Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Our June Issue is Out!

Here are our 2016 Most Admired Woman winners! Read on to find out:
  • Who plays in the pit.
  • Which woman is on Great Day Live.
  • Why she gets a lot of hugs every day.
  • Who worked in the White House press office.
...and many more stories about these inspiring women in our community.

Have you registered to meet these women and past Most Admired Woman winners at our Most Admired Woman reception yet? Don't miss out! Click here to register.

Monday, May 30, 2016

In An Artist's Shoes (who works with vegetables)

By Yelena Sapin

Photos by Melissa Donald


Ever wonder what it’s like to be an artist, to live and breathe your work so passionately that you joke you must be crazy? Printmaker and mixed media artist Wende Cudmore, 65, has been going full speed ever since she embraced her creative side once her two children were grown. Her recent work, wearable art made from pressed and dyed slices of vegetables and fruit, is part of the KMAC Couture show at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Intrigued? There is a pair of multi-colored sneakers in the entryway of Wende’s Salem, Indiana, home. Slip them on and step into her life. …

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Do You Know This Artist Lives Right In Your Town?

By Brigid Morrissey

The oil painting depicts a scene described by Homer in the Odyssey. "Odysseus and his ship must pass through the land of the Sirens. These seductive creatures sing so beautifully that everyone who hears them goes crazy. Odysseus, being the ultimate curious traveler, doesn't want to miss this chance. He commands his men to tie him to the mast," Ann says. This is one of many paintings Ann has created based on the writings of Homer and Greek mythology.
Photos by Melissa Donald


Ann Stewart Anderson’s beliefs and experiences radiate through every brushstroke on a canvas, cutout from a magazine, or handmade bound album.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Campfire Cookie Bars

By Paige Rhodes

Photos by Paige Rhodes


Once spring and summer arrive in the Bluegrass, it means camping season is officially underway. After a long day of boating, fishing, and hiking, nothing is better than settling in for a few gooey s’mores by the campfire. The only problem with this classic dessert is that they tend to be a complete mess. Be prepared for campsite cravings and pack these campfire cookie bars that have the same nostalgic flavor without the sticky fingers.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Just Ask Joyce: Eight Months Married and I am Miserable

By Joyce Oglesby



Q: “My husband grew up in a male-dominant home. His mother never was allowed an opinion. Whenever she spoke, she was belittled. We discussed this issue before I agreed to marry my husband. He said he realized how this attitude complicated his parents’ marriage and promised he would never make me feel devalued. While we dated, there were no indications he would be domineering. However, once we married, his actions changed immediately.



Take a Trip to Savannah

By Torie Temple

Photos: Courtesy of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals 


Spanish moss draped over Southern live oak trees waves visitors in as they drive onto the historic streets of Savannah, Georgia. The city’s rich history shows in the architecture of every mansion, cathedral, and Southern-style home. But it’s the unseen history that makes Savannah known as the city that was built on its dead.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Have Knee Problems? Pilates May Be the Answer

By Brigid Morrissey


Lindsey Winkler's experience as a Pilates instructor is a great compliment to her Flamenco dancing.  She dances with a Fresian horse named Meindert at the World Horse Expo in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.



Whether it’s a Flamenco dance with horses or her engagement to her Cuban fiancé, there is a connection between Pilates and almost every aspect of Lindsey Winkler’s life. Originally from northeast Ohio, Lindsey came to Louisville specifically for instructor training at Pilates Village. Lindsey had every intention of moving back home, but when job offers kept rolling in, she decided to make the move permanent. “There were too many opportunities here, and I love the city,” she says. “It hooked me.” Meeting her future husband here while salsa dancing didn’t hurt, either.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Picking the Right Swimsuit for Your Body Type

By Alissa Hicks


Photos: Melissa Donald 
Top (left) available at Old Navy, $23; Bottoms (left) available at Old Navy, $20; Top (right) available at Old Navy, $20; Bottoms (right) available at Old Navy, $23.



