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

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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 www.verizon.com/connectionday 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 www.verizon.com/connectionday 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!

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Jamie Lynn Spears, Cobra Starship, DJ Bonics & More at Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2014

Friday was a busy night in Pittsburgh. From the Penguins game at Consol Energy Center, to the WPIAL high school football playoffs at Heinz Field, crowds were already imminent. Add on one of the year’s most-anticipated free family fun events? It was a night made in ‘Burgh Heaven.

Light Up Night is one of the pinnacle annual events held in downtown Pittsburgh. This year, country singer, actress, and Britney Spears sibling, Jamie Lynn Spears, helped Macy’s to unveil their much-anticipated holiday season windows. She then performed on a stage outside of Macy’s, followed by a limited meet-and-greet to a select number of fans and press inside the store. Other events went on inside of Macy’s including Steelers’ signings, a Cirque du Soleil stunt, flash tattoos, and, yes, even an appearance from my pal DJ Bonics.

Spears wasn’t the only celebrity in town for the event, though she did say, when asked, that she “liked Pittsburgh,” and that it seemed like a “very cool city,” but that it was “way too cold outside” for her to do much. She did acknowledge how pretty our fair city is, and she gave Pittsburgh fans a stellar show.

Cobra Starship, however, was one of the headlining groups, brought on by new radio station, Q-Burgh. There were also street musicians, ice sculptures, and Christmas lights lining the streets, but the trees at PPG Place, the Point, and Heinz Field stole the show. Santa visited, too, and there was fun and cheer for all.

For anyone who missed Light Up Night, no worries — the tree will be lit through the holiday season, and Market Square will host their official holiday market. You can also visit the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership page to check out other upcoming events.

*header image courtesy of PittsburghMagazine.com. Other photos courtesy of Glitzburgh bloggers’ Instagram.

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1989: The Taylor Swift Album for People Who Aren’t Taylor Swift Fans

Go buy #TS1989. That's all.
Go buy #TS1989. That’s all.

 

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.

Communicating With Your Stylist for Fabulous Hair! by Kristen Varoli of Contempo Artistries Salon

Communicating with your stylist

It’s happened to all of us…  You sit down in your stylists’ chair and proceed to explain what you are looking for in a hairstyle. For example,  you have long hair to the middle of your back and mention that you would like about an inch or so off the bottom and long layers.  What you actually get…a new shoulder length crop with tons of layering only to begin the lengthy and frustrating process of growing your hair back out.

As a stylist, I see this scenario along with so many others that leave clients feeling helpless when it comes to achieving the style they are looking for.  For me, the most important part of a flawless and fashion forward style is communicating with my guest.  Here are some tips about how to successfully communicate with your stylist:
1) CONSULTATION:  This is the first (and most important) part of your haircut.  If you are taken directly to the shampoo bowl…be leery.  Your stylist should see the condition and style of your hair before it is soaked down.  This also gives us the opportunity to discuss what you DO and  DO NOT like about your hair presently.  Be sure that you make a mental list of these things you would like to discuss with your stylist before your visit.
2) PICTURES:  Hairstylists are creative individuals that have their own ideas of what looks great!  I would suggest keeping an open mind as you consult with your stylist, blending ideas from both parties.  You can’t go wrong with bringing clippings from a magazine or a picture from Pintrest, or even an old license picture of a style that you loved.  Again, most stylists are visual.  If you point out what you like and dislike about the pictures it will greatly help determine what exactly you are looking for.  Keep in mind that ‘long layers’ to you may mean something totally different to someone else so pictures are a fool proof way of making sure you are both no the same page.
3) HONESTY:  After your haircut is finished and blown out honesty is the best policy.  Tell your stylist what you think.  Do you love it, hate it, maybe not as short next time, more layers?  Keep the line of communication open.  If you have a professional hairstylist, they will not be offended but instead will keep note of the things that you are looking for so that next time you have exactly what you want.
Keep in mind that it may take a few times for your stylist to get to know your hair.  If you are happy with your overall experience, setup a 6 week appointment to maintain your new style.  Keeping a chic and stylish YOU should be fun!  So, for a successful second and third visit…follow steps one through three again!
- by Kristen Varoli

Owner & Stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon in Greensburg, PA
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Are You Pittsburgh’s Next Reality TV Star?

Do your friends tell you that you should be on television? Is your life just too crazy NOT to be on TV? Do you strive to be the next Snooki, Kardashian, Survivor, or Housewife?

Well…here’s your chance.

According to CBS,

“The Next Reality Star Pittsburgh contest is looking for colorful Pittsburghers to create a reality show around.

From Amber Brkich on “Survivor” to “Dance Moms” set in Penn Hills to the family in Butler County who star in “Farm Kings,” our area has already seen its share of reality stars.

But the people behind this contest think there’s a star out there yet to be found.

“Pittsburgh is a treasure trove of reality stars that don’t know they’re reality stars,” said Carl Kurlander from Steeltown Entertainment.

“We want to find a real, true Pittsburgher or a group of Pittsburghers,” said Ellen Berkman Davis. “We know that people can relate to a Pittsburgher because they’re really just good-hearted people.”

Berkman Davis came back to Pittsburgh after managing casting departments for “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”

Bob Kusbit has created reality shows for MTV and CMT.

They’re already getting video auditions: one from a body builder who now impersonates Elvis, and another from a law student who has a collection of tank tops.

