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Stationery: Check Ya Penmanship

13 Mar

Welcome to our digital world. A world where tangible greetings have become a lost art.  Notecards, postcards, and stationery are almost unseen unless it’s a bday, wedding, or other monumental event. Text messages, emails, and “pokes” have replaced the subtle nuances of the handwritten message.  Shit, I can’t even remember the last time I got a number on a napkin passed down to me at a bar!

Sooo, this post is a digital shout out to the people with perfected penmanship. The people who take time to select a paper that speaks to their personal sense of style. The people who open and close 20+ cards in search of the one that sends the perfect midweek message. The people who mail their feelings as postmarked souvenirs. Thank you for embracing a lost art. Here’s to shoe boxes of memories underneath beds everywhere!

Here are a few of our crazy good stationery selections, for those of you looking to get on the good foot…er, hand:

Handmade Stationery Goldmine

Dirty Gerty Greeting Cards

Naughty Betty

Loca Buena Favs

412 residents!! Check out our favorite local spots for scooping up paper gems:

4209 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 11am–7pm
Thu 11am–9pm
Sun 12–6pm

Kards Unlimited

5522 Walnut St
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Store Hours
Mon – Sat: 9:30 – 9:00
Sun: 12:00 – 5:00


Natalie Morris

25 Feb

Name: Natalie Morris

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Featured Skill(s): Photographer (also loves dabbling in set design and craft projects)

Astrological Sign: Scorpio

Vice: Lists larger than my day is long

Virtue: Easily inspired by others

Favorite Quote:

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas


How long have you been a photographer?
6 years, since 2006.

How did you get into photography?
I always loved taking pictures when I was younger, but I didn’t realize it should be my career until college. I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh initially for Video and soon realized my true love was a still image rather than a moving picture.

What is one thing YOU can’t do photography without?
A camera, ha!

With all seriousness, I couldn’t/wouldn’t want to work on a portfolio concepts without having a creative team of stylists by my side

What has been your most memorable experience from/while doing photography?
I’d have to say from a wedding I shot this past summer. At the reception, they got extremely wild. Let’s just say I thought I was at a bachelor/bachelorette party. It was.. interesting.

Do you have any female role models that you look up to in, or out of, the photography industry/scene?
Yes, Tyra Banks.I know some people find her annoying but I love her and what she does for young girls. She is always trying to boost their self esteem and show the beauty within.  I find her really motivating and a big inspiration.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in photography?
Keep chasing that creative dream, never let it go out of sight for too long. Remember this is what makes you happy and do everything you can to prolong this happiness. Take risks!


First thing you do when you wake up?

Stretch and see if I have enough time to roll over and go back to sleep for a few minutes.

What’s on your feet?

Barefoot with silver nail polish on my toes

What’s on your face?

Mascara, eyeliner, and some laura mercier purple eye shadow

What is your favorite accessory?

I love accessories and have far to many of them to choose just one, but any piece of jewelry or a pair of sunglasses would be my choice.

What are you listening to right now?

Jack Johnson

What won’t you leave the house without?


Where might we find you?

Out running on a trail or in the city

Last thing you do before bed?

Stretch out and run through the mental check list for the next day

Where can we find your work?

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

Emma Konzel

25 Feb

Name: Emma Konzel

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Featured Skill(s): Graphic Design

Astrological Sign: Taurus

Vice: Oreos

Virtue: I’m a good listener

Favorite Quote:

“No one gets remembered
for the things they didn’t do.”


How long have you been a graphic designer?
Well I graduated in 2009 with a BFA concentrating in graphic design, so
about 3 years.

How did you get into graphic design?
I’ve always been interested in typography and designing but when I really
found my passion for it was in my third year of school. That’s when I got
to take all the interesting classes and really found the type of design
that I love.

What is one thing YOU can’t do graphic design without?
I cant design with out good inspiration.
Some websites I visit for that are
and a ton of random blogs I find when browsing the oh so infinite world
wide web :]

What has been your most memorable experience from/while doing graphic design ?
I won two awards in a show juried by Rick Valicenti (of 3rst in Chicago).
He is an amazing designer, I really look up to him. And it was such an
honor for him to even LOOK at my work let alone like it enough to give me
an award!

What is one piece of advice that you would give to females interested in graphic design?
Well with the recession, its been rough finding a job in this industry. My
advice would be to soak up as much information and skills while in school
as possible and keep your options open. Be a jack of all trades (and
master them all as well!)


First thing you do when you wake up?

I look at the time on my phone and
usually go back to sleep!

What’s on your feet?

Moccasin slippers

What’s on your face?


What is your favorite

I love a good scarf

What are you listening to right now?

A commercial

What won’t you leave the
house without?


Where might we find you?

Belvederes on Down n Derby night, getting my skate on!

Last thing you do before bed?

Say goodnight to my sleepy boyfriend

Where can we find your work?

I have an online portfolio, where I have a
bunch of work from school and beyond..
I am also working on opening a shop on, this shop will feature
unique stationary, including but not limited to, greeting cards,
calendars, recipe cards and hopefully even notebooks..We will see, its
still in the idea phase but I will keep you posted!

