Remembering 9/11 with Art by Peter Max

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic events that occurred in New York on September 11, 2001. As we reflect on this day, we turn to artists like Peter Max who like many others was devastated following the attack.

To accomplish this goal, Max created a series of 9/11 art to benefit the September 11 Twin Towers and Survivors Relief project. Proceeds from the sale these American-themed works were donated to the funds, with Max considering it a “labor of love.”

Max also created portraits of the 356 firefighters who lost their lives at the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. He acquired photographs of the firefighters used on photo IDs to paint each portrait.

“As I painted them, it was as though their gazes were looking directly at me…They could have been my friends or my relatives, and were all my fellow Americans. And all heroes.”

Michelle Maidenberg fell in love with Peter Max after 9/11. She reflects, “I am touched by Peter Max’s Americana painting — the vibrancy, his free-flowing style and connotation to personal liberty. It helps me to continually be reminded of my freedom, my strong sense of community and the strength and resilience of American citizens. I feel connected to my patriotism and truly blessed to be an American citizen.”




Olympic Moments That Change History with Michael Phelps

Over the course of the last thirty years there have been many athletes who have changed the course of Olympic history. Heroes who inspire and leave deep impressions of embodied memories for years to come. Blood, sweat and tears don’t even come close.

Rarely seen are the mental anguish and internal battles these athletes endure. How they overcome them is the journey that truly inspires. This week Olympic swimmer Alison Schmitt opened up about her fight with depression on the Today Show. Schmitt divulged how depression had paralyzed her and how seeking professional help and sharing her vulnerabilities with friends like Michael Phelps put her back on track for the Gold. Phelps often refers to Schmitt as a sister from another mother. They have trained together for over a decade.  It takes a village to raise a champion and Schmitt has taken a personal stance to help others with their plight.

Schmitt along with the rest of her team mates are “paying it forward” with VIP Survivor’s Olympian Leather Cuff. The entire Team USA swim team received the emblazoned “Olympian” gold cuffs and have been wearing them in Rio. When they return to the USA, they will autograph the back of each cuff and give it to someone they feel possesses Olympian traits. Commemorating this journey and inspiring greatness in others is the goal.

Olympic Cuff

VIP Olympic CuffVIP Survivor founder Leigh Ann Barnes and Dana Jo from Fulfillment Merch teamed up to design these custom Olympian bracelets. “Designing a special cuff for Team USA  was an awesome endeavor. We are so excited they’re wearing them and look forward to collaborating with Allison Schmitt on her own line of inspirational cuffs,” said Leigh Ann Barnes.  “Our VIP Survivor cuffs are pretty special because they’re handmade in the USA by some Very Important People, survivors of domestic violence.” VIP Survivor creates products using the leather remnants and gives women jobs here in the U.S., especially ones who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Partnering with domestic violence shelters across the country, VIP Survivor hires women residing in the shelters’ transitional housing and offers them an opportunity to earn money while in a safe haven environment. It’s a triple win –  a product that is creating new jobs here in America from a new employee pool by reclaiming exquisite leather remnants and scraps.



Authentic Leadership for the Next Generation

Authentic leadership is a popular subject these days as the next generation watch the presidential election unfold.  For the last year we have been fortunate to have two amazing interns in our office from the University of Delaware.

Authentic Leadership by Karissa Thacker

This week Colleen Byrnes was sharing with our team lessons learned from her social media communications class taught by Meredith Chapman. Chapman teaches at the University of Delaware where she revolutionized social media on-campus and positioned UD as a national thought leader. She has been nationally recognized for her accomplishments and was named a top Social Media Professional for 2011 by PR News in addition to being in the inaugural 2014 class for the Delaware Business Times “40 Under 40.” 

Millennials are known to want to align themselves with social causes and work for companies that are giving back to society. Colleen had the chance to interview Karissa Thacker about her book the Art of Authenticity and her thoughts on leadership for the next generation. 


R & R In Kennett Square and Chadds Ford

Are you looking for a little time out from your hectic schedule? Even if you only have 30 mins to spare, it’s important to take time out of our over-scheduled lives to treat ourselves. I, for one, don’t do it enough and it’s something I’m trying to get better at. It’s funny that self-care is sometimes that hardest thing to do. Here are a few of my favorite places to go for rest and relaxation in Kennett Square and Chadds Ford, PA (and beauty secrets too).

Chadds Ford Endermologie in Chadds Ford: Let’s face it, our faces take a beating. Gravity, pollution, exposure to too much sun, and aging all combine to cause wrinkling, dulling and sagging of the skin. Endermologie (facial and full body treatments) are non-invasive 100% natural skin workout that stimulates tissues at a cellular level, naturally restoring skin firmness as it smooths and detoxes. Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Tyra Banks, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani are just a few of the A-List ladies who love Endermologie.

Lynn Victoria Skincare in Chadds FordLynn has been looking after my skin for over 5 years. Her services include medical and cosmetic skin care procedures to help you look and feel refreshed, revitalized and renewed. Rejuvapen causes the skin to produce collagen and elastin, which in turn minimizes fine lines and wrinkles while giving the skin an overall more youthful appearance. I have experienced amazing results.
lynn victoria skincare in chadds ford - social stylate

No 109 in Kennett Square: Our go-to place for everything fashion. Heather has an amazing sense of style and I can always count on her to find pieces that make me look and feel fabulous. Right now I’m loving the latest Ted Baker delivery, Sanctuary’s Rain In Paris trench coat and the whole Mother denim collection.

No 109 in Kennett Square

Houppette in Kennett Square: Skincare and cosmetics, lingerie and yoga gear; Houppette is a female shopper’s paradise. I can never visit without picking up a Fresh Sugar Lipstick or a new pair of Cosabella undies. If you need a hostess gift, Houppette has a beautiful selection of candles and diffusers from brands like Lafco, Diptyque and Antica Farmacista. 

Tata Harper at Houppett in Kennett Square - Social Stylate

The next time you find yourself looking for a shot of happiness and relaxation, head to this little piece of Chester County heaven. You deserve it!