Fox29’s Jennaphr Frederick pays a visit to my studio

On November 12th, the feisty and hilarious Jennaphr Frederick of Fox29’s Good Day stopped by the studio to help me promote my recycling event and to get my opinion on make-up (uh oh) – the necessary and the not-so-necessary.

We also had a special guest with us, Bryan Barron, who was in town promoting the latest edition of “Don’t Go to the Beauty Counter Without Me,” a book he co-authors with Paula Begoun (“The Cosmetics Cop”).   Bryan talked with Jennaphr about beauty “dupes,” that is, inexpensive products that can be substituted for wicked expensive ones.  So that’s good.

I always tell my clients and  workshop participants about Beautypedia, the online version of the book – it’s a much more comprehensive and current resource for thousands of products reviews.  Begoun’s research team base their reviews on claims made by the manufacturers, about efficacy, for example, and the ability to turn you into Jennifer Lopez.

Video of my two spots coming soon…..

Bryan Barron, moi, Jennaphr the Great

Bryan Barron, moi, Jennaphr the Great

Friday, Nov. 14: “Give Up Your Trash, Get Some Lash”

11-15 invite final

Anyone who has had a make-up lesson at my studio knows about the Naughty Basket.  It’s the dark place where used, inappropriate, or just plain unloved make-up goes.  The fact that I fill it so quickly says a lot about how successful women are at purchasing products that work for them, but that’s another blog post.

When the Naughty Basket is full, the contents get packaged up and sent off to Terracycle®, a recycling company that facilitates, among many other waste collection programs, a Personal Care and Beauty Brigade® in partnership with cosmetic giant Garnier®.

In an ongoing effort to keep all of this packaging and chemical waste from reaching a landfill or an ocean, I’m hosting the first annual “Give Up Your Trash, Get Some Lash” event on Friday, November 14th.  We’ll be collecting your beauty trash from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at my studio, which is located at 892 County Line Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.  Parking in back and on streets surrounding the studio.

Take this opportunity to clean up and clean out your drawers and cabinets for the good. Drop off your used, empty or unwanted make-up and cosmetic containers, and as our thanks, we’ll put false lashes on you  that you can rock on your Friday night out (or in). We will accept the following items:

  • Cosmetics packaging such as cases, bottles and tubes from lipstick, gloss, mascara tubes, eye shadow, bronzer, foundation, powder cases, eyeliner as well as eye and lip pencils.
  • Hair care packaging such as bottles/jars and caps from shampoo, conditioner and styling products
  • Skin care packaging such as tubes, bottles and jars from face and body soaps and lotions

You can RSVP on Facebook and if you want more information, you can send e-mail to or call 610-220-0042.

And for more information about starting your own recycling brigade, visit

Celebrity Client: Ali Larter

A few weeks ago, I worked with actress Ali Larter.  She was in town to appear on QVC’s In the Kitchen with David, to promote her new cookbook Kitchen Revelry.  The book came out of her love of food and entertaining, and even a gluten-free vegetarian like me found good things to try as I flipped through her galley proof.   (She also turned me on to St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur that’s great with champagne – I’m so there….).

I first saw Ali in one of my all time favorite chick flicks, “Legally Blonde.”  But she’s known more now for her work on the TV series “Heroes,” and you’ll see her in a new series soon called “Legends.”

Caught her on Instagram, of course….. beautiful skin, golden tones and individual lashes on eyes, and a pinked lip (Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Fascination) that would go well with her happy orange dress….


Martha Stewart Weddings party in NYC

Got to attend the recent party thrown by Martha Stewart in NYC for her wedding magazine as a guest of my pal Marie Labbancz, one of the top wedding photographers ever.  Ran into Kristy Rice of Momental Designs – we’ve done a couple of shoots together featuring her spectacular handmade custom invitations and stationery…..

We said “hello” to Randy Fenoli of “Say Yes to the Dress,” as well as top wedding planner Mindy Weiss.  Fun night!

Marie Labbancz, Rita Rojas Sullivan, Me, Kristy Rice and Jessica Dal Santo Zielen

2011 Red Ball

I acted as Shine Patrol for this year’s Red Ball, doing a little bit of this and that for those who jumped into the Soiree Photo Lounge for some photo fun.  The annual Red Ball benefits the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross, and yes, many attendees wear red!

Laura Eaton, me, Megan Kristel

My pal Laura Eaton, an amazing wedding photographer, is also the creator of the Soiree Photo Lounge, which can be set up at any event to capture beyond candid photos of guests. On the far right is my unoffiicial and gorgeous business partner Megan Kristel of Kristel Closets fame.

Laura Eaton, Deborah Van Cleve, me

Also present and most likely responsible for some of the lovely gowns was vivacious Deborah Van Cleve, owner of the Van Cleve Collection boutique in Paoli, PA – she is the filling of the glamour sandwich above.

The event raised over $300,000 for the Red Cross.

