Friday, September 23, 2011

Free To Good Home - Did I Take Your Photo Check here

Once every season or so, I have a moment to create these giveaways. Here they are.

Pin-ups and Pit Bulls Charity Event in Collingswood NJ

Recently I traveled over the bridge to hang out in Collingswood, NJ to visit my old stomping grounds cause I heard the City had gotten hip and happening.

It's reputation had preceeded it and I saw lots of cute shops, artsy stores, lighted trees and what looked to be a real Main Street USA. Specifically that night I stopped by
Alison Hunt's Zuzu, which is a custom, sells hand-made jewelery, at 577 Haddon Avenue (L), with friend Elizabeth Doherty.
Deirdre "Little Darling" Franklin, President of Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc with Ashley Brooks, who is on the Animal Planet show "Pit Boss", and was making a special appearance.
Nicola Black and Todd Charlton
Lorraine Sporer and Jimmy Cahill
These shirts say "Punish the Deed, Not The Breed"
There was an art auction to raise money too
and other guest appearances. Check me out of Fox 29 today at 9:20AM. Thank you and big hugs to my Advertisers - CTO Entertainment, Secrets Limo's, Del Frisco's, Chris Gabello, Anne Nikolaus, RECESS, Phasion Phest, (Which is Wed 9/21), Chambord, According to Sherman, Skin Palette (Mention PCC for 25% off your first Spray Tan) Bellevue Sporting Club and the American Cancer Society, Have A Good Weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

3 Nerds Invite You To the Banging VIP Party Style Brunch at Vlanni Social

On behalf of the 3 Nerds, it is my pleasure to invite you to our re-launch of Reservation: Weekly VIP Party Style Brunch this Saturday afternoon at Valanni Social. The festivities kick off at 2pm and will go until 6pm

RSVP & Info Updates

Joan Shepp Ushers in Another Season of High Fashion, Twitter & Philadelphia Street Chic

Last Friday night folks were clamoring to get into one of the seasons most anticipated invite only parties held during The Philadelphia Collection - The Joan Shepp soiree.

Joan Shepp is an innovator, a trail blazer and one of the folks that can be tied back to the revitalization of shopping downtown Center City when she opened her boutique on Walnut St some 12 years ago. (She had a shop on the Mainline, then Elkins Park, finally bringing it all downtown in 1999.) Above: Joan Shepp with jeweler John Wind. I think both of their biggest client is Lynsie Solomon who is a walking Shepp/Wind testament to their good taste.
What’s most impressive of the clothing that Joan Shepp offers is that in addition to high-end designers, there are also offers high-quality basics—from traditional black trousers and the perfect little black dress to the most fabulous shoes, handbags, scarves and accessories, including being one of two stores that carries John Wind jewelery. Her shop is internationally known and most often when a celebrity, notable or tourist swings by Philadelphia, a stop at her store is on their itinerary.
I never miss the opportunity to photograph a Joan Shepp party. The guests range from the well heeled, to the student, to the chic to the I'm looking for a style and H&M is just not cutting it for me. Every women should have one beautiful piece of clothing to begin their collection, one pair of shoes that says I know what I'm doing, and I'm doing it with style. One of the nicest touches of shopping at Joan Shepp is the quality of service you will receive. From the moment you walk in, until the end of your shopping experience. I know first hand. I brought my mom in for a quick shop earlier that day, and after the initial greeting, which we acknowledge that we were just looking, the assistant allowed us to peruse the store without a bother until we asked a specific question, at which point she showed us several examples of fine quality items at various price points. Mom was looking for something more summery, as you may know she's moving South Sunday and will no longer need mid-Atlantic weather clothing; the sales women was willing to go to the basement and see if they had anything there since Fall and Winter was currently on display. Two of her sales associates Elaine and Marlene flank a model.

Hats (Mia Colona)
scarves (Philadelphia Street Chic at it's best)
and smiles is what I always find at Joan Shepp. I love little Ava's style. She's starting off on the right foot.
So it's not hard to believe that nearly everyone who received an invite came out to support Joan and Ellen Shepp, and catch the latest stylesStyles by dressmaker Irina Sigal on right, with friend Ann FooteIrina Sigal design (note the peeps clamoring for a peek outside?)
Philadelphia Style Publisher John Colabelli and fiance Lauren O'Dorisio
I was enjoying all the different kinds of shoes that walked into the party
and styles, which ran the gamut of high style, to business attire to personal style. It's all personal style but I love to see a mix and match of elements of style like the lady in yellow, who is knows all too well what looks fabulous and isn't afraid to be fashion forward.
I love a guy in a leather bomber (Alexander Oliver Hustin), clean cut hair and women who wear clothes that fit (Ilana Waber). I ran into Sheryl Lee Ralph this week, and she knows a thing about fashion. She told me if the clothes don't look right on you, then take them off. I say, of course you need to have honest friends who will tell you, because sometimes people think they look fine, when in reality they look a mess and no one tells them and they end up in a twitter pix by me cause well I just want my readers to tell me if I'm wrong. I wanna know what good style is too, and am educating myself. ( I tweeted something like that that evening, and some person who follows me thought I meant Joan Shepp's fashions were blah, and ran back to tell her. [Really, what's that about. Maybe had she shown Joan the tweet that person's reading comprehension might have been better?] Of course Joan Shepp found it hard to believe that I would say that about her or her store, and she was right. I was speaking about people, and specifically someone at the party. I think it's always good to have a trusted stylist, friend or sales person help you in these cases. And of course when a handful of people say to you "You look great!" Well you just might be style talented in your own right and won't show up on The Fashion Police Show.) You can follow me on Twitter @iPhillyChitChat
Blaire Baron and Alyse Bodine
Remy Berger and Alexandra Calukovic. Alexandra just celebrated her bday, and signed up for more classes at Koresh, which I hear is a kick butt class and enjoyable.
Heather Baumgardner, Elaine Grabar, Patricia Benitez, Jamie Reibenbach, Aly Green, Biana DeMarco, Dana Farrell,
Michelle Davis and Kenneth Granderson
The end. Two more days of the Fashion Collection. I thought it was TERRIFIC. I don't think I'll ever go back to Spring NYFW cause there's a whole bunch of fun fashion events right here in Philadelphia in September. _ You can follow me on Twitter

