Friday Girl Correspondent, Ashia R. Sims, had some time to chat with Dr. Ian Smith, Medical and Diet Expert on Vh1′s Celebrity Fit Club and Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of National Park Foundation about how people should start using their local parks more. The National Park Foundation and Coca Cola are sponsoring a contest where you can visit the website www.livepositively.com and vote for your favorite local park to win a $100,000 grant. If you want to do more, you can also make a donation and Coca Cola will match all donations received up to $25,000.
October Rose was invited by I’na Saulsbery to be one of the hosts of Tres Bien, the third anniversary celebration of The Starfire Group along with Tami of Talking with Tami and Felicia Joy of Ms. CEO. The event was fabulous! Held at Zucot Gallery in Castleberry Hill, there was a jazz band, two great DJs and a mariachi band, all in one night. The wonderful cocktails featuring Three Olives vodka were complimented by cake pops by Wahl Flower Designs while a decorative cake and delicious take home cupcakes were provided by Kakestry. On top of all of that, there was a caricature artist and a flame thrower! This event really showed why The Starfire Group has been planning fabulous events successfully for the past three years and will continue for years to come. It was indeed EXPLOSIVE!
by Mel F.
Our fearless leaders at FridayGirlTV tasked me with the question: What is Wearable Art? My own personal assumptions aside I ‘Wikied’ it first for the benefit of FGTV readers (Ok and me too): They say, wearable art or ‘art to wear’ refers to designed pieces of… clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art. In short, the work is intended to be accepted as a serious unique artistic creation. Ask the “everywoman” about wearable art and the first thing that comes to mind is jewelry. So ventured out, avoiding the indecently over-priced boutiques and caught a few women wearing it well.
Next stop, Madison Avenue home of the best of the best in stunning jeweled pieces in NYC and home to unique find Julie: Artisans’ Gallery at 687 Madison Avenue. Julie Schafler Dale wrote the book on wearable art, literally. Her book Art to Wear is a celebrated testament to this movement and remains the industry standard. Her shop captures the essence of every bit of it!
Opened in 1973, it was the first gallery devoted to handmade clothing as an art form. The owner was kind enough to let me profile them and feature their unique wears. I was so impressed with the shop I would recommend it to anyone who has ever had any interest in “art to wear”. I loved seeing all of the different clothes, jewelry and textiles. There your imagination can fly.
Shop Julie Artisans Gallery for wearable art. I look forward to seeing your examples ASAP.
Melanee Farrah (Mel) besides being a fashion and culture lover is also owner of SayWordMel Consultation, a freelance Creative Consultancy to small business and non-profit organizations focusing on operational management, strategy development, growth and long term planning. For more info on Mel check out her blog, www.chasingmonet.tumblr.com
Sotiria Krikelis, founder of Relax Missy, found that after several days and some nights of going to and fro in her stilettos her feet were often left feeling achy and uncomfortable. After scouring stores to find some fashion foot relief, Sotiria then 24, decided to take matters into her own hands and launched Relax Missy, a fold-able ballet flat, that fits into your handbag. Now 27, Sotiria has rescued thousands of sore feet divas with her fabulous shoe. Read below to find out what shoes Sotiria absolutely adores and why she thinks stilettos are like J.Lo’s butt!
FG: Who is the designer of your shoes and where did you purchase them?
SK: They’re Elizabeth & James high heels purchased on Shopbop.com. Aren’t they fabulous? As soon as I put them on my feet, I knew I had to have them; they were “the ones.”
FG: Is there a story behind why you purchased them?
SK: Yes! and it makes them even more special. I originally tried them on at Bloomingdale’s and fell in love, but couldn’t afford them at the time. I went home empty handed that night and couldn’t stop thinking about them for the rest of the week. That’s when I knew regardless of the price, I had to have the E & J shoes. I started scouring the market for them but everyone was sold out! I couldn’t find them anywhere. During Christmas, my boyfriend and I were exchanging gifts and I saw my gift was in a huge box. I unwrapped the box, only to reveal another smaller box inside. Continuing through the inner-box, I found tissue paper. I pushed the tissue paper away slightly only to catch a glimpse of an off-white color carton. I knew immediately what that was! It was the Elizabeth & James shoes – he found them! And on top of that it was a great surprise because he had me guessing until the very last minute.
