December 15, 2015


Hey babes. And happy 10th day before Christmas! 

Oh yesss. The holidays are in full swing and I couldn't be more excited about it. I love it all! The carols, the decorations, the hot cocoa by the imaginary fire place I don't actually have! I live for it all, exceeeeept holiday shopping...

Now I know what you're thinking, yeah right you don't like to shop! You're a style blogger, who are you trying to fool? But this is the thing, there's a major difference between casual, leisure shopping and holiday shopping. I mean really, step into any mall after Black Friday and you'll feel what Katnis Everdeen felt when she was released into the arena for the first time! 

Not to mention the stress that comes with picking the perfect gift for everyone on your list, that's just enough thoughtful as it is tasteful (no, last minute "I'm sorry I didn't have time to shop for you" gift cards don't count). Let's face it, holiday shopping has turned into a headache of a task that no one is happy to complete these days. But it doesn't have to be that way, you can have your cake and eat it too! If you, like me, live in NYC, you have plenty of ways to spice up your holiday shopping spree, and today I'm giving you a mini guide on how to. I picked two of the biggest shopping areas in Manhattan and shared four of my favorite spots to frequent in between stores, that are guaranteed to make your holiday shopping much less painful. 


9 Crosby Street
New York, NY, 10013
 Go here for an elegant ambiance and equally as elegant crowd. The drinks are kinda pricey but the surroundings are totally worth it.  

Sweet Escape: Rice to Riches 
37 Spring Street
New York, NY, 10012
 This is a place that specializes on rice pudding (arroz con leche, if you're hispanic)!! Need I say more?

Cultural Hub: Peter Lik's Gallery
419 W Broadway
New York, NY, 10012
 By far one of my favorite photographers, ever! I stumbled upon his work a couple years ago on Lincoln Road and fell head over heels for his photography. I could seriously spend hours staring at his beautiful captures, so when I learned he also has a gallery here in NYC it became a problem. Totally worth a pit stop, especially when looking to escape the holiday shopping madness!

126 Crosby Street
New York, NY, 10012
 Coffee shop /previously loved book store hybrid? mic drop...


Sweet Escape: Momofuku Milk Bar
15 W 56th Street
New York, NY, 10019
 Every time I pass by this place the masses (inside and out) are insane. That has to mean they're doing something right, right? Plus they have all the basics covered: cookies, pies and shakes. Simply can't go wrong!

711 5th Ave (2nd floor)
New York, NY, 10022
 Must try their cappuccinos! They're just as good as the view of 5th ave is here!

Booze: The Polo Bar
1 E 55th Street
New York, NY, 10022
 Since it's just around the corner from it's sibling coffee shop, why not throw this one into the mix! This dimly lit, equestrian themed bar/restaurant is the perfect setting to relax (Moscow Mule in hand, of course!) after a day packed with holiday-shopping fun!! (notice the sarcasm there?)

Cultural Hub: MoMA
11 W 53rd Street
New York, NY, 10019
 Because classic, duh! And if you happen to have your NYC student ID (and don't look 40) you can try to get in for free.99, score!

Hope this guide was helpful for you guys and even if you don't live in the big apple, try to hit up similar places at home! I promise it'll make the season much more jolly!

Till Thursday!



  1. Love so many of these places, and still have to visit many others! I've been wanting to go to NOMO for a while but haven't found the time yet! Maybe in the new year.
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    1. Let's make it happen! Next Collective meeting spot?

  2. Aww, I love this post and all the detail you went into! Rice to Riches is one of my fave places to go to, I seriously can't leave without a huge to go container.


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    1. I feel you on the rice to riches thing! Such a gem! Thanks for the comment:)

    2. I feel you on the rice to riches thing! Such a gem! Thanks for the comment:)

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