Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beyond Disney: Will's First Trip to the Big Apple + Two Great SALES!

Will has been experiencing a lot of 'firsts' on this trip: his first road trip, first hotel stay, first pumpkin patch, first play date, and more. Guess that's the nature of things when you're two and a half months old!

I visited New York City for the first time when I was twelve years old. Will's first trip was on Saturday, lucky boy.

We drove into the city and parked near Columbus Circle to stroll through Central Park. We rode the Trump Carousel (make carousels great again!) and enjoyed a lite bite to eat at an outdoor cafe before walking by the Central Park Zoo. Along the way we stumbled upon Big Bird and Cookie Monster-- I would have never guessed that Will's first character meet n' greet would be beyond the gates of a Disney park! He slept through it all though, so does it count?

Lacoste Sweater (old, similar here) // Stella & Dot Scarf // Tunic Tee ($16!)  // Kendra Scott Bracelet 

After a few hours in the park, we grabbed a cab down to Grand Central Station. I don't know why I wanted him to experience it so badly-- I mean, it's one of my favorite Manhattan landmarks. The hustle and bustle, the history, the gilded splendor, I just love it. That, and I really wanted some oysters from the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Anyway, this checked off Will's first taxi cab ride. I wasn't sure the protocol for cab rides-- do kids have to be in car seats? We didn't have the base to his seat to lock it into place, so I held him on my lap for a bit (a la Britney Spears) and had him in his seat for a bit. I guess because cabs can't really get going too fast in NYC traffic, it's not too much of a hazard? I don't know. Anyway, we all survived and enjoyed some delicious oysters.

We headed home and arrived only an hour or so after Will's scheduled bed time; he was such a trooper, a good boy, and I think had a wonderful first visit to the Big Apple.

On a side note, two of my favorite shops are having sales this weekend. Sales end at midnight on Monday, October 31st.

I love Pacifica products, specifically their Sandalwood body butter (which I use daily and always get compliments on) and soy candle. All candles are up to 50% off and make great gifts, if you're one of those uber organized people who get all their holiday shopping done months before Christmas.

J.Crew is offering 40% off their sale styles, plus and EXTRA 50% off sale items to their cardholders! One of my favorite tops, which I own in black, is on major sale for $22, originally $65! Thinking I'm going to get the grey version (below), too.

This cardigan would be the perfect weight to toss on in the parks as the weather starts to cool off. Easy to ball up and stash in a bag, or tie around your waist when not in use, too. Just $25, originally $70!

THIS top would be perfect for a casual Dapper Day look- think Annette Funicello, paired with some high waisted white cropped pants. Very 50's. Originally $70-- now $20. 
These boots are beautiful and were originally $348-- now $100! They also come in brown for $50 more. 
A closet staple, especially here in Florida where it's shorts weather almost year round. Originally $40- now $12.50. Crazy!
This top is a great basic and a nice lightweight linen. Originally $45-- now $10. 

We have three days left here in Connecticut and plan to fill them with fun, fun, FUN! Then we return home just in time for a busy November. Life is good!

Thanks for reading. XO, Ashley


  1. I love that Stella & Dot scarf and sweater you have paired together; so fall, I love it. By the way, I still have not been to New York and I'm in my 30s; I NEED to experience it one of these days. Also, what a great sale on those items, too bad I"m just catching this post in early December, LOL. Kari *o*

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