2017 Hair Trends: Colors and Cuts for Summer

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Written by Brittney Marschall

Hair reflects the identity of an individual through personality, creativity and beauty. Here is the latest scoop from three local salons on hair trends that will help you get your glow on for the summer. 



Amber Berry, owner of Aberry Hair at Sola Salon Studios is stocking up on toner because at the top of our trend list is blonding. Blonde is no longer a pale yellow; it has become a kaleidoscope of colors from warm to cool tones. On the cool side is platinum blonde, and summer is the perfect time to make the classic change. With the addition of pastel and gray undertones, and new trends like blorange (pretty peach tones added to blonde locks), there are options to achieve any look. 



Sara Pennington: Dancing Queen of Peace Plaza

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Written by Renee Berg; Photos by Dawn Sanborn Photography

If you’re energized by group fitness and love being outdoors, Zumba® on the Plaza is the thing for you. 

Back for its fifth summer, you can join Zumba on the Plaza on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. “It’s a fun workout,” says founder, Sara Pennington. “And it’s gotten bigger every year.”


The first year, Zumba on the Plaza was held during the lunch hour. A smattering of people attended, but many let Pennington know they’d prefer an evening session instead. The next year, Pennington changed things up by scheduling the class at 5:30 p.m., and that’s when it really took off.



I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman: Sarah Halverson

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Written by Jorrie Johnson; Photos by Tracey McGuire Photography

Sarah Halverson came across the I Am a Beautiful Rochester Woman article in a prior Rochester Women magazine and thought it would be a fun. She loves to get dressed up, but she never had a makeover before. She says, “It was fun getting to chat with Katie Kirckof at BB Make-up. She did a great job!” 


Sarah was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her family moved to Pine Island when she was 8 years old. She lived there until she went to college. Now, she lives in Byron. 

There are four children in Sarah’s family of origin. She is the second oldest. Her family is spread across the country now.  “I have an older brother who lives in Cleveland, a younger brother who lives in town, a younger sister who lives in Salt Lake City, and my parents live in Maine. We go visit them when we can.” 



Get Comfortable in Your Skin: Reverse aging and scarring

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Written by By Trish Amundson

Walk down the skin care aisle at the store and you’ll find a multitude of over-the-counter products to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, treat acne, diminish wrinkles and age spots—and make you look younger every day. 

In your bathroom cabinet, many of these same products sit only partially used—with little or no results. When it comes to treating acne scars, age spots and more, it’s time to clean out the cabinet and turn to the professionals for a variety of specialty products and services that will help you achieve optimal results and be more comfortable being you.


According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne scars can become more noticeable with aging as the skin loses collagen. Multiple treatments to reverse or minimize acne scars are available, depending on the patient’s needs. 



H20: What do you know?

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Written by Emily Watkins; Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

Water is the foundation of life. We could not exist without it. The most important of all nutrition, water makes up between 55–60 percent of our body composition. Different cells contain different amounts of water. For example, bone is about 22 percent water, and muscle is about 75 Percent water. 


Water has many important jobs. It dissolves and transports substances, catalyzes chemical reactions, lubricates tissues, regulates temperature and provides minerals. Without a good balance of fluids, we risk serious health issues and even death. 



Al Fresco Dining: From downtown patios to neighborhood hangouts

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Written by Nicole L. Czarnomski

Because summer is in full swing, we wanted to find the best places for you to hangout and enjoy the perfect summer sip. We found 11 restaurants with patio and rooftop seating that offer fabulous happy hour specials so you and a friend or two can enjoy the warm summer air, along with a cocktail.


Victoria’s Ristorante and Wine Bar

Centrally located downtown, Victoria’s has patio seating for 50-60 people. Their house wine is La Terre, which includes merlot, cabernet, Chianti, Lambrusco, white zinfandel, chardonnay and pinot grigio and is about $7 per glass. On Wine Wednesday, you can indulge in a bottomless glass for $8. Their daily happy hour is from 3-6 p.m., and house wines are only $4.50 per glass.


Bonita and Steve Patton’s double islands are indoors—surrounded by kitchenware. They also are just a few steps from the Pattons’ private beach on Bamber Valley Lake. The kitchen islands and the beach are both are eye-catching features of last year’s renovation of their house. 


In the late 90s, the young couple purchased their property in the Salem Sound subdivision and built a home largely with their own hands. Working from a starter design, they provided labor to construct their home. “It took about a year to build the house,” Bonita says.

The home’s layout worked well for many years, but as their family grew and their sons got bigger, they made changes. “About 10 years ago, we started to tinker with the kitchen,” she says. “Finally, we decided to gut it all and start over.”


The kitchen was contained in a single room with a half-sized wall looking out one side and a full wall with door on the other side. In spring 2016, the walls at each end were demolished as the work got underway. Once the walls were down, the original kitchen was extended into what was a formal dining area. 


Minnesota summers are fleeting and before you know it, we’ll descend back into the deep-freeze of the arctic tundra. However, during that ever-so brief span of sun-soaked, balmy weather, we hardy northerners like to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, knowing we’ll be banished indoors again soon enough. Make memories—of glorious evenings dining al fresco, enjoying cocktails and laughter with friends or simply snuggling quietly, hand-in-hand with that special someone, watching the glowing embers of a crackling fire as the evening draws to a close.

If you’ve been thinking about refreshing your backyard, adding a deck or patio or giving your yard and landscaping a do-over, now is the perfect time to make your dreams a reality. Investing in your backyard space is really an investment in you and your family. A functional and comfortable backyard living area can become the backdrop for numerous social gatherings, quality family time and a place of solitude and tranquility—because it’s your very own one-of-a-kind outdoor living area.  


To get started, you will need a design so you know how to realistically proceed. Jeff Feece, a landscape architect with Jeff Feece Designs, works with clients to make their outdoor design dreams a reality. He likes to “focus on the broader picture to find out needs and wants—to see the size of space they (clients) want.” 



Safety Tips for Your Home: Leaving for Vacation or Home Alone

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Written by Catherine H. Armstrong

Before you pack the car for that trip up north to your cabin on the lake, make sure the things you leave behind are as secured and safe as you can make them. 

Rochester Police Department’s Advanced Crime Specialist, Darrel Hildebrant, offers suggestions to make your home more unfriendly to home invaders.


An empty home can be a welcome sign for crooks, so the most important step when leaving for vacation is to make your home look occupied, Hildebrant says. Setting timers for lights is a relatively inexpensive first step. “We want you to have your house look like there are still people living there, so (using timers) you might have the living room lights go on at sunset and go off around 10 or 10:30 p.m., and the bedroom lights go on around a quarter to ten so it looks like someone is in the home,” he explains. 


Let’s talk about weight, a touchy subject. Before we dive in let’s talk about self love. In the last issue we discussed happiness and how to cultivate it. The same is true of loving and accepting ourselves as we are at any given moment.

While you may not be okay with the number on the scale, the process of change can be much easier if you appreciate your body for what it can do for you and not just what it looks like.


It is true that many people are carrying around too much weight, and we see the consequences of that frequently in the rise of metabolic disorders, as well as an increase in back and joint pain.


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