Happy Weekend!


Happy Weekend! I’m shipping up to New York City this weekend! We’re going up to see one of Scott’s friends from college and celebrate a housewarming. I can’t believe I’m getting to the age where friends are starting to buy houses. I don’t know if I just feel old or if I am worried about not being able to make that type of financial commitment until I am way into my thirties. Regardless about me, I am very excited for anyone who can purchase a home! What a milestone. Slowly, I am making some headway with my spreadsheet of tasks to do before Scott moves in next month! We’ve made furniture wishlists, an Amazon super list, picked a cleaning company and a moving company. I am counting down until I get to order all of my new kitchen supplies and organize my “favorite room” in the house.

Check out all of the fun events in Philadelphia this weekend!

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Bring on the Balayage

Now that I am in my mid-twenties, this has marked the most experimental that I have ever been with my hair. I’ve gotten a blunt cut, ombré, bangs and a long bob! All at different times of course. This season, I fell under the spell of the balayage and I really wanted to try it out. I have been growing out my hair for the upcoming wedding season, so I thought a balayage would help me achieve a fun new look without sacrificing my length.

For this new hair adventure, I went to the new ARS Parlour, the third salon under the Andre Richard Salon empire in Midtown Village. ARS Parlour is located above the 12th Street Gym in an adorable space that can have about 4-5 clients in at a time. I had the true pleasure of having Rachid, a Master Stylist at ARS Parlour color my hair. Rachid specializes in the balayage technique and studied in Paris, France. (Oui Oui!) Whatever pre-coloring jitters I had, Rachid made sure that I was comfortable before he got to painting on my new honey highlights.



20150327_105420Honestly, I am still amazed that the partial baylayage only took 45 minutes! As you can see in my first photo, Rachid used a painting technique to add the dye to sections of my hair. Afterwords, I sat with my hair in the cap for about 20 minutes, got my hair washed and voila. Balayage highlights!

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To go along with my new look, I had the pleasure of interviewing Andre Richard, owner of the Andre Richard Salon about his growing businesses in Philadelphia.

JTC: I personally love the Andre Richards social media strategy, specifically Instagram! Can you tell me about your strategy and how it showcases the salon’s talented staff?

AR: We love the engagement on instagram. Each stylists showcases their work in a collage and we post and tag them.

JTC: The Andre Richard Salon has been open since 2007 and now you are opening ARS Parlor (Congrats!). How does ARS Parlour differ from ARS Lab and Andre Richard Salon? How should customers choose which salon to go to?

AR: ARS Parlour features master stylists and in a more upscale relaxed environment. The main salon is more trendy and tends to have a younger demographic.

JTC: What are you excited to see in Philadelphia’s retail boom and how do you expect it to impact your businesses?

AR: The retail boom is amazing! I moved to the city in 1992 and it is now a different city. The boom is attracting a more stylish feel and I think people are more excited about looking good.

JTC: What are products you recommend to customers who are having their hair colored or bleached for the first time?

AR: I recommend products that are hydrating. Although we use the best hair color/lightener products they are still chemicals and can be drying for the hair. Pureology is an amazing hair care line.

JTC: We all know that bleach can cause hair to dry out over time, how often should a customer deep condition their hair? Does frequency depend on the type of hair coloring process a customer undergoes?

AR: Frequency can vary based on the situation. Deep conditioning should be done at least once a week.

JTC: Balayage highlights are all the rage for 2015! Can you tell us what the major differences are between this trend and the previous hair trend the ombré?

AR: Balayage is much more blended than ombré. It also tends to grow out in a more natural way.

A big thanks again to Andre Richard and Rachid from ARS Parlour! Check them out on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. I promise, they will take care of you ;)

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend everybody! Its Friday I’m feeling fine and its going to be at least 75 degrees today in Philadelphia (!!) After a long week with no bread of any kind, I am looking forward to indulging this weekend at the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival on Sunday. I have never attended an event in Manayunk other than the annual bike race so I am really excited to enjoy the warm weather and glorious food trucks.


Now that its really feeling like Spring, I feel like I should be worrying more about adding new items to my wardrobe but all I can think about is adding items to my new bar cart. I picked up an awesome bar cart at Jinxed in Fishtown and I have been nonstop thinking about how to deck it out. I recently picked up this decanter from CB2 and I want to pick up this, this and this too! I’ll share more about my bar cart essentials once its complete!

