Travel

Weekend In My Life: Philadelphia, PA

Over this past weekend, I went on a little weekend trip to Philadelphia with my boyfriend and I thought I would document it to show you guys! I honestly I did not document as well as I would have liked because I truly get caught up in the moment too often to remember to take photos. I did what I could with my posts from snapchat, so bare with me! Either way, I had such a great weekend relaxing in Philadelphia and I am looking forward to going back soon!

We got to the city around 11 am on Saturday so we had a full day ahead of us! We stayed at the Le Meridien Philadelphia which is a beautiful, French decor inspired hotel. It’s a part of Marriott also, so you can still get the perks of being a Marriott rewards member which is nice! It was also really close to everything we wanted to do which made it easy for us to just walk around! We actually did not take a single Uber which was a good way for us to save a few dollars.

When we first arrived, we walked a few blocks and found 2 different little Christmas markets in the city. One was a German themed one and the other was near the ice rink and both were super cute and crowded. It was a nice introduction for our trip! After that, we walked a few more blocks over to Rittenhouse Square and took a break to people watch on a park bench. It was pretty chilly, but it was nice to just sit and relax and chat.

For lunch, we headed over to the Iron Hill Brewery which was honestly the best lunch I’ve had in a while! We both got the holiday beer flights which were good. We both liked 2 out of the 4 beers, so it was just okay but we also have decided we really don’t like beer that much. I got a BLT sandwich with a balsamic glaze and pesto and it was TO DIE FOR. Literally the best sandwich I think I’ve ever had. Andrew got a grilled chicken sandwich which was also really yummy and perfectly portioned. After lunch, we stopped by the Reading Terminal Market to grab some doughnuts! They were delicious, but we got way more than we could handle so we didn’t end up finishing those.

After the doughnuts, we went back to the hotel to relax and rest until dinner time. For dinner, we went to a restaurant called James which was about 5 blocks from our hotel. It had really yummy drinks! We also got the most delicious meatball and burrata appetizer. For dinner, I had some steak with chimichurri and french fries and Andrew got the most delicious, savory gnocchi. Then we headed out to do some bar hopping and get a feel for the city at night. We stopped by City Tap House, then Bru and finally ended the night at Time which was our favorite by far. The drinks there were good and cheap and it wasn’t too crowded for a Saturday night.

We had such a wonderful weekend and I’m so happy we went! Weekend trips are really easy for us to do and we’re hoping to do plenty more in 2020. I can’t wait to share some more trips with you all next year!

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Things I’m Loving This Month: November 2019

November honestly flew by and I can’t believe I am writing this monthly favorite post again! I feel like I was really thriving this month and enjoying being a little bit busy again. I don’t have a ton of favorites (which I think I say literally every month), but the ones I do have are really good. Keep on reading to see some of my favorites for November 2019.

Baublebar

I have talked about Baublebar a million times! They are my favorite shop to buy jewelry from, specifically festive and gaudy jewelry. I am the kind of girl that either wears no jewelry or is dripping in diamonds (not really but you know what I mean). I like Baublebar because they allow me to do both. I have some really beautifully made simple gold hoops from here and a pretty gold cuban link chain bracelet that I wear almost daily, but I also have beautiful giant heart earrings and rainbow earrings from here to. This is not even an ad, I just genuinely love their pieces!

Winc Wines

Earlier this month I did an ad for Winc and shared my latest box of wines I got in. I really was so happy with the wines I got from them. I finished 3/4 bottles and I was so happy to drink them. They were perfect for relaxing on a Friday night with some pizza and a terrible Netflix Christmas movie. You can use this link to get $22 off and complimentary shipping on your order which comes out to 4 bottles of wine for $39. This one IS an ad, but again, I really love their wines!

Headbands

I have showed you guys a ton of headbands this week and I can’t stop, won’t stop on that. I think they are probably the easiest way to dress up your outfit without having to do too much (same goes for earrings). I got a ton from Amazon and Baublebar recently and I am wearing them non-stop! I have a bunch linked in my Favorite Fall Accessories post that I did last week.

