Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Welcome to New York

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It's been waiting for you... Or rather, it's been waiting for me, since 2009. I spent about 16 hours in NYC the first time I came. It was the end of my three week trip around America and I was done and wanted nothing to do with anyone or anything. I took some photos in Times Square and then slept for 12 hours before heading to Ohio.

So I knew I had to give it another chance. Now, I know recaps bore a lot of people so feel free to skip out or whatever, I don't like to break posts up so it'll be a long one. I'll try not to go overboard.. oh, who am I kidding. Overboard is my middle name.



We arrived at the hotel at about 4pm, got ready super fast and went to dinner at a place called Hourglass Tavern - super yummy, great service and reasonably priced.

Then we went to see Wicked, which I have wanted to see since I almost bought tickets when I was in London in 2007. I definitely think my expectations were a bit too high, and I might have enjoyed it more if my companion wasn't like ugh this is horrible. I did think it was fabulous and don't regret seeing it - I've been jamming to the soundtrack all week. I got my dress from RTR, of course.
my dress




The next morning we caught the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge and walked our way back through the city. After taking a bunch of photos on the bridge (hey Statue of Liberty), our first stop was Ghostbusters Headquarters. KC was super into Ghostbusters as a kid so I sent the photo to his mom and she got a huge kick out of it. We wandered around Canal street and ducked in and out of the shops, before making a pit stop at Georgetown Cupcake. Their store is so cute and they have a hot pink sparkly Kitchenaid, and the cupcakes were ahhmmazing.

After that we went to The Strand bookstore which I had heard lots of good things about -  it was ridiculously busy and they had so many books it would take a week to see everything. I didn't find a special copy of P&P (sobbing) but I did pick up a pretty copy of Sense and Sensibility for $8. After that we stopped at The City Bakery for what I'd heard was the best hot chocolate and it was vile. Give me a starbucks any day.

My JustFab boots were super cute and comfy, but not after walking for several hours. I felt silly for being such an amateur, and tried to tough it out - KC noticed how unhappy I was and convinced me to buy some Nikes from JC Penney and my feet were in heaven for the rest of the trip, albeit a little touristy.

Then finally, we headed over to meet the girls - B @ The Sequin Notebook, Pamela and Kari. We had a weirdo bartender who thought he was Tom Cruise, but we had so much fun. I was so nervous beforehand, wanting to bail because I was convinced they'd hate me, but KC calmed me down. They were all so sweet and funny, I can't believe how quickly we all just slid into gossiping and laughing like we'd known each other for ages. It was fabulous. I am so thankful to all of them to coming out to meet us!







stolen from Pamela's instagram
stolen from The Sequin Notebook's instagram

The next morning we made our way up to Central Park, wandered around for a bit, finding bridges and jumping off rocks. I was so disappointed to find that we wouldn't be ice skating and living my Serendipity fantasy, sigh. We chatted to some guy who said it was closed because of the rain, which is understandable. We started heading back into the city, pretending we were fancy enough to stay in The Plaza, and stopped to get a bite to eat before meeting Alyssa.

She's one of the first bloggers I found when I started out that I actually really enjoyed reading and who felt like a real friend after our emails back and forth, so I was super excited to meet her in real life. Let me just tell you, she's just as awesome as on her blog. Don't be jealous. We went to see The Nutcracker which was absolutely ridiculously amazing. Of course we took some silly photos (Alyssa was actually a ballerina.. not me, as you can see).

After The Nutcracker, we walked around - ate some yummy pizza, saw St Patrick's Cathedral (beautiful, kicking myself that we didn't go in and light a candle for Alyssa's Grandmother) and the tree in front of Rockefeller Plaza. We had tickets to the top of the rock, unfortunately it was zero visibility. We still went, it was fun, just a lot of fog. It was actually kind of terrifying but awesome to be right in the thick of the fog like that.

