I heart MB

If you’ve read this blog more than once, you know a few things about me.  One, I love Jesus.  Two, I love coffee.  Three, I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with the holidays.  Four, I wear short shorts and tall shoes.  And five (and only second to me loving Jesus), I am madly in love with Michael Buble.  And I make no apologies for it.
I started listening to him over 10 years ago when he wasn’t even really on anyone’s radar and haven’t stopped since.  When we went to his first concert together, I’m pretty sure Andrew wasn’t sure what he was getting himself into…but now, I can pretty much say Andrew is in love with him too.  (Which is a good thing because one time, Buble grabbed my hand at a concert and I often insist mean from the bottom of my heart joke that that was the best day of my life.)
The last time Buble had an American tour was 3 years ago.  Andrew and I decided that from that point on, we would start seeing his shows in other cities for fun.  On the last tour, we saw him in Vegas (so fun!) and on this tour, we saw him last Sunday in New York City.  Buble plus NYC…it honestly does not get better than that!
At the airport with my Pumpkin Spice Latte about to head to NYC!

Time Square

Since this wasn’t our first trip to NYC, we stayed away from some of the main tourist attractions (Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, etc) and just really soaked in the city.  We walked EVERYWHERE!  And of course, we stopped off at some quintessential NYC spots.

We walked from our hotel in mid-town up to the Upper East Side first thing.  Here we are crossing through Rockefeller Center to get where we were going.

As we passed FAO Schwartz, we decided to stop in and get the kiddos something special.  Smith got this cave full of dinosaurs (he loves dinosaurs and any kind of bag you can carry them in).

We brought Kensington home two little puppies :).
Believe it or not but neither one of us had ever been to Serendipity, so we stopped by for a yummy Frozen Hot Chocolate (their specialty!). 

We kind of liked it…

On our way back to 5th Avenue, we stopped by Dylan’s Candy Bar to get a few treats for the kiddos.  (If you don’t know, her dad is Ralph Lauren and she’s the queen of candy!)

We sat in Central Park for a bit and just soaked up the gorgeous weather and did a little people-watching.

Then we went back to our hotel room and got ready for dinner and our show.  We stayed at the Marriott Marquis and our room looked down over Time Square.  It was perfect!
Before we left, we asked some of our actual New Yorker friends for their favorite places to eat…and boy did that pay off!  For dinner on this night, we ate at the Strip House in mid-town.  It was unbelievable!  And for our Broadway show, we went to see Zack Levi in First Date.  I’m not just saying this…but this might be my favorite Broadway musical to date.  It was funny, charming, witty, sweet and only an hour and a half…all great qualities about a NYC show!
On Saturday morning, we set off on foot to explore the south side of Manhattan.  First stop, Andrew bought some Yankee stuff…boo.  (Good thing he’s so cute in that ugly Yankees jacket!)

We walked down to Chelsea Market which really excited me!  Food Network films several of their shows here, and I’m always hearing about it.  It did not disappoint!  Gorgeous food, great coffee and I might have eaten two donuts…
For lunch, we walked down to Little Italy and had some yummy pasta!

And I might have located Bethenny Frankel’s address and stalked her apartment just a bit…(Beyonce and Jay Z live there too).

And then we headed to SoHo for the best cupcakes I do believe I’ve ever had!  Georgetown Cupcakes was so good that we went back the next day to have some more!
Andrew had never been inside Macy’s on 34th Street which I felt was a travesty…so, I remedied that and off we went.  I’m pretty sure he was slightly overwhelmed! 

We ended our night by going through a great street fair up 6th Avenue and having a yummy dinner.

Again, thanks to the awesome recommendation from a NYC friend of ours, we ate brunch at Isabella’s on Sunday morning on the Upper West Side.  Holy yum!
I love, love, love the Upper West Side.  We walked through some really neat antique stores, had Starbucks, walked to Riverside Park…really took it in.

For lunch, we ate at George Keeley’s Pub and watched a little Sunday football :).

