The Choir School at St. Peter’s, Opera Carolina, CPCC Early Music, and the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra collaborate for Noah’s Flood

"Opera has something for every one," Opera Carolina Principal Conductor James Meena has often said.

In an exciting collaboration with CPCC Early Music and the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, The Choir School at St. Peters and Opera Carolina bring to life Benjamin Britten’s one-act opera Noah’s Flood (Noye’s Fludde), which was written to be staged in churches and performed primarily by children. The four performances at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (115 W. Seventh St.) will kick off The Choir School’s 23rd season.

“Noah’s Flood is part of our ongoing Street Opera program, which takes opera performances out of the Belk Theater and into the community,” Meena continued. “Collaborations across the community are key to Opera Carolina’s business plan, and we’re thrilled to be part of this project with the Choir School, CPCC and the Youth Symphony.”

Audiences will also get to participate in the music making. Church hymns are part of the score, and audience members are invited to sing along with the Opera Carolina cast and Choir School singers.

It will be special for cast members, too. There will be a lot of them – both professional, semi-professional, novices and students. And all of the animal roles (and there were many animals – all arriving two by two – aboard Noah’s ark) are played by young people.

“It’s a great experience for us to work with Opera Carolina, CSYO and the fine musicians of the CPCC Early Music Ensemble,” said Ben Outen, Artistic Director of The Choir School. “The sanctuary of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is a beautiful space and we’re excited to bring this collaborative production to our core audience and – we hope – an entirely new audience, as well.”

Performances are on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ben Outen will conduct all four performances.

General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 704.372.1000 or via operacarolina.org.

This month we lose adopted local and hailed event planner, Mary Tribble, as she moves on to her new home in Winston Salem. If you’ve been to more than two charitable events in the last 30 years, no doubt you’ve seen her mark. As we bid her farewell, we give her the last word.

Local Community issue most on your radar….
I'm deeply concerned about the marginalization of citizens in our communities, both locally and nationally. I applaud leaders like Dianne English with the Community Building Initiative who continue to look for solutions around equity. As I begin my transition to Winston-Salem, childhood hunger will be a focus. Food insecurity in Forsyth County ranks in the top ten in the country. I'm looking forward to helping promote Wake Forest University's efforts to address this problem.

Broader national/international issue most on your radar….
Radicalization and polarization at all levels. I think in some ways, it's unavoidable that as the country's demographics change, we'll continue to feel more apart before we come together. I am hopeful that time, along with reasoned dialogue, will create positive change. The reasoned dialogue can sometimes be drowned out by the rhetoric of the fearful, but it's there if you listen. And it's our responsibility to call it out. 

Local non-profit you would drop everything to help…
The Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, whose mission is to create a future without domestic violence. It was established by Ron and Jan Kimble in response to the senseless murder of their daughter Jamie by her estranged boyfriend. It's such a tragic story, yet Ron and Jan have responded with grace and determination.

Best party/event you’ve been to in the last year….
Closing night with my group in Bali in June: a long, white table under the stars, decorated in fresh hydrangeas, surrounded by parasols, overlooking an ancient temple at the sea's edge.

Recent splurge purchase you treated yourself to….
I'm in more of a "purge" rather than "splurge" time of my life.  However, I do pay homage to the shopping gods when I travel. Most recently, I bought a beautiful hand-woven sarong by a local woman I met in Sudaji, Bali. A friend there has been providing training for village women to revive the lost craft and provide economic stability for their families.

Charlottean you’d like to see run for Mayor one day….
Ad guy and best buddy Charlie Elberson. In a time when we seem to have forgotten what "authentic" really means, Charlie's the real deal. He's smart, funny, heart-centered, and makes you feel like you're the most important person in the room. (Others can do that, but Charlie really means it.) He'd want nothing to do with the job, of course, but I bet he'd run a pretty clever campaign. 

Charlottean who should be given a reality show…
I'd put together an ensemble cast to include my some of my funniest Facebook-posting friends, like marketing geniuses Tracy Russ and Candice Langston, uber-designer Jill Seale and writer Page Leggett. As Facebook's first live-stream television show, it would feature the zany cast's antics of daily life, punctuated by their snarky interpretations of the day's news.  