We ended the night with some more cupcakes, this time from Magnolia Bakery - shocking service but yummy cupcakes. I met a girl from Brisbane that I think I offended when I first heard her accent but then I explained the whole I live in Kentucky and still freak out when I hear an Aussie accent, even though we were in one of the top tourist destinations in the world. We said goodbye to Alyssa and headed back to our hotel.












stolen from Alyssa's instagram






this is the view from the top of the rock


Ok, last day, I promise. If you are bored and wondering when this is going to end, just think how we felt. We were knackered. It was raining harder on Christmas Eve so we decided to do a bit of wandering and then head back to the hotel. I felt like rocking a red lip and curling my hair even though literally 5 minutes after walking outside they were both donezo. We went to Grand Central Station - so cool, so busy - walked through Bryant Park and saw the library, ate some pizza and crepes, and I found another bookstore (Book Off!) and still didn't find my special NYC copy of P&P. I did buy Jane Eyre though, so I forgive NYC. I think if we'd gone to Greenwich Village I would have found more bookstores, but like I said, we were tuckered out. We stopped at H&M, KC sat with the rest of the men and I shopped as quickly as I could before he could change his mind.

Then we went back to the hotel to relax - but my knee had other plans. I can't explain how it happened - you know how you climb on to a bed? You put your knee on, whip your other leg behind you so you are sitting cross legged, then stretch out? Well somewhere during those actions, my right knee dislocated. I screamed out in pain - I can't explain how much it really effing hurts - but it was over quicker than it had begun, thankfully my knees pop themselves back in. This is the first time I have ever dislocated my right knee though, I've done my left knee 5 or 6 times, but the right was good to me until then. Needless to say, I didn't want to do anything else that night. I relaxed, read, and had a little nap.

We did pop out for dinner, KC finally decided to try Chipotle, but it was closed so we settled for a place called 5 Napkin Burger - we each got a chopped salad, seriously so good after all the crap I'd eaten the last few days. I hobbled back to the hotel, stupid knee. It still hurts a bit, but only when I run.




Ok, I know, longest recap ever. But did you expect any different from me? Of course not.

My highlights were absolutely, without a doubt, meeting all the girls. B, Kari, Pam and Alyssa- Thank you SO much for making time for us in your busy holiday schedules, I hope you all had as much fun as I did and like me as much as I like you all (it's a creepy amount). It really is unbelievable how I felt like I knew all of you, and how instantly I felt comfortable around you- after being nervous beforehand, of course. What if they don't like me? What if I talk too much? I'm sure I talked too much, I'm a chatterbox for sure but I just had the best time. Wicked and The Nutcracker were also highlights, so fun!

FYI, we stayed at Yotel. Super basic, great hotel for people like KC and I, and for a fraction of what other hotels nearby cost. Free muffins in the morning, free hot chocolate in the evening. Safe, clean, good location. What more could you want?

Oh, and we used our eBags mother lode convertible bags - we didn't check any bags, just carried on. I thought it would be easy because it was only a few days and we are doing it for Europe next year and I could have done it for Australia this year but winter here is a whole different ball game. If I ever travel in winter - real winter, not Aus winter - I'll bring 2 coats and different beanies because basically all of these photos could have been taken on the same day. I planned cute outfits that you barely saw. It's ok though, I'm not bothered. It was hard smooshing all those chunky sweaters in the bag though - and I didn't wear the stupid vest once, it was not warm enough on it's own and was too puffy for under the coat. I don't think that the vest will last much longer in my closet. I was gonna do a packing post like I did for Australia but I don't know if that's too boring. Lemme know.



Have you ever been to NYC? Did I miss anything? Are you glad this recap is finally over?! How is 2015 treating you?

75 comments:

  1. SO jealous of your NYC trip and getting to meet up with all of those fabulous bloggers! I'm glad you had a much better time this time! And your dress for Wicked was SO cute! Those cupcakes look amazing too, I kinda want one for breakfast!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. WOW!! Looks like you had an incredible time! NYC is one of the few places that I would love to visit in the USA. It just looks so magical and full of so many adventures. x

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  3. I love NYC. I have actually been waiting for your recap because I was so excited for you going to one of my favorite places.
    The last time I was there Harry Potter had just finished and there was a HP museum with props, costumes, etc from the movies. It was so awesome. We couldn't take pictures, but it was so wonderful to see the things I love so much.
    We also took a twilight boat tour around the Hudson and I highly recommend it. When/If you go back you should totally look into it!

