Shop Local – Eva Bryn Shoetique

The more involved I get with the Pittsburgh blogging community the more I find myself taking pride in this city & everything it has to offer.  Shopping locally, especially from women-owned businesses, has become very important to me.  Through various social & networking events I’ve had the chance to meet some power house women with style, vision & one of a kind boutiques. 

I recently had the opportunity to meet Kelly, the owner of Eva Bryn Shoetique.  Kelly has created a chic destination shop 30 minutes north of the city.  The store is full of must-have accessories from designer shoes to on-trend handbags, Oprah’s favorite slippers and cozy layering pieces.  I am so excited to share some of my favorite pieces & what I decided to bring home with me.

“In the walking village of Zelienople, north of Pittsburgh, Eva Bryn Shoetique believes that you don’t have to live in a big city to have access to the latest trends in shoes & accessories.”

I’m a sucker for a great layering piece, so this cutout detail blazer & faux fur wrap were right up my alley.  Though you won’t normally find me in a hat, I couldn’t resist trying on this chic red beret.  With its’ fuzzy pom & detail stitching, it’s the perfect accessory for the holidays.  These beautiful heels I’m rocking are by Lucy Choi, the talented niece of Jimmy Choo.  I was truly surprised at how comfortable they were; I may have to go back for the buckle detail pumps.

Another thing that I love about visiting new boutiques is being exposed to brands/designers I’ve never heard of before.  The flats I’m wearing above are by All Black Footwear, “a fashion forward contemporary shoe brand that combines innovative materials with retro-inspired designs.”  I mean, how cute are these animal printed pointed toe flats?!  Though I didn’t snag any shoes during my visit I did take home this cozy teddy cropped jacket by Lush.

If you’re local to the Pittsburgh area I definitely recommend visiting Eva Bryn Shoetique.  Not only are the associates super friendly & helpful, but the free street parking & nearby restaurants make this destination shop worth your while. 

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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Family, Fun & Fashion

I’m switching gears today.  Rather than focusing solely on style & outfit inspiration, or what local event I’m heading to, I’m incorporating the most important part of my life, my family.  This past weekend the hubs & I took our little man to Oglebay, a family friendly resort in West Virginia.  Creating holiday traditions as a threesome is important to us which is what made this trip so special.

After we arrived at the resort & got settled into our rustic-inspired room we stopped by the lodge’s bar & grille for a quick bite, and a glass of vino for this mamma bear 😉 It didn’t take long before little man saw the pool & insisted we go for a swim.  This boy loves to swim & we love to relax in the hot tub, so it was a win-win!

At dusk we hopped into the car & headed to the Winter Carnival that consisted of a hay maze, hot chocolate & a wagon ride through beautifully lit Christmas lights.  We were graced with an unseasonably warm evening which only required lightweight layering pieces like this pink bomber jacket I snagged from TJ Maxx & little man’s new fleece from Target.

Afterwards, we went on to enjoy the Festival of Lights which is a 6 mile driving tour of light displays.  Unfortunately, due to poor planning on our part, the trolley tour was completely booked so we had to drive through the park ourselves.  We also wanted to take little man to meet Santa’s reindeer, but again reservations were booked – there’s always next year!

Overall, we had a great time & cannot wait to go back next year.  Of course, little man said his favorite part was the pool but if you ask me it was playing board games by the fire while listening to a live blue grass band & sipping vino.  Making memories & creating new traditions with my boys makes my heart so full!

The cozy cardigan I’m wearing above is from Stitch Fix & is by far my favorite cold weather layering piece.  It’s from two winters ago but we have similar styles at great prices right now! If you haven’t booked your Fix yet, be sure to do so; I’ve included a link for $25 off your 1st Fix too.

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Target Fashion Finds

There’s a saying “You don’t go to Target because you need something.  You go to Target and let Target tell you what you need.” 🙂

We’ve all been guilty of walking in those doors with something in mind and leaving with a cart full of extra “necessities”.  Today while shopping with little man I came across some fashion finds at great prices like this polka dot shirt dress for $27.99.  Dresses like this are so versatile – I can keep things classic with a black pump or channel my edgy side with a moto jacket and heeled ankle bootie.

I’m usually not one to wear skirts but I couldn’t resist snagging this timeless black pencil skirt for $22.99.  It’s a great piece to wear casually with a cozy sweater like I styled below or dressed up for that 9-5 with a split neck blouse & pointed toe flat.

My final find of the day were these high-rise zipper detail jeans by Wild Fable.  They’re priced online for $28 but I found them in the clearance section for $14 – I couldn’t resist!  Even my little man thought they were too fun to pass up.

I attached links underneath each picture – happy shopping!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx