Philadelphia – Jul 20 2016

A hot summer night, the sun is setting over center city, and EuroCircle members are dressed in white beachwear, sipping cocktails all night long. You are invited to Philly’s hottest private pool, for a night of music, socializing and BYO cocktails.

Tonight we will be hosted by the residents of Park Towne, who will be meeting Eurocircle for the first time. The only rule is that no glass is allowed in the pool area.

So bring your favorite wine, a light snack, make yourself comfortable in a beautiful cabana, and chill in the most beautiful private pool in Philadelphia.

Dress code: White beachwear (get creative)

What to bring:  BYOB (wine, champagne, mixed drinks, snacks)

*****NO GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED. Please bring plastic cups/glasses.

Discount tickets if purchased before July 1, 2016.

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Philadelphia – Apr 13 2016

Join EuroCircle for Border Crossings, our collaboration with the prestigious Geographical Society of Philadelphia. This is a series of talks involving wine and conversation. We bring engaging speakers with an intimate knowledge of a foreign culture, to bring guests an opportunity to experience global news making events from the perspective of people on the ground.

Tonight’s Talk
Almost 30 years after the fall of communism in Bulgaria, the population of the country is dwindling with an increasing rate. The majority of its young people are immigrating to Western Europe and even refugees fighting their way out of Syria aren’t interested in staying in Bulgaria, despite the country’s natural beauty and opportunities for settlement. Why?
Speaker
Todor Raykov was born and raised in Bulgaria where he gained experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. His country’s radical transition from communism to democracy inspired him to study Political Science at Sofia University and later to explore how business creation could serve as a powerful tool for Bulgaria’s revival.
In 2009, he founded a non-profit organization aimed at fostering entrepreneurship among the Bulgarian youth and at building bridges between the universities, the business sector, and the student community. Later, Todor received funding from the European Commission to work with an experienced entrepreneur in Finland and implement the best practices in Bulgaria. He was granted a Fulbright scholarship and obtained an M.S. in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.
Todor has worked as an assistant to diplomats at the Bulgarian Mission to the United Nations in New York and at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In 2014, he joined NextFab, Philadelphia’s largest product prototyping center and business incubator for hardware technology startups, where he currently works as Assistant Incubator Director.
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Parisian Style in Philadelphia – Valerie Vittu @ Margot & Camille Optique


Born and raised in Paris, this French transplant, arrived in USA in January 1994, and has moved around quite a bit before finally settling down in Philadelphia, in April 2005. If you frequent Old City or enjoy its arts scene, you may have noticed her funky eyewear shop Margot & Camille Optique, on North 3rd Street, with its modern orange and white décor. Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by a warm smile and a collection on unique accessories, sourced from the best showrooms in the world. This is where east coast’s best dressed get accessorized, and personally styled by owner, Valerie Vittu.

SK: You are a big fan of living in the USA, and a huge part of Philadelphia’s fashion and cultural scene. Why did you choose to make Philly your home?

VV: At first I didn’t choose Philadelphia, but rather it is Philadelphia that picked me. I used to work in NYC on Madison Avenue, and after the birth of my 2nd daughter, Camille, going back to work in NYC was such an expense in day care and nanny, that I thought why not open my own optical boutique. A friend told me about Old City and first Friday. I checked it out, and that was it. I felt like back to the Marais in Paris 30 years ago. All I saw was the possibilities of what Old City could be.

SK: American women have always admired personal style of French women, and are a bit intimidated by their polish and sophistication. How do you view the fashion scene here in Philadelphia?

VV: Intimidated? You mean totally scared. I think many American have a chip on their shoulder about style and fashion. It is time to give it up. I find that American women who are interested in fashion know more about it than some Europeans. They may not know about some less published designer like Courreges, Celine or Balmain, but when they decide to know about the subject, they are way more informed than some French women I know. What’s missing is the growing up with this type of fashion awareness. But the next generation may be more educated from birth.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia women won’t dress up so often on average. They are looking for the practical versus the fashionable. When I first arrived in Philadelphia I dressed down a little because I looked so unapproachable in my upper east side outfit; it was intimidating. Very few people would talk to me and as a result, my clientele was mainly men. I could not figure it out. So I bought clogs and started to wear jeans to work, and women started to come in. I gave them a way to relate.

