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To the Editor, Um, Kristin Cavallari? Really? Not my first choice to be the face of a fashion magazine at all. What about an actual model or designer? The story was interesting enough and the photography was cool, but I would have liked to see a fashion power player grace the cover. Terrance B. Shadyside
Dear MANIAC Magazine, Thanks for always keeping it fresh. It’s nice to see a magazine in Pittsburgh is still willing to push the envelope and be creative, different, and not cover only black-tie, ritzy events. Your articles are fun to read and are exciting. I thought the Kristin Cavallari article really made the issue look incredible. Can we PLEASE have more like that???? Oh, and I liked your spin on the “Scouting” segment with who people are wearing in the city. Cool! Patrick M. Southside
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Long-time reader here! Love what you do. I was not sure what to expect when I heard you would be covering Kristin Cavallari for your Fashion Issue. What does she know about fashion? What claim to fame does she have aside from being on MTV? Wow, was I surprised when I actually read the article. She actually is pretty dynamic. Excellent job! I’m intrigued to see what her shoe line will be like. The pictures sold the total package. I’ve never seen her look this hot!
It’s about time someone in Pittsburgh recognized Michael Angel. The guy is a genius! It’s like all the major mags talk about things he does, but Pittsburgh doesn’t know him. I’m glad you see what the rest of the world sees. Also, the Entourage guy, Jonathan Keltz, was an interesting question and answer session to read. Maybe you guys should feature one Entourage cast member each issue? Just a thought! Thanks! Kelly C. Carnegie
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I just want to start off by saying “WOW!” The amount of support and readership you all have given us since our last issue, with Kristin Cavallari gracing the cover, has been ridiculously amazing! I have answered endless phone calls and emails after the coverage we received from MTV and celebrity gossip blogger himself, Mr. Perez Hilton, saying how happy and excited you all are for us. Well, THANK YOU! We couldn’t be happier either!
Peel back the many beautiful layers of the hot and talented Krysten Ritter.
Fashionable Pittsburgh power players. These women are hot!
34. ACCIDENTAL MOM
Mamas Gone Wild! Need we say more?
Jane Bang makes you electrosexual, and we aren’t ashamed to say we like it!
New York City’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Heaven exists.
On top of all of the well wishes we received, we also had a flood of calls and emails asking for ANOTHER fashion issue, right after the last one. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since here at MANIAC we were hard at work on a completely different themed issue. After much consideration, we pulled the trigger and are giving you what you want, Fashion Part Deux! After all, it’s you, the MANIACs, who make this great publication what it is. Without you, we would be nothing. Thank you!
A breakdown of Mercedes Benz Fashon Week’s hottest designers!
See sparks fly with artist Heather Joy Puskarich.
60. JET SET
In other exciting news, we have spruced up our logo in honor of MANIAC’s 8th anniversary! We feel the logo change represents the change in us, the change in our wonderful readers who have been with MANIAC from the beginning and the progression we have all experienced. Life is a journey, and the more you travel down the road, the older and wiser we all get, thus we felt we needed a logo that is indicative of our growth. We hope you like it! Get ready to peel back the many layers of international actress and powerhouse, Krysten Ritter. This bombshell is much more than a pretty face; Ritter is a talented woman of power in every sense of the meaning. MANIAC takes a look at her latest movie adventure, “Vamps,” while looking at her modeling, writing, and music careers as well. Is there anything Krysten can’t do? She’s come a long way since life on the farm in Eastern, Pennsylvania., and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Konnichiha! We are off to Tokyo, Japan.
Amiee Weidl gives you a taste of her fashionable pallet.
This issue, we also Jet-Set off to Tokyo to see what’s hot in fashion, and we tour the fascinating city, exploring all the most MANIAC places. Fasten your seatbelt and put your seats and tray tables in their upright positions because we are about to take off!
X-Shadyside allows for your schedule “work out.”
Also, we have an exclusive, front row seat for you to New York City’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Um, could we be anymore excited? We look at all the hottest designers, trends, fashions, celebrities and after parties you could ever dream of. New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is what we live for, so live with us!
The hottest wrist accessories!
Where the ladies go to play hard after working hard. Rawr!
This issue is also home to a musical guilty pleasure of ours, Jane Bang. We also peek into the studios of the very talented artist, Heather Joy Puskarich. Each of these women will blow you away! We also hook the ladies up, MANIAC style, with some of the hottest places in the ‘Burgh to play hard after working hard.
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To close, we are putting the POWER of the magazine into YOUR hands! We are elated at the amount of dedication and continued support you show us each and every issue. So, little MANIACs, thank you for everything and we wholeheartedly hope you enjoy this issue.
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INDIE VAMP ROCKER CHIC MANIAC UNRAVELS THE MANY LAYERS OF KRYSTEN RITTER
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MANIAC UNDERCOVER: KRYSTEN RITTER
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“MODELING EXPOSED ME TO THIS ARTISTIC WORLD AND THESE WEIRDOS. I WAS LIKE, ‘OH MY GOD,’ THIS IS WHERE I BELONG. “
WHEN YOU THINK OF FARM LIFE, MILKING COWS, FEEDING CHICKENS AND WEARING OVERALLS, THE WORD “SEXY” DOESN’T JUMP RIGHT OUT. IN FACT FOR MANY OF US, IT ISN’T EVEN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST. HOWEVER, ADD THE NAME KRYSTEN RITTER INTO THE MIX AND SOME OF US WILL HAVE TO TAKE A COLD SHOWER. The image of Miss Ritter is in slow motion- she is down and dirty on the farm, sitting, milking good old Betsy and stands up, wind blowing through her long, dark hair, one side of her overalls unbuttoned and she wipes her brow with her canvas-gloved hand. Perhaps there is even a little dirt smudged on her cheek. Yep. Hot.
The star’s prized fashionable possession is her little, leather jacket. “You can throw it over anything and somehow look chic.” Ritter admits But things are a little different for Krysten Ritter though, “I’m very frugal. I like to keep my possessions down to just a handful of things. It these days. Though she remains close to her has to fit in a suitcase. You pick your favorites hometown, farm roots of Eastern Pennsylvania, and it’s always just a good pair of boots and a long gone are her pitchfork days. Cut to her starring in major motion pictures, opposite some leather jacket. Nothing else really matters.” of Hollywood’s heavy hitters like Kate Bosworth, “I’ll wear head to toe black pretty much every tearing up the recording studio and stages in a rock band and writing, selling and co-producing day. I’m not Goth or anything; it’s just an easy television pilots and movies. Yep, things are just go-to! But then I also love little dresses with little leather jackets or jean jackets.” The thing about a little different. Krysten Ritter is that she could wear a garbage bag and make it look hot, fashionable and her “I was scouted at the mall by Elite Model Management and started modeling right away… own. While she can sport an array of looks, her talent is what truly makes her shine and stand the next thing you know, I was summering in out. Tokyo,” Ritter explains how she got her foot in the door in the entertainment industry as a teenager. “That led to commercials and that led “You can’t just be a model anymore,” Ritter explains. “The middleclass model just doesn’t to getting a real manager and a real agent, and then to a full-on transition [into acting]. I loved it exist. The rates are lower. It’s the same thing with acting. You can’t just be an actress and it’s been a long road, ten years, and this is anymore. Looks only get you so far. You have my life now. I get to make movies!” to work on the business side. You have to work on your personality.” Unfortunately, all of that is true of the entertainment industry. The “I WAS ANGSTY AND DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHO I WAS. I HATED STANDING dark underbelly is always being exposed, and STILL AND SHUTTING UP. [MODELING] Krysten Ritter knows and accepts that, making her a first class businesswoman too. JUST WAS NOT THE RIGHT JOB
FOR ME. BUT, THAT SAID, I’M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND IT EXPOSED ME TO THE BIG, BAD WORLD. IT EXPOSED ME TO ALL OF THESE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.”
