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Best of NYFW backstage: D-I-Y beauty tips + tricks

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

NEW YORK -- Runway shows give us glimpses into fashion trends for future seasons. But backstage at New York Fashion Week, there’s a bevy of beauty tips and tricks waiting to be discovered -- and many are more approachable for D-I-Y purposes than one might think.

Behind the scenes at the David Tlale runway show at Lincoln Center, models sat with small cans of Rene Furterer products in their hair (yes, the actual can) as an alternative way to create a curl for a French twist. For tighter curls, stylists wrapped small sections of hair around long sticks and then pressed the hair along the stick with a straightener to set it. Once the stick was removed -- voila! -- instant curls.

The makeup for the show was meant to be “a vision of a beautiful strong girl in the aftermath,” said Louise Zizzo for MAC Cosmetics. She achieved this with a strong eye with angled liner, a look that’s cropped up in various iterations throughout New York Fashion Week for fall 2015. Try being bold with eyeliner at home with a good angled brush and some bravery.

“You kind of just have to go for it,” she said. Don’t worry about messing up -- that’s what makeup remover is for, after all.

For nails, negative space (or leaving part of the nail exposed) continues to be popular but is finding new interpretations for fall. For the Reem Acra runway show, this meant layering the OPI colors Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey and Up Front & Personal (two light hues with a hint of sparkle) to completely cover the nail but still give the idea of transparency because of the shades’ sheerness.

See some of these tips in action in the photos below (Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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Preparing for the onslaught of deer

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog deer in distance 3Framed by the trees in my garden, three deer browse a mile away, but they will be back. Photos by Doug Oster

As I stood looking out the dining room window, three deer walked into a clearing a mile away across a vast valley.

I was glad to see them all the way over there, but I recognized the buck. He's been seen with the rest of the herd around my garden. Snowfall also reveals their paths and how many deer are running together.

Later that day as I drove up the driveway a big doe raced right in front of me.

This is when the deer start to really feel the effects of winter. My herd looks pretty healthy, not nearly as thin as last year, but they are hungry and often times the garden will green up before the forest floor does, providing an easy meal for the famished deer.

It's too cold to spray a repellent on plants now, but as soon as temperatures rise to above freezing I'll start spraying Bobbex on anything the deer seem interested in. I hate the way it smells, but that's what keeps the deer off the plants. There are lots of different spray repellents that will work, in fact, it's a good idea to get a few, using one for a couple weeks and then switching it out for another. Hopefully it will keep the deer confused. Here's a homemade recipe which really works too.

A physical barrier, usually in the form of deer netting works well to protect plants too. It's cheap, easy to apply and it works. Sometimes it means fencing in an area, other times it's just throwing it over a plant. I worried that the netting would be ugly, but it's invisible out in the landscape.

Here's another repellent you can make at home by combining two commercial products. It comes from a gardener who saw it used with much success at a daylily farm. Since I first gave the formula out, I've heard from lots of people who now swear by it.

Take a four ounce bottles of Grannick's Bitter Apple for Dogs and mix it with two tablespoons of Wilt Pruf sprayed on plants with amazing results.

The Bitter Apple is available at pet stores and is used to keep puppies from chewing things. The Wilt Pruf can be found at local nurseries adding it to the Bitter Apple gets it to stick to the plants.

The Bitter Apple can be bought in bigger containers to cover more area too and the combination is much cheaper than commercial repellents.

We're chomping at the bit to get into our gardens and so our the deer, so be ready.

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Empty Netter Assists - Jarry's milestone - 02-17-15

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Penguins

-The Penguins' power play stinks.

-Sidney Crosby has failed to score a point in 22 of his 52 games this season.

-Penguins prospect Tristan Jarry (above) became the Edmonton Oil Kings' all-time winningest goaltender by recording his 89th career win last night.

-Former Penguins defenseman Richard Lintner announced his retirement. A native of Slovakia, Lintner appeared in 19 games for the Penguins in 2002-03 and scored five points. In 112 NHL games with the Penguins, Predators and Rangers, Lintner scored 20 points. He has played in various European leagues since 2003-04 and played for Slovakia in various international tournaments.

-Happy 43rdnd birthday to former Penguins forward Vladimir Vujtek. A free agent signing in the 2002 offseason, Vujtek's Penguins career amounted to five games and one assist in 2002-03. He was released early in the season.

