Guide to Philadelphia

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After an amazing freshman year and great start to sophomore year at Drexel, I can really say that Philly feels like home. I have come to love this city so much more than I ever thought I would. I have always been a New York girl, and don’t get me wrong I still love it dearly, but Philly is a truly wonderful city. In my opinion, it’s the perfect place for college because being situated right in University City is a great balance of city and campus. We’re a quick walk away from Rittenhouse Square, Center City and South Street, and a quick subway/ Uber ride from Old City, Fishtown, and so many other wonderful Philadelphia neighborhoods.

COFFEE

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Coffee at One Shot in Northern Liberties
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Brunch at Luna Cafe in Old City

There are so many coffee shops in this city that I love. Two of my best friends have a coffee instagram, so every Friday we go out and try a new coffee shop! A few of my favorites are Rival Brothers Coffee, One Shot, Konditori, Bluestone Lane and of course, Saxby’s.

EAT

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There are so many restaurants I truly love in Philly, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m going to break it down by meal, because I have to share all of my favorites… I just can’t narrow it down. Please comment with any questions about the restaurants— happy to share!

Brunch

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Avocado Toast at Little Spoon Cafe on South Street
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Chocolate Chip Pancakes at Sabrina’s Cafe in University City
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Vegan Waffle w/ berries & cream and an almond milk latte at The Tasty in South Philly
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Breakfast Sandwich on a Croissant w/ fries at Ants Pants Cafe on South Street.
  • White Dog Cafe (University City)
  • Parc (Rittenhouse Square)
  • Little Spoon Cafe (South Street)
  • Sabrina’s Cafe (University City & other locations)
  • Ants Pants Cafe (South Street)
  • Green Eggs (Center City/ Gayborhood)
  • Luna Cafe (Old City)
  • The Tasty (South Philly)

Dinner

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Rigatoni Bolognese and Pizza at Capofito

 

  • Buddakan (Old City)
  • Pietro’s (Center City)
  • Capofitto (Old City)
  • The Dandelion (Center City)
  • Distrito (University City)
  • Pod (University City)
  • Nomad Pizza (Center City & Old City)
  • Gran Cafe L’Aquila (Center city)
  • Giorgio on Pine (Center City)

Dessert

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Waffles & Wedges at a Food Truck Festival.
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Birthday Cake Pop at Lil Pop Shop in Center City
  • Lil Pop Shop (Center City & University City)
  • Capogiro (Old City, Center City, University City)
  • Franklin Fountain (Old City)
  • Waffles & Wedges (Center City)
  • Beiler’s Donuts (University City & Reading Terminal Market)
  • Federal Donuts (University City)

TO DO

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Walking around Rittenhouse Square

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  • Magic Gardens
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Old city/ Historic District
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park
  • LOVE Park
  • Rittenhouse Square Park
  • The Fabric Workshop & Museum
  • Barns Foundation
  • Philadelphia Art Museum (and Rocky steps)
  • Elfreth’s Alley
  • Schuylkill River Walk
  • Shopping in Center City

I didn’t want to make this post too long, but please feel free to comment with any questions or shoot me an email! Always happy to share more about the city I love.

Have you ever been to Philly and/ or tried anything on my list? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Fall Fashion Inspiration

We are well into October and I am so excited to finally start dressing for fall. It is no doubt my favorite time of year. This year I am particularly excited because there are so many great trends I am eager to try. Today I wanted to round up some looks that have been inspiring me lately as we enter fall!

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Maybe it’s just me, but I love the “effortlessly chic French girl look” and will definitely be trying to capture that in my outfits this season. I thought this picture was adorable and I love the way she layered her sweater with the blouse. And those boots are amazing!

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Wrap dresses have been super popular lately and I’m dying to get one for my fall wardrobe. They are so flattering and can easily be dressed up or down. I love the fabric and color of this one here, it’s perfect for a fall dinner party or something!

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I always love Julia’s outfits, and this one is no exception. I have been seeing tons of emerald green and this silky midi dress is simply beautiful.

