvlouisville.org Legal Secretaries of Louisville Every 3rd Tues. • 11:30am Bristol Bar & Grille 614 West Main Street Angela Gibson 502.589.5980 AGibson@bsg-law.com legalseclou-ky.org MLWPC - Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus Every 4th Mon. • 5:30pm Olmsted Bistro at Masonic Homes 3701 Frankfort Avenue Sherry Conner 502.776.2051 mayorconner@insightbb.com NAWBO - National Association of Women Business Owners Every 3rd Tues. admin@nawbolouisville.org 502.625.0248 nawbolouisville.org National Association of Women in Construction Every 2nd Mon. • 5:30pm Call for meeting location Patty Stewart 812.288.4208 #121

NEW - Network of Entrepreneurial Women Every 2nd Wed. • 6-8pm Location varies. See nentw.com for details.

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Network Now Every 2nd Fri. • 11:30am Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Lee Ann Lyle 502.836.1422 lee@lalcomputers.com

Make sure you know why you do what you do and what sets you apart from other people who do the same thing. Go over that in your mind. You’ve got to be able to clearly and easily articulate your job roles, skills, and passions to others.

Savvy Women in Business Every 1st Wed. • 6:30pm Inverness at Hurstbourne Condos 1200 Club House Drive Barbara Madore 502.377.8625 Savvywomeninbusiness.com Southern Indiana Women’s Networking Group Every 3rd Wed. • 11:30am Holiday Inn-Lakeview 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville info@soindwng.org Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. Every 2nd Tues. • 6:30pm Hotel Louisville, 120 W. Broadway, Suite 930 Mamie L Maxwell 502.767.4180 ms.maxwell@twc.com WIN - Women in Networking Every 2nd Wed. • 11:15am Oxmoor Country Club 9000 Limehouse Lane Laura Ridge 502.491.7877 lridge@oxmoorcountryclub.com WIN - Women in Networking II Every 3rd Wed. • 11:30am Tumbleweed - Stoneybrook Kim Fusting 502.267.7066 kimins@bellsouth.net, gowin2.com

National Association of Women MBAs - Louisville Chapter Location & event vary. Details on website: mbawomen.org/chapter/ louisville-kentucky *MBA not required for membership

WIN- Women in Networking III Every 2nd Tues. • 11:30am Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Country Club Ln. Patricia Butler 502.214.0397 win3louisville.com

National Council of Negro Women, Inc. - Louisville Section Every 4th Thurs. • 6pm Main Library, 301 York Street Cassandra Lasley 502.650.6602 lasley5514@twc.com

WIN- Women in Networking IV Every 3rd Tues. • 11:30am Big Springs Country Club 5901 Dutchman’s Lane Gretchen Mahaffey 502.451.0600 gmahaffey@kfg.com

WIN - Women in Networking V Every 2nd Thurs. • 11:30am Buca di Beppo 2051 S. Hurstbourne Parkway Lee Ann Lyle 502.836.1422 info@win5networking.com win5networking.com Women’s Business Center of KY funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the SBA

Every 1st Fri. Roundtable • 8:30am Location – TBA Sharron Johnson, 502.566.6076#104 sjohnson@cvcky.org cvcky.org/womensbusiness center.html Women’s Council of Realtors Every 3rd Thurs. • 11:30am Big Spring Country Club 5901 Dutchmans lane Elizabeth Monarch 502.551.1286 Elizabeth@elizabethmonarchgroup.com

ZONTA- Advancing The Status of Women Every 1st Thurs. • 6pm Logan’s Steakhouse 5005 Shelbyville Road Joyce Seymour 502.553.9241 jespud@bellsouth.net

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ne of the things I’m most thankful for is that Today’s Woman touches thousands of women every month with articles about local women who inspire and inform, encourage and empower. We love to hear how someone’s story changed a life or even saved a life. And this month, we’re kicking it up by fusing our print and digital offerings. Yes, we’re literally breaking new ground here as the first to revolutionize the new and evolving world of magazines. What should we call it? Print + digital = digit? Nope. How about prinital? Hmm. Well, it’s not so much what we call it but what we offer with it. Starting November 1, every day on TodaysWomanNow.com, you will read firstrun content typically seen in Today’s Woman magazine. This will allow you, the reader, to share these articles about your friends, work associates, or relatives across email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. We want you to interact with the content, comment on the stories, tell us how they’re touching you. We might repost or retweet your comment, spreading the love! The women featured on TodaysWomanNow.com will also appear later in the print issue of the beautifully designed Today’s Woman magazine. The story might even include comments from some readers to give us a broader view of the featured woman’s story. We’ll continue to focus on power, style, connections, and wellness. TodaysWomanNow.com will be just like the magazine but with the features rotating throughout each day of the month, offering inspiration and encouragement every day, not just monthly. So how will this look? OK, open TodaysWomanNow.com and view the daily featured post about an inspiring woman — let’s call her “Kay.” “Wow,” you think, “what a great picture of Kay and insightful article about her life-changing experience. I know Kay, and let me tell you even more about how Kay mentored me by adding a comment.” Then you share the story on Facebook and tweet it to your friends....and don’t forget Kay’s parents. Kay’s mom adds more comments about Kay’s childhood and how that influenced the woman she became. Soon TodaysWomanNow.com has a developing thread of inspiration about Kay’s life that’s been re-shared and re-tweeted, enriching her story with every post. In January’s issue of Today’s Woman magazine, there’s a different photo of Kay and an article that includes many of the personal posts made online. Voilà! The merger of print and digital makes a complete circle, better connecting our readers, featured women, and advertisers. Those we’ve shared this cutting-edge concept with have proclaimed it brilliant, amazing, and exciting. We don’t like to brag, but we agree. How do you get involved right now? Sign up to receive TodaysWomanNow.com daily posts in your email. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. When a story makes a difference to you, make a comment. We want you to become our newest contributor.

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Pause with us this month and find something to be thankful for each day. Today’s Woman looked around our town and the wonderful women in it — and found plenty to get you started on your own list. BY ANITA OLDHAM, TIFFANY WHITE, JESSICA ALYEA, MELISSA DONALD, ALISSA HICKS, ANNA PATTERSON, KERI FOY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELISSA DONALD

NOVEMBER 1 * FALLING LEAVES Listen to the crunch of the fallen leaves and appreciate how the trees are showing off their inner starkbut-beautiful structure. We found Tiffany Collins and her appreciation of nature’s beauty at her Instagram, @tc_floral. She works with leaves often in her job as an event designer and floral arranger — her dream job. If you’re planning an event for the holiday season, Tiffany suggests you not stress about the small details. “Think about your guests and keeping things fun for them. Also, create an environment where people can enjoy what the day is all about,” she says.

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NOVEMBER 2 * CRACKLING FIRE Who doesn’t love a wood fire in the gray days of November? Angela Burton likes to put her feet up to her fire, but she also holds the feet of would-be writers to a symbolic flame in her Feet to the Fire Workshops. (see page 48).

TIPS FOR BUILDING A FIRE:

Although it may seem odd, do not remove all the ash from the base of your fireplace. The hot coals will settle into the ash and glow, adding more heat and helping fuel the fire. Start with smaller pieces of dry kindling when lighting your fire. Trying to light a flame on a huge chunk of wood will only lead to failure and frustration. Once your kindling is lit, give it at least five minutes to burn before throwing on logs.

Angela Burton in front of her fireplace.

NOVEMBER 3 * WE LOVE BOOTS!

Pair your fall boots with your favorite denim and a cozy sweater for a perfect fall look!

Blush Boutique, $34

Monkee’s of Louisville, $438

Monkee’s of Louisville, $378

Apricot Lane, $85

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NOVEMBER 6 * MAKE-AHEAD FOOD NOVEMBER 4 * DRINKS TO KEEP YOU WARM PHOTO: ANNA PATTERSON

Nothing remedies a chilly November night like a steaming cup of cider. Coffee Crossing’s Caramel Apple Cider is like a cup of apple pie with all the fixings. This simple mixture of apple juice, cinnamon, and caramel brings feelings of fall.

We are only 19 days from Thanksgiving, so it’s time to start working on that meal. Mary Wheatley, owner of Cook With Mary, recommends preparing now to avoid the lastminute rush. Two to three weeks ahead, you can make and freeze your pie crusts, stuffing ingredients, cookies, and freeze yeast rolls. One of our favorite freeze-ahead Thanksgiving dishes is Twice-baked Potatoes, a recipe I found years ago and created by Louisvillian Sarah Fritschner (find it and other helpful recipes in Sarah Fritschner’s Holidays Cookbook available at the local Butler Books — Butlerbooks.com, $23). Sarah is now the coordinator of Louisville Farm to Table and a Today’s Woman Most Admired Woman winner.

CREDITS: Coffee Crossing, 4212 Charlestown Rd #5, New Albany. $3.25 (small)

NOVEMBER 5 * IMPROVED HEALTH

PHOTO: MELISSA DONALD

If you have good health, it is easy to overlook how much bad health impacts your life. At Today’s Woman, we meet so many who persevere through health issues, and we try to appreciate and improve our health no matter the current situation. Within our small staff the last couple of years, we have experienced a heart angioplasty, skin cancer removal, lung cancer removal, and thyroid gland removal, along with some smaller health scares. At the same time, many of us are trying to improve our health with daily exercise or healthier eating. Some have removed gluten (yes, you can find options!) or sugar or just made choices that involve less processed foods. Especially impressive is how one of our staff members lost 180 pounds in the last five years with the help of bariatric surgery. The impetus behind account representative Suzy Hillebrand’s weight loss came from realizing she couldn’t enjoy playtime with her then 5-year-old daughter. Determination made it possible for her to lose the weight and keep it off, she says. She monitors her food intake by trying to eat double-digit serving sizes of protein and single digits of carbohydrates and sugar. “I am more conscious of what I eat, and I am more conscious of how I spend my time,” she says. Making time for regular exercise has become a permanent part of her life. Suzy exercises four to six days a week at the Jewish Community Center. Her workouts include Body Pump, which is a high-repetition lower weight class, hot yoga, swimming, running, boxing, and hiking. “These were things I couldn’t do when I was 300 pounds, and I now I can do them,” she says. Losing the weight has benefited her in many ways, but Suzy says having the freedom of being more active with friends and family is gratifying. “I am more appreciative to have this chance. Now, I am living my life more fully.” Suzy Hillebrand, before weight loss.

