Shop ‘Til You Drop

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My girlfriends are really, really good at shopping.  Which can be a bad thing, if you know what I mean.  πŸ™‚


Pulled our acts together this morning and hailed a cab:


(Angry faces get cabs faster, according to NYC savvy Lauren.)


We headed straight to our favorite Philly breakfast place, the Continental.  I love the style of this place!



Pretty much EVERYTHING looked good on the menu, but I was craving eggs so I went with the eggs benedict, sans ham.


As well as the huge fresh fruit bowl:


And then we LITERALLY shopped until a few of us dropped, begging for mercy and a nap back at the hotel. 



I bought a new pair of jeans, a top, a sweater, and a fun book called All About Us:




I think it will be fun to fill this book out with the Hubby!  We could use some talking time, not computers-in-our-faces-but-sitting-side-by-side time.  Know what I mean?


Grabbed an orange juice, strawberry, and banana smoothie on the way out of the mall:


The damage:


Let me curl in the bed for a little bit and then it’s back out for more Philly action! Whoop whoop.



  • Angharad August 21, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Oh lord I love shopping with my best ladies! Dangerous is the word though! Having the people you love most tell you you look awesome in something is a surefire way to drop some dollars!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 21, 2010, 4:59 pm

    How you are out and about after your adventures in NYC and Chicago WHILE marathon training is beyond me. Power to ya girl!! Have fun tonight!

  • Katy August 21, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Clay and I did the All About Us book when we got engaged. It was a lot of fun and we learned A LOT about each other.

  • Dorry August 21, 2010, 5:08 pm

    What a day! I haven’t had poached eggs in ages – I think I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  • hippierunner August 21, 2010, 5:10 pm

    Cool book find! That book looks like it could be great for starting conversations that really get you thinking!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 21, 2010, 5:11 pm

    Looks like some major girl time! Glad you are having fun! I am sure there is way more fun to be had after your nap!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 21, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Gah. I WANT TO GO SHOPPING! And when I get married, I want that book too – looks awesome!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker August 21, 2010, 5:24 pm

    I love Philly! We have family down there. You should totally check out Naked Chocolate —

  • christina cadden August 21, 2010, 5:25 pm

    What fun!

  • Chelsey August 21, 2010, 5:28 pm

    There’s nothing like a post-shopping nap!!

  • Camille August 21, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Glad you’re having fun in Philly!

  • TC August 21, 2010, 5:38 pm

    Hey, I live in Philly! So glad you’re having fun. It’s a great city! Tell your friend congrats on the new job…what an adventure!!

  • Nicole - August 21, 2010, 5:41 pm

    I’m sure you and your husband could use a date night…and get a babysitter for the computers πŸ˜‰

  • Heather (The Life of Bullwinkle, formally Rogue Runs) August 21, 2010, 5:45 pm

    That looks like fun! And those bananas and apples look delicious. πŸ˜€

    I just wanted to comment and say that I ran my first race (5K) this morning! I began running earlier this summer thanks to discovering your blog. It inspired me to begin running, no matter how slow I was (my average pace today was a full minute faster that I had done before!), and through your site, I found so many healthy living blogs. My Google Reader subscription list is insane!

    I didn’t have post-it notes with me to write Operation Beautiful notes, so I did the next best thing. After I finished and as I was walking next to the course, I cheered and yelled “YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!” to all the other runners as they finished! And while I was shouting and smiling to the other runners, a part of me felt like I was telling it to myself as well. And for the first time, I truly believed it. Thank you!

    • Caitlin August 21, 2010, 7:45 pm

      Dude, you are epic! Good job!!!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 21, 2010, 5:54 pm

    That book looks awesome! I will have to get it..thanks for posting.

  • Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers August 21, 2010, 5:54 pm

    One of my friends got me that book for my bachelorette party πŸ™‚

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 21, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Just thinking about shopping makes me exhausted.

  • Amber August 21, 2010, 6:10 pm

    I got that book for a bridal shower gift and have yet to use it. Maybe husband and I should bust it out! Girls weekends are so much Fun!! Enjoy!

  • Jaime Runs August 21, 2010, 6:10 pm

    I live in the area and I LOVE the continental!! Glad to see some pics on your blo of places I recignize πŸ˜‰

    • Jaime Runs August 21, 2010, 6:11 pm

      I just love how crappy my spelling is when typing on my phone!

  • GrabAnApple August 21, 2010, 6:12 pm

    You’re in Philly?!?! I LIVE in Philly.
    Hyperventiliating from the awesomeness,lol

    • Caitlin August 21, 2010, 7:46 pm

      Wahoo!!! Wish I had time for a meet up!

  • Tammy August 21, 2010, 6:27 pm

    I got that book a LONG tme ago and filled it out with “the one that got away”…kinda fun to look ito ver, but kind of sad, too….

