December 11, 2019
christmas in new york

We had three long days in NYC and packed in as much as we could. We always do the 6am flight out of Charleston, but honestly this may have been the last time we do

We had three long days in NYC and packed in as much as we could. We always do the 6am flight out of Charleston, but honestly this may have been the last time we do it because it’s just too early for us! It calls for a 3am wake up, but this time, we didn’t get a wink of sleep leading up to that because Rosie was coughing so hard that she started getting sick on and off all night long. It was so hard to leave home! If it hadn’t been a work commitment, I definitely would have had an even tougher time thinking of leaving, but my parents were at our house taking care of the babies and so I had that huge peace of mind.

After getting our bags dropped off at the hotel, we walked over to The Smith, which is one of our favorite brunch stops. The Sicilian Baked Eggs are simply out of this world. We like to sit at the bar, even at 9am! You may recognize this exact view from our trip in October.


We walked around and I had to run into Macy’s to grab a pair of socks. I didn’t realize I own zero thick socks! I do have one pair that is navy blue and says “horses” all over them, but I figured those just might not go with this outfit. (ha!) I was wearing Brandon’s earlier, but they were just too big and my feet didn’t fit into my boots very well with them on. I’m wearing this coat. It’s a good one! Also wearing these boots—I’d recommend choosing the larger if you’re often in between two sizes. Wearing along with my trusty $28 jeans that I still swear by. My hat is available right here, the sweater is this one in a medium (size up one), and the turtleneck underneath is this one.


Loved meeting up with two girlfriends at L’Avenue at Saks. It’s beautiful in there! But can you see that the lampshade behind us has been drawn all over? muy confuso.


Later Wednesday night, we ate at Keens Steakhouse. It’s a really cool spot! It has that old gentlemanly charm we like in a steakhouse. Brandon got the largest steak I’ve ever seen him eat. I had lobster bisque (not the best, TBH) and then one of the best salads I’ve ever had in my life. It had lobster and steak on it. Delicious. We were able to sneak a spot at the bar (our favorite, as you know), but if you’d like to go, I highly suggest making a reservation long in advance!

Keens has a really interesting history. In short, it was a pipe club for the longest time. In this case, you can see pipes that belonged to notable people in history like Theodore Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Albert Einstein, and many more. Still today, Keens owns the largest collection of Churchwaden pipes in the world.


The next day, we grabbed a croissant and a coffee at Le Pain Quotidien and walked from midtown to the West Village for some pizza. We love Johns of Bleeker Street. It was worth the walk! Here’s a picture of us in almost the same booth in 2011, compared to our picture last week.

Here’s what I’m wearing! My coat is such a good find. My jeans are my new favorites… they are Levi Wedgie “The Icon Fit” and I’m obsessed. I’d recommend sizing up to the size you rarely ever wear because they run small in my opinion. The sweater is Mansur Gavriel—the same exact style is available in four pretty colors. My boots are on sale here! They fit TTS. My sunglasses are my absolute favorites and they are a steal at under $100. I have them in three colors.


Then, the whole reason we were in NYC! I was asked to come up by Amazon to host one of their Live fashion segments. If you missed it, you can still watch here—I’m about halfway through and again at the very end. It was an amazing experience!


I have the outfit I’m wearing linked here!


The coolest part was doing a segment with Brad Goreski! I’ve loved him since his Rachel Zoe days.



It gets dark right now in NYC at like 4:30 so we grabbed some cheesecake and went back to our room to relax a little before dinner. Our room had a fabulous view of the Empire State Building. We stayed at the Arlo NoMad. The rooms are tiny but the view is big!



Here’s what I wore to dinner. My outfit is linked here.



We stopped by John Derian before dinner.



We went back to a favorite, Palma, for dinner. I took this picture when we were walking around the West Village earlier that day.


It’s the most romantic spot!



The fettuccini with truffles is one of the best things ever.



If you go, ask to sit on the back patio when you make your reservations!



Then we went to another favorite—The Polo Bar.



The next day we went to Sarabeth’s for lunch. Gosh, I’m such a creature of habit! The crab cake sandwich + truffle fries are an incredible combination.



We shopped around quite a bit that day, then went to The Met. I wore this jacket, which is currently on sale, and it kept me incredibly warm! My boots are the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots, which are an investment, but a good one. I’ve had mine for at least 6 years, maybe more. They are also available here.



The Sandy Schreier couture fashion collection was amazing to see.



Brandon and I split up in the museum and did it on our own terms. He spotted me down below and took this picture. I’m in there at the mid left!



During our taxi back to midtown, we realized we hadn’t seen the Rockefeller Christmas Tree (the tree lighting took place while we were there). And it wouldn’t be Christmas in New York without seeing it, right? So we hopped out and ran over. So glad we did!



The light show at Saks was incredible. Look at all of the people who had stopped to watch it!



Our flight home was delayed. (I don’t think we took off until 11pm!) I’m glad we found out about the delays before we were in a taxi on the way to the airport. This way, we got to enjoy two more dinners in the city. Yes, two.


The first one was a slice at Sauce Pizzeria, which is officially my favorite pizza in the city. Brandon and I watch Dave Portnoy’s pizza reviews almost every night and we’ve eaten at almost all of his 9+ pizza spots in the city. THIS, my friends, is out of this world pizza. Just remember the name—Sauce.



Then we went to Eataly and enjoyed some wine, pasta, and desserts. The wine was special because it’s normally not ever served by the glass anywhere in the city, but they had just opened a bottle that night and allowed us to. It was spectacular!