Clutch: Get a Hold of Style

I've moved

Monday, 28 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

After a little over a year of blogging at Clutch, I have decided to change gears and focus on a topic that I love writing about: style advice. On Clutch, I have answered many of your stylish questions and through these posts I really discovered that I want to help women become stylish.  

Therefore, I have decided to end Clutch and start the style clutch ( Over at this new website, I am focusing on helping women become stylish through short styling tips. 

I will be writing short blogs posts, each containing a stylish tip, ranging from how to keep your closet organized to how to wear the latest hot trend. I want to inspire you to think more about what you wear and how you get dressed every day. These tips come from my personal journey through fashion over the past few years, both writing about fashion and defining my own style.

In each post, I will address a stylish tip, show you how to incorporate the tip in your everyday life, and offer some insight into my own personal style. In addition, I will be interviewing other experts in the fashion industry and showing you their tips for achieving style.

My first stylish tip is already up, “#1: Take an extra 5 minutes.” In this post, I urge you to take an extra five minutes and really think about what you are wearing. Also, I have included a few blog posts from Clutch that are special to me.

I am extremely excited about this new venture in my career. I thank you for reading Clutch and I hope you follow me over to the style clutch and use these tips to make your life a bit more stylish than it was the day before!



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New Warhol cases for iPhones

Monday, 21 November 2011 01:44 PM Written by


Incase and The Andy Warhol Foundation released 5 new iPhone case designs for the 4 and 4s models. The new prints include: Self Portrait, Crown, Cars, Handle with Care - Glass - Thank You, and Diamond Dust Shoes. These new products are available at: Perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

I'll be taking a blogging break this week since it's Thanksgiving. I hope you have a great week. I'll be back Monday, Nov 28 with another Clutch post! 

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Local designer: Lagelle

Friday, 18 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by


I'm not a winter hat kind of girl. But, local designer Tahisha Crawford is making me change my mind. 

Tahisha's hats, as part of her handknit line, Lagelle, are truly unique. She handpicks the finest yarns that she can find, including kettle-dyed extra soft fine merino wool, silk, and baby alpaca. And, she works with companies that provide fair trade yarn, ensuring that her designs are eco-friendly.  In addition to choosing high-quality, eco-friendly materials, Tahisha handknits each of the hats herself from her own patterns.  

Whether you are looking for a gift for yourself or for someone else, consider Lagelle hats. I am absolutely IN LOVE with Tahisha's "Turban Cloche" hat design. This specific hat that is really making want to be a hat person. (See below)


 You can read more about Tahisha here and shop her hats and other handkint goods via her Etsy site here. 

Have a good weekend and be sure to check back on Monday for another Clutch post! 


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Pop Up Downtown

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

Downtown Pittsburgh is getting way cooler! 

In an effort to make Downtown more vibrant, Mayor Luke,  the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Department of City Planning and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, put out a call to action earlier this year, asking local organizations and businesses to submit their ideas for ways to fill vacant storefronts in Downtown.  Over 90 submissions were received and 12 finalists were chosen. These 12 finalists will hold their "pop up" shops Downtown for a limited time over the next year and each receive a $1000 grant to run their operations.

Seven of the 12 "pop up" shops will be open by Friday for Light Up Night. They include:

The Sweet Lounge

Robot Repairs

Steel Town Craft Co-Lab

Summer Scene

Society for the Advancement of Miniature Curiosa

Awesome Books


You can find out more information on these "pop ups," including their location at:


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Dress Code, revisited

Monday, 14 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

As you may have read in my last post, over the weekend I went to my first event at the Duquesne Club. This swanky establishment downtown does have a dress code, which I was made aware of before the event. 

I dressed according to this code. I wore a black, structured shoulder top, red wool pencil skirt almost to the knee, black tights and black heels. What I thought was proper.

When I went to the event, I was blown away by the attendees I saw breaking this code: Sequins dresses, dresses too tight on the butt, high stripper-like heels, etc. 


And I was worried over my skirt length.  When an establishment has a dress code, I believe it should be properly enforced. That's just my personal opinion. I extend the question I asked in my last post: What do you think? Should establishments properly enforce dress their dress codes?

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Dress Code

Friday, 11 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

Tomorrow will be my first time at the Duquesne Club Downtown. As I prepared for my luncheon, I read about the proper attire on the Duquesne Club's website. (you can find it here).

I already planned on wearing a knee-length pencil skirt and a modern black top with,what I call, Beyonce shoulders- structured shoulders almost like shoulder pads.  I was wondering if any readers have been to the Duquesne Club and what your thoughts are on the dress code? Should establishments have them? Do you agree with the policies?

Personally, I do and I'm more than willing to abide by them, but I'm wondering what other Pittsburghers think.


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Zandra Rhodes at Larrimor's

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by


On Monday evening, Zandra Rhodes, legendary British designer to royalty, celebrities and opera performers, was at the downtown Larrimor's for an intimate evening with local Pittsburghers.  As you can see in the photo above, she is all around fabulous. From her bright pink hair, to arms full of bracelets, she is a true artist and is not afraid to be bold.  

Before we even sat down with her, I learned a lot. I need pink hair at some point in my life, I need to be more adventurous with style, and I definitely need to start wearing more jewelry starting NOW. 

The evening with Sandra started off with a small discussion between her and local artisans. In this collaborative and safe environment, designers had their pieces critiqued by Zandra and Larrimor's employees. Following this session, many students from the fashion merchandising program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh filled Larrimor's store, asking Zandra all the questions they could. Questions ranged from starting your own design business to getting your first internship.

Zandra informed students that they should get their foot in the door with an internship or entry-level job. She said that no job is small, and that her own past interns included now well-known designers Matthew Williamson and Philip Treacy. In these jobs, Zandra says that you should dress up for the job you really want. She went on to say that she can tell who really wants a job and who doesn't from how they dress. 

Zandra is in town designing the set and costumes for the Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Pearl Fishers." You can see more photos at the Clutch Facebook page here. 

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Nail (not so) perfect

Monday, 07 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

I'm a big fan of the gel manicures- manicures with a special gel polish made to last about two weeks or more. However, these can become expensive.  So, when I found out there was a product on the market that I could do myself, without the need of the UV light, I was all over it.

Two weeks ago I tried this product, Nutra Nail Gel Perfect. 


- Quick drying- No need to wait for your nails to dry before you go on with your day.

-About $12, though I think I paid $10 with a coupon I had. From what I read online, you can get about three manicures from a bottle.

- Looks great first day, very shinny. 


- Smell- Make sure you use this product with your windows open!

- Application- The application consists of two coats each of applicator and color. That's 4 coats per nail.

- Feeling- I'm not sure what this product is made of, but the applicator feels like nail glue, especially when it sticks to your skin.

- Chips- Mine chipped the next day.

-Removal- The product says to purchase the special remover of the same brand, however when I went to do that, it was completely sold out. So I purchased acetone and it was still relatively hard to get it off. 

- Post-mani nails: Your nails are a bit brittle after removal, which is common for all gel polishes, but I felt this was a bit more than when I get the gel manicures done at the salon.

Overall, I don't think I would use this product again. It was a good attempt at a UV-free gel manicure, but I wouldn't recommend it to my friends. Have you tried this product? What did you think?



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