What I Wore This Week Blogs

I don’t know about you, but I am really enjoying sharing my weekly outfit recaps with you. It’s a nice way for me to look back on what I wore, how I was feeling and what was going on in my head that week. Plus it’s nice to have all my outfits from the week together in one place. Here is the link to some of my most recent outfit posts, here and here.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I think this has been in my last 2 monthly favorites, but I have to say I really really am loving this. After using it for a few weeks, I am really seeing a difference in the overall look of my skin! It is softer, smoother and my acne scarring is not as prominent lately. I also feel like I have to exfoliate less often now (which is also partially due to my 10% lactic acid from The Ordinary). I think my skin in general is more glowy and I’m also feeling less oily throughout the day! I highly recommend this! Pricey but worth every penny.

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What I Wore This Week: 11/25/19 – 11/28/19

I am back again with my What I Wore This Week Series! This past week was the week of Thanksgiving, so the beginning of the week was nice and relaxed cozy outfits for work and then end is more fun, festive looks to celebrate the holidays! I didn’t include the weekend on this one because we went to Philadelphia and I have a blog post coming that features all those outfits, plus what we did. Be on the look out for that post this Thursday and keep on reading to see what I wore this week!

Monday

Monday again! Similar to last week, I was dealing with a horrible headache from the weekend that just won’t quit so I wanted to be really comfy today. I opted for this super cozy sweater and jeans with my new favorite loafers. I also added socks because my ankles are always cold standing on the train platform in the morning. I’m unsure if I love the socks or hate them and I genuinely think that is the appeal of them. One thing that I really love about myself is it’s not often that I feel self-conscious about what I’m wearing.

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Socks & Shoes: Target

Tuesday

This Tuesday morning, I woke up feeling a little tired and a little bit like I didn’t want to wear my cute outfit. I was feeling just slightly off this morning. However, I decided to just push through and wear my cute outfit that I planned the night before and I am so happy I did! It was seriously so cute. I wore basically all green and my new green plaid coat that I’m obsessed with and it was such a ~lewk~. I also feel like it made me feel much more productive. Does anyone else feel like that? Sometimes when I wear an outfit that I feel really good about, I truly feel like I can conquer anything.

Headband: Amazon / Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Naturalizer / Earrings: Baublebar

Wednesday

Thank goodness for a half day! Since it was the last day of work just before a holiday, I wanted to be comfy and cozy so I could relax and feel productive. My wonderful boyfriend got me this sweatshirt from his job earlier this week, so I decided to throw that on with a pair of jeans and some mule loafers for the ultimate comfy-but-still-put-together outfit. I also didn’t want to feel too sloppy, so I decided to wear my big gold hoops to feel more put together. I have to be honest, I am really into jewelry lately and I think I want to really invest in some nice every day gold necklaces, earrings, rings and probably also bracelets but no guarantees on that one. I think it’s such a good way to dress up an outfit. A few weeks ago, @sincerelyjules posted a photo of her wearing a bathing suit, I think, but with a ton of jewelry and I literally said “Wow that’s a cute outfit” before I realized it was a bathing suit. Accessories make a huge difference!!

Sweatshirt: Gifted / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Target

Thursday

This day was Thanksgiving dinner at my boyfriend’s family’s house so my outfit is a little more dressy than normal but I still wanted to be comfortable. I got this skirt recently at Target to use for another blog post and I realized that I really like it! It was great to wear for a family dinner and tuck a sweater in also. On another note, the dinner was so yummy. Thanksgiving in my favorite holiday and it was so special to get to spend it with Andrew and his family. Definitely the best one yet!

Sweater: American Eagle / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Something Navy

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What I’m Thankful For: 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!! I wanted to do a quick post today to share some things I’m thankful for. November is the national month for giving thanks and while we should be thankful all the time, the holiday season makes you feel especially thankful. I do my best everyday to be thankful for the way my life has turned out, but sometimes it slips my mind because I’m human. Keep reading to see some of the things I’m thankful for this year, in no particular order.

  1. My family
  2. Andrew & his family
  3. My friends
  4. My job
  5. The fact that I get to wake up every day excited about something (something meaning this blog)
  6. My creativity
  7. My dedication to the things I choose to commit to
  8. My house
  9. My need to research every detail before I make most decisions
  10. My love for coffee
  11. My love for wine
  12. All the wonderful, creative, and sweet bloggers I’ve made connections with over the last few months
  13. All the bad things that happened in 2019
  14. How much I grew into what I feel is my most true self so far
  15. Everyone who has supported me in the last year! I would not be here without you.

Now that I’ve shared what I’m thankful for, I want to know what you’re thankful for. Leave a comment below and let me know what your most thankful for this year!

