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My favorite daffodils

Written by Doug Oster on .

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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Pittsburgh-based EMY MACK, byLangley kick off spring with cocktails, shopping

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Amid sunny skies and 70-degree weather, EMY MACK shoes and byLangley on Walnut St., in Shadyside, opened their doors Thursday evening to guests and passersby for a kick off to spring/summer shopping season event.

EMY MACK shoes by Emily Mack Jamison has had a showroom there for about a year and a half. byLangley loungewear and lingerie by Mollie Lang has set up a pop-up shop in the space for the month of April.

At the event, the designers showed off their collections, which for EMY MACK includes the debut of belts. The brand also will have a pop-up shop in Sewickley this spring. byLangley's latest looks are rich with prints and are extraordinarily soft to the touch. 

Couldn't make it to the party? See some of the designers' apparel and accessories below (photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette) or visit their websites at www.emymack.com or www.bylangley.com.

EMY KittenHeels

Kitten heels by EMY MACK.


EMYMACK PumpsBelt

EMY MACK leopard print pumps with belts.


EMYMACK flats

EMY MACK flats.


EMYMACK wedges

I got the chance to try on a pair of wedges. Very comfortable!


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Cozy chic separates from byLangley.


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byLangley apparel -- suitable for sleep or accessorize it for an afternoon out.


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More separates from byLangley.

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Shop Late Night in Lawrencville is back

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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With the days lasting longer, it's a good time to use the extra hours of sunshine (and the warmer nights) to do some shopping.

In Lawrenceville, there are plenty of chances to do just that during the monthly Shop Late Night in Lawrenceville events. Each month on the second Thursday, shops will stay open until 9 p.m. and will offer special deals, food, refreshments and fun. 

The first late night is this evening. And with temperatures expected to reach the low 70s, it sounds like a good night to shop 'til the sun don't shine!

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