Philadelphia Birthday Trip Recap

I’m still trying to find the words to write this post. If you follow me on social media, you know I spent the weekend in Philadelphia for my 23rd birthday! 

(As usual, outfit details and locations will be linked below at the end of this post.) 

I want to start by saying I have the best boyfriend in the world. I am so thankful for this trip Niels took me on, and it truly was the greatest birthday present. He works hard everyday at his job, so when he does things like this...it is so so special to me. 

The past few months have also been some big ones for me. As I’ve been wrapping up undergrad, and working on some huge projects, I’ve been feeling very burnt out. This trip was everything I needed and more, for so many reasons I can’t even begin to describe...

We started the trip off on Friday evening, and we checked into our hotel at City Center! The drive was only about three hours from DC+, and it went by really quickly with an embarrassing 90’s playlist. I had never been to Philadelphia before, and I honestly had no idea what to expect. The people were so friendly, and the city was gorgeous. We stayed at the Embassy Suites, and it was so beautiful and modern compared to other Embassy’s I’ve been to in the past. 

The next day, we woke up bright and early, had some hotel breakfast and met up with my childhood best friend, Kimmy. 

Kimmy and I have been besties since we were in the 7th grade, at middle school in Puerto Rico! It’s kinda crazy, but we’ve stayed in touch all these years, and all throughout college. She’s now following her dreams in New York City, so she was only a train ride away from Pennsylvania. (I’m still obsessed with how easy it is to travel up and down the East Coast!) 

Here are some images of our room! 

The city was extremely walkable. Everything was either a 5-10 minute walk from our hotel! The weather was perfect as well, and the city was so clean. One thing I liked the most was how wide the walking spaces are. When you’re in a city like New York, the walkways are thin and people are sometimes rude—but Philly was so spacious, and easy going...I was instantly in LOVE. 

Our first stop of the day was the Observation Tower, and it was stunning. The view was gorgeous and it was well worth it. I was astonished at how tall the buildings were, too.

Here's a picture of me and Kimmy:

Niels and I with the view:

Getting to catch up with Kimmy is always so special, and I absolutely love how we can meet up after so much time has passed, yet it feels like no time at all. She is such a beautiful person inside and out, and if you are reading this Kim—thanks for being there all through the years! 

Also, thanks for all your amazing suggestions for places to go. 

For phase two, we went to the Magic Gardens. The magic gardens were created by Isaiah Zagar, and they were just that...MAGICAL. The mosaics were to die for, and it was impossible to take it all in at once. We spent hours there, walking around and marveling with our jaws touching the ground. I can’t emphasize enough how worth the while it was to go. The fostering of creativity in the public spaces for all to enjoy is something that can enlighten anyone. The Magic Gardens was a quite, sacred space that challenges the boundaries of structure and tradition. 

Love this picture of Kimmy and I! BFF goals...