Budweiser Made In America Music Festival Day 2

Day 2 of M.I.A. packed just as much of a musical punch as the first.  All the acts that hit the stage brought their A game with them.  Turn UP!

Miguel brought the sexy when he hit the stage.

Miguel brought the sexy when he hit the stage.

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Miguel glided across the stage with moves reminiscent of Prince

Miguel glided across the stage with moves reminiscent of Prince.

Even though it felt like 2 million degrees, the crowd kept the party going.

Even though it felt like 2 million degrees, the crowd kept the party going.

Next up was the Taylor Gang King himself, WIz Khalifa

Next up was the Taylor Gang King himself, WIz Khalifa

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Absolutely LOVED when he brought out his baby Amber Rose. (B.T. Dubs Amber is from Philly!)

Absolutely LOVED when he brought out his baby Amber Rose. (B.T. Dubs Amber is from Philly!)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis brought a little West Cost flavor to M.I.A. and duo did not disappoint.

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Of course they had to take us to the "Thrift Shop"

Of course they had to take us to the “Thrift Shop

Calvin Harris could not be stopped on the 1's and 2's

Calvin Harris could not be stopped on the 1’s and 2’s and his visual effects were CRAZY!

Last but certainly not least Nine Inch Nails closed the festival out and blew the crowd away with their awesome performance.

Last but certainly not least Nine Inch Nails closed the festival out and blew the crowd away with their awesome performance.

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M.I.A was unbelievable this year.  Can’t wait to TURN UP next year!

11 Must-Do International Festivals in September

Summer may be coming to a close but the festivals are ongoing – here, there and everywhere.  Find one of these culture bombs happening around the world during September.

1. Mariachi Festival, Guadalajara, México – August 28-September 8, the event that encapsulates the heart of Mexican culture fills the streets with folkloric music, dancing and costume. Learn more at http://www.mariachi-jalisco.com.mx.

2. Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii – September 1-9, the “premier epicurean event in the Pacific” takes place on one of the world’s most treasured islands. Visit http://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com for more info.

Hawai'i Food & Wine

3. Dublin Fashion Festival, Dublin, Ireland – September 5-8, fashionistas shop from over 250 retailers while enjoying elements of fun and theatre in their shopping experiences.  Visit http://dff.ie.

4. Toronto International Film Festival, Canada -September 5-15 over 300 films from more than 60 countries will be screened at tiff., dubbed as the most important film fest after Cannes.  See more at www.tiff.net.

5. FringeArts Festival, Philadelphia, PA – September 5-22, the City of Brotherly Love awakens with provocative contemporary art, both visual and performance.  For more info, visit http://www.fringearts.com.


Photo by Heiko Kalmbach

6. Budapest International Wine Fest, Budapest, Hungary – September 11-15 Wine University, wine tasting, a harvest parade, etc.  All that plus traditional Hungarian food and culture at their annual festival.  Info at http://www.aborfesztival.hu.

7. Koktebel Jazz Festival, Koktebel, Ukraine – September 12-15 the airwaves of this Ukrainian resort town are jammed with jazz notes and over 30,000 music lovers.  Over 300 musicians from 15 countries perform.  Visit http://www.jazz.koktebel.info/en/.

8. Floriade Flower Festival, Canberra, Australia – September 14-October 13, the finest of Australian horticulture unviels. More info at http://www.floriadeaustralia.com/program/

9. London Design Festival, London, UK – September 14-22 product launches, international exhibitions, seminars, trade events and more all happen at what’s considered one of the most important annual design events.  A mix of commercial and culture for, there’s something from professionals and passersby.  Learn more at http://www.londondesignfestival.com/.

Picture by Cityscope

10. Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music, Bangkok, Thailand – September 15-October 14.  Opera, ballet, music and dance unite for the largest performing arts festival in Thailand.   http://www.bangkokfestivals.com/home/

11. Oktober Fest, Munich, Germany – September 21-October 6.  One word: beer.  http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

Thanks for reading 🙂

Dîner en Blanc in Philadelphia!

Sooo this year’s D.E.B was held at……30th Street Station!  We all dined and danced on the JFK Bridge, which leads to the biggest transportation hub in the city.  If you’re not from the area, pay it a visit on your next trip.  Below are some of the 2,500 stylish guests in blanc, elegant decor and happy faces.  A little bit of FrEnglish too!

Had no idea we were feet away from the main event.

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2013-08-22 20.42.22 Eiffel Tower Table.2013-08-22 20.53.31 Les Cupcakes
2013-08-22 20.54.18 Les Macarons
2013-08-22 20.55.00 La Lovely Lady
2013-08-22 20.56.06D.E.B in a ville near you ;-).
2013-08-22 21.00.22Super Fly
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2013-08-22 21.02.45Sheer rules!
2013-08-22 21.07.51Les sparklers!  Light up the city.
2013-08-22 21.16.09 More sparkler fun.
2013-08-22 21.18.55Emily Tharp, blogger behind HerPhilly.  J’adore!
2013-08-22 21.20.05And j’adore her dress!
2013-08-22 21.20.56 New friend 🙂2013-08-22 21.29.29 She WAS the party!
2013-08-22 21.37.40 Had to make it to the stage…
2013-08-22 21.46.27Très elegant.
2013-08-22 21.55.23Quick break inside the station.

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Then back to la fête with Kory Aversa, one of the many brains behind the magic! 

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Merci beaucoup to all that put this together.  See you next summer!!

