Arts, Entertainment, Living

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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PBS plans ahead: More 'Downton Abbey,' 'Sherlock'

Thursday, 17 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

PBS_previewMy admiration for PBS's marketing arm continues to grow. Earlier this fall the public broadcaster put together a PBS Arts Fall Festival, the sort of event program PBS hasn't done in the past but has become standard for cable networks (think: "The 25 Days of Christmas" on ABC Family or Shark Week on Discovery Channel).

Today PBS will release a "Winter/Spring Line-Up" not unlike what broadcast networks have been doing for years when they announce their midseason schedules. Some folks might snip that PBS shouldn't act like a broadcaster and in some other areas, I'd probably agree. But when it comes to marketing and promotion, why not? This sort of publicity works for commercial channels, why not use similar tactics to bring more light to PBS programs?

PBS's  midseason announcement includes both reheated news and some new tidbits. Read more after the jump. ...

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'Nature' offers pre-Thanksgiving guilt trip

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

2193_JeffTurkeysWalkingCameraMan_DavidAllen_cropThat Thanksgiving feast is just a week away and if you're hedging on whether to prepare a turkey or Tofurky, tonight's episode of "Nature" (8 p.m., WQED) might just throw you in with the Tofurky crowd.

In "My Life as a Turkey," naturalist Joe Hutto (portrayed by Jeff Palmer) hatches and raises 16 wild turkeys as part of what he calls "a legitimate area of scientific inquiry."

The film is a recreation of actual events, from the time a pail of eggs showed up on Hutto's doorstep to when the turkey eggs hatch and beyond.

"I would make a turkey-like noise and I would hear distinct trills and peeps coming out of these eggs," Hutto says as an egg hatches in front of him.

An adorable baby turkey comes out of an egg and hobbles toward Hutto, who is imprinted as the turkey's mother.

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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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'Sons of Anarchy': The drama builds

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by

SoA_411_0039FX's "Sons of Anarchy" (10 tonight) is having a terrific, dramatic season, barreling forward with a story that seems to be driving toward an end for Clay (Ron Perlman), especially after he murdered Piney (William Lucking) and beat up Gemma (Katey Sagal).

In tonight's 90-minute episodes, Jax learns about what happened to Gemma and confronts Clay. In addition, a surprise blast-from-the-past guest star (think: season one) returns to stir up trouble at just the wrong time.

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Halo: CE Anniversary - review

Monday, 14 November 2011 02:14 PM Written by

Picture a world without the Halo series.  First person shooter multiplayer would lack the groundwork to become what it is today.  The success of the Xbox name would even be in question, lacking a reliable first-party title.  What game would carry the weight of the original Xbox without the existence of Halo?

Halo: Combat Evolved and the Halo series were highly influential to gaming on many levels.  This week, 343 Studios celebrates the ten year anniversary of the original Halo and gives us Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

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Get a 'Clue'

Monday, 14 November 2011 12:00 AM Written by


I've long been a fan of Clue, both the board game and the 1985 movie flop that was savaged by critics but maintains a devoted cult following of which I am a happy member.

So I've been curious about The Hub's "Clue" miniseries since it was announced when the network launched last year. It airs this week as a five-part miniseries beginning tonight at 8 with the first two half-hour episodes. Subsequent new episodes air Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 p.m., preceded by the previous installment at 8. A marathon of all five episodes is slated for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

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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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