Lavender Beauty Bar’s Meia Walton is here to give you her best advice about makeup trends for the summer.

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What element of makeup application should people pay extra attention to for summer?

I’ve noticed that we’re neglecting to moisturize or exfoliate year round. Those are key to healthy skin and glow for our makeup regimen.

If someone is looking to revamp her makeup, where can she start?

Change your current habits. Go for a tinted moisturizer, nude lip shades and sexy lashes. Very basic, but it can change your look dramatically.

What should someone avoid overdoing?

Stop caking makeup on. Natural looks are so much more appealing.

What do you do personally to get ready for summer?

I start with a body scrub. Next, Nars Body Glow multipurpose body oil is my secret weapon for my bronze look. My favorite glam touch is my link lashes.

What are the must-have summer products?

Rodial Bee Venom moisturizer, Nars blush and bronzing powder, Elf lip exfoliator, Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush and MAC Well Loved Lipstick.

What makeup colors will be hot for this summer?

“Natural beauties” are totally in. Pastel eye shadows, nude skin and lips are perfect on any woman.

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Play racecar driver for a day at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. On May 23 and 24, drive a real NASCAR racecar for the Richard Petty Driving Experience, exotic drivingor wait until June 13 through 15 for the Exotic Driving Experience. Take your pick from Ferraris, Lamborghinis or a Porsche that you can drive for six luxury laps around the racetrack. If the passenger seat is more your speed, sign up for their thrill rides with a professional driver. Prices vary depending on which drive you choose.

Details: 1500 Highway 19 and 41, Hampton, GA,

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Dr. Taz Bhatia from Atlanta Center for Holistic Medicine answers a reader’s question about multivitamins.

Dr Taz Bhatia

Q: Do I need a multivitamin?

A: I am often asked by my patients if they need to take a multivitamin. I am not a huge believer in multivitamins, as I feel that the absorption of all those micronutrients is often ineffective. Instead, I believe supplementation should be targeted and individualized to meet specific health conditions, rather than sporadic or excessive.

Do you have questions for our doctors? If so, please email them to 

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Bloomingdale’s Sheila Frey is here to give you her best advice on how to get your closet ready for summer. Sheila Frey

What fashion statements should people pay extra attention to for summer? 

Since your skin will be more exposed during the summer, get your feet in condition for wearing pretty sandals by breaking out the exfoliating scrubs, moisturizers and sunscreen.

If someone is looking to revamp her wardrobe, where can she start?

Try a new bra that fits right. It can give you the results of plastic surgery but with a lot less pain.

What do you do personally to get ready for summer?

I buy a pair of new white jeans, and I purchase a new trend of the season – this year it will be palazzo pants.

What is the must-have summer accessory?

Trade those skinny pants for a flowy silhouette that can be paired with a tee or dresses up with a sequin tank or silk halter top. A panama hat is also a sassy and functional look to try.

What wardrobe colors will be hot this summer?

According to Pantone, the official colors are placid blue, violet tulip, paloma, hemlock, sand, freesia, cayenne, celosia orange, dazzling blue and radiant orchid. Mix and match these colors and throw in a few floral patterns to create an interesting summer palette.


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The scoop on what’s new around Atlanta. 

Everyday Heroes 


Put on your running shoes and best superhero costume and join in the fun at Strong4Life Superhero Sprint on June 7 at Piedmont Park. This annual event benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life movement, dedicated to reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity. Enjoy a 5K and one-mile fun run, costume contest and more.


Get Pampered at the Atlanta Women’s Expo 

Atlanta Women's Expo

If you’re like most women, it’s far past time for a pampering session. Plan to attend the Atlanta Women’s Expo on June 7 and 8. This two-day event includes shopping, delicious food, fashion shows, free health screenings, cooking demonstrations and even relaxing facials. You can stroll through 275 exhibits at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMArt along with thousands of other attendees looking for tips and products to help them look and feel their best.


Best Pet Selfie Photo Contest 

Best Pet Selfie

We let them sleep in our beds. We feed them healthy food. We dress them up and show them off to friends and family. No, they’re not our kids – they’re our pets! It’s time to show your four-legged babies some extra love this month in our Best Pet Selfie contest. Between May 15 and June 1, snap a selfie with your pet and email it to or upload it to our website. Then from June 16 to June 30, vote on Facebook for the cutest pets. The top three winners (determined by votes on Facebook) will receive up to $500 for their pet-related charity, plus a prize package to pamper their pets. The contest will end with a pet-friendly party on the deck at Nancy G’s Café.


Summer Reading 

The One and Only

While the kids study the classics, give yourself a literary treat this summer by reading Emily Giffin’s new book. On May 20, Atlanta’s own New York Times bestselling author of “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue” releases her newest work, “The One and Only.” Protagonist Shea Rigsby is forced to reexamine her life choices when an unexpected tragedy comes up in her tight-knit community of Walker, Texas.







