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Fishtown is such a cool neighborhood! So cool Vogue did a travel feature on it. Fishtown’s covered in street art, there are a ton of amazing boutiques andddd of course, delish cafes and restaurants. Last Saturday, I met up with a few of my blog friends to walk around and snap some fun pics of the neighborhood. There was an excessive heat advisory that day, so I wore this breezy, boho pastel Free People dress.

My favorite part of this dress? The ruffly swingy skirt!! It’s fun to prance around and feel the dress flow with movement. It also has a plunging v-neck and cutout side accents to keep you cool from the heat. Pretty much a good dress to wear on super hot days when you want to wear something comfy, flowy and airy.

{ Style Tip } When it’s hot, I try to wear soft colors, like pastels — we all know light colors reflect heat, while darker colors absorb them.

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image{ Photos above taken by Camille from Positive Publicity }

{ Shop it } Free People One Sumia Mini Dress

Visiting Philly? Here are some places in Fishtown to check out:

1. The Yachtsman

The Yachtsman is a tiki bar. Like, how could you resist a tiki bar on a hot summer day? They use fresh fruit, herbs and plenty of booze. The bar even smelled like refreshing fruit. I felt like I was on a tropical island, awaaayyy from the city heat. The day before I decided it was going to be a treat myself to whatever I want to eat/drink day — part of balance, people!. I ended up getting a Western Sour (bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime, falernum, simple syrup) in a fun tiki cup.

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2. La Colombe

I’m so partial towards the Fishtown location <3 <3 <3 (it’s even on Vogue’s list!!). We made our way to La Colombe for some coffee + snacks — one of my favorite coffee shops in Philadelphia. I usually get a latte or black and tan. I heard their draft lattes are pretty good too. My favorite snack there? Their to die for blueberry muffins.

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3. Field

Field’s a cute little succulent/plant store. Literally a succulent dream house. I was getting so much home style inspo there. I couldn’t find their website online, but they have a gorgeous Instagram feed. Field is next to La Colombe — coffee and succulents? Sounds like my kind of morning!

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3. Street Art

Not really a place to stop…but it’s found everywhere in Fishtown. Philly’s an artsy city — it’s easy to find street art. However, to me it seems like the street art in Fishtown is more concentrated — I was literally finding street art everywhere I went.  I spotted some by Amberella. I’ve seen a few people post her work on Instagram, but never came across them myself, so I was really excited when I found two hearts.

Have any fav Fishtown murals, stores, cafes or restaurants? Share in the comments below!

xx Melissa

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I’m excited that Philadelphia’s the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC). This week I went to The Logan Hotel’s rooftop bar, Assembly for a Bluecoat Gin event. Bluecoat Gin is the official gin provider for the DNC.

Have you ever been to Assembly? The views are so pretty! I mean, exploring the Art Museum area on foot is spectacular. I can’t even describe how gorg it is from above.

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It was SO humid that day. So humid my sunglasses fogged up in the morning. I wanted to wear a light weight fabric that wouldn’t cling to my skin in the yucky, sticky weather.

This flowy blue and white stripe dress from MINKPINK is great for humid days. If you saw my Instagram boomerang, you could see how light the fabric is.

I was actually going for a nautical theme with my red nails and white and blue stripes. But now that I think of it…I was in an American Girl USA theme. So fitting for the event!

imageClassic Martini (left) and Martinez (right). The Martini is made with Bluecoat American Dry Gin. The Martinez is made with Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin. Vote for your favorite here.

{ Style Tip } To accessorize, add an extra nautical touch with a pop of red. I went with red nails. I’m using my go-to red nail polish — Dior Pandore.

See more of my favorite nautical stripe dresses here.

What’s your fav summer style pattern? Share in the comments below!

xx Melissa

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One of fav nutrients? Omega-3 fatty acids! Pretty much the holy grail of all beauty nutrients. They are essential for glowy skin and hair by combatting wrinkles, acne and keeping your hair nourished…so seriously give me ALL the Omega-3’s. Preventative measures!! I want to preserve my youthful skin as long as possible.

Pollution, stress, and the food you eat can make your skin better or worse. For me, the easiest to control out of those three is food. When I know I have an event going on or somewhere special to go, I try to lay off the cheese and coffee a few weeks before. Cheese is easy to give up, but coffee’s another story.

For radiant skin, I load up on omega-3s and antioxidant rich foods. When I overindulge in sugar I can clearly see how certain foods negatively impact my skin. This is because simple carbs like sugar, white flour, and starchy foods spike insulin levels, which cause inflammation. I also just end up feeling gross. Totally not worth it.

