Fashion briefs: 'Elevation' coming to Strip District
RAW: Natural Born Artists will host “Elevation” on July 3 at Cavo in the Strip District. The organization features emerging area artists in film, fashion, music, visual art, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, DJs and photography. Fashions provided by local designers. Tickets are $15; $10 in advance. Details: www.rawartists.org/pittsburgh
Time for a cut?
Two local salons — Studio Booth in the East End and Alberta Modern Hair in Mt. Lebanon — will host a Cut-A-Thon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 30 to benefit Surgicorps International, which aids in life-changing surgeries in more than 16 developing countries, and Pennsylvania Batten Disease Support, a non-profit organization which promotes awareness of this rare genetic disorder that can lead to seizures, loss of sight and a decrease in motor skills. Details: 412-362-6684 or 412-343-4200
New Ambiance location
Ambiance Boutique, a consignment store which sells new and gently worn designer items, is opening a new location on July 5 in Squirrel Hill. Proceeds help support the homeless women at Bethlehem Haven. There is another Ambiance shop in Oakmont. Details: 412-421-2100 or www.ambianceboutique.org
The 8th annual White Party will run from 7 to 11 p.m. June 29 at Smart House in Mt. Washington to benefit A Child's Place at Mercy. Fashion blogger Stephanie Campbell of Glam and Graffiti will be part of a fashion show that explores travel trends on the runway. Fashions will be provided by Jupe Boutique on the South Side. Tickets are $75. Details: 412-904-2281
Find the right color
People Style Watch advises shoppers to consider swimsuit colors that work with your skin coloring.
Fair skin: Rich, vibrant colors will create contrast with your skin. Avoid pastels — they'll wash you out.
Medium skin: Brights or jewel tones will stand out against your coloring. Avoid browns and dark grays — they'll make your skin look dull.
Olive skin: Soft or rich colors will complement your undertones. Avoid mustard shades — they can make skin look yellowish.
Dark skin: Pastels or bright shades will pop against your skin. Avoid brown tones — they'll just blend in.
Big bang theory
Hairdresser and Hollywood's “Mane Man” Chris McMillan offers tips about summer bangs in Allure magazine.
The ideal shape: “For so many years, I loved side-swooping bangs. They're still gorgeous and sexy, but lately I've been doing a lot more traditional straight bangs. The most important thing to remember is that bangs should never be ruler straight: you'll look like a little kid. Instead, they should be about half an inch longer at the temples than in the middle.”
Forehead adjustments: “If you have a small forehead, make sure that the bangs start farther back from your hairline and that they're not too wide. You should have a lot of hair to tuck behind your ears. If they start an inch closer to your crown, it will create the illusion of bigger forehead.”
Find your perfect silky T-shirt in InStyle magazine. Swap your cotton clinger for a filmy top that floats like a summer breeze. Keep in mind:
The feel: This is a dressier alternative to your go-to sporty T. Look for shiny or matte chiffon versions in drapey silk or polyester.
The fit: These shirts are meant to billow softly around the body, not reveal your shape. For a slimmer effect with a tad more definition, grab a peplum or colorblock style.
The ensemble: Try one in a pretty print with white jeans or skinny cropped pants. (Layer over a smooth cami if sheerness is a concern). For an easy evening look, combine with a full-skirted mini, flat sandals, and a metallic necklace.
— Staff reports
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