TOPS AROUND TOWN 38 Out & About 40 TOPS In Lexington Preview Party 42 The Splash, Benefitting Cystic Fibrosis 44 Sunset Soireé 2015 46 National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO) 48 The Cardinal Hill Bash #1 50 The Cardinal Hill Bash #2 52 Kentucky Eagle Annual Showcase 54 Gates Auto Family Celebrates 100 Years 252 Ephraim McDowell Fundraising Gala 254 Thursday’s Child Evening with the Stars 256 Celebration of Care 258 An Evening for the Children’s Advocacy Center 260 Night to United Preview Party & Fundraising Event 1 #
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The Fall Wishlist
photos by Kristin Tatem
ow wonderful that fall is here! It’s such an amazing time of year here in the Bluegrass, what with football season, Keeneland, and the gorgeous fall foliage Lexington has to offer. It’s also an amazing time to update our fall wardrobes with some key essentials that will carry us well into the winter. Let’s chat up some of fall’s best “must have’s” to get us geared up for the fall season, shall we? Booties: All of us gals should have at least one solid pair of booties in our shoe arsenal now that we are into fall. Perfectly paired with skinny jeans or even a fun fall frock, booties are surprisingly flattering and keep the tootsies warm when the temps start to dip. Loafers: Specifically, leopard loafers. I cannot tell you how much I adore these babies and I’m telling you, they are here to stay for the fall. While a ballet flat will always be in style, a loafer is now the new way to sport a flat. I highly recommend snagging a leopard pair as it will give an extra element of detail to your look. Remember, leopard is always a neutral my friends. Cognac: Grab yourself some cognac. Be it a satchel, such as this beauty from Omar + Elsie, a pair of loafers, booties, or over the knee boots...nothing screams fall like the color of Cognac. It’s such a classic and will, indeed, never go out of style. Distressed Boyfriends: They’re essential. They’re my new favorite go-to jean. Partly because they add a very laid-back vibe to your look, but mostly because the relaxed fit is ridiculously comfortable. White Jeans: Yes...’tis true. I’m suggesting we break the rules and bust out white post Labor Day. Think of pairing your whites with chunky knits in neutrals such as camel, gray, navy, or black. It’s a fresh way to wear the whites and will always look crisp and pulled together. Sneaks: I’ve said it until I’m blue in the face, but I LOVE me a good pair of sneaks. And if it’s a leopard high-top – even better. Not much else needs to be done with your look when sporting a sneaker with a fun detail as they’ll be the focal point of your outfit. Skinnies, whites, or black distressed jeans all complement these Leo Lovelies – and I plan on wearing the heck out of them this fall. Just remember gang, small tweaks to your closet will no doubt up your wardrobe game. Think accessories, shoes, and jeans when perusing the sites and stores and you’ll indeed be ready to embrace what will hopefully be a gorgeous fall here in the Bluegrass.
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by Beth Parker Fashion Blogger/Stylist seersuckerandsaddles.blogspot.com
I applied for the job thinking it was going to fill my summer. It ended up filling my life.
remembering the fun “think tank” atmosphere where everybody’s opinion was welcome. “D.G. and I would sit in the kitchen. We started naming the races—let’s call one the classic and one the distaff,” she said. The Breeders’ Cup was the brainchild of the late John Gaines, a Lexington horse farm owner who envisioned a year-end championship for the Thoroughbred racing industry in the same way other sports have annual cups and trophies. For the first time in its history the sold-out Breeders’ Cup will be at Keeneland, with $26 million in purse money for the winning owners. Around 180 horses will run in the event’s 13 races over two days, Oct. 30-31. The economic impact for the area will be close to $60 million. “Our philosophy was ‘bigger is better,’” Delgado said of the larger tracks like Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park. However, Keeneland’s proposal was to tie in the event with the November horse sales, showcasing Lexington as the place where championship horses are bred and sold and then come back to run against the best horses in the world. “It had great appeal when we looked at it full circle,” Delgado said. “Here’s where it all begins and here’s where they end up.” Being five miles from the track has made site visits extremely convenient. “When we have the event in California we need to make sure that each trip out west is productive, but inevitably there are things that you just have to OK without seeing or having a face-toface meeting,” Delgado said. When the 2015 Breeders’ Cup is over, she would like for the people of Lexington to think “that we brought the event to one of the most picturesque and world-renowned racetracks in the world” and that “although the venue was small, every detail was attended to and those in attendance or watching from a remote location had an amazing experience.” Picture the logistics of handling hotel reservations, party invitations, paddock passes, track credentials and seating for 500 owners, trainers, breeders and jockeys, plus their guests, for a total of 3,000 people, all with grace and aplomb. That’s one aspect of Delgado’s job.
Travel is another. “This year I visited Japan for about 12 days talking to Japanese owners and breeders and co-hosting a reception with Keeneland in Tokyo,” she said. “Last year I traveled to Argentina to attend our Challenge race and visit breeding farms, and it was incredible to see the passion for Thoroughbreds that they have in that country.” The next two Breeders’ Cup championships are scheduled for California: Santa Anita in 2016 and Del Mar in 2017. “Right after this year’s event, we go full-on into planning the next,” Delgado said. While she doesn’t have a lot of time for hobbies, she enjoys reading and is never without her Kindle. Two Pembroke Welsh corgis are constant furry companions. Her daughter, Mallory, attends Northern Kentucky University. Her husband, Frank, is retired from his racing career, most of which he spent as an exercise rider for leading trainers at the New York tracks. He also supervised the New York Racing Association’s security officers before moving to Lexington and managing G4S, a worldwide provider of security for businesses. Delgado’s grandparents, Anthony and Sheila Basile, were loved by many in the racing industry. Her grandfather was the trainer for Bwamazon Farm in Lexington and excelled with his two-year-olds in particular. Young Delgado grew up traveling with him to racetracks like Monmouth Park, Gulfstream Park, Arlington Park and Belmont. “I remember sitting in my grandfather’s box at Keeneland and overhearing people behind me discussing the upcoming race,” she said, “and I’ll never forget what they said: “Look at this horse, a two-yearold trained by Tony Basile, ridden by Donnie Brumfield, it’s like stealing money, put everything you have on it.” It gave me such an appreciation for his life’s work and his passion for racing.” Delgado knows how fortunate she is to have landed her dream job at the age of 18. Today she advises young people to learn as much as they can about everything they can in the industry, the same way she did. “Be diverse, step outside your comfort zone and never say no to somebody willing to give you work,” she said. “It will pay off in the long run; the experience you gain across many fields will serve you well when it’s time to make your mark on the world.”
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3070 Lakecrest Dr. (In Beaumont Ctr.) | Lexington (859) 296-1007 AzurRestaurant.com
Serving heirloom contemporary cuisine with the freshest in local meats, fish and produce. Chef Jeremy Ashby’s commitment to the best the Bluegrass has to offer makes every night Farm to Table night. Regional specials each evening, a selection of premium bourbons, our famous family style Bourbon Fried Chicken on Sundays, and one of the city’s best patios provides a variety of dining options. Large parties welcome.
841 Lane Allen Rd. | Lexington (859) 303-5573 Brasabana.com
Spend a night in Old Havana as Chef Miguel Rivas cooks you something special with a Latin flair. Featuring nightly specials, 25 premium rums and 20 premium tequilas, Sunday -Thursday happy hour, and live music on Fridays. Sunday Brunch from 10 am-2 pm. Try our house made plantain chips, Steak Chimichurri, Carnitas, and Tres Leche Cake! Voted Best Latin Restaurant in Lexington by THRILLIST!
2041 Richmond Rd. | Lexington (859) 523-8484 CobaCocina.com
Coba is Lexington’s hotspot for contemporary Latin food. With items like Brisket Tacos, Agave Glazed Salmon and Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, they have something for everyone. Coba also offers the perfect nightlife scene with signature cocktails, a wide beer and wine selection and live music. Go explore at Coba!
3347 Tates Creek Rd. | Lexington (859) 335-6500 DrakesComePlay.com
Drake’s is a restaurant that loves beer and a bar that loves food. With great drink specials, over twenty flat screen TV’s and heaping portions of your favorite food, Drake’s is the place to party. Play shuffleboard, corn hole or giant jenga. Enjoy AQUA sushi along with twenty four craft beers.
El Rancho Tapatio
138 Burt Rd. | Lexington (859) 373-9091 ElRanchoTapatio.com
3373 Tates Creek Rd. | Lexington (859) 977-2600 OBCkitchen.com
El Rancho Tapatio Restaurant is a family owned and operated business where meals are made fresh and affordable. Enjoy delicious tacos, tostadas, burritos, fajitas and an array of exquisite Mexican dishes that will transport you to a little corner of Guadalajara, Mexico. Come try a few of our specialties like Taqueria style tacos, Sopas, Gorditas, Empanadas and more
Old Bourbon County Kitchen houses a huge, extremely rare bourbon collection, eclectic craft beer selection and an extensive wine list. Centuries-old, local barn wood and deep, leather booths surround guests as they enjoy high quality dishes in a pub-like atmosphere. May we suggest the Bacon In a Glass?
1924 Pavilion Way (In Hamburg Pavilion) | Lexington (859) 977-4640 OldChicago.com
1920 Pleasant Ridge Dr. | Lexington 3735 Palomar Centre Dr. | Lexington (859) 335-6500 BluegrassHospitality.com
Harry’s is an American Bar and Grill. The Thoroughbred theme is a tribute to Lexington’s rich racing history. The food is a nod to classic Americana with a twist; locals suggest Mini Maple Chicken Cordon Bluegrass Sandwiches, Harry’s Chopped Salad or a basket of Fried Pickles.
JDI Grille & Tavern
319 Cedar St. | Lexington (859) 246-0202 JDILex.com
The JDI offers a wide array of decadent southern food including smoked on-site pulled pork, brisket, chicken and waffles, and a “JDI” burger that you won’t forget. If you have a sweet tooth try the funnel cake fries and tantalizing bananas foster waffle. With a dozen draft beers and 110 Bourbons, Whiskies and Ryes, the JDI has the beer and spirits for you!
