Meet the Nominees – BOUTIQUE OF THE YEAR

The Style Awards recognizes the leading men and women in fashion, business, and the arts and honors them for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vote HERE


BOUTIQUE OF THE YEAR


The Gilded Girl Owner, Liz Quesnelle

6fd5fd39-5916-4ff8-a214-6ac6f5815907Featuring exclusive luxury and indie cosmetic brands, The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium is the hot spot for local, national, and international beauty finds unavailable anywhere else in Pittsburgh. With a distinctive vintage vibe, The Gilded Girl offers a comfortable space to experience new products, take skin care and make-up classes, and create your own signature look. Our carefully curated fragrance, skin care, and cosmetic selections (many of them organic and vegan) include old world brands, as well as small-batch and hand-crafted goods that have been featured in top magazines and boutiques around the globe. In addition, our classes, with professional instruction and complimentary wine, provide a venue for friends to enjoy a night out in a non-traditional setting.


Vintage Valet Mobile Boutique – Owner, Marissa Zimmerman

964bfd4b-daaf-401c-9bef-41950757b06aThis innovative boutique brings fashion to the sidewalks of Pittsburgh in an environment that is exciting, engaging, energetic and exclusive. I want to offer fashionistas the luxury of fashion on the go with a wide selection of trendy apparel and my handmade vintage jewelry at an affordable price. I love to go antiquing and make jewelry. I love to spend time in the outdoors with my husband riding bikes, hiking or reading a good book in the park.I am also very much into health and wellness. I am also the Secretary of the newly established Fashion Group International Pittsburgh Provisional Chapter. I also teach part time at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the Fashion department. I hope to inspire the lives of my students and help them discover their talents and passions and encourage them to follow their dreams. After all, Life is too short to not be doing what you LOVE. Every day is a gift and that is how we should be living.


Boutique La Passerelle (BLP) – Adele Morelli, Owner and Buyer, Änna Ciaccio, Manager and Buyer, Oliver, BLP Mascot

ac5c5a83-17fb-4372-b4b9-bab3c9a5e123Boutique La Passerelle (BLP) is a unique and personal shopping experience in Downtown Pittsburgh. With styles from Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and the U.S., BLP is your source of style for casual afternoons, business meetings, or nights on the town.  BLP was established in 2010 by Cidalia Duarte of Portugal, where she owned several boutiques. When she came to the U.S. she brought the clothing lines with her and supplemented them with clothing and accessories from New York City. Änna Ciaccio began working at the boutique in 2010 as a sales associate and built valuable client relationships. When Downtown resident and BLP client Adele Morelli bought the boutique in 2013, she continued the buying process initiated by Cidalia and promoted Änna to manager and buyer. Adele and Anna travel to Portugal twice a year to buy clothing you will only find at BLP, and to NYC on a regular basis to keep the boutique full of unique clothing and accessories.


Worth New York Showroom on Fifth – Owner, Bear Brandegee

slider_contactAt nine Bear began using her allowance to buy GLAMOUR Magazine and launched her hobby as a trend-spotter. As an adult, her focus on fashion evolved into styling looks for herself that strategically reinforced her successful marketing career. Bear always dressed to mirror the top leadership in her industry and quickly climbed the proverbial ladder.  When she started out in marketing and brand management, Bear leveraged her personal style, informed by the high-drama American designer Norma Kamali, as an essential element of her personal brand. By her 30th birthday, Bear was a Vice President in the technology division of the global marketing firm Fleishman-Hillard and a key member of the Company’s business development team.


Little Black Dress – Owner, Diana Misetic

Photo by Foo Conner

Photo by Foo Conner

Diana Misetic is a women’s contemporary designer with a background in couture. Diana moved to United States of America in 1994 from Europe to pursue her fashion career and establish her own independent label. With her degree in fashion and business, Diana Misetic started working as a pattern maker for a women’s couturier “Westminster Designs”. After four years she became the head of production and design. Mastering pattern-making she opened doors to her own fashion couture house “Little Black Dress” where she excelled in women’s evening wear and gowns. In 2007 Misetic debuted her first collection of ready to wear designs.


JuJu – Owner, Leslie McAllister

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As a fashion graduate and collector of vintage for over 25 years, it was a natural progression for Leslie McAllister to open her very own shop. With a love for the magical and bohemian, the shop is a bazaar of sorts with an eclectic mix of new and old.   A haven of crystals, perfumed oils, natural skincare, smudging bundles and tarot cards intermixed with vintage clothing, home decor and jewelry. She brings a curated collection of the gyspset lifestyle to Point Breeze. Tarot readings, by McAllister, and “how to” events like the upcoming September workshop Tarot 101 are always buzzing at the intimate spiritual space located on Reynolds Street.