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Suzy today, after weight loss.

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These frozen makeahead potatoes save lots of time on your Thanksgiving morning.

Sarah’s Twice-Baked Potatoes

Make these ahead and freeze them for now, then just pull out and heat up on Thanksgiving Day. 12 medium potatoes salt and pepper 8 Tbsp butter 2 cloves minced fresh garlic (about 1 tsp) 1½ cups milk, preferably whole ¼-½ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese Wash potatoes. Prick with fork and bake at 400 degrees for about 60 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and holding the potato in one hand (with a pot holder), use a sharp knife and cut about ½ inch off the long side of the potatoe to make a little boat. Scrape any potato off the skin you’ve removed and put into a bowl. Discard skin. Scoop the potato meat out of the large piece of potato and put into bowl. Repeat with all potatoes. Melt butter in small saucepan. Add garlic and cook over medium heat just a minute or two until aromatic. Set aside. Put the potato meat through a ricer or food mill. Add garlic butter, milk, salt, and pepper. Beat with a spoon or mixer to blend. Stuff mashed potatoes back into potato skin boats and sprinkle with grated cheese. Refrigerate or freeze until needed. If cold, bake 1 hour at 350 degrees to reheat. If frozen, heat 1 hour at 400 degrees to reheat. NOTE:If

you want a full Thanksgiving meal plan, open Today’s Woman magazine November 2014 issue at TodaysWomanNow.com under The Magazine tab. CREDITS: Sarah Fritchner’s cookbook TODAY’S WOMAN


NOVEMBER 7 * GIFTS Home decor

Wine Lover

Beverage gifts

Accessories

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For the wine lover: Wine to go sippy cup, $15 (Tunies); Wine umbrella, $22 (Tunies). Home decor: Dish towels, $14 each (Tunies); Stag jewelry dish, $18 (Cartwheels); Soap bar, $12 (Dandelion); Soap dish, $24 (Dandelion). Accessories: Gloves, $28 (Dandelion); Clutch, $56 (Dandelion); Pink block stud earrings, $10 (Cartwheels); Bangles, $28 each (Tunies); Bracelet with initial, $72, (Tunies) Beverage gifts: Bottle opener, $2 (Dandelion); Kate Spade tumbler, $18 (Tunies); Fleur de Lis glass, $15 (Tunies); Wine to go sippy cup, $15 each (Tunies). Pampering gifts: Bath Salts, $24 (Dandelion); Slippers, $36 (Tunies). Stationery: Paper fragrance, $30 (Cartwheels); Post it holder, $25 (Cartwheels); Calendar, $60 (Cartwheels); Planner, $60 (Cartwheels); UK notecards, $15 (Cartwheels). DANDELION: 3729 Lexington Rd, 502.899.3729; CARTWHEELS: 3919 Chenoweth Square, 502.895.1800; TUNIES: Westport Village 1301 Herr Ln, 502.618.3868

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NOVEMBER 8 * LUXURIES BY KERI FOY

How great are luxury services such as a nail salon, styling products, and towel service at the gym? An additional service allows guests to leave their gym clothes for laundering. Simply open the locker and voila, clean and folded exercise garb. Genius. Towel service. A nail spa. Granite countertops. Tiled showers. Makeup lessons. A lunch spot. Meet the gym that’s more than cardio equipment and basic group classes. A young mom, clothed in Spandex and sweat, hurries her toddler into an SUV. An elderly man gingerly seats himself in the passenger side of what appears to be his caregiver’s car. Two seasons of life displayed in the bustling parking lot of the Four Seasons of physical health and wellness — Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center. “We’re the elite fitness club in Louisville,” says Diane Kelton, president of Milestone, who references another well-known luxury hotel — the Ritz Carlton — when it comes to her goals for the center. “We really offer full service. A woman can get a workout, get her nails done, have lunch, and have her child cared for in a safe environment.” Since Milestone moved into its current facility 15 years ago, its leaders have continued to invest in keeping the club state-of-the-art, from an expansion in 2004 to a front desk makeover three years ago. According to Diane, Milestone invests 3 to 4 percent of its operating budget in renovations each year — marrying aesthetics with health and wellness. “A nice facility helps create a comfortable experience for people who don’t typically go to a gym,” Diane says. The core of luxury is really customer service, with convenience at a close second and choices a quick third. At Milestone, these attributes shape everything from client interaction to the locker room, starting with the resort-esque exterior. The building’s entrance, with its circle drive and lush landscaping, almost tricks you into thinking you’re surrounded by nine holes instead of Mall St. Matthews, the Watterson Expressway. Guests step through the glass doors into a space filled with natural light, and the smell that permeates so many gyms is curiously missing.

TAKING CUES FROM THE RITZ: CUSTOMER SERVICE

Diane’s attention to customer service begins with new hires. She admittedly hires people who possess people skills over others with a fantastic technical background. “You can teach people other [technical] skills,” she says, acknowledging that people skills aren’t as easily learned. While the staff may be hired based on strength in customer service, the résumés of fitness instructors must include a bachelor’s degree in some exercise-related science. “It gives [clients] peace of mind,” says Allison Goss, a personal trainer at Milestone. After an intense (or maybe a light) workout, clients are treated to a locker room that makes them feel like they go to the same gym as Oprah.

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Granite countertops line the walls and display hairspray and styling tools. The wooden lockers bestow the convenience of digital locks, and tiled showers offer shampoo and conditioner. Packing for the gym is practically non-existent, especially when there’s an onsite laundry service ready to wash your workout gear through a kit locker option. Four spacious changing and showering areas were designed for clients whose caregivers are of the opposite sex.

ONE-STOP HEALTH SHOP: CONVENIENCE

The Milestone spa is set apart from the gym in an enclosed space that feels separate from the energy of a gym. Go from the endorphins of exercise to the relaxation of a zen-like atmosphere just by opening a door. The spa offers manicures, pedicures, massages on heated tables, facials, and even makeup lessons by aestheticians with at least five years experience. The Milestone spa offers a popular European-based skincare line, Babor, with products ranging in price from $30 to $265. The café, situated near the entrance, serves healthy sandwiches and smoothies. Across the hall is the entrance to the childcare facility. This adultonly gym offers a fun atmosphere for children that moms can take advantage of.

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF HEALTH: CHOICES

“I love the variety of instructors,” says Heather Hollenbach, a Milestone member for 30 years. “We can work out (together) and then get smoothies,” adds Heather’s sister, Tracy Varga, who joined after moving to Louisville a few years ago. “Choices are a luxury,” says Jeff Howard, fitness instructor and personal trainer whose classes make a huge draw for Milestone members. About 30 percent of Milestone check-ins end up in a group fitness class every day according to data shared by staff. Jeff travels the world to bring back the latest techniques in fitness to Louisville. From Rhythm Ride to Body Breakthrough, Jeff’s experience and wanderlust bring more assets to the 189 weekly classes. “Our certified trainers constantly roam the floors, ready to answer questions, keep the equipment clean, and ensure everything is in working order,” says Lisa Groft, fitness co-director and personal trainer at Milestone. Every three years, new equipment is rotated in. “This is the place where people come to get healthy, not just fit,” Lisa says. TODAY’S WOMAN


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NOVEMBER 9 * INDOOR TOURS AND TASTINGS When it’s frosty out, the rush of head-to-toe heat from a sample of bourbon or cozying up in an iconic Louisville restaurant with a fresh cocktail can warm us right up. The Urban Bourbon Trail makes a memorable evening for out-of-town guests or Louisvillians who want to hit several restaurants in one go. Stop by the Visitors Center at 4th and Jefferson Street or download the free app to receive your UBT passport. Then, visit any of the 30 restaurants that are part of the Trail (most are walkable around downtown Louisville), purchase any drink or food item (though for the full experience, you want to try all the bourbon cocktails, right?), and ask your server to validate your passport through a stamp or electronic passcode. Once you’ve earned six stamps on your passport, you can stop by the Visitors Center or complete a request on the app for your official Urban Bourbon Trailblazer T-shirt and Citizen of Bourbon Country certificate. Go deeper and see how bourbon is made through an indoor distillery tour and tastings at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Or, try a different taste in Butchertown at Copper and Kings, where you can finish your tour of the brandy distillery in the rooftop tasting room, which has a gorgeous view of the Louisville skyline. Doc Crow’s - Crow Cocktail

NOVEMBER 10 * MUSIC

Straight No Chaser at the Kentucky Center Get in the holiday spirit with bowties and baritones. OTHER UPCOMING MUSIC • Gaither Homecoming Christmas Concert, French Lick Resort, 11.21.15 • Messiah by the Louisville Orchestra at Cathedral of Assumption and Second Presbyterian Church, 12.4-5.15 • Trans-Siberian Orchestra, YUM Center, 12.2.15 • David Benoit: Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown, Kentucky Center, 12.10.15

NOVEMBER 11 * FAMILY PHOTOS

PHOTO: NATALIA BISHOP, CHOCOLATEBOX PHOTOGRAPHY

Five and a half years ago with the birth of her first son, Natalia Bishop started her journey as a mom and photographer. Natalia’s passion for capturing emotion in a photograph lead to the creation of ChocolateBox Photography (lifeissweetblog.com, 502.608.7113). “We strive to have fun and for people to be authentic to who they are. We don’t pose people; we try to document their life so when you walk by the photo you really feel something.” This fun approach to photography can be used in family photos this Thanksgiving by following Natalia’s best tips, at right.

• Try to get the photos done early in the day especially if there are children involved. •G  o outside if possible and find a shaded spot in the yard. Setup a tripod and set the timer for 10 seconds. Start with a pose then get some candid shots in between. If little ones are involved, it is helpful to have a stuffed animal on top of the camera to get their attention looking that way then have everyone count to three and say “grandpa has stinky feet” or something that will get a laugh out of everyone. • To get that table gathering picture, put a chair in the corner of the dining room to stand on so that you can shoot down at the table. This focuses on the people and the food with a flattering angle. The Wachtel family taken by Natalia Bishop, owner/photographer ChocolateBox Photography. TODAY’S WOMAN


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NOVEMBER 12 * WELL-DRESSED MEN NOVEMBER 13 * SNUGGLY SWEATERS

Eric Wentworth

Wearing a warm, comfy sweater doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Here are some cozy but cute ones we found about town.

“My style is more edgy and trendy — a lot of greys and blacks.”

Colonial Designs, $49

“You can’t go wrong with jeans and a nice jacket.”

Teague DeLong

Colonial Designs, $43

“My style is more classic with a little color and funk to it.”

Clodhoppers, $98,

Both like to shop either online, at J Crew, and Zara.

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NOVEMBER 14 * NEW SHOPPING DISCOVERIES

We went on a hunt for three shops in Indiana you might not know about to see what great gifts they have. Sugar Maples, 109 W. Maple Street, Jeffersonville This is an antique/vintage store that features jewelry designed using older jewelry or found objects. Rings and necklaces made from spoons ($18 and up) / Cuff bracelet ($22) / Bottles ($5)

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Lavender Hill, 359 Spring Street, Jeffersonville Besides floral artwork, this store curates several gift items, unusual plants, and household items. Lavender sachets you scoop yourself ($3.95) / Olive Oil soap ($10) / Felt bird ($11.95)

Colokial, 219 Pearl Street, New Albany This boutique feels worldly with its wide array of clothing and personal accessories. Bow belt ($12) / Bow earrings ($13) / Winter hat ($23)

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Nothing cozies up November more than a few free hours with a book. We talked to Kelsey Thompson, events and community outreach coordinator at Carmichael’s Bookstore, to offer suggestions on books that will delight, educate, and inspire.

Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham ($28) Written by one of the Binghams, the book is set in the 1920s and 30s, and explores the sexuality, power, and influence of family member Henrietta Bingham.

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NOVEMBER 15 * THANKFUL FOR BOOKS

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson ($26.99) The book provides readers with a humorous look at depression and anxiety. “It makes people realize they are not alone and helps them to see the brighter side of things,” Thompson says.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff ($27.95) Lauren Groff examines the intricacies of marriage. Half of the story is written from the wife’s perspective and the other half is from the husband’s.

The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Susan Reigler and Michael Veach ($19.95) These local authors will improve your bourbon IQ. The authors sampled more than 200 featured brands of bourbon and compiled a notebook that includes their notes about the tastes, flavors, smells, finishes, and textures of all of them.

NOVEMBER 17 * GIRL TIME Bring a friend and join Beaded Treasures and Volunteers of America at Ramsi’s Cafe on the World for a dinner and shopping event. Shop handcrafted jewelry and accessories and then stay for dinner. Both the jewelry and the dinner proceeds will go toward starting a jewelry-making skills class at Volunteers of America’s homeless and housing program to help mothers experiencing homelessness supplement their income and support their family. Look for more information at TodaysWomanNow.com.

NOVEMBER 16 * LOVE OUR PETS?

Take your dog for a walk in your warm winter coat and enjoy the brisk weather. If it is really cold, then just think about how you’d feel if you didn’t have this great animal. You would never be outside seeing the sun! If you enjoy one of the eight off-leash dog runs around the area, consider making a donation to the Louisville Dog Run Association, which makes those areas possible (louisvilledogs.org).

Today’s Woman staff with their doggies: (l-r) account executive Suzy Hillebrand with Roxy; publisher Cathy Zion with Trixie; media associate and stylist Alissa Hicks with Roger; designer Kathy Bolger with Duffy.

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NOVEMBER 18 * THANKFUL FOR THE LACK OF BUGS I always hear That cold weather kills the bugs But I asked my friend Google Who shook his mighty head with a “Not really.” Unless it gets down to about negative 30 (Which the polar vortex does seem to aspire to) The little flying beasts of summer, through the frost, Give us all the bug equivalent of the finger

NOVEMBER 19 * FRESH LOCAL FOOD Local turkeys that are raised antibiotics free make you feel good about your Thanksgiving meal. We met Susan and Chelsey Schlosnagle at the Beargrass Farmers Market. They have fresh meat available and that includes turkey — and fresh eggs. Find out more information on how you can order a local farm fresh turkey for Thanksgiving at dutchcreekfarm.net. Find your fresh ingredients at a farmers market event this fall: The Original Bardstown Road, bardstownroadfarmersmarket.com and Douglass Loop Farmer’s Market, douglassloopfarmersmarket.com. Susan Schlosnagle and daughter Chelsey of Dutch Creek Farm (who sells Chelsey’s Eggs) with their turkeys.

