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HERLIFE MAGAZINE KEEPING WOMEN CONNECTED New Finds Fantastic Boutiques in the South Metro Home Remodels Where to splurge and where to save NOVEMBER 2012 Dr. Jess Prischmann Breaking the Mold in Facial Plastic Surgery holiday gift guide part one Edina s HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 3 HOT DEALS NORDICWARE 952-924-9672 4925 Hwy 7 St. Louis Park MN BAY STREET SHOES 3940 W 50th St. Edina 952-922-5574 3001 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis 612-824-5574 CORSET STYLING & FASHION BOUTIQUE 952-224-2495 5400 France Ave S Edina MN 55410 Mention HERLIFE & receive a FREE 150 page Bundt Cookbook with your purchase of 30.00 or more. Offer expires 12-22-12. FREE GIFT with UGG purchase FRYE TRUNK SHOW NOV. 9TH Better than Black Friday Stop in on November 15th and receive a FREE GIFT. Mention HERLIFE to redeem. 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As the first female facial plastic surgeon in Minnesota Dr. Jess Prischmann excels in her chosen field. But along with being the recipient of many accolades for her medical expertise Dr. Prischmann shares her greatest gifts with each of her patients--compassion empathy and authenticity. MOTHER s PERsPEcTIVE wORkING wOMEN sPOTlIGHT 32 42 shoulD you stay marrieD For the sake oF the chilDren Unfortunately most of us know at least one married couple who constantly bicker in front of people. worse yet they often do it in front of their kids. If asked why they don t just get divorced they state that they are staying married for the sake of their kids. But does it really benefit children for their parents to stay together in an unhealthy relationship where to sPlurge anD where to saVe on remoDels when the housing bubble was at its height a few years ago many homeowners gave little thought to refinancing or taking out a loan for extravagant remodel projects. widespread use of home equity loans for renovations was common when home values were climbing but the housing bust changed many homeowners views of their home as a source for ready cash. FINANcE HOME sPOTlIGHT IN THE cITY 6 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 7 HERLIFE welcome Going to the chapel... I will officially be a married woman as of the 16th of this month--I can t believe it is finally here John and I are working on all of the last-minute decisions projects and plans that we have yet to complete. Although we have been steadily checking things off our list over the past ten months now that we are only a few weeks out I am realizing how many things we still have left to do. Seating assignments programs our slideshow of photos centerpieces...the list goes on and on. Having been in a number of my close friends weddings and a guest at many others I have always appreciated the time and effort that couples go through to make their wedding special and personal for themselves and their guests. I have also seen how stressful and overwhelming it can be for a bride. I m trying to find a balance between making the evening special but keeping my sanity. So far so good We ve been fortunate to spend a lot of time with our friends and family these past months--they have been so generous with showers parties gifts and everything in-between. With Thanksgiving just a few days after our wedding it is so obvious what I will be immensely thankful for this year--all of the help and support our family and friends have provided during this exciting time in our lives. That is the greatest wedding gift we could ever receive I m sure things will get pretty crazy over the next few weeks but in the end I know it doesn t matter if there are little ribbons on every votive or if our dinner starts a little later than expected that s not what s important. I am looking forward to an amazing night with all of our friends and family there celebrating with us photo by michelle lockwood Lindsey Lee read share recycle Jo in HERLIFE M ag a z i n e on F a ce b o ok a n d s t ay cur re nt o n the ho tte s t e ve nts and b igge s t d e als aro und the m et r o 8 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 9 Staff and Contacts Editor-In-Chief Lindsey Lee llee 952-210-1549 Account Executive Jan Ehrlich jan 612-207-8479 Account Executive Kristin Olson kolson 612-209-4921 Associate Account Executive Michelle Lockwood mlockwood 952-491-0599 Editor Candi Smith 913-402-6994 Creative Director Ashleigh Thomson ashleigh Design and Production Todd Grantham todd Art Director Elana Bell elana Intern Alexandra Brandt-Barnard Contributing Authors Lisa Allen Ann E. Butenas Kathleen M. Krueger Linda Maranno Natasha Logan Gail K. 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Gift Certificates can be used for salon and spa services or any of their fantastic hair skin or body products including Aveda Bumble and bumble Vivant Skin Care Moroccan Oil or OPI. Available at both Kalla Lily Salon & Spa locations 763.416.1700 9851 Maple Grove Parkway N Maple Grove 763.323.0777 13060 Riverdale Drive Coon Rapids For The Foodie Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Sampler Anyone who enjoys cooking or great food will be thrilled to receive one of these oil & vinegar sampler gift packs The samplers come with a variety of flavors and themes ranging from the more traditional to the fun and festive (Pomegranate Balsamic Truffle Olive Oil ).These fun gourmet products can be used for vinaigrettes marinades or used just on their own as a delicious dip with some great bread. 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Price 17 for a 6 oz. bar Available at HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 13 HERLIFE health The Positive Impact of Organ Donation by ka th l e e n m. k ru e ge r a blood sample in order to determine if she would be a suitable candidate as her brother s donor. After her match was determined she made the decision to be her brother s donor. She underwent an extensive medical exam to rule out any medical conditions which might exclude her as a candidate and underwent a social and psychological evaluation as well. Being ruled in excellent physical and mental health the transplant was scheduled and Debra donated one of her kidneys to her brother. That was in 1994. It has been over 15 years since Debra voluntarily underwent major surgery in order to provide her brother with the chance to extend his life. Her brother has just turned 50 and is still living with Debra s kidney in his body providing the necessary organ functions he needs to survive. Debra has lived a healthy life with little evidence that the loss of a kidney has taken place outside of the massive scar which circles halfway around her torso. Debra was a living organ donor an option which does include serious risks for the donor but can avoid the wait for an appropriate match from a deceased donor. In either case the recipient is provided with a greater potential for living a longer life due to the replacement of a failing organ. Kidney transplants are the most common organ transplant--as close to 90 percent of those waiting for an organ donation are in 14 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM D ebra s younger brother was experiencing kidney failure and had begun dialysis. He needed a kidney transplant. Along with other family members Debra submitted need of a kidney. Liver transplants are next on the list with over 15 000 individuals listed on the transplant waiting list in the U.S. as of March 2012. To demonstrate the disparity between the need and the number of donors--in 2011 a total of 14 144 individuals served as organ donors and over 6 000 of those were living donors. Yet as of March 2012 there were still over 100 000 names on the organ transplant waiting list. With nearly 7 000 people dying each year due to a lack of available organs for transplant the need is great says David Fleming president and CEO of Donate Life America. In spite of extensive efforts to educate the public there are still several misconceptions regarding organ donation. For instance many people assume that their organs would not be accepted for transplantation due to their health history. Medical history is taken into account when selecting organs for transplant but any individual regardless of health history can offer to be an organ donor following their death. The fear that having yourself listed as an organ donor will affect the efforts of hospital staff in performing life-saving treatment is totally unfounded. A patient s donor status is never a factor in treatment by medical staff. There are also no medical costs incurred by a donor or the donor s family when an individual donates an organ as a living donor or after they have deceased. Based on Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network s (OPTN) data as of July 24 2009 over 80 percent of kidney transplant recipients and 70 percent of liver transplant recipients were still living 5 years after their transplant operation. Many like The fear that having yourself listed as an organ donor will affect the efforts of hospital staff in performing life-saving treatment is totally unfounded. A patient s donor status is never a factor in treatment by medical staff. There are also