Best meal you’ve had in a while….
Lang Van Vietnamese. Always. I'm trying to see how many times I can eat there before I move. 

Advice you’d give your younger self…
Girl, chill. You don't have to do it all at once. Your job doesn't define you. Don't let another person's opinion cut you. Lucite awards won't bring you happiness. It's not about being nice, it's about being kind. Go for more walks with your girlfriends. See the person sitting across from you. Take ten long, deep breaths before you hit send. If you have to contemplate an outfit in the mirror more than twice, don't wear it.

LUNGe Forward 5K pulls funds to fight deadliest form of cancer

Written by Chris Tittel

Kathi Roberts heard the sharp sound as she twisted around to pull a heavy object across the ground.
She didn’t think anything of it until the next day, when her back started aching.
It was May 2006.
Kathi, a retired teacher trainer for Union County schools, was just 55 years old.
“I had seen doctors about pains in my hip up to then, but they’d tell me I was just getting older and then give me a cortisone shot,” she said.
Kathi consulted primary care physician Dr. Charlotte Karriker at First Charlotte Physicians Matthews about the snap. She scheduled Kathi for an MRI the following morning.
At 6 p.m., Dr. Karriker called Kathi and asked her to come in the next day.
Dr. Karriker laid it on the line: Cancer was weakening Kathi’s bones.
“She was pretty direct,” said Kathi.
Dr. Karriker scheduled the meeting during lunchtime, perhaps the most private moment of the business day since no one was in the office. She had already thought out the medications Kathi would need and selected Dr. Geoffrey Chapman as her oncologist. Dr. Karriker even got on Kathi’s cell phone, called her husband and told him it was important he come to the office as well.
“How can you be more compassionate?” Kathi said.
Kathi was surprised to learn from a subsequent MRI the source of the cancer was not, in fact, in any of her bones.
“The MRI showed one tumor in my lung,” she said. “I never smoked, I never had trouble breathing and my lungs sounded perfectly clear.”
According to the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, 22 people in North Carolina are diagnosed with lung cancer every day.
Lung cancer kills more people in the United States – approximately 159,260 deaths in 2014 alone – than prostate, breast and colorectal cancer combined.
“Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the country but, paradoxically, receives the least funding,” said LCINC Executive Director Heather Hooper.
Kathi has undergone chemotherapy and pharmaceutical trials in her nine-year battle with cancer. Currently, she’s working with Dr. Kathryn Mileham, a research oncologist and lung cancer specialist at the Levine Cancer Institute. Kathi echoes Hooper’s concern.
“There’s just not enough funding,” she said. “We’ve got to have more research.”
Carolinas Healthcare System and Charlotte Radiology hosted the 2015 Charlotte LUNGe Forward 5K on June 6 at Park Road Park to raise funds for LCINC.
More than 500 walkers, runners and rally-goers raised more than $60,000 for research, awareness campaigns and patients who need help getting to and from treatments.
“The Charlotte LUNGe Forward 5K united the community with hope for a better future and a determination to make a change for all those affected by lung cancer,” Hooper said.
Kathi was at the 5K, front and center, despite suffering a fall in December so serious she had to have a titanium rod inserted in the upper portion of her left leg.
“It’s so hard to find survivors,” she said. “I want to reach out to other survivors. We can all do this together.”
She said the moment of silence at the start of the 5K was most memorable.
“It was so still and quiet you could hear a pin drop,” she said. “The world stopped for a second, giving everyone time to consider the fact that everyone else there knew someone who had passed. It really set the tone for the race.”

Get Involved:
Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, 4000 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 170, Raleigh, NC 27612; (919) 784-0410; www.lungcancerinitiativenc.org

Photo by Jeff Palmer

Local Community Issue most on your radar…. 

We can learn so much from the recent tragedy in Charleston, especially the inspiring response by the families affected and the Charleston community as a whole. They acted, with such grace and elegance, on their abiding faith and trust in a Higher Power proving that through Him all things are possible including forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance and unity. What a magnificent blueprint for solving problems in our own community and others with far more serious issues than Charlotte, perhaps even the entire Country.

Broader national/international issue most on your radar….

Marriage Equality. We have long believed that people should be able to marry whomever they love. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on this fundamental human right, we could not be more proud to be American. With the near certain unanimity that we, as a Nation, look back on the correctness of the decision to allow women the right to vote in 1919, and the abolishment of slavery in 1864, we look forward to a time when we can all look back on this historic moment and, with near certain unanimity, question why it would have been just any other way.

Local non-profit you would drop everything to help…

We’re involved with a number of non-profits and would likely drop everything for any of them that involve children, especially the Allegro Foundation. We’re passionate about wanting to make sure children land on this planet in good health, with access to the basic needs such as shelter, healthy food, clean water, and loving parents. Beyond that, easy access to high quality health care and free, public education including the Arts gets a lot of our attention. That and animals. The Humane Society of Charlotte is another one of our favorite nonprofits.

Best party/event you’ve been to in the last year….

There is no shortage of great parties and events in Charlotte, and we’ve been to many. That being said, we’re partial to the Ambassador’s Ball hosted by the Allegro Foundation. This fundraiser helps finance Allegro’s mission to help children in and around Charlotte suffering from severe disabilities using music and dance therapies. We love that every disabled child is paired with an able student volunteer who serves as a therapy partner and school buddy until their high school graduation.

Recent splurge purchase you treated yourself to….

A long weekend getaway to Little Palm Island, a remote piece of paradise off the Florida Keys. We had exotic massages, dined on superb food and wine, and had no phones, or TV.

Charlottean you’d like to see run for Mayor one day….

We don’t know who but we do know what qualities and characteristics we’d like to see in our City’s Mayor. Aside from the obvious traits of honesty and integrity, we’d like to see someone who is passionately focused on strengthening Charlotte’s economic development, bringing jobs to our City and nurturing a strong, united and welcoming community. Although we’re not very political, Anthony Fox was Mayor when we first moved to Charlotte and we admired the way he ran the City.

Charlottean who should be given a reality show…
Amanda Pagliarini Howard.

Best meal you’ve had in a while….
Suzie’s a great cook and we joke that her kitchen is the best restaurant in town! We are impressed with the growing number of excellent fine dining restaurants in and around Charlotte. The chefs put out some of the best food that can be had anywhere.

Advice you’d give your younger self…
Expect nothing less than the best for and of yourself in everything you do. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need to accomplish whatever you set out to do. 

Local community issue most on your radar…. Homelessness. Over the years, I have glimpsed at the strength and struggles of our homeless neighbors during lunchtime Bible studies at the Urban Ministry Center. I applaud UMC’s commitment to end chronic homelessness by 2016, but worry about individuals and families who continue to live on the margins of our city. Situational/episodic homelessness is our community’s next challenge. To address this persisting issue, we should take a close look at transportation infrastructure, affordable housing and the minimum wage.

Broader national/international issue most on your radar…. The increasing political and religious extremism here and abroad – reinforced by how we receive news and other information that amplifies our own biases. We suffer for a lack of honest dialogue supported by a culture of compassion.
Local non-profit you would drop everything to help… Any of our nonprofit clients at Robinson Bradshaw! What a privilege to advise universities, museums, sports philanthropies, human service agencies, churches, foundations, arts organizations and other charities – together they make our city healthy, informed, creative and humane! But, if I have to pick just one it is the Women’s Impact Fund - don’t miss our national celebration of women’s philanthropy this October!
Best party/event you’ve been to in the last year…. Charlotte Ballet’s “Dancing with the Stars” Gala.
Recent splurge purchase you treated yourself to…. Kate Spade handbag, hot pink, from my favorite consignment shop, JT Posh – love Jen and Tracy who are sisters, proprietors and best friends.
Charlottean who should be given a reality show… The always effervescent Sonja Nichols. Who wouldn’t want to be a fly on Sonja’s wall? Richard, Richard III, James and Kayla might protest, but Sonja would rally them like she does us all. Her famous email emoticons would add visual interest. Sonja’s show would challenge us to live authentically, passionately and with an abiding faith.
Best meal you’ve had in a while…. Date night most Fridays with my husband Brian at Paco’s Tacos & Tequila. You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl. Chips, salsa and chopped salad. Yum.
Advice you’d give your younger self… Live with a grateful heart and a generous spirit.