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{ Where to find Omega-3 Fatty Acids? }

I automatically think fishies!! (Which is why I’m showing photos of sunfish from when I was playing catch and release. Plus, sunfish are stinking cute).

  • Seafood
  • Avocados (Superfood Guac recipe here!)
  • Walnuts
  • Flax seeds

{ Beauty Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids }

  • Fights wrinkles
  • Improves brittle hair
  • Combats acne
  • Helps both dry and oily skin
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • Protects your skin from the sun

{ Bark Report: The Honest Kitchen’s Beams Dog Treats }

the-honest-kitchen-review{ The Honest Kitchen Beams (c/0) — ONE ingredient dog treats! }

Omega-3’s are also great for you pups! It good for their skin and keeps their fur shiny and healthy.

Maddie’s fav way to eat them? The Honest Kitchen’s Beams. It’s catfish skin! A one ingredient treat that makes her go nuts. She gives me the craziest look when she sees a beam (check out that silly photo below!)

If you’re worried about the smell, they aren’t overpowering. These treats are dehydrated Wild Icelandic catfish skin and they’re a solid source of lean protein and Omega 3s.

The Honest Kitchen is one of my favorite pet brands — they use healthy and high-quality ingredients. No weird unpronounceable fillers. Find The Honest Kitchen Beams here.

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Chloe Johnston‘s Bastille Day Fireman’s Ball is coming up! Mark your calendars — that’s Tuesday, July 12th. What to wear? I cannotttt stop thinking about nautical stripes. Paired with a red lip, you’ll be able to celebrate Bastille Day in red, white and blue.

The event is in Northern Liberties in the Local 22 Philadelphia Fire Fighters Union. Show off your red, white and blue style, chat up some Philly firefighters anddddd hop on a fire truck. Just think about all the super cute photo opps!!

Dance, eat savory crepes from The Smooth Cow, and enjoy an open wine and beer bar. Get tickets to Chloe Johnston’s Bastille Day Fireman’s Ball here.

There will also be an international wine basket valued at $500 raffled off. Proceeds from the raffle purchases (15%) will go toward the Local 22 Fireman’s Widows Fund.

Now for some style inspiration, here are my favorite dresses with nautical stripes:

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{ Shop it: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 }

Need some more inspo? Click here for Chloe’s fashion inspiration board for the event.

Depending on the style of the dress, nautical stripes can be dressed up or down by just changing your shoes. I can’t wait to share my outfit for this event with you guys!

xx Melissa

 

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Aren’t radishes the prettiest pink? I’ve always eaten radishes raw — in salads and topped on avocado toast. I’ve never thought about cooking them. Then, I found this amazing recipe — Roasted Radishes with Browned Butter and Lemon on Epicurious.

Radish Health Benefits

  • Contains FIBER! Fiber helps in maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Are a natural diuretic — purifies kidney and urinary systems. Reduces inflammation.
  • Vitamin C for pretty and moisturized skin. It also keeps your bones and teeth strong and fights nasty free radicals.
  • Good source of Potassium, which is positively connected to lowering blood pressure.

This recipe is stupid simple. I like finding effortless, yet delish recipes. You know, recipes that look like they take a lot of work (but actually don’t).The color is gorgeous and if you’re cooking for someone special, you’ll def impress them.

Butter and lemon is the perf pair…and tastes SO GOOD on almost any vegetable. I’ve adapted Epicurious’ recipe and cut down on the butter to make it a little healthier. OH! And as ushe, I upped the lemon!!

Raw radishes have quite a bite to them. The peppery/spicy taste tones down when they’re roasted. The browned butter and lemon make these radishes mouthwatering.

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{ Recipe } Roasted Radishes with Browned Butter + Lemon

Adapted from Epicurious 

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of radishes
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Lemon (1 wedge per person to plate + 2 teaspoon of juice to cook with)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread olive oil on your baking sheet.

2. Prep the radishes. Wash well — radishes grow in the dirt! Cut off the green leaves, but leave a little bit of the stem on. Slice each radish in half.

3. Put sliced radishes in a bowl and toss with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, a pinch of salt + pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.

4. Roast radishes for 18-20 minutes (until they’re crisp).

5. Take a small saucepan and melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter over high heat. Cook until the butter smells nutty and turns a little brown. This should take about 1-3 minutes.

6. Once the radishes are done roasting, drizzle  browned butter sauce all over. Serve with a lemon wedge.