Welcome to the latest edition of Elegant Living! As our readers have come to expect, this biannual publication offers a collection of some of the year's very best in society gatherings, weddings, fashion, special features, and, of course, home design, with the stunning photographs from this year's Ladue News Show House.
Donna Heckler interviewed for a fantastic job and felt great about her prospects. Later that day, the St. Louis woman learned she had breast cancer. “The question became, Do I stay home and focus on fighting the cancer? Or do I go out, work at a job with considerable travel, and live my life? I chose to work. I chose to live my life. I tried to live like a lady every step of the way,” she writes in the introduction to her book, Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer.
Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
His skills are far beyond your wildest imagination: By day, he dons a black T-shirt and shorts as a personal trainer; by night, he can be found in wigs, tights, capes, feathers and mirrors. Meet Leo Stoff, one of the most versatile performance artists in St Louis, who excels in trick-roping, stilt-walking, aerial silks and Japanese Taiko drumming.
We Climb Because They Climbed—that’s the tagline for the recent Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, which invites participants to climb 110 flights of stairs (the same number as in the World Trade Center Buildings) to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This year’s climb raised more than $55,000.
The 2014 Ladue News Show House at 34 Briarcliff will help give a voice to young patients across the region. Proceeds from the fourth annual home tour will benefit Autism Speaks and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Here, learn more about the impact of these worthy organizations.
Merilee Kern knows about fitness. A former female body-building champion, Kern was an active child. Now that she’s a mother herself, she wants to ensure that her children and their peers benefit from physical fitness and healthy food choices.
Iconic St. Louis has released its first-ever St. Louis Skyline die-cut card. The card was created and designed by Mary Strauss and illustrated by Chris Kilcullen; proceeds benefit Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
Thanks to busy plant breeders, black has arrived as the new 'in' color for landscape design. The range of horticultural offerings has grown so significantly in recent years that it now needs to be added to our garden wish lists.
Bravo to longtime master of the arts and the dean of Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Peter Sargent, the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Webster Groves Arts Commission.
This Saturday, Oct. 11, the 2014 Ladue News Show House opens for viewing. I invite you to visit this 'labor of love' and see it for yourself.
Some people are blessed to work in a field they love for their entire lives, while others find that their calling changes as they advance in their professional life. And still there are those who find fulfillment in their hobbies, which can take center stage once the responsibilities of work have given way to retirement. We spoke with two women who found their calling only after many successful years in another profession.
Supporters, and state and local officials recently attended the grand opening of SouthSide Early Childhood Center. The new building is twice the size of the previous facility, and includes 10 classrooms, a multipurpose room, resource library, kids’ ‘kitchen’ and preschool garden, state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms, and a natural playground.
Each year, 2,700 prisoners are released back into the St. Louis area. Without any support system in place, about two-thirds of them are likely to re-offend and return to prison within three years. But Project COPE is changing those statistics—and changing lives. For those who receive assistance from the nonprofit, only 4 percent re-enter prison within a three-year period, contributing to the success and safety of the entire community.
It’s safe to assume that when you visit a high-end department store, the staff will go the extra mile to make the shopping experience a memorable one. But if you’re looking for a bit of extra attention—whether it’s help finding a gown for an upcoming gala, seeking out versatile styles to complete your suitcase for a trip to the coast, or a complete seasonal wardrobe overhaul—a number of local stores offer designated personal shoppers who can lend their undivided attention to your search.
Looking for a stellar weeknight meal without the hassle of cooking? At Katie’s Pizza and Pasta in Rock Hill, you can get that—while helping out the community at the same time—on the fourth Tuesday of every month during the restaurant’s Give Back Tuesdays.
When Annie Seal’s oldest daughter was in high school, she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Although the teen wasn’t showing signs of extreme weight loss that are typically associated with such disorders, Seal had noticed unexplainable extreme mood swings. “For a long time, I thought my daughter was just a teenager,” Seal says. “She was just not herself. My sweet girl was gone, and in her place was someone I didn’t recognize who was emotional, moody and always unhappy. It was beyond the normal adolescent; but she was my oldest, so I thought maybe this is really how adolescents behave.”
A sluggish economy has hurt nonprofits since the recession—with cutbacks in government funding, a decrease in giving from both small and large donors, and increased demand, especially for nonprofits in the social services.
Congratulations to Tom Voss, recipient of the 2014 Missourian Award, an honor that recognizes the state's most accomplished citizens. Voss recently retired as chairman, president and CEO of Ameren following a 45-year career.
Nieman Marcus event benefitting COCA
Despite an economic recession, the nation's net worth has increased by $23 trillion during the past 15 years, according to the Federal Reserve. And as Americans' financial assets grow, many may be asking themselves, Where should I invest my wealth?
After 95 years in business, it's been announced that Yacovelli's Restaurant & Banquet Center in Florissant is closing at the end of the year. There will be a farewell party on Dec. 26 from 7 p.m. until midnight. Check out the restaurant's Facebook page for more info.
Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, digs into strategies for moving Ferguson down a path for growth.
Thanks to the efforts of students participating in the Read to the Finish program, several Kirk Day School faculty and staff revved their engines in a race against teachers from other schools. The reading-incentive program rewards young readers with a free ticket to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the opportunity to watch their teachers rev their engines.