Friday, August 5, 2016

A Guide to Pittsburgh's Strip District

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A guide to Pittsburghs Strip District

Denim Dress (under $50)// Striped Tee (Similar)
I shared this little denim dress on Snapchat (SummerWind41490) a few weeks ago. In my snaps, I said it was something I would have never originally gone for. Back in June, I had spoken at a conference and one of the coordinators had on the cutest outfit. It was a little denim dress and striped top. 

I admired her outfit all morning and thought 'hey, I really need a denim dress'. My sister and I both went on the hunt for one, and wouldn't you believe it: one showed up for under $45 in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I know you're all probably like, 'enough with the N Sale!!!', I'm with you. But with just a few days left (it ends at midnight on Sunday, I really wanted to share this little dress with you before it goes up in price (it's only $44 right now!). 

As far as sizing goes, I typically size up in the brand, but this runs big (specifically wide in the hips and waist). I suggest taking your usual size or even possibly sizing down. While the denim is a true 'jean' material with no stretch, it definitely leaves room for layers underneath! Also, You definitely have to wear a shirt underneath because of how low-cut the sides are!

Not only do I love wearing it now, but it will look so nice with sweaters and boots come fall! I wore this outfit on a super hot afternoon. My sister and I were headed to Pittsburgh's Strip District to do a little shopping. The Strip District, for those who aren't familiar with Pittsburgh, is an eclectic and lively neighborhood right outside of downtown chock full of open air markets. There are all different ethnic grocery stores featuring products from all over the world. The produce is also fresh and super inexpensive. It's always bustling on the weekends and there are a ton of great restaurants to stop in and grab a bite. Check out the quick little video above to see my afternoon!

I just love that I can walk to it from my building downtown. It's only about a 15-minute walk and my sister and I had such a fun time shopping all of the markets and picking things up for dinner that evening. For those in Pittsburgh, here is my guide to 'the Strip':

Places to Grocery Shop:
Sunseri's// All the Italian goodness you can think of. Sfogliatelle, Pizzelles, Pepperoni rolls, etc.
Penn Mac// The best for a huge selection of cheese (you can get samples!!) and other classic Italian staples like San Marzano tomatoes and incredible olive oils. 
Parma Sausage// I am obsessed with their hot sausages. My mom makes Italian sausage every Christmas eve and this is where she stocks up!
Lotus Food// I love trying all of the unique candies as well as stalking up on soy sauce and ginger salad dressing! 
Wholey's// Best place in Pittsburgh for fresh seafood of any and every kind. They also have a full meat section, too, and even some produce. My favorite part is their fresh lobster and the made-to-order sushi! 
Mancini's// Bread anyone? Baked fresh, but go early to get the best selection.
Stamoolis// Great selection of Mediterranean groceries. Stock up on olives!

Places to Eat:
Penn Ave. Fish// Their sushi, lobster bisque and fish tacos are so yummy. (also downtown on Forbes!)
Bella Notte// Best buffalo chicken pizza I've ever had. 
Primantis// The original. Open 24/7. Best when eaten at 3am or on Steeler Sunday.
Peppi's// A hole-in-the-wall with huge, mouthwatering hoagies
DeLuca's// The greasiest, most delicious classic diner. A Pittsburgh institution featured on all of the food shows! 
Kelly O's// Another food show favorite and Pittsburgh staple, diner food goodness!
Pamela's// The pancakes and potatoes. So incredible. 
Eleven// One of my absolute favorite brunch spots in the city... their bread/pastry basket is amazing. It's also a great spot for post-work drinks!
Gaucho// Full post to come on this Argentinian hot post. It is AMAZING, but be prepared to wait in a super long line!
Rolands// Plenty of outdoor seating and a good lobster roll. 
Smallman Galley// Read my full review, here
Lidia's// It's an amazing Italian restaurant towards the beginning of the Strip District. Get the pasta trio, you won't regret it!

Places to grab coffee/pastry: 
La Prima Espresso// My favorite coffee ever. 
Prestogeorge// Good coffees election as well as coffee products/accessories.
Smallman Galley// They have a little coffee bar right inside... great for a cappuccino pit-stop!
Peace, Love and Little Donuts// The donuts are literally 'little', but so good! 

Gene Sanes// Great upholstery shop with so many fabrics to choose from. 
In the Kitchen// Any kitchen gadget you can think of. They also have a great selection of Pittsburgh-themed kitchen gifts! 
Costume World// A giant warehouse filled with any and every costume you could imagine. 
Keystone Ribbon and Floral// If you are hosting any type of event and need ribbon/vases/etc. this is the place to go. 
Wigle Whiskey// 
Feinberg's// A random assortment of party favors and themed party decor. 
Klavon's// Old school ice cream parlor. They close really early for an ice cream place, so get there before 9pm!
Heinz History Center// This is right at the beginning of the Strip and is a great place to visit on a rainy day. It also has a really cool industrial event space at the top with a balcony that hosts killer views! 
Yinzers// I actually had no idea that this is what it was called, but it's the tables on the corner with all of the Pittsburgh sports memorabilia! 

For more Pittsburgh goodness, check out my full Pittsburgh Restaurant Guide here


Samantha J said...

Do you wear your Adidas sneakers without socks? Do you still wear your Converse Jack Purcell sneakers?

Kelsey Quackenbush said...

This dress is really pretty, seems like a really fun day out!
xoxo Kelsey

Lauren said...

That is the perfect weekend outfit!


Anonymous said...

Great dress.

Jillian -

Alyson Cruse said...

Love your outfit! A denim dress isn't something I would go for either, but I love how you styled it!

XO Alyson | My Life as Alyson


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