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.

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Alicia DiMichele Celebrates Milestones In South Jersey

Last week friends and family of Alicia DiMichele celebrated two favorite things- Alicia DiMichele’s BIRTHDAY &  first anniversary of her namesake boutique  (at the Promenade – 500 Route73 South, D3, ) First Year Anniversary!! It all went down with a big Hollywood glam party during the day and a fantastic birthday party in the evening at LaScala’s Fire Italian-American Dining and Take-out restaurant, at the Promenade, 500 NJ-73, Marlton, NJ 08053.  (I was invited but had already committed to the Radnor Hunt and Preakness at the Piazza.)

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Alicia DiMichele Boutique ‘s  – Owned and curated by Alicia DiMichele of Mob Wives, the inspiration for the stores comes from the desire to allow women to project their personality through fashion; whether it´s power and confidence, fierce and sexy, or cool and laid back you can find your fashion inspiration at Alicia DiMichele Boutique’

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Always dress like you are going to see your worst enemy!

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Carlo Garofalo, Anthony Fioravanti, Alicia DiMichele, Rocco Garofalo

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Paulina Baumann and Jill Rizen Hennig

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Sweet Chocolates
Remember last year We went were at the Opening Party

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D.J. Freezie

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Dawn Roundtree and Donnese Nobling

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The most glamorous cake pops

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Rena Ali and Nikita Daga

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Anthony DiMichele and Lindsay Moreno

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Rebecca Bernstein and, Maureen Vecere

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Buffy Harakidas, Alicia DiMichele and Maureen Vecere –

We can’t say it enough !!! THANK YOU ALL for coming out and celebrating with us! This first year has been nothing but amazing and we hope our girl gang only grows !! Love you all so much says Alicia

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Tracey Wolf and Michele Leone

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Paulina Baumann, Marcy Castelli, Amelia Garino,Torry Hofacker

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Alura Agnes in the hottest jumpsuit –

The Kristina Jumpsuit


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Mike DeCicco,Brandon Tarzy,Kevin Esplund, Anthony Fioravanti

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Amanda Mascieri and Megan Hofacker

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Buffy Harakidas and Alicia DiMichele

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Marcy Castelli, Paulina Baumann, Alicia DiMichele, Amelia Garino, and Torry Hofacker

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Lisa & Samantha Silvestro

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Dawn Roundtree and Donnese Nobling

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Happy Birthday and Congratulations to my friend Alicia DiMichele!!

Photo: Andre Flewellen



Philadelphia Style Magazine Hot List Party “Style in Wonderland” 2015

PHILADELPHIA STYLE invited guests to join
Publisher John Colabelli and Editor in Chief Kristin Detterline to the magazine’s
11th Annual Best of Style Party.

This year’s theme was, “Style in Wonderland”, which immersed guests in an Alice in Wonderland ambiance set inside the expansive and picturesque Kimmel Center.

than 1,500 guests dressed to impress and experience an evening of
extravagance with notable Philadelphia socialites, dignitaries and
celebrities. It was a great venue for such a huge party.

 A stunning array of stylish cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres, and desserts were enjoyed

  in addition to an
exclusive casino room presented by Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. All
proceeds from the casino room will benefit the Borgata Heart & Soul
Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to
impacting the lives of others in a positive way through supporting
community, health and human services, culture and education.

The 2015
Best of Style Party is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Audi Dealers. I heard there was an Audi VIP VIP room, but I couldn’t find it. I asked someone where it was and they told me the whole party was a VIP Party. But I still missed a whole bunch of people like the hosts. Although in my defense I only stayed one hour as I am still reeling from this summer cold, and it was Mike’s Bday. So bummed I didn’t take any pixs of him and he looked so cute in his new glasses, from Eye Encounters owned by Billy Nigro, who I saw for a fleeting moment. 

 Who did I see, well legendary Jade Starling, looking as fabulous as ever. Jade tells me she’s been touring this past year since she released her CD “Captive”, and several of the songs were hot on Billboard.

