Steve Powers has Magic Powers

Last weekend, I traveled to Philadelphia for a friend’s wedding. Besides tackling the obvious Philly sights (read carbs, carbs, and more carbs!), I knew my most important mission was to make it to West Philadelphia to see the A Love Letter For You project. Commissioned by the Mural Arts Program, Steve Powers and his crew created over 50 murals that can be seen while traveling on the Market-Frankford Elevated line. Read in order, they tell a love story to the city.

My admiration for Steve Powers started about two years ago when I pinned this mural to my inspiration board. After learning more about his awesome publicly sponsored arts project, I read up on Steve’s other pieces around New York, and swooned even harder. Then, last month I finally gave in to my Netflix recommendations and watched Beautiful Losers, only to happily discover that Mr. Powers (aka ESPO) was one of the documentary’s featured artists. It was meant to be!

After a weekend of eating too much and an epic wedding celebration, I finally worked my way over to the Fresh Prince’s OG hood and began my journey up Market Street. Visiting West Philly was unreal. These absolutely stunning murals contrasted with the desolate and dismal neighborhood scenery, and friendly smiles from locals were few and far between. However, I’ve always believed that “everything you want is just outside your comfort zone,” so I’m happy I explored and captured these moments along the way. By far my favorite Philly memory.

A Love Letter For You book sold here.

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Deli design

Did you know I kind of have a thing for sandwiches? Yeah, it’s out of hand. Like, to the point where people send me photos of their delicious sandwiches from different cities, or ask me to explain the mysteries of Dutch Crunch to their friends too.

Welp, officially adding Bklyn Larder to my bucket-which (say it out loud). Not only does their food look delicious, but they clearly have a passion for ingredient proportions and proper placement too. Do yourself a favor and go drool over their menu and merch!

Image: Bklyn Larder

Sewing success!

Last year, I made a list of 25 things I wanted to learn or do before my quarter-century life crisis. Now that I’m 9 months into said anti-climatic age, I figured it’s a good time to keep conquering that agenda, regardless of my missed deadline. #17 on my list was “learn how to sew or crochet,” so I’ve become friends with the former and finished three small sewing projects in the last month!

For Christmas, I received a brand new Brother sewing machine, but getting started with the threading process seemed really intimidating! With the help of some good friends, I de-boxified that baby and started experimenting with some different stitches and fabric swatches. Learning each pal’s personal techniques and tips was so fascinating, and I can’t wait to get some more lessons under my belt at home ec. studio next month! Straight lines and I are casually dating, but fate hasn’t brought me and complex seams together just yet.

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