New York Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week Recap: Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen Creates Modern and Minimalist Look at Elizabeth and James Spring 2014 Fashion Week Presentation

Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen crafted the modern and minimalistic beauty look at the Elizabeth and James Spring 2014 Presentation during New York Fashion Week using Avon Makeup.

Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen Creates Modern and Minimalist Look at Elizabeth and James Spring 2014 Fashion Week Presentation

Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen Creates Modern and Minimalist Look at Elizabeth and James Spring 2014 Fashion Week Presentation

Andersen played up dewy, glowing complexions with just-pinched cheeks and lips in blushing pink. “The makeup look we created for the Elizabeth and James Spring 2014 Presentation is fresh yet sophisticated. The look is inspired by a woman who is effortlessly chic,” Andersen said.

Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen Creates Modern and Minimalist Look at Elizabeth and James Spring 2014 Fashion Week Presentation

Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen Creates Modern and Minimalist Look at Elizabeth and James Spring 2014 Fashion Week Presentation

Elizabeth and James brings together two dynamic personalities into exquisite balance. A New York lifestyle brand bridging the gap between designer and contemporary women’s fashion. Designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen bring an elevated sensibility to the contemporary market with thoughtful design and a focus on pre-styled details making everyday dressing effortless.

The makeup Lauren created for the show was the perfect compliment to the relaxed, casual vibe of the spring collection. The look is effortless, clean and natural – just like our Elizabeth and James girl,” the designers said.

Here’s how to get the look using Avon Makeup from Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen:

  1. Prep skin. Using a foundation brush and your finger, apply a thin layer of Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Liquid Foundation only on areas that need coverage. To create a natural dewiness, go back over the foundation with a wet sponge.
  2. Highlight cheeks, brow bone and nose by swiping these areas with Avon Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation in Transparent Glow. This will refresh and enhance skin with a luminous, radiant glow.
  3. To keep cheeks looking dewy and fresh, apply Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Carnation, a blushing pink shade, on the apples of cheeks.
  4. On the eyes, use a light wash of shadow with Avon True Color Eye Shadow Duo in Healthy Glow. Apply the lighter shade to the inner eyes and across the lid. Blend the darker shade very lightly along the lash line.
  5. Lightly line eyes for a “just-defined look” with Avon’s Kohl Eye Liner in Intense Brown.
  6. Give lashes volume and definition with Avon Mega Effects Mascara.
  7. Finish the look by matching lip color to the shade used on cheeks. Apply Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Carnation to the center of the lips with your finger and then blot it out to give the pout a natural-yet-noticeable stain effect.

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American Jewelry Design Council Celebrates 25 Years of Design

American Jewelry Design Council - 25 Years of Design

The American Jewelry Design Council will showcase 25 years of jewelry design at the Forbes Galleries in New York City, beginning on Sept. 21. The exhibition, “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC,” is open to the public and will feature works from more than 40 AJDC members through Feb. 22, 2014. Each year, the AJDC asks members to make one piece, interpreted according to a single theme; called the Annual Design Project, this anniversary exhibit will feature jewels dating back to the group’s first theme in 1996, up to present day. Past themes have included water, spiral, ice, and flight, among others, in which artists put their own spin on the concepts through their signature styles, imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials.


Pieces from the following AJDA artists will be on display in “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC”: Sandy Baker, Jane Bohan Whitney Boin, Michael Bondanza, Petra Class, Jaclyn Davidson, Falcher Fusager, Geoffrey Giles, Cornelia Goldsmith, Michael Good, Sarah Graham, Alishan Halebian, Ron Hartgrove, Barbara Heinrich, Susan Helmich, Jose Hess, Cornelis Hollander, John Iversen, Scott Keating, Christo Kiffe, Paul Klecka, Steven Kretchmer, Pascal Lacroix, Anthony Lent, Linda MacNeil, Gregory Morin, Jennifer Rabe Morin, Adam Neeley, Mark Patterson, Kent Raible, Paul Robilotti, Todd Reed, Alan Revere, Susan Sadler, George Sawyer, Mark Schneider, William Schraft, Tina Segal, Diana Vincent and Barbara Westwood Continue reading

POV’s ‘Best Kept Secret,’ Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 on PBS

Newark’s JFK High School Is No Secret to the Autistic Students Who Thrive in Its Dynamic Learning Environment

Passionate Teacher Janet Mino Struggles to Find Her Graduating Students a Place in the Adult World, Before They “Age Out” of the System

