Vaginal Rejuvenation: Less risky than Vaginoplasty

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Written by Caitlin Summers

At long last, women are speaking their truth and telling society that the only person who can tell them how to look and feel is themselves. To that end, women are being more assertive—asking for and getting what they want—and having plastic surgery procedures done that make a big difference in their lives: vaginal rejuvenation.  

I sat down with Dr. Christopher Balgobin of Arijai Aesthetics and Wellness Center, who offers his expertise in Rochester at Posh Facial Esthetics & Med Spa, to talk about vaginal rejuvenation, which he says is “a hot topic right now.”


From eyebrow shaping to eyeliner, scar camouflage to covering hair loss, permanent cosmetics and paramedical tattooing are affordable ways to strategically draw attention to or conceal facial features. Desire Dalrymple, owner and aesthetician at Permanent Cosmetics By Desiree in Rochester says, “Permanent cosmetics can be life-changing for people on all levels and can help real women feel like themselves...beautiful.”  


Permanent cosmetics are shade-matched pigments implanted into the skin (similar to an artistic tattoo) to minimize or eliminate the need for daily makeup application. The pigments are specifically selected to be a perfect reflection of the pink of one’s lips or the shade of one’s lashes and eyebrows. 

The term “permanent” is a bit misleading. “Semi-permanent” is more accurate. The treatment fades over time and typically lasts from a year and a half to three years. Traditional tattoo ink can last even longer. 


As anyone who has ever lost a significant amount of weight knows, it feels as if you have a new lease on life. You feel better, your clothes fit better, and people look at you differently. It’s as if you turned back the clock and life seems easier.  

Perhaps you have significant weight to lose, you’ve tried to lose weight unsuccessfully in the past or perhaps you have developed a medical condition that requires you to lose weight. 



Hudda Ibrahim: From Somalia to Minnesota

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Written by Anna Matetic

“All those years, I heard many families in the refugee settlements praying to get resettled in Minnesota. For many, the term Minnesota is synonymous with America,” said Hussein Mohamud, one of the refugees interviewed in Hudda Ibrahim’s book, “From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis.” Like Mohamud and many other Somalis, at age 19, Ibrahim arrived in the United States as a refugee.  


It was Minnesota resettlement agencies that first settled Somali refugees here in the United States. Once here, however, it was Minnesota itself that became a draw for this newest of immigrant communities. 



Dogsledding: Living on the edge (of the subarctic)

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Written by Tiffany Hansen

Perhaps, all you have known of dogsledding is that it involves a sled being pulled by one or more dogs. I didn’t know much more until I had the opportunity to participate as a volunteer at the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race in Bayfield, Wisconsin last winter. I saw firsthand how dogsledding continues to enrich society. After a wonderful introduction to the activity I wanted to find out more, and I’ve discovered dogsledding is quite a dynamic activity.   


Experts believe dogsledding began around 1000 A.D. to transport items and people long distances, over arctic landscapes. Dogsledding today promotes understanding and respect for the Inuit and appreciation for history of other cultures. Some people are drawn to the history, the exhilaration of a race or being immersed in nature; however, it’s most often the community that keeps viewers, volunteers, participants and competitors coming back for more. 


Grand Marais is a small town nestled along Minnesota’s North Shore. Lately, it has been getting a lot of attention for being a premier vacation area, particularly for outdoor enthusiasts. In 2017, USA Today named Grand Marais one of the “Best Midwestern Small Towns,” and it also was the winner of Lake Superior Magazine’s 2015 “Minnesota’s Best Weekend Destination.”    

While Grand Marais is wonderful to visit anytime of the year, you just may want to mark your calendar for February 8-14, as the town will host their third annual Hygge Week, which is seven days devoted to all things cozy. Hygge (pronounced ”hoo-gah”) comes from the Danish word meaning “to give courage, comfort, joy.” The expression encompasses an attitude of savoring everyday simple moments. And that’s just what you’ll find in the events and activities planned for Hygge Week, which include outdoor pursuits like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking, as well as indoor events like card writing, knitting lessons by the fire, a comfort food cooking demonstration, live music and dancing, plus Scandinavian storytelling. 



LOVE: Family Style

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Written by Gina Dewink

Valentine’s Day 2009: Short trendy skirt, tall drink

Valentine’s Day 2019: Short toddler nap, tall coffee


In our family, it was around six years ago that Valentine’s Day stopped revolving around romantic love and started incorporating a different kind of love. You know, the kind of love that fills your heart even as you watch a nose being wiped across your work shirt: kid love. As any parent knows, kid love is a whole new level.  



Holiday Gift Guide

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Written by Scott Brue

Check out these specials from Rochester area businesses.

The following businesses have also contributed special gifts for Rochester Women magazine readers. Register to win free gifts while you are shopping. 


A winner will be announced each day Friday, November 23 through Saturday, December 15. Watch facebook.com/RWmagazine



Give Thanks

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

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A Fresh Start: Georgia Basinski

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Written by Elizabeth Harris Photography by Jennifer Jones Photography

It can be difficult to try new things, but as Neale Donald Walsch says, “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” Georgia Basinski has tried her fair share of new things since moving across the country to Rochester — including a first-time makeover.  

Basinski first read RochesterWomen magazine in the veterinarian’s office as a new Rochester resident a couple of years ago. She found the stories of local women inspiring, and they gave her insight on her new community. For 20 years, Basinski lived in western Colorado and homeschooled her kids while working part time restoring antique quilts and night auditing for a hotel. Basinski went through some life changes that left her questioning what her purpose was, so she decided to move to Rochester for a fresh start. While being a mother and grandmother gave her joy, she found a new sense of purpose through volunteering in the community.

Basinski continues to enjoy spending time at Hawthorne Education Center and Bear Creek Services. These two organizations have become very near and dear to her heart and have allowed her to make valuable connections in the Rochester community. When she is not working or volunteering, Basinski stays busy gardening, reading books for her book club, playing pickleball, swimming, attending church activities and spending time with her dog, Champ. 


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