Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Few of my Favorite Things

Recently I'd been really enjoying the little things in my life, and when I mean little, they're physically little. I've always liked EOS lip balm, but it wasn't until this spring that I started consistently buying them for myself and receiving them as gifts. The lip balm is so moisturizing and I've loved every product I've ever used of theirs. My favorite color of the balms is the summer fruit (the red on pictured below), and in a turn of events, my past favorite, the melon flavor is now my least favorite. I love having one of my egg shapes on my desk at work and at home since they're just a little too large for my purse.


I also recently picked up the Menagerie Juice Glass from Anthropologie (Anthro candles) and I've been using it to store my brushes. I love the size of the glass and I'm actually considering going back to the store and buying an entire set. I was drawn to the glass because there are girl scouts on it, an organization of which I am a life member. It was just cute, kitschy, and practical enough that I knew I had to have it.

That's all for now,

Sarah

P. S. Here are more beauty posts: favorite lip products, my makeup essentials, and my morning beauty regime

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Card Holders

With the start of my new job (I'm just over a month in!), I new that it was about time that I invest in a business card holder. I opted for the J. Crew factory magic wallet because I wanted something that could hold my business cards and could transition well for when I go on coffee runs at work without taking my large wallet. I wanted to share with you all my top choices, of which there were a lot, to give you all a bit of insight into my thought process. I rarely make impulse purchases and I like to think that I plan my spending out decently.

Card Holders
Seven - Nine West/Eight - J. Crew/Nine - Ann Taylor

Thus far I'm so happy with my magic wallet. It serves all of the purposes I want it to. I initially thought that I wanted one of the Kate Spade options, but at the price point I was working with and for the actual amount of leather I was getting, I didn't think it was worth it. Maybe if I already had an entire coordinating Kate Spade leather purse and wallet, I'd consider it, but I just couldn't justify my spending at this point.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Monday, April 21, 2014

ΣΑΙ Province Day 2014

Last year, I spent Sigma Alpha Iota Province Day with Sigma A Province in Kentucky, this year, I was at the University of Delaware celebrating with Chi A Province. The day is meant to bring together all of the sisters in each respective province across the country throughout the spring, and really unifies the sisters. Since I'm part of a new province this year, and I was in a different one (Sigma A) through all of my undergrad college years, I used the event this year to network with east coast sisters.


This was by far the largest SAI event that I had attended ever - we had 160 sisters attend, with 19 from my alumnae chapter alone. Given that my undergrad chapter was roughly 19 members, it was awesome to be around so many sisters. The event was well organized and was filled with activities to keep everyone busy for an entire day. 



We started the morning off with music - per usual for the fraternity. My favorites were the small ensembles that sang and played chamber music. Throughout the day different music groups performed for us as we pulled them from the halls (it was decision day at the University of Delaware). We heard from the Phi Mu Alpha chapter and Vocal Point.



Our chapter had a great turnout, especially considering that last year at the province day I attended, I was the only one able to make it from my chapter. In the afternoon one of the activities I most enjoyed was a cross stitch tutorial. Being a semi-avid cross stitcher, I'm always excited to craft something new.


That's all for now,

Sarah

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good Dog Bar

One happy hour spot that has quickly become one of my favorites, mostly because of it's close proximity of my work and because of the good happy hour prices for drinks and snacks is Good Dog Bar. Located just off of the Avenue of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia, Good Dog is a as you may have guessed, dog themed dive bar of sorts. There are three floors and each one draws a different subsect of cityperson.


One day after work, I ordered the Russian River Damnation and Korean BBQ sliders. The food was delicious and the perfect portion before heading home. I'd recommend Good Dog to anyone in the area looking for a quick bite or drink as it can get busy at nights, and for me, it's a little too crowded.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Friday, April 18, 2014

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

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.



I read Where'd You Go, Bernadette mostly because everyone else seemed to be reading it and I wanted to know what it was all about. It ended up being really funny, and easy to read, and at the same time offered more depth than I expected. Much like Silver Linings Playbook, Bernadette was a complicated but relatable character, and nearly everyone knows someone with qualities like her.

I'm confident that with the popularity of this book, it's bound to become a movie at some point. While I can't necessarily picture the cast for this, it seems universally likable. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read and/or a laugh with deeper meaning.

That's all for now,

Sarah

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