Weekend Warrior: Holiday Beast Mode
Living in New York can be a double edged sword. On the one hand, everyone wants to live here because there's so much to do and see. On the other hand, most of us have to work our asses off to be able to afford to live here. This is one of the reasons why it's so easy to fall into the monotonous groove of working a long exhausting day and then coming home and ordering in. This goes double when there's crappy weather! After being sick so often this Fall and now finally feeling better, one of my goals this holiday season is to soak up the festive New York holiday scene.
This past weekend didn't start off that way though - I came home exhausted Friday and went to bed super early (so exciting!). However, we woke up to the most beautiful, fluffy first snow of the season on Saturday and it hit my "weekend warrior" reset button. Suddenly my mission for later that evening was to accomplish 4 things: buy Christmas decorations, trek to Trader Joe's for holiday treats, stop by a liquor store for some bourbon, and lastly, to see some gaudy Christmas lights covered in the fresh snow. (Random sounding, I know, but I think everyone has their weird holiday "musts".)
We waited until about 8pm when we thought the crowds would be smaller to start our trek to Home Depot in Queens. We have a small fake tree at home, but I always want some fresh pine branches to make it at least smell legit. Of course we came out of there with not only the pine branches, but a money tree with a bow on it and a few new cactuses for our collection. We scooted across the street to Trader Joe's for some gingerbread coffee (delish!) and eggnog. On the way home we grabbed some bourbon at a local liquor store for drinks later.
After dropping off all the goods, we headed to the Dyker Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, renowned for its ridiculous lights adorning the huge homes of the neighborhood. Tour buses even drop people off t! This was the first time checking out this scene for Alan and me. We planned on just driving though until we realized the NYPD blocked off the busiest streets to pedestrians only. My curiosity got the best of me, so we found a parking spot and hopped out to have a look around. The pics below do not do it the gaudy justice. I will note however, that there was one house, mostly decked out in blue lights, that looked gorgeous against the snow - like something out of a movie. Once we got back home, we ended the night sipping on eggnog, Manhattans, and a hot toddy for me to warm up. I found a great basic recipe for the toddy here.
While flipping though Instagram posts of pretty snow scenes earlier on Saturday, I saw that one of my favorite YouTubers, Tara, aka Tar Mar, was hosting an Instagram takeover on Sunday. It was for the cosmetics company Hourglass and would be at the new flagship store in Soho and she would be hanging out to chat. I love her YouTube channel and wanted to say hi in person. It was so great to meet her! I love it when online content creators are so down to earth, and are exactly the same in real life as they are online! Tara was so sweet and I had fun being in a few shots of her Instagram takeover with her (outtake below). I was also excited that the Hourglass line has such beautifu, high quality products! I had peeped them online previously, but it was way better testing the products in person. I gave myself an early present and purchased this sleek 3 lipstick set pictured below. I love how the lipstick "pen" holds refillable lipstick cartridges just like an old school fancy pen.
I was having such a blast there, that I was almost late to a Thai Massage class at Goodyoga in Bushwick. Once class was finished, Alan picked me up and we jetted off to a late lunch/old people early dinner at one of our favorite Irish pubs in Queens. Yes, if you're counting - I ran around 3 boroughs in less than 4 hours - basically my definition of a weekend warrior NY style.
I know I definitely maxed out my weekend, but it was totally worth all the running around. Yes, I'm going into my regular 9 to 5 work week a little less rested, but I feel like I completely took advantage of living in New York for the first time in a while!