Why You Should Go To Academy Ball 160

Philadelphia’s best white-tie gala of the year is happening again on January 28. I was so disappointed when it was canceled last year because of Winter Storm Jonas especially because the concert was to feature the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Martin Short. So you can imagine how excited I am that he’ll be performing this year!


The theme of this year’s event is Philadelphia’s Golden Heritage, and it’s the Academy of Music’s 160th Anniversary. I so enjoy this evening of great performances, food and drink with amazing company. How fun that after the performance at the Academy, gala-goers will promenade down the Avenue of the Arts to an elegant dinner and Ball at Hyatt at the Bellevue? Ahh, such glamour!


As a member of the Young Friends committee for the the event, I’m grateful I had the opportunity to work with the other three people you see pictured here, who are also members of the committee, Stacey, Matrin, and Alison. I’m excited I can finally share with you these images we captured during a photoshoot inside the absolutely stunning Academy of Music. For the shoot, the ladies wore dresses from Bedazzled Boutique in Newtown Square and jewelry from REALM, and I wore tails provided by Henry A. Davidsen. For the Ball, Martin will wear his own custom tails.




If you’ve never had the fortune of walking through its halls and ballrooms, please make it a priority to get yourself there! I promise you’ll be blown away… But then, with these photos, you don’t really have to take my word for it, do you?

Buy tickets to the Academy of Music.


Images by: Briana Louise Photography

My Holiday Travel Must-Haves with State Farm

This post is sponsored by State Farm

There are a few DANGEROUS things about living in the Northeast: potential icy roads, flat tires, and car stalls while traveling in the winter months. The last thing I want to have to worry about while venturing to visit family is the increased chance of being stranded in the cold. GAH! That’s why I always pack a heavy jacket and accessories to stay warm in case of emergency. Thankfully I’ve relieved my wintery travel worries now knowing about a protection program, the Pennsylvania DOT State Farm Safety Patrol.


I’ve teamed up with State Farm to share some safety tips to make sure the holiday travel season stays joyful! A quick vehicle checkup is the best precaution before starting your travels. Remember to:

  1. Check the air pressure in all tires (especially the spare!)
  2. Make sure the wiper blades work
  3. Check the battery life and that cables are properly connected
  4. Inspect brake pads
  5. Change the oil and filter
  6. Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and interior lights


To go along with those State Farm’ quick vehicle safety tips, I’m listing my travel must-haves for going home during the holidays.

  1. Salted peanuts or some non-perishable snacks
  2. Fingerless driving gloves
  3. A kickass playlist (often curated by DJ friends or musicians)
  4. Purified water
  5. Coffee or a latte
  6. A blanket in case I get stranded and need to wait for the Assist Patrol
  7. One or more pairs of sunglasses


Where are you going this holiday season? The Assist Patrol program runs in 15 states with 20 sponsored patrols. Be sure to see if it operates near you and stay safe! You can learn more about the program here.

This post was sponsored by State Farm.


Photography: Brian J Green

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