And say, “Like you, We’re riding this out until spring.” But cold weather still has its beauty. The pests are sleeping And without the cold, We wouldn’t appreciate the warm. And pale-skinned blondes like me With our blood apparently sugar-sweet, Will take any bug-free day With thankfulness. — Jessica Alyea

NOVEMBER 20 * SO GLAD FOR THE LIGHT I always turn on more lights than necessary to brighten up November. Sometimes, I turn on my lamps and go outside to peer into my windows to see how cozy it looks. It helps me appreciate the warmth of having a home. (Help someone who doesn’t have a home at louhomeless.org). When searching for the right lamp, Susan Ratterman with Brecher’s Lighting suggests paying attention to the size of your table and lamp you’re interested in buying. “Generally, tables are 24 inches high, so a lamp that is 27 or 28 inches looks proper,” she says. CREDITS: Cafe color lamp, $192 from

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NOVEMBER 21 * GOD “To be thankful is to respond to all the grace that is around us. Whether you believe in God or not, it is a response to the love that is out there. Try to be tuned in to what is good — when you live your life tuned in to what God does through family, friends, strangers, and random acts, then thankfulness is a natural response. Praying has helped me see these things to be thankful for. Prayer is a discernment process to understand what God is doing with purpose. It gives me the opportunities to express my thankfulness to God for everything He does. Prayer allows me to go from words to actions; it can be something that translates into service, to relationships, to everyday life, and to being in thankfulness.” — Reverend Marissa Galvan-Valle, pastor at Beechmont Presbyterian Church

NOVEMBER 22 * NEW RECIPE

Incorporate a new recipe into your Thanksgiving meal this year. Here is a newly created one by local food blogger Paige Rhodes of Mymoderncookery.com.

CHIPOTLE MAPLE GLAZED ACORN SQUASH Serves 4-6 as a side

1 acorn squash, seeded and sliced 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 Tbsp light brown sugar 2-3 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo (depending on how spicy you like it) ¼ cup maple syrup salt and pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 375°F. Place sliced squash onto a baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper and gently toss together. Sprinkle tops of squash with brown sugar. PHOTOS: PAIGE RHODES

Roast squash for 35 to 40 minutes occasionally tossing around gently to avoid sticking In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup and chipotle. 7-10 minutes before roasting is completely done, brush a small amount of chipotle/maple mix over each piece of squash and finish roasting.

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NOVEMBER 23 * FOOD TO PICK UP

Don’t want to cook? The great thing about living in a city that knows its food is you can arrange to pick up prepared food at about every price point. Home Cuisine prepares a more healthful but still delicious meal for $30 per person (minimum of 4). You can also try Fresh Market or order a cooked turkey from Kingsley Meats & Catering. Or, book a reservation at Rivue for $59 per person. The cost for children ages 4 to 10 is $27. Children ages 3 and under eat for free. CREDITS: Food prepared by Home Cuisine, $30/person (4-person minimum) part of their Thanksgiving meal, which includes herbed brined roasted turkey, turkey sausage cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, orange cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, the choice of two vegetables and pumpkin molasses or bourbon pecan pie (homecuisineonline.com).

NOVEMBER 24 * MUSEUMS FOR VISITING FAMILY

You have to find something to get everyone out of the house — and these exhibits are worth your while.

Make a bat at the Slugger Museum, sluggermuseum.com March along the voting rights trail at the Ali Center, alicenter.org View some contemporary art for free — even the bathrooms are an experience at 21c Museum, 21cmuseumhotels.com Holidays Around the World Exhibit: Frazier History Museum, fraziermuseum.org See an Imax movie at the Kentucky Science Center, kysciencecenter.org

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STYLING BY ANITA OLDHAM. PLATES FROM WEST ELM.

Take some time to set your table the night before so you can focus on the food at the last minute. Combine different things you own or find in your yard to create your own look, and don’t worry too much about everything matching.

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NOVEMBER 26 * FAMILY!

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NOVEMBER 27 * COFFEE

PHOTO ANNA PATTERSON

To survive the insanity of Black Friday, coffee is a must. Local coffee shop Quill’s Coffee has the perfect drink with an extra kick to keep you awake. “The Alchemist” is a latte that combines agave nectar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Created by one of Quill’s vegan baristas, this beverage caters to those with special dietary needs. Substituting soy milk will only add to the variety of flavor. Joanna Miller, a Quill’s barista, says this drink has become an employee favorite. “Even on a warm fall day, it’s delicious over ice,” she says. Quill’s Coffee recently took first place at America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition in Chicago. CREDITS: Quills Coffee, 930 Baxter Avenue

NOVEMBER 28 * NEW HEALTH EXPERIENCE NOVEMBER 29 * YOU CAN CUT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

Louisville keeps pulling in new health technology, and now is the time to take extra care of yourself. We were interested in the infrared sauna at Blue Halo Med Spa. Their sauna can help with weight loss, pain relief, and lower your blood pressure since it is based around the premise of relaxation. “It provides skin rejuvenation for wound healing, muscle recovery, immunity, and detoxification,” says Jackie Walker, medical aesthetician at Blue Halo.

Not everyone cuts down a Christmas tree, but if you want to do it, this area is blessed with many locations in a short drive. My family has done it for 20 years, and though some years it has been freezing or the youngest had chicken pox, we still pushed through to keep the tradition alive. Most of the closest ones are in Indiana. Go to IndianaChristmastree.com to find a location.

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A tree farm, such as Meyer Tree Farm in Southern Indiana, is a great place to establish tradition. This picture represents the first year that the Oldham kids could (barely) carry the large Christmas tree by themselves.

