This past Saturday I went to my very first Style Collective get together, a Brunch at Or, The Whale restaurant in the Distrikt Hotel in Pittsburgh. I joined Style Collective back in January when I started my blog and my public Instagram because I heard it was a great resource for bloggers, so I was excited to finally put some names to faces! Find out if Style Collective is for you here: Style Collective!
If you know me, I’ve never met a brunch that I didn’t love, and Or, The Whale was no exception, they have a really great selection of sweet and savory brunch options, but I am all for satisfying the sweet tooth at brunch. I went with the quinoa and granola parfait and wheat toast with local apple butter. But first things first, Mimosas in a pretty flute glass…
How fab is my friend, The Wexford Housewife?! Lucky for me, we are in a lot of the same groups (Style Collective, GrlPwr Pittsburgh), so we always have a built in bestie (and photographer) at whatever events we attend! Make sure to give her a follow and see how she “stays stylish and sane in the mad world of motherhood”.
For my OOTD, I went with a trusty leopard dress that I have had hanging in my closet for years and a killer pair of velvet booties that I picked up at Gabes recently.
Check out these similar leopard print dresses that I found on Shein (all under $30!):
If i’m honest, the brunch had a heaviness hovering over it. As I was on my way into the city to attend the brunch, a man walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill and opened fire at a baby-naming ceremony, killing 11 people, among them a 97-year old Holocaust survivor. As someone who admittedly doesn’t watch the news because I don’t handle these types of things well, I had no idea why the cops were flying past me, going the opposite direction, and to be honest, I just assumed that it was a speed chase or something of the like. When I walked into the brunch the chapter leader, Christina, said that she had thought of cancelling due to the mornings events and that’s the first time that I heard what had gone on.
Collectively, we made the decision to go on with the brunch because, quite frankly, we all wanted to be in the company of other like minded people, rather than on our own. Also, many of us had started travelling to the event before/while it happened, so we weren’t sure if it was safe to leave. I see this decision as the first of countless examples of people across this city banning together to bring whatever form of comfort they could bring to each other at a dark time. As a Pittsburgh local, I have seen so many beautiful examples of that over the last few days. This city, as a community, has and will continue to look for ways to honor those whose lives were lost that fateful morning and are more determined than ever to spread love, in big ways and small.
I want to honor those precious people, by sharing their names here:
Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Youngner, 69
I am so thankful for this city and its resiliency, we are a community inspired by diversity and we will continue to be that, despite the efforts of those who would try to threaten that. As someone wrote on a sign at Sunday’s Steelers game, “Hatred can’t weaken a city of steel.” Yes sir, amen.
So my friends, be kind. Show love. Accept those different than you. Stand together with your neighbor. Erase the hate. God help us all.
“May you go everywhere and wear it all.”