a nyc christmas.

There are not many places as magical as New York City at Christmas time. It may be the Christmas trees and the window displays. Or it may be that all of my favorite Christmas movies are set in New York City so being there makes me feel those Christmas movie vibes. Whatever it is, there is no denying that New York City is the place to be at Christmas time. This weekend I visited for no other reason than to enjoy the Christmasy scene and because it was on my schedule - and you guys...IT SNOWED. I am still not used to Christmas in California where it is sunny and 65 degrees and you picnic with your friends in Napa in the middle of December. I know that sounds lovey to a lot of you but I feel silly driving around blasting Christmas music in this weather. So here is a recap of my lovely, snowy, magical Christmas in NYC. 

I woke up to the biggest snow flurries falling from the sky. It literally felt like I was in the middle of a snow globe. I grabbed coffee in the hotel lobby and met up with a friend. We took a taxi to the financial district to see the Louis Vuitton exhibit. It was a beautiful tribute recapping the early stages of his innovative work. It was so interesting to see how people traveled back then and how each LV piece is so timeless. The exhibit is going on through January and I highly recommend it. After the exhibit, we grabbed a burger and a beer at Suspenders. It is a quaint little place with lots of character. They have happy hour on the weekends and the turkey burger was fantastic and a great price. 

From there I ventured over to 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar to check out the igloos! Unfortunately there was a long line of people celebrating Santa Con so I opted out of this one. But the igloos should stay up for another couple of months so I will have to go back. I have been to this bar quite a bit and it has some of the best views of the city so I recommend it all year round. I headed to Madison Square Park where they had a Christmas tree and a light display on the lawn. The snow perfectly settled on the park benches and the trees so I had to snap a few photos. Next I slushed over to Saks Fifth Avenue for their beautiful dancing light show and window displays and I watched a man dressed as an elf face plant into a puddle. Magical I tell ya! By this point, my socks were soaked and I was pretty chilly. I finished off the night at the Rockefeller Center where I heard lots of claps and woos from various engagements and laughter coming from the ice rink below where professional skaters and wall huggers unite together under the massive Christmas tree. 

My favorite thing about Christmas time is hearing everyone sing carols together. No one is arguing about lyrics or politics but we are all singing about Jesus coming to earth to bring peace to this crazy little world. Even those who don't celebrate Christmas can't help but smile at the beautiful light displays. I know some are arguing about lyrics and there are those trying to boycott this holiday all together but I feel we are united for the most part. Underneath all of that stress for gifts, vacations, and the perfect holiday outfit for all of the holiday parties there is a sense of peace, joy, and unity. I pray this Christmas the things that matter don't get drowned out by the things that don't. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. 

Things I wish I could have added:

The Outfit

  • 2 pairs of socks
  • Black Chelsea Boots
  • Black Jeans with my leggings underneath
  • Black base layer
  • Off-white Chunky Sweater
  • White Peacoat
  • Grey Scarf
  • Black Beanie
  • Grey gloves
Rachel Fenimore