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A Dream Do-Over

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BY LAURIE HAAG | PHOTOS BY NATALIE SPAULDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND ASHLEY WALTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding planner Laurie Haag and her husband experience the wedding of their dreams

May 7, 1988, is one of my favorite days ever. It’s the day I married my husband.

Fast-forward to May 2018, and I can’t believe 30 years have gone by so fast. When we got married, we were very young. We lacked a lot of resources and we had some unusual rules to follow at our church because I already had a baby. So, our wedding wasn’t exactly a “dream wedding,” and from time to time, we have joked about and discussed redoing it.

At our 10-year anniversary, it would have been impossible to redo a wedding celebration as we were in the throes of raising four young daughters and were basically super poor at that time.

At our 25-year anniversary, our oldest daughter was due to have her first baby any day during that timeframe. We couldn’t risk missing the birth of our granddaughter, or our daughter and son-in-law not being at our party.

So, this year, as we were anticipating 30 years and reminiscing about our life, Bryan asked if I thought we should go for it and re-do the “wedding.” We were sitting beachside during a romantic dinner while on vacation and it just seemed like it was meant to be. He asked if it should be a full-fledged vow renewal, and all I could think was that I just didn’t want it to come off corny. But really, a lot of the traditional ceremony things are what we missed out on, so we felt like it was really important and would be special.

The Vendors Venue: The Loft on Spring Wedding Dress: Laurel Wreath Bridal Anniversary Band: Koerber’s Fine Jewelry Catering: Stumler’s Catering Florals: Merci Bouquet Cake: Mert’s Cake DJ: A Class Act DJ Various Rental Items: Party Central Videography: Matt Simpson Photography: Natalie Spaulding Photography and Ashley Walts Photography 77

The Vendors
Venue: The Loft on Spring
Wedding Dress: Laurel Wreath Bridal
Anniversary Band: Koerber’s Fine Jewelry
Catering: Stumler’s Catering
Florals: Merci Bouquet
Cake: Mert’s Cake
DJ: A Class Act DJ
Various Rental Items: Party Central
Videography: Matt Simpson
Photography: Natalie Spaulding Photography and Ashley Walts Photography
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I had a mere six weeks to plan the whole thing, but I do own three wedding businesses in town, and I have all the experience, resources and friends in the wedding industry to pull it off to perfection.

The day was so special. The girls and I started off our day with brunch at The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, which decked out our table with flowers and mimosas. We got ready at the Beauty Lounge located at Eventful 203 (which I own). Then, we headed down to Brooklyn and the Butcher for some photos.

The ceremony and reception took place at the Loft on Spring (which I also own) and it was full of sentimental, funny and lively moments.

Bryan surprised me with an anniversary band during the vow renewal that was officiated by our good friend Ray Green, the pastor at Graceland Baptist Church. We did a short first dance to “I Want to Grow Old with You” by Adam Sandler. Our best man and maid of honor from our original wedding were both able to come, and since we didn’t have toasts at our first wedding, they were gracious enough to do a toast at this one. It was so sweet and, of course, I cried.

But probably the best part of the whole evening was when Bryan did a dance with our four daughters. They started out with “My Girl” and each daughter took a twirl around with their dad during the first verse and chorus. Then, the song cut to “Bad Boys,” then “No Diggity” and finished out with “I’m Too Sexy.” They had it all perfectly choreographed, and it was definitely outside of my husband’s comfort zone. He typically hates to dance, but he really stole the show and it was a hit.

Really the whole day was about celebrating family and celebrating all the things we had gotten through in 30 years. We are a testament that things in life can be crazy, disappointing, chaotic and full of crises, but if you just stick together through it all, then you will also be able to enjoy the times when it’s sweet, peaceful and full of goodness.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-30-02-pmscreen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-30-14-pm

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Fillies for a Cure Networking Luncheon and Fashion Show

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Beargrass: A Skincare Company with A Mission

BY MIRANDA MCDONALD | COURTESY PHOTOS

screen-shot-2018-01-31-at-4-11-23-pm“I have really sensitive skin, and had to learn certain ingredients to avoid in skincare products and laundry detergents at an early age,” explains David Conrad as we stand in his workspace in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville. He has a bottle of essential oil in one hand and a pipette in the other.

Conrad is the creator of Beargrass, an all-natural skincare brand he launched a few years ago. He started the company with a single beard oil. Now, the company has expanded its offerings to include a facial and body cleanser that is charcoal-based; a hydrating body spray that can also be used as a bug repellent and deodorant; and a moisturizing serum that contains hempseed oil and goldenrod extract that are both sourced from plants grown in Kentucky.

