Newcomer in NYC: Day with Empire Styles


Despite having gone to the Smart Girls Group Conference in 2014, I still think I can count the number of bloggers I’ve met and talked to (in person) on my fingers. It’s obviously so cool to meet other bloggers – discussing this “unusual” hobby with someone else who just gets it is such a win. Even better – when you can talk to someone about blogging that you feel you would’ve been friends with had you met in another way.

Nicole and I starting e-mailing back and forth back in May (maybe even earlier?) and immediately had so many things in common. We talked about so much and very early on discussed hopefully meeting up in New York City before the summer ended – and it happened!

It was such an incredible day (we covered a ton of ground – literally and metaphorically) and we literally never ran out of things to talk about. I feel like I’ve known Nicole my whole life – we were on the same wavelength about so many things.

On to the day…

Nicole and I met up at Maison Kayser in Bryant Park, as her train came into Penn Station and mine came into Grand Central. It was a great place to grab a quick coffee (me) and a water (Nicole) and freak out about the fact that we were both real and actually getting a chance to meet face to face.

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From there, we went to Dor L’ Dor – one of my favorite stores in New York City. Nicole and I both picked up some items that we were both so excited about – I already wore one of the pieces!

We then decided to walk up in pursuit of Kate Spade on Madison, among other fun stops. Before we made it to Kate Spade we made a few stops…

Bergdorf Goodman

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If you want motivation to work harder and make more money, perusing through this store is instant inspiration. Nicole and I wanted everything – and more importantly – wished we gave off the impression that we could actually afford things in the store. If you follow me on snapchat (fashionnewcomer – add me!) then you saw some of the gorgeous pieces we stumbled across. Browsing through the store was absolutely incredible – everything is beautiful and the layout of the store is in itself gorgeous. We had both previously watched the documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, so it was just so cool to go there and see what all the hype is about.

Plaza Food Hall

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Am I the only one who didn’t know there is a whole Food Hall underneath The Plaza? Nicole’s sister had been to Todd English, so we entered on the Central Park side, took the escalator down, and were promptly seated (guys – Nicole is so tall that the waiter asked us if we were 22 and up – I’m never mistaken for older than 12, ever). Todd English had a broad menu – we actually paired together pizza (pictured above) and dumplings. Both delicious! After the meal, we decided to go to the bathroom and stumbled upon tons of vendors – William Greenberg (where I went with Laura!), Vive Le Crepe, and so much more. Definitely worth looking at (or just heading too if you want to use a nice bathroom on the Upper East Side, haha).

Macaron Cafe

IMG_1234Laudree? Overrated in my book. I prefer the cozy, down-to-eath Macaron Cafe. The Cafe has a ton of fun flavors and I don’t think the prices are outrageous. I truly recommend making a stop here on your next trip into the city! Above is a picture of Nicole’s macarons – they even letter her choose what color ribbon she wanted on the box!

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Kate Spade on Madison Ave was a mutual favorite – and as I said above, we knew we wanted to make the trek here during the day. The store is fabulous, and aside from the few mouse items still lingering around, I loved everything. We had spotted these Madison Avenue stickers online and asked one of the employees, Ashley, about them – turns out they are used for packing wrapped items, but she was kind enough to give us some of those and a few other types! We were so excited, given that we are both decorating the inside of our planners and just in general love really anything Kate Spade. We were on such a sticker high afterwards… (this is why we get along so well).

Treat House

IMG_1266 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGuys. My newest obsession. Seriously SO good. More on Treat House to come to the blog very very VERY soon…

Treat House is in the 80s, and we both had to trek back down to the 40s so we decided to take a cab – we wanted to be dropped off near Bryant Park, but our cab driver randomly let us off on 5th Avenue literally one block away from Ralph’s Coffee, a place we discussed going to the day before we met up. How SERENDIPITOUS is that?!

We were both so excited to check it out!

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IMG_1283 IMG_1286Ralph’s Coffee is quaint and cute – definitely a must visit! I didn’t get anything, but Nicole had a coffee and we just sat and enjoyed the view. While there we also wrote a postcard to our friend Cathleen – for those who don’t know, Kate Spade has a different (free!) postcard every month in all of their boutique stores. It’s almost worth visiting the stores every month to pick it up – it’s so cute.

And that’s all! It was so amazing to meet Nicole in person – we had such a great day and I cannot wait to meet up again when I am home from college in the coming months.

xoxo, Jamie

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11 Responses to Newcomer in NYC: Day with Empire Styles

  1. Emily says:

    Aww, it’s so cool that you two got to meet up, let alone in NYC! That is seriously a dream come true. I’ve never met blogging friends, but it’s something I’d love to do in the future. I love all of the places you went to – those macarons are to die for. Everything always looks so perfect in the city!

  2. Nicole says:

    Jamie this was the BEST DAY!!! I am so so so glad we were able to do it before you leave for school. Can’t wait until either September (eeep!!) or winter break! XO, Nicole

  3. Saba says:

    Ah you two are seriously so adorable! I’m literally so jealous, you gals looked like you had such an amazing time!

  4. Sydney says:

    Y’all are adorable, it sounds like you had a lot of fun!!:)
    xo, Syd

  5. How fun?! Meeting up with fellow bloggers is such a great way to connect!

  6. Ruth S. says:

    So jealous of your adventures!

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