There have been a tremendous amount of events going on this holiday season I’ve barely had time to write! Luckily I was able to catch an extra wink (or two) of sleep and relax a bit since getting off work last night, so I’m ready for the weekend festivities to begin.
Lately, most of my time has been consumed by my job (not necessarily a bad thing when you’re at W), but I still managed time to see the inspiring ladies of #73SpringShop – they have the most gorgeous Christmas tree that I’m tempted to replicate at home – and peruse their darling pop-up shop, bet it all at the casino-themed Kate Spade Holiday Party, see the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, have a cozy Italian meal with Yasmin at my friend Andrew’s restaurant soft opening (Little Sal’s on 16th St. off Union Square), make a day trip from Grand Central Station to explore Connecticut with the best red-headed tour guide I know and still make last-minute preparations for my upcoming holiday trip to London/Dublin with two of my closest friends in the city.
All this… and I actually start a new job Monday.
While it’s bittersweet to leave my incredible team of W Magazine, and 1 World Trade Center, I’m really excited to start this next chapter of my career. I’ll save the details for next week, but do keep your fingers crossed for me!
What have you been up to this holiday season? Do tell!
This city never ceases to surprise me.
Just yesterday, my roommate Julianna and I, went on an adventure in the West Village. It was beautiful out, and due to Julianna’s history with the area (she had lived there the previous summer), I had my own personal tour guide. This girl is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to Sex and the City shooting locations. And the best place for gelato – which is Cones, by the way. I have no idea how they’ve made corn the most popular flavor there, but it is incredible. The regulars (which will now include me) swear by it.
As the afternoon wore on, we decided to stop at A.O.C. for lunch in the backyard garden. I had been introduced to their French cuisine through an old boss and knew that their backyard garden (complete with a side of their crispy fries) would be the ideal spot.
A little into re-reading the menu – everything there is good. Everything – two guys on their way to Ireland were seated next to us. Somehow we ended up talking, and at one point our tables might have been joined. They ended up finishing their meals first and said their goodbyes, both of our tables wishing each other luck on our journeys. A moment later the waiter appeared and surprised us with the news that our check had been paid for by the gentlemen. J and I could not believe it. We literally were speechless. As was the waiter, who wanted to know what we had said. Day made.
Leaving the restaurant on our way to SoHo, we were still shocked by the last minutes of our time at A.O.C. We both agreed to pay it forward one day and surprise another table with authentic kindness.
So if you’re in New York, keep an eye out. You never know what a friendly conversation with strangers could lead to.
NYC Girl in Pearls
p.s. On top of that I ran into BryanBoy #FanMoment who a part from being super down to Earth, now knows this entire story.
(A few pictures from our adventures in lower Manhattan)