A New York State Of Mind

A New York State Of Mind

As I mentioned last week I had planned and booked a long weekend trip to New York City with my son, so last Friday we both headed out to LAX for a short fun trip to Manhattan. Even though it went by very quickly and we are home already, we both felt it was the right amount of days for NYC since we have both been there numerous times before and we have seen all the tourist type attractions at least one time if not more. This trip was all about spending time together to enjoy shopping in the city, getting inspired by some museum exhibitions and energized by the vibe that is so unique to NYC.

Our flight Friday to JFK was smooth with no delays, which was great, and we actually arrived in the city in time to settle into our hotel and have a nice dinner. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt at 42nd and Lexington right next to the Grand Central Station and next door to the Chrysler Building, which is one of my favorite buildings in the city. We had stayed at the Hyatt once before a few years ago and thought it was a nice hotel with a good central location so that is why we chose it again.

Saturday started out over cast but developed into a beautiful sunny day and we did a lot of walking in mid-town with our first stop being Barney’s which is a must for any visit to Manhattan, especially this time of the year when they have lots of sales. Well, lucky me I scored with a beautiful “Theory” blazer that was on sale, I will definitely style it and feature it in one of my future blog stories. We continued on to Bloomingdales and stepped into a lot of other shops in between. It was such a beautiful day we could not help but stop by Central Park for lunch and some photos and then we headed up to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) to check out the Andy Warhol exhibit of “Campbell Soup Cans” and other works.  We finished the day with a delicious dinner at Scalini Fedeli italian restaurant in TriBeCa.  I highly recommend this restaurant for great food and service and value for a prixe-fixe meal.

Sunday was another beautiful day and after a quick breakfast in Little Italy, we set off walking through Chinatown and finally to our main destination, Soho. Even though I still really love and enjoy this area, it is sad to see that all the unique small specialty boutiques have disappeared which was one of the main reasons I used to love so much about Soho. Now all the stores are major brands that we all see everywhere and it has lost its unique appeal a little bit now for us. This is the sad result of landlord greed and how small specialty stores can’t survive the high rents and lack of high priced item sales to pay those rents. Regardless, we still enjoy Soho and we had a great shopping day, with a yummy lunch at the Mercer Kitchen and then later that evening dinner at the Balthazar, both restaurants have been there for a long time but I still love eating at both places and highly recommend them.

Monday we explored the Meat packing district and walked some of the High Line, which is an elevated park that is very popular and for good reason. It’s actually an old rail line that has been re-purposed over the past decade as a 1.45 mile-long green space, running from Meatpacking district to the northern edge of Chelsea. It was inspired by a similar project in Paris “Promenade Plantee” that was completed in 1993. We only walked a part of it as it is quite a long walk and we wanted to cover other areas like West Village and Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Even though we got some serious rain and thunderstorms that afternoon, we managed to see a lot and it was great fun.

Our last day was Tuesday but we only had a half day to accomplish everything as our flight was at 5pm. We were in a “New York City State Of Mind” and I really wanted to see this exhibit that is being held at the Met called “China through the looking glass”.  I am so glad we made the effort to get an early start because it was well worth it, especially for me. Look out next week, I will have a full blog story about this exhibit.

We took a lot of pictures on the trip and it has been hard to edit them for this blog story, but I have included some of our highlights below for you to see.  I had a fantastic time with my son in one of my favorite cities in the world and I can’t wait to go back, but I have to say it feels great to be back home.

Looking forward to hearing some of your thoughts and comments about NYC.

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  1. You are making me want to go back to NYC! We have only been once and it was just last summer. We actually walked the entire High Line and loved it. It looks like you got just what you wanted, a wonderful trip and some time with your handsome son! I love how much taller he is then you, it is hard to think that someday my son will tower over me!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Hi Carrie,
      I loved the High Line, I had never been before. It was a great time with my son and you are right enjoy your time with your little ones they grow so quickly but they will always stay your baby no matter how old or tall 🙂

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  2. Awesome photos and city looks <3

    http://WWW.LIAKW.COM

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    1. Hi Iren,
      Thank you so much!

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  3. you look is so damn cool

    http://carrieslifestyle.wordpress.com
    Posts online about Hawaii, Dubai, Vienna…

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  4. Sounds like you had an amazing time Nora & so lovely to spend quality time with your son & make special memories together.
    Can’t wait to see your new jacket!
    Jane xx

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    1. Hi Jane,
      Yes it was an amazing time with my son, thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

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  5. Wow sounds like such an amazing trip and I would love to go back to New York one day soon! Love the sweet photos with your son Nora, how great that you had this time together in such a cool city! You look so chic in all of your outfits as usual.
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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    1. Hi Marta
      Thank you so much, I really enjoyed it.

