Welcome to New York…It’s been waiting for you

I’m back from my trip to New York – it was sooo dreamy! We had 4 wonderful days of exploring, eating and laughing. Brace yourself – you’re about to get hit in the face with a lot of photos! I wish I was still in NY with my sweet friends. Luckily I have these photos to remind me of some of my favorite moments.

Day 1

We stayed in an Airbnb home in Queens which was so much fun! We had no idea what to expect as none of us had ever tried booking via Airbnb but thankfully we had a really positive experience. I’m sure I’ll be booking more of these types of stays since I prefer the local feel over that of a frigid hotel.

After we all arrived and checked in to our little apartment, we headed to brunch, followed by some time at the MOMA and dinner & ice cream in Brooklyn. I recommend Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream for a life changing experience (;

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We were up at a decent time on Saturday for day 2 of our vacation. On this day we had brunch at Cookshop in Chelsea, walked around the Chelsea Market and the High Line, lounged in Central Park (along with everyone else in New York), had some drinks on the Monarch rooftop and grabbed some dinner at Huertas. It was a beautiful, warm day!

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Day 3 might have been my absolute favorite day because we managed to slam in so much! We started the day with church at Hillsong Church at the Irving Plaza, followed by coffee and people watching at Union Square. After catching up with some friends, we headed towards Brooklyn to walk the bridge and binge on delicious food at Smorgasburg. Thank goodness we walked the entire bridge … I would have felt a little bad about inhaling so many calories at Smorgasburg had I not got my blood pumping a bit. Although the bridge was crowded it was a beautiful walk! Now … on to the rest of the day. We all had our fat pants on and our appetites ready to smash everything we could. Some of our favorite foods at Smorgasburg were: a grilled cheese sandwich, falafel wrap, brisket sandwich, arepas, Jamaican patties, and donuts. We ate and laughed and then ate and laughed some more while staring at the beautiful Manhattan skyline. After all the eating we decided to take some photos of the bridge near Dumbo and pass by Jane’s Carousel. We ended the night with some comedy at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg.  By the end of the day our feet were swollen and our bodies were aching. It was well worth it.

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DAY 4

Our last day was the worst best day. It was the worst because it was a torrential downpour all day long. In case you’ve never had to lug your luggage around the city in the pouring rain .. it SUCKS. For the most part we kept our spirits up but I’ll be honest it was pretty eye-opening for me. I always think NY is so dreamy and forget to acknowledge that when the weather sucks (i.e., rain, snow, wind) the city can suck too. Because you’re required to do so much walking there really is no way of avoiding bad weather except for locking yourself up indoors all day – which isn’t an option when you have some many great things to see and do. In any case, we survived! On day 4, we ran in the rain, brunched, said our good-byes to Steph, walked around Madison Ave, ate at the Plaza Hotel, shopped, ate some more and walked forever. By the end of the night our flight got canceled which meant we had to lug our luggage around… again. Phew, what a workout!

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Weekend Recap

The weather outside was perfect this weekend. Too bad I was cooped up a big chunk of it due to a TERRIBLE migraine. I don’t typically suffer from migraines, but, my goodness my heart goes out to those who do. After being indoors for 36hrs, I decided to brave and step out when i thought my migraine was starting to subside but… sure enough the pounding came back so I turned my car around and got my butt back on the couch with all the blinds closed shut. Sigh.

Here are a couple bright spots from the weekend and then some.

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Vacation 02: New York, NY

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My gal pals and I are so excited about our upcoming weekend getaway to New York. We all love New York! I mean, what’s not to love? There’s great food, music, fashion, museums, parks and people. Per usual, I’ve put a lengthy itinerary in place in hopes of enjoying every second of every day. Fingers crossed the weather holds up since we plan on being outdoors as much as possible.

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Here’s what I plan to pack for NY … with a few extra things, of course. Cheers to packing light.

fedora, glasses, chambray shirt, plain tee, trench coat (similar), black skinny jeans, denim, slip ons, nude flats (similar)

Weekend Recap

I had a beautiful long weekend with friends! I wish I would have taken more photos but I can honestly say I was too busy enjoying the actual moment that I didn’t want to take out my phone camera. For once, I preferred to really take it all in and leave the phone tucked away in my purse. I think I made the right decision.

I will say one thing … in the future I’ll try to be better about including actual people in my photos (:

This weekend consisted of: 90s night, crab racing, assisting with wedding duties, church, reading, eating and enjoying the bright sun with a walk around a local park with friends.

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It may sound silly but the words “Be kind” resonated a lot this weekend. I love Easter weekend for many reasons – it reminds me of Jesus’ love, his grace and his willingness to take the fall in order for us to have eternal life.

All that to say, although “Be kind” are just two simple words … they are words I want to live by. Christ has shown me kindness and love so deep, it would be wrong of me to not demonstrate that same kindness towards others. Life isn’t always easy and it doesn’t always go as planned but one thing is for sure, we have the opportunity to impact the lives of those around us. I really hope the ones around me see Christ’s kindness.Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset

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