Post Grad Slump

The random findings & babblings of a twenty-something living in Philadelphia. I graduated college in 2009 and I'm still getting used to this thing we call the "real world."

My favorite things include Philadelphia (the city, the sports, the food), traveling, ice cream, giraffes, taking pictures, & finding recipes online that I'll probably never actually get around to making. It's an interesting mix, but so am I.

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has anyone tried aerial yoga?
a bunch of my friends and i are talking about trying one of the classes here in philly.
we were thinking that if we fill up a class and/or get a private session we won’t have to worry about making fools of ourselves in front of everyone else. chances are, with my awesome coordination & upper body strength, i’ll be the one flat on my face.
or, just sitting there like ramona, screaming internally, “what the eff did i get myself into!”

has anyone tried aerial yoga?

a bunch of my friends and i are talking about trying one of the classes here in philly.

we were thinking that if we fill up a class and/or get a private session we won’t have to worry about making fools of ourselves in front of everyone else. chances are, with my awesome coordination & upper body strength, i’ll be the one flat on my face.

or, just sitting there like ramona, screaming internally, “what the eff did i get myself into!”

fall inspiration.
i don’t think i can pull off any kind of blazer…but, everything else, yes.
(via damselindior)

fall inspiration.

i don’t think i can pull off any kind of blazer…but, everything else, yes.

(via damselindior)

diner en blanc.

last thursday was philadelphia’s annual diner en blanc. this year’s location was amazing - they lined up all 3500 of us down broad street with an awesome view of city hall. (luckily the torrential downpours that were scheduled miraculously missed us)

last year my friend and i really had no idea what we were doing nor what to expect. this year we actually knew to request to be with our friends! while last year was still fun, it was really nice to be around everyone we knew.

there were mummers, marching bands, a real band, a dj, & sparklers. for dinner i stopped at dibruno’s and picked up caesar salad, lobster stuffed potato, steak, broccoli rabe and an amazing cheese selection (big ed’s gouda, little darling, & a soft cheese i can’t remember) with cotton candy grapes (yes, they’re a real thing). drink of choice was clearly sofia coppola’s blanc de blancs. stuffed is an overstatement - although we did pass around the grapes for everyone to try.

everyone looked to be having the best time ever and i haven’t heard one negative review by someone that was there. (the outside commentary on the other hand… haters gonna hate)

definitely an event to remember. can’t wait for next year!

postgradslump:

i know this was going around a little while ago but if anyone is interested my friend and i started a challenge.
it starts on saturday (aug 23) and will go until september 19th. it’s a $20 bet and the more players we have the bigger the pot is! if everyone meets their goal you get your $20 back. if people don’t, the rest of the pot gets split.
if anyone is unfamiliar with dietbet you should check it out.
& then join us! we can motivate each other. please feel free to spread the word and the link.

weigh-ins start today!
the post is up to $200 and my friend added in a special bonus stakes to the person who writes the most motivational posts (in addition to meeting their 4% goal). prize will be mailed at the end of the challenge.
sign up!
(if you’re interested you should sign up - i did one this past month and actually met my goal. still waiting on the final results to be finalized before finding out how much i won)

postgradslump:

i know this was going around a little while ago but if anyone is interested my friend and i started a challenge.

it starts on saturday (aug 23) and will go until september 19th. it’s a $20 bet and the more players we have the bigger the pot is! if everyone meets their goal you get your $20 back. if people don’t, the rest of the pot gets split.

if anyone is unfamiliar with dietbet you should check it out.

& then join us! we can motivate each other. please feel free to spread the word and the link.

weigh-ins start today!

the post is up to $200 and my friend added in a special bonus stakes to the person who writes the most motivational posts (in addition to meeting their 4% goal). prize will be mailed at the end of the challenge.

sign up!

