You guys, spring is finally happening. I feel like just the other day the trees were bare. Now they’re covered in bright pink cherry blossoms. The birds are chirping and the sun is (sometimes) shining. I’ve been digging through my closet for items that reflect the season. Of course my first thought is always florals but pastels are also a spring favorite. This whole millenial pink trend has my inner fourth grader jumping with joy (seriously, why didn’t I save everything from that closet?!?). But while pastels and sweet pinks are obvious choices, bold color choices are just as perfect for the warmer weather. Mixing bright colors and pastels for spring is my favorite way to welcome this new season.
Did you know that a little bit of science can go a long way when brewing the perfect cup of coffee? At least that’s the idea behind one of the newest coffee shops in Philadelphia, Function Coffee Labs. Opened in April of 2016, FCL combines the magic of science with the magic of caffeine to create the perfect little neighborhood coffee shop. One of the owners, Ross Nickerson, studied mechanical engineering at UPenn. He became obsessed with the technical side of brewing and uses that obsession to make a darn good cup of coffee.
I’ll freely admit that I am no coffee connoisseur. Yes, there’s definitely a difference between good coffee and bad coffee. But when you go to a coffee shop, it all tastes pretty good to me. However, one sip at FCL had me convinced that science-based coffee is the way to go. The coffee was perfectly measured using a scale before being brewed. Also, there were all sorts of buttons and fancy things behind the counter that made it look like a spaceship. Combine the science with a seriously cute, shoebox-sized, cozy interior, you’ve got a new favorite coffee shop, Function Coffee Labs.
The Coffee Shop: Function Coffee Labs
Where: 1001 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia
When: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 8am-5pm
Why: scientifically amazing coffee, cozy coffee shop vibes, that mom and pop feeling
Even though I’ve lived in New Jersey practically my entire life, I always forget about spring. There’s this fantasy of leaves on the trees, fresh blooms all over, and idyllic sunny days. My mind is all like, pull out the sundresses and t-shirts! Mother Nature, on the other hand, says not so fast. Sure, there are buds here and there. Our lawn is mostly green. But the weather is all over the place. Last week I was walking the Asbury Park boardwalk. This morning I left the house in my wool coat. Spring time in New Jersey is nowhere near ideal. Which is why there are no rules for spring dressing. Instead I’m keeping my spring look more practical with a comfortable thermal top and ripped jeans.
What I love about this outfit is that it doesn’t apply to the rules of spring. Spring outfits usually are flowers, pastels, and skirts. As much as I love those three things, that’s not my weekend style. At least not since we bought our house! You’re more likely to find me strolling the aisles of Lowe’s than sipping a lemonade at a cute café (which is what I assume you do in a pretty spring outfit). Spring weekends are about getting things done and you need clothing pieces that are not just pretty but useful. If you haven’t already, invest in a pair of slip-on sneakers. The ones I’m wearing were an add-on to a J.Crew Factory order. They made it in the cart because they look cute but also practical. When they came in the mail, I slipped them on and haven’t looked back since. They’re slightly more dressy than sneakers and the white sole and black uppers make them simple enough to go with anything. Target has some beautiful pairs (including this to die for blush pair!) so you know they’re going to be everywhere this season.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love this thermal top and all thermal tops? They are the perfect balance of comfort, texture, and warmth. This draped Free people top was an amazing thredup find, at a quarter of the price they’re currently selling for. This is why my love for thredup will never die! Just a quick tip for using thredup and other secondhand sites: while they try to stay on top of the seasons, you can score major deals shopping for off-season items to add to your closet.
When April’s weather is this all over the place, there are no rules for how to dress this spring. My go-to looks will be comfortable and ready for anything. What are your go-to pieces for this crazy spring weather?
A little Pennsylvania town that captured my heart this winter and early spring is Lancaster. About an hour outside of Philadelphia, it’s a sleepy little post-industrial city. It has everything: good restaurants, fun boutiques, antique shops, brick row homes, craft beer, and, of course, coffee shops. There is a definite laid-back vibe in every nook. But nowhere is more laid-back and casual than Passenger Coffee.
Located in the heart of Lancaster on King Street, Passenger Coffee is a dream coffee shop. It’s got two bright windows, a minimalist white interior, and plenty of space for hanging out. Since my visits to Passenger Coffee are only on random weekends, I’m not sure about the work situation. But if I had to guess, I’m guessing it’s good with the bright, airy interior and plenty of tablespace. Plus it is a minimalist’s dream with that lettered menu board. Also, just like most places in Lancaster, the staff is incredibly warm and welcoming. Now I know it’s kind of weird to travel miles away for a coffee shop but you might just want to for Passenger Coffee.
The Coffee Shop: Passenger Coffee
Where: 7 W. King Street, Lancaster, PA
When: Monday-Saturday 7am-5pm, Sunday 8am-2pm
Why: simple, delicious coffee and other brewed beverages, minimalism to the max, great for tourists (like me!) and locals
This is not the happiest Monday for me; it’s back to work after a week off for spring break. I definitely made the most out of my break but does anyone like going back to work after vacation? The best way I found to deal with the post-vacation blues is to have a plan of what’s coming next. For me that would be the Blog Connect conference this upcoming weekend. It’ll be so much fun to hang with my Philly blog friends and get some tips on how to make this little space even better for all of you! So let’s get going on this week! Happy Monday!
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