Trade Secrets August 2014

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Best Face Forward: How to Putting Your

Contour and Highlight

The Handweavers


Backstreet’s Back,


Weaving Memories

Asking for Help Talking the Talk with



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An Olde Culture

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Asking for Help ........................58 Best Face Forward: How to Putting Your

Contour and Highlight


The Handweavers


Talking the Talk with

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Backstreet’s Back


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FROM THE EDITOR In our July issue, Massage Therapist, Hillary Adams, taught us how to disconnect from all the ‘smart gadgets’ we are always wired into. For this month’s Inside Out segment, she continues with some great suggestions for finding the help and support we may need in order to overcome stress.


ith summer in full swing, I can hardly believe that September is just around the corner! Nevertheless, I hope you have all had some fun with this very nice weather. So let’s take a look at what we have in store for you this month. Actress, model, host and...wrestler? From photo shoots and movie sets to kickboxing and wrestling, take a look at the life of Julie Ann Dawson. She’s built a packed resume in a short space of time and the girl ain’t slowing down. They’re ba-a-ack. The Backstreet Boys, that is! Summer is always the best time for catching your favorite band on tour, and Lifestyle & Entertainment writer, Jaclyn Pelopida describes the lengthy career of this veteran boy band, while attending their tour, “In a World like This”. Want flawless skin just like you see on TV? In our Cosmetic Counter segment, find out the secrets to getting that airbrushed look you’ve always dreamed of. Our health and beauty contributor Olga Hawwa shows us the perfect way to reinvent our look for the fall. Armenia is known for being one of the oldest continuous nations in the world and in this issue, contributor Sylvahna Menissian describes the history of its structures, and how its designs influenced future artists. She takes us on a virtual trip, giving a glimpse into the culture of Armenia through its architectural designs.

Last month, The Handweavers Guild of America brought their week long Convergence to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. The highlight of the week was their “All That Jazz” runway show – featuring beautiful, hand-woven unique pieces from all over the world. We bring you full coverage of this grand show in our first of two segments “On the Town.” Over the course of five days, at the Handweaver’s Guild conference, there was a lot to experience, with a wide variety of workshops, displays of handbags, scarves and more. It included a scarf-tying workshop by stylist Lisa Shorr, and a runway show coordinated by Lights|Fashion|Philanthropy, and featured local designers Zarusa, Wearable Art by Rimma and Restored by Design. We bring you highlights form that shwo as well. And lastly; get to know the new Rhode Show host Brendan Kirby! Joining Will Gilbert and Michaela Johnson, on his one-year contract, he shares with us, what led him to this dream job and offers some advice for anyone wanting to follow in his footsteps. As you can see, there’s a lot to get to this month! So, enjoy the fine weather, this issue and, as always...

Stay Fabulous! Y

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HOLLA! Where YOU get to share your two cents!

“Love reading the articles in “Trade Secrets” I get lots of great ideas to help me stay on top of the industry and keep myself looking sharp. keep up the good work. I always look forward to the next issue.” – Eddie D., M.A.

Swimming on the Roof: “Awesome Photo!” – Martinha J., R.I.

Andre Wright. Dreaming Big: “Congrats to Andre on being featured... Great story....” – Eddie D., M.A.

Lupita Nyong’o. The Hype Behind the New ‘It’ Girl: “I like her simplicity and beauty.” – Cinzia A., Italy

Rimma Zaika Knitting Anew: “Crochet is very “in” right now- I see it everywhere :-) – Gitte A., M.A.

“Beauty, elegance and each piece is one of a kind! Magnificent creations!” – Marina B., Australia

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Putting Your Best Face Forward. How to Contour and Highlight

By Olga Hawwa Photos by Valencio Small Model: Katya Skinner


ver wonder how celebrities get that picture perfect makeup look? One secret is contouring and highlighting.

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For photography, contouring and highlighting can greatly enhance your pictures. While a face is threedimensional, a photograph is two-dimensional. Unless features are defined, they can easily blend into one another in a photo and make the face appear flat. First, start with a clean face. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. If you are going to be photographed, avoid moisturizers with physical sunscreens such as zinc or titanium oxide. These ingredients protect the skin by reflecting UV rays and light and therefore, will reflect light during flash photography which will “blow out” and white out the face. Apply a primer to minimize the appearance of pores and give the skin a more even canvas to work with. Now you are ready to begin. Although there are many products in the marketplace, I find that the easiest method is to use three foundations in the same formula, whether it’s liquid, powder, or cream: One for your skin tone, a lighter one for highlighting, and a darker one for contouring.

Choose your best foundation color. Because the face and neck, especially, are usually lighter than the rest of the body, I like to match the décolletage, especially during the warmer months when we get more color and more skin is exposed. This will give the skin an overall more even appearance. If you look at fashion and beauty magazines, you will notice that the model’s skin from head to toe is the same color. This is achieved with makeup. Matching the décolletage is one way to achieve a more uniform hue to the skin. Apply the foundation that matches your skin all over the face with a makeup sponge. If you are using a liquid or cream, “swipe” for a sheer look or pat into the skin for more coverage. Blend into the neck if it is a lot lighter than your face and chest. Now you are ready to place the contour. Contouring (making something darker) will do two things: minimize a feature you don’t like and also add definition.

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With a light hand and using the edge of your makeup sponge, dab the darker foundation evenly on the following areas:

Using he lighter foundation and the edge of your makeup sponge, dab evenly on the following areas:

• Sides and bottom of nose: This will define the nose, which is especially important if being photographed. It will also thin the appearance of a wide nose. If you feel your nose is too long, you can add some to the bottom. • Across jawline: Again, this is important for photography, to visually sepa rate the face from the neck. If you have jowls or a double chin, you can dab on those areas as well. • If you have a high forehead, dab on the hairline. If your forehead is wider than your jawline, dab on the sides to create a more oval look to the face.

• Down the center of the nose: If you have a long nose you would rather have appear shorter, don’t go all the way to the tip. • Center of the chin (unless it is very prominent): This will take attent- ion away from jowls. • Center of the forehead: If you have app- lied contour on any areas of the f orehead, this will round out the forehead and give it proportion. • The top of the cheekbone: This will give the cheek bones supermodel height! • The brow bone: To open up and enlarge the eyes.

