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Art Deco Evolution

Nicole Couch

“Art Deco” is the name of a style era that bloomed after World War I. Everything from fashion to interior furnishings and household appliances to cars were influenced by this glitzy, high-tech style. The aesthetical intent of this era was for people to believe in a technologically-advanced future of glamour and luxury. The Art Deco look is heavy with geometric patterns, dark colors like satin black and emerald green, and lots of gold. Velvet is very prominent, as are shapes and tones of jewels, which give the appearance of wealth and tangible success.

Today, Art Deco is still a very popular style in both fashion and interior decorating. The last few years in particular boasted trends of gold, velvet, and glittery details that seemed to be as fresh and prominent as they were in the early 1900s. At this point, the ultra-flashy parts of Art Deco have arguably fallen to the wayside a bit, and a softer and more relaxed "retro" has filled in the gaps. Softer color palettes with more subdued and velvety hues have replaced harsh shapes and flashy textures. The glitzier parts that were in our faces for so long have had their time and are now retiring into a more mature and elegantly-sophisticated look. Currently, my favorite trends and ways of decorating include simple, classic, modern, and somewhat minimalist bases with Art Deco-inspired details and flares throughout. The "Millennial Pink" fad has lent itself perfectly to this trend.

Now, Art Deco feels fresh and sweet, yet it remains a very unique and retro style. New trends have come into play, but for as long as "Art Deco" lives, its characteristics will be unmistakable. In fashion, interior decorating, and every other aspect, this is one trend that I truly hope never dies.

Why You Should Buy More Vintage

Nicole Couch

Here are a few reasons why we think you should buy more vintage.

 

 

When you buy vintage, you're buying clothes that are unique or rare. This means that you're chances of matching anyone else is highly unlikely.

 

 

Most of the clothing in today's fast fashion chain stores are made of cheap materials to save on costs. Contrarily, most vintage items were created with more attention to detail & prove their higher quality by withstanding the test of time.

 

 

Because big fashion retailers decide to skip costs and use cheaper materials, their mass produced clothing items are more likely to be damaged, broken or go out of style quicker than their vintage counterparts. So why not spend a little extra to get something that lasts?

 

 

Many times newer trends are just old trends reinvented. By buying vintage you're basically buying the 'real thing'...the clothes that were cool BEFORE it was cool. Tell that to your trendy friends...

 

 

Wearing vintage ensures that you'll have your own unique look. Since it's not something displayed in store windows anymore, you really have stylistic freedom and can get creative with it however you want.

 

 

Buying Vintage = Recycling = Saving the Planet. 

It is estimated that the world is consuming 400% more clothing than we did just 20 years ago (Livia Firth, The True Cost). So step up and do your part! Keep trendy vintage in rotation.

 

 

Lastly,

You're unique, beautiful and rare. There is no one quite like you. So don't buy clothes that disguise that! Invest in clothes that understand what it's like to be one-of-a-kind.

Weekend Getaways: Pittsburgh Edition

Nicole Couch

Now that you're all packed, it's time to check out some of the most popular weekend getaways from Pittsburgh. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and lock the door! The beautiful summer weather is finally here, and I'm here to share some great places to cover your weekends. 

 

1. Ohiopyle State Park 

Ohiopyle is filled with some of nature's best beauty. Ohiopyle is a center for any adventurer as there are mountain bike trails, water slides, hiking trails, waterways, and even rock climbing! You couldn't possibly fit this all into one day though, so why not spend a night camping? Covering almost 80 miles in length, Ohiopyle is on our summers "To-Do" list. 

                             One of Ohiopyle's falls, image courtesy of google images.      2. McConnells Mills State Park   This is another summer "must do," because of their gorgeous summer trails. Perfect for any hiker, these trails provide not only a great workout but also an amazing view. Spend a weekend away checking a glimpse of some of the best creations in nature.    

                             One of Ohiopyle's falls, image courtesy of google images. 

 

2. McConnells Mills State Park 

This is another summer "must do," because of their gorgeous summer trails. Perfect for any hiker, these trails provide not only a great workout but also an amazing view. Spend a weekend away checking a glimpse of some of the best creations in nature. 

 

Just one of many trails that McConnells Mills features, image courtesy of google images,     3. Moraine State Park   This park is a perfect one to spend the day or weekend with family and friends. Bike, hike, and boat here, Moraine offers a fantastic view of the water. There are even a couple beaches right by the water that are perfect for tanning & a cookout!      

Just one of many trails that McConnells Mills features, image courtesy of google images,

 

3. Moraine State Park

This park is a perfect one to spend the day or weekend with family and friends. Bike, hike, and boat here, Moraine offers a fantastic view of the water. There are even a couple beaches right by the water that are perfect for tanning & a cookout! 

   

Moraine State Park on a gorgeous summer day, image courtesy of google images.      So unplug and destress for a weekend and spend a couple of days in nature. With these three places, you'll be able to getaway without having to go too far. Happy exploring! 

Moraine State Park on a gorgeous summer day, image courtesy of google images. 

 

So unplug and destress for a weekend and spend a couple of days in nature. With these three places, you'll be able to getaway without having to go too far. Happy exploring!