Philly Gossip: Will Smith, #bcbgmaxazria closed, Alex Holley Honored

Good Philly Gossip Monday. Hope you had a great weekend despite this horrible weather. Congrats to so many Philadelphian’s that ran and conquered the Broad Street Run.

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Sheena Parveen and Mikey Ilagan at the Broad Street Run

It was exciting to see how many people in my timeline posted photos from the race, their medals, and bibs.Philly Gossip
Will Smith and super fan Kevin outside the Ritz last week.

I was chatting a lot about Will Smith being in town last week;  He was checking out the Residences at Ritz Carlton on Monday with realtors, while staying at the Ritz hotel next door. He used the Residences at Ritz Carlton gym everyday, seemed to enjoy the 2PM workout time.  Friday he ran into Bad Boy co-star Martin Lawrence who was in town to perform at Temple that evening. No word on what they discussed, but my friend who reads lips said it seemed they were chatting about a Bad Boy sequel.  I bet he was telling Martin that Philly will be seeing more of him, and hopefully Jada Smith, as they are now the majority owners of the Sixers.

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Martin Lawrence at Temple University

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Yes it’s true #bcbgmaxazria closed on April 24 at 16th and Walnut. The sign on the door says visit them at their KOP or Cherry Hill Mall store.

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It’s been fun following along with Kharisma MCllwaine and her brother Aloysius on their trip to Morocco via snapchat, which I’m trying to learn.

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Seriously, if anyone was going to meet the new quarterback, Carson Wentz, first it was going to be Melissa Leonard. Here she is at the meet and greet press conference, as well as season owners of boxes.

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Friday was a very special day for the Good Day Philadelphia Crew as they celebrated their 20 years on air with their loyal fans. Everyone turned up, chatted with viewers and posed for countless selfies.

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Before the event though Mike Jerrick headed to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where they had a prom for the kids. So sweet. Then he headed to the party at Sugarhouse.

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After the 20th Anniversary Party, my friend Alex Holley, FOX 29 co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia,”  was honored Friday night at the 7th annual 2016 NV Movers & Shakers Soiree in NYC.  Love her.

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Then Saturday night Mike Jerrick headed to DC to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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I wonder if he ran into Mike’s cousin David Nakamura (Washington Post White House correspondent), here with his wife Kris Schenck

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I was so busy this weekend – Thursday I was at the Fairmount Conservacy Gala, Friday night I attended the premiere of Inis Nua Theater’s The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, (April 27-May 15) Saturday I was at Cure Duchenne Blingo at The Logan Hotel and Sunday I had a delicious brunch at Little Lion with Kory Aversa and Brooke Thomas, the new morning anchor at CBS3. Then headed to Savino Thorne’s baptism.

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Sabrina Tamburino Thorne’s Adorable Baby Christening Party

Sabrina Tamburino Thorne‘s Adorable Baby Christening Party for her and husband Steve Thorne‘s son Savino (named after his maternal grandfather).  PhillyChitChat readers first met Sabrina Tamburino Thorne about a year into the start of the blog. She and Steve had been dating for a year or so after meeting at socialite Dana Spain’s annual Halloween party.

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We chronicled her life through fabulous birthday parties, her engagement party, we were there at her bacherlorette party, the wedding shower,

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the wedding, many parties, Halloween, birthday , just for the heck of it get togethers and cocktails at Rouge. Sunday we gathered for the Baptism of their beloved son Savino Nico Thorne (you’ll recall his fun baby shower)Tamburino_Thorne

Father Dennis Gill performs the Ephphetha or Prayer over the Ears and Mouth to Savino as Steve and Sabrina look on along with the Godmothers’ Monica Del Borrello and Kelly Jones, friends with Sabrina for over 30 years.Tamburino_Thorne

Sabrina, Steve and Savino Thorne with Carol Tamburino  Philly Baby Party

Kelly Jones with her sons with husband Julius Jones and her mom Sharon Coia, who is bff’s with Carol Tamburino

