Happy Weekend!

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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.

Surprise!

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.

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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

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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

 

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend everybody! This is the first week that I got to wear a light jacket, show my ankles and wear flats on my commute. Doesn’t it feel good?

ebdd3f78e7850e088ccd3841fc2238a1This weekend my plans are to hit the gym hard for Broad Street Run training. The past few weeks have been super busy for Scott and I so its been a little difficult to get to the gym for training. Confession: I have never fully completed any long run training program. Even when I was training for my 10 mile races and my first half marathon, I always went back and forth between running three or four miles. Somehow I have made it through all of these races but I would like to push myself to run longer. Here’s to trying!

Get ready for another recipe post next week. I had a delicious dip last month at a birthday party and I will be making it this weekend for a friend’s beer and pretzel party. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! Want to know what it is? You’ll just have to see!

What are your plans for this weekend? Erin Express? Celebrating the most epic Pi Day tomorrow? Share with me on Twitter – @jadebarnes!

Image via uwishunu

At The Moment

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The pin of the week comes at good timing. Warmer temperatures and daylight savings means SPRING! I love this entire outfit combo, its so effortless and chic. I am not the biggest hat person, mainly because I feel like I cannot pull them off. However, I may be willing to change that this summer if I keep seeing more chic outfits like this.

Small Stress Fixes

Let me take a minute to admit that last month I was stressed out. I have been stressed out before but last month was nothing like I had ever experienced before. I was too tired to work out, no afternoon snacks, laid awake at night and I did a lot of negative self talk. Once things calmed down and I felt like the weight of stress had been lifted off of my shoulders, I knew I had somethings i needed to change how I dealt with stress.

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Detox Water: Every week I feel the need to detox from all of the delicious food and drinks I had over the weekend. I found that this simple detox water recipe helped me achieve a clean start to the week. My body feels good, so I feel good.

Self Care: Everyone’s self care is different and I think I am still trying to figure out what mine is. At the moment I am trying to read as much as I can to get my creative juices flowing. I love finding inspiration on the internet or on social media so I can bring back a fresh mind set to work and to this blog!

Take a Walk: Finally, it felt like Spring in Philadelphia this weekend. During the fall and early parts of winter I would go and take a walk around my work neighborhood to clear my head. It must be something about the fresh air hitting my face or the light window shopping I’d get done to turn my day around.

Cook: I love cooking,  but I am no top chef. The focus of working on a new recipe helps me forget the little stresses that build up during the week. The end result is a delicious meal that I can enjoy with my loved ones.

 

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend! I love the first Friday of each month, it sets the tone for how the rest of the weekends will be.

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Tonight, Scott and I will be going to see Swan Lake at the Academy of Music. I know, my boyfriend is willingly going to the ballet with me. It pays to date someone who played in the orchestra most of his life. It wasn’t a hard sell to ask Scott if he wanted to come, lucky me. [Inset winky face].

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Tomorrow we’re heading down the shore to see Brandi Carlile at the Borgata and I am so excited! Scott and I have been talking about another date night in Atlantic City and I want to take him everywhere. For tomorrow, I plan on walking around The Quarter at the Tropicana and eating dinner at PF Changs.

We will see where Sunday takes us, which is probably to Bagel Gourmet before heading back to Philadelphia. What are your plans for this weekend?

At The Moment

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March 4th, 2015The pin of the week is another recipe! (I wonder if you guys are trying to tell me something haha.) The weather in Philadelphia has been brutal lately, all I want to do is curl up on the couch with a warm bowl of pasta or eat a grilled cheese for dinner. This Tomato Avocado Melt to me is perfect. It has all of my favorite ingredients on one perfect open face sandwich. Speaking of recipes, next week I will be testing out an IPA Cheese Dip to write about on here. Look out for it soon!

 

March Beauty Buys

march beautyI am kicking off March with the beauty buys I have been working with all winter long to prevent havoc on my skin. Now in my mid-twenties I have become more conscious about my skincare routine and its my top interest in the beauty department. I came across the beauty and skincare line From The Lab which sells beauty products from Europe months before they hit the US Market. I picked out their AM/PM Cleanser, Face Mask, and Face Primer. The cleanser and face mask are brand new to my beauty routine and I have started to see a difference already. My skin feels smoother and brighter which is all I need right now. The Face Primer I mainly use to prep for putting on eye shadow for work. No matter what I do, my eye shadow is always gone by the afternoon and this Face Primer helps keep it on until work is over.

My love of makeup remover wipes is still going strong so I treated myself to the Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes in Cucumber and Sage. The smell is heavenly and I feel like its a treat when I take up my makeup off at the end of the night. My skin feels cool and refreshed, exactly the way it should before going to bed.

Lastly, I bought a nude eyeliner from NYX  to test out for days at work when I want to wear a more natural look. Now that its March, I am looking forward to softer color palettes to welcome Spring. What beauty products are you looking forward to buying?