Stylebook snapshot: July fashion and beauty scoop

Stylebook snapshot: July fashion and beauty scoop

Now that July is here, summer is heating up — and so is fashion in the city!

From new boutiques to browse to trends to try, there's plenty to do all month across Pittsburgh to stay cool (and look cool). Here are some suggestions to help you plan a stylish staycation.

Where to shop

New places to shop or get styled have been popping up across the city. For men, Kinsman (3818 Butler St., Lawrenceville) caters to those who value versatile quality basics with separates, backpacks, grooming goods and more. On the hair-care front, Isle of You Hair Color Studio is building upon its presence in Lawrenceville with a salon in the Village at Pine (3000 Village Run Drive), Pine. It has 10 hair stations, plus a "bombshell" blowout bar. In the market for jewelry? Noah Gabriel & Co. (12063 Perry Highway), Pine, handles custom jewelry design, repairs and cleanings.

Meanwhile, a couple of Pittsburgh boutiques have had makeovers. Mid-Atlantic Mercantile (4415 Butler St., Lawrenceville) has been rebranded as Joan Shop & Studio. Despite the name change, the shop is sticking with its commitment to independent fashion and lifestyle brands that embrace ethical sourcing and sustainable manufacturing. For the latest in chic home decor and accessories, check out the new home of Splurge, which moved this spring to 1109 Freeport Road in the Fox Chapel Plaza. The expanded store offers some new selections, including more accent furniture, bridal and baby gifts, pet accessories, D-I-Y wallpaper options and a designer center with custom carpets and bedding.

Must-have summer scents

Feeling wanderlust? Several brands have released fragrances inspired by exotic getaways and classic vacation spots. For the Hamptons lover, try Bond No. 9's Sag Harbor (www.bondno9.com), with hints of ivy leaves and Long Island grapes. Bobbi Brown's Beach (www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com) is a light blend of jasmine, sea spray and mandarin that will have you scrambling for your sunblock and sunnies. Jet-setters at heart should try something by The Scent of Departure line (usa.thescentofdeparture.com). Pick from LAX Los Angeles, IST Istanbul, TYO Tokyo, AMS Amsterdam and BUD Budapest, among several other cities.

Events to check out

For those with a soft spot for shoes, The Frick Pittsburgh in Point Breeze is the place to be this summer. In conjunction with its "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" exhibition (on display through Sept. 4), the museum this month is holding lots of footwear-focused festivities. At 2 p.m. each Friday, join curators and educators in the galleries for "Stiletto Stories." Each week it will explore a different designer, shoe or theme, and is included with exhibition admission. Don't forget to stop by the Frick Museum Store in the Grable Visitor Center to browse the "Killer Heels" pop-up shop. Learn more at www.thefrickpittsburgh.org or 412-371-0600.

For teens and tweens

Mastering makeup can be tricky — but it doesn't have to be! The Makeup Basics workshop from 1-3 p.m. July 30 at The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium (5104 Butler St., Lawrenceville) will walk girls through cosmetic tips for school, a dance and more with expert Cassandra Meloy. The session includes snacks and a take-home gift. Register: $30 at thegildedgirl.com or 412-450-0578.

Trending

Move over, sandals. It's the summer of the sneaker. Girls and guys from the runway to everyday life are pairing them with both casual and dressier pieces, such as a skirt or slacks. Crisp white ones go with anything, or be adventurous with a pop of color. In Pittsburgh, stores such as Refresh PGH in the East End, Social Status in East Liberty and Downtown, and Villa (multiple locations across the city) can help you find the perfect pair. Pittsburgh women's shoe brand Emy Mack (www.emymack.com) also has a couple of sleek slip-on styles for a street chic look.

Sara Bauknecht: sbauknecht@post-gazette.com or on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG.


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