- Suck in your cheeks and dab on the hollow of the cheeks. Now you are ready to highlight. Highlighting (making something lighter) will bring out desirable features and will add the needed dimension to the face.

Now comes the most important part: Blending! Using your sponge gently pat the skin until all of the foundation is blended; there are no lines of demarcation and the makeup looks natural. You can also use the palms of your hands (be sure to wash them well, first!) to press the foundation

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Wearable Art and All That Jazz By Lisa Shorr Photos:Valencio Small

n July 2014, the Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) came back to the Rhode Island Convention Center, in Providence, Rhode Island, after 25 years, for its International Fiber Convergence, and oh, what a wonderful weave of intricately sewn creations!


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The signature event of the week was the HGA Convergence 2014 Runway Show, which was held on Wednesday, July 16th. An international exhibit featuring both juried and invited artists in a design challenge of wearable art fashions, the runway show, themed ‘All that Jazz,’ was produced and directed by Donahue Models & Talent owner & director, Yemi Sekoni, and featured several models from the agency. The show was the culmination of a two-year challenge to weavers across the globe, submitting pieces they had designed, woven and constructed from scratch into unbelievable creations. With over 800 guests and many of the competing designers in attendance, the audience ranged from weaving enthusiasts, and textiles instructors, to the Interim President of Rhode Island School of Design, Mr. John Meade. Everyone marveled at the intricate details of the pieces, calling out the various fabrics and weaves to their neighbor. “Look at that beautiful felted fabric piece!” they would comment. “That gorgeous jacket has a beautiful honeycomb weave!” You could easily detect the admiration, and acknowledgement of the amount of work that had been invested in the garments, “That looks like dyed silk!” “You can’t even see the seam on that one!” Seventy-three pieces were presented that night and the competition was fierce! Judges Bradon McDonald (Season 12 Finalist on Project Runway) and Noel Palomo-Lovinski (Author and Professor at Kent State University) selected the winning pieces, which included some honorable mentions, the third, second and first prize winners, as well as the HGA winning piece.

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Canadian Weavers Award ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ by Carol Wooten

Honorable Mention ‘Jazzy Python Vest’ by Marilyn Akerson-Corbitt

HGA Award ‘Cat Eyes’ by Ruth Ronan

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And the winners are...

11st Prize

‘Apparel Movement’ by Yu-Lien Lee

2 nd Prize

‘Ryukyu Kasuri’ by Scharine Kirchoff

3 rd Prize

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Lights Pizzazz By Lisa Shorr Photos: Valencio Small


he Handweavers Guild of America Convergenve 2014, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, was a weeklong conference – jam-packed with a myriad of classes and workshops with expert instructors educating on everything from the latest weaving techniques to strategies on selling your creations on E-Bay.

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One such “expert” was our own Trade Secrets Director of Wardrobe & Styling, Lisa Shorr of Shorr Style, who delivered an interactive workshop as part of the Thursday offereings, and demonstrated over 10 different ways to wear and tie a scarf! Lisa handselected a variety of beautiful scarves from HGA vendors; some hand-woven on the vendor’s own loom, others sourced from various exotic markets in India. Following Lisa’s workshop was a runway show coordinated by Lights|Fashion|Philanthropy (LFP), a new fashion-production and entertainment company that combines all the pizzazz of a fashion show with a philanthropic twist. LFP’s mission is to help charitable organizations increase their fundraising efforts while promoting local clothing boutiques, artisans as well as up and coming fashion and accessory designers, and with so many talented artists and designers in the New England area, three such designers strutted their hand-crafted wears at this show. 28 | Trade Secrets | 2014 Volume 2, Issue 4 || 401.353.4940

ZARUSA Designer Melinie Lee brings her South African roots to each luxuryious handbag she designs! All genuine leather and fur materials are humanely sourced and crafted in very distinctive styles that command attention! This is the bag for the metropolitan woman looking to add a statement element to her look! Melinie’s creativity continues with an alluring, sexy line of jewelry too.

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Wearable Art by Rimma Knitting is not just for scarves or grandmothers! Rimma Zaika-Veksler created a collection of handknit pieces in beautiful island tones that were so feminine and sexy! Beautiful sweaters were adorned either with matching handbags in the same theme or statement necklace! A true comfort-meets-couture collection!

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Restored By Design What do you get when you combine the inspiration from lilies in your garden with repurposed materials? A light and airy collection that looked like delicate fairies flitting down the runway! Milky translucent sheer fabrics in muted tones adorned with delicate floral headpieces felt ethereal. Martha Jackson’s collection is eco-chic and fantastique!

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Julie ann Dawson e r i F n o Girl

By Jaclyn Pelopida Photos by Trisah Kelley


riple threat doesn’t even begin to describe Julie Ann Dawson. Not only is she an actor, model, and host, but she also partakes in Mixed Martial Arts/ body combat, kickboxing, and wrestling, being a bit of a dare devil and shooting guns! 34 | Trade Secrets | 2014 Volume 2, Issue 4 || 401.353.4940

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Although Dawson proudly describes herself as an over-achiever, she is also easy to relate to as she deals with everyday pressures like everyone else. “My work ethic is almost sickening. I’m an overachieving perfectionist, a natural high goal setter, and I love to challenge myself. I’m probably one of the most selfmotivated, diligent workers you will ever meet. I’m optimistic, enthusiastic, confident, proactive, and I’ve always considered myself to be a leader. I enjoy learning new things and I pick up on them quickly - I’m pretty versatile and have a natural ability to do many things because I always give it my all,” she shares.

