Story and photos by: Helen McLaughlin

Roxie Daisy Register

Karen Myers and her husband, Jim, own Roxie Daisy, 101 Water St E.

While living in Richmond, Karen and her husband, Jim, opened Roxie Daisy, a supremely inviting and charming home décor boutique on the corner of First and East Water Street, just off the Downtown Mall (and across from Darling).

First they set up shop in August 2011, and then they set up home, buying and moving into a stone cottage here, in Charlottesville, a year later. Though young, Roxie Daisy has a whole lot of history. For starters, the name comes from Jim’s grandmother, Roxie Daisy Myers, a woman who embodied southern hospitality, warmth, and fun.

The inspiration behind opening this particular store seemed to have been something that was always in Karen’s blood: “The reason I wanted to open a home/lifestyle store is perhaps influenced by my parents. My father was vice president of a major furniture company, and my mother was a home furnishings writer. I have always been exposed to the world of home interiors; it was just natural!”


read more

Story by: Alaina Segura

Iris Magazine will host a “Celebration for Women in STEM,” co-sponsored by the U.Va. Parents Committee and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. The event will take place in the Commonwealth Room of Newcomb Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.

Last February, Iris held a similar event celebrating the achievements of women in the Darden i.Lab program, whose focus is to provide education and support for new entrepreneurs. The staff of Iris was so thrilled with the dialogue at this event that they decided to host another similar event in order to continue conversations about the rewards and challenges of working in a male-dominated field.

Amy LaViers, Kim Wilkens and Pam Norris, three women from the Charlottesville area, will be speaking about their experiences working in STEM.

You do not need to be a science or math major to enjoy this celebration!  The event is open to anyone with an interest in the STEM fields, so join us to learn more about the accomplishments of these women in our community.  Appetizers will also be served, so no one will leave hungry!

All guests should RSVP to Agnes Filipowski, Women’s Center Communications Assistant / Iris Magazine Editor, at abf4u@virginia.edu ASAP.


read more

Story by: Kendall Siewert

I get it – women don’t like to talk about their vaginas. I’m hardly the first person to realize this silence. Eve Ensler lamented it when she compiled The Vagina Monologues almost 20 years ago, and I’m lamenting it today. So let’s talk about it now.

Here are five reasons why all college women should absolutely see a gynecologist based on U.Va.’s Student Health website, and I promise I will not use the term “sexually active” once in this article.


read more

Story by: Alaina Segura

Barbara Nordin

Photo courtesy of Barbara Nordin

During the month of February, African American History Month, we, as a nation, celebrate the accomplishments of black men and women and reflect upon the continuing struggle for equal opportunity in our country.

At Iris, we decided to take a look at the history of these struggles in our local community by interviewing a journalist for The Hook, Barbara Nordin.

When Nordin was volunteering at the Cedars nursing home in 2013, she heard a story that piqued her curiosity, and she set out to learn more. Later that year, she published an article in which she tells the story of Charlottesville native Eugene Williams as he recounts his experience growing up during the 1930s.

Iris had the opportunity to interview Nordin and discuss this piece, as it remains relevant during African American History Month.


read more

Story by Kiana Williams

Katharine Hepburn

Photo from margaretperry.org
Katharine Hepburn, Hollywood icon, defined success on her own terms.

With the 87th Academy Awards ceremony coming up on Feb. 22, we mustn’t forget the woman who still holds the record for the most acting wins in history: Katharine Hepburn. Despite her lack of glamorization in comparison to her silver screen counterparts and almost being shunned by filmmakers for a series of box office flops, Hepburn was nominated for 12 Academy Awards for Best Actress and won four of them: Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981), spanning her acting career as one of longest and arguably most successful of all time.

Despite her widely known lack of conformity, Hepburn defined success on her own terms and as a result, the American Film Institute named her the Greatest Female Screen Legend in Hollywood history.

Here are some reasons why we at Iris think Katharine is so amazing:


read more