By Matthew Hacke 

Get Ready to Shop

Mark your calendars for one of the most anticipated shopping extravaganzas of the year! Hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)’s Pittsburgh section, the 47th Annual Designer Days draws in high-end bargain hunters from across the region for a weekend of upscale shopping for a cause at Thriftique in Lawrenceville. “This year, we’re expecting over 5,000 shoppers over the three-day event,” says Lynn Tomasits, director of retail operations for NCJW Pittsburgh. Designer Days kicks off with “A Starry Night”-themed Patron Party on November 2, where supporters have the first chance to shop top picks of designer finds, while enjoying food, wine, and music. The event continues with the public sale November 3-5, which is free to attend, with the final day featuring 50 percent off all remaining items. Proceeds from the event will support the organization’s mission. “Through advocacy and community service, NCJW works every day to make life better for women, children, and families,” says Laurie Gottlieb, board president of NCJW Pittsburgh. “The revenue from our annual Designer Days sale is critical to making this possible.” For more information on the events, visit or, or call 412.421.6118. Thriftique, 125 51st St., Lawrenceville. 412.742.4951.

Photograph from Aaron Jones

Cultivating Local Talent

This summer was all about the solar eclipse, but this fall is all about the Lunar Gala. Carnegie Mellon University’s annual student-run fashion show is giving back to the Pittsburgh fashion community in 2018 with a new, local designer initiative. “Our goal is to promote local designers by featuring them in the 2018 Lunar Gala show,” says Yutong Han, this year’s press liaison for Lunar Gala. To be featured in the show, local designers will need to submit an application similar to the one required of Lunar Gala’s student designers. “Chosen designers will have their lines featured in the show and in the show’s printed program,” continues Han. “Our aim is that their participation in Lunar Gala will proliferate their brand’s image and awareness.” The deadline for local designers to apply by is November 3. For more information or to apply, visit or email

Photographs from Brian Lee

New Arrivals

These local stores have a lot planned for November!

Kristi Boutique

Kristi Boutique (KB) is expanding! Join the girls at KB as they unveil “little kb,” a curated collection of baby and toddler apparel, accessories, and gifts during the week of November 13-18. The expansion comes at the perfect time for the boutique, which is largely influenced by owner Kristi West. “My husband Stewart and I are expecting our first baby in March,” says West. “Naturally, I have already been on the hunt to find the best the market has to offer for our little one. I immediately decided I needed to open a little kb, so we set to it!” Join KB for this week-long celebration complete with treats, giveaways, discounts, and a truly Kristi-inspired experience. And share in the joy of learning whether the newest KB addition is a boy or girl! West says, ”We find out that weekend, so I will be busting with excitement.”

Photograph from Barefoot Dreams

Kristi Boutique, 339 1st St., Aspinwall. 412.782.2033.


Shop the Store

Get cozy in this chic Trina Turk Olive Wool Coat with Removable Raccoon Fur Collar Hood, $440, Carabella. + Stop by the store on November 24-26 for Small business weekend!

Photograph from Jenna Kinkela

Carabella, 328 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. 412.828.2187.


November 2-4
Stizzoli Spring/Summer 2018 Trunk Show

November 9
Rodd & Gunn Special Event

November 11
Eleventy Selling Day with
Geoff Schneiderman

November 11
Scarpe di Bianco Fall
Trunk Show

November 16-18
Lafayette 148 Resort Trunk Show

Photograph from Larrimor’s

Larrimor’s, 1 PNC Plaza, 249 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.471.5727.

Pure Barre

Shop the Mt. Lebanon Location

The best accessory for a comfortable, fashionable workout ensemble? An equally stylish water bottle to keep you hydrated! 

1. Monrow Pullover Hoody with Side Lace Up, $175.
2. Monrow Lace Up Sweats, $135.
3. Swell 17oz Water Bottle in White Gold Ombre, $35.

+ Check out Pure Barre’s newest class: Pure Empower, a full-body sweat session that combines strength training and cardio-centric circuits. We love that the 45-minute, barre-based workout is both high-intensity and low-impact!

Photograph from Pure Barre

Pure Barre, Fox Chapel. Mt. Lebanon. Murrysville. Peters Township. Shadyside. Wexford.

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