 Brendan Smith (Smith’s, Vesper and  with Salvatore D’Angelo and Michelle DeVecchis DiMatteo at D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano and Lounge.

Smith and his partners are opening up a second The Milk House Restaurant, next to Smiths, in the old Matyson restaurant. Smith tells me on the weekend they’ll have late hours closing at 3AM.

 Michael and Bruce Shannon stopped by for a bit
Red hot was definitely the color of the night: 
Lauren Schneider and Jennifer Galle, Valley Forge Casino Resort. Lots happening at the western suburbs casino, besides great gaming, they have a pool, Valley Beach, during the day swim and sunbathe, at night it turns into a nightclub with dancing. I was there last week and it was crowded. The foods good too.
 Noel Zayas, Vasiliki Tsiouris, co-owner of Opa, Sheena Parveen and Anzio Williams.
 Jillian Mele and Laura Elliott

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman,
who was celebrating her daughter Jenna Furman‘s 21st birthday. 

 Lisa Silveri and Barbara Ann Zippi, producer of the TV show Ciao Bella Living Italian Style, has lots of segments coming up on the Pope’s visit to Philly.
 Regina Tuchinsky and Alexander Mason Hankin, shortly after this photo was taken the duo jetted to Les Hamptons est le terrain de jeu de Chavs en Amérique, hopefully Alexander found his socks.

 Newly married Katie English Gagnon still glowing from her fabulous wedding and honeymoon in Greece posed with the Queen of Hearts and sister Kerry English.
 Holden Hummel and Betsy Hummel
Joanna Jatkowska, Kasia Hopek, Rachel Bryn, and Daina Iaman

Newly minted couple, as in FB status changes: Thomas Ashley and Danielle Robinson
 In  the photo booth
This was one of the best, Best of Philly Style Magazine parties ever. So many people, so much food, amazing decor and event planning by Nichole Maurer, Business Development Coordinator at Niche Media, LLC, who with her team conceptualized the entire night and pulled it together.
Matty Benigno and wife Cristina Potito, together they co-own Potito’s Bakery
Will Moscowitch and Chelsea Blasco
Courtney Sze, The Geisha House (149 N 3rd St), Andrienne Volpetti, Baked Sunless Tans 
(815 S 4th St,) (Both ladies are wearing dresses from The Geisha House)
, Ginger Dochner and Andrew Volpetti
Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57’s Emmy Award-winning medical specialist with Jim Donovan is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter whose honors … reporter for the “On Your Side” consumer unit at CBS 3 and The CW Philly.
Keith Kovalevich, Lindsay Kravitz, Erica Heilman and Ron Hansen.

Matt Vlahos (2nd from right) holds court with the men from Suits Supply and a new man on his arm?

Chris May and wife Lea looking forward to traveling this summer before announcing any news.
Nestor and Cecilia Torres, Casa Papel
Amber-Joi Watkins and Tom Domalski
Dave Warren Fox 29 wife Ali Frick Jeff Skversky 6ABC and wife Mandy Skversky

Ali Gorman, Wendy Saltzman, Eva Pilgrim, Justin Pizzi, Melissa Magee, Nicole Michalik and Kristy Sevag

Steve Wheatley, Steve Elis, Jennifer Shamy and Shawn Johnson, of Delilah’s

A few of the people I did miss: Kate Bilo, Christie Honigman, Nicole Brewer, Jessica Dean, Ukee Washington, Meisha Johnson, Erika von Tiehl, Kristin Detterline, 

Jill Rizen (who wins the internet with the above photo), 

Sara Kelly and Garrett Olthuis

Natalie Egonolff, Susie Celek, Mary Dougherty, Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. 

Chef Robert Bennett of Classic Cake in Cherry Hill.
Robert Fung, President at Robbini Bespoke and Aida Sparta
Nancy and Mark Feldshuh 
Nancy and Angela
Jeff Lankenau and Jimmy Cameron, Slice Pizza
Drew “The Mayor” Carballo (glad to see him back at DelFrisco’s), Brian Taylor, guests and Alp Aktan
Anthony Vittese and Kate Beaver (in another interesting outfit. You’ll recall that in 2013 she made a splash at Hair of the Dog in this number, with Anthony on her arm.) Over the weekend they headed to the shore were there where there was a party going on at the Princeton.