508 Lexington Rd. | Versailles (859) 873-0600 NapaBurgerBar.com
Locally owned and operated, Napa Prime offers chef inspired gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, small plates, local craft beer, world class bourbons and the best wines Napa Valley has to offer in a relaxed setting on the Bourbon Trail. Come see why this “culinary twist on an American Classic” has everyone talking!
Old Chicago Pizza
Old Chicago has something for everyone. Whether it’s pizza for dinner, or a couple of brews for Happy Hour, every occasion is a winner at Old Chicago! Whether it’s lunch, dinner or late-night, if it’s a pizza, pasta, calzone, salad, burger or sandwich, every choice is the right one!
Palmers Fresh Grill
161 Lexington Green Cir. (The Mall at Lexington Green) | Lexington (859) 273-0103 ShopLexGreen.com
Savor the freshest seafood or delight in tender, juicy steaks, chicken or chops, all paired with an exquisite wine and bourbon selection, handcrafted cocktails and Lexington made craft beers. Enjoy lakeside dining daily, and brunch on Sundays!
Proud Mary Honky Tonk BBQ 9079 Old Richmond Rd. | Lexington (859) 913-5611 ProudMaryBBQ.com
Located on the banks of the Kentucky River at Exit 99 off of I-75, Proud Mary offers fantastic BBQ with a Cajun twist, including fried catfish, frog legs and jambalaya. From Po Boys to brisket, this indoor/outdoor restaurant serves up excellent food, great views and tons of fun.
3373 Tates Creek Rd. (859) 335-6500 BluegrassHospitality.com
Sal’s offers chef driven entrees and the best weekend brunch in town! Our $4 build your own
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bloody mary bar compliments features such as the crab cake benedict and crab and asparagus omelet. Our specials rotate seasonally and are created exclusively by Executive Chef Matt Combs just for you.
Shakespeare and Co.
1060 Chinoe Rd. Lexington (859) 303-5760 367 W. Short St. Lexington (859) 367-0413 Shakespeare-and-Co.com
Shakespeare and Co. has established itself as one of the most enchanting dining experiences in Lexington. With locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo and beyond, these beautifully-appointed restaurants must be seen to be believed. The Shakespeare and Co. menu includes world cuisine as well as American dishes.
161 Lexington Green Cir. (The Mall at Lexington Green) Lexington 410 W Vine St. #107 Lexington (859) 272-8802 ArtiqueGallery.com
Artique Gallery, a unique celebration of creativity, features the works of over 1000 of America’s most talented craftspeople. This includes fine and eclectic jewelry, glass, ceramics and sculpture. Artique specializes in offering gifts to celebrate every day gift needs, as well as to commemorate significant life events.
126 W. Maxwell St. #100 Lexington (859) 255-2565 BellaRoseStyle.com
Bella Rose has been dressing the women of the Bluegrass for 35 years. No matter the age or occasion, they have something special waiting for you. Enjoy personalized customer service with a family-like feel as you shop top designers such as Milly, Shoshanna, Nicole Miller, and so many more. They can’t wait to see you soon!
104 W. Tiverton Way Lexington (859) 273-3124
The Julep Cup
111 Woodland Ave #102 Lexington (859) 226-0300 TheJulepCup.com
At home in The Woodlands Condo building (Woodland and East Main), the Cordon Bleu trained chefs daily prepare fresh dishes with tradition and creativity. Freshest seafoods, vegetarian options, relaxing atmosphere, quiet patio, parking or Blue Route Trolly, fabulous musicians entertain on weekends. Locally owned and operated Wine Spectator and Opentable award winner.
The Local Taco
315 S. Limestone Lexington (859) 523-3700 TheLocalTaco.com
Tex-Mex cuisine, the traditions and character of Southern food culture and distinct flavors of the community in which it resides.
The Merrick nn
1074 Merrick Dr. Lexington (859) 269-5417 TheMerrickInn.com
Always a Celebration, the Merrick Inn! A Lexington tradition since 1976, offering sensational Southern dishes in a charming manor house nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass. Merrick Inn has been the setting for countless celebrations from intimate engagement dinners to family celebrations, wedding parties and corporate events. Book your celebration today!
The Local Taco stands as an eclectic and unique restaurant that embraces the simple pleasures of
SHOPPING 105 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. Louisville (502) 426-1520 BrechersLighting.com
Brecher’s has been the source for lighting since 1866. Visit one of their showrooms for the latest in lighting. For selection, service and style, head to the source.
111 Clay Ave. Lexington (859) 252-2004 CarlMeyers.com
Carl Meyers, an established name in fashion for over 90 years in Lexington, continues to offer the most fashion forward collections from both USA and European designers. Casual chic to black tie attire and all the accessories including hats, bags, shoes, jewelry, scarves, wraps and furs. Conveniently located and open Monday through Saturday 10-5. They also offer personal appointments upon request!
390 E. New Circle Rd. Lexington (859) 253-0004 CarpetOneLex.com
Carpet One has one of the largest selections of carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl, area rugs and more. With 1,000 stores world-
wide, they not only have enormous buying power, but they have partners in all of the major brands, mills and manufacturers. You’ll always find the best products and great savings every day.
410 W. Vine St. Lexington (859) 303-6526 Instagram/cat couture1
Cat Couture is a locally owned and operated boutique specializing in premier and upscale fashion for University of Kentucky fans. Providing styles for the entire family, we are located in the Shops at Lexington Center and feature designers such as Cutter & Buck, Karen Kane and Dooney & Burke.
Corbett Frame Jewelers 369 W. Vine St. Lexington (859) 254-1963 Corbett-Frame.com
Locally owned and celebrating their 25th anniversary, Corbett-Frame Jewelers makes a Bluegrass statement with their exclusive collection of equine jewelry, meticulously crafted with everything from gold to horsehair. They are known for their designer jewelry lines, like David Yurman, Deakin & Francis and William Henry. Find them in the heart of downtown Lexington, in the Hilton lobby.
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to adults, The Keeneland Shop has something for everyone. Internationally renowned for its quality merchandise, The Keeneland Shop offers wonderful gifts for every occasion, in every price range.
Cotton Patch offers Lexingtonians and visitors to the Bluegrass the very best in women’s clothing and accessories. For 30 years, Cotton Patch has catered to women for every occasion from day to day to black tie. With a simple and straight forward concept: Cotton Patch brings the best product lines and labels they can to women, while coupling that with personalized service and advice.
House provides a great selection of inexpensive designer silk floral arrangements, affordable gifts, classic and updated home decor, lamps, mirrors, art, memorable wedding and event fresh floral designs, custom window treatments, and reupholstery. The owners of House also offer wedding floral design and interior design services.
Dillard’s Fayette Mall
400 Old Vine St. #102 Lexington (859) 259-3926 HowardandMiller.com
3367 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington (859) 269-8839 CottonPatchofKY.com
3625 Nicholasville Rd. (at The Fayette Mall) Lexington (859) 271-9797 Dillards.com
With a wide selection of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, Dillard’s can outfit anyone in your family for a varity of occasions. In addition to all the latest trends in fashion, they also offer most high-end cosmetic lines, including Chanel and Dior.
3625 Nicholasville Rd. (at The Fayette Mall) Lexington (859) 245-6019 Facebook.com/shopentwine
Where Boho Chic meets Main Street, locally owned en•twine has a vibe all its own. Find unique clothing and jewelry from Free People, Sanctuary, BB Dakota, Judith March, Lauren James, AG Denim, Bourbon & Boweties and Hudson Denim. Discover Bluegrass brands like Kentucky for Kentucky at en•twine and “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”.
250 Walton Ave. #130 Lexington (859) 523-3933 housebyjsd.wordpress.com
Howard & Miller
The very best in business and casual clothing for gentlemen. Their outstanding quality, joined with excellent customer service, set Howard & Miller apart. With goods from Vineyard Vines, Peter Millar, Gittman Bros., Bills Khakis and many more, this gentlmen’s store can outfit men for a variety of occasions.
153 Patchen Dr. Lexington (859) 269-5753 Facebook.com/Jerome.Beauty
A bluegrass legend in beauty and fashion for 53 years, Jerome has been keeping the women of the bluegrass beautifully coiffed and dressed for every occasion, from casual and business to formal. They excel in beauty, hair and skin care treatments to keep you looking ageless. Treat yourself to a visit to Jerome during your stay in Lexington!
John’s New Classic Shoes 316 S. Ashland Lexington (859) 266-6420 JohnsNewClassic.com
John’s New Classic Shoes is a classic shoe store for men and women featuring everything from timeless brands to the season’s must-haves. The locally owned business has serving Lexington, KY and the surrounding communities since 2002 with comfort and style.
Keeneland Gift Shop
4201 Versailles Rd. Lexington (859) 288-4236 KeenelandGiftShop.com
Keeneland’s official gift shop is a little slice of equine heaven. From head to hoof, tables to tableware, or weanlings
3801 Mall Rd. #105 Lexington (859) 273-0122 KentuckyBranded.com
Kentucky Branded is your source for all things Kentucky. Whether it’s Makers Mark Merchandise, KSR Gear, UK/Nike apparel, or state pridewe have it. The store is located behind Fayette Mall by Saul Good. There are many ways to show your state pride. Shirts, Hats, Pullovers, Pillows, Frames, Purses, specialty monogrammed pieces, jewelry and more!
La Z Boy
1800 Alysheba Way Lexington (859) 543-8222 La-Z-Boy.com/Lexington
When you enter a La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries store, you enter a world of comfort, service and selection. Whether you’re searching for ideas to decorate your home, or that perfect piece to complete your room, our Design Center is the place to find it all. And with the La-Z-Boy Screen Test® system, you’ll gain peace of mind by previewing your furniture before you leave the store.
