Beauty Gals: The LUSH Spa has arrived

Yes, my loves. LUSH took their LUSH Spa concept and decided to bring it to North America by opening two spas in New York City and Philadelphia. As someone who works closely with retail and leasing inside Center City, I am so grateful and excited that such an amazing company brought their spa vision to our city. It was HUGE to find out about this best, kept beauty secret and I was thrilled to attend the LUSH Spa event last week. We were given a tour of the facility and got to see five out of the seven treatments live.

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New York's LUSH SPA

The top and bottom photos are for the Synaesthesia treatment. Customers pick one behavioral trait on the spot for how they want to feel and then each treatment is tailored to that trait.

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The Good Hour

The photo above is of The Good Hour Treatment. A deep tissue massage in a nautical themed room with music to make you feel like you are on the high seas. Not in the photo is the most perfect antique tub, so badass.
Walnut KitchenI loved the kitchen at the LUSH Spa, all of the decor was picked from the best UK antique stores and markets, which took me back to my study abroad days in England. There is just something so simple and quaint about the decor picked for the spa, you feel like you are at home.

Images via my iPhone and LUSH USA

Where is Spring, give me some J.Crew

I had really good feedback when I did my picks from the J. Crew September Style Guide, so new year, new picks! Also, it’s fitting to write about J. Crew since GIRLS come back tomorrow and Jenna Lyons makes a cameo appearance. After further ado, here are my picks from this month’s style guide.

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I think every girl needs a strong, sturdy black legging that can double up as black pants on the weekend or for Casual Friday’s at work. I love the Pixie Pant with the leather tuxedo stripe because they just look warm and its January. Be prepared for 20 degree weather forecasts until beginning of March.

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I bought a sweater from J. Crew in the fall that had jewels around the neckline, so of course I’m going to pick this blue embossed floral sweater. I don’t just like it, I love it. (Sweaters forever, until its 55 degrees again).

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I love a good funky patterned shirt and I would like to add this button down to my collection. Where is the 30% off sale? :)

Happy Weekend!

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It has been such a busy and freezing week! The temperatures were below 10 degrees in Philadelphia since Monday and thank goodness for such a beautiful weekend to make up it. This week I was able to attend a tasting of the new Yard’s Seasonal Beer, Rye and attend the premiere party of the new LUSH Spa last night (posts coming soon!). All weekend I plan on hitting the gym (possibly shopping this sale) and I’m going to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform tomorrow evening as well! Scored some amazing seats from the PECO Power Hour opportunity back in December, can’t beat orchestra pit tickets for only $10 a pop.

Also, glorious Red Carpet season starts on Sunday! Are you looking forward to the Golden Globes? Who do you want to win? Tell me! I am sure to be live tweeting during the whole affair, hopefully you can join me. AND the premiere of GIRLS is back ::fan girl scream:: I’ll be glued to my couch all evening. What are you up to this weekend?

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SALES

Madewell: Take up to 40% off sale styles, online code: COZYUP

ASOS: 10% off sale merchandise, online code: Jan10

[Its 2nd Saturday on East Passyunk Ave tomorrow!]

Hip & Thrifty – 50% off select merchandise with complimentary adult beverages. 5-8pm

Occasionette – As a thank you for such a fantastic holiday season, Occasionette is giving back in January! Beginning on Second Saturday, they’ll give 5% of your purchase back to make a difference locally. Purchases of $50 or more on Second Saturday will also receive a free Occasionette Shop Locally tote bag. Shop with purpose and know you’re supporting the Morris Animal Refuge, the Career Wardrobe and Philabundance. 11am-9pm

Info provided by the East Passyunk District

[See Jade] Attempt to Get Fit

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I am a New Year’s Resolutioner and it’s always about working out. I, personally, hate dislike this fact about me. I wish there was some way that I could stick to a healthy and physical work out regime week to week, but alas being healthy and working out always goes in and out of phases for me.

Last week you read my #GetGutsy blog post and I discussed how I ran the Broad Street run in 2013 and this year as I attempt to make my healthy resolution a more permanent one, I will be running in the first ever CGI Love Run in Philadelphia this March!

I am excited about this training endeavor and have spent countless hours during Christmas and New Year’s looking up novice training plans for half marathons and asking friends who are experienced distance runners for advice. I am beginning my training this week and I know I must be disciplined about sticking to my runs each week. [Sorry in advance if I fall off the social radar for a little, I’ll do my best to stay a float!]

Wish me luck, I promise to keep you posted on my training and healthy transformation.

Ballerine Supreme with Lancôme

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Lancôme was one of the first luxury beauty brands that I really fell in love with. I’d save up my allowance to get one of their Juicy Tubes and man was it glorious. Since then I have always loved their ad campaigns and seeing who the new “face” was each New Year. This year, Lily Collins is that face and her ads popped up on the internet towards the end of December.

The first collection from the beauty brand is French Ballerine, where Lily looks absolutely perfect in a light pink dress and a spitting image of Audrey Hepburn. The new makeup collection will be available at Sephora in January 2014 and I’m trying to snag the fuchsia nail polish! PS – I’m so down to seeing more of Lily on the red carpet and those brows! To die for.

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Happy Weekend!

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Happy Weekend! Though it was a super short week because of New Year’s (The best day in the whole world)! I’m back at work answering emails and planning out the first quarter of events and marketing ideas. In other news, Philadelphia got hit with some snow and its absolutely freezing outside. However, that isn’t going to stop the Eagles fans since we have a home play off game tomorrow night! Uwishunu posted a superb list about where to watch the game tomorrow evening, if you are daring enough to leave the house. Regardless, have a great weekend!

