Monday, July 31, 2017

Our August Issue Is Out!

Need Fitness Inspiration? This month is all about some amazing women who are sharing their secrets at getting and staying in shape. From running with friends outdoors to creating their own workout regimen, you will be inspired and encouraged to work towards getting your best body.

The Fall Issue of Today's Family Now Is Out!

You can find the latest issue of Today's Family magazine — inside the August issue of Today's Woman! That's two magazines in one, still featuring all of the inspiring stories and helpful advice for women and families in Kentuckiana.

Check out these stories and more in the Fall Issue of Today's Family:

 Find Out The Winner of our Beautiful Baby Contest!
 Considering kids? Moms answer questions with a glimpse into motherhood.
 Learn if there is an ideal age gap between children.
 Should your kids still be sharing a room?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

How She Copes with Sickle Cell Disease

By Ashli Findley

Life can seem overbearing for patients dealing with sickle cell disease (SCD). Tanisha Hackett was diagnosed with the blood disorder at age 9. She has learned to cope in ways that alleviate much of the discomforts, including staying calm, praying, relying on her support system, and meditating.

Friday, July 28, 2017

This Bride Created a Customized Wedding in a Place Never Used for a Wedding Before

By Amy Blevins

Amy Blevins and Bo Bott love all things vintage. They fittingly found a wedding spot at Joe Ley Antiques in downtown Louisville last spring. Find out how they made this wedding work perfectly to fit their interests. #TheBottsTietheKnot16

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kathy Morris Made Two Big Negatives into Turning Point

By Lucy M. Pritchett

The saying goes that two wrongs don't make a right, but in this Turning Point, it turns out that two negatives did make a positive.

Just ask Kathy Morris, who on the same day in 2003 received two phone calls: one from her doctor telling her that she had breast cancer and one from her boss telling her that the executive position she held at a local bank had been eliminated.

What To Do This Weekend

This weekend, be their guest at the Jeffersonville, Indiana, Riverstage to see free outdoor performances of Disney's Beauty and the Beast live on stage featuring the River Pops Orchestra. Also this weekend are other opportunities to see live shows and music, delve more deeply into meditation and yoga, and celebrate all things Harry Potter with other fans of the books and movies.

See below for our weekend picks:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What We Love About Brandi Leslie’s Fitness Style

By Miranda Popp

She exudes true joy and happiness that is contagious. With a love of fitness and her desire to apply life lessons she’s learned from her mentor, Brandi Leslie is pursuing her passion for empowering women through fitness as a Pure Barre teacher and through her personal style as an on-the-go mom.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Parents Worry that Labels are Forever...

By Megan S. Willman

Amy Ayres does not shy away from conversation about dyslexia and attention-deficit disorder. Diagnosed with both at an early age, Amy was part of ECE (Exceptional Child Education), a JCPS program designed to meet the needs of students with educational disabilities.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

How Creating Something Beautiful Can Restore the Soul

By Keri Foy

Deanne Moore transformed this old home into a beautiful space for others to enjoy. 

When Deanne Moore's husband passed away from cancer in 2009, she cried at the mention of his name. "I was having a hard time," Deanne says. In the midst of her grief, though, Deanne found a house built in the 1800s and began a journey of restoration.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Anna O’Hara’s Passion of Design

By Bella Portaro Kueber

Anna O'Hara Heuke stands in her beautifully designed dining room. 

Meet Anna O’Hara Heuke, a Louisville-based interior designer who took the leap of faith and turned her career into her own business — Anna O’Hara Interiors. With coffee, support from her friends and family, and a dream to guide her, Anna is taking homes and businesses and making them beautiful, one room at a time.

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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sweet and Spicy Quick Pickled Veggies

By Paige Rhodes

By now, your gardens are probably starting to fill with the fruits (and veggies) of your labor. Giant zucchini, juicy watermelon, and sweet heirloom tomatoes make all of your TLC worth the time and effort. But, what do you do with it all when it starts taking over your counters? Pickling is a great way to preserve your produce while completely transforming its flavor. Whether used to dress up a Bloody Mary or served on the side of a burger, these sweet and spicy pickled veggies will add a zesty bite to any summer meal and use up your garden bounty.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Get a Tan and a Blowout in an Afternoon -- Glam for the Low Maintenance Woman

By Brigid Morrissey

Blowout and Simple Makeup 
Primp Style Lounge 
Expert: Samantha Stewart
What It Is: A blowout includes the shampooing, blow-drying, and styling of the hair. In the blow-drying technique, a round brush is used to add desired volume and smoother follicles. The makeup includes a layer of foundation, eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick. Primp’s makeup specialists improvise the color combinations and makeup blends.

Preparations: The only treatment where preparation is necessary is if you choose the Dry Style. Come ready with clean, dry, product-free hair.

