April 16, 2014

New York City

Maybe I should create an entirely new segment on this blog called the Travelings of Taylor because seriously I am going EVERYWHERE in the next few months! And to finish out the year strong I am going to Paris, France with my parents the first week of December! Yes! This is a real thing. Trust me, I am in just as much shock as you are. I am so excited you have no idea. Can it be December yet? 

Anyways....with that little announcement out of the way, get ready for 8 million pictures from my most recent jaunt off to nyc! It was perfect weather and we didn't do any touristy things and I hailed my first cab so needless to say, the trip was a complete success. I'm so happy my parents got to join me and I am so very lucky that I'm able to say this entire trip was a business trip. Don't you just love having a job that you enjoy so very much? I sure do! The whole reason for going to the city this past weekend was for IMATS aka the international makeup artists trade show. Since I am a beauty video blogger on YouTube, I was able to attend the conference and see tons of brands new products and collections as well as sit in on makeup classes by some world-renowned makeup artists. The rest of the trip was full of shopping, eating, and picture taking while we enjoyed springtime in the city. I can't wait to move there after I graduate! New York City has my heart in so many ways.

 Day One///

Day one was mostly a travel day. I met my mom at the SLC airport and we chatted for the entire 5 hours as we flew from Utah to New York. Funny how much you have to talk about even though we text every single day. Once we landed we got the hotel, pulled our selves together best we could, and went for a walk around the city. Dinner was at a little diner down the street from our hotel on Broadway and dessert was at Magnolia Bakery right by Rockefeller Center. Lets just talk about those mini macaroons. SO yummy! They still had the ice skating rink open at the rock so we watched the skaters for a while before calling it a night and heading back to the hotel. My dad finally arrived a little after midnight and it was a joyous reunion. I sure missed that man.

 Day Two///

The next day was purely shopping and I probably single-handedly recovered the entire economy within 3 hours that day. We went all over 5th avenue and SoHo and also met up with one of my friends from YouTube for a little. Dinner was in Little Italy, aka the cutest area in new york city. My pizza was to die for and I'm still craving canoli after the one I had from a little bakery on the side of the road. We walked foreverrrrr but it was so beautiful with the shops all lit up. Later that night I met up with some friends at the Plaza where I ordered a 12$ Shirley Temple and drank it happily while I was surrounded by rich and famous upper east siders. It was a total Gossip Girl moment. Blair would be proud.

Day Three///
shout out to this guy who just jumped in my picture and then told me I was beautiful.

 The weather was impeccable on Sunday and we took full advantage of it. The morning was filled with business conference stuff where I got to dress up and talk to brands and look at new products and attend makeup classes. It was so much fun. I love my job! After the conference we headed to the upper east side to indulge in frozen hot chocolate and french fries at Serendipity. Nothing more delicious in the whole city and that's a fact. The wait time is always over an hour but it's worth it every time. To burn off all those calories we took a stroll through central park and enjoyed the blossoming trees and beautiful sunset. We crossed over into the upper west side and decided that when I moved to the city, this is the part of town I want to be in. The night ended with a trip to the Empire Hotel for Shirley Temples before heading back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.

Day Four///

Our last day in the city was a busy one. We woke up and headed to the brookly bridge right away. The view is AMAZING and when the weather is as good as we had it, the mile trek across the river is just so very lovely. We even managed to find the sister missionaries enjoying their p-day. After brookly, we did some final shopping and grabbed lunch, took a quick nap, and then spent the evening over by NYU. Can I transfer schools again? Washington square park is so beautiful and nyu is seriously a dream. We grabbed dinner in Little Italy again and finished the trip with one more canoli. Hopefully I ate enough to satisfy me until next time.

I love new york city and new york city sure loves me. I'll be back soon enough, and hopfully it wont just be a vacation, it'll be home sweet home.