My First Staycation (A Getaway Everyone Needs?)

Hey guys,

Happy Monday! I hope you guys all had a great start to your week. And although the weekends always seem to by a little TOO quick, I’m always grateful feeling like I an start fresh on Mondays.

For today’s post I wanted to answer some of your guys’ questions about the staycation I had about 2-3 weeks ago at this point. It’s taken me a while to finally get this up because there’s been a lot going with me, but here it finally is!

If you didn’t know, I planned a staycation for myself the weekend after Valentine’s Day and I got a lot of questions about why I decided to do it, where I stayed, how I felt, etc., and I’m going to be talking about all of that and more in this post, so let’s not waste time and just get right into it!

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Why I Did It?

I needed a break from everything and everyone. I know we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. I know a lot of people are still at risk. And I know I’m not the only one that is/was feeling trapped, but for my own mental state, I needed to get away…even if it wasn’t far or for long. I needed some type of escape for a little while, to just be by myself, do my own thing and stuff that made me happy.

When I told people I wanted to do this, a lot of them didn’t fully understand nor were they supportive of me doing this (for somewhat obvious reasons), which is okay because they don’t need to. I know and understand why I was doing it and that’s all that matters.

*Plus I was being 100% safe the entire time; keeping my distance from people, not going out a ton, etc. etc.*

I also think what some people weren’t understanding and/or was confused about was if the staycation was for me, why I was hanging out with some people throughout it? And the answer is simple, I didn’t want or plan on doing this with the intention of completely isolating myself from everything and everyone. I did it to get out and away from the environment that I was in for almost a year that was draining me mentally and emotionally. Again, I know I’m not the only one feeling this way and unfortunately other people that DO feel this way, don’t have the luxury of doing things like this, but that wasn’t going to stop me from doing this. I needed to lookout for myself and MY well-being which is what I did and why I decided to do this. There’s a LOT that goes on behind the scenes here that y’all don’t know the half about. So yes, it was taking a major toll on me and that’s why I decided to do it.

Where I Ended Up Staying?

The hotel was called INNSiDE New York NoMad. Located in West 27th Street near Penn Station and 34th Street. I REALLY loved this hotel. Everyone was so nice, helpful and accommodating and it was VERY clean. I felt safe being there. I definitely recommend this hotel if you’re coming to New York or are just looking to book a staycation for yourself. I requested a high room because the views from the hotel were amazing. It was overall a great, convenient and cozy hotel for me to choose for my first staycation and I definitely hope to come back again soon.

How I Felt Doing It?

In theory, I was so excited about being able to do it, and I’ve never done the “solo traveler” thing, so this was the closest thing I got to it. It was exciting, yet nerve-wrecking since it was my first time doing anything like this on my own. If I’m being honest, at night I would get hit with my anxiety and just be like “WTF?!”, but I guess thats just because I’m not used to doing things like that…and completely alone. I think it was fairly normal though. I also just always happen to feel anxious the few times/nights I’m not in my own room/bed. It feels weird and I think my mind and body are like ‘where the heck are we?!’ LOL. But the entire experience overall was pretty great, it just went by so fast, which is something I feel like always tends to when you’re really looking forward to something. Is that just me?! The days leading up to the event are always filled with excitement but drag on FOREVER, and then the trip/weekend itself FLIES by! Kind of unfortunate, but also makes you appreciate the time so much more (I think).

Would I Ever Do It Again?

I had so much fun doing all of the things that I wanted to do that weekend, in spite of dealing with minor anxiety at times. It was a great time and very much needed. I definitely recommend doing something like this at some point. It’s pretty therapeutic to be able to just spend time alone with yourself and your thoughts. Although it was bittersweet having to go back home after only 2 days being away, it was nonetheless a great experience and I can’t wait to hopefully do another “trip” like this in another month or 2.

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Check out my YouTube video showing everything I ended up doing throughout the weekend. I hope I answered all your major questions about the staycation and that you got something out of it!

Here’s the direct link for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrvfB1-tIMY&t=1s

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-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

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Best Restaurants to Dine at For Valentine’s Day (in NYC)

Hey guys,

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great weekend and a good, productive start to the new week.