no medical costs incurred by a donor or the donor s family when an individual donates an organ as a living donor or after they have deceased. Debra s brother have their years of life extended far beyond that five-year mark and have also gained a much higher quality of life due to living with healthy functioning organs. Donate Life America has set a goal of increasing the registered number of organ donors in the U.S. by 20 million by the end of 2012. Although a family can make the decision to offer the organs of the deceased for donation after the fact having those wishes personally recorded ahead of time prevents any uncertainty during a time when family members are grieving their loss. Debra gave a gift to her brother how much greater the gift of a stranger who simply adds their name to the list of registered donors and allows their loss of life to be a gift of life sight or healing to others whom they do not even know. According to the Life Source Donor Registry one donor has the potential of impacting up to as many as 60 different people through their donations of organs and tissue. Donor registration is simple. You can log onto DonateLifeMN. org to get the facts about donation and register today to give a gift of hope to someone who is waiting. Sources for this article are the author s personal experiences and United Network for Organ Sharing brochure titled Living Donation Information You Need to Know. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 15 HERLIFE spotlight Fantastic Boutiques in the South Metro by ann e. butenas pho t o g r a p hy by mi ch e l l e l o ck wo o d p h o to g ra p hy New Finds be the shopping treasure land for which you have been searching. Seven fun-filled and inspiring shops have come together to create SORBA (South of the River Boutique Association) and their doors are open to serve you. Let s start with ZIDA. Owners Kelly Bray and Machele Baird love to work one-on-one with their customers to help them choose fashion or home accessories. We try to find unique affordable items for our customers and only buy one to three of each item to keep everyone s treasures more exclusive noted Kelly. With new inventory added weekly you are guaranteed a new adventure every single time you visit. ZIDA s warm and welcoming vintage-style ambiance invites you to come in and browse and even if you are not searching for anything in particular it s a safe bet that something fun and magical will find you ZIDA also participates in fundraising events and has teamed up with Operation Glass Slipper ( as a drop-off site for donations. Get something for yourself and do something special for someone else. Next discover Haupt Antiek Market where owner Deb Haupt opens her doors just four days each month for event shopping at its best. During this time 14 vendors come together to create new 16 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM I f you have ever wondered how to get to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow follow me I ve discovered some amazing and unique boutiques south of the river that promise to looks and displays for your home and garden boasting cottage European shabby primitive retro industrial and repurposed pieces. Deb travels across Europe scouring flea markets to bring back the most unique exciting and treasured items. She is now offering European Shopping Tours and in the spring of 2013 they plan to offer a tour to Belgium the Netherlands and England. Haupt Antiek Market is your passport to fun. If you are into making your environment healthier by living green then Camille on Rouge is just the place for you. Everything in the store is slightly used said owner Camille Kasma. We carry vintage items for the home and garden embraced with a French style. With prices from 12 to 300 you are sure to find that perfect gift for a friend or unexpected delight for yourself. And if you are looking for a chandelier look no further Kelly Barker and Karen Lewis invite you to visit Ficus & Fig for a fun-filled shopping excursion offering home d cor items bath and body products accessories and unique gifts for all occasions. These two ambitious and inspiring ladies love to bring a smile to their customers faces by providing a wide variety of items in all price ranges. We are constantly bringing in new items to keep the store looking fresh said Kelly. If you or someone you know is dealing with cancer alopecia or burn trauma Lily Wellness is sure to be a wonderful discovery. Owner Jan Beeson offers hats wigs intimate apparel jewelry and accessories. When three of her friends were diagnosed with cancer a few years ago they experienced great frustration in finding wigs prosthetics and hats that didn t scream out to the world that they had cancer. After thorough research Jan learned that women such as these wanted a large selection with the opportunity to try items on in a boutique-like setting. Much like lilies Jan s mother s favorite flowers these women are strong courageous and beautiful as are all women. The resources products and services found at Lily Wellness help these wonderful ladies feel and look their best with confidence as their greatest accessory Don t you love it when you find that one-of-a-kind item that makes you feel magically beautiful Laura Bell of LaBelle Boutique takes great care in finding affordable fashions that make you feel unbelievable. LaBelle offers jewelry hats gifts and more with one common denominator--they are all unique just like you. It is here where you will also discover a whole lot of fun. Finally don t forget to treat yourself to some time at The Vintage Gypsy. While owner Marie Hoese formerly dealt in vintage repurposed and primitive items she has expanded that line into what she calls vintage inspired clothing jewelry and accessories. Her decided passion for this business only means her collection of items is sure to grow in the coming months. For more information visit ZIDA at 14270 Buckhill Road 125 in Burnsville call 952-898-1995 or go online at visit Haupt Antiek Market at 7570 W. 147th Street 400 in Apple Valley call 651-329-3871 or go online at visit Camille on Rouge at 16220 Main Avenue SE in Prior Lake call 612-756-1556 or go online at visit Ficus & Fig at 12750 Nicollet Avenue 100 in Burnsville call 952-746- 4456 or go online at visit Lily Wellness at 1501 Southcross Drive West in Burnsville call 952-435-2661 or go online at visit LaBelle Boutique at 8160 Country Road 42 in Savage call 952-440-2955 or go online at labelleboutiquesavage. com and visit The Vintage Gypsy at 16228 Main in Prior Lake call 952-388-9478 or go online at HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 17 HERLIFE beauty Hair Today Gone Tomorrow exploring hair removal techniques by ga i l k . s i l ve rs te i n s ince I live in sunny South Florida where we bare it all in our short shorts bathing suits and tropical attire hair removal is like that proverbial white elephant in the room--everyone or lotions. The main ingredient in these over-the-counter affordable hair removal products are chemicals created to zap proteins that make up hair. Not usually recommended for hair in the bikini area these creams make stubble less noticeable and hair regrowth less frequent than shaving. Depilatories make an excellent choice for unwanted arm facial (but not eyebrows) and leg hair. Laser hair removal is one of the more costly methods of removing hair but it lasts longer than depilatories. Pulsed light or lasers actually destroy the hair s root and this technique is safe for all over your body. With prices ranging upward from 150 to 500 this process requires five or more sessions and an annual touch-up. While lasers are best suited for dark-haired light-skinned women they re less effective on blonde hair. And African American women need a special laser to offset the possibility of dark spots and scarring. Looking for a more permanent solution to your hairy dilemma Look no further than electrolysis a removal technique designed to kill the cells responsible for hair growth. Using a small needle that goes down into the hair follicle the process can be uncomfortable but tolerable with the use of numbing cream. Electrolysis can run 10 to 25 sessions since each hair follicle has to be worked individually. With a price tag of 40 to 90 a session it knows you need to do it but very few want to talk about it. Unwanted hair in the underarm leg facial and bikini area presents women with a plethora of removal choices. So many options abound that it can be quite confusing and overwhelming. So hairs I mean here s the scoop on the tried-and-true possibilities for a silkysmooth you. The first method shaving is like a dear friend who s always been in your life. Whether using a specialty razor or an electric one this technique is one that a majority of women still prefer. It s quick inexpensive and familiar. In today s market there are numerous disposable razors and various shaving creams available for all skin types. What about the urban legend that shaving causes hair to grow back thicker or more plentiful According to dermatologist Bruce Katz MD this isn t true. As far back as 1928 research has proven that shaving didn t influence hair growth and this