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Meet Style Week’s Intern: Elana Pappas

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Hello, Everyone!

My name is Elana Pappas and I am Style Week Pittsburgh‘s newest intern! I am a 22 year old fashion enthusiast with much eagerness to bring my creative visions onto the world wide stage of fashion. I am currently studying in Fashion Industry Essentials with Parsons and Teen Vogue, which is a very hands on program that grants me the opportunity to experiment with many different areas in the industry and network with creatives from around the globe. I hope to bring some fresh ideas to Style Week Pittsburgh while learning from some of Pittsburgh’s greatest entrepreneurs. I am looking forward to collaborating with Wadria and seeing our creative visions resonate into Style Week Pittsburgh 2017. It is going to be another great year in fashion!

Here are some my favorite things:

  • My favorite thing about Pittsburgh are the friendly people.
  • My favorite boutique in Pittsburgh is Rosewood located in Sewickley
  • My hobbies are yoga, singing, nature walks, and photography
  • My favorite color is cerulean blue
  • My favorite kind of food is Thai
  • My favorite shade of lipstick is Dashing Red by Marc Jacobs
  • What I am looking forward to doing with Style Week/Style & Steel is collaborating with some of the city’s greatest entrepreneurs and learning from them.
  • Favorite quote: “You never move forward if you play it safe.” –Alexander McQueen
  • My future goals are to become a successful lifestyle blogger for women and have the opportunity to travel and make a positive change in the world.

Shine on,

Elana Pappas

Meet the Nominees – STYLIST 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


Meet the Nominees – STYLIST OF THE YEAR


Aire Plichta Reese

2f6af2a0-5418-4383-b981-70858baa4f37A graduate of The Fashion School at Kent State with 10 years of experience in the Fashion Industry beginning with an internship at Chanel and ranging from product development work with Macy’s private label brands, where I gained a strong understanding of fabric and production, to ModCloth’s dedicated in-house PR team, I am an energetic and enthusiastic Fashion Marketing professional with a passion for trend forecasting, product placement, media relations, partnerships and celebrity/entertainment outreach.  Outside of my normal 9-5, I am an experienced personal stylist working with clients like the Pittsburgh Steelers, for their Steelers Style Fashion Show. I can also be found blogging at sparkleeveryday.tumblr.com & athletichic.com and as a board member at WearWoof.  My motto? “Life is too short to save your sparkles,sparkle every day!”


Christina Imberlina Stein

19984c9f-db78-446c-a927-7330c82c559ePersonal Stylist and Image consultant Christina (Stein) Imberlina has been bringing the world of fashion to her Pittsburgh clients for over four years. Christina’s work has been seen on billboards, magazines and local charity fashion shows. With her fresh approach to styling, Christina’s ability to simultaneously predict trends, and transcend them, has solidified her presence in an ever-changing industry.  To contact Christina for styling appointments or to view some of her work please visit her website at www.christinajstein.com , and you can find her on Instagram @stylebychristina


ccd402f7-5047-4eb9-bd18-9db899a8bf90Shawna Solomon

Owner Shawna Solomon originally started Exotic Hush as an online lingerie site in 2010. She started the business as a way to generate extra income but soon realized that she had a knack for sales. As the business and her love of fashion grew she added clothing and accessories. Exotic Hush Boutique opened its first brick and mortar
location in Pittsburgh in April 2015. The boutique offers a variety of choices for the discerning fashionista Offering clothing and accessories that will make heads turn and keep customers coming back. The boutique also offers fashion & wardrobe styling
services for customers headed out to a special event or for stylists to present to their clients. Styling clients such as Tina Campbell(Mary Mary) and recently styling local artist in the D.C, Cleveland and Atlanta area, she is building her Fashion Empire. Priding
herself on keeping up with the trends, Shawna makes sure each client is completely satisfied.  The Boutique, located on Pittsburgh’s Eastside of town is making its mark in Pittsburgh.
The boutique won the 2014 Bella Award for “Best Boutique” and is nominated ‘Best Boutique 2015” for StyleWeek Pgh. Exotic Hush graced the runway at Pittsburgh Fashion Week in 2014 and again in the 2015 show. In 2016 Shawna, took her fashion
and expertise on the road with the Hush Fashion Tour .Visit the store at 1849 Montier Street Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Online http://www.ExoticHush.com To book Shawna for styling
visit http://www.ShawnaSolomon.com


