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.
Blogging season is here! Covering new, cool things in Philadelphia (or even the oldies that I may just have not discovered yet) requires going to a lot of events (which I am so grateful for). Seriously, forcing myself to go out after work was one of the reasons I started this blog, and I can honestly say getting out there has helped me in so many aspects of my life. But, the one thing about events in this city (that I’ve found, anyway) is, when they’re happening, they’re all happening. After a very boring January, this last week was my first week back out with my normal schedule – and I had so much fun. Come along on a week in my life . . .
I’m very close with my fam, so I frequently share things you can do with your parents in the city. We went on a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and more recently, I wrote about how to spend a weekend with your parents in Philly. I also have done plenty of mother/daughter city dates, like Mother’s Day Tea and some Restaurant Week dinners, but mainly just shopping at Anthropologie and finding places that serve orange vodka (this is an inside joke for my family – hi guys!).
And that leaves my pops, at home and very sad, because my dad loves Philly. So when the Flyers asked me if I wanted to attend a game, I knew my dad would be the perfect guest. In my experience, dads love beer, meat, and hanging with their daughters. And while the Flyers certainly like to keep us on our toes with their record, attending a game is always fun. To wrap up the year, the Flyers have some pretty cool ticket promotions going on, and they would be a perfect occasion to bring your pops to the city for a father/daughter date.
My parents have been big fans of Philly my whole life. We’ve been taking hour long car rides for overnight stays in this pretty city forever, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that now that I actually live here, things really haven’t changed. My parents recently came up to spend the weekend in Philadelphia, and instead of winging it and/or hitting up our favorite places like we normally do, we put together a few plans that provided us with an awesome weekend itinerary. First stop: boozing it up with my buddies!
We headed over to Yards Brewing (901 North Delaware Avenue) with a few of my girlfriends to tour the brewery. Yards offers free tours on the weekends, and even if you only have a tiny interest in beer, this stuff is pretty cool to see.
Now that the majority of the holiday season is over (boo!), I’m sure you’ve earned some gift giving good karma. Mix that up with some holiday cash that just must be spent, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a much-deserved “treat yourself” day. And duh, I obviously have an idea.
As my friends and I get older, the temptation to throw our own parties surrounded by the people we love, rather than celebrate out at a bar, gets greater and greater. Our most recent get-together was a pretty successful Friends-giving, but we’re obviously still learning all the tips and tricks that go into planning and executing the perfect fiesta. In my mind, there are certainly many more parties that need to happen before I can achieve the status of hostess extraordinaire, so I like to take all the advice I can get.
The party people over at Fine Wine and Good Spirits always put together some annual infographics, filled with great holiday entertaining tips, so I knew I had to share for my other socialite sisters (in the making). They also have a ton of other party planning resources on the site (like the ever popular Quantity Calculator), and – in case you were not aware – your party supplies can now be delivered to your house from good ol’ Instacart.Continue Reading…
Last year, in the midst of a festive holiday season, I was lucky enough to win two passes to the Charms of Fairmount Holiday Tour from HughE’s blog. My friend Tara & I had such a fun day exploring these beautiful Philly homes, but I didn’t get a chance to report on my experience before the season was over. Well – GREAT NEWS: the tours are back! Starting today (12/3) and running through 12/30, Woodford, Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, and Strawberry Mansion will “once again be decorated in their holiday finest for the beloved annual Holiday Tours” (I couldn’t have said it better myself).
To give you a little background, these homes, located in Fairmount Park and currently owned by the city, were once the summer villas of rich families living in Philadelphia during the 18th & 19th centuries. It took them two to three hours to get out to these babies, so they had to be fabulous. Many important people rolled through these homes during their prime (we’re talking Ben Franklin and John Adams important), and they’re a really great snapshot into what our city used to be.