Jul 2015

Family Beauty Secrets

Written by

Dr. Carlene Ashley, Mother
Janelle Ashley, Daughter

Sidebar: You can find this mother daughter team “beautifying Charlotte” at the Med Boutique in Ballantyne.

The best beauty advice your mother ever gave you?

C: Stay out of the sun!
J: She told me early on to never, ever, ever get a tattoo.

One beauty product you cannot live without?

C: A hydrating moisturizer.
J: I think it would have to be blush, I cannot leave the house without blush on!

Beauty trend you refuse to try?

C: I think someone told me there's such a thing called a breast milk facial. Not for me.
J: I am not sure if this is a fair question, I'll try almost anything once! We try a lot of things at our boutique medspa. Someone has to be the guinea pig!

Biggest beauty splurge that’s totally worth it?

C: Artistic injection of dermal fillers into the cheekbones. It’s my favorite procedure to perform. 
J: We have a product called Bio Serum, it's expensive but if I could drink it-I would.

How does nutrition play a role in your beauty routine?

C: When you eat healthy you have more energy!
J: When my skin needs a boost from the inside out, I usually grab a ripened avocado or wild caught salmon. Delicious and great for the skin!

What is your personal fitness philosophy?  

C: Walk whenever you can.
J: Why can't fitness be fun?

What is your beauty regimen when you have a big event?

C: Janelle puts extra blush on me, whether I want it or not.
J: I always love to treat my skin to some extra hydration and I go for one bold thing in my look- usually sangria colored lips!

Best advice for staying young?

C: A good attitude.
J: Meditation and our Broad Band Light Forever Young PhotoFacials. Everyone can use a good dose of energy into their skin. I wish I could do it every day!

Favorite local beauty expert(s)?

C: I think you can find those at Med Boutique!
J: This lady right next to me!


Liz Hilliard, Mother

Clary Hilliard Gray, Daughter

Sidebar: This gorgeous mother daughter duo is the force behind the mega popular Pilates based workout, Hilliard Studio Method. Check out their newest venture, HSM | CORE, which just opened on Kings Drive.

The best beauty advice your mother ever gave you?

L: To never frown because my face would get stuck that way!
C: Beauty comes from the inside. 

One beauty product you cannot live without?

L: Tazorac gel (Retin A) at night. That with a good moisturizer and sunscreen during the day is all I need!

C: Mineral sunscreen

Beauty trend you refuse to try?

L: I really don’t do trends.
C: Trends change quickly but I like to keep an open mind.

Biggest beauty splurge that’s totally worth it?

L: My monthly derma-planing facial. It turns over the dead skin cells, energizes and hydrates my skin. And under the heading “the older you get the more money you need to throw at your skin” - I love my LaMer Concentrate! It’s pure gold!
C: A good skincare regimen: Retin-A, moisturizer, facials, a sun hat!

How does nutrition play a role in your beauty routine?

L: Nutrition is 100% of my beauty routine. Beauty truly starts from the inside out. At Hilliard Studio Method we have a signature smoothie with all the protein, greens, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids you need in your diet for the entire day. I swear by it. It not only makes my skin glow but gives me all the energy, strength and stamina to teach and workout on a daily basis. I fill my diet with healthy fats like avocados and lean protein like salmon (also high in good fatty acids) and eat nuts on a daily basis. Vegetables and fruits are my staples.

C: It’s a game changer. The HSM Smoothie every morning not only made me drop 10 lbs quickly, but it makes my skin glow!

What is your personal fitness philosophy?  

L: I work out every day in the most efficient way possible by mixing up my workouts at Hilliard Studio Method and HSM | Core.

