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Greetings, Maniac readers!

Women of Power

There are many amazing, beautiful, and talented women in the city of Pittsburgh, and this issue is a tribute to those fierce and fabulous females.

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During our Undercover photoshoot, I had the opportunity to talk to these women and was blown away by their stories, from those who took over companies at the tender age of 23 to those who returned to the city, after years away, to ultimately find their niche, to those who built a million-dollar company before they reached 40.

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What was most interesting of all was the one person many of these women named as their mentor: their mother. It’s our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and all those who’ve come before us that have helped women gain power and influence, and to them, we thank you!

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Every Pittsburgher knows our “Steel City” nickname stems from the oncedominant steel industry, when men in hard hats went to work. But when it comes to modern-day businesswomen in the city, the “Steel” nickname still applies, as in “Nerves of.”

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“No one’s ever going to give you power,” said Cauthen. “If you want power or if you want to advance, you have to go out and get it. If you really want to make your mark, you really have to be willing to earn it.”

Kate Schuster, president of V.O. George Group, Inc., represents various manufacturers in the construction industry. But nearly 10 years ago, she found herself at a crossroads when she was just out of college and her father, founder of V.O. George Group, had suddenly passed away, leaving ownership of the business in jeopardy.

This women-helping-women mentality surpasses workplace encouragement and is even demonstrated in the businesses themselves.

“I wanted to run the business, and I was only 23,” said Schuster. “The guys at our factory were scared that the business was going to fail, with good reason. I can understand.” A decade later, the business is still flourishing, with Schuster citing inner confidence and the desire to learn as keys to success. “[In the beginning] I pretended that I knew what I was talking about when I didn’t and followed up on everything, striving to be customer-service oriented, going above and beyond.” Schuster’s story mirrors similar advice from Dragonfly Pilates Owner and Master Trainer Misty Lynne Cauthen, for women looking to gain more influence in their careers. 18

Jennifer Blair, founder of Dekalash, took her eyelash-extension business and reached out to fellow female entrepreneurs in the area, empowering them with new opportunities. “Dekalash makes people feel beautiful and happy,” said Blair. “Plus, I’m employing women, which is something I’ve enjoyed, helping them find jobs and have a flexible schedule without compromising their pay.” In addition to Pittsburgh, Dekalash stores have opened in Salt Lake City and Southern California, with Blair’s entire family committed to the company’s success. “My mom’s involved. My husband’s involved. DeKa is actually named after my two daughters.”

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Being a family business is something Jennifer Danilchick-Pelusi knows all too well, as she and her husband, Philip Pelusi, work together every day. “He’s my favorite person in the whole world and I know he feels the same way about me, so I think it’s an exceptional situation,” said Danilchick-Pelusi, Vice President of Tela Beauty Organics, hair and bodycare company that combines science and unmatched organic performance to health and beauty. “The balance [in our relationship] doesn’t come into play because the force is so positive. I don’t think about it in terms of prioritizing. It’s a force of nature.” As a native New Yorker, Danilchick-Pelusi finds Pittsburgh a refreshing change for entrepreneurs. “It’s very hard to dream big in New York City,” said Danilchick-Pelusi. “New York is unlimited, but Pittsburgh, if you have a strong idea, you can get it done with more stability and a quicker turnaround to your goal. People are more embracing of ideas here.”

“The influx of corporations moving into our region continues to bring new and diverse opportunities for women in the marketplace. I believe all of the regional and national media attention our city has garnered in recent years has a tremendous impact on our career growth potential.” With so many Pittsburgh women offering so many different talents, there is one thing they all seem to have in common. “We all believe that the only limitation is the one we put on ourselves,” said Bear Brandegee, image consultant and executive style strategist who works with businesswomen to enhance their style. When it comes to Brandegee’s career, there has been no limit to her success. At 30, she held the position of vice president at one of the largest PR firms in the world; by 37, she had launched a $40 million Internet company.

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“I think Pittsburgh is wonderful for businesswomen. Our city is very receptive to fresh ideas and new concepts. I think Pittsburgh’s citizens crave it! There are a ton of opportunities for success here.” -Tiffany Fluhme

And this sky’s-the-limit attitude is one that women of all situations and careers can adopt. “If you’re loving what you do and loving life,” said Brandegee, “you’re going to attract more of that.”

