[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.

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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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It’s the weekend and my favorite person is back from Israel! Scott and I are having a Friday daytime date and we’re painting the town red by seeing The Wolf of Wall Street, Anchorman 2, going to PYT for lunch and possibly the River Rink at Penn’s Landing at night. So much to squeeze in before the end  of the holiday season in Philly, its going to be a little bit before the city becomes alive again in the early spring. Good thing, red carpet season is upon us, hence why I am kicking off the weekend with Leo and his brand new Golden Globe nominated Best Musical/Comedy, Best Actor movie.

What are you doing this weekend? Shopping sales I hope:

J. Crew: Exclusively online take 40% off winter sale items with the code: GIFTNOW. Shop in-stores get 30% off your purchase.

LOFT: Take 50% off everything, shop online use the code: GOODCHEER

The Body Shop: Its the semi-annual sale, get up to 50% off all products

ALDO: Take up to 30% off everything!

Philadelphia, Celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day!

Prohibtion GraphicCelebrate Prohibition Repeal Day at the Prohibition Taproom (501 N 13th St) starting at 8pm. Enjoy Art in the Age cocktails ($5-$10) and savory & sweet spirited dishes ($6-$15) on this joyous occasion!

Prohibition Taproom is one of my favorite bars in Philadelphia, I am sooooo pumped to head over there tonight for some spirits and nom on their French Onion Soup!

Philadelphia, Celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day first appeared on Jade & The City

Its a Wonderful Life on Fabric Row

Fabric Row GraphicI absolutely love Fabric Row in Queen Village. Such an awesome little neighborhood in Philadelphia full of history and fashion! On Thursday, December 12, from 6-9 pm, they will be offering signature Art in the Age cocktails and a special promotion for one night only: shoppers who Instagram @armour_philadelphia @busstopboutique or @moonandarrow and hashtag #fabricrow will receive 10% off their entire purchase. Neighborhood watering spot Ela will also be serving up some cheer with an extended happy hour and tasty bar snacks.

It’s a Wonderful Life on Fabric Row
Thursday, December 12 | 6-9 pm
Stroll starts at 4th & Bainbridge

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

[See Jade Wear] Thanksgiving 2013

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In New Jersey awaiting the first Thanksgiving meal of the season at my mom’s house! Since there is going to be a lot of family coming over and I plan on eating a lot of my step dad’s stuffing & consuming homemade wine, today is all about comfortable fashion! Tis the season to love sweaters and a great pair of leggings in the house, I think this is a perfect Thanksgiving outfit for a casual dinner.