Styling by Robyn Gautschy and Laura Simon
Modeled by Sophia Baltz and Leslee Ricketts
Hair by Leslee Ricketts of First Impression Techniques in Cape Girardeau
Makeup by Anne Hudson
Shot on location at Shadow Rest Ministries in Cape Girardeau
Hello, spring: Renew your look with these expert tips
Spring is the perfect time to renew your look and embrace the easy-breezy feeling of the season. Fortunately, you don't need to spend hours at the salon or break the bank updating your look. A few expert tips will have you looking as radiant as the spring sunshine so you can turn heads no matter where you go...
Buy the River: Doing it for herself in style
Stephanie Bird is a style maven, makeup artist and now a boutique owner: She's opening an online marketplace specifically for women with lovely curves. I caught up with Stephanie to ask her more about her new venture as she prepares for her grand opening this weekend at Cup 'N' Cork in Cape Girardeau...
Fashion aims to share the spotlight with music at Coachella
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Festival fashion" is a thing, and Coachella is the place. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held in the Southern California desert on two consecutive weekends that began April 10, is a style destination as much as a musical one -- this year more than ever. Besides the ever-growing array of off-site parties and sponsored suites, there are now runway shows and a pop-up fashion store on festival grounds...
Buy the River: Put your money where your heart is
If I can combine two things to make each one even better, I do it. Shopping and giving to an organization or people in need is one of the ways I can do that. I love to help people. It's one of the reasons I joined the Association of Junior Leagues while I lived in New York. ...
At-home spa day: DIY beauty treatments are simple, affordable
Here are a few easy, at-home spa recipes that will leave you glowing: Brown sugar is a natural and affordable exfoliant with many health benefits, while grapeseed oil gently and deeply moisturizes skin without clogging pores. Ingredients: n 1/2 cup grapeseed oil...
Fashion museum exhibit documents Lauren Bacall: 'The Look'
NEW YORK -- On stage, screen and magazine covers, Lauren Bacall was known as "The Look," but in her regular life, the late icon described her style as "studied carelessness." Now, more than six months after her death, student curators at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology have managed to capture both sides of Bacall in an intimate new exhibit that runs through April 4...
Five questions you should ask your pharmacist
A visit to the pharmacy can be about more than picking up prescriptions or supplies for the medicine cabinet. It can be an important, and convenient, time to ask your pharmacist key questions that could impact your health...
Spring into a new season: Design trends to heighten your home's style
As we anticipate spring, it's a good time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life -- and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors, as Taniya Nayak, renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, has forecast the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance and revive any home...
Delicious Reading: Stay-home takeout
Our family rings in the new year with a feast of Chinese takeout food. Our kitchen table is littered with little cardboard containers, chopstick wrappers and paper fortune slips. I know the sweet and sour pork, General Tso's chicken and fried rice we enjoy is not "real" Chinese food -- it's the version that American palates have favored -- but it is also unlike the usual stir fry I make at home. It seems special to my kids as a once-a-year kind of treat...
Now Read This: Cookbooks, cake pans and more available at public library
A cook is only good as her inspiration. I'd found myself in a cooking rut, the same meal rotation for weeks, when I picked up Mario Batali's "America -- Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers." This beautifully bound cookbook filled with delicious recipes is sure to become a classic...
Buy the River: Street-styling spring trends
Fall Fashion Week just ended in New York City, so that means 2015 is in full swing! Each year, we peel off the old and start putting on new versions of ourselves to line up with the energy of a new chapter of our life. Most of us start with resolutions that have to do with our appearance, from our weight to a new hairstyle. ...
Power pouts: There's a red lipstick for everyone these days
NEW YORK (AP) -- Color bleed be damned. There's a red lipstick for everybody nowadays. You know how celebrity beauty guru Ted Gibson found that out? "My mother has just now been wearing red lipstick since I turned her on to it over the last two years. Before, she thought red meant you were kind of easy," he laughed...
Women to the rescue: A look at female first responders in Southeast Missouri
It's often been said that in times of emergency, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders are the ones running toward danger when everyone else is running away. Someone's got to do the job -- and many of those workers are men...
Spotlight on Sseko Designs
Daenel "Dani" Vaughn-Tucker knows how fortunate she is to be a woman living in America, where she has access to all the education she could ever want. In many countries, it's not so simple. So when she discovered Sseko Designs, a Uganda-based fashion brand that provides jobs and scholarship opportunities for women in East Africa, she was thrilled not just to wear the signature sandals with fabric straps, but to become a member of the Sseko Brave Collective...