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My Favorite Fall Accessories

As you may have noticed (or not, whatever), I am big into accessories lately. I have a ton of headbands that I love to wear recently, a ton of new pairs of earrings and just got a few new bags in too! Today, I figured I would share some of my new accessories I’ve been wearing a loving lately with you. They are a mix of trendy pieces and classic pieces so I think there is something for everyone here.

Pearl Detail Headbands

These are truly everywhere this year and I am so so into this trend. I love the knotted headband style but I also really love the ones that are covered top to bottom with little pearls. They are so pretty and perfect for brides who have engagement parties and showers to attend! I found these pretty pearl headbands on Amazon and they came in a big 6 pack which was so convenient because I got a ton of colors for the price of one or two at a regular store. The ones I ordered are linked here from Amazon! I also got the prettiest ones from Baublebar, one is completely covered in pearls and it’s just stunning. While the other has a pretty satin band with a thick string of pearls along the middle and is available as a 2 for $20 deal! These pretties are linked here for the full pearl and the one I have for the one string of pearls is sold out but here is a similar one.

Padded Headbands

Okay this trend is honestly a love it or hate it situation, but I genuinely love it. I think it’s such a cute way to elevate your look, without doing too much. Danielle Bernstein of @weworewhat is the QUEEN of padded headbands and she is definitely my inspiration when I choose to style these. I got mine from Amazon and I just can’t get enough of them. Of course, the black and brown are my favorites, but I am excited to try some of the other colors too, like the navy and the green! The link to these headbands are here. Lastly, to keep things really interesting, I also got THE CUTEST Sherpa headband and was so excited! It seems crazy but it’s much more subtle than it seems. Here’s the link for the Sherpa Headband from Baublebar!

Designer Inspired Headbands

I am a huge fan of designer pieces and logos, but I can’t always justify the designer price tag when it comes to something like a headband. I found these really cute Gucci inspired headbands on Amazon and just about fell over when I saw them! They are so cute and pretty well made, considering they are from Amazon. I really like how they can elevate your look and make it look more high end, but without the huge price tag. The Gucci inspired ones are linked here. I’m on the hunt to find a few others that are inspired by other designers as well!

Gold Hoops with a Twist

I am a massive fan of gold hoop earrings because they are so classic, but I also love finding pairs that are a little bit more interesting than a plain gold hoop! I really love shopping for earrings on Baublebar so that is usually where I find mine because they always have such interesting styles. I found these beaded gold hoops and couldn’t decide for a while if I REALLY needed them but I decided to take the plunge and I am so happy I did! Warning: these are pretty heavy so I wouldn’t recommend them for a full day of wear! I also found these really cute, thin gold hoops that look as if the metal was hammered down which I think is such a nice detail and they are super lightweight and comfortable. The beaded hoops are linked here and the hammered metal hoops are linked here.

Pearl Hoop Earrings

These are definitely some favorites of mine recently. I think pearl earring are so classic and elegant, but having them as a hoop can really take the look to the next level. It’s a modern take on a classic staple. I found a pair at Baublebar which are inspired by the Lele Sadoughi earrings that cost a whopping $150! This pair at Baublebar is a mere $42 and from what I would assume, a bit lighter and smaller than the Lele Sadoughi pair. I also found these beaded pearl mini earrings, which are super lightweight and just so stinkin’ cute! They are similar to the gold beaded ones I linked above, but much more wearable for day to day. The big pearl hoops are linked here and the mini beaded pearl hoops are linked here, the white is sold out but they come in a cool Tahitian pearl version.

Designer Dupe Bags

When it comes to bags, I actually am not as fond of designer dupes as I am with other accessories. Bags are such iconic pieces, so I feel that it can take away from the exclusiveness of them when there are similar-but-not-exact versions of them. However, I found this bag, originally posted by Sarah Belle Elizabeth @sarahbelleelizabeth on Instagram and I was really excited to get it. This one is a dupe for the Bottega Veneta Pouch bag that is crazy popular with all the bloggers and influencers, even with its $3,000+ price tag. This dupe is a mere $32 from Amazon, linked here, and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by the quality. The faux leather is really nice and supple, and the color looks beautiful in person. With that being said, it looks crazy similar and I am really happy that she found this! It’s such a cute bag that I can easily see being in style for a very long time.