Vittoria Woodill and Matt Schenk, speaking of the shore, catch Tori at the Shore this summer on CBS3 Philly. Reporting on the going ons at our favorite beach resorts. 

Potito’s Bakery created the centerpiece cake for the party, as well as all the cannoli’s
Check out the rest of the Cut and Paste shots here

FASHION FRIDAY: Paine’s Park is Open in Philadelphia for Skateboarding, and nearly any activity

Photos from the opening day and ribbon cutting of the long in planning, short in construction, amazing game changer of a skate board park in Philly. Great to see the dreams and persistence of a lot of people come true.

I love shooting skateboarders, I’m in awe of their fearlessness and talent.
I shot the above photo in 1998 on my way to work about 9AM on a Wednesday.

Former Governor Rendell thanking Mayor Nutter who granted $2 million dollars to the project to match the state’s contribution
 State Representative Brian K. Sims ( lawyer, politician, and activist on LGBT rights), thanks his predecessor Babette Josephs, for all her work on the project.
 Claire Laver, Executive Director, Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund and Josh Nims, Operations Manager at Schuylkill River Development Corporation

 The ribbon cutting with Brian Sims, Michael DiBerardinis is Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources for the City of Philadelphia and Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Councilwomen Cindy Bass, Councilman and President Darrell Clark, Sen Larry Farnesse, Mayor Nutter, Josh Nims, John Di Giordano, Mitch Bormack, Board President FPSF, Councilman David Oh,

Great trick and socks
When I skateboarded as a kid, they didn’t have these amazing boards. I cracked my board so much, I decorated it with duct tape.
 This park is an going to do more to beat childhood obesity than anything that could be legislated
 It’s also the great equalizer, young, old, straight, gay, black, white I saw using it. The courtesy that goes on is amazing. It’s great to see how everyone waits their turn, and how it’s decided who skates next. It’s great study on humans, and since my major in college was Sociology, I really enjoy watching that process.  Not sure how the skaters, bikers, and scooters are going to fare in the coming days, but I think there’s enough space for them all to get along.
 Emmy award winning cameraman Brad Berner, NBC10 catches the action
 Steve Olitsky, Shanna Olitsky, Tamar Olitsky, The Olitsky Foundation, who helped fund the skate board park, along with Steve Rockman, who is also a Board member with the Olitsky’s.
 The Mayor is ready for his close up, as Brad Berner and Nefertiti Vasquez, NBC10 look on
 The park has a curfew of 1AM to 6AM, but the lights will remain on at night
 waiting their turn
I think they express their style through their boards, they’re all so colorful. They are not afraid of pink either.

 I wonder what the KOP mall would think of his shirt?

 The Mayor greeted as many skaters as he could

 great character building & encouragement going on here. He’s got blades on.

Jumping for joy. You gotta just keep the faith that no one is going to get hurt.

Pink Board

Waiting their turn

at 1:38 professional skateboarder Chris Coles makes a clean run

The rails

Check out the Paine’s Park VIP Party Here, and my PhillyMag column on the Wall Ball Here.


PHILADELPHIA STYLE AUGUST ISSUE PARTY AT 10 ARTS re: Terrence Howard in the house, but not on Philly Chit Chat today

