In a New York Minute

This year, at the very end of April, I went to NYC for a long weekend with some girlfriends.

Mind you, this California girl (as well as all the other friends attending) were certain that this time of year was a perfect choice! Its full on spring after all. Almost May, actually! Not cold anymore, but saving us from the unbearable humidity that comes with summer in NYC.


Poor NY had blizzards still happening in April, so I know it was unusual but good lawd it was so cold. Anyways, I’ll get more to how we dealt with that later.


Meeting up with a dozen friends from all over the country, many of whom I’d never met in person, was an exercise in planning for this laid-back, go-with-the-flow west coast chica. I will say this, if you are planning a trip with more than 4 friends, accept that some of you will not end up in the same place the entire time. Schedules, stamina, interests, food preferences, and budgets all came into play during our trip and I am happy to report: nobody died as a result, and we are all still friends.

We were only there for a few days but we managed to pack in a LOT and here were some of my faves:

Wicked on Broadway: yes, I know this show has been running for a long time. I’d actually seen it already when it first toured and came to LA at the Pantages, but it was a pretty universally appealing option and I was SO HAPPY we saw it. Highly recommend it.

Private Room/Bottle Service Karaoke in K-Town: I would be lying if I pretended to remember the names of either place we went that night but let me ask you why is this not a thing everywhere? It’s genius. A private room for your friends to do Karaoke, plus bottle and food service? Um, yah. And actually way more affordable than you’d think. I think we had 14+ people at once point and it was amazing. Would be so fun with kids or a bachelorette party too.

Chelsea Market: if you’re a fan of food halls (like me! I’m looking at you Grand Central Market!) you must stop here. It’s at the end of the High Line, and it was covered (thank goodness as we were frozen). We went to the wine bar inside for lunch (yes, they had food too….) and were not disappointed. There was so much to choose from and tons of cute places to shop.

Stardust Diner: Ok, I know its cheesy. Really, I do. But you guys….it was so so so fun. Ellen’s Stardust Diner employs aspiring actors who SING SHOW TUNES while you eat your blue plate special. Also there is confetti. If that doesn’t convince you, there is nothing more I can do.

What we ate:

High Tea at the Russian Tea Room: After our reservations at the Plaza hotel for tea got cancelled (horrible service, btw, with no explanation), we were advised to try the Russian Tea Room. It was literally a few doors down from our hotel (The Viceroy Central Park) so we gave it a shot. Don’t do it. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever had but way overpriced for what you get. Really kitschy. Pass.

Brunch at Bouchon Bakery: Bouchon is always a reliable choice, and Thomas Keller’s NYC outpost was no exception. Located in a mall near Columbus Circle, the location leaves something to be desired…but it was A. Warm and inside B. Close to our hotel. The Avocado Toast was to die for, as was the cheese board.

Donuts at Dean and Deluca in Soho: The perfect stop off for coffee and pastries before our team photo shoot in Soho! This NYC icon has fresh groceries, but if you’re travelling, the coffee bar and pastries were amazing!

Big Gay Ice Cream: This place was amazing. Super cool rainbow/unicorn vibe and a dipped soft serve treat called the ‘salty pimp’.

What I packed:

All the LuLaRoe. Here is a sample of the things I was soooo happy to have:

  • Maria Dress: (ankle length black maxi dress. so NY)
  • Jenny Blazer (from Lularoe Supply): Soft Pink stretch blazer to layer in comfort
  • Christy Tee (worn over dresses): Classic v-neck tee
  • Lynnae (a long sleeved fleece version, it was amaaaaazing) – I officially need them all now. This kept me warmer than almost anything else.
  • Lots of leggings– Perfect for travel and walking around.
  • Tights- for dressing up / night and for being warm
  • Elegant Collection (for nights out/ Broadway)- Specifically a Jill Skirt
  • Harvey Denim Jacket – Loved layering this cropped black denim version over dresses to stay warm.

I only packed one suitcase and I had a photoshoot with lots of changes, So the layering options really helped me mix and match

Thank GOD for layers is all I have to say. The frigid wind chill meant we needed layers almost the whole time.

It was a whirlwind trip with very little sleep, lots of laughs and an excessive amount of carbs, but it was a blast!

I hope this inspires you guys to run around NYC for a couple days!

Callie Richards

I'm Callie, a Southern California based body-positive fashion and travel blogger who helps women discover style and travel that FITS their bodies and their lifestyles so they can live their best, most authentic lives! I test and then share the products and experiences that respect diversity and inclusiveness so that you can shop and travel with confidence without all the research!