It is officially Valentine’s week and I am SO excited for it! I absolutely love this time of year and the feelings surrounding it. And while I agree and am a firm believer the your love for yourself, your significant other, etc. should not just be showcased that particular day, but everyday, I think it’s still really sweet to make that day special for yourself and/or someone else. I just love love and any sort of romantic gestures like that.

So, in light of Valentine’s Day being this weekend AND NYC getting the green light to open indoor dining at a 25% capacity, I wanted to create a post highlighting some of the best restaurants that I’ve been to with Diego that not only have great food, but also a cute, romantic-ish ambiance to it that could give you guys some suggestions for where to take someone on a date this weekend if you’re planning on it.

I also want to just mention quickly that I am well aware that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and am in no way, shape or form ENCOURAGING people to go out and gather/dine in restaurants, however, I know that people are going to do it regardless of this fact unfortunately. So, I do want to just encourage you all to do your research and if you are planning on going out this weekend, please take the necessary precautions to be safe and distant from other people that are not apart of your group(s).

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I have 6 different restaurant suggestions on my list that vary in price range, ambiance and food. While I’m going down the list, I will make brief suggestions for what we’ve gotten and I recommend you try, talk briefly about the prices and the service we received while there.

So, without further adieu, let’s get into it….

  1. NoMo Kitchen – SoHo
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This restaurant was so cute. All of the greenery, the hearts designs and open feel to it. We’ve only ever come here for brunch, so that’s what I will recommend it for, but they also do lunch and dinner.

They have a bottomless brunch special here where for $29 per person, you choose an entree and get an unlimited specific drink (we usually do mimosas, but they also have Rose Royale, Bloody Marys, NoMo Pimm’s Cup and Virign Salty Dogs) for 90 minutes.

Some suggestions you guys should definitely try:

Avocado Toast
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
French Toast

Service: The first time we went, the service was pretty great and fast. We really enjoyed ourselves and even without having to call over the server, they kept refilling our glasses. The second time we went, however, the service wasn’t as great unfortunately. We did the bottomless brunch and the service was so much slower. There were times where we couldn’t even find our server for periods at a time, which considering we were paying for the unlimited mimosas for 90 minutes, was obviously annoying.

Price wise: $$

Overall, I would say to try it out if you’re really interested in it and come to your own conclusions. I know a bunch of people that went after we did and had a GREAT time.

Final thought & fun fact: There’s also a hotel attached to this restaurant, which Diego and I stood at once and really liked as well. Rooms were kind of small, but it’s cozy and in a great location in SoHo.

2. The Greens: Pier 17

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Cabins have been all the rage recently since indoor dining was shut down again and the only way to be able to eat at restaurants in NYC were either outdoor dining or takeout. EVERYONE has been doing their own versions of cabins or igloos, which I actually think are really cute.

Diego and I came here for a random date night and I loved it. Not only did we have the cabin to ourselves, but it also had heaters within it (that we could control) and air purifiers. It was all contactless ordering and paying, and minimal contact with everyone.

Price: $$ – $$$ depending on what/how much you order.

I will say, the menu is pretty minimal. They don’t have TOO many options for food or drinks, but there was enough that we obviously both got something we liked.

Some of the items to consider trying:

The burger
The fried chicken
The grilled cheese
The bottle of rose

Something else to keep in mind: when making the reservation, you have to pay $50 to hold the reservation (it’s prepaid, and my only guess is because of how popular it’s been) AND each reservation is only 90 minutes (although I’m not sure if you’re able to extend your time because we didn’t try doing that).

3. PJ Clarke’s

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When things were normal, Diego and I loved to go to this place. The food, service and location/views are AMAZING. They have 2 locations for this restaurant, but the specific one we love going to is in Brookfield Place, near the Freedom Tower. We’ve gone here for regular date nights, anniversary dates, and just because.

Price: $$ – $$$

Our favorites:

Prime Skirt Steak Frites
The Clarke Burger
Grilled Shrimp & Shishitos
Buffalo Wings
Berne Romance rosé
Chocolate cake

4. The Crooked Knife

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This restaurant has like 2 different locations in the city as well, but the particular one we usually go to is in 14th street. This is actually where Diego and I went for our Valentine’s day date last year.

