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Free Landscape Design Course for beginners at Mt. Lebanon Library

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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Landscape Design Course
 
Penn State Master Gardener and landscape designer Claire Schuchman will teach this three week course geared to the novice.
We will use the concepts of sustainable design like right plant/right place, shading out weeds with ground covers; use of hardy natives plants; and installing rain barrels or permeable pavement.
Please bring: graph paper, pencils, ruler, package of different colored pencils, and some 18"-24" tracing paper. Students will benefit from having a plot plan or a survey of their property if available and pictures of gardens they like.

Week One
 
(2/24): Site analysis, which is simply an inventory of site features including the house, a garage,
trees, paths, driveways, easements or even a bad view. Also things like soil conditions, wind, shade and sun.
 
Week Two (3/3): the dreaming begins when the students will develop a program which includes planning for outdoor activities like children's play areas, a pool or pond, entertaining, and napping, as well as privacy, lighting and security. These ideas will go on paper and be moved around like a jigsaw puzzle until the student is happy with the placement.
 
Week Three (3/10): we take all that information and begin to put it into a realistic form using the scale of 1" = 8' on graph paper. Supportive materials covered during the three sessions will include a discussion on the five elements of good design, necessary tools toaccomplish the plan,and a time for practical questions and answers.
No advance registration is required; however, participants should plan to attend all three sessions and bring the
recommended supplies and information about their property to get the most out of this landscaping course.
 
Claire Schuchman is a local landscape designer, Master Gardener, and frequent contributor to Mt. Lebanon Magazine.
Her garden has been featured on past Mt. Lebanon Public Library Annual Garden Tours.
Course begins at 6:00 PM on the following Mondays, Feb 24, Mar 3 and Mar
10, 2014.
For more information call the library at 412-531-1912 or e-mail the Garden Tour coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 


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New York Fashion Week: What I wore ... Part II

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

More backstage opportunities and interviews colored my second day of covering the shows at New York Fashion Week. Therefore, I wanted a look that was sophisticated yet in style. I also had a lot of walking in store for me, plus some slick streets leftover from snow earlier in the week, so I needed shoes and an outfit that would be comfortable as I dashed from show to show, venue to venue.

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Little black dress and textured moto jacket with zipper details, H&M: These are two of my favorite pieces. The little black dress is my go-to for layering. I've paired it with blouses, cropped sweaters and sweatshirts and blazers. It's also stretchy and super comfortable! The jacket is chic yet edgy and has some texture to it for some visual interest.


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Sabika Manhattan choker, www.sabika-jewelry.com; cross necklace, Forever 21; hammered metal silver ring, Wilson Lodge gift shop at Oglebay Park resort; and zebra print hoop earrings: I kept the accessories simple for this look and limited them to silver tones to coordinate with the silver in the zippers of the jacket. The Manhattan choker is one of my favorite necklaces. It goes with practically anything, living up to the philosophy of the Pittsburgh-based business that designed it; all of its jewelry must go with black, jeans or khaki or it can't be part of the Sabika collection. 

The cross added some layers to the neckline and a bit of my personality. The ring and hoops are great neutral pieces that I mix and match with a lot of things I wear. Although I do bring to Fashion Week some of my better jewelry (meaning things I paid a bit more for), I typically stick with costume jewelry while I travel, just in case I were to lose something during the trip.


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White Mountain boots: Boots (or any style of shoe) by this brand are the epitome of comfort, perfect for the long lines and long days of New York Fashion Week. I ordered these from QVC.com, but they're also available at mainstream stores such as Macy's.

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New York Fashion Week Day 4 recap in tweets

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Rest assured, fashion fans. There were no streakers strutting down the catwalk like yesterday on Day 4 of New York Fashion Week. Instead, there were more big shows by big-named designers. Donna Karan featured average people, as well as models, to showcase her latest collection, while Diane von Furstenberg celebrated the 40th anniversary of her signature wrap dress with a glitzy, confetti-filled fashion show.

Here are scenes from these and more events of Day 4, as told on Twitter:

 

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Pittsburgh native and fashion designer Sheena Trivedi talks Steelers, style at New York Fashion Week

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- Crowds were ushered to the roof of the Empire Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side Saturday night for the first look at Sheena Trivedi's collection of edgy-meets-exotic men and women's wear.

For her fourth show at New York Fashion Week, Ms. Trivedi, a former Pittsburgh resident who now lives in New York, presented a black-heavy collection called "Kids of Bengal" that creatively wove in texture, patterns, leathers and mirror and fringe details. Models wore tribal-inspired makeup, and jewelry draped across their heads, hands (pictured at right) and necks became their armor. Fashions also reflected influences of the multiculturalism from her upbringing. (Growing up, her family exposed her to Indian culture and the Hindi language through annual trips to India.) Trivedi 160

Life isn't a fairy tale, Ms. Trivedi said, so fashion should embrace and reflect its less simplistic side, too. The show attracted buyers from overseas, as well as domestic press and friends and family.

Despite her growing reputation on the international fashion scene, Ms. Trivedi hasn't lost touch with her Pittsburgh roots. She gushed about her love for the Steelers, even belting out a few lines from "Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa during our interview. By her side through the night was her sister -- and Ms. Trivedi made sure I knew she was born at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Oakland.

(Photos of "Kids of Bengal" fashions by Sheena Trivedi. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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Backstage with Pittsburgh native and hair stylist Philip Pelusi at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- Backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was buzzing with Pittsburgh connections Saturday night, thanks to Philip Pelusi (pictured above doing an interview) and his team of stylists. 

Mr. Pelusi, a native of Bloomfield who has hair salons in Pittsburgh and New York, was on the scene to style hair for the Venexiana runway show. With him was a team of stylists from his salons, some of whom work in Pittsburgh.

For Venexiana's signature glamour-girl-with-some-edge style of gowns, Mr. Pelusi planned a braided updo incorporating synthetic hair and rhinestoned hair clips. He dubbed the style "the coquette," he said, and used styling agents from his product lines to complete the look. 

Mr. Pelusi has collaborated with Venexiana designer Kati Stern for several seasons, and his styles are key in helping the vision for the collection come to life, Ms. Stern told media.

Below are some more scenes from backstage (photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette):

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Choreographed chaos backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as models have their hair and makeup done before the Venexiana runway show.


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Stylists with Mr. Pelusi prepare a model's hair for the runway.


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Mr. Pelusi and Venexiana designer Ms. Stern do an interview with Fashion News Live.


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A model takes a selfie as stylists add braids into her hair.


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A model has her makeup applied.


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Mr. Pelusi with stylists from Pittsburgh.


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The finished hair creation, complete with rhinestoned crown clips.

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