TS: “Where did you grow up?” JD: “I was born and raised in Rhode Island, and grew up in North Providence, which is actually considered to be the smallest town in the smallest state in the country! I currently reside in Cumberland.” TS: “How long have you been acting/modeling?” JD: “I have been modeling professionally for over five years, and acting on and off for eight. It was only nine months ago I decided to make acting and modeling my full-time career. Within that time, I have acted in 11 films (multiple lead roles), two web series, four music videos, four commercials, and have several films lined up so far for the next three months. I’ve hosted five major events, including the “Diamond In The Rough National Artist Tal-

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ent Search” in New York City with celebrity judges: Chris Kirkpatrick from ‘N Sync, three-time Grammy winning producer, Earl Cohen, and Trustkill and Gypsy Diamond record label owner, Josh Grabelle. I’ve also served as the personal assistant for a day to multi Emmy award winning actor, John Wesley Shipp, for the film “Sensory Perception.” With modeling, I’ve worked for clients such as Swiss Army Victorinox, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Newport Tourism, Tito’s Vodka, Tiffany & Co., Mohegan Sun, Purity Vodka, and Foxwoods to name a few. In my modeling career, I’ve done over 20 fashion shows, booked dozens of photo shoots, and worked gigs for hosting, demonstrational, promotional, and illustration work as well. I’m a hustler, but I’ve also been incredibly lucky. I’m grateful for every opportunity that comes

my way.” TS: “What has been your most memorable modeling or acting job so far?” JD: “I once got to fly a Cirrus plane for a short film I acted in. It was an experience I will never forget. I’ve always been fascinated with aviation, in fact, a few people in my family history were pilots, so I guess that interest was handed down to me as well. I was cast in a film out in LA called “School’s Out” and that is probably one of my top memorable acting jobs so far too. Acting out in LA is something I’ll never forget and can’t wait to make the move out West!”

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“I’m a hustler, but I’ve also been incredibly lucky. I’m grateful for every opportunity that comes my way.”

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TS: “What made you want to become a model and actor?” JD: “My passion for entertaining people started with my debut on stage at 2-years-old performing in a dance recital. I’ve always had a yearning inside me to entertain people-especially when it comes to making them laugh! I used to put on talent shows on the weekend for my family and drag my brother into doing it with me. Growing up, I also participated in church plays, gymnastics, and competitive cheerleading for 10 years. It didn’t matter what it was, as long as I was in front of people. But it wasn’t until my junior year in high school that I became hooked by the acting bug and stepped on my first major movie set for “Dan In Real Life.” That was also the first time I met a celebrity - Steve Carell! I loved being on set, observing everyone around me and meeting new people. I watched the lead actors work and learned a lot just by being on set, which is one of several things that inspired me to continue with acting.” TS: “What actor or actress inspires you to continue what you do?” JD: “As an actor myself, I have a lot of respect for other actors as artists, because many people don’t realize what a huge sacrifice it is to be an actor and to be an artist. Someone who I have much admiration for is Will Smith. I’ll always remember his advice for talent and actors trying to achieve success. He said, ‘there is a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have. You have to believe that something different can happen. There’s no ‘plan B’ because it distracts from ‘plan A,’ and being realistic is the most common traveled road to mediocrity - so why be realistic?’ “Success for some people may mean fame or fortune, but if I wanted money, I would have stuck with my career job. I’m happiest when I’m acting and performing for others, there’s nothing else like it. It makes me feel alive. I want to be clear on this...I’m not determined to do this for others, I’m determined to do this for myself - because this is my life and I love acting. I don’t need anyone else to validate me.

“I’m not going to be a name dropper here, but there are several people who I admire greatly and consider them as mentors in the business who have helped my career tremendously. They know who they are! I’ll be able to repay all that they’ve done for me someday.” Ask Dawson’s friends to describe her, and they will say she’s “a hustler, a go-getter, bubbly, smart, and sometimes a little nerdy! But that’s ok,” she laughs. TS: “How would your mother describe you?” JD: “I’m very dedicated, loyal, hard-working, enthusiastic, high energy, and faith-driven, too.” She is known to always go out of her way for friends and people she cares about. Dawson also says she’s “quite the dance floor diva! I think they would say there’s never a dull moment when I’m around.” And that’s no wonder considering that Dawson’s taste in music is so eclectic; she loves anything that will get her moving! “My favorite type of music is Electronic Dance Music (EDM), but I love anything that I can dance to. My taste in music is so sporadic. One minute I’ll be rocking out to AC/DC, and the next I’ll be listening to Coldplay. I guess it depends on what mood I’m in too. I also have no shame about getting in front of people to sing karaoke! My ‘go-to’ song is ‘Last Name’ by Carrie Underwood,” she explains. TS: “Who is your favorite singer or band? JD: “I listen to mainstream EDM artists like Armin Van Burren, Avicii, Tiesto, Nervo, Skrillex, Ellie Goulding, Cazzette, Showtek, and Calvin Harris. For groups/bands I like everything from AC/DC to The Rolling Stones, and Coldplay to The Kings of Leon.” TS: “How about movies; what’s your favorite genre?” JD: “I like action and science fiction. Some of my favorite films are: ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avatar,’ ‘Terminator,’ ‘XMen,’ and ‘The Hunger Games.’”

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“A quote I thought of on my own is, “Strive to become a better version of yourself every day, and then just maybe we can begin to realize our full potential.”

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“My work ethic is almost sickening. I’m an overachieving perfectionist, a natural high goal setter, and I love to challenge myself.”

