Breast Cancer Awareness Month x Alexis Kletjian

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Alexis Kletjian Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Donating 20% Of All Pink & Rose Gold Jewelry To Susan G. Komen

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, inspired by a client and friend who just began her battle with breast cancer, Alexis Kletjian is donating 20% of everything pink sold during the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Susan G. Komen is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives by “ensuring that all people receive the care they need, and finding breakthroughs to prevent and cure breast cancer.”

Looking for some rosy inspiration? Think pink with garnet jewels or rose gold metal in bangles, charms, and necklaces. Whether it’s a Diamond Skull Stacking Ring, a pair of Garnet Lotus Earrings, or a Snake Star Bracelet in rose gold, you can’t go wrong with any piece of Alexis’ gorgeous jewelry.

The holidays are just around the corner and it’s a good time to start thinking of gifts, birthday presents, or even a little something just because. Tell your friends, tell your mom, and tell your spouse, especially if there’s something in her gallery you’ve been coveting! Purchasing something pink from Alexis this October will not only gift something unique and truly beautiful to a loved one but will help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the process.

Breast cancer affects people around the world, in our country, in our community, and in many cases, in our own families. Because of that, we’re dedicated to doing what we can to support those affected and those who are striving towards a cure. Your purchases and Alexis’ donations will help Susan G. Komen continue their breast cancer fight on multiple fronts, including research funding, worldwide outreach, advocacy, and community health.

Click here to shop for all things pink and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month! (Thank you, The Review Wire for the shout-out!)

Nicole Miller Philadelphia is also supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Read about it here.

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Coffee Talk with Beke Beau

There are few things better than coffee and conversation which is why we try to set up a coffee date with a different person every month. It’s a great way to catch up with old friends and chat with people we’ve been dying to meet.

We had a chance to sit down with Beke Beau, Philadelphia’s renowned makeup artist in her Manayunk studio. Beau who is getting ready to launch her latest endeavor  “Paint School of Make Up” this fall says, “I continue to evolve. I’m committed to the idea that makeup is a tool, not a toy, and I’m taking the opportunity to develop what is really an agenda to help women.”

I quickly realized this was going to be both a fun and inspiring conversation because Beau, much like her studio, is full of life. Passion flows freely when you follow your dreams, and to hear Beau tell her story, is proof in the pudding {or, in this case, makeup}.

Beke began her journey in beauty in New York City, as an assistant to cosmetics mogul Laura Geller. She later freelanced for makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. High-profile events Beke has worked on include the weddings of actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, author Jennifer Weiner, and pop star Joey McIntyre. VIP clients include actresses Gemma Chan, Ali Larter, Karla Souza, Kelly Preston and Jordana Brewster, tennis legend Billie Jean King, actors John Travolta, Martin Short, and designer Nicole Miller.

The concept and design of the school have evolved naturally over time. “I wanted to create a practical curriculum for people who want to work in the field of makeup.  There’s way too much out there on social media that confuses the idea of beauty with what is essentially entertainment. Real women aren’t going to benefit from thinking that piling on layers of makeup is going to be useful or flattering and I want my students to carry that message.”

Her weddings have been featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Wedding, People Magazine, The Knot, and Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.

Photo: Lorraine Daley

Beke goes beyond just gorgeous wedding makeup – book a workshop or take a class! Her beauty blog, the beautysagist, is cosmetic wisdom for the frustrated, overwhelmed and confused. REAL LIFE ADVICE to help you look better. Follow Beke @bekebeau. @bekebeaumakeup @paintschoolofmakeup

Coffee Talk With Makeup Artist Beke Beau

1. How do you take your coffee? With soy creamer.

2. Favorite coffee shop? Shout out to Pilgrim Roasters Coffee, right down the street from my studio.

3. What makes you smile without fail? Poetic justice.

4. What’s your guilty pleasure? Saying “no.”

5. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tough one. Either The Black Stallion for its sheer beauty or Gone With the Wind – it’s long.

6. What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? What’s a weekend?

7. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, for free, where would you go? If it’s free, then New Zealand.

 

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Win two Tickets To Fashion Touchdown

“Do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Nicole Miller 

Nicole Miller, the internationally recognized designer behind the Nicole Miller fashion brand, will attend this year’s Fashion Touchdown Event to unveil her custom-made leather jacket featuring an embroidered Eagle inspired, designed to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl championship. Now in its fifth year, Fashion Touchdown raised more than $360,000 last year. Proceeds from this year’s event, scheduled for November 5, will again go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. Watch your favorite Eagles players walk the runway to raise money for mentoring programs!

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Fashion Touchdown is something we look forward to all year because it blends our loves of fashion, Philadelphia and giving back to the community,” said Mary Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia. “We have been honored to be involved since 2016 and are excited to showcase some surprise pieces this year.” Call Nicole Miller in Philadelphia to reserve your exclusive Eagles inspired leather jacket {also available in black} or email info@nicolemillerphiladelphia.com. Sign up to win two tickets to fashion touchdown.

