Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall 2014: Pittsburgh Fashion Week Schedule

Pittsburgh Fashion Week is one of the hottest events to hit the steel city. As fashion designers from around the world showcase their designs for everyone to see, it is an event you don't want to miss. The action starts on Monday, September 22nd and ends on Sunday, September 28th. Here is the upcoming schedule...

Monday, September 22, 2014
5:30 PM - Fashion Avenue Market Place @ The Highmark Stadium (lasts until 9:00 PM)
7:00 PM - The O.N.E. (Opening Night Extravaganza) & VIP Reception @ The Highmark Stadium

(Designers include: Shawna Solomon (Exotic Hush), Dawn Surgest (RubyDawn Designs presenting RubyDawn Couture), Rashida Thomas (Sheda’s Fashions), Starr Thomas (Fusionista), Brian Thompson (Brian David), and Faith Pongracz Valez (Faith N’ Khaos).
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
5:30 PM - Fashion Avenue Market Place @ The Highmark Stadium (lasts until 9:00 PM)
7:00 PM - Designers Showcase @ The Highmark Stadium

(Designers include: Sommer Bernard (Sommer Creations), Marylloyd Claytor (Capricorn ll), Cary D. Heard (CDH Label Clothing), Tameka Reed (Urban Stitches), and Brittany Williams (Brittany Alexis, the new vintage).
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
5:00 PM - Fashion Show @ Macy's Downtown

Thursday, September 25, 2014
5:30 PM - Fashion Avenue Market Place @ The Highmark Stadium (lasts until 9:00 PM)
7:00 PM - Designers Showcase @ The Highmark Stadium

(Designers include: Glenda Bonds (5.0. Sisterhood), Leslie Harris, Tammy Jackson (Saani MAC), Lorette Pendergrast (Lorette’s Fashions), and Robin Mcllwain Whitmer (V to V Custom Fit Clothing).
Friday, September 26, 2014
5:30 PM - Fashion Avenue Market Place @ The Highmark Stadium (lasts until 9:00 PM)
7:00 PM - Designers Showcase @ The Highmark Stadium

(Designers include: Allison Elizabeth Bailey (Allison Elizabeth Designs), Swimwear Vaughn Glover (Xalter Zaughn Collection), Zenia Lou Livanos (Zeina Lou Design featuring Thigh-High Swimwear), Bradford Mumpower, and DebrAnn Weiss (DebrAnn Weiss & company’s Fashion Forums, and Int’l Gallery Showcase).
Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:00 PM - Back-To-Basics Runway Show @ The Art Institute

Sunday, September 28, 2014
11:00 AM - Registration for Luncheon @ Omni William Penn Hotel (Grand Ballroom)
11:30 AM - Pittsburgh Hall Of Fame Fashion Luncheon @ Omni William Penn Hotel (Grand Ballroom)

For more information, please click here right now.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall 2014: Milan Fashion Week Schedule

Ciao. Come stai? Milan Fashion Week starts Wednesday, September 17th. Fashion designers from around the world gather to show off their recent, as well as, upcoming collections all around the city. Here is the schedule for Fall...

September 17, 2014 (Wednesday/Mercoledi)

9:00 - Chica Lualdi Bee Queen @ Via Clerici 5
10:00 - Angelos Bratis @ Via Bergognone 59
11:00 - Byblos Milano @ Via Turati 34
12:00 - Stella Jean @ Piazza Duomo Scalone Arengario
           Andrea Incontri @ Corso Venezia 51
14:00 - Gucci @ Piazza Oberdan 2b
15:00 - I'm Isola Marras @ Location Da Comunicare
16:00 - Fay @ Via San Paolo 10
17:00 - Alberta Ferretti @ Via Melegari 3
18:00 - N'21 @ Via A. Maiocchi 5/7
19:00 - Fausto Puglisi @ Corso Venezia 16
20:00 - Francesco Scognamiglio @ Location De Comunicare
20:30 - Nicholas K. @ Via Clerici 5

September 18, 2014 (Thursday/Giovedi)

9:00 - Max Mara @ Via Melegari 3
10:00 - Emporio Armani @ Via Bergognone 59
           Christiano Burani @ Via Clerici 5
12:00 - FENDI @ Via Solari 35
13:00 - Uma Wang @ Palazzo Reale Sala Delle Cariatidi
14:00 - Just Cavalli @ Arco Della Pace Piazza Sempione
15:00 - DSquared2 @ Via Valtellina 35
16:00 - Costume National @ Viale Emilio Alemagna 5
17:00 - Blugirl @ Location De Comunicare
18:00 - Prada @ Via Fogazzario 36
18:00 - Daniela Gregis @ Piazza Sant' Ambrogio 24/A
19:00 - Ports 1961 @ Corso Venezia 16
20:00 - Moschino @ Via Melegari 3

September 19, 2014 (Friday/Venerdi)

9:00 - Sportmax @ Via Maiocchi 5/7
10:00 - Blumarine @ Via Melegari 3
11:00 - Ermanno Scervino @ Corso Venezia 16
12:00 - Giamba @ Location De Comunicare
13:00 - Marco De Vincenzo @ Piazza Duomo Scalone Arengario
           ETRO @ Via Piranesa 14
15:00 - Missoni @ Via Savona 56
16:00 - Iceberg @ Via Palermo 10
17:00 - Les Copains @ Via Clerici 5
18:00 - Tod's @ Via Palestro 14
19:00 - Aigner @ Piazza Duomo Scalone Arengario
20:00 - Versace @ Via Gesu 12
21:00 - Phillip Plein @ Location De Comunicare

September 20, 2014 (Saturday/Sabato)

9:00 - Bottega Venetta @ Via Priv Ercole Marelli 6
10:00 - Giorgio Armani @ Via Bergognone 59
11:00 - Assegnato
12:00 - Roberto Cavalli @ Arco Della Pace Piazza Sempione
13:00 - Genny @ Location Da Comunicare
14:00 - Antonio Marras @ Via Maiocchi 5/7
15:00 - Jil Sander @ Via Luca Beltrami 5
16:00 - Cividini @ Location Da Comunicare
17:00 - Gabriele Colangelo @ Piazza Duomo Scalone Arengario
18:00 - Aquilano Rimondi @ Location Da Comunicare
19:00 - Emilio Pucci @ Corso Venezia 16
20:00 - Musso @ Location Da Comunicare

September 21, 2014 (Sunday/Domenica)

9:00 - Massimo Rebecchi @ Location Da Comunicare
10:00 - Marni @ Viale Umbria 42
11:00 - Salvatore Ferragamo @ Piazza Affari 6
12:00 - Laura Biagiotti @ Via Rivoli 6
13:00 - John Richmond @ Via Melegari 3
15:00 - A Jour Le Jour @ Location De Comunicare
16:00 - Trussardi @ Corso Venezia 16
17:00 - Luisa Beccaria @ Location De Comunicare
18:00 - Roccobarocco @ Location De Comunicare
19:00 - MSGM @ Via Maiocchi 5/7
           Anteprima @ Location Da Comunicare

September 22, 2014 (Monday/Lunedi)

10:00 - Mila Shon @ Location Da Comunicare
11:00 - N-U-D-E (New Upcoming Designers) @ Via Clerici 5
12:00 - Heohwan Simulation @ Location Da Comunicare
13:00 - Grinko @ Via Clerici 5
14:00 - Paola Frani @ Location Da Comunicare
15:00 - N-U-D-E (New Upcoming Designers) @ Piazza Duomo - Scalone Arengario

For more information, including updates, please click here right now. 
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Join Birchbox, Only $10 a Month

 As many of you are already aware of Birchbox.com, I will explain what this program is. It is simply a sample society of beauty products. You pay only $10 a month (or $110 for the entire year) for the women's box and $20 a month (or $195 yearly) for the men's box and as a result, you will receive a box filled with an array of samples. 

These samples range from full and deluxe sized samples of your favorite skin care or makeup product to your favorite shower gel or body lotion to shampoo/conditioner to even nail polish and more. Some of the other products I have received from this beauty subscription service even cater to lifestyle, as I have received samples of food from various brands including a full size bar of chocolate.
 
An example of what you receive in a monthly Birchbox subscription.
 
The subscription offers various products that are based on your personalized beauty profile and the best part is, you can cancel at any time. I have been a member of Birchbox for almost a year now and I love it, as it gives me the opportunity to try new products with the convenience of having them shipped right to my door.
 