Summer is right around the corner, and when it comes to choosing a swimsuit for the season, it’s easy to become self-conscious. It’s important to think about picking the right swimsuit for your body so you can make sure you’re showing off your best assets. Here’s what to know before buying…

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Fascination With All Things Victorian

By Lucy M. Pritchett

Photos by Patti Hartog


Deborah Lutz admits to having a penchant for things that edge on the creepy. To wit: the framed display of butterfly wings fashioned into a blue and yellow design that hangs on her living room wall. Or the two soft-brown moths, each the size of your palm, that are forever frozen — framed and under glass — that reside in her bedroom.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Her Love of Strings Started Early

By Anna Patterson


Brittany Kotheimer MacWilliams is cultivating a new generation of musicians. Photo by Melissa Donald 


Concertgoers in the crowded theater applaud as you take the stage. Behind you sits a full orchestra, awaiting the conductor’s downbeat. Your dress swishes as you raise your violin to your chin. You are the soloist, the one everyone has come to hear.

Oh, and you are also 10 years old.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A House Restored: They Saw the Vision of this 1846 House

By Anna Patterson

Photos Melissa Donald 


As the wrought-iron gate swings shut, the door to a beige historic home opens before me. I am greeted by an ecstatic golden Labrador, Major.

I step through the doorway, and splashes of color overwhelm my senses — from the purple neon kitchen banner to the blue-green pelican hanging over the fireplace. The home is filled with sunshine, and I can’t help but smile as I take it all in.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Five Ways To Make Your Loved One Smile



Did you know you can turn caregiving into a more enjoyable experience for you and your loved one? Take the pressure off by lightening your load with these caregiving tips.

She is Offering End of Life Comfort for Your Pet

By Alissa Hicks


Dr. Bennett visits with Jackson, one of the dogs who receives care from her. "He is the sweetest boy and has the best mom. I see him every one to two weeks," she says. Photos by Melissa Donald


Dr. Courtney Bennett is used to taking care of pets — it’s what she’s done since she was a high school student working part time at a veterinary clinic. But what she’s doing now not only helps pets but their owners as well.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

When You Draw Louisville Out of a Hat

By Megan M. Seckman


Photos by Melissa Donald



The day before the Twin Towers fell, Sharon Scott was riding her bike through the crowded New York City streets when she was hit by a car. She experienced head trauma and could barely stand from the vertigo. Her friend woke her up the next day to describe the tragedy outside, and they both rushed down to the towers just as the second plane tore through the skyscraper.

In the midst of the smoke and cacophony, the chaos of pedestrians and rescue workers trying to make sense of the scene, Sharon knew something had to change.

You Could Win a $100 Gift Card to Sassy Fox!



Get ready for summer by treating yourself to a mini shopping spree at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Enter now and you could win a $100 gift card!

See Official Rules for details.

Our lucky winner is Sarah Adams!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I Don’t Let Type 1 Diabetes Get in My Way

By Mary Ellen Bianco



Victoria Vorholt, age 22, will graduate this month from Emory University in Atlanta with a bachelor of science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. The Louisville native is applying to medical schools for entry in the fall of 2017. But she’s had to learn to manage more than just her schoolwork and activities.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What to Know About Bikini Waxing

By Alissa Hicks


Photos by Melissa Donald


While you’re shopping for the perfect swimsuit this summer, don’t forget about feminine grooming. There are so many types of hair removal these days that it’s hard to keep up with them all, so we chatted with Janna Flowers, owner of Clique Waxing Boutique, about one popular method: bikini and Brazilian waxes. Here’s what to know.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Boutique Owner Looks in Mirror Each Day: Says “You got this!”