3735 Palomar Centre Dr. (in Beaumont Centre) Lexington (859) 543-8222 La-Z-Boy.com/Lexington
For more than 30 years, Leather, Inc. has been known as Lexington’s luggage and travel headquarters, featuring Tumi, Briggs & Riley, Bric’s and Swiss Army. Locally owned and operated, Leather, Inc. will help you determine the luggage that best fits your travel needs. Also shop their collection of over 1,500 fine writing instruments.
3024 Blake James Dr. Lexington (859) 254-4412 Lexfurniture.com
Lexington Furniture and Oriental Rugs has served central Kentucky since 1960. They are one of the nation’s leading sources for high quality custom and fine furniture. Stop in and meet their friendly design staff and check out their showroom at the corner of Man O’ War and Palumbo.
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531 W Short St. Lexington (859) 225-7474 LVHarkness.com
Experience elegance in the heart of horse country with artesian gifts and collectables that can only be found at L.V. Harkness, located in downtown Lexington. Explore their exclusive line of Breeders’ Cup luxury products along with their vast array of one-of-a-kind treasures and objets d’art collected from across the globe.
3401 Nicholasville Rd. (at The Fayette Mall) Lexington (859) 271-5000 Madhaus Boutique is a unqiue and fun clothing store located in Fayette Mall, just three doors down from Macy’s. The locally owned boutique offers clothes and accessorries for children and adults. Make sure to pick up a candle while you are there!
116 Clay Ave. Lexington (859) 253-0427 MonkeesofLexington.com
A ladies’ store beyond your “girlie” imagination; known to carry the finest lines in shoes, clothing and accessories. At Monkee’s, you’ll experience boutique shopping as it is meant to be: fun and personal! Their associates all have an incredible eye for style and are dedicated to delivering world class customer service.
Olive You Boutique
118 Meridian Way #1 Richmond (859) 625-1328 OliveYouBoutique.com
Olive You is Central Kentucky’s go-to shop for trends and brands to complement “all of you”, located in Richmond. Offering a variety brands, fit for just about anyone who steps through the doors, popular lines like Citizens of Humanity, Michael Stars, Nic + Zoe, Jude Connally and Judith March can be found among the racks.
Omar + Elsie
114 Old Lafayette Ave. Lexington (859) 231-6627 OmarAndElsie.com
Omar + Elsie is a stylish women’s boutique, celebrating a life of love and style! They offer shoes, clothing, accessories and home decor. They bring only the best to Lexington, with brands such as
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Tory Burch, Mother Denim, Loeffler Randall, Pedro Garcia, Clare V, Jonathan Adler, Donni Charm, James Perse, Lulu Frost and more!
Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass 1155 Buck Creek Rd. Simpsonville (502) 722-5558 theOutletShoppesoftheBluegrass.com
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is a 366,750 sq. ft. outlet mall located near I-64 in Simpsonville, Kentucky. Anchor stores include; Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Old Navy, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci and American Eagle Outfitters.
112 Clay Ave. Lexington (859) 255-3188 PeggysGifts.com
Peggy’s is packed with wonderful gifts to celebrate any occasion! They feature a fabulous selection of jewelry, totes and purses, and chic accessories for your home and entertaining needs. As an added free service, they wrap all your gifts in their signature dot paper! Peggy’s loves to personalize gifts and is happy to offer suggestions.
Queen Bee Gifts
3735 Palomar Centre Dr. #100 Lexington (859) 224-2240 QueenBeeLex.com
Searching for the a unique gift, home decor or a great holiday accent? Queen Bee has established its reputation as the perfect gift giving source for Her, Him, Home and Holiday. They invite everyone to come see what the Buzz is about!
Rose & Lime Boutique
535 South Upper St. (at Center Court) Lexington (859) 317-9550 RoseandLime.com
Enjoy a unique shopping experience at Rose and Lime, where you get high quality, contemporary fashions at an affordable price. Whether you’re going on a special date, headed to the racetrack, or looking for some comfortable, casual attire, you will find it at Rose and Lime. Check out theirgrowing selection of unique collegiate and Greek merchandise and top it all off with great jewelry and accessories.
edited selection of ladies boutique/ designer and name brand clothing and accessories from casual to formal. Celebrating 24 years of keeping Lexington fashionable without spending a fortune!
Several Convenient Locations (866) 637-3778 SleepOutfitters.com
Good sleep is as important as diet and exercise for healthy, productive living,” said Sleep Outfitters CEO Kim Brown Knopf. The University of Kentucky alumna and Louisville native operates 40 Sleep Outfitters stores across Kentucky. Founded in 1983 by Knopf, Sleep Outfitters is the state’s largest Tempur-Pedic and Sealy retailer.
The Tack Shop of Lexington 1510 Newtown Pike Lexington (859) 368-0810 TackShopKentucky.com
The Tack Shop of Lexington provides a great selection of quality equestrian supplies. Whether you’re training for an event or leisure riding, their riding and saddle shop carries all the horse apparel and equestrian supplies to keep you and your horse comfortable, safe and stylish in all riding conditions.
The Corman Marketplace
881 Floyd Dr. Lexington (859) 233-0544 CormanMarketplace.com
Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment carries a well-
The Corman Marketplace is Lexington’s yearround Christmas Wonderland. See their many equine-themed items, as well as trees, wreaths, garland and all the season’s trimmings. A Lex-
3101 Richmond Rd. Lexington (859) 266-5138 sassyfoxconsign.wordpress.com
The Great Room
287 Southland Dr. Lexington (859) 373-8004 Facebook.com/greatroom.com
The Great Room is Lexington’s newest and most trendy consignment shop. You will always be able to find unique pieces that fit your style. Whether you’re furnishing your first apartment or the castle you’ve always dreamed of, The Great Room has a little bit of something for everyone. Make your room a great room.
211 Industry Pkwy. Nicholasville (859) 885-9721 TheShowplaceLex.com
A residential and commercial plumbing supply company, The Showplace has over 10,000 products to completely customize bathrooms and kitchens. They also offer unique and dramatic light fixtures to create spaces that glow with luxury and beauty.
The Woodland Triangle ington tradition for almost 50 years, their hours are Monday thru Friday 9-5 and Saturdays 10-4. Let The Corman Marketplace make your holiday sparkle!
Kentucky Ave., High St., Maxwell St. and Woodland Ave. Lexington
Discover a variety of specialty shoppes in this fun and funky neighborhood. Antiques, a decorator
warehouse with Kentucky crafts, clothing boutiques, cooking classes, book stores and a skate shop.
401 W. Main St. Lexington (859) 252-7575 TheSquareLexington.com
The Square is Lexington’s preferred shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Visitors will discover a collection of today’s most innovative food and beverage experiences from well-known restaurateurs and brew masters, a thoughtful compilation of fine art, signature boutiques and exciting learning experiences for children.
124 Clay Ave. Lexington (859) 252-8623 ShopVoce.com
This salon has its own clothing and accessories boutique, which features pieces from Phillip Lim, Rebecca Minkoff, Thakoon, Rag & Bone and Kendra Scott. Their hair and makeup services will complete any outfit. Whether for a cocktail-attire evening, a night on the town or just to turn heads everyday, Você is a one-stop shop.
HEALTH/BEAUTY Abell Eyes
2720 Old Rosebud Rd. Lexington (859) 373-0300 AbellEyes.net
From active involvement as clinical investigators and clinic sites for the FDA American LASIK studies, Dr. Abell and his team of professionals continue to set precedents in the world of eye care as well as other cataract and LASIK studies.
Aesthetic Skincare Center 2376 Alexandria Dr. Lexington (859) 278-0996 AestheticSkincareKY.com
Aesthetic Skin Care Center LLC is an integrated office with registered nurses and a Plastic Surgeon housed in the same building. Our staff is devoted to enhancing the appearance of your skin through customized skin care products and
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treatments. Come experience our Red Carpet facials and latest fall makeup looks.
(859) 402-2005 AntiAgingLex.com
The Center for Anti Aging offers several products and services to help clients lose weight and keep it off. Owner, Karla Stephens, loves helping patients live a happier and healthier life. The Center for Anti Aging also offers a variety of cosmetic treatments, such as Botox, Microdermabrasion, Facials and Chemical Peels, Venus Freeze, Tattoo Removal and so much more!
824 Euclid Ave. #100 Lexington (859) 269-2256 2341 Lime Kiln Ln. Louisville (502) 814-3000 Caolospa.com
From individual consultations to state-of-the-art surgical facilities to a world-class medical spa, Calobrace & Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery Center is Kentucky’s leading plastic surgery practice and one of the most respected in the country. Their full-service medical spa, CaloSpa Rejuvenation Center, offers more than fifty different Medical Spa services.
Center for Anti-Aging
152 W. Tiverton Way #160 Lexington
Center for Plastic Surgery
501 Darby Creek Rd. Ste. 59 Lexington (859) 263-8083 Center4PlasticSurgery.com
The Center for Plastic Surgery provides plastic & cosmetic surgery to patients in Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and beyond! Sandra Bouzaglou, MD, FACS
is devoted to rejuvenating and enhancing your natural beauty using state-of-the-art plastic surgery procedures that will result in beautiful, natural results that make you look better and feel more confident about your appearance!
Commonwealth Plastic Surgery
448 Lewis Hargett Cir. Ste. 240 Lexington (859) 226-0179 CommonwealthPlastics.com
Commonwealth Plastic Surgery has sophisticated, classy approach to plastic surgery. Commonwealth Plastic Surgery adheres to the rule of proportion and beauty that exist in nature. Patients will see that Dr. Nimtz’s approach is as conservative and gentle as his manner, leaving patients with a natural aesthetic look.
Dr. Susan Neil
2101 Nicholasville Rd. # 206 Lexington (859) 278-6345 SusanNeilMD.com
Dr. Neil is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. She specializes in aesthetic and laser medicine, including BOTOX and fillers, Liposonix, Thermage, Laser Resurfacing, Photofacials, and hair removal.
ndigo Salon & Wellness
333 E. Short St. #310 Lexington (859) 259-3333 IndigoSalonandWellness.com
Wellness can be described as a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit which helps us feel happy and gives us an overall feeling of good health and vitality. Indigo Salon & Wellness is a place for you to enjoy natural therapies that will make your body and mind feel relaxed, rested and restored and your skin glow.
