24 Hours in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


This Mother’s Day, my older sister, mom and I took a girls trip across the state to Pittsburgh. I have fond memories of working in this city when I was a Stylist with American Eagle and have been craving to visit again. I find the people here to be so personable and friendly; they will joke with you like a long-time friend and are always helpful if you ever need a tip. The city is full of beautiful, old architecture and various steel bridges that connect the two sides of the city, separated by the Allegheny River. Overall, it actually quite reminds me of Stockholm!


We booked our stay at the Ace Hotel - a previous YMCA building converted into a hip, cozy nest with ginormous windows and claw foot tubs. Each room is equipped with the best robes, snacks, soaps, and  spirits from specialty makers. The lobby has the coolest coffee + cocktail bars and the most amazing kitchen with locally sourced ingredients (and yes, they have room service).

Our first day spent in the city, we shopped all throughout the Strip District. Some of our stops included Hot Haute Hot, where I picked up a pair of unique gold earrings (shown in the first photo) and made a mental list of all the incredible home wares I want to buy next time I return. Another place I loved was called Roxanne’s Dried Flowers. I typically go into flower shops expecting to skim over a few of their selections to find what I really want, but this store was completely curated with the best dried and living plants you could imagine! Next time I go back, I must take my husband to Pamela’s Dinner. We passed it as we were walking through the district and it was so cute (and Instagrammable)!

We drove a few minutes to Carson Street for lunch at The Urban Tap and continued to shop because, well it’s a girls trip - what would you expect? Across the street is one of my favorite consignment stores from when I lived in NYC, Buffalo Exchange. We found really awesome pieces, all for under $20! The last notable place I love on Carson is PerLora Furniture; if you’re into modern interiors and well design spaces, you have to check it out!

In the evening, we ate at Nicky’s Thai, which is so extemely exceptional that I would bet someone who doesn’t think they like Thai, would fall in love. I ordered the green curry with chicken, my sister had the pad thai and my mom went with red curry. After dinner, we went to a corner of town that I would like to explore more - Butler Street. We waited in a longggg line for well-worth-it rolled ice cream. If you have dairy allergies like me, they even have an almond milk variation with sans dairy sauces and toppings! 

The last day was a pretty chill one before heading back home. In the morning, we ordered room service for breakfast and wow, it was really as good as it looks. After spending a relaxing morning at the Ace, we went to another adorable flower shop called Farmer’s Daughter Flowers and my mom picked out her own Mother’s Day bouquet. Our plans were to visit the Andy Warhol museum, but sadly we ran out of time this go around! That along with Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are on my list for the next visit.  


Have an amazing day, loves! I can't wait to share more of my summer travels with you and I would love to hear your recommendations from your trips as well! Comment below where you are traveling to next and what you are most excited to do/see/taste when you get there.

xx, Em