Ashley Boynes-Shuck of Glitzburgh Gets Inducted Into the Fashion Hall of Fame

Today, I was inducted into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame with several other worthy honorees. The event was held at the Omni William Penn. Photos, video, and a full transcript of my acceptance speech can be found below.

(Dress: Diane von Furstsenburg. Jewelry: Kate Spade, Givenchy, and Pandora. Shoes: Nine West. Clutch: Botkier. Wrap: Vintage. Belt: Express. My husband’s sweater: Rag + Bone.)

Video of Acceptance Speech: 

Link to Speech Video:

Speech Transcript:

“Thank you so much, Miyoshi. Thank you all for being here. This is such an honor.

Some of you may be wondering how and why a writer is winning a fashion award. But to me, fashion and writing are both art forms. They are ways to express, and ways to inspire. It is fitting, too, that the ballet was here today, because, as we all know, sometimes, finding the perfect outfit is an elaborate dance.

As for me, I’m known more for my social media presence and my health advocacy work as Arthritis Ashley and as author of the book, Sick Idiot, among other works, than I am for my fashion and pop culture blog, Glitzburgh. I am also known for animal welfare work and being a ‘crazy pet mom.’ But to me, all of these worlds, from writing, to health, to animals, can, at times, intersect with fashion. My volunteer and consulting work with brands like WearWoof and Paws N Claws combine my love for animals and fashion. But fashion relates strongly to my health coaching and patient advocacy work, too. Here’s how:

At at time when I was still playing with – and designing for – my Barbie dolls, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that was, and still is, anything but chic.

Then, as a teen, who felt outcast because of health problems and being a ‘smart kid,’ fashion and clothing provided me with a safe haven, a creative outlet, and a way to cultivate my identity beyond that of a nerd or a sick girl. Even when I faced bullying for my outside-of-the-box fashion choices in high school (and for walking with a limp,) I never let it get to me. In fact, I began taking fashion design courses alongside my writing classes and even was voted Best Dressed my senior year: a manicured middle finger to the haters.

I used to want to be a fashion designer, or do PR in the fashion industry. But I soon realized that my health wouldn’t allow me to keep up with that fast-paced world. This isn’t a sad story though. I started blogging, and writing, and fashion simply became a hobby and an interest of mine rather than a full-time career choice. I used social media to find fashion-related writing jobs, and keep up on the latest styles and trends on my own time.

It is a wonderful thing, however, to be able to feel beautiful on the outside when many times, I am hurting or sick on the inside. Fashion gives me that luxury. And it allows me the luxury to feel like a woman instead of a patient.

It is also a wonderful thing for me to be recognized for something so very cool, something aside from my advocacy work and my illnesses. I may not be in the industry per se, or the best-dressed or most fashion-forward in the room at any given time, but what I am is always true to myself — myself that both fashion and writing have helped me to discover.

So thank you to Pittsburgh Fashion Week, particularly to Miyoshi and Diane, to my mom and my husband who are here with me today, and to all of my family and friends who have supported me throughout the years. Thank you all for allowing me to channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw today.

And, I’d like to end this by saying that I do believe that true beauty comes from within, but a nice handbag, and a DVF dress like this one, sure don’t hurt.”


(more can be seen via Instagram.)

For press from the event check out and this article in the Tribune Review.

The 2015 Academy Awards: Fashion Winners and Losers at the Oscars

First off, a big congrats goes out to Pittsburgh’s very own Michael Keaton. Even though he didn’t win Best Actor, the movie Birdman, which he starred in, took home the Oscar for Best Picture!

Pittsburgh-filmed Foxcatcher went home empty-handed. And there were lots of other winning and losing moments this year at the Academy Awards.

One for-sure winning moment was Lady Gaga’s tribute to Julie Andrews — girlfriend can SING!! — and it was wonderful to see Ms. Andrews join her on stage. Other great moments were Graham Moore’s acceptance speech, John Legend and Common’s moving musical performance, and Patricia Arquette’s call to action regarding equal wages and equal rights for women. #AskHerMore was an awesome movement on the red carpet (and social media) this year, and Julianne Moore’s speech for Best Actress was great.

However, there were some jokes by Neil Patrick Harris that fell flat, some long, drawn-out, boring moments (that caused Katie Couric to give up on the whole thing.) Joan Rivers was missing from the In Memoriam segment (granted, she technically wasn’t a member of the Academy but COME ON: Joan was a staple at the Oscars for many years! An exception could have – should have – been made.) And whiteness: oh, the whiteness of the whole event was oft-mocked — and rightfully so.

But I’m sure that most of you are just here for the fashion, so let’s get to it.

