It would have made more sense for me to compile this list before the holidays, but there are always birthdays, weddings, and housewarming parties that demand some type of gift. Obviously, the ones I would choose for this blog are Philly-centric. More importantly, all of the items are Philly-made as well.
1. Make a Match Memory Game Philly Edition
Mama May I toys and games are made by Jessica in South Philly. This memory game and others can be found on Etsy and online. You can also follow her on Facebook.
5. Ross Markman and Emily Paull (Love Notes #4 and 5): Reading Terminal Market
Ross was my friend’s roommate. Emily is his girlfriend. Somehow I convinced them to be the first love note writers outside of my own short notes. I met them at Reading Terminal, iPhone in hand, having no real experience with photography, and certainly none with photographing people. We sat down at the tables in the Market, and I handed them each a piece of paper to write their love notes that I would later transcribe. I have learned much since then:
- Have people submit their notes via email when they are good and ready
- Courier is a terrible type font for this blog (yes, I know, it will be fixed soon)
- Shoot photos of people discreetly if possible so as not to make them too uncomfortable
- Warn contributors that it’s “just me and an iPhone” so they’re not too disappointed when I come sans camera
- Have standardized questions
- Occasionally add in some personal moments (but not too many)
- Use the meeting as an opportunity to get to know the contributors and the places they’ve chosen
Philly has no shortage of great city-centric blogs. Some of my favorites are the style blogs, which maybe, just maybe, are helping me hone my fashion sense a bit. I wanted to give a highlight of those that have made it into my Google Reader and which I now read religiously.
1. Streets and Stripes: A fashion and lifestyle blog authored by freelance photographer and editor Chaucee Stillman that’s geared towards young, creative, and culturally aware readers. Lots of photos of Chaucee’s great personal style, other beautiful Philadelphians, and photo shoots in some of the city’s lovely boutiques.