Guys, Today I had big plans, I wanted to see as much of the city as possible. Unfortunately for me my back does not react well to the cold temps causing me extreme pain when I am out in the cold weather and walking is particularly unpleasant but I bit the bullet and walked myself to Sabrina's for breakfast. It was worth it, the valet at my hotel who is a very nice gentleman and has made my stay here especially wonderful, told me to be sure to go as early as possible because they get rather busy. I showed up thirty minutes after they opened and they already had an almost full house!!
I sat down at a table next to a window where I could look out at the city, ordered some juice and began perusing for some gluten free menu options. Thankfully breakfast is a really easy meal to have gluten free! And I was able to sub my potatoes for fresh fruit, and I was expecting melon and little to nothing else but I was surprised by the variety of fruit they had given me! Strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, pineapple and grapes! It was delicious and my eggs were wonderful too. After walking back to my hotel I decided to lay down and rest my back and ice it until the Mutter Museum or the Magic Gardens opened. I decided that I only had room to see one of the two before I had brunch with my friend Sara, a fellow blogger you can find her over at styles and spices. I chose the Mutter because it was closer to my hotel and I could walk there easily. Well Philadelphia is much more complicated to navigate than Savannah, not impossible mind you but complicated and I got sidetracked and found some cool places that I will probably not be able to find again and before I knew it I was walking up to a brick building with skull posters on the wall. I knew I had found my place! A quick synopsis of what the museum holds: "America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. The museum helps the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body and to appreciate the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease." It is one of the most interesting museums that I have been to in recent history. Full of creepily awesome things and interesting facts that I didn't previously know and a whole section dedicated to the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales. If you are ever in Philadelphia be sure to stop by the Mutter, $11 for students and they do free tours. Unfortunately they don't allow pictures inside otherwise I would share photos of my favorite creepy displays!
After I got my fill of creepy memorabilia at the Mutter, I headed to the Dandelion Pub to meet Sara for brunch. Thankfully we ran into each other while walking to the pub, my phone was almost dead and I was worried I wouldn't be able to find the restaurant! I walked in the door and it reminded me of Savannah, and I immediately felt at home! We were seated upstairs in a little corner table and immediately set to catching up. We killed two hours talking and then I set off back for my hotel to ice my back again and get ready for dinner sponsored by REI with some big retail names.
With my hair curled, my makeup reapplied, my outfit picked out I began to start to feel the nerves kick in. I called myself a lyft and nervously waited outside my hotel and the valet that I had spoken with the previous night approached me and asked what I was on the way to do and so I explained to him what I was doing and how nervous I was. He was very encouraging, told me that I didn't look or sound nervous and said if I returned before eleven that I should let him know how it went and I got into my lyft feeling a little bit better about myself and the dinner! We started the dinner with a cocktail hour where we were able to network and make connections with other students and industry executives and it went much better than I could have even hoped! Then we sat down for dinner and I had chosen a seat away from my fellow SCAD students because I wanted the opportunity to meet other people and I was lucky enough to be seated with three industry executives and we had a great dinner full of interesting conversation and I made some GREAT connections. After dinner I stuck around with two other SCAD students to do some final networking after other people started to leave and handed out my business cards like the shameless entrepreneur that I am! Then I headed back to my hotel and the valet that I spoke to at the beginning of my night was still working and he greeted me with a hug and expressed genuine interest in how my evening went and I was so touched that he not only remembers me but that he also took the time to make that connection with me and be so encouraging for someone that he barely knows! The world needs more people like this man.
Now to the fashion part! My dress is from a small boutique in Lanesboro, MN and my necklace is Chloe and Isabel, an amazing piece to have in your arsenal I wear it all the time! My shoes are the awesome target finds that I wear all the time because they are super comfortable and match with so many things! Now I cannot tell you enough how AMAZING my wet to dry lipstick is, one application before I left my hotel and it lasted through cocktail hour and a three course dinner and lots of talking and networking!! LA Splash Lip Couture! GET IT NOW! I am not even being paid to say that I just feel so strongly about this lip stain!!
I'll be trying to do some live blogging today guys, I'm not sure how it will go but fingers crossed! Yours, Hayley