New York, My History
I love New York. Ever since I learned about this magical city in movies, plays, books, and TV, I wanted to be a part of it. There is something about New York that enthrals me.
My first visit was with my mom in high school for my sixteenth birthday. We stayed near Herald Square, visited all the tourist attractions, and watched a Broadway show a night. My mom and I visited again after my sophomore year in college, this time staying in Times Square and again watching as many shows as we could take in.
The summer after my junior year in college, I was accepted into a prestigious training program for young actors. This time, I was living in NYC, not just visiting. I fell in love. Hard.
After college, I moved to New York. A relatively sheltered 20 something in New York helped me learn some hard life lessons fast. Thanks to New York I became a stronger person. New Yorkers are some of my favorite people. The sense of community is unlike LA and I long to visit as often as I can.
Luckily Thanks to my YouTube Channel, I have been able to visit twice in two months!
This time, I tried to document the trip and vlogged for you. This last trip to New York was bitter sweet. This time last year I was in New York for Generation Beauty. It was the last trip before my mom had her stroke. Mom was watching the babies. I had returned from NYC to a housing mess and had to move apartments last minute.
Remembering my mom telling me not to stress and to not worry about visiting her and focus on moving. I could always visit next week. I went to visit her anyways and happy I did. That visit would be my last with her before the stroke. She had her stroke the next afternoon.
Arriving in NYC
This year, Hubs had to meet me in New York. Flying into JFK International alone, I had an overwhelming sadness. Part of it could have been the stress of travel. The other part was the realization how a year can change your life. Most of the time, I just chug along day by day. When there are makers in time that remind me I have managed to chug along for a year plus, sometimes it’s hard to breath. Attending Generation Beauty New York last year, I was in a completely different place emotionally, mentally, and financially. Then end of 2015 sucked! The beginning of 2016 SUCKED! We were trying to pick up the pieces of the last part of 2015 still. Honestly, it hasn’t been till almost recently that things have started to look okay.
But there’s always good food
This trip, like my last was jam packed with work. My schedule was a bit insane from the moment I landed, which helps me not dwell too long on the sadness I was feeling. Hubs and I managed to fit in a late lunch at Jack’s Wife Freda after a few meetings my first full day. If you are ever in New York, this is a must try! We had the chicken kabob, Madam Freda, and a side of Duck Bacon.
Hubs has nothing, but praise for the restaurant and so do I. Cute ambiance, friendly staff, good food. I recommend going during an odd hour, the small SOHO location is usually always packed, but worth the wait.
The next day was another full day of meetings ending with a fashion show. This was my first NYFW show and I was super excited to be able to experience a bit of New York Fashion Week before it was fully over. Growing up, I use to rush to the mailbox for all the New York Fashion Week editorials. It was pretty cool to be able to witness a little of the magic in person for the first time.
Outfit of The Day
With the weather cooling down, but also warm enough to be a bit overheated moving about the city, I choose to wear cut off levi’s I thrifted, a breezy lace up blouse from Forever 21, Dior boots, and my recent goto Chloe ‘Mini Marcie’ Leather Crossbody Bag.
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While the last year have been full of lows, it has forced me to work harder than ever on creating content. Being a content creator has been a lifeline for me. YouTube saved me the last few years, but I have never been so grateful for the platform and community as I have been the past year. This year I feel like all the hard work is paying off.
I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next year. Each year brings their own challenges, but rushing through New York, doing what I love, and surrounded by hard working individuals has recharged me. New York has a way of doing that for me, inspiring and motivating me to work even harder.
Change of Outfit
Of course it wouldn’t be New York without a torrential downpour out of nowhere and of course it would happen when I decided to walk 20 blocks for a meeting. Luckily I brought walking shoes and borrowed an umbrella from our hotel, The Roger. Here we are looking a bit ragged toward the end of a long week and a bit rain soaked.
I choose to wear a denim romper from Blank NYC, now ON SALE, paired with my Gucci loafers, the best shoe purchase in awhile, I have worn these to death since I bought them.
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We stayed at The Roger on Madison Avenue for the first time. Hubs picked out the quiet hotel and did an amazing job. Centrally located, clean, with a cute bar downstairs. Our maid was super friendly and accommodating, understanding our crazy schedule and never made us feel bad for it. The overall staff was welcoming. I defiently recommend the hotel if you are looking to visit.
Goodbye For Now
After Gen Beauty, we rushed to the Met. Hubs had never been to the Met before and I thought it was about time. We spent a few hours exploring the beautiful museum before grabbing a late night coffee and cake at Amy’s Bread. Completely spent, we walked back to the hotel saying goodbye to New York. Until next time…
What are some of your favorite spots in New York? Let me know in the comments.