The Smile Tag // I’m Happiest When…

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is meeting other awesome people who love to blog too. I was recently nominated for “The Smile Tag” from one of my favorite bloggers, Kali from Ink On My Hands. (Definitely check her out–she always features the best beauty/style trends & I love her honesty and authenticity!) The Smile Tag was originally created by Ciarra Loren, and all you have to do is share a picture of you smiling (which is easy for me because I have TONS of smiley photos). I figured this would be a nice chance to share all the things that make me the happiest. Hopefully this will make you smile a little bit too!


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The best free & affordable yoga classes in Philly!

The Best Free & Donation Based Philly Yoga Classes You Need to Try This Summer

*Hi there! Super excited to have a guest post~ here on Ampersand. Just like how I love sharing cool new things with you, I love when people share awesome ideas/tips/events with me! Meet my friend Brianna–blog enthusiast & fan of Ampersand. Y’all can follow her here on Instagram.


Brianna is a PR professional in the city of brotherly love. When she’s not working, you can find her watching goat videos, taking trips to Target or finding the best happy hour in the city. 

Before you get any crazy ideas from the title of this post, I’m not a yogi (not even a wanna be yogi), but as someone who often needs to decompress, I find yoga is an excellent option. I cannot put my leg over my head but I excel at laying still, usually falling asleep, at the conclusion of class.

I belong to a gym and prefer to do my workouts there – I pay, therefore I go. But as the warmer months hit, I find it hard to sit inside, knowing that I am missing out on sunshine. Enter free yoga because the lovely city of Philadelphia understands the need and desire to decompress outside. I use it as a way to see the city, meet new people and get a workout in. Plus, it’s trendy to do yoga and I like being trendy. I also like Instagram and Instagram-able moments – no shame in the game. 

Here is a breakdown of some of my favorite free (or donation based*) outdoor yoga classes in Philly!

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My Thoughts On ’13 Reasons Why’

*Hi there. Just wanted to mention that this post contains a few spoilers. Additionally, ’13 Reasons Why’ and this post may be potentially triggering to some individuals–please watch & read at your own risk. 

Wow. 13 Reasons Why. It’s pretty much the only thing I can say about it, having finished it a week ago: wow. 

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Netflix original series, 13 Reasons Why, based on the popular young-adult novel written by Jay Asher. In brief, 13 Reasons Why is about a girl, Hannah, who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 cassette tapes explaining the events that lead up to her death. Each tape is dedicated to a different person & each represents a reason why she decided to end her life.

To say this series is intense is an understatement. To say that it’s just another binge-worthy series on Netflix doesn’t do it fair justice. From the very first episode, I was sucked into the story, characters and the overall message of the show. I was tempted to watch the entire series in one sitting, but ended up having to stop after a few episodes because the whole story is extremely heavy. It stuck with me even when I wasn’t watching it; I often thought about in between viewing each episode.

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