Archive | May, 2010

SATC2 Premiere – A Sex & the City 2 Glitzburgh Movie Review!

27 May

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the 96.1 KISS fm VIP Private Midnight Screening and “Pink Carpet” Party for”Sex & the City 2″ with 3 of my girlfriends. (In a Private VIP Box, equipped with leather recliners, free refreshments, and a concierge, I might add! We won that at random, which was a lovely way to cap off an already-fabulous evening of martinis and sushi)

Let me preface this review by saying that I’ve been “training”  for this movie release for a couple of weeks now: shopping, catching up on the first AND last seasons (gotta have all your bases covered) and, of course, re-watching the first movie which I’ve seen a gazillion times (and also saw on opening night.) That being said, I’m obviously a diehard SATC fan. Just a warning.

So, while I was beyond excited to see this movie, and even more excited that a friend gave me the chance to go to this premiere so that I could see the midnight screening, I also didn’t want to have super-high expectations or “set the bar” too high in my head. (I did, however, pick out my outfit a week in advance, an LC Lauren Conrad black sequin boyfriend blazer that I’m in love with. Chose it before I even knew I was going to this event.) Anyway, back to the point: sequels are never as good as the original. I knew that, I expected that, and while I was pumped, I sort of wasn’t going to psych myself out about it. Just putting that out there.

I was smart to do that. Don’t get me wrong – the movie was GOOD. It was entertaining. It was fabulous. As always, the fashions were to die for. The location was amazing. I want to be best friends with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda. (Especially Carrie. I’m SO CARRIE!) I still find Big to be impeccably smooth, charming. How could any woman NOT love Sex and the City?

That being said….it WAS a sequel. The first one WAS better. And, in my humble opinion, NOTHING will top the show! SATC2 was lacking a little of the hilarity of the first movie, and, to me, didn’t have as much heart. I don’t do spoilers, but I will say that Miranda was a little too “happy” and Charlotte was a little too “not happy” and so that was a little confusing to me as a viewer.

And one HUGE character was missing:

New York City.

While Abu Dhabi was beyond fabulosity, and the glam and decadence was SO “right” for these gals (and it kind of made me want to hop on a camel and visit there!)….there just wasn’t enough of the Big Apple. I know, I know, we got enough of it in the series and the other movie, but, I don’t know – it was just like an old friend was missing, and it was almost absurd to see so much of these girls, who ARE New York, not IN New York — the city that became the 5th character of the show.

Some other items to take note of: Carrie’s wardrobe is still outrageous, but in her own oh-so-fantastic way, girlfriend can still WORK IT! Samantha, despite having obvious work done, has NEVER LOOKED BETTER! Softer, prettier, but still the  inappropriate, crazy, Samantha that viewers either love or hate, but, mostly love! Carrie’s body is to-die-for. Charlotte and Miranda have a particularly touching moment, as they bond over martinis, that had the audience racoucsly laughing-out-loud – but, as LOL-worthy as it was, it was also a genuine moment that moms everywhere – and really, women everywhere, will be able to relate to. And yes, as seen in previews, there’s an Aiden moment.

Duh.

There’s so much to talk about, but so much that can’t be said, because, I don’t want to ruin it for you all and the general jist of this review is this: if you are looking for a lighthearted and fun flick to check out – I do encourage you all to go see this film – ESPECIALLY if you’re a Sex and the City fan. Listen, I said it wasn’t as good as the first, but, with this cast, those writers, this location, this franchise – how could it NOT be a fun and fabulous adventure? Pure entertainment. It won’t be a letdown. It’s hard to top something as stellar as the TV show and the first film.

Sex and the City ….

“It isn’t like anyone else….”

( You’ll get that after seeing the movie 😉  )

PS:  Mini-spoiler: Thumbs down – Watch out for corny and cliche karaoke scene! And a horrible cameo/song by Liza Minelli. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. The soundtrack would get far worse reviews than the movie. The much-talked-about 80’s flashback is barely a blip on the radar. On the other hand – a thumbs up – super-fun shoes that Carrie scores for $20.00 at the spice market! You have to have the GUSTO to pull those suckers off, though! 🙂


STAY TUNED FOR PHOTOS FROM THE “PREMIERE” LATER TODAY!


Puttin’ On the GLITZ – Glitzburgh: Glamour Meets Giving ~ A Black & Gold Affair – TONIGHT!

23 May

Tonight is the first annual Glitzburgh Glamour Meets Giving Fundraiser Event benefitting the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The event will be held at the new FATE Lounge in the Strip District and will surely prove to be a “who’s who” of Pittsburgh. Local athletes, celebrities, and performers will take the stage at 8:30 for a fashion show, hosted by DJ Mike Ryan of 96.1 KISS fm, and featuring designs from the hottest local designers and boutiques including Sew Addicted, Shop.412 and Decade Pittsburgh.

