Hi! I'm Allie, a self-employed wedding and special event planner living in historic Chester County, PA right outside of Philadelphia and the Main Line. I spend a lot of time volunteering in my community and with a background in anthropology and archaeology I love serving on my local Historical Commission where I truly get to play a part in making a difference in preserving the historic integrity of my community as well as educating the public about the history in their own backyard.
I took over the Philadelphia Housewives blog in February of 2016, and so far it's been a BLAST. I love bringing events to YOU, where we all get to meet new women from the region and try out new hotspots in our area. I'm looking forward to connecting with even more like-minded women from Philly who are passionate about forming friendships and a strong community.
A little more about me ...
Describe yourself in three words
Motivated, Quirky and #girlboss
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Starting my own business, 100%. I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur and I finally took the leap in August of 2015. While it has been the most challenging thing I've ever done, it's also the most fulfilling. The event industry, specifically weddings, is really quite positive and it's so special having the opportunity to make someones dream come true.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Well, since I'm self-employed, I'm always setting goals and working on becoming a better business-woman. I'm a firm believer in the idea that you're never done learning. I hope to attend workshops, classes and have conversations with those who have been in my shoes so that I can learn from their lessons.
With this blog, I look forward to growing the network and putting together meaningful and impactful events that women in our community can really benefit from.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
As a modern woman, social media plays a huge part in my life, both business and personal. I make a conscious effort to interact with friends, family, clients, etc. I love to chat, so be sure to reach out and introduce yourself.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I'm so happy to say that I'm actually doing what I love now. 2015 was my transition year - I'm now self-employed and loving it. Blogging was next on the list, so this is a true blessing!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I am my own brand right now, and so work and my personal life have become pretty enmeshed, but I wanted it that way. I do make a conscious effort to disconnect from work though, to embrace a little 'me' time and to spend time with the people that I love.
What websites do you visit every day?
Aside from my social media pages, I am big on visiting wedding blogs to stay on top of the latest trends (Style Me Pretty and Wedding Chicks are faves).
What is your favorite drink?
I'm a champagne girl. Pop. Clink. Fizz.
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in the Philadelphia area?
Just THREE!? Ok, well... some of the places I go most or that resonate with me the most ... Longwood Gardens is my favorite place to spend the day strolling, taking pictures and just relaxing/recharging. The University of Pennsylvania Anthropology/Archaeology Museum is my favorite day trip (if you haven't been there, get there). I also love diners... is that weird? I feel like our area has the best vintage diners and it's a goal of mine to get to the one where Silver Linings Playbook was filmed.
What is your goal for retirement?
I'd love to retire in my 50s or 60s and hopefully spend some time enjoying my family and friends while continuing to explore this beautiful region that I get to call home.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
I think the best advice that I can give is to just go for it. There are so many excuses and challenges that we can let stand in our way, but if you don't believe in yourself you'd better believe that nobody else will either. We live in a really special time where women entrepreneurs are kicking butt, and I can't wait to see where it takes us.