The Ritz-Carlton’s “The Grill” restaurant was cleared out so Philadelphia Style could fete their July/August cover boy Terrence Howard in style with a Philly VIP party, good food by Philly homegirl Jennifer Carroll of 10 Arts. (you know how this rolls, if there’s a chance of a publication of the celebrity I have shot I can’t scoop my self, so this entry is all about our Philly Celebrities and the fantastic party thrown by Philadelphia Style Magazine, can I call it Philly for short, I like that name [I could go by Hugh, but you know I like HughE better too.]) It was a packed house and why not, Philly Style does it up right. A few weeks back I wrote that the exclusive party would be limited to 200 invitees, but I think there could have been a crasher or two but not many more than that.Here are our hosts for the evening: Publisher John Colabelli, BJ Spencer, Chef Eric Ripert, Craig Spencer and Ritz-Carlton GM Mike Walsh (Missing Niche Media owner, Jason Binn) Mark S Cherry and film maker, Edward J. Eberwine, III (He just finished working on “Dare” with Emmy Rossum and Alan Cummings, which was filmed right here in Phillywood. I remember trying to get a contact on that site to shoot the set and a scene, but to now avail. Hopefully I can get on the next film set, which he says begins in late August. He has a degree in Cinematography and has produced and directed a few films. “The process of filmmaking, from story telling to technical , is an amazing thing and I hope to do it for a long time to come.” Now here’s another fellow in the film business, Richard Wolf, TLA Entertainment (Acquisitions & Marketing Director), and Susan Helfrich. Susan appeared in the premiere issue of Philly Style Magazine alongside
Sharon Pinkenson, GPFPO and Joseph Weiss (we skipped the usually fashion shot as Sharon had just had “minor” foot surgery she told me; and although she sported the open toe look with both of her footwear, I didn’t think she’d appreciate it if I took that fashion shot), but you know she is always styling it for us. I really should have asked what she was wearing, because if you look at her dress it’s very zipper intensive, which is really very unique.
Sister Act: Mia and Nina Tinari. You will recall an early June posting about Kimberly Boutique’s 3rd Anniversary fête when Nina picked up this beautiful Tibi dress. Mia bought her outfit there too!Ruben Harley and Greg Bell with a few T-Shirts from their product linePaige Wolf http://www.paigewolf.com/ and Mal Someone’s missing, John Bolaris looks so lonely. When I spoke to him he said she would show up soon and I wouldn’t be disappointed CN8’s Greg Coy, Jaimi Gordon, PR Ritz-Carlton and Mike Walsh, GM Ritz-Carlton
GM Ritz-Carlton and KYW’s Ukee Washington, as tall and as personable in person
We last ran into WOGL’s Jamyra Perry with her friend Melony Roy EP from Hear Philly at the Zoobilee last month, remember I spent more time shooting the polar bears than people. Melony is still doing podcasts re: Hear Philly! is an online radio station that takes you on an audio odyssey of Philadelphia and The Countryside®. Hear Philly showcases the things that make Philly More Fun. It’s devoted to things to do, what to see and where to eat when you’re out and about in the Philadelphia area. http://www.gophila.com/C/Philly_Favorites/380/U/Hear_Philly!/2886.html http://play.it/player/player.html?mix=0&id=2142
R-L Amanda Markowitz, Taneise and Jeff Marshall, Lisa Glass and Michael Smith, Pres. Land Rover Jaguar http://www.lrjagmanline.com/ (hmm I bet they have some really good sales at his dealership right now)

The VIP girls passed my way, and even though it was the eve of my birthday, I decided to pass on the delectibles. Down in front is Kate Dugan with the Godiva chocolate, and behind her with the cocktails is Jennifer Dewitt.

I ran into the Nicole Miller Girls, who we last saw at Philly Style “Hot List Party”. Syndi Son, Jen Derrah and I do believe that Jillian Dunn does look better sans cigar. I know I just dropped the hint that Wednesday was my B-DAY, but it was also the first day of press registration for NYC Fashion Week, which I love to shoot. This will be my fifth time, and I just love it. The shows will be featuring clothes for Spring 2009. I love shooting the Spring Season because its actually warm outside too, unlike Fall 2009 which is put on at Bryant Park in February.
After an hour or so the crowd did thin out a bit, maybe some of them were going to the Closing Night Party of the Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Film Festival at the Top of the Tower (I will be posting those shots Friday so you can enjoy them through the weekend, it will take that long to soak them all in) Stephy Freedman (sans her wine connoisseur husband Brian ), Kaycee Cashman, Holly Dean, Dana Lombardo and KYW producer Mac.
a gentleman friend, Sabrina Tamburino, BJ Spencer, Arden Group, and Carol Tamburino of Tuner Construction Company. I had a nice chat with BJ who tells me the Ritz-Carlton Residences will be read late October. I hope to get a look inside as I know that it is a dream place to live. Maybe I will get to cover a party or two when it opens, or perhaps future residents Marc and Tania Schade, who we met at the 10 Arts opening in May will invite us over?