(if you’re interested you should sign up - i did one this past month and actually met my goal. still waiting on the final results to be finalized before finding out how much i won)

when my company says take the day and these tickets to the phillies game… we take it. (at Citizens Bank Park)

when my company says take the day and these tickets to the phillies game… we take it. (at Citizens Bank Park)

i know this was going around a little while ago but if anyone is interested my friend and i started a challenge.
it starts on saturday (aug 23) and will go until september 19th. it’s a $20 bet and the more players we have the bigger the pot is! if everyone meets their goal you get your $20 back. if people don’t, the rest of the pot gets split.
if anyone is unfamiliar with dietbet you should check it out.
& then join us! we can motivate each other. please feel free to spread the word and the link.

i know this was going around a little while ago but if anyone is interested my friend and i started a challenge.

it starts on saturday (aug 23) and will go until september 19th. it’s a $20 bet and the more players we have the bigger the pot is! if everyone meets their goal you get your $20 back. if people don’t, the rest of the pot gets split.

if anyone is unfamiliar with dietbet you should check it out.

& then join us! we can motivate each other. please feel free to spread the word and the link.

diner en blanc countdown: 2 days!
outfits - check!table & chairs - check!table cloth - check!plates, silverware & champagne flutes - check!champagne x2 - check & check!meet up location - check!
just waiting on the 2 best parts…food (dibrunos) & location (just a few minutes before we leave our meet up spot)!
also, really hoping these so called thunderstorms decide to skip philly and head elsewhere. thousands of people stuck in a rainstorm all dressed in white… i don’t think it will be pretty.
(see recap from last year’s event)

diner en blanc countdown: 2 days!

outfits - check!
table & chairs - check!
table cloth - check!
plates, silverware & champagne flutes - check!
champagne x2 - check & check!
meet up location - check!

just waiting on the 2 best parts…food (dibrunos) & location (just a few minutes before we leave our meet up spot)!

also, really hoping these so called thunderstorms decide to skip philly and head elsewhere. thousands of people stuck in a rainstorm all dressed in white… i don’t think it will be pretty.

(see recap from last year’s event)

very belated scenes from the billy joel concert on august 2nd at citizens bank park.

1. i had no idea gavin degraw was opening

2. billy joel brought out boys II men to sing an awesome a capella version of “the longest time” with him

3. for his encore he sang uptown girl (a song he hasn’t done in years!)

overall, excellent concert! i always love him seeing perform. so much energy, and plus, the songs are classics.

until next time!

after watching friday night lights & visiting nashville the next logical step was to catch up on this show.
no regrets.
that being said, the nashville pandora station is amazing. i highly suggest it.
is it september 24th yet?

after watching friday night lights & visiting nashville the next logical step was to catch up on this show.

no regrets.

that being said, the nashville pandora station is amazing. i highly suggest it.

is it september 24th yet?

quick scenes from a 5 hour trip to NYC.

-breakfast & coffee at chobani soho. pictured above is the smoked salmon & herbed labne sandwich and the fresh fruit (raspberries) and granola.

-trying on dresses! i have 3 weddings in september and figured rent the runway would be the best option. they have 2 showrooms in nyc - we went to the one in soho. when you make the appointment online the stylists look at your favorites and pull either those exact dresses or ones you might like in your size. i ended up renting 2 dresses: a nha khanh & a badgley mischka (obviously 2 dresses i would never own).

-for lunch my friend and i headed to delicatessen. despite really wanting all of the mac & cheese we decided to split both the mediterranean farro salad and a beet/arugula salad (i can’t find the name of it but it was SO good).

-we obviously needed dessert and have been meaning to try popbar. we realized we weren’t too far and made our way there. en route we passed by heather from RHONY(!). anyway, those pops! so, so good! you can dip them in chocolate & add toppings.

-before heading back to the bus we walked by a place called bantam bagels. they have mini filled bagel balls! we had to try them, obviously. we tried both ‘everybody’s favorite’ (filled with veggie cream cheese) and ‘box lunch’ (filled with pb & jelly). “everybody’s favorite” was definitely our favorite (i get the name now).

the last time i was in nyc was during a crazy snowstorm so i would consider this trip a success!