Out of all the things I have to be thankful for in my life, there is one thing that has been a constant aside from my loved ones and that would be the city I was born and raised in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The reason I love my city so much is because of it's rich cultural past, it's current diversity, and the friendly people who inhabit it. And though the fashion industry here is quite the hidden gem, without it, I would not have gotten to where I am today. Therefore, this wonderful city is definitely where I got my start, and has molded me into who I am today. This city is also where I will continue to grow within the next 6-8 years while perusing my M.A. and eventually Psy.D. in Psychology at Pittsburgh's Point Park University.
With this in mind, I'm sure my readers have assumed that shopping locally is a HUGE thing to me. Of course, this is because due to Pittsburgh's growing fashion industry, it's very important to collaborate with local boutiques to get the word out about how stylish our city actually is. I'm sure many of you also assume I am all about Pittsburgh pride, and would love donning a stylish accessory or garment to show that off. This being said, I am very happy to announce that for this post I have partnered with the store Shop The Direction, due to their upcoming opening in their new Pittsburgh location in the Ross Park Mall in Spring 2017!
For those of you who haven't heard of "Shop The Direction", it is a store that originated in our neighboring state, Ohio, that specializes in "state pride" clothing. And though the store itself is not yet in Pittsburgh, it's online shop carries a whole collection for us Pittsburghers! Also, as I stated earlier, they will be opening their fourth storefront here in the 'Burgh, Spring 2017, at the Ross Park Mall!
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So, I'm sure you're wondering what I did for this collaboration with Shop The Direction. Well, one of their representatives, Andrea, was kind enough to reach out to me and ask me to work with them and in return she sent me a Pittsburgh tee free of charge to style and review!
The tee I chose is a simple charcoal scoop neck, with the coordinates of Pittsburgh's location on it. The reason I chose this one in particular is because though many of their other tees are cute, many of them are more geared sports, and though I support my local teams, I'm not exactly what you would called athletic. So I just thought the geographic coordinates suited me best due to my love of the whole city, not just the sports teams.
Firstly, this tee is the perfect choice for a laid back look to either hit the South Side with friends on a football night, or just hanging out and taking a city adventure for the day. I also have to say that due to it's neutral color and unique graphic it is very easy to style with just about anything and would look good in both the fall and summer.
And about the actual tee, I have to say it is very comfy and incredibly soft! I just love the feel of it, its very similar to that of a dry-fit tee buy with a little touch of cotton and rayon which makes it feel very smooth to the touch. I also have to say for a tee shirt it is very well made, the only complaint I have is I wish that it came in an extra-small because the small was a bit roomy on me. Over all though, I was very happy with this gift from Shop The Direction, and definitely can't wait to check out their store front this spring!