Postcards from New York City, vol. 2

I'm wrapping up my NYC-related posts with the second volume of photos I took during my mom's and my trip. On the last couple of days, we woke up bright and early in order to fit in as much as possible (and to get to the main sites before they got crazy crowded; I highly recommend doing the Statue of Liberty as early as you possibly can!). We were lucky to have gorgeous weather, even though it was a bit chilly and windy at the top of the Empire State Building! (I kind of felt bad for the tourists in their tank tops and shorts...)

All in all, we had a fantastic time in the city, and I'm looking forward to the day I can go back and explore even more! :)

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Statue of Liberty

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Skyline -- Ellis Island to the left, Manhattan in the middle, and Brooklyn to the right

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9/11 Memorial -- sites of the South Tower (top photo) and North Tower (bottom photo)

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One World Trade Center

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Leaving The Lion King at Minskoff Theatre

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View of downtown Manhattan (center), Brooklyn (left), and New Jersey (right)

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View of Midtown (center) with Central Park in the distance

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After getting Kirsten's hair done at the American Girl Place Doll Hair Salon

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Grand Central Station

Central Park

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Here's what I wore for a day of sightseeing (Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial) and wandering up to Central Park. Unfortunately, my mom and I didn't have time to stop and enjoy the sunshine as we had to get back and change for our Broadway show. (We saw The Lion King--SO. GOOD.) I was shocked by the sheer size of Central Park. I mean, it's HUGE! I don't think we got even halfway into it before we had to head to the subway. Still, I was mostly surprised by the amount of rocks--GIANT rocks--protruding from the ground. They looked like basalt rocks to me (volcanic), but I'm not going to say for sure just in case that's wrong, haha. It's been a while since I took a geology class! 

I mentioned in my previous post that I focused my packing around black and made sure everything mixed and matched. This method extended to the footwear I brought. I ended up bringing three pairs of shoes with me (one was worn on the plane): my black ankle boots featured in the previous post, these New Balance sneakers, and black ballet flats for the Broadway show. Every pair I brought is comfortable enough for walking a lot, but I will admit that my feet were killing me by day four. We just walked so much that unless I wore something that allowed me to not feel my feet at all, they were aching. I'm so glad I packed the shoes that I did because I think my feet would have been in shambles had I brought sandals or less supportive shoes!

P.S. Thank you SO much to my mom for taking my outfit photos for me! :)

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J.Crew tee (on sale!) / Madewell jeans / New Balance sneakers via Nordstrom / Halogen bag / Kate Spade earrings via Nordstrom Rack / Anthropologie sunglasses

Chelsea

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These photos were taken in Chelsea, the neighborhood we stayed in. I heard someone in NYC describe this place as "full of gays and trendy". It was the perfect central location; we were within walking distance of the Empire State Building as well as Times Square. (We also walked up to the Rockefeller Center and Central Park though it was quite a haul.) Even though we walked a lot, we were also in a great place to catch one of the subways to pretty much anywhere else on Manhattan or beyond. Let me tell you, that subway SURE felt good after all that walking! :)

For the trip, black was my main focus. For some reason that was what I thought of when I thought of NYC, so my outfits were planned around that color. Everything mixed and matched even though I had enough tops to not have to rewear those (and I still had enough room in my carry-on for things that I bought...and one of my American Girl dolls). I brought one of my dolls because her hair was a mess and I had learned about the Doll Hair Salon at American Girl Place. It was hilarious getting her hair done alongside the little girls and their dolls. Visiting that store was always a childhood dream of mine, haha.

Anyway, after a couple of days of chill and mist (seriously, mist is SO annoying...!), the sun came out and it warmed up to nearly 80 degrees! Of course, we had planned on shopping because there was still a chance of showers... It still ended up being a nice day for shopping--and for watching the Belmont Stakes. Being able to watch it (albeit on my phone in Soho) and watch a horse FINALLY win the Triple Crown after all these years was a treat! 

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Ellen Tracy coat via Nordstrom (similar & on sale!) / Madewell tee (on sale!) and necklace / J.Crew Factory skirt (similar & on sale!) / Sam Edelman boots (exact) / Halogen bag / Anthropologie sunglasses

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