I am a member of the women's box which is only $10 a month, however, my amazing boyfriend Joseph Valo III was a member of Birchbox Man (only $20 a month) for quite sometime before he canceled his subscription. Of course, Joe will be rejoining the program very very soon. Joe received an array of products that included facial serum, shaving cream, a pair of shorts, and even a jump rope.
 
Although one may have some negative things to say (or weaknesses, rather) I have a lot of strengths I can add about Birchbox, as I have been a member of this subscription service for almost a year now. Do I think it's worth it? Absolutely!
 
To join Birchbox, simply click here right now.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Urban Decay: NAKED2 Basics

 
From left to right: Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, and Undone.
 
Skimp (A stunning pale nude with a satin finish)
Stark (A beautiful pink nude with a matte finish)
Frisk (A gorgeous neutral gray with a matte finish)
Cover (A ravishing muted reddish brown with a matte finish)
Primal (A mesmerizing muted brown with a matte finish)
Undone (A daring yet deep smoky brown with a matte finish)
 
Product  ****
Pigmentation  ****
Texture  ****
Longevity  ***
Application  *****
 
Create over a hundred looks alone with this amazing Urban Decay addition. You can purchase NAKED2 Basics at your nearest retailer for $29.00 USD.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall 2014: New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Schedule

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in the big apple kicks off on Thursday, September 4th. Fashion designers from around the world gather to show off their recent, as well as, upcoming collections all around the city. Here is the schedule for Fall...

September 4, 2014 (Thursday)

9:00 AM - Nicholas K @ The Pavilion
9:30 AM - Cutecircuit @ The Hub
10:00 AM - BCBMAXAZARIA @ The Theatre
10:30 AM - Raoul @ The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
11:00 AM - Richard Chai @ The Salon
12:00 PM - Supima @ The Pavilion
1:30 PM - Jeff Godfrey @ The Hub
2:00 PM - Tadashi Shoji @ The Salon
3:00 PM - Desigual @ The Theatre
4:00 PM - Tome @ The Pavilion
5:00 PM - Marissa Webb @ The Salon
7:00 PM - Todd Snyder @ The Pavilion
8:00 PM - Meskita @ The Salon
8:30 PM - Grungy Gentlemen @ The Hub

September 5, 2014 (Friday)

8:30 AM - Fashion Law Institute @ The Fordham Law School
9:00 AM - Stella Nolasco @ The Pavilion
10:00 AM - Project Runway @ The Theatre
11:00 AM - Mark and Estel @ The Salon
12:00 PM - Zimmerman @ The Pavilion
2:00 PM - Carmen Marc Valvo @ The Theatre
2:30 PM - Trina Turk @ The Salon
3:00 PM - Rebecca Minkoff @ The Pavilion
4:30 PM - Saunder @ The Hub
6:00 PM - Nicole Miller @ The Salon
7:00 PM - Monique Lhuillier @ The Theatre
7:30 PM - Charlotte Ronson @ The Pavilion
9:00 PM - August Getty @ The Salon

September 6, 2014 (Saturday)

9:00 AM - Ruffian @ The Pavilion
10:00 AM - Lacoste @ The Theatre
11:00 AM - Lie Sang Bong @ The Salon
1:00 PM - Song Jung Wan @ The Pavilion
1:30 PM - Alon Livne @ The Hub
2:00 PM - Mara Hoffman @ The Salon
3:00 PM - Herve Leger by Max Azria @ The Theatre
4:00 PM - Luis Antonio @ The Pavilion
6:00 PM - Malan Breton @ The Salon
7:00 PM - Academy of Art University @ The Theatre
7:00 PM - Anya Caliendo @ 2 East 55th Street (NYC)
9:00 PM - Venexiana @ The Pavilion

September 7, 2014 (Sunday)

12:00 PM - Fashion Shenzhen @ The Salon
1:00 PM - David Tlale @ The Pavilion
1:30 PM - Czar by Cesaer Galindo @ The Hub
2:00 PM - Katya Zol @ The Theatre
2:00 PM - DKNY @ 547 West 26th Street (NYC)
3:00 PM - Custo Barcelona @ The Salon
4:00 PM - Etxeberria @ The Pavilion
6:00 PM - Vivienne Tam @ The Theatre
7:00 PM - Nanette Lepore @ The Salon
8:00 PM - Nanette Lepore Presented by Marist @ The Salon
9:00 PM - Parkchoonmoo @ The Pavilion

