Philly Girl Summer Life {2015}

Summer has been glorious so far; walking around during the 8:00 pm hour still surrounded by light is something I’ll never take for granted. Besides my California trip (more on that soon!), the two back-to-back sore throat bugs I’ve been hit with (speaking of: the new Jefferson Urgent Care – so quick!), I’ve been doing my fair share of fun things in the city, and I thought it was time to update you. I also realized I missed a spring update in my “Philly Girl Life” little series, so you guys are long overdue to hear some of my ramblings.

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How to Conquer Your First Solo Vacation

What happens when you’re fearless, outgoing, and know how to treat yourself? Potentially a lot of things, but for my friend Brooke, it was a solo vacation. Brooke and I have been friends since freshman year of college, and after both of our post-grad jobs brought us to Philadelphia, life has been good. I was so crazy proud of her (along with my fair share of: “are you sure you’ll be safe?!” mixed in) for taking on a vacation by herself, that I asked her if she wouldn’t mind sharing her experience with all of you for my second guest post (ever!).

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Philly Places Pretty Enough to Live in

Our city is filled with tons of beautiful little gems that frequently make me stop, appreciate, and then typically snap an Instagram photo or two. On top of all of the gorgeous Rittenhouse or Society Hill apartments, there are some places that I look at say: okay, yes, I could “live” here. I could wake up everyday with a smile on my face if I was surrounded with this much beauty. So I wanted to highlight some of these gorgeous little structures for you, and remind you of how pretty our city really is!

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The 2015 Vendy Awards {Recap}

I don’t know many people who can say they’re not all about that “food truck life.” Working outside the city, I don’t get to hit up as many trucks during the lunchtime hour as I’d like, so festivals and markets are usually my best bets to check out the scene. I had heard of the Vendy Awards for years, but had never known anyone who attended. When they reached out with tickets, promising I would taste 15 of Philly’s best food trucks, I was (OBVIOUSLY) excited to check it out for myself.

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The Perks of Cleaning Out Your Closet

Each time I visit my parents’ home, I am asked to vacate one more thing out of my once-cherished bedroom. Truth is, I have not lived at home for four years, so I do understand the need, but with limited storage in my little city apartment, my options for what to do with these items are semi-limited. While I was home over Memorial Day Weekend, I decided to clean out the final bit of clothing in the back of my closet (which has since been 85% been taken over by my very stylish mother). It was either that, or emptying out my old pre-teen novel collection, and I was not ready for that step.

While I thought the task would be horrible, I actually finished preeeeetty pleased. I know this process can be a daunting struggle in the minds of women, so, just case you need that little push to start working on your closet, here are a few reasons why you’ll be super happy you did it.

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Philadelphia Makers You Should Know

{Before I begin . . . HI. I’m sorry. I’m back. Thanks for sticking with me. I promise to have lots & lots of good stuff for you in the coming weeks. And now, here we go.}

I am a fan of one-of-a-kind things. Flea markets and thrift shops are basically the epitome of happiness for me. Not much pleases me more than when someone asks me where I got a certain thing, and I can reply with something other than “in a hazy blur of online shopping.” As you can imagine, my pride for my unique purchases is amped up a bit when the one-of-a-kind things are made in this city. And let me tell you, ladies: we’ve got some talented people living in Philadelphia.

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A Birthday Month Update

Ahhhh hi! I know I have been MIA, but for good reason: it’s MAY. As you’re well aware, I’m firmly believe that everyone has the right to go all out in their birthday celebrations. And with that philosophy, I’ve been taking advantage this month. Keeping myself busy with really fun things and surrounded by my friends and family has made me feel like one lucky girl. Here’s everything I’ve been up to this month…

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Philly’s Best Catch Up Spots

Let’s face it: we’re all busy. Sometimes, getting in those quick get-togethers with friends can be hard, because meeting up at most places in the city can turn into quite an event. While coffee is usually a perfect half hour, 45 minute catch up idea, for those who work a day-time job outside the city (me), there are simply not enough acceptable hours to drink java in the day. In order to help all of us get in a few more casual meet ups with our pals, I’m sharing my five go-to Center City catch up spots (plus a few extra, if you read til the end!).

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5 Top Tips For WATCHING A Race

Okay, let’s start with the very, very obvious: I don’t run. Sports were a very big part of my life growing up, and despite all of the things I did love about them, I also had nightmares about pre-season soccer and lacrosse, mostly centered around the impending doom of our timed long-distance runs.

That being said, Philadelphia is a running city. My friends are a nice little active bunch, and those non-runners in our group (it is getting smaller and smaller each race!) typically get out the door nice and early to cheer our crew on along the course. So after many races viewed and one big one on the horizon (aka tomorrow), I thought I would offer some of my top tips for navigating the race watching scene. :)

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A Philadelphia Mother Daughter Day

I am very lucky that my family lives relatively close to Philly, making their trips frequent (and welcomed). Included in those trips are our aptly titled “Girls Weekends,” where my mom, sister, sister’s puppy Ellie, and I (sorry, dad!) romp around the city eating, shopping, and laughing. Thanks to one of my Christmas gifts to my mom & sis (gift cards – not my most creative year), we picked one of the the season’s first warm weather weekends and had a lovely time. So, with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I wanted to share the deets of what I think was a pretty perfect Mother Daughter Day in Philadelphia.

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