Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New York, I Love You (and my friends).

My friends and I go pretty hard when we're celebrating. Birthdays become events - multi-day events that include getting hotel rooms and taxis to get around, and New Year's Eve was absolutely no exception to this rule.

It started in October, for my dear friend Kristine's birthday. She, myself, and another friend Cyn had a girls' night a month prior in New York, where we basically drank our weight in vodka sodas, Kristine high-kicked a pervert who wouldn't take no for an answer, and we watched a woman fall down and pull a table and chairs down with her - twice. While at our epic Girl's Night Out 1.0, we discussed Kristine's upcoming birthday, where we'd repeat our travels to New York (state, not city), get hotel rooms, pregame, and then dance the night away.

J. Crew cardigan; Madewell tank; Tiffany & Co. jewelry; Michael Kors watch

Picture 20+ twenty-somethings gathered in three hotel rooms, an endless supply of beer/vodka/rum, knowing that there are cabs to take us wherever we choose to go, and blaring hip hop/EDM music, and that about sums it up.

Kristine put this conversation we had on Facebook before her birthday. Fitting.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.. in this case, better make it two thousand.

Birthday girl!


And then these types of pictures happened, which means that no one was able to properly work a camera.

For New Year's Eve, there was no exception. The game plan was the same, except this time some of us chose to get to our hotel room early (because neither of us ever need an excuse to get dressed up), order a lovely cheese pizza just for us (someone please get that reference), and pregame.


We ended up being in two different hotels, so we braved the cold (and I broke my feet in my fabulous shoes) and the ice, and walked all the way to the hotel where our other friends were staying.


Oh hey, girl.

I still do not know how my mouth moved this way.

To say this was the best New Year's Eve of my life would be a complete and total understatement. There were about fifteen of us, and we just had an amazing time. No drama, no problems, no fights - just all of us together, drinking and dancing (and wearing glitter covered New Year's hats that seriously ingrained the glitter into our scalps). Again, we spent the entire night dancing off all the calories we had consumed, laughing, and waiting for midnight kisses (and then the cycle repeated).


The next morning was a rough one - since for $40 you could buy a wristband that entitled you to four hours of open bar... and we all piled in together to go to a diner - Rob with glitter shaking out for every surface of his head/face from his New Year's hat, Edwin wearing snowboard goggles because the lights hurt his eyes, and the rest of us a million shades of hungover - but it was the best (and most Jersey) way to start off 2013.

And then we headed back home to sleep off the rest of the first day of 2013 (and drink lots and lots of water). I'm pretty sure every single one of us had Facebook statuses that said, "Never drinking again." Two days later, a friend's said,

"Me after New Year's: "I'm never drinking again." Five minutes ago: "Is four glasses of wine too many on a work night?"

So no matter what 2013 throws our way, we started it off with a bang - and I'm a firm believer that the way you start the year sets the tone for the duration of the year. 

How did you spend New Year's Eve? Is anyone else as behind on these posts as moi? Oops (though technically I'm still waiting for half my friends to post their NYE pictures up as well).

Currently listening to: Blood Bank - Bon Iver


Nicole Linette said...

Hahaha this iS fantastic. I love evidence of a good night with friends, even if it comes in the form of disastrous photos (I thought I was making a coy face, ya know?) and the inability to move for at least 12 hours. I would loveeeee to rent drivers for a night in the city-- maybe next year, once I and everyone else can finally hit the bars. I love the excitement and preparation of going out somewhere! For now we have house parties, though like I said in one of my blog posts, I dress up a lot more at home than at school. You look fantastic, Edwin is really freakin' cute and cheers to having friends with endless spirit and love!


Ash said...


Amirite? Iamrite.

Looks like you had an awesome start to the year - and an awesome end to the previous one, kudos. Mine was under par - bit of a bust, to tell the truth. Oh well.

Sorry I haven't kept up on your posts, I've been really busy and tired, not the greatest combo.

Anyway, it's great that you had an awesome new year's session, all the best for the (not-so-anymore-really-but-you-get-the-idea)new year.

And seriously, do I get a prize for guessing the reference? Yes? Yes.

Couture Carrie said...

Super fun pics, darling!


Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I know it's cheesy but I fully believe that the way you ring in the new year is how the rest of the year will play out. Last year was my best ever and the year was pretty great! This year it was spent with friends I hadn't seen in awhile, maybe that means I'll have a good friend year with the ones who really matter?

You look adorable in all of these pics! And I totally want to go drinking with you, because obviously you are a great time!!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

How freaking FUN! And going with a good group like that is totally key like you said - no drama, no fights. Love it all!!

HiFashion said...

Haha, I want to go partying with you - it looks like so much fun!
I love just going out with a good group of friends - it's the best. Although I had a night out during the week this week and the days after at work was painful!

Benlovesting said...

So lovely!

Sara Louise said...

That looks like the greatest night ever! And the upstate NY girl inside me knows that going to the diner, is the best thing to do on January 1st! xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun with your friends. Fuzzy pictures = fun times!
I remember partying at parties in midtown around Times Square for NYE. This year, we flew in to see my husband's family and sampled tequila and had his cousin's cooking (the guy is a chef!) Good times!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Elle Sees said...

y'all look like it was so much freaking fun!!