Thursday, April 17, 2014

Travel Mugs

One aspect of a more corporate work environment is the need for coffee. I'm not very picky about how I take my coffee, so it doesn't take too long in the morning to make my french press. Some mornings unfortunately, I run out of time, and I need to take my morning beverage on the road. Over the years, I've amassed a decent travel mug collection, but naturally, there's always room for another mug or two. Here are my top picks for a new mug:

Travel Mugs


The majority of my current travel mugs are from my past employers or of organizations I love. All of the ones above are between $10 and $21, and are all reasonable in my opinion. I've had a few in my day, mostly like the first three on top. I do have one travel mug like the one from ASOS that has a ceramic bottom - it translates really well to sitting on my desk once I'm at work. I've never used a french press travel mug, but I assume that it would be best if I didn't even have enough time in the mornings other than to boil the water. Maybe one would also be good on my desk in lieu of brewing coffee.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meltkraft

A few weeks ago, when AJK visited Philly and we went to some of my favorite places, we were looking for a quick lunch and happened to be near Reading Terminal Market. We stumbled across Meltkraft by accident, but we were so happy with our lunch. As a gourmet grilled cheese place, Meltkraft was great in terms of variety and quality of food. Many of the products were local and consciously made.

Now, I like to think of myself as somewhat a snob about grilled cheese. Throughout my undergrad career, I had grilled cheese a few times a month from the men's music fraternity, and I made my fair share in my apartments. I'm also obsessed with Melt, the grilled cheese mecca that Cleveland possesses (please check out my hair in the post if nothing else - it's crazy long!).


At Meltkraft, I ordered the Shepherd Classic with a slice of ham and mustard on the side. I also got a cup of tomato soup and it was instantly a hearty and filling meal. The meal was heavy, but in a good way. It certainly kept me more full than I was expecting, but it was just plain delicious, so there was nothing bad about it.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

@smjohns91

You may have noticed recently that I've added an Instagram widget onto my sidebar. I posted in March a little about my relationship with Insta, but upon further thought I decided it needed it's own post. Insta was the first app I downloaded when I first got my iPhone and I haven't regretted it since. I love that it's become it's own community and I think it's fascinating how the demographics of the app are changing constantly, as more young people leave Facebook. Here's a mini photo diary of some of my favorite recent Insta posts:


Trying to get free tickets to Opera Philadelphia.


From the Magic Gardens.








At the Kimmel Center.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Monday, April 14, 2014

Corporate Inspiration

With the start of my new job about a month ago, I transitioned to a more corporate workplace environment, at least in terms of what to wear daily. Luckily, I have a decent amount of blazers, black pants, and tons of flats. I also live in button downs, in and out of the workplace, so I'm so covered there. While I'm set on the basics of workplace attire, I'm always looking for new ways to mix it up and for updates on classics.

The outfits below look to me like they'd be perfect to wear to work and while walking around to and from around town. A couple of these could even transition well into happy hour - one of my new favorite things. In a way I count myself lucky because I have a wonderful job where I always look professional and I get to go to a good number of events. I always have a reason to wear a cocktail dress, and so I like my work wear to be a little more separates centered. 




At the very least, they're always casual friday!

That's all for now,

Sarah

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Varga Bar

I went to Varga Bar one nice night for happy hour after work to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. For dinner I ordered the Varga chopped salad and the Saucony Creek Schnickelfritz, an imperial milk stout with cherry and chocolate flavors. The salad, while it was overdressed, had a great salt element that you don't find too often in salads, which I enjoyed (I mean, I did read all about Salt back in December). For a quick meal en route to shopping and more things to pack into a night out, it had a good location and the menu was reasonable priced. Like many Philadelphia eateries, the service wasn't great, but I'd dealt with worse.


Along with many menu offerings, I was most happy with the location. It's convenient for all my friends and I to meet there after work, and it's close by many other things in the city.

That's all for now,

Sarah


Friday, April 11, 2014

Cooked by Michael Pollan

I'm linking up with Heather from Blonde...Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday! You can follow my reading progress and the books that I'm currently reading on my Goodreads.


