The Look: Aw Else Boutique

Aw Else Boutique, a premier accessories destination in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has just launched an online store with expanded designer inventory. The new virtual store can be found at AwElseBoutique.com, and features the same inventory as its brick-and-mortar location, which is a short drive outside of Pittsburgh.

As the 2013 winner of the Tribune Review’s Readers’ Choice Awards for both “Ladies’ Boutique” and “Women’s Clothing and Accessories,” Aw Else truly is a “ladies’ boutique with a heart.”

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The staff guarantees shoppers a warm welcome and personal assistance for a relaxing, fulfilling shopping experience. Aw Else even collaborates with nonprofit organizations to host charitable shopping events, and recently ran a successful fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Known as AEB to many loyal fans, the store’s name derives from a combination of the owners’ daughters’ initials. The boutique features designer accessories from jewelry and handbags to home d├ęcor, and currently carries brands including Big Buddha, Bridgewater, Chrysalis Jewelry, cinda b, Greenleaf Spa, John Wind, Pouchee, Sequoia Paris, and Sorrelli. This spring, Aw Else will expand its inventory to include the following designer lines: 

-Betsey Johnson's fun, stylish handbags
-Harveys hand-sewn seat belt bags, which have recently attracted a collaboration with Mercedes-Benz
-Big Buddha Handbags

Aw Else's owner is excited to continue bringing shoppers sophisticated style and unbeatable customer service, "We enjoy embracing our customers like they are welcomed into our home," boutique owner, Danielle Shaffer said.


PGH Spotlight | The Paper Lady - Katy DeMent

Katy DeMent, aka The Paper Lady,  has been making her living as a full-time papermaker and teacher for over 20 years. Her work is found in galleries and museums worldwide and has been featured on HGTV’s “Crafters Coast to Coast”. DeMent was an Art major at Georgia State University but is self-taught in papermaking, welding, sewing and other crafts.

Katy's Paper Dresses

All DeMent’s works are created out of handmade papers she has made from locally gathered materials. Her 2-D imagery includes cast paper quilts, paper clothing, heirloom collage, and interactive shadow boxes, whilst her 3-D work is more functional and includes waxed paper, wall sconces and lampshades that balance on lamps made of old tools that she welds and wires herself.

DeMent grew up in North Carolina under a sewing machine. Around quilting great grandmothers, gardening great aunts, and mom= fashion designer. When Mom went to work She lost her personal seamstress so began altering her families Vintage clothes, up cycling, years ahead of this trend ,raiding closets for vintage materials.

Working at Hancock Fabric Store in high school and college (7 years she still has some cloth today," the one with the most…” she honed her craft as seamstress, costumer , designer.  DeMent discovered hand made paper in 1989 at the China Exhibit , High Museum o art , Atlanta . Profoundly influenced by this tactile and versatile medium. DeMent begin a self taught -on going journey creating art works both functional and decorative sustaining herself through paper making for over 20 years at galleries and art festivals.

This passion for hand made papers primary manufactured from recycled materials, vintage ephemera and invasive plants are influenced by her interest in visual narrative, a love of gardening and her long time relationship with fabrics and fibers and stitchery.

Paper Dress
Some of her works are coated with raw beeswax, which gives them a warm glow when light is added, making this unique lighting both “romantic and aromatic.” This utilizes the interaction between natural or man-made fibers and etched images. DeMent’s fine art works are complemented by handmade paper gift items, books, candle covers, Plantable Seed Cards © and other custom stationery.

This past fall DeMent won Best of Show at the Kentuck festival in North Port Alabama. Out of 350 artist nation wide. She will be exhibiting at the Kentuck Museum in June as well as teaching paper making work shops there in conjunction with the show.

Be sure to come see The Paper Lady's awesome creations at the 5th Annual GAGI Fest Fashion Show this Friday at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.


5 Things | Fresh Juice Places

Spring is here!  Now, if only the weather would agree.  Nevertheless, it's time for a fresh start. While sprucing up your house and updating your Spring wardrobe is definitely a start to a great season, cleaning up your diet can also prove to be very beneficial.  

The whole clean eating craze has gotten me interested in juicing.  I'm always so intrigued by the combinations of flavors and the gorgeous colors that come from 100% natural ingredients. Not to mention, fresh juices are packed with tons of vitamins and minerals each meant to trigger and focus on different health ailments and issues.  Juice places have been popping up all over Pittsburgh like little apothecaries waiting to mix up a potion just for you to help your body.   So where's a good place to get a fresh juice around here?  Here are 5 places in Pittsburgh to find one of these delicious concoctions. 

This place alone can help transform you into a bonafide health guru! Their menu includes organic smoothies, juices and shots, all serving a specific purpose, like their "Happy" smoothie or "Radiant" juice, and their shots not only include the standard wheat grass but you can get a shot of apple cider vinegar or wild harvested algae.  Located in Lawrenceville, Embody also provides health coaching, private yoga lessons, detox programs, cleanses, and fun informational happy hours. 

This family owned Lawrenceville business aims to keep their juice alive! And by that, they mean the freshest juices possible. Their theory is that the enzymatic and nutritional value of the juice is lost when it's been processed through high heat or pressure.  Their cold pressed juices are made fresh everyday.  They also provide juicing programs fit for anyone whether you are a beginner or a juicing expert. 

Another family owned business, Fresh Farm Juices presses and bottles their own juice.  The farms providing the fruit for the juices are all located in Western PA.  They distribute their juices to several locations in the city, but they are based in the South Side. They provide seven flavors that are perfect for specific times of the day.  And they also provide 2 day, 4 day and 6 day juice cleanses. 

Located in Highland Park, Juice Up 412, aims to get the people Pittsburgh thinking and eating healthier.  Owner, Majestic Lane, believes in educating people on the importance of juicing.  Their signature flavor Orange Sunrise (a delicious combination of orange, carrot and lemon) is so good you can even get the kids on board with it.  


This Shadyside vegan/vegetarian/organic restaurant has made strides as far as health food restaurants in Pittsburgh goes.  They've broken the whole stipulation that vegan/vegetarian food is a bunch of crunchy, dry food that tastes like grass. Not only does their food ROCK, but you can also stop in Eden and get yourself a fresh juice!  They keep it simple with flavors like Red, Pink or Green. Each very delicious and serving a very healthy purpose. 


PGH Spotlight: Lyft - An Awesome Cab Alternative

Would you like a mustache ride? No really, need a Lyft?

 I'm sure by now you've been seeing random cars around the city sporting these huge fuzzy pink mustaches on the front of the car. You're probably thinking "Oh come on!  I'm so over mustaches, they are SO 2013!" Ok.....well at least that's what I was thinking.

But as it turns out, these mustache wearing vehicles are part of an awesome new cab service here in Pittsburgh called Lyft. Lyft is a peer-to-peer ride sharing service that accepts donations only! Simply download their app, create an account using your Facebook, enter in some info, request a ride and viola!.....there's your ride home on Saturday night!

The drivers are fellow, friendly Pittsburghers who have been tested, approved and insured.  It's basically like having a good, reliable friend with a car who is always willing to cart you around.

This Lyft video will give you the warm and fuzzies:

Be sure to follow Lyft on Facebook and check out the Lyft Blog.
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