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Can't make it to New York Fashion Week? Enjoy the catwalk from your couch

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

 

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While athletes from across the globe gather in Sochi, Russia for the opening of the Winter Olympics, the world's fashionistas descend upon New York City for New York Fashion Week, which kicks off today eight days of runway shows and presentations across the city spotlighting looks for next fall and winter.

Not on the guest list? Not to worry! Thanks to social media and video streams, anyone can take part in the fashionable fun from home. Here's how:

Watch it online in real time: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the group of shows largely concentrated at tents outside Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side, livestreams shows at www.mbfashionweek.com/live. Watch the who's-who of the fashion world filter into their seats -- maybe you'll spot some celebrities dotting the audience. When the lights dim, you'll have a front-row view of the action.

See it unfold on social media: Thanks to social platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Vine, trends travel almost instantaneously from the runway to the rest of the world. There are countless fashion and beauty accounts that will be posting photos and video clips from shows, backstage and the always colorful street style scene, but a few good ones to check out on Twitter and Instagram to get started include Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (@MBFashionWeek), the trend experts at WGSN (@WGSN), the popular fashion show venue Milk Studios (@MilkStudios and @madefw) and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (@CFDA). Or search for the hashtag #NYFW or #MBFW across social media sites to see what people are saying about the shows.

Surf the Web for style: Fashion photos aren't hard to find on the Internet, but quality ones that capture designers' collections in interesting, comprehensive ways can be tougher to track down. The fashion and style section at www.nytimes.com boasts several designer slideshows from past and present, plus videos surveying street style. Fashionista.com and www.FashionWeekDaily.com also boast an abundance of photos for the day's shows. FashionTV.com is another go-to resource for behind-the-scenes access to events on your computer.

Tune in on TV: National TV news broadcasts and morning shows often show clips of collections from time to time. For a more in-depth look, check out "Fashion Police" on the E! network (check local listings). Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos dish on the show about what's hot on the runway and often film segments at the tents.  

(Photo: Models wear the Clover Canyon spring/summer 2014 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in September 2013. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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Girl Scout Cookies: Which is best?

Written by Kim Lyons on .

When they kick off Girl Scout Cookie Weekend tomorrow in Market Square, Pittsburgh-area Girl Scouts will not only be sating the annual cravings of Pittsburgh cookie lovers, they will also be reigniting a debate as old as the cookies themselves: Which is the ultimate Girl Scout Cookie?

I admit to a strong Thin Mints bias. Others in my household are partial to Tagalongs and Trefoils. I hear many people are fans of Samoas, but those don't typically make our order form.

So we need your vote: Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite, and why?

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Empty Netter Assists - 02-06-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. Sidney Crosby (above) has scored in 17 consecutive games against the Sabres.

-The Olean Times Herald's recap. “We kind of left him out to dry a little bit." - Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain on goaltender Ryan Miller.

-The Buffalo News' recap. "We had a couple guys no-show tonight. Playing one of the better teams in the league, you think they would be excited to play, and a couple weren’t.” - Sabres coach Ted Nolan.

-The Associated Press' recap. "The first period we weren't very sharp. Yeah, we took a little bit of time to get going, but once we did, I felt like we did grab a lot of momentum there." - Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Deryk Engelland versus Buffalo's John Scott:

-A good look at the bout:

-Tanner Glass gave chase to Buffalo's Alexander Sulzer:

-Crosby speaks:

-James Neal speaks:

-Brooks Orpik digs Russian food.

-"Now that I'm away from the Flyers, I can say how special a place Pittsburgh was for me and how I spent an amazing six years of my life. I said similar things when I was a Flyer, but it was not perceived as well from their fans and I understood that." - Avalanche forward and former Penguin Maxime Talbot.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Andy Hilbert. Claimed of waivers from the Blackhawks late in the 2005-06 season, Hilbert's Penguins career amounted to 19 games and 18 points that campaign. The following offseason, he joined the Islanders as a free agent.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Hudson. Claimed off waivers prior to the start of the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Hudson's Penguins career amounted to 40 games and 11 points that season. During the 1995 offseason, Hudson joined the Maple Leafs as a free agent.

-After the Jump: Team Canada has a vacancy.

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Sochi Rights

Written by Rob Rogers on .

As the Sochi Winter Olympics get under way, Vladimir Putin is taking criticism for Russia's anti-gay law. Putin has downplayed the intolerant policy, saying it is just a way to protect the children. Really? Who will protect the children from your bigoted views, Vladimir? 

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Amy Poehler reminds LHJ readers she's funny -- and smart

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 poehlerAmy Poehler, who will return as co-host with Tina Fey of the Golden Globes on Jan. 11, 2015, is on the March cover of Ladies’ Home Journal, arriving on newsstands Feb. 11. Here are excerpts, courtesy of the magazine:

On being in a hurry to grow up: “I dressed like a professional businesswoman from Working Girl when I was in seventh grade. I wore shoulder pads and sneakers as if I was commuting to an office.”

On her web series “Smart Girls At the Party,” which empowers young girls: “I connect to that age. I’ve learned a lot about myself by talking to young girls. Young girls feel passionate about things. They remind me that it’s OK to really care – and that cynicism and sarcasm are an easy choice.”

On her childhood in Boston:  “My family was very witty and quick and you kind of had to keep up. My dad will tell you I got all of my comedy from him.”

On friendships with women: “Most of the women in your life will outlast the men in your life. The SNL ladies – Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Tina – and I text pictures of our kids back and forth all the time. It keeps us connected. As my nanny used to say, the older you get the more important it is to know people that knew you when.”

On her perfect exercise class: “The teacher gives us all a hug and goes, ‘You did it! You showed up! Let’s lie down.’ We all lie down and she’s like, ‘How is everybody feeling?’ We’re like, ‘Great!’ And the teacher’s like, ‘Great!’ Then we all get to leave 20 minutes early.”

On what she finds hard as an adult: “I think the hardest thing is to know what you want, ask for it and then to stop talking.”

One what she’s learned with age: “You realize no one can make you feel bad about your choices without your permission.”

Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler at the 71st  Golden Globe Awards in January. Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/AP.

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