Category Inspiration

Every Day Is A Celebration With Darling & Bliss

We’ve all done it: we mindlessly drag our feet through the week, with eyes glazed over and frowns painted on. We tell ourselves that the weekend will be better and that we’ll be happy once we have a day off – that’s when we’ll truly live. But who says that a Tuesday night can’t include kitchen dance parties and champagne toasts just because? When did gifts, cards, and baked goods become birthday-only items? Darling & Bliss is on a mission to make every day worth celebrating by bringing beauty back into our daily lives. Sarah Anne Hayes combined her heart for encouragement and design prowess to create Darling & Bliss in 2014. Her goal is to reminder others that they are dearly loved while filling their lives with beauty, encouragement, and a bit more joy. Darling & Bliss provides all three through gorgeously designed handmade prints and cards featuring inspirational

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#ScandalThursday: 10 Times Olivia Pope Inspired Us To Be Better

Olivia Pope is TV’s queen of Pinterest-ready inspiration. Nobody has quicker comebacks, sharper statements, or wiser words to live by. She lives to bring out the best in everyone, including herself. We could all learn a thing (or ten) from her. 1. “I am many things, stupid is not one of them.” Never let anyone talk down to you or devalue who you are. Stand up for yourself with dignified grace and defend your intelligence, skills, and character. 2. “Normal is overrated.” There’s no benefit from blending in. The greatest impact you will ever make will come when you stick to who you are and stand in your truth. 3. “I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, earn me.” It’s simple: nothing worth having comes easy. Be ready and willing to put in the

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It Doesn’t All Happen for a Reason

I used to believe that everything happens for a reason. However, after the curveballs life has thrown at me the past few months, I’m not so sure that’s true. We hear a lot of talk about setting intentions to live more purposely and strategizing goals to keep us working towards something, but what about the times when we don’t get to give something a meaning beforehand? All the shit that comes up and every obstacle, what do we do with what we don’t plan for? There has to be more purpose than just ‘getting over it’, right? I struggle with this, I like calendars, planners, and to-do lists. I like preparation and strategy. Learning to roll with life’s punches has been an ongoing challenge for me. (Note: as a PR girl, I am more than capable of handling the chaos and unexpected wrinkles in other people’s lives and businesses – it’s my

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What If Your Values Went Viral? A Lesson to Take From #TheDress

Left Shark, escaping llamas, and #thedress have left us glued to our screens, tapping away on keyboards, and aching for more interaction. It’s human nature to want to be part of something bigger than ourselves and these trivial trending topics have given us a space to do just that. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t add up to much – and I know you felt that as you woke up this morning, half ashamed and thinking “I can’t believe I defended the color of a dress last night.” It’s time to start having conversations that count. It’s time to be catalysts for change. You have more to offer the world than weekly Bachelor live tweets and callous complaints about the barista that got your order wrong. We need more from you. The world needs to hear what you’re passionate about and what you value. We need you

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Perfume with a Heart

What’s more uplifting than a luxuriously scented perfume? One that also gives back to communities in need! Meet Jeanette Price, the talented perfumer behind Peachy Keen Perfume. Peachy Keen’s line of fresh, exhilarating, and handcrafted fragrances instantly transport you to the breezy California coast. And while you’re reveling in the soothing breeze, know that a portion of all proceeds goes to local community causes! Peachy Keen is perfume with a heart. Peachy Keen Perfume is about to launch its winter line, LAYERS, so I talked to Jeanette about the story behind Peachy Keen and its perfumes, as well as her commitment to helping and empowering others. SD: Tell me a little about your background- how did you get into perfuming? JP: During my undergraduate studies I immersed myself in learning French, which led me to study abroad in Paris, France and Rabat, Morocco. Perfume is a major part of both

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Get The Gown: Dream Dresses on a Budget

For most women, their wedding days are the most magical and enchanted days of their lives. In order to make sure that the big day runs smoothly, however, TONS of planning is involved. From selecting a venue to narrowing down the guest list, planning a dream wedding is no easy feat. On top of all the extensive planning, brides have the biggest decision of all to make: choosing the perfect wedding dress. Are you looking for a vintage lacey number, or a silky mermaid gown? Sparkly details, or major pouf? And once you figure that out and find a dress you love, will it fit into your budget? Thankfully for brides-to-be, Jessica Berriman and her hubby-to-be Bruce Coane have created a solution to make prepping for weddings a lot easier. “We want our brides to be able to focus on other wedding details and ultimately, have a fulfilling wedding day.

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Fall into Relaxation

This week has been the most stressful few days I’ve had in a long time. Between the pressure of starting up a new business, an ongoing family situation with my teenage sister, and not having time in my days to do the simplest things like going to the food store, life has been just a bit crazy lately. It’s moments like this where I have to remind myself that shutting my mind down, even for a few minutes, needs to be a part of my everyday routine. Because the truth is, once you realize you need to de-stress, it’s already too late. I have to get better about making time for me everyday, not just on days where I’m ready to pull my hair out! Here’s a few little ways I’ve decided to treat myself to relaxation this week right at home: 1.) My Julep Maven Beauty Box Every month when the mailman delivers

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The Best of Pittsburgh

So who took home the gold of the black & gold city? Pittsburgh’s 2014 A-List was distributed starting on August 25th and continuing throughout the week. The annual vote brought together over 1,035 businesses to compete for titles in their category. The 13 categories ranged from cuisine to fashion to auto and everything in between.  Campaigning to win the title, businesses connected with their customers on all social media platforms to spread the word! Narrowing the nominees down from 1,035 to only 134 winners, voters chose their favorites from the year. These genres showed everything Pittsburgh has to offer! The A-List is a great resource for visitors and even locals who want to try something new! Check out the A-List by City Voter app for quick list of all the winners! Call us biased, but there are three winners we just cannot get enough of! Huge congratulations to Elliven Spa,

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