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16 Is Your Style Really You?


How to stop comparing yourself and dress for who you really are

28 Classic Beauty Products We have compiled ten classics that have withstood the test of time

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From fabulous facials to the most effective microderm, we've got the tried and true results

40 Best Swimsuits Your Body Shape Tips to help you get a head start on finding the perfect suit that flatters your shape

56 Shop Swap Lafayette Village shop owners pull a switch-a-roo

62 Ultimate Make Over Melissa Cleary gets a make over from head to toe

68 Spring Colors 2014 56

The hottest color combinations are sure to please

70 Getting Your House Ready To Sell The Bombeck Sisters share their proven formula for selling your house fast

{in every issue} 33 ask anna 42 triangle trends Alan Tanksley Inc.

74 style spotlight 76 aging gracefully 78 everyday elegance


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It happens all too quickly. You wake up one day and, while going through your usual morning routine, you catch a glimpse of yourself. Yikes! Who is that woman staring back at you? While you used to think of yourself as stylish and hip, you’re shocked to see that your image is looking tired, teetering on the brink of frumpy, and you feel as if your style has evaporated into a sea of boring, nondescript black pants, baggy tops and comfy shoes. What happened? In a nutshell, life. You got busy. With work, with kids and a to-do list that’s a mile long. Yet somehow you know that stylish woman is buried down deep and you vow to find her. At different times throughout a woman’s life she seeks to reinvent her style. It may be entering a new decade, having a baby, getting a divorce, getting married, starting a new job, etc. Life changes – or just a fresh perspective – can cause you to take notice of your style. The style that once was trendy and chic has now turned into nothing more than frumpy, boring and matronly. And that makes you feel even more frumpy, boring and matronly. This attitude affects how you feel about yourself and your life, and leaves you wanting to curl up on the couch with your good buddies, Ben & Jerry. And you know deep down that’s not really who you are, but you’re at a loss as to how to get back in touch with the real you.

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As a style expert, what I’ve seen happen time and again is that when women need a fashion boost, they often emulate the styles of their friends, without determining if that style is even right for them. As you try on an outfit inspired by a chic friend, you begin to compare yourself to her. When you realize that she looks much better in the outfit (or style), you may walk away with the feeling that you’re not as pretty, not as thin, not as chic, etc. Those thoughts are not the truth, but the result of comparing yourself. What is true is that that there is something else out there that’s a better choice for you! Let’s go find it! spring | 17

Bonjour Raleigh Dress/Tunic: CarloPik, Marseille Jewelry: Max Debraine, Paris Handbag: Barbara Rihl, Paris

Getting dressed and adorning yourself for who you truly are is one of life's real pleasures, yet many women never get to enjoy this experience because they’re too busy comparing themselves, berating themselves and simply feeling overwhelmed because they don’t know what to wear. As you head to your closet each day, I want you to dress for you who are, honoring what’s most important to you and showing up as your real, beautiful and authentic self. Dressing for someone else’s style can leave you feeling out of sync with yourself and confused about who you are, while wearing clothing that fits not only your body, but expresses your personality, will help you to feel confident about who you are and more comfortable in your own skin. But where to start?

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES TO UNCOVER YOUR OWN STYLE AND ROCK YOUR WARDROBE • KNOW THYSELF If you don’t know what your style truly is, I want you to find out! This is a key step in determining what’s right for you (and what’s very wrong). Knowing yourself is both educational as well as empowering and can help you to show up as they woman you were created to be! My proprietary StyleFinder ID™ assessment is one great tool to help you discover your authentic style and how to create a look that’s right for you. • FIT IS KEY If you’re hiding in big, baggy clothes, you're not doing yourself any favors. Baggy clothes, as well as too-tight clothes, can make you look heavier than you really are and keep your style from standing out. Wear clothing that gently skims the body to show off your shape and helps you put your best image forward.

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• ACCESSORIZE ACCORDINGLY Accessories are where you get to have some fun with our outfits and put our own personal stamp on our look. Choose accessories that

show the world who you are. Are you wild at heart with a touch of whimsy? Why not wear a colorful animal print scarf, bangle or shoes to set your look off. Are you classically elegant? Wear your best pearls, everyday! Find those items that will become your signature and let them speak for you. After all, your image speaks louder than words. • BREAK THE RULES A huge part of learning about your personal style is finding what you love and not being dictated to. Sometimes this means breaking the rules and wearing something in a way that you’re not ‘supposed to’. Learn to trust your instincts to know if something is right for you and you'll gain a true understanding of yourself. • BE CONSISTENT While your moods may be all over the map, your style should not. This doesn’t mean that you wear a uniform, but simply have a consistent style. Once you uncover what your true style is, make sure your key elements are present and work to cultivate a strategy that works for you, whether you’re dressing for the boardroom, the bedroom or the bar. When your closet is filled only with items you do love, dressing will become effortless AND enjoyable. Soon you'll begin to see a new pattern emerge, as well as a new you! Not only will you look great, but you’ll feel more like yourself, rather than like what you think you should look like. This can be a very spiritual, as well as personal, experience. When you dress who you truly are you present yourself for all to see. Let this empower you to step forward in your life and become the person you were meant to be. Your very own style will get you noticed for all the right reasons and will attract wonderful people into your life who instantly connect with the image you project. Dress like you mean it!

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Put on your most fabulous spring ensemble, grab your girlfriends and head to these must-see spring fashion shows that get bigger and better every year!


Friday, April 25th, 8pm NCSU, Stafford Commons

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Art2Wear is an annual fashion show featuring wearable art created by the students of NC State’s College of Design and College of Textiles. This year’s theme is “Accelerated Evolution,” which challenges the young designers to incorporate the “concepts and characteristics surrounding the idea of speed” into their designs. Be prepared for some over-the-top, show stopping fashion moments! For tickets, go to design.ncsu.edu/art2wear

Redress Raleigh Eco Fashion Show Friday, May 30th, 7:00pm Cobblestone Hall, Raleigh

Redress Raleigh works with local green designers to put on an annual fashion show that “highlights the latest in creative eco-fashion.” This year, designers will present spring collections that incorporate upcycling, handpainting and organic materials. Expect to see cool, earthy and imaginative looks that you will want in your closet! For tickets, go to redressraleigh.com

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For spring, we are super excited for High waisted flare jeans. We have already started to get some in and are loving that look for spring! — Fab’rik Bouque

We are seeing a huge trend with

palazzo pants,

the so flowing trousers have overtaken skinny pants or jeans. The colors are fresh and definitely refreshing. — Smien Bouque



The styles are very retro this Spring with the small floral prints and bell sleeves. — Gigi’s Bouque

This look combines two of our favorite Spring 2014 trends...

naucal style and print mixing! Try pairing these with white jeans and a pop of red in the accessories. — Galatea Bouque

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Gorgeous casual dresses for Spring. — Scout & Molly’s Bouque


The latest trends, the steady classics, and a little bit of everything in-between!

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Moms need a break and what beer than in an Urban MuuMuu Made of Supima coon, modal, and spandex French terry, this ankle-length, pocketed gown was born lounge-ready. Comes with a matching headband. Did we also menon one of Oprah’s Favorite Items! AVAILABLE AT OPULENCE OF SOUTHERN PINES

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ALLI AND PAT LEGGETT OF THE PINK ALLI In 2007, mom and daughter team Alli and Pat Legge saw their great town of Cary expanding, as the beauful Stone Creek Village area began to grow. Alli dreamed of a unique and specialized bouque where any fashion savvy person can come in and find something special and affordable, and leave feeling like a part of the family. The ladies decided to seize this opportunity and The Pink Alli was born. Stop into the shop and meet these lovely ladies anyme!



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Combines the essences of blooming peony and dewy garden roses with warm sandalwood and a hint of flowering piosporum, Evelyn Lauder's beloved fragrance note.

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Invisibelt is America's top invisible belt, that instantly slims and is almost undetectable! Women and girls love Invisibelt's colors and styles, and for a totally invisible look, try our Clear Invisibelt! Eliminate buckle bulge and pulling with the completely adjustable,

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DON'T SACRIFICE STYLE DURING YOUR BABY'S TEETHING DAYS The Momma's Jewels 1 Ring Sterling Silver Teething Necklace is beaufully handcraed to make any new mom feel beauful & chic while also completely funconal for baby to teethe and play. AVAILABLE AT THE NOFO, RALEIGH spring | 27

POND'S COLD CREAM This cold cream has been around since 1846 and has outlasted and out-shined many brands that are far more expensive and heavily marketed. It is well-known for being able to get stubborn eye makeup off and usually works better than formulas that are specifically designed to remove eye makeup.


Those tried and true beauty products that have been around for decades and with good reason – they really work! Creams and perfumes that take you back to a simpler time when there were only a few products to choose from. Passed down from generation to generation, these classic creams and timeless treasures are still used today thanks to the high quality ingredients and proven results that have stood the test of time.

NOXEMA MAYBELLINE GREAT LASH MASCARA That bright pink and green tube has been a staple on drugstore shelves since 1971 and it continues to sell by the millions. The brush is simple and it comes in basic colors, making it simple and effective. It helps to lengthen and separate the lashes, lending to sexy eye makeup, whether you choose to go for a more natural look or one that is more striking.


