Art All Night #OOTN

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This past Saturday I attended my very first Art All Night in Lawrenceville. Lots of creative art work, live bands and my favorite part, live painters. The warehouse is a perfect venue with space for tons of pieces and people. The number of pieces being displayed was overwhelming and the talent was unreal. I didn’t want to exclude any artists work from this post because they all were truly amazing, so I’m sharing an outfit of the night with you all.

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When someone asks me what my personal style, my answer is however I feel that day. One day you can see me in a floral dress with a statement necklace and heels, yet the next I”ll be wearing all black with red lipstick and funky hair. I don’t like to stick to one thing and I don’t want to be in a category. Trying new things is what fashion is all about. That being said, I wore my first “space bun” and LOVED it! My hair is short so I opted for a solo bun on the top pulling up the top half of my hair.

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Jacket: F21; Dress: TJ Maxx; Necklace: Claire’s; Booties: Old Navy; Purse: Thrifted; Socks:H&M

My favorite combination right now is wearing a baby doll dress with thigh-high socks. The look is so simple and shows just the right amount of skin. Leather jackets are my staple to wear out on a weekend night. Who doesn’t feel like a complete bad-ass in one?!

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I’m officially 6 days out from calling myself a college graduate! I can’t wait to share the celebration and next chapter with all of you.

What trend is happening right now that feels out of your comfort zone?!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

Catching Up in an Insta(nt)

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Happy Monday!

I’ve been living life this past week following the motto “Work hard, Play harder!” spending hours at a time in the library completing final projects and assignments, but also dedicating entire days to having fun! Life is all about balance and I’m working hard to find mine. This week we’re taking an inside look into my life through my Instagram.

Are you following me?! @seaschelll

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#BigelowBash @ Pitt, Awesome show by Magic Man & American Authors!

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Pirates Home Opener! Jumping for Joy and a Buccos Win #RaiseIt

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Walking around the city on a sunny day!

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Remembering my inner teenage-angst @ Cartel’s 10 Year Anniversary Tour of their first album Chroma (wow, I’m officially old)

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Bills Bar and Burgers opens in The Westin this Wednesday! I got to attend one of their promotional events.

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Oh yeah, Chris Jamison was there too. NBD.

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One more of the city during my first bike ride of the season, this view never gets old!

What’s your username?! List it in the comments below so I can follow!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

What’s In My Bag?

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Sharing purse essentials is a typical girl post, I know, but they’re my favorite kind to read! I like to think I’m a pretty prepared person and I’m transitioning from college student carrying a book bag and I.D. holder; to trying to fit everything I need for a day into one purse. I used to carry textbooks and now I’m carrying grocery shopping lists! I dumped out my bag and picked the best items for the list below:

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Planner – My life in a book. I rely on my planner to remind me of every detail I have going on in my day-to-day life. It almost seems silly with all the tech calendars available but I like to write things down and use fun sticky notes for my to-do lists. I write all homework, appointments, clubs, work schedule etc. Sometimes I get really carried away and color coordinate pen colors with activities and it sometimes makes me feel like I have my life together (keyword sometimes).

Tip: Make ACHIEVABLE to-do lists! I have a tendency to initially feel overwhelmed by a large amount of work, but it really helps to break it down step by step and not try to do it all at once or in one sitting. It takes practice, but it helps ALOT!

External Battery: This thing is a life-saver! I’ll admit I’m a overly connected person and feel close to naked without my phone. This Mophie charger is perfect for events you’re taking a lot of pictures at or when you’ll be away from a plug all day. I mostly use it for concerts and on out of town trips. It provides one full charge when you’re in a pinch for power.

Business Cards: I recently ordered a set of business cards from Vistaprint (great deals!!!) and really wish I invested in some sooner. Networking is so very important and I attend events as often as I can. Students normally have their resume as the main tool but it can be awkward to hand out if the person you’re meeting is not looking for an employee. These cards have been great to hand out so my name is at least remembered or recognized later down the line. You never know when you’ll run into someone.

Headphones: Living in the city means a lot of walking. I take the bus frequently, walk to my classes and to coffee shops; run on the NorthShore and at the gym. My Beats by Dre block out all outside distractions and blast my favorite tunes.