One thing you think is “crazy good”:

I would love to own an airstream travel trailer, their design is amazing
and I think it would be the perfect vehicle to have on a long road trip :]


3 Nov

Tis’ the season for Old Man Winter’s cold ass breath to begin blowing across your face.  While moisturizers and chap sticks are sure to get their shine, a good facial scrub will need to be close by to remove all the flaky dead skin that is past the point of moisture therapy.  Here enters Burt’s Bees Peach and Willobark Deep Pore Scrub…

Hooray!!!  Finally a facial scrub that has the gusto to take it OFF!  At $8 a pop, this all-natural exfoliator is action packed!  Finely ground Peach Stones polish the skin, while a special formula of Willow Bark provides a natural source of Salicylic Acid to keep that newfound skin looking fresh.  You don’t have to sit around and wait for an online order to process either!  Just check out the Burt’s Bees displays at your local grocery and drug stores.

This facial scrub is sure to leave your face feeling as if you have finally removed the remnants of your Halloween mask…just in time to show Old Man Winter who’s boss!!

Official Drink of Summer 2011

11 May

Ummm…First of all, how the hell did I miss this gem’s existence?

I’m in love with this new accessory!!!  Yeah, I said it.  A drink is most definitely an accessory in my book.  So, you can look for me to be rocking a can of El Jimador’s Spicy Mango Margarita in this summer’s sun.

The magic potion consists of El Jimador Tequila, Triple Sec, and natural flavors. It’s extra ready-to-drink chilled, and is a refreshing alternative to the summertime norms.

Tequila lovers REJOICE!!!

Feast your eyes on these monochromatic gems…

25 Mar


Shout outs to Matt Stopera for this crazy and insane visual compilation:

Check his Tmblr blog here:

The Knockout

"Don't worry about what I'm doin."

Trying to Bag a Bargain??

13 Mar

Ladieees!!  With spring and summer waiting just around the corner, it’s about time to drop that heavy suitcase-esque winter bag and pick up something a bit lighter.  Being the Loca Ladies that we are, we tend to choose 3 lower priced bags over 1 heavy hitter for the following reasons:

1.  We will find ourself in various terrain over the warmer months, as our partying ways tend to lead us on wild outdoor adventures.

2.  The last thing we want to be worried about losing is an overpriced sack for our shit.  Losing overpriced items = anxiety attack…who wants to set themselves up for that one??

3.  We know how to find good deals, and aren’t afraid to work for them.

Enter our pick for favorite spring and summer bags….AMICI!!!

A quick pop into your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls will usually give you a good selection of AMICI bags to choose from.  Their bright prints and patterns are perfect for spring and summer, and the lightweight materials grant your beat down shoulders that much needed break they have been begging for.  The bags usually run anywhere from $12 to $35, and have limited duplicate designs…a glimmer of hope that you and homegirl won’t be slanging the same arm candy!!

Check out their website for a sneak preview of what is out n about, but refer to #3 if you are a serious shopper 😉

Miracle Whip!

15 Feb

Are you an apartment dweller?  Car owner?  Feeling grimy?

The snow, ice, and salty grime have most definitely made their presence felt for the past few months.  If your living situation is anything like ours, then you have no access to an outdoor outlet, and using the gas station vacuum seems like some sort of frigid torture.  Our solution?  Go cop one of those trusty little Dirt Devils that your Mom and Grandma used to bust out for the hard to reach spaces throughout the house.  Most need a full 24 hours to charge, but after that you are free to go about your dust busting business!  We are all about clean cars, and the size and mobility of this little Dirt Devil makes it a perfect solution for the junk that has been collecting in your cars crevices over the past few months.  At $19 – $30 a pop, it is easy on the pockets as well.  The small size makes it perfect for limited apartment storage, and we are damn sure that you have some other trife life lurking in a few hard to reach corners that could use a hit.

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick-Flip Hand Vac


Pssst Dry Shampoo

16 Nov

ATTENTION: If you wash your hair every damn day, this post is not for you.

Still reading? You NEED this:

If you have problem hair, a crazy life style, and are in need of a guaranteed quick-fix, this is your new best friend. Not only does this product take away your greazzzy “now you see me” roots, it also adds instant volume, a clean scent, and another day/night of wear for that hair. Anyone that washes their hair 1-2 times a week max, needs this one on deck. Especially if you put in a good 45 minutes to an hour straightening serious curls.

Pssst…BUY IT!

Urban Decay Cosmetics – Eyeshadow Ammo Eyeshadow Palette

16 Nov

We are big fans of this power packed eyeshadow pallette from Urban Decay.  This pallette contains everything that you could possibly need to take your look from work to play.  The 10  colors included are: Smog, Maui Wowie, Mildew, Shattered, Oil Slick, Polyester Bride, Last Call, Grifter, Chopper, and  Sin.

Chopper is my personal fav.  It looks great for day or night, and adds just enough glits without really looking like you tried…clutch ; )

Damage:  36 bones