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New York, New York!

Earlier this fall, when I was in Greenville for Kerry's 30th fête, my girlfriend Kate said to me -- we have this girls trip planned in December to New York, and you MUST come!

After warning her that I hoped she was dead serious because I would totally take her up on her offer, the decision was made ... New York, here we come!

Our friend Kerry booked us at The Roger, which was the cutest darn boutique hotel ever.


 
We arrived around 1:00 and they were able to get us into our room early.  We all looked around at each other ... this was most definitely a small sign but a great sign that we were in for the type of weekend that would be perfect!
 
After asking the concierge for lunch ideas, she directed us around the corner to Penelope, which was exactly what we were looking for.  We were able to order a lunch consisting of wine and fancy salads ... bingo.  I got the curried chicken salad and a glass of sauv blanc, and I was in heaven.




 
Afterwards we shopped in Soho until dark, and then we stopped for a bit at Spring Street Natural for an appetizer to share and a glass of wine.  We'd eaten there during our New York trip in March, so we knew it was good.  And it's right near C. Wonder ... perfect!

 
That night, we had reservations at Saxon and Parole.  A quick outfit pic near the elevator, and we were ready to head out!
 
 
We sat in the back room, which I would highly suggest because it can get a little loud.


Kate and I ordered the same drink ... the cucumber gimlet.  Oh my gracious, was it delicious.



 
We ended the night with a nightcap at The Crooked Tree, where we also shared the pumpkin pie crepe.  {I'll just let you marinate in that one a bit}
 
The next morning, we hit the city for some more shopping!
 
 

 
We fueled up first by visiting Friend of a Farmer.  It was my second time eating there -- my friend Kerry and I decided several years ago to cross some items off of our bucket list and do 1) New Years Eve in Times Square, and 2) party in The Hamptons, and we brunched there then.  It was definitely just as good and worth the wait for a table.  Order the Farmer's Special ... you will not regret it.
 
 
After brunch, we shopped, shopped, shopped!  Sak's was just as beautiful as you would believe it to be during the holidays.


 
We also visited Rockerfeller Center to see the tree.  Crowded, yes, but worth it? YES.
 


 

 
Before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner, we stopped at Fig & Olive for our tradition of wine + an appetizer before dinner reservations.
 

We got ready for dinner and snapped a quick outfit picture before heading downstairs to meet a very special person...

 
Completely serendipitous, but the one and only BLC was in New York at the very same time, and ... AAAAND ... she was staying at the exact same small hotel as us!  To just add to the sheer craziness, the girls that I was with knew one of the girls that SHE was with ... ya'll, YA'LL.  Come on.  Killin' me. 
 
Our two groups merged and we went for a drink at Asellina.  Tons of laughs, tons in common, I am still reeling at the coincidence (do you believe in coincidence?) that had us two friends staying at the very same hotel. (BLC and I first met here and then got together again here
 
 


 
After parting ways for our dinner reservations, we made our way to Sons of Essex, which had a very cool atmosphere and great food.
 
 
Back in March, we had our first Beauty & Essex experience, and that was a ton of fun, so after dinner we crossed the road and headed there.  We waited in a looooong line -- what happened to the days when the bouncers would point at my group and pull us in ahead of everyone else?  *sigh*  Time for Botox.  Kidding.  Not really.
 
First stop: the restroom, where they serve free champagne. 
 
 
We then made our way upstairs and indulged in one more glass of champagne before calling it a night.  I know ... we sound old ... but for what it's worth, we didn't get in until 2am.  :)


I left early the next morning to start my journey home, but I think my heart is STILL in NYC.  :)

We had an amazing girlfriends' weekend as always, and I can't wait until our next trip!

25 comments:

  1. What a fun girls weekend! So jealous!!!

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  2. I LOVE NY, especially a fun weekend with the girls. I was there last November and thankfully got to see many of the holiday decorations. You definitely went at a great time, and that hotel looks adorable. May need to plan a trip soon. :) Merry Christmas!

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  3. What a fun girls weekend! I love NYC- this post has me itching to go back!

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  4. I just took a little pretend vacation to NYC courtesy of you! Girl...I was just thinking your skin looks AMAZING. No ma'am. No botox needed for you!

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  5. First of all...you are so cute! You look great in every picture!

    Secondly...this makes me REALLY want to get back to NYC! My little sis lives there and it's been WAY too long since I had a visit :)

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  6. Looks like a great trip! My husband and I got lunch at Penelope's when we were in NYC 2 weeks ago and it was awesome!

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  7. Looks like so much fun!!! What a perfect time to go! Erica
    ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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  8. What a wonderful trip you had. We left Memphis last weekend for a NYC weekend. My boyfriend proposed to me last Friday night (14th) in front of the Rockefeller tree! Amazing trip and an amazing place at Christmas time!

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  9. Those polka dot tights? TO DIE FOR!

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  10. i wish i knew u were coming - i would of loved to have met you in the city!

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  11. I lived on the opposite corner of Saxon an Parole! I had drinks there a ton, but never actually ate there. Maybe an appetizer? Glad you had fun!

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  12. Oh, I LOVE Penelope! What a fun trip during the perfect time of year. So jealous!

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  13. Great trip! So jealous! I could shop in NYC for days on end...except that I would run out of money. So much better to do it w/o the husband tagging along and being the voice of reason "Do you REALLY need that?"

    Uh, yes. I do.

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  14. i am SO jealous of yalls trip...makes me miss my girlfriends and us doing this all the time, too

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  15. This sounds like the perfect trip! I'm so jealous!

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  16. Glad y'all had so much fun! Love the outfit pics! Super cute!! Merry Christmas doll! xoxo!

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  17. Sounds like a great trip! Penelope was one of my favorite brunch places when I lived in the city!

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  18. Sounds like a great trip! Penelope was one of my favorite brunch places when I lived in the city!

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  19. What an awesome trip! I need to check this hotel out - M likes smaller atmospheres so he might be all over it. I believe in coincidences/serendipity/fate so I love that BLC was there at the same time, her friend was a friend of yours, etc etc. So neat!

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  20. Looks like so much fun!! I definitely want to see New York at Christmastime!! :)

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  21. So, so, so much fun in the city!!! IN LOVE with your going out attire in the last pics. You look GAWGUS, and the tights are hot!
    Whitley
    www.thequeencitystyle.com

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  22. What a fun girls weekend!! I just love NYC.

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  23. Looked like such a fun girls trip! I just LOVE NYC! Glad y'all had a nice time!

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  24. Just added Saxon + Parole to my list of nyc restaurants for my trip in March! What a fun trip, and you look amazing in every single picture. ;)

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  25. Aw yay, I loved this trip, it was SO fun! And P.S...you can definitely see the Champs had gotten to me by that last photo!!

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