Belle’s First Birthday

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We did it! We made it to our first big milestone. Belle of the Burgh isn’t just about me, it’s about us. It’s about the dedicated and consistent readers, the enthusiasm of Pittsburgh and the support of my family and friends. This anniversary belongs to US. I started this blog a year ago with the hope I would spread the greatness and potential that I see in the city I keep so near and dear to my heart. It over joys me when someone tells me they attended an event they saw on my blog or really enjoyed a picture I chose to shoot for a post. It feels like a community.

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In the past year Belle has:

1. Traveled to Washington D.C., Orlando, and Detroit.

2. Yoga-ed in Market Square and PNC Park

3. Learned from and met bloggers in the community

4. Shared my first fashion post

5. Felt 22

6. Celebrated LOVE

7. Gained an appreciation for all things ART

8. Graduated College

9. Collaborated with friends

10. Went to concert….after concert.….after concert

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It often surprises my friends and followers when I tell them I knew NOTHING about blogging when I started. Sure, my major is relevant but I bought the book “Blogging for Dummies” to read during my slow hours at work and taught myself from there on. If you have an idea or are looking to find your niche, I encourage you to do something about it! The nerves I felt while putting myself out there for the first time were scary, but the pride I have for building something from the bottom up in front of everyone I know in real-life and on the internet outweighs every ounce of fear I felt.

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A special thank you to my mother for her endless support and patience. She is my main blog photographer and has spent hours at a time watching me spin in circles and look anywhere but the camera. She’s the #1 blog assistant.

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I can’t wait for continued growth and fun as we move forward together.

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

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Farmer’s Market

 

Lunch breaks in the city have a great view, but lunch breaks with delicious dishes, music and sweets have great taste! Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is back with their annual farmer’s market. Pierogies, fresh produce, warm cookies and flowers fill market square from 10:00-2:00 p.m. every Thursday afternoon this summer. I checked out some of the booths on opening day to share with all of you.

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Little Athens Catering 

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GoodLife Juices

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Good L’Oven Cookie Shop

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Tunes by Jessica Bitsura (beautiful voice!!!!!)

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Gosia’s Homemade Pierogies

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Joyce’s Copper Kettle Fudge

Dress: Forever21; here

Which neighborhood Farmer’s Market is your favorite?

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

Belle Takes Washington D.C.

 
Time flies when you’re having fun! I’ve been an official graduate from Point Park for two weeks and if you think time flies in college, just wait until you’re out of it. Before starting my new job (eeeeep!!) I went on a little trip with my mom and aunt to Washington D.C. It’s only four hours away from the ‘Burgh and such a fun place for a weekend road trip! We had a list of things we wanted to see, but didn’t make a set plan so we could move at our own pace. I had so much fun and want to thank my mom and Aunt Holli for spending the time with me! ❤

  Site Seen: National Mall

Eat: Old Ebbitt Grill – We heard from a local this place was really big on food allergy and intolerance (I have a LOT) and they were very accommodating! Unfortunately I had to send my first plate of food back, I hate being that girl, but they gave me a slice of gluten/soy free peanut butter pie on the house for the wait! SO good. Site Seen: The Washington Monument

Tip: Use the Old Town Trolley!! We read many reviews when trying to decide how to get around and they deservingly had the best ones. The tour guides were energetic and informative and you get to hear/learn so many things when traveling to various locations. Site Seen: Chinatown

Eat: Wicked Waffle – Gluten-free EVERYTHING! So many combinations and delicious combinations to try right in the downtown area. Quick outdoor stop!

 

Site Seen: The White House

Tip: Visit the Newseum! We didn’t opt for a ton of museums this trip (their are SO MANY!!!) but when I found out a they had a media museum it was on the top of the list. Tons of world events, ways media is ever/changing and a place to put on your own newscast. If that’s not your interest there are so many to choose from, there’s one for everyone!Site Seen: Smithsonian National Zoo

Eat: Topolino’s! This restaurant was near our hotel and it had enough options for everyone. As most, we didn’t stay inside the downtown D.C. area. We stayed at Holiday Inn Express Camp Springs and had a wonderful stay! The wi-fi was weak but the staff was friendly and helpful. They provide shuttles to nearby the metro, which gets you into the city quickly and cheap. For a full look at D.C., check out the hashtag #BelleTakesDC or search my page on Instagram: @seaschelll

Catch you back in the ‘Burgh next week!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

PGH Vintage Mixer

 

Now that it’s summer, outside vendor markets are popping up in every neighborhood across the city! My mom is a self-proclaimed flea market queen so I spent a fair share of my childhood learning how to look for personal treasures in other peoples junk. This past Saturday was our first adventure of the season and my first vintage market! We went to PGH Vintage Mixer at the Heinz History Center and Spring It On! in Lawrenceville. So many fun outfits and finds! I picked a few of my favorite clothing vendors, girls AND guys, to mix into your wardrobe.

 

 Three Rivers Vintage // East Carson Street // 1920’s – 70’s

 

Alicks and Raflin // Etsy Shop

 

Epitome // Online // Vintage and Contemporary Menswear

 

Highway Robbery // East Carson Street & Mobile Truck

 

Royal Establishment // Etsy Shop // Menswear

 

Also giving a shout-out to The Pop Stop for keeping me cool in the hot market heat

What market are you most excited for this summer?

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

What I Wore: Graduation

Dress: simplydresses.com; Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory; Necklace: Target

Today I’m sharing the dress I wore for my college graduation! When I first started looking I had a very strict guideline in my mind of what I thought I wanted, but that went out the window about 10 minutes into my search. I don’t know how to be anything other than myself and when a dress is screaming my name, I can’t deny it! I went with this floral two-piece number from simplydresses.com and I’m OBSESSED with it. I want to wear it over and over and over again.

I paired it with a floral nude and white statement necklace to tie in the tan of my heels. The diagonal cut of the skirt is usually seen on skorts, but I loved the skirt looked on my legs up close and far out.  The cut of the top also flatters girls with broad shoulders who don’t like to wear halter style (hello that’s me!). My only disappointment was having to order the same size for both pieces. I would really liked to order different sizes for the top and bottom, like swim suit shopping, but it wasn’t allowed. Disappointing, but I made it work!

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I’m already looking forward to the next event I can sport it to! (;

Do you like two-piece sets? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh