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  • DIY winter decorations!

    Check out these awesome and easy DIY winter decorations to help make your home a little more festive this year!

    The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than hosting a small party for your close friends and family to enjoy! All you need is some good food, good wine and of course festive decorations! Since we know how stressful it is prepping for a party, we figured we’d make decorating your house as easy as possibly by telling you how to do some awesome DIY winter decorations!

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    First, what better way to make your house not only cozy but also festive with a beautiful DIY winter candle! All you need is :

    -Mason Jars

    -metallic glass paint

    -snowflake cutouts

    -Glue

    -A pretty ribbon

    -Tea candles

     

    Then you spray your jars with metallic glass paint, let it dry and glue on your snowflakes. Tie a pretty ribbon on top of the jar, put your candle in the center and enjoy some pretty festive lighting!

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    Another great idea for DIY winter decorations can be used as a center piece at your table or wherever you want a little extra holiday décor! All you need is:

    -A few branches

    -Silver spray paint

    -Glitter

    -Glue

    – A vase

    Then you spray your branches silver, let them dry and glue glitter on them. Put them in a pretty vase with any extra accessories you may want (I use gold and silver round ornaments) and enjoy!

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    Lastly, another cute way to decorate your house this winter is with these easy DIY winter christmas trees! All you need is

    -Paper lace tea coasters

    -small wooden sticks

    -Hot glue gun

    Then you put the paper lace coasters on the stick through the center, glue in place and enjoy your pretty DIY Christmas tree!

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    We hope you enjoy these easy DIY winter decorations to make your holidays just a little bit more festive!

  • Ski Slopes Near Philadelphia

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    Instead of traveling hundreds of miles to west to Park City or north to mountains in Vermont, how about an hour road trip to Pennsylvania’s best mountain ranges for skiing and snowboarding action! Listed below are a couple hot spots that are a must hit when you’re looking to break in that new ski or snowboard equipment.

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    Big Boulder: 1 South Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, 570-443-8425
    Distance from Philly: About 101 miles
    Big Boulder, Jack’s Frost’s companion mountain, is another Pocono hot spot. You’ll find 15 slopes and trails, beginner through expert, a 475-foot vertical, 55 acres of skiable terrain, and nine lifts. Snowboarders will enjoy the Mountain Dew Terrain Park and half pipe, and non-slopes will love the 12 tubing chutes.

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    Camelback Mountain Resort: One Camelback Road, Tannersville, 570-629-5900
    Distance from Philly: About 101 miles
    Also located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Camelback Ski Area has 34 trails on 160 skiable acres, an 800-foot vertical drop, and 15 lifts, including two high-speed quads, three triples, seven doubles, a surface lift at SunKid, and two tubing lifts. There’s also a snowboard half pipe, two terrain parks, and a wide selection of trails for all ability levels. Snowmaking and night skiing is offered on all trails.

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    Blue Mountain: 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Danielsville, 610-826-7700
    Distance from Philly: 75 miles
    Blue Mountain is located in Eastern Pennsylvania, one hour north of Philadelphia, with the greatest vertical in the state, 1,082 feet. It has 34 trails, four terrain parks, and a Big Airbag, with all terrain lighted for night skiing. Trails are serviced by nine lifts, including a high-speed detachable six-seater and quad lifts. Hone your skills in one of the three Learning Centers, one serviced by a triple chair. Or, snow tube on 19 slides and three tow lifts.

    Lastly if you’re looking for the closest mountain with the highest ranked slopes you should make the easy 60 mile drive to Bear Creek Mountain listed below;

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    Bear Creek Mountain: 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie, 1-866-SKIATBC
    Distance from Philly: About 57 miles
    Located on more than 330 acres in Berks County, Bear Creek Mountain boasts 21 trails that will keep every level of skier or boarder entertained. Newbies will enjoy the expanded beginner area complete with a carpet lift and triple chair and pros will be challenged on “Sasquatch,” a black diamond trail with a 50 percent slope. There’s also a complimentary Ski Check at the base of the mountain.

  • The Marian Anderson Awards Recap

    The Marian Anderson Awards was this past Tuesday, November 18th 2014,  and it was absolutely amazing! For those of you who attended the event that honored the legendary John Bon Jovi, you know just how perfect the night was. But for those of you who didn’t get a chance to witness this epic night, you’re in luck because we’re willing to give you a recap that will ensure your attendance at next year’s Marian Anderson Awards! 