Cost: $35 for a Blowout, $20 for Real Simple Makeup. Primp Packages include: Primp a Little (four appointments for $135), Primp a Lot (12 appointments for $395), or the Primp-a-Holic (20 appointments for $650). Primp also offers a membership. The Big Primper membership includes a $60 fee at the beginning of every month, which includes two blowouts, then any blowout after for only $30 each. Ten percent off all products and wait list priority are some of the other membership perks.

How Quick Are Results: You’ll walk out of Primp looking brand new. Depending on the length and texture of your hair, styles can last up to five days.

Time Commitment: Sessions last about 45 minutes from shampoo to finish.

Frequency of Touch-Ups: While some clients only book for special occasions like weddings or events, others book appointments every couple of weeks.

Experience: I was greeted with a warm smile and offerings of a beverage. I passed on coffee, Sprite, and wine and opted for a glass of water with a striped pink straw. Samantha guided me to the shampoo bowl and we engaged in light conversation as she rinsed my hair and gave me a scalp massage. When I sat down in the style chair, I was given the opportunity to choose my style: do I like volume? Tighter curls or loose waves? Up or down? Knowing the stylists at Primp are hired for their expertise, and knowing that my expertise is minimal, I left the decision up to Samantha. OK, loose curls hanging voluminously at shoulder-length it is. She assured me that her products and hot tools were up to any task, a feature that bodes well for all types of hair textures, lengths, colors, and thicknesses. As I gazed in the giant mirror reflecting the numerous styling stations, Samantha transformed my hair from “just got finished at the gym” to “beauty contestant” in 45 minutes.

My makeup experience was similar. I bombarded Samantha with questions about the do’s and don’ts of eye shadow, blush and bone structure, and other curiosities while she elegantly guided her collection of brushes across my cheeks. By the end of the entire process, I was in a trance of relaxation. Only after noticing the transformation was I able to snap out of it. I was ready to take on the day.

Rapid Spray Tan 
Glow, Organic Mobile Spray Tanning 
Expert: Reed Van Inwegen
What It Is: A technician sprays you from head to toe with a custom color in a 6 x 6 foot enclosed tent.

Preparations: It is best to be freshly showered, shaved, and exfoliated. Avoid skin products with oil, like Dove or Olay. Most of the care is required after the application. Wait at least three hours to shower with a rapid treatment, and 8-10 hours after a standard treatment. Because the bronzer can rub off before your first shower, it’s best to bring dark, loose clothing to put on after treatment. For best results, keep your skin moisturized, but don’t use products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (they fade your tan much faster). If this seems like a lot of information, don’t fret – Reed has a list of instructions for you to follow.

$50 for a Rapid Spray Tan, $40 for a Standard Spray Tan

How Quick Are Results: For a Rapid procedure, results show anywhere from 1-4 hours from spray time, depending on the look you’re going for. I waited three hours to achieve “dark” skin status. I walked out of the booth with a noticeable difference in color, and the spray darkens until you wash (don’t panic! That’s how it’s supposed to be). Standard sprays are more inconspicuous when you leave the booth, but results show the next day. Depending on how well you care for your tan and your activity level, the organic treatment can last 5-11 days.

Time Commitment: For newcomers, carve out about 20 minutes of your time, because Reed likes to inform you of the process. Regulars can walk out in 10-15 minutes.

Frequency of Touch-Ups: You can go in as often as you like! A lot of clients go in prior to an event, like a wedding or professional portraits, but overall people just naturally feel better with a little color. 

Experience: I’ve had prior experiences with spray tans. You walk into a room with fluorescent lights and cold, hard furniture. The attendants give you a glance-over before robotically reciting the newest deals on the products, and then without much explanation, ship you off to one of the 20 identical doors to fend for yourself.

No, thanks. I’ll stay pale. But walking into Glow, I was met with fluffy couches I could get lost in, chocolates and cookies on the counter, and music drifting into the waiting area from the back room. I signed in and took a seat, but it didn’t take long before Reed’s friendly grin welcomed me into the experience. She ushered me into the changing area, which is connected to the spray tent. The next part was slightly mortifying, because I am timid when it comes to revealing my body, but the professionalism Reed displayed quickly reassured me to bare it all. I stripped off all my clothing and donned the disposable panties, footies, and hair net Reed set out for me. Reed’s greatest attributes are her attention to detail and her customer service. Your comfort is her priority.

Reed is also intuitive – when it comes to your skin, she is quietly observing you as soon as you walk through her doors. Her probing questions (“Have you had a tanning experience?”” or “Do you want your look to appear as if you’re sunkissed, glowing, or returning from a day at the beach?”) all serve her ultimate purpose: “I want to understand how you perceive your tan and match that; It’s not about what I think looks good. I want you to be happy.”

I stepped into the tent as she was acquiring the necessary information, and then she mixed the unique blend of organic ingredients (which she developed herself) based on all the answers I provided. She took me through a step-by-step process in which she sprayed and tended to each part of my body. The hard-to-reach places and parts of the body where your skin gets creased or moist were glossed over with a foam brush for the most natural look. When the afternoon sun bounced off my newly glowing skin, I couldn’t help but smile knowing I avoided the damage real sun can cause.

