A Holiday Celebration: NYC Style

Last night, we made our way to NYC for the first time since early summer for my company Holiday Party. Last time I was in NYC I was drinking at TAO, and taking a hardcore Barry’s Bootcamp Class. Crazy how so much has changed already!  I don’t want to blame our absence on visiting the Big FullSizeRender (1)Apple on carrying a little bebe, but I’m going to…haha! And I remembered why last night. NYC is another animal…the lights, the people, the opportunities are all so amazing. Average dinner time is 10pm, and even at 1am, Penn Station is buzzing. You can probably see why being in “the city that never sleeps” on a Fri, when all you want to do is sleep, could be a challenge. It’s such a great city to be near and have acccess to, yet I definitely have to mentally prepare myself for the amount of walking to be done, and massive crowds. But lo, I will not be left behind! It was funny, if people notice you’re pregnant, they kind of stare. I also heard “hey pregnant lady, come to the comedy show tonight!” Like, ppl do NOT care lol, they will say whatever. And no, I don’t want to go to the comedy show that’s probably really shitty, since you have to harass people to come. Poor Craig, I was gripping him white knuckle style while walking down the street. All of this aside, there’s nothing like being in this city.

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“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.”

Milos Forman

Anyways, here’s what we did! It’s super touristy sounding for people who have actually lived in the city, but also the classic NYC Holiday experience. Props to my co-worker Ashley for planning this for a group of about 20 people. Our work team has become like family out here in NJ, so it was awesome to get out of the office for an end of year celebration, and enjoy each other’s company.

Transportation: There is a train system called NJ Transit that goes directly from Princeton Junction to Penn Station, about once or twice every hour. You can buy tickets quickly on a phone app and just jump on to head straight to the city. Great people watching on this thing. There’s always at least 1-2 arguments between a transit employee and passenger, and if you want you can listen to someone’s strange personal phone conversation to pass the time.

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Dinner: We made the walk from Penn Station, to URBO, a super modern, 26,000 sq ft. American restaurant located right in Times Square. If you want to feel like you are truly in NYC, this is the place to go. The ambiance, the food, and size of the restaurant were all pretty cool to experience.

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For apps, my table ordered the Italian Flatbread, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and Valentine Sushi Roll. They also ordered several amazing drinks (Strawberry margs, Jalepeno margs, glasses of wine, old fashioned) which I couldn’t have, so I just stared as they enjoyed… and snapped pics of course. For dinner, Craig ordered the lamb sliders (essentially mini gyros!) and I got the burger (which I could only finish half of.) Probably not the most interesting thing to order if I really want to get the URBO experience, but I’m a hungry, hungry person right now and most of the entrees were pretty small. You can check out the full menu here.

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Entertainment: After dinner, we made it to Radio City Music Call for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It was a pretty big cluster getting in, but what else can you expect during the holidays in NYC? The lobby was beautiful, and the Rockettes were amazing to watch. As a former dancer, my favorite part was seeing their costumes, and admiring how clean and together they were the entire time.  I was having flashbacks and hot flashes remembered our college dance practices. This show is definitely something everyone should experience once to get them in the holiday spirit, and something I’d want my child to experience as well.

In my past life, I really would have loved to stay in the city, party, and get a hotel room for the night, but it just wasn’t in our cards right now. So, we took a bicycle taxi from the show back to Penn Station, which was really our only quick option at the time. The bicycle taxi was entertaining and terrifying at the same time. On one hand it was like a personal tour through the city, on the other, he was seriously weaving through traffic like we were invisible. *Note to self and others interested, ask how much it’ll cost before accepting ride 🙂 That’s all I’ll say. We did make it safe, caught the train right on time, and concluded an awesome night with my entertaining co-workers. Here’s how we felt on the way home:

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New York, you win again.

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Quick Outfit Recap

(I need to be better about taking selfie outfit pics but in leau, exact items are shown below)

Black Jessica Simpson Pantsuit

Red LC Lauren Conrad Blazer

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Alfani Booties

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JCrew Drop Earrings

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 What are your holiday party plans? Do you have an outing with family, coworkers, or just relaxin’  to the max this year? As always, thanks for reading and I’d love to hear from you below!

Kayla

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