Getting dirty in the garden just got a lot prettier, thanks to a new line of sun hats, flower pots and gardening gloves and totes from Vera Bradley.
Just in time for Mother's Day, stores and www.verabradley.com have outdoor items styled in the brand's signature floral and paisley prints, with mint, pink and orange the predominant colors throughout the collection. The flower pot and gardening gloves are $28, the sun hat is $38, and the tote $68.
On the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame announces 2013 honorees: The fourth class of honorees to be inducted into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame include: Michael Barone, creative director of MODA Men's Fashions; Jean Bryant, retired Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalist and founder of the Miss Black Teenage and Mr. African American programs; Tom Julian, style expert and author of "Nordstrom Guide to Men's Style"; Debbie Norrell, lifestyle editor for the New Pittsburgh Courier; E.B. Pepper, owner of e.b. Pepper in Shadyside; and Marianne Skiba, Emmy Award-winning celebrity makeup artist. Honorees have at least 10 years of experience in the fashion or beauty industry and ties to Pittsburgh.
For the first time, the hall of fame will recognize an up-and-coming member of Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty scene. The Exceptional Artist Award will go to Jacqueline Capatolla, owner of JACQUELINE's salon and author of "Shear Dreams."
Inductions will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, on Sept. 29, the last day of Pittsburgh Fashion Week. Tickets will be available this summer for $65 at www.showclix.com. Information: www.pittsburghfashionweek.com.
FutureDerm Skin Cancer Foundation, Charlie Batch Foundation events: Pittsburgh-based skin care company FutureDerm will hold two benefits this week, kicking off at 4 p.m. today with an evening of skin consultations, appetizers, drinks and a silent auction at Felicite Day Spa, 5386 Steubenville Pike, Robinson. Money raised will benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, FutureDerm will partner with Hip'tique on Ivy Street in Shadyside for a Mother's Day-themed brunch. Shop and snack on fruits, baked goods, coffee and tea, and take part in a silent auction for the Charlie Batch Foundation. Admission to both events is free.
Spring Clothes Out benefit: Support the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh at a cocktail event 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Rivers Club at One Oxford Centre, Downtown. Enjoy foods, drinks and networking, while listening to stories of surviving domestic violence. There also will be an awards presentation, a silent auction and the chance to virtually shop for the shelter's women and children. Register at www.wcspittsburgh.org, or call 412-687-8017.
Mom's Nite Out South Hills Village, Ross Park Mall: Give mom an evening of pampering and fun Thursday, starting after 5 p.m. with samples, shopping promotions and swag bags, while supplies last. At Ross Park Mall, moms also can register to compete in "Shopped!," a spinoff of the Food Network competition "Chopped!" Three women will be picked to play, and they will have one hour and a $500 gift card to create an out-on-the-town-worthy look with a stylist. Judges will pick the winner.
Shop Shadyside this weekend: Browse the offerings from shops, restaurants and galleries on Walnut Street, Ellsworth and South Highland avenues on Friday and Saturday. More than 25 businesses will offer discounts called Shop Shadyside Perk Passes. Businesses also will make contributions to the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Information: www.thinkshadyside.com.
Meet jeweler Shawn Bluejacket: The award-winning Loyal Shawnee jeweler will be at Four Winds Gallery in Shadyside from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to meet with shoppers. She will bring pieces from a new collection. Information: www.fourwindsgallery.com.
Also in the news ...
J.C. Penney launches #JCPListens initiative: When you make a mistake, admit it. That's the crux of J.C. Penney's latest post-Ron Johnson initiative. To help win back shoppers and support lost during the former CEO's brief tenure, the retailer has rolled out a #JCPListens campaign on Twitter. It invites people to tweet their likes and dislikes using the hashtag. The company has been proactive in replying to tweets and saying it will take the suggestions into consideration.
It also has produced a 30-second commercial welcoming shoppers to "come back to J.C. Penney." Search "JCP It's No Secret" on YouTube to watch it.
Betsey Johnson brings new reality show to Style Network: Ever wanted to spend a day with runway cartwheel queen Betsey Johnson? Now fashionistas can get an inside look at the designer's life and family on her new reality series "XOX Betsey Johnson." It premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday. Check out photos, video and blogs about the show at www.stylenetwork.com.
Vogue to debut Web channel: On Wednesday, Vogue will introduce online programming, which will feature fashion and style-related shows incorporating its writers and editors, plus celebrities.
Conde Nast president Dawn Ostroff, formerly of the CW Network, said she hopes the online programming will "one day look like today's cable channels," according to Women's Wear Daily. Other publications under the Conde Nast umbrella also will have similar Web programs.
Upper arm plastic surgery up 4,000 percent: Women are getting the loose skin under their upper arms tightened at a rapidly growing rate, according to an American Society of Plastic Surgeons report. The surgery, known as brachioplasty, is up 4,378 percent since 2000.
"Celebrities from the White House to the red carpet may be having an influence," the report said and presented data from a poll that showed Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Biel's shapely arms as the top celebrity influencers.
To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. First Published May 7, 2013 4:00 AM