My personal Best Dressed was Reese Witherspoon. That and the rest of my favorites for best-dressed at the 2015 Oscars (in no particular order) are below:

  • Reese Witherspoon (Classic, simple, gorgeous! Reese & Tom Ford = perfect match.)


  • Scarlett Johansson (people haaaated this look. I loved it!)


  • Jennifer Lopez (like a grown-up fairy-princess prom queen!)


  • Anna Kendrick (because how could you not love this girl?)


  • Jennifer Aniston (she gets better with age & this Versace dress was beautiful!)


  • Oprah Winfrey (Queen Oprah simply slayed it. She looked so pretty in Vera Wang)


  • Lady Gaga (*MINUS THE GLOVES)


  • Lupita Nyong’o (she can make anything look effortlessly good.)


  • Emma Stone (Perfect color on her. Classy gal … funny, too!)

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  • Rosamund Pike (Lady in red. This dress = sexy.)


  • Behati Prinsloo (very goth chic)


  • Giuliana Rancic (what can I say, I’m a sucker for a good red dress!)

  • Jenna Dewan Tatum (nailed it!)


  • David Oyelowo (he looks amazing. And, apparently my red fetish carries over into menswear, as well.)


  • Jared Leto (like the ScarJo one, this is a look that many people hated, but I loved! Maybe it’s because he’s a celebrity crush of mine?)


  • Adam Levine (he just looks so handsome.)


  • Eddie Redmayne (despite the color of his tux, he didn’t have the blues for long: he took home Best Actor)


My choices for WORST dressed were:

  • Gwyneth Paltrow (ditch the flower, Oscars Barbie)


  • Ava DuVerna (*honestly, a part of me loves this Prada look, but a part of me  hates it, too. So perhaps undecided?)

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  • Kerry Washington (It takes a lot for something to look boring and unflattering on such a beauty. But this does. Also? It’s just kind of ugly.)


  • Rita Ora  (why does it fan out in the front? Do the girls need some air?)


  • Keira Knightley (no … just no. Worst dressed in my opinion.)


  • Gina Rodriguez (Pardon me, I just fell asleep a little bit.)
  • Lorelei Linklater (seriously, what is happening here?)
  • Gayle King (not flattering. Oprah needs to share her stylist. And her tailor.)



So, those are my picks! I’d love to hear what you agree and disagree on. Head to my Facebook page and leave a comment with your best and worst dressed, or tweet me @Glitzburgh!

Oscar Night: GOOD LUCK to Hometown Guy, Michael Keaton

The Academy Awards are upon us, and Glitzburgh just wants to extend a big, “GOOD LUCK” to Pittsburgh native, Michael Keaton, who is  nominated for his role in Birdman, as well as any actor, actress, director, screenwriter, or crew member with roots in Western PA. We have a wonderful film industry here and are thrilled to see Pittsburgh natives working on the big screen and behind the scenes. It’s also great to see so many movies filmed right here in “Glitzburgh!”

EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals Featuring: Michael Keaton Where: London, United Kingdom When: 08 Feb 2015 Credit:



Exhalations Dance Theatre – The Choreography Project 2015

If you missed it last night, don’t sweat it: you can still catch the Exhalations Dance Theatre – The Choreography Project 2015 in an additional show today, Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, at 3pm EST!

Stay tuned for a follow-up post about this wonderful annual event that showcases the beautifully talented Exhalations Dance Theatre dancers at their very best!

Details below:

Choreography Project 2015 Poster Print (1) PGHExhaltationsRelease

Fashion Fanatics, Shopaholics, & Animal Lovers Rejoice: WearWoof’s End-of-Season Clearance Sale is Here


WearWoof’s End-of-Season Clearance Sale is Here: Fashion & Animals FTW!

These are some doggone good deals that’ll have you feline like the cat’s meow!

If you’re craving some new clothes, look no further: WearWoof has you covered. Even better? You’ll be helping to save homeless pets and contributing to shelters in need through your WearWoof purchase.

The best part is, Dolly the Shop Cat is hosting a super-special end-of-season clearance sale! ALL ITEMS are 70% off, so there are plenty of storewide savings to go ’round. This includes great pieces from InStyle Magazine, plus name-brand and designer duds for cheap! From handbags, to scarves, to jeans, shoes, and dresses — WearWoof has got you covered! Even jewelry is one sale … Dolly thinks this clearance event is too purr-fect to pass up!

So hurry, don’t paws: get to WearWoof right meow!

Do good, look good, feel good … and the animals will thank you, too!

Pssst:   P.S: Did you know? Today is National #LoveYourPetDay, and we can’t think of a better way to #LoveYourPet than to help spread love other pets who are in need through your generous purchases and donations at WearWoof!

