So first thing I did after arriving in NYC was take a little stroll through Central Park. You'll recognize this iconic walkway from several movie scenes, including one from Friends With Benefits (see above). I would say it was a delightful walk but that would be a lie because I felt like I was walking on the surface of the sun. Word to the wise - don't visit NYC during the third week of July.
Second stop: THE MET! I have been wanting to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for so long and I finally got the chance.
We walked through the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, which was quite interesting and engaging. There were amazing pieces from designers like Burberry, Balmain, and Givenchy, and several of them seriously took my breath away. Great exhibit.
The second exhibit visited was Living In Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints, which I was very excited about for obvious reasons. My friend Meg (above) however, was about as interested in this as I am in math and science. Thanks to her for humoring me through this exhibit.
The gallery was full of original drawings of furniture, wall elevations, and other decorative objects. It was so interesting to see what pieces designers have been producing for centuries, and it really went to show that interior design can truly be an art form.
We then made our way up to the rooftop garden/bar area, and it was well worth it. If you ever find yourself at the Met, you must make time to come up here. Fantastic views of the city.
We also made sure to stop by this room which was housing Egyptian sculptures and artifacts, mainly because it's home to a scene in my all time favorite movie, When Harry Met Sally. Obviously.
For dinner that night I went with some friends to Cookshop in Chelsea, which I would highly recommend - the duck was amaze
Standing outside of Penn Station, I couldn't resist taking a pic of this giant moving billboard advertising Orange is the New Black. If you have Netflix, run to your television right this second and start this addicting series.
On Sunday, some friends and I made our way to a magical place known as the Boardy Barn in the Hamptons and had a little Sunday Funday. It's only open in the summer, only on Sundays, and only from 3-8pm. It's amazing. And you know those songs that come on at parties and you can't not sing along? Those are the only songs they play.
Monday night after work, I was very proud of myself for making it from Midtown to SoHo all on my own on the subway. Really not that big of a feat for a regular New Yorker, but it was for this Oklahoma girl. I walked through the streets and swooned over all of the gorgeous designer storefronts - especially this lovely Chloe window.
Then I stumbled across my heaven, aka a two-story Madewell.
My friend Shae came and met me at the Warby Parker showroom where we proceeded to try on every pair of frames they offer. This place is amazing, and a must see if you're in the area.
I may or may not have seen a post on Mindy Kaling's instagram a week prior to arriving about this restaurant, Peel's, and decided to eat here based solely on her recommendation.
This was seriously a restaurant after my own heart. Their aesthetic is just adorable.
Tried the cheese curds, they're amaze.
On the way home, Shae and I had to take separate subways, and he took this pic of me from across the platform. I then proceeded to take the train a stop to far, get on a different train in an attempt to go back a stop where I came from, and then give up and walk 10 blocks home in the rain. #fail
No trip to NY is complete without a stop at Shake Shack - this one being in Madison Square Park which was absolutely charming.
I made a visit to ABC Carpet & Home for the first time ever, and holy shnikes it was freaking ah-mazing. I could have spent all day in there. Or just staring at their gorgeous window displays.
So that's a little recap of some of the fun things I got to do. I *promise* to not let another month go by without posting. Plus, it's almost Fall, aka the best season, and what could inspire some blog posts more than that?