Friday Favorites

Happy first Friday of fall everyone!  Check out everything that made me smile (and even cry) this week!

1.  Favorite Instagram Feed of the Week!

Do you follow Smiley the Blind Therapy Dog?  Yes?  Then you already know.  No?  I will wait here while you go and follow and then come back.  Ok, everyone on the same page now?  This handsome boy was born without eyes and now travels the world as a therapy dog.  We all know I am dog obsessed, but I truly believe this guy is an angel on earth.  You can’t help but smile and feel good when you look at his photos.  (Photos below both from Smiley's Instagram - and if you're heart doesn't melt, we probably shouldn't be friends).

2.  Favorite New Emojis!

If you're tech savvy, you know that the new iPhone came out last week and there's also a new operating system that let's you do cool things like draw in your text messages.  However, you may not know about the best new thing to hit your cell phones.  You guys – Sephora has their very own emojis called “Sephojis."   You can download these fabulous stickers in the app store.  I can’t decide which is my favorite!

picture from the itunes app store

picture from the itunes app store

3.  Favorite Blogger Tip of the Week!

Bloggers know that a cohesive Instagram feed is as important as a really great post idea.  Georgie from The Style Transplant posted a great article this week chocked full of tips on how to create a visually appealing Instagram feed.  This is one of the things I want to try and improve.  I tend to just like a picture or a certain filter and post it without really thinking about how that picture fits into the rest of my feed.  When a feed is consistent and aesthetically pleasing, people are more likely to be drawn in and follow your feed.  Check out the article here.  Thanks Georgie for the tips! 

4.  Favorite Fall Fashion Staple!

Yesterday was the first day of fall.  Pumpkin spice lovers rejoice!  Even though fall is my favorite time of year, I drag my feet just a bit – simply because I don’t like rushing through the seasons or holidays.  There are people that will put their Christmas tree up in November, but have all the decorations boxed up on December 26th.  I like to take each season and holiday as they come and make the most of them.  However, with cooler temps just around the corner, it’s time to start prepping that fall wardrobe.  A fall staple that comes back again and again is the flannel shirt.  Check out some of my favorites below. 

5.  Favorite Thing to Cuddle Up With!

Once fall is in the air, I immediately start to gravitate towards over-sized sweaters, candles and soft blankets.  I think it’s my way or preparing for hibernation.  This Kennebunk Home ‘Bliss Plush Throw’ made my list of favorite items from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  The sale is over, but at only $39 this throw is still a huge steal.  Oh, and it’s Nordstrom Triple Points time for all cardholders!  This throw is by far the softest thing I have in my house and I bury myself in it every night.  It comes in nine gorgeous colors, so you can snag one for every room.

6.  Favorite Movie to Ball My Eyes Out to this Week!

I don’t post a lot about movies…mainly because I don’t watch many movies.  However, this past Sunday I decided to give myself a break and curled up for two…yes two movies in a row.  The Other People, with Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights) and Molly Shannon was so good.  Let me give you this warning though – I cried like a baby.  That embarrassing, sniffling, choking cry.  I will say my sobbing was  probably partly because I was exhausted and overly emotional and partly because the movie is just that darn good and pulls on all your heart strings.  Let’s just say, this is not the Molly Shannon you knew on Saturday Night Live (though I loved that one as well).

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you enjoy this first weekend of fall!

ModCloth Takes Over Pittsburgh!

The ModCloth pop-up shop at 625 Smithfield Street opened its doors this weekend to eagerly awaiting fashion-lovers.  The popular retailer has been on tour this summer, taking its vintage-inspired clothing, accessories and home décor on the road and popping up in cities across the U.S.  Lucky for us, the ‘IRL Tour’ is wrapping up in Pittsburgh, ModCloth’s hometown.  The pop-up shop will be open from September 17 – 27th from 10 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday and Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM.  The shop will also feature products from local Pittsburgh brands including No Sleep Boutique, Moon Pine, Amateur Naturalist, Steel City tees and Anther Candles.  Certain days will even feature in-store musical performances!  Be sure to check out ModCloth.com to schedule an appointment for a f-r-e-e styling session with a ModCloth stylist.

I met the lovely Aire, Mod Cloth's Senior Fashion Press Specialist, at our very first Style Social event last year.  She graciously invited myself and many of our other Style Social ladies to a private shopping event over the weekend so that we could get up close and personal with all of the awesome Mod Cloth merchandise.  It was such a great time getting to play dress up with some of my favorite Pittsburgh fashion bloggers!  Check out a few of them below in some of their favorite pieces.

Aire and I in front of the modcloth mural

Aire and I in front of the modcloth mural

the lighting is not doing it justice - but this dress is gorgeous!

the lighting is not doing it justice - but this dress is gorgeous!

seriously these two!!  these outfits were made for them i'm pretty sure.  & TERRA - @SPICYMEATBALL & Lauren - @wellesleyandking 

seriously these two!!  these outfits were made for them i'm pretty sure.  & TERRA - @SPICYMEATBALL & Lauren - @wellesleyandking 

sarah - @sarselip in a super cozy wrap sweater.

sarah - @sarselip in a super cozy wrap sweater.

terra @spicymeatball in an awesome steel city tee

terra @spicymeatball in an awesome steel city tee

yes.  yes it is.

yes.  yes it is.

even the stylish lucy from @wearwagrepeat showed up for the fun.

even the stylish lucy from @wearwagrepeat showed up for the fun.

