Monthly Archives: December 2016
Okay, so life has been amazing lately. However, that doesn’t change the fact that my chakras are all out of whack. I am happy, but I know that I can be a better version of myself, and I will always strive for that.
So for the new year, I am making resolutions that will directly impact each one of my chakras.
Root: Take walk through nature three times a week. Whether that is through the neighborhood, or through a trail. This will not only help me root myself in nature, but will also improve my physical health. I also plan on eating healthier to help my physical body.
Sacral Plexus: The sacral plexus chakra’s element is water. So, to stimulate that, I hope to take a meditative bath or take a swim twice a week. The meditation will be focusing on letting go of guilt, and letting my emotions flow through the water and through my body.
Solar Plexus: This chakra has so much to so with self- worth, loving yourself., will power, and self-esteem. So, my plan is to actually work on my physical body, and work out three times a week. This should go hand in hand with taking my walks through nature.
Heart: Say I love you more. Say it, mean it, absorb it. Not only to Jason, but to my family and friends. Life can be so short, and we need to truly take in every moment as a a gift.
Throat: This chakra is all about expressing yourself and communication. My resolution is to create something every month. I am creative in many different ways, so I need to put that to use. Another resolution is going to be to participate in our community choir every week, therefore letting myself be expressed through music.
Third Eye and Crown: MEDITATE! This can be so easily lost in my every day. It’s so easy to get caught up being busy. I can afford ten minutes a day. Uninterrupted. Third Eye chakra is all about seeing the bigger picture, clairvoyance, and seeing clearly. Meditation can help clear your mind so you can see. The crown chakra is about connecting to the divine. During meditation, you an invite the divine into your life, so this is the perfect way to stimulate it.
I have a few more resolutions I want to accomplish too, this is just the beginning. I might elaborate on this post a little bit later to really give a full run down of my goals for 2017.
It’s going to be a great year.
All for now,
Today was the best way to start the morning. We grabbed coffee at Ralph’s (Located in Ralph Lauren’s flagship store)
and then ordered to-go for breakfast at Tiffany’s! If you know me, you know that I am pretty much in love with Audrey Hepburn, so this was absolutely a dream come true!
We ended up spending so much time in Tiffany’s! It was HUGE! Jason and I also enjoyed playing and trying on wedding bands too 😉
After Tiffany’s we made our way over to Times Square to get ready to see Waitress!
We grabbed a bite to eat at Dos Caminos, right near the theater.
We had a wonderful view of Times Square, so we enjoyed people watching. Plus, the food was GREAT, and had lots of vegetarian options!
After that we saw a matinee performance of Waitress!
Jason and I were so excited to see this show. When we decided to go to New York, this was one of the first things we said we HAD to do.
We have been listening to the soundtrack for some time now, and we were more than excited to actually be there. I was a tiny bit disappointed because Jesse Mueller (who is the original Jenna) was out and her understudy was on. However, I will say that her understudy, Stephanie Torns, was PHENOMENAL!
Pretty much cried through the second act, no big deal.
Oh, also, they had pie. Pie smells through the lobby, pie whirling around the stage, and pie to eat! So, of course, we got a little pie and a glass of wine to share.
We were on a musical high after that show, and we were supposed to go to to ABC Cocina for dinner at 7. (Thanks to JamieLynn for the reservation!) But as we were walking out of the theater to go to dinner, we noticed that TKTS had Chicago on sale for 50% off…. so we went with it and saw another show! (ABC Cocina next time we’re in the city for sure!) Sometimes you just have to do what feels right.
I am so fortunate to have been able to see TWO shows on Broadway in one day! We were so stoked. Chicago was a totally different feel than Waitress (obviously). I wasn’t sure what to expect because I have actually never seen a live version. No sets, no crazy costumes. Just music, dance, and jazz.
It was a pretty awesome show to have seen.
We definitely weren’t ready to head home after that, so we checked out a spot that we missed out on earlier in our trip.
We went to The Back Room.
At first we weren’t sure where to go…. it was a speakeasy, and definitely hidden.
First we saw a sign like this:
And then you walk down the stairs…..
Then you come to a door with no markings and only an eye hole.
