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Philly Wine Mixer Recap x February 2014

I had the opportunity to attend the Philly Wine Mixer this past February and as always it was a great night filled with fashion, music, art appreciation, wine, shopping, and networking!  Nearly 500 guests filled the African American Museum of Art on Friday, February 7, 2014 to enjoy the festivities of the evening.  Guests enjoyed the sounds of Mel Alston Jr. and Sap Sounds music throughout the evening and DJ Aye Boogie kept the crowd going all night long as well.  Various vendors filled the museum with items available for guests to purchase while they enjoyed the various flavors and labels of wine provided throughout the entirety of the event.  Many of the young professionals of the evening were fashionably dressed for the event and ready to enjoy a good time.


Photographer Ricky Codio kept the guests visually intrigued with his display of artistic photography.

In addition to the music and art, there were plenty of stunning and glamorous fashions from local designers in Philadelphia that graced the runway ramps.  These designers held the guests attention until the very end of the night.  There were plenty of bold and bright colors and intricate prints.  Guests were captivated and inspired by the runway designs of the night!


First up was “Lifestyle Basics by AR”, the designer is in the white dress and started the segment off right with these beautiful designs for men and women.  That’s her daughter with that fly vest on, she would’ve stolen the show if she went down the runway, she is so adorable!


Designer Ian Alexander (pictured in the middle with the floral shirt and black cap) was next up to hit the runway ramps in his fresh and vibrant designs that will have all the ladies and gentlemen ready for this spring season!  I love the use of bold colors, lines, and mixing of textures in his line.


This next collection was fierce and full of couture!  Closet by Cristobal, designed by Christopher J. Brown is amazing and this haute couture clothing line brought the drama to all who were in attendance for the fashion segment.  The deep bold colors, prints, leather corset, fur, and hand made accessories were on point and dope.


“Closet by Cristobal” on the runway!


Mah Jing Wong( designer in the acid washed denim button up) ended the runway segment on a high note!  Mah Jing Wong clearly celebrates the curves of a woman’s body in his signature body con dresses, denim acid wash looks, and geometric shapes.  I absolutely love this collection and I know that women everywhere are raving about his flawless designs!




I was able to capture some moments of Mah Jing Wong on the Philly Wine Mixer runway.

During the various music, art, and fashion segments, there was also an awards ceremony that took place.  Several well known artists from Philadelphia were recipients of the “Live In the Moment Award”, which were given by the creator of the Philly Wine Mixer and Live in the Moment Marketing, Tyrone Dixon.  The award is self explanatory, all of these creative recipients are living in the moment and living out their dreams to their fullest potential everyday.

ImagePhiladelphia artist Iris Bonner of “These Pink Lips“, accepting her Live in the Moment Award and gift from Duke & Winston.  I love her hair!


Music Producer and Mananger John Barber receiving his Live in the Moment Award and giving his speech as Tyrone Dixon (Philly Wine Mixer and LITM creator) and other guests look on.


Creator and owner of the brand “Kings Rule Together” Curran J. Swint, accepting his “Live In the Moment” award and giving his speech.

After all the festivities and fun of the evening, I was able to capture some candid shots with some of the guests.


Christian Lewis of “Power Over Poverty” and “Abstract Thought” x Seun Olubodun of the brand Duke & Winston.


At the end of the night I caught up with Seun of Duke & Winston again.


Captured here with the talented and hard working Syreeta of the blog “Sincerely Syreeta.”  She hosted both the fashion segment and awards ceremony of the night.



In the midst of running around, I was able to catch up with the Lead bar tender of the night, Blake- he kept everybody happy and served with the wine!


Lastly, I was able to catch up with the man of the evening who made all of this possible- Tyrone Dixon a.k.a. T-Dot.  Lol I caught him at an intense moment with the closing of the event, but I’m happy he was able to stop for a quick shot.

As you can see from this recap…the Philly Wine Mixer is one of Philly’s hottest events and if you haven’t been to one yet, don’t fret, make plans to attend the next one on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 7-11 pm at the African American Museum of Art.  I’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the date.  In the meantime, check out this video recap of the Philly Wine Mixer on vimeo.


Who Do you Love More? x Get it Now

The album “Who Do You Love More?”, featuring Chill Moody x Beano x Hank McCoy – all three from Philly, dropped on February 4th on Itunes and on Google play.  I must admit…I was highly anticipating this album, especially since hearing “Last Night in Town” on Sound Cloud via Chill Moody’s page.  When I got home on Tuesday I immediately went online to cop the album and it’s what I expected and more!  Chill Moody did his thing, and Beano….ladies if y’all don’t know…he can sang!  Hank McCoy produced the dope beats for the songs on the album.

The collaboration amongst these three is pretty amazing, ever since I downloaded the album yesterday, it’s pretty much been on repeat and each track has it’s own flavor and catchy lyrics.  Like I said, after hearing “Last Night in Town” on sound cloud, they had me and I knew that I had to cop the album.  And there were a few other tracks that caught my attention, starting with “Right Under My Nose”, lol I did not expect what was coming at the end of that song…I had to go back and listen to it again. The ending really caught me off guard but it all makes sense, you have to hear the whole song to understand but the title says it all!  The hook on the song “What’s for Breakfast” is one my faves…like I said that dude named Beano can really sang!