September 8, 2014 (Monday)

9:00 AM - Lela Rose @ The Pavilion
10:00 AM - Carolina Herrera @ The Theatre
11:00 AM - Taoray Wang @ The Salon
11:00 AM - Tommy Hilfiger @ TBD
12:00 PM - Angel Sanchez @ The Pavilion
1:00 PM - Dennis Basso @ The Pavilion
2:00 PM - Francesca Liberatore @ The Salon
3:00 PM - Georgine @ The Pavilion
4:00 PM - Donna Karan New York @ 547 West 26th Street (NYC)
6:00 PM - Reem Acra @ The Salon
7:00 PM - Libertine @ The Pavilion
9:00 PM - Odifou @ The Salon

September 9, 2014 (Tuesday)

9:00 AM - Tory Burch @ The Avery Fisher Hall
9:30 AM - J.Crew @ The Pavilion
9:30 AM - Vivienne Hu @ 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (NYC)
10:00 AM - Badgley Mischka @ The Theatre
10:00 AM - MM6 Maison Martin Margiela @ 537 West 27th Street (NYC)
11:00 AM - Noon by Noor @ The Salon
1:00 PM - Concept Korea @ The Pavilion
1:00 PM - Diesel Black Gold @ 350 West 33rd Street (NYC)  
1:00 PM - Jenny Packham @ 269 11th Avenue (NYC)
2:00 PM - Naeem Khan @ The Theatre
2:00 PM - Pedro Del Hierro Madrid @ TBD
3:00 PM - Pamela Roland @ The Salon
6:00 PM - Skingraft @ The Pavilion
7:00 PM - Zang Toi @ The Salon
8:00 PM - The Art Institute @ The Theatre
9:00 PM - Michael Costello @ The Pavilion

September 10, 2014 (Wednesday)

9:00 AM - Falguni and Shane Peacock @ The Pavilion
12:00 PM - Bibhu Mohapatra @ The Pavilion
2:00 PM - Boss @ TBD
3:00 PM - Betsey Johnson @ The Salon
5:30 PM - Glover Canyon @ The Pavilion
6:00 PM - Ricardo Seco @ 7 World Trade Center
6:00 PM - Anna Sui @ The Theatre
6:30 PM - Erin Fetherston @ The Salon
9:00 PM - B. Michael America @ The Pavilion

September 11, 2014 (Thursday)

10:00 AM - Ralph Lauren @ TBD
1:00 PM - J.Mendel @ The Theatre
2:00 PM - Calvin Klein @ 50 Varick Street
5:00 PM - Art Hearts Fashion Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation @ The Theatre

For more information, please visit MBFW today.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I'm a Pittsburgh Beauty Examiner for Examiner.com

Examiner.com is more than just another writing opportunity, it's an outlet filled with credible, passionate, and knowledgeable content producers who express their words through individual expertise.
 
When I heard the sad news about Yahoo! Voices (or Yahoo! Contributor Network) closing earlier last month, I applied for Examiner. The next day I was sent an email saying that I was accepted. Although I really cannot say too much about this website, as I have only been a contributor for a month, so far it seems great. I am definitely looking forward to contributing, that is for sure.

To visit my Examiner page, simply click here right now.

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Top 5 Favorite Nude Lipsticks by MAC

 
From left to right: Myth, Fleshpot, Close Contact, Viva Glam II, and Crème d' Nude.
 
About the lipsticks...
 
Myth is simply a light nude with a satin finish. It's neutral, which I love. This is one of my favorite nudes by MAC because it works fantastic with my skin tone.
 
Fleshpot is best described as a pastel pink-beige. It's very faint and possesses a satin finish. I love the color payoff of this particular nude, as it simply works.
 
Close Contact is not as nude as the other lipsticks, but I enjoy it because it is a stunning amplified peach shade. This lipstick is limited edition, however; I am hoping that MAC decides to include this particular shade as a permanent selection.
 
Viva Glam II is simply a nude mauve shade with a satin finish. As one of MAC's best selling lipsticks since it's release in 1997, this is clearly one of the best nude lipsticks by Makeup Artist Cosmetics to date.
 
Crème d' Nude is what I would called a creamy warm nude. Almost like a pastel peach with a hint of beige. The finish is different from the prior lipsticks I have mentioned as it's more than a creamsheen finish.