They still serve beer in paper bags and cocktails in teacups too! (Just in case the fuzz comes by 😉 )
It was such a fun environment! They played lots of different kinds of music, and people were all dressed up, and dancing in different old-fashioned styles.
It’s hard to see, but that bookshelf there? Leads to a secret room.
We were so happy we made our way over to see such a great spot in NYC!
After that, we went back to our Air BnB and ended our last night in New York.
We had such a beautiful time in the city, and we definitely want to visit again. We really only got to do a fraction of what this place has to offer. But we are so thankful that we had the opportunity to travel here!
Today was a beautiful day because when I woke up, it was SNOWING!!!!!!! We laid in bed and watched it fall from our window for a little while before going out in it. It was so pure and pristine.
I had never seen snow fall before. I have seen it once, in little piles on the top of a mountain in Austria, and another time in sludgy tiny melted piles in Philly. But I have never actually seen it fall from the sky. So this was SORT OF A HUGE DEAL FOR ME!
After soaking in the snow, we headed over to Trinity Church, one of the oldest churches in America.
(Not going to lie, I mostly wanted to go there to see Alexander Hamilton’s grave. No shame in my game.)
After that we made our way south to see Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty.
The snow was not as pretty during this walk… as there were HUGE puddles of water. I don’t think either of us had the proper footwear for this! Plus… it started actually raining.
After major security, and taking off all our coats, hats, scarves, gloves, just to put them back on again, we finally found seats on the warm ferry.
We stopped at the Statue of Liberty, but we did not climb it because our bodies are quite tired by this point in the trip, and my leg is still not feeling so well.
I remember going there as a kid, and doing a wax trace with a green crayon of their name from the walls lining the museum, and I am so happy I came back as an adult to do it again.
I was so happy to be in my history element, and we took our time through the museum to really learn and absorb our history.
Once we got through the museum, we boarded the ferry back to New York, and decided it was time for lunch. We went over to Wo Hop in Chinatown to see what my family has been raving about.
If you’re looking for great Chinese food in Chinatown, look no further. Plus, the service was great, and it was super cheap.
After that, we walked around Chinatown for a little bit, and checked out Canal Street. We weren’t interested in buying knock-off designer bags, so we didn’t stay long, but I am glad we got the experience.
Next on our list was the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Bring on the waterworks.
The first (and only) time I had visited New York, it was around a year before the towers went down. I remember going all the way to the top, and my ears popping in the elevator.
A year later, I remember my principal announcing what had happened over the intercom. My 3rd grade teacher immediately turned on the news, and she began to cry. I remember being the only person in my class that even knew what the towers were. (Growing up in Florida, not many kids I knew had made it to NYC quite yet.) The moments and days following that were a blur. I remember watching the news non-stop, and I remember my grandfather being especially upset, because he had actually laid tile in those very buildings. I also remember hearing stories about good family friends who had barely escaped the tragedy.
That was a time I will never forget. Suddenly America wasn’t safe anymore. This great country we called home was threatened, but it also allowed Americans to come together as one. The world I know today, and the country I know today was shaped around these two towers coming down.
Going to the memorial was something I felt like I had to do, as an American. It was beautifully done.
Unfortunately we didn’t group to the observatory because it was so foggy, we wouldn’t be able to see anything.
After that, we went home with heavy hearts and tired feet.
We rested a bit, and then got dolled up to go celebrate our engagement at The Rose Club at the Plaza Hotel. (Which also has a Champagne Bar… count me in!!)
Thanks for the suggestion Michelle!
This place was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! We decided to let go, and actually splurge on a bottle and a great meal. We got to talking to our bar tender, and a really nice couple next to us, and we were really having a great time in their company.
We realized they were closing, and we said goodbye to the couple next to us as they left the bar. We asked our bartender for our check, only to find out that the couple next to us took care of everything! (We were so shocked!) We wanted to say thank you, to reach out to them, but the bar tender told us not to worry about it, and that the couple didn’t want us to realize until after they left.
WHAT A SURPRISE! There are beautiful people in this world. Seriously?!
It was through a restaurant, down the stairs, through the kitchen, and into the basement.
It was called Boutique. There was no cover charge, and the space was really cool. They had champagne sparkler fireworks going off, crazy lights, and awesome dance music.
Jason and I grabbed a couple of drinks, danced, and had a blast. We even caught our bartender on the way out!