Niki Whittle

ee61d7ac-e599-44a8-889e-dcdb3553e50bNiki Whittle, is an established British personal stylist with over 10 years’ experience.  In 2014, she brought her Brit style to Pittsburgh, expanding her business and client base to cover both the UK and the USA.  She prides herself on providing a positive and life changing experience that rejuvenates client’s closets, style and confidence, whether that’s reinvigorating and unlocking the potential in their existing closet through a closet consultation, or building and developing their look through personal shopping.  Niki works with each client to discover and develop their unique style, arming them with the tools and knowledge needed to develop their personal style, look fantastic and feel confident, and insists on working independently from retailers to ensure she can provide honest, impartial advice in a friendly and pressure-free environment rather than being incentivised to do so.  She shares simple styling tips and down to earth shopping advice to help maximize your budget and closet on her style blog http://www.stylestudsandlace and is about to launch her first collection of luxury scarves http://www.nikiwhittledesigns.com.  To find out more about her Styling services, visit her website http://www.nikiwhittle.com


Sonita Bell

1fdefbf1-8e75-4bdf-a9e4-02c80a413921Sonita’s was founded by Sonita Bell in 2005. Sonita’s vision for her company is to ensure that women of all sizes, cultures, and ethnicity’s feel beautiful and confident . Sonita studied Business Management at Point Park University and has been styling since 2010. She has used the skills she has learned to help make women look and feel their best. As a stylist she designs a classy , unique and edgy look to your wardrobe. Sonita hand picks each item and works with aspiring jewelry makers, including jewelry and apparel companies to ensure you have a personal touch. Sonita specializes in Styling. Photoshoot Design and Accessories.

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.

Blogger Feature: “Afternoon Espresso”

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Ashley Pletcher’s fashion and lifestyle blog Afternoon Espresso, offers the perfect dose of style that is sure to satisfy any fashionista’s cravings. Get to know the beauty behind the brand!

Define your style?

My style depends so much on my mood and the day!  Generally speaking, I would say my style is chic and classic.  I tend to gravitate toward more feminine pieces with classic feel.  Occasionally I will even throw in an edgy piece like a leather jacket. 

What is your idea of a perfect date outfit (for a man and woman)?

The perfect outfit for a man is to keep it simple:  A white v neck tee, nice denim, and a pair of distressed leather boots- Clean and classic always makes a swoon-worthy look!  For a woman I love a classic blazer, tee shirt, distressed denim, and a cute pair of colored pumps for a pop! This look will never go out of style! 

In what ways do you think that fashion is evolving in Pittsburgh?

I think Pittsburgh is such a stylish town!  There are always such a variety of styles just looking around any corner.  I think where Pittsburgh is evolving in fashion is certainly the fashion community.  From Style Week Pittsburgh, Style Social Pittsburgh, Fashion bloggers, and boutiques, everyone seems to really be working together and building a strong fashion community and I love it!      

Using one word, describe Pittsburgh style?

Eclectic 

Who is your celebrity style crush?

I adore Blake Lively!  She is so naturally beautiful and her style is always so classic and timeless.  

What are your favorite places to shop in Pittsburgh?

For local shops my favorites are No. 14 Boutique and Bronze Coconut!  No. 14 always has the best color palate to choose from and such unique pieces!  Bronze Coconut stocks up on the cutest little tees, stationary, Free People, and plus I can get my spray tans there!       

What inspired you to start a blog and what makes your blog different?

I actually started my blog because I was just in a slump of being unhappy with my career choice of accounting.  I needed more creativity flowing so Afternoon Espresso became my little pick me up!   Afternoon Espresso focuses on my personal style, but what makes it different is that I like to add my own spin with a cupcake of the month recipe, travel, and of course, coffee.  All of these things I just simply enjoy and are very much me!      

What is your favorite lipstick (color and brand)?

My all time favorite lipstick is Mac Lustre Soft Savour!  I line it with Make Up Forever C22, and top it with NARS Turkish Delight lip-gloss!! It’s the perfect combination of pink for everyday wear.  

What trends can fashionistas look forward to for Spring and Summer 2016?

For the Spring and Summer trends this year, I’m obsessing over bell sleeves, off the shoulder tops, midi skirts, and lots of stripes!  Also anything flirty will go!     

What is your favorite accessory?

My favorite accessory is definitely my two tone Michele Deco watch.  The square face makes it so unique and the two tones allow me to wear it with anything!  

What advice do you have for someone who is trying to discover his/her’s sense of style?

Be yourself.  Choose items that match your personality.  I’m most comfortable with what I’m wearing when it feels like the clothing is me!

