Tuna tacos with spicy mayo from Ippolito's Seafood // Her Philly

Flavors Of The Avenue Is Back!

16th April 2014

One of my favorite things about Philly is the access to all of the amazing festivals and markets. It seems like every weekend, there is an opportunity to visit a new neighborhood and discover lots of wonderful things in one place.

Hands down, one of the best festivals I went to last year was Flavors of the Avenue. Held on the beautiful East Passyunk Ave, the event brings together some of the best restaurants in the city for all all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink day of fun.

I attended the media preview earlier this month for a taste test of this year’s event. In addition to getting to hang with my buds Jade and Al, our group got to sample some grub from seven of the spots serving at Flavors. We visited POPE, Ippolito’s Seafood, Fond, Noord, Chiarella’s, Izumi and Marra’s. All of the food was fresh and delicious, but I can’t comment on Fond’s chicken liver mousse, because I’m lame and unadventurous and can’t make myself eat that. I’ve also realized I basically love everything I’ve ever tried from Ippolito’s and need to start going more often. I picked out three of my standouts from the night . . . (mouth. is. now. watering.)

Tuna tacos with spicy mayo from Ippolito's Seafood // Her Philly

Tuna tacos with spicy mayo from Ippolito’s Seafood (1300 Dickinson Street)

Pizza from Marra's on East Passyunk Avenue // Her Philly

Pizza from Marra’s (1734 East Passyunk Avenue)

Pork Gyoza from Izumi on East Passyunk Avenue // Her Philly

Pork Gyoza from Izumi (1601 East Passyunk Avenue)

Okay so it’s settled, you’re going, right? This year’s event takes place on Saturday, April 26th from 1-4pm. Tickets are available for $30 and, as you can see, it’s well worth it. I will be there with my parents, so come on out and hang with my crew. Hope to see you there! xx

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Philly Tech Week at Brick American Eatery 2014 // Her Philly

What I Learned At Philly Tech Week 2014

14th April 2014

Our city is so cool. Last week, I attended my first Philly Tech Week. While I was hoping to get to more events, I made it to two awesome panels: From Passion To Business and Blog, Brand, Biz, Buzz. Both offered great ideas about relevant topics for young women in business and social media, and I was so glad I attended. In case you weren’t able to be there, I’ve gathered the 10 best things I learned from the panelists – including some in tweet form. Enjoy!

Philly Tech Week at Brick American Eatery 2014 // Her Philly

10. {Outsource}

 
9. {Don’t give it away} Focus on your “instant gratification” social posts (specifically Instagram) sparingly when compared to blog content. Use these posts to tease your readers without “giving” the content away for “free.”

8. {Give yourself some credit} Research pricing structures of other businesses. If everyone is saying yes to your quotes right away, it’s time to raise your prices. Don’t be afraid to raise your fee based on your demand.

7. {Fill a void}

 
6. {Pay it forward} If you have to say no to an opportunity based on lack of time or resources, pass along the names of people you have connected with before who may be able to do the job. Now, everybody’s happy!

5. {Get your content noticed}

 
4. {Be consistent} Even if you have a full time job (like me!), try to keep your posting schedule the same every week, so your readers know when to come back to read new posts.

3. {Learn what works for your brand}

 
2. {Be kind} People tweeting you mean things? Always be kind and gracious – the fight is not worth it, and it will pay off in the long run.

1. {You can say no}

 
Some great tips, right? I really need to work on #4, but I think I’ve been getting better at #1 & #6. If you’re looking for more blogging & branding tips, check out my LuckyFABB posts for lots of great insight. Thanks to Philly Tech Week, the women at Femme & Fortune and Philly Blog Love for some awesome events! Next year I’ll be planning my #PTW15 schedule a little more, but my first year was a great look at some of the smart, talented & driven people we have in our lovely city.

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First Date Tips // Her Philly

{Online Dating} First Date Tips

31st March 2014

My name is Emily, and I am riding the online dating train. For the past 10 months, I have been trying my luck online in hopes of meeting a great guy who likes to travel, appreciates Philadelphia sports teams, and makes me laugh. (It also wouldn’t hurt if he had a job & didn’t live with his mother.) On my first few dates, I was nervous, just like everyone else. But after over 30 first dates and meeting many, many different types of men, I’ve settled upon a few basic principles that make meeting a new guy a few times a month no big deal.

