You guys, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. But while I’ve been running around all over the place, I couldn’t miss filling you in on how Philly’s first blogger conference, The Blog Connect, went! I know I shared the details of the conference not too long ago, but after attending the all-day event, I can attest: it lived up to the hype.
Earlier this week, I was invited to explore The Franklin Institute (222 North 20th Street) after hours during their latest #FranklinInstameet. If you’ve never heard of an “instameet,” it’s a pretty interesting lil idea. Essentially, they’re a chance for the Instagram enthusiasts and superstars of the city, area, world, etc. to meet up at one location, snap some amazing photos, and learn from their fellow photographers.
Now, as far as these instameets go, I’m certainly not a regular. The only other one I’ve attended took place at Longwood Gardens around the holidays, and I was pretty impressed with some of the Philly photogs there. These events are typically planned by a superstar Instagrammer themselves (my buddy Al put this one together), who makes the IGer guest list. That being said, I’m typically on the other list, put together by the brand or business (which I suits me, obviously).
Going to, well, pretty much anything, alone used to give me major anxiety. In a time when I really cared what people thought of me, leaving myself vulnerable and solo felt pretty unachievable. But after coming to the very important realizations that a) I don’t care nearly as much as I used to about what other humans think of me, and b) other humans have too much of their own shit going on to spend much of their time thinking about me, a whole new world of comfort opened up.
There’s quite a slew of activities one can tackle solo, leading all the way up to taking your first solo vacation. But today, I’m here to share the details of a pretty simple solo date idea you can conquer right here in Philly (and for way less than you may be thinking!).
Back in November, I attended the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Gala at the Loews (1200 Market Street). The stage was set to be a really special night: the guest of honor was my friend HughE Dillon (read about HughE’s story here – it’s incredible), I was attending with my boyfriend and his parents, and, frankly, this was the first “gala” I’d ever be attending. I knew I’d be waiting til the last minute for my dress (which turned out to be a rental gone wrong), so I wanted to plan out the other aspects of completing a “gala appropriate” look in advance. After a full day of frantic, last-minute shopping at KOP, I found my dress (now on sale for half the price – NBD), and all that was left was to enjoy my day getting ready around the city.
It’s pretty much fall – HOORAY. Fall, along with being my favorite season in general, is my favorite season for dating. You get to do cute, cozy activities, you don’t have to worry about sweating excessively before you even arrive at your destination, and (most importantly) your wardrobe options are much more robust.
Philly has so many seasonal things to do within a short drive, so listen up ladies, for this is one of the few times that I will advocate leaving the city and heading out to the burbs. The reasons for my acceptance of this are two-fold; first: concrete places without pumpkin patches or warm apple cider don’t necessarily scream fall, and second: our driving tolerance is at an all-time high due to this summer’s recent beach trips. And now, on to the dates!
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.
I am very lucky that my family lives relatively close to Philly, making their trips frequent (and welcomed). Included in those trips are our aptly titled “Girls Weekends,” where my mom, sister, sister’s puppy Ellie, and I (sorry, dad!) romp around the city eating, shopping, and laughing. Thanks to one of my Christmas gifts to my mom & sis (gift cards – not my most creative year), we picked one of the the season’s first warm weather weekends and had a lovely time. So, with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I wanted to share the deets of what I think was a pretty perfect Mother Daughter Day in Philadelphia.
The last time I took a dance class, I was practically a baby. After one year of classes and a recital (where I apparently “kindly moved” a fellow classmate who not in her right spot . . . my poor parents), I recall telling my mom I got a splinter in my foot from the dance class floor, never to return again. I am supremely envious of girls who are good at dancing (because flexibility and gracefulness are just not me), and being so in touch with your body is something we all should be jealous of.
It’s. Sandal. Weather! There, I said it, and now it can be official. Sandals are back, and after this horrific winter of cold we just endured, life is good again. If you’re anything like me, the coming of sandals also equals the coming of pedicures, aka some of the most joyous hours one can spend in a massage chair (while reading a magazine, and getting your feet massaged).
I like the pedicure places I’ve been to in the city, but none have really wowed me just yet. I’m normally in and out, trying to fit a pedi in before a beach weekend or mid-errand running. So, in my search to find the best pedicure in Philadelphia, I enlisted four of my friends/local Philly bloggers and influencers (if you will) to give you their top picks!Continue Reading…
I’ve always been a super planned out person. Planners are very important to me, and I do really well when I know what my week looks like before it even begins. Sure, sometimes this inclination does make me feel slightly like a crazy person, but hey, I work with what I got.
In honor of the email I just sent to several of my closest Philly friends filled with “upcoming dates of fun,” I wanted to share some things I’m excited for in the coming months.