Friday, July 21, 2017

What to Carry: Luggage Advice from the Ladies at Taylor Trunk

By Megan M. Seckman

(L-R) Nan, Elyse, Laura and Lydia Taylor run Taylor Trunk. 

The Taylor women know their luggage — it’s in their blood. After all, Taylor Trunk has been part of the Louisville landscape, and run by their family, for five generations. Surrounded by fine leather, luggage sets, and handbags at their store on Hurstbourne Lane, mother, Laura Taylor, and daughter, Elyse Taylor recounted the tale of Taylor Trunk history with pride.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

What To Do This Weekend

July is the perfect time to see the butterflies fluttering about the wildflowers at the second annual Southern Indiana Butterfly Festival at Charlestown State Park this weekend. IUS entomologist Randy Hunt and park naturalists will be present to identify butterflies, and there will be activities for children and a butterfly release. Also, this weekend brings tasty barbecue and blues, outdoor movie nights, fun with a Hawaiian flare, several viewings of films with connections to the Bluegrass, and more.

Check out our picks below for an entertaining weekend:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

She is Changing Louisville’s Fashion Scene

By Keri Foy

"It's not just the hair, the clothes, and shoes — it's everything and how it comes together," she says.

Every woman has a style, according to Yamilca Rodriguez, owner and founder of Louisville Bespoke, a fashion makerspace, a place where designers can come to use shared tools and space to create fashionable things.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Glam for the Low Maintenance Woman: Laser Vein Treatment, Brows, Facial, Endermologie

By Brigid Morrissey 

There are so many treatments that I could do, but the options can be overwhelming. As someone new to the process of aesthetic consciousness, I needed some guidance on where to start. Thanks to a number of these local businesses, I have made small yet significant changes that any low maintenance woman could consider.

Laser Vein Treatment
Ultimate Vein Care
Expert: Denise Searcy
What It Is: Light from a handheld laser is sent through the skin to essentially collapse the damaged vein. The heat breaks down the vein wall and the remnants are broken down and absorbed by the body. Ultimate Vein Care performs other procedures, like Endovenous Laser Ablation to treat reflux, Sclerotherapy, and Laser Hair Removal.

Preparations: It is best to wear bottoms that can be pulled up or expose the legs.You are given a pair of glasses to protect your eyes. Most instructions follow the treatment, however. Avoid the sun for about two months, or lather on the SPF 50, and, depending on the number and sizes of the veins, you may be instructed to avoid heavy exercise.
Cost: $400 for 30-minute and $250 for 20-minute. laser vein treatment, but varies depending on the amount of time.
Results: Small veins can disappear immediately, while larger veins may take a week or two to disappear. The treated region could be tender and swollen, and red marks can persist for a few weeks. Time Commitment: The amount of time depends on the number and size of your veins. Treatment can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes.
Frequency of Touch-Ups: Treated veins can be diminished or completely disappear. Sometimes, follow-up appointments are needed for more stubborn veins, and the treatment does not prevent new veins from developing.
Experience: Everyone has veins. Some just have more visible ones than others. You can blame your dad for that. Or your kids. Spider veins can be hereditary, occur during pregnancy, or even develop from sitting or standing the majority of the day. I knew that spider veins could be a problem, but I didn’t know they could be treated. “I’ve heard it hurts” has been the most common statement after mentioning the laser procedure. Not having known anyone who’s undergone the treatment, I was also worried that it might not be effective on my legs. But I was greeted in the lobby with warm smiles and the assurance that I would notice a physical difference. Even for someone as low-maintenance as me, a physical change can give the mental boost I need to feel confident and secure. After a quick consultation and a scan up and down my legs, the main site of the problem area, I was told to have a seat. I hopped up onto a soft table with the crunchy paper, just like you’d see at the doctor’s office. Then I was handed some goofy glasses. All I had to do was hike my workout pants as high as they would go. And make small talk, but the technician was pretty good at it. Because there’s a small amount of pain, kind of like a bee sting, when the laser hits, the machine operator is trained in the art of distraction. The good news is, I expected the appointment to last over an hour, but it didn’t last long at all. I was walking through the automatic doors and into the sunshine just 30 minutes later, contemplating what shorts to wear later that day.

