Stylebook: Get a hand when putting on bracelet

Plus, late-night shopping Downtown, American Girl fashion show, boutique Pinterest parties and more


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Even the most skilled fashionista struggles sometimes with putting on jewelry or applying nail polish by herself.

Unless she has the bracelet assistant and portable nail station from RadaPro. A professional manicurist and an inventor with a background in mechanical engineering created the problem-solving products. The bracelet assistant holds a bracelet in place, as if providing the wearer with an extra hand to hold it steady while she clasps it. It also folds up into a portable jewelry box that can be slipped into a handbag while on the go.

The portable nail station is equipped with an adjustable platform for positioning a foot or hand for a pedicure or manicure and includes holders for nail files, polish remover, cotton balls and other mani-pedi essentials. A highlight is the nail polish compartment, which secures polish bottles in place to help prevent spilling.

The nail station is $29.99, and the bracelet assistant is $24.99. Both are available at www.radapro.com.

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Boutiques to hold Pinterest party: Want to try out some of the recipes pinned to your Pinterest page but just can't seem to find the time? Three local boutiques have a solution.

Downtown-based Boutique 208, Koolkat Designs in Mt. Lebanon and Wildcard in Lawrenceville will hold monthly Pinterest parties, where recipes and crafts from Pinterest will be prepared for guests to try and observe. The first get-together will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Boutique 208, across from Heinz Hall, and will feature fall-themed foods and crafts. Admission is free, but people are encouraged to bring a nonperishable canned food item to donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Learn more at boutique208.blogspot.com, www.imakoolkat.com or wildcardpgh.com.

"One Handbag at a Time" fundraiser: Join the Ladies Hospital Aid Society from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for its annual fall luncheon at LeMont Restaurant, Mount Washington. It will include a silent auction of new and gently used handbags.

Tickets are $75, or $650 for a table of 10, at costantinomj2@upmc.edu or 412-648-6106. Information: www.lhas.net.

Late-night shopping Downtown: "Stay late, shop and dine" is the motto of an initiative by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corp. This Thursday, select Downtown stores and restaurants will remain open until 8 p.m. Participating retailers are Brooks Brothers, Larrimor's, Joseph Orlando, Heinz Healey's, Boutique la Passerelle, JoS. A. Bank, Boutique 208, Shaw Galleries, Awesome Books and Macy's. Purchases of certain amounts will earn shoppers 20 percent off at Downtown restaurants Caffe Amante, Sonoma Grille, Seviche, Las Velas, August Henry's, Nine on Nine, Taste of Dahntahn, Six Penn Kitchen, Bravo Franco's, Vallozzi's, Penn Avenue Fish Company and Habitat.

The next late-night Thursday is slated for Dec. 20.

Women's trunk show at Larrimor's: Get a sneak peek at the spring St. John collection Thursday and Friday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. Information: www.larrimors.com or 412-471-5727.

Piranesi trunk show: View sophisticated diamond, ruby and emerald jewelry from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. Information, appointments: 412-999-6501.

American Girl fashion show: See fashions from today and yesteryear at the Junior League of Pittsburgh annual event at the Pittsburgh Field Club. More than 100 local models will showcase the looks. Shows also will include refreshments, party favors, door prizes and raffles. Plus, girls can bring their American Girl doll and get its hair styled for $15 at the doll hair salon sponsored by Supercuts.

It's 11 a.m., 2:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $45-$50 at www.jlpgh.org.

Curvy B Jeans fashion show: Check out tops, dresses and figure-flattering jeans at a free style show 5 p.m. Saturday in the food court of the Monroeville Mall. Information: www.cbjeans.com.

Hair salon canned food drive: Stephen Szabo Salon, with locations in McMurray and South Hills, is collecting canned goods for a local food pantry this month. Clients who give two or more canned food items will receive $5 off their services that day.

Art Institute student finalist in Fur-Free contest: Marquis Clancy, a student in the Art Institute's fashion design program, is a finalist in the eighth annual "Cool vs. Cruel" fashion design competition organized by The Art Institutes and The Humane Society.

Students at Art Institutes across North America were tasked with reinterpreting without animal fur runway looks by Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Jean Paul Gaultier. Mr. Clancy is one of 19 finalists who will go on to compete in the finals. The winner will receive an expenses-paid, weeklong internship with a designer from the judging panel.

See Mr. Clancy's design at www.facebook.com/HSUSFurFree.

Also in the news ...

J.C. Penney still working to win fans of new low price points: A retail chain that promises slashed back prices every day sounds like a good deal for consumers -- but not when it means that other promotions and coupons go away.

Since Ron Johnson, formerly of Apple, came on board as CEO, J.C. Penney the retailer has discontinued specials and coupons in exchange for prices that are always kept lower. But the retailer J.C. Penney is having difficulty trying to get its shoppers to accept the change, and it's showing in its profits. The company reported a third-quarter loss, with shares falling 4.8 percent to $20.64. The Wall Street Journal reported that J.C. Penney will try to boost approval of its prices by juxtaposing them with manufacturers' suggested retail prices for apparel to illustrate the savings. It also is planning its only major sale of the year for Black Friday, which "will be a doozy," Mr. Johnson told media.

Urban Outfitters, Daryl K collaboration coming soon: Animal print sweaters, sequined selections, military-inspired jackets and more by the Irish-born designer are expected in stores this month. Pieces will run between $59 and $139.

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


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