Unique Spots in NYC

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After traveling to New York City four times in the past 4 months, I thought I’d write up a little post about cute things to do in the city if you’re planning a weekend getaway any time soon. Obviously all the touristy things are great and you must do them if you’ve never been (Central Park, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, etc.), but this is a list of a few hidden gems in NYC that are charming and unique.


Shopping..

Soho Shopping 

Light fluffy snow was falling when I was shopping the cobblestone streets of Soho last week and it felt like a dream. 5th Avenue shopping is obviously amazing, but this little area is a must when it comes to getting the full shopping experience in New York. Chloé, Cole Haan, Alice & Olivia, Balenciaga, Burberry, David Yurman, Stuart Weitzman, Jonathan Adler… get my point?

The Club Monaco Flagship Store

This is quite the experience. When you walk in you feel like you’re in the chicest, cleanest, most expensive home you’ve ever seen. The feminine aesthetic, blooming trees, scent of Diptyque candles make it hard to leave. The cozy library with bookshelves on one side the coffee shop on the other give you a reason to hang out and stay longer.


Hotels..

If it’s your first time in NY, I’d recommend staying in a central location like Midtown – it’s close to everything. But if you’re looking to branch out a little bit here are my suggestions..

The Nomo Soho (stayed here for NYFW and loved it), The Standard Hotel (great bar, young crowd, cool building), The Cosmopolitan (chic and comfortable).


Where to Eat..

Not your average dinner date.. (Prohibition)

This is such a fun date spot on the Upper West Side if you want to mix things up. Free nightly music performances while you dine + drink! The cover band that played when we were there was incredible, the cocktail list was long, and the jumbo pretzel was as big as my torso.. the perfect dinner date if ya ask me.

A Romantic Dinner.. (The Polo Bar)

I know I raved about the Polo bar in Chicago, but this one is a must as well! It feels very exclusive (you definitely need reservations!), the rich leather seating, emerald walls, equestrian inspired art, and candle lit ambiance sets the scene for a perfectly romantic night! PS – get the burger.

A Fun Dinner with a Big Group..(ABC Kitchen)

A cool spot in the city right in the middle of the town with organic food, a great ambience, and really great decor.

Intimate Girl’s Night Dinner… (The Mermaid Inn)

A great place to eat a lobster roll, talk about men, and drink a glass of wine with your girlfriends in the East Village.

An intimate low-key dinner..(Tiny’s in TriBeCa)

It’s really tiny.. and cozy. This little place has great authentic NYC atmosphere and good food.


Drinks..

A hidden 1920s inspired speakeasy.. (Bathtub Gin)

I went here a couple years ago when I was working as bridal consultant and in town for Bridal Fashion Week. I went with my boss and a close friend – this place is wild. To find it – go to the Stone Street Coffee Company on 9th Avenue, tucked behind it is Bathtub Gin. And yes, there’s actually a bath tub in the middle of the bar (that we may or may not have gotten pictures that night, lol). 

An intimate hidden gem with live jazz..(The Django in the Roxy Basement)

Hidden in the basement of the Roxy Hotel is, is a magical little spot called The Django. It’s a subterranean jazz club with vaulted ceilings, vintage lighting, with a romantic Parisian vibe. Order their manhattan and small plates as you enjoy live jazz.

A classy cup of joe.. (Ralph’s Coffee)

Ralph Lauren’s Fifth Avenue coffee shop is the cutest coffee shop I’ve ever seen. It’s located on the second floor of the Polo flagship store at 711 Fifth Avenue. Order the Ralph’s Roast and enjoy the pretty decor – mosaic-tiled floors, marble-top tables, white weathered bead-board walls, an aged oak 18-foot ceiling.

A bubbly flute.. (The Champagne Bar at The Plaza Hotel)

Maybe someday I’ll be living a life where I can stay at The Plaza Hotel for a weekend, but for now, a flute of champagne at the bar will do! With views overlooking Fifth Avenue and the Pulitzer Fountain, this elegant spot is beautiful, classic, and perfect for a celebration.


