All Things Fashion · Steel City Events/Hot Spots

It really was The Loveliest

Well friends, it’s been almost a year since I have written a blog post and I have to say, I have equally parts missed it and equally parts been glad not to feel the pressure to crank out a post on days that I didn’t feel like I had it in me. But, at the end of the day, I miss writing and self-expression through words, it’s who I am. I think because I write so much for work, I felt like writing for pleasure was just another thing to cross off the to-do list.

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This past Sunday, I was invited to a Blogger event at The Loveliest Co. in Sewickley, Pa. I have been dying to make it over there, but I haven’t taken the time to make the 45 minute trek from my house until Sunday and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Kathryn does.it.right. friends. Every detail is thought of and her super powers were only increased with the help of Kim from Olive and Rose Events at Sunday’s Blogger Bash. Part coffee shop, part boutique, this is the perfect spot for a date with your girlfriends or a jump start on your Christmas shopping (or better yet, shopping for yourself)!

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Upon (late) arrival, I jumped right into a super fun photo shoot with a bad group of inspiring Pittsburgh-based bloggers. Each woman unique in her reach and her focus, but all pulling out all the stops on style and united by a love of self-expression. Special thank you to Caitlin T Photography for capturing these super fun shots!

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After the shoot was over, we went inside and had some delicious latte’s (if you go, I highly suggest the Brown Sugar latte’), complete with our Insta handles on top, personalized sketches with Victoria from Oh Joyful Day, time to shop the amazing racks from The Loveliest Co., and time to connect with other bloggers.

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The next part of the night was the part that I didn’t expect, the part that made me want to pick up the “pen” after almost a year. Kathryn had planned a panel of inspiring women to conclude the event, next door at Glow Blo, and they were informative and inspiring, each in their own way. First up was Brea from The Thinking Branch, who focused on the importance of showing up as your authentic self on social media and being more willing to be vulnerable. Then Katie Love Social and the women of the The Solid Brand Sessions shared some great tips on how to grow your brand and where to put your efforts; whether it be photo quality, brands to collaborate with, etc.

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At the end of the Q&A, Julie, from Solid Brand Sessions, suggested that we go around the room and share our name and what our blog was about. The closer it got me, I wondered, should I say that my blog had basically been on hold? Should I be honest that I hadn’t felt inspired to write over the last year? That the first of half of 2019 and the two years before that had been dedicated to the “job” of trying to get pregnant? But, with new found inspiration and encouragement from Brea to be more vulnerable, I just said it. “Hi ladies, I’m Adrienne from Wanderlust and Wardrobes and I started my blog last January (’18) as a way to connect with other women and to be my creative outlet. My blog has taken a back seat this year, as I have been trying to get pregnant and it was really.hard. But now, I’m pregnant, so yay!” Then it happened, the other women in the room clapped. Some old friends and OG’s in my life, but some who had never met me before that night, gave their congratulations and clapped. It made me realize, it’s ok to be more vulnerable. I spend a lot of time putting encouraging memes and quotes on my Insta stories, without really giving the background story. Morgan Harper Nichols has been a constant source of inspiration for me and hands down the one that I share the most on my stories. But, until Sunday, I didn’t want to share too much of my story, even though I encourage others to use their story as a source of encouragement for others watching them. One, because I am a bit private and two, because what I had chosen to not discuss had been all too painful until this Spring. But, with the encouragement from the other bad a** women in the room that night, it just sort of flowed out of me, and you know what, I’m not sorry. It’s a work in progress, this whole being vulnerable on social media thing. But friend, when and if you decide to share your truth, I hope that you find yourself in the center of a room of gorgeous and inspiring women who clap for you too.

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Over time, I will share more of my story, but I just wanted to get back in the blog saddle and share the momentous night that Sunday was. And man, does it feel good.

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//Thrifted: Ponte pants, $3, Vintage handbag, $6//Pom Pom sweater, $5, velvet ankle booties, $12, turban, $3. Whole look is less than $30!

“May you go everywhere and wear it all.”

xo,

Adrienne

Steel City Events/Hot Spots · Yinzer Spots

Run Run Rudolph, Straight To Miracle On Liberty Holiday Pop-up Bar

So, as you know by now, I am obsessed with all things Christmas. I am the girl who leaves her Christmas tree up til March (much to my sister-in-law’s dismay, hi Kate!). I listen to the music year round and when I am sick or depressed, Mike knows to put a Christmas movie on to raise my spirits. So, when I heard there was a pop-up bar in Pittsburgh, dedicated to my fav holiday, I had to go, and let me just say, it did not disappoint!

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People come from all over Pittsburgh to sip on festive drinks with kitschy titles like, a “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”, “Run Run Rudolph” “Jingle Balls Nog” and “Christmas Carol Barrel”, served in super fun Christmas-themed glassware. This year you can also purchase your glass on your way out, if you’re interested!

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Spencer Warren, owner of The Warren, Downtown, and cocktail extraordinaire, is at the helm of Miracle in Pittsburgh, as he has been since the very first one in our area, back in 2016. This year they built everything from the ground up, including the bar, in what was once Katie’s Candy Store. Starting back in November, they took decoration donations, from garlands, to ornaments, to Santas galore, that led to the wonderland that it is today.

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I was pleasantly surprised, after speaking with one of the bar tenders that the purpose of the pop-up is to give back to charity. Last year, Miracle gave over $15,000 to 412 Food Rescue, which is a non-profit organization that is working tirelessly to save food that might otherwise be wasted and eradicate hunger in Pittsburgh.

In addition to giving their proceeds back to 412 Food Rescue this year, Miracle will also be giving half of their proceeds to the Tree of Life fund. The Tree of Life fund is supporting the families affected by the senseless crime committed at the Tree of Life synagogue, back in October. The bartenders at Miracle are all volunteers, and they have the option to give their tips to the above charities, choose their own charities to give to, or keep the tips for their own families this holiday season. Drinking yummy cocktails and giving back? Sign me up.

I love the front corner of the bar, dedicated to the Jewish religion, including lots of blue and white ornaments/garland, a colorful Menorah, as well as Stars of David hanging all around. A festive and meaningful tribute to an important part of our Pittsburgh heritage.

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The concept for Miracle pop-up bars was started back in 2014, in NYC, at a cocktail bar named Mace, when the mother of owner, Greg Boehm, suggested that he stopped the construction of his new place and convert it into a pop-up style bar, that served holiday-inspired drinks. Over the years the idea has taken off and there are an estimated 80 locations worldwide this year, including Greece, New Zealand, Paris, and London!

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You don’t want to miss this cheerful hot spot in Pittsburgh, they are open until New Year’s Eve, so grab your friends and grab yourself a festive cocktail before they’re gone for the year!

Miracle is located at 705 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.

For updates be sure to check them out on Instagram at Miracle Pgh.

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“May you go everywhere and wear it all.”

Cheers!

Xo,

Adrienne