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TS: “If you could be a character in a TV show or movie, who would you want to be?” JD: “I would either want to be Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swan in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ or Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games.’ Both are strong female lead characters who can kick some serious ass!” TS: “And if you could meet any actor or actress who would it be?” JD: “If I could meet any actor, it would be Leonardo DiCaprio. He has so much talent and I would really love to pick his brain about acting. Some of my other favorite actors are Robert Di Niro, Jack Nicholson, and Anthony Hopkins. They’re incredible! Oh, and you’d really have to twist my arm for a kissing scene with Liam Hemsworth. “Some of my favorite actresses include Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Aniston, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Glenn Close, and of course, Rhode Island’s very own Viola Davis! I would be happy to meet any one of them.” TS: “Who is your favorite comedian?” JD: “Ellen DeGeneres! I’m a big fan and could die happy if I got a chance to dance on the show with her! I’m also a big fan of Jimmy Fallon. Ugh, I can’t just pick one!” Just as she describes her taste in music as ‘sporadic,’ so does she describe her sense of style. “I follow trends, but not all of them. I wear what I like. If I’m out shopping and I see something that catches my attention, I’m probably going to wear it because I like to stand out. If you look in my closet, you’ll find lots of bright colored clothes. Nothing with crazy patterns or stripes though. I love anything nautical, (I’m a Rhode Island girl!). For me, it’s all about the details! I’m attracted to things that are laser cut, plunging backs, beadwork, lace, and studs. I like to show off my figure! I work hard on my body, so there’ll be plenty of time for maxi dresses when I’m old and wrinkly! I’ll take the mini over the maxi any day until then! Lately I’ve been into statement necklaces, ear cuffs, and oh-my-god; I haven’t even gotten to shoes yet! I love very high heels. The higher the better! I feel sexiest wearing high heels and showing off my legs. I’m also a fan

of flowy material, like high-low dresses for a night out. For summer, I like a fedora or floppy hats with Aviator sunglasses, and you can never go wrong with a nice A-line dress.” TS: “So, what article of clothing do you currently have in your closet that makes you look and feel your best?” JD: “I have a beautiful mint green dress from BCBG that has lace, and pleats. It’s my favorite dress in my closet, but I don’t get to wear it to too many places because it’s so fancy!” TS: “Who is your favorite clothing designer?” JD: “I love the fashions of Zuhair Murad, Eli Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, and Herve Leger. On the more affordable side of things, I like Michael Kors, BCBG, Bebe, and you can find great stuff at DSW, TJ Maxx and Marshalls!” TS: “Do you enjoy any intense sports?” JD: “Currently, I partake in MMA/body combat, which is a mix of Muai Thai, Tai Chi, Taekwondo, karate, and boxing. I also do kickboxing, powerlifting, and wrestling, when I can. I’ve always been very athletic and actually enjoy working out. In the past, I’ve done advanced acrobatics, gymnastics, dance, and 10 years of competitive cheerleading.” TS: “How about decompressing – do you do anything to relax? For instance, what magazines do you find yourself reading the most?” JD: “Trade Secrets” of course! Pfttt! Outside of that, I like “W,” “Elle,” “InStyle,” and of course, we can’t forget about “Vogue!” TS: “What is your favorite drink?” JD: “Virgin: coconut puree, banana, pineapple, and strawberry smoothie. Happy hour? Add rum!” TS: “Have you traveled anywhere exotic or wish to in the future?” JD: “I’ve traveled to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Vegas and a handful of states, but I would love to travel all over Europe, especially Italy, Hawaii, Maldives, Australia, you name it, I want to go! I’m fascinated by travel, other cultures and how people live their lives all over the world.”

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TS: “You might need some great weather to enjoy many of those places. Do you have a favorite time of year?” JD: “Summer is my favorite season because there are so many things to do. I love being outside and staying active. I absolutely love the beach, being in the water, catching some sun and waves makes a perfect summer day.” At age 24, this upand-coming star has accomplished quite a lot in a short time frame, with no signs of slowing down.

your absolute best, then you can’t go wrong.”

TS: “What is the greatest achievement that you have experienced?” JD: “I’m only 24 and I have accomplished so much in my life already. I have much to be grateful for, but I’ve also overcome many rough patches, (including a near death experience), losing people I love, and have made many sacrifices in the last few years alone. One of the greatest achievements for me would be graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both, journalism and public relations. By the way, did I mention I finished a major in a year? Yeah, I did that! My GPA was almost a 3.7, which actually made me aggravated, because I came so close to earning Summa Cum Laude (the highest honors you can achieve in college). I’ve accepted the fact that I’m an overachiever and a perfectionist, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.”

Some other things people may not know about this dynamo is that she is a “self-taught painter. I enjoy painting when I have ‘free time.’ Religion also plays an important part in her life. “Although I hardly go to church, (guilty!), I pray...a lot, and my faith has gotten me through many struggles in life.”

TS: “That’s quite impressive! So, in your opinion, what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome in order to become successful?” JD: “I guess I would have to let you know when I’m actually successful! Ha! Just kidding! I think it depends on your definition of success- each person will tell you something different, but I think for most people it would be to overcome self-doubt. Having a positive attitude and confidence in life means everything! You are your own worst enemy. We tend to place restrictions on ourselves and think of excuses for things when life gets tough because it’s the easy thing to do. If you really want something in life, you have to just go for it and strategize how you can achieve your goals. There’s a saying, ‘you can’t sit around and wait for things to happen,’ you have to be motivated and make things happen for yourself if you want it bad enough. My way of looking at it is if you work hard, have a positive attitude, and give something

TS: “That’s a great quote, and very true. Speaking of quotes, do you have a favorite?” JD: “A quote I thought of on my own is, “Strive to become a better version of yourself every day, and then just maybe we can begin to realize our full potential.” One of my favorite famous quotes is from T.S. Eliot, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’”

TS: “What is your biggest fear & why?” JD: “There is quote that I really like and it says, “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough.” My aspirations scare me, but it’s not going to prevent me from going after what I want in life. But there’s also another quote that I also like to keep in mind, “The only thing we have to fear... is fear itself,” - Franklin D. Roosevelt. In life, do not let fear get in the way of anything. Life is too short not to take risks and always play it safe.” TS: “What is your dream car?” JD: “My dream car would probably be a new Aston Martin, Volante in red. I love fast, sporty cars.” TS: “What’s your favorite flower?” JD: “It’s a draw between peonies or orchids.” TS: “What’s your favorite animal?” JD: “I really like dolphins! I’ve always wanted to swim with them- they’re so playful! They always look like they’re happy and smiling.”

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Dawson has had many amazing opportunities come her way, but she knows the best attitude to have in life is to be grateful and give her all in anything that she does. “I wasn’t kidding about being an overachiever and a perfectionist,” she continues, “I’ve been successful in work, school, and other areas of my life because of my work ethic. One thing I enjoy about life and this line of work is that there is always something I can learn. I’m an extremely hard worker and am passionate about being an actor, model, and an artist. I think it’s imperative for people to know that every opportunity that comes my way, I’m incredibly grateful for it, and I never take anything for granted. I always thank the people (multiple times) for giving me the chance to do what I love.”