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This tingly, smooth cream was launched in 1914 and has been a favorite facial cleanser since. It was originally a sunburn remedy, but has since gained notoriety as a make-up remover and facial cleanser. It cuts through oil and refreshes the skin while it cleanses it, making it a great product to wake up the skin and leave it clean without over-drying. This is truly the perfect combination for those of all skin types.

YARDLEY LILY OF THE VALLEY EAU DE TOILETTE This perfume has been worn by millions of women since 1920. There are a lot of different forms available, but the classic eau de toilette has stood the test of time. The scent is a fresh spring floral that is both feminine and romantic. It works for all occasions and all seasons, making it the perfect signature scent for women of all ages.

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This oil is a great multitasking beauty product that has been around since 1961. In the years since it has been out, dozens of uses have been discovered, from degreasing the hands, to removing hard-to-remove makeup to softening the skin before and after bathing. The formula itself is non-greasy, so it can be used right before getting dressed to reveal smooth, silky skin without ruining clothes.



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ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM SKIN PROTECTANT This cream launched in 1930 and has been a beauty staple since day one. What is great about this product is that it has so many different beauty uses, such as softening cracked hands, healing chapped lips, repairing busted cuticles and comforting minor scrapes and burns.

- DOVE SOAP My mother always smelled like Dove and still uses it today – now I’m hooked on it too. — Cheryl Avery

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Many women also use it to add a dewy glow to their cheeks or to keep their eyebrows tame and perfectly in place. This cream also makes a fabulous night cream and can help to soothe the skin after a little sun exposure leaves your skin pink.



Vaseline has been around since 1870, making it a beauty product that has been used by generations of women. It has so many uses, it is no wonder that this product has survived the decades. It makes a great skin protectant and can help to calm skin issues like rashes and chaffing. It can also prevent chaffing and it works to moisturize skin that is very dry and callused, such as the bottoms of the feet. It soothes chapped lips and can smooth

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them practically overnight, or it can be used as a clear lip gloss.

CLINIQUE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURIZING LOTION You probably remember seeing this on your mom's vanity as you were growing up and this cult classic moisturizer has been around since the 1970s. It is known for its ability to improve complexion while also smoothing the skin. It is not oily or sticky and it is also lightweight, making it perfect for those who choose a bare face or a heavier foundation.


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CHANEL NO. 5 This famous fragrance was released in 1921 by style icon, Coco Chanel. This has been a classic scent ever since and it still remains the perfume with the highest sales. The legendary fragrance is feminine and powerful, offering an air of sophistication and elegance. Throughout the world, women of all ages are still using this signature fragrance today.

CHAPSTICK Soft, quenched lips have been possible since the 1930s when Chapstick hit the shelves. The original flavor in the black tube and the cherry-flavored option in the red tube have been made famous throughout the world. Many women wear it to bed to moisturize their lips as they sleep, but it can also be worn under any other lip products to soften and protect the lips.

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Charm bracelets have always been a staple of a girl’s wardrobe WHY WE LOVE IT Stacks of bracelets are hot fashion accessories, but not every bangle is a fabulous fit. Each bracelet has a patented sliding mechanism so you can adjust it to just the right size. AKA “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” Plus they look great when mixing metals. Available at Swagger Bouque, Cary & Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Raleigh

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Gorgeous glass beaded bracelets are both fabulous and philanthropic

WHY WE LOVE IT hand crocheted by women in Nepal using high-quality glass beads. Each design is one of a kind and is never duplicated. Purchasing them helps to improve the quality of life for these women and their families. These beauful "roll over the hand" bracelets make the perfect stack Available at Jewelry Warehouse, dress, Raleigh, Swagger Bouque & Kristen’s Place, Cary Lily Mae’s, Wake Forest

bourbon and bowees "Made by Proud Southern Hands"

WHY WE LOVE IT Bourbon and Bowee is a unique bracelet line are made with hand selected semiprecious stones, geodes, smoky quarts, Lava stones, shells, turquoise, jade, polished coral, Peruvian opal, agates and many more natural stones all wrapped with gold plated wire. Available at Lily Mae’s, Wake Forest


Create your own interchangeable jewelry WHY WE LOVE IT featuring "fashion snaps," buon-like charms you snap in and out of our specially made jewelry and accessories. With over 200 snap designs to choose from, you can create and re-create jewelry that expresses YOUR personality, any way you choose! There's a snap for every personality, every style, and every occasion. Available at Jewelry Warehouse, Raleigh

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ask anna Hi Anna, My hands are beginning to show signs of age and it's really bothering me. My veins are much more noticeable and I have a few age spots too, is there anything I can do to reverse the aging process? -Renee There are several options for minimizing and in many instances eliminating brown Hyperpigmentation spots all together. If you choose to go the laser route, which will cost more than some other less effective options (for hands you are probably looking at around $150-$300 per laser treatment) and typically you need 3 treatments for hands. There are several laser choices for treating, but I find a combination approach of BBL or IPL with fractionated laser (like fraxel or scitons profractional) works the best, particular for dark spots on hands which tend to be more stubborn than treating spots on the face. The thing that's nice about the laser option is you get immediate results after just one treatment (and in some medical cases one treatment is all you need). Additionally that same laser can most often times have its "filter" changed and in the same session zap out any vascular issues (depending on the type of vein, laser may not be the best option), but a proper consultation with your laser medical provider and he/she should be able to give you all of your options and let you know what you are or are not a good candidate for. Another treatment option which will take longer to see results would be using a topical lightening agent, something with Hydroquinone (HQ) at 4-6%. I personally like the prescription Triluma which has HQ 4% as well as Tretinon (Vitamin A) in it. I even suggest to people receiving laser therapy to pre and post treat with this product in conjunction with the laser to provide optimal results. You will need to ask your provider how many days pre and post treatment they recommend you stop/start using Triluma as well as all other topicals. Lastly, pigmented lesions particularly on the back of hands will most definitely return if you do not apply daily a broad spectrum high level (30-50%) SPF that contains a physical UVA/UVB protection such as Zinc or Titanium Dixoide. As you most certainly would not want the money and time you spent getting rid of the spots to return simply because of lack of proper post care. Hope this helps.

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RECEIVED: THE SYNERGY CUSTOMIZED FACIAL I was pampered from the moment I walked in. My experience began by relaxing in the ambient waiting room, where I sipped mint green tea and listened to soothing music. After a few minutes, my aesthetician, Bridget, led me into the facial room where she interviewed me about any issues with my skin as well as my cleansing rituals. She gave me a few minutes to undress and settle onto the facial table, which was more like a cozy bed. The bamboo sheets were the softest I had ever felt! 34 | triangle style

The room had a clinical feel to it, but still dim and relaxing. Bridget began with an initial cleanse, covered my eyes and then examined my skin under a light to get a better idea of my skin’s needs. First, I received the Glycolic Cleanser, which uses glycolic acid to prep the skin for treatment. After that, she ran a vibrating Clarisonic Cleansing Brush across my face, which uses a sonic frequency to achieve a deeper pore cleanse. For the next few minutes, Bridget focused on cleaning out every single zit and blackhead on my face in a process called “extractions.” A slightly uncomfortable, but very liberating experience! After that, she put a brightening and tightening 24k Gold Mask on my face and covered my eyes with a rubberizing eye mask, which uses marine collagen to tighten, hydrate and plump the eye area. While the mask dried, Bridget massaged my arms and shoulders. At this point, I was in that wonderful, calm state in between sleeping and waking. I really enjoyed the relaxing, herbal aromas of the mask and massage oil. After several minutes, Bridget removed the mask by simply peeling it off. Next, she delivered a stream of pressurized oxygen infused with vitamins and antioxidants directly to my face. The stream of air felt cool and rejuvenating as it hydrated and softened my skin. She then applied a little bit of tinted moisturizer, congratulated me on having my first facial and left me to get dressed. I emerged from the cozy facial bed and looked at my face in the mirror. It was like seeing a perfectly airbrushed version of myself! My skin was even, soft and glowing. In the weeks following the facial, I’m happy to say I’ve worn nothing more than a little sheer primer on my face. Instead of foundation or powder, I’m able to wear the beautiful, natural glow of my own skin with confidence! If you’re looking to take your skincare to the next level, to feel and look your best, I highly recommend the experts at Synergy Spa and Aesthetics.