There is no denying her beauty. Her career as a model was certainly lucrative in many ways, but the biggest take away was that it opened eyes to her true calling. “Modeling exposed me to this artistic world and these weirdos. I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ this is where I belong. I want to write, I want to be an actress, I want to be a musician. It showed me it was okay to dream big and if you work hard, things pay off.” If that’s not the understatement of the century… She is a huge, gorgeous force to be reckoned with on the big screen, and in all aspects of the entertainment industry. A true MANIAC in every sense of the word. 12
Though her style doesn’t define who she is (even after traveling all over the world as a model), it still gives her a badass, rocker-chic persona that makes her even sexier. “My style is a pair of beat up cowboy boots or combat boots, a leather jacket, and just some black jeans or ripped up jeans and a tank top.” Combat boots on the red carpet? Yes please! It’s her edgy ‘I don’t care’ attitude that makes her a MANIAC. She won’t steal your milk money, but would you want to run into her in a dark alley? Probably not!
The little MANIAC has had roles in some major motion pictures like “27 Dresses, “Confessions of a Shopaholick,” and “She’s Out of My League” (which was filmed in Pittsburgh!), so she is no stranger to the limelight. “I get to go from movie set to movie set. I’m so fortunate,” Ritter elaborates. She just wrapped her latest film adventure, “Vamps,” with costar Alicia Silverstone, which is about two vampire best friends living in New York City. It’s a biting comedy about love and friendship, and of course, vampires. Even Sigourney Weaver appears as the Vampire Queen. “What an experience! It’s so surreal. It’s just a dream come true to work with one of your icons. Amy Heckerling is one of the only female chick directors right now. [Women directors] are just so few and far between. She has made some of my favorite movies of all time and the
fact that I got to star in one of her movies is just ridiculous. I can’t believe it!” That’s what we like to see, women in powerful roles, taking charge and creating amazing projects. Ritter goes on to explain that her schedule for filming the movie has effected her in a lot of ways, “Amy Heckerling has officially turned me into a real life vampire! I don’t know how I’m going to get off this schedule.” Short of biting people or killing anyone in the movie, Ritter dishes that, “we are conscientious vampires.” Forget the Cullens, here at MANIAC, we would let Miss Ritter bite us any day! Now, Krysten wouldn’t be Krysten if it just stopped there. Nope. Simultaneously, she is working on about a dozen other projects from movies to writing and even making music. Most notably, after selling a television pilot, she wrote and sold a movie called “BFF & Baby,” which she is also starring in and co-producing. Is there anything this girl doesn’t do? Excitedly, Ritter explains that the movie is “a raunchy female comedy about two girls who are Hell-bent on having it all. They are very modern and fabulous. We live in this time where women are finally making a lot of money and they can have a man at home with dishpan hands. My character gets pregnant and that throws a wrench into their fabulous plans.” The coming-of-age story starts shooting October 19 and Ritter shared a juicy little secret about the film, “Kate Bosworth is also starring in it and the rest of the cast we managed to get is completely insane too! My movie is getting made! It’s crazy!” Obviously enthused, Krysten explains that even in a world and industry full of rejection, if you work hard and dream big, things can happen, and happen big. When Ritter speaks, she speaks with an infectious conviction and passion and you can’t help but feel happy for her and that she deserves the best. She really and truly loves her life and career.
“YOU HAVE TO BE CONFIDENT AND YOU HAVE TO THINK HIGHLY OF WHAT YOU’RE DOING, OTHERWISE NO ONE ELSE WILL.” This piece of advice has stuck with her and given her the motivation and drive to succeed. “It’s all about working hard and being grateful.” Because Ritter is such an entertainment powerhouse and influential women, it only made sense for MANIAC to try to soak up some words of wisdom from her. “There is a fine line between being a woman of power and a bitch. It’s hard to navigate 13
MANIAC UNDERCOVER: KRYSTEN RITTER between. It’s important to be succinct and hardworking and well educated. You have to be prepared for every situation. It will allow you to be on your A-Game. I work 24 hours a day on things because I want to show up knowing exactly what I’m doing and exactly what I’m talking about. That’s all there is to it.” Take heed ladies!
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“I WORK 24 HOURS A DAY ON THINGS BECAUSE I WANT TO SHOW UP KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT I’M DOING AND EXACTLY WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT.”
Interestingly enough, Krysten also rocks out in her indie band, Ex Vivian, that she describes as “a low-fi PJ Harvey, simple, minimalistic and cutsie.” Lately, Ritter has been experimenting with some interesting synthesized layers that add a new sound to the band. “It’s a weird little style, and I’ve recorded a lot of fun songs and have been lucky to have them placed in some movies and TV shows I’ve been in.”
SHE CREDITS HER INSPIRATION TO “MOMENTS IN WEIRD HOTEL ROOMS.” SHE ALSO WENT ON TO SAY, “I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING REALLY ROMANTIC ABOUT SITTING IN WINDOWSILLS AND WATCHING WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING AND THEY DON’T KNOW.” OTHER INSPIRATIONS INCLUDE LOU REED, OTIS REDDING, THE NATIONAL, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, VELVET UNDERGROUND AND CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. WE LIKE TO SEE A MANIAC WITH TASTES AND INSPIRATIONS THAT SPAN A WIDE SPECTRUM. Aside from the movies and the band and the fast-paced lifestyle, Ritter is also working on developing a television show and working on a book of her own which she laughingly divulges is, “sort of an irreverent take on my experience in the modeling world.” Also, her next endeavor is designing a dress with designer Corey Lynn Calter (who she credits for being the first designer to truly start dressing her for red carpet events) for the charity, Dare to Share, which is an organization that supports children. “What they are doing is so great. It’s all about children. They are innocent and they need help and protection. They are the ones who get hurt by other people. It’s a moral obligation and a complete honor that I can be a part of it.” Clearly, Krysten Ritter is a force to be reckoned with and a major inspiration. With everything she has going on right now, it’s hard to imagine she has time to sleep. Through her attitude of commitment and dedication to everything she does, young women everywhere can learn from her. “Women should be confident. A lot of this [business] is a ‘boy’s town,’ but there is no reason why we can’t hang with the boys.” 14
Gary Graham rust colored knitted cardigan (worn as dress) Robert Clergerie platform shoes
Gary Graham rust colored knitted cardigan (worn as dress) Robert Clergerie platform shoes
MANIAC UNDERCOVER: KRYSTEN RITTER Proenza Schouler black cropped mock turtle neck sweater and school girl black kil
“WOMEN SHOULD BE CONFIDENT. A LOT OF THIS [BUSINESS] IS A ‘BOY’S TOWN,’ BUT THERE IS NO REASON WHY WE CAN’T HANG WITH THE BOYS.”
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Could our little MANIACs get any hotter? Well, they certainly were on fire at the issue launch party at Seviche on Penn Avenue on September first to help us welcome our Fashion Issue into the world. It was also my first official issue as Editor. The amount of people who came out to support us was absolutely amazing. Thank you all for making it a wonderful time! We had over 200 MANIACs at the hotspot and we couldnâ€™t be happier. There were even hot door prizes ranging anywhere from gift cards to beauty products. The night went off without a hitch. Seviche had great drink specials including a special drink for MANIAC partygoers- a mango mojitoâ€Śyep, fantastic. With the music, laughter, good friends and good times packing the venue, how could you even remember it was a Wednesday?