Now, it is better. Old City has grown and lots of people are coming from many different places, including NYC. So I put back my heels and wear my black outfit again… And women now ask me advise. Funny.

SK: Economically, Philly has always been a tough market for a small business owner. With a luxury product, how do you compete and stay ahead of the curve?

VV: I don’t compete. I just figured out: “it’s not going to be easy, so might as well be authentic”. I never really understood Philadelphia’s market. Some days are good some not so much. The key is to follow your heart. I sell what I truly like. I know the value of my product and I believe in it. At the beginning I would cry, wondering why I came here? I saw something and I felt like I have been duped. I would blame myself for diving head first into something that existed only in my mind. Following a vision seamed to be a bad idea.

Today, I think I stayed ahead because I never consider to be arrived. I take myself as a student of life. Maybe, because I failed high school and managed to study around it. If I had a master at something I would have stopped learning and I would have never grow.

SK: As a French transplant, what do you think of Philadelphia’s international social scene?

VV: It’s getting there. I won’t call it United Nations, but it’s getting there. I think Philadelphia has been for a very long time a very clan city. Very impermeable to anybody from “outside”. When I first arrived, the only French or foreigners were older than my parents. You had to go to south Jersey where was the Durand glass factory to meet some French people. Most of the foreigners live together.

We have little Italy, Chinatown, the Polish, Irish, German and Russian “neighborhoods “, but no French one. Mostly because the French are known to be loners. And thanks to that it helped me to Americanize myself much faster at the beginning. In 2008, when the Euro was very strong, many French companies bought some pharmaceutical business around Philadelphia, so the French community kind of expand.

As far as other nationalities, I don’t know. But all I know is that as long as it took, I now can tell that I belong. I do have many friends who are “natives Philadelphians”.

SK: What would a Parisian find most charming about Philadelphia?

VV: I think Old City, because of the historical landscape and the art galleries. Like I said, it really remind me of “Le Marais ” in Paris. Plus the old buildings with their lofts and apartments are so charming. I feel like it is half Soho half “le Marais”. And the cobble stones streets remind me of the north of France where my mother’s family is from. I have so many memories from driving on the “pavets du Nord” And also, the parks. So many; it gives a sense of peace to be in a city and to cross “gardens” here and there. I used to go at the “Jardin du Luxembourg ” when I was young. It gave me a sense of natural resourcing, like grounding energy.

And of course the art scene. To me Philadelphia feels like you can express your feelings with art. There is the music, but so many sculpturing and painting everywhere. There is the murals but I love that we have galleries who are so “avant garde ” it almost looks like they don’t care if people are ready to understand it or not. They just exhibit. It feels like their mission is to show what it is. And that’s ok, you’ll get it one day. My favorite gallery if I could just pick one would be the Becker Gallery on 2nd street. The Beckers are such nice people and when you let yourself in their world it is fun. I think Larry , who is an icon in the arts gallery scene in Old City with the Snyderman Gallery, is so funny. I may not have been his fav at the beginning, but when I told him I was in Love with Soulages, we connected. I think I love the people who’s purpose is art; and these people are in Old City. It matches with my purpose of Beauty and Value.

SK: In your opinion, what are the biggest misconceptions Americans have about life in France?

VV: They think the French are nice. I don’t see it this way.

SK: But you are nice to your customers.

VV: humm… I would say I am brutally honest, which is not always a good thing

SK: So what do you see in the French that American don’t ?

VV: I see how France has been evolving with fashion, art and architecture . I get how charming it looks to Americans. But it is mainly because our history and heritage are a little older than the USA. So it is kind of inevitable to have it in your blood when you are from France or Europe. There is always an urge for a visual surrounding that please the eye. Anything in France seams artistic. So basically Americans fall in love with France. But got to know sometimes the lovers can a jerk.

