This year for Mardi Gras break I hopped on a plane for New York City with my mom, sister, grandma, aunt, and cousin. Because who doesn’t love a good girls trip?
Our morning started off early, flying out of Lafayette at an early five in the morning. Upon arriving in Atlanta, we learned there were mechanical issues with our plane, delaying us an hour. Fortunately we were able to switch gates and get in the air in no time. After arriving in the city we freshened up and changed into our outfits for the night. After stumbling upon dinner at Junior’s in Times Square we made our way to the Gershwin Theatre to see Wicked, which was for sure one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never seen it I highly recommend checking it out if you ever get the chance! After the show we made our way back to our hotel to get some sleep after a long day of travel. I unfortunately didn’t get a picture of either of my outfits Friday, but I’ll be sure to link everything below.
For our first full day in New York we woke up early and began our trek through the city. Our first stop was Times Square, specifically the M&M and Disney stores. My cousin Rhemi was dying to check them out so we had to do that for her. As we walked around the Disney store I couldn’t help but feel old. There were so many stuffed characters on the walls that I didn’t recognize. After Times Square we kept walking towards Bryant Park, stopping at the New York Public Library. Most people may see this as a library, or an architectural dream, but my mom, aunt, and I see it as the place Carrie Bradshaw was stood up on her wedding day in the first Sex and the City movie. I’m sure you can imagine the amount of pictures and Boomerangs we took on that front staircase. Following the library we walked down Fifth Avenue, spending most of our time in Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Tiffany’s. I actually felt the need to shush my mom in Cartier, but that’s a story for another time. While in Tiffany’s Lola made her first “big girl purchase,” picking up the classic Tiffany’s mini double tag pendant. We then Ubered to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for a lunch accompanied by the waitstaff’s renditions of Broadway showtimes and cult classics. If you find yourself in New York I highly recommend checking it out. You cannot skip out on this one. After lunch we made our way back to the hotel to freshen up and relax before heading over to the Empire State Building. I’m sure this will sound sappy, but I really mean it when I say how beautiful the view of the city if from the top of the building. It really makes you realize how big the world is. Skipping dinner we walked down to Milk Bar for dessert, and it was delicious! By far the best dessert I’ve ever had. If you ever go I recommend getting the Compost Cookie and Cereal Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream topped with Corn Flakes.
Sunday we slept in a bit before Ubering over to spend the day in SoHo. Our first stop in SoHo was Artizia, and let me tell you this. It is by far everything you could have imaged and more, if you have never been. It is pricy, but they have an amazing sale selection. If you have any event coming up or are in need of some retail therapy, check out Aritzia. You won’t be disappointed. We then stopped by Zara and Levi’s. While at Zara I picked up the cutest pleated, leather skirt and a puff-sleeve polka dot top. Next up, the motherland, Golden Goose. I could have spent all day there. I’d die for a pair of Hi Stars, just saying. I didn’t get anything :(( but it’ll one day. We then stopped at Glossier. Lola had a blast, but it wasn’t for me. The layout and decor of the store was beautiful, though. After that we had lunch at a French cafe before walking to Greenwich Village to see Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment. If you think we were having a fangirl moment at the NYPL, then you should have seen us here. The people who live in that building probably hated us, along with the other tourists who flock to the Greenich Village walk-up each day. Our photoshoot lasted quite some time. We then went back to the hotel to freshen up for a carriage ride through Central Park and dinner at the Restoration Hardware Rooftop. After dinner we went back to the room to make TikToks. You can check out @lola.a.b on TikTok for those.
Four our last full day we slept in before visiting the World Trade Center Museum and Memorial. I wasn’t born yet when 9/11 took place, but I can only image the pain the city of New York and the rest of the country went through on that day and the months following. If you haven’t been yet I highly recommend stopping by. To lift our spirits we had pizza around the corner at EATaly for lunch, then walked over to Battery Park to check out the Statue of Liberty. While in battery park my grandma was chosen to participate in an act with the street performers. Anyone who knows Melinda Penedo can only imagine what was going through her mind when she was chosen. They even called her their “Suga’ Mama.” How sweet. After they got their $20 out of us, we Ubered to the Museum of Natural History. After we spent some time there we made our way back to the Upper East Side and had a quick dessert at Palette in Bergdorf Goodman. If you’re going for the food, skip it. If you’re going for the Ashley Longshore pieces covering the restaurant, you’ve come to the right place. What we should have done was stopped by the Ashley Longshore exhibit at the Diane von Furstenberg on Washington Street instead of spending the money on mediocre, overpriced dessert. After our early dessert we celebrated our last night together with dinner at Carmine’s, sharing stories about our favorite parts of the trip. While sharing stories we all had one thing in common about our favorite memories: the wise words of Melinda Penedo.
The next morning we packed up all our things and prepared to head home. Before we left my mom, Lola, and I thought it would be nice to take a walk to Blue Bottle Coffee since we’d had Starbucks every morning of the trip. As we approached the building Maps told us would house Blue Bottle, we realized it wasn’t Blue Bottle. We quickly refuted ourselves to another Blue Bottle, which also didn’t seem to exist. Blue Bottle, if you’re reading this please update your locations on Maps. It would be greatly appreciated. Feeling a bit embarrassed that I’d led us on a wild goose chase, we walked back to the hotel to catch an Uber to Laguardia. I wore the same airport outfit to return home as I did on our flight to New York.