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September 2013


Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox and mascot SWOOP attend Scholastic Read & Rise kick-off at Cayuga Elementary School

In celebration
of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Philadelphia Eagles join students
at Cayuga Elementary School for a special family literacy day to
celebrate the importance of reading and supporting childhood literacy at

Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox and mascot SWOOP attend Scholastic Read & Rise kick-off at Cayuga Elementary School 

 Thanks to the NFL, every child will receive a $5 Reading
Certificate to use at the Scholastic Read & Rise Book Fair to help
them experience the joy of owning their own book to take home

mission of Scholastic Read & Rise Book Fairs is to help communities
rally behind literacy and help families foster the skills, attitudes
and behaviors that support children’s literacy development through fun,
literacy-based events. These and other activities planned for the week
of September 30 will get books into the hands of children and provide
helpful tips on ways to keep them active.

to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 is the NFL’s long-standing
commitment to health and fitness. Since the program was launched in
2007, the NFL has committed more than $250 million to youth health and
fitness through programming, grants and media time for PSAs. 


Street Scenes: Philly AIDS Thrift, QOTA Fond-ly with Jason Cichonski & Nicole Rae Styer, Breaking Bad with Tony Bruno, Robin Austin, Tony Luke Jr and Mike Jerrick

Saturday Philly AIDS Thrift celebrated 8 year. I had never been there, so I thought I would check it out.

I didn’t take photos inside cause I was lazy, but they have everything. Great stuff for Halloween too.

 Outside there was a flea market of sorts going on.
 It was a beautiful fall day, fun activities, and old friends. There’s Thom Cardwell.

 Balloon Man
 Hey Mike Jerrick, Mike Bucci wants me to tell you he’s your biggest fan. (Sunday night I saw Jerrick and told him.) Here he is with his family & Shrek.
 Love this photo with some of my favorite people. Kristyn Alrich, Michael Byrne, Kory Aversa
 Justin Bieber on South Street
 Who doesn’t love a bride and groom on Broad Street

Luna, Cory Wade Hindorff, Ann Artist, Pete Kourahanis, Rachel Simononis, and Top Cat. Clothing by Nicole Rae Styer Boutique
Nicole Rae Styer, with brother Lee Styer, chef/owner of FOND, Sam Sherman, and Mama Styer. QOTA was at the singing fountain across the street from FOND, which Lee opened on a day he is normally closed, to accommodate the monthly gathering.
Jason Cichonski and Tara Marie stopped by QOTA – Jason, as you may know is on Top Chef this season. No word on a viewing party yet for the premiere on Wednesday. It might just be a few friends at Ela at first.
Friends from high school in Kansas City. Sandy Smith and Robert Livore/ G Philly is having a great 6 word memoir project. Robert inspired Sandy’s
“You seemed asexual in high school.”

 Dash Sears
 Kathe Archibald and Rachel Roesly 

 A contestant in America’s Next Top Model Cory Wade Hindorff, 22, of Fishtown in Philly, is also a local drag queen named “Serena Starr.”

 Miss B Where and Lisa Stafano
  Fond’s chef Lee Styer;‘s pastry chef-wife, Jessie Prawlucki with treats.
 Then I headed over to Chickie & Pete’s for the Breaking Bad finale.
 Someone ordered a lobster pizza. That’s Kory’s arm on the right.
 There was a nice turn out
We were on the edge of our seats: me, Mike Jerrick, Tony Luke, Jr, Miss Robin Austin and Tony Bruno

Miss Robin Austin and Walter “Heisenberg” White lives 
(Tony Bruno wins because nobody even comes close.)



Here are the links to this weeks columns at Philly Dot Com and Philly Mag. Click on titles.


 Dianne Semingson (l) and Mayor Michael Nutter (r) with one of 2013 XIX Fashionable Women
Wendy Crawford 
Driving to the airport for her first international contract, fashion
model Wendy Crawford, at the age of 19, was struck by a drunk-driver and
was rendered a quadriplegic. Growing into womanhood with a disability,
Ms. Crawford identified a need and utilized her experiences to develop, an online magazine for women in wheelchairs. (really inspirational reads on that site.)


