The beauty of New York

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And then it was Thursday… I mostly feel like it’s Friday, which sucks when it’s not, but at the same time I feel like the week has gone by so fast! My colleagues were just talking about how crazy it is that Thanksgiving is next week. Why does time fly by so fast as an adult? I remember being a young girl and feeling like everything was so much more mellow, but it’s probably the amount of work and events we put into our schedule as adults. It just makes time fly by! Yesterday I had put another event in my calendar after work, but it was one of the good ones. The Winter Village at Bryant Park! On our way there Mie and I walked by Lord & Taylor to see their Holiday windows. I ‘grammed away and then we made our way up to the Winter Village. Such a cozy way to spend the evening and just let time stand still for a little (while having hot chocolate).

The photo above I had my colleague take last week, when we were out shooting for Aimee Kestenberg. It was such a Parisian-looking setting! If there’s one thing I love about New York it is discovering all the amazing architecture built many years ago, when New York was called New Amsterdam and only about 300 people lived in Manhattan. It is so major and looks like they had all the time in the world to make their city beautiful (maybe we should slow down like them…)

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Coffee o’clock

img_0580What’s up guys? Are we happy it’s Wednesday? Half way through the week. Tomorrow it’s almost Friday. Tonight I’m going to the Bryant Park Winter Village that I told you about here. I’m going with my friend Mie, and I cannot wait to do a little Christmas shopping from the vendors, drink hot chocolate, and get even more festive than I am feeling right now. To be honest I don’t know how that’s possible, hah! Last night I did a huge Christmas home wear haul on Amazon, and I’m seriously counting down the days till it arrives on my doorstep.

These photos are from a lovely coffee date with same good friend as I’m going with tonight. We had decided to go for a walk in Central Park that day, but since the Winter had decided to arrive at that same day we needed a hot drink (Mie hadn’t picked up her boots from the leather spa, so she was wearing little slingback, poor woman!). There’s noting I love more than some quality girl talk over a good cup of coffee. And we did discuss everything from outfit ideas for our trip to the ballet in December and which lip color was prettier, to future baby names and family illness. Definitely one of those days that makes me so, so happy.

Birch Coffee, 88th Street and 3rd Ave

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Festive things to do in NYC before Christmas

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The streets of New York are getting really festive, and my mood even more. Yesterday I was complimented on my outfit three times by colleagues pointing out how festive I looked. That can only be positive in my book. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, to visit Christmas markets and watch corny Christmas movies. To spend time with your dear ones and bake too many ginger bread cookies. To fill your house with decorations and warmth. And if you find yourself in New York during this season, here are some ideas on festive things to do.

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New York is booming with cozy Christmas markets, but the most epic one you’ll find in Bryant Park behind the New York Public Library; The Bryant Park Winter Village. This is the perfect place for a Christmas-lover like myself. It’s so cozy shopping at the different vendors and kiosks selling beautiful Christmas decorations, drinking hot apple cider, and smelling the delicious food. There’s also a huge, free ice-skating rink in one end (all you have to do is bring your own skates or rent a pair for $20).

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Go to the theater

When I was younger my parent used to take my sisters and I to the theater in the winter season, and the tradition has stuck with me. I love a good musical, opera, or ballet, and I usually go experience the festive (and family friendly) Christmas Spectacular. This year I’ve also bought tickets for the Nutcracker ballet.

Ice-skating

We already talked a little bit about this, but New York offer some pretty epic ice-skating rinks. The one at The Bryant Park Winter Village is beautiful in the middle of the tall buildings of Midtown, but also the one in Central Park is among my favorites. Nothing beats dancing around on the ice with the fabulous NYC-skyline as backdrop.

A walk in Central Park

And now that we’re talking about Central Park, how about a walk around the park accompanied by a hot chocolate and a good friend? I love bundling up in a warm coat, and feeling the cold, fresh air on my skin. And after the walk you can light some candles, put on a Christmas movie (Ideas: Love Actually, The Grinch, The Holiday, Home Alone, and Harry Potter), and warm up under blanket. One of my favorite winter activities!

Rolfs Bar and Restaurant

If you feel like a cocktail after work (or as a tourist after too much sightseeing and shopping) Rolfs Bar and Restaurant is the most festive place to go. They have made it their mission to transform the place into the perfect Winter Wonderland, and you’ll walk away ready for Christmas Eve.

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Pumpkin Picking in New Jersey

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Yesterday it was finally time for pumpkin picking! Jenni and I took a drive to the Demarest Farm in Jersey, which a 35-minute drive from Upper Manhattan surrounded by the most beautiful fall foliage. I wanted to pick up some apples (to make this yummy recipe that Acie posted about), and a pumpkin to carve and put outside our front door for Halloween on Tuesday (About Halloween… I really need to buy some candy also! And read up on the ‘trick or treat’-ing, never tried that before).

We took a hay-ride to the Pumpkin Patch, where hundreds of pumpkins were laid out on the field (I kind of thought I would be picking my pumpkin and cutting it free, but this would do too). There was a little stand selling apple cider and donuts, and there was even goats and sheep to feed. It was a pretty perfect place to go with children, but my inner child loved it too. And on top of that, it was just so darn picturesque.

I also made a little video for you guys. Find it down below.

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I wore a simple, but oh so loved outfit. My Zara blazer jacket on top of a plain tee and skinny jeans, and a pair of black & Other Stories booties. As always I styled it up with my everyday jewelry, a good pair of Ray-Bans, and a cute bag.

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The carpet hunt

Ever since I discovered the cutest photos of this installation all over Instagram, I had wanted to go. Isn’t it funny when art becomes an Instagram darling, and suddenly all #bloggers gather with their cameras and cute outfits… I did too.

A few days ago after work I met up with my friend, booked an Uber to 526W 26th St (the Chelsea area where most galleries are hidden), and opened the doors to a carpet Mecca at Galerie Lelong. The exhibition is named ‘Protruding Patterns’ and is created by Beijing-based artist Lin Tianmiao. She has collected around 2,000 words and expressions about women in various different languages (which took over 6 years!!) and has then woven the lexicon into carpets creating the coolest 3D effect. Walking around the carpet was such an adventure with new cool words or color combinations popping up. I definitely thought about, more than once, how I could get away with placing that carpet in my own home (pretty sure Edward would hate me, haha).

gucci-shoesootdAffiliate links: Blazer H&M (similar here) | Jeans H&M | Shoes Gucci | Shirt Uniqlo

I wore a very minimalist outfit with a trend-pop from the check blazer. I love scandal looks like this one. Very effortless chic.

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