Overall, we had an amazing evening.
We slept in a little today, but not too much! Once we were up and moving, went over to The Butcher’s Daughter for brunch, which was absolutely delicious.
The decor was adorable, modern, and fresh, and the food was exactly what we needed.
Despite the name, The Butcher’s Daughter, it is a completely vegetarian restaurant, which works out great for us!
(Yeah, that’s black bean “bacon”)
After breakfast we went to grab coffee at Happy Bones, and I sat to do a little bit of work.
After my work was done, we wandered around Nolita for a little while, and we fell in love. <3
Time for lunch! We were so happy to be able to meet up with some great family friends for lunch at The Modern, right outside of MoMA. Oh my goodness, it was utterly amazing! Every bite was beautiful, and it was such a great experience.
Jason and I both had a great time savoring our lunch and having great conversations with my Uncle Kenny and Aunt Debbie.
After that, we made it to MoMA. (PS- MoMA is free on Friday’s after 4pm). This was another thing on my bucket list, and I am so happy we chose MoMA. We knew we didn’t have time to do all of the museums in the city, but we definitely wanted to see MoMA. Klimt, Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, MONET, Dali, Pollock, Mondrian, Willem de Kooning, AND MORE, where can you go wrong?
Seriously, MoMA was amazing, and I wish we had more time to really explore, but we were on a time crunch because (surprise!) we left our Nutcracker tickets at the Air BnB, so we had to go allllll the way back to get them.
THEN WE SAW THE MOST MAGICAL THING THAT EVER WAS! THE NUTCRACKER!
I have never seen The Nutcracker, but I have always wanted to. The New York City Ballet was beautiful and everything I could have dreamed of.
I’m just going to stop here and thank Sue Vaughan for the tickets! <3 You’re absolutely the best!
After that, we were feeling a bit STARVING, so we went to grab some Mexican food from Burrito Box, just up a couple of blocks.
Well, that about wrapped up our day.
All for now,
Let me start out by saying, today was the coldest I have ever felt in my life. It was 25 degrees, plus wild wind. (I almost couldn’t stand straight at some points!)
We started out at Best Bagel and Coffee this morning.
Now, normally my motto is that if a place has to name itself the best, it’s probably not the best. However, we got some recommendations from our friends, and we were told that we had to go.
NO REGRETS! This place was EXCELLENT! It was super crowded and busy, which was a little annoying, but it was worth it. (Thanks Ryne and Sharon!)
After that, we headed over to Chelsea Market, where we spent more time than we thought we would.
and here is Jason being a tourist 😉
After Chelsea Market, we wandered through Chelsea and took a short walk on The High Line because it was FREEZING (literally)!
After that, we went back to our Air BnB to get ready for dinner and to rest a little.
We went over to Rosemary’s for an early dinner. The place was gorgeous, and was honestly the best food we have had yet. They grow most of their vegetables right there at the restaurant. You can taste the freshness.
Then we headed down to see Avenue Q! Such a hilarious show!! I have known the music for years, and have always wanted to see it. We scored pretty cheap tickets and got great seats!
After that, we headed home for some much needed sleep.
I have to admit, today was favorite day of the trip, and also one of the best days of my life, but we’ll get to that later.
We started out the morning at this great restaurant right around the corner from our Air BnB, called The Smith.
We loved the atmosphere and the look of this place, and Jason and I both agreed that if we lived here, this would be a frequent hang out spot.
After breakfast we hopped on the train over to Brooklyn. (Which we did effortlessly, might I add)
Once there, we went to find some coffee. Ended up at a place called Devotion. Wow! So beautiful!
This spot was not only a cafe, but also a roastery, and the coffee was pretty darn good. It was so refreshing to come out of the bitter cold, and see plants growing on the walls and the sun shining through the skylight. This space was amazing!
After our coffee fix, we went out to explore more of Williamsburg.
This place was super cool. They make all of their own clothes right there in the shop, and all of the accessories are locally sourced. We had fun peeking around the store and talking to their very friendly staff.
After that, we made a pit stop for coffee at Parlor Coffee. Their shop is located in a barber shop, which I thought was a really cool concept.
Jason had been really looking forward to going to Parlor Coffee, after hearing so many good things about them.
