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Women Networking

In Community, Dr. Lindsey Pennington by Lola Magazine

“Network like a woman” is new terminology to me, but I’ve been watching men network like men for years. During my training as a facial plastic surgeon, I was often one of the only women in the room. I noticed that the male surgeons who were hanging out on weekends, playing golf or having dinner together often discussed their practices, referred patients to each other and, in general, were friends as part of their business relationships. There is a reason it is referred to as a “good ol’ BOYS’ club.” …

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SocialGoats: Getting Others Aware Today Successfully

In Community, Danni Bradford by Lola Magazine

Author and motivational speaker Rasheed Ongunlau once said, “It is not blindly pushing your own agenda that will enrich the world. It is your ability and willingness to understand, appreciate, anticipate, address, serve and support the lives of others that will.” Since its inception in 2017, SocialGoats’ has strived to be a beacon to its community by uplifting, supporting and serving others. Moreover, this organization has been a heavy influence in utilizing its resources to promote the talents of local entrepreneurs and artists. This article allows readers to get a …

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FROM HER PERSPECTIVE: Miss Louisiana 2019

In Community, Meagan Crews by Lola Magazine

(headshot photography by Steven Palowsky) “Are pageants even still relevant?” “Are you sure you still want to compete? Aren’t you getting a little too old to be dedicating so much into a pageant?” At 22 years old with nearly seven years of involvement with the Miss Louisiana Organization — three years of competing for and one year of serving as state titleholder with the Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen Organization, and then going on three years of competing for the Miss Louisiana title, these were questions I received fairly regularly. What …

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Levi’s Legacy

In Kiddos, Nicole Hughes by Lola Magazine

My son, Levi, will never turn 4 years old. He will never have a 4th birthday party, surrounded by friends wearing Paw Patrol party hats. He will not grin with pride and embarrassment as his family and friends sing to this little boy who was adored by so many. Levi will never celebrate another birthday, because on June 10, 2018, our precious son drowned while we were on vacation in Alabama. My husband and I always knew we wanted three kids. We had two girls: Lily: she is 10 but, …

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Louisiana Meets Idaho: The Trip of a Lifetime

In Lindsey Lewis, Louisiana Ladies by Lola Magazine

The 10 of us had been planning our trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for over 18 months before we finally set out on the rafts. We’d seen pictures, slideshows, and heard lots of tales of the Middle Fork. Nothing could prepare us for the fun, scenery, or sadness we felt on the river. Like I said, we’d been planning this trip for what seemed like years. We had been texting, calling, and meeting up about this trip for months! The anticipation and excitement were high for …

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Tabula Rasa Design: The mind is blank but emphasizes the freedom of individuals to author their own soul…

In Home and Entertaining, Marc Gibson, Myron Griffing by Lola Magazine

On unicorn-like rare occasions, I have the enviable project where my clients have no real preconceived ideas or direction in which they want their home to go. When this happens, I am mentally (and sometimes physically) doing the “Snoopy dance!” One of our most recent clients were just such folks.  In actuality, this puts more pressure on me as a designer. I have now the unenviable task of imagining how these relative “strangers” should live, or rather, how I imagine them to live. On top of this, I must work …

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It’s Permanent: A Little of This and A Little of That, Turn the look you HAVE into the look you WANT…

In Anna Stephens, Health and Beauty by Lola Magazine

It’s Permanent and Anna Stephens work together by creating a plan for you to turn the look you have into the look you want. A combination of Botox, dermal fillers, superiorly formatted skin care products, and skin lift & tight procedures really can take years off of your appearance without surgery. Fillers are NOT JUST For Lips & Wrinkles! Dermal fillers are primarily used to fill lines and wrinkles in the face, but fillers are not just for lips and filling in the lines and wrinkles anymore. Yes, most women …

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Water, the Incredible Life Force…Not All Water Is Created Equal

In Dr. Karen M. Pendleton, Health and Beauty by Lola Magazine

Masura Emoto wrote an elegant book that I picked up again from our extensive office library. His New York Times best seller is entitled The Hidden Messages In Water. The crux of the book (so visually captivating) is that when water is exposed to sounds, words or pictures; and then frozen, the subsequent crystals have unique characteristics. When exposed to lovely music, kind words like joy and gratitude (my 2019 word) and beautiful pictures, the resultant crystals, seen under a microscope, are stunning! When water is exposed to loud or …

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Keeping it Real with Teri Netterville: A Fresh Start

In Louisiana Ladies, Teri Netterville by Lola Magazine

The beginning of each new school year was always one of my favorite times when I was a little girl. The excitement of seeing all of my friends again after not seeing them for a whole summer. The excitement of finding out who my new teacher was going to be and which of my friends were going to be in my homeroom class. It was all just so exciting. One of my very favorite parts of a new school year was getting all of my new school supplies. Brand new …

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Reclaiming & Restoring My Life & My Home

In Home and Entertaining, Misty Swilley, Sara McDaniel by Lola Magazine

Can you pinpoint a precise moment that changed absolutely everything about your life? That literally changed the trajectory of your path? For me, that moment in history came in the form a conversation with my now ex-husband when he sat me down on Sunday evening, July 5, 2009, and told me he had messed up. My mind swirled. In one short sentence, everything I knew to be true became false. My hopes, dreams and plans shattered. My future stolen and there was absolutely nothing I could do to change the …