Kim Marie Angiuilli, top Pittsburgh realtor in the Northern suburban region, cites the city’s recent revolution as a reason for women to flock to the region. “Pittsburgh is a fabulous city for women in business and here’s why: Pittsburgh, over the past few decades, has transformed from being primarily a manufacturing city to more of a city focused on business and technology.” Tiffany Fluhme, beauty expert and founder of Fluhme Beauty cosmetic company, agrees: “I think Pittsburgh is wonderful for businesswomen. Our city is very receptive to fresh ideas and new concepts. I think Pittsburgh’s citizens crave it! There are a ton of opportunities for success here.” Fluhme believes in beauty, inside and out, and in 2009, started the Fluhme Foundation, with the goal to enrich the lives of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. “I believe it takes a visionary and a leader to be a woman of power. Someone who thinks outside of the box and is motivated to help lead our city and community to stand out among other major cities in the country. Whether it be an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, or an industry leader, such as in the medical field, there are so many opportunities for women to use their passion and their talents to make a difference in our flourishing city.” Christina Dickerson, president of Dickerson Creative Communications, has received numerous awards and accolades for her extensive knowledge and work in media and public relations. As someone with experience obtaining local and national media attention for highprofile clients, Dickerson recognizes good press in the city and believes the opportunities for Pittsburgh women will only grow.

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“Pittsburgh is a fabulous city for women in business and here’s why: Pittsburgh, over the past few decades, has transformed from being primarily a manufacturing city to more of a city focused on business and technology.� -Kim Marie Angiuilli

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“It’s very hard to dream big in New York City,” said DanilchickPelusi. “New York is unlimited, but Pittsburgh, if you have a strong idea, you can get it done with more stability and a quicker turnaround to your goal. People are more embracing of ideas here.” -Jennifer Danilchick-Pelusi

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DREAMY WEDDING IN

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Michela & Michela from Italian Wedding Co.

Ever dreamed of a wedding abroad but thought it was too much trouble or money? Our very own Maniac Designer is here to share her story and help your dream wedding become reality.

Choosing a Venue

We chose Masseria Don Luigi in Fasano, Italy. When planning a wedding abroad, look for areas that are hidden treasures, not your obvious tourist destinations, to get the most bang for your buck.

Wedding Planner

This is key to planning your perfect wedding abroad. The extra cost will make up for itself with less headaches when finding vendors and being stress-free on your special day. Make sure to look for someone who knows the area well, speaks your language, and is interested in your vision.

It's All in the Details!

If you're a DIY bride like myself, you'll want to add some personal touches. Plan on packing one suitcase with your homemade goodies. Bonus: You'll have an empty suitcase for your honeymoon, which I'm sure you'll have no problem filling before you return.

Don't Be a Diva!

With a wedding abroad, you will need to pick and choose your battles. When it comes down to it, something might not translate like you had envisioned. Focus on your top three must-haves and then be ready to roll with it if something doesn't turn out just right. After all, you're in a beautiful place, marrying the man of your dreams—so what if your bouquet isn't exactly like the photo you sent! 36

The Venue There are so many great options for Masserias in Italy—it was hard to choose! Thankfully, our wedding planners, Michela and Michela from Italian Wedding Co., helped us narrow it down and find the perfect one for us! Masseria Don Luigi is a beautiful bed and breakfast set among olive groves in Southern Italy, in a charming region known as Puglia, less than a mile from the beach. We chose this location because all of our guests could stay together in one place, and the venue could accommodate every aspect of our wedding. Besides, the setting was gorgeous, and the food was to die for. Breakfast was served each morning, and appertivo in the evenings by the pool. Another perk to the location was its close proximity to different towns in the Puglia region. With more than four or five towns only 30 minutes away, it gave our guests places to explore throughout the week and helped them see a different side of Italy they might not have discovered had we been in Florence or Rome. I created maps for each guest that they received in their welcome bags, and they all enjoyed venturing out to see each unique town. If you pick a less-known destination, I highly recommend a map of the area to help get your guests acclimated. 37


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It's All in the Details! As a designer, I wanted to customize anything I could. Being that the wedding was so far away, I planned to pack a spare suitcase with the extra decor that I wanted and it worked out well. I was able to find better deals in the States than asking my wedding planner to find things I wanted, so I saved money and got the special touches I was looking for. If you're planning a wedding abroad, look at your options on your airline ticket. Most likely using your second bag or paying for one will be cheaper than shipping anything overseas.

