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September 2nd, 2010 No Comments

The Huffington Post travel section features slides shows with photos and just enough info to tease you into researching further.

Keep these lists handy when planning your next vacation:

6 Cool Hotel Bars

7 Hot Spots Out West You Have To Experience

9 Brand New NYC Hotels

12 Cities for Beer Lovers

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Back to the Big Apple :)

May 11th, 2010 No Comments

This trip might come as a bit of a surprise to you. But I’m so excited to be heading up back to my island home.

Here’s what my travel to get there entails:

5am CST – Pry eyelids open

7am – I leave on a JetBlue plane.

11:30am EST – Pry eyelids open again as plan reaches the gate.

11:34am – I set foot into the great state of New York.

1pm – Mani/pedi with Lucy at BB Nails (I haven’t had a mani/pedi since Sarah’s birthday, yikes!).  My love Adrien is joining me!

2:30pm – Meeting #1

4:30pm – Meeting #2

6pm – Drinks with a few of my favorite peeps (minus one new mommy).

7:30pm – Dinner meeting.

9pm – Pass the F out.

Obviously it’ a work trip, but I’m squeezing in a little me time.  And of course, spring hasn’t hit NYC yet so I’m forced to lug multiple pairs of boots across the country.  Whatever, the trip could yield some great partnerships, so keep your fingers crossed.

Below are pics with captions from my entire trip.

 

If you’re flying an airline that shares a terminal with Southwest, 9.5 times out of 10, the security line won’t border on obnoxious, it will be full blown ridiculous.

(This one at Hobby zig-zags and fills the entire terminal.)

Check it out. “That guy” who spilled half her bag in the security line pulled it together and made her flight.

Always my first stop in NYC: BB Nails on the corner of Lex and E 30th. Litterally I get off the plane and take a taxi straight here. Of course, I had to make the appointment with Lucy at least a week in advance. She’s that good! The number here is 212-689-1892.

How sweet is my Megs to come meet me to catch up?! I love this lady.

I’m off to meet G and Charlotte for lunch uptown. Trying out a new iPhone app for pics, what do you think? This effect doesn’t really fit the photo, but it’s my favorite thus far. More to come on this later.

I love surprising people with sweet treats. Usually I make them, but in NYC I have so many favorite bakeries, I pick one per trip and stock up to distribute to friends, people I take meetings with, etc. Such a simple gesture that always makes them smile.

The trick is to bring something people love and wouldn’t get for themselves (cupcakes from Sprinkles/Crave/Buttercup) or truly unique that people might not know about.

Today I picked up unbelievably delicious brownie bites from Bouchon bakery at Columbus Circle on my way to meet G. Another favorite is the cinnamon toast from Stumptown coffee. In Houston I go to Dapaco’s in the Heights for tres leches cake. As for LA, my go-to is Delucious cookies from Food+Lab.

I got my daily dose of Charlotte in person today. She’s such a good baby!!

For more of this precious face and tips from her beautiful mommy visit G’s blog www.georgiegirlnyc.com

The real deal in action.

G is quite a stylish mommy. She makes motherhood look so simple and glamorous! Love her Tory Burch shades and Steve Madden flats.

Maybe One Day Head To Toe:

— Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies

— Yumi-Mazao trench from Encore

— Black leggings

— Fendi boots

— Faux snake clutch from vintage store on 19th street in Houston

I’ve always wanted a white trench, but it’s so impractical for New Yorkers who need outerwear that can look clean even though it’s embarrassingly dirty. For Houston and LA, a white trench will get a couple months of good use without looking worn.

As for a mommies, a white anything probably got pushed to the back of your closet. Just shows you the “Maybe One Day” isn’t necessarily around the corner for me.

After my last trip to NYC, I had put all of my boots away for summer. But never underestimate New York weather to throw a wrench in your plan. These Fendi boots have actually lasted through 3 years in New York, and with a little shine, look as good as new. (Side note: Did you see the video Adrien, Sarah, and I made on the roof of Gawker when Adrien was strutting his stuff in these boots? Too funny. Oh the memories!) Ok, he’s done. 10 minutes and 6 bucks later, these boots are ready to walk again.

Is it just me or is it true that the NY Times is a much better read in print than online? I lead a digital life, but you really can’t beat reading The Times (or WSJ or Vogue) in your hands. Some things just don’t translate. And it’s nice to go old school from time to time. Just my opinion.

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April 9th, 2010 No Comments

 

Tonight, I won as a friend and failed as a blogger.

This morning I got on a plane with the intent to surprise Sarah, one of my favorite people in the world for her birthday.*  Seeing as that was my one goal, I won this day, and I have tear stains on my blouse to prove it.  As much as I wish I had great Kodak moment pictures of the look on Sarah’s face when I stood next to her and joined in on her conversation at the restaurant, followed by a huge hug, and the sweetest tears I’ve ever seen, I can live with the memory in my head.  Unfortunately I can’t really share it all with you.

I could go on about the drama that surrounded preparing her birthday table that would be enjoyed by another party, but really none of that matters.  What’s important is that minutes before Sarah got to the restaurant, she repeated, “I wish you were here, seriously, I wish you were here.”  And I got to say, “awww, me too love.”

And then I was there!  I’ve never experienced that before and to see the light in her eyes felt really good.  Because Sarah is truly a genuine, selfless, caring friend, and I am glad to feel like I can keep up.

From dinner we went to meet the rest of her crew at Donnybrook, where I finally got the cocktail I had been waiting for after my day.  She partied on, but Adrien and I had to call it a night.  To my surprise when I got back to Meghan’s house, I was attacked by a monster (Lily, Julia’s dog) that I hadn’t seen in too long.  We spent some quality time together back in the day, and Lily will never forget it. Amazing dogs can remember that stuff.

A few sips of a decaf coffee and I’m ready to hit the hay in NYC.

Night night.

(* I am on my way to Mexico; my “lay over” is more like a detour to NYC :)

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