Monday, September 24, 2007

John Hardy/ Philadelphia

I had trouble concentrating on a theme today; maybe it's because my normal Friday favorites (unlike this past Friday) act as a purge---nothing has to fall in a category. Or maybe it's because we went to Philadelphia this past weekend, just for a look, and my brain is still reeling from the little shops and cafes and the knowledge of future decisions that need to be made. Since I didn't have any photos of Philly, and I only purchased presents, I couldn't really justify a whole post about the trip. I am, however, sticking a couple of thoughts at the end of today's post if you decide to stick around after the pretty pictures.

Today is all John Hardy. One of the benefits of writing this blog is that I am exposed to about a million new artists a day as I wade my way through bookmarked favorites and google searches.

I noticed not too long ago that I kept going back to Mr. Hardy, who surely deserves his own post. I saved up some of my favorites (though I love about 95% of his jewelry) and here they are...

Silver Hinged Kali Bangle, $495

Dot Gold Nuansa Drop Earrings, $695

Vine Cuff Bracelet, $995

Kali Lavafire Ring, $1000

Bib Necklace, $1495

Yellow Gold and Silver Flag Ring, $525

Now, about Philly...

We took an impromptu trip to Philadelphia this weekend, more a fact-finding mission for future moves. It's a cute little city with some interesting neighborhoods; Northern Liberties is supposed to be the next Williamsburg, which, depending on your point of view, can either be a great or horrible thing.

I loved Brooklyn's aura, with the harried and lazy rubbing shoulders. The rich and the poor both scrambling for miniature one-bedrooms. I loved watching old women leaning out of their windows, spying on the world below. But I grew to hate the posing, the jostling, the marked up boutiques.

Northern Liberties is still very industrial: abandoned warehouses nestle up against old townhouses and one or two luxury condos. We didn't see a soul for blocks and then suddenly came upon a town, real and tiny, but life existed. A hipster bowling alley and some great little shops.

We never got to the Mütter Museum (my dream vacation for several years running now), but I extracted a promise from the bf that we will go again soon.

I think I could see myself living there. ($950 for a two bedroom certainly doesn't hurt...)


WendyB said...

LOL re the "next Williamsburg." That's a little scary! Sounds like you had a good little trip though.

In Yr Fshn said...

I know! But everyone keeps telling us investment, investment. It was the weirdest city! But we had fun. I'm really bummed about the museum. It has the world's largest colon (over 5 feet) which was filled with 40 pounds of feces! I am totally aware that is gross, but also a little fascinating, no?

Sarah B. said...

Ooh, I dream about going to the Mutter as well. Did you stay in a hotel? We were thinking about making a weekend trip there in October, any recs?

In Yr Fshn said...

Sarah, I'm e-mailing you. The comment was turning into a book.

WendyB said...

ROTFLMAO @ the colon. Yes, it was shitty to miss that! :-)

In Yr Fshn said...

Wendy, I am laughing so hard right now.

WendyB said...

I bet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is also a big fan of that museum: