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Selfies, Signs and TShirts at 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival

Selfies, Signs and TShirts at 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival

Sunday was a winner as far as weather and certainly at the 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival.

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I was there to capture it all. I sent a few photos to media outlets, and saved these fun ones for us.

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Always great to see Holly and Collin Keefe. They just got back from a dream vacation, that I once did, which was fly into Phoenix AZ, and drive to
Las Vegas via Sedona, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. – Jackpot!

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I think Diva and Noodles enjoyed the day.

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Vanessa Beahn, Brauhaus Schmitz  and Seth Power
Vanessa tells me the 2nd annual 23rd Armory Oktoberfest over Columbus Day Weekend with 4 sessions to choose from is coming up. Already 1,000 tickets have
been sold. Get yours HERE

 

 

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This guy created a drive in theater in the boot of his car

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I had dinner at the new eatery on East Passyunk – Barcelona last night. What a gorgeous space. The staff is super friendly, and the food is delicious.

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Marlo Dilks tells me all the coins collected in the video game at Punk Burger East Passyunk will
go to American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Philadelphia Chapter. Thanks

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Hang in there Friday is only 5 days away….

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#PCCBuzz Classic Cake Coming to Center City, Business Babes, Matchmaker Heaven & Joel Embiid

Good Sunday to you. It’s going to be a beautiful day. I’ll be shooting the East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival from 1 PM til about 4PM so if you see me give me a shout and I’ll grab your photo. Earlier this week I went to Philly Style Mag Hot List Party, it was packed. Great times running into so many old friends, new friends and then there was the fashion. Friday I did a blog post on the people I saw who were stunning. Fashion has definitely evolved. I also ran into my buddy, Robert Bennett, head chef of Classic Cake.

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Here’s Robert with Emiliee Timko, working the delicious cake station at the Philly Style Mag Party. It’s always a running joke with Robert and I
whether I’m on my diet or not and am I going to have a sampling of his wares. This year I treated myself.
Congrats to Robert on his marriage to Dawn earlier this summer. Plus more great news for us Philadelphian’s as Classic Cake is
coming to Center City. Next February he is opening up a 4,000 sq ft bakery at 16th and JFK in Suburban Station, so folks living in the City
as well as commuting home can enjoy the former pastry chef at Le Bec-Fin’s delicious cakes and pastry’s. I can’t wait.

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Congrats to the ultimate Matchmaker Steve Ward, host of VH1’s Tough Love, who married long time girlfriend/fiance Madison Pard on July 22.  An established model, Madison has taken Steve’s name and is now know as Madison Ward.
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Never photo shy for his pal legendary doorman TeeFish, Joel Embiid stopped by Rumor again this week.Classic
Excited to announce that beginning this August, StreetsDept.com will begin offering monthly street art walking tours guided by me, Conrad Benner. First up, the Spring Arts/Eraserhood neighborhood, where a TON of great street art and pop-up murals are happening right now! (Get tickets.)

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The Business Babes LLC. is a professional digital marketing and online resource agency developed to assist entrepreneurs and professionals in their efforts to manage and monetize their brands. Honorees Include Berlinda Garnett, Emmy Award Winning Producer for Fox29; Deirdre Childress, Strategic Communications Manager at the Pennsylvania Convention Center; WHYY Reporter Annette John-Hall; CBS3 Anchor and Reporter Rahel Solomon; Midday Talent on WRNB FM and Operations Manager at Radio One Karen Vaughn; Tweety Elitou, Lifestyle Writer at BET & Lifestyle Editor at PYNK Magazine; Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown,Communications Manager for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown; and Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer. ClassicThe power of the internet. This dropped off of someone’s truck Friday night, and by Saturday afternoon the owner was found via this post shared nearly 5ks times.

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Philly Style Magazine’s Best of Style 2017 – The Most Fabulous Fashion

Philly Style Magazine held their annual Best of Style 2017 party last night at the Kimmel Center. The theme this year was “Around The World”.

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Over 1200 fashionable guests enjoyed food tastings from local Best of Style winners, including Little Lion (so many people wanted to know or asked me who was serving the sliders, it was them), Fine Palate (I loved how FP put all the forks in a big box ), HD1_5222 (Custom) Classic Cakes, Seasons 32 and many others while dancing the night away by CTO Entertainment, who’s been playing all the style events for over a decade.

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Lauren Colabelli wearing Alice + Olivia and John Colabelli, publisher of Philly Style Magazine

There were so many beautiful dressed attendees, many wearing the very popular neon colors, which did my heart proud. You know I don’t want to see any black during the warmer months; although there are a few exceptions to my rule. It was hard for me to narrow it down, as usual, but I chose my favorite 24 photos. Some of these outfits are good examples of what to wear to a cocktail party.

