October 31, 2014

From the Editor

Kristy Kiernan doesn’t really need a makeover. She’s attractive, smart and an accomplished author with her third novel, Between Friends, due out next month. But Kristy is adventurous. And she has the journalist’s natural curiosity about things. It was not hard, therefore, to persuade her to take on the assignment that ended up as “The Ultimate Makeover” (see p. 86). Clothes, hair, makeup, attitude—she went for the whole deal here under the direction of Cheryl Lampard of Style Matters International. As you’ll discover, she learned a lot about changing a person’s physical look and, more important, a whole lot, too, about herself. I think you’ll find “The Ultimate Makeover” helpfully informative and quite engaging to read. Kristy’s now the wiser for the experience and shares a few more personal
comments about it all.

What did you learn about yourself in this process?
That my instincts are better than I thought they were, and I should relax and trust myself a little more. Also, that this whole cycle of feeling mostly together and then feeling completely not together is common, and if I look back over the past several years, I can see the pattern. That’s relieving, too, somehow, because I know the feeling-mostly-together part is coming back around!

What did you find out about clothes and dressing that surprised you?
That when you try something on from the sales rack and it just doesn’t work, it’s quite possible that it’s on the sales rack because it didn’t work for most people. Sometimes it’s really not you, it’s the clothes and, in turn, the designer. Just because something is out there in an expensive store doesn’t automatically mean it’s good.

What made you laugh about this experience?
Fitting two people in a dressing room is always amusing, don’t you think? The color analysis was funny, or, should I say that Cheryl doing the color analysis was funny. All these swatches of fabric flying about, and yet she was completely in control and very, very serious about it. I felt like I was in the eye of a fabric hurricane.

What made you cry?
Nothing made me cry, but I grew frustrated at a couple of things. One: This is NOT a quick fix for everything, and I still have to make good decisions. Nobody is going to stand over me every morning and keep me on track. (Though I’d consider paying someone to do that. Anyone? Anyone?) And two: Cut, color, fit and style won’t ever take the place of regular exercise, sleep and a genuine smile.

What can you tell your pals that will help them if they contemplate a makeover?
To relax. Whomever you choose to help you is not going to channel your own overly critical inner voice. They won’t beat you up over your faults; they’ll tell you lovely things about your assets and how to play those up. And if they don’t, you’ve got the wrong person.


Deli-cious New Choice

Smiles. “We’ve been waiting years for you!” More smiles. This was 10 days after Stage 62 Deli opened at Mercato in January and General Manager Jerry Sattler was describing how his eatery was going over with us locals. All the waiting, all the pent-up appetite for serious deli foods was over and, says Jerry, the orders for Stage 62 corned beef, pastrami and matzo ball soup (the three favorites) were flying to the kitchen. “So far,” he said, “there are 20-to 30-minute waits for tables at the lunch and dinner hours.” Stage 62 is certainly reaching out to please the customers, flying in the smoked fish from New York and bringing in those wonderful bagels from Straight From New York, just off Immokalee Road. People are raving about the chicken soup, and I can testify to the wonderful breads and the pickled tongue. So welcome, Stage 62. The early praise is no bologna (which I haven’t even tried yet).

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