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Glitzburgh Glam: Lady Gaga, Best or Worst Dressed? -By Natalie DeBarto, Intern

28 Dec

When it comes to Lady Gaga, it’s impossible to be shocked by her outfits. After all, she did strut the stage is an outfit made of raw meat, and nothing can beat that on the shock meter. It seems this year she has been voted at the top and the bottom of the outfit pole. Sometimes she’s put together and fashionable, and other times she’s, well, covered in meat. Here’s the best and worst of Lady Gaga:

Best:

**Even though the character was annoying, Gaga looked great in the outfit!

Worst:

Lady Gaga definitely has more good outfits than bad, and her unique sense of fashion is changing the industry. Who knows, maybe the fashion of 2012 will include studded platforms, and meat dresses. Fashion is an ever changing world.

MISSING PERSON: Update on James Slack: Help Find Jimmy – REWARD

16 Dec

Thank you to the Steelers’ Ryan Clark, the Pariots’ Ross Ventrone, and employees of 96.1 KISS fm who, among many other kindhearted individuals and news outlets, have tweeted, Facebooked, and blogged about missing person Jimmy Slack (a.k.a. James Slack II, Jim Slack) of Bridgeville, PA.

I wanted to share with you some of the latest links for information, the Facebook page dedicated to finding Jimmy, as well as the Missing Person poster if you’d like to share it.

Please continue to spread the word, and remember that he may not be in the Pittsburgh area anymore – he could be anywhere.

He was last seen on December 6th, at Stage AE in the North Shore for a String Cheese Incident concert.

LINKS:

Pittsburgh Cops Take Up Search for Bridgeville Man

Help Find Jimmy Slack Facebook Page

Search for Missing Man Continues; Slack Family to Offer Reward

Missing Person: Jimmy Slack, Last Seen at Stage AE on Tuesday – Have You Seen Him? Please Re-Post! [UPDATED]

MSNBC Local Report on James Slack, II – Reward Being Offered

** The family is begging anyone who knows anything at all to come forward. Any lead, clue, or piece of information will help. They are offering a $1,000 reward. People can call with any information including anonymous tips at 412-323-7800

Glitzburgh has been trying to get in touch with Nancy Grace, to no avail. But, let’s not leave any avenue unexplored.

Bring Jim home for the Holidays!

 

The Legendary Joe Paterno Will Leave Penn State Amidst Sex Scandal

8 Nov

Joe Paterno – a name synonymous with Penn State pride – is likely be asked to leave by PSU officials, reports the New York Times.

Admist the shocking sex scandal involving allegations and charges against former coach Jerry Sandusky and a potential cover-up by the Penn State football organization, the board of trustees at Penn State is quietly planning Joe-Pa’s exit.

Other high-ranking officials at Penn State have already stepped down.

Penn State University is suffering a heartbreaking reputation shift in the wake of this decade-old sex abuse scandal that has implicated more than one Penn State employee.

According to the Times press release, “the board of trustees is yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other  coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a brand will not survive to coach another season.”

Paterno testified in front of the grand jury that he was informed of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy, and that he reported it to school officials. However, his description was “vague” and seemingly downplayed the incident which was purportedly stated to him in graphic detail, and his intentions were questioned when he chose to go to the higher-ups at Penn State instead of reporting the incident (in detail) to police.

Though he is not being indicted and is not a target of the investigation according to authorities, his once-golden image may be tarnished in the court of public opinion.

There really are no winners in this situation.

As for today’s cancelled press conference, a report by Fox News stated the following: “Penn State’s president abruptly canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference Tuesday amid increasing calls for both men to resign in the wake of a former assistant coach’s sex-abuse scandal and as another potential victim came forward. The news conference was to be the first chance for reporters to ask Paterno about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

‘Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,’ assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.”

Paterno may not have broken any laws, but his inaction and the inaction of others allowed for further abuse that should have stopped years ago.

Nonetheless, it is sad that such a legend will have to leave his career on such a sour note when he did so much for the school and the football program. Again — no one wins in this situation.

 

Ultra Marathon Runner Dean Karnazes and the Regis & Kelly Show Run Across America…to Green Tree!

27 Apr

Today, ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes of “Regis and Kelly” fame brought his “Run Across America” right here to Pittsburgh.

