Seasonal Style | All right, fashionistas and friends. The ultimate shopping month is upon us — are you ready? From gift giving to getting all dolled up for holiday parties, there’s plenty to peruse in stores this time of year. In order to prepare ourselves for power shopping and lots of festivities, we’ve consulted experts in the cosmetic, fashion, and retail fields for their best tips on taking care of business. We’ve also rounded up a few really spectacular pieces that have a place on any wish list — including the gorgeous and practical gloves in this month’s shopping spree. Shop on!
Edited by Nicole Barley
Littles Shoes is thrilled to bring the exclusive on the Johnston & Murphy Est. 1850 Heritage Collection of men’s footwear to Pittsburgh. The collection celebrates Johnston & Murphy’s roots with vintage looks straight from the style archives of the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, all updated with modern construction. To make each pair even more special, the shoes are made using specialty leathers and finished individually — so no two pairs are exactly alike. For a classic look, try the Arrington wingtip, or for a perfect combination of antique styling and a rugged feel, look to the Hattington wingtip boot in cognac or mahogany Italian calfskin. — Lauren Schmeer
Littles Shoes, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3530. littlesshoes.com.
We’re so excited to welcome the new Emy Mack Showroom to Shadyside’s Walnut Street! The line, designed by New York City native, now Pittsburgh resident Emily Mack Jamison, is now being distributed nationally. The shoes are handmade in Italy in limited-edition batches, feature adornments and decorations that can be selected by the client, and are available in three widths. Think classics such as black suede pumps and leopard kitten heels — wardrobe staples with loads of style. “I’ve always studied women who looked the most put together and paid particular attention to their shoes. The best-dressed women seemed to always be wearing high-quality, classically styled shoes, and I knew those were the kinds of shoes I wanted to offer,” says Jamison. Stop by the showroom, and schedule a consultation to create the ideal pair for your feet, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Emy Mack Showroom, 5417 Walnut St., Shadyside. 917.689.8734. emymack.com.
Best Dressed: Flirty Flocks
Step out in a short shift — from one shoulder to lace adorned, neutrally or boldly colored, floaty or form fitting — to stand out in a sea of event-goers this season. We love these looks from the Steelers Style Fashion Show and The Reach for the Stars Gala.
Hot Must-Have: Natural Beauty
We’ve got our eye on this new arrival to Gentilcore Jewelers — a 14-karat gold pendant glittering with 1.60ct total diamonds. The piece is part of Madison L. Designs by Leora Aminoff’s Misterio Collection, featuring all natural fancy color diamonds, $2,665. Love!
Gentilcore Jewelers, 1155 Freeport Road, Blawnox. 412.782.2022.
Here’s to Goldstock Jewelers’ 100th year in business! Join the jeweler, located in the Clark Building, through the new year, to take advantage of discount pricing and giveaways for guests. From diamonds to fine jewelry, we’re sure there will be plenty to pick from!
Goldstock Jewelers, 717 Liberty Ave., Suite 203, Downtown. 412.281.1789. goldstockjewelers.com.
Larrimor’s is setting the gold standard as the only Pittsburgh retailer to be awarded Esquire’s 2012 Best of Class Honor, putting Larrimor’s on a list of the top men’s specialty stores in the country. The award is based on quality of customer service, breadth of brands carried, level of visual merchandising, and standing in the community. This is the fourth year Esquire has recognized Larrimor’s for excellence in these categories and identified the store as one of the elite. See for yourself what all the buzz is about by stopping in for quality service and tailoring in both the men’s — and women’s — departments. — L.S.
Larrimor’s, 249 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.471.5727. The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.5727. larrimors.com.
CHANEL’s Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection, Eclats du Soir de Chanel, has just the right balance of holiday drama and classic colors. Peter Philips, creative director of CHANEL Makeup, chose gold and bronze hues for subtle festive shimmer, while violet-reds and softer pinks make for standout shades. A must-have cosmetic for the season is the Luminous Matte Lip Colour in L’Impatiente, a show-stopping, deep red-black. The natural finish loose powder, Poudre Universelle Libre in Reverie, also adds a rosy-golden flush to warm up your look — and outlook! — L.S.
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CHANEL, chanel.com. Available at Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall and Macy’s.
Want to get your holiday shopping done in one trip and at a discount? Grove City Premium Outlets could be your solution, especially if you’re a shopper who plans ahead. Beat the crowds and long lines at checkout by shopping during the week or making a weekend trip early or late in the day. Try between 10 a.m. and noon, or 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Grove City’s long hours make it easier on you, not to mention 130 stores all in one place. Plot your course ahead of time so you don’t miss any of your favorites and check for advertised sales while you plan. To get the best deals and stick to a budget, know before you go. — L.S.
Grove City Premium Outlets, 1911 Leesburg Grove City Road, Grove City. 724.748.4770. premiumoutlets.com.
For the Floor
World of Rugs, a locally owned and family-operated store located in Robinson Town Centre, is a direct importer of handmade rugs, and recently, owners Adam and Dana Razipour traveled overseas to shop for new and unique pieces. Most of their time was spent in Turkey, where they purchased a container of striking Anatolian rugs. Adam tells us that the shipment arrived recently and has been a huge success!
World of Rugs, 1950 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson Town Center. 412.787.7474. paworldofrugs.com.
We’re coveting these hand-poured soy wax candles, new to Nota Bene in Aspinwall. They’re made by Rewined, a company out of Charleston, S.C., that strives to turn discarded items into beautifully designed and functional products, in this case, by repurposing wine bottles into candles. The scents, of course, are wine-varietal reminiscent, from the best-selling Pinot Noir, with notes of fig, cranberry, leather and earth, to the light, white Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling with the smell of freshly mown grass, basil, mint, and grapefruit. The company explains “our process is quite simple but our craftsmanship is extraordinary. We believe in doing every step of our candle-making process by hand while using the richest ingredients available.”
Nota Bene, 9 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.782.6300. notabenepaper.com.
Intimidated by the idea of making a gingerbread house from scratch? Check out this ready-to-display (albeit inedible) rock candy chimney gingerbread house, $91, part of the Traditions by Byers’ Choice Ltd. collection. It’s available at The Cob Collection in McMurray, where they’re offering “many delicious holiday decor items to sweeten up your holidays,” says owner Cynthia Cobb, including a set of handcrafted Christmas caroler figurines and glittering candy cane trees, $21.
The Cob Collection, 504 Valley Brook Road, McMurray. 724.969.1600. thecobcollection.com.
This article is featured in the December 2012 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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