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hat do a screenwriter, a life coach, an IT worker, and a barista have in common?

This isn’t the start of a bad joke. These real people all have a passion for writing and have come through local author and teacher Angela Burton’s Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshop. Angela had attended several writers’ workshops over the years, and she says the bond she formed with the other writers was unlike any she had experienced. They became her tribe, as she calls it. She saw a need for a program like this in Louisville, and Feet to the Fire was born. Angela wanted her workshop to be intimate and comfortable, so she decided to use her own living room for the six-week program. Since its success, she has expanded to other programs, such as “Fanning the Flames,” an ongoing workshop for previous students, and memoir writing for the elderly. She begins each session with an enticing prompt, such as “It’s not your fault…,” and sees where her students take it. These workshops are an opportunity for people to find their voice through writing, Angela says, and she strongly believes that everyone has a story to tell. Her goal is to help writers overcome the mental blocks that hold them back. “Don’t ever question why you’re able to be creative,” she says. “Just be glad that you are.” For more information about Feet to the Fire and Angela’s other workshops, visit feettothefirewriters.com.

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li Hawthorne believes citizens have the power to impact local business, arts, and charities. She has been a partner in the public relations firm M2-Maximum Media LLC for 10 years. while supporting community events and organizations. “We can all do our part to maintain the vibrancy and unique character of the city,” the Louisville native says. Ali has a different feeling when she walks into a shop where people know her and she knows them. “When we buy local, we support our friends and neighbors and it keeps money circulating in our community,” Ali says. “Successful businesses usually give more back to local charities.” For five years, Ali has been a board member with the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), better known as Keep Louisville Weird. She is also on the board of the Clifton Center. “It’s an awesome nonprofit that has come a long way,” Ali says. “I firmly believe in supporting the arts.” Providing public relations skills to businesses and nonprofits is important to Ali and her partner, Jen Carver. “We’re known as the LIBA/Keep Louisville Weird hosts many PR Girls,” Ali says. The boutique firm events including the Buy Local Fair in May has 10 to 12 clients at any given time. and the Louisville Brewfest in September. A holiday campaign offers a chance for “When we decided to work together, contestants who collect five receipts from we closed our eyes and jumped in,” local businesses to win a $1,000 prize. Ali says. “We have been so blessed to keeplouisvilleweird.com have continuous business for the past 10 years.” The Clifton Center hosts the annual The firm’s clients include Cedar Taste of Frankfort Avenue and offers Lake Lodge, the Coalition for the culturally diverse programs. Homeless, and WaterStep, which Ali and Jen work from their homes, cliftoncenter.org provides solutions for clean water in which enables Ali to be with her 2-year-old developing countries. “We know our daughter, Piper. She and her husband Wes clients very well, including what their are expecting twins in February. “I wouldn’t values are,” Ali says. “We truly love what we do — improving trade (my life) for anything,” she says. lives and making a positive impact.” For information: ali@m2maxmedia.com

“My wife won’t stop badgering me. I know I messed up. She reminds me of it every day. Three years ago I had an affair with her best friend. It was stupid; I admit it. I’ve tried everything to convince her it won’t happen again, but she simply will not trust me. She checks my phone every day. If I’m five minutes late from coming in from work, she interrogates me all night. She wants an accounting of every dime I spend. She checks the phone records every month. She seems obsessed with trying to catch me in another unfaithful act. I’m exhausted from it all. She says she has forgiven me, but it doesn’t feel that way because she won’t forget it. Is it asking too much for her to trust me again?”

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Joan Brashear Associates recommends endermologie as a painless manipulation of connective tissue. This procedure reduces the appearance of cellulite between 50-80 percent. Endermologie enhances skin texture, sculpts silhouettes, improves local blood and lymphatic circulation, relieves muscle tension, and makes you feel better. joanbrashearassociates.com

Baptist Health/Milestone spa is taking years off facial skin with their new ReVersive product line from Babor. ReVersive contains a high-performance formula with four active ingredients that interact in perfect synergy. baptistmilestone.com/spa

Kelly Murdoch has always wanted to take part in a fitness competition. The certified surgical technician and Shepherdsville mom of three has been a regular exerciser since her early teens. “I’ve trained with a personal trainer and even gotten down to a 6 percent body fat,” the 35-year-old says. “But I’ve never, ever been able to get down to a flat stomach to where I would feel comfortable doing a fitness competition.” She started researching plastic surgeons in the Louisville area, comparing scar results and before-andafter photos. But she didn’t find any she was happy with until she came across Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi of UofL Physicians — Plastic Surgery. “I thought his results far surpassed any of the others,” she says. Dr. Wilhelmi says he recommends patients do their research like Kelly did to make sure their surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery and that they understand the pros and cons of a procedure. “In order to truly help and satisfy patients, it’s important to address all the problem areas and not take shortcuts,” he says. “[Many of my patients] aspire to improve their appearance and after raising children or working hard at their job, they’re at a point where they want to do something positive for themselves.” After her abdominoplasty and muscle repair procedure with Dr. Wilhelmi, Kelly says she has a completely different confidence in her clothes. She hopes to enter a fitness competition within a year. “Anybody I know that is even remotely thinking about it, I would not refer them to anyone but Dr. Wilhelmi,” Kelly says. “He cares and is there for you 24 hours a day afterward.”

