My NYC- Holiday Train Show

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens I don’t usually do two ‘My NYC’ posts in one month but, but the Holiday Train Show was too good to only share one picture.

People always raved about the Holiday Train Show, and I’ll be honest, I had no idea why, mostly because I had never been and didn’t know much about it. Well now I’ve been….and now I’m one of those people raving about it. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen! The creator, Paul Bussee, makes over 140 iconic buildings (scaled down) out of all kinds of things from nature- rocks, pinecones, wood, dried flowers, etc. These “buildings” are then set-up among the gardens in the Conservatory building. Oh ya, and there are few model trains zipping around in there too ;)

I cannot put into words how jaw-droppingly incredible this exhibit is. If you are able to go, I highly, highly recommend it. But until then (or for those of you who don’t live in the area), I hope you enjoy these pictures.

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens {Do you spy the Statue of Liberty?}

NY Botanical Gardens train show

{St. Patrick’s Cathedral}

Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens {Macy’s}

Train show at Botanical gardens {Guggenheim}

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Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens {Washington Park Arch}

Brooklyn Bridge at Botanical Garden train show Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Gardens holiday show at NY Botanical Gardens Penn Station, train show at NY Botanical Gardens {Penn Station}

Paul Bussee train show {Some famous buildings around the city, including Flatiron, Radio City, and Rockefeller Center (complete with the Rock Center Christmas tree)}

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Happy Hour

Dyker Heights Lights

{Christmas lights in Dyker Heights}

Mr. RC took a few days off last week, allowing us some time to explore a few Christmas things around the city (aka things from this list) that are usually too difficult to do over just a weekend. I was originally bummed that we weren’t going to be escaping the city, but our little “staycation” ended up being so much better.  Along with discovering a delicious Italian bakery in our neighborhood (which made for a nice stop on our cold afternoon walk), we made it to the Holiday Train Show (one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen), we explored the lights in Dyker Heights, and we had an impromptu lunch date in the ‘Real Little Italy‘. Even after 3 years, I’m amazed by the amount of incredible things and new neighborhoods we continue to discover around the city. I hope you’re all having a great week!

P.S. Just realized Christmas is only a week away! If you’re like me and you still have a few gifts to get, this should come in handy!

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

{Some more of my faves from the lights in Dyker Heights…I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Christmas lights in one spot….or really in my entire life! I’m pretty sure the neighborhood could single-handedly support the electrical company!}

 Dyker Heights Lights NY Botanical Gardens

{‘Tis the season for pictures in front of Christmas trees}

NYC Holiday Train Show {Just a little snippet from the incredible Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens (can you believe that everything is made from things found in nature??! Yes, even those buildings!). It was so good, I decided it needs a blog post all its own so stay tuned for more pictures}


{Warming up with a cappuccino}


{Don’t be afraid….via Pinterest}

My NYC- Christmas in the City

Christmas Lights in NYC

I could live in NYC forever, if only for how beautiful Christmas time is here. There really isn’t much to say other than it’s glistening, sparkly and magical (case in point-the above picture I took last year outside Bergdorf’s). If you haven’t experienced it, put it on your life priority list ASAP.

Radio City

Christmas in NYC

Here are some of my favorite things to do in the city during this festive time of year-

To See

To Eat

What I’m Looking Forward to Trying This Year….

What are your favorite holiday activities where you live?

My NYC- Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo

I’m a huge fan of zoos and I had been itching to go to the Bronx Zoo since we moved down to New York. After almost three years, we finally made it happen (you probably already saw a few snaps over on my Instagram and in this ‘Happy Hour’ post). With my first PSL (pumpkin spice latte for those of you not in the know) of the season and warm, sunny weather, it was the perfect day for the zoo. A few things to keep in mind for those of you wanting to make a visit to the Bronx zoo-

-There is street parking but it appeared questionable so in my opinion the zoo parking lot is worth the $15 splurge.

-You can NOT go in and out of the zoo so make sure you bring everything you need from your car (Mr. RC’s backpack came in handy for this one).

-We didn’t go into any of the special exhibits or stop for lunch and still took about 5 1/2 hours to get through the zoo, so make sure you arrive early.

-Speaking of special exhibits, they all cost extra money, FYI!

-Wear really comfortable shoes…like really, really comfortable.

-Heading to the zoo is certainly no budget friendly activity, but on the bright side, they let you bring in your own food. We brought water, snack mix, toast with peanut butter, fruit and granola bars. Seeing that most of the zoo’s food options were fried and over-priced I’m really glad we went the brown-bag route and I would definitely recommend others to do the same. They did have good ice-cream cones though :)

flamingo baboon red beetles wild bird pink tropical bird seals zebras tropical bird tiger lemurs {All photos taken by Mr. RC, who I’m pretty sure should be photographing for National Geographic, but maybe I’m just biased ;) }


NYFW Event Recap

There’s something in the air once NYFW (aka New York Fashion Week) commences and it makes you feel insanely busy regardless of how few or how many events and shows you attend. I had a pretty packed schedule and didn’t get to snap quite as many photos as I would have liked, but here’s a little peek into some of the events I did attend.

blogger meet-up NYC On Saturday, I went to a blogger meet-up In Bryant Park. It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a picnic and it was so fun getting to meet and talk all things blogging and fashion with Sarah of I Bleed Fashion, Diane of Style Context, Katie of Lucy and Camilla, Marie-Pier of A Fashion Note,  Kelly of Sparkle and Shoes, and Brittany of Piece Love and Soul. Big thanks to Mr. RC for snapping all these photos!

Bryant Park NYFW meet-up Bryant Park NYFW bloggers NYC bloggers NYFW bloggers Oh ya know, just doing typical blogger things…like jumping in heels on the lawn of Bryant Park!

Bryant Park Bloggers Loved this shot of me & the Mr. (on the left) so much I had to steal it from Kelly!

bloggers at NYFW SS 2014 A couple snaps of Kelly & I at Lincoln Center….For the record, this girl is a blast to hang with!

street style at NYFW

Birchbox Blogger event NYC On Monday night, Kelly and I celebrated Birchbox’s 3rd Anniversary with a Birchblogger event, where we got to do fun things like create our own Birchboxes, sip on champs, and nibble sweet treats. While you may not have been able to attend the event, that doesn’t mean you don’t get to have any of the fun. You can click here to skip the line for Birchbox subscriptions and getting 15% off when you spend $50 in the Birchbox Shop is as simple as entering the code BIRCHBLOGGER15.

Birchbox blogger event NYC Another picture I loved so much I just had to take it from Kelly!