Don't be a Diva! Okay, maybe just a little. To me, the MOST important thing was an amazing photographer; I wouldn't budge on this or videography. The day goes by so fast—I wanted beautiful pictures to capture the memories forever. Luckily, my wedding planner sent Francesco's portfolio over as an option, and I knew as soon as I saw his photojournalist style that he was exactly what I wanted. Besides being an amazing artist, he was a ray of light on our beautiful day, making me laugh and feel comfortable; all of the guests fell in love with him and his team. To me, nothing is more important than a great photographer on your wedding day. I got lucky since I had never met the team and solely had to go off of his work, but boy am I glad I took the chance. If you're searching for an international wedding photographer, I'd highly recommend Francesco, but either way, get references, ask your wedding planner, and most of all, decide what style of wedding photography you love and find someone that fits that.

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Puglia was full of charming towns, each unique and perfect for day trips from our Masseria.

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Travel and Adventure! Picking a destination with plenty of sights to see gives your guests one more reason to join you for your destination wedding. Plan a few events that give your guests a taste of the region. Instead of a formal rehearsal dinner, try a wine tasting tour and lunch at a local winery. We were lucky enough to be hosted by a beautiful winery about an hour south of Fasano. Tormaresca, located in Puglia's Salento area, showed our family and friends a wonderful tour of its facility located on 625 acres along the Adriatic coast. It also provided a beautiful lunch of local cuisine paired with exceptional wines.

Polignano A Mare, Italy

If you're creating a website, make sure to include travel details and a short bio about the location. Let guests know why you picked this location and what they'll love about it, too. A welcome map is a great idea to help guide your guests and it gives them a bit of a scavenger hunt to do while visiting. In Puglia, there are more than five villages within a 15- to 30-minute drive. On free days, our guests explored each town, looked for landmarks, poems written on staircases, and shared their adventures over dinner in the evenings. After everything was said and done, we wouldn't have done it any other way!

La Vita è Bella! Polignano A Mare, Italy

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“To be honest, as an artist, it’s not the easiest thing, being related to Andy Warhol. Those are very big shoes to fill,” stated Abby Warhola, the great-niece of one of the most, if not the most, iconic modern artists of our time. Ms. Warhola takes it in stride, though, drawing inspiration from Uncle Andy, as well as other parts of her life and unique upbringing. Abby Warhola was born and raised in Pittsburgh in what she thought was a very average upbringing. Most kids, however, don’t have the great luck to be surrounded by a family chock-full of artists and to be exposed to art and creativity on an almost daily basis— something Abby now pulls inspiration from and recognizes as being part of what shapes her as a successful photographer.

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I would attribute my artistic nature to my great grandmother, Julia. She was an incredible artist in her own right and instilled creativity in her children and grandchildren. It was passed on to me.

“Obviously, there was Uncle Andy, but I would attribute my artistic nature to my great grandmother, Julia. She was an incredible artist in her own right and instilled creativity in her children and grandchildren. It was passed on to me.” She also credits her grandfather, a painter, for taking her into his studio as a young girl to paint the backgrounds of his chicken feet paintings. Her mother had a silk-screening business here in Pittsburgh and her father is a woodworker who hand-carves wooden columns.

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MANIAC feature After putting her photography on hold for a while last year to work on Uncle Andy (the documentary she and her partner, Jesse Best, were hoping to get funded via a Kickstarter campaign), she is really excited to get back into her craft again. Warhola has photographed a number of glamorous and glitzy events, like New York Fashion Week. She points to the energy, the fashion, and the hustle and bustle of New York as being sources of inspiration for her photographs. She does plan on attending New York Fashion Week again this season, where she takes a different approach to snapping the fashions and runway models. “I love shooting backstage,” said Warhola, “because it presents the opportunity to capture these women with more depth and genuine emotion. I love the candid before the pose. I love to find strength in them, not as an object, but as people.” One look at the archives on her website shows that these aren’t your typical fashion photographs. Instead, they capture the models in a more human light, making them seem even more beautiful than they already are. Do strong women inspire her? “I am forever inspired by women. Always have been. I love their beauty and femininity. They will always be my favorite subject to photograph.” After NYFW, Warhola will come back to Pittsburgh, where she spends most of her time. She will focus on her work here, with new endeavors on the horizon. “I’m actively looking for a studio, so you will be seeing new work from me very soon,” Warhola said. It’s a great thing to anticipate—a talented young artist from a notable Pittsburgh family putting down her roots and sharing her art and photography for all of us to be inspired by.

