Bright Lights, Big City...NYC Trip Rewind

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I am slowly but surely recovering from this weekend's non-stop funfilled madness of a whirlwind trip to NYC...but WOW, was it worth it! I can't say enough about how much of an adventure it was from start to finish--lucky to have an incredible group of friends that Jeff and I love to travel with!
Here we are starting out bright and early on the plane Friday morning--keep in mind we all look exhausted because we got up around 3AM to catch our flight!

 Above the city in the plane...I never get tired of seeing this gorgeous place!!
Upon arrival at the airport, we worked our magic and got a limo to shuttle us over to our hotel, The Crowne Plaza, located right in the middle of Times Square--perfection! After we got checked in, it was time to hit the city and take in all the sights. Our first stop was right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Broadway, Junior's for lunch, and then to Toys R Us to see the giant indoor ferris wheel.

 Then we headed to hop on the  City Sights NY bus tour to take in everything uptown--Harlem, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and loads of other landmarks. Here are some of my snapshots:
The boys in the back of the bus
Now by this time, I am getting quite ancy as 2 of the group members had "disappeared" though Lauren had no idea what was about to take place...her boyfriend Andy had been scheming for weeks on when and how to propose and talked to Jeff and I about a few options. He ended up renting a car/driver to chaffeur them around town, while Lauren thought he was just taking her to Saks to do some Christmas shopping. Low and behold, they were dropped off in Central Park where he asked her to marry him--woo hoo!!
After our tour on the bus ended, we made plans to meet at FAO Schwartz and when we walked in, someone had a little announcement they wanted to make...can you tell Lauren is elated? They have been dating for 6 years so it's about time they make it official!! It was just so exciting being able to share in this very special moment in their lives and I know we were all as giddy as could be to celebrate her brand new bling ;).
That evening, we went back to the hotel to get ready and I was able to surprise Lauren with her first engagement ornament I had packed away in my suitcase that says "Just Engaged" and her first bridal magazine--just a little something to commemorate such a special occasion! After we all got ready, we met in front of the hotel's gorgeous Christmas tree to take some fun group pictures before dinner.
Good looking group!
Me and my ladies all dressed up and ready to go
Fast forward to Angelo and Maxie's and some VERY happy bellies after a wonderful dinner and champagne toast for our newly engaged friends.
 The husband's monster ribeye
 Surf and turf for me ;)
 And of course, the Apple Crisp for dessert--amazing!!
 Toasting to the newly engaged couple...the future Mr. and Mrs. Andy Lawson!
Saturday morning started off with us walking to Columbus Circle to indulge in one of my favorite bakery's treats...Bouchon! We then hopped back on the bus for the downtown tour of the city--we took in the Empire State Building, Herald Square, Greenwich Village, and then SoHo before hopping off to do some major shopping that afternoon. We walked through tons of shops purchasing a few treats, and then headed to Little Italy for some authentic italian food. Then it was down to one of my locales--Chinatown! I think my friends saw how nuts I am, mingling with the "fake purse men" and working magic to make some deals...yes, I thrive on stuff like this. A few of us were able to snag some new bags and jewelry before we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the night's festivities.
 Can you see the "tiny" ball?? They had just put it in its place
for the big New Year's festivities
 Only the best department store ever...Macy's in Herald Square
 Gorgeous window displays
 my amazing pizza for lunch!
Jeff had a little snafoo with his balsamic vinegar--haha
 A fun parade going through Little Italy and Chinatown
For dinner, we had reserved a table at 48 NYC, a fun lounge in Midtown where we could sit back and relax a bit before our big night out on Broadway. The apps were incredible and the ambiance was perfect for our group--not to mention us girls love to get dressed up! Then it was off to see The Lion word--INCREDIBLE! If you visit NYC, you absolutely have to see it. We were all blown away by the music, the costumes, and of course the set design...perfect show! Afterwards, I called it a night and went to the hotel, while everyone else went to see the trees in Rockefeller Center and have some late night cocktails and pizza...yes, pregnant lady had to get some sleep.
Sunday marked our final day in the city so we started off early to get as much knocked out as possible. We had brunch at Pastis and then hopped on the subway to take in everything downtown--the World Trade Center site, Century 21,  Wall Street, and the Financial District. Then the boys headed to a pub to watch football while us girls did our last shopping at Macy's to take home ornaments from the trip.
 The tasty brioche french toast 
 Jeff and Aaron in front of the bull
This trip was fun from start to finish and I have our fantastic friends to thank for was so special to see New York during Christmas time and I think we had a successful adventure for their first NYC experience! I know we'll all be able to look back on this trip for years to come with really fond memories {and way too many laughs and inside jokes}--tremendous fun with my best friends--and of course feeling lucky to have had one last "adult trip" before someone makes their arrival next year, too ;)


  1. WOW - looks like you guys had so much fun!!! And I'm starving after seeing all of that yummy food!

    ....note to self...avoid your post below about "gifts for babies"... you've already over spent and baby J is ALL set. haha!