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As I made my way down Broad Street, I notice a fairly large crowd in front of the newly opened Palm restaurant. It’s back and better than ever. I really think the new Palm is going to be the new see, and be scene hot spot. A stand out in the crowd there was Francesca Ruscio looking stunning in House of CB.
HD1_5293 (Custom)Terry D’orsio and Ann Catania, Ten Pennies arrived to the party in style.

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Actress Kristen Alderson looking stunning, attended with her mom Kathy. They came up from the shore to enjoy the hottest party of the summer, as many of the other guests did as well. Check out Kristen in the latest issue of Philly Style Magazine, she fills you in on what she’s been doing since she left General Hospital.

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I caught up with Joseph Diorio with Buffy Harakidas and her former co-worker Ryann Olivia, who’s now over at Cheerleaders as Marketing Director working with another stunner in fashion – Vivian CamilleBOS17
Happy birthday earlier this summer, stunner Jill Rizen here with fashion stylist to the stars Alissa Frederico. Over the past 2 years her career has just blossomed like the Flower Wall she’s posing in front of; this morning she was live on Fox 29 chatting summer style with Jenn Frederick – down the shore!! BOS17
Seriously the best dressed couple where-ever they go, the next, if not now, Philly Power Couple.
This past year they both made big moves in their careers: LR2 Custom tux wearing Brandon M. Morrison is now the COO at PRDC Properties while his lady love Stacey Kracher, wearing Saint Laurent, is partnering with Ajay Raju on projects they will announce soon.

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Lauren Collabelli wearing Alice + Olivia and Mike Jerrick, who was styled by his friends over at Theory.
After our time at PSM Mike and I slipped out and headed to
the new eatery Maison 208 – New American Cuisine with French Undertones
It was delicious, try the duck. Sit at the bar too, friendly bartenders, plus great people watching as well
Spotted Rachel Vigoda – Eater Philly there with her NYC counterpart in town for a convention.
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Best Friends, and co workers at CBS3 – Stephanie Stahl and Jim Donovan

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Happy newlywed >> Kristin Conrad, Breakthru Beverage Pennsylvania, Greg Drey, Human Rights Campaign (is that a romper?) and Beth Lawrence, Snap Kitchen

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Trend Setters: Ellen Shepp and Joan Shepp with Emil De John, Art Institute of Philadelphia and Bette Anne De John BOS17
The Influencers: Ian Michael Crumm, Lifestyle Connoisseur,  Leah Kaufman, Founder @girlsarerad and David Yi, Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Very Good Light HD1_5205 (Custom)
Conni Alexandrian McDonnell, Touché Accessories (get your glam on for Diner en Blanc) and Youtube star daughter Anya Alexandra
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Rahel Solomon and Melody Roy, both of CBS Philly
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BOS17Feeling my age I asked Alexa Scaltrito on the right, if her outfit was inspired by Bo Derek, she never heard of Bo Derek, and our conversation circled the drain with the mention of the movie “10”. We settled on Marilyn Monroe’s famous birthday dress as possibly the inspiration for her sexy frock from Fashion Nova as her friend Ashley Gallo gave us eye popping fashion all night in House of CB.  I think these outfits are worthy of The Kate Beaver – Hair of The Dog Fashion Nod 2013 .
Later in the day when I was chatting with Rahel Solomon, she had no idea who Bo Derek was either, or that Julie Andrews ever flashed in the movie. “OMG not Mary Poppins” Rahel said. Exactly that’s why she did it….
HD1_5291 (Custom)Queen of the original barely there dress – Kate Beaver on the scene at #BOS17 with beau Scott Allison
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Michelle Shannon, Bruce Shannon, Shawn Waters and Michelle Waters
are not only styling it, but smiling it. I love their longevity of friendship. BOS17
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Bill Lloyd and Ashlee Fuglio

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Andia Kozak and Jessica Tuite, Kicking Cancer’s Butt.

Side note: Our friends at the Sandy Rollman Foundation are sad to announce the cancellation of the Sandy Sprint tomorrow.
Send them a donation today to support them in their fight against Ovarian Cancer.

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A perfect ending to the night, I ran into Marisa Magnatta and beau Robb Schneider walking hand in hand down Walnut Street. How fabulous do they look?

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A Decade of Philly Style Magazine Parties in Photos….

A Decade of Philly Style Magazine Parties in Photos….

Still celebrating PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary. The days are winding down and I still need to showcase Best Dressed of the Decade, Best Events of the Decade and ChitChat’s 10 career moments. When reviewing the photos I’ve taken over the decade I kept coming across great moments that occurred at Philly Style Magazine parties.