So it was a given that she also would be drawn to the art world. Check out Abby Warhola’s work at abbywarhola.com. Abby Warhola spent time as a young girl at Rogers CAPA and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, before moving on to CAPA (the Creative and Performing Arts High School) and turning her eye toward New York City. “I was sure that I was going to be a dancer in New York. I really wanted to be a Rockette.” However, knee injuries sidelined her dancing dreams. When the photography bug bit, Abby enrolled in the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild for Photography. She saved up for her first camera and built a darkroom for film development. But it was after the birth of her daughter, when she got her hands on a digital camera, that she really fell in love with becoming a photographer.

5 THINGS WOMEN SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A TIMEPIECE BY MICHAEL HOWARD

In today’s world, you can see the time on your phone, your Keurig coffee pot, and even on the side of the road. Women today live in a fast, on-the-move society where time has become the ultimate luxury. But a luxury timepiece is still a fashion essential, representing where you are in life, your personality, and taste. Here’s a look at the current wristwatch trends, as well as a primer for today’s empowered woman on how to make the right purchase. SIZE MATTERS .

Since the late 1990s, we have seen an influx in oversized watches. Prior to the early 2000s, women’s watches were typically in the mid 20 millimeters with the Rolex Datejust setting the standard. At about the same time, we saw a larger diameter in men’s watches being introduced at the BaselWorld watch and jewelry fair in

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Stylist Kylie Mascara BY KELLY ARBOGAST

Switzerland. With the jump in case size of men’s wristwatches, today,”bigger is better” is a trend for men and women alike. Many celebrities like Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Aniston have been seen with 36-millimeter Rolex Presidents, so you don’t necessarily have to stay with the smaller, more feminine design.

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The size of the watch speaks to the attitude you want to convey, what it says about your personality, with the trend swinging toward women wearing traditional-sized watches and even sportsized watches such as the Rolex Daytona. The ultra high-end manufacturers, such as Patek Philippe and Jaeger LeCoultre, began including women in their design process. These brands, and others in the ultra highend timepiece market, were historically male-dominated. Now Jaeger-LeCoultre is turning to Diane Kruger as the fierce female face of the brand, where she sports various watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre in sizes that range from very traditional feminine to more modern masculine. The general attitude of the watch always needs to be taken into consideration. Do you want a loud statement timepiece, or a refined, classiclooking watch?

WEARABILITY.

Wearability is so fundamentally important, but often the most overlooked when buying a high-end timepiece. You don’t buy gold timepieces with a jet-black face if you never wear

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black. Black-face watches are difficult to match and are usually reserved for blacktie events. Manufacturers have released new watches with faces that are metallic and made of mother-of-pearl to pair against a wide variety of colors. For example, a metallic grey or a deep-slate face will reflect well with white, black, blue, and even brighter colors such as pink. The wearability of a watch can only be discerned after taking into account your own personal fashion tastes, what other jewelry you own, and how you have built your wardrobe.

BRAND POWER.

Brand power is an obvious reality of haute horology. Some companies, such as Rolex, are better known than their higher-end competition. Certain brand names carry a statement that, “Yes, I have made it; I am to be respected.” These brands usually have excellent resale value and are investment grade, and include companies like Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek, Piaget, and of course Rolex. Higherend fashion brands such as Christian Dior, Gucci, and TechnoMarine rarely hold their value or stand the test of time.

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finding a husband.” This is very true. Never buy a watch because it fits a current trend. That is the opposite of being empowered. Buy a watch because you love it, and it makes a statement about your personality.

As an image consultant with a master’s degree, her entrepreneurial aha moment happened while modeling part-time: “I’d take vacation days to go on casting calls, and they’d use my clothes on other models.” Always the savvy businesswoman, Kylie knew she was on to something. Offering “luxury services at an affordable price,” Kylie Mascara specializes in styling, closet editing, and personal shopping for any client or budget, making it fun and affordable to transition from campus grunge to office chic. For a fab new style (and free consultation!), email her at kylie@kyliemascara.com.