  2. omg girl looks like a blast- i remember when i went to nyc a few weeks ago for thanksgiving and loved every minute! congrats to your gorgeous friend too for her engagement! how fun you all were in on it:) xo

  3. What a fun trip! Traveling with friends is our favorite way to go .... You can couple up OR split up boys and girls and it is always a great time! You were able to see so much and I am totally inspired to plan a trip. I love your outfits, too. Way to rock that bump!

  4. Looks like you had so much fun! I've never been to NY but I hope to one day! And congratulations to your friend for getting engaged! :)


  5. 3 am flight - whew! Congrats to Lauren!! What did you score from China Town!?! Such a fun trip with friends! Oh, and all of your outfits were super duper cute too! xo

  6. Oh my word -- you all had such a great visit with each other and with NYC! How special that you have such a tight group of friends and that all of the girls AND all of the guys get along so well. I mean, that's amazing!! You look beautiful in your festive dresses and Jeff looks so handsome with all of his scarves around his neck, haha!

  7. This makes me want to go back to NYC now. I've never been at Christmas time - looks like so much fun!

  8. I've been waiting for this post!! I love NY! Isn't it wonderful at Christmas time?

    Concedes to lauren!

    And I must say, Macy's In NYC stresses me out at Christmas! Haha!

    Glad you enjoyed it!

    Stop by my blog, I'm hosting a giveaway!!

  9. Looks so fun!! You are adorable prego! Where did your friend Lauren who got engaged get her skirt in the picture in front of the hotel tree? I love it!

  10. How cute are you with that engagment ornament?! That is so sweet! Where did you find it at?

    The trip looks amazing! Glad you all had so much fun.

  11. Wow! Sounds like such a whirlwind weekend Natasha! I want to go to NYC some day and love that you did all of this will peggers! You are a champ!! Congrats to your friend and so glad you had a blast! :)

  12. Your trip looked amazing and full of fun!
    One day I hope to visit NY during Christmastime

  13. Looks like you had so much fun! Tell your friend Happy Engagement!! How special that you were there too- loved how you got her an ornament and a magazine!!

  14. What wonderful trip! This makes me want to go to NYC so bad. There is just something about that city at Christmas time! So fun!!

  15. You look GORGE in all your pics!!! So glad you had such a great time! :)

    ps. so jeal of your hair! i wish mine would curl like that!

  16. It looks like ya'lls had a blast! :)

  17. OMG so jealous!!! It's my dream to visit NYC during Christmas time!! Thanks for showing all the pictures:)

  18. I was in NYC this weekend, too and my recap post is also entitled Bright Lights, Big City. So...big city and small world, then? Or, just great minds! Hee!

    Love your friend's sweet engagment story, what great memories y'all made.

  19. I was in NYC exactly this time last year, and I loved EVERY SECOND of it. I can tell y'all had such a wonderful happy for y'all :) Looks like it was the perfect trip!

  20. Wow! You guys did so much in such a short amount of time! Glad ya'll had fun and experience NYC during the prettiest time of the year. :)

  21. Looks like a total blast! I love NYC. I've been twice and now more than ready to go again!


  22. look like so much fun!!! I love your sunglasses! Who makes them?

  23. Don't you just LOVE NYC?!?! I have never been during the Christmas season, but I bet it is BEAUTIFUL :)

    Congrats to your friend on her engagement! That is SO awesome!!!

  24. That looks like such a fun trip--believe it or not I've never been to NYC!! All the food is making me drool!

  25. How fun!! I love that you brought the ornament for her too :) So sweet...

  26. Fun!! I just got back from NYC :)

  27. Aw congrats to your friend! That is so exciting. She looks so happy and is glowing! :)

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful trip! Glad you were able to fit one in before Caroline's arrival!