A few weeks ago, I was able to spend four lovely days in Manhattan visiting Rachel. We ran all around the city and I’m going to do a quick recap on a few of my favorite places including (but not limited to) food, beauty and stationary shops. If you’re into plants like I am, scroll all the way to the bottom for a bunch of photos of flowers (not going to lie, it was REALLY hard to narrow them down from the hundreds that were on my camera roll).
CW Pencils – CW Pencils is a stationary store I’ve been virtually drooling over for about six months. Ever since I found them on the interwebs, I’ve dreamt of visiting their little store on the Lower East Side. Specializing in pencils (literally any type of pencil you could dream of), they also have erasers, notebooks and other fun stationary knick knacks.
Bite Beauty Lip Lab – A lipstick junkie’s DREAM. At the Lip Lap you get to create your own custom lipstick shade. That’s right, YOUR OWN CUSTOM SHADE. I tried to book an appointment in the few months leading up to my trip but was never able to get in. Luckily on the day of, I was able to put my name on the walk in list and got called in a few hours later. Once inside you not only get to concoct your lipstick shade (with multiple adjustments until your perfect color is achieved), but also choose the finish (cream, matte, sheer or deluxe) and a scent (cherry, mint, vanilla, citrus, mango, violet or superfruit). After deciding on all of that you get to watch your lipstick scientist mix, create and package your own personal tube. I ended up going with a bright, true matte red that smells like citrus mango. About $50 for the whole process but this may be the only place in the entire world where you can do this (as of now). It was honestly one of the coolest beauty things I’ve ever been able to do and I will cherish my one of a kind shade until the end of my days.
Birchbox Flagship Store – Birchbox was one of the OG beauty subscription boxes and visiting their flagship store was a very cool full circle moment. I was a subscriber a few years ago when they first started out but ended up canceling my subscription because I was disappointed from the lack of big name brands. After walking into the flagship I think I may have changed my mind. A few years of growth does a brand GOOD. I ended up walking out with 2 BYOB’s (Build Your Own Birchbox for $15 each) and SHOCKER re-upping my subscription. Keep fighting the good fight Birchbox.
Fort Greene Flea Market – Rach knows I am a hardcore flea market goer so she made a point to take me to the flea in Brooklyn on Saturday morning. I hate to be that LA girl but I have got to say, those NY prices are OUTRAGEOUS. They have a lot of the same loot that we have at the Rose Bowl but at a $30 higher price point. Tsk tsk Brooklyn, you’re cool but not that cool. I ended up leaving with a one vintage perfume bottle and a mango smoothie.
Thompson Square Bagels – The thing I was most excited about in NY was the food. I went into my trip knowing that I wanted to EAT. Rach took me to her favorite bagel spot in the city, Thompson Square Bagels and it was AMAZING. So good in fact that I shamelessly got two bagels in the same morning. The first was an everything bagel with jalepeno cheddar cream cheese and the second was a french toast bagel with birthday cake cream cheese. Savory and sweet can I get an AMEN?
Beauty & Essex – Beauty & Essex was our treat yo self combined birthday dinner. The vibe is kind of “I’m young but this light is really dim and I can barely read the menu” type cool. The food is a small plate sharing type gig which is super fun but also pretty pricey. Being a 20-something who rarely spends more than $10 on take out, this was definitely a splurge for me. But the best part of the entire restaurant is the women’s bathroom. I KNOW, WEIRD BUT STAY WITH ME. The women’s bathroom is more of a ladies lounge type of deal. They have couches and mirrors with vintage perfume bottles and they serve you pink champagne and it is probably the single safest place in Manhattan. I loved it and never wanted to leave the beautiful pink bubble that was the Beauty & Essex Women’s Bathroom.
Chobani – The Chobani flagship store in SoHo is a must eat not only for the foodie, but also the health nuts. Chobani is YOGURT. I know yogurt is notoriously boring and plain but Chobani makes it fun and puts toppings on it as if it were a real dessert. I devoured my Pistachio + Chocolate yogurt sundae after shopping in SoHo for upwards of 4 hours on Thursday afternoon and it tasted like the best thing I had ever eaten.
The High Line – The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. Very manageable to walk in one morning and highly recommend for the views alone. Bonus, stop in at The Standard toward the end of the High Line if you need to pee and/or want to see where the Jay Z-Solange #ElevatorGate went down a few years ago.
Waitress on Broadway – As literally anyone who visits NY would say, going to a Broadway show is a MUST. This trip I was able to see Waitress and had the time of my life singing SUGAR, BUTTER, FLOUR. Highly recommend this show, highly recommend this album, highly recommend the fun drinks and ACTUAL pies they sell at the show, highly recommend the genius that is Sara Bareilles who wrote the music.
Alright, who’s ready for some flowers? I present my very own exhibit: NYC Through Flowers (Plus Some Pretty Walls). Enjoy!
Bonus, an amazing picture of my post flea market ice cream cone.
Bonus BONUS, an actual grayscale represented by apartment buildings. In complete transparency, I freaked out when I saw this. Like, yelled out the cab window freaked out.