Monday, September 1, 2014

J.Crew Factory Birthday Shopping Spree

I shop at J.Crew Factory far too often. But this time it was totally OK, thanks to Christina and her very kind birthday gift to me. With store credit burning a hole in my (cyber) pocket + a birthday discount + Labor Day sale, I was able to snag all three of the following items for $5 out of pocket, and the retail value is around $130. WINNING!

J Crew Factory Finds

sweatpants  |  jewelry tray  |  cuff

I can pretty much guarantee I'm going to live in those sweats all fall and winter. And the pretty cuff and adorable tray - how could I resist? If you haven't yet signed up for the J.Crew Factory mailing list, get on it! They regularly have sales that are amazing.

There's still time to take in a few amazing Labor Day sales. Here are some of my favorites:

Old Navy - everything up to 50% off + an extra 20% off & for some reason I got free shipping, ends 9-1
BaubleBar - up to 50% off sale items, ends 9-1
J.Crew Factory - up to 60% off, ends 9-1
Target - buy one, get one 50% off clothes, shoes & accessories + 25% off women's clothes, shoes & accessories via Cartwheel, ends 9-1
Too Faced - up to 71% off, ends 9-3
Nordstrom - clearance sale 40% off, ends 9-7


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Exploring the City of Brotherly Love

Visit Philadelphia

Picking back up on my vacation recap, after NYC, Christina and I took a train to Philadelphia. Within an hour and a half ride, we arrived in the City of Brotherly Love and again decided to do our sightseeing via tour. We went with the The Big Bus Company Philadelphia two-day hop-on-hop-off bus. For $32 and we able to see all of the sites from the Rocky Steps, to the Betsy Ross House, to Antiques Row.

Philadelphia City Hall Love Statue - Philadelphia Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Rocky Steps Pennsylvania Station Philadelphia church

Philadelphia really is beautiful. It's a great mix of history, lush landscapes, and a big city fit perfectly into a small area. Christina and I were surprised at how small, though. Coming from NYC where there is so much, so spread out, it was cool to be in an easy-to-navigate setting. You can realistically hit all of the major attractions in one full day but, because of the 1D concert, we split it into one and a half.

Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn's Landing - Philadelphia Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn's Landing - Philadelphia Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn's Landing - Philly

One of my favorite things about the trip was the pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn's Landing. Only around for the summer, the area right on the Delaware River Waterfront is transformed into a magical setting full of hammocks and lights everywhere. We got there too late for food, but had planned to kick back with burgers and beers and enjoy the riveride breeze. Even without the concessions, it was a cool park to explore. Hopefully this is something they continue each summer!

One last tip - if you travel to Philly stay at the amazing Courtyard Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. We were super impressed. It was an old, restored building right across the street from City Hall. The perfect central location. Plus the staff was incredibly friendly. When we'd see them outside of the hotel, walking down the street, they'd remember and greet us. City of Brotherly Love for sure!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One Direction: Where We Are Tour

This the face of a psychopath. Take a good hard look and avoid her on the street. OK I'm not actually crazy. But that's how much I love One Direction, and Harry Styles. Enough to travel across the country to see 1D in Philly! I didn't wear that shirt to the concert, although I would've fit in with the other teenagers in homemade tops.

One Direction's Biggest Fan

After months of planning with Christina the big day finally arrived and we confidently took our seats in a stadium filled with underage girls - plus some moms and dads.

Then this happened... Harry Styles, WWA TourHarry Styles, WWA US Tour
I mean, even with the horrible hair and scarves I still love him.

Harry Styles and Zayn Malik,  WWA Tour Niall Horan, WWA Tour Liam Payne, WWA Tour Louis Tomlinson, WWA Tour Zayn Malik, WWA Tour

Honestly, a lot of people make fun on my obsession, and I get it. I'm 31 and love a boy band. I wasn't like this when Backstreet Boys or N*SYNC were popular. But I can't help myself. Their songs are catchy as hell, each member has an incredible voice (they don't lip sync), the guys are adorable, they go out of their way for their fans, they put on a great show, AND they have fun and don't take themselves too seriously. Enough reasons to make you a fan? It was enough to draw Christina in. She was indifferent before and now is just as obsessed as me. Naill's number one fan fo sho!


One Direction, WWA Tour Philadelphia

Monday, August 25, 2014

This Week on Join the Gossip...

Last week my computer battery died and I was unable to post my One Direction and Philly recaps. But it's good to go now so be sure to come back Wednesday for some 1D action, and Friday for Philly fun!

Until then, here's a little sneak peek at what's in store for you...

Harry Styles, WWA Tour in Philadelphia
Must-See Philly Attractions

And if you haven't yet, be sure to check out my NYC recap!

Happy Monday

Say hello to this week's Featured Blogger, Tela of Sweet Southern T:

Tela, like her blog name, is super sweet. Def check out her blog!


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