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the poor girl’s guide to eating in The City

Well, food is on my mind this morning, as it is many mornings. haha. So, I thought I’d share the cheap-yet-fun-and-delicious food and drinks we consumed while in NYC.

For our first meal of the trip, we ended up at an amazingly yummy little pizza place, Mariella’s, on 3rd Ave.

Jen and I both chose this veggie-loaded pizza.


Whitney and Katherine looked extra-cute eating their slices. :)


A couple hours later, we finally got into Serendipity III, and enjoyed some amazing desserts. Here’s Jen and I perusing the incredible menu.



Even later that night, my throat was starting to feel pretty raw and sore, so I ordered a Hot Toddy at our hotel bar. It was my first time to ever try that drink, and boy was it strong! Whew! I kind of shudder now just thinking about it. But i swear to you that it helped my throat so much! :)


After downing the hot toddy, Jen and I set out to see more of the city, and we each got an insanely scrumptious gyro from a vendor outside of Grand Central. I would pretty much go back to New York just to get another gyro like that! yummm!


The next day, I got a pretzel from a street vendor before joining the massive crowd of people waiting in Times Square for the NYE celebration.


And Whitney grabbed a hotdog!


Because people were gathering so early and Times Square was quickly filling up, Katherine and Brandie settled for McDonalds instead of the sushi we had all wanted to get for lunch that day. The funniest part was that they each bought an extra burger, since they knew we would be out there for hours and hours, and they ate one later as a snack. hahaha


By the next morning, my voice was completely gone, and my sore throat was in full effect, so Katherine and I opted for Jamba Juice over Starbucks. There, we indulged in a healthy wheat grass shot. :)



At lunchtime, we were in Chinatown, so we decided to pick up food from one of the little restaurants there. And we figured that we might as well choose one that had all sorts of animals hanging in the windows, right?




I was strangely fascinated by it all.


Stella Artois seemed to be the unofficial drink of the trip. :) Here, Whitney, Jen, Katherine and I all enjoyed a drink in our room before heading back out on the town on January 1st.


Katherine also wanted to experience the joys of eating a hotdog from a street vendor.



And finally, later on that night, we ended up at Benito II in Little Italy, where we were delighted by the delectable food and enamored with the charming and extra-attentive staff. :)




This guy even gave me a shoulder massage, since it was {a day after} my birthday! ;)


We ended the night by enjoying divine cupcakes that we had picked up earlier at Magnolia Bakery. Delish!!!




And now, I just want to eat all sorts of unhealthy foods. :) But I can’t and I won’t. I’m glad I got that out of my system in New York. Because everyone knows that food you eat while on vacation doesn’t really count, or make you gain weight! ;)


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jaredwanzerphotographyJanuary 14, 2011 - 6:02 pm

I cannot believe these pictures were taken with your point and shoot because these are soo good…
food is so much better in NYC YUMM now I am hungry.

what i’m working on today 1.11.11

So, I will probably do a couple more random posts about my trip, but yesterday and today I have been happily busy working on an order from one of my favorite subjects, JeRayle. JeRayle lives in Dallas and does some modeling. We have worked together on one shoot prior to this one, and I have to say that my camera just loves him. :) Here are some favorites of mine from the ones I am editing for him right now.






Seriously, though, how good is he in front of the camera?? He has what it takes to make it in the modeling world, and I hope his career takes him far!


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Kathleen MillerJanuary 11, 2011 - 10:46 pm

ummmmm WOW. that's all I can say. WOW. ;)

Bethany LarieJanuary 12, 2011 - 2:01 am

cough* mmm… wow….. or yummy.. yeah yummy sounds better :D

~abi~January 12, 2011 - 2:24 pm

haha, you girls make me laugh. :)

i’m looking at you through the glass

Well, I was going to do a post about all the food and shopping and entertainment of my NYC trip, but it was just too much for one post. Also, I am too caught up in watching snowflakes fall outside my window to do a long and complicated post.

So, today you get five photos of the window displays at Saks 5th Ave.






So whimsical and dreamy. I can’t get it out of my head.

Hope you all have a beautiful winter day!


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Kelly BeaneJanuary 10, 2011 - 7:13 pm

Ahhh! I die! Love.them.so.much. The Neiman Marcus windows in Dallas were very whimsical and fun this year, but not quite like these! You can't beat New York!!!

AmandaJanuary 10, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Amazing, thanks for sharing!!

And KathleenJanuary 10, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Window dressing is a dream job of mine! Though, in actuality I'm not sure I'd be very good at it.

One of my favorite artists is Simon Doonan – he's the creative director for Barney's but used to do window dressings when he first started out. He has a book called Confessions of a Window Dresser that you'll have to check out!