Here are some events to check out this weekend:

Have a great weekend friends!

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Beauty Buys

April beauty (2)This month’s beauty buys consisted of a few fun skincare and makeup items that I have added to my daily and weekly routine. I left my makeup bag at Scott’s house one day, then he forgot to bring it with him so I was out of foundation and blush for a few days. (The horror, just kidding!) While two full nights of sleep did wonders for me, by day three I took a look in the mirror and I knew I had to dash to the cosmetic aisle immediately.

Cue this article from Into The Gloss about which drug store concealers are the best. I decided on the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. One, because I love a great wand application and two the review said this concealer works best with pinker pigments. Let me tell you, I cannot stop wearing this concealer! I love how easy and quick it is to dab under my eyes and around my nose. As the weather gets warmer, I tend to wear less makeup on my face just because it gets hot in the concrete jungle. I am very happy with this product and I am going to continue using it! I picked up the Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer too just for fun and a small step towards beginner contouring.

My love for makeup wipes continues to grow and I had to replenish my stock with the Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes in Pink Grapefruit. The smell is divine. Enough said.

Next, I received the Clinique Cleansing Brush from a Klout Perk and I finally started to use it 1-2 times per week. If you want the same feeling you get from having a facial, definitely think about getting this brush. My skin feels so soft after each use, that I almost think of it as a treat for my skin. I have seen a difference in minor fine lines on my skin and I think this was a big help! Also, I have been trying to drink at least half of my body weight in water each day. (This explains the Tumbler cup above haha) Not only does drinking more water help with my skin, I just feel better through out the day.

Lastly, I get a lot of perfume samples. It must have been from when I subscribed to Birch Box and Ipsy. Well, I found a sample of Anna Sui La Nuit de Boheme and I dig it. I usually do not wear perfume, but I have been looking forward to my morning spritz of this scent. So who knows maybe I will treat myself to a full bottle soon!


Happy Pesach Weekend!

Happy Weekend and time to EAT! Though I’ll be attempting to keep the no bread fast during Passover, I am excited for the two seders I am going to this weekend. I can hear the kugel calling my name. How about all my friends and readers celebrating Easter on Sunday? Do you guys usually dine in and have ham? Go out to eat? I want to know!


Here are a few of my favorite recipes for new and old dishes for the holidays:

If you are sticking in Philadelphia, here are some events to check out!

The 10th Anniversary of the Philly Zombie Crawl

Opening Weekend of Richard Avedon at the National Museum of American Jewish History

The 84th Easter Promenade on South Street

Tria Fitler Square, Opening Weekend

Safe travels everyone! Talk to you next week.

PHOTOGRAPHY: KATE MATHIS via martha stewart

At The Moment

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I am trying something a little different this week and wanted to share a few photos from my recent weekend trip to Pittsburgh. I had a wonderful time being a true tourist and exploring parts of the downtown area that I had never been to before. We had a great time in The Strip District (so many tasty cocktails), Phipps Botanical Garden and checking out Three Points Park. More on my trip next week! To keep up with all of my life posts, connect with me on Instagram and Snapchat @jadembarnes!


Happy Weekend!


Woah, this week was a tough one and I am especially happy it’s the weekend. Scott and I are road tripping out to Pittsburgh this evening to spend time with my extended family and celebrate Alixanne’s birthday! (Remember my road trip tips article? I’ll be following all of them tonight and Monday.) I haven’t been out to the `Burgh since the wedding of the century (Paul + Ann) so I can’t wait to show Scott around the town too.

I know I have strayed a little with giving you guys fun weekend events in Philadelphia so here is my little list of fun agenda items I think you should consider:

Friday, March 27th: Wine Week Continues with a Murder Mystery Dinner at Paris Wine Bar

Saturday, March 28th and 29th: Northern Liberties Sidewalk Sale

Sunday, March 29th: SkyBrunch Opening DayScott and I got to attend the SkyBrunch Preview and it was delicious. I recommend it for Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day Brunch.

Want to follow my adventure in Pittsburgh this weekend? Follow me on Instagram at @jadembarnes.

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Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend readers! This week was a particularly busy one for me. I had the Rittenhouse Row Annual Meeting Monday night. Where Wednesday at the Twisted Tail and Thursday night was the Tastemade Philly launch. Now I am gearing up for a celebratory weekend with my roommate’s OT pinning ceremony and on Saturday I am going to two different suburbs for wedding dress shopping and an open mic night. Phew that’s a lot for an opening paragraph.

