Category Archives: Beauty

Spoken Word Artist: Melissa Beauvery

Meet Francesca Andre – a talented photographer and filmmaker who has joined the FFN team. She’s working with FFN co-founder Jane Applegate on Jane’s film and video projects… In this video Melissa Beauvery, of Haitian parentage, was born in the United States. Growing up in Brooklyn, she was surrounded by the lilt of Creole; the… Read More »

Meet Connie Cusick- Founder,Proof Jewelry

By Holly Hurd When her children were young, Connie Cusick quit her job at a communications company to open The Brown Bumblebee, a small company selling home accessories from France, a line of handbags she designed and vintage jewelry. “With four shows a year, the house became my showroom and workroom,” said Connie. As the… Read More »

Meet Lynne Byrne – Founder, Artistic Photography

By Holly Hurd ,Venture Mom.com While shooting photos during family hikes in New Hampshire, Lynne Byrne never thought her passion for photography would lead to a successful business venture.  Byrne had worked in advertising on the marketing  and client management side. But because she is creative, she also worked with the teams assigned to promote… Read More »

New Year, New Buzz Words and Business Models

By Jane Applegate I declare that curation and aggregation are the buzz words for 2014. One new company is doing both: curating a collection of accessories and apparel and ‘aggregating’ them to offer them for sale to big and small retailers via their new company: Modalyst.  www.modalyst.co  (not .com). Founder and CEO Jill Sherman, has… Read More »

Cool Jewelry Companies Offer New Twist on Holiday Gifts

By Jane Applegate Last Christmas, my husband and I presented our daughter with a small, turquoise box from Tiffany. She burst into tears. “I’ve told you—never, ever, ever buy me jewelry!” Without opening it, she handed it back to me and walked away. If you have similar challenges buying jewelry, read on. Two fashion-forward sisters… Read More »

Crowd-Sourcing Creativity and Photos

The Applegate Report By Jane Applegate A picture is truly worth a thousand words when it comes to selecting the right image for your company’s ad campaign or web site, according to Rebecca Swift, head of creative planning for iStockphoto. Swift, a recognized international expert on photo trends, was in New York City this week to… Read More »

Ellen Harnett’s Top 5 Fatigue Fighters

Those “lazy hazy crazy” days of summer  are over. It’s officially Fall.  Some of you have dropped your kids off at college for the first time, others are gearing up for hectic schedules as school begins for the kids still at home.  Perhaps you have a job that slows down considerably or even stops for… Read More »