Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Philly Local Series: Miel Patisserie Review - The Best Café Downtown

Today is the first post in my new series Philly Local - where I'm going to be reviewing local spots. I have been going to this little café for years. They have the best macrons around! Miel Patisserie was the reason I began baking them as my signature desert to parties!

Miel Patisserie is located on 17th street between Walnut and Chancellor St in Phila, Pa. This café/bakery has been around for many years! Longer than I've been alive! 

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When you walk into the little shop it has the cutest bee shaped door handles, and a subtle honeycomb theme throughout. It's a small little shop with a few tables scattered around with a bar ledge with seats. During the nice weather you could also sit outside at a few table tops they have. 

I stopped at Miel Patsserie many times over the years. My favorite treat is macaron and their mocha coffee. That combo is super sweet! This time I decided to shake it up by ordering a Tea with Peach Nectar and their lunch sandwich and soup combo. I got the Marseillais half sandwich with Beef Barley, the soup of the day. 
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The combo was perfect for the rainy day I was downtown for interviews! 

After I placed my order I waited at my table and the women at the register brought out my order for me which is so nice. I didn't have to loose my spot at my table. I also ordered 3 macarons as my desert for my lunch. I feel like I couldn't go to Miel Patisserie without a sweet. 

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They have many different treats to choose from which are all delicious as I've gotten the chance to try them over the years! I highly recommend stopping in for at least a cappuccino when you're in town! This is not a café to sleep on! 

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Miel Patisserie is a very clean spot to rest your feet during a day of sight seeing or shopping. They're close to all the great shops in the Rittenhouse area.  

The people working the front are very kind and give great suggestions if you don't know what you want to order. 
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This get's a 10/10 for a must visit spot in downtown Philly! Stay tuned for more of my Philly Local Series up on my blog. Next up is Yoga at the Aquarium! 


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Planning A Destination Wedding 101 - Part 1: Budget




I had my dream wedding on the beaches of Punta Cana to the love of my life on February 18 2017. It was the hardest thing I have ever done planning a wedding site unseen and I want to share all the wisdom I have obtained and mistakes I've made along the way. I feel like the most important aspect is budget. Without it you have no wedding! 
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I believe setting your budget and having a saving plan is the most important thing you can do for planning for a destination wedding. Or just a wedding in general. 

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  • First thing is first - you want to be is 100% honest with yourself. If you only make $40,000 a year don't think you'll be able to pull off throwing a $30,000 wedding in a year. If you're budget is only $20,000 dont go buying a $5,000 dress. Honestly you will only wear that thing once, - twice if you wear for a rock the dress/trash the dress session.

  • Secondly sit down with both set of parents and your partner talk about what everyone is willing to contribute. You want to get a good look with what kind of money you're working with. Will both sides contribute? Or are you and your fiancé on your own to pay for it? Is a set of parents willing to pay for a vender? It's the best to work that out in the beginning so you know what price range you will be working with for venders. 

I know it can feel awkward to basically put your hand out for money from your parents and can make you feel like a kid but it's better to find out ASAP. 

My rule of thumb is no financial decisions will be made by a set of parents if they do not pay for it. I.E no parent guests lists full of second cousins twice remove you never met. No 350 people guests lists that does not even include you and your other half. 

If you like many Americans now-a-days you'll have to pay for your wedding yourself. My parents have been flakey about what they're paying for-(but lots of demands!!) If a parent is being flaky about how much they're willing to contribute when planning don't count on it. Don't be short on your wedding day paying venders because you thought Mom and Dad would help foot the bill. 

When we sat down and started planning our wedding it was stressful, but we managed. We compromised on what we wanted to pick something perfect for the both of us. Don't let yourself be blinded by the allure of wedding planning. Take what your fiancé has to say in mind when making all the financial decisions. This is his wedding as much as yours. 


Once you have your budget of what is the max you want to spend then you can break up how you want to spend the money. 

 I broke our budget down by what I found most important and then delegated it that way. Keep in mind some big portions of your budget can't be avoided like Venue, Alcohol and Food; otherwise known as VAF. That will take up the most of your budget sorry guys it's the fact of life. There is no way around it. Especially if you're having a destination wedding these people are paying their way to some place not close to home the least you can do for them is give them good booze and food. 

In the Philadelphia metro area venues charge a flat rate of $6,000-$10,000 and that only includes using the space no extras- no decor, no food and no booze in that price! Destination venues sometimes don't have venue fees or are much lower. For example in Punta Cana venue prices vary from $1,500-$5,000US that is a lot more doable when only having a budget of $20,000. 

Alcohol will probably be your next most expensive portion of your budget - unless you want floor to ceiling flowers. Every venue I looked at in the US and Punta Cana, DR the Alcohol was priced per person/per hour. Which actually PC was only cheaper by a few dollars per person/per hour - which yes is a big jump and helps a lot but the venue prices measured out to be the same per plate as venues back at home. 

