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Fashion community gears up for Style Week Pittsburgh

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

 

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Local fashion insiders mixed and mingled at a Style Week Pittsburgh preview mixer Wednesday evening at Cultural's Elite salon and spa, Downtown.StyleWeek Proclamation

The intimate gathering gave media, stylists and others a glimpse of what to expect at the second annual Style Week Pittsburgh, Aug. 11-17. Among the highlights of the night was the announcement of a proclamation from Mayor Bill Peduto's office declaring the second week of August Style Week in the city of Pittsburgh. Style Week founder Wadria Taylor also was on site to greet guests and share insights into this year's festivities, which include an accessories show, fashion show, jewelry show, boutique crawl and networking brunch.

Nominees for this year's Style Awards also were announced. They are:

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Jazmin Jackson
Diana Misetic
Kiya Tomlin
Malcolm Williams

STYLE ICON OF THE YEAR
Harris Ferris
LaMont Jones
Leigh Solomon-Pugliano

TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR
Emmai Alaquiva
Bobby Fry
Nicole Manns
Fauna Solomon
Justin Strong

MODEL OF THE YEAR
Serena Bond
Adriana Gissendanner
Jarvis Powers
Jamar Scales

MOST STYLISH IN MEDIA
JoAnne Harrop
Susan Koeppen
Tori Mistick

HAIR STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Moy’e Hair Etc!
Philip Pelusi Salons
Pageboy Salon

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Keith Bloom
Ron Short
Krystyn Snyder

MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lyndsie Hinch
Bethany Montecalvo
Linda Webster

STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Nikole Aston
Jovon Higgins-Mitchell

MOST STYLISH ARTIST
Joy KMT
Darrell Kinsel

Photos: At top, guests mingle at the Style Week Pittsburgh mixer. At right, Wadria Taylor, right, accepts a proclamation from a representative of Mayor Bill Peduto's office declaring Aug. 11-17, 2014, Style Week in Pittsburgh. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

 

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EMY MACK shoes spotlighted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

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EMY MACK shoes strutted out of the Steel City and onto the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which wrapped up on Monday in Miami.

The footwear brand by Emily Mack Jamison with showrooms in Shadyside and New York City was worn by models in the Luli Fama swimwear show. 

EMY MACK shoes are made in Italy and combine comfort with fashion-forward footwear. It made its Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York debut in February. Swim Week spotlights bathing suit trends for the following summer.

Shop the collection by appointment on Walnut Street or visit www.emymack.com. Check out scenes from the show in the social media posts below:

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Stylebook on TV: Plus-size style trends

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The plus-size women's clothing category has long been criticized for poor fit, quality and style sense. But things are improving -- call it some stylish steps in the right direction!

These new options were spotlighted this morning on KDKA-TV's "Pittsburgh Today Live" show. Check it out here or in the video below, and read more about fresh looks for women with curves at post-gazette.com.

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Rose of Sharon brings back treasured memories

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog rose of sharon returnsIt's wonderful how plants can hold a special meaning for gardeners. Photo by Doug Oster

This rose of Sharon tree came with me when I moved to Pittsburgh in 1998. The tiny sapling was one of the last things I dug up and threw in the back of my truck while making the move. Even though the entire truck bed was filled with plants, this is the only one I can really remember as coming from my old garden.

I was leaving my first garden, for 15 years that landscape taught me many lessons and it was heartbreaking to let it go.

As I drove out, I took one last look at the garden where my kids grew up.

The rose of Sharon tree was the biggest I had ever seen and it was right behind the basketball hoop. I took one of its babies to remind me of all the good times we had there.

That tree shook off the countless years of abuse. Errant basketballs, climbing pre-teens and a brand new gardener who enjoyed the carefree plant but didn't have a clue.

16 years later it looks out into the garden and over an above ground pool.

Yesterday's humidity drove me into the water after working in the garden. When I looked up I saw my faithful friend covered in white blooms, I was overjoyed.

It flooded me with memories of what seems like a lifetime ago. My youngest is 25, oldest will be 30 this year. When they see the tree bloom, it's just another flower in dad's garden, but for me, it's so much more.

I understand why people hate rose of Sharon trees. They spread relentlessly from runners and seed and are a mess as they throw spent blooms to the ground.

A friend once told me he hated the tree because it bloomed in the middle of the summer instead of spring. But for me, that's just another bonus to this indestructible beauty.

I can still picture my two boys battling each other for supremacy on the gravel basketball court, and that's just one reason rose of Sharon has a special place in my garden.

 

 

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Summer lilies thrive, first calla, Stargazer and doubles too

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blog stargazer horizontal 2a'Stargazer' is such a wonderful sight in the summer garden. Photos by Doug Oster

I don't know what the summer garden would be without lilies. 'Stargazer' is very common because it's so easy to grow and beautiful. This plant is just a few years old and grows where it doesn't get enough sun, but blooms like a champ. In my garden lilies need staked. It's a little too shady for them, so they get top heavy and flop over without support.

blog first callaI've always loved calla lilies since I first saw them in a catalog over 20 years ago. I'm glad I finally got around to growing some of the bulbs.

Above is my first calla lily ever! I've coveted them for over 20 years, just never got around to growing them. I picked up the bulbs for a song last winter, from a nursery who wanted to give them a good home. They were stored with my dahlia and begonia tubers all winter long in vermiculite and resurrected in early summer. I just planted the bulbs in my containers of annuals and now they are blooming strong. Nurseries are selling lily plants and bulbs at a discount right now, you could enjoy the blooms this season and for many more to come.

I'll save these calla bulbs at the end of the season and detail the process after the first frost.

Below are double lilies sent to me to trial from Longfield Gardens. This is their second season and the flowers are thriving. They don't produce pollen, so they aren't a mess as cut flowers, yet retain their fragrance. It's always fun to grow something before it's released, but there's responsibility too. I always hope the new varieties are worth the trouble, these flowers are winners. If they bloom like this in part shade, I can't imagine what they will look like in full sun. Since I love anything that flowers as a double, these lilies are for me.

blog double longfield liliesThese double lilies from Longfield Gardens are amazing.

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During warm, humid nights and mornings, these lilies release their magical aroma and it fills the garden. They make wonderful cut flowers, which brings the fragrance indoors for all to enjoy.

blog stargazer tightTight shot of a 'Stargazer.'

blog lily and cool green spiderIt was cool to see this fluorescent green spider on a lily bud.

 

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