It’s been over 8 months since my move to Philly. After months of brooding & hibernating during the (very) long winter & several weeks of travel through the mid-west, south & the west in spring, I finally found myself exploring Philadelphia only this summer. Having never set foot in America in summer before, I fell face first (with a loud thud) in love with this city! It only seemed apt that I start sharing my favorite hang out spots on the blog. I couldn’t think of a better way to bring together my love for fashion, food & Philly than start a #whyILovePhilly series! I’m so excited to collaborate with local photographers as I discover new places, visit some favorites & shoot some fun outposts. I have no clue where the destination is, but I’m already enjoying this journey.
Some people raise eyebrows when I tell them I like Old City. It’s like saying you like the ‘peth’ areas in Pune. Well, they have such an old world charm to them & some of the oldest, traditional local food too, so what’s not to like, huh? Not many might know, but Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in America. And Im assuming, what once used to be the city itself is referred to as Old City. There are houses here that are more than 300 years old & streets that still are cobble stoned! But that’s not where I go when I have a few hours to kill in Old City, I catch the wind & the views of the Delware River and our relatively tiny skyline from the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The walk always works up my appetite (duh!) and I always head to United by Blue Coffee & Clothier for a cup of coffee and their delicious hand pumped amaretto cream filled donuts! In the winter, these seem even more delicious! I love that the baristas here are so friendly (and SERIOUSLY goodlooking!). They also have a wall full of sustainable clothing, shoes and accessories!
Find them on 144 N. 2nd Street ! Thank me later 😉
Next up is my most favorite place in Old City and sometimes the ONLY reason I go there: The Arts & Antiques stores on 2nd. You can find records, dusty old books and 1000s of auctioned artwork all under one charming old roof! I can spend the entire afternoon going through this stuff, half of it probably would be spent spying on what other people are picking up:p. I’m a little sneaky like that.
You will often find Jules, the gentleman who runs this place smoking his cigarettes and if you end up there on First Fridays after 6, you might just be able to share a glass of whiskey with him. You will have to ask of course! Ask him to show you something he personally likes & he will regale you with stories of his experience in the art trade. If you aren’t in love with this place already, you might just change your mind when you find the perfect piece for your loft for less than $50!
I know this probably is the highest number of pictures I’ve ever posted, but the amazing work of Gina, a 17 year old South Philly photographer was so tough to choose from! I have so many more where these came from, follow Moda Ninja and Gina on Instagram for more! For a young girl, still in high school, Gina sure knew what she was doing! It was refreshing to work with someone who understood the concept in a jiffy, she was patient with my shenanigans (you know that can be tough) and full of great ideas. I’m so excited and looking forward to working with her again! Check more of her amazing work on www.ginasouthphotography.smugmug.com
Tee: Ann Taylor LOFT
Skirt: Boutique in Philadelphia
Shoes: Shoe Dazzle
Sunnies: Aviators, Rayban, Lennon Frames are thrifted!