As soon as the conference ended on Wednesday we quickly changed clothes and set out for the Upper East Side. Our first stop was The Plaza Hotel- one of my all time favorite places in the city. I always stop in whenever I visit to and it never fails to make me feel like a princess. I'm a huge Eloise fan (anyone else obsessed with her Christmas movie??) so finally seeing her portrait was too much fun. Of course I had to get a picture with one of my childhood (and adulthood #letsbereal) favorites!
After the Plaza we hightailed it north in pursuit of the Kate Spade Madison Avenue store. After seeing it on the 'Gram countless times it was lovely to experience the store's ladylike whimsy in person. There are bows and cute little details everywhere you look- they definitely went above and beyond to create the ultimate girly-chic haven. I mean, even the elevator was decorated to perfection. #idie
After oogling the KS store to our hearts content we hurried back toward midtown to take a peek in Grand Central Station and the New York Public Library; both were beautiful! As an architects daughter I've always had a deep appreciation for well-designed buildings and these two are some of the prettiest I've witnessed. From there we subway'ed further downtown for dinner at the The Grey Dog. (Sidenote: I'd definitely recommend the sangria and the seared tuna/avocado taco. So, so good).
Even though it was dark by the time we finished dinner I was determined to walk The Highline. We made it there about 45 minutes before it closed for the night and it was so worth the hustle to get there! The landscaping combined with the views of the city all lit-up and the nearly full moon made for a beautiful stroll (although, I'm pretty sure the three of us were the only people up there that weren't in a relationship). If you're in the city with your significant other it's definitely a romantic spot at night!
Such a great day spent learning and soaking up new experiences. No matter how tired my body might have been my mind was so happy to get out of South Carolina and take in the sights and sounds of the city. I'll be back with a recap of day three on Monday! Until then, have a great weekend! xoxo