BUY WHAT YOU LIKE. No one can tell you what will make you happy but yourself. All the points made here are to help you make an informed purchase. Ultimately, it is up to you, and you need to buy what makes you happy. A 2013 article in Harper’s Bazaar stated, “Finding the right watch is like

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Amy Baron Brourman and her team of master tailors at Samuel Baron Clothiers aren’t just producing clothes—they’re revitalizing the art of customized clothing construction and honoring the sometimesforgotten tradition of men’s garments being elegant, luxurious, and uniquely special. After studying at Skidmore College and completing the Macy’s training program in New York, Baron Brourman founded Samuel Baron Clothiers in 2012 to celebrate her paternal grandfather. Since then, her business has offered numerous garments to men in the Pittsburgh area, including finely-made trousers, overcoats, dress shirts, sweaters, and tuxedos. What’s comparable to the quality of the garments themselves is the customer experience that’s second to none. From the 34-point initial fitting to the designer fabric consultation, Amy Baron Brourman’s customers are left with timeless pieces that never lose their style. To schedule an appointment, please call 412-441-1144 or email amy@samuelbaronclothiers.com.

her efforts are enhancing Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts culture

Tawni Darby-Orloski is a business owner, proud wife, and soon-to-be mom. As owner and CEO of Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh—an industry-leading studio located on the South Side—Darby-Orloski and more than 20 instructors provide drop-in dance training and performance opportunities for artists and dancers in the greater Pittsburgh area. By bringing the Los Angeles franchise to the Steel City, Darby-Orloski is doing more than operating a successful business—she’s spreading Millennium’s mission of creating “unity in diversity.” Her efforts are enhancing Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts culture, as Millennium provides the local dance community with the tools and training to flourish. Visit Millennium Dance Complex at http://mdcpgh.com/ or at 2504 East Carson Street on the South Side.

Amy Baron Brourman is Committed to Custom-Made Clothing BY NICHOLAS MANNING

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in excellent order, cool and satisfactory After spending 12 years as a part-time hair stylist, Nikki James knew what she was meant to do: open a salon. In March of 2015, she called her best friend Missy to be her partner in a new business venture and that’s how Copacetic Beauty Lounge was born. While “copacetic” may not be a common adjective, James believes the meaning of the word best describes her salon space and crew: “in excellent order, cool and satisfactory.” With her passion for the salon and hard-working team, she’s showing it’s never too late to make your part-time work your full-time dream.

Nikki James Gives ‘Copacetic’

go-to stylist in the North Hills area for the past 16 years Missy Browning has been a go-to stylist in the North Hills area for the past 16 years. While she started her career in marketing and human resources, she knew the hair industry was where her passion lied. Since launching Copacetic Beauty Lounge with Nikki James in 2015, she’s been able to cultivate relationships with clients as well as coworkers. Being surrounded by kind and creative women makes for a great environment to work in. Browning says she considers almost everyone who sits in her chair a friend, which is one of the best parts of her work day.

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Dr. Alexis Pelekanos Helps People Strengthen Their Most Universal Expression

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BY RAEANN MACNEIL

a smile is a universal form of communication and expression

Dr. Alexis Pelekanos of Designs in Dentistry has known she wanted to be a doctor since she was a little girl, an inspiration that came from her father, who was an obstetrician. The arts were also important to her, and in addition to her medical dream, she gained experience as a singer, songwriter, and performer. Based on these two passions, Dr. Pelekanos has found a balance in her dentistry. “Everyone has a smile, and no matter what language you speak, a smile is a universal form of communication and expression,” said Pelekanos. By working as a cosmetic and general dentist, she is able to use her skills to create these happy grins. “Although it sounds cliche, dream big and always work hard to reach your goals,” she said. “Surround yourself with family and friends that love and support you on your journey to achievement.”

Sheila C. Weiner is the president and founder of The Event Group, a Pittsburghbased special events company. She is a lawyer by education, but has been involved as an event producer since 1987, when the company was founded. The Event Group focuses on meetings, non-profit events, luxury weddings, and more. Weiner has played an immense part of the community, appearing on talk shows and giving speeches to discuss event planning. She’s assisted local clients in Pittsburgh, as well as national and international customers. Weiner and The Event Group ensure precision in their events, from beginning to end, creating the ultimate experience.

With Sheila C. Weiner, Everything is a Big Event BY MEGAN BROWN, CAITLIN THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Jay Lioon is the owner and creative artist behind Vinoglam, a made-to-order, handpainted custom glassware company. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or a party favor, Lioon can provide you with a personalized present. She works closely with each client to make sure their design is exactly the way they want it. Lioon believes in lasting impressions and that’s what Vinoglam, and her business style in general, is all about.