My philosophy is that if you can’t get your full body workout (which includes cardio and resistance training) done in an hour you’re wasting your time doing the wrong workout.

My workout at Hilliard Studio Method strengthens and sculpts my body through resistance training while giving me the cardio I need for the day. At our newest studio HSM | Core we utilize a megaformer to do a full body sweat dripping cardio workout in 40 mintutes.

Resistance training burns fat and calories at the highest rate possible while you work out, but even more importantly, while you’re at rest. I combine muscle-building resistance exercises at a pace that lifts my heart rate and produces the benefits of cardio and gives my body a lean, strong, sculpted look.

C: Haven’t you heard? It’s called Hilliard Studio Method!

What is your beauty regimen when you have a big event?

L: It’s pretty much the same as every day. I workout and make sure I get plenty of rest the night before. However I do have one trick I rely on that insures that I look my best in those skin revealing dresses. I knock out 10 – 20 pushups right before I walk out the door , (yes in full dress and makeup) I just stop before I start to sweat! It gives my arms that extra little cut that looks nice. I’ve shared this advice with our brides-to-be at HSM. Several have sent us pictures of themselves in full gown and veil doing push ups before walking down the isle!! Seriously! And you should see their wedding pictures!

C: St.Tropez bronzer the day before, a killer HSM workout in the morning and then it’s glam time!

Best advice for staying young?
L: Live passionately and love your work/life (which is all the same to me)! I would, and literally have worked for free while developing Hilliard Studio Method because it’s my passion and my joy. I surround myself with strong, caring, positive people and have found amazing joy in working with my daughter Clary everyday who happens to also be my best friend.
C: Have fun and love the ones you're with!

Favorite local beauty expert(s)?

L: My favorite beauty expert is Jami Svay and of course Dimitri at the LaMer counter at Neiman Marcus.!

C: My mom, obviously.



Alicia Moghadam
Charmaine Cronin
“Fitness Sisters”

Sidebar: Fellow gym goers regularly mistake these two ladies for sisters. It’s just hard to believe there are two separate sets of genes this stunning.

The best beauty advice your mother ever gave you?

A: Always wash off your makeup before bed, so you don't clog your pores.
C: Drink plenty of water on a daily basis to maintain healthy, youthful skin! She was absolutely right about that and I enjoy drinking a gallon or more daily!

One beauty product you cannot live without?

A: Clinique facial soap and lip gloss.
C: Lip gloss! My favorite is called Haut Cocoa by Victoria Secret.

Beauty trend you refuse to try?

A: This would probably have to be the Snail Facial. No thanks!
C: That silly “wrap” trend. I much rather prefer to put in the hard work in the gym for long term results as opposed to losing a little bit of temporary water weight. My motto is if it is easy to obtain, it is not worth having. Put in the hard work and enjoy long term results!

Biggest beauty splurge that’s totally worth it?

A: Facials and MAC Makeup
C: The blue peel facial! There is nothing like having a baby soft and smooth face!

How does nutrition play a role in your beauty routine?

A: Being a NPC and Nutrishop Sponsored Bikini Athlete I know first hand that you really are what you eat. When I eat clean it shows. My clothes fit better, my skin glows, and I feel beautiful. 
C: Nutrition plays a major role in my beauty routine. As an NPC Team Bombshell Bikini Athlete and Nutrishop Ballantyne Sponsored Athlete, I enjoy eating six small, balanced meals daily that consist of fresh greens, protein, and a clean carb along with proper supplemental support. Eating the right amount of each allows me to maintain healthy skin, my ideal weight, and more importantly I am able to maintain the lean and tight feminine yet muscular look that fitness models strive for.

What is your personal fitness philosophy?  

A: Train hard, set goals and work hard to reach them. Then set more goals. You really can do anything you put your mind too.
C: My personal fitness philosophy is no pain no gain. You have to make sacrifices if you want to reach your fitness goals. Temporarily resisting your favorite treats will be worth it in the end when you are rocking your dream body! No one can take that hard work away from you.

What is your beauty regimen when you have a big event?