Singer Danielle Barbe is expected to perform, Miss Pennsylvania Gina Cerilli and Miss Teen Pennsylvania Elena LaQuatra will be walking in the fashion show alongside some of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gladys Magazine and Whirl Magazine will be in attendance, as well as appearances from Ashley Elmore from The Bachelor, Kellee Maize, Anthony Jardine, other local performers and celebrities, and more.

The desirable silent auction will include not only a LADY GAGA prize pack but also prizes from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, the Las Velas restaurant, Serendipity, Friends of the Riverfront, and many others.

Guests are encouraged to enjoy the remainder of the evening at FATE following the runway show and silent auction winner announcements.

Proceeds from the evening benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh which is consistently ranked among the best pedatric hospitals in the nation, and, even the world.

I’ll be live-tweeting from the event @Glitzburgh and will post a follow-up review of the evening in the coming days, so, stay tuned!

For a video about the event check out: http://kdka.com/video/?id=72290@kdka.dayport.com

You can come to the event, too! Tickets can be purchased at the door tonight for $25.00 tonight! Come to FATE – 1650 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Doors Open at 7!

Dress to IMPRESS! Put on Ritz, Glitz, and Glam……and keep it Black and Gold!

Glitzburgh – where Glamour Meets Giving – a Black and Gold Affair! Presented by Celtic Charities, Orion Management Group, Sports Legends Group, and FATE Lounge!

Phipps Conservatory Names Orchid After the Late Frank Sarris

23 May

 The late Frank Sarris, known just as much locally for his philanthropy as his chocolatiering, had a “candystriper” orchid named in his honor at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh this past April.

Mr. Sarris of Canonsburg’s Sarris Candies was a trustee and benefactor of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and they not only named this hybrid candy-striped orchid (shown left) in his honor, but also dediced the Spring Flower show to him. The Phalaenopsis ‘Frank Sarris’ Orchid is a part of the Phipps Orchid Room and was bred by orchid-breeder Dick Wells at Hilltop Orchids.

Frank Sarris died at age 78 on March 2nd, 2010. Sarris Chocolates are wildly popular in Western Pennsylvania and was established in 1963 out of Frank Sarris’ basement. Today, Sarris Choclate Factory and Ice Cream Parlor fills an area the size of a football field with over 100 yards of chocolates, penny candy, ice cream and even toys. Sarris candies are popular fundraising candies and can also be found in more than 500 Hallmark stores around the country.

Sarris proclaims themselves the “world’s best chocolates” – and fittingly, orchids are the world’s most popular flowers.

Therefore, Pittsburgh’s Frank Sarris Orchid may just be a perfect creation!

Martha Stewart Does Market District

14 May

Today, Martha Stewart madness took over Market District in Robinson Township, right outside of Pittsburgh. Approximately 750 people got the opportunity to see a demonstration of Martha’s new “Martha Stewart Clean” eco-friendly household products, and get either books or products autographed by Martha herself.

Ms. Stewart was, of course, polished, polite, and impeccibly dressed, and surprisingly friendly, posing for photos with fans during the book signing and being chatty. The whole event was run very efficiently and smoothly and was overall well-done and well-organized, and very tasteful.

Even though we were told that she would not pose for photos, when I got up there, she took a picture with me without my even asking her to. I was expecting someone to just take a picture of her as she was signing my book, but she was gracious and nice, and even offered me encouragement on publishing my own book someday.

I admit, I went into it as a skeptic. I wanted to see what it was all about, and I wanted to blog about it for my ‘day job’ because of the whole healthy living and wellness component, but, I’ve never been a huge Martha fan. However, it goes to show that you shouldn’t judge people because, she was very kind to me and didn’t rub me the wrong way at all. I can only speak for my personal experience but I left happy, and, after looking through the Fresh Flavor Fast book, hungry.

Kudos to Market District (and what a fabulous store that is, anyway!) for putting on such a lovely event!

You can read my other blog about health living, going green, and eating well for overall wellness, here.

Britney Spears Splits with Agent-Boyfriend Jason Trawick – Professionally, That is…

14 May

Britney Spears recently broke up with her boyfriend, Jason Trawick….not romantically, though.

She’s been dating him for about a year now, but one minor issue has always stood in the way: Trawick is also her manager, which, in some people’s opinions, could be a conflict of interests, of sorts.

To avoid any such problems, they’ve decided to part ways professionally, and Spears is dumping him as her manager so that they can focus on taking their relationship to the next level. Cue the “awwwww’s!”

