Celebrating Sweet 16

The third annual Rochester Area Builders Studs, Struts & Stilettos (page 11), held on April 21, will show off fashion creations from area builders but not necessarily ones we will see anyone wearing on the streets of Rochester. It’s a fun-filled multi-event fun-raiser. 

It’s spring, a time for new life and fresh style. Emily Watkins, owner of Empowered Wellness, gathers some spring athleisure finds from area shops and has her friends modeling them with her (page 25). These are my kinds of clothes. I can wear them from working at home or the local coffee shop, to the gym, transporting kids to their activities and then to meetings and networking events downtown.

 It’s time for spring cleaning. Hear how Sarah Oslund decided on a three-day cleanse (page 40). Beyond the short-term cleanse, Amy Brase finds humor in turning 40 and losing her butt (page 40). Our I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman Sheri Rector confidently shows how size and shape redefine beauty (page 21).

The women featured in our Careers for Women series are some of our city’s most respected and sought for advice and counsel. The women attorneys and legal staff in the courtroom share their career success stories (page 17).

Last year, Rochester Women magazine celebrated our Quinceañera with a year-long fiesta. With this issue we celebrate Rochester Women magazine’s Sweet 16. I recall when I was 16 years old. I wish I could give myself advice…go for a PhD, learn how to fly and surf, run a marathon, overcome anxieties of being alone and standing on your own. What advice would you give your 16-year-old self? Read Generations of Love (page 14) to find out how one family stays connected throughout the generations. Adrienne Sweeney, associate artistic director and director of external communications with Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, and I are conducting workshops to compare and contrast life in different stages of life and connect with wiser women. If you would like to host an event at your church or with some women you know, please contact me.