Cheesesteaks and Chokers: Week 8.

At this point, I’m hard-core missing the white stone pillars of my city and have faced the fact that my time in Philly definitely won’t include a cheesesteak. I’ve had an incredible time bouncing from must-see to must-see the past eight weeks, but it’s time to kick it up into full gear for the final two. It’s time for even more thrifting, munching, and binging bad Netflix movies with a bowl of cherries and a spoon of peanut butter. 

This week’s highlights: Amanda’s 21st Surprise Brunch in DC, the perfect swag bag from UO, an outdoor showing of Wonder Woman, bowling at a bar, and an impromptu girls weekend with my Carlie.

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And the menu.

 

And the best moments.

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Stuck in my head: Off the Market // Age.Sex.Location Beachhouse
Snap it: UMD Shady Grove rooftop thanks to Julia + for Amanda

All To Do With Peru.

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve walked with the llamas. Stood at the Sungate. And been left breathless by countless flights of stone stairs. Peru was a travelers dream, my Mom’s dream specifically, and we went for the bucket list. Hiked one day of the Inca trail, held a baby alpaca, and saw maaaany guinea pigs on sticks.

I originally wanted to create a post about Peru travel hacks, but I slowly realized the only hacks I have for you are: bring Pepto because altitude sickness is real, a Bluetooth speaker can turn a seven-hour hike into a seven-hour sing-along, and peanut butter is an American hiker’s best friend. 

Peru was definitely a “this is so insanely cool” style vacation. And no surprise, Inca walls are now my new favorite aesthetic. See proof below. 

Here’s my photo diary. Peru edition.

 

 


Stuck in my head: Hostage // Billie Eilish
Snap it: Pisac, Peru (Mitch was very winded post this photo bomb)

Cheesesteaks and Chokers: Week Three.

My motto of the summer: “the weeks go like days and the days go like weeks.” It’s crazy to think my summer with Philly is almost halfway over, but it’s not fake news. It’s the truth. Cruel. Real. Truth. 

It has definitely been an adjustment to learn the hacks of real.life.city-living, but I think I’m just starting to get the hang of it. Work-wise, I’m starting to work on longer term, higher impact projects at work. Exploring-wise, I’m FINALLY able to take better advantage of what the city has to offer. AKA, I’m not scared to hop on the subway with a tentative plan and Google Maps anymore. The slew of one-way streets is starting to be more endearing and less annoying… but still annoying. While my heart keeps missing DC, I’m happily taking in everything PHL has to offer. 

And with that, let’s kickoff week three’s outfit, food, and moments recap.

Dress To Impress.

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Feeling Munchy?

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Other Seconds of the Day.

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Stuck in my head: If You’re Over Me // Years & Years
Snap it: Spurrito (Spring Roll Burrito!!), Night Market

Patterned and Ready To Go.

I’ve always loved getting dressed in the morning. Won “Best Dressed” senior year not because I was actually best dressed (that rightfully belonged to a different fashionista), but because every morning, since seventh grade, I put thoughtfully composed outfits on my body. You can imagine me laying my clothes out the night before, only to change it in the morning because of a vision that had come to me in a dream. Honestly, this is still my routine. I’ve just traded Pacsun fashion finds for Forever 21 ones. 

I’ve always been a basic trend follower. I loved my Sketchers, then my Converse, then my Vans, now my Adidas. I was never drawn to pushing the boundaries of what was considered cute. Whatever was on the models at Zara or on one of my friends seemed like the perfect inspiration. When asked about my fashion sense, my go-to answer is that I’m really good at dressing inside the lines. 

And then I experienced my first day wearing a silk bandana. Now, my wardrobe will never be the same.

All of sudden, a world of colorful accessories, different textures, and conflicting patterns existed in a way I hadn’t ever seen before. Everyone was taking some kind of risk and even when it didn’t work, they did. One silk scarf showed me how a little addition can up the stakes and make a more dynamic composition.

This summer, I’ve challenged myself to get a little outside my fashion comfort zone. Wear patterns. Invest in colors. Hats with everything. Walking the streets of Philly or the halls of my office, my goal is to make someone think “hm, I think I like it,” instead of “I think I saw that on another 19-year old last week.” No more “better safe than a fashion disaster. ”

While none of my outfits are revolutionary, or even begin to touch the flawlessness of some of the people who work at URBN, it feels good to be proud of a look and want to share it. It’s not about feeling pretty, it’s about trying to funnel my creative energy into what I put together. Denim on denim has always been one of my staples, but now it’s about denim on denim on a neon pink sneaker and a vintage clutch.  

Still no style queen, I would never claim to be, but I’m one step closer to being more original and taking more risks. To see some of my favorite looks from this summer, check out my Philly dairies from Week One and Week Two.

And the best part of looking and feeling good? All the mirror selfies that come with it. Enjoy my collection. 

 


Stuck in my head: Butterfly // Delicate Steve
Snap it: Fishtown Flea

You can clearly see my go-to pose. 

Cheesesteaks and Chokers: Week Two.

Time to add some new combos to the “can’t re-wear without being an outfit repeater.”

Week two was even better than week one. I found more thrift shops, learned some new recipes (hello, homemade peanut sauce on sweet potatoes and chicken), and photographed some pretty awesome places. Overall, the past seven days were a win win win.

Here are the looks, meals, and moments I want to share. 

did someone say clothes?

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replace my hands with forks, please.

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those in-between moments.

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Stuck in my head: What Am I Becoming?
Snap it: South St

Cheesesteaks and Chokers: Week One.

Welcome to my Philly Summer. With week one coming to a close, I think there’s no better way to honor the fashion, food, and fun I’ve lived than through a photo diary. In this series, you’ll find my top looks, bites, and adventures from the week. Grab your Eagles jersey and buy your SEPTA ticket. This is Cheesesteaks and Chokers: Week One. 

Looks

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Bites

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Adventures

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Stuck in my head: Off She Goes // Bad Suns
Snap it: A beautiful little corner of Philly

The Sophomore Album.

Well, it’s all finished. The stress, the pressure, the moments of absolute pure fun in between. This year was full of all kinds of things, and while I took a blogging break, I was still capturing my favorite moments by doing what I do best. Photos.

Sophomore year, you were the worst. But you brought some of the best people and memories into my life and for that, I am so grateful.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018: we’ll call you The Sophomore Album.


Stuck in my head: Giants // Bear Hands
Snap it: 19th Birthday Brunch, Bistro Bohem, Shaw

Little Girl, Big Trip: Phuket, Thailand

Well, here’s the finale. One last stop on my Southeast Asia world tour. 

I have to say, two days on this little island in the sun just wasn’t enough. The views are unforgettable and the memories are definitely keepers. The end of this trip was focused on three things: sun, scuba, and sea caves. And believe me, add this destination to your bucket list asap.

Passports ready? This last one is Phuket, Thailand. 

 

Gotta say, it’s good to be home. Here come a whole lot of egg whites, spin classes, and pre-semester shopping trips.


Stuck in my head: Dead Sea // Lumineers
Snap it: Phuket, Thailand

Little Girl, Big Trip: Singapore, Singapore

So close to the finish line. Aka, my next spin class. But until then…

Singapore brought rain, but it also brought this little thing called education. Our stay was packed full of company HQ visits that top the charts of the coolness scale. My inner workaholic was going wild. I’m talking pure fangirl at some stops.

While this skyline’s no New York, it’s definitely new to me.

Passports ready? This one’s Singapore. 


Stuck in my head: Downtown // Lilla Vargen
Snap it: Singapore, Singapore

Businesses visited: FusionWorld, Yahoo, Facebook, AJ Hackett, Tiger Brewery, Marina Bay Sans, Google, LinkedIn, Singapore Airlines, Accenture

Little Girl, Big Trip: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Good morning, Vietnam! Watched the first 20 minutes of that movie so the reference feels justified.

Well, friends, we’ve reached the part of my trip where I have to start re-wearing clothes and all I can think about is a salad. But have no fear, I’m in the land of Pho and I’ve never thrived more. 

This part of our trip has been the most educational. We’ve explored the Vietnam War from the other side of the world, floated down the Mekong River, and stocked up on fresh mango. From the Chu Chi Tunnels (where I got hit in the face with a live bat) to business visits with Nike and Intel, it’s been a lot to take in. Not to mention there are more scooters in this city than pictures of brunch on my camera roll. 

Passports ready? This one’s Ho Chi Minh city. 


Stuck in my head: Obsession // Vice, Jon Bellion
Snap it: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Little Girl, Big Trip: Bangkok, Thailand

This winter break, I packed my 40-pound suitcase and hit the air. 23 hours later it’s all Pad Thai and Buddhas and I’m living an Instagrammer’s dream. Welcome to my Southeast Asia Study Abroad series: Little Girl, Big Trip. Prepare for a whole lot of munching, temple lovin’, and travel vibes.

Passports ready? This one’s Bangkok, Thailand.


Stuck in my head: Hate That You Know Me // Bleachers
Snap it: Bangkok, Thailand

Another One Down.

It’s my birthday and I’ll blog if I want to.

Well, another year’s gone by and I’m still the same height I was when I was blowing out 13 candles on my birthday cake. A lot has changed since the big 1-8 and it’s been a rather exciting year marked by finding new passions, growing skills, and getting to keep on livin’ the good life. 

Here’s a year in my camera roll leading up to Nasty 19, complete with all the people that have made it such a good one. Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy 19 (jk 24) of my favorite memories.

Looks like I’m growing up slowly but surely. Maybe adulthood isn’t as hard as it seems. 

 


Stuck in my head: Younger Now // Miley Cyrus
Snap it: KW- Cupcake Sushi (all I need rn)

PS. Pray for my 5 classes, accounting exam, and 4.5 hours of sleep

PPS. Thank you Marnie and Mitch for making many dreams come true. The best.