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While visiting Philadelphia last month I took the opportunity to schedule an appointment at LUSH spa. As of right now, only two spa locations exist in the US: one in Philly, the other in NYC.

You may know by now that I am LUSH obsessed. Observe. LUSH speaks to my heart with handmade small batch cruelty-free products. Here’s another fun fact about me: before this trip, I’d never had any kind of spa experience. I got a manicure once. The thing is, I am kind of a hippie (mostly meaning that I make very intentional choices when it comes to cosmetics and bath products) and I kind of don’t like strange people touching me.  I turned 30 in October; I wanted to treat myself to something a little out of my comfort zone. Knowing that I can always get behind LUSH, I decided to take a chance. Tj offered to make the experience part of my birthday gift.

I opted for something ultra-girly and chose The Comforter? for my treatment:

“Dive into a world of pure imagination with a hot chocolate body scrub. The Comforter? brings a typical exfoliation treatment in from the cold with warm oils, rolling body massage and music reminiscent of sweet childhood memories. The Comforter? features a sumptuous hot chocolate scrub and velvety rose body serum invented exclusively for the Spa.”


The Comforter? is a soothing, non-invasive treatment. The whole idea behind it is to make you feel safe, warm, and, well, comforted.

I was greeted by my therapist who explained the entire treatment process to me. She showed me the products she’d be using, in both their solid and melted forms. I was encouraged to touch and smell them while she talked about the benefits of each ingredient. It was the best scenario for me. I was able to get through my initial apprehension, and I had a chance to learn everything I wanted to know about the spa-exclusive LUSH products.

The treatment room was lit like a glowing pink and purple nebula, and the music composed for this particular treatment (each treatment has its own soundtrack) was lilting and soft, reminiscent of childhood. It surprisingly, and sweetly, featured a cover of Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka.

After my treatment was over, I was invited to make use of a number of LUSH samples, and went back downstairs to enjoy a cocktail of club soda, rose water, and cotton candy.

My only regrets from this experience were not tipping my therapist enough (because I’m a newb) and not being able to take home either of the products used in my treatment!

I was told that they are looking into opening more locations in the US, so I hope you have the opportunity to visit. It was a lovely experience, and I felt like a slightly new girl at the end.

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Let me begin by telling you that the majority of my time in Philly a couple weeks ago was spent drinking and eating. That was the plan all along, and I couldn’t have had more fun. I’ve decided to dedicate an entire entry, by its lonesome, to only restaurants and bars. It will make my life easier, and this sort-of-kind-of counts as a BITTW post! Nice, right?

Timothy I got into town on Tuesday afternoon, and after picking up a rental car and checking into our hotel, we met up with friends for lunch and drinks. This was my first time visiting Philadelphia, and it was really nice to be there with people who knew where to go. Pete and Natalie made my trip a really wonderful one. I love you guys, seriously.

Here’s a breakdown, with links where applicable. I ate all the things.

Philadelphia eats

National Mechanics / bourbon flight at Village Whiskey


National Mechanics was hands down my favorite bar we visited the entire trip. Both NM and Village Whiskey had the cozy, comfortable vibe that I look for in a bar. I often feel out of my element when I go out, but both places made me feel right at home. National Mechanics was one of those places that Tj went to at one point and immediately knew he had to take me there. He knows me pretty well. Taxidermy everywhere. I was utterly in love.

Philadelphia eats

Victoria Freehouse


  • Couch Tomato/Tomato Bistro (prosciutto/roasted red pepper/provolone/arugula pizza)
  • Brü
  • Estia (Estia chips (fried eggplant and zucchini with tzatziki), saganaki (pan fried kefalograviera cheese with lemon), octopodi (char-grilled octopus with onions/dill/roasted peppers/capers), dolmades, romaine salad, kotopoulo (roasted chicken over caramelized onions and yogurt orzo with lemon and thyme) + Athens Smash cocktail)
  • Tequilas (margarita made with rose-infused tequila, muddled rose petals, and lime)

Wednesday was my LUSH spa day; the gang spent some time at Brü while I was otherwise engaged, and I joined them after my treatment. Estia was our “fancy” dinner out. We shared approximately a million appetizers (there was six of us), so I may have missed one or two. What an amazing restaurant, though.


I finished my trip with a solo mini-adventure day while Tj was at work. Pete was awesome enough to bring me into the city so I could visit a couple museums and wander around; he rejoined me later in the evening for dinner and drinks. I am actually a little uncertain if we went to Cantina Los Caballitos. It may have been somewhere else. This is the sort of situation where social media actually comes in pretty handy; my memory is never as vivid as I hope it will be.


Our flight wasn’t until a little later, so Tj and I joined Pete and Natalie for breakfast. Natalie ordered red velvet pancakes, and I ate a small corner of her pancake pile before feeling like I maybe needed a nap. Huevos was a bit of an OOC breakfast order for me, but I wasn’t feeling quite up to eating a pile of pancakes and getting on a plane. I was feeling like spicy was a good idea. It was, but now I have dreams about those pancakes.

Do you see what I mean about this being a food trip, though? I feel like I did a pretty good job of staying well rounded (veggie burger, hello)! I ate a little bit of everything and drank some good whiskey. Perfect birthday.

Philadelphia eats // Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

30 collage

not enough candles // looks like this // best tee // fall brew

Hi, friends.  

I’m thirty. That was my weekend. I’m pretty alright.

Tomorrow Timothy and I are off to Philadelphia. He has television to make, but I am definitely just on vacation.

Plans: Village Whiskey, LUSH spa, Mütter Museum

I hope you have a good week! I’ll be back on Friday!


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