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

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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 !

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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!

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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!

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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.

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4Pm : Back to the airport and headed home…

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SHOP MY NEW YORK CITY STYLE!

{ 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!)





Vegas Suite Life: This is How We Vegas!

Vegas is the ultimate couples’ destination any time of year. My parents live in Vegas so I’ve been there more times than I can count. Whether you visit in the summer, or over New Year’s Eve, there’s so much to see and do in the vibrant city.

THE HOTEL

 

Once again, the Aria Resort & Casino did not disappoint! 

Not only did it not disappoint, it exceeded my expectations!! We booked a Sky Suite  at a great rate! { I found a discount code at offers.com } Upon arrival at the airport we were greeted by a chauffeur who whisked us away to a Cadillac limo! 

The Sky Suites have their own entrance and their own check-in area and 24/7 lounge access {complete with coffee and pastries in the a.m. wine and cheese p.m.} We checked in and were told we were upgraded to a penthouse suite! It was the most glamorous room I have ever been in! 

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The Sky Suites also have their own Sky Pool with poolside food and cocktails and extra comfy chairs! 

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The Aria was simply fantastic, I can see why their slogan is "This is how we Vegas!"

 

THE FOOD

Las Vegas is such a fabulous dining town! Every time we go I scour Chowhound for the latest and greatest dining experiences. 

{ p.s insider tip... for great steak, fabulous wine AND a great deal.. go to Charlie Palmer Steak for their "cut of the week." You have to ask for it, your server won't volunteer it! $58 for dinner and unlimited wine! }

This trip's picks: 

Joes Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Located in the Forum Shops at Ceasar's Palace {if you're taking an Uber, get dropped off at the Forum Shops entrance. If you get dropped off at the main entrance or the casino entrance you will have a veerrryyy loonng walk!} The food was great and the service fantastic! 

Old Homestead - While the steak was very good, it was just steak. If you're looking for a great steak and a great dining experience, go to Charlie Palmer's
{ see note above}

Sushi Samba   - This restaurant was the hit of our trip. We were a party of 6. We asked the waitress to pick food for us and every item was absolutely delicious. We had two bottles of wine and the waitress asked if we wanted to switch to Sake. I had never tried it so she proceeded to bring me two samples and educated me on how it is made. 

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ACTIVITIES

Can you even say you've been to Vegas if you don't see a show? Absinthe was the pick for this trip. It was good. The acrobatics were incredible but... it was very crude. I didn't mind the un-politically correct humor but the rest was.. too much. I recommend the Michael Jackson One show     we saw it on the last trip and it was fabulous! 

 

So, while there are certainly no shortage of yoga studios in Las Vegas { Yoga Sanctuary , Modo Yoga and many others } I decided o try something new. I discovered Shine Alternative Fitness  while searching for a handstand class.  Shine was a quick Uber ride from my hotel and has daily handstand classes. It was my lucky day as no one else had signed up for the class so I had a private lesson. And the bonus? The teacher was a Cirque de Soleil performer! The studio offers anti-gravity yoga {a.k.a. arial} , pole dancing classes as well as some beginner classes. At the time of this writing, there's a Groupon! Grab it while you can! 

SHOP MY VEGAS ESSENTIALS

Travel packing cubes are a must-have travel item for me because they keep me organized.  It’s so much easier to pull out a packing cube and grab an item than dig through everything in my luggage!

Foldable Ballet Flats Stash a backup pair of foldable ballet flats in your bag and never be left hobbling in heels!

Black Jumpsuit A jumpsuit in classic black is super easy to pack, great for day with flats and a denim jacket, or dressed up with heels and a metallic clutch for night.

Adults Only: Las Vegas

Where we slept:

Aria Las Vegas

Where we ate:

Carbonne
Herringbone
Todd English PUB

I'm a big fan of adults only getaways. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids ..but, with a house, 3 kids, 2 dogs, a cat,  and a turtle, some adulting is mandatory in my book. I am grateful that my husband has many opportunities for business trips that I can tag along on! This time, he had a meeting at the Aria. We have never stayed there before and the reviews on Tripadvisor were quite good. As it is typically done, the bulk rooms were reserved run of house. I reserved a standard king room through the meeting organizers. Upon our arrival, there were no king rooms available. I spoke to the manager on duty , Jonathan. He apologized and confirmed that there were indeed no king rooms available so,  he gave us a $100 food credit. While this was a nice gesture, when you're on a kid-less vacation , it's not ideal to sleep in separate beds ...umm right? The manager then told us to check back the next day to see if anything else was available. The next day, not only did we get a king room but in the Sky Suites! It was a beautiful room with upgraded beds and bedding (much better than the first night in a standard room!) There was a lounge exclusively for the use of Sky Suite guests with complimentary coffee and pastries in the morning and wine and cheese at night.

While my husband was working, I got to play with my mom sister and grandma who live in Las Vegas full-time. One of my must do's when in Vegas is a liquid lunch. They bloody Mary's at The Todd English P.U.B are to die for! On Saturdays and Sundays till 2pm, they offer a "Farm to Table" bloody mary menu that allows you to completely customize your bloody mary with various mixes, garnishes, house-infused liquors and more. We're talking about an impressive number of customizations here with everything from habanero vodka to a lobster garnish. But if you really want to go all out, the real show stopper is the "All About Mary." Coming in at $35, this thing is a beast and includes, well, pretty much every garnish you can think of on top of a classic bloody mary. Yep., THAT was our brunch!

The Sky pool was very crowded but very comfortable. It is quite noisy though. It is adjacent to the "liquid Pool" which has a live DJ.

Dinner at Carbonne: The food was great (table-side Caesar salad was fabulous!) and the service was great. What we couldn't understand was the choice of loud music playlist. It just didn't work and when we asked the waiter he said "yeah, this is was the owner wants. We don't get it either". We felt like we were in Jonny Rockets and the servers should be on roller skates. Hate to say but we wouldn't recommend it or go again because of that.


To cap off our great getaway, as a Sky Suites guest, we were given complimentary airport transportation in a Cadillac limo. We have been to LV many times and have mostly stayed at the Wynn Tower Suites. The SS beat the Wynn with the amenities.