Get Rid of the Double Chin The Vein Treatment Center provides Coolsculpting Treatment specifically for the submental area (more commonly referred to as the double chin), which paves the way for the launch of their new CoolMini applicator. Results can be seen in as few as 1-2 visits. veintreatments.com

New Facials Dedi’s has recently expanded space and added esthetician and licensed massage therapist Brittney L. Brooks to their staff. Brittney is now the technician for all of Dedi’s specialty facials as well as waxing and tinting. Dedi’s has added the Deluxe Facial to their menu — an hour-long facial treatment that includes a 20-minute face and shoulder massage. dedisbeautysecrets.com

Gentler Liposuction Dr. Garrett Crabtree at the Liposuction Institute specializes in tumescent liposuction. This process uses local anesthesia, as opposed to general anesthesia, reducing the overall cost and risk of the procedure. Dr. Crabtree combines this with a laser, which helps tighten up skin and partially softens or melts the fat, resulting in a gentler procedure. crabtreemd.com

A New Laser Option Dr. Mark Salzman is using the new Halo Laser, the world’s first hybrid fractional laser. The Halo laser combines the best attributes of the efficacious fractional ablative and the easy-healing fractional non-ablative lasers. Halo is great for mild wrinkles, texture and pore size, brownish discoloration and sunspots, and generalized uneven skin tone. It also only requires numbing creams and cold air to provide for a comfortable treatment. Itbecomesyou.com

Skin Rejuvenation Ultimate Vein Care specialists can take special care of brown spots and facial veins. They also focus on enhanced skin rejuvenation, which is key in fighting the ongoing battle of aging. These treatments are quick, taking less than an hour. ultimateveincare.com

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From Cancer Help to Cosmetic Help Receiving an advanced breast cancer diagnosis at age 37 was a mental jolt to Louisville resident Monica Reynolds*. She had four young children, but she knew she needed to stay positive. She credits Dr. R. Thomas Noel of Associates in Plastic Surgery for helping her mental healing through the treatment process. In 1995, Dr. Noel performed Monica’s first reconstructive breast surgery, an abdominal TRAM flap, where he removed tissue from Monica’s abdomen to reconstruct her breast. And when Monica was diagnosed with a different form of breast cancer in 2000, he performed a tissue expander and implant procedure. “When I got my breast back, I truly appreciated the fulfillment I got of being a woman again. I felt whole again,” Monica says. “Dr. Noel is a perfectionist, and it is as close to perfect as it can get. He is a compassionate, kind, and caring doctor.” Now a breast cancer survivor, Monica, 58, later went back to Dr. Noel for cosmetic liposuction. “When I had my TRAM flap, Dr. Noel had told me that things would change with my body — that my weight would shift into different areas,” she says. “It took my confidence when I started gaining the weight in different areas even though I was working out and eating right. I ended up doing lipo around my waist and back. That gave me my confidence back because my body type was what it used to be.” Dr. Noel has been practicing for 23 years and says he enjoys both the reconstructive and cosmetic aspects of plastic surgery. “I like the artistic creativity part of it,” he says. “There’s a different solution for each patient. We get to use our creativity to solve each problem. “I develop relationships with these patients that are really long-lasting. It’s nice to be able to take care of them from both avenues of plastic surgery.” *Name changed to protect privacy. TODAY’S WOMAN


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NAME: Micaela Skura AGE: 30 JOB: Public relations administrator for Delta Dental of Kentucky LIVES IN: St. Matthews Micaela Skura finds joy in knowing she has made a difference in someone’s life — and she does it every day on her job at Delta Dental. Micaela helped develop Making Smiles Happen, a philanthropic initiative focused on improving oral health in the community. The Initiative provides funds to charities that offer oral health education. Micaela and her colleagues also created Teeth on the Go — a statewide oral health education program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Recently, Making Smiles Happen provided funding for three years to bring Blessings in a Backpack to two elementary schools. Micaela says her interest in advocating for charitable organizations started early in her life. “I was raised to be grateful for what I had, and once I was a little older, I saw how fortunate I was,” she says. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Micaela has been living in Louisville for more than three years and thrives on staying busy. “I think I just create more opportunities for more work for myself,” she says. She wakes up no later than 6am, eats breakfast, then runs six miles on the treadmill in her home gym while watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She also uses her treadmill time to respond to emails on her iPad in preparation for her workday. On Sundays, she and her husband Michael have a standing brunch date at either the Village Anchor or Louvino.

Before I Go... “I usually grab my sunglasses and

water bottle.”

FASHION SHE’S WEARING: “I like a really good pair of jeans with a blazer and nice shirt or maybe a portofino. It is a silk button-up shirt.” BEAUTY PRODUCT SHE’S LOVING: “Lash extensions. It makes getting ready in the morning effortless. I don’t have to wear mascara.” LATEST PURCHASE SHE’S PRAISING: “My New England Patriots jersey.”

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Today's Woman November 2015  

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