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RECEIVED SKIN RESURFACING THROUGH MICRODERMABRASION If you’re looking for a facial pick me up without any laser or chemical peels – or down time – consider skin resurfacing through microdermabrasion. Between work, deadlines, kids, and repeated snow days, I was starting to show a little wear and tear. But The Skin Renewal Center at Southern Dermatology (southernderm.com) offered a non-invasive, non-surgical alternative to softer, smoother and cleaner skin after just one treatment. Angie, The Skin Renewal Center Manager, talked with me about the safety and effectiveness of the procedure, evaluating my needs based on skin type and condition. She was both knowledgeable and personable, and explained everything as she went along. The office was modern and inviting, and after a quick facial cleansing,

the polishing action of diamond chips went to work on my worry lines. The exfoliation, itself, is done through a precise hand-held wand that feels very much like a cat licking you. The topmost layer of skin is whisked away, vacuumed into the suction tube of the wand, leaving behind a fresh and vibrant new you. It’s completely sterile and leaves you with a smoother texture while promoting the growth of healthy new skin cells. Angie finished with a very clean smelling sunscreen (got to protect the new delicate glow!) and moisturizer. And that was it; no residue or irritation. Twenty minutes and done! This procedure is mild enough to be repeated each month if you choose, giving you softer more supple skin and helping everyday products penetrate better. Skin will continue to improve with additional treatments. The face and neck are the most common areas treated, but you may also request the décolletage and hands, and even the arms and legs. It’s effective on virtually any type or shade of skin. If you want to do something nice for yourself, consider microderm. Starting at just $95, it’s easy on the complexion and the pocketbook. You’ll thank me when you look in the mirror.




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MARGARET Pierre Dumas The Original His Is Hers® Shirt From Claridge & King “His” shirt but tailored to “Her” dimensions, Throw this shirt over your favorite pair of leggings or jeans for a classic look. Nofo 2014 Fairview Rd, Five Points, Raleigh (919) 821-1240 www.nofo.com see ad on page 61

Step it up in this simply beautiful patent sandal. Super stylish single strap sandal with adjustable ankle strap is the perfect go to shoe for spring! Available in white, nude, black and red (shown). Try on the shoes you like ... Leave with the shoes you love. SRI Shoe Warehouse, 6031 Oak Forest Drive, Raleigh. www.srishoes.com See ad on page 17


TRIANGLE TRENDS You Will Be Looking Forward To Those Rain Day Forecasts, so you can pull out this super cute monogrammed rain jacket! Available in several colors. $65 Swagger Gifts with Attitude Style with Flair Lochmere Pavilion, 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd. Cary (919) 858-5884 www.swaggergifts.com see ad on page 41

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Exclusive Hale Bob print, rayon spandex jersey reversible maxi dress with brailette lining. Scout & Molly’s North Hills, Raleigh (919) 754-8430 Stone Creek Village 402 Ledgestone Way, Cary, (919) 465-7441 www.scoutandmollys.com see ad on page 17

Anchors Away Stripes and a trendsavvy anchor motif are masterfully paired to deliver nautical flair. It's Spring's most eye-catching watch and a fabulous accessory for any globetrotter. Wherever you sail, it will get you there. Available in 10 colors. $20.00 each. Bijuju 4351-105 The Circle at North Hills St., Raleigh, (919) 571-4991 www.bijuju.com, see ads on pages 22 & 23

Santa Maria Novella Santa Maria Novella pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, established by Dominican monks shortly after their arrival in Florence in 1221. Today, tradition is perpetuated and renewed. Santa Maria Novella products still use the highest quality natural raw materials followed by artisanal procedures established by the Dominican fathers. Stop by Opulence of Southern Pines today to see essences, pomades, balms, waters and other preparations. Opulence of Southern Pines at Cameron Village, 400 Daniels Street, Raleigh (919) 467-1781 and at The Mews, 280 NW Broad St., Downtown Southern Pines (910) 692-2744 OpulenceOfSouthernPines.com see ad on page 7

Boho Chic This poncho from Minnie Rose with detailed fringe trim is a must have item. Lightweight and travel friendly. One Size Fits All. 100% pure cotton; Several Colors Available. CoolSweats Look Good, Be Comfortable. The Lassiter at North Hills 4421- 109B Six Forks Rd., Raleigh: (919) 782-0012 Pinehurst: 105 Cherokee Road (910) 295-3905 www.coolsweats.net see ad on page 13

Style Addicts...A Jean Jacket Is A Must-Have Piece! We are obsessed with the fit and distressed detail of this jacket! $82.00 Fabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;rik Cameron Village 2039 Cameron St., Raleigh, (919) 833-1210 EAST 54, Chapel Hill, (919) 918-7880 www.fabrikstyle.com see ad on page 36

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Its Prom Season And Its All About The Hair! Its no coincidence that prom season comes after the Grammy’s and the Oscars. Teenage girls get their inspiration from watching their favorite celebrities wearing the latest trends in hair and fashion. Are you Red Carpet ready for this years spring Prom trends? • Braids - A side swept braid or a braid incorporated with a soft, loose knot. • Waves & Curls - Feminine curls with a deep side part swept to on side add some glam with a hair accessory or loose waves and curl combination with a simple center part. • The Knot - A chic knot wrapped low in the back or a Kardashian high bun. joule salon 4242 NW Cary PKWY (Next to LaFarm Bakery) 919-297-0152, joulesalon.com, see ad on page 29

Save The Planet Reupholster your furniture Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and make it NEW again! We'll help you pick your fabric then our skilled upholsterers will pick it up and do the rest. Midas Fabrics and Blinds, 7912 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh (Rt. 70 at Lynn Rd.), (919) 782-5500 www.MidasFabric.com see ad on page 71

Bring Your Most Important Moments To Life with top quality videos and photos. we are dedicated to creating unique and exciting experiences and capturing your special occasions for a lifetime. contact us for rates and information. 919.998.9542 or team@roguemark.com www.roguemark.com see ad page 79

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Mother’s Day Special Purchase a Mother’s Day Gift Card of $100 or greater and receive a $25 gift card for someone else. Expires May 15th, 2014 Bloom Skin Spa 527 Keisler Drive, Suite 204 Cary, NC 27513 (919) 233-3992 www.bloomskinspa.com see ad on page 39

Because Beautiful Hair Doesn’t Just Happen Specializing in Hair Extensions and Hair Replacement since 1998. Our experience allows us to give you a time efficient and precise service. Always under 2 hours. Call today to experience your Modern Enhancement. Modern Enhancement Salon Day Spa 8320-166 Litchford Rd. Raleigh 27615 919.875.8668 Visit our websites at www.modernenhancements.com www.modernenhancement.com see ad on page 21

Chevron Tote...$16 This tote is perfect as a carry all bag, roomy and sturdy enough for whatever you have to lug around town...or out of town for that matter! The handles are made of a cotton rope cord, very strong and ready to take some use! Poolside or beachside, it's the only bag you'll need for a fun-filled adventure.

Large Selection Of Stationery Whether you are looking for something traditional, fun or trendy, Taylor's of Raleigh has a wonderful selection for any occasion. Stationery and Invitations Since 1979 Taylor’s of Raleigh 2603-161 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh

Bijuju 4351-105 The Circle at North Hills St., Raleigh (919) 571-4991 www.bijuju.com see ads on pages 22 & 23

Corner of Oberlin & Glenwood Ave. Next Door To Glenwood Grill

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Looking For A GREAT Mother’s Day Gift? Follow a theme, be sweet or savory, mix and match with oils and vinegars. We can customize too. We also have special wedding gift sets come with charms saying "I Do", "To love and To cherish" and a key charm with open heart. The Olive Wagon 8480 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh Lafayette Village, (919) 845-7266 www.theolivewagon.com see ad on page 57 spring | 45


Celebrate Stripes An Essential for Spring! Bold is beautiful and Jitty's has two of the key elements in this one-piece wonder. Our dress/skirt from Elan takes you from casual to the Club. Drop in, and we'll show how it works for you! Jitty’s Boutique {Cameron Village} 2014 Cameron Street, Raleigh 919-839-6161 www.jittysboutique.com see ad on page 63

Butterfly Charms It’s springtime in the Triangle and Pandora is ‘taking flight’ this season with its new Spring 2014 Collection. Spring into the season with elegant and sophisticated new charms! Pandora’s newest collection is dedicated to all your springtime favorites. Beautiful butterfly charms will make the perfect addition to your bracelet this spring! Bailey’s Voted THE Best Place to Buy Designer Jewelry Every Woman Wants a Bailey Box Official Jeweler of the DPAC Pandora stores located at Crabtree Valley Mall (919-571-2646) and The Streets at Southpoint (919-405-2255) www.baileybox.com see ads on pages 4 & back cover

Annie’s Attic Is Returning To Downtown Cary! The latest trends, the steady classics, and a little bit of everything in-between! Annie’s Attic NOW ACCEPTING SPRING CONSIGNMENTS!! CALL 919-500-1302 107 W. Chatham St., Cary (formerly Beautimous Beads, next to Ashworth's Drugstore) www.myanniesattic.com See ad on page 25

For The Ultimate In Sophisticated Safari-Chic. The Kings Row wing chair is both grand in stature and unique in tailoring. The contrast seat and back showcase a premium graded authentic zebra hide, complete with a portion of the mane intact at the crown. The body of the chair features an embossed crocodile pattern in satin black aniline leather. The frame is outlined in pewter nailhead trim, with turned legs in an Ebony finish. Riverview Galleries, 5122 North Roxboro Rd, Durham, (919) 477-0481, www.furniturestorenc.com, see ads on page 82 46 | triangle style


Edwin Jagger We offer the largest assortment in The Triangle of the finest shaving accessories. Edwin Jagger, Proraso, Dovo Solingen, Il Ceppo, Merkur, Dreadnought, Castle Forbes and many more. Stop in today and find out what you’ve been missing. We have the best in extra fine badger hair shave brushes. We also have double edge razors and straight razors!

