Hey everyone!

If you follow my social media than you probably know that I have spent the last few days in New York City! A fashion bloggers dream am I right?! New York is one of my favorite cities in the world, well besides Paris of course (click here to see some of my posts from my Paris travels). I have been to NYC a few times before and every time I come I fall in love with it more and more. I guess you could say that I am a big city gal (funny to say considering I am from Gilbert, Arizona lol), but I love traveling to big cities.

*If you aren’t interested in reading about the trip/good places to visit and just want outfit details scroll all the way to the pics!*

Anyways, I’ll quit blabbering on and actually get to the good part of this post! My parents planned this trip a few months ago, only they told us that we were going to Vail, Colorado. I kid you not, they got away with the lie even when we were at the gate (I’ll get to that in a second). They told us to pack for cold weather and make sure to bring a few nice outfits, and walking shoes. I have never been to Vail so I figured when they said we were going to walk a lot that they meant we were just going to explore the Colorado city, not the Big Apple! We got to the airport, went through security, and made our way to the gate. Even when I went through security I didn’t think to look at my ticket to see where we were going… so the surprise was literally in my hand the whole time! Not to mention, the gate right next to Newark was for a flight to Denver, Colorado. What a coincidence! I thought that was our plane the whole time and that we were just going to drive to Vail after landing in Denver. I didn’t figure it out until people started boarding the plane to Denver and we weren’t joining them. So of course I started asking questions and that’s when I realized! You can only imagine how happy I was;  I had been thinking about how much I missed the city that never sleeps for months!

This post is going to be the first of a series of posts about my travels through New York (also including what I wore). I am going to give some tips and tricks on the perfect way to travel through the big city, especially if you have never been but are planning on coming!

Since I have been to New York a few times before, I didn’t hit all of the big attractions on this 3 day trip. However, I still went to some pretty cool places and ate at some pretty great restaurants. This trip I stayed at a hotel in Time Square. For your first time traveling to NYC, I definitely recommend staying at a hotel in Time Square. I usually stay at the Westin Hotel and I 10/10 recommend staying there if you can. They have great service, the rooms are nice, and last time I stayed there I ran into Jason Derulo in the elevator! 😉 This time I stayed at the Intercontinental… let’s just say if you want your moneys worth book the Westin.

Both hotels are just down the street from Time Square, meaning easy access to entertainment and a plethora of restaurants and stores! The night we flew in we walked around Time Square (the later you go the cooler it looks and the more entertaining the people watching… just saying) and ate at a restaurant close by called Smiths Bar (super good). Just an FYI for those of you who want to visit Time Square… stay away from the Elmo’s and Spider-Man’s walking around, I repeat STAY AWAY!! It’s all fun and games when you take a picture with them, until they bother you for money! I mean you can go ahead and take a quick pic for the gram, but after you pay that person, run away! Otherwise everyone else is going to bother you for a picture also. Another tip for all you ladies out there, make sure to bring an over-shoulder purse that zips. The last thing you want is for someone to snatch your purse or wallet while you are taking that pic! (perfect purse linked below)

The next morning we ate at Roxy’s Diner for breakfast, which has great service and awesome food! Then we made our way to Central Park via subway ( you have to ride the subway at least once when in NYC). Central Park and just Manhattan in general during Christmas time is absolutely beautiful, although it is freezing so make sure you bundle up! The outfit I wore was pretty warm for the most part, however, I wouldn’t recommend wearing jeans with holes in them when it is 16 degrees outside… it’s a little nippy. After walking around the beautiful park we walked down 5th Ave which has the legendary Tiffany’s and all sorts of other shopping! Close by is Rockefeller Center, which during the Christmas season has a huge tree and ice skating rink. A few years ago when I came to New York for Thanksgiving (going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a must) we skated there and had an absolute blast! Only this time we didn’t skate we just walked around and people watched. For dinner that night we went to Trattoria Tre Colori, which is a delicious Italian restaraunt!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next NYC blog post! Outfit details below!

Jacket (similar)
Scarf
Gloves
Beanie
Boots
Jeans
Sweater *original is sold out at Pacsun, so this one is similar
Purse (perfect for the city)

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