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  4. So did you actually go to Serendipity? My sister lives right by there :)

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  5. I've never been before! I'm glad you had such a good time & got to meet so many bloggers. That's so exciting!!

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  6. I've always wanted to ice skate in Central Park around Christmas time. It's too bad it was closed. But, you got to do so much and meet so many awesome people! :)

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  7. I LOVE a good recap and seeing all the cool stuff you did makes me want to go back to NY!! So glad you had a great trip and hope your knee doesn't give you anymore trouble! I'm such a slacker on posting and commenting, but I read each one of your posts and am happy when you have a new update! Take care and cheers to an amazing 2015!!

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  8. i LOVE LOVE LOVE NYC. one of my favorite cities. you covered it all! did you also go to FAO scwhartz and jump on that huge piano from the movie Big? not sure if that's still there since it was made like, eleventy billion years ago.

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  9. Great re-cap. I never go anywhere lately so I love a good trip re-cap. I get to live thru you and plan my next trips! Cheers!

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  10. What a wonderful trip and seriously you guys did and saw so much including so many bloggers!!! AHHH!! I'm sorry to hear you dislocated your knee- sounds painful and I hope it's feeling better!! Best part was that you got salads at 5 napkin burger - but I'm glad you liked them!!! Also, loved your RTR dress - so pretty on you! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  11. Wow! Just amazing! I'm so jealous, I been wanting to go back to NY since the first time I went (2009). I still have such vivid memories about it. You transported me to Central Park & much more things! Awesome post :)

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  12. I love Wicked! I saw it in London front row center and bawled my eyes out the entire time! All of these pics are beautiful and it sounds like you had a great time. I love that you even had a blogger meet-up!

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  13. sooo much fun stuff! i have never seen wicked but i'd like to eventually. that's great that you met up with lots of bloggers in town! isnt that the best when they turn out to be just as awesome in person as they are online! xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a giveaway on cornflake dreams

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  14. Yay!! I love hearing about vacations! We're seriously thinking about doing NYC this summer. It looks like a great time :)

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  15. Ah! NYC is on my list. I'd LOVE to go. My MIL and SIL go fairly often.

    Yay for meeting other bloggers. I just love when internet friends become real life friends. :)

    I can totally empathize with you about your knee. I'm still recovering from surgery and I climbed on the bed Sunday to dust the top of the headboard and I pretty much screamed. Didn't think it would still be that sore because it's not sore during daily use. Dang it. Hope your knee starts to feel better soon.

    Loved the photos!

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  16. Oh wow this makes me want to go back. I went for like 18 hours (sounds similar) and barely got to scratch the surface of what NY has to offer but now I can't wait to go back. My expectations were a bit high for Wicked too and I loved it but I must admit it didn't blow me away like the Lion King did. Definitely helps if your companion is keen though. I went alone because I wanted to see it so bad and no one would go with me (I sound really cool right now). I'm so happy you had fun and were knackered by the end, that's how it should be! And that bow tie dress is my favourite :)

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  17. That bow dress is AMAZING!! I love it and it looks so pretty on you. Um I'm pretty sure I need a hot pink sparkly kitchenaid...My mixer is way overdue to be replaced and I'm actually looking into starting a home based cake business so a new mixer is definitely going to happen soon. I'm sure that one cost a ton though haha! I'd like a nice light pink or aqua one. xo Happy New Year!

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  18. You have such a giddy look on your face through the entire trip!! I absolutely adore NYC and I'm so glad you got a proper taste of the city this time around!!!

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  19. Wow, y'all packed a lot into your trip! How fun! That's so great that you met so many bloggers too! I loved seeing Wicked in London-I know what you mean about high expectations though. I'm so sorry about your knee-hope it starts feeling better soon!

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  20. Looks like you packed so much fun into your trip! I love New York (and used to visit once a month when I lived in Delaware) and your post is making me yearn to go back! So jealous!

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  21. I'm with you, I like to keep my recaps of one place together. I will split up my national parks trip later this year though...maybe. LOL

    I love Magnolia. Love love love. And I adore Central Park in any weather. But I love Bryant Park too.