result has been confirmed time and again. The downside is that it requires repeat removal and often some nicks cuts and bumps. Many women find longer-lasting results from depilatory creams 18 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM laser hair removal is one of the more costly methods of removing hair but it lasts longer than depilatories. Pulsed light or lasers actually destroy the hair s root and this technique is safe for all over your body. can become costly. Also scarring can sometimes occur and for that reason electrolysis isn t a good fit for women of color as it can lead to scar tissue and spots. If you re patient and cost isn t a factor try Vaniqa a topical prescription cream of eflornithine applied twice a day. Although not a hair remover Vaniqa stops hair from growing back by blocking an enzyme. It can be used by itself which could take months for results or with other hair removal methods like lasers. If you apply it after laser treatments as an adjunct it can help retard and then stop hair growth says Joel Schlessinger MD president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. White hairs got you down Since laser treatments aren t the solution for white and non-pigmented hair Vaniqa can be the an- swer according to Dr. Schlessinger. Safe for all skin types Vaniqa costs around 80 to 225 per tube but isn t recommended for hair removal of large areas because of its steep price tag and practicality of coverage. Another popular hair removal method is waxing a technique that can be used all over even your bikini area. Even though it must be repeated every two weeks or so this versatile method can be done in the comfort of your own bathroom or at a salon. Creamlike wax is applied to the hair you wish removed and cloth strips are placed over the area. After the wax hardens the strips are removed and with them unwanted hair Gone are the painful honey-based pastes of the past. Today we use a soy-based compound that does not stick to the skin bonding only to the hair said waxing technician Michelle Serniuk of Beyond Day Spa at the Hackensack University Medical Center. Michelle shared that waxing has become less painful but should be followed up with an antibacterial lotion as the follicle is exposed afterwards and could result in an infection. Costs run about 10 to 70 depending on the area to be waxed. Whatever option you choose the good news is that there s a method to suit everyone s budget time and comfort level. So get out there and show off your carefree legs and hair-free upper lip Sources for this article are and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 HERLIFE inspirations 20 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Breaking the Mold in Facial Plastic Surgery by ann e. butenas p h o t o g r a p hy by mi ch e l l e l o ck wo o d m akeu p by des i l i s k of c ol e s s al on h a i r by d a n i c u mmi n g s a n d c a ro l y n a n d e rs o n o f c o l e s s a l on A fter speaking with the award-winning talented and aweinspiring Dr. Jess Prischmann words fail me. How do you even articulate the genuine essence of a woman who was there I was allowed to completely be myself. I could be whatever and whomever I wanted she noted. Throughout her academic career Dr. Prischmann has always been an eager student a voracious reader a hungry learner and a driven scholar. However she always defers to humility and is quick to sing the praises of those who have influenced her most. My mother and my sister are amazing women she smiled reflecting on her family s innate drive and tenacity to excel and make honest lives for themselves unafraid to roll up their sleeves and embrace the blood sweat and tears typically associated with pursuing a host of entrepreneurial endeavors. Dr. Prischmann also credits her grandmother Sumitra for providing her with invaluable life lessons. She helped raise my sister and me while my mom worked and I was inspired by her kind and compassionate ways reflected Dr. Prischmann. My mom worked my whole life. She came here to make a life for her kids she said. She was the first woman manager of Air India and over the years she has always had one or more businesses including a restaurant a grocery store and even a 7-Eleven convenience store. She lives in Shreveport now and owns a marina and a restaurant. She is one who will take on any role necessary from mopping floors to assisting customers. That salt-of-the-earth mentality was not lost on Dr. Prischmann. In fact when she was a little girl she had dreams of one day becoming a doctor and actually penned a note to herself which she placed in HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 21 has accomplished so much at such a young age while still maintaining a humble and down-to-earth presence Even though she has been blessed with inarguable God-given talents her true gift is one of unwavering service and compassion for her patients. For Dr. Prischmann kindness is an instinct and compassion is a lifestyle. While there is no doubt as to the level of her skills education and expertise her true gift is her ability to remain authentic to herself while giving the best to each and every one of her patients. Born in Washington D.C. Dr. Prischmann a first-generation Indian-American moved to Louisiana at age 11 with her mom Kanta. Jess and her older sister Ronica were routinely encouraged by their hard-working mother to indulge their intellect in their studies. I recall many Saturdays being dropped off at the library reflected Dr. Prischmann on her weekend rituals while growing up. It s not that my mom was against playing but she felt it was very important for us to read and learn. Her mother also made sure her daughters had tutors while growing up her focus clearly on giving her children the opportunities to achieve their best. That endeavor paid off in spades as by age 14 Jess was already in the 11th grade and attending the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts a boarding school for gifted and talented students which she refers to as one of the most formative experiences in her life. It an envelope that instructed her not to re-open it until she actually became a doctor one day. My mom found that note several years later before I became a doctor but she opened it and read it to me. I basically had written that I would rescue my mom when I became a doctor so she wouldn t have to work anymore Dr. Prischmann shared. After graduating from boarding school at age 15 Dr. Prischmann matriculated into Boston University where she set her sights on the field of journalism aspiring to become an NFL sideline reporter sports journalist. She worked as a sports writer for the campus paper and covered the NCAA basketball games. She also did some science and financial writing. While at BU she was tapped to cover the 2000 election writing for two small political newspapers in Connecticut. She spent a semester in Connecticut reporting on the Ralph Nader campaign through an internship program started by BU in Washington. I was the Washington correspondent for those two papers covering Capitol Hill she recalled. I attended night classes at the same time. During that time feeling the tug toward the physical sciences Dr. Prischmann applied to medical school and was accepted at Louisiana State University in Shreveport after graduating at age 19 in 2001 from BU with a degree in Journalism. While at BU she received the Blue Chip Award the most prestigious student award at BU s College of Communication. True to her driven nature she also sent her r sum to all of the TV stations in Shreveport and the news director for the NBC affiliate offered her a position as a weekend producer. While it may seem incongruent to have a medical student working at a news station while going to school Dr. Prischmann managed to juggle those roles simultaneously for four years eventually becoming a weekend anchor. I believe we all have many passions in life she offered promoting the idea that we don t have to pigeon-hole ourselves to one express area of interest in life. I still love journalism. I also love medicine. They both tell a story. In order to be a good doctor you have to be a good listener. Any piece of journalism tells a story of someone s life. With patients I listen to what they are trying to convey to me. That is the art of medicine. So compassionate and empathetic is Dr. Prischmann that she gives her cell phone number to all of her surgical patients she calls them the night after surgery and will even hold their hands as they drift off to sleep before their procedures. I take surgery very seriously she stressed. I am not just a physician but I am also a caregiver. By 2005 Dr. Prischmann graduated from medical school in the 22 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM top of her class and was the first recipient of the Aaron Selber Leadership Award. From 2005 to 2010 Dr. Prischmann completed her general surgery internship and residency in otolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. From July 2010 to June 2011 she was the second female ever to complete the famed fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery with the world-renowned leader in the field of facial plastic