february snapshot

Before I plunge into a new month, I like to reflect on the four weeks prior, especially those people, events, and things that inspired me in the world of beauty & wellness. Here's a look at just some of what went down in February.

I took the train to NYC to attend a pretty cool wellness event with FounderMade. I met some inspiring entrepreneurs and tried (grass-fed) collagen for the first time. People swear by collagen's glow-inducing effects on their skin and hair, but I'm not yet a convert...I'm still figuring out if I really want to add the supplement to my daily routine. Also, I snuck out to grab some stellar avocado toast and a bowl of soup at Gotan.

Dinner at Chipotle for the first time in years reminded me of how delicious it is. It even inspired me to make burrito bowls at home for two lovely and talented ladies (Adelyn and Katie) and then many times over for myself and husband.

A Barre3 studio opened here in Philly, so I checked out their free classes opening week. I worked some itty-bitty muscles that I had forgotten about, and waddled around sore for a few days.

I shared an amazing Thai Fish Curry with Coconut Milk dinner with my food blogger friend, Linda, who blogs at Wild Greens and Sardines. Seriously, check out her Instagram.

I helped teach a four-course aphrodisiac-inspired cooking class with the girls of Whole for Valentine's Day. I made some killer Caramelized Onion and Balsamic Fig Crostini for the starter.

Speaking of aphrodisiacs, my vegan Chia Chocolate Mousse will blow your taste buds. I shared the recipe here

I got my legs waxed for the first time ever. And waxed someone else's legs for the first time ever.

I shared a delicious recipe for Wheat Berry Salad with Kale, Orange, and Olives on the blog at Terrain, along with why I love grain bowls so much. See the photo up top, as shot by Katie Hennessey.

Several podcasts were listened to, but I thoroughly enjoyed Bon Appetit's Foodcast Episode 93. Desk diners, this one's for you.

We ventured to two new restaurants in Philly: Friday Saturday, Sunday and A Mano. The Pasta with Uni and Mussels from A Mano and the Labneh Panna Cotta at Friday, Saturday, Sunday are must-orders.

I did lots of day-dreaming of traveling to Europe but no actual traveling to anywhere.

I was the happy recipient of 4 facials, 3 of those being for educational purposes, and now I swear look younger. Don't worry, I returned the favor.

Our guest room was transformed into a mini spa one morning when I gave an at-home facial to my husband. Now I'm afraid he's going to want one every Sunday.

I discovered that Whole Foods's hot bar serves some delicious chicken noodle soup. It totally saved me when I came down with a stomach bug and nothing—not even my beloved avocado toast—seemed appetizing. 

Amy Chaplin's Hearty Winter Soup with Adzuki Beans, Squash, and Ginger from her book, At Home in the Whole Foods Kitchen, rocked my world this month. It's going in the winter rotation.


Here we come, March!