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Tonight is PSM’s annual hot list party, so I thought I’d list a few moments that made a difference in Philly Chit Chat’s career. Nicole Cashman has represented PSM for the decade I’ve been covering the scene, and she credentialed me for the first PSM party, after Dana Spain sold the magazine to Niche Media ushering the magazine into the next century of luxury living.

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Congrats to the man, John Collabelli who has been at the helm of Philly Style Magazine from it’s inception over a decade ago

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As I wrote in 2008, a few months after Mayor Nutter took office.

TGIF was more than that last Friday evening as Philadelphia Style Magazine kicked off the re-launching of their magazine; the party was held at CITY HALL in the courtyard, that’s right PHILADELPHIA CITY HALL COURTYARD. City Hall is now hosting events again after the long dark period of vacancy, the lights are on, the veil has been lifted, the building has been returned to its citizens. (source)

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The Philly Style Mag White Party in 2009

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Great to run into Paul Smith over the years. When I was a paralegal, he ran the copy center at Kohn Swift & Graf. Fast forward a few years and we now both own our business. Yaasss5-9-2014 6-51-23 AM (Custom)
I’ve been contributing to Philly Style Magazine for at least 5 years, more this year than every. A few years back PSM featured a shot I took of Jill Scott at the Academy Ball. What a thrill. At least 5 times a year I get a shot on this page.

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In this months magazine I have Kevin Hart.

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At many of the Philly Style Mag parties I’ve gotten great photos to place in Mike Klein’s Inqlings column, as well as fantastic stories.

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I noticed that cover shot feature Terrence Howard autographed the mock up cover backwards, and upside down. You have to look in a mirror to see what he wrote. AMAZING!!

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Todd Trego, Mrs Todd Trego or as we like to call her Editor in Chief of Philadelphia Style Magazine and Capitol, Sarah Schaffer (Her last event with PSM b4 heading to DC to run Capitol) with Lee Saunders.

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Welcome aboard Kristin Detterline, the new editor, still on board today, of Philly Style Magazine.
John Colabelli, Kerry Washington, Kristin Detterline and Jason Binns CEO of Niche Media

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Another great connection. Sharilyn Drewen Vidal and Juan Vidal always at PSM parties. Sharilyn‘s
sister is Suzanne Drewen, who I went to Wesley College with; we became fast friends and over summer break in 1982 we hung out. I introduced her to my best friends from Paul VI High School and she ended up marrying one of them. Who later forbade her from every contacting me again after I came out gay. So we didn’t chat with each other for about 2 decades. At Suz’s wedding, Bill my other bff from high school, met Suz’s other sister and got married. They’re still married today. Pretty cool.

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Molly, Elizabeth, Lisa Reisman (RIP Lisa) and Michael from the Lisa M. Reisman Gallery near Rittenhouse Square

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Monica Malpass back in the day dating Dancing With The Stars guy from South NJ who’s name escapes me.
7-27-2017 1-38-23 AM (Custom)The legendary Christopher Gabello who now lives in NYC and photographs for Interview Magazine as well as many other impressive outlets, with James Zeleniak, Punch Media PR.
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Hey girl…… Can’t wait to head out and shoot PSM’s Best of Party tonight. Check back here tomorrow for the very best dressed of

Philly Style Magazine’s Hot List Party

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T&T: Opera Phila O17 Launch, SIPS Balcony Bar at Kimmel Center, and East Passyunk Car Show Sunday

This and That:  Opera Phila O17 Launch, SIPS Balcony Bar at Kimmel Center, and East Passyunk Car Show Sunday

Earlier this month, Opera Philadelphia hosted a kickoff party to celebrate the launch of O17, an annual opera festival in September that will feature 29 performances at six different venues, over a 12-day period.

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The event also was the debut of the official 017 beer, Opera Philadelphia Ale (OPA) by Flying Fish.

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It was also the debut of the Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center, which is also a Center City Sips location Wednesdays 5 – 7 pm (TONIGHT), when drinks are as low as $3. Happy hour is also offered Thursday and Friday, 5 – 7pm. Check out the SIPS Specials, including delicious Jose Garces Fare like Half-Priced Appetizers Seasonal Pickles $5 Ricotta, Olive Tapenade, Sourdough  Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders $9 Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Bread & Butter Pickle  Meatball Sliders $10 Provolone Fondue, Pain Au Lait Roll  Black Bean Burger Sliders $9 Pickled Red Cabbage, Avocado, Thousand Island  Margherita Pizza $10 Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil  Pierogies $6 Cheddar, Ranch, Fried Pickles  Slider Trio $10 Chicken, Meatball, Black Bean. Sounds good…. Check out more photos at PhillyStyle Mag

