Friday, October 24, 2014

Century 21 Grand Opening Photos - Via Instagram - How bout that Champagne Gal?

OMG as timing would have it I was at the U of P emergency room taking care of the infection in my leg I have been complaining about for a few weeks now. Hopefully I'm on the mend now, I am on bed rest with my elevated leg for about 5 days (but I've hired photographers to cover the 8 events I couldn't.) Seems I wasn't supposed to be working or standing for more than 3 hrs a day the last time I went through this, last week.
So I'm missing some fabulous parties, ones I looked forward to for nearly 7 months, like the Century 21 store opening.

You'll recall you read it here first over two years ago when I said the Gallery/Preit was looking to make the Gallery Mall more upscale. You laughed at me, you didn't believe that a change would be coming. Well no one is laughing anymore, Century 21 has opened up and brought a little Manhattan to the dare I say it, Sixth Borough.

Soon Bloomies may follow. I hear they no longer want to be where Burlington Coat Factory is (cause they weren't allowed to tear it down and rebuild), instead I hear they are planning to build a completely new store behind the Gallery, tentatively at 10th and Race. I recently went by to scout a location and I do see someone dug a hole there, a big hole.
Love this champagne dress. So clever.
 Back to the Century 21 opening. I loved this "Royal Flush" mob where host Sabir Peele picked out a group of stylish men of Philly and they wore red accessories wheter it was a tie, pocket square, scarf etc.
 Sad to miss friends Kristy Sevag, Justin Pizzi and Kristin Detterline.

 Philly's Photographer's were on hand to represent Al For and Big Rube Harley.

 Sorry I missed Dallas Shaw, I heard she created a signature tote bag for the occasion.
 Josh Middleton from G Philly and Ticket at Philly Mag

 Cashman & Associates did a killer job at getting the word out about Century 21. Between social media, choosing fashion influencers to travel to the NYC store to get a feel about the product, 

to  engagements with the general public through pop up shops, 

it was an impressive campaign.
Influencers: Leah Kaufman and Ian M Crumm
 Frugal Philly Mom says look this book is 2/3 off.

 I've been thinking of starting something new here on PhillyChitChat on Friday's. Fashion Friday's. I'll feature something fashionable whether it's street style, fun stylish items and an occasional interview with a person. Something I never really did, but people always ask me to do them or they ask me about people who appear on these pages. I will also feature who someone who I think wore it well, and that someone this week is
2004 Daily News Sexy Single Jill Rizen (Henning) wearing Versace she picked up at Century 21.
The next big store opening happens tomorrow and that's Timberland 
1709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8
p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We wear purple beads to say we are a survivor and we are glad to be here.

I read today of another young person who took their life, I went to their FB page and I saw the out pouring of love and shock from their friends. I wonder are we doing enough out there to tell people, kids, the depressed, that they are loved, they are wanted, they will be missed if they leave us.

 On October 5th, nearly 5,000 people walked in the memory of their loved ones who left us too soon, nearly 10 percent of them walked in honor of themselves, survivors of the negative message some of us allow to seep into our souls and cause us to think the world is a better place without us.
There was a group of Penn Students there walking for all their college peers who have committed suicide over the past few years, notably Madison Holleran who killed herself nearly a year ago by jumping off of the parking garage at 15th and Spruce.

 Participants were able to grab a pin and write their loved ones name on it and wear it proudly.

 There was a beading station where folks could create bracelets with their loved ones name on it.
 We wear beads to represent who has died, a parent, sibling, loved one or friend. We wear purple beads to say we are a survivor and we are glad to be here.

 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is pleased to honor AFSP Regional Director Patricia Gainey (below left) and AFSP Supporter Craig Robinson with Trailblazer Awards 

at its fifth annual Masquerade Ball to be held November 15, 2014. (Pax Tandon, Positive Psychology Expert leading the stretching exercises.)

AFSP Masquerade Ball

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM (PST)

King of Prussia, PA

 A young man talked of his struggles and how he is winning at life today.
 They walk in the honor of veterans, who put their lives on the line for our freedom.
 5,000 strong, from every walk of life, to tell you they care.
Catherine Siciliano (AFSP) with team leaders tell the participants who they are walking for...
 the stories that will break your heart
 and stories that will encourage you to go on.
 In the first year 25 people came to the walk, mid point they were at a thousand, now suicide awareness is out of the closet and we walk 5,000 strong.

 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Philadelphia Chapter has done an amazing job to get the word out, but there biggest asset was bringing Garden Wellington on board as PR. Tragically Garden has been touched by suicide as her brother took his life a few years ago. She passionately got behind the AFSP and has been able to raise it's profile to the point where the national board gave Philadelphia the prestigious Overnight Walk this past summer, where nearly 3,000 people came from around the world to walk 17 miles in 17 hours.