Always, ALWAYS late to the party! Lol. After we returned from our trip to NYC in December, I hit the ground running with Christmas content. Somehow, I totally forgot to recap everything in a blog post! Most of the places we ate and things we did are available year round in New York City, so that’s why I decided to go ahead and publish this two months later! I promise I’ll do better with my Miami travel guide. Haha!
We arrived in the city at 11am on Tuesday, and flew out Friday night. I highly recommend this because we had Tuesday afternoon and essentially all of Friday but only paid for a 3 night stay! Another helpful tip is having an itinerary. I don’t think you need one for every trip/city, but NYC is a MUST in my opinion! Most restaurants require a reservation, and they fill up quickly. There’s so much to do, and you will waste a lot of time trying to create a game plan!
Our itinerary was pretty incredible, and ended up working perfectly! (Thanks Meag lol) The three of us on the trip each chose our favorite NYC spots, and then Meagan created our schedule from there!
After we checked into our hotel, we went to Pietro Nolita in Soho! I have only taken photos at this famous spot, but we decided to try out the food too. Very delicious! Next was Grand Central Station. Mainly to pretend I was Serena van der Woodsen at the top of the stairs! 🙂 We also snagged some banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery and red velvet doughnuts at Doughnut Plant! Did I eat these both within 10 minutes? Absolutely! Lol. We ended the night with reservations at Beauty & Essex! It was my first time and such a cool vibe!
I really wanted to do things in NYC that I hadn’t before, so we started day 2 at the Cartier building for photos! They turned out great with patience from all the pedestrians! Once we were done, we visited the New York Public Library before our lunch reservation at Serra Alphina in the Flatiron District. Somehow, we scored Jimmy Fallon tickets (another thanks to Meag) and it was cool even though I kept getting him and Jimmy Kimmel mixed up. Oops! Hahaha.
Once we finished with Jimmy, we headed to my #1 request. Mean Girls on Broadway! It was SO worth it. The current cast is amazing! I’d literally go watch it again! And even though we were so tired from the busy day, we ended the night with a late reservation at Tavern on the Green. All I remember is that we ordered the birthday cake dessert at like 11pm, and it was fantastic! 🙂
Day 3 started a little later to recoup from the previous day’s activities! We had brunch at Sarabeth’s, which is a restaurant I have to go to every time I’m in the city! My order was loaded in carbs but worth every bite. Truffle fries for an appetizer and French toast! So dang delicious. We shopped and wandered around Central Park until our next reservation at Blue Box Cafe aka Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
This was my second time to go, and it’s just a magical experience! Unfortunately, Tiffany’s is relocating while their flagship store is renovated, so the cafe is now closed until 2021. How sad! We ended the day at the Rosè Mansion and Top of the Rock. It was so neat to see the city at night, but I recommend going during the day if you want a good photo!
Our last day in NYC was more low key than the others since we had flights to catch that night. We were all dying to go to Rolf’s and knew we needed to go early for a better chance at getting a table! A few takeaways here. The Christmas decorations are incredible, but the food is horrible! Just being honest. If you land a table, they require you to order a meal! I do think we got better photos having a table versus just standing at the bar for a drink, but I don’t know if my $60 tab was worth it. Lol! Bottom line, just order a drink!
Before grabbing our luggage from the hotel, we wandered around Soho eating truffles at Milk Bar and visiting the Stoney Clover pop-up. This was really the only time we didn’t have solid plans, but I was very grateful for our stacked itinerary throughout the trip! We were able to do so much in a short amount of time. New York City is just so magical at Christmas, although I love visiting anytime of the year! 🙂
Oh how I LOVE holiday fashion! Please give me all the metallic, velvet, and sparkles! I wish I could wear sequins year round, but maybe it’s for the best that I’m limited to the extraness for only one month. Lol! When styling my outfits for this month, I knew I had to snag a red midi skirt. I mean, what is more festive?! 🙂 Add the metallic, and it’s a clear holiday winner! Another thing I realized is how well this skirt will transition into Valentine’s Day content. You know me, I’m always planning ahead!
