Monday, March 30, 2020

Pittsburgh Social "Distancing" Scene

Lisa Cantalamessa with John Sieckowski

We have, for the most part, been in our homes and social "distancing" for a little over 14 days.  Hopefully, we will keep this awful menace at bay, or at least reasonably so.  Our stores, libraries, schools, restaurants, movie theaters, and just about everything else you can think of, are closed. Many of us are indefinitely out of jobs, others are working from home, and the true heroes, our health care professionals, are working overtime.

We are fortunate to live in an era where nearly everything we need can be purchased online and delivered.  Food, water, and essentials are still available, and reflecting slightly higher costs.

I asked some of my friend to send over photos of their social distancing and how they are coping with these unprecedented times.

Jeremy Witt on Beverly Road Mt. Lebanon

Skye Douglass walking through Sewickley Cemetery

Skye Douglass safe distance Happy Hour

Mary Ann Slafka 
Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grill, Safe Distance

Jackie Capatolla with a distance greeting to her grandchildren.

Olivia Weber and Hope Marie a social scooter outing

Valerie Valenti safe at home with Provocative Nostalgia

Marla Schattner  walking through Bethel Cemetery 

Marla Schattner with safe companions

Carrie Parrilla safe distancing

Melanie Crockard evening Caftan and Cocktails in her driveway

Laurie Lawrence and her shadow

Kites and 6 feet distance in South Park, Sunday March 29

Starbucks Bethel Park, a line all the way around the building

A lone runner in front of South Hills Village, Sunday, March 29


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Roses and Thorns, The Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Show

The annual Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Show, "Roses and Thorns " was held on Monday, March 9th at the Pittsburgh Opera House.  Guests enjoyed delectable  hor d 'oeuvres from Hungry for Time, while shopping the Studio Booth display and admiring rose inspired fashions. 

Partnering with designer Lela Rose and Choices of Pittsburgh, direct from the New York runway fashions were nothing less than phenomenal.  Delicate florals, lace, and wearable styles delighted the audience.

Inspired by the legendary opera Carmen, which opens March 28th at the Benedum Center, “Roses & Thorns” combined the best in couture with performances by the Opera Resident artist ranging from "La Vie En Rose" to an unexpected, upbeat,  "We've Got the Beat" by the GoGos.

All proceed from the event go directly to benefit the Pittsburgh Opera.  To donate visit: The Pittsburgh Opera

Melanie Crockard with Michele Fabrizi

Beth Kuhn

Giselle Fetterman

Ron Booth of Studio Booth

Catherine Gowl with Clare Drobot

Mackenzie Smith with Barbara Israel

Lela Rose fashions from Choices

  • Event Sponsors:
  • Ms. Michele Fabrizi
  • Cindy Akers Gerber
  • Amy and Dave Michaliszyn
  • Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • Gabriella and David Porges
  • Sharee Waskowiak
  • Dr. Helene Finegold
  • Mr. and Mrs. John E. Traina
Couture Fashions By:
Lela Rose provided by Retail Partner:  Choices Pittsburgh
Hair & Makeup By:
Studio Booth
Corporate Sponsor:
Models & Talent:
Docherty Talent Agency
Floral arrangements:
Allison McGeary

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Roarin’ Great Heart Ball of 2020

Ruby Brunnet, Ashlyn Strathman, Aishu Lyengar, Lifan Long

Over 600 guests arrived in style to the 2020 Roaring 20's Great Heart Gala,  Saturday, February 29, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel Ballroom,  celebrating 100 years of the American Heart Association.

The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception, followed by dinner and both live and silent auctions.

Guests browsed the silent auction items, and had photos taken by Eventures Live Photography, while admiring the gowns, many of which were in the roaring 20s style. 

Honorees for the evening included William Neches, MD. receiving the Peter J. Safar Pulse on Pittsburgh Award, and Beth Ann Condit, BSN, RN, CCRN, who was honored with the Mary Ann Scully Excellence in Nursing Award.

This event is largely responsible for funding many of the American Heart Association's projects with seventy five percent of contributions supporting research, school-site programs, and public education programs in the region. 

Belma Cazanovic and Daniel Volpe

Lili Fleming

Rachel Mc Cune and Ashley Laber

Shayna Blinn and Jordan Blinn

Jessica Balogh, Jenni Grammer, and Kara DiNardo

Miranda Culley and Lloyd Harvey

Erin Respet
Karen Colbert, American Heart Association 

Monica Sprung and Joshua Manning

Cody and Sarah Sabol

Debbie Viola
Sierra Vogel

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