sunset on the airplane


– packing for (and arriving to) NYC –


bryant park at christmas
– the city lights in Bryant Park –


christmas in new york
– having dinner at Rosa Mexicano with some of my best girlfriends and NY girls –


eggnog latte

– subway rides and eggnog lattes –


christmas boat tour

– a Christmas boat tour to see the decorated homes and yachts on the Newport Harbor –

apple pie shots

– trying out this apple pie shot recipe

whole food wreath

– wreath shopping with my guy at Whole Foods –

christmas rose

– rosé to celebrate the end of some big work projects –

xo necklace

– this perfectly darling XO necklace from INPink  –

kinky boots musical

– seeing the amazing and Tony Awards Best Musical 2013 Kinky Boots (another great snippet here) –

A special Friday’s Ten since it’s so close to Christmas with so much happening this week!!  I was excited to have a short work week, heading to New York with my parents on Wednesday.   Christian had to stay home and work, and while he’s definitely missed, it is really wonderful to spend some quality time with my parents during the holiday season.  It’s so crazy to be here knowing that in January, Christian interviewed at NYU for his medical residency in ear, nose and throat.  God certainly had a plan that He revealed in His time, and I have a lot of love for Cali, but boy…this city is one of a kind.  I’ve always loved the attitude and energy of NY, even though it’s crowded.  So very crowded.  I’ve taken so many great photos that I can’t wait to share with y’all – stay tuned!

What are you doing this weekend to prep for the holidays?  I hope you have a festive weekend plan. When I get home I plan to grocery shop to prep for our Christmas meal – grape leaves, steaks, mashed potatoes, asparagus and homemade rolls with Christian’s favorite heath bar cake for dessert.  What do you typically eat with your family for Christmas?

Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to enter the L.Mae Boutique $250 shopping spree giveaway and The Shelf $500 Zara Giveaway!! Happy weekend – XO –

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    1. I love our shared love of RM!! You are so right about home. 🙂 Is that XO necklace not the cutest thing?? Have a great weekend!! xo –

  1. Kat give kisses to Karen…she looks great with you at the show !
    Tell her I’m jealous. She’ll fly to NYC, but not to Athens and take a ferry to come see me !!!
    But YOU did !!!
    Merry Christmas to two beautiful they say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
    And you are in the Big Apple, btw. xoxoxoxoxoxo

    1. You are the sweetest ever. She’s not excused – lets get her to Greece! Merry Christmas to your beautiful family!! xoxoxo –

  2. Loved this post! I live in NYC (and work at NYP Hospital) and you went to and captured so many experiences while here. Change is tough, but waking up every day in this city is truly magical. Best wishes for the holiday and good luck with everything in the New Year!! 🙂


  3. I am heading to NYC in January and I have no idea what to pack for cold weather, ah! (I was raised in Orange County and still live in Southern California). You should do a post on how to look cute while staying warm!

  4. Hey Kathleen! My mom and I are actually in NYC now too. We were thinking about doing the river boat. Would you recommend it? If so which company did you go through! Thanks! 🙂

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