And then, we set off over the Brooklyn Bridge for Michael Buble’s concert.  Neither one of us had ever walked the bridge to Brooklyn before and we are so happy we did it this trip!  Such a fun experience!

A panoramic picture from the middle of the bridge.
Sweet Ashley Spivey told us to eat dinner at Julianna’s in Brooklyn Heights…and it’s probably the best advice she has ever given!

Yummy pizza and cannolis were the perfect way to gear us up for…

 Michael Buble’s concert :).

What?  Don’t you have a closet full of Buble tees?  I sure do!  We loved the Barclays Center and love, love, loved our seats (pretty darn close to Mr. Buble!).

 Only at a Buble concert do hearts rain down on you :).  Such a fun night!!

And then on Monday morning, I was getting ready for the airport when I heard cheers from below.  I looked at my TV and was watching Good Morning America…and then I looked below…

…and saw them out of my hotel room.  A fun way to end our trip :).
If you want to know what I’m wearing or what shoes I have on during this trip, be sure to check out Shay’s Closet.  That’s where you’ll find everything.
And over at the foodie blog today…Pumpkin Butterscotch Dip.  Yummy!
And today is the last day to enter my Lovely Lace Leggings giveaway!

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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} October 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Such a GREAT recap!!!!! Loved hearing about all of the places you ate! And now I'm hopping over to your "closet" to see if that cute crossbody bag is listed!

  • Kelly Jo October 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Wow! Looks like such an awesome trip! Glad you got to see one of your other loves in such a fun city!

  • Sarah E @ theteacherswife.com October 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Looks like y'all had an amazing time! NYC is awesome! 🙂

  • Julie C October 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Looks like you had an awesome weekend!!! You always do great recaps 🙂 What nail polish are you wearing?? I need more Fall colors!!!

  • Natalie Stephens October 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Just booked a NYC trip in December, perfect timing to read this post! Also, we just moved to DC and this reminded me we haven't been to Georgetown Cupcake yet, must remedy that ASAP! Great post!

  • Kathy Olson October 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Wow, what a fun trip! I've always dreamed of going to New York, esp. around the holidays. I'm so glad you got to go and see your favorite guy!

  • Justine October 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Shay- I read your blog every morning (and your food blog) and I just LOVE you! I look forward to your blog putting a smile on my face every morning- thank you for sharing your FUN life with everyone! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Allie October 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Sometimes during lunch I walk across the Key bridge to the original Georgetown Cupcakes. I'm sure the 20 minute walk each way doesn't cancel the cupcake but I've done a good job convincing myself that it does! 🙂

  • PaulaP October 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Looks like a great getaway! Would love to hear any tips you have at some point for preparing for others to stay with the kids while doing a kid free trip!

  • The Cantelmo Family October 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Oh I just love NYC. My mom lived there to complete her fellowship and it is one of my favorite cities!!! I'm so glad you had a great time!!

  • Aubrey October 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Listing all the places you dined in NYC…you're a girl after my own heart! The only way you could have improved the experience is by describing what you ordered at each restaurant…but I'm pretty sure I'm your only reader who cares to hear THAT much detail. 🙂

    P.S. I was shocked that Georgetown Cupcakes now has an NYC location! That's where I ordered Ella's cupcakes for her first birthday party, but from the original Georgetown shop. Delicious memories…hard to believe that was five years ago!

  • Liz October 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    NYC is seriously so fun. So glad you guys had a great time!

  • Sharon October 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I looked to see if you had your Go Walks on cause I figured they would be perfect NYC shoes. I recently bought a pair on your advice and they have now seen me through one trip. I'm usually a sandal girl but I couldn't keep these off when I knew any amount of walking was going to be done. Funny thing, after I bought them my daughter who is a kindergarten teacher thought they would be perfect for the classroom and bought a pair (she wants some more fun colours too) and after my elderly mom saw them and tried mine on she bought a pair as well. Now that's a generational shoe if I ever saw one.