Kirn Plastic Surgery Center 2376 Alexandria Dr. Lexington (859) 296-3195 KirnPlasticSurgery.com
Dr. David Kirn is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is devoted to advanced techniques in Cosmetic Surgery of the Face, Breast, and Body. In private practice since 1998, he is located in a state of the art facility which includes a full service skin care center.
Lexington Plastic Surgery
1760 Nicholasville Rd. Bldg. C Ste. 402 Lexington (859) 279-2111 LexingtonPS.com
Dr. Gerstle is unique as the only Harvard-trained Plastic Surgeon in Lexington, KY, and is happy to bring state-of-the-art techniques he learned alongside many of the pioneers in plastic surgery to the Bluegrass. He and his staff pride themselves on approachability, comfort and patient-centered care.
Marshall Lifestyle Medicine 333 E Short St #310 Lexington (859) 259-3333 IndigoSalonandWellness.com
Marshall Lifestyle Medicine is a physician practice with a cutting edge approach to lifestyle medicine. Dr. John Mullins and Dr. James Foster designed this innovative medical practice and state-of-theart facility around the patient and their customers.
Pearson Justice Dental
3285 Blazer Pkwy. #200 Lexington (859) 963-1075 PearsonandJustice.com
Pearson Justice Dental is a world class dental practice in the heart of horse country. Dr. Justice and the team of doctors and staff provide you and your family with the most comfortable and exceptional experience you deserve. They are a sure “bet” for all of your dental needs!
Plastic Surgeons of Lexington
1401 Harrodsburg Rd. Ste. B-488 Lexington (859) 276-3883 PlasticSurgeonsofLexington.com
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Plastic Surgeons of Lexington is the oldest Plastic Surgery group in Lexington. They are devoted to the surgical management of patients with aesthetic and reconstructive surgery needs, including facial aesthetics, breast reconstruction, breast aesthetics, body aesthetics, congenital abnormalities, skin cancer, burns, hand, and general soft tissue reconstruction. They strive to deliver the safest, highest quality, and most technologically advanced techniques combined with empathetic and compassionate care.
Posh Salon & Spa
2573 Richmond Rd. #240 Lexington (859) 269-7674 PoshSalonandSpa.com
Posh Salon & Spa offers a wide range of services, including massages, body treatments, cosmetics, waxing, hand & foot care, facials & skin repair treatments, all in addition to their professional, stunning hair services.
Privé Med Spa
3363 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington (859) 523-5893 PriveMedicalSpa.com
Privé offers the comfort of a spa, the care of board certified medical professionals and licensed estheticians, and the latest in anti-aging procedures. They are experienced in the most advanced, results oriented aesthetic medical spa procedures and physician grade products available. With over 35 years of combined medical aesthetic experience, the staff at Privé provides the latest skilled procedures and techniques.
Strong Shop Fitness
176 Bellerive Blvd. Nicholasville (859) 219-9473 StrongShopFitness.com
Want to get a good workout in while you are in town? Strong Shop Fitness offers a huge variety of group classes, including Shred Sessions, Strong Barre, Yoga and Pilates. Classes are offered at various times throughout the week and weekend.
Total Vein Care
St.Joseph Hospital, C-100 Lexington (859) 278-4960 TotalVeinCare.net
With the advent of new, less invasive treatment options, and the demand from patients who want relief for therapeutic orpurely cosmetic reasons, venous disease can now be treated more easily and effectively than ever before. Total Vein Care’s staff includes Registered Vascular Technicians (RVT).
Wells Plastic Surgery & Skin Care 135 E. Maxwell, Ste. 402 Lexington (859) 255-6649 WellsPlasticSurgery.com
Wells Plastic Surgery & Skin Care, serving Central Kentucky for over 25 years, provides a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of their clients, from facials to facelifts. Cosmetic surgery is performed by Dr. Henry Wells, spe-
cializing in Mommy Makeovers. Their Skin Care Team offers Botox, Juvederm, Sculptra, Kybella and more.
3251 Beaumont Centre Cir. Lexington 239 E.High St. Lexington 381 W. Loudon Ave. Lexington (859) 219-9622 YMCAcky.org
REAL ESTATE Ashford Oaks
3312 Feliciana Ln. Lexington (859) 293-1989 AshfordOaksKY.com
Located adjacent to Greenbrier Golf and Country Club and within one mile of Hamburg Pavilion and I-75, Ashford Oaks is a gated, traditional neighborhood development. With its close proximity to Hamburg Pavilion, Ashford Oaks offers just about everything anyone could hope to find in restaurants, physicians, cinemas and retail shopping.
Better Homes & Garden Real Estate Cypress 270 South Limestone St. Ste. 200 Lexington (859) 977-0000 cypress.BHGre.com
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Cypress is a residential real estate company with a growing network of local brokerage offices. Their real estate agents and brokers offer professional, knowledgeable realty advice and services for home buyers and sellers. Their website offers real estate search, including MLS listings for selected locations.
Hoffman Internation Properties 1092 Griffin Gate Dr. Lexington (859) 523-2812 MagnificentProperties.com
The agents at Hoffman International Properties have expertise in selling extraordinary luxury horse farms, waterfront estates and gorgeous ranches. Their listings attract a clientele that reads like a Who’s Who of business, sports, entertainment and the social register. Their listings in Kentucky will amaze you!
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Every day, Y staff and volunteers deliver on our cause to strengthen community. Whether building confidence in kids, encouraging someone to achieve a health goal, or bringing people from different backgrounds together to improve neighborhoods, every connection made contributes to a better us.
The Lane Team consists of five experienced Real Estate professionals with decades of experience. They are dedicated to providing the finest customer service, top-notch negotiating power, a comprehensive marketing plan & the best Real Estate technology available. When selecting a Real Estate agent, why choose just one when you can have a whole team?
Suzanne works hard to provide clients with the most positive real estate experience possible. A vital part of today’s real estate industry is technology, and to that end, she offers her clients state-ofthe art web tools and marketing. It’s just one of the many things that made her a very respected real estate agent in this area!
(859) 489-4356 LaneTeamKY.com
171 Prosperous Pl. Lexington (859) 806-6234 SuzanneElliott.com
The House Store
Central Kentucky’s largest locally owned and operated real estate Company, with offices in Lexington and Georgetown. Milestone has experienced great success by attracting many highly experienced, seasoned real estate professionals who are dedicated to superior customer service. Milestone Realty Consultants and its exemplary agents adhere to “A Higher Standard”.
Their team of qualified professionals use state ofthe-art techniques specializing in the marketing, listing and selling of new and resale luxury homes, residential communities, condominiums, home sites and build-on-lot custom homes. They are inspired and dedicated to building you a custom dream home. Model homes available daily for viewing!
Rector Hayden Realtors
Wilmes Architects & Associates, PSC.
3609 Walden Dr. Lexington (859) 245-1179 MilestoneKY.com
998 Governors Ln. Ste. 125 Lexington (859) 277-5513 RHR.com
Rector Hayden REALTORS® is Lexington and Central Kentucky’s #1 real estate company, with 4 office locations and over 250 professional agents. They are a proud member of HomeServices of America (a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate) and an award-winning member of the prestigious Leading Real Estate Companies of the World global network.
1792 Goodpaster Way Lexington (859) 492-8861 HouseStoreKY.com
535 W. Second St. Ste. 201 Lexington (859) 233-4989 WilmesArchitects.com
Whatever the project, they take pride in creating designs that provide creative solutions to their clients’ visions. They work with you, as well as for you. The entire Wilmes staff and resources are available to the client and their project. Since 1984, they have been creating timeless designs.
Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distillery Co.
ington, Berea is known for keeping art alive, and home to a thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors, and musicians.
With a unique distinction of being both a brewery and a distillery, the Town Branch Distillery is a proud member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at their delicious products and sample their Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which is aged for up to six weeks inside a freshly decanted bourbon barrel.
Lexington Opera House
401 Cross St. Lexington (859) 255-2337 KentuckyAle.com
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
1801 Alexandria Dr. Ste. 132 Lexington (859) 278-7711 LexingtonArthurMurray.com
Arthur Murray Dance Studio is the leading dance studio in Lexington, offering an array of dance lessons to new and experienced dancers. Their highly trained dance instructors are dedicated to providing fun and informative dance classes to students of all ages, including ballroom and Latin dance lessons.
Battle in the Saddle
4089 Iron Works Pkwy. Lexington (859) 255-5727 LexingtonArthurMurray.com
Sunday, October 11, 2015: the Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning event, presented by Merial, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park. See who can pen a group of cattle the fastest! New this year… kids zone! General admission is $10; kids 12 and under are free!
Berea Tourism Berea.com
Visit Berea, where people hike trails, shop treasures and still say hello. Just 45 minutes from Lex-
401 W Short St. Lexington (859) 233-4567 LexingtonOperaHouse.com
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lexington Opera House is one of the premiere performing arts centers in the region. Originally constructed in 1886, the distinctly 19th century ambience is one of the most charming features of the restored theatre. Programming at the Opera House offers something for everyone: ballet, opera, children’s productions, family shows, comedy, music, and professional national BROADWAY tours!
Norton Center For The Arts 600 W. Walnut St. Danville 1 (877) HIT-SHOW NortonCenter.com
Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts presents Grammy award-winning musicians, theatrical performance direct from Broadway, world-renowned classical groups, and incredible dance performances each season in the intimacy of its 1,470-seat theatre located in the heart of the Bluegrass. Designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Center has also hosted two vice presidential debates.
1200 Red Mile Rd. Lexington (859) 255-0752 TheRedMile.com
The all-new Red Mile is excited to announce that its new facility is open for business! Red Mile is
now home to live racing, 900 historical racing terminals, simulcast wagering, food & beverage outlets, live entertainment and the Red Mile Rewards Card. Welcome to the evolution of horse racing!
