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September 2011

Philadelphia

A Philadelphia Make – Over Day – Style Me Hired – A Feel Good Friday Story

Dress You Up with Our Love

Last year, Marc Voci of Marc Voci Salon and Colorbar created Style Me Hired, a make-over for women that is meant to help boost the confidence of local women that have lost their jobs due to the recession. He held his first one last December at his shop with 5 women. This year he went for gold and decided to offer a complete style transformations to 100 unemployed women; partnering with the Career Wardrobe, a charity that clothes women returning to the work force. The event is meant to help boost the confidence of local women that have lost their jobs due to the recession. (The above before photo was taken last Friday at Career Wardrobe’s Boutique at 18th and Spring Garden.)
Since July the organizers have reached out to salons across the Delaware Valley to help out with the transformations, as well as with the Omni Hotel, 4th & Chestnut, in Center City to host the event. With 100 women a large space was needed. The Omni was on board as soon as their PR rep Jami Gordon brought it to their attention. Above AJ Williams, GM Omni and Chris Laufer Director of Sales and Marketing at the Omni with Marc Voci of Marc Voci Salon and Colorbar and Sherri Cole, Career Wardrobe
Karen McGrory, Lauren Thornton, Nello Venditti, Emma Amoroso of Salon Vendi Amo, and Martiza Mercado
Other salons participating:
Partners include:

Della Brown, (Body Airbrush Company) is looking for a job in a salon
Mary Ann Paris gets styles by Nicole Wodard, Marc Voci Salon, an IT Specialist has been unemployed for about 3 months. Would love to get back into the same field.When Maryann was ready to walk the “reveal” red carpet, she looked like she was ready for the Board Room.
Angela Allen thanks the Marc Voci Salon for her make-over
Doesn’t she look great. Wait til she picks out her business suit from Career Wardrobe. The Omni gave the event the use of the Presidential Suite. Earlier this year Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez stayed there.
In the lobby of the Omni, the women were being coached on resume building
as well as tips on what to do and say in a job interview
While upstairs the make-overs continued. Marc would like to take this concept to other cities. In these trying times with so many women out of work, they need a little pampering to brighten their day, and to give them a little confidence to go back out on the street to find the job that is going to help them live a productive life. Sharon Fischer, unemployed 5 months and looking for a job in the food industry, bakery area.
Della Brown, (Body Airbrush Company) is looking for a job in a salon
Sharon Fischer getting her hair done
Beatrice Cousin is getting make-up done by Lisa Lee, Venus Salon. Unemployed for 4 months and is looking for a job in the caregiver field.
Although she looks like Drew Barrymore it’s actually Amy Vicci. Unemployed for two years, Amy would love anything in office Admin.
Ginger Jones, Tiffany Pringle, Stylist Roxanne SeignoretHendley (http://www.seignoret.com/ ) and Nikki J – The Make Up Artist
AJ Williams, GM Omni Hotel and Old City Omni Hotel PR Jami Gordon.

Emmy award winning Jim DeMarco, has been doing make-up on my favorite soap – One Life to Live; here he is touching up Sherri Cole.
Indulge Hair Salon, Shelia Gaskin, Marc Voci and Muffin Martinez
Angela Allen – The Reveal
Noel Zayas and Garden Wellington coordinate the “Reveal”
The ladies are looking fine
Katie Capelli, LA Hair Salon Unemployed 6 months in the public health field. Dori Corr, Hairs To You, unemployed 4 months in the copywriter, Joann Crowley, Hairs to You, 3 months unemployed in the human resource career, and Beatrice Cousin.
There was one man who joined with his wife in the make over. The couple are sadly both unemployed and in the banking business. David Sirkin is looking for a job in banking, risk management, financial analysis

Kathy Herman, a corporate lawyer seeking employment. Hair by Siaani Salon.
Angela Allen is overcome with her new outlook

Jacinda Scott, InDulge Hair Salon looking for housekeeping work

Marc Voci thanks everyone involved in the day, as NBC10’s LuAnn Cahn stands among the women she just introduced to the guests and media.
Can we talk about these sneakers, wow!
Dori Corr posing with LuAnn
Thank you Marc Voci, Style Me Hired, Career Wardrobe, and all the sponsors. Looking forward to covering your next events as you change peoples lives for the better.
Here’s looking at you Kid!! STYLE ME HIRED INFO

Philadelphia

THE GOOD DOG/BAD DOG GALA 10/15/11

Bring your bad dog and come party with the Pennsylvania SPCA at the Hyatt on the waterfront and enjoy four hours of open bar, late night snacks, raffle prizes, music provided by DEL, and lots of dancing — all to raise money for abused and abandoned animals in Philadelphia. Saturday, October 15th | 9pm-1am Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing Columbus Ballroom

