Happy Hour Mixer Hosted by Braddock Mayor John & Gisele Fetterman

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Join Style Week Pittsburgh on Thursday, July 13th, 6-8pm for a Happy Hour Mixer hosted by Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and First Lady Gisele to celebrate the innovators and influencers selected for this years #IAMSTYLE campaign.

This networking event will celebrate the 18  influencers selected for the 2017 #IAMSTYLE campaign, and allows guests to get to know them and what  they are doing in the arts, fashion, technology and business to enhance the Pittsburgh region at large.

The 2017 #IAMSTYLE Influencers are: Gisele Baretto Fetterman, Sarah Jane Sindler, Brett Staggs, Valeria Green, Dr. Patricia Sheehan, Richard DeShantz, Bear Brandagee, Gerry Florida, J. Daniel Barlow, Maria Caruso, David Alan, Eric O. D’Ambrogi, JD Douglas, Lana Neumeyer, Erin Drischler, Jordan Tomb, Suzanne Mauro, Kelauni Cook.

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In the Photo: Wadria Taylor, Lana Neumeyer, Suzanne Mauro, J Barlow, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, Gerri Florida, Dr. Patricia Sheahan Sarah Jane Sindler, David Alan, Maria Caruso, Valeria Green, Bear Brandegee Erin Drischler, Brett Staggs © Chelsea Alberti

As part of the campaign, you are invited to get to know these outstanding members of our community and learn more about what they do, why they do it and what they’re doing next. With music by Brett Staggs and DJ illeso.
RSVP by July 11th to styleweekpgh@gmail.com to receive the address for the event location.
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Meet the Nominees – DESIGNER 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


DESIGNER OF THE YEAR


James Houk

a55aaaf0-9a1f-43d6-a008-768205512ba8James Houk is a fashion designer, illustrator and painter who studied at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA James achieved a distinguished military career as a member of the U.S. Army’s Special Reaction Team (SRT) Counter-Terrorism/Hostage Rescue Team based at Fort Meade in Maryland. The SRT is an elite anti-terrorism team trained in highly specialized, tactical law enforcement and helicopter operations. He and his team also assisted in the protection of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, recently even receiving a personal note of thanks from President Bush. Following his Military service James returned to his life long passion, boxing and martial arts, becoming a professional boxer and kick boxer.
After great success at American Eagle James branched out into private label work, designing for companies such as J.Crew and Bobby Jones. This work with Bobby Jones lead to another career ascension as their parent company Hickey Freeman, took an interest in James and introduced him to designing finely tailored clothing for men. After this education in fabrics, fit and patterns James broadened his scope of work to include fine shirts, jackets and pants. In 2000 after his private label success James decided to venture forward with his own company and brand. He took this first brand named after his Pittsburgh neighborhood Brookline and sold it to the first store he approached.. Barneys New York. This began a years long partnership with Barneys that continues until today. He has worked with celebrities from Beyonce to Lady Gaga. He has appeared in many television as
well as published interviews and editorials. He has had major success on the fashion runway culminating in his 2014 show at Union Station in Los Angeles receiving rave reviews from fashion experts in the LA Times. James and his family; his wife Kathleen, daughter Caitlin and sons Christopher and Conner look forward to continuing to promote their home, the greatest place in the World, PITTSBURGH, PA.


Leesa Kassler

leesaLeesa made a decision late in life to follow her and attend “The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She was President & Vice President of Fashion Club thru 2011-2014. She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society for academic achievement.

Leesa’s motto had always been work hard & the rest will follow and that is what she has done.

As design teacher to Pittsburgh Community Youth Invasion at the Andy Warhol Museum. Leesa has participated in local featured Runway Shows such as, Habitat for Humanity, 50 Shades of Pink, Earth Day and has been chosen to design a dress for the Mrs. PA Pageant in Philadelphia this year.

Leesa’s future plans is to continue designing & create the second manufacturing plant here in Pittsburgh and in the state as well. This will in hence create jobs for the city and expand to the city that fashion is here in Pittsburgh.

You can check out Leesa’s designs opening night in Pittsburgh for “Style Week” this August where she will be featuring 2 designs from the he 1920’s and three from the 1960’s

Leesa has also been invited to feature her design in the Young Designer Awards in New York & London this fall. An award given to new upcoming designers who are making a impact. She is also nominated for Designer of the Year for Style Week Pittsburgh.

Leesa is just getting started with many accomplishments and we look forward to seeing what she brings to the City of Pittsburgh in the future.


Nisha Blackwell

URBANINN_2694Nisha Blackwell is a Pittsburgh native and Founder of Knotzland, a start up committed to sourcing and rescuing rare & high-quality fabrics around the city and constructing them into stylish upcycled accessories. The uniqueness lies in its commitment to crafting an ecosystem that brings artists, designers, organizations and customers into the sustainable fashion conversation. Starting this process on an ironing board in her living room she then pitched her way into the 3rd cycle of ThrillMill, and now has Manufacturing in a studio space in Homewood – Her journey is one of Niche discovery through necessity where she was given the basis and courage to take her venture to the next level- entrepreneurship. Along with being a Social Entrepreneur , she is also a lifetime resident of the East Side; specifically the Homewood Community. Upon finishing her degree at Edinboro University she moved back to Homewood in 2007 and has since spent a great amount of time serving the Pittsburgh community through platforms like Americorp, Strong Women Strong Girls and Gtech’s ReEnergize Pittsburgh program- advocating for the neighborhood’s economic equality and and bridging the divides in environmental justice. The knowledge and leadership gained from serving has not only enhanced her passion for community engagement, but allowed her to to develop an even more holistic view of the city that has allowed her to plant her feet where she has the most passion for change. She now uses her business to raise awareness in the importance of sustainability in the areas of community, environment and fashion.


