NET A SPORTER

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So the online designer mecca Net a Porter just launched a section for fitness attire aptly named Net a Sporter. The site has some seriously attractive activewear for the gal who appreciates form as much as function. I found the most impressive part of the site to be the sheer range of activities in which you can look fresh off the runway.

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Gotta give credit where credit is due, Lulu and Nike don’t cover equestrian sports or ballet. Full disclosure: I’d wear this tennis dress off the court all summer because hand eye coordination is not my forte. My only complaint is that I’ve done enough surfing in my day to know that no self-respecting woman would attempt to surf in a strapless bikini.

-B

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Bon Weekend

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Bar prep got REAL this week. The amount of hours I’m dedicating daily has seemingly gone through the roof now that we are on state specific topics. T-32. Aside from studying, I finally made it over to the new vegan bar in the Gayborhood, Charlie was a sinner. (yes, the name includes punctuation). I was really impressed, although not surprised, by how Nicole Marquis (owner of HipCityVeg) upped her game from vegan “fast food.” The vegan ricotta spread was one of the most delicious iterations of tofu I’ve ever had (read: not like tofu at all!).

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The BF and I both got the mango lassi mocktails which were more like a mango lassi cocktail than the smoothie like texture of a normal lassi. Delicious nonetheless and I can’t wait to try the non-alcoholic version! The rest of the cocktail list looked incredible. As I was reading through the menu, I found myself saying “Ooh! This looks good!” to just about every drink. I’m so glad the vegan scene in Philly is ever expanding!

Here’s a bit of what else on my radar this weekend:

+   Save 20% during the summer sale at BaubleBar! I’m obsessed with the brand new BAUBLEBAR x STRIPES & SEQUINS collaboration which is included in the sale. I may or may not have already purchased the Crystal Mason Ring. The Mason ring is such a stunner (and only $28)! Most of the collaboration can be seen in the top image!

+   Speaking of sales, I don’t know what’s going on at Piperlime nearly the entire site including tons vegan leather apparel is on sale. Happy shopping!

+   Behold: the complete Philly guide to outdoor movies this summer. I’m all about seeing one of my favorite movies, Ratatouille, on August 9!

+   There is a new free yoga class being offered in Bella Vista (8th and Fitzwater). It will be held on Monday nights at 6 pm. Just bring your own mat!

+   J.Lo is creating a new line of vegan supplements, according to Philly.com, following her 22-day vegan cleanse. I’m really curious to see what this line is going to look like! Vitamins? Protein Powder? I’m hoping lots of B-12!

+   Cue the tissues. These pictures of humans saving animals are beyond heartwarming. I love my puppy to the moon and back and feel that all animals are deserving of that compassion. These images struck a chord with me because it was posted by a friend who frequently posts her fantastic meal-filled dishes and reminded me of the disconnect I had with food.

-B

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Brand Crush: The Graceship

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I’m a bag girl. In fact, my previous blog was wholly inspired by my inability to find a professional, yet feminine work bag. Seriously, go to Coach and ask for a “business bag” you’ll get directed right to the men’s section. Infuriating. However, in the past few years, I’ve noticed an uptick in smaller designers making bags for the professional woman that weren’t repurposed diaper bags or totes. The creation of C+Q added another criteria to my bag hunt: socially conscious.

Meet the holy grail of professional bags: The Graceship. Incredibly gorgeous handbags that are vegan, sustainable, lead & chemical free, produced in a healthy, safe working environment, AND priced under $200. It honestly sounds too good to be true but just look at these bags! Sign me up!

My favorite is the London! It reminds me a lot of classic Mulberry satchels without the hefty price tag! I love how the interior is filled with pockets that have the professional woman in mind. For example, the London has a laptop sleeve that fits laptops up to 15″, business card holders, a cell phone pocket, charger pocket (!!), and pen holder. Perfect, no?

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What are your favorite socially conscious & professional brands?

– B

 

MilkCrate Philly

Back on Earth Day, I talked about “10 Simple Ways to Go Green.” #2 on that list was “Shop Local.” A new Philly app, MilkCrate, will make that a million times easier! MilkCrate accumulates stores, restaurants, you name it… that are local and sustainable. I love supporting small, local businesses but most of all small business that have great values! Check out this short video from the creators themselves:

Pretty cool, huh? I day say I think this may be the new “green” Yelp. I really love how the sustainability features are designated in the app so you know just what this business is doing. The general label “green” doesn’t have much weight these days. The app itself is pretty attractive looking too! Yup, I judge apps by their “cover”… so sue me.

mcI can’t wait for this bad boy to launch and become a part of my regular app rotation!

-B

 

Bon Weekend

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What a day today has been: 4 mile morning run, dog park with Beau, and Han Dynasty with my boyfriend and his dad (p.s. my mouth is still on fire). I have to admit I’m quite nervous for the Broad Street Run. It’s my first run… like ever. I have good group of girlfriend I’m running with and trust me I’ll be thinking about post-race brunch the whole time #pancakesplease. Having a banging playlist helps too (more on that tomorrow).

Speaking of brunch, I’m going to High Street on Market tomorrow (le finally) after picking up my BSR bib at the expo. I’m finally catching up with my roommate from a leadership conference way back in high school. She went to USC (in LA) for college and is now working back in the area. Look out for some serious food instagram-ing. I’m also hoping to stop by some of the outdoor excitement this weekend. Between the Rittenhouse Row Festival (Saturday — super looking forward to some snacks from V Street, upcoming baby sister to Vedge), South Street Festival (Saturday), and the opening of the Headhouse Square Farmer’s Market (Sunday), I have a lot to choose from!

Here’s what else is on my mind:

+  Be still my beating heart….J.Crew is launching a new line called J.Crew Mercantile. It’s supposed to be a more affordable line but somehow different from the factory store. Hearing the words “J.Crew” and “affordable” in the same sentence makes this young professional a very, VERY happy lady.

+  One of my favorite blogs, A House in the Hills, had a feature in Refinery29 on the best spring and summer recipes. OH.MY.GOD. Cabbage wraps, Mexican-inspired street corn, roasted potato and paprika chickpea salad, asparagus & corn cakes, roasted sweet potato and red onion salad, kale and blood orange salad, millet and broccolini salad. Tell me they all don’t sound amazing. Best part? All vegan! Also, I’m seeing a lot of recipes with millet. Is this a new thing? Afro-Vegan had a few recipes (including a smoothie!) which called for millet. Don’t tell me it’s the new quinoa because I’m not changing my blog name (again).

+  This NPR article made me LOL. “When A Yoga Teacher Ticks You Off, Is It Rude To Walk Out?” If that isn’t the biggest first world problem, I don’t know what is. Seriously, unless the instructor is a racist, misogynistic pig or abusive, suck it up and don’t go back. I’d definitely complain to the front desk if the behavior is bad enough to keep you from coming the studio. However, if it’s just the teaching style you don’t like, take a lesson from yoga and don’t sweat the small stuff.

+  I finished law school last week but I’ve saving my celebrations for after the bar exam in August. I would love to go crazy and go one a once in a life time vacation, but that’s just not financially possible right now. A friend mentioned possibly doing a yoga retreat and honestly that sounds wonderful. I could not imagine anything more relaxing following the stress of the bar exam. I came across this retreat in upstate New York and I think I have to go. Yoga + vegetarian cooking lessons + beautiful grounds = SIGN THIS GIRL UP! Has anyone gone on a yoga retreat before?

-B

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