Accordion Chevron Mini Folder: This really makes me feel like my mom, Haha! I picked this up from the Target dollar section and it has been really helpful for organizing. I use it to store recent receipts and coupons. These items are things I usually get to the store and wish I had on me and now I do without having to think about it.

Mace: Yes, you read that correctly. I own hot pink mace. I adore everything about living in the city, except when it comes to walking alone at night. I threw this in my purse as a sense of comfort but hopefully I never have to use it!

Also Pictures: Chapstick, Portable Mirror, Car keys, Sunglasses, Cell Phone – iPhone6, HairClip, Koozie & Pirates Ticket stub because #BucsareBack

What’s in your purse?!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

Festival Fun

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The trend I’m seeing E V E R Y W H E R E this spring is festival wear! Floppy hats, flowing dresses and ankle boots. A music festival, like Coachella for example, started out as a weekend to bring together all varieties of music and art instillations; but has bloomed into a growing lifestyle trend. You won’t find me frolicking on the lawn in California this weekend, but you’ll definitely catch me soaking in tunes this summer from the Stage AE lawn and First Niagara Pavilion.

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// Dress: American Eagle // Hat: Old Navy // Socks: Wet Seal //

// Boots: Target // Accessories: F21 & Claire’s //

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Stay tuned for the announcement of Pittsburgh’s Music Festival, Thrival Festival coming soon!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

Spring Forward

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Happy Easter Every-bunny!

What other way is there to officially start off spring style then with floral?! I found this bright dress at my favorite discount store, Marshall’s. Every time I go inside, whether I try to make it quick or want to look through every rack, I seem to always find a treasure. Either a unique clothing item, a mug (cue my tea obsession) or cute decor for my room, it really never disappoints.

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I paired it with my favorite pair of open-toe shoes from Old Navy and a flower Forever21 piece from my statement necklace obsession…..I mean collection.

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I’ve had this London Fog purse for about 4 months now and I STILL get compliments on it. It’s a great combination of trendy with it’s shape, but professional with it’s color. It’s great for the young professional going from class to an internship. The large size is also great; even though sometimes it feels like a black hole trying to find my cell phone.

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*Stares into the distance while thinking about chocolate bunnies*

Have an egg-celent day! (;

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

April Shenanigans

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Happy April!! I’m so excited to kick-off a new month with a list of AWESOME events happenin’ in the Burgh ❤

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1. Yelp’s Under the Big Top // Children’s Museum // April 2nd // 8-10 p.m.

Carnival Games, side-show performers, bites, brews, tech shop and Photo Booth. 21+ entry

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2. Animal House After Dark // Carnegie Museum of Natural History // April 10th // 6-10 p.m.

Toga, toga, toga! Dress in your best toga wear and explore the exhibits after dark! Drinks, tours and a special expert and animal visit from the Columbus Zoo.

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3. The Neighborhood Flea // Shadyside // April 11th // 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pop up marketplace featuring vintage, hand-made, print, photography, fashions and food.

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4. Yoga Garden PGH // Phipps Conservatory // April 12th // 11 a.m.

Free yoga class on the Phipps Conservatory front lawn.

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5. Spring Garden Show // Phipps Conservatory // NOW – April 12th

“April showers bring May flowers.” Colors, scents and sights to jump into spring!

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6. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week // Various Locations // April 17 – 26th

Events held all over the city to promote and expand the education and celebration of craft beer.

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7. Earth Day Celebration // Mellon Square Park // April 22nd

Pittsburghs favorite food trucks and a performance by Chris Jamison. Did you need another reason to be there? I didn’t think so.

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8. 21+ Night at Carnegie Science Center // April 24th // 6-10 p.m.

Admission to explore the museum as well as interactive exhibits for the 21+ crowd.

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9. eatBRUNCH // Downtown // April 25th // 11 a.m.

Noms from Meat & Potatoes, Grit & Grace and Habitat.

april310. Art All Night // Lawrenceville // April 25th // 4 p.m. – 2 p.m.

All Night Art exhibit featuring original pieces of work, live music and activities.

What’s your favorite happening in April?!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh