Taylor Swift’s latest album, 1989, is the Taylor Swift album for people who aren’t fans of Taylor Swift.
Effortlessly innovative, it’s the perfect piece of retro hipster pop that will delight even the most discerning sensibilities. Nary a country twang in sight, Swift still leaves her mark with signature imprints that only she can get away with. But it truly is a good album — a piece of art, if you will. Swift has often been ridiculed for a less-than-stellar singing voice, but, in my mind, she’s pretty decent and has definitely paid her dues in the industry, writing her own lyrics and music, and playing multiple instruments, too. She doesn’t have to resort to the gimmicks of other pop stars and has had the most successful crossover career, well … ever.
A force to be reckoned with, Swift has come into her own with grace, maturity, and humility, on this moody, stylish album complete with faded Polaroid nostalgia that is capped off with a kittycat hug and Swift’s signature red smooch. This album has a distinctive sound and a current but grown-up feel to it that some of her other records — and albums of some of her contemporaries — have lacked. Country no more, Taylor Swift proves that genre rules are made to be broken. Hey — even Rolling Stone had nice things to say about 1989 … and that, my friends, speaks volumes.
On October 8th, 2014, Cops in Couture rocked the Mall at Robinson. This unique annual fashion show benefitted The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial of Allegheny County and the local Police Officer Support Team, and is an event specially created to honor and remember heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Models along with local area police officers, K9 unit dogs, and the family members of fallen heroes strutted their stuff on the runway in the latest fashion trends. In addition to the Mall at Robinson who hosted the event, sponsors included Eat n’ Park, 84 Lumber, Robert Peirce & Associates, Mt. Lebanon Police, Panera Bread, Room Service by Karen & Co, Collier Township, Ibis-Tech, AboutTime, Guardian Protection Services, Giant Eagle Market District, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Dickerson Creative, and Houlihan’s. The event featured appetizers, raffles, and, of course, the best fashions of the season. You can view event photos,here.
Airplanes weren’t the only thing flying high at #FLY2014. On Monday, September 29th, 2014, the Pittsburgh International Airport launched a revamp of their luxury shopping core, the Airmall, as a different kind of runway took the spotlight for the day. From Furla to Armani, Hugo Boss, Pinko, Collezioni, Nine West, and more, fashionistas didn’t need to jet set across the country to get their hands on some high fashion brands.
The ever-beautiful Darieth Chisolm served as the emcee, but she wasn’t the only celebrity guest. Carmindy from TLC’s “What Not to Wear” was in the house, even giving a makeover to one lucky blogger — me! I got freshened up on-stage by Carmindy, who did her famous “5-Minute Face” on me, and afterwards, I got to enjoy some luxury shopping, mixing and mingling with local bloggers and media, and took in a stunning fashion show right in the Airmall’s core. The treats were delicious, the atmosphere was trendy and upscale, the music was great, and the fashions were fierce. Carmindy even called Pittsburgh the new “height of entertainment and fashion” — that’s saying a lot coming from a California native who now lives in NYC.
The #FLY2014 team did a wonderful job and made every guest feel like a million bucks. The event definitely put Pittsburgh on the fashion map. Now travelers won’t have to worry about killing time while waiting for their plane — they’ll be more concerned about missing out on sales at these fabulous stores, rather than missing their flight!
Photos from the event courtesy of Glitzburgh & Airmall Pittsburgh. Check out more photos and event coverage on social media by following hashtag #FLY2014 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Also check out event reviews in the Tribune Review and Pittsburgh Post Gazette!
One of my favorite restaurants is conveniently located five minutes from my house. They are also a family owned and operated winery. La Casa Narcisi Winery opened in 2001 and a few years ago, La Vite Ristorante opened inside. Come for the wine, but stay for the food! They recently expanded and now boast a large indoor dining room as well as the ever popular outdoor patio. My favorite thing to do is go there with a group of people, order a few different entrées and share. I’ve tried just about everything on the menu and enjoyed it all, but always come back to the Margherita pizza. I’ve yet to find a better Margherita pizza in the entire city.
