Head back to class with a pop of color. Fashionistas of any age can accessorize their look with shimmering rainbow rubber band jewelry they can make at home.
The Shimmer N' Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom bracelet maker can help the budding designer in your life create stretchy bracelets, rings, belts, keychains and more and comes with a plastic loom, weaving hook, "S" clips and 600 latex-free, multicolored bands.
Find it at Toys R Us, www.toysrus.com, FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue and www.FAO.com. Through Nov. 23, Toys R Us stores will offer Cra-Z-Loom bracelet stations where kids and adults can make their own designs from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday.
Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
Pretty Living PR presents Ladies Night for a Cause benefit: Support female-focused foundations Gwen's Girls of Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.-based Fair Girls from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville. The event will feature fashion vendors, manicures, performances and awards. Author and inspirational speaker Shellie Hipsky and Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder and executive director Miyoshi Anderson will be the evening's speakers.
Tickets are $40 for general admission and $60 for VIP access at http://ladiesnightforacause.eventbrite.com.
Lafayette 148 trunk show at Larrimor's, Downtown: Boost your wardrobe with feminine separates that marry chic with modern style at a trunk show Thursday through Sept. 4 for sizes 14W-24W and 1X-3X. Information: 412-471-5727 or www.larrimors.com.
Wiz Khalifa, Converse team up for sneaker collection: Want to spend a day in Wiz's shoes? Now fans can, sort of. The Pittsburgh-raised rapper's line of Chuck Taylor All Star Wiz Khalifa sneakers is available at major shoe retailers and online. Most run in the $60-$65 range and come in vivid hues, including rich reds, cobalt blue and black. Information: www.converse.com.
Madame Alexander 90th anniversary dolls at S.W. Randall: For generations, the young -- and young at heart -- have been smitten with these dolls for their craftsmanship, whimsy and adorable sense of style. To commemorate 90 years, three limited-edition ones (Wendy with Tony Sarg marionettes, Maggie with Funny and Wendy Celebrates Madame's 90th) are available in Pittsburgh. At 8 inches tall, each is wearing a colorful dress with coordinating shoes and has detailed features such as blushed cheeks and blue eyes.
Also in the news ...
Amazon, Conde Nast collaborate on subscription service: Conde Nast's magazines have taken a note from online banking and billing platforms and have joined Amazon.com to now make signing up for a digital or print subscriptions as easy as 1, 2, click! The "all-access" service allows people to purchase new subscriptions or renew old ones with their Amazon accounts. Vogue, Lucky, Vanity Fair, Golf Digest, Wired and Bon Appetit are among the first magazines to be offered this way, reports the Daily Front Row, with more expected to come soon.
Nail art reality show could be in the works: Thanks to DIY kits that allow anyone to turn their fingernails into fashion accessories with vibrant colors, textured effects, patterns and more, nail art is hotter than ever. And apparently, that means it's time to turn the hobby into a television show. Reports are circulating cyberspace that Oxygen is developing a reality program to find the ultimate nail artist.
"Nail art is in the cultural zeitgeist of Oxygen's viewers as young, modern women are looking at new ways to express themselves," said Cori Abraham, the network's senior vice president of development and international.
TOMS shoes launch U.S. donation program: The brand has given out more than 10 million pairs of shoes to children around the world. Now it's stepping up its altruistic efforts in America. By the end of the year, TOMS hopes to distribute shoes in 35 states and eyeglasses in three, reports Fashionista.com. Each time someone buys a pair, one will be donated to someone in need. Information: www.toms.com.
For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG's Stylebook blog at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook. Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to firstname.lastname@example.org. First Published August 27, 2013 4:00 AM