    Marian Anderson Awards 1The night began promptly at 6:30pm with the New Friends cocktail reception in the Kimmel Center Hamilton Garden. With our beautiful The Nouveau Image founder Michelle Miller and the founder of MCT Entertainment, Mia Tinari, as co-chairs of this event, it was no wonder that it ran so smoothly. Having gorgeous views of the city, yummy cocktails and delicious food catered by Jose Garces, it’s obvious why the event was such a hit. With DJ Arun producing the perfect vibes, a Foto Forward section, and a speech by Pierre Robert from WMR, the New Friends cocktail hour was nothing but exciting. Not to mention the fabulous guests in attendance that made mingling and networking between old and new friends impossible to avoid. 

    Marian Anderson Awards 2Then at 8:30pm, after everyone was full and relaxed, we were ushered into the massive Verizon Hall to begin the award ceremony. The room itself was seriously perfect, with cozy chairs, a huge stage and amazing acoustics. The ceremony began with the hilarious Wanda Sykes welcoming us and immediately making us laugh and know we were in for an exciting night.  Shortly after Nina Tinari the chair of the board spoke about the importance of the Marian Anderson Award, and then quickly introduced us to an amazingly talented young man named,Sean Bennett, who played the violin. After his fantastic performance that received a well deserved a standing ovation, we were then showed a tribute to Marian Anderson and her passion for equal rights as well as music. Shortly after, the other talented performers including the All American Rejects, John Baptiste and his band Stay Human and Estelle performed and truly blew us away. Each performer wowed us with multiple hit songs, and the performances ended with Estelle giving tribute to John Bon Jovi with the famous song Living On a Prayer, with the help of the CAPA choir! Finally the night ended, with fantastic speeches  by mayor Nutter, Sister Mary Scullion from Project Home and Senator Cory Booker. All honoring the amazing Bon Jovi who gracefully and attractively thanked everyone for the amazing honor! 

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    This evening was beyond perfect from the very start to the very end. Beginning with the New Friends event, a gala dinner downstairs and ending with epic performances all in honor of the legendary Bon Jovi. It is safe to say this night will be one to remember! We just want to thank everyone who attended and we hope to see you all and more next year for the Marian Anderson Awards! 

  • Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia

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    Pope Francis stated flatly Monday that he expected to visit Philadelphia in September 2015. Francis told a news conference that he was considering a three-city U.S. tour next year that would include at trip to New York City to address the United Nations, to Washington to address Congress, and to the international World Meeting of Families gathering in Philadelphia. The five-day World Meeting of Families is scheduled to begin September 22, 2015. If the pope says Mass at its close, as is traditional, city officials predict his presence would draw well in excess of one million visitors. Francis has not visited the United States since his election to the pontificate in March 2013. Ken Gavin, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is hosting the World Meeting in conjunction with the Holy See, cautioned Monday that Francis’ latest remarks still do not serve as the Vatican’s official confirmation of his intent to attend the World Meeting, but on route to South Korea last week, Francis, who is from Argentina, replied ” sí” when a TV reporter asked if he expected to visit Philadelphia next year. For more information posted about the Vatican’s decision on this visit to Philadelphia, click here!

  • Fun Philly Activities For This Weekend!

    This week seriously flew by and we couldn’t be any happier! We’re ready to relax and have fun in Philly this weekend without thinking about anything work related. In order to make that possible, we’ve found the best things going on in Philly weekend and we’re ready to share them!

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    Friday, November 14th

    The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park opens to the public this Friday, November 14 at noon! This winter, the ice rink will draw outdoor recreation lovers to the park to practice their twist and twirls right out front of City Hall. To celebrate opening day there will be complimentary ice skating admission and skate rentals from noon to 3pm (while supplies last of course!). After opening day, the Rothman Ice Rink will operate seven days a week (including holidays!) Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The cost is also very inexpensive for a great family fun night: $4, adults; $3, children 10 and under; $8, skate rental! For more information on The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, click here.

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    Saturday, November 15th

    For all of you organic health lovers, we have the perfect way to spend your saturday afternoon. On November 15, from 12pm-2pm at 2501 E cumberland St in Philadelphia, there will be a medicinal herbs workshop. For only $35, Kristin O’Malley from her website Herban Momma, will be giving an in person call on making your own infused vinegars and herbal syrups to help keep the cold sicknesses at bay this winter! You will also get to take home a bottle of elderberry syrup and fire cider to add to your herbal medicine cabinet!