I hope this helps you find some of your favorite spots in NYC! I’ll be back in a few weeks for NYFW so hopefully I can add a few more places to the list! Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, the 911 memorial & museum should without a doubt be one of the first things on your list to see. It’s completely breathtaking – you’ll leave with tears in your eyes and a heavy heart after paying tribute to the lives lost.

Hope you’re having a good Wednesday night, thanks for stopping by, – xo liv

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How to Transition Your Outfit from Day to Night

One of my best friends gave me this idea the other night for a post. She’s an auditor and works long days and sometimes goes straight from work to dinner, so she recommended I blog about how to easily transition a daytime outfit into a night time outfit. I thought it was also a good idea for anyone packing for a trip because it’s a good way to keep your bag kind of light and re-wear things while traveling. For those of you who are able to wear ‘casual fashion’ to work but want an easy transition for happy hour or dinner without having to put too much time into changing – this is for you!

The Day-time Look

Any time I can manage to avoid wearing jeans I do – so these BP leggings are one of my favorite things to wear with long sweaters/cardigans (available in 2 other colors, wearing xxs). I’m wearing a simple turtleneck top with my BlankNYC leather jacket (the best leather jacket of all time if you’re looking for a leather jacket that is more tailored and feminine looking, and not so grungy biker-chick) and for the shoes I chose these Akira booties – great with pants or skirts. They’re almost sold out so I linked this similar pair here.

For the transition to night time..

I swapped out pants for a stretchy black mini skirt with sheer black hose. I always get mine at the drugstore – one of my many lessons from Nani, haha. I kept the same sweater, leather jacket, and booties on and just changed out my bucket bag for a cross body because I hate bringing a big bag out with me at night. You can always spice it up with some statement jewelry too, but I chose to keep these Urban Outfitters hoops on because they can go either way. This outfit transition is so easy you could literally pack the skirt and hose in your purse to transition it!


Shop My Day-time Outfit:

Maroon BP LeggingsBLANKNYC Leather Jacket (xs) | Grey Ribbed Turtleneck TopBlack Leather Pointed Toe Booties & Similar pair hereSimilar Black Leather Bucket BagKaren Walker SunglassesSilver Hoop Earrings

Shop My Night-time Outfit:

Same Leather JacketSame Turtleneck Top |Black Mini SkirtSame Black Leather Booties [Similar Here] | Same Silver Hoop EarringsRebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag

Photos: John Philp

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Cream + Denim

I found THE BEST store for petites the other day!! Well, it’s not necessarily a petite store, but they offer size XXS and everything is so cute and fits so well. It’s called Aritzia – maybe some of you have heard of it before, but it was my first time in and I fell in love with so many things. Especially this body suit that comes in a few other colors.

I wore this cream bralette underneath because the top dips really low in the front so you can’t wear a normal bra. High waisted dark wash jeans from topshop (again, Jamie jeans – my fave, see them all here), this cream knit cardigan from Urban Outfitters, and my new taupe suede Steve Madden booties made for this simple but cute and simple outfit for dinner in NYC tonight.

I spent yesterday walking around Soho and it was some of the best shopping I’ve ever seen! It was snowing all day and the cobblestone streets were covered in white, it was so beautiful! We stopped for lunch right in the neighborhood at Fanelli Cafe and it was the perfect cozy spot to warm up with a cup of tea. Hope your weekend was wonderful, thanks for reading, xo


Outfit Info:

Cream Aritzia Body Suit (sold out in cream but other colors) (xxs)

Cream Bralette

Topshop Highwaisted Dark Jamie Jeans

Cream Urban Outfitters Cardigan (xs)

Taupe Suede Steve Madden Booties here + here

Chloe Crossbody Bag

John Philp Photography

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