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.
Meet the Nominees – SALON OF THE YEAR
At Society, we intend to create a sophisticated atmosphere where every man is a king. We will create an environment where Greater Pittsburgh’s top-caliber professionals and future leaders come to unwind and enjoy the comforts of our upscale lounge, cigar patio, and high-end grooming services.
Dreamz Hair Salon – Tenel Dorsey, Owner
Tenel Dorsey, born and raised in the city of Pittsburgh’s hill district where she began her talented journey. She started doing hair at age 9 and was able to sing since the day she was born. She attended McKelvey and Vann elementary schools. Her natural talents lead her to attend Rogers middle school for the creative and performing arts where her talents and creative abilities took flight. In her words, attending Rogers and Capa gave her the freedom to explore her creativity without a cap! Along with having her faith anchored at an early age, she was a member of Bethel AME Church, (Hill District) Second Baptist (Homestead) and today, an active partner at Greater Destiny World Outreach Church (Hazelwood) Being blessed with money making strategies, Tenel gained the courage to blaze a trail to start her own business at age 22. Go Divas Hair Salon and Ms Diva’s supplies in 2001 and after 2 years, relocating her empire back to Homestead where she lived back in 1993 and attended Steel Valley High School. Historical Homestead has always welcomed Tenel, her crafts and ideas with open arms and til this day, Dreamz Hair Salon and Barber Shop is still thriving and because of this community, its one of the top Salon/Barbers shops in our region. Tenel is the sole proprietress of Dreamz however, she’s built a whole team that was developed to master the art of delivering the newest innovative styles and techniques, build self esteem from behind their chairs, and empower women/men/youth in our communities. Tenel’s mission has always been to serve and she does just that! She’s been awarded a community service award from Park Place AME in 2014, she was featured on the front cover of the Soul Pitt Magazine for women in business for more then a decade, was awarded a community love award from the 2014 Bella Awards. She won the stylist/salon of the year award at the Flashing Lights hair show in 2009 and was presented an award from Mayor Bill Peduto on behalf of stop the violence Pittsburgh movement for outstanding work in our communities, just to name a few. Although Tenel’s most prominent talents are her leadership and entrepreneurial skills, her heart, authenticity and ability to give, outweighs any titles, awards or acknowledgements.
Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Meet the Nominees – STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Aire Plichta Reese
A 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
Personal 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
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
Niki 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’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.
Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
BEST INDIVIDUAL STYLE
Marian 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 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 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
“True Style Defines You and Is The Signature Style That Expresses Who You Are”
Tara Fay Coleman – Store manager of Social Status East Liberty location
Binay Geathers -Freelance Model / CEO ProBantuStyle
Join us for the Style Awards Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Tamiah Bridgett – Diversamē
Tamiah 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
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
American 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 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
Dr. 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
Trusst 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
Darieth 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
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
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.
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?
What makes Jekko different?
We are authentic. We show up. We aren’t afraid to cover the worst.
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?
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.