Six more sleeps until Christmas, you guys! I can hardly believe it, but it’s true. Q4 flew by and 2016, the craziest year in so many ways, is coming to a close. Anel and I wanted to do something special for one of our last weekends of the year, so we drove down to Philadelphia for my sister’s annual caroling party and made a romantic weekend out of it. The city itself was decked out in all kinds of holiday decor which made me the happiest girl in the world. Everything was sparkly and cheerful… despite the rain we got on Sunday.
I was clearly in a festive mood with my red coat, and people kept stopping me in the street to compliment me on it. Unfortunately it’s sold out in this particular color but it’s still available in green (my sister has it, so cute!) and is 40% off today with code HOLIDAY. And how cute is this navy pom hat, currently 50% off?
We stayed at The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia, which turned out to be in the center of everything (this was only my second time to Philly) and right across the street from “Christmas Village”, a holiday market that we wandered around and enjoyed. The hotel itself was beautiful, and our 26th floor room had incredible views. I booked a facial on Sunday morning, which was such a luxury. I usually never cheat on Bonnie, but the newly freezing temps had my skin doing all kinds of things that it should never be doing. I’m so happy that I did because she cleared up a breakout and simultaneously hydrated the dry spots.
Even though it was only one night and not even two full days, getting out of town and doing something new felt refreshing and exciting. Anel and I have been working so hard on his business and my holiday campaigns, that we haven’t had much time to just enjoy each other’s company. The next few weeks are going to be a blur of family and friends and cooking and presents, so it was the perfect time to getaway.
To be honest, we didn’t see much of the city besides what was in walking distance of the hotel. We checked out Reading Terminal for cheesesteaks (yum!) and just kind of walked around aimlessly, popping into stores and exploring. When I was there in September for her birthday, my sister and I went to Cheu Noodle Bar (we’re both ramen obsessed) and Fork, an upscale farm to table spot, perfect for a special occasion. Let me know any recs you have for my next trip. I’ll probably go back to visit in the spring!
Her party on Saturday night was incredible. My sister has more friends than anyone I know and can pack a room like you’ve never seen. Every year, her guy friends get together and go caroling. They’re a huge group of giant dudes, so the whole thing is simultaneously comical and heartwarming.