Loopy Doopy Bar

As you know, I believe every occasion deserves champagne. That’s why when my best friend came to visit over Labor Day, I knew we had to add some champagne to our weekend.

Atop of the Conrad Hotel in Battery Park City sits Loopy Doopy bar, a super chic location for happy hour or late night drinks. Their claim to fame? Prosecco on tap paired with alcoholic People’s Pops in fun flavor combinations. That night I tried the strawberry lemongrass and Christina had the empire apple. 

When I visited this time, I noticed a difference in the awning covering the bar and the additional high tables. I definitely welcomed this change! I think it was the perfect night to visit because it wasn’t too crowded (I think the holiday weekend shooed people out of the city) and we were able to snag a seat to enjoy the beautiful views.

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The drinks are a little pricey– $18 for the prosecco + lollipop treat, but definitely a great special occasion spot! I can’t wait to bring my little sister next summer when she’s 21! 🙂

Xo,

Nicole 

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Chocolate Wasted

So I loveeee chocolate. Shocker I know, it’s in my blog title.

My best friend, Christina, came to visit me over the long Labor Day Weekend, so we decided to head up to Union Square for brunch at Max Brenner. I had been for brunch once before, but was excited to head back. I ordered eggs with hash browns and a side of a biscuit (complete with chocolate dipping sauce), and Christina got the white chocolate/apple cinnamon french toast. Both dishes were FAB and I even enjoyed a fresh cup of Earl Grey Tea Infusion. It was so yummy!

If you’re a chocolate lover I definitely recommend heading over to Max Brenner. I’m hoping my next trip there will be for dessert — I was eyeing the fondue and white chocolate chai!

Xo,

Nicole

Feeling SOULful

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen how much I’ve been loving Soul Cycle lately. Since I’ve moved to the city, I’ve still been trying to figure out how to spend my extra time and getting used to doing more things on my own. Something that I always look forward to is booking my Soul Cycle classes. Not only is it a great workout, but its 45 minutes where I can just focus on me and not worry about anything else that is going on in my life.

Last night I took a class and had the biggest smile on my face from the moment I sat on the bike. I’ve been a little stressed lately, and I felt so great after leaving class. When I’m picking up my pace and staying with the beat, I can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment. I can even see myself improving from when I started back in April, and a few weeks ago I even survived a class in the front row! Budget permitting, I’m really hoping I can make it to a class at least once a week. In my book, it’s totally worth it. 🙂

       

Have you tried Soul Cycle? Let’s book a class together!

 

Xo,

Nicole

Sarabeth’s TriBeCa

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I’ve mention countless times how much of a brunch fan I am. Well, I think I’ve found another favorite: Sarabeth’s TriBeCa. My sister came to visit me in my apartment earlier this month, and a friend suggested we go here for Saturday brunch. The restaurant was adorable and the service was super speedy– we ordered and our meals come out in less than 10 minutes! We were both especially starving since we did a Soul Cycle class right before, so that’s my kind of restaurant. There are other locations throughout the city, so I’ll definitely have to check it out!

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Do you have any favorite brunch locations in the city? Please leave them in the comments below, I would love to try them out!

Xo,

Nicole

Summer Fridays 

Is there anythjng better than summer Fridays, anything at all?

Honestly, there really isn’t. I’m lucky that my office let’s us out on Fridays around 3pm during the summer months. Last Friday, me and my work pals Marie & Lexi decided we would take advantage of the beautiful weather and go out after work. We hadn’t had an adventure in awhile, so we were long over due.

We headed over into Chelsea and to the Frying Pan. I had heard a lot about it and have wanted to go for some time, so this was the perfect opportunity. We got there around 4:30 which was great timing. It was filled with enough people but we didn’t have to wait on a long line to get in. If you go– GET THE SANGRIA. We shared a pitcher (or maybe 2) and it was sooo so good.

It was the perfect night of great company, lovely weather, and amazing drinks. Of course when we left we had to take advantage of the  views of the water and take blog pictures :).

    

What I’m Wearing:

Old Navy Floral Dress  (unfortunately the dress is sold out, but since I’m obsessed with the print here are the shorts & maxi skirt versions) || Long Champ Small Tote || Target Sandals (old, similar)

 

Xo,

Nicole

Dry Bar

As I mentioned last week, we recently celebrated my sister’s 20th birthday. Since her actual birthday was on Easter Sunday, we knew we had to make the day before an extra special day. I surprised my sister Friday night with some Baked By Melissa cupcakes (have you seen their cupcarons!?!) and a trip to Dry Bar in the city! I had never been before but was so excited for this special occasion to take our first trip. Saturday we got ourselves ready and headed to the city for an afternoon hair appointment. We had dinner reservations later that evening in Little Italy, so our parents and Jo’s bestie were meeting us afterwards.

We were both extremely pleased with how our hair came out! Our stylists were so sweet and made sure Jo’s birthday experience was great. We were offered a complimentary drink, and could chose from wine, champagne, mimosas, coffee or tea. I bet you can guess what I chose 😉

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This will definitely not be my last trip to Dry Bar. I’m already thinking of planning my next trip there for my birthday!

 

Xo,

Nicole

Park Avenue Winter

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Friday night I had the pleasure of dining at Park Avenue Winter in midtown, to celebrate my friend Maddy’s birthday. Let me start by saying, it was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in the city.

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A little bit about the restaurant: they change their menu and decor every few months to reflect the current season, so right now it is Winter. It’s such an amazing concept and definitely keeps it interesting. We were also lucky that Maddy’s birthday fell during restaurant week (perfect for my fabulous foodie friend) so of course we had to try the special menu.
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I was a little nervous at first because I am such a picky eater and it was a Friday during Lent, which meant no meat, but the staff was extremely accommodating. I was able to order two appetizers instead of an appetizer and a meal. I chose the Greenmarket Lettuces with Winter Frost Vegetables and then the Kale and Manchego Salad. The second salad was actually supposed to have chorizo and made with a chorizo dressing, but the waiter kindly made a swap for a lemon and olive oil dressing instead. With my meal I had the Winter Citruscello Bellini which was so good. For dessert I chose the Winter White Sundae which was Popcorn Ice Cream, Coconut & White Mocha Sauce. The meal and restaurant were so great and it was the perfect place to celebrate Maddy’s birthday.

I can’t wait to return when the seasons change!

Xo,

Nicole

PS: Outfit post for this night soon to follow!