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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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Guess what shoe brand Kerry Washington loves? (Hint: It's from Pittsburgh)

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Who doesn't like to take to social media to dish about their favorites of the moment?

Actress Kerry Washington is no exception. The "Scandal" star recently posted on Instagram that she's been wearing more flats lately while she awaits the due date of her baby and shared a photo (featured above) of one of her top pairs.

The black rhinestoned flats that Ms. Washington declares "chic" are by Pittsburgh-based shoe brand EMY MACK. The collection by Emily Mack Jamison is made in Italy and has been featured at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

If you want to check out the line for yourself, stop by the EMY MACK showroom at 5417 Walnut St., Shadyside, at 6:30 p.m. for a kick-off to spring/summer shopping party. For the month of April, the Pittsburgh-based luxe loungewear brand byLangley will have a pop-up shop in the same building and also will be taking part in the event. 

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Lenten Rose is beautiful, long-lived and blooming now

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog hllebore sunny frontI love purple hellebores, but I've got many colors in the garden. Photos by Doug Oster

The combination of long winter and late spring has compressed the season. Many of the early bloomers which usually blossom within weeks of each other, are now all flowering together.

One of these treasures is Helleborus orientalis or the Lenten Rose.

The plant comes in many colors and also is offered in an almost endless array of hybrids. It's an easy to grow shade lover which will tolerate some sun and isn't fussy about watering, although it does prefer moist to dry.

The three inch blossoms often look down, so I pick them an float them in water around the garden or in a small dish inside the house. It's the best way for me to enjoy the intricate blossoms.

It's wonderful to have flowers this size and color so early in the season, and they last for months, slowly fading away. The shiny, attractive foliage looks great all season.

The plants resents division and transplanting so find a spot which works and stick with it.

Helleborus niger is also called the Christmas Rose and blooms in November when just about everything else has finished. These two plants make amazing bookends to the season.

blog backlit helleboreThe late afternoon sun illuminates this hellebore flower.

blog helbore 40914Even though the flowers often look down, they are still beautiful.

blog helebore frontWhen they look up, the flowers reveal even more beauty.

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#SEENMoneyWellSpent: Pittsburgh Opera

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Walking into the PittPittsburgh Opera sign 25th eveningsburgh Opera’s home in the Strip District is like being transported back in time. Built in 1869, the space was originally utilized as George Westinghouse’s original air brake factory. Hanging on one of the walls is a quote from Westinghouse himself:

“If someday they say of me that I have benefited my fellow man, then I shall be satisfied.”

At 45,000 square feet, the industrial space (with cool, modern touches like exposed brick walls and wood beams throughout) has plenty of  room to house Opera rehearsals, a space for Attack Theater to practice their productions, and even a place for wigs, make-up, and costume production. (The space can be rented out for weddings and other events on its off-hours). opera-6948 conf room Elena Dee

I met with the Pittsburgh Opera’s general director
Christopher Hahn, a native of South Africa, (who has the most amazing accent), and took a tour through the facility. Many people have a misperception of opera and its audience as being old fashioned -- an image that Mr. Hahn wants to change:

“People think [the opera] is so serious; but it is fun and uplifting. It touches on so many areas of our knowledge, and may be the most complex and invigorating art form available to us.”

Not only does the Pittsburgh Opera showcase a wide array of performances (from the classics to more contemporary pieces) but they also travel to schools to teach children and teenagers about this amazing art form through their art trunk program.

Opera Trunk Madama Butterfly Elena DeeDuring the tour I was reminded of my first exposure to opera, in high school, when my chorus class sang songs from Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.”  This memory still resonates with me today as I fell in love with so many of the melodies.

Later on the tour, Michele Fabrizi, board chair, met us as we meandered through the costume and wig department. She echoed Mr. Hahn’s thoughts about the mission of the Pittsburgh Opera.

 

“It’s important for people to try new things,” she said. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, have new experiences, expand our minds, enrich our lives. That’s what the arts can do for us.” Michelle and Christopher OPERA

It’s hard not to get excited about opera when seeing this beautiful building and hearing from two of its staunchest supporters. I became even more enthusiastic when I heard about their monthly Brown Bag Lunch program. This is FREE (yes you read that correctly!) to the public and usually happens on the second Saturday of each month (October through April). Bring your lunch and enjoy a free concert...how cool is that?

Opera is accessible, it is uplifting, and it can even be transformative!

I am looking forward to their upcoming fundraising event, Maecenas XXX (voted one of the best parties of the year by the Post Gazette).

Pictured above in the costume department: Michele Fabrizi & Christopher Hahn

For more information on this gala, CLICK HERE. Clearly, it will be #MoneyWellSpent.

Follow the Pittsburgh Opera on Twitter: @PittsburghOpera

 

 

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