Every year Kyle comes up with the most creative and meaningful birthday gifts, but this year he totally outdid himself. For my gift this year he booked a sunset dinner cruise around Manhattan. I had never seen the city from the water before, so I was extremely excited for my birthday adventure.
Our cruise was through Hornblower and they did a wonderful job planning the trip. There was an hor d’oeuvres and cocktail hour on the boat, followed by a three-course meal and after-dinner dancing. The boat cruised around the Hudson and the East River and had great photo-ops near the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.
There was a beautiful deck on the boat where you could stand or sit outside before or after dinner, or between courses. The weather was beautiful, so we enjoyed sipping on our drinks outside while taking in the breathtaking views.
As far as our meal, the different courses were pretty tasty. I ordered the Tamarind and Orange Glazed Duck Breast for my appetizer, and the Oven Roasted Chicken Breast for my entree. Both were extremely well-prepared and had great flavor. The sweet potato puree with my appetizer was so well-seasoned I could have eaten a whole bowl of just that. Kyle ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake as his appetizer, and the Pan Seared Filet of Beef for his entree and they were pretty amazing too.. I had bites of course. For dessert, I ordered the cheesecake, my absolute favorite NYC specialty.
The DJ played great music, mixing in the old with the new, and got everyone on the boat in a great mood. He played some top pop hits, some salsa music, and even some Frank Sinatra.
The Manhattan skyline lit up against the night sky is unlike anything else you will see in your life. We stood outside for almost half an hour just taking in the view.
For anyone living in, or visiting, NYC looking for a fun night out with friends or a romantic dinner date, I would definitely suggest booking a boat cruise through Hornblower. It was one of the most memorable nights in NYC I have had yet.
I’m back in New York City for the summer and have already started to go back to my adventuring ways. I love spending my free time discovering new neighborhoods and areas in the city. I had never been to New Jersey before, so I decided it was time to make the trip (especially once I learned it was only a 10 minute train ride from the Financial District…so close!).
As graduation is just around the corner, I’ve started to look into different neighborhoods that I could move to in or around New York City. Hoboken was an area I always heard was very quaint and hip, so I figured I would give it a tour on my day off. I had a little Friday afternoon adventure to Hoboken and I completely fell in love with the neighborhood.
As you step off the Path Train from Manhattan you look to your right and you are right along the water. The view from Hoboken is breathtaking! You can see the entire Manhattan skyline from the pier and it is totally enchanting. The cute grassy area would be perfect for an afternoon picnic.
As I walked farther into town I was surprised at how many adorable little markets and cafes I passed. There was a lot of outdoor seating at a bunch of local restaurants perfect for a summertime dinner date. The neighborhood was lively, yet much less noisy than Manhattan. it was a pleasant change of pace.
I couldn’t visit Hoboken for the day and not pay a visit to Carlo’s Bake Shop…AKA home shop of Cake Boss. Everything in the bakery looked delicious, but if there was ever too long of a line or you weren’t feeling the touristy atmosphere, there are tons of other local bakeries in the area.
A bakery that I stumbled into today was called Choc-o-Pain. It was an adorable french bakery that carried everything from quiche to croissant. I chose the “Chocopain Aux Amandes,” which in other terms was a chocolate almond croissant and let me tell you… it was life changing. Easily one of the best croissants I’ve ever eaten.. which is saying a lot since I have had some pretty amazing ones in France. If you want a low-key bakery with a lot of character and an adorable ambiance, this is your place.
The architecture in Hoboken was a lot more historic than I was anticipating for. I loved how much character the different blocks had and how each housing unit had its own touch of personality. Trees lined every street and the neighborhood had such a homey feeling.
If you’re spending some time visiting New York City in the near future, and are looking to see a few places away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, I would definitely put Hoboken on your list!
Armed & Readi… and the BIG EVENT.
This colorful ensemble was inspired by two Armed & Readi jewelry pieces. The colorful necklace and sparkly earring set featured in this post inspired me to create a look that was spunky, feminine and fun. I pattern-mixed the bright floral top with loose printed harem pants for an artistic twist.
I was first introduced to Armed & Readi by one of my best friends, Mary Kate. She explained the brand to me and the concept seemed right up my alley – a brand that focuses in on fun, glamorous and affordable statement jewelry. If you follow my blog, you know by now that statement necklaces are my go-to, so you can only imagine my love for everything this company offers.
For all my fashionistas out there, listen up! Armed & Readi offers Instagram sales as a way to bring beautiful statement jewelry to all of their wonderful followers. With a simple comment on the picture of the piece you like, the item is all yours. This coming Monday (7/28), from 12pm-2pm eastern, Armed & Readi will feature “A Rooftop Party” which Mary Kate, at Trend Takeover , and I have created to showcase a plethora of awesome, colorful, pieces.
Pieces in our collection can instantly turn a simple outfit into a statement. Statement pieces are the key to any college girl’s wardrobe; they are perfect for mixing and matching and can easily be carried over from day to night.
Lucky for all of you readers, Mary Kate and I were able to share a sneak peek of our favorite pieces before the actual sale on Monday. Like what you see here? All of these jewelry pieces (and more) will be featured exclusively on Armed & Readi’s Instagram during the sale. Don’t forget to follow the brand, @armedandreadi, before Monday and follow the sale feed from 12pm-2pm (eastern) that day!