Malcolm Williams

unnamedMalcolm Anthony Williams is the Founder and Fashion Designer of Willie Gee’s. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Williams founded the company in September 2006. As a company, his plans are to take each collection to the next global level and beyond. Willie Gee’s Designer Collection is an exquisite collection designed to outfit everyone’s style from everyday fashion to gowns and suits for Red Carpet events. Using the past to recreate the future in fashion has allowed Willie Gee’s to become the fashion house it is today. When designing my garments, I like to imagine this fantasy world; a world where everyone is beautifully dressed, and with absolute style and taste. In this world, my friends and I are living busy, yet amazing lives. We’re attending business meetings and dinners to continue our prosperity. We’re flying on jets around the world to be welcomed to red carpet premieres and galas. But most of all in this world, we are living our lives looking and being fabulous.

My motivations to sew are my parents and grandparents. It was my grandparents whom introduced sewing to me. Growing up my mother and my father were constantly working, so my grandparents helped raise me. I’ve learned from my parents that diligence and focus will pay off. And from my grandparents, I’ve learned sometimes sacrifice is needed in order for the family to thrive. They made me understand why my parents were working so hard and why they’ve sacrificed time out of their lives to help raise me. Their influences and characters have made me become the man I am today.
Fashion is my life. It is the air I breathe. It is the runaway that I walk on with every step that I take. It’s my work of art, which comes to life the moment it is dressed upon a person. I am a Fashionist. Cut me open and you’ll find veins of thread and muscles of fabric. I was born to sew. It is why I strive to become bigger and better every year. The real challenge is to not hinder myself, nor let the world’s criticism affect my visions. I am a self taught designer and I will continue to teach myself every technique of sewing that I can. Because with every designed being drawn and sewn, I am living my life fabulously.


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Meet the Nominees – SALON 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 – SALON OF THE YEAR


Society Men’s Grooming Lounge

Society_412At 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

e385019c-a1c0-422e-a6d1-b35f1d6e3d73Tenel 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.


Brett James


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MCN Salon


Meet the Nominees – MAKEUP ARTIST 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 – MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR


Danielle Mock

unnamedA graduate of Seton Hill University and South Hills Beauty Academy, Danielle blended her love for theatrical and glamour makeup which created a path for her future. For the past 9 years, Danielle has been able to work with some of Pittsburgh’s elite. She has her own on-site styling business called Mock Makeup LLC, is a member of Team Flash of Lawrenceville’s Studio Flash, involved with Cornerstone Television, Wrecking Crew Media, Tb Talent and just recently became a Raw Pittsburgh artist.  “I love this city and feel very honored to be a part of our artistic culture. I’m very excited to see what the future has in store.”


Dee Dee Malloy

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My name is Dee Dee. I am a licensed makeup artist and esthetician with continuing training and education with experience in all aspects of media makeup: fashion, video and print. I am dependable, detail-oriented, and multi-faceted professional who looks to add to the success of the creative team of any project. Originally from Las Vegas I bring a sense of that show girl retro style to my work and have a diverse background and experience that creates a unique style. I believe the number one thing you can have in life is passion. Passion is such a powerful emotion that you must possess. I believe to be able to have this insatiable feeling you must breath, sleep, and live it. It’s something that is rooted in your heart and thoughts. . . It knows no boundaries. One of my passions is art. Being a makeup artist allows me to express my art through “painting” people..


Kourtney Leech

12832583_481669565357533_7217379962291992462_nIn just 3 years and the young age of 21, Kourtney Leech has followed her passion, working as a freelance special event makeup artist. ” I’m very passionate about what I do, makeup is creating art and using the face as a canvas. Everyone is different and I love the way a little (or a lot) of makeup can completely change the way someone feels about themself. I never know who might end up in my chair but I do know that anyone who I get the chance of meeting and doing their makeup, is beautiful and special in their own way and it’s my job to get to know that about them and make sure they, without a doubt, feel beautiful and special by the time they leave my chair.” Kourtney works as the first makeup artist at one of Pittsburgh’s biggest salons, Geno Levi Hair Salon and Pro Dry Blow-dry Studio in McMurray, PA. She also has worked several charitable events held in Pittsburgh where she would work with and meet, Dr. Shellie Hipsky and the Global Sisterhood, members of Woman Entrepreneurs of Pittsburgh, Miss Pennsylvania 2014-15, Miss Reining America 2015-16, Mrs. Alleghany County 2016, Mrs. Washington County 2016, Athena Sarris, Juan Carlos Silva and many more talented models and photographers. You might also find her teaching a makeup class at South Hills Beauty Academy or other makeup classes with the cosmetic line she works for, Motives Cosmetics. Later this year, Kourtney will be opening her own studio in Canonsburg, PA where she resides so she can host her group classes, makeup events, trainings with beginner artists, bridal parties and every day consoltation appointments.


 

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

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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

11889648_10153654365014236_3166644496444164281_nWe buy and sell vintage clothing & accessories for men & women from the 1880’s through the 1980’s.


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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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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!