This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com and Baublebar.com via Shopstyle who may pay me a commission for any purchases made via the links above.

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What I Wore This Week: 11/18/19 – 11/23/19

I got some great feedback on my What I Wore This Week post from last week, so we are back again! I really enjoy these posts because they are easy to do (since I take photos of my outfits everyday anyway) and they are an easy way to look back at what I was doing/feeling/thinking/wearing that week in my life. If you remember, I started this blog to act as a little journal of what is going on in my life post grad so things like this are a great way to remember. Keep on reading to see what I wore last week!

Monday

Starting with Monday, I’ll have to be honest I was not feeling my best today. I was still battling a hangover from going out on Saturday night *face palm* and could barely function enough the night before to pick out my outfit. So what I came up with is basically the exact same outfit I wore on Friday the week before but wearing the sweater I wore out on Saturday night cause it was super cozy. Whatever, sue me. However, once I was functional again, I realized I really liked this outfit and tucking the sweater in was such a cute styling detail on my part.

Sweater & Shoes: Target / Jeans: Topshop

Tuesday

I was really excited for my outfit today because with my coat and scarf (not shown because I didn’t think to include it in my picture??) it looked so cute. I had painted my nails a pretty forest green the night before and decided on wearing this cozy navy sweater and my navy wool coat because I love blue and green together. Then I decided that I also love blue and black/dark gray so I though to wear these jeans and the boots also because it was comfy and cute all at once. AND THEN I added a red plaid scarf because I love red and navy blue together, but I also realized that the scarf had forest green stripes in it and it was like everything was right in the world.

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Coat: Mango / Scarf: Zara

Wednesday

This day, I woke up feeling so tired that I just wanted to be comfy and cozy so I decided to wear my comfiest black jeans with this hugely oversize sweater, but leave it untucked so it was less styled and more about comfort. I also keep on wishing I had knee high black boots that don’t have a heel so I can wear them when it’s cold, so I put on my Doc Martens instead because it’s the closest alternative I own. Note to self: PLEASE buy flat black boots so you can be warm and also cute!!!!

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Dr. Martens

Thursday

This day I woke up not feeling too great. I was feeling uninspired and just generally in a bad mood. I always get really frustrated around the holidays and today I was really feeling it. But instead of shutting myself down and closing out, I decided to just talk about how I was feeling to someone and it truly helped me feel better within a few minutes. I can really struggle to pull myself out when I’m in a bad mood, but I genuinely feel like when I push myself to talk about it, I’m always better off in the end. For my outfit, I had no idea what to wear, forgot all my accessories and was basically not having it today, so I decided to keep things neutral and a little boring if you ask me. I’m feeling so uninspired lately when it comes to my outfits and I’m in desperate need of a way to get back in the groove of styling again!

Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Urban Outfitters

Friday

This day I was so excited about my outfit, you have no idea! It was a day where I actually felt like I put something today and it felt like it was my sole idea, without looking at anyone else for inspiration. I was feeling really good about this one! Overall, I actually didn’t feel too great this day, I was tired and just ready to have the weekend to relax. And while I actually did not even relax over the weekend, it was nice to not be at work for 2 days!

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Tank: Old Navy / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Naturalizer / Headband: Amazon

Saturday

On Saturday I went to a birthday party in Brooklyn at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club so I wanted to be comfy, but still look cute. So after several outfit changes, I finally decided on this one and I was pretty happy with it until I got to the place and there was 3 other girls wearing the same outfit! How embarrassing! I genuinely thought I had on a pretty unique outfit so I was in for a surprise. But I looked around and saw like 6 other girls wearing matching outfits (unclear if it’s on purpose or not) so I basically just got over it and laughed it off. Still a cute outfit, though!

Coat & Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Target

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My Favorite Places to Shop: 2019

I did this post last year around this time and I truly feel my style has changed so much that I thought I should re do it. In the last year, I’ve really focused on having a curated closet with pieces that I will want to wear time and time again. I think that mainly comes from focusing on quality and, of course, just figuring out who I am as an adult. It’s been a crazy, busy, eye-opening year and there has been so much going on, but they have all made me into the person I am now; someone I am very proud of. I want my style to reflect that person everyday. I’m still working on perfecting it and am missing a few staple pieces, but keep reading to see what some of my favorite stores to shop at have been this year.