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Talking the Talk with



Kirby By Emy LaCroix Photos: The Rhode Show

f you’ve turned on the TV in Rhode Island, chances are you’ve been drawn into the energetic enthusiasm of Brendan Kirby. The new Rhode Show host has his own special brand of passion that has made him a fixture in the community for over a decade. This passion led Kirby to create a new standard of cable access television with his self-produced, written and hosted “Wicked Late” show. After nine witty, sarcastic and memorable years he’s moved on to bigger and better things. His style may have gotten a morning makeover, but he’s still the same Brendan Kirby we’ve come to know and love. 50 | Trade Secrets | 2014 Volume 2, Issue 4 || 401.353.4940

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“I was quite taken aback to learn that Will Gilbert actually has a full head of hair. I don’t know why he wears that bald cap.” TS: How did Wicked Late come about? BK: Once in College, I had pretty much determined that I wanted to be on television in some capacity. While at Rhode Island Collge (RIC), one of my great highlights was interning in New York at the Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman is my main inspiration and the reason I have always had such a strong interest in TV hosting. So while working on his show I learned all of the ins and outs surrounding daily television production. When I returned from that experience I knew that I wanted to host my own show, so I wrote up a proposal and was given clearance to produce a talk show as an Independent Study project at RIC for which I received credit. It was a tremendous amount of work, but I enjoyed it very much and then kept it on the air long after I had finished school; we ran for nearly nine years from 2003 -12; creating new content and shows each month purely for the love of television. TS: What did you learn/gain from the experience? BK: I basically learned how to be a host. From learning about time cues and how to interview someone on air, to booking and researching guests, how to construct a topical joke monologue,

and how to segment-produce, I took what I learned at Letterman applied it to Wicked Late and got the hands on experience I felt I would need to, hopefully, eventually land an on-air hosting job. TS: Did you have any fears when you started out, and what was your biggest fear? BK: I dreaded being labeled the ‘typical public access show’ so I worked very hard at making it a good show. Yes, we were on the public access channel but I always believed that didn’t mean it had to have a poor production value. Those that gave the show a chance realized it was a cut above some of the usual access productions. Overall, I was always very proud of the strength of our material and the quality of the segments. TS: Were there any moments when you thought, “Uh-oh, what have I gotten myself into?” BK: Pretty much every show. Sometimes, my ideas and schemes were above what could, feasibly, be done when you have no budget; which is what public access shows have: no budget. I also – for the most part – lacked a crew. My friends would help me out when they could, for which I will always be

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TS: What impact did Wicked Late have on the community/ local TV? BK:The show really grew as time went on. I became more comfortable as a host and more confident in my creativity and writing of the show. We also featured a who’s who of guests from here in RI. All kinds of local celebrities took time to be on – including many on-air WPRI/FOX Providence talents with whom I now work – Will Gilbert and Michaela Johnson included. It’s fun to now be working alongside them. TS: How did you get involved with Rhode Show? BK: I had been living in Los Angeles doing some behind-the-scenes television work for almost

a year and a half.I had moved out there looking to see what I could find within the field. A show that I was with had stopped production so I was looking around for another opportunity; preferably something on air. Although I had been close to a few on-air gigs, I still couldn’t catch a break. A friend told me that The Rhode Show was once again looking for a new co-host and, since I had nothing going on in LA, and since I missed RI very much, I figured “what the heck?” and threw together an audition video from my apartment in Hollywood. Next thing I knew I had made the top five and was coming home. TS: What was the transition like, for you, from Wicked Late to Rhode Show? BK: It hasn’t been that difficult. I made it clear to the RS producers during my interview/audition process that I knew their show was not a late night comedy/talk show (as WL had been) and that I knew I could adjust to their format. There is definitely room for fun – and we have a lot of it on Rhode Show – but I knew that I would need to tone down my usual “act” for a morning audience. Sometimes it’s a challenge for me, but I think I’m

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grateful, but getting people to give their time consistently when they have their own jobs and families got difficult as time went on. Looking back, there were some months when I wonder how we got the show done at all. From working around my own full-time work schedule, to guest bookings and cancellations, to writing and editing, and trying to find days that would work for everyone, it was tough. All for no money. Did I mention that?

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handling it well, overall. TS: What have you gained from the experience of being on Rhode Show? BK: Many things, so far, but the most important is that I’ve learned what a ladle is. Yes, you read that correctly. I am FAR from a culinary expert and RS viewers have probably picked up on the fact that I’m relatively clueless during our kitchen segments. However, I’m learning as I go along and I’m proud to say I now know what a ladle is. I may change my name to “Ladle” actually; either Ladle or Spatula. Stay tuned. TS: What has been your biggest surprise, thus far? BK: I was quite taken aback to learn that Will Gilbert actually has a full head of hair. I don’t know why he wears that bald cap. All kidding aside, the biggest thing is just how fast the live hour goes by each day. We’re doing so many fun things each morning – from interviewing informative and entertaining guests to demonstrations and learning about what’s happening around R.I. - that the 60 minutes really do fly by. In the blink of an eye, it seems the show is over and we are getting ready for the next day; and I love that aspect of it. I’m also getting to meet so many great people from all walks of life; it’s the best.

TS: If you knew then, what you know now, what would you have done differently? BK: Confidence is a big thing with me. When I was younger, I was afraid of everything and pretty much everybody, to the point where I didn’t want anyone even looking at me; being on-camera definitely would’ve petrified the teenage me. Now, I thoroughly enjoy being on camera, obviously, and it doesn’t bother me who is looking; the more eyes, the better! So I suppose I just wouldn’t have been so shy in life, that’s all. Confidence is a powerful thing. TS: What are you most proud of? BK: Probably just the fact that I’ve seemed to fit in so well and so seamlessly. I feel that Will, Michaela and myself have a great chemistry and I really enjoy working with them very much. Obviously they were doing this long before I came along and joined them and they’re great at it. I’m just trying to compliment them as best I can and be a solid addition to what was already a terrific show and I feel I’ve done it so far. It’s a great testament to their ability. They have to adjust to someone new each year and they do it very well. TS: Where do you see yourself five-ten years from now?