We really really enjoyed our visit there. We chatted with the barista and we actually met some other people who are into coffee from New Orleans while we were there. It was really fun to connect in such an intimate way, and about something Jason is so passionate about.
Next we went down to the Brooklyn Bridge, where we had a photoshoot scheduled with one of our good friends Cat Coons. (if you haven’t seen her work yet… it’s beautiful! http://catherinecoons.com) Cat had asked us to shoot with her, as she had several times before. I thought nothing of it.
We did some shots down below the bridge, and soon headed up to the top. It was FREEZING! Jason was shaking pretty bad, and I thought, “Wow, he is super super cold…”
We finally found a clearing in the bridge walkway to get some great shots. Cat began directing us with poses, “Okay, now get close, okay now get nose to nose, okay now Jason, get down on one knee…..”
I looked at Jason like “Hah! Yeah right!” and then he DID get down on one knee.
He told me some beautiful things, and that I truly made him the happiest man on earth, and then he asked, “but do you know what would make me happier?”
Then he asked the big question….
and I SAID YES!!!
We were so excited and had no idea what to do after that, so we walked until we found a little wine bar to go in. We celebrated, had some champagne, and called our loved ones.
We had a great time conversing, catching up, and talking about life.
After that we went to this adorable bar called St. Mazie.
We were so happy to see another old friend while in the city.
High on life, we headed hope to catch some sleep.
All for now,
Wow! Day two! We made it!
I am happy to report that the weather isn’t killing us, my leg is doing okay but not great, and we have successfully ridden the subway quite a few times now.
For Breakfast this morning, we had planned on going to The Picnic Basket, but couldn’t find it! (Our map apps were not liking us today.) So instead we stopped into this very busy bagel place along the way, Ess-a-Bagel.
I was happy to finally taste a real, fresh, New York City bagel. It was everything everyone had ever told me about NY Bagels. Ugh, so good! They also had an assortment of salads, pastries, and cakes to choose from too. Everything looked so yummy. The workers there were a little on the crabby side, but it was exactly the kind of service you would expect from a fast paced and very busy NYC Bagel Shop.
We took the bagels to go because we definitely needed coffee, and the shop we wanted to go to was a little ways away.
We had heard about Blue Bottle Coffee, and wanted to see what all of the hype was about.
We were definitely stoked to have a great cup of coffee in the morning. Blue Bottle was serving Guatemalan as their single origin espresso, and it was delicious.
Jason also tried their Costa Rican coffee, but wasn’t as big of a fan.
After we were fueled up, we explored The New York Public Library. (AKA Where Carrie ALMOST married Big)
Seriously though, if this isn’t on your list of things to do in NY, put it on there! There was actually so much to see there, and it was stunning.
After the library, we jumped over to Grand Central Station, which was also gorgeous. we didn’t spend as much time there as we did in the library, but we were happy that we stopped in to see it, and to people watch a little.
After that, we made our way towards Rockefeller Center. On the way, we went into St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
This place was utterly beautiful.
As we made our way to Rockefeller Center, we stopped to see some of the amazing storefront displays! I mean, where else can you go that has a LINE made for window shopping?!
Then FINALLY, ROCKEFELLER CENTER!
(PS- No, we didn’t end up going ice skating today. With my leg feeling like it does, it doesn’t look like that’s in the forecast for us. But that’s okay!)
After that, we decided we wanted to go back to our Air BnB, to rest my leg, and to freshen up for the night ahead.
We spotted Magnolia Bakery, so we knew we had to grab a sweet treat to bring back to the room with us. (NYC Cheesecake? Yes, please!!)
(Thanks for the recommendation cousin Michelle and Aunt Paula!!!)
On our way over to the subway entrance, we walked by Radio City Music hall, and of course, I had to snap a few photos.
As we were walking by, we heard someone yelling something about free tickets. I immediately thought it was a scam, but was interested anyways. So I looked back, and it was actually a Radio City Music Hall worker.
I turned to her and I said, “Really? What’s the catch?” She just kept saying, “I have free tickets here, and I can’t sell them. Does anyone want to see the show?”
So, we asked her when the show was and she said, NOW! She handed us the tickets, and the next thing I knew, we were inside the theater, and The Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes was starting!
