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Kathie Kurkjian – Honoring An Unsung Shero In Our Community by Amelia Cooper

She always told me that strays found her. It’s true. Nearly all of her cats have found their way into her home and her heart. She never went looking for rescues, because eventually one would show up when the time was right. After every animal I’ve ever known her to have has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, I’d wonder or ask if she’d be looking for another. The answer was never a direct no, but more like an undecided acceptance of whatever was to come. So, that’s how she ends up with new pets. It’s like there was this glowing, soft light that only strays could see, that promised a soft word, a gentle pet, dinner and a place to sleep.

Strays like me.

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If you were to ask her how this always seems to happen, she would tell you it’s the Angels. Her Angels, my Angels, all of our Angels. She would tell you that Angels are always there, guiding us and creating serendipity. Well, she’d say it more purely than that. Because that’s precisely what her heart is, pure.

I strayed into her home in 2001, a cleverly orchestrated move by my social worker, Amy. The plan wasn’t for me to call her “mom”, or for her to give me away at my wedding seven years later, or for me to tell everyone I was Armenian since she was, or for her friends to know me as her daughter.

It wasn’t easy, especially for her. If she were writing this, she would probably roll her eye and say “Well, yea! I thought I was just getting a roommate!” Then she would say “I love you, Anusheek” and give me a kiss on the cheek. To document in writing those awkward first years of her unexpectedly navigating the raising of a teenager would oversimplify her incredible efforts of the soul. And, now, none of that matters. All that matters is she’s my mom, and I’m her daughter, and although it took me 17 years to find a mother, she was worth the wait.

Kathie, Amelia, and Amy









And, because of her, I do believe in Angels.

I do, I do, I do believe in Angels.

Luxury Las Vegas – October 2016:: The Philanthropy Issue

Luxury Las Vegas - October 2016:: The Philanthropy Issue style with a cause

Around Town: style with a cause event (page 53)

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Meet Melanie of NEAT Method – A Part of Our Dream Closet Makeover! by Jamie Calise

Melanie Walker: “I’ll organize and color code anything!”

This year, style with a cause had the opportunity to interview one of our sponsors of the dream closet makeover, Melanie Walker of NEAT Method.

‘NEAT Method is a lifestyle service committed to providing a more luxurious and smartly appointed living space. We recognize that life gets hectic and maintaining an organized home can become a challenge. NEAT Method will  design a customized solution that is not only effective but sustainable. Expect an honest approach, a sharp eye for detail, and a personal sense of refined style. We believe that once your life is clutter free and well arranged, you will have a new appreciation for the importance of living NEAT.’

Melanie Walker

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Q: How do you get started as a new client at the Neat Method?

NEAT Method is a full service provider and will handle the organizational process from start to finish. We start with a consultation where we meet to review your space, take measurements, develop a timeline around your schedule for organizing and deliver you an estimate for your NEAT transformation. We can work with movers or an interior designer for all your interior spaces. Whether it’s organizing your closet, bathroom, kitchen/pantry, garage, bedroom or moving into a new home.


Q: What are 5 tips that you would give someone if they wanted to start de-cluttering their life? 

  1. Identify and keep only the things you love – whether it’s the clothes you feel great in to the utilitarian items you need like a spatula or an ice cream scoop. Don’t justify keeping certain items because you are ‘saving them for someone’ or ‘someone gave it to you.’ If you don’t love it or have too many of them, toss it or donate it.
  2. Find an organization you’re passionate about and donate your items. It can make it easier to get rid of items knowing your generosity will help others.
  3. Don’t waste money on organizational products… until you identify exactly what you need them for. I cannot tell you the amount of homes that I go into that have those plastic bins that are of all different shapes and sizes. People buy organizational products thinking it will help them get organized. They end up actually making more clutter. Don’t buy until you’ve identified the space you want to organize… purge unwanted items, then take exact measurements for what you need. Part of NEAT Method’s services includes implement the perfect organizing solution for your space.
  4. Love to labelLabel EVERYTHING. I label the bins in the pantry, folders in your office… label where things go so everything has a home. Especially for kids – it helps with the clean-up game! For toddlers who can’t yet read, you can label in pictures. It teaches them to be organized and will make your life easier in the long run.
  5. Realize that once you start de-cluttering, it’s very liberating and energizing. Once you start, you will want to keep going. Purging loosens your grip on material possessions. Ultimately, you will enjoy the items you have more – and as a bonus, there will be less to clean and organize.

NEAT pantry

NEAT closet








Q: What would be your dream project to work on?

A: I get super excited about a closet transformation! I love helping my clients save time getting ready in the morning and ultimately saving money once they realize what they own. NEAT turns your closet into your own personal boutique you can shop for your clothes, shoes and accessories. What I hear is once my clients start making decisions on their clutter, they start living differently. People become much more deliberate with their decisions, their purchases, and what they do with their time. Once you get NEAT, it changes your whole life. Letting go is freedom – it creates space for what matters most.


