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

All Things Fashion · Steel City Events/Hot Spots · Yinzer Spots

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Have you ever heard a girlfriend lament about how hard it is to make friends as an adult? Well, I have and it can be heartbreaking, the fact is, once your safety net of friends from college spreads out and your childhood friends have moved on, you start to look around and wonder where you are going to find like-minded women in your city. Or, maybe you have a solid circle, you’re just looking to add a few more to your Girl Gang. Well, I have good news, I found the holy grail in Pittsburgh, GRLPWRPGH. I chatted with the founder, my now friend, Amanda Faye Cowan, about her dreams of such a group of women and how she went from wanting that group, to creating it.

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What made you start GRLPWRPGH?

I was in search for my lady gang, and couldn’t what I was looking for in Pittsburgh – so I created it! There are so many great networking and women-run groups in Pittsburgh, but I felt that some of them were cliquey or stuffy, and that just isn’t my jam. So I decided to host a GRLPWRPGH happy hour that was open to everyone who identified as a woman who worked in any industry imaginable. 

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What is your favorite part about leading this group? 

Meeting women from all walks of life, and making some truly great friends. I have met some of my now closest friends in this quick year, and it’s all because of this group. I also love the sense of community, and the joy women get after attending an event and meeting someone new.

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Favorite event so far?

Q3 Membership Dinner at Bay41. I think these quarterly dinners are going to be my favorite events. Standing in the back of the venue and looking at the long table of 60+ women from different backgrounds, ethnicity, age groups and industries sitting and conversing was so, so special to me. I cried (but I’m an emotional person and always cry).

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Event most looking forward to?

GALSGIVING! For our Q4 Membership Dinner we are doing “galsgiving” – like friendsgiving but with your ladies. We are encouraging all members to bring a dish that reflects their own personal traditions and backgrounds, which I think will add to a great celebration of women coming together for a nice meal.

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Favorite part about Pittsburgh?

COMMUNITY! I love that we are a big city with a small town feel. Pittsburgh is such a small world, and I love when we come together for a great cause.

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Fun fact we may not know about you.

I’d like to think my claim to fame is cheerleading in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hahaha!

What do you do for self  care, when running a business and a home and a group like this?

A long bath, face masks, a weekend spent laying low with never-ending Bravo, or a solo trip to Target. #noshame

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What do you want your daughter to know as she grows up in this world?

She. Can. Do. ANYTHING. I want her to know that she has a voice, and to not be afraid to use it (she already does). And finally, be kind to everyone, be open to those who are different than you, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. 

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GRLPWRPGH is great because not only are you surrounded by powerhouse women, but you also get educated and encouraged at the different events. I love the push for community and growth, especially on days like the Social Media Workshop where Amanda brought in 4 different speakers (kelclight, elizabethcraigphotography, ladyhoodjourney, and listenlucy), all in different industries in the city, to share their thoughts on Social Media, growing your business/empire, and carving out your own niche in the mad world of the internet.

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But, most importantly, I am thankful for this group because it has given me lasting friendships. That feeling of walking into an event and knowing that when you walk in, your “girls” will be there is worth any amount.

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So, is this group a good fit for you? Well, if you love building community, drinking champs, an excuse to get together with your girlfriends, and tightening the fibers of a community of powerhouse women in Pittsburgh, then this place is for you. I love that this group is open to women of every color, size, ethnicity, religion, occupation, and background #strongertogether.

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In Q4, we have had multiple happy hours, a social media workshop, pop-up shops, a self-love workshop, a finance and goal setting workshop, networking opportunities, galsgiving/member dinner, a head shot workshop, and holiday events such as wreath-making and a holiday party to finish out the year.

So, what are you waiting for? Q1 coming at you live soon, don’t miss it. Find all info here: GRLPWRPGH.

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Special thank you to Amanda for sharing her heart in this interview and for having the vision and the drive to start this girl gang, I appreciate you.

“May you go everywhere and wear it all.”

xo,

Adrienne

*All photos are mine, taken at the various GRLPWRPGH events this year.