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  • Wednesday – Friday, 5pm – 9pm

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    East Passyunk Car Show Announces Street Food Deals from Pistola’s Del Sur, Barcelona and More

    South Philly’s largest summer festival is back and bigger than ever! The 12th Annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival returns on Sunday, July 30th, from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
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    POPE – $5 food special- two hot dogs and fries, $5 drink special – Jameson Black Barrel and Cola
    * Punk Burger – $5 vegan pulled portobello slider with pulled portobello, punk sauce and vegan coke slaw, $5 Beef Caprese slider with beef, fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and balsamic glaze, $5 Cheeseburger slider with beef and American cheese
    * South Philly Bar and Grill – $5 Golden Monkey, $5 doubles IPA and $5 bar bites
    * Townsend – Porchetta sandwich and a TBD veggie option
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    “The 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival is back and bigger than ever with more space for cars, a new family fun area at the Gateway and more street food specials from our restaurants,” said EPABID Executive Director Pam Zenzola.  “Families from around the tri-state area flock to the East Passyunk to cruise the cars, enjoy live music on every block and taste authentic South Philly cooking. We are thrilled to bring back South Philly’s largest annual summer tradition!”  7-26-2017 10-37-30 AM (Custom)
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    * Mamma Maria- Italian favorites, $5 gnocchi
    * Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits and Tasting Room – $5 special cocktails
    * Marra’s – $5 meatball sandwich on a sarcones roll
    * Noord – Bitterballen (Dutch fried pork croquettes), $5 Noord punch
    * Paradiso – $5 arancini, $5 margarita and sangria

    Over 140 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles will line the five blocks between Broad and Dickinson streets. The fee for participating cars is $20 per vehicle. Registration will take place at Broad and EPA between 8:00am and 12:00pm. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Trophies will be awarded in dozens of categories, including: Top 50, Best Stock, Best Modified, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best 50’s Custom, Best Street Rod, Best Low Rider, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, and Best of Show Car and Motorcycle.  ast Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) is revving up for the 12th Annual Car Show and Street Festival on Sunday, July 30, 2017, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, on EPA between Broad and Dickinson streets.  Over 140 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles will line the Avenue, with street vendors, rack sales, kids’ activities, live music and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show in between.

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  • Wine and dine among the cars as award-winning restaurants and food trucks serve specially priced street food and summertime drinks. Admission is FREE for attendees and $20 for cars. The rain date is Sunday, August 6, 2017. For information, visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com, tweet at @epassyunkave and follow #passyunkcarshow.

(Opera Philadelphia and East Passyunk are both clients of PhillyChitChat)

 

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#PCC10 Anniversary: Favorite Tear Sheets

Hello Monday, oh wait I forgot to publish this yesterday… after a fairly awesome weekend weather wise, this is not how I want to face my Monday. So let’s chat Tear Sheets. A Tear Sheet is a press clipping of your work, it can be your client in the news, an event you produced, or for me a photo I placed or was picked up by the media. It is important you keep these tear sheets for your own records, cause it’s kinda exciting to get press, and it’s good when you’re going after your next job to show your client what you can do for them, and for me in the beginning it was good when I was credentialing myself to get into events.  It usually takes a few Tear Sheets before you would be considered legit to get access to events.

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This is one of my favorite photos and moments in my career, but I really goofed with this photo, I never submitted it to my wireservice, I was caught up in the excitement of everything. A similar photo ran in People Mag, but it was bought from the Phila Inquirer photographer, something that is nearly never done. it was taken from Sky Philadelphia.

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This was significant as it was the first time I placed Marilyn Russell in the newspaper. It was the beginning of our close friendship as well.  This was a Kory Aversa event, and he asked me to invite a few people to an event at his client Penny Ordway’s spa Eviama, and I invited Marilyn. It was also her bday and he got a cake and it became picture perfect for the Daily News.

 

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I Instagramed a shot of the sledders the year before and Cecily Tynan picked it up. It was shared thousands of times, and liked by more than 6ks people. (It was also picked up by national news as well) Every year I send her a shot like this, if it snows more than 8 inches as that’s what you need to sled on the steps.

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My first Metro Cover Story Photo. I’ve had two, then last week I was on the cover. Very exciting.

 

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I love this shot. I’m so lucky I got it as I was at the top of the steps at Penn’s Landing. I never credential myself at the Gay Pride Parade because I’m with Mike and
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Always excited to be quoted in the press

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7/31/17 will be my 6th year anniversary at Fox 29 as a contributor. I used to appear on the show weekly, but then my business got in the way. If you watch the show today
you’ll see photos of an event I photographed Monday night with Alex Holley and Jenn Frederick modeling Venus Williams tennis clothing.
I am still a contributor, as well as someone who gives them story ideas.