Q: What is one of your favorite projects that you have ever done?

A: We organized and decluttered an entire house!  It started with the busy, working mom wanting to organize her closet because she was overwhelmed with her clutter. She actually felt like her whole life was out of control (this is really common…. stuff creates stress). Her husband popped in to ask what was going on. He then jumped in on the process decluttering his own clothing. It ended up being a cool display of teamwork within their marriage and they started working on their entire house together. It took several days to complete because they just kept wanting NEAT to come back – which we loved!  For most clients, you don’t actually have to be home for NEAT Method to come work magic on your space. NEAT is a full service, luxury business. We cater to your needs.


Q: How do people get in contact with you to hire you for your organizing services?

A: You can reach me at or by phone at 702-563-7728.  For projects and inspiration, follow our Instagram & Facebook  &  Pinterest .


If you have items that you would like to donate, remember that we are gathering donations for Project 150!


Personalized with Heather B Moore at MJ Christensen

One of the EXCITING things that was auctioned off at style with a cause this September was a shopping party of personalized jewelry from Heather B. Moore. We think she’s an incredible woman who is helping the empowering women movement.


            Heather B. Moore’s jewelry first began when she stamped her sister’s words “I said to my sister and she said to me, ‘Come, let’s play laughter together.’” on a silver plaque that she carries with her everywhere. When Heather had her fourth child, she stamped her children’s names on some scrap silver and framed each one using bits of gold to create charms for a necklace. While wearing that necklace, Heather attended her last enamel trade show in 2004. She was selling her enamel designs; however, everyone was interested in her personalized necklace she was wearing. This was the challenge that Heather found that she needed in her life. A quote from her website:

Today that very first charm necklace has turned into a vast collection of personalized charms, chains, earrings, bracelets, rings, cufflinks, belt buckles, key chains and money clips. These can all be personalized in the most unique way to showcase what you cherish, be it a person, date, location, milestone or inspiration.”

Each and every single piece is specially customized because Heather millers her own stamps in her studio in Cleveland, Ohio and she uses a free-hand stamping technique so no pieces are exactly alike.

Heather B Moore Jewelry






MJ Christensen will be hosting a personalized party for the winning hostess and up to 19 friends and family . Each attendee will create e a personalized box of their treasures from the most special people in their lives.  And all of these memories can be made into a keepsake that you wear every day as a reminder of all the love and wonder each one of us hold near and dear.

Thank you to Cliff and Darlene Miller for always helping the community and providing this very special experience for style with a cause! Check out Heather B. Moore at MJ Christensen in Boca Park at 8980 W. Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89117. 702-952-2300

MJ Christensen

We’re so excited that we were able to offer this experience to you all and can’t wait! So let’s get personal 😉

Stay tuned for a follow up post of the special event with pictures of some attendee’s keepsake boxes! It will be so special!

Summer Glow Makeover at Sephora by jenny pham

It’s summer and crazy hot so I prefer to enhance my natural features with a dewy-natural look. I had the wonderful opportunity to have my makeup done at Sephora this week. I made a beauty reservation via and walked in with a specific goal in mind: glowing skin.

I was greeted and checked in for my reservation and waiting for the lovely Samantha in the “Beauty Studio”.  I shared my goals of my visit and she asked me questions, such as which features did I want as the focal point or that I wanted to conceal? Throughout the experience, Samantha offered tips and advice on how to achieve a natural glow, and she would check on me if I was comfortable with either the amount of pressure she applied with beauty tools or the way the product was sitting on my face. 

After Makeover!



Skin Prep (It’s All In The Skin): The biggest secret to glowing skin, according to Samantha, was how you prepped your skin for makeup.

Korres Greek Yoghurt 3 in 1 Cleansing, Toning, and Eye Make-Up Removing Emulsion

Caudalie Grape Water








Caudalie Premieres Vendanges Moisturizing Cream

Caudalie Beauty Elixir






– Korres Greek Yoghurt-A three in one cleansing, toning, and makeup removing emulsion for a clean fresh base. The texture of this product was exactly like yogurt but it was lightweight and made my skin feel refreshed. This is one of Samantha’s favorite products that she swears by and it was my favorite product she used.


– Caudalie’s Grape Water-A moisturizing mist, Samantha sprayed an even layer onto my face to help retain moisture in the dry spots of my skin.


– Caudalie’s Premieres Vendanges Moisturizing Cream applied this to the dry areas of my face since I have combination skin.


– Finishing with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, my skin was all prepped and ready for my makeup.



Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer

Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner in 05 Beige

Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in My Teddy Bear

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation

NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder







Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

NARS Blush in Satellite of Love

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist










– Samantha suggested Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer – Oil Free, since I had combination skin.


