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Meet Ashley Pressman

Ashley PressmanAshley Pressman is anything but ordinary, although you wouldn’t know it from her quiet, humble demeanor. This amazing local woman has been the Administrator at Berkshire Health & Rehabilitation in Vinton for the past four years. She leads more than 200 employees taking care of our geriatric community.

Nominated by a friend

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Fall Entertaining

falldecor1The autumn leaves bursting into vibrant reds, lively oranges, and brilliant yellows  signal a new season for home entertaining. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than your favorite outdoor spot to update your table setting with the hottest colors for fall 2014.

“Contemporary versions of classic colors are trending in the interior design realm this fall,” says John Griffith, visual merchandiser. “Rich deep Pantone colors including Sangria, Aurora Red, Cognac and Misted Yellow reflect the abundance of color you see outdoors. The new Fiesta color, Poppy, is perfect for autumn. Metallic finishes are also wildly popular, such as gold and copper.”

“Vintage dinnerware continues to be one of the trendiest design elements in the tabletop industry,” says Robbins. “Why buy a reproduction when the real thing is readily available? Search your mother or grandmother’s china cabinet to find some of the great retro patterns. Add your own point of view when you mix and match contemporary designs to create a modern look. It’s really simple to add an accent plate, or a stand-out charger in this season’s colors to update your table for fall entertaining.”

Figural pieces, such as leaf shaped plates and serving pieces are very popular this fall. Many manufacturers are offering colorful accent pieces with favorites including turkey, fall leaves and pumpkin motifs.

“You can use pumpkins as a strong design element through Thanksgiving,” Griffith suggests. “Pumpkins made of glass, ceramic and lightweight resin are big sellers in the store as we head into the season. Mix with the real thing to easily create a great centerpiece.”

As the season changes, so does the way you’re entertaining. Gatherings may be more casual as friends and family get together around the television for the big game or by the fire pit on the patio.

“Appetizer size plates and individual dip bowls are great for finger foods and condiments, says Robbins. “These smaller pieces are both popular and affordable. Plus it’s fun to mix shapes, colors or motifs. Mix and match your favorite team colors for the big game or choose individual Thanksgiving themed plates for celebrations tied to turkey day.”

For more fall decorating tips, visit our Pinterest page!

Meet Teresa Noakes

noakesTeresa Noakes was having dinner with friends when she began to sweat and the hair on her neck was damp.  She felt nausea and then had numbness, unusual fatigue, and pain and discomfort in her left jaw, shoulder and chest.  Then her pain intensified and she half-jokingly said, “I think I am having a heart attack” and then she collapsed.  She was diagnosed with small vessel disease, resulting in an inadequate supply of oxygen-rich blood. Teresa graciously shared her story at this year’s Roanoke Go Red For Women Luncheon to help other women know the signs of a heart attack and to listen to their instincts.

Nominated by Sarah Fedele

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Meet Emily Fielder

emily fielderEmily Fielder may not be a native, but the 2005 and 2010 Hollins University grad has certainly found her niche here in the Roanoke Valley. Currently a Project Associate at Virginia Career VIEW, Fielder also serves on the Boards of both Apple Ridge Farm and Junior League of Roanoke Valley. Somehow, she still finds time to pursue her doctoral degree. She is passionate about promoting local voluntarism and further developing the potential of other women through her roles in the community.

Nominated by Jennifer Bryant

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Pure Barre Update!

New Image4156Bella girls Stacey, Cory and Hayleigh continue to enjoy their Pure Barre workouts each week! Every class is still challenging, but their ability to concentrate and learn the routines has increased. They have also learned something very important about getting in shape: your weight is literally JUST a number.

“I have not lost weight, but my clothes are too big. Inches have disappeared from my waist and I feel more confident every day,” explains Hayleigh. “Getting healthy and losing fat from your entire body does not happen after the first class, the second class, or even the third! It is a permanent lifestyle change you have to make in order to really see and keep your results.”

They also continue to value the personal interaction they have with instructors before and after class. The encouragement is inspirational and something they carry with them once class is over. “To date, the most apparent transformation that has taken place through my Pure Barre experience has been my strength,” says Cory. “My arms are toner, my core is tighter and my confidence in myself and ability has grown.”

Visit www.purebarre.com for details on how to sign up for your first class and begin your journey to a better, healthier body today.

Stay tuned– our November issue will feature the final results!

Meet Heather Quintana

Heather Quintana

Heather Quintana is an amazing single mother of two boys, a vivacious friend and a fearless role model. In addition to her day job, Heather founded Happy Healthy Cooks, a program that turns kids and their families on to healthful whole foods. Heather has motivated an army of people to work within the Roanoke City school system to teach kids about nutrition through preparing and cooking healthful foods.

Nominated by Kim Bratic

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

RAINRAPS for Fall

July BellarainrapsRAINRAPS are a fashionable version of water repellant outerwear designed by two women from Virginia. A lightweight, hands-free alternative to a coat or umbrella, each RAINRAP comes with a travel pouch to make it easy to carry in your handbag or glove compartment.

RAINRAPS are waterproof and reversible. Weighing just eight ounces, they are perfect for when it’s too hot for a coat but you still need protection from the rain.

The best part about your purchase? During the month of October, they donate 15% of sales on the pink/ orange RAINRAP  to the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. 

RAINRAPS are available online and in select boutiques around the country.

Meet Gil Harrington

Gil HarringtonGil Harrington’s work on behalf of the victims of crimes and in support of the families of so many young women who have been kidnapped and/or murdered is inspirational (www.helpsavethenextgirl.com). Beyond that, Gil serves in Africa with the Orphan Mission Network International, supports her husband Dan in his work as one of the Deans of the wildly successful Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.  She reaches out in love and compassion to others with consistency and grace. 

Nominated by Bruce Bryan 

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.