  • Tina August 21, 2010, 6:34 pm

    What a cool book! I think the husband and I could use it too. We do talk a lot, but definitely have more than our fair share of the computer side by side time. Even right now. I’m on here and he’s watching TV.

  • Erica August 21, 2010, 6:36 pm

    I love the lighting in your first picture!
    Ah, shopping with girlfriends is the best!

  • Ashley August 21, 2010, 6:36 pm

    Continental is so good! You should also try Marathon..yummy!

  • katie @runthislife August 21, 2010, 6:38 pm

    I think that the hubs and I could use that book- we need some face-time for sure…that doesn’t involve catching up on t.v.!! New jeans are just the best, too! I am jealous for your second night out in Philly- I used to go there for work and there are some seriously good food places and even-more-seriously-good dive bars πŸ™‚ Enjoy the girl time!

  • emily August 21, 2010, 6:52 pm

    My husband and I did that All About Me book a few years ago, it was fun!

  • Whitney August 21, 2010, 7:03 pm

    I know what you mean about the computers, tvs, any kind of technology in our faces. We’ve had many nights were we “unplug”. You kind of have to for the sake of your relationship!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear August 21, 2010, 7:04 pm

    Shopping is way too easy with fun clothes all over! I love that book πŸ™‚

  • Sana August 21, 2010, 7:08 pm

    For someone who kills fairies! You did an awesome job shopping!!!

    • Caitlin August 21, 2010, 7:46 pm

      I eat fairies for breakfast.

  • hemp jogger August 21, 2010, 7:36 pm

    i love that pic of lauren hailing a cab- i lol’ed. yay shopping!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 21, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Shopping with friends is way more fun because they are way better than a mirror. Nothing better than a friend telling you those jeans make you look amazing or that color isn’t right for your face.

    Glad you are having fun!

  • Julie @SavvyEats August 21, 2010, 8:18 pm

    We got that book as an engagement gift — love it!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 21, 2010, 8:33 pm

    Aww, girl time is the BEST! So jealous. I miss my old friends!

  • Wei-Wei August 21, 2010, 8:55 pm

    All About Us looks like such a sweet book! Shopping is so much fun with girlfriends, no? And sometimes it counts as a workout in itself πŸ˜‰

  • Marissa August 21, 2010, 9:01 pm

    My husband and I got the “All About Me” books back when we were first dating, filled them out and then exchanged them to read about each other. Very insightful and fun- you’ll love it!

  • Heather August 21, 2010, 9:06 pm

    nice day, I love smoothie king and shopping!

  • Sammi August 21, 2010, 9:12 pm

    It’s a fun book! I got it for my boyfriend for VDAY and he just gave it back to me! It actually has some awful questions in it that could stir up some bad things.. haha. I can’t believe some of the questions! Luckily the book didn’t end our relationship ..but I could see it ending for others.

  • Lisa August 21, 2010, 9:18 pm

    It sounds like my day. I’ve been out all afternoon and I think we went to 5 stores? Exhausting!

  • allyson August 21, 2010, 9:41 pm

    You have to go to Continental Midtown, so very good. Huge yummy salads or Jones (you can pick what you want on your salad while seating).

  • Jolene ( August 21, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I have that same book!!!

  • Aria August 21, 2010, 11:31 pm

    I’m glad you are enjoying Philly – it’s a great place…I live about 45 minutes outside of the city and we go in a lot to visit my boyfriend’s family! The Continential is an awesome place as well!! If you like mexican food, El Vez is pretty good πŸ™‚

  • Amber K August 21, 2010, 11:39 pm

    I love books like that. My husband and I spend way too much time on opposite sides of our office on computers.

    Right now he and I are working our way through a Would You Rather? book. A big chunk of it is a little silly, but it is fun to discuss whether we’d rather the world be made of Nerf or Tootsie Rolls. (BTW, we both said Nerf, because it would be less sticky!)

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 22, 2010, 7:44 am

    I love the Continental!! We went there for my sister in law’s bachelorette party πŸ™‚ Glad you had fun in Philly- it really is such a cool city!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 22, 2010, 8:22 am

    I love days of shopping with the girls! Even if my wallet doesn’t. πŸ˜‰ Glad you’re having a good time!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 22, 2010, 9:05 am

    I love eggs benedict!!

    Looks like you had a fab day with your friends.

  • Jessye August 22, 2010, 9:59 am

    Love the Trophy Wife/Girlfriend Tees!! Where did ya’ll find them?

    • Caitlin August 22, 2010, 11:44 am

      It was at a store called south moon something or other πŸ™‚

  • Jaclyn August 22, 2010, 5:35 pm

    Love the “All About Us” book! My husband and I got that and filled it out together when we were engaged. So much fun! You’re going to love it.

  • Sara August 23, 2010, 10:33 am

    I filled out a similar book for my husband (then boyfriend or fiancΓ©, I don’t remember where we were …) It was a lot of fun to think back and remember!