mardi 21 octobre 2014

New York City: The Ultimate BFF Trip

My boy BFF Cisco says I am a Professional Chair Spinner which is kinda true. The reality is that I am a reverse procrastinator; I do all of my work as soon as possible in order to mazimize my chill time. So there I was at work, minding my own business when I got a last minute call that nearly made me faint- "Do you want to come to Fashion Week?"... UM, DUH. Did I mention that the trip was 3 weeks away... and all expenses were paid?! To quote 21st century Philosopher Kim Zolciak, "Thank you, Poppa!"* I have wanted to go to a real show during Fashion Week for as long as I can remember. I have been in Paris during Fashion Week, but I was really just trying to bump into Kanye, not actually get into a show. I have been to London Fashion Weekend and their awesome shows/parties, but I still wanted to go to that one big show. Now it was here and I couldn't believe it was really happening! A few emails back and forth to figure out who, what, when, and where and we were all set. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I enlisted my girl BFF Sonia to join me on this crazy whirlwind adventure.

*Not actually a real person, gross.

We touched down in NYC and met our driver. I totally felt like Izzy Bradshaw being scooped up by Big. My sister has lived in New York for years, so I have been here plenty of times. However, this was the first time I would be in the city and not stay at her place. It felt so weird! I hate change, but this time I let it slide. The hotel we stayed at was the ultra-chic Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC. I totally LOVED it. I mean, look at this view!

Obviously we were starving, so we headed out and had a delicious early dinner at Móle. What about dessert? Ladurée had just opened their new salon in Soho and I was dying to take Sonia! We had already been to Ladurée on a previous trip to New York, back when they had just come to America and opened up in the Upper East Side. I wanted her to have the real experience, though!

Let me just begin by saying that we are complete opposites and somehow this totally works. I could literally eat garbage all day while she is a legit foodie. I sleep on "standy" for like 5 hours, but she needs a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every single night. We are a weird pair, but we are the best. Anyway, I told her about how I lived on champagne and pastries on my last trip to Paris. Now I could finally show her! We both love chocolate and desserts in general, so I knew this would be great. We had their chocolate chaud to warm up. Ugh, it was truly divine! I felt like Willy Wonka in a river of chocolate. It was the creamiest hot chocolate to ever grace my tastebuds. Of course we decided to go ahead and get chocolat wasted and had a Plaisir Sucre. It was so beyond! It's an almond meringue sandwich cake with crushed hazelnuts, crusty praline, thin milk chocolate leaves, chantilly cream and milk chocolate filling. We had to drink tons of water because we had finally met our match.

 That night, we learned that there is indeed a limit on how much chocolate we can consume. Thanks, Ladurée!

Back to our wonderful hotel we went... 

... and the view was even better at night!

They even had a card on our bed when we came back that let us know what tomorrow's weather would be. Ugh, I love them. Can I just live in luxury hotels forever? I was definitely in my zone.

Upon closer inspection, we realized that this said a high of 32 degrees, and a low of 25. Excuse me?! It doesn't end there... you mean to tell me there would be SNOW, too?! 32 degree weather (when I'm freezing at 80), experiencing real snow for the first time in my life, and finally getting into a show... what in the world was going on?! Of course, this is my life and nothing is ever easy. Off to bed we went, bracing ourselves for what the day would bring.

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