Philly Finds Vol. 69 + some ramblings

Photo from last week’s Bouquets and Botanicals event at White Dog Wayne

Welcome back one and all to Philly Finds.

You know what they say, tomorrow is a new day. And that’s the attitude that we’re keeping for the Phillies. Between Phillies, NFL Eagles and Penn State games, I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun consecutively and felt so passionately (and physically exhausted) about something. Although I’m not sure my stomach cannot handle anymore bar food.

Which leads me to explaining the meaning behind my social handle “milliephanatic” because I don’t think I have done that before on here and have received questions about it. It all began as a joke my friends would make about my lack of sports knowledge (i.e. I thought a full count in baseball was called a “full cow”). I love cheering for Philly teams, and watching and going to games, but when it comes to knowing the rules and such… not so much. So instead of Phillie Phanatic, it became Millie Phanatic. Millie is a nickname for Camille (although my family exclusively calls me Meal), but call me whatever you’d like!

SO all this to say… it just feels really good to be a part of something in a city that we love so much. Seeing video after video of people singing “Dancing On My Own” in thick Delco accents has only made love where I’m from even more. We’ll never forget this time.

And if you’re not following along to Conrad Brenner’s live World Series tweets, what are you doing?!


Quick thoughts

So there are two things that have been on my mind that I want to write about, but I truly don’t think I have the bandwidth to sit down and bang out two essays. Instead, I’ll briefly mention them here:

  • The future of influencers, aspirational vs. actually relatable – The days of the “unattainable lifestyle” influencer are on their way out. Instead, audiences (specifically TikTok audiences) are craving those with 9-5 jobs, lives that are actually relatable, and glimpses into mundane, every day life. While TikTok has mastered this, I’m curious to see where the nearly-obsolete Instagram will go with this new trend, as it’s the platform made to really highlight the user’s curated life. We shall see…
  • Celebrity intentionally “unhinged” social media – There’s a trend in celebrity social media right now that is all about taking an “unhinged” approach in content (think Madonna). Let’s take the current reigning queen of social media Tara Reid as an example. When she posted her Halloween costume on Twitter (see below), people were quick to point out that she was wearing diamonds rather than hearts. This is INTENTIONAL people! And we will keep seeing this. Kelly Killoren Bensimon was truly a pioneer on her TikTok account.

NOW we’re onto the finds!


Dock Street South

You know that I’ll never gatekeep anything from you, we’re not about that. So let me share that Dock Street South may be the most ideal place to catch a game, especially if you’re looking for a calmer setting. Friends and I went after tailgating the Eagles game, and it ended up being the perfect situation. For food, a few of us split buffalo cauliflower bites and Asian BBQ wings. And while of course the beer was great, their spicy pineapple cocktail was the true star. And if you need a quick pick-me-up during the day, they also serve coffee.

Clementine’s Stable Café

Clementine’s has been on my “need to go to” list ever since it opened. And FINALLY I made the trek there. The space itself is cozy and inviting (I would love to go back for brunch during the winter). We went with the tasting menu (I believe it was around $50 per person), which includes a raw starter, appetizer, a salad, two main courses, a side and dessert. So we ordered the tuna tartare (INCREDIBLE), crispy octopus, kale salad, fettuccine, branzino (another incredible dish), Brussels spouts, and a lemon tart. The evening concluded with Marcus Mumford’s concert at The Met, truly a blissful night.

You MUST order the tuna tartare

Wilder

Another spot on my list has been Wilder, located in Rittenhouse on 20th and Sansom. Go for the stunning interiors and stay for the food. The lunch special is especially worth noting – 1/2 dozen oysters and a pizza for $42. And any place that has oysters on their happy hour menu is alright in my book.


UPCOMING EVENTS

I Wanna Dance With Somebody Screener

Join me on Monday, November 14 at 7pm at Cinemark University City for a special screening of Whitney Houston’s biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody! It’s completely free to attend – just sign up below! Hop to see you there 🥳

The Barnes Foundation Young Professionals Night – plus discount code!

The Barnes’ Young Professionals Night “Past/Forward” will feature some great music from DJ Lil’ Dave and a performance by singer-songwriter Brandon Pain. Their final #BarnesYP of 2022 also celebrates the opening of the Barnes’s latest exhibition, #ModiglianiUpClose. Plus, they’ll have a handful of incredible activation partners on site listed below. Best of all, they’re encouraging all attendees to bring a new or gently used item to donate to The Wardrobe – a Philly-based nonprofit with the goal of eliminating clothing insecurity.

The night’s highlights include:

  • Complimentary champagne toast at 7 PM 
  • Tarot card reading with Gina Tomaine (Grab a Philly Tarot Deck by James Boyle in the Barnes shop!) 
  • Poetry on demand with Marshall James Kavanaugh 
  • Custom fashion illustrations by Denise Fike  
  • Cash bar featuring beer, wine, cocktails, and light fare 
  • A complimentary sweet treat to finish the night 

Use code YPFRIEND to purchase a ticket for just $15! 


Girls’ Night Out at Pairing with Porsche

Get a jump on your holiday shopping and enjoy the ultimate Girls’ Night Out at Pairing with Porsche at Porsche Conshohocken, 1312 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken on Thursday, November 17, 7-9 pm featuring apparel, accessories, and beauty vendors as well as informal modeling by Van Cleve Bridal and Evening Wear! Enjoy small bites and bubbly as we welcome the holiday season in style all while filling a Cayenne to benefit Cradles to Crayons.  Guests are asked to bring unwrapped new clothing, toy, or book item for a child newborn to age 12 to be placed in the back of a 2023 Cayenne. For each donation made the donor will receive a raffle ticket with the chance to win a $200 gift certificate to Van Cleeve Bridal and Eveningwear and a gift certificate to Autograph Brasserie. The evening will also include giveaways and live music! Admission is free, but RSVP is required here.


A Night at the Opera – La traviata

Where I work (Academy of Vocal Arts) is hosting another Night at the Opera event on Monday, November 21, 2022. Philadelphia’s young professionals (ages 45-and-under) are invited to an exclusive, one-night only performance of Verdi’s La traviata, and at a very special price – tickets to this performance are just $25. The Young Professional ticket includes premium seating in the theater and a post-performance Champagne reception with the cast. Impress your date with a night at the opera!

November and December are shaping up to be busy and exciting months for ze blog, and I’m excited to share it all with you. Talk soon! ❤

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