Stylebook: Happy 40th, Great Lash, plus Terry Bradshaw's award-winning hair, store closings and more


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The mascara that's become a staple of drugstore cosmetic aisles and makeup routines of celebrities and common gals alike is celebrating its ruby anniversary.

In 1971, Maybelline NY launched the product that claims to thicken and condition lashes packaged in a sleek and stylish bright pink and lime green tube, inspired by the vibrant colors and patterns synonymous with then-rising designer Lilly Pulitzer.

To commemorate the milestone, Maybelline NY tapped designers Max Azria, Tracy Reese and Vivienne Tam to create a limited edition line of Great Lash tubes available for $6.99 while supplies last at Target stores and online at www.target.com.

So congrats, Great Lash, on four decades of sales records (more than 20 million tubes are sold each year, according to Maybelline), awards (it racked up 17 Allure "Best of Beauty" awards this year) and fans (Kim Kardashian, Demi Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Naomi Watts all have been reported to be Great Lash girls). Here's to another 40!

Store closings

Gap Inc. recently announced it plans to maintain throughout North America about 700 specialty stores and 250 outlet locations by the end of 2013, calling for a 34 percent decrease in stores compared with late 2007. At the same time, the company is looking to grow its online footprint and international presence, particularly in China.

"Over the next 26 months, we'll look store-by-store at our specialty fleet and determine which stores meet the standards we've set for our brand. This is a continuation of our work since 2007, which has resulted in the closure or consolidation of roughly 170 stores as part of the natural pruning process that occurs," said Art Peck, president of Gap North America, in a press release.

Gap Inc. would not comment if any of the stores it's considering shuttering are in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Former Steeler wins PERT Plus hair award

Troy Polamalu isn't the only Steeler getting props for his locks. Former Steeler Terry Bradshaw and fellow "Fox NFL Sunday" sportscasters Jimmy Johnson, James Brown and Howie Long won PERT Plus' "Best Sportscasting Ensemble Hair" award, trumping teams from NBC's "Sunday Night Football," CBS's "NFL Today" and "NFL on CBS."

Mr. Bradshaw's sparse 'do beat out another athlete with Pittsburgh ties-- and a fuller head of hair -- Dan Marino, former quarterback for the University of Pittsburgh and the Miami Dolphins who now lends his sports expertise to "NFL Today."

Fashion fact

Halloween, Columbus Day and breast cancer awareness aren't all October is known for. It also is National Pajama Month. So cozy up in a favorite pair of PJs and celebrate before November moves in.

Also of note ...

• Total Vision Care fall trunk show at Fifth Avenue Place: Preview fashions for fall by Guess, Gant and Harley-Davidson from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. There will be raffles, and the first 50 people to make a purchase will receive a gift bag. Direct questions to 412-471-1306.

• "Ladies Night Out" at Tavern 245: The restaurant at 245 Fourth Ave. and Market Square accessories, boutique Serendipity will throw a ladies cocktail night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Highlights will include drink specials, light appetizers, and fashion and beauty tips for fall and winter. Guests are encouraged to donate at least one gently used dress clothing item or accessory for Dress for Success, a group that provides disadvantaged women professional clothes for going on job interviews and entering the workforce. Those who donate something from their wardrobe will receive a gift bag. RSVP at tavern245.com.

• "Key to the Cure" party at Saks Fifth Avenue: The Downtown department store will support Gilda's Club of Western Pennsylvania with four floors of food, music, auctions and fashion from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Local restaurants such as McCormick & Schmick's, Capital Grille, Seviche, Meat and Potatoes and more are slated to take part. Elie Tahari white graphic heart T-shirts will be on sale for $35, with all money going to Gilda's Club. Tickets are $50 per person and $200 for a group of five. Reserve a spot at 412-338-1919.

• Skin clinic at Panera Bread, Cranberry: Learn about skincare and how to protect skin from sunlight and reverse sun damage at 7 p.m. Thursday. RSVP at 412-523-0040 or JoinTheDoctors@comcast.net. Space is limited.

• "Orange Crush" charity fashion show: The Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania will present an evening of fall fashion Saturday at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 7101 Hamilton Ave., Homewood. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit lupuspa.org/womenscene-2.aspx to purchase tickets online.

• "Glamorama" fashion gala and luncheon: St. Barnabas Charities will hold its annual style show and lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kean Theatre at Washington Place, 5847 Meridian Road, Richland. The event also will feature vendors, a silent auction, basket raffle and fall fashions. WPXI's Trisha Pittman will serve as mistress of ceremonies. Tickets are $32, with a $5 discount for groups of six or more. Proceeds will support the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund. Learn more at www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com or 724-444-5521.

• "Bakery SCARE!" costume contest: Get into the spooky spirit with a Halloween party for families and their pets in Bakery Square. Starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, there will be trick-or-treating, music, shopping, games, crafts and more throughout the evening. At 4 p.m., the second annual "Running of the Wieners" race will take place. A costume parade and contest for adults, children and pets will be held at 5 p.m. Festivities will wrap up at 7 p.m. See more at www.bakery-square.com.

• "Wed in Style" show at Marriott SpringHill Suites, Bakery Square: See the latest looks for brides-to-be at a showcase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There also will be prizes, such as spa gift certificates, hotel packages and more. Go to www.styleandsteel.net for more.

• "Positively Posh" shopping fair and luncheon: Creations from dozens of artisans will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. The event, organized by the Latrobe Area Hospital Society, also will include an optional lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For shopping plus lunch, tickets are $25 in advance. Register at www.eventbrite.com or 724-537-1563.

Style online

For more fashion updates, check "Clutch," a style blog written by freelance writer Sarah Sudar at communityvoices.sites.post-gazette.com. Send questions to clutchstylepgh@gmail.com.


To have a style or fashion event considered for Stylebook, send listing to Sara Bauknecht at sbauknecht@post-gazette.com .


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