Monday, December 12, 2011

signs of the season...

This weekend felt like the one that really solidified the start of the holiday season for me. We had one of our best girlfriends from college in town from Boston, one of my great guy friends in from Seattle, cold but amazingly sunny weather, and no shortage of holiday-themed activities. Via my new obsession (Intstagram), here's a peek at some of the fun...
Friday night kicked things off with a festive, crafty, wine-filled and wonderful party hosted by Grace, and attended by some of my most favorite lady-bloggers (and tweeters, ehem, @coachblkrwomen). Picture-in-pictured above is Christine, Alicia, myself, Meghan, Eliot and Jessie
From talking fashion and crafting it was straight into more of a Christmas lights, Coors Light and living room dance party party at our neighbors apartment.
Saturday we bundled up and ventured out to get our holiday tourist on because Alli was visiting from Boston. We walked in Central Park, foolishly tried to walk down 5th Avenue to see the windows at Bergdorf's and Bendels, then swung by the tree at Rockefeller before having a swell cocktail nearby then getting caught in the most horrific human traffic jam ever. (Lesson learned: Might as well just Google image search "Rockefeller tree at twilight on a Saturday" rather than actually be there. Not. Worth. It.)
Our post-sidewalk madness was quickly appeased when we got down to the E train platform at 53rd and 5th just in time to get on the old museum train that's running on the M line for the holidays. The cars are all authentic pre-WWII and absolutely too much fun, from the vintage ads to the ceiling fans to the rattan seats. We rode in a different car (and took too many photos) between each stop because they were all different. I have no idea how to tell you to make sure you find this if you're in NYC, but you should definitely try.
Saturday night was another LES adventure with the usual suspects, so I allowed myself to laze about the apartment and catch up on my shows most of the day on Sunday. Later in the evening though I met up with Jerry and Alex and we popped down to my new favorite spot Aria for wine and the best Christmas ambiance in the West Village.


  1. looks like a fun time! Nothing like NYC in the winter :)

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  3. LOVE your photos! It makes me miss NYC so much. I would love to see more of the old museum train as I won't get to see it. I feel your pain with human traffic during the holidays you can't even function on 5th Ave this time of year! But one of my favorite things to do is look at Berdorf's window displays.

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  4. Such great photos! Looked like a lot of fun!

  5. lovely photos :)