Hello Gorgeous empowers

You can also find beauty at Ohio Caverns

Hello Gorgeous
I was indulging in a blowout one morning at Adler J. Salonspa when I noticed a flurry of activity around one particular client. The stylist taming my mane informed me this client was their first Hello Gorgeous nominee. Naturally, I inquired as to what that meant and was given the most delightful and touching explanation. Hello Gorgeous is a nonprofit organization that partners with salons and spas around the country to provide “red carpet experiences for women battling all cancers.” Here’s how it works: Women fighting cancer can be nominated by loved ones and, if chosen, are given surprise head-to-toe makeovers at no cost. As the unsuspecting nominee walks into the salon, the employees greet her with a jovial “Hello Gorgeous!” and presents her with flowers and chocolate, then proceed to explain what they have in store for her. Adler J. is a registered affiliate salon of Hello Gorgeous and generously gave its first nominee hair services, manicure and pedicure, facial and massage and even sent her home with all the product used on her that day. I was honored to witness even just a small part of her experience and was thrilled to see these beauty professionals giving their talents and time to someone fighting for her life, making her feel special and loved and beautiful. The staff also helps the nominee understand how to deal with skin and hair changes during her battle, empowering and educating her and hopefully strengthening her confidence in the process. Adler J. will be choosing one nominee each month to receive this day of true beauty. To nominate a woman battling cancer, visit www.hellogorgeous.org, click Get Involved and then Nominate. At the end of the form, be sure to include Adler J. as the local salon for Fort Wayne, or search for the closest salon if your nominee is elsewhere. Adler J. Salonspa is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 5129 Illinois Road, Suite 128. To learn more about Adler J., visit www.adlerj.com or call (260) 436-2500.

Fort Wayne Follows …
Creativity abounds in Fort Wayne, and some of its most creative peeps are easily accessed on Instagram. If you’re not on Insta yet, I think you should sign up ASAP. I’ll wait. Instagram is much more fun and easier to navigate than virtually any other social media platform. You can be inspired as well as learn about the coolest stuff to do in town, if you follow the right accounts. Here are a few local faves of mine to get you started. This is in no way a comprehensive list, but simply a jumping-off point. Take a spin through who they follow for even more inspiration. Great shots of Fort Wayne and cool news: @adam.garland, @urbanfortwayne@igersfortwayne, @downtownfortwayne, @aroundfortwayne. And, the newly relaunched IG account for this publication, @fortwayne_com (c’mon, give us a follow)! Indie art and events: @jenniferfordart, @rachelvonart@wunderkammercompany. Previously featured in this column for delicious food and stylish home decor: @birdandcleaver and @bird_food@carpendaughter.

Ohio Caverns
If you’re in the mood for a summer day trip, I highly recommend a trip to the Ohio Caverns, about two hours away in West Liberty, Ohio. It’s a gorgeous natural wonder, discovered by a nameless farm boy in the late 1800s and which had never been seen by humans before. Inside the caverns, it’s always 54 degrees, so it’s a cool respite from the sweltering summer heat. The stunning array of stalagmites and stalactites is thousands, millions, billions of years of Mother Nature’s handiwork on display. My family chose the guided Natural Wonder Tour, which lasted about one hour, followed passages excavated in the 1920s and put us 108 feet underground. It was amazing! Other options include the Historic Tour that starts at the original 1897 entrance and features the “historic graffiti left behind by the early explorers” from discovery through 1925 and the Limestone Tour, which specifically caters to visitors with limited mobility. After the cavern tours, kids can mine for their own gemstones at the outdoor mining sluice for the price of the gem bag ($5-$10 in the gift shop). Bonus: Said gift shop is full of beautiful items like gold-tipped crystal pendant necklaces and decorative geodes in all sizes and prices that vary from a few dollars to $10k (that piece being a super gorgeous amethyst taller than me). My kids left with rock candy wands, and I left with some new jewelry. I love a good shopportunity! To learn more and to plan your trip across the border, visit www.ohiocaverns.com.

First appeared in the July 2016 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine.

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