48 Hours in New York City

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My NYC Diary, Day 1 & 2

An unconventional guide to New York City

We spent the better half of last week in New York City. From Sunday to Thursday morning we pretended to be full on New Yorkers! When we started planning this trip we knew it would be full of work and long days of meetings, so we scheduled two days at the very beginning of the week for a little fun! I have tons of photos to edit (plus a vlog!!) that Ryan took during our trip, but I thought it would be fun to share with you a diary of our first few days. Unedited, and straight off my phone.  A little behind the scenes, if you will… and honestly, these are some of my favorite photos. The snippets in-between the extra pretty stuff are always my favorite! 

 

NYC Day 1:

 

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48 Hours in NYC | Ashley Brooke's New York Diary | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com

 

We took the earliest flight possible out of Orlando, hoping not to miss an ounce of daylight in the city! I’m not going to lie, it was PAINFUL getting up that early, especially since we stayed up most of the night packing. If you haven’t seen the sunrise from 30,000 feet, put it on your bucket list right now. Cotton candy skies as far as the eye can see. It was worth the early morning wake up call. 

Gray Malin for Away Luggage & Converse Sneakers 

 

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The first things on my to-do list as soon as we got to the city involved breakfast and coffee! I’ve been wanting to try Maman’s brunch for forever, so we made sure that was our first stop and it did not disappoint. I’ve been to Maman’s coffee shop a million times, but I had never sat down for a meal. If you are going to the city PLEASE put this coffee shop on your list. And order the avocado toast, trust me, it will be the best you’ve ever had!

After brunch we braved the cold and did a little window shopping around Soho. We leisurely popped in and out of stores and had the best time taking it all in. I can’t for the life of me remember the last time we did just that. 

J.Crew Coat (sold out, similar here), Talbots Jeans, BP Booties, Cuyana Backpack, Vineyard Vines Scarf (sold out, similar here

 

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48 Hours in NYC | Ashley Brooke's New York Diary | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com

 

A while later, we stopped at Ladurée to warm up with coffee and macaroons, which was the perfect treat. We sat up by the front which made a prime location for people watching. Laderée is definitely a must-stop-spot anytime we are in NYC… I just love the girly-ness of it all! 

After our coffee and macaroons we walked back to our hotel to take quick cat naps before getting ready for dinner.

We stayed at 11 Howard in Soho, which to be honest I’d never heard of, but we loved the way it looked online and figured it was worth a try. After four nights at our little home away from home I’d HIGHLY recommend it to anyone! The rooms are tiny, but lovely and the bathroom was down right gorgeous. I had so much fun getting all dolled up in there every day. Nothing sings to a millennial’s heart quite like marble and brass. 

Cuyana Cosmetic Cases, Lancome Foundation, Make Up For Ever Blush, Soap & Glory Mascara

 

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48 Hours in NYC | Ashley Brooke's New York Diary | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com

 

Every time we visit New York City we schedule a night just for us at our favorite restaurant, Babbo. A few years ago we went for our first anniversary and have been hooked ever since. The atmosphere, the food, the romance of the tiny space, it is just so lovely. It’s hands down our favorite place to eat.

If you are wanting to try it out (and you should!), definitely call ahead! We book 4 weeks in advance to get that coveted 7:30/8:30 dinner spot… I know that sounds crazy, but I promise it’s worth it. Also, if you go you MUST get the black spaghetti… I don’t even look at the menu anymore. We’ve been six times now and each time I order the same thing, the black spaghetti.

Line and Dot Sweater (I loved it so much I got it in both black and cream), Larson & Jennings Watch, NYX “Tea & Cookies” Lip Liner, L’Oreal Lip Paints in “Spicy Blush”

 

 

NYC Day 2

 

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48 Hours in NYC | Ashley Brooke's New York Diary | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com

 

This trip was all about not wasting daylight, we were up every day by 5:45 a.m. and eager to start our days. Our love for NYC is real.  We both adore city life and often dream of moving, so when we are in town, we like to soak it all in!

We met a good friend of ours at one of our favorite breakfast spots in the city, Jack’s Wife Freda. If you haven’t been, put it on your list ASAP. It’s instagram heaven, plus the food is wonderful. If you go for breakfast, get the quinoa bowl… you’ll love it! 

 

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48 Hours in NYC | Ashley Brooke's New York Diary | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com

 

This particular day was FREEZING. The temperatures were in the teens, but the wind was slowly turning me into a human popsicle. After breakfast we took a few photos around Soho until Ryan’s fingers started to get frostbite and I stopped being able to feel my cheeks! He kept telling me to “smile” and I kept saying “I thought I was smiling” haha… us Florida people can’t hang.

We ran back to our hotel to warm up and get through our inboxes. Loved that the 11 Howard was so close to everything! 

Ryan’s Vinta Vinta Camera Bag

 

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48 Hours in NYC | Ashley Brooke's New York Diary | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com

 

Once we finally warmed up we decided to head back out into the tundra to find lunch. After doing a little googling I discovered that by Chloe was right around the corner. We popped in for lunch, and I’m so glad we did. We both fell in love with our meals and even went back the next day for round two. It’s the best vegan restaurant I’ve ever been to by far! Make sure you get the taco salad if you go… oh, and a cookie! 🙂

After lunch we popped back into Club Monaco to scoop up the coat I couldn’t stop thinking about! The day before while we were doing a little window shopping, I stumbled upon this gorgeous pink coat that was marked more than 50% off as an end of the season sale.  I instantly knew we were soul mates. Impulse buying makes me nervous so I slept on it. I figured if it was still there the next day and I still just had-to-have-it, then I’d go in and get it! So of course, less than 24 hours later, there I was walking around Club Monaco looking for a sweater to go with me new fancy coat! 

Club Monaco Coat (almost sold out!, similar here & here)

 

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And just as fate would have it, I found a matching sweater with faux FUR that I had to have as well. It was a total, When You Give a Mouse a Cookie situation. Once I had the coat, I needed the sweater. But come on, is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?! Plus, it was (and still is!) on super sale, so clearly it was the only logical decision to make.

After two full, fun days in the city we topped off our mini vacation with a double date! We met my good friend Carly and her guy at The Mercer Kitchen for a round of burgers and fries. We laughed the night away and kept our phones with the coat check. It was one of those wonderful New York City nights I’ll never forget. I’ve made so many great friends through this crazy blogging world that I am so thankful for, but Carly is definitely on the tippity top of that list.

Club Monaco Sweater

 

That’s it, 48 hours in NYC! But don’t worry, there is so much more to come!

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. January 22, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    “The Burger Party”

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 9:49 am

      The best kind of party! 🙂 xx

  2. Ilana Alencar
    January 22, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Love it!! And a vlog?? Can’t wait!
    I was in NYC 2 weeks ago and now I want to go back!
    Great tips 🙂

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 9:52 am

      YES, a vlog! Ha! I can’t believe it myself, haha! You and me both, I’m definitely ready for NYC round 2 already!

      xo

  3. Ashley
    January 23, 2018 / 8:58 am

    Looks like a wonderful 48 hours! That hotel bathroom looks gorgeous. Would you be able to tell me what lip gloss is in that photo of the makeup on the counter? Thanks so much!

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Ashley! Oh it definitely was, and the hotel bathroom was UNREAL! Also, the lipgloss I used was Elizabeth Arden in “sunset” https://rstyle.me/n/cwy5ufmimn

      xx

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