Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Magic Garden

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These photos were taken on our second day in Philadelphia, since then I've become completely enamored with the Magic Gardens and their corresponding murals throughout the city. We've been spending most weekends and evenings after work walking around and strolling down unexplored side streets. It's kind of my favorite thing right now. When I leave the hotel we're currently calling home, I know I'll miss walking out the door and having so much right there. But I'm excited, too, to have our own space again, to look out on to a park, and to get to know a new neighborhood in a different part of Philadelphia. Life is exciting.

This outfit is a long-time favorite, a go-to for casual days when I want to feel more dressed up, though it's never made it to the blog before. I grabbed this skirt off an IG sale last summer, and I love the volume and pattern, it lends itself so easily to a variety of color pairings.

Get the look: Vintage Skirt: Mikasa Su Casa IG sale // Necklace: Avalon Exc. (similar) // Sandals: Seychelles (c/o) // Bag: Thrifted (similar)// Stamped bracelet: Thrifted (similar) // Skinny Bracelet: Studebaker Metals // Crop: Aeropostale (c/o)

Monday, July 21, 2014

This Weekend

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This weekend we:
1. Went to the farmer's market in Rittenhouse Square and bought a huge bouquet of flowers.
2. Signed the lease for our new place, which looks out onto a little park and will be within biking distance to my office.
3. Walked to Jinxed on South Street.
4. Walked home.
5. Walked back to South Street to meet up with friends at Tattooed Moms (thank you all for the recommendation).
6. Got tipsy.
7. Woke up late, grabbed coffee from Joes, and watched dogs in the park (creeping on other people's dogs is my new favorite hobby. Chris's too.)
8. Drove to the Fishtown location of Jinxed, bought a camera (found a roll of used film in it!).
9. Burnt butter on the stove in our hotel room and smoked up the entire floor, which we're dealing with now. Cooking in a hotel room really isn't ideal.

... Oh, and we watched The Pizza Underground play on Friday night surrounded by really excited college students. We felt old. But it was still fun/funny for a little while, until all I wanted to do was listen to Lou Reed not sing about pizza. And I was carded for cigarettes today (not for me, I don't smoke, never have), which should have made me feel young, but mostly made me feel inconvenienced because I didn't have my ID and somehow made me feel older.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Wishlist 7.19

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 Happy Saturday! This week was a good one, and I'm so happy to be able to say that. I started work on Monday and have been focusing a lot on just getting settled and familiar. It feels good to take a step back and evaluate and just focus on what I need right now. How was your week? What do you have planned for this weekend? Something good I hope. We're headed to the farmer's market this morning so I can pick up flowers for a work project next week, and then we're signing the lease to our cute new apartment. I can't wait to move in. Oh how I'm ready to not live in a hotel room with a cat! Don't get me wrong, it's a really nice spot to be, but he keeps opening all the cabinets like some demented, furry poltergeist. Anyway, here's what caught my eye this week...
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// Vintage '70s Wranglers from JessAmity
// Corte necklace from Avenle
// Aurora sandals from Loly in the Sky

A few more links...
// So in love with this gorgeous "New Hampshire" clutch from Mojave.
// Check out this super stunning druzy agate necklace from Black Crystals - save 15% w/code "orchidgrey"
// Really digging these fringed clogs.
// My first post went up for the Free People blog: 5 Tips for Getting to Know Your New Town.
// Casey Kasim's body is missing?
// Just bought this necklace and it's a new favorite. Also loving this and this.
// Look at this beautiful room.
// A modern cooler DIY. Love this.
// All kinds of obsessed with this moon chart.
// Take an extra 10% off sale items at Asos! 
// Oh how I love you Tina.
// The perfect colorblock tee.
// 12 small space bedroom ideas.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Black and White and Red

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I'm not gonna lie, this dress makes me feel all kinds of bodacious. And sometimes that's what you need, one dress (or tee, or sweater...) in your closet that makes you feel - regardless of the opinion or presence of anyone else (though Chris digs it too) - like a million f'ing bucks. This is it for me. I like the '90s vibes it gives off paired with red heels and an oversized and destroyed denim jacket, toned down a notch or two with silver accessories to match the zipper.

We spent this past weekend (and the days before it) walking all over the city and going to apartment viewings and we are both mentally exhausted. The good news is that we're just waiting on approval for a cute little place in South Philly, so I'm keeping busy by keeping my fingers crossed and stressing myself out thinking about it. But let's not kid ourselves, I can't wait. We paid a visit to Terrain out in Glen Mills on Sunday and both left with visions of an even more plant-filled apartment in our heads. I may kvetch about how much I hate apartment hunting, but the thrill of having a new space to decorate and make into a home can't be denied.