    I'm glad you met up with your ladies! Looks like a great trip. I still haven't done the Brooklyn Bridge, and NYC is an hour and change train ride from me. It's on my 40 before 40 list.

    I'm always down for packing posts.

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  22. Oh my gosh... I can't tell you how many times I saw your pics & said, "She's so dang cute"... you are just precious in your hat & scarf. & look FANTASTIC in your bow dress!
    Wicked ... in NYC? That would be amazing!!! I ADORE Wicked! I would still have to see Beauty & The Beast in NYC... is it even playing anymore or has Aladdin kicked it out of the way?
    That's so cool you met some blog buddies. Don't ever be afraid - you are amazing. Everyone will always love you :)

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  23. I think next year we all need to coordinate and end up there at the exact same time. You, me, and B were all there but not at the same time. Looks like you had a fabulous time! Girl I totally hurt my knee as well when I was there it was probably from all the miles I walked.....your sneaks were a much better idea!

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  24. I'm so glad you recapped this! I just want to comment on everything. That bow dress is the most adorable thing I have ever seen. I love NYC at Christmas time so I am all about these pictures! And of course you look cute in every single photo, even in your Nikes (wearing sneakers makes me look like a giant tool).
    I'm going to visit NYC and Alyssa this weekend (OMG WHAT) and I'm sort of freaking out for all the reasons you listed. I hope it ends up as fabulously for me as it did for you!

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  25. What a fabulous trip!! I am so jealous! I have always wanted to go to NYC, especially during the holidays!!!! You got to do a lot of fun stuff and you got to meet so many bloggers I follow. So cool!!

    I would have done the same thing with the shoes. I have learned walking around downtown Gatlinburg that comfy shoes are a must when traveling!!! I have also been known to buy a pair to remedy the pain!

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  26. You are the cutest!! I always love reading recaps - the longer the better because I seriously use them to plan my own trips! Good call on the tennis shoes and soooo much fun that you got to meet so many other bloggers! I swear we should plan a weekend to all meet in one location - how crazy would that be?!

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  27. That sounds so much fun! I can't wear cute shoes in the city, either. My feet can only do so many blocks and then the blisters begin. But you were rockin' those sneakers!

    I've debated about seeing Wicked. I read the book and really didn't enjoy it, but people have said the musical is good and focuses a lot less on the politics than the book does. So I might have to change my mind. That sucks about your knee! I hope it goes back to being the reliable one.

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  28. I'm sooooo glad we all got to hang out, and definitely felt like we all had a blast and got along swimmingly (in the same non-creepy way, of course!). Love your description of our bartender - that guy was such a clown!

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  29. Oh, the Nutcracker... I love that ballet so much! Funny thing, I took ballet from the time I was seven until about thirteen. I loved it! So whenever I see the Nutcracker it brings back good memories. I'm hopefully going to see Wicked at the end of the month! Super excited!! I seriously took notes from this post for whenever I'm able to travel to New York. I really enjoyed your recap!

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  30. Yay for your NYC recap!! I'm sorry you didn't like City Bakery - I used to work across the street from there and would go for their tortilla soup, but some of their other stuff was always hit or miss. I'm glad you stopped by the Strand! Boo to no skating in Central Park, but it sounds like you hit a lot of the other NY highlights!! So much fun and I definitely loved reliving my NYC experience through your recap. :)

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  31. NYC and a blate....so jealous lady! I love all your pictures, they are soooooo good and remind me of the amazingness that is Christmas. Love your RTR dress, so cute!

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  32. So cool that you saw the Nutcracker, I really wanted to see it this year. I saw it as a kid & love ballet. :) Sad that the rink was closed while you were there - bummer! That's something I definitely want to do some day (skate on it)... Definitely sounds like you guys did a lot and made the most of your time there! I love all the pics, especially the one of you and KC in front of the Christmas tree. :)

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  33. So perfect to get to go during Christmas! I STILL haven't been to NYC. Deep sigh. Love that you got to meet some other blog gals I love. Double deep sigh I wasn't there to play too hah.