Visit WearWoof on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, visit today! The WearWoof Clearance Event won’t last long!

Diamonds & Gems: A Pittsburgh Fashion Soiree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh


What are you doing Saturday night? Not sure? We’ll, here’s a suggestion: check out the Pittsburgh Fashion Soiree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. This fun and avant garde red carpet event benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for pediatric cancer and will be held on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, from 6pm-9pm at the Pittsburgh Art Institute.

There will be prizes for best avant garde hair and makeup, a celebrity lookalike contest, and prizes for best dressed. PLUS: be sure to get your photos on the red carpet! For just $10 you will get to attend this fun event and help a wonderful cause where you can win raffles or a Chinese Auction.

But wait — there’s more! The crown jewel of the event is a fashion show. The Diamonds & Gems fashion show will include fashions from DebrAnn Weiss &Company’s Fashion Forums, with hair and makeup by Jacqueline’s Salon Collection.

This event, presented by former Glitzburgh intern Matthew Taylor and founder of DearGQ and Pittsburgh Fashion Connection (who was recently featured in Maniac Magazine for his unique sense of style,) is sure to be a fun and unique occasion.

Hope to see you there!


The Oscars are here & it’s Lights, Glamour, Action this Weekend with Highmark and the Pittsburgh Film Office


This weekend is the annual Lights! Glamour! Action! event presented by Highmark and the Pittsburgh Film Office. The event is an Oscars-screening party, complete with all of the glitz and glam you’d expect of Glitzburgh a.k.a. Pittsburgh!

According to a press release for the event:

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents Lights! Glamour! Action!”™ enters into its 15th year and supports the mission of the Pittsburgh Film Office. The event has earned more than $1.3 million for the continued operations and economic development initiatives of PFO, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose efforts have helped to generate more than $800 million dollars in economic impact for the southwestern Pennsylvania region. “Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents Lights! Glamour! Action!”™ has also earned its reputation as one of Pittsburgh’s finest gatherings, attended by 800 – 1,000 of our city’s key celebrities, entertainment professionals, business leaders, and politicians.

Walk the red carpet, enjoy gourmet food stations, silent auction featuring autographed items from Pittsburgh-made films and many popular television shows, fashion presentations and the LIVE telecast of the 2015 Oscars® on the BIG SCREEN!

Dress is black-tie optional, or you can come as your favorite celebrity!

Patron Ticket – $500 per person (Includes exclusive pre-party event at J. Verno Studios on Friday, January 23, 2015 and entrance at 6:00 p.m. to “Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents Lights! Glamour! Action!”™ on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Heinz Field with a VIP champagne reception and valet parking. Two parties for Patrons!)

VIP Ticket – $250 per person (Entrance at 6:00 p.m. to “Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents Lights! Glamour! Action!”™ on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Heinz Field – includes a VIP champagne reception, valet parking and exclusive VIP Lounge area during event)

Gala Ticket – $125 per person (Entrance at 7:30 p.m. only to “Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents Lights! Glamour! Action!”™ on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Heinz Field)

Oscar Ticket – $75 per person (minimum of 6 ticket purchase)

(Entrance at 7:30 p.m. to “Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents Lights! Glamour! Action!”™ on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Heinz Field)”

If you are looking to attend, limited amounts of tickets are still available. Here at Glitzburgh, the Oscars are our Super Bowl and so we’re excited to see who wins big in regards to the Academy Awards … and on the red carpet!

Will you be attending Lights! Glamour! Action! this year? If so, please tweet @Glitzburgh using hashtag #GlitzburghOscars on Sunday night! Learn more about the event, here.

Glitzburgh Tries Hairfinity Hair Vitamins

Celebrities do it, hair models do it, and now Ashley of Glitzburgh will do it, too. What, you ask? No, not plastic surgery … not cocaine … but Hairfinity!

According to the Hairfinity website, “Hairfinity Hair Vitamins are formulated with hair-specific nutrients to nourish your hair from the INSIDE OUT and promote faster growing, longer, thicker, stronger hair, and more vibrant hair.”

The Kardashian sisters are fans, Porsha Williams is a fan, Sheana Marie is a fan of Hairfinity Hair Vitamins by Brock Beauty, and so are Claudia Jordan and Samuel L. Jackson, according to recent celebrity mentions!

You can follow the Glitzburgh #Hairfinity journey by keeping up with Ashley on Instagram @ambshuck, as well as on Twitter @BuellaMarie, @abshuck, and @Glitzburgh, as well as on the Arthritis Ashley Facebook page. We’ll keep you posted!