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TS: What advice would you give someone who is interested in following in your footsteps? BK: Please don’t take my job! No, but I get this a lot though and the real key to it is that you just have to keep putting yourself out there. If there’s a field you’re interested in, just learn everything you can about it and immerse yourself within it. Talk to everyone, be kind, be on time and just keep showing up. Keep auditioning, keep trying. If you’re really passionate about something, and you have the ability, you’ll eventually get it. It took me almost ten years but I finally got my chance within the field. It can be done.

“Although I had been close to a few on-air gigs, I still couldn’t catch a break. A friend told me that The Rhode Show was once again looking for a new co-host and, since I had nothing going on in LA, and since I missed RI very much, I figured “what the heck?” and threw together an audition video from my apartment in Hollywood.”

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BK: Hopefully still working within the field. I’d just like to keep hosting in an entertaining like capacity on-air, since this is the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do. I was fortunate to win this job and I knew going into it that it was only for a one-year contract, but I’m certainly hoping that this will help lead me to my next opportunity. I would love to stay in the New England area but I will move again if I have to; that’s just the nature of how this business works.


Asking for Help By Hillary Adams


n my last article, I talked about the ease with which smart phones have connected us to work 24/7. While that can be a great boon when working from home or on the go, it gets harder and harder to manage our lives so that we have play time. I offered some suggestions and I hope those tips were helpful. However, what if the situation is more acute? 58 | Trade Secrets | 2014 Volume 2, Issue 4 || 401.353.4940

There are many factors that can lead to you and your body having a health crisis. Constant worrying, extreme hours on the job, high stress, constant travel, a new baby, performance pressure (both what we place on ourselves and our boss/employer/agency), being a caregiver to a sick family member. It may show up as panic attacks, adrenal exhaustion, migraines, insomnia, anxiety, ulcers, gut disorders - like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colitis, and ulcerative colitis - depression, anorexia, bulimia, substance abuse, agoraphobia or any number of other symptoms and emotions (dread of going to work, anger, coming home in tears or hitting the point where you can’t stop crying). If I didn’t mention something you are experiencing, please don’t feel ignored, the body manifests warning signs in so many ways that it’s impossible to mention them all. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes one to be a grown up, only we call it a support network, care team, or community. My friend, the wonderful songwriter and yogini, Kristi Martel, refers to this group as her Aegis or shield, the go-to people in your life that help you get through. I’ve always loved this image. I think that in our culture - which still favors terms such as ‘self–reliance,’ ‘boot–strap economy,’ ‘self- made man/woman’ and ‘being a Super Woman/Man,’ asking for help is still frowned upon although increasingly necessary as we face the ever-increasing challenges of balancing work with family.

are able to handle on your own. Getting support during these times is crucial, especially when you get to the point that you can’t think your way out of a wet paper bag. Finding a Therapist. A therapist provides an independent, nonjudgmental point of view, and a safe space to help you sort through the complexities of what you have going on. Therapists often have different specialties: coming out/LGBT, grief, terminal illness, anxiety, PTSD and relationships just to name a few. ‘Psychology Today’ has a ‘Find a Therapist’ locator service.You can read therapist profiles and see who might best fit your situation. Call a few different ones and see whom you feel most comfortable with. If the therapist has a long wait time for an appointment, ask for a recommendation to another therapist. Getting help is nothing to be ashamed of or feel badly about. Therapy provides the tools to make positive changes in your life and that is something to feel good about!

So who’s on your care team? Your best friend, a family member, your hair stylist, your massage therapist and your personal trainer may already be on the list. But what about a therapist, a coach or a mentor? If work stress and personal life stress are taking their toll and any of the above-mentioned symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to get some outside help from professionals. Work relationships (a toxic coworker, being bullied), personal relationships, caring for a sick family member, can add huge stress to our lives. An inability to stop thinking about work - waking up in the middle of the night (work insomnia), anxiety, or using work as an excuse to avoid dealing with other life situations - are all signs that this is bigger than what you | 401.353.4940 | | Trade Secrets | Volume 2, Issue 4| 59

“Getting advice on how to handle the situation, and reminders that you are not crazy, are invaluable to keeping your sanity.” In addition to a therapist, a coach or a mentor may be a helpful addition to your team. If you are up late worrying about your business, feeling as if you have hit the wall with your job, thinking about a new job or starting a new business, both of these people can help you make concrete plans and assuage much of the anxiety that comes with making major changes. So what’s the difference between a mentor and a coach? Finding a Mentor. A mentor is someone who acts as a sounding board for ideas and gives advice. Usually this person is in your field of work or in the field of work you are looking to transition to, who has been successful and whose work you admire. A mentor brings his or her years of experience in, to help you with anything from reaching your target client to getting a new job or promotion in your field. A peer group of colleagues in your profession can also be helpful for exchanging ideas and for support. Sometimes you get into a job and realize your boss or a coworker is a bully, a tyrant, or borderline psychotic. It happened to me with my first corporate job after college. I went to work sick to my stomach for weeks and finally sought advice from a coworker, which helped immensely. Being constantly undermined by someone who manages through fear instead of supporting your career growth is incredibly demoralizing, depressing, and destructive to your confidence and self-worth.Getting advice on

how to handle the situation, and reminders that you are not crazy, are invaluable to keeping your sanity. Finding a Coach. When you have a dream or a goal that you want to pursue, but are feeling stuck on how to get there, coaching can be helpful. Maybe you are holding yourself back from the next step in your business or thinking of starting your own business but are terrified to take the next step. A coach helps you look at your strengths, weaknesses and fears, and devises a plan to change your habits, get you out of your rut and move forward. There are business-specific coaches, life coaches for personal dreams and goals and coaches who work with life and business issues via the connection between mind and body. - Says coach and yoga instructor, Kate Hanley at Ms. Mindbody: “The most important reason I advocate keeping some form of mind-body practice is that it helps you hear what you really think. That wisdom is an important foundation for coaching— so that you’re working toward the things you truly want, and not simply what your monkey mind is telling you, you ought to want.” - Find Life coaches at The International Coach Directory

