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"Setting the Seen" Video Blog with Style Editor, Sara Bauknecht

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

This was a fantastic week for events and fashion here in the city (with more to come this weekend!) Enjoy my latest video blog, "Setting the Seen" with the lovely Sara Backnecht (Style Editor)

 

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@NBSeen and @SaraB_PG

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: National Fragrance Day, charity galas and Style Truck on the move

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Do you know what today is?

Besides being Friday, of course, it's National Fragrance Day, a time to explore the beauty world's bevy of sensational scents.

In this week's Setting the SEEN, Natalie Bencivenga and I talk perfume picks, plus some of the parties taking place around Pittsburgh this weekend where you could wear some of them.

Do you have a favorite fragrance? Share it in the comment thread below, and be sure to tune in next Friday for the latest episode of Setting the SEEN.

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Fascinating new varieties for spring planting

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blog hip hop2'Hip Hop' violas are one of the new introductions this year. Violas love cold weather and can be planted soon.

I can't wait to get started in the garden. Every season breeders come up with some new varieties for us to plant.

Here's a segment from Pittsburgh Today Live which goes over just a few of the new introduction. They all came from Chapon's Greenhouse in Baldwin. Every garden center and nursery will have something new to try. Spend a Sunday with gardening friends exploring a place you don't usually go. It's a fun way to discover interesting plants.

 

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Garden chat with Doug at 12 noon today. Celebrate the first day of spring!

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blog sc real tight blThe snow crocus is the harbinger of spring. Photo by Doug Oster

Let's celebrate the first day of spring by talking gardening. All you have to do is log in here.

I did a lot of these last year and we had fun. Ask questions, tell stories and complain about the endless winter!

I'll be chatting live at 12 noon on Thursday 3/20/14. Just click the link above.

Hope to see you there.

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Dirty Ball's Happy Hour at UP

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

 

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From left: Renee Williams, Catherine Loevner, and Sam C. Badger

 

If you needed a boost of positive energy, UP Modern Kitchen (how appropriate!) was the place to be on Tuesday night. The Attack Theatre’s Dirty Ball held its kick-off happy hour party there, and it was quite a crowd. Sam C. Badger, one of the co-chairs who looked as though he stepped off the set of “Mad Men” in all the right ways, gave me the scoop about this fabulous party to support Attack Theater on April 12.

 

“It’s just the most fun event of the year. You can wear anything, and I mean anything. Less is more, glitter, sequins, superhero costumes...anything you want,” he said.

I filed this away for later, thinking of a mermaid-inspired dress I own that has been dying for a night out.

As I made my way through the crowd, I bumped into one of the co-founders of Attack Theatre, Michele De La Reza. She was an enthusiastic breath of fresh air.

 

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  From Left: Michele De La Reza, Peter Kope, Rebecca Himberger

“This organization prides itself on performance, and so does the Dirty Ball. We make it special because of who we are -- dancers, performers, artists. It truly is a unique event that sells out every year,” she said. “This year we expect more than 1,000 guests.”

The theme of this year’s party is Pirates & Robots, but don’t let that influence what you wear: You don’t need an eyepatch or a parrot on your shoulder! Ms. De La Reza made it clear that she wants everyone’s creativity to shine through in their fashion choices.

So I can’t be the only one wondering why they call it the “Dirty Ball” ...these aren’t necessarily two words that go together. Peter Kope, co-founder, was more than happy to solve this little mystery for me: “We always said that if we were going to have a ball--we were going to have a dirty one,” he said with a naughty glint in his eye.

Other committee members mentioned that this is one of those parties that you definitely want to stay through ‘til the end. “It borderlines debauchery, but in all the right ways,” added Larry Leahy.

 

Are you ready to get down and dirty? Get your tickets now for what promises to be one of the best parties of the year!

For more information check out: http://www.attacktheatre.com/dirtyball

 

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