It seems like you can’t do anything, or go anywhere, without running into something related to the upcoming presidential election. And that includes applying nail polish. New this fall is the OPI Washington D.C. 2016 collection of swatches, for powerful women, whether you’re in Washington, D.C. or even Pittsburgh. (But it also could be called the Scandal collection since Kerry Washington is a creative ambassador for OPI.) The swatches include a variety of very politically punny names:

Jay Lioon Believes in Great, Lasting Impressions

● CIA = Color is Awesome (dusky blue) ● Suzi - The First Lady of Nails (chic olive green) ● Never a Dulles Moment (curry yellow) ● Pale to the Chief (nearly nude) ● Inside the ISABELLEtway (caramel crème) ● Madam President (commanding red)

● Freedom of Peach (creamy peach) ● S queaker of the House (chocolate brown) ● Shh..It's Top Secret (deep, deep brown) ● OPI by Popular Vote (cool apple red) ● We the Female (empowering garnet)

Plus, Ulta has two exclusive shades that you can only purchase at their stores. They include Front Runner (a dark, sophisticated green) and Politically Polished (a savvy plum). Which swatch is the right one for you? Find out by visiting opi.com.

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My blog name and instagram handle is @LeCuratorialist. In my own words, Curatorialist means curating with an editorial aesthetic. Many people either cannot pronounce it or are inquisitive as to what it means. I tell people you pronounce it just as how it looks: Cur-a-torial-ist. My blog is LeCuratorialist.com

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Many people ask me how I forecast trends. It depends on the specific analysis, but fashion trend forecasting ranges from analyzing runway, street and music festival style to cultural shifts, cinematic and political influences as well as game changers in digital media.

What inspires me are the vast amount of influences that have the capability to reflect or recreate a certain trend in fashion or interiors. It's also important to understand what makes people tick and attracts them to certain style details or cultural movements.

What's your next big step? Becoming the curator of ICONS New York.

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Four Women in Music

Rihanna

Who are Having a Great 2016

After a career that started in her teens, RiRi has climbed to the top with her unique vocals and ability to succeed in every genre she’s toyed with, from dance floor classics to trap ballads. Fast forward to this year, where she accepted MTV’s Michael Jackson Vanguard Award—a well-deserved win, at that. How impressive is it to win such a distinguished award over a span of 11 years? From “Pon de Replay” to “B*tch Better Have My Money,” Rihanna has evolved as an artist. Her success has proven itself through this award and her albums, each with a unique sound and each song with its own flare. Rihanna represents her country, her family, her fans, and women—she serves as an inspiration to all and for all.

BY ALLISON WISYANSKI

Adele From Beyoncé’s Lemonade to Adele’s comeback tour in New York City, women have been slaying the world of music in 2016. Here are the ones that sit at the very top of the industry right now.

This artist took the music world by storm when she dropped “Chasing Pavements” in 2008. From then on, she’s only proven herself as the best there is, selling millions of albums over her short career. She has the ability to send chills up the spine with just one verse. In 2011, she hit a little bump in the road, as she went through vocal nodule surgery and spent weeks in recovery. But she came back into the music space and made a statement with vocals that were stronger than ever. In December 2015, Adele said “Hello” again to all of her fans at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, singing ballads, both released and unreleased, from her new make-up record, 25, in her first show since surgery. Adele is truly one of the best that this industry has seen and, with her gorgeous, hearty vocals, will always be a beacon of hope and beauty in what music truly stands for.

Beyoncé Strong vocals and captivating stories make Queen Bey one of the greatest artists to grace the earth. She slays. One of her biggest standout moments was at 2016’s VMA’s, when she performed a few songs from her latest album, Lemonade. In this powerful performance, Beyoncé brought an artistic musing on violence through her gloomy opening, symbolic of Trayvon Martin’s death. She turned up the heat further with songs about her husband’s alleged affair, and ended the performance with dozens of dancers arranged in the “woman” symbol (reminiscent of her 2014 VMA performance, where she sang “***Flawless” in front of a backdrop displaying the word “FEMINIST”). Talk about an effective formation. There’s talent, and then there’s Beyoncé. There’s just no comparison.