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  6. How fun! I live very close to the Chrysler Building in the heart of midtown- please let me know the next time you are here!

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    1. Hi Beth,
      Wow I didn’t know that..I thought you live in Boston and I saw that you were going to New York but I must have missed the blog story about you moving there…I wish I knew, we were right there, oh well next time. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Definitely love New York. Photos look great. Seems like a lot of fun!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Hi Jessica,
      It certainly was, thank you for stopping by 🙂

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  8. For a Californian, you fit right in in NYC. Your trip sounds so fun. Soho reminds me of the movie, You’ve Got Mail. Remember her book store, The Shop a Around the Corner went out of business because of the big Fox Books? It’s truly sad when this happens. Old Town Pasadena is the same way. When renovations first begun, the stores were all unique, individually owned boutiques. But as the rent climbed, they all went belly – up and in came all the chain stores.

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    1. Hi Glenda,
      I know what you mean…Old Pasadena is exactly the same situation. It is quite sad that everywhere we go its all the same stores. Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

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  9. I’ve only been to NY for work and never had much time to explore. Sounds like an amazing trip and it’s great that you got to spend so much quality time with your son! I love the outfit in the first photo with the black joggers and gladiator sandals! Such a chic look!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Hi Jill,
      It was an amazing trip and I loved spending time with my son, thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

  10. Thanks 4 linking up to Top of the World Style. Another cute jacket to drive me crazy with. Great photos of NY

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    1. Hi Nicole,
      Thank you very much for stopping by.

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  11. You are so darn chic!! I love your pics! I am glad you and your son had such a great time. It was our first trip to NYC and I cant even begin to pick a favorite thing about the city. We loved it all! I love your black jogger pants too! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan,
      Thank you so much! I am so glad you liked NYC and it looked like, from your pics, that you were having a blast!

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  12. Love your NYC photos and outfits. I especially love your black gladiator sandals and black chic sweatpants – very cool! Looks like you had a wonderful time with your son. Baltazar is one of my very favorite places to go for breakfast too!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com

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    1. Hi Cherie,
      I did have a fab time with my son, loved it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I haven’t been in New York after the 9/11. It is a great city. Looks like you had fun. 3 Fantastic outfits. I love love love all 3 jackets, also the two graphic tees and those black joggers. Your son is so handsome and I love this mother-son fun you had in Manhattan. =)

    Have a great week, Nora! <3 Ada.

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    1. Hi Ada,
      Thank you so much! I love visiting NYC, its a lot of fun especially this time with my son.

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    1. Hi Victoria,
      Thank you so much.

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  14. What a fun trip with your son! I love all of your fun graphic tops.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Hi Alice,
      Its was so much fun:) Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. i am planning a girls trip to new york and i cant wait!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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    1. Hi Sandy,
      That sounds like so much fun, hope you have a great time.

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  16. This looks so much fun! NYC is my favorite city! All of your outfits are so cute!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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    1. Hi Megan,
      Its one of my favorites too, thank you so much for stopping by.

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  17. Such beautiful pictures and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your trip with your son. Thank you so much for sharing, Nora!

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    1. Hi Jennie,
      Thank you! I really enjoyed the trip with my son 🙂

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  18. Great photos! I’m absolutely loving your second outfit!
    Beauty by Miss L Weekly Fashion Link Up! 

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    1. Hi Leelo,
      Thank you so much!

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  19. this looks like SOO much fuN!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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    1. Hi Sandy,
      It was great fun 🙂 thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Looks like an amazing time! Sorry to hear that about some of the boutique shops being gone! You look amazing , love all the looks, very NY! I am visiting my brother there in the fall

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Hi Jess,
      I did have an amazing time with my son, you’ll have a great time in NYC in fall! Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Hope you had a great time. Your outfits were very nice. Thanks for linking up at Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays at Pastries, Pumps and Pi!

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    1. Hi Tameka,
      I had a fab time, thank you so much for stopping by.

      Reply

  22. My happy place! LOVE those sandals!

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    1. Hi Kristin,
      I love New York too, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

      Reply

  23. […] This week I am in New York city taking a short vacation with my son, I actually flew into JFK late last night after the flight was diverted to Detroit because of huge thunderstorms in the area. If you have been following me on my blog for a while, then you know that I did the same trip with him last year in June.  You can see the blog story about that trip by clicking  here. […]

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  24. […] sights; I had the same trip with him last year which I did a blog story on – you can see that here.  So our main goal this trip was to enjoy our time together, shop, have fantastic food and relax. […]

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