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Girls Weekend in NYC

Happy Monday, friends! I'm writing this post sitting on the train coming back from an amazing weekend in New York City with my friends! It was a quick 48 hours, but full of walking, shopping and eating! We stayed at Hotel Hugo in SoHo which was perfectly located to everything we wanted to see and do. Quick Uber rides or a few minutes to walk wherever we needed to go. The rooms had plenty of space with three of us in there and the amenities were great - like the bottle of champagne we got upon arrival. 

Cable knit sweater arrived just in time for the trip!
After dropping our bags off, we had lunch at Senza Gluten with is both a restaurant and bakery. The bakery has a few tables where we ate. Jackie is gluten free and Viv is vegetarian, so everywhere we ate was more than accommodating to both. Friendly service & good food are reason enough to visit if you're looking for a quick bite. 
We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling in and out of shops before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. The views from our hotel roof top were incredible - had to sneak up to grab a sunset photo!


We had dinner at The Dutch on the first night and I'll be honest, it was my least favorite meal of the weekend. The atmosphere was great and maybe it was the food I ordered, but it just wasn't that good. Service was great, the bar scene looked fun - but I'd rank this as my least favorite place we dined during this trip. Since our hotel had a rooftop bar, we went up for a little nightcap before calling it a night. I can't remember the last time I had 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep and it was glorious!  It was worth the trip for that reason alone! 
On Saturday morning, Viv and I headed to Russ & Daughters for one of their bagels! 100% worth the wait and one of the best bagels that I've ever had! What made this so authentic was everything was so fresh and sliced right there in front of you. They're known for their bagels & lox, so of course that's what I got - may have to bribe some of my NYC friends to bring some the next time they visit. 
I did quite a bit of shopping while in the city - but the two things that I absolutely fell in love with were this bag and my new ring from Monica Vinander.  
We booked appointments at the Bite Beauty Lab to create our own custom lipstick shades! Jackie did it once before and we thought it would be so fun to do together. For an hour we worked with our own artist to create the right shades - it took me about 4 tries to get my perfect color! The real special part, to me at least, was that not only do you get to name your lipstick & get it engraved on the tube, but your specific color is saved in the system and you can order it again from them for years to come! I named mine "Sophia" and I love that one day, I could even have it ordered for her!  If you're planning a girls trip, I can't recommend doing this with your friends! 


We had about an hour before our lunch in the Meatpacking District, so we walked around a bit and then went to RH Rooftop restaurant. If I could live in a store, I think this would be it! Viv and I split the truffle grilled cheese and arugula salad which was perfect for the two of us. Definitely come for the views, champagne bar & people watching!



After lunch we walked down the high line towards the new mall in Hudson Yards. It was really cold on Saturday so the mile walk was brisk, but the mall was amazing! It had every store you could possibly want and reminded me of the ones in Dubai which are so lavish. Although the Vessel looked cool we didn't go up! I find the Zara stores in NYC are so much better than the one we have in Boston, so it's always on my shopping hit list!

For dinner we made a last minute reservation at Santina in the Meatpacking District. This gluten free restaurant has an amazing Coastal Italian vibe with impeccable service, delicious pastas and tasty cocktails. The theme of the trip was "Sophia" since that was the name of the cocktail I had and the Capellini Blue Crab was so tasty! 
Really can't stop wearing this dress! Currently on sale and perfect for the holidays! 
This was our night out in the city and we started with Catch. When I had my 30th birthday in the city, I looked at Catch as one of the places to do it, but ultimately decided on Beauty & Essex which was incredible! It was really crowded at the bar, but we enjoyed the people watching and after finishing our drink we headed to Le Bain in the Standard Hotel. The views of the city were my favorite and while it wasn't packed at all, it gave us some time to sit and chat! We wanted to go to the lounge at the Standard Hotel but after 9 PM you need a reservation to get in, so Le Bain it was! We had one more stop in us before calling it a night and randomly found Paul's Casablanca near our hotel. No pictures from this excursion, but it was so secretive, we wouldn't have even noticed the door had it not been for the doormen outside. We walked up and they moved to the side where a girl was sitting and I guess gave them the okay to let us in. It felt like we passed some sort of test. When we walked in, it had a little speakeasy vibe, especially since the bartenders were all dressed in white coats & black bowties. We were expecting it to be really to busy, but it wasn't packed and we easily found a spot at the bar where we ordered their speciality cocktails and really did some people watching! I can't remember the last time I have been out past midnight, but all those sleepless nights with Sophia have trained me for these moments!
Before our train back to Boston we went to Friedmans near Penn Station. The nova benny was perfect and instead of sitting atop bread, it was on a potato pancake - brilliant! 
Before I knew it, I was reunited with my little squish and the girls weekend had come to an end! It was a great little escape and huge thank you to G for holding down the fort while I was away! Phew, that was a long one! Thank you for reading and hopefully this will help for your next trip to the city!