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We headed over to The Logan hotel, where the baptism party was being held. The room was so adorable and the decorator, Carol Tamburino , who worked tirelessly before the Church service. This gal needs to go into business. She always throws a good party.Philly Baby Party Savino Tamburino Thorne

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Carol Tamburino with her favorite Isgro’s Canollis

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Isgro made the cross cake too. Which reminds me yesterday, I wrote about my friends Brianna and Josh Alcorn baby shower (Josh popped the question to Brianna in line at Isgo’s on Christmas Eve.) Their party was decorated by Terrain, as well as grandmom Lisa Gaudio – Happy Birthday to her. Check out their party photos.

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The Cutest Party Decor at Brianna & Josh’s Baby Shower

I photographed friends Brianna and Josh Alcorn’s baby show last week.  The weather was amazing, especially compared to today.  The party decor was perfect, and was created by Terrain Decorating Services and is the main feature of this entry as it was a private affairParty Decor

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(Josh is wearing his Boston Marathon medal and most importantly the #1 Dad ribbon. )

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There was a table of baby photos of various family members to give us an idea of what baby Noah might like like when he’s born.

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Song Lyrics from Great Grandpop Bob Gaudio and Grandmom Judy Parker

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Divine Cakes modeled the cake after the invite and features their two precious dogs Meadow and Wilco down in front.

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Josh chatting with his mom and sister Jenda Alcorn

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Vetri Catering provided the spread of delicious delights – completely on my diet

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A seriously cute idea, a onesie making station

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photo memory station

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Aaron from 13th Street Cocktail Catering was on hand mixing specialty drinks as well as serving beer for the guests.

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Grandmom Lisa Guadio did a lot of shopping on her own for the party. This cute glasses were found on Amazon Prime

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including finding these cute blue ducks in the pool who wanted to migrate to one side of the pool. Look at the gorgeous trees in the background.

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Brianna and her co-workers from Terrain

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A few of the onsies that are complete

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Catering was provided by Pizzeria Vetri and the the amazing pizza everyone got to enjoy. Woodside Farm Creamery served three delicious flavors, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry and Chocolate Peanut butter ice cream! 

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Party gifts – they were little buckets filled with Hershey Kisses, with a “shovel”, which was also a bottle opener.

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How adorable is the rocking horse balloon

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What a great idea to hang the onsies like that

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The DIVINE LORRAINE Is Pre-leasing Already

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a 8 months since the groundbreaking of the long anticipated revival of the grande dame of North Broad Street, The Divine Lorraine Hotel (699 N. Broad St.) back in September, to today when it was announced that the Divine Lorraine apartments would begin pre-leasing the apartments.

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The listing on Craigslist states: Large, open floor plans allow you to maximize your living area while living just steps away from world-class dining and retail. Apartment finishes combine sleek industrial touches, while maintaining the vintage charm of the Divine Lorraine. The modern kitchens feature top of the line appliances and beautiful light granite counter tops.

1 Bedrooms Starting @ $1325
2 Bedrooms Starting @ $2540 **SECOND MONTH IS FREE ON ALL 2 BEDROOMS!

A coffee shop and bi-level restaurant will fill the commercial space.

Each apartment will be equipt with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and range in a number of bedrooms. The building will even have a 24-hour doorman to ensure the safety of the residences.

The ballroom is so large they are making it into two separate floors holding apartments on each floor. The Annex in the back of the building will be renovated into something, but it is still a surprise.

Purrrfect: Cats are allowed.