They’ll hold an open casting call at WQED studios in Oakland on Nov. 17.

Once they pick a winner, they’ll make a video showcasing the winner’s life, and then they’ll shop it around to various networks to see if it becomes a series.”

 

Casting information is below:

 

OPEN CALL DATE:

Saturday, November 17th, 10am-4pm at WQED Studios, 4802 Fifth Ave, from 10am-4pm. Please come early!

If you cannot make it on Saturday, you can submit an audition tape online, here.

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Gretchen Rossi Comes to Pittsburgh to Knock Out Cancer!

On Sunday, November 11th, 2012, Real Housewives of Orange County star, singer, and entrepreneur Gretchen Rossi was in Pittsburgh to help the region “Knock Out Cancer.”

The fundraiser event, put together by Clear Channel stations such as 96.1 KISS, WDVE, and 94.5 3WS, was held at the Galleria mall in Mt. Lebanon, and featured many fabulous auction items and informational vendor booths.

Rossi herself has had her life affected by cancer: her ex-fiance Jeff passed away from bone cancer, and her current boyfriend’s 10-year-old son Grayson has a form of brain cancer. Gretchen Rossi, like your very own Glitzburgh gal Ashley Boynes-Shuck, was a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year last year, raising fund for cancer research and patient services.

As for Pittsburgh, both Gretchen and her beau Slade Smiley had nothing but good things to say!  Both were absolutely lovely!

We hope they’ll be back soon, and in the meantime, let’s Knock Out Cancer!

Enjoy photos from the event, below.

PS: Take a look back: Gretchen was also named one of Glitzburgh’s hottest beach bodies of 2012! 

PSS: To buy her song Unbreakable, inspired by little “unbreakable” Grayson and his inspiring ongoing battle with cancer, click here or find it on iTunes today!

Welcoming The Limited to the Mall at Robinson: Fierce, Fresh & Fabulous!

The Mall at Robinson has recently welcomed The Limited to their fantastic shopping experience.

The Limited is an iconic fashion retailer designed for the modern woman, and the new Robinson location features a suit gallery, a built-in runway, fabulous accessories, fierce fashions, and trendy, modern décor that is perfect for comfortable, easy shopping.

The Limited has been celebrating its Grand Opening in Robinson with giveaway opportunities, major sales, and a VIP Grand Opening event for bloggers like your very own Glitzburgh gal!

The Limited was kind enough to gift us with an über-chic Mixed Stone Drop Bib Necklace that can be dressed up, paired with a cocktail dress or swanky gown, or, as I rocked it, dressed-down, as a statement piece to complete an otherwise-casual outfit.

The Limited’s Mixed Stone Drop Bib Necklace, like much of their awesome jewelry, would also be amazing with any of the fabulous winter looks now showcased in their stores and on their website, and would be a great add-on for a party dress, or, a great gift for the holidays! The clothing and accessories at The Limited are great stand-alone pieces, but also perfect for mix-and-matching and pairing them any way you want….like a stylist’s dream!

The staff at the new Limited location in Robinson are amazingly friendly, helpful, and have a great eye for style. So go on and check it out – there are great clothes out right now, and awesome sales going on!

Join Glitzburgh in welcoming The Limited to the Mall at Robinson, and check out photos below including: my take on the bib necklace, some favorite looks from the Limited website, and, photos from the grand opening event.

Enjoy! And check out our GLITZBURGH GIVEAWAY after the photos!

[Photos courtesy of B. Hammonds on behalf of the Limited; the Limited website; and Ashley Boynes-Shuck of Glitzburgh.]

 

 

PS: Want to WIN a gift card for the Limited?  Leave a comment letting us know what Limited look is your favorite, and why! For extra entries, “like” Glitzburgh on Facebook, or tweet a link to this blog post to your friends on Twitter!  Winner will be selected at random on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 2012, at 5pm EST. 

 

 

Taylor Swift is Making & Breaking Records…and in a Polka Dot Frenzy!

Singer Taylor Swift is already on track to break records with her new album, Red, that is on track to sell more than one million units in its first week, which would make her the first woman in the Nielsen SoundScan era (which began in 1991) to have two albums cross the million unit mark in a single week.

She’s been doing a whirlwind of publicity to promote the latest record, and seems to be in a polka dot frenzy!

What do you think of her look – cute or kitschy? Do you like the polka dot trend?

Mrs. Timberlake’s Wedding Gown: Love it or Loathe it?

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake finally tied the knot this weekend, in a super-romantic wedding ceremony in Italy.

Of course, everyone was abuzz about what the fashionable bride would be wearing to walk down the aisle.

People magazine released photos of its upcoming cover, with pictures from the couple’s nuptials, and we have to ask:

What do you think of Jessica’s unique Giambattista Valli wedding gown?

Britney Spears is Looking Hot this Fall!

So, Britney Spears has had a style transformation in recent months, but, many noted that she wasn’t looking so fresh-faced on the X-Factors auditions.

She may have took some advice and hired a new makeup artist, or, is it something more?

Has Brit Brit had some work done? Or just lost some weight in her face? Or is it just simply the wonders of makeup?

We’ll likely never know, but check out these stunning recent photos of Ms. Spears out & about in October 2012, particularly at the City of Hope Gala and a Whitney Houston tribute.

She looks fabulous!!! Dare I say better than ever?

What do you think?