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

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[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.

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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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!

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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!

Procrastinators Unite! Last Minute SALES to Save the Holiday!

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Ah, only two days before Christmas and the last minute holiday shopping has commenced for procrastinators. [Did you see this great article from Refinery 29 about this very topic?]

Luckily, since I work at a mall, I know all of the great sales that are going on NOW and I plan on hiding my credit card from myself so I don’t buy myself a treat or five. Take a look at the sales below and pick up any last minute gift items for your loved ones or yourself. (If you do shop for yourself, I’ll never tell.)

ASOS: The Crazy Ass Holiday Sale is still going on now. Get up to 50% off winters warmest apparel.

I want [this and this]

J. Crew: Get 40% off your purchase when you shop online and 30% off your purchase when you shop in-store. Use Code – GIFTNOW

Gimmie [this, this and this]

LOFT: 40% off the entire store (YAY) Shop online use code: GIFTS

Dear Santa – please for [this and this]

H&M: Shop in-store and get BOGO 50% off everything OR Buy 2, get 1 FREE on Sale

(No items picked because I’m currently running to 16th and Chestnut to buy, buy buy)

Forever 21: 500+ items were just added that are $5 and below. ACCESSORIES GALORE!

Urban Outfitters: Shop Online, Spend $50 and get it by Christmas Eve. (Shop by 1PM though!)

Now that I have over sensitized your shopping needs, tell me where are you going?!

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Happy Weekend!

flapper holiday partyWho doesn’t love a themed holiday party? Tonight I’m kicking up my heels at a friend’s apartment for a Great Gatsby themed party! 2013 was definitely the year of Great Gatsby so why not have one more party?! Above would be my dream 1920’s flapper outfit: black, sequins and a pop of bright pink. What would you pick out?

The rest of the weekend will be crafting, shopping and working out (gotta get ready for my half marathon training!). Whatever you do, I hope you have a great one!

SALES:

J. Crew: Take an extra 40% off Winter Sale Items plus free shipping! Use Code: GIFTNOW

LOFT: Take an extra 40% off EVERYTHING. (Goodbye paycheck)

ASOS: 50% off – Its their Crazy Ass Winter Sale