I’m in a New York state of mind.

I met Jill at the Newark Airport and we took the train in to the city. We hopped in a cab and headed to the Waldorf Astoria thanks to Jill who had two free nights there. Such a gorgeous hotel!

You really cannot beat staying on Park Avenue.


Dylan’s Candy Bar



I bought the regular & Christmas versions of this mug.



Lunch at Fig & Olive was so good! I highly recommend this restaurant You can also order their olive oil online.

On our way to the theater.

Friday night, we saw Wicked. It was so much better than I could have imagined. If you are ever in a city where Wicked is playing, you must see it!!! Beautiful, funny, & smart. A phenomenal show!

Everyone told me I’d love NYC & that I’d want to move there, but I had no idea the urge would be this strong. I love Chicago but there is something about NYC. I actually feel a little ache in my heart and long to go back. I have to live there someday, even if only for a few months or a year.

Some folks like to get away
Take a holiday from the neighborhood
Hop a flight to Miami Beach
Or to Hollywood
But I’m taking a Greyhound
On the Hudson River Line
I’m in a New York state of mind

– Billy Joel

  • Celeste

    okay, so I was right about half of it … knew you'd be going with Jill 🙂

    What fun!! I haven't been to nyc in years — would so love to visit again. Although, I might also feel the urge to move there… it's a great place.

    (yay for the Christmas mug … I am so pumped that Christmas time is coming so soon!)

  • this free bird

    how did you ever come back?? i was watching your tweets and pining away to have a visit while being SO HAPPY to see/read all you were experiencing!! yay!!

    ps-just got your email this morning. i ran away on friday like my hair was on fire and never looked back. so sorry!! but it sounds like everything went well?!?

    will email you later tonight or tmrw!


  • Amanda @ Bits & Pieces

    It's funny to hear other people's perspective. I LOVE Chicago and we want to live there someday. When I went to NYC for the first time people said the same thing, "You're going to love it and want to live there." But, I didn't. I don't like how dirty it is, how big it is, and the overall "fast" feeling of it. I much prefer Chicago's size, the neighborhood feel (even though I was in many of NYC's neighborhoods, they didn't feel the same), and the down-to-Earth Midwest attitude I think Chicago has.

  • penny lane

    i am so happy you finally got to experience the magic of new york city. one day we're going to live there. in your words "we'll share a studio. you'll get the tub and i'll get a chair." it will be amazing.

  • Jenny @ Practically Perfect…

    I'm glad you had such a great time! NYC is such a great city. We saw "Wicked" there, and it really is an amazing show!

  • Jill

    Such a fun trip and a great city! Looking at the photos today made me miss it, already.

  • MyLittlePhotographs

    I feel the same way about New York, sometimes I wish I was an American so that I could just move wherever I want without a worry about a visa. grrrr you're so lucky to not have any restrictions.

    Did you get to eat at Serendipity? The first time me and Andre went to New York back in '04 we waited 3 hours to be seated but it was sooo worth it.

  • {Selma} Crazy Little World Of Mine

    Ahhhh New York…you either love it or hate it. Of course I love it. 🙂 So wanna go back now…spring was awesome there! 🙂 I took similar pictures!!!! 🙂

  • Lauren

    I am SO jealous!!! That has always been a dream of mine, too. To live in NYC for at least a year. Lets go together!!!! 🙂

  • Jess

    Fun pics! I'm so glad you had such a great time. Isn't that Apple store CRAZY? We stayed pretty close to it last time we went. Hooray for such a fun trip!

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