– Next she decided to work on my eyes first (always start with the eyes so you can clean up with foundation) and applied the Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner in 05 Beige to my lids as a neutral pop of color. She then set it with the Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in My Teddy Bear to mute down the cream base since the focus was my skin and not my eyes. These two colors together were absolutely gorgeous and would work on any olive or yellow-toned skin.


Moving on to foundation, Samantha chose Laura Mercier’s Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation and applied it using a Beauty Blender    for a more natural finish. The foundation felt very lightweight and Samantha said this was one of her holy     grail products. Next, Nars’s Creamy Radiant Concealer to brighten up my under-eyes and set it using   Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder.


– Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara was the finishing touch to my eyes, after curling my eyelashes of course.


– Using Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer, Samantha taught me how to do a light contour for my face. Because I have a round-shaped face, she recommended that I apply bronzer at a sharp angle from the top of my ear towards the corners of my  mouth to slim down my face and used Nars’s Blush in Satellite of Love to add some color to my skin.


– Finally, it was time to glow. Using Laura Mercier’s Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion,  Samantha highlighted the areas where the sun would naturally hit my face. On the cheek bone, tip of my nose, brow bone, etc. This  powder was amazing and made my skin look beautifully highlighted without looking greasy or oily.


– The last two products Samantha used on my face was the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, to set the beautiful work she did, and finished it off with Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (another one of my favorites) on the angles of my face for that last touch of glow.



Overall, Samantha offered me a great experience and everything on my face, except for my under-eye concealer creasing on me, stayed flawless.  


Luxury Las Vegas – November 2015 :: The Gift Guide

Luxury Las Vegas - November 2015 :: The Gift Guide style with a cause

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Spoonflower Collaboration

Questions for Stephen

This year for style with a cause we did a fabric collaboration with a company called Spoonflower. If you’ve ever been in love with the fabric challenge that is done on “Project Runway”, then you have witnessed the genius of Spoonflower. A company that allows anyone to make their own fabric and print on different types of fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper. We designed a pattern with the words from the butterfly trail from our style with a cause logo. This is what it looks like:


And as we were working with them, we got to see how on fleek the founder of Spoonflower really is. He is a self professed geek, but we see him more as a visionary who wants to make the world better, easier and a lot more colorful. We are so excited to share a glimpse into his mind, and his company and their core values.

  • What made you start Spoonflower?

Stephen_Fraser_Co-FounderSpoonflower was my wife’s idea. Unlike me, she is someone who sews and has always had a passion for fabric. Back in 2007 Kim hatched a plan to make new curtains for our den and she said something along the lines of, “You know what would be cool? If I could design my own fabric.” I found it really strange that she couldn’t design her own fabric — after all, the Interwebz had already spawned a world where you could customize almost anything, from t-shirts to photo books. But at the time nothing like that existed in the realm of fabric. When my co-founder Gart Davis and I launched Spoonflower, we were both building it for our wives and people like them. We set out to design a service that would expand the range of tools available to creative people who work with fabric.

  • How did you come up with the name Spoonflower?

Spoonflower was named for the common name of a plant that Kim and I had growing in our backyard, which seemed to fit the idea of a business built around creative personal expression and handmade things. The scientific name is the white arrow arum, but the flower itself is shaped like a spoon.

  • What did you do before Spoonflower?

Before founding Spoonflower, both Gart and I worked for a company called, which was the first web site to make it free to publish a book on the Internet. As an author, you could upload your book and make it available for sale; when a copy was purchased it was printed on demand. While was (and is) different in many ways from Spoonflower, that basic idea — of empowering creative people to take advantage of a digital manufacturing process — is very similar.

  • What exciting things are in the pipeline at Spoonflower?

We’re very excited about two initiatives at the moment. The first is a push to open our first office in Europe, which will be located in Berlin. The second is a brand new site, called Sprout Patterns, that is getting ready to launch. Sprout Patterns is a collaboration with independent sewing pattern designers and offers a tool that allows you to order customized patterns printed directly onto fabric with the individual pattern pieces pre-printed with Spoonflower designs. It’s the first in what we hope will be a series of cool new projects that share fabric printing as a common thread.

  • Who is your style icon?

I am a pretty unfashionable person, I’m afraid. As a geek, I tend to pick my icons for their intellectual qualities rather than their visual style. Oliver Sacks is one of my intellectual icons. Christopher Hitchens was another. But if I had to pick a style icon to play Spoonflower’s co-founder on stage, I’d choose Tim Gunn. He’d be much more plausible in the role than either Gart or me.

  • Can you tell us some of the celebrities that are wearing Spoonflower creations or using them in their own lines?

