The Perfect Day: 24 hour Mother's Day In Manhattan

Women come to New York for the two L’s: Labels and Love.
— Carrie Bradshaw

When my husband asked what I wanted for Mother’s day I told him I wanted to go with him on his biz trip for 24 hours in Manhattan. And that’s exactly what I got and it was FABULOUS!

24 hours in NYC is nowhere near enough but I made the most of it for sure!

First stop? the Salon!

4pm : I landed at the airport and took an Uber right to Valery Joseph Salon for my appointment. If you’ve never had your hair done in NYC it is an experience! Although everything in NYC is an experience!

7pm: Checked into our hotel The Shelburne . This hotel was fine and that’s about it. The suite is large but basic. My husband had a meeting and the meeting organizer selected this hotel. I’m a hotel snob. (Sorry not sorry.) We’ve stayed in a lot of NYC hotels and the Park Hyatt is my favorite!

8:30 PM: Met my husband for dinner at Maialino NYC . One word: FABULOUS !


8:30 AM : Breakfast with Peter and then he headed to his meeting. And I got ready for my day!

9:30 -11:00 I just strolled Madison avenue and popped in and out of shops. They have a HUGE Saks off Fifth so I did spend a bit of time in there!


11:15 am I checked in to Sobel Skin for my makeover! I was excited but very nervous! I chose Dr. Sobel because he is a friend of a friend and she said “Howard is THE BEST!” Plus ..if he’s good enough for the RHONYC he’s good enough for me!

When I scheduled the appointment the week before, I was told to speak to his assistant Carol. She was incredibly warm and kind and made me feel welcome even before I got there.

The office is absolutely gorgeous!


Dr. Sobel was running a bit late ( I think it was because Betheny Frankel was in the next room. Proven by her Instagram story!! )

While I was waiting, his nurse put numbing cream all over my face. The timing actually worked out perfectly as , by the time Dr. Sobel came into the room, I couldn’t feel a thing!

Dr. Sobel came into the room and immediately put me at ease. He could not be any kinder. He listened to what I was looking for (turning back the clock of course!) and explained the procedures. 45 minutes later I felt completely rejuvenated! I didn’t get all the of the procedures that I had hoped for for 2 reasons… 1. I had a budget and 2. the other procedures required more than one visit. So.. I’ll list below what I did and didn’t do and what I will definitely be doing in the future! (If you have had any of these , or others, please let me know in the comments!)

What I did:

  • Botox in my forehead, around my eyes and in the bands on my neck.

  • Fillers in my cheeks and my jawline

  • Silicone to plump my earlobes ( my son had ripped out my earring when he was a baby and there is hardly anything left!)

What I didn’t do(and what is on my list:

  • Fraxel laser

  • Sublime skin tightening

Overall, I am very pleased with the results and I will be visiting Dr. Sobel again soon! (I’m writing this one week post procedures. I’ll give it a few more days to kick in and post pics!)

They say nothing lasts forever …dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.
— Carrie Bradshaw

1:30pm: Lunch and shopping with my dear friend and stylist Gayle Perry . Gayle and I met over 22 years ago in NYC. She is one of those friends I can go a long time without speaking and never question our friendship. We met for lunch and picked up right where we left off. Then we went shopping! She took me to one of her favorite boutiques and helped me pick out the perfect dress for Mother’s day brunch.


4Pm : Back to the airport and headed home…



{ some of the items/colors are sold out so I linked what I could find. I also added options for getting the look at a lower cost! P.S. When I really am on a mission to find something I always search Selfridges in London!)