surgery Stephen W. Perkins M.D. Two months subsequent to completing her fellowship she became the recipient of the highly regarded Jack R. Anderson Prize for Scholastic Excellence for earning the highest score in the country on the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery examination. She is also the fourth woman to receive this distinguished award. Such accomplishments cause one to take momentary pause and stand in awe of such a great mind and talented physician but Dr. Prischmann is not one to indulge ego and arrogance. My mom once told me that many people have commented on how proud she must be of me she explained. But my mom views it in an entirely different light. She told me Jess even though you are pretty you didn t earn that. Even though you are smart you didn t earn that but if people say that you are a good person then you can feel proud as that distinction you did earn. Of course Dr. Prischmann clearly worked long and demanding hours throughout her academic career and into her professional role. Determination ambition and motivation are not to be overlooked here. I have worked hard at developing my skills. I spent many extra hours in the anatomy lab. I did all that I needed to do to make myself a better surgeon she expressed. In April 2011 the doors to Prischmann Facial Plastic Surgery were opened and it is here where patients find inspiration in Dr. Prischmann the first female facial plastic surgeon in the state. She also laid the groundwork for being the first individual to obtain financing to establish a practice while still completing a fellowship. The financial institution through which she obtained funding typically does not finance practices until a doctor has been working for at least two years but the bank realizing her impressive accomplishments as a fellow granted her the funds. As such those in fellowships can now apply for financing while still in that phase of their career. Her practice is equal parts reconstructive surgery and facial plastic surgery each discipline complementing the other. It is so amazing to take a face that has been traumatized through illness or accident and restore it again she noted. It is also a blessing to help modify one s facial appearance and make that person feel better and more confident. Dr. Prischmann has proven if you truly want something out of life you must work for it. But the real gift in obtaining a personal or professional goal rests not in the accomplishment of awards accolades monetary gain or fame. It rests in your ability to use your God-given gifts to honor others as authentically com- passionately and generously as you can for when one person gives two people receive. When not tending to her practice Dr. Prischmann loves to spend time with her husband Matt whom she calls her biggest supporter and their two dogs an English bulldog and a German short-haired pointer. They enjoy relaxing on their boat on the lake ( I am the one in the big floppy hat protecting my face from the sun ) spending time with friends shopping and giving of her time at Bolder Options where volunteers are paired with at-risk inner city youth to mentor support and encourage them. She also volunteers at a free clinic in Shakopee assisting with medical help for immigrants. Once a caregiver always a caregiver. For more information on Dr. Jess Prischmann and Prischmann Facial Plastic Surgery please visit them at 5201 Eden Avenue Suite 170 in Edina Minnesota call 9523-567-7151 or go online at Here are Dr. Prischmann s Top 5 tips for taking care of your skin during the winter months 1 Use sUNscREEN. Always. Every day. 2 Take an inventory of your current skincare products if your Vitamin c serum is yellowish or has changed color it has probably oxidized and needs to be tossed out if your Retin-A prescription is causing irritation you might want to try a gentler retinol-based product and if you haven t incorporated antioxidants into your skincare routine now is the time to start 3 Invest in a winter renewal plan for your skin. This is the best time of year to consider chemical peels or laser resurfacing. By stimulating collagen reducing brown spots hyperpigmentation and removing the outermost layers of skin a good resurfacing plan can get you through the winter months looking better than EVER 4 consider trying an oil-based cleanser. safe for all skin types an oil-based cleanser can remove dirt and impurities without stripping moisture and causing irritation. For oily and acne-prone skin it can actually help balance oil production. 5 Protect your skin from the elements In the winter months your skin is exposed to extremes--cold dry air outside and hot dry air inside. chances are your summer skin routine won t provide enough moisture until spring. A good moisturizer is essential HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 23 HERLIFE recipes Pumpkin Black Bean soup recipes an d p ho tog rap hy by ver yc ul i nar y. c om Ingredients 2 (15-ounce) cans of (low-sodium) black beans rinsed and drained 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes cup butter 1 medium onion chopped 4 cloves garlic minced 3 cups chicken broth 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin pur e 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 Tablespoons sugar teaspoon nutmeg teaspoon cinnamon teaspoon allspice Heavy cream Directions 1. Pour the black beans and tomatoes (including their liquid) into a food processor or blender. Pur e until smooth. Set aside. 2. Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the onion is softened about 5 minutes. 3. Stir in the bean pur e and the remaining ingredients. Mix until well blended then simmer for about 20 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. 4. Serve with a generous drizzle of heavy cream. 24 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Roasted Acorn squash with Butter Brown sugar and cayenne Ingredients 1 acorn squash 1 Tablespoon butter softened 2 Tablespoons brown sugar Sprinkle of salt to taste Sprinkle of cayenne pepper to taste Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Wash and dry the squash then cut in half along the ribs lengthwise. With a spoon scrape the seeds and pulp from each half discard. 3. Spread the butter over the flesh of each half then sprinkle with the sugar salt and cayenne. Place on a lined cookie sheet or in a baking dish with cut sides up. 4. Bake for 1 hour or until soft. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 25 HERLIFE trendsetter co r s et s ty l i n g & Fas hi on B o u tiq u e 5 4 0 0 fra nce ave s. e d i n a mn 5 5 4 10 95 2 .2 2 4 .2 4 9 5 www. c o rs e tst y p h o to g ra p hy b y a my ze llme r mo d e l s p o l l y me y e r & k ri s t i na mohlin of w e h ma n n mo d e l s a n d t a le nt inc. h a i r b y b re a n n a s t ur ge le ski of s i mo n s o n s sa lon & spa ma ke u p b y t a rin ha nson of s i mo n s o n s sa lon & spa s ty l i n g b y c o r se t st y ling & f a s h ion bout ique s h o t o n loca t ion a t b ro w n s t o n e s on f r a nce 5 2 0 0 f r a nce a v e s. e d i na mn 5 5 4 10 26 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 28 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 29 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 31 HERLIFE mother s perspective Should You Stay Married for the Sake of the Children Being honest with your kids that your marriage is not exactly how you wished it would be allows them to note the failure and aim higher for their own marriages. by n a ta s h a l o ga n U nfortunately most of us know at least one married couple who constantly bicker in front of people. Worse yet they often do it in front of their kids. If asked why they don t just get divorced Schwartz reiterates that more than any proscribed model for marriage the best thing we can show our children is a level of authenticity-- one where we face fears and challenges head on and don t back away. If making the choice to stay married commit to the process and model that commitment for your children. If your marriage is disappointing and does not provide for joy in your life then be honest about it and face it. We show our children how healthy relationships function when we face our fears embrace them and choose to stay married from a healthy place of growth and hopefulness not to succumb to the deprivation of a joyless life. Christine Carter Ph.D. sociologist educator parent and author of Raising Happiness researched many studies about whether parents should stay married or not and determined that it is the quality of the parents relationship with each other not whether or not they re married that has the most impact on children. Since kids learn from their parents how to handle conflict any anger or negative emotions a couple display around their children is going to have a negative effect. This can often result in a child acting out being withdrawn and having fewer social and academic skills. And sadly some of that conflict is misdirected toward children which results in a double whammy of not only having parents who don t (continued on page 34) they state that they are staying married for the sake of their kids. But does it really benefit children for their parents to stay together in an unhealthy relationship According to licensed social worker Mel Schwartz Divorce needs to be well considered and navigating the children through this process should be undertaken with insight reflection and empathy. But what about the kids who grow up in intact homes where they witness parents who are unloving conflicted and unable to agree with one another Few consider the consequences that modeling this type of bad marriage behavior ensures the likelihood that our children will probably repeat those behaviors in their own marriages. Or what about the parents who mistakenly believe that their children don t know anything s wrong. This results in the parents normalizing a dysfunctional and disappointing marriage instead of telling their children the truth. Being honest with your kids that your marriage is not exactly how you wished it would be allows them to note the failure and aim higher for their own marriages. 