-Happy 66th birthday to former Penguins goaltender and current general manager Jim Rutherford (right). Claimed from the Red Wings in an intra-league draft during the 1971 offseason, Rutherford spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 1971-72, Rutherford appeared in 40 games, went 17-15-5 with a 3.22 goals against average and one shutout. He appeared in four postseason games that spring and went 0-4 with a 3.50 goals against average. He followed that up in 1972-73 by playing in 49 games and posting a record of 20-22-5 with a 2.91 goals against average with three shutouts. After 26 games, a 7-12-4 record and a 3.44 goals against average, Rutherford was traded back to the Red Wings along with Jack Lynch in exchange for Ron Stackhouse. In 115 regular season games with the Penguins, Rutherford was 44-49-14 with a 3.14 goals against average and four shutouts. He returned to the team this past offseason as general manager and has directed the club to a 32-15-9 record.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille. Acquired in the 1994 offseason, Robitaille's only season in Pittsburgh was the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign. In 46 games, Robitaille scored 42 points. In 12 postseason games that spring, he scored 11 points including a memorable overtime goal in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal round against the Capitals (below). In the 1995 offseason, Robitaille was traded to the Rangers along with Ulf Samuelsson in exchange for Petr Nedved and Sergei Zubov. Featured in the movie "Sudden Death," Robitaille was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. He is currently the president of business operation for the Kings.

-After the Jump: Marc Methot gets paid.

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Best of NYFW backstage: Designer Q&A with Pamella Roland

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

 

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NEW YORK -- Pamella Roland knows what women want. This season at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, she gave them elegant dresses and separates inspired by Paris in the 1970s as depicted in Alicia Drake's book "The Beautiful Fall."

The collection brought the inspiration to life through bold prints, deep hues and extraordinary details, including hand-cut velvet sequins, embroidered prints, velvet flocking and feathers.

Since the line launched in 2002, it's become a favorite of celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Taylor Swift and Eva Longoria, and is sold in more than 70 fine department and specialty stores domestically and abroad.

Before the runway show on Monday afternoon at Lincoln Center, the brand's president and designer, Pamella Roland, chatted with Stylebook backstage about the collection, the challenges of New York Fashion Week, pre-show rituals and more.

What's in store for fall 2015?

PR: My inspiration is the early '70s in Paris, which kind of started getting this world of fashion going. It's kind of where the models and photographers and fashion designers all really gathered together in the early '70s, and I think we've just come up from there. One thing I've always loved on a woman is a tuxedo and that's really when Yves [Saint Laurent] put a tuxedo on, le smoking jacket. So we open up with a tuxedo. The look of the hair and makeup is kind of a Brigitte Bardot look.

Writers can get writers' block. Is there an equivalent of this for fashion designers, and, if so, how do you work through that?

PR: This one's a little more of a change for me than I've done in the past. It's still glamorous, but it has a little bit more of a bohemian look to it, which is not really me but I'm doing this inspiration I had to step out. I love it. I'm actually really happy how it turned out, but that was a little difficult. It's always hard to come up with something new, but it always seems to all come together.

What do you think the Pamella Roland woman wants?

PR: We dress young girls, we have our younger-end line, too. We dress the whole family -- the daughters, the mothers, the sisters, grandmothers. What they want really more than anything is to feel confident in what they're wearing. And then you need to make sure that what you're buying and choosing it fits you well. ... A Pamella Roland woman is a busy, confident woman. 

What are your thoughts when you're producing a show? Who should it be for?

PR: [Fashion shows] do seem to change. And even this venue I'm like, where am I going? [Referencing the fact that this is the last time shows will be held at the tents at Lincoln Center.] I've been happy. I really have not had any complaints. The only complaint I would say that's got to be difficult is it's very expensive to run a show. And it gets harder and harder. So I think especially for a young, new designer starting, that's probably the most difficult thing. I don't mind where you put me but stop raising the prices all the time.

Any pre-show routines or rituals?

PR: I have a bracelet from my son, a charm bracelet, that he's been giving me a charm. He just gave me one for Valentine's Day. ... I wear it all week. [Although she didn't wear it this time because it didn't go with her look, she said.] You know when I'm coming because it's very loud. 

I try to get sleep, but I just don't. Afterward we always have a good party.

And after the show?

PR: Afterward there's always a couple cocktails involved.

Photos: Pamella Roland by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette. Runway images by Jennifer Graylock.

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State boys and girls basketball rankings

Written by Mike White on .