They also have my favorite wine, Catawba. With all their bottles in the $13-$20 price range, they seriously can not be beat. You can also enjoy 3 complimentary tastings before your meal so that you know what to order. Next time you’re in the North Hills area, I highly recommend stopping by for a bottle or a bite. Or both!
Without ever having a runway show, Duro Olowu was dubbed Best New Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2005. Born to Nigerian and Jamaican parents, Olowu started off his professional life as a lawyer before pursuing a career in design. Olowu’s work defines tribal chic and the inspiration for his pieces is almost always pulled from ethnic sources. Although many of his bold prints appear to be made from African fabrics, they are not. Olowu designs all of the patterns himself while consistently maintaining an exotic aesthetic.
Recently Olowu’s bold prints have been brought to the masses thanks to a designer collaboration with JC Penney. The look book can be viewed here. Fortunately for the frugal fashionista everything is being sold at an affordable price- under $100. The collection has a few great key pieces that could be a bold addition to any spring/summer wardrobe when styled correctly. My personal favorite piece is the trench coat seen above.
One of these days and hopefully soon spring will begin to take shape. Not only is it important for your wardrobe to reflect the change in season but you also should make sure that your makeup looks are spring appropriate. Color is a key trend with your outfits so make sure you match up accordingly, when in doubt go with subtly. During fashion weeks we saw lovely shades of blue and green on the eyes at Stella McCartney and Versus. If your up for it you can opt to add a few sparkles around your eyes for extra glamour! For your lips you can’t go wrong with some pink or neutral and of course red lipstick is essential. Just be sure your shades match up to your outfit as best as you can. If your dress has some darker red in it see if you can find a dark red lipstick that is a close resemblance, perhaps one that has some shimmer to it. If you want to give your lips a bigger and fuller look than you should outline the outermost part of your lips with a lip pencil. The cat-eye trend is still very popular with eyeliner and a favorite look of mine. Full lashes are in for spring such as this mascara from Dior Beuaty and a bold, strong-looking brow. A tip I read for your brows is to brush them before filling them in by using short feathery strokes. Glowing skin is going to be big so stick with light colors and sweep across your cheekbones ever so soft. An interesting tip I read was to wear a light-reflecting primer worn underneath makeup. What to do for your nails… bright colored polishes, cream, or you can go daring in dark and don’t forget your metallics of gold, silver and copper. This can be done on all of your nails, only a few nails or even simply the tips of your nails, all are acceptable and it’s your call how daring you want to be. Why not treat yourself to a two-tone manicure instead of the usual french manicure. I have all the trends for you in the gallery below. All looks are for your own interpretation of course, experiment and see what looks best on you!
Justin Bieber has been taken to a London area hospital after collapsing on stage at London’s O2 Arena.
The dedicated pop star (who has been having an admittedly awful week) insisted on finishing the show for his Beliebers but experienced trouble breathing and received oxygen on site before being taken for further evaluation.
Also, Kelly Osbourne fainted during a filming of Fashion Police today, and suffered a seizure. She was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital and at this time doctors are uncertain of what caused the episode.
Sending both stars “get well” wishes from Glitzburgh!
Ruffles here, ruffles there I see ruffles everywhere trending for spring 2013. Ruffles are back in fashion and the are strategically placed and styled many ways. This year the take on ruffles has a more “sculptural” look vs. a “princessy” which have been the trend. You will find them on sleeves, necklines, skirt hemlines, big ruffles, little ruffles which is going to make it a difficult look. Tread lightly so that you aren’t picking an item that is overboard on the ruffles, if you have any doubts choose a blouse or skirt that has a simple ruffle in a key place on the garment. Another route is to go would be a spring jacket for those days when mother nature requires us to sport one. I have seen so many stunning looks and some that were overboard. A cute little number would be a frilly top paired with a black pencil skirt or black pant. Taking this route leaves you stylish and not being one big hot ruffled mess.