Since having Augustine two years ago, my travels have slowed down a lot. But that doesn’t mean I’ve lost my itch to travel far and wide! Luckily I have some amazing friends who live in really awesome places. Welcome to “My Perfect Day.” A new series in which I ask my blogging friends to share their perfect day in the city they live in. First up? Grace Atwood of The Stripe from Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been a fan of Grace’s blog for so long and she’s just as sweet in person. I think you will be obsessed with her feminine and classic style! As I’m heading to NYC this month, this post could not come at a better time!
My Perfect Day: Brooklyn, NY with Grace Atwood
Hi! I’m Grace Atwood and I write The Stripe. I am so honored that Mara asked me to share my perfect day – what a fun exercise! A little about me: I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; I’m a total bookworm, and I’m obsessed with skincare, stripes (hence the blog name), pretty dresses, and yoga.
My perfect day would start with yoga. I try to go five times a week. It’s the first form of exercise that doesn’t feel like a chore to me – it’s something I look forward to every day – it makes me happier, healthier, and more balanced. So I would wake up and take an 8:30am class down the street at Sky Ting in Williamsburg. Sky Ting is my favorite yoga studio; the teachers are so knowledgeable and it’s a great workout.
I would get home, shower, and this sounds silly but I would get back into bed. This is to me, the most indulgent thing. A good workout, getting clean, and then making myself a big mug of coffee and a good book. Usually I’d have yogurt with fruit and granola but since this is a perfect day and calories don’t count + you don’t get stomach aches, I’m eating a giant everything bagel from Murray’s, topped with lox cream cheese and a slice of tomato. YUM. I’ll read for about an hour and maybe take a (teensy) nap). Like I mentioned in my intro, I am a big bookworm and thrillers are my favorite. Anything that’s a knockoff of Gone Girl and I’m hooked, basically. (I have all my book recommendations on my site and a podcast about self-care and books, too!)
Okay so now it’s about 11:30/12. I’ll get ready for the day and get dressed. It’s my perfect day so it’s not humid or hot – it’s that perfect New York weather where you just need a light jacket. I had that bagel so maybe I’m not hungry yet, but if I am I’ll meet a girlfriend for lunch at The Butcher’s Daughter which is one of my favorite spots. There are a couple in the city but we just got one in Williamsburg which makes me the happiest!
Then I’ll grab an iced coffee (my favorite is from Devocion), and head into the city! I take the subway and I bring my book with me.
My first stop is The Whitney, which is my favorite museum in the city – I love that it’s downtown, and they have an amazing collection of American art. The patio is a great place to have a glass of wine.
Then it’s back onto the subway (or since it’s my perfect day maybe I can teleport?) and up to Central Park! There is no better place to walk than Central Park. I take a long walk and end up at my other favorite museum – The Met. I spend the rest of the afternoon wandering and then head home to get ready real quick.
Then it’s back into the city for dinner at The Polo Bar – my favorite special occasion restaurant. It’s so special and old school. After dinner, we head to The Carlyle for drinks at Bemelman’s Bar. Bemelman’s is so old school and fun. There’s always live music and you feel like you’re transported back in time.
I’m home by midnight (I love my sleep) and curled up in bed with a book and my cat Tyrion. And maybe an overnight face mask.
I hope you liked the first installation of my new travel series! Make sure to stop by The Stripe and say hi to Grace! Are there any locations or bloggers you’d like to see next?? Let me know in the comments!
photos by The Stripe