A: Cleanse and exfoliate. Makeup by Tamara Mcgill McFarland. Hair by Carol Alexander- Zander's salon. And when I stay in shape finding and outfit is never a problem.
C: My beauty regimen is simple when it comes to preparing for a big event. I always have my makeup artist on speed dial and I make sure to arrive with exfoliated skin!

Best advice for staying young?

A: Workout, eat clean, live life to the fullest, do the things in life that make you happy, and have fun, lots of fun.
C: Live life to its fullest, never take a minute of the day for granted, laugh, tell your loved ones you love them regularly, and participate in some type of physical fitness on a regular basis.

Favorite local beauty expert(s)?

A: Zander's Salon - Carol Alexander
    Charlotte Plastic Surgery - Facials
    Ballantyne Resort - Massage, Facials, and overnight staycations
    Tamara McGill McFarland – Makeup
C: My favorite local beauty experts are Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery, Nufaces International Hair Salon (Tonya Stokes), The Ritz Carlton for spa and short staycations, and LA Fitness for daily fitness & wellness.


Carolyn Munoz, Mother
Noelle Munoz, Daughter
Marisa Munoz, Daughter

Sidebar: There are more than gorgeous faces behind the Munoz clan. The jewelry adorning these ladies was designed and created by Noelle. See more of her work at noellemunozjewelry.com.

The best beauty advice your mother ever gave you?

C: Smile!  (Orthodontics is my NUMBER ONE beauty secret!) Actually, personal beauty was not highly prized (or talked about) in my family. My mom was big on doing well in school, behaving appropriately, using good manners, and learning basic life skills--all things that have served me well and will endure long after beauty fades.
M: Wear sunscreen! My mom is much fairer than I am and always made me and my sister wear sunscreen, even to our two-a-day dive practices. That habit came in handy while going to school at the beach, I am not fighting the same wrinkles my friends who went without SPF are now! Thanks mom!
N: Wear sunscreen!

One beauty product you cannot live without?

C: Water. Also, I was a child with long hair before cream rinses or conditioners existed (really!), so I appreciate how they have taken the hellish torture out of hair care. I love Davines products.
M: Mascara - Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara or Tarte's Lights, Camera, Splashes waterproof mascara. Otherwise I just look like my dad in drag. 
N: Ooh that's a tough one. I don't really want to be caught without eyeliner and mascara but I really feel like exfoliation is key to smooth, younger looking skin- I can't live without a facial exfoliating pad but I prefer to use Freeze 24/7 IceCrystals Anti-aging Prep and Polish, it's my favorite exfoliator.

Beauty trend you refuse to try?

C: Anything permanent or that involves needles or pain - tattoos, Botox, facelifts, surgery, peels, waxing, etc. Overcome peer pressure and just say no.  Spend your money on something you enjoy and that will make your life better! (Also, the outcomes are often not impressive and sometimes downright dreadful.)
M: I'll try anything in the privacy of my vanity!
N: At this point I haven't been very adventurous, but as I age I'm more open minded. I'd certainly like to avoid any surgery.

Biggest beauty splurge that’s totally worth it?

C: A fun vacation!  Expand your mind, do something active, relax, and be with people you love.
M: Skin care, whatever works best for you. For me it's Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, used with a Clarisonic, and Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil. 
N: I don't spend a lot on my beauty products. Being a jeweler, I'd rather save my money to treat myself to a nice piece of jewelry.

How does nutrition play a role in your beauty routine?

C: I eat for health and pleasure and try to keep those two interests in balance.  
M: I drink lots of water throughout the day to make sure my body and skin are nice and hydrated. 
N: I'm not super strict with what I eat but generally I try to eat fresh fruit and vegetables as much as I can and stay away from processed foods and sweets. My husband gave me a Vitamix for mothers day this year and I love it. Making a smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon snack has made it easier and more satisfying to eat healthy and keep my sweet tooth at bay.

What is your personal fitness philosophy?  

