Friday, February 6, 2015

Five on Friday {February 6, 2015} + GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday! This has been a fantastic week with some even more amazing things on the horizon, so let's jump right into my five favorites!

Philadelphia weekend

This week started off with a quick trip to my old stomping ground, Philadelphia. After visiting a couple of girlfriends on Friday night (and being too caught up in chatting to take any pictures, oops!), T met me for a group brunch the next morning and then we took a quick afternoon jaunt to Old City to take in the historic sites.

A quick stop at Independence Hall
That night, we went to a fantastic surprise party for my friend Michele's 40th birthday. Considering the fact that she isn't turning 40 until May, her husband totally caught her by surprise with this meticulously planned event! The band was rocking and the drinks were flowing, and I got to catch up with some more of my Pennsylvania friends who I don't get to see nearly as often as I would like.

Oh, and there was a photo booth, so we decided it was obviously necessary to re-enact scenes from some of our previous community theater productions (of course).


This chilly weather has me longing for hot summer days, so lately I've been on a Pinterest spree of warm weather cocktails. I'm loving this sangria recipe (pictured above) and can't wait to sit out on my patio with a nice, frosty glass of it! In the meantime, our monthly cocktail link-up returns this Tuesday, so don't forget to join in the fun and share your favorite libations. 


I'm in a particularly happy mood this Friday because as of tomorrow morning, I'll be on vacation in warm and sunny Florida! 

I'm super excited to escape the cold for a leisurely week of lounging on the beach (apologies to my fellow Northeasterners who will still be stuck in the snow). I spent a week there last February as well, and these pictures have me counting the minutes until I'll be on that beach won't be long!

Valentine's Day

Since I haven't had much reason in recent years to pay too much attention to Valentine's Day, it has totally snuck up on me this year! While I'll be in Florida on the actual holiday, I'm still on the hunt for the perfect gift for when T and I have our own celebration after I return. I have a few thoughts on what to get, but I'm turning to all of you lovely people in blogland for some additional ideas...any suggestions of great gifts that your sweetie has absolutely flipped over?

Giveaway: Be Mine, Valentine!

And speaking of Valentine's Day, we've teamed up with some other fabulous bloggers to bring you the perfect romantic treat...enter our giveaway below for your chance to win a $150 Victoria's Secret gift card!

Hosted by: The Sequin NotebookJessi's DesignMartinis and BikinisA Little GlitterMartin ManifestoThe Kari DiariesPink and FabulousMake Me Up MiaGreen Fashionista and Meet @ the Barre

How are you planning to celebrate Valentine's Day?

Cheers to AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Natasha, Heather, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!


  1. Times when you're having too much fun to even think about capturing it with snapshots can be the best! ;) Glad you enjoyed such a great trip back at your old stopping ground!! How awesome that your dear friend's hubby planned her 40th celebration so early -- genius way to ensure a surprise!! :D Sounds like it was a night to remember for all!! I hope you have the BEST time in Florida!! I sooo wish I could sneak into your suitcase and join ya! Soak up the sand and sun for you and me both, B!! XxOo

    1. PS: I was having so much fun commenting on your fabulous week that I forgot to say thanks for co-hosting this giveaway - lol! ;)

  2. What a fun week! I'm so jealous you get to go to the beach now for a week ... Lucky you! Have fun!

  3. i LOVEEEEEE valentines day! and i happen to love a photo booth. that was such a fun surprise for your friend!!!

  4. So so jealous of your upcoming warm vacation!! Enjoy it girl - you deserve it!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  5. What a great surprise for your friend, and I am so jealous of your trip to Florida! Soak in some sun for me!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  6. What a fun week!! Enjoy the trip!!

  7. What a fab week!! So jealous you are escaping the cold. I wish!! Have a wonderful time and soak up as much sun as you can.

  8. That cocktail looks so amazing and refreshing!!! I can't believe Valentine's Day is next weekend! Where has this year gone?

  9. What part of Florida will you be in?? Hope you have a wonderful time here!

  10. I love Philly! I am glad you had a good time and you looked adorable! I am BEYOND jealous of your trip to FL. This weather is bullshit. Thanks for the reminder about your link-up. I guess I have no choice but to experiment with libations this weekend ;)

  11. Love the giveaway! Hope you have a great vacation in FL! I'm totally jealous!

  12. That drink looks so good! Have a great time in Florida!

  13. Yayyy for Florida! Will you be anywhere near Orlando? Have an amazing trip gurlie <3

  14. Haha always love a good photo booth! Your dress is adorable. Have a wonderful trip!

  15. I Loovvvee me some white wine sangria filled with all types of goodies. Hope you get to enjoy some in sunny Florida, in an Infinity pool, with a sunset, in South Beach :)

  16. Lucky girl in the Florida sun! Soak up some extra sunshine for me! And thanks for the linkup reminder - I completely forgot and missed out last time :(
    As far as V-Day gifts, I'm lucky enough that my boyfriend's birthday is two days prior so I'm kinda absolved from the gift giving :)

  17. Thant sangria recipe looks awesome! Sounds like a fun week.

  18. Have fun in Florida! I'm jealous!!! And it looks like you all had a great time at your friend's party:)

    Thanks for linking up with us!

  19. Fun giveaway! And pretty jealous you'll be getting to the nice weather :) I'm hoping to have a beach getaway in the near future!

  20. so jealous of your vacay - hope you're having a ball! I LOVE sangria - yum!

  21. This girl can't wait to have a cocktail!!!!!!!!!!! Those look delicious!

  22. Looks like you had a great weekend! So fun!


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