Join Black Bride Magazine and TresseNoire for The Natural Tresses and Dresses Bridal Soiree in SOHO NYC October 27, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm!  Over 200 guests will gather to discover natural hair & beauty styles that are unique to special occasions and weddings. These looks often require more extensive preparation or technique, along with the right styling products and tools to look picture perfect all day, in any weather or environment. This soiree is to show brides how to get the most out of these looks and introduce them to the people that can make it happen! 

One of those people, just happen to be Celebrity Hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood! Leatherwood's styles have been featured on Issa Rae of HBO's hit comedy Insecure, Oscar Award nominee Ava Duvernay ("Wrinkle in Time" director), actresses Nicole Ari Parker, Teyonah Parris, Kimberly Elise, and countless entertainment executives, rising stars & beauty entrepreneurs. This event celebrates all of the priceless moments of the wedding experience - from Bridal Shower, to Bachelorette Party, to Wedding, to Honeymoon.

To help celebrate the upcoming event, I'll be hosting a ticket giveaway! Here's how to enter:

1. Follow @fashionofphilly@blackbride1998, and @tressnoire.
2. Like this picture.
3. Tag your friends. (Each comment counts as an extra entry. )
4. Bonus: Share the post to your stories. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’ *Giveaway not sponsored or in partnership with Instagram. Giveaway ends 10/21! Winner will be notified via Direct Message. Congrats and Best Wishes! 

The 27th Philadelphia Film Festival is quickly approaching! The festival will take place October 18 to October 28 and will show more than 100 films and draw the attention of industry guest, panelist, and film lovers from near and far. Regular screenings will run you $15 ($10 for PFS members) and $8 for a weekday matinee before 5 ($6 for members).

Regarding American Independents and Documentary Showcase films, the Philadelphia Film Society has a free ticketing initiative, PFS ON US, that makes their programming available to all. Through targeted outreach to area colleges and universities, nonprofit and social services organizations, community groups and more, PFS ON US gives those who may not have been able to attend the chance to get a free ticket. Tickets are distributed to the public through a reservation system online found here.

To see a list of PFF27 anticipated guest, get more ticket information and check out the schedule, visit

Last Friday, I was invited to experience OktoberFest in Philadelphia at the 23rd Street Armory. This is the 3rd year for this event put on by Brauhaus Schmitz which mimics an authentic Munich Festival tent. When we first arrived the line to get in was down the street for both VIP and General Admission. Some attendees were dressed up in authentic German looks including lederhosen to get in the spirit of the event.

Inside, the 16,000 square foot building was decorated in Bavarian blue and white ceilings along with authentic festival tables and benches imported from Germany. When we first came in, we were greeted by a huge pretzel and a liter of beer from Paulaner Brauerei MΓΌchen. I'm not really a beer drinker, but their OktoberFest brew was very smooth. (I still can't believe I drank the whole thing!)

After we found a table, one of the many waitresses came to see if we needed anything, so we ordered some food. We both wanted to try the roasted pork, sauerkraut and potato salad which was very good thanks to Valentin Bay. As the night continued music from The Hematklange Band, got the crowd excited, singing and dancing along and standing on the benches and shouting was very much encouraged!

This was our first time experiencing OktoberFest in Philly and we loved it! It was a lot of fun, very interactive, great food, great drinks, and an overall great time. This event is good for meeting up with friends after work or just getting together on the weekends. People came from all over to be at OctoberFest Philly, my husband even met someone from Germany! OktoberFest Philly only comes around once a year, so next time get your tickets quick because it will sell out! I'll do my best to remind you ahead of time! In the meantime, "Like" Bauhaus Schmitz on Facebook to not miss a thing!

If you've been following Fashion of Philly since the early days, you know that every October, I feature a round up highlighting products found in fashion and beauty that contribute to Breast Cancer Awareness. This year, I decided to break it down into categories and this week it's about beauty. Some of the items that really caught my eye were the GlamGlow BubbleSheet Mask where 20% of the purchase price will be donate to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Another product that is new to the line up is the RevitaBrow Eyebrow Conditioner and the RevitaLash ADVANCED Eyelash Conditioner. Both items are used to help fight bitterness and breakage in brows and lashes and to promote growth. With each purchase, RevitaLash will donate $2 from every sale to Breast Cancer Awareness Research and Education Initiatives, up to $50,000.

Have a product you would like to highlight during Breast Cancer Awareness month? Reach out to me on Twitter @fashionofphilly and let me know. I would love to hear from you!

Last night, we were invited to preview a new restaurant opening Wednesday, October 3rd at the King of Prussia Mall, North Italia. The restaurant is located on the outside lower level of Savor at the King of Prussia Mall across from Neiman Marcus. This area already had some of my favorite restaurants and now another one has been added to my list. It was a beautiful evening to dine outside, but we decided to take it inside to check out the surroundings.

The dining area is pretty big with seating arrangements for couples, booths for you and some friends, or larger tables for the family. (Check out their kids menu here.) There is also a bar with large television screens making it a great location to grab one of their amazing drinks and watch a game after a day of shopping. If you want more of a private setting there's a small meeting room that can be curtained off for small groups like business meetings and small parties.

I love restaurants that give you a view of the kitchen like this setting. I find it exciting to see the somewhat choreography of the kitchen and how the team works together quickly and efficiently.  The kitchen was hustling and bustling all night under the lead of Chef Travis, North Italia Executive Chef creating amazing dishes for their guests.

With that being said, let's talk about those amazing dishes and cocktails. To start our evening we each ordered a cocktail. I selected the Amaro D'Amici (Redemption Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Clover Honey, Bitter Trio) and Hubby had the Julietta (Ginger Infused Smirnoff, Vanilla, Fiorente Elderflower, Lime, Prosecco). Both cocktails were delicious with a slight citrus flavor. You can tell the ingredients were fresh and selected to enhance the spirits.