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Weekend Trippin’ – New York City

Since I’ve been working tirelessly promoting my debut self-published novel Dilemmas Of a Damsel, I’ve put any major travel plans on hold. Lord knows that I would love to have my toes in the sand while listening to the waves and sipping a huge strawberry margarita.(Sacrifices people, sacrifices!) However, with my boyfriend’s birthday coming up I opted for the next best thing: a quick weekend getaway. Being from the Philadelphia area, the main options were D.C. and New York. I instantly decided on NYC. Don’t get me wrong, I love D.C. but New York City is one of my absolute favorite places to visit in the summer. What’s not to love rooftop parties, walks in Central Park, and shopping on 5th Avenue?

So off to NYC we went, and man was it fun! New York City – I don’t think there are enough words in the dictionary that can describe this place. It’s one of those magical cities that people go to reinvent themselves, or even better, rediscover themselves. As the city that never sleeps, there’s always something to get into. I’ll never forget my first trip to the Big Apple. I was in 3rd grade, my uncle and his girlfriend took me to a Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. I was I hooked. Now much older (and I like to think wiser), New York is the place I go to let loose and have a good time. I mean how can you not? There are so many places and things you can get lost in at any given moment!

Let’s just say our weekend getaway was much needed.  I wanted to share with you all some of the highlights from our trip…

1.       Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA)

My boyfriend is an artist (swoon), so going to the museum was kind of a no brainer. I knew MoMA was one of his favorites so I made sure I took him there. If you are in the NYC area, you should definitely check this place out. I loved the building’s architecture and selection. Some of my favorite pieces to see were from artists Samuel Fosso (Untitled from the series African Spirits) and Dan Graham (Child’s Play).


2.     Little Prince

Our first day there, we decided to just walk around and explore the city. By dinnertime, we were starving and found a little gem right in SoHo. Behold – Little Prince! I instantly fell in love with this place. Not only was it super cute and intimate -the food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was on point. By the time we got our check I was more than satisfied, but I was beside myself when the waiter gave us our check in a vintage French novel! I’m all about impactful subtleties and this did not disappoint. Bravo Little Prince, bravo!


3.       Times Square

We ended the night with a few drinks at our hotel’s rooftop lounge. Then, at some point we ended up in Times Square at like 3 am (not my idea). I think my favorite thing about Times Square was all the randomness! There were random people and random things going on all around me and it seemed like it wasn’t going to stop any time soon.

I’d say the weekend was a sure success! Not only did my boyfriend enjoy having a change of scenery, I came back feeling rejuvenated and most of all inspired to continue tackling my goals. In fact, we’re already planning our next trip to the Big Apple.

 

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  • Reply
    Astin
    August 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Definitely been to Little Prince. Had the salmon (my go-to!) Happy you enjoyed your mini-baecation! 🙂

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Yes I am def going back. Thanks love!

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    Iris Venise
    August 11, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I really want to go to New York some day! Actually I have never been in the US yet haha. Lovely post x

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 13, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      OMG, you’ll love it! There is so much to do and see!

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    Tyra
    August 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I really hope to go to New York someday and have a glass of wine there and some good food. I also want to take a taxi for no reason haha. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to hurry up and go!

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Those two things can easily be done! You won’t be disappointed. I always have the hardest time when it comes to dinner because there are so many choices! So yes… hurry up and get to NYC! xoxo

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    Cassandra Rose
    August 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    The next time you’re here, you HAVE to visit Negrill. It’s a really cute Caribbean restaurant, bar and lounge in West Village and sometimes has live music. I love that place. You won’t regret it!

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      That sounds like so much fun! I normally go a a Caribbean spot in Queens… I’ll have to check that out. Thanks love!

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    Torii
    August 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Great suggestions! I will have to check out Little Prince when I go to NYC 🙂

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Yes go!! It’s super cute!

  • Reply
    LA Shell
    August 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I love NYC. I’m still to go to MoMA though. Lovely post.

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      I have to admit I normally go to NYC to party/shop/eat. However I was pleasantly surprised! Treat yourself and check it out. I believe it’s free on Friday nights 🙂

  • Reply
    Filipa
    August 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I love the museum trip! I do hope that one day I’ll be able to visit NYC, would loveee to 😀

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 13, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      I hope you can too 🙂 It’s really a great city.

  • Reply
    Gina
    August 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    wow this trip looks like it was exciting. I live so close to NYC, and barely ever visit. I need to go.

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      OMG yes you do!! If I lived closer I might be there at least once a month!

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    Jena Leigh
    August 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    How nice. Seems like you guys had fun there. I’ve never been to NY but plan on going one day. I’ll check out the places you’ve been to😊

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      You should def check it out! I’m sure you won’t regret it. Thanks for reading and let me know when you decide to visit!

  • Reply
    Jamie
    August 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    New York City is always one of my favorite places! Love these photos, babe.

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you! xoxo

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    AmberLynn
    August 15, 2017 at 3:15 am

    I love visiting NYC, and I don’t think there will ever be a time when I feel like it is not magical (besides when I have to walk longer than 10 minutes LOL). Beautiful pics and outfit and I will definitely have to visit these places next time I go. This last trip that I took in June was way too quick for me to explore beyond what I already have. I already can’t wait to go back after this post!

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      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Yes!! Go back and explore. I hate walking too but when you walk you can see so much more! Between that and Uber you can cover so much ground lol. I think SOHO is my favorite tho super chill and a good time. Thanks for reading!

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    kristal
    August 17, 2017 at 2:40 am

    When I visited New York I did not want to leave I had such a good time. Also I was never bored or anything.

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      I never want to leave! Lol the only reason I do is because I have to get back to work lol.

  • Reply
    Shannon
    August 17, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I have never been to New York but it’s definitely on my list I would love to see the Statue of Liberty and time square. Sounds like you had a great time.

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      New York is amazing! I think everyone should visit at least once! Thank you for reading.

  • Reply
    Shell
    August 17, 2017 at 5:06 am

    What a wonderful weekend trip to New York City!!! It looks like you had such an amazing time and visited some wonderful places 🙂 This is definitely a weekend trip I would take!!

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      You should!! I’m sure it will be a great time. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply
    oursamyatra
    August 17, 2017 at 5:51 am

    A good weekend trip. Pictures are great. Content is unique.

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you!

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    The Gypsy Gurl
    August 17, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Hi I have never been to New York and this post has motivated me to plan it soon. So I must say it’s right up there on my bucket list. Very cute pictures and a lovely post.

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you so much! And yes you should def go. I think there’s something for everyone there.

  • Reply
    Nina Bashaw
    August 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I haven’t been to NYC in years! I love your suggestion for the art museum, that looks like a really cool place to check out!

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Yes! Check it out ASAP! It’s really nice. Thanks for reading.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth O
    August 18, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Great experience. Always be inspired and enjoy your next trip.

    • Reply
      Monique Elise
      August 18, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you! I’m trying xoxo

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