Karnazes – who was one of TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential” People, has been running across the country and will finish on May 9th in New York City at the LIVE! With Regis & Kelly studios.

Today’s 5K running event took place at a local elementary school – Aiken Elementary, in Green Tree – and included not only Karnazes but also students, teachers, families, runners, and even the likes of Andrew Stockey and the Pirate Parrot. The event was filmed for a segment soon to be aired on the LIVE! With Regis & Kelly Show.

You can learn more about Dean’s journey, here: http://www.ultramarathonman.com/flash/

Some photos from the event:

Ultra Marathoner Dean Karnazes Runs Across America to a Local School for the Regis & Kelly Show – YOU Can Join In!

8 Apr
Dean on Regis & Kelly

Dean on Regis & Kelly

Ultra Marathon runner Dean Karnazes is doing a “Run Across America” for the ever-so-popular Regis and Kelly Show! Along the way, he’ll stop at 12 schools across the country – one of which is Aiken Elementary of the Keystone Oaks School District. Yup – that’s right – a segment for the Regis and Kelly Show will be filmed right here in Pittsburgh.

You can even register to join in the fun and run in a 5K with Karnazes.

The run is for an organization called, “Action for healthy Kids,” and all proceeds benefit this nonprofit that promotes health and wellness for kids.

It is an honor that Aiken Elementary  was selected, and it’s sure to be a fun-filled morning!

This event takes place at Aiken Elementary School in Green Tree. It is Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 9am. You can learn more by calling 212-691-2200 or by contacting Aiken. Also, for more information or to register, you can visit http://www.actionforhealthykids.org and click on Regis & Kelly’s Run Across America.

To learn more about Dean Karnazes, you can visit his site at http://www.ultramarathonman.com/

JOIN IN THE FUN!!!

And, we’re back! An Octoberly Summary…Pittsburgh Fashion Week, MWSA Conference, PA Governor’s Conference for Women…and Antoine Dodson?

15 Nov

Glitzburgh apologizes for the long hiatus but…I’m back!

I’d like to sum up a couple of October’s events before pressing on with new blog posts from here on out.

First off – Fashion Week. Yes, yes – you heard and saw some of it but I unfortunately only posted on half of the week’s events. So sorry! I must say that  it was a wonderful event and I can’t wait to see many more Pittsburgh Fashion Weeks to come in the future. The Lana Neumeyer event provided a tropical and exotic boast to the week’s events – it was rife with fun and flavor, Crazy Hot Clothes definitely came to impress, Laurie B. Allen and Katie Wolfrum brought the pretty and the chic, Brian David had some to-die-for looks (including an asymmetrical white fedora that I was absolutely wild about!) … and what gal doesn’t love Pandora? Granted, I missed the Sunday luncheon (I love fashion but not enough to miss a Steelers game) and also the eyewear trunk show and the Susan B. Komen benefit show, but what I saw of Pittsburgh Fashion Week was awesome. The models on Saturday were especially impressive, many of which were brought to Pittsburgh via Brandon Campbell and Little Rock Fashion Week – and Kristen Varoli of Contempo Artistries did an amazing job of styling hair and makeup for many of the shows.

the Brian David show - I want this hat!

Pittsburgh Fashion Week

Glitzburgh @ Fashion Week

Won this fab Sabika necklace at PFW - yay!

Also brought to us the first week of October here in Pittsburgh was the Military Writers’ Society of America Annual Conference, held at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place. The MWSA is an association of 800+ authors, poets, and artists focused on the military. Whether veterans, active duty military, military families/spouses, or writers who just have an affinity for the military, they’ve all chosen to honor our military through their art and their writings. The conference featured an array of guest speakers, workshops, and more, dedicated to networking and skill building. (I spoke on the social media panel – see more, here.)  It was an honor and privilege to meet the unique and diverse group of men and women of all ages who comprise this admirable group.

 

October also brought to us the Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women. (“Glitzburgh” was featured in the official program under, “social media street team” – FYI!)

The PA Governor’s Conference for Women featured the likes of Judge Marjorie Rendell, Sally Wiggin, Dr. Mae Jemison, Kelly Corrigan, Tory Johnson, Jessica Herrin, Sheryl WuDunn, Katherine Center, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Leigh Hurst, and more. Some takeaways from the event? Be empowered. Be confident. Don’t give up on dreams. Make the most of your life. We have infinite possibilities, as women. We must take care of ourselves before we can care for others. Be RESILIENT! Network. Be intuitive. Be you!

