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Today in Pittsburgh fashion: 'Hair Commandments' book signing

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Oh, the dos and don'ts of hair care are aplenty! Now there's a book to help women navigate it all.

From 2-4 p.m. today at A Hair Boutique in Shadyside, there will be a book release gathering and signing for "The Hair Commandments: Shalls and Shall Nots of Wigs, Weaves and Natural Hair" (pictured above) by LaToya Johnson-Rainey and C. Nathaniel Brown.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit cancer patients.

Information: ahairboutiqueshadyside.com or 412-688-WIGS(9447)

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Steelers take to the runway

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Are you ready for some football -- with a side of fashion?

In this week's "Setting the SEEN," SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and style editor Sara Bauknecht preview the 40th anniversary of the "Steelers Nation: Black & Gold Style," which supports the Cancer Caring Center and UPMC Sports Medicine's concussion program.

Natalie and I chat with fashion show co-captains Cam Heyward and Kelvin Beachum and stop by designer Kiya Tomlin's studio in East Liberty for a sneak peek at some of the fashions that will be featured tonight on the runway at Heinz Field.

See it all here or in the video box below. Like Cam and Kelvin's fashions? See what brands they're wearing from Macy's Ross Park Mall below.

Until next time ... we'll be seeing you!

Steelers style

Cam's look -- Denim wash jeans by Levi's, denim button-down long sleeve shirt by Club Room, shawl collar pullover sweater by Tasso Elba

Kelvin's look -- Denim wash jeans by Levi's, cream henley by Tommy Bahama, black corduroy sports coat by Tasso Elba

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Floating row cover is a simple tool to keep the garden going

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog greens under floating row coverThese mustard greens and Swiss chard should go all winter under a floating row cover. Photo by Doug Oster

Tomatoes, peppers and vine crops look tired as they patiently wait for the first frost. But even though this is the end for them, it's just the start for other plants.

I don't know what it is that makes gardeners like myself want to extend the season. I know plenty of people who are happy for a well deserved rest as tender plants fade.

I can't do that.

By choosing plants which enjoy growing in cool weather, the garden can be productive most of the winter.

Niki Jabbour, author of The Year Round Veggie Gardener is a kindred spirit, her book is the definitive work on the subject.

She's much more accomplished at growing 365 days a year than I am, and she's gardening in Nova Scotia! I've learned a lot from her and love to keep harvesting into the winter.

My garden is planted with carrots, Swiss chard, mustard greens, lettuce, kale, tatsoi, radishes, spinach and more.

Each bed is covered with a floating row cover. It's a spun bound, translucent fabric which acts as a greenhouse. It can be used for a few seasons if handled with care. The row cover is usually sold in 25 to 50 foot rolls and comes in various widths and thicknesses. It can be found at any good nursery or garden center.

I use 12 gauge wire to support the row cover which I find at my local hardware store. The fabric is so light, the plants themselves can support it, but I've found making hoops with the wire keeps the snow from crushing the plants.

It's not too late to plant if you can find some greens at a nursery. I've seen them locally at Hahn Nursery, Chapon's Greenhouse and Best Feeds.

I put down a couple bags of compost, tuck the plants into the soft soil and then protect them with the floating row cover.

What I love about gardening this time of the year is I don't have to worry about weeds, pests or watering.

There is something magical about going out to the vegetable garden, brushing off the snow and picking something wonderful and fresh from the garden.

 

 

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"Setting the SEEN": Steelers Style!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Tonight, Steelers will strut their stuff down the runway at Heinz Field Club East Lounge to support the Cancer Caring Center and UPMC's Concussion Unit. Sara and I chatted with Steelers' Cam Heyward and Kelvin Beachum (fashion co-captains) about their personal style and any tips they have learned to go from the field to the catwalk! We then were able to get a sneak peak at some of the fashions Kiya Tomlin designed.

Until next time...we'll be seeing you!

Follow Natalie on Twitter @NBSeen and on Instagram @NatalieBenci

Follow Sara on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG

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Membership growth, new events focus of latest Fashion Group International Pittsburgh meeting

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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An end and new beginnings were among the talking points discussed Thursday evening at Ross Park Mall during the latest general meeting of the Fashion Group International of Pittsburgh provisional chapter.

The group has been meeting and inviting the public to attend for months as a way of educating the Pittsburgh community about the mission of FGI, a non-profit that seeks to unite and promote fashion communities across the globe. But in order for FGI's headquarters in New York City to approve Pittsburgh for a full-fledged chapter, the city needs to demonstrate that it can hold a series of successful fashion-focused events.

In 2015, FGI Pittsburgh plans to organize six events: a panel with industry professionals from some of the city's major retail corporations (e.g., ModCloth and American Eagle, among others) in February, a discussion with local boutique owners and a trend report in April and a designer showcase in June. Dates, times and locations are yet to be determined, along with the rest of the events for the year. The board also is striving to book a major designer from New York City to be featured at one of the events -- something the group would like to make an annual affair, chair Stephanie Taylor said. Events will be open to group members and the public but will be ticketed, with discounts for those who belong to FGI Pittsburgh.

The goal of the events will be to familiarize Pittsburgh's fashion scene with what's happening locally and beyond.

"Part of our job as FGI is to educate the fashion community about things that people may not be aware of," Ms. Taylor said.

Moving forward, FGI Pittsburgh will no longer hold monthly public meetings while it shifts its focus to prepping for these events. The board will continue to meet each month, and those who've applied and have been accepted into FGI Pittsburgh membership are welcome to attend those meetings.

Twenty-three people have been approved so far for membership. The board's goal is to have 40 members paid and approved by the end of the year. Attendance at the public meetings has remained steady at at least 40 or 50 people each month, with the lowest attendance at about 25 in the summer while many of the group's regular participants were on vacation, Ms. Taylor said. On Thursday about 30 people turned out, with rush-hour traffic and a new meeting location possible factors for the slight dip in attendance, Ms. Taylor said.

Those interested in learning more about FGI Pittsburgh or applying for membership can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit pittsburgh.fgi.org.

Photo: The FGI Pittsburgh provisional chapter board members, from left Janey Cink,Wadria Taylor, Miyoshi Anderson, Stephanie Taylor, Vanessa Fellers, Marissa Zimmerman and Renee McCafferty, address attendees at the October general meeting on Thursday at Ross Park Mall. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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