This full transparency about where each ingredient is sourced is important to the company owner. “I want Beargrass to be a company that people can feel good about purchasing their skincare items from,” says Conrad.

This is why Conrad is starting to list the location information for each ingredient he uses directly on the Beargrass website.

screen-shot-2018-01-31-at-4-11-28-pmSome of the plants these ingredients are extracted from are located in Kentucky and Indiana. He also hopes to use bottles that are manufactured locally from recycled materials in the near future. Conrad believes this honest and eco-friendly approach will help Beargrass stand apart from other skincare companies.

Beargrass is also unique in its approach to business because it puts a major emphasis on giving back to the local community. The company donates 10 percent of its net earnings to various local initiatives.

Conrad labels his company an eco-social enterprise because it is a business that values the environment and its own social impact just as much as it does its profits. This social impact includes donating to programs that provide essential work skills to youth in economically-depressed areas. AMPED Louisville and YouthBuild are just two of the programs that Beargrass partners with.

When asked why he chose these two youth organizations, Conrad quickly responds, “Giving young people important skills they can carry into adulthood is a good way to stop the cycle of poverty.”

AMPED Louisville – Academy of Music Production Education and Development – is a program on the West side of Louisville that aims to create a safe environment for kids to express themselves through music. This program started by teaching music composition, video production, web design and even marketing. Now, they have added computer programming and writing to their curriculum.

YouthBuild, which is another local organization aimed to arm young adults with essential life skills, is a program that provides counseling and support groups, and teaches productive processes for overcoming negative experiences.

One other local initiative Beargrass donates to is the Beargrass Creek Alliance. This alliance is dedicated to preserving local waterways through community involvement. Beargrass Creek, the inspiration behind the company name, is important to Conrad because he grew up next to it.

“I knew I wanted to work with an environmental cause, and the Beargrass Creek Alliance was a natural fit. Clean water is such an important thing. Water has such a wide reach. Whether it is trees, birds, plants, people hiking around it or the kids playing in it, water affects everything,” explains Conrad.

This idea of the waterways being a life source for the city is what inspired Conrad to use the name Beargrass for his company. “I needed a name that could sum up Louisville, and Beargrass does that. Beargrass Creek helped form the actual landscape of the city and continues to provide life to it.”

Over the next few years, Conrad plans to expand his product selection. He wants to create safe and natural cleaning products, pet supplies and more. For him, the Beargrass idea is more than a skincare brand. For Conrad, his company has become an an outlet for making real change in the community and how people do business.

Learn more about Beargrass at beargrass.co. or call 502.439.6419.

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Editor’s Note | October 2017

screen-shot-2017-09-22-at-3-29-28-pmHARVEST OF GOLD may be the theme of Harvest Homecoming 2017, but in this issue you’ll also find a common thread about what makes the New Albany festival so special: family, friends, food and fun.

The Extol Magazine team is excited to be one of this year’s platinum sponsors of Harvest Homecoming as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and continues to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors – and dollars – to our local community…and beyond.

Happy Harvest Homecoming! Here’s to the next 50 years!

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I’ve never been a fan of laborious morning routines, especially now that I have a toddler. I’d much rather eat breakfast with her than spend time applying makeup or painstakingly straightening my hair. So, I’m always eager to find ways to make my beauty routine easier.

That’s why I tried microblading, a simple semi-permanent procedure that has given me back the eyebrows of my youth and allowed me to throw away my brow pencils. I had my procedure done by Kate at Body & Brow Boutique, 37 Bank St. #9 in the Underground Station in New Albany, and couldn’t be happier with the results. To see a video about the process and my experience, go to extolmag.com. You can also find experts at microblading at J. Nicolle Salon & Spa, 113 E. Market St. in New Albany.

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Speaking of Body & Brow, Kate, who owns the waxing boutique, and her husband, John, have made the decision to adopt a little one through Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana, which partners with St. Elizabeth, a wonderful organization that continues to give hope and change lives.

As some of you know, I was adopted as an infant, so it should come as no surprise that I have a heart for those who choose to walk the path of adoption – birth parents and adopters alike – which isn’t always easy.

For months now, I have been following Kate and John’s adoption journey at johnandkateplusone.com. It’s a heartwarming, informative, honest site that includes readers on their journey. I encourage you to check it out.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read Extol. Your support means so much.