1. Suggest your own date location. For me, I only feel comfortable doing drinks on a first date, so I have a few select bars I use in rotation for my first date spots. Home court advantage means you’ll know how crowded the bar gets on certain nights, have a go-to drink to order or recommend, and feel comfortable overall.

2. Before you leave the house, give yourself 10 minutes to review your date’s photos and your online conversation. This helps your recognize your potential match quickly when meeting at a crowded spot, and gives you the confidence to reference things you’ve spoken about prior (and not ask men who are not nurses how their nursing job is going).

3. If you haven’t spoken on the phone yet, give your date a call on your way to meet him. Hearing his voice always makes me more comfortable as it takes away one layer of surprise. Plus, a quick chat on the phone gives you a chance to figure out exactly where he will be positioned at the meeting spot.

4. This one pains me to say, but, be prepared to pay. I am slightly spiteful about this point, but believe me, even the men you’re sure will pick up the tab can surprise you. Having cash on hand (and not just twenties, grab a few of those small bills) will make a potentially awkward situation a little bit less awkward.

5. Smile, breathe, and remember it’s just. a. date. Give yourself a few moments before you round the corner. Check your lip gloss, fix your hair, and take a deep breath. You are beautiful, fabulous, smart, and this date will go well. And if it doesn’t, cities are big, and the chance that you’ll ever see this man again is slim to none. ​

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Philly Girl Spring Life

28th March 2014

Happy Friday! While the below are certainly not “spring” themed things, it is technically, believe it or not, spring. Here are some wonderful things going on in my life right now.

Curvy Girl Style

We all know I love me some curves. Earlier this week, I featured some of my favorite winter to spring transitional looks for curvy women on Philly Blog Love. I chose some amazing bloggers that I admire from around the world. Let me know what you think of their style!

Blogger Love

You can also find me on the Ask Away Advice & Fashion Blog by my e-friend (someday we will meet in person!), Ellen. Ellen has been interviewing local Philly bloggers and I am really excited to be featured! Check out her blog to learn a few new things about me & see what my favorite two blog posts on Her Philly have been.

Cute Places

A few Philly places I’ve been loving recently: Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique (265 South 19th Street) for great curls from the lovely Erin, The Baker’s Jar (625 South 16th Street) for the yummiest cakes to ever be baked in a jar (more carrot cake, please), and honeygrow (110 South 16th Street) for delicious & fresh salads and smoothies.

This week, things do not slow down. I’ll be busy with a spray tan at The Bronzed Bee (406 South 20th Street), the media preview of Flavors of the Avenue (thank you, Jesus), and the Clarins VIP Event at Macy’s. And then – a family wedding (because there is really nothing better, am I right?). Life is hard, I know. ;) I hope you have a great week, ladies! xx

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#GoTPremierePHI Philadelphia Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere

#GoTPremierePHI {Game of Thrones Season 4 Philadelphia Premiere}

25th March 2014

We all know I love Game of Thrones, a lot. Last year, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Season 3 #WesterosVIP Premiere for sneak peek of the season’s first episode and some other GoT fun. This year, HBO had me back for Season 4′s premiere – an entire two and a half weeks before the official air date! I was loving life.

New Game of Thrones Targaryen beerOmmegang House Targaryen Fire and Blood beer #GoTPremierePHIMy sister & I (my loyal HBO party guest) started off with some grub & beer. Like any GoT obsessed fan, I was so excited to try Brewery Ommegang’s new Fire and Blood beer. This is the brewery’s third beer in collaboration with Game of Thrones, and while it wasn’t something I’d typically go for, I really enjoyed it. The bottles have three different labels, one for each of Daenerys’ dragons. The beer will be released March 31st in the Philadelphia area.Robb Stark's sword at the GOT Premiere Daenerys and Khal Drogo figurinesThe reception also held some fun pieces of memorabilia on display, like a replica of Robb Stark’s sword and the Pop! Figurines.  Philadelphia Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere Game of Thrones House Shirt The coolest addition to this year’s event was the t-shirt station. Each guest got to select their own name to put on a ‘House’ shirt, which then got printed on the spot. I debated getting something other than my last name (House Her Philly?!), but in the end opted with the classic choice. I wore my shirt to bed three nights in a row. Sorry I’m not sorry.

