Carly Luitgaarden

Carly has lived in the Pittsburgh area all of her life and is the owner of, a fashion and lifestyle blog that gives trend inspiration on a budget. She graduated from with her master’s degree in communications and has a passion for writing.

Some of Carly’s favorite things to do include shopping at local boutiques, DIY crafts and projects, and going on adventures with her Newfoundland, Samson.

Glamping near Pittsburgh

Everything you need to know about glamping near Pittsburgh

By Carly Luitgaarden / August 3, 2022

The great outdoors with a bed and a hot shower, just 2 hours from Pittsburgh. Where to go glamping near Pittsburgh.

Date night in Pittsburgh on a budget

By Carly Luitgaarden / January 31, 2022

Plan a date night for two in Pittsburgh while staying under a budget of $100.

The ‘Burgh on a $50 Budget

By Carly Luitgaarden / December 8, 2021

With all of the money going out of our accounts this month, I wanted to challenge myself to a day in Pittsburgh under $50.

All of the Pittsburgh stores featured on HGTV’s Restored by the Fords

By Carly Luitgaarden / June 28, 2021

A fan of the Fords? Here are all the local businesses where Leanne Ford shops for new and antique home decor.

Energize & Chill – The best frozen coffee drinks in town

By Carly Luitgaarden / June 28, 2021

Whether you’re heading into the city for work, or need a pick-me-up on your way home, there’s a local coffee shop with a cold drink waiting for you! From a Campfire Cold Brew to a fruity Matcha, here is a list of 7 places in Pittsburgh with refreshing drinks on their menu.

Valentine's Day Date ideas

8 great socially distant Valentine’s Day date ideas around Pittsburgh

By Carly Luitgaarden / February 8, 2021

Fun ways to celebrate with your Valentine or Galentine. 

A very Pittsburgh pet gift guide

By Carly Luitgaarden / December 9, 2020

If anyone deserves to be on the nice list, it’s our pets. We rounded up 10 gifts for the furry friends available at local businesses this holiday season.

#HereWeGo The best black & gold gear you can buy from local businesses

By Carly Luitgaarden / November 20, 2020

Support the home team and shop local for Pittsburgh Steelers gear.

Road trip: Chautauqua Lake is just 2.5 hours north of Pittsburgh

By Carly Luitgaarden / October 23, 2020

Relax by the lake, take a hike and don’t miss Alpacaville

Pumpkins at Soergel Orchards

10 Activities to do this fall in Pittsburgh (at a distance)

By Carly Luitgaarden / October 23, 2020

Among the pumpkins to pick and local ciders to drink – there are a handful of other Pittsburgh fall activities we’ve rounded up into this handy guide.