The boys and girls state basketball rankings are below. But before we get to that, one little piece of basketball news.

The WPIAL board of directors yesterday approved sectional alignments next year for boys and girls basketball. There were only a few changes and mainly because Ford City and Kittanning are closing to form Armstrong High School.

In boys, Armstrong will be in Class AAAA Section 2, along with other teams from the eastern suburbs. Also, Summit Academy will move from Class AA Section 1 to Section 2 to take Ford City's place.

In girls, Armstrong will be in AAAA Section 2. Indiana moves from Section 3 to Section 1. Lincoln Park will have a girls team in the WPIAL next season and will play in Class AAA Section 2. Also, Propel Andrew Street will join in girls basketball and compete in Section 4 of Class A.

Finally, Aquinas Academy will not have a boys team next year.

Now onto Pennlive.com's state rankings.

BOYS

 

CLASS AAAA

No.  School                                            Rec    Pvs

1.     Roman Catholic (12)                     21-2       1

2.     Martin Luther King (12)                19-6       2                           

3.     LaSalle College (12)                      18-5       4

4.     Parkland (11)                                 24-1       5

5.     Abington (1)                                   22-3       6

6.     St. Joseph’s Prep* (12)                   18-5       3

7.     Pennsbury (1)                                 20-5       7

8.     North Allegheny (7)                       21-2      10                               

9.     Allderdice (8)                                 20-2        9

10.   York (3)                                          21-4     OW

Others to watch: Abington Heights (2) 19-3, Academy Park (1) 17-6, Allentown Allen (11) 17-7, Archbishop Wood* (12) 18-6, Bethel Park (7) 16-7, Bethlehem Liberty (11) 18-7, Carlisle (3) 16-6, Cedar Cliff (3) 22-2, Cedar Crest (3) 23-2, Central York (3) 18-7, Chartiers Valley (7) 20-3, Chester (1) 14-9, Coatesville (1) 16-8, Conestoga (1) 21-3, Downingtown West (1) 21-4, George Washington (12) 19-6, Harrisburg (3) 17-7, Hazleton (2) 18-5, Hempfield (3) 15-7, Hempfield (7) 19-2, McCaskey (3) 19-7, McDowell (10) 16-6, Methacton (1) 22-3, Mount Lebanon (7) 17-5, Northeastern (3) 21-3, Pennridge (1) 21-3, Phoenixville (1) 18-6, Pine-Richland (7) 17-5, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 21-2, Reading (3) 21-4, Ridley (1) 20-5, Stroudsburg (11) 19-5, Upper St. Clair (7) 17-6.

CLASS AAA

 No.  School                                             Rec     Pvs

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                   22-1         1

2.     Archbishop Carroll (12)                 18-5         2

3.     Imhotep Charter (12)                    17-8         3

4.     Susquehanna Twp. (3)                   17-5         4

5.     Scranton Prep (2)                           19-3         5

6.     Mars (7)                                         21-1         6

7.     Pottsville (11)                                 24-0         7

8.     Indiana (7)                                      20-2         8

9.     Beaver Falls (7)                              19-2         9

10.  West Mifflin (7)                               19-2      OW

Others to watch: Allentown Central Catholic (11) 14-9, Ambridge (7) 14-7, Berks Catholic (3) 15-9, Bishop McDevitt (3) 17-4, Cathedral Prep (10) 16-6, Cocalico (3) 16-7, Crestwood (2) 20-3, Del-Val Charter (12) 17-8, GAR Memorial (2) 18-4, Glen Mills (1) 16-6, Hampton (7) 18-4, Hollidaysburg (6) 15-7, Jersey Shore (4) 17-5, Lewisburg (4) 20-2, Lower Moreland (1) 23-1, Manheim Central (3) 22-2, Meadville (10) 20-2, Milton (4) 19-5, New Castle (7) 18-4, Octorara (1) 22-2, Pottsgrove (1) 18-6, Salisbury (11) 20-4, Shamokin (4) 17-7, Somerset (5) 19-3, South Fayette (7) 17-4, Steelton-Highspire (3) 18-5, Steel Valley (7) 14-7, Strong Vincent (10) 15-7, Tamaqua (11) 19-5, Uniontown (7) 18-4, West York (3) 17-6.