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There’s a million favorite tear sheets I adore, but I just wanted to show a few of them today. So bloggers if you’re blog is picked up by another blog, or the press
remember to save those tear sheets.

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#PCCBuzz The PALM is Popping, Nights In Venice Floats on Saturday, Pauly Shore, Engagements & Babies

Ohhh Good Friday, that doesn’t sound right, hmmm hey all you summer hour folks. I had no idea people had “summer hours”. I stopped by my old law firm yesterday, Kohn, Swift & Graf. No one could do lunch because of something called “summer hours” where offices dismiss on Friday at 2PM. That’s great for them, I should do that too. Hope you have an awesome weekend. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity in your support of my blog, and brand. I’m so grateful. Let’s see what’s happening to others this week. I scoured social media and this is what I have found….

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The Palm opened exactly when they said they would on July 15. I heard it was packed. Some of the folks that were spotted Saturday night were Mr. and Mrs. Rubin, who came up from the shore to be there on the first night. Others around the room were Palm affectionados Don and Renee Freedman,  Sharon Pinkenson and Joe Weiss were also there, Nino and Carol Tinari, Albert & Paul Nipon, Harvey Snider (cardiologist), Paul Rosen, Esq. & Wendy, Stephen and Sylvia Feinberg, Congrats to Owner/CEO- Wally GANZI, Paul Sandler, GM, Jonathan Blanton, Asst Mgr., all of who were there on Saturday night. Through out the week there were regulars spotted former Gov Ed Rendell, Mayor Jim Kenny and I hear Jerry Blavat has been there every night. Spotted during media night was Roberta Popito, Eddie Keels, Marilyn Johnson, Lily Williams, Emily Tharp, Al For, A.D. Amorosi, I love the new compact, intimate, dining room. It’s definitely the new and improved see and be seen scene. The bar area is great too. When they told me it was in the dining room, I thought smack dab, no it’s to the side, and there’s a half wall between the dining tables and the bar area. Definitely a great first date spot where you want to be a little intimate, while not being spotted by your exes. Food and service is excellent as always.  Thanks to Aimee Cicero, Laura Burkhardt and Daniel Briones for dining with me and helping open those enormous lobster claws.

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Right on Target: Team Derek was busy this week greeting celebrities to Philadelphia. Here he is with Pauly Shore, who’s appearing on Jul 21, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA at Helium Comedy Club. Earlier this week he greeted Johnny Mathis, who graciously signed for all the fans waiting for him.

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Delicious, lovely designed Ocean Prime has some news

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CONGRATS TO YOU

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Emmy-award winning television reporter. Surfer. Unlikely fan of Beatnik Literature. Queen of the Slipstream, Alexandria Hoff @Cbsphilly just got engaged

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Saying goodbye to our summer intern, Brandon Brooks, as he heads off to Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp next week. Go Birds!

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SATURDAY night is Night in Venice – OMG already
http://www.ocnj.us/NIV/

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FILL THE BAG LAST MONDAY IN THE MONTH at
Every Last Monday of the Month: Bag of Hope, fill a bag shopping sale! Shop our resale boutique & fill a bag with stylish, professional clothes for $40. All proceeds benefit our social enterprise! 7/31, The Wardrobe Boutique 1822 Spring Garden, 4 – 6, $40. Pictured: Executive Director Sheri Cole. Details:
http://careerwardrobe.org/news/event/bag-of-hope/?instance_id=56694

Have an awesome weekend; drive carefully and I’ll be back Sunday for our regular scheduled #PCCBuzz column and hopefully post again on Thursday and get back on schedule.
Next week I will publish the rest of #PCC10Anniversary columns and photos from the party.

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Thanks again to you all for this incredible week

http://www.metro.us/things-to-do/philadelphia/10-years-philly-chit-chat

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#PCC10thAnniversary CLIQUECAM PHOTO BOOTH SHOTS, oh so fun

Thanks to all my friends who came out to celebrate PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary. It was truly a remarkable and memorable evening. It was an invite only party, most for people I’ve photographed for 7 years or more, and friends who’s phone numbers I have in my IPhone. We raised a lot of money for the American Foundation for Suicide Awareness. I realize I forgot a few key people I adore, and I really should have reviewed the list more than once before I sent it to my extraordinary party planner Lynsie Blair Solomon. These are shots from the CLIQUECAM PHOTO BOOTH. I love what people do in the booth. Thanks so much CLIQUECAM for being our photo booth. I love them.

