48 hours in New York

I tend to go to New York for small bits of time (seen here), one day I’ll make it for at least three-days because it would be nice to explore more areas of Manhattan and the other neighborhoods and landmarks that make this city so famous. That said, I was just in New York for the NewsCred Think Content marketing conference. It was a one day conference, so time was limited. In true Stephanie-needs-to-jam-pack-all-she-can-into-a-trip fashion, I was actually able to see and do a lot. My first Broadway play, for instance! What is it about this city that makes you light up inside? Not sure, but I’m so grateful to my job for allowing me to travel to great places.

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We stayed at the W New York – Times Square and I actually loved it. It was a great respite from the hustle and bustle of Times Square and located right in the center of it all. The rooms were spacious (that surprised me) and the staff were great! I would recommend this hotel if you like staying close to all of the action.

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Following a friend’s recommendation, we made reservations at Beauty & Essex (amazing food + you enter through a Pawn Shop, which was pretty cool) followed by cocktails back at W Hotel and a great cheese dish downstairs at their Mexican restaurant. You only get a free pass to eat an entire plate of melted cheese when you are at least 50 miles from your home. It’s a known rule.

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many hats of a working mom blog

many hats of a working mom blog

The content marketing conference was great. Marketers from Airbnb, Google, New York Times, Instagram, Uber, SweetGreen and more graced the stage to share some of their content marketing tips and insights. After the conference, we had to hurry and catch a cab because we were going to see a Broadway play. I quickly realized that my hailing cab skills are horrible. One of my past New York friends told me to “only hail a cab when their light is on” – and then another told me (after the fact) that I need to take off my sunglasses and stare at them. Sheesh. So many rules. We tried Uber but it’s hard to catch one in the city (the rates get really high and then take forever to find your location). We finally got a cab, 10 minutes later, if you’re wondering.

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We saw our first Broadway play, “She Loves Me” at the historic Studio 54. Our seats were so close (row K) so we could literally see everything so clearly. During the first two minutes of the musical, this rude, rude, rude, rude, rude man yelled at the couple sitting behind us. “Are you going to talk the ENTIRE time!” he yelled. It was so loud, my boss, Melissa jumped in her seat. I gave him a really nasty look at intermission to which he just smirked. His nasty behavior aside, this musical was phenomenal. Truly remarkable and one that I would see again. I snapped a photo of Melissa before the play because she matched the sign. That calls for a photo opt, don’t you think?

The next morning, our flight didn’t leave until noon so we woke up and hurried our way over to The St. Regis New York for breakfast. It’s one of our most legendary hotels (built in 1904 and the first St. Regis hotel) and Melissa had never been inside so we’ll call this “work related research”. On our way over, it was raining so we had these massive W hotel umbrellas. We wanted coffee so we started walking towards one of my favorite bakeries. As we approached Bouchon Bakery we caught a glimpse of Luke Bryan playing a Today Show Summer Concert. Melissa swore it was Coldplay (hello? totally different sound) but then she saw this cute country boy and was assured Chris Martin was not in the building.

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Here are a few more photos from the morning.

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st regis new york hotels - travel mom blog

st regis new york hotels - travel mom blog

Still a little wet from the rain, we found ourselves eating breakfast outside of the notorious King Cole Bar at the St. Regis New York hotel. The food was amazing and I couldn’t stop staring at the gorgeous architecture and subtle details throughout the restaurant. Fun fact: There was a $100 omelette on the menu, if you can believe that. Clearly, I opted for something a little less extravagant, but equally pleasing to the palate, I’m sure. Next up, we strolled through Central Park, did some window shopping at Tiffany’s, bought some cute gifts for the kids at The Plaza Shops and then started the walk back to the hotel.

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new york - many hats of a mom blog

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new york - many hats of a mom blog

new york - many hats of a mom blog

new york - many hats of a mom blog

new york - many hats of a mom blog

new york - many hats of a mom blog

This was another great work trip for the books. I was really happy to be home and, surprisingly, back in the chaos of every day life as a mother of three. Don’t feel too sorry for my husband, he spent the next four days in Orlando on a work trip so he got his payback on me for skipping town for a few days.

As always, thank you for following my blog and allowing me to relive some of my favorite memories through photographs. And a special thank you to anyone and everyone that finds themselves on a work trip, or just next to me when I’m in camera snapping mode. My work friends call this “photo shoot time” when they are around me. Thanks to them for humoring me every time we hit the road. xo

Half work, half play in Santa Fe

I travel a lot for work, but this work trip was different. I decided to take my mom along for the ride. Mostly because I wanted to make a mini girls trip out of it (in the hustle and bustle of life, my mom and I don’t get to do this much anymore) and because Santa Fe holds a special place in our hearts.

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico – only moving to Scottsdale, Arizona when I was 14. So whenever I see the colors of Santa Fe (as seen in the Navajo blankets, the turquoise, the red chile ristras, the adobe buildings) it makes me feel really nostalgic.

I worked most of the time but mom and I did spend a lot of time walking the historic Plaza, window shopping and eating at all of the great restaurants this city has to offer. And don’t feel too bad for mom because while I was in morning meetings, she was getting pampered with a signature spa treatment at La Posada de Santa Fe. And from what she described, a visit to the spa while you’re in Santa Fe should be on the top of your list!

We walked the historic plaza and saw so many indigenous things. My favorite part was the Native American Indians selling their jewelry and pottery in the plaza. Everything was handmade and authentic (and expensive!). My mom says you can barter them down but I wasn’t in the mood for that so we just window shopped. Here are some pictures from our quick trip to Santa Fe.

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We stayed at the La Posada de Santa Fe resort. Every room is casita-style and completely unique from the other. You truly feel like you are apart of Santa Fe when you stay here. The property dates back to the 19th century as it was first constructed in 1882.

It’s a darling love story of how it was built (Abraham Staab built this grand house for his wife, Julia Staab). She loved to entertain high society and was always the life of the party. The original Staab house is still on property as the resorts bar. It’s truly a charming hotel and one worth staying at while in town.

We spent Tuesday walking the Historic Plaza. We loved the history, the Indian jewelry and pottery, and indulging in the great food. We had lunch at The Shed, window shopped and took a peek inside the glorious Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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santa fe santa fesanta fe santa fesanta fesanta fesanta fe santa fe santa fe santa feThen we went to dinner at the Four Seasons and had way too much amazing food before calling it a night. The best part about this trip was all of the funny moments we had along the way.

The journey to find a Starbucks (evidently they are not easy to find in New Mexico), the hundred times I curled up like a baby on my mom’s shoulder during the flight because I hate turbulence, or how we realized half way to the airport that the trunk was open. Oh mom … never a dull moment.