Eyebrow Tint and Wax 
Body & Brow Boutique
Expert: Kate Ashton
What It Is: Waxing removes hair follicles that grow on the outliers above and below the optimum brow shape, and in between the two brows. Tinting unifies the color of your brows to accentuate previously unseen light or blonde follicles, which creates a look of fullness.
Preparations: They ask questions about current medications and sun exposure to understand your skin needs, but pretty much anything goes.
Cost: $20 for brow waxing, $15 for brow tinting
How Quick Are Results: Immediate
Time Commitment: You’ll walk in and out in 15-20 minutes.
Frequency of Touch-Ups: For best results, resist the temptation to tweeze stray hairs for up to four weeks. That allows the follicles to get on the same growth cycle. The tint lasts two to four weeks depending on the amount of perspiration and product exposure.
Experience: I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had nightmares of brow waxing gone bad. I did have concerns of my brow shape going from somewhat normal to a consistent look of surprise for the next month, and I had to take into account that numerous things could go wrong in the process. I would be trusting a stranger to dangle a hot liquid-y substance over my eyeballs. Would I get burned, or would some of my skin get ripped off? With sensitive skin, I can always count myself in for redness, swelling, and irritation. And who can forget about the pain of it all? All negative thoughts were vanquished after my Body & Brow treatment. As I laid on the squishy table face up, Kate measured and penciled markings across my quizzical brow, then handed me a mirror. With patience, she guided me through a tutorial of how a brow should be shaped – which part of the brow should be the lowest point, the highest point, where the arch should begin, the length, and thickness. After the explanation, she tinted my brows a couple of shades darker than the hair on my crown. Unbeknownst to me, my brow line contained several blonde hairs that, after tinting, gave my face a completely different look. Then I got waxed. Kate has four different kinds to use according to skin type, any medication you take, and different facial treatments you’ve had previously. She pulled while carrying on small talk to create a distraction (which worked – I hardly felt anything!) and tweezed anything the wax didn’t catch. Then she did something I wasn’t expecting. Kate applied a concealer containing aloe – a product that belongs to a line she developed herself – onto my bare skin to hide the redness. I could be seen in public immediately after, so I took advantage.

Joan Brashear Associates (located inside Cassis Dermatology)
Expert: Joan Brashear
What It Is: Mechanical manipulation of connected tissue which is basically a massage with a handheld tool. It's cellulite removal, but it has many other benefits for circulation, digestions, soreness. Originally created to treat scar tissue, the machine is equipped for many different programs. Eighty to 85 percent of clients come for aesthetic purposes like cellulite treatment, but there are also sport and therapeutic treatments.
Preparations: There is no before prep, but in the midst of treatment, it is imperative to drink plenty of water. “It helps release toxins and breaks up the fatty tissue. I can tell early in the session how hydrated my clients are.”
Cost: $140 for individual sessions. $2,240 for a package of 18. You’re essentially getting a free session by purchasing packages.
How Quick Are Results: Typically, it takes six to 10 treatments to see external results. When it comes to circulation, digestion, soreness, and other systematic benefits, results are immediate.
Time Commitment: Sessions last about 45 minutes.
Frequency of Touch-Ups: For the first three weeks of treatment, scheduling two sessions each week is mandatory. For faster results, continuing with treatments twice a week is recommended, but once a week is acceptable until the client reaches her plateau, which can mean that the individual is not improving anymore or is satisfied with the results. Count on at least 18 treatments and maintenance after the initial treatment.
Experience: I had no idea what I would be walking into. Before meeting Joan Brashear, I was unaware of Endermologie® treatment as an option, let alone what it was and how it’s done. Joan was happy to answer all of my questions. “If my clients talk, I’ll talk with them. If they want to stay silent and relax, I stay quiet, too.” First I replaced my outfit with a full body stocking. Very flattering. The rest of the time I was in heaven. The main body of the machine stood about five and a half feet tall and was pushed against the back wall of the room. Joan held the tool extending from it in her hand. As I laid on my back, she touched the handheld to my leg, and I could hear the mechanical push/pull as the device massaged my tissue. “There shouldn’t be any pain – this should be an enjoyable experience.” OK, Joan, you got it. I closed my eyes as over and over the machine rolled over my glutes, thighs, and hips. When my 45 minutes were up, I wanted to rewind time. The physical feeling was incredible and calming, but that was not what I was most impressed with. According to Joan, the total body benefits are endless. Enjoying the treatment is just an added bonus. High or low maintenance, everyone deserves to treat his or her body to this healthy option.