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Nearly 300 guest wearing tropical colors attended the event held at Aqimero at the Ritz, danced to the tunes of DJ Eddie Tulley, enjoyed cocktails from Southern Wine & Spirits, posed for illustrations by Denise Fike and in the CliqueCam photo booth. Thanks to DJ Sound & Lighting Inc for taking care of the AV and OPS for security.
Nearly 10,000 was raised for American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

And to Lynsie Blaire Solomon LLC for producing the event and putting it all together. I had did not have time as it was the Social Season, then I took the Cabot Charity Cruise and well she did it all. This was the 3rd big event she’s done for me, and I’m so glad she decided to go into the consulting business for non-profits, individuals and business strategy. THANK YOU LYNSIE BLAIRE LLC –Lynsie Blair LLC is a full service event production and non-profit consulting company.  lynsie@lynsieblair.com

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Thanks so much Michael Toub for your support from the very beginning. I tried to limit my going out to 4 times a week, but I could never keep to that schedule.
Happy 23 years of blissful coupling as of last week as well.
Friday I will post photos of the party, as if you haven’t had enough of me…..

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PhillyChitChat 10th Anniversary – The Most Outrageous Celebrity Shots of the Decade Shot in Philly

In another series celebrating PhillyChitChat’s 10th anniversary I have an entry celebrating a decade of Celebrity shots. I wear many hats as Philly Chit Chat, covering fun events, gala, store openings, and my favorite celebrities around town.

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as I mentioned in the Metro Philly paper today, Stephen Starr has a way to the celebrities hearts. He always gets them to his eateries. Here’s Gwen Stefani leaving Morimoto in Old City; she was with her entire family, but glossy mag readers really only want to see Gwen. Sometimes Klein would tip me off, sometimes someone from the eatery, in later years I would troll Social Media for chatter. This tip came from my wireservice WENN in NYC about 11PM on a Thursday night. Gwen gave it up as we say in the business – eye contact and full body fashion,

 

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Kendra Wilkinson what a phony (I read her book and tweeted such), everything she did was calculating for her brand, including her storyline. There’s no way I believe her husband cheated on her. They were in wedded bliss, which equals low ratings as it’s boring. But that didn’t stop me from photographing her every chance I got as the readers loved her and her drama. For awhile her husband Hank played for the Eagles. I got a tip that they were going to move into Two Liberty Place, which had recently become condos. I got the scoop and I sold it to In Touch Magazine for a couple hundred.

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Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro on the set of Limitless, Phila Pa;

OMG Thank you Bradley Cooper for being so hot, and from Philly and having a huge fan base here, even a girl that walks around with your stiff cardboard cut out. I read about her in the Inky. Who doesn’t want to photograph you. I remember once you were eating at Parc, there goes that Starr restaurant again. I didn’t have my long lense on me, and am always to shy, awkward to shoot someone right in their face. So nice of you to walk across the street in my direction so I could get a shot. Amazingly no one took notice cause who would have thought Bradley Cooper would be strolling through Rittenhouse Square. – This is Bradley and Robert DeNiro filming Limitless at 21st and Market on a cold, cold day/ It was about 10F. I was across the street and this time with my long lens.

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The Philly Zoo arranged for country superstar Brett Eldredge to feed a giraffe before heading to his concert at Wells Fargo. His people did not like this photo and asked that I didnt publish it in the Philly Daily News column. I gave Molly Eichel a different photo, but we did have a laugh over this one. What the heck is so bad about this shot, cat got your tongue?

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Chaka Kahn, Chaka Kahn, here she is at the Rythem Awards in Philly with legendary Radio Personality Patty Jackson. Years later we would become friends to my delight.