Once you decide on your max price be aware you might pay more than you originally thought to. My advice is to make a comfortable budget and a max budget. The max is the most you absolutely can afford. The comfortable budget is what you bring to the table when plan.


After you and your partner figure out what is the max you want to spend comfortably then you can decided how you want to spend your budget. You both need to decide what is most important and rate them. Your VAF (Venue, Alcohol, and Food) should be the top of the list in your budget. There is no way around that will eat up most of your budget.

Click here for a copy of the excel I made for the sample. I used one just like this but had more details to it. This is so easy to customize to your needs. My gift towards your wedding planning! Enjoy! 

Summary: Be honest on what you can afford, it's not always fun but it IS necessary. Don't forget to remember your fiancé has a say in what's important. I'm sorry to say it but isn't the 1900s this wedding isn't all about you(the bride) it's about BOTH of you. Once you have your budget set you can then decide on a venue or having the wedding on resort. 

Whatever you choose make sure it fits in your budget and is what you both want. It's not fun living in a poor house to spend it all within a span of 16 hours on one day. 

UP NEXT: Part 2 - Picking the Destination!

Please let me know what you think of this series! Let me know if you have any questions I can answer! 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Unboxing: FabFitFun Fall 2017

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I am in love with this box! Finally a great items throughout that makes this box worth it. Not only is the monetary value over the $50 but also the box item value is well worth paying that price in full! This is not a FabFitFun box to miss! Click down below to see what I got in my box! 




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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FabFItFun: Spring 2017 Unboxing!

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I am one who loves subscription boxes. From Birchbox to Ipsy to Sephora. I love them. It's soooooo fun to just come home from work and see a package full of goodies waiting on your door step. It's almost as nice as when I see my kittens waiting for me at the door after work! After following FabFitFun on Instagram for awhile I knew I had to try it. I bit the bullet and signed up for a year long subscription to treat myself on finding a new job. The first box I received is this Spring 2017 box.


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Funday 4.23.17

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Today was the first Sunday in a long time my Hubby and I got to just be lazy.  I normally like to go, go, go on the weekends but today we took it slow. I played around with new makeup.

 I decided to try lipsense two weeks ago so I finally got a chance to really take it for a test drive today. We went on errands. We did a quick lunch at Dunkin Donuts - Iced coffee with bacon, egg and cheese on a wrap (to cut down on carbs). My lipsense lasted through a quick lunch but needed a quick moisture kick with another layer. It stayed on during my small apartment gardening stint. I really like these. I buy from my friend Kandice. She is a distributor for lipsense. Her shop is called "The Unicorn of Beauty" you can shop through her here.

I also have been loving the half bun trend, it's so easy to just throw your bangs up out of your face but still leave your hair down in the back. I also love a way to spice up my hair. I have been OBSESSED with the Jen Atkin X Chloe + Isabel hair pieces.  I own the hair pins, ponytail clips,  and bun cuffs.  Today I wore the their original bun cuff in Hematite.  I am also wearing the Portico Stud Duo Earrings. 

The women I shop with is Laura Tiny Fox! She's a great women to work with. I've been to other people's jewelry parties and I hosted one with her at my apartment. I truely love Chloe + Isabel jewelry but have a huge soft spot for all their hair accessories. I know they're on the pricy side but the quality of these items are amazing! They have gotten almost daily use on a rotation and look brand new. I even had an issue with one of my barrettes and because Chloe + Isabel stand by their quality of products they sent me a replacement which I never had an issue with.

Do you have a favorite piece from the Chloe + Isabel hair collection? I love to see what everyone else loves. I like to try new styles!

On our errands I picked up a few planters and planted a few flowers for our apartment balcony. It was a fun and productive day for us.
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Does anyone else's significant other always interrupt their selfie taking? Also - Why does car selfies have the best lighting??
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How was everyones weekend? Good I hope! I'm refreshed and ready to take on Monday! Bring it!
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Unboxing: Sephora Play Box April 2017

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What the world and I have been waiting for is the Sephora subscription box. As soon as I got the email to subscribe to the Sephora box I did it right away. I knew spots for that would go like hot cakes! I have been subscribed since this past summer. Today I am thrilled to share my April box!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

I'm back! See what I have in store for you!

I'm back I hope! I'm not here to write an apologetic letter to anyone who may stumble across my sleeping beauty blog. I'm here to say life got busy, I got married, and I took a nice break from being hounded by numbers and page views and forced content writing for something I didn't love as much as I used to. 


I have been for months now thinking of how I wanted to return to blogging because I missed it, because I felt like I had something more to contribute to blogging again. I have been thinking about what I'd like to share and how I'd like to share it. So here's to me coming back! Watch out I have many things I want to share with you. Like planning a wedding, running as a plus size girl, dealing with adult acne and the pressures of being a girl in a men dominated work force. 

Cheers! See you guys soon!  

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