In other Spears news, she’s currently shooting a new Candies ad, working on some new tracks, and, still denying that the leaked pre-Gaga “Telephone” demo was hers.

(What do you think?)

She’s appearing to be fit, healthy, and happy, (see photo, May 10, 2010) and, apparently, Fox is still in talks to do a Britney Spears GLEE episode! Here’s hoping!

All About the Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh!

12 May

Recently, I set up an “e-interview” with Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh manager Autumn Shreve. If YOU want to learn more about this FUN and unique Pittsburgh hotspot, read on!

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Describe Pittsburgh Hofbrauhaus in 3 words: – unique, entertaining, and flavorful!

How is Hofbrauhaus different from other local bars/restaurants? – We are not just a restaurant, we are a destination. Here you can get delicious food, bier that is brewed on site by our German Brewmaster, and live entertainment every night. Our Bier Hall turns into one big party every night here!  And you can’t forget about the Bier Garten – outdoor seating along the river, with picnic-style seating and it’s own bar. The best place to be on a summer night!  There is no other place like this anywhere in Pittsburgh!

What is ‘truly Pittsburgh’ about this particular Hofbrauhaus location? – We all know Pittsburghers love their beer! Mix that with large portions of hearty food and great entertainment – it doesn’t get much more Pittsburgh than that!

Do you have specials for Happy Hour or “game night” … what about special events … i.e. concerts, holiday parties, private parties, etc.?? Every Thursday is College Night from 9-11 PM. You can get $6 liters and $5 Pretzel and Bier Cheese appetizers.

Any local ‘celebrity’ / VIP spottings at Hofbrauhaus so far? We have had many local celebrities visit the Hofbrauhaus! Mayor Ravenstahl actually had his re-election party here. Mike Tomlin, as well as a few Steelers. And we are definitely a favorite spot of many of the Penguins!

What’s your personal favorite 1) drink, 2) menu item, and 3) appetizer? What about best-sellers?My favorite drink is the Hefe Weizen. It is also our most popular bier here! My favorite menu item is the Oktoberfest Hendl, which is a roasted half-chicken – delicious! Our Wursts are huge sellers here – Bierwurst, Bratwurst, and Mettwurst. My favorite appetizer is the “Works” Sampler, which has Pretzels with Bier Cheese, Fried Pickles, Potato Pancakes, and Sauerkraut Balls. The Sauerkraut Balls are delicious!

You can follow Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh on Twitter @HofbrauhausPITT – make sure to follow them AND @Glitzburgh for a special Hofbrauhaus/Glitzburgh TWITTER CONTEST!

You can find Hofbrauhuas Pittsburgh on Facebook here!

A special thank you to Autumn for contributing to this special Glitzburgh blog interview!

Autumn Shreve
Sales Manager
Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh
412.224.2328 x11
412.235.7193 (fax)
ashreve@hbhpittsburgh.com

Glitzburgh at the Carnegie Museum -> Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art: A Benefit for the Persad Center

12 May

On Monday, May 10th, the Persad Center of Pittsburgh hosted their annual art benefit “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.

This event featured 200+ local, regional, and even international artists, live and silent auctions, and fabulous hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. Dinner was buffet-style and included delicious gourmet food ranging from from local restaurants and bistros to chains such as PF Chang’s.

The crowd was ever-diverse and included businessmen, doctors, philanthropists, art students, drag queens, the transgendered, bisexual, lesbian, gay community, art collectors, devoted volunteers, bloggers, media, and the local avant garde circle. There literally was something for everyone – food, art, and beverages for every taste! Guests could enjoy wine, whiskey, soda, or lattes, and could munch on ravioli, salad, rice, or salmon rolls. The art ranged from Andy Warhol-esque paintings like the “Mums” print to glass-blown vases and still-life photography. There were tastefully done nudes, a plant-woman, a brass marionette, and many abstract pieces. There were pastoral works, watercolors, and nautical-themed works, ethnic and tribal pieces, and other works with more of a pop art flair.

Glitz and glam melded with class and culture, and every intersection was met with grace and poise. This was an event free of judgement and full of welcoming, and hope. It truly was an evening of celebrating art, and celebrating life. I hope to be able to attend next year, and I hope that the Persad Center was able to raise lots of money this year for their wonderful cause.

Thank you to the Persad Center and the Carnegie Museum of Art for a lovely evening….and especially to Kristen Hawley, who, I looked for all night, but, was unable to connect with! (A testament to the vast number of guests and the large crowd that this esteemed event drew! Kudos!)

Cheers to a successful evening!

Check out some of my photos from the event, below!