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OUT & ABOUT WITH KATIE BOOK 22 Nov 2016

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One of my first experiences in Philly, excluding elementary school field trips, was visiting with my fiancé while he interviewed for residency programs. We happened to stay at the Warwick Hotel on 17th Street, right across from Lithe! During our stay we saw a sign for a psychic next to our hotel and decided it would be fun to get a reading together. Although the clairvoyant was quite a character (and had a few insights about us), she was unhelpful with the apartment hunt. What’s funny though, is that we later walked past the building we ultimately live in, and I commented to Grayson, “What a beautiful building- wouldn't it be amazing to live there?" Thanks, psychic!

Since we live near Rittenhouse Square, our dog Loki loves going for walks around the park. She is a Lab/Italian Greyhound mix (that's what they told us when we adopted her) who we adopted at six-months, and we just had our three-year anniversary together! When she came to us her name was Arrow which we thought was cute since she's a crazy fast runner, but as she got more comfortable with us we saw that she was a little imp - incredibly clever but always getting into trouble. The movie Thor had recently come out (and Grayson's mancrush is Chris Hemsworth) so after seeing it we joked that she should be named Loki after the god of mischief and destruction. After some convincing on my part, her nametag was officially changed.

Loki and Grayson, as well as our new dog Lucy, are my family here in Philly but for the holidays I split my time between my family and my fiancé’s family who are both in New Jersey. Luckily each side has their big celebration on different days so we get to see everyone! It works out great because we never have to switch sides or alternate who we see each year.

I find that this busy time of year actually encourages me to set aside time for myself on a more regular basis. With everything that goes on during the holidays I know that if I don't allow myself to rest and recharge I'll never make it through. Most of the time adding an extra workout or two per week helps alleviate stress (not to mention it keeps me in great shape through this delicious season!).

Shoes: Steve Madden

Leggings: Michi NY (solid blue); Old Navy (patterned blue); Nike (black)

Sunglasses: Emilio Pucci (picked out by Grayson!)

Images via Jillian Crean

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