My fitness journey has been a long and quite bumpy one. I played sports growing up and loved being part of a team, did very minimal physical activity in college/shortly after, and then, in my mid-twenties, found the beauty that is a group workout class. I had really never enjoyed working out, or even found something I could do semi-okay, until Flywheel. So I did that, religiously (4x a week!) for about two years, until my body began craaaaaaving something a little more low key every once in awhile. And so after some real “soul” searching (no shade, I promise), fitness journey 2.0 began.
When I was in 2nd grade, our class wrote and illustrated our own books that were later “published” (obviously). Mine was an adorably-obnoxious plea to my parents, titled “I Really Want A Puppy.” And I really, really did. Fast forward to just a few short years ago, when my sister finally #blessed our family with our first dog: Ellie. While Ellie lives back in NJ with my fam, I am her #1 tanta (which we think means aunt) and her city home. She’s not the best at the dog park, but she sometimes behaves in Anthro, so we forgive her.
Because of my posts with Ellie, I’ve gotten a lot of requests over the years to dive into some of the Philly dog-owner specifics. But don’t worry, I don’t think my faux-dog owning qualifies me to talk about any of this. Luckily, I’ve enlisted the pros: six Philly women, from all across the city, who own, care for, and love on some pups while living their daily city lady lives. I asked these ladies the same questions, and they came back with tips, recommendations, and stories about living with a dog in pet-friendly Philadelphia.
I am loving this season (while I wish it would get freakin colder already), and all that it brings. You know my staples by now: dark lips, dark tights, and, obviously, new hair color! Give me those three (I have not had one pumpkin spice latte all season) and my fall happiness trifecta is complete.
I was in desperate need for a hair refresh when Leah from Kevin Murphy reached out to me. I had tried some Kevin Murphy products before (Hair Resort is pretty much as “industry staple” as they come), but didn’t know much more about the line. Turns out they use and stock the brand at plenty of Center City salons (so you know it’s good), including a place I had yet to check out on my Philly hair salon tour. Kevin Murphy invited me to check out Crimson Hair Studio (1710-12 Sansom Street) and get my locks upgraded for fall. Yes, please.
We’ve been talking a lot about the best Philly neighborhoods around here lately, and I love that. Whether you’re new to the city or have lived here forever, neighborhoods are something relevant to each and every one of us. I’ve shared my picks for my favorite Philly neighborhoods for new residents, but the fact is: there are so many other hoods Philly ladies just like you live in and love coming home to that are not on that list. So, to give you all a more inclusive look at what the city has to offer for young women, I reached out to some of my blogger buds, blog readers, and Twitter followers to share why they love their Philly hoods.
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!)
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!
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!
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!).
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. 🙂
Like I said in my Philly Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, I’ve never really gotten worked up over the big V-Day. What I do get worked up about is taking the time to appreciate yourself – your body, your mind, your friends, and your blessings. So this past Valentine’s Day (excuse the 30+ days it took me to get this post up), I celebrated by treating myself. The result was pretty much a Philly dream day for me, and I hope by sharing, I can encourage all of you to take the time to treat yourselves, too.