This is another great brunch spot that does a bottomless boozy brunch for $42 per person. You get any entree with unlimited bloody Mary’s or mimosas for 90 minutes.

The service was great and so was the food.

Diego loves his burgers so he usually gets that or the steak & eggs, and I get the Govn’r omelet which is SO bomb.

Price range: $$

5. Bowery Meat Company

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This is actually the restaurant that Diego and one of my best friend’s took me for my birthday this past year. Located in downtown NYC, just off Bowery and 1st street. This is a bomb ass steak house. They have all kinds of steaks that you can possibly imagine, plus pastas and other things, but they are predominantly known for their steaks.

Now I will say that this is the MOST expensive place out of everything I am suggesting, so I 100% believe that it’s worth it, but just keep in mind that you will be spending a pretty penny here.

Some of the things we got and that I recommend:

Prime New York Strip
Whipped Potates
Kung Pao Chicken lollipops (weird name, but SO freakin’ good)
Spinach Sauteer
Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip cookies (with vanilla ice cream)

Price: $$$$$

6. Lola Taverna

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This is a place that we have yet to try, but I/we saw this on TikTok recently and thought it looked so cute and it’s definitely something we hope to try soon. It’s a Greek cuisine themed restaurant. The floral decor outside looks so beautiful and the reviews are pretty great for the most part as well.

Price: $$

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That is basically it for my restaurant suggestions, BUT I wanted to throw in 2 dessert place recommendations as well, because why not, right?

  1. Dominique Ansel Bakery
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Image result for dominique ansel bakery

I made an entire TikTok video about this about a month ago, but it’s definitely a must try if you haven’t already. It can be a little pricey, but again, I think it’s definitely worth it. They have great desserts here. It’s located in SoHo (Spring St.).

Some of my absolute favorites to have:

Cronuts
Chocolate chip cookie shots
Croissant
Chocolate chip cookies

Price: $$

2. Little Cupcake Bakeshop

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Image result for little cupcake bakeshop nyc

This is a great bakery shop in SoHo as well (Prince St.). It isn’t too expensive and you can actually get a bunch of different things for like $50. They have everything from cookies to cupcakes to cheesecakes and regular full sized cakes.

Price: $-$$

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I hope that you guys enjoyed this post and it helped you in some way, shape or form!

If you end up going to any of these places, please hit me up and let me know what YOU end up thinking about it. I would LOVE to hear your guys thoughts on them.

If you liked this post, please be sure to drop a like and don’t forget to follow if you haven’t already.

Thank you guys so much for reading, and I’ll catch you in the next one!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

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Weekday Edition!

Hi Guys!

I’m REALLY sorry it’s taken so long for me to publish this post, especially since I had originally said that I would upload it on Sunday, but given the holiday weekend (Memorial Day), I didn’t think it was very smart for me to publish on that day or Monday.

I was then supposed to upload this post on Tuesday, but got REALLY sick somehow late Monday night which literally has had me bed ridden for the past 2 days; but I’m FINALLY starting to feel better and know that it’s long overdue for me to put this up, so I’m finally going to be posting today!!

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Today’s post is going to be a “Day In The Life” weekday edition post!

As some of you may know (and if you don’t/didn’t, now you will), I actually work 2 jobs.

I have my primary, full-time job as a receptionist/legal assistant at a law firm in Manhattan, and then I work part-time as a front desk associate at Blink Fitness in Manhattan as well.

During the week, my work days tend to be more or less the same, but I actually haven’t been working at the gym as much in a while. So, for this specific post I wanted to choose a day that I was, so that I was able to give you guys the full effect of what a normal, busy work day would look like for me.

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I’m starting the post when I’m actually at work, just because my morning routine from the minute that I wake up, really isn’t that exciting, PLUS if that’s something you guys would REALLY be interested in seeing at some point, then it’s a separate post that I could do for you guys later on.

So, I usually start my work day at my primary job at 9am.

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When I’m first getting in, I always need to make sure I get MY coffee and little breakfast from Starbucks (which is super convenient because there’s a location literally right next door).