I’m not going to review every single track, however the interlude “Money Coming Down” is dope…I wish it was a little longer, but it runs right into “BSGTBPT”, I have no idea what the title of this song means but the track is hot.  This album “Who Do you Love More?” is filled with songs dealing with various stages and types of relationships, break ups, and more. If you think that you’re missing out because you haven’t heard what’s on this album, then you are.  Visit itunes now to download the album or you can look it up on Google Play for Android phone users. It was #27 on the itunes hip hop chart the day that is dropped and I haven’t heard any complaints, just nice things from everyone who has the album. It’s under $10 and it’s definitely worth the buy…you won’t be disappointed.

One more thing…this Friday, these fellas, Chill Moody x Beano x Hank McCoy, will be performing this album live at the Hard Rock Cafe in Center City, Philadelphia.  This is a red carpet event, so if you’re going…dress for the affair.  They have a limited number of VIP tickets available along with general admission. If you love the album and want to see the live performance, get your tickets to go to the Hard Rock Cafe, for this Friday, February 7th doors open at 8:00 p.m.

…As always…thanks for stopping by and if you have feed back on this album…drop a line below.

Philly Wine Mixer: A night of Art, Music, and Fashion

Philly Wine Mixer 2-2-2014

Philadelphia is a city that is full of talented artists, fashion designers, and musicians.  For one night, under one roof, the Philadelphia Wine Mixer showcases some of Philly’s best to present their art, perform, and for designers/ stylists to showcase their lines.  This popular event initially began in April 2010, “to create a platform where the talent in the city could commence and showcase through the arts”, and since then it has grown to tremendous proportions.  I have been in the past and it is truly a night to remember and the next mixer will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014, from 7-11pm, at the African American Museum of Art located in Center City, Philadelphia.

At this upcoming event, there will be plenty of talent to be exposed to under one roof.  Photographer Ricky Codio will be showing his photography, Mel Alston Jr. and Sap Sounds will be performing for the crowd, and there will be a fashion presentation with limited VIP seating as well.  Mah Jing Wong, Closet by Cristobal, and the Marquette Collection are amongst some of the fashion collections that will be showing their lines on the runway.  Syreeta Martin, blogger of Sincerely Syreeta, will be hosting the fashion portion of this event!

There will be plenty of art, fashion, and music to partake of as well as unlimited wine and hors d’ouvres for guests who purchase the open wine bar or VIP admission tickets.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to mingle amongst the vendors and the lead vendor of the night is Duke & Winston.  An awards segment will also take place during the evening, where honorees Curran Swint- stylist and creator of the brand “Kings Rule Together”, Iris Bonner- artist of “These Pink Lips”, and John Barber- manager and music producer, will be receiving the official “Live In the Moment award”, from the creator of the Philly Wine Mixer and of LITM Marketing, Tyrone Dixon.

Tickets are currently on sale to attend this amazing event.  General admission is $15 per person, for unlimited wine bar it is $30 per person, and $60 per person for VIP seating.  You can visit http://philadelphiawinemixer.ticketleap.com/ to purchase your tickets, they will cost more at the door so get them now!  Amongst some of the sponsors of the evening are 215 Jello shots and Uber.

As always…thanks for stopping by and purchase your tickets before they sell out!

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Hip Hop Finale at the Blockley x Chase Allen

 “The Blockley”, located in Philly, officially closed its doors on December 31, 2013.  Before they said good bye to the music and crowds that they once attracted, they scheduled a line up of shows that represented the different genres of music that once graced their performance stage.  There was something for everyone to enjoy!  Those final days were bitter sweet for some, but everyone had the opportunity to show up one last time and say good bye while enjoying live performances.

So I decided to go to the hip hop finale which took place on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 9 p.m.  It took awhile but the crowd grew as time went by, I guess the music lovers were taking awhile to come out after all the fun and busyness associated with the holidays and spending time with family.  But for me it was back to work/ business as usual the day after Christmas so my time was cut short.  Initially, the number of people that came out could have been discouraging to some, but as time went on the crowd grew larger and supportive throughout the performances that night.

Philly Hip Hop artist Chase Allen was the first to take the stage with DJ Aye Boogie.




Before Chase Allen got on the stage his “Leader of the New School” intro gained the crowds undivided attention for when he took the mic.  The audience enjoyed the music and found themselves in tune to the songs that Chase performed from his new mix tape “D.A.R.K.”  As the night went on, the crowd grew larger and the other artists followed the lead of Chase to take the stage…but the show started a lot later than I had anticipated and I had to skip out and miss the rest of the show.  I was looking forward to it as this was the final performance here at the Blockley…but Chase Allen never disappoints so it’s cool…but I’ll plan better for next time.

As always…thanks for stopping by.