C: Find something active you love to do and do it.
M: I try to work out several times a week at the gym along with long walks with my dog to stay fit and active. I want to feel good in my skin and my clothes! 
N: Being five months pregnant my fitness routine has pretty much gone out the window. But I've always felt it's important to do at least a little something every day. If I can't get a good run in or trip to the gym I resort to a good walk with the dog, a short app work out, or a ride on the paddleboard.

What is your beauty regimen when you have a big event?

C: Shower, shave legs, fix hair, put on makeup and perfume. Big event makeup is moisturizer, foundation, blush, mascara, and lipstick. Honestly, I don't think many people care how I look; I just don't want to embarrass the people I'm with.
M: I like to take my time and enjoy every minute of getting ready, I also like to do it all myself! I will usually self tan at home the night before along with a face mask, and do my nails. My favorite self tanner is the Lorac Tantalizer since you see it right away and it's easy to even out using a mitt. Depending on how my skin is acting I will either use GlamGlow Clearing Treatment or Bliss Oxygen Mask. Second day hair works best for keeping a style with my straight hair so I'll take a body shower and make sure I haven't missed any spots tanning. I'll toss in some Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder in my hair to absorb any excess oils in my hair and style as I go. If I go all out I like to go all the way, primer, foundation, bronzer, blush, contour, highlighter, brows, eyes, lips, lashes, the works!
N: I always keep it pretty simple whether I'm getting ready for a normal day or a big night out. On special occasions I won't go without bb cream and eyeshadow in addition to my staple bronzer, eyeliner and mascara and I always try to paint my nails- it makes me feel a little more pulled together.

Best advice for staying young?

C: Have a happy heart and take care of your health. Only death stops aging, so enjoy every moment of your life, follow your passions, and stay active.
M: "If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - Roald Dahl, The Twits. I think this quote truly exemplifies how to always be beautiful. If you have a young and beautiful heart that shines through more than anything else does.
N: I think getting enough sleep is key to staying young. Being a mom now
I feel like I'm always short on time and I get a lot of my jewelry work done at night but I feel and look much better when I get enough sleep- not to mention I'm less stressed and more productive.

Favorite local beauty expert(s)?

C: My daughter Marisa. She is brutally honest.
M: All the sweet advisers at Sephora and Ulta, I have always gotten great recommendations from them and have rarely been steered wrong. 
N: Lindsey Regan Thorn of Be Pretty- one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. My talented hair stylist Maria, owner of Knipt salon, never guides me wrong. And my sister Marisa, who I get all my tips from.


Carolyn Hallet
Adri Warrick

Sidebar: These sisters are the duo behind The Whole Tulip, a holistic health coaching service. See their article on eating for beauty on page __.

The best beauty advice your mother ever gave you?

A: I don’t remember the actual advice she gave me but I do remember clearly how she modeled the importance of self-care. While I didn’t understand the importance as a child, I watched her continually carve out the time to meditate, practice yoga, exercise and eat healthy. Her most beautiful self came out in those moments. That is the best model of beauty I could have asked for.
C: Our mother has been practicing yoga for over 35 years. With that comes a healthier lifestyle including steering us towards non-toxic products like traditional Ayurvedic products, crystal deodorant and essential oils. While the research on aluminum, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates wasn’t as widespread as it is now; our mom inherently knew we shouldn't be putting unhealthy products on our skin.

One beauty product you cannot live without?

A: Juice Plus. There is not one single beauty product that can do what fruits and vegetables can do for our bodies and skin. The best anti-aging regimen comes from eating an anti-inflammatory diet, which means eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables. I take Juice Plus and eat a high-plant based diet, which provides my body with the daily needed vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from whole foods.
C: Water. It seems like a no brainer, but 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. I know I was before I went back to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. My skin was always tight and digestion was poor. Water is essential to proper digestion, the absorption of key vitamins and minerals, and flushing the kidneys and liver to rid the body and skin of toxins. Our skin is our largest organ and requires water just like our internal organs to function properly. I drink half my body weight in ounces or more a day. Adding lemon to my water makes it an excellent source of vitamin C, supports my liver, and aids in digestion.

Beauty trend you refuse to try?

A: Botox
C: Botox

Biggest beauty splurge that’s totally worth it?

