Let's Hear It For New York, New York

1.24.2011

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Now that's two very happy girls right there. That delicious concoction is Serendipity's famous Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate. It's been featured on Oprah, so one of us had to get it. I graciously volunteered myself for that tough job. But let's rewind to the beginning of our fabulous girls' night to ring in the first night of 2011!

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Our friend Mary moved to New York City this school year because of her dad's job. As much as I'd love to make my home in New York one day, I can't say I'd want to do so smack dab in the middle of my high school career. She's adjusted well from what I've heard and is living the ultimate UES private school as-close-as-it-gets-to-Gossip-Girl life. She gave us a lot of hints and tips as we were exploring the city. When we asked her for a fun, trendy spot for dinner, she pointed us to Lavo.

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Trendy it was. There was a DJ, a night club attached on the other side, and everyone was in their twenties.

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We all split several dishes, which we found to be the right route to go for many of our meals. It usually costs less and then you get to try a little bit of everything. Just a little travel tip for ya; call me Rick Steves.

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We didn't want the night to end there, so we decided to experience the ultimate dessert gallery in New York: Serendipity. It was tucked under a little brownstone...not flashy at all like I expected. The wait was another surprise. It was nearly midnight and the wait was an hour and a half! We decided to stick it out and low and behold we were sat in two minutes. We decided they test their customers to see who is actually serious about their sweet tooth.
Don't test these lettuce with food, k? We don't mess around.

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The menus give you a small taste of the grandeur of the rest of the restaurant. For a lack of better words, there's crap everywhere. It has that thrown together whatever vibe, but that's what gives it its trademark fun atmosphere.

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Although my Frrrrrozen Hot Chocolate was more than delightful, I'll admit that Liz and Lexi's sundae was to die for. And by the looks of Lexi's spoon digging in and Liz's grin, I think they would agree.

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We made the biggest dents into our dishes as we could, but there's only so much you can do before overdosing on chocolate. Note Liz's hands holding her stomach. We were so full that we insisted upon taking a late night stroll to burn some of it off. So, where else do the four of us end up but the ever so classic...

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Forever 21 of course! They opened this new XXI last summer in the heart of Times Square. It's open 'til 1 in the morning which is perfect for late night visitors like us. It's four stories, has high ceilings, and has just about every faux fur coat, bejeweled headband, or sequined top you could ever want. I'm a big XXI fan. Especially being my age, we are always trying to keep up with quickly changing trends, it's nice to know that something you might not like in a year only set you back $17.99.

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Outside of the Forever storefront is a huge TV display that shows the people walking through Times Square to fulfill all those who have the dream of being displayed in Times Square. Can you spot us?

So that capped off our New Years Day. Can you believe we did all that plus my previous post with Columbia?! And in case you didn't notice, yes, we spent a whole day sans shopping. I think a round of applause for the lettuce is in order.

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Our last day was spent rather lazily without making too many plans. We did, however, make reservations for tea at the Plaza. And while the atmosphere was beautiful, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. Especially if you're seventeen and don't have wads of cash to dish out for tea.

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Let's just say our bill at The Plaza was more than our dinner at Lavo. One word- rough. But, of course, we grinned and beared it for the sake of the pictures. And we did laugh at the sheer absurdity of the situation.

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We spent our last night in the apartment devouring food we bought from the local grocery store Cafe Duke. One thing we couldn't live without: the digestive cookies Liz is holding. Lexi and Natalie had them on a previous trip and were so happy to be reunited with them in New York. That's when you know you have a problem. When you're eating cookies to help you digest all your other food. Again--rough.

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And this is me attempting to be artsy with the new shoes I got at Topshop. My other notable purchases included three new handbags, a camel leather dress, jewelry, and a navy equestrian blazer.

So there you have it. We came home with lots of memories, probably too many pictures, and definitely bigger bellies. But, we like to think that our walking and laughing burned off all those calories. Love you lettuce! 'Twas the trip of a lifetime!
{signing off on my 100th post!}

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