ACCIDENTAL MOM THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF ACCIDENTAL MOMS. The first is the girl that gets pregnant and changes their reckless ways for good, like changing their stripper profession for teaching math. The second are those that secretly wanted to have kids but are not very good life planners. These are at least the kind of friends I have anyway. I probably fall into both categories, except I was a nightlife reporter, not a stripper. After my daughter Lyra burst out of me like a little cone-headed alien escaping her captor, I sat on the couch in shock for about a year. In the beginning, she was a tiny thing that was prone to bashing her head against my big boobies in tears. Patrick and I were determined to be all natural and only allow her breast milk; therefore I had to get a breast pump to quill Lyra’s impatient cries.
ACCIDENTAL MOM: PART 3
And because I have all the tact and grace of a circus clown, I attracted a lot of attention trying to breast feed in public. In the previous year, I wouldn’t have flinched to expose my girls to admirers, but choking a baby in public with my raspberry-sized nipples was not the least bit sexy. So I stayed at home in my topless garb to keep from embarrassing my infant daughter. When at six months-old she thought it was hilarious to try to bite my berries off I ended the abuse of my boobies. She responded by mercilessly vomiting on me at the most in opportune moments when we switched to formula. Motherhood is freaking messy. My delighted audience was my crew of childhood friends who I had watched get pregnant in their early twenties. Missy, Suzanne, and I went to an all-girl Catholic high school in Kentucky, so naturally we had a crazy edge. They signed me up for Facebook after I gave birth to Lyra. I had always been too busy for social websites, but sitting at home watching CSI reruns was making me paranoid to walk down the street. I soon discovered that I didn’t need parenting guidebooks, I just needed Facebook! All of my 200 high school classmates were there waiting to give me parenting advice, since 80 percent of them were seasoned moms. They sent me messages like “Gee, that blows my mind that you are a mom!” Very encouraging.
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Missy’s life story was straight out of a hundred different country songs. She was gorgeous, wild and stormy. If you pissed her off she would sod your yard with her daddy’s pick-up truck. She had become a mom right after high school to her boyfriend Billy. Three kids later she had earned a nursing career and still wears a size 3. However, after eighteen years of the same man she was going through married-life crisis.
Suzanne was the girl who introduced me to Edie Brickell and Cat Stevens in art class. She would get in trouble for wearing Birkenstocks to school and on the weekends we would take turns making out with boys in her parents’ Winnebago in the backyard. She got pregnant and married not long after high school as well. When her daughter was thirteen, she was on the verge of a much needed divorce. However, instead of going crazy all over again she went all “Jesus” and started dating a minister from her mother’s missionary work. Suzanne and her holy man decided to abstain from vaginal intercourse. A little drastic I thought! I started calling him President Clinton. Back at my ranch, Patrick and I were teetering through parenthood, barely able to contain the explosions from either end of our small daughter. When Lyra was eleven months old, we took her on a road trip through Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Romania. Sounds luxurious when you consider we were picking up our BMW at the factory to take it for its first road trip. Let’s just say Lyra baptized it every time we started the engine. She has a severe case of motion sickness – good times let me tell you. While in Romania a doctor told me she might have an eating disorder. What?! Already?! It was in September after the crazy European vacation that a Kentucky storm took over my life again in the form of a bourbon bottle that I smuggled into a Russian opera my dad had suckered my sister and me into attending. I came home to a sleeping Romanian and insisted he ravish me. He insisted that it wasn’t a good time of the month for me.
past eighteen years as her new ‘Billy’ waited in the car outside the event. She disappeared after an hour. Suzanne and I made our rounds comparing everyone’s new names and faces when at midnight we got a call from Missy that she was holed up with the new Billy at a bar when the old Billy tracked her down. Drama! Suzanne forbade me to go get her and Patrick was convinced I didn’t need another drink because I was pregnant. “No I am not!” At 3 a.m. I got a knock on my hotel door. Missy was doing cartwheels in the hallway. She got a room at the hotel and proceeded to sing “Like a Virgin” at the top of her lungs. She had picked up where she left off literally. We spent the night amusing ourselves with scenarios of what she might have done if she hadn’t become a mom so soon. None of them were realistic because she could only be this crazy blonde bombshell who raised three well behaved kids. We went to bed with her swearing she had never slept with the new Billy. It seems sexting is taking the place of condoms, a better birth control.
PATRICK AND I HAVEN’T CAUGHT ONTO THE PRACTICE BECAUSE UPON MY RETURN TO PITTSBURGH I DISCOVERED I WAS INDEED PREGNANT, AGAIN. OH SNAP! > Stay tuned for the next episode at www.accidentalmama.com.
“NONSENSE, YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT MY BODY!” I SLURRED AT HIM. A FEW HOURS LATER I SOBERED UP AND COUNTED THE DAYS FROM MY LAST PERIOD IN MY SLUMBER. OH DRAT, NOT AGAIN. A couple of weeks later we were in Kentucky for my high school reunion. Missy was split from Billy and had convinced herself that she couldn’t be alone, or rather just needed a man in her life. The man she chose was Billy’s childhood friend Billy. Sounds bizarre, well, it’s just Kentucky. Suzanne was sexting her minister while I was entertaining my mother-inlaw from Romania that came along for the ride. At the reunion we all received name tags with our senior pictures on it. Mine read Sarah Lolley Flip (my husband’s last name is actually Filip pronounced Phillip). Truthfully, I was relieved to be married at all. I felt like I was finally normal just to be married with a kid. Meanwhile, Missy was working on severe abandonment of the 35
“I WOULDN’T LABEL MYSELF A LESBIAN RAPPER,” SHE SAYS. “I WOULDN’T LABEL MYSELF ANY WAY ACTUALLY. I I WOULD CALL MYSELF A LYRICIST WHO IS OPEN ABOUT SEXUALITY. I’M A FEMALE RAPPER. END OF STORY.”
JANE BANG A PRODUCT OF EVOLUTION BY s arah l ol l e y
AT FIRST LOOK, JANE BANG IS A PROVOCATIVE RAPPER WITH STRONG SEX APPEAL AND NO CENSOR BUTTON. With some select teaser tracks available through MySpace and the hype machine, Jane has built an uncanny following over the Internet in what seems like over night. She first made her entrance into iPods everywhere with the song “Untame,” which depicts her racy beats with playful, biting dialogue – along with the music video. Staying true to her Brooklyn roots, with old school rhyming techniques, she infuses beats from European-influenced electro. The progress of her music from “Untame,” to her most current collaborations with producers like Gigi Barocco – of her song “Crunk It” and remix covers like Sleigh Bells “Crown on the Ground” – have floored people by where her amazing music mind has taken her. Her femme take on edgy street style is every bit electro-sexual. She recently moved back to New York City after seven years living in Los Angeles. While on the West Coast, her original hip-hop sound grew stronger ties into the dance and punk scene, giving birth to the electro scene. “The new wave of hip-hop has outstretched boundaries – something that’s being called ‘alternative rap’ – it’s hard to replicate old school culture so this generation is pretty much creating their
own. The LA hip-hop scene kindles European sounds with rap, while NYC takes pride in giving birth to hip-hop.”
