Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Dana Marston

Philly Love Note writer (and fellow blogger): Dana Marston

It turns out that blogging can get you places.

I don’t mean necessarily turning your blog into a full time job, but more so using it to leverage skills to meet new people and market yourself. Though it wasn’t my intention (in either case), I’ve found both a job and a boyfriend through this site.

My friend, and love note writer, Dana turned her lifestyle and design blog into an actual brick and morter store and styling business called Circa Dee. I got a chance to check out her work at the Philadelphia Home Show, where she helped transform a section of the convention center into a room consisting of all vintage and repurposed decor. I’m normally a mid-century, Mad Men-era furniture person (who am I really kidding though, my room is entirely Ikea), but seeing what she could do with some pallets, blueprints, and drop clothes may change my whole perspective on decorating.

If you’re interested in shopping local, buying vintage, upcycling, or doing DIY projects, check out her website, or follow her on Twitter or Facebook. Below are some of the beautiful things that she pulled together for the show. Read more

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Love Note #26: Wander beautiful Delancey Pl with Dana Marston

Dana Marston
Favorite Spot: a small residential block of Delancey
Neighborhood: tucked behind Rittenhouse Square
Address: Delancey between 20th and 21st

I am: vintage lover, blogger, stylist, gardener, painter, antique dealer
Years in Philly: 9
Current Home: After living in various Philly homes for 9 years, I call outside of the city home and wander between the burbs and the beach stopping in the city along the way.

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Rittenhouse Square 2 Comments