Let’s be honest, who hasn’t sat in their cube/car/room listening to Welcome to New York closing their eyes and imagining themselves walkin’ through a crowd, in the middle of the city? New York is one of those magical cities that takes your breath away immediately after stepping off of the plane and taking your first breath of NYC air. The city is literally aglow at all hours of the day and night, prompting fantastic explorations of the neighborhoods, roof tops and hot spots.
Which is precisely why spending a long weekend there is completely ideal. Keep reading for the TSL in the city recap:
Breakfast on Bowery
If you are in the city and looking for a great bite in a different part of town try Gemma, nestled right next to the Bowery Hotel – you won’t regret it. I have to say, the breakfast is amazing, thrill your tastebuds with the baked eggs and settle in to enjoy the rest of your day with a happy, full stomach and smile.
You may have read our profile on the brilliant founders of Negative Underwear earlier this year and our love affair with this beautiful brand continues. I had the chance to pop into their unbelievably gorgeous headquarters in SoHo to check out their work/live space, drool over their comfy, sophisticated and stylish undies and get a quick sneak peek at their upcoming line (which we promise you will love). These ladies have taken undergarments to the next level and their commitment to dressing #girlbosses everywhere is the bomb.com.
Goodness. Everywhere you turn in SoHo there is another money pit, I mean store. I met up with Taylor Rae of Style Soufflé and we did some stepping into YSL, Chloe, Halston Heritage, Tibi and more. The trends were on point, the garments were flawless, the bags almost made us weep with appreciation for the finer things in life. It was beautiful… and then we got hungry.
Original Dean & DeLuca
All of that shopping brought Taylor Rae and I to Dean & DeLuca – an eatery that I grew up with and will always have a place in my heart for. Plus, this was the original store with mountains of flowers, rows of cheese, tons of treats and best of all a cold beer on a hot day. When we stood at the counter top bar eating sandwiches and sipping brews we had a deep understanding of happiness.
Champagne Sipping in the Upper East Side
When in New York, right? Luckily I have a friend living on the Upper East Side who kindly decided to host me for a fantastic view and a bit of bubbly, the perfect way to cap off a day of exploration, with a Dos Caminos dinner with my weekend host, Emily, to follow. Perfection.
Keeping with the theme of visiting people I absolutely love in a city I can’t get enough of I had the chance to pop in and visit Roxy, creative mastermind behind Society Social, in her SoHo showroom and office. This space (not surprisingly) was the cutest space we have ever laid eyes on. Personally, I can not get enough of her designs – I’m looking at you pink wingback – and could not be happier that we got the chance to talk about her upcoming collections. Get ready – your socks are about to be knocked off.
Homepolish, Eataly & Flat Iron Exploring
After eyeballing Roxy’s gorgeous designs it was off to meet up with Claire, lead photographer and Instagrammer for Homepolish, as well as a friend from the Elon days. After checking out the bright and open office space she lead the way to Eataly for a fantastic lunch of margarita focaccia and iced coffee (they mix, I swear). I honestly can’t believe that I had never been in Eataly before – practically shameful since I lived there for a short period of time, but the truth is that I hadn’t been… many thanks to Claire for breaking that bad habit.
After some tasty noms we set out for a bit of Flat Iron area exploring and photo taking (stay tuned). My favorite part of the neighborhood was a private park area that reminded me of the secret garden, only those that lived in the area had access through a private key.
The High Line
After bidding Claire adieu I made my way to my absolute favorite part of NYC, the High Line. This raised park became a mainstay in my life the summer I lived in the city and was the number one destination on my list for this weekend. There is nothing more relaxing in the chaos of the city than sitting on one of the reclining chairs in this bizarre yet charming park and eating an ice cream sandwich while perusing a book. It’s a great way to pass an afternoon.
To cap off the day of activities Emily and I met up to check out the Chelsea Market, another one of my old favorites. There is something about the bustle inside this pack of shops and eateries that just fills my heart with joy – even though the necklace I bought filled my wallet with pain. Hey, treat yourself, right?
A day full of activities calls for a few drinks and some grub, so we headed out to Tuttles. A homey back patio made for the perfect sipping and snacking location under the stars, something that I wasn’t quite expecting within the city. Capping off the day with friends, food and fantastic drinks is the best way to do it.
The trip was quick, the shopping was amazing, the friends were fabulous and the sights were incredible. We will be back! A big thank you to everyone that made the trip so enjoyable – if you would like to meet up next time we are in the city just shoot me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.