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Maria Papadakis' Speech at the dedication of the Papadakis Integrated Science Building on Drexel Campus

Maria Papadakis gave the most amazing speech last night at the dedication of the Papadakis Integrated Science Building

Check out my photos on Philly Mag

Unveiled Philadelphia Reveals a Beautiful Line of Wedding Dresses at Fashion Show

Nestled on beautiful Washington Square, sits an ornate bridal shop named Unveiled Philadelphia. Owned by Frannie and Michael Erace, the new shop specializes in intimate, one-on-one professional attention in a comfortable, friendly space and houses couture wedding gowns, headpieces, veils, and accessories from designer names like Lusan Mandongas, Anais Collezioni, Katerina Bocci, and Angel Rivera.
Last Sunday Unveiled Philadelphia held a bridal fashion show at Cescaphe Ballroom in Northern Liberties. Special guest appearances by world renowned designers, Katerina Bocci and Angel Rivera.
Opening the show was the beautiful, detailed Tika dress from Katerina Bocci, its available to try on until this Friday at Unveiled. Most of the other dresses are there all the time, but that one was flown in just for the show.
Katerina Bocci and her beautiful designs. Unique and beautiful wedding gowns, veils and accessories…unlike anything you’ve ever seen in Philly before! - Jimmy Contreras
Angel Rivera and one of his beautiful wedding dresses. Wilhelmina Philadelphia models with hair by the Robert Buckley Salon and makeup by Carie Brescia.
back stage the accessories are ready for placement
The front row was packed with folks from the media (Alana Tosti, Philadelphia Wedding and Brooke Sigmon), industry andbrides to be. Charlotte Scornaienchi and Andrew Erace who are taking the plunge in April.
Devyn Braver, Tami Braver, Joy Eglin and Madeline Quintiliana
Tiffany Brower, Celeste Abrahams and Carie Brescia
Heather Turnbach and Will Ball, Wilhelmina Philadelphia
Frannie Erace prepares one of the models for the runway

I like the versatility of this dress.
I love this dress - the event was spectacular, entertaining and

even included pyrotechnics.
To see these and many other beautiful gowns at Unveiled Philadelphia contact:

The Offices at the St. James
200 West Washington Square
Courtyard Entrance
2nd Floor, Suite 250
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Jimmy Contreras, Vlahos Pr, Angel Rivera, Designer, Michael and Frannie Erace, Katerina Bocci, Designer, and Matthew Vlahos, Vlahos Pr
This is an official event of The Philadelphia Collection. Which ends this Saturday. Check out tonight's Phasion Phest, $50 The kick off of FBH at Kimmel Center (invite only), and Thursday is the Rittenhouse Row Fashion Show. $35

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monaco Hotel Breaks Ground In Old City - A Rooftop Bar With Unobstucted Views

Philadelphia was abuzz when it was announced that Kimpton's had acquired Philadelphia’s historic Lafayette Building on Independence Mall with plans to convert the 11-story office building into a 271-room, four-star Hotel Monaco. Built in 1906, the Lafayette Building is located directly across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and once housed a favorite lunchtime eatery called Benny's. This will be Kimpton's 2nd property in the City where they've taken a empty office building and converted it into a hotel. The first property is the Hotel Palomar located at 17th and Samson Streets. The guests visiting the site were given a choice of wearing a Phillies hardhat or an Eagles hardhat. Above: James Cuorato – President & CEO - Independence Visitors Center, Michael Rosenzweig – President & CEO - National Museum of American Jewish History, Amy Needle – President & CEO - Historic Philadelphia

Last week VIPs, hospitality peeps and the media were invited out to the site for the "Official Ground Breaking" to kick off the start of the progression towards completion. When Mayor Michael Nutter rolled in he was given a choice between the two hardhats. He told the guys I can not choose, I love both teams. He opted to wear the Intech construction company hardhat.
Amy Needle and Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, greet the mayor.Brett Coppol and Kristina Jenkins from Where Magazine see a lot of potential in the future.
Nick Gregory, General Manager Hotel Palomar Philadelphia - Director of
Operations at Kimpton Hotels, greets the guests in what will be the lobby of the Monaco Hotel.
A few of the guests that gathered to hear about Monaco Hotel, the first hotel built in Old City since the 2000 Hyatt at Penns Landing.
The hotel is anticipated to open in the summer of 2012, with 268 guest rooms, and will feature 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a 3,200 square foot ballroom overlooking Independence Mall, a restaurant, and a rooftop bar overlooking the most historic block in the country.
The honorable Mayor Nutter and Kimpton's President and COO, Niki Leondakis do the honors at the ground breaking of the new Monaco Hotel in Old City. I can't wait for the rooftop bar with the unobstructed views of Independence Hall and the City skyline. “check in regularly with Monaco Hotel Philadelphia on Facebook for contests, prizes and more in our Spot The Monacans” (ie mannequins) Spot the Monacans around town and you can be eligible to win a variety of prizes.

Here’s a link to the Facebook Page to find hints about where the Monacans can be spotted in the future, around center City:

And the QR Code