By Megan M. Seckman

Mo McKnight is an expert multitasker who handles everything with grace.  
Photos by Sunni Wigginton 



There are two things Mo McKnight Howe, 30, relies on for success: a gaggle of friends and an air of confidence. And, the latter relies heavily on the former. Mo is the owner of Revelry Boutique Gallery and a member of just about every nonprofit in town geared toward art, environmentalism, and Louisvillian pride — Louisville Visual Arts Association, Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, Forecastle, and Louisville Independent Business Association, to name a few. She surrounds herself with close friends and family that help her navigate her ship through a sea of organized chaos.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

How You Can Help: Open Door Youth Services

By Megan Willman





The walls of my home are filled with priceless treasures made by my favorite artists: my sons, my mother-in-law, and my friends. And, a new piece has found a prominent spot in our living room. It’s a bright and colorful cityscape created by one of the kids at Open Door Youth Services in New Albany. Open Door has served our community for more than 30 years providing residential, prevention, and outreach programs for vulnerable young people who need help with positive development.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Progressive Patio Dinner

By Lindsey McClave

Photos by Lindsey McClave 


When the sun shines bright over Louisville, there are few pleasures greater than enjoying the bounty that our Bluegrass State has to offer on one of the city’s various patios. Restaurants both old and new are serving up dishes fit for dining al fresco, so we’ve curated a progressive meal that takes you bouncing from patio to patio and indulging in a different course at each stop.

While our tour focuses on the Highlands and NuLu neighborhoods, the opportunity for dining outdoors in Louisville is vast, the combinations for progressive dinners endless. Consider this itinerary a jumping-off point for appreciating the warm temps and fresh flavors this season offers us. Now, without further ado, it’s time for cocktails!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Just Ask Joyce: Dealing with a Controlling Husband

By Joyce Oglesby



Q: “I watched my older sister go through a nightmare of a marriage. Her husband was controlling, and they are now divorced. I promised myself I would never marry someone like him, but I’ve ended up in a similar situation.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Know Some “Body”?



Are you in great shape? Physically strong? Maybe you take daily walks through the park or never miss a day at the gym. No matter what you do, we want know about how you keep fit.

Win a Family Pack of Tickets to the LEGO Kids Fest!


Looking for a fun family day out this summer? Enter to win a family pack of four VIK (Very Important Kid) tickets to LEGO Kids Fest. VIK tickets grant winners access to the preview event on Friday, June 3 from 3-4pm and access to the general admission session from 4-8:40pm on Friday, June 3.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Is My Regular "Wine to Relax" a Problem?

By Carrie Vittitoe



Soon after I began writing this series on ways to de-stress or “take a breath,” I noticed how many women responded to my question, “What do you do to relax or decompress?” with “Drink wine.” It happened often enough that I jokingly told my editor, “Everyone I know is a lush.”

But soon after I made this lighthearted comment, a friend confided that family stress had her watching the clock for 5pm so she could have her first glass of wine for the night. My book club read Jennifer Weiner’s novel, All Fall Down, about a woman who becomes an addict and goes through rehab. The idea of using alcohol as a means of de-stressing suddenly felt much less…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Nonprofit Exec Beats Wardrobe Boredom with Thrifty Purchases and Pattern Play

By Keri Foy
Jessi Gross has learned the art of pulling together a fabulous outfit without spending much money.
Photos by Sunni Wigginton


“I never would have put that together.” I’ve been on the receiving end of this compliment a couple of times. Wait, is it a compliment? I take it as one, and so does Jessi Gross, director of annual funds for WaterStep. It’s the fashionistas who aren’t afraid to be bold with what they’re wearing. There’s no fear of mixing prints such as cheetah and camouflage or plaid with polka dots. “I love being a walking rainbow,” Jessi says.

Monday, May 9, 2016

From Summer Camp to CEO

By Lucy M. Pritchett

Sara Klein Wagner discovered her calling after going to camp for the first time at age 8. Photos by Patti Hartog


Perhaps you have fond memories of attending summer camp when you were younger. It was your first time away from home, and you learned to swim and weave lanyards. You sang songs around the campfire and maneuvered a canoe. You made new friends and whispered into the night in your cabin.

