{Glam} Cruella

Best Coats For Winter

If any coat could serve as the antagonist of my wardrobe it would be this one. From it’s sleek and statuesque frame to it’s loud black and white spotted print, this coat quickly made it’s way up my list of must-have staples for winter. We already know that I am not afraid of an all black #OOTD. Heck, if it wasn’t for exceptionally good sales and holiday gifts, I may only supply myself with a monochromatic uniform for the rest of my life.

Black and white is an ideal fit for a day or night out because it’s just as bright as it is dramatic. I paired this piece with a black jeggings, leather boots, an oversized ruby bag, and a thick, twisted side braid.

Best Coats For Winter

The beauty routine: braided, messy curls. Defined brows. A soft brick red lip. A bit of blush, and long lashes. My coat may be maleficent, but I tried my best to keep my look benevolent.

Best Coats For Winter

Best Coats For Winter

Jeggings, American Eagle Outfitters | Coat, Ann Taylor | Boots, Zara

Best Coats For Winter

xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} New Year’s Eve

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It’s been amazing to finally reflect on the many changes (good changes) that 2014 has brought not just me, but my friends and family! For me? A drastic hair cut (small change) and deciding to get my MBA (a bit of a bigger change!) While I’m headed back part-time, my younger sister just graduated from West Chester University and is facing the world head-on. And, I can’t forget my two new step-brothers and step-father as well with my mom’s recent marriage in the fall!

Soak up the last few hours of 2014 as much as you can and surround yourself with the ones you love to bring in the new year! 2015 will be filled with exciting new opportunities, new friends, and  (as always) new GLAM!

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Dress, J CREW | Blazer, MM Couture | Tights, American Eagle Outfitters | Heels, Nine West

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Gold and black are one of my favorite combinations! I loved how this fit and flare J Crew Dress had a lighter grey accent – a bit softer than my normal black. (Plus, it had pockets! Total win.)

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xoxoStephanie

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{Graffiti} Coffee Bean DIY

Coffee Bean DIY To Organize Make-Up Brushes - GlamandGraffiti.com

I have never been able to figure out a way to organize my make-up brushes. They were such a mess! I lovd this unique, charming, and VERY easy DIY! (Not only do they look orderly, but it smells heavenly!) Share your favorite beauty DIYs below!

xoxoStephanie

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{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright!

{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright!

Welcome to Happy. Merry. Bright!

For unique and authentic holiday gifts, I turn to pop-up shops that feature local artists. It’s absolutely amazing how talented our neighbors are. I took a few snaps of my favorite finds at Happy.Merry.Bright, a shop at Fieldwork Gallery featuring Pittsburgh based artists and chatted to the women behind it all – Lauren Doyle and Leigh Solomon Pugliano. Read on below to see the gorgeous pieces, shop, and learn about more Lauren and Leigh’s inspiration.

{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright! Shop Local - Pittsburgh Shopping

Ella the Elephant Stool

GG: Lauren & Leigh, tell me a little bit about yourselves pre-Happy.Merry.Bright!

Lauren: I’m the author of The Modern Lady Official and cultural attaché born, bred and educated in Pittsburgh. I studied Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and have spent the last few years consulting, writing, dating rockstars and working with non-profit organizations as an advocate for at-risk youth.

Leigh: I am originally from Guyana, South America. My family moved to Pittsburgh in the 80’s, and I’ve been here ever since. I began my professional career working for a world-renowned luxury retailer, managing markets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Three years ago I started my second company, Straightforward Consulting, offering HR and Business Development services to small businesses, startups and nonprofit organizations. I’m a busy wife and mother of three young girls, a musician, music educator and advocate for the arts.

{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright! Shop Local - Pittsburgh Shopping

Is it dinner time yet? – Alla Famalgia Vodka & Marinara Sauce

GG: What was your inspiration behind opening Happy.Merry.Bright?

Pittsburgh is filled with movers, shakers, and doers, and we wanted a way to showcase their talents in an elegant and shoppable boutique environment. Many of the products sold are from local artists, creators, designers and entrepreneurs. And we wanted a store that hosted unique shopping experiences–live music, complimentary gift wrapping and delivery, and private shopping events.

{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright! Shop Local - Pittsburgh Shopping

Stunning Necklace by Wanderluxe Design

GG: What 3 items are on your wishlist this Holiday season?

Lauren: Inspiration, experiences, and anything cashmere.

Leigh: Two days of rest and relaxation, two days of rest and relaxation, and two days of rest and relaxation

GG: What’s your go-to gift to give?