I’m wearing a XS in the skirt and a XS in the sweater! My original headband is no longer available, but I linked a similar option. I’m also very obsessed with my Gucci inspired earrings! They’re like 12 bucks. Might break soon from all the wear! Hahah. So can y’all believe Christmas is almost here?! And then 2020.. Where did the year go? I need to know because it flew by ridiculously fast! I feel like the older I get, the more I want time to stop. I am so excited to see what’s in store for the new year, though! As always, thank y’all for letting me take you along on this crazy ride! 🙂
Happy Wednesday! 🙂
I meant to share my Christmas decor last week, but Thanksgiving and all the sales put a slight delay in my plans! Lol. My roommate and I decided to keep it fun and affordable with the decorations. We didn’t want to overbuy, but we also wanted cute decor! Thank goodness for Target, Kirkland’s, T.J. Maxx, and Amazon. Those were the retailers we bought almost everything from! I just love our girly theme of red and hot pink! I thought it was different than everything else I’d seen and very fitting. Haha! I am linking the decorations below. All super cute and super affordable!
TOP (40% off)
BOOTS (40% off)
TOP (50% off)
DRESS (30% off)
I have rounded up the BEST OF THE BEST sales happening during Cyber Week! Over 30 sales are listed below with items from my favorite retailers linked as well! Clicking the retailer’s name will take you straight to that website to shop. If you make a purchase through my links, I will receive a small commission that’s at NO COST to you! (The brands pay us for directing you to their websites, which is really cool!)
Another thing to note is that I will be updating this page through Cyber Monday, but most retailers have already started their huge sales early this year! Don’t wait too long to snag the things you love because they WILL sell out. But also have a plan/strategy to shop! Never feel pressured to purchase anything that could hurt you financially. I want to be a resource for everyone and that means sharing lots of options! I appreciate y’all shopping with me today more than you know! THANK YOU! 🙂
Abercrombie: 50% entire website + free shipping
Amazon: Numerous discounts throughout the site
American Eagle: 50% off sweaters + 40% off everything else
Anthropologie: 30% off everything
ASOS: 30% off everything with code BIG30
Baublebar: 35% off everything
Belk: Up to extra 30% off + free shipping
Boohoo: 60% off everything
DSW: 30% off everything with code BCDEALS
Erin Condren: 30% off sitewide
Express: 50% off everything + free shipping
Francesca’s: 50% off full priced items
Forever 21: 40% off everything with code BLKFRIYAY
Gap: 50% off entire store with code GAPCYBER
Goodnight Macaroon: 30% off sitewide (GIVING30) 40% off $250+ (GIVING40) 50% off $450+ (GIVING50)
H&M: 30% off everything + free shipping
Hollister: 50% off entire store + free shipping
J. Crew: 50% off your purchase with code MONDAY
J. Crew Factory: 60% off everything + Extra 10% off with code SOAMAZING
Kate Spade: 40% off everything with code TGIBF
Kendra Scott: 25% off everything
LEVI’s: 40% off sitewide with code INDIGO
LOFT: 50% off entire purchase with code CYBER
Macy’s: SO MANY SPECIALS
Madewell: 40% off your purchase with code YAYINTERNET
Missguided: 50% off sitewide with code HUSTLE
Nasty Gal: 60%-80% off everything
Nordstrom: Up to 60% off
Old Navy: 50% off everything
Pink Lily Boutique: 30% off everything with code LASTCHANCE
Quay Australia: Buy One Get One Free
Revolve: Up to 65% off sale items
Sam Edelman: Extra 30% off *almost* everything with code SAM2019
Shopbop: 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $800+ with code MORE2019
SPANX: 20% off everything + free shipping
Social House Boutique: 40% off your purchase with code CYBER40
Steve Madden: 40% off with code CYBER2019
T3 Micro: 25% off everything with code MONDAY19
Tory Burch: 30% off $250+ with code THANKS
TULA: 20% off site wide with KELSIE
Urban Outfitters: $10 off $50+, $50 off $150+, $75 off $200+
Victoria Emerson: 50% off everything
Walmart: Numerous discounts throughout the site