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Britney Spears Who could ever forget about this pop sensation? Britney has had a rollercoaster of a career, including her instability in 2007 to her comeback at this year’s VMA’s. A lot of time has passed since her first album, and she’s dropped countless hits that make her the original Queen of Pop. On her new album, Glory, she explores a variety of hot pop genres and brings a new voice to her fans. Britney wants to show the world she’s back, better, and will always be on top in the world of pop superstardom.

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MANIAC tv always there to cheer up each other or make the other laugh; Gilmore Girls is the type of show that brings a warm, feel-good smile to your face by the end of every episode. After seven seasons, Gilmore Girls ended in 2007 on a low, leaving everyone wanting more. But in true girl-power fashion, when Rory’s then-boyfriend Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) proposed to her in one of the final episodes, Rory turned him down to pursue her own dream of being a journalist. Fans were also left wanting to see what was in store for Lorelai and Luke, who had promising signs of rekindling their relationship in the last episode. For now, Gilmore Girls fans can take a walk down memory lane by watching reruns on Netflix to fill the gap before the series returns November 25 on the streaming network, with four new 90-minute chapters. What have our favorite independent ladies been up to in the past nine years? We’ll find out soon. Stay tuned to Netflix.com for updates on the new season of the Gilmore Girls.

Why Gilmore Girls Celebrates

Fans went fanatic last October when everyone’s favorite dramedy Gilmore Girls announced its comeback on Netflix for fall 2016. At the center of the television series is the relationship between the inspiring single-mother Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her intelligent boyfriend-magnet daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel). This is the show that made many young girls envious of this unique mother-daughter friendship.

MODERN, INDEPENDENT WOMEN

Lorelai and Rory are characterized as independent women, achieving personal goals regardless of the presence or lack of men in their lives. Rory gets into Yale, while Lorelai launches a successful business with her best buddy Sookie (Melissa McCarthy). Gilmore Girls is a one-of-a-kind show in that it showcases a successful household with female dominance, no male breadwinner. Different from the typical family television series (that usually consists of Mom, Dad, and kids), female empowerment is at the forefront and often a “takeaway” from each episode. No wonder the show has maintained a cult following to necessitate a reboot; it was bold and ahead of its time with acceptance of a single mother raising her daughter alone. At the end of the day, the famous mother-daughter duo is

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Sergio's Style Looks Forward to Fall Trends BY MEGAN MCLACHLAN

Fall is nearly here, which means many women will be adjusting their styles to the dropping temperatures. (Goodbye, flip-flops!) When it comes to hair, Sergio’s Style on West Liberty Avenue is anticipating vibrant color for the autumn season. “Think pop of color,” said the staff of Sergio’s Style. “Over spring and summer, we had a lot of requests for pastel color. Transitioning into fall, you can expect highly pigmented, bright color, which is a breath of fresh air considering most looks this time of year are darker. While ombre made a statement, sombre [a more subtle version of ombre] is more desirable for fall.” In addition to helping customers pick exciting new colors, Sergio’s Style is offering new services. “We are finalizing the menu for ‘the SPA,’ which will offer our Signature 70

“Our bridal suite is separate from the salon floor and is large enough to accommodate your bridal party. Equipped with two makeup stations, we offer airbrush makeup artistry and exclusively use The Balm makeup line.” Best of all, Sergio’s also caters to the most crucial bridal party necessity: snacks. “As a convenience, we offer to pick up food and beverages such as champagne, juice, and other sustenance. Our stylists also travel to you if that is more accommodating.” And whether impending nuptials, kids, or work is stressing you out, Sergio’s Style offers a wash house, separate from the salon, for complimentary head and neck massages. With all of these top-notch amenities, it’s no wonder the salon is earning accolades. “Our salon was recently named a top salon in Pittsburgh by Three Best Rated. They essentially handpick local businesses based on reviews, history, ratings, and more.” Stop in this fall for top-level treatment. Visit Sergio’s Style at 2981 W. Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or online at sergiosstyle.com. 71


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MANIAC books 3 FULL FRONTAL FEMINISM, Jessica Valenti

7 FEMINIST BOOKS YOU SHOULD

If you’re looking for a quick, clear rundown on modern feminism, Jessica Valenti has a book for you. Full Frontal Feminism is for anyone who thinks feminism is a dirty word. Valenti breaks down the concept into small, digestible bites and assures you in the first chapter, “You’re a Hardcore Feminist. I Swear.”

Put at the Top of Your Reading List BY INDIGO BALOCH

If you’re in the market for some feminist literature to add to your reading list, here is a range of old, modern, fiction, and nonfiction for your bookworm heart!

