36 Hours in New York City

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New York City is one my absolute favorite places to visit. My husband and I have taken a few trips there, I’ve been a few times for work, and I hope to take my kids one dayΒ when they are older.

Every time I visit I wish I had a bit more time to spend in a new place I stumbled upon. Last time, it was West Village/SoHo, so when I realized I had a few hours of free time last Tuesday, that is where I headed.

I was in New York City to host an event with Birchbox at their *still pretty new* store in SoHo! I had hoped to visit when I was in the city back in May, but they hadn’t opened yet. So when the opportunity came up to both collaborate with them AND visit the store, I couldn’t pass it up!

My time in NYC was short, so I needed to work with all the energy I could possibly muster to make the most of the trip.

I arrived late Monday evening, and after a few hotel room issues finally settled in for the night around 1:30am. 5:30am came early the next morning, but I was so excited about what the day held that I was instantly awake.

I worked on a project with Birchbox that morning, had lunch with a few of the girls, and then had a couple hours of free time to kill in the afternoon.

I popped back in to my hotel room, did a quick change, and then headed straight for the Birchbox store in SoHo. I wanted to see it and “take it all in” before having to be “on” later that evening for the styling event.

The store is definitely worth checking out. It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be, and the makeup and beauty products is seemingly endless. It’s clean and well organized, but there is still a lot to take in!


After building my own Birchbox, and wandering through every inch of the place, I walked a few blocks over to the Bite Lip Lab to make another lipstick color.

I so enjoyed doing that last time I was in NYC, and made a pretty bold orange-y red, so I thought it would be fun to make more of an everyday pink color.

Bridget, one of the store employees and managers I believe, actually remembered me from many months ago! It was nice to catch up and work with her again on a new shade.


Afterwards, I picked up Chipotle, ordered an Uber because I wanted to see what that was like, and returned to my hotel to freshen up.

The styling event was held at the store, and we offered donuts and apple cider from Doughnuttery. I only managed to snag 2 tiny donuts, and that is now a huge life regret. They were so delicious and I will definitely seek them out next time I’m in NYC.


I created 3 hair tutorials for Birchbox to be featured at the event. My favorite is the textured and twisted fishtail. The inspiration for it came from this photo that has been circulating Pinterest for a few weeks.



It was so fun to meet some readers and get to do live demo’s on a few of the girls! I miss working behind the chair, so it’s truly a pleasure to be able to get my hands in some hair again.

I left at just about the crack of dawn the next morning, being driven out to the airport by a man with an alarming amount of road rage for 6:00am, and slept the entire flight home.

It was really fun to have a little change up from the usual schedule for a couple days, but I was ready to get home by Wednesday morning.

If you live in the area, or are visiting, the store is worth checking out! And go get some donuts from Doughnuttery. Tweet me a pic so I can live vicariously through you.


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Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort says · 10.20.14

Thanks for sharing your fun time with us! I love NYC too and can’t wait to get up there soon.

Lisa Tomlin says · 10.20.14

OH, so jealous! Every minute of your trip sounds awesome. NY is on my list for a girls get away weekend next year πŸ™‚

Angela says · 10.20.14

Sounds like a great trip. I have not been to NYC in ages but been thinking about planning a trip soon with my husband. The store looks amazing. Also, looking forward to seeing the bite lipstick you created (I love bite products).

Laura Kelly says · 10.20.14

I would LOVE to vist NYC one day, looks like you had a fab time! x


ash says · 10.20.14

I wish I lived closer to NYC as I would love to visit the Birchbox store– it looks amazing!! But, until I can travel there, I’ll have to be content with my monthly boxes πŸ™‚ It’s so great that you did an event with them, and you look as pretty as always!

Sarah says · 10.20.14

Loved this post!!! I have been to NYC a few years ago, for a day trip to the American Girl store.:p i feel bad you can’t do hair anymore! Before you had kids did you plan on not doing hair after you had kids?? Just a little encouragement– my mom honeschools, works 4 days a week, and man, she has some strength from God! It is possible to work+ be a mom, but i know everyone has different opinions about it! Maybe when the kids are older you could get back into it. πŸ˜‰ for now… keep up the blogging! πŸ˜‰ whoo-hoo!