Social Status – East Liberty Location 

EASTLIBERTYWith the resurgence of Pittsburgh’s eastern corridor, Social Status – East Liberty was created in August of 2012. This space was created to help elevate and educate a stubborn Pittsburgh fashion scene. Social Status – East Liberty features separate boutique areas for its sneaker and apparel offerings. The space is equipped with eight iPads to help educate customers on everything from exclusive high end fabric to the latest brand offerings. The space features custom build, hand stained woodwork designed to maximize the overall boutique experience.


Three Rivers Vintage – Owner, Scott Johnson

threeriversvintageThree Rivers Vintage will be have been open 2 years in the first week of July 2016.  Three Rivers Vintage is a boutique that specializes in all things fashion related from the 1870s to 1970s, including mens’ & women’s clothing, costume & estate jewelry, purses, shoes, sunglasses, hats, etc…  We like to call it “yesterday’s fashions for today’s fashionista”.


EONS – Richard Parsakian

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Meet The Nominees – BEST INDIVIDUAL STYLE

The Style Awards recognizes the leading men and women in fashion, business, and the arts and honors them for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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BEST INDIVIDUAL STYLE


Marian McCann

050eb570-116e-46d6-afb6-4ea89caa32c9Marian McCann,flew 20 years as an Int’l Flight Attendant for TWA/ American Airlines,and owned South Side Kids Boutique before she became involved in Television, and movie projects in 2007 to the present.  She has Co-Chaired,Co-Hosted, and continues fundraising for… TWA Flight 800 Memorial, Aviation Museum,McCann Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Teen floor, Lung Bleb awareness ,Charity Fashion shows,and a final fundraiser for 4 Paws for Turner.  Marian McCann strongly supports Talent and the Arts, local business, and community events.


Rebecca Whitlinger

Photo: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Photo: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rebecca Whitlinger has appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, Inside Edition and in PEOPLE mag, proving that you CAN wear a bridesmaid dress again. Her gold sequin gown from a 1988 wedding was destined to remain in the closet until she decided if she couldn’t wear it ANYWHERE, she’d wear it EVERYWHERE and take the pictures to prove it. Photo ops have included wearing it for driver’s license and passport photos, voting, scuba diving, Pittsburgh Steelers locker room locally and outside of the city including on a camel in Morocco, under the Eiffel Tower and at Machu Picchu in Peru. As the director of Pittsburgh’s Cancer Caring Center (www.cancercaring.org) she created a Bridesmaid fundraiser for 4 years with all proceeds benefiting the Center and she donated a portion of her book proceeds from “Always a Bridesmaid – 89 Ways to Recycle That Gown”. The dress still fits (breathing optional), and serves as an ideal cushion for breakables when she travels.


Suzanne Mauro

d07201ba-3fb7-4ac7-83bb-b1f58ec43b32Suzanne Mauro AICI, (Suz), is a fashion & media stylist, webcaster, blogger, author, style editorial contributor, producer, on-air fashion editor, fashion instructor for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, a mentor for fashion teen boards and a member of Fashion Group International New York. She has over 20 years in the fashion industry.  She inspires, motivates and captivates audiences with her expert of fashion design and styling and has
provided visual styling for Nordstrom Stores, Simon Malls, H & M Stores and area boutiques in the Pittsburgh region.
Suz has worked with many organizations in the Pittsburgh region like, UPMC, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, Bayer Corp., CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center, Dress For Success, Steeltown Entertainment & many more.  She works with entertainment and business individuals, local organizations, hospitals and universities, news anchors and television personalities and provides fashion friendly workshops
and knowledge.

“True Style Defines You and Is The Signature Style That Expresses Who You Are”
Suz Mauro


Amanda Bossi

443668fd-c80c-4267-8494-f00da480478cHair and Makeup Artist at Salon Boutique in Jeannette, as well as a Hair and Makeup Artist for Flash Photography and Boudoir Studio


 

 

 

 

 

Tara Fay Coleman – Store manager of Social Status East Liberty location

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Binay Geathers -Freelance Model / CEO ProBantuStyle

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Meet the Nominees – ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

The Style Awards recognizes the leading men and women in fashion, business, and the arts and honors them for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vote HERE!


ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Tamiah Bridgett – Diversamē

TamiahTamiah Bridgett is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, PA. She is a proud graduate of the Pittsburgh Public School system. She received her B.A. from Carlow University and her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She studied to become a manicurist while in undergraduate school and graduated from Pittsburgh’s famed Pittsburgh Beauty Academy with outstanding achievement. She worked as a manicurist to supplement her income for the duration of her years as a post-secondary and graduate student.
Tamiah worked as a licensed psychiatric social worker for several years and in her spare time, enjoyed assisting women with learning to style and love their natural hair. It was from these interactions that It’s a Natural Thang was born. It’s a Natural Thang quickly became Pittsburgh’s premiere natural hair meetup group. In 2012, Tamiah returned to cosmetology school full time and was licensed as a Cosmetology Instructor in the Summer of 2013.
In 2015, Tamiah became founder and CEO of Diversamē Inc. Diversamē Inc. is a start-up company that engineers hair tools for the curly continuum. Afro textured hair has been long ignored in the world of hair tooling. Diversamē Inc. Is here to answer the call of the multitude of people with highly textured hair who have grown frustrated with a lack of quality tools for their hair. The tools engineered by Diversamē Inc. will provide style confidence and ease. The first tool of the brand, the Diversamē Drying Tool is already creating a buzz and has a 100% tester satisfaction rate!


Gina Vensel – Easy Street Promotions

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Gina Vensel is a native to Pittsburgh, a working mother, and social activist. As a humanist and entrepreneur, Gina finds it essential to partner with clients and community groups that promote positive values, progressive ideals, social responsibility and eco-consciousness. This has led to her involvement in many productive Pittsburgh projects, such as becoming TEDxPittsburgh’s Marketing Lead and the Event Organizer of Pittsburgh Earth Day 2015 and 2016.

Easy Street has coordinated events like Tree Pittsburgh’s Arbor Aid and worked on fundraisers and community initiatives such as Community Kitchen Pittsburgh’s Project Lunch Tray, Jergel’s Merging Arts Series, and the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team’s Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser happening this August.

Gina’s company is also on the Millcraft Investments marketing team and works alongside local companies including Samuel Baron Clothiers, City Fresh Pasta, Chromos Eyewear, Revel + Roost and Full Pint Brewing.

Most recently Easy Street is working on the inaugural Pour at the Park to benefit the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, the grand opening of artist preferred lofts at the newly renovated Brew House in the South Side, and Tree Pittsburgh’s Root Ball fundraiser at Fairmont Pittsburgh this Fall. Keep posted with Easy Street by visiting EasyStreetPgh.com and following Easy Street Promotions Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Gina Mazzotta – Gina Mazzotta Millinery

f1c05e_071033b12cde440283b49d400313d4abAmerican milliner, Gina Mazzotta creates original, hand-made custom hats for women, men and children.  The brand was founded in 2012, when, after recognizing a lack of stylish, contemporary hat options, Gina was inspired to create her own. She studied with milliner, Amy Hamilton and fell in love with the millinery process.  Drawing from her background in window design, she integrates runway fashion with chic, custom every day accessories in her explorative and innovative take on traditional hat forms.  Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Gina Mazzotta Millinery can be found at trunk shows and events in cities throughout the U.S.


LUXE Creative

luxeLUXE Creative is a full-service design studio based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working in the worlds of luxury events, the arts, fashion, marketing + lifestyle design. The world of LUXE Creative is built with a key point of difference—a complete and relentless pursuit of excellence. Our vision is to provide the highest level of satisfaction to our partners while producing experiences that are both original and inspired. The basis for our experiences is created at the intersection of art, design and technology. Whether we are producing a city-wide music festival, a corporate event, nonprofit gala or luxury wedding, we deliver a final product that is poured over with passion and uninhibited design. To learn more, visit LUXECompanies.com.


Dr. Shellie Hipsky – Empowering & Inspiring Lives

drshellieDr. Shellie Hipsky inspires, educates, and empowers! Dr. Shellie is the Executive Director of the new non-profit 501 (c) (3) the Global Sisterhood which guides and supports women and girls towards their dreams and goals. She earned “Entrepreneur of the Year in Inspiration and Empowerment”, “Best Woman in Business”, and “VIP Woman of the Year” for her Inspiring Lives, LLC. The latest of her 10 published books, the internationally best selling Common Threads trilogy, provides Inspiration, Empowerment, and Balance based on 100 amazing interviews from her Empowering Women Radio. Now she is delighted to be the new Editor-in-Chief of Inspiring Lives Magazine!