There’s nothing a woman loves more than personalized jewelry made just for her. Complete your holiday look and wish list this year with personalized pieces from Heather Moore and Pandora. Make this season a bit more charming by creating a customized Heather Moore piece that shows off your passions! Bailey’s Voted THE Best Place to Buy Designer Jewelry Every Woman Wants a Bailey Box Official Jeweler of the DPAC Located in Cameron Village (919-829-7337) and Crabtree Valley Mall (919-788-7500) www.baileybox.com see ads on pages 4 & back cover

Opulence of Southern Pines at Cameron Village, 400 Daniels Street, Raleigh (919) 467-1781 and at The Mews, 280 NW Broad St., Downtown Southern Pines (910) 692-2744 OpulenceOfSouthernPines.com see ad on page 7

Our Hottest Selling Shoe... The perfect blend of style and lifestyle – that’s what Bernie Mev is all about!

It Can Be Possible.... Remodel Without The Legendary Headaches And Hassle. Beat decision-fatigue! Your bathroom remodel can be as easy as 1, 2, 3 Reviva Baths 919-226-4000 www.revivabaths.com see ad on page 11

Women’s casual shoes that artfully combine upscale styling with the latest European comfort technology. The result: shoes that feel as good as they look! WE HAVE IN FOUR COLORS: black, bronze, turquoise & pewter At Ease at Sutton Square 6325 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, (919) 790-1812 Shoppes on the Parkway 3659 SW Cary Parkway, Cary, (919) 462-1190 see ad on page 3

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A Southern Belle Staple... A Spartina Patterned Bag... These beautiful handbags and accessories are made from French linen and real leather. Each style of Spartina bag is thoughtfully designed with various pockets and clasps that fit a modern woman's lifestyle. We carry many patterns but can order any style or pattern that we don't have in stock.

A Breath Of Spring! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love the spring collection of Tribal we have in stock. Smitten Boutique 1105 W Main Street Durham, (919) 530-1000 www.thesmittenboutique.com see ad on page 33

Lily Mae's Boutique & Gifts At The Factory 1839 South Main Street, Wake Forest (919) 453-0113 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram see ad on page 33

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Sun-San Salt-Water Sandals Cute, saltwater friendly leather sandals.Breathable leather linings and footbed. Two adjustable straps with rust proof buckles. Mobleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shoes Stonehenge Market 7422 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh www.mobleysshoes.com (919) 518-1640 see ad on page 57 48 | triangle style

At Clothes Mentor, we pay you CASH on-the-spot for your gently used, better name-brand women's clothing in sizes 0-26, as well as purses, shoes, accessories and more. Best of all, you never need an appointment! We buy All Day, Every Day. You can also buy the most sought-after, name-brand, women's fashions in "Like New" condition at 70% OFF mall store prices - everyday! Clothes Mentor has all your favorite merchandise - clothing, shoes, purses and accessories - all in one easy-to-shop store. Clothes Mentor Two locations in the Triangle: 5911-109 Poyner Village Parkway (Near Toys R Us behind Triangle Town Center) Raleigh, NC 27616 - 919-713-0007 AND 241 S. Elliott Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-929-1770 www.clothesmentor.com see ad on page 64

New accessories arrive weekly at Gigi’s Boutique. Stop by today to see all the new spring handbags, scarves and jewelry that have arrived. Gigi’s Boutique Lafayette Village 8480 Honeycutt Rd Suite 110, Raleigh 919-846-0014

Stack Them Nothing like a wrist full of bangles. dress. (919) 699-6505 Ridgewood Shopping Center 3528 Wade Avenue, Raleigh www.dressraleigh.com see ad page 29

Waverly Place 302 Colonades Way, Cary (919) 851-5232 www.shopgigis.com see ad on page 38

Every Tick Tock Matters At Clocktiques! We specialize in repairs of antique clocks and watches from the 1600's to present. We have a fully stocked showroom for your enjoyment and shopping pleasure. Looking for a gift what better than a timepiece that could become your family heirloom for generations to come. Watch battery replacement and adjustment available. All repairs done in our fully equipped repair shop on site. Clocktiques 919-556-8963 2004 South Main St., Suite 104, Wake Forest, www.clocktiquesrc.com see ad on page 66

Crabtree Valley Mall Gift Cards Are The Perfect Gift and are accepted at over 220 retailers and restaurants in the mall, including such favorites as H&M, The North Face, Coach, Michael Kors, Madewell, The Art of Shaving, XXI Forever, Pottery Barn, J. Crew, Tommy Bahama, Banana Republic and all of our restaurants! They are available at Guest Services seven days a week, simply choose cards in denominations of $5 to $500. Crabtree Valley Mall 4325 Glenwood Avenue. Raleigh, (919) 787-8993. www.crabtree-valley-mall.com, Mon – Sat 10am – 9:00pm; Sunday 12noon – 7pm, see ad on inside cover spring | 49

TRIANGLE TRENDS Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Love The New Collection Of Jude Connally Dresses

As You Wish Necklace by local designer, Bijou Savvy. Galatea Boutique Seaboard Station in Raleigh (across from Logan's) 919-833-8565 facebook: Galatea Boutique see ad on page 61

a modern dress collection featuring vibrant prints and soft sillhouettes that make everyday dressing for women easy, expressive and fun. Kristen's Place The Arboretum, 2035 Renaissance Park Place, Cary, 919.677.9955 www.kristensplacecary.com see ad on page 31

Glo Therapeutics Neck Firming Serum

The Lauren, Hoboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iconic Clutch Wallet Famous for its carryall attitude and versatile functionality, use the Lauren as a clutch or wallet for any occasion. Available in several colors and patterns. Kristen's Shoe Boutique The Arboretum, 2045 Renaissance Park Place, Cary, (919) 678-1234 kristensshoes.com see ad on page 31

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Promotes the appearance of a tighter, firmer and smoother neck. Innovative ingredients provide a remodeling effect by boosting collagen and Hyaluronic Acid production. The combined lifting action, brighteners and anti-aging properties result in a more youthful-looking neck. The Purple Door Day Spa 154 South White St., Wake Forest, (919) 562-6077, purpledoorspa.com see ad on page 67

Wrap Vase By Sklo $545 This vase from Sklo, designed by Czech artists Karen Gilbert + Paul Pavlak, features a continuous glass tube that ends as a vessel. The wrap vase is available in a flexible palette of colors. The thick polished top highlights the best in Czech glassblowing - mass, clarity, and perfect color. The wrap vase and many other gorgeous glass objects are available at BeyondBlue Interiors. BeyondBlue Interiors Visit our *NEW* expanded showroom at North Hills 4350-102 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, Raleigh 919.896.6630, www.beyondblueinteriors.com see ad page 11

Vampire Facial Introducing the Vampire Facial (see our ad for more details). During the month of March we are offering $100 off your first Vampire Facial. This painless, zero downtime procedure is no trend, this is the latest in facial rejuvenation. Now at Synergy Spa and Aesthetics you can experience what everyone is talking about! Look for us on March 11th at 4pm on news channel ABC11 Health Segment where Synergy Spa and Aesthetics and the Vampire Facial will be featured. Try it today! Call Synergy Spa at 919.510.5130. Glenwood Village, Glenwood Avenue at Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, www.feelsynergy.com, see ad on page 35

The Best Fitting Pant For You! Any Age, Any Season, Anywhere As seen in the current March issue of Oprahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s "O" magazine. CT Weekends, Cameron Village 437 Daniels St., Raleigh (919) 787-9073 www.ctweekendsforwomen.com see ad pages 18 & 19

Come Visit Raleighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hidden Treasure! Oak Park Shopping Center is a wonderful center filled with delightful boutiques to visit all within walking distance. We have everything in one area to serve you from fabulous restaurants, home decorating services, picture framing needs, holiday baskets to Homeschool supplies or Supplies for your Holiday Costumes and party. We are located on Raleigh's premier Glenwood Avenue. Oakpark Shopping Center, Oakpark Shopping Center, 6001 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, (919) 787-0181, www.oakparkshops.com, see ad on page 12

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Strengthen Your Skin With Dr. Boyse's Product Pick: NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Complex! This rich creamy product delivers intense moisture powered by ceramides and clinical strength proniacin (vitamin B3). It provides antioxidants that firm, tone and tighten skin, reducing fine lines. It also contains brighteners that lift the discoloration due to sun damage. This cream helps your skin repair itself, and reduces the look of aging by improving your skins quality. SPECIAL OFFER 20% off 1.7 oz. bottle of NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Complex (regularly $85)

Our Favorite Spring Find Is This Side Table By The Tommy Mitchell Company. Made here in NC, each table is hand crafted in a choice of metal foliage or floral designs. The metal base is available in black metal or gilded metal and the metal art is protected by lucite. These tables are works of art, and signed by the artist himself. They are certain to become the focal point of any seating arrangement in your home. Sew Fine II Custom Window Treatments and Interiors 5850 Fayetteville Road Suite 104, Durham (919) 806-3638 www.sewfine2.com see ad on page 69