Emily Tharp of Her Philly at the Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere in Philadelphia#GoTPremierePHI Philadelphia Game of Thrones Season 4 PremiereLindsay & I had great seats for the GIRLS premiere earlier this year at the same venue – the Prince Music Theatre (1412 Chestnut Street) – so we knew we had to get the same prime seating. The red carpet from the official premiere was being played above the entrance to the theatre, so we hung out, saw some of our favorites (Ser Davos Seaworth and Samwell Tarly anyone?) and bopped right in. Our seats were perfect, and then . . . it was time for the show (!!!).

The episode was truly spectacular. They did not check in with every main character, but most were covered. I will just say – I need this to be Sansa’s season. I obviously have a very special place in my heart for the Khaleesi, but I just love me some Sansa. I am so excited to see what the rest of the season holds, especially for characters like Jaime Lannister, Jon Snow & Arya Stark.

Thank you again to HBO for having me. If you’re a GoT obsessed fan like I am, what are you hoping for out of this season?

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{Giveaway} Let’s Eat Some Cake

21st March 2014

When I attend some type of formal social event that inevitably serves dessert, and taste the too dry/too sweet/too bland cake, I wonder: where the heck did this come from? I then feel the need to help out my fellow Philadelphians and show them the good stuff.

And good stuff we’ve got. Let Them Eat Cake, a Philly based cake design competition, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:00pm at the DoubleTree Hilton (237 Broad Street). The super sweet event (get it?) will offer guests (like us) the chance to sample over 40 delicious cakes from the area’s top bakers.

Let Them Eat Cake Philadelphia 2014Our official judges for the night (but you’re totally allowed to judge by your own scoring scale, obviously) include Natayna DiBona, co-host and co-founder Diner en Blanc Philadelphia, Dana Herbert, winner of Next Great Baker & UD alum, Kathy Gold, owner of In the Kitchen Cooking School and president of Les Dames D’Escoffier PHL, George Kyrtatas, the Sweet Water Grill and Cut Throat Kitchen + more.

Let Them Eat Cake Philadelphia

Image courtesy of Laura Eaton

Tickets will run you $40 in advance. Get there early – the first 100 hungry peeps in the door will receive a goody bag worth $100+. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit City of Hope to help fight cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. And if this event sounds like quite the treat to you, I’ve got an opportunity to win two tickets, courtesy of Aversa PR. The giveaway ends Monday night, so get those entries in now & good luck! xx

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Snakeskin JustFab Nori Sandals

{Currently Crushing} Spring & Summer Sandals

18th March 2014

Growing up, I was never a big shoe person. I would rather take a pretty dress over a pair of heels any day. Shoes were just never my favorite – My feet get hot. I’m not good with heels. Flats rubbed on the backs of my ankles. My complaints were never ending.

My lacking shoe game never really effected my life until recently. Working in a casual corporate office, you see all types of footwear. But when I wanted to really impress for a big meeting, rotating through my two pairs of Aerosoles sandals (one nude, one black) was just not cutting it.

This year, I’ve been hit with the spring & summer shoe and sandal “bug.” I’m ready to take Philadelphia by storm and actually be able to pair my cute summer clothing investments with shoes that are not flip flops or Sperrys. In the past few weeks, I’ve picked up quite a few pairs online (Mom & Dad, stop reading now please) and I can’t wait to wear them somewhere outside my apartment.

Jack Rogers Navajo Sandal in GoldGold  Jack Rogers Navajo I have been lusting after these babies for years, and they are finally mine! I’m kind of in love.

Clarks Shira Danika High Heel Sandal in Black

Black Clarks Shira Danika Who knew Clarks made such pretty yet comfy sandals? Now you do.

JustFab Nori Sandal in Snake

Snakeskin JustFab Nori SandalsI am a biiiig JustFab fan. The verdict is still out if these will rub my ankles, but so far, so good.

Matisse Hayes Sandal in Silver & Tan

Silver Matisse Hayes

I am currently wearing these as I type (in my apartment). They are seriously gorgeous in person.

Payless Women’s Canvas Sneaker in Navy & Light PinkFloral Payless SneakersI got these to balance out the sandal additions, and because I’ve been wanting Keds forever, but these were $16.99.

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5 Things You’ve Gotta Try At Whole Foods

12th March 2014

I am a Whole Foods Market (929 South Street) addict. My addiction partially stems from the fact that I like to know where my food comes from & feel better about its production, but also because they really have very unique, specialty items. Each time I visit, I discover new things I absolutely love. And despite every human around me saying “wow, isn’t that store so expensive?,” I have found the prices are reasonable enough to propel my addiction further.

