Today I can finally say that this will be my last post from NYC. It was one of those trips where I just felt like I was home. So in love with this city.
On my first full day off after the tour, Eri & I got asked if we wanted comp tickets to see ABT’s opening night of Don Quixote, & of course we said, “Yes!” It was truly magical. I was pumped to see one of my childhood favorites, Gillian Murphy, perform the role of Kitri. She was dynamite! Not to mention the music by Minkus is to die for! I left feeling so inspired by her performance. If you have never seen Don Quixote before, (heck, if you’ve never seen a ballet before) I highly recommend this classical masterpiece. Definitely one of my all time favorites.
Not only was the performance magical, but my dress was certainly magical as well.
I felt so glamorous in this Marchesa Notte embroidered dress paired with these amazing sky blue heels (which are quickly becoming my new favorites). Our hair was freshly done courtesy of DryBar (more on that here) so you know we were confidently power walking those West Side streets.
After watching an incredible show, and snapping a few pics by the ballerina hippo currently displayed across the street from Lincoln Square, we walked over to The Smith (more here) for a scrumptious meal and refreshing cocktails while we relived (and critiqued) the entire performance. It was a perfect way to end a perfect day.
P. S. – I am officially back in the States! Stay tuned for my posts from Africa & Paris! (& a giveaway!)
Social Distancing: Take Barre At Home With The Richmond Ballet Company Dancers
I got my very first blowout while playing in New York after my Joyce Tour was finished. It was amazing to say the least. DryBar products just smell divine and my hair still looked good the next day. Win!
There are several DryBar locations around Manhattan, but I went to the Flatiron location out of convenience. Here’s the scoop: they only do blowouts! No cuts, no color, just blowouts. It was really cool. I walked in for my appointment and they took me to my chair where there was a catalog of all the styles to choose from. I chose the Cosmo-Tai, which is basically a cross between ringlet curls and beachy waves. When it was finished, the curls seemed very tight, and I was a little worried because I felt like it looked like how I did my hair in high-school! But once I shook it out (and with a little help with the wind) it looked so effortlessly glamorous.
I can’t wait to share with you guys all the amazing things we are doing here, but until then, I have another exciting tidbit to share:
My NYC Vlog!
This video was taken during the last two days of my trip. My friend, Eri, and I stayed in the cutest little Airbnb (right next to the original Shake Shack I might add) and ventured all over the city. In this video, you’ll see bits of our blowouts at DryBar, shopping in SoHo (including a visit to the Glossier Showroom), music and dancing in Washington Square Park, our evening at the Metropolitan Opera House to see ABT perform, tea time at Alice’s Tea Cup, meandering through Central Park, and finally seeing the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time.
I hope you guys are enjoying these vlogs. Let me know in the comments below if you want to see more.
After you watch this video (and give it a thumbs up *wink*), shop some new finds in this week’s Lust List!
Funny story: I lived in the City for two years & have visited it frequently before & after the fact, & just recently I found out what SoHo means! It wasn’t until my parents were there with me to watch me perform, that my dad told me what it means. For any of you who also don’t know what it means, SoHo means “South of Houston St.” You’re welcome. 😉
So while we were meandering through SoHo, we came across this gorgeous courtyard & restaurant in the NoMo SoHo Hotel. It seemed like the perfect place for shooting my #OOTD. We were on a shopping mission or else we would have stayed to eat and grab a drink here, but now it’s in the books that I have to come back here next time I’m in the City. I love that their aesthetic vision is “an intersection of nostalgia & modern” (hints the name NoMo). The juxtaposition between the lit greenery arches & the graffiti brick wall is so pleasing & picturesque.
Kate, of Kate La Vie, has really encouraged me through her latest posts (such as this one) to incorporate more red into my wardrobe. It’s hard to tell in the photos because my shirt looks pink, but in reality, the stripes are red and white. This shirt was quite a step out for me, but I really love how it looks on. I even bought one more red and white top while I was in the City that I absolutely adore, but you’ll have to wait a bit to see that one (Paris…).
Do you wear red often? If so, how do you incorporate it into your wardrobe?
More Red & White Tops I’m Loving:
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As you all know, I was in NYC a few weeks ago, performing with the Richmond Ballet at the Joyce Theater. While on tour, I decided to test my knack at filming. I told myself that there was no pressure. That no one was expecting a video, so if it sucked, no one would ever have to see it. So I went for it. I really went for it. So much so, that I came home with 45 minutes of footage! After figuring iMovie out for the first time and cutting quite a bit of nonsense out, I came out with two videos that I am quite proud of.