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    If you want to do something a little more fashionable this weekend, than we have the perfect event in Philly this weekend for you! Why not attend the Kevin O’Brien studio sample sale? Specializing in handmade silk/ velvet scarves and home accessories, there is no doubt you’ll find something you love! From 11am-4pm on saturday at 1412 S Broad Street, you will get the chance to buy some of their products at great discount prices!Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 1.36.16 PM

    More in the mood to have a drink or five with your friends in Philly this weekend? How about attending the Philly Fall Crawl. With 12 of center cities best bars participating and an expected turnout of over 1000 people, there is no reason that you shouldn’t attend! For only $20, you get free entry to all 12 bars, drink and food specials at each bar, an event shirt and map, and some awesome give aways! We seriously can’t think of a better way to let loose in philly this weekend!Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 1.36.50 PM

    Are you a dog lover? Starting Saturday November 15th at 8:30am and running until Sunday, November 16th at 5:00pm the Kennel Club of Philadelphia invites you to The National Dog Show! The show will take place at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center At Oaks and tickets range from $7.00-$14.00. The shows, sanctioned by The American Kennel Club, will help raise money for a variety of canine-related causes. Prior beneficiaries of The Kennel Club of Philadelphia include The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. See AKC sanctioned Breed, Group, and Best In Show judging and top agility dogs in the ring each day. Saturday is The National Dog Show, Presented by Purina, to be broadcast nationwide on Thanksgiving Day by NBC. Sunday’s show offers enhanced athletic dog exhibitions plus family-friendly activities and hands-on fun. Click here for tickets and more information!irish-setter

     

    Sunday, November 16

    The Penn Museum is known for its world-class selection of ancient artifacts, but in its new series starting this Sunday, the renowned museum examines a piece of history much closer to our time. The museum’s new series kicks off this Sunday, November 16 at 3 p.m., with Maya Deren: New Music and her Surreal Silent Films. The afternoon’s program will include three short films by the Russian-born filmmaker. As the movie rolls, guests can listen to live music by Teiji Ito, Kyle Gann, Leslie Burrs and Chuck Holdeman. Tickets are only $15 per person! For more information and tickets click herepenn-museum-warden-garden-680

    Sunday is going to be here faster than we know it and what better way to spend it then by watching the Eagles (7-2) take on the Green Bay Packers (6-3) at the 97.5 viewing party at Xfinity Live! Starting at 4:30 Sean Brace from 97.5 and some of the other Fanatic hosts will be on-site to watch the game with the crowd, talk football, and give someone the chance to WIN $25,000 with the Touchdown Toss contest. Click here for more information!

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  • 2014 New Friends Reception Co-Chaired By Our Founder Michelle!

    Next Tuesday, November 18th, the legendary Jon Bon Jovi – founder and front man for the iconic band Bon Jovi – will receive the 16th annual Marian Anderson Award in honor of his professional accomplishments and contributions to philanthropic and humanitarian efforts. Emmy award-winning comedian, Wanda Sykes, will host this year’s Award ceremony.  In addition to Sykes, Grammy-award winner, Estelle, The All American Rejects, and Jon Batiste and Stay Human will perform. Senator Cory Booker and Sister Mary Scullion, of Project Home, will be contributing speakers for the evening.

    Tickets for this year’s New Friends Cocktail Reception preceding the 2014 Marian Anderson Award ceremony and concert are now on sale. The Reception will again be co-chaired by Mia Tinari Esq. and our founder Michelle Miller-DeMarco. Special guest Pierre Robert of WMMR will attend and speak about his close friendship with Jon Bon Jovi.

    “The New Friends Reception is a fantastic way to expose new individuals to all the wonderful things the Marian Anderson Award achieves,” says Michelle. “This is not a one-night affair. Supporters of the Award work year-round to help musically talented, young individuals in the Philadelphia area.  This is a night of real glitz and glamour, as well as a fund-raiser for a very noble cause.”