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If you decide to look into a business coach, Forbes magazine has a great article for further reading – Taking the Next Step for Your Small Business. Selecting a Business Coach - Find a business coach at Worldwide Association of Business Coaches Many coaches offer a complimentary session to see if coaching is the right fit for you and if coaching isn’t economically in the cards for you right away, many offer newsletters and webinars with helpful articles and information.Creating your support team means that you don’t have to go it alone when the going gets tough, and that you will have help finding and living in your truth. When I was faced with making the decision to leave secure employment and take the plunge to working for myself full time, I found the help of a coach and the support of a peer group to be incredible resources. There are many business organizations offering workshops and classes including the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Women and Enterprise, Leading Women and the Providence Lady Project. Some of these groups have mentoring programs as well.

I hope these suggestions help you on your journey to being a healthier, happier, working you. There’s a beautiful song called ‘Blessed Community,’ by Kristi Martel, about finding your peace through the space you create and people you surround yourself with. Once you have arrived at your true North, think about taking time to be someone else’s mentor and give back to your community. I’ll leave you with a few song lines as food for thought and inspiration: “And here, you can be yourself Here, you can look right at me Here you can sing your song I will hear, I will sing along.” From Blessed Community, reprinted with permission from Kristi Martel.

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A WINK FROM...Armenia

Armenia. An Olde Culture By Sylvahna Menissian

rmenia, a landlocked, mountainous country located in between Europe and Asia, is affluent in culture from its dance to its music to its food. Traditional Armenian dancing is very popular among “expatriate� Armenians, and all dancers wear traditional outfits that embody their culture. The deep red and maroon colors, as well as intricate beadwork, bring dance and tradition together.


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The Armenian cuisine reflects geography and the crops grown on Armenian soil, and you may find that Armenian sweets are popular among many cultures. A few favorites include Alani (dried peaches stuffed with ground walnuts and sugar), and Kadaif (shredded dough with cream soaked in a sugar syrup). Yum! With more than 3,000 years of history providing significant originality in design and variety, Armenia is also known for its art and architecture. Examples of this can be seen in many of its churches and monasteries, several of which are built right into the stone of the mountains. Ranging from small and simple with external sculpture and reliefs, to the large and formal, many of these structures were commissioned by the wealthy and they often took years to complete, depending on size and scale. Several churches still stand today and are among the oldest in the world.

The seventh century is regarded as the “golden age� for Armenian architecture because of the revolutionary designs and sculpture. Monasteries founded in the 10th century grew to become artistic centers to inspire young artists. - The Temple of Garni - is a first century Hellenic temple near Garni, Armenia. - Various reliquaries are present in the established classical forms. In the town Ashtarak, the Church known as Karmravor - is a 7th-century Armenian church built by priests Gregory and Manas. The church is located on the northeast side of the town of Ashtarak in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. It is the final resting place of poet Gevorg Emin. The renowned Armenian historian, Sirarpie Der Nersessian, says that this reliquary was made for Prince Eatchi Proshian in 1300.

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“With more than 3,000 years of history providing significant originality in design and variety, Armenia is also known for its art and architecture.”

- The most prominent reliquary - the “Holy Cross of Khotakerats“ - was commissioned by the Prince in 1300, and is significant not only because of its age, but also for its artistic embellishments and delicate engravings. - The Zvartnots Cathedral is a monument that embodies centuries of old traditions of Armenian architects, according to Der Nersessian. In its artistic image and bold spatial arrangement, formed by a complex combination of arches and buttresses, Zvartnots is an exceptional monument of world architecture, and evidence of the high level of the development of the artistic and engineering thought in 7th-century Armenia. Its architectural idea later became widely spread and developed in new shapes and new artistic compositions.

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Backstreet’s Back, THE BUZZ


alright! By Jaclyn Pelopida

lthough the lyrics to the infamous 1997 song, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” states that the Backstreet Boys are back, they have actually always been around, for 21 years to be exact. My love for the Backstreet Boys first started when I was five-years-old and even today at 24-yearsold, my love for them is still unwavering, proven by my recent attendance at their “In A World Like This” concert at the Xfnity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on June 20th. 66 | Trade Secrets | 2014 Volume 2, Issue 4 || 401.353.4940

Even in their late 30’s and early 40’s the Backstreet Boys still move just like they did when they first came out in 1997. The only thing that’s really changed for their band is the age group of their fans and the fact that they are all married with children now; but that doesn’t stop the boys from busting out dance moves one would expect to see from Michael Jackson. As always, the Backstreet Boys put on amazing, scream-worthy performance with a live band, flawlessly live and impeccable vocals, suit and tie wardrobe, and dance moves galore. In an interesting twist, Avril Lavigne opened for the Backstreet Boys and sang a one hour set that included some of her biggest hits such as “Sk8er Boi,” “I’m With You,” “Girlfriend,” and “Complicated.” Although I was originally surprised to find out Lavigne was the opening act, she ended up surprising me with her incredible vocals and ability to get the crowd up on their feet dancing and jamming away with her band. About 15 minutes after Lavigne finished her set, the lights went down, the drums started up and the spotlight hit the stage to reveal Kevin, Brian, Nick,

Howie, and AJ, the five loves of my life; my ears are still ringing from the screaming of a sold-out crowd of females. They opened their show with one of their many number one hits, “The Call,” from their “Black & Blue” album. One of the things I’ve always loved about the Backstreet Boys is that at every single concert I’ve ever been to, (over 20 shows); they always show their love and appreciation by talking to the crowd on many different occasions throughout the night. Each one of the boys takes their time to recognize how long their fans have supported them and how each city always holds a special meaning for them; it shows a true humbleness on their part and one that always breaks the fourth wall between the crowd and the boys. Throughout the concert the Backstreet Boys made sure to sing songs from all of their albums, and even some songs that were previously unreleased from the time when they first formed as a group. The boys take you down memory lane by even bringing back some of the old beloved dance moves for songs such as “Quit Playing Games (With My

