March 2017

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March 2017

Features

100 Candles

100 Candles

While the thought of growing old is frightening to some, it is often said that the alternative is much worse. To reach 100 is an extraordinary gift, and those who do it usually have equally extraordinary stories to tell. Meet Ruth, Elizabeth, Angie and Theresa, four captivating women who prove that 100 is a milestone worth celebrating.

Out of the Box

Out of the Box

“Playful and bright” is how architect Maria Diaz-Joves of a423 Architecture and Design in Hellertown describes the house she designed for this young professional couple with two preschool-aged daughters.

Cheers! Bubbly Bridal Brunch

Cheers! Bubbly Bridal Brunch

Becoming newly engaged is quite possibly the best excuse to be silly and celebrate with girlfriends. The recipe for a perfect bridal brunch is simple: champagne, flowers, a decadent cake, confetti and love. Whether you are the bride-to-be or the maid of honor, use this as inspiration for planning a celebration that will be remembered forever.

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Living Well

How to  Defy Aging at Every Age

How to Defy Aging at Every Age

Staying young and fighting Father Time may seem like a battle, but keeping up with these healthy practices through the decades will help slow down the clock.

4 Valley BYOBs

4 Valley BYOBs

Although Pennsylvania has made some strides in terms of alcohol regulations—beer and wine at supermarkets!—it’s still a costly endeavor for a restaurant to obtain a liquor license. As a result, BYOBs have a special following here, encouraging a loyal cadre of diners who specifically seek out eateries that allow them bring their own. Here are four Valley favorites, but there are far, far more.

Cucumber Basil Gimlet

Cucumber Basil Gimlet

Looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with something other than a mug full of green beer? Go for something a little more refreshing this March, like Top Cut’s Cucumber Basil Gimlet.

Making Change at The Mint

Making Change at The Mint

When we featured The Mint in these pages five and a half years ago, chef-owner Dominic “Mimmo” Lombardo, known mostly at the time for Italian cooking and his family’s restaurant Stefano’s, shared his vision for The Mint—and it did indeed include owning a restaurant in a former bank.

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Fashion & Beauty

A Makeover with Style: Heidi Markow

A Makeover with Style: Heidi Markow

Getting glitzed up for a formal event is fun for some, but intimidating for others. For makeup artist Alisha Nycole, making the transformation from everyday makeup to something fitting the occasion is both passion and profession, and she shared it with Beginning Over’s Heidi Markow, whose dedication to this foundation for victims of domestic abuse has certainly earned her some pampering.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Mike & Terese Cudwadie

Mike & Terese Cudwadie

Mike and Terese Cudwadie have been longtime advocates of Dorneyville’s Angel Shop, a major contributor to Mary’s Shelter in Reading. As the parents of two sons, the loneliness of them being away at school inspired Mike and Terese to further their involvement with Mary’s Shelter, a nonprofit that provides social services, such as counseling and temporary housing, to women who are pregnant.

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Insight

Peter C. Cilio

Peter C. Cilio

The day that the Campania International catalog arrives in the mail must be akin to Christmas morning for purveyors of home and garden goods. Of course, this is no ordinary catalog; it’s more like the Sears Wish Book of decorative accents. Hardbound and weighty with importance, it’s stuffed with hundreds of pages of glossy photographs featuring fountains, benches, pots, planters and statues galore that range from opulent to whimsical.

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Get the Goods

Donegal Square

Donegal Square

Neville Gardner opened Donegal Square in 1985 with the hopes of bringing Celtic culture to the Lehigh Valley. Since then, he has opened McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar and helped launch the Celtic Classic festival. Between the traditional and innovative products he sells at the shop, the family recipes served at the pub and the celebrations that take place in Bethlehem every September, Gardner is helping members of the community connect with their Celtic roots.

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Ask the Expert

DIY: Dresser Transformation

DIY: Dresser Transformation

Making over a piece of furniture is an activity that does double duty: outfitting your home with something you really love and giving new life to an item that might otherwise end up in a landfill. If you’re not sure how to get started, Julia Konya of Cuckoo 4 Design has a wealth of advice, the product of countless DIY projects transforming ugly or boring furniture into clean, classy creations. Read on for tips that will empower you to tackle a piece that’s readily available and always necessary: the noble dresser.

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Phillies Winter Banquet

Phillies Winter Banquet

Benefit: IronPigs Charities Location: Sands Bethlehem Event Center

A Night of Freedom Gala

A Night of Freedom Gala

Benefit: VAST Location: Historic Hotel Bethlehem

LVBA Awards Reception

LVBA Awards Reception

Benefit: Lehigh Valley Builders Association Location: Historic Hotel Bethlehem

Style Insider Happy Hour

Style Insider Happy Hour

Location: Edge

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