The Skin Renewal Center at Southern Dermatology 4201 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 207 Raleigh, NC 27607 P 919-863-0073, southernderm.com see ads on pages 15, 37 & 78

FREE WHITENING SYSTEM With completion of new patient exam, X-rays, cleaning & proposed treatment plan. Call for details. Expires 5/30/14. Renaissance Dental Center 3803 Computer Drive, Raleigh, (919) 786-6766 www.renaissancedentalcenter.com see ad on page 6

Raleighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exclusive European Style Village With Locally Owned Specialty Shops, Services & Fine Dining Shop. Dine. Explore. Lafayette Village 8450 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, (919) 714-7447 www.lafayettevillageraleigh.com see ads on pages 9 & 59 52 | triangle style

Serving Dinner Thursday Through Saturday at the Burke Manor Inn, A Prestigious Historical Inn Saint Jacques @ the Burke Manor is located in the historical railway town of Gibsonville, the Inn will transpose you back in time. Exceptional accommodations, a gourmet breakfast and French service standards with a southern flair make for an outstanding stay. Just minutes from Elon University, Tanger Outlets, Haw River Wine Trail, Greensboro,High Point and other area attractions.. The Burke Manor Inn 303 Burke Street • Gibsonville, NC 27249 336-449-6266 • Toll Free: 888-679-1805 • www.burkemanor.com saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com see ad on page 72

PLUM Hair Atelier is a company whose purpose is to provide exceptional hair care services and offer salon exclusive retail to Raleigh's elite. As a high end salon, PLUM is devoted to continuing the growth and strengthen our team's passion and talent. We do this with being committed to constant education and pursuing growth opportunities from local to international events. By doing so, we are ensuring our guests are serviced by highly knowledgeable stylists who stay current on the latest trends and techniques. We invite you join us as we reset the industry's standard. Plum Hair Atelier (919) 833-0107 1028 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27605 www.plumhairatelier.com see ad on page 66

Adding That Pop Of Color To Any Outfit Is So Easy And Affordable. The new pastel colors for Spring are sure to brighten your day. Finley’s Boutique Lafayette Village: 8480 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, 919.846.0024 Waverly Place: 302 Colonades Way, Cary, 919.977.4742 www.shopfinleys.com, see ad on page 58

Active And Sexy Tops Are In! This Neutra Bralette by Vitamin A has no ties and looks gorgeous on. Whalebone Urban Surf North Hills 919-758-8362 See ad on page 30 spring | 53


Style Reigns Supreme With 130 Stores, Spas, Boutiques, Salons, Eateries & Bars

Stackable Right Hand Bands… diamond, sapphire (multiple colors), ruby, and green garnet combinations. These pictured are all 18 Karat White gold. Can also be ordered in Platinum Prices start at $650.00 Reliable Loan & Jewelry 307 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 832-3461 www.reliablejewelry.com see ad on page 55

From Citizens for Humanity at Uniquities to Frye boots at Main & Taylor Shoe Salon, Fashion is always in style at North Hills. Find casual style from Billabong at Whalebone Urban Surf, and Rag+Bone at Vermillion. Shop for custom men’s wear from Liles Clothing Studio & Southern Tide at High Line Boutique and dazzle with Moon & Lola at Charlotte’s and David Yurman at Fink’s Jewelers Raleigh’s Midtown, North Hills NorthHillsRaleigh.com, see ad on inside back cover

Always With Style! Stop On In To See our Kate Spade stationery items The Pink Alli Stone Creek Village, 406 Ledgestone Way, Cary (919) 460-2554, www.thepinkalli.com see ad on page 25

Blue Ridge OB/GYN Associates Strives To Be The Best Women's Healthcare Practice In Raleigh Every Day. Serving woman of all ages in the heart of North Carolina. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care for all our patients, promoting health as a way of life for women. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals provide expert and compassionate care in a convenient North Raleigh location along with our Rex Hospital area location. You can have your obstetrical care in North Raleigh and enjoy your delivery and in-patient care in the beauty and warmth of the Rex Family Birth Center. Let us deliver your miracle! Blue Ridge OB/GYN Associates North Raleigh: 11001 Durant Road, Suite 100, Raleigh, (919) 781-2500 Rex Hospital Area: 2605 Blue Ridge Road,Suite 150, Raleigh, (919) 782-9005 www.blueridgeobg.com, see ad on page 63 54 | triangle style

30 Vendor Boutiques Furniture, Accessories, Fine Art, Rugs, Window Treatments, Jewelry Fashions, New & Vintage Clothing Inspirations Home Decor and More 8601-O Glenwood Ave. â&#x20AC;˘ 919.977.3039 Mon. - Sat. 10-6 | Sun. 1-5 see ad on page 72

Shop Carolina Premium OutletsÂŽ And Enjoy Savings Of 25% to 65% Every Day At 80 Designer And Name-Brand Outlets including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Fossil, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Nike, Nine West and Polo Ralph Lauren. Visit premiumoutlets.com for complete information and to join the free VIP Shopper Club for extra savings. Carolina Premium Outlets 1025 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield, NC 27577 (919) 989-8757 see ad on page 5

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Cheryl Reinert, Owner of Finley’s Boutique (left) and Whitney Brown, Owner of The Olive Wagon (below)




What happens when two small business owners in the same plaza pull a switcharoo, looking at the other’s venture with a fresh set of eyes, and trading places behind the counters of their stores to learn the difference between stocking food items versus clothing and apparel? We went to Lafayette Village in North Raleigh to find out. Cheryl Reinert is the owner of Finley’s Boutique (shopfinleys.com) which offers classic and trendy styles for ladies over the age of 35. Whitney Brown, on the other hand, is the owner of The Olive Wagon (theolivewagon.com), a specialty store featuring fresh extra virgin olive oils from all around the world and 25 Star balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. These two business models couldn’t be more different – or could they?

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THE STOREFRONTS: Gigi’s Boutique opened in 2008 with Cary and Raleigh locations, striving to offer affordable and trendy clothes for a woman’s everyday style while keeping prices under $100. Their sister boutique, Finley’s, opened in 2013 and appeal to a wide audience through a classic fit. At The Olive Wagon, oils and vinegars are the heart of the business with selections as distinct and varied as prized wine. Other products include delicious handmade artisanal foods from a variety of farms and small businesses. From delicious dried fruits, jams, sauces, honey, toffee, and baked goods – everything’s made with quality ingredients. They also have a beautiful line of stoneware dishes, bakeware, and gifts.


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• Varietal olive oils from Spain, Italy, California & Greece • Premium 25 Star balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy • Specialty, gourmet and gluten free food items. • Stoneware, pottery, customized baskets and gift sets.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: “The Olive Wagon offers flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars,” said Reinert. “The store has a warm feeling with copper colored walls and steel containers that hold all the different products. They also have a variety of unique foods from local or mom & pop growers. I personally use the balsamic vinegars for grilled veggies and salads.” “Finley’s is a woman’s boutique featuring a classic line of clothing,” said Brown. “The prices are incredible and the quality is excellent with a nice selection of separates that can transition from the work place to dinner on the town.”

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Inventory choices and seasonality come into play for both stores. Fashion is always about the next season, and olive oils are always about the next harvest and market availability. How each purchases inventory and keeps track of it is a little different, but for the most part the ladies saw more similarities than differences in their day to day operations.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: “We both work in our stores so we can get to know our customers,” said Reinert. “And we approach customer service the same by creating a warm and inviting atmosphere; we want customers to know that we are knowledgeable so they feel comfortable asking us for help.”

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“We have the same kind of customer, meaning the demographic profile is very similar – discerning taste, appreciation for value, and the loyalty to ‘shop local,’” said Brown. The common theme between the two is good customer service, product knowledge and the ability to ‘read’ the customer in order to facilitate a sale. “The cornerstone of a well run business is understanding your customer, the ability to be fluid enough in your business practices to anticipate change in the market and continue to be relevant to the consumer,” said Brown. A genuine enthusiasm for what each sells is what makes the business of being in retail enjoyable for both owners.




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Knowing what’s involved in determining the cost of a total product so that you can price it competitively in the marketplace,” said Reinert. She was impressed by Brown’s ability to multitask: filling an oil bottle and trying to keep it steady while giving a customer her attention and answering a question. Enjoying cooking is a help as researching and developing recipes to go with products also takes time. Knowing what looks good on a woman’s body type is totally different than knowing the different olive oils and vinegars,” said Brown. Struck by Reinert’s ability to anticipate fashion trends by making selective and specific choices so that many pieces would work together, she added, “Researching fashion styles and trying to determine what is going to be in fashion takes a different approach.”

BEST TAKEAWAY: I enjoyed sharing ideas and concerns with another small business owner,” said Reinert. “Listening to what works for them may be something that will also help your business thrive and grow in a positive direction.” And if it keeps their customers happy, then both shop owners are all for it! TS


RALEIGH’S FIRST COLD-PRESSED JUICE COMPANY Everyone wants fast, easy ways to make healthy choices. Thanks to Raleigh siblings,

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Returning Home after 13 years working as an actor in movies and tv shows like Transformers, One Tree Hill and numerous national commercials, Colin recognized a need for simplicity and health. Being in a career that taxed his mind, body and soul, he felt depleted and took stock. He realized the resources for juices that had been readily available to him in LA and NYC, weren’t as accessible in his hometown. Mary spent most of her life juggling athletics and the arts and put little focus on healthy eating. As she got older, she recognized the need for healthier habits. She jokes that she “gets clean to get dirty again”.