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Don’t Quit Your Day DREAM

In Community, Danielle Williamson Richard, Kiddos, Lola Shreveport, Louisiana Ladies by Lola Magazine

One hot Fall afternoon in the mid 1980s, a small but mighty 6-year-old twirled into her very first class at Miss Tommie’s School of Dance. Her new leather ballet shoes softly padded on the cool linoleum floor in the open studio building. Within those walls, with the steady guidance of the loving, passionate, and patient Miss Tommie Church, Lindsey Williamson Butler got her first introduction to something special. A calling. A magical merging of beauty and power that somehow transcended the earthly bounds of physics and logic to create something …

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This is Us

In Kiddos, Payton Denney by Lola Magazine

My wedding dress isn’t the only thing that no longer fits. I’m not the same person that my husband married. Fifteen years in, I remember what that woman looked like, but I have no idea who she was. We’ve changed. At the age of 24, Pat and I were married in a large wedding in our home town. There were 20 members in our wedding party. I remember our vows and that Pat sweated profusely throughout the entire ceremony. But mostly I remember crying in the bathroom at the reception …

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Hostess with the Mostess: 5 Steps for an EPIC Halloween Party

In Brittany Strickland, Home and Entertaining, Jessica Comegys by Lola Magazine

If you’re thinking about doing a glam hostess with the mostess Halloween party, here’s a step-by-step guide!  Theme: Decide the type of Halloween party you want to have.  Do you want to go gory-slasher-flick style? Do you want to keep it kid friendly?  Do you want to do a vampire theme or a mad scientist theme? I decided to do a spooky glamorous theme. Is that a thing? I think so! I don’t love the gory Halloween stuff but I love to create a creepy and spooky atmosphere. Decorations: You …

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5 Ways To Find Financial Peace with Your Spouse

In Ben James, Community by Lola Magazine

Under the influence of romance, practicalities often go overlooked or unaddressed. While disputes over who takes out the garbage might not be lifechanging, studies show that couples who can’t agree on how to spend and save have a higher likelihood of divorce. To maintain a healthy relationship, it’s important to address these financial questions before they become a problem. Talking about money remains taboo in polite society, yet so much of your family’s life and future is dictated by the financial decisions you and your spouse make today. With so …

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A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Kathleen Babineaux Blanco

In Kathy Spurlock, Louisiana Ladies by Lola Magazine

Louisiana’s first female governor set a high bar for public service and ethics during her administration and in the years leading up to her election to the state’s highest office. I love her and admire her. -John Denison, Former Television Journalist She never acted as if she was better, or knew better, or deserved better — even after she wound up in charge during the worst disaster to ever hit her state. It may have been why some people in politics underestimated her. It may also have been why they …

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Integrate your health: Cooking Oils

In Dr. Nicole Cotter, Health and Beauty by Lola Magazine

Heat pan. Add oil. Cook food. It’s that simple, right? Nope. The type of cooking oil you choose affects not only the flavor but the safety of your food. Cooking oils also vary widely in their effects on our health. Oils have a smoke point, the temperature at which the oil literally starts to smoke. At this temperature, the oil will start to break down and can change the taste of the food and release toxic byproducts. It is, therefore, wise to choose a cooking oil based not only on …

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Express Yourself: Be Bold this Halloween Season

In Brittany Strickland, Hannah Whittington, Health and Beauty by Lola Magazine

The Fawn Before we begin, I want to say you can do this look with your everyday makeup. Therefore, it’s ideal for a last minute Halloween costume! Start by doing your normal foundation routine. You’re then going to heavily (and I mean HEAVILY) apply contour on your cheekbones, temples, and sides of the neck. You also want to shade the sides of your nose. Now, use a black liquid liner to fill in the bottom of your nose to mimic the shape of a deer’s. Apply black lipstick (or black …

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Fashion Fades, Style is Eternal

In Brittany Strickland, Fashion, Jarrett Warren by Lola Magazine

Photography: Brittany Strickland and Jarrett Warren Styling and Clothing: Sarah Lyles with Skeleton Key Vintage and Summer Swearingen with Bullets & Butterflies Vintage Location: A special thank you to Shreveport Scottish Rite The Shreveport Scottish Rite Cathedral is available for rental for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, banquets and business meetings. The spectacular architecture of our unique building will enhance your event, making your special event a lasting and treasured memory for you and your guests. We have a catering staff to assist with all your culinary needs. An …

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Erasing the Stigmas of Dyslexia & ADHD: Just the Facts Without All the Hype

In Donesa Walker, Kiddos by Lola Magazine

Just hearing the labels ADHD or Dyslexia for some gives them chills and anxiety, but the truth is that everyone has cognitive skill differences and the knowing is half the battle. Cognitive skills are the thinking skills we use every day to make sense of the world around us and they control everything we do from breathing to memory. When there is an inefficiency in these skills, we often end up with labels such as ADHD or Dyslexia just like when the body inefficiently manages our blood sugar, we end …

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You Are Cordially Invited to Join: Community Reads

In Community, Kristi Gustavson by Lola Magazine

A book club led by Community Foundation of North Louisiana Written by Kristi Gustavson, CEO of the Community Foundation I am a reader. That said, if I am a reader, my husband is a READER! (And obsessive lover of music, but that is for another article.) My husband enthusiastically loves a book or an author almost as much as a friend. Sometimes when he reads, he cannot wait until the end of the chapter or even the page to tell me about the brilliant, witty or mind-boggling thing he just …