“HIP-HOP IS REALLY VERSATILE, PEOPLE ARE FUSING A LOT OF PUNK,” SHE SAYS. “OUR GENERATION IS MORE INNOVATIVE. I LIKE HIP-HOP THAT IS ELECTROINFUSED. IT’S REALLY ABOUT TAKING SOUNDS THAT YOU LIKE REGARDLESS, OF THE GENRE, AND FUSING THEM TOGETHER; REACHING YOUR OWN IDENTITY WITHIN YOUR MUSIC. MUSIC IS SOMETHING PERSONAL THAT YOU GET TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD” Jane got her start by playing classical piano at age six and listening to Jewel. Who would have thought roots such as this could bring her to write songs like “Play Me Like A Toy” which we will just leave at that – you can listen to the song yourself – just try not to be offended. We weren’t! “It’s definitely raunchy – that’s what makes it fun. I like to be able to say what I want, when I want, how I want, to whoever I want, and I think that’s pretty clear in my music. I don’t think it
is fair for a male rapper to talk about hoes, cars and money, but the second a girl utters even close to anything like that it’s frowned upon.” The evolution of the female pop star has changed from the folk-emoting on-stage artists like Sarah McLaughlin, to super-stars that aren’t afraid to reinvent themselves in aggressively artistic ways like Lady Gaga. Jane is merely a product of evolution. “I think now a days girls are more inclined to make a statement and step out of their boundaries. Whether it’s through fashion, art or in my case music, it’s important to find a way to really let lose,” Bang says of women in music. “I think the music industry in the past has mostly been run by men, and now women are stepping in. They are pushing themselves to the forefront, creating a duality that has never been seen before. “I wouldn’t label myself a lesbian rapper,” she says. “I wouldn’t label myself any way actually. I have been called that numerous times, but I don’t know why everyone is so hung up on labels. I would call myself a lyricist who is open about sexuality. I’m a female rapper. End of story.” Jane’s ambition is as worldly as her influences. 37
â€œI FEEL THAT MY FANS AND I UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER AND THEY LOVE INTERACTING WITH ME. IT FEELS GOOD KNOWING THAT I AFFECT PEOPLE IN A POSITIVE WAY THROUGH MY OWN VISION.â€?
â€œWomen create their own power. I think it is important that women of all ages know that their world can be anything they see fit. The bigotry of the past is done and dusted. Go out there and fuck shit up. The world is your oyster.â€?
â€œUSING HUMOR IS A REALLY GOOD WAY OF GETTING PAST RESTRICTION,â€? SHE SAYS OF HER DREAMS OF SPREADING HER OUT-SPOKEN MESSAGE. â€œPEOPLE LISTEN WHEN THEY HEAR SOMETHING THATâ€™S FUNNY OR OFFENSIVE. ITâ€™S JUST A FACT.â€?
her song titled â€œTwitterâ€? which gives props to her favorite way to communicate with her fans. Additionally, her first EP will be out this year, with prospects of a full album in the next year. Until then you can find her tracks on the web. â€œI feel that my fans and I understand each other and they love interacting with me. It feels good knowing that I affect people in a positive way through my own vision.â€?
She plans on procuring her identity as an independent artist and is still shopping labels for her debut album. CHECK WWW.JANEBANG.COM FOR UPDATES.
Through social media, Jane blogs her global hip-hop adventures to places like Germany and Long Beach. She is releasing a video for
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THE SCENES OF FASHION STRAIGHT FROM THE RUNWAY AND BEHIND THIS YEAR’S LOOKS OF SS 2010
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LEAVE IT TO NEW YORK TO STEP UP THE FASHION WEEK INDUSTRY A NOTCH BY INTRODUCING TECHNOLOGY TO THE MÊLÉE OF FASHIONISTAS AND PHOTOGS. A new computer system of tracking invites and registering guests was the talk of the pre-show press for the tented shows at Lincoln Center. However, the real news was how the designers lightened the mood of the past seasons’ economic overtures by introducing light airy designs that held a youthful nostalgic with shear fabrics and soft colors.
and designers at locations across the city. The impetus behind the international event was to boost a slouching industry by encouraging people to buy full price garments. Considering the upgrades to FW’s move to Lincoln Center and the maxed out venues it would appear their efforts to bolster business have been successful.
The new generation of designers was on topic for the week as well as the celebrations of some of the stalwarts of America’s fashion industry. The new generation of “it” designers Prabal Gurung, Richard Chai, Thakoon, Derek Lam, Maniac Magazine’s adventures began on Alexander Wang, and Jason Wu commanded a Fashion Night’s Out when the city became large about of buzz after being anointed the new overwhelmed with enthusiasts and paparazzi. generation of designers by fashion institutes and This was the event’s second year of hosting mini- multiple news sources including the New York celebrations open to the public at the beginning Times. Tommy Hilfiger’s empire of American of FW with guest appearances from celebrities preppy standards turned 25 with a huge party at
the Metropolitan Opera House that brought the Strokes out of their 4-year sabbatical. Among the design houses bypassing store buyers, Diane von Furstenberg made a precedent by releasing her runway designs after the show for advance order by touch screens at her flagship store. Many designers changed the scenery of their runway event by exchanging the syncopated beats of the catwalk for the mellow instrumental accompaniment of live music. Nanette Lepore and Odd Molly both had bands as a backdrop to a season determined to loosen up our belts and put lacey femininity back into our wardrobes. Neutral tones in nude and strikes of denim blue make appearances next year along with bellows of earthy patterns, shear blouses, and crochet detailing. The fun is definitely back. 47
The original French couturier Herve Leger went back to their roots this season with influences from Maria Antoinette and 18th century corsetry. The show began in high court style with dresses adorned with bustles of bandage layers. Pants inspired by garters mirrored the cabaret side of Parisian life in soft hues with a nod toward lingerie. Contrasting the softer subtleties of the collection, rubberized lace and laser-cut patterns stood out as a stunning deviance for the designer Max Azria who has attracted celebrities like Kristen Bell, Lauren Conrad and Blake Lively with his classic tightly fitted bandage dresses. The front row was graced by model and DJ Leigh Lezark, â€œGossip Girlâ€? actress Jessica Szohr, socialite Fabiola Beracasa and fashion blogger Rumi Neely. The BCBG Group released the line for online orders a week later, which was also a trend this year as designers find ways to exchange directly with their clientele.
LUCA LUCA The uber-sophisticated Italian design house Luca Luca and New York-based creative director Raul Melgoza infused a little youthfulness into their spring collection. Melgoza took his inspiration from a cruise around Australia and New Zealand for the colors and patterns. The geometric triangular patterns on chiffon blouses and dresses were influenced by the Sydney Opera House. Sheer fabrics set in blush and beeswax tones were on trend for this season. In this collection the colors were inspired by the skies over the ocean. Tsunami survivor and model Petra Nemcova was seated front row with Pittsburgh-bred Beth Ostrosky-Stern and recent Maniac covergirl Kristen Cavallari. Despite the shot of inspiration from the land down under, the collection stayed true to its vintage Italian film roots and kept the skinny belts that have inspired past seasons, a common theme.
You can always count on Anna Sui to break with trend and go crazy. Models donned feathery headpieces and beaded Native American-inspired necklaces in a big nod to the collection’s 70s prairie-bohemian motif. The makeup was even reported to be inspired by Joni Mitchell and hairstyles were the quintessential flower power girl parted down the middle. Boho-chic in mixed patterns and textures of brocade and fringe paired with westernstyle boots resembled the hipster trends that have been relevant for the last few seasons. However, she shifted to flower flare pants, then to socks and sandals paired with denim to keep viewers guessing. The entire show began with a cacophony of colors and then faded the color drama out into simpler black/ white contrasts, ending with a white and gold dress that vaguely resembled a fairy sent to end the show. Probably attracted to the drama of Anna Sui’s presentations, Kelly Osbourne sat front row along with celebrity photographer Bruce Weber.