Then once I actually step into the office I get the coffee going in the kitchen for the rest of the office, boot up my computer and emails and start printing emails for my boss.

FUN FACT: My boss is SUPER old-school, meaning, he almost literally has never used and/or owned a computer or up-to-date smartphone. That being said, we literally print and have physical copies of EVERYTHING; letters, agreements, notes, etc. We print everything for him, and he does everything by hand, writing it all out. Then when he’s ready, he’ll give whatever it is he’s working on to me or my office manager and we’ll type it out and bring it to life for him. So because of this, a lot of my job requires me to be walking back and forth from my desk to his office throughout the day (not complaining, it’s actually kind of nice weirdly enough).

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A big part of my job also includes multi-tasking and answering the phones.

I have 2 phones at my desk (pictured above). One (on the left) is for the law firm I’m predominantly hired by, and the other one (on the right) is for the other 2 firms in the office.

There are 3 law firms that I technically work for, all of which share office space within my office. It sounds a lot worse and more hectic than it really is, I promise! haha.

Anyway, throughout the day I end up just working on emails for my boss, agreements for the attorneys, writing out checks for some of the closings, paying bills, etc. It’s a pretty standard “desk job” I would say.

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I don’t usually end up going on my lunch break until about 1:30. I get an hour, so I think that’s the perfect time, because that’s usually when I end up getting hungry (and it tends to make the rest of the day go slightly faster lol). I’ll typically have lunch in the lounge of the building, but now that the weather is getting nicer, I’ll probably end up sitting outside more.

After lunch is when I’ll usually do my “end of the day tasks” like scheduling the FedEx pick-up because we tend to get a lot of them, last minute bill payments that need to be mailed out, finalize any/all supply orders and banking for the attorneys if it’s needed at all that day.

I know that it seems really short and actually sort of blahhh, but that’s because my days are usually chill here, and everything I mentioned are more or less the gist of my duties. Also, don’t get me wrong, as “blahh” as it may sound (or I made it sound), when it’s busy, IT’S FREAKIN’ BUSY. Phones ringing off the hook, deals going on left and right, etc. etc., but when it’s quiet, like it’s been a lot lately, it’s also REALLY quiet.

Which isn’t at all a bad thing because like I’ve mentioned to you guys a few times in previous posts, when it’s quiet, that usually ends up giving me the time to catch up on anything personal that I may be working on like blog posts, Instagram content, etc.

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I usually end at my first job at about 6pm, which typically tends to follow with me running to change as fast as I can into my Blink uniform then shooting over to the gym to start at 6:30.

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m a front desk associate so you’ll almost always catch me standing at (you guessed it) the front desk; greeting guests, helping them get checked in, signing new members up for their memberships, canceling current members’ memberships, or doing tours for potential new members.

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Working this job, although it can get challenging at times (if you’ve ever worked in retail before, you’ll know and/or understand EXACTLY why), actually ends up being a pretty great and perfect balance in my life believe it or not.

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I say that because at my first job, I’m pretty much just sitting at a desk in front of my computer for 8 hours, and while I’m at the gym, I’m almost always on my feet, walking around doing SOMETHING physical and hands-on (to some extent anyway).

Being that I start so late at the gym, if I’m working during the week, I always end up closing, which is at 11pm. The gym closes for our members at 11pm, but by the time we clean everything up, put all the weights away and batch-out for the night, it’s more or less 11:30; and then by the time I get home, shower, eat something, get myself ready for the next day, and get in bed to sleep, it’s usually about 12:30-1am.

So, the few times I actually work both jobs during the week, my days can get pretty long and hectic, but I like to think that somehow or another, it’s worth it.

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Well guys, that’s it. That’s pretty much a glimpse into my day-to-day, during the week, work routine. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but I also don’t necessarily think it’s dull or boring either.

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing a glimpse into my work life and that it was (somewhat) interesting to you all. I’m going to be sure to do a follow-up “day in the life” post for a weekend glimpse into my life when I’m NOT working, so stay tuned for that!

As always, thank you guys SO much for reading, please like, share, comment and follow and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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