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Join Us for This Year's Lipstik Women's Show

One stop for fun, motivation, learning and shopping at 2013 Lipstik Show

Be inspired and encouraged, get creative, pick up tips on everything from fashion and food, to home, health and hobbies - all this and much more at the 13th annual Lipstik Show later this month.

Presented by the staff of Lipstik Magazine and more than 75 participating vendors, this year's show will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.

"It's going to be a fun-filled day for gals of all ages and all interests," noted Patti Klepac, News Democrat advertising manager and Lipstik editor. "It's a day to get educated, invigorated - and shop.

"Every year this event gets a little bigger, a little better," she said, noting she expects the 2013 show to be the best yet, with a stellar lineup of special guests and merchants.

Among this year's highlights will be presentations by Mary Hostetter, owner of the nationally known Blue Owl Restaurant in Kimmswick, Mo.; KMOX Radio personality and author Carol Daniel; and artist David Brandt, who owns Sips and Splatters in Belleville and Maryville.

At 10:30 a.m., Hostetter will tell the story of The Blue Owl, from her humble start selling homemade baked goods at area craft shows, through tumultuous days when the business faced potential ruin from flooding, to national popularity and acclaim for the restaurant and its signature dessert, the Levee-High Caramel Apple Pecan Pie, which has been featured on the Food Network, Travel Channel and been named one of Oprah's Favorite Things.

Hostetter will also show the audience an easy and light dish for summer, preparing the restaurant's well-loved strawberry salad onstage.

"Mary is an amazing individual who has a sincere passion for business and a dedication to making all of her customers feel welcome and cared for," Klepac stressed.

Then, at noon, Daniel will inspire attendees to overcome struggles in their own lives by sharing how she has dealt with the many challenges she has faced as a 30-year broadcasting veteran and award-winning columnist as well as a wife and mother. She will also talk about her recently published book, All I Ever Wanted - Relationships, Marriage, Family and do a book-signing immediately following her presentation.

"Carol is the consummate professional, but she is still very connected to her roots. I expect her presentation to be very invigorating," said Klepac.

Then, capping off the lineup will be Brandt at 1:30 p.m. In his "Art and Wine Therapy" presentation, this artist/teacher will share the many benefits of creating art, including stress relief -- with no artistic background or skill required. In fact, he will be inviting one or more lucky audience members onstage to make a masterpiece of her own, to show just how easy and fun it can be to create.