Knit Wit and Skai Blue Media Sip n Style cocktail party Photos

On Friday, September 20th Knit Wit and Skai Blue Media partnered
for a Sip n Style cocktail party with celebrity stylist Ade Samuel.
 Ade worked for W Magazine and Teen Vogue Magazine before branching out
to personally style celebs like Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus.  She
visited Philadelphia during the last days of summer to offer her
expertise on what’s hot for fall.  Local clothing line Lobo Mau and New
Histories jewelry had special pop-up trunk shows during the
fashion-forward event, which was part of The Philadelphia Collection
2013.  DJ Zeke Thomas, son of basketball great Isiah Thomas, was
spinning sick beats while guests sipped champagne at Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut St. in Center City Philadelphia.

 Celebrity Stylist Ade Samuel, Ann Gitter and designer Nicole Haddad
Kerry English and Katie English, Kathleen English PR, who assisted with Skai Blue Media in
organizing the party.
 Laura Camerlengo and Kevin Clemin
 Mike Rosenberg and Colby Accola
Maybe inspired by that song by Prince and Madonna that never saw the day of light
 Kate Karlsen and Debbie Peidmont

Tessa J Kennedy, New Histones Jewelery chats with students from Temple University’s FAB organization
 Caity Collins and Grace LeBron. My question of the week was “What’s A Fashion Dont?” Well Caity and Grace both say black bras under white tops, or wearing undergarments as outter garments. keep it class Philly
 Temple University’s FAB – Fashion and Business
Jakaila Mustafa, Sam Hilty, Sara Crisafulli, Tanaya Jadhan, lola Osilesi, Conor Sheehan and Vanessa Smith
 Hannan Saleh and Ayinke Hipps
 Teresa Fields and Elishia Peterson and I were trying to interpret the “Warhol is Over” shirt. I think it’s about the “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” These days you can be a star in your own life via Twitter, FB and other social media outlets. So Warhol is Over.
 Mia and Alexis love the Knit Wit experience
 DJ Zeke Thomas is making waves, tonight he’s in NYC tonight he is spinning at the Bailey House, tomorrow night he is Spinning at the Global Citizen Festival After Party. Dancing to his tunes will be Jerry
Mitchell, Tony Award Winning Choreographer and Matt Letscher from
“Scandal” and “Carrie Diaries” Become Honorary Chairpersons for 2013
Bailey House Event Featuring A Performance by American Idol’s Diana
DeGarmo and Ace Young. Making waves of her own Celebrity Stylist Ade Samuel was on hand to give the ladies at the party styling tips and tell them insider tidbits from styling Christina Aguilara and Miley Cyrus.


 Tessa J Kennedy, New Histones Jewelery and
Jay Muhlin
Check out the new fall fashion at Knit Wit 1729 Chestnut St  Philadelphia, PA 19103

Video & Info on: The 3rd Annual Harry Potter Festival is October 18th and 19th in Chestnut Hill!

Philadelphia, Pa – September 27, 2013. The Chestnut Hill Business Association (CHBA) announced

today that Germantown Ave. will transform into Hogsmeade on October 18th

Hill Harry Potter Festival. Thousands are expected to attend, many in costume. Throughout the weekend,

Chestnut Hill restaurants and retailers will offer Harry Potter fun and activities including inspired edibles

like Golden Snitches and butter beer, mazes, face painting, wand making, scary stories and fortune telling.

The 4thAnnual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament takes place on the majestic ground of Chestnut Hill College and features collegiate and community Quidditch teams from across the nation. Quidditch is a popular, semi-contact sport, played by wizards and witches in the Harry Potter novels. The Quidditch Tournament not only gives players the chance to live out the fantasy of Harry Potter, but provides enchanting entertainment to thousands of spectators. In 2011, 2,500 people attended. A complimentary Knight Bus Trolley and Chestnut Hill College Shuttle will transport Wizards and Muggles all over town, from Germantown Avenue to Chestnut Hill College.