WHAT?! Jason and I were stunned. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO US! I was juuuuust saying to Jason, “Sorry we aren’t going to get to see The Rockettes while we’re here….”
WHAT?! I’m still shocked that we actually got free tickets to see The Rockettes! AH!
Okay, now it’s really beginning to feel like Christmas.
We also had pretty darn good seats, so this was such a treat for us. (Oh, and don’t forget we had a piece of cheesecake from Magnolia Bakery in our hand! So of course, we ate it while we watched the show. Talk about a dream come true! 😉 )
After the show, we had plans to see an old friend from high school. I hadn’t seen Perla in YEARS! I am so happy we got to connect after so long. (Excuse our subway background, we almost forgot to take a picture! Hahah)
Perla took us to a great place too! It’s called Ayza. It’s a little chocolate and wine bar in Midtown, and we stopped in for happy hour and a little bite to eat. I was happy to see a place that a local would suggest 🙂
After we parted ways with Perla, Jason let me know that he was still super hungry. So, we went to Pokeworks, which was an experience in itself. Sushi burrito? Count me in!
Everything is made to order, and you can customize it any way that you want.
If you haven’t been to a place like this and you like sushi, you’ve got to try it! I love that you can really make it any way that you want. I would definitely recommend Pokeworks if you are in NY.
We still had a little bit of time left in the night, so we went over to Times Square to wander around a little.
And so, that ended our day two in NYC.
All for now,
Although I was not thrilled with only having four hours of sleep, when I woke up this morning, I was SO EXCITED! The day was here! NYC! We boarded our flight at 7:30, and landed in Newark around 10:30 and took the train into the city. We were able to check into our Air BnB, and then head out to explore. (That’s the ideal version of what happened, of course. That’s not including our utter confusion of the subway, not understanding the metro card machines, getting off at the wrong stop, and then taking an uber the rest of the way. HAH! You learn from your mistakes, right?
Apparently there are a couple of Totto Ramen restaurants around Manhattan but we tried the one in Midtown East. We sat at a table with a couple of local regulars, and ordered some veggie ramen. (Jason got the spicy, of course.) I would highly recommend this place, especially if you are looking to get in and out of somewhere quickly. Their staff was friendly and helpful, and it was a nice introduction to the city.
After that we headed over to Central Park! (Which was about a 15 minute walk.)
We really wanted to go ice skating in Central Park, but the rink was closed due to weather! So Jason and I decided we should just wander around the park for a little while, and I am so glad we did. We mainly explored the southern part of Central Park. We stopped to watch a saxophone player, and to admire the pups running by, and to people watch of course. We walked down The Mall (my favorite spot) and down Strawberry Fields and through the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace.
I am actually happy we got to explore the park instead of ice skating. Exploring was super fun! If we have time, I think we might try to skate another day. (Maybe in Bryant park instead?)
At this point in our journey, we were in NEED of some coffee. We tried two places, the first had a great atmosphere and okay coffee, it was called Madman Espresso.
The second place we went was called Third Rail Coffee. They served Counter Culture Coffee, and it was delicious. This really hit the spot, and gave us the energy to get through the rest of the night.
After that, we made our way over to Cacio E Pepe. Ummm this place was soon delicious! We decided to eat here after seeing a viral video of how they serve their pasta (in a giant wheel of cheese.) I mean how could we resist??
And yes, it tasted as good as it looked. (Jason wasn’t a huge fan, but I loved it!!)
To end the night, we walked over to 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. (Thanks for the suggestion Nick and Keani!) What a cool experience!! This wasn’t just any rooftop bar. This bar gives you a snuggie to cuddle up with, and serves hot beverages for you to sip on. (Oh, and also an AMAZING view of the city, including the Empire State Building.) Not to mention, the roof is lined with colorful heated igloos for big parties to sit under. We know this is a total tourist trap, but what a great concept! We couldn’t resist.
After that we made our way back to our room. We were soooooo exhausted, and ready for some shut eye.
We can’t wait to see what is next on our journey!
(Oh, also, I think I might have pulled a muscle in my right leg. Not entirely sure. By the end of the night I was in tears because of the pain. I am hoping that the pain will be gone tomorrow. Fingers crossed! I have the best of luck, don’t I?)
All for now,