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? 🙂

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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!

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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!

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

Happy Weekend!

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What a week – two back to back Tree Lightings, Q102’s Jingle Ball, Prohibition Repeal Day and to kick off the weekend I’m heading over to Union Transfer for the Phantogram show! Also, I did some Cyber Monday shopping and Forever 21, ASOS and Amazon all hit my credit card, but I think I stayed under my $100 limit. Phew! I’m looking forward to a fun filled weekend because on Sunday, Scott and I are going to the Eagles game too, cross your fingers that I don’t freeze away due to the cold and that the home team wins!

What are you guys up to this weekend? Holiday shopping – here is a BIG holiday sale going on this weekend.

NOLIBS HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE (Saturday December 7 & Sunday, December 8): 13 local, independent shops have teamed up again for their annual sale in Northern Liberties. Collect stickers as you shop and save 25% off. Another great perk is that participating shops will be offering free gift wrap and serving light refreshments.

Participating shops include: Arcadia, Art Star, Bloom, Casa Papel, City Planter, Duke & Winston, Flying Pig Frames, Framing Philadelphia, JINXED, Once Worn Consignment, Philly Phaithful, Ritual Ritual, SWAG Boutique – from 2nd street to 4th street / Spring Garden to Girard

Celeb Report: Régine Chassagne

This post is an ode to Régine Chassagne, wife, musician and fellow owner of amazing sequin tunics just like me. If you didn’t know, Régine, is in the amazing Canadian band, Arcade Fire. [Flash back to the 2011 Grammy’s when everyone had no idea who the band was when they took home the Grammy for Album of the Year. However, I did – my minor pretentious moment] I am sooooooo excited that Arcade Fire is coming to Philadelphia in March, I just can’t contain myself and get this Scott won tickets from Radio 104.5! Apparently, Arcade Fire has requested that all attendees either come in formal wear or costumes so I have about 4 months to decide on the perfect outfit. Obviously, I’m going to try and recreate my girl Régine’s sequin apparel look. Thrift stores, I’m coming for you.

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So Régine is French Canadian and I’m French and Canadian which means…
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…we must be kindred spirits, right? Arcade Fire_2Since who doesn’t want a sequined blazer?! In sequins and good music, we trust.

Celeb Report: Régine Chassagne first appeared on Jade & The City

Happy November!

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Adieu October, hello November! This year is just flying by and I am expecting quite the busy month at work gearing up for the holidays, traveling and putting together some gift guides and holiday posts for all of you. I’m also excited to say that I will be shifting gears and adding in lifestyle content to the blog. I feel that I have so much fun in Philadelphia celebrating our growing fashion scene, dining out, going to big events and shows – I want to be able to share all of that with you! Hence the new blog name, new branding is coming up.

This weekend, I’ll be going to a Halloween party tonight at my brother’s house then throwing my own housewarming/anniversary of being a pet owner party tomorrow night with my roommate. I have been very busy typing out different menu items and cocktails to create. I’ll be sure to share my recipes and snap a few photos! On Sunday, I’ll be speaking at my Alma mater, specifically at my sorority’s chapter retreat at the alumni panel. Whatever you do, have a great weekend!

Shop Sales: ALDO | The Body Shop | J. Crew| ASOS

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Sweets and Treats for Halloween

Told you October is the best month of the entire year. I honestly can’t believe November is tomorrow and Halloween is today! I have always loved getting dressed up for Halloween, making costumes from my finds at thrift stores was always a favorite shopping trip of mine. However this year, I did buy a costume – you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow night on Instagram to see it!

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However, when I was at work this week I couldn’t help but stop by the ellelauri window (all of your should as well, this is one of my new favorite boutiques). If getting dressed up for Halloween isn’t your thing, ellelauri has chic apparel from Wild Fox Couture available. I’m sure the comfy sweater and blouses will get you into the spirit of Halloween.

Another fun treat I plan on picking up tonight are Spodee Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sweetbox Cupcakes on 13th Street. They are only available today, if you want to pick one up – don’t forget to use #SpodeeTrickOrTreat for social media! (Honestly, you’ll want to brag about this Halloween treat).

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