Think about how you feel when you step into a nice, hot shower at the end of a long day. Now, take that feeling of total relaxation, and combine it with the experience of a massage, along with a healthy dose of aromatherapy. That’s a good approximation of the ‘rituals’ offered at Ara, the Spa at Ameristar. We experienced the aptly named Pure Bliss ritual first-hand, and were wowed by the perks—from complimentary valet parking for spa guests, to a slew of amenities that can be enjoyed pre- or post-treatment (think steam room, sauna, hydro-pool and more). Then, we sat down with spa manager Susan Boyd to ask why this luxurious body treatment is so special.
It’s no secret that the cost of college in the U.S. is rising. Although amounts can vary widely, a four-year college education can be more than $150,000, according to CollegeBoard’s 2014 Trends in College Pricing report. That could be a major contributor to why grandparents are increasingly stepping up to help finance their grandchildren’s education: A recent study by Fidelity Investments shows that 53 percent of grandparents are saving, or plan to save for such costs, while 90 percent report that they would do so if asked. We spoke to Sean McClanahan, a VP at Fidelity and head of its Ladue office, about the study.
Q: Chef John, the holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. It is sad to me that there are so many great dishes that we only serve during the holidays. What is the one dish you miss all year and look forward to when the holidays come around?
So, Santa gave you something nice from your wish list this year...Now comes to hard part: how to keep your new toy looking like new. Here are some tips to take care of your new tablets, smartphone or laptop:
Q: Chef, I saw your wonderful gingerbread house at River City, and enjoyed breakfast with my family a few days ago. Would you share the recipe for the gingerbread cookie stars you served? I would like to make some for Christmas this year.
Kelley Barr says she was always a concoctor at heart. Growing up, she dissected her makeup and melted it to create new things, and learned early on about botanicals from her mom’s involvement in a garden club. That tinkering spirit paid off: Today, she co-owns K. Hall Designs with her husband, John Barr. The local company just opened its first location outside St. Louis, and is gearing up for a bustling holiday season.
Remarkably, if you were to come across a wish list from 2013, many of the items would not be found on this year’s list. In one year, the technology/gadget landscape changed.
Looking for the perfect something for all the special people in your life? From gifts for grandma to surprises for your sweetheart, we scouted out beautiful items for everyone on your list!
Q: Chef, I love scallops. I always order them when I'm out at restaurants. I'd like to prepare them at home. Do you have a recipe that I can try?
Gregory Jamison, Megan Tully, Q. Cherie Bentley
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.
Nail polish is all about the color, right? Well, it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. For some insight on getting great manicures, we turned to industry veteran Deborah Lippmann. As luck would have it, her company is now celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Congratulations!
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.
Now in its ninth year, the St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award honors local women who not only embody a healthy lifestyle, but also inspire others in the community to follow their lead. This year’s four honorees, who were feted at the recent St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out, include: Mary Pat Henehan of Olivette, Jan Paul of Webster Groves, Susan Richmond of Eureka, and Jennifer Riegel of O’Fallon, Missouri.
With fall’s cool breeze and colorful leaves come some of St. Louis’ most family-friendly adventures. LN recently spoke with Amanda Doyle, local mom and author of 100 Things to do in Saint Louis Before You Die, about packing up the kids and heading out for some fall fun.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness and, until recently, there have been few treatment options available. Local citizens who have dry AMD now may help pave the way for a treatment breakthrough as subjects in an international study.
Dr. Dan Sindelar has a busy local dental practice, yet he still finds time to lecture, write and consult on his passion: the mouth as the gateway to health. Sindelar is co-founder and past-president of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, an organization that promotes the link between oral health and whole-body health.’ He also wrote the 2011 book, Refresh Life: Oral Health Is the Missing Piece, Adding Years to Your Life, and Improving Your Overall Well-Being. Ladue News recently spoke with him.
Millions of Americans travel for business purposes, and staying healthy is important to making the most of any trip. Jayne McAllister of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness works with companies across the country to help ensure that employees have all the tips and tools they need to minimize the risk of becoming ill while traveling. She recently shared some advice with LN.
No matter the size of a donation, when someone gives money to charity, they have some level of confidence that it will be used for a specific purpose. And that expectation only grows with the size of the gift, particularly if there’s a donor agreement in place. The book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University, was written by Doug White, director for the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University. In it, he digs into a high-profile case where the donors accused the university of misusing their charitable gift. We asked the author about the case, its implications, and steps donors should take before giving their hard-earned funds—no matter how noble the cause.
It's official: Garden Glow will once again light up the Missouri Botanical Garden this winter. The winter light exhibit will take place Nov. 22 through Jan. 3, with more than half a million lights adorning the Garden's most iconic locations.
From a medical point of view, we spoke with Dr. Julie Margenthaler, a Washington University breast health specialist and surgeon, about the topic of removing healthy breast tissue in order to reduce or eradicate breast cancer risk.
Whether it's Friday night lights or Sunday football games, tailgating at home or at the Dome, the selection of culinary delights is as numerous as the sporting events on ESPN. But hands down, my favorite snack to snap into are spicy wings.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.