Saturday, April 15, 2017

2 Days in NYC!

NYC, I love you. I had the best time in NYC these past couple of days for spring break with my mom and her friend. We got in Tuesday morning at 9am and then left on Thursday at noon. I was able to see so much and do a lot of things in that short of time. Some of my favorite things we did on the trip were biking around central park, going to the Top of the Rock, and going to the Sprinkles ATM.  I was able to go into Tiffanys and that was jaw dropping. I saw so many dimonds and amazing jewlery pieces that I wanted.We also rented the Citi bikes and biked the entire loop of central park which is 6 miles! That might have been my favorite part of the trip. I loved biking around and seeing the green park and tall buildings. When I got home from this trip I was so tried and sore I slept for 13 hours. I tracked how many steps we walked and it was about 50,000 steps in 2 days! 
When I was there I was able to see my cousin/mentor Krista. We got to talk about the blog and get some mentor hours in. She took me to her appartment and she even gave me some things that she didnt want anymore! It was a super fun trip that I enjoyed a ton. On my last post I talked about the top 5 things to do in NYC and here are some pictures from those places that I wanted to share. Hope y'all have a great Easter weekend!

~Maren Shea

Top 5 Things to Do/See in NYC

1. Bike Ride in Central Park 

This might have been my favorite thing that I did in NYC! We decided to rent the Citi bikes for a couple hours and I am so happy we did. At first, we just wanted to ride around for 30 minutes or so, but we ended up going for a and hour or two. We rode around the entire park loop which is 6 miles. It was soo fun but I have to admit I was very sore and tired after! I would definitely recommend doing this if you are in NYC. The ride was so pretty with a view of the high rises and green park. The best part was that the cherry blossoms were also in full bloom, which was gorgeous. 

2. Top of the Rock 

I am so glad that we chose to go to the top of the rock instead of the Empire State building for many reasons. First of all, the view from the Top of the Rock (observation deck) is amazing. You get a full view of central park, the empire state building, times square, and much more. We tried going to the Empire State Building but the line outside was 3 hours long and we were not about to wait in that. We decided to buy tickets for the Top of the Rock, and we were able to schedule them for a certain time increment. When we got there we were able to walk right in and get on the elevator to the top. There is a little tip if you want the best view from the top that I got from my cousin (mentor). If you go to the top, don't go to the deck outside the elevator with the glass. If you keep going around, go to the escalator and then up a set of stairs. Up there, there are not many people and you have the best views with no glass panels. This was by far the best view of the city and it was so pretty. 

3. Sprinkles ATM

This was one of the coolest things I have ever seen! I had heard about the ATM in NYC that serves cupcakes and I knew that I had to go to it. When you get to it, there is the ATM outside of the actual store. You go to the ATM and order your cupcake you want. Then on the screen it shows you your cupcake coming, and then all of a sudden the door opens and out pops your cupcake in a cute little box! The Sprinkles cupcakes are so good and the peanut butter chocolate one was the best. 

4. Times Square

Of course, Times Square is probably the most famous thing to see in NYC. It is the best place to take some pictures and explore. Going into the original Macy's was really fun and seeing the first escalator. I was able to see where the ball drops on New Years from the steps in Times Square. There are also so many shops there including a huge Sephora, Nike shop, and Urban Outfitters. Times Square is iconic and one of the main attractions in NYC that you have to go to if you are there. 

5. Bloomingdales

If you are looking to do some shopping in NYC definitely go to Bloomingdales. It is a huge department store similar to Macy's. It has a ton of big name brands of clothing, jewelry, makeup, and purses. When I got there we went straight to the makeup department and my aunt took me to get a makeover. Bloomingdales has something for everyone and their style. They have a ton of different levels for every age. 

I will have pictures from these places and the trip in the next post!

~Maren Shea

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Flower Top

Top // Jeans // Wedges (similar)

Happy Friday y'all! Spring is in full bloom here in NC and I am so excited. I get out for spring break today!! Yay! I might be going somewhere over spring break but I am not sure yet. If not, I am just going to stay at home and relax and be happy that I get a break from school for a week. 

White jeans are an essential spring wardrobe piece and these are so cute and affordable. They were only $30 at Target. I love them paired with this flower spring top that I got at Old Navy this past weekend. The whole outfit is so springy and colorful. I decided to make the outfit a little bit more "fancy" with wedges. You could make it more casual if you just wore it with sandals or flats. This is the perfect outfit to wear out to lunch in the spring or walking around town. 

My 20% time project presentation is due in two weeks and I have to give a ten-minute presentation on my project in front of 60 people. My goal was to post 15 times on here and this is my 13th. Over spring break I am going to have to post two more times. Hope y'all have a great weekend! 

~Maren Shea