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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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People can be trained, at a price

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

 

In a recent article in Atlantic Cities, “3 Enormous Benefits to Charging the Right Price for Parking, Eric Jaffe makes a case for rethinking how cities can get the most out of their transit investments.
 
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“Most U.S. cities do everything they can to abide the theory. They undervalue the price of street spaces. They keep parking so cheap it encourages driving (and thus undermines their own transit investments, leading to more driving). And they require a minimum number of parking spaces for new developments whether residents need them or not.
 
“Three recent studies highlight big benefits to setting the right price for city parking: less traffic, more transit use, and greater tax revenue.”
 
The article includes links to the studies.
 
It makes the point that cheap parking is a motivation for people to drive into a city and that higher fees to park provide the incentive for them to use transit. 

 

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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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Blues Challengers vying for shot at Memphis

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

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Fourteen acts will have 20 minutes to make it to Memphis on Saturday.

The bands/solo artists will hit the stage April 5 for 10th annual Blues Challenge, presented by the Blues Society of Western PA at the Tonidale in Oakdale.

Each will play a 20-minute set, and one band and one solo artist or duo will be chosen to represent the society at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. It begins at 1:30 p.m. A dinner buffet will be available during the break early in the evening, and there will be an after party/jam with last year's winner, Billy the Kid and the Regulators, at 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12; $10 for society members; $6 students. The Tonidale is at 7011 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale. Go to bswpa.com

Here is the list of contenders:

1. Mia Z
2. Jimmy Adler and Charlie Barath
3. Chris Yakopcic
4. Bo Hog Brothers
5. Pet Cro
6. Melinda
7. Scott Albert Project
8. Blues Devils
9. Ms. Freddye Band
10. Paul the Resonator
11. Bottom Shelf Blues Band
12. Eugene Morgan
13. Gordon James Band
14. Ruby Red and the Dirty Devils

 

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Cable, Walker-Kimbrough to have historical meeting in Final Four

Written by Mike White on .

Much was made last week of how former Pittsburgh-area high school basketball players were showing up at many places in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Arizona's Sean and Dayton's Archie Miller (Blackhawk) were the first brothers to coach in the Sweet 16 the same year. Arizona's T.J. McConnell (Chartiers Valley) and Iowa State's DeAndre Kane (Schenley) were two point guards in the Sweet 16 who attended high schools 12 miles apart. Kentucky coach John Calipari (Moon) was another former WPIAL player who had a team in the Sweet 16.

Well now there is a rather notable happening involving two former WPIAL girls players in the NCAA women's Final Four. In fact, Madison Cable and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough might very well be making history.

Cable is a redshirt sophomore for Notre Dame. Walker-Kimbrough is a freshman for the University of Maryland women's team. Their teams will meet in the Final Four Sunday.

There are no records, or rosters, to prove it. But I'd be willing to bet that this is the first time two former WPIAL players have met in the women's Final 4. In fact, I wonder if it has ever happened with two former WPIAL boys players. And for a remember when moment? Check the picture below. It's when Cable and Walker-Kimbrough were on the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 team in 2011. Cable, then a senior, is in the middle. Walker-Kimbrough, only a sophomore at the time, is on the far right. I wonder if that photo shoot was the last time they were together?

Fabulous 5

Neither Cable or Walker-Kimbrough start, but both play key roles for their teams.

Walker-Kimbrough had been selected the ACC freshman of the week earlier this season. She is Madison CableMaryland's third-leading scorer, averaging 9.6 points a game. She plays 17 minutes a game and also averages 2.9 rebounds. She shoots 48 percent from the floor and has 23 3-pointers.

Cable plays 14 minutes a game. She is averaging 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. She is shooting an impressive 52 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3-point range for the undefeated Fighting Irish. She has the best 3-point shooting percentage on the team.

Walker-Kimbrough and Cable were both former Post-Gazette Players of the Year and both former P-G Athletes of the Year.

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