CLASS AA

 No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Aliquippa (7)                                        21-0        1

2.     Lincoln Park (7)                                    20-2        2

3.     Conwell-Egan (12)                                15-8       3

4.     Seton-La Salle (7)                                  20-2       5

5.     West Middlesex (10)                            19-3        6

6.     Greensburg Central Catholic (7)          19-2        7

7.     Loyalsock (4)                                         20-3        4

8.     Lancaster Mennonite (3)                      18-5        8                                       

9.     Fairview (10)                                         19-2        9

10.   Washington (7)                                     15-7     OW

Others to watch: Apollo-Ridge (7) 16-6, Bellwood-Antis (6) 17-6, Berlin Brothersvalley (5) 18-4, Bishop Canevin (7) 16-6, Blairsville (6) 18-4, Camp Hill (3) 17-4, Church Farm (1) 15-10, Danville (4) 17-5, Dunmore (2) 16-6, Hanover (3) 20-2, Holy Cross (2) 16-5, Holy Redeemer (2) 16-6, Mahanoy Area (11) 18-5, Meyers (2) 15-7, Mid Valley (2) 19-4, Minersville (11) 18-4, Mount Union (6) 18-4, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 14-7, Penns Valley (6) 16-4, Quaker Valley (7) 17-5, Shady Side Academy (7) 16-7, Towanda (4) 20-4, Trinity (3) 15-7, Tyrone (6) 18-3, Universal Audenried (12) 15-3, Wellsboro (4) 17-5, West Branch (6) 18-3.

CLASS A

 No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Constitution (12)                                  18-7        1

2.     Farrell (10)                                          19-3         2

3.     Elk County Catholic (9)                        23-1        3

4.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)               11-13      4

5.     Vincentian (7)                                      15-8         5

6.     Monessen (7)                                       16-6         6                                   

7.     Kennedy Catholic (10)                          18-4        7

8.     Ridgway (9)                                          21-3         8

9.     Bishop Carroll (6)                                 21-1         9

10.   Sewickley Academy (7)                        21-0       10

Others to watch: Cameron County (9) 21-2, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7) 14-8, Clarion-Limestone (9) 20-3, Conemaugh Twp. (5) 15-8, Coudersport (9) 18-4, DuBois Central Catholic (9) 18-5, Erie First Christian (10) 16-6, Homer-Center (6) 20-2, Impact Academy (3) 9-8, Jeannette (7) 14-7, Lincoln Leadership Academy (11) 15-7, Mansfield (4) 19-5, Nativity (11) 14-8, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (11) 20-2, Phil-Mont Christian (1) 20-5, Plumstead Christian (1) 15-9, Portage (6) 17-5, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 22-1, Southern Fulton (5) 22-1, St. John Neumann (4) 22-1.

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GIRLS

 

CLASS AAAA

1. Cumberland Valley (3) 23-1 — previously: 1

2. Central Bucks West (1) 24-1 — previously: 2

3. Penn-Trafford (7) 21-1 — previously: 3

4. North Allegheny (7) 20-2 — previously: 4

5. Boyertown (1) 25-0 — previously: 5

6. Central Dauphin East (3) 20-1 — previously: 6

7. Bethel Park (7) 18-4 — previously: 9

8. Abington (1) 21-4 — previously: 8

9. Mount St. Joseph (1) 22-2 — previously: HM

10. Palmyra (3) 21-3 — previously: 10

HONORABLE MENTION

Archbishop Carroll (12) 15-6, Bayard Rustin (1) 18-5, Bishop Shanahan (1) 22-3, Cardinal O’Hara (12) 18-5, Cedar Crest (3) 21-4, Central Bucks South (1) 17-5, Central Tech (10) 18-4, Dallastown (3) 18-6, Downingtown East (1) 19-6, Garnet Valley (1) 22-2, Governor Mifflin (3) 19-7, Hazleton (2) 18-3, Mechanicsburg (3) 20-2, McDowell (10) 15-7, Mount Lebanon (7) 13-9, Nazareth (11) 17-6, New Oxford (3) 17-6, North Penn (1) 18-6, Norwin (7) 18-4, Parkland (11) 15-8, Pine-Richland (7) 19-4, Pottsville (11) 19-4, Pittston (2) 19-3, Red Lion (3) 14-7, Shaler (7) 19-4, Spring-Ford (1) 15-8, State College (6) 15-7, Upper Dublin (1) 18-5, Warren (10) 19-2.

