Aerial Yoga

Photo Friday: New York, New York

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As I continue to watch the Boston stakeout unfold live on TV, it feels weird to be blogging, so I just want to say: Boston, we love you. Stay safe. Get that motherlover behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

Off to NYCNow. Back to my week, which has been hectic and I’m definitely in full-on, pre-trip panic mode as I try to get my various businesses sorted before leaving on Tuesday for two months. Yowza. Part of that is because I returned early this morning from the Big Apple, after five days of nonstop meetings and very little sleep.

Aerial YogaThat’s not to say it wasn’t without fun. I got off the plane on Sunday afternoon and cabbed it straight to the Village, where I met my bestie Lemon for wedding dress scouting. I’m her maid—OK, technically matron, ugh—of honor and was so happy I could be there when she found The Dress at Wedding Atelier. I’m not going to post a photo of it, obviously, but let’s just say Hadley, six-week-old daughter of my friends Matt and Stacey, was impressed.

HadleyThen, Lemon and I went to meet Katy for aerial yoga, something I’ve been wanting to try for ages. It was every bit as fun as it sounds, and it felt far more beneficial in terms of stretching and strength-training than your average vinyasa class. I’ll definitely be back at OMFactory on my next visit (classes are $20 each unless you buy a package). Read Lemon’s more detailed recap of the class here.

Aerial yoga in NYCAfter yoga, we did what any workout fanatics are wont to do: reversed any benefits of our 75 minutes of hanging with a sinfully delicious shake at The Stand.

Milkshakes at the Stand, NYCThis was an “appetizer” before our dinner at Blue Smoke with several other friends.

Blue Smoke, NYC(We look like a cast photo for Brad Pitt’s new apocalyptic zombie thriller, World War Z. Terrible quality of these photos brought to you by my iPhone 4S.)

Monday was all meetings. My business partner Stefanie flew in to meet me, and we camped out at the Waldorf-Astoria for a few nights. Stef even managed to talk the front desk into giving us an adjoining suite on the 26th floor. Girlfriend doesn’t mess around.

Waldorf-Astoria, NYCTruth? I know the hotel is a New York icon; however, I found the hotel pretty tired and in need of a serious upgrade—but man were those beds comfy. (And Fareed Zakaria was there, whose office I worked outside of at my very first magazine gig at Newsweek!)

Waldorf-Astoria, NYCWe had a bazillion meetings—from Jeff Corwin’s team to HGTV over the coming few days—but also managed to meet up with one of my photographer friends, Frannie, for a photo and video shoot.

Francine Daveta, NYC photographerShe hired the adorable Coleen Scott to do our makeup, and we spent several hours hamming it up in front of the camera.*

Francine Daveta, NYC photographerThat night, I found myself in Tribeca hanging out with my girl Aly and the wonderful Andrew Evans, who could not be a nicer person if he tried. Being in his presence meant that we were also with the National Geographic team, each of whom was delightful, as well.

Andrew EvansThe next day was full of meetings, meetings and more meetings through Canada Media Marketplace. I was exhausted by the end of the day, but managed to sneak away to finish up a Glamour assignment then high-tail it down to the Bowery Hotel to meet Stef, two of her friends and…Tilda Swinton. (True story.) Then we spent a couple hours with my beloved Josh, Semester at Sea “boss” and one of my dearest, and his extraordinary fiance Kurt in their amazing West Village apartment.

Josh and KurtKelly, founder of Go! Girl Guides who I have adored from a far for years, came to meet us, too, and I wanted to pack her in my suitcase and take her home to Tennessee with me.

Kelly Lewis, Go Girl GuidesOn Wednesday, Stef and I had more meetings and then she flew back to LAX, while I went to brunch with Lemon and her other MOH, Lauren, at my old haunt, Cornelia Street Cafe. We found our bridesmaid dresses and ordered her dress, then called it a wrap and headed to Bryant Park for cupcake sustenance.

Bryant ParkThat night, Lemon and I met her fiance, Katy, and my wedding ushers Ryan and Anthony in Chelsea Market for one of the best meals I’ve had in NYC, ever ever, at Green Table. I don’t feel it needs any words other than GO. The food was fantastic, and the dessert was some of the most insane sweets I’ve tasted in my life. Make a reservation two weeks in advance as the place is tiny.

Green TableI stayed with Katy that night and finally got to meet the man in her life: her cat Cow (whose middle name is Boy…get it?).

Cow the CatYesterday, I met with my editor at Entrepreneur’s headquarters and then headed a few blocks down to my old place of work, Conde Nast Publications.

Teen Vogue officeKaty made me come up and raid the Teen Vogue beauty closet. She’s so demanding of me, my gosh (or maybe simply trying to tell me something).

Teen Vogue officeI continued my walk down nostalgia lane with a quick bite at Wichcraft in Bryant Park with Rick from Enrichment Voyages. I used to eat here every. single. day. when I worked a block away at Lucky and even ordered my standard ham, gruyere and pear. So yum!