Signature Facial 
Skyn Lounge
Expert: Erica McDowell
What It Is: A series of creams, exfoliation, lotions, masks, steam, and other treatments applied to the face, neck, and chest, coupled with a massage. Facials are beneficial to skin of any age, but it is particularly advantageous for middle-aged women. This relaxing set of techniques cleans out pores, treats acne and stubborn blackheads, treats fine lines and wrinkles, and restores a healthy glow.

Preparations: “Let us do the work,” recommended Erica, who owns the clinical day spa. It’s best to stay out of the sun, avoid prior chemical treatment, and remove makeup before your appointment, although none of these will impede the process. Your outfit doesn’t matter, either, because you will remove clothing on the upper body and lie under a comfy bed sheet.
Cost: $115 for Signature Facial (10 percent off for purchasing a package of five treatments), $95 for Derma Planing (exfoliates and removes hair).
How Quick Are Results: Immediate. Dead skin and blocked pores are removed, resulting in a visible glow. Once the pathway is cleared, the treated area can absorb products easier, so you will see the best results when applied, and the treatment lasts about four to six weeks.
Time Commitment: Block out at least an hour of your time, but trust me, it’ll be the most relaxing hour of your day.
Frequency of Touch-Ups: Results are long lasting, but the treatment requires maintenance. For a consistent upkeep, treatment once a month will keep your skin at its finest.
Experience: I usually feel out of place in spas. As a woman with an active lifestyle, I put my skin through a lot, whether I’m playing in the dirt with my niece and nephews or slathering on SPF 50 before navigating the hiking trails in my favorite park. Knowing the fact that I often neglect proper skincare, I felt intimidated walking into spa. My Nike yoga pants and sneakers didn’t exactly say, “I’m ready to kick back and treat myself,” but the soothing tones and welcoming nature of the employees at Skyn Lounge gave me permission to relax. First I was instructed to lay face up on the massage table. Then they put the “treat”in treatment. For an hour, my face, neck, and chest were massaged, steamed with hot towels, and layered with countless lotions and medicines. Every facial is catered to the individual. Each new mask that was rubbed into my skin was specific to my needs. When my sensitive skin exposed its irritation through a light red tint, the therapist knew exactly how to proceed and which products to use. After the treatment, when I could properly inspect myself up close in my bathroom mirror, I was completely satisfied with the results. I’m not much for makeup, but now I can go natural with complete confidence. It doesn’t matter how low maintenance you are – everyone can use this type of pampering.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Glam for the Low- Maintenance Woman: facials, manicures, chemical peel, botox, permanent makeup.

By Ashli Findley 

Facial: LeBliss Salon & Spa
Expert: Corie Clingerman, LeBliss Salon & Spa
What It Is: The Hydrate Facial does just that: it promotes hydration in the face. It includes a light exfoliation, some extraction for deep cleansing, hydrating products with hyaluronic acid to penetrate the first layer of skin, a firming moisturizer mask, and very soothing massages in the face, neck, and shoulder areas.