32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 33 According to Carter it s not impossible to fix your marriage but you must determine how high-conflict your marriage is how unhappy you are and whether or not you can fix these things. Americans used to have two mindsets when thinking about divorce you either just stayed married no matter what or you divorced and were expected to fight. get along but also being on the receiving end of those distilled emotions. According to Carter it s not impossible to fix your marriage but you must determine how high-conflict your marriage is how unhappy you are and whether or not you can fix these things. Americans used to have two mindsets when thinking about divorce you either just stayed married no matter what or you divorced and were expected to fight. Finally William C. Spohn a Presidential Professor of Ethics and the Common Good at Santa Clara University weighs in that too many Americans buy into the myth that children are better off if their parents divorce. Statistics show that 45 percent of all American children can expect their parents to split up before they re 18 years old. He explained that marriage used to be viewed as an ethical obligation to others--yet now it s seen as an obligation to one s self. As such the standard for a successful marriage became individual happiness and parents started putting their interests before those of their children resulting in a high divorce rate. Studies conducted on large populations of divorced children over time show that the effects on children were devastating. Children from divorced families had greater emotional problems early sexual experimenting delinquency teen pregnancy drug use and more school drop-outs. Spohn further explained that long-term studies show that their parents inability to sustain the relationship that counted most to them and the subsequent loss of connection to their fathers seem to have eroded these young peoples sense of identity and ability to trust others and commit themselves. He agrees that in the case of marriages with severe abuse and physical violence (which comprise about 10 to 15 percent of marriages) divorce is justified and better for the children. But for the remaining marriages marked by emotional disconnection dissatisfaction or affairs adults are more resilient than children and should not only stay in the marriage to help their family flourish but to also improve their relationship. Sources for this article are and 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 35 HERLIFE working women Angel Investors Helping Entrepreneurs Realize Their Dreams by l i nda m aranno and need funding to expand. Your friends and family don t exactly have deep pockets and you need more than what your local bank can lend you but not enough to seek out venture capital firms. Where do you go Angel investors might be the answer. The term angel investor actually originated from Broadway and was used to describe wealthy individuals who provided funding for theatrical productions. In the business world the term is used to describe an individual who invests his or her own money in a promising new business. This approach differs from venture capitalists who invest other people s money from sources such as pension funds insurance companies or foundations. Generally angel investors provide seed money for start-up and early-stage companies with individual funding ranging anywhere from 5 000 to 100 000 and more. Venture capitalists on the other hand are more interested in investing in later-stage businesses with funding usually starting at 2 million or more. Finding a number of different individual angel investors to reach your funding goal can be both time-consuming and challenging. Focusing your efforts on finding an angel group that is a good match for your particular venture is a much better option. Angel groups are individual angel investors who have joined together to invest their funds collectively. Group members meet regularly to review business plans from hopeful entrepreneurs and work together to conduct due 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Y ou have a great idea for a new product or service and an impressive business plan but need funding to get started. Or perhaps you ve already been in business for a couple of years diligence to determine which new ventures present the greatest opportunity for successful investment. Although the number of women angel investors has grown in recent years currently women comprise only 15 percent of the angel investor community. However a relatively new organization called Pipeline Fellowship hopes to increase that number to 50 percent in the near future. Founded in New York in 2011 the Pipeline Fellowship identifies women philanthropists from diverse backgrounds across the country through a rigorous screening process and trains them to become angel investors through education mentoring and practice. Selected fellows commit to invest in a woman-led for-profit social venture in exchange for equity and a board seat at the end of their training. Most start-ups require small amounts of money usually less than 500 000 and angel investors are often the primary source of this much-needed seed money. Angel investors typically offer more flexible agreements for the entrepreneur and require less stringent criteria to be met than traditional financial lenders. Most angel investors are former entrepreneurs themselves and can offer vast knowledge and expertise as well as important contacts to help a new business succeed. Because angel investors take a significant risk by investing their own money in a new business venture they expect a large return on investment (ROI). The average angel investor ROI can range anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of the individual s initial capital investment. Earnings depend on how long it takes for a start-up to reach critical stages of growth. Although level of company involvement varies for each investor many angels expect a percentage of company ownership and or a seat on the new company s board in exchange for their investment. Individuals seeking funding from angel investors must be comfortable with the possibility of giving up some control of the operations of their company. The average angel investor ROI can range anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of the individual s initial capital investment. A good place to start your search is the Golden Seeds angel investor network which is the fourth largest angel group in the U.S. The group has 250 members and the majority of those angel investors are women. You can also check out the Pipeline Fellowship and Women s Capital Connection mentioned earlier to learn about their application guidelines and requirements. Another great resource is the Angel Resource Institute which has an extensive list of angel groups nationwide on their website with links to details on each group. When searching for angel investors there are a number of factors you need to consider. First you will want to seek out investors who have proven expertise in your particular industry. It s also important to do as much research as possible about prospective investors you are considering including the companies they have invested in previously and their reputation and character. A call to the owners of companies these individuals have funded in the past should provide valuable information to help you find the right match for your new venture. Sources for this article are and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 HERLIFE spotlight Neuro Strength A holistic option for managing everyday stress & anxiety by an n e. butenas photography by m ich elle lockwood photography it usually returns the favor in kind. However how fit is your brain Is it in good shape If not how would you even know Further are there really ways to strengthen your brain in a way that it responds positively to your overall health and well-being Thanks to the experts at Neuro Strength there most definitely are A fitness center designed exclusively for the brain Neuro Strength has been providing a unique software technology developed by Brain State Technologies called Brainwave Optimization with RTBTM (real-time balancing) in the Minneapolis St. Paul