Breast cancer affects one in eight women. In 2014 alone, 220,000 American women will be diagnosed with this disease, and close to 44,000 won’t survive the battle. ribbonWith staggering numbers like these, it is hard to feel like you alone can make an impact. Feeling the same way, the team at Best Self decided to start the Band Together Initiative to raise money for Komen Atlanta. We believe that together we can make a difference and help put a stop to breast cancer for good. The hot pink headband became the simple of our goal and we passed out over 1,000 to runners and walkers at Race for the Cure in May, where we officially kicked off Band Together Against Breast Cancer.

The initiative will come to a close this Thursday at our photo shoot and networking event at the Concourse Athletic Club. For a $250 pledge, you or your business can be included in the photo shoot, attend the networking event and receive 25 of our hot pink headbands. Read this letter from our publisher to learn more about how you can Band Together Against Breast Cancer with Best Self!




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Shear Salon‘s Jodi Grieshop is here to give you her best advice on how to find the right blush for fall.

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What blush trends do people get stuck in?

Using the same color until it runs out and even longer. Also, always sticking with powder instead of creams or sticks.

What is the most important factor when selecting a blush?

The season, your underlying skin tones and your hair color will affect the blush color and application you choose. Also, consider how much time you want to spend on application. Do you want to dab some cream blush on with your fingers and go, or spend more time highlighting your cheeks and creating dimension with bone structure?

 What are the hottest fall colors for blush this year?

Dewy peach tones.

What blushes are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond?

Always use mineral makeup. I have been using Jane Iredale Skin Care Makeup since I was 25! Women in their 40s will also benefit from a cream to add moisture and radiance. I like to think at any age you can wear any type of blush as long as you know how to use the product you have.

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Each Friday in October, Northside Hospital will host a Tennis Against Breast Cancer event at a different tennis club in Atlanta. The hope to raise awareness for, and increase the availability of, digital mammograms. tennisTheir goal for 2014 is to provide 500 digital mammograms for uninsured women in the Atlanta area, all while having a great time on the courts.

The day starts with a continental breakfast and sports chair massages, which will be followed by drills from some of Atlanta’s top tennis pros. After working up a sweat on the courts, there will be lunch, a fashion show and raffle prizes.

On Oct. 10 and 17, the event will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club. And on Oct. 24, the event will be held at Polo Golf & Country Club.

There are different levels of involvement and participation, so visit to learn more!


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“On Wednesay’s We Wear Pink” is not just a quote from a chick flick anymore. Pink Barre in Atlanta has taken the well-known phrase and transformed it into a unique way of supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. pink barEach Wednesday in October, they are asking their members and non-members to wear pink to their barre classes. For each member who sports pink they will be donating $1 to a breast cancer organization, and will be donating $12 for each non-member who rocks some pink workout gear. The Pink Barre locations at Emory Point and Buckhead will be donating to The Pink Agenda and the Sandy Springs location will be donating to Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.

Details: Each Wednesday in October at particiapintg Pink Barre locations,

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Dear partners and friends of Best Self Atlanta,

October is officially here. And with it came Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Only a few of us have not been affected by this disease at some point in our lives. Whether a friend, a family member or you personally have been diagnosed, the numbers surrounding breast cancer are overwhelming. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and in 2014 alone, an estimated 220,000 American women will be diagnosed. More than 40,000 will not survive the together

As a business owner and individual, I want to help. But sometimes, I don’t feel like my individual contribution will make a difference. That is why I am asking you to join me—let’s Band Together Against Breast Cancer so our small to medium-sized businesses can come together and make a difference.

The symbol of the initiative is the hot pink headband, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta to help local women with breast cancer treatment and education. A $250 donation from you will give you 25 headbands for your company, co-workers, friends and family.

Your business (you or a representative from your company) will be invited to participate in a group photo shoot, where we all sport the pink headband. The photo shoot will take place at the Concourse Athletic Club on October 9 and the group photo will be shared on our extensive social media networks and in an upcoming issue of Best Self Atlanta. The shoot will be followed by a networking party that will feature drinks and light bites.

To make our deadline for the photo shoot, become a Give-Back Partner by October 7. Just reply to to let us know you want to Band Together with us.

Together we can make a difference for women in Atlanta who are fighting the battle with breast cancer. So let’s Band Together Against Breast Cancer today!