    The New Friends Cocktail Reception will take place in the Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center and will be catered by Garces Catering.  The event begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are limited and will be sold at eventbrite.com at a price of $175 for individuals and $300 for couples.  The tickets also include premium seating for the Award ceremony and concert in Verizon Hall, which begins at 8:30pm. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

    Tickets for the concert alone can be purchased at tickets.kimmelcenter.org or by calling 215-893-1999. Concert tickets range from $25.00 to  $150.

    For more information about the Marian Anderson Award, please visit www.marianandersonaward.org, and for information on tickets, please visit www.kimmelcenter.org or call 215-893-1999.

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  • Philly This Weekend

    Get Ready to Relax and Have Some Fun in Philly This Weekend!

    Does anyone else feel like this was the longest week ever? We’re not sure if it’s because we’re still out of it from Halloween or we’re having a hard time believing that it’s already November, but either way we are more than happy that it’s already Friday. After this long week we are ready relax and have some fun and we know you are too. That’s why we’re going to make this weekend as easy as possibly by letting you know the best things going on in Philly this weekend.

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    If you’re a lover of seafood, particularly oysters, than we know the perfect way to end your week. Tonight from 6:30-8:30pm at Reading Terminal Market, they are having their annual Oysterfest Celebration.  For only $50, attendees will get the chance to sample a dozen different tasty oysters all paired with delicious craft beers. Not only, can this count as your dinner and happy hour all mixed into one, but did we mention that all of the proceeds go to benefiting nutrition education programming for Philadelphia school children! If this doesn’t sound like the perfect way to start celebrating in Philly this weekend, than we don’t know what will!

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    For all you caffeine lovers out there, we have the perfect event for you this weekend. From 10 am on Saturday, November 8th, to 5pm on the 9th, Philly is hosting the second annual coffee and tea festival. For only $20 to $30, there will be over 40 different exhibitors from around the country giving samples of their best and newest teas and coffee’s. Not only are they sampling teas and coffees, they are also offering the perfect sweet and savory pairings to ensure a flavorful weekend. Oh, and did I mention that they are also giving out free gift bags to the first 1,000 people that attend the event. So if you have work to do this weekend or you just want a little pick me up, check out this awesome event in Philly this weekend that is sure to be any caffeine addicts dream!

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    Are you more in the mood to do some shopping? Preferably for some unique items that you won’t find anywhere else? With the holiday season approaching this might be the perfect time to attend the annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Philly this weekend from today until Sunday the 9th at 5pm. With an admission fee of only $8-10, and featuring over 250 of the nation’s finest artisans, this is an event any good shopper should not miss. Having jury selected artists who will present items from sculpture and jewelry to leather and furniture, there is sure to be something for everyone. This event will also feature live music, entertainment and of course delicious gourmet food for everyone to enjoy.

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  • The Philadelphia Marathon

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    Are you ready for the Philadelphia Marathon? On Sunday November 23rd, the Philadelphia Marathon, also known as one of the most historic races in the nation, will take place. The route covers fast and mostly flat terrain. Runners will cross the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — including Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell. By the Delaware River, the route takes you along iconic streets in Olde City along Penn’s Landing, and eventually arrives near the green and leafy pathways of the recently restored Fairmount Water Works, located on the Schuylkill River. The Philadelphia Marathon is a 26.2-mile course and is anticipated to have over 30,000 runners this year. Along the route, runners can partake in hydration stations, bursts of energy from Clif Shots and get cheered on by thousands watching the action. For spectators there will be amazing cheer spots and race maps that can be found here!

    Warm up for the race at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. All race weekend participants are required to stop by the Pennsylvania Convention Center prior to the Marathon to pick up their race packets, including a race bib, timing tag, t-shirt and bag. The Expo is free and open to the public with 2014 Philadelphia Marathon merchandise available along with the latest products and ideas in the worlds of running, fitness and nutrition. For more information and weekend activities on this event, click here! Hope to see everyone there! And good luck to all the runners!

  • Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique Holiday Beauty Refresh Party!

    Our client Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique  is throwing the perfect girls night for you and your friends! On Thursday November 13th from 5:30-9:00pm they will be hosting their Holiday Edition, Beauty Refresh party!

    They will be teaming up again with the experts from About Face Skin Care and of course all of your favorite stylists from Heads & Tails will be present for this beauty-filled event!

    At the Beauty Refresh event you will be able to learn expert tips and tricks to great hair and skin while enjoying light bites and complimentary cocktails sponsored by Tito’s! There will also be raffles with items from About Face Skin CareFly WheelLacquer LoungeHeads & TailsLilly Jade JewelryOribe Hair Care, and many more!

