The Surznick Common Room

Friday, June 17, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Parade


In case you missed the news, THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS WON THE STANLEY CUP! Prior to this year, their most recent cup win was in 2009. Nick and I were only dating a few months and still living at home with our parents for the summer, but we had a little watch party together with his friends.

Seven years later we're living together in the new house we just bought, in a city we love so dearly, with the Penguins arena just a few miles down the road. Needless to say, this win was way better. We watched the final game in Consol Energy Center with 15,000 other fans, cheering and crying as the clock counted down to 0. WE ARE THE CHAMPYINZ.


On Wednesday the Pens paraded through downtown Pittsburgh with the cup in tow for 250,000+ fans to see. This was my first time attending the parade and seeing the Stanley Cup in person, so I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the day.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading and LET'S GO PENS!

Sarah & Nick

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Killer Heels at The Frick Pittsburgh


Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the new Killer Heels exhibit at The Frick Museum here in Pittsburgh. This traveling exhibit showcases the art of high heeled shoes and features designers such as Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga, Manolo Blahnik, and many, many more.


I wouldn't say I'm exactly a heels person (I love my flats dearly), but the heels in this show are works of art rather than functional footwear.The exhibit features 147 different shoes from around the world, from year 1600 to present day, and each shoe more unique and interesting than the last.


The exhibit is divided into six different sections: Revival and Reinterpretation, Rising in the East, Glamour and Fetish, Architecture, Metamorphosis, Spacewalk, and Not Your Everyday Footwear. The different sections also feature short films to accompany the shoes from that theme.


With nearly 150 shoes to choose from, it was really hard to pick favorites. The first shoe that comes to mind is the Christian Louboutin ballet slipper (pictured below.) It's the one shoe in the exhibit that I know I've seen photos of before and wasn't even sure it was real. Seeing it in person was an exciting experience - it's a shoe only a well-trained ballerina could wear.


Other favorites were all of the crazy and colorful platforms, the Marie Antoinette Louboutins, and the zip-tie bamboo heels (all pictured below.) You can see more (high-res) images of the shoes in the collection on The Frick's website, or by visiting the exhibit yourself!


Pittsburgh is the last stop on the Killer Heels nationwide tour, so you have until September 4th to see it! Exhibition admission is only $12, and well worth the money. I highly recommend attending a docent tour (Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 PM.) Walking through the exhibit with the curator was so informational and fascinating - you'll definitely want the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about each unique shoe!

Thank you to The Frick Pittsburgh for inviting me to attend this preview! If you visit, be sure to leave us a comment letting us know which shoe was your favorite and hashtag your photos with #KillerHeelsFrick!

xo, Sarah

Friday, June 10, 2016

Surz Style (III)


I am absolutely loving this week. The weather here in Pittsburgh is my idea of weather perfection (IT FEELS LIKE FALL.) Plus I only worked three days and will continue to have a super modified schedule the rest of the month while we work on our new house, which is very exciting.

Here's a look what I wore this week - both to the office and for my days off. Nick snapped a quick photo of me this morning before I head to a preview of the new Killer Heels exhibit at The Frick Museum (more on that to come!)

Monday - 7:30 PM



Tuesday - 5:30 PM



Wednesday - 5:30 PM (no office today!)


Coffee & Whiskey Shirt made by my friend Jordan

Thursday - 6:45 PM


ASOS Cat Flats (sold out)

Friday - 7:15 AM


ASOS Black Heels (almost sold out)

Can you tell I liked top knots this week? What are your weekend plans? More house work for us! By the way, did you see my Snapchat tour of the house? You can watch it in Wednesday's post. Have a great weekend!

xo, Sarah