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I am not sure I am quite ready to embrace the flared jeans look yet, but this street style star is totally rocking it. I love that her jeans are a little cropped with frayed edges because it gives an updated twist on a classic silhouette.

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This isn’t a fashion trend necessarily, but I have been loving velvet bows lately… As belts, hair bows and everything in between! It puts such a classy and elegant touch on any outfit. I am trying to grow my hair out a little bit and I cannot wait until it makes a nice ponytail so I can add a velvet bow.

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Plaid is another huge trend for fall, as usual. I usually see it in flannel tops, jacket linings and scarves/ ponchos, so seeing these fun statement pants were a nice update to a seasonal classic. The colors and size of the plaid make it so that while they are a bold statement, they are also a classic neutral that can be worn by all.

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Last but certainly not least, I love a good fall floral! I love everything about Julia’s dress. The beautiful fall colors, the silky fabric and pussy bow necktie. This picture doesn’t show it, but it’s actually a midi dress… another one of my favorite trends of the season!

What has been inspiring you this fall? Comment below! All pictures via Pinterest

Fall Layers

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This is one of my favorite outfits lately. It’s so easy to throw on and perfect for fall days where it’s chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon. It’s kind of a weird concept, but I love my sleeveless turtleneck from Madewell. It’s a great layering piece and looks good with so many jackets, cardigans and necklaces. I bought it last winter and it has since become a staple in my wardrobe.

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A few of my friends got me super into enamel and button pins and putting them on my jacket. Right now, they’re on this thrifted denim jacket I’m wearing here, but once it gets a little colder out, I’ll probably switch them to my faux leather jacket (it’s a few years old and was very inexpensive or else I would never poke holes in it!). It adds a fun element to an otherwise simple outfit, like mine, and lets your personality shine through.

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The pins on my jacket are also special because so many of them were gifts from friends. One of my favorite pins is pictured above. It’s a typewriter that says “create something new” and my friend got it for me (from our favorite bookstore— The Strand!) because she knows how much I love blogging and writing. It was such a thoughtful gift and I love wearing it on my jacket everyday. My roomie also got me the “Erase You” pin (pictured below) after we both admired it while shopping together. She is one of the people who got me really into putting pins on my jacket, so I love wearing a pin she gave me!

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Adding pins, buttons and patches to denim jackets, or really anything, has become super trendy lately. I think part of the reason is that for so long, fashion was about conforming to the trends and having the specific name brand bag in a certain color and fitting in. There has been a shift in the industry and now many consumers and industry veterans are tired of that and want to stand out and make a statement with their outfits. Adding fun elements with a pop of personality ensures that your denim jacket will look nothing like anyone else’s.

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There are so many places to get enamel and button pins, but a few of my favorites are Etsy (so many unique ones on there- it’s where I found my Iris Apfel pin!), The Strand Bookstore in NYC and Madewell. Urban Outfitters also has a huge selection as well. If you are interested in starting to add some pins to your jacket, bag or anything else, I would recommend starting slow. Buy a pin or two as you see them, instead of ordering them all at once. It becomes a fun little treasure hunt and when you find them, it’s a nice way to treat yourself with a little something without breaking the bank 🙂

Have you ever DIY-ed something in your closet? Let me know in the comments below! 

Sunshine Mood Board + Playlist

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I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been having such a moment with yellow lately. Usually, yellow is one of my least favorite colors but lately I find myself gravitating towards it. Not necessarily for clothes that I would wear (not sure yellow is my best color…) but in photographs, accessories and more. I also recently made a “good mood” playlist, entitled “Sunshine” because I think a lot of the songs on the playlist capture the mood of a bright, golden yellow color. It’s the perfect playlist for getting ready for the day, an afternoon dance party (solo or with friends) or a mood booster after a long day of class/ work etc. I see these golden sunshine hues as more of a mindset than a trend. Yellow is positive, encouraging, uplifting and relaxing. I have always gravitated towards cool or neutral colors, but I have been loving yellow tones and warm hues lately!

