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Antiques & Art

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The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show is this weekend, April 15-17 at The Navy Yard.

The weekend’s programming features: designer Ellie Cullman, consistently recognized by “Architectural Digest” on its AD 100 top designers list; Johanna McBrien, Editor-in-Chief of “Antiques & Fine Art” magazine and InCollect.com; Nancy Moses, award- winning author of Lost in the Museum: Hidden Treasures and the Stories they Tell; and Alexandra Kirtley, Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Curator of American Decorative Arts.

In addition to the designers, curators and authors sharing their stories, there is also a special loan exhibit, “Secret Treasures,” that is filled with unique objects from dealers’ personal collections. Many of the collectibles have seldom been exhibited publicly.

Long regarded as one of the best Shows of its kind in the country, this year’s event also features 58 dealers specializing in a wide range of periods and styles – offering a selection of furniture, fine and decorative arts, silver, textiles, porcelain and jewelry from the 17th through the mid-20th centuries. More contemporary art is being infused into the mix of antiques as well, which is a change from years past.

The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show
The Navy Yard // Marine Parade Grounds // South Broad Street & Intrepid Avenue
Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 from 11am until 8pm
Sunday, April 17 from 11am until 5pm

General admission is $20 per person and includes access to the regular programming, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups. For a complete list of dealers and programs or to purchase tickets, visit PhiladelphiaAntiquesandArtShow.com or call 610-902-2109.

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Grand Lux Brunch

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A few weeks ago I was invited to brunch at Grand Lux Cafe. My experience was delightful!

The Weekend Brunch menu is a fun mix of American, French, Mexican fare and everything else in between. The menu also includes a few thirst quenching cocktails like a classic Mimosa, Strawberry Bellini, Spicy Mary and more.

My meal was exceptional that started with Breakfast Beignets, soft pillowy balls of fried dough covered in powdered sugar served with cinnamon sugar, vanilla whisky creme anglaise and raspberry preserves. This was washed down with a Fresh Strawberry Bellini, strawberry puree, Prosecco and Cointreau. Cheers!

The entrees arrived and they tasted as good as they looked. First up was the Biscuits and Gravy with Eggs, warm buttermilk biscuits and sunny side up eggs smothered with house made sausage gravy, served over crispy crushed potatoes. This dish is incredible. Every item from the biscuits, sausage gravy, eggs (cooked to order) and potatoes were perfectly seasoned. Then came the Fried Chicken and Waffles, a golden fluffy waffle sprinkled with powdered sugar, topped with crispy fried chicken strips, toasted fresh pecans and pecan honey butter sauce. This entree is the best balance of sweet and savory.

In case you did not know, Waffle Day is Friday, March 25. In honor of this special day, be sure to visit a Grand Lux Cafe near you and order the Fried Chicken and Waffles. (Waffle Day began in Sweden as Våffeldagen, actually due to confusion between the Swedish “vårfrudagen” meaning “Our Lady’s Day” which falls on the same date. The day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.) Happy Spring and Happy Eating!

Grand Lux Cafe
Cherry Hill // 2000 New Jersey 38 #1072 // Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 // 856-486-7232
King of Prussia // 160 North Gulf Road #2395 // King of Prussia, PA 19406 // 610-768-1620
grandluxcafe.com

#GrandLuxCafe #Brunch #WaffleDay2016

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#ShareConfidence

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Today we celebrate International Women’s Day! Woolite Darks has created an amazing campaign named #ShareConfidence – it celebrates the confidence lift dark clothes give women.

Predicated on research that dark clothes boost confidence, Woolite Darks paired up with Dress For Success and spent a few days with a street style photographer capturing women on the streets of New York donning dark clothes and exuding confidence. These women were asked to explain how confident their dark clothes made them feel and then asked them to literally give the clothes off their backs to a woman who could use a confidence boost. Simply incredible.

#InternationalWomensDay #ShareConfidence #WooliteDarks

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Oscars Best Dressed

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The 88th Annual Academy Awards is the most awaited event for nominated films, actors and more. The evening is also bitter sweet because it symbolizes the end of awards season and fabulous red carpet. This year has been filled with gorgeous pops of color, metallic hues and stunning jewels.

A few of my favorite “Best Dressed” picks from the 2016 Oscars Red Carpet.

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive.
Charlize Theron in Dior.
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell.
Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier.
Julianne Moore in Chanel.
Margot Robbie in Tom Ford.
Rooney Mara in Givenchy.
Olivia Wilde in Valentino.

#Oscars #Oscars2016 #RedCarpet #BestDressed

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Weekend Escape

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Don’t want to give the traditional cliche Valentine’s Day gift of  flowers, chocolate or diamonds? I have the perfect recommendation for you, a romantic getaway to Cape May, NJ.

Cape May is a city at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula in Cape May County, New Jersey, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. One of the country’s oldest vacation resort destinations, this quint shore community is charming with great lodging, dining, shopping and of course the beach in the summer. Here are my suggestions to make your getaway perfect in every way.

Stay – The Virginia Hotel is incredible. You’re transported to a southern plantation like home with warm hospitality at this luxury boutique hotel. Rooms are cozy and elegantly decorated. If available, stay in a room with a street front deck, perfect place to enjoy your complimentary breakfast! (25 Jackson Street, 609-884-5700, caperesorts.com)

Eat – Lunch at the Blue Pig Tavern located inside Congress Hall. Try the delicious Beach Plum Farm Deviled Eggs and the Blue Pig Tavern Fish Chips. Dine alfresco and take in the ocean breeze! (200 Congress Place, 609-884-8422, caperesorts.com)

Eat more – For dinner you must dine at The Ebbitt Room located inside the Virgina Hotel. I recommend you try any of the day’s specials along with the Caramelized Sea Scallops, Truffle Macaroni & Cheese and Sweet Ricotta Doughnuts. Simply delicious! (25 Jackson Street, 609-884-5700, caperesorts.com)

Do – Visit the Cape May Winery & Vineyard. Delicious wine with a great family story. Cape May Winery has grown over the past two decades to produce some of South Jersey’s most distinguished wines. The property encompasses over four different vineyards, containing over 70 acres, from which they produce over 16 different varieties of grapes. Make sure you indulge in a wine tasting and take home a bottle of their Chardonnay. (711 Townbank Road, 609-884-1164, capemaywinery.com)

Shop – Till you drop at West End Garage. Only a 5-minute walk from the heart of historic downtown Cape May. This shopping haven features more than 50 stores under one roof, with 62 vendors from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. (484 Perry Street, 609-770-8261, caperesorts.com)

Drink – You must have a cocktail at the Brown Room, located inside Congress Hall. This sophisticated gathering place for both locals and visitors is a little slice of heaven. Live music on the weekends. Be sure to try the Cherry Bourbon Sour…Cheers! (200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421, caperesorts.com)

Experience – Relax and let it go with a spa treatment at Sea Spa located inside Congress Hall. Make your appointment to have the Ocean Memory Marine Ritual and the Customized Sea Spa Facial. You can thank me later! (200 Congress Place, 609-884-6543, caperesorts.com)

This is just the tip of the iceberg. You will have plenty to do when visiting Cape May. Have fun and take it all in!

#ValentinesDay #CapeMayNJ #Getaway

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