PHILLYTOUR012 You didn’t think I had completely disappeared from the internets did you?! Well lucky for you, I’m back! woohoo. Fall seemed like the perfect season to relaunch The Wonder Girl as the leaves are changing, the tide is turning and it’s starting to feel more and more like my little home here. For everyone wondering (a lot of you, I know and heard, and I thank you for thinking of me) I’m doing great here in Philadelphia. Enjoying the journey of being somewhere completely new, exploring the east coast, meeting all kinds of new people, feeling all the seasons, etc etc. Since I last left you, I have been on all kinds of adventures and I’ll be doing a rehash here of course. For my first post back, here are a few pics exploring the hidden streets of this charming little city.




Pretty darling huh? We took these pictures when my good friend Alicia came and visited me for a weekend in September. I love showing my weekend visitors around here, to all the places I’ve come to enjoy- my favorite walk to the river, my favorite restaurants (more to come on those), my coffee place, and of course, the charm of the tree lined streets and side alleys peppering my neighborhood. Most people are surprised by how great Philly really is… So if you’re thinking of visiting someday, I think you should! We can hang out :-). More of my favorite places to come ♥.


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crochet // spikes

Madewell Sweater tank, James Perse ruched knit pencil skirt, Rebecca Minkoff studded wallet clutch, Zara heels, Butter London nail polish in ‘Slapper’

This weekend I decided to take my summery crochet sweater tank I originally bought for casual beachside cocktails in Costa Rica (pics here!) and dress it up city-chic style for dinner in SF. Crochet and spikey studs? Who woulda thought it would work so well?!  This post is a prime example that mixing elements that seemingly don’t go together can work if you tie the outfit together well. I dressed up the tank with a black knit pencil skirt and black heels and added gold jewelry that bordered on the more casual side (including my embroidery threaded gold link bracelet I made using these directions). All of a sudden, the clutch purse seemed to work, and I had repurposed beachy tank for my city life. Thoughts? Love? Hate? Have you ever had success remixing your wardrobe pieces as such?!

Happy Monday and hope you all had a great weekend!

vans + rolled denim

buy the look: AG The Stilt Roll-Up Jeans, Vans Authentic in Gossamer Green (more colors here)

When my two friends showed up this weekend wearing matching bottom half outfits, it was clear they were on to something. Ever since then I’ve had this cute casual look stuck in my head -  rolled dark jeans and worn-in Vans lace up sneakers, which are so the new Converse (like, take a break from your chucks people, I am tired of looking at them). So retro-surfery and perfect for the final month of summer.

psst… those cool legs? they belong to miss chade and miss lindsay

jack london square

Free People slip dress, Gap belt, c/o Rebecca Minkoff clutch purse, Vince Camuto shoes

similar star earrings here

My friend and I decided to go on an evening adventure this past weekend outside of the city to Oakland’s waterfront Jack London Square for dinner at the much-hyped ‘Haven’ and a little late night bar hopping. I have to say I was much impressed with this new wave hipster cool area, which was complete with a brand new giant Blue Bottle coffee outpost and production facility and a very cool (and aptly named) urban winery, Urban Legend Cellers. It’s so SF’s Mission 2.0. I now understand why the New York Times put Oakland as #5 on their list of 45 places to go in 2012. p.s. Haven is insanely delicious and they have really cute bartenders. You really should go.