Finish these sentences with your own phrase…
FG: A good pair of stilettos makes you feel______
SK: in control and sexy
FG: If we could walk a mile in your shoes_________
SK: you would be doing a lot of walking.
FG: Stilettos are like ______everyone________
SK: J. Lo’s butt everyone stops and stares.
Happy Women’s Equality Day!!! 39 years ago today Representative, Bella Abzug (D-NY) got the U.S. Congress to designate August 26th as Women’s Equlaity Day. It is a salute to the efforts of a civil rights movement started by women in 1848 that eventually lead to the passage of the 19th ammendment, which allowed women to cast a ballot and vote. Let us remember that there are still some women in other parts of the world that are still fighitng to be recognized as citizens and human beings. Celebrate this day by expressing the brillance that is unique to you and only you because you are a woman. Here’ s to being a woman!!!
“The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way,” (Betty Friedan)
“I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves,” (Mary Wollstonecraft)
“You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman,” (Jane Galvin Lewis)
“Scratch most feminists and underneath there is a woman who longs to be a sex object. The difference is that is not all she wants to be,” (Betty Rollin)
“How important it is to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” (Maya Angelou)
“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” (Susan B. Anthony)
Last night, we had the opportunity to attend the media preview of Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest! currently running at the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta. The play was a hilarious rendition of a beauty pageant with great songs, cute choreography and a talented group of “ladies”.
If you’re in the Atlanta area any time from August 25-October 24, 2010, make it a point to stop by the 14th Street Playhouse and experience Pageant: The Musical Beauty Contest! Another cool thing about the play is that there is audience participation and the judges are audience members so any of the lovely contestants can win.
For more information, visit www.pageantatlanta.com.
by: Nikki Slick
Since it’s waaaay to hot to be flip-floppin and high-heeling about the city taste testing, I have decided I will look to my kitchen for inspiration. Excuse me while I take a look about…Okay, I have some fresh green beans, a pint of grape tomatoes and some fingerling potatoes. I smell a Nicoise-esque style salad in the works. I will only need to use my stove top for about 6 minutes, therefore keeping the extra house heat to an unnoticeable minimum. By the way Nicoise is a French salad made with Haricot Vert/green beans, fingerling potatoes, olives, tomato wedges, hardboiled eggs, chopped lettuce and anchovy. Here’s what I made: Fresh Green Bean Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Fingerling Potatoes tossed in Lemon Basil Vinaigrette.
Fresh Green Bean Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Fingerling Potatoes tossed with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
1lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed
1 pint grape tomatoes, rinsed and cut lengthwise
Fingerling potato variety (blue, red and Dutch mix) scrubbed and cut lengthwise
Fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
Coarse kosher salt or sea salt
Coarse ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
Colgin liquid hickory smoke
*Lemon vinaigrette recipe follows
Bring two large pots of salted water to boil, blanch the green beans for 4-6 minutes, or until they meet whatever your standard of crisp and tender is. Cook the potatoes in the other pot for 5-6 minutes or until tender. While the beans and potatoes cook, fill a large bowl with ice water. When your beans are done- drain, then transfer to the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking, and drain again. Pat the green beans and the potatoes dry. Place the green beans and potatoes in a mixing bowl, add grape tomatoes, vinaigrette and toss until ingredients are coated. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours but for maximum flavor overnight is best.
Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon liquid smoke
¼ cup roughly chopped basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Blend the lemon juice, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper.
I look forward to sharing my adventures in foodism with you. Until then, smooches!
