Wednesday, July 24, 2013

city livin'

Outfit Details:
maxi dress: Old Navy
hat: boutique in NYC

Another trip! I wish that's what my life was really like...I just don't take pictures of the mundane work days. These photos are from a long weekend in New York City I took to hang out with my college besties. Kate, Amy and I met our freshman year at Ithaca College. We were all living on the same floor in the dorms and we ended up doing everything together and becoming really close. Our sophomore year we lived on the same floor again, our junior year we lived in an on-campus apartment with some other girls and our senior year we lived in an off-campus apartment with just us three. Coming from such a small town with a group of friends I had known forever- caused me to have real fears about not meeting anyone I could truly connect with. These girls became those people I thought I would never find; we spent so much time together, took trips over the summers and have stayed close for the past two years we have been out of school. They are true friends and I love seeing them!

Please excuse the iPhone pics and Instagrams...ain't nobody got time to lug around a DSLR on vacation in NYC.
I took a bus to NYC and met Kate at the station. She has an apartment in the city so we dropped my stuff off and headed out. We stopped in this accessories store that Kate knew I would love... SO MUCH JEWELRY. Necklaces and earrings in every color and style. I'd been looking for a hat like this forever but the ones I tried on never seemed to look right, but this one was perfect and affordable. I paired it with this floral maxi dress that I got for like $5 at the end of last summer. We walked around and went to a happy hour spot that had half-price appetizers. We chugged some beers and met up with another friend from school and ate and talked nonstop! It was great.
We headed back to Kate's apartment and hung out on her 30th floor balcony. On the super hot and humid day the breeze up there felt amazing. The view to the right was all kinds of buildings and streets and to the left was the river. It got prettier as the sun went down and the lights starting coming on, and Amy finally came into town! She is living in New Jersey for an internship and had a long day of work. We ended up just sitting on the balcony and chatting for a long time that night. Kate can actually see the empire state building from her bed! That weekend was the LGBT Pride parade; hence the rainbow lights.

The next day we headed to a brunch place that had UNLIMITED bloody Mary's or Mimosas for two hours with the purchase of an entree. It was relaxing and we caught a little buzz (oops,) before heading out to walk around and window shop in SoHo.
We checked out this little Chobani "yogurt bar" store that Kate had been ranting about and it was cooler than I had imagined. An employee met us out front with paper menus and told us a bit about how the store worked. There were choices like peanut butter and jelly, one with figs, walnuts and honey and one with cucumbers and olive oil, amongst others. He took our order and sent it to the kitchen from his phone! We walked into the tiny store full of yogurt displays and watched through glass as the chefs prepared our treats. They came out in little glass bowls that you were allowed to keep! I thought it was a little gimmicky but still fun.

That night we met up with some more friends and went out to these two bars that were having a joint open bar deal for $30! Good deal for the city. After getting all dressed up and excited, the first bar was a huge disappointment...but the second one was a blast! We hung out with this group of guys celebrating a bachelor party and danced the night away. My outfit is completely courtesy of Kate...who knew I could pull off a high-low skirt?

The next night we went to dinner at a cute place called Penelope's. It was a small restaurant with a bar and cafe with espresso drinks. It had a "Cape Cod" theme and great food so we loved it.

It was a whirlwind of a trip and the 5-hour bus ride back was torture. Can't wait to visit them again!

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