December 18, 2015

Meet Me in New York

In September, my bestie turned the big 3-0 and since I was on the other side of the world and couldn't celebrate with her, her husband and I planned a little surprise for her. The surprise - a girls weekend in NYC in December. Just the two of us. We had been counting down the days until this trip for 3 months. 
We had an absolute blast.  Friday night  she came over to my parents house and we discussed the important things like what our outfit options were for the weekend and confirmed each others nail polish choices for the trip {:black and a deep crimson-because I know you were wondering:}

I didn't sleep a wink Friday night. We felt like two kids going on their field trip the next day. Finally it was 5:20 and time for us to get up. 6am Saturday morning, with caffeine in hand, we were out the door. We only live about 4 hours from the city so by the time we got through the Lincoln Tunnel madness, parked, checked into our hotel room, and set out to take on the city it was only 11 and we had almost an entire day to explore and play in the city. 

Day 1: We were total tourist taking pictures the whole day long. We took more pictures in one weekend than we probably have taken in the course of our 10+ year friendship. The main reason being, is you rarely have pictures with your closest friends because it is rare both of you are looking camera ready. That is how you know they are your bestie - you are totally okay being your less than glamorous self around them on the regular.

Day 1 consisted of... shopping, oogling at the city sights, lunch/dinner at Ellen's Stardust Diner, Bryant park, window peeking at Saks 5th Avenue and Macy's, Grand Central Station, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Rockefeller Plaza....and 12 miles of walking in 8 1/2 hours. 

This is a picture of one of the waiters at Ellen's Stardust Diner serenading us at dinner.If you haven't been and are planning a trip to NYC in the near future, I highly recommend it. The entire waitstaff is filled with people trying to make it on Broadway. They are incredible singers and performers and do just that while you enjoy the yummy and reasonably priced diner food. Our waiter just got cast as Shrek in the International Tour for the musical. 

The highlight for both Kase and I, on day 1, was this light show Saks 5th Avenue puts on on the side of their building, to Christmas music. It was stunning.

The madness to get this picture is ridiculous. We look happy in this picture, but before and directly after this picture our only thought was "get me out of this madness." It was craziness along 49th, 50th, and 51st streets with all of the tourist wanting their picture with the tree. We were so happy to have been able to capture a picture with the iconic tree but we were pretty pumped when we could check this off the list and get out of the way of the crazies too. 

Stay tuned Monday for Day 2 of our girls trip in NYC.

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