When I found out I had to go to NYC for some meetings, my mom was right there with me and we decided on the spot that it would be the perfect opportunity to turn it into a girls trip. We had three days in the city and a whole bunch of recommendations from you guys. It had been a few years since I’d been to NYC, so I was really thankful for the direction you guys gave me! Here’s what we did…
We stayed at 1 Hotel Central Park and loved it. The rooms are beautiful and spacious, the property in general was breathtaking, and it was a super happening spot! The hotel bar and restaurant was always crowded. I also loved the location. It’s right by Central Park and 5th Avenue.
The bathrooms were so cool! There is a curtain you can pull across the shower for privacy, don’t worry.
Here’s a view from one of the windows in our room! This was actually a window seat where you could lay down and relax. The picture below gives me butterflies in my stomach now, but it didn’t at all then!
The first thing we did when we got to the city was head to Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. It was only 10:30am, but we had been awake since 3:45 am, so we were starving!
We did so much walking, as one does in NYC, right? But our feet were already hurting on the first day and I still don’t think mine have fully recovered! I wanted to go to one of those foot rub places but I think my mom just thought I was kidding.
We ventured down to hop on the Staten Island Ferry. I had never done that before and my mom had never seen the Statue of Liberty, so it was a great thing for us to do! I loved seeing NYC from the water. Just so you know in case anyone is interested in doing this: it’s a free ferry and takes about 30 minutes each way. But you have to wait to get on the ferry each way, so all together it’s probably a 1.5 hour process. But it gives you a great view of Lady Liberty + Manhattan and surrounding islands!
I had to show my mom Carrie Bradshaw’s house in the West Village. Really it was just me that wanted to see it again.
Here’s the Flatiron Building. I’ve never spent much time in this district of NY, but I really liked it!
We also walked along 5th Avenue quite a bit.
We went inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It’s more stunning that I remembered.
That night I had a reception I had to attend, so my mom relaxed at the hotel while I did that. I couldn’t wait to join her to rest my feet!! Everything you’ve seen so far was all our first day—we went to sleep the night before at about 1am, woke up at 3:45am to get ready for our early flight, then had this full day in the city. We were exhausted by dinner time!!
The next day I had an immersion event at the Good Housekeeping Institute, which is in the Hearst Building. This was a great experience and the building itself was super cool to see in real life. Even though that’s not the building where the Devil Wears Prada was filmed… it still gave me that Miranda Priestly moment.
The view from the Good Housekeeping floor is so beautiful.
After my meetings, I met my mom at The Plaza because I was dying to see the Eloise store!! It was beyond precious. How cute is this little area where girls can have birthday parties?
Then we went to Soho to shop around. This is the One Kings Lane store. I would gladly take every single thing in the entire store home with me. It’s all so beautiful!
We popped in the MacKenzie-Childs store, which made me feel like I was in an Alice in Wonderland storybook. Loved everything!
We found this cute little baby boutique in Soho called Little Moony. The owner is adorable and was so helpful. I found a cute NYC puzzle for toddlers in there, as well as a “Good Night NYC” book to bring back for Watson and Rosie. We have Good Night Charleston at home. Those books are great.
My dress is Zara. I’m so sorry but I can’t find it on their website anymore! These sandals are my favorites of the summer.
That evening we ate at the Restoration Hardware Rooftop restaurant. It was STUNNING. Put it on your NYC to-do list. The food was delicious as well.
Later we went by the 9/11 memorial, which was beyond breathtaking.
The next morning we walked through Central Park on a trek to the Upper West Side…
We were heading to Levain Bakery for cookies!
It’s funny because by the time we walked the 2 miles there, it was almost lunch time and we were actually hungry—but not for cookies, for something substantial! But woah, these are the best cookies I’ve ever had. Still warm out of the oven.
Outdoor flower markets everywhere…
I also did a little shopping at Bergdorfs! I’ve wanted a Goyard St. Louis GM for years now, but ultimately decided on the Goyard Artois. Figured I’d treat myself as a little early 30th birthday present to myself.
Ok, so the differences between the Artois and the St. Louis. The Artois is a stronger bag and stays more structured. The bottom has reinforced leather corners, so it’s going to keep it’s shape and not start to split open at the seams if I carry something too heavy. It’s also thicker—the Artois has double lined canvas everywhere vs. single lined canvas on the St. Louis. I also like that it comes with a zip top. Lastly, the size is perfectly in between the St. Louis PM and GM, making it the ideal bag size for me… and I like a large bag! It is more expensive than the St. Louis though, so that’s something to consider. I don’t think you could possibly go wrong with either one!! I picked out a white one, but it’s still in NYC being personalized. Initials are complimentary on the Artois.
I had to take some pictures of police officers for Watson. These little police cars made me laugh!
That last day, we had lunch at Sarabeth’s outside of Central Park. It was delicious!
At one point we made a wrong turn somewhere and were greeted by the Empire State Building, which sort of made all of the walking we did in the wrong direction worth it. Not really, if I’m being honest, but that’s what we told ourselves. haha!
Oh and I finally met one of my blogging friends in person! We’ve talked on instagram for so long now… can’t believe we were both in NYC at the same time! I bet you’ve visited Katey’s site before, but check her out if you haven’t.
My mom hates this picture of herself and the truth is that I hate it of me too, but I’m posting it anyway to document such a great time with my momma.
This was the first time I’ve ever been away from both the kids AND Brandon at the same time, so I was super anxious and sad to be away from them! But it was such a great time with my mom and definitely a trip I’ll never forget. Hope to go back again soon!