Where is the World was Kate Day? An NYC Travel Diary

There’s nothing I love more than blogging. Getting to have my own little space that combines some of my great loves (fashion, writing, photography, friends, and social media) is one of the greatest things in the world. However, there’s times when life seems to get in the way of blogging and I hate when that happens. There’s nothing like midterms, papers, piles of homework, and busy schedules to suck the blogging motivation right out of you. I’ve been dealing with all of those things this past month and let me tell you, it is not fun. But, I can finally see the light at the end of the mid-semester tunnel and I’m very excited about it. With newfound inspiration, I’m ready to dive right back into the blogging world! While I’ve spent the majority of this past month curled up at my desk buried under empty coffee cups and piles of textbooks, I have had one amazing adventure.

So where in the world has Kate Day been?

For spring break I traveled to New York City for a few days with my mom. I have a lot of family out on the East Coast so I’ve frequented the city quite a bit but each time is more exciting than the last. For today’s post, I thought I’d share the details of some of this visit’s adventures.

Day 1

After an extremely early departure, a frightening drive to the airport, and a surprisingly quick flight, my mom and I found ourselves in the Big Apple. Exhausted? Yes. But excited? Very.

Our day consisted of mostly hanging out and shopping with my aunt, eating at an amazing burger restaurant, and exploring (and possibly power-napping) at MoMA. If you know me, you know I love art, especially van Gogh’s Starry Night, so seeing it in person was one of my NYC highlights. I think I probably stood in front of that painting for 20 minutes!

After MoMa, we returned to my aunt’s apartment and lied low for the remainder of the night, knowing we had a big day ahead of us.

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Day 2

Our second day in the city was jam-packed with excitement. We started by meeting my grandma and aunt for lunch at my favorite pizza place on earth, John’s Pizzeria, then the four of us ventured down Broadway to see Sunday Afternoon in the Park with George. In my 18 years, I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a large number of Broadway plays and I can confidently say that this is my favorite. As an art freak, the concept of bringing a famous painting (especially one that resides in Chicago!!!!) to life through a musical was so intriguing and I thought the execution of the whole thing was amazing! The costumes, the set, the singing, it was all SO good. Not to mention after the show my mom and I stood in line to meet the cast and we got a stalker pic of Jake Gyllenhaal (the star of the show and my mom’s celebrity crush)!

After the show, we roamed around Times Square, had a quick selfie sesh, and made our way back to my aunt’s apartment before dinner with my cousins. After dinner I got to check something off my life time bucket list and saw one of the best rooftop views of the city.

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Day 3

Our third day in New York was by far the craziest, busiest, most exhausting (we walked over 13 miles) day but it was also my favorite day of the entire trip.

There’s one place in the city I’ve always wanted to visit and never have – the Brooklyn Bridge. Every time I see pictures of the bridge I lose my mind over its beauty. With the insane amount of pictures of the bridge I have pinned on Pinterest or bookmarked on Instagram, it’s safe to say I’m obsessed. I knew I had to finally see it this trip so we made it stop one on our final day in the city.

While we didn’t fully cross the bridge into Brooklyn (we were in a bit of a time crunch), we explored the bridge and took SO many pictures and did quite a bit of people watching. Looking back, both my mom and I agreed that we should’ve taken the subway into Brooklyn, explored a new borough for a bit, then crossed the bridge back into Manhattan. However, I was still so thrilled to see the bridge and it completely lived up to my expectations.

Next, we took a brief stroll through Little Italy and Chinatown before making our way into Soho. We stumbled on a market that had a Man Repeller pop-up store (the first blog I ever read… I was in heaven) and wandered through the Glossier show room before beginning our search for some of the street art I’ve been dying to see; a piece by WRDSMTH and Gucci’s new promotional mural.

After Soho, we made our way through my mom’s old NYU stomping grounds to Chelsea where we hopped on the High Line, another destination I’ve been dying to see. On the High Line, we did a little photoshoot for my most recent CollegeFashionista article.  Once our legs couldn’t take it anymore, we jumped in a cab and made it back to my aunt’s apartment for a quick siesta before closing our NYC trip in the best way possible, with Chinese take out.

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After a rather filling meal, I took one final spin around the block in my new Cheetah print coat feeling every bit Carrie Bradshaw as I bid the city farewell, for now at least.

Xo,

Kate Day

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