Instead of nightclub-pumping beats for the catwalk, this Swedish label, Odd Molly, turned their show into a mini-concert. The dreamy melodies of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl accompanied by their band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, introduced the Wild West collection that encapsulated the audience with patchwork panache. The designer duo of Per Holknett and Karin Jimfelt founded their label in 2002 with the original inspiration of an 80s California girl who hangs with elite skater dudes. This season they took Texas from the 70s as their muse. On trend with a lot of houses for next season, lace and sheer nude were used in layered looks that might have taken their cue from granny’s attic. Burlesque accents like bloomers, pointelle leggings and lacey camisoles with crocheted cardigans were set off by multi-colored hair braids that could have been a nod to the label’s origins. They also used brocaded designs into jean jackets and details that could have also taken its roots from peasantry chic. For all the odd elements, it worked in a playfully romantic way. Nicky Hilton also seemed to think so as she smiled in the front row.
In a break from the tented shows of Fashion Week, Walter Baker shared his collection inspired by the New York skyline at the Metropolitan Pavilion. His minimal and modern constructions exemplify the brand’s dedication to finely crafted and thoughtful garments. The collection’s composition followed the colors of an urban sky with black and white contrasts fading into shear transparent textures as dusk turns to dawn. Where there was a black shirt dress, there was a white jersey dress. Other compositions seemed wind swept with details of fringe. Colors of olive and soft blush blended with modern constructions. His center piece every year is a key jacket that made its appearance in draping black leather. Coincidentally, his long ankle length hemlines are on trend for the spring season. This was the first line under their new design director Elizabeth Giardina, previously of Halston Heritage- the line made famous by the “Sex in the City” franchise. (The vacancy is being filled in part by Sarah Jessica Parker who has been anointed the creative director of Halston Heritage.)
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ART THE INTERVIEW BEGAN WITH A TOUR OF THE PITTSBURGH GLASS WORKS ON THE PENN AVENUE IN EAST LIBERTY, WHERE HEATHER JOY PUSKARICH’S GLASS ART CAREER BEGAN. She returned to Pittsburgh from her home in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, three and a half years ago, because of an interest in the Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Heather’s background in photography took on new dimensions after attending a class at the Glass Works taught by Susan Taylor Glasgow, whom of which Heather names as her greatest influence and inspiration. Heather currently works and teaches at the Glass Works where what she learned has evolved into the insightful art for which she is now renowned.
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Heather walked us through a few steps of the creative processes that are involved in producing her unique pieces. The process begins with a photograph, made into a negative of the desired size of the piece, then the gray areas are removed leaving only the black and the white, or what results in the clear areas when made into a transparency. That transparency is then placed on the glass and the clear areas or negative space is covered by the blue film, or protective coating, leaving the dark areas of the photograph exposed for treatment. She carried this prepared demonstrator to the sand blaster, for a brief treatment. Next, we passed the “hot shop,” where the glass blowers work, and went to something called, the “cold shop.” Here we were privileged to watch what she referred to as “the most exciting part” of what she does. She placed an 8X10 piece of glass with a photo superimposed, surrounded by a blue shield on the work bench propped up by blocks of wood for the process called “blasting steel.” Not sure what she was about to do next, Puskarich then donned ear and eye protectors, and large bulky gloves, picked up a heavy grinder and began grinding a steel bar. With uncanny accuracy, the sparks of hot metal splashed onto the small square of glass to impact the exposed areas with a thin coating of hot steel. That hot steel etches out an area on the glass imprinting the pattern of that photo where the glass was not protected. After the glass cools that steel can then be treated with a spray compound to protect and prevent further decomposition of the steel coating. Also, the steel can be left untreated, where it will continue to rust, darkening in color against the glass. “The narrative remains the same”, Puskarich states, “regardless of the medium, or processes I use. My motivation continues to come from the human landscape, especially the shapes and curves of a the female form.” Surprisingly, the subject in her photos is almost always herself. In her most recent gallery showing called ‘My Deviant Muse,’ presented by Pittsburgh
Filmmakers at the Melwood Gallery, Heather reveals that her art reflects her personal journey, exposing her dualistic nature. “There are two sides to every story,” Heather explains,” and I think you can see that in my pieces. For instance, ‘Gypsy,’ the piece she reports being most proud of, where a dark etched sliver of a female face in a demure pose, hiding behind dark strands of hair, sad eyes, but the hint of a smile tugging at her lips. This intriguing work has the words of the Carl Sandburg poem, by the same name, pressed between the layers of glass in the negative space. Elegant. Beautiful. Insightful. Heather uses mostly recycled glass, and was anxious to point out that the Glass Works is a GREEN facility. When she is not using recycled products, she orders from Bullseye Glass, a company that she reports as being eager to answer any questions that come up regarding working with this medium.
After the demonstration in the “cold shop” of the Glass Works studio, Heather Joy took us a block away to her home studio. As we climbed the hill to her house, she explained that she wanted to live specifically in this area because of the developing art community. The growing culture interest of the Bloomfield, Shadyside and Lawrenceville areas have resulted in the emergence of dozens of small galleries. Entering Heather Joy’s home, we found a warm, well-lit environment with pieces of her art displayed throughout. The foyer housed a piece called “Blue Girl,” which featured a poem by Joy Harjo, a Native American poet, called “Bleed Through.” As we studied the four-paneled piece, she said something that significantly reflects her artistic attitude, and one that carries throughout her work. “It is perfect in its imperfection,” she divulged, when someone had pointed out the fact that the glass squares were uneven. There is a genuineness, and sincerity, to her art that leaves an indelible impression on ones’ soul after being absorbed into its depths.
While following her through her living space, scuffles on the stairs could be heard, and were joined by a small chocolate colored, longhaired Chihuahua named Coco. Scooping up the pup, Heather continued pointing out various works with her bug-eyed baby peeking over her arm. She showed collaborative works and talked about being commissioned to do specific pieces by friends and business, all adding to her marketability and enabling her to support herself with her talent. There was a piece on the cabinet in the kitchen that changed in appearance depending on where it was displayed. If it were in front of a dark wall, then the negative space was emphasized. If a light colored wall was behind it, the etched part of the glass became more prominent. But it was a small piece on a sidewall called simply, “The Letter,” which captured everything. Comprised of short notes, one written by her mother and one by her father, which has proven to move onlookers to tears. Heather’s father, now deceased for seven years, had, and still has, a huge influence on all of her work, and she said “it’s where I got my artistic side.” There is something about the relationship between a father and daughter that is indescribably powerful. Heather shared that she has a project in the works, entitled “The Umbrella.” It is a piece where she will use a prop carried frequently by her father as the subject of the work. One can feel the power of their bond as she speaks, almost tangible, summoning even more heart and depth to what the artist offers. Undoubtedly the anticipation of this, and future works, will continue to catapult this artist to unspeakable notoriety. Puskarish’s history and family ties have continued to motivate her creative forces. She will share her love of family in a three-panel piece spanning three decades displayed in something she referred to as “glass wall paper.” She was one of seven siblings, two of whom are in the Pittsburgh area. But roots of strong women run deep in the artist’s family tree. Her grandmother was a welder in the shipyards during WWII. She has a sister who is a coal miner in the hills of Pennsylvania. This tiny 39 year-old female shows pride and a sense of empowerment, wielding her heavy power tools with brilliant precision to create delicate and sensitive artistic jewels reflecting truth, heart, and love. She is an inspiration to women everywhere and a perfect example of the kind of MANIAC who lives and breathes our creed of passion, excitement, creativity and personal drive and development. Puskarich’s work is currently available and displayed in Page Boy’s on Butler Street and the Morgan Glass Gallery on Elsworth Avenue. Find future gallery showings and new releases on her website, www.heatherjoyp.com 57
BY domi ni c j ani das PHOTOGRAP HY BY s te p h e n p a r k s & je f f s w e n s o n Lights! Camera! Action! Local non-profit, Friends of the Riverfront, held their annual Trail Mixer fundraiser event in June. This year, they pulled out all the stops and held it at Pittsburgh’s former film studio, Mogul Mind in Lawrenceville. Naturally, MANIAC was there to help support the fantastic cause, eat, drink and enjoy a night of great music on the river! The event was a “Summer Solstice Celebration of Access, Advocacy & the Arts on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.” Approximately 320 people showed up to help support “Friends” and killer Pittsburgh musicians Mikey Yurick, Anthony Jardine and his band These Lions, and The Turpentiners all rocked the riverfront stage as the sun set. Amazing! DJ Steve Maffei Jr. was cranking out the jams on the dance floor, and of course we were out there showin’ off our best moves; we might have even danced on a few prop cars….shhhh. The night was certainly a blast. There was a ton of food, including a delicious pig roast, four bars with movie themes, a massive silent auction and we even went kayaking on the river! A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Martin J. O’Malley Award to former Mayor Tom Murphy. Some of the sponsors included the Pittsburgh Steelers, UPMC, Point Park University and Fourth River Development LLC. Overall, it was a great night. Friends of the Riverfront really did it up right. We approve.