Let me clarify, I am NOT trying on wedding dresses haha

This will mark my first (ever) bridesmaid duty for my dear friend Kim who got engaged in December. So I am going to share how her and Wade completely blindsided me with their engagement. Since today is National Proposal Day, ironically, I’ll share how I found out about this momentous occasion.

Friday, December 12th

Kim: Hey! Wade has to come into Philadelphia to drop off some equipment for a show. I was going to come with him and maybe we can all go to lunch?

Me: Sure!! Come park at Scott’s house, since there is free parking and we can go to brunch.

Kim: Great, see you then!

Scott and I were at a holiday party with his classmates that Friday night so during this whole texting convo I was impressed with how I still managed to plan and schedule a lunch date while having enjoyed a few rounds of drinks.

Saturday, December 13th

I was so excited to see Kim and Wade I was rushing Scott around his house while singing Kim is coming, Kim is coming!  (I used to live down the hall from Kim in our adorable house in South Philly so living in different states now requires singing about her arrival.) Finally, Kim and Wade arrived and I ran downstairs to open the door.


Scott was talking with Wade and I was chatting with Kim. Of course as one of my best friends, I thought she looked beautiful like usual and I started to compliment the jacket she had on. Which led to…

Kim: So… I kind of lied. Wade isn’t up here to work a show.

Me: I know, he’s only up here to drop off equipment for a show.

Next, Kim takes off her left glove and I look down to see a beautiful sparkly diamond on her ring finger. I’ll save you the sappy part where I instantly screamed like Charlotte from Sex and The City then started to cry. It was one of those moments that you always imagine will happen and then you can’t believe it did. I was so happy that Kim and Wade came to Philadelphia from Wilmington to share their news with Scott and I.


Now that I am gearing up for three weddings this year and two (maybe three, Amanda wink wink) in 2016, I’ll have lots of new experiences and content to share on the blog.

Photo via Kim’s Facebook, thanks Wade for the awesome photo!

At The Moment

3.18.15At the moment, the links I am currently digging on the internet this week:

The pin of the week is brought to you by my obsession with wanting a pair of black and white sneakers for Spring 2015. I had seen the above Converse at Nordstrom, but I wasn’t ready to commit to the full price over the winter. I knew I was going to be rocking boots all winter so the sneakers had to hit the high road. Now though, I am ready to get some sneakers and I have been looking at these, these and I already bought these!


IPA Cheese Dip

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Ah the moment, I have been waiting to share. Last month, Scott and I went to go and visit Allentown and celebrate our friend Andrew’s 27th birthday! The birthday festivities consisted of a lot of chit chat, live music, adult games and a delicious appetizer spread. Andrew’s wife, Lauren made an IPA Cheese Dip that was out of this world. {Thank you Betty Crocker!} I couldn’t take myself away from the kitchen because I liked this dip so much. When I found out my friend Stephanie was having a beer and pretzel party, I knew the IPA Cheese Dip would be a great addition to her spread. As you can see from above the ingredients are Philadelphia Cream Cheese, sharp white cheddar, gouda, monterey jack cheese, a little honey mustard and the IPA of your choice. I went with Harpoon for my beer selection mainly because it was in my fridge and I heart Harpoon beers.Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

We doubled the recipe so all of the cheese was shredded into one cup each. I almost shredded all of the cheese myself, but Scott loves to help me out so I couldn’t keep this task all to myself haha. We placed all of the ingredients into a medium sized sauce pan and once the beer was poured, the cheese began to melt at a low heat.Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

The cheese dip can stay out for 20 minutes to solidify and can be served hot or cold. Both are delicious options and I don’t have a preference! We added dried scallions and crushed red pepper for a garnish.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetThe dip had a smoky flavor mainly from the gouda. It went well with hard pretzels, the Bavarian pretzels we made and chips! I highly suggest this recipe if you want to make something quick and easy for your next pot luck or gathering with friends!

2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2 cup shredded white Cheddar cheese 
1 cup shredded Gouda cheese 
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (2 oz)
1 cup IPA beer
2 teaspoons honey mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
Place in a medium saucepan and stir in a low heat for 20 minutes