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introducing Belle

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Say hello to little Belle! Over the holidays, my boyfriend was looking for a puppy to get his mom for Christmas. But when we saw Belle’s little face, we decided to get her too. After our New York New Years, we made a pitstop in Indiana to pick up the two little fur babies. We have had her for exactly one week, and boy, she’s adorable. Just check her out for yourself!

Follow along with Belle’s adventures @bellethebella

new york new years

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Hello New York! To ring in 2018, my boyfriend and I decided to jet off to New York city. We make it a goal to go somewhere every year and after having a relaxing vacation in Miami, we decided to opt for the cold for New Years. Having gone to grad school in Boston, I have spent a lot of time in New York and each time I go back, I always do something new. This time was even more special because I had never been during the winter. Here’s a glimpse at my New York new years!

One World Observatory: I have been to the One World Observatory once before and yet, it still took my breath away. This building is a beautiful reminder of the strength of the United States and it is a definite must see while in New York. The views are incredible, from the sight of the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building. 

Brooklyn Bridge: Somehow during each of my previous visits to New York, I had never quite made it to the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve always wanted to go because the pictures I see are beautiful, but timing never worked out. However, this trip, although it was absolutely freezing, Grant and I decided to take the walk across the bridge. I definitely am glad we did. It really is a beautiful view of the skyline, and the walk helps you get closer to your 10,000 steps a day goal!

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center: This was something super touristy, however, it was so much fun. We decided to go ice skating after dinner and drinks. This was something I always wanted to do during the winters in New York but never got a chance to. I would recommend buying VIP tickets because that way you do not have to wait outside in the cold!

New Years Eve: You know you had a good New Years Eve when you only take about 2 photos, right? For New Years Eve, Grant and I went to Catch NYC for dinner. This was my first time at Catch and it was absolutely delicious. If you love sea food and tapa type foods, go go go! For the countdown, we decided to get as far away from Times Square as possible and we went to the Jane Hotel. This is an awesome venue, it’s super old school and it even has a fireplace to keep you warm!

The Standard Grill and Ice Rink: This is part of the Standard Hotel in in the Meatpacking Industry. There’s a lot of options here and it’s trendy and delicious! During the warmer months they also have a German Beer Garden!

The Refinery: The Refinery Rooftop probably has one of my favorite views of New York. It is directly across from the Empire State Building and

Catch NYC: I talked about it above but just go. You won’t regret it.

Budakkan NYC: Omgosh, this restaurant is absolutely delicious. It’s Asian food and the location is absolutely gorgeous. You walk in and it looks small, but trust me, there’s multi-levels and multiple different rooms and nooks for you to eat at. This was by far my favorite meal while in New York.

Cafeteria: This restaurant, near Chelsea Market, is open 24/7. They have yummy cocktails and a great menu!