~abi~January 12, 2011 - 2:24 pm

i know, right?? but i bet dallas does pretty good too during the holidays. :)
i will so check out that book – sounds very cool.

decor inspiration from nyc

I didn’t go looking for decor inspiration in NY…In fact, I only snapped one photo thinking, “Yes, I want to do this in my room.” I did, however, take lots and lots of photos of anything that caught my eye. So, looking through my photos, I had about a dozen that sparked decorating ideas for me.

Now, I realize that my taste is completely unsophisticated. I love a hodge podge of stuff that has been collected over time, with lots of color mixed into things. So, this post might not be inspirational at all for you when it comes to decor. But hey, at least you can see some more pics from my trip. :)

I’ll start off with probably the crappiest photo I’ve ever posted on my blog, because I mean, why try to bury it in the middle of the post? If you can ignore the blurriness, you will see the one photo I took just to remember this idea: a sparkly, glittery branch hanging thing. :) I am so going to do this, and I am going to hang jewelry from it.

{taken in Serendipity}

This chair simply enthralled me. I love it. I have old burlap potato sacks covering my ceiling in my bedroom, so this is my kind of thing. Also, ikat might be over in the decorating world, I’m not sure – but I still love it.

{I have no idea what store this was in – it was down the street from Serendipity.}

Here’s a different angle that shows an a.ma.zing. chandelier!


And a detail shot of the chandelier. Does anyone know what “style” this is? As in, what era or whatever?


Here’s a nice, dark picture of some window treatments I thought were pretty sweet. Sorry, it was late and the only illumination was street light.


This one is a little better. I just love the swishy, fringe-y look of it.

{at The Four Seasons}

These two shimmery light fixtures hanging right by each other made me think of pretty, dangly earrings…for your ceiling. And that thought makes me smile.

{inside of our hotel, The New York Helmsley}

Serendipity is chock full of unique and cute decor. I loved the mirrored butterflies and all the clustered Christmas bulbs and lights in this shot.

{upstairs in Serendipity}

I think this is so lovely! The molding detail on the painted ceiling is simply charming, and that chandelier is too fun! Doesn’t it seem like it would be diy-able?


The following three photos were taken outside of Bloomingdale’s. I loved the words and colors, and I might print these and frame them together in my home.




Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


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nyc trip – what i wore

Well, as promised, this post will show you what I wore on my trip to NYC last week.

Our flight left Oklahoma City at 6am last Thursday, December 30, 2010. For the flight, I just wanted to be cool and comfortable. I also didn’t want to squish my fedora in my luggage, so I wore it.

{Black felt fedora with feathers: Burlington Coat Factory – I think I paid around twelve bucks for it. Long printed shirt: thrifted for a couple of dollars. Gold scarf: I’ve owned it forever – it is a nice big scarf which can double as a thin blanket when traveling. ;)}

Here we are in NYC on the way to our hotel. I am posting this one to sort of show you my very cool silver snake bracelet that I got at The Rink Gallery {local vintage shop}. I eyed it for at least a month before deciding to go ahead and get it. I think it was maybe $60, which is way more than I would typically spend on anything, because I am a cheapo.

{In this pic, left to right: Jen, who I have been friends with since we were five years old; Whitney, my dear friend who hosts my LifeGroup at her house each week; me; Katherine, a lovely and fun friend who is also in my LifeGroup.}

After dropping our luggage at the hotel and changing, we ventured out into The City. We ended up at Serendipity about three hours after putting our name on the wait list. It’s a popular place. :)

{Fur trimmed cape: thrifted; sheer sparkly undershirt: thrifted.}

Here’s more of that outfit, which went through a few variations throughout the night. This is in front of the bright and cheery window displays at Bloomingdale’s.

{Same cape and undershirt from above, also a Calvin Klein tank from Burlington Coat Factory, which you can see better in a following pic; fabulous purse was a Christmas gift from my friend Brandie – it’s a Fossil; sparkly skirt I’ve had for awhile from some teen store at the mall, probably Charlotte Russe or Wet Seal; thick black leggings from Ross; tall grey socks: probably a Christmas gift from my mom a couple years ago; Jessica Simpson shoes: thrifted – they were brand new, never worn. :)}

When I spotted this “405” on a building we were passing, I knew we had to get a pic representin’ our area code. :)

{At this point, it was getting pretty cold outside, so I added a scarf I had just bought earlier at H&M for three dollars. Also, I should mention The Coat. I bought the coat at Goodwill for $9.99 – it is 100% wool, with a real fur collar. Heck yes.
Oh yeah, and in this pic, left to right: me, Katherine, my confidant and friend Brandie, and Whitney.}

We stopped back at the hotel, where I simultaneously shed and added some layers. I ditched the cape, since it was pretty bulky under the coat, and I added another H&M scarf, purchased by and borrowed from Jen. This is in our hotel bar area. We stayed at The New York Helmsley.