Styled Creative: very cool, very pretty

I’m fairly mad for these photos of Beka Rendell and Kimberly Fink, taken by Mike Smith of Ash Imagery. Beka and Kim, formerly known as Innove Events, recently introduced their updated name/site, along with a new space on Arch Street in Old City. These talented creatures are way too cute together, yes?
Visit them at

Let me tell you, aside from being remarkably photogenic, that Beka can wear some lashes, and it was particularly fun to do dramatic, deep blue/black eyes on Kimberly, who is usually so fresh-faced and adorable.

Megan Kristel and I just got “Ashed” as well. Mike put up with our irreverent banter long enough to get a photo for our upcoming press release in relation to the opening of our new studio in Ardmore on September 23rd. Go here for more info and to RSVP.

Society of Professional Women know what not to wear to work…

I’m a big fan of TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” So when Eileen Connelly-Robbins and team from the Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s Society of Professional Women suggested doing an event patterned after the hit makeover show, instead of looking at them funny, dear friend and image consultant Megan Kristel ( and I said “okay.” Thus began the months of work it took to coordinate the event that was held on May 13th at the Radisson Valley Forge.

Megan Kristel

Job One was to round out the make-over team by finding our Nick Arrojo in the dashing hair stylist Vann Ou from Bubbles Salon. The moment I walked into the joint, I could tell that Vann, who manages Bubbles in Bryn Mawr and now in Rittenhouse Square, was the “Nick” we were looking for…

Vann the Mann

The entire event, from “before” to “after,” was chronicled by David Campli (Campli Photography) and Dave Williams (MediaWave Productions). David C. told the story in photographs, and Dave W. produced the three videos you see below. (Fun Fact: I did the voice-overs for the videos, and also contributed one of my original songs – from another life – for the background music).

The SPW team (special thanks to Ashley Miller) identified our three make-over winners, all Chamber members and either self-nominated or nominated by friends or colleagues:

– Susan Graham is a Marketing Manager for Bryn Mawr Hospital, and the mother of two little kiddles. In light of her work and personal load, she has a remarkably good sense of humor…

– Paula Kielich is the President of Pals for Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing companion animal programs to the handicapped, elderly and mentally-impaired. A feisty little lady with beautiful eyes and skin…

– Lori O’Leary is the Executive Director of MusicWorks, a music therapy program started by her husband, musician and therapist Jerry O’Leary. She is the dearest person, with the most enviable bone structure…

Megan Kristel, who is very simply the best at what she does, invaded the closets of each winner, found clothes with hidden potential, then took each of the ladies shopping at Elizabeth Maar Boutique in Haverford to find pieces that would pull their looks together – many thanks to owner Nellie and super saleswoman Joyce for their help. The story continued at Bubbles Salon, where Vann and I tag-teamed our new friends into top form:




The event benefited my favorite local charity, Main Line Animal Rescue, and the organization’s fearless and inspirational leader Bill Smith talked about their fight to stop puppy mills. I mean, the man got Oprah to pay attention, so enough said. (Fun Fact #2: our little girl cat, Lana Turner, came from MLAR, and it’s taking all of my powers of self-control to stop myself from inserting a picture of her here.)

And here are the “afters:”

Call us “crazy,” but in spite of the logistical challenges involved, Megan and I agreed that we would actually do this again! Many thanks to all involved…

Eileen Connolly Robbins, David Campli, Susan G., Paula K., Lori O., Megan Kristel, Dave Williams, Vann Ou, and moi!

What’s up with Béke? Ask am1340 WHAT Radio’s Missy!

Yesterday I taped an interview with Missy Stein, host of “What’s up with Missy” on am1340 WHAT radio. The interview will air on Wednesday, May 5th, at 9:00 a.m., as part of the show’s Wedding Week series. Also featured will be dynamic duo wedding experts Beka Rendell and Kimberly Fink of Innove Events, and dear friend Dr. Miriam Franco, who will be talking about her Stressfree Bride guided imagery CD.

Missy is a sparkling and witty radio personality – she is also passionate about featuring the work and accomplishments of some of our area’s most intriguing women (gotta love her that … solidarity, sister …). Check out her show on am1340 WHAT every morning at 9:00 a.m. Thanks so much to Missy and crew!

Real women rule at Society of Wedding Planners’ holiday luncheon

Doing make-up for photo shoots using professional models is great fun for a make-up artist, but the most satisfying work for me involves real women who aren’t in the business of promoting their beauty on a daily basis.  On December 15th, I spent the morning preparing seven true beauties for their walk down the “runway” for the Society of Wedding Planners holiday luncheon at Drexelbrook.  Hair by Kesha Pruitt, whose wedding planner mom Valerie Franklin runs Weddings Etc. with her partner Antoinette Baines-Collier, both founding members of SPW.  (Kesha’s expertise is in, among other things, weaves and custom lace wigs.)

So here are me and my girls, striking poses in a ShutterBooth courtesy of Dave Winton….

Lynne Hart (Party Favors Ink), Barbra Ewards (Studio Solutions) and Judith Cohen (Brandywine Valley Events)


Jasmine Pruitt (Kesha's sister); Marie and Melanie (Leave it 2 Mia)