The Opening Ceremony at the Top of the Hill Plaza on October 18th

Dumbledore kicking off the festival weekend with a pep rally for the Quidditch Tournament players from

Chestnut Hill College with costumed characters, music and fun. Also on Friday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00

p.m. Chestnut Hill will host a Harry Potter Pub Crawl; participating restaurants include Tavern on the

Hill, Iron Hill Brewery, McNally’s, Campbell’s Place, Chestnut Hill Grill, Chestnut7 and Roller’s Flying

Fish Restaurant. Advance reservations are required for the pub crawl as only 250 spots are available;

please call 215-247-6696 beginning October 8th

 beginning at 5:30 p.m. will feature

 to purchase tickets.

The Opening Ceremony at the Top of the Hill Plaza on October 18th

Dumbledore kicking off the festival weekend with a pep rally for the Quidditch Tournament players from

Chestnut Hill College with costumed characters, music and fun. Also on Friday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00

p.m. Chestnut Hill will host a Harry Potter Pub Crawl; participating restaurants include Tavern on the

Hill, Iron Hill Brewery, McNally’s, Campbell’s Place, Chestnut Hill Grill, Chestnut7 and Roller’s Flying

Fish Restaurant. Advance reservations are required for the pub crawl as only 250 spots are available;

please call 215-247-6696 beginning October 8th

 beginning at 5:30 p.m. will feature

 to purchase tickets.

For More Info on Chestnut Hill and Harry Potter Enter HERE

Tommi Studio, Salon & Spa on Chestnut Street A luxe Pop-up party with designers from Philadelphia Fashion Week – Phila Fashion Collection

Philadelphia’s ultimate Center City destination…Tommi Lifestyle Boutique has taken Philadelphia by storm. Featuring the best stylists and
photographers this city has to offer all under one roof. Tommi, it’s not
just a place, it’s a lifestyle. One stop shopping to send you off in style. Last week Tommi hosted one of the fashionable fun parties as part of the Philadelphia Collections and Philadelphia Fashion Week by FBH.

  Everett Jackson AKA DJ Hollywood, and Tommi owner of Tommi Studios at
718 Chestnut St
TOMMI is a Proud sponsor of Philadelphia Fashion Week 
  Jonathan Agudelo and Dara Boyd.
 Jessica Healey Cayoton Rep, and Alexis Vardakas of Your Chic
is Showing blog.
 Alona Koval and Richel Martinez
Radio Host  Brynn McKenry and sister Melissa McKenry. 

  Chante Brailey

Iris Buckner, Camilla Jones, Sydney Buckner, and Precious
Anjelica Veneri and Jenn Kauffman.
Eric Garder, Gail Turner, and Rodney Jon.
Ebony Powell and Onumara Opara.
Catrena Drake and Kyle Scott.
Jasmine Riles and Racquel Walton.
Amina Daniels, Jade Garner, and Alessandra Mercedes.
Carla Clarkson of The Hair Maven, and Kimberly Thompson.
Kerry Scott, Co-Founder Philly Fashion Week and Antoine Adams, Artist Mgmt., Brand & Marketing Consultant, Creative Director, I’m a Stylist,

Iris Buckner, Camilla Jones, Sydney Buckner, and Precious Mines.
Rodney Jon, make up artist and Cortisha Patrick of Tudecor Clothing Designs.

Check out these shots Tommi Studios took of Ian M Crumm recently.

Thanks to PCC Photographer Mike Hirata for shooting this event.


Young Friends of the PSPCA Fall Shopping event at Juicy Couture with Jen Utley & Leeza Garber

The PSPCA, Young Friends of the PSPCA and Juicy Couture partnered
to host an evening of shopping to raise funds for the organization.

PSPCA board member Jennifer Utley was on hand to talk animals, shop,
and enjoy refreshments and music with guests! (Jen told me she just got back from London Fashion Week, and unfortunately had to miss the honor bestowed on Chase Utley last week at CBP recognizing his community contributions.)

