Fall has been lovely so far. Layers, tights, burgundy lip color, it’s all pretty great to me. I have started working a “day off” into my weekly calendar, to sort of maintain my sanity, but also to allow me to get some things done. Life is so much more productive when you actually have time to work on tasks – don’t you think? Here are the other things on my mind lately . . .
It’s been pretty cold out lately. I don’t necessarily mind chilly weather (mainly because I am a fan of layers), but it is nice to be reminded of the joys of summer every once in awhile. The all-white night of Diner en Blanc is one of my favorite events of the summer. I didn’t officially recap my experience at this year’s event, but it was magical, as usual. The folks at DEB just released their official video for 2014, so I thought now was the perfect time to share some shots of carefree, warm-weather happiness . . . filled with pretty dresses, Di Bruno Brothers cheese, white-clad mummers, lots of dancing, great friends, and a pretty city. Enjoy. xx
Since it’s fall and the weather is lovely and getaways are really needed this time of year, my girlfriends and I decided to take a weekend trip up to Boston. We left with modest goals: see good friends and eat good food. And for only a 48 hour stay, we certainly achieved those goals.
Ah, tailgating. If there is one way I prefer to spend a weekend morning in a blissful, buzzed happiness, this is it for me. I was a bit of a tailgate late bloomer, starting my freshman year of college, when my parents decided to get season football tickets (and host better tailgates than any fraternity, actually). But in Philly, we take our tailgating to a whole ‘nother level.
Earlier this week, I attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit at our own Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch Street). Yes, that’s right, Forbes brought their first ever Summit to our city! The conference gathered 1,000+ members of the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list, plus some other hopefuls like myself, for two days of some of the most inspiring talks I have ever had the privilege of listening to. And let me tell you – the people sitting in that room were impressive. I laughed. I got chills. I feverishly scribbled in my notebook. And, of course, I tweeted all along the way, because I knew the information shared amongst these leaders during their time in our city was so, so important.
I would say that, with the exception of some trips up and down Walnut Street and scouring area thrift stores, I do the vast majority of my shopping online. There is something so revolutionary about being able to limit and entire’s store selection to my size in one click. To “surprise” myself with “a gift” in the mail. To race against the 20% off coupon code expiration time to find another coupon code that you can stack on top for the best possible deal. It’s the best kind of high.
When I get asked where I get a lot of my more unique pieces, I realize a lot of my friends and family have not heard of many of these e-commerce only shops that make my world go round. to share the wealth, I thought long and hard in order to limit my absolute must-visit websites to these five gems. Behind the cut, I’ll tell you why I love each of them (sales & shipping hacks, mostly), and give you three pieces I’m loving, plus, of course, one that I already own and love.
This may (not) come as a shock to you, but I really, really love GIRLS (I am referring to the show, but I of course love all of you, too). But even more specifically than the show, I love its creator, Lena Dunham. Yes, I do understand that not everyone feels the same way I do. But for me, to be able to truly make fun of yourself and all of the other women out there who act the same way you do, while making us all laugh out loud at the same time, is quite the accomplishment. Lena is hysterical. She is incredibly smart. She is honest and unapologetic. And I really, really am a fan.
I talk about hair a fair amount on this blog, and that’s really because there are so many amazing options in the city. I went to the same hairdresser from middle school through college, and when she and I both moved away, it was harder to find my new “place” than I imagined. There is, however, one Philly salon that I have visited a record number of times (three), so, it’s safe to say things are getting pretty serious.
Andre Richard Salon (1218 Locust Street) is that place. The salon itself is adorable, with the sun constantly shining in the pretty interior, filled with super talented stylists. I really love how Andre Richard is so “about” Philly. The salon is constantly hosting events, running promotions, posting on social media, and interacting with the community. You can book online, which I need in my life, and their pricing is all really clearly broken down on their website, something I can appreciate in this semi-expensive city we live in. Continue reading
I seriously can not believe it is the end of freaking September. I just can’t. While I have had something to do outside of work every. single. day this month (resulting in approximately 14 loads of laundry I need to do, amongst other things), I do think the weeks ramping to fall are so fun. I love this season. My favorite perks include: the fact that it is now socially acceptable to wear tights, the many excuses to go shopping, and lots and lots of festivals. Because there are so many fun ones coming up (festivals, not tights), I’ve picked five of my favorites to share with you.
Exploring Philly neighborhoods is really the best. Since Mt. Airy is such a unique area of our city, I love getting a chance to pop up there, while, of course, eating all of the delicious food they offer. Some bloggers, foodie folks, and I took a little media tour last week in preparation for the neighborhood’s upcoming event, and I’m pleased to report that Center City certainly does not hold all of the great food our city has to offer.