Happy New Year’s, every time I go to write my year end message, I realize I’m going to need more time than I currently have. Here are a few of my favorite photos, events and fashionable people. I’ve also included a few of my fav “celeb” photos, many of which ran in Molly Eichel’s popular Philly Gossip column, some ran in national glossy fan mags.
I am so privileged to live in the City I always dreamed to live in when I grew up in Cherry Hill. Sure it’s just over the bridge, but it was a lifetime away.
I’m so glad to have gotten to know Atlantic City. It’s sad to see so many people lose their jobs. This is from Harrah’s looking towards Brigantine.
I love this shot, it really tells the whole story about the newly restored chaplain’s murals at Eastern State Penitentiary. Here’s the restoration artist describing the process to one of the supporters.
I instagramed this photo of a wedding at Rittenhouse Sq last January.
Ryan Gagnon and Katie English look fabulous.
Friends Leah Kauffman and Lexie Norcross looking steller at the Academy Ball last January. I love their power red glam look, exuding confidence to take on the world. Leah is wearing the cutest gold bracelets, and Lexie is wearing the cutest gold shoes.
Speaking of uniquely, this brother and sister duo Jim Magnatta and Marisa Magnatta at the Best of Philly Mag party held at the equally unique venue Citizen Bank Park in the concourse.
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Gala at the National Museum of American Jewish History
to benefit the KIPP Philadelphia Schools (I think they were in character and that’s why they’re not smiling.)
Sidney and Caroline Kimmel
– glamorous, philanthropic and the nicest people.
A photo I took of Jill Scott appeared full page in Philly Style Magazine. She was the headliner at the Academy Ball last February.
Wendy stopped by Fox 29
Jeremy Maclin invited me to his birthday party.
Thom Nickels included me in his Center City Philadelphia Legends book. Here he is with Carol Saline, author of the very popular book series on Sisters, plus long time editor of Philadelphia Magazine in the 1970s.
One of my favorite photos of the year, when Jon Bon Jovi greets Paul Anka at a private meet and greet at the Marian Anderson Gala in November. Looking on Caroline and Sidney Kimmel.
Country singer Brett Eldridge feeding a giraffe at the Philadelphia Zoo
Flyers practice for their turn on the Harlem Globetrotters game at Wells Fargo
I’ll miss Jimmy and Johari Rollins, here they are at the best event of 2014 –
The Rollins Foundation Bollywood Nights held at the Union League last May. It was here that Jen Utley said to me, HughE I’m not fat, I’m pregnant. I broke that story on twitter, and my blog and it made news all the way to the Daily Mail in the UK.
Viola Davis on the hugely popular hit “How To Get Away With Murder.” They filmed the pilot here in Philly, but she had it written in her contract that if the show was picked up they’d move the filming to LA. Blah girl.
Nicki Minaj leaving the Ritz Carlton and waving to the waiting fans. (If you do this right you can time just when the celebs will leave their hotel. I was there for 15 minutes before she left for rehearsal at 3PM at the Four Season’s (the July 4th rehearsal is always held the day before at that time for the past 5 years.) Now that that hotel is closing, it’s going to through off my timing.
Opera on the Square. What a great event. It happens annually and you should go. It’s free.
Connor Barwin delivers Geno’s Cheesesteaks to Uber Philly Contest Winners.
Project Runway Dom Streater and Cory Wade
at InLiquid at Crane Arts. It’s happening again this year on February 7.
Dom’s outfit would be perfect for the Lemon Ball on 1/10/15
Terry Buckman and Amy Buckman at the Eighth Annual Lemon Ball. Every year I look forward to seeing them, and seeing what they would wear. It was always fashionable and classy.
Chip Roman presents Chef Georges Perrier with the last known bottle of Perrier Champagne which the Chef had bottled when he owned Le Bec Fin. Avance carried the champagne and on the last night before they went out of business, Chip Roman and Kevin Sbraga bought the bottle, which sold for $275 (at the Chef Al Paris Organizes Six Chef Collaboration at Paris Bistro to Celebrate Chef Georges Perrier’s Illustrious Career and Benefit the James Beard Foundation.)
Terrell Owens continues his comeback. First he gets roasted in Philly, then he gives an amazing behind the scenes chat at the Thuzio Dinner and now you can watch him on Celebrity Apprentice beginning on Monday.
The Hair of The Dog, is a decadent prom, new year’s eve that keeps the party going in the slow month of January. It’s always a lot over the top. 1/17/15 at the Crystal Tea Room – Party Like It’s 2015
Katie Perry wears peperoni – She told the sold out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center she’d be running down the Rocky Steps, and she did. At the bottom she was greeted by hundreds of fans.
Seriously the best dish, dessert in the City. Ice cream sushi at Sampan.
Mary Dougherty’s (2nd from right) Nicole Miller (L) stores celebrate 20 years in Philadelphia. She had a grand party and Philadelphia gave her the highest honor, The Philadelphia Bowl. First Lady Lisa Nutter and Melanie Johnson (r).
Thanks to you, my readers for your support. You’ve allowed me to chronicle Philadelphia for the past 4 years as my full time job. This year was the best year. I celebrated 3 years with Philadelphia Magazine, Fox 29 and 2 years with Philly.com; Nearly every media outlet has carried my photos or used story ideas either via the blog or that I’ve tweeted or instagramed, and they gave me credit linking the Social Media. All the major networks come to me for my expert opinion on celebrities and society and that’s been fun to participate in. This job is a dream come true.
Thanks to my admins – Janine DeFeo and Crista Bateman, but most of all to my partner, husband Mike Toub who gives me unconditional love and support on this crazy ride. (Thanks to Kory Aversa for this photograph, and for his friendship.)