Lauren: Soyil candles, which are sold at Happy.Merry.Bright! They’re delicious smelling, hand-poured, all-natural, and a gift that lingers for quite some time.

Leigh: A beautiful ornament, preferably handmade.

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Toulouse Cashmere Shawl

GG: Why is it important to shop local?

Small-business owners are passionate about what they do and care personally about their customers. You’ll find authenticity instead of scripted recitations, and your hard-worked dollars stay right where they belong, within the community.

{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright! Shop Local - Pittsburgh Shopping

Chrisu Scarves

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Rings from the ‘Born to Be’ Collection by Moriah McCullough

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Headbands from the ‘Born to Be’ Collection by Moriah McCullough

GG: What’s your favorite Holiday tradition?

Lauren: Smooching under mistletoe.

Leigh: Christmas Eve mass and decorating the Christmas tree with my family.

{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright! Shop Local - Pittsburgh Shopping

Soyil Candles by Greta (Had to take one home!)

Stop by Happy.Merry.Bright ’til 12/27 to shop Pittsburgh’s local artists’ best gifts at 4925 Penn Avenue.

Where do you love to shop during the Holidays? Comment below!

 xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Snow White

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Frosty weather calls for darker hair and brighter lips. Playing up the natural (and snowy) winter whites with festive red is the best way to dive head first into holiday season. I fell head over heels in love with this scarlet sweater by Aerie. A shade that is usually beyond my closet color spectrum had to be released to celebrate the season and our first (real) snow of the winter.

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 Red, whites, and metallics – I picked out my favorite festive pieces below! Which is your must-have?

 xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Into The Woods

{Glam} Into The Woods

“There’s a crispness in the air that greets the morning sun, a feeling of anticipation, a new day has begun.
Harvest days are ending, winter is drawing near, yet in between is surely the most special time of year…

{Glam} Into The Woods

…So I say that the eyes are a window, beauty is found within the soul, and upon the hills of Autumn, that are strewn with red and gold.” – Julie L. O’Connor
{Glam} Into The Woods

With just a bit of Autumn sun left I’m trying to soak it up as much as I can. Over the weekend I visited Easton, MD where the weather was surprisingly warm and welcomed cozy layers that I matched with gold accessories.

{Glam} Into The Woods
{Glam} Into The Woods

Tee (Similar here), American Eagle Outfitters | Denim, H&M | Booties, DSW | Necklace, Anthropolgie

{Glam} Into The Woods

These layers are perfect to mix and match as I’ll continue to live out of my suitcase this next week. Despite the rolling and very small closet, I am too excited to spend the Holidays with family and friends! What are your plans?

 xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Hibernation

{Glam} Hibernation and How To Wear Faux Fur

This winter I’ve already been preemptively planning my winter hibernation, and I’m taking it very seriously. Last night I met up with two of my girlfriends and spilled my strategy over spiked hot chocolate.

Step 1: Choose appearances carefully based on a simple yes or no checklist. Does it require walking more than 10 blocks? Meh. Is there parking? Let’s talk. Is it sub 20 degrees with a 10 degrees windchill? Oh lawd, rain snow check. Will there be food? Amen! (I think you are catching on.)

Step 2: Wear as many layers as humanly possible. Switch your stilettos to booties and double-up on your socks! Slip on an undershirt, find your favorite gloves, and pile on your most obnoxious (but incredibly vogue) blanket scarf. Your extremities will thank you.

Step 3: Wear the jacket. Yes, your “winter” jacket that you dread wearing because once you do, you are forced to admit to yourself that it is indeed cold enough to be winter. I feel your pain, but these coats are our saviors as they are that final layer that keep us warm for the next five months.

This step I have tried putting off as much as possible; first wearing a letterman jacket, then switching to the sweatshirt under my leather jacket look. (My denim jacket didn’t even make it to November.) Before I switch completely to my peacoat and puffer jackets, my latest attempt is a bit of faux fur. I spotted this feature find at TJMaxx, and it was quite the steal. Faux fur was one of my favorite trends last winter and I am more than happy to bring back this cozy style once more.

{Glam} Hibernation and How To Wear Faux Fur

{Glam} Hibernation and How To Wear Faux Fur

Jacket, T.J.Maxx | Suede & Leather Pants, Urban Outfitters

{Glam} Hibernation and How To Wear Faux Fur

{Glam} Hibernation and How To Wear Faux Fur

Want to try the trend but don’t want to break the bank? Shop a few of my favorites below. (Fur vests go with anything and are a great addition to anyone’s closet!) Which do you have your eye on?

 xoxoStephanie

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