The CP National Horse Show 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. Lexington NHS.org
The CP National Horse Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park October 27th – November 1st, 2015. Featuring Hunter and Jumper competitions, free Halloween trick or treat, the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Lexington, over 35 vendors, performances by the Budweiser Clydesdales, and more!
UK Opera Theatre
412 Rose St. Lexington (859) 257-9331 UKoperatheatre.org
he University of Kentucky Opera Theatre enriches students, cultivates artists and impacts the world of opera and its future. A dynamic, multifaceted program that attracts some of the nation’s top singing talent, UKOT is dedicated to teaching and training students to succeed at the highest levels.
269 W. Main St. Penthouse Lexington (859) 368-7900 SkybarLex.com
Skybar is an upscale and contempary nightclub for today’s multi-generational crowd. From club music to piano, Skybar offers breathtaking views of Lexington’s skyline and premium libations, a la carte or by the bottle. There’s also reserved VIP transportation and private suites. Located in Downtown with a great sky view, this is the place to see and be seen!
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TOBA National Awards Dinner
Anita Nesser, Elaine Nesser, Staci Boudrie, Tessa Bisha and Gary Bush
Beautiful Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm
Jeff Ramsey, Sarah Ramsey, Dan Metzger and Ken Ramsey
Patti & Happy Broadbent and Suzie Picou Oldham
David Fiske and Eoin Ryan
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Natanya Nieman and Kelsey Lupo
Each year, the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association honors owners and breeders from 24 states and Canada. The 30th annual National Awards Dinner was Friday, September 11, 2015 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms. Photos by Paul Atkinson and Ron Morrow
Corky & Walt Roberson
Gemma Freeman and Ken Ramsey
Eric Hamelback and Garrett O’Rourke
Rachel Crupper and Mary Reynolds
Elizabeth Snellings and Donnie Snellings
John Sikura and Donato Lanni
Elizabeth Labonty and Jodi Findley
Mike McMahon, Steve Coburn and Terry Finley
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Keeneland September Sales
Mandy Pope and Rick Nichols celebrate
A great vantage point to see all the action
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Robert S. Evans
A little love for a lovely horse
Dell Hancock surveys the scene
Taking a walk
Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale is globally acknowledged as the Thoroughbred yearling auction, and the primary barometer for the health of the horse industry. Photos courtesy of Keeneland
Wayne & Kathleen Sweezey
Colt by Tapit
Getting a glimpse of the yearlings
A daughter of War Front
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American Pharoah Racing’s Twelfth Triple Crown Hero
The 37-year drought is over. American Pharoah can now align his name and reputation along racing greats such as Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Citation and seven other legendary horses that date back to Sir Barton in 1919. The strapping son by Pioneerof the Nile, who stands at Central Kentucky’s WinStar Farm, captured racing’s elusive Triple Crown with authoritative victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Before being retired to Ashford Stud as one of the world’s most sought after stallions, plans are for him to take his final bow at Keeneland in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Born in Kentucky, raised at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, and owned by Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah has not only stamped himself as one of the great ones, but has put to rest the theory that “it can’t be done,” by many in the industry who recommended changing the Triple Crown schedule to allow more time between races. Since Affirmed in 1978, 13 horses had won the Derby and Preakness but could not capture the Belmont Stakes. After sweeping the Triple Crown, many surmised the 3-year-old colt would be quickly retired to stud. Zayat sealed a breeding agreement, but with the caveat he would control the horse through the rest of the year with Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup Classic as his final goal. Trainer Bob Baffert, who previously had three colts on the threshold of winning the Triple Crown, finally was able to raise the coveted trophy this year. His horsemanship has been exemplified in his analysis of the exact needs of American Pharoah. After the colt became unglued in his racing debut–going to the gate with blinkers on and finished 5th as the favorite–Baffert assessed the situation perfectly. He equipped American Pharoah with earplugs to eliminate nervousness from crowd noise, took Article by John C. Engelhardt
American Pharoah greets his adoring public (photos by John C. Engelhardt)
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American Pharoah at his Saratoga Sale in August 2013(photo courtesy of Taylor Made Farm) the blinkers off and switched to jockey Victor Espinoza. Since then he has reeled off seven consecutive graded victories. “American Pharoah couldn’t be in better hands, not only from a racing perspective, but from a public relations point of view,” stated multiple Eclipse Award-winning journalist Jennie Rees. “Bob Baffert and the Zayat’s have been more than accommodating in presenting American Pharoah to the public who are drawn to him like a magnet. They give the media full access and even let fans pose with him for photos after his morning gallops.” Their spirit of exposing the Triple Crown winner to the public was highlighted with his appearance at Churchill Downs on the evening of the Stephen Foster Handicap. He was paraded before a packed grandstand and an overflow crowd surrounding the paddock. Bob, Jill and their son Bode were on hand as well as Ahmed and Justin Zayat and jockey Victor Espinoza. American Pharoah’s handlers circle him and stopped for photo opportunities to the throngs of fans with posters and shouts of “You are the greatest horse of the century!” For racing it was a rejuvenating vibration as most in the crowd were not even alive when Affirmed won the last Triple Crown. The feats of American Pharoah have drawn a fresh attention to the sport of racing. Hopefully his star power and road to the Breeders’ Cup Classic will infuse attention to racing for the next generation. The biggest question after winning the Triple Crown was: will there be a road to the Breeders’ Cup Classic? Immediately following American Pharoah’s authoritative win in the Belmont Stakes, rumors of his impending retirement swept through the racing world. He could go out at the top of his game as
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A young American Pharoah in January 2013 (photo courtesy of Taylor Made Farm)
an iconic Triple Crown winner. Any risk of injury would be off the table and his value as a stallion has certainly already been secured. As a business decision, the Zayat’s would be well within their rights to make that call. Ahmed Zayat is a proven successful businessman, but he is also a passionate sportsman who trusts the team that cares for his stable star. Rather than make a quick decision, he elected to allow Bob Baffert to return to California and continue training American Pharoah–perhaps to let the “Pharoah” speak for himself. Tracks from coast to coast began seeding existing stakes races with millions of dollars if the Zayat color bearer would enter and compete in the race. Baffert and the Zayats’ continued to watch American Pharoah train after the Triple Crown and rather than regress from his grueling schedule, he showed signs of flourishing in his morning gallops and eventual breezes. Almost five months remained if American Pharoah was to be pointed to a race against older horses in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and become the first Triple Crown winner to attempt the Grand Slam. As beneficial as workouts are, nothing can replace the value of true competition against the best of your generation to keep a horse at their peak of athleticism. Both Ahmed and his son Justin hold the Travers Stakes as a race of esteem and it is dubbed “The Mid-Summer Derby” for a reason. With the same conditions of the Kentucky Derby, it has been won by such racing greats as Man o’ War, Whirlaway, Native Dancer, Buckpasser, Damascus and current stallions in demand such as Medaglia d’Oro and Bernardini. The Travers seemed like a logical mid-point for American Pharoah, but Bob Baffert seemed less enthused about a trip to the track that has honestly earned the moniker “The Graveyard of Champions.”
On August 16th, Del Mar closed the track briefly during the morning workouts and American Pharoah had the track to himself, in a way. There were approximately 800 fans in the stands to watch him workout, recording 4 furlongs in a sprite :47 3/5. As he passed the finish line he was greeted by cheers and applause from the crowd. “It went super good,” jockey Martin Garcia said back at the stable area. “Bob just told me to work him like we usually do and make sure we get a little bit out of it. He was just cruising. It’s like he’s still getting better and better. This horse is unbelievable.” A week later he had an even more scintillating morning workout, blowing by other workers and galloping out a mile in 1:36 2/5 after which he was confirmed for the $1.6 million Travers Stakes. Trainer Bob Baffert said, “His bags are packed,” adding that, “If you have a seat at Saratoga, I wouldn’t sell it.” New York officials had already capped attendance at 50,000 and it was a sell out. The bucolic town in upstate New York was about to be nicknamed “Pharoahtoga.” Approximately 15,000 fans showed up just to watch his pre-race gallop.
Ahmed Zayat considered retirement of American Pharoah shortly after the Travers defeat but his reactions seemed based more on emotion and after he had a chance to fully appreciate the future of his champion he decided to proceed to the ultimate challenge - a meeting with racing’s best in the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic. In a statement on September 3rd he said, “I have discussed all aspects of American Pharoah’s last race Saturday in the Travers – and his condition since the race – with our whole team, and have decided American Pharoah deserves another chance, so we are pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Classic.” Breeders’ Cup president Craig Fravel stated, “While it is not our practice to comment on individual horses contemplating the Breeders’ Cup as a year-end target, we want to acknowledge the Zayat family on their decision to keep American Pharoah in training and look forward to his continued engagement with the fans who have genuinely connected with the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years,” Fravel said. “When John Gaines conceived of the Breeders’ Cup, he intended that it be an attraction to showcase the great champions that might otherwise retire from the spotlight.”
Race day had the energy of a Triple Crown event and American Victor Espinoza with American Pharoah (photo by John C. Pharoah didn’t turn a hair while Engelhardt) he paraded in the paddock and was led to his starting gate stall That spotlight will shine bright post position #2. On paper, it looked like he would make an un- on Lexington, Kentucky for two days at Keeneland, October 30th challenged lead and live up to his heavily favored 1-5 odds to win. and 31st. The Breeders’ Cup Classic will be the centerpiece of two But there was a new player in the game, and that may have well been days of divisional championship racing at various distances and age the champion’s undoing. The regular rider of Frosted, Joel Rosario groups on the main track and turf. was injured two races earlier and jockey Jose Lezcano inherited the If all goes well for American Pharoah leading up to the Breeders’ mount and decided to challenge American Pharoah. He tracked Cup Classic he will not only have a rematch with Keen Ice, but may him closely as they headed down the backstretch and into the final face amazingly talented older horses like Honor Code and highly turn he drew alongside and they appeared to brush briefly at the regarded European invader Gleneagles. Perhaps the best story line quarter pole after a very quick second half mile (:46.78). Frosted of them all will be the challenge presented by the best female in put a head in front briefly, but Victor Espinoza urged American North America. Pharoah forward and inherited the lead again. Beholder, who won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and 2012 Grey That vigorous effort and pressure from the early fractions set the Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies for Hall of Fame trainer Richfinal yards up for an outside move by a fast closing 16-1 shot Keen ard Mandella, missed last year’s World Championship due to a feIce. As they crossed the wire, track announcer Larry Collmus pro- ver. This year she became the first female to win the Pacific Classic claimed, “The Graveyard of Favorites has claimed another!” Amer- since its beginning in 1991 and she earned an automatic spot in ican Pharoah now joins the ranks of racing greats Man o’ War and the starting gate for the Classic through the Breeders’ Cup ChalSecretariat in that respect. Keen Ice is owned by Jerry Crawford’s lenge “Win and You’re In” program. Her connections at Spendracing syndicate named Donegal Racing and is trained by Dale Ro- thrift Farm have stated they intend to take on male rivals including mans who joked earlier in the week, “I’m glad they capped atten- champion American Pharoah in the “Mane Event.” dance to 50,000 so I’ll have less people booing at me.”
