Style & Grace

3 Freeing Hair Cuts to Try This Summer

By Janecia Britt

As the temperature rises, having long hair can feel unbearable and unmanageable. This is the time to let go of your inhibitions, be courageous and let the scissors decide on a new do’ for you. There are so many trendy styles out there but we’ve rounded up the trendiest styles for you to consider this summer.

Pixie Cut

This one is a classic but it never gets old. You can super short or even keep bangs to make the style more feminine. If you want to got to town and really free yourself from the weight of hair then channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and chop it all off.


The Lob

We know. What is a lob? It’s the short way of saying a long bob. This style typically hits right above your shoulders and works for both short and curly hair. and is a great low maintenance style.



Not ready to let go of your luscious locks? Simply ask your hairstylist to add some layers and lighten the load of having your hair heavy on your head. Layers are a great way to switch up your hair but not completely lose the length.

The Power of Abundance Philosophy: Cultivating Possibilities in the Workplace

By Dr. Michelle A. Mitcham, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, CFM

Why is a business or personal philosophy so important? Are you living your philosophy and walking the talk? Well, as you know, the way we think—our philosophy of life and the world—guides our actions, motivations, beliefs, business plans, workplace productivity, interpersonal relationships, service and even our hearts. How can an individual or a business increase the bottom line? The current organizational leadership research commonly focuses on the triple bottom line, the more comprehensive, abundance-philosophy term, to include people, profit and the planet. There are a plethora of resources available once the mind-set or paradigm shift is focused on abundance. Conversely, scarcity philosophy focuses on what is missing, what we don’t have or what the business is lacking— comparing ourselves and businesses to others, focusing on deficits and limitations. The philosophy of scarcity will paralyze a business, an individual or a relationship. Expanding our thinking and removing limits, barriers and unreasonable expectations are great first steps to embracing the philosophy of the abundance thinker and taking things to the next positive level.

An abundance thinker focuses on possibilities, faith and optimism, while the scarcity thinker focuses on limitations and pessimism. The following quote captures the focus of the philosophy of abundance and the message of this article: “Plant the seeds of abundance and water the garden of your mind.” –Tavia Rahki Smith, BS, MS, MS, RYT

Strategies for Cultivating Abundance Thinking and Possibilities:

A – Adapt to change and be open to possibilities. Sometimes we can get stuck in a rut, a regimented or strict way of doing things. Not being adaptable contributes to limiting the possibilities in our lives and businesses. Talk to a friend, colleague or personal coach to develop strategies for trying new ways of doing things.

B – Be a visionary and dream beyond limits. See the possibilities and know that dreaming doesn’t cost a penny and that you should never be afraid to dream. Sometimes we surround ourselves with scarcity-mind-set people who cannot see our dreams; be careful of this.

U – Unconditional positive regard for others—employees, colleagues, family and business partners. Exemplifying unconditional positive regard for our team members and associates communicates care and respect. This professional disposition and attitude contribute to an atmosphere conducive to possibility and embracing new ideas.

N – Never be overly attached to one idea. Use the creative brainstorming strategy of SCAMPER to think outside of the box for abundant possibilities. To SCAMPER an idea means to Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to other uses, Eliminate or Reverse the idea. This tool opens up possibility thinking.

D – Develop yourself and others. Investing in yourself is critical to your success, retooling, both personally and professionally. Professional and personal development renews our thinking, ideas, self-awareness, goals, motivation, talent, skill sets, relationships and communication skills. Investing in your talent development, as well as others, increases the possibilities for success.

A – Assert yourself and your ideas. Always use your voice. It takes effective communication and courageous conversations. Develop a philosophy of abundance. The difficult dialogue will occur when you decide to change your way of doing or being in any situation. Others may be uncomfortable, but your display of assertiveness in a positive way may very well lead and pave the way for others to walk the talk and be more assertive.

N – Negotiate. Do you look at what’s in the best interest of the team, the business, the family or the relationship? Practicing interest-based negotiation empowers all to focus on win-win outcomes for everyone. Looking at all perspectives opens and expands the possibilities. True interest-based negotiation does not allow for anyone to be stuck in their position.

C – Collaborate and communicate. Working with others and recognizing their talents and contributions are key to any successful personal or professional relationship. Authentic communication and collaboration contribute to innovative ideas and a new vision.

E – Expand your thinking, circle of influence, activities, mindfulness, vision and operational definitions regarding expectations and possibilities. Expand your heart and mind to welcome all the blessings of the philosophy of abundance.

February/March 2017 Haute Happenings

Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon

February 4–5, 2017 | Kleman Plaza            

From 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., join over 1,400 runners and thousands of volunteers and spectators for the 43rd year of the Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon. The race is a running tour throughout Tallahassee, taking runners from downtown and finishing the race at Kleman Plaza. It starts on February 4th with a Health and Fitness Expo, and after the race, the finish line festival is held to celebrate the runners’ achievement. For more information about the marathon and half marathon, call (850) 284-9098 or visit Tallahassee Marathon’s page on

Valentine’s Day Soiree

February 11, 2017 | University Center Club            

Liven up your Valentine’s Day by attending this premier event from
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This event will include a complimentary cocktail hour, a champagne toast, a chef-inspired dinner and a rose for each lady. All proceeds benefit the Brian Jackson Dystonia Research and Discovery Program. To purchase tickets and make donations, visit

Living Fashionably Well           

February 14, 2017 | Goodwood Carriage House           

The sixth annual Living Fashionably Well luncheon to benefit Joanna Francis Living Well includes an art auction, a luncheon and a fashion show featuring 30 breast cancer survivors who will showcase styles from a variety of local boutiques. Event details, tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at

Tallahassee AIDS Walk

February 18, 2017 | Cascades Park

Individuals, school groups and faith groups will collect pledges for Big Bend Cares and then will meet for a morning of healthy exercise and fun at the beautiful Cascades Park from 10 a.m.–
2 p.m. Live music, testimonials and food will follow a memorial walk around the park. Free rapid HIV testings and learning opportunities about HIV and AIDS will be offered throughout the day. All proceeds go to direct-care services for clients and for HIV prevention and education in the Big Bend area. For more information, visit

Field Day Music Fest

February 18, 2017 | Apalachee Regional Park

Bring a blanket and chairs to this cozy spot for a night of live music, a wine and beer garden with local Tallahassee Brewery options, food trucks and family-friendly games. Local and out-of-town bands will be performing; VIP tickets are available and include a full dinner, bar and covered seating areas. This event will be held from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. and is presented by Capital City Bank and benefits the Judy Field Memorial Foundation, fighting pancreatic cancer in Tallahassee and beyond. To see details, check out

Tallahassee Heart Ball

March 3, 2017 | Centre of Tallahassee

Each year, community members gather to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Proceeds from this event will assist with fighting heart disease while working towards the goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans. This unforgettable evening of hope and entertainment will last from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. For more information, visit    

Red Hills International Horse Trials

March 10–12, 2017 | Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park      

At this three-day equestrian event, viewers experience riders and horses competing in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping. Call (850) 580-4020 or visit online at for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Springtime Tallahassee           

March 31–April 1, 2017 | Downtown Tallahassee            

Join the fun this spring for Tallahassee’s annual springtime festival. Jubilee in the Park, starting at 9 a.m., will include music, street vendors and plenty of local food. The Grand Parade, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monroe Street, will feature floats, marching bands and dance groups as it weaves its way through downtown Tallahassee. For more information, visit