I am unpacking/reliving/recovering/and feeling inspired over my latest trip to New York. It’s amazing what a few days out of your little bubble can do to reenergize your spirit… especially in NYC. Go grab a coffee and relive it with me.
It all started on Thursday when I got a whole airplane row to myself. Not just me, the entire plane!! How does that happen? Anyway, it was a fab way to start off the trip. PS, our steward was a comedian and made the flight that much better! Is that what happens in Spirit? First time and I like it!
LaBruce had a Not Wedding she was throwing in Brooklyn so I let her do her thang and Caroline and I went to the MET.
I was really excited to go to the museum because I’ve been in art history classes for the past 2 semesters meaning… at this point in time, I’ll know more about classical art than I ever will. ha. We are even doing a project on one of the exhibits taking place in class so I was pumped to see it for myself.
After a day in the museum, we took a Subway back to Brooklyn. Just so you’re proud of me… I have absolutely NO directional skills. I’m not ashamed to admit it but take full responsibility to tell people so I DON’T get lost. Well, I had to meet Caroline at the museum so who got to the museum all by herself on the subway… ME! I was very proud of myself.. even if a boy walked me all the way to the subway station and told me the trains. I still did it. :)
Heading back after an afternoon of art, Caroline and I walked along Park Avenue, of course.
Just couldn’t resist taking my picture in front of the home I’ll live in later in life…
We had an hour to spare before the event so when we got back to Brooklyn, we popped into a cute cafe for a beer and an appetizer. Um, y’all. Did you know Brooklyn was infatuated with the south?? They love us. The restaurant we went in was called Chicken & Waffles and it served their beer in mason jars. I mean, come on.
I think the staff thought it was funny that southern girls actually came in so Caroline and I decided to make the hashtag of our trip #nycyall2014. It was hilarious and you can see all of our trip pics on Instagram with that!
My favorite part… the macaroni and cheese with Ritz Cracker crumbles. YUMMY.
This trip actually involved a much bigger emphasis on food than usual. When I’m in NY, I am a shop till I drop girl but I refrained this time and we enjoyed some cool restaurants while we were there this time.
[ The Not Wedding was a really cool event with neat people. I'll tell you more about that part of the trip tomorrow because I have a lot of fun pictures. ]
We stayed with LaBruce’s friend, Kristin in Brooklyn that night and it was so fun to actually ‘live’ in the city for a night. She was an excellent host and took us for bagels in the morning! Brooklyn is really awesome, gang. I have never been before and that is where the majority of the young people like us are moving. People are friendly and have more space to live- thumbs up for Brooklyn!
Friday was mostly getting into the city and shopping around 5th avenue. Our hotel gave us cupcakes when we arrived from Billy’s Bakery so that of course, sent us tweeting and instagraming! We ventured into Times Square and even though 5 million people are in your way, it’s still magical.
This made me really happy, too.
Shopping was fun but tiring. We took a break and sunk into a bench in Central Park. We then saw the biggest, hairiest NY rat imaginable. Needless to say, everyone else did too and scrambled to get the iPhones. You won’t see a photo of that on here, you’re welcome.
That night was a girly dinner at corsino, this little Italian place in the Meatpacking District we stumbled upon. It was FANTASTIC and a good price. The people were very nice and we just caught up on life while drinking large glasses of wine. Seriously, sometimes my favorite thing to do.
That night involved a night club, too. LaBruce and I are super fans of the Jane Hotel so we wanted to take Caroline there. When she walked in, she said “I feel like I just walked into an episode of Gossip Girl”. Yeah, the Jane is that cool. We sipped overpriced drinks in dim lighting trying to fit in which led to dancing on tables beside the DJ and a fireplace. Things happen. We had the time of our lives and of course, made the taxi driver slam on the breaks at the first pizza place we saw on the way home. I’m sorry. I’m not sorry.
Saturday was a bit of a late start. I threw on my inappropriate flip flops cause my feet hurt so bad from night shoes and we took the subway to Soho. We found the cutest mexican restaurant in a garage. Ok, not as sketchy as it sounds. It had a lot of hip people and we all had a crush on our waiter- lol.
Do I remember the name of it? Nope, but it had a bus where they served the food! haha
We even grabbed a little snack that afternoon at Laduree which was really awesome. I’ve never had a real french macaroon and it couldn’t have been tastier. I can’t wait for Paris. I probably won’t be proud of how many I eat there. haha
Saturday night was play night. This was funny on the way…
We saw Once and it was beautiful. It was the first time I went to a play without knowing the story line or what to expect. It was funny and heartfelt. Everyone on the stage was a musician and played during the whole performance. The settings never changed and the transitions between scenes were so cool. We even got to go on stage and have a drink with the actors! Go see it if you’re in NY. That was one of our favorite things to do.
On our last day, we hung out in Chelsea. We packed up our bag, Caroline’s taking two packers…
Caroline found this amazing brunch spot called the Tipsy Parson which had a southern flare.
I think it’s funny that my first time trying Chicken & Waffles was in New York but it was to die for. The kind they served came with jalapeño honey. Just fabulous.
The Highline was extremely cool. It’s a long walk with grass and trees on top of the city. Wanna know the funny thing? We ran into our sorority sister, Lauren! So of course, we made her join us.
We headed to the Standard Hotel Beer Garden which kind of reminded me of college. It was packed with lots of cool people. One of my best guy friends, Alex, from Myrtle Beach also met us!
Our last stop was the Chelsea Market and when I walked out, I saw this. Just another reminder of going back to work Monday. haha
A short cab ride to LaGuardia and a hug from my friends and I was back to Myrtle Beach just like that. I can’t tell you how much I realized I needed to just get away from the hustle and bustle of a job and school for a few days. Even though it wasn’t relaxing, it left me inspired and ready for new challenges. So thankful to have such wonderful girlfriends like LaBruce and Caroline. We shared laughter, friendship, food and swollen feet. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!
Stay tuned tomorrow to see how the Not Wedding Brooklyn went.