I worked for the Nicole Miller brand for over five years in Philadelphia as their Director of Sales and Merchandising. It was an amazing job that kept the flame burning for my passion of all things fashion and retail. Without that particular job, the people, and the journey, I would never be a working personal shopper and stylist.
The owner of the Philadelphia stores, Mary Dougherty , taught me a very wise lesson…..Small businesses have an obligation to give back to the community that supports them. I am probably the smallest business around, but finding a place to donate my time and closet overflow from clients, was one of my top priorities. Working with Grace Initiatives gives me such joy. I like to think it is part of the reason for my continued growth and success…beyond that, it just feels good.
Monday, I attended an event hosted by Nicole Miller Philadelphia to celebrate the XIX (Nineteen) Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia. Chosen, of course, for their impeccable sense of style…but also for their inspirational philanthropic work in the community. The energy in the room was contagious and has me dreaming up different ways to give back.
What I Wore:
Skirt Nicole Miller similar available HERE
Top Nicole Miller similar style available HERE
Shoes Brian Atwood (last season) similar available HERE
The event was held at XIX Restaurant at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. It was an intimate event…with tons of media there- Hence the reason I did not get a great shot of the 19 women 🙁 As soon as PR company gets one to me, I will be adding it to the post. For now, you will have to enjoy my not so great photos of the room. Below I have also listed the women who were honored one by one. Some really amazing women…Google them:)
The XIX 2014 Honorees:
Donna Allie: Founder and President, Team Clean Inc.
Jamira Burley: Executive Director, The City of Philadelphia Youth Commission
Renee Chenault Fattah: Anchor, NBC 10
Kristin Detterline: Editor in Chief, Philadelphia Style Magazine
Kimberly Fink: CEO and Founder, TREATMiNT
Nicole Giles: Director of Marketing $ Multicultural Affairs, GPFO
Perri Higgins: President and Founder, Evolve Advisors
Sarah Keating: Owner and CEO, Keating Environmental Management
Ann King Lagos: Jewelry Designer and Entrepreneur
Terri Matthews: Founder and President of Jadens Voice
Rosalyn J. McPherson: CEO, Urban League of Philadelphia
Cathy McVey Palmer: Editorial Director, Visit Philadelphia
Tara Miller: Founder, Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation
Natalye Paquin: CEO, Girl Scouts of South Easter Pennsylvania
Dr. Kathleen Squires: Director of Infectious Disease, Thomas Jefferson Hospital
Dominique Streater: Fashion Designer and Winner of Project Runway Season 12
Audrey Claire Taichman: Owner, Twenty Manning Grill, Cook and Audrey Claire
Pheonix Wang: Principal, J.Nowak and Associates
Jan Weinstock: Vice President, Administration and General Council, Gift of Life