New York City

Hi everyone! Welcome back to my blog, I know it has been a while since I last wrote, but I am back. Finally! Since my last post, I have finished my 4th semester of college, worked a lot and went to my favorite city on the entire planet. I know NYC is probably not the nicest place but it’s the place that has my heart and most likely will forever. Something about NYC is so charming and overwhelming (in a good way). I went to New York with my cutie boyfriend, Ford and we met up with his sister, Ashley and his cousin, Robert. It was so sweet because his cousin let us stay with him in his apartment in Queens, so it was only a subway away from Manhattan. We stayed for 5 days and 4 nights, which is not enough time in that beautiful city, but it was quite exhausting with all the walking. Ford and I flew in to LaGuardia on a Saturday and when we got there, we met up with Robert and Ashley was on her way in from New Jersey (she has an internship up north this summer and she was only a train ride away so she came and met us in the city the day we got there, which was so sweet!) Ford and I settled in and changed out of our plane clothes and got dressed up so that we could go eat and explore with Ashley. On the first night, we ate at a Ramen place (Ford and I eat ramen at least once a week so we have to try different ramen places when we go out of town lol!!), and then we all went into the city to try out a cookie place. We walked through Central Park, which is probably my absolute favorite place in NYC and called in a night since we had been traveling all day.

The view on top of the rocks in Central Park, it’s always so breathtaking!

The second day-

The second day was jammed pack of fun adventures. We started the day off by going to The Grey Dog (such a yummy and unique place, I highly suggest it)! We went to Chelsea Market a couple blocks away for a little shopping before Ashley had to leave. We walked with her to Penn station, so she could catch a train back. It was so sad when she had to leave, we wanted her to stay the whole time with us but we were so lucky that she came to see us for a little bit during our trip. After our goodbyes, Ford and I headed to Times Square, I have only seen Times Square at night so it was really awesome to see it during the day. We literally did so much shopping. We went into Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters, the M&M store, the Hershey store, and honestly so much more. We did a little damage to our wallets but it was so worth it. Ford got himself a whole new wardrobe(that he keeps adding to, it’s so cute watching him buy new stuff!! He always has to show me and his family when he buys new things). After a day full of making memories and shopping, we got onto the subway to head back to Queens. Ford was so adamant about getting a New York style pizza, so that is what we had for dinner. We ate pizza, watched a little TV and got ready for bed. We were so exhausted so we went to bed pretty early so that we had a lot of energy for the next day.

Ford, Ashley and I on the subway heading into the city!
Ford and I at the grey dog for lunch.
Photo Op of Ashley as we were walking to Chelsea Market.
Posing in front of one of the most ICONIC buildings in NYC!
Ford in Times Square! He was probably so annoyed with the amount of pictures I took of him. Sorry boo!
I am in AWE of this place.

The third day-

The third day was as jammed packed as the second day was. Ford and I woke up, got ready, and headed into the city once again. We decided to make our way to lower Manhattan to Tribeca’s kitchen for brunch. After we ate, we went to see the Freedom tower and where the beautiful twin towers once stood. We took lots of pictures and loved every second just looking at the incredible towers that surrounded us. I also *had* to take Ford into Century 21! I love that place and I totally had Carrie Bradshaw vibes the entire time. We then decided to go to the Brooklyn Bridge and it absolutely blew my mind. It was so beautiful. We had been walking so much that we decided to go back into Queens for some rest and also I needed to make an outfit change. I packed so many outfits and wanted to wear them all during the short time we were there. After some much needed rest and my 2nd outfit change, we were ready to go back into the city for dinner and to walk around. I had never been to Shake Shack before so Ford and I wanted to eat there, we were walking a good hour and a half trying to find one and little did we know that it was literally UNDERGROUND in Grand Central. We had been walking around Grand Central but didn’t know it was actually inside! LOL! I have been inside Grand Central before but when we walked in, I was still in awe of its beauty just like I was the first time I saw it. After spending lots of money on an average burger and fries, we decided to keep exploring instead of calling it a night and let me tell you… I am so glad we decided to walk around. We ended up in Bryant Park and that was amazing. Ford and I just laid in the grass for an hour just admiring the view. We had meaningful and beautiful conversations, which I will never forget! Ford is such a trooper, anything I wanted to do, we did. I wanted to keep walking and somehow we ended up back in Times Square so we just took in more of its beauty. After about 3o minutes walking up and down the street, we wanted to go to 5th Avenue which is absolutely stunning with all the designer stores lined up for miles. It was so cool seeing all the pretty things in the window displays. Near 5th Avenue was Rockefeller Center which is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. And just as I suspected, it was everything I thought it was going to be and more. Every building and street in NYC is so iconic and beautiful. We probably walked 15 miles that day, we were so exhausted and ready for bed. Back to Queens we went.