Throwback Thursday: Dîner en Blanc’s

François Pasquier had no idea that back in ’88 his Dîner en Blanc (Dinner in White) would become an international summertime phenomenon.  25 years ago François wanted to reunite with some of his amis (friends) with a picnic in Paris and requested that they all dress in white to easily identify one another.  Here we are in 2013 and the reunions of amis in white have expanded to Singapore, Mexico City, Montréal, Haiti, New York, Brisbane, Barcelona, Kigali…yea, all over.  And tonight, for the second year, Philly is joining the fun.  The plan for guests is byob (b for baguettes), byowine, byocheese, byotables, byochairs and wait for instructions to the secret location.  Where will it be?  I haven’t the faintest!  But I will gladly report back tomorrow with full details.  In the meantime, watch the video below to see le Dîner en Blanc in its earlier days and how much it’s grown to date!

Another Beauty Moment: Fab Philly Salon

Technically our “Beauty Week” is over but we couldn’t let it go without mentioning one of our new favorite beauty parlors, Headhouse Salon.  It’s a hip, loft-style spot tucked away in the South Philly neighborhood; a true hidden gem.  Onyx went in to test their hair/makeup skills and left glammed out.  Both services were perfecto!  And the experience itself was top-notch from start to finish.  They spoiled us with cake truffles, (special) lemonade, a swag bag and a fun staff that we’d visit again just for the laughs.  If you’re ever in the Philadelphia area and in need of a beauty touch-up, Headhouse would be a wise choice ;-).  You’ll feel like you’re in a modern-day episode of “Cheers”.

Sweet Treats
Truffles & Lemonade

Blogger, Jessie Holeva, arranging the gifts.
Goodie BagMAC or Dior Lips?
ShadesThe staff.
Party @ Headhouse

Banter & Blow Drying
Chris WashingBOOM.
Onyx After

Visist http://www.headhousesalonphilly.com for more info!

Semana de Moda en las Calles: Street Gazer

Como seguimos por el viaje de nuestros blogs favoritos, paramos con el bloguero Filadelfiano, Reuben “Big Rube” Harley.  Él es un estilista de moda y chef al día y un bloguero de moda en las calles fenomenal durante su tiempo libre.  Su blog, streetgazing.com, le permite compartir dos de sus pasiones: la moda y fotografia. Siempre hay una variedad de estilos.
Un día, localiza a alguién llevando un vestido maxi elegante:
Estilo de Afro:
Estilo de Patineta:
Gorras del Verano:
Pantalones Cortes de Hombres:
Y mucho más.  Todo el mirando fijamente que haces vale la pena, Big Rube!  Muchísimas gracias y estamos en espera de más estilos elegantes!  Muah 🙂
Las fotos son de www.streetgazing.com

Street Style Week: Street Gazing

As we continue the journey through our favorite street style blogs, we make a stop at a Philly blogger, Mr. Reuben “Big Rube” Harley. He is a fashion stylist and chef by day, and an amazing street style blogger during his off time. His blog, streetgazing.com, allows him to share with the world two of his loves: fashion and photography. You can expect a to see variety of styles here.
One day, he’ll spot a subject sporting a sleek maxi dress:
Afro style:
Skateboard style:
Summer hats:
Or men’s shorts:
And plenty more. All of the street gazing you do is so worth it, Big Rube!  We thank you and look forward to seeing much more!  Muah 🙂
All images posted are courtesy of www.streetgazing.com

Happy Bastille Day!!

How did you celebrate La Fête Nationale?  Fireworks in front of the Eiffel Tower?  A party in your neighborhood?  A cold beverage?  None or all of the above?   Bastille Day takes place every July 14th as a commemoration of the end of the French Revolution.  We found a block party at Eastern State Penitentiary to celebrate with fellow Francophiles (lovers of France).  Don’t know if it was a direct reflection of my dear Frenchies but fun to witness nonetheless!


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Le fin 🙂

Independence Week: The City Music Festival

           This year marked the first ever The City music festival at the Piazza in Northern Liberties.  As a prequel to The Roots’ Philly Fourth of July Jam, The City festival pleased the crowd with fashion shows, food and musical showcases.  Philly has much diverse talent.  One of the focal points was to showcase the “next big things” in music.  Khalif Dub, formerly Khdafi Dub, is just that.  He is a very recognizable name in the genres of Dubset and Electro House  music.  He has toured the world, getting a huge following in Europe and Egypt, where he has toured most recently.  Another highlight was the event’s headliner, GoGo Morrow.  She is one of the most well-known up-and-coming Philly artists.  Her career to date includes singing and dancing for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour; opening for Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Kendrick Lamar; performing at the 2012 Wawa Welcome America Festival, the Budweiser Made on America, the Powerhouse30 concert and the list goes on.  These are just a few of the emerging stars from The City music festival.  With the great success of this event, you can probably count on it returning next year. Fingers crossed!

The City Fashion Show

One of the fashion showcases.


Khalif Dub & Bok-Nero


Khalif Dub rapping in between DJ-ing.

GoGo Morrow, The City

Gogo Morrow and Friends

The City Audience

A Pleased Crowd

Independence Week: Taste of Philadelphia

TasteOn one of the hottest days of the season, we braved the humid 96 degree-day (35°C) to taste some dishes of Philly’s food players.  In the end, it became more of a quest for chilled options in order to stay cool.  It worked…for a short while.  When our frozen food/drinks started to melt quickly before our eyes, we took that as a cue to exit!

Favorite Indian beverage, Mango Lassi, from Karma Restaurant & Bar.

LassiRan into bloggerfriend, Brittiny, of Fashion of Philly.



Loved the veggie presence at The Twisted Tail.


Award goes to Brown Betty Dessert Boutique for most creative vending space!

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Rita’s water ice was necessary even after Brown Betty’s ice cream sandwich.

Rita's Line

Hmmm…maybe they should go global.



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View from the parking lot.


And away we went!