We’re most excited these days about Raleigh designer (and former Project Runway finalist) Justin LeBlanc, who continues to incorporate Spoonflower fabric into innovative collections. But many up and coming designers have used Spoonflower fabric over the years. We even offer an Emerging Designer Grant that allows individuals to apply for credit toward fabric they can use for projects.

  • What inspires you?

The Spoonflower community inspires me. We hold weekly design contests, each one with a different theme. Watching hundreds of designers from different parts of the world take a single theme and turn it into countless unique interpretations every week is unfailingly inspiring.

  • What is your mantra/motivational quote you live by?

There’s a line in the Bob Dylan song It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) that says, “he not busy being born is busy dying.” I think of that often.

  • What are you hardest on yourself for? What’s your negative self-talk that you need to stop?

I’ll refrain from over-sharing on this topic, but your question did remind me of one of my favorite SNL skits from the 80’s, which had Al Franken playing Stuart Smalley, purveyor of Daily Affirmations. His catchphrase was, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”


  • What is your favorite fabrication?

I assume you’re referring to favorite fabric designs, and I have many. One of my favorite Spoonflower designers is Valentina Harper, but another example of a favorite fabric (and theme) is this bug fabric by VerryCherry. I have a chair in my office covered with the bug fabric, which I love.

  • What has been your biggest lesson learned creating Spoonflower?

We’ve learned many lessons over the last seven years, some of them the hard way! The most important lesson, from a customer-facing standpoint, is that you need to simplify. The failure to simplify is a common problem for startups. Drilling down to just the most essential features and message is, I think, something that is especially hard for technical people. It’s hard for anyone, really.

  • How does Spoonflower empower others?

I think of our business model as a very obvious one, in many ways. The technology needed to print fabric digitally is not something that, practically speaking, most people can afford to keep in their garages. We bought the machines, then designed a web site that allows anyone to use them. It’s that simple. As a result of Spoonflower, thousands of talented artists all over the world have gotten a chance to experiment with designing fabric, which is something they might not otherwise have had a chance to do. Because of all those artists and what they’ve been able to create using Spoonflower, people who love fabric and making things with fabric now have hundreds of thousands of choices — designs they can purchase — that they never had before. It’s a virtuous circle.

  • Who is your dream designer to create a fabric on Spoonflower?

My dream designers are all already on Spoonflower.

  • The prettiest feature/attribute on a woman?

Her creativity.

  • At what point did you believe you were a success?

A few years ago I was walking the aisles at Quilt Market, which is an industry event held annually in Houston, and I realized that almost every major fabric house exhibiting there was featuring at least one collection created by someone who had come from the Spoonflower community. It really took my breath away. I realized then that my fondest dreams as an entrepreneur had been realized: Spoonflower had, in fact, changed the world.

  • What made you want to be part of style with a cause?

Part of the mission of style with a cause is to empower and inspire. Those words mean a lot to us, too.

  • What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

My mother used to tell me to smile at people and not to let things get to me. Excellent advice. I often wish she was still here to remind me.

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Luxury Las Vegas – September 2015 :: Fall Fashion

Luxury Las Vegas Fall Fashion September 2015 Style with a cause

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Opportunity Village to be this year’s beneficiary

0446Choosing Opportunity Village to be this year’s beneficiary was a no brainer. This past spring I helped with a fashion show with all of the OVIP’s. I have known about Opportunity Village since I moved here almost 13 years ago. I have always loved the organization and thought they were doing so many wonderful things. When I agreed to work on this project, I asked a lot of questions about the girls that were going to participate. I wanted to make sure that I was sensitive to each one of their individual abilities, disabilities, likes, wants, hobbies, personalities and fashion sense.

I decided to create a questionnaire to help the process along. I asked them what their favorite things were. If they could be someone else, who would, they want to be? I asked them to describe their style and fashion sense. We were ready to rock and roll.

0428What happened from that point on is where the real story lies.

Each one of the girls came in and we talked about their answers during the initial fitting. I learned that most of the girls participating were in their early adulthood and trying to date. One of the girls told me I made her look fat. They wanted to look like royalty. Some wanted to look androgynous. Some had always wanted to be a cowgirl.

As I got to know each and every one of them, I realized so many times we are solely focusing on how we can help them with their disabilities and we don’t look much further than that. But most of these girls are struggling with so many of the same things we are. They are trying to date. They want to look and feel beautiful. They have issues and jealousy with their friends. They don’t love their bodies. They struggle with self-confidence and self–worth. They want to fall in love. They want to be loved.

So this year, I am committed to helping these beautiful women feel and look great at their next fashion show, Starlight Ball and dinner with friends. I want to help advocate for these women beyond the wonderful things that Opportunity Village already provides. To help them feel and look “like Katy Perry”, “like a princess” and like the best version of themselves. To be able to look in the mirror and see what beauty stares right back at them. Thank you for shifting my perception and sharing your beauty and soul with me.