Preparations: No preparations needed. Even if you walk into your appointment with makeup on, the aesthetician will cleanse it off.

Cost: $89

Results: Immediate. My face felt phenomenally cleansed and moisturized afterwards.

Time commitment: One-hour

Frequency: Recommended once every four to six weeks

Experience: The hydrate facial is not at all an abrasive treatment, which is what I was concerned about. I’m very particular about what I put on and in my body. In my 27 years of living, I’ve never received a facial. I truly am a low-maintenance woman, and I have very sensitive skin. Typical beauty products for many women can easily break out my face, so I had some reservations. During the treatment, I appreciated how Corie described to me the dehydrated areas of my face and recommended a specific brand of night cream for me to use to help my skin repair itself during the night. The extraction phase was the only time where I felt some heavy pressure, but overall it was a pretty relaxing experience.

Fingernails/Pedicures: LeBliss Salon & Spa
Expert: Cortney Barber, LeBliss Salon & Spa
What It Is: Signature Manicure and Signature Pedicure. These are the middle-of-the-road manicure and pedicure options on LeBliss’ menu offerings. The manicure includes a massage, nail shaping, and polish. The pedicure is similar. It covers the tops and bottoms of the feet, including the ankle area, a scrub, massage, nail shaping, and polish.

Preparations: None

Cost: $36 for manicure, $57 for pedicure

Results: Immediate. You walk out of the salon feeling like a diva.

Time Commitment: One hour each for manicure and pedicure

Frequency of Touch-ups: Recommended once every month for the Signature Manicure with a buff and polish in-between every two to three weeks, depending on whether or not you like keeping polish on your nails or are opting for a more natural buff. Recommended once every two months for the Signature Pedicure with the Express Pedicure done in-between every four to six weeks.

Experience: As someone who gets a manicure and pedicure maybe once a year, I’m always most nervous for how painful the nail filing process on my toenails is. Funny I’m sure, but I cringe just thinking of it. A second nerve-wracking concern is, again, how dry and sensitive my skin is. My experience at LeBliss turned out great, though. Informing Cortney about my dry and sensitive skin put me at ease, and she took amazing care of me.

Chemical Peel: Bella Pelle Dermatology
Expert: Dr. Natalie Daniels, a board certified dermatologist and the owner of Bella Pelle Dermatology.
What It Is: The chemical peel is a liquid solution painted onto the skin of the face. With somewhat acidic properties, the solution provides a process that: exfoliates and brightens the skin, evens the skin tone, and stimulates the collagen (protein found in skin). The process also helps with issues related to sun damage, acne, and more. Most clinics offer two types of chemical peels, based on the level of penetration into the skin. For low-maintenance women, the superficial peel is a better fit. The 15-minute process looks like this: the nurse will clean the face and put on a pre-peel cleanser; then mask a little Vaseline in the corners of the eyes, lips, and nose so fluid doesn’t run into those areas; then paint the solution on the face and let it sit for six to 10 minutes. Next comes the neutralizing agent as either water or glycolic acid, which acts like a baking soda solution; and, lastly, an application of moisturizer or sunscreen. The client’s skin will peel microscopically, but not outwardly. Medium-depth peels, on the other hand, get deeper into the skin, sometimes causing redness and swelling as the skin peels outwardly.

Preparations: Hold off on using anything on the skin that is abrasive. Only use a gentle soap and moisturizer.

Cost: $150 for the superficial peel

Results: Immediate

Time commitment: 15 minutes per appointment. It is recommended to complete a series of four to six superficial peels spaced out two to three weeks apart, depending on what the issue is (i.e. acne, discoloration).

Frequency of Touch-ups: Most patients do once every two months. “Everybody is always hesitant with any cosmetic procedure,” says Dr. Daniels. “People think it will automatically make them red and scabby, but that’s not the case with the superficial peel.”

