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'Style evolution' in progress at South Hills Village with renovation, new stores

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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For its 50th birthday, South Hills Village is getting quite the present -- a multi-million dollar renovation that's on track to be completed by the end of the year.

Members of the media got a preview today of the progress. A number of stores that are new to the mall already are open, including Destination Maternity and Lane Bryant. Another highlight is the addition of Forever 21, among the largest of the mall's new retailers. The annex across the street also welcomed Ulta and DSW Shoe Warehouse.

Some stores are still slated to open, including Soma, Eddie Bauer and Sweet & Sassy, a full-service salon that's geared toward children. It offers special birthday party packages, such as a pink limo to pick up guests.

Other existing retailers and services expanded and/or moved to new locations within the mall as part of the project. Among them are Europe Nails, Men's Wearhouse, Johnston & Murphy and Kay Jewelers.

South Hills Village's corporate-level managers paid great attention to feedback from shoppers when planning the new retailers and expansions. One request was for stores that have local ties or a boutique feel, such as Primadonna that specializes in Italian-made shoes and accessories. It's owned by Barbara Gambotto, who moved from Rome to Fox Chapel about two years ago.

Maintaining a family-friendly environment with something in store for all ages was another important goal of the renovation. The makeover also includes interior and exterior structural upgrades, major updates to the food court (including redesigned restrooms and a new eatery), fresh features for the children's play area and more.

Look for more improvements and store openings leading up to Black Friday and through the end of the year!

Photos: Above, a sign entering the food court informs shoppers about renovations under way. Below from top: (1) The exterior of the new Forever 21 on the upper level. (2) Upgrades to the children's play area. (3) Renovations outside the Dick's Sporting Goods/Target corridor, where about 100 mall events take place each year. (Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Horses, bonfire and fall fashion at Hartwood Acres

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Looking for something fun and fresh to do this weekend? Look no further than this week's Webisode of "Setting the SEEN." 

SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I visited Hartwood Acres to preview this weekend's Hartwood Fest. We also got ready for the event with a stop at Cajoli boutique, which dressed us in casual fall fashions for the shoot.

Learn more about this and other events this weekend across the city in the video box below or by clicking here. Like our outfits? See below for more details on my look and visit Natalie's blog To Be SEEN for more on what she's wearing.

Until next time, we'll be seeing you!

Cajoli boutique -- 3392 Saxonburg Blvd., Glenshaw

Sara's look

-Pants: Le Phare gray zipper pants ($170)

-Design History cashmere sweater ($320)

-Only Hearts black ribbed crew-neck long-sleeved shirt

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Stylebook on TV: Backstage beauty tricks + trends

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ICYMI: Stylebook was featured on KDKA-TV's "Pittsburgh Today Live" this morning to recap beauty tips, tricks + trends spotted at New York Fashion Week and other style events across Pittsburgh this fall.

Catch up on some of the season's top hair/makeup looks and products here. (Or view the segment below!)

If you want to discover some beauty tips of your own, Christian Dior will hold its "Star 2014" event at Macy's at South Hills Village on Oct. 29-Nov. 1. Sign up for a one-on-one consultation from cosmetics experts at 412-854-6889. (And mention "Pittsburgh fashion" for a special token.)

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Hair, makeup trends spotlighted for a cause at Philip Pelusi runway show

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While most of Pittsburgh was watching Pirates baseball on Wednesday night, a sold-out crowd at Diesel Club Lounge on the South Side watched the latest beauty trends walk the runway at the Philip Pelusi style show to support Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh.

It was the seventh year for the event, during which time Philip Pelusi Salons has raised more than $50,000 for the cause. The majority of the money has stayed within the community.

"You feel like they're part of your family," Mr. Pelusi said when salon clients are diagnosed with cancer.

Guests were given a preview of hair and makeup trends for fall from creative director Lisa Krszal. Some of them included ...

  • Go with one accent (a bold lip or eye -- but not both!)
  • Go for drama with hair
  • Don't underestimate a classic, timeless look
  • Cool colors, such as blue ice queen
  • Bold braids

Stylists from Philipi Pelusi Salons across the region styled models for the show. In the spirit of Lifetime TV's "Project Runway," salons took part in the Pelusi project challenge where stylists had to create looks using only items included in a bag of products. Models were outfitted in apparel from local boutiques.

Providing the commentary as models showed off their styles were 96.1 KISS's Tall Cathy and Sheri Van Dyke of 94.5 3WS. Miss Pennsylvania USA Valerie Gatto -- a Philip Pelusi Salon client -- also was featured in the show.

After the show it was up to Skybar on the roof to mix and mingle around the fire and admire the rooftop pool (which was closed for the night).

See some photos from the event below (Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette):

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Pittsburgh-based Simple Sugars up to $3 million in sales after 'Shark Tank' deal

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Since Lani Lazzari of Fox Chapel swam with the sharks a year and a half ago on the ABC TV show "Shark Tank," things have been going, well, swimmingly.

The entrepreneur behind Sharpsburg-based Simple Sugars, a line of all-natural sugar scrubs gentle enough for sensitive skin, is up to $3 million in sales, an update segment on the two-hour season premiere of "Shark Tank" revealed. In the next 12 months, she expects the company to do an additional $4 million in sales.

The update also spotlighted a recent deal Ms. Lazzari struck with Destination Maternity to carry Simple Sugar products in all 575 of the retailer's locations across the country.

In season 4 of "Shark Tank," Ms. Lazzari made a deal with fellow Pittsburgh native Mark Cuban, who invested $100,000 for a 33 percent stake in Simple Sugars.  

"I invested in Lani because I want to see that $100,000 turn into $20 million," Mr. Cuban said during the update segment. "The best part is there's a shot that that could happen. She's that good."

Watch the update segment below, courtesy of abc.go.com.  (Photo: Lani Lazzari trains members of the Destination Maternity sales team in New York City on how to educate shoppers about Simple Sugars.)

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