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Guys to Know: Dennis Trammell

VP AND GENERAL MANAGER, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Photography by Candace Schaddelee After graduating from college with a degree in English, Dennis Trammell took a temporary holiday job with the Parisian department store in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., and “fell in love with it.” He has been in retail ever since, for a total of 31 years. Following the merger of Parisian and Saks Fifth Avenue in 1998, he was happy to stay with the company, eventually rising to the position of vice president and general manager of the Birmingham store. During his tenure, the store’s...

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Health: Are You Eating Your Feelings?

By Jan Tilley Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food — usually “comfort” or junk foods — in response to feelings instead of hunger. It is often an overwhelming drive or desire to put a Band-Aid on our hurts and challenges. Unfortunately, the fix is temporary. Emotional eating ultimately makes things worse, fueling low self-esteem, and stirring feelings of anxiety and depression. To find out if you are an emotional eater, ask yourself: Do feelings of anger, sadness or stress drive me to eat? Do I turn to food for comfort or eat out of...

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Overcomer: Finding The Vision for a New Year After The Wimberley Flood

By PAMELA LUTRELL Photography by Martin Waddy Though the biggest event in her life happened prior to Memorial Day 2015, Jesseca Smith, 40, knows the lessons left with her are ones to live by and good ones to remember as everyone goes into a New Year. She acknowledges all people go through tough times, and during her most recent one, she learned: She has experienced firsthand how powerful helping others and receiving that help can be after the waters subsided. For all these lessons were learned during the devastating flood in Wimberley on May 23-24, 2015. According to,...

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Mommy Matters: Kids in the Kitchen

Holiday cooking projects for children are not only fun, but are a great way to create tradition and develop useful skills. BY Nicole Crawford The holidays are right around the corner, and for many people that means an extra dose of family time and food. If your children are anything like mine, they might want to help when they see you getting ready to whip up a batch of holiday treats. While I appreciate their eagerness and enthusiasm, I’ll be completely honest — sometimes I want to just cook by myself. It’s quicker, quieter and usually less messy, a...

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