New York is a city of possibility and endless exploration. There’s always something new to discover around every corner.—Elizabeth Gilbert

Resting is something I don’t do well, but me time was much-needed and this trip to New York with my best friends did me a world of good.

There’s something about New York that I just love.

Maybe it’s the energy that you can feel at any time of the day.

Or maybe it’s because everything is within walking distance, or that you can meet all different kinds of people here, but I just adore this historic city.

Continuing the fun New York content, here’s a mini diary of the second day of my trip to New York with my best friends.

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

BROOKFIELD PLACE PHOTOSHOOT

We started off the morning with a very early shoot at 7am. We shot this look in a cute mini park area next to the Time Headquarters and on the way back, I stopped in a restroom to change and we shot this look right across the street from the 9/11 Memorial just outside the Brookfield Place shopping center.

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds


9/11 MEMORIAL

9/11 Memorial was so emotional. I’ll be honest. I cried. I didn’t have friends or family that were affected by this tragedy 16 years ago and yet, it was such an emotional experience.

Way more than I expected, especially when we were one of the first ones there on this morning. It was an honor to be standing here just a month before the 16th anniversary to pay our respects. You’ll definitely be able to see more of the memorial on the vlog (coming soon!).

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds


LADUREE

We stopped at Laduree in Soho for some macarons because #LeDuh. Africa was so nice to let us see the rest of their restaurant before they opened so we got to walk through the restaurant and see their dining area inside and outside. It was beautiful!

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds


STROLLING AROUND…

Since we decided to walk to brunch, we were able to see beautiful homes and witness small corners honoring the fallen…

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds


WHILE WE WERE YOUNG

Next up, we went to brunch at While We Were Young. I heard so much about this place and since it was dubbed most Instagrammable, we had to make a stop. Stephen was our waiter and was so sweet and personable!

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds


SAKS

Rachel was tired so she took a nap. Since Sarah needed to get some work done, we walked over to Brookfield Place and I blogged for a bit. Sarah was still working so I decided to take a walk and ran into a Saks.

Obviously, I had to go in. By Terry, APLs, Zimmermann, and all things beauty please!

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds


WALL STREET

Wall Street was fun to see in person on our way to the Brooklyn Bridge. Walking on the cobblestones felt like we were transported back in history.

The buildings were gorgeous and we made so many stops just to look at them.

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds


BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge was fun yet tiring. There was a woman who wore dress pants while trying to bike. It was hilarious because you could tell she was on a date and couldn’t keep up with her date. We saw the couple at the halfway point and he was dressed for biking and she was not.

We were wondering if she was “surprised” with the date and couldn’t change. About halfway to finishing our walk of the entire bridge, we saw her go back. Guess she wasn’t having it, haha! I mean, who bikes in dress pants, especially when it’s blazing hot outside? Anyway, I was too sweaty to take a fashionable Instagram post so here’s our awesome views, ha!

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds


EAST RIVER

We were exhausted from our walk across the bridge and ended up walking into this gorgeous park to find a restroom. I had been bitten by mosquitoes in the park so we just went across the street to order Shirley Temples so we could use their bathrooms, ha!

We ended up sitting at the bar and watching the soccer game with the bartender. After about an hour, we headed back to the East River to have dinner at an Irish pub. After we were done, we went and grabbed some cookies somewhere that’s basically the equivalent of Tiff’s Treats.

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

Bestie Weekend :: New York City Day 2 | She Sweats Diamonds

That’s it for day two of our New York adventures! If I find more pictures, I’ll update this post with them!

If you’ve been to New York City, what are your must-go-back-again places? 

In case you missed it, the winner of the Smile Brilliant giveaway is Julie and the winner of the Tone It Up! Tour giveaway is Jamie! Thank you to everyone who entered both giveaways! If you didn’t win, don’t fret because I’ll be doing a lot more giveaways in the future. I have another one coming up REAL soon for you Dallas ladies! 

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