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

Top Three Tips for Exploring A New City.

Growing up near DC, I tend to take ownership of it. When people ask me where I’m from, I’ll happily say “a suburb outside of DC” until they press me for more information and I have to admit I’m from Maryland (which I also love, but just a little less). My summer move to Philadelphia has been overwhelming and exciting. One challenge, though, has been figuring out all I need to do, see, and eat before I leave. While I’m still in the process of learning the ropes, here are some helpful tips for all my fellow transplants trying to find the who, what, when, and where. 

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1. Start An Instagram Collection

People will LOVE to let you know what should be at the top of your to-do list. I’ve gotten so many restaurant suggestions my pant size is already starting to expand at the thought of all the future meals. It can be really overwhelming and hard to remember the suggestions so as people give them to you, start a note in your phone to keep track. Later, look up the places on Instagram to get a feel for if you’d enjoy it. If yes, add it to a collection in your saved Instagram images so you can easily remember, find, and identify it based on photos! Also, don’t be afraid to skip suggestions that don’t feel you. Fancy Asain food restaurants, no matter how high they’re rated on Yelp!, will never make it onto my Musts list.

2. Research the Neighborhoods

For most big cities, there are almost little micro-cities inside, each characterized by individual personalities and activities to do there. Put a little time into getting to know what the best things from each neighborhood are and try to figure out where they are in comparison to each other. I truly believe the only way to get to know a city is by foot, so lace up your Adidas and hit the streets. This weekend, I walked over 10 miles through the city (half because Ubers were too expensive, half because adventure vibes). It can be really cool to see some of the things you’ve seen online or learned about in school while you walk.

3. Ask for Help

A lot of people strongly identify and love where they live. Don’t be afraid to ask people for directions, suggestions, and advice as you explore. For public transport, Google Maps is a great guide, but it’s not always the easiest. Consider popping into a store, stopping a pedestrian, or asking the subway stop workers for the easiest, best, safest way to get from A to B. Also, take advantage of those around you! I make sure to ask for weekend tips at work and events happening in the area. So far, I have a DIY Skyline Night at the Philadelphia Art Museum and a nighttime trip to Boathouse Row on my list. If you’re with other transplants or use social media, see what people in your network suggest. I’ve found they’re an awesome resource for food and fun reccs.

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This past weekend started with a spin class and ended with a dairy-free froyo run. Don’t worry there was a ton of thrifting, pride parading, flea market hunting, and park visiting in there, too. Can’t wait to keep learning this city’s grid and sharing all the secrets. 

And obviously send me any Philly musts immediately. Contact via DM. Open to all suggestions. Extra open to all trendy, Instagram-ready, coffee serving suggestions. 


Stuck in my head: Mission to Mars // RKS
Snap it: The Gayborhood, PHIL

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

Officially An URBN Intern (with a side of pizza).

Back in January, I wrote a blog post about my application process to URBN as an Urban Outfitter’s Social Media Intern. It was the standard “girl gets rejected from the summer internship, but still remains positive” kind of sob story. I shared my application project, a series of mock Instagram posts I’d shot in DC, and promised I’d be back next fall ready to try again.

About two hours after that post went live, I got a call from URBN’s HQ where they asked me to come in for an interview with their Food and Beverage division, instead of for the position I’d originally applied for. So naturally, I packed my Herschel, cued a couple podcasts, and took my first ever train ride to Philly. Obviously, I instantly fell in love with the URBN corporate campus (think Anthro meets FP meets Urban meets every hipster nook and cranny/meal you could ever dream of) and had an awesome time chatting with the team.

The rest is history. And by history, I mean a food-loving-Instagrammer’s dream come true.

This position is different than anything I’ve ever done before. While a lot of it will be marketing based, doing things like running social media accounts, learning the ropes of PR, and doing some website optimization, I’ll also have the opportunity to explore deeper into F+B and take part in the growth of a new department, Urban Hospitality.

Flash forward to now, I’ve officially traded Union Market for Reading Terminal and am slowly learning how to navigate the SEPTA. I’ve got my neighborhood hot yoga studio and am even debating actually trying a cheesesteak. I said “debating.”

Exciting things are ahead. I can practically see the future Instagram Stories now.

Yes, URBN owns restaurants. AND they’re trendy and good. Explore them here: Pizzeria Vetri (there’s one in DC), Amis Trattoria, Bar Amis, & Terrain Garden Cafe. 


Stuck in my head: Giants // Bear Hands
Snap it: NAVY YARD AKA MY NEW HOME.

 

Chasing a Slice.

You might think you’ve had good pizza, but unless you’ve been to Pizzeria Beddia in the Fishtown district of Philly, you’re way off. Yesterday Elizabeth and Natalie and I hopped in the car in pursuit of America’s best named by Bon Appetit mag back in 2015. Little did I know I would also find the Instagram location of my dreams and enough murals to last me a lifetime.

A little background before we get into it: Pizzeria Beddia is only open 4 days a week from 5:30-10:30pm. The little hole in the wall has no sign; you’d totally walk right past it if you weren’t searching. They make only 40 pies a night, each cooked one at a time with love by the pizza guru himself, Joe Beddia. For more info, read the Bon Appetit article. It’ll make you drool, I promise.
P.S. We waited in line for two and a half hours and it was beyond worth it. 

We also made a stop at the Magic Gardens. This empty-lot-turned-mosic-wonderland currently occupies 80% of my camera roll and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Created by Isaiah Zagar, themes from his life, such as Latin-American culture and… nudity, run through the multi-leveled oasis like a journal. Be sure to ask about the history as you snap millions of pictures. 

Here’s my photo diary of the best way to celebrate Summer in the cheesesteak city.

Cheers to photo shoots and perfect pies. 

Pizzeria Beddia Cook Books

Let’s just say I went to bed with a food baby and the best memories. 


Stuck in my head: Run // COIN
Snap it: Philadelphia Magic Gardens