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From riding bikes in Drewry Hills to playing in Crabtree Creek, Colin and Mary were always a close pair. As they examined their own desires to live in a more healthful way and bring that health to the hometown they both love, one year ago they launched Humdinger Juice. The philosophy behind Humdinger is simple: to deliver the purest, most nutrient dense ‘live’ juice. Humdinger is afresh, raw and 100% organically grown, cold-pressed juice company nestled in the City of Oaks. “We believe in the healing properties of these juices and in the power they have to connect you to all that’s real and good not only in you, but in the world around you. Our Mission is to provide people with a real humdinger: locally made, organic, fresh, raw and nutrient-packed juice that not only tastes great, but makes you feel great!” said Colin and Mary.


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WINNER There’s no denying that Raleigh attorney, passionate volunteer, and busy mom Melissa Cleary knew how to pull together a polished and professional look when she headed to court. However, when it came to choosing business casual and weekend wear, the jury was still out. Score a big win for Cleary when she was selected for the Ultimate Makeover package from PLUM Hair Atelier during their grand opening celebration and community-wide fundraiser in support of breast cancer research. Hair stylist Ashley Collins and her talented team of beauty experts: makeup artist Ellen Geenty, stylist Kara Wilde and fashion photographer Jen Tarbox got right on the case! Written By Audrey D. Mark • Photography: Jen Tarbox Photography 62 | triangle style

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CASE IN POINT As one of Collins’ long time clients, Cleary’s hair was already in great shape – but both women were excited to take this opportunity to “push the limits a little more.” As a professional, Collins feels it is always important to look at her clients and their lifestyles holistically. “The key is to find a look that works best for their face, frame, and fits in realistically with their daily routine,” she said. Cleary recently began focusing on fitness and working out more seriously; the old look was no longer working with her new slender body. After swapping pictures and talking about possibilities, Collins suggested that they explore using a more vibrant and rich red color for a little more drama, and then cut off some length and add volume for better balance.

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Collins loves working with clients like Cleary because she is adventurous and open to change. The philosophy at PLUM is for stylists to educate and inspire. Collins knows that she is in charge of creating “first impressions,” and she takes that responsibility very seriously! She also knows that it’s sometimes up to her to be the catalyst and give clients the spark they need to make a change. In Cleary’s case, after the makeover was complete, she was so excited by her new lighter locks that at her next visit she went for an even shorter more dramatic and versatile pixie-like do. Both Cleary and Collins agree that the new cut is a winner.

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CASE CLOSED For this makeover, makeup artist Geenty wanted to focus on looks for Cleary that would be easy for her to recreate on her own. To make sure Cleary would have the proper tools and techniques, Geenty had her bring in all of her cosmetics and brushes from home. Together they discovered that Cleary’s makeover needed to start with her cosmetics case. When it comes to makeup brushes, quality tools of the trade are important. Cleary had a bunch of brushes and products that she didn’t know how to use properly, or didn’t need. “Sure, she had a lot of choices,” Geenty said, “but they weren’t all good.” Geenty pulled out about ten quality brushes for Cleary to hold on to: for foundation, blush, shadow and a few other angled brushes for brows and shading. Geenty also likes to enlist makeup sponges for even better coverage. Next she culled Cleary’s collection of outdated cosmetics and ditched colors that just didn’t work for her anymore, if ever.

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Geenty pointed out the importance of choosing the right shades for the situation. For example, “To minimize redness many of us have, chose a green based foundation,” she explained. When it comes to every day, Geenty likes to work with a more natural palate. But to create a little drama, it’s best to use a shadow that is the opposite color of your eyes. Blue eyes pop with copper shadows, while green eyes glow with purple. And brown eyed gals are totally versatile. Geenty encourages her clients to be fearless, evolve, and try out new trends. A fresh look on Cleary was using liner to create an oh-so-subtle cat eye. At first, Cleary was a little nervous about stepping out of her comfort zone with it, but once she saw how much it

made her eyes brighten, she really liked it – even for everyday use. When it comes to eyes, Geenty knows the brows have it! She used powder to fill in Cleary’s brows, giving them a softer more natural look than a pencil. To create the perfect brow line and symmetry, she sometimes likes to use stencils by Ardell. For the finishing touch, however, Geenty says it’s always important to take a few steps back from the mirror and look at the overall shape you’ve created.

ORDER IN THE COURT - AND THE CLOSET “Melissa sure knows how to buy a dress,” stylist Wilde exclaimed! While Cleary’s work wardrobe was impeccable, what she really needed help with was finding her individual style for those tricky business casual days and weekends. Wilde offers a range of services to help clients weed through the clothing that they’ve already got and then teach them how to shop for what they’re missing. Her fashion forward philosophy is simple: Educate. Empower. Express.

Wilde loved working with Cleary, saying, “She is beautiful, has a great figure and she was really open to suggestions from the start.” After a body type analysis, they carefully combed through Cleary’s closet. After editing out what wasn’t working, they created what Wilde calls an Essentials List, giving the pair a written plan to shop for what was needed to round out Cleary’s wardrobe. The most liberating lesson Wilde shared with Cleary, and teaches so many of her clients so often: less is more. “Most people wear only 20 percent of their wardrobe, 80 percent of the time,” Wilde said. That leaves a lot of closet space filled with clunkers, so wardrobe editing is mandatory. “With the right accessories,” Wilde said, “you can wear the same clothes all the time, and never repeat an outfit.” spring | 65

With the Essentials List in hand, they set out to find things that were fun and fresh, but still sophisticated enough to work with Cleary’s polished personal style. They also selected a few new additions to help balance her shoe collection. Wilde discovered that Cleary has a real affinity for sparkly things. Together they found ways to add more color and incorporate a little glitter in appropriate ways to give Cleary the style that she was looking for.



For photographer Tarbox, one of the most exciting things about documenting this makeover was watching Cleary’s energy and self confidence escalate throughout the day. “You could actually see the transformation in her face,” Tarbox recalled. She particularly loved shooting the final outfit of the day: the sexy evening wear with dramatic nighttime makeup. At first, Cleary was a bit hesitant about being photographed. But after a few posing cues from Tarbox, she quickly caught on and was a real natural! For Tarbox, the most rewarding part of photo shoots is when women get to see their finished photos and say, “I can’t believe that’s me!” She believes that every woman deserves the chance to share their beauty and treat themselves to professional photos. “You’re worth it!” she says.


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It hasn’t been easy for Cleary to find a few moments to focus on herself while striking that perfect balance between work life and family time. When it came to shopping, she didn’t have a game plan. Her business wardrobe was working for her, but when it came to the more casual corner of her closet, she’d end up just shopping for events or selecting random items off the sale racks. When Wilde was done with her closet, Cleary realized that she could get rid of almost 80 percent of what was in there; it was liberating! After her makeover from PLUM, Cleary learned a lot about what to look for and what to avoid, which will ultimately save this busy gal time, money, and stress. Armed with her Essentials List from Wilde, Cleary learned that cap sleeves

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are not the best line for her arms, so now she can skip right over those when scanning her selections. She also learned that her outfits look best if she doesn’t split the look in the middle. Wilde taught the concept of 1/3 to 2/3 dressing, where the break in color or texture is highlighted at either the top third or bottom third rather than across her midline. Cleary never realized just how stressful her past shopping sprees had been. She was also thrilled to pick up a bunch of tips from Geenty about updating her beauty routine. Cleary didn’t realize that her foundation with built in SPF was giving her a shinier look than she wanted. She also learned a trick or two about the use of contouring and color. Cleary is now committed to quality over quantity when it comes to buying her beauty tools and products. As for her hair, Cleary couldn’t be happier. She loved the bold color, length and fullness Collins gave her, and now she’s loving life with her new sassy shorter cut. Just how plum was her sweet Plum makeover? The proof is in the pictures! Tarbox shared photography secrets to great portraits like not posing with your face straight to the camera, keeping your weight shifted on the leg furthest from the camera, and strategically placing a slenderizing hand on your hip. “It was a good day – a lot of fun!” Cleary said. TS

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SPRING COLOR COMBINATIONS The hues being shown for Spring are lighter in intensity. They are more hints of color without being too pastel. These colors appeal to both women and men, and can be used in infinite combinations in the rooms in your home.

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THE BLUE FAMILY IS BEING USED AS A NEW NEUTRAL. It is replacing the grey family as a color to use liberally in your living spaces. Pale shades of blue add "life' to transition spaces and work well with almost every accent color. Pair blue with shades of mango, cayenne, and Benjamin Moore’s coral. 'BREATH OF FRESH AIR' (806)

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An emerging color is one that has been softened and used liberally for walls, in fabrics, rugs and wallpapers. The color is a softened version of teal...which is a combination in itself because Teal uses both blue tones and green tones. It is replacing the "Seaglass" colors that have been so prominent in the past five years. Teal tones are not clear as Seaglass, and are wonderful to use as a foundation color.