29 comments

  1. What an amazing trip. So much good food, shopping aNd awesome girl time!

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  2. Woohoo beautiful girls in the city. What a fun time. You needed this sweet getaway, it’s so good for the soul!

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  3. Looks like you girls had such a great time! The Bite Beauty Lab sounds so fun. And I love that you named your creation after Sophia! Happy Monday, Biana!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  4. Looks like an amazing trip! Glad you got OUT on the town!!! XOXO, R

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  5. Sounds like the perfect girls weekend! I just LOVE NYC so much! We did the Bite Beauty lab at my Bachelorette Party and it was a blast! Happy Monday girly!

    Rosy Outlook

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  6. SO much fun, and love that you were greeted with a bottle of bubbles! Now I need to check out one of these Bite Beauty labs to get a customized shade <3

    Green Fashionista

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  7. What a fun girls weekend!! They're the best way to recharge :) That sunset is stunning!

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  8. Aren't girl's trips just the best?? It's so worth it to get away with your best gals! Loving all the photos from your weekend!

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  9. This sounds like fun weekend getaway. I'm glad you enjoyed your girls time. You all look amazing and the food looks yummy. Bite Beauty Lab experience sounds fun. I should do it with my girlsfrinds. Happy Monday babe. xx

    https://www.ninakobi.com

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  10. What a perfect weekend away. This time of year I'm always finding myself longing to go to NYC. You're so lucky you're close enough to do that easily. And that sunset picture - oh my gosh it is stunning!

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  11. What an amazing trip! That sounds like such a cool thing to check out to make your own lipstick shade. I love that you can order it later on down the road! I love the RH in Chicago but haven't checked out the one in New York. I think my sister and I need to put this on our list of things to do this winter.

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  12. What a fun weekend! I loved following along on insta - you already know how much I love your new bag. So pretty! And the lipstick making sounds SO NEAT!

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  13. What a fun weekend you had! I've never been to NYC - all of these places (and the shopping!) look so neat. The Bite Beauty Lab would be at the top of my list!

    Just sayin',
    Karly
    https://www.whatkarlysaid.com

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  14. What a wonderful little get away - friends & fabulous food! Perfect.
    That sky is CRAZYYYY - I had to read again to make sure that wasn't a painting or something!

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  15. Oh wow; that sunset is amazing!! Looks like a really fun little get away.

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  16. Awe! What a FUN weekend get-a-way!! Glad you were able to do that, and how sweet to have friends like that.

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  17. Looks like it was a great time with your gal pals. I always enjoy getting together with my girlfriends. You all three look lovely, and that food looks delish.

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  18. Looks like fun. The food is yummy.

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  19. It sounds like such a fun trip. There's nothing better than getting away (or even out for the night) with good friends.

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  20. This looks like the perfect girls' weekend! I love all of the gluten free spots you found that I have to remember for my next city trip. And a good late night is good for the soul ;)

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  21. I was thinking of planning a trip with my mom somewhere and she has celiac. You have planned our eating if we go to NYC! Such a great girls getaway! I will have to remember about bite beauty bar too, such a fun thing to do!

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  22. No doubt it was a great weekend. But the food looks really good, I just cant help but state this.
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  23. So jealous of your Bite Beauty stop!! Plus all those delicious spots you stopped at and The Hudson Yards!! Perfect Girls Trip!
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams 

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  24. That seriously looked like the best trip! Shopping and eating are pretty much my favorite activities in the city. We are going for Christmas and I can't wait!

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  25. Oh my goodness I want to go back so badly - especially this time of year! You looked amazing and this looked like an absolute blast!

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  26. What an awesome girls weekend! All those meals look delicious - and love that blue dress on you! xx

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    1. Looks like you had SUCH a great time in NYC. You've given me so many ideas too :). Love the idea of making custom lipstick with Bite Beauty. I'll have to see if we can do that in London!

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  28. Ooh, creating your own lip color sounds super fun! I'm gonna have to go check it out!! And Pauls Casablanca! I love a good cocktail bar..

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