It's been a while since I've updated! Tim and I moved from Philadelphia back to Chicago last month. We're getting into the swing of our new life in the city. I've started back up full time at Columbia, so I've been quite busy this last week. But I thought I'd share a few shots my sister and I took a few weeks ago. I'll be back soon with an update on Chicago life!
One of the first things I look up when I'm in a new city is where the good coffee shops are. I was so thrilled to find so many amazing coffee shops in Philly! This weekend, I ventured out to two amazing coffee shops : One Shot & Elixr.
One Shot is located in Northern Liberties, which is a great neighborhood north of Fishtown. They have a really great atmosphere. We walked in to The Clash blasting and big hand drawn sign of their custom drinks, one of which referenced The Royal Tenenbaums. So great. I would definitely recommend this place for a chill Saturday afternoon coffee.
Elixr is located right in the heart of Walnut Street shopping. It's a great little getaway from the business of downtown Philly. If you're shopping around and need a quiet spot with incredible coffee, Elixr is perfect. The people there are always really sweet and funny and the coffee is just so darn good. I would say their cappuccino is my favorite coffee in Philly!
My twin sister Kylie has been in town for the past week. It's been an amazing time of hanging out, getting coffee, thrifting, and laughing so much! She's been living in Tampa for the past year, so our time together has been extra precious lately. We snapped some style photos outside my apartment last night. I feel like the East Coast has a way of making us dress super comfy and casual. We've been doing a lot of walking and exploring, so being comfortable is obviously important on those long days of adventures ;) She's leaving today, so we're up early to go out to breakfast and spend as much time together as possible. Happy weekend!
Last week, the Free People interns had a chance to visit the beautiful Free People store on Walnut St. in Philadelphia. Most of us had shopped at the store before, but hadn’t had a chance to meet or connect with the girls there. But this week we were lucky enough to have a whole morning dedicated to hanging out at this amazing store! We were greeted with hot coffee, delicious fruit and pastries and, of course, lots of beautiful smiling faces. We chatted and heard the gals speak about their journeys with the company, which I always find so interesting! And then the craziness began. They split us up into teams for a styling challenge. Let me tell ya – 15+ interns running around a store, grabbing clothes and accessories and trying to put looks together in under 10 minutes is so crazy and so fun! All the teams did an amazing job, which meant that all of our looks were photographed and featured on the Walnut St. store’s Instagram feed! Thanks again for the incredibly fun morning, Walnut St. ladies!
Thrift stores and coffee shops. Those are the top two spots I love to discover in a new place. Luckily for me, Philadelphia has a plethora of both. The past couple weeks, I've made it a point to get out and discover some of the best thrift stores in town. My favorites have been: Retrospect, Nostalgia, Philly Aids Thrift, and Bulk Warehouse Vintage. All of them are beautifully curated, except Bulk Warehouse Vintage. That one consists of giant cardboard boxes full of random things....some of which are great! I found some adorable cut-offs and tees there. But it definitely took some digging! Do any of you know of good Philly thrift spots?
Yesterday Tim and I experienced our first Philadelphia 4th of July. We went down by the water and swung on hammocks and ate burgers and all-you-can-eat ice cream and then watched fireworks at night. The fireworks show was so packed...we ended up shoving our way through the massive crowd and found a quiet spot in the park to watch the fireworks; definitely more our style! The fireworks show was beautiful, but I sure missed being back in Indiana at my parents house celebrating the 4th. My Dad usually buys a huge fireworks kit for us to set off. Then we'll spend the evening in their backyard, grilling out and blasting cheesy patriotic music and watching the fireworks explode in the air. I think next year we'll make it a point to buy some fireworks to set off ourselves! Hope you all had a beautiful holiday....Hooray for long weekends!