Or, perhaps, as did Sara Klein Wagner, you found a career.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Connecting the Beauty of Art and Nature

By Marie Bradby

Martha Slaughter has found a job that embodies two of her favorite things. Photos by Patti Hartog


While the warm spring breeze blew against her face and ruffled the pastel blossoms of the trees, Martha Slaughter swung on an art piece entitled Philosofa, a sculpted, suspended bench just outside the Visitor’s Center at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, and mused.

“Art and nature connect us to the natural world through our senses,” says Martha, a visual arts coordinator for both Bernheim and KentuckyOne Health. “Bernheim is a place that people know they can come to and have that experience. It gives people a sense of well-being. Scientific studies have shown that being in touch with nature is good for the mind and body.”

Happy Mother's Day!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Derby To You!

Illustration by Silvia Cabib

Friday, May 6, 2016

Top 5 Most Memorable Derby Photo Shoots

By Tiffany White



Each year starting in January, our editorial team spends hours brainstorming how we can creatively showcase the excitement of Derby. We’ve had ideas covering every mood from classic to wild. Many of them didn’t materialize, but here are a few that did. Do you remember these?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Say “Way to Go!” to Her

2015 Way to Go Woman winner Aleksandra Stone. Photo by Melissa Donald

Today’s Woman magazine is searching for impressive women who haven’t even reached age 40, but are making amazing strides in their lives and our community. If you know someone who deserves to be in the spotlight, nominate her for our annual Way to Go Woman award in one of five categories: Community Activist/Minded, Professional, Reinvented/Overcame Barriers, Entrepreneurial, Leadership. Five women will be featured in our September issue. DEADLINE: June 30.

Win this fabulous shopping spree to the Paddock Shops!


Wouldn’t it be great to spend a day prepping for summer with a shopping spree at the Paddock Shops, where you can also grab a cup of coffee, dine, and enjoy a little time for yourself? We’re giving one lucky winner* a chance to win a tote bag filled with a variety of gift cards totaling $250 from Paddock Shops retailers and restaurants. Here’s how to enter. It’s a little different, so pay attention...

*To qualify to win, you must “like” the Paddock Shops Facebook page before submitting the entry form below. You must be 18 years old to enter.

 See Official Rules for details.

The winner is Susan Cuneo!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Last-Minute Hat Shopping

Photo by Melissa Donald 


Derby is in three days. Do you have your hat? If not, there’s still time for you to find a dynamic topper to complete your outfit. Start your search here…

Don’t Sweat Your Makeup Off!

By Denise Cardwell

Model: Sara Michels; Photo: Kelley J Photography
Hair and Makeup: Denise Cardwell at Blades Salon & Spa


Denise Cardwell, makeup artist at Blades Salon and Spa and the master behind the makeup of many of our Today’s Woman photo shoots, shares her secrets to sweat-proofing your makeup.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Getting to Churchill Downs

By Tiffany White

Photo: James Moses; Illustration: Silvia Cabib


Navigating your way through the heavy traffic and finding a parking space at Churchill Downs on Derby day can be a race to the finish itself. These tips from our Today’s Woman Inner Circle panel will make your trip to the track easier.

Monday, May 2, 2016

How To Place a Bet

By Carrie Vittitoe

Janessa Moran has her own formula for betting. Photo by Melissa Donald 


Many women, myself included, think of Derby in terms of betting on a winning fashion outfit. What hats will be popular? What dress and shoe combinations will be attractive? When it comes to betting on the races, I select a horse based on its name or if a jockey’s silks are pleasing to my eye. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, it can be a lot more exciting to put some effort into choosing where to put your money.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Three Places to Be This Month

By Gioia Patton, Arts Insider




Our arts insider gives you ideas about places you can go for an exciting night out with friends.

Inside Scoop on What Food to Buy at the Chow Wagon

By Melissa Donald

Fire-N-The Hole Wood Fired Pizzas: ‘Just What The Doctor Ordered’ and ‘Horsin’ Around’
Photos by Melissa Donald
Looking for something different and delicious at the Chow Wagon this year? I checked out the vendors this year and will show you what’s new and fantastic!

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