Elliven Goes to the 50 Finest Gala!

Here's some of our gorgeous staff at the 50 Finest Gala. Aly, Morgan, Kelli, Jamie, Paige, Jillian, & Lauren.

Here's some of our gorgeous staff at the 50 Finest Gala. Aly, Morgan, Kelli, Jamie, Paige, Jillian, & Lauren.

Last week, our whole staff was lucky enough to attend the 50 Finest Gala together!

For those of you who aren't familiar, Pittsburgh's 50 Finest Gala is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In the months before, 50 amazing contestants commit to raising funds to benefit the cause. My favorite part is always seeing them backstage, getting ready to go out when they're announced. They are always so nervous yet so proud. It's such a nice moment to see. It makes me remember back two years ago to what I was feeling just before being announced.

Me & Mark Burnett, class of 2012, with our CF Ambassador Megan Kinney. What a classic pair we were in Badgley Mischka & Mark wearing a classic Valentino Tux! Photo by Robert Hester. 

Me & Mark Burnett, class of 2012, with our CF Ambassador Megan Kinney. What a classic pair we were in Badgley Mischka & Mark wearing a classic Valentino Tux! Photo by Robert Hester. 

This marked the 19th year of 50 Finest.

This marked the 19th year of 50 Finest.

We're so proud of our beautiful client, Jessica Kennedy (below), for raising the most funds - over $40,000! Not to mention that her original goal that she set for herself was $30,000, since it was her thirtieth birthday. The whole event raised over $311,000 for CF!

Jess next to her magazine article in Whirl!

Jess next to her magazine article in Whirl!

We love being involved with CF fundraising. Charity is such a big part of our culture at Elliven, and it's amazing when we can all join together as a staff. Doing the Great Strides Walk every May is always so much fun, but let's face it we LOVE to get all dolled up!

Of course, we squeezed in some fun spa prep before we left. One of our favorites is our Glycolic Peel: it makes your skin glow like never before, and leaves you looking radiant, like all of us here ;)

The most fashionable things you can wear: smiles and lots of laughter!  Here I am with good friends, clients, & fellow alumni & committee members, Lauren Cerqua, Patrick Finnegan & Erin may. 

The most fashionable things you can wear: smiles and lots of laughter!  Here I am with good friends, clients, & fellow alumni & committee members, Lauren Cerqua, Patrick Finnegan & Erin may. 


It's always fun to check out the fashion and beauty trends at the Gala, too! Here's what we saw this year:

  • Lots of blue dresses
  • Hair swept off to the side, whether it was styled up or down. We saw lots of soft, flowing long curls, and not so many tight, in-place updos, except for my own! LOL
  • Short nails in fun colors that matched the gowns, and most had an accent glitter nail
Me and Richard Katz. He was by far the Best dressed male of the evening in a classic tux that was tailored to perfection! He looked so handsome. Photo by Jerry Bauer.

Me and Richard Katz. He was by far the Best dressed male of the evening in a classic tux that was tailored to perfection! He looked so handsome. Photo by Jerry Bauer.

Jess Kennedy and Samantha Kormanik, another Elliven client! Both looked radiant! Photo by Robert Hester

Jess Kennedy and Samantha Kormanik, another Elliven client! Both looked radiant! Photo by Robert Hester

Richard Katz again with Linda Ferraro, who looks stunning! One of the best-dressed of the night. This color blue is perfect on her. From head to toe she was perfectly styled. Well Done. A perfectly classic elegant pair representing 50 Finest. Photo by Jerry Bauer

Richard Katz again with Linda Ferraro, who looks stunning! One of the best-dressed of the night. This color blue is perfect on her. From head to toe she was perfectly styled. Well Done. A perfectly classic elegant pair representing 50 Finest. Photo by Jerry Bauer

Our assistant manager Paige with Kelli, a stylist, at the Gala. Both beauties in Black with their long loose curly tendrils!

Our assistant manager Paige with Kelli, a stylist, at the Gala. Both beauties in Black with their long loose curly tendrils!

Sarah and Jen both looking beautiful with their long, side-swept styles. Jen Grippo,in my opinion wins best-dressed of the night,  - and since I think of myself as the fashion police, That should count for something, right? LOL. Seriously though, from her soft flowing hair with that perfect red lip & a dress that was elegant & fit her to perfection she looked SPA~tacular. Photo by Robert Hester.

Sarah and Jen both looking beautiful with their long, side-swept styles. Jen Grippo,in my opinion wins best-dressed of the night,  - and since I think of myself as the fashion police, That should count for something, right? LOL. Seriously though, from her soft flowing hair with that perfect red lip & a dress that was elegant & fit her to perfection she looked SPA~tacular. Photo by Robert Hester.

Jamie, our lead esthetician and Aly, a nail tech at the gala. Again, blue was the color of the night. 

Jamie, our lead esthetician and Aly, a nail tech at the gala. Again, blue was the color of the night. 

We can't wait for our next chance to give back as a staff! 

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In Beauty~

Ashley

Posted on August 25, 2014 .