Christina Gibson, Francine Puro, both of Juicy Couture, Jen Utley, Board
Member of PSPCA and Elise Garber, chair of the Young Friends at the
The evening was catered by Center City’s Pure Fare 119 S 21st St  Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Pennsylvania SPCA is gearing up for a celebration — the Bark & Whine on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Fairmount
Park’s spectacular Horticulture Center. Our signature fundraising event,
the Bark & Whine, raises funds to support critical lifesaving
programs including: Humane Law Enforcement, adoptions, low-cost
veterinary care, spay/neuter, vaccinations, animal behavior
rehabilitation and more.
Katie Spilman, Francine Puro, Lynne Miller, and Liesl DeVito all from Juicy Couture
Christopher Werley and Wendy Wilhelm
Anna Rogalla, Christina Pnsara, Luthfi Ya all of Pure Fare
Nicole Marquis, Hip City Veg tells me that the West Philly location will be opening in about 2 weeks
Calvin Woodruff, Cato Wheeler and Sarah Woodruff
Eric O’Neil and Haley Thompson (I like how their outfits compliment each other.)
Conor and Leopold serving Juicygria
Mike, Falynn, Marlee and Brian at the PSPCA, Young Friends of the PSPCA
and Juicy Couture hosted a night of Fall Shopping with Jen Utley on
September 20, 2013.
Louis and Kirra Guard  ( I wonder if they ever made it to Hopsing Laundry?)

Looking stylish Catiana Ferguson
As her friend Jasmine Reed checks out the bling on the Juicy table

From September 1 through October 31, Republic Bank is dedicating their
Magic Money coin-counting machines to the Pennsylvania SPCA to raise
money for animals in need.  Anyone (you do not have to be a bank patron)
can stop by one of the 11 participating bank branches with a bucket or
handful of change to drop into the machine to be counted. Participants
can then have the option to deposit all or a portion of their funds into
a special Pennsylvania SPCA account. All of the funds raised will
support the lifesaving programs and services of the Pennsylvania SPCA
including humane law enforcement, animal adoption and lifesaving
services, low-cost veterinary clinics and its shelter hospital.

Yakima Bilalwas ringing up sales all night at Juicy Couture, where a portion of the sales went to the Pennsylvania SPCA

 Nicole Marquis, Guest, Leeza Garber at the PSPCA Leeza tells me that the Young Friends will be hosting more of these fun events, to raise awareness and funds for the pets we all adore.Thanks to Jennifer Green and Sara Loquasto who are also on the Board of the
Young Friends of the PSPCA, for their help in planning this project.

“Cakes, Couture and Champagne” at Saks Fifth Avenue with Whipped Bakeshop

Last week, food and fashion collided at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. Philly-based Whipped Bakeshop teamed up with French fashion house Courrèges for “Cakes, Couture and Champagne,” a unique evening that paired the art of confections with the art of couture.

Reinhard Agency Models with Margot Christmann of
Courreges (center)
The unveiling of Whipped Bakeshop’s new 2014 cakes and a first look at
the Courreges fall collection, which is exclusive to Saks, was a sweet, fashionable event. (Everything old is new again as it’s a
revival of a mod brand that was big in the 1950s, 60s and 70s)
Janice Farmer, Shenine Farmer, and and the tiara wearing Dionne Richardson.

 Whipped unveiled its first-ever collection of cakes, cookies and sweets against a backdrop of the all-new retro chic line from Courrèges, a Saks exclusive launching this fall. André Courrèges is a dress designer who first made a reputation in the Parisian fashion world of the 1960s for futuristic, youth-oriented styles, and the mod line is now carried at the Bala Cynwyd store.
  Ann Torockio and Roger Estes.
 Charles Paloux, Nicole Paloux, and Margot Christmann of
 Donna O’Brien, Alain Flembert, and Michelle Nguyen.

 Whipped unveiled its first-ever collection of cakes, cookies and sweets
against a backdrop of the all-new retro chic line from Courrèges, a
Saks exclusive launching this fall.

