My NYC Escape With George

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George and I haven’t been on a vacation together (alone, without the kids) since our honeymoon four years ago. So while this NYC trip was mainly for the “Love Your Pants” campaign for LOFT, I decided to have him come along with me to stay a few extra days to play. It was short and sweet, but we sure packed a lot in! The gorgeous hotel (many thanks to LOFT again) we arrived in was the Soho House in Meatpacking. I love the rustic-glam of this hotel, and the welcome treat with cookies and tea added such a nice touch! They even have an in-room cocktail service where the bartender comes to your room to make drinks, talk about being spoiled on our first day here!

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I’ve been a big fan of Kate Spade Saturday since their launch! It was so awesome to see the pop-up store. The products in person were as good as they looked online! I ended up getting a three-way tote, a pair of sunnies, and these iPhone button stickers – they are soooo cute! Btw, I was getting compliments left and right on my Freda Salvador shoes everywhere I went in NY. It felt good to rep a SF-based designer team out in the east coast! :) 

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Thanks to my sweet friend Hana (who comes up with the best and simplest home cook recipes on Style Fare) recommended us to have breakfast at Cafe Gitane. She said I have to, have to, get the avocado toast! It’s kind of famous there. She was right! Looks and sounds simple but the flavors were so good!

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Hana and her husband also brought us to En Japanese Brasserie, one of their favorite Japanese restos in West Village! They got some of the best handmade tofu and chawanmushi – covered with truffle! There are so many unique dishes on their menu you really can’t go wrong.

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I went into a lot more men’s shops this time because George really wanted to do some shopping. I didn’t mind at all because I love looking at men’s fashion anyway. What I didn’t know was where to go… so I was really glad Ruben took us around Nolita (he’s a social media guru for Gap and his personal Instagram on NYC is to die for! This guy got some serious style!). I can’t believe I have not step foot into this little pocket of town! It is the cutest and so many stylish shops and peeps there! Some of the cool mens shops we went into: Odin, Save Khaki, Gant, Unis and Han Kjobenhavn. We even spotted Nate Erickson, the social media editor for GQ!

And when in Nolita, make sure you stop by A.B. Biagi for some delicious gelato!

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If you didn’t read earlier that Ruben’s Instagram is to die for, I’m going to tell you again! This is one of my favorite pictures he took of me and Jenni of I Spy DIY (who comes up with the most genius DIY projects, if you didn’t already know!) We met up for lunch at The Cleveland and had a blast hanging out! There two are super fun, insanely creative, and real!

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Before leaving Nolita we stopped by the Gasoline Alley Coffee, a great place to recharge after all the walking! What brought me here? Perhaps they’re one the most instagram’d coffees shops here!

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For the rest, we made our way to Williamsburg, Brooklyn… had the best BBQ at Fette Sau (another brilliant rec by Hana), bought the cutest sneakers for Hayden at Wonderwolf and a stop at Momofuku Milk Bar! Afterwards, we headed back to the Hudson Hotel (our second hotel for the trip) for roof top drinks and still made our way to the Guggenheim Museum for the James Turrell exhibition. We ended our night with some good oysters at Flex Mussels in the Upper East Side and sneaked in a late night ramen run at Totto Ramen – the soup was one of the most delicious I’ve had!

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At last, I couldn’t leave NYC without having my fix at Shake Shack! It just didn’t feel right, you know. Thank goodness there’s one at the JFK Terminal 4 and had the best meal before my flight back to SF! :)

George and I had a lot of fun on this trip (not to mention, getting lost in the subway!) I love exploring and trying new things with this guy! It felt strange, in a good way, to be with him in a different city without the kids. Sometimes we forget how to be a couple again, but this trip totally brought that feeling back.

xo Jeanne