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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weekend snapshots

food truck festivals, pedicure, warm sun, & ice cream.

spring is okay. i think i’ll let it stay.

dear loft & other online retailers,
sending me an email saying, “YOUR ORDER SHIPPED,” when really all you did was print a label is not okay.
it’s rude & misleading.
sincerely,
someone who just wants their shit.

dear loft & other online retailers,

sending me an email saying, “YOUR ORDER SHIPPED,” when really all you did was print a label is not okay.

it’s rude & misleading.

sincerely,

someone who just wants their shit.

on sunday we threw a surprise birthday party for my mom.

& let me tell you… it was hard. not necessarily the planning part but keeping the secret from my mom!

first were the invitations. i searched a bit until i found the perfect one. my mom loves all things leopard so i when i found this one i was sold. i’d never heard of paperstyle but they were great! i found a code for 15% off which basically saved me on shipping and they were made & shipped the same day. they even sent me extras which was awesome.

next up were the party favors. i decided to go with custom m&ms & mini flashlights. the m&ms were a hit! one way to get them packaged is in mini “happy birthday!” pouches so i went with that. i got 4 colors (cream, yellow, light brown, & gold to go with the leopard theme) and put my mom’s face on 2 of them. the other two said “happy birthday.” again, there are codes available for the site so definitely use that (& ebates!). to wrap it all up i ordered these leopard print bags from etsy, tied a pink ribbon through the handles, & ta-da!

the restaurant we held it at was super easy to work with, too. we were able to customize the menu, bring in champagne & vodka (mimoas & bloody marys, duh), bring a cake (viking pastries), and bring in a sign-in board (made by my mom’s friend).

the brunch was great and i think my mom was actually surprised!

crowdsourcing

bridal shower/wedding edition.

when it comes to bridal showers, bachelorette parties, weddings, etc i’m clueless. like, never been to a wedding before kind of clueless. that being said i have 5 this year. i’m of course thrilled, excited, yadda yadda yadda…

but… gifts. i need help!

i’ve been told that for the showers you typically order from the registries and for the actual wedding you give a check. how much do you typically spend on the shower gifts? do you order them online and then bring them to the shower (wrapped, of course)? what if you’re not invited to the shower (ex: friend of the grooms)? do you give a larger check then if you were invited to the shower (as in, you already spent money)?

i’m just totally clueless. any advice & guidance would be much appreciated!

bravo turns real life!

it’s really no secret that i love all things bravo, so when i heard that courtney kerr was going to be at macy’s i knew i had to go. the event wasn’t that well advertised (i think) but courtney was posting about it on instagram & twitter. (this makes sense now since it was literally in the middle of the department store and there wasn’t room for a ton of people)

the event started at 530 with a fashion show hosted by courtney. her personality was exactly the same as it was on tv. the whole thing lasted maybe 30 minutes. we met her afterwards, snapped a picture, tagged her on instagram, and then she may or may not have liked the photo. we’re practically best friends.

(alright, not really, but close enough)

it was a fun after-work activity and as a long time viewer of her shows and reader of her blog it was pretty neat to meet her. i’m also now super knowledgeable on all of the top spring fashion trends…nope.

[not pictured: uggs & work pants. classy. she probably wanted out of philly real bad after that]

it’s finally on the books.
road trip 2014.
philly > knoxville > nashville > memphis > nashville > louisville, ky > philly
we’re currently in the process of finding really awesome things to do in every city (i’ll survery closer to the trip) but i just can’t seem to stop thinking about this place.
is it bad that i want to try every pancake they offer? i’m not even a huge breakfast person… but these pancakes just look SO GOOD.
has anyone been? i know the line can get nuts - any tips?
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it’s finally on the books.

road trip 2014.

philly > knoxville > nashville > memphis > nashville > louisville, ky > philly

we’re currently in the process of finding really awesome things to do in every city (i’ll survery closer to the trip) but i just can’t seem to stop thinking about this place.

is it bad that i want to try every pancake they offer? i’m not even a huge breakfast person… but these pancakes just look SO GOOD.

has anyone been? i know the line can get nuts - any tips?

(image via)

as if this isn’t already my go to outfit.
booties, blank pants, stripes, black jacket, leopard scarf…check!
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as if this isn’t already my go to outfit.

booties, blank pants, stripes, black jacket, leopard scarf…check!

(via brooklynblonde)

a (delayed & brief) new orleans recap.

it was a packed 4 night/5 day trip.

there were hurricanes, live music, & beignets.

there was the french quarter, bourbon street, & frenchmen street.

there was a conference full of great speakers (ben platt! josh malina!) and the opportunity to connect & network with people all over the country.

but, a week later, i’m still exhausted. until next time, nola.

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