Check out some of my fave items from the dressing room!  I've linked them all below - so even if you can't make it to the pop-up shop, you can shop the items online!

THIS TOP IS MADE FROM A HEAVY FABRIC (GREAT FOR FALL), COMES IN 3 COLORS, AND IS SUPER COMFORTABLE!

THIS TOP IS MADE FROM A HEAVY FABRIC (GREAT FOR FALL), COMES IN 3 COLORS, AND IS SUPER COMFORTABLE!

HOW CUTE IS THIS DRESS?!  FABRIC IS VERY SOFT AND STRETCHY.

HOW CUTE IS THIS DRESS?!  FABRIC IS VERY SOFT AND STRETCHY.

IT'S HARD TO TELL BECAUSE I AM WEARING A BLACK TOP - BUT THIS IS A PINAFORE STYLE DRESS.  WOULD LOOK SUPER CUTE WITH A TURTLENECK OR BOWTIE BLOUSE.

IT'S HARD TO TELL BECAUSE I AM WEARING A BLACK TOP - BUT THIS IS A PINAFORE STYLE DRESS.  WOULD LOOK SUPER CUTE WITH A TURTLENECK OR BOWTIE BLOUSE.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO BUY JUST ONE STATEMENT PIECE FOR FALL...THIS.IS.IT.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO BUY JUST ONE STATEMENT PIECE FOR FALL...THIS.IS.IT.

COMPLETELY OBSESSED WITH THIS CARDIGAN.  available IN TWO OTHER COLORS.

COMPLETELY OBSESSED WITH THIS CARDIGAN.  available IN TWO OTHER COLORS.

adorable modcloth pittsburgh tee

adorable modcloth pittsburgh tee

And ladies...what's truly great about shopping at the pop-up shop:  They give you a clipboard, you jot down everything you like and the awesome ModCloth stylists pull all the items in your size and bring them to your fitting room.  And speaking of sizes - most items come in sizes XXS - 4X - so there is something that will work for everyone.  Happy Shopping!

Shop my favorite items from the ModCloth pop-up shop!

Wear-to-Work

Hi friends!  Before we talk clothes, I have to apologize up front for these photos - lol.  This is one of our first attempts at using the camera's manual settings and we're learning as we go.  So yes, some of these are over / under exposed and some are a bit blurry - but I'm learning - so give a girl a break.  It didn't help that the weather this weekend was stormy and overcast one minute and blazing hot sun the next.  

Alright, with that out of the way, I've recently been trying to find more staples to add to my work attire.  Express is one of those places that always has great wear-to-work pieces that are also still fashion-forward.  I have to say, I haven't shopped at Express in quite some time, but decided to try a few items this summer.  I absolutely love their Portofino blouses.  They come in so many great colors and patterns and can be paired with everything from jeans, to dress pants, to skirts.  I found this cute blue and white polka-dot Portofino top and paired it with this gray H&M skirt I bought a couple years ago.  Don't you love pulling things out of your closet that you haven't worn in awhile and making a new favorite outfit with them?!  These shoes are a Marshall's score and the bag is from the Nordstrom and I keep talking about it because I love it so much.  Happy Monday!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Home

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Home

If you follow any other fashion or style bloggers, chances are you've heard them talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It's Nordstrom's biggest sale of the year and unlike your typical sale where you are rifling through racks of last season's duds, the Anniversary sale is all brand new fall merchandise and prices will actually go up after the sale ends.  Since I just bought a new house, I am smitten with all of the adorable home items in the sale.

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Sapphire & Lace Event Design

Sapphire & Lace Event Design

It's been awhile since I have interviewed a Pittsburgh small business and I couldn't be happier to start back up today with Sapphire and Lace Event Design.  Sapphire and Lace is a full-service design company - meaning it's a one stop shop for everything from florals to rentals to calligraphy and most things in between.  The team will take your theme and vision and help you to create a cohesive and gorgeous event.

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

I'm back with Friday Favorites.  Woohoo!  I also just want to wish everyone a safe and super fun 4th of July weekend!  I went to Target today and bought my beach towel, sunscreen, and of course pool noodles.  You'd think I was going on a beach vacation...but I'll actually just be down the road at the Dormont pool.  lol.  No matter what you're doing to celebrate - do just that - take some time to just unwind and enjoy the sun!

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Style Social Frick

Style Social Frick

Wine was flowing and high-heels were the topic of conversation at our 4th Style Social event held last week at the Frick Art & Historical Center.  Local style bloggers, boutique owners, and general lovers of fashion came together to view Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, the first in a three-part series of fashion exhibits to be held at the Frick.  Guests sipped wine, enjoyed some light appetizers, took "shoe selfies" in front of our gorgeous floral backdrop, and decorated high-heeled cookies baked by the culinary students from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

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Friday Favorites - Blogger Edition

Friday Favorites - Blogger Edition

In the spirit of Style Social and collaboration, I decided to do something a little different for this week’s Friday Favorites.  I am sharing with you several of my favorite Pittsburgh style bloggers.  Three of them are my fellow Style Social founders and the rest I met this past year through our events!  I could have made this list much longer because there is so much talent in this city, but in the confines of time, I could only share a few today.

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Desert Vibes in the Burgh

Desert Vibes in the Burgh

So life got hectic and blogging had to take a back seat for a little while.  However, I am so happy to be back at it!  To give you the short version of the past few weeks, I moved into a new house two weeks ago (first-time home owner!!) and then kicked off wedding season the following weekend with the biggest I have ever coordinated (375 people at the super chic Hotel Monaco downtown).

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