It’s end of September BOGO time!!! Buy one single VIP ticket ($125) and get one half off ($62.50)! Single VIP tickets include VIP entry and access to the VIP lounge with private cocktail service, passed hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of lounge seating.
Buy now at www.baddogball-staceykracher.eventbrite.com or to purchase this deal with no fees, call (215) 426-6304 x227
Offer expires Friday at midnight!(sponsored post)
Philadelphia

The 18th Annual Phashion Phest at the Shops of Liberty Place – Photos

Sharon Phillips Waxman, SPW Producations, LLC executed another Phasion Phest since founding the organization 18 years ago, last week at the Shops of Liberty Place in Philadelphia. Zach Waxman, guest, Sharon Waxman and Mackenzie Waxman
When I arrived about an hour after the event had begun (I was shooting another event in the same building which I will be posting later this week.), the Phest was in full swing. This year it was held at the Shops of Liberty Place giving it the extra room to spread out and really showcase the fabulous fashion through out the space. The “runway” was a unique experience too as they used the escalators to showcase fashions from Kimberly Boutique, Macy’s, Mitchell & Ness, Nicole Miller, Scarlet Fiorella), Janice Martin Couture, Rococo – The Store for Men, South Moon Under, The Shops at Liberty Place (Ann Taylor LOFT, Express, Les Richards) and Zinman Furs.
2011 Philadelphia Daily News Sexy Single Jennifer Sherlock and Katie Spillman enjoying themselves. Bummer for the sexy singles this year as the Daily News is not throwing a party to celebrate their sexiness as they have done in the past.
Tina DeVita and Jill Waters came all the way over from Jersey after a friend told them about the advertisement I had on my blog promoting the event – Yeah! But then their friend stood them up. Maybe next year we shall meet?
Phashion Phest also highlights future fashion designers during the reception with student design displays from local colleges and universities. This year’s participants include The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design and University of Delaware. Students from The Art Institute, Divine Freeman, Designer, and Sheree Smith with models Faneisha Shaw and Alicia Hartwell, showcase their designs respectfully. The two were telling me their company name is DORK (Decent Outrageous Risky Kouture.) I asked if they bought the name yet, and they said no. I said that one is probably taken, you should buy DORKPHL and DORKINTL, and that is exactly what they did they told me the next day in a note. Look for these two designers to do fun things in the future.
Immediately following the fashion show there will be a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres from R2L Restaurant and a top-shelf open bar featuring specialty drinks from Canadian Club, Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Skinny Girl Sangria and Pucker Vodka. Guests will experience an up-close and personal look at the latest fall beauty trends with salon presentations from Heaven and Earth Salon, Panache Hair Design, Queen B, Rapunzel’s Salon + Spa, Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon, Salon l’Etoile and Salon Rouge. Accessory, cosmetic and skin care trends will also be highlighted with presentations from Aveda, Dentex, Fire & Ice and The Body Shop.
Alex Martinez and Kelli Waters, Aveda. One of the benefits of holding the event at the Shops of Liberty Place, was getting sponsors and participants from the upscale mall. Plus the convenience of the kitchens, parking, bathrooms and space.
It’s possible we might see this at the Hair of the Dog Gala in January
A great auction, where I was outbid in all my categories. (I’m currently running around trying to buy up items for my own auction for Gilda’s Club of SJ, which I will be holding 11/21/11 at Fleming’s Steak House in Marlton, NJ – Save the Date.)
Kenneth Yu and Chris Stahley find themselves in NYC shopping for fashion and living the high life, found the fashions at Phasion Phest to be intriguing. They love Rue La La too, and that’s how they heard about the event.
Nicole Pinto, KYW, Julia Bateman, KYW and Sarah Strubilla
Rue La La brought props
and a step and repeat. Rue La La’s Lauren Augsberger, Justin Fine and Allison McClellan.
Participating sponsors include Center City District, The Shops at Liberty Place, R2L Restaurant, Southern Wine and Spirits of PA, Parker and Partners Marketing Resources, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia Style, Philly2night.com, Skinny Girl Sangria, Canadian Club, Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Pucker Vodka, The Big Bus Company, Rue Philadelphia, Nestle Waters, All Event Party Rental and Eventions Productions.
Queen B with two of her models and the hair she created. Queen B just appeared on Season 2 of Hair Battle Spectacular on the Oxygen network. Her dress was done by Closet By Christobal
After the event their was a cocktail party on the 37th Floor at the R2L Restaurant which featured top-shelf open bar featuring specialty drinks from Canadian Club, Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Skinny Girl Sangria and Pucker Vodka. Guests will experience an up-close and personal look at the latest fall beauty trends with salon presentations from Heaven and Earth Salon, Panache Hair Design, Queen B, Rapunzel’s Salon + Spa, Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon, Salon l’Etoile and Salon Rouge. Accessory, cosmetic and skin care trends will also be highlighted with presentations from Aveda, Dentex, Fire & Ice and The Body Shop. I’m looking forward to Phasion Phest 18 in 2012, how about you?