Fashion Touchdown

Carroll went behind the scene at Nicole Miller for New York Fashion Week. To call New York Fashion Week a “fashion frenzy” would be an exaggeration, behind the scenes is an army of stylists and make-up artists. Nicole Miller’s Eighties club-kid-inspired Spring collection mixed nostalgia with a cool-girl vibe for a fun, wearable line as featured in WWD, Vogue Magazine, and People

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Artist Alex Rudin Brings Her Work Home

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“Art is the great communicator and it is my firm belief that artists are a gateway to a deeper truth about the human condition.” – Alex Rudin

 

Whether you’re a passionate art fan or just someone who can appreciate a pretty picture, Alex Rudin’s work is sure to leave an impression.  Her creativity, self-expression, depth, and skill would be impressive for someone with decades of industry experience but, for a 22 year old, it’s just astounding.

Later this month, Alex, currently a resident of NYC, will bring her work to Delaware for her first solo show in her hometown of Wilmington. Below, Alex and Lauren chat about Alex’s relationship with art, her creative process, and much more.

 

Tell us about your relationship with art: when did it start? when did you fall in love with it?

Art to me is not just a hobby or profession, it’s a mentality. Art informs all aspects of my life. Going to college at Parsons taught me how to think like an artist: to value concept as an equal to aesthetics and content. My real love came when I began to understand the transcendental magic of a picture. Art is the great communicator and it is my firm belief that artists are a gateway to a deeper truth about the human condition.

Art has always been a substantial part of my life. I am fortunate to have come from a very creative family which enabled and encouraged me to explore my talents. I have always been artistic, but since I was small my Grandmother consistently urged me to focus on visual arts. These inherited gifts coupled with general support for my work has lead me to adopt art as not only a profession, but a way of life.

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Describe your process: do you paint everyday, on certain days or only when you’re inspired?

My practice is informed by my life experiences and heavy introspection. I do not create when I am not inspired. Most of my paintings stem from deeper concepts predominantly focused on my experience and the psychological impact and contemplation of these observations. I prefer portraiture as a means of evoking psychological processes through form, color, and concept.

Is there a message or theme you hope viewers take away from your work?

The majority of my work attempts to peer into the moment when subconscious thought breaks through to conscious reality – of interior honesty amid exterior chaos. The expression of emotion is often diluted or redirected by self-control and other external factors.

We live our lives through a lens of presentation, a theoretical concept of persona. In Jungian taxonomy, persona refers to someone’s public image. This idea represents the mask we wear in public in order to impose a certain image about ourselves. However, one cannot solely retreat into a world driven by their persona without moments of unfiltered emotional breakthrough, sometimes only momentary. These moments of unmasked emotional purity are strikingly simple due to the fact that they are “real”. In an attempt to capture the intangible moment between repression and realization, my work attempts to glimpse into a private reality most people do not acknowledge.

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Your incredible portfolio is quite extensive: portraits, architecture, graphic paintings, the list goes on. Do you have a favorite medium, style or subject matter?

As a young artist I continue to spend these formative years exploring content, material, and subject matter. Much of my previous work has been somewhat informed by school and various external factors. It has only been recently that my studio practice has begun to revolve around complete freedom of expression.

My distinct style is constantly evolving. It is clearly informed by past work. I am always surprised to see previous stylistic tendencies I thought gone reappear in my work. This happens all the time. I think of myself as building a visual repertoire, a bank to always source for new ways of communicating.

I do not favor one subject matter or medium over another. I use what the painting demands. In my practice, subject matter and medium are decided by the work, not me. Much of my practice is intuitive. I am the vessel through which the work is realized. Much of the time it feels like the end result is not in my control, but dictated by something intangible.

My work is also significantly informed by art history and my own personal artistic preferences. I am predominantly inspired by artists of the Vienna Secession such as Egon Schiele’s portraiture and Gustav Klimt’s ornamentation. Additionally, I reference from the Art Nouveau movement and the linear architectural taxonomy of Art Deco. Conceptually , I strongly align myself with the avant-garde, dadaist, and surrealist manifestos. These movements address the subconscious and directly challenge the notion of reality.

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Your work will be on display at the COCA Art Gallery in Greenville later this month. How does it feel to share your art with your hometown?

Honestly it’s a little surreal, but also super exciting. I am thrilled to be able to present my work in Wilmington where I grew up. Having shown my work only in Manhattan over the past year, I am flattered to have the opportunity to present locally. I am hoping all those “who knew me when” will come out to see what I’ve been up to and enjoy the development of my work.

Alex Rudin’s solo exhibition at Coca Gallery (3829 & 3838 Kennett Pike, Suite 101 Wilmington, delaware) opens June 27th. For more info on Alex, visit her website and follow her on Instagram.

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