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  34. Y'all look like you had a fantastic little trip up to NYC over Christmas! I am so jealous of all the fun things that you got to do. Love all of your pictures!

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  35. WHOA you did everything! Wicked is the BEST! I am definitely checking out Yotel right now for my next trips!!

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  36. This looks like such an awesome trip! I'm so amazed you guys managed to do so much, plus see so many people at the same time! I guess I could see how KC might not love Wicked so much, haha. I looove the dress you rented! We've definitely had to stop and buy shoes while walking in New York before, sometimes even your usually comfortable shoes are not good enough after so long! Sooo fun you got to see Alyssa & see the Nutcracker! Also, I'm so glad you shared that bag- I had the worst packing situation recently and decided I need new luggage that is practical and functional!

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  37. What a great trip! Love the bow dress. I love the boots but I don't blame you for buying sneakers and wearing them instead. Comfortable is key for trips with lots of walking.

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  38. OMG Soooooo much fun!!!!! I want to see wicked so bad!! Except I read the book and hated it so now I have mixed feelings haha! Your dress is so cute too! SOOOOO jealous you saw the NYC Ballet Nutcracker! That is one of my dreams! So glad you had an amazing time!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  39. What an awesome trip! I haven't been to NYC yet, but it is on my travel list.

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  40. I try to get to NYC every few months but you still did a lot of things I have never done and am adding to my list. I wish you had gone to Wicked with someone who loved it because it is hands down my favorite show (I saw it in DC though). Glad you had a blast!!

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  41. What an amazing trip!! So cool that you got to go to all of the iconic places AND you got to meet bloggers IRL!! So glad you had a wonderful time!

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  42. I had so much fun meeting you! Thank you for meeting up! I was also apprehensive and thought about bailing but I am super glad that I went! Next time Billy and I will come out for the derby!

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  43. Wait, WHO doesn't like travel recaps?!? Not I! I love your pictures and they remind me of how much I love NYC with its grand buildings and in-your-face presence. LOVE THAT PLACE. Looks like you had fun, and feeling knackered at the end is a great sign.

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  44. This looks amazing!! I can see why you're tired! That's so awesome that you got to meet all those girls. You know, I have never met any blogger friends in real life and I've had some for years! Maybe 2015 will be the year. I absolutely love that dress and am a bit jealous that you got to see Wicked. I take voice lessons for fun and one of the songs I did last year was Defying Gravity (of course!). My boyfriend was also obsessed with Ghostbusters. In the 7 Halloweens we've spent together he's been a ghostbuster twice haha it's his go-to :) Great pictures and I'm so glad you had such a good time!

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  45. I'm jealous. I've love NYC so much. I am a HUGE fan of Wicked. I want to see it again.

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  46. This looks like the best trip!! How fun to explore NYC and also get to meet blogger friends! That stinks the ice skating rink was closed, because that would have been hilarious to reenact the scene from Serendipity:) My sister used to live in NYC, and it was always so much fun to visit her. Did you hear about Serendipity 3? It's the place from the movie Serendipity where they get frozen hot chocolate. It's really eclectic and fun in there. Glad you had a great time!

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  47. You are just the most adorable thing ever! I've been to the city many times because I used to live 30 minutes away, but there's a magic there, isn't there? My husband's only been once, and I definitely can't wait till he and I can take a little weekend trip there again! LOVE all the pictures :)

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  48. AND IT WAS THE BEST DAY EVER. (Thank you for the linky love.)

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  49. Your trip looks amazing!! Love all the pictures! You really did see it all! your hair looked gorgeous when you went to wicked!

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  51. Grr what the heck happened to my comment, it didn't publish after I hit it publish... it disappeared. I did a test comment (that's why above it's deleted...lol) Anyways, Love the dress with the black bows!! It's so cute! And your trip to NYC looks amazing!! I would love to go there one day :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  52. Traveling recaps are my favorite! I feel like I have been to NYC through your post. I went my senior year in high school and have been begging the hubs to go back with me. It sounds like y'all had such a good trip though {minus your knee...ouch!}. I'm dying to see Wicked. Is it worth the money? And I just loved your beanie, scarf and glove combo! So festive!