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Exploring the Horse Industry It’s time for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and at times like these, I always get asked what it’s like to race thoroughbreds. I tell them it’s like owning an NFL team for two minutes. It’s hard to describe the rush of cheering on your own horse or the thrill of winning. It’s intoxicating. It’s a form of euphoria that’s hard to describe to anyone who has never experienced being involved in a sport on that level. And when you lose? The frustration, the agony and the disappointment are palpable. But those moments are what make the wins so big. And believe me, the wins are far fewer than the “almosts” and the losses. It’s like nothing else in the world. But horse racing can be expensive and exclusive. After moving from Ohio to attend The University of Kentucky, I found the racing scene to be a kind of an insiders’ world. It seemed like everyone else knew what they were doing and I was stuck on the outside. To remedy my feelings of exclusion, I started exploring horse racing syndicates and began to understand more as I mingled with other horse owners, watched the horses train and chatted to trainers and jockeys in the paddock. It was both new and exciting at the same time. Kate Horning Health Coach. Lifestyle Expert. Chef. santecellars.com
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I had grown up riding horses when I was younger and absolutely loved them. I was finally getting the racing experience I had always wanted, but racing syndicates were still sizable investments. There are no guarantees you will win or make your money back. However, I never expected that I would get to delve deeper into the racing world with so many like-minded, motivated and entrepreneurial people, those who followed their dreams and achieved their goals through drive and dedication. And then it hit me: why couldn’t I combine my love for horses with my life-long passion for healthy living and form an experience I could share with others? A club–not a syndicate–that combined the raw thrill of horse racing with great food and wine to bring all of the members together to enjoy the thoroughbred lifestyle. A club where you can learn as much about horses as you can about healthy living and enjoying life. With that, Santé Cellars Racing Club was born. A club to share my love of horses, my passion of food and wine, and my desire to network with other like-minded people.
for Enjoying this Year’s Breeders’ Cup Festivities: If you’re in town for Breeders’ Cup this year, take the time to visit a thoroughbred farm. Explore the local restaurants. Eat local. Drink local. Get to know the heart of the thoroughbred country. Discover for yourself why I fell in love with horse racing not at the track, but with the people and the horses that make it happen. Finally, here’s a tip for your days at the races and your nights on the town. There are few things that make us feel as confident and sexy as the perfect outfit. Whether you go all out and buy something brand new or liberate an old favorite from the closet, don’t be afraid to strut your stuff. Be warned though, you may find yourself on the
side of a hill or in the paddock, so don’t be too ambitious with your footwear. Walking like a baby giraffe has a way of knocking that confidence right out of you! I’m a big fan of wedges because they make me feel dressy while also working well in that troublesome grass. And remember, creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself also includes what I call “healthy indulgences”. Breeders’ Cup is a special event, so take the time to genuinely enjoy it with family and friends. If you indulge a little too much, don’t punish yourself afterwards. It’s all about small steps each day, so just acknowledge it and get back on track. Leave the galloping to the horses!
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one cannot be a good singer or dancer without also being a good actor. The performer must understand and emote properly in order for the audience to feel, and that’s all in the acting. Telling stories with music on a stage is my favorite, but I am also noticing how much I enjoy being a creator/writer of those stories as well… and I would like to do more of that as the years go by. TOPS: How has transitioning from Broadway to television/film to music been? LBB: You know, I really love change. To me, doing the same thing over and over becomes monotonous. That little bit of fear I feel when I step into a new job, or a new aspect of entertainment, reminds me that I’m alive. I also love learning and absorbing new things so switching it up keeps me present and engaged. Broadway and television are still forms of entertainment where a story is being told even though the format is different. So I may have to adjust the size of my performance a little to what’s appropriate to the tone of the show but my job essentially stays the same— to truthfully portray a character’s inner life and workings, to be present and to connect with both the material and my fellow actors. TOPS: The Kids Wish Network recently got in touch with you about a sweet teenager, Katie Vallance who is dealing with life-threatening epilepsy. You are a great inspiration for Katie. How did it feel to be able to help make one of her dreams come true by meeting you? LBB: You know, it’s a bizarre thing to be told that someone’s dream is to meet me, because I know I am not any more important than any other human being. Katie and I are just two real girls trying to make
it through life and follow our dreams. She’s an incredibly inspiring young lady with more balls than most grown men I’ve encountered. Her ailment has not kept her from believing in herself and moving towards her dreams. I really enjoyed getting to know her. She moved me. She reminded me that anything was possible. TOPS: You’ve accomplished so many career milestones in the last ten years, what would you like to tackle in the next ten? LBB: I want to continue to expand and grow-- to be more authentic as a human and as a creative. To live consciously and serve others. I’d like to tackle writing, producing and/or directing TV, film and or stage. I am currently developing a few films as well as a digital variety channel called Skits-O-Frenic. Our “diagnosis” for a “skits-o-frenic” is “one who has the uncontrollable urge to burst into song, dance, dramatic scene or comedic sketch”. The content will consist of short form sketches of music, dance, comedy or drama that all have an interesting element of surprise. And my dream is that we will eventually develop full length shows online! It’s a place where all the ideas that my partners and I have can be explored. And yes.... I’d also like to tackle starting a family in the next ten years. I’m ready to love unconditionally and evolve through the experience of having children. Lately, when I see little kids, my ovaries hurt. To learn more about Laura and to keep up with her upcoming news and appearances, visit her official website www.laurabellbundy.com. On October 30th, Laura will be performing the National Anthem live at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships with the Culver Academy Color Guard!
Photos courtesy of LauraBellBundy.com
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Locally, detection is needed to save lives Research has shown that caucasian women have a higher likelihood of breast cancer in comparison to minority women, however, minority women have higher mortality rates with African American women having the highest, explains Eileen Levy Smyth, Director of Mission and Outreach for the Susan G. Komen Lexington. To help combat these mortality rates, Colors of Promise and Lazos que Unen, which means ties that bind, are outreach groups that raise breast cancer awareness and educate those living and working in minority communities in the Susan G. Komen Lexington affiliate counties. Of the 58 counties in Kentucky that Komen serves, 13 have been identified as having higher poverty rates and lower mammography screening rates. If detected, there is a 98 percent chance of surviving breast cancer, Smyth explains. Thanks to outreach programs like Lazos que Unen and Colors of Promise, thousands have had a mammogram who otherwise may not have had the ability to do so.
Ambassadors for Lazos que Unen, which means ties that bind, who promote breast cancer awareness and education. Another course of treatment is a mastectomy, which is when the entire breast is removed, usually along with local lymph nodes under the arm. Then the breast and underarm area may be treated with radiation therapy using high-powered energy beams internally or externally. After a mastectomy, a woman may consider breast reconstruction, which helps restore the look and feel of the breast. Breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy or post-surgery.
What if systemic therapy is recommended? When cancer has spread from the breast to other body parts, systemic or whole body therapy may be recommended for treatment. Systemic therapy is in addition to breast surgery. These treatment measures can include chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy. Chemotherapy, also called â€œchemo,â€? uses powerful medication to destroy cancer cells in the entire body. The use of chemotherapy usually begins four to six weeks post-surgery, but may be given prior to surgery. Chemo will either be administered by mouth or intravenously (injected into a vein). Hormones, such as estrogen, can fuel the growth of breast cancer cells. Hormone therapy works by preventing hormones from attaching to cancer cells or by decreasing the production of hormones. While hormone therapy is most often used post-surgery to reduce the risk of the return of cancer, hormone therapy can also be used prior to surgery to shrink a tumor before operating, which makes it more likely the cancer is removed completely.
For more information on Colors of Promise and Lazos que Unen and other resources that are available in central Kentucky, please visit komenlexington.org. More targeted approaches include the use of antibodies to attack specific cancer cell functions. Targeted therapy alters specific abnormalities within cancer cells. Treatment could include choosing a targeted therapy drug that blocks the action of that specific cell abnormality. Targeted therapy is also known for being less likely to affect healthy cells during treatment.
What about side effects? Each patient is educated by his or her doctor, nurse and pharmacist in regards to possible side effects, and pre and post-treatment medication explains Menifee. And while most side effects subside once the treatment is through, always talk to your physician if before, during or after treatment you are suffering from side effects. While chemotherapy is known for its success in fighting cancer, it can trigger side effects like nausea and vomiting, which both can be treated with anti-nausea drugs. Sometimes medication can be given before chemotherapy to help prevent side effects from occurring. Programs at the Comprehensive Breast Care Center, like Look Good, Feel Better, which offers free makeup application classes for all patients undergoing chemo, help patients cope with side effects. A monthly calendar for each cancer discipline is also distributed, so patients and their families can participate in the many resources available during treatment and recovery. For more information on the University of Kentuckyâ€™s Comprehensive Breast Care Center, please visit ukhealthcare.uky.edu/markey or call 859-323-2222.
