The city’s lights and Publisher Cassie Hepler‘s sequined Hollywood disco dress (we heard you Tyler Prete!) sparkled in the sunlight a little brighter on Friday, May 8th from 6-9 p.m. as Explore Philly and Explore NJ officially launched the East Coast area’s newest online magazine.
Not another boring blog by any means, Explore Philly and Explore NJ have multiple writers/photographers sprinkled throughout the city and to the shore. Correspondents currently include Pastry Chef Dana Prophet, Jill Beckel, Whitney Ullman and Elspeth Misiaszek – and more in the making. The IT brains behind the operation is fellow Penn State alum Eric Smith, who also has a background in journalism.
The Explore-Philly.com team welcomed invited guests to the Stratus Rooftop Lounge on top of Kimpton‘s classic Hotel Monoco where everyone dined on Stratus’s new vamped-up menu with a delicious display of charcuterie, signature cocktails, mini cupcakes and lemon bars provided by Correspondent and Pastry Chef Dana Prophet. A blessing for the night, the weather was bright, warm and sunny and the Mist Pavillion (the all white lounge) was comfortable with air conditioning cooling down over-heated guests.
Daimon Paul, the paparazzi on duty, took candid and posed pictures of some of the guests mingling, networking and just having a great time. Publisher Cassie Hepler had her hair done by Kay Lewis at Kora Dean Salon and make-up professionally done by Monica Virga Cosmetics (who has her own amazing cosmetics line too)! The disco glam dress was a pleasant gamble through Rent The Runway (who sent three sizes, just in case).
Late into the night everyone welcomed an online lifestyle magazine that finds the unusual out of the ordinary. And if you missed this party, don’t worry. There will be another one specifically for www.Explore-NJ.com down the shore soon with the sun, sand and surf! Keep your eyes and ears peeled for an official announcement via social media (links are on the home page).