 Reinhard Agency Models; Veronica, Sydney Brunk, and Jocelyn Kenner.
André Courrèges is a dress designer
who first made a reputation in the Parisian fashion world of the 1960s
for futuristic, youth-oriented styles, and the mod line is now carried
at the Bala Cynwyd store.
 Brennen Lukas and Zoe Lukas.
 Jim Daley and Kelli Walters. 

 Matt Vlahos and Jimmy Contreras both of Vlahos PR
 Cakes and Shoes.
  Stephanie Berliner and Natalie Diener.

The Blackberry Dot cake – one of eight in the #CakeFashion collection – was inspired by Courrèges’ signature white-and-white butterfly sleeve dress, which was used in a fashion shoot for the lookbook and invitation materials. The Floral cake, with its colorful bouquet of red, pink and orange daisies, also featured prominently in collection materials.

  George and Liz Bieber.
 Ann Wilson and her daughter Charlotte.
 Charles Paloux, Nicole Paloux, and Margot Christmann of Courreges.

Matt Vlahos and  Jesse Cohen .
Whipped’s collection for 2014 was presented similar to a designer’s clothing collection, with the line unveiled all at once with a presentation, models and a lookbook – a copy of which we’ve included.
Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting this event.

JOAN SHEPP LANDS AT THE SHOPS AT LIBERTY PLACE, but that is not the end of the story.

Last week I tweeted about waiting to break some news, but it involved an advertiser/client of mine.

Finally I can state what Elizabeth Wellington tweeted earlier today, and that is Joan Shepp, who was sadly forced out of her home at 1616 Walnut Street because of higher rent, has found a landing place, temporarily, Ellen Shepp tells me.

The Shops at Liberty Place was so not on my radar for Joan Shepp as I set out a year ago to help find a home for Shepp when she first asked me to get the word out that she was looking for a place. I wrote it in my Philly Mag column, but it got little traction, I guess everyone was looking at the photos. Last winter I ran into Shepp and she asked me again to help her get the story out as they had to be out by the end of September 2013.  I gave it to Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo to write, and then it got everyone’s attention.

Joan Shepp Closing Walnut Street Boutique

“We’re definitely not wanted here.”

The 71-year-old Shepp explains that the building recently sold and
that the new landlord wants her out. “They’re making apartments
upstairs, and they want a chain store downstairs,” she says. “They’re
not really concerned about who it is. They just want to get the highest
rent, and they’ll give the space to whoever is going to pay them the
most.” Shepp’s lease is up in September [2013], and she has started looking for a
new location, although comparable real estate options in Rittenhouse are

Last week at least three people tipped me off to her new location. I asked my peeps at Shops of Liberty Place and received a no comment. Last night when I saw Elizabeth at the Nicole Miller XIX Most Fashionable Women (which I will be writing about in Philly Mag today) she told me about the temp move, I was like oh bummer, it got out before I got the Shepp go ahead, oh well.

The “pop up place” is the old Cameo Swimsuit space (near Westin hotel entrance, it’s right in the Rotunda), This space used to house Philly Sports Cave store (BTW I named that store, it used to be called Philly Man Cave and I successfully convinced them to change it.), which can be found on the 2nd level now. Shepp tells me that the store on Walnut Street will close today through Thursday. Then open with a splash on Friday or Saturday.

You’ll recall when Philly Sports Cave first moved into the shops it was in the place where 
Kiehl’s is now located. Remember when Kiehl’s was pushed off Walnut Street and moved to the Shops at Liberty Place temporarily, guess what it’s no longer a temp space as they’ve extended their contract.
Dear Joan Shepp
 There’s a lovely space on the 2nd floor
Which used to house a clothing store. It has a long hallway with large windows for your magnificent displays.
An entrance to the upscale mall, and parking garage.
The other entrance leads to 17th and Chestnut Street, with it’s large windows. It’s right there at the beginning of what I’ve dubbed Philly’s New Fashion Row – Chestnut Street from 17th to 19th Streets. Plus the door is only steps away from Rittenhouse Square and around the corner from 1616 Walnut Street.