Fillers vs botox: Bella Pelle Dermatology
Dermatology Expert: Dr. Natalie Daniels, a board certified dermatologist and the owner of Bella Pelle Dermatology.
What It Is: Botox is a neurotoxin, a purified protein. In powder form mixed with salt water, it becomes a liquid that is injected into muscle groups. It acts like a muscle relaxer. Because the muscles in the face break down throughout the aging process, etchings in the skin like wrinkles become prevalent. Botox fades away or softens that muscle as it relaxes it, smoothing out the skin. The process is relatively simple: the nurse wipes the skin with alcohol and injects the liquid. Fillers, on the other hand, are opposite. They are used when volume loss has occurred. A filler is a gel injected into the subcutaneous tissue layer of skin on various areas of the face to plump it up. It fills in a dip and restores volume. The process can slightly hurt, so the patient will use a numbing cream one hour before the fillers are injected. With each injection, a massage is given. Afterwards, ice is applied to the face.

Preparations: None

Cost: Three forms of Botox range from $350-750. Fillers range from $600-800 per syringe (the more deep a patient’s facial lines, the more syringes needed), and most people need two syringes per appointment.

Results: Results of Botox are fully seen at two weeks, while fillers are seen at two to four weeks

Time Commitment: 10-minute process for Botox, 20-minute process for fillers.

Frequency of Touch-ups: Every three to four months for Botox and anywhere from six months to two years for fillers, depending on the type.

Permanent Makeup: Faceworks
Expert: Robin Masters, registered nurse
What It Is: Faceworks offers three permanent cosmetic procedures: eyebrows, eyeliners, and lip liners. Clients are offered either a verbal or in-person consultation before scheduling an appointment for the procedure of their choice. At the appointment, an anesthetic is applied 30 minutes before the procedure to numb the area. Much of the procedure for the eyebrows is alignment - aligning from the inner corner of eye to outer corner of eye with the arch being aligned on the forehead from the outer corner of the pupil. The procedure for the eyeliner includes applying liner to the top or bottom, or sometimes both, parts of the eye. The liner will begin thin and run from where the eyelash starts to where the eyelash ends. Throughout the three procedures, topical anesthetic may be reapplied if clients are experiencing discomfort. Typically, the client feels a vibration sensation, but no pain. The lips procedure includes a lip liner with a shading to make the liner have a natural look. It may result in some swelling. Clients are advised to apply bacitracin ointment three times a day for four days after the appointment to help with the moisture, color, and warding off infections as the skin will naturally exfoliate.

Preparations: Clients are asked to abstain from ingesting vitamin E or fish oil for one week before the scheduled appointment, as these are blood thinners and aren’t good to be susceptible to for the procedure.

Cost: Eyebrows are typically $450. The cost can go up to $550 depending on how much work is done. Eyeliner is $450 and the cost can go up to $600 for thicker, glamour-style eyeliner. Lip liners start at $350, but can go up to $500 for a full lip with shading.

Results: Clients see the results immediately. Five to six days after the appointment, after the skin has exfoliated, the results are more pronounced.

Time Commitment: All three procedures include a numbing ointment that is applied 30 minutes before the procedure. After that, each of the three procedures take about 1 ½ hours.

Frequency of Touch-ups: Included in the cost of these procedures is the benefit for clients to come back to Faceworks in 30 days to get the procedure done again, based on how the client’s skin may be accepting the ink, how the shaping looks, etc. For regular touch-ups, clients usually come back once within the first year. “For low-maintenance women, we always do minimal,” Robin says. “We make sure that they look great. Even for the minimalist type of person, they sometimes surprise us and want more (work done).”

Photo by Melissa Donald

How Kimberly May Inspires Wellness

By Megan M. Seckman

Before afternoon coffee, Kimberly May had written a poem, traded a healing session with a friend (Pranic for her, Havening for him), and counseled clients on how to find their inner fire.
Years ago, this certified life and wellness coach, and owner of Inspire Wellness, would never have imagined these items on her daily agenda — a drastic shift from her former life in the corporate world.

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