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WHERE THE WESTERN AND EASTERN WORLDS COLLIDE The population of Tokyo is estimated to be over 12.989 million people. The streets of Tokyo are viewed as a live fashion show on a daily basis; where new trends are born every day. “When the economy is good, that’s when fashion happens,” says Nami Ogawa-Holderman, Pittsburgh-based Chief Designer of ZETO Inc. “Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the center of the economy. And where the economy is good, high-end designers will open stores. And when other designers see their success, they too, will open shop. Economy drives fashion. It’s like that any in major city-New York, London, Paris.” With the Spring/Summer Collection to premiere at the 11th Japan Fashion Week, all eyes are on Tokyo this October. Gaining notoriety as the fashion “hub” of Asia, Tokyo Fashion Week this year is aiming to be a “gateway to success for young designers.” Over 50 brands are being featured this season; 42 at Tokyo Collection Week, running Monday, October 18thFriday, October 22nd and 9 at the Joint Exhibition, running Tuesday, October 19th-Thursday, October 21st. “This year, we can expect to see more military and nautical inspired pieces,” says Ogawa-Holderman. “On the runway, we can expect 2011 styles to go back to a sweeter look, but on the streets and everyday styles, the baggy look of the 80’s will be popular. Baggy boyfriend jeans with a feminine twist.” Japanese designers are inspired by Western and European styles, but add their own twist to make it distinctly Japanese. According to Ogawa-Holderman, “Italian designs are made for taller people. Japanese people tend to be much smaller in stature. What works for them doesn’t necessarily work for us, so we take inspiration and make it uniquely ours.”
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It’s important to have the full experience while visiting Tokyo, and while impossible to sum it up in just a few pages, here are just a few places to make sure you hit up in your travels.
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two) cocktails from a list of over 100 off menus shaped like a deck of cards or a fabulous dessert from a heart-shaped menu.
MAX OUT THE CREDIT CARD In a world were fashion and shopping go handin-hand, it’s impossible not to check out the fantastic shopping in Ginza, a district of Tokyo located just south of Kyobashi. If you are going to shop anywhere in Tokyo, Ginza is the place to be. It is recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. It’s home to the world’s oldest and prestigious department store, Wako, as well as many popular Japanese department stores like Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, Matsuzakaya, Printemps and Hankyu. It is here that nearly every brand name can be found: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, and Prada. The streets of Ginza are also lined with boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. For the convenience of shoppers on weekends, the streets are closed to traffic, making it a pedestrian only zone. Looking for a younger style? Then visit Shibuya, one of the wards of Tokyo where new trends are favored by teenagers and young adults. It is often referred to as the birthplace to fashion and entertainment trends found in Japan. It’s here that the Kogal (Kogyaru) style, based on the Japanese school uniform, became all the rage. This fashion is particularly found in the 109 Building, also known as Shibuya 109. It escalated in popularity when pop singer Namie Amuro wore outfits sold at the shops in the 109 Building. 62
Prices average about $5000 yen ($45.00) a person, but this includes appetizers, drinks, meal and dessert. If you are looking for a more traditional Japanese meal, then you owe it to yourself to try Jangara Ramen. Jangara Ramen is famous for their thin, Kyushu-style ramen noodle. Not to be compared to the American Ramen noodles, traditional ramen is a noodle dish that is served in a fish or meat based broth and often flavored with miso and topped with meat or vegetables.
SQUASH YOUR APPETITE After a long day of shopping, who isn’t looking for an escape? If in Ginza, then follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and visit Alice in Wonderland, one of the city’s many fantasy restaurants. The eatery combines Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland with a Japanese twist. Waitresses dress in the Gothic Lolita fashions while serving you a fusion of French and Italian cuisine based on Japanese material. There are 30 different kinds of appetizers prepared amuse-bouche, combining Japanese and Western cuisine, served with little cards that read “Eat Me.” Your eyes, as well as your stomach, will feast upon your order. Sushi is served in the shape of a caterpillar and croutons in the salads are shaped like Alice. Order one (or
Jangara is a smaller chain restaurant that was originally located in Kyushu in Southern Tokyo. Now there are 6 branches total all over Tokyo, in Harajuku, Akihabara, Kanda, Nihonbashi and Akaska. There is always a line, so be prepared to wait. But in the end, your patience will pay off, and your stomach will thank you.
GET YOUR DRINK ON Need a place to cool off? Look no further than the IceBar. Located in Ginza, the IceBar is a major attraction to those looking to experience arctic-like temperatures while surrounded by exquisite furniture and sculptures made entirely from ice from the Torne River in Sweden. Guests are encouraged to interact with the design, as it is a necessary part of the IceBar experience.
Drinks are served in your own personal ice glass, which you receive as part of the entrance fee ($3,500 yen or about $32.00). While cocktails are the specialty, sake, whisky, sho chu, brandy and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Next, warm up by visiting one of the two, 300 Bar locations in Ginza. Known as “the most friendly bar in Ginza,” the 300 Bar is a hip place to go and make new friends. With the flat rate of $300 yen for food and drinks, it’s an affordable place to eat, drink and get your true MANIAC-ness on. Start off by purchasing drink tickets and exchanging them for cocktails and appetizers. This bar is standing room only, so no wallflowers!
REST YOUR WEARY HEAD After a long day, you deserve to rest in comfort so make reservations at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Located in the prestigious financial district of Nihonbashi, the hotel is unique blend of past and future. The primary theme is “Woods and Water,” the hotel was conceived as a living tree with the guestrooms as branches. No object in the rooms was created to stand alone, but rather, keeping with Japanese tradition, all come together for form a whole. There are 178 guestrooms designed to make your stay as relaxing as possible, exuding harmony and serenity. Enjoy sleeping on 450-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets imported from Italy, yukata-Japanese kimonostyle night robes, a rainforest shower, a private
bar and deluxe bathroom amenities provided by Aromatherapy Associates. The Mandarin Oriental also provides the highest end technology, complete with 45inch HD flat screen television that are able to access text messages, faxes, voicemail and hotel billings. Overlooking the Imperial Palace garden and the Tokyo Bay, the hotel has central location to direct subway access at the Mitsukoshimae Station to all major points of Tokyo. So after a much needed rest, you can awaken refreshed and begin the Tokyo experience all over again. As MANIACs, we could definitely get used to this! 63
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Maniac Magazine: How would you describe your personal style? Aimee Weidl: I am classic, but still very fashion-forward. I believe that accessories are the most important part of any outfit. MM: Who is your favorite designer? AW: I love Gwen Stefani’s edgy approach to style. MM: What sort of attitude and confidence does one need to make their own personal style really work and stand out? AW: There is nothing more confident than being an authentic and genuine person. MM: Where do you draw your inspiration from? AW: My family. My Popee [her grandfather] especially, who started our family business 50 years ago. He is my biggest hero. I’ve always looked up to him for guidance and always strive to continue his legacy the best I can. MM: What is the one accessory you cannot live without? AW: Heels, heels, heels!!!! MM: How does deStefino incorporate style into their atmosphere? AW: We are on the forefront in fashion, whether it be hair, skin, jewelry or handbags. We love having the latest fashion trends at reasonable prices. MM: Your modern boutique has really turned some heads recently, what do you attribute that to? AW: We’ve remodeled our salon and have welcomed three cutting-edge stylists to our deStefino family. MM: What do you think of Pittsburgh’s fashion scene? Is there one? Is one emerging?
