Jan 24, 2013

NYC Girls Trip 2012: The Arrival

Going home for Christmas was awesome for more than just a few reasons. Not only was I going to get to celebrate Christmas with my family and my favorite weenie dog, but I was also going to get to mark another dream off of my bucket list...seeing New York City at Christmas time! Thanks to my fabulous sister relocating to the Big Apple to start her career in the fashion industry, my mom and I had the perfect excuse to go visit Wendy and experience the magic of NYC during the holidays. What made this trip even more amazing is that my Kansas cousins and my Aunt Debra decided to meet us there...making this another family trip of epic proportions (if you remember, they are the family members that joined us in Germany for My Big Fat European Family Vacation last May)! As much as I wish D could have been there to see the city with us, we had a lot of fun being "just the girls" for the first time in a long time. Sorry fellas. No boys allowed!

Mom and I left from NC and arrived at LaGuardia early on a Friday morning...we waited around about 30 minutes in the airport for the Kansas family to arrive and then off to the city we went! We stayed at the ONE UN New York Hotel in Midtown East with stunning views of the United Nations, the East River, and Roosevelt Island. It was central to almost everything we wanted to see while in the city and was just 2.5 blocks from Grand Central Station (and about 23 different Starbucks shops--overkill much?). After checking-in and dropping off our luggage, we made our way to Grand Central to catch the Subway to Herald Square to pick up the little sis at her place of employment...Macy's! She was the acting brand manager for the RACHEL Rachel Roy boutique on the 3rd floor of the world's largest department store at the time. Seeing her do her thang amidst the bustling holiday crowds was pretty amazing. She's such a fashion rockstar!







After stealing away Macy's star brand manager, we realized we hadn't eaten since breakfast (airplane peanuts don't count). Across the street from Macy's was the Bread Factory Cafe. We could smell the aroma of freshly baked breads wafting across four lanes of traffic...even over all the taxi fumes...so we made a beeline there for a snack. There are only a few things you MUST eat while in NYC (and believe me, I tried to eat all of them), so it was practically a no brainer. A slice of New York style pizza was in order! I choose a unique slice...one topped with penne pasta. It did not disappoint!



When all the pizzas were finished, we made our way back to our hotel to freshen up for dinner and more sight-seeing. We also got to see the skyline go from blue to gold as the sun began to set on our first half day in the city.


But our evening was far from over. Up next--dinner, $16 margaritas, & my favorite part of the city...Rockefeller Center!
Happy Thursday, loves!

26 comments:

  1. Seeing NYC at Christmas is on my bucket list, too - I'm dying to go! I can't wait to see your other posts and again live vicariously through you! And look at your sister and her big fancy job - go her!

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  2. We were probably in The City at the same time! It was also my first "NYC at Christmas time" experience. I loved it!

    Glad you got to see all of your family AND travel - perfection!

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  3. I absolutely love New York. My fiance and I had a ball there, but I think we're much more suited for the mountains. Especially during the holiday crowds! I think I'd have a panic attack!

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  4. New York City trips are the best! I still haven't decided if I could live there permanently, but I like to pretend I'm Carrie Bradshaw, Audrey Hepburn and and a Broadway actress all rolled into one. NYC has that effect. Have fun!

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  5. NYC at Christmastime is pretty splendid. I first saw it when I was 17 and danced in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of the coolest spontaneous parts of that trip was seeing the holiday windows reveal at Saks Fifth Avenue. They did this cool light show with music.

    I lived in Westchester this time last year, so I made a point to go into the city to see it all decorated. Beautiful, of course, but...

    Paris at Christmastime is better. ;)

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  6. Isn't NYC just magical at Christmas? Sounds like you ladies are off to a great start! Can't wait to hear more :-)

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  7. I can't wait to hear more about your trip!!

    We went to NYC in January of 2011 and I fell in LOVE!! They still had some Christmas decoations up but I didn't get to see the tree in Rockefeller Center it was already gone! :(

    I am needing more NYC in my life! :)

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  8. The pictures were amazing! Can't wait for the next post!

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  9. I absolutely love NYC, this time last year we were there on vacation. I love your pictures and that pizza looks amazing. :)

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  10. what a fun trip!!! :) pictures are gorg! new follower :)

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  11. girls trips are always so fun! love the pictures and the yummy food. looks like an absolute blast!

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  12. Penne pasta on pizza! That's the dream. :)

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  13. Great photos! You look like you had so much fun :)

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  14. so i just relocated from nyc to la. on a whim. randomly, two weeks ago. and this post made my heart flip flop and slam around a bit.. but it also reminded me that it's always there waiting for us to return :) glad you had such a fun trip!

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  15. How fun! NYC at Christmas is so magical! Can't wait to hear more about your trip:)

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  16. I've never been to NYC, but going at Christmas-time is SO when I would want to go, too! Can't wait to hear more about your trip. Oh, and pizza with pasta topping?!?! WHYYYYYY didn't I think of that?!

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  17. I'm so jealous! I've never been to NYC before (even though it's only 8 hours away) let alone at Christmas time when the place is all lit up and decorated. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun and love your photos of the skyline!

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  18. if my hair looked that good when I flew, I would fly everywhere. not fair :P

    when I was in NYC in December I took a photo of the believe sign, too - I lived there for a few years, but some things are still magical!

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  19. Great photos! Can't wait to read about the rest of the trip.

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  20. Oh, how I love New York City! Your pictures make me miss being able to take weekend trips up there from where I used to live in D.C. I can't wait to hear more about your adventures!

    Cheers,
    Kristina

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  22. You NEED to tell me where you got that owl sweater. Or ever better, just send it to me in the mail! :)

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  23. OK wait stop, reading this post was like checking off a bulleted list of "We Seriously Need To Be BFFs Or Something."

    1. I'm originally from NC. (I'm assuming you live there now?)

    2. One of my TOP bucket list items is spending Christmas in NYC. it just seems absolutely magical.

    3. My sister relocated to NYC a few years ago and my favorite times ever were getting to go visit her (but she just relocated to SF so now new places to discover, yay!)

    4. And basically, I just love pizza and pasta and food.

    Great post! Glad you had fun!!!

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  24. NYC at Christmas is a site to see. And super busy! You weren't too far from my neck of the woods :) Look forward to hearing about your Rock Center adventure. I walk through there everyday to get to work...definitely a neat place!! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  25. Whoa, fun trip! The One EU sounds like one of the nicer hotels in NYC!

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