WINTERSVILLE - The Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times will host the second-annual "What a Woman Wants ... Head to Toe Expo" from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Florian Hall.
The afternoon will feature fashion, food and fitness - everything a woman wants. The "girls' afternoon out" will feature the relaxed atmosphere that made the first event such a success that it was made an annual event by popular demand. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse among the many area vendors who are scheduled to participate and enjoy shows featuring the latest fall fashions and offering tips on how to get the inside of your home ready for the coming season.
"The expo is a great event, and it's received incredible support from the community," said Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. "We know people throughout the Tri-State Area are looking forward to attending this year's presentation."
There will be approximately 30 vendors offering a variety of items, including jewelry, home decor, hair accessories, purses, make-up, music, nail accessories and chocolates.
The event also will include fashion shows by Anna-Kay's Unique Fashions and Macy's; a home decor seminar by Beth McVay of Beth McVay Interior Design; make-up makeovers by Macy's; massages; and hors d'oeuvres by Piergallini Catering. Ralph Parissi of Parissi Productions will provide the day's soundtrack.
Doreen Kay of Anna-Kay's said fall fashions, including sweaters, long coats, jackets and fun faux fur items, will be featured in the fashion show - and available for purchase.
"We're going with a seasonal theme, I want to call it a transition into fall, and we have 10 models for the show," she said, noting the show will give a sneak peek at holiday fashions. "We're going to show missys, petites and all age groups."
Kay noted there will be a special discount handbag sale during the event, including lots of fall-appropriate leather handbags.
James Smith of Macy's said Elizabeth Arden's fall makeup colors will be demonstrated and facial massages will be offered. Fragrances also will be offered.
The Macy's fashion show will feature six models, and a variety of clothing from designers such as INC, Calvin Klein and Alfani.
"We're going to be doing day to night looks," he said. "The holiday season is coming up, and we're going to have looks where you can take the jacket off and add accessories."
Not only will the office-to-party looks be available for purchase at the expo, but shoppers will get special Macy's blockbuster prices before they're available at the store.
McVay will be talking about the latest trends in home decor and getting those attending "up to speed" on current trends.
"We'll be talking about colors and fabrics," she said. "The trends (in home decor) are just ahead of fashion. They try the colors out in home furnishings before fashion."
She added the format will be much like her television show, "Ohio Valley at Home With Beth McVay."
"It's nice for women to be able to get together and see new ideas and products," she said. "I'm hoping a lot of people will turn out and take advantage of the opportunity to see some new fashions and ideas and see some great business people."
Piergallini said the food will feature a fall theme, with plenty of fall vegetables, grilled chicken and bruschetta.
"It's a good time, a nice afternoon for the ladies," said Piergallini. "It's just a nice, inexpensive day."
Those attending also will have the opportunity to win several door prizes, including Sewickley Spa gift cards and the grand prize - a trip for four to Seven Springs. Door prizes have been provided by the event vendors. Winners must be present to claim their prizes.
"There is a great deal of effort put into ensuring the quality and variety of products offered and in the demonstrations given," said Cindy Kotsch, special projects and events coordinator for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.
The schedule includes:
Noon, doors open.
12:30 p.m., Macy's fashion show.
1:15 p.m., Anna-Kay's Unique Fashions fashion show.
2 p.m., Beth McVay Interior Design home decor seminar.
2:50 p.m., door prize drawing.
Vendors include Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee and Tea with Denise Yocum; Origami Owl with Valerie Lough; Macy's Fashions and Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics; Anna-Kay's Unique Fashions; Steubenville Chiropractic; Uniquely Designed and Anthony Thomas Candies; Trinity Women's Health and Images; Trinity Advanced Surgical with Dr. Denise Gilman; Vontrie's Couture Salon and Apothecary; A Nail's Charm; Gold Canyon Home Fragrance; Beth McVay Interior Design; Stella and Dot Jewelry; Quality Health Massotherapy; It Works!; Weirton Medical Breast Care Center; All About Women; Tupperware/Amanda McLaughlin; Miche Purses/Kathy Smogor with Andrea Zalesny; Pampered Chef with Elizabeth De Jong; Mary Kay Cosmetics with Gloria Popp; McDonnell Chiropractic; Thirty One with Tammy Scott; Silhouette Scarfs; Forever Young Aesthetics with Dr. Patrick Macedonia; and Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare with Dr. Matt Nardone.
Tickets are $10 and are on sale now. They are available at Anna-Kay's Unique Fashions located at 155 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, or at the newspaper offices located at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville. They also can be purchased by calling (740) 283-4711 or at the door the day of the event.