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Bella Bridesmaid franchise opens in Bethel Park.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
 

Calling all bridesmaids

A Bella Bridesmaid franchise is open in Bethel Park. The boutique specializes in stylish, wearable bridesmaid dresses. It is one of 43 locations across the country, but the first in Pennsylvania. Bella Bridesmaid features new lines to Pittsburgh such as Amsale, Coren Moore, Love Lane, Jenny Yoo, LuluKate, Joanna August and TwoBirds Bridesmaid. It also will carry the full collection from Dessy, including After Six, Alfred Sun, Dessy Collection and Lela Rose as well as a bridal alternative line by Saja,and accessory lines by Kendra Scott and Nina.

Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and by appointment. The store is located at 1752 N. Highland Road.

Details: 412-854-4422 or www.bellabridesmaid.com

Looking for blogger

Ross Park Mall, part of Simon Property Group, is looking for a Simon Style Setter. The cutting-edge style blogger will spotlight ready-to-wear trends and provide mix-and-match tips and hints for fashion and beauty aficionados. The person will join a team of trendy fashionistas from across the country this summer. Tailored for style-loving shoppers on any budget, the Simon Style Setter will receive insider access to beauty and fashion events, and exclusive sneak peeks. Interested bloggers may submit an application online.

Details: stylesetter.simon.com

Make dressing fun

Kiss winter blahs farewell and coax joy out of your closet with this stylish plan in InStyle magazine.

Layer with a dreamy-colored coat: “Outerwear is a focal point when it's chilly,” says stylist Emily Current. So swap out a drab puffer for an icy pastel topper.

Slip into a jumpsuit: Instead of reaching for another dress, try a jumpsuit silhouette for its comfort, ease and sleek style during the day. “Plus, it's more daring than a little black dress at night, “ says N.Y.C. stylist Tina Chai. Opt for a flattering V-neck if you have a fuller chest; balance a long torso with a jumpsuit that cinches above the waist.

Rock out at the office: Tuck a rock 'n' roll T (search Ebay for vintage ones) into a tailored suit for a look that's borrowed from the bad boys. “A pantsuit seems so '80s power-dressing, so give it some edge to make it youthful,” says Cameron Silver, owner of L.A. boutique Decades.

Bag a citrusy clutch: For a pick-me-up, reach for a purse with punch. “Vivid lemon, tangerine or jellybean red will lift your mood on gray days,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at the Pantone Color Institute.

Go for graphic pumps: “You'll get the energy of this season's the-future-is-now patterns in a smaller package,” Silver says. Combine painterly digital-print heels with color-blocked clothing that picks up the hues.

Sparkle during the day: Add a shot of pizzazz to casual clothes with a head-turning necklace you'd normally save for a fancy night out.

— Staff reports

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