Image via Visit Philadelphia

2014 Goals & Things

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[Food]

-Participate in meatless Mondays

-Cook at least 50 of the Pinterest Recipes I already have pinned

-Thank the My Fitness Pal app every day for being amazing

[Fitness]

-Do one fitness challenge each season

-Run 300 miles over the course of one year

-Complete a half marathon (bigger post coming soon)

-Try the ballet barre method again at Pure Barre

[Self]

-Stick to my fitness goals

-Call my parents a bit more (and other members of the immediate family)

-Seriously budget my finances

-Be an awesome daughter…

-…And an even better girlfriend!

-Stick to cleaning out my closet each season and incorporate new trends each season. Gotta push my fashion sense.

-Attempt to expand my skin care, make up, and hair care routines

-Read more (Make a book club with Chaucee haha)

[Work]

-Educate myself even more on marketing, social media, event planning and brand development

-Expand blog content on Jade & The City

-Attend beneficial events (work + play)

-Give 100% to all of my volunteer opportunities (Young Variety, Phi Sigma Sigma and Spruce Foundation + more)

Image from my iPhone at Dinner En Blanc 2013

New Year’s Eve 2014

New Year's Eve 2013 graphicHappy New Year’s Eve! I am so excited to ring in the new year at Union Transfer this evening for the Making Time New Year’s Eve 2K13(14) show. This year, I’m attempting to try something new (forgive me sequins) a little black dress with mesh cut outs for the big night out. I’m pairing my dress with little black booties, my Swarovski spiral ring and H&M chandelier earrings. I scored a pair of American Apparel sparkle tights over the weekend (buy 2, get 1 half off!) that way I can keep up my sparkly tradition.

Whatever you do tonight, I hope you have a great New Year’s Eve ringing in 2014!

Getting Gutsy in 2013

Getting gutsy is all about stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals. I’m participating in Jessica Lawlor’s #GetGutsy Essay Contest. To get involved and share your own gutsy story, check out this post for contest details.

One year ago I rang in 2013 as any 24 year old would, in Atlantic City at a loud concert and bougey night club. I had a blast and I let go of any angst that I created for myself in 2012. That’s the whole point of the New Year, am I right? Out with the old, in with the new. Little did I know, that 2013 was going to be a 12 month transition year for me and I unexpectedly got REALLY gutsy.

“The right man for you will move mountains to be with you, he won’t hide behind them.” – Mandy Hale

Let’s start from the beginning, who remembers my blog post about what dating is really like for a twenty-something in Philadelphia? I’m sure most people felt the same way about dating like I did, however no one was talking about it. So one morning, Carrying Chairs in Heels went live and thankfully it got a great response and is the #1 viewed blog post on my site to this day. On the flip side, what I wasn’t ready to admit was that I was online dating.

I knew in my head that I was ready to meet someone however working crazy hours and training for my first big run was not allowing that to ever happen. So I put myself out there on the internet and out of sheer luck the guy I thought was super cute messaged me back. After a few snow storms, my friends crashing our first date and many craft beers, Scott asked me to be his girlfriend. After 10 months, I have found my best friend, person, and number 1 supporter of everything that I do. As corny as that sounds, I just don’t care. Scott and I met at pivotal moments in our lives, I was looking for a new job/possible career switch and he was applying to doctoral programs. We knew going into our relationship that we had to be completely honest and open in communication for us to succeed in our goals and to be a part of each other’s lives. Its one of the best choices I have ever made.

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“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted” – David Bly

Speaking of a career change, I did get a new job in 2013. I guess all of those years working in retail came back full circle because I took a marketing position at The Shops at Liberty Place in Philadelphia. Its amazing, I love being able to plan events with non-profits, Philadelphia sports teams, signature events in the Philadelphia Collection and plan our first Tree Lighting Ceremony. I geek out that I have gotten our social media platforms to have over 1,000 followers on each AND I loved installing a new website and contracting a new provider for the company. Marketing geek? You got it. However, it was scary to leave my previous job of two years and head over to a new job where I was being trained to make all of the marketing decisions for the facility. My first week of work felt like I had been at The Shops for a month, I went right to work, voiced my opinion in meetings, took meetings on my own and executed our signature events in the summer. Its an amazing feeling to have a boss that believes in you and trusts your opinions. It was the best switch for my career growth and I’m thrilled that I was gutsy enough to take it.

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“You better run all day and run all night” – Pink Floyd

I got way out of my comfort zone again in 2013 by signing up for a charity bib through Back on My Feet to run in the 2013 Broad Street Run. Me, a runner? Ha, that was a big joke for many years of my life, but at the great age of 24, I didn’t think I had anything to lose. Of course, the mental training for Broad Street Run is something that I think needs to be discussed a little bit further in health & fitness blogs. I was so nervous for the race. Even though I was going to the gym and running, everyone just kept saying to me “Don’t worry, if you run 2.5 miles, you can definitely run 10 miles.” 2.5 miles < 10 miles?! I wasn’t too sure how that was going to correlate during the race, but I nervously put together a playlist the night before Broad Street and went to the race with my friend Alexandria. Well, 10 miles later I finished! I have my Broad Street Run medal hanging in my room and it reminds me that anything is possible and that its possible for me to push myself to new levels of athleticism. I’m happy to say that in 2014 I will begin training for my first half marathon as well!

Broad Street Run 2013

2013 was a great year and I think getting gutsy worked out pretty well if I don’t say so myself.