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Erica Katz on Mothers, Daughters and Beauty By Tamara Matthews-Stephenson I had a nice chat with Erika Katz, author of the newly-released book Bonding over Beauty, A MotherDaughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust today about her book and tonight’s (Friday, August 26) book signing event at Southampton’s BookHampton from 5 to 7 p.m. As a beauty expert, author of beauty blog http://bondingoverbeauty.com and mother of a tween girl, Katz uses her expertise to help moms bond with their daughters. Bonding over Beauty emphasizes strengthening the motherdaughter bond over simple and fun activities like painting nails or making organic face scrubs from scratch. The book encourages using these activities to facilitate open communication with your daughters and build trust at a time when young girls need it most. By working on comfortable dialog this will

help give the necessary tools to tackle sensitive topics that arise in the tween years. “If you can get your daughter to talk to you openly and honestly during the tween years about uncomfortable subjects such as puberty, she is more likely to come to you later when she is concerned about boys, sex, drugs, and alcohol,” says Katz. The focus of Bonding Over Beauty is not beauty itself but working on the special relationship mothers and daughters share. Katz was a former child model and actress, and interned in the beauty department at Seventeen magazine and later graduated from Dartmouth College. She has utilized her eclectic experiences to create a beauty guide that served as the foundation for Bonding over Beauty, a valuable resource for moms offering advice and numerous bonding rituals to ease the difficulties faced by


young girls. This evening’s event and book signing promises to be a fun family experience. As a longtime resident of Southampton, Katz is very excited to bring her new book and concepts to the Hamptons. “We relish the warm community out here in Southampton and BookHampton is our favorite place to meander through the aisles and ask the clerks for their expert advice on books. The shop embodies the close-knit neighborhood feeling our family has grown to love about this special village,” commented Katz. During the book signing, the company Good For Your Girls will offer goodie bags with all natural skin care products, beauty company Therapy will be on hand to weave feathers into girls’ hair and of course Erika Katz will be available to talk about her book and sign copies. Stop by BookHampton at 93 Main Street in Southampton tonight from 5- to 7 p.m., and bring the family to join in the fun. 


Spector. Thus, are we to assume that this series, “Uncovering Pollock,” is really about “uncovering Prince?” Seen from such a psychological perspective, perhaps the series is a “stream of consciousness” deriving from Prince or psychodrama as a form of visual art. And why not, considering that Prince’s appropriations are personal and subjective with photos of his punk favorites, like Sid Vicious and Gene Simmons, indicating an interest in music and perhaps pop culture. His pictures of Kate Moss also convey a similar interest in American culture. Then again, do we dare suggest that perhaps Prince is criticizing these icons at the same time that he values them? If we are coming up with no definite answers, that’s OK. According to Guild Hall curator Christina Mossaides, “Appropriation artists encouraged the viewer to bring his/her own associations with the imagery in the artists’ new context.” We welcome that idea with open arms. Richard Prince, “Uncovering Pollock,” will be on view at East Hampton’s Guild Hall (158 Main Street) until Oct. 17. 631-324-0806.

Michael Paraskevas Paintings and Illustration at his studio by appointment 157 Tuckahoe Lane Southampton, NY 11968 ph: 516-848-3553 www.michaelparaskevas.com

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