Trying to be a local, ya know?
Freedom Tower: it is so much more beautiful in person.
So in love with Ford and the Brooklyn Bridge
I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the amazing, jaw dropping buildings.
A selfie of Ford and I being as happy as can be.
Wanted to include this because he just looked SO good.

Our final day- 😦

Ah, I was sooo not ready to come back to Texas because I love New York so much. The last day was spent in the Greenwich Village area near NYU and Washington Square park. We both wanted to see the beautiful monument and just sat in admiration. There were so many NYU students graduating so we got to see them taking pictures in their bright purple cap and gowns. We didn’t even have a clue that they were having graduations while we were there, so it was honestly so neat to witness! We were starving for food so we made our way to the Flatiron district and Eataly. Of course, we had more pizza and gelato. It wasn’t the best pizza but it was a good experience so hey, what can you do? We took pictures with the iconic wedge-shaped flatiron building, which I was so excited for. I see so many of my favorite bloggers post it when they’re in NYC so I was so happy when I was able to see it in person. We did a little more shopping around the district and then decided to head back to queens before our final dinner and walk around the city. I had once again, ANOTHER outfit change, shocker. Ford and I looked up some ramen places that we could try and we ended up eating at this one right on 5th Avenue and it was absolutely amazing. It was so unique and delicious. After dinner, we decided to go to the top of the rock and let me tell you. I will never forget how I felt in those exact moments on top of the Rockefeller center. It literally took my breath away. I couldn’t help but tear up a little bit, I highly suggest going to the top of the rock. It was a little pricey but soooo worth the money. Ford was a little worried about being so high up, but he knew how much it meant to me so he just soaked it in along side of me. Since we had such an early flight the next day, we called it a night and went back to the apartment and packed our bags.

Washington Square Park featuring: Ford
Washington Square Park featuring: Me and the lady who was graduating
Iconic Flatiron building
Had to include this beautiful picture I took of Ford at dinner
Last night= best night with my handsome date
Ford featuring the purple Empire State building (it was purple because of the NYU graduations)
This view is something I’ll never forget. You can see all the planes coming into NYC.
*Also, if you look closely, you can see the Statue of Liberty!
One of the most cherished pictures I have from the trip. Genuinely happy with this guy.

This was a trip that I won’t be forgetting any time soon. I felt so peaceful in such a big and busy city. Ford and I had the best time and being able to see his sister and cousin made it even better. I feel so happy and grateful that we were able to take a trip like this by ourselves. It truly was the best vacation.

To Ford, thank you for being such a light in my life and being down to take random trips with me here and there. You truly are such a gentleman and your kindness never goes unnoticed. You are one of a kind and I am so lucky to have you! Thanks for such a memorable trip and being so open to all the things I planned in our short time there. You shine so bright!! I love you. Now, when is our next vacation and where?!

Thank you all for reading! I just wanted to take my time on this post and include every detail because it was such a special trip. As I was writing this, I was imagining I was still in NYC soaking up the beautiful view and the different people. I love that city and just wanted to share my love for it with all of you. Sorry it’s so lengthy and long winded but I wanted to take y’all along with me. Thank you so much.

Until next time,

XO, Em

“New York is not a place. It is a feeling.”

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