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How will I feel after chemotherapy? There are many different chemotherapy agents that are most commonly used with combination therapy (at least 2 medications) for breast cancer. These combination therapies are chosen for each individual patient based upon their cancer type and past medical history. “Each chemotherapy or monoclonal antibody have their own potential side effect profile and each profile varies from patient to patient. Side effects are managed individually based upon the decided regimen,” says Menifee. Chemotherapy is given in an outpatient setting via intravenous therapy or with oral therapy. While many side effects could occur, the most frequent that transcend multiple regimens are fatigue (in varying degrees), neutropenia, which means low blood cell counts, and frequently breast cancer regimens include alopecia or hair loss. At first, you may be anxious for your hair to grow back. Typically, hair grows up to a half inch per month and you may notice that when your hair does grow back, it may be a different color or texture.
How will I feel after treatment? While treatment may be complete, you may not feel like your old self for several months or years. Breast cancer takes a toll on your mental and physical health, so it is important to take time to get well in recovery. After surgery, there may be scars and you may notice a change in the shape of your breast(s). If a patient decides to have reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy, state and federal laws are in place to help. In 1998, the United States Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services signed a federal law, the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA), that requires most group insurance plans that cover mastectomies to also cover breast reconstruction. Kentucky law states that reconstruction must be covered, but if a patient does not have insurance or does not qualify for affordable health care, there are local programs and organizations that may be able to offer assistance. As Menifee explains, at the Comprehensive Breast Care Center there is an assistance program for patients who do not qualify for affordable health care or for standard commercial insurance. There is also a financial representative on staff in the outpatient setting who can assist with navigating this process. Some patients have been known to experience fogginess or have had trouble with their concentration or memory after chemotherapy treatment. Weight gain and anxiety can also be effects from chemotherapy. Exercising and keeping a healthy diet can help to reduce stress and help to maintain a healthy weight. After radiation therapy, you may feel more fatigue and the treated breast(s) may be sore. The breast(s) may also feel as if they have been sunburned - swollen, red and may even peel. Any changes you notice in your breast(s) or new symptoms you experience, it is best to discuss these with your healthcare provider.
What can I expect in a follow-up appointment? It is recommended that patients in recovery see their health care providers on a regular basis. A typical follow-up appointment may include: •
A check to see if any breast cancer that has returned to the breast, chest or nearby lymph nodes.
A check to see if any breast cancer has returned and spread to other parts of the body.
Discuss and manage side effects from treatment.
Offer a routine health screening and / or primary care.
A time to answer questions and discuss concerns.
What support is available in Lexington and Central Kentucky? During recovery, you may feel as though you are on an emotional rollercoaster ride. While most feelings are normal, having the support of family and friends can help you on the road to recovery. “Everyone handles cancer in a different way,” says Eileen Smyth, Director of Mission and Outreach for the Susan G. Komen Lexington affiliate. “We love to take the time to listen and find out what a survivor or family member, who we call co-survivors, may need. We then connect the dots to make a personal phone call or put together educational information or a care package because we know each survivor and their family is unique.” Since everyone digests and copes with cancer in their own way, Smyth and the team at Komen strives to make treatment and recovery as easy on the survivors and co-survivors as possible. Susan G. Komen Lexington is the local resource for screenings, diagnostic and support services. Through annual events like Race for the Cure and individual contributions, Komen Lexington has raised more than $4.5 million for breast cancer health and awareness for the 58 counties it serves. Of this money raised, 75 percent stays and the remaining 25 percent is used to support research efforts in Dallas, Texas. The road to survival is best traveled with the love and support from those around you. There are many local resources that are eager to help. For more information and resources that are available in central Kentucky, please visit komenlexington.org.
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Re-building the futures of local foster children by Mary Ellen Slone
There’s a knock at the door, words are exchanged, and peering through a window is a frightened, crying little girl. While the brief dialogue continues, the child wonders: “They are taking me away, but where am I going? What about my toys or my friends?” She is whisked off with only the clothes on her back and taken to a complete stranger’s house with the promise of a brighter future. She’s terrified, wondering where is “Billy” – the precious stuffed bear who comforted her in the past. There wasn’t even time to go back to her room and get him. In a moment’s time, this child’s life was turned upside down.* Imagine the fear, anger, sadness and confusion this hypothetical child is experiencing. They are being taken from likely the only home they know and yet they’re expected to persevere. Doesn’t every child deserve to live in a stable home, to be respected, and to have friends? Above all…don’t they deserve to be safe, cared for, encouraged, understood and allowed to feel “normal?” Most of those positive elements don’t exist in the world of a foster child. Circumstances beyond their control all too often cause them to be subjected to fear, abuse, turmoil, and abandonment. For a variety of reasons, foster children exist in conditions that may not be fair, but for most, are their reality.
THE FOSTER CARE COUNCIL OF LEXINGTON Cassie Slone is the Executive Director of The Foster Care Council of Lexington, Kentucky (FCC), and if you’re privileged to spend some time with this realistic yet enthusiastic woman, you’ll recognize how committed to making a difference in these children’s lives she and her organization are. The often forgotten population of foster children can experience deep emotional scars from loss and psychological injury. Ms. Slone explained how social and educational support often helps a child heal, observing, “We know that the most effective way to bring about success on behalf of these kids is for us to work closely with the local case managers. Those individuals provide direct oversight of these children and know firsthand what will best help them to persevere.” “Our goal is to give a foster child the social and educational support that the state cannot. We strive to provide and maintain as much normalcy in the child’s life as possible. Our programs provide foster children with the tools they need to achieve both academic and personal success – in school and in life.” “Sometimes a child is necessarily placed in a foster home outside of their current school district. Try to imagine how this child feels: they have a new environment, new home, now a new school? Do you think that this child is worried about grades? Not likely. That’s when the FCC is contacted and asked to work one-on-one with the child on their academics to help keep them on track in the classroom.”
“Most of these kids come into the system with failing grades. It’s very difficult for a child to maintain any level of acceptable academic status while they are experiencing a traumatic time in their home life. Unfortunately, some of these youngsters attend sometimes multiple different schools in one school year. In these cases our organization is able to provide consistent and effective individual academic help to them regardless if they switch schools or are placed in multiple foster homes.” “We believe that building trust and being consistent with the children helps to build their self-esteem and self-worth. A child in this situation already feels “different”. Accordingly, raising a hand in class to ask questions and possibly “looking dumb” simply isn’t going to happen. However, giving this child the opportunity to work one-on-one with a tutor in their new foster home helps them regain self-confidence in a classroom situation. Ultimately asking and answering questions even becomes easier for them, as does the promise of a brighter future.” “We also provide funding for a foster child to participate in the extracurricular activity of their choice. For example, if a child has an interest in playing baseball, we will pay for everything from the registration fees to all the gear necessary for them to walk onto the field feeling like a ‘rock star!’ “We can document that being able to participate in organized sports, experiencing team unity, and having coaches/instructors as mentors can determine the path an individual chooses: either growing up to be a productive, strong adult or instead becoming a statistic. And yes, if a
*Reader, please note: this scenario is hypothetical and does not specifically describe any foster child situation in Kentucky.
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Get Your Groove On!! Dig out your bell bottoms and join a bunch of really FUN FOLKS for an evening of dinner and dancing, live and silent auctions and groovin’ to all the hits of the 70s. Have a retro-groovy good time at the Foster Care Council’s “3rd Annual Bell Bottom Boogie Bash,” to be held at the Signature Club of Lansdowne on Saturday, October 17th from 6-10 p.m. For tickets contact Cassie at 239-248-7699 or thefostercarecouncil.com.
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Tour of Homes
Their spacious master bath is finished in complementary dark painted wood with crystal knobs and fresh white granite countertops from Kentucky Stone & Granite. The shower tile was supplied by Louisville Tile. As in the rest of the home, Jason used Kohler plumbing fixtures. The spherical glass and brass chandelier was provided by Ferguson lighting. The unique wood vanity and abstract diamond shaped mirror in the powder room contribute to the homeâ€™s contemporary rustic aesthetic.
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Art in the Garden A garden is inherently artistic. The colors, patterns, and landscape design combine to create a beautiful portrait. French impressionist Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny was a long time source of inspiration. This famous garden of water lilies has been restored and is open for public tours. While a garden and the natural beauty that fills it is a work of art in itself, the marriage of man-made art and nature simply enhance nature’s palette. First things first: when I talk about art in the garden I am not talking about gazing balls. I don’t get it. I know they are popular and I know you can find them as that “statement piece” in many a backyard. To each his own – they just aren’t my cup of tea. Personally, I have a penchant for what I call shabby chic. I fancy metal creations. The more aged and rusty, the better. But during a recent trip to Florida I discovered something that caught my eye. American artist Dale Chihuly is known around the world for his blown glass sculpture. He carefully placed twenty-three installations across more than eighty acres at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida just outside of Miami. From statement pieces out in the open to more subtle pieces that blended so well within the natural landscape in size, shape, and color you could almost miss them. Chihuly’s ability to create glass that masquerades as plants allowed nature’s creatures to feel right at home creeping across them. I found myself standing and staring at the simplistic beauty. A lily pond with carefully placed glass balls was reminiscent of Monet’s garden. Another pond had a wooden boat stacked with large blown glass balls and spears. Twisted spirals of blue and yellow towered above the garden. They were breathtaking as the sun beamed through them. I walked the gardens during the day, but there was another element to this exhibition: a night show. The same pieces were lit up at night for an entirely different experience. Chihuly created something so unique, yet so natural. Now, if I could just win the Powerball so I could commission Dale Chihuly to create a piece de resistance for my humble backyard. How sweet that would be?
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by Michelle Rauch Gardening Enthusiast
You Can Lead Your Kids to the Laundry Room… I like to think my commitment to cleanliness is genetic.
of Levis agrees. According to both of them, putting jeans in the freezer on a monthly basis will take care of any necessary germ kills. All I can say about this theory is, no. No, the freezer will not kill germs. No, you can’t wear jeans forever without laundering them. But I must confess I’ve washed far fewer jeans lately.
