Wearing a Hat to the Races: Milliner Annie de Vuono

Milliner Annie de Vuono trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet, studied at Ruth Page, home of the Chicago Ballet, and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  During her early phase as a Milliner, she worked in costuming for dance and theatre companies, where she created stylized variations of the fascinator.

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StartMark | Lasting Smiles

Last November, I happened to watch a YouTube video about children born with cleft conditions. To know that a child’s life is limited forever by not receiving a life changing surgery that only costs approximately $250 was astounding to me. I felt the urge to do something but didn’t want to just talk or donate money.

I’ve never felt comfortable just asking for money. I always feel better when people...


Organizing Tips for Pet Lovers

If you tend to accumulate stuff, it’s likely your pet will as well! One side benefit of being an organized pet lover means that anything that is not supposed to be a pet toy (like shoes) stays out of a pet’s reach. Keeping surfaces in your home clear of anything small and valuable (like jewelry) means that jumping pets don’t eat, play with or hide precious objects.

If you live in a smaller home, consider less used spaces like...


Dr. Gaboriau’s Insight on Beauty

The 40s are the new 30s! Some would say that the 40s are the new 20s! Regardless of the statement, the reality is that women and men have never felt as young as they do today and they have a strong desire to look as beautiful as the feel on the inside. The key is not to look like you’re in your ‘20s; it’s about embracing your age and incorporating some solutions in order to meet your specific needs...


Ione LeBlanc: No One’s Journey Like Your Own

Whether she’s pursuing another degree or working in publishing, hospitality or healthcare, Ione LeBlanc visualizes a pattern emerging in her life. She knows any career path she may pursue will always encompass an entrepreneurial factor that will give her great satisfaction and purpose.

Ione was employed in the corporate world but views the environment as having limitations. Since she left the San Francisco Bay Area and headed...


Has Ferguson Sparked a New Civil Rights Movement?

In early December, the website Gawker posted stories and pictures of 77 unarmed people of color killed by police in America since 1999, based on a list compiled by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Counting back from the end of the year, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., was Number 6.

Thanks to the widely accepted Department of Justice...


Johanna DeJesus -- Leading Bronxites to Success Through Her Work at SoBRO

As a product of the New York City public school system as well as a former teen mom, Johanna DeJesus understands the importance of social services. The South Bronx native began pursuing her lifelong calling at the age of 14 when she sought part-time employment to escape bullying. Little did she know at the time, but the day she entered her high school’s career services department would lay the foundation for the rest of her professional...


5 tips for doing PR Like a Viking

Before jumping into battle, what’s your strategy?