Get the look: Dress: New Old Fashion Vintage (c/o) // Jacket: Estate sale (similar) // Heels: Kelsi Dagger (c/o - similar) // Ring: UO (similar) // Earrings: Vintage (similar)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekend Wishlist 7.13

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// Sweater & glasses from AA

// Vintage Circle Skirt from Jess Amity

// Bird bracelet from Manic Trout

// Maribel Sandals from Loly in the Sky

A few more things that caught my eye...

// The perfect skirt for fall? Might just be this vintage number from Wolf Mama Vintage - save 20% w/code "clearout"

// So obsessed with these earrings from Black Crystals - save 15% w/code "orchidgrey"

// Cute boots (these are kind of insane, but I like them)

// Really want to get my hands on this book.

// Beauty tips for the disco dancer.

// This made me laugh. Also, let's all stop talking like this?

// This is a really cool concept (and a great website) - Can you find Grandpa's photos?

// The perfect boots for late summer/ early fall

// This is funny.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Philly So Far

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Greetings from Philadelphia! We're currently packed into our little studio in Rittenhouse Square (watching "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything - Julie Newmar" - a long time favorite) with one very unhappy cat. Zeph is a good traveler, but not so cool with suddenly living in a room 12 floors up. Little buddy does not like heights and starts shaking every time I hold him and even remotely approach the window. He likes that we brought his favorite sweater, though, (we call it his mama - you can see how ridiculous this is here) and has finally become comfortable enough to sleep with it on the chair in the room, and not buried beneath the bed. I feel pretty terrible for moving him and taking him away from his birds. He used to like to sit on the counter in the kitchen of our Pittsburgh place and look over the back yard, I'll miss coming home from work and seeing him watching the finches and robins out the window.

But 48 hours in, we dig it. Chris and I spent our first full day in Philly weaving our way through the Italian Market area looking for "For Rent" signs and getting sufficiently sun burnt, maybe a little grumpy, tired, and hungry. But so far, so good. He found a great barber shop with the sweetest dog (see above), and we stopped into a little cafe in the same area for lunch that was cozy and -- most importantly -- had air conditioning. We've found a few leads for places, but we'll see. We both just desperately want to find an apartment and get settled in.

Today we're checking out a few more neighborhoods we've had on our radar and hopefully scheduling some more viewings together before I start work on Monday. I hate apartment hunting, and after this move, I feel as if we'll be settled for awhile. We better be at least, because, man I don't want to have to do this again. I hate how competitive it is, having to look at a place with a bunch of other people who are also desperate to find somewhere to live. Trolling Criagslist and Zillow and HotPads, and all the others constantly, hoping something new will turn up. I'm so thankful to at least be able to be here while we look, the temporary place is a godsend, but I know we just want something that feels like home.

This weekend we're planning to check out more places, but taking a break on Saturday to hit up the beach. I can't wait! It'll be nice to have a day to chill out a bit before I jump into this new position and before Chris hits the pavement on his own to look at apartments. I'm looking forward to packing up the cooler, grabbing my swim suit, and hitting the road early to get to the coast for a day at the ocean. If you need Zeph, he will most likely be chilling under the bed.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


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I am a sweaty mess. Right now I'm sitting amidst the rubble of our apartment, half of it in boxes, the other half scattered frenetically on the floor, shelves, etc. I didn't make myself dinner tonight, opting instead to drown my stress in ice pops. Moving is madness. This is always something I manage to forget as soon as we're settled in. Only to be remembered when the process repeats itself. There's no perfect way to do it, although I'd say we've become quite good at it. Worlds better than the disaster that was our move to Pittsburgh (which found us practically shoveling stuff into the back of a truck), at least. The cat has caught on, he's hiding in his carrier as if to ensure we won't forget him. He's been microchipped and is sporting a fancy new collar, I'm feeling paranoid about him somehow escaping and have been having cat-themed stress dreams for weeks.

I went on a last-hurrah thrifting date with my friend Bess this weekend, which was the perfect way to spend most of Saturday. I found a couple of tee shirts, a nice cashmere men's sweater (for $3!), a few little accessories, and a wealth of '90s floral dresses, this one included. I had a wave of nostalgia when I read the tag: Contempo Casuals. Oh how I loved that store as a pre-teen! My mom hated it. Going so far as to call it "Contempt-o".

I didn't wear this anywhere special, just to run to Home Depot and grab hotdogs with Chris, but it was a relief to get out of the cut-offs-and-tank uniform I've been sporting lately. Only one more day and we're in Philadelphia. Whoa.

Get the look: Dress & bag: Thrifted (similar & similar) // Sandals: Seychelles (c/o) // Necklaces: Black Crystals (c/o) // Sunglasses: Missguided (c/o) // Bracelet: Studebaker Metals