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Living Out Loud @TheWarholMuseum

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

The Garden of Peace Project, founded by Michael David Battle, held its “Living Out Loud” party on Friday at the Warhol Museum. “Living Out Loud” was a collaborative event with the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Pittsburgh; True T Entertainment; and Cary D. Heard of Cary D. Heard Label to honor the National Day of Silence.

The National Day of Silence was held to bring attention to individuals within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community who have been silenced by bullying and harassment, while supporting initiatives aimed at ending such negativity.

Besides the amazing fashion show and Kiki Ball that was held, STD and HIV testing was available to the adolescents and young adults who camKIKIphoto 7e to the event.

Aisha Diori (pictured left with Riko Boone) is the founder of the Kiki Ballroom scene (youth-led, adult-supported houses), and came to Pittsburgh to inspire the LGBTQ youth to live their lives out loud. “I started the Kiki Ball scene 12 years ago when I realized that there was a space needed for young adults to build community and learn about ways to protect themselves against HIV,” she said.

 

The Kiki Ball is reminiscent of the documentary, “Paris Is Burning” for anyone who is familiar with it. (If you aren’t, I highly recommend watching it).  Many of the kids Ms. Diori has worked with are homeless youth who are looking for families and a safe place to explore who they are.

“I am compelled to do this for our kids. Many of them end up staying in school, are college-bound and get great jobs,” she said. “We bring what we know to them -- we don’t wait for them to come to us. By then, it may be too late.”

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Alexander Wang announces collaboration with H&M

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

After the stroke of midnight, designer Alexander Wang broke big fashion news.

The Balenciaga creative director announced that he's the latest designer collaborator for Swedish retail chain H&M.

The news became the debut post on Mr. Wang's Instagram account (posts below), and a party to celebrate the stylish pairing ensued at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

The capsule collection will launch in stores and online at www.hm.com on November 6, 2014. Previous designer collaborations for H&M have included Versace, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela and Karl Lagerfeld.

 

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My favorite daffodils

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blog daffodils favs frontThese tough daffodils have returned year after year. Photo by Doug Oster

They aren't the prettiest daffodils in the garden, but they are the most dependable and one of the earliest and that's why they are my favorite (one of my favorites actually).

They were inherited when I moved in 15 years ago and are planted in the perfect spot, along a little strip of dirt between the front sidewalk and the house.

Most plants would hate it there, but these daffodils get sun and water in spring and not much of either in summer. Most spring bulbs need to dry out during their dormant period and that's why they love this spot.

It's a good lesson when looking ahead to fall for bulb planting season. This is the time we can see where these bulbs are happiest and plant them in similar places.

Since this patch is so close to the house, it's one of the earliest to bloom. What's amazing is the bud very early, but never freeze out regardless of the weather.

Daffodil season if definitely my favorite as it signals the end of any chance of winter returning. I can't wait for the late bloomers and doubles to unfurl their flowers.

 

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Affordable fashions and galas galore

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

If you're still sprucing up your spring wardrobe, you're in luck. There are opportunities for shopping designer fashions and discounted prices. 

Learn more about where, how and when in this week's Setting the SEEN. As always, I'm joined by SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga, who shares the latest on this weekend's hot parties.

Find out where to be (and what to wear) by watching the video below -- and, until next time, we'll be seeing you!

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"Setting the Seen" Video Blog: Getting Down and Dirty!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Not sure what to do (or wear) this weekend? Style Editor Sara Backnecht and I have you covered!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @NBSeen and @SaraB_PG

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