DJ Ricochet x Move In Silence


Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with the busy and very popular DJ Ricochet to ask him a few questions.  Besides being the “Untouchable Technician”, one of Philly’s hottest DJ’s, and the official DJ for hip hop artist Chill Moody, he’s building a brand and a campaign that is catching on to his fans and followers.  “Move In Silence”, I noticed the campaign not too long ago and I was somewhat inspired by it before completely understanding what it stood for…but after catching up DJ Ricochet, I admire the brand and I’ve noticed that it’s definitely catching on in the city. 



(Pictured above, DJ Ricochet’s Move in Silence sweatshirt)

Janets Journee: What inspired you to create the “move in silence” campaign?

DJ Ricochet: The Move in Silence campaign was started in late 2012. The premise of the campaign was to achieve major accomplishments in life without having to boast or brag; essentially to move in silence. I wanted to create and invest in a brand that actually meant something to me; I felt like I was always investing in everyone else and this was my way of investing in myself.


JJ: What does it mean to you personally?

DJ: For me personally, it’s somewhat a representation of who I am as a person; outside of d’jing I’m a very reserved. So coming up with the concept of ‘Move in Silence’ was a fairly easy task. But it means everything to me, working hard and remaining humble. Move in Silence that’s what it’s all about.


JJ: How effective has it been for your overall brand?

DJ: It’s actually been pretty good. The public is very receptive of it and I’ve found that a lot of people agree with what it stands for; I guess they like humility. As far as the brand, that’s been working out well too. It’s gotten to the point that soon as someone sees the ‘Move in Silence’ logo they immediately think of DJ Ricochet. And that’s the ultimate goal.


JJ: How does it tie into your brand as a dj?

DJ: Like i said earlier, I’m very reserved outside of d’jing. And what most people don’t know is that with the exceptions of weddings, I have been promoting, financing, preparing (top to bottom) my own shows since 2011. And I’ve had major success in the city; my latest two accomplishments are (Mikeys 8/11-07/13 ) & (Han Dynasty 07/13 – Present). But all in all I don’t look for any glory for the things I do behind the scenes to make things happen, nor do I feel the need to boast about what’s going on. I’m just doing what makes me happy, but I’m also living out what I promote.


JJ: Where do you envision the “move in silence” campaign in the future?

DJ: Good question I just want the brand to continue to be successful and as long as I like it that’s all that really matters to me.


JJ: Will you go further then using t-shirts?

DJ: I currently have t-shirts, tanks, and hoodies. By spring 2014 I will also have hats and pajama pants.

It was definitely great catching up with DJ Ricochet, he’s a man with a plan and making progressive moves in Philly.  I look forward to seeing where his brand and career as a DJ takes him in the future, he has accomplished so much with a humble attitude and he’s definitely going farther.  You can follow DJ Ricochet on Instagram and Twitter@djricochet03 for upcoming news on events and to contact him for bookings.

DJ Ricochet’s upcoming events in Philadelphia, PA:1/19/2014- J Allen presents the R&B Collective Up Close & Personal with Suzanne Christine & Friends at Warm Daddy’s

2/7/2014- Who Do You Love More? w/ Chill Moody x Beano x Hank McCoy, Hard Rock Cafe at 8 pm

2/8/2014- Roses & Rose, Han Dynasty, 10pm until 3am (Ladies free until 11pm)



The Final Four at the Blockley

Here’s a little something for the music lovers in Philly: As 2013 comes to a close, the Blockley will be closing its doors, but they’ll be going out with a bang.  Here are the final four shows with information that will be taking place at the Blockley before they close their doors at the end of this coming weekend.  If you’re in Philly, be sure to stop by.

Thurs. 12/26Hip-Hop Finale feat. Schoolly D, Reef the Lost Cauze, Cee Knowledge (Doodlebug of Digable Planets), Mic Stew, Beano, Voss, and Chase Allen

8 pm Doors, 9 pm Show


$10 adv/$12 D.O.S.

Fri. 12/27Splintered Sunlight (Grateful Dead tribute) w/ Sakima

8 pm Doors, 9 pm Show


$7 adv/$10 D.O.S.


Sat. 12/28Long Miles w/ Spiritual Rez

8 pm Doors, 9 pm Show


$10 adv/$13 D.O.S.


Sun. 12/29A Funky Farewell feat. The Everyone Orchestra

Matt Butler (Conductor)

Al Schnier (moe.)

Mike Greenfield (Lotus)

Shmeeans (Lettuce)

Steve Molitz (Particle)

Chew (North Mississippi All Stars)

Dave Dreiwitz (Ween)

Tom Hamilton (American Babies/Brothers Past)

Clay Parnell (Brothers Past/Biodiesel)

Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band)

John Kimock (Steve Kimock & Friends)

DJ Logic

Late night DJ Battle 1-3 am feat. DJ Logic & Special Guest TBA

Opening Sets by: Direct Support TBA, The Underwater Sounds, CARLSound, The Bailey Hounds

5:30 pm Doors, 6 pm Show

All Ages


Here’s a listing of what will be happening this weekend at the Blockley before they close their doors.  If you’re in Philly or nearby, stop by to check a show out and enjoy some good music.  Some shows have age restrictions and some do not, just be sure to note it along with the show info that you are interested in.

…As always…thanks for stopping by and be sure to check them out….