CLASS AAA

1. Blackhawk (7) 19-3 — previously: 1

2. Archbishop Wood (12) 20-3 — previously: 2

3. Bethlehem Catholic (11) 24-1 — previously: 3

4. Scranton Prep (2) 21-1 — previously: 4

5. Hickory (10) 21-0 — previously: 5

6. West York (3) 25-0 — previously: 7

7. Allentown Central Catholic (11) 23-2 — previously: 6

8. Mercyhurst Prep (10) 19-3 — previously: 8

9. Villa Maria (10) 17-5 — previously: 9

10. Indiana (7) 20-1 — previously: 10

HONORABLE MENTION

Ambridge (7) 17-5, Athens (4) 20-4, Beaver Area (7) 16-7, Berks Catholic (3) 20-4, Bonner-Prendergast (12) 13-9, Conrad Weiser (3) 17-7, Danville (4) 18-3, Donegal (3) 19-5, Elizabeth Forward (7) 17-5, Fleetwood (3) 15-7, Ford City (7) 18-3, Forest Hills (6) 18-2, Girard (10) 15-6, Greencastle-Antrim (3) 20-3, Gwynedd Mercy (1) 20-4, Hampton (7) 17-5, Honesdale (2) 18-4, Juniata (6) 21-3, Lancaster Catholic (3) 20-3, Mars (7) 18-4, McGuffey (7) 17-6, Mifflinburg (4) 19-3, Mount Pleasant (7) 15-7, Nanticoke (2) 19-3, Northwestern Lehigh (11) 16-9, North Pocono (2) 20-2, Pope John Paul II (1) 17-6, Saucon Valley (11) 15-7, Southern Lehigh (11) 18-3, Trinity (7) 16-6, West Perry (3) 20-3.

CLASS AA

1. Neumann-Goretti (12) 23-0 — previously: 1

2. Holy Redeemer (2) 21-1 — previously: 2

3. Greensburg Central Catholic (7) 18-2 — previously: 3

4. Burrell (7) 19-3 — previously: 4

5. Seton-La Salle (7) 15-7 — previously: 5

6. Dunmore (2) 19-3 — previously: 6

7. North Schuylkill (11) 21-2 — previously: 10

8. Delone Catholic (3) 20-5 — previously: 9

9. York Catholic (3) 20-5 — previously: 8

10. Minersville (11) 22-2 — previously: 7

HONORABLE MENTION

Bellwood-Antis (6) 22-1, Bishop McCort (6) 19-3, Camp Hill (3) 18-4, Carlynton (7) 17-5, Everett (5) 19-4, Franklin (10) 16-5, Harbor Creek (10) 15-6, Holy Cross (2) 15-6, Imhotep Charter (12) 18-4, Karns City (9) 20-3, Marian Catholic (11) 15-8, Mohawk (7) 16-5, Montoursville (4) 20-2, Mount Carmel (4) 19-2, Neshannock (7) 17-3, North Star (5) 21-2, Notre Dame (Green Pond) (11) 22-3, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 18-3, Palmerton (11) 21-4, Salisbury (11) 17-6, Sharpsville (10) 18-4, St. Basil Academy (1) 15-8, Tyrone (6) 17-4, Westmont Hilltop (6) 15-7, Wyalusing Valley (4) 22-3.

CLASS A

1. Vincentian Academy (7) 22-1 — previously: 1

2. Kennedy Catholic (10) 20-1 — previously: 2

3. Blairsville (6) 20-2 — previously: 3

4. Port Allegany (9) 20-1 — previously: 4

5. Elk County Catholic (9) 24-0 — previously: 5

6. California (7) 21-1 — previously: 6

7. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 18-4 — previously: 8

8. Pittsburgh Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7) 17-5 — previously: 10

9. Faith Christian (1) 21-3 — previously: HM

10. Phil-Mont Christian (1) 21-3 — previously: 7

HONORABLE MENTION

Bishop Carroll (6) 15-5, Christian School of York (3) 18-6, Cochranton (10) 17-5, Harrisburg Christian (3) 21-4, Halifax (3) 16-8, Jefferson-Morgan (7) 20-2, Jenkintown (1) 15-6, Keystone (9) 19-3, Mansfield (4) 17-5, Millville (4) 17-5, Portage (6) 20-2, Quigley Catholic (7) 17-4, Serra Catholic (7) 13-7, Shade (5) 19-4, Shenandoah Valley (11) 19-4, Smethport (9) 17-4, Tussey Mountain (5) 19-3.

 

 

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