Fashion FYI: Holiday sale at UPMC McKeesport
There will be a holiday sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday at the UPMC McKeesport cafeteria hosted by the JMDF Cancer Resource Center. Vendors will sell jewelry, soaps and fiber designs. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Jodie Matta-Dillinger Fund, which develops cancer-prevention programs as well as offering various types of support to patients who are in treatment at the UPMC McKeesport out-patient cancer center. Details: www.jmdf.net
Rent the Runway trunk show
A girl's night out dress trunk show is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at Peter's Pub in Oakland. Rent the Runway's contribution will be making on-the-spot transactions for rentals from a site called www.renttherunway.com, which rents designer dresses. Women will be able to try on dresses, be photographed in them and rent them for that weekend. Then, they will return them to local women who represent the company on campus at the end of the weekend. Dresses will be deeply discounted. For example, Herve Leger will go for $50. Women can go online ahead of time and select their top five dresses; at least one will be available. Other vendors include Her Campus, an online college blog, and makeup artists giving free makeovers. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for She's the First, a not-for-profit organization that sponsors girls' education. Part of the profits will go to the charity as well. Details: www.renttherunway.com/upitt
More than 70 independent businesses in Shadyside have deals planned for Small Business Saturday. There will be free parking at all metered spaces and in the Bellefonte Street Garage. Details: www.thinkshadyside.com
Make your wardrobe last
InStyle magazine offers these tips to extend the life of your wardrobe.
Brighten whites: Yellow collars and underarm stains seem to appear overnight, but the truth is they take time to develop. Before every wash, spray areas with undiluted lemon juice or white vinegar; let sit for 15 minutes, then put clothes in the machine.
Shade your shades: Opticians use heat to shape eyeglasses. Mother Nature, in the form or excessive temperatures and humidity, can do the same, leaving you with warped frames. Don't keep your specs in a hot car or direct sunlight. Store in the cases, not on your head where body heat can stretch them out.
Freshen fur: To loosen fur (real or faux) flattened from wear, steam and then fluff by hand.
Protect soles: Shoes with leather bottoms absorb moisture like a sponge. To maintain your purchase, wear a new pair three times (so it forms to your feet), then apply a rubber sole over the existing leather one.
Steam, don't iron: The safest dewrinkling method is steam heat. Hot metal should never touch wool, velvet or any type of embellishment. It can burn fabric, leave sheen marks, and take the finish off sequins or beads.
Revive old leather: A good shoe-repair or leather specialist can work miracles ranging from dyeing your faded suede bag to rebuilding the arch of a favorite sandal.
Own these top five
There are five key pieces every woman should own, says Sophia Amoruso, founder of the online boutique Nasty Girl, in Lucky magazine.
A statement minidress: “A bold little mini will get you noticed.”
An embellished bustier: “So sexy-confident under a blazer with high-waisted pants. Very '80s. I also love the look of letting a pretty bustier peek out from the sides of a big, messy tank top.”
A metallic bucket bag: “Keep your outfit simple, and let a shiny, silvery bag be your statement. It has such a cool rocker feel.”
A bright blazer: “Why not aqua? It's as easy to wear as black, but so much more unexpected. And even with a giant sloppy rocker tee and cutoffs, a tailored blazer makes you like you tried when you didn't.”
Badass booties: “Intimidating — but comfortable. Studs and spikes are totally punk and add toughness to any look, but you can still walk all over town in them.”
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