Unit Amenities:
-Stainless Steel GE Appliances including Dishwasher and Microwave
-LG Washer and Dryer in ALL units
-Granite Counter Tops
-Modern Plank Flooring
-Vintage, industrial light fixtures
-Plenty of Closet Space
-Subway tiled showers
-Ceramic tiled bathroom floors
-Premium shaker birch wood cabinets
-Commercial/Fusion style kitchen faucets
-Contemporary bathroom fixtures
4-29-2016 5-28-42 PMAn interesting footnote to add is that residents at the Divine Lorraine are allowed to use the amenities at Lofts 640, only block away – featuring a rooftop pool, gym and sundeck.

See the complete listing HERE

Check out a great photo essay of The Divine Lorraine before the renovation got underway, by Streets Department –

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Philly Gossip: Celeb Sightings in Philly, People in the News & Happenings

Good Friday afternoon, how about a little Philly Gossip. Hope you had a great weekend. So much going on. I’m getting my first wordpress lesson today so hopefully I can figure out how to put these instragram and social media photos in with links so you can go right to these pages. Otherwise if you see something you like just google their names and their social media will come up.

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Celeb sightings I tweeted about this week. Seems Will Smith was in town. He was staying at the Ritz Carlton hotel but using the The Residences at the Ritz Carlton Gym. He was also spotted with a real estate agent at the Residences. Maybe that penthouse is finally going to be sold.

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Former President Bill Clinton was seen strolling through the Sonesta Hotel’s lobby after he had spent Primary night there. My mom stayed there last weekend too. That hotel has gotten so hot since it’s been rebranded, and refreshed. In June look for Ruth Chris steakhouse to open. 50Cent was in town on Monday to sign bottles of his booze EFFEN at the state store in Northern Liberties. He must have spent the weekend here cause Saturday night he was spotted at Coda.

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Monday night Chelsea Clinton was at Coda pimping for her mom Hillary Clinton (who stayed at the Sheraton Hotel the night before Primary Night), who was doing a MSNBC Town Hall Meeting at the Constitution Center (BTW that was taped. I guess it didn’t say so during the show. After I wrote my column on Bernie and his meltdown cause Hillary was still taping when he arrived for his segment, people were saying but Bernie was on stage first. I had noted that Clinton taped from 530 to 630pm, but was still on stage at 7PM, but I guess those readers didn’t realize that was 2 hrs before the show aired. )OK now that that’s cleared up, here’s what’s happening in the neighborhood.4-29-2016 7-52-33 AM (Custom)

Congrats City Rep Sheila Hess for your story being published in Philly Current Mag4-29-2016 7-57-40 AM (Custom)

So nice Yo Yo Ma posed with unsung hero Jim Sweeney who has worked backstage with the Phila Orchestra for 25 years4-29-2016 8-01-19 AM (Custom)

Happy 50th Birthday Christopher Barlett, the unsung hero of Philly’s LGBTQ community service – The William Way Center. With him is Ernest Owens, Metro Philly columnist as well as GPhilly editor. He’s had quite a week himself as a shot of him at a Hillary Clinton rally appeared on

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Perusing Instagram I came across this very interesting photo by Tismfu of 17th and Walnut. You can tell he’s a visitor cause he called it Walnut and 17th, natives usually put the number first. 4-28-2016 10-26-46 PM (Custom)

Congrats to Mark Marek and Dilara Deger on their wedding yesterday. Mark owns the popular Rumor nightclub (Say hi to Teefish at the door when you’re there) and the sexy, speakeasy lounge 1925 (formerly G Lounge).

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Congrats to Sue Daugherty, executive director of MANNA and her girlfriend Meg Paszko on their nuptials.4-28-2016 10-29-04 PM (Custom)

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Happy Spring Awakenings to Stratus Lounge who had celebrity spinner Sam Ronson on hand, who shared time with DJ Royale keeping the dance floor packed.4-29-2016 7-51-21 AM (Custom)

Congrats to Sara Campbell who opened her new boutique in Chestnut Hill at 8409 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, PA .

Here’s a list of a few happenings you might be interested in.

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party

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Bernie Robbins Marco Bicego appearance

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Mother’s Day at Parx Casino