For Basics:

To me basics means, t-shirts and long sleeves mainly, but a few fitted camis and tank tops also. Layering pieces. Things you wear under other things, not really things to wear on their own (obviously excluding the tees and long sleeves). For these pieces, I almost always go to Target! I love all the basics from A New Day because they are 1) affordable and 2) high quality cotton. I buy t-shirts, long sleeves, turtle necks, camis, and tank tops from this brand because they range from $8-$15, are sometimes on sale and last me a very long time through tons of washes and wears. Some stores I want to try out for some basics are Madewell and Banana Republic!

For Denim:

As you all know, my absolute favorite place to buy denim is Topshop. I have like 20 pairs of jeans from Topshop in all different styles because they just fit me the best! I wear jeans almost every day so having good quality (but still affordable) denim is a major key to my style. Topshop has tons of different styles, shades, and levels of distressing which makes it really easy to find jeans for work and for play on the weekends. You know I’m obsessed with their Mom jeans! I also have a new found love for their straight leg jeans, as well as the Jamie jeans and the Joni jeans. They are simply the best! Next year, I am looking to try out some jeans from Madewell because I’ve heard so many good things, as well as Everlane, AGOLDE, and GRLFRND.

For Sweaters:

My favorite and most worn sweaters are either from American Eagle or Something Navy. I seriously have a ton of sweaters and those are always the ones I choose to wear first. I am always pleasantly surprised by the quality, the color range and the overall fit and wear of them. I love a good neutral sweater, so I love picking up a new oatmeal color sweater or a brown sweater. I also LOVE to throw on a bright pink or purple sweater to mix things up! I wish I could wear sweaters year round honestly. I am really looking forward to trying out some higher quality sweaters from stores like J.Crew, Sezane, Everlane and Banana Republic. These are such classic stores, so they will last me forever!

For Dresses:

Now this is a toughie for me because I don’t wear dresses TOO often. Definitely in the spring and summer because it’s just easier for me to throw one on with sandals and get out the door. But in the fall and winter, I tend to put all of my dresses away and leave them in storage. This coming year I want to wear more dresses so I’m hoping to incorporate more into my closet! When I do wear dresses, they are almost always from either Zara or Target. I think Zara makes the most beautiful and unique dresses and honestly, if there’s one thing Zara does exceptionally well, it’s dresses. Target also makes very cute, affordable dresses for work which is usually what I’d be shopping for anyway. My favorite brand for dresses at Target are usually WhoWhatWear and A New Day!

For Coats:

I am a huge coat person. I think it’s a layer that can really level up your outfit, while keeping you warm and toasty underneath. I have no problem spending a little more on a coat because I know I will wear it. My favorite coats are always from Something Navy. I can’t get enough of them. They are great quality, warm, and stylish all in one. I also just recently got 2 coats from Mango and am over the moon about them! Mango has a really great selection of high quality and affordable coats.

For Shoes:

I spend so much money on shoes from Nordstrom simply because they carry tons of brands! I love to buy high quality, classic shoes that will last me a long time because I need to stop buying so many pairs so I try to buy ones that I want to keep for a few years and not want to throw away or replace the next year. I’m a huge fan of Sam Edelman shoes this year and have recently bought a new pair of beautiful fringe boots and have my eye on the Hai Knee High Boots. I also love the Hazel pumps, they are such a perfect classic shoe. I also love Steve Madden for shoes too, which you all know. Majority of my shoes are from Steve Madden because I think the quality is great, and they are relatively affordable. I think in the coming year, I’ll definitely keep up with the Sam Edelman shoes, but I also want to explore more shoes from Zara because they have funky styles and are super high quality.

For Accessories:

You all know I love to buy my accessories from Baublebar. They have the cutest earrings, usually super festive and gaudy. They also have cute hair clips, headbands, and customized jewelry. I buy from them seasonally usually when I want to keep my outfits more interesting! I always love what they come out with for summer, and I recently just bought a bunch of pretty gold hoops and pearl earrings from them also. I also usually get all my headbands on Amazon also! I like these because they sell them in big packs of 3-8 so you can get a ton of colors, for not a lot of money. I got these cute padded headbands, the pearl/knot headbands, and these Gucci inspired ones all from Amazon for less than $40 total! I have also seen such pretty accessories at Zara, so I think I’ll be purchasing a few of those soon too!

This blog post contains affiliate links for Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com and Target.com, which may pay me a commission for any purchases made via the links above.

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