Last week I spent a few wonderful days in NYC... and a few in Brooklyn. Every time I visit New York, I have a very different experience but all trips have been ultimately fabulous! This was my first time seeing NY when it hasn't been drenched in snow and icicles in quite a while, so I was thrilled to see trees blossoming and daffodils singing. My trip was short so I did what I could but there is just soooo much to do in that fabulous city! The bulk of my time was spent in Manhattan but my bff has recently moved herself to BKLYN so I had some time there as well. While I can see why people may like the whole BKYLN scene, I have decided once again, that it isn't for me - it lacks the glamour and excitement that you find in Manhattan. However, I have to say, I found some GREAT handmade jewelry and tops at a market there on my previous trip. I guess I just feel like it's no different than finding the hipster/artist settlement in any other big city. Anyways, I am not hear to talk badly about Brooklyn, because like I said, I get why people would love it but when I go to New York, I want Manhattan! My trip was packed with scrumptious food, great shopping, best friends, LOTS of laughs and a $70 coffee (see that story below)!
I saw the musical, Catch Me if you Can at the Neil Simon theater and it was wonderful! I wasn't sure how they were going to turn that movie into a musical but they did it, and they did it well! Aaron Tveit (the lovely guy who played Tripp van der Bilt on Gossip Girl) played the role of Frank Abangale Jr. aka Leo's role and boy, can he sing! ...and look great while doing it! The musical was fantastic - great songs, great costumes, great dancing, great singers - all around fun!
Most of my daily activity planning was built around where we were eating that day so needless to say, I ate more than enough on this trip! Sooo many restaurants/cafes/coffee shops/bars came recommended to us and there was no way to fit them all in. We did make sure to make our reservation for Buddakan weeks in advance and boy were we happy we did! I posted a Feature Friday about Buddakan a long time ago so I was very excited to actually check out the design first hand and taste the food with all the rave reviews. Buddakan did not disappoint at all! Located in the Meatpacking District, a darling part of NYC that I had never experienced before, the service was great, the design was spectacular and the food was phenomenal! I was also impressed that the prices were more than reasonable and the crowd was a good mix - from casual dressers to swanky couples. I highly recommend visiting Buddakan if you're heading to NYC but you must make your reservation well in advance... we could only get in on Sunday because Fri and Sat were already booked and we called nearly 2 weeks prior!
Of course, I stopped at every Anthropologie I saw - I know I can go to them at home but I love seeing the layout of each store and how they design their visual displays. The Anthropologie in Rockefeller Center had this one room which displayed all their fragrances and it had this gorgeous and modern floral display. I loved the use of the colorful and wallpapered blocks that created a skyscraper floral city. One other thing I was thrilled to discover is that my FAVORITE body scrub/lotion is available online! On my last trip to NYC, I purchased this scrub from SABON and fell in love! It makes your skin sooo sooo sooo soft and it smells delicious (I get the Patchouli Lavender Vanilla)! I wasn't able to find Sabon online after I had run out of the product but this time around, I found several stores throughout Manhattan and now they have an online store! Their product is great for gifts (Mother's Day!) or for pampering yourself so check it out! Can you tell how much I love it?!
If you have never been to NYC before, I HIGLY recommend that you go and if you have been, then you know how wonderful it is! My only tip for first time travelers is to ask people who either live there or have visited there often because they know exactly where to send you! If you want some more advice or recommendations, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!