 

The 411 on Foo Conner

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Pittsburgh is gaining national attention for its arts and culture scene, and locals like Foo Conner, the man behind Jekko, is playing a major role in highlighting the people, brands, and happenings that are establishing Pittsburgh’s identify as a vibrant city to live, work, and play. Check out our recent interview with Conner!

What is Jekko?

Jekko is a new media outlet like Buzzfeed or Vice that just so happens to be based in Pittsburgh. It started as an experiment. I wanted to see if photography could drive a magazine today. After covering 1,000 events, Jekko has become a national platform that promotes arts, culture, and technology. All things Pittsburgh leads in. Our main audience is female millennials. 60% of readers are females and half of them are under 34.

Where are you from?

I am originally from West Virginia but Pittsburgh is my home.

What do you like about Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh has an open door to be creative. That makes it the perfect launch platform for ideas. And if you don’t know how to do something, there’s always a neighbor willing to help.

When people ask “What do you do?”, how do you respond?

I say that I’m a social entrepreneur. It has the right activism mindset for me. This means I work on businesses that find solutions to social problems. It also speaks to the seven-year-old me and gives me a wonderful excuse to explore everything.

How do you define your style?

Relaxed and quirky. 

Favorite Accessory?

Goggles

Where do you shop?

For the right thing, right now, I go to EONS in Shadyside. For adventure, I do this thrift shop run on Tuesdays. It takes about an hour and a half. I start at the Salvation Army and Goodwill in South Side, and then I head to the Red, White, and Blue. Do this once a month and you’ll build a fantastic wardrobe.

What’s your favorite date outfit?

I prefer something classic to start. Vintage fashion that fits exquisitely well.  Then accessory nuances, like a pocket watch or unusual necklace.

How would you describe Pittsburgh style?

Coming into itself. Traditionally Pittsburgh has imported culture, now we’re defining our own style.

One word to describe Pittsburgh style?

Evolving.

What makes Jekko different?

We are authentic. We show up. We aren’t afraid to cover the worst.

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Blogger Feature: Meet “Fast Fashionista”

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Meet Emily S. Kilgore, the style maven behind Fast Fashionista, a fashion and lifestyle blog devoted to giving fashion advice, beauty tips, recipes, and everything in between to readers.

Define your style?

I would describe my style as glam and classic. Very feminine.

What is your idea of a perfect date outfit (for a man and woman)?

For the ladies, you need to start with great base, exquisite lingerie. Next, I love a bright skirt, black top, and leopard pumps. Don’t forget a fun clutch and a scarf to complete the look.

For the guys, a nice pair of pants, a crisp button up shirt, and I’m a huge fan of suspenders. Also, every man should have a perfect pair of black dress shoes. If he has the confidence, he can finish the look with a fedora.

In what ways do you think that fashion is evolving in Pittsburgh?

I think that the amazing thing about Pittsburgh style is that it’s constantly evolving. There are no rules. It seems that everyone makes his or her own unique style and I love that. Pittsburgh really is a melting pot.

Using one word, describe Pittsburgh style?

Eclectic.

Who is your celebrity style crush?

Olivia Palermo. Her style is polished and always on point. To me, she can do no wrong.

What are your favorite places to shop in Pittsburgh?

I really like to shop local. Boutiques are my favorite because they usually have more unique things. I love Lex & Lynne and e.b. PEPPER.

What inspired you to start a blog and what makes your blog different?

After a sweet message from a long time friend comparing my fashion trends on Facebook to Cosmo Magazine I started exploring fashion blogs and I thought why not start one and see where it takes me. I try to make my blog a little different by incorporating “Fast Tips” into each post to keep my readers coming back to learn something new.

What is your favorite lipstick (color and brand)?

I’m all about red nails and lips. My go to is Rouge Coco 444- Gabrielle by Chanel.

What trends can fashionistas look forward to for Spring and Summer 2016?

A higher waist pant, lingerie inspired looks, and fringe.

What is your favorite accessory?

Shoes!! I’ve had a love obsession with them for as long as I can remember. Once I remember going into my older sisters bedroom to try on her heels. I’ll never forget that   feeling! My Mom love shoes too, I guess you can say I inherited it!

What advice do you have for someone who is trying to discover his/her’s sense of style?

Always be yourself and stay true to what you love. Keep up with trends but don’t become them. There have been a lot of times in my life that I was told to “dumb down” my look to fit in. I’m not okay with that for me or anyone else. You should always do your own thing when it comes to personal style because if you don’t like yourself then no one else will either. Self love all the way.