Want your resume to be read? Avoid these five resume don'ts
Finding that perfect job opportunity doesn't come around very often for many, and when it does, excitement can take over and cloud the ability to stay focused on the best version of your resume. "The main purpose of a resume is to get contacted," says Mary Kate Robinson, career services director at The Art Institute of Houston. "Be sure to have your key 'do's' first, including rank/order, your experience, appropriate duties and accomplishments, correct spelling and grammar and evidence of your knowledge, skills and abilities." Before you hit "send" on that application for your dream job, here are five not-so-obvious don'ts from career service directors:
1. Don't have conflicting information on your resume and your LinkedIn profile. Take the time to be certain that what is stated on your LinkedIn profile matches the resume you are sending. "Employers are doing their homework, and you don't want to waste valuable interview time correcting facts or explaining discrepancies," says Robinson...
Meet Daenel Vaughn-Tucker
Daenel Vaughn-Tucker started her blog as a way to keep in touch with friends and family after she moved away. As it turned out, she didn't end up moving -- and neither did her blog. At www.livingoutsidethestacks.com, Daenel writes about fashion, faith, food, crafts, photography, product reviews and more. Her followers include friends, family and former students, as well as people she's never met, but who have become her friends all the same...
The eyes have it: Glasses, contacts or readers? How to care for your eyes through all stages of life
You know the scene: A co-worker hands you something to read, and you find yourself squinting, craning your neck and shifting the paper to read the text. "At some point, your arms don't extend far enough, and you need to get glasses," says Dr. John Kinder, an ophthalmologist at Eye Consultants in Cape Girardeau. As we get older, he explains, the lens of the eye becomes stiffer and loses the ability to shift and focus as well as it did in our younger years...
Do you need to tame your thyroid? When the thyroid gland is under- or overactive, it may cause pesky symptoms - but they're easy to correct
So you just had a baby -- you're supposed to feel exhausted, right? And feeling worn out is just part of the deal when you get older -- right? Wrong. No one is "supposed" to feel tired all the time, but if you are, local endocrinologists say a thyroid condition could be the culprit...
A girl's best friend: The ladies of Jayson Jewelers travel to the diamond capital of the world to hand-select jewels for their store -- here's what they've learned about the trade
On a recent trip to Belgium, Kendra Harris, her sister, Regan Laiben, and mother, Jayne Ervin, inspected a few hundred diamonds, determining what stones to bring back to Cape Girardeau to please and delight customers. The October journey wasn't their first trip to Antwerp. ...
The Beauty Counter: Answers to your beauty questions
Q: Does makeup expire? A: This question is by far one of the most common questions I receive from my clients. There is no worse feeling (or at least for me) than buying a product only to find out that its shelf life is about as long as a carton of milk. So with that in mind, I wanted to focus solely on the care and expiration of your makeup so it can last as long as possible...
Caring for 'Jimmy's Friends': Brooke Clubbs rallies volunteers to care for hospitalized children and their families
As a child in the 1950s, Brooke Clubbs' father was hospitalized frequently with asthma. Hearing her father recount his fearful and isolated bouts of illness made a lasting impression on her. "When he talked about it, he talked about being lonely," Clubbs says. "We've made so many medical advances since then, but (the loneliness of hospitals) is an area that still seems to be lacking."...
Five fast fixes for a fabulous bath: Small changes add up to big comfort in the bathroom
With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders...
Mean machines: Vacuum cleaners for a clean and healthy home
They come with names like Shark, Neato, Sunburst and AirRam. Color choices include black cherry fizz, purple passion and Bordeaux pearl. Before you buy, you may want to talk to an expert or do a test drive. And, before investing, you may want to take to the Internet for product reviews...
Paws & Effect: New year, new food
We all make New Year's resolutions to eat more healthily, but isn't it time we did the same thing for our pets? In this hustle and bustle world, we are sacrificing not only our own nutritional needs, but that of the family pet. Convenience very often wins out over nutrition for our dogs and cats, and it's time we got back to basics...
Day care dilemmas: Advice on finding a day care for your children
If you're a working parent of a young child, chances are you have needed or will need day care for that child at some point. What should you look for when choosing a day care? What questions should you ask? What are the red flags that should indicate a day care isn't for you?...