 Sherri Adair

Publisher and Owner, Best Self Atlanta Magazine

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Hit the road this weekend for two great causes. On Sunday, head to the Mall of Georgia to take part in the 3rd Annual Great Gwinnett Road Run. gbccfThis 5K and Fun Run benefits the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition and the family of Alyssa Tucker, a 10-year-old girl from Buford who has been diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer.

The Mall of Georgia invites runners and walkers of all levels to participate in this fun-filled event. The 5K kicks off at 8 a.m. outside of the mall’s food court, with the Fun Run following at 9 a.m.

The entry fee is $30 per person, and there is a family discount rate of $85.

Details: 3333 Buford Drive,

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Enjoy the whimsy and beauty of Cirque du Soleil right here in Atlanta. One of their newest touring shows, Amaluna, will be performed under the blue and yellow big top at Atlantic Station, starting October 3. amalunaThis show, the group’s 33rd production, celebrates the power of women by transporting the audience to a mystical island governed by Goddesses and the lunar phases. Plus, the cast is 70 percent female and is accompanied by an all-female band. Tickets start at $35 for adults.


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Here at Best Self, we believe that together we can make a difference. But when and where can your efforts make the most impact?ribbon

Look no further than our 30 Days of Pink blog series in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month of October, this blog will feature local breast cancer awareness, fundraising and education events and initiatives. From runs and races, to fashion shows and health screenings, we will be talking about them all so you can participate and raise awareness for women’s health.

Below are the links to our 30 Days of Pink posts so you can follow along and get involved in the fight against breast cancer. Have a happy 30 Days of Pink!





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To kick off our 30 Days of Pink blog series, we thought, “Why start with just one event, when we could start with a whole weekend?” So we chose to Paint the Mall Pink!

Celebrate women’s health and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Town Center at Cobb’s third annual Paint the Mall Pink weekend-long event. Paint the Mall Pink kicks off on Thursday and doesn’t end until Sunday afternoon.

The event starts with a bang on October 2 with the Pink Window Display Contest. Throughout the weekend, participating stores in the mall will go all out to decorate their store windows with pink displays. paint the mall pinkThen photos of the stores will be put on Town Center at Cobb’s Facebook page so shoppers can vote and pick their favorites. The contest will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Then on Thursday night, Spirit Girls Night Out begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Center Court of the mall, giving ladies the chance to put on their favorite little black dress and have a good time. The event includes free health screenings provided by WellStar, goody bags, door prizes, a fashion show and beauty demonstrations.

But the pink fun doesn’t stop there.  Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5K will be held on Saturday, October 4. Runners and walkers are invited to glow the night away at this late-night race. There will be a huge after-party to follow with dancing, food and music.

And last but not least, the mall will host a PINK OUT on Saturday, October 4. Shoppers are encouraged to wear pink and take advantage of the complimentary health screenings that  WellStar is offering in the Center Court of the mall from 2 to 6 p.m.

All of the Paint the Mall Pink events are free to the public, excluding the entry fees for Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5K. So spend your weekend shopping while raising money for breast cancer research at Town Center at Cobb!

Details: Town Center at Cobb, 400 Barrett Pkwy,

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Online exclusive recipe from Jennifer Harris, owner of Gluten-Free Go-To Guide

Gluten-Free Turkey Sausage Strata

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  • 4 slices gluten-free bread, chopped small
  • 1 ½ c. eggs (add a drop or two of water)
  • 1 lb. sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1 c. cheese, shredded
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ c. Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 ½ c. milk (milk substitute)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat oven to 325°. Spray 13×9 pan baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer the bread until it covers the bottom of the dish.
  • In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, ½ cup of cheese, salt and pepper. Blend until frothy. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread. Next, add in the onions followed by the cooked sausage. Top with additional shredded and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 55 to 70 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. Let stand ten minutes before serving. Serves 12.

Chopped tomatoes, spinach and broccoli also work very well in this strata. You can also substitute coconut milk and vegan cheese, and the results are outstanding. When picking out gluten-free bread, use a plain bread (white or whole grain) and stay away from gluten-free rye because it tends to overpower the other ingredients.

This recipe can be made the night before and baked the next morning. It serves 12 and goes well with a side of freshly chopped fruit, yogurt or hash browns.

For more gluten-free tips and help eating a gluten-free diet, visit Jennifer’s website at

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