Philly Christmas Trees
Philly Christmas Trees
Anita Oh
Philly Christmas Trees
Philly Christmas Trees
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One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is picking a real Christmas tree. It’s festive and traditional, and the pine scent it leaves around home instantly makes me happy. There are plenty of places around the Philadelphia region where you can pick up live trees and wreaths, but I stumbled upon this perfect lot at the Lemon Hill Mansion. From the sprawling hilltop, you can see the Philadelphia skyline on one side, the Schuylkill River on another, and the historic mansion built in 1799.

Other great options include:
Linvilla Orchards | Media, PA (also my favorite place to pick apples in the fall)
Bustard’s Christmas Trees | Lansdale, PA
Marsh Creek Tree Farms | Elverson, PA
Willard Family Christmas Trees | Newtown, PA – Washington Crossing, PA – Columbus, NJ – Hamilton, NJ
Terrain | Glen Mills, PA (for baby tabletop firs, garlands, wreaths)

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PHL Bucket List
PHL Bucket List
PHL Bucket List

Bluestone Lane
1701 Locust Street, Rittenhouse Square

What I Got: Avocado Smash Toast, Brekkie Board, Golden Latte (Tumeric blend with almond milk topped with cinnamon)

What I Thought: This Aussie-launched cafe is like stepping into a beachy locale. Its blue hues and bright whites create a welcoming aura, the perfect place to meet up with friends or enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in solitude. The food and coffee are both excellent. They also have a variety of cold-pressed juices.

What I Want: Wellness Flight (tumeric latte, matcha latte, beetroot latte)

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You’ve probably heard of the intense megaformer workouts that combine Pilates, cardio, and strength training in one. They focus on slow-burning movements that are designed to build endurance, strength, and those well-defined muscles. I’m happy to report that SLT (Strengthen-Lengthen-Tone) just opened its first Philly studio on 16th & Walnut Streets  in Center City, and you can try a class for just $15.

I’m a big fan of workouts that don’t feel like a chore; I’ll do boxing drills all day, but I hate running aimlessly on a treadmill. Each SLT class is 50 minutes, which is perfect for all of us busy people who want exercise to be both effective and efficient. My first class definitely had me shaking, but it went by so quickly that I actually was surprised when my instructor, Katie, said the class was over. I also love the small class size. There are only about a dozen machines, so it feels more personal.

I suggest you bring grippy socks if you come to a class, though you can also borrow or buy them in the studio.

Have you tried a megaformer workout? What do you think?

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Because I’ve been traumatized by terrible hair experiences in the past, when I find a great stylist, I’m forever loyal. After moving from Georgia back to the Philadelphia area, I had to find a new salon. I discovered Bobby Mack & Co Hair Studio by chance through raving reviews on Yelp. After careful consideration, I stepped into my first appointment with Erin in October 2015 when the studio was still on 17th & South Streets. I’ve never looked back.

Since then, the growth for this team has been exponential; a few weeks ago, they moved to a new, larger location a few blocks away on the corner of 20th & South Streets. It’s a beautiful, open space with a family feel, especially since it’s run by namesake Bobby Mack and his darling fiancé, James. What I love is the authenticity of the team and the service. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted and offered your pick of coffee, tea, water (and yes, even wine).

Most importantly, they really know hair. I trust them so much that I’ll make appointments with a general idea then let them work their magic. I highly recommend Bobby and also my girl, Erin; they’re the only two who have cut and colored my hair so far. But scroll through their Instagram and you can see all of the stylists are on point. My coloring appointment took about three hours. In short, the process involves carefully hand-painting different sections of hair, wrapping them in foil, letting them melt under heat, rinsing, toning, and applying gloss.

One thing to note: because they are growing so quickly, sometimes colorists double-book (i.e.: apply your color in the time another client has to sit for a good amount of time under the heat with highlights already applied). While just about every great salon does this for maximum efficiency and to make sure they can accommodate every client, if this would bother you, just let them know when booking the appointment. And also make sure to schedule your appointments as far in advance as possible! They are extremely friendly and as flexible as possible.

What do you look for in a stylist? If you end up trying this salon, I’d love to hear about your experience!

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Little Spoon Café
1500 South Street, South Street West

What I Got: Vietnamese Iced Coffee and Kale with Chicken Salad

What I Thought: I love Vietnamese iced coffee. This did not disappoint (also because it’s served in a mason jar, and anyone who knows me understands how much I love them).  As far as the salad, HUGE portions. I could split it into two meals. The interior vibes are cozy and cute; you will want to make a reservation on a weekend.

What I Want: Also recommended by others are the shakshuka (baked eggs in spicy pepper tomato sauce) and cheddar chive pancakes. If you’re into drinks, they also offer BYO mimosas, Bloody Marys, and bellinis (you bring the alcohol, they provide the rest).

I’d love to hear the places I should try next! Shoot me an e-mail: anitaohblog@gmail.com.

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