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Trend spotting at Fashion for the Wild at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Fashion was out in full force Thursday night at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's first Fashion for the Wild benefit event.

Influential fashionistas from across Pittsburgh were present, either displaying their designs at vendor booths, modeling or showing off their collections in a fashion show emceed by Sally Wiggin and David Conrad.

The aquarium where the event was held was filled with fashion eye candy. Here are some of the top trends spotted during the night:

Colorful prints: Collections by Lana Neumeyer, Tidal Cool Creations and Jazmin Jackson were peppered with eye-catching prints in bright colors. Ms. Jackson dabbled a lot in blacks and golds (references to Pittsburgh perhaps?), while Ms. Neumeyer's designs brought the flavor of her native country of Brazil with bold florals in warm hues. 

Cozy chic: Kiya Tomlin's sweatshirt dresses prove comfort and chicness can combine. Super soft fabrics in a few colors and cuts allow ladies to find a look that suits their style.

A sprinkle of sparkle: The table of sparkly accessories from Sabika's spring/summer line attracted a lot of attention as women gathered around to try on the Swarovski pieces in rich shades of blue, pale pink and silver.

Statement scarves: Never mind those who say scarves are just for winter. Wraps in seasonal shades or floral prints and stripes, like those from Carabella boutique in Oakmont, are a simple way to switch up a look.

Bold cuffs: Arm cuffs etched with creative designs were among the offerings from luxe handbag and jewelry designer Sandra Cadavid.

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 clutchClassic envelope clutches by Sandra Cadavid.

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"Setting the Seen" Video Blog: Wild Week of Fun and Fashion!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Enjoy my latest video with Style Editor, Sara Backnecht, as we discuss all-things Pittsburgh, from social events to fashion trends! Happy Friday!

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If you are free on Saturday night, I will be a guest on the John McIntire Show at the Cabaret Theater. We will be talking about the changing social scene here in Pittsburgh. It will be a fun night! For more information: CLICK HERE

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#SEENSneakPeek: Fab Fashion event at Pittsburgh Zoo

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'Twas a fab night of fashion and glitz at the Pittsburgh Zoo. And trust us: Fashion for the Wild it was. "The event was a benefit in support of elephants, wild cats, primates, conservation education, and other significant upcoming projects."

WTAE's Sally Wiggin and actor David Conrad hosted the event. Check out the photos and video below to get a feel of what it was like!

 

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Video: Planting planting pansies in containers

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Here's a segment from Pittsburgh Today Live where I plant pansies in containers with Jon Burnett and Kristine Sorensen. Watch it, we have fun!

"Pansies look delicate but are rugged, just like you Jon."

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10014428

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#SEENMoneyWellSpent: Sarah Heinz House helps Pittsburgh community

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

On March 13,  in my SEEN column I highlighted the Sarah Heinz House’s Steak & Burger Dinner at the Hall of Fame Club in PNC Park. It dawned on me recently that readers might be interested to learn where the money raised at events like that one actually goes.  Hence, here is a special edition for my blog:  #SEENMoneyWellSpent!

Last week, I visited the Sarah Heinz House and chatted with director of development and marketing Janice Wasson and Bob Bechtold, who has been a member of the SHH (Sarah Heinz House) since he was a little kid and for many years has been working there as a physical education teacher. It was inspiring to see how generations of children have benefited from the work done at SHH.

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Bob Bechtold and Janice Wasson

 

The SHH began serving the community in 1901, and they recently added a new building, which is Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. This green space offers an indoor pool, has floors made from recycled rubber tires (very cool!), and a new cafe area where they can serve more than 17,000 meals each year (along with 22,000 snacks). This is of great value to the community; as a social worker I have come to realize and see first-hand how many kids in our own backyards go without food on a daily basis.

“We want Pittsburghers to know that the Sarah Heinz House doesn’t just serve the North Side. We work with families and elderly people from all over the city. There are 130 structured after-school programs and each day we serve roughly 300 kids from 90 different schools,” Janice said.

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Kids working on Robotics #SEENFutureEngineers

 

Bob was equally enthusiastic about the program as he was giving me a tour of the building. “The Sarah Heinz House was there for me as a kid, and I am happy to be serving generations of families. Mrs. Heinz wanted it to feel like a home away from home, and I think we have achieved that,” he said with a smile.

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Future Olympians!

 

The one thing that SHH is lacking is transportation to take students from schools to their facility. This service was cut due to budget constraints on the state and local levels. If you want to contribute or become a volunteer of the SHH, please visit their website: http://www.sarahheinzhouse.org/


This truly is #moneywellspent.

Follow Sarah Heinz House on Twitter: @sarahheinzhouse

 

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