Nikki Slick is a foodie, chef and style scientist who is one half of the band Slick & Rose and author of the ultra cool website, www.slickwithakiss.com
With a successful career spanning more than 20 years, Beth Meixner is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Target Media Group, a creative full-service multi-media design firm and founder of The Moxxie Network. The Moxxie Network, is an elite group comprised of high level professional women who are naturally inclined to a balanced exchange. The group embraces diversity and is committed to developing the careers of the younger generation of women as well as those women whose careers are starting later in life. Read below to find out why this Long Island lady is a Woman 2 Watch…
FG: How did The Moxxie Network get started? And why did you feel developing the site was important?
BM: As the Director of Sales & Marketing for Target Group Media, a small graphic design firm, I was completely enmeshed in the Long Island networking arena. Although I thoroughly enjoyed networking, I was getting increasing disenchanted by the groups and felt that there was a better way for women to network. We think, interact and communicate differently from men so why not concentrate on that and design a group that embraces those differences. This feeling is depicted in our logo. The correct spelling of moxie is with one X but we use two X’s because women have two X chromosomes – men have one X and one Y. If you look closely at the logo, you’ll see a woman’s leg on a Y chromosome.
FG: What programs and services does the Moxxie Network provide?
BM: Moxxie Network is a women’s business community made up of 4 Legs:
Moxxie – for senior level executive & professional women to network in order to expand their business and social circles. We also provide an opportunity for members to mentor younger women – either formally or informally.
Ms. Moxxie – for young professional women in their 20’s and 30’s. Our goal is to develop young women into well-rounded business professionals who are better positioned to represent themselves and their employers in the networking world. I have selected 10 young women to act as the Ms Moxxie Advisory Board. The Board is responsible for planning events, recruiting members and handling the marketing – all under the guidance and supervision of myself and some Moxxie Network Advisors. The goal is to not only provide a forum for young women but to give these 10 Advisors the experience of starting an organization from the ground floor.
Jr. Moxxie – a formal one year mentoring program for college women whereby Moxxie members volunteer to be matched up with a mentee in college. Our Jr Moxxie mentees are expected to accompany their mentors to business and networking events and to shadow them for a day. They are also required to work alongside our Moxxie Girls (Girl Scouts) and assist them when the scouts are working on patches and badges. This is accomplished through joint events with the Girl Scouts.
Moxxie Girl – our partnership with the Girl Scouts whereby Moxxie Network provides age-appropriate, business-minded role models to girls. Our Jr Moxxies and Ms Moxxies help the Girl Scouts when they are working on their patches and badges. This interaction also helps Moxxie Network to develop our Jr and Ms Moxxie into role models themselves – just as we are role models to them.
FG: How do you see the Moxxie Network growing in the next couple of years?
BM: I would like to start a Jr Moxxie Program on every campus on Long Island and also open new chapters across the country.
FG: What are common mistakes young women make when transitioning from college into the business world?
BM: I have seen two types of young women – those with too much confidence and those with too little confidence. A happy medium and one based in reality is the best. Moxxie Network encourages our Jr Moxxies in college to dream big but have realistic and attainable goals that will ultimately get them where they want to go.
FG: How do you balance family life and the work you do?
BM: I have an adult daughter who lives in Miami and a very supportive husband who doesn’t mind cooking for himself. This gives me a lot of freedom to attend business meetings and events in the morning, afternoon and evening. I am at a stage in my life where I am able to pursue my passion and have the ability to do it. I consider myself very fortunate – most people do not have this luxury.
FG: How many of your business decisions are based on know how vs. your intuition?
BM: Almost all are based on intuition. I have never started or run an entire company so this is all new to me. I am just following my gut instincts – of course, I also have a business background, an MBA and lots of experience in sales, marketing and office management.
If I had to wait to get all the information I needed to make decisions or try new ideas I would never have started Moxxie Network or any of its innovative programs. Sometimes, you just have to take the leap of faith and build your parachute on the way down. It’s a real learning experience but an organization like Moxxie Network has never existed so all of us involved are real life guinea pigs.
FG: What do you consider to be some of the major highlights of your career thus far?
BM: When I was working full-time with Target Group Media, our company was chosen to present website design ideas to Donald Trump, who was building a new facility on Jones Beach in Long Island. We had 20 minutes in the Boardroom with Donald Trump and his advisors on the project – and we got the contract to design www.TrumpOnTheOcean.com. Now that was exciting.