Sophia Berman – Truust Lingerie

f34fa802-fcd6-4f50-a38f-3e4fecf824b9Trusst is a team of women – engineers and designers – who have been working around the clock to design and build a new system of bra support, catered towards larger busted women.  In the fall of 2014, we entered AlphaLab Gear, a nationally ranked hardware accelerator in Pittsburgh, PA. We removed underwire from the equation, bought a 3D printer, and started prototyping. After about 300 prototypes, we found our answer. Our new design supports the weight of your bust from underneath, removing the burden on your shoulder straps and refocusing the support around the core of your body where your strongest muscles are. In it’s simplest form, we’ve developed a system (a truss – get it?) that creates lift. We’ve had hundreds of women test and try out our new system and we’re getting rave reviews.


Darieth Chisolm – Hustle & Heart TV

10487334_649802148421339_3976252449527073398_n-e1465592510218Darieth Chisolm is an Emmy Award Winning television personality, former NBC News Anchor, entrepreneur, author, speaker and business coach. Darieth recently celebrated becoming one of the Top 10 Trailblazer in Communications by Walker’s Legacy. Her online video podcast show, Hustle & Heart TV was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2015 Podcast Awards for Best Video Podcast, and was ranked #1 on iTunes for over two months with subscribers and viewers in several different countries.  Darieth is also a Visibility and Media Specialist who coaches women to become confident and outrageously successful, conveying their brand, message and mission to the world through various online media platforms.  In her book, HUSTLE: Why Now is the Time to Unleash your Passion Darieth features a strong collection of powerful and motivating stories to help her readers move into inspired action and accomplish their goals and dreams.  Darieth spent 25 years as a television news anchor at WPXI in Pittsburgh, where she was the trusted authority for the hundreds of thousands every night at 10PM and 11pm. In addition to her media experience, Darieth became a very successful network marketer, becoming the 54th highest paid distributor with It Works Global, a network marketing company with over 70 thousand representatives.


Nicole Manns – Nikki’s Magic Wand

b2437875-51a0-4753-9022-890f8e070d68 (1)In 1982 Nikki Narvaez’s mother, Brenda, died of Leukemia. Brenda was 33. Nikki was 10. At the time of her death, Brenda worked for two brothers, Harvey and Chuck Steinberg, as a secretary of their family owned moving company, Quaker Moving and Storage. Instead of canceling the retirement savings fund Brenda had been contributing to, Harvey and Chuck maintained it for seven years until it was time for Nikki to go to college. Shortly before she was ready to make the journey across the state to attend the University of Pittsburgh, the Steinberg brothers took up a collection from their then current employees and raised $1500 additional dollars. They presented Nikki with the $1500 dollars and the $30,000 dollars from her mother’s preserved retirement fund to pay for her tuition and sent Nikki off to college where she would meet her “second” Brenda.

Twenty one years ago, I (Brenda, affectionately known as “Bre”) moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to Pittsburgh, PA to go to college. One afternoon, two weeks after my arrival, while riding the city bus (and feeling very lost and uncertain as to whether this bus would take me back to my dorm or to Alaska) I noticed a girl, whom I had met only once before, standing at the bus stop. She looked in through the bus window and must have seen my very concerned face because she tugged her boyfriend onto the bus with her and sat down next to me. I’m still not sure if she needed to get on that bus or if she was so concerned about me that she simply got on the bus with me. At any rate, she sat down next to me and said, “I’ll ride with you until we get back to campus to make sure you get off at the right place”. That day, my best friend, Nikki, walked into my life. Still today, she “rides” with me even though we are cities apart. Me in Atlanta and she in Pittsburgh. She is my confidant, my court jester and my angel. Some years ago she and I were on the phone while driving (which we know is bad – but what do you do when your best friend lives 800 miles away?) and she said; “I am so tired of not being able to get all of this damned lip gloss out of the tube. I have to throw it away before I ever finish it. I should invent something to get this out”. I said; “You should and it’s called, Nikki’s Magic Wand”. That day, Nikki’s Magic Wand was born and we’ve been breathing life into it ever since.


Nate Mitchell – The Natural Choice

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Meet the Nominees – FASHION & LIFESTYLE BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

The Style Awards recognizes the leading men and women in fashion, business, and the arts and honors them for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Revel + Roost.

 

Vote HERE!