Photo by Melissa Donald

She Believes in 60 Minutes of Sweat

By Brigid Morrissey

I have vivid childhood memories involving trampolines. At the time, I never thought of bouncing around on a trampoline as a workout. But Stephanie Bristow and her business partner, Rashna Carmicle, developed an exercise method that will have you dripping with sweat yet still grinning.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What To Do This Weekend

This weekend, enjoy a time of civility at the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove (pictured above), sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of Greater Louisville. Activities will include a style show, a bare knuckle boxing exhibition, afternoon tea, an encampment of His Majesty's Royal Navy, and musicians, vendors, and more. Also happening this weekend is another tea-time gathering, a city rivalry soccer match, a community celebration in Oldham Co., and more.

Check out our weekend picks below:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Win on Wednesday with Today's Woman

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Before She Goes Running: The Running Watch She Loves

By Brittani Dick

From running through trails in Jefferson Memorial Forest to running through her daily tasks as HR coordinator for Schulte Hospitality Group, Mary Orr is neat, energetic, and well put together. At her job, Mary dabbles in many different duties — from coordinating all new-hire activities for the corporate office, to maintaining job descriptions and managing the company newsletter.

Monday, July 10, 2017

What Works for this Cellist/Doula

By Lucy M. Pritchett

OK, I didn’t think I would ever be composing a sentence that combined the words ‘cellist’ and ‘doula.’ And yet...

Grace Salsman is a cellist and a doula. It's a good thing she has her faithful Plum Paper customized calendar/agenda to keep her many appointments organized. Here are just a few activities that Grace handles with, well, grace.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Finding Your Way Through Grief

By Carrie Vittitoe

Dealing with grief isn't like following a souffle recipe; there are no detailed must-follow steps that proceed in a specific order. When Elisabeth Kubler-Ross proposed the Grief Cycle model in 1969, she attempted to explain the myriad emotions encompassed in grief, not make people feel that they aren’t grieving correctly if their experience doesn’t match the model. Grief is truly a different experience for every person. It is influenced by many factors, including one’s personality, the type of relationship a person had with the deceased, and the type of death the deceased experienced.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

I have caught my husband in some lies…

By Joyce Oglesby

Q: “My husband and I have been married for almost a year. I'm crazy about him, and I know he loves me, too. But recently, I have caught him in some lies. If he did this while we were dating, I never realized it. Most of them are little things here and there, but one in particular regarding our finances has really troubled me. I know the truth and did question him, yet he still denies it. I don't want it to affect us, and I am trying to move on, but where do I draw the line?”

Friday, July 7, 2017

We're Winners!

If you needed one more reason to read Today’s Woman, Today’s Family and Today’s Transitions magazines, look no further than the Society of Professional Journalists - Louisville chapter. Zion Publications, LLC recently received SPJ awards in six different categories. Here’s what we won:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What To Do This Weekend

This weekend brings opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, festivals, movies, live music, and more. You and the family can even be a part of the third Community Butterfly Garden Planting Day (above) at Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead. The new 9,000-square-foot pollinator garden you help create will feature over 60 species of Kentucky native plants, a diverse habitat for numerous honey and bumblebees and other endangered pollinators including butterflies. (RSVP to their office at 502.266.9802 or

Check out our list below for some other great weekend fun:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Get out there and celebrate the freedom to move! Today’s Woman Best Bodies issue coming August 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Laura Patterson’s Swimwear Visions

By Keri Foy

I had all my questions ready. How do you camouflage a muffin top? Minimize saddlebags? The questions I often ponder when shopping for a bathing suit. That is, until I met Laura Patterson.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Three Shows You Should See This Month

By Gioia Patton/Arts Insider

Much Ado About Nothing/ Richard II/Julius Caesar
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

2017 marks the 57th season of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, the longest running free Shakespeare festival in the United States.

“This season we’re excited to unveil our newly reimagined stage, by veteran scenic designer Paul Owen, who, for many years was Actors Theatre of Louisville’s scenic designer,” says Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Glam Treatments I Tried: Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion, Eyelash Extensions

By Megan S. Willman

I take considerable pride in the expression “low-maintenance woman.” I wear my graying hair short enough that I can style it with my fingers and a little gel, and my skin care regimen includes soap, water, and a dollop of the least expensive moisturizer I can find at the grocery. I’m not sure whether I’m an aesthetician’s nightmare or dream client, but this assignment gave me a chance to explore a realm thus far unknown to me.

Considering some beauty treatments, but feel awkward as to where to start? Opportunities for women to enhance their beauty range from minimal procedures to those that are quite involved, and the price points for those treatments vary just as much. Where does a person begin? How does she know what to expect from the treatment, and what if the whole concept feels somewhat uncomfortable for her? To answer these questions, Today’s Woman contacted local experts to get all the information you need.

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