Philadelphia

Sexy Playboy Playmate and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend, Kendra Wilkinson Baskett

Sexy Playboy Playmate and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend, Kendra Wilkinson Baskett stopped in Philly to sign her new book Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails, and Getting My Sexy Back
This is about the most complete sign that says I’m taking your photo biotches and you’re not getting compensated nor do I need to ask you your permission.
Kendra, Eddie and KiraCostello arrive at the signing, fashionably late at 12:50PM for the 12:30PM signing. Last year when they arrived they garaged it, meaning they went in the back through the garage. This time I was tipped off that they would be going through the front door as they would be filming for the series. I was playing my part of the paparazzi. (This shot is a bit blown out, I did get better shots but they didn’t have Eddie in them. Also I was filming at the same time. That clip might show up on Fox 29 Good Day on Friday with me chatting about what went on in the front of the house.)
When I got inside I finally saw the crowd. There was a decent amount of people, but not nearly as much as last year when the signing was held at night.
My fellow photographers were in place

When Mike Jerrick isn’t making fun of the Kardashian’s he’s doing hard hitting news like asking Kendra where is the best place you’ve had sex? Tune in today on Fox 29 Good Day to hear her answer. Also check out what she says about Michael Vick. Does she like him? How do you think he’ll respond?
First in line. Mom and daughter got there by 8AM. They watch Kendra together every week. When the little girl got up to Kendra she did the coochie dance. Kendra said it was better than hers cause ever since she’s had baby Hank, her hoochie can’t coochie much anymore.

I love this shot of Kendra posing with a young fan. Yesterday the show was being taped for her Kendra! show for E! Television on Sunday’s at 10PM
One of the nicest things about Kendra is that she talks to all her fans. She makes that personal connection, and poses with them. It must be exhausting, but she does it. That puts her in the top 5 of nicest celebrities to their fans, meaning they sign autographs and appreciate their support. #5 Kendra, #4 Lady Gaga #3 Johnny Depp, #2 Angelina Jolie #1 Tom Cruise
Paula Lisenbee and Julie Dorenbos, who is on Kendra. In fact today she taped a scene. Wanna know where & what check out my PhillyMag.com column today. I’ll also have a few other tidbits.

After the photographers were dismissed, as we get about 10 minutes of shooting time, I bought two books to get signed for my charities. I waited in line with Sean Kelly, who is a journalism major at Temple, and Paula Lisenbee, who I just met last week at the Skin Palette party (see PhillyMag.com). Paula is also engaged to Philadelphia Eagles Julian Vandervelde. OMG these two are huge Kendra fans, both were hyperventilating in line, wondered if they needed tissues to dab their tears of excitement when they met the Goddess. It didn’t matter when I told them that in the book Kendra says she hated Philly, especially because Philly peeps weren’t used to seeing a celebrity and she had become a virtually prisoner in her home because of the stares and pointed. (A little exaggerated I think.) She then went on to say she had to hire a dog walker cause she couldn’t go out anymore, ahem I recall getting Eddie’s tweet pixs of him and the dogs at Rittenhouse Square; the only thing she liked in Philly, she said, was the greasy food. Ugh Kendra really. I know Hank was screwed by the Eagles, but did you have to hate on the Philadelphian’s? Also Kendra, ducks are at Fairmount Park, Ride The Ducks are at Penns Landing. If Hank Jr was feeding the ducks, where do you think you were when you laid the blanky on the grass for a picnic?
None the less, I know people love Kendra, and I’m in the business of making lots of money for Gilda’s Club of SJ. Kendra was sweet in her message, and was engaging in conversation. Maybe she had a ghost writer who got it all wrong about Philly.

Philadelphia

Cole Hamels Fans in Malawi – Photos

GN Kang sent me a few photos from her trip to Malawi on behalf of the Hamels Foundation.“This trip has been life changing!!! My experience here in Malawi far exceeds anything I’ve done in radio for the past 8 years!!! When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be and I’ve learned so much about this world and about myself. I hope you will come with me sometime in the future!” (My note back – Sounds great, would love to go, but for now can I get a couple of tickets to the Playoffs?)
See you soon, G-N

G-N Kang
Director of Operations
The Hamels Foundation

SAVE THE DATE! Pitching Clinic for kids with Cole Hamels! November 12 & 13, 2011

The Hamels Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded by ’08 World Series MVP Pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cole Hamels and wife, Heidi. The Hamels Foundation supports inner city schools in the U.S. and has given away some of the largest public school grants in Philadelphia. It is also dedicated to helping Malawi’s one million orphans and victims of the AIDS/HIV virus. A primary school is currently underway in Malawi’s most impoverished area. *Please ask about how you can be a sponsor!