I’ve also been seeing a lot of shades of yellow in street style posts and on fashion blogs, so I’m thinking yellow is here to stay as far as trends are concerned. I might do a second installment of this mood board, but more fashion/ trend related. Is that something you guys would want to see? Let me know in the comments. I made a mood board with some of my favorite sunshine inspired images and also have my Spotify playlist linked here. All images from the mood board are via Pinterest and Tumblr.

What has been inspiring you lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Summer Day at The Met

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Hey Upper East Siders, I went to the Met last weekend with my mom to see their annual Costume Institute exhibit (we went last year, too!) and walk around the UES and wanted to share some pictures from our day! This year, the exhibit was: Rei Kawakubo/ Commes des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. We also visited a few other areas of The Met, including the impressionism wing and a new exhibit, “Talking Pictures: Camera Phone Conversations Between Artists”.

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These (above) are actually paintings of the images the two artists sent back and forth.

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The “Talking Pictures” exhibit was really cool. The premise of the exhibit was to partner up a few pairs of artists, let them only communicate between camera phone photographs for a given period of time and then document that conversation. Each pair interpreted the “assignment” in a different way: one pair sending one picture per day, then painting each image for the final display. Another pair of artists were both pregnant, so their conversation was framed in their pregnancies, among other world events. These conversations happened over the course of a few months, and happened to be the time a little before and after the election and inauguration, which was an interesting way to frame these conversations. Did the election/ politics/ policy influence these conversations or even come up? Overall, I really enjoyed this exhibit and highly recommend stopping by if you’re at The Met.

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After that, we headed to the Costume Institute. Seeing Kawakubo’s garments in person was amazing. Her designs are extremely thought provoking and I enjoyed reading about her and learning about her design process, which is an art in and of itself. A quick side note: I wouldn’t recommend this exhibit for those not interested in fashion or her designs specifically, because to “outsiders”, it can seem fairly strange. As you’ll see from my pictures, her designs are very different than most fashion houses or designers and can seem quite strange. In my opinion, this exhibit doesn’t even compare to how wonderful last year’s exhibit was, but it was a fun day going to the Met and getting a better understanding of Kawakubo, Commes des Garçons and her impact on the fashion industry. That being said, I would recommend this exhibit to those interested in fashion because it does prompt some interesting conversations and topics.

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On our way back to the lobby of the museum, we took a few minutes to wander around the Impressionist area of the museum. Impressionism is one of my mom and I’s favorite styles,  so we had to stop to see some Monet and Degas. It brought me back to Paris!

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We also had to visit The Met’s Rooftop before leaving the museum. It was such a beautiful day, we couldn’t resist stopping for a good photo-op. I was wearing one of my favorite outfits of the summer: my striped culotte jumpsuit from Flutter, the boutique where I work. It’s super comfortable and chic, plus it matched my comfortable shoes! I have a few other pairs of black sandals that I wear with it, but these black lace-up flats were the most comfortable for a day of walking around the museum and the city.

After our morning at the museum, we wandered around the Upper East Side, grabbed lunch at Sweetgreen (my favorite- I’ve missed it while living at home this summer!) and did a little shopping. It was such a great mother-daughter day in the city. Hopefully we’ll be able to go back, to a new neighborhood or two, once or twice before I head back to school at the end of the month.

Have you ever been to the Met or have another favorite art museum in the city? Tell me about it in the comments below! 

The August EDIT

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Hello, friends! Can you believe it’s already the end of the month? As excited as I am for September and to be back at school, the summer flew by! I thought I would end the month with a new kind of post that I hope will become a series on the blog: The Edit. The Edit will be a collection of all kinds of things I’ve been really loving recently: fashion items, beauty/ skincare, quotes, music, movies, blogs… the categories will really depend on the month! I also want to include a little life update at the end of the post. I love connecting with readers and other bloggers and reading other bloggers’ life update posts, so I figured why not try it here? Let me know what you think of this new post style and without further ado, let’s get started!