Today I will show you my first one!
Tell me what you think! Any advice? Should I continue to make more videos?
Be sure to give my video some love by giving it a thumbs up, leaving a comment, and clicking the subscribe button to subscribe to my channel!
(Eek! I’ve always wanted to say that!)
I can’t believe I’ve started my own YouTube channel! But you know, we here at Felix & Flora believe in dreaming big dreams…even seemingly impossible dreams. Thank you so much for your support and believing in me.
I am so excited to share with you, 5 of my favorite restaurants & coffee shops from my latest trip to New York City. Some are old favorites, while others are amazing new finds. Either way, I highly recommend these adorable places. Whether you’re looking for a pit stop on 5th Avenue, or a delicious meal and great cocktails after a show at Lincoln Square, this post covers it all! You might want to grab a snack…the scrumptious content below is sure to make your tummy growl. (*Pizza in hand while typing*)
1. IDEA COFFEE
5th Ave. & E. 28th St.
This was my most loved place on this past trip. My hotel was only a few streets away, making it the perfect chilly day destination (read about the trench coat that saved my life here). Not to mention it was right next to the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale that I may or may not have found myself in a few times.
What to get: Power Green Smoothie (I had one almost everyday), NY Pizza Bagel, Blueberry Muffin (not just any blueberry muffin though…it’s topped with cinnamon and pecan crumble on top…yum!), Yellow or Green Light (a tea beverage of sorts served in a lightbulb! So cute! I brought two of them home to repurpose as flower vases.)
2. ALICE’S TEA CUP
Chapter I: W. 73rd St. & Columbus Ave.
Chapter II: Lexington Ave. & E. 64th St.
Chapter III: E. 81st St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.
This is a long time favorite of mine, and if you have not been, well, you’re totally missing out. As a tea and scone lover, this place is heaven. The interior is whimsical and mismatched (hints, Alice In Wonderland) while still feeling homey, providing the perfect atmosphere for catching up with a friend.
What to get: TEA! My favorites are the Phoenix Desert Blend and the Lavender Earl Grey. They have a great deal on a pot of tea and 2 large scones (again, perfect to share with a friend), and their pumpkin scones are to die for.
3. THE SMITH
Broadway & W. 63rd St.
My friend, Eri, & I ate at The Smith after seeing ABT perform Don Quixote at the Metropolitan Opera House right across the street (more on that soon). It was a perfect spring night & we were able to get a table outside where we were immediately greeted & served bread & sparkling water. The food was delicious & the service was on point.
What to get: For cocktails I got the Splendor In The Grass (think elderflower, lemon, chamomile, & vodka…totally my kind of drink these days) and Eri got the Cucumber Loco (think cucumber, orange, lime, & tequila) & both were amazing. For food, we couldn’t decide, so we ended up sharing 2 things: Pot of Mussels in which we exchanged fries for their tasty brussels sprouts, and their skillet roasted Mac & Cheese. I mean, you just can’t go wrong with these choices! It was so good and the portions are huge! We left with definite full bellies.
4. SHAKE SHACK
E. 23rd St. & Madison Ave.
This is nothing new, I know, but I haven’t been to the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park since I first moved to the City back in 2011! Our Airbnb (check it out here. It was an amazing place!) was literally right down the street, so of course we had to stop by in not only for some fries & a shake!
What to get: Anything! haha 🙂 You literally can’t go wrong!
5. AUNT JAKE’S
Mulberry St. between Grand St. & Hester St.
After grabbing a pink drink from Pietro Nolita, we walked around Little Italy for quite some time going from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect spot for our last dinner of this trip (that also fit in our limited price range…). Finally we found this hidden gem of a place! It totally looked like a hole in the wall, they even placed fake grass out front; but as soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a nice gentleman making handmade pasta. Once they took us to our table we were immediately transported to another place, a much calmer place with potted plants, hanging plants, and candles covering the walls, and somehow there were windows letting in natural light?!?! On the first floor, in the middle of the block, in the middle of the city, and there was natural light in the back. It was magical. The food was so good and just tasted homemade, like they took care of each plate of food. So good!
What to get: Farfalle with Arrabiata Sauce & Rigatoni with Sunday Sauce
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you been to any of these places? Do you plan to?
What is your favorite NYC restaurant or coffee shop?
Thank you for reading and supporting Felix & Flora! xx