Wichcraft in NYCThen, I hopped the subway to the Village to meet Annie Fitzsimmons, of whom I have been a longtime fan and who I want to come live in my house because she is just so much fun and we have absolutely everything in common. Annie is a freelance shark like me (only prettier) and most recently nabbed the honor of becoming Nat Geo’s Urban Insider. (Her dog Rocco is just darling, and I think he liked me, too, ha!) I had so much fun with her, I lost track of time and missed my flight! Oops. Though I actually blame rush hour traffic—it took me two hours to get to LaGuardia from Manhattan!—and American Airlines stupidity (their system was down) over my lack of time-telling abilities.

Annie FitzsimmonsAll in all, an excellent trip. There were definitely friends I missed seeing this visit—it happens when your entire industry is based within the confines of a three-mile-wide island on which you once lived—but hopefully I’ll see those friends when I’m back in August. Now, I’m off to soak up some quality time with SVV and Ella before I leave them next week…

Ella the Maltese

*Looks like our huge business venture I’ve been teasing you about for a year is slated to roll out around May 1. Stay tuned! Get excited!

  • April 19, 2013

    Seriously, You do more in a few days than I do in Months…..Even reading this feels hectic and a tad bit stressful to me! haha Such a power lady you are.
    But then again, I am coming to love my boring ‘ordinary’ life that revolves around sleep, gym, food, and lastly graduate school.
    Good thing I have your blog to keep my eyeballs entertained!

    • April 20, 2013

      My favorite weeks are the “ordinary” ones of which you speak when I don’t get out of my sweats and only leave the house to go to Zumba!

  • April 19, 2013

    Wow, that was a busy, busy few days – and I’m just a wee bit jealous that you were hanging out with Andrew Evans! We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria once and I felt the same way about it so we haven’t returned. Four trips to New York in recent years and four different hotels and I finally found one that I loved when we were there earlier this month. I’m so looking forward to your upcoming trip – good luck getting ready for it!

    • April 20, 2013

      Pray tell which it is! Mom and I are trying to figure out where to stay when we go back for five days in August.

      • April 21, 2013

        Eventually I’ll get a review written! 😉 We stayed at the JW Marriott Essex House and I loved it! We had a spacious junior suite with a pull-out sofa that was lovely and modern. The hotel’s location was perfect for us – we were finally able to explore Central Park, we walked downtown to the Times Square area a few times, and it was practically next door to Carnegie Hall which was the reason we were in New York. I will definitely return to this hotel the next time that we are in New York!

  • April 19, 2013

    Aerial yoga? Not for me, noooo wayyy. We were in NYC last week too, but whew – no where near as busy as you! We kind of took it easy which was a little different for a big city visit, but fun.

    • April 20, 2013

      It’s SO fun, though. The only drawback is the silks dig into your back a bit, which can be somewhat painful.

      I don’t think I’ll ever have a “leisurely” visit to NYC, at least not as long as I have so many friends living there…I’d have to stay two weeks in order to do that!

  • April 20, 2013

    You really are one busy lady, but I think you thrive on it. Enjoy your home time and have a safe voyage.

    • April 20, 2013

      Truth. I wouldn’t know what to do with free time (whatever that is).

  • April 21, 2013

    I’ve done a lot of yoga but never aerial yoga, it must be getting more popular as I keep seeing people doing it. I may have to give it a try.

  • April 21, 2013

    OMG I need a coffee after reading that haha! But in truth when I go to NYC that’s exactly how my time there looks as well. I have a million people to see and a million things to do. I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂

  • April 21, 2013

    I love the yoga-to-sundae transition lol. NYC really does have everything… If only it didn’t get so cold!

  • April 22, 2013

    Argh, if only WE were in NYC at the same time and I could be added to this post! PS: Thank you for the intro to aerial yoga, I’m totally going to try that studio when I’m home for a visit!

  • April 22, 2013

    Wow what a busy trip! I miss NYC! I stayed at the Waldorf once and I was not impressed with our room. The lobby was gorgeous and it was nice to stay there.

  • April 25, 2013

    Good GOD that is a busy trip! Looks like you’re living the dream lady! Pass some of that good stuff to me. <3 😛

  • April 27, 2013

    I think you squeezed everything you could out of that trip! I’ll have to try the Green Table next time I’m there. Sounds delish!

  • April 27, 2013

    What fabulous boobs I would have if I could hang upside-down all day long!!

  • April 28, 2013

    I am so sorry that we couldn’t connect! Your trip just made me exhausted, but it look like a blast!

  • April 28, 2013

    And I thought my business trips were exhausting! I almost never work out on the road, and I’ve fallen behind on blogging, while you’re doing upside-down yoga and posting as usual. Teach me your secrets?

  • April 29, 2013

    Aerial yoga, never even heard of it, so cool. Sounds like a crazy few days, but some amazing opportunities and exciting times ahead. Can’t wait to read about what comes about 🙂

  • April 29, 2013

    Whoa, what is this aerial yoga business? That looks so fun! I love that you followed up the class with milkshakes. I had two chocolate chip cookies after my workout today so obviously I need to step up my game.

  • May 12, 2013

    Okay now I’ve heard of Hot Yoga. Never tried it, as a personal trainer, I completely get the premise. Hotter environment = more muscle elasticity = greater flexibility. Arial Yoga kind of seems like a gimmick. Like, hey, why don’t we just raise everyone up in the air a bit and call it a day? Correct me if I’m wrong.

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