Y’all. Not only am I super excited for this post in general because the obsession for NYC is SO real. BUT – it’s my 200th post today! Woo!!! I have SO much fun content coming up for you guys in the next few weeks… I’m going to host another giveaway with some of my FAVORITE products, I’m coming up with delish Whole 30 recipes to kick off the new year, and I’m going to be featuring some healthy Chicago eating spots to help keep those New Years’ resolutions on track.
I can’t wait.
Yes, I’ve had some coffee.
This past weekend I went to New York City with 4 of my besties from college just for a little weekend getaway. Our best friend Brooke lives in Soho and works in store design for a top designer (literal DREAM LIFE), so we went to go see her!
I love visiting Brooke no matter what (I’m weirdly obsessed with her, I copy her style, and I’ve been trying to write a post about this for months but she’s too cool for photoshoots) but I love to be able to just stay at her apartment, be in Soho, and see what she does on a regular day.
So we started our morning off at Two Hands, which is the CUTEST little healthy breakfast spot in Soho. Think: fresh juices (we each got one, I got watermelon because I knew we were about to sweat our booties off at our next stop and watermelon juice is SUPER hydrating), acai bowls, and avocado toast with lemon.
After breakfast we literally SPRINTED to Y7 Yoga because we were running late, per usual.
But you guys. I have to stop here.
Because Y7 Yoga is SO FREAKIN’ COOL.
It’s hot, candlelit yoga, which – I could stop right there. I know they have that basically everywhere now but I’ve never done it so I was amazed that they could make a room pitch black with only candles flickering at 10 AM in NYC. It smelled like sage and it was so quiet. Super cool vibes.
Then once we started, HOLY COW. It was so hard, but felt so good, and if you’re familiar with yoga, they basically teach you one flow, and then BLARE rap music and let you freestyle – you can do the flow you learned, you can do your own thing, you can lay there in child’s pose if you want (cough I did this cough) because it’s so dark in there nobody cares what anyone else is doing. And I loved it because even though I’m all about a relaxing yoga sesh, it was super energizing and empowering and I felt really cool.
So that’s my Y7 rant. But seriously if you’re ever in NYC I highly recommend!
The next day we woke up, hung around the house (aka watched Gilmore Girls for hours in bed snuggling and eating bagels and drinking coffee) and walked to Rosemary’s in West Village. (P.S. You can see Brooke’s soho apartment tour here!)
This is where I need to pause and inform you this consumed the next 5 hours of our day.
Yes, we literally brunched for 5 hours.
I’m not sure if I should be proud or ashamed?
But we honestly had SO MUCH FUN, drank so much red wine, ate so much pasta, and laughed so hard. We stayed for so long I needed a snack at one point because I was already hungry again (shocker) so I opted for warm olives and nobody will ever let me live that down.
In all seriousness though, Rosemary’s is so cute for brunch and I would highly, highly recommend for your next trip! Or if you live there. You should go right now. Seriously. Leave work. And do it.
Other highlights from the trip? Sweet Chick for some fried chicken sandwiches, Local 138 for $4 Stella Artois and our own room to be loud in, Pulqueria for some freakin’ amazing tacos & jalapeño margaritas, Fat Cat for some table games & our friend Abbie’s birthday party (sidenote: Abbie is an amazing photographer – check her out on Instagram @abbieroden), and we went and saw the tree at Rockefeller Plaza which was SO FREAKING COOL and I was smiling like a goon the whole time.
Oh, and a LOT of walking.
So tell me… have you been to NYC? Do you prefer to do the “local” stuff, or are you a tourist at heart? What are your favorite things to do there? Tell me everything!!! I will be back Thursday for a new coffee talk! See you then. Xo.