Meet my friend Allison.
We have been friends since grad school orientation.
When J and I got engaged, I called Allison and said, Rally the troops.
She called our circle of friends, gathered everyone at her apt, we showed up,
and they toasted us with gas station champagne.
Allison's a classy girl, but the gas station was the only store open that late at night.
It is probably one of my favorite memories of our entire engagement.
Needless to say, this girl is one of the dearest people in my life.
Allison lives in New Orleans, but made time for a little trip to the East Coast
to hang with us and kick off her birthday week NYC style.
We always pick up where we left off and talk about everything from Bobbi Brown makeup to politics to the Kardashians to Charlie Sheen to the BP Oil Crisis.
You can tell we have PR backgrounds, no?
If you stop by Jacques Torres, skip the Ménage a Trios and get the Liquid Caramel with the rum twist.
I can be trusted in matters related to chocolate. Promise.
Allison has been to NYC several times before,
so we took the opportunity to explore different areas of Manhattan.
La Bottega Cafe has been on our hit list since the last time we wandered the streets of Chelsea.
The only downfall was Allison's Gin + Stormy tasting like soap. Strike one for La Bottega.
Everything else was tasty, tasty.
The atmosphere was also really cool rocking orange lanterns and twinkley lights.
Skip the soapy Gin + Stormy and I think you will be happy.
ps... the meat and cheese and olive tray brought great redemption. Plus one, La Bottega.
A traditional NYC black + white waited on Al's pillow.
It's a regular ole Ritz here at The Rigoloso Apt.
Next up, we got crazy and went to see Spiderman.
The most expensive Broadway production in history.
Well worth it, friends, and that's coming from someone who barely even knew the Spiderman story.
Hot dogs from a street vendor can be hit or miss.
Thankfully, this day they were a huge hit.
We had some big shopping to do (think H&M + Zara) and we needed some additional fuel.
Sidenote, J likes to call H&M "Hot & Modern." He's our in-house funnyman.
Introducing Al to Grand.
Our fancy fance girls' dinner at The Hurricane Club.
Peking Duck Sammies / Croque Monsieur Spring Rolls / Coconut Shrimp /
PB & Guava J with Proscuitto / Tuna Tartare / Samoan Deviled Eggs
Oh you wanted to see an upclose of my dress? Why, thanks!
ASOS, friends. It makes me feel sassy. I might just have to go dancing in it.
Al gifted me with that rockstar orangey clutch.
ps... I am leaning heavy into the orangey this Fall.
Toasting my sweet Al before she returned to NOLA.
I think it's safe to say we celebrated her birthday in true New York style.
I beat even the Kardashians are jeal they don't have an Al in their lives.
As they should be.