TIP FOR THE NEW TEAL: Use for walls and floors, then punch up the room with a few teal accents.

PANTONE 2014 COLOR OF THE YEAR, RADIANT ORCHID. This red-purple is a bit intense. In its place, designers been using softer, more livable, tones from the purple family. First, let it be said that no one is "neutral" in their opinion of using purples in their living spaces. This color family either has fans or those who will avoid it. To select a color that will mesh well with the new spring colors, and that is livable for a long time, select more subtle tones, such as light plums or soft lavenders. These shades of purples are blue based, and thus don't have the intensity of the red based purples. Just as with any color scheme Benjamin Moore’s for your living spaces, let one color “Spring dominate. Use this for the room's Flowers” foundation. Then use accent colors (1430) to add life and focal points in the room. After the cold and snowy winter we have had in the Triangle, the spring color trends are truly a "breath of fresh air"!

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The Real Estate market in the Triangle is HOT this spring! With home values on the increase, low spring inventory and the Raleigh area ranked by Forbes as the #2 Most Desirable City to live, work and raise children…now is the time to list your home and get it sold. But how do you start? Imagine interviewing for your dream job. Now imagine what you need to do to prepare for that interview: update your resume, choose a perfect outfit, paint your nails, shower and then put it all together with a smile and personality. Getting your home ready to put on the market is really no different; in fact, it is exactly like being interviewed…you gotta put your best foot forward. We are The Bombeck Sisters, two bloggers who talk about local places, people, hot topics and anything on-trend injected with a bit of humor and creativity. We also have a winning formula for selling homes quickly. Though not real estate agents, between us, we have had impressive results selling multiple homes within days of an open house. So, with that in mind, let’s talk shop! Just like the job interview, it starts with:

LANDING THE INTERVIEW WITH THE RESUME: Pictures of your home on flyers and MLS act as your home’s resume. A resume can either pique interest or get your home tossed in the “no” pile. The best time to take pictures of a home is in the spring when everything is bright, blooming and green. Even if you’re planning to list in summer or fall, take your pictures NOW. Don’t forget pictures of the neighborhood amenities…buyers not only look at homes, but also, their surroundings. 70 | triangle style


MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION: The outside of your home IS the first impression. If buyers don’t like the outside, they won’t get out of the car, so make it look neat, clean and welcoming. Keep the yard mowed and trimmed. Plant flowers in planters on the front porch. Paint your front door. Purchase a new welcome mat and repair or replace front door hardware. The door handle is the first thing buyers touch so you don’t want it grungy and broken. New hardware is like jewelry – make it sparkle. TAKE A SHOWER: When you think you’ve cleaned enough, clean more. The kitchen and baths will make or break a sale, so make everything SHINE baby! Steam clean the grout and shower doors. Re-caulk. Get the hair out of drains and hide the wet soap and shampoo bottles...nobody wants to picture you in the shower. Update with new bath mats and towels tied with ribbon. In the kitchen, clear out the fridge and set the oven for auto-clean. Regrout. Pack away the ceramic rooster, your beloved shot glass collection, clear the counter tops and replace cabinet and sink hardware –

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PUT ON SOME MAKEUP: A little makeup can go a long way…let’s face it, it smooths the wrinkles and hides the age spots. The same is true of paint on walls. Painting is the fastest and cheapest way to give your home a fresh makeover. The color you choose is critical…must be fresh, on trend and neutral. These four paints from Benjamin Moore are surefire neutrals we love. You will, too!

POP IN A BREATH MINT… Please! Just like bad breath can stifle an interview, the smell of a home kill a sale. We love critters, but kick kitty to the curb (or to your mother-in-law’s) along with the litter box, guinea pigs and dogs. Refrain from cooking fish and using the cumin and curry spices. Clear out 50% of your

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closets, open the windows and air everything out. Fresh air is better than trying to mask odor with deodorizers…the underlying funk always shines through.

CHOOSE THE OUTFIT: Your home is being interviewed and scrutinized, therefore, clearing out, staging and accessorizing is crucial. Rent a storage unit, have a yard sale or take your stuff to mother’s, but get at least 30% of it out of your house and garage. ALL family photos, the spoon collection and the kid’s artwork must go. Staging should showcase space and potential. Therefore, move furniture away from walls into cozy sitting areas and limit accessories to new bed spreads, new rugs and new hardware.

SMILE: A smile can go a long way in an interview. Make your house smile by cleaning the windows, fan blades and chandeliers. Make it sparkle by replacing light bulbs, adding additional light to darker areas and adding up-lights in corners and behind large pieces of furniture. DON’T CRY: Taking the “home” out of your house can be emotional. So, say goodbye to your home before you start clearing. Have a family dance party in every room making that your last memory. GET THE JOB: After the exhaustion of clearing, cleaning, storing and tossing is over…it’s actually not over. You have to keep it this way until it sells…yay, fun!! So, the more work you can get done in the beginning, the less you have to do to maintain before you get an offer. So until then, keep calm, have a glass of wine (or two) and a big slab of chocolate…you deserve it! TS

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When you seek care at our office, you can be assured that we utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality of your dental treatment. We find that using high power loupe magnification and LED lighting enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. We find that you cannot fulfill this level of care with just the naked eye. Utilizing intraoral camera technology allows our practice to view clear, magnified images of your mouth, teeth and gums. With these images, we are able to see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. By using digital imaging instead of traditional xrays, we find that this decreases exposure times and increases the amount of valuable diagnostic information needed. We also use the Sirona XG3D, a 3D xray scan, that gives us a detailed threedimensional view of the teeth and jaws. This information is vital in comprehensive diagnosis, guided implant planning and placement, sleep apnea and root canals.

Continuing education is the best way to keep up to date on the latest dentistry practices. In North Carolina, a dentist is required to take at least 15 hours of CE each year. Our practice, however, takes hundreds of hours each year to ensure that we are able to implement the most up to date materials and procedures for our patients.

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ELECTRIC AND SONIC TOOTHBRUSHES? There are a number of “electric” toothbrushes on the market, but the only one we recommend is the Sonicare electric toothbrush. This brush is based on innovative patented sonic technology. And, Sonicare guarantees healthier gums and cleaner, whiter teeth in just two weeks of use!

SHOULD EVERYONE BE USING A POWERED TOOTHBRUSH? YES!! Young and old, there really is not anyone that cannot benefit from a Sonicare toothbrush. We have a few different models in our office that we would be happy to review with anyone wanting to learn more about its benefits.

IT'S HELPFUL TO KNOW WHAT BRANDS THE PROFESSIONALS USE. WITH THAT BEING SAID, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BRAND OF TOOTHPASTE OR MOUTHWASH? We love Crest Complete and Colgate Total toothpastes and rinses. For anyone that has sensitivity, we recommend staying away from whitening toothpastes because they tend to be more abrasive. In regards to mouthwashes, we recommend anything that is alcohol-free. There are also some professional brands we recommend for patients that suffer from periodontal disease or dry mouth, which we can provide within our office at your next appointment.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS A WHITER SMILE? DO YOU FAVOR ONE METHOD OVER ANOTHER? There is now research supporting the improvement of enamel after bleaching! Who knew?! Research now shows that any bleaching agentcontaining fluoride reduced cavity susceptibility. Our office recommends Opalescence gels which contain both potassium nitrate and fluoride to not only help strengthen your teeth, but also prevent sensitivity. The best way to whiten your teeth professionally is still a “low and slow” technique. Professionally made bleaching trays, worn with a low strength gel for a few weeks, is the safest and most effective way to bleach your teeth. There are in-office techniques that are helpful as a “jump start” to whitening your teeth, however, all of them still recommend that you wear trays after the procedure. One of the best products I have seen on the market is called Opalesence Boost by Ultradent. This is a power bleaching gel that offers a brighter whiter smile after just 40 minutes in the dental chair and requires no lights or lasers. Our patients bring in their trays and have the treatment completed while relaxing in our massage chair!

All new patients have the option to have a FREE take home whitening system after their first appointment in our office! We are also offering the in-office Boost treatment for only $50 (with existing bleaching trays)! Give us a call today- our patients love us, and you will too!

RENAISSANCE HAS DONE MANY SMILE MAKEOVERS. IS THERE ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT STANDS OUT? Yes! We just had a patient come in that had not been to the dentist in over 10 years. He had chipped, stained, and broken down teeth that desperately needed updating. We were able to help him achieve his new smile with a combination crowns, veneers and fillings. We look forward to finishing his smile by completing the lower arch in the next few weeks! Here is a before and after picture to give you an idea of the transformation:

IN THESE TRYING TIMES, WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT NEED A LITTLE FINANCIAL HELP? Our primary goal is to not allow the cost of treatment to prevent you from benefiting from the quality of care you need or desire. In our office, we strive to maximize your dental insurance benefits and make any remaining balance easily affordable. We do offer a number of payment plans, cash discounts, and discounts for our military and senior citizen patients. We find that patients love the option of using CareCredit as well, which is a patient payment program offering a full range of no interest and extended payment plans.


