With a whirlwind of philanthropic galas and other events to attend every season, Philadelphia native and Visit Philadelphia budget and finance coordinator Sabrina Tamburino Thorne has spent years cultivating her list of the best local businesses—whether for pre-party primping or an ultrachic cocktail dress. “My personal style is classy with a wild side,” she says. “I mostly wear dresses because they fit my body well and they make you feel sexy.” Thorne is especially fond of the selection at Intermix (1718 Walnut St., 215-545-6034), with Mason, Parker, and Herve Leger among her favorite designers there. “I always have my eye out for a fabulously fitting blazer that can go over a great dress or with pants, too,” she adds. “I found a black Helmut Lang one with three-quarter-length sleeves [at Intermix], and it’s become a go-to piece of mine.”
Thorne heads to Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique for weekly blow-outs.
Thorne’s beauty routine consists of a weekly blow-out at Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique (265 S. 19th St., 215-875-8343) and haircuts and coloring at Salon 191 (191 Presidential Blvd., Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-1100). “I have been going to my hairdresser, Charles [DiOrio], for 30 years,” she says. “I know this sounds ridiculous, but he was in the hospital room doing my mom’s hair when I was born.” Thorne explains that DiOrio is great with intricate cuts and vibrant color, as in her honey-blonde tresses. “I really don’t know what I’d do without him.” At home, Alterna Caviar replenishing shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo are her daily staples. “The dry shampoo really extends my blow-out,” she says, “even after working out.”
Amy Berger leads Thorne through her weekly workout at Star Pilates.
Once a week, Thorne heads to Star Pilates (2043 Locust St., #2A, 610-618-0177) for a private 60-minute session with Amy Berger. “I first found Amy on a Gilt Group purchase,” she says. “I wanted to get into a regular routine, so I thought I would check out the studio since it was in the Rittenhouse area.” On her first visit, the two discovered they had more than fitness in common: Thorne works with Berger’s husband at Visit Philadelphia. “The studio is always nice and bright and clean,” says Thorne, who’s been going there ever since. “Amy also makes sure you’re doing things correctly every time, and she’ll tell you over and over again. It’s funny, but I need to be reminded.”