SK: If you had to define the source of Fashion, what would it be?

VV: If I had to define a “route for fashion” it would be: London gave birth to it, Rome amplifies it, Paris cleans it, and New-York sells it.

SK: How do you see eye-wear in the fashion world?

VV: Eye-wear, not sunglasses, has been a popular fashion accessory since 1980 in France. It is that urge for something esthetic that pushed it out of the catwalk. In the USA it has started in the late 90’s. Before, it was like an Old City gallery, something marginal. The eye-wear industry is going to explode and become like the hand bag mania. People will have more than one, it will convey a social status, a personality and will give each individual a significance.

After all, eye-wear is a revenge on a handicap. Impaired vision is the worst that can happen to a kid at school. You get to be called names etc. To own it has an accessory that make you look amazing; this is priceless.

SK: So do you see your business growing in the next few years?

VV: Yes, but not in an easy way. The distinction between what’s high end and what’s not is going to be difficult. The fine products are going to be shadowed by the over priced and less than good. In the end, people will say: ” I spent so much money and it didn’t last! Went back, they could not fix it or replace it”; customers are going to be frustrated and will lose the faith in the product just because they will have been fooled by someone who sold them something too expensive for the value of the product.

SK: So what how do you think it can be prevented?

VV: Education. The consumer has to be educated on the fine eyewear. I have been giving speeches to doctors and opticians trade show since 2007. We have to send the same message. People need to know the difference, the same way they know the difference between a Kia and a Maserati. It has nothing to do with the price, it is just a matter of value, and prestige. High end products have zero budget for marketing, because high end manufacturers put all the money in the product. The more advertising you see about a product, the less money there is in that product. Branding on the other hand, is developing a concept, an image, a standard. That’s what we have got to do. And keep on the integrity level.

If you live in Philadelphia, or are just visiting, take a stroll through Old City, and pop into Margo & Camille Optique, 47 N 3rd St. You will be glad you met Valerie.
Interview by Sherry Kumar, EuroCircle Philadelphia

Margot & Camille Optique

Valerie Vittu @ EuroCircle Forums

Valerie Vittu @ Facebook

Philadelphia – Feb 11 2016


Featuring  Premier Matchmaker Kristi D Price and International Psychic Mare Spencer

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For those of us who are hopeless romantics, but hate Cupid and his stupid holiday, I decided to forego our traditional Valentine’s party in favor of some professional help.

Meet our featured guests:

Kristi D. Price, dating coach and elite matchmaker for PA, NJ, & NYC
Mare (IamMare.com) -A free 5 minute reading, your love prognosis by IamMare.com, international psychic and medium extraordinaire.

Cash bar
Drink specials and light hors d’oeuvres
Free 5-10 min psychic reading

Philadelphia – Jan 21 2016

EuroCircle Presents the Goddess Principles, a series of events for women only
Space is limited, for ladies only. (please LOGIN to get the ticket info)

Co-hostess: Valeria Khmelnitsy: Valeria was born in Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated with her family to Philadelphia in 1991. During the day, she is an IT Project Manager at PECO Energy and in her free time, when she has some, she enjoys travel, photography, museums, foreign films and good wine.

Our guest for the evening is Jane Berryman, the woman who is doing it all. Successful, ballsy, and unapologetically single, she is a journalist for Money magazine and London Bureau Chief for CNBC; former bond analyst for Thomson Reuters in London and Tokyo, and former chief economist at the Bancroft Group, a hedge fund based in Paris. She works in wealth management for Ameriprise, America’s oldest financial planning firm.

When she is not helping her female clients reach their financial goals, she can be found sipping champagne or margaritas on a secluded island no one has ever heard of.
That’s because Jane is an avid traveler who has circumnavigated the globe in search of fun, adventure and bliss. Having visited over 200 countries, she runs Travelers Century Club of Philadelphia and is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club.