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Once someone sent me a photo of “sad face” Drake at the Stratus Lounge, posing at a bacherlorett party. I published it and it went viral
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Marie Osmond signing the neck of a Veteran. She asked if he was going to get a tattoo, he said no, I’m just not going to wash my neck forever.10th
Jennifer Aniston’s body guard blocking my lens so I dont get a shot of her beautiful mane as she exits El Vez. You are poor sad Jennifer Aniston, this was the day after Brad & Angie announced she was pregnant.
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Speaking of bad moods and bitchiness, Jeff Daniels, boo hoo, enjoy this smile he’s a grouchy old man. OK backstory a few years after this shot of him on the Philly shot, and forgettable movie with the lovely Lauren Graham, who I adore, Jeff came to Philly to receive an award from the PFS> He was so demanding, and bitchy and I wrote about it. Well he had the powers to be ask me to remove my complaint on PhillyChitChat of his bitcheness. Klein wrote about it in his column saying he was just grouchy from appearing on Broadway 6 days a week during that time, and he was just tired. OK fine but I had already shot him a few years earlier on this movie and he was bitchy then too. Some people are just bitchy, they should own it. Diva dude. I did remove it cause Jeff threatened to never set foot in Philly again. He never did even after I removed my entry. blah Jeff.DSC_6917 (Custom)
Oh and then there’s Kate Plus 8 – Kate Gosselin. Here she’s filming on the Art Museum Steps on a cold cold day in 2010. I remember because I took a little bit longer on my lunch hour from the law firm, the next day I was let go. I don’t blame them, I had stars in my eyes. (they did let go of all the paralegals so it might have been an economy thing, stupid. That’s a political joke and if you were around in the 90s you’d know it.) Anywho a few months earlier Kate G was at the Red Ball and I tweeted that I’d have big news on Fox 29 on Monday about her. I had no idea that was her boyfriend/bodyguard with her, had I ever watched the show I would have been all over them with shots’ no I saw her get her fortune told and grabbed a shot. She was a no photos girl that night. Well that’s what I talked about on Fox 29, but was blasted by her haters for covering up her relationship with her bodyguard. Geez people had I know I would have gotten them, that’s the money shot. The story was still good and I was able to sell it to People magazine. Kate ended up blocking me forever on Social Media. Jon Gosselin and I are now facebook friends and I report about him more often these days. 10th
Oh and how about that time I tweeted to the fans, Nicki Minaj is running late but she’ll get her shortly. She’s getting a police escort from the radio station to FYE. MS Pink then blasted me “WTF is it your business”. Followed by days of her followers blasting me, but also increasing my followings, so thanks. DSC_8757 (Custom)
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LEGENDS – Geater, Joe Frazier and Darlene Love at an after party for one of Jerry’s gatherings

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Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito on the set of ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ TV show filming in Philadelphia on June 13, 2013 – LOVE THEM SO MUCH, have never seen the show. Last year WMMR invited me to shoot them play a charity golf game. Most memorable time ever.

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Katy Perry on the Art Museum Steps – those steps have been so good to me. I got the Hotty on the Steps, the car driving down the steps, sledders on the steps, another hotty, a motorcycle on the steps….

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This is one of my favorite photos – Jack Nicholson thumbs up through a window. He was making a film with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson. So much fun shooting them.

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Jamie Fox just finishing lunch at Parc, on a cold day, but not that cold

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Backwards Film Set Fairmount Park, Phila Pa with James van Der Beek and Sarah Megan Thomas . I was able to get someone to bring him to the Best of Philly Mag party, and it was great.

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Miley Cyrus was my best shot ever. When her fiance Liam Hemsworth came to town to film, she came in tow. I greeted them at the airport after getting tipped off by my agency. It went well. The next day a diner at Capital Grille tipped me off they were there for lunch. Great shots, made People Magazine. Then I got busy with chitchat events, but I was still reciving tips on where she was eating or shopping. I sent her tweets telling her I knew she was having Italian, of Chinese or whatever she was doing. I wouldnt be shooting her at that time but later when she wasn’t enjoying alone time with the boo, maybe she’d “give me” a photo. That time came when she was recording her CD at Sigma Sound, which I knew as well. She’d be there at Meek Mills pop up concert, and I was there too. When she went to leave I followed her down the stairs and said Miley, I’m phillychitchat, she already knew and she turned around and gave me this great shot.

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Dead Man Down film set, Walnut St Phila Pa with Colin Farrell

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The only shot of Demi Moore in Philly when she was filming. She never gave it up for anyone else. I told her give me a shot and I won’t take her for the rest of the time she was in town, and I didn’t. I got lots of tips but I always honored my word. When she had dinner at Continental Grill with the whole family including Ashton Kutcher, the story appeared in People Mag with this shot taken weeks earlier as it was the only full view shot of her. Other photogs tried to get shots, but she always had her hands in her face

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at Shops of Liberty Place, Phila Pa getting a smoothie

 

This is and was always my favorite shot and celebrity moment. A reader tipped me off that Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez were in Rittenhouse Square. Well they were but when I got to Chestnut Street I heard screaming and ran towards it. I got close to Shops of Liberty Place and people just pointed towards the doors. I ran in and caught them at the Monster Smoothie counter. They asked me not to shoot them at the counter, which I complied. I said Justin where is your security guards, he had none. He wanted to be treated like a normal person he said. Well tell that to the 150 girls screaming for his love, which were surrounding him. I grabbed a Shops of Liberty security guy and said escort them out of her to their hotel, which I knew was the Rittenhouse. As they were leaving Justin gave up this shot, but said don’t follow us. OK but 150 girls will be following you, I guess that was less noticeable. I didn’t follow them. The security guard came back said he took them all the way back to the hotel, and he tipped him a $150. Selena’s probably thinking, normal, we’re not normal. I don’t want to be normal. Why aren’t they screaming my name?

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Food Porn Pixs: Ardmore Restaurant Week Kicks off Today through July 30

Ardmore Restaurant Week returns today and continues the next two weeks celebrating Ardmore’s innovative and delicious dining scene.  Join participating Ardmore establishments Monday, July 17 through Sunday, July 30, 2017 for happy hour specials or prix fixe dinner menus. Happy hour specials will be available, in general, from 5pm-7pm and will feature 25% off a selected menu.  Dinner participants will offer a prix fixe menu at either $25 or $35. Diners can expect a wide variety of cuisines and will have an opportunity to try out specialty menus created by Ardmore chefs specifically for Ardmore Restaurant Week.

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Sam’s Asian Cuisine, a newcomer to the Ardmore dining scene, has chosen to participate with an outstanding dinner menu featuring items like roti canai – a popular Malaysian crispy style pancake and curry chicken with potato dipping sauce as one of their first course offerings.  Tired Hands Fermentaria, a local favorite popular with the craft beer crowd, will feature a selection of their famous tacos during a 4pm-6pm happy hour. View restaurant offerings, detailed menus, and make reservations at www.ArdmoreRestaurantWeek.com.

 

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Happy hour specials will be available, in general, from 5pm-7pm and will feature 25% off a selected menu.  Dinner participants will offer a prix fixe menu at either $25 or $35.  View restaurant offerings, detailed menus, and make reservations at www.ArdmoreRestaurantWeek.com.

Participating restaurants for Ardmore Restaurant Week include:

*Besito (105 Coulter Ave.) –  Casual restaurant that offers the warmth of a private hacienda while offering thoughtful details & authentic Mexican cuisine

*Fuel (5 W. Lancaster Ave.) – Local chain serving organic wraps, panini & bowls, plus juices & coffee, all under 500 calories in a casual, modern space
*Hummus (18 Greenfield Ave.) – Hummus, salads, kebabs & other basic Mediterranean fare sold over the counter & without frills.

*Hunan (47 E. Lancaster Ave.) – Long-running BYOB dining place offers classic Chinese dishes in a serene setting.

*Iron Hill Brewery (60 Greenfield Ave.) – Regional brewpub chain dispensing housemade beers & elevated American comfort fare.

*Jack McShea’s (34 E. Lancaster Ave.) –  Local Public House serving craft Beers and eclectic Pub Fare

*Jason’s Toridasu (40 Rittenhouse Pl.) –  Take out restaurant with fresh made sushi and limited seating

*Local Wine & Kitchen (39 W. Lancaster Ave.) – Laid-back restaurant & wine bar serving seasonal New American fare & charcuterie in a hip setting.

*MAIDO (5 E. Lancaster Ave.) – A family-owned Japanese store that offers an eat-in food counter that serves home-style Japanese food

*Marokko (54 E. Lancaster Ave.) –  Fine-dining menu of authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine, served in a traditional setting.

*McCloskey’s Tavern (17 Cricket Ave.) –  Family-run Irish tavern offering beers & bar food in pubby environment
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* Pala’a Latin American Seafood (18 West Lancaster Avenue) – Latin American and Venezuelan seafood featuring empanadas, arepas, ceviche, paticone, house-made juices


*PokeOno (59 W. Lancaster Ave.) – Sleek fast-casual serving Hawaiian-style cubed & marinated fish & rice bowls with toppings.

*Ristorante Positano (21 W. Lancaster Ave.) – Southern Italian dishes served in a cozy setting that includes a bar & outside alley seating

*Sam’s Asian Cuisine (202 E. Lancaster Ave.) – BYOB serving authentic malaysian and japanese cuisine

*The Beer Shoppe (44 Greenfield Ave.) – Beer shop with a massive selection, including rare picks, plus a small bar serving cocktails, Chicago hot dogs, and other american classics

*The Tasting Room (8 E. Lancaster Ave.) – Quaint, 20-seat cafe offering inventive farm-to-fork recipes in small plates & family-size entrees

*Tired Hands Fermentaria (35 Cricket Terrace) – Set in a historic trolley repair shop, this brewpub serves house beers & an American menu.

“The opportunities are endless for diners to try a new restaurant or cuisine,” Vilardo said.  “This event is a great way for visitors to experience the extensive dining options available in Ardmore – we have everything from pub fare to poké!  This is a chance for us to shine a spotlight on the many dining establishments and retail businesses found throughout Downtown Ardmore.

Have a delicious July!!