WATCH: “Philly in Bloom” Catches Philadelphia in All Its Springtime Glory

Philly videographer Cory Popp has wowed us with videos over the past few years, namely a couple works that feature Philadelphia covered in snow and ice. They were gorgeous in the dead of winter, when we didn’t mind looking at stuff like that, but ain’t nobody got time for that right now. With that in mind, I present Popp’s latest, “Philly in Bloom.”

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TONIGHT: Earth Day Dinner at Vegan Commissary

Even Vegan Food Can Be Delicious

Even Vegan Food Can Be Delicious

For those of you who don’t have a lot of tree-hugging friends posting about it on Instagram, today is Earth Day. Inexplicably, despite the gravitas of this enormous day, I was still expected to show up to work today. I know, it’s shocking how little people care about our planet. Nonetheless, some people know how to celebrate Earth Day correctly. Tonight, Vegan Commissary is taking a break from serving its traditional weekend brunch fare and opening up for a four-course $45 dinner.

The menu is heavy on the spring flavors, and right now is arguably the best time to eschew meat and dairy anyway because the produce is just starting to get exciting again. I mean, I’m not going to be a vegan, but I support you if you are.

The first course is a baby arugula salad with rhubarb and strawberries, followed by asparagus and artichokes served with sprouted barley and meyer lemon. The main course is risotto with spring greens, morels, and black pepper ricotta, and dessert will be a caramel coconut budino with pineapple and pistachios.

You can make reservations by calling (215) 964-3232.

Vegan Commissary [official]

8 Reasons to Go for a Run Today (Besides the Amazing Weather)

Photo via Schuylkill Banks/Facebook

Photo via Schuylkill Banks/Facebook

Have you been outside today? It. Is. Amazing. It’s 70 degrees and sunny, and basically everything we’ve all been dreaming about for the past six months. And it is the perfect running weather. But if sunshine isn’t enough incentive to get you to lace up your sneakers, we’ve got a few more reasons you should definitely get out for a run today — like to get your runner’s high on, for one — below. Read more »

Market Report: The Most Figure-Flattering Looks to Wear this Spring

Images via Net-A-Porter, Intermix, and brownsfashiononline.

Images via Net-A-Porter, Intermix, and brownsfashiononline.

  • Transitioning from winter’s effortless layering can be tricky. Behold, a guide to figure-flatting spring fashion to ease the transition. [Vogue]
  • At last, Kardashian lips are attainable for us mere mortals. Warning: bruise mustaches might be a side effect. [Elle]
  • Mascara has a knack for getting, well, everywhere when you’re in a rush. Here’s how to get mascara off of basically anything. [Refinery29]

Up Next: The celeb PacSun collab that we’re actually excited about.

Confession: I Hate Spring in Philadelphia

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer. Photos | background, M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia; Peep, PhotosJC /, person in jacket, leedsn/

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer. Photos | background, M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia; Peep, PhotosJC /, person in jacket, leedsn/

I woke up on Friday morning with a distinct, creeping sense of dread. The kind of dread that makes you afraid to open your eyes, that brings you to the bargaining table with gods long forgotten.

Some of this could be attributed to the dog sleeping on my head. It was the smelly dog, and I had to decide whether to wash my hair or Febreze it like a dodgy futon before heading into work. I knew what I would choose, and it wasn’t a choice that inspired much hope for the day or the decade.

But, smelly dogs aside, it was also the first day of spring.

I know how I’m supposed to feel about spring.  Read more »

The Edit: 10 Killer Spring Coats to Wear This Week


As much as the 50-degree temps seem like sunbathing weather (ya know, compared to snowpocalypse), it’s not quite time to ditch your coat. But that doesn’t mean you need to bundle up. Spring offers tons of fresh outerwear that looks seasonally appropriate (think: airy watercolors and punchy pineapple prints) while still keeping you warm as the seasons transition. Here, 10 gorgeous picks you can wear this week. So long, cocoon coats. Read more »

What to Eat This Week: 5 Dinners to Get You Excited for Warm Weather

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Every year, it feels like winter will never end, but surprise: spring is right around the corner! And boy, are we excited for warm weather. If you’ve been chowing down on stews and squash-everything all winter long, it’s time to switch it up and get ready for spring: Here, five dinners — from tacos to grilled skewers to salads bursting with spring veggies — that will get you excited for all the delicious warm-weather meals to come.  Read more »

13 Reasons We’re So Stinkin’ Excited for Warm Weather in Philly

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Newsflash: We’ve only got nine more days of winter, people! Spring is a comin’ — on March 20th, to be exact — and I, for one, could not be more excited for the warm weather it’ll bring with it. Just about every single day of this dreadful season we call winter, I say to anyone who will listen, “If we lived somewhere warm, we could be doing [insert fun outdoor activity here] right now. Ughhh, winter!” And I’m sure I’m not alone.

But with spring headed our way, soon we’ll all be able to start checking things off the long list of activities we’ve been talking about wanting to do for months, from hiking in the Wissahickon to playing frisbee down the Shore to picnicking anywhere we can lay a blanket down.

Below, 13 reasons we here in Be Well Philly Land are so freakin’ excited for warm weather in Philly.  Read more »

7 Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: The Spring Festival Edition

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