Oh, New York City, how I love you so! A little over a month ago, my mom & and I planned an impromptu trip to the Big Apple. We divided our 5-day city stay into three “mini-trips,” so we could explore three different neighborhoods to their fullest. With each neighborhood & hotel we hopped to, a completely different experience ensued!
And this week, I’m sharing three blog posts, each one focusing on a distinct part of NYC … starting with our first night in The Meatpacking District.
The Meatpacking District hugs the Hudson River and is dotted with cobblestone streets, swanky bars & restaurants and high-end shops galore. What was once home to the city’s meatpacking plants, tenement buildings & lumberyards now houses world famous art galleries & big names in luxury fashion – both thriving in grand & glitzy converted warehouses.
Lunch Spot: Santina.
My mom and I kicked off our NYC vacation with lunch under The High Line at Santina, a quirky & colorful Italian restaurant with an interesting but delicious menu. The two of us munched on Squash Carpaccio & Eggplant Rigatoni while catching each other up on life.
An invitation to the launch party for Ego Soleil, a colorful & contemporary women’s NYC clothing line, was what ignited the spark for this trip to New York. (Like I really needed an excuse to go, but this was a good one!)
I slipped off to the party (leaving my mom to happily browse 100+ fabulous neighborhood boutiques) and met up with bloggers and fashionistas from across the country.
All Dressed Up.
Cocktails (& mocktails) were sipped while we were treated to a style presentation for Ego Soleil’s latest collection.
Edgy sillhouetes in bright shades were signature to Ego Soleil’s Spring ’17 collection.
Isn’t this orange perfect for UT gameday!? (Naturally, this is what comes to mind anytime I see anything orange!)
Ego Soleil’s bold pieces effortlessly make a statement and range in cuts and colors that could work for both day & night.
The event that evening benefitted Style Saves, a non-profit that provides students with the essentials to start the school year off in style, (think school uniforms, backpacks & school supplies) thus giving students the confidence they need in order to excel.
A Place to Stay.
After the event, we settled into our hotel, which was just around the corner & right in the heart of The Meatpacking District: The Standard High Line.
With a gorgeous view of Manhattan, this hipster-iffic boutique hotel did not disappoint. We loved the eccentric & the revolving neon yellow door at The Standard’s entrance. Our room was spacious with mid-century touches and a low-lying king bed that was as comfortable as can be!
Now, the “modern,” if you will, shower that was part of the bedroom itself was quite interesting for a mother-daughter stay. (Much more conducive for a romantic vacation with your significant other.) We just took turns reading books in the lobby while the other one got ready for the day! ;-P
Where to Sip & Stare.
Downstairs is The Standard Plaza, which is an open-air public square with a cafe & coffee stand that evokes all things Amalfi Coast. It’s a great place to stop for an iced coffee, desert or slice of pizza – all while people watching, of course.
We finished our one-night stay in The Meatpacking District with coffees on the patio followed by a walk up The High Line towards Chelsea Market.
Oh, & Chelsea Market is a must see when visiting this part of NYC! From bakeries, gift shops, to upscale dining spots (& my favorite spot to shop of all Anthropologie), we found ourselves visiting the Market not once, twice but three times during our trip!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a peek into our Upper East Side NYC experience!
And as always, thanks for stopping by the blog.
Photos are mine & Getty Images