Prudential Realtor coworkers and friends, Margeaux and Eden Silverstein http://www.phillypropertysource.com/index.php?page=about-usUPenn Alums – Andrew Rosenthal, Valerie Blassey and Matt Carter
David Neff, Neff Associates and guest

Diane Johnson, Tierney & Associates and Jimmy Contreras, Kimberly Boutique
Nicole Cashman stops by with Justin Wineburgh
Political columnist Mary Patel and Red Tettemer Spinster Matthew Vlahos. You have got to check out their website today, their wallpaper changes monthly and this month is a tribute to AMC’s original TV show “Madmen”. (I was there for the photo shoot and will be posting the behind the scene shots next week) http://www.redtettemer.com/ Plus tune in monthly to see what clever idea they might have next.
Monica Malpass. I don’t see her for over a year and now in less than two weeks I see her three times. Welcome back Monica. Looks like she has a Versace top on. She’s always so sweet to catch up on.
10 Arts Chef and Philly hometown girl, Jennifer Carroll. Jennifer tells me that everything is going great, that the response from her hometown was going well, she really enjoyed cooking for the people in the City where she grew up. On to the FOOD: The dishes people seem to like are the sliders made with stripe bass (not crab like I thought. what do I know?) The secret is in the blend, the cut, sun dried tomatoes and I believe her special touch. Also the Flat Iron Filet has been a favorite. 10 Arts gets their meats from Pineland Farms natural meats in NH. Pineland cattle eat grass as long as possible, then feed on small feedlots of grain, hay, and some corn and soybean meal. To her left is Niche Media CEO Jason Binns, who tells me that he likes Philly Chit Chat and “You’ve created something really nice for Philadelphia.” I mean you can’t get a better compliment than that. I asked about a few possible choices for covers, and I got a maybe, but I can’t discuss, but if you are a regular reader you might guess who; to his left, celebrity Chef and 10 Arts owner Eric Ripert. Didn’t have a chance to chat with him, probably would have asked about his beautiful wife who was so sweet to me when I met her in May, oh and probably about 10 Arts.

Christopher and Patricia DiGeorge with Lina and Carmen Tomassetti of http://www.cto.com/ , which has provided entertainment for some of Philly Style’s earlier parties that I have written about; His . I really should have cropped this closer, as Lina was really rocking it with her shoes, and well her whole outfit. By this time though it was getting late, and I was out the door to the next event, but
then John kindly brought Kerri-Lee Halkett http://www.kerri-lee.com/ over and I got the quick two shot before they ran out the door to get ready for the 10 o’clock show. Finally, sweet gift bag. Wish I got one cause it was loaded. Oh and by the way we have a winner for the Daily Candy gift bag that I held a contest for, so thanks for all your responses. I will try and do that again, sorry this one got away, but in it was: a gift certificate from Sorrelli Jewelers, Le Sport bag, Studio Haircut certificate for a free haircut, American Male haircut and hand massage, Chima Restaurant 2 for 1 coupon, Nicole Miller tie, Style Magazine, a few other things I missed as folks kept pulling me away to take their photos on the red carpet, then they would say is this going in the magazine, which I had to break their hearts and say no, but it might show up on Philly Chit Chat, and that seemed to be fine when I explained what the site is. OK and finally this really nice tote bag from Fabulous Stationary and an emergency pack of cards, you know like what you should keep at work when its your office mates birthday like hint hint mine yesterday!!