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New York in 72 Hours : City Guide

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No matter how long I have to spend in New York City, it’s never enough. There are too many good restaurants and too many stores to hit that I always end up feeling like I need another week. 

This trip, we knew we had to make the most of the short 3 days we had. 

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And so I present, A humble City Guide for you, if you have 72 hours to spend in New York City:

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The Highline Hotel in Chelsea - A converted theological seminary built in the 1800s, with an Intelligentsia Espresso bar in the lobby. A match made in heaven. 

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The Spotted Pig - Heavenly gnudi (ricotta dumplings), pumpkin salad, and the special when we went was beef + vegetable pot pie. ALL AMAZING. Your best bet for getting in is to arrive at 5:30pm or else prepare to wait a while. 

Egg - Get there early. Fresh beignets for every table. The place for breakfast lovers like myself. 

The Meatball Shop - yup. Can’t go wrong with meatballs. This place made Aaron’s year. 

Radegast Biergarten - go for the biggest, softest pretzel and other delights. I didn’t get to fully enjoy all the beers on tap but they looked delicious and Aaron approved. 

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Alder - For a nice dinner out. Make reservations ahead of time. Try the “French Onion Soup Rings” - you won’t be sorry. 

Shake Shack - I don’t quite understand how this place is so good but trust me that it is. Even for a die hard In’n’out lover like myself, this place wins (gasp!). 

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1. Saturdays Surf NY - mainly men’s apparel (Aaron scored this tweed cap + amazing fisherman’s sweater) but I love the atmosphere of this place and they have a great espresso bar and cozy patio out back. A nice little oasis in the bustling city. 

Also be sure to check out Pilgrim Surf & Supply while you are on your way to Mast Brothers. I would have bought a bikini if I wasn’t so pregnant. Sigh. 

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2. Wolverine Pop-up Store - The best made boots you’ll find made in America. Aaron has a pair he loves and I was surprised to find they also make classic, beautiful, well crafted women’s shoes as well. I’m kind of obsessed with my new boots

3. Mast Brother’s Chocolate - Sample + pick up some delicious chocolate, and I’d go back just for their chocolate almond cookie alone. To die for. 

4. Clare V. - It hurt so much to walk out of this store with nothing that later on Aaron decided we should go back. I’m kind of obsessed with my new foldover clutch. Next time I’ll go back to get a monogrammed wallet or this beauty. 

5. In God We Trust - I love the way the curated items fit in so well with the clothing line in this boutique. Kat found an awesome hat and I am wishing I had walked away with a Pendleton scarf I saw there. 

6. Crossroads Trading Co. - I could have spent ALL DAY in this one. Best score of the day were these beautiful Rebecca Minkoff Wedges. Kat wins best friend of the year award for not fighting me for them. 

7. MUJI - This was my favorite store when I lived in Tokyo after college and it still always makes me happy. They have the best pens in the world, trust me. And yes, I am a nerd. 

Oh yeah, and you should always make time for Central Park, especially in the Fall. 

Ah there is so much more but that’s about what we managed while still finding time to catch up with some great friends AND a little behind the scenes hang out with the talented lady behind Preston & Olivia.

My heart is full and my wallet is pretty much empty but it’s all worth it. Until next time, NYC. 

xo,

Em

Elements: The NYC Travel Edition

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Tomorrow morning bright and early Em and I are heading to NYC for New York Fashion Week.  We are so excited to run around the city, meet some new blogger friends, photograph some runway shows, and let’s be real…we cannot wait to eat our way through NYC!

Before we leave, we wanted to leave you with our top 11 NYC travel essentials.  Don’t leave home without these ladies…

1. The Dooney & Burke “Happy Bag” is small, lightweight, timeless, and our perfect travel companion.

2 + 3.  Nars LipStick in “Dragon Girl” w Too Faced Lip Primer.  Whether going to NYC or to the drugstore or to a 12-hour shoot these puppies come with me everywhere I go.  Literally one application lasts me an entire day through meals, drinks, everything.  Definite ESSENTIALS ladies.

4.  Lush “No Drought” Dry Shampoo.  There are so many out there.  I was a Baby Powder girl my self, until enough of my girlfriends sang Lush’s praises; it’s the best in my opinion.

5.  Travel Perfume.  My go to is Aqua di Go for Women:  $20 from Sephora:  It’s super affordable, mine has lasted for over a year; it’s light and fresh, and trust me you’ll want this after walking the city all day before breezing into drinks with friends.

…which leads us into…

6 + 7.  The MetroCard + Hand Sanitizer:  Some people are cab people some people are Subway people.  I try at all costs (pun intended) to take the subway.  People it’s like 3,000x cheaper and part of the NYC experience.  Obvi you need Hand Sani whether you cab or Sub it.  Let’s be real, we love NYC, but it is dur-tay.

8.  RayBan Aviators.  A Staple.  Need I say more?

9. A Sewing Kit.  I keep these in all my different bags.  I cannot tell you how many random times at shoots or out with friends that someone has needed a needle and thread.  By no means do I sew, but I can do a quick-fix.

10.  Mini MoleSkin Journals.  My dad told me that the most successful people in the world keep idea journals with them all the time.  Their goal is to write down several new ideas each day.  You may not have that game-changing idea in the first year, but 5 years down the road it may come.  I always keep my idea/dream journal with me + easily accessible.  You never know when inspiration will hit!

11.  Business Cards. (Thanks Mink Cards for our lovely new cards!).  You’re meeting people ALL the time when you’re out.  Always have a business card on you!  There’s nothing worse than someone saying ‘Oh I’ll just get in touch with you’.  Oh no no no…you be ready to build relationships.  Have those biz cards on hands, and YOU send the follow-up email!

Stay tuned for more on our trip to NYC…

XOXO,

Kat + Em