Band Together at Race for the Cure


On May 10, join 14,000 Atlantans at Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta‘s Race for the Cure. This year, the race starts from Lenox Mall and welcomes survivors and supporters of all ages and fitness levels. Wear a tutu as part of Komen’s Do You Tutu? campaign, and be sure to add a neon pink headband to your race day outfit. The “Band Together” campaign will kick off at the race and will encourage hundreds to band together in the fight against breast cancer. The six-month initiative will end in October with proceeds benefiting Komen Atlanta. Sponsors include Best Self Atlanta, Kaiser Permanente, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine and Vein Clinics or America. Follow us on Facebook to learn how you can get your pink headband and give back.





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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month 

On a recent visit to Barnsley Resort, I had the opportunity to try sporting clays with a group of my girlfriends. We agreed that this sport is easier than it looks, as well as fun and challenging. Jessica Shops Not to mention it’s the perfect opportunity to wear camp skinny jeans.

Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often called “golf with a shotgun” because it is played over a course of 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain.

SpringBank Sporting Club, in conjunction with Barnsley Resort, has a 12-station course with a diverse layout of shots. Personal instruction is available and if you really love it, annual memberships can be purchased.



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Sure, you may have floated on the Chattahoochee, but have you stood on it? Head down to Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs for the Stand Up for the Hooch race on May 17. SUP Race This family-friendly event aims to get people of all ages on stand-up paddle boards for a full-body workout and a fun time. The race is ope nto all levels including beginners, intermediate and advanced paddlers. Register today online or call High Country Outfitters. 

Details: (404) 814-0999,

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Joseph and Friends Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa’s Stephanie Crystal is here to give you her best advice on how to get your skin ready for summer.

Stephanie Crystal

What element of skincare should people pay extra attention to for summer?

Moisturizer! Skin tends to be drier during winter, so heavy moisturizers are widely used. But as the mercury rises, a lighter moisturizer with SPF may be enough as skin produces more sebum during warmer months.

If someone is looking to revamp her skin, where can she start?

Cleansing facials, peels or microdermabrasion every few weeks are great ways to revamp dull skin. But good home care is equally – if not more – important.

What should someone avoid overdoing?

Exfoliation. Too much too often can damage skin, leaving it susceptible to acne and scarring. Depending on the product, estheticians recommend exfoliating one to three times weekly.

What do you do personally to get ready for summer?

I look forward to a gentle enzyme peel for deep exfoliation of my winter skin.

What colors and products are hot this summer season?

Aveda’s Culture Clash Makeup Collection for 2014 features eye palettes such as Burnished Bronze, Seafoam and New Lilac, with jasmine and geranium for petal-soft texture and velvety finish.


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Band Together

Sherri Adair Band Together

This month we will be launching a very important initiative: Band Together Against Breast Cancer. The neon pink headband will become the symbol of this initiative, made possible thanks to the support of Kaiser Permanente and supporting sponsors, Vein Clinics of America, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa and Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.

Band Together kicks off May 10 at Race for the Cure (we will be there with more than 14,000 supporters and survivors) and wraps up in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The six-month long campaign will raise awareness about breast cancer and funds for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta’s local breast cancer research and support services. We ask you, the Best Self community of businesses and readers, to join us. Visit our tent at Race for the Cure or online find out how your donation of as little as $5 or your sponsorship can have you wearing the band and giving back to this important cause!

And speaking of give back, this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! winners are very committed to their respective causes. From the outpouring of email and Facebook votes, it’s clear the fabulous nominees represent some of Atlanta’s healthiest and most beautiful women and men over 40. Not only that, but they also give back to our community in truly significant ways. We also want to thank our Over 40 & Fabulous! presenting sponsor for their support, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, as well as our other sponsors, ASM Wellness, AlternaHealth Solutions and Bob Steele Salon.

Congratulations to our top 10 winners: Beth Ann Bearup, Erika Carter, Sue Cobb, Jennifer McGowan Guynn, Diana Hofsommer, Dr. David W. Jones, Virginia Keagle, Marsha Middleton, Toni Moceri and Peggy Rainbow. Members of this group use their businesses, time and energy to generate resources for many other causes. They also manage to take great care of themselves while doing so much good, which makes them even more fabulous in our eyes.

In addition to the top 10, this year’s candidates were so wonderful that we have chosen to honor another fabulous five. These five were right on the heels of the top 10 for votes, so we also want to acknowledge Lea Bay, Trudy Davies Davis, Joseph Golshani, LeeAnn Maxwell and Rebecca Walden. Don’t miss our June issue that features our winner on the cover!

– Sherri Adair, Publisher


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Looking for a fun way to meet new people? Check out ONE. Midtown Kitchen’s wine dinner series, WINE ON. Each month, a new themed event includes a four-course meal paired with the perfect libation. One Midtown Kitchen These culinary experiences will take place on the restaurant’s outdoor patio where diners can enjoy an amazing view of the Atlanta skyline while mingling. This month is “Ladies Night” on April 30. Each dinner has limited capacity, so reservations are required. The cost is $50.


Details: 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 892-4111,

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