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Leg Warmers

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It’s that season again. Warm drinks, warmer clothes and long walks that involve the smells of fire wood, crispy air and spiders and webs perched on every lawn for Halloween.

As much as I want to try out the warm weather, this will be something that I would miss madly.

Favorite Fall Fun:
- Pumpkin Carving
- Chili Making
- Cupcake Baking
- Cider Tasting
- First Hot Chocolates
- Knee Socks and Tall Boots

What are some of your favorite fall activities?

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Gram of the Day: _eavesdropper

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The best Instagram accounts are the ones that tickle the corners of your mouth on stressful days.

Today, it’s @_EAVESDROPPERS – Follow them and commence happy.

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#Fitfluential

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Super excited to be selected as a Fitfluential Ambassador this past week. I’m all about sharing food ideas, workout inspiration and fashions and all things happy. Looking forward to connecting with an inspirational network and feeding off of their sweaty and fabulous energy.

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Honored & Loved

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It’s hard out here for everyone. Everyday is a hustle. Work hard, play hard. There are lots of things that I can say when it comes to my work ethic, but at the end of the day I just want to do good stuff with good people. I need to feel happy with what I am doing. It needs to offer me balance and provide a constant state of education. Otherwise, all I look at is my hourly rate and lose interest quickly.

I am happy to say that I have not felt like that for a few years now.

Recently I was nominated for Femme & Fourtunes Phenomenal Females under 30 by the amazing powerhouse Antoinette, of At Media Design in Philadelphia. To be nominated by someone who I look up to is certainly blush worthy and adds happiness to my soul. This lady is truly amazing and balances a high-pressure and demand career, a strong relationship with her community, peers and friends all while being married and enjoying all of life’s pleasures. #swoon

With the being said, below is the interview with FEMME & FOURTUNE:

1. How old are you?
I just turned 28!

2. What do you do?
I am a marketing director for several small businesses in Philadelphia. I also work at a digital agency in Chicago as a social media coordinator. Finally, I keep my epic nerdiness in check by teaching 5 classes a week (Spin & Cardio Sculpt).

3. What neighborhood in Philly do you call home?
I’m an all around Philly girl. From Frankford to Mayfair, to the Art Museum area and Chestnut Hill.

4. What is your favorite thing right now about Philly?
My favorite thing about Philly right now is the food scene. It’s so respected and well rounded with delicious, high end, comfy-cozy down-right amazing and diverse options for every palette.

5. What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far?
My greatest achievement has been being able to maintain 5 amazing businesses as clients in Philadelphia all the way from Chicago. I moved here with my mister when he was offered an opportunity and thankfully all of my clients agreed to let me at least try. Since then goals have been not only reached, but surpassed and my relationships with them have grown into amazing friendships. So much happiness with that.

6. If not yourself, who would you like to be?
I don’t want to be anyone else. I mean, I look up to people, I learn from others and I take in all the know-how possible, but I am pretty darn happy with myself.

7. Your idea of happiness.
My idea of happiness is being able to share love with people. Eat good food often. Get sweaty after a satisfying workout. And the feeling of accomplishment.

8. Guiltiest pleasure?
Pumpkin Poptarts. Watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Sleeping in. Not answering a tweet. (Shhh!)

9. Favorite inspirational quote?
It’s not deep. But it does keep me going. “DON’T. STOP.”

10. What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
My friends are honest. Let me laugh at myself and are incredibly supporting and encouraging. My friends are perfect.

11. Favorite food in Philly?
Crab Gauc at El Vez. Amada’s bacon wrapped dates. All of the menu at Sabrina’s. Bacon at Honey’s Sit and Eat

12. Favorite drink in Philly?
Ginger Lemonade at HipCityVeg – The Great Pumpkin at Sip-N-Glo – The classic Margarita at Dos Segundos Cantina in NoLibs

13. Favorite song right now?
Wild for the Night – ASAP Rocky

14. A book you plan on reading?
Any cookbook. ALL of them. Also, Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley.

15. A book that powerfully impacted your life?
The Bible. Seriously. The Bible forced me to ask questions that some people didn’t seem ready to answer. Some of the questions I asked helped me to realize that I had a voice. That I wanted people to listen and not just think that I was ok with saying yes to everything and believing something for the sake of believing it.

16. Name one historical figure you would like to have coffee with.
The person who figured out that lychee was edible. Former President Bill Clinton and for the stories…Frank Sinatra.

17. How do you like your coffee?
Bustelo. A little cream, nice and sweet.

18. Your main fault.
Being blunt. My father taught me to say what was on my mind. Sometimes it’s not the nicest, but it’s also been a positive trait as well. Being a lady in Philly means being tough, standing up for your work and yourself and standing firm for the things you hold near and dear.

19. What is your most prized material possession?
I have a few. A figurine from the Dominican Republic given to me by a close friend before they passed away. My engagement ring and my childhood blanket (Shut up.)

20. Your biggest failure.
I didn’t score chestnuts correctly before trying to roast them and they terrifyingly exploded in my stove. So scary. But really… I don’t think I have reached a point where I feel like I have failed so tremendously. I hope that when I do, I take a lot of learnings from it.