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AW: Pittsburgh is definitely becoming a more fashion-forward city. Small boutiques are on the rise and people are want a more unique style. MM: How do you choose what to wear in the morning? AW: I usually try on four to five different outfits and go with the one I feel best in that day! MM: Where is your favorite place to shop in the ‘Burgh? AW: Nordstrom. I love the personal customer service. MM: Are there any local designers here that you love? AW: There are a lot of talented local designers. I don’t have a particular favorite. MM: What is one piece of advice you can give MANIAC fashionista/o’s? AW: Be confident and comfortable with who you are.
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FITNESS AEROBIC MACHINES STAND MOCKING NEWCOMERS WITH MILES OF SIMULATED TRACKS AND MOUNTAIN PASSES. WEIGHTS CLANK TOGETHER, A DAUNTING SOUND TO ANYONE ENTERING A GYM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME. The passers-by secretly envy the avid gym-goers as beads of sweat slowly drip down their red faces. The glass barrier separating the outside world from the gym inside seems impossible to cross. Taking the first step is always the hardest. The reasons not to exercise outweigh the reasons to exercise — finding the money, having enough time and caring for a family. “It’s a challenge for everybody, you just have to do it,” says Holly O’Lare, the manager of Shadyside gym X Shadyside. With two kids and juggling managerial duties at the Shadyside gym and trainer duties at the sister gym in Butler, it is in difficult for O’Lare to find time to exercise. But she gives some easy advice to women, like her, with packed daily schedules — plan for it. Even if it is just for 20 or 30 minutes a day, clearing a spot for exercise increases the chance of completing a regular daily or weekly work out. Erin Stemmler, a personal trainer at X Shadyside, knows no matter what a schedule or bank account looks like, if there is a will there is a way. For the past four years, she has trained everyone from 85-year-old women to poor college students to big, burly men. As long as there is a motivation to exercise or a goal in mind, it is possible to find the time to work out.
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But ten years ago, this might not have been the case. As the decade progressed, women found it a lot easier to fit in working out and made exercise a lot more routine, according to Stemmler. And now, 80 percent of Stemmler’s 20 to 25 clients are women.
“WOMEN GOT A LOT BETTER AT [ FINDING TIME TO EXERCISE ],” STEMMLER SAYS. “AND THEY STICK TO IT.”
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Gyms have also become more accommodating for women with families and jobs. Personal trainers with professional women as clients adjust work out times to fit into even the most packed schedule. According to Stemmler and O’Lare, the best and most convenient time for a work out is in the morning.
Plus, it creates a snowball effect. According to Stemmler, working out in the morning influences eating habits throughout the day, and one healthy decision in the morning eliminates the urge to make a fast food run during the day.
“YOU CAN WORK OUT TILL YOUR BLUE IN THE FACE,” O’LARE SAYS. “BUT IF YOU DON’T CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SEE THE CHANGES YOU WANT.” But changing eating habits or a schedule to fit in exercise does not always eliminate the guilt of leaving children at home with their nannies. So many gyms are now implementing classes, such as Mommy and Me yoga classes, where mom and child can exercise together. Through these classes, moms spend more time with their children and influence healthy habits from an early age. Although these classes are not currently at X Shadyside, there is always room for one in the future. X Shadyside does encourage exercise throughout a pregnancy. Not only will exercise help with delivering the child, but also to continue with a workout schedule afterward. And O’Lare knows from personal experience — she taught a body pump class at the Butler gym until she was nine months pregnant. If still hesitating about joining a gym with such a long list of “to-dos,” it is good to plan out a time to exercise at home with a Wii Fit or a work out DVD. But both Stemmler and O’Lare agree that these are only good start out exercises. “You are going to plateau and the gym will take you to the next level,” Stemmler says. Stemmler and O’Lare have helped a lot of different women and men reach their personal levels and continue to work beyond it. They have both sat down with clients and rearranged their schedules to give them the potential for a healthier lifestyle. Depending on the client, they will even create budget or diet plans if needed. Watching their clients overcome personal hurdles, no matter their work load or family life, is always rewarding. “You really get to know them,” Stemmler says. “And get to see them achieve things they never thought was possible.” For more information on X Shadyside, visit their website at xshadyside.com.
“I have a lot of morning clients, their workouts are already done and they don’t have to worry about it,” Stemmler says. 69
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WHERE WOMEN WHO WORK HARD CAN PLAY HARD WOMEN ON THE PROWL
WANT TO KNOW WHERE THESE WOMEN OF PROWESS GO TO PLAY? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS! BUT WE ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHAT PLACES CATER TOWARDS WOMEN OF ALL PERSONALITIES IN PITTSBURGH, WHILE KEEPING IT FASHIONABLE; KEEPING IT MANIAC. Here are six Pittsburgh restaurants or lounges that attract these power players. They welcome women of all kinds; from those professionals after a hard days work to women of all ages looking for a girls’ night out. These are fine establishments where the women come out on top. Although each place provides a unique style, taste, and location, the reoccurring attraction to these select hot spots is … Atmosphere, Atmosphere, Atmosphere! Not only do these places provide fantastic food and drinks, nightly specials, entertainment and events, but it’s the unique experience that allows women to feel comfortable, yet special, on their nights out. So check these places out the next time you’re rallying some friends for a night out on the town!
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THE WINE LOFT
THE COMMON PLEA
The style and flavor of downtown Pittsburgh’s Bossa Nova will keep you coming back for more. Bossa Nova specializes in a tapas style menu with a variety of exotic cocktails combined with contemporary decor. As Director of Sales and Marketing, Natalie Holoweckyj, says, “Whether you are dining with friends, there for a pre-theater cocktail or enjoying an after work happy hour, you can easily find a space to feel out your own style and mood.” Bossa Nova keeps their events schedule fresh and fun by changing with the seasons. Along with their nightly specials, Happy Hour, Saturday Date Nite, and private parties, they will continue to feature Thursday night Salsa dancing. New to the schedule is Wednesday Ladies’ Night which offers “women’s networking with a twist.” This is a great way for non-profits and other volunteers or working women to get together for happy hour specials, chances to win prizes, and pamper themselves with complimentary spa treatments from The Verve 360. So grab your martini and take a seat on the plush couches to relax, support a charitable cause, and enjoy a complimentary massage or manicure with the girls. What more could our powerful women of Pittsburgh ask for? What more could we, as MANIACs, want? Exactly.
General Manager, Sean Byrne, explains that the atmosphere is what sets The Wine Loft apart from any other place in Pittsburgh. It combines a chic décor with a comfortable feel. It truly caters to all women who just want to relax and get away in an upscale, classy atmosphere. One of the best parts about The Wine Loft is that it has an element of privacy so your party can actually carry on a conversation in the cozy lounge areas. The Wine Loft has over 320 bottles of select wines, most of which cannot be found anywhere else in Pennsylvania. Be sure to check out some of their magnificent specials including Mmmm Mondays, half priced bottles Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Women Gone Wine Wednesdays. This is a great place to get away whether it’s for happy hour after work or the end of a night at the movies and shopping in the South Side Works. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the posh experience of The Wine Loft.
