The woman behind the sparkle: Sheila Hodges’ brilliance beginning to shine way beyond Mississippi

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By Dana Sleger // Right off Landon Road in Gulfport, there is a jewel of a shop that radiates with the most extraordinary palette of colors: Pacific opal, golden shadow, black diamond, vintage rose, summer blush. And that’s just a handful of hues in the rainbow of gems offered through the Victoria Lynn Jewelry line. This premier line of handcrafted pieces is brilliantly embellished with the finest array of genuine…

GCW Inspiration House: Refined warmth

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Photography by William Colgin // The key inspiration behind the project was Rosemary Beach, Fla., a place the homeowner describes as her “happy place.” “She asked me to make her feel as if she was perpetually on vacation there. Besides this, her sole direction for me was to ‘make it beautiful,” says interior designer Ashley Grant. To achieve this vision, Grant used neutral, light colors. “When using a tone-on-tone color…

Grace and faith abounding: Ill child teaches her family love and sacrifice in life — and death

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By Dana Sleger // On Jan. 14, Nick and Andrea Saucier of Saucier did the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do: Say goodbye to their 7-year-old daughter, Madison Katherine, for the last time. After being diagnosed at birth with Ohtahara Syndrome, a seizure disorder, her tired body was now at peace, but the grieving process was only beginning for her parents, who gave a remarkable quality of life to…

My garden: ‘My childhood memories in bloom’

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By Melanie Lynch // If you were to ask me why I garden, my reasons would be the same as most Southern women, I suppose:  Because I get to help create something beautiful, because it’s my special place in the world, because it relieves stress, and because it’s a gift to be shared with others. If you ask me why I started gardening and what it means to me, the…

More Than A Makeover: Winner Felipa Marin finally gets a turn to be pampered and served

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By Andrea Yeager // Working seven days a week leaves little time for pampering, so a day of beauty and care was almost too much for Felipa Marin. “I can’t believe this is happening to me,” she says while colorist Alex Jones and Angela Taylor dab on chocolate shades to create highlights and lighter brown shades for lowlights. “I never dreamed such a thing.” The 37-year-old business owner is used…

Treat yourself like you would treat your daughter

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By Dr. Michele Q. Pisciotta // I wanted to share some tips for a healthy lifestyle for this issue. The tidbits that kept coming to mind are all about healthy mental health so, here goes … Remember. Remember what? Well at a particularly low point in my life, while I was paying for excellent mental-health care, I was told to try and develop “double vision.” As we discussed this concept,…

Tazewell: Color, freedom and life

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By Scott Naugle // Tazewell is a messenger. Through his art, colorful and enlightening, he offers an alternative prism through which we may encounter our world. The high wattage lights bleach the floors, walls, shelves and the people moving underneath searching for groceries and household items. The chain-store box is designed to speed along the transactions, pushing people in and out quickly, efficiently. Near the front of the store, an…

“Strong-willed child” are not bad words!

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By Rebecca Ritchey // The strong-willed child. That short phrase can cause a chill to run up your back. And when you think of saying, “No,” a visual of a tiny natural disaster setting off flashes to mind. A strong-willed child has been called many things — but the more positive descriptions are that the child is spirited, headstrong, decisive and unbending. Those are great characteristics to have as an…

Celebrate spring

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By Chef Danie Rodriquez // This time of year is so refreshing. The last cold winds of winter are slowly dying down and warm breezes are on their way. Everything is coming back to life as if the world is waking from our winter hibernation. Spring is about new life and renewal of life. When I think of spring and life renewing itself, I think of Easter, and when I…

Managing the boss — or at least trying to!

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By Elaine Stevens // They used to be called secretaries — those who serve the rich, powerful and in the Renaissance, royalty. Derived from the Latin, secernere, it means “to distinguish” or “to set apart.” The meaning eventually evolved into secret, private or confidential. Thanks to political correctness, private secretaries are today most often referred to as administrative assistants in the corporate world and clerks — with titles and official…