Let’s not forget that in August I heard & blogged that Joan Shepp was going to the Witherspoon Building at Juniper and Walnut. I tweeted hints for weeks as I waited for a go ahead, but then blogger Laura Goldman tweeted it, after hearing about it from someone at the store. 
So just like this entry, I had already shot the place and hit published as soon as I read that tidbit. But something fell through, I heard, or did it? Cause the other day I went by and they started to to demo on the building that has been dormant for years.
 So we shall see

By the way Phasion Phest is on Wednesday. You can still get tickets. Can you imagine the awesome fashion shows Joan Shepp could have in the Rotunda. Plus there is great catering on the premise? I think it’s a no brainer where she should go.

Zarwin Baum Networking Cocktail Party Plus Info On how you can play Poker with Kacie McDonnell, Heather Mitts +++

Every year the law firm of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. hosts a great networking cocktail party consisting of business and political leaders in Philadelphia.

 This year the crowds were so numerous that the check in desk was in the lobby of their building at 1818 Market Street. Stacey Kracher, Director of Marketing for the firm (center)
Shareholders Ted Schaer, Mitchell Kaplan and Darwin R. Beauvais with Council President Darrell L. Clarke
 Jonathan McSurdy of First Niagara Private Client Services and Norman P. Zarwin, co-founder and shareholder of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C.
 Shariff Street, Attorney at Zarwin Baum,  Aida Sparta, and Leonard Hill
Ted Schaer, shareholder with Harriet Lessy
 Harris Baum, co-founder of Zarwin Baum with Judith Robinson (who’s my biggest fan she says watching me on Fox 29’s Good Day. Hi Shenielle and Mike, she says!!)
Councilmen James Kenney, and Mark Squilla with Mitchell S. Kaplan Zarwin Baum managing shareholder.
 Chris Walski and Councilman David Oh
 Gary DeVito, shareholder, greets the guests. Zarwin Baum hosts these networking events several times a year, and often includes a charitable component. Zarwin’s annual March Madness networking event has raised over $90,000 for Philabundance over the past 3 years.
 Ray Pennacchia, Senior Vice President at NovaCare Rehabilitation and councilwoman Marian Tasco
 Herb Reid, Ashley Reid and Krishna Bhavsar
Carmina Mundi and Harvey Spear


 Jane Goce and Don Pak, Zarwin Baum
 Sen Larry Farnese has joined the Zarwin Baum firm as of counsel.
 Cassie Hines, Event Coordinator at Davio’s Philadelphia (Have you been by to try their Orange Olive Oil Cake) and Adriane Domanski, Senior Consultant at DAK Associates
Stacey Kracher,  Fatima Peters, Chima Steakhouse, and Aida Sparta
 Judith Robinson and Jeffrey Young

  Up next for Zarwin Baum:

Media personalities and former athletes roll the dice for Easter Seals
at the 2nd Annual Celebrity Casino Night,
presented by Zarwin Baum and Citrin Cooperman

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 5:30-8:30p.m., Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. and Citrin Cooperman partner to host the 2nd
Annual Celebrity Casino Night, benefiting Easter Seals of Southeastern
Pennsylvania, and taking place at the Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn
Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
complimentary drinks and delectable bites, guests will gather around
the roulette wheel or play a few friendly games of Texas Hold’em with
three-time Olympic gold medalist soccer player Heather Mitts, Bravo’s
Top Chef finalist and celebrity chef Jennifer Carroll, current 610WIP
on-air personality and former Philadelphia Eagle Mike Quick, former
Philadelphia Eagle Mike Mamula, comedian Joe Conklin, Philadelphia
District Attorney Seth Williams, PA State Senator Larry Farnese, NBC10
Sports Anchor John Clark, FOX29 Good Day Philadelphia anchor Mike
Jerrick and traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell, 93.3WMMR producer Marisa
Magnatta, Comcast Network on-air hosts Arthur Fennell and Lynn Doyle,
Comcast Sports Network analyst Ben Davis, and Philadelphia Flyers game
announcer Lou Nolan. When a break from the tables is needed, guests can
head over to the cigar room for a relaxing stogie, or hop into the photo
booth for a few fun shots.