Premiere Date: September 23, 2013

Streaming Dates (on PBS’s POV website): Sept. 24, 2013 – Oct. 7, 2013


Director: Samantha Buck

Producer: Danielle DiGiacomo

Executive Producers: Paul Bernon, Sean Curran, Daniella Kahane, Scott Mosier

Co-Producers: Samantha Buck, Zeke Farrow

Cinematographer: Nara Garber

Editor: Francisco Belloi

Associate Editor: Matt Posorske

Original Music: Brian Satz

“In and out of the classroom, Mino fights for her kids, first to teach them life skills, then to help ensure they don’t spend that life neglected . . .”The Washington Post Express


At Newark, N.J.’s JFK High School, the staff answers the phone by saying, “You’ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark’s best-kept secret.” It doesn’t take long watching the new documentary Best Kept Secret (Running Time: 90 minutes) to see why. Hardly anyone would expect an inner-city public school to be able to marshal the innovative programs, exceptional teachers and passionate commitment that JFK brings to its special-needs students. The film focuses on the school’s work with students with autism, who are characterized by difficulties with language and social interaction. The staff is not content only to give these students survival skills. They fight a tough, daily battle to open students up to the world. As teacher Janet Mino, puts it, “If I can teach you to take care of yourself . . . I can teach you to express yourself.” JFK High just may be one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

But the remarkable efforts of the school come with an expiration date. Its students, who can enter at age 10, are “aged out” at 21. Parents and teachers call it “falling off the cliff,” because of the scarcity of continuing adult education programs and accommodations. In 2012, Mino faces the prospect of her entire class of six young men going off that cliff, and she begins a desperate search for alternatives to homebound idleness, institutionalization or homelessness for her graduating students.

Ms. Mino helps Robert as he struggles to read. (Credit - Nara Garber)

Ms. Mino helps Robert as he struggles to read. (Credit – Nara Garber)

Samantha Buck’s Best Kept Secret has its national broadcast premiere on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS during the 26th season of the award-winning PBS series POV (Point of View). American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, POV was honored with a 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Mino is the focus of Best Kept Secret, and her work with three of her students–Robert, Erik and Quran–and their families forms the drama of the film. Mino is tough, energetic and mentally on the job 24/7. She has bottomless reserves of patience and compassion for her students. One of the pleasures of the film is seeing the determination and optimism Mino and her fellow teachers bring to unrelenting daily challenges.


Erik is Mino’s highest-functioning student, the class cut-up who is smart, talkative and good at following directions. He is happy and loves his “two moms”: a biological mother who is too ill to care for him and a dedicated and loving foster mother. Erik seems the most ready to graduate. In fact, he has a dream–to work at Burger King. Continue reading

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles Celebrates 90 Years As Host To Celebrities, Dignitaries And Elite Travelers

Designated the “Host of the Coast” upon opening on October 1, 1923 and the grandest hotel west of Chicago, the legendary Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles ( is celebrating a major milestone with its 90th anniversary. Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles is celebrating 90 iconic years as the premier choice for celebrities, presidents and dignitaries and offers unrivaled historic grandeur and modern luxury in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The hotel is conveniently situated at the heart of L.A.’s vibrant cultural district with attractions such as L.A. Live, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dodger Stadium and the Museum of Contemporary Art nearby. Guest accommodations include 683 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that offer a glimpse into the historical heritage of the property, while providing all the modern amenities for today’s traveler. One of the most architecturally stunning and historical hotels in the U.S., Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles continues to serve discerning guests including dignitaries, celebrities and presidents, with timeless elegance and modern luxury.


For guests who desire added privacy for business meetings, Executive and Club Floors provide access to an exclusive Club Lounge. Exquisite function spaces comprise five ballrooms, including the famed Crystal Room, and more than 70,000 square feet for corporate events, receptions and banquets. Dining choices include casual the new Bugis Street Brasserie, featuring Singaporean-Asian cuisine; Smeraldi‘s for Italian and Continental cuisine; and traditional Afternoon Tea in the stunning Rendezvous Court. Sushi Nights feature freshly prepared sushi Thursday and Friday evenings in the Cognac Room, and Live Jazz presented by Ryan Cross is on the calendar at the Gallery Bar Friday and Saturday evenings, which displays historic memorabilia. A health club and fitness center includes a Roman-style indoor swimming pool, steam-sauna and Jacuzzi. Continue reading


Miami’s Original Art Fair Unveils Its First Production of Aqua Art Miami at South Beach Hotel and Its Second Edition of CONTEXT

Art Miami, the city’s longest-running contemporary and modern art fair, will return for its 24thedition during Art Week, Dec. 3 through Dec. 8, 2013. The anchor fair for the City of Miami has expanded to include two additional contemporary art fairs: CONTEXT in a 45,000-square-foot pavilion adjacent to Art Miami in the Wynwood Arts District; and Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach.