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  53. Your bow dress is super cute. I never owned a puffy vest until I lived in Florida because of the reasons you listed and even now it sits in my storage tub until like one day a year or when I go to the Mountains. When I went to NYC we stayed in a hotel right by GCS so we were in there all the freaking time and it has EVERYTHING! You got to stand in front of the tree!!! We didn't go at Holiday time and since I was there with a singing group we had rehearsal and performance stuff half the time. We didn't get to do Central Park, so that's first on my list when I go back. I love that you got to meet so many blogger girls!! AND that you felt like you instantly knew them, that's the coolest part. Thanks so much for doing a recap! I'd love to know how you fit everything into your backpacks!

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  54. this is on my wishlist! niece at xmas or NYE! loved all the pics!

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  55. Looks like you had an incredible time! And the tree!! I love the tree! And you're so adorable! That bow dress--- so cute!

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  56. Love the dress you wore to see Wicked! I also love that you met both Kari and Alyssa two of my favourite ladies. They do feel like friends to me .. and are! I love long posts so I enjoyed every word and all of the pics! NYC at Christmas is something I just must experience!

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  57. I don't know where to start! I noticed all of your outfits (and Wine Not Nails!) and I love your coat and your plaid scarf. And you actually look really cute and on top of the Athleisure trend with the Nikes you purchased midway. I'm so glad you got to meet some of your blogger besties!! And that you enjoyed Wicked even if your other half did not. And yes to a packing post!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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  58. ahhhh I love this so much! Great pictures! Makes me want to get back up there so badly AND the hubs has never been!

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  59. So happy you had a wonderful time! It's virtually impossible not to have an amazing tim in NYC, there are just too many thing to see, do, buy, eat... endless possibilities!

    So sorry about your knee, I hope it's feeling better! I tend to dislocate quite easily, have very loose joints and the smaller ones pop out and back in fairly often (though less often since I started strength training), but last year I dislocated my shoulder badly and it was incredibly painful, and required several osteo appointments and two and half months of PT. I hope that isn't the case with your knee – take care of yourself ok?
    Hugs.

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  60. So glad you enjoyed your trip! I'm from NY and I haven't seen some of the things you did so I'm saving your itinerary for when Scott and I do our tourist version of the city.

    Hope your knee feels better soon!

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  61. So glad you enjoyed your trip! I'm from NY and I haven't seen some of the things you did so I'm saving your itinerary for when Scott and I do our tourist version of the city.

    Hope your knee feels better soon!

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  62. I love this recap Kristen! It reminded of all the reasons I absolutely adore NYC! I've been twice, once for a few days and the second time for a week. It was amazing both times and I'd really love to go again when I'm over that side of the world again. I especially loved our ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty, seeing as many broadway and off-broadway shows as I can afford and the views from the Empire State! Oh and I also just love being in Times Square! The energy and spectacle of it all is so awesome!

    Carly xo

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  63. Oh girl, you are making me ready to go back to NYC! I have never been during Christmas but I have heard it's wonderful. Your comment about Wicked made me laugh - Eric didn't love it either! Haha. And so fun that you met up with blog friends! And yes, packing in the winter is horrible. I'm a light packer, but winter clothes are so bulky and all that's in the pictures are your coats... ugh. First world problems :)

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  64. I loved reading this, and loved all your pics! What a fabulous trip. I definitely want to go to NYC someday. (Maybe I should run a marathon while I'm there!)
    So awesome that you met Alyssa and other bloggers. Your bow tie dress is awesome! ♥

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  65. Oh, it sounds like you had an incredible time in NYC - so glad!!!
    Awesome that you were able to hook up with some other bloggers.
    And, there was a time when I would have packed and dressed to be cute but now I'm all about comfort, especially when it's cold!

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  66. Wow sounds like an amazing trip!! Your pictures are so cute! At least the knee thing happened the last night...I'm sorry it happened at all though, OUCH! I want to see Wicked...I've read all the books but still have not seen it!

