Travel Tuesday: New York City for the Holidays

It’s no secret that I think New York is one of the most amazing cities in the world.  I have had aspirations of living there since I was little (and hopefully I will soon enough) so of course I jumped at a last minute trip there this past weekend.

It’s bittersweet because on the way there, you see so much devastation from Sandy (and my friends volunteered with Relief efforts on Sunday because they’re amazing).  But I have so much going on between now and the end of the year so I wanted to get one last trip in to see some friends, and of course the magical city at this time of year.  I have had the most incredible year and I am so very blessed and this trip just reminded me of that so much.

I went to brunches with new friends and old friends, went out to some new (to me at least) bars and clubs, and walked several miles on Sunday exploring all of the Holiday decor, and soaking up one of the most beautiful days left of the year.  Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

Rockefeller Center Ice Skating, the Plaza hotel, Macy’s “Believe” and the Empire State Building on my walk around town.

Times Square at night, Macy’s Michael Kors Shoes in the window, The Grey Dog, an Fendi with festive and sparkly lights!

Lunch at Sarabeth’s with John and Amretha (some of my oldest friends) 🙂 Dinner at The Mulberry Project, Los Caminos, Flowers for Jaime for hosting me (Who says you have to have guys to buy flowers??) and Mike and I on the train ride back to DC after a great weekend!

 

 

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All Dolled Up

One of my best friends (and old roommate), Erica is moving to New York for Grad school so we celebrated her last weekend in DC this weekend.  The weekend consisted of a night out on H Street at Little Miss Whiskey (Erica’s favorite DJ was playing), lunch in Adams Morgan and a little trashy TV.

Erica suggested we get our make up done on Saturday before the party, which I happily agreed.  I haven’t had my make up done in years (probably since a MAC counter in high school) and after two hours at Sephora in Chevy Chase on Saturday, I’m now probably going to become an addict.  Sure I buy lots of makeup (which is why spending $50 at Sephora to make it free is so easy for me), but having someone else do it is an entirely different story.  I also find Sephora to be better than a department store because they’ll use all different brands, rather than just one.

We had two amazing (and hilarious) women who sat us next to each other and carefully applied make up for almost an hour and a half.  Erica asked to have “Melissa Gorga’s makeup from the RHONY Reunion special” which the girl quickly new.  We both had glitter applied (Make Up Forever Gold Diamond to be exact) and I felt like I was in 6th grade all over again.  I still don’t understand why that kind of makeup went out of style!

Needless to say, the trip and the entire night was a success.  I would certainly recommend it for a special occasion.  Or a Tuesday.  Any excuse to have someone else help you get ready works for me.

Here are some photos:

Sephora- View from the make up chairs

After our make up is all done!

Ready for a night out on the town!

A little bit of our night- At Little Miss Whiskey!

 

 

 

Today’s Importance to Me

I do realize today is Election Day (I’m not sleeping under a rock) but today also has other significance to me.  It’s my father’s birthday (who passed away 6 years ago).  It’s always a hard day for me but also makes me grateful for my life and the time that I did share with him.  I have an amazing family and so many blessings right now, and I know that he is watching over me…and that he is responsible for all of them.

So thank you to my incredible friends and family who have supported me over the last 6 years (and many more than that)- I wouldn’t be where I am without you.  And thank you to my amazing dad, who always believed in me.

Happy Election Day and Happy Birthday, Daddy!

My First Date…a barn dance for Girl Scouts, where my dad bought me a Corsage and we danced all night- one of my very best memories of him!

My dad in Uniform and my brother…so handsome!

Part of the Quote/Saying that my dad and I always said to each other…and then my amazing sister drew this for me for Christmas.

My three rocks. And best friends. And biggest comedians… to name a few.