Cooked by Michael Pollan

Cooked is Michael Pollan's newest book on the history of cooking. The book is divided by types of cooking: fire (grilling), water (pot dishes), and air (baking). I'd read The Omnivore's Dilemma back in 2011 and In Defense of Food even before that, so I'm a huge fan of Pollan's writing and I've always enjoyed his books.

One of my favorite parts of the book was when Pollan talked about feminist rhetoric and it's relationship to cooking. Ads for packaged food has always been aimed towards women, the typical cook/buyer for the family. Like modern ads, they promise to relieve the woman, while the men are usually left off the table on such issues.

When Pollan and his family decided to have a "microwave night" for dinner, Pollan described the feeling of watching microwave foods heat up as "spiritually unemployed, useless to self and humanity." Though it was a little harsh, it's totally spot on and I kind of love the analogy. He also talked at length about the disadvantages of the family eating separately that night and how poorly the food tasted.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who eats food. Literally, everyone should read at least one of Pollan's books. They're written so well and they're so informative. They're especially important to anyone who really enjoys reading about food and who is concerned with what they're putting in their bodies since in nearly all of Pollan's books, he breaks down the process of eating and cooking.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oil Pulling - One Month In

So, I've been oil pulling for one month now. I've settled into a routine for the process and it's actually so calming that I look forward to it every morning. I've gotten over the weirdness of the sensation and I enjoy it more than I would've thought. I'm still pulling the same amount, (1 tsp.) which I find is more than enough, and I doubt that will increase ever.

Recently, more news sources have published articles about the phenomenon, mostly criticizing it and saying how pointless it is, essentially. Regardless of what critics are saying, I think that as long as it's not causing any harm, I enjoy it, and I don't intend on slowing down anytime soon. I wouldn't say that oil pulling is an essential part of my day, and I could definitely function just the same without it, but it's a pleasant way to wake up and get ready in the mornings. It also ensures that I take time and just think, instead of concentrating on anything too rigorous in the mornings.



Thus far, it hasn't changed my life. I can't even really tell if my teeth are whiter, or if that's due to the fact that I've brought a toothbrush and toothpaste to work for after lunch. I haven't noticed any changes really in how I feel or my appearance to outright say that oil pulling is the cause.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Early Spring OOTDs

This spring has really been one for the ages. I feel like I've done so much event-wise and it's been so fun to dress up. I've also traveled a good deal and I've enjoyed visiting with friends and figuring out the best way to pack my things.


Left:
Sweater: Pendleton
Scarf: H&M
Cords: J. Crew
Booties: Crown Vintage

Middle:
Top: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew pixie pant
Flats: Zigisoho

Right:
Top: Jack Wills
Cardigan: BP Nordstrom
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: Madden Girl


Left:
Top: Peter Pilotto for Target
Pants: J. Crew pixie pant
Flats: Zigisoho

Middle: I wore this for Valentine's Day with myself to Federal Donuts.
Top: J. Crew
Cardigan: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew
Flats: Sam & Libby

Right:
Cardigan: J. Crew
Dress: Worthington
Flats: Zigisoho


Left:
Sweatshirt dress: J. Crew factory
Boots: Vince Camuto

Middle: A round one interview outfit
Dress: Lauren, Ralph Lauren
Blazer: Banana Republic
Flats: J. Crew factory

Right:
Top: J. Crew
Cords: J. Crew
Booties: Crown Vintage



Left: For the second round interview
Blazer: J. Crew
Button down: Pendleton
Necklace: J. Crew
Pants: Zara
Flats: Zigisoho

Middle: A library day
Hat: Etsy
Sweater: LL Bean
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: Justin's 

Right: To accept a grant at City Hall
Top: Ralph Lauren
Cardigan: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew
Flats: Zigisoho


Left:
Sweater: LL Bean
Skirt: Talbots
Flats: Sam & Libby

Middle: For my last day of work at my previous job
Top: Ann Taylor
Cardigan: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew
Flats: Zigisoho

Right: For my first day of work!
Top: J. Crew
Cardigan: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew
Flats: Zigisoho

That's all for now,

Sarah