Monday, April 14, 2014

30 & Flirty: Fabulous Birthday Celebration

My friends and I had a fabulous time at my 30th birthday celebration! I took this time to reflect on the wonderful memories I have already created over these past three decades. It is a time to celebrate what means the most to me in my life and one of those are my friendships! 

In other words, turning 30 is a reason to party! Saturday night friends from near and far joined me in South Philadelphia at my namesake restaurant, Nina's Trattoria on 9th Street in the Italian Market. 

My two closest friends took the lead with planning things but since I just love party planning,  I had to get involved so I ordered fun decorations from One Stylish Party. A giant confetti balloon and a custom glitter banner with butterflies were the perfect additions to the cozy warm atmosphere of the Italian restaurant. As you can tell from some of the photos below we are never too old for party hats! 

I highly recommend that you stop by Nina's Trattoria in Philadelphia. And no, they did not pay me to say that however I am not ashamed to share the same name as an excellent restaurant that makes all guests feel welcomed. Of course the selection of the restaurant had something to do with its name but we really wanted a BYOB that was walking distance from my apartment so that was a bonus! 

Thanks to all of my friends for making my transition from my twenties a blast! I look forward to more years of friends.  





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Memorial Moments as a Travelista

For nearly three years I have been a part of the marketing team at AMResorts and gained not only more stamps in my passport but experiences that have enriched me both professionally and personally! I truly enjoyed the experience and met many fascinating people and saw beautiful destinations. I'd like to share some memorable moments with you as I make a transition in my career. My knowledge of the travel and hospitality industry has developed immensely and I will take it with me as I advance my career in hospitality marketing.
Secrets The Vine Cancun
I took on the Twitter persona @TravelistaNina! The word ‘Travelista’ can mean a lot of different things but for me it has meant that I was in-the-know about where to go, what to do and of course what luxurious resorts to stay at. I shared these insider tips through social media and connected with people around the globe. 

AMResorts is a fast-growing resort brand management company with award-winning properties located in Mexico, Jamaica, Curaçao and the Dominican Republic.  I love seeing ideas come to life! For instance when we launched the new resort Breathless Punta Cana many suggestions  for exciting restaurant and bar names were needed- even the pool. Several of my ideas were selected including Spumante Italian Restaurant, Wink Lobby Bar, Deep Swim-up Bar and Freestyle Swim & Entertainment and I think that is so cool! have witnessed first-hand the company's growth over the past few years.  There were 23 resorts and five brands when I started as a Marketing Coordinator in June of 2011 and as of today there six brands are 34 resorts currently opened and operating. I look forward to keeping up with the news of AMResorts' new developments and of course keep in touch with the friends I made along the way. 
Admiring the view



Below are some of my favorite memories as a Travelista! 

1.) Traveled to Dominican Republic for the first time

2.) Toured the coast of Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum. Browse  photos here.
3.) Experienced Unlimited-Luxury® when I stayed at several Secrets, Dreams and Now   Resorts & Spas in the Riviera Maya and Dominican Republic.   
 4.) I had a taste of Endless Privileges® at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita. After a site inspection and prepping a production crew for a video shoot I enjoyed one of my favorite meals at the resort! The culinary team is amazing and attention to detail is something they do very well.  
5.) I put my toes in the sand on one of the best beaches in the world! Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is situated on what the Travel Channel dubbed as ‘The World’s Best Beach’ and I had the pleasure to visit during a FAM trip. 
6.) Enjoy an authentic Mexican feast at Dreams Puerto Aventuras and even ate the worm at the bottom of the tequila!   
7.) Seeing the Island of Cozumel like a local is an experience I will never forget! 
8.) I met the RCI Guy, Dan Debenham! I worked closely with the resorts' affiliation with RCI and wrote scripts for some of the RCI TV videos. 
9.) Had the most fantastic view during a spin class at Secrets The Vine Cancun looking out to the Caribbean Sea! One of my favorite resorts was Secrets The Vine and I hope to be back.  

10.) Been a part of a milestone moment with Unlimited Vacation Club as they hit the mark of 20,000 members in just three years of operations. 

View from Spin Class at Secrets The Vine




Zoetry Agua Punta Cana
Caribbean Sunset



Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Philadelphia Flower Show Coming Soon

Art comes to life at this year's PHS Philadelphia Flower Show with the theme "ARTiculture"! The Flower Show kicks off this Saturday, March 1, 2014 and will continue until Sunday, March 9, 2014.  I have a feeling this will be my favorite flower show yet because of my love of the arts! Artists are the inspiration of the creative floral arrangements making this a very unique show. The concept is brilliant and I'm looking forward to checking it out soon! 
There are photos posted on Instagram with a sneak peak of the main entrance exhibit of “ARTiculture”.  It includes  20-foot-high, flower-adorned frames. It will also include digital projections, three-dimensional special effects, and interactive elements to engage visitors and have a modern twist. Many acclaimed art museums, organizations and institutions from throughout the nation will be partnering with PHS to collaborate exhibits in the show. 





Get your tickets in advance online here.

Times of the show are listed below: 

Saturday, March 1; 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 2; 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday - Friday, March 3-7; 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 8; 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 9; 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 



 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Shattering Expectations: Mosaic 2014

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is ready to unveil their gallery's next exhibition, Shattering Expectations: Mosaic 2014. It will be an exciting collaboration with Mosaic Society of Philadelphia featuring 8 talented artist. The exhibition opens on Friday, March 7 and will run through Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. 
Form #1 - Green/Yellow, Carol Stirton-Broad
Be one of the first to see this fascinating exhibit during the free opening reception on Friday, March 7 at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Enjoy wine and cheese while admiring the art. Plus, you may even get a chance to meet some of the artists featured! This is a rain or shine event because the special exhibit will be displayed in the indoor gallery space. 

Displaced Hurricane, Yulia Hanansen
The selected artists for the upcoming exhibit are: Karen Kettering DimitYakov HanansenYulia HanansenSamantha HolmesRachel SagerCarol Stirton-BroadCarol Talkov, and Brooks Tower. Multiple works from these artists - including international award-winners - showcase the innovation within the American mosaic community. 

This exhibition is curated and juried by Nancie Mills Pipgras, an international speaker and author of Mosaic Art Now. Highlights include a site-specific work, a father and daughter artist pair with their own unique approaches, and interviews with the artists via QR code.

Shattering Expectations is being presented in collaboration with the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia. MSoP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of appreciation for the practice of mosaic art in the Philadelphia area. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Professional Photographer in Philadelphia: Jim McWilliams

Notice my new blogger profile photo!? This is the first post I'm publishing in 2014 so it's time to start it off with a fresh-start! 


Last week I attended an event put on by Philadelphia Public Relations Association and had a professional headshot taken by Jim McWilliams. The networking happy hour was held at Strangelove's bar located at 11th Street between Market and Locust Streets. 



I am happy with the way my photos came out. It may not be a glamour shot but it is an excellent selection for a LinkedIn profile photo. Jim McWilliams is a fellow PPRA member and I highly recommend using him for your business or organization! He has experience covering events, weddings and custom shots that fit your needs. Keep him in mind when you need to book a photographer.