I had no idea January was such a big month for birthdays. My dad was an OBGYN and when I was a kid we never took vacations in August. It was big baby business then, but I would say January is reviling that month. Saturday night I headed out to the Lemon Ball (which I did a column about over on PhillyMag for tomorrow.), then went to my friend Amber Goins 30th Bday party at Hotel Monaco, then to my friend Dash’s bday party
at Smokin’ Betty’s (I had the chilli, it was delicious.) PS Please don’t take the photos off the site for at least 24 hrs. Thanks.

Happy Birthday Amber Goins here with fiance Pedro Gomes. The happy couple is taking the plunge 6/21/13.
 Paul Pereira, Licinio Ferreira, Steve Schraeffer (who just celebrated his birthday) and Miquel Santo
 Kelly Reilly, Leslie Hughes and Ali Schaeffer
 Mom and Dad with Amber. Mom and dad are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year. The parents have known each other all their lives as they grew up in houses across the street from each other. They got married when they were 19. They’re proud of their Mensa daughter, who is as beautiful as they are.

 Amber and her bridesmaids. The big day is coming up on June 23. It’s a destination wedding – where- the very tony Newport. No doubt the scene of many Great Gatby inspired and actual parties in it’s day.

Aida Sparta, Amber Goins and Allison Smith

 Hope and Becky looking stylish. I love how everyone got into the spirit of the party

 The men are equally dapper and line up to photograph the ladies as they pose. This party took place in the new Monaco Hotel Ballrooms in Old City. They’re very large, with understated grandness about them. You know how some places have a carpet that overwhelmes your photos and/or dress. Well this isn’t the place, there’s no competition for your spotlight.

 Thomasino Goins, Lillian “Nan” McAllister adn Diane Grandberry have been friends all their lives. That’s the best gift you can give yourself in this life, a trusted friend for life.

 Amber, Aida Sparta, and Allison Smith
 Gangaman style. In the background is Pedro’s mom in white.
 Anne Nickolaus and Stacey Kracher, Zarwin Baum. She wants you to come by:
Zarwin Baum Educates Landlords On the City of Philadelphia’s
New Lead-Based Paint Ordinance
-Thursday, January 17, 2013, 8:00am-10:00am-

WHERE: Zarwin Baum offices, 1818 Market Street, 13th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Michele Sampson and Ike Anyanwu

Amber told me her themed birthday was to celebrate the decadent 20’s and usher in the fabulous and flirty thirties.

Selnika Kandula from Phillyism,
Carly Greenspoon,  Kory Aversa, Aversa PR + Philly Loves Fun and
Dash Sears
Mike LaMonaca and Tim Young

Janeane Tolomeo from Phillyism, Stella Pressman from Cradles to Crayons and Natanya DiBona Co-Chair of Diner en Blanc Philadelpha

Kate Marlys, Philly Pr Girl, Ian Michael Crumm, Fashion Blogger, and Antoine Johnson, House of Talent
Shirleen Allicot, 6 ABC