There were some moments that were SO quotable, I can’t help but share. After all, this was a TRULY inspiring event.

Some gems:

Sally Wiggin said, “The only way to make the most of this precious life is to discover what you want, and go get it.” Author Katherine Center of “Get Lucky” said, “We draw wisdom from stories, and we draw resilience from wisdom” also stating that, “there is no tenderness without bravery.”

Dr. Mae Jemison – the first-ever woman of color to go into space – said, “Time is limited but has INFINITE possibilities….It’s what you DO with that time that matters.” She also said that most people are either “intuitive” or “analytical” but some (like herself, and, like myself!) are BOTH. Like myself, she believes that arts and sciences are not opposites, and that creativity comes from our attempts to understand and express ourselves. Said Jemison, “A choice is not something that people give us – it is something that NO ONE can take away. We get to create the future.”

New York Times Best Selling author, Kelly Corrigan, had this wisdom to share about achieving one’s dreams: “You have to admit that you want something. You then have to recognize your own prejudices of who can do what. You must forget the world of ‘probability’ so you don’t think about how long the shots are and how far the goals can seem. You must remember that not everyone has imagination enough to understand your vision or idea, so be careful who you tell. When trying to accomplish a tough feat, try to attempt just one task per day: no matter how big or small. It’ll become a habit. Be comfortable with failure. Do things because things need doing, and other people can’t do them. Good work makes us feel lucky to be here, doing the things we are meant to do. Do it.”

An inspiring workshop that I attended at the Conference was the “Reinventing Your Life” session. OneYearOfFirsts.com’s LuAnn was the moderator and strove to encourage women to, “get un-stuck!” The panel included Joyce Bender, Nikki Huston, and Leigh Hurst – all inspiring women.

Joyce Bender of Bender Consulting said, “In your life, something will happen to you that is bad. However, what makes the difference is how you respond do it.” She also encouraged the audience to “get back your muchness!”

Nikki Johnson Huston – once homeless and now the 1st person at Temple to graduate with a law degree, an MBA, and a Master’s degree in taxes – said to always remember to, “Take risks. Trust yourself. You’re FABULOUS: the rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.”

Founder of The Feel Your Boobies Foundation, Leigh Hurst (a breast cancer survivor) encouraged women by saying that we all should remember that NOTHING is impossible! Some nuggets that these women offered?

“Take risks! Trust yourself!”

“Listen to your internal voice.”

“Get to the place where you stop TALKING about it and JUST DO IT!”

“Put your dream down on paper.”

“You have to listen to you.”

“Be honest with yourself!”

“Stop making excuses for yourself, and stop making excuses for EVERYONE ELSE!”

“Don’t rely on others for the right answers.”

“Gauge your own internal instincts. Listen to them. Always.”

“Open yousrelf up to new opportunities.”

“Want to be a CEO? Think like a CEO. Want to be a lawyer? Think like a lawyer. Want to be an author? Think like one.”

More sessions followed, including an appearance by Dan Onorato and by Mrs. Corbett, Judge Marjorie Rendell, and co-author of “Half the Sky” (featured on the Oprah show!) as well as Tory Johnson from ABC’s Good Morning America. The day capped off with a resume workshop and career-fair networking opportunity.

All of these October events were fabulous in their own unique ways. (And who can forget, “Hide Yo’ Kids, Hide Yo’ Wives” Antoine Dodson on the 96.1 KISS fm Trannies and Grannies Halloween party on the Gateway Clipper?)

Pittsburgh is amazing as ever. And Glitzburgh is baaaack! 🙂

Runway: Clearing for Takeoff, Destination Fashion Oz – and Zang Toi International Designer Fashion Show Reviews – Some Thoughts on Pittsburgh Fashion Week

29 Sep

Pittsburgh’s Fashion Week is consuming my life this week, and, I’m 110% okay with that!

Monday’s inaugural Pittsburgh Fashion Week event, “Runway: Clearing for Takeoff, Destination Fashion Oz” delighted me… and slightly disappointed me.