FASHION

 

My fashion mindset for this month has been all about comfort. It’s been so hot and I’ve been working/ on my feet a lot so I always aim for comfort these days. One of my favorite outfits I’ve worn lately is this striped culotte jumpsuit. It is super breezy and comfortable! I most frequently wear it with my black lace up flats, but I love how I can dress it up with a pair of black strappy heels or platforms. I’ve also been spending some time on Pinterest and Tumblr lately, so here are a few looks and trends that have been inspiring me lately.

 

I’ve also been trying to wear more color lately, at which I’ve been fairly successful so far. My favorite “colorful” outfit I’ve worn this month is the floral wrap dress I wore a few weeks ago in New York City. It’s a little bit bohemian and a little bit girly- I love it and will totally be wearing it into the fall!

BEAUTY

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My big beauty focus lately has been skincare, to which I devoted an entire post at the beginning of this month. I haven’t really tried any new products, but I am still loving everything in this routine, especially the rosewater sprays. They are perfect for freshening up your skin on a hot and humid day!

Due to both being skincare focused and the hot, humid weather lately, I’ve been wearing minimal makeup. Most days, it’s just concealer, Boy Brow, mascara and tinted lip balm or lipstick. Some days, I’ll add Haloscope highlighter and Urban Decay powder foundation. It’s been so nice to have such a quick beauty routine (5 mins, max!).

BOOKS

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While I was in Mexico, I did a ton of reading. My favorite book that I read while on vacation was The Circle. It really made me think about how and why I use technology and social media. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially those who find themselves using social media frequently. I cannot recommend it enough, it is a really great story and has some important messages and things to think about.

I am reading two books right now that I am really enjoying. The first is Why Not Me, Mindy Kaling’s second book. I read her other book a few years ago and absolutely loved it, and this book has not dissapointed! Mindy Kaling has such a great voice and is so funny. This book is a great summer read. I am also reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which has been recommended to me a few times, so I finally am giving it a try. I’m only a few chapters in but am enjoying it so far!

MUSIC

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I’ve been really into upbeat music lately. There’s nothing better than a great playlist to start your morning and set the tone for the day. A few songs I’ve been loving lately are… “Summertime” by The Mowgli’s, “Feel it Still” by Portugal. The Man, “40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, “Play That Song” by Train and pretty much anything by Jack Johnson. Be sure to follow me on Spotify to keep up with the latest music I’m listening to!

WELLNESS

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Three big things in the wellness department this month. First is yoga. I have some back problems and have been going to the chiropractor a lot which has been great, but I thought giving yoga a try would be really helpful for that, as well as a good activity to add to my weekly routine. I’ve done a few classes so far and have been loving it. I forgot how much I missed stretching from my days as a dancer. At first, I was hesitant about all the “ohm”-ing, but I actually really like it.

Second thing in the wellness category is buddha bowls. I’ve been working a lot lately and have also been prepping for when I move back to school next month and have to start cooking on my own. Buddha bowls have been a great way to eat healthy, use a ton of different ingredients and still get enough protein to stay full. They’re also easy to make in advance. A lot of the time, main ingredients from mine come from dinner leftovers!

Buddha bowls are all over Pinterest and are basically salads with greens + grains + veggies and sometimes beans + anything else you can possibly think of. I have a post planned to share a few different variations I make but my favorite one is pictured above with spinach, arugula, tomatoes, mozzerella, grilled chicken, Israeli couscous, basil + pine nut pesto and balsamic.

I don’t know if this quite qualifies as wellness, but I didn’t know where else to put it, and this is my post, so I’ll do what I want, ok? 😉 I’ve been thinking a lot this month about technology, how often I use my devices (outside of work/ school) and why I use them the way I do. Why do I spend so much time on Instagram but so little time doing other, arguably more important things? I’ve been trying to cut out mindless scrolling and only check social media a few times a day. Of course, as a blogger, this can be difficult, but I am making it work. I’ve also been trying to get back into the habit of not looking at my phone before bed.

LIFE UPDATE

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I move back to Philadelphia to start my sophomore year in a few weeks. I’ll be living in an apartment with two of my best friends and cannot wait!!! I am so excited to be back in the city with my friends but am cherishing the time I have at home since this is my last summer break, ever (still in disbelief about that one).