If you’re out on the South Side looking for a place that is a bit more upscale and trendy, then Nakama is the place for you. This Japanese fusion style steakhouse and sushi bar is locally owned and is home of the award winning Best Sushi in Pittsburgh. Here, you can enjoy exquisite sushi like the new Tuna Tartar and up to six flavors of Saki at the cocktail bar. Nakama provides an intimate dining setting along with an open view of East Carson Street from the bar area. Owner Robert Gomes notes that Nakama attracts people of all personalities, ages, and styles for all occasions. Often Namaka provides a convenient transition for the working women of Pittsburgh. Women can arrive straight from work for happy hour and feel comfortable in their business clothes, while the college students next to them can enjoy an appetizer before hitting the next concert or bar on the South Side scene. And if you’re craving some sushi at the next event at the new Consol Energy Center, you can stop at Nakama’s vendor in the arena!
The Common Plea restaurant is truly one of Pittsburgh’s gems, both locally and nationally acclaimed. With owners John and Donna Barsotti, it has become a place of stature upholding 40 years of elegance and class. Manager Thom Naylor states that “their reputation is a staple.” Here it’s not about trends, but the quality of food, service, and ambiance. It is about the customer, and the staff’s personal hospitality allows women to feel empowered. Happy hour offers exquisite drink specials with signature martinis, like the award winning Steelertini, varieties of malt liquors, and a vast selection of wines. To top that, on Wednesdays and Fridays, they serve complimentary Hors d’oeuvres! The Common Plea is a regular lunch and happy hour escape for some of Pittsburgh’s upper society with a refined taste. The décor and theme is courtroom inspired with brass and oak accents, and many elite judges and officials frequent The Common Plea. Some of the patrons and regulars are even featured in caricatures or brass plaques throughout the restaurant. It’s a great place for a fancy get together with some girl friends or colleagues, especially when participating in a “Gourmet Get Together.” Share your stories with Rich, the bartender, and the rest of the staff, and maybe someday your caricature will forever grace the walls of The Common Plea.
123 7th Street l Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.232.3030 l www.bossanovapgh.com
2773 Tunnel Boulevard l Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412.586.5335 l www.thewineloftpittsburgh.net
1611 East Carson Street l Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412.381.6000 l www.eatatnakama.com
310 Ross Street l Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412.697.3100 l www.commonplea-restaurant.com
WOMEN ON THE PROWL
IN PENNSYLVANIA: FREEING MEDICINE FROM HARRISBURG BY am es h ad al j a, m d Although I have written about the topic of medical marijuana for this magazine in the past, the recent introduction of legislation in Pennsylvania merits a revisiting of the topic and a reiteration of why this bill should be supported.
MARIJUANA HAS MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
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The Cabana Bar is the perfect escape for those summer nights in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. The season kicks off every Cinco de Mayo and ends by late September. So this beach themed oasis can be something to look forward to during Pittsburgh’s next “Stormageddon”. The outdoor bar consists of fire places, waterfalls, lounge areas, flat screen TV’s, hammocks, and white sand areas perfect for a crowd. The Cabana Bar has the same owner, Mark Baranowski, and shortened menu as the locally famed North Park Lounge. The customers from all over include middle aged and young groups who enjoy the perfect combination of music and dancing, with a relaxing yet spectacular atmosphere. It’s a great place to hang out with friends, but with plenty of distractions as this is a bit of an outdoors nightclub. So be ready for men and women of all ages dressed to impress, and some on the prowl (rawr!). Unwind after work with happy hour or party it up later with nightly drink specials at The Cabana Bar. It is the place to be for those confident single ladies and groups of women just looking for fun that you can’t find anywhere else in town.
General Manager Josh Ward says that Sing Sing is one of Pittsburgh’s most uniquely entertaining destination hot spots where micro-brewery meets nightclub. It is home of Pittsburgh’s most talented dueling piano players that can play and mix just about any song you request. It offers cabaret seating with a causal atmosphere, but a high energy show and lively crowd. Connected to Rock Bottom, Sing Sing offers micro-brewed beers and root beer along with a smaller reasonably priced menu. The women are the majority, giving them the chance to get out of their seats to sing and dance the night away, Thursday through Saturday. We all enjoy an independent woman, but nothing is as unstoppable as a band of women who stick together, and sing together. Grab the mic and take the stage with some of Pittsburgh’s most confident women every Wednesday. Even the powerful women of Pittsburgh need to have a good laugh and let loose sometimes, and Sing Sing is the place to do it. So the next time you’re planning a party or night out with the girls, head to the Waterfront for an evening full of shopping, sing-a-longs, and a “hand clappin’, foot stompin’ good time,” MANIAC-style of course.
100 Village Club Drive l Wexford, PA 15090 724.934.7876 l www.thecabanabar.com
171 East Bridge Street l Pittsburgh, PA 15120 412.461.7426 l www.singsing.com/pittsburgh.php
Contrary to the beliefs of many, marijuana is a pharmacologically active chemical which has a myriad of uses. Currently, marijuana is available in pill form (Marinol) and is used as an appetite stimulant and to quell nausea elicited from chemotherapy. However, pills may not be the best mode of absorption of marijuana, while inhalation is superior. But, since marijuana is illegal for all uses in the state of Pennsylvania, a physician must resort to the black market (or send the patient to a state where it is legal) to prescribe what could be an efficacious treatment for the patient.
DOES A PATIENT HAVE A RIGHT TO THEIR OWN BODY? The primary issues with medicinal marijuana, and all substances, is: does a patient have sole ownership of their body or does the state have an interest in what a person voluntarily does to their own body? Indisputably, an adult has a right to their own body and it is the government that has nullified this right in many instances. Moreover, a physician has a right to use his or her judgment to the best of their ability to provide medical services to a patient, free from the government interfering with what may or
may not be prescribed. Interestingly, the ban on medical marijuana is an excellent, and often unrecognized, example of what socialized medicine is, i.e. the government forbidding a physician to use specific treatments.
21ST CENTURY MEDICINE REQUIRES THE USE OF ALL RESOURCES TO COMBAT ILLNESS It is deplorable that, in the 21st century, governments forbid the use of certain substances, not because of concerns regarding efficacy, but because they believe that some substances are inherently dangerous. In the case of marijuana, while there are adverse effects from use, they are no larger than that of oxycodone, Xanax, or other medications that are frequently prescribed, and diverted for illicit use. In an era when the harnessing of multiple modalities to treat disease and novel discoveries are announced almost daily, the ban on medical marijuana is tantamount to advocating a Dark Ages-stance towards medicine.
SHOULD HARRISBURG BUREAUCRATS, WITHOUT SCIENTIFIC QUALIFICATIONS, BE THE SOLE ARBITER ON THIS ISSUE?
legalization of medicinal marijuana after pouring over research articles in medical journals and striving to understand the pharmacology of the substance. Most likely, Republican and Democrats alike thought the stance would resonate with voters and be adopted in no matter where the science on the matter would have lead them. Would you want your physician to behave like this? This type of behavior (ignorance of science), would be grounds for reprimand for a physician, but is lauded in a politician.
SUPPORT HB 1393 IN THE HOUSE HB 1393 is a bill that would allow medical marijuana to be prescribed in Pennsylvania and merits support. I urge people to call their state representative’s office and persuade them to support this bill. Also, letting the two gubernatorial candidates know that their opposition to this bill is not logically or scientifically based is essential to freeing physicians and patients from the shackles of Harrisburg bureaucrats.
Dr. Adalja is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Infectious Diseases and board-eligible in Critical Care Medicine. He can be reached via email at: AmeshAA@aol.com.
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