Newcomer in NYC: No Agenda

There is something amazing about being in New York City and having no agenda – no appointments, no must dos, no reservations – the list goes on and on. Laura and I ventured into the city for the past few days and had an absolutely amazing time doing whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted for 3.5 days!

Unlike last year’s NYC adventure, we had each and every day open to completely explore everything. Laura got back into blogging (yay!) while we were there, but we didn’t treat this trip to be as much of a “blogger friendly” one as we did last year. For those who don’t speak the lingo: we didn’t take as many pictures – or maybe better put – we didn’t take pictures of everything like most bloggers attempt to do. Although it means there’s less for this post, it meant more living in the moment for us. We purchased ice cream from a truck and completely resisted the urge to snap a pic – aren’t you proud of us?

Below a few hot spots I would recommend adding to your list when in the various areas of Manhattan. We spent almost all of our time in both SoHo and the Upper East Side, so those are the areas I’ll be featuring.

Upper East Side // Metropolitan Museum Steps (quick photo opportunity), Central Park (great people watching), Olive & Bettes (quick shopping), Jonathan Adler (fun decor browsing), Candle 79 (get the cannolis), Candle Cafe (fun for a great vegan/vegetarian lunch), William Greenberg Dessert (get the black & white), Insomnia Cookies (no explanation needed), Monte-Carlo NYC 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe Upper East Side is amazing (as most Gossip Girl fans already know). There is something so nice about the fact that the city hustle and bustle is definitely alive and well without immense crowds. We stopped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Steps for a nice photo opportunity after a quick break in Central Park. Later in the trip, we visited Jonathan Adler’s store on Madison which is incredible – I love his design aesthetic. As for the sign, that was outside Olive & Bettes (also on Madison). Such a cute store, but beware – the prices are a bit steeper due to the chic brands the store carries.

Quick story: Laura and I decided on Saturday night to go get blow outs – we felt gross and my hair needed some desperate love after sweating all day. We could not get appointments at the Dry Bar (it was booked up!), so we went to Blo instead (same pricing, same concept). It was such a fun experience and while I wouldn’t do it that often, it was a great thing to try especially while being in the city! Read more about that experience on Laura’s blog here.

SoHo // Ruby’s Cafe (get the banana bread!), Kenmare & Mott Intersection (heart mural!), The Crosby Hotel (check out the inner “garden”)


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The best thing about SoHo is that it is full of surprises at each and every turn. While walking around, Laura and I found the first sign (“Congrats it’s a pizza”) which we thought was hilarious. We also found the “Protect Your Heart” on the pavement, which we both had previously seen on Eva Chen’s snapchat story – it was definitely very cool to see in real life especially because we just randomly stumbled upon it while walking! We also found The Butcher’s Daughter which we didn’t visit, but I’ve always wanted to try – now that I know exactly where it is, I’ll be sure to check it out on my next venture into the city.

We really wanted to see the What Lifts You Mural, but we believe we were at the right spot, but it was just replaced my the other mural with the hearts. Still cool and still worth a trip to look at.

We were going to go to Jack’s Wife Freda (so trendy) but the line was long and we were fairly hungry, so we ventured over to Ruby’s right down the street. It was so cute and although the Avocado Toast wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, the Banana Bread was amazing. As was the Iced Coffee! We also went to The Crosby Hotel in SoHo for dinner, which was such a cool experience. There’s a “garden” in the middle of the hotel that unfortunately only guests can eat in, but of course we snuck out there for a quick picture.

All in all, this was such a fun staycation! Laura and I had an amazing time and agreed that venturing in with no agenda is a cool way to stumble on new places.

What are your favorite things to do on the Upper East Side and in SoHo?

xoxo, Jamie

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9 Responses to Newcomer in NYC: No Agenda

  1. Lauren says:

    It looks you both had a great trip to the city! I tried to find the What Lifts You Mural the other week, but found out it had been replaced too. There’s another cute mural not too far from that spot. It’s outside of Little Cupcake Bakeshop –> Here’s an insta of it: Two other cute places to check out in SoHo are Happy Bones (coffee shop) and Baz Bagels (bagels, but I think they serve other food too).

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Haha, we were so confused when we realized it had been replaced! Oh well. The heart one was cool too. I’ve been to the mural outside Little Cupcake Bakeshop – it is so cute! I tried to track it down again to show Laura but we ended up not getting there. Thank you SO much for the recommendations – I will definitely track down both next time I’m in the city! Thank you so much for commenting, I really appreciate it! xoxo

  2. Nicole says:

    Jamie, this looks like such a fun trip!!! Definitely has me making a list of places to go and things to do before my next trip into the city. XO, Nicole

  3. Oh my…you just brought me back to NYC with this post! I haven’t made it to the What lifts you mural either last time I was there! SoHo is probably my favorite part of Manhattan to shop in- it’s full of fun stores and not as crazy as other parts of the city. I can’t wait to be back in NYC, although it’s most likely not going to happen before next year. Oh well, until then I read blogposts about other people’s trips to NYC :D

  4. Madison says:

    I absolutely love New York City – especially when I have nothing urgent on my list to do. Soho is really great in the evening. I like walking into random art galleries there; my favorite is the Peter Lik gallery on West Broadway.

    I also think it’s really cool that you took less time to document your time in the city and more time to enjoy it! So much fun!

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Oooh I’ll have to keep that gallery in mind for next time I visit! Thank you :) So glad you liked the post – thanks for stopping by! xoxo Jamie

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