I come from a line of women who washed dishes in boiling water, scrubbed corners with a toothbrush and took on a clothing stain as a personal challenge. The invention of a dishwasher was far more than a modern convenience for my grandmother, who considered killing germs a high calling. I often wish I could show her the “sanitize” setting on my washer. Because I brought her legacy to my own home.
When I was in college, I had friends who decided they didn’t have time to wash sheets. They slept in their sleeping bags. On a bare mattress. All semester. I haven’t told my kids about that. Because I just can’t even.
My appreciation for modern appliances, especially the ones that kill germs, is boundless. A freshly made bed is my love language. And if I happened to have time to dry the sheets outside on a clothesline, I will go to bed early just to enjoy the crisp feel and sweet smell. Certainly this attitude has been imprinted on my offspring. When our youngest offered her first prayer at family dinner, she concluded by imitating her father, saying, “In Jesus’ name, Amen. Joe, did you wash your hands?” But I’m realizing imprinting does not necessarily ensure an outcome. Having launched three children, I’m not convinced they share my passion for cleanliness. I know for a fact, laundry is not a priority. I mean, I can count, and as far as I’m concerned, the number of dirty underwear should equal or exceed the number of days since last laundry day. But for my own peace of mind, I stopped counting. I really don’t want the answers to the questions begged by the absence of underwear. by Hallie Bandy
I don’t count blue jeans, either. Because according to one son, jeans should never be washed. Apparently the CEO
Instead, as part of the college launch, I purchase two sets of XL twin sheets for each of them, and make sure I demonstrate a square corner on movein day. I’m not there to know what happens after that initial bed making, and I know better than to ask. When visiting our oldest at college, I quickly learned to bring quarters and laundry detergent. Not because she asked me to, but because it made me feel better to know her laundry was clean at least once a semester. Last year, I helped her move into her first apartment. And by help, I mean, I shopped for all the things I thought were essential: a bed and bedding, a shoe rack, cleaning supplies. “We don’t need a mop,” she told me emphatically. It only took me a minute to size up the situation: hardwood floors, winter slush. No vacuum. She needed a mop. Whether or not she would use it was a decision that, as far as I’m concerned, she can take to the grave. We recently moved our third kid into his first dorm room. He has two roommates, and the boy smell was strong long before everything was “put away.” I’m not sure if it was just his jeans, or all of theirs. But as I left, he did ask, “How often should I change these sheets?” So there is that.
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Elegance Makes a Comeback with Embellished Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses
tyle is cyclical and while boots and boho bridal dresses are still the rage, formal wedding style is making a big return. In order to be different, many brides are once again leaning toward ‘take your breath away’ elegance from crowns to sweeping trains, and classic all over lace designs. For the simplest way to communicate enduring elegance with your wedding dress, choose embellished long sleeves. Thanks to princesses and duchesses from Kate Middleton to Grace Kelly, long sleeves are the one element that says ‘regal’. Sheer lace sleeves are romantic and can say ‘vintage’, while embellished ones say ‘glamour’, and flowy or bell shaped say ‘boho-chic’. Embellished long sleeve gowns make an instant upgrade in sophistication, complete with lace, rhinestones, beading, sequins or rich embroidered accents.
Long Sleeves are Conservative No More If you think that a long-sleeved wedding dress means you will look conservative or the least bit dowdy, take a look at today’s sexy long sleeve designs. You will find nothing could be further from the truth. And with sheer fabrics including beautiful embellished detail, that peek of skin through illusion can be the sexiest, while most elegant, look of all. Once upon a time, long sleeved gowns were relegated to more traditional ceremonies. This once serious style is now sensuous style, and you can look like the most elegant bride…ever. While making a huge statement of style, you will be completely ‘bridal’ from fingers to toes. Conservative? Not anymore.
A Peek of Skin is Super Sexy The key to cool on these long sleeved designs are skin-bearing embellished details on the sleeves, continuing onto the dress. These long sleeve styles are now brought to you with deep v necklines, plunging backs, and high, high leg slits to add daring without over ‘bareing’, totally wow. Modern and gorgeous while being oh so classy.
Less is More with Hair & Jewelry You won’t need a bracelet or necklace as the gown does it all for you. Great earrings and your fabulous ring are all you need. Over and over we see that designers pair an updo with long sleeve gowns so hair doesn’t compete with beautiful shoulder and sleeve details. Classy. Elegant. Perfect. That will be you when you choose long sleeves with embellished details for your wedding day.
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by Marsha Koller Wedding Consultant
Shakespeare & Co. A stylish world café featuring one of Lexington’s most diverse menus
by Michelle Aiello Photos by Keni Parks
While many restaurants design their concepts around what’s on your plate, Shakespeare & Co. is focused on sumptuous style and na
inviting atmosphere. But that’s only at first glance. This world café offers one of the largest and most diverse menus in the Bluegrass region, and they take pride in crafting every morsel from scratch. Sales and Marketing Manager, Jessica Coomes, commented, “Above all, we want people to be comfortable. This is the type of place where you can sit and read, enjoy a coffee, study, meet friends for lunch, or watch a ball game. It’s a casual dining experience that is intended to be a home away from home for our guests.” The downtown location at the corner the of Short and Broadway has been open for three years and houses a full service bar, a private outdoor seating area, and a banquet room on second floor that can accommodate up to 150 guests. A second location in the Chinoe Shopping Center opened last year. According to Jessica, Chinoe hosts a number of nightly events, such as live jazz, trivia, and ladies night. The location boasts almost twice the square footage, an exclusive bar menu by Chef John Murphy, and an additional glass enclosed outdoor dining area. By the beginning of 2016, a Hamburg location is expected to open as well. Dubai native Dr. Edward Saad founded the restaurant chain about 15 years ago. Currently, about 30 locations exist throughout Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Saad attended the University of Kentucky, and like many before him, fell in love with the area and relocated to Lexington.
12 oz hand cut Tomahawk pork chop served with a mushroom marsala sauce, wild mushroom risotto and broccolini.
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Up Close with Chef Michael Bradley When did you first learn you wanted to be a chef? My grandfather owned a catering business when I was a kid. By the time I was 10, I was working in his kitchen, and by 13, I was being paid for it. What’s your go-to ingredient? Benton’s Bacon. I’m a Tennessee native, and Alan is a gentleman from Tennessee who makes arguably the best bacon in the world. Where do you go for a good drink? I live in Frankfort, so I love going to Capital Cellars or Bourbon on Main. In Lexington, I generally end up going to Rosebuds. They serve cheap beer and it’s open late —the perfect combo for restaurant people. What is your junk food obsession? Krispy Kreme doughnuts. What kind of music do you listen to in the kitchen? Mostly classic blues or rock. I spent a good amount of time in Memphis growing up, so the blues has always fascinated me. What is your most treasured possession? A cast iron pot that belonged to my great grandmother. It travels with me everywhere. If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing? I love to fish, canoe, kayak, and hike. That’s usually what I do with my family during time off, so maybe something involving outdoor sports. What’s a food trend you’re in favor of? Preserving southern foodways and food culture. Specifically, making sure we are using food that comes from Southern farmers and artisans. I think that regional food in America is often overshadowed by international influences. When chefs focus on foods that they grew up with and that come from local sources, it makes it easier to find their voices. A food trend you want to disappear? Deconstructing classic dishes. I understand there is time and place for that, and presentation is important. But I want my staff to demonstrate that they know how to make the classic dish first. Don’t show me crumbled bacon, a poached egg, and pasta separated on a plate. First, show me you can make a carbonara.
Quinoa Salad • 4 oz. white quinoa (boiled) • 4.5 oz. spring mix lettuce • 2 oz. chickpeas • ½ cup grape tomatoes • 1 oz. red radishes (sliced) • 2 tablespoons mint leaves and parsley (chopped) • 1 oz. English cucumbers • 1 tablespoon spring onion • Salt and pepper to taste Mix all Ingredients above and toss in a bowl with Lemon Sumac dressing. Lemon Sumac Dressing • 2 cups olive oil • 2 cups lemon juice • 4 tablespoons sumac spice • Salt and pepper to taste In a bowl, add lemon juice and sumac, begin to whisk and slowly add oil until emulsified.
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Lex And The City
Light The Night Walk | October 17th The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds research to find blood cancer cures that are saving the lives of patients today. Coming together for a common goal, friends, families and co-workers form fundraising walk teams. Millions of consumers also help by donating at retail outlets. Culminating in inspirational and memorable evening walks every fall, participants in nearly 200 communities across North America join together carrying illuminated lanterns and take steps to end cancer. Light The Night Walk is a community celebration of music, entertainment and camaraderie among friends, family and co-workers gathering to celebrate their fundraising success and demonstrate their support in the fight against blood cancers. The event takes place at Whitaker Bank Ballpark at 5 pm. You can register online by visiting lightthenight.org/ky/. Courtesy of Light the Night
BOOk-tacular | October 24th This Halloween, gather your friends for some spooky fun at the BOOk-tacular, Lexington’s premier Halloween Party, where the treats are for grown-ups! Join the fun Saturday, October 24th from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at The Signature Club of Lansdowne. Swing Street will be on hand to supply the music, John Shore will be performing magic tricks, and Madame Kathryn will be giving psychic readings. Costume contest categories will include: Best Literary Character, Best Couple/Group, & Best Overall. Adult beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at lexpublib.org/halloween. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington Public Library Foundation’s campaign for the newest library branch at the corner of Palumbo Drive and Man O War Boulevard.
The Illusionists | November 7th Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Kentucky! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists – Live from Broadway™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Seven of the world’s greatest magicians come together live on stage for a high tech magic event on November 7th at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm at the EKU Center for the Arts. Tickets range from $45-$68 and can be purchased by visiting ekucenter.com.
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TOP SHOTS | SOCIE T Y
Matt Jones and KY Sports Radio broadcast live from Jack Kain Ford
Dress For Success Lexington Event
Flying High at the new Commonwealth Stadium
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Kevin & Mason Richardson with Brian and Baylee Littrell
Red Mile Grand Opening