So…You’re Moving to Philadelphia! {Picking Your First Hood}

Earlier this week, I shared my Philadelphia apartment hunting tips. Today, I’d like to give my response to the other question I get most frequently: where should I live? Picking your first Philly neighborhood is such a treat, because this city is known for its special, unique hoods. We truly do have a place for every human and every budget here, but when I’m recommending a place for a city newcomer, I typically stick with a select few. If your neighborhood is not mentioned here, don’t worry – I’m working on another piece featuring some Philly ladies repping their hoods – all over the city! (Keep reading if you’d like to be involved!)

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So…You’re Moving to Philadelphia! {The Apartment Hunt}

Before I say anything else: welcome! Philadelphia is a city I am pretty much obsessed with in every way possible (except this one). If the journey of moving to a new city seems overwhelming to you, you are not alone. Since I’ve started blogging, the question I see most frequently always has to do with moving to the city, and it is: where. do. I. start? And the answer, hopefully, is here!

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{Date Night Idea} Nightscape

Longwood Gardens is one of those Philly burbs staples that most of us have ventured to at some point in our lives, whether it was on a grade school class trip or a sorority sisterhood retreat (hey, DG!). I like to bop down there every once in a while just to walk through and take in the acres and acres of gorgeous plants and flowers (because seriously, it doesn’t get much prettier). When I heard about Nightscape, Longwood Gardens’ new “light and sound experience,” I knew I wanted to get back this summer.

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{Her Philly Travels} San Francisco

When my parents said they were heading to California for a wedding, my sister and I didn’t really hesitate in asking to tag along. We were gone for a very magical ten days, and got to see San Francisco, Palo Alto, Napa, and Walnut Creek. I thought for a bit about if I wanted to share all the fun things we did (and, let’s be real, delicious things we ate) with you, as Her Philly is a Philadelphia-based blog, but as a very wise friend told me: “people can’t really expect that you never leave the city, right?” And that’s true (unless you’re referring to the suburbs, of course), so, here we are. If you’re only here for the Philly goods: I promise there will be more of that very soon!

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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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