FASHION &  LIFESTYLE BLOGGER OF THE YEAR


Debbie Stinedurf – Fashion Fairy Dust 

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A few tidbits about me:
I’m the self-proclaimed queen of mixing casual and dressy.
I’ve never met two (or more) prints that I didn’t think I could mix.
I have more graphic tees than any one person should own…the same goes for boyfriend jeans and statement necklaces.
I believe the addition of a “third piece” is what makes an outfit special.
I can’t live without coffee.
Nor can I live without dogs. I have 4 and would have 100 if my husband would agree to it.
I love 80’s music and will sing Def Leppard, The Bangles and Cheap Trick songs at the top of my lungs in the car.
I’m obsessed with anything Apocalypse related~movies, books, t.v. shows. Yes, I have a strange and twisted mind.
I do all of my own photography for the blog.
I’m also obsessed with the weather and track storms like a maniac.


Tori Mistick – WearWagRepeat

tORIOn WearWagRepeat.com Tori blogs about creating a more beautiful life with dogs. Inspired by her two chocolate labs, Lola and Lucy, Tori loves to experiment with dog friendly recipes, and work on DIY projects around her home. Each month, she hosts the Girl’s Best Friend Link Party for style bloggers and their dogs, which gets participation from around the country. In addition to blogging, Tori works as a social media consultant for local retailers and is the Coordinator of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce.


Emily Kilgore – Fast Fashionista


Kimberly Allera – Yes! Wear That

yeswearthatBeing a creative at heart, it was a natural choice for Kimberly to study fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she honed her skills in merchandising, store management, and visual displays. Over the past several years, she developed a love for wedding and event planning and obtained her MBA degree with a concentration in Sports, Art, and Entertainment. Kimberly believes that her background in fashion translates perfectly into events where an eye for design, color, and style is so important. Having planned weddings, corporate conferences, non-profit fundraisers, and other social gatherings, Kimberly is well-versed in what it takes to pull off a memorable event. She began her blog, Yes, Wear That! as a way to explore her love for writing and fashion and showcase some of her event work. She loves being able to promote Pittsburgh’s growing fashion scene. She’s mom to a rescue pup and if she finds spare time, loves to read, exercise, and try new restaurants!


Lisa Freeman – Style Examiner Pittsburgh

lisafreemanA life long Pittsburgh resident, Lisa Wagner-Freeman began her career in fashion modeling for Gimbels, Joseph Hornes, and Carl Herrmann Inc. At 17 She became a sales associate at Carl Herrmanns, with a professional relationship that has lasted to present. Lisa’s diverse fashion background includes management positions at Cache, Lillie Rubin,and Chanel Cosmetics. She was also the evening wear specialist at Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bridal Specialist at Bridal Beginning. Ms. Freeman is being honored this year with an induction into the Pittsburgh Fashion Week Hall of Fame, for her contribution to fashion in Pittsburgh.


Zoë Namey – Zoë With Love

black-and-white-zoewithlove.me_-2Zoë With Love is an inspired lifestyle blog. Here, you’ll find fresh, feminine fashion and home decor for the stylish millennial mom.


 

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Ashley Pletcher – Afternoon Espresso: A Life and Style Blog

4321385a-fdf0-48a5-a21e-5e90d8551e8eAshley is the curator and founder of Afternoon Espresso, a lifestyle blog powered by coffee that focuses on fashion, travel, beauty, home decor, and a monthly cupcake creation. As a graduate of Business Administration in Accounting, Ashley is able to combine her love for fashion and creativity with her business insight. Afternoon Espresso aims to inspire daily readers with affordable, wearable fashion trends, beauty products, and travel adventures. When Ashley is not blogging she enjoys spending time with her two fur babies, Wrigley and Bentley.


Chancelor Humphrey – Keep Pittsburgh Dope

4fb0374b-7f2f-48d9-ae3d-01b80c030395Chancelor Humphrey is the founder/photographer of the Instagram page @KeepPittsburghDope. Where he captures and showcases life(style) and creative from Pittsburgh and beyond.

Vote Now For the Style Awards!

cropped-style-week-2016-std.jpgThe Style Awards recognizes the leading men and women in fashion, business, and the arts and honors them for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Now here’s your chance to vote for the best in fashion, business, and the arts!  Voting ends Sunday July 17th!

Pittsburgh creatives show their #style

Remember a few weeks back when Style Week Pittsburgh launched its #iamstyle campaign where we featured some of Pittsburgh’s trailblazing creatives? Well! Guess What? The photos are now available for your viewing pleasure. Check out some of our faves!

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