Kate says · 10.20.14

It’s not a “can’t” thing, I just made the choice to stay home πŸ™‚

Sarah says · 10.20.14

Ah okay. πŸ™‚ no offense or hard feelings about it. I was just wondering. πŸ˜› and of course i know managing a 10m. Old plus another on the way, plus other things keep you busy. But i can tell you are a great mom. πŸ™‚

Sarah says · 10.20.14

I’ve yet to make it to New York City. I’m trying to make it there in March… but we’ll see πŸ™‚

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Christina Storm says · 10.20.14

Sounds like such an amazing trip! I love NYC! Glad you had such a great time!

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Samantha says · 10.20.14

Ahhh, man, I was just in NYC this past June! I wonder if it was open then…if it was, I wish I had known about it. I love Birchbox! It would’ve been awesome to attend, looks like so much fun! P.S. that shirt looks perfect on your little baby bump. Very flattering πŸ™‚ Happy Monday!

Marie says · 10.20.14

I’ve always wanted to go to New York I haven’t been to many places but I really must go here I make it my lifes mission πŸ™‚

Lovely post looks like an amazing place to go and looks like you had a lovely time <3

J says · 10.20.14

I’ll have to checkout the store! (I live in NYC)

Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


denise says · 10.20.14

What a fun (quick) trip! I will have to check out the Birchbox store next time I’m there.

I had to laugh about the “alarming amount of road rage”. I end up with that sort of driver every time I’m there. Being from a much more laid back city, I usually just have to close my eyes and pray for the best! πŸ™‚

Krista says · 10.20.14

Sounds like such a wonderful trip!! Thanks for sharing.


Jennifer Appleton says · 10.20.14

I love the reflection of your bump in the mirror… So cute!

Sissi says · 10.20.14

So cool that you created 3 looks for birchbox! Yay you! New York is really always so exciting- but I wouldnΒ΄t want to live there- just visit! πŸ˜‰

Sarah says · 10.20.14

Great post! I love your shirt/necklace combo … where are they from?

Kate says · 10.22.14

top is from A Pea in the Pod and necklace is from J.Crew Factory

Meredith says · 10.20.14

Did you enjoy Under? That’s all I used when I was in Baltimore and I couldn’t say enough great things about it! Not sure what its like in a bigger city though…

Meredith says · 10.20.14

Uber, I mean

Marah says · 10.20.14

What exactly is “Uber?!”

Lacey says · 10.20.14

You are just the absolute cutest! I adore your sweet personality (I like how I say that as if I ACTUALLY know you…) and love reading your blog!! What a fun opportunity for you to do something you love and to share it with your readers! Thanks, Kate!

Colleen says · 10.20.14

I love your necklace in the last photo. Could you please share the source?

meagan says · 10.20.14

Sounds like a whirlwind trip! So fun!

Jenn says · 10.20.14

I live in NJ and can’t wait to take my 13 year old daughter to the Birchbox store. It’s hard to tell which one of us will enjoy it more! And we’re totally going to check out Doughnuttery. Thanks!!

Katie Dunnigan says · 10.20.14

The Speckled Strawberry Doughnut was my favorite at the Doughnuttery. Amazing and so fresh!

Jenn says · 10.20.14

In that last picture I had to do a double take — looked like your bump had disappeared, but I found it in the mirror! πŸ™‚ You are glowing!

Emily says · 10.20.14 Reply
Katie Jo says · 10.21.14

A crying shame you bought Chipotle in NYC.

Kallai Cunningham says · 10.21.14

After this, I am convinced I need to visit Birchbox and create my own lip color! So fun!

Missmacbeauty says · 10.24.14

I love NYC! Especially the Birchbox store! Great post!

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Anne says · 10.24.14

Love the hair tutorials!!! That down-swept french twist is gorge.

I just did a half-crown braid tutorial:



Fabiola says · 10.25.14

Sounds awesome!
Please let me know if you come to California for work, I would love to meet you!

olivia beth says · 10.30.14

looks like a fabulous time in nyc!
i want to try that donut shop SO badly!

Kristina says · 11.12.14

I’d love to be in NY some day! Some day soon better )) But so far we admire it from another world!
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Kim says · 11.30.14

Visited my sis in NYC for Thanksgiving, so we checked out the store and you’re right! Clean and employees were super nice. Best part? They had those Doughnuttery doughnuts!!! Holy moly, those are little nuggets of Heaven!