Day 1, week 1, of a 3-month (or more!) journey is posted here:


If you decide to try it to, tell them Ashley Boynes-Shuck of Glitzburgh sent ‘ya! :)

Pittsburgh Fashion Week “Fashion Hall of Fame” Deadline is Approaching

If you want to nominate someone for Pittsburgh Fashion Week’s annual Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame, there’s no time like the present to do so.

Nominations are being accepted via email and snail mail until February 20th, 2015.

According to the event’s Facebook page,

“[PITTSBURGH] – At Pittsburgh Fashion Week’s 6TH annual event, our proud induction continues to be the most attended fashion award event in Pittsburgh’s history and we have you to thank. NOMINATIONS are being accepted for the 2015 list of inductees into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame at Pittsburgh Fashion Week this fall.

The public is invited to nominate anyone with roots in Pittsburgh for the award. Nominations must include the name of the nominee, an explanation why the person is deserving, and contact information of the nominee. Nominations are due February 20th and may be submitted via email to or by snail mail to Pittsburgh Fashion Week, P.O. Box 17947, Pittsburgh, PA, 15235-7947.

Nominees will be evaluated based on longevity and significance of contribution in the general areas of fashion, style and beauty industries (at least 10 years of experience). They can be persons living in Pittsburgh, or persons born or raised in Pittsburgh and currently living elsewhere. Five to eight honorees may be culled from what are expected to be scores of nominees. Prior Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame Inductees are ineligible.

The Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame committee is composed of the board members of PFW. PFHF committee initially reviews all nominee applicants to ensure that each proposed nominee meets the above eligibility requirements. PFW reserves the right to reject a nomination.

The purpose is to shine a spotlight on fashion icons from the city of Pittsburgh. We want to bring them to the forefront, honor them and continue to inform Pittsburghers we have persons who have greatly impacted the World of Fashion. In addition to this induction, we will announce the “Exceptional Artist” (EA) award now in its third year. This award will be given to an up and coming artesian exhibiting similar qualities, philanthropy and community outreach of which, PFHF will nominate. Nominees will be announced March 20th, 2015 via Press Release and shortly after via social media.

The luncheon will take place on the last day of fashion week. In which, we invite you to share another historic moment with us. The September 27th luncheon will be open to the public and will culminate a week of activities beginning Monday; September 21st. Further details will follow.

The public can keep up with the latest developments of Pittsburgh Fashion Week at and our social media outlets: Pittsburgh Fashion Week (group page) and Friends of Pittsburgh Fashion Week page on Facebook and Twitter.
Diane Withrow
Fashion Hall of Fame Committee Chair”

So get your nominations in quickly, fashionable friends!

FLY FREEBIE ALERT 11/26! Verizon Wishes You a Happy Connection Day with Lots of FREE Glitzin’ Goodies!


Who doesn’t love freebies, especially around the holidays? Tomorrow, November 26th, 2014, is the busiest travel day of the year, and Verizon Wireless has deemed it “Connection Day!” I know that I, for one, being a busy blogger, am always looking for new ways to stay connected and in-the-know, while on-the-go, and on-the-cheap! ;)

As you know, holiday travel can be busy, expensive, and stressful — but to help ease this holiday travel stress and expenses, on what is sure to be the busiest travel day of the year, Verizon Wireless is declaring Nov. 26 CONNECTION DAY, and will offer ALL wireless consumers (regardless of carrier!!!) the opportunity to really connect with everything and everyone they love – friends, family, games, apps, news, music, and more, with great promotions courtesy of Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Conde Nast, Gogo Technologies JetBlue and Pandora. WOW!! Can you say cool?!?

ALL wireless consumers can go to to learn about these amazing 11/26 offers:

  • Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on November 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app
  • Amazon:Selection of 10 free/discounted apps plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or a $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • Apple:A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Condé Nast:Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Condé Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ
  • Free Wi-Fi: 30-minute complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and GogoTechnologies (in-flight)
  • JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for the flights between November 26 and December 24
  • Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One.

PLUS, Verizon is giving MORE Everything customers the gift of 1GB of data!! Wowza!

MORE Everything customers who register for Connection Day at will become eligible to immediately receive a one-time-only gift of 1GB of shareable data applied to your wireless account. How awesome is that? …  Plus, there’s more in store: by doing this, you will get another 1GB of data in their next billing cycle. I sure can use that extra data! Woo-hoooo! How ’bout you?

Friends, if you aren’t yet a MORE Everything customer, no worries, you’ll still nonetheless be eligible for a special discount on the mophie powerstation 4000,  a great tool to keep their devices charged and connected — during the holidays, and all year ’round.

Safe Travels and Happy Connection Day from Glitzburgh and your friends at Verizon!