a day in nyc

last wednesday anthony and i hopped on the megabus and headed up to new york city for the day. the city is just so beautiful around the holidays we thought a day trip would be a perfect way to kick off our christmas break. it was only a 24 hour trip, but it couldn't have been more fun. we started our day at 5 am and grabbed some coffee for our bus ride up to new york. the weather was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and the temperatures were way higher than normal. we had no complaints. 

we still bundled up in layers to fight the winds and i wore my lovely (and extremely puffy) steve madden coat i picked up from burlington in pittsburgh when the weather started getting colder. burlington is truly the best place to buy a coat-- i mean come on, it is called a coat factory for a reason, people. i got this baby for quite the steal; only 50$! i love the color and it's perfect for keeping warm and dry in the winter rain and snow.

we arrived in the big apple around 10 am and our first stop of the day was a cute little bakery to pick up some breakfast. i got the most delicious almond croissant ever. they are one of my fave morning treats. we then reviewed our plan for the day. anthony had already made us an itinerary (he loves plans and scheduling if ya can't tell haha) and we had so many fun places to visit. next, we made our way to chelsea market to do some christmas shopping. we had quite a few little presents to pick up for some family members and were extremely successful. the inside of the market was beautiful all decorated for christmas.

i was glad i was wearing my favorite rain boots because the streets were super slushy and i was able to keep my feet nice and toasty. i got these from payless last year for a great price and they have served me very well. i always pair them with some knee socks, and these army green ones are awesome. i kept my outfit all neutral colors with a thrifted grey striped sweater and a patterned infinity scarf. to top it all off, i borrowed anthony's green messenger bag to carry around all my purchases for the day. and by the time we left, it was full to brim. who woulda thought? 

next on our list was the union square holiday market. we perused all the aisles while i restrained myself from buying every cute little knick-knack and trinket i came into contact with. there were mini buddhas and sugar skulls and hats and scarves and it was pretty much my own little personal heaven. after the market, we stopped off at a pub to grab a beer before hitting up some awesome vintage shops. i may have gone a little over board with shopping but hey, i was in new york city! what did you expect? ;)

after our shopping adventures, it was dinner time. we went to brother jimmy's barbecue and got a feast of yummy ribs, brisket, and chicken wings. moral of the story: we were two happy campers. the final stop of the trip was making our way over to madison square garden, to see the broadway version of a christmas story. it is anthony's favorite christmas movies of all time and he found an awesome groupon deal for two tickets to the show. we've seen a couple other broadway shows together, and this one definitely did not disappoint. all of the kids in the show were so amazingly talented and we were laughing so hard we were in tears. bravo!

after the show it was time to head back and catch our megabus home. we were so exhausted at this point we couldn't wait to sit down and take a nice long nap until we were back in baltimore. we had such an amazing trip, i honestly couldn't have asked for it to have gone better. we saw so many beautiful christmas trees, did so much holiday shopping, and just enjoyed taking in all of the breath taking sights that new york city has to offer.

we definitely want to keep up our yearly tradition of making a trip up to new york. the energy and beauty cannot be beat. 


outfit details
boots: payless
sweater: thrifted
headband: forever 21
coat: steve madden via burlington


  1. You're totally right: the city is nothing short of magical around this time of year! And you guys totally lucked out with the weather because just few days before that it was FREEZING, to say the least. Looks like you guys had an amazing time!

  2. Love your jacket. So comfy cute! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

  3. sounds great. we are just an hours drive away and have been meaning to make a trip there to check out the lights. we do it every year..

  4. Looks like you guys had a really fun time! And good call on the rain boots they are pretty much a must have during the winter out there!

  5. Thanks for sharing your NYC pictures with us. Love them. I will am flying there tomorrow. I can't wait.

    Hope you're done with your holiday shopping. Merry Christmas!


  6. awww i'm so happy you guys had a great trip! you look beautiful as always!


  7. cute pics :)


  8. What a great idea for a day trip! Looks like you had a wonderful time :)


  9. Oh my gosh, what a jam-packed day! It sounds like you had a blast and were there on that perfectly warm day. I've never thought of doing NYC in a day, but now I'm kind of tempted!

  10. I'm visiting NYC in the beginning of January- can't wait! Merry Christmas Eve!!

    Brooke du jour

  11. I wanna visit NYC so bad! I wish I could spend christmas there, I'm sure its so pretty! Happy Holidays! x

  12. Isn't the Union Square Holiday Market the best? I always gets tons of Christmas gifts there, for others and myself. So glad you enjoyed your visit to NYC and got a good deal on a Broadway show. (Lucky!) Which vintage boutiques did you go to? They're becoming like an endangered species in Manhattan because of the obscene rents.