It’s wedding season, and who deserves a pick-me-up more than the #1 man in your life? Whether that man is your hubby, father, brother, BF or BFF, I bet you know someone who is in need of a new look. Maybe he has been talking about picking up a new suit forever or wants to break out of his fashion rut. Well lucky for him, you are a well educated Philly lady and know just the place to take him! But hurry & make plans quick – you’ve only got one week!
Looking for something to do this Saturday night? Pull out your floppy hat and preppiest dress (and grab your man a bow-tie) and head down to Preakness at the Piazza! The event is taking place at Northern Liberties’ Piazza at Schmidt’s (North Second Street & Germantown Avenue) and features an open bar, fun music, buffet dinner & of course adorably clad young Philadelphians showing off their summer style – all while watching the 138th Running of the Preakness! Place your bets, kids . . .
Tickets for Preakness at the Piazza range from $55/person (for groups of 5+) to $70/person and are still available! I’ve also seen some coupon codes floating around on their Facebook page & some blogs. I unfortunately am not able to attend, but I can’t wait to see pictures! Will you be there? xx
My first weekend visit to East Passyunk Avenue was awesome. In addition to sampling yummy food during the Flavors of the Avenue event (more on that later!), my family & I got to experience Crafty Balboa, a South Philly craft show. It was a beautiful day & a great supplement to the food festival. I was amazed with how many talented artists the Philadelphia area has to offer!
There were all types of vendors at the show – from accessories, to paper goods, to jewelry, to dog treats – it was endless! Check out some of the things that caught my eye . . .
Adorable watercolor paper goods by Betsy Ann Paper
Pretty handmade jewelry by Anna Beau Designs
Philadelphia skyline onesie by Spruce Avenue Design & Illustration
Laser cut Philly zip code keychains by Masters of None
Unique jewelry by Old Blood Designs
The cutest treats & accessories for your pets by Pupcakes Bits & Pieces
Gorgeous greeting cards by Moxie House Paper Goods
Super unique & whimsical creations by Milkshake Crafts
Bright Philly coasters by Black Heart Letterpress
Fun pet illustrations by Superdeduper
Awesome Philly inspired gifts by Frankadelphia
Stunning hand dyed cotton scarves by Porl Handmade
Fab Philly cards & illustrations by Rachelink
Crafty Balboa was an awesome experience. I have been shopping on Etsy for most gift giving purposes the past few years, so the fair was great for adding some more shops to my rotation. I will definitely be hitting up some local Philly artists for my next few gifts!
Do you own anything from these talented Philadelphia artists? Any new shops or Etsy stores you have to recommend? xx
Looking for a fun girl approved activity for the weekend? Philly’s local Sephora (1714 Chestnut Street) is the perfect place to hang with a girlfriend and get a fresh new look at the same time!
My friend Kenya & I recently stopped by Sephora for some Sunday afternoon makeovers. Sephora offers a few different options for makeup applications at their Beauty Studio (the stand in the middle of the store), each with a different minimum purchase. If you’re going on the weekend as we did, I recommend making an appointment a day or two before, either over the phone or at the store.
We chose the Customized Makeup Application. We were each seated in chairs at the Beauty Studio and began to chat with our own Beauty Expert (the Sephora makeup artists) about what we were looking for.
After our chat, our Beauty Experts were off – hustling around the store to find products they wanted to try on us. Once they were finished selecting, it was time to get started! We went through skincare (a quick cleanse & tone), primer, foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, eyebrows, lips & of course, the eyes! As they worked their makeup magic, our Beauty Experts answered each & every question Kenya & I had. They talked over our specific problem areas & enhanced our best features – while showing us how to recreate the techniques at home.
I had asked to stay neutral on my eyes, but my Beauty Advisor tried to break me out of my shell with a deep green/blue eyeliner from Urban Decay. After telling her I had never tried orange blush before, she found me a gorgeous shade that worked super well with my skin. It was great to be taken outside the box with my makeup options.
After about an hour of being pampered & learning about makeup, we were finished!
Kenya & I were both very happy with our makeovers. I walked out with an the Urban Decay liner, Anastasia Brow Wiz (hello – I’ve never done anything to my eyebrows before!), Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, and a new foundation brush. Some of Kenya’s items were out of stock at the store, so Sephora gave her a Free Shipping coupon for the website. I love that!
I think I will definitely be back for my foundation and concealer (and mascara, and blush, and lipgloss . . .), but I needed to spread out my purchases a little bit. Thanks to my Beauty Expert Haneefah – you were great!
Here is a little more of my finished face in the light of Anthropologie soon after.
The makeovers were a great experience. I highly recommend the service if you need a new look for an important night out (like your birthday!) or just want to learn more about the whole wide world of makeup! You can get more information about the Sephora Beauty Studio on their website.
What are some of your favorite beauty products or techniques? I’d love to hear them! xx