Most (and I do say “most” and certainly not “all”) of the fashions rocked. However, the event had a little bit of…dare I say it…cheesiness going on. Cardboard gold party stars dangling like dollar-store decorations and actual park benches for media to sit on were one thing: but the confusing, trite, and just….BAD…opening monologue and overkill of the “Oz” theme were quite another.

That being said, it WAS the first-ever Fashion Week event held in Pittsburgh, and so things like a cheap-looking banner and slight feel of disorganization have to be overlooked.

Even despite these relatively small missteps, I give the overall event a B-grade!

I personally was intrigued by the costume-couture designs of MJ Whalen. The outfits were unique, beautifully made, and reminiscent of the late, GREAT Alexander McQueen. They were artsy and interesting, and brought to mind an idea of deconstructed Victorian Goth. From the lace, to the blinged-out gas masks, and candelabra ensemble, Lady Gaga would have been in fashion-heaven!  (WHAT raw-meat dress? THIS is Gaga-chic.)

Every designer had some definite hits, though. There were so many pieces coming down that runway that I wanted to own, including items from Jupe Boutique, Sugar, e.b. pepper, Kari Kramer’s iroNiece, and more! The dancers and musical performances were a nice added touch to the night’s event, and, despite my disdain for SOME of the “Oz” overkill, the ruby red shoes on the Jupe girls were, in my mind, a “hit!” 🙂

Overall, I’d say it was a success. It’s hard to have cohesion and harmony when featuring different lines by different designers at one event, which may have led to some of the feelings of “what’s going on” – especially when you’re trying to tie it all in to a not-so-relevant Oz theme. For the first night, at the first ever event, I say “good job” to all involved!

Tuesday’s event, which was held at the John Heinz History Center and featured the works of internationally-renowned designer Zang Toi, who is the so-called “headliner” of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, seemed much more organized, cohesive, and upscale. It’s no wonder – the guy’s a pro, and he killed it last night in Pittsburgh. His clothing is featured in the couture department at Nordstrom, he’s been around for 20 years, and all of his clothing is hand-made and unique. He’s dressed the likes of Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Sharon Stone, Eva Longoria, Ivana Trump, Heather Graham, Patti LaBelle, and more.

In addition to attending the esteemed Parsons School of Design, he’s won multiple awards and boasts a long list of personal and professional achievements and has put on fashion shows all over the world. Of course, I was excited to see his collection.

It didn’t disappoint. The looks were inspired by the Oscar-winning movie, Giant, and most had a fashion-forward Western/cowboy feel. Others were very fashion-forward takes of 1950’s housewife meets 1950’s glamour. His more casual ensembles were chic and elegant while still looking comfortable and wearable; and his skirts and gowns were luxe, well-made, with lots of billowy, flowing skirts and beautiful accents. Many had a floral motif, none disappointed. There were many surprises including a sexy backless black dress adorned with a pink bow, and an all-white take on menswear-for-the-ladies featuring a sheer top under a long white coat.

His collection, though not “shocking” by any means, was elegant and refined, showing a high level of taste. At first, I thought that the “cowboy” theme would be hokey. At first, it was. (But the male models WORKED those outfits and those abs, and the ladies ROCKED the “BIG” hair!)

However, after the show got going, each look transitioned perfectly into the next, resulting in different looks that somehow meshed together without being totally matchy-matchy….and isn’t that what a “good” collection should do?

I give last night’s event a solid A! Kudos to the Pittsburgh Fashion Week to really stepping it up with the House of Toi show. I’m glad that we left Oz and stepped into a more “grown up” era of fashion fun.

Please check out all of my Pgh Fashion Week photos on the Glitzburgh Facebook page by clicking here! Please note that my camera is NOT of the best quality  by ANY means – so, my apologies in advance! Approximately 7 of the shots are not mine – and I do give credit where credit is due!

Last but not least, I met a fan of Glitzburgh last night, who also happens to have a really cool name (also Ashley) and who has her OWN Pittsburgh Fashion blog called, “Where We Hang Our Pretty Things” – so check it out at http://a-dom.tumblr.com!

I won’t be attending tonight’s show (The PINK! Fashion Show at the John Heinz History Center) – but I should be at the rest of the events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – so look for more “Fashion Week” reports soon to come!