Hi y'all! It's been a month since I posted on here but I'm back again! Snowed in today because of winter storm Stella, so I finally got some time to finish up this long catch-up post. Nothing too crazy has happened in my life since I posted and much of the past month has been spent sick in bed (the weather has been all over the place and really messing with my fragile immune system), but I did want to show you guys what happened around the time of my trip to Philadelphia with Gerome. I hope you all stay safe and warm today and also enjoy this post!
On Valentine's Day, Gerome and I watched the Lego Batman movie, which was of course amazing. We also went to dinner beforehand at the new taco place in Brookline - Burro Bar. I loved their beef tongue taco!
Gerome's Valentine's Day gift for me was a succulent which was very sweet because I've wanted a succulent for a while and he also knew that since we would be leaving for the trip the next week, I would prefer a plant that would still be alive by the time I got back. We named the plant Sake like the drink (Gerome really wanted it to be called Lil Succy but I did not approved) and yes, Sake is still alive and well a month later. Happy 1 month, Sake!
We went to Ice Castles in New Hampshire with some of our friends and it was really fun! And really cold. There are many photos in my camera roll that are basically a silhouette of us against bright, colorful ice formations.
Gerome spent much of our time at Ice Castles finding holes in the ice that he could take interesting selfies through. He's not just an #InstagramBoyfriend - he's also an #artiste.
We went shopping at Wrentham outlets at the recommendation of one of our friends because there was a Kate Spade sale. I did end up getting a bag but the gluten free pizza we got afterward at Tavolino was just as pretty.
And here's the bag! It's the Kate Spade Pratt Street Rianne in black. It's the perfect size to hold my 11" Macbook and has really pretty suede detailing on the sides and wrapping around the bottom, plus a suede tassel hanging off the handle. The leather is really soft and the handle feels sturdy. My only complaint is that the handle isn't an actual crossbody strap but just a short shoulder strap but it's still a good length if you're okay with holding the weight of all your stuff on one shoulder. It's a discontinued style but I found similar bags here, here, and here.
You've probably seen this photo on my Instagram already, but here's me enjoying my first date with my new bag on the Charles River Esplanade.
The shoes I'm wearing are the Steve Madden Mertta booties, which I got because they're so cute and unique. I had given myself blisters from wearing my too-tight Steve Madden Bryanne sneakers and just needed backless shoes that could get me through the healing process. My blisters are gone now and I still love wearing both shoes.
Mahal ko, looking lovely in the sunlight.
We finally went to Philadelphia for our "spring break" trip! My sister Dani wanted to have a sleepover with us at our first hotel and it was nice because I missed her so much and wanted to spend as much time as possible. Here she is living her best life and snacking on some popcorn at the Valley Forge Casino Resort. She should have been pretty tired since we went to Dave & Buster's with our parents (her favorite place ever) the evening we arrived, but this was taken at about 1am and she was wide awake.
Spent lots of time shopping at the King of Prussia Mall on our trip because that's just what I've done my whole life. My sister doesn't like wearing "girly" clothes right now so it's a bit difficult balancing the big sister acts of teaching her that things don't have to be gendered while also trying to get her to pick out things she'll be willing to wear. Glad she's still wearing and liking the Stuart Weitzman sneakers I got for her for Christmas - you can get a similar, adult-sized pair on sale here!
I love my off-the-shoulder tops and ended up getting this striped poplin one by Aqua at Bloomingdale's. Unfortunately, it's been so cold in Boston that I haven't been able to wear it yet!
I also got this Bardot off-the-shoulder top and my dream BLANKNYC suede moto jacket. I've actually gotten some wear out of the moto jacket already and I love it so much. I've seen different colors of it all over Instagram for the past couple of months and I fell in love with this new dark grey color that is exclusive to Bloomingdale's.
After a lot of shopping, we checked into our second hotel - the Independent Hotel in Philadelphia!
Lots of Philadelphia-themed details all over the hotel, which is part of the Independent Collection, a group of boutique hotels.
Didn't have to do much sight-seeing in Philadelphia since Philly motifs were all over the hotel.
I loved this painting which stretched from the lobby level all the way up to the top floors of the hotel.
Cute and cozy room with more Philadelphia-themed detailing. Gerome thought we could take the pillow home, but in the end we played it safe and didn't LOL.
Wore my new BLANKNYC jacket to go see a musical at the Academy of Music, which is just two minutes away from the Independent Hotel. We sometimes like to dress up a little for plays and it was the opening night of the musical in the city so Gerome donned a blazer (with purple lining to match his sweater!). My snake print dress is by Bella Dahl, another Bloomingdale's exclusive (on sale now!).
We went to see The Bodyguard! It's the musical version of the Whitney Houston movie, so it was such a fun and intense show to watch. It wasn't going to come to Boston this time around so we had to go all the way to Philadelphia to see it (we are very dedicated to watching plays). I highly recommend seeing this show if it tours again - or just give the soundtrack a listen!
The Academy of Music is a beautiful venue. I love watching shows at ornate theaters like this.
The show ended really late but we had reservations at Lolita, which has really yummy contemporary Mexican food (and they say it's all gluten free!). It was a Tuesday, so of course we had to get our taco Tuesday on. Here is their take on chicharron - probably so unhealthy, but oh so good.
Gerome loves elote so we always try to order it when we try new Mexican places.
I had to order the Korean pork tostadas because I can never say no to gluten free Korean-style food.
Had our nightcaps at Vesper, which was kind of dull that night but they still had a great drink menu. I had the French 95 and the Palma Fizz and I loved both. Gerome probably drank something that could be described as "manly" or "classic."
Checking out my cute new jacket and my cute boyfriend.
I was beyond excited to see the Jurassic World exhibit at the Franklin Institute. Dinosaurs are just so cool (even if they're just robots).
My favorite founding father next to Alexander Hamilton, Ben Franklin!
They were so big! And they moved! In this specific part of the exhibit, you could also touch "dinosaur poop." Gerome and I opted not to do that.
Baby dinosaurs! Maybe one day science will catch up to sci-fi and we'll actually have real live baby dinosaurs.
After an entire morning at the museum, we went to nearby Buena Onda for more tacos! As you can see from every food-related photo in this post, we really like Mexican food and tacos. It was cool eating at a Chef Garces restaurant, and I really liked the vibe in this restaurant. You can get a free beer while waiting in line!
We tried four different tacos and the nachos - all very yummy.
Dani really wanted sushi for dinner so we went to Kabuki for our last dinner with my parents. Dani demolished many California rolls, but I'm hoping she branches out to more kinds of sushi next time I see her.
Loved our stay at the Independent Hotel so it was a little sad to leave. I got a new backpack on my trip though, so that was exciting. It's the Tumi Slim Brief Backpack and it's my new work bag!
Before leaving Philadelphia, we explored South Philly a little so Gerome could get a Philly cheesesteak and I could get a gluten-free sandwich. He got his cheesesteak at Geno's and I got a sandwich at Paesano's. We also spotted this wall, which is hysterical and sad. Donate to Planned Parenthood here!
That's it for our "spring break!" What did you do for Spring Break and what are you doing for today's snow day? Comment down below! Also let me know what you want me to write about next! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Bloglovin' if you haven't already 🙏🏽 Thanks for stopping by!