Here are five of my favorite gems I’ve found at Whole Foods lately.

5. Chia Pod® in Vanilla Bean

I’ll admit, I had no idea what this was when I picked it up. But I heard great things about Chia seeds (good for cholesterol, lots of fiber & Omega 3), so I gave the vanilla variety a try. The packaging is great (it has a spoon in the lid) for running out the door to work, and the flavor is amazing. The texture might throw you off at first, but trust me on this one.

4. SeaSnax

Never did I ever think I would enjoy chomping on dried seaweed, but when looking for something crunchy to bring with my lunch, I gave SeaSnax a try. Each package has 16 calories and is made with seaweed, salt & olive oil. They are kind of . . .  loud . . . to eat in the office, but they also keep you occupied for awhile.

3. Cypress Grove Chevre Midnight Moon

One of the best things about Whole Foods is the cheese counter. After a quick sampling over a year ago, I fell in love with this goat’s milk cheese. It is creamy and delicious, and I normally ask for a small piece (under $5) to pair with some wine & crackers.

2. Peanut Butter Puffins

I was never really a cereal person until I tried Puffins. The peanut butter flavor is my favorite, and they’re perfect for me because they take a long time to get soggy in soy milk. When I get distracted while getting ready for work, they’re still OK to eat when I come back to the bowl. (My life is a first world problem.)

1. Tofu Shirataki

These noodles became my BFF during my first low-carb kick. They literally have 3 grams of carbs and no cholesterol. They come in a refrigerated packet that you have to cut & drain and then WASH, thoroughly. They do not need to be cooked, but I have found they taste best if you put them in with the sauce & veggies overnight and let them sit to absorb the flavor. Let me be clear, these do not taste anywhere near as good as real, carb-containing pasta, but they are a great alternative.

What gems have you scored at Whole Foods lately?

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TripleSpot Peek Promo

Explore Philly Like The Tourists Do

10th March 2014

I am a big fan of being a tourist in your own city. I mean, the “touristy” things are the reasons people come to visit Philadelphia, why shouldn’t we get to enjoy them too? On the other hand, we know the city – the coolest spots, the hidden gems, all the places the tourists should go to get the most out of Philly. Combine them both, and we have something to talk about here.

The people over at Peek & TripleSpot are running a really cool promotion this month. Peek is a sweet site/app that lets you book cool things to do in your city (where your touristy side comes in). TripleSpot is an app that let’s you capture and organize those cool things you do in your city (where your local side comes in). This month, TripleSpot wants you to create one local, Philly “spot” (a location + photo + ‘juicy’ description) on their app, and tag it #PeekSpot. In exchange for you being fabulous & knowledgeable about your city, Peek will credit your account with $20 to spend on things like the Mural Arts Love Letter Tour, a Cheesesteak Segway Tour (hello lady) or any of their other cool activities. Sound good? Check out my spot & let’s get to sharing, ladies!

TripleSpot Peek Promo

Disclosure: If you sign up through my Peek link, I may get credits. This is not a sponsored post. I just liked the idea.

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Small City Living Spaces {Pinspiration 4.0}

6th March 2014

With spring right around the corner, I am getting refreshed & renewed determination for fun apartment revamps. I am desperately in need of a closet clean out (speaking of which, how do you all feel about a blogger “closet” sale? Would you come? Send me your thoughts please, thx.) and I have several things on my wishlist: rug(s), a bar cart, and (yes) a TV. So, in my never-ending quest for inspiration, here are some images I’ve been loving lately.

Nicolette Mason‘s entire apartment is amazing, but I especially love this bookshelf of ‘organized chaos.’

This ‘bedroom’ is proof that with a little imagination & some inspiration, it’s easy to utilize all of your space to the fullest.

These crates are perfect customizable storage units that take advantage of vertical space & work well for temporary living quarters (ie, rented city apartments).

Utilizing every inch of wall space is something essential for me in my small apartment. I also love the complementing colors of this room.

A white comforter (thanks mom!) makes all the difference – it gives the room a free & clean feeling. Amazing use of those shelves, too.

If you’re looking for more small living space inspiration, check out my other apartment decorating posts. Then, go pray that Mother Nature gives us spring, like, now. xx

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