But that’s not all, she recently purchased her dream home which is listed on Register of Historic Places, renovated and stocked it with an impressive collection of fine wines and port, and is busy plotting her next adventure.

As a special gift to our members, the evening will also feature international psychic, medium, and matchmaker Mare Spencer.
Tonight, Mare will be on hand to offer you a free 10 minute reading for 2016.

Dress code: Professional, Cocktail, dress like your inner Goddess
Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres
Includes: Talk by Jane Berryman, free psychic reading by Mare Spencer, networking.

Once again, the Pyramid Club has generously offered to extend club membership to all Eurocircle members. For information and details, please ask at the front desk, or contact Sherry Kumar.
Be sure to login and get your ticket from the Event page only for EuroCircle members

NOTE: EuroCircle members can also login with their Facebook account, test it!
If you are not a member yet – but are an avid Facebook browser, create an account simply by using your facebook login from our SIGN UP page using “sign in with facebook” on the right side of the page. The site will ask you confirm if you want to use the name from FB, grabs your photo and also asks you to add your EuroCircle City (Philadelphia) and from what country you are from.

FACEBOOK LOGIN WORKS NOW.

If you have FRIENDS who are European/Europhiles and not members yet at the website www.EuroCircle.com, but are at Facebook, tell them to take the following steps:
1
. Login at FB
2. Head over to EuroCircle.com to SIGN UP (REGISTER) – and choose to use Sign in with FB at Register page
3. The site will grab their name and photo from FB (name can be edited if you wish)
4. It will ask them what is their EuroCircle City (Philadelphia in this case) and From what country they are from..

Now you can login with your FB account AND sign up for events (and see who else has signed up)

EXISTING EuroCircle members – try login with your FB account as well, works for sure if you use the same email on both sites,

Philadelphia – Dec 02 2015

Space is limited, only 15 tickets available, for ladies only. (please LOGIN to get the ticket info)

Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.

Dress code: Dress like your inner goddess, or the woman you aspire to be.

Join EuroCircle for an intimate gathering of Philadelphia’s most stylish women, in the city’s most exclusive atelier.

Designer Bela Shehu presents NINObrand, the coveted women’s line described as the fashion brand of the future, with an aesthetic both modern & classic.

Sherry Kumar of EuroCircle, presents the Goddess Principles Concept, defining what it means to be a Goddess in every aspect of a woman’s life, tonight, from the perspective of developing a personal brand.

Together, they will consider what it means to have a signature style, in a relaxed and playful way. We will sip champagne, mingle, and have an opportunity to try on styles that are ahead of the curve.

6:30 Champagne welcome

7:00 Doors Close

7:15 Talks by Bela Shehu & Sherry Kumar

followed by personal styling by Bela.

Please arrive early. Doors close by 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

Philadelphia – Nov 18 2015

*****THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED*****

Join EuroCircle as we kick off the fall season with two things we like best, wine and art.

Tonight, we will meet local artist Lorraine Glessner for a private reception. The evening starts with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres, and as the crowd gathers, Glessner will talk to us about her work, which encompasses sewn collages, sculptures and encaustic paintings.

Artist biography:

Lorraine Glessner’s love of surface, pattern, markmaking, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as silk, wood, branding, rust, paper and more in her work. Lorraine is an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a workshop instructor and an award-winning artist. She holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a BS from Philadelphia University, and an AAS in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art & Design. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, textile design, photography, digital imaging and much more. Among her most recent professional achievements is a Second Place award in Sculpture from Art of the State at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA, a recently completed artist residency at Jentel Foundation and an acquisition by Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Lorraine’s work has been exhibited locally and nationally in galleries, craft centers, schools, libraries, universities, and more. Like her work, Lorraine brings to her teaching a strong interdisciplinary approach, mixed with a balance of concept, process, history, experimentation, problem solving and discovery.

