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January 2018


The Philly Auto Show Rolls Into Town with their Annual Tail Gate Gala

The Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP), owner and producer of the Philadelphia Auto Show, is proud to announce a new Opening Weekend attendance record. With a combined 85,925 people in attendance on Saturday and Sunday, the event’s 2018 Opening Weekend will enter its 117-year-old record books as the largest ever.


Single-day attendance records were also set on Opening Saturday, which hosted 42,509 people and on Opening Sunday, which welcomed 43,416 individuals.

On Friday night the Annual Tail Gate Gala was held, breaking attendance records, the gala also raised a record breaking amount of money to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania Nursing Department.

Many nurses were on hand and had a great time

Later in the evening, they headed to the grand ballroom to enjoy dessert and dance to tunes by Philly party band, Jellyroll. The Philadelphia Auto Show runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 4, 2018.

Madeline Bell President and Chief Executive Officer of CHOP
The line for Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa Giudice who appeared on behalf of Comcast Spotlight

Brandi Brockman and Sharrie Williams, 6ABC

Being sketched by Denise Fike, Fashion Illustrator

Hot cars Hot Fashion

World Renowed EDM artist Ro-Mina and Roman Ovrutsky
ROMiNA, a Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter, is best known for her critically acclaimed EDM single, “Insane“. The track climbed up the Billboard Dance Club chart to number 13, remaining in the Top 25 for more than five weeks. The music video for her song “Queen of the Night has over 1 million views on YouTube.

Velvet is happening

Harris Bock for the win with those pants
Super sexy with serious nail action, singer Briana Layfied

The Philly Auto Show runs through February 4


The Best Dressed of the 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball

The 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball was celebrated Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Academy of Music and Hyatt at the Bellevue. A sold out crowd enjoyed a pre cocktail party, a spectacular concert by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra along with special guest Steve Martin, before making the iconic walk up Broad Street to the Bellevue for dinner, dancing and fun. The Anniversary Ball is a White Tie event, with a very strict dress code with no room for interpretation. Even the photographers who shoot the event are required to adhere by the dress code of White Tie and full length gowns. That being said, lets see who the stand outs of the evening were as decided by a PhillyChitChat panel. Funds from the gala go to the restoration fund for the Academy of Music building

Marilyn Russell, WOGL in a stunning glittery gown was my date for the evening.

Dr. Lynn G. Dever, MD and Jim Dever, Bank of America’s Philadelphia market president. Bows were big this year!!

Amazing mother daughter fashionista’s Sloane Glass and Nancy Glass

Linda Swain wearing Nicole Miller and Ian Swain

Lydie Szabo Brown, 161st Anniversary Concert and Ball Co-Chairmen and Paul De Janosi

Kevin Johnson and Kimya Johnson, RED HOT. Red was the dominate color of the night for the ladies.

Congrats to Jason and Rachel Cevera, baby girl Cevera, due this May.

Lynsie Solomon wearing a gorgeous Rene Ruiz with dapper husband Evan Solomon
Stunning Amber Gomes and husband Pedro Gomes|
Amber wore Johnathon Kaye. He was a Project Runway Allstar.Janice Wright Waitkus and Bob Waitkus

Janice wore Kay UngerRed Dress from Neiman Marcus, white fur Jacques Ferber. I loved her handbag from Anthropologie and elegant 18k Caviar LAGOS jewelery

Brad Marshall and Sarah Marshall arrive at the pre concert cocktail party at the Academy of Music. Sarah is wearing Monique Lhuillier  from Neiman Marcus

Susan Boulton and Mark Mills
Stunning in winter white Elizabeth Wixted and Kyle Scott. 2018 will be a very good year in deed as the happy couple are engaged to be married

Another couple walking down the aisle this year Erika Blatt and Cory Siegfried, who will exchange rings in April.

I wish I had gotten a full length shot of these two beauties, but it was upstairs during the cocktail hour and it was packed. I love, love, love their textured dresses: Rafaela Torres with a mix of gold, black and silver applique dress and Carrie Benson silver, black and grey applique dress

This photo doesn’t do Alissa Frederico‘s dress justice as I forgot to change my white balance on my camera with Alex Holley scarlet red silk satin strapless gown.

Dress: @marchesafashion Baubles: @bernierobbinsjewelers MUA: @seth_bartonroberts for @priv Headband: @justinemcouture @labellemariee Hair:


Sharon Phillips Waxman with daughter Mackenzie Drew.
Sharon’s company SPW Productions was one of the producers of the Academy Ball event again this year.

SPW Productions secured the entertainment which were seen along the Broad Street promenade. The women on the left is wearing a spectacular gown, which makes my list of the 24 best list.

 Yasmina Moukarzel and John Giordano, had the wedding of the century last year, and my pick for one of the best events of the year in an earlier post on chitchat.  Yasmina is wearing Giambattista Valli haute couture

Kristin Detterline, beautiful green gown accessorized with Bernie Robbins jewelry and Justin Jeffers

Anne Hamilton, Board Member of the Academy of Music, here with husband Matt Hamilton

Best Dressed repping the Philadelphia Eagles as Anne drapped the flag around her beautiful gown, with a ribbon.

Stunning and never disappointing Anne Callahan wearing Oscar de la Renta

Best dressed of the evening, Dr. Nina Radcliff looks gorgeous in her spring like gown, a staunch Trump supporter, Dr. Nina, TV personality and columnist’s date for the Ball was the handsome Democratic Senator Larry Farnese, proving that you can reach across the aisle, put politics aside and find common ground.
For all the details on the 161st Anniversary Ball

For more photos from the Ball check out Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly. Additional Photos will appear in the March issue of Philadelphia Magazine (some may be on this page) and next weeks Liberty City Press


Hair of the Dog Hot Dress or Hot Mess Hot Time Benefiting Autism

Hair of the Dog Hot Dress Hot Mess Hot Time Benefiting Autism

I’m tardy getting this up after all the Eagles excitement last week.  Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Hair O’The Dog annual event, celebrated twenty-four years of partying in style and giving back through its philanthropic endeavors at the Hilton Hotel at Penns Landing. Nearly 1200 guests came out to support the hottest party of the year, and as always they didn’t disappoint in their fashion sense.

Alisa Frederico, Stylist and blogger at Dressing Jane, with Philadelphia Inquirer’s legendary Elizabeth Wellington, fashion/lifestyle journalist

Rosa Swinton in her spectacular “Beyond Thunderdome” and Carmena Ayo-Davies 
Today’s affirmation says Carmena:
God is going to do amazing things in my life this week. #morningaffirmation #mondays change your mind frame, you change your life.

Cash Cash entertained the crowd as did the Eagles Pep Rally Band, and DJ Casper.  Hair O’ The Dog always benefits a local deserving charity, and as this year’s beneficiary was The Center for Autism, the oldest Autism treatment center in the country.

Longtime friends Dan Cronin (r) and Rob Molinaro created Hair O’ The Dog in 1995 as a way for friends in the industry to celebrate the new year together a few weeks after New Year’s Eve, and each year since this glamorous-gala has grown in size and importance.
Mike and Mike from Fox 29
A pair of Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders were on hand to celebrate the night

Robin Carter RCB with a spectacular splash of color

Jacen Bowman, Makeup artist Shades Of Jacen
he does magic for Alex Holley

Speaking of spectacular, Jennifer Sherlock is the BEST DRESSED of this year’s Hair of The Dog.
Alex Holley wore two dresses, this one

Rose Gold Sequin: Dress the Population available at Bloomingdales

Josh Whisler and Kass Dahlquist (oh I was running to a shoot request by my client and didn’t do justice to Kass’ dress. She looked amazing. You know I was in a hurry, she still has a drink in her hand and you know I don’t allow too many people to keep drinks in their hands)

Eye popping

Paul Pereira blinged out bow tie
No off the hook dresses like Katie Beaver’s ground breaking gown years earlier, but gorgeous gowns abound
Dancing, Dancing, Dancing
Not Eagles Cheerleaders, but just as popular

Best dresses

Glamour was the highlight of the annual gala

 Alisa Frederico, Karla Brown, event chair Alex Holley of FOX29, Christine Krzyzanowski, Chantelle Matthew

Alex’s dress Metallic Gown: Laundry by Shelli Segal

My dress was a new Australian brand called Bariano

All 3 dresses available from Bloomingdales.

The Best Dressed guy by far, every year as well. Fashion plate Photographer
Joe DelPalazzo
No one more Fly Eagles Fly than Buffy Harakidas, director of marketing, Chorus Communications

Red is the popular color of the season, with jumpsuits still in vogue

Happy Chinese New Year!!

Which reminds me, join us at Yangming on the Mainline for Tasty Talks the monthly chitchat with folks in the media, benefits charity. Steve’s raising money and awareness for The Mac Fund at Cat Shack, and my charity is Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia.
This Wednesday is Steve Morrison, from Preston and Steve. Then February 28 I’ll be chatting. Yes I am so nervous, I don’t like speaking in public, but I do love telling stories. Also February 15 Yangming celebrates Chinese New Year, I go every year and it’s a lot of fun. Definitely contact them for reservations about all these events.


My Favorite Signs from the Philly Women’s March

My Favorite Signs from the Philly Women’s March

I ran into a lot of friends, and PhillyChitChat readers. Thanks for the love.
Ok seriously, this is my favorite
Liberty is broken, but not dead

It was a windy day, no doubt that guys arm is killing him today
Sue Fee and Mrs. Fee. Sue and I went to college together, and she was my workout partner in the 90s.
We biked and bladed to our hearts content on the drives.
Three generations at the Philly’s Women’s March 2018
It’s not about Trump as much as it’s about Equality for Women. The struggle is real.
Additional photos can be found on CBSPhilly


PhillyChitChatter: Celebs in Philly; Eagles Celebrations; Bradley Cooper, Bridget Foy Rebuilds

PhillyChitChatter: Celebs in Philly; Eagles Celebrations; Bradley Cooper, Bridget Foy Rebuilds

Good Thursday Morning, hope you were all able to settle down from the tremendous celebration of the the Eagles capturing the NFC Championship. It definitely took me a few days to float down to earth, but I am wearing my championship hat everyday and humming #FlyEaglesFly every day.

Minnesota’s Metro Transit made good on their friendly bet with SEPTA to change their “wallpaper” on their twitter account to feature a Philadelphia bus with the Eagles logo on it.

Aramark, who has the food contract at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota has unveiled new food items to be sold celebrating the taste-buds for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots match up #SuperBowl

Speaking of Eagles,  6-5, 241-pound Philadelphia Eagles Defensive end Bryan Braman (2nd from left), LtoR Josh Bryan, Cindy Garnick, CEO of Garnick Entertainment and Media Group and Publicist Sean Stellato agent to both Eagle and Patriots! Braman spent the day clothes shopping stopping at Mitchell & Ness, getting a custom suit from Distante Clothing and then heading for lunch with his friends. The next day Braman appeared on WMCN in Cherry Hill, NJ with team mate Billy Brown. The duo chatted about healthy eating with Eraldo Maglara, Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Author (The Real Fountain of Youth ) and TV Host of Healthy Lifestyle With Eraldo and the upcoming Super Bowl on February 4.

Philly’s Bradley Cooper was spotted playing with his baby Lea de Seine on Sunset Beach just south of Los Angeles Tuesday wearing his favorite teams jersey, as the heartthrobs girlfriend Irina Shayk looked on. (TMZ)

Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan, and several former NFL players – Curt Menefee, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw headed to South Philly last week for a Philly Cheesesteak. They were also spotted at DelFrisco’s as well as the Ritz Carlton’s lounge as well as dining at Aqimero

Actor Josh Duhamel‏ was spotted at the Ritz Carlton and posed for a photo with Kimmie Ragone.
Who says those Eagles fans were anything but nice to those Viking fans.

Bridget Foy’s was gutted by a fire October 25, 2017, devastating now only the Foy’s but the community that loves them. There was an amazing outpouring from the community, and regulars to the iconic South Street eatery. Today they put this rendering of the new place up on their FB page. Sadly the original building wasn’t able to be saved, but the new building looks remarkably the same, but better. Look at those awesome big windows on the first floor. When I spoke with Bridget Foy late last year, she told me the kitchen now be located in the basement, and the space on the right side where the kitchen used to be, will be used for more outdoor seating. It’s just a matter of time before our favorite spot, and Alex Holley’s favorite Easter parade viewing spot is open again.

Speaking of heartthrobs, Phillies World Series Champ Cole Hamels and his wife, country songwriter Heidi Hamels were at last nights Sixers game. Congrats to the Sixers who won the game over the Chicago Bulls. Thanks to Cindy Webster, PR for CBS Radio for capturing the moment.

What a great tail gate party on Sunday with Cindy Webster, CBS Philly. Ray Pennacchia, Senior Vice President at NovaCare, Rhea Hughes, CBS Philly and Ted Simon, Esq, with photo bomber Mayor Jim Kenney

Last Friday boxer Bernard Hopkins stopped by Ted Simon, Esq office to sign boxing gloves, which will be donated to a charity raising money for an elementary school
Many of my friends, including Dr. Thanuja Hamilton, caught Rufus Wainwright at the Kimmel Center where he performed with the Philly Pops. The next morning she headed to a family wedding in DC and ran into the vocalist, composer, and songwriter who was headed to his next gig in Virgina.

For more PhillyChitChatter come back on Sunday. In the meantime tomorrow I’ll be posting Best Dressed Photos from Hair of the Dog held last Saturday night.


Eagles Fans Get Lit on Broad Street Celebrating The NFC Win

Eagles Fans Get Lit on Broad Street Celebrating The NFC Win

We are not done yet celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles won on Sunday night against the Vikings to capture the NFC Championship Game. I placed a lot of photos from the celebratory night in outlets, with links to them at the bottom. In the meantime here are a few more.

I ran into my sister’s friend at The Blue Duck on Broad

It was a fantastic party

Dude seriously if you didn’t want to be in the photo with these guys you could have said no, or maybe you just wanted to see if I’d publish it. You must not know me, I photographed celebrities in NYC for 5 years. These were the money shots!!

I had a great time at McGillin’s as well, but the best party, the one not to miss happens at Tavern on Broad. So much fun, people are really nice,

the booze is reasonable and when we win the Super Bowl, you just roll out the door and there’s Broad Street.

I need this suit, does it come in a 3x large. I went to buy a T Shirt, and they do not.
I got a hat.
I like a guy that brings his own boom box and crowd
Fireworks and girl on a light pole. See her on left hanging on for dear life?
I was standing next to Drew Smith, NBC10 while the largest toilet paper stream floated down from who knows where. I think we all want to know what brand that is
A beginning of a wonderful mummy
I learned a new word, these two kept yelling – take a photo of us, we’re Yunks!! Eventually they explained they were from Manayunk

He came prepared
WHY Can’t we be Friends, Why Can’t We Be Friends…. We can!!
Jenny from the block, or as I like to call her my editor from Metro Philly
crowds were just streaming up Broad Street towards City Hall
OH I see he has an Eagles head
Mike and Renee are HAPPY
Broad Street is LIT!! as Jeniece Armstrong wrote on one of my posts Sunday night.

WAWA was packed, in 2008 this was the site of Robinson Luggage, and it didn’t fare as well

What an amazing celebration, there was no trouble as the crowd partied in the street from 930ish til a bit after 130 when the police
announced for people to please go home. They did, and the next day the street was clean and open for business.

Check out these sites to see if I caught you in the act of joy


Metro Philly

PHL Biz Journal, Timeout Philly and Philly Voice


Gorgeous Decor at The Beaux Arts Bash

The Beaux Arts Bash was held at the Philadelphia Free Library last month


The annual black-tie event highlighted the Parkway’s splendid history of art and architecture inspired by the Beaux -Arts movement in turn-of-the-century France.



The live auction was led by Reggie Rivers, a former Denver Broncos player who is now a professional auctioneer, broadcaster and motivational speaker.

Guests also enjoyed a silent auction with great sports memorabilia.


Funds raised by the gala event support the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, which makes possible many Free Library programs and services that advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity throughout Philadelphia.
Lyn and David Montgomery

The Beaux Arts Bash is co-chaired by Lynn and Jim Dever, Donna and David Gerson, and Cameron and John Soroko.

David Mankoff and Jean Cho

Jenny Bogoni, Luca Bogoni, Nadia Billig Daniel and Matt Daniel

Mark vanDerhelm, Vanessa Chan, Jocelin Reed and Anton Germishuizen

Leslie Stiles m board president of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Marciarose Shestack. legendary broadcaster and all around wonderful person.

Additional photos appeared in Liberty City Press and an upcoming Philly Magazine issue as as well.

The Library Gala’s 2015 Gala was one of my picks of the decade 2007 – 2017 See the pixs here


17 Favorite Photos of 2017 From Hot PA Guy to Carson Wentz

I like to post the best of 2017 photos in 2018, when more of you are at your desk. Here goes….

Hot Production Assistant Guy on M Night Shyamalan’s movie Glass. The photo went VIRAL and his story was picked up by the Metro, who even did a Q&A with him. His now in Atlanta, assisting on another movie making hearts flutter.

Sunday another hot guy I made famous, is getting married. Geoff Pierce met his future wife Samantha Keenan, in directly from my write up, they tell me.

The winner for the best dressed for the 90s party at the Phila Flower Show, which is coming up again in a few
weeks March 3 – March 11

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Gala 2017, this year they’re honoring Eddie Tully. Tickets on sale now.

Jenna Communications had a clever hook to promote The Plaza Grande Showcases the Revitalization of the Historical Garden State Park Racetrack in a Media Tour. They brought in a former horse jockey who rode at Garden State Park, to chat about the good old days. He rode a horse in the “dog park” on the new site, which used to be where the stables were. It was great visuals and made for some interesting stories while still promoting the 55plus housing.
Lynsie and Evan Solomon’s wedding in Anguila. Great time. Sad face this restaurant was destroyed in hurricane Irma.
Event of the year – Marian Anderson Award with legends Dionne Warwick, Kenny Gamble and Clive Davis.

The wedding of Chris Konopka and Maria Papadakis
Erica Lee and Rodney McLeod Jr. at Zarwin Baum’s March Madness

Ron Harper, Elaine I. Grobman and Frank Giordano at The Pink Tie Ball

Trish Gohl, founder of No Dog Gets Left Behind with a dog that will be paired with a veteran.
Snow, it was beautiful, and very unusual to happen in December. Now I am ready for Spring. I was in Florida this past week
so hopefully when I return home to Philly tonight it won’t be anything like this.
Loved this Safian & Rudolph engagement contest, as well as their & Bench

Thank you M Night for having me as one of your house photographers for Shyamaween 2017 what a dream come true. Here’s a story I did on CBSPhilly as well as the photos at the bottom of article.

Yasmina Moukarzel, John Giordano – The New York Times

Have their marriage reception at the Academy of Music

The Rittenhouse Square/Philly Style Mag Gang all grown up – 10 fabulous years of photographing their lives

Fly Eagles Fly, Carson Wentz films a series of commercials for NRG. I was the house photographer for the afternoon.



2017: Best Party of the Year Was…..

There were a lot of great parties in 2017, but the 2017: Best Party of the Year WAS Philly Chit Chat celebrates 10 Years 2007 – 2017/ The party was held at Aqimero by Richard Sandoval at the Ritz – Carlton(THANKS).  I tried to keep the number reasonably, and the party not super crowded, something under 275; which we got to fairly quickly as nearly everyone on the initial list said yes, so there was no wiggle room. It was stressful cause I forgot  a dozen or so people who were important in my 10 years, and I tried to add a few as I went along.

YearMetro Philly

Which by the way is how the invite list was created. Friends, family and more than 200 people that I had been photographing for more than 6 years. Many of those people let me into their lives, and chronicle it. A decade ago, even 5 years ago, there was as many events as there are today. In the beginning of PhillyChitChat I covered a lot of Friday bar nights, Saturday birthday parties, trolling restaurants, bars and relying on tipsters and businesses to fill me in on where the celebrities were so I could go and wait outside their establishments for a good shot.

Thanks to Mainline Society Photographer Joan Bang for sending me the photos used in this blog post.



I asked my guests to make a suggested donation to AFSP Greater Philadelphia
Save A Life Gala 2018 Honoring Eddie Tully

Karen Block, (in purple) my college friend who I hadn’t seen in 20 years before this night. She’s recently moved into town and we
are reunited and it feels so good. We get along much better now than when we failed gym cause we were bad ping pong partners.
Yes seriously we met in ping pong class, and there was a class like that, probably because we didn’t have a tennis team.


Year Year Year
Thanks to the City for a Proclamation and to Visit Philly for the XOXO We Love Philly Chit Chat framed LOVE LETTER.
Very sweet.Year
My family






Thanks to Southern Wine & Spirits, and Brad Waxman. Denise Fike for illustrations. Clique Cam

Lynsie Solomon my event planner. She did an amazing job.



James Duggan and Thom Cardwell – my first mentors
Founders of qFLIX Philadelphia: Home FestivalYear Year Year Year Year Year
Thank you for being a friend, supporter and subjects of PhillyChitChat
More photos at PhillyStyleMag and additional ones ran in Philly Mag
We raised over $6,000 from people who attended as well as many generous supporters.
Thank You!!


Around Main Line Hosts Mingle at Mistral

Around Main Line Hosts Mingle at Mistral’s has begun to host King of Prussia parties again! First up a party at Mistral KoP on Thursday, December 28th, 2017. Guests enjoyed a festive, fun get together at ‘Mingle at Mistral’, a holiday cocktail party celebrating the season and terrific culinary talents of the team at Mistral.

Kimberly Bowden and Jennifer Shields

Vir Anand, Jessica Willingham, Orlando Hankins and Monique Foster

Sarah Lockard, Around Mainline and Melissa Leonard, ie women about town

Carla Antinone, One Bite Delight – Carla’s Cake Pops, Kylee Pedrosa, Health Coach at Corporate Health Partners, Max Rotondo, SEI Investments Company and Melissa Leonard, Coldwell Banker Preferred

Sabir M Peele, Brand Consultant & Founder at Men’s Style Pro


More photos will be in next weeks Liberty City Press found in newspapers ie PGN, Al Dia, The Sun and China Star