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Welcome and BE SEEN!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

 

Pittsburgh! Welcome to the Post-Gazette's new blog, TO BE SEEN! My name is Natalie Bencivenga, the new SEEN Editor at the PG.

natalieThis is my blog, the new home for events, parties and hot spots in Pittsburgh, new and old. On this blog, I also hope to shed light on remarkable people that are making a positive impact on Pittsburgh’s social and humanitarian scenes.

Look for upcoming video interviews with local movers and shakers, gossip about all the different galas and parties I will be attending, as well as my commentary on Pittsburgh’s booming nightlife.

If you have an interesting event, a show or a party coming up and would like the Post-Gazette to cover it, don’t be shy. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet me @NBSeen.

Together, let’s create a place where we can all be seen doing inspiring things for one another and our wonderful city!

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“Let’s Make a SEEN”

One of the most exciting parts for me in having this platform is to spotlight Pittsburgh organizations and causes that people may not have heard of before. As a social worker and therapist, I am well aware of the great work that people are doing right here in our city, but not many of us are well-versed in the important and valuable services numerous non-profits provide for our community.

In this section of my blog: Let’s Make a SEEN, I plan to highlight a new non-profit every month to encourage my readers to get engaged with creating parties and fundraisers around different humanitarian organizations that are not on everyone’s radar quite yet. Check out my blog tomorrow to learn more about "The Garden of Peace Project" and its founder, Michael David Battle.

 

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Guess which fast food chain bought Pharrell Williams' 'Arby's hat' on eBay?

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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The day after the Oscars, you'd think people still would be pondering Pharrell Williams' decision to wear tuxedo shorts on the Oscars red carpet. (Even for California, that seemed too laid back for the Academy Awards.)

Nope. His tall brown Vivienne Westwood hat (dubbed by the masses the "Arby's hat -- pictured in above Associated Press photo) from the Grammy Awards is what people are buzzing about.

The hat that inspired meme after meme is now in the hands of its namesake -- Arby's. The fast food chain bought it on eBay for $44,100.

Call it a win-win situation: Arby's got its hat back, and the money will support From One Hand to Another, a charity that helps put children in touch with technology and the arts.

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Chilling temperatures may have killed many outdoor stink bugs

Written by Doug Oster on .

 

oster stink bug photo2Good news from Virgina Tech, outdoor stink bugs might have been killed off by the cold. (Doug Oster/Post-Gazette)

Virgina Tech researchers think the Polar Vortex might have killed up to 95 percent of the outdoor stinkbugs according to the National Geographic.

The brown marmorated stink bug, which is an invasive species , was first found in Allentown, Pa in the late 1990's. Since then gardeners and farmers alike have battled the pest.

My garden was ravaged a few years ago, but since, hasn't been bothered.

The National Geographic article quotes Virginia Tech scientists who while studying the insect saw most killed outdoors in their experiments. They were housing bugs outside in insulated buckets which simulate the areas in homes where they wold overwinter.

After the cold weather most of the stink bugs were dead. You can read the whole story here.

I hope the research is right, it almost makes this cold winter worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

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And the Oscar for best dressed starlet goes to ...

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

The Oscars are the last stop on the yearly awards show circuit -- and what a fashionable finale it was!

Many saved their best look for last, making the race for the title of Hollywood's best dressed a close one. But there were a few who stood out among the rest. 

Best Dressed: Lupita Nyong'o

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She was the belle of the ball in custom pale blue Prada (and arguably one of the most highly anticipated celebrities to see). She's impressed all awards season with her striking sense of style and didn't disappoint in this pastel parade of pleats.


Most Unexpected Style Statement: Kate Hudson

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She was the style surprise of the night in an elegant white beaded Versace gown with cape. Her name wasn't among those expected to make a particularly strong style statement on the red carpet, but this fashion pick put her near the top of the best dressed list.


Queen of Darkness: Charlize Theron

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Of all the darker gowns that juxtaposed the night's pastel and neutral palettes, this Dior gown took the crown. The plunging neckline and mermaid bottom helped her bring the drama.


Best Salute to Sparkle: Angelina Jolie

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By her standards, it was a quiet night. No sexy skirt slits or va-va-voom Hollywood glamour to steal the spotlight from partner Brad Pitt. But she showed off a softer side in a cascade of sparkles over sheers by Elie Saab. So chic!


Best Red Carpet Comeback: Sandra Bullock

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The Sandra Bullock who stunned Sunday in an Alexander McQueen gown was not the same Sandra Bullock we've seen at other awards shows this season. At this one, she excelled at dressing for her body type, hair color and complexion -- and, as a result, she emanated elegance. She managed to redeem herself from recent red carpet picks that felt like forced (and failed) efforts at being trendy, such as her colorblocked gown from the Golden Globes. Nice improvement! 

 

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Setting the SEEN: Debut video report

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Check out the new weekly video report with style editor Sara Bauknecht previewing the upcoming weekend's top social events.

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