I have been working a lot this month as a sales associate at the boutique and as a marketing intern for my mom’s company. It’s been really fun getting to experience and learn about marketing and have some more responsibilities outside of the boutique. Between these two jobs, writing for CollegeFashionista and everything for the blog- I’ve been super busy! I love having a big to-do list filled with places to go and people to see, so I’m enjoying it 🙂

I’ve also been squeezing in time to hang out with friends before everyone parts their separate ways for another year of college. I have also had a few bursts of creativity this month, which are always much welcomed. I love sitting down to paint for an afternoon. Lately, I’ve been loving watercolors, which is a fun alternative to the acrylic paint I’m so used to using from school.

There are still quite a few things I want to do before the summer is over, so hopefully I can buckle down and accomplish everything in the next few weeks!

What have you been up to lately? Anything you’re loving? Comment down below and let’s chat! 

Floral Wrap Dress in New York City

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Last week, some friends and I went to New York City for a fun day trip. Living so close to the city is one of the things I love most about where I live. Being able to hop on a train and be in New York City or Philadelphia in an hour is something I really treasure and have been taking advantage of this summer!

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My friends Lexie, Caroline, Cammie and I spent the day downtown. We walked the High Line (the best way to walk downtown- scenic and breezy. Perfect for a warm summer day!) to get to to the Whitney, then spent some time exploring the museum. I am wearing my new favorite summer dress. It’s definitely not something I would usually reach towards, but as soon as I tried it on, I knew I needed it (plus it was on major sale!). It it a little low cut, so I paired it with one of my favorite bralettes from Free People. I also layered a rose-colored beaded choker, my fortune cookie necklace (my lucky charm!) and a lariat necklace from Urban Outfitters (similar). We had a big day of walking planned, so I wore my favorite comfortable and cute sandals from Sam Edelman. My favorite summertime bag is my blush Kate Spade Beau Bag (similar), one of my most treasured gifts!

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After spending the year in design and art classes, I have a whole new appreciation for art and see it in new ways. That being said, I could’ve spent an entire day in the Whitney. The art is incredible and very much along the lines of what I spent my year studying and re-creating, so seeing certain artists/ movements/ techniques was really amazing after working hard this year to emulate those very pieces! Another thing I loved about the Whitney was of course the views. There are a few decks outside on the upper floors of the museum that offer beautiful views of the city.

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After exploring the Whitney, it was lunch time! We wanted something quick and healthy, so we opted for salads and smoothie bowls at Le Pain. I had an awesome arugula + tabouleh salad with avocado and lemon basil vinaigrette with an iced latte. It was so nice to sit inside with some AC for a little bit! After our healthy lunch, we decided it was only appropriate to counter that with some sweet treats at Sweets byCHLOE and dō. I had a (vegan) chocolate cupcake from byCHLOE which was really good. I had eaten lunch at byCHLOE a few times but never dessert, and was skeptical of how good a vegan cupcake could be, but let me tell you, it was delicious. We were walking to Washington Square Park when we walked by dō, the super popular cookie dough place you’ve probably seen on Instagram, and decided we had to give it a try since the line wasn’t around the block, haha. Caroline and I shared a small, and we couldn’t even finish it together! The final dō verdict is: tastes great (we got the salty + sweet flavor!), but can’t handle more than a few bites. I’m glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t necessarily go back.

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After lots of desserts, we decided to take a break and sit in Washington Square Park for a bit. I was laughing to myself because on every trip I’ve made to the city this summer (which is quite a few!) I’ve ended up in Wash Sq. Park. Usually, I don’t spend a ton of time in The Village but somehow I keep finding myself there this summer. After a little relaxing in the park, we headed to the Flatiron district for some shopping. We stopped at Free People, Paper Source and a few other stores for some window shopping. We also stopped at Madewell to give our friend Shelby a visit! It was so great to see her while we were in the city, and I never turn down a visit to Madewell 😉

All in all, it was a wonderful day in the city with three dear friends of mine. What is your favorite thing to do in New York City in the summertime? Comment below!