{Here you can see my embellished Calvin Klein tank that I got at Burlington Coat Factory – it has that perfect loose fit. Also, my resin bracelet from the Dollar Jewelry Store. What-what! ;) Oh, and my sweet hair, colored by my sweet friend and hair girl, Jamie. Tell me if you want her info!}

We had to get a pic on the streets of NYC of me as I turned thirty! Here you can see the doubled up H&M scarves. :)

{Fun fact: I am holding Brandie’s phone here, which has a pic of she and I and a couple friends celebrating her thirtieth birthday in Vegas last June. We also did a “12:01” pic of her there. :)}

The next morning was the big day, when we headed down to Times Square for a lonnng day waiting to watch the ball drop. Of course, I had to be extra-fabulous in order to stand out in the crowd of over a million people! ;)

{Ridiculous fur hat: purchased at Bess & Evie’s vintage shop in Dallas for $45; cheapo dangly gold earrings from the Dollar Jewelry Store; necklace you can’t really see, haha: Kohl’s; cream-colored CuddlDuds undershirt from Ross to keep me warm; gold bracelets from the Dollar Jewelry Store; same gold scarf and awesome coat mentioned above; cream-colored sleeveless jumpsuit: thrifted; and The Boots!!! Let me take a moment to tell you about the boots…I was shopping at a huge thrift store in Dallas with Jen, when I spotted these boots. Right away, i could tell they were made of nice leather, and when I picked them up, I saw they had a red leather sole. The breath was knocked out of me and I nearly fainted, because everyone knows that Christian Louboutin’s all have red soles. Alas, they were not CL’s, but they are freakin’ VALENTINO’S!!!!! Seriously. I am not lying. In size 8, my size! For SEVEN DOLLARS AND EIGHTY-SEVEN CENTS!!! I really did almost pass out! And I think I will do a post showcasing them on here soon. :)}

Now, you know I had to do some crazy makeup for my thirtieth birthday/New Year’s Eve in New York City. This look was inspired by Ke$ha’s We R Who We R video, and Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over video. Those two videos got my brain turning, then I made my own look from the ideas. :)

{I used mulberry-ish and orangey-brown shades of eyeshadow by MaryKay. I can’t think of the names of them right now. Also used some gold eyeshadow from CVS and red glitter from WalMart, haha. And Jelly Fish lipgloss by Hard Candy. And of course, my favorite mascara, CoverGirl LashBlastFushion.}

I decorated this umbrella in hopes of making it on tv. That did not happen. Also, there was no precipitation. :)


The next day, we set out to see a bit of Chinatown and a Broadway show. I stopped by the doors of The New York Public Library for a quick pic.

{Head wrap: the Dollar Jewelry Store; shirt: thrifted; coat: borrowed from Whitney; purse: gift from Brandie; black jeggings: by Elle, from Kohl’s – I searched forever and tried on endless pairs of skinny black pants, jeans, and jeggings before I found these; Frye boots: found on clearance at Marshall’s for $70 – for Frye boots!!!}

I soon realized that leaving my hair down would not work with that head wrap, so I twisted it into the New Yorker high messy bun while riding the subway. And I felt so cool! ;)

{It makes me laugh that Katherine and I were pretending to be cool New Yorkers on our phones in this pic, since there is definitely no cell service on the subway. haha}

Despite everyone’s warnings about how cold it was going to be there, it actually wasn’t too bad. I even got so warm later walking around and searching for Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment, that I ended up shedding the coat for a bit.

{We cropped out the No Trespassing sign and chain at the bottom of the steps!}

And then, sadly, it was the final day of our trip. Jen and Whitney and I woke up early to go see the Met and Central Park. This was the same outfit I would wear to the airport, so I donned the fedora again.

{Fedora: Burlington Coat Factory; vintage long sleeved black jumpsuit: thrifted; H&M scarf purchased there; H&M vest: thrifted here in OKC; Frye boots: Marshall’s.}

And there you have it: my outfits for New York, listed in exhausting detail. I am pretty sure that you only read through this entire post if you were verrry bored at work or are ridiculously into clothing like me. So, if you read it and weren’t bored to tears, let me know! Or if you just want to say how cute I looked, that’s okay, too. ;)


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And KathleenJanuary 6, 2011 - 7:08 pm

The train photo with your messy NY bun is the best! Also – I'm obsessed with your hair color. I need more details. Is it red and pink? Love it.

~abi~January 6, 2011 - 9:28 pm

it is red and pink, kathleen! thank you for loving it. :) when i first got the red, i also got a lot of pink all through it. this time i just have one big chunk of pink, basically at my right temple area.

stephanieJanuary 10, 2011 - 6:32 pm

you are just too fabulous for words!! looks like so much fun, and i'm super jeal about your pic on carrie's front porch!!

AmandaJanuary 10, 2011 - 7:13 pm

Love you and very bored at work!! Loved the detail, could so hear you telling me . . . kinda like back in the day when I would tell you movies ;)

~abi~January 12, 2011 - 2:26 pm

if only i could be as fab as YOU! :)

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