Tuesday, January 28, 2020

NYC Girls Trip Guide

Once a year I go on a trip with my girlfriends to The Big Apple.  It's one of my fave places to get away + shop til your drop + and soak up city life.  I'm sharing some of my daytime and nighttime looks that I've worn and some of my fave spots in the city!

Daytime Looks:

Camel Fleece turtleneck / Quilted Black Leather Bag / Spanx Faux Leather Leggings / Black and White Sneakers

You can't beat comfy turtlenecks and Spanx leggings for a casual day look filled with shopping.  I'm obsessed with this fleece turtleneck (comes in other colors and shorter lengths here!)  The length on this top is perfect for pairing with leggings because it covers up all the things.  I've also been loving these new sneakers because of the little platform. They also come in a solid white color here.

Cabbing it with my girl Campbell!


I wore this look last year during the day (notice my long hair) which is also based solely on comfort.  You walk so much in NYC that during the day I always opt for a low heeled bootie or sneakers and these fit the bill.  I always have loved a classic wool funnel neck coat.  This particular coat is old but I found a similar one here and here.  I also love this twist on the coat in a tweed version with leather details.  

This pic was snapped in front of the fountain outside the famous Plaza Hotel.  If you've never been to NYC this is a def must-see (at least just to see where Macaulay Culkin stayed in Home Alone 2) :)

Rockefeller Center with proof of our shopping with allll the bags!


This year I saw Mean Girls on Broadway which was hilariously awesome!  I also recommend seeing Jagged Little Pill and Moulin Rouge! (didn't have time to see those but heard they were great!)

Nighttime Looks:

Black Wrap Dress / Rose Petal Earrings / Quilted Black Leather Bag / Black Tights / Red Booties

Y'all know by now that I'm fully obsessed with Amazon at this point and I found this dress for under $30!  I love the ruffle detail and come in several other colors.  Then I found these fun floral drop earrings on Amazon as well.  You really can't beat all the convenience and fun styles that is on Amazon!

We went to a fun French restaurant called Le Bilboquet ( the Cajun chicken is to die for!) Then we headed to our fave midtown rooftop bar Salon de Ning which is at the Peninsula Hotel for after-dinner drinks. If you have followed me on Instagram stories then you probably saw that I fell and broke my right wrist last year. Well, I'm happy to report that I stayed safe this year and had no broken bones- ha!


I wore this black-on-black look to dinner last year.  We went to a beautiful restaurant called Park Avenue Autumn- where the menu and decor drastically changes each season.  These faux leather pants have been a staple in my closet because I love the additional coverage these give you over a legging.  And it doesn't hurt that these look like real leather and are under $100!  Wore my fave open toe booties which I recently found on sale for under $60.
We found a dive bar after dinner that night with a great DJ and had a blast!
Hanging at Le Bilboquet on last year's trip!


Fave Places in NYC to go on a Girls Trip:


Brunch + Bubbles:
Balthazar - a true NYC staple located in SoHo, has the best eggs Benedict, perf for fueling up before hitting allllll the stores in SoHo

BG Restaurant - located on the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman with gorgeous views of Central Park, try their lobster mac + chicken salad sandwich with truffle oil

Freemans - rustic + quaint restaurant hidden down an alley on the Lower East Side

Two Hands - They have 2 locations in the city, simple but delicious food with amazing coffee

Brunching at the always amazing Balthazar!

The decor at BG Restaurant is one of my faves!

Shop Til You Drop:

SoHo - this is a mecca for shopping with literally over 300 stores.  It is known to be one of the world's largest outdoor malls.  Some of my faves are: Aritzia, Mango, Splendid, Top Shop, and The Real Real

Midtown - You can't beat all the luxury stores along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.  The window displays alone are worth the stroll.  Bergdorf Goodman is simply a must!


Shopping at my fave store- Mango 

Dinner at It's Finest:
Beauty and Essex - I've been here 4 times and it simply never gets old!  They serve champagne in the bathroom and the sharable plates make it a perfect atmosphere for a girls dinner.  Head upstairs to the club after dinner to get your dance on.

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges - We went there for brunch this year but I want to go back and try dinner next time!  The decor is gorgeous and the menu has something for everyone.

Carbone - This Italian restaurant inspired by The Godfather gives off a hipster chic 1950's vibe.

Buddakhan - The decor is truly amazing with even better pan-Asian fare.  They filmed an iconic episode of Sex and City here.

ABC Kitchen - This is a beautiful and elegant setting with amazing seafood

Vandal - This restaurant / nightclub has amazing + funky decor celebrating global culture

Quality Italian Steakhouse - We tried this spot this year and I will definitely be back!  The filet meatballs were unreal.


Hanging at Quality Italian Steakhouse with my girls!

This is just a short + sweet list of some of my top faves.  There are many many more! Comment below and let me know some of your faves.  There is just never enough time to hit up all the places but you have to leave something to come back for!

XOXO,
Amanda 

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