Archive | May, 2011

Supermodel Cindy Crawford in Pittsburgh to Promote Cindy Crawford Home line

10 May

On Saturday, May 7th, 2011, world-famous supermodel Cindy Crawford visited Levin Furniture in Pittsburgh, PA, as part of her current tour promoting her new home-and-furniture line, Cindy Crawford Home.

She chose to make Levin one of her stops due to its 91-year history in Western Pennsylvania — fitting, as tradition and history are two of her values. This is reflected in both her fashion lines and her furniture line.

Crawford claims that making the transition from clothing to furniture was easy, stating that the lines in and designs of clothing translate over into the lines and designs of  furniture.

Cindy Crawford Home is elegant and sleek while still being comfortable and, well, homey.

“I also have included some of my Midwest upbringing into the line to help create value and functional pieces,” she said. “The furniture you have says a lot about you from how you set a table to how you entertain friends,” she said, also stating that “looks aren’t everything” in furniture, fashion, or life.

I asked Ms. Crawford how she liked Pittsburgh, and she said she “really enjoyed her time here.” While she was here, she visited Children’s Hospital with Robert Levin, where they donated to Children’s Hospital Charities. She also partnered with Levin to present a $10,000 check to a rep for the Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. Crawford made radio appearances, and was also interviewed by the Pittsburgh CW while she was in town.

Her furniture line is now available through Levin Furniture and through June 7, with any purchase of the Crawford collection, Levin Furniture will make a contribution to the Susan G. Komen  and Children’s charities.

Ashley Boynes and Cindy Crawford
Ashley Boynes and Cindy Crawford

The Play Date Gala – Having Fun for a Good Cause

10 May
On Friday, May 6th, 2011, a benefit was held at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Since the invitation said, “playful cocktail attire,” I knew I had to attend!

The event didn’t disappoint. It was a perfect mix of elegant meets “FUN” with fearless fashions, an acapella group, dancers, fun centerpieces, awesome live and silent auction items….and even a flash mob!

VIPs such as Pittsburgh Steeler Charlie Batch and more enjoyed an evening of good food catered by famed chef Bob Sendall, great music, and lots of laughs – all for a great cause. Dance troupe, “Bodyography” provided a wow factor with their routines, while Pittsburgh’s only all-vocal band, “Double Shot” impressed with their collection of tunes ranging from Maroon 5 to the Brian Setzer Orchestra and beyond.

It was a swanky crowd, in a unique venue – and the vibe was perfect for the cause being supported, whose mission was, “Joy. Creativity, and Curiousity.”

Co-chairs of the event were Heather McBrier and Susan Baierl, and sponsors included Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shiled, Mascaro Construction, Schneider Downs, 77 Kids by American Eagle, Baierl Automotive, Children’s Hospital, Deloitte & Touche, Duquesne Light, KDKA, Pascale Communications, and many more. The Great Friend of Children Award was presented to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for their commitment to children, as guests looked on while dining on an exquisite menu which included vegetarian chilli, honey glazed roasted ballontine chicken with leeks, apricots, pistachios & a demi glaze, Chinese boxed salad, and citrus-scented brown rice, followed by a palette of delectable desserts.

The evening’s biggest delight was not the fabulous decor or the oh-so-tasty food, but rather, the flash mob that surprised the crowd, dancing in sync to PINK’s hit, “Raise Your Glass.”

Touted as, “the ultimate play-date for grown-ups” this event surely didn’t disappoint. Check out some photos below, courtesy of photographer Matthew Shuck.

Bodyology Dancers

Silent Auction Items
Silent Auction Items
Ashley Boynes & Allison Potter
Ashley Boynes & Allison Potter
Double Shot singers
Double Shot singers
Latasha Wilson-Batch, Charlie Batch, Lisa Simakas, Greg Simakas
Latasha Wilson-Batch, Charlie Batch, Lisa Simakas, Greg Simakas
Centerpieces
Centerpieces
Carleen Papa and Maria Caruso
Carleen Papa and Maria Caruso

A Pittsburgh Flash Mob Proposal! Love This!

4 May

I may cry. Too cute! A Pittsburgh Flash Mob Proposal. ❤

Tree Climbing Competition Comes to Pittsburgh – AND: Learn about Renew Growing Greener!

4 May

Interesting event!


The Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) hosts the Western Tree Climbing Championship in Pittsburgh, on May 7th, at the Allegheny Cemetary.

Beginning at 8am, 25 of the region’s best male & female arborists will take to the limbs in hopes of competing for the state title, granting them a chance to climb against other champions from around the world in Sydney, Australia!

You can learn more at www.treepittsburgh.org

ALSO: are YOU interested in “going green?”  Are you eco-friendly? A tree hugger? All about the environment and conservation? We all know how important our environment is – the earth’s resources aren’t infinite. “Going green” is more than just a buzzword or trend. Being eco-friendly should be second nature to us all! Follow the Renew Growing Greener Coalition on Twitter @RenewGG as they charter the way for renewing our earth & improving conservation efforts!  … and “like” them on Facebook, here!

Highly Recommend: Contempo Artistries Salon and Spa

4 May

It’s rare that I give a Glitzburgh recommendation, but I certainly will to Contempo Artistries Salon & Spa in Greensburg, PA!

Whether you need hair and makeup for an edgy fashion show, a romantic wedding, your first prom, or for a chic everyday look, Contempo Artistries is for you!

Located just blocks from the historic Academy Hill district in dowtown Greensburg, they offer free ample parking, and a relaxed yet trendy atmosphere.

The stylists are well-trained, passionate, and personable, and the salon offers all of the latest trends and services!

Stay up-to-date with the latest cuts and colors, get on-trend with the hottest makeup looks, or relax and pamper yourself with their wide array of luxury spa and wellness services!

Want to learn more?

“Like” them on Facebook, here.

Visit the website, here.

Call (724) 838-8100

or stop by: 228 Arch Avenue Greensburg, PA 15601

…and be sure to tell them “Glitzburgh sent you!”  


Even if you’re based in Pittsburgh, I promise: to have the ultimate salon experience and leave feeling fabulous – it’s worth the drive!

Glitzburgh’s Ashley at Oprah – Tomorrow, May 5!

4 May
Glitzburgh's Ashley B at Harpo Studios!

Glitzburgh's Ashley B at Harpo Studios!

I can’t technically write a blog about my Oprah Show experience – it’s a legal thing.

I will write this blog post, though, to tell you all to tune in tomorrow, Thurs May 5, 2011, to watch the show that I attended. I got to sit 2nd row at Oprah’s Last Harpo Hookups Show which is one of her final 16 shows….ever.

All I can say is that it was amazing! Thanks, Oprah!

Tyson Beckford: Not Just a Pretty Face on Maniac Exchange!

4 May

Check out my latest blog post on Maniac Magazine’s “Maniac Exchange” site – an interview with Tyson Beckford!

A hug from Tyson!

A hug from Tyson!

View the article, here.