For whatever reason, I've stalled filling you all in on my recent trip to the Big Apple (well, through my blog anyways..many of you heard these stories directly from me). But I guess it's time I sit down and take the time to document these stories for when I want to look back on what is now my favorite trip so far. My family tried to convince me that my NYC dreams would not be fulfilled of stepping foot on the concrete island and suddenly transforming into a Blair Waldorf socialite; and no, that did not happen but I loved every second of it. The energy is contagious, there's always something to do, and the sidewalks are constantly a live catwalk being the Fashion Capitol it is. Now that's my kind of place.
Rockefeller Plaza where we went to The Today Show
Mom was lovin' it up too
Shopping in the UES
At Bobby Flay's restaurant before West Side Story
The recently opened Topshop (the only one in the US) with sister-in-law Lindsay who is living in NYC for the summer for work
My favey cousin Christiana who is a nurse in NYC
Shopping in Soho and West Village
All of us out for dinner in the Meatpacking District
Steps of the MET with Linds on the Gossip Girl Tour
Breakfast at The Palace
The Palace courtyard- the famous home to Serena Van Der Woodsen
Shopping at Bendel's
The larger than life poodle inside Bergdorf
Me and my fellow Gossip Girl stalkers with Penn Badgley (Dan)
He told his body guards that he promised me a picture as they were trying to rush him off to set. And we even got photogged by the paparazzi and put online.
Ok, ladies, step aside..I'll be the next Blake, Penn!
Rufus and Lily's son who appeared in the Season 2 Finale..Chris Riggi (see below for pics). Two of the girls and I even got to sit down with him at a close by coffee shop and got ALL the dirt on season 3 which I guess I can pass on to all of you (if you care!): 1. Carter and Serena 2. Leighton's the funniest one on set 3. Chace is a classic Texas boy 4. Vanessa and him are together on the show and she's a "great kisser" 5. Chuck and Blair are going strong 5. Blake's super sweet and couldn't be mean if she tried
Jessica Szhor and Michelle Trachtenberg
Michelle.. and Leighton (ultimate girl crush..ha)
Ed with his amazing English accent
That Chuck Bass stare.. with the infamous limo in the back
A Chuck and Blair scene (rumor had it amongst all of us watching that they were buying a Brownstone, but it was hard to hear what they were saying)
they had to kiss like 35 times til the director was satisfied with the scene
The fashion. The food. The famous people.
I'd take the big city over the beaches ANY day.