Back to Reality From the Holiday Weekend

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Hello my loves.  Is everyone pretty much back to reality from the long holiday weekend?  If you followed along on snapchat you might have seen that Mark and I were up in NYC for our birthday weekends.  My birthday is the 5th (yesterday!!) and Mark’s the 11th.  We usually head off somewhere fun for the long weekend to celebrate and relax.  New York was perfect this past weekend.  The weather was not scorching (which I was nervous about) we were able to walk the entire time and not melt.  Actually, all day on Saturday we pretty much just walked for hours in Central park.  I had no idea there was so much in there.  I really wanted to rent a paddle boat but dang the lines were crazy long.  Next time we will definitely get up earlier and check that out.  We also checked out a Broadway show.  If you are ever in the city, I highly recommend checking out School of Rock. It was completely worth it.  Plus, all the kids played the instruments in it.  Extremely impressive and highly entertaining the entire time.

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We had such a great time just exploring the city and not having much of a time table.  My sister came in with her kiddos and I love soaking up as much time with those munchkins as possible.  We also walked them all the way down and across the High Line.  Have you checked that yet?  It’s an old converted railway that is now a pedestrian footway that is lined with fun sights and it ends in the Meat Packing district where we stopped for lunch.  Then through Chelsea and back up to midtown.  Those kids were troopers.

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Mark and I also had dinner at Quality Meats which is the restaurant we went to the night we got engaged.  It did not disappoint.


We stayed at the Knickerbocker Hotel which has been the best location out of any of the hotels we’ve stayed at so far.  I will have a full review but let me give you a quick preview.  Let’s just talk about this rooftop bar overlooking Times Square.  I don’t think you can be any closer to seeing the NYE ball.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and time off.  This Summer is really flying by right?  Make sure you are getting some time to soak in the Summertime living.  Also, have you checked out my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview post yet?  We are less than two weeks away till the sale goes live!  What do you have on your shopping list?

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30 responses to “Back to Reality From the Holiday Weekend”

  1. Emma says:

    Looks like you had an awesome holiday weekend!! Happy Belated Birthday!

    Emma | Seeking the South

  2. Welcome back girl! So glad you had a great time in NY! That hotel was in the middle of it all – such a fab location!! I loved the high-line when we went, but it was winter so i want to go back in the summer lol! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  3. Jaelan says:

    What a great little getaway. I’m jealous! Happy birthday yesterday. Glad you were able to get some down time.

  4. Sara says:

    So glad the weather wasn’t too hot! Last time I did the 4th in NYC, it was. SO HOT and humid! I swore never again!! Your hotel room looked divine! I kept trying to figure out where that was! Happy belated birthday! You and my dad (and now my nephew – born yesterday!) share a birthday!!

  5. Ashley says:

    Happy belated birthday lady! Your NYC pictures have me wanting to be in the city! That sunset— stunning!

  6. happy belated! oh nyc. my heart is there. glad the weather held up. and ugh the high line is my FAV spot in the city!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  7. Sounds like the perfect birthday weekend in NYC! That rooftop of the hotel is so pretty! And loving that black dress you were wearing, so cute! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  8. Ohh, your pictures . . . they never disappoint!!! I love NYC . . . what a great place to enjoy the long weekend! And Happy Birthday!!!

  9. Rebecca Jo says:

    That pink sky with the Empire State Building – GORGEOUS!
    I want to go to NYC so badly one time in life.
    You look so cute & comfy & stylish… a perfect NYC kinda gal.

  10. Kaitlin says:

    Aww, happy birthday to both of you!! Looks like an amazing little getaway. I love NY! Glad it wasn’t too miserable when you were there, although you are probably used to heat and humidity. :)

  11. emelia says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, looks like a perfect weekend. NYC is amazing and those views you had…spectacular!

  12. What a fun trip! Glad you got some qt in with the kiddos and sister! Love all your outfits! Happy belated to you and early to Mark!

  13. Deborah says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! I need to make my way up to NYC soon. I’ve never been. >_<

  14. Those photos are all stunning! I’m glad that y’all had a great birthday trip! Happy belated birthday to you & happy early birthday to Mark!

  15. What a fun way to celebrate your birthday. Central Park really is huge…I still haven’t covered the whole thing. Gorgeous LBD outfit on the rooftop. Sounds like an awesome location to stay st.

  16. Owen Davis says:

    Gorgeous pictures lady!! So much fun to visit NYC in the summer. I’ve only ever been in the winter. I’m sure its a completely different vibe! I hope you had an amazing birthday!! Xo

  17. So glad y’all had fun! Central Park is so huge, it’s easy to hide all of the cool things inside, and so many are off the beaten path. I’m shocked the kids walked the whole High Line – they’re super kids!

  18. beautiful pics (as always!) and happy birthday to you both!! can you believe i’ve never been to NYC?!

  19. I loved seeing all of your snaps of your trip! NYC is one of my favorite places to visit because there’s always so much to do and see!

  20. Chesson @ Magnolia & Main says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Your trip to NYC looks like it was fabulous – I’ve never been! I’ll have to live vicariously through your pictures for a little while :)

  21. Karly says:

    I’m so glad that you guys had a nice weekend away! I enjoyed following along with all your snaps. Loved your outfits, too – you look gorgeous!

  22. Tiffany says:

    What a perfect weekend getaway! I’ve never done the High Line. Will for sure next time. Happy birthday to you both!!

  23. Kristina says:

    Glad you guys had so much fun!! Ps. Your photos are looking quite amazing these days :)

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  24. I freaking LOVE New York! I’m hoping to go this fall, actually. Happy Birthday(s) to you and Mark! What an awesome way to spend it!

  25. Perfect weekend!! Happy belated, girl!!

  26. So happy to hear you had a lovely birthday! I totally miss living in NYC, Central Park was my sanctuary! OMG AND THAT LAST PHOTO is GORGEOUS! x

  27. kristen says:

    oh what a fun trip :) i love that you guys go there for your birthdays each year. the pictures are fabulous. happy belated birthday! your niece looks so much like you :)

  28. Lindsay says:

    Such a fun birthday weekend! Happy belated!!! My girlfriend worked for the Knickerbocker when they renovated and re-opened. I think they drop the ball from there! My parents love that restaurant and go there every time they are in the city because the views are so spectacular!

  29. Julie Joy says:

    What a fun little getaway! Beautiful pics! Happy (belated) birthday to you! And Happy Birthday to Mark! Michael and I celebrate our birthdays a few days apart as well! :)

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