I reached a point in my life when I said to myself “If not now, when?” I decided to stop being afraid and to experience new things. So – I went sky-diving (tandem), trained as a boxer for 4 months and fought in the LI Fight For Charity fund-raising event in front of 1000 business people and started Moxxie Network. It was a real life-changing time in my life.
FG: What is a spiritual mantra or philosophy that you live by?
BM: I do not consider myself to be a particularly religious or spiritual person. I live by a common sense approach to life and also by the Golden Rule of Do unto others …
FG: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
BM: Don’t sweat the small stuff. I remember a time when my daughter was a teenager and we use to have arguments about her messy room. One day my girlfriend (who has 3 daughters) advised me not to get upset about the situation – that my relationship with my daughter was far more important than a tidy room. She was absolutely right and from that day on, I never got upset over it.
FG: What would you tell your younger-self if you knew then what you know now?
BM: Get more involved and meet as many people as possible. Venture outside your circle of fear and experience what the world has to offer. We can re-invent ourselves whenever we want so you don’t have to settle for any situation where you are not happy or fulfilled. And, of course, never burn bridges.
Finish this sentence….
FG: Women should stop complaining about________ and start_____________________
BM: Women should stop complaining about NOT GETTING WHAT THEY WANT and start LEARNING HOW TO NEGOTIATE FOR WHAT THEY WANT.
FG: If your life came with a soundtrack, what would be the top three songs (and please indicate the singer or band)
BM: From the movie, The Sound of Music – Climb Every Mountain, Country song by Garth Brooks – Unanswered Prayers, Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli – The Prayer
FG: What project(s) do you have coming up?
BM: I am meeting with a major women’s magazine to discuss doing a joint convention on Long Island next year for business and professional women. Moxxie is also planning the first Long Island Business Women’s Diversity Dinner in October. There are many ethnic-based networking groups for women and I thought we should all get together for an evening. The idea is to celebrate our cultural differences and realize that we all share that extra X chromosome.
The ladies of Friday Girl TV were recently invited to the grand opening of Mingles Martini Bar and Grill at 182 Courtland St. NE; Atlanta, GA 30303.
It’s a super cute location with delicious crab cakes. The event was hosted by The Starfire Group. The attendees had an opportunity to sample some of the tasty goodies on the menu while enjoying cocktails, music and conversation.
Evie Ryland, best known as the creator of Sun Gone Nova, her cartoon book originating from the Century City Newspaper comic strip is this week’s Shoe Queen! This prior gallery owner and curator lives in Los Angles which was a good segue to becoming a founding member of the Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts & Cultural Affairs Council. In addition to working on Volume II of Sun Gone Nova, Evie is also developing a fine art book and an a upcoming children’s book. For more information on Evie Ryland, please visit www.rylandgallery.com
Look below to find out why Evie is this week’s Shoe Queen…
FG: Who is the designer/What is the brand of the stiletto you submitted and where (i.e. Macy’s etc…) did you purchase your shoes?
ER:These are some of the best stilettos in my collection and they’re surprisingly affordable (under $40.) I bought this pair at AMIclubwear.com which is an amazing place to shop for shoes and clothing. They have an extensive collection of sexy heels but if you see something you like, you should grab it quick because it may not be there for long -I almost don’t want to advertise it(!) The black and silver pair of stilettos are designed by “Liliana”
FG: Is there a story behind why you purchased them?
ER:I originally began searching AMIclubwear.com for some killer shoes to wear with my skinny jeans. The black heels with the silver embellishments were also a must have because they go with almost any outfit from corporate to clubwear and being able to walk comfortably in them was just the cherry on top.
Finish these sentences with your own phrase…
FG: A good pair of stilettos makes you feel…
ER: Like I can command the room
FG: If we could walk a mile in your shoes…
ER:I’d suggest you get a good pair of Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts and a double shot of espresso to get you through.
FG: Stilettos are like…everyone…
ER: Stilettos are like puppies, everyone wants the one in the window.