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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! 🙂

Celebrity Encounters – Check out Glitzburgh Celeb Photos on Facebook

25 Sep

Celebrity Encounters – Check out Glitzburgh’s Celeb Photos on Facebook.

Pics here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=30508&id=105096099524875&ref=mf

Enjoy photos of Glee’s Kevin McHale, Jessica Simpson, NSync, Franco Harris, Hines Ward, MTV stars, Nicole Scherzinger, and more! 🙂

A few of my favorites, below:

with JC Chasez of NSync, 2001

with Martha Stewart, 2010

With Jessica Simpson, 2003

With Nicole Scherzinger, 2007

With Steelers Legend Franco Harris, 2009

With Steelers MVP Hines Ward, 2005

With actor Danny Masterson, 2007

Check out the Facebook link for about 35 total celeb pics 🙂

ENJOY!

Pics here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=30508&id=105096099524875&ref=mf

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Your Time Is Now – Attend the 2010 Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women: October 14th, 2010

25 Sep

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 14th, 2010 from 7:30am-5pm – you won’t be sorry! The Pennsylvania Commission for Women and Governor Ed Rendell are presenting the annual Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Join 5,000 women as they come together for this awesome event, held this year in Pittsburgh.

The conference features a multitude of esteemed keynote speakers, workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities, and always draws a large crowd of diverse, independent, and empowered women from all walks of life. At this year’s event you can learn about building up your resume and partake in mentor match services. You can attend a career fair, learn how to build your leadership skills, and even learn how to utilize social media to build your brand!

One seminar teaches mothers how to raise happy , healthy, balanced, and joyful children in today’s world, which so often tends to dwell on negativity. Another will tell you how to take your small business from a home-based or independent company to a larger, scalable enterprise.

Come, learn about money management, negotiation skills, planning for retirement, and “reinventing your life” – it is NEVER too late to make a change! Also, make sure to sit in on “How to Take Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others” – – something EVERY woman needs to learn about!

The Conference will also feature a session for young women – junior and senior high school girls, and, of course, the Keynote Luncheon.

There are some amazing keynote speakers at this year’s Conference. Keynote speakers at the event include Ellen Alemany, Kelly Corrigan, Eve Ensler, Jessica Herrin, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, and Tory Johnson. They all have impressive resumes and diverse backgrounds, and will surely be entertaining, interesting, and enlightening – not to mention, inspiring! Ellen Alemany is chairman and chief executive officer of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. and RBS Americas. Kelly Corrigan is the author of “The Middle Place,” a memoir about that sliver of time when childhood and parenthood overlap, which spent six months on The New York Times bestseller list. Her most recent book, “Lift,” is written in the form of a letter to her children and weaves together three true stories of adults willing to chance terrible loss in search of the joys of raising a family, and also created a video called, “Transcending.” Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer and activist. She is the award-winning author of “The Vagina Monologues,” which has been published in 45 languages and performed in more than 130 countries. Jessica Herrin is the Founder and CEO of Stella & Dot. She is also a serial entrepreneur, who previously co-founded WeddingChannel.com. She’s been recognized for her passions, skills, and accomplishments by Oprah’s O Magazine, Fortune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, InStyle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and more! Dr. Mae C. Jemison is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies. She was also the first woman of color in the WORLD to go into space, when she worked with NASA and flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Tory Johnson has worked for ABC and NBC news, and now is a consultant on Good Morning America. She also has her own company, “Women for Hire,” and has published 5 books, one of which was a New York Times Bestseller!

Other reputable and intriguing speakers include Governor Edward G. Rendell, Marjorie Osterlund Rendell, Diane Holder, Sally Wiggin, Deborah Acklin, Jennifer Antowiak, Karen Marchi, Mary Anne Papale, and many, many more! (View an entire list at: http://www.pagovernorsconferenceforwomen.org/2010-speakers.htm)

Tickets are still available! Order online by clicking here!

There truly is something for every woman – and for any men who wish to get an insight to the world of women! Whether you’re a mom, a career woman, neither, or both, ladies, you should treat yourself to this day of fun, education, and networking at the PA Governor’s Conference for Women!

Find them on Facebook here.

Follow then on Twitter at @PennWomen.

Visit the Official Website, here: http://www.pagovernorsconferenceforwomen.org/

See you there!



What’s Going On in Da’ Burgh?? Upcoming Events in Pittsburgh…Wilco, Art, Fashion, Cigars, and More!

9 Apr

There are always some nifty events going on in and around the ‘Burgh. Here are just a few that are coming up this weekend and next week….

The “Long Ash Club” in Pittsburgh (across from the Benedum Theatre on Penn Ave.)  is having a 2-night Cigar Rolling Event / Cigar Tasting Party, featuring, aside from cigars, of course, a Cuban-style menu and Cuban drinks. This event is free and open to the public. For more info or for reservations call  Renée at 412.281.6290.

Art in Bloom – The Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Mellon Museum of Art has organized Art in Bloom, which features fine art paired with gorgeous, fresh flowers. This event is going on from April 8th-April 10th, 2010.

Stepping into Spring Fashion Show at Duquesne University – April 11th, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. Held at Duquesne University, this annual event is sponsored by the University Women’s Guild and includes a luncheon while featuring women’s and children’s fashions from Macy’s. Sally Wiggin from WTAE will also be there!

Fashions for Kids’ Sake at Carlow University – Thursday, April 15th, at 6:30pm – Features  various designers from the Pittsburgh boutiques Decade, Figleaf, Jupe Boutique and Sugar.

Lawrenceville LittleFlea – Enjoy this outdoor marketplace in Lawrenceville at the corner of Butler St. and 36th from 8am-3pm on Saturdays this season. Enjoy vendors, craft items, thrift and vintage finds, cultural experiences, food, a flea market, and more. Visit http://lawrencevillelittleflea.blogspot.com/ for more info!

The Wilco concert is this Sunday at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Also … don’t forget: The Shrine Circus is now in Town and the Autism Speaks lunch is Saturday at Heinz Field, along with the Riverside Run on Saturday for the Jenesis Foundation. So much to do, so little time in a weekend! What will you choose?

…and what else is going on in Pittsburgh? Let me know! 🙂

Celebrity Encounters of Mine … A Slideshow.

26 Mar

I’m learning the hard way that I can’t embed a slideshow into WordPress from Webshots. Well, I’m sure you can. But it IS 2am and I have to be up for surgery at 5:45.

So here, check out the LINK to the slideshow for now. If it doesn’t work – PLEASE let me know!

“Celebrity Encounters” – a slideshow of my various encounters with celebrities both super-famous and not-so-famous.

PHOTOS: http://entertainment.webshots.com/album/552194928YhssbV

SLIDESHOW: http://entertainment.webshots.com/slideshow/552194928YhssbV