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  67. 1) What the heck was up with your bartender who thought he was Tom Cruise? Did he jump up and down on the bar?
    2) It's far more hilarious to me than it should be that you went to a burger place and got salad. Hi-five.
    3) Cute pigtails!
    4) Ouchouchouchouchouch! Sorry about your knee :(
    5) It's been about a decade now since my last wander round NYC. This post made me miss it...despite the extreme cold. New Yaaawwwwk!!! When do you think you'll go back?

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  68. Hahah how awesome! So cool that you got to meet blogger friends. I always want to too. I haven't been to NYC yet, but hope to someday. :) Oddly it isn't super high on my list and neither is LA... who knows. This looks super fun. If I do go someday I would love to see a show, Greenwich village too. These pictures are so cute, beanies and scarves are the best and planning cute outfits for trips is so hard. I tried to simplify and pack light when we went to NOLA.... it was ok, I think I could have done better. The weather was tricky and I didn't pack the best for that. Ah well. I'm so glad that you got to see the Nutcracker. It is a favorite. I love it!! Glad you had a great trip! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  69. Oh my gosh your dress is beyond cute! And I just loved Wicked. It was here in Seattle a few years ago and I just loveeedd it! How fun you got to meet up with some blog ladies too. Sounds like a fun trip!

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  70. IT looks like you had a fabulous time and I'm totally jealous! Maybe I will get out there this year!!!

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  71. So being the 71 (and by far latest commenter) I'll probably also be the 71st and last to say you and KC are adorable and my desire to visit NYC just upped itself a billion!! It also makes me wanna meet-up with you a Rebecca soon in KY!!

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  72. Umm... I am so glad you didn't bail. Ha, to talking too much. There's no way you did with me there, taking up all the talking space ;) Also, how could I possibly find the amount you liked us creepy when I legit grabbed your hand and stole you from your husband in the middle of the city? Bah! Speaking of KC, tell him I said "HOW 'BOUT THEM BOYS!!"

    <3 YOUUUUUUUU

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  73. I loved the recap - the entire recap - yes, I stayed with you until the end. I think it is awesome that you caught up with other bloggers, and they felt like old friends. Your pictures were adorable, and the Nutcracker IS amazing (although I've only seen it a bunch of times by the Houston Ballet; never in NYC).

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  74. I love the ridiculously love recap. I may not have read every single little word, but I skimmed it and I hope that's okay. :) It totally stinks that it rained so much! And that we didn't get to see all of your cute outfits! I totally understand the packing nonsense for winter because when we went to Alsaka I was over here packing my wedding dress (must have for formal night on my honeymoon right?! HA!) and then all of the warm layers of clothes! Needless to say, I overpacked and had 2 suitcases checked. Lol. Anyways, back to NYC.... I love the dress in the first pic of the post with the bows on it! Adorable! You look so pretty! I cracked up about your just fab boots... at least you looked good in the mean time ;) And hey, you got some new kicks out of the deal! Win-Win! :) I could keep commenting on the things I love from your trip but I think that's enough.... Glad yous had a good time and enjoyed your visit!!! :)

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  75. I've had this post bookmarked since you published it, anxiously awaiting the day I'd have time to finally read it. I finally carved out some time today and it has just made me miss NYC that much more than I usually do :( haha. At least I can live vicariously through you, right?!

    First off, you looked so cute in every single picture! When I went it was the middle of Summer and the heat and humidity was absolutely ridiculous. Every picture of my friend and I is just terrible. We looked like total tourists dying in the heat. I want to go around Christmas SO bad! Seeing the tree at Rockefeller Centre, ice skating, and getting a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity are things I would love to do!

    Magnolia Bakery was 1/2 a block away from the hotel I stayed at when I was there. The first day there was a line around the block but the next morning it wasn't bad at all. The muffins were to DIE for. I still dream about them

    Love that you were able to meet up with blog friends while you were there! When I met a blog friend for the first time I was a bundle of nerves - I kept thinking she would hate me or think I was weird but it honestly did feel like being with an old friend. I communicate more with blog friends than I do with IRL friends (terrible, I know!).

    Sorry for turning this into a novel - my love for NYC is just SO BIG!

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