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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