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BOSSYPANTHS, Tina Fey Often known as Poehler’s partner in crime, Tina Fey offers us Bossypants as a memoir of awareness and personal growth regarding gender, sexuality, and feminism. Illuminating the sexism behind the curtains of show business, Fey assures us that women aren’t bossy— they’re bosses.

1 BAD FEMINIST , Roxane Gay Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay is a collection of essays saturated with Gay’s wit, humor, and insightful critiques on society and culture. Sharing her own journey as a woman of color, Gay fearlessly addresses modern feminism and what it means to become more aware of the overwhelming patriarchy in our everyday lives.

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YES PLEASE, Amy Poehler Poehler, known to most as a comedian, is also a strong activist for feminism and creating more opportunities for women in a multitude of career fields. Yes Please blends her laugh-out-loud humor with personal stories and advice, in a way that will leave you feeling lighthearted and more conscious.

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AMERICANAH, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Following Ifemelu and Obinze—a young woman and man in Nigeria—Americanah examines race, love, time, and tough choices through Adichie’s celebrated feminist eye. More than a story, Americanah is an exploration of emotion and humanity.

5 HOW TO BUILD A Caitlin Moran

GIRL,

In How to Build a Girl, you meet Johanna Morrigan who, after embarrassing herself on local TV, decides to reinvent herself as Dolly Wilde—a gothic hero for the ages. But is it truly that easy to build a real persona? Follow Johanna’s story and find out.

THE HANDMAID'S TALE, Margaret Atwood

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Easily one of the greatest modern feminist writers, Atwood tells the tale of Offred, a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. In an age of diminishing births, handmaids are used simply for their ovaries. Still, Offred remembers the feeling of freedom and love, and won’t easily surrender them to this new world. You can find these books on Amazon.com or at your local bookstore.

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In the past 50 years, women have made amazing progress in the workplace, with many becoming CEOs and bosses with a lot of zeros on their paychecks. But some partners may be intimidated to date a woman who makes more money than them. Dating and money should never cause awkwardness. There is more to a relationship than the financial aspect, and honesty about it goes a long way and shows maturity. You need to be honest about insecurities because the only way to work on them, or work with them, is to be honest about them. For example, if your partner wants to go somewhere out of your budget,let her know, and you both can discuss options. At that point, she can either treat you or find a place you both agree on. Communication is essential. I say it all the time, but it truly affects the relationship. When talking with your partner, or a woman you’re interested in, be upfront about your insecurity. Lack of money can make some people feel bad about themselves. It doesn’t take money to make a relationship equal; it takes communication on how the money will be spent. When wanting to impress a woman, you don’t need to spend a ton of money. Making an impression is not about how much money to spend as much as it is the thought that goes into it. You could cook your favorite meal for her, give her a massage (especially a foot rub), or create a romantic date night at home: movie/show, popcorn or sweets, her favorite wine or drink, and maybe candles. If you attempt to live a lifestyle like she does, you’ll end up resentful, which will ultimately affect the relationship. So try to resist purchasing gifts by creating moments that include what you both love to do together.

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There are so many ways you can feel equal to your partner without a huge bank account or income. For example, think about how you handle your life. What do you do to take care of your mind and body? How do you spend and save your money? How you function in the world, communicate, and show affection and intimacy are all aspects of your life that contribute to a relationship as much as money does. Attractiveness goes beyond what you can give her with money. When going on dates, don’t assume the role of having to pay for her portion, too. If you planned it that way, and can actually afford it, by all means go ahead. This is the 21st century; therefore, splitting the cost with her should be normal—this goes for women of all incomes. If you are uncomfortable not being able to pay, ask yourself why you feel that way. What keeps you from feeling able to split costs with her? Trying to keep up with her bank account will be stressful; don’t assume you need to spend a lot of money or always pay for things. Through being honest, personalizing moments, resisting expensive gifts, and not trying to keep up with her or feel intimidated, you will have a phenomenal foundation to stand on. Money does make the world go round, but it is not the end-all, be-all of a relationship. Focus on getting to know her for who she is and what common interests/goals you share, instead of getting to know her through her bank account. Chrys Perkins has been the go-to person for relationship advice for years. She is finishing her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University. What fascinates her most about relationships is how and why humans connect with one another. Her best piece of advice: “Communication is everything!”

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