Stylebook: Simple Sugars founder goes for swim in 'Shark Tank'
March 26, 2013 8:00 AM
Lani Lazzari of Fox Chapel will pitch her product Simple Sugars in the hopes of gaining investors on Friday's "Shark Tank." At 18, she is the youngest entrepreneur to appear on the ABC reality show. She started the line of all-natural face and body scrubs, at left, when she was 11.
By Sara Bauknecht Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Fox Chapel resident Lani Lazzari isn't a typical teen.
By age 11, she had started her own line of all-natural face and body scrubs called Simple Sugars as an alternative to store-bought products that irritated her sensitive, eczema-prone skin. By the time she turned 18, the scrub had caught the attention of Teen Vogue, Seventeen and Allure magazines, and Lani had done several TV and radio spots.
Now The Ellis School graduate is poised for prime-time TV. She will appear Friday on ABC's reality show "Shark Tank" as one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the show's history to pitch her product to its panel of wealthy investors.
"The whole thing was actually pretty awesome. I wasn't nervous at all, definitely excited but not nervous," Lani told media.
Did "the sharks" bite? Tune in at 9 p.m. to find out.
More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
Trunk shows at Larrimor's: Infuse your wardrobe with feminine separates, luxe knitwear, leathers and other chic-yet-modern designs with fashions from Lafayette 148 New York. Check out the line today at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. For him, Italian-made suits and sport wear from Ermenegildo Zegna will be on site Thursday. Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.
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lululemon athletica recalls see-through yoga pants: Bought a pair of black luon pants from lululemon? Better take a close look at them before bending bottoms-up into your next swan dive or downward dog.
The company is recalling pants that hit stores earlier this month because they're too sheer. They were produced with materials that didn't meet the brand's standards, according to a statement posted on www.lululemon.com. They've since been pulled from stores and the website. The mishap could cost the company up to $67 million in lost sales, according to Women's Wear Daily.
Net-A-Porter to add beauty to online offerings: The luxury online retailer is extending its fashionable reach by adding beauty selections to its inventory. Starting this month, shop cosmetics from ILIA, Le Metier de Beaute, James Read, Natura Bisse, Chantecaille and more.
Nanette Lepore to design home collection: It's been a busy couple of months for the Youngstown, Ohio, native. She made an out-of-this-world splash at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February with a Mars-themed fashion show and recently rolled out a juniors line of apparel for J.C. Penney. Next on her agenda: a home collection called Nanette Lepore Villa due out by fall. Expect bedding, rugs, kitchenware, decorative pillows and more to be sold at select department stores and boutiques and online at www.nanettelepore.com.
Beyonce new face of H&M: The months of rumors are true: Beyonce will represent the Swedish retail chain in a summer ad campaign. Keep an eye out for photos of the songstress lounging about the white sands of the Bahamas, modeling H&M duds.
For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the Post-Gazette's new Stylebook blog at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. First Published March 26, 2013 4:00 AM