Tue06022015

Business & Real Estate

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching


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Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour, the stages of Marc Jacobs and Victoria’s Secret, and the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Carrie Underwood. The New York City-based professional blends and applies makeup with an artist’s touch, and one Los Altos startup is seeking to bring her expertise to customers’ fingertips.

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Be prepared for a correction

The stock market is exhibiting some weird behavior these days, with volatility and new highs by the day without a correction.

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Are stop-losses good for reducing risk?

Equity investments are among the most volatile of the many types of publicly traded investments available to the public.

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Preteen entrepreneur adds scents to downtown business


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Laila Bahman showcases her products, now available for purchase at The Girls @ Los Altos downtown.

It all began when Laila Bahman couldn’t sleep.

The 11-year-old Covington School student and her younger sister were battling nightmares, so Laila came up with the idea for Bad Dream Sprays, aromatherapy spritzers for nighttime use. Her products are available for purchase at The Girls @ Los Altos, 239 State St.

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Repeat business: Répéter consignment celebrates 10 years on State Street


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Kellee Breaux owns Répéter, the State Street women’s consignment boutique that celebrates a decade in business Saturday.

Kellee Breaux’s life is a triangle: The 36-year-old lives in Newark, teaches full time at a school in East San Jose and runs a consignment boutique in Los Altos.

Finding time off is tricky.

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S&P 500 hits record highs again

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at a record high Friday after a rough start. Investors are counting on the stock market to bounce back in 2015 like it did in 2014, despite an unexpected drop in consumer confidence.

Because of the economy’s weak first-quarter data, many forecasters expect U.S. Federal Reserve officials to wait until September to raise interest rates.

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Tech, style blend in new pop-up shop


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The Guildery Inc. co-founders Kelly Berger, left, and Shane Reilly showcase a collection of color-coordinated products available in the pop-up shop at 170 State St.

Anyone who’s decorated a room knows the woes designers face – finding the perfect pattern in the wrong color, the ideal color on an awful print or, arguably worst of all, great items that just don’t go.

Like many a great startup, The Guildery Inc. focuses on solutions.

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