  • Sharon October 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I looked to see if you had your Go Walks on cause I figured they would be perfect NYC shoes. I recently bought a pair on your advice and they have now seen me through one trip. I'm usually a sandal girl but I couldn't keep these off when I knew any amount of walking was going to be done. Funny thing, after I bought them my daughter who is a kindergarten teacher thought they would be perfect for the classroom and bought a pair (she wants some more fun colours too) and after my elderly mom saw them and tried mine on she bought a pair as well. Now that's a generational shoe if I ever saw one.

  • Erica October 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Loved this recap! I've never been to NYC, but I HAVE seen MB!! A fellow Canadian! 🙂 Love him. Your bag in the photos….������. Love it!!

  • Maureen W. (Maryland) October 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    What a fun idea to go see MB in other cities. That way you get a mini-vacation plus a concert! It was fun to see you in the familiar setting of NYC (I lived in CT for a while and my parents are still there, so it's "home".).
    If a Buble tour ever brings you to DC/Baltimore, you have to let me treat you to a latte while you are here 🙂 XOXO

  • Crystal Ford October 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Looks like you had a FAb time! I'm actually heading to NYC Dec 16th…my in laws are visiting us from Sweden and they want to head to NYC for a couple of days! We are staying in the Westin New York Times Square! Would love to have some restaurant and shopping rec's!! 🙂

  • Kate at Green Fashionista October 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    YAY for the Yankees gear! My poor boys had a rough year 🙁

    LOVE the city, looks like you guys had a fabulous trip.

  • Linda October 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    What a spectacular, wonderful, exciting trip! You two really know how to enjoy life, and I love it!

  • Caroline October 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    So glad you had a great trip Shay!

  • Susan October 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I lived on the UWS for several years – you're right, it's an awesome neighborhood! Miss it so much & can't wait to go back in a few weeks. Oh, and in NYC, all college alumni groups have "their" bar for football watch parties. Ours (Baylor) was George Keeley's!

  • Jaren October 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip!!

  • Tammy Nelson October 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I love NYC !!! It looks like a fabulous time 🙂

  • Brooklyn October 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Looks like a fun time! I am from and live in Buble's home town 🙂

  • kristinwithani October 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Shay, what a fun summary! You really did pack a lot in and really good stuff too.

    As for GMA, that would have been my highlight.

  • jackie October 3, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I'm jealous you found bethenny's apartment! I would have died if you got to see her!!!

  • Todd and Courtney October 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    This was so fun to read about. My husband has been a commercial pilot at American for 19 years so he has lived in most AA base cities. While living in NYC, he would venture to all of these fun places. Now I love tagging along solo or with our 2 little ones. The Upper West Side is my absolute favorite too!

  • Jenna {Real Simple Girl} October 4, 2013 at 3:19 am

    What a fun trip!!! What can be better than NYC and Michael Buble?!

  • Blue-Eyed Bride October 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

    ahhhh! so fun!! I LOVE MB! Todd and I had our first dance to MB back in 2005 in his bachelor house. I came over to have dinner with him at his house and he had MB playing and asked me to dance with him as soon as I walked in. Romantical. 😉

    There really is nothing better than being in New York City without set plans. I love wandering around and just being free to stop and see and do. And eat cupcakes and frozen hot chocolates. Yum! 😉

  • Kelsey Schwartz October 9, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Mrs Mix and Match,

    I was in NYC on Saturday of the same weekend that you were there! I am from central PA. And I had seen your Instagram pic from the day before saying that you were in NYC. So that morning, I told the friend I was visiting, "if I see Shay aka Mix and Match Mama…I will stop to get a picture with her!" Of course, she had no idea who you were but I told her you were a blogging celebrity! Unfortunately, I didn't run into you! Hope you had a great time though!

    Kelsey

  • Kelsey Schwartz October 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Mrs Mix and Match,

    I was in NYC on Saturday of the same weekend that you were there! I am from central PA. And I had seen your Instagram pic from the day before saying that you were in NYC. So that morning, I told the friend I was visiting, "if I see Shay aka Mix and Match Mama…I will stop to get a picture with her!" Of course, she had no idea who you were but I told her you were a blogging celebrity! Unfortunately, I didn't run into you! Hope you had a great time though!

    Kelsey