10 Holiday Things to do in NYC

10 Holiday Things to do in NYC

10 Holiday things to do in NYC

10 Holiday Things to do in New York City

Here is my list of holiday activities to do while in New York City! It’s no secret NYC goes all out for the holidays and I’m lucky enough to experience all the magic!

See New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker

When I was younger my parents took me to a dress rehearsal of Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker and from then on I was hooked. As a dancer, I would spend the beginning of every holiday season performing the ballet with my studio so everything about the Nutcracker reminds me of Christmas and the holiday season. While I’ve seen other productions, it’s been a dream of mine to see the New York City ballet perform to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. They are one of my favorite ballet companies and it’s been on my bucket list to see them perform the Nutcracker.

Walk around the tree in Rockefeller Center

You must see the Rockefeller tree; it’s pure size and beauty is unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. While in college, I went to the tree lighting and it was an experience. My advice? Go after the tree lighting to avoid the crowds and definitely see it at night.

Ice Skate at Bryant Park

Skate for as long as you want and for free at Bryant Park. Unlike skating at Rockefeller, where you have to pay and only get 5 minutes on the ice, you only have to pay to rent skates at Bryant. While there, enjoy delicious spiked cider inside Public Fare, explore the Christmas village, and gaze at the beautifully lit tree.

Visit Macy’s at Herald Square

See the famous, sparkly “Believe”. Wander through the decked out halls and finally drop off your Christmas list to Santa. The whole store is immaculately decorated and you’ll find something to look at around every corner.

Sip Hot Chocolate at City Bakery

City Bakery has the BEST hot chocolate. Their giant homemade marshmallows are paired with hot chocolate that is incredibly rich and creamy and it will make your mouth water.

Dine at Rolph’s

Rolph’s German Restaurant has insane holiday decorations that are sure to get you in the spirit. Stop in for dinner and enjoy traditional German food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Stroll through Union Square Christmas Market

Enjoy some tasty treats and pick up handmade holiday gifts for friends and family.

Attend the Radio City Rockettes

Everyone must see the Rockettes at least once. Not only does the Christmas Spectacular take you through a world of holiday fun, the Rockettes dance with such precision and grace that you become mesmerized.

View Saks 5th Ave Window Displays

Every year, Saks out does itself with their holiday window displays and this year is no exception. Inspired by Snow White and accompanied with a light show at night, the windows are stunning and well worth stopping by.

Enjoy Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

Drink a late night frozen hot chocolate and take in the atmosphere of Serendipity 3. Not only do they do a great job at decorating for the holidays but their goblet-sized frozen hot chocolate is legendary. Make sure you make a reservation though, they are slammed during the holiday season.

What are your favorite holiday activities?

xx, mm

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On the go: Packing for Ireland

 

On the go: Packing for Ireland

Last June, I took a trip to Ireland for eight days and packed all of my clothing in a carry-on. Even though many people think this is an impossible task, it can easily be done if you think ahead.

Spend some time identifying pieces that can be easily layered and are versatile. Depending on what you’re doing, I always recommend some athleisure. This will ensure that you’re stylish but comfortable for walking, hiking, or any outdoor adventure.

I would also recommend packing pieces that mix and match with others. Don’t underestimate how many times an item can be reinvented. I only let myself pack one scarf and one ascot and I wore one almost everyday. Once you’ve selected your clothes for the trip, try and pick accessories that can go with everything.

Finally, think about your feet. Since shoes take up the most space, be realistic with what you’re going to wear and always remember: comfort above everything else. I would recommend one pair of nice shoes for dressy occasions and a pair of sneakers since exploring a new country means you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. That being said, you don’t want to end up with blisters on your first day there and be in pain for the rest of the trip, so if you plan on purchasing any new shows for your trip, break them in prior. Wear them a couple of times to make sure that they can last long days of walking.

I ended up packing one pair of Nikes that I wore on the plane, a pair of Adidas tennis shoes, sandals, and a pair of black, Steve Madden slip ons. Something to keep in mind when traveling to Ireland is that the weather is wet. It was nice to have options when it poured for a day and your shoes were still damp.

While my packing list is for the summer, which is undoubtedly easier, the same rules and recommendations apply for suitcases of all seasons. Check out the outfits I wore below and let me know what you think.

Headed for a big trip? Send me the details and I’ll work with you to craft the perfect packing list.

xx, mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cork, Ireland

English Market in Cork

The second stop on our trip to Ireland was Cork. We stayed at a beautiful old hotel that reminded me of the Grand Budapest Hotel (If you’ve never seen that movie, I highly recommend) which was located on a steep hill that overlooked the town. Although our stay in Cork was short, it was a quaint town with lots of pubs and eateries one of which we stopped at before heading to our next destination.

The English Market had an eccentric flair and delicious food. The first level was a huge open market with all different vendors. From bread and spice shops to meat and coffee shops, English Market had it all. We settled on a small cafe where we enjoyed tasty pastries and lattes.

The English Market reminded me a lot of Chelsea Market in NYC. Now every time I go to Chelsea Market I think about my little breakfast in Cork.

Where is somewhere you’ve traveled that reminds you a little bit of home?

xx, mm

 

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher was one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. A winding, narrow trail takes you right along the cliffs that overlook the coast of Ireland. I decided to sit on the edge with my feet dangling off the side, looking out over the open ocean. Even though it was a bit scary, it was liberating to have nothing but the sea below me.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?

xx, mm

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