About Jed Williams Gallery: Recently named one of the top art galleries in Bella Vista and Queen Village by Philadelphia Magazine, Jed Williams Gallery is a unique art space owned and operated since 2010 by artist Jed Williams. JWG showcases up-and- coming and inspiring artists from the Philadelphia area. Artists featured are from all backgrounds including classically trained as well as self-taught outsider artists. The gallery shows a variety of thoughtful, cutting edge high quality works ranging from 2D, mixed media and painting, to video, installation and sculpture. 615 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia, PA. 

TICKETS:  http://eurocircle.ticketleap.com/eurocircles-wine-reception-and-gallery-talk-with-artist-lorrain/

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Philadelphia – Oct 8 2015

Daniel Salau Rogei, Masai leader of Kenya, learned first hand about wild animals, nature, and the environment in his home in Olosho – Oibor. He is proud of his indigenous culture where the Masai are both hunters and stewards of big game in the local environment. He has struggled with limited access to clean water and food due to drought and marginalization, and has devoted his life to study and improve the living standards of his tribe, and the world around him.

Mr. Salau’s many interests include Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Intellectual Property Rights, Biodiversity and Conservation. He visits the US as a guest of the Masai Cultural Exchange Project, and Delaware Valley University, Doylestown PA, where he will speak at an environmental symposium on October 14-16th, 2015.

Daniel Salau Rogei is a social scientist, who received his BA in Community Development from Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, and his Masters in Environmental Science and Climate Change from University of Nairobi. Mr. Salau is married and the father of two children. His family lives in the Olosho – Oibor village in the Rift Valley.

Advance Tickets are Required: $10 Members of Eurocircle/Geographical Society; $15 non-members For tickets call 610-649-5220. Cash bar.

Border Crossings is a joint collaboration between Eurocircle and the Geographical Society of Philadelphia. It aims to humanize people and places from around the world through substantive presentations and conversation with those intimate with the culture.

Philadelphia – Aug 19 2015

EuroCircle continues it’s summer festivities with it’s celebration of Power Cocktails 2015.

NOTE: Please bring a PRINTED ticket with you (FREE): http://eurocircle.ticketleap.com/eurocircles-power-cocktails-2015/

This is a night when all EuroCircle members  invite their friends, Europeans, and expats, to introduce them to our circle. This year, we have a new home at the beautiful Ritz Carlton, and we will gather in the main bar area for a night of cocktails, laughter, and style.

Our co-hosts:

YOANA KOLEVA, Bulgaria:  Yoana arrived in Philly in 2006, to pursue her graduate degree in accounting.  She currently works as a

tax associate in the Global Mobility Services practice at KPMG, and enjoys spending her free time traveling, exploring the city, and making new friends.

MARIJANA VUJKOVIC, Bosnia & Herzegovina: Marijana is a post-doctoral fellow in Bioinformatics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She finished her graduate studies in the Netherlands

NORA WIGAND, Germany:  In Philly since 2010, Nora has lived, studied, and worked in 5 countries: Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico, and USA.

Nora works in marketing for food and beverage packaging company SIG Combibloc.

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Details:        We will gather around the long table, in the main bar lobby (left side).

Dress:          Stylish cocktail attire- we are European after all

Drinks:         Cash bar with drink specials. Ask for our signature cocktail, the Eurotini

 

Philadelphia – Jul 8 2015

Border Crossings is a collaboration between EuroCircle and the Geographical Society of Philadelphia. We aim to humanize people and places around the world through substantive presentations and conversations with those intimate with the cultures, in a casual setting with a cash bar.

As an American living in Dubai and conducting research on visual culture of the Middle East, Dr. Sabrina deTurk has had the opportunity to explore and reflect on those cultures in ways not possible as an occasional tourist to the region.
Dr. De Turk will shed light on the ”real“ Iran through photographs from her recent exhibit, “Iran Unveiled”, as well as compare and contrast her experiences as a woman living and working in both UAE and Iran. Learn about common misconceptions on life, perspectives, and attitudes that both cultures have towards the West.

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