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Protecting a baby bunny nestled in garden straw

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog babby bunnyI'm trying to save this baby bunny from my dog. Photo by Doug Oster

When "Max the Wonder Dog" started rooting around in a thick layer of straw laid over a bed of asparagus, I knew something was up.

Even though a fence of chicken wire is attached to the bottom of the pickets which surround my garden, the rabbits have found a way in over the past few seasons.

Max finds their nests annually and usually dispatches the poor babies. I don't want to share my garden with the rabbits, but the thought of these cute, tiny rabbits meeting their maker at the hands of my dog set me into action.

The small rabbits are hidden by the mother in the nest at birth, she returns each night to feed. I talked to Jill Argall, director of the Animal Rescue League's Wildlife Center in Verona for advice.

Even though I've got the garden gate blocked, I wanted a second line of defense to protect the little rabbit. Jill said the baby is less than 10 days old and needs another couple weeks of care by the mother until it's ready to leave the nest.

blog rabbit houseShe recommended putting a laundry basket put in place over the nest during the day and removing it at dusk so the mother can feed the baby. Max would probably tear that basket to shreds, so I've opted for a large, heavy clay flower pot turned upside down with two big rocks on top. I'll replace them with a cinder block when I find one. There's a big enough hole for the mother to get into the nest in case I forget to remove it at the end of the day.

For the next couple of weeks my wife and I will remove the pot when we close up the chickens, I think that's the best way to remember.

Sometimes the garden holds another purpose. For now I'm happy to share it with the rabbits.

The Animal Rescue League's Wildlife Center can be reached online here or call 412-345-7300. 

 

 

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So many Pittsburgh fashion events, so little time (and space)

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Lately it seems like each week the Stylebook column in Monday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Magazine section keeps getting longer.

The good news: This means there's more to do in Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty scene. On the other hand, unfortunately sometimes there's not enough space in the newspaper to feature all of the fashionable fun. 

So here are some more fashion events for the week ahead across Pittsburgh ...

 

Rickie Freeman, Teri Jon trunk show at Lintons, the Waterfront: Shop gowns suitable for destination weddings and other special occasions at 146 West Bridge St. It's 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Information: www.lintonswaterfront.com or 412-461-2600.

Style Truck benefit fashion show for Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania
: Support the Lupus Foundation at a brunch and fashion show 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Eleven Contemporary Kitchen, 1150 Smallman St., Strip District. Fashions featured will be provided by Style Truck.

Information: www.lupuspa.org.

Goodwill holds “Spring Into Fashion” photo contest: Show off your style on Facebook for the chance to win a 15-minute shopping spree at the Goodwill store in Cranberry, courtesy of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. To enter, shop at any Goodwill location and create a spring outfit in one of four categories: posh prom, tea time, funky flannel or wear to work. Post one photo to www.facebook.com/goodwillswpa and include in the caption which items were purchased at Goodwill and what inspired the spring look.

People can vote for their favorite outfit on Facebook, and judges will pick winners for each category from the entries with the most votes. Second-place winners will receive a $25 gift card to Goodwill and a goodie bag, and third place will get a $25 Goodwill gift card. The last day to participate is April 20, and the winners will be announced the next day.

Asbury Fine Hats spring sale hours: The hat boutique at 1505 Asbury Place, Squirrel Hill, will be open 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday for a spring sale. Fashion, casual hats and fascinators are available. Additional hours available by appointment.

Information: Asbury Fine Hats on Facebook or 412-651-8229.

Trunk show at Brooks Brothers, Downtown: A special-order specialist will be in the store at 600 Smithfield St. through Saturday. Discounts will be offered. Schedule an appointment at 412-471-2300. Walk-ins are welcome.

Information: www.brooksbrothers.com.

Heart of the Earth grand opening celebration: The former site of the Shadyside Mining Co., 738 Copeland St., now has a new name, Heart of the Earth Shadyside, and owner — former manager and jewelry designer Grace Betancourt Jones. Shadyside Mining Co. rocks and natural history pieces are still in the space.

The changes will be commemorated with an opening event with jazz and refreshments on Thursday. Information: Heart of the Earth Shadyside on Facebook or 412-688-8088.

Fashions for him featured at Larrimor’s, Downtown: Suits by Hickey Freeman — known for elegant fabrics and comfort — will be at One PNC Plaza 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Complete his look with American-made footwear, designed with premium leathers and cork-fused soles, by Allen Edmonds, which will be in the store Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

Trunk show at Littles Shoes, Squirrel Hill: Shop the latest looks from Munro shoes Friday and Saturday at 5850 Forbes Ave. Information: www.littlesshoes.com or 412-521-3530.

SCHEE shoes spring cleaning online sample sale: The fashion-forward shoe line headquartered in Cranberry is making room for new styles with a month-long spring cleaning sale. Visit www.whoisschee.com to shop the collection at significant savings.

 

 

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Shopping in Shadyside, 1920s-themed parties and cake

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

If spring has you in the mood for boutique shopping, you're in luck. In this week's Setting the SEEN Natalie Bencivenga and I talk about a new pop-up shop on Walnut St. specializing in luxe loungewear. Natalie also highlights some of the weekend's hot events, and I give a glimpse at a debut bridal event on Sunday on the North Side.

For the whole scoop check out the video below -- and have a great weekend!

 

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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.

jewelSparkly Swarovski jewelry by Sabika.

 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!

Follow us on Twitter @NBSeen and @SaraB_PG

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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