21. What you learned from that failure?
Score my chestnuts better.

22. What is your greatest fear?
I hate letting people down. I really feel a pang to the soul if I can’t come through for someone. I’m scared I won’t be a good mother, it’s a weird fear to have without any true background, but seeing my mother work so hard always made me worry that I would not be as amazing as her. I also can’t think of a life without my fiancè – He is my rock.

23. Where will you be in 30 years?
Hopefully living somewhere warm, retired and growing my own figs.

24. Favorite thing to do on a Sunday?
Workout, brunch, grocery shop, ride my bike, watch football, drink almond milk lattes or pina coladas.

25. Best date spot?
In Philly my favorite date night included a trip to Barnes and Noble in Rittenhouse, dinner at a Good Dog nook surrounded by cute puppy paintings and singing with Stu Shames at Duel. (Originally the Piano Bar at 19th & Arch ♥)

26. What does happiness mean to you?
I am happy when work is caught up. Bills are paid. Health is good. Sun is out. Boy is close.

27. Twitter or Instagram?
Instagram

28. Describe Philly in a Tweet.
Philly is home to the worlds most beautiful, brutal, honest and perfect people. I don’t care what you think about it either. #TheRealness

29. Who should everyone follow on Instagram?
Everyone should follow @talkingfood because the posts are magical.

30. Pats or Genos?
Pssh.. Neither. Valerios Food Market on Penn Street. Get with it. #BodegasForLife

Boom – So much happy right now. Thanks to F&F for coming up with this awesome project. It’s important for people to see what the badass women in Philly are up to, their everyday struggles and successes and of course, their favorite cocktails.

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Today Reminds me of Another Day: October 2007

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Today’s weather, sky color and mood remind me of Halloween 2007. I was aimlessly walking around Chestnut Street, looking for a costume that I had no where to wear to, make up ideas I had no way to implement and just something to do. I was feeling a little down I think and I remember ending up on some Wawa coffee and heading to RNHS for the evening shift. I started not feeling to well, surely some cold was on the front but remember Gabby asking me if I wanted to hang out and go dancing at Silk City.

The answer to that is always yes.

I ended up asking West to come and dance with me. This was before we were dating. He was sick, but like my true love would, he danced with me all night.

Today is a nice day.

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Instagram Loves of the Week

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So in love with these IG users right now!

A: @BUYMEBRUNCH: Great shop with witty t-shirts and tanks. Current fave: Adios Pantalones!
B:@SHOPBETCHES: Fun tees and accessories for sassy ladies. Current fave: YOU CAN’T SPIN WITH US
C: @MIDWESTLOVEFEST: Uber cute lifestyle blog by my new friend Nicole. Be sure to check out her recent interview with me where we chat about healthy and happy living.
D: @ATHLETA: Currently loving the entire Chat line.

Who are some of your favorite Instagram users?

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Photo of the Day: Bells

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Photo: A pretty dress that I tried on at Sarah Seven
Edit: Afterlight

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Recipe of the Day: Maple Syrup & Bacon Potatoes

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After completing 30 amazing days of Paleo, I can’t help but finding recipes like these that combine complex starches, natural sweeteners and… bacon.

I’ll be trying these out soon! What are your favorite dishes to have with sweet potatoes?

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Sarah Seven

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What a ball I had today. I went to Sarah Seven‘s newest flagship shop here in Chicago to try on some dreamy dresses that I’ve been stalking religiously since Jess & Jill mentioned them the not too long ago.

My lovely friend Raegan came with me for support, picture responsibility and just plain good company. She took most of these gorgeous shots, so thank her below.

If you’re in the market for a dress be sure to connect with the lovely Patrese, she is terribly helpful, kind and the greatest pleasure to work with.

Gorgeous huh? If you’re wondering if I picked one, the answer is…

Yes!

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Wedding Day Prep

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Wedding Day. It’s 554 days away.

Some people say that we’re ahead of the game when it comes to planning. We’ve got a caterer and venue, our wedding party, a honeymoon location, a theme and a serious idea for a gorgeous dress. My soon to be hubby will be creating our site, save the dates and invites. Even our families are super excited and we kind of wish it were sooner.

But there are so many more things to get done.

Like personal things.

Like let’s have a real conversation about how difficult it is to grow out your hair while Beyonce just chopped hers off and looks FABULOUS? It’s my daily mantra now;

‘You MAY NOT cut your hair until AFTER the wedding… **pulls hair up in a bun**”

Sigh

Let’s also talk about triceps and how my triceps NEED to get their acts together and work with me here. I plan on a strapless dress so they better plan to look like Madonna’s arms.

It’s really all about feeling confident and beautiful and the ability to glow on the day that you vow to spend the rest of your life with a man who you are madly in love with. I want to have the longest flowing hair, glowing skin, straight & bright teeth and water proof mascara that doesn’t run or clump.

We’ve been doing a lot to work on these goals, like working out together, eating right, playing sports, asking our married friends for advice and even being legit grown-ups and saving money.

Stick with me ladies, I’ll take you down the road of my wedding planning prep and help you to come up with ideas on how to make it a stress free day!

(AKA – Picking out the perfect champagne for you and your bridesmaids!)

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