Places to Go: Pittsburgh

The Places to Go: Pittsburgh

Recently for work, I got to travel to Pittsburgh for my very first time. Like most cities I visit in the a the beginning of spring, it was cold, but Pittsburgh held a bit of charm unlike any other mid-west city. None the less, I was quite surprised and enjoyed my time in this one of a kind place. With the Steelers being their home team, what’s not to like? If you ever find yourself in this awesome city, below are some recommendations from a place to stay, to things to bring and leave behind  ♥

 Style Vibes

Pittsburgh weather may be dreary – but the style vibe is chic, sophisticated and somewhat charming.  It is the perfect place to cuddle up by the fire and drink a nice cup of spiked hot chocolate! During this trip I saw a lot of natural brown hue’s on women wearing long trench coats and boots – very New York hip, meets city sleek. The look was much more serious, than a regular city vibe, due to being right in the heart of downtown, where many business headquarters are located. For this trip I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been, therefore follow my advice below to make sure you are fully prepped for your trip!

Places to Go: Pittsburgh
A chic cold weather looked paired with a wool Fedora, and comfortable booties for a day on the town.
Places to Go: Pittsburgh
This is a perfect casual, daytime look for running errands while working or meetings friends for lunch!
Places to Go: Pittsburgh
This is a perfect outfit for the plane, chic, yet comfortable while on the go!
 Things to Pack

-Cashmere Sweater; a must! Early springs nights in Pittsburgh are frigid, pair this sweater with a heavy coat and you will be set for the evening!

Wool Fedora; fashion over function on this one! While I love a good beanie now and then, it just isn’t my go-to pick for a cold day in the city. You can bundle up, still wear a cute hat, and even better – not mess up that gorgeous hair! Try a dark color, so that you can wear it with numerous outfits on your trip!

-Leather Pencil Skirt: This piece is a staple in any closet, but for a trip, it is even better, because it can translate as semi-casual during the day with stockings and some cute booties, as well as in the evening with a beautiful trench coat and some heels for dinner! If packing light is your thing – this item is a MUST!

Things to Leave Behind

-Your Favorite Pair of Shoes: Pittsburgh, like many other cities, comes hand in hand with a lot of walking. I have learned this lesson the hard way, with countless pairs of shoes ruined, by weather and some late night fun. Bring your second favorite pair, that are comfortable and functional!

Your strapless dress; Why you may think this is a great idea if you are wearing a coat, I assure you – it’s not. Make sure you have dresses with long sleeves, or pair a long sleeve body suit with your leather skirt – and there you have it! The prefect outfit.

Your Uggs: As much as I am a HUGE fan of my Uggs – cold weather is not a good enough excuse to wear them everyday. For this trip, and this city, leave them at home and travel with your favorite pair of chucks or tennis shoes for comfort.

Where to Stay

The Westin, Downtown Pittsburgh

This hotel has it all! The rooms are spacious, clean, and the beds are beyond comfortable. The hotel offers workout clothes for hotel guests for a small charge of $5 in case you left yours behind! Promoting health is a must! Within the hotel their is a small boutique coffee shop, and a buffet restaurant for some quick food on the go.

Westin

Visit their website for awesome room rates and more information:

http://www.westinpittsburgh.com

 Where to Eat

Tonic, Downtown Pittsburgh

Tonic has something for everyone! Located in downtown Pittsburgh this restaurant has something to feed all of your cravings! Their grilled cheese and french onion soup might just be to die for. From the outside it might just look like a regular bar & girl; But it definitely has a “tonic twist” – so they say.. I highly recommend this place for families, couples & even for a casual lunch alone.

Check out their menu options & reviews here:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/tonic-bar-and-grill-pittsburgh

Photo Source: Yasmeenael Sabah & Guest of a Guest

Kelly Moogan

Lifestyle Contributor

Kelly was born and raised locally in Laguna Beach, California. Kelly grew a love for fashion at a young age, while competing as a ballerina in the dance industry. She attended the Orange County High School of the Arts during her high school years, where she was able to travel to Paris, London & Spain and be influenced heavily by European fashion. Upon graduation Kelly moved to Los Angeles, where she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and graduated with a degree in Merchandise Marketing and also completed her Pilates Certification on the side, with emphasis in Kinesiology & exercise science. Kelly just recently returned from New York City, where she lived for three years working for James Perse in the West Village,  and expanding her horizon of the fashion industry from the home of the runway.  Kelly now resides in Laguna Beach, and is the National Merchandise Manager for DanceMakers Inc. With her traveling, health & wellness expertise, you will want to follow her post's weekly, for fashionable travel wear, and healthy tips to keep you at your best when you are on your next adventure.