area since 2007. This process has been created for relaxation self-regulation and meditation. While it may seem like a new concept to you more than 50 000 people in over 200 offices worldwide have benefited from realizing the strength of their own brain to help them overcome life s difficulties such as anxiety sleeplessness addictions depression chronic pain and more. What we offer at Neuro Strength is the achievement of balance and harmony of the brain which is your control center said Paulette Hastings co-owner with her husband Paul. When your brain s energy is balanced you see things from a clearer perspective. You are able to manage stress more effectively achieve more restful sleep and notice improved focus. In fact Paulette indicated the primary reasons clients come to 38 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM I f you appreciate getting fit and keeping in shape you probably work out regularly and watch what you eat. After all when you treat your body well the center are to manage stress and relieve anxiety alleviate depression acquire better sleep and maintain clearer focus and attention throughout the day. When clients initially come to this cutting-edge brain fitness center they will first undergo a two-hour assessment in which sensitive sensors are placed on the scalp. These are read only sensors explained Paulette. They are designed to measure the amount of brain energy produced. Then Paulette reviews each client s goals set forth in a survey completed prior to coming in and also discusses any symptoms the client might be experiencing. The readings from the sensors along with the survey results are then reviewed to show the balances and imbalances in the brain. Imbalances are typically created by any number of traumas such as a car accident having a difficult birth being bullied or struggling with grief noted Paulette. She explained that when we are subjected to trauma in life our brains are equipped to fully respond and get us through the events but as a result our brains can remain imbalanced. This is where the brain fitness strategies at Neuro Strength come into play. From the assessment phase we then launch into a series of exercises through an optimization session noted Paulette. During this time we translate your optimal brainwaves into musical notes. As the brain listens to that it resonates with that and wants to create more optimal brainwaves based on mirroring itself. It s really quite fascinating. As with any physical fitness endeavor you undertake practice is at the foundation of allowing it to take root. Similarly the brain requires repetition to use new neural networks where one cell communicates to another and new patterns emerge as the brain figures it out. Clients start with ten sessions that are completed within two weeks. While it does present a dedicated time commitment the results are far more evident than if the sessions are spread out over an appreciable amount of time. Just as you wouldn t expect to get in shape running a couple of miles just once a week neither will your brain realize the effects of sessions sporadically placed As the client spends the two hours in the session he or she is engaged in seven to ten exercises each geared to an area of imbalance in the brain. As the sensors are on the scalp the client listens to the musical notes created by the brainwaves while simultaneously using breathing visualization or relaxation techniques. Brainwave optimization is a non-invasive holistic and effective way to restore balance and harmony to the brain. However Paulette does caution that Brainwave Optimization with RTBTM is not intended to treat cure heal or diagnose any disease mental illness or symptoms. Paulette also encourages her clients to embrace a healthy diet exercise and take time to just be quiet for a few moments during the day. As a follow-up Neuro Strength also offers ambient sound used in the sessions such as a sound of nature and those sounds are given to each client on a CD to use at home to reinforce the new neural pathways for better progress. Paulette is excited about the latest in technology available for their services in which clients will now hear the voices of award-winning professional artists and instruments instead of just computer-generated musical notes for increased efficacy. I really enjoy seeing the changes in people and the smile upon their faces as their stress is lifted said Paulette. For more information about Neuro Strength call 952-888-0011 go online at or visit them at 10800 Lyndale Avenue South Suite 299 in Bloomington Minnesota. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 39 HERLIFE finance How to Determine the Fine Print on Credit Cards by lisa al l en wake of The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (the Credit CARD Act) which was signed into law by President Obama on May 22 2009 consumers are being hit with revised contracts and lending agreements from current and future credit card issuers. Though the Credit CARD Act was designed to eliminate unfair credit card practices that had resulted in thousands of complaints to regulators and legislators the credit card issuers have not made it easy for the average consumer to understand the fine print. The average American consumer has a ninth-grade reading level but the fine print of credit card agreements is written at a twelfthgrade level. Despite the Credit CARD Act s edict to make terms and conditions easier to understand the onus rests on each consumer to not only read the disclosures and information that arrives in the mail but to understand it all well enough to determine their own financial future. Taking the time to not only read but to work out the terms of the disclosures and 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM T he times they are a changin especially when it comes to consumer law and credit card regulations. In the statements is vital--not understanding the credit card or other lending agreement might lead to missteps when managing the account. A common error is not understanding the full cost of missing a payment which often results in not only a penalty fee but a higher interest rate to boot. One missed payment can cause debt to increase exponentially in a short amount of time. Rather than simply reading the information consumers should actually gather old statements and sit down with pencil paper and a calculator to better understand the true effects of their changing terms. Calculating how much extra money making the minimum payment due will cost over the course of a year might be enough of an education to diligently study the fine print. You should be aware of a few basic terms found in the disclosure chart which are mandated to contain specific information. Annual Percentage Rate (APR) This is the rate you pay annually. It is either fixed or variable. Some issuers charge different typically higher rates for balance transfers and cash advances. Additionally a penalty APR might apply when payment is not made by the due date and is an automatic increase. Some issuers opt to not impose a penalty APR. Grace Period This is the amount of time you have to pay your bill in order to avoid paying interest on purchases. The grace period is the time between the close of each billing cycle and the due date. Not all grace periods are equal so checking to see how many days elapse is vital. Annual Fee Not all issuers charge an annual fee. Those that do will impose either a flat fee or a percentage of the balance. Transaction Fees Some issuers charge a fee for cash advances either as a flat fee or a percentage of the balance (whichever is greater). Foreign transaction fees are listed here as well and vary by issuer. If you are traveling abroad this section of the disclosure is particularly important. Penalty Fees The issuer must disclose their fees for returned payments late payments and over-limit charges. Calculating how much extra money making the minimum payment due will cost over the course of a year might be enough of an education to diligently study the fine print. Credit card statements have also undergone significant changes and now contain a Payment Information box designed to help consumers understand the true costs of leveraging credit. This box uses the actual balance at the end of the billing cycle to calculate three factors how long it will take to pay off the balance if you elect to only make the minimum payment how much you must pay monthly to pay off the entire balance in three years and the amount of savings between those two calculations. Studying and comparing the Payment Information boxes of different accounts can help consumers understand which cards are costing them more money and might help determine if consolidating balances or accounts would be helpful or detrimental to your financial health. Reading the fine print won t always be a dreaded task and doing so also alerts consumers to the benefits of being a loyal and responsible card carrier. Rewards programs rebates and other information are also disclosed in the fine print. Sources for this article are and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 41 HERLIFE home Where to Splurge and Where to Save on Remodels by c a ti e wa ts o n W hen the housing bubble was at its height a few years ago many homeowners gave little thought to refinancing or taking out a loan for extravagant remodel projects. Each year Remodeling Magazine publishes a Cost versus Value Report that ranks remodeling projects according to the percentage of cost that can be recouped at resale. The 2011-12 report puts improvements to the exterior of a home at the top of the list. Boost a home s curb appeal by replacing siding windows and exterior doors. These projects are relatively inexpensive (usually less than 19 000) and are well worth the splurge. Installing a wood deck is another good investment since it provides extra space for enjoying a home s exterior. Inexpensive cosmetic improvements like new house numbers new door hardware and new outdoor lights will also improve curb appeal. Although exterior remodeling offers the greatest return on investment many homeowners are more interested in enhancing their home s comfort and livability with interior changes. The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms for remodeling. According to Remod- Widespread use of home equity loans for renovations was common when home values were climbing but the housing bust changed many homeowners views of their home as a source for ready cash. Last summer U.S. News & World Report columnist Rick Newman stated that the housing market has stabilized in many areas and home equity lending is making a comeback. Borrowing for home improvements is expected to pick up in the latter part of 2012 and continue to increase in 2013. In response to the recent financial downturn many homeowners will be less likely to splurge on remodeling extras and focus instead on investing in improvements that will increase the value of their home or create a more comfortable and enjoyable living environment. According to CNN Money 2010 42 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM The 2011-12 report puts improvements to the exterior of a home at the top of the list. Boost a home s curb appeal by replacing siding windows and exterior doors. These projects are relatively inexpensive (usually less than 19 000) and are well worth the splurge. Installing a wood deck is another good investment since it provides extra space for enjoying a home s exterior. Inexpensive cosmetic improvements like new house numbers new door hardware and new outdoor lights will also improve curb appeal. eling homeowners can save money and realize a greater return on investment by doing a minor kitchen remodel instead of a complete makeover. Replacing tile countertops with a solid surface like laminate granite or concrete is a worthwhile splurge. Besides improving the look of a kitchen solid surfaces are easier to clean and more sanitary than tile and grout. When it comes to replacing kitchen appliances homeowners who are gourmet cooks may feel that top-of-the-line or professional grade appliances are worth the splurge. If you eat out more often than you cook you can save money by purchasing appliances that get the job done without a lot of bells and whistles. Kitchen cabinets are another area where you can decide to splurge or save. If you re happy with the basic layout of your kitchen but want to give it a facelift you can save money by refacing cabinet doors and swapping out old hardware. When buying new cabinets you can save by looking for a veneer finish instead of solid wood. On the other hand you ll see a greater return on investment in terms of home resale if the sides and shelves of the cabinets are made from plywood rather than particle board. Installing kitchen cabinets is not a do-ityourself project--investing in professional cabinet installation is well worth the splurge. Unless your home has fewer bathrooms than other homes in your area Remodeling reports that building a bathroom addition generally has a poor resale return compared to its cost. A minor remodel of an (continued on page 44) HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 existing bathroom is far less expensive and well worth the splurge. Focus on functionality and invest in a good quality toilet and plumbing fixtures. When it comes to bathroom tile you can save by using basic ceramic tile in most areas and splurging on more expensive tile treatments for smaller targeted spaces. If comfort is a priority a radiant floor may be worth the splurge. Radiant heating systems are installed beneath the surface of the floor and use warm water or electrical wiring to provide heat. According to HGTV bathroom countertops can really make a statement and are splurge-worthy. Solid surface counters are low maintenance and easier to keep clean. For maximum appeal invest in luxe countertop materials like granite or quartzite. Bathroom cabinets are another area to splurge. Since cabinet drawers and doors are opened and closed several times a day and are exposed to a wet environment you should avoid particle board in favor of the best cabinets you can afford. Two vanity sinks are a splurge that you should only invest in if you think it will improve your quality of life. By making do with one sink you can save on the cost of the extra sink plumbing and installation. Unless you crave a new soaker or Jacuzzi tub another way to save money on your bathroom remodel is by resurfacing your existing bathtub and avoiding the cost of new tile and plumbing. Sources for this article are U.S. News & World Report and Remodeling Magazine. 44 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 HERLIFE spotlight Elko New Market Boutiques by ann e. butenas phot o g r a p hy by mi ch e l l e l o ck wo o d p h o to g ra p hy al boutiques of Elko New Market where you are warmly welcomed to a unique way to shop on the first weekend of each month. Come discover the magic. Why spend thousands of dollars going halfway around the world to find those one-of-a-kind treasures when they are practically in your own back yard Take a peek at the surprises that await you at Crowned Cottage. Owned by sisters Jennifer Wight and Julie Driscoll this sophisticated boutique housed in a cottage built in 1880 provides a breathtaking array of beautiful European inspired furnishings antiques fine gifts and home d cor. Additionally it is in this delightful place that you can find a full line of Belle Vache luxury leather handbags (made and produced right in the store ) accessories and restyled genuine fur pillows stockings purses and a host of other luxe accessories. Your first visit most definitely won t be your last. It will be one of many. Crowned Cottage is also home to the famed and highly regarded decorative painting company My Sister & I Inc. Our customers tell us our store is a true gem and most definitely worth the drive to the south metro area said Jennifer. We provide a unique and trendy twist to current classic design. Just as these two inspiring minds continually embrace develop and introduce new products their loyal customers remain equally inspired to continue coming back to discover the new treasures in W hen you are in the mood to go shopping there are stores that excite you and then there are those rare finds that totally inspire you. Welcome to the occasion- store for them. This is where each shopping experience is like a new one every time. Do you enjoy places steeped in rich historical ambiance Then the Old Hotel Market is the place for you. Located just 38 minutes from downtown Minneapolis owner Jeanne Mahoney O Neill offers not only a unique shopping experience but she will also take you back in time as she holds monthly occasional sales the first weekend of each month. The two-story brick building that is home to the Old Hotel Market has a fascinating history that dates back to 1800s explained Jeanne. It was built in 1897 by Joseph Baltes and it is listed on the National Registry for Historic Places. It has 9 of the 16 rooms open the first Thursday through Sunday of each month and during the warmer months the back yard is also open. Each room is filled with eclectic finds from the past and present--antiques collectibles furniture jewelry crystal chandeliers glassware clothing home and garden d cor and so much more. Jeanne opened her store in January 2007 with just three rooms. With nine rooms now you can rediscover things from the past yet also delight in present-day treasures. My inventory is constantly changing and I have a great network of people and shops within the state from whom I can locate certain items customers are requesting she said. I love observing people connect with items that bring back memories from the past. Would you like to go to France but perhaps you re still waiting on your passport Then let Traci Nelson bring France to you This former French teacher has artfully combined her passions for 46 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM shopping and all things French in her exciting and fun-filled store Coquette Boutique just a quick mile north of Crowned Cottage and the Old Hotel Market. I specialize in authentic French products not reproductions as they are known for their excellent quality noted Traci who works with her equally enthusiastic Parisian partner Fanny Mattens. We find small French companies with unique