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An enticing menu comprised of Vallozzi family traditions such as homemade pastas (including Helen's gnocchi) and the pizza that made them famous, as well as fresh steaks and seafood. The menu also boasts a number of Italian meats and cheeses flown in from Italy weekly and served from their 'Fresh Mozzarella' bar.

In this Issue:
Passing Of A Creative Mind   

Designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85. Virgine Viard, director of Chanel's design studio will take over creative responsibilities at Chanel with his passing.

"Thanks to his creative genius, generosity, and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel's success throughout the world," said Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer in a statement. "Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand."

Born in Germany on September 10, 1933, Lagerfeld was raised in the countryside near Hamburg. He moved to Paris as a young man to pursue a career in illustration and soon found success in fashion, winning the International Woolmark Prize in 1954 for a sketch of a coat that was produced for the contest by Pierre Balmain.

Lagerfeld worked as Balmain's assistant for thr ee years before taking his prodigious talents to other houses like Krizia, Chloe, and Fendi, where he began designing in 1965 and continued until his death.

The Rangos Red Carpet Watch Party

Celebrate the biggest night in Hollywood on Pittsburgh's largest screen! It's a front-row seat to all the glitz, glam, cheers, jeers, and awkward moments of the 91 st Academy Awards  at Carnegie Science Center on Sun., Feb. 24. 

Hosted by Pittsburgh's most glamorous drag queens, Alora Chateaux and Friends, this party comes complete with photo ops, fashion commentary, and trivia during the most-celebrated awards night. Find out who takes home the coveted Oscar statuette, see who makes the best dressed list, and get ready to walk the red carpet at our fabulous awards season watch party!

Admission price of $25 includes:
  • Live screening of the 91st Academy Awards in The Rangos Giant Cinema
  • Medium popcorn and soda
  • One drink ticket
  • Access to cash bars
Drink tickets are given for those 21+ with a valid ID. Those under 21 can redeem their drink ticket for a bag of candy.

Totes Fit For Generation Y and Z

Sandra Reiman and Yu-Ling Cheng, founder/designer and CEO respectively of Sandra Cadavid, know that well-made handbags and totes can be difficult to find at a reasonable price. For women newly entering the professional labor force, there is a need for sharp, fashionable bags that don't break the bank.

Sandra Cadavid may have commenced in 2011 with this goal in mind, but in the years since the two partners believe it has transitioned to something more meaningful. While their options are still great for "luxury and quality but not the steep pricing," as Reiman describes her line, the production gives back to Colombian women and families in desperate need. Rather than importing their purses and accessories from underpaid, oppressive factories, Reiman and Cheng "employ women that have lost their husbands to violence and were left essentially destitute with children to provide for and no means to provide for them." By employing these women, they are given the ability to sustain their families and also to train other women in need to do the same.

Sandra Cadavid's first major exposure was at an awards show, where Reiman and her brother met television star Giuliana Rancic. "I was carrying this tote, and it was named the Sam at the time," Reiman remembers, "[Rancic] asked me about it...and how she could get her hands on it. So I emptied it out and gave it to her. Then she asked if she wanted a picture and I said of course... once I posted that, we ended up with a couple hundred orders in a short period of time." The bag, now called the Giuliana, has become the company's bestselling item.  It is a large bucket tote with belt buckle details and comes in four different colors.

Reiman and Cheng anticipate that the shopping preferences of Generations Y and Z will benefit their business, but worries about increased competition "because [young people] definitely want to invest in staple products and they value staple products if its higher quality," Sandra told me. You are going to see higher quality and more reduced pricing." Additionally, "those expensive brands that mean a lot to [her] generation won't be as meaningful to Gen Y and Gen Z and they have a ton of buying power but will be more focused on experiences." The charity aspect of Sandra Cadavid is also expected to attract millennials, who have a greater propensity to support businesses that give back than past generations.

Sandra Cadavid bags and accessories are primarily sold online, but the company also does trunk shows, the winter market, and recently began selling items at Eva Bryn Shoetique in Zelienople.

A Guru In The Pittsburgh Media Market

Dr. Shellie Hipsky has been making a global impact as the CEO of Inspiring Lives International and Editor-in-Chief of Inspiring Lives Magazine. Hipsky says her career in media started due to a "natural progression from her book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Planet " that led to a TV show, radio show, and podcasts that Hipsky says all "take on a life of their own."  Her magazine, now on its 12th edition, has been read by a million people around the country from Barnes and Noble sales and subscriptions; plus, the world can download the Inspiring Lives Magazine App to read it digitally. . Hipsky says her favorite part of the job is "when [she] holds the magazine in her hands for the first time," and hears how her programs have transformed people's lives.  

Hipsky also hosts a seasonal webinar series, the EmpowerU Master Class. The course aims to "help women around the world live their best lives," says Hipsky. For Pittsburgh locals, the course also includes two one-on-one sit downs with Dr. Shellie about how to make their dreams come to fruition. Hipsky will also be at the "Women Who Embrace Life", a ticketed event focusing on women in business and fashion at the David Lawrence Convention Center on March 24th.

Being a media guru in Pittsburgh isn't always easy; Hipsky says "people are always perplexed" when she mentions her location, but "it has the culture, it has the fashion, it has the heart" and that's exactly what Hipsky was looking for. Hipsky's involvement in the fashion industry has added to the benefits of being in Pittsburgh. "I've done more fashion shows than I can count" says Hipsky,  "MCing, organizing, directing them behind the scenes. I've modeled both in print and on the runway. All the funds go back to different charities and I love that." In the future, Hipsky hopes to see more ready-to-wear fashion coming out of Pittsburgh, but she loves that there are Pittsburgh designers making their mark nationally. To learn more about Dr. Shellie Hipsky and to subscribe to have inspiration delivered to your doorstep go to