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The Irvine Summer Soiree

Post Brothers recently turned the former Apple Storage warehouse on 52nd Street, a block and a half south of Baltimore Avenue, into a stylish apartment building with spacious apartments, a community room, and outdoor space called The Irvine Apartments.

Last week The Irvine Apartments hosted a celebration of summer party with cocktails, snacks, music, and succulents. The beautifully renovated building has 153 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 430 to 1,340 square feet and is dog and cat friendly.

The outdoor space features grilling stations, a large dining table, and raised berms that double as chaise lounges of sorts. There’s a small dog park and plenty of green space for residents to be able to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables in the outdoor terrace’s raised planting beds. The Irvine Apartments are waiting for your call. Thanks to Talya Hailey for shooting this for PhillyChitChat/HughE Dillon LLC


Philly Gay Pride 2017 – So Many Flags, and Funtastic Photos of the Day

Philly Gay Pride 2017 and Funtastic Shots

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This year Philly Pride kicked off the day with a Pride Run with 260 participants running through the Gayborhood, past Independence Mall to Penn’s Landing. The same route as the pride parade, which kicked off a few hours later at 11:30am.;


PHILLY PRIDE PRESENTS, Inc. (PPP) is a group of volunteer coordinators under the leadership of an Executive Director and Senior Advisor which organizes “PrideDay” in June, “OutFest” in October. These are the only two events during which the Philadelphia Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community joins together and celebrates as a whole. PHILLY PRIDE PRESENTS is proud to be co-sponsors of the Phila. DYKE March and the Alternative Prom.


The purpose of our pride events shall be the advancement of LGBT rights through the visibility and awareness that our parades and festivals create. This purpose is to be achieved through our annual PrideDay parade and festival, our annual National Coming Out Day Block Party (OutFest) and other forms of community outreach as may be appropriate. “Coming Out” marks the beginning of the gay self-realization process, “Pride” marks its culmination. In addition to celebrating our uniqueness, our events help thousands discover the breadth of the LGBT community in the Delaware Valley, provide avenues for education, growth and self-realization, and increase the visibility and diversity of the LGBT community.

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PrideDay History

The first official Pride Parade was organized in an impromptu fashion at the end of the 1980s and was intended to coincide with rally planned by the Lesbian and Gay Task Force at Love Park. It was so successful that community members met and started an organization (Lesbian & Gay Pride of the Delaware Valley, Inc.) whose goal was to produce a parade and festival at Penn’s Landing each year to continue the community outreach and visibility that was achieved with that one rally. That organization evolved into what we know today as Philly Pride Presents. And that first rally grew into the largest celebration of LGBT pride in the region, now attracting over 25,000 people each year.

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so many flags

PrideIt was a flag explosion like I’ve never seen.  People brought flags that represented how they felt and it was great

HD1_9151 (Custom)Amber Hikes dropped off a few of the new black/brown rainbow flags to Eric R and Jim Donovan


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The Flaggots were on hand to wave their favorite colors

HD1_9142 (Custom)Gilbert Baker’s original flag was proudly worn


and waved

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The most popular flag at the parade. So many people sporting this flag.
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Check out Metro Philly online for more photos of the parade

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check out live performances at the festival emceed by Henri David.

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The headline act was duo Nancy and Beth, featuring Stephanie Hunt and “Will & Grace” star Megan Mullally; there was also a many other performing comedy and musical acts.

See you in October for Outfest

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Pride Coordinators

Fran Price (Executive Director)

Coordinators:  Denise Giannascoli Blum, John Brady, Tammi Coleman, Aaron Harris, Richard Lewis, Sal Loggia, Stephanie Love , John McNeill, Jay Pugh, Jamie Roberts, Kevin Turner

Pride Committee:  Jimmy “Archie” Archambalt, Danielle Archambalt, Albert Fernandez, John Fluehr, Bill Hunt, Jim O’Toole


Grooming Messenger, a New Skincare and Grooming Service Launches in Philly

Grooming Messenger, a new skincare and grooming service founded by  Ian Michael Crumm, lifestyle expert and founder of his eponymous lifestyle blog and Wear We Went, and Lo McGrath, a journalist, skincare junkie and fashion photographer specializing in menswear, held a launch party for the new site at Rittenhouse Spa in the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City.

I love this amazing step and repeat made up of live branches of leaves

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Ian Michael Crumm with equally stylish mom, Angie Hartman at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque.
With Brian Sanchez who help created the living step and repeat.


Laurenne Babayan and Nick Berlage


Alisa Frederico,  Style Director at Dressing Jane Philadelphia and Frank Frederico


Guests enjoyed grooming during the party, manicures, massages and face masks.


Danielle Bonds, Marrina Mayo and Alyssa Jones

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Ian Michael Crumm, co-founder of Grooming Messenger with Mason Kesner, Life & Style Blogger and Baseline Collective
who created the platform for the Grooming Messenger.


Craig von Arthur Schroeder, Commonwealth Proper, Lauren McGrath, co-founder of the Grooming Messenger and Toni Renee Leslie, of Realm jeweler.


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Jared Adkins and Chandra Robbins of Bluebird Distilling


Lifestyle bloggers Alex Nelson and Mike Rubino flank Connor Reider.

Alex and Mike applied masks for guests.

Scenester Alexander Hankin and friends

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Ian and Lo welcome the guests to the launch, and then introduced Local Honey


Eric Visnov, Hannah Krupa, Scott Tattar and Brendon Keenan make up the local band “Local Honey”
Book them for your next gig, they were very entertaining.

Get the latest tips for your grooming from
the Grooming Messenger,



Roger Daltrey & Joan Jett @Kimmel Center A Few Clips

I regret not going last night, I love the WHO, I was a kid of the 70s and WMMR and really goofed by not going to last night’s concert. I can relive the night here at PCC with my fav songs, and at the bottom I have a link to other clips that folks shot. All on really decent cameras I must say.   Here’s a shot from Dafni who does the PR for the Kimmel Center.

“Summertime Blues” Roger Daltrey & Joan Jett@Kimmel Center Philadelphia 7/28/14 


Richard Bond

Pinball Wizard


Steve Vitalidol


Baba O’Riley

“I Can See for Miles” Roger Daltrey@Kimmel Center Philadelphia

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Check out the rest of the clips here.


SOUTH STREET HEADHOUSE DOG LINKS Plus Wiener Dog Race Info 7/23/14

Hey everyone: This past weekend I photographed the delicious South Street 3rd Annual Dog Days competition. If you were one of the peeps I photographed, here are links to the photos. If they don’t appear here they’ll show up on the South Street FB page sometime in the next 3 weeks. So nice to meet you all, and I hope you had a great time. For peeps looking for the Philly Style Magazine photos, tomorrow I promise. I have a record 40 photos and lots of fun copy to go with it.

Thanks HughE

Yun Fuestes and his Bean Apple Dog Slaw sandwich from Society Hill Society.
Grab your Serrano brochures while they last, the restaurant is closing it’s doors for good. This summer they are serving a lite meal of Taco’s then re-conceptualizing as something new in the fall with a new name says Jennifer McCo, co-owner of Serrano, Sassafras and Tin Angel.
Here’s the link to my PhillyMag column written nicely by Josh Middleton, who was one of the judges. 
7/23/14 – Wiener Dog Race at Lucky’s Last Chance
for National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday 5PM to 9PM! The race begins at 7 p.m., but stop by after 5
and grab a hot dog! $1 from each dog will be donated to PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)! Would your dog be fast enough to win this race?!
The Philadelphia Business Journal 

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