products that typically do not export to the United States. No matter if you have a specific gift in mind or are open to the endless possibilities Coquette Boutique has you covered. They carry everything from gourmet food items tableware home d cor jewelry skin care and French fashions. Even though their inventory grows and changes constantly they always maintain those customer favorites. I love unique products displays and packaging and this shop allows me to use my creativity while developing relationships with my customers smiled Traci. I love meeting all the amazing people who walk through my door. At Coquette Boutique they know you have your style. This is where you come to find your inspiration. While many shops may have French-like products Coquette Boutique offers items with a direct link to France. This is where you discover authenticity. And you don t even have to love roosters or foie gras to visit Coquette Boutique. This is a place that literally has something for everyone and if you are uncertain as to what something is don t be afraid to ask ques- tions. You may be unexpectedly surprised. At Coquette Boutique creativity is open daily. For more information on Crowned Cottage visit them at 531 Main Street in Elko New Market call 952-461-1918 or go online at or on Facebook at mysisterandiinc. For more information on the Old Hotel Market visit them at 441 Main Street in Elko New Market call 952-270-6056 or go online at or on Facebook at theoldhotelmarket. For more information on Coquette Boutique visit them at 8920 250th Street East in Elko New Market call 612-270-6081 or visit them online at HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 47 HERLIFE in the city Co Ca len dar of E ven ts Brought to you by HERLIFE Magazine and nOv EM B ER 1 Dance Macabre Dates November 1 November 4 times Varies Location The Cowles Center for Dance & Kellogg Boulevard St. Paul DetaiLs Madonna is having a huge party a chance to win weekly gifts and grand prizes. Receive a free gift with a 40 Christmas merchandise purchase while supplies last. Visit to find out more information and for prize details. and you re all invited. Hot off her Super Bowl performance Madonna announced she s hitting the road and is planning to stop in the Twin Cities. The Material Girl will be performing not one but two shows. For more information please visit The Performing Arts 528 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis DetaiLs Inspired by the tales of Edgar Allen n Ov E MBER 8 Ladies Night Out Date November 8 time 5 00pm 8 30pm Location Main Street Stillwater DetaiLs It s time to let your hair down and Poe sweethearts come back to haunt our own favorite daydreams and nightmares. Come prepared to laugh and gasp with The James Sewell Ballet. Tickets for the performances are 26-32 Adult 16 Student (does not include 4 per ticket handling fee). For tickets please visit or call 612206-3600. n Ov E MBE R 6 Food Gifts From Your Kitchen with Patricia Carlson Date November 6 time 7 00pm-9 00pm Location 4925 Highway 7 indulge The theme for the evening will be Don t Fence Me In. Gather your girlfriends on Main Street for fashion tips special deals decorating tips appetizers drinks and prizes. For more information please visit nOv EM B ER 3 Progressive Wine Stroll Featuring Piatelli Vineyards Date Saturday November 3 time 5 00pm-8 00pm Location Beginning at 531 Main Street Minneapolis MN 55416 DetaiLs Nordic Ware Fall Cooking Classes Fun food gifts you can make and packaging ideas so you can plan ahead for the holiday season Call 952-924-9672 to register. n Ov E MBER 10 David Sedaris Date November 10 time 8 00pm Location State Theatre 805 Hennepin New Market MN 55054 DetaiLs Enjoy wine cheese appetizers and n Ov E MBE R 7 Gertens Girls Night Out 2012 Dates November 7 14 21 28 and desserts at three European-inspired boutiques Appetizers and cheeses on Main Street New Market Crowned Cottage and Old Hotel Market. Desserts at Coquette 8920 250th Street (one mile north). Visit each location to sample all the wines and food and receive all three tickets for the prize drawings Avenue Minneapolis DetaiLs Sardonic wit and biting social cri- tiques along with a fair dose of self-deprecating humor characterize humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris work. Appearing by popular demand this show promises to leave your stomach sore from laughing. From Me Talk Pretty One Day to Holidays on Ice this man has been bringing a dark joy to millions for many years. For more information please visit December 5 & 12 time 5 00pm-9 00pm Location 5500 Blaine Avenue Inver Grove Heights MN 55076 DetaiLs Girls Night Out at Gertens is a re- Madonna 2012 World Tour Dates November 3 November 4 time 7 00pm Location Xcel Energy Center 199 W. 48 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM laxing evening of holiday decoration and gift shopping. Gather the gang and come on out to enjoy featured Christmas decor artists 30% off one regularly priced Christmas item and nOv EM B ER 1 1 n Ov E MBE R 1 6 Charlie Awards Date November 11 times Show 2 00pm After-party 3 30pm DetaiLs The gala is a celebration of families Wine Voyage Date November 16 time 7 00pm 10 30pm Location The Wilds Golf Club 3151 built through adoption. Enjoy a fundraising gala dinner and program including silent and live auctions and entertainment. Individuals and groups are honored for their contributions to adoption. For more information please visit 5 00pm Location Pantages Theatre 710 Hennepin Wilds Ridge Prior Lake DetaiLs An all-access pass to taste and Avenue Minneapolis DetaiLs The Second Annual Charlie sample some of the greatest wines beers and bites from five different countries. Tantalize your taste buds as you make your way through a sea of dishes and flavors from regions all over the world. This fun evening will also include a silent auction an interactive photo booth with props live entertainment local celebrities and more For more information please visit Awards is a new Twin Cities event that recognizes the exceptional contributions our Twin Cities metro area food and restaurant industry makes to ensure a diverse vibrant and creative Twin Cities lifestyle and economy. This VIP brunch benefits Open Arms and everyone attending the show is invited to attend the after-party at the IDS Crystal Court. For more information please visit The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Extravaganza Date November 17 time 8 00pm Location Orpheum Theatre DetaiLs The Brian Setzer Orchestra fronted by three-time GRAMMY award-winner and Minneapolis resident Brian Setzer brings their Christmas Rocks Extravaganza to Hennepin Theatre Trust s Orpheum Theatre. With a career spanning more than 30 years Setzer has smash hits as founder leader of The Stray Cats his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra and as a solo artist. His November concert will include Setzer s legendary guitar magic on hits such as Rock This Town (She s) Sexy 17 Stray Cat Strut and Jump Jive and Wail and lots more as well as his re-imagined and acclaimed Holiday classics. For tickets and more information please visit or call 1-800-9822787. The 28th Annual Festival of Trees Dates November 16 November 17 times Friday 10 00am 2 00pm Saturday nOv EM B ER 1 3 Thanksgiving with Ease with Zehorit Heilicher Date November 13 time 7 00pm 9 00pm Location 4925 Highway 7 5 30pm 11 30pm Location Saint Paul RiverCentre 175 W. Kellogg Boulevard St. Paul DetaiLs Start off the holiday season both giving and celebrating at the 28th Annual Festival of Trees. This weekend-long celebration includes a luncheon on Friday which includes food a fashion show and a performance by the Totino Grace Show Choir. Saturday hosts the gala including dinner dancing and auctions. Throughout the entire weekend intricately-decorated Christmas trees and wreaths will be on display and up for auction. All of the proceeds from this festive weekend go toward HealthEast Care System. For more information please visit Minneapolis MN 55416 DetaiLs Fall Flavors Shine. Enjoy a contemporary twist on traditional flavors with a delicious fall menu Appetizers White Bean and Sage Dip with Crudit s and Crostini Entr e Braised Honey-Garlic Turkey Breast with Fennel Sides Thyme and Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Mash Maple and Spice Roasted Brussels Sprouts Mixed Greens with Grapefruit Avocado and Cranberries with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Dessert Quick Apple Tart with HoneyCinnamon Glaze. Cost 25 per person plus tax samples and take-home recipes included. Guests will also receive a 15% discount on regular-priced Nordic Ware brand products purchased in the store that evening. Classes are demonstration style and limited to 24 people. Call 952-924-9672 to register. n Ov E MBE R 1 7 Voices from the Heart Gala Date November 17 time 6 00pm 10 00pm Location Southview Country Club 239 E. NOTE All calendar events must be received by November 1st for the December issue and adhere to our guidelines. Email llee for guidelines and to submit entries. Mendota Road West St. Paul HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 49 50 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 51