    And to top it off not only will there be a complimentary skin analysis; there will also be Botox present! Who is ready to get rid of some wrinkles? I know we are! With an appointment you can get Botox for only a special price of only $10 a unit!

    Grab your girlfriends for this fun and beauty-filled girls night!  Email your RSVP along with your guests at RSVP@thenouveauimage.com

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  • Philadelphia Film Festival Recap

    Check Out This Quick Recap Of This Years Amazing Philadelphia Film Festival

    This year is seriously flying by! We can’t believe that it’s already November and that the Philadelphia Film Festival has ended a little over two weeks ago! We know this may seem crazy, but as film fanatics, we are already looking forward to what next year’s Film Festival will bring us. Although, we have to admit, it’s definitely going to be difficult to top this year’s amazing films and epic parties. For those of you who attended the festival, you know exactly what we’re talking about, and for those of you who didn’t attend, here is a little recap to make you jealous and sure to buy tickets for next year!

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    This year’s Philadelphia Film Festival began on October 16th, with the premier of the highly anticipated movie The Birdman. After a small hiccup, also known as a broken projector and theater change, the night continued on better than we could have imagined. With the entire balcony of the Kimmel center dedicated to the opening night bash, including yummy snacks and of course delicious free alcohol from sponsors such as SpodeeStella Artois and Tito’s, it is no wonder why everyone had such an amazing time.

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    Throughout the week, the lounge at Prime Stache was also packed with free drinks, food tastings and some really cool giveaways. Oh and did we mention, amazing people? Because seriously, Philadelphia Film Festival has some of the most interesting and exciting people around! Knowing how cool they are, we wanted everyone to get a chance to meet a few, so we threw a food truck party on the 23rd that anyone could attend! This night festival was not only packed with great people but award winning food trucks such as The Cow and The Curd, Prime Stache, Sweet Box Cupcakes and more!

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    We figured after such a perfect week, we had to end the Philadelphia Film Festival with an even more perfect closing night. So, after the premier of another highly anticipated film, Wild with Reese Witherspoon, we threw a seriously outrageous closing night party! The party was held at the top of the tower with some of the most gorgeous views in all of the city, and of course some of the most gorgeous guests as well. With some delicious snacks such as fried mac and cheese balls, wings, spring rolls and more, everyone was fed well and ready to have a good time. Oh, and we promise that no one left thirsty either. With delicious free drinks from sponsors such as Dock Street Brewery, Tito’s and more, everyone in attendance was bound to have a successful night. Not to mention the great music, huge dance floor, and quirky photo booth set up to ensure lots of laughs and fun!

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    I mean, we seriously don’t think it could be any more obvious that there were some great parties that came along with the Philadelphia Film Festival, but we promise that there were great films as well! Check out this list of all this years festival award winners, and be prepared to get upset if you didn’t see any of them!

    Archie Award: Myroslav Slabosphytsky, director ofThe Tribe.
    The Archie Award is a juried awardpresented in honor of the late Archie Perlmutter to a first-time director.

    Narrative Award:
    Grand Jury Prize // The Duke of Burgundy // Director Peter Strickland
    Special Jury Prize // Girlhood // Director Céline Sciamma
    Best Director Prize // ’71 // Director Yann Demange

    Documentary Award:
    Best Documentary Feature // The Overnighters // Director Jesse Moss

    Pinkenson Award:
    Best Local Feature: Crescendo! The Power of Music // Director Jamie Bernstein
    Honorable Mention for Innovation in Storytelling // Listen Up Philip // Director Alex Ross Perry
    Honorable Mention for World Vision // Tomorrow We Disappear // Director Adam Weber and Jimmy Goldblum

    Short Award:
    Best Short // Port Nasty // Director Rob Zywietz
    Honorable Mention for Best Live Action Short // The Cut // Director Geneviève Dulude-De Celles

    Audience Award:  Crescendo! The Power of Music // Director Jamie Bernstein.
    Audience Award Honorable Mention // I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story // Directors Chad Walker and David LaMattina

    So, it is clear that this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival was not one to miss! Filled with amazing people, spectacular films and epic parties, we are truly upset that it is already over, and extremely excited for what next year’s festival has in store for us! We hope to see you all there!

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