Yours truly,

Angie Fenton

Editor in Chief

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Health & Beauty | Putting VENeffect To The Test

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Luxury line created by locals pays off

BY ANGIE FENTON

Nearly a decade ago, I met Dr. Rebecca Booth, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and senior partner at Women First of Louisville. She’d written a book titled, “The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…At Any Age,” which garnered national attention. So, I was excited when she and her sister Cecil Booth – a rockstar of marketing in the beauty industry and a University of Kentucky grad – agreed to meet with me to talk about VENeffect, a line of anti-aging skin care they developed using 100 percent natural plant-based phytoestrogens.

Touted as products that “safely and effectively reverse the signs of aging that are directly the result of decreasing estrogen to preserve and restore the youthful glow of healthy, vibrant skin,” they’re now available at Neiman Marcus, Soft Surroundings, Bloomingdales, Amazon.com and more.

For years, I have been a faithful user of RéVive skincare products, which are pricey but I apply them sparingly, so each bottle lasts for about a year, which is worth it. So, I was a little hesitant to try something new, but how many times do you get to meet the actual creators of a luxury skincare line and, added bonus, already have a relationship with one of them, whom you trust and respect?

For the past month, I’ve been using the Pore Minimizing Cleanser and Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer twice a day, followed by the Anti-Aging Eye Treatment and Anti-Aging Lip Treatment. Skeptical though I was, the truth is my skin hasn’t looked or felt this good in years, especially after pregnancy did a number on it. My fine lines have lessened, my skin is clearer and – dare I say it? – yes, my skin is more vibrant. Count me among the growing legion of VENeffect fans.

Just like with most luxury skincare lines, the products aren’t cheap; they range from $60 for the cleanser to $195 for the Firming Phyto-Lift Serum (which I have yet to buy…but maybe one day soon). Keep in mind that VENeffect products can be applied with a light hand – unlike most drugstore brands – so they last a long time, which makes them worth it. Find out more about VENeffect at veneffect.com.

THE WIG SHOPPE OPENS SOUTHERN INDIANA LOCATION

Family-owned business offers help and hope

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From left to right: Kelsey Spaulding, Jessi Slade and Candyce Slade.

The Wig Shoppe has offered high-quality service in Louisville since 2002 with a mission of providing one of Kentuckiana’s largest selection of wigs – synthetic and natural – along with wig products, extensions, turbans, sleep caps, hats, scarves, gift cards and caring, personal attention.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-34-01-pmRecently, founder Candyce Slade, her daughter Kelsey Spaulding and daughter-in-law Jessi Slade expanded to Clarksville with a shop that is located off Veterans Parkway just off 65 near Chuy’s.

“The Wig Shoppe is a family-owned and -operated business,” said Kelsey. “We service women who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia or thinning hair. We also work with women who just want a change of style or the ease and comfort of being able to put a wig on. We like to help provide alternative hair (solutions) for women in need.” screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-34-05-pm

The environment at The Wig Shoppe is warm, welcoming and nonjudgmental. Tears and emotions of all variations also are embraced.

“. I consider The Wig Shoppe a service business, a boutique for woman who could feel comfortable coming in without judgment,” explained Candyce. “My family had a wig shop business in the 70s in Evansville, which is where I’m from. Decades later, after having children and seeking a return to work, I didn’t want just any job, I wanted to do something meaningful.”

And she has and continues to do so, say the numerous clients who both frequent and recommend The Wig Shoppe to others.

To learn more, go to TheWigShoppe.com


The Wig Shoppe Indiana

1401 Veterans Pkwy, Suite 1000

Clarksville

812.704.6911

TheWigShoppe.com

 

The Wig Shoppe Kentucky

1253 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy

Louisville

502.412.8810

TheWigShoppe.com


 

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 6: Sex (or not) After Pregnancy

It doesn’t matter where you do it, if it’s after pregnancy, it’s an entirely different story. Host Angie Fenton and friends dish the taboo topic.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s October/November print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 5: Casting Call

Have kids interested in modeling and acting? Well, professionally, that is… if so, you’ve come to the right podcast. In this episode, Angie speaks with special guest, Heyman Talent agency director and talent agent Kathy Campbell, about all the ins-and-outs of modeling at an early age, and how to best handle this interesting field as a parent.

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Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s October/November print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 4: Weighty Matters

Three weeks after our host gave birth, she received her first of many unsolicited offers from strangers who wanted to help her lose weight and get back to her “pre-baby body.” In this episode, she not only addresses those individuals but also talks candidly about her weight and shares the number on the scale.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s June/July print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

 

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 3: Expect the Unexpected

In this Episode, which is sponsored by Sapphire on Spring, host Angie Fenton talks with business owner Angela Gore and veteran mama Jennifer Zimmerman about how to handle the unexpected.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s June/July print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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