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. At every Style Social, we hold some sort of contest to get our guests involved in promoting the event via their social media outlets. This time, we held an Instagram contest and thanks to our generous partners, Bronze Coconut Tanning, The Commoner, Emy Mack and Pure Barre we were able to give away two awesome prizes. Each guest also walked away with a bag full of goodies from Foot Petals, Essence Cosmetics, Catrice Cosmetics, Cutex and The Frick.
If you haven't visited the Frick grounds, I strongly encourage you to do so! Pick a summer night and go for Fridays at the Frick perhaps? I am now officially determined to coordinate a wedding on this terrace! It is absolutely gorgeous and was the perfect place for guests to mingle before making their way into the exhibit.
Probably the biggest question on everyone's mind: How do you decide what to wear to a Style Social event? Let these lovely ladies be your answer. So many of my favorite summer trends represented here: off-the-shoulder tops, flowing florals, fun cut-outs, and pops of color! Well done ladies!
More shots of our lovely guests!
A million thanks to Sarah from Sarah Collins Photography for the incredible photos and for being willing to work with a room full or photo-obsessed girls! Thank you to Syd from Stems by Syd for the incredible floral arrangements! We couldn't have asked for more! I encourage you to check out the work of both of these women and hope you'll support our local partners - Bronze Coconut Tanning, The Commoner, Emy Mack and Pure Barre.
Thank you a million times to my fellow Style Social ladies, Ashley, Tori, and Niki. I always swear I am not going to get sappy...and then I do...deal with it! I struggled for a long time (years and years long) with being stuck in a job that was emotionally draining and going on interview after interview for jobs that I never landed. It took a serious toll on my self-esteem and overall mental well-being. I cried most days and couldn't find happiness where I used to. I'm not sure exactly when or how it happened, but at some point I realized that what I was searching for just might not come to me in the traditional sense (go on Indeed.com, apply for a million jobs, hear nothing back...ever). And that perhaps applying to be an "event coordinator" at some corporation just wasn't meant to be. If you keep knocking...pounding...even slamming on the same door and it's not opening, sometimes there is a reason. And when you change your thinking, change your approach, and let go of how you thought things "were supposed to be," amazing opportunities start to reveal themselves.
I decided to start the blog - mainly because I was desperate for some sort of creative outlet. In the short year and a half that I have been at it, my life has sincerely changed in so many ways. Ashley, Tori, and Niki have become dear friends and now business partners. An idea we had to meet other like-minded individuals over some Processo and cupcakes has blossomed into something none of us imagined. I've found my voice and my self-confidence (welcome back old friend). A couple of years ago, I would have been absolutely terrified to walk into a networking event. Now, I am hosting one and making connections I never thought possible. I've seen friendships develop between so many of the girls in our group and it fills my heart up so much. The collaboration, support, and mutual admiration is unlike anything I have ever experienced. I'm not making money from my blog, I'm not getting a million collaborations with big name companies, and I don't have 40,000 followers on Instagram and I'm ok with that. I'm learning to enjoy the journey and allow the path to unfold before me instead of trying to knock it down with a sledgehammer. Cheers to the next chapter of Style Social Pittsburgh!