What started as a birthday celebration for Kirsten, quickly turned into four jam-packed days of sightseeing, shopping, and subway rides in the city that never sleeps. Although we’ve visited the Big Apple as a mother-daughter duo more times than we can count, this past weekend’s trip was truly unique. New York City has a way of leaving us both inspired and exhausted in the best way possible – at every turn there was a new shop, museum, art gallery, or restaurant, that we just had to try!
In all of the excitement and busy pace of our trip, it was impossible to keep up with chronicling all of our adventures on social media. As a result, we’ve summarized our highlights here for you to follow in hopes that you will be as inspired as we were! When putting this together we couldn’t help but see a trend emerged that aligned so completely with our brand… this trip to NYC is sure to have a lasting impression – don’t be surprised if you see it popping up in Klas squared’s future!
A hop, skip, and a jump and Porter had us landing south of the border in no time. After checking into the Soho Grand Hotel, we were in familiar territory with all of our favourites shops, restaurants, and cafes, right around the corner.
The theme of this trip quickly turned French as we kicked off in style with lunch in the Ladurée Jardin. We enjoyed a prosecco-rose toast to our trip followed by yummy food and a beautiful atmosphere. We continued to wander through Soho finding ourselves at Glossier’s new retail concept store, where we couldn’t leave empty handed, followed by Outdoor Voices – Kirsten’s favourite workout/athleisure wear brand.
With the sun beating on us and temps climbing above 30 with the humidity, we found relief from the heat at Carre d’artiste: an art gallery featuring contemporary artists that we’d discovered last year. Kirsten had been dreaming about a painting ever since, and what were the chances that the french artist would be visiting the day we arrived? Needless to say after meeting Julien Rey and hearing his creative process first-hand, Kirsten left having purchased her first piece of art.
After dinner by Chloe in bed at the hotel, day one was a wrap.
We started the day with a working breakfast followed by a sail on the Hudson River – our official kick off to the summer. We love nothing more than being on the water and it was the perfect way to fill our souls while giving our feet a break!
Our next stop was Rubirosa – our favourite NYC restaurant of all time. Seriously, if you haven’t been you need to go but make sure to plan ahead because without a reservation you’ll be lucky to even get takeout within an hour!
The French seemed to follow us as we happened upon Clare V. and her wonderful world of handbags. Lori gifted Kirsten a perfectly fun, functional, and versatile belt bag that we’re sure you’ll notice in upcoming posts…!
But the real icing on the cake was happening upon (fate bringing us to) the Amanu popup – a custom sandal design experience led by one of our favourite stylists, Anita Patrickson. Even though Anita wasn’t there, Kirsten’s inner-fangirl and enthusiasm couldn’t be suppressed. Needless to say, we both left with a pair of new shoes designed by us and custom made onsite.
And if the day hadn’t already been perfect enough, our Raptors came through to give Kirsten an early birthday gift – a win over the Warriors to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals!
Boy, did we sleep well that night…
Happy Birthday Kiki!
We kicked off with a Starbucks run then headed to Union Square Park and a visit to the outdoor market followed by brunch at abcV (yum!!). To walk off our many courses, we browsed abc home and picked up some perfect office accessories sure to inspire future Klas squared designs, looks, and blogs.
Next was a trip up Park Avenue to The Met to see CAMP: Notes on Fashion. This one is best summarized by photos so keep an eye out for our social media stories as we recap our trip this week! We gave our feet and backs a break with a Poptail (a popsicle in a glass of prosecco – could there be any other kind of cocktail??) while enjoying perfect summer weather and a killer view on the rooftop of the museum.
With our hearts and our minds full, we ordered pizza, wine, and bday cake to go, and headed back downtown to watch movies in bed.
After three very busy days, we finally decided to be on vacation on day four. We packed up, checked out, and headed to the Meatpacking district for coffee and brunch. We settled in at the new
Starbucks Reserve – a new coffee bar experience featuring both a rare and delicious menu of drinks and food. A walk around Chelsea Market brought us to the afternoon when it was time to say farewell, but not goodbye.
We are both recovering and reliving our long weekend this week so make sure to follow us on social to see some behind the scenes from our trip!