A: Having regular massages. Taking care of our bodies is not a luxury, it is a must.
C: Beautycounter Sunscreen. Avoiding sunscreens with parabens, oxybenzone, phthalates is important to me because these ingredients can be absorbed in the organs. I have a lot of sun damage on my skin from not reapplying properly so it is important to me to use a sunscreen I can apply again and again without looking like my son painted me with white paint. The Beautycounter sunscreen is the first zinc based sunscreen I’ve found that rubs in even after several reapplications. To avoid vitamin D deficiency, I take a daily supplement.

How does nutrition play a role in your beauty routine?

A: Nutrition plays the largest role in my beauty routine. What we put in our body is a direct reflection of what we see on the outside. I often get asked about my skin and the truth is that healthy skin comes from eating an abundance of plant based foods. When I cut out sugar, processed foods and artificial ingredients and shifted my diet to focus on eating plant-based foods, my skin changed dramatically, including the elimination of eczema. Finding the right foods that fuel you and eliminating the foods that inflame your body is the key to having a healthy gut, which in turn gives you that outward glow that we all strive for.
C: Bigger than any beauty product out there is nutrition. It is said that 80 percent of how our skin looks on the outside is due to our health on the inside, including our gut health. I focus on filling my body with lots of water, healthy fats like avocado, ultra premium olive oil, coconut oil, and omega 3's from salmon, walnuts, chia and flax seeds and foods rich in antioxidants. I avoid processed foods and artificial ingredients. I watch the amount of added sugar in my diet and limit my caffeine to one cup of coffee per day (even with a newborn!). I also take a daily probiotic for gut health and to boost my immune system.

What is your personal fitness philosophy?  

A: Fitness is an evolution. I’ve learned that what worked for me 10 years ago may not be what I need now. We live in a culture that we have to push harder and harder to achieve strength, and I have learned that when it comes to fitness, sometimes, less is more. Being in tune with my body and doing what I know to be true for myself is my fitness philosophy.
C: As a certified holistic health coach, I believe there is no one diet that works for everyone all of the time. We help our clients thrive by finding the foods and lifestyle choices that are right for them. I think the same applies to fitness. It important to find a fitness routine that works for you, you enjoy, and works for your body type. Just like with food, I believe going outside of your comfort zone is important and variety is key. There are several exercise classes that I've thought would be intimidating, but once I got in there, I've loved them and they have made the biggest impact on my body and mind.

What is your beauty regimen when you have a big event?

A: Just having my hair blown out at 8 Salon is a wonderful treat!
C: I make sure to hydrate well with lemon water. For the hair and makeup, I let someone else help me! I love getting my hair blown out by Ashley at 8 Salon.

Best advice for staying young?

A: Lead from your heart. Set aside the fears and doubts and know that you are beautiful and perfect just as you are. Live in the present and silence the voice that tells you what you should be doing. I believe that when we operate from our authentic selves, that is when we see that the truest beauty is not only in ourselves but in each other.
C: Stress Management. This is something I am constantly working on, but the more I do, the better I feel. I find breathing techniques, exercise, yoga, and talking to people help me the most. I recently took a course with Kristen Oliver that has really changed my outlook and how I manage stress. Stress unnecessarily ages us not only through facial lines, but also internally. Excessive stress can really take a toll on the body and mind and in some cases can cause adrenal fatigue, which can result in excessive tiredness, cravings, weight gain, unhealthy skin, dark circles under the eyes, and hormone imbalances, just to name a few symptoms. 

Favorite local beauty expert(s)?

A: Minou at Varji and Varji for eyebrow threading, Jenell Boris with Radiant Skin Organic Spa for facials and massage, 8 Salon for hair, Hilliard Studio Method and Be Yoga for my mind and body and, of course, The Whole Tulip, for my healthy eating style.
C: For facials, waxing and massage, I love Deborah at Esthetique and Jenell at Radiant Skin Organic Spa. Ashley and Rodger at 8 the Salon for my hair. Hilliard Studio Method and Be Yoga for my mind and body and of course, The Whole Tulip, for my healthy eating style.

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