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Heart),” “As Long As You Love Me,” and “All I Have To Give.” Representing their eighth studio album, “In A World Like This,” the boys made sure to sing their new songs as well, including the album title song, “In A World Like This,” “Breathe,” and their newest single, “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of).” Along with the new and old songs performed, the boys also delivered fan favorites like “I Want It That Way,” “Shape Of My Heart,” and “We’ve Got It Goin’ On.” Another tradition the Backstreet Boys like to do, at every concert, is slow it down in the middle and play some of their songs acoustically. Yes, that’s right, the boys actually play instruments, and have been able to since they first started. They also have such a great sense of humor and had the crowd laughing multiple times throughout the show - especially when they acknowledged the fact that they were getting up there in age, and recognized the people who think boy bands can’t play instruments. They sang one of their newer songs, “Madeline,” acoustically, along with a special

fan of theirs who has Down syndrome, and knew all of the words to their songs. They wrote this song for homosexuals who are being bullied and need a song to help them rise above the harassment, understanding that things will get better. The Backstreet Boys wrote 80% of their newest album, in which the tour was in support of. As the two and a half hour show began to end, the boys made sure they went out with a bang, just like they do every time I’ve seen them. Ending the show with their biggest, and most well-known hit, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” they came back for an encore with their fan-tribute song, “Larger Than Life,” leaving the crowd screaming for more and banging on the seats in front of them. As they took their final bows and waved goodbye to their adoring fans, including myself, they promised that they would be back soon. Like the 21 years before them, the Backstreet Boys are here to stay.

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WHO”S WHO YEMI SEKONI, editor-in-chief, is the owner and director of Donahue Models & Talent - Rhode Island’s oldest model and talent agency. Her company books some of New England’s top professional models and talent to work with many corporate giants across the region, helping these companies convey critical marketing and advertising messages to their target audiences.With over 35 years of experience in various areas of the acting and modeling industry, including theater, TV, film, print and runway, Yemi also holds a Bachelor of Arts in education, a post-graduate diploma in marketing and an MBA. TRADE SECRETS magazine is a culminating outlet for all of her passions – education, performing, marketing and creative writing.

JACLYN PELOPIDA, lifestyle & entertainment writer, graduated from Iona College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology. She was the arts and entertainment editor of her college newspaper, “The Ionian.” Throughout her college career, she was an editorial intern for “M Magazine,” a web editorial intern for “Seventeen” magazine, and a public relations intern for MTV Networks. She is in the midst of writing her first novel and currently resides in Cranston, Rhode Island.

LISA SHORR, wardrobe & styling director, says beauty and style is in her DNA. Since childhood, Lisa has immersed herself in the personal care industry, having her Grandma Belle, a successful cosmetics consultant, as her mentor and inspiration. A Cum Laude graduate with a degree in marketing, Lisa learned the art of branding, and as co-owner of PC Troubleshooters, an IT Services Company, she has spent the past 15 years making her business look good. Coupling her expertise in branding with her passion for fashion, she launched Shorr Style in 2012, and as a personal stylist, she works with professional men and women, helping them build their own personal brands. She has an eye for detail and educates each client on the importance of looking your best to achieve success. Her mission: “Inspiring confidence through fashion!” She is excited to be a part of the Trade Secrets team.

EMY LECROIX, writer, is a recent Journalism graduate of Emerson College. As a student, she was happy to cover local news, events, and politics, but fashion and entertainment reporting is her true passion. As a Massachusetts native, she’s found a special fashion niche in the college town of Boston, and loves to write about it.

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VALENCIO, photographic director, chooses to remain an enigma.

TRISHA KELLEY, creative director, graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography. She is a Rhode Island based photographer specializing in product, portraiture and fashion.

HAYLEY KLAUDT, makeup, a Florida native, grew up in New England. In high school, she found her love, (more like obsession), for makeup. After graduation, she packed up and headed to Boston, where she has resided for the past five years.No stranger to the cosmetic industry, she has trained with brands such as Lancôme, Laura Mercier, Too Faced and MAC Cosmetics. She has worked on location at many editorial photoshoots and worked recently on the makeup team for StyleWeek Northeast in Providence, Rhode Island. Now officially a model with Donahue Models, she is a girl of many talents and a force to reckon with!

MELISSA WILSON, hair, has a passion for the beauty industry. With nine years of experience as a professional cosmetologist, Melissa’s experience ranges from working behind the chair of various salons in Rhode Island, to the makeup counter of busy New York City. In November 2011, Melissa opened M.A.W. Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio, where she works with a variety of multicultural clients. Servicing clients throughout New England, Melissa specializes in blowouts, bridal hair and makeup artistry. She stays updated with latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry by attending classes, workshops, seminars, and tradeshows.

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Sylvahna Menissian. Going in to her senior year at Rhode Island College for her degree in graphic design and marketing, Sylvahna is currently interning at Donahue Models and Talent. As a member of the Armenian Youth Federation - Eastern Region USA, she is pleased to share some of her Armenian culture.

Hillary Adams, CLMT has been a massage therapist since 1999 when she graduated from the Bancroft School for Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA. Her massage practice focuses on Swedish, Deep Tissue and Prenatal Massage and she has offices in Providence and Warren, RI. Hillary also has a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island where she double majored in English and Anthropology and graduated with honors in 1995. When she is not massaging or gardening Hillary enjoys cooking, writing, and curling up with a good book and her cat, Zeppelin. This is her first article for Trade Secrets. Hillary Adams Massage, 475 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906, Glow Face & Body Spa, 585 main Street, Warren, RI 02906 401 451 6014

Olga Hawwa is licensed esthetician, and makeup artist offering facials, face/body waxing, eyebrow design, makeup artistry, and body treatments for women and men. She is located at 1227 Main Street, West Warwick. Hours are by appointment, 401-353-4656.

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