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aging gracefully Written By Lou Scott

I had an old-fashioned kitchen in mind. A cheerful 1940s Betty and Bobby kitchen, one with flouncy curtains, a red checkered tablecloth, milk white cupboards and bright yellow walls was what I wanted. However, it was a booth, one that overlooked a window box with red geraniums inside, that was the necessity. A welcoming kitchen, one people felt comfortable in, that was my inspiration. The kitchen in my 1926 Sears Foursquare house was anything but welcoming. And though I realized the first time I saw it that it was quite small, had misshapen angles and an unsightly support beam, I didn’t pay close attention. For I had already been charmed by the home’s winding brick walkway, sparkling white exterior, the bright yellow asters in the green window boxes and the sweet bench by the front door. After settling in, I went from one kitchen center to another. It wasn’t long before I realized I could not have the kitchen of my dreams, not in my house and not on my budget. As a solution, as the years passed by, I simply made a point to grow used to it, to direct my focus elsewhere, away from the unsightly beam and the room’s awkward corners. But one day I caught the expression in someone else’s eyes and I felt sick: just plain embarrassed. Late the next morning, I reached for the phone and called a custom kitchen company, one whose specialty was exquisitely built period designs. “We take a kitchen from concept to installation,” the man who answered the phone said. “Is this what you have in mind?”

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“No, I just want someone to take a look at my kitchen. I need some advice.” “I’ll have someone call you,” and then he promptly hung up. A week later someone did call. “Tell me about your house,” he said. “It’s a little house -- the type of house someone’s grandmother would live in. You can walk everywhere, to the store, the library around the corner, and the museum not much farther away. There’s even a church a few blocks down. Nonetheless, the house doesn’t feel as if it’s in a city, because it’s tucked away on cul de sac with lots of trees. Plus, the neighborhood has a friendly feeling.” Hesitating for a moment or two, he agreed to come by. When I opened the front door, my first impression was of an English country gentleman who had come calling. To the contrary however, he was thorough and precise: measuring and checking out the electrical, plumbing and heating systems. “Do you object to moving that heat register in the middle of the floor and putting it under the window?” “Would you like to have a pantry? A dishwasher? Room for spices, pots and pans? A cupboard with slots for muffin tins and cookie trays? Anything I’ve missed?” “A small booth in front of the long window if possible and a microwave somewhere other than over the stove. A washer/dryer would be nice. I’m not especially fond of going outside in the cold to get to the basement. “No, we can’t have that. That just won’t do.”

“But you’d only have room for a single booth, a chair pulled up to give extra seating. And we could build a glass display case for you to see when you’re having a cup of tea. It could go all the way from the top of the counter to the ceiling and have a focus light inside shine through glass shelves below. And if we moved the window by the driveway to the corner, you could see it through the glass, which would also give you more light and a pretty view.”


“As far as what to do about that beam, I will have to think it over for a few days and then send you a conceptual drawing. The drawing turned out to be more than four pages of the entire kitchen, including measurements, electrical, plumbing and heating improvements. Moving a wall over seven inches in the foyer made room for a European style washer/dryer behind two five paneled doors, even extra room for the pantry inside the kitchen itself. Everything had been carefully planned. The dishwasher was only 18 inches wide; the microwave was in a small hutch, which faced the stove and kept it out of view, and the new sink, slightly larger than a prep sink, was in the corner by the new window. The window took the entire space, coming all the way to the counter, which provided a bigger view of the tree-lined street, as well as lots of sunshine for window pots of red geraniums. The unsightly beam, no longer seen, along with false beams that had been put around the perimeter of the room, gave the illusion of a high ceiling in the middle. Pale yellow cupboards, bright yellow walls, a red spindled chair, fluffy curtains, and it all came together: a welcoming, charming and comfortable kitchen. In the middle of the night, I still creep down the stairs just to admire it. The Englishman, oh what a designer, had given me far, far more than the kitchen I thought I could never have.


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LEMON RISOTTO WITH ROASTED ASPARAGUS AND SHRIMP This lemon scented risotto is a wonderful dish to celebrate the beginning of spring. It’s fresh, bright and delicious! Asparagus and sweet shrimp roasted to perfection complement the creaminess of the risotto. Fresh parmesan and lemon zest add just the right finishing touch. Serve as a main dish alongside a salad of fresh greens dressed in a lemon vinaigrette or leave out the shrimp and serve as a side with roasted lamb or broiled salmon.


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you will need: 3 tablespoons butter ½ cup finely chopped onions 1½ cups Arborio rice ½ cup white wine 4 cups chicken stock, warmed or at room temperature ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese Zest of one lemon, about 1 teaspoon 1½ cups roasted asparagus 1 pound shrimp 2 Tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. To roast the asparagus, toss with 1 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste then spread out onto a baking sheet. Roast for about 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears, until lightly browned. Once cooled, cut into bite sized


pieces and set aside. To roast the shrimp, toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and spread onto a baking sheet. Roast for about 2-3 minutes per side until pink and just done. Set aside. In a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the onions, sautĂŠing until the onions are soft. Add the rice and stir until coated with the butter and opaque, about 1 minute. Add the white wine and stir until almost evaporated. Add one cup of broth to the pan and stir slowly until almost completely absorbed into the rice. Continue adding the broth, one cup at a time, waiting for each cup to become absorbed before adding the next. Once all the broth has been incorporated, add the grated parmesan and lemon zest and gently stir until incorporated. Adjust the seasoning adding salt and pepper to taste. Add the asparagus and shrimp and stir gently to combine. Serves 4-6


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movie night Written by Heather S. Parsons • heather@trianglestyle.com

Philomena is a truly wonderful film. One of those rare films that takes a tragic story and doesn’t play it for all it’s worth. Instead it mixes joy with humor, tragedy with triumph of the human spirit and it does so with honesty and grace. It’s Philomena’s story but it also belongs to Martin Sixsmith, the investigative journalist who helped Philomena search for Anthony, the son who was taken from her by the nuns at Sean Ross Abbey in Ireland and handed over to a woman from America who had come to adopt a little girl and then decided to take Anthony along too. Philomena’s story begins in the Ireland of the 1950s, when unwed mothers such as she were sent to a convent where they not only gave birth to their child but were well-schooled in the shame of their “sin” as well. And after their child was born, they were expected to work for four years to pay for their “maternal care,” if you would like to call Philamena’s difficult delivery an example of maternal care. But to have to watch over her child, from the time he was born until he was adopted, was just horrendous. For when Anthony was a baby, Philomena sang him lullabies; when he was one, she watched him take his first steps; and when he was three, she got down on the floor and played with him. Then one day she looked out of a window on the upstairs landing and saw Anthony standing in the backseat of a strange car, looking up at her, as it drove away. As Martin Sixsmith discovered, Philomena’s story did not end there. Even though its bittersweet ending found me crying, it was with a quiet joy, yet one so very tender. For Journalist Martin Sixsmith, who wrote The Lost Child Of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and A Fifty Year Search, I felt immensely grateful. EAST OF EDEN Winning the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Cal, this was the role that catapulted James Dean into the icon of the sensitive, misunderstood, overwrought and brooding young man. When the film begins, prior to World War I, Cal has just discovered his mother is not dead, as his father had told him and his brother Aron. She is still very much alive, living in Monterey, earning her living by running a brothel. And she isn’t the least bit sorry, for her marriage to Adam, listening to his prayers, living in the farming 80 | triangle style

community of Salinas, had exacerbated her already restless spirit. Cal fears he is “bad like his mother. Why can’t he good like Aron?”. Adam wonders the same thing, for Cal is always getting in one sort of trouble or another. However, when Adam’s vegetable crop fails, Cal decides to buy some land, so he can grow beans; he thinks there will be a great profit in them if war comes. When it does come, Cal proudly hands Adam the profit. This, he is sure, will make his father love him every bit as much as he already loves Aron. But Adam, a respected member of the community’s war effort, says he doesn’t want any part of Cal’s money. Aron’s modest gift, he says, pleases him so much more. Painfully jealous, Cal takes Aron to “meet” their mother. You know the story: it’s always worth the retelling. THE BISHOP’S WIFE If you would like something light, an old-fashioned romantic comedy for instance, you can’t go wrong by letting Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven entertain you. Voted Best Picture in 1948, this film, about a Bishop, his wife, and an angel who answers the Bishop’s call for guidance is downright charming. The sort of guidance Bishop Henry Brougham has in mind is his difficulty in raising money for a new cathedral. When an angel, who looks like an ordinary man, answers his call, he sees the help the Bishop really needs is more is in the realm of the spiritual. To focus on his failing marriage to Julia, to minister to the souls of his congregation, that is what’s really important. And as far as raising money to build a new cathedral goes, it would be much better spent on the poor. Because the Bishop his lost his spiritual footing, Julia wonders if her sadness is temporary or an omen of worse things to come. The Bishop isn’t the only one who needs help. When the angel sees Julia sitting on a park bench, watching men and women skate hand in hand, he offers her his arm and off they go, dancing in circles on the ice. Julia says she hasn’t been this happy in a very long time. Apparently neither has the angel. When the Bishop later sees how happy they look together,he tells the angel it’s time for him to go home. He is now quite aware of the sort of guidance he has needed.

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