World-renowned for its refined ambience, consummate quality and accessible fdiversity, Art Miami now encompasses all Art Miami 2013levels of the international contemporary art market: from the modern masterpieces and blue-chip contemporary works at Art Miami, to the cutting-edge pieces by rising and mid-career talents at CONTEXT, as well as the latest output from emerging artists ripe for discovery at Aqua Art Miami. The purchase of eight-year-old Aqua during Art Week 2012 brought the perennially popular satellite into the fold of Art Miami LLC, which is retaining Aqua’s relaxed, youthful vibe while providing the amenities, infrastructure and collector base that have become signatures of its other fairs.

Aqua embraces emerging talent, acting as an incubator for CONTEXT and Art Miami, and introducing collectors and curators to fresh faces whose exciting work complements the pieces by more established artists that they are already displaying,” says Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami LLC. “We can now provide our loyal international collector base with opportunities to acquire works of art at the highest level from all categories of the contemporary market.”

Aqua also gives Art Miami a foothold on the beach, conveniently serving art collectors, professionals and enthusiasts on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway, connected by shuttle buses and multiple-day passes for entrance to all three fairs. On the mainland at the Midtown Miami complex, the juxtaposition of 125 galleries at Art Miami with 65 at CONTEXT – hailing from 15 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as from all around the United States – forms a comprehensive art community spanning 250,000 square feet. The 2012 debut of this world-class pairing in the Wynwood Arts District attracted a record-breaking 60,000 visitors and generated sales of more than $50 million.

Art Miami and CONTEXT will present a series of special exhibitions curated by Julia Draganović, Elena Forin and Claudia Löffelholz of LaRete Art Projects. CHECK OUT will install captivating and provocative sculptures, displayed by selected exhibitors, in prime positions inside as well as outside, between and in front of, the neighboring pavilions. THINK BIG will give artists participating in Art Miami space to stretch out in the passageways linking the flagship fair’s three main pavilions, making solo statements bold not only in scale but also in vision and innovation.

ZOOM IN, the sixth annual Art Video | New Media Lounge, now located at CONTEXT, will focus on a single institution specializing in digital and moving images. Five galleries will also be invited to screen video works by artists that LaRete believes warrant a closer look. An independent jury of video art experts will view the pieces onsite and choose one artist to honor with the first annual Zoom In Award on Saturday, Dec. 7.

CONTEXT will once again offer insight into Berlin’s influential art scene with six contemporary galleries selected by a panel of expert curators and art critics. ART FROM BERLIN is presented by the Galleries Association of Berlin (LVBG) – with official support from the municipality of Berlin and the European Union (EU) – which will entertain and enlighten guests at the Berlin Lounge. This microcosm of the global art capital’s dynamic gallery community will include a cross-section of established and emerging exhibitors, each spotlighting two or three artists.

ART FROM BERLIN is a platform to introduce the Berlin art scene at international art markets throughout the world, organized by the Galleries Association of Berlin, landesverband berliner galerien (lvbg) The Galleries Association of Berlin, landesverband berliner galerien (lvbg), represents art galleries in Berlin culturally and economically, supporting the sustainable development of Berlin as an internationally recognized center for the arts. Members of the Gallery Association of Berlin (LVBG) show a comprehensive range of art from the 20th and 21st century, fostering and marketing the careers of living artists through exhibitions, publications and public relations. The association, which operates by the standard guidelines of the Federation of European Art Galleries Association (F.E.A.G.A.), is active in numerous committees of state-sponsored institutions for art and culture, and cultivates networking activities among many associates in the arts.

These participating galleries in 2013 will present the following artists:

Galerie Berlin:  Christoph Bouet & Stefan Reichmann

Galerie Kornfeld:  Franziska Klotz, Susanne Roewer and Alexander Polzin

Galerie Kuhn & Partner:  Birgit Borggrebe, Christoph Damm and Andrea Wallgren

Schmalfuss Berlin contemporary fine arts: Anke Eilergerhard, Stefan Hoenerloh and Bodo Korsig

Swedish Photography: Dawid, Malou Bergman and Inka & Niclas

Tammen & Partner: Dietmar Brixy, Volker März and Werner Schmidt

The galleries were chosen from a pool of applicants by a jury comprised of:

Brigitte Werneburg – art critic for Die Tageszeitung (taz)

Dr. Matthias Harder – curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin

Kit Schulte – gallerist & member of the lvbg managing board

The BERLIN LOUNGE will be the hub of ART FROM BERLIN at CONTEXT, where lvbg provides insight into this art metropolis, offering information on the city